Don’t expect jobs mining coal soon, McConnell warns

President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to roll back environmental regulations and revive the coal industry shouldn’t be taken to mean that miners in eastern Kentucky will be returning to work anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Coal Association President Nick Carter have cautioned. Speaking at a press conference in Louisville late last week, McConnell said it is not […]


Firefighters still watching 1,200-acre blaze at Jenkins

A light rain on the night of November 8 gave firefighters a brief respite from wildfires here, but as the ground dried out, fires rekindled. As of November 15, there were no fires classed as uncontrolled in Letcher County, but the Kentucky Division of Forestry is still monitoring the 1,200-acre Number 1 Hill fire, which crept all the way round […]

Ermine couple facing 109 charges related to child pornography

A cold front is expected to pass through the area this weekend bringing light rain again, but Harp said not all of the news is good. “The bad news is it’s going to bring some very high winds,” he said. Harp said that could cause sparks to ignite other areas outside the blackened ground. The largest fire left in the […]

Chelation therapy: Tests can be flawed

DEAR DR. ROACH: Would you please comment on chelation therapy? A urine test for mercury, lead and arsenic was done that showed abnormal elevations after I was given DMSA. I also was prescribed a long list of vitamins and supplements. This testing and treatment have caused me great confusion. — Anon. ANSWER: Chelation is the process of using a medication […]

Vitamin D deficiency widely overestimated, doctors warn

Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it’s not the “we need more” news you might expect. Instead, they say there’s too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have. The nutrient is crucial for strong bones and may play a role in other health conditions, though that […]

Clean living really can cut heart failures

NEW ORLEANS Clean living can slash your risk for heart disease even if your genes are heavily stacked against you. A large study finds that people with the most inherited risk cut their chances of having a heart attack or other heart problems in half if they didn’t smoke, ate well, exercised and stayed slim. The opposite also is true: […]

What Are You Really Eating?

Before you toss that box of cereal into your grocery cart, take a moment to read the nutrition facts located on the side of the package. There are five key things that you can learn from this label that can help in your overall diabetes care. 1. Serving Size Serving size and servings per container tell you how large your […]

Two robbery suspects among 7 indicted here

The Letcher Grand Jury has returned indictments charging two men with conspiracy to robbery (first degree). Charles Scott Howard III, 33, of 73 Mill Branch, Roxana, is accused of using or threatening to use a dangerous instrument during a theft from Leonard Tackett on August 18. Howard is also charged with being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says […]

Jury indicts bail jumpers

The Letcher Grand Jury has named a Whitesburg man in four indictments, charging him with bail jumping (first degree) and being a persistent felony offender. Kevin Houston, 31, of 164 Bill Lewis Hollow, is charged with failure to appear at a discovery conference in connection with a felony on October 7. The grand jury says Houston failed to appear at […]

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