Baseball’s welcome return

The obligations of religious toleration and pluralism require all who care not a bit about baseball to accept that Opening Day is more than the beginning of a sports season. It is a great religious festival. It can’t be an accident that baseball always starts around the time of both Easter and Passover and thus “elicits a sense of renewal.” […]

Kirkland-Carlson to perform

Jennifer Kirkland and Bert Carlson will present two performances of jazz arrangements from American popular music. The first performance is in Big Stone Gap, Thursday, April 11, at 12:15 p.m. in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall at Mountain Empire Community College. The second performance will be on the UVa-Wise campus in Wise, Va., in the Chapel of All Faiths […]

Otis Cornett dies

Otis Cornett, 93, died March 25 at his home at Gordon. Born in Gordon to the late Clark and Nancy Ann Miniard Cornett, he was the father of the late Ella Mae Cornett and a brother of the late Iddie Cornett, Mary Jane Lewis and Doshua Lewis. He was a member of the Southern Labor Union and had worked for […]

2013-04-03 E-Edition

Coal production is down dramatically here, across region

State reports say Letcher now 11th in coal tonnage, 3rd in joblessness

The state has released new statistics showing a staggering drop in coal production and a large rise in unemployment in the southeastern Kentucky coalfields, particularly in Letcher, Harlan, Knott and Perry counties. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) reports that coal production in Letcher County, long one of the state’s top four coalproducing counties, fell to 2.97 million tons […]

Cat population is exploding

The fight goes on. Whether cats are bird-killing machines or soft balls of love (for themselves, anyway) remains a subject of painful debate. The first part is undoubtedly true. Cats in the United States destroy a median of 2.4 billion birds a year. Add to that death toll 2.3 billion mammals, many of them native creatures: chipmunks, rabbits and voles, […]

Rites held for John Holbrook

John Marion Holbrook, 72, of Isom, died March 25 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Millstone to the late Randolph Holbrook and Rosamond Bentley Holbrook Martin Curry, he was a member of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. He was an honorary Kentucky Colonel and a lifetime member of the Whitesburg Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Anna Reath […]


Grand jury says woman, 34, stole $32,000 from beer/tobacco store

A 34-year-old Linefork woman is charged in an indictment with stealing $32,240 from a beer and tobacco store in Whitesburg. Susan Faye Sturgill Meade (also known as Susie Sturgill Meade), of 11010 Highway 160, is charged with one count of theft of more than $10,000 in an indictment returned March 28 by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The grand jury […]