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BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is the first in a four part series. ) PIKEVILLE — March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Pikeville Medical Center’s neurosurgeons Dr. Duane Densler and Dr. Norman Mayer encourage everyone to become more aware of traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes, symptoms, treatment more on this story...  


PMC offers free smoking cessation class

PIKEVILLE —This month marks one year that Pikeville Medical Center has offered a free smoking cessation program to the public. The class meets once weekly for 13 weeks at the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Attendees are guided by 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...  


  

PMC recognizes Sleep Awareness Week

PIKEVILLE — Americans will lose one hour of sleep when Daylight Savings Time takes effect on Sunday, March 8. For those suffering from sleep disorders, that hour is all the more valuable. During Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is educating the public on various sleep more on this story...  


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...  


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Our Employees Make The Difference


Annette Fletcher: Registered Nurse, Pre-Operation

Annette Fletcher, of Pikeville, began working at Pikeville Medical Center as a registered nurse (RN) in May 1991. She has worked as a staff RN for 17 of the last 23 years. Currently she works as a nurse in the surgery department in pre-operation. Fletcher more on this story...  


Nell Bedwell: Outreach Coordinator, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center

Pike County resident Nell Bedwell loves working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) because her job helps her make a difference in the lives of others. She started working in the hospital in 1976 as a nurse’s aide while waiting to go to nursing school.   After earning 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...  


  

Sheila Blackburn: Clerk, Radiology

Shelia Blackburn, of Raccoon, has been employed by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) as a Radiology Clerk since December 18, 1982. “I am a people person, and my job requires me to interact with a lot of people and patients,” Blackburn said. “I love that I more on this story...  


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...  


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Community News


RAIN, SNOW WREAK HAVOC: Flooding reported throughout eastern Ky., southern W.Va.

PIKEVILLE — Mother Nature could not resist bringing yet another weather emergency to eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia this week. Communities throughout the region were pounded by 10 to 18 inches of snow two weeks ago, leaving some roads impassable for days. more on this story...  


Eastern Ky. teenager on ‘The Voice’

LOUISA — An eastern Kentucky teenager made her mark on a national stage this week. Kelsie May, 16, of Louisa, was selected to move ahead in The Voice, an NBC reality show in which musicians pledge to coach vocalists from around the country to help them more on this story...  


WorkFest volunteers to repair 19 homes in 21 days

HAGER HILL — The Christian Appalachian Project welcomed the first of hundreds of volunteers who will help families in Appalachian during the annual WorkFest program. Through WorkFest, volunteers from around the country travel to Appalachian communities to repair and refurbish homes in need of more on this story...  


Pike museum set to open in April

PIKEVILLE — Significant progress is being made in the development of a new museum in Pike County. With a new planning committee and a recently-hired director, the Pikeville-Pike County Museum is expected to be open in time to welcome visitors during the annual Hillbilly Days more on this story...  


Promoting a smoke-free Pike County: Air quality survey of Pike businesses released

PIKEVILLE — If the Environmental Protection Agency used the same standards it uses to regulate the quality of indoor air as it uses to regulate the quality of outdoor air, some Pike County businesses would fall far below the mark. That information was released this week more on this story...  


Women who Made a Difference

To celebrate March as Women’s History Month in 2014, the Medical Leader highlighted several current and former eastern Kentucky residents who did things that changed or influenced eastern Kentucky. Stayed tuned to the Medical Leader each week in March to learn about other women who have changed, and continue more on this story...  


She learned music in the mountains: Crystal Gayle, Johnson County native who became a country music icon

Many country music enthusiasts know who Crystal Gayle is, but few may realize that she was actually born as Brenda Gail Webb, a younger sister of Johnson County’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn. Gayle is best known for capturing a style of country music that more on this story...  


House approves public-private partnerships

Rep. Leslie Combs’ goal of making it easier for the state to partner with private businesses to accomplish a public goal cleared a major hurdle on Feb. 26 after the Kentucky House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 84-13. “House Bill 443 would bring more on this story...  


Registration underway for pottery class at Arts House in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Have you ever wanted to learn to create pottery? The Mud House Pottery at the Arts House in Pikeville is answering that call with introduction and advanced classes in pottery. The six-week classes are open at 6:30 p. m. to 9 p. m. more on this story...  


Patton Leadership Institute visits Frankfort

FRANKFORT — On February 12, the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) held its latest session in Kentucky’s state capital to discuss public policy and state government. The PLI class gained a better understanding of how state government operates and heard from policy experts on legislation that more on this story...  


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...  


  

Pikeville officials travel to Ireland next week

PIKEVILLE — The city of Pikeville is taking its next step to “twin” itself with a small municipal district in Ireland. On March 12-19, Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn and a small delegation will travel to Dundalk, Ireland, the hometown of Alltech founded Dr. more on this story...  


Pancake breakfast to raise funds for student

PIKEVILLE — Local residents have the opportunity to help a young Pike County student improve his walking ability. Bobbi Jo Childers of Virgie is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for her son, 11-year-old Brayden Wright, from 7 a. m. to 9 a. m. on March 7 at Wendy’s, more on this story...  


