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Jenkins Schools change starting plan to all virtual classes

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | August 13, 2020

After a recommendation by Gov. Andy Beshear that schools not return to in-person classes until the end of September, the Jenkins Independent School District has revised its starting schedule. The District had planned to return to in-person and virtual classes on August 31, however Superintendent Damian Johnson said in-person classes will be rescheduled. Instead, students will begin instruction in virtual […]

Health department confirms first Covid-19 death in Letcher

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | August 07, 2020

The Kentucky River District Health Department is announcing the first death in Letcher County caused by Covid-19. District Health Director Scott Lockard said today (Friday) that a 72-year-old man died earlier this week of the virus. The death is the first of a Letcher County resident, and the fifth in the seven-county district. Three people in Perry County and one […]

Woman inmate found dead in Letcher County Jail

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | July 27, 2020

Kentucky State Police and the Letcher County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of an inmate on Sunday in the Letcher County Jail. Jailer Bert Slone said guards found Sharon K. Collins, 43, of Isom unresponsive in her cell at 3:06 p.m. on July 26 She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Letcher County Coroner’s Office. Slone said […]

4 new Covid-19 cases today in Letcher County

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | July 20, 2020

The Kentucky River District Health Department is reporting four new cases of Covid-19 in Letcher County today, and 23 new cases district wide since Friday. The number of new cases is up seven in the county since last Tuesday, and the number in the district is up 64 from last Tuesday to a total of 225. The new cases in […]

Deli worker at Food City tests positive for Covid-19

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | July 20, 2020

The Kentucky River District Health Department is advising anyone who was in the Food City Deli in Whitesburg the later half of last week to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19. The dates covered are June 15, 16, and 17. Scott Lockard, District Health Director, said an employee in the deli has tested positive for the viral disease, and that […]

Health Department announces 15th Covid case in Letcher County

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | July 06, 2020

Health officials have announced a fifteenth case of Covid-19 in Letcher County. The new case, a 43-year-old man, was among five new cases in the seven-county Kentucky River Health District on Monday. According to the Kentucky River District Health Department, new cases also include two 49-year-old females from Knott County, and a 20-year-old female and a 68-year-old female both from […]

Man shot, killed during apparent burglary in Jenkins

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | July 06, 2020

One man is dead after an early morning shooting in Jenkins that occurred during an apparent burglary. James Russell Duncan, 39, died at the scene of the shooting on KY 805 in Jenkins. According to Kentucky State Police, about 2:30 a.m. Duncan entered an ordinarily unoccupied house owned by Justin and Kimberly Robinson. The Robinsons were inside, confronted Duncan and […]

Woman dead in Knott shooting, man under arrest

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | June 19, 2020

A Knott County woman is dead and a man is in police custody following a shooting on Yellow Creek overnight. Kentucky State Police received a report of shots fired about 11:20 p.m. Thursday night, and troopers arrived at the scene about 20 minutes later. While on the scene, more shots were fired inside a house on Yellow Creek. The state […]


By samadamsreports@gmail.com | June 18, 2020

Voters in Letcher County have until 4 p.m. Monday to cast their absentee ballots in person, and paper ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday. Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade said voters who have not received their paper ballots by Monday may come to the clerk’s office, cancel their ballot request and vote in person instead. The absentee machine […]

First area death reported from coronavirus in Perry County

By samadamsreports@gmail.com | June 18, 2020

A 79-year-old Perry County man who was the first reported case of Covid-19 in the area, died today of complications from the disease. The Kentucky River District Health Department reported the death. “We at the KRDHD extend out deepest sympathy to his loved during this time of loss,” District Health Director Scott Lockard said. “As Covid-19 continues to spread in […]