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I’m looking forward to seeing what our local candidates have to say

When you call up candidates running for elected office to interview them, you sometimes get some shall we say “interesting responses.” I’ll never forget the one candidate, who said, “Boy that’s a good question! I’ll have to think about that one,” when I simply asked him why he...
Posted On 27 Oct 2020

After an enjoyable trip, allow me to catch up with a few thoughts

Did I ever pick a good time to leave Kentucky and go on vacation, or what? COVID-19 rates have pretty well skyrocketed recently in Whitley County. My wife, Cecelia, and I recently headed south to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a week, then we headed over to the...
Posted On 13 Oct 2020

Sadly, suicide is more prevalent than most people realize

September is suicide prevention month, and it is more prevalent than most people probably realize. In Kentucky, one person dies every 11 hours from suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-34, and the fourth leading cause of death in people ages...
Posted On 25 Sep 2020

Cancellation of W’burg’s Sept. 11 football game was a shame

It was sad to hear about the cancellation of the Williamsburg High School football game on Sept. 11 for multiple reasons. Every year students across the state bust their butts to get ready to play a game they love. As Head Football Coach Jerry Herron noted a few weeks ago, his...
Posted On 22 Sep 2020

Why does it take court cases so long to get resolved? There are many reasons

A few months ago, I wrote a column explaining what some of the more commonly used court terms that appear in the newspaper mean in layman’s terms, and I mentioned that I might write a second column on the subject. While this column doesn’t involve court terms as such, it does...
Posted On 15 Sep 2020

RIP Cpl. Billie Hash, Corbin splash pad almost ready to open, more

Rest in peace Cpl. Billie Joe Hash, who was killed during the Korean War, and finally got to come home to Corbin last week after 70 years. Hash was laid to rest Saturday at Worley Cemetery, which is close to where his family used to live. It was an honor to be on hand Friday and...
Posted On 08 Sep 2020

My brief radio ‘career’ made an impact on me

Several years back, I still remember my one and only meeting with Tony Turner, who was the longtime WYMT station manager and news director. Tony was a legend in journalism here in the mountains. He was well respected and well-loved for good reason. The day I met him; Tony was in...
Posted On 01 Sep 2020

You never know what you will find in an old desk

It’s amazing what you can find when you clean out a desk drawer, and/or a whole desk and several filing cabinets for that matter. As most of the you know, due to COVID-19 about five months ago the News Journal shutdown our Williamsburg office and consolidated operations in...
Posted On 25 Aug 2020

Are unemployment benefits to blame for people not working?

There is a lot of truth in the old joke that people choose a given profession just so they won’t have to do math. While this wasn’t the reason I choose to get into journalism, I will concede that it was a plus…only partially LOL. Truth be told, I have done a lot more math in this...
Posted On 18 Aug 2020

Drive-in church provides safer alternative than in-person services

Every winter, Poplar Grove Baptist Church Pastor Bobby Joe Eaton tells the same story about a time many years ago when he was on the staff at Central Baptist Church in Corbin when it was a snowy, slick Sunday evening. Despite the weather, the church decided to still hold services...
Posted On 08 Aug 2020