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 the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

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 OK.”

The packers went on to win 11 out of their next 13 games.

Monday afternoon, PFM Group, a consulting firm, presented its report to the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board noting that Kentucky’s public pension system is underfunded by $37 billion to $85 billion.

PFM Group made a number of recommendations, such as eliminating cost of living increases given to state retirees between 1996 – 2012, which could roll back the benefits for retirees by as much as 25 percent or more.

You need to login to view the rest of the content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

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

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. 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 [...]

Thinking about drinking and driving? Consider Adam Childress fate first

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. 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 [...]

Both Gilbert and Brittain will be greatly missed

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. 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 [...]

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 content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us

Kmart closings a sad thing for Corbin, London

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. 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 [...]

Some headlines from 2016 that I forgot

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. 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 [...]

All the local candidates deserve respect

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Why are you running for office? "Boy, that's a good question. I'll have to think about that one," is a response that I have gotten back on multiple occasions over the years interviewing candidates. At that point, I am usually thinking, "I really hope this [...]

There is lots to do this weekend in Williamsburg

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, you have a couple of good options Saturday right here in Williamsburg. The Whitley County Historical & Genealogical Society will be holding its annual Heritage Day from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday at the old L&N [...]