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Legislators’ theme: “The less you know”

NBC has a theme on Saturdays intended for children which says, “The More You Know.” Some of our legislators in Frankfort apparently also have a theme too. It is,“The Less You Know.” I’m referring to legislation over the past several years by the Kentucky General Assembly that has...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020

HB 351 is bad public policy; urge Stivers to vote no

Imagine for a moment that you have an ethically-challenged local judge-executive, who is stealing money from their office, not that this kind of thing would ever happen in real life in the Commonwealth of Kentucky…LOL. Now imagine that the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts –...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020

Good luck Trent, changes to come

Best wishes to my pal, Trent Knuckles, on his future endeavors now that he has left the News Journal. As many of you know, Friday was Trent’s last day as publisher. He is leaving after 24 years to pursue other interests. A part of me will miss him, while another part of me is...
Posted On 09 Mar 2020

OP-ED: Marsy’s Law will give crime victims a much-deserved voice in Kentucky’s justice system

OP-ED by Eileen Recktenwald, Dorislee Gilbert, and Caroline Ruschell Sometimes simply having a voice in the process and being treated with respect makes all the difference. That’s something we’ve heard time and again from survivors as they navigate the criminal justice syste...
Posted On 07 Mar 2020
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Remembering Dallas Jones

Back in the saddle again. After five years of mostly consulting and doing light duties at the News Journal, I am now back as the publisher of this newspaper. I spent 28 years previously in this role. It is not like it was in 1987 when I started here. It was a building job that...
Posted On 06 Mar 2020

Column: 13th Region Tournaments at The Arena always a fun, memorable time

Hello, and welcome to an all-new weekly column to be featured here in the News Journal. My name is Trevor Sherman, and many of you may know me either from my time spent selling advertising for this newspaper over the past several years, or from my time covering local athletic...

I’ve had a great 24 years at the News Journal

I remember the day I moved to this area. It was in late October or early November 1996. It was brutally cold and snow was flying around in the air. I’d been to Corbin only one other time in my life — about two weeks prior for a job interview. I had almost nothing. I’d recently...

Rogers largely to thank for flood control projects that saved local towns

So what would downtown Williamsburg have looked like in recent days if the floodwall hadn’t been in place? “I think we would have been riding a boat down Third Street taking pictures,” said Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses to this reporter’s question early...
Posted On 17 Feb 2020

Opinion: Why won’t health advocates leave the vaping industry alone?

By Ben Chandler, Terry Brooks, Ed.D., Ashli Watts and Brent Wright, M.D. Manufacturers and retailers who sell Juul and other brands of e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” wonder why health advocates won’t just leave them alone. We have at least three reasons: Kids, kids and kids. Kentucky...
Posted On 10 Feb 2020
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Bipartisan talk of tax hikes has Frankfort abuzz

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as “National Pork Month in Kentucky,” should include a companion...
Posted On 06 Feb 2020