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Whitley, Laurel and McCreary counties included in presidential disaster declaration

President Joe Biden has issued a major disaster declaration for Kentucky in regards to the severe winter storm system that impacted Kentucky from Feb. 8 – Feb. 19, 2021, and for public assistance for 44 counties, including: Whitley, Laurel and McCreary counties. Gov. Andy Beshear...
Posted On 12 Apr 2021

Unemployment rates drop in Whitley, Laurel and Bell counties

Unemployment rates decreased in Whitley, Laurel, and Bell counties between January  2021 and February 2021, increased in McCreary County during that same time period, and stayed the same in Knox County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the...
Posted On 10 Apr 2021

Over 15 percent of Whitley County residents vaccinated against COVID-19

In terms of COVID-19 vaccination rates, Whitley County is beating the national percentages in regards to the percent of the population at least 18 years of age that are vaccinated and the percent of the population at least 65 years of age that are vaccinated, and is nearly at the...
Posted On 01 Apr 2021

Whitley County reports 11 highway fatalities in 2020, Laurel County reports 13 deaths

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). Initial data indicates there were 778 fatalities in 2020, compared to 732 in 2019 – a 5 percent increase. “2020...
Posted On 08 Mar 2021

Unemployment rates increase locally in Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell, McCreary counties

Unemployment rates increased in Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell and McCreary counties between November 2020 and December 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County’s...
Posted On 06 Feb 2021

Unemployment rates decrease in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties

Unemployment rates decreased in Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell and McCreary counties between October 2020 and November 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County’s...
Posted On 16 Jan 2021

October unemployment rates climb in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties

Unemployment rates increased in Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell and McCreary counties between September 2020 and October 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County’s...
Posted On 14 Dec 2020

Whitley, Laurel counties each report over 40 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Whitley and Laurel counties each reported over 40 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The Whitley County Health Department reported 41 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 26 new cases Wednesday, 38 new cases Tuesday, 45 new cases Monday, three new cases Sunday, seven new cases Saturday, and 37...
Posted On 03 Dec 2020

Whitley County reports 16th COVID-19 fatality Monday

The Whitley County Health Department reported the county’s 16th COVID-19 fatality Monday. No details were announced about the new fatality. The Whitley County Health Department reported its 15th COVID-19 fatality on Nov. 12. The Whitley County Health Department reported 45 new...
Posted On 30 Nov 2020

Laurel County Health Department reports 12th confirmed COVID-19 fatality Wednesday

The Laurel County Health Department reported its 12th confirmed COVID-19 fatality Wednesday. “Our condolences go out to the family of the 84-year-old male,” Laurel County Health Department officials wrote in a release Wednesday. The Laurel County Health Department reported 45 new...
Posted On 25 Nov 2020