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CELEBRATING 90 YEARS - May: ‘PMC’s future is bright’

PIKEVILLE — From humble beginnings as a small hospital on Peach Orchard Hill in 1924 to an affiliation with Mayo Clinic – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) continues to grow. “The future of Pikeville Medical Center is bright,” PMC President/Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May told those more on this story...  


Managing holiday stress: PMC psychologist offers tips on building a happier holiday

If you are experiencing additional stress during the Christmas holiday season you are not alone.   Pikeville Medical Center’s Clinical Psychologist Dr. Catherine Huffman said, “A lot of holiday stress stems from financial stress. As Christmas approaches, I think it’s important for families to focus on more on this story...  


PMC gives the gift of life

PIKEVILLE — On Wednesday, December 3, Pikeville Medical Center awarded the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gold medal for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation within the hospital and community. The award was presented by the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). PMC is the only more on this story...  


  

PMC employees participate in Angel Tree project

PIKEVILLE — The 10th floor of Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) new Clinic building was filled with Christmas gifts for 30 families throughout Pike and Floyd counties. More than a decade ago, Pikeville Medical Center created the Angel Tree project to help make Christmas special for families more on this story...  


Live Nativity opening set for Monday

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center will host the opening ceremony for its annual Live Nativity on Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p. m. The ceremony will be held in PMC’s parking lot in front of the Pain Management Building, across the street from McDonald’s and Kentucky more on this story...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Wanda Johnson: Licensed Practical Nurse, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Wanda Johnson began her career at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in 1974 as a nurse aide. After a year, she left the hospital to pursue a nursing degree and spend more time at home with her family. Once Johnson attained her Licensed Practical Nurse degree, more on this story...  


Pat McCoy: Manager, Outpatient Pharmacy

For 40 years Pat McCoy has called Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) home.   She is originally from Betsy Layne, and finds a special place in her life for the many people she works with. She graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy with high distinction more on this story...  


Mechella Williamson: Clerk, Home Health & Home Medical Equipment Billing

Kimper resident Mechella was working at a local department store when she decided she wanted to work at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). She submitted applications for two years before she was hired, and she’s been with the hospital now for nearly two decades. She was more on this story...  


Hattie Sawyers: Secretary, Radiology

When Lick Creek resident Hattie Sawyers was hired in June 1982 as a secretary in radiation therapy, little did she realize 32 years later she would be in the same position at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). “It was my first and only job,” Sawyers said. “I’ve more on this story...  


Brenda Collins; Supervisor, Environmental Services

January 20 is a special day for Brenda Collins, environmental services supervisor. It marks her 23rd anniversary as an employee of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). She started her journey with the hospital as a housekeeper in environmental services. She started on the pediatrics more on this story...  


Phyllis Adkins: Financial Coordinator, Plant Operations/Maintenance

When Phyllis Adkins talks about her job as financial coordinator for plant operations and maintenance at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), one thing is evident:  her passion for her work. “I love what I do and I love the people I work with,” said Adkins. “I more on this story...  


Marsha Thacker: House Administrator, House Supervision

Marsha Thacker was majoring in history with plans to get a law degree at the University of Kentucky when a higher power turned her to another path. “I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that nursing was where God was leading me when I first more on this story...  


Kay Williamson: Shift Supervisor, Pediatrics

On July 27, 1999, Kay Williamson began her career at PMC as a staff nurse in pediatrics.   She was promoted to shift supervisor in 2002 and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2005. Pediatrics was her first love and she is happy to still be more on this story...  


Judy Adkins: Scheduler, Central Scheduling

In November 1994, Judy Adkins began her career at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a hostess in Central Scheduling. After four years in that position she worked as registrar for four years and then was promoted to her current position as a scheduler in 2002. more on this story...  


  

Susie Robinette: Director, Endoscopy

Susie Robinette became an employee at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on February 15, 1999. She started her career at the hospital as a staff nurse and over an eight-year span worked in many different areas, including: the medial/surgical unit, the Pain Management Clinic and the more on this story...  


Tina Williams: Nurse Practitioner, Stress Lab

Tina Williams began her career at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) nearly 22 years ago as a registered nurse in telemetry. She transferred to the cardiopulmonary stress lab eight years later. Her love for patient care and dedication to her work led Williams to further her more on this story...  


