Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal http://weku.fm en Petition for Alcohol Vote Approved http://weku.fm/post/petition-alcohol-vote-approved <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5780/Petition-for-alcohol-vote-in-Corbin-approved;-vote-likely-Feb.-21">A vote that would allow packaged alcohol</a> sales in Corbin will likely take place Feb. 21. Citizens for Economic Progress filed the petition on Dec. 12 at the Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz&#39;s Office. Schwartz said Tuesday morning that 544 signatures were certified from the Whitley County side of Corbin, and that Knox County certified 148 signatures. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:15:50 +0000 Trent Knuckles, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal & Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 18760 at http://weku.fm Representative's Wife to Seek His Seat http://weku.fm/post/representatives-wife-seek-his-seat <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="content2" style="clear: both; width: 730px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; left: auto; right: auto; "><div class="rightSideContent" style="float: right; height: auto; width: 550px; "><blockquote><p><br />Nearly a week after 82nd District Rep. Dewayne Bunch announced his resignation, his wife, Regina Bunch, has announced plans to seek her husband&#39;s seat during the upcoming special election, which won&#39;t take place before December. &nbsp;Dewayne Bunch suffered a serious brain injury while breaking up a fight between students this past spring and resigned his position on Oct. 26. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:20:37 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 15536 at http://weku.fm Whitley Clerk Violated Open Records Act http://weku.fm/post/whitley-clerk-violated-open-records-act <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5581/Attorney-General-says-Whitley-Clerk-violated-Open-Records-Act">The Kentucky Attorney General&#39;s Office </a>has ruled that the Whitley County Clerk&#39;s Office subverted the intent of the state&#39;s open records act by not allowing a man to use a personal handheld scanner or a camera without a flash to copy county records rather than pay the 50-cent per page charge to the clerk&#39;s office. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:05:29 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 14758 at http://weku.fm Bear Spotted in Williamsburg http://weku.fm/post/bear-spotted-williamsburg <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5488/Bear-spotted-in-Williamsburg">If you want to see a bear, </a>you don&#39;t have to go to a zoo. Chances are a trip to Williamsburg might just suffice. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that there have been numerous bear sightings in the city over the last three months, and authorities don&#39;t think it is the same animal being spotted multiple times.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:16:49 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 13230 at http://weku.fm Bear Spotted in Williamsburg Elderly Hiker Rescued at Cumberland Falls http://weku.fm/post/elderly-hiker-rescued-cumberland-falls <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5429/Elderly-hiker-rescued-after-mishap-near-Eagle-Falls">Emergency officials from Whitley and McCreary counties</a> had to use ropes and a basket to carry a 70-year-old woman up a 30-foot embankment off a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park late Tuesday afternoon. The woman and her husband had been walking on a trail when she slipped down an embankment. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:00:26 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 11974 at http://weku.fm Whitley Fire Department Re-Formed http://weku.fm/post/whitley-fire-department-re-formed <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5380/Following-closure,-plans-underway-to-reform-Three-Point-Fire-Department;-new-chief-named">The 3-Point Volunteer Fire</a> Department is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point area residents to form a new volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to most fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a &quot;qualified certified&quot; fire department.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:36:17 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 11225 at http://weku.fm More Audits for Former Whitley Sheriff http://weku.fm/post/more-audits-former-whitley-sheriff <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5381/More-audits-released-critical-of-former-Whitley-Sheriff;-deficit-now-exceeds-$240,000">Two days before former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge </a>is expected to be sentenced to at least 15.5 years in a federal prison, Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen released two more scathing audits on Hodge&#39;s books while he was in office. Tuesday morning, Luallen released the 2009 tax audit for the period April 16, 2009 through April 15, 2010, and the audit of the 2010 fee account, which was used to operate Hodge&#39;s office. Like the nine other most recent audits for Hodge&#39;s office, the findings were once again referred to the FBI for further review.&nbsp; All the audits combined show a total deficit of more than $240,000 from the sheriff&#39;s department during Hodge&#39;s tenure in office. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:03:49 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 11140 at http://weku.fm Volunteer Fire Department De-Certified http://weku.fm/post/volunteer-fire-department-de-certified <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5380/Three-Point-Fire-Department-no-longer-answering-calls-due-to-lack-of-training">The 3-Point Volunteer Fire Department </a>is no longer certified by the state to operate as a fire department, and efforts are underway by a group of 3-Point residents to form a new fire volunteer fire department in that community. Until this happens, Williamsburg Fire and Rescue will be responding to fire and emergency calls in the area. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said he received a letter from the state fire commission Friday notifying him that 3-Point was no longer recognized as a &quot;qualified certified&quot; fire department.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:19:13 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 11060 at http://weku.fm Meth Labs Uncovered in Whitley County http://weku.fm/post/meth-labs-uncovered-whitley-county <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5256/ONLY-ONLINE:-Police-discover-meth-labs-in-vacant-Woodbine-home">Whitley County Sheriff&#39;s deputies discovered</a> three one-step methamphetamine labs early Tuesday evening while answering a complaint about suspicious activity inside a vacant Woodbine house. The caller told police that the home had been boarded up and was suspected to be a drug house, a sheriff&#39;s spokesman said. But when police entered the residence, a male escaped through a window. A closer examination of the empty residence turned up two females inside, who were passed out.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:11:31 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 8479 at http://weku.fm Probing the Impact of Penal Code Reform http://weku.fm/post/probing-impact-penal-code-reform <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5154/Officials-discuss-impact-of-penal-code-reforms-at-Williamsburg-forum">About 50 people attended a </a>Whitley County UNITE Coalition forum Monday evening to discuss the impact of Kentucky&#39;s new 150-page penal code reform act, and whether the pros of the new law outweigh the cons of it. Proponents say the reform is Kentucky getting &quot;smart&quot; on crime, while critics say it is the state getting &quot;softer&quot; on crime sacrificing public safety to save money. The consensus of the group, if there was one, is that eventually the new law will probably help Kentucky&#39;s recidivism rate among criminals namely drug offenders, but that the crime rate might get worse under the new reforms before it gets better. Wed, 08 Jun 2011 18:11:08 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 5887 at http://weku.fm Probing the Impact of Penal Code Reform Facebook Leads Police to AWOL Marine http://weku.fm/post/facebook-leads-police-awol-marine <p><a href="http://www.thenewsjournal.net/details/5106/Facebook-post-leads-to-arrest-of-AWOL-Marine-in-Williamsburg">If you&#39;re going to go leave</a> the military without permission, then it probably isn&#39;t a good idea to post your whereabouts on Facebook. In the predawn hours Tuesday, Whitley County Sheriff&#39;s Lt. Dennis Foley charged Terry J. McCullah, 19, with being a federal fugitive. Foley arrested McCullah at his mother&#39;s residence after sheriff&#39;s deputies got a request from the United States Marine Corps to apprehend McCullah for &quot;military desertion,&quot; according to court documents. Thu, 26 May 2011 14:07:30 +0000 Mark White, Corbin/Whitley News-Journal 4700 at http://weku.fm