PIKEVILLE — Betsy Layne and Paintsville advanced to the 15th Region All A Classic boys' quarterfinals with opening round wins at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 15.


The Bobcats topped Phelps (54-48) while the Tigers ran past East Ridge (79-62). Betsy Layne will battle Prestonsburg at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Paintsville goes up against Jenkins at 8 p.m.




Betsy Layne…….......................54




PIKEVILLE – Grant Orsborn poured in a game-high 19 points and Morris Adkins added 14 as the Bobcats scored an opening-round win.


Bryan Hammond added eight as the Bobcats moved to 8-9.


Trey Francis paced the Hornets (5-12) with 17 points while Keegan Bentley finished with 13 and Jay Casey chipped in 10.


The Bobcats pulled away on the strength of a 13-4 run in the third period.




At Pikeville


(All A Classic)




PH (5-12)…...............................15 10 4 19 – 48


BL (8-9)…................................12 15 13 14 – 54




Phelps (48) – Trey Francis 6(1) 2-7 17; Jay Casey 2(2) 0-4 10; Brandon Turnmire 2 0-1 4; Keegan Bentley 1(3) 2-3 13; Kinser Dotson 1 0-2 2; and Cameron Hatfield 0 2-3 2. Totals: 12(6) 6-20 48.


Betsy Layne (54) – Byron Hammond 3 2-5 8; Nate Mims 1 0-0 2; Grant Orsborn 5(2) 3-5 19; Morris Adkins 7 0-2 14; Quintin Adkins 0 2-2 2; and Zach Bentley 3(1) 0-1 9. Totals: 19(3) 7-15 54.






East Ridge……........................62


PIKEVILLE — Mason Moore fired in a game-high 25 points and Seth Williams added 15 as the Tigers scored an opening-round win.


Colby Fugate followed with 14 as the Tigers improved to 13-4.


Dalton Wellman finished with 21 points to lead the Warriors (5-12). Kane Taylor finished with 17.


The Tigers led 19-7 after one period and never looked back




At Pikeville


(All A Classic)




ER (5-12)...................................….7 18 18 19 – 62


PV (13-4).................................…19 22 20 18 – 79




East Ridge (62) – Kane Taylor 5 7-8 17; Dalton Wellman 6(3) 0-0 21; Logan Thacker 1 0-0 2; Jacob Chaffins 0(1) 1-2 4; Cameron Hess 3(1) 0-0 9; Dylan Prater 0(1) 0-0 3; Hunter Damron 3 0-0 6; and Totals: 18(6) 8-10 62.


Paintsville (79) – Colby Fugate 4(1) 3-4 14; Nick Keeton 3 1-2 7; Mason Moore 9(1) 4-4 25; Ryan Moore 1 2-2 4; Braxton Tharp 0(1) 2-2 5; Seth Williams 4(2) 1-2 15; James Allen 1 0-0 2; Rex Castle 1 0-0 2; Ryan Gibson 1 1-2 3; Ryleh McKenzie 1 0-0 2; and Jaxon Watts 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26(5) 14-18 79.


Revised All A Classic boys’ and girls’ schedule

Friday Night
(6:30 p.m.)
Betsy Layne vs. Prestonsburg
(8 p.m.)
Jenkins vs. Paintsville

Saturday Night
Boys Semifinals 7:30-9 p.m.

(2 p.m.)
Pikeville vs. Shelby Valley,
girls; championship
(4 p.m.)
Boys’ championship




Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, January 19, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Food City has announced it will be bringing a Starbucks kiosk to their Pikeville location.


Renovation work will begin in February, creating an additional 20 new job opportunities.


Store Manager Tim Collins said the decision to bring a Starbucks to his store is one that fits with the flourishing economic development in the area.


"Pikeville has grown so much in the past few years. The addition of the Optometry School at UPIKE, BSCTC expansion of their Pikeville campus, continuing growth of PMC, several new restaurants and the industrial park, our town is growing like never before," Collins said. "We want to be part of the growth and are very excited to be partnered with Starbucks to bring something new to Pikeville."


