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GoFundMe account established to return drowning victim to native Mexico

A GoFundMe account has been established to return the body of the Lexington man who drown Saturday at Laurel Lake to his native Mexico. The account’s goal is to raise $6,000 to help the family of 42-year-old Alfonzo Sanchez-Gonzalez. “Alfonso was a very loved person and was...

Reducing Whitley Co. smoking rate would cut cancer deaths, improve health, Chandler says

Kentucky is the cancer capital of the nation, and while cancer deaths have declined about 20 percent nationwide since 1980, they have increased in Whitley County and in most of the other 119 Kentucky counties. Deaths due to cancer in Whitley County, at 238 deaths per 100,000...
Posted On 30 May 2018

Unemployment rates drop across Kentucky, locally

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2017 and April 2018, 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...
Posted On 30 May 2018

Tourism impact report disputed

For the second consecutive year, the Corbin Tourism Commission is taking issue with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet’s tourism economic impact report concerning Whitley County. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a Member? Join Us

Vehicle fire shuts down portion of I-75 in Whitley County Wednesday

South Interstate 75 in Whitley County was shut down for approximately 20 minutes Wednesday afternoon as Oak Grove firefighters worked to extinguish a vehicle fire. Chief Kevin Gibbs said firefighters were called to the scene between the 20 and 21–mile markers at approximately...

Area fire departments battle three brush fires in as many days

For the third time in as many days area firefighters have been called to the scene to fight brush fires that have gotten out of control. Woodbine firefighters were called to Old Corbin Road off of Ky. 26 about 2:45 p.m. Monday. Woodbine Battalion Chief Rickie Fore said the flames...

Doing our part to celebrate the Whitley County bicentennial

In case you didn’t know, Whitley County is 200 years old this year! That’s an amazing milestone. The city where this newspaper was founded in 1908 has gone to great effort to have a month-long celebration for the bicentennial in April. So, we decided to join in on the fun. This...

Imagine life without cell phones, TV 200 years ago

We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Whitley County. Kentucky had been ratified as the 15th state just 26 years earlier. The western most part of Kentucky, west of the Tennessee River, was sold to the United States the same year, 1818, that our county...

Looking back: How some of Whitley County’s various communities got their names

(Editor’s note: This is the first part of a three-part story detailing the origins of some of Whitley County’s smaller communities. The second part of this story will appear on next month’s bicentennial page in the News Journal.) They have names like Boston (not the liberal place...
Posted On 26 Apr 2018

Whitley County seeking grant to purchase submersible ROV

The Whitley County Fiscal Court took the first step in the process to acquire a remotely operated submersible vehicle to aid in search and recovery efforts. At last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the fiscal court, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution...