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Baker promoted to Chief Deputy by Whitley Sheriff

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department now officially has a new chief deputy. Sheriff Colan Harrell announced Friday the promotion of Lt. Tim Baker to the rank of Chief Deputy. Baker has worked at the sheriff’s department since Harrell first took office in 2011. Prior to that he...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016

Earth Week celebration starts Saturday

Earth Week festivities will kick off Saturday in Williamsburg with the Mother Earth Bicycle Ride followed by a movie in the park. Registration for the bicycle ride starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Woods Park followed by a bicycle safety talk at 4 p.m. The ride will start at...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016

Woman, rescued from burning home, passes away

A Williamsburg woman, who was pulled alive from a burning, smoke-filled house Monday morning by first responders, was laid to rest Friday afternoon. Millicent “Millie” Dawn Kindrix, 51, died Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Funeral...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016

Hard budget choices on the horizon

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. As those of you, who have read our front page this week know already, Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison is headed back to the drawing board in his effort to place a measure on the ballot that would allow for packaged alcohol sales in...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Woman rescued from burning home by firefighters, EMS workers

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Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Williamsburg alcohol petition comes up six signatures short

Monday afternoon Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison was feeling a little like the television character Maxwell Smart from the 1960s television show “Get Smart,” whose famous catch phrase was “missed it by that much.” “I wish Agent 99 would come and...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Graham speaking at U of C on April 12 as part of leadership lecture series

Free tickets are still available to hear Dr. William “Will” Franklin Graham IV, who is the grandson of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, speak at the University of the Cumberlands’ 11th Annual Excellence in Leadership Services event Tuesday evening. The...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Meeting set to discuss Whitley needle exchange program

Whitley County will likely soon be joining a growing list of communities in Kentucky offering a needle exchange program. The Whitley County Board of Health unanimously voted last month to begin the process of starting a clean needle exchange program in Whitley County provided...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Arson suspected in Beck’s Creek blaze

Arson is suspected as the cause of a Monday afternoon forest fire/brush fire that scorched 36 acres in the Beck’s Creek area just west of Williamsburg. Jennifer Turner, a public information officer with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, said that there is no way of knowing...
Posted On 05 Apr 2016

Forest fire burns near Williamsburg

Goldbug and Emlyn volunteer firefighters and the Kentucky Division of Forestry spent several hours Monday afternoon battling a brush fire/forest fire in the Beck’s Creek area of Whitley County. Goldbug Volunteer Fire Chief Brandon Woods said the fire was reported around noon...
Posted On 04 Apr 2016