2nd miner reinstated after firing

A second deep miner has been ordered temporarily reinstated to his job at a Letcher County coal company under protections provided by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. Administrative Law Judge Gary Melick ruled last week that North Fork Coal Co. must reinstate roof bolter Mark Gray to his job at the company’s No. 4 mine at Partridge. Melick […]

City of Jenkins may look at alcohol sales

The City of Jenkins may be the next eastern Kentucky community to explore a wet/dry option vote in order to improve its economy. At the September meeting of the Jenkins City Council, council member Terry Braddock made a motion for the city to adopt a “liquor by the drink” option, which would allow restaurants seating over 100 people to sell […]


Magean Arrowood was named Letcher County Central High School’s homecoming queen for 2009 during ceremonies held Sept. 11. Arrowood is pictured here with 2008 queen Brittney Briggs. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Rites held for wreck victim

Funeral services were held Sept. 13 for a 41-year-old Whitesburg woman who died in a two-vehicle collision at Mayking last week. Kentucky State Police said Cherie Derena Taylor was traveling in a gold 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound on US Highway 119 when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle suddenly veered across the median and into the path of a black […]

Brothers out on bond

Two Haymond brothers charged with conspiring to traffic in the painkiller OxyContin were released on bond Sept. 11 by order of a U.S. magistrate judge. Former District Three Magistrate Homer Rose Jr. and his brother, Wayne Rose, were freed from a federal detention center in Pikeville after U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins ruled there was no reason to believe […]

Car-truck show draws from afar

A popular attraction at the Heritage 2K9 car and truck show held beside Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation on Sept. 12 was a “radical bed dancer.” Jamie ‘Chaos’ Kelley, of Asheville, N.C., transformed a 1989 Chevrolet S-10 into what he calls “Schizophrenia.” The “radical bed dancer” has a completely independent suspension and a seven-stage spinning/splitting bed. It also has a remote […]

A pageant, a parade, and wheels

With girls competing in the Mountain Heritage Festival Beauty Pageant, children parading during the annual Neon Area Days festival, and cool cars arriving from all over the country to take part in the Heritage 2K9 car and truck show, Letcher County was a hub of activity over the weekend. downtown Neon Saturday as part on the annual Neon Area Days […]

Social dancing classes are set

Hazard Community and Technical College will hold a six-week course in dance. Sherry and Bill Bettinazzi will teach basic swing (jitterbug), free style moves, the electric slide and more. Intermediates will work on more advanced moves. Students should wear comfortable smooth-soled shoes (not rubber soles). Classes will begin Tuesday, Oct. 13. Beginner classes will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. […]

SKCTC’s Whitesburg Campus success story

“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success,” said Eddie Cantor. Close to 20 years ago about 400 students showed up for classes on the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Whitesburg Campus at 2 Long Avenue. Since that time an average of 500 students have been showing up every semester. The students served on the Whitesburg Campus since […]

Beginner motorcycle riding course offered

Hazard Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University will offer beginner motorcycle riding courses. Cost is $125 and motorcycles are provided. Pre-registration is required. Class dates are Sept. 25, 26, and 27 and Oct. 16, 17 and 18. For more information or to register, call Donnia at (606) 487-3037 to register.

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