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Unsolved murder: Charges dropped, defendents cleared

After four years of investigation and numerous court cases, two individuals facing charges of murder and first degree robbery have finally been cleared.

Amanda Hoskins and William Lester, along with Jonathan Taylor, were arrested in 2012 for the 2010 murder of Catherine Mills, 67, of Flat Lick.

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Accident hospitalizes two

Photo by Tasha Stewart. Deputy Keith Liford (standing) and Constable Reed Murphy (kneeling) investigating the scene of the accident.

Photo by Tasha Stewart.
Deputy Keith Liford (standing) and Constable Reed Murphy (kneeling) investigating the scene of the accident.

A man and woman are lucky to be alive following an accident that left their vehicle overturned on a state highway.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Keith Liford responded to the wreck on Highway North 11 on Thursday, August 18. When he arrived at the scene, he found a 1999 green Cavalier sitting on its roof.

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Students help tidy up community

Students from Union College spent the day assisting local businesses and cleaning up public spaces.

Photos by Emily Baker. Students from Union College spent the day assisting local businesses and cleaning up public spaces.

Union College recently hosted their second annual Civic Engagement Day. Almost 300 volunteers took time to help clean up public spaces and roadways such as Thompson Park, Barbourville City Park and California Hollow.

Union also teamed up with the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter to feature some adoptable puppies. The mobile adoption unit set up in the parking lot of The Oven… Continue reading

Will candidate face criminal charges?

Dexter Smith

Dexter Smith

Things may be heating up for a former Knox County School Board chairman.

The Mountain Advocate has learned that several people received subpoenas to testify before the Grand Jury on Monday, August 22 in regard to Dexter Smith filing to run for Knox County School Board.

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Letter to the Editor: Community’s support helps college grow

Dear Editor,

Union College is proud to be part of Barbourville; the citizens of this town helped establish the College 137 years ago, and they continue to make it a vital part of the community. 

As reported in the Mountain Advocate last week, Union’s undergraduate enrollment is higher than it has been for 40 years. We are deeply grateful for the confidence so many families have in us. And 23% of our incoming students live: the greater Barbourville area.… Continue reading

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