PIPPA PASSES – University of Pikeville blasted four home runs in cruising to a doubleheader sweep of Alice Lloyd College in softball action played on March 6.

The Bears, now 6-6, took the nightcap 6-4 after winning the opener 14-0.

Lindsay Floyd and Alexandra Quill earned victories on the mound.

In the nightcap, Kelsey Prater had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs while Lee Griffin added two hits and scored. Kitty Raymond and Ashley Goines each doubled.

Griffin blasted a grand slam home run in the opener as UPIKE belted three in the game. She finished with two hits, including a double, two runs and batted in five runs total.

Jillian Bohnert hit a home run, singled, scored and knocked in three runs while Hannah Absher hit a home run, singled twice, scored three times and batted in two.

Raymond collected three hits, including a double, scored a pair of runs and drove in two.

At Pippa Passes

(Game 2)


UP (6-6)…..042  26 – 14-13-0

ALC (1-9)…000  00 –   0- 2-0


WP – Lindsay Floyd

LP –  Aly Webb

Hitting; Kelsey Prater HR, 1b, 1r, 4 RBI; Kitty Raymond 2b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r, 1 RB I; Hannah Absher 2-1b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pippa Passes

(Game 1)


UP (5-6)…..042  26 – 14-13-0

ALC (1-8)…000  00 –  0-  2-0


WP – Alexandra Quill

LP – Allison Shepherd

Hitting: Lee Griffin GS HR, 2b, 2r, 5 RBI; Kitty Raymond 2b, 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jillian Bohnert HR, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Hannah Absher HR, 2-1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Carrie Griffin 2b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.



PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville collected 10 hits in the second game of a twinbill with Asbury College and the Bears completed a sweep with a 6-2 win in a game played at Paul Butcher Field on March 3.

The Bears, now 4-4, took the opener 5-1.

Alexandra Quill and Hannah Thacker went the distance in both games to earn victories on the mound.

In the nightcap, Jillian Bohnert belted a three-run homer while Lee Griffin added two hits and batted in one run. Jordan Gentry and Hannah Absher each singled, scored and knocked home one run.

Logan Cline had a pair of doubles, scored and drove in two runs while Bohnert doubled and scored twice.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


AC (1-6)…..000  101  0 – 2-7-1

UP (4-4)…..003  003  x – 6-10-2


WP – Alexandra Quill

LP – Courtney Patton

Hitting: Jillian Bohnert 3r-HR; Leff Griffin 2-1b, 1 RBI; Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Hannah Absher 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


AC (1-5)….001  000  0 – 1-5-0

UP (3-4)….021  020  x – 5-8-0


WP – Hannah Thacker

LP – Deana Phillips

Hitting: Logan Cline 2-2b, 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Jillian Bohnert 2b, 2r; Carrie Griffin 2 RBI, UPIKE.








Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, March 9, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central dominated from the opening tip against Shelby Valley and rolled to a 79-43 win in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.


Cole Crace led a trio of Golden Eagles (26-6) with a game-high 22 points. Jacob Rice followed with 18 and Mason Blair chipped in 12.


Johnson Central built a 47-15 halftime lead.


Cody Potter was the lone Valley (16-15) player in double figures with 14 points. He was three points shy of reaching 1,000 for the season.




At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




SV (16-15)...........................9 6 15 13 - 43


JC (26-6)............................21 26 19 13 - 79




Shelby Valley (43) - Cody Potter 5(1) 1-1 14; Orbie McPeek 3 0-1 6; Blake Burke 3 2-5 8; Tanner Bentley 2 1-2 5; Seth Johnson 2 0-0 4; Dalton Wellman 0(1) 0-0 3; and Peyton Blackburn 1 1-2 3. Totals: 16(2) 5-11 43.


Johnson Central (79) - Austin Davis 1(1) 0-0 5; Cole Crace 7(1) 5-9 22; Mason Blair 2(2) 2-2 12; Jacob Rice 3(4) 0-1 18; Dalton Collins 1 2-2 4; Blake Delong 1 0-0 2; Gabe Ferral 2(1) 1-2 8; Isaiah May 1 0-0 2; Jarrett Blair 0(1) 0-0 3; and Cory VanHoose 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(10) 11-19 79.




Lawrence County................85


Allen Central......................76


PIKEVILLE — Lawrence County landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Bulldogs outlasted Allen Central, 85-76, in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.


