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If brown cows produce chocolate milk, do they write Internet news stories too?

Misconceptions can be a difficult thing to overcome. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles recently addressed the topic while speaking at the Whitley County Cooperative Extension Office. “A few months ago, the Washington Post’s front page story revealed the results of a...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017

Winchester serves as an example of a life well lived

Retired Whitley Circuit Judge Jerry Winchester was an old-fashioned country lawyer and judge, who knew that sometimes the best tools for addressing a situation were with humor and common sense. Back when circuit court was still in the old courthouse, there was a homicide trial...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017

Jake Mountjoy made the world a lot more interesting

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Jake Mountjoy was an absolute hoot. Over the years I have gone to many Williamsburg Kiwanis Club meetings, and I always tried to sit at the same table as Jake when he was there for one simple reason. You need to login to view the rest of...
Posted On 18 Oct 2017

On pension reform, don’t freak over the first proposals

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. In 2014, the Green Bay Packers started off the season losing two out of their first three games. The fans were starting to panic. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously had a simple answer for the panicking fans, “R-E-L-A-X. We’re going to be...
Posted On 05 Sep 2017

Whitley Co., W’burg planning 200th anniversary celebration in 2018

Whitley County is planning a party in 2018. It’s going to be a big, year-long party as the county celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding. Williamsburg is also planning a big bicentennial celebration that will center around a month-long celebration in April 2018, which...
Posted On 10 May 2017

Thinking about drinking and driving? Consider Adam Childress fate first

If you are going to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel then please consider the following for a moment before you do. In 2001, Lester Cook had been drinking when he got behind the wheel of his 1984 Corvette, sped off and lost control of his car running over a pregnant woman,...
Posted On 27 Mar 2017

Both Gilbert and Brittain will be greatly missed

Whitley County lost a couple of very good men last week with the death of former Whitley County Judge-Executive Leroy Gilbert and assistant Whitley County Attorney Gary Brittain. I met both men early during my journalism career. My second job out of college was working at a...
Posted On 08 Feb 2017

Some things I would like to see in 2017

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. With 2016 squarely in our rearview mirror, I thought now might be a good time to reflect on some things that may be taking place in 2017 and what kind of an impact they could have locally. You need to login to view the rest of the...
Posted On 12 Jan 2017

Kmart closings a sad thing for Corbin, London

As a kid, I can remember my mom dragging me to the Corbin Kmart when it first opened in October 1978. At the time, it was kind of a big deal. Wal-Mart didn’t exist in these parts at the time. The Corbin Kmart was huge or at least it seemed that way to a seven-year-old,...
Posted On 04 Jan 2017

Some headlines from 2016 that I forgot

Ever wonder why newspapers, television stations, magazines and other forums run end of the year reviews and top 10 lists around New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day each year? There are actually a few different reasons. One BIG reason is that the week between Christmas...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016