Everybody has garbage, and an opinion about it

I think I know the key to getting people involved in city government. GARBAGE! It affects everybody and everybody has an opinion on how it should be handled. Judging from comments on Facebook and calls to this newspaper I believe we have enough information to build a camel. (I’m sure you’ve heard the story of [...]

A humble Rodger Bird accepts the state’s highest athletic honor

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

The way Rodger Bird punished  opponents in football could lead one to believe that he would display that boastful rough guy image. Not so. As his wife Sally stated in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (KAHF) program, “He’s always been humble about his accomplishments.”

“I remember when our son Paul was a little boy, he came home from school and asked, “Did daddy use to play football?”

Yes he did, he really did in a way that made his family and those of us from Corbin proud.

Rodger loves to talk about football, but he does not boast or brag. I learned more about Rodger during the two years we recently lived in Henderson, Ky. where he and his wife, Sally, live.

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Celebrating 53 years of marriage, 30 years at this newspaper

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal.

This is a week of celebrations for me. This Thursday my wife Judy and I will celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. Also this Thursday I will celebrate the completion of 30 years at this newspaper. And finally, my wife and I will attend the induction of Rodger Bird into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in Louisville, also on Thursday.

It has been 53 wonderful years of marriage. We have three daughters and four grandchildren. We couldn’t have been blessed more.

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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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