Tom Kashatus remembers the good old days when his community was a booming coal town.

A generation later, his hometown is plagued with a 48 percent poverty rate and more than half of adults are out of work. One in five lack a high school diploma. Nearly a third of homes sit vacant, many in deteriorating condition.

By: Jacob Seibel and Bob Kalinowski, Citizens’ Voice

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