, Corbin, KY

Local News

April 9, 2014

Laurel Arbor Day celebrations kick off Thursday

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

Laurel County celebrations for Arbor Day begin Thursday.

A ceremony will begin at the site of the future London Wellness Park at 10 a.m. when a Tree City USA award is presented to Mayor Troy Rudder.

According to Chairman of the Tree Board of the City of London Karen Wyan, the award signifies a city is willing to care for its trees and “promote a healthy urban forest.”

“The trees will work for the city,” Wyan said. “They will provide oxygen and beautify the environment.”

Rudder and Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield will also give out Tree Hero Awards to Laurel County Schools, and Superintendent Doug Bennett will be present to receive the awards. Boy Scout Troop 828 will also receive a Tree Hero Award, and Troop Director Mike Smith will be present to receive the award.

“It’s time to say thank you to the people who help replenish our trees,” Wyan said.

After the award ceremony, shuttles will be available to transport volunteers to the Whitley Branch Wetland Restoration Project to plant tree seedlings. Shovels are provided.

The seedlings are donated by the Arbor Day Foundation and corporate sponsor FedEx as part of the national “Tree Recovery Campaign.” This initiative is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and state forestry agencies, and provides communities affected by severe storms with tree seedlings to help restore forests and trees.

London is being provided with trees to repair some of the damage done by an EF2 tornado in 2012. The storm devastated East Bernstadt in what was called “one of the worst disasters to hit Laurel County” by Emergency Management Director Abby Hale.

“It will take many more plantings to repair the damage,” Wyan said.

Through Friday, the Kentucky Division of Forestry, in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation, will provide 5,000 native hardwood seedlings to Laurel County residents to take home and plant. Seedlings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These seedlings can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at London Farmers Market, Dixie Street Fire Station, and East Bernstadt Fire Station.

The species of trees being planted include northern red oak, white oak, swamp white oak, persimmon, and redbud.

Text Only
Local News
  • 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

  • Restaurants not paying new tax

    Monday’s meeting of the London Tourism and Convention Commission revealed that some restaurants within the city aren’t paying the new restaurant tax.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722 Corbin Police officers FOR WEB.jpg Police dismissals averted, for now

    The fates of four Corbin Police officers’ jobs have been spared for the time being.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dirk Shelton funeral arrangements set

    The funeral arrangements for Staff Sergeant Dirk Shelton have been released.

    July 22, 2014

  • Attorney, judge file motions to withdraw from case

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble and Judge Paul Winchester filed motions to remove themselves from a solicitation to commit murder case Monday.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0721 CORBIN GROUP FOR WEB.jpg Three and Out

    After Saturday’s dramatic walk-off win over Campbellsville it looked like the Corbin Little League All Stars were destined to advanced past pool play in the state tournament.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0722 police roundup vandlism pic FOR WEB.jpg POLICE ROUNDUP: 6 juveniles charged for vandalism of delivery trucks

    Broken windshields, pried-open doors and other damage hit several Flav-O-Rich delivery trucks early Monday morning — and the six culprits were all allegedly juveniles.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0721 WEB drugs and money seized.jpg Six arrested in drug investigation

    Staff Report
    Six people were arrested Saturday on drug charges after a joint investigation by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and the London Police Department, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0721 WEB shelter cat 3458.jpg Shelter seeks help

    By Kristina Smith
    Staff Writer
    Renovating a 10,000-square-foot building isn’t easy, but Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter Director Deanna Myers is up to the task.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hwy. 192 widening hearing set

    By Kristina Smith
    Staff Writer
    A public information hearing Thursday will discuss the widening of KY-192.

    July 21, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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