Pro-mining crowds dominate hearings

Thousands of coal miners fearing the loss of jobs if mountaintop removal mining is curtailed or outlawed shouted down a handful of environmentalists at crowded public hearings Tuesday on the muchdebated practice. Many in Kentucky and West Virginia wore hardhats and T-shirts and waved signs proclaiming the merits of coal. Environmentalists who have fought for decades to end the destructive […]

Concealed carry class scheduled

A Kentucky concealed carry training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 31, at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office in Whitesburg. This training is required before applying for a concealed carry permit. For more information or to register, call Will Connelly, 633-5012 or (606) 335-9437, or e-mail willconnelly@yahoo.com.

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It’s time to retire summer clothes

Southern Ohio

Happy Halloween, everyone! Grab that cup of coffee and sit down with me for a chat. As I prepare to write this column it is only four in the morning. I have finally decided to retire shorts, capris and short sleeve shirts, as fall has arrived in full splendor. I really don’t like the transition as you don’t know how […]

What happens to love when trust is gone

Book review

“A Change in Altitude” (Little, Brown and Company, 320 pages), by Anita Shreve: No one is better at gently, but thoroughly probing the interior life of her characters than Anita Shreve. In her latest book, “A Change in Altitude,” she traces the effects of distrust and tragedy on a newlywed couple also trying to deal with life in a strange […]

Services are held for Avery Miles

Avery Miles, 69, died October 5 at his home at Van. A son of the late Jasper and Rebecca Roberts Miles, he was the father of the late Ella Miles. Surviving are his wife, Judy Sue Kiser Miles; two sons, Avery Miles Jr. and Roger Miles and wife Rebecca, all of Smoot Creek; three daughters, Judy Collins and husband Tim, […]


Isabella Back held onto her three her dogs, Angel, Apple and Cheffard, as she patiently waited for the Kona. A total of 37 photos from the dog show are available to view at no charge at www.themountaineagle.com. A video featuring a dog belonging to 13-year-old Madison Stump, daughter of Allen and Amanda Stump of Blackey, is also available on the […]

Lunch/dinner set at McRoberts

There will be a hamburger lunch/dinner at the McRoberts Community and Recreational Center on Friday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 5 to 9 p.m. Dine in, carry out and delivery are available. All proceeds will go to the McRoberts Community and Recreational Center. For more information, call 832- 9165 or 832-4789 between 1 and 4 […]

Stimulation without the s-word

WASHINGTON So now we know: The economic stimulus plan passed by Congress at the beginning of the year was not big enough. We also know this: Once it secures a health care bill — yes, it will get one — the Obama administration from that moment to the 2010 midterm elections will be all about jobs, jobs, jobs. In the […]