Protesters arrested in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A handful of environmental activists were arrested Monday outside the offices of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, following an afternoon-long sit-in to protest plans by Massey Energy Co. to blast on Coal River Mountain. The seven were among a group of several dozen who converged on the governor’s Capitol reception room shortly after noon to urge the second-term […]

Report: Mined lands developed little

HAZARD, Ky. Development was planned for just a fraction of the roughly halfmillion acres of land covered by surface-mining permits in Kentucky during the last decade, according to state data. The issue of development has been a key theme in the debate over mountaintop-removal mining in Appalachia. Data from the Kentucky Division of Mine Permits show that development was planned […]

EPA planning to veto first strip-mine permit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will use its authority for the first time to revoke a previously issued permit for a West Virginia surface mine. Acting EPA Regional Administrator William Early said in a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntington district that the agency is “taking this unusual step in response to […]

Rotarians sponsor pancake breakfast

The Whitesburg Rotary Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast, Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church (behind the Courthouse) in Whitesburg. The cost will be $5, and the proceeds will go toward raising $2,000 for the Letcher County Food Pantry. Deliveries will be available. For more information, call Margaret Hammonds, 633-8200, or Reed […]

Surgical tech conference set

Hazard Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for its surgical technology program Friday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Bailey Stumbo Building, Room 218. A preadmission conference is an informal group conference to provide information. For more information, contact Joanna Martin at (606) 487- 3166 or 1-800-246-7521, extension 73166.

Stain glass class to be offered

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer a beginning stain glass workshop at the Whitesburg campus on six Mondays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of stain glass art, starting with the preparation of the cartoon board to framing to squaring a window panel. The second […]

Learn to tack lap quilt

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer a workshop, Tacking a Lap Quilt, at the Whitesburg campus on three Tuesdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of quilting as they design, cut sew and tack a lap quilt. A list of supplies will be provided at the time of registration. […]

Superintendent stresses Bus Safety Week

This week is National Bus Safety Week, according to Superintendent Deborah Watts of the Jenkins Independent School District. Jenkins Independent transports approximately 600 students to and from school each day. “During School Bus Safety Week, we want to inform the citizens of our district about our pupil transportation program,” said Watts. “We are also asking for their cooperation in helping […]

Volunteers to pick up trash

PRIDE volunteers will pick up trash along the roads during the month of October. For more information, the PRIDE office at 888-577-4339 or visit

New formula puts 1 of every 6 in U.S. living in poverty

WASHINGTON The level of poverty in America is even worse than first believed. A revised formula for calculating medical costs and geographic variations show that approximately 47.4 million Americans last year lived in poverty, 7 million more than the government’s official figure. The disparity occurs because of differing formulas the Census Bureau and the National Academy of Science use for […]

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