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Letter to the Editor: Toys for Tots thanks everyone for successful 2017 effort

To the Editor: The JC Paul Detachment 1448, Marine Corps League was honored to be the hosting Detachment, for The United States Marine Corps TOYS FOR TOTS, which is servicing Whitley, Knox and Laurel Counties. Toys For Tots is celebrating its 70th year giving needy children a...

Seminar to prevent church shootings is not something I ever expected to cover

When I became a professional journalist nearly 25 years ago, there were a lot of things that I expected to cover. Some of it was somewhat exciting, such as car wrecks and fires. Other things not so much so, such as beauty pageants and government meetings. Over the years, I have...
Posted On 18 Dec 2017

Everybody gets excited when your hometown team goes to state

You may have not attended a football game this year. You may not know the team’s record. But you do know when your hometown team is playing for a state championship. That is when everybody gets excited. Corbin will be playing for the state 3-A championship against Boyle Co. this...
Posted On 30 Nov 2017

Apply Yellow Pages test to utility ownership

Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the older set, hearkens back to giant paper phone books landing on your front porch containing listings for businesses by...

Hometown Teams exhibit to open in Corbin Nov. 18

Make plans now to visit the Corbin Center, located below the Arena, between Nov. 18 to Dec. 30 to view the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” I first heard about this event a few months ago from Gary West, our friend, author, and columnist for this...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017

If brown cows produce chocolate milk, do they write Internet news stories too?

Misconceptions can be a difficult thing to overcome. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles recently addressed the topic while speaking at the Whitley County Cooperative Extension Office. “A few months ago, the Washington Post’s front page story revealed the results of a...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017

Winchester serves as an example of a life well lived

Retired Whitley Circuit Judge Jerry Winchester was an old-fashioned country lawyer and judge, who knew that sometimes the best tools for addressing a situation were with humor and common sense. Back when circuit court was still in the old courthouse, there was a homicide trial...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017

Hiking, pensions, and Halloween

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Five hours of watching baseball wasn’t enough

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. Don’t score Houston, don’t score! That is what I was saying to myself at1:30 in the morning during the 5th game of the World Series. I wanted this game, which I had been watching for over five hours, to continue. It was...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017

To me, 1955 World Series was the best ever

Johnny Podres celebrates with teammates following the Brooklyn Dodgers first-ever World Series in 1955. There are three sporting events that attract non-traditional sports fans annually. Without question the Super Bowl ranks number one, the NCAA basketball tournament probably...