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Canceling in-person class should result in canceled ballgames

Williamsburg Independent Schools canceled in-person classes this week because of a spike in COVID–19. That announcement was made at approximately noon on Monday. Yet Monday night, the Williamsburg Lady Jackets suited up against Whitley County for a basketball game at...

COVID cancellations raise questions about Sweet 16 tournaments

High school basketball in the era of COVID–19 is driving fans, coaches and players crazy. Whether it is a team like the Whitley County Lady Colonels, who had been on a season-opening winning streak prior to Monday night’s loss to North Laurel, or the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets,...

Area football needs a competitive Whitley Co.

Corbin and Williamsburg have both been at the cusp of the pinnacle of high school football in their respective classes in recent memory. Williamsburg at Class A, and Corbin at Class 4A have been to the state finals. While two out of three ain’t bad in the world of classic rocker...

Sportsmanship shouldn’t be another victim of COVID–19

High school basketball is slated to begin Monday night, but like almost everything else in the era of COVID–19, there are some changes. One of the victims of COVID-19 appears to be sportsmanship. Per the Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule changes, the traditional...

Time for Hounds, Jackets to meet on the gridiron

Who is the best high school football team in the area? Corbin could make the argument that, even though it lost in the regional championship game, it played the toughest schedule, and a broad spectrum of opponents from Class 2A powerhouses Beechwood and Somerset to Class 6A Dixie...

From the cheap seats: A few thoughts as I settle into sports

This week’s edition of The News Journal marks my third week covering sports. It has been an exciting time with high school football in the midst of the playoffs. Being a Wednesday paper, my goal has been not to spend a lot of time recapping the past week’s games. Instead, I try...

When reporting the news, I promise we are not ‘out to get’ anyone

Every once in a while, a story in The News Journal about someone being arrested will draw outrage from family and friends, and even other members of the community, along with complaints that we have slandered or libeled the individual. Though there is a running joke in the...

Additional voting options for Kentuckians should be made permanent

In light of the response in the June primary election to the addition of early, in person voting and excuse–free absentee ballots, Democratic legislators have announced that they plan to introduce a number of bills to make those additions a permanent option when Kentucky voters....

With fireworks, please be mindful of your neighbors … and their pets

My dogs have become drug addicts. Over the last week, we have been forced to medicate our two Shih Tzus nightly because the area around our house has been inundated with fireworks. I would not be surprised if some of those neighbors took advantage of the closeout sales at the...

Lessons learned from 2020 primaries

So, what lessons can we take away from Tuesday’s election? By far, the biggest is that giving voters additional means to cast their ballot other than on election day is an effective way to increase turnout. I’m still not a fan of mail in ballots, or at least returning ballots by...
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