PIKEVILLE — Paintsville’s Elizabeth Williams drove and scored on a running layup with just six seconds left to rally the Lady Tigers to a 46-45 win over Shelby Valley in a clash of 15th Region girls heavyweights at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.


Valley, which finished its season 26-5, had rallied as well, trailing by as many as 11 in the first period before storming back to go up five late in the third period.


Summer Rose finished with a game-high 18 points for Valley. She attempted a game-winning shot as time expired but missed. Kayla Newsom chipped in 10.


Elenora Lanzani paced the Lady Tigers (26-4) with 14 points while Williams finished with 11.


Paintsville, which beat Valley (43-30) in the All A Classic finals in January, faces South Floyd in tonight’s semifinal round.


At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




PV (26-4)....................................15 7 11 13 - 46


SV (26-5).....................................4 13 16 12 - 45




Paintsville (46) - Elizabeth Williams 2(1) 5-7 12; Presley Chirico 1 2-2 4; Anna Keeton 3 1-3 7; Katelyn Fitch 1 0-0 2; Abby James 1(1) 2-4 7; and Eleanora Lanzani 4(1) 3-4 14. Totals: 12(3) 13-20 46.


Shelby Valley (45) - Summer Rose 4(3) 1-2 18; Kyleigh Tackett 1 3-6 5; Cassidi Wright 1(1) 2-3 7; Tori Hampton 1 3-5 5; and Kayla Newsom 4 2-2 10. Totals: 11(4) 11-20 45.




South Floyd............................67


Lawrence County.....................49


PIKEVILLE — This night was a long time coming for the South Floyd Lady Raiders.


Taylor Berger fired in a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead South Floyd to a 67-49 win over Lawrence County in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.


It was the Lady Raiders first regional win since knocking off Pikeville at Shelby Valley back in 2001.


Jesse Tackett added 12 points while Cheyenne Light chipped in 11 and Brooke Stumbo tallied 10.


South Floyd led by as many as 24 points in the opening half and took their biggest lead at 25 with just over three minutes left to play.


Alexis Ratliff paced the Lady Bulldogs, who finished 10-22, with 13 points and Kelly Davis added 10.


South Floyd, now 26-7, will face Paintsville in tonight’s semifinals.The Lady Tigers won the two previous meetings this season.




At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




LC (10-22)................................11 14 11 13 - 49


SF (26-7)...................................21 23 11 12 - 67




Lawrence County (49) - Kylie Maynard 2 2-3 6; Hannah Rucker 0(3) 0--0 9; Alexis Ratliff 4 5-6 13; Kelly Davis 4 2-6 10; Kassidi Cavins 1 0-0 4; Annabelle Silva 1 0-0 2; Samarra Akers 0 1-2 1; and Chelsey Fields 1 2-2 4. Totals: 14(3) 12-19 49.


South Floyd (67) - Jesse Tackett 2(2) 2-5 12; Katie Moore 4 0-0 8; Cheyenne Light 3(1) 2-2 11; Taylor Berger 9 6-6 24; Brooke Stumbo 2 6-7 10; Kassedy Osborne 0 0-2 0; and Kaylee Moore 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21(3) 16-26 67.




Johnson Central......................69




PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central’s Sammi Sites put up a running floater with her left hand as time expired on the clock to lift the Lady Eagles to a stunning 69-68 overtime win over Pikeville in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.


Sites’ buzzer beater was the third of the game for Johnson Central, now 27-6.


Ashlee Belcher hit a two-point basket with two seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 59-all.


Savanna Nunemaker finished with 23 points for the Lady Panthers, who finished 20-9. She shared game-high honors with JC’s Ali May.


Kelsey Jo Tackett added 14 for Pikeville while Lauren Preston and Hannah Fitch had 14 apiece for the Lady Eagles.


Johnson Central will face Pike County Central (22-11) tonight.




At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




PK (20-9)...........................11 19 10 19 (9) - 68


JC (27-6)...........................14 18 15 12 (10) - 69




Pikeville (68) - Rachael Blackburn 0 2-2 2; Savanna Nunemaker 3(2) 11-12 23; Grace Bartley 1 0-0 2; Leslie Stewart 2 2-3 6; Alivia Gearheart 2(1) 2-3 9; Jaden Edmonds 1 0-3 2; Kelsey Jo Tackett 2(2) 4-6 14; Alexia Wilkerson 1 0-1 2; and Kirsten Cole 4 0-1 8. Totals: 16(5) 21-31 68.


