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Central Baptist Church Centennial is now just 100 days away

I am on a planning committee at Central Baptist Church for the 100th anniversary of the church. The celebration is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 23rd, and Sunday, Oct. 24th. On Saturday the plan calls for a “meet and greet” type of activity with a program to start at...
Posted On 15 Jul 2021

Now is the time to be optimistic and pleased with happenings in Corbin and Williamsburg

In anticipation of writing this column while driving to work today I counted the number of garbage cans and the number of houses on one block in Corbin. There were nine houses and 26 garbage cans at the edge of the street waiting to be emptied on this particular street. This is...
Posted On 10 Jul 2021

There is no place like the swing on my old home’s front porch

Heaven on Earth is the front porch at my old home place on a summer evening. My sister, Wanda, lives in the house where I was raised and recently with the nice evenings I have spent some time on her front porch in that swing that I loved so much many years ago. Nothing, no,...
Posted On 02 Jul 2021

Williams said, ‘This arena will serve all of southeastern Ky.’

I remember standing on the hillside several years ago where the Corbin Arena is located with a group of city leaders and former Senator David Williams said something to this effect. “I want this arena to be an arena for all of southeastern Kentucky, for Corbin, Williamsburg,...
Posted On 28 Jun 2021

Whitley Co. High School Baseball having historic year with trip to state tournament

Congratulations to the Whitley County Colonels boys baseball team for making it to the state Elite Eight! This is an accomplishment they will remember the rest of their lives. It is historic because it is the first time a Colonel baseball team has made it to the state. My fondest...
Posted On 17 Jun 2021

Miss Gail’s dance studio is one of our small town treasures

One of the treasures we have of living in a small town is Gail Frederick’s School of Dance. Miss Gail, as her dance students refer to her, has been teaching dance here for 44 years. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday she presented her 43rd dance recital (last year’s was canceled...
Posted On 14 Jun 2021

When I was young we called it Decoration Day

As a child I remember it as Decoration Day. I would see many of our neighbors sitting on their front porches making flowers from crepe paper to put on graves. Not my mother though. She cut the roses and other fresh flowers that grew in our yard to put on the graves of those...
Posted On 31 May 2021

We made a big splash in Corbin in 1987 with the first ever full color newspaper

Last week I started a review of my 34 years as publisher of this newspaper, from my first interview with Terry Forcht to the first issue of the Whitley Republican we published on our new Mac Plus computers. This week I will move the story further to the big splash we made on Aug....
Posted On 24 May 2021

Looking back 34 years to when I first became the publisher of this newspaper

It is hard to believe that 34 years ago this week I was being interviewed by Terry Forcht to be the publisher of the Whitley Republican. I had been the advertising director at the London Sentinel-Echo the past seven years, but when Al Smith, the owner, sold the newspaper to the...
Posted On 18 May 2021

The May Day Festival goes virtual another year because of Covid

May, what a wonderful month! It is the month for the Kentucky Derby, warmer weather and the Ossoli Club’s May Day Festival. The festival started 78 years ago and because of Covid last year’s and this year’s festivals have been a virtual event. Three years ago, for the 75th...
Posted On 07 May 2021