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I like the city’s new approach to booking talent at The Arena

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. In the classic 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”, Kevin Costner’s character, Ray, is working in his cornfield when he hears a voice in his head that tells him, “If you build it, he will come.” You need to login to view the rest of the content....
Posted On 23 Sep 2016

Jones was a hero, who never sought the spotlight

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. In 2007, Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison had a problem. His police chief, who two months earlier had been suspended after a failed drug test, resigned after another drug test came back with a diluted sample. A year earlier, another...
Posted On 07 Sep 2016

Arena is a good spot for Corbin fireworks

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. This year I did something a little different to celebrate Independence Day. For the first time in about a decade, instead of heading to Williamsburg to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I instead went to Corbin’s...
Posted On 06 Jul 2016

Stacked Corbin payroll tax is unfair to little guys

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Let’s put Corbin’s recent decision to stack an additional 1 percent payroll tax onto its residents in the Knox County side of town, but not onto the net profits of businesses there into some perspective. You need to login to...
Posted On 29 Jun 2016

Needle exchange is a necessary evil

Is the Whitley County Health Department’s proposed needle exchange a good thing or a bad thing? There were some mixed opinions offered up during a Whitley County UNITE Coalition meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the issue. Personally, I think that it is a good idea for multiple...
Posted On 20 Apr 2016

Hard budget choices on the horizon

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. As those of you, who have read our front page this week know already, Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison is headed back to the drawing board in his effort to place a measure on the ballot that would allow for packaged alcohol sales in...
Posted On 06 Apr 2016

Caucus was a learning experience

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. By the time the polls opened at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Republican Presidential Caucus at Whitley County High School, there were at least 100 people already in line waiting to cast their ballots. Mind you, there was no unanimous...
Posted On 09 Mar 2016

Let school districts lengthen days to accommodate tourism

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Should Kentucky pass a law that bans school districts from starting classes in early August? This is currently a question that the Kentucky General Assembly is pondering after Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, introduced Senate Bill 50,...
Posted On 03 Mar 2016

Handicapping the 82nd District State Rep. race

With the battle lines drawn for the upcoming May Primary election, I thought now might be a good time to break down the only local race on the ballot, which pits incumbent 82nd Rep. Regina Bunch against challenger Alex Patrick. The winner will face Williamsburg teacher Bill Conn...

Answering your questions about Kentucky’s upcoming caucus

Did you know we are having a presidential caucus in March? What is a presidential caucus? For some odd reason, I got these questions multiple times from multiple people Thursday. So, for those that don’t know, there is a presidential caucus next month and there are a few...
Posted On 04 Feb 2016