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Auditor gives Whitley Sheriff’s office clean financial bill of health

Sheriff Colan Harrell's office recently received a clean audit report from the state auditor's office. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has received a clean financial bill of health following a recent audit of its 2015 tax settlement. “The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control [...]

Whitley County schools will start one week later this fall

The Whitley County Board of Education presented the February Above and Beyond Award to Whitley County High School employee Sheila Davis.

Whitley County students and teachers will be getting an extended summer vacation this summer.

During its monthly meeting Thursday, the Whitley County Board of Education unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year, which pushes the school start date for students to Aug. 22, 2017, which is one week later than the start date this current school year.

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Whitley unemployment rate 59th in Kentucky

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, but rose in 23 counties and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, which is an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment [...]

Judge loosens bond restrictions for suspect in murder case

Sonia Askins is charged with murder in connection with a July 25, 2016 vehicular homicide case. A Williamsburg woman, who is charged with murder and other offenses in connection with a July traffic crash that claimed the life of a Canadatown woman, got her bond conditions loosened slightly Monday. During a court hearing [...]

Stolen car runs out of gas in Whitley County

Police recovered a stolen vehicle in Whitley County Thursday afternoon after it ran out of gas along I-75, and have arrested two Tennessee residents in connection with the case. About 2 p.m., Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Keegan Bray responded to the 18-mile marker to recover a possible stolen vehicle that was located [...]

Hall released from jail after Tenn. sheriff declines to extradite him

Tristan Hall was released from jail last week after Tennessee officials wouldn’t extradite him on theft charges. He said the case is a matter of mistaken identity.

A former Whitley County resident, who is suing prosecutors, police officers and others in federal court over a four-year legal ordeal in Whitley County and who was arrested last week for being a fugitive in an unconnected Tennessee theft case, is now a free man again.

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Williamsburg Kiwanis Club recognized as ‘Club of Distinction’

Williamsburg Kiwanis Club member and Wolf Creek Baptist Church Pastor Kenny Carr was the keynote speaker during the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club’s monthly meeting in February and spoke of a recent mission trip that he undertook to Uganda. The Williamsburg Kiwanis Club has been recognized as a “club of distinction” during a recent Kentucky-Tennessee [...]

State auditor finds no significant issues with Whitley Co. PVA office

A state audit of agreed upon procedures of the Whitley County PVA’s Office has turned up no significant issues. The audit by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon looked at 11 procedures, and only four of those findings prompted a response from Whitley County PVA Ronnie Moses. One procedure determined if the PVA had [...]

Grand jury hears evidence in Courtney Taylor murder case

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

A Williamsburg woman, who told police that she shot her husband on Jan. 13 because he had spent the majority of a cash settlement she received last year and who allegedly she shot her two daughters because she didn’t want them growing up without a mother and feeling unloved like she was, will likely find out on March 20 whether a Whitley County Grand Jury has indicted her.

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Board of Health opts to keep Steele as health dept. director after 3.5 hour meeting

Following a 3.5 hour special meeting Thursday night, the Whitley County Board of Health opted to keep Martha Steele as its public health director. About a dozen health department employees turned out at a special called meeting of the Whitley County Board of Health Thursday night to support embattled Public Health Director Martha [...]