Johnson Central (69) - Lauren Preston 6 2-4 14; Lauryn Salyer 2 1-2 5; Alaina Castle 0 1-2 2; Cheyenne Ross 1 0-1 2; Ali May 0(2) 17-21 23; Sammi Sites 3 0-0 6; Ashley Belcher 2 0-0 4; and Hannah Fitch 5(1) 1-2 14. Totals: 19(3) 22-34 69.


Pike Central...........................57


Betsy Layne............................50


PIKEVILLE — Pike County Central rallied from a first-half deficit to grab the lead away from Betsy Layne late in the final period to escape with a 57-50 win in the opening round of the 15th Region girls’ tournament being played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 27.


The Lady Bobcats, who finished 14-18, had built a 12-point lead late in the first half before the Lady Hawks (22-11) storm back to take a seven-point lead with just over five minutes to play.


Kaitlyn Keathley and Cassidy Mullins hit club free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.


Keathley finished with 18 points and Kylea Stanley added 12.


Megan Frazier fired in a game-high 19 points for Betsy Layne while Destiny Compton followed with 18.


Pike Central plays Johnson Central tonight.




At Pikeville


(15th Region Tournament)




BL (14-18)...................................12 17 7 14 - 50


PC (22-11)...................................5 12 18 22 - 57




Betsy Layne (50) - Megan Frazier 7 5-5 19; Destiny Compton 6 6-7 18; Kaitlin Kidd 1(2) 0-2 8; Alex Sisco 1 0-0 2; and Caroline Ariaz 1 1-1 3. Totals: 16(2) 12-15 50.


Pike County Central (57) - Bailey Birchfield 1(2) 1-2 9; Haley Boyd 3 0-0 6; Alexis Newsome 0(1) 0-0 3; Cassidy Mullisn 2(1) 2-2 9; Kaitlyn Keathley 3(1) 9-13 18; and Kylea Stanley 6 0-0 12. Totals: 15(5) 12-17 57.

CLASH OF THE TITANS: Shelby Valleys’ Summer Rose (00) dribbles against the defensive pressure of Paintsville’s Elizabeth Williams during 15th Region girls’ tournament action played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28. Williams scored on a running layup with six seconds left to lift the Lady Tigers to a 46-45 win. Rose attempted a last second shot that missed.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

Zamira Nichole Hatfield, daughter of Tonya Hatfield, born Feb. 22; weight: 6lbs., 14oz.


Jayde Arden Marie Cornette, daughter of Alicia Penix and Justin Cornette, born Feb. 22; weight: 7lbs., 2 oz.


Noah Brenston Storme Branham, son of Lianna Branham, born Feb. 21; weight: 6lbs., 11oz.


Jace Bradley Parsons, son of Kayla and Jonathan Parsons, born Feb. 21; weight: 5lbs., 15oz.


Killian James Lemaster, son of Elizabeth and Kyle Lemaster, born Feb. 21; weight: 5lbs., 2oz.


Kayson Dean Spears, son of Ashley Riggs and Erik Spears, born Feb. 20; weight: 8lbs., 3oz.


Isabella Hope Hopkins, daughter of Kuri Kidd and Scottie Hopkins, born Feb. 20; weight: 5lbs., 13oz.


Benson Isaiah Kinney, son of Chelsea and Brock Kinney, born Feb. 18; weight: 8lbs., 5.8oz.


Brooklyn Nicole Adkins, daughter of Kristin Adkins, born Feb. 18; weight: 6lbs., 1oz.


Avery McKenna Coleman, daughter of Jaden Easterling and John Coleman, born Feb. 18; weight: 6lbs., 11.7oz.


Branson Dean Muncy, twin son of Amanda and Brandon Muncy, born Feb. 17; weight: 4lbs., 15oz.


Rush Memphis Muncy, twin son of Amanda and Brandon Muncy, born Feb. 17; weight: 5lbs., 9oz.


Nora Rhea White, daughter of Caitlin and Ethan White, born Feb. 17; weight: 7lbs., 8oz.


