Man hopes sign warns others to watch timber

A Letcher County man is trying to settle a timber dispute in the court of public opinion rather than in a court of law. Mitchum Whitaker, of Roxana, has taken the unusual step of placing a sign on his property to bring attention to his not being paid for several large oak trees he says were taken from his property […]

Futuristic coal plant is scrapped

WASHINGTON The Energy Department has canceled a futuristic, virtually emissions-free coal plant scheduled to be built in Illinois, saying it preferred to spend the money on a handful of projects around the country that would demonstrate the capture and burial of carbon dioxide from commercial power plants. “This restructuring … is an allaround better deal for Americans,” said Energy Secretary […]

Political Cartoon

Insulin delivered by pump

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been an insulin-using diabetic for 15 years. The insulin pump idea intrigues me. I have to give myself as many as four shots a day, and I am getting tired of the inconvenience. What are your thoughts on the pump? Would I benefit from it? – K.K. ANSWER: The insulin pump delivers insulin at a […]


City suspends restaurant’s drink license

Action against Starlite Café taken after raid and arrests

The City of Whitesburg on Monday temporarily suspended the Starlite Café’s license to sell alcohol, two days after after three people were arrested and several others were cited on alcohol-related charges. Anthony Cowden, owner of the West Whitesburg establishment, has been ordered to appear before the state Board of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) in a hearing that will determine whether […]

Plan would halt sealing of abandoned mine sections

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The search for a better way to protect the nation’s underground coal miners from deadly methane gas explosions is leading some in an unexpected direction: the past. Before the 1990s, mines typically left abandoned sections open and relied on complex ventilation systems to remove methane that constantly seeps out of coal. For the past decade or so, however, […]

Where was this Edwards during primary?

He was back again last week, never so eloquent as in withdrawing from the Democratic race for the presidential nomination. It was the John Edwards we haven’t seen much of this year, the one who was positive, optimistic, full of hope, praising his opponents, appealing to the better angels of our nature, the one who seemed to come from nowhere […]

Stronger link seen between Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug, suicidal behavior

WASHINGTON Government regulators say the connection between Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix and serious psychiatric problems is “increasingly likely.” The Food and Drug Administration said it has received reports of 37 suicides and more than 400 of suicidal behavior in connection with the drug. In November, the agency began investigating reports of depression, agitation and suicidal behavior among patients taking the […]

Still listening to WMMT on my computer

Southern Ohio

Hello again, everyone! Time is passing fast. It seems like we had Christmas just a few days ago, then a new year started. We are into the second month of the new year. It could be that I left my Christmas tree up a little longer than usual. My brother, Richie Hall, said I should take it out and burn […]