100 years of mining history displayed at Jenkins museum

With the City of Jenkins celebrating its centennial this year, there is much to learn about the town’s history and the David A. Zegeer Coal-Railroad Museum is a good place to begin. In the fall of 1911, Consolidation Coal Company purchased 100,000 acres of coal lands in Pike, Letcher and Floyd counties from the Northern Coal and Coke Company. A […]

New alcohol laws would benefit city, Mayor Craft says

Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft went on record Tuesday night in support of the June 26 voter referendum to extend alcohol sales in the city. Craft said that if the referendum fails he is afraid some of the restaurants doing business in the city will be forced to shut down entirely or quit selling alcoholic drinks because they can’t meet […]

70 jobs in Letcher cut as Alpha idles mines

About 70 coal miners in Letcher County and 15 in Harlan County are losing their jobs as the result of cutbacks in production announced by Alpha Natural Resources. The miners affected by the cuts announced late last week were employed at three contract mines in Letcher County and one contract mine in Harlan County that were working for operations acquired […]

Seven are sentenced after pleading guilty here

Six defendants were sentenced to supervised probation while one received a jail term after pleading guilty to separate charges in Letcher Circuit Court. Those sentenced by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam T. Wright II were: • Brian McGee Combs, 35, of Roxana, was placed on supervised probation for five years after pleading guilty to assaulting Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas […]

No copperhead is a good one unless it is a dead snake

Points East

Last week I was taking the scenic route home from Berea along White Lick Road. During one four-mile stretch of road I saw three copperheads at three different locations. I found this strange because I’d never seen a poisonous snake on that road. I wasn’t able to kill either of the snakes, only because they got across the road and […]

Mrs. Collins was known for her yeast rolls


Hello everyone. Hope you are doing well. The weather has been so nice, and I’ve been doing a lot of outside painting. I enjoyed it for a few days before I finally realized it wasn’t much fun. I will finish it later when I feel like it will be fun again. It’s good to have a choice. I visited Letcher […]


Jams, jellies a welcomed gift


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44. The last couple of weeks have been a time of sadness in our community with the loss […]

Denson Van Jones dies in Florida

Former McRoberts resident Denson Van Jones died May 21 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. Jones is survived by wife Virginia Mauk Jones; a son, Greg Bradenton; two daughters, Delana Webb of Wise, Va., and Lenita Waltman of Dozier, Ala.; a brother, Lenville Jones and wife Betty of Springfield, Oh.; and a sister, Brenda Hamilton and her husband Glenn […]

A task worth doing

Kentucky has 43 different kinds of special districts collecting taxes or fees to provide a variety of public services that, while not quite running the gamut from A to Z, at least go from A to W — ambulance service to watershed conservancy, air pollution control to waste management. Some of the more familiar types deal with water and sewer […]

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