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Whitley Co. Sheriff gets mostly clean fee audit report

With the exception of one minor finding, Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell recently got a clean financial bill of health on his 2017 fee audit from Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon. State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance...
Posted On 29 Aug 2018

Teen airlifted, driver arrested after dirt bike, car collide Sunday

A 15-year-old was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and a Williamsburg man was taken to jail Sunday following a collision involving a car and a dirt bike on Devil’s Creek Road. Law enforcement and emergency personnel were called to the scene near the...

Whitley deputies investigating vandalism at Gatliff cemetery

Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to find the individual(s) responsible for the vandalism at a Gatliff area cemetery. According to Sheriff’s Colan Harrell, deputies were called to Rose Creek Cemetery on May 22 after caretakers discovered 25 to 30...

Shelley defeats incumbent Harrell in sheriff’s race

There is a new sheriff in Whitley County. Voters turned out in force for challenger and former Chief Deputy Todd Shelley who defeated two-term incumbent Colan Harrell in the Republic Primary by more than 3,200 votes, 5,295 to 2,035 With no democrat in the race, Shelley will take...

Shelley files for sheriff

Long-time Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Shelley has filed to run for sheriff. Shelley, a 17-year law enforcement veteran, filed his paperwork Monday in the Whitley County Clerk’s Office. Shelley opponents include former jailer Ken Mobley, Williamsburg Police...
Posted On 30 Jan 2018

Suspect in Monday fatal stabbing captured following Tuesday incident; made strange request last week

(Correction: Due to a misprint, the original version of this story, which ran in the Jan. 17 print edition of the News Journal, incorrectly stated that Kentucky State Police were expected to charge Franzine Minchen with murder in connection with Curtis Lawson’s death, when...
Posted On 17 Jan 2018

Rockholds parents arrested after child calls 911

Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a 911 call from a nine-year-old stating that he had been left home alone, arrested his parents. Sheriff Colan Harrell said deputies and social services workers were called to the residence on Johnny Holler Road about 3 a....

One person dead, one in custody following motorcycle wreck

One person is dead and another is in custody on theft charges following a motorcycle wreck on Ky. 1064 in the Whetstone community of Whitley County Tuesday morning. Sheriff Colan Harrell said law enforcement and emergency personnel were called out to the scene about 11:45 a.m....

Auditor gives Whitley Sheriff’s office clean financial bill of health

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has received a clean financial bill of health following a recent audit of its 2015 tax settlement. “The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and...
Posted On 15 Mar 2017

Clerk, sheriff get clean audit reports

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell and Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz have both received a clean financial bill of health following recent audits of their 2015 books by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits...
Posted On 21 Dec 2016
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