Moments In Time

• On Feb. 4, 1789, 69 members of Congress cast their ballots to elect George Washington the first president of the United States. After months of appearing to sidestep, and even outright rejecting, the idea of assuming the presidency, Washington reluctantly accepted Congress’ decision. • On Feb. 7, 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes […]

Coal Week

Oklahoma man is minding our mines - for now

McALESTER, Okla. The administrative transition in Washington, D.C., isn’t just happening at the White House. It’s happening at federal agencies all over the nation’s capital, which is how McAlester, Oklahoma’s Michael Davis found himself running the country’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. For now. The 1973 McAlester High School graduate had been named deputy assistant secretary for operations for the […]

Coal Week

5 coal plants studying carbon capture

BISMARCK, N.D. Five coal-fired power plants in the U.S. and Canada are studying the feasibility of retrofits to capture and store carbon dioxide, a nonprofit industry research group says. Electric Power Research Institute said studies are being done at Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station near Underwood in central North Dakota, and at plants in Illinois, Utah, Ohio and Nova […]

Air Force scraps coal-to-liquid plant

GREAT FALLS, Mont. The Air Force has rejected private proposals to build a coal-to-liquid fuels plant at Malmstrom Air Force Base, saying it could interfere with ballistic missile operations at the base. The agency last year had invited companies to finance and build a plant that would convert coal into 25,000 barrels daily of jet fuel, diesel and other products. […]

Sports in Kentucky

Gamecocks better lock down Horn

South Carolina’s stunner at Kentucky last week looked Devan Downey frenetic, but the coaching job Darrin Horn did was exquisite. Exemplary leadership and poise we expected. Horn kept his referee whine to a minimum and most telling, when UK made its last charge, Horn used time-outs and results coming out of them perfectly. His Gamecocks listened, didn’t panic, would not […]


In this photo provided by the University of Kentucky, former Kentucky and New Mexico State football coach Hal Mumme (left) and Dr. Stephen Strup appear at a news conference on Tuesday in Lexington. Mumme was scheduled to undergo a procedure at the university’s Markey Cancer Center on Wednesday that doctors believe will stop his prostate cancer before it spreads.

Girls, boys stay on roll

It was another good week in Cougarland as both the boys’ and girls’ teams won both games they played last week. The boys were on the road at Jenkins, then traveled to Powell County over the weekend to take on the Pirates. The Cougars were just too strong for Jenkins (1-16) and their depth was evident as they downed the […]

Lady Cougars improve to 16-4 after two wins

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars raised their record to 16-4 with a pair of wins last week at Shelby Valley on Jan. 29, and at home against Corbin Saturday afternoon. Last week’s pair of victories marked the third time this season that the Lady Cougars have had a string of four straight victories. Prior to last week’s victories, coach […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

As I pulled my boat up to the ramp at Lake Cumberland on a cold and windy day earlier this winter, the thoughts running through my mind ranged from where I should start fishing to how long I could brave the cold weather. One thing I was sure of was the bait I was going to use that day to […]

Shootout starts long haul

The Budweiser Shootout is definitely what you would call a NASCAR tradition even though it has gone through several changes since its inception in 1979. The event that marks the beginning of another season originally began as the Busch Clash before changing its name in 1998 to the Bud Shootout. It was changed to its present name in 2001. While […]

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