Who’s in charge?

Gov. Steve Beshear should explain who’s regulating the coal industry — state government or the coal industry? This question is prompted by a string of things we know and a few we don’t. We know the state fell far behind in strip-mine inspections because of a crisis in funding and staff, falling from a 97 percent inspection completion record to […]


Cumberland River Coal Company’s Blue Ridge No. 1 Mine is the winner of a 2009 underground mining safety award given by the Kentucky Coal Association and the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. The awards honor the year’s best safety records in mines in each of the state’s six districts. The Blue Ridge No. 1 Mine is located near […]

ICG announces stock for debt deal; will issue shares Dec. 16

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. International Coal Group says it’s agreed to issue approximately $15 million worth of stock and trade it for convertible debt. ICG says in a regulatory filing this week that the number of shares involved in the deal will be determined based on the average price of its stock over an undisclosed period and other factors. ICG says […]

Open house, memorial tree service

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hospice of the Bluegrass will hold an open house and memorial tree service at the Harry M. Caudill Public Li- brary in Whitesburg. The service is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Hospice of the Bluegrass at (800) 560-1101.

Christmas shopping is too much like work

Northeast Ohio

Howdy, and I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is looking forward to the upcoming holidays. I finally got around to doing a bit of Christmas shopping and got some cards in the mail. I’ve got lots more to do plus deciding just what I will be serving. This year I will probably have cold cuts, cheeses and salads. […]

4 Jackson brothers reunite for miniseries on A&E TV

NEW YORK As the old saying goes, “If you like this kind of thing, you’ll like this. ” Mirroring too many other celeb-reality shows that come pledging a personal glimpse at their subjects, “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty” is stagey, selfconscious and, most of all, selfserving on the part of its participants. But if you’re a fan of Michael Jackson […]

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Auction to benefit 2 students’ trip

‘Summer Foliage’ by Linda Jarrett will be auctioned via silent auction Friday, Dec.11, at Hobo’s Diner on Main Street in Whitesburg. Bids may be placed now, with bidding closing on Friday at 8:30 p.m. following the Christmas Parade and Art Walk. All proceeds will go to Samantha Short and Cory Baker, two Letcher County Central students who were chosen for […]

Industry responds to Byrd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The coal industry is responding with diplomacy to Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s attack on mountaintop removal mining. The National Mining Association said it agrees with most of the West Virginia Democrat’s comments, including statements that coal remains an essential energy source. West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney said he hoped Byrd is not turning against the industry. […]

‘Doughnut hole’ unites wary seniors

MIAMI Lawmakers have wooed seniors skeptical of the health care overhaul by emphasizing the plan would close the “doughnut hole” — a gap in Medicare drug coverage that can cost thousands of dollars a year. But getting support for the entire overhaul from this powerful voting bloc has been difficult, despite Democrats’ repeated mentions of the issue in town hall […]