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For now, Whitley Co. Health Dept. taking no action regarding pensions

The Whitley County Health Department’s Board of Health is waiting to see what happens in next year’s upcoming legislative session before deciding what to do regarding its pension obligation to the state retirement system. House Bill 1 was passed during a special legislative...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019

Complete community health survey and get chance to win a $100 gift card

Want the chance to win a $100 gift card? All you have to do is go online and complete a community health survey that the Whitley County Health Department currently has underway. So far the health department has received about 164 responses. The survey takes about 11 minutes to...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019

Photo Gallery: Historic Williamsburg Ghost Walk

Whitley County High School drama students helped provide dramatic narratives for the first ever Ghost Walk through historic downtown Williamsburg Monday evening. 141 people attended, which organizers hope to make an annual event.
Posted On 30 Oct 2019

Update: Free W’burg ‘Ghost Walk’ postponed until Monday, Oct. 28

Update: The free Williamsburg Ghost Walk in Historic Downtown Williamsburg, which had originally been set for Saturday, Oct. 26, has now been delayed until Monday, Oct. 28 due to a forecast for heavy rains, which are expected Saturday evening. Are any of the historic buildings in...
Posted On 24 Oct 2019

Whitley County Health Department gets $110,586 HepConnect grant

The Whitley County Health Department recently received a grant for more than $100,000, which will help it improve services to drug users, especially those suffering from Hepatitis C. In 2018, 575 people were hospitalized or treated in emergency departments in Whitley County for...
Posted On 14 Oct 2019

Whitley Co. Health Department starts to detail program cuts

As part of a state effort to transform public health in Kentucky and make it more cost efficient – especially in light of pension costs that are expected to rise dramatically next year – the Whitley County Health Department is looking at what programs and services aren’t...
Posted On 20 Sep 2019

Whitley County Health Department offering free Hep. A. vaccinations July 25, July 30

In January 530 people took advantage of a free Hepatitis A vaccination clinic held in Williamsburg. Those needing either the first or second parts of their vaccinations will have a chance to get them from free with two upcoming clinics, which are for people who are either...
Posted On 17 Jul 2019

Whitley County Health Department told to prioritize services

With health departments across the state facing financial insolvency because of an increase in required payments to the state’s pension system, the head of the Kentucky Department of Health is transforming the way local health departments operate with the goal of stretching their...

Health department seeks vaping ban in public buildings

Vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is increasing not just locally but across the country, especially among teenagers. Whitley County Health Department Public Health Director Marcy Rein asked the Williamsburg City Council to extend the city’s smoking ordinance to include...
Posted On 17 May 2019

Rein named new health department public health director

During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Whitley County Board of Health selected a new public health director. The board voted unanimously to offer the position to Marcy Rein, who was called after the meeting and accepted the position. Her official hiring is pending approval...
Posted On 09 Apr 2019