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05/20/2016
KYCOM student gives stranger new lease on life

A University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine student has shown the meaning of selflessness and compassion by her recent willingness to change a stranger’s life through bone marrow donation. Heather Snyder provided a second chance at life to a leukemia patient she has never met. “I never got the opportunity to meet my grandfather because he passed away from leukemia,” Snyder said. “To know that I had the opportunity to match and donate to another patient with leukemia, hit very close to home for me. ” Leukemia is a type of blood more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Jessica Lynch: ‘Never give up’: Former POW brings her story of courage, survival to Pike County

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ” – Robert Frost PIKEVILLE — A U. S. soldier removed an American flag from his uniform and placed it over Private First Class Jessica Lynch. She remembers clutching it tightly against her body as Special Operation Forces looked down at her and said, “Private Lynch, we are here to take you home. ” The moment ended the darkest nine days in a young soldier’s military career on more on this story...  

05/13/2016
UPIKE commencement ceremonies this weekend

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville will honor the academic achievements of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing, the Patton College of Education, and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) on Saturday, May 14. The medical school commencement begins at 9:30 a. m. at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville. The commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, the Elliott School of Nursing and the Patton College of Education will be held at 2 p. m. , more on this story...  

05/13/2016
City breaks ground on new pavilion

PIKEVILLE — State and city officials gathered to break ground on the new Pikeville Farmers’ Market pavilion during a ceremony held on Adams Lane, next to the W. C. Hambley Athletic Complex on May 9. “Miracles do happen, even in Appalachia,” said Joyce Pinson, whose vision along with other market vendors moved the project forward. “[Pike County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources] Suzanne Stumbo it was your vision and support that gave us the courage to chase the dream. ” Market vendors have grown from four, during its first year of operation five more on this story...  

05/13/2016
STUDENTS GO BACK IN TIME AT BSCTC’S APPALACHIAN DAYS

PRESTONSBURG —Students from Betsy Layne and W. R. Castle elementary schools spent the day learning about the past during the fifth-annual Appalachian Days held at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus on April 29. Students were treated to a laser show and exhibit at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium and then traveled back in time as they toured the historic Samuel May house, watched a civil war re-enactment and spent time at a Civil War encampment.   “Appalachian Days was a concept first derived by the President’s more on this story...  

05/06/2016
City, BSCTC agree to manage MAC

PRESTONSBURG — Billie Jean Osborne’s dream of promoting music and arts in the mountains of eastern Kentucky took a giant step forward when the city of Prestonsburg and Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) signed a memorandum of agreement to manage the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). “Today, I firmly believe the star city of eastern Kentucky is shining a little brighter,” BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson told a packed house at the MAC during a press conference held on May 4. Dr. Stephenson said the city and college working together was more on this story...  

05/06/2016
ARC discusses services available to public

PIKEVILLE — Officials with the American Red Cross (ARC) held an informative session at the Pike County Public Library on April 27 in an effort to help the general public better understand what services ARC provides. ARC, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, has always been available in times of need. Its presence has been front and center during a number of eastern Kentucky disasters, including most recently the devastating flooding in Johnson County. “Our focus here today was to encourage everyone in attendance to learn what we [ARC] more on this story...  

05/06/2016
Grimes, Arnett keynote speakers during BSCTC commencements May 6-7

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will award more than 1,100 degrees, diplomas and credentials to more than 400 students during commencement ceremonies on May 6-7 at the Mountain Arts Center. General education and technical education students will participate in ceremonies at 7 p. m. , Friday, May 6 and at 2 p. m. , Saturday, May 7.   A commencement and pinning ceremony for allied health graduates (nursing, dental hygiene and respiratory therapy) will be held at 10 a. m. , Saturday, May 7. “Graduation day is the culmination of months and years of more on this story...  

04/29/2016
BREAKING GROUND IN ELKHORN

ELKHORN CITY —Elkhorn City’s economic development took a giant step forward this week with the announcement of funding for a new $3. 375 million wastewater treatment plant project. Mayor Mike Taylor said the city hopes to have the facility, which will be located on the existing plant site near the mouth of John Moore Branch, up and operating within the next year. “This will give us the opportunity to bring in new businesses to the industrial site,” Taylor said during a ground breaking ceremony held at the community center on April 27. “With the more on this story...  

04/29/2016
Former POW Lynch coming to Pike County

PIKEVILLE — Former Private First Class and former Prisoner of War (POW) Jessica Lynch will be making to visits to Pike County on May 7-8. Lynch will be speaking at 7 p. m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Booth Auditorium on the University of Pikeville campus. She will then speak at 11 a. m. on Sunday, May 8, at Faith Baptist Church of Myra. Lynch, who was injured and captured by Iraqi forces in 2003, was rescued nine days later by U. S. Special Operation Forces. She was the more on this story...  

  

05/20/2016
Pike County falls out of top 10 in highway collisions

PIKEVILLE — Pike County ranked number one in the state for highway fatalities and accidents just four years ago. Fast forward to 2016 and the county finds itself out of the top 10, thanks to a program called “Drive Down” that was launched in 2012. “This is a great day for all of us,” State Representative Leslie Combs said during a Drive Down/Click it or Ticket press conference held at the Billy Johnson Stage on May 13. “I want to personally thank Walt May and East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) for your support of more on this story...  

