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Community newspapers, like ours, are a vital public service

I just learned that this is “Support Your Local News Week.” For that matter, support everything local. If local businesses ever needed supporting, it is now. You may or may not have given it much thought, but it is important to recognize the value of local news as a vital public...
Posted On 04 Aug 2020

Corbin tourism commission revenue is 10th in the state

A data bulletin released last Thursday by the Auditor of Public Accounts, Mike Harmon, revealed the impact tourism has on Kentucky. In 2018 visitors are reported to have spent $7.6 billion in our state. In that report it listed the ten tourism commissions reporting the highest...
Posted On 27 Jul 2020

Fine Arts Association, one of our greatest success stories

One of the casualties of the pandemic is the cancellation of the 59th season of the Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky’s concert series. Betty Hamilton, who passed away in 2011 at 80 years of age, was the driving force behind the organization which she founded in...
Posted On 18 Jul 2020

Times-Tribune has had an office in Corbin for 128 years

As a young boy I delivered the Corbin Daily Tribune to customers in the downtown Corbin area. I have been in many of the buildings which housed apartments at that time. I climbed many steps on my route. After graduating from college I worked at WCTT radio station, which was...
Posted On 12 Jul 2020

Remembering the worst summer of my life, until now

COVID-19 is far from being over. Although the United States has only 4 percent of the world’s population, it has 25 percent of coronavirus cases. As Americans, we pride ourselves at being number one. Well, we’re well on our way to being there with this virus. While most countries...
Posted On 07 Jul 2020

I know firsthand, running for a political office is no easy task

It is primary election time again. You have about a week left to cast your ballot. Voting has been rather easy this year with the changes that have been made. Many have already cast their ballots and you can vote now or on Tuesday. It is not a big election year, but it is an...
Posted On 22 Jun 2020

Good cops and public works makes life better in a small town

Good cops, bad cops. Around here we only know those descriptions from watching television. As far as our local situation goes we only have good cops. The scenes we view on TV are very remote from what we experience locally. I really like living in an area of the country where we...
Posted On 16 Jun 2020

‘Murder for Hire,’ latest book from author Gary P. West

If you have ever read the book Bloody Harlan and thought it was rough, then wait until you read Gary West’ newest book, Murder on Youngers Creek Road. Murders, bombings, car thieves, gamblers, bootleggers and more are involved in a true story of a murder-for-hire gone wrong that...
Posted On 04 Jun 2020

Through it all, Rodger Bird was always all about his hometown of Corbin

Rodger Bird loved Corbin. He loved it as much as anybody I have ever known. About six years ago, when my wife Judy and I moved to Henderson, Ky. to be with our daughter and grandchildren, on the day we moved in there was a knock on the door. It was Rodger Bird. From that day...
Posted On 20 May 2020

Show off your graduate with a picture in the News Journal

Graduates, even though you are being denied the ceremonies that all of us have enjoyed in the past, the News Journal is making possible a special page for all of you, from kindergarten through college. View the ad on page A-3 for details on how you can be recognized. I sa...
Posted On 15 May 2020