Arch Coal will buy ICG for $3.4 billion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Arch Coal Inc. said this week it will buy rival International Coal Group Inc. in a $3.4 billion cash deal designed to exploit growing demand for high-priced coal used to manufacture steel. St. Louis-based Arch said the combined companies would be the nation’s second largest supplier of metallurgical coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking. Arch had expected to […]

Arts and Crafts Club to meet

The Letcher County 4-H Arts and Craft Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Extension Office. This club is open to all children in fourth through 12th grades. Call Vickie Caudill, 4-H assistant, at 606-633- 2362 for more information.

No two people look at things the same way

Well, here we go again. Seems as if I am always getting on a nerve or two and planting my big foot on someone else’s toes with my trivial nonsense. But I write things as I see them, and if someone doesn’t see eye to eye with me, that is their right and privilege. No two people are going to […]

Osama gone, but not terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. Of course, we’re celebrating. And of course, they’re threatening retaliation. Osama bin Laden is dead, and with him died as much twisted malice as can be found in a man who would send jetliners into office buildings. But is there closure? Well, some satisfaction for those who lost loved ones through his depraved orders. There’s definitely pride, yes, […]

Rob Lowe’s memoir reveals love of acting

“Stories I Only Tell My Friends” (Henry Holt), by Rob Lowe. Imagine a 10- year- old Rob Lowe boldly knocking on the door of Liza Minnelli’s suite in a Columbus, Ohio, hotel. “In most other areas of my life, I am slightly behind the curve, retiring, sometimes unsure,” he recounts in his autobiography, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” “But […]

Tennis camp set June 20-24

The 36th annual Danny Wood Tennis Camp will be held June 20-24 at the University of Virginia at Wise. The day camp is for boys and girls ages 7-18. For more information, call (276) 328-9349 or (276) 393-0905.

Alpha earnings up sharply

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Profits at Alpha Natural Resources more than tripled in the first quarter, with the coal producer this week citing sales of higher priced metallurgical coal used to make steel. Alpha posted earnings of $49.8 million, or 41 cents per share, including $49.3 million in charges in the period. Alpha earned $14 million, or 12 cents per share, including […]

Kids Day planned

Letcher County Kids Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 14, at Letcher Elementary School at the football field. The free event will include fire truck and train rides, a raptor rehabilitation program, pony rides, a watermelon eating contest, inflatables, archery, a stick pony race, a petting zoo, and bungee jumping. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers […]