State could stop abuses of 2-acre mining permits

I would like to follow up on a previous letter I submitted regarding the “Two Acre House Permit,” or as it was widely known in the mining industry, “The String of Pearls.” It is not totally fair to blame all coal operators for these permits being done away with. We know now that it was a handful of unscrupulous people […]


Auditions for “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” outdoor drama will be held March 20 from 4 to 8 p.m., March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and March 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg. Actors, back stage workers, and sound and light technicians are being sought. For more information, […]

Neon man faces charges after pot found

Police say a marijuana grow lab was found inside a 25-year-old Neon man’s residence March 6. Blake Adam Johnson, of Goose Creek Road, is charged with cultivation of marijuana (more than five plants), trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces) and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Police seized 32 marijuana plants, professional lights, electronics used for indoor grow labs, chemicals, digital […]

Rites held for Jack Day

Jack Floyd Day, 87, of Little Cowan, died March 4 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A son of the late Henry D. Day and Hester Banks, he was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Isaac Day; a grandson, David Wayne Day; a brother, Dee Day; and four half-brothers, Doug Banks, Bennett Banks, Charlie Banks, and Eugene Banks. […]

State moves to revoke foreman’s mining certifications after fatality

PINEVILLE, Ky. Investigators say a Bell County coal miner was crushed to death because a foreman allowed him to enter an unsafe area. The Lexington Herald- Leader reports a highwall machine was cutting a hole at Commonwealth Mining’s Tinsley Branch HWM 61 mine on October 7 when a chain from came off. Foreman Anthony Cornett asked the machine operator if […]

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Services held for Shirley Niece

Funeral services for Shirley “Nan” Niece, 74, were held March 10 in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Whitco Cemetery. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Lula Taulbee Absher and a sister of the late Raymond Absher, Curtis Absher, Billy Absher, Elsie Brown, Clara Mae Absher and Irene Absher. She died March 8 at her […]

Savory Irish Cheese Soda Bread

t doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a mintygreen cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love. “We’ve developed recipes that make the tastes of Ireland […]

Services are held for Ruth Mullins

Ruth Mullins, 57, died March 1 at her home at Leatherwood A daughter of the late Manuel and Ezel Marcum Bourne, she was the widow of Jimmy Mullins. Surviving are five children, Matthew Adams and wife Candiace and Angela Adams and husband Collie, all of Leatherwood, Laura Lane and husband Stacey of Norton, Va., Joshua Mullins and wife Brittany of […]

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food color and peppermint extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoons […]