Update: New details slowly emerging in triple homicide case

New details are slowly emerging about the deaths of three people, who were found slain on Sept. 13 at a home they were living at in eastern Whitley County.

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Short I-75 lane closures planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20

If you’re planning to travel north on I-75 Wednesday, Sept. 20, in either Whitley or Laurel counties, then take note. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict northbound traffic to one lane at mile points 7.9 in Whitley County, and mile 42.4 in Laurel County on that date. The lane restrictions will allow crews to [...]

Unemployment rate rises in tri-county area

Unemployment rates fell in 18 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 99 counties, including Whitley, Laurel and Knox, between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate increased from [...]

Whitley Co. getting $6,212.50 state refund for mining permits, acreage fees

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday that fiscal courts in 29 counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel, will receive refunds totaling $149,425 from mining permit and acreage fees. The amounts of refunds are based on acreage fees paid by coal companies. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources collects mine permit and acreage fees and returns a [...]

8 Whitley Co. volunteer fire departments sharing $40,000 in coal severance funds

All eight Whitley County volunteer fire departments have received $5,000 in funding thanks to coal severance funds. On Aug. 9, the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) approved the award of eight projects in Local Economic Development Fund (LGEDF)/Single County Coal Severance funds, totaling $40,000 to the Whitley County Fiscal Court. “I am pleased that [...]

Whitley Co. has 7.2 percent June unemployment rate

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's June unemployment rate was 7.2 percent. Laurel County's June unemployment rate [...]

Whitley duo facing murder charges for fatal beating Sunday night

Chris Lowe and Lori Mattie A Williamsburg duo has been charged with murder stemming from a fatal beating Sunday night on Old Mud Creek Road. Thirty-eight-year-old Chris Lowe and 37-year-old Lori Mattie were arrested Monday morning following an investigation by Kentucky State Police. According to court records, state police were called to the scene [...]

Whitley County man dies after boat strikes rock in Laurel Lake

A Corbin man was pronounced dead at the scene after his boat struck a rock in Laurel Lake last Wednesday night. Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses said the incident occurred near Grove Marina about 11:30 p.m. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley identified the man as 60-year-old Lloyd Lawson of Corbin. Emergency personnel were [...]

Marine Corps League detachment established in Whitley County

Whether you earned the coveted “Eagle, Globe and Anchor,” at Parris Island, South Carolina or are one of the “Hollywood Marines,” that underwent Marine Corps Recruit Training in San Diego, the J.C. Paul Detachment of the Marine Corps League is looking for you. The chapter, currently based at the Elks Lodge in Corbin, is open [...]

Unemployment rate falls in Whitley, Laurel counties

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, including Whitley and Laurel counties, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 counties, including Knox County, 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 [...]