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National recognition: Dr. Ahmed elected as fellow of AHA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On February 10, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Neurologist and Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Naveed Ahmed was elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) Stroke Council. “I am extremely humbled to be recognized by more on this story...  


PMC puts patients first during winter storm

PIKEVILLE — It has been many years since eastern Kentucky has seen a winter storm like Octavia that hit the area on February 16.   Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) kept its doors open. In preparation for the storm, PMC officials  made sure the more on this story...  


THE BELL OF HOPE

PIKEVILLE — In order to help radiation therapy patients celebrate their last radiation treatment, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has installed a large, gold bell on the wall across from the therapy suites.  Once patients have completed their last treatment, they are able to ring the more on this story...  


Quick Quiz: Women’s Heart Health

Courtesy of Mayo Clinic  It’s time we start seeing red! That’s what Mayo Clinic Health System nurse practitioner Susan Pope says, as we prepare to recognize American Heart Month.  Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, and according to the American Heart Association, more on this story...  


Raising awareness for congenital heart defects

PIKEVILLE — Elkhorn City native and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Ultrasound Technician Courtney Bevins is well aware of the many congenital heart defects that can affect newborns.   However, it wasn’t until she became a mother herself that she learned just how important a healthy heart can be.   more on this story...  


  

Know Risks for heart disease

PIKEVILLE — During National Heart Health Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to understand the risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack. People are born with certain risk factors that cannot be changed such as heredity (including race) and male more on this story...  


Dr. Harris says to understand warning signs

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to learn the signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected are not sure what is wrong and wait too more on this story...  


Skin-to-skin best way to begin

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is encouraging new mothers to follow a trend that has been found to stabilize a newborn’s heart rate. Kangaroo care involves skin-to-skin contact. Beginning immediately after delivery, the newborn is placed on the mother’s abdomen after a nurse puts a more on this story...  


PMC recognizes Cardiac Rehab Week

PIKEVILLE — National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, focuses on improving the health and physical performance of people at risk for disease or living with heart dysfunction. The American Heart Association (AHA) defines cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) as a professionally supervised program to help more on this story...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Greta Spears: Radiologic Technologist, Radiology

Greta Spears joined Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on March 15, 1999 as a Radiologic Technologist. “I chose to become a radiologic technologist while I was in college, after shadowing my cousin who worked as an ultrasound technician at PMC,” said Spears. “Initially, I was going more on this story...  


Chris Tackett: Surgical Technician, Operating Room

Pike County resident Chris Tackett has dedicated a quarter of a century to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). In July, he will celebrate his 26th year as a PMC employee. He applied for a part-time job at PMC when he was attending college back more on this story...  


Betty Case: Central Sterile Supply Tech, Central Sterile (Surgery)

Betty Case, a central sterile tech at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), knows what it means to be a committed employee. Case has been employed at PMC since April 24, 1978. When asked why she chose PMC all those years ago, Case’s answer was simple. “I love more on this story...  


Connie Ramey: Scheduler, Central Registration

Connie Ramey of Allen has been employed by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) since Oct. 14, 1991. Over the past 23 years, Ramey has held several positions in the hospital including unit secretary in the telemetry department, office secretary and critical care technician in the intensive more on this story...  


Sharon Salyer: Patient Accounting Clerk, Patient Financial Counselors

Sharon Salyer has worked at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for nearly a quarter of a century. She celebrated her 24th year as a PMC employee this week. She started working at the hospital on February 11, 1991, as a patient accounting clerk. She was looking for more on this story...  


Lisa Thacker: ORT/LRT/Anesthesia Tech, Labor & Delivery Unit

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Operating Room Technician Lisa Ann Thacker has spent nearly 20 years working in the Labor and Delivery department. “The joys of seeing a baby come into this world and seeing the faces of the new parents is such a great feeling inside,” more on this story...  


  

Charlotte Baker: Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Knott County resident Charlotte Baker drives more than 100 miles a day to and from work, and she doesn’t mind a bit. “I have done it for years because I’m satisfied with where I work,” she said. She worked at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in the more on this story...  


