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W’burg block parties kick off Friday with ‘The Frontier Band’

The Frontier Band will perform from 8-11 p.m. Friday at Bill Woods Park in Williamsburg during the first block party of the summer. This summer you don’t have to go any further than Bill Woods Park in Williamsburg on Friday nights to find either free live concerts or free movies in the park. [...]

April 16 trial date set 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 allegedly killed her husband and two teenage daughters while they slept in January, is now slated to stand trial next spring. If convicted, she could receive the death penalty.

Special Judge Jeff Burdette scheduled an April 16 trial date following a short hearing Monday morning in Whitley Circuit Court in the case of Courtney Taylor.

Taylor, 41, is charged with capital murder in the Jan. 13 shooting deaths of Larry Taylor, 56, Jesse Taylor, 18, and Jolee Taylor, 13.

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Most of Tristan Hall’s federal lawsuit has been dismissed

Tristan Hall is currently representing himself in a lawsuit filed against the City of Williamsburg, Police Chief Wayne Bird and several other entities, which have now been dropped from the federal court lawsuit.

In late December, a now former Corbin man, who spent about 570 days either incarcerated in the Whitley County Detention Center or on home incarceration for charges that were later mostly dismissed, filed suit in federal court against several of the prosecutors, police officers and others involved in his cases.

Now all but two of those entities have been dismissed as defendants in the case.

Tristan James Hall filed suit on Dec. 28, 2016 in U.S. District Court against the City of Williamsburg, Police Chief Wayne Bird, Whitley County Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble, Whitley County Attorney Bob Hammons, Laurel County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele, who served as a special prosecutor in some of Hall’s cases, former Kentucky State Police Detective Richie Baxter, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, USAA General Indemnity Company, Veracity Research Company and James Potter Wilder Jr.

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Portion of KY 1064 closed Wednesday, June 7; KY 6 closed Thursday, June 8

Portions of two state highways in Whitley County will be closed this week for maintenance work. A portion of KY 1064 at mile point 17 (junction of KY 6) will be closed Wednesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of KY 6 at mile point 0.792 (junction of KY 1064) will [...]

Update: Double homicide victims each died from multiple gunshot wounds

Kentucky State Police are investigating a double homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning at a residence on Fred Nash Lane, which is located just outside the Corbin city limits. Kentucky State Police are investigating a double homicide that occurred at a trailer on Fred Nash Lane early Wednesday morning, which is located off [...]

Copperhead Trail motorcycle route will include more than 300 turns over 60 miles

This map depicts the 60-mile Copperhead Trail route that features over 300 turns. It is geared towards motorcycle riders, who county officials hope will visit Whitley and McCreary counties.

There are a little over 300 turns along its 60-mile winding route that Whitley and McCreary County officials hope will prompt motorcycle enthusiasts to visit the area to ride the Copperhead Trail.

“It’s just a way to promote more tourism in Whitley County,” noted Whitley County Treasurer Jeff Gray, a motorcycle enthusiast and one of the organizers for the Copperhead Trail motorcycle ride. “The counties got together and got named a 60-mile motorcycle ride in Whitley and McCreary counties. The state legislators have named it officially the Copperhead Trail.”

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Electronic Edition for 6-7-17

Injured hiker rescued at Cumberland Falls State Park

Woodbine and McCreary County rescue officials had to use a stokes basket to rescue an injured hiker at Cumberland Falls State Park Thursday morning. The victim, identified as Ryan Bonk, 42, suffered a broken leg after hiking about one mile on trail nine, which is located inside McCreary County. Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny [...]

WCHS JROTC honors veterans with ceremonies

Members of the Whitley County JROTC did their part to salute veterans during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning outside the Whitley County Courthouse. The ceremony included the presentation of the colors, a 21-gun salute in honor of those killed in the line of duty, and the playing of taps. The Whitley County High School [...]

Local lawyer arrested for DUI

Corbin attorney B.J. Foley was arrested for DUI early Saturday morning in London.

A Corbin defense attorney found himself on the other side of the law early Saturday morning after being arrested for DUI.

Burley “B.J.” Foley, 34, is scheduled to be arraigned on June 12 in Laurel County District Court on charges of failure to or improper signal and first-offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
“I regret the incident and take full responsibility for my actions. I fully respect the law and will continue to do so moving forward,” Foley said in an e-mail response to the News Journal Tuesday morning.

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