The menu will feature several hot and cold coffees, Frappuccino's, as well as a variety of pastries, muffins and sandwiches.


"The menu doesn't have everything you can get in a standalone Starbucks, but the menu is extensive. We will also have a line of Starbucks novelties, coffee mugs, gift sets and other items," he said.


Collins said workers will be Food City employees, but will be trained and expected to comply with Starbucks policies and procedures.


"Both companies are very passionate about customer service and this will be our number one priority," he said.


The new 20-foot x 30-foot kiosk will be located in the front of the store at the end of the checkout lines.


"We will be re-configuring the right side of the store to make room for the kiosk. Currently, we have specialty food items in aisles 3 and 4 that will be integrated into their appropriate spots. This will take place at night, so it will not be a big inconvenience for our customers," Collins said. "Once that is complete, the kiosk will be assembled and Starbucks trainers will train the baristas before we open to the public."


He said they will be hiring a department manager, assistant manager, one lead barista and 17 baristas/cashiers.


Those interested in applying for a position can visit foodcity.com.


Starbucks will be up and running on April 16.

COMING SOON: Starbucks kiosk will soon be available inside the Pikeville Food City store. The opening date is April 16.
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, January 19, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Fiscal Court approved to purchase a full body X-ray screening system for the Pike County Jail during its Jan. 12 meeting.


The new $185,000 machine is an advanced security solution with enhanced detection capabilities for fast, safe and precise screening.


It will detect narcotics in body cavities, weapons, electronic devices, knives and blades, explosives, liquids and swallowed objects.


"Having this machine will help me reduce the amount of drugs getting inside the facility," Pike County Jailer Brian Morris said.


He said on average they have around 90 inmates entering and exiting the facility each day.


"If there is anyone that wants to hide drugs in their cavity, they can get drugs in the jail. This machine is a tool that will help us detect the hidden drugs and will reduce 85 percent of the drugs coming into the jail," he said. "It has the lowest radiation rate so one single person can be scanned up to 1,000 times a year."


The county will supplement the money for the machine and the jail will turn around and make monthly payments to reimburse the Pike County Fiscal Court.


"Every night I go home and this issue is on my mind. I know there are drugs in the jail and I worry about it. This is going to give me a piece of mind," Morris said. "If someone is incarcerated, I want their loved ones and family to know that they are in a secure facility with individuals watching over them who care."


The full body X-ray screening system will be here in four weeks, with installation to follow.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, January 19, 2018

Staying healthy requires a daily commitment. It is not always easy to get out of bed for those early-morning workouts or jump on the treadmill at the end of the night when you finally have some free time, but such efforts are a great way to maintain long-term health.


Many men and women know there are plenty of excuses to skip workouts. Overcoming such excuses can sometimes be difficult, but there are ways to ensure you stay on the right track toward a healthy lifestyle.


Excuse No. 1: I don't have enough time to exercise. Shortage of time is a factor for many busy people. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends the average person get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Thirty minutes per day can easily be broken up into three, 10-minute sessions. Take the stairs, jog on you lunch hour or do deep-seated squats while preparing dinner. It's easy to fit in daily exercise if you're willing to be creative.


Excuse No. 2: I'm too out of shape. Getting back into shape is a prime motivator for exercise. However, the fear of being able to keep up or personal body image issues sometimes keep people from exercising. There are workout routines for all fitness levels. Starting slowly and building up intensity can help spur endurance and results.


Quality & Financial Metrics Specialist Mohammed Sartawi at Pikeville Medical Center was out of shape, overweight and a heavy smoker. He knew he had to make some lifestyle changes for his health.


Sartawi lost 150 pounds, ceased smoking and started on an exercise program.


"I knew having an active lifestyle would be the only way I could keep the weight off and live a healthier life," said Sartawi. "Just like a diabetic taking insulin, working out is my medication. The gym is just like anything else in life, don't fear it. Respect it!"


Excuse No. 3: Gyms are too expensive. You don't necessarily need a gym to get in shape, but the programs and guidance offered at health centers certainly make it easier. Gyms may have different price plans based on members' needs, and many gyms are willing to work with prospective members operating on tight budgets.


