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Don’t take things for granted

We don’t realize how much we use or need something until it’s gone. Being without, whatever it is, sure makes us appreciate it all the more when we get it back, doesn’t it? Case in point, the water at our house was out for a day last week, and I am so thankful to East Knox Water...

Clank of the metal bat beats the clunker that MLB has become

For years I have considered the clank of a metal bat hitting a baseball to be sacrilegious. Baseball should involve the crack of the ball coming off of a wooden bat. As a baseball fan since I could get in to watch the Cincinnati Reds for free because I could walk under the...

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

Judge Blaine Stewart was a great man, who will be missed

Retired district judge and U.S. Army Colonel Ronald Blaine Stewart was both an officer and a gentleman. He had this classy quality about him, but was also down to earth at the same time. Judge Stewart passed away Saturday at the age of 87. He was born and raised in Williamsburg,...
Posted On 07 Apr 2021

Today is one-year anniversary of first COVID-19 case in Whitley County

Change. Sure, many words can, have and will be used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic, such as awful, terrible, horrible, deadly, etc., but in terms of its impact on society, change may be the one word that sums it up best. In-person meetings changed to Zoom meetings, and many...
Posted On 06 Apr 2021

Unusual Ingredient in Candy

Are you a spud eater? Spuds, potatoes, or as I like to call them, taters, are probably America’s most favorite vegetable. Potatoes, which are made up of 80% water and 20% solid, are one of the most versatile vegetables you will find in the garden. There are over 200 different...

Out and About Kentucky Style: Legendary Al Smith remembered

My first encounter with legendary journalist and KET host Al Smith was in late 1973, where he was publishing the Logan Leader newspaper in Russellville. At the time I ran a monthly advertising publication out of Bowling Green, but printed it in Indiana. I wanted to get closer to...
Posted On 05 Apr 2021

‘That’s why they play the game’ on display in 13th Region Championship

Among ESPN host Chris Berman’s famous catchphrases is, “That’s why they play the game!” Berman would use it when preparing the audience for highlights of an upset. While the Knox Central Basketball faithful may not agree, to the rest of the 13th Region world, the Panthers’ 78-63...

Get Help for Addiction, Abuse or Suicidal Thoughts

Alcohol and drug addiction has risen 13 percent, and overdoses have spiked, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Substance abuse problems have roots going back thousands of years, but the traumatic isolation and extra stress created by the COVID lockdowns, and widespread...

13th Region bracket draw could be easier, and done earlier

I will admit to being new to being the person responsible for in-depth coverage of postseason basketball. That being said, there has got to be an easier way to determine the region bracket than what I experienced Sunday at The Arena. The coaches/representatives from each of the...