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PMC reaches out to seniors

WHITESBURG — On Tuesday, Jan. 20, public outreach coordinators from Pikeville Medical Center’s trauma, stroke and cancer programs visited the Ermine Senior Citizen Center and provided members with life-saving information. Nell Bedwell, oncology program coordinator, discussed how to prevent and detect breast cancer with annual mammograms more on this story...  


Five steps to a healthier lifestyle

Local residents who want to start a new fitness program in the New Year may want to consider some healthy lifestyle tips from the Mayo Clinic. Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. more on this story...  


PMC improves care delivered to moms, babies

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is teaming up with the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) and the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KISPQ) in its “Improving Patient Safety for Mom and Baby” project. Through this project, PMC will have access to the education, more on this story...  


  

Patton Leadership team visits PMC

PIKEVILLE — Patton Leadership Institute team members visited Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) this month to meet with health care professionals and providers from around the region and get a better understanding about health care in eastern Kentucky. PMC hosted the Patton Leadership Institute forum in its more on this story...  


Dr. Hill brings new hope to patient

PIKEVILLE — Dr. Josh Hill, podiatrist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), is bringing a new year filled with hope and healing to local veteran Arthur Ray Leedy of Huddy. Leedy broke his left foot on April 13, 2013. He sought treatment at a local VA hospital, more on this story...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Linda Beaty: Technician, Operating Room

Linda Beaty served as the activities director for a local nursing home before hearing about an operating room technician class at the hospital. She completed the class and began working in surgery. She worked there for more than 20 years before moving to the obstetrics unit where she has more on this story...  


Jayna Little: Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery

Jayna Little knew she didn’t want to leave Pikeville upon graduating nursing school. She had completed clinical rotations at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and knew she would stay close to home. For more than 25 years, Little has shared in the experience of bringing babies into the world as more on this story...  


Leisa Hopkins: Certified Tumor Registrar, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

In March, Leisa Hopkins will mark her 26th year at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). At PMC, Hopkins, a Certified Tumor Registrar, learned what compassionate care really means. “I am so proud to have the privilege to work with the doctors, nurses and staff more on this story...  


Lonetta Hunt: Service Line Coordinator, Neurosurgery and Urology

Lonetta Hunt, of Pikeville, started her career as an operating room nurse at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on July 10, 1995. In 2007, Hunt was given the title of Service Line Coordinator for Neurosurgery and Urology in addition to her role as operating room nurse. more on this story...  


Anita Layne: Billing Supervisor, Patient Financial Services

Pikeville Medical Center Billing Supervisor Anita Layne has been a strong bond with her co-workers over the past 23 years. “I love the Christian atmosphere and relationship with my co-workers,” the Pikeville resident said. “A lot of us have watched each other’s children grow up, and more on this story...  


Sheila Belcher: Joint Commission Specialist

In 1983, Sheila Belcher joined Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a Registered Nurse in Pediatrics. Since then, she has held many titles.   In 2010, she accepted a position as the hospital’s Joint Commission Specialist. Belcher said, “During nursing school, we did our clinical rotations here and more on this story...  


Anita Standifur: Shift Supervisor, Medical Unit

On May 23, Registered Nurse Certified (RNC) Anita Standifur can officially say that she has worked at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for a quarter of a century. “They joke with me and tell me that I’ve been here as long as Methuselah,” said Standifur. “I’ve seen more on this story...  


Jennifer Adkins: RN, Labor & Delivery

In 1997 Jennifer Adkins came to work at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in Central Registration.   She has also worked as a Unit Secretary, Delivery Technician and in 2009 she became a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery. She said, “I have the best job. I get more on this story...  


Megan Jones: Phlebotomist, Laboratory

Megan Jones, of Teaberry, joined Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a phlebotomist on December 15, 1997. Since 2004, Jones has overseen the outpatient lab area, helping to take care of its daily functions. On the weekends, Jones helps care for patients staying in the hospital. more on this story...  


Patricia Stewardson: Sleep Services, Physician Office Assistant

When Patricia Stewardson began her search for a career in the local area, she was searching for a job that would allow her to express her Christian values.   She said, “My mother and father raised me with high Christian standards.   It was and still is more on this story...  


