Residents file suit, claim shared well ruined by drilling

A natural gas drilling company has been sued for allegedly destroying a water well shared among six Little Cowan residents. A lawsuit filed recently in Letcher Circuit Court charges that Kinzer Drilling Company of Floyd County “was grossly negligent, reckless, and wanton when they drilled” a gas well near a “riparian” well shared by plaintiffs Ernie Ison, Marcella Diane Ison, […]


12-year-old Kristen Johnson enjoyed the final day of her spring vacation from school on April 10 by taking advantage of 70-degree weather to practice guitar while sitting on the back porch of her Whitesburg home with her dog, Baby. Cool, rainy weather which enveloped the region earlier this week was expected to give way to temperatures reaching the low 70’s […]

Parents too high to care for infant, state trooper says

The parents of a three-week-old baby boy were arrested after a police said he found them “manifestly” under the influence of drugs. Tabitha M. Clevinger, 24, and Kenneth W. Sexton, 32, both of 84 Stinking Branch, Thornton, were arrested at 1:14 a.m. on April 10 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Ben McCray. McCray wrote in an arrest citation that upon […]

Police seek help with thefts

Whitesburg police are looking for information about three separate thefts that occurred in the last month. Whitesburg Police Chief Philip Slone said a small trailer containing a large amount of tools was taken from the Super 8 motel parking lot on March 17. Slone said a thief or thieves broke into the Tobacco Store owned by Jerry Nantz on River […]

Sale leaves Jenkins without hospital

For the first time in more than 40 years, the City of Jenkins is being left without a hospital to call its own. But thanks to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc., the town will still have a full-service medical clinic. Kingsport-based Wellmont Health System announced last week it will no longer operate 25-bed Jenkins Community Hospital and will sell the facility’s […]

Political Cartoon

Change at OSM

There are good outside candidates who would bring a real change in leadership to the federal Office of Surface Mining. Why, then, does the change advocate who now occupies the White House contemplate promoting Acting OSM Director Glenda Owens? As Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward Jr. pointed out over the weekend, Ms. Owens, while with OSM, “has defended proposed cuts […]

Another view

During the Bush administration, federal agencies designed to prevent industrial ravages often were handed to agents of polluters. A classic example was Steven Griles, a coal company lobbyist who was appointed deputy secretary of the Interior. Instead of safeguarding nature, he made it easier for out-of-state corporations to blast off West Virginia mountaintops. Incredibly, his old lobbying firm paid him […]

Economic anxiety leaves us behaving like rats in a cage

One day last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up 246 points. On CNBC, Jim Cramer punched the Sousa March button. NPR’s “Marketplace” boomed, “We’re in the Money.” Yeah! Happy days are here again. Right? And just when the Prozac started to kick in. Or perhaps wrong. Look at the bigger picture. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has […]

Media Beat

Dispensing with bad memories

A dramatic headline ran above the fold on the front page of The New York Times a few days ago: “Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory.” This was presented as big news. “Suppose scientists could erase certain memories by tinkering with a single substance in the brain,” the article began. Readers quickly learned that they didn’t need to suppose, […]

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