Monthly Archives: March 2016

Food pantry faces heavy burden in wake of downturn in coal industry

“We have a lot of people who will tell us, ‘There’s no food in my pantry; I have nothing to eat,’” said Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the Letcher County Food Pantry. “If not for what we do here, we’d have a lot more people going hungry in Letcher County.” The Whitesburg initiative supplies food boxes […]

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Laid-off miner faces four-hour commute to new factory job

For eight years, Justin Johnson worked as an electrician in the coal mines, and life was good. He made a good living, got married. He and his wife, Christy, bought a house and had two children. But in 2011, the industry began a steady decline. Mines began closing. Companies began layoffs. Johnson held on until September […]

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Half of working-age residents in Appalachia can’t find jobs

More than half of working age residents in Kentucky’s coalfield counties have been without jobs in recent years, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics that measure actual unemployment. John Short, a state representative from Hindman, said he sees no signs that the economy is improving in the heart of Kentucky’s coal-mining region. The Kentucky Cabinet […]

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Casino gambling bill once again fails to move forward in the Kentucky General Assembly

By Tom Troth With only four legislative days remaining in the 2016 session, as Kentucky Baptists, I believe we can once again give thanks to God that a bill to expand casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has failed to gain traction. Senate Bill 144, co-sponsored by Morgan McGarvey and Julie Raque-Adams would have […]

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Bill to add churches to infant safe haven list passes Kentucky Senate

An amendment to House Bill 148 would add churches to the list of safe havens where unwanted babies can be dropped off without parents being criminally charged. As long as the baby is not injured, the law ensures that the parent or person acting for the child will not be liable. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville (pictured […]

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