, Corbin, KY

Local News

March 1, 2013

A time for ‘Rebuilding Hope’ in Laurel County

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff writer

For those who had loved ones who perished from the fury of a Friday night tornado, who answered the call to save and rescue those injured in the debris, or who unselfishly helped to rebuild a shattered community, March 2, 2012 will always be remembered.

It was the worst tragedy ever to hit Laurel County.

And what started first as shock and grief has given way to hope and renewal in the East Bernstadt area.  

This Saturday, a special community service for the six victims of that tornado, as well as those who helped in the process of cleaning up and rebuilding the area, will be held at the First Baptist Church of East Bernstadt at 226 School Street, off KY 490.

The service will begin at 6 p.m., and will follow with a meal in the church’s fellowship hall.

Those organizing the service said the theme of the service is “Rebuilding Hope.”

It will feature Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield and Laurel County Sheriff John Root as guest speakers. The church’s pastor, Brother Norm Brock, will also speak and special singing will be featured as well.

Along with remembering those who died, recognition will be given to those who volunteered in the recovery, rescue and ultimate rebuilding and renewal of the area.

A special “thank you” will also be given to the first responders — volunteer and paid firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical service personnel and other essential services workers — who went the extra mile, and then some, during the disaster.

“We’re going to have some of the people speak, and recognize how the community came together. We’ll have a video of the destruction and projects that a couple of churches had built in the tornado’s wake, and we will pay tribute to the six people who died from the storm. It’s also about rebuilding and renewal. Even when we face storms in our lives that mark us, our intention is to show in the future there is hope,” said Tricia Buddenberg, office manager at FBC-East Bernstadt, during a phone interview Thursday.

She added the initial planning for the event has been going on for several months, and that support from the community has been “wonderful.”

“It’s awesome for people to come in this Saturday night at the church and share with each other their troubles and accomplishments. And, most important, how our community pulled together at such a trying time,” Westerfield pointed out Thursday in a phone interview.

The community, and local church groups in Laurel and surrounding counties, are encouraged to attend the special service. For more information, you can contact the church at (606) 843-6211, or contact them by going to their website at, or follow them at their Facebook page.

Before the service that night, Buddenberg said several activities will take place in East Bernstadt on Saturday morning.

“They include serving hot dogs at two convenience stores in the community, and taking appreciation ‘Care Bags’ to hospitals, the sheriff’s department, ambulance service, police department and other first-responders, to show appreciation to the service they provide every day. Our whole point is to love the community on the anniversary of the tornado,” she noted.

Text Only
Local News
  • 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

  • 0722 Mike Corey & David Thompson FOR WEB.jpg David Thompson to run again

    The mayor’s race in Barbourville will have a familiar name on the November ballot.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter