Pikeville Medical Center’s Wellness and Weight Loss Center helps people improve their health with weight loss, assisting them in choosing a plan to suit their specific needs.

The Center offers bariatric surgery and the HMR weight loss program which is a meal replacement diet program.

PMC’s Vice President of Facilities Ralph Lomma chose the HMR plan to lose weight and restore his health. Over a period of years, Lomma had gained weight and developed health issues including high blood pressure, sleep apnea and knee pain.

“My weight was over the edge and I just wasn’t feeling well,” said Lomma. “I’m 62 years old now, and you start thinking do I want to live longer or do I want to eat more.”

The HMR program combines a structured diet, physical activity and behavioral lifestyle-change coaching. It focuses on reducing calories by using meal replacements supplemented with fruits and vegetables and helps participants learn to follow a healthy lifestyle by adding physical activity and accountability.

After reaching a weight loss goal, participants move into Phase II of the program which teaches participants how to maintain the weight they loss.

Lomma started the program when it was initially offered at PMC in October 2016. He has completed five 12-week phases and lost a total of 71 pounds, which is the most success he has had with any weight loss program.

“I have struggled with weight issues for about 18 years,” said Lomma. “I tried the Atkins Diet, lost 25 pounds and kept it off for about one day. As soon as I got off the diet I put the weight back on plus another five or 10 pounds.”

Lomma likes the way the HMR program is structured.

“You don’t have to think about what to eat. The only choice is which entrée you want,” added Lomma. “It’s simple. There is no thinking. There is no counting calories.”

There are 16 pre-packaged entrées to choose from in the HMR program, chocolate and vanilla shakes, and supplements including cereal, protein bars and soup. HMR also has an iPhone app to assist participants in keeping track of their progress. 

HMR members are required to attend weekly meetings which are run by trained coaches. Members are required to weigh in, record what they ate for the week and record the amount of exercise completed. Discussion ranges from new recipes or new exercises to problems encountered during the past week and how to overcome them.

For more information on the HMR weight loss program, contact the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center at 606-218-2205.

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, March 9, 2018

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville hit clutch free throws in the final two minutes, including eight-of-eight from MVP Wyatt Battaile, to trip up Johnson Central, 52-45, to claim its 11th regional crown in the championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center.

Johnson Central, making its record seventh straight trip to the title game, was held to just 45 points after scorching the nets for 93 in a semifinal-round win over Belfry.

Battaile led all scorers for Pikeville (24-9) with 23 points. Kyle Watkins added 12 as Pikeville won back-to-back titles for the first time since 1952-53.

Isaiah May led the Golden Eagles, who finished 19-15, with 14 points, Jacob Rice had 12 while Gabe Ferrel added 10, all coming in the second half.

 “Wyatt is the best player in the region hands down,” Pikeville head coach Elisha Justice said. “When the game is on the line we want the basketball in his hands.”

Pikeville will face John Hardin in the Boys’ Sweet 16 on March 14. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.


At Pikeville

(15th Championship)


PK (24-9)….....................................................................10  10  14  18 – 52

JC (19-15).....................................................................….8  10  12  15 – 45


Pikeville (52) – Kyle Watkins 2(2) 2-5 12; Wyatt Battaile 7 9-10 23; Connor Roberts 1 0-0 2; Cade Byers 3 1-1 7; and Evan Rhodes 1(1) 3-5 8. Totals: 14(3) 15-21 52.

Johnson Central (45) – Isaiah May 4 6-6 14; Jacob Rice 5 2-2 12; Cory VanHoose 1 2-2 4; Dalton Collins 1 1-2 3; Gabe Ferrel 0(3) 1-2 10; and Bryson Hackeny 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11(3) 14-17 45.


Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Friday, March 9, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Top-seeded University of Pikeville missed a three-point shot taken by Rodney Hawkins at the buzzer as Campbellsville upset the Bears, 67-65, in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 3.

The Bears, now 28-4, will enter the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., as an at-large entry.

