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Miss Gail’s dance studio is one of our small town treasures

One of the treasures we have of living in a small town is Gail Frederick’s School of Dance. Miss Gail, as her dance students refer to her, has been teaching dance here for 44 years. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday she presented her 43rd dance recital (last year’s was canceled...
Posted On 14 Jun 2021

When I was young we called it Decoration Day

As a child I remember it as Decoration Day. I would see many of our neighbors sitting on their front porches making flowers from crepe paper to put on graves. Not my mother though. She cut the roses and other fresh flowers that grew in our yard to put on the graves of those...
Posted On 31 May 2021

We made a big splash in Corbin in 1987 with the first ever full color newspaper

Last week I started a review of my 34 years as publisher of this newspaper, from my first interview with Terry Forcht to the first issue of the Whitley Republican we published on our new Mac Plus computers. This week I will move the story further to the big splash we made on Aug....
Posted On 24 May 2021

Looking back 34 years to when I first became the publisher of this newspaper

It is hard to believe that 34 years ago this week I was being interviewed by Terry Forcht to be the publisher of the Whitley Republican. I had been the advertising director at the London Sentinel-Echo the past seven years, but when Al Smith, the owner, sold the newspaper to the...
Posted On 18 May 2021

The May Day Festival goes virtual another year because of Covid

May, what a wonderful month! It is the month for the Kentucky Derby, warmer weather and the Ossoli Club’s May Day Festival. The festival started 78 years ago and because of Covid last year’s and this year’s festivals have been a virtual event. Three years ago, for the 75th...
Posted On 07 May 2021

Gabbert says when & sadly we say goodbye to ‘Cutworm’

Vince Gabbert, Vice-President and COO of Keeneland Association told us what we have been wanting to hear for a long time at Tuesday’s Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon, that is, work will be starting soon on the facilities in Williamsburg and Corbin. We first heard...
Posted On 21 Apr 2021

The public’s right to information is under attack by our legislators

For three-fourths of my life I have worked in the media. I spent the first ten years working in radio. During that time, as a disc jockey, I wasn’t concerned with much other than entertaining my audience. In the beginning of my newspaper career, which goes back 50 years, I spent...
Posted On 08 Apr 2021

The impact of three men, Al Smith, O. Leonard Press & Terry Forcht

I wish all of you could have known Al Smith. I first knew about him from watching the program he started on Kentucky Educational Television, “Comment on Kentucky,” but I had never met him. My first contact with him came via telephone call. A lady on the phone asked if I would...
Posted On 28 Mar 2021

Daylight Saving Time prevents you from catching lighting bugs

For the third year in a row I am writing a column at this time of the year about Daylight Saving Time. Why now? Because just a few weeks ago school children were finally waiting at school bus stops with a little daylight. Then, here comes the middle of March and those youngsters...
Posted On 20 Mar 2021

We are halfway there for a wonderful and rewarding thing to happen!

After watching the Senate debate on SB 274 sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, I came to more conclusions from what I wrote last week. First I ask the questions, which would you prefer; a “win-win” situation, a “lose-lose” situation, or a “winner take all situation?”...
Posted On 10 Mar 2021