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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

Fulfilling promises to Kentucky

Not even two years into the Trump administration, our country is finally getting back on the right track. On the heels of a major regulatory rollback and historic tax reform, consumer confidence is soaring and unemployment is shrinking. I’m proud of the many promises this...
Posted On 29 Jun 2018
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Celebrate Your Community on Independence Day!

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I’m reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today. It’s long been said that America is all about...

KY beverage companies helping to fight obesity

The fight against obesity remains at the forefront of the public health agenda here in Kentucky and throughout the United States. At the Kentucky Beverage Association (KBA), it’s at the top of our agenda as well. We believe effective measures to reduce obesity require all...
Posted On 28 Jun 2018
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My one, fateful book review

My one and only book review for this newspaper may have gotten me blacklisted. Let me explain. A couple of years ago, I thought it would be a cool idea to add book reviews as a semi-regular part of what we offer in the News Journal. I didn’t just want them to be reviews of the...

State highway workers were quick to respond

A salute to the men who work for the Kentucky Department of Highways. Monday, during a massive thunderstorm, they arrived just minutes after a tree fell on the road near the 770 bridge that leads to Cracker Barrel restaurant in north Corbin. My daughter Amber, who was heading...
Posted On 28 Jun 2018

Tackling KY’s alarming increase in suicide

Suicide rates are rising dramatically across the Commonwealth, as well as the United States. This is a troubling trend, and one that must be stopped in its tracks. A study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control shows that the epidemic of suicide has been sharply on...
Posted On 28 Jun 2018
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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

Some deserved recognition for two local volunteers

My wife and I chose to dine at Seasons Restaurant on Main Street in Corbin to celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary. A great choice! I had one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Not only was the steak delicious, all the sides were excellent. But that is what I have always...
Posted On 14 Jun 2018

Human trafficking is everyone’s issue

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities...
Posted On 14 Jun 2018
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