UNION CO., KY (WFIE) - It's a tough blow for Union County. Patriot Coal halts operations at 2 locations, putting hundreds of miners out of work.
The mines affected are Highland No. 9 mine near Waverly and Dodge Hill No. 1 mine near Sturgis. We take a look at how the community plans to move forward after hearing the bad news.
Yesterday the announcement, today the mines shut down.
"These are people we go to church with, and people our kids go to school with, these are our families," said Union County Judge Executive Jody Jenkins.
Patriot Coal Corporation announcing this week it will idle not one but two Union County mines. That leaves almost 600 people out of work.
"That's probably nearing about 8 to 10 percent of the workforce here in Union County. It's a very large number," Jenkins said.
And something that's happened before.
"We eventually get back to where we were before it. We become stronger for it. I think hopefully this will lead to something bigger and better in the future," said Paul Monsour, Morganfield City Councilmemberr.
Union County officials tell 14 News if there's any group of people who can bounce back during hard times, it's Western Kentuckians.
And it's not all bad news. Patriot Coal says two other locations are expected to continue operations, the Heritage Preparation Plant and the barge loading terminal on the Ohio River.