Letcher miner says speaking up resulted in discrimination

A Letcher County coal miner claims he has been targeted by the company he works for because he spoke out against unsafe working conditions at one of the company’s mines. Charles Howard, of Roxana, filed a complaint with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration last week saying he was being discriminated against by Cumberland River Coal Company, whose office […]

6 miners trapped in Utah; initial rescue efforts fail

HUNTINGTON, Utah Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris early Tuesday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground by a cave-in so powerful authorities questioned if it caused its own earthquake. As the rescue stretched into the night Monday, workers were unable to make significant progress and the initial effort was […]

Sports in Kentucky

Hype still rages for UK vs. U of L

All those still convinced the Louisville-Kentucky football series has lost its mojo because the game won’t open the season, say Aye. Louder, please. Raise your hands. Let’s see, there’s Tom Jurich and, oh, couple guys in the back with note pads. That it? The buzz is so loud for this Governor’s Cup match we can hardly hear the cicadas on […]


Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Hendrix of Waco, and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Blair of Ermine, announce the forthcoming marriage of Angela Leigh Hendrix and Joshua Andrew Blair on Saturday, August 25, at 2:30 p.m. The wedding will take place at the Waco Baptist Church near Richmond.


William and Glenna Halcomb of Whitesburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi, to Gabriel Craft, son of Dave Craft of Neon and Donna Bentley of McRoberts. A September 2008 wedding is planned.

Caring goes a long way to being motivated

Have you gotten acquainted lately with anyone who is illiterate? I met a man a few months ago who was. This man was a good worker and was good at what he was doing, but it was backbreaking labor – brute labor, if you will. But he was providing for his family, something a lot of well-educated people aren’t doing. […]

Local store’s ‘pop tab’ collection helps families of sick children stay at Ronald McDonald House

The Food World IGA grocery store in Whitesburg has collected more than 100,000 tabs from aluminum soft drink cans in the past four months to benefit families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. “A great number of the participants that stay at the Ronald McDonald House are from our part of the world. If it is helping […]

Blackey Day to include musical acts, car show

The Blackey Day festival will begin at 11 a.m., August 11, with a musical performance by Arthur Christon. He will be followed on stage by God’s Grace, James Caudill and Walter Bowling at noon, and East KY Tyme at 1 p.m. Chad Caudill will perform next, and William King will follow East KY Tyme’s second set. The Cowan Music School […]

Kurt Busch makes it a race

Kurt Busch’s talent behind the wheel of a Nextel Cup car has never been questioned. He started driving for Jack Roush full time in 2001 and in a short span of five years he had won the series title (2004) and made 14 trips to victory lane. While he was experiencing that kind of success at Roush, he decided the […]


Kay Hammond has been named executive director of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center in Pikeville. The center offers services and support for women and teens facing an unplanned pregnancy. Hammonds holds degrees from Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Pikeville College. She was a high school librarian for more than 30 years and is assistant librarian at Pikeville College, […]