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Survivors, secret phrases and info on legendary records

OK, this is a little weird. They say in the magazine industry, it is pretty common to be working on things that will be printed three to six months in the future. Normally, I write this column the day before it is published. But because of the necessities of the holiday printing...

Whitley County Health Dept. should open up on food workers diagnosed with Hep A

I think the Whitley County Health Department is doing the citizens of our county a disservice by not being more forthcoming regarding food service workers diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Kentucky has the nation’s worst outbreak of the disease. Among Kentucky counties, Whitley ranks...

Rejoice! The crossword puzzle is here to stay

A few years back, we started a games and puzzles page in the News Journal. I liked it. I thought it was a fun page that gave our readers something to do besides read the news. Printing it was predicated on the idea that we would have advertising sponsors for the page. We did for...

Some thoughts on the quest for 6

Before I write anything else, I want to wish the Corbin High School football team the best of luck Friday night in their quest to win a sixth state championship. They will be taking on Central High School (Louisville) at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Kroger Field in...

The redemptive power of the pardon

Last week’s lead story, in this newspaper, made for fascinating reading. I wanted to know even more. It was about a Corbin woman who received, rather unexpectedly, a pardon for her past crimes from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. She’d prayed and hoped, but was never sure it would...

Don’t leave Jamaica on Saturday

Every other year, my family takes a vacation. This is more often than my parents took me on vacation when I was a kid, but is apparently bordering on child abuse and spousal neglect in modern times. Anyway, I’ve learned a few things about traveling that I want to share. Don’t go...

Getting to know my city, one street at a time

You learn so much when you ditch the car and get on a bike and simply walk your town. In a city like Corbin, it’s actually doable to see about every street on your own two legs, given a reasonable amount of time and dedication. It’s actually a fun and enlightening thing to do. In...

McBurney has been a true servant for Corbin

I think one of the most significant things about next Tuesday’s General Election, at least for those of us who live in Corbin, will be who’s NOT on the ballot for the first time in over a decade. When the votes are counted, the clock will begin counting down on the final days in...

Saying a fond farewell to NIBROC 2018

NIBROC! It’s the best four-day stretch of the year, I think. I know some don’t agree. That’s fine. To me, it’s just one big celebration, right in our downtown. We close down the streets. We set the grind of reality aside for just a bit and all resolve to have a great time. We...

We must remember, we are all ambassadors for our communities

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Since we are a newspaper and we are located on Main Street in Corbin, it’s a relatively common thing for folks from out of town to stop in seeking directions to certain restaurants, or Cumberland Falls or whatever. Read this story...