Carolina Davy Francis, daughter of Whitney and Paul David Francis Jr., born Feb. 16; weight: 8lbs., 2oz.


Myka Annmarie Williams, daughter of Leslie and Michael Williams, born Feb. 16; weight: 7lbs.


Gregory Michael Swiney, son of Lisa Harris, born Feb. 15; weight: 8lbs., 3oz.


Aria Kaede Morris, daughter of Keira Clark, born Feb. 15; weight: 6lbs., 13oz.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Joe Willis May, 68, of Pikeville, died Feb. 22. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Beatrice “Hall” May, 76, of Shelbiana, died Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 24. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Stephen Leon Ford, 58, of Pikeville, died Feb. 20. Funeral, Feb. 24. Burial, Kinder Justice Cemetery.


Jason Scott Charles, 38, of Betsy Layne, formerly of Raccoon, died Feb. 22. Burial, Bent Ridge Cemetery.


Bessie Vicars, 73, of Melvin, died Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 27 at Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Johnson Family Cemetery, Weeksbury.


Donnie Jones, 63, of Hueysville, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 5. Burial, Jones Family Cemetery, Hueysville.


Lynn N. “Jack” Cobb, 94, of Martin, died Feb. 26. Funeral, March 3. Burial, Emma Cemetery, Emma.


Jasel Lee Dye, 65, of West Liberty, formerly of Floyd County, died Feb. 25. Funeral, March 1, Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, Hi Hat. Burial, Dye Cemetery, Hi Hat.


Grace Woody, 89, of Prestonsburg, died Feb. 26. Funeral, March 1, Highland Ave. Freewill Baptist Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, Charlie Rowe Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Cathy Jean McKinney Kretzer, 56, of Lancaster, died Feb. 24. Funeral, March 2. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Isaac Caudill Jr., 86, of Prestonsburg, died Feb. 24. Funeral, March 1. Burial, Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Dixie Lee Tackett McKinney, 71, of Harold, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 2. Burial, Tackett Cemetery, Beaver.


Benton Gibson, 72, of Grethel, died Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 25. Burial, Hamilton Cemetery.


Ernestine McKinney, 79, of McDowell, died Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 23. Burial, Jones Cemetery.


Rethel Conn, 72, of Martin, died Feb. 20. Funeral service, Feb. 24. Burial, John B. Conn Cemetery.


Joe Skeens, 73, of Prestonsburg, died Feb. 21. Funeral, Feb. 27. Burial, Old Fitzpatrick Cemetery.


Ralph Adkins, 61, of Melvin, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 3 at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Big BJ Family Cemetery.


Virginia Lee Bradley, 92, of Martin, died Feb. 24. Funeral, Feb. 28. Burial, Amanda Dingess Cemetery, Martin.


Lola Tackett Roberts, 78, of Grethel, died Feb. 20. Funeral, Feb. 24 at Betsy Layne Church of Christ. Burial, Tackett Family Cemetery.


Ransom Smith, 82, of Bushnell, Fl., formerly of Huddy, died Feb. 17. Funeral, Feb. 26. Burial, Coburn Point Cemetery, Huddy.


Effie Rita Hunt, 71, of Canada, died Feb. 22. Funeral, Feb. 26 at Sidney Missionary Baptist Church. Burial, Morris Family Cemetery.


Leonard Roger Young, 68, of Huddy, died Feb. 24. Funeral, March 1 at Pilgrim Home Old Regular Baptist Church, Varney. Burial, A.C. and Wesley Young Cemetery.


Reca C. Carroll, 61, of McAndrews, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 4 at McVeigh Baptist Church.


Larry Coleman, 63, of Troutman, N.C., formerly of Pikeville, died Feb. 23. Funeral service Feb. 28, Greasy Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Coleman Family Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Carrie J. Coleman, 95, of Pikeville, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 5. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery


Raymond Milam Jr., 88, of Virgie, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 3. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park.


Flora Morgan Wright, 92, of Elkhorn City, died Feb. 28. Funeral, March 4. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery.


Patricia Ann Kirby Robinson, 70, of Greasy Creek, died Feb. 25. Funeral, March 1. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Josiah Blayne May, infant son of William and Amanda May of Phyllis, died Feb. 21. Graveside service, Feb. 23.


