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Injecting perspective: Whitley County’s needle exchange

Last week, the News Journal reported the Whitley County Health Department has given out 90,481 “clean” (unused) needles since its needle exchange program began in January 2017. That’s 2.4 needles per man, woman and child living in Whitley County, or 9.9 per person over the age of...
Posted On 29 Mar 2019
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Legislative update from 82nd District Rep. Regina Huff

I joined my fellow members of the House in passing several good, meaningful pieces of legislation this week, aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians. This is our last full week of this legislative session, with only eight legislative days left in the 2019...
Posted On 08 Mar 2019
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Playing pranks in pubs with TouchTunes

When I was a kid, I loved jukeboxes. They were regular fixtures, particularly in pizza places. I remember going to Pizza Hut and begging my mom and dad to give me a little money for the jukebox so I could play a song I liked. “Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band was always one of my...

Looking for a good way to attract tourists, how about investing in a permanent stage

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. A Railroad Museum at the Depot would be part of an attraction that could attract visitors to downtown Corbin. However, spending upwards of $500,000 is a lot of money to gamble on it happening in a railroad museum. You need to...
Posted On 22 Feb 2019

Letter: Corbin Kiwanis Club chili supper set for March 8; everyone invited

To the Editor: The Corbin Kiwanis Club has established priorities to help improve the quality of life for our people. The Annual Chili Supper is a key part of our fundraising effort to support scholarships for Corbin and Lynn Camp High School Students each year. Students apply...
Posted On 22 Feb 2019
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Maybe vaccination law is needed?

Gotta brag just a little this week. For the third straight year, the News Journal was named best newspaper, among large weekly publications in Kentucky, at the Kentucky Press Association annual convention last month. This is a big deal to those in our profession. Our category is...

Letter to the Editor: Never trust a ‘broken’ radio

To the Editor: In March 1951, I was serving with the Marine Security Guard detachment at the top secret U.S. Naval Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, Calif. My assignment was base patrol operator in a radio equipped jeep. Late one afternoon I was instructed to take three...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019
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The litter problem needs a higher priority

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. This morning I picked up some litter that had been thrown from passing motorists. While doing it a question passed through my mind. What priority does litter have on the list of government responsibilities? You need to login to...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019

Pulitzer Prize winner from 100 years ago still relevant today

Citizens mired in apathy. International money and foreign agents influencing domestic politics. Americans ensconced in a bubble of prosperity and isolationism, unconcerned about other nations. Greed and self-interest dividing us, damaging our reputation abroad and superseding a...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019
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The subtle art of ‘homerism’

I know I’m probably in the minority when I say I prefer my coverage of local sports to be as free from bias as possible. Give it to me straight, no chaser. I like reading/hearing interviews with opposing players and coaches. I like honest analysis of in-game strategy rather than...