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Everybody has garbage, and an opinion about it

I think I know the key to getting people involved in city government. GARBAGE! It affects everybody and everybody has an opinion on how it should be handled. Judging from comments on Facebook and calls to this newspaper I believe we have enough information to build a camel. (I’m...
Posted On 23 Jun 2017

A humble Rodger Bird accepts the state’s highest athletic honor

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. The way Rodger Bird punished  opponents in football could lead one to believe that he would display that boastful rough guy image. Not so. As his wife Sally stated in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (KAHF) program, “He’s...
Posted On 08 Jun 2017

Celebrating 53 years of marriage, 30 years at this newspaper

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. This is a week of celebrations for me. This Thursday my wife Judy and I will celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. Also this Thursday I will celebrate the completion of 30 years at this newspaper. And finally, my wife and I...
Posted On 31 May 2017

Working together, we can make lemonade

The year was 2002. A committee consisting of about 40 volunteers were meeting at City Hall to plan for the 50th anniversary celebration of Corbin’s Nibroc Festival. Everybody was excited, wanting the festival to be the best ever. The committee wanted the festival for the first...
Posted On 02 Mar 2017

Honoring those who were there on Pearl Harbor Day

On this date 75 years ago, just before 8 a.m., hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: More than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors died in the attack....
Posted On 09 Dec 2016

I think drawbacks of the Internet outweigh the benefits

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. I think we would be better off without the Internet. Grant you, I have not made any study of this, it is just an opinion based on several factors. To start with the Internet is a cesspool for social interaction. Certainly there...
Posted On 14 Oct 2016

Think twice before leaving your hometown

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. A word of advice to those who have lived their entire life in their hometown and plan to move after retirement. It can be difficult as well as rewarding. I know because my wife and I moved from Corbin to Henderson, Ky. two...
Posted On 15 Sep 2016

Advertising in newspapers a much better option than billboards

The Highway Beautification Act signed in 1965 is being challenged and Lady Bird Johnson would be highly offended if she were alive. As I was entering I-75 at the south Corbin interchange recently on my way south for a vacation I remarked to my wife about the condition of some of...
Posted On 26 Aug 2016

Loss of bowling lanes would be real loss to the town

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. I don’t bowl. If I tried to lift a bowling ball my arm would probably fall off. But I am sad to hear about the closing of Forest Lanes. The many groups and individuals who were league bowlers are going to miss it more than me....
Posted On 22 Aug 2016

Opposition to Corbin’s annexation plan was irrational

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. I have never understood why people get so worked up and emotional when the word annexation is brought up. They have more reaction than a bull does to a red cape or a Republican being asked to vote for Hillary. Some people get...
Posted On 28 Jul 2016