  

Joan Newsome: Anesthesia Technician, Anesthesia

Joan Newsome knew she always wanted to work in the medical field. She made that dream a reality when she joined Pikeville Medical Center nearly 17 years ago in January of 1998. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Newsome. “I love patient more on this story...  


Karen Smith: Assets Coordinator, Materials Management

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Assets Coordinator Karen Smith enjoys earning the trust and confidence of her co-workers and customers. “I love the relationship I have with my co-workers and being able to satisfy our customers is very important to me,” Smith, a resident of Raccoon, said. more on this story...  


Bonnie Childers: Licensed Practical Nurse, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Levonnie “Bonnie” Childers has dedicated more than 40 years to patients at Pikeville Medical Center. “I’ve been here so long, it’s like I’m part of the furniture,” she said, laughing. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Childers finished her final months of the nursing  more on this story...  


Margaret Ashby: Polysomnographic Technician, Respiratory Therapy

For nearly 23 years Margaret Ashby has been driving from Grundy, VA to work at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). A one hour trip that she says is well worth her time. She previously worked at a hospital in the Grundy area and when it closed down it seemed everyone more on this story...  


Kris Preston: Clinical Pharmacist, Intensive Care Unit

Kris Preston has been part of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) since August 1998. She serves as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Satellite Pharmacy and says this challenging, fast paced work environment suits her personality perfectly. Preston recalls working Thanksgiving Day a more on this story...  


Tondra Blevins: Clinical Manager

When she graduated nursing school, Tondra Blevins knew she wanted to work in obstetrics. She started as a staff registered nurse and moved to shift supervisor before becoming the clinical manager of women’s and children’s services. Blevins said, “I liked that PMC was a big hospital more on this story...  


David Thacker: Radiation Therapist

After working as an x-ray technologist in radiology, David Thacker has been a radiation therapist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for more than 15 years. He currently works in radiation therapy through the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Since working here, he has witnessed the first Intensity more on this story...  


Jean Branham: Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Function Testing Lab

Jean Branham, of Frozen, has been a part of the Pikeville Medical Center family for more than 26 years. She joined the hospital in October of 1987 and was trained as a respiratory therapist. Today, she works in the pulmonary function testing lab as a Respiratory Care Practitioner-Certified Respiratory more on this story...  


Lisa Kidd: Staff RN, Cardiac Cath Lab

Lisa Kidd, RN, is passionate about her work at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Employed by the hospital since March of 1999, Kidd has spent the last ten years improving and saving the lives of patients in the cardiac cath lab. Prior to the cath lab, she worked in the more on this story...  


Kelli A. Sowards: RN, Radiology

Kelli A. Sowards has devoted 17 years to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). She was hired in July 1997 as a Registered Nurse in Telemetry and moved four years later to the radiology department. She loves her job. “Oh my goodness, there are so many things I more on this story...  


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Community News


Ready, set, fundraise! Letcher County kicks off Relay for Life season

WHITESBURG — Local residents are invited to kick-off one of the region’s largest fundraising drives next week. Letcher County Relay for Life will host its annual kickoff party from 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. more on this story...  


Floyd County Chamber discusses hunger issue in eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Jan. 13 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The topic for this luncheon was “Hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky. ” Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, described hunger as more on this story...  


‘Socks for Tots’ wanted

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School student Brianna Blackburn was very young when her parents J. R. Blackburn and Shirley Blackburn began “Coats for Kids,” a nonprofit program that provides coats for children in need. So when it came time for her to pick a special more on this story...  


Ky. Power offers workshops in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive team is offering workshops to teach people about cash incentives that are available for energy saving projects. Workshops have already been held in Hazard, Paintsville and Ashland. Free workshops will also be held more on this story...  


Parks serve buffalo, wild game this weekendParks serve buffalo, wild game this weekend

JWSRP to host buffalo night PRESTONSBURG — Jenny Wiley State Resort Park invites the public to enjoy its annual buffalo night, featuring several dishes made out of buffalo and other country favorites on its buffet line. The meal will be served more on this story...  


Casting Crowns to play at Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center announced recently that it will host the Casting Crowns in concert this spring. An Evening with Casting Crowns will be held at the Expo on April 9. The concert comes as part of a tour to promote more on this story...  


Library seeks pictures, info: Memorabilia from Mine Wars sought

MATEWAN — The Matewan Public Library, located at 97 First Ave. in Matewan, West Virginia, seeks items related to the Mine Wars for an upcoming documentary. The library is working with a small production company in Boston, Massachusetts, called Film Posse to find photographs, more on this story...  


Friends of Middle Creek host ceremony

By Floyd Davis Friends of Middle Creek PRESTONSBURG — The Friends of Middle Creek commemorated the 153 anniversary of the Battle of Middle Creek on Jan. 10. Joined by The Breckenridge Greys, Commander Michael Warrix set out early from the site of the more on this story...  


Pike library hosts King exhibit

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Public Library invites the public to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King. The library will open an exhibit dedicated to the life of the Civil Rights leader in the third-floor rotunda area of its new location at more on this story...  


Penalty begins for those without health insurance coverage

WASHINGTON, D. C. — This is the first year taxpayers are required to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they have health insurance, as stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. The federal health care law requires people who don’t have insurance to pay a more on this story...  


Progress continues at Marion Branch, distillery

PIKEVILLE — Progress continues on projects that will bring a global business into Pike County. The Pikeville City Commission recently finalized negotiations to purchase property on which a bridge will be constructed to ease the traffic flow into the Pikeville Industrial Park at Marion more on this story...  


JWT opens new season with ‘Pinkalicious’ in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theater recently announced several new plays that will take the stage this winter in Pikeville. The line-up includes shows that are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Pinkalicious the Musical Pinkalicious the more on this story...  


Mingo hotel highlighted by travel magazine

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Appalachian Magazine travel bloggers are publicizing their experience at a Mingo County hotel. The magazine encourages readers to “Sleep where JFK slept” at the Mountaineer Hotel. The hotel, located at 31 East Second Ave. in Williamson, was built in 1925 more on this story...  


Family Adventure Quest underway

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Park system kicked off its 10th Family Adventure Quest program this month. Registration is $15 per group of two to six people. These Family Adventure Quest teams receive a booklet detailing their 2015 quests, a hat and a Kentucky State Park more on this story...  


Rogers sworn in for 18th term

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (Ky-05) took the oath of office last week for his 18th term in Congress. He represent the Fifth Congressional District, serving several counties in eastern Kentucky. Rogers pledge to continue to work to more on this story...  


Beshear: ‘Kentucky back with a vengeance’: Speech urges collaboration to maintain momentum on economy, workforce

FRANKFORT — Declaring that “our vision is working,” Gov. Steve Beshear used his eighth State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 7  to urge legislators to remain focused on the long-term strategies and collaborative relationship that have lifted Kentucky out of the economic doldrums. Describing record-setting more on this story...  


Congressman Rogers praises funding bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) praised members of the U. S. Congress for passing the consolidated federal funding bill last month, which funds most government agencies through Sept. 30. President Obama signed the Omnibus bill into law on December 16. more on this story...  


  

LIVING THE DREAM: Mingo resident earns state honor for civic awareness, public service

CHARLESTON, W. Va.   — Chattaroy resident Jada Hunter retired more than a year ago, but you wouldn’t know it. She served more than four decades as an educator and school administrator, but the thousands of students she’s mentored along the way are only part of her legacy. more on this story...  


Estep earns Heisman award

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville High School senior Cody Estep was recently chosen among 1,020 state finalists as the 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner. One senior male and one senior female from each state is selected as a state winner. Clara Johnson of Greenville was more on this story...  


APCC seeks ‘Banquet for Life’ sponsors

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center will celebrate eight years of changing lives with its second Banquet for Life, set to begin at 6 p. m. on Feb. 5 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. APCC Executive Director Kay Hammond said, “I am so thankful for more on this story...  


