Benson Marcus O’Quinn, son of Lacie Willis and Marcus O’Quinn, born March 8; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Rosemary Nila Elizabeth Young, daughter of Jody and Stephen Young, born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.

Ezrah Kaleb James Bowling, son of Delana and Sebastian Bowling, born March 7; weight: 5 lbs., 5 oz.

Laney LaShae Tate, daughter of Katelin and Christopher Tate Jr., born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 0.3 oz.

Dawson Blake Little, son of Kristy Tackett and Michael Little, born March 7; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

Keean Wayne Edmonds, son of Keshia and Kevin Edmonds, born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 6.8 oz.

Kynlee Renee Blankenship, daughter of Kendra Blankenship, born March 6; weight: 6 lbs., 2.5 oz.

Jaxson Colt Bentley, son of Elizabeth and Brandon Bentley, born March 6; weight: 7 lbs., 14.5 oz.

Paul Kenneth Lumpkins, son of Summer and Steven Lumpkins, born March 6; weight: 6 lbs.

Rebecca Jolene Taylor, daughter of Rhonda and Bobby Taylor Jr., born March 6; weight: 8 lbs., 7 oz.

Ryker Slade Pinson, son of Amber Belcher and Van Pinson, born March 6; weight: 9 lbs., 11 oz.

Raelynn Lee Stacy, daughter of Brenna Hoke and Teddy Stacy Jr., born March 5; weight: 4 lbs., 5 oz.

Elijah Grant McKinney, son of Brittany and Jason McKinney, born March 5; weight: 10 lbs., 9 oz.

Darrin Levi Honaker, son of Katelyn and Clifford Honaker, born March 2; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.

Sophie Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of Terra Allen and Charles Robinson, born March 2; weight: 5 lbs., 10 oz.

Anderson Wayne Hatfield, son of Aaliyah and Dalton Hatfield, born March 2; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

Trinity JeannaKaye Little, daughter of Misty and Herbit little, born March 2; weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz.

Braxton Elijah Johnson, son of Stephanie Little, born March 1; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.

Jaylyn Vy Lam Pham, son of Chau Nguyen, born March 1; weight: 6 lbs., 14.4 oz.

Kylie Grace Adams, daughter of Kristen and Kyle Adams, born March 1; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.

Brylan Leigh Farmer, daughter of Savannah and Jeremiah Farmer, born March 1; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

Friday, March 16, 2018

LEXINGTON — No high school basketball game in 15th Region history has ever carried the weight of Pikeville’s opening-round Sweet 16 matchup with heavily-favored John Hardin at Rupp Arena on March 14.

Just less than 24 hours following the tragic death of Pikeville City Police Officer Scotty Hamilton – the Panthers wore their emotions on their heart, shoes and jersey all the way to an epic triple-overtime shocker of the Bulldogs, 72-69.

Head coach Elijah Justice had been in big games before as a player at Shelby Valley but nothing to this magnitude.

“That was a terrible tragedy,” 2010’s Mr. Kentucky Basketball said. “It happened last night [Tuesday] and I think most of us got word of that this morning. It’s a hard thing to try and comfort anybody in a time like that but we wanted to do the best that we can and try to represent home as good as we can, and all these guys wore the blue ribbon on their shoes, just in honor of the police officer and to just show our respects.”

He added, “We’ve got a great community, too. Anybody that has social media has seen everybody come together back home and rally around that family. That was a really good thing.”

Pikeville, now 25-9, advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time since beating Boyd County in 1999. The Panthers eventually lost to champion Ballard. The Panthers face Warren Central at 1:30 p.m. today.

It took a number of meaningful plays for it to happen:

Wyatt Battaile’s three-point basket just ahead of the buzzer tied the game at 52. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

In the first overtime, Evan Rhodes was fouled on a three-point attempt out of the corner with 3.6 seconds left. He made all three to tie the game at 58. Rhodes finished with 11.

In the second overtime, Christian Billiter drained a three-point attempt near the top of the key with 11.6 seconds left to tie the game. Jordan Hardin’s final shot hit the iron.

In the third overtime, Battaile hit a jumper and Connor Roberts scored on a layoff off a steal to put the Panthers ahead for good. Roberts added 14 points and six rebounds, including four offensive.

Hidden in every second was Battaile, Roberts and Kyle Watkins playing all 44 minutes.

“There were just so many plays these guys made. They fought and never gave up,” Justice added.


At Lexington

(Sweet 16 Opening Round)


JH (28-8)…............17  8  13  14  (6) (3) ( 8) – 69

PK (25-9)...........…18  14  6  14  (6) (3) (11) – 72


John Hardin (69) – Alex Matthews 1 1-3 3; Malik Wright 8 3-6 19; Aaron Scott 3(3) 0-1 15; Mickey Pearson 2(2) 8-10 18; Jachai Walker 3 4-6 10; Darion Davis 1 0-0 2; and Trevon Harris 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19(5) 16-26 69.

Pikeville (72) – Cade Byers 2 2-2 6; Kyle Watkins 1 0-0 2; Wyatt Battaile 5(5) 5-11 30; Connor Roberts 5(1) 1-4 14; Christian Billiter 0(1) 0-0 3; Evan Rhodes 1(1) 6-7 11; and Zach Hamilton 1 0-2 2. Totals: 17(8) 14-26 72.

GREATEST SHOW IN HOPPS: Pikeville senior Wyatt Battaile splits John Harden defenders Mickey Pearson, left, and Alex Matthews (4) to score two of his game-high 30 points in the Panthers’ 72-69 win in triple overtime at Rupp Arena on March 14. Pikeville, now 25-9, will face Warren Central at 1:30 p.m. today in the Elite 8.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville infielders Megan Claypoole and Kelsey White belted home runs to fuel an 8-0 win in game one and a doubleheader sweep of Miami-Hamilton at Paul Butcher Field on March 9.

The Bears, now 8-6, took the nightcap 11-0.

In the opener, Claypoole added a single, scored twice and knocked in three runs while White finished with 2 RBI. Kitty Raymond doubled, singled and batted in one run while Emme Barker had two hits, including a double. Lee Collier finished with two hits and scored a pair of runs.

Hannah Skaggs was the winner.

In the nightcap, UPIKE scored six times in the bottom of the second to break the game open. Chandler Kelly had two hits, scored and drove in three runs while Collier singled, scored twice and knocked home a pair of runs. Jayden Gibson collected two hits, scored and drove in one run while Ashley Goins and Haley Osborne each singled, scored and collected an RBI.

Megan Claypoole was the winning pitcher.


At Pikeville

(Game 2)


MH (0-5)….................................000  00 –   0-3-2

UP (8-6)…..................................060  5x – 11-9-0


WP – Megan Claypoole

LP – Brandi Garcia

Hitting: Chandler Kelly 2-1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Lee Collier 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jayden Gibson 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Ashley Goins 1b, 1b, 1 RBI; Haley Osborne 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


MH (0-4)…................................000  00 – 0-  2-1

UP (7-6)…..................................411  02 – 8-13-0


WP – Hannah Skaggs

LP – Brandi Garci

Hitting: Megan Claypoole HR, 1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Kelsey White HR, 2 RBI; Emmie Barker 2b, 1b; Kitty Raymond 2b, 1b, 1 RBI; Lee Collier 2-1b, 2r, UPIKE.

OUT OF THE INNING: University of Pikeville assistant coach April Damron Charles greets infielders after retiring Miami-Hamilton hitters in the top of the second inning. The Bears went on to sweep the Harriers, 8-0 and 11-0 to improve to 8-6.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — University of Pikeville hurler Charlie Cokley came on in relief of starter Justin Dzubia in the nightcap and pitched three solid shutout innings to earn a doubleheader split with Ohio Christian, winning 6-0 after falling in the opener, 7-2, on March 12.

The Bears are now 14-9 while the Trailblazers moved to 5-17.

Max Hall relieved Cokley over the final two innings to keep the shutout intact.

Jay Vincent doubled, walked twice and scored while Daniel Sterenberg added two hits, scored once and drove in one run. Matt Peterson and Travis Haen each singled, scored and added an RBI each.

In the opener, Jacob Alverado collected two hits and score while Jorge Perez and Brandon Sewell each had an RBI.

Ean Walda suffered the loss.


At Circleville, Ohio

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

UP (14-9)…........................002  102  100 – 6-8-0

OC (5-17)….......................000  000  000 – 0-4-2


WP – Charlie Cokley

LP – Logan Hill

Hitting: Jay Vincent 2b, 2-bb, 1r; Daniel Sterenberg 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Matt Peterson 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Travis Haen 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Circleville, Ohio

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

UP (13-9)…............................002  000  0 – 2-4-1

OC (5-16)…............................060  100  x – 7-7-2


WP – Brandon Focarett

LP – Ean Walda

Hitting: Jacob Alverado 2-1b, 1r; Jorge Perez 1 RBI; Brandon Sewell 2-bb, 1 RBI, UPIKE.




Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce a milestone has been reached, with their 100th surgery using the da Vinci XI Surgical System.

This minimally-invasive surgery benefits the patient through shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, less risk of wound infections, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.

PMC Urologist, Dustin Gayheart, M.D. said, “In the past surgery would typically require large open incisions but with the da Vinci System we make several small incisions. We operate robotic surgeries using a control system which allows our hand movements to make more precise movements, using tiny instruments inside the body.”

