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PMC Job Fair attracts thousands: Hospital growth, regional economy prompted event

PIKEVILLE — While hospitals nationwide are struggling, patients are coming to Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in record numbers. A January 28 census report showed 307 patients were hospitalized — the highest number in the hospital’s history. Increasing numbers of patients and rapid expansion prompted PMC to host a job fair on January 29, which attracted more than 2,600 people. The job fair featured 250 open positions. “The reason we have 250 job openings is because we’re seeing more patients than ever before,” said PMC President/CEO Walter E. May. In more on this story...  

PUTTING SAFETY FIRST: Pike County BOE purchases 13 new buses

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Board of Education has taken a giant step to improve the safety of students being transferred to and from school. Transportation Director Ancie Casey said the board recently approved the purchase of 13 new school buses, including five pusher unit which will be located at each of the county’s high schools. “Every school year we talk about the need for new buses and improving the safety of our most precious cargo, our students,” Casey said. “The board came through and we are so excited about being able to more on this story...  

Abshire appointed to board

PIKEVILLE — Jimmy Dewayne Abshire has been appointed to replace District 3 Board of Education Member Frank Ratliff, who stepped down this past October. Abshire, with his father Jimmy Abshire holding the Bible, was administered the oath of office by Pike District Judge Kelsey Friend. Abshire, who resides at Grapevine, called it an “honor and privilege” to accept the appointment and promised to always keep the young people in the district in mind when making decisions. “I will always make the decision that will be best for the kids,” more on this story...  

Annual ‘Donate Life Event’ set for Feb. 1

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s basketball coach Kelly Wells is on the floor coaching due to a kidney transplant.   Coach Wells has shared his story locally and nationally with CBS Sports, basketball coaches and teams, and the general public, to show that he has a full life due to the generosity of someone donating a kidney.   Coach Wells is dedicated to creating awareness and encouraging others to join the Kentucky Donor Registry.   Coach Wells and his wife, Shawne, are partnering with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Circuit Court more on this story...  

Dr. Webb says community collaboration vital for success

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was introduced to newly-appointed University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton J. Webb, Ph. D. , during its membership luncheon at the East Kentucky Exposition Center on Jan. 19. Dr. Webb told the group of his vision and hope that community, business and the university can work hand-in-hand to build a stronger eastern Kentucky. He came to UPIKE after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Dr. Webb was hired following a nationwide search. His accomplished career in more on this story...  

Stumbo introduces bill to aid retired teachers

FRANKFORT — Noting it remains the only concrete option anyone has offered, House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed legislation that would put the state on a path to strengthen the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS).  “House Bill 1 is essentially the same bill that I sponsored and the House adopted last year, because we have the same problem we did 12 months ago: A public retirement system with a $14 billion dollar liability and no way to adequately address it,” Speaker Stumbo said.   “Months of meetings by a task force studying this issue have increased awareness, but more on this story...  

Heating assistance available

PIKEVILLE — With winter weather comes higher utility bills. Big Sandy Community Action Group (BSCAG) is once more helping residents in this area decrease winter heating costs.   “We helped approximately 7,000 residents, of Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin counties with assistance during Phase 1 of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) during the past three months,” Executive Director Mike Howell, said. With colder temperatures on the way over the next two months, Howell predicts his group will aide and assist as many people during phase more on this story...  

Kentucky College of Optometry announces senior clinical instructor

PIKEVILLE — Andrew Buzzelli, O. D. , M. S. , vice president for optometric education and founding dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, along with the recommendation of the faculty search committee, has appointed Gregory S. Moore, O. D. , as a senior clinical instructor of optometry. A native to the Appalachian region, Moore graduated from West Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and then received a doctor of optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has a vast base of practice experiences ranging from more on this story...  


PIKEVILLE — Grace Fellowship Church began a free holiday meal for families in need 10 years ago. Co-Pastor Debby Bailey realized as time passed there was a bigger need in the community to do more. “The Lord has truly blessed us to be able to provide for so many over the years,” she said. “We started the community kitchen in May of this year. ” The church now provides free dinners twice monthly.   Bailey said this past Christmas that 400 meals were served at the church with 300 of those delivered. more on this story...  

Yoakam, Womack headline Hillbilly Days kickoff concert

PIKEVILLE — The East Kentucky Exposition Center announced this week that two country music superstars will headline the 2016 Hillbilly Days concert lineup. The Hillbilly Days kickoff concert will feature Dwight Yoakam and special guest Lee Ann Womack on Saturday, April 16. The show will begin at 8 p. m. Tickets went on sale today at the Expo Center box office and all Ticketmaster locations. “We’re so excited to bring Dwight back to eastern Kentucky,” Expo General Manager Cindy Collins said. “This is his first appearance at the Expo. ” more on this story...  


