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Special to the Daily News

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford received word today that two different coal mines will be bringing nearly a total of 150 miners back to work in the near future.

Two permitted Pike County mines have received new orders for coal.

“By putting these miners who have been out of work for some time back on the job with high salaries it will boost our local economy,” Rutherford said. “Hopefully this is a sign that the trend of job loss in the coal mining industry is reversing. This is some good news.”

Charles Carlton, Pike County Office of Energy Director, added that with the holidays approaching, this will ease some of the financial burden on these miners and their families and be a significant economic boost to Pike County.

In a confidential conversation with coal industry officials, Rutherford was notified that an announcement from the coal corporation will be made about the job recalls very soon.

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