Ballou dental practice closure will mark end of an era

For more than eight decades at least one dentist with the last name of Ballou has practiced in Whitley County, but that streak will end in late June as brothers Bert and Robert Ballou close their Williamsburg practice. With the exception of three years during WWII, there has been at least one practicing [...]

Baptist Health Corbin commemorates ‘National Donate Life Month’

Each of the approximately 30 people that attended Baptist Health Corbin’s ceremony commemorating “National Donate Life Month” held last Thursday near the hospital’s surgery entrances, was asked to draw a stone from a basket. Written on each stone was an organ or tissue that thousands of people across the Commonwealth, the country and the world [...]

Williamsburg Pizza Hut manager receives company’s ‘Book It! Champion Award’

Pizza Hut restaurants have been working to improve reading literacy among America’s children through its “Book It” program for more than 30 years. The company recently recognized Shannon Barman, general manager of the Williamsburg Pizza Hut who received the “Book It! Champion Award” for her and her store’s commitment to the program. Williamsburg Pizza [...]

Corbin man appointed to Ky. State Corrections Commission

Corbin resident Danny Jones was recently appointed to the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. A Corbin man is one of eight people recently appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to the Kentucky State Corrections Commission. Joseph Daniel Jones, of Corbin, is CEO of Cumberland River Behavioral Health. Jones will represent service providers. He shall serve [...]

Hometown Bank donates ‘We Care’ basket to Laurel County Sheriff’s office

Hometown Bank recently donated snacks to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office as a show of support to deputies and staff. Pictured above, left to right: Hometown Bank Vice President Nick Greiwe, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo and bank Vice President Linda Gray. Laurel County Sheriff John Root praised the donation and said “the support of businesses and [...]

Forcht Broadcasting honors employees and management

Above left: Francis Wilhoit of London radio stations SAM 103.9 WWEL-FM and and Kool Gold 96.7 WANV-FM receives a gift recognizing her 25 years of service with Forcht Broadcasting. Left to right, Forcht Broadcasting Chairman Terry Forcht, Forcht Broadcasting President Mike Tarter, Francis Wilhoit, and WWEL/WANV General Manager Bridgett Gambrel. Above center: Forcht Broadcasting’s Senior [...]

Baptist Health Corbin receives ‘A’ grade for patient safety

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to improving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Baptist Health Corbin was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to [...]

Whitley County residents get Promise Zone update

Promise Zone Coordinator Sandi Curd gave an update on the Promise Zone to a group of Whitley County residents Tuesday afternoon. More than a dozen people turned out for an annual community forum Tuesday afternoon at the old Whitley County Courthouse in Williamsburg to discuss progress of the Promise Zone, which is now [...]

Corbin Area Technology Center building renamed the ‘Owens Building’

Corbin Area Technology Center faculty and staff gathered with members of R.L. and Hettie Owens’ family Thursday to formally dedicate the building on the Corbin High School Campus in their honor. The Corbin Board of Education approved a proposal in December to honor the Corbin businessman and community leader who was instrumental in bringing the [...]

Unemployment rate drops statewide, locally

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 [...]