Former Whitley deputy reaches agreement to dismiss EPO/DVO’s

A former Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy, who had two emergency protective orders issued against him, has reached agreements to have the orders dismissed.

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Whitley deputy successfully talks suicidal teen out of tree stand

A Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy spent more than two hours Saturday night to talk down a teenage girl who was threatening suicide. According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, Deputy James Fox was one of multiple law enforcement and emergency personnel who responded to a call from Whitley County E911 that the 17-year-old had left a residence [...]

E-911 getting new Computer Aided Dispatch system

Dispatchers will receive a new, state of the art, system to communicate with in Whitley County. This is all thanks to a grant awarded to Whitley County E-911 through the Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS). Whitley County Fiscal Court officials said they are pleased to announce the reception of this grant, which will be used [...]

Intoxicated passenger blamed for causing crash

An intoxicated passenger is being blamed for causing the Memorial Day crash of an SUV that was carrying an infant. Timothy Huttemeyer, 29, of Williamsburg, is charged with alcohol intoxication and two counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the May 30 incident. About 7:30 p.m., Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a [...]

Whitley school board approves budget

Teachers and staff working for the Whitley County school district won’t be getting a pay raise this coming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

During a May 17 special meeting, the Whitley County Board of Education approved the $40 million tentative budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which includes a 2 percent contingency fund that is required by law.

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Rockholds woman accused of adult neglect

A shots fired call late Thursday evening led to the arrest of a Rockholds' couple on drug possession charges. In addition, one of the suspects was also charged with adult abuse after a handicapped adult was located inside the home. Julia Lynn Tackett, 36, pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to charges of first-degree, second-degree and [...]

Meeting set to discuss Whitley needle exchange program

Whitley County will likely soon be joining a growing list of communities in Kentucky offering a needle exchange program. The Whitley County Board of Health unanimously voted last month to begin the process of starting a clean needle exchange program in Whitley County provided that adequate funding can be obtained. Federal law prohibits federal funds [...]

Open records: Documents reveal fired school bus driver’s identity


The Whitley County school bus driver, who was fired for leaving an 11-year-old autistic boy on a school bus for over five hours on March 15, has been identified.

The News Journal filed an open records request with the Whitley County school district on Friday afternoon to obtain any documents related to the firing of the bus driver.

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Whitley schools sued for wrongful death

The parents of a 10-year-old boy, who was run over and killed by a Whitley County school bus last year, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, the bus driver and numerous other school officials. On March 23, 2015, Jonathan Austin Chatham was riding Whitley County school bus #993 home from school [...]

Whitley schools part of pilot project

The Whitley County school district has agreed to take part in a pilot project, which is designed to help some local low-income residents increase their employment opportunities. During its monthly meeting Thursday, the Whitley County Board of Education approved a memorandum of agreement in order to receive a $54,946 adult education grant through the Paths [...]