Tim Dalton, the nation’s leading scorer, poured in a game-high 35 points as Lawrence County improved to 22-11.


Jared Wellman followed with 21 points while Trey Dotson tallied 17 and Alex Ratliff chipped in 10.


Ethan Smith-Mills paced the Rebels, who finished 14-19, with 23 points while Cameron Nelson added 22.


Dylan Caudill followed with 14 and Allen May finished with 12.




At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




AC (14-19)...........................17 19 7 33 - 76


LC (22-11).........................21 23 10 31 - 85




Allen Central (76) - Ethan Smith-Mills 4(5) 0-1 23; Dylan Caudill 3 8-12 14; Cameron Nelson 9 4-6 22; Kolby Slone 0(1) 0-0 3; Allen May 3(1) 3-5 12; and Cody Haddix 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(7) 15-24 76.


Lawrence County (85) - Trey Dotson 1(5) 0-0 17; Cameron Maynard 1 0-0 2; Timmy Dalton 10 15-20 35; Jared Wellman 3(4) 21; and Alex Ratliff 0(1) 7-8 10. Totals: 15(10) 25-32 85.

Mason Blair
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

Fifty-seven-year-old Reece Baker of Pikeville had routine surgery on his knee in December of 2016.


Two weeks later, he found himself back in the emergency room at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) with unexplained weakness and loss of mobility in his legs.


He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.


According to Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system.


No one knows what causes Guillain-Barre syndrome, says Mayo Clinic. However, the risk of getting it increases if the person has had recent surgery or a recent illness.


In many cases, the first indication of Guillain-Barre syndrome is weakness and tingling in the feet and legs that later spreads to the upper portion of the body, including the arms. The patient may have either high or low blood pressure, and may experience a complete inability to walk or go up and down stairs.


He began physical therapy with the inpatient rehab program on the 10th floor. “At this point he could not walk on his own or lift his arms above his head and had trouble feeding himself,” said Crystal Sullivan, PMC occupational therapist. “He was making but suffered a setback.”


The weakness and loss of mobility moved up his body and had a greater affect on his arms and face.


Eventually, the muscle weakness associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome can progress into paralysis. This was happening to Reece. He was almost completely paralyzed.


“Reece was sent to the seventh floor at PMC to receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy,” explained Dr. Milton Calima, PMC physiatrist.


The critical component in IVIG is Immunoglobulin-G. This substance helps the body build long-lasting antibodies to fight disease. In people with immune deficiencies, it can help to bolster the immune system, allowing the body to fight disease more effectively.


Dr. Calima continued, “Reece was given IVIG for three days and returned to the 10th floor to continue his physical therapy.”


Based on how he was treated the first two days of treatment before his set-back, he was insistent on staying on the 10th floor to continue with his recovery.


“My goal was to walk again,” explained Reece. “I had never heard of this disease before, and I knew that the people in PMC’s rehab program could help me reach that goal,” Reece continued. “This group of therapists and this facility on PMC’s 10th floor is outstanding.”


Reece began intensive therapy that included occupational, physical and speech therapy. Guillain-Barre syndrome is very painful, making it difficult for Reece to endure treatment and progress was slow at first.


His wife, Donna was very scared.


“I didn’t share all of my fears with him,” said Donna. “I researched on my own and learned that not everyone regains all their mobility.”


After a few weeks of therapy with little progress, Dr. Calima was ready to refer him to a skilled nursing facility. But Reece was determined to walk again.


“I told him to take it one day at a time to try and get better,” said Dr. Calima. “Whatever I asked him to do, he did it.”


Jerry Smith, PMC physical therapist assistant, worked for weeks with Reece on various types of equipment. “Reece worked on a Lokomat to help regain his mobility,” said Smith. “PMC has one of about three of these pieces of equipment in the state of Kentucky.”


The Lokomat is a gait therapy device on a treadmill, designed to help improve one’s ability to walk.


In one month’s time Reece went from being completely paralyzed to walking with the help of a walker.


“Because of his strong determination and the enthusiasm of the staff,” said Dr. Calima, “Reece can now walk over 150 feet with assistance.”


“Reece never quit and never refused to do anything I asked of him,” said Smith. “His motivation is a big reason he can walk today.”


The Baker’s are very appreciative of the care that Reece received at PMC’s Inpatient Rehab.