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Special Procedures Technologist Annette O'Neil tried several different forms of exercise before falling in love with running which does not require a gym membership.


"I run because I love feeling healthy," said O'Neil. "My husband and my two children (ages 6 and 10) run with me which makes it so much fun. We do 5Ks as a family and support each other along the way!"


Excuse No. 4: Working out is boring. Performing the same routine day in and day out can be monotonous. That's why it is important to vary your exercises and try new things. If you're usually on the machines at the gym, try a group class instead. Enlist a friend to come along and it can make the workout more interesting.


PMC Surgery Scheduler Melissa Ratliff has lost nearly 50 pounds over the last 13 months through diet and exercise. She combines different types of exercise to stay focused in maintaining her weight loss.


"I've worked so hard to get where I am that I don't want to gain the weight back," she said.


Ratliff works out at least three days a week combining walking, group exercise classes and exercise videos.


"I get a lot of encouragement from family and friends," added Ratliff. "Their support means a lot to me."


Consult your family physician or health care provider prior to starting an exercise program. For more information, call Pikeville Medical Center at 606-218-3500 or visit pikevillehospital.org.


— Contributing source: Metro Creative Services

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center's (PMC) new Data Center is nearing completion and Vice President/Chief Information Officer Tony Damron can hardly contain his excitement.


"This will be a boost to the hospital's business operations," said Damron. "With the addition of new technology, there will be increased security and efficiency."


The new data center has been a long time coming.


"Actual planning for the Data Center began in 2014," said Damron. "Construction began in early 2017 and should be completed in March 2018."


The two-story black brick building is nestled between the hills behind the hospital.


"The first floor is offices for the PMC information technology (IT) staff," said Damron. "The second floor houses the data center where all the equipment is located."


The information technology department has grown tremendously in the past five years. 2013 was the last time that the entire department was together in one location. Currently the department is split between the offsite Grace Call Building and the hospital.


The new Data Center is a 14,000 square foot building with 7,000 square feet on each floor. The building will accommodate the current staff of 48 employees but has room for approximately 62 people.


"When PMC adds more services, physicians or nurses, we have to add more systems and IT staff to support them," said Damron. "So I expect the department will grow."


PMC worked with a design firm with experience in building data centers for the project.


The security system is top notch. The building will be locked at all times with access given to only to IT staff and ancillary staff who need access to the building to perform job functions.


The interior is climate controlled and has protection needed for a new data center such as water leak detection, systems to assist business continuity and advanced power backup to protect all of the IT equipment and prevent power outages.


Damron added, "For the area of information technology, this is one of the most important things that we can do in order to operate effectively and efficiently."


"The building will be completed in March but it will take a few months for all of the IT staff and equipment to move in," added Damron. "I'm hoping by summer we will be completely moved in."

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, January 19, 2018

An older couple in their pick-up truck came to a four way stop.


Looking across the intersection they saw a young couple in their car sitting very close together.


The lady in the truck glanced over at her husband and remarked, "I remember when we rode like that."


Then the old man, looking back, replied, "I haven't moved!"


Sometimes when we pray, we think something similar has happened to God.


For some reason he isn't there. The Bible offers us comfort with the assurance that God is always with us.


In a time of desperation, David wrote, " Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and call aloud, and He shall hear my voice." (Psalm 55:17).


Although God may not answer as we would like or when we would like, He is forever there.


God is always available to hear the prayers of His children.




~ PMC Chaplain Tommy England may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Tommy England
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John T. Riehl, M.D., orthopedic trauma surgeon and medical director of Orthopedic Trauma.


Dr. Riehl attended California Lutheran University where he majored in biochemistry and molecular biology and graduated with honors.


He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.


Dr. Riehl performed his orthopedic surgery residency in rural Pennsylvania at Geisinger Medical Center and completed his Orthopedic Trauma fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center.


Dr. Riehl is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association.


"In high school I had a tibia fracture. I received excellent orthopedic care. During my recovery I became very interested in orthopedics and decided I wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon," Dr. Riehl said.


He had several mentors throughout his life that have helped him get to where he is today.