Diana Phillips: Clerk/Orthotics Fitter, Home Medical Equipment

Pike County resident Diana Lynn Phillips has dedicated more than a decade of service to the patients at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Working in the hospital fulfills a calling in her life. “I’ve always wanted to work in the medical field,” she said. “I enjoy the more on this story...  


Ruth Kilgore: Pre-Authorization Clerk, Central Scheduling

Ruth Kilgore, who began working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in February of 1992, has served the hospital in numerous capacities during her 23-year tenure. Kilgore, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), worked for a decade on the surgery floor before working as a home health nurse for 11 years. more on this story...  


Steven Goff: Section Supervisor, Lab

Steven Goff has worked in the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) laboratory (lab) since July 13, 1998. He began as a phlebotomist and is now a section supervisor. In 2002, Goff received an Associate Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology and is currently on track to receive more on this story...  


Susan Habern: Rehab Tech, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Since 1991, Susan Habern has been a dedicated employee of Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) physical rehabilitation program. Working as a rehab tech in the inpatient rehabilitation hospital, Habern is devoted to helping patients. “I always wanted to work with patients and help people however I can,” more on this story...  


Sandy Perry: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Anesthesia

Since Sandy Perry was a little girl, she wanted to become a nurse. She was able to accomplish her goal but after working as a Registered Nurse for only a few years, it became clear she wanted to advance her nursing career and become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist more on this story...  


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Community News


Locals invited to help uncover Biblical treasures: Israeli archaeologist to visit Pikeville in spring

PIKEVILLE — Members of several eastern Kentucky churches experienced a group tour of Israel last year. They spent 12 days in Israel and three days in Jordan, exploring areas of the Middle East that are depicted in the Bible. As part of that trip, they participated more on this story...  


Two new stores open at Pikeville Commons: Ulta now open; Petco hosts ‘soft opening’ March 2

PIKEVILLE — One nationally-known store opened recently at Pikeville Commons, and another is planning a grand opening weekend next weekend. Ulta, a national cosmetics and beauty business, held its “soft opening” on Feb. 13 and its grand opening on Feb. 20. Inclement weather more on this story...  


Legislators work to move east Kentucky forward

FRANKFORT — Despite severe winter weather that prompted closures of the House and Senate in the General Assembly this month, legislators managed to work their way through a mound of legislative matters. One of the most prominent measures that moved in the legislative process was more on this story...  


Wanted: Zip line employees

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is seeking a full time manager and seasonal general laborer for the zip line that will open later this year at Bob Amos Park. The project will bring eight cable zip lines, platforms and a swinging bridge more on this story...  


Improper use of generators, heaters can be dangerous

FRANKFORT —The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) urges residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris. Together, the snow and extreme cold may lead to power outages as limbs or trees fall onto electric lines. The more on this story...  


JWT seeks actors, actresses for upcoming plays

PIKEVILLE — Jenny Wiley Theatre is seeking actors and actresses for several upcoming plays. The theatre issued a casting call last week for performers who will accept roles in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Shrek—the Musical” and “Little Shop of Horrors. ” These more on this story...  


THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local high school district results

Eastern Kentucky High School completed district tournaments on Jan. 24. Here are the results from local schools: District 56: Letcher County Central, June Buchanan High, Knott County Central, Cordia High, Jenkins Ind. Final Standings 1. Letcher County Central 2. June Buchanan High 3. Knott Central 4. Cordia High 5. Jenkins Ind. Categories Math 1. Noah more on this story...  


THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school regional results

Middle schools across the eastern Kentucky underwent regional competitions on Jan. 27 and Jan. 31. The winners will compete at the state governor’s Cup at the Galt House in Louisville on March 14-16. REGIONAL RESULTS Region 22: Allen Central, Allen Elementary, Betsy Layne, James D. Adams, John M. Stumbo, Johnson County more on this story...  


Appalachian Air offers special rates for SEC games

PIKEVILLE — Getting to the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Men’s Basketball Tournament is easier than ever before with Appalachian Air’s daily roundtrip service between Pikeville and Nashville. And now, it’s more affordable, too. Public Charters and Appalachian Air announced on Feb. 16 more on this story...  


