Police say mine workers recognized stolen cable in back of man’s Jeep



If you’re traveling with stolen copper in your Jeep, don’t return to the place from which the copper was stolen to ask for help with moving your disabled vehicle. That’s the lesson that was delivered to a 27-year-old Letcher County man who was arrested on Halloween night for being in possession of copper wiring stolen from an underground mine site […]

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Gov. Beshear approves hiring new mine inspectors, permit reviewers



FRANKFORT Gov. Steve Beshear approved an increase this week in the number of Kentucky coal mine inspectors and mine permit reviewers for the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. Beshear approved an additional 15 new mine inspectors in an effort to help the state meet its required mine inspections. The governor also approved the addition of 19 new mine permit reviewers […]

Foreign demand for U.S. coal is up



CHARLESTON, W.Va. Coal mining companies from Appalachia to Missouri are seeing plenty of rebounding demand, just not here at home. Fresh from reporting thirdquarter earnings, coal producers say booming Asian economies are increasingly hungry for energy even as the hardest-hit mining regions in the U.S. see little prospect for a comeback in coming months. Big coal producers such as St. […]

Mining stream buffer rule won’t change before 2011



CHARLESTON, W.Va. The Obama administration says reversing a last-minute Bushera surface mining regulation criticized as too friendly to coal companies is going to take at least another year. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement plans to start the process of replacing the regulation by mid-November and hopes to complete the job by early 2011, acting director Glenda Owens […]

Dealing with grief



Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community for Holiday Hope – will host an evening of support, memories, and discussion about dealing with grief during the holiday season. The free service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Perry County Public Library on Black Gold Blvd. in Hazard. It is open to anyone […]

Revival planned at Pine Creek Church



A homecoming revival will take place Nov. 8-15 at the Pine Creek Church. The revival will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Nov. 9-14, and at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 with dinner to follow. There will be different preachers each day. For more information, call Pastor Johnny B. Mullins at 855-7348 or 633-7179.

Childcare available



North Fork Yoga is offering childcare during its Monday evening classes at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library. The cost is $4 for one child and $1 for each additional child in the family.

Rotary Club sponsors a 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 is $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 Caudill, […]

NRCS seeks input on assistance



The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking local input on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which it administers. EQIP provides technical and financial (cost-share) assistance to land users to address concerns on natural resources. A meeting for the area consisting of Breathitt, Perry, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Wolfe, Powell, and Lee counties will be held at 10 a.m., […]


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