Rze Culbreath and Darrion Leslie led UPIKE with 14 points apiece while Jayvian Delacruz chipped in 11.

Andrew Smith finished with a game-high 25 points for Campbellsville, now 23-9.


At Pikeville

(MSC Semifinals)


CM (23-9)…........................................26  41 – 67

UP (28-4)….........................................27  38 – 65


Campbellsville (67) – Jacob King 1(1) 0-0 5; Jalen Coates 6 1-2 13; Hager Tyler 2 0-0 4; Andrew Smith 9 7-9 25; Shawn Johnson 1(2) 0-0 8; Duke Robinson 1(1) 0-2 5; and Adam Stanford 2 3-4 7. Totals: 22(4) 11-17 67.

UPIKE (65) – Chase Parsley 2 0-0 4; Rze Culbreath 4(1) 3-4 14; Da’Rell Domineck 2 1-2 5; Jordan Perry 3 0-0 6; Darrion Leslie 6 2-5 14; Jayvian Delacruz 2 7-9 11; Rodney Hawkins 3 1-4 7; and Michael Chambers 2 0-1 4. Totals: 24(1) 14-25 65.



Shawnee State.....................…89

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville rallied from 12 points down late in the second half to escape Shawnee State’s upset bid, 92-89, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 2.

Jayvian Delacruz led a balanced attack for the Bears, now 28-3, with 18 points. Jordan Perry followed with 17 and Darrion Leslie tallied 16. Rodney Hawkins finished with 15 and Rze Culbreath added a baker’s dozen.

Frederick Moore paced SSU (14-17) with a game-high 25 points.


At Pikeville

(MSC Quarterfinals)


SS (14-17).......................................….48  41 – 89

UP (28-3)….........................................51  41 – 92


Shawnee State (89) – Justin Johnson 1 0-0 2; E.J. Onu 4(1) 3-5 14; Frederick Moore 7(3) 2-2 25; Jayllen Carter 5(1) 6-8 19; Bryan Rolfe 0 2-2 2; Selby Hind-Wills 0 1-1 1; Matt Rhodes 3(6) 0-0 24; and Daniel Ester 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21(11) 14-18 89.

UPIKE (92) – Chase Parsley 0(1) 2-2 5; Rze Culbreath 3(1) 4-5 13; Jordan Perry 6(1) 2-3 17; Rodney Hawkins 7 1-2 15; Darrion Leslie 4 8-8 16; Jayvian Delacruz 5(2) 2-4 18; Da’Rell Domineck 2 0-1 4; and Michael Chambers 2 0-0 4. Totals: 29(5) 19-25 92.



Cumberland, TN…...................62


PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s late run against Cumberland (Tenn.) fell short in a 62-56 loss in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

Aundrea Matchen led a trio of Bears in double figures with 17 points. Hailey Anderson followed with 14 and Jamie Castle chipped in 10 as UPIKE closed out its season at 14-17.

Micah Norris tossed in 17 for the Phoenix (20-10) to share game-high honors with Matchen.


At Pikeville


UP (14-17)…..........................10  12  11  23 – 56

CU (20-10).…..........................18  17   9  18 – 62


UPIKE (56) – Aundrea Matchen 5 7-8 17; Hailey Anderson 5 4-5 14; Jamie Castle 3 4-8 10; Adison Corder 1(1) 2-2 7; Kayla Mullins 1(1) 2-4 7; and Taylor Berger 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15(2) 20-29 56.

Cumberland, TN (62) – Micah Norris 7(1) 0-0 17; Kaitlin Oliver 3 5-6 11; Ant’Treasia Patton 1(1) 6-6 11; Kyra Tucker 2(2) 0-0 10; Kerrice Watson 1 4-4 6; Cydney Goodrum 1 3-6 5; and Carli Codner-Pinto 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(4) 18-22 62.

UP AND IN: Mid-South Conference Co-Player of the Year Darrion Leslie (22) put up a free throw against Shawnee State.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Friday, March 9, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Nobody in the 15th Region except for Johnson Central saw this coming.

