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Honoring those who were there on Pearl Harbor Day

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 in the attack....
Posted On 09 Dec 2016

I think drawbacks of the Internet outweigh the benefits

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...
Posted On 14 Oct 2016

A reminder that your driver’s license may have expired

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...

Think twice before leaving your hometown

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...
Posted On 15 Sep 2016

Advertising in newspapers a much better option than billboards

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 wife about the condition of some of...
Posted On 26 Aug 2016

Loss of bowling lanes would be real loss to the town

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....
Posted On 22 Aug 2016

Many good memories associated with NIBROC Festival

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 a hometown affair until the downtown...

Opposition to Corbin’s annexation plan was irrational

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. I have never understood why people get so worked up and emotional when the word annexation is brought up. They have more reaction than a bull does to a red cape or a Republican being asked to vote for Hillary. Some people get...
Posted On 28 Jul 2016

Internship at WHAS-TV was a great experience

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. The Kentucky Press Association makes available student interns during the summer to its members. We have had several interns at the News Journal. This year we are fortunate to have Candice Garcia from Corbin. She is a student...
Posted On 28 Jul 2016

The story of the summer I sold watermelons

Now that we have had our fill of hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon during the July 4th holiday weekend, it brings to mind a time when I could never get enough watermelon. They seemed to taste better back then. I argue with my wife that those seedless melons she brings ho...
Posted On 07 Jul 2016