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You shouldn’t expect to get all of your news for free

Nobody goes to the grocery store expecting to be given free food. No one goes to the doctor for an infection, and isn’t expecting to be charged. Nobody runs their air-conditioner and charges their cell phone without expecting to get an electric bill. No one goes to the movie...
Posted On 13 Jun 2019

Ted Forcht could always make you smile

When I think about Ted Forcht, I can’t help but smile. The guy was just funny and made you laugh. If you spent any time at all around him, then you probably had a smile on your face before you left Ted’s company. Given the health problems he had during his life, which included...
Posted On 07 Jun 2019

Some 2018 stories that didn’t make the top 12

You just can’t fit all the news from a year into a top 12 list, like the one running on our front page in this week’s edition of the News Journal. Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Sure, we get the big news events in there, but that doesn’t mean there still weren’t quite...
Posted On 02 Jan 2019

W’burg events get people into the Christmas spirit

The Christmas spirit seems to be plentiful this year in Williamsburg. Let’s look at a few examples. Williamsburg Main Street Manager Nannie Hays informed me after the parade Saturday night that judges were going back to look at homes and businesses again in an attempt to break a...
Posted On 12 Dec 2018

New Whitley County Fair Board off to a good start

The Whitley County Fair returned last week after a one-year absence with a new fair board and some new events. Considering that this was pretty much a rebuilding year for the fair, I thought it went really well. Friday night’s mud bog probably drew hundreds of people for some...
Posted On 25 Jul 2018

Celebrity suicides remind us issue hits close to home too

Suicide. The recent deaths of famous chef Anthony Bourdain and famed fashion designer Kate Spade certainly has people talking about issue. Netflix recently came out with season two of its hit series “13 Reasons Why,” which revolves around the death of a teenage girl, her reasons...
Posted On 20 Jun 2018

My 25 years in journalism have been a wild, crazy ride

Last week marked an interesting milestone for me professionally speaking. I have now been working as a professional journalist for 25 consecutive years. It has been a wild and crazy ride. To say the least, it has not been an ordinary life. I have met and interviewed every...
Posted On 13 Jun 2018

Williamsburg planned bicentennial events well

After a historical marker dedication, an ice cream social, a tour of historic homes, a parade and concerts among other events, Williamsburg’s month long bicentennial celebration is over. Whitley County was founded in January 1818, and Williamsburg was selected as the county seat...
Posted On 02 May 2018

An open letter to Gov. Bevin regarding pension reform

Dear Gov. Matt Bevin, let me tell you a little something about my dad, who is a retired teacher. You’d like him if you knew him. My mother was a stay-at-home mom. My dad, Mike White, was definitely the breadwinner in our household. He was a high school social studies teacher,...
Posted On 28 Mar 2018

Guns may be a means to kill, but they don’t cause hatred

Back when I was in high school in the 1980s, lots of students had rifles and shotguns in their trucks. I’m sure there were a few pistols in glove boxes too. Several of the guys and maybe a few of the girls at Lynn Camp carried pocket knives. One day I remember my biology teacher...
Posted On 21 Feb 2018