PIKEVILLE, Ky. – In 2018 Southern rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Produced…


The case of the missing pond on the College Park campus has been resolved and the road is now open for traffic, four months after one of the two ponds on the Somerset Community College campus mysteriously drained overnight.

Citing lower costs and the digital age, Republican State Rep. Jerry Miller has introduced legislation to remove paid public notices from newspapers and instead post them for free on local government websites.

The Paranormal Research Society is visiting the Laurel County Public Library this Saturday, Jan. 18 in the library auditorium from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Members of the society will explain their equipment, discuss their techniques and safety, go over past haunting experiences, show video and audio …

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will return to Main Street on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday. Hosted by the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, the event boasts activities for the kids, a march down Main Street, a guest speaker and a dinner.


Law enforcement personnel had a busy year in 2019 with numerous calls for assistance and investigations. But all three local groups were also very active in community events, especially those involving children.

After high winds and dangerous storms moved across Kentucky and the southern United States this past weekend, over 9,300 members of Jackson Energy Cooperative were left without power.


Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who is accused of using a stolen credit card at Walmart in Corbin on Jan. 3.


Cold Hill Elementary students were given the challenge to build a bridge with certain height and width requirements which also could support a specific weight and allow passage beneath for a vehicle of a certain size. Students were given points for originality as well as for the highest desi…

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A London man is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after he didn't seek medical treatment for a 4-month-old baby who sustained head injuries.

Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.


Cool temperatures and the constant threat of snow may make it feel like spring couldn’t be further away, but planning for spring gardens begins during winter months when seeds are ordered. Looking through a seed catalog, store rack, or online product offering can be overwhelming, since there…

Last week I mentioned the photo of Melville Phelps which was not printed because it did not go through the e-mail with the rest of the article. I am sorry about that. We are currently having problems with our e-mail, so I won’t try to send anymore pictures until we get that resolved. If you …


Laurel County native Scotty Reams formally filed to fill the seat of retiring State Representative Jim Stewart on Friday. Rep. Stewart has held the seat since 1997 — representing the 86th district including Knox County and parts of Laurel County.

FRANKFORT – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced key appointments and staffing changes for his executive team for his second term at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Quarles has appointed Sean Southard as director of public affairs and Gus Herbert as a special advisor.


SOMERSET, Ky. – The Medical Assisting Program at Somerset Community College (SCC), Laurel North Campus, recently graduated 17 students and celebrated the conclusion of their studies with a pinning ceremony and reception. The event was held in the Health Sciences Building on the SCC Laurel No…


The East Bernstadt Independent school board meeting on Thursday saw a look at yearly items, such as the school audit and the GEAR UP review. With January being Board Member Appreciation Month, the meeting also honored the school board members, some of which have served the board for numerous…

Sublimity Elementary School was named a National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished School on Dec. 29. The school was recognized for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two consecutive years.


Students identified as gifted and talented at North and South Laurel Middle Schools recently took part in GT Day in Laurel County. Depending on their area of giftedness students took part in different activities designed to enrich their educational experience. Laurel County Schools had Somer…

A Louisville man charged with his fifth DUI within a six year period will now serve a seven year prison sentence.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Unemployment rates rose in 95 Kentucky counties between November 2018 and November 2019, fell in 18 and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Laurel…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort …

Four current city council members are seeking to retain their seats on the city government, while six others are vying to fill the vacancies.

Bookmarked is a monthly club offered by the Laurel County Public Library, where attendees discuss a wide variety of genre fiction from numerous authors. The club sees nearly a dozen people during its meeting every second Tuesday at 6 p.m.

A Mount Vernon woman is charged with murder following the discovery of a deceased male subject on Pug Lane in the Conway community of Rockcastle County on Thursday, Jan. 9.

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A couple charged with endangering two young children are facing a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14 and remain incarcerated after their arrests early Thursday morning.

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Joyce Vandeventer Philpot (formerly of London) passed away on January 16, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Philpot, her daughter, Rhonda Lyon, her parents, Steve and Ola Gregory Vandeventer and siblings, Layton, Harold and Dixie Mae. She leaves behind one sister, Ruby Ca…

"Forever In Our Hearts" Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, But Remember me in every tomorrow. I've only gone to rest a while. Although my leaving caused pain and grief, My going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, Not as I am now, but as I used to…