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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

Early in-person voting made a huge difference

So how popular was in-person early voting in Whitley County for this year’s presidential election? Let’s look at the numbers. Out of the 15,000 or so votes cast for president in Whitley County, 10,017 were done by people doing early, in-person voting. To put it another way,...
Posted On 18 Nov 2020

Remembering Barbara Neubert, Williamsburg’s first female mayor

Barbara Neubert was a fire cracker. While she may have been small in stature, that little lady packed quite a bit of energy in a small package. Barbara was a fixture in the Williamsburg community for what seemed like forever. She was a smart, classy lady, who you often saw...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020

Hard to believe that Ky. Consular Center has been in W’burg 20 years

Believe it or not, the Kentucky Consular Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in Williamsburg on Oct. 25. The center has undergone numerous changes over the years. When it first opened, the center employed 45 people and its main concentration was on the U.S. Diversity Visa...
Posted On 31 Oct 2020

I’m looking forward to seeing what our local candidates have to say

When you call up candidates running for elected office to interview them, you sometimes get some shall we say “interesting responses.” I’ll never forget the one candidate, who said, “Boy that’s a good question! I’ll have to think about that one,” when I simply asked him why he...
Posted On 27 Oct 2020

After an enjoyable trip, allow me to catch up with a few thoughts

Did I ever pick a good time to leave Kentucky and go on vacation, or what? COVID-19 rates have pretty well skyrocketed recently in Whitley County. My wife, Cecelia, and I recently headed south to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a week, then we headed over to the...
Posted On 13 Oct 2020

Sadly, suicide is more prevalent than most people realize

September is suicide prevention month, and it is more prevalent than most people probably realize. In Kentucky, one person dies every 11 hours from suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-34, and the fourth leading cause of death in people ages...
Posted On 25 Sep 2020

Cancellation of W’burg’s Sept. 11 football game was a shame

It was sad to hear about the cancellation of the Williamsburg High School football game on Sept. 11 for multiple reasons. Every year students across the state bust their butts to get ready to play a game they love. As Head Football Coach Jerry Herron noted a few weeks ago, his...
Posted On 22 Sep 2020

Why does it take court cases so long to get resolved? There are many reasons

A few months ago, I wrote a column explaining what some of the more commonly used court terms that appear in the newspaper mean in layman’s terms, and I mentioned that I might write a second column on the subject. While this column doesn’t involve court terms as such, it does...
Posted On 15 Sep 2020

RIP Cpl. Billie Hash, Corbin splash pad almost ready to open, more

Rest in peace Cpl. Billie Joe Hash, who was killed during the Korean War, and finally got to come home to Corbin last week after 70 years. Hash was laid to rest Saturday at Worley Cemetery, which is close to where his family used to live. It was an honor to be on hand Friday and...
Posted On 08 Sep 2020