Curren Sheldon

Curtis Cress sat in the gravel beside a railroad track in Harlan County, Kentucky. Tall and thin with a long, black beard, Cress is every bit a coal miner, or, he was until a month ago.

Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley ReSource

More than a thousand coal miners left unpaid by the abrupt bankruptcy of Blackjewel mining could soon be getting some – but not all – of the money they are owed. 


A federal judge has approved Contura Energy's bid for three mines owned by the bankrupt Blackjewel coal company.

Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley Resource

A foundation is donating money to Kentucky miners who say they haven't been paid by bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC.


As laid-off miners block coal trains in Kentucky, protesters are also taking a caravan to court in West Virginia to prod their bankrupt employer, who they say owes employees millions in back pay.

Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley ReSource

Contura Energy has made a successful bid at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC coal mines, including two of the top producers in the country.

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

  Kentucky statewide Democratic candidates rallied supporters and practiced jabs against their Republican opponents Friday night at the annual Mike Miller Bean Dinner in Marshall County, ahead of Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic. The Democratic dinner is one of many political events in the region ahead of the picnic.


Gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Andy Beshear used the dinner as an opportunity to attack specific members of Governor Matt Bevin’s administration.


Matt Markgraf / WKMS

Republican Governor Matt Bevin says his Democratic rival is “a buffoon” in response to a call for the firing of the state Labor Cabinet secretary over Blackjewel coal and unpaid miners

Courtesy of KY United We Stand

A school supply drive to aid children of families impacted by the shutdown of the Blackjewel mining company will take place on Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic.

Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley Resource

  Some coal miners left without pay by the bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel LLC are protesting by blocking a coal train in eastern Kentucky. 

The stand-off began early Monday when five miners blocked the train from leaving the Cumberland, Kentucky, plant. Despite police asking them to leave, miners spent the night blocking the railroad to protest Blackjewel moving coal while miners have yet to be paid.