Patricia Adkins: Unit Secretary, Critical Care

Patricia Adkins starting working at PMC in 1993 and she has served in numerous roles over the past 21 years. Her first assignment — one she kept for nearly eight years — was as a nursing assistant on the fifth floor. At more on this story...  


Linda Williams: Nurse Practitioner, Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Linda Williams joined Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in 1993 as a Registered Nurse (RN).   She worked on the medical floor in the Elliott Building.   For more than 19 years she has been a nurse practitioner in the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Williams more on this story...  


Lisa Mitchell: Registered Nurse Case Manager, Case Management

Registered Nurse (RN) Lisa Mitchell has called Pikeville Medical Center her “second home” for more than 17 years. “I love making a difference in the lives of others and my co-workers,” she said. “This hospital is a special place for me, and I love coming to more on this story...  


Linda Ratliff: Physical Therapist, Home Health

Physical Therapist Linda Ratliff drives many miles daily to care for patients in the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Home Health Department. “I knew way more about Pike County than I ever thought was possible,” said Ratliff, who has worked at PMC, “on and off” for more on this story...  


Robin Lynn Bryant: Secretary, Pre-op Unit

Care and compassion are qualities that are prevalent in the staff throughout Pikeville Medical Center and Robin Bryant is no exception. Bryant joined the PMC family in 1998 and has served as unit secretary in the pre-op area. She has worked with some incredible people more on this story...  


Marcia Murphy: Registrar, Central Registration

Marcia Murphy became an employee of PMC in September 1994. For the past 20 years, she has worked in Central Registration as a Registrar. “I love what I do,” said Murphy. “I would never even dream of going to another department. Being able to help more on this story...  


Lenetta Sawyers: Licensed Practical Nurse, PMC Clinic at Shelby Valley

Pikeville Medical Center’s Lenetta Sawyers has faced many challenges for more than 33 years now as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). It’s the only job she ever wanted to do, and says being able to work with patients and medical personnel is so rewarding. more on this story...  


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Community News


U.S. 460 now open in Pike County

SHELBIANA — Local, state and federal officials celebrated a milestone on the U. S. 460 construction project this week. They hosted a ceremony and cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the first half of the new U. S. 460 corridor in Pike County. The Dec. 18 more on this story...  


Health department partners with Harvard for new programs

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Health Department is taking a new program on the road to curb the prevalence of diabetes in this region. Teaming up with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University, the health department is implementing “On the Road,” a program through which more on this story...  


Donations sought for ‘Facebook Angels’

PRESTONSBURG — A local organization is seeking donations for its annual Christmas gift drive for local nursing homes and a crisis center. Facebook Angels, created six years ago by Prestonsburg businessman Brent Graden, seeks donations for its Christmas giveaway. The group donates gifts more on this story...  


Tessa needs a good home

She is so good at ‘hamming’ for the camera that it was hard to pick just one picture of her.  Her favorite food is soft tacos and cookie dough ice cream. Tessa loves to do nails and ‘girlie stuff’, her favorite color is blue, she likes more on this story...  


Local school selected for national register: Nomination highlights education in Elkhorn City, 1938-1965

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved two historic buildings in Pike County to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places this month. The Elkhorn City Elementary School and Elkhorn City High School were among six buildings selected for the national designation. more on this story...  


Ceremony to mark U.S. 460 opening

SHELBIANA — Federal, state and local leaders will mark a milestone is a decades-old road project next week. A ceremony to celebrate the opening of the first half of the new US 460 will be held at 1 p. m. on Dec. 18 at Shelby Valley High more on this story...  


Expo Center offers Members Club

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Expo Center is offering a new program to help patrons get priority seating, discounts, free ticket upgrades and other amenities. The center is opening a Members Club, in which members can purchase tickets for concerts and events early, more on this story...  


UPS Store supports organ donation; seeks ‘Toys of Joy’

PIKEVILLE — The UPS store is teaming up with the University of Pikeville Basketball Coach Kelly Wells to promote organ donation this month. UPS Store Owner Joe Clevinger created a “Wells Tough” t-shirt and is donating proceeds to Donate Life, an organization dedicated to organ donation. more on this story...  


HLT Check Exchange hosts ‘Share the Warmth’ drive

Several HLT Check Exchange locations are seeking donations of new and slightly used coats, scarfs, gloves or toboggans for its annual Share the Warmth drive. The clothing is donated to children in need. For details, call the Pikeville branch at 606-432-1514, more on this story...  


Appalachian Symphony formed

ELKHORN CITY — The Pike County Extension for Fine Arts program is working to preserve and celebrate the region’s musical heritage with a new program. Coordinated by Artists Collaborative Theatre volunteer Allen Gibson, the Appalachian Symphony welcomes musicians of all ages and skills levels to weekly more on this story...  


Combs honored during Chamber event

PIKEVILLE – The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Adkisson to Pikeville during its “Eggs and Issues” membership breakfast on Dec. 2. The event featured discussions about the upcoming legislative session by Adkisson and Brad McLean, director of external more on this story...  


Winners announced in Startup Challenge

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville awarded prizes in the  Coleman College of Business’s second Startup Challenge Business Plan Competition, held in collaboration with the Kentucky Innovation Network.   Fifteen teams submitted written plans for a chance to compete for $5,000 in prizes.   more on this story...  


  

Feud descendants help homeless

PIKEVILLE – Descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy feud, the Pike County Tourism Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and local restaurants have come together to support and raise awareness of the growing needs of our local homeless shelter. Members of the Hatfield and McCoy families have more on this story...  


Preserving history: UPIKE offers historic archives

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville offers a special collection of historical archives about the university and the central Appalachian region to the public. Access to these archives is free and much of it may be viewed online through digital libraries. more on this story...  


Hospice urges families not to postpone care

PIKEVILLE — Many people wish to put off decisions about health issues until after the holidays, but what if facing them head on could actually improve quality of life so that the holiday season can be enjoyed more fully? That’s the message Hospice more on this story...  


Santa Letters

Mullins School First Grade Teacher: Mrs. Upchurch Dear Santa, My name is Christyn, and I am 6 years old. I live in the great city of Pikeville. That is in the state of Kentucky, but I’ll bet you already more on this story...  


PHS slides into the sixties

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the sixth in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article, focused on the school in the 1960s, is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville more on this story...  


Local law enforcement host Christmas events for kids

PIKEVILLE — Local law enforcement officials kicked off annual events this weekend to help local children in need. The G. W. Young Lodge #29 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Pike County hosted its annual Cops and Kids Christmas event at the Pikeville Walmart on Dec. more on this story...  


Webb honored for ‘outstanding leadership’

FRANKFORT — At its meeting in Frankfort on Dec. 3, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb. Cindy Heine, retired associate executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, also earned the honor. more on this story...  


Goody’s helps Coats for Kids

PIKEVILLE — Goody’s of Pikeville is partnering with a nonprofit organization to keep children warm this winter. The store recently donated $1,021. 70 to the Coats for Kids Foundation, a Pikeville-based nonprofit organization that provides thousands of winter coats to children in need every year. more on this story...  


BSCTC to host Christmas concerts next week

PRESTONSBURG — The Big Sandy Singers and its band at Big Sandy Community & Technical College will hold two Christmas concerts next week. The first will be held at 7 p. m. on Dec. 17 in the Gearheart Auditorium, Prestonsburg, and the second will be more on this story...  


Santa Letters

Southside Elementary Second Grade Teachers: Angela Tackett, Nikki Hunt Dear Santa, My name is Isabella Moore. I am 7 years old. My parents are Kathy and Daniel. I have one brother named Daniel and my brother is more on this story...  


This brave young boy needs a forever family

Damion is a very quiet young man. He seems afraid, but after you meet him, you soon realize that he is a brave person to have endured his past and continue to work hard at his future. He is an excellent student and has made more on this story...  