Registration underway for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk/5K - Proceeds benefit Brayden’s hospital

Last year, Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers hosted the first-ever Cerebral Palsy Awareness Walk in honor of her son Brayden Riley Wright. She wanted to raise awareness about cerebral palsy, the disorder he was born with. “A lot of people around here, they more on this story...  


Local church opens homeless shelter: Donations needed for Floyd shelter

PRESTONSBURG — St. James Episcopal Church, located near the campus of Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg, recently opened a homeless shelter. The church has offered its Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry and Thrift Store through donations provided by various community more on this story...  


Job Corps hosts leadership event

PRESTONSBURG — The Leadership Floyd County Academy class met recently at Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center for its third professional development session. This session focused on team-building and the use of social media for networking. Job Corps Finance & Administration more on this story...  


Carl D. Perkins Job Corps ranks fourth nationally, first in Kentucky

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Thomas Rainey, director of the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center, walked away with a stack of awards recognizing the center’s performance in 2014 during the Horizons Youth Services annual awards banquet. The banquet was the culmination of a three-day HYS Leadership more on this story...  


Hale named UNITE President/CEO; Smoot to lead AHIDTA

LONDON — Nancy Hale, a long-time educator and current Co-Program Director of the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) initiative, will became President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation UNITE effective Feb. 9. She succeeds Dan Smoot, who has been tapped to lead a new drug prevention/education initiative more on this story...  


Thousands of local residents enrolled in Medicaid

The expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program under the federal health reform law marks the biggest change in Kentucky health care since Medicare began in the mid 1960s. Almost 400,000 people joined the program, raising its rolls to more than one-fourth the state’s population. more on this story...  


Wildlife Division planning for 2015-16 hunt

FRANKFORT — The Wildlife Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is well into its planning for the 2015-16 hunting seasons, and one word keeps coming up in the discussions: Opportunity. The focus is not limited to one species, but plans pertaining to more on this story...  


Railroad hosts ‘Road Tour’ next week

HARLAN — The R. J. Corman Railroad company is encouraging coal miners who have been laid off to participate in its upcoming road tour. The company and Hiring Our Miners Everyday have teamed up to host the event at 10 a. m. on Feb. 24 at more on this story...  


Giving students the ‘Athletic Edge’: Wrightway to open sports complex in Pike

VIRGIE — A local business is spreading its wings to give youth throughout the region an “athletic edge. ” Wrightway Land, owned by brothers Shannon and Kendall Wright of Pike County, is renovating the former Virgie Athletic Center into a state-of-the-art sports complex called the Athletic Edge. more on this story...  


Fundraiser launched to save York House

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney launched an online fundraising campaign last week to save the historic York House in downtown Pikeville. Chaney is seeking to raise $100,000 for preservation of the York House at http://fundly. com. The city of Pikeville spent more on this story...  


Banquet for Life a success: Event raises $30K for APCC

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center’s Banquet for Life was a success on Feb. 5, raising nearly $30,000 for the nonprofit organization. Officials report that 528 people attended the event, geared to raise funds so APCC can continue providing services to mothers and fathers who more on this story...  


  

Local students are state-bound: Governor’s Cup competitions continue next month

Students from schools across eastern Kentucky have excelled at district and regional competition for the Governor’s Cup, the state’s premiere academic event. Elementary schools will complete district competitions this week and expect to compete on the regional level in March. Middle school and more on this story...  


PHS honored in the 1980s

When the Class of 1980 began its senior year, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Browns were in Frankfort, and Mayor William C. Hambley was still working to complete the Cut-Through. That year, Tracy Hunt, a very talented and unusual young man with high more on this story...  


York House preservation group plans to meet

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Main Street Program is bringing together local community members to preserve the historic York House in downtown Pikeville. Main Street Director Minta Chaney recently launched an online fundraising campaign at http://fundly. com to fund the renovation of the York House. Officials more on this story...  


Circus arrives in Pikeville next month

PIKEVILLE — Because of “tremendous public response,” Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey” has added another performance date to its “Built to Amaze” event, set to be held next month in Pikeville. The circus added a performance at 10:30 a. m. on March 13, bringing the total more on this story...  


