Alpha says new owner will put miners to work



A Texas company has purchased the idled Enterprise Mining Corporation LLC assets, which include the EMC #9 mine in Knott County and the Roxana Preparation Plant in Letcher County, and has indicated it plans to restart operations. Alpha Natural Resources Holdings, Inc. and ANR, Inc., and Enterprise Mining, late last week announced the sale of nearly all of Enterprise’s assets […]

Now’s your chance to meet the ghosts of Letcher County



With autumn’s chill in the air and Halloween just around the corner, thoughts naturally turn to other chills – the kind one gets when someone is watching, or when the room ahead is just a little too dark to tell what that shape is. Luckily for Letcher Countians, there are plenty of those kinds of chills to fill an October […]

Jury says two from Va. stole from church here



Two Wise, Virginia residents have been indicted by the Letcher Grand Jury for stealing from a Letcher County church. Donovan Mullins, 19, and Desirae Maggard, 18, both of 7337 Day Town Road, Wise, are each charged with criminal mischief (first degree), theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, less than $10,000) and criminal trespass (third degree). The grand jury says […]

Cowan Third graders receive dictionaries



Whitesburg Rotarians Evelyn Hensley, Margaret Hammonds and Keisha Eary recently presented dictionaries to Cowan Elementary School third-grade students taught by Hilda Burns and Melissa Caudill as part of an annual Whitesburg Rotary Club project to address literacy. All third graders in the Letcher County and Jenkins Independent School Systems receive dictionaries each year. The dictionaries are a gift to the […]

Cross Country Bluegrass to perform



Check out our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/ Hemphill- Community-Center. Hemphill Schedule of events The Senior Fellowship will continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Don’t be lonely! Come hang out with this youthful, funloving group. Never a dull minute. Friday Nite Pickin’ Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Cross Country Bluegrass will […]

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Community calendar



October 20 — The Harlan County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala at 6:30 p.m. at the Harlan Center. The theme is Harvest the Growth. It will include an awards banquet for businesses and leaders, bluegrass music and a plated dinner. Nominations are being ac- cepted for awards at www.harlancountychamber.com. Tickets are $35 for individuals, $65 for couples […]

Services held for Stephen Brown



Funeral services for Stephen Cyrus Brown, 71, were held October 16 at the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in Joseph Hopson Gibson Cemetery on Little Cowan. Born on Little Cowan to Virginia Brown of Whitesburg and the late Myrel Brown, he died October 12 at his home in Blountville, Tenn. He was a member of West View Primitive […]

Services planned for Mary Sturgill



Funeral services for Mary Gaye Sturgill, 73, will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 19, at the Little Dove Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Maggard Cemetery at Cumberland. A daughter of the late Wendell and Myrtle Sturgill and Henry Baker, she died October 16 at her home in Eolia. She was a sister of the late […]

Services are held for Anna Belle Wright



Anna Belle Wright, 72, of Roxana, died October 16 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Coy Ellis and Jessie Stewart Wright, she was a sister of the late Andy Wright. Surviving are a brother, Billy Wright of Louisville, and a a number of former students, family and friends. Funeral services were held October 18 […]


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