Mountain Kentucky

10:58am

Tue January 3, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Six Months after Flood, East Kentucky Struggles

Jeff and Pam Sears aren't opposed to mining, as the sign in their yard indicates, but they have joined a lawsuit against coal some companies.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Bonnie Mills had 35 years of memories in her old coal-camp house in Knox County, so she hoped she could make repairs and stay in it after it was damaged by flooding last June. Mills started clearing away gooey mud the day the water receded and kept at it for weeks while staying in a rented place nearby, but relief officials and others eventually convinced her the house couldn't be fixed. She used federal disaster aid to buy a new mobile home, 48 feet long by 14 feet wide, and had it set up a few yards from her old house.

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9:38am

Fri December 30, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Harlan Native Honored as Female Coal Miner

Throughout her short-lived life, Harlan County native Mary Ann Robinson had many mountains to climb, many doors closed in her face, but she didn’t let that stop her from accomplishing things others thought she couldn’t. Widowed at the age of 34 with eight children to raise, Robinson had heard about a federal law called the Equal Pay Act, which passed in 1963, and protected both women and men from sex discrimination in pay rates. Because of this law, she chose to apply for work in the coal mines, where women weren’t working in the area, to support her family.

3:32pm

Tue December 20, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Protected Birds

A Breathitt County man faces two years in prison over charges that he sold a federally protected bird. Danny Gayheart of Noctor admitted that he sold the three Red-Tailed Hawks to an undercover agent in Winchester for $50 each earlier this year. But he’ll end up paying more than that to rehabilitate the two surviving birds—Gayheart agreed to more than $1600 in costs associated with rehabilitating the birds and releasing them into the wild.

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12:21pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Cumberland Mayor Urges Pay Raises

Employee pay rates and recent citations from environmental and occupational safety agencies took center stage at a special called meeting of the Cumberland City Council on Thursday. Mayor Carl Hatfield brought up comments from state and federal officials. “Every time they come in they say that we are not paying our people enough to keep them on the job. That’s true. We have qualified people, but we don’t have certified people. Other cities are paying their plant supervisors as high as $22 and even $25 per hour. We were paying our highest paid supervisors $15 an hour, so they left. We currently don’t have a supervisor. Our pay rates go back twenty years,” said Hatfield.

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5:26pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

MSHA Finishes Investigation

The federal government has finished its investigation into last year’s fatal explosion at a West Virginia coal mine. The Mine Safety and Health Administration has imposed record penalties and is standing behind previous statements that the accident was preventable.

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9:34am

Tue December 6, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky's "Rosie the Riveter"

Lela Sizemore Byrd helped build B-24 bombers during World War II.
Georgetown News-Graphic

SADIEVILLE -- She was 17, a mountain girl from Perry County on a weekend visit to her father's Leslie County sawmill when a relative brought Lela Sizemore the news. "I was outside with a brother when somebody came out and told us Pearl Harbor had been bombed," 87-year-old Lela Sizemore Byrd said Monday.

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10:09am

Mon December 5, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Forest Owners have New Incentive to Maintain Land

There are now record levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, and scientists are predicting drastic temperature changes as a result. An initiative in parts of Appalachia is giving landowners incentives to maintain their forests correctly, so they store as much extra carbon dioxide as possible.

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10:03am

Mon December 5, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Eastern KY Black Bear Hunt Opens this Weekend

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Services

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says the state’s third annual black bear hunt begins Saturday in three eastern Kentucky counties. The hunt will be held in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties and will last a maximum of two days.

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2:32pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Corbin Alcohol Ballot Issue Halfway Home

A month and a half after announcing an effort to legalize the sale of packaged liquor in Corbin, the principal organizer behind it said he has about half the number of signatures required to put the issue before city voters. Kurt Kraus, Chairman of a group called Corbin Citizens for Economic Progress, said some early setbacks slowed the push to get about the roughly 800 to 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the city saying they want to see the issue on the ballot for a special election. Because Corbin lies in two counties and has voting precincts split between city residents and those that live in unincorporated areas, getting petition cards mailed to the proper people has been complicated.

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8:30pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Heifer International Plans Project in Appalachia

 

The non-profit Heifer International is planning a project in Appalachia. Heifer International is best known for allowing people to “buy” farm animals to send to people in developing countries. The idea is that when a family gets a sheep or a cow, the animal provides them with a source of income as well as food.

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8:01pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Federal Inspectors Ordered Evacuations at Two KY Mines

Federal inspectors ordered employees withdrawn from two underground coal mines in Eastern Kentucky last month because of alleged dangerous conditions, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday.

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11:25am

Tue November 22, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

It's Replacement Time for Eastern Kentucky Bridge

It's old, charming and blue and has spanned the North Fork of the Kentucky River for generations, providing the only transportation link for residents of Quicksand, and for those who work there. But the state Transportation Cabinet says it's time for a new, wider and stronger bridge to replace the current one-lane span, and they want public input next Tuesday night on what to do next.

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11:23am

Thu November 17, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Pikeville Commissioners Hear Plan for Shopping Center,Hotel

A pair of economic development projects are moving forward in Pikeville and city officials believe the projects’ impact on the region will be “huge.” At a meeting Monday of the Pikeville City Commission, city officials approved the sale of property to pave the way for a shopping development in the area along Thompson Road behind the Pikeville Walmart Supercenter. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn said the proposed shopping development will result in the creation of about 400 jobs and will further establish Pikeville as a retail hub in the region.

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10:32am

Thu November 17, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Covered Bridge Worries in Fleming Co.

Questions about a trash can at Grange City Covered Bridge moved into a discussion of options to save the historic span from further deterioration by Fleming County Fiscal Court Wednesday. “The Grange City Bridge is in bad shape,” said Steve Donovan, Buffalo Trace Covered Bridge Association chairman.

 

10:18am

Wed November 16, 2011
Mountain Kentucky

Pikeville City Commission Hears Plans to Develop City

A pair of economic development projects are moving forward in Pikeville and city officials believe the projects’ impact on the region will be “huge.” At a meeting Monday of the Pikeville City Commission, city officials approved the sale of property to pave the way for a shopping development in the area behind the Pikeville Walmart. Meanwhile, it was also announced at the meeting that a Hilton Garden Inn hotel will be built in downtown Pikeville.

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