Young boy would like to live in the country

This smiling young man is Anthony. He is an energetic youth who enjoys the outdoors and living in the country. Anthony has many hobbies including listening to country music, playing video games, cooking and collecting baseball cards. more on this story...  


THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local high school Regional results

Eastern Kentucky High Schools completed in Governor’s Cup regional competitions on Valentine’s Day. The winners will go on to compete at the state Governor’s Cup on March 14-16 at the Galt House in Louisville. Here are the results from local schools: Region 14: Letcher Central, Estill County, June Buchanan, Hazard more on this story...  


THE GOVERNOR’S CUP: Local middle school district results

Middle school students completed district and regional competitions at the end of January. Here are the results from local schools in district and regional competitions: DISTRICT RESULTS District 85: Allen Central, James D. Adams, Wesley Christian, Allen Elementary Final Standings 1. Allen Central 2. James D. Adams 3. Wesley Christian 4. Allen Elementary Categories Math 1. Kade Scott, Allen Central 2. Adam Hutchinson, Allen Central 3. Jacob Morris, Allen Central 4. Haley Holbrook, James more on this story...  


Region pounded by snow

PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia were pounded by snow this week, with 10 to 18 inches falling in the region, leaving many roads impassable. Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency because of the massive winter storm. The order allowed the activation of more on this story...  


Helping Brayden walk again

VIRGIE — Virgie resident Bobbi Jo Childers had no clue what cerebral palsy was 11 years ago. Now, the disorder encompasses nearly every aspect of her life. Her 11-year-old son Brayden Riley Wright was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy when more on this story...  


Frigid temperatures increase risk for carbon monoxide poisoning: Improper Use of Generators, Heating or Cooking Devices Can be Source of Exposure

FRANKFORT – During extreme weather conditions and below freezing temperatures, the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases. Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices. “Carbon monoxide poisoning more on this story...  


GIZMOS AND GADGETS: Helping homemakers understand technology

PRESTONSBURG – Theresa Scott works as a family consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.   Her job is to serve consumers – of all ages – throughout Floyd County. Scott, who works closely with the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, learned that more on this story...  


Giving women ‘Energy to Succeed’: Women’s Business Symposium to be held in P’burg next week

PRESTONSBURG — The 16th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will help give women “Energy to Succeed. ” The day-long conference, presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center, will be held Feb. 24 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention more on this story...  


Locals graduate from Roads Scholar, Road Master programs

PIKEVILLE — Jeff Anderson, Jeffrey Scott Fyffe, Chris Smith and Brandon Tolliver recently graduated from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s prestigious Roads Scholar and Road Masters programs. Smith is the Superintendent I at Knott County Maintenance. He has 14 years on the job with Highway District 12. more on this story...  


GARDEN RAISES MAN

By ANGELA HATTON MULLINS Breaking Beans contributor COWAN — Don Maggard raises a garden. Lately, though, he realized his garden has raised him up too. Maggard, 63, worked underground in the coal mines for 37 more on this story...  


Siblings who are waiting for adoption

Meet Demonte and Dejuan  — siblings who are waiting for adoption. They would be a wonderful addition to a family who is ready for action, laughter and the pride with claiming these brothers as their own. Demonte (with the ball cap) more on this story...  


Resolution becomes reality for community gardens

Editor’s note: Breaking Beans: The Appalachian Food Story Project is an initiative of Community Farm Alliance to tell the story of how local food and farming in eastern Kentucky can contribute to a bright future in the mountains. For more on the project and the Alliance, visit http://cfaky. org. more on this story...  


Prestonsburg High, Pikeville Junior High return home national champions

ORLANDO, Fla. — Prestonsburg High School and Pikeville Junior High achieved the highest honor awarded to any cheerleading squad this past weekend. Both area schools captured national championships and a white jacket during the 2015 Universal Cheerleaders Association competition held at the Walt Disney World Resort. more on this story...  


2015 Kentucky General Assembly: Bill to boost minimum wage passes House

More than 100 bills were filed in the House and Senate during the first week of February, as legislators returned to Frankfort to complete the final days of the 2015 General Assembly. To date, nearly 500 bills have been filed by legislators. House more on this story...  


