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Health department confirms first Covid-19 death in Letcher

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 […]

Letcher Fire starts new service


Delayed by paperwork and the COVID-19 pandemic, Letcher Fire and Rescue on Tuesday finally cut the ribbon on a new Advanced Life Support service for western Letcher County. The new service had been scheduled to open June 20, but delays in processing the paperwork held it up until this week. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the service officially started. Emergency Medical […]

Jenkins sets August 31 as school start


Opening day for students in the Jenkins School System has been pushed back to August 31 on the recommendation of the state. At the July meeting of the Jenkins School Board, Superintendent Damian Johnson said that although he had hoped to open the schools on August 19, students won’t begin their year until Monday, August 31, due to safety concerns […]

Inmate dies in jail

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 county coroner’s office Slone said on […]

Dems, GOP still far apart on virus aid

WASHINGTON


A day of shuttle diplomacy on Capitol Hill over a coronavirus aid package produced few results Tuesday, with stark differences between the $3 trillion proposal from Democrats and $1 trillion counter-offer from Republicans as millions of Americans’ jobless benefits, school re-openings and eviction protections hang in the balance. As top White House negotiators returned for a second day of talks, […]

State is planning fall vote

FRANKFORT


Kentucky’s Republican secretary of state said this week he’ll press to make more polling places available and count ballots faster in the November general election than in last month’s primary. Secretary of State Michael Adams told lawmakers Tuesday that mail-in absentee and early in-person voting worked well in the state’s unprecedented June primary. He said he hopes to make recommendations […]

Man gets 3 years

Erin Brown, 32, of 2860, Dewey Drive, Pound, Va., entered a guilty plea last week in Letcher Circuit Court to charges contained in two indictments. Brown withdrew her plea of not guilty to charges of first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and endangering the welfare of a […]

Woman inmate found dead in Letcher County Jail

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 […]

TO RETURN IN 7,00 YEARS

— Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — is captured in this photo taken from one of the new overlooks atop Pine Mountain near Whitesburg on Sunday night. The photo was captured by Letcher County photographer Joshua Bentley. The Associated Press says NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March. […]

Health department board to meet

The Letcher County Health Department ’s annual Board of Health meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today (July 22). The meeting will take place on the second floor of the health department, located at 115 East Main Street, Whitesburg. For more information, call 606-633-2945.


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