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Bon Jellico historical marker being dedicated May 28

This coal tipple was part of the Bon Jellico coal camp that existed from 1912-1937. A historical marker will be dedicated May 28 in recognition of the coal camp. Memorial Day Weekend, Whitley County will be getting a new historical marker to commemorate a somewhat forgotten piece of its history. The Kentucky Historical [...]

Bank seeks to foreclose on home where triple homicide occurred

Courtney Taylor is charged with three counts of murder in the death of her husband and two children.

A Tennessee bank is attempting to foreclose on the mortgage of a house that was the site of a January triple homicide in Whitley County.

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Water, sewer rate hikes coming for W’burg residents

Williamsburg residents can expect a series of rate hikes on their water and sewer bills over the next five years.

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Whitley Co. Needle Exchange progressing, but showing little visible impact so far

Whitley County Public Health Director Martha Steele and Tamara Phelps, a registered nurse supervisor of public health at the health department, addressed the Williamsburg City Council about the needle exchange program Monday. Williamsburg Police Sgt. Brandon White, who is seen in back, also spoke to the council about the program.

So far the Whitley County Health Department’s needle exchange program doesn’t appear to have impacted the problem of drug addicts leaving old used hypodermic needles along Williamsburg streets or in city parks.

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‘Prayer is as much listening to God as it is talking to him,’ Wright tells W’burg Kiwanis

Former Main Street Baptist Church Pastor Bill Wright was the keynote speaker for the 18th Annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Club National Day of Prayer Breakfast that was held Thursday morning at the Williamsburg Tourism and Convention Center. “We are here today because it is the National Day of Prayer,” Rev. Bill Wright, former pastor [...]

Rep. Bunch gives legislative update to Chamber of Commerce

82nd Rep. Regina Bunch was the keynote speaker during the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the Cumberland Inn. She gave an update on the recent legislative session. Members of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce received an update on the recent legislative session from 82nd Rep. Regina [...]

Whitley Co., W’burg planning 200th anniversary celebration in 2018

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Whitley County is planning a party in 2018. It’s going to be a big, year-long party as the county celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding. Williamsburg is also planning a big bicentennial celebration that will center around a month-long celebration in April 2018, which [...]

Southbound I-75 lane closure planned for May 10-11 around 28-mile marker

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 11 Office advises motorists that a portion of I-75 southbound (mile points 27.9 – 28) in Whitley County will be reduced to one lane (left lane will be closed) on Wednesday and Thursday. The lane closure will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day during [...]

March unemployment rate drops in Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties

Unemployment rates dropped in 55 Kentucky counties between March 2016 and March 2017, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, rose in 53 and stayed the same in 12 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell from 7.1 [...]

Friday morning crash sends four people to hospital

A grandmother and her two infant grandchildren were in this 2005 Jeep Liberty, which flipped over on US25W after being struck in the side Friday morning. No one was seriously injured. A Friday morning accident north of Williamsburg sent four people to the hospital, including two young children, but police say the wreck [...]