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Looking back at the year that was 2020

Let’s face it. 2020 was quite the year from a worldwide pandemic to the third highest flood in Whitley County and Williamsburg history. Just in Whitley County alone, we were pretty much a war and a famine short of having our own Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…LOL. Maybe 2020...
Posted On 12 Jan 2021

The Grinch, 2020 both ‘stink, stank, stunk’

There’s a line from the song, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch,” which pretty well sums up the year that was 2020. “You stink, stank, stunk!” Unless you, a close relative or a close friend had a new baby in 2020 or you hit the Powerball big time, then chances are you HATED 2020....
Posted On 04 Jan 2021

Our first responders deal with a lot

We all know that our firefighters deal with a lot, particularly our volunteer firefighters, who don’t get paid for what they do. There are structure fires, brush fires, and auto accidents in addition to a host of other calls. There was one call that came across the radio scanner...
Posted On 20 Dec 2020

Corbin (reverse) parade went relatively well, other community Christmas events

Corbin’s reverse Christmas parade Saturday night was definitely an interesting twist on a Christmas parade. For those that don’t know, during a reverse parade the participants are parked along the parade route, which in this case was on the right side of Main Street in downtown...
Posted On 10 Dec 2020

Staffing changes upon us at the News Journal

Often after someone gives their two or three-week notice at a place of employment, they, shall we say, put it on cruise control. Frequently, they don’t put in an extraordinary amount of effort from the point where they give their notice until they walk out the door. As I said,...
Posted On 07 Dec 2020

Better case needed for COVID-19 closures

A few months ago, I was proofreading over a grant application that someone had written, and I remember commenting “Don’t tell me. Show me. Give me some local facts and figures that support this.” In regards to Gov. Andy Beshear’s latest executive orders regarding COVID-19...
Posted On 27 Nov 2020

Early in-person voting made a huge difference

So how popular was in-person early voting in Whitley County for this year’s presidential election? Let’s look at the numbers. Out of the 15,000 or so votes cast for president in Whitley County, 10,017 were done by people doing early, in-person voting. To put it another way,...
Posted On 18 Nov 2020

Remembering Barbara Neubert, Williamsburg’s first female mayor

Barbara Neubert was a fire cracker. While she may have been small in stature, that little lady packed quite a bit of energy in a small package. Barbara was a fixture in the Williamsburg community for what seemed like forever. She was a smart, classy lady, who you often saw...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020

Hard to believe that Ky. Consular Center has been in W’burg 20 years

Believe it or not, the Kentucky Consular Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in Williamsburg on Oct. 25. The center has undergone numerous changes over the years. When it first opened, the center employed 45 people and its main concentration was on the U.S. Diversity Visa...
Posted On 31 Oct 2020

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