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Despite COVID–19, options still remain to celebrate the Fourth of July

With the possible exception of those, who own stock in Clorox or Lysol, I think that we can all pretty much agree on one thing. COVID-19 stinks. First there were the business shutdowns, then the layoffs. Now we have the cancelation of events, such as NIBROC, Old Fashioned Trading...
Posted On 02 Jul 2020

Time for the hate on all sides to stop

A few weeks ago, I read a post that a friend of mine from college posted on his Facebook page about having “the talk” with his 10-year-old son. No, it wasn’t “that” talk…lol. This friend is black, and the talk he had with his son was what he should do if he encounters a police...
Posted On 30 Jun 2020

Coronavirus changing the way we vote, some changes could be for the better

From graduations and church services to government meetings and eating out at restaurants, COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we do things, and next Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky is no exception. Because of the coronavirus, the election is taking place in a quite a...
Posted On 22 Jun 2020

To wear a mask, or not to wear a mask

Wearing masks. It has become a hot button topic recently with several people proclaiming that they have a right not to wear a mask and that they simply aren’t going to do it. Here are the reasons why I try to wear a mask when I go out in public settings, particularly large or...
Posted On 09 Jun 2020

Real world tips for recent graduates, job seekers

To our recent high school and college graduates, sorry your senior years got cut short, and some of you missed out on prom and a traditional graduation ceremony. It stinks. It really does. As you have probably already figured out though, life isn’t fair. Bad things happen outside...
Posted On 02 Jun 2020

COVID-19 has proven that ‘church’ isn’t just a building

My fellow Whitley County residents, I am quite proud of the way you have handled things so far during COVID-19 on so many levels. For starters, let’s talk about our local churches. I have to applaud our local churches and religious leaders. Even though early on most didn’t like...
Posted On 24 May 2020

Explaining some of the more commonly used court terms

What does it mean when a jail sentence is conditionally discharged or that somebody received a pretrial diversion? We occasionally get questions about what certain court terms in stories mean. I had a lady call me a few weeks ago asking about court terminology. She suggested that...
Posted On 12 May 2020

After COVID-19, government entities should continue broadcasting meetings

In the era of COVID-19, some of our government agencies are getting creative when it comes to members maintaining social distancing while still meeting. One of the more creative approaches I have seen was the Whitley County Water District earlier this month, when the three board...
Posted On 05 May 2020

Challenge for News Journal readers: Try and do something to lift the spirits of those around you

In case the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t real enough for everyone, it really hit home for residents of Whitley and Knox counties Monday, as each county had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Sadly, we all know that these probably won’t be the last cases of the coronavirus that we...
Posted On 12 Apr 2020

Remember, during this difficult time, ‘We’re all in it together’

As you might have guessed, how to cover a worldwide pandemic is not a topic they cover in journalism school, although I suspect it might be added to the curriculum this fall…LOL. Truth be told, I don’t think this is a topic that gets covered by trainers for almost any profession...
Posted On 01 Apr 2020