“The staff here has gone above and beyond to make us comfortable and take care of what we need,” said Reece. “They have treated us like family.”


“We thank God first,” said Donna. “The whole floor cares about every patient here. I can’t say enough good things about this program.”


Reece is also very thankful to have Dr. Calima overseeing his care.


“Dr. Calima made sure I was completely taken care of,” said Reece. “No matter what time of the day or night, he was always checking on me. I didn’t worry about anything with him taking care of me.”


Reece will continue his treatment at PMC’s outpatient rehab facility.


“If a person has the drive to get better, the people on this floor will get you better,” said Reece. “The therapists here know what you have to do to get better.”


For more information PMC’s rehabilitation therapy services call 606-218-3500.

Reece and Donna Baker
Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 3, 2017

PAINTSVILLE — A large crowd of local businesses and community members from throughout eastern Kentucky gathered to share ideas on how to achieve professional success during the 18th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium held at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville.


Women were challenged to define success for themselves and discussed how they could move forward when it came to advancing in the business world.


Floyd County native and Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball discussed the importance of leadership followed by two key points.


Ball is the 38th state treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and youngest statewide female elected official in the country.


Ball opened her remarks by telling the crowd that speaking in her hometown was important to her. She refocused on leadership lessons she has learned and how important they are in what we do in our everyday lives.


“You need to take control of your life and work hard, persevere and never give up…and maintain that,” she said.


Ball challenged those in attendance to determine ‘what would you put in your box?’


To close her address, Treasurer Ball thanked everyone for the work that is done every day through the business community of the region.


The first breakout session was presented by Amanda Kelly, founder of LINK Southeast Kentucky. Kelly worked with small business owners and saw a need to establish an after-hour networking group. During the workshop, individuals learned how to create the right network for them and their business.


The second breakout session, what’s your style, was presented by Marisa Aull. What’s your style is an interactive workshop that equips individuals with an understanding of effective communication styles. Communication is a vital part of growing small businesses.


During lunch, entertainment was provided by members of The Big Sandy Singers. They are an elite group of auditioned singers that receive scholarships to Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The group consists of six vocalists. They travel to every high school in the region and host Big Sandy Idol competitions, while continuing their education.


The afternoon concluded with keynote speaker Kay Frances, a certified speaking professional. Frances is known as ‘America’s Funniest Stressbuster’ and has shared her message with businesses in 38 states for over 25 years. She educated the audience by showing how humor can help diffuse difficult situations with organizations, as well as in life.


She closed by encouraging the audience to learn to laugh and use laughter as a coping mechanism.


The event was presented by AAA Real Estate, Appalachian Wireless, BB&T, EmbroidMe, First Commonwealth Bank, MACED, Mountain Apothecary, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Riverview Healthcare Center, Toyota and Walmart. FBLA Student Sponsor Community Trust Bank and Media Sponsor Q95 FM.

GUEST SPEAKER: State Treasurer Allison Ball addresses the crowd at Ramada Inn.
Medical Leader | Photo by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 3, 2017

GOODY — Lenore (W.Va.) resident Taria Salmons pondered over what to do about her daughter’s prom dress. She first thought about selling it. Moments later she realized giving it away could brighten the spirits of a needy area student.


“If I could get others to donate dresses to me I would set up a shop to give them away,” she said.


Her project grew from a single gown to more than 150.


“I had people bringing them to me and dropping them off at Tug Valley Pharmacy within a matter of days,” she said. “There are so many families who are struggling right now with our economy the way it is.”


Beautician Tina Todd Steele, owner of Just Teasin’ and Tannin, opened her doors for Salmons to set up a shop this past Saturday.


The event attracted a number of girls and their families in search of finding the perfect prom dress.


“I can’t thank Tina enough for all she has done to help us out,” Salmons said. “We have given away 50 dresses today and 80 total so far.”


Salmons gave away shoes as well as jewelry, all which had been donated.


“I want everyone to know that I’m still accepting dresses, shoes and jewelry,” she said. “No donation is too small.”


Salmons said the expense of sending a girl or boy to the prom can run as much as $1,000 or more.


“There are so many girls in need and some boys have contacted me needing tuxes and I want to do my best to help,” she added.


She is hopeful to have another giveaway soon.


“Whether it’s here or in other areas I want to make a difference,” she said. “I have had businesses in Huntington (W.Va.) and Louisa message me and offer their facilities to use.”


