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You are the key to making NIBROC better

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Since the Corbin City Commission banned the NIBROC Festival from Main Street several years ago, you may have noticed it’s a little smaller than it used to be. Fewer vendors. Less room for the carnival. You need to login to view the...

Bena Mae had the gifts of a truly great storyteller

All of us here at the News Journal are truly saddened this week by the passing of Bena Mae Seivers. During all of my two decades working for this newspaper, Bena Mae has been an extremely popular fixture in our pages. Her column, “Bena Mae’s Kitchen,” was about so much more than...

All it took was one show to hook me on the Fine Arts

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. It was about nine years ago that Gibson’s Music owner Betty Comer implored me to take time out of a busy Tuesday to watch Tommy Emmanuel play guitar. Emmanuel, an Australian-born guitar wonder of the world, was playing a show at...

City officials taking low road on spending questions

There’s a very snide, contemptuous and secretive attitude of late regarding all things financial at Corbin City hall. This newspaper is having to climb mountains to get basic information. That usually means trouble. At the meeting where the city passed its budget this year, not a...

Some thoughts after a great 3-day weekend

Thoughts after a long Memorial Day weekend: • I want to lead off by encouraging anyone and everyone who is interested in the least in “events, trends, issues, ideas and journalism about health care and health in Kentucky” to check out the Kentucky Health News online blog at...

Annexation talk is rarely ever sane or rational

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. There is little reasonable or rational talk when it comes to annexation. There is only insanity. Rumors. Innuendo. Conspiracies. Hidden agendas. And a whole lot of misinformation. You need to login to view the rest of the content....

Eating a little crow on the ‘Stivers Amendment’

Sometimes, you have to eat a little crow. I actually don’t mind to do so when I’m wrong. So here it is. Several weeks I blasted the addition of what is often called “The Stivers Amendment” to the Kentucky state budget. It’s the one that has a big impact on the outcome of the...

Prosecute it, or make it legal, one of the two

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. One of the sillier things in life, I think, is when something is common knowledge, but everyone goes around acting as though they are oblivious. That’s the situation that came up this past week regarding an “investigation” by...

Tax fight budget bomb deserves to be vetoed

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers was slated to be one of the keynote speakers at the Lincoln Day Banquet in Corbin over the weekend. He was a no-show. No reason was given at the time. But now we know why. You need to login...

Stivers’ annexation plan was a good deal for everyone

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. I hate emotional, knee-jerk reactions. I think opposition to amendments proposed to legislation in the current session of General Assembly, which would allow cities like Corbin to annex into another county, is just that. You need...