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Update: Court security tight for suspect, who injured four deputies

An Ohio man, who allegedly assaulted four Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies during an altercation last week and sent three of the officers to the hospital to get checked out, had plenty of company in Whitley District Court Monday morning for his preliminary hearing. A total...
Posted On 11 Aug 2016

W’burg family donates land for boat ramp on Cumberland River

Thanks in part to a donation by a local Williamsburg family, Whitley County residents will soon have another boat access point along the Cumberland River. On July 25, Donnie Patrick, Brenda Patrick, Ronnie Patrick, Jan Patrick, Donnie Bruce Patrick, Debbie Patrick and Stephen...
Posted On 10 Aug 2016

Whitley Co. getting $9,079 refund from mining fees

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that fiscal courts in 33 counties will receive refunds totaling $179,900 from mining permit and acreage fees, including Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell and McCreary counties. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees...
Posted On 10 Aug 2016

W’burg Airport receives $250K for runway repairs

The Williamsburg–Whitley County Airport will receive much-needed repairs to its runway thanks to $250,000 in state funds. Governor Matt Bevin announced last Thursday that the airport would be one of the first general-aviation airports across the commonwealth to benefit from $20...

East Bernstadt man dies Thursday following Sunday crash

A July 31 crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 204 and US25 has claimed the life of one person. Russell Mays Jr., 34, of East Bernstadt, died Thursday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Mays was one of seven people injured during a two-vehicle crash that...
Posted On 05 Aug 2016

Constable seizes 7 marijuana plants Wed.

A recent tip led authorities to seven suspected marijuana plants in southern Whitley County. About 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Third-District Constable Dorman Patrick Jr. and Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird responded to 207 McKayla Circle, which is located about 12 miles south of...
Posted On 05 Aug 2016

VFW’s insurance carrier denying claim over fatal wreck

Adam Childress is accused of murder after allegedly getting drunk at the VFW in Williamsburg and running over a man on a sidewalk. The case has sparked various litigation. A case involving the death of a Williamsburg man, who was run over on a sidewalk in April by a man who had...
Posted On 04 Aug 2016

Ex Whitley dispatcher accepts diversion agreement for theft

Brandon Byrd A former Whitley County E-911 dispatcher, who resigned following allegations that he allegedly shoplifted items from the Williamsburg IGA in late June, has reached a plea deal that will allow him to have his charges dismissed in six months. During a court hearing...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016

Second EPO issued against suspended Whitley deputy

Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Mays Editor’s note: In the printed edition of the News Journal on August 3, the name of Mays’ ex-girlfriend, who secured the initial EPO in Whitley County, was misidentified. She should have been identified as Courtney...

Injured hiker rescued near Dogslaughter Falls

It took emergency workers about four hours to carry out a Wisconsin woman, who broke her ankle while hiking near Dogslaughter Falls Monday evening. Woodbine Search and Rescue Chief Rick Fore said emergency responders were called out about 6 p.m. to assist the injured woman. You...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016