The Lady Eagles held off Pikeville in the closing minute to escape with a thrilling 56-51 win in the championship game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday night.

“We managed to focus in tonight as a team and it paid off in the end,” said JC head coach Darrin Rice, who captured his third regional title, including his second with the Lady Eagles.

Ashlee Belcher finished with a game-high 17 points as JC moved to 20-12, after starting the season 3-9. Tournament MVP Alaina Castle added 13.

“I thought after the Christmas break we worked so hard as a team to get better,” Rice added.

Pikeville was playing in its third title game and first since winning back-to-back championships under legendary coach Hillard Howard in 1979-80.

It was head coach Kristy Orem’s first time taking the Lady Panthers, who finished 24-9, to the finals.

“It speaks volumes about our team and the way we battled tonight after falling behind early,” Orem, who has now finished as regional runner-up three times with three different schools, said.

Pikeville guard Kelsey Jo Tackett finished with 12 points and Kirsten Cole-Williamson came off the bench to add 12.

She replaced starter Leslie Stewart in the post after an ankle injury in the game’s opening minute.

Belcher’s jumper with 3:31 left in the opening period put the Lady Eagles ahead for good at 8-7. Tierra Montgomery’s turn-around jumper in the paint made it 13-8 after eight minutes.

Johnson Central’s biggest lead of the half came on Sammi Sites’ trey with 2:32 to play in the second period to push it to 26-16. It was 30-22 at the break.

Montgomery’s jumper gave the Lady Eagles their biggest lead at 38-17 with 3:46 to go in the third quarter.

The Lady Panthers slowly climbed back into the game and pulled even at 46 on Tackett’s bank shot with 3:58 remaining.

Jana Jarvis’s floater with 2:35 left put the Lady Eagles ahead to stay.

It was Johnson Central 10th regional title, moving ahead of Sheldon Clark’s nine.


At Pikeville

(Championship Game)


PK (24-9)…...............................8  14  12  17 – 51

JC (20-12)................................13  17  12  14 – 56


Pikeville (51) – Jaden Edmonds 0(1) 0-2 3; Grace Bartley 4 0-0 8; Kelsey Jo Tackett 3(2) 0-0 12; Leslie Stewart 3 1-1 7; Alivia Geaeheart 1 2-2 4; Alexia Wilkerson 1 3-5 5; and Kirsten Cole-Williamson 4 4-4 12. Totals: 16(3) 10-14 51.

Johnson Central (56) – Kelci Blair 1 2-2 4; Alaina Castle 5 3-6 13; Sammi Sites 2(1) 2-3 9; Ashlee Belcher 5(1) 4-5 17; Jana Jarvis 2 1-2 5; and Tierra Montgomery 4 0-0 8. Totals: 19(2) 12-18 56.


All-Tournament Team: Madison Thompson, Sheldon Clark; McKenzie Maynard, Belfry; Kelly Davis, Lawrence County; Cassidy Mullins, Pike County Central; Grace Martin, Katie Moore, Floyd Central; Summer Rose, Cassidy Rowe, Shelby Valley; Kelsey Jo Tackett, Grace Bartley, Alivia Gearheart, Pikeville; Sammi Sites, Ashley Belcher, Jana Jarvis, Morgan Hopson, Johnson Central.

Most Valuable Player: Alaina Castle, Johnson Central.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 9, 2018

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville has now won seven of their last eight games following a doubleheader sweep of Johnson (Tenn.) at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 7.

The Bears, now 13-8, took the nightcap 17-13 after winning the opener 8-6.

In the nightcap, Jay Vincent had two hits, including a double, scored three times and drove in three runs while Matt Peterson had one hit and knocked in three runs. He also scored. Leadoff hitter Jacob Alverado had three hits, scored three runs and batted in one. Luke Lubiniecki added two hits, scored and drove in two.

Chase Robinson was the winner.

The Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the opener. Peterson roped a go-ahead double to make a winner of Brandon Sewell. Peterson also singled and scored.

Lucas Bault added a single and two runs batted in while scoring once. Alec Barba collected three hits, scored twice and knocked in one run.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


JC (3-12)….020  130  0 – 6-13-0

UP (12-8)…410  003  x – 8-13-2


WP – Chase Robinson

LP – Clay Turpin

Hitting: Jay Vincent 2b, 1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Matt Peterson 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Jacob Alverado 3-1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Luke Lubiniecki 2-1b, 1r, 2 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


JC (3-11)…..020  130  0 – 6-13-0

UP (12-8)….410 003  x – 8-13-2


WP – Brandon Sewell

LP – Griffin Tate

Hitting: Alec Barba 3-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Lucas Bault 1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Matt Peterson 2b, 1r, 2 RBI; Jay Vincent 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.



PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville grabbed an early lead in the nightcap of a doubleheader with WVU-Tech and left Johnnie LeMaster Field with a split in games played on March 6.

The Bears (11-8) rolled 7-1 behind the solid pitching of Max Hall.

Nelson Muniz had two hits, scored two runs and drove in one while Jacob Alverado had two hits, including a double, scored once and batted in one. Jay Vincent singled home one run.

In the opener, UPIKE fell behind 9-1 early before closing to within 9-7. Muniz doubled, singled, scored two runs and drove home four while Matt Peterson and Vincent each singled in one run. Travis Haen had three hits, including a double, and scored twice.

Ean Walda took the loss.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


WVUT (5-12)….000  000  1 – 1-5-2

UP (11-8)………200  104  x – 7-10-1


WP – Max Hall

LP – Matt Silverstein

Hitting: Nelson Muniz 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Jacob Alverado 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jay Vincent 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


WVUT (5-11)……450  000  0 – 9-10-1

UP (10-8)…………102  310  0 – 7-10-4


WP – Paul Wandeventer

LP – Ean Walda

Hitting: Nelson Muniz 2b, 1b, 2r, 4 RBI; Travis Haen 2b, 2-1b, 2r; Matt Peterson 2-1b, 1 RBI; Jay Vincent 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE.


Saint Francis…8-2

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville completed a doubleheader sweep of Saint Francis (Ind.) with a 10-2 win in the nightcap played at Johnnie LeMaster Field on March 4.

The Bears, now 10-7, took the opener, 12-8.

Matt Peterson doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in three runs while Jay Vincent doubled, scored an added 3 RBI. Alec Barba collected two hits, scored and batted in one run in the game two win.

Jake Hamilton picked up the win.

In the opener, Vincent doubled, singled, scored and knocked in five runs. Travis Haen added two hits, scored once and added an RBI. Jacob Alverado singled, scored three times and drove in one run.

Bruce Bell was the winning pitcher.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


SF (2-10)….020  000  0 – 2-3-2

UP (10-7)…320  410  x – 10-10-5


WP – Jake Hamilton

LP – Matt Fiorini

Hitting: Matt Peterson 2b, 1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Jay Vincent 2b, 1r, 3 RBI; Alec Barba 2-1b, 3r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


SF (2-9)….000  000  8 – 8-10-2

UP (9-7)…800  130  x – 12-10-1


WP – Bruce Bell

LP – Kyle DeKoninck

Hitting: Jay Vincent 2b, 1b, 1r, 5 RBI; Travis Haen 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jacob Alverado 1b, 3r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.


Rio Grande, OH…3-3

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville was limited to just four hits in the nightcap as Rio Grande (OH) escaped with a 3-1 win to gain a split at Johnnie LeMaster Field on Feb. 27.

The Bears, now 6-7, pounded out 14 hits in a 16-3 win in the opener.

Nelson Muniz belted a home run, scored three times and drove in three runs in the game one win. Matt Peterson doubled, singled, scored a pair of runs while Luke Hartlage had a pair of doubles and batted in three runs.

