More western Kentucky miners to lose their jobs in 2020

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WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) — There will be a fresh round of layoffs months after production ended at the Dotiki Mine in Webster County, Kentucky.

A WARN Notice dated December 9, 2019, says 40 employees of Webster County Coal, LLC — a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners, based in Oklahoma — will lose their jobs effective February 7, 2020.

The Dotiki Mine complex in Clay, Ky offically ceased operations in September. Eyewitness News was there as the last coal train made one last trip through Webster County.

“It’s so sad,” says Lisa Nance, who worked at the mine for more than 39 years. “It’s the end of an era in our little county. It’s provided jobs for a lot of people over the years.”

“Dotiki’s been there since 1967. It’s kind of sad it’s going to be the last train out,” adds Rick Andrews of Providence.

The Dotiki Mine employed about 200 people and produced about 2.5 million tons of coal each year.

Weak market conditions were cited as the reason for the closure.

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(This story was originally published on December 9, 2019)

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