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9/11 forever took away our sense of peace in the U.S.

Peace. If I had to name the biggest difference in life before 9/11 and life after 9/11, then I would have to say that it is peace, or at least the sense we had of peace before the attacks and the lack of a sense of peace we have had after it. Most generations have one or two epic...
Posted On 10 Sep 2021

Please learn from these tragedies, don’t drive drunk

One of the most tragic homicides that I have ever covered happened 20 years ago. Please, please learn from the mistakes that lead to it. On Aug. 20, 2001, Lisa Rains was a 28-year-old Oak Grove Elementary School teacher, who had recently found out that she was pregnant. It should...
Posted On 03 Sep 2021

Despite concerns about the vaccine, I still got vaccinated

A couple of friends of mine got COVID-19 recently. One of whom had to go to the hospital not once, but twice on two consecutive days. This was largely because there were no available beds when she went the first day in order for her to be admitted. She had to return the second...
Posted On 31 Aug 2021

Good to have NIBROC back after a two-year COVID hiatus

From my perspective, our local fairs and festivals are a lot like grandparents getting visits from their grandchildren. I am happy to see them come. I am happy to see them go…LOL. NIBROC 2021 has now come and gone, and it was great to see its return after a two-year hiatus. It...
Posted On 22 Aug 2021

Firestone groundbreaking was a big day for Williamsburg

Williamsburg City Councilman Loren Connell probably summed it up best when he pointed out during the June city council meeting that Williamsburg residents probably ought to be thanking the current workers at its Firestone plant. “If they weren’t doing a good job, I don’t think...
Posted On 08 Aug 2021

Walking daily has become a necessary part of my life

Needles. I hate needles! I really hate needles! When I was a kid, I never liked getting shots. Never! One thing that my parents never had to worry about was me and especially my sister (whose hatred of needles is on a whole other unmatched level) coming in with a tattoo. Wasn’t...
Posted On 03 Aug 2021

First Whitley County Fair in two years brings big turnout

Local residents apparently really wanted to see a Whitley County Fair this year. While official attendance figures aren’t in yet, it looks like over 600 people turned out for the inaugural demolition derby last Thursday night. This was the largest crowd that I can ever recall on...
Posted On 23 Jul 2021

Whitley County Fair, W’burg car show happening this week

They are back and hopefully will be better than ever. We’re talking about festivals, fairs and the like, which were mostly all canceled last year due to the pandemic. For those of you, who were cooped up for the better part of a year, it’s time to get back out and support our...
Posted On 15 Jul 2021

Williamsburg holds best fireworks show ever

Wow! I have to say the Williamsburg fireworks display at the Kentucky Splash waterpark Saturday evening was probably the best fireworks show there that I have ever seen in my more than 25 years of covering Williamsburg. Organizers started the show a little earlier than usual...
Posted On 09 Jul 2021

Marker to commemorate Corbin 1919 event is a bad idea

While well-intentioned, placing a historical marker to commemorate the Corbin 1919 Race Riot, as the Sunup Initiative has proposed, probably isn’t the best idea in the world for multiple reasons. First, some background about the incident for anyone unfamiliar with it, which would...
Posted On 06 Jul 2021