Her project isn’t stopping with just shoes, jewelry and dresses – she plans to seek volunteers as prom days approach for hair and makeup.


“Like I said….I can’t thank everyone enough for what they donated to this great cause,” she said. “It has really touched my heart in a way I could never explain.”


If interested in donating items, please visit Taria Salmons’ Facebook page.

HELPING THOSE GIRLS IN NEED: Event Organizer Taria Salmons, second from right, picks out a piece of jewelry to match a prom dress given away to a needy student at Just Teasin’ and Tannin’ in Belfry on Feb. 25. One third of the 150 dresses available were given out.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Former Pikeville resident and Eagle Scout Elijah Joyce didn’t have to look very far to find motivation for his scout project.


Joyce, the son of East Kentucky Broadcasting Sports Director Andrew Joyce of Pikeville and Becki O’Quinn Joyce of Lebanon, Va., chose to create a number of wooden lily pads in hopes of bringing smiles to the faces of pediatric patients throughout eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee.


“Both my aunt and sister are a nurse and nurse practitioner,” he said. “They both talked to me about the real need for them in hospitals.”


His sister, Chelsea Quinn Kinney, who works as a performance improvement outcomes specialist at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), encouraged him to move ahead with the project.


“She told me it was hard for little kids to be content and calm with an IV pole while being moved for tests or treatments,” he said.


Joyce realized once he started working on the pads the impact it would have on patients and nurses.


“Not only would this help the nurses and children, but the designs would be fun and bright,” he said. “They are fun for them to ride.”


Joyce completed work on 16 pads. PMC had requested seven. The remaining nine went to other health facilities.


The project required him to lead and manage all phases of the work. He had to setup work dates for scouts, family members, friends and volunteers who wanted to help out.


“We began cutting and painting the pads at Lebanon Community Fellowship,” he said. “I was so pleased to see everything come together the way it did.”


Joyce hopes his pads will be a nice distraction for pediatric patients when headed for testing or treatment.


“It takes a difficult situation for many of them and turns it into a time of having fun,” he said. “I’m proud of all the hard work that went into this project and the end results.”

SPECIAL GIFT: Eagle Scout Elijah Joyce is pictured with Pikeville Medical Center Nurse Shondi Caldwell after delivering lily pads to the pediatric unit on Feb. 25.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Friday, March 3, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth development organizations, providing programs for young men that build character, responsibilities of participating in citizenship and developing personal fitness.


For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believe that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.


The scouting program is delivered through civic, faith-based and educational organizations called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large.


Responsibilities of chartered organizations include providing quality leadership and adequate meeting facilities, as well as appointing a characterized organization representative to coordinate all scouting unit operations within the organization. More than 100,000 scouting units are owned and operated by chartered organizations.


Approximately 70 percent are chartered to faith-based organizations, 22 percent of all units are chartered to civic organizations and nearly eight percent of all units are chartered to educational organizations. Local scouting organizations include over 350 youth in 11 different Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs in the area.


The local programs work jointly and independently to participate in many local events and activities.


In 2016, they joined together to participate in the Triple Crown Adventure Series which includes a 50 mile canoe and kayak trip, 25-mile bike ride and a 25-mile wilderness hiking event.


Boy’s Life Magazine featured several local youth in their Leadership Spotlight in their Feb. 2017 edition. Each summer, they attend many outdoor events including summer camps at Camp McKee and Camp Davy Crockett in Tenn. to expand their outdoor living skills.


Local Wilderness Survival events are also held to develop survival skills which can be lifesaving. The activities at these events include building and heating your own shelter, creating your own fire, learning search and rescue and first aid.


This summer, many local representatives will attend the National Jamboree near Beckley, W.Va., where Boy Scouts from around the nation and world will come together for 10 days to learn about sustaining our environment, life skills and professional development for their future.


Not only do our scouts focus on building individual skills but they work together to build and improve their community. Eastern Kentucky’s local groups are involved in numerous volunteer projects from clothing drives and food pantries to boxing over 1,000 Operation Christmas Child boxes for children around the world.


This year alone, Pikeville Troop 10 has built handicap access ramps for Judi’s Place for Kids, 3 GaGa ball pits for local playgrounds and are currently working on a project to refurbish and furnish musical instruments to those who cannot afford them.


