Extreme drought gripping county

As Letcher County continues be enveloped in one of the worst droughts since the 1930s, the cities of Fleming-Neon and Jenkins have issued water shortage warnings while the county government has placed a ban on all outdoor burning. Jenkins and Neon issued the water shortage warnings hoping that people will stop washing cars and watering lawns. “We’re asking everyone to […]

Neon festival canceled after death of longtime volunteer

The annual Neon Days Festival was canceled on the same day it opened last week after the unexpected death of a festival volunteer. Timothy Wayne Hall, 50, of Neon, died early Friday night after performing in concert on a Main Street stage with the Soggier Bottom Boys, a novelty act he co-founded. The group’s performances have been considered one of […]

Mark Chesnutt to perform

Country music singer Mark Chesnutt will close the 2007 Mountain Heritage Festival with a concert in downtown Whitesburg on Saturday, September 29. The show begins at 9 p.m. Since releasing his first hit single in 1990, “Too Cold at Home,” Chesnutt has had 14 number one singles on the country charts, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums, and five […]


Timothy W. Hall: June 1, 1957 – Sept. 7, 2007

The annual Neon Days Festival was canceled on the night of Sept. 7 after the sudden and unexpected death of Tim Hall, who for years helped organize the festival and was one of the leading community volunteers in the town of Fleming-Neon.The theme for this year’s event was “I Love F-N.” As these photos show, it is unlikely that anyone […]

MSHA says changes would help rescue response

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced proposals it says will improve rescue operations at the nation’s 653 underground coal mines, in part by cutting maximum emergency response times in half. The agency published two proposed regulations in the Federal Register last week aimed at complying with a federal law passed last year in the wake […]

Massey plans will focus on metallurgical coal, exports

Massey Energy Co. is making a big bet on metallurgical coal. Massey plans to up production of so-called met coal sold to the steel industry by dipping into its 2 billion tons of Central Appalachian coal reserves and using cash from operations to open new mines, Chief Executive Don Blankenship said during the Lehman Brothers CEO Energy/ Power Conference in […]

Union boss tells Senate MSHA had to know mine was unsafe

Government mine safety officials should have known that Utah’s Crandall Canyon mine was unsafe and closed it before the collapse in August that killed nine people, a union official told senators last week. “This mining plan should never have been approved,” Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees mine safety. […]

Fed report reviews restraints on Powder River production

The Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana is the largest known coal deposit in the United States with an estimated 550 billion tons of federally owned coal in the ground, but only 1.5 percent of it is currently available for mining, according to a new federal report. The remainder is either off limits entirely because mining is prohibited by […]

Assistant Labor Secretary for Mine Safety Richard Stickler

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