Feds order miner returned to work



A Letcher County miner who was laid off from his job at Cumberland River Coal Co. in May was ordered reinstated to his job last week after federal officials determined he was being punished because of his role as a miner’s safety advocate. Charles Scott Howard, of Roxana, was ordered reinstated to his former job as a member of Band […]

Church marking 100th year

By SALLY BARTO

CHURCH WORK — Donnie Lewis (left) and Chris Keeton of Twinhills Contracting Co. of Elliott County, worked to demolish concrete near the entrance of the sanctuary to make room for a handicap-accessible ramp. The First Baptist Church is getting a facelift as it On June 7, 1964, the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg was dedicated and members created a time […]

Acker killer will soon be eligible for parole



One of Letcher County’s most notorious killers will soon be eligible to be considered for parole. The Kentucky Parole Board announced this week that confessed murderer Donald Terry Bartley, 51, will become eligible for parole in October. A hearing date has not been set. Bartley, of Evarts in Harlan County, pleaded guilty in 1987 to taking part in the August […]

Chosen for camp



RITA SEALS Summer break usually doesn’t involve thoughts of science projects and field trips, but for one local high school student it did. Rita Seals of Letcher County Central High School was part of a group of 37 specially chosen students and 18 teachers representing 13 Appalachian states who were in Oak Ridge, Tenn., July 12- 24 to work on […]

Town bans smoking indoors



PRESTONSBURG, Ky. The eastern Kentucky city of Prestonsburg has decided to ban indoor smoking. The Prestonsburg city council approved the ban Monday night. The Lexington Herald- Leader reported that the council voted 5 to 2 in favor of the proposal. One member was absent.

Isom Day Committee taking applications



The Isom Day Committee is now accepting applications for the Isom Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5. For more information, contact Chasity Collins at 633-2156 or Breeding’s Plumbing & Electric at 633-5961.

Tryouts planned for Robinson Crusoe



Area children are invited to try out for the Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation of Robinson Crusoe. A group audition will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hazard Community and Technical College’s First Federal Center. The production will have matinee school performances and a public evening performance. Around 50 to 60 students in grades 1- […]

Money needed for cemetery upkeep



Donations are being sought for the Colson Cemetery Fund to keep the cemetery mowed. The cost of mowing the cemetery is $100 to $140 each time. Donations may be sent to the Colson Cemetery Fund at Whitaker Bank. For more information, call Gerald Baker at 633-2134 or Mildred Baker at 632-1380.

More audio recordings played in bid-rig case



LEXINGTON Defense lawyers played audio recordings this week that captured FBI agents coaching a key witness in a high-profile bid-rigging case about what to say in telephone calls to the subjects of a federal investigation. The recordings had been kept under wraps until they were played during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Lexington. FBI agent Clay Mason is […]

100-mile dinner planned



A 100-mile potluck and local foods dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, August 21, at the picnic area on the campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School. Those attending should bring a dish prepared with ingredients raised, harvested or collected with 100 miles of the settlement school. Cooks are asked to bring their recipes and to identify the source […]


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