Glut in natural gas costs 62 jobs here

A natural gas production boom that has created a glut in supply has resulted in the loss of 62 more jobs in Letcher County. Houston-based Baker Hughes Incorporated, formerly known as BJ Services, said the employees would be laid off permanently from its natural gas well servicing operation at the Gateway Industrial Business Park in Jenkins. Richard Vaclavik, vice president […]

Store owners among 22 indicted

The owners of a Mayking store which closed after it was raided in March for selling synthetic marijuana and hallucinogenic “bath salts” have been indicted on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance. An employee of the store is also named. Mark A. Vandyke, 38, and Cheryl N. Vandyke, 32, both of 70 Slope Dr., Jenkins, and Keith Aaron Maschino, […]

Police: Man started blaze while wife, baby in house

Police say a Jeremiah man set his house on fire while his wife and infant were inside the home. According to an arrest citation written by Kentucky State Police Detectiv Randy Combs, Lawrence Eugene Halcomb, 28, was arguing with his wife, Miki Renee Halcomb, when he fired two rounds from a shotgun in the direction of his wife’s feet while […]

Efford and Yvonne Sexton mark anniversary


Happy anniversary to a very special couple, Efford and Yvonne Sexton Tackett. They are one of the happiest couples ever and I love them both. Yvonne is my cousin and Efford became a cousin when he married Von. Colson Senior Citizens Center has a new site manager and she is no stranger, Rachel Baker. Rachel’s mom is Elisha Baker. Rachel […]

Rayburns honeymoon in Letcher County


There will be a Bible School at Little Cowan Church on May 7 through 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. Kevin and Melissa Rayburn were in Letcher County for their honeymoon. They drove across the Little Shepherd Trail and enjoyed the scenery and wildlife. They also went on an elk tour. Monday, Kevin cooked dinner for his […]


Inez Pratt dies

Inez Pratt, 72, died April 23 at her sister’s home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Erbie Pratt and Nick and Maxie Blair Pratt Wright, she was born in Whitesburg. She was a sister of the late Loraine Collins and Remus Pratt, and an aunt of the late Jimmy Lucas and Bridgeite Adams. She was a member of Highview […]

Gross inequity

What are these phantasmagoric money machines that they call “private-equity firms?” They’re much in the news these days, because a fellow who was a privateequity magnate is presently running for president. Mitt Romney piled up a quarter-billion-dollar personal fortune through his Wall Street equity outfit, Bain Capital, and he now claims that, because of his success in that business, he […]

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