For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation. In the next 100 years, Scouting is taking the initiative to a new level—from stewardship to sustainability, and from “leave no trace” to leaving the world a better place.


Scouts earn merit badges to progress in their ranks. But more importantly they learn many lifesaving skills during the process.


Life skills include cooking, personal fitness and citizenship in the community. Scouts can earn more than 100 merit badges, including the newest merit badges—signs, signals, codes and animation.


Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to participate in activities and study subjects that prepare them for life.




The top 10 merit badges


required for Eagle rank




•First Aid






•Environmental Science


•Citizenship in the World


•Citizenship in the Nation






•Personal Fitness


•Citizenship in the Community

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) held their fourth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 23. The event was presented by Baird and Baird, PSC.


Over 600 business and community leaders came together to celebrate the accomplishments of APCC.


“This year’s banquet was a great success, I am grateful for the support shown within our community,” said APCC Director Kay Hammond. “The Banquet for Life allows us to help determined mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their babies.”


The banquet is a springboard to raise awareness within the community for the appreciation of life.


“It’s wonderful to look and see what an amazing event this has become over the past three years and realize what an impact we will be able to make in the lives of others,” said Hammond. “Without our wonderful banquet committee, staff and countless volunteers this event would not be possible.”


Among those in attendance was former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton, a longtime supporter of the APCC.


Participants of the banquet enjoyed live music and testimony from Jason Lovins Band, took part in a large selection of silent auction items and was treated to a delicious meal.


Hammond said, “The silent auction fundraiser supports the APCC’s organization. The event brought in a total of over $27,000.”


The APCC was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organization that provides compassionate support to women facing difficult pregnancies. The group has served over 4,000 participants within the past nine years.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: More than 600 people gathered at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center for food, music and fun during the fourth-annual APCC Banquet for Life on Feb. 23.
Medical Leader | Photos by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 3, 2017

Foster Charles of Raccoon recognized the signs of a heart attack and for the third time he chose Pikeville Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute (PMC).


“My heart care has always been a good experience at PMC,” Charles said. “I have a lot of trust when it comes to my doctors and nurses.”


His heart-health history began with his first heart attack in 2010.  In 2011, after identifying blockage, he received a stint and five years later on November 22 PMC Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon Abdulla Attum, MD, performed a coronary artery bypass graft surgery.


Charles said he had never met Dr. Attum prior to his procedure but was extremely satisfied with his care.


“I really appreciate the care Dr. Attum gave me,” said Charles. “He did really good work with my surgery and with my care after surgery too.”


Charles complimented the staff at PMC. He also praised the care he received from PMC Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, MD.


“I have had care from Dr. Ahmad since my first heart attack,” said Charles. “He is a great heart doctor. He makes you feel real comfortable and is very concerned about you too.”


Today, Charles is a patient in the PMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.


“I like the rehab program,” he said. “They keep you on track and make sure you do not get lazy.  It makes me feel good to know they monitor me while I do my workout. They keep it from being scary.”


Charles says he plans to take the advice of his physicians and stay away from cigarette smoking and take better care of himself.


“Probably not smoking would be the number one change I need to make,” said Charles. “I know it is tough but I have to do it and I need to eat a little better and exercise.  I believe those were my main problems.”


He said he understands how serious cardiac problems can be and he is committed to the advice from the staff at PMC.


For additional information about the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute, call 606-218-2201.

REHAB: Foster Charles is shown working-out in Cardiac Rehab under the care of Licensed Practical Nurse Keisha Wolford.
Medical Leader | Photo by CAROL CASEBOLT
Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, March 3, 2017

The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter. The period commemorates the forty days Christ fasted and was tempted in the wilderness.


Lent was observed by the church  as early as the second century by a brief period of fasting preceding Easter.  Since the observance fell during the early part of the year, it became confused with the season, and it’s name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Lencten, which means spring- the time when the days lengthen. In the last few days they are beginning to lengthen and we feel spring in the air. Lenten Season is leading up to the greatest event in the history of mankind, the Easter Season. In This Easter Season as we commemorate the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we remember his words. “Because I live ye shall live also,” These words should have a great impact on our generation today.  May we, too hear His voice and become His witnesses. In this life only we have hope in Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 15:19).                                              


~ PMC Chaplain Kaminski Robinson may be reached at 606-218-3969 or by e-mail at: kaminski.robinson@pikevillehospital.org.

Friday, March 3, 2017