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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

Tourism Commission deserves voice in what happens at The Arena

Years ago, when I was Chairman of the Corbin Tourism Commission, I signed a letter that was sent to Mayor Amos Miller telling him that the Commission had voted to give 75 percent of its restaurant tax money to the city for the purpose of reducing the debt on the new Arena....
Posted On 30 Jun 2016

Thanking those who have made life better in Corbin

The most important item is first in this week’s column. I want to wish my wife Judy a great day on our 52nd wedding anniversary! It was on this day, June 1, 1964 when we said our vows. After three wonderful children and four out-of–this-world grandchildren we are still happily...

Don’t dogs that bark constantly ever bother their owners

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Moving to and from Corbin has been emotional

In July of 2014 my wife and I moved from Corbin to Henderson, Ky. to become full-time baby sitters. Our daughter, Amber, was about to give birth to her third child and we wanted to be of assistance. She already had two daughters, one four years old and the other who celebrated...

Derby Day is amazing, and I’m lucky to have been there

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of the News Journal. Most every Kentuckian, when discussing the Kentucky Derby, who hasn’t attended has said, “I would like to go just one time to see what it is like.” I was in that category for many years until my boss, Terry Forcht, made it...