Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The real cost of the “War on Coal”

 Part Two of a three part series that looks at the impact of mine closings in the area

J-E Editor

Hopkins and Webster counties were born with coal in their veins, so it’s no surprise that many of the industries located here rely on the mines for their business just as those in early mining towns did. From staffing services to trucking companies, those businesses were founded to fill a need.

That design has created a lot of successful business relationships throughout the coal regions of the United States, but it has also set local economies up like a series of dominoes just waiting to be knocked over.

Possible winter weather results in area schools dismissing early.

J-E Editor
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Paducah has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas of southern Illinois, south-east Missouri and western Kentucky for later today. As of 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, Hopkins County Schools were already making preperations to dismiss students at 12:45 p.m. Webster County Schools have yet to make an announcement.

“We are looking at that and I am in touch with Dr. Yarbrough and our transportation director,” said Todd Marshall, district DPP. “We haven’t made a final determination, but once we make a decision it will go out by OneCall.”

Currently there are no warnings in effect for Webster County, but the NWS has issued a winter weather warning in areas to our west that is calling for three to six inches of snow

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