Lucas Bault had two hits, scored twice and knocked in one run while Jay Vincent added two hits, scored two runs and added an RBI. Shane Williams doubled, singled, scored three runs and knocked in one run.

Ean Walda was the winning pitcher.

In the nightcap, Nelson Muniz had two hits, including a double, and scored one run. Peterson singled and knocked in one run.

Charlie Cokley suffered the loss.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


RG (5-13)…..200  001  00 – 3-5-1

UP (6-7)……000  001  00 – 1-4-3


WP – Dalton Wilburn

LP – Charlie Cokley

Hitting: Nelson Muniz 2b, 1b, 1r; Matt Peterson 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

(Game 1)


RG (4-13)….002  001  0 – 3-3-2

UP (6-6)……781  000  x – 16-14-0


WP – Ean Walda

LP – Trey Meade

Hitting: Nelson Muniz HR, 3r, 3 RBI; Matt Peterson 2b, 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Luke Hartlage 2-2b, 3 RBI; Lucas Bault 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Jay Vincent 2-1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Shane Williams 2b, 1b, 3r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

Midway College….2-3


PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville came up on the short end of a pair of one-run games as Midway College scored 3-2 and 2-1 wins in a doubleheader played at Davis Park at the Hambley Athletic Complex on Feb. 25.

In the nightcap, Brandon Swell doubled and drove in the lone run for the Bears, now 5-6. Matt Peterson had two hits and scored while Alec Barba added two singles.

Bruce Bell took the loss.

In the opener, Nelson Muniz belted a solo home run and Peterson had two hits, including a double, and drove in one run.

Jake Hamilton suffered the loss.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


MC (5-9)….001  100  0 – 2-4-0

UP (5-6).….010  000  0 – 1-6-0


WP – Conner Lindsay

LP – Bruce Bell

Hitting: Brandon Swell 2b, 1 RBI; Alec Barba 2-1b; Matt Peterson 2-1b, 1 r, UPIKE.

(Game 1)


MC (4-9)….000  002  1 – 3-7-1

UP (5-5)…..100 010  x – 2-7-1


WP – Noah Marion

LP – Jake Hamilton

Hitting: Nelson Muniz solo-HR, 2r; Matt Peterson 2b, 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE. 


Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 9, 2018

In recognition of National Kidney Month, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) would like to educate the public about their kidney health and urge those in risk categories to schedule a checkup.

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs about the size of a fist, located just below the rib cage, on each side of the spine. Every day, the two kidneys filter waste and excess water out of about 120 to 150 quarts of blood. They also help to regulate blood pressure and direct red blood cell production.

Many issues can arise with the overall health of the kidneys and they can be prone to disease.

“Acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, difficult to control blood pressure, kidney stones, dialysis and post Kidney transplant care are some of the things that I treat here at PMC,” said Dr. Chinmay Patel, PMC Nephrologist.

Chronic kidney disease affects about 30 million Americans and millions more are at high risk of developing kidney disease.

“Chronic kidney disease can occur at any age, but it becomes more common with increasing age and is more common in women,” said Dr. Patel. Most show no signs of symptoms until the disease has progressed.

“Most people may not have any severe symptoms until their kidney disease is advanced,” explained Dr. Patel. “Some of the symptoms include tiredness, swelling of feet, need to urinate more often at night, skin itching and muscle cramping.”

Early detection and diagnosing the cause of problems are key in treating kidney disease.

Understanding how to prevent kidney damage is an important factor in overall kidney health.

“Early detection can help prevent kidney disease from progressing to kidney failure,” Dr. Patel explained. “Diagnosis can be done by blood tests to check for serum creatinine and glomerular filtration rate, which measures the level of kidney function and determines the stage of the disease. While urine tests look for protein excretion in urine,” he said. An ultrasound of the kidney can help find cysts, stones and obstructions. Sometimes a biopsy of the kidney is required for accurate diagnosis.

