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Let the people decide the fate of slot machines

The time has come for the Kentucky General Assembly to let the people decide the fate of slot machines and “historical wagering” in the commonwealth as the state’s founding fathers intended. As many of you know, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled late last year that mo...
Posted On 23 Feb 2021

Let’s have a grub crawl

During my college days at Eastern Kentucky University, I remember an interesting project that our staff at The Eastern Progress did one Saturday afternoon for a lifestyle page feature. Several of the staff members and a few significant others, set out on a quest to determine...
Posted On 16 Feb 2021

Creative solutions needed to help kids catch up

Most school children in Kentucky are learning via virtual instruction this school year. Teachers and educators are doing their best, but virtual instruction isn’t the same as in-person instruction where the teacher can just walk over to a student’s desk and help them with a...
Posted On 09 Feb 2021

Eggs are better on my plate, not on my vehicle

I have a real love, hate relationship with eggs these days. When it comes to eating eggs, my preference would generally be scrambled eggs although I do like fried eggs too. Periodically, I enjoy a good ham and cheese omelet. I have never been a big fan of the boiled egg except...
Posted On 26 Jan 2021

Next up for undefeated Lady Colonels: Jenkins, South, North Laurel

The beat went on for the Whitley County Lady Colonels Basketball Team who improved to a perfect 6-0 on the season with recent wins over Madison Central, Middlesboro and Williamsburg. “There is a lot of buy-in,” said coach Sean Pigman when asked the key to the hot start for his...

The temper tantrum culture has to end on both sides

Anyone that has ever been around toddlers is familiar with the dreaded temper tantrum. Young children will get upset over something and will lay on the floor kicking and screaming until they get their way. Sadly, we are living in what I would affectionately refer to as the temper...
Posted On 19 Jan 2021

Our first responders deal with a lot

We all know that our firefighters deal with a lot, particularly our volunteer firefighters, who don’t get paid for what they do. There are structure fires, brush fires, and auto accidents in addition to a host of other calls. There was one call that came across the radio scanner...
Posted On 20 Dec 2020

Corbin (reverse) parade went relatively well, other community Christmas events

Corbin’s reverse Christmas parade Saturday night was definitely an interesting twist on a Christmas parade. For those that don’t know, during a reverse parade the participants are parked along the parade route, which in this case was on the right side of Main Street in downtown...
Posted On 10 Dec 2020

Staffing changes upon us at the News Journal

Often after someone gives their two or three-week notice at a place of employment, they, shall we say, put it on cruise control. Frequently, they don’t put in an extraordinary amount of effort from the point where they give their notice until they walk out the door. As I said,...
Posted On 07 Dec 2020

Better case needed for COVID-19 closures

A few months ago, I was proofreading over a grant application that someone had written, and I remember commenting “Don’t tell me. Show me. Give me some local facts and figures that support this.” In regards to Gov. Andy Beshear’s latest executive orders regarding COVID-19...
Posted On 27 Nov 2020