Alpha says it’s not a part of any plan to hire 800 miners

Alpha Natural Resources is not “in any discussions or negotiations” to reopen any of its closed mines in eastern Kentucky or southwest Virginia, a company spokesman says. Recent television and newspaper reports — along with comments by some public officials — have fueled speculation that Bristol, Va.-based Alpha has been working with two outside companies to reopen at least five […]

Jenkins pool opening set

People in Jenkins will be able to swim in the city’s new pool this summer if everything continues to go as planned. Mayor G.C. Kincer told the Jenkins City Council at its March meeting that construction has begun on the pool and City Manager Todd DePriest added that the contractor has a completion date of Memorial Day, May 27. Kincer […]

California authorities drive fugitive back west

A convicted sex offender who was arrested in Whitesburg in January has been extradited to California, where he is wanted on two felony charges. Custody of Larry Daniel Humphrey, 50, of Fresno, Calif., was transferred from the Letcher County Jail and Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department to the Fresno County Sheriff ’s Department on February 28. Fresno County Sheriff ’s […]

Girls win 14th Regional championship

Hubert Howard has hip surgery


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well. We had snow on Saturday morning, and I was worried about getting out to turn my news in. I was all ready for springtime, but it was pretty. My brother, Hubert Howard, had hip surgery in Pikeville. He’s back home now and is feeling better. I’m glad he’s got it over. He’s […]


Services held for Barry Sturgill

Barry Lynn Sturgill, 55, died February 25 at his home at Craft’s Colly. Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of Print Ivan and Joyce Spangler Sturgill of Craft’s Colly. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, and was a member of the Knott County Motorcycle Riders. Surviving in addition to his parents are a daughter, Brande Adams and husband B.J. of Premium; […]

Film festival coming to Whitesburg

On Wednesday, March 6, the Rural Route Film Festival will come to the Appalshop Theater with a program of short films from around the world. The traveling festival has been showcasing films that deal with rural people and places for 10 years. This year’s program of shorts includes animation, documentary, and narrative films, including a 1977 clip for Norton, Va., […]

Recycled ‘owl’ contest set

The Letcher County 4-H Program will host a contest in which students will make owls out of recycled materials in conjunction with Letcher County’s Interactive Arts Festival for grades kindergarten through 12. The owls must be made out of everyday trash items and will be on display during the Art Walk on April 20. There will be a $50 award […]

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