Troy Edward Newsome, 80, of Pikeville, died Feb. 20. Funeral, Feb. 23. Burial, Newsome Cemetery.


Minnie Mae Anderson Chapman, 75, of Phyllis, died Feb. 26. Funeral, March 3 at Upper Grapevine Church of Christ. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park.


John Lewis Adkins, 67, of Pikeville, died Feb. 23. Funeral, Feb. 26. Burial, Mack Adkins Cemetery.


Danny Ray Adkins, 62, of Pikeville, died Feb. 27. Funeral, March 2. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park.


Alam Hamilton Stell, 79, of McCarr, died Feb. 21. Funeral service Feb. 28. Burial, Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic.

Friday, March 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville’s Rze Culbreath took the in-bounds pass and drove the length of the floor and scored on a layup over two Cumberland defenders to lift the Bears to a 67-66 win on Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 25.


UPIKE closed out the regular season at 24-6 overall and 9-5 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) games while Phoenix fell to 22-7 and 8-6 MSC.


Darrion Leslie tossed in 19 points and Trey Rakes added 17 as the Bears erased a 13-point, second-half deficit. Culbreath chipped in nine.


Eddie Tornes paced Cumberlands with 17 points. Bernard Samuel followed with 12.


The Bears open the MSC tournament against Cumberland (Tenn.) tonight in Frankfort.




At Pikeville




UC (22-7)….................................................................37 29 – 66


UP (24-6)…..................................................................24 43 – 67




Cumberlands (66) – Bernard Samuel 4(1) 1-2 12; Kelsley Wilkinson 4 3-6 11; Marquis Yates 2(1) 3-4 10; Chance Morton 3 2-2 8; Eddie Tornes 6(1) 2-2 17; Eric Duncan 3 0-0 6; and LaRoyce Eason 1 0-1 2. Totals: 23(3) 11-17 66.


UPIKE (67) – Trey Rakes 1(4) 3-4 17; Clint Nwosuh 2 2-3 6; Daniel Afeaki 2 0-0 4; Richard Freeman 0(1) 0-0 3; Marshall Bennett 1 0-0 2; Darrion Leslie 7 5-8 19; Rze Culbreath 1(1) 4-4 9; Jordan Perry 2 1-2 5; and Michael Lewis 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17(6) 15-21 67.










PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville built a double-digit, halftime lead against Cumberlands and cruised to a 70-53 win in the regular-season finale and Senior Day at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 25.


Taylor McGlade fired in 15 points and Aundrea Matchen added 10 as the Bears improved to 20-9 overall and 8-6 in Mid-South Conference (MSC) games.


Essence Grey and Cheyenne Madden finished with 12 each for the Phoenix, now 14-14 and 4-10 MSC.


UPIKE opened MSC post-season play Thursday evening against Georgetown.




At Pikeville




UC (14-14)….....................................................9 11 16 17 – 53


UP (20-9)…......................................................12 21 16 21 – 70




Cumberlands (53) – Cheyenne Madden 6 0-0 12; Sarah Kelton 0 2-2 2; Kayla Bruner 1(1) 0-0 5; Essence Grey 3(1) 3-4 12; Megan Morton 1 0-0 2; Ashley Jackson 1(2) 1-2 9; Shaniece Wright 3 0-0 6; Rebecca Lewter 0(1) 0-0 3; and Brandi Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(5) 6-8 53.


UPIKE (70) – Kandice Porter 2 0-0 4; Emily Baker 2 2-2 6; Jamie Castle 1(1) 0-0 5; Aundrea Matchen 5 0-1 10; Kelah Eldridge 0(2) 0-0 6; Taylor McGlade 3(3) 0-0 15; Devin Conley 1(1) 2-2 7; Rachel Lee 2 0-2 4; Mia Greatrex 1 1-1 3; Brianna Burbridge 4 0-0 8; and Elisabeth Latham 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(7) 5-8 70.

GAME WINNER: University of Pikeville’s Rze Culbreath hit the game-winning shot to lift the Bears to a come-from-behind win over Cumberlands on Feb. 25.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 3, 2017

Ralph Justice of Pikeville chose Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute in January after symptoms of a heart attack took him by surprise.


“I thought I was in good shape,” said Justice. “There was no precursor that I knew of, prior to my heart attack. I simply thought I was having a little heartburn. I soon discovered just how bad I really felt.”