Artists, craftsmen sought for new arts group

MATEWAN, W. Va. — Residents of a small southern West Virginia community are starting a new arts group. Mingo County art teacher Ellen Hatfield and artist Vera Kay Hankins are spearheading an effort to start a new arts and crafts group in Matewan. They more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Jack Foster Mullins 86 of Pikeville died Feb. 20. Funeral: Feb. 24. Burial: Ratliff Cemetery Cowpen Road Evelyn Ethel Thompson 61 of Pikeville died Feb. 20. Funeral: Feb. 28. Charles Step Funeral Home Redford Township Mich. Yvonne L. Stanley more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Eleanor Lewis Goble, 69, of Prestonsburg, died Feb. 12. Funeral: Feb. 15. Burial: Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel Violet Calhoun McGuire, 85, of Allen, died Feb. 11. Funeral: Feb. 14. Burial: Calhoun Cemetery, Prestonsburg Remus Neal Addington, 42, of Drift, died Feb. more on this story...  


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Sports


Cats bounce Panthers: South Floyd, Pike Central both advance

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley is headed back to the 15th Region Tournament following a thrilling 88-83 win over rival Pikeville in a 59th District game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 25. The Wildcats, now 17-12, advanced to last night’s title game more on this story...  


Bears fall in battle of Top 10 teams: Women close out storybook regular season

GEORGETOWN — The University of Pikeville saw a late second-half lead against Georgetown swindle away in a 109-101 loss in a key Mid-South Conference matchup of nationally-ranked teams on Feb. 23. No. 3 UPIKE, now 25-3, saw its conference lead over the No. 8 Tigers more on this story...  


Valley runs past LCC; ER tops P’burg

ROBINSON CREEK – Shelby Valley’s Lakyn Mullins poured in a game-high 23 points as the Lady Cats rolled to a 54-39 win over Letcher County Central in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb . 13. Taylor Rowe followed with 13 more on this story...  


UPIKE wins 40th straight home game

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville ran its home court winning streak to 40 straight games with a 95-71 win over St. Catharine on Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 14. Christian Leach came off the bench to lead the more on this story...  


Balanced scoring fuels East Ridge win

PIKEVILLE — East Ridge took the lead away from Pikeville early in the final quarter and held on for a 65-60 win in a 59th District matchup played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 10. Lesli Fleenor, Timera Thacker and Katie May scored 12 points more on this story...  


  

ER, BELFRY girls punch their ticket

ROBINSON CREEK — East Ridge stormed back in the final quarter to defeat Pikeville, 46-42, in a 59th District game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 25. The Warriors, now 18-9, beat the Panthers (14-16) for the fourth time this season and advanced more on this story...  


Pirates rally past Robertson Co.

CARLISLE — Belfry rallied in the final eight minutes to take the lead away from Robertson County to score a 58-54 win in the Nicholas County Shoot for the Cure played on Feb. 14. Garrett Fannin led a trio of Pirates (6-19) in double figures with more on this story...  


YMCA hosts weight lifting competition this month

PIKEVILLE — The Pikeville Area Family YMCA invites the public to participate in a weight lifting competition next month. Competitors will test their strength against the strength of some of the region’s strongest men and women. The competition will be supervised by YMCA more on this story...  


UPIKE men up one spot; Women ranked for first time since 2005

PIKEVILLE — After avenging a loss to Campbellsville earlier in the season and taking care of business against St. Catharine, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is up one spot to No. 3 in this week’s NAIA Top-25 Poll, national office officials announced on Tuesday. more on this story...  


Pikeville, South Floyd, Paintsville post victories

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville used a strong second-quarter performance to take the lead against Lawrence County and roll to a 69-54 win in a game played at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 7. Alexxa Gearheart led four Lady Panthers (12-14) in double figures with 15 points. more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


JONAH’S VINE

Jonah 4:6-7, 9: The Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant.  But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant more on this story...  


  

Snow is transforming

Transformation, it is happening as I write. The snow is piling up and the landscape is changing by the minute. More and more of what I can see is being covered in a blanket of white. Things that were dingy or broken just hours ago more on this story...  


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