Thursday April 10, 2014

An Isom convenience store has been robbed twice in the last month. Both times a cash register drawer was taken from the Isom Double Kwik. A store employee told Kentucky State Police that a man armed with a black handgun entered the business around 4 a.m. on April 1 and demanded money. The man left the store with the drawer to a cash register and was last seen walking north on KY 15. State police said the amount of cash held in the register drawer remains undetermined. No suspects have been identified in either robbery.
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The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was somber as the mangled car was pulled to the surface. The Corvette was buried in dirt and rocks, dozens of feet below the surface of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The prized cars were swallowed by the sinkhole that opened up in February beneath part of the museum. The museum will display the cars through August. The ones deemed fixable will be shipped to Michigan for repairs.
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As one major coal company with operations in Letcher County filed for bankruptcy protection this week, the stock values of two other large firms with mines here Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal improved after a fourth firm, Consol Energy, reported better than expected coal production. James River Coal Co. said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its efforts to turn around its business. The Richmond, Va.-based company says it faces challenges from the weak economy, environmental regulations and competition from natural gas. Utilities are increasingly switching to gas from coal.
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The Rotary Club of Whitesburg is accepting applications through April 15 for a $1,000 scholarship available to college bound high school seniors and current college students who are residents of Letcher County and working on their first degree. The winner will be selected by May 1, and the scholarship will be awarded in August. Applications are available at Whitaker Bank and Community  Trust Bank on Main Street in Whitesburg, or contact the counselor at Jenkins Middle High School, Letcher County Central High School, or the Whitesburg Campus of Southeast Community and Technical College.
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Student artists from Berea College have handcrafted 120 new chairs for the Governor’s Mansion. Each chair represents a Kentucky county and is being funded by private donors from every county. The County Seats Legacy Project is a part of the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration. Each chair has a name plaque of a Kentucky county placed on it. Dr. and Mrs. David A. Narramore of Whitesburg funded the Letcher County chair.