On January 21, Justice began to experience a bit of pain that started in his left arm. He took the advice of his father, who had his own experience with heart issues, and took a baby aspirin. As the pain eased somewhat, he realized this was not a good sign so, for the sake of time, he went to the nearest emergency room. The staff performed an electrocardiogram (EKG) and he was told he was experiencing a heart attack.


He said the hospital did all they could do and 20 minutes later he was at Pikeville Medical Center under the care of PMC Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Bill Harris, MD.


“When they brought me in, I can remember Dr. Harris beside the gurney and followed along explaining everything,” said Justice. “He outlined, in detail, what he was going to try and if that didn’t work, what the backup plan would be.”


Justice said he felt confident in what Dr. Harris was about to do.


“He found 80 percent blockage in two arteries back to back,” said Justice. “He fixed both of them with one stint. I can remember shortly after I woke, Dr. Harris was right there telling me everything went great.”


Justice reported that the care he received was all he expected and more.


“I was only in the hospital for two days after the procedure,” he said. “Everyone in the intensive care unit (ICU) and on the floor was great. They were all very nice and I almost felt too pampered.”


He was appreciative of the time and detail Dr. Harris brought.


“During my follow-up visit Dr. Harris spent a large amount of time answering all my questions, giving me pointers and making sure I paid attention,” said Justice. “I was fortunate that everything happened the way it did. Dr. Harris was there and everything was great.”


Although they had never met prior to the procedure Justice says, in his opinion, Dr. Harris is an excellent physician.


Justice has some helpful advice for family and friends.


“Stay away from fast food, there is plenty of time to eat healthy. I have definitely figured that out during these last few weeks,” he said. “Do not take any chances with your health. I did not understand what was going on. I just felt scared, something was different about me. Simply pay attention to even the small things.”


Today, Justice says he is going to make time to eat right, exercise, and spend more time with his family.


He is also a patient in the PMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.


“I like it so far and each day I am feeling a lot better,” said Justice. “After only six visits I can tell a noticeable difference. Everyone has been great in the Cardiac Rehab Department. They help motivate me while keeping a steady plan for my recovery. I tend to want to run off a little bit because I’m feeling better but they keep me on the right pace.”


For more information or to schedule an appointment with the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute call 606-218-2201.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, February 24, 2017

The Wound Care Center at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) specializes in the treatment of diabetic foot wounds because a large percentage of the patients from this area are diabetics.


Diabetics can often develop foot problems as a result of poor circulation. Diabetes causes the blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden, reducing the blood flow to the feet.


Roy Gannon of Pikeville knows firsthand about foot problems caused by this disease. He began having problems shortly after being diagnosed as a Type II diabetic.


“About five years ago I had a toenail turn black because of bad circulation,” said Gannon. “My family doctor recommended me to a doctor in Lexington who wanted to take my toe off, but I wouldn’t let them.”


Gannon reached out to the PMC Wound Care Center and worked with Medical Director John Fleming, DO, who prescribed visits to the hyperbaric oxygen chamber.


In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), patients lie in a pressurized chamber, breathing pure oxygen. The oxygen is forced into the blood stream which carries it to the wound site or infection. This creates the formation of new capillary beds in the wound that ultimately establishes healing.


“Dr. Fleming worked with me for about three months,” said Gannon. “I went to oxygen therapy every day and Dr. Fleming finally said there was nothing more to do. My toe was fine. That was five years ago and I still have my toe!”


After his toe was healed, Gannon developed an ulcer on the bottom of his foot. Because diabetes damages nerves in the feet, Gannon did not feel the ulcer and was not in pain.


“I was in the middle of remodeling a rental house and didn’t have the time to stay off my feet,” added Gannon. “I tried to heal it myself but it just didn’t work.”


He went back to the PMC Wound Care Center and worked with Podiatrist Dr. Molly Meier. She prescribed HBOT therapy and had him fitted for a total contact cast. The cast takes weight off of the ulceration to enable healing and was refitted every week.


Dr. Meier has success in using a combination of treatments for diabetic wounds. “Wound care is a combination of the right treatment for each individual patient,” said Dr. Meier. “One therapy alone is never as successful as several together.”


Gannon again had success with the treatments and currently has no problems with his feet.


