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Repair work on Gordon Hill in Corbin is needed

At one time Gordon Hill in Corbin was paved with brick. My guess is that it made for better traction up the winding hill. The brick made for a bumpy ride. Things haven’t changed much today. There are places on the hill that still make it a bumpy ride. For months there has been a...

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

Imagine life without cell phones, TV 200 years ago

We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Whitley County. Kentucky had been ratified as the 15th state just 26 years earlier. The western most part of Kentucky, west of the Tennessee River, was sold to the United States the same year, 1818, that our county...

The McBurneys and Vermillions have made a big impression here

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. Is it the end of an era? Maybe and maybe not! When Corbin’s Mayor Willard McBurney chose not to seek re-election it will limit his term in office to 12 years. That will make him the longest serving mayor in Corbin’s history....

Granddaughter yells Globetrotters to victory

Last week my wife and I went with our daughter Amber and her three children, ages 3,5 and 7, to see the Harlem Globetrotters. She lives in Henderson, Ky. which is just across the Ohio river from the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. Actually we didn’t go to see the Globetrotters....

Tom Dowling was a leader in every aspect of life

Tom Dowling was a leader in every aspect of life. He was a leader as a coach and as commissioner of the Mid-South Conference. But I remember him most as a great leader at Central Baptist Church where I was a member of his Sunday School class for several years. Tom died after a...
Posted On 10 Jan 2018

A humble Rodger Bird accepts the state’s highest athletic honor

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. The way Rodger Bird punished  opponents in football could lead one to believe that he would display that boastful rough guy image. Not so. As his wife Sally stated in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (KAHF) program, “He’s...
Posted On 08 Jun 2017

Celebrating 53 years of marriage, 30 years at this newspaper

Don Estep is Publisher Emeritus of The News Journal. This is a week of celebrations for me. This Thursday my wife Judy and I will celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. Also this Thursday I will celebrate the completion of 30 years at this newspaper. And finally, my wife and I...
Posted On 31 May 2017