What you eat and drink play a vital role in the health of your kidneys. As a general rule, natural foods are healthier than processed foods.

“A kidney friendly diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts,” advised Dr. Patel. “This diet is low in salt and sodium, sugars and sweets, fats and red meats.”

It is also important to drink plenty of water. The recommended six to eight glasses per day helps flush out toxins and prevent kidney stones. 

“New research has shown that drinking a lot of sugar-free cola beverages or other carbonated soft drinks might have adverse effects on kidney health,” warned Dr. Patel. “In one study, soda-drinking women had a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function in 20 years compared with women who did not drink diet soda. Drinking one diet soda daily did not decrease kidney function more than normal. Drinking two or more diet sodas, though, appeared to cause problems,” Dr. Patel advised.

The best way to take care of your kidneys is to manage the factors within your control, like blood pressure, high cholesterol, body weight and blood sugar. It is also important not to smoke and to get plenty of physical activity.

Dr. Patel is located on the 8th floor of the PMC Pam May Clinic Building.

To schedule an appointment for a kidney checkup, please call 606-218-2208.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 2, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) held their fifth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center (EXPO) on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

The event was presented by Community Trust Bank and the EXPO.

Over 500 business and community members came together to celebrate the accomplishments of APCC and show their support.

Cornerstone Christian Church Pastor Paul Potter delivered a prayer before dismissing tables to receive their dinner.

“The Banquet for Life allows us to help mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter future for themselves and their babies,” APCC Director Kay Hammond said. “This year’s banquet was a huge success, I am grateful for the support shown within our community and the numerous amount of hours contributed through our committee to make this event a success.”

Hammond said without the committee, staff and volunteers this event would not be possible.

“The event raises awareness within the community, in addition to raising money to maintain a much needed facility within our region,” she said.

Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain programs for the center.

“The silent auction fundraiser and table sales brought in a total of  $40,000,” she said. 

Participants enjoyed The Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church Choir, an all men’s choir from Lynch, took part in a large selection of silent auction items and heard a testimony from Sandy Gross. 

Attendees also had the opportunity for a professional photography session with Deneisha Osborne owner of Moments of the Heart Photography and a photo booth.

Among those in attendance was Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the APCC.

“It’s amazing to see how far the event has come over the past five years and what an impact we will be able to make in the lives of others,” Hammond said.

The APCC was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit organization that offers services and support for women, teens and families facing unplanned pregnancies. The group has served over 4,000 participants within the past ten years.

GUEST SPEAKER: Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, a Prestonsburg native and longtime supporter of the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC), above, addresses the crowd during the fifth-annual Banquet for Life held at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 23. Below, APCC Director Kay Hammond welcomes guests.
Medical Leader│Photos by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 2, 2018

PAINTSVILLE — A large crowd of local businesses and community members from throughout eastern Kentucky gathered to network and share ideas on how to succeed on the professional level during the 19th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium.

“This is a day we celebrate women in business and their success in the business world,” Management Consultant for Pikeville Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Michelle Spriggs said. “We have some really great businesses here today and small businesses owned by women.”

Spriggs said the event empowers those in attendance.

“It’s a wonderful event in the area,” she said. “They leave here motivated and go back to their offices or businesses and take back with them what they learned and utilize it.”

Keynote speaker, Amelia “Mimi” Brown from Detroit, Mich. addressed the crowd on how to effectively strengthen and elevate their leadership vision to new heights.

“You have to reach and get out of your comfort zone to achieve success,” Brown said.

She is passionate about people, leadership and successful businesses.

Brown was recognized as one of Michigan’s Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40, Ms. Michigan Plus America 2015 and a proud contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

The first breakout session was presented by Regina Becknell, Project Specialist for Eastern Kentucky Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. During the workshop, individuals learned about what all QuickBooks has to offer and how to make it easier to complete their accounting.

The second breakout session was presented by Sarah Bowker, Communications Director for a statewide Community and Economic Development Technical Assistance for the College of Agriculture at University of Kentucky. She discussed finding balance and staying connected on social media.   

