Ohio County Mine to Open

A coal company is planning to re-open a mine in Ohio County creating about 900 jobs.

St. Louis-based Armstrong Coal Company is re-opening the Big Run Mine in Centertown, Ky.

Lexington attorney, Mason Miller said the company will spend $60 million getting the mine ready. He said work should start within the next month. Starting pay for the jobs is expected to pay $19-an-hour.

Coal was king of Ohio County’s economy for decades. In 1979 more than 2,300 Ohio Countians worked in five underground mines and 33 surface mines, but environmental concerns about the high sulfur content of coal led to a coal bust in the 1980s. The region has yet to recover.

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