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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

Whitley County Bicentennial BBQ Cookoff draws good crowd

Whether it was chicken legs on the bone, barbeque ribs, barbeque pork or shredded barbeque chicken, the cooks at the Whitley County Bicentennial BBQ Cookoff had a little something for everyone. Half a dozen cooks took part in the first ever event outside the Whitley County...
Posted On 11 Jul 2018

Looking back: How some of Whitley County’s various communities got their names

(Editor’s note: This is the first part of a three-part story detailing the origins of some of Whitley County’s smaller communities. The second part of this story will appear on next month’s bicentennial page in the News Journal.) They have names like Boston (not the liberal place...
Posted On 26 Apr 2018

Samuel Cox historical marker dedication set for Saturday

Williamsburg’s bicentennial celebration is officially underway. Monday morning, the “Historical Picture Show” began playing on a loop in the city council meeting room at Williamsburg City Hall where it will play all month during regular business hours. It is a pictorial history...
Posted On 04 Apr 2018

Looking back at the very first Whitley County Fiscal Court meeting

If you attend a Whitley County Fiscal Court meeting today, you are likely to hear discussions about annexing roads into the county road system or extending roads. You may hear talk about how to allocate coal severance funds, or discussion about civic groups picking up liter. What...
Posted On 28 Mar 2018

W’burg bicentennial committee looking for some pageant winners

If you are a former local beauty queen, then there is a good chance the Williamsburg Bicentennial Committee is looking for you for its “20 Decades of Williamsburg Parade.” During a planning meeting Thursday, Mayor Roddy Harrison announced that organizers came up with the idea for...
Posted On 21 Mar 2018

Celebrating 200 years: Williamsburg’s founder, Samuel Cox, was a man, who wore many hats

On April 7, 2018, Williamsburg and Whitley County leaders will dedicate a historical marker near the present-day courthouse in honor of Samuel Cox, who is celebrated as the “Father of Williamsburg,” but who was Samuel Cox? Cox, who is known as the father of Williamsburg and its...
Posted On 05 Mar 2018

Williamsburg tweaks plans for bicentennial celebration

Williamsburg officials are still tweaking bicentennial celebration plans in April, and trying to nail down a few loose ends. Williamsburg’s bicentennial planning committee met for about two hours early Thursday evening to discuss the 200th anniversary celebration. Williamsburg...
Posted On 21 Feb 2018

Whitley County celebrating bicentennial with birthday party

Whitley County is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and county officials held a birthday party Thursday afternoon to celebrate, complete with a birthday cake and everything. “We are celebrating 200 years of Whitley County’s existence. This is the bicentennial,” Whitley...
Posted On 25 Jan 2018