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Most of Taylor lawsuit against UC can proceed, judge says

Former University of the Cumberlands President Dr. James Taylor is suing his former employer.

A U.S. District Judge has largely denied a request by the University of the Cumberlands to dismiss a lawsuit against it, which was filed last year by its former long-time president Dr. James Taylor.
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Defendant in vehicular homicide case looking for new lawyer

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, is now looking for a new attorney. During a court hearing [...]

Both Gilbert and Brittain will be greatly missed

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Whitley County lost a couple of very good men last week with the death of former Whitley County Judge-Executive Leroy Gilbert and assistant Whitley County Attorney Gary Brittain. I met both men early during my journalism career. My second job out of college was working [...]

Judge denies change of venue motion in Childress murder case

A Whitley Circuit Judge has overruled a motion at least for the time being to move a well-publicized murder trial to McCreary County or in the alternative to have the jury sequestered during the trial.“We have to at least try to get a jury” seated in Whitley County, Judge Dan Ballou said in response to the motion Monday afternoon in the case of Adam David Childress.
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W’burg Superintendent apologizes for trophy trashing, promises criteria for how trophies are displayed

Williamsburg Independent Superintendent Dr. Amon Couch promises that he understands how angry and frustrated Williamsburg alumni were last week after video came to light on social media showing school officials throwing about 40 old trophies into a school dumpster, and he promises that the situation will be rectified. “There are all kinds of different trophies. [...]

Senture is officially opening facility in Williamsburg

Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison’s efforts over recent weeks to get local residents to fill out pre-screening applications so a perspective business will open up shop in Williamsburg have apparently been successful. Harrison said that he was informed last week that Senture has started hiring about 40-50 people for initial positions at a Williamsburg facility. The [...]

Former Whitley Co. Judge-Executive Leroy Gilbert dies

Former Whitley County Judge-Executive Leroy Gilbert was a man who loved politics and who wanted to help people. “He was hard working, gentle. He tried to help people. He would give you the shirt off his back,” noted one of his sons, Lee Gilbert. “He was a good dad. I will miss him.” Leroy Gilbert, [...]

Courtney Taylor transferred to state prison because of medical issues

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 shot her two daughters because she didn’t want them growing up without a mother and feeling unloved like she was, is no longer an inmate at the Whitley County Detention Center.
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Ex-Whitley County Judge-Exectuive Leroy Gilbert passes away

Former Whitley County Judge-Executive Leroy Gilbert passed away Thursday at his home at the age of 78. He served as judge-executive from 1993-1998, and was a life-long member of East Corbin Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Gilbert; one daughter, Lisa Hopkins; and two sons, Lee Gilbert and [...]

Taylor allegedly shot husband over spending $264,000 cash settlement, detective testifies

Courtney Taylor is charged with three counts of murder in the death of her husband and two children. Courtney Taylor 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 she shot her two daughters because she didn’t [...]