Praise for the litter pickup; mourning for the Redhounds

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. First, praises to the individuals who are responsible for picking up the litter along the highway on both the Whitley and Laurel County sides of the 312 bridge north of Corbin. This is a heavily traveled scenic area that will benefit from your efforts. [...]

Working together, we can make lemonade

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. The year was 2002. A committee consisting of about 40 volunteers were meeting at City Hall to plan for the 50th anniversary celebration of Corbin’s Nibroc Festival. Everybody was excited, wanting the festival to be the best ever. The committee wanted the festival for [...]

Please Mr. Steely, let me broadcast

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. Last week in this space I commented on a 1935 football program that was found under a desk at Corbin High School and shown to me by Athletic Director Andrew Roark. One reader commented, “I sure wish it had been a 1936 program.” The [...]

Honoring those who were there on Pearl Harbor Day

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. On this date 75 years ago, just before 8 a.m., hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: More than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors died [...]

I think drawbacks of the Internet outweigh the benefits

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

I think we would be better off without the Internet. Grant you, I have not made any study of this, it is just an opinion based on several factors.

To start with the Internet is a cesspool for social interaction. Certainly there are many excellent exchanges on it, but it also is a chief weapon for spreading hate and misinformation.

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A reminder that your driver’s license may have expired

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Do you know that your driver’s license has expired? My answer was “no” to the clerk at city hall. I may have read that they no longer send out cards reminding you that it is time to renew your license, but if I did I forgot about it. Hey, I’m 77 and I forget things and I never look at my driver’s license. For people my age we need to be reminded.

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Think twice before leaving your hometown

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

A word of advice to those who have lived their entire life in their hometown and plan to move after retirement. It can be difficult as well as rewarding. I know because my wife and I moved from Corbin to Henderson, Ky. two years ago to assist our daughter who was giving birth to a third child. She had two daughters at that time, ages four and two.

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Advertising in newspapers a much better option than billboards

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. The Highway Beautification Act signed in 1965 is being challenged and Lady Bird Johnson would be highly offended if she were alive. As I was entering I-75 at the south Corbin interchange recently on my way south for a vacation I remarked to my [...]

Loss of bowling lanes would be real loss to the town

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

I don’t bowl. If I tried to lift a bowling ball my arm would probably fall off. But I am sad to hear about the closing of Forest Lanes.

The many groups and individuals who were league bowlers are going to miss it more than me. I don’t know the circumstances that has led to the closing of the bowling alley, but somehow I hope somebody can come to the rescue of those who bowl.

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Many good memories associated with NIBROC Festival

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. Like several of you, I was there for the first NIBROC Festival. A contest had been held to name the festival and Corbin spelled backwards was chosen. The carnival rides were located on a lot at 7th and Main Streets. The festival was mostly [...]