The procedures are enhanced by the use of high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our 100th procedure,” said Dr. Gayheart. “We have an excellent surgery team. Dr. Luke Edwards and I are blessed with a talented, well-trained team that is dedicated to doing their very best for our patients.”

This cutting-edge technology helps keep patients close to home and gets them back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

PMC is dedicated to continuing to advance health care and better serve its patients throughout eastern Kentucky.

For additional information about the da Vinci XI Surgical System call 606-218-2202 or visit 

DA VINCI SURGICAL TEAM: From left to right are Sarah Hickman, Jared Bentley, Dr. Luke Edwards, Dr. Dustin Gayheart, Chelsey LeMaster and Bobby Blanton. The team recently performed the 100th robotic surgery.
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Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, March 9, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Love Covers blossomed after WestCare clients attended a church service at New Beginnings Fellowship Church on a very cold Sunday in December.

“I knew the girls did not have a coat or long sleeves and it was five degrees out. After talking to Westcare Counselor Debby Bailey, my daughter, son and I rummaged through our house to find enough fleece throws to use as covers to walk the girls to and from church,” Church member Amber Campbell said.

Campbell said it wasn’t a few days later that her and Bethany Arnett had a thought to begin making no sew blankets for the graduates.

“We got everyone involved with developing the outreach program,” she said. “It takes everyone to make this successful.”

Campbell said everyone needs to know they are loved.

“This will be an uplifting support in their road to recovery,” she said. “We have to love one another as Christ loves us.”

Church member Amber Collins said it’s our job to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

“We have to show those in need love. I hope when these girls lay down at night, wherever that may be, that they feel covered in love,” Collins said.

Bailey said it was an inspired idea and very encouraged by the commitment of New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

“The church has been coming for months and supporting the graduates and is taking a step to show their investment in the program,” she said. “For the girls to receive something handmade means so much to them and to me – that someone has taken their time to make the blanket and present it to them.”

Bailey said it reinforces to her that the church feels like the program is of value.

The graduates said they feel greatly appreciative to receive a blanket and are receiving support from the community. 

“I feel better knowing that each graduate will have something to remind them that no matter where they are or what they have done they are loved by Christ and they will always have a support system with New Beginnings Fellowship Church,” Campbell said.

Sara Sands, owner of Sara’s Creations, graciously donated the embroidery for the blankets.

“Our hope is to get the community and organizations working together to make the blankets,” Collins said.

Anyone interested in getting involved or make a donation to purchase material, visit New Beginnings Fellowship Church on Facebook and send them a message. 

LOVE COVERS: These four WestCare graduates are shown with their “Love Covers” presented to them.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 9, 2018

Are you a female who experiences painful periods or excessive bleeding? If so, you may have endometriosis, a painful disorder where the endometrium, or tissue that lines the inside of your uterus, grows on the outside of your uterus.

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month and Dr. Angela Maggard, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), would like to highlight endometriosis, its symptoms, complications and treatment options during this month.

“Endometriosis affects one in 10 women during their reproductive years,” said Dr. Maggard. “If you have family members with this condition, it greatly increases your chances of being diagnosed.”  

Mayo Clinic states the displaced endometrial tissue thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle as it normally would, but because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. 

According to Mayo Clinic, the primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. Other common symptoms include:

•Painful periods

•Pain with intercourse

•Pain with bowel movements or urination

•Excessive bleeding


Unfortunately, the level of pain you experience isn’t the best sign of how severe your endometriosis may be.

“Endometriosis is more than just painful periods. In fact, some women experience no pain,” added Dr. Maggard. “If you have painful periods or pelvic pain between your periods, see your gynecologist and do not be shy about detailing all of your symptoms.”

Diagnosis of endometriosis includes your doctor knowing where your pain occurs and a description of your symptoms and certain tests used. These tests include:

•Pelvis exam



“Endometriosis can be treated with medications and surgery and a gynecologist can be an ally for millions of women affected by this serious disease,” Dr. Maggard advised.

To schedule an appointment with a PMC OB/GYN, call 606-218-2207.


Source: Mayo Clinic



Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, March 9, 2018

Rayce Thomas Maynard, son of Brittany and Justin Maynard, Feb. 28; weight: 6 lbs., 4 oz.

Reese Ann Williamson, daughter of Rachel and James E. Williamson II, born Feb. 27; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.

Avery Elise Crisp, daughter of Mika and Seth Crisp, born Feb. 27; weight: 7 lbs., 10.2 oz.

Emera Jayde Keys, daughter of Jewel and Paul Keys, born Feb. 27; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.

Braxton Grant Patton, son of Haley and Matthew Patton, born Feb. 26; weight: 7 lbs., 5.5 oz.

