Gas firm says it will help pay cost of watching tank

Officials with natural gas producer EQT say the company is willing to help pay for regular inspections of a water supply tank located near its drilling operations in the City of Jenkins, but won’t pay the cost of relocating the tank. EQT official Kevin West told the Jenkins City Council at its April meeting this week that seismograph testing conducted […]


An early morning fire on Monday destroyed this house belonging to Creed Newsome in Number 1 Bottom in Burdine at Jenkins. The fire started around 1:30 a.m., with flames being fueled by gusting winds that preceded the rain and cold weather that settled into the area later in the morning. A garage connected to the back of the house was […]

Layoffs hit Jenkins schools

The Jenkins Independent School System is losing 13.5 full- and parttime positions because of state budget cuts, officials say. The Jenkins Independent Board of Education learned in a special meeting Monday that jobs will have to be cut at each of the three schools in the system, as well as one administrative position. Superintendent Debbie Watts described the process of […]

Indictments returned

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named nine people in indictments, including an Isom man charged breaking into a truck in the parking lot of Sapphire Coal Company at Colson. The grand jury named Anthony Wayne Niece, 37, of 2777 Highway 1148, Isom, in six counts. He is accused of breaking into a pickup truck belonging to Kenny Sturgill and […]

Credibility needed

As he juggles an economic crisis and a couple of wars while getting to know world leaders, President Barack Obama probably isn’t worrying too much about who will run a small federal agency that has a big impact on the quality of life in Appalachia. But maybe if he thinks of the decision as economic stimulus … One of the […]

Treatment, not jail

It has never made sense to lock up nonviolent drug offenders for the obscenely long sentences forced upon judges by vote-courting legislatures. Such offenders need a shot at intensive drug treatment before they are sentenced to intensive prison lockup. Now, with the floor dropping out of the economy and budgets suffering massive shortfalls, the lock-’em-up sloganeering rings hollow and common […]


Health care’s year (really)

WASHINGTON Yes, this is the year Congress will finally give every American access to health insurance. Getting there won’t be pretty. But for the first time since the passage of Medicare in the 1960s, the forces favoring action on health care reform are stronger than the forces of cynicism and obstruction. Feel free to be skeptical. Since Bill and Hillary […]

A nation of unwed drudgery

A neighbor in her 30s, a very fine woman, recently had a child with her boyfriend. They live together. The boyfriend’s mother and father enjoy being grandparents. The boyfriend gets to have a son, as well as live-in female companionship. How eager he was to be a father, I don’t know, but he clearly doesn’t want to be the mother’s […]

Prosecutorial corruption

Corruption is a bad thing wherever you find it, and no profession or institution, from churches on Main Street to banks on Wall Street, is immune. You’ve got people who abuse the trust of shareholders and people who abuse the trust of voters; you’ve got cops who abuse their badges and professors who abuse their tenure. But in my book […]

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