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Laid-off miners say firm refuses to pay promised ‘loyalty reward’

A coal company owned by one of the world’s wealthiest men is refusing to pay money owed to laid off coal miners who had participated in a “loyalty reward plan,” lawsuits filed by five underground miners charge. In separate complaints filed in Letcher Circuit Court, the five miners accuse United Coal Company of Blountville, Tenn., and two of its subsidiaries, […]

Jailer: Needle part of escape plan

Accused murderer James Ray Maggard intended to use a hypodermic syringe and needle and a sharpened pencil as weapons in an escape from jail, a witness told Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins. Under questioning from Mullins during a hearing in district court, a deputy Letcher County jailer said Maggard planned to use the needle and pencil as “shanks” to help […]

Bond for driver charged with more than 4 DUI’s ordered kept at $100,000

Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins has ruled there is probable cause to continue pursuing felony assault charges against a 33-year-old Roxana man who police say was high on drugs when his car crashed into a pickup truck occupied by four teenagers earlier this month. At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing held in Letcher District Court on December 20, Mullins […]

Letcher school official, family killed in Knox County wreck; other driver said traveling fast

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal traffic accident in Knox County that claimed the lives of five people on Christmas Eve, including the director of finance for the Letcher County School System. The accident reportedly happened around 5:30 p.m. on Monday near the community of Flat Lick. Police say 31-year-old David Vanderpool of Williamsburg was traveling on U.S. […]

Howards gather for Christmas party


Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. So many people are sick. My son Larry has a real bad case of the flu. He gets it about every winter even though he gets the flu shot. I hope he gets over it real soon. My nephew Tony Howard is real sick in a hospital in Lexington, and Geraldine […]


Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. How many times is the name “Satan” used in the Old Testament? 0, 1, 15, 174 3. From Genesis 36, what city was Esau’s home base? Petra, Tyre, Gilgal, Perga 4. Of these, who hid in a cave while God passed by? Noah, Moses, Abraham, […]

Kitchen duty is fun if regular occupant is in bed sleeping

Points East

Early on Christmas Eve — just after the drizzling, foggy, rebel-gray, sort-of “daybreak” announced itself — I hobbled out of bed and wobbled to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee and to check out the big Bundt cake pan I had put to use just after midnight Monday morning. The pan contained the nowcooled fruitcake I had […]

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