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Wes Strader was an enormous radio talent … and my friend

Wes Strader doing what he loved best; broadcasting for Western Kentucky University. Wes Strader may not have been a household name throughout Kentucky, but for any fan of Western Kentucky University basketball, or anyone who has listened to or attended the Boys High School...

Note to readers: ‘Little League’ can only be used for baseball

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist. I have been writing this column for well over a decade in multiple newspapers from Paducah to Corbin and towns in between, publishing it on a monthly basis. You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please Login. Not a...
Posted On 26 Jan 2018

To me, 1955 World Series was the best ever

Johnny Podres celebrates with teammates following the Brooklyn Dodgers first-ever World Series in 1955. There are three sporting events that attract non-traditional sports fans annually. Without question the Super Bowl ranks number one, the NCAA basketball tournament probably...

The story behind east Kentucky’s herd of free-roaming horses

Free-roaming horses in eastern Kentucky interact with visitors who come to see them and often feed them. For more than 30 years horses have been roaming the hills and mountains of eastern Kentucky. And it’s not just a few either. You need to login to view the rest of the content....
Posted On 23 Jun 2017

The unlikely scoring machine from Phelps High School

Ervin Stepp from little Phelps High School in Pike County holds the national prep two-year scoring record with a 50.3 average. In 1979 he averaged 53 points per game. March in Kentucky means its basketball frenzy time. Even for those who don’t eat and breathe the sport, there’s...
Posted On 02 Mar 2017

Kentucky’s national parks serve as beacons for tourists

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist. Kentucky is proud of its 38 State Parks, but it also likes to pump up its relationship with a handful of significant national park attractions that have become beacons while drawing visitors here. Of course most Kentuckians are...
Posted On 07 Sep 2016

The 1972 Olympic Games will never be forgotten

Kentuckian Kenny Davis was captain of the U.S. Olympic mens’ basketball team in 1972. When the men’s Olympic basketball team takes the court in Rio this month few of its players, and perhaps even fewer of the fans, will remember what took place 44 years ago at the 1972...

The underappreciated and lost legacy of Blanton Collier

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist. Who would have thought when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL title back in 1964 that it would be another 52 years before the city would claim another major professional sports championship? Though it might have seemed like 100...
Posted On 28 Jul 2016

My round-about connection to The Babe

I can’t let a baseball season go by without telling of my connection to Babe Ruth. No, I didn’t actually know him . . . never met him . . . never saw him play. But in a round-about way I really did have a connection to the Sultan of Swat. In 1969, I was working for Uncle Sam at...
Posted On 12 May 2016

There are many quality places to eat in Kentucky

In the 1930s, 40’s, and well into the 50’s dining out was considered a luxury, something done on special occasions. But as lifestyles began to change so did the restaurant business. With more women stepping out of the kitchen and into the workforce, local eateries emerged as did...
Posted On 22 Mar 2016
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