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WILLIAMSBURG — This Friday and Saturday over 265 Jeeps are expected to have traveled to Williamsburg from across the United States, and even Canada, to kick off the 26th annual Jeep Jamboree.

Robert Calfee, of Park City, stopped by his favorite retailer, Zack Express, on Sunday to check a stack of lottery tickets he’d accumulated. He said most of the tickets scanned “not a winner” until they came across the one, he’d purchased for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, according to a press release received in email from Jennifer Cunningham, communications specialist with the Kentucky lottery.

CORBIN — Thursday evening, the Corbin Board of Education recognized a new program being implemented in the district that allows local community members to mentor students, similar to a Big Brothers Big Sisters type of program.

Providing a positive male role model for kids is always on Simon Vanderpool’s mind. That’s why the special education teacher at Harrison Elementary in Fayette County decided to start a new program, Books Barbers and Ballers, aimed at helping kids practice their reading skills.

In late September, police accused a truck driver of having a cellphone mounted on his dash playing a video that was distracting him when his tractor-trailer struck a jeep killing a Bedford man and seriously injuring his passenger.

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CORBIN — Corbin native Mike Huff has just finished his rookie season in the Bassmaster Elite Series and accomplished a life long goal in the process.

State Budget Director John Chilton said Kentucky's tax collections in September decreased nearly $13 million from last year.

Kentucky has the third highest rate of youth obesity in the nation. According to data released Thursday, 93,600 young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, a rate of 20.8%.

The opioid crisis has caused plenty of questions, but very few answers have been found so far. On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Rand Paul joined local leaders in the war against opioids in a round-table discussion of what possible solutions can be found on all levels.

TRI-COUNTY — Every day many residents in the Tri-County go about their daily routines, jumping in their vehicles rushing to work, dropping children off at school, running errands, going to the grocery store, library, after school practices and so forth, often taking their mode of transportation for granted.

The man accused of fatally shooting a fellow immigrant, then enlisting his cousin and estranged girlfriend to help burn the body has been sentenced to life in prison.

Fans of Madison County history enjoyed a blast from the past Sunday afternoon. At Union City Park in northwest Madison County, nearly 60 people gathered to witness the unveiling of a memorial marker for Andrew Tribble, one of the nation's great vaudeville performers.

With around 622,360 people in Kentucky labeled as food insecure -- lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food -- 18.6% of those are ages 50 to 59, making the commonwealth the highest ranked for food insecurity in this age range in the nation, according to a Feeding America Report.

Judge Debra Lambert, who has been chosen as one of EKU's Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2019, humbly recognizes that many supportive people have helped and taught her.

Cincinnati-based Hollaender Manufacturing Company revealed Wednesday the company will set up an operation in a warehouse complex off University Drive in Somerset to manufacture its line of Speed-Rail® mechanical fittings. The railing manufacturer will invest $667,000 and plans to create 16 full-time, high-paying jobs.

Affordable housing for those with below-median incomes has been a lifetime mission for Eastern Kentucky University alumnus Rick McQuady. When he accepted the position of Kentucky Housing Corporation's Internal Auditor in 1985, thus began a decades-long career of making fair, safe, affordable housing a reality for more Kentucky families.

Among the writing scrawled on the worn, frayed guitar case is the statement: "When I die, I'll go to heaven because I spent my time in hell VIETNAM-1966-67-68."

WILLIAMSBURG — The second annual River Fog Festival returns to downtown Williamsburg Saturday with a stacked musical lineup, plenty of food and beverages as well as giant games for children to enjoy.

Middle of this week may see the hottest temperatures ever recorded in October. It follows the driest September on record, and maybe the hottest.

With local burn bans still in effect, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for this year’s Fall Wildfire Hazard Season.

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Obituaries

Wilma McDavid passed Wednesday at Kings Daughters Medical Center. Funeral services will be Friday 1 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday 11 a.m. until service.

Earle G. Wheeler, 92, passed away October 14, 2019, in Lexington, Ky. He was born on February 5, 1927, in Ashland, Ky., to the late Franklin F. and Neva Lemaster Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Rowe Wheeler. Earle was a retired employee of IBM and a member…