Blood demand high during winter months: PMC drive set for Clinic Building on February 5

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages employees to give blood at its upcoming drive on February 5 from 7 am to 12:30 pm in the PMC Clinic Building 10th floor. During the winter months, there are many challenges faced in recruiting donors. Changing weather, colds and flu, and busy schedules keep donors from giving blood. In addition, winter weather can cause traumatic injuries which increases the need for blood. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is the only supplier of blood and blood products to PMC. Pikeville Medical Center uses more more on this story...  

APCC gearing up for annual Banquet for Life

PIKEVILLE — Preparations are now underway for the third annual Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center’s (APCC) Banquet for Life fundraiser. The celebration will take place on Feb. 16 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.  “We are investing in our future,” said APCC Director Kay Hammond. “We are so thankful for the continued support we receive from the community. ”  Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain ongoing needed programs for the center. “The event raises a level of awareness within the community, in addition more on this story...  

Workman receives national recognition

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Extension Agent Leslie Workman was honored recently at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) 2015 annual session, “Tradition to Guide Us, Knowledge to Share and Innovation to Succeed. ” She received the Distinguished Service Award at the conference held in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. In receiving the award, Workman was recognized for innovative programming in Pike County.   Additionally, she was honored with a national second place Food Safety Award for her work on the educational package, “Gluten: Is It For Me?” more on this story...  

Get-away weekend ideas around Wise County, Va.

By TRACY ROBERTS For The Medical Leader “You can’t get there from here, you have to go someplace else to start. ”  That’s what my grandfather used to say when people would ask him how to get from Wise, Virginia to anywhere else.   But that was decades ago and we have “four-lanes” now!   It’s just as easy to get from here to wherever you are as it is to do the reverse.    If you’re looking for ideas on what to do for a get-away trip that’s more on this story...  

Drive with caution this winter

PIKEVILLE — Winter storms and cold temperatures should come as no surprise. However, many of us are not prepared for its sudden arrival. Despite recent warm weather during the early weeks of winter, motorists are reminded to drive with caution, if conditions change.  “If you are prepared and informed you will be more likely to stay safe during winter storms,” District 12 Information Officer Sara George said. George said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) began preparation for winter storms in early fall. “District 12’s more on this story...  

Double Kwik doors open on bypass: City’s economic growth continues

PIKEVILLE — The City of Pikeville’s growth took a giant step forward this week with the opening of the region’s 39th Double Kwik on Bypass Road. “Our community is fortunate and blessed to be the business hub in eastern Kentucky,” said Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn. Blackburn stated that the construction and opening of the city’s newest business brings a beacon of hope to the region. “New business openings are creating jobs in the community and expanding the potential for this region,” Blackburn said. more on this story...  

Seasoned veteran takes helm at JWT

PRESTONSBURG — After an extensive search by the Jenny Wiley Theatre (JWT) Board of Trustees to replace long-time Executive Director Martin Childers, they realized the talent and skill was already in place at the theatre.   The decision to promote Darryl Willard, technical director to managing director, will mean a smooth transition for the theatre and ensure the success of its 2016 season at both locations.  “We won’t miss a beat”, Board President Carrie Cinnamond-Rose said.   “I have so much confidence in our decision to name Darryl to this position, because of more on this story...  

5K races benefit Shriners Hospital: Runners get fit for a worthy cause

PIKEVILLE — In its third year, the Resolution 5K Run united more than 270 people on New Year’s Day for an important cause — to raise money for Hillbilly Christmas in July (HCIJ) while kick starting the resolution to live a healthier lifestyle in 2016. Bartley Medical Weight Loss and Shake Senora have joined forces to host four races. All proceeds will benefit HCIJ, a non-profit organization established to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children, as well as the Universal Access Playground in Pikeville.   In addition to the 5K runs, more on this story...  

Restaurants committed to Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — The economic growth of eastern Kentucky will continue in 2016 with a number of restaurant establishments committed to development in Pikeville. “The City Commission adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2004 and amended the plan in 2014,” City Manager Donovan Blackburn said. He said part of each plan revealed the need to recruit national and local retail and restaurants to our city. “Not only to improve the quality of life for those who live here, but to also  help the city to become a more on this story...  

Top Community Stories — 2015: Catastrophic flash flooding: Johnson County communities devastated by raging waters

PIKEVILLE — Residents of Johnson County are slowly picking up the pieces after catastrophic flash flooding damaged more than 500 homes, destroyed as many as 150, left four dead and five others missing or unaccounted. A spokesman for the National Weather Service in Jackson said Johnson County was drenched with six inches of rain on July 13, including four inches in less than an hour. The area was hit with an additional inch on July 14. “Every way you turn there are destroyed homes, debris, trees down, roads crumbled more on this story...  


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