Will exports save coal?

‘Some of this is just capitalism at work.’

PITTSBURGH Signs of an industry downturn and other factors threatening to take a toll on coal make this a worrisome time for miners and companies employing them. Furnaces and factories are running less often because of a record-breaking warm winter and still-stagnant economy. Cheap natural gas is gaining on coal’s lead as a fuel for generating electricity. Federal air-pollution rules […]

Dance sound is taking over U.S. radio stations

NEW YORK In the past, if you wanted to listen to a thumping, European-flavored dance jam on the radio, you waited for that Friday or Saturday night club mix. Today, you can shake your body on that 7 a.m. drive to work. Dance and electronic music, part of the fringe just a few years ago, now dominates Top 40 radio, […]

Jenkins council hears police, tax complaints

The Jenkins City Council was greeted by an unusually large crowd Tuesday night, many of whom apparently attended the meeting to protest a new tax that has never been formally proposed. Although many of those present chose not to speak, several did and only one person addressed a letter written by Councilman Terry Braddock that appeared in the March 28 […]


April is Whitesburg clean-up month

Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft has declared April the city’s clean- up month. “With the help of all citizens,” he said, “we can achieve a level of cleanliness that equals only the level of pride we take in showing off our city to the rest of the world.” Craft and the Whitesburg City Council say they are “committed to the […]

Services held for Clark Baker

Clark Evans Baker, 74, died March 28, at his home on Thornton. A son of the late Millard and Easter Sexton Baker, he was a brother of the late Wanda Baker. He was a member of the United Auto Workers, and enjoyed traveling and shooting pool. Surviving are five sons, Rick Baker and Kevin Baker, both of Vermillion, Oh., Alan […]

Only a few mines using real time dust monitors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Some U.S. coal operators, including Alpha Natural Resources, are quietly embracing a device that monitors the levels of explosive coal dust in their mines in real time, rather than waiting for the results of lab tests. The Sunday Gazette-Mail said the devices are available commercially, and both Pennsylvaniabased Consol Energy and St. Louis-based Patriot Coal are using them. […]

2012-04-04 E-Edition

Police warn about scam

Police say an unidentified man scammed money from at least two senior citizens last week. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said a man in his 30s approached an elderly couple walking out of Whitesburg Walmart and referred to the man by name. The wife kept a distance and wasn’t listening to the conversation. Fields said the man told the older […]

The right’s stealthy coup

WASHINGTON Right before our eyes, American conservatism is becoming something very different from what it once was. Yet this transformation is happening by stealth because moderates are too afraid to acknowledge what all their senses tell them. Last week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on health care were the most dramatic example of how radical tea partyism has displaced mainstream conservative […]