, Corbin, KY

Local News

August 23, 2013

Laurel reacts to redistricting plan

Votes to file lawsuit or join other counties in lawsuits


By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer

The Laurel County Fiscal Court voted on Thursday to file a lawsuit of its own or join other counties in lawsuits when the statewide redistricting proposal goes through. House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, Republican from Jamestown, and several county clerks, released the redistricting plan last Thursday.

Senator Albert Robinson from Senate District 21 attended the fiscal court meeting and recommended legal action, along with Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson.

The redistricting proposal submitted by House Republicans splits Laurel County into five separate districts. Robinson told magistrates that the House put an “emergency clause on that, so I assume by tomorrow evening, it will be the law of the land.” If it is not signed into law on Friday, then it will be law in 90 days, according to Robinson.

Currently the county is divided into four districts and is represented in the House by Tommy Turner in the 85th district, Marie Rader in the 89th, Jim Stewart in the 86th, and Regina Bunch in the 82nd.

With the new redistricting, part of Laurel County will be pushed into the 90th district, taking the largest part of the London precincts in addition to Bush, Lake, Blackwater and Johnson precincts into Representative Tim Couch’s 90th district.

“The four people that represent this county now are costing us money,” Robinson said, encouraging magistrates to take action.

According to representatives with the Kentucky House Republicans, the reason for the split of the Laurel precincts is due to a loss of population in the Leslie and Harlan county areas.

Robinson said that Laurel County was not the only county that had been split this way.

“We are not the only ones, Hardin County has been split six ways. We have been divided and severed in such a way that Laurel County doesn’t have a voice in the House of Representatives,” Robinson said, recommending once more that the court pursue litigation.

“I think that we deserve a representative,” Robinson said.

A motion was quickly made to allow Laurel County Judge/Executive David Westerfield the authority to file paperwork that would either join other counties in lawsuits or file a lawsuit of its own. The lawsuit will not be filed until the governor signs the redistricting into law.

Laurel County residents are the smallest number in each of the five proposed districts. In the 90th district, only 12,438 residents are represented with Leslie and Harlan counties. The 89th district which is represented by Marie Rader will only have 5,547 residents represented against residents in Jackson, Lee, Breathitt and Owsley counties.

The 86th district, which includes Knox County, has 13,452 Laurel residents represented, while the Whitley County area and the southern Laurel County precincts of the 82nd District, represented by Regina Bunch, has only 9,747 Laurel residents.

Text Only
Local News
  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 24, 2014

    Swiss officer spends time with Laurel Co. deputies

    Robinson new London Tourism director

    Restaurant tax problems being corrected

    Line-item resolution passed by Knox Court

    July 24, 2014

  • Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    A Knox County couple facing charges in connection with second-degree burns on a child’s leg pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning during their preliminary hearings.
    Tyrone L. Person, 22, of Corbin, and Sierra Shepherd, 21, of Flat Lick, appeared before Judge John Chappell in Knox County District Court, according to a court official.

    July 23, 2014

  • Evaluation of Williamsburg Superintendent postponed

    An executive session to discuss and evaluate Williamsburg Independent Schools Superintendent Denny Byrd was slated for Tuesday night’s regular meeting — but an absence of one member postponed those plans.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0723 Capt. Coy Wilson, Harrison Creech & mom Samantha FOR WEB.jpg Heroes For A Day

    This boy likes to touch a truck — or in this case, the Corbin Police Department’s K9 Vehicle that was one of over 20 trucks, cars, boats, a helicopter and other vehicles stationed Tuesday at Corbin’s Rotary Park for the Sixth Annual “Touch A Truck” event.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIBROC: Just Lose It finalists announced

    The 20 finalists who will move on to the 4th Annual NIBROC: Just Lose It weight loss competition have been announced.

    July 23, 2014

  • NIBROC releases Kids Activities schedule

    We’re just over two weeks away from the 62nd Annual NIBROC Festival, and now, the schedule of kids activities for the fest is set in stone.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tri-County water treatment plants exceed quality standards

    Thirsty? If so, the Tri-County has some good water to offer to quench that thirst — that’s according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, which announced that 61 drinking water treatment plants across the state consistently produced drinking water last year that exceeded state and federal water quality standards.

    July 23, 2014

  • Corbin woman appointed to Ky. Board of Education

    A former Corbin Board of Education member has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Man admits to having sex with minor

    London City Police arrested a man Monday for having sexual relations with a minor, according to London City Police Chief Derek House.

    July 23, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 23, 2014

    Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    W’burg Supt. evaluation postponed

    NIBROC: Just Lose It finalists announced

    NIBROC releases Kids Activities schedule

    Corbin woman appointed to Ky. Board of Education

    Tri-County water treatment plants exceed quality standards

    Man admits to having sex with minor

    July 23, 2014