"These mentors taught me many lessons in and out of the operating room. One of the most important lessons I have learned is to treat every patient in the way I would treat my own family member, and that is what I do in every patient encounter," Dr. Riehl said.


He looks forward to providing quality orthopedic care to the region.


"The goals for my practice revolve around one thing: to deliver excellent care to my patients and the community that I serve," he said. "Ultimately, I hope to further the research and knowledge of the medical profession to have a positive impact on the way patients and injuries are treated throughout the world."


Dr. Riehl said his patients can expect to receive advanced orthopedic advice and care at all times.


He said a number of factors attracted him to PMC.


"I came to PMC because I believe that this hospital is committed to providing top tier patient care by empowering physicians to make individualized decisions for and with their patients at all times. I have seen a genuine commitment from PMC, unlike anywhere else in the country in this regard, which I believe has and will continue to make PMC a preeminent medical center in the United States," Dr. Riehl concluded.


When he's not caring for patients, Dr. Riehl enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children. He enjoys watching sports, exercising and reading and writing orthopedic research.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Christopher Croot, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist.


Dr. Croot received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Centre College in Danville. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.


He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He later finished a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the same facility.


Dr. Croot is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology and Medical Oncology.


His specialties include diagnosis and treating adult patients with various cancers, blood conditions and administering chemotherapy and immunotherapies.


While in Mississippi, Dr. Croot authored a study on the results of a clinic trial of Enobosarm, a medication used to treat and prevent muscle waste in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. He was invited to present his findings at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO) in Lugano, Switzerland in 2013.


Dr. Croot grew up in Prestonsburg, and chose to come back to this area to help his family and build his cancer practice.


"I came back home to help my parents work on their home in South Floyd," Dr. Croot explained. During this time, he has been working locum shifts at PMC. "While seeing patients here over the past several months, I made the decision to stay in the area to grow my oncology practice."


Dr. Croot considers his grandmother, Lula Jones, one of his biggest influences. She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church and applied the principals of her faith in daily life. She took in two non-family members who were suffering with cancer.


"My grandmother was one of the finest people to ever live," Dr. Croot expressed. "She helped the community and really made a difference."


Dr. Croot's professional mentors are Dr. Tate Thigpen and Dr. Joe Files. He worked with both men at the University of Mississippi. These physicians are very accomplished in their respective fields of oncology (Dr. Thigpen) and hematology (Dr. Files).


Dr. Croot said his patients can expect him to go above and beyond for them.


"My patients can expect me to use every resource and tool available when treating them, including access to any clinical trial in the U.S.," Dr. Croot explained. "My goal is to provide the best level of care possible."


When he's not caring for patients, Dr. Croot enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married for 23 years to his wife, Dacia and together they have an 11 year-old son, Charles.


To schedule an appointment at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center with Dr. Croot, please call 606-218-2212 or visit pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mohamed El Dinali, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist.


Dr. Dinali attended Garyounic University, Faculty of Medicine in Benghazi, Libya. There, he completed a seven year program that included his premedical education and internship.


He completed his residency in internal medicine at Weiss Memorial Hospital, affiliate of the University of Illinois.


He later finished his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.


Dr. Dinali is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology and Medical Oncology.


His specialties include diagnosis and treating adult patients with various cancers, blood conditions and administering chemotherapy and immunotherapies.


Dr. Dinali chose oncology as his specialty for a very personal reason.


"When I was a child, my siblings and I lost our 39 year-old mother to cancer," Dr. Dinali explained. He decided at the young age of twelve to help find a cure for cancer to prevent this from happening again to other children. "Since that moment, I have wanted to be an oncologist who cares about his patients and their families. I have always been encouraged and motivated by that strong personal commitment."


Dr. Dinali considers Dr. Marc Lippman at the University of Miami his professional mentor.


"From Dr. Lippman, I received a high level of standardized training," said Dr. Dinali. "I learned from him how to translate cancer molecular biology into data that can be interpreted at bedside, and how to best apply clinical trials results to patients' care."


Dr. Dinali said his patients can expect him to use all the necessary tools to provide the best care possible.


