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Broadcasting in a condemned press box

Because Corbin was playing in the state championship football game Friday I had an idea that some people on Facebook may enjoy hearing a portion of a broadcast from another finals’ game. Thus, I started digging through boxes of cassette tapes that I have saved for over 50 years....
Posted On 06 Dec 2018

Thankful for the big snowstorm

My granddaughter, who is in the third grade, brought home a list from school asking her to write about being thankful. On the list was, “Why should old people be thankful?” Her answer was “that they are still alive!” I got a chuckle out of that, but in reality I am thankful to...

Land lines are going the way of the dinosaur

As I was taking the wrapper off of a copy of The Real Yellow Pages that was on my desk this morning I couldn’t help from noticing how thin it was. Telephone land lines are diminishing fast. Businesses still need land lines, but so many individuals have dropped them in favor of...

Millions are spent on political ads that are ignored

In this edition of the News Journal we have given the candidates for the upcoming election an opportunity to tell you why you should vote for them. It is our way of keeping you better informed. No doubt the best way for a candidate to gain your favor is by knocking on your door...
Posted On 31 Oct 2018

Repair work on Gordon Hill in Corbin is needed

At one time Gordon Hill in Corbin was paved with brick. My guess is that it made for better traction up the winding hill. The brick made for a bumpy ride. Things haven’t changed much today. There are places on the hill that still make it a bumpy ride. For months there has been a...

More areas of attention suggested for road repairs

Roads! I wrote about the condition of Highway 312 out of Corbin last week and I have been reminded that there are other situations that need attention. One of those is the Cumberland Gap Parkway between Exit 29 and U.S. 25 that runs by Lowes and Walmart. The highway department...
Posted On 23 Aug 2018

State highway workers were quick to respond

A salute to the men who work for the Kentucky Department of Highways. Monday, during a massive thunderstorm, they arrived just minutes after a tree fell on the road near the 770 bridge that leads to Cracker Barrel restaurant in north Corbin. My daughter Amber, who was heading...
Posted On 28 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

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...

Celebrating the 200th anniversary, and saying farewell to Maggie J’s

Williamsburg, Whitley County and this newspaper all have big plans for celebrating the 200th anniversary of the county and the city in April. An impressive list of the many activities were listed in last week’s edition of the News Journal. More information will be published in...
Posted On 01 Mar 2018