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PMC honors volunteers

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) celebrated its volunteers during the 25th annual volunteer banquet on April 13 at the Landmark Inn in Pikeville. Dana King, director of guest relations and emcee of the event, recognized hospital volunteers for their hard work throughout the year. more on this story...  


PMC encourages organ, tissue donations

PIKEVILLE — Organ, eye and tissue donors could save up to eight lives. April is known as National Donate Life Month (NDLM). First celebrated in 2003, NDLM is recognized as a time to celebrate those who have given the gift of life to others through more on this story...  


McConnell praises PMC in ‘tough times’

PIKEVILLE — U. S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commended Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) for staying financially strong during difficult economic times in eastern Kentucky. A special audit report released last month focused on the financial strength of rural hospitals across Kentucky, citing that a number of more on this story...  


Smoking harms nearly every part of the human body.

1. BRAIN: The nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as heroin. This nicotine makes changes in your brain. The brain develops extra nicotine receptors in smokers, and when they stop smoking, it causes nicotine withdrawal and experience being anxious, irritable and craving nicotine. 2. EARS: Smoking more on this story...  


PMC offers patients, families convenient parking

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC ) offers patients convenient parking options on its main campus. Patients visiting the PMC Clinic and May Tower may park in the parking garage, which attaches to the PMC Clinic on each floor.   The May Tower may be more on this story...  


  

PMC welcomes John A. Nesbitt II, MD

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of John A. Nesbitt II, MD, urologist. Dr. Nesbitt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC, a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville and his M. D. more on this story...  


Audit lists PMC in excellent financial health

PIKEVILLE — State Auditor Adam Edelen released a special report on March 30 regarding the financial strength of rural hospitals, finding that a majority of Kentucky’s rural hospitals fared below the national average in assessed financial strength and one third were in poor financial health. According to the report, more on this story...  


Hospital’s smoking cessation program accepting participants

PIKEVILLE — Smokers who missed the first spring meeting of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center’s free smoking cessation program still have time to register. Program hosts Nell Bedwell, an outreach coordinator at the cancer center, and Shirley Coleman, program coordinator at the cancer center, more on this story...  


PMC neurologist member of National Stroke Belt Consortium

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center Neurologist Dr. Naveed Ahmed is a member of the National Stroke Belt Consortium (SBC).   The SBC is a private, invitation-only group comprised of the nation’s top Stroke leaders, and  “represents all types of health care providers, including physicians, NPs/Pas, therapists, more on this story...  


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Community News


Airport Board launches marketing campaign; addresses TSA concerns

PIKEVILLE – With its initial advertising campaign in the rear view mirror, the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board is pushing forward with plans members hope will boost ticket sales for Appalachian Air. Ticket sales since the service was launched last October have been slow aboard the 19-passenger more on this story...  


2015 CEDAR Coal Fair held in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE — Students from Floyd, Pike, Johnson and surrounding counties entered more than 400 projects in the annual regional CEDAR Coal Fair. The coal fair is one of many programs that CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) hosts annually to raise awareness about the coal industry. more on this story...  


Tristan looking for a great family

Tristan is a talker. He will talk about anything and everything. He loves sports and enjoys ‘pick up games’ of football, basketball, volleyball, and others but he doesn’t want to join an organized sports team. According to him, it is just more on this story...  


Gearing up for Hillbilly Days

PIKEVILLE — More than 150,000 people are expected to pour into Pikeville next week for a 39-year-old tradition. Hillbilly Days will be held April 16-18 in downtown Pikeville, featuring more than 250 vendors, carnival rides, live music on four stages, a craft bazaar, a kid-friendly “Family more on this story...  


White Lightning zip line opens next week: Grand opening special available for ‘Zip, Paddle & Saddle’

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s newest tourism attraction will launch on Thursday, April 16, the opening day of the annual Hillbilly Days Festival, and city officials are offering special discounts throughout the month. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reports that the White Lightening Zip Line will open, as more on this story...  


SOAR board celebrates achievements: 2015 SOAR Strategy Summit

MOREHEAD – In its first meeting of 2015, the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Executive Committee celebrated several recent announcements and partnerships for the SOAR initiative, including a state funding mechanism for the organization, corporate partnerships and new jobs in the region. Governor Steve Beshear ceremonially signed more on this story...  


‘Run with Courage’ this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids will hosts its Run with Courage 5K from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m. on April 11 in downtown Pikeville. Participants may choose to sign up for the 5K Run or the 1 Mile walk course. They are encouraged to dress more on this story...  


‘Whitesburg Bike Nite’ begins this weekend

WHITESBURG — Letcher County will rev it up in Whitesburg this weekend. Whitesburg Bike Nite 2015 begins this weekend and will continue to be held from 5 p. m. to 10 p. m. on the second Saturday of each month. Registration will begin more on this story...  


Tomblin declares emergency in Mingo

CHARLESTON, W. Va. —  On April 7,  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties following severe flooding, rockslides and mudslides caused by heavy rains and storms over the weekend.  “Immediately following the weekend’s heavy rainstorms, more on this story...  


Betz honored

William T. Betz, D. O. , MBA, FACOPP dist. , was named board president of the American Osteopathic Foundation. He is the senior associate dean for osteopathic medical education and chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. more on this story...  


Seed swap big success in Pike County

PIKEVILLE — In its third year, the Appalachian Seed Swap was a whopping success last weekend, attracting droves of gardeners to Pike County Central High School. Geared to preserve Appalachia’s agricultural heritage, the event encourages local farmers and gardeners to buy, trade and sell heirloom seeds more on this story...  