“They treated me like a king there,” Gannon said. “I just had a checkup and everything looks good.”


The PMC Wound Care Center is staffed by professionals who are certified in wound care. Staff physicians include Dr. John Fleming, medical director, Dr. Tim Wright, surgeon and Dr. Molly Meier, podiatrist. David Thacker serves as the HBOT Safety Director and has completed training and certification in this field.


Other members of the Wound Care Center staff are Marla Schafstall, scribe, Craig Staton, Wound Care tech, Tabbetha Fleming, certified medical assistant, Amberly Johnson, RN, case manager, Kayla Tackett, RN, case manager, Jenna Osborne, RN and Tonya Newsome Goble, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager


For more information, call 606-218-4721.


Roy Gannon
Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, February 24, 2017

Mason Tank Zankovitch, son of Tonya Justice, born Feb. 15; weight: 6lbs., 13oz.


Eliyanah Grace Stevens, daughter of Sarandon and Michael Stevens, born Feb. 15; weight: 8lbs., 9oz.


Greyson Sawyer Swafford, son of Whitney and Greg Swafford, born Feb. 14; weight: 6lbs., 14oz.


Izabella Kyrie Hall, daughter of Leandra Hall, born Feb. 14; weight: 7lbs., 7.7oz.


Lucas Dean Freeman, son of Melissa and Andrew Freeman, born Feb. 13; weight: 3lbs.


Kashton Xavier Whitehead, son of Trista Robinson and Cory Whitehead, born Feb. 13; weight: 6lbs. 13oz.


Amara Lynn Haekney, daughter of Shannon Hampton and Harley Haekney, born Feb. 12; weight: 8lbs., 2oz.


Addilyn Brooke Ratliff, daughter of Toni and Timothy Ratliff, born Feb. 11; weight: 7lbs., 13oz.


Lawrence Robert Wallen, son of Tabitha and Eric Wallen, born Feb. 11; weight: 7lbs., 9oz.


Cayde Phillip Honaker, son of Britany and Matthew Honaker, born Feb. 10; weight: 7lbs., 9oz.


Jenna Brooke Fields, daughter of Latisha and Shannon Fields, born Feb. 10; weight: 8lbs., 10oz.


Maddilyn Trey Looney, daughter of Kasi and Dwight David Looney Jr., born Feb. 10; weight: 8lbs., 14oz.


Josiah Kaleb Wendell Davis, son of Amanda and Joshua Davis, born Feb. 9; weight: 8lbs., 3.2oz.


Jersee Alonna Chayse Newsome, daughter of Brittany Ray and Ronnie Newsome, born Feb. 9; weight: 6lbs., 12oz.


James Clayton Shaffer IV, son of Chelsea Ray and James Clayton Shaffer III, born Feb. 9; weight: 6lbs., 9oz.


Hadley Rose Gamble, daughter of Ashley and Johnathon Gamble, born Feb. 9; weight: 7lbs., 9oz.


Trevor Christian Coleman, son of Andrea and Christopher Coleman, born Feb. 9; weight: 6lbs., 15oz.

Friday, February 24, 2017

PIKEVILLE — “I fully believe that within each of us is vast, untapped potential. It is our responsibility as individuals to maximize that potential, to draw on it, to pull it out, so that we may tap in to the wonderful, amazing gifts, talents, and abilities that God has given to each of us.”


Belfry Head Coach Philip Haywood, Kentucky’s winningest high school football coach in history, spoke those words as he addressed a large crowd at the Pike UNITE coalition luncheon held at First Baptist Church on Feb. 15.


Haywood said he was returning home from Northern Kentucky when he received word of a family member dying from a drug overdose in Lexington.


“It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, it affects each and every one of us,” he said.


He said drugs are a huge problem all throughout our communities and across the country.


“It is up to each and every one of us to get involved,” he said. “If you can change, just live life it’s worth the effort.”


Haywood said every person has a purpose in life but you must seek it out.


“When you find your purpose and your passion, you won’t have to go to work every day,” he said. “You will love your job because you love what you’re doing.”


The coach is deeply involved in his church and community. He often visits with troubled students in hopes of helping turn their lives around.


“We must look for ways to get kids involved,” he said. “Involvement is essential if we are going to make a difference.


