Wealthiest man in Europe buys United Coal Co.

More than 300 coal miners in Letcher and Knott counties are going to work for the richest man in Europe. Metinvest Group, a mining and steel-making company based in the country of Ukraine, announced that it is acquiring 100 percent of United Coal Company (UCC), whose subsidiary Sapphire Coal Company has extensive mining operations in Letcher County and one underground […]


Kentucky Derby Day can be enjoyed in a variety of ways in the Commonwealth. While professional jockeys fashion aboard longshot Mine That Bird, Brady Moore was one of a number of youngsters who enjoyed a pony ride at the Kids’ Day celebration in Blackey on May 2.

Wreck kills woman, 27; teen is critically injured

Funeral services were scheduled today (Wednesday) for a 27-year-old Viper woman who was killed in a two-car collision in Whitesburg that also left a teen-aged girl in critical condition. Kentucky State Police say Jessica Pigg was killed when the 1992 Chevrolet Lumina she was driving crossed the center line of KY 15 around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and collided nearly […]

11 charged in indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 11 people in indictments, including a Clintwood, Va., man accused of taking two bags of aluminum cans, an extension cord, a gas can, a “no trespassing” sign, and a leaf blower belonging to John Wyatt Jr. The grand jury named Michael Mullins, of P.O Box 906, Clintwood, in six counts. He is accused […]

It is her right

It would be one thing if Carrie Prejean had auditioned to represent the United States in a capacity that required skills beyond working the catwalk in a bikini and negotiating steps in sky-high heels and an evening gown. Incidentally, those are not inconsiderable skills. But, no, when Carrie Prejean answered the question that made her famous, she was trying to […]

Praying for success

April 29 marked Obama’s first 100 days as president. In our view, two issues have dominated the Obama presidency so far. First was his decision to continue the Bush administration policy to borrow huge sums to restart the economy and initiate a budget to advance his social programs. The second was to commit American military power to escalate the conflict […]

Media Beat

Tweedledum, Tweedledee

The news narrative from Washington that’s beamed to tens of millions of American TV sets every day is contoured around a basic contest between Barack Obama and the Republican minority in Congress. That’s one way to look at the political circumstances at the outset of the president’s second “100 days” in office. Partisan division is the customary framework for portraying […]


Buying time on immigration

WASHINGTON On many questions, President Obama’s approach is full speed ahead. On immigration reform, he prefers to take one step at a time. There really is no alternative. Immigration is politically vexed because it splits both parties and scrambles the usual ideological alignments. And on this issue, there is no clear majority. Roughly a third of Americans strongly favor granting […]

Better service in bad times?

As tornadoes, thunder and lightning rampaged across the Heartland last week, the crowds piled up at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Every bar stool had someone on it, and restaurant lines stretched down the corridors. This was a bizarro world, where the airport workers kept arriving and leaving, and only the travelers stayed put. And whether you were going to London or […]

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