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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

Can’t wait until warm spring weather arrives

With global warming I thought the deal was that we would have warmer winters and blasting hot summers. Not so. This winter has been miserably cold. So that’s how much I know about science. I liked the winters when I was a kid. Today I looked at a picture taken in the 60’s of a...
Posted On 08 Feb 2018

The McBurneys and Vermillions have made a big impression here

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. Is it the end of an era? Maybe and maybe not! When Corbin’s Mayor Willard McBurney chose not to seek re-election it will limit his term in office to 12 years. That will make him the longest serving mayor in Corbin’s history....

Granddaughter yells Globetrotters to victory

Last week my wife and I went with our daughter Amber and her three children, ages 3,5 and 7, to see the Harlem Globetrotters. She lives in Henderson, Ky. which is just across the Ohio river from the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. Actually we didn’t go to see the Globetrotters....

Tom Dowling was a leader in every aspect of life

Tom Dowling was a leader in every aspect of life. He was a leader as a coach and as commissioner of the Mid-South Conference. But I remember him most as a great leader at Central Baptist Church where I was a member of his Sunday School class for several years. Tom died after a...
Posted On 10 Jan 2018

Everybody gets excited when your hometown team goes to state

You may have not attended a football game this year. You may not know the team’s record. But you do know when your hometown team is playing for a state championship. That is when everybody gets excited. Corbin will be playing for the state 3-A championship against Boyle Co. this...
Posted On 30 Nov 2017

Hometown Teams exhibit to open in Corbin Nov. 18

Make plans now to visit the Corbin Center, located below the Arena, between Nov. 18 to Dec. 30 to view the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” I first heard about this event a few months ago from Gary West, our friend, author, and columnist for this...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017