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Officer-involved shootings take a personal toll on officers

Monday morning, a Whitley County Grand Jury cleared Corbin Police Sgt. Stephen Meadors of any wrongdoing in connection with the Feb. 14 off-duty fatal shooting of Phillip N. Davenport, 20, of Corbin. About 3:30 a.m., a neighbor contacted Meadors about a prowler. Meadors went to...
Posted On 22 Oct 2021

Pinball museum visit brings back arcade memories

A few weeks ago, my wonderful wife, Cecelia, (who frequently asks each week if I have written about how wonderful she is my column…LOL), was out of town for the weekend, and I had gotten everything that I had really needed to get done at the office finished that Saturday in the...
Posted On 11 Oct 2021

Despite River Fog cancellation, still lots to do this weekend

Unfortunately, this coming weekend’s River Fog Festival in downtown Williamsburg has been cancelled due to high COVID-19 rates in Whitley County. Fortunately, there is still a few things to do this weekend locally although admittedly each might not appeal to everyone. For our...
Posted On 30 Sep 2021

Help increase awareness during Suicide Prevention Month

While there is a good chance that you may not know that September is suicide prevention month, the sad reality is that chances are you probably know somebody, who has died by suicide. In Kentucky, one person dies every 11 hours from suicide. It is the second leading cause of...
Posted On 27 Sep 2021

Old Fashioned Trading Days was a big hit again

Old Fashioned Trading Days returned last week for the first time since 2019 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. To the credit of organizers, the 38th installment of this festival was every bit as good as previous versions of it. While many area festivals returned...
Posted On 18 Sep 2021

9/11 forever took away our sense of peace in the U.S.

Peace. If I had to name the biggest difference in life before 9/11 and life after 9/11, then I would have to say that it is peace, or at least the sense we had of peace before the attacks and the lack of a sense of peace we have had after it. Most generations have one or two epic...
Posted On 10 Sep 2021

Please learn from these tragedies, don’t drive drunk

One of the most tragic homicides that I have ever covered happened 20 years ago. Please, please learn from the mistakes that lead to it. On Aug. 20, 2001, Lisa Rains was a 28-year-old Oak Grove Elementary School teacher, who had recently found out that she was pregnant. It should...
Posted On 03 Sep 2021

Despite concerns about the vaccine, I still got vaccinated

A couple of friends of mine got COVID-19 recently. One of whom had to go to the hospital not once, but twice on two consecutive days. This was largely because there were no available beds when she went the first day in order for her to be admitted. She had to return the second...
Posted On 31 Aug 2021

Good to have NIBROC back after a two-year COVID hiatus

From my perspective, our local fairs and festivals are a lot like grandparents getting visits from their grandchildren. I am happy to see them come. I am happy to see them go…LOL. NIBROC 2021 has now come and gone, and it was great to see its return after a two-year hiatus. It...
Posted On 22 Aug 2021

Firestone groundbreaking was a big day for Williamsburg

Williamsburg City Councilman Loren Connell probably summed it up best when he pointed out during the June city council meeting that Williamsburg residents probably ought to be thanking the current workers at its Firestone plant. “If they weren’t doing a good job, I don’t think...
Posted On 08 Aug 2021