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Daily Yonder: Nobody took the joking miner seriously … even when they should have

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward Lonnie was a joker, wailing out country songs at the top of his lungs and constantly picking at us as he trammed his shuttle car past our position at the roof bolter. So the first time Lonnie yelled for help, we didn’t pay attention. Just another night. Was it night? It all seemed the same in the mine. It was so damned dark, if your headlamp went out you couldn’t...