FRANKFORT FOCUS: Legislative Perspectives on the Kentucky General Assembly

While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services. All of them came into play last week as the House worked through more on this story...  


SOAR meeting rescheduled for Expo in May

PIKEVILLE — The 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit has been rescheduled for May 11 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Registration will begin at 8 a. m. , and the program will run from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. The original summit, planned more on this story...  


Paintsville native serves aboard USS George H.W. Bush

By HEIDI McCORMICK Mass Communications Specialist Navy Office of Community Outreach NORFOLK, Va. — A 2011 Lawrence County High School graduate and Paintsville native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U. S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush. more on this story...  


Her passion for education continues: Katherine Petit, founder of Hindman Settlement School; Pine Mountain Settlement School

When Lexington native Katherine Rhoda Petit (1868 to 1936) volunteered to work with May Stone of Louisville at summer tent camps held in Knott County and Perry County, she saw a “great need” to improve living conditions, education and health of eastern Kentucky residents. She dedicated more on this story...  


She built a brighter future in eastern Kentucky

Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, a native of Massachusetts, wrote for newspapers and periodicals in her early career and became the publisher of “The Cambridge Press,” the first American publication with an all-female staff. When she came to eastern Kentucky in 1916, she saw the need for more on this story...  


From digging coal to potatoes: Coal miner tries his hand at farming

By ANGELA HATTON MULLINS Breaking Beans contributor Shane Lucas has found what he loves to do. Now, he hopes to make a living at it. When he was laid off from the coal mines after 17 years and had to take more on this story...  


Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a. m. on Sunday, March 8. Local residents should “Spring Forward” by setting their clocks ahead one hour. more on this story...  


Brandy has a wonderful sense of humor!

Meet Brandy! She is a vibrant and beautiful young lady who has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh. She enjoys going to the movies, shopping for shoes such as Jordans, playing video games and going bowling. 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...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Loretta Fouts Tackett, 71, of Big Branch of Long Fork, died Feb. 22. Funeral: March 1, Speight Church of Christ. Burial: Joe C. Tackett Cemetery, Long Fork Loretta Kay Newsome, 67, of Pikeville, died Feb. 23. Funeral: Feb. 25. Burial: Maynard Runyon Cemetery, Piso more on this story...  


  

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...  


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Sports


Sheldon Clark bounces Valley: Prestonsburg advances to semifinals with win over LC

PIKEVILLE — It wasn’t the ending that Shelby Valley was hoping for in its 15th Region Tournament matchup with Sheldon Clark. SC’s Emily Waller scored on a back-door layup with 1 minute, 2 seconds left to put the Lady Cardinals in front for good as the more on this story...  


Lawrence, South Floyd, SC, Valley claim titles

PHELPS — Lawrence County took charge against Pike County Central in the opening half and went on to post a 73-59 win in the 60th District Tournament championship game played at the McCoy Athletic Center on Feb. 27. It was the Dawgs, now 17-12, first title more on this story...  


UPIKE Baseball Roundup: Bears split series in Georgia with WVT, RG

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The University of Pikeville bounced back from being shut out the day before to beat West Virginia Tech, 10-5, and Rio Grande (OH), 6-2, in a doubleheader played at Georgia Park on March 1. Cody Chagnon had three doubles and drove more on this story...  


Tug Valley, Mingo Central advance to finals

NAUGATUCK, W. Va. — Top-seeded Tug Valley overcame a slow start against Sherman and rolled to a 75-48 victory in the Class A, Region 3, Section 1 tournament opener played on March 3. The Panthers, now 15-6, advanced to the championship game tonight at home against Greater more on this story...  


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...  


  

Baker fuels Belfry win; Betsy Layne falls to JC

PIKEVILLE — Belfry’s Emily Baker wasn’t about to let the season end for her basketball team. Baker poured in a game-high 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had five steals in leading the Lady Pirates to a 72-63 win over East Ridge more on this story...  


Mingo Central tops Scott; LCC, Belfry, P’burg advance

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — Mingo Central’s Lady Miners are sectional champions for the first time in school history. The Lady Miners defeated Scott, 61-45, to claim the title in a game played at historic Williamson Field House on Feb. 27. Hannah Church poured more on this story...  


Best weather conditions for planning spring fishing trips

By LEE McCLELLAN Kentucky Afield Magazine There is a saying in fishing that goes “the best time to go fishing is when you can. ” With the frenetic pace and busy schedules of modern life, the saying is true more than ever. more on this story...  


Why buying your fishing license is important

FRANKFORT — It is the time of year anglers must make an investment in their future fishing. Current 2014-2015 fishing licenses expire this weekend. If you plan to fish on or after March 1, you’ll need a new fishing license. A Kentucky resident annual 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...  


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Chaplains Corner


Safe Room

Ron Hutchcraft writes of some amazing things that happened during the tornado that devastated areas of Moore, Oklahoma. Almost every broadcast featured stories of heroic teachers. One teacher at Briarwood Elementary, aware of the potential devastation of the oncoming storm, directed her students to line more on this story...  


  

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...  


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