During lunch, entertainment was provided by the Pike County Central Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble is made up of talented students from grades nine through twelve and they are known for their mix of jazz and popular standards.

“It’s a really great day to celebrate women and their leadership in the business world or small business community,” Spriggs said. “We do have some men that braved the event and had a really great time.”

SBDC has 12 offices statewide and covers the 10 most eastern counties in Kentucky.

“All of our services are free and everything we do is confidential,” she said. “We really are the best kept secret. We can help you with all of your small business needs and it’s free, you can’t get any better than that.”

For more information call 606-432-5848 or visit ksbdc.org.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 2, 2018

Raven Iris Howell, son of Jamie Wolford and Gary Howell, born Feb. 20; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

Deegan Nash Lester, son of Destiny Fouch and Dakota Lester, born Feb.20; weight: 8 lbs., 8 oz.

Jensen Robert Walker Tackett, son of Krystal and Thomas Tackett, born Feb. 20; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.

Ayden West Clifton, son of Holly Day, born Feb. 19; weight: 4 lbs., 13 oz.

Nolan Jase Holbrook, son of Robyn and Jason Holbrook, born Feb. 19; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Jalyn Maree Bray, daughter of Rachel Collins, born Feb. 18; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.

Hayden Elizabeth Clark, daughter of Tina and Austin Clark, born Feb. 18; weight: 7 lbs.

Zaylee Brooke Justice, daughter of Allison and Tanner Justice, born Feb. 18; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Makala Rae Howell, daughter of Brittany and Joshua Howell, born Feb. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

Axel Kane Hamlin, son of Jericca and Mark Hamlin, born Feb. 17; weight: 9 lbs.

Asher Krew Charles, son of Mariah and Dustin Charles, born Feb. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Elijah Dean May, son of Leslie Lunsford and Daniel May, born Feb. 16; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.

Isaiah James Owens, son of Haylee and Adam Owens, born Feb. 16; weight: 8 lbs., 12 oz.

Lexi Anna Faye Wood, daughter of Erica and Randy Wood Jr., born Feb. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 2.2 oz.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wanda Marie Reed Baer, 82, of Betsy Layne, passed away Feb. 25. Memorial service planned.

Otis R. Ousley, 88, of Martin, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 27. Burial, Hamilton Cemetery, Martin.  

Joe Eddie Hunt, 53, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Wiley Herman Elliott, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Wright Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Stella Mae Miller Lafferty, 87, of Prestonsburg, passed away Feb. 21. Memorial service, Feb. 25, First Baptist Church, Prestonsburg.

Clifford Junior Stevenson, 70, of Phelps, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Bluesprings Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Billy Thornsberry, 74, of Virgie, passed away Feb. 24. Funeral, Feb. 26. Burial, Thornsberry Family Cemetery, Virgie.

Donna Sue Ratliff, 71, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 22. Private services are planned.

Jerri Lynn Justice, 56, of Shelbiana, passed away Feb. 24. Private family funeral planned.

Lois Logan, 86, of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Community Cemetery, Little Leatherwood, Perry County.

Inard Douglas Ramey, 73, of Steele, passed away Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 27, Big Rock Church of Christ. Burial, Ramey Cemetery, Steele.

Charles “Cab” Owens, 71, of Mouthcard, passed away Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 24. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.

Herbert Hoover Goble, 87, of Goble Roberts, passed away Feb. 25. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral, March 1. Burial, Goble Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Edward Ray Bradley, 54, of Blue River, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 26.

James Norman “Jimmy” Little Jr., 71, of Wheelwright, passed away Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 26, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.

Michelle Leigh Slone, 46, of Mousie, passed away Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 25, Garrett First Baptist Church. Burial, Hobert Slone Cemetery, Mousie.

Muril Dale Moore, 46, of McDowell, passed away Feb. 20. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Desert Storm. Funeral, Feb. 23, McDowell First Baptist Church. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.

Friday, March 2, 2018