2nd miner reinstated after firing

A second deep miner has been ordered temporarily reinstated to his job at a Letcher County coal company under protections provided by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. Administrative Law Judge Gary Melick ruled last week that North Fork Coal Co. must reinstate roof bolter Mark Gray to his job at the company’s No. 4 mine at Partridge. Melick […]

School meeting is rescheduled

The September meeting of the Letcher Elementary School Based Decision- Making Council has been rescheduled for 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, in the school library. The meeting had originally been set for Sept. 14. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Doctor supports health care reform

To the Editor: In this heated national health care debate, I don’t get it: tempers are hotter than over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can see that insurance companies are worried about their profits when they get competition from a public option, where everyone has a choice for something like Medicare. But if every American could have health […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie are becoming more active

I guess most of you have noticed the cooler nights lately. This change in the weather also starts to bring about a small change in crappie fishing. Crappie have spent most of the hot summer time in deeper cooler water, but as the weather turns cooler they will slowly start moving to more shallow water. This is a time that […]

Crowd gathers to view Vietnam Memorial


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying life. I enjoyed a trip to Hazard on Friday with my good friend Shirley Breeding. The workers at the Veterans Center were glad to see her. They always ask about her. There was a great big crowd there to see the Vietnam Traveling Wall. It was very nice. There were […]

Backs to mark 50th anniversary

Lawrence and Barbara (Whitaker) Back will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 27. Both attended Stuart Robinson High School in Blackey. They were married at the home of the bride, and honeymooned at Cumberland Falls. Their lives together began in Louisville, where their two daughters were born. They later moved to southern Indiana, where they still live today. […]

Services are set for Orson Jensen

Orson Jensen, 76, died September 11 at his home at Craft’s Colly. A son of the late James and Nola Sherman Jensen, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was married to the late Loretta Adams Jensen. Jensin served in the Korean War in the U.S.Army, was a member of the United Mine Workers of American, District 17, […]

City of Jenkins may look at alcohol sales

The City of Jenkins may be the next eastern Kentucky community to explore a wet/dry option vote in order to improve its economy. At the September meeting of the Jenkins City Council, council member Terry Braddock made a motion for the city to adopt a “liquor by the drink” option, which would allow restaurants seating over 100 people to sell […]

Forestry reclamation wins award

A partnership between The Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative has won the Governor’s Environmental Leadership Award for forestry reclamation projects in Letcher and Whitley counties. The ACCWT is made up of the Office of Surface Mining, Volunteers In Service to America, and local community groups. ARRI is made up of the Office of Surface […]

Joe Wilson and our character

WASHINGTON If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an am bulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant? If someone living down the street from you were suffering from the H1N1 flu, wouldn’t you want him to get immediate medical help? Would you […]