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First Whitley County Fair in two years brings big turnout

Local residents apparently really wanted to see a Whitley County Fair this year. While official attendance figures aren’t in yet, it looks like over 600 people turned out for the inaugural demolition derby last Thursday night. This was the largest crowd that I can ever recall on...
Posted On 23 Jul 2021

Whitley County Fair, W’burg car show happening this week

They are back and hopefully will be better than ever. We’re talking about festivals, fairs and the like, which were mostly all canceled last year due to the pandemic. For those of you, who were cooped up for the better part of a year, it’s time to get back out and support our...
Posted On 15 Jul 2021

Williamsburg holds best fireworks show ever

Wow! I have to say the Williamsburg fireworks display at the Kentucky Splash waterpark Saturday evening was probably the best fireworks show there that I have ever seen in my more than 25 years of covering Williamsburg. Organizers started the show a little earlier than usual...
Posted On 09 Jul 2021

Marker to commemorate Corbin 1919 event is a bad idea

While well-intentioned, placing a historical marker to commemorate the Corbin 1919 Race Riot, as the Sunup Initiative has proposed, probably isn’t the best idea in the world for multiple reasons. First, some background about the incident for anyone unfamiliar with it, which would...
Posted On 06 Jul 2021

Jim McAlister was passionate when it came to all sports

Sports writers are a different breed. Many of them are die hard sports junkies, who really like sports and you have to be in order to do that job well. Most of our sporting events take place either in the evening or on the weekends. There are long hours spent out at games at...
Posted On 29 Jun 2021

It’s time to start planning a post COVID-19 party

It’s time to start planning a post COVID-19 party. Hear me out. On June 11, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear lifted pretty much the last of his COVID-19 restrictions. In other words, there are no more mask mandates, nor limited seating capacity requirements at restaurants, or other...
Posted On 22 Jun 2021

2021 SOAR Summit is perfect opportunity to showcase Corbin

The upcoming 2021 SOAR Summit, which will take place Oct. 13-14, will be a great way for Corbin to showcase itself to leaders and VIPs, who are expected to attend from all over the country, including Washington, D.C. SOAR, which stands for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, was...
Posted On 10 Jun 2021

Tired of people driving without insurance

Some people really tick me off. A couple of Saturdays ago, I was having a pretty good day. My wife, Cecelia, and I were out for a drive in the country after eating an early dinner. We had just driven across the railroad tracks, and were waiting to make a right turn onto KY 26...
Posted On 08 Jun 2021

Mural trail could be tourism boost for Williamsburg

When the Corbin Tourism Commission first brought the 2132 locomotive to Corbin, I think many people, including myself, had some serious doubts about whether it would actually attract visitors to downtown. Without a doubt, the funniest comment about it came from then Corbin Police...
Posted On 01 Jun 2021

A tale of two summer interns

Young people, consider this tale of two summer interns for a moment. Several years ago, we had a summer intern that showed up for work late every day, except for one. He didn’t dress very well when he came to work. He never could seem to get a hold of much of anybody. Don’t get...
Posted On 25 May 2021