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No injuries after car strikes empty school bus Monday morning

No one was injured when a passenger car rear-ended a Whitley County school bus Monday morning in the Goldbug area. There were no children on the bus at the time. Whitley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Shelley, who investigated the crash, said that “by the grace of God” nobody was...
Posted On 17 Apr 2017

Whitley County cancels school rest of week due to illness

Students in the Whitley County school district are getting an extended spring break because of illness. Whitley County Superintendent Scott Paul said Tuesday afternoon that he has canceled classes for the remainder of the week due to about 15 percent of the students being absent...
Posted On 29 Mar 2017

Whitley County schools will start one week later this fall

The Whitley County Board of Education presented the February Above and Beyond Award to Whitley County High School employee Sheila Davis. Whitley County students and teachers will be getting an extended summer vacation this summer. During its monthly meeting Thursday, the Whitley...
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

Whitley Co. school district cancels classes Friday, Monday and Tuesday

Due to illness, the Whitley County school district has canceled classes Friday, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Superintendent Scott Paul said that the attendance rate was 89 percent Thursday with 30 teachers out. Whitley County was out Monday and Tuesday of this current week...
Posted On 23 Feb 2017

Whitley Co. schools forced to turn down tablet computer grant

Connie Patterson was presented with the Above and Beyond Award during the Whitley County Board of Education meeting on Feb. 9. She is pictured with members of her family and the school board. The Whitley County school district has over $1 million worth of computer devices that...
Posted On 15 Feb 2017

Whitley Co. school district one of two in nation getting tablet computer grant

Students in three Whitley County school district classrooms will be getting new tablet computers to assist them with their class work thanks to a grant that was recently awarded to the school district. Whitley County is one of only two school districts in the nation that were...
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Leigh Burke indicted for theft, abuse of public trust

Former Whitley County School District Chief Financial Officer Leigh Burke is charged with theft and abuse of the public trust in connection with missing funds from the school district. A May 24 jury trial has been scheduled for a former chief financial officer for the Whitley...
Posted On 23 Nov 2016

Court documents reveal details about Burke’s charges; lawyer denies allegations

Kentucky State Police arrested Leigh Burke Tuesday for theft and abuse of the public trust. A former chief financial officer for the Whitley County school district, who was fired in June amid allegations of misappropriation of school funds, has pleaded not guilty to charges of...
Posted On 19 Oct 2016

Whitley County elementary schools get fresh fruit grant

More than 59,000 students in 146 Kentucky schools, including six Whitley County elementary schools, will enjoy fresh produce in the 2016-17 school year as part of a federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The...
Posted On 28 Sep 2016

Whitley School District finance officer fired, arrested for forgery

The former chief financial officer for the Whitley County School District, who was fired on June 16 amid allegations of misappropriations of school funds, is free on bond after being arrested June 21 for forgery involving another organization. Leigh Burke, 54, of Williamsburg, is...
Posted On 22 Jun 2016
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