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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

Legislative update from State Rep. Regina Huff

We returned to Frankfort for our first full week of legislative work on Monday, January 13. With all the administrative duties accomplished, House committees got down to work immediately. Several bills were taken for consideration and a number of them were sent to the full House...
Posted On 24 Jan 2020

Operation Christmas Child was a success; Corbin donors vital

To the Editor: I am writing to thank Corbin residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Corbin and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse,...
Posted On 23 Jan 2020
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Sports betting would be a good gamble to take

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to allow betting on sporting events across the board in 2018, there’s been high interest in the idea. Initially relegated to Nevada, it’s now been approved by 20 states....

Governors need to avoid not only impropriety, but the appearance of it in pardons

It’s important not only to avoid impropriety, but also to avoid the appearance of it. These were the words that a couple of wise-old judges, the late Jerry Winchester and the late Paul Braden, used to tell me when they were asked to recuse themselves as the judge in a case. Read...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020

History museum makes road trip to Meade County a treat

It was April 3,1974, and the morning had begun as expected with an April shower that soon turned to sunshine. It was nice enough for some of those in Brandenburg, Kentucky, to crank up lawnmowers for their first seasonal mow. A couple of hours later, shortly after 4 p.m. the...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020

Surprisingly little action in college football game

A referee cost me the crown. A Pac-Ten official made an incorrect call on a Clemson touchdown that cost me the championship of our pickum’ college bowl playoffs. He called offensive interference on a Clemson score when the replay showed it was defensive interference. I jumped for...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020

The enduring legacy of Amos Miller

I was a reporter covering Corbin city government in 2004 something wild happened. The current mayor of the town, Scott Williamson, abruptly resigned. He had about a year and a half left on his term. A replacement was needed. The city’s Board of Commissioners appointed Amos Miller...