"My goals are to give full attention and provide personal assurance to my patients and their families," said Dr. Dinali. "I will collect and obtain full data on their disease, educate and counsel them, know and study the molecular background of their cancer, and provide up-to-date treatment."


Dr. Dinali chose PMC to be part of a growing oncology team.


"PMC is a work place with positive values that is providing hematology/oncology care to its patients with commitment to excellence in an area with higher cancer rates compared to other areas in the country," Dr. Dinali explained. "It is a great privilege for me to be part of the hematology/oncology team providing the regional cancer care to the people served by PMC."


When he's not caring for patients, Dr. Dinali enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, ages two and four.


His hobbies are swimming and volleyball.


To schedule an appointment at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center with Dr. Dinali, please call 606-218-2212.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, January 19, 2018

Mohammed Sartawi of Pikeville never dreamed, at age 34, he would be told by a physician if he did not take charge of his health he would surely die, but that is exactly what happened.


Sartawi said, "Although I was very young I was a heavy smoker and I received a crystal clear message that I was running out of time."


He decided to see what Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Bariatric Surgeon, Amy Johnson M.D. could do to help him.


"Dr. Johnson told me I was in really bad shape after she examined me and my EGD," said Sartawi. "It really hit home with me after she broke the bad news. I knew I did not have much time left. It was most definitely time to do something."


"The minute I met Mohammed I realized just how much he stood to gain from gastric bypass and how much he stood to lose if he did not have surgery," said PMC Bariatric Surgeon, Amy Johnson, M.D. "I felt it was urgent that he have this incredibly effective tool. He got through the preoperative process and he has done phenomenally well. His medical problems have resolved."


He said he had no hesitations whatsoever when he decided to have gastric bypass surgery.


He was a heavy smoker, had high blood pressure, joint pain, acute COPD and sleep apnea. He knew he was far too young to give up on life.


"I was on medications and inhalers and really struggled to do simple day-to-day things," he said. "I knew my road to recovery could be difficult but my daily life was unbearable, I had to make a change."


He says he knew he would have about two years of life ahead of him if he continued living like he had in the past.


Sartawi was anxious to have his gastric bypass surgery.


He approached the procedure with excitement and hopeful anticipation and says he was not disappointed.


"My surgery was amazing. From beginning to end, it was truly a great experience," reported Sartawi. "From pre-op to the actual surgery itself including post-op on the eighth floor, everything was very smooth and it was a very good experience."


He said he was impressed by the care Dr. Johnson provided.


"Dr. Johnson really takes care of us. She meets her patients before the surgery to make sure we have no last minute questions or concerns and after surgery she puts us in private rooms so everyone can have individualized attention," he said.


Sartawi also says he is extremely pleased with Dr. Johnson's staff.


"I absolutely love them. They are very attentive. I never called their office and was ignored," he said. "If I had a problem they took care of me instantly. The second I walked in I was greeted by a team of professionals who really cared about me."


He says the level of care he received was so high, he felt like he was the only patient they had.


"They answered every single question I had. Whether I spoke with Dr. Johnson or one of the nurse practitioners, dietitians, nurses or a member of the office staff they were all sincerely interested in my problems and my progress."


Sartawi says he feels like he is a walking, talking billboard for the Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center.


"I want to tell people to not be afraid of weight loss surgery and do not let it intimidate you, embrace it. I was not afraid of it, instead I was thankful for it," he said.


His suggestion was to erase the fear of the unknown and focus on what is known.


"You know you are going to lose weight. You know you are going to live a better life. I sure did," he said.


He has lost 150 pounds, sleep apnea, joint pain, all his medications and is breathing much easier as a non-smoker. He is now able to do any form of exercise and only stops because he wants to, not because he has to.


He recalled the many times he had booked airline flights with the dread that accompanied the trip, the dread of seating arrangement embarrassment.


"I travel a lot. I never wanted to be the person in the middle seat. It was not just uncomfortable, it was basically impossible for me," he said. "Now I can sit anywhere and be comfortable. For me that has been my biggest 'wow' moment."


For additional information about the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center or to schedule an appointment call 606-218-2205 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, January 19, 2018