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$39.2 million KY 92W realignment project ready to start

Construction is expected to start in a couple of weeks on a $39.2 million project to realign a section of KY 92W from the intersection of KY 592 in McCreary County extending east of the intersection of Old Jellico Creek Road in Whitley County. Prime contractor Hinkle Construction...
Posted On 03 Oct 2018

US25W lane restriction in W’burg remains in place until Oct. 12

A portion of US25W in Williamsburg is expected to remain one lane until Oct. 12 following a recent mudslide. The slide has a 200-yard portion of US25W between G&E Drive-In and Campbell Hill reduced to one lane, and a temporary traffic signal is in place. Williamsburg Police...
Posted On 03 Oct 2018

Unemployment rate drops across region, state

Unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between August 2017 and August 2018, rose in Owen, Monroe and Metcalfe counties, and stayed the same in Nelson and Lyon counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and...
Posted On 03 Oct 2018

Inaugural River Fog Festival Saturday in Williamsburg

A new festival, which is slated to take place Saturday in downtown Williamsburg, aims to highlight regional arts, music, food and beverage within the Southeastern Kentucky region. “The River Fog Festival is the first of many opportunities Why Whitley has planned for our...
Posted On 03 Oct 2018

If not for DuPont in the 1920’s, Cumberland Falls might have been eliminated to make hydro-electric dam

Cumberland Falls is known as the “Niagara of the South,” and for good reason. A 125-foot wide curtain of water plunges 65 feet over the falls. The volume of water pouring over Cumberland Falls is the second greatest east of the Mississippi River after Niagara Falls. Cumberland...
Posted On 02 Oct 2018

Over a dozen local churches take part in Operation Inasmuch Saturday in Williamsburg

Over a dozen churches from the South Union-Mt. Zion Baptist Association took part in Operation Inasmuch Saturday, which was held in the parking lot at Cumberland Regional Mall. Despite the weather, about three-dozen volunteers came out Saturday to give away free canned goods,...
Posted On 02 Oct 2018

Update: Man shot by police suffered from schizophrenia, according to call to 911

A man killed during an officer involved shooting early Monday morning in southern Whitley County had apparently suffered from mental illness, according to a call to the Whitley County E-911 Center that was obtained by the News Journal through an open records request. You need to...
Posted On 27 Sep 2018

Whitley teen remembered at suicide prevention walk

Melissa Lawson knows a little something about suicide. Less than two months ago, her 16-year-old daughter, Bethany Faith Lawson, killed herself. “I just want everybody out there to know it is OK to not be OK. It is OK to ask for help,” Melissa Lawson told a crowd of about 150...
Posted On 26 Sep 2018

Area schools receive ‘Kayaking for Kids’ proceeds

Some local elementary schools and Upward basketball programs received money last week thanks to a recent kayaking and jon boat race near Williamsburg. August’s Second Annual Kayaking for Kids race generated a little over $6,400, and last week those proceeds were distributed to...
Posted On 26 Sep 2018

Update: KSP releases new details in Gray man’s killing

New details have been released about the Sept. 19 shooting that claimed the life of a Gray man, and resulted in a brief barricade situation with another man, who remains hospitalized because of a gunshot wound. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not...
Posted On 26 Sep 2018