Alliance Coal Scholarship Awards Announced

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) and Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ: AHGP) this week announced scholarship awards to eight outstanding graduating seniors and recognition awards to three exceptional teachers.

Alliance Coal congratulates this year’s top-ranked students and is proud to provide this recognition of their achievements in the classroom and the community.

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program recognizes scholastic achievement by the sons and daughters of employees, awarding $1,000 scholarships to the top three graduating high school seniors and $500 scholarships to the next five highest-ranking candidates. The $1,000 scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years. Since 1996, the program has provided $222,000 in scholarships to 137 students. In addition, three teachers are selected annually to receive a $500 Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award. A total of $25,500 has been given to exemplary teachers since the program started 17 years ago.

“Alliance Coal congratulates this year’s top-ranked students and is proud to provide this recognition of their achievements in the classroom and the community,” said Brian L. Cantrell, Sr. Vice President and CFO. “We’re pleased to sponsor this scholarship program and to support their continuing education and growth.”

The top three students, awarded $1,000 renewable scholarships, are:

Brittany M. McGlamery, graduate of Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky, daughter of Julie McGlamery, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Lexington, Kentucky. Brittany will study Music at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ashley D. Wallace, graduate of Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma, daughter of James Wallace, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ashley will study Dance at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Jeffrey A. Wurth, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of Gregory Wurth, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Jeffrey will major in Business at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

The scholars receiving $500 awards are:

Elizabeth A. Black, graduate of Dawson Springs High School in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, daughter of Greg Black, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC in Madisonville, Kentucky. Elizabeth will major in Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jeffrey Z. Bradford, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of Jeffrey Bradford, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Jeffrey will study Biology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Maggie S. Hancock, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, daughter of John Hancock, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Maggie will study Nursing at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Kayla L. Stringfield, graduate of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky, daughter of Eddie Stringfield, employed by Sebree Mining, LLC in Sebree, Kentucky. Kayla will major in Biology at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Claire R. Wood, graduate of Ohio County High School in Hartford, Kentucky, daughter of Walter Wood, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC in Clay, Kentucky. Claire will major in Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program also supports excellence in teaching through its Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards – $500 awards to the elementary, junior-high, or senior-high teachers recommended by the top three scholarship recipients each year.

“We congratulate teachers Tom Brawner of Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky; Cindy Martin of Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma; and Dustin Winslow of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky. With these awards, we join our top-ranked students in recognizing the important ways in which these teachers have influenced their students and contributed to their academic success,” said Cantrell.

Scholarship America, the nation's largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization, administers all aspects of Alliance Coal Scholars Program, including the selection process.

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About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.
ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the third largest coal producer in the eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian and Central Appalachian coal producing regions. ARLP operates eleven mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. ARLP is also constructing a new mine in southern Indiana and is purchasing and funding development of reserves, constructing surface facilities and making equity investments in a new mining complex in southern Illinois. In addition, ARLP operates a coal-loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Resource Partners at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at investorrelations(at)arlp(dot)com.

About Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.
AHGP is a limited partnership formed to own and control Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of ARLP, through which it holds a 1.98% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in ARLP. In addition, AHGP owns 15,544,169 common units of ARLP.

News, unit prices and additional information about AHGP including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.ahgp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Holdings GP at (918) 295-1415 or via e-mail at investorrelations(at)ahgp(dot)com.

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