Whitley County residents get Promise Zone update

Promise Zone Coordinator Sandi Curd gave an update on the Promise Zone to a group of Whitley County residents Tuesday afternoon. More than a dozen people turned out for an annual community forum Tuesday afternoon at the old Whitley County Courthouse in Williamsburg to discuss progress of the Promise Zone, which is now [...]

No injuries after car strikes empty school bus Monday morning

No one was injured when this Mercedes Benz collided with a 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 [...]

Update: More signs point to body in river being missing Ohio man

These Woodbine Fire and Rescue members helped recover the body of a man from the Cleark Fork River Monday morning. It is beginning to look more and more likely that a body recovered from the Clear Fork River Monday morning is that of a missing Ohio man, who disappeared near the state line [...]

Judge declines to issue gag order in Taylor murder case, but closes courtroom for part of hearing

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 her two teenager daughters while they slept in January, has pleaded not guilty to her charges. Courtney Taylor, 41, appeared in Whitley Circuit Court Monday morning [...]

Jurors need less than 45 minutes Thursday to acquit Moore on all counts

The four-day trial of a Williamsburg businessman, who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage relative in 2013, ended Thursday afternoon with a not guilty verdict on all counts. The eight-woman, four-man jury needed less than 45 minutes to find Eddie Moore, 41, not guilty of first-degree sexual abuse and use of a minor in [...]

Moore takes stand in own defense Wednesday

Eddie Moore gave police a more than one-hour long interview the day after a teenage female relative accused him of molesting her in 2014. During the interview with police, which prosecutors have labeled as a “confession,” Moore admitted to touching the breasts of the girl, who was 13 years old the first time it happened, [...]

Softball tournament to honor fallen miner will be held Saturday

When not working or with his family, Joe Partin, the Whitley County coal miner killed in an accident on March 31, could frequently be found on the softball field. In an effort to honor Partin’s passion for the game, and to help his wife and children, the first annual “Remembering Joe Softball Tournament” will be [...]

Foster grandparents recognized Tuesday

Seated from left, Barbara Smith, Maria Crusenberry, Delbert Kirby, Betty Kirby and Sue Watson. Standing left to right, Vivian Creager, Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell, Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr., 82nd Rep. Regina Bunch, Whitley Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton and Shelby Baker. Several Whitley County officials gathered at Williamsburg City Hall [...]

Whitley County coal miner remembered as gentle giant

A Whitley County coal miner who died Thursday morning in an accident at a Rockholds strip mine was laid to rest Monday. Thirty-three-year-old Joe Partin died when a section of hillside, into which the crew was mining, at Green Hill Mining, Inc.’s GHM#51 off of Tyes Ferry Road (Ky. 3423), collapsed onto him. Partin was [...]

Unemployment rate drops statewide, locally

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 [...]