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Special judge appointed in Courtney Taylor capital murder case

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

A special judge has been appointed to preside over the capital murder trial of a Williamsburg woman, who is accused of shooting her husband and two teenager daughters to death in January while they slept.

On March 20, a Whitley County Grand Jury indicted Courtney Taylor, 41, on three counts of capital murder in the Jan. 13 shooting deaths of her husband, Larry Taylor, 56, and their two daughters, Jessie Taylor, 18, and Jolee Taylor, 13.

In addition, the grand jury also indicted Taylor on March 20 on two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for pointing a 9mm handgun at Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonas Saunders and Sgt. James Fox, who responded to her residence to investigate.

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UPDATE: Burning ban lifted in Whitley County

Outdoor burning in Whitley County can now resume. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. signed an executive order for a countywide red flag warning that went into effect at 9 a.m. Tuesday banning all outdoor burning until further notice, due to “current and predicted weather conditions, and the extreme danger of forest fires,” White wrote [...]

W’burg man allegedly intoxicated when he struck deputy’s police cruiser, one other car

Williamsburg Police Sgt. Brandon White administers a field sobriety test to Roy Lawson Friday afternoon after Lawson sideswiped two vehicles, including a sheriff's department police cruiser. A Williamsburg man was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he sideswiped two cars Friday afternoon, including one Whitley County Sheriff’s Department police cruiser. Suffice it to say, [...]

Father speaks out after daughter hit by vehicle in Williamsburg

Stan Huddleston holds his daughter, Mileigh, Monday. Mileigh ran out in front of a car and was hit Thursday, but wasn’t seriously injured. Although the car in question was driving below the speed limit, officials say speeding remains a problem in the area.

If the driver had been going much faster or the vehicle had been much bigger, a three-year-old Williamsburg girl might not be alive after being hit by a vehicle Thursday evening on Cemetery Road.

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Trimble, Hammons among intended victims in complicity to commit murder case

William Sutton is accused of criminal complicity to commit murder.

William T. Sutton admitted to police that he offered another inmate at the Whitley County Detention Center a total of $40,000 to kill four people, including Whitley County Attorney Bob Hammons and Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble, according to testimony during Sutton’s preliminary hearing Monday morning.

At the close of the hearing, Whitley District Judge Fred White doubled Sutton’s bond from $50,000 cash to $100,000 cash and ordered him to have no contact with the victims in the case.

On March 9, Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter charged Sutton, 54, with four counts of complicity to commit murder, four counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, following a two-week investigation.

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Goldbug VFD giving away, installing free smoke detectors

If you live in the Goldbug area and don’t have a smoke alarm but want one, then you are in luck. The Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department is giving out free smoke alarms courtesy of a partnership with the American Red Cross. Tabitha Pfoutz, a member of the fire department’s fire prevention team, said that people [...]

W’burg students have fun while learning about healthy life choices

The Donate Life Kentucky State Team traveled to Williamsburg Independent School Thursday morning to help teach fourth and fifth graders about making healthy life choices, and about the merits of being organ donors. Parent volunteer Larry West helps students learn about where various organs are located in the human body. How does too [...]

Foster grandparents recognized Tuesday

Seated from left, Barbara Smith, Maria Crusenberry, Delbert Kirby, Betty Kirby and Sue Watson. Standing left to right, Vivian Creager, Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr., 82nd Rep. Regina Bunch, Whitley Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton and Shelby Baker. Several Whitley County officials gathered at Williamsburg City Hall [...]

Capacity crowd expected at UC tonight to hear Shaq speak

Shaquille O'Neal will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series, which is sponsored by Forcht Group. University of the Cumberlands’ officials are expecting a capacity crowd Wednesday evening to hear former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal speak as the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Excellence in Leadership Series, [...]

Unemployment rate drops statewide, locally

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two 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 8.2 [...]