Haywood praised members of the Pike County Board of Education for re-implementing drug testing in schools.


“I commend you for that,” he said. “If it turns around just one life that’s great.”


No coach understands the X’s and O’s of high school athletics like Haywood. He says it is the spirit of teaching, preparing, influencing, pushing, loving, caring and driving young men to be the best they can be at what they are doing in this time of their life the passion that drives him.


“This game allows coaches to assume that role and teach not only a great game, but a sport that allows for tremendous growth as a young person. I am honored and humbled to be a part of it,” he added.

GUEST SPEAKER: Belfry head coach Philip Haywood addressed a crowd gathered at First Baptist Church in Pikeville during the Pike UNITE coalition luncheon held on Feb. 15. Haywood, Kentucky’s winningest high school coach in history, talked about the drug problems affecting our communities.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 24, 2017

Hollywood has developed numerous apocalyptic movies over the years.


Myself and others have enjoyed some of those movies as an escape from reality. Some of those movies have a political or social statement to make and others are just pure Sci-Fi fun.


These movies also have the ability to cause panic in people as their fears are being played out on the big screen.


For instance, a nuclear holocaust scares many people and the reality of it is probable when you consider the amount of nuclear weapons and the hot tempers that we see countries demonstrate when they want to get their way.


However, the Lord promises in Psalm 104:5 that, “He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever.” Thus, the world’s foundation is secure in the hands of a sovereign God who holds our future in safety.


~ PMC Chaplain Chris Dool may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Danny Dale Justice, 64, of Elkhorn City, died Feb. 17. Visitation, Feb. 20.


Brenda Lou Stalker Mullins, 62, of Elkhorn City, died Feb. 19. Funeral, Feb. 22. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Hazel Kiser, 94, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Pikeville, died Feb. 16. Funeral, Feb. 18 at Caney Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Bartley Cemetery, Penny.


James Herman Justice, 76, of Pikeville, died Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Brenda Gail Stamper, 63, of Pikeville, died Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 21. Burial, Justice-Adkins Cemetery, Pikeville.


Lee Etta Scott Thornbury, 86, of Kimper, died Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 19 at Little Virgie Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Justice Family Cemetery.


Ethel Mae Ramey Potter, 93, of Pikeville, died Feb. 13. Funeral, Feb. 16. Burial, Conn Cemetery, Harold.


James W. Hall, 77, of Rittman, Ohio, died Feb. 17. Funeral, Feb. 20. Burial, Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat.


Daisy Robinson Bryant, 90, of Martin, died Feb. 14. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Family Cemetery.


Lucille Maggard, 84, of Teaberry, died Feb. 18. Funeral, Feb. 24 at River of Life Freewill Baptist Church.


Donald Stanley Jacobsmeyer, 73, of Banner, died Feb. 19. Funeral, Feb. 23 at Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Boyd Family Cemetery, Dana.


Eugene Ousley, 66, of Prestonsburg, died Feb. 20. Funeral, Feb. 24. Burial, Ousley Cemetery.


Debbie Marie Smith, 51, of Matewan, W.Va., died Feb. 8. Funeral, Feb. 18 at Newtown Pentecostal Church of God.


Lucy Belle Williamson Young, 82, of Pikeville, died Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Smith Cemetery, Sidney.


Ralph Justice Jr., 75, of Pikeville, died Feb. 15. Funeral, Feb. 17. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Gene Porter Leslie, 83, of Gulnare, died Fed. 18. Private Ceremony, Feb. 21 at Leslie Family Cemetery.


Homer Darrell Shayne Collier, 38, of Robinson Creek, died Feb. 18. He was a U.S. Marine. Funeral, Feb. 21 at Valley Grace Freewill Baptist Church.


Judy Mullins, 74, of Corbin, died Feb. 13. Visitation, Feb. 18.


Jeffrey Calvin Clark, 53, of Mt. Orab, Ohio, died Feb. 10. Funeral, Feb. 17.


Lois Thornsbury Collins, 83, of Turkey Creek, died Feb. 14. Funeral, Feb. 18. Burial, Thornsbury Cemetery, Sidney.


Ervin Coleman Sr., 79, of Phelps, died Feb. 13. Funeral service Feb. 17. Burial, Slone Cemetery, Phelps.

Friday, February 24, 2017