‘Christmas Party’ this weekend

PIKEVILLE — A Christmas tradition continues in Pikeville this weekend. Pikeville Medical Center Receptionist Suzie Scott and her husband, Pastor Jimmy Scott, pastor of God’s Haven Ministries, are planning to host their “Christmas Party & Pictures with Santa” event at Pike County Central High School from more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Pike County is mourning the loss of a star athlete. Tyler Williams, 21, of Stone, died Dec. 14 following an ATV crash. He was born Oct. 2, 1993, the son of Mark Ryan and Marsha Kaye Pinson Williams of Stone.  He was preceded in more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Cecil Smith, 66, of McAndrews, died Dec. 2. Funeral: Dec. 6. Burial: Mountain View Memory Gardens Franklin L. Smith, 70, died Dec. 2. Funeral: Dec. 6 at Belfry High School. Burial: Mountain View Memory Gardens. Memorial donations: Local youth basketball associations more on this story...  


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Sports


Cardinals hold off Panthers

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville kept things close throughout the game against 15th Region power Sheldon Clark before the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought 60-52 win over the Panthers at T. W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 16. Zach Huffman led the Panthers (4-3) with a team-high 26 points. more on this story...  


Valley cruises past BC; Pikeville, Letcher post wins

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley’s Hunter Swindall poured in a game-high 37 points in an 88-54 win over Breathitt County in a game played at Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 13. Lamont Wright added 15 and Cory Hamilton added a baker’s dozen as the Wildcats more on this story...  


Bears roll past Rams

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears used a late second-half run to pull away and beat Ohio Mid-Western College, 82-61, in a game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Dec. 9. UPIKE, now 9-1, had a 22-point, halftime lead cut down to 10 more on this story...  


High School Basketball Roundup: Panthers drop two of three at Berea

BEREA — Pikeville fell in the final game of the Berea Tip-Off Classic to Whitefield Academy, 54-51, on Dec. 6. Zach Huffman led the Panthers (1-2) with 15 points while Ryder Johnson tossed in 11. Frankie Flours led WA with 14 more on this story...  


Mingo Central tops TV; Pike Central bounces PS

NEWTOWN, W. Va. — Mingo Central’s defensive pressure forced Tug Valley into a number of turnovers, leading to a 62-32 win in a game played on Dec. 9. Mingo Central’s Tyshira Joplin led all scorers with a game-high 23 points while Caitlyn Cantrell followed with more on this story...  


  

High School Basketball Roundup: Meadows leads Lady Blackcats past rival SF

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg used a balanced scoring attack to beat South Floyd, 78-48, in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Dec. 16. Tiffany Meadows fired in a game-high 22 points as the Lady Blackcats improved to 3-3. Allison Hall followed with 11. more on this story...  


BACK TO BACK: Belfry’s defense fuels second straight 3A crown

BOWLING GREEN — Belfry was finally able to exorcise the Louisville Central demons. Central quarterback Myron Norfleet’s pass into the right corner of the end zone as time expired fell incomplete, allowing the Pirates to win back-to-back state titles with a thrilling 14-7 win before a more on this story...  


LCC tops Union; Pikeville rallies past Betsy Layne

ERMINE —  Letcher Central rallied in the game’s final eight minutes to knock off Union (Va. ), 55-41, in a game played on Dec. 9. Cougar Torell Carter poured in a game-high 39 points as LCC improved to 3-1. Austin Banks chipped in eight. more on this story...  


Bears split two in Classic

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — The University of Pikeville Bears struggled offensively and the end result was a disappointing 86-82 to NCAA Division II Central State University in the Ben Waterman Classic played on Dec. 7. Kelah Eldridge led a quartet of Bears (9-4) in double-figure more on this story...  


High School Basketball Roundup: Valley tops Campbell County; P’burg nips ER

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley used a big second quarter to take charge and beat Campbell County, 61-44, in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 6. Lakyn Mullins poured in a game-high 25 points and Taylor Rowe added 15 more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


Near to the brokenhearted

I still remember the first time I ministered to a family after a loved one had passed.   I can recall specific details surrounding that event. What I remember mostly was that it was the night before Christmas Eve. My heart could not reconcile the sound more on this story...  


  

God guides us

In the past I’ve written about my funny passion for pens. If you don’t know already I have placed a great deal of value on the role of my writing instrument. Today I hold in my hand a unique piece of American history. It is more on this story...  


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