When Coal is Over

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Harlan County High School football players Zachary Caldwel, left, and Gary Helton, right, wait to take the field before the start of game in Harlan, Ky. Harlan County High opened in 2008, taking in students from dying schools in other parts of the county. The multimillion-dollar facility, with its gleaming hallways and soaring three-story atrium, would put many college campuses to shame. But enrollment is down by about 10 percent a first-year high of 1,150. Since 1980, the county has lost nearly half of its under-35 population since 1980. The 20-24 age group in the area development district that includes Harlan is projected to decline by about a quarter by the year 2050, according to the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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