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Family visits, airing of grievances, whispers at tribal council dominate week 11 of, ‘Survivor: Island of the Idols’

The 11th week of CBS’s, “Survivor: Island of the Idols” got straight into things as it opened with host Jeff Probst meeting with the eight remaining contestants for a reward challenge. Before the challenge, Probst took the time to introduce the family member of each contestant...

Testing of blood evidence slowing progress in murder case where victim was stabbed 39 times

When friends and family members found Billy Lawson dead on Feb. 11, inside a game room he operated on the Kentucky side of Jellico, there was “blood everywhere,” a caller told Whitley County E-911 dispatchers. Authorities determined that he had been stabbed 39 times. A trio of...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Corbin man, reported to be armed and dangerous, found with knife, shiv, and handgun

A Corbin man who is on parole for criminal attempt to commit murder, was arrested in Gray Thursday after a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy found him outside a home armed with a knife, shiv, and, allegedly, a handgun. Zachary Lewis Franke, 26, is facing charges of violating parole,...

Cook Out buys second piece of land in W’burg

A restaurant franchise headquartered in North Carolina has purchased its second piece of property in Williamsburg. Cook Out-Williamsburg KY Inc. purchased the former Krystal’s restaurant building, which is located at 510 Highway 92W, Williamsburg, on Nov. 22 for $600,000,...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Former W’burg Fire Chief James Privett remembered

Former Williamsburg Fire Chief James Privett is being remembered as a hard worker, who loved the town that he served during 35 years of work at the fire department, including more than 20 years as fire chief. “I love him. The people of this town love him. He did such a great job...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Christmas parade coming to Corbin Saturday; Christmas concert to UC Sunday

As the old song lyric goes, “It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” with several holiday events lined up throughout Corbin and Williamsburg in the upcoming days and weeks. The Corbin Christmas Parade is set for this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Parade participants will...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Public support leads Rep. Regina Petrey Huff to seek re-election

Changes are coming to the Kentucky House of Representatives 82nd District and while it appears the district map will be redrawn, incumbent Rep. Regina Petrey Huff will be seeking another term Huff, R-Williamsburg, announced on her Facebook page Monday that she might not seek...

Fees for deeds, wills, marriage licenses increasing Jan. 1

(Editor’s note: The interview with Kay Schwartz for this story was conducted last week before she retired as Whitley County Clerk.) Have a will that you have been meaning to file, but haven’t gotten around to taking it to the county clerk’s office? Planning to get married in...
Posted On 05 Dec 2019

Willis appointed as interim county clerk, plans to run for the position

Whitley County’s new interim county clerk is a familiar face. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. appointed Carolyn Willis, who has worked at the office for nearly 26 years, as the new interim county clerk shortly before noon Monday after her bond was finalized. As a...
Posted On 05 Dec 2019

Schwartz says she will miss the people the most

Kay Schwartz says she will miss the people the most as she heads into retirement after working nearly 44 years in the Whitley County Clerk’s Office, which includes having served as the county clerk for nearly 12 years. “I love to help people. Seeing the people and getting to help...
Posted On 05 Dec 2019