, Corbin, KY

October 21, 2013

‘Ghost Story’ winners announced

Top 3 finishers to read their stories at next week’s Library ‘Ghost Tour’, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / staff writer

When this year’s “Ghost Tour” through Downtown Corbin makes its trek next Friday and Saturday, three of the stories read will be original tales from three students.

Lucinda Smith, Madyson Bargo and Brooke Way — all three students at Corbin High School — were the top finishers in a contest organized by the high school and the Corbin Public Library.

They were announced Friday during a ceremony at the high school by their teacher, Brian Theodore, who made the presentation before his Creative Writing class.

“Myself and Mr. Theodore were the co-chairs to assign the Creative Writing class to write stories on the theme, ‘Seek the Unknown.’ … The big finale is they’ll all three read their ghost stories during the library’s Ghost Tour next week,” Pam Bishop, Media Specialist at Corbin High, said.

Smith was the 1st Place Winner, and got the award for her original ghost story, “Dare.”

Named as the 2nd Place Winner was Bargo, whose ghost story was called “Finding Family.”

Announced as the 3rd Place Winner, Way wrote “An Unexpected Adventure.”

Congratulating the three students at the ceremony was Lisa Kersey, the library’s Assistant Director. She said the collaboration with the school produced a foundation for writing students to follow in the future.

“We really just wanted to tie in a new aspect to the program this year. We offered this to the high school, because we wanted to tie in more to the community, and include more educational elements into the Ghost Tour,” Kersey noted.

She added Smith, Bargo and Way received a variety of prizes from the library, including cash and goodies such as a book bag, a Velcro “Beneath the Surface” wallet, a stuffed animal, and a “Zombie” rubber duck. While Smith received a “Hunger Games” book bag for taking 1st Place, both Bargo and Way received separate “Own The Night” book bags.

After the inaugural “Ghost Tour” last October, this year’s event goes on for two nights next week.

It gets underway Friday and Saturday,  starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. both nights.

The tours will leave from the Corbin Public Library and combine a tour of historic buildings and locations in the city’s downtown with the telling of Halloween stories and tales.

Admission is free for all ages.

Those who take the walking tour will be able to see historic places such as the Hall-Watson building that once housed a hospital and the old Hippodrome site. In addition to the ghost stories being told, those taking the tour will learn a little bit about the history of the buildings and sites.

The Ghost Tour is available for large groups, as well as for those who’d rather go on the tour by themselves. For those wishing to take the self-guided tour, brochures will be available at the library both nights.

Next week’s Ghost Tour is co-sponsored by the Corbin Public Library and the Downtown Corbin program. Kersey said funding for the event is being made possible by a $700 donation from the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission.

For more information, call the library at (606) 528-6366, or go to their website at