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Celebrity suicides remind us issue hits close to home too

Suicide. The recent deaths of famous chef Anthony Bourdain and famed fashion designer Kate Spade certainly has people talking about issue. Netflix recently came out with season two of its hit series “13 Reasons Why,” which revolves around the death of a teenage girl, her reasons...
Posted On 20 Jun 2018

Some deserved recognition for two local volunteers

My wife and I chose to dine at Seasons Restaurant on Main Street in Corbin to celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary. A great choice! I had one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Not only was the steak delicious, all the sides were excellent. But that is what I have always...
Posted On 14 Jun 2018

Human trafficking is everyone’s issue

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities...
Posted On 14 Jun 2018
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Andy Beshear’s Lawsuit Threatens Future of Kentucky Teachers’ Pensions

Attorney General Andy Beshear is getting plenty of practice for his next campaign as he travels across the Commonwealth to spread fear and misinformation about the new pension reform bill (SB 151), designed to save Kentucky’s public pension system. His most dangerous lies are...
Posted On 14 Jun 2018
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Setting the record straight on annexation … again

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My 25 years in journalism have been a wild, crazy ride

Last week marked an interesting milestone for me professionally speaking. I have now been working as a professional journalist for 25 consecutive years. It has been a wild and crazy ride. To say the least, it has not been an ordinary life. I have met and interviewed every...
Posted On 13 Jun 2018

People in Corbin are paying taxes they don’t owe!

As a commissioner for the city of Corbin, there have been few issues more galling and aggravating for me than the occupational tax situation in the Knox County portion of the city. Much attention is given to the fact that the occupational tax rate on the wages of workers in that...

Williamsburg planned bicentennial events well

After a historical marker dedication, an ice cream social, a tour of historic homes, a parade and concerts among other events, Williamsburg’s month long bicentennial celebration is over. Whitley County was founded in January 1818, and Williamsburg was selected as the county seat...
Posted On 02 May 2018

Doing our part to celebrate the Whitley County bicentennial

In case you didn’t know, Whitley County is 200 years old this year! That’s an amazing milestone. The city where this newspaper was founded in 1908 has gone to great effort to have a month-long celebration for the bicentennial in April. So, we decided to join in on the fun. This...

Imagine life without cell phones, TV 200 years ago

We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Whitley County. Kentucky had been ratified as the 15th state just 26 years earlier. The western most part of Kentucky, west of the Tennessee River, was sold to the United States the same year, 1818, that our county...