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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...
Posted On 01 Sep 2017

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...
Posted On 24 Aug 2017

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...
Posted On 10 Aug 2017

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...
Posted On 09 Aug 2017

Whitley duo facing murder charges for fatal beating Sunday night

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...

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...

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,...

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...
Posted On 28 Jun 2017

April 16 trial date set in Courtney Taylor murder case

Courtney Taylor is charged with three counts of murder in the death of her husband and two children. A Williamsburg woman, who allegedly killed her husband and two teenage daughters while they slept in January, is now slated to stand trial next spring. If convicted, she could...
Posted On 07 Jun 2017

Portion of KY 1064 closed Wednesday, June 7; KY 6 closed Thursday, June 8

Portions of two state highways in Whitley County will be closed this week for maintenance work. A portion of KY 1064 at mile point 17 (junction of KY 6) will be closed Wednesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of KY 6 at mile point 0.792 (junction of KY 1064) will be...
Posted On 07 Jun 2017