Corbin City Commission approves Hedrick as new police chief

The Corbin City Commission voted Monday night to hire Corbin Police Detective Rusty Hedrick to be the department’s next chief. In a unanimous vote, Mayor Willard McBurney and commissioners voted to accept Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams' recommendation that Hedrick be hired. Hedrick has been serving as the department’s interim chief since Chief David Campbell [...]

SHERIFF: Corbin man arrested for prowling around car lot had shotgun, drug pipes

A suspected prowler who was reportedly running around the area near Legacy Auto Group in Knox County early Monday morning was under the influence of drugs, according to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith said deputies arrested 32-year-old Joshua Lee Wilson of Corbin after finding him hidden in a wooded area behind [...]

Corbin man facing robbery charge over $6.75 worth of merchandise

A Corbin man has been charged with robbery after he allegedly struck a Family Dollar Store employee with a car as he attempted to flee with $6.75 worth of merchandise Monday afternoon. Twenty-six-year-old Dustin Martin was arrested at his residence on Palmer Street on charges of second-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving [...]

Woodbine fire truck wrecked while en route to structure fire

A Woodbine Fire Department pumper truck was involved in a wreck while responding to an emergency call Thursday afternoon. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said the truck with two firefighters wrecked on Louden Road off of East Ky. 92 approximately eight miles outside of Williamsburg. The firefighters were responding to call for mutual aid on [...]

Redhound Theatre cast bringing back ‘Still Waters Run Deep’ for one performance Friday

Corbin’s Redhound Theatre is dusting off their suspenders and flower print dresses and will take to the stage Friday night for an encore performance of the original production, “Still Waters Run Deep,” as they prepare to compete at the Southeastern Theatre Conference competition to be held March 2-3 in Lexington. Corbin High School’s Redhound Theatre [...]

Needle exchange program collects 500 used hypodermic needles

The Whitley County Health Department has collected about 500 used hypodermic needles from drug users since its needle exchange program started about eight weeks ago, and it is largely operating on a one-on-one needle exchange rate.Martha Steele, public health director at the Whitley County Health Department, said after their initial visit, participants are informed that in order to receive more new needles they will have to bring in their old needles to the next needle exchange.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Corbin nearing sellout

The Arena in Corbin is within 200 tickets of hosting it’s first sold out show when Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd comes to town on April 29. Arena Manager Kristi Balla said the venue has been close to sold out on at least two other occasions, when Three Doors Down played Corbin in 2009 and Brantley [...]

Corbin man indicted for fleeing police

A Corbin man, who allegedly tried to run over a Corbin police officer during a December pursuit, has been indicted by a Whitley County Grand Jury.The Whitley County Grand Jury issued its monthly report Monday, and indicted Curtis Lewis, 34, on charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property over $500 but less than $10,000 and for being a first-degree persistent felony offender.Lewis has prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property under $10,000, theft by unlawful taking and first-degree fleeing or evading police, according to his indictment.
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Despite days off, local schools still struggling with illness

Superintendents at Whitley County's three public school districts are keeping a close eye on growing absenteeism, among students and staff, caused by a triple whammy of seemingly pervasive illnesses across the area. Scott Paul, Superintendent at the Whitley County School System, the county's largest school district, said Tuesday he's hoping the decision to cancel classes [...]

Leigh Burke indicted for second time

Former Whitley County School District Chief Financial Officer Leigh Burke was indicted for a second time Monday morning. This time in connection with a theft from the Kentucky Association of School Business Officials (KASBO).

A former chief financial officer for the Whitley County school district, who was fired in June amid allegations of misappropriation of school funds, got some bad news and some good news in regards to her legal situation Monday.The bad news for Leigh Burke, 55, of Williamsburg, was that a Whitley County Grand Jury had indicted her for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but less than $1 million, and for three counts of second-degree forgery in regard to allegedly stealing over $26,000 from the Kentucky Association of School Business Officials (KASBO).The good news for Burke Monday afternoon was Whitley Circuit Judge Paul Winchester agreed to modify her bond conditions in a prior theft case involving the school district so that she can live in Florida with her fiancé, who wasn’t identified in court, and work there at a new job that pays $20 per hour.
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