H.O.M.E.S. expands web services: Applications for volunteers, assistance online

WHITESBURG — A Letcher County assistance organization started the New Year with a new face, online. H. O. M. E. S. Inc. , (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service) a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing through new construction, renovation and rental opportunities, recently updated its website to more on this story...  


SOAR summit registration underway

PIKEVILLE – After an ambitious first year of mobilizing support and cataloguing visions for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative, Governor Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and SOAR executive director Jared Arnett announced the second annual SOAR Summit will accelerate work to implement strategies for growth in eastern more on this story...  


Floyd, Letcher, Pike highlighted in magazine

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet highlighted several local communities for their efforts to improve and protect their natural resources. The cabinet’s latest issue of “Land Air & Water” highlights Elkhorn City, Jenkins, Wayland, Hazard and Paintsville in an article about communities more on this story...  


Bringing eastern KY to the forefront: Pike County featured on travel guide cover

PIKEVILLE — It’s taken years, but eastern Kentucky is finally front and center. A photograph taken in Pike County is featured as the cover photograph of the 2015 Official Visitor’s Guide of Kentucky. It’s the first time that eastern Kentucky has been featured more on this story...  


P’burg native gets leading role in film: Holbrook plays alongside Elizabeth Banks in “Little Accidents”

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to see an eastern Kentucky native take his first starring role on the big screen next month. Prestonsburg native Boyd Holbrook, 33, has a leading role in the movie, “Little Accidents,” which will be released, today, Jan. 16, on more on this story...  


New zip line to open at Bob Amos Park in April

PIKEVILLE — Construction is underway on the new zip line canopy tour, which is expected to open in April at Bob Amos Park in Pikeville. The project will bring eight cable zip lines, platforms and a swinging bridge to Bob Amos. The Pikeville more on this story...  


Local groups receive grants

Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Rep. Greg Stumbo announced that $32 million recovered in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies will be used to expand substance abuse treatment. A portion of the funding will be used to purchase more on this story...  


She loves to read

Elizabeth  is a dynamic young lady who loves to read and enjoys going to Starbucks. She would love to have a family that has two parents. Lizzie would prefer to be the only child in the home so she can have all more on this story...  


Spotlight on Success: Online gaming brought him to National

A cross-country friendship that developed during online video gaming that led nursing student Charlie Meuth to the Pikeville Campus. He was living in San Antonio, Texas when his video gaming friend, Cory Hamilton, offered him a place to live while he earned his degree in more on this story...  


Local musician honored in Rolling Stone: Stamper releases first album at age 84

The Rolling Stone Magazine recently posted an album review about an elderly Knott County native who recently released his first album. The magazine dubbed 84-year-old Charlie Stamper, brother of influential bluegrass fiddler and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Art Stamper, now deceased, as a pioneer in more on this story...  


McConnell takes oath of office

WASHINGTON, D. C. — U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was officially sworn in last week as the Majority Leader for the 114th Congress. He is only the second senator from Kentucky to lead the U. S. Senate. Sen. Alben Barkley led the Democrats more on this story...  


The 1970s bring accreditation to PHS

Editor’s Note: Pikeville Independent Schools will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the seventh in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article, focused on the school in the 1970s, is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville more on this story...  


You can get Waze in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Waze (http://waze. com), the real-time, “crowd-sourced” navigation app powered by the world’s largest communities of drivers, have entered into a partnership through the new Waze Connected Citizens program, a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones with GPS. more on this story...  


Kentucky general assembly 2014: Hundreds of bills filed during opening days

The first session of the 2015 General Assembly ended on Jan. 9 with more than 250 legislative bills filed in the Kentucky House and Senate. The top leaders in the House and the Senate remained the same with Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Roger D. Salyers, 73, of Regina, died Jan. 18. Funeral: Jan. 21, Blessed Hope Church, Millard. Burial: Annie E. Young Cemetery Bobby Gene May, 64, of Pikeville, died Jan. 15. Funeral: Jan. 19. Burial: Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville Anna Ruth more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Virginia “Jenny” Evans, 67, of Lovely, died Jan. 6. Funeral: Jan. 9 at Oppy Church of God. Burial: Stepp Branch Family Cemetery, Lovely  Nancy Carol Smith, 72, of Williamson, died Jan. 10. Funeral: Jan. 14. Burial: Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy more on this story...  