Shelby Ryann Miller, daughter of Letizia Taylor and Nathan Miller, born Feb. 26; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

NatalieBlake Johnson, daughter of Casondra Smith and Jordan Johnson, born Feb. 24; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.

Ameila Judith Wright, daughter of Tori and Cobey Wright, born Feb. 23; weight: 9 lbs., 1 oz.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Wayne Edwards Jr., 88, of McCarr, passed away March 6. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.

Cullen Anthony Williams, 59, of Pinsonfork, passed away March 5. Memorial service, March 11.

Roger Lee Smith, 71, of Pinsonfork, passed away March 2. Funeral, March 6.

Timothy James Svetlick, 54, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away March 2. Funeral, March 8, Octavia Freewill Baptist Church, Stone. His body will be cremated following the service.

Robert Asher Oliver, infant son of Kristina Goff and Kyle Oliver, passed away March 2. Graveside service, March 6, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Steve “Roy” Easterling, 87, of Rockhouse, passed away March 2. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, March 5, Unity Freewill Baptist Church, Rockhouse. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Billie Jean Norman Deskins, 72, of Wellington, formerly of Meta, passed away March 2. Funeral, March 6. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Edward Wilson Murphy, 76, of Beech Creek, W.Va., passed away March 1. Funeral, March 5. Burial, Cisco Cemetery, Beech Creek.

Pauline Coburn, 69, of Ivel, passed away March 4. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.

Sarah Bell King Stevens, 71, of Garrett, passed away March 3. Funeral, March 7. Burial, Stevens Cemetery, Bowman.

Paul Griffey, 89, of Prestonsburg, passed away March 3. Funeral, March 7. Burial, Griffith Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Edgar Tackett, 73, of Harold, passed away March 3. Funeral, March 6, Lower Toler Freewill Baptist Church, Toler Creek. Burial, Tackett Cemetery, Harold.

Bryan Keith Whitten Sr., 51, of Prestonsburg, passed away March 3. Memorial service, March 10, House of Prayer, Prestonsburg.

Naomi Lynn Ratliff, 65, of Betsy Layne, passed away March 2. Funeral, March 7, Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Estill Jean Endicott, 74, of Prestonsburg, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 5, Cow Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.

Michelle Lynn Pigman, 39, of Raven, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 4, Martin Branch Old Regular Baptist Church, Estill. Burial, Chaffins Cemetery, Mousie.

Garrett Frasure, 71, of Harold, passed away Feb. 28. Funeral, March 3. Burial, Robert Hall Cemetery, Galveston.

Julie Pollard Hall, 38, of Kite, passed away Feb. 27. Funeral, March 3, Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church, Topmost. Burial, Sexton Cemetery, Kite.

Douglas Clinton Bevins, 78, of Meta, passed away March 2. Funeral, March 5. Burial, Bent Ridge Cemetery, Meta.

Virginia Irene Atkinson Stanley, 79, of Elkhorn City, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 3.

Ted Hall, 69, of Printer, passed away March 4. Memorial service, March 10.

Georganne Brown Taylor, 54, of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away March 2. Funeral, March 9, First United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg.

Douglas Warrens, 67, of Berea, passed away Feb. 28. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.

Donald Brose Polly, 68, of Jenkins, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 3.

Andy Jerome Blackburn, 61, of Pikeville, passed away March 6. Funeral, March 10. Burial, C. Ray Taylor Cemetery.

Erma Jean Camp Tibb, 84, of Pikeville, passed away March 2. A private served is planned.

Perry Lynn Adkins, 64, of Pikeville, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Madison County Memorial Gardens, Richmond.

Gladys Farris, 87, of Pikeville, passed away March 1. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Dr. Warren Parker Tiller, 76, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 28. Funeral, March 3, First Baptist Church of Pikeville. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Burns “Bernie” Wright, 54, of Louisville, passed away March 5. Funeral, March 10.

Ivol Caudill, 62, of Elkhorn City, passed away March 4. Funeral, March 8. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.

Monroe Bailey, 84, of Haysi, Va., passed away Feb. 27. Funeral, March 2, Emmanuel Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Bailey Family Cemetery, Haysi.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Daniel’s enemies sought to find ways to harm him because they were jealous of his relationship with the King. God gave Daniel favor in sight of the King. Daniel’s ability and honesty threatened them. 

The way he gave thanks and petitioned his God was the fault they found. They tricked the king into passing a law forbidding him to pray to his God.  

Daniel continued to kneel three times a day and prayed giving thanks before his God. As punishment he was cast into a den of lions, but his God brought him out of the lion’s den.  Like Daniel we have an open window toward heaven to give our petitions to God. We are told in His holy word “If any lack wisdom; you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” (James 1:5) Do you give thanks daily, pray for wisdom or courage to do the right thing?


~ PMC Chaplain Larry Kendrick may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, March 9, 2018