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It’s Redbud Festival Time

When the redbuds are in bloom, you know its time for the Union College Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture in beautiful, downtown Barbourville, Kentucky.

Make your way to campus April 17th and 18th for one of the top spring festivals in eastern Kentucky.

The festival takes you back to a simpler time in Appalachia with traditional arts and crafts, quilting, food, storytelling, old-fashioned games and folk music. Visit our heritage and simple living exhibitors to learn about blacksmithing, animal husbandry or exchange gardening stories at our heirloom seed swap.

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Caught red-handed

Kyle Reel

Kyle Reel

Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey

Knox County Deputy Keith Liford received a call Tuesday of three men wearing hoodies carrying items out of a residence on KY 3438 in Cannon. When Deputy Liford arrived at the scene he observed Kyle Reel, 21, of Barbourville, and Jason Bailey, 34, of Barbourville, coming out of the residence carrying property items.

Deputy Liford arrested Kyle Reel and Jason Bailey charging them with second degree burglary and second degree criminal trespass. Both men were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The investigation is continuing.

Child killed by school bus

By Dean Manning

For the Mountain Advocate

A 10-year-old Rockholds boy was killed Monday when he was hit by a school bus. The boy was scheduled to go to Lexington Saturday for a shopping trip through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Officials with Make-A-Wish’s Louisville office said Jonathan A. Chatham, who had previously won a battle against Leukemia, wanted to shop for electronic items, including an X-Box.

Heather Powers, who knew the family through Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, said Chatham’s Leukemia had been in remission for about a year after two years of treatment at the University of Kentucky Cancer Center.

Powers recalled taking Chatham and his family to Lexington for his treatments, explaining how well mannered Jonathan was.

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Whitley County intersection improvement project begins today

Lane shifts will be in effect beginning today through Monday, May 4 at the intersection of U.S. 25W and KY 3041

 MANCHESTER, Ky. (March 30, 2015) – An intersection improvement project to construct a new concrete paved intersection at the intersection of U.S. 25W (18TH Street) and KY 3041 (Corbin Bypass) in Whitley County begins today. Lane shifts are expected to last through Monday, May 4. The concrete paved intersection project is expected to be overall completed by Tuesday, June 30.

 Lane shifts will be in effect with work starting every Sunday at 8 p.m. and ending every Friday at 7 a.m. until Monday, May 4. Lanes will also be reduced in width.

 Drivers are urged to use caution at this location and be mindful of stopped or slowed traffic and repair crews as work continues.

 The date, time and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 11 counties at

Lemon Blossoms/ Confessions of a Baking Queen

Everyone has that go to recipe, that one thing that you can bring to a gathering and not even the tiniest crumb will be left. This is my cousin, Teresa Mills’s recipe and it’s a big hit wherever she may take it! Our family has enjoyed this unique dessert from cookie parties to Easter, since Easter is really close maybe it will find it’s way to your table soon.


18 oz. Yellow Cake Mix

3oz instant lemon pudding mix

4 large eggs

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