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Sports


Girls’ High School Basketball Roundup: Nunemaker, Panthers top Bobcats

BETSY LAYNE — Pikeville held Betsy Layne scoreless in the opening quarter and went on to post a 42-25 win in a game played at D. W. Howard Fieldhouse on Jan. 19. Savanna Nunemaker fired in a game-high 19 points and Emma Looney chipped in nine as more on this story...  


Mingo Central belts Belfry; PCC, ER Phelps win

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo Central took the lead away from Belfry early in the second half and rolled to an 80-61 win in the 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout played at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Jan. 17. The Miners, now 9-4, outscored the Pirates (4-10) by a more on this story...  


Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Panthers bounce Wildcats

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville scored a big district win over rival Shelby Valley as the Panthers held on for a 67-61 win in a game played at the T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 13. Zack Huffman poured in a game-high 29 points for the Panthers, now more on this story...  


15th Region Boys’ All ‘A’ Classic Roundup: Wildcats reign supreme: Shelby Valley dominates BL in title matchup

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley took the lead early on against Betsy Layne. The Wildcats went on to knock off the defending champs, 66-51, in the All “A” Classic boys’ championship game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 9. “I would like to give more on this story...  


High School boys’ Basketball roundup: Mingo Central off to best start in school history

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central pulled away from Sissonville in the final eight minutes to score a 65-44 win  in a game played on Jan. 10. The Miners, now 8-2, are off to their best start in school history. The Indians dropped to 5-3. more on this story...  


College Basketball Roundup: McCoy leads UPIKE past Carlow; Women roll in big home wins

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville senior Hobo McCoy came off the bench to pour in 17 points to help the fourth-ranked Bears to a 98-49 win over Carlow (Pa. ) University in a game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 10. The Bears dominated more on this story...  


  

Boys’ High School Basketball Roundup: Case, Rogers power Bobcats past Valley

ROBINSON CREEK — Betsy Layne used a balanced scoring attack to knock off Shelby Valley, 54-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Jan. 21. Peyton Case fired in a game-high 20 points for the Bobcats, now 13-7. Dustin Rogers added 12 more on this story...  


Bears off to best start in history - UPIKE women knock off CU after tough loss

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville pulled away in the second half to score a 110-77 win over OSU-Mansfield in a non-conference matchup played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 18. The Bears, now 18-1, outscored the Mavericks (3-12) 56-34 over the final 20 more on this story...  


Girls’ High School Basketball Roundup: Valley Cats cruise past PHS

PIKEVILLE — Shelby Valley took control against Pikeville early in the second quarter and went on to score a 52-32 win in a game played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 13. Freshman Lindsay Proffitt poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed four rebounds more on this story...  


15th/14th Region Girls’ All ‘A’ Classic Roundup: Warriors reign supreme: Late foul shots seal East Ridge win over PHS

PIKEVILLE —East Ridge hit clutch free throws in the closing minutes to turn back rival Pikeville to score a thrilling 52-45 win in the All “A” Classic girls’ championship game played at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 9. The Lady Warriors improved to 12-4 more on this story...  


High School Girls’ Basketball roundup: Prestonsburg edges Pike Central; Valley tops Jenkins

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg rallied in the final quarter to slip past Pike County Central, 66-64, in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Jan. 9. Jana Jarvis fired in 18 points and Tiffany Meadows added 17 as the Lady Blackcats improved to 9-7. Elizabeth more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


Messy Blessings

Two dogs usually sleep on my bed.   Regardless of the weather reports and how many times I check them, it inevitably rains every time I change the bed.   Thus, I come in expecting a fresh, clean bed, but find muddy paw prints instead. more on this story...  


  

Find God and you will find your value

During a recent extended illness,  I had plenty of time to consider my value. It is easy to assess the value of your house or car, but where are the little books that tell us our value? My work-all-day world had more on this story...  


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