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The public’s right to information is under attack by our legislators

For three-fourths of my life I have worked in the media. I spent the first ten years working in radio. During that time, as a disc jockey, I wasn’t concerned with much other than entertaining my audience. In the beginning of my newspaper career, which goes back 50 years, I spent...
Posted On 08 Apr 2021

The impact of three men, Al Smith, O. Leonard Press & Terry Forcht

I wish all of you could have known Al Smith. I first knew about him from watching the program he started on Kentucky Educational Television, “Comment on Kentucky,” but I had never met him. My first contact with him came via telephone call. A lady on the phone asked if I would...
Posted On 28 Mar 2021

Daylight Saving Time prevents you from catching lighting bugs

For the third year in a row I am writing a column at this time of the year about Daylight Saving Time. Why now? Because just a few weeks ago school children were finally waiting at school bus stops with a little daylight. Then, here comes the middle of March and those youngsters...
Posted On 20 Mar 2021

We are halfway there for a wonderful and rewarding thing to happen!

After watching the Senate debate on SB 274 sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, I came to more conclusions from what I wrote last week. First I ask the questions, which would you prefer; a “win-win” situation, a “lose-lose” situation, or a “winner take all situation?”...
Posted On 10 Mar 2021

Senator Stivers files bill that could be the answer to the north Corbin annexation problem

For decades the territory we call north Corbin has been a source of controversy because state laws prevented the City of Corbin from annexing in that area. Recently the City of London has taken action to try to make the area a part of its city by incorporating property along...
Posted On 05 Mar 2021

There are so many people to thank who support us with the necessities of life

Ok, I had planned all weekend to write a column about the brave souls who go to bat for us in critical times like the ice storms last week that knocked power out in some places. Then I open this page on my computer and Mark White had already written a column about this subject....
Posted On 27 Feb 2021

The ice storms, coupled with COVID are too much to deal with

It can’t get much worse. First it was COVID and now added to it are ice storms. In my 34 years at this newspaper we have had only three ice storms that has affected our newspaper production. That is not counting snow storms that has caused us difficulties. This recent one has...
Posted On 18 Feb 2021

Centennial event planned in October for Central Baptist

Planning for the future is very unpredictable because of the pandemic. I met with the Centennial Committee at Central Baptist Church to plan for our 100th year anniversary celebration of the church. The date selected for the occasion is Oct. 23-24 of this year. Of course it all...
Posted On 07 Feb 2021

Sen. McConnell: ‘The mob was fed lies provoked by Trump’

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday accused President Trump of provoking the violent crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from...
Posted On 25 Jan 2021

The glory days of following football with Archie

Radio was King when I started my career in 1961 working at radio station WCTT in Corbin. We didn’t have satellite TV, as a matter of fact most of us only received a television signal from a large antenna on top of our houses. We got three channels, WLOS in Ashville and WBIR and...
Posted On 18 Jan 2021