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Corbin Public Library’s ‘Girls Who Code’ draws 12 participants

The first week of the Corbin Public Library’s “Girls Who Code,” drew 12 participants Monday afternoon.

The 15-week course, which will be held on Mondays, is designed to teach girls the basics of computer coding while giving them the opportunity to make friends and explore career opportunities in the tech community.

“I’m hoping to show them that they have this ability and they can do anything they put their minds to,” said Kayla Chadwell, who will be leading the class.

Among the participants in the early class for grades 3-5, was Summer Long.

“It was fun,” Long said adding that she would definitely return.

Chadwell, who teaches 5th grade at the Corbin School of Innovation, said it is not too late to participate.

Two sessions will be held.

Girls in grades 3-5 will meet beginning at 4:30 p.m. Girls in grades 6-12 will meet beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The classes are free and all materials and computers are provided.

“They can just show up,” Chadwell said of anyone who would like to participate.

More information is available online at or by calling the library at 528-6366.


Corbin leaders put brakes on new fire truck purchase

The Corbin Fire Department still needs a new pumper truck, but it may not be getting one that the Corbin City Commission voted to purchase last week.

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Vanover pleads guilty in federal court in drug conspiracy case

The second of the two men facing federal charges of conspiring to distribute drugs in Whitley County in 2017 has pleaded guilty.

Danny Ray Vanover, 44, of, Williamsburg, pleaded guilty to his part in the conspiracy uncovered by Williamsburg Police, at a rearraignment hearing on Sept. 10 in U.S. District Court in London.

According to the plea agreement, Vanover admitted to working with co-defendant David Davis, 47, of Williamsburg, to distribute oxycodone and oxymorephone between February 27, 2017 and March 14, 2017.

Williamsburg Police executed a search warrant on Vanover’s residence on March 14, 2017, seizing oxymorphone tablets, drug ledgers and a digital video recorder attached to an in-home security system.

Police secured a second search warrant authorizing officers to view the contents of the DVR.

“Approximately 100 drug transactions involving (Vanover) and others were on the recordings,” the plea agreement states. “The recording also revealed that David Davis and (Vanover) were present together for multiple drug transactions. Customers identified from the recordings confirm that both (Vanover) and Davis sold oxycodone and oxymorphone from (Vanover’s) residence.”

Police also executed a search warrant on Davis’ residence, seizing a large amount of narcotics, money and other items used in drug trafficking and stolen property.

On April 11, 2017, Freeman obtained a search warrant to search five cell phones obtained during the search of Davis’ residence. One of the cell phones was taken from Danny Vanover.

Williamsburg Police Detective Bobby Freeman arrested Davis, on March 15, 2017, on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and receiving stolen property over $500 but less than $10,000.

Davis pleaded guilty to his part in the conspiracy on July 31. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.

No sentencing date has been set for Vanover.


Alene Heatwole

Alene Heatwole, 82, of Williamsburg, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home.

She was born June 27, 1936 in Wofford, to the late Fred Barker and Stella Rains Barker.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James Heatwole, three sisters: June Holt, Thelma Ball and Lena Taylor and a brother: George Barker.

She is survived by her daughter, Denise Willmore of Williamsburg, two grandsons: John Madon and Austin Willmore of Williamsburg, a sister Faye Douglas of Williamsburg, special family member Glen Willmore of Williamsburg, seven nephews: Harold Lynn Douglas (Debbie), Joshua Douglas, Gavin Douglas, Jerry, Joe, Mike and Steve Caddell, a niece: Donna Douglas, several great nieces, great nephews and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral service was held Saturday September 15, at Ellison Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Mitchell officiating.

Interment was in the Cumberland Freewill Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Ellison Funeral Home was entrusted with these arrangements.


Stella Mae Mahan

Stella Mae Mahan, 98, the widow of the late Dewey Mahan of Old Barbourville Road, West, Corbin, passed away on Sunday morning at the Continued Care Hospital in Corbin.

Visitation will be at the Laurel Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour of 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Laurel Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allan Evans and Rev. Brian Webb officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hopkins Cemetery in London.


Carl Ray Felts

Rev. Carl Ray Felts, 78, of Corbin, departed this life and entered into his eternal home on September 16, 2018.

Born May 17, 1940, in Corbin, he was the son of the late Matt and Martha Felts. A man of devout faith, he was an ordained minister and full time Pastor of Dorthae Pentecostal Church for 39 years, where he remained the Bishop of the Church for the last 18 years.

He loved the Lord, his family, and Church family with his whole heart.
He was employed at CSX Transportation for 37 years, and for 35 years of that time, he was an engineer. Also, he was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel in 1989.

In addition to his father and mother, Carl was preceded in death by his brothers, James Roy Felts and Ken Felts; sisters, Lena Adkins, Captola Sulfridge, Lillie Crawford, and his twin sister, Carol Faye Smith Ledford.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bobbie Felts; one son, Mark Felts; one daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband, Mike; two grandchildren, Zach Johnson and wife Hannah, and Andrew Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Tucker Johnson and Tanner Johnson; one brother, Lon Felts and wife, Faye, one sister, Ann McHargue; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends who mourn his passing.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at Dorthae Pentecostal Church, officiated by Pastor Billy Evans, Rev. Harold Sulfridge, Rev. Zach Johnson and Andrew Johnson.

Burial will follow in Cumberland Memorial Gardens at Lily.

Pallbearers will be his nephews: Ronnie Sulfridge, Butch McHargue, Rick Crawford, Scott Crawford, Phil Crawford, Mike Smith, David Smith, Rick Felts, Kenny Felts, Matt Felts, and Brent Cunagin.

Hart Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at


Passcodes cracked for iPads, cellphones in Courtney Taylor capital murder case

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Beverly Annette Hammons

Beverly Annette Hammons, 57, of Corbin passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at her home.

She was the daughter of Harold and Patsy Cathers Perry of Corbin.
Beverly earned a B.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She had worked as a medical labratory technician in several locations including the Knox County General Hospital.

She belonged to the Corbin Church of the Nazarene. She loved her granddaughters and caring for dogs. She enjoyed Christmas and reading about royal families.

She was preceeded in death by a daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Hammons.
Other survivors include her daughter, Holly Marshall and husband Travis, and granddaughters Jaydne amd Natalie Marshall, all of Augusta, GA; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Her life was celebrated Monday at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Storms officiating.

Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery with family members serving as pallbearers.

Messages may be sent to the Family at

Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Jerry Lee Partin

Jerry Lee Partin, 82, of Corbin, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at his residence.

Jerry is survived by his wife Bobbie Davis Partin.

Funeral service was held Friday, September 14, at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Lester officiating. Burial was in the Davis Bend Cemetery in Knox County.


Marvin Dean Rose

Marvin Dean Rose, 79, of Corbin, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, TN.

He was also preceded in death by his wife Brenda Rose.

The funeral service was held Saturday, September 15, at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Lawson officiating.