Jake Mountjoy made the world a lot more interesting

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal.

Jake Mountjoy was an absolute hoot.

Over the years I have gone to many Williamsburg Kiwanis Club meetings, and I always tried to sit at the same table as Jake when he was there for one simple reason.

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A little twist to this year’s Secret Phrase Game

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Too much bad news lately. I simply can’t allow my mind to marinate for too long. So, let’s talk about some good things. • This week is the beginning of our third annual Secret Phrase Game contest, but there’s a twist this time around. Very [...]

National Quartet Convention was very good, good and not so good

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Last week in this column I touched on the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This week I will share my experience of attending it.

The convention was very good, good and not so good. The very good came with the afternoon session we attended which was a Gaither sing-along. It has gotta be good when Bill Gaither leads thousands singing familiar hymns.

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Creekwalk’s biggest support deserves to be honored for his effort

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. In government, there are disagreements. That’s natural. But at Monday’s work session meeting of the Corbin City Commission — perhaps the most productive and fun meeting I’ve been involved with yet as a commissioner — we ALL agreed on one thing. The Corbin Creekwalk should [...]

On pension reform, don’t freak over the first proposals

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal.

In 2014, the Green Bay Packers started off the season losing two out of their first three games. The fans were starting to panic.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously had a simple answer for the panicking fans, “R-E-L-A-X. We’re going to be OK.”

The packers went on to win 11 out of their next 13 games.

Monday afternoon, PFM Group, a consulting firm, presented its report to the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board noting that Kentucky’s public pension system is underfunded by $37 billion to $85 billion.

PFM Group made a number of recommendations, such as eliminating cost of living increases given to state retirees between 1996 – 2012, which could roll back the benefits for retirees by as much as 25 percent or more.

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Preventing hay fires

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make [...]

Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored.  Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, [...]

Timely Tips

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Spring-Calving Cow Herd ·Observe the cows and bulls as the breeding season continues. Watch bulls for injury or lameness and change bulls if a high percentage of cows are returning to heat. Record cow breeding dates to determine next year’s calving dates and keep records of cows and [...]

At the farmers market: brambleberries

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the Whitley County Farmers Market, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available. These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from [...]

Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  [...]