Layoffs Coming to Boone County Mine

Boone County miners are still dealing with the news of Friday's pending layoffs. 160 mine employees will be laid off from Independence Coal and Spartan Mining, and Boone County Commissioners were notified Friday. The mines are owned by Alpha Natural Resources. The layoffs are expected to start at the beginning of August, and company leaders will meet with employees this week to talk about severance pay and benefits if they lose their jobs. The layoffs will come in waves the first two weeks of August.