The early spring blooms of a Bradford pear tree were in full beauty pelted with a late-season snow. The accumulation melted in the heat of the sun which began to shine about 30 minutes later. The tree is located beside Community Trust Bank. (Eagle photo)

Consol boss wants ‘zero’ mishap rate

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. Consol Energy says zero mining accidents is a realistic goal, despite the inherent dangers of coal mining. Chief Operating Officer Bart Hyita told the Tug Valley Mining Institute that Kentucky’s example has shown that fatalities can be reduced to almost zero. Kentucky had two mining fatalities last year. Hyita said it’s Consol’s goal to go beyond that and […]

Patterson gets 2nd chance with Reds

SARASOTA, Fla. The spring games had already begun across Florida and Arizona. All Corey Patterson could do was work out on his own and wait. Only 28 years old, the speedy center fielder found himself out of baseball at the start of March. He was working out at his home in Atlanta, looking for an offer to prolong his career […]

Soda crackers arrived at ECCO in tin cans


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10 Another full and productive week has come and gone at ECCO. Volunteers bagged several bags of garden seeds and by week’s end they were nearly gone. We still have about 400 pounds of beans and […]

Learn how to make floral arrangements

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is offering a workshop, Floral Centerpieces, at the Whitesburg campus on Wednesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Workshop participants will learn how to make floral arrangements. A list of supplies will be provided at the time of registration. The instructor will be Peggy Conklin. Registration with a fee of $14 is required […]

Officials say driver of truck not at fault

Poorly built 'berm' resulted in miner's death, report says

Roy Sturgill II, right, is seen in this family photo with wife Susie, 7-year-old daughter Brooke, a first-grader at Cowan Elementary School, and 9-year-old son Kylar, a third-grade student at Cowan. A report released this week by state mine safety officials says Sturgill, 29, would not have been killed in a surface mining accident if proper steps had been taken […]

Travel fair set at post office

A travel fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 28, at the Whitesburg Post Office, which offers passport application service. “The Post Service has made it much more convenient for customers to travel internationally by increasing the number of offices that process passport applications nationwide,” said Officer in-Charge Theresa Howard. “We wanted to celebrate our service […]

Gillispie optimistic after trying season

Billy Gillispie’s first season at Kentucky ended in very un- Kentuckylike fashion. What started with 23,000 fans in Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness in October ended quietly in a generic gym on the West Coast with an uncharacteristically quick exit from the NCAA tournament. Eighteen wins and a firstround loss to Marquette in Anaheim, Calif., on March 22 – […]

Duo to perform

The duo of pianist Steve Wogaman and violinist Nathan Olson will perform at 7 p.m., March 31, at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg. The recital will be free and open to the public. The duo will be performing Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, a sonata by Claude Debussy, and Johannes Brahms’s Sonata No. 3 in D minor. For more information, call […]

Letcher Elementary seeking nominations

Nominations are now being taken for parent representative for the 2008-2009 Letcher Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council. Nominations should be sent to the school office no later than 3 p.m., March 28. Elections will be held on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 and April 9 at the school office. For more information, call 633-2524.