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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

In the wake of coronavirus, it’s time to be a little more…

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, let’s face it things have gotten to be just a little bit, well, nuts for lack of a better description. One person at the health department Friday compared a recent trip to Walmart to a scene from the television show, “The Walking Dead” where...
Posted On 22 Mar 2020

HB 351 is bad public policy; urge Stivers to vote no

Imagine for a moment that you have an ethically-challenged local judge-executive, who is stealing money from their office, not that this kind of thing would ever happen in real life in the Commonwealth of Kentucky…LOL. Now imagine that the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts –...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020

Good luck Trent, changes to come

Best wishes to my pal, Trent Knuckles, on his future endeavors now that he has left the News Journal. As many of you know, Friday was Trent’s last day as publisher. He is leaving after 24 years to pursue other interests. A part of me will miss him, while another part of me is...
Posted On 09 Mar 2020

Rogers largely to thank for flood control projects that saved local towns

So what would downtown Williamsburg have looked like in recent days if the floodwall hadn’t been in place? “I think we would have been riding a boat down Third Street taking pictures,” said Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses to this reporter’s question early...
Posted On 17 Feb 2020

News Journal wins more awards than first thought

The News Journal, which recently received the first place award for General Excellence in the large weekly division of the Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspaper Awards contest, received a few more awards than first thought. When results of the contest were...
Posted On 05 Feb 2020

Governors need to avoid not only impropriety, but the appearance of it in pardons

It’s important not only to avoid impropriety, but also to avoid the appearance of it. These were the words that a couple of wise-old judges, the late Jerry Winchester and the late Paul Braden, used to tell me when they were asked to recuse themselves as the judge in a case. Read...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020

Kay Schwartz will be missed as Whitley County Clerk

Over the last 12 years that Kay Schwartz has served as Whitley County Clerk, if you went into her office to pay your car taxes or any number of other things, you were just as likely to get waited on by Kay as you were one of her deputy clerks most days. I know. I speak from...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019