05/13/2016
York House: largest volunteer preservation event in American history

PIKEVILLE — When the city of Pikeville contacted Bob Yapp, president of Preservation Resources, Inc. , about coming to take part in the renovation of the historic York House, he jumped at the opportunity. Now, nearly 150 years after it was built, city officials and a community-based volunteer project group, intend to rehabilitate the 1874 home and preserve the history of the Dils/York family and the influence they had on eastern Kentucky. “This is the largest volunteer historic preservation event in the history of America,” Yapp said during the beginning of Rehab Volunteer Week more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Research team selected for national retreat

PIKEVILLE — Faculty members of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry participated in the American Academy of Optometry’s Fellows Doing Research 2016 Training Retreat in March. The research team consisted of Eilene Kinzer, O. D. , Cliff Caudill, O. D. , Ian McWherter, O. D. , and Donnie Akers, O. D. , and represented one of four teams selected nationally. The mission of the retreat was to advance the ocular health of the public by assisting Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry in conducting multi-centered clinical research. “Their selection by this prestigious organization is recognition more on this story...  

05/13/2016
BSCTC receives $250K to build technology workforce

PRESTONSBURG — Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) was awarded a $250,000 grant through the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development (KARD) fund. The college’s project, “Transforming and Creating The Tech Community in Eastern Kentucky,” will be laid out in an upcoming announcement, according to BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “This collaboration will firmly establish a blueprint of training and job placement in high-tech fields,” he said. “It’s easy to talk about it, but our partners have come together to make the dream of a tech economy a reality. ” more on this story...  

05/13/2016
Respiratory students pass exit exams

PAINTSVILLE — Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) respiratory therapy program second-year students completed their exit examinations with a 100 percent pass rate. The five students earned their degrees during a commencement and pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 7 at the Mountain Arts Center. “I am extremely proud of our students,” said Melissa Skeens, coordinator of the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC. “The exit exam is comprehensive and part of the National Board for Respiratory Care. ” For more information on the respiratory therapy program, contact Skeens at more on this story...  

05/06/2016
POW Lynch coming to Pike County this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Former Private First Class and former Prisoner of War (POW) Jessica Lynch will be making to visits to Pike County on May 7-8. Lynch will be speaking at 7 p. m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Booth Auditorium on the University of Pikeville campus. She will then speak at 11 a. m. on Sunday, May 8, at Faith Baptist Church of Myra. Everyone is welcome to attend both events free of charge. All veterans are encouraged to come out and hear this American hero’s inspirational story. For more on this story...  

05/06/2016
Old Elkhorn school funded for low-income housing

ELKHORN CITY – Pike County Housing Authority (PCHA), Pike County Affordable Housing Development Corporation (PCAHDC) and AU Associates, Inc. , proudly announce that Kentucky Housing Corporation has funded the renovation of the historic Elkhorn City High School.   The school will be converted into 27 affordable housing apartments for families.   Studio Ives Architecture, out of Lexington, will be the architect.   Originally built in 1938 with funds from the Works Progress Administration to house the Old Elkhorn City High School, this structure saw over 50 years of use as an educational institution more on this story...  

05/06/2016
York House Rehab Project kicks off May Preservation Month: City of Pikeville, Pikeville Main Street invite pubic to attend

PIKEVILLE — The City of Pikeville has announced the historic York House Rehab Week will be taking place on site at the York House, located at 126 Main Street, Monday May 9 thru Friday May 13. Exterior work will begin at 8 a. m. on Monday, with an introduction ceremony at 11:45 am. The Pikeville City Commission,  along with community volunteers, will begin the exterior rehab project and welcome nationally-known window preservation craftsman Bob Yapp, along with preservation specialist Patrick Kennedy. Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky more on this story...  

04/29/2016
Collaborative practice enriches health care curriculum

PIKEVILLE– More than 250 students and 33 facilitators from health care fields came together on the University of Pikeville campus with a common goal: to increase communication among health care professionals. The inter-professional education (IPE) event was designed for students, educators and professionals to work together to provide quality care. Participation in inter-professional education events is incorporated in the curriculum of students who are completing coursework and will soon be entering health care fields. Students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and UPIKE’s RN-BSN and associate degree more on this story...  

04/29/2016
UPIKE hosts weekend of discovery with biblical archaeologist

PIKEVILLE — Join the University of Pikeville Alumni Association on April 29-30, at 7 p. m. to hear renowned biblical archaeologist Bryant Wood, Ph. D. , discuss archaeological mysteries from the Old Testament. Wood is known for his reevaluation of the excavation of Jericho and his work at Khirbet el-Maqatir, a site north of Jerusalem. His visit is part of a series of events leading to a temporary museum exhibit of “biblical proportions” when “Khirbet el-Maqatir: A Journey through Biblical History” is hosted in Pikeville, Ky. , for six months beginning in January 2017. Wood more on this story...  

 





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