  

UPIKE to study industrial hemp

PIKEVILLE — Freedom Seed and Feed, LLC partnered with the University of Pikeville to develop a research institute designed to facilitate the development of this new industry within the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. Paul E. Patton, chancellor and interim president of the more on this story...  


Fiscal Court honors Shrine Club A-team

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins recognized the officers of the Pike County Shrine Club A-Team at a recent Fiscal Court meeting The officers —  President Bud Kendrick, Vice-President Arlon Rowe,  Secretary Daryl Blackburn, Treasurer Jamie Bickford, and Dispatch Chester Adkins each received a more on this story...  


May, Hatcher appointed to Airport Board

PIKEVILLE — There are new faces on the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board. Pike County Judge-Executive William M. Deskins and the city of Pikeville recently appointed Pikeville Medical Center President/CEO Walter E. May and former Pike County Road Commissioner Frank Hatcher as new members of more on this story...  


UPIKE president steps down; Patton serves as interim

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley resigned from his position on April 2 due to personal reasons. UPIKE officials appointed former college president and current chancellor Paul Patton, the former governor of Kentucky, to serve as interim president. The university’s more on this story...  


Jamey Johnson to perform

PIKEVILLE — There is still time for local residents to get tickets to see country music star Jamey Johnson perform during Hillbilly Days in April. Johnson has earned 11 Grammy Award nominations. The singer and songwriter, dubbed “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” more on this story...  


Screening set for bus disaster documentary

PRESTONSBURG — Local residents have the opportunity to learn new details about a tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and a bus driver in 1958 in Floyd County. Director Michael Crisp recently released “A Life of Its Own,” a sequel to another documentary, more on this story...  


Mingo to host event for autism this weekend

WILLIAMSON — Local residents are invited to help raise awareness about autism, a developmental disorder that affects one out of every 68 American children, at an event in Mingo County this weekend. The Mingo County Autism Association is teaming up with the Tug Valley Road Runner’s more on this story...  


Beshear declares emergency in Kentucky

FRANKFORT – In response to heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective April 3 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.   more on this story...  


Emergency grants available to local counties

FRANKFORT – The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced that up to $560,000 is available in emergency grants to help 28 flood-damaged counties clean up solid waste generated by recent floodwaters caused by last month’s winter storm. The total grant amount to be awarded will more on this story...  


Chrestman speaks to Rotary

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Interim President/CEO Dr. Charles V. Chrestman was a guest speaker at the Pikeville Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, March 18, at The Landmark restaurant. “It’s always an honor to share the wonderful things going on at Big Sandy Community more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Rebecca Ann Hall, 65, wife of John Hall of McAndrews, died April 4. Graveside services: April 10 at Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy Audrey Lynn Blackburn, 28, died recently. Memorial service: April 14. Charles Gary May, 67, of Huddy, more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Donald Newsome 77 of Virgie died April 6. Funeral: April 10. Burial: Annie E. Young Cemetery William E. “Bill” Casebolt 84 of Pikeville died April 4. Funeral: April 9. Burial: Johnson Memorial Park Franklin Lewis Roberts 76 of Pikeville died April more on this story...  


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Sports


Gannon hits, pitches Belfry past Bat Kats

GOODY — Belfry’s Kendra Gannon hit and pitched the Lady Pirates to an 11-1 win over Shelby Valley in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 11. Gannon doubled, singled and scored twice while Alex Smith knocked home two runs as Belfry improved to more on this story...  


Blackcats nip Panthers; Rebels, Cats roll

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg courtesy runner Ryne Slone raced home with the game’s only run when Travis Powers reached on a fielder’s choice with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Blackcats to a 1-0 win over Pikeville in the 15th Region All “A” Classic more on this story...  


High School Softball roundup: East Ridge rallies past Bat Kats; Jenkins, Belfry, BL, Pikeville post wins

ROBINSON CREEK — East Ridge rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to score a thrilling 3-2 win over Shelby Valley in a game played on April 2. Paige Potter and Lesli Fleenor each singled and drove home one run apiece while more on this story...  


  

Pikeville tops Paintsville; PCC wins two

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Peyton Hamilton singled and drove home a pair of runs as the Panthers beat Paintsville, 4-1, in a game played at Davis Park on April 11. Connor Riser added two hits and one RBI while Tyler Elkins and Tanner Roop each more on this story...  


Tigers pound Pirates; AC, SF, PCC post wins: Pikeville splits games at Myrtle Beach

PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning and went on to beat Belfry, 14-4, in a game played on April 4. Marty Miller belted a grand slam home run and drove in five runs while Gabe Burchell added more on this story...  


UPIKE Baseball/Softball roundup

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Bears completed a doubleheader sweep of Berea College with a come-from-behind 4-1 win in the nightcap played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on April 6. Dalton Dahley went the distance to earn the nightcap win. He struck out nine and walked more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


Spring’s Sentinel

In the winter months I can see a solitary pine tree at the end of the ridge behind my house. This tree really stands out in the first rays of sunrise and the last rays of sunset. This evergreen tree is a reminder that winter will soon pass. This more on this story...  


  

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday rarely falls on the same date. It can be in the months of March or April, but never has a fixed date like Christmas.   Have you ever wondered why this is? The answer is relatively simple.             In the church more on this story...  


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