Conservative leaders worry about movement’s future



WASHINGTON What’s the matter with conservatism? Its problems start with the failure of George W. Bush’s presidency but they don’t end there. Inequality is rising and working-class voters are being hammered. The cost and availability of health coverage are a big problem, and some Republicans don’t want to talk about that simply because they see it as a “Democratic issue.” […]

Is your child seat safe?



Two free Child Passenger Safety Checks are set for early April in Letcher County. The first event will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 3-6 p.m. at the Letcher Fire and Rescue Station on Highway 7 at Jeremiah. The second event is set for Wednesday, April 9, at the Jenkins Fire Department on Main Street in Jenkins, also from […]

Living near a coal mine can harm health, new study says



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Living near a coal mine can be hazardous to your health. At least that’s the conclusion of West Virginia University researcher Michael Hendryx. He says people living in mining communities face higher risk of chronic heart, lung and kidney diseases. WVU says Hendryx and Washington State University researcher Melissa Ahern found the risk of kidney disease rises 70 […]

‘Hillbilly,’ often an irritant, can also be a badge of pride



CHARLESTON, W.Va. When a casting company recently looked to West Virginia hollows for extras to play inbred degenerates, state leaders were loud and clear: go elsewhere for your negative stereotypes. But many residents just rolled their eyes at yet another unpleasant Hollywood depiction of the Mountain State. After more than 100 years of derision, people here are used to it. […]

Bill Clinton in Kentucky to campaign for his wife



FRANKFORT Bill Clinton took a shot Tuesday at the Iraq policy of certain Republican nominee John McCain, comparing Iraqi reliance on the U.S. military to someone who never leaves a neighbor’s couch after losing his home to fire. Clinton spoke to more than 3,000 people at a civic center to start a full day of campaigning in Kentucky for his […]

Letcher miner sues employer



A Letcher County coal miner claims in a lawsuit that his employer improperly disciplined him for videotaping underground safety problems and showing the footage to federal inspectors. Charles Scott Howard filed the suit last week in Letcher County Circuit Court. He is seeking unspecified financial damages for “the intentional infliction of emotional distress.” The move came on March 22, one […]

Consol boss wants ‘zero’ mishap rate



WILLIAMSON, W.Va. Consol Energy says zero mining accidents is a realistic goal, despite the inherent dangers of coal mining. Chief Operating Officer Bart Hyita told the Tug Valley Mining Institute that Kentucky’s example has shown that fatalities can be reduced to almost zero. Kentucky had two mining fatalities last year. Hyita said it’s Consol’s goal to go beyond that and […]

Travel fair set at post office



A travel fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 28, at the Whitesburg Post Office, which offers passport application service. “The Post Service has made it much more convenient for customers to travel internationally by increasing the number of offices that process passport applications nationwide,” said Officer in-Charge Theresa Howard. “We wanted to celebrate our service […]

Redbud giveaway



The Head of Three Rivers Project and Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky will give away redbud tree seedlings from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College – Whitesburg Campus. The seedlings are provided by Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky, a regional tourism organization. The Head of Three Rivers Project will distribute […]

Jason Isbell doesn’t disappoint fans who traveled far to see him



Build it and they will come to Letcher County – from Washington, D.C., from Columbus, Ohio, from Asheville, N.C., and from Nashville, Tenn. Those are just a few of the out-of-county locations – Lexington and nearby southeastern Kentucky counties were also well represented – where tickets were sold to people who came to Whitesburg on March 22 for a concert […]


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