Poll finds most here view land, air regs as harmful

Residents of two major coalproducing counties in southeastern Kentucky have become more interested in using local natural resources for economic gain rather than conserving them for future generations, and they increasingly think environmental regulations have generally been bad for their communities. People in Harlan and Letcher counties were surveyed by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in […]

To perform

Appalachian Strings will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. Admission for adults is $5, and $1 for children 2 through 11 years old. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Rites are held for Violet Cress

Violet Cress, 64, died November 7 at her home at Ermine. A daughter of the late Beldon and Louise Sturgill Boggs, she was the widow of Ernest Lee Brannon, and later married Tommy Cress, who survives her. She was a sister of the late Emma Bowman, Sarah Tolson and Jeanette Collins. Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, […]

Thompson, 71, dies in Pikeville

Bobby Ray Thompson, 71, of Cromona, died November 13 at Pikeville Medical Center. Born at Big Show, he had worked as a supervisor at Adams Construction Company. He was a son of the late Chester and Kathrine Smith Thompson, and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Evalyne Wilson, Peggy Furr, and Ernestine Baker, and a brother, Paul Thompson. […]

Rites held for Roger Johnson

Roger Wayne ‘ Blues Man’ Johnson, 57, of Jenkins, died November 5. Born in Norton, Va., he was a son of the late Jack Henry and Cynthia Baker Johnson and a brother of the late Joe Hylton, and was a well known country and blues musician. Surviving are two daughters, Selena Johnson and husband Jake, Burdine, and Joanna O’Brien and […]

Beer sales spread to Walmart

Walmart is the fourth retailer in Whitesburg to be issued a retail beer license by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Walmart received a retail beer license on November 9 and began selling alcohol on November12. Food City, East Kentucky Discount Tobacco and Beer, and Rite Aid began selling beer after getting their licenses in late October. The sales […]

Coal reacts to Obama’s next term

Industry is hoping for break

Despite a scathing campaign that pilloried him for waging a “war on coal,” industry and government officials say they are guardedly hopeful that President Obama is ready take a more lenient approach after winning a second term. Kentucky, the third largest coal-producing state, produced a 61 percent to 38 percent win for Repbulican candidate Mitt Romney, who promised to loosen […]

Christmas party

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a children’s Christmas party in Laurel House at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. Each child will receive a toy and stocking from Santa. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.