PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Farmers Market is gearing up for an exciting summer filled with opportunities for local farmers and market-goers.


The annual market has attracted thousands seeking to get their hands on home-grown vegetables, food and crafts over the years and 2017 is expected to be just as exciting.


“On May 20 from 10 a.m., until noon we will have peas and salad days as a flash sale pre-season event,” Event Co-Founder and Pikeville Farmers’ Market President Joyce Pinson said.


She said a soft opening will take place on May 27 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and will begin the regular schedule on Tuesday, June 3 from 4:30 –7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Pinson said, community craft day will take place and feature crafters, farmers and food vendors from around the community on June 3.


Pikeville Farmers’ Market has been the “go-to place” for many local health conscious and hungry vegetable lovers.


“There is nothing better than home-grown food,” she added.


Pinson said visitors can expect to see something new this summer.


“Our official season will kick off on Saturday, June 10 and we’re going all out,” she said. “We are dressing up like going to the horse races, and the theme will be ‘And They’re Off!’”


OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Williamson Farmers Market opened this past weekend with a number of produce items, flowers and crafts. Others are scheduled to open in the coming weeks.
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Abigail Gibson
Friday, May 19, 2017

Irene France, 90, of Pikeville, passed away May 10. Funeral service May 15. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Gardner Lee Slone, 67, of Virgie, passed away May 10. Funeral service May 14. Burial, Ben Johnson Cemetery, Indian Creek.


Homer “Arnold” Damron, 83, of Long Fork, Virgie, passed away May 10. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral services May 12. Burial, Frank Tackett Cemetery, Long Fork.


Juanita Johnson, 97, of Beefhide, passed away May 10. Funeral service May 14. Burial, Phillips Branch Cemetery, Beefhide.


Robert Cecil “Robbie” Blair, 73, of Prestonsburg, died May 12. Graveside services May 15, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Isaac Allen “Butch” Blackburn, 88, of Prestonsburg, passed away May 12. Funeral service May 15. Burial, Blackburn Family Cemetery, Endicott.


Robert Cecil “Robbie” Blair, 73, of Prestonsburg, passed away May 12. Funeral service May 14. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Charles Danny “Peas” Clark Sr., 68, of Louisa, passed away May 11. Funeral services May 15, Lackey Freewill Baptist Church, Lackey. Burial, Chandler Cemetery, Lackey.


Debra Kay Johnson, 63, of Bevinsville, passed away May 9. Funeral service May 13.


Johnnie Mae Mosley, 56, of McDowell, passed away May 9. Funeral service May 13. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.


Linda Jones, 65, of Hueysville, passed away May 9. Funeral service May 13. Burial, Duncan-Jones Cemetery, Hueysville.


Amy Bartley, 58, of Elkhorn City, passed away May 14. Funeral service May 17. Burial, Elkhorn City Cemetery.


Violet Hogston, 87, of Ashcamp, died May 15. Funeral service May 18. Burial, Wilson Cemetery, Draffin.


Christine Belcher, 72, of Winchester, passed away May 12. Funeral service May 15. Burial, Case Family Cemetery.


Floyd D. Compton, 79, of Pikeville, died May 17. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral service May 20. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Nancy Marie Ratliff, 74, of Kimper, died May 16. Funeral service May 20, Cedar Bottom Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Layne Cemetery.


Dante David Crum, the 12-day-old son of David Crum II and Angel Adkins, passed away May 11. Private graveside service, Harris Cemetery, Thacker No. 11 Hollow, Thacker, W.Va.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Kylee Payton Williamson, daughter of Kayci Dukes and Jonathan Williamson, born May 11; weight: 8 lbs., 5 oz.


Tyson Kage Marcum, son of Emily and Ethan Marcum, born May 11; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Blake Ryder Barbito, son of Samantha and Zachary Barbito, born May 10; weight: 8 lbs., 10 oz.


Gracie Leann Maynard, daughter of Stephanie and Joshua E. Maynard, born May 10; weight: 6 lbs., 2 oz.


Eli Coal Mullins, son of Brandi and John Mullins, born May 9; weight: 8 lbs., 15 oz.


Jacob Blane Adams, son of Christa and Brandon Adams, born May 8; weight: 7 lbs., 14.8 oz.


Lucas Clay Robinson, son of Hannah and Tyler Robinson, born May 8; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


Greyson Elijah Wireman, son of Gabrielle Justice and Dustin Wireman, born May 8; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


McKinnely Jade Bangudi, daughter of Jessica Thompson and Justin Bangudi, born May 7; weight: 8 lbs., 5 oz.


Elizabeth Abigail Skylar Mulkey, daughter of Darlene McNeil and Tommy Mulkey, born May 7; weight: 6 lbs., 4 oz.


Liberty Faith Hurd, daughter of Misty and Mark Hurd, born May 7; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Greyson Noah Slone, son of Ashley and Ronald Slone, born May 7; weight: 7 lbs.


Riley R. Bailey, daughter of Amanda Kidd and James Bailey Jr., May 6; weight: 6 lbs., 1 oz.


Maddox Bentley Moore, son of Misty and Matthew Moore, born May 6; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Joshua Luke Hackney, son of Susan and Joey Hackney, born May 5; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Raelyn Raine Adams, daughter of Kristen Martin and Andrew Adams, born May 5; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Emerson Blake Bratton, daughter of Christian and Tanner Bratton, born May 4; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Jaxton Luke Hamilton, son of Tabatha and Christopher Hamilton, born May 4; weight: 7 lbs., 13.6 oz.


Mia Grace Douglas, daughter of Nikki Carr and Zachary Patrick Douglas, born May 3; weight: 7 lbs., 8.3 oz.


Ansley Hope Branham, daughter of Brittany and Danny Branham, born May 2; weight: 8 lbs., 6oz.


Kylie Brook Young, daughter of Amber and Michael Young, born May 2; weight: 5 lbs., .3 oz.


Harper Danielle Gannon, daughter of Kasi and Joseph Gannon, born May 2; weight: 8 lbs., 5.3 oz.


Shyla Reese Farmer, daughter of Mekia and Aaron Farmer, born May 2; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Kaelyn Chase West, daughter of Ashley Reed and Charlie West, born May 2; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.


Willow Lorelei Cook, daughter of Paige York and Lewis Cook, Jr., born May 2; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.


London Kate Malone, daughter of Kaitlyn and Donald Malone, born May 2; weight: 8 lbs., 7.1 oz.


Olivia Grace Tilley, daughter of Amber Fick and Devin Tilley, born May 1; weight: 8 lbs.


CK Abram Potter, son of Andia and Ryan Potter, born May 1; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Owen Ryder Conn, son of Christina Roberts and Danny Conn, born April 30; weight: 4 lbs., 11 oz.


Aubree Florene Conn, daughter of Christina Roberts and Danny Conn, born April 30; weight: 5 lbs., 4 oz.


Maverick Aaron Wade Blackburn, son of Kayla and Mark Blackburn, born April 28; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.


Brooklyn Carolina Renea Holbrook, daughter of Rhonda and Jason Holbrook, born, April 28; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Richard H. Johnson, 73, of Elkhorn City, passed away May 4. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, May 7. Burial, Johnson Family Cemetery.


Harrell Cuadill, 64, of Pikeville, passed away May 4. Funeral, May 7. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Ida Reynolds Mitchell, 85, of Lakeland, Fl., formerly of Pikeville, passed away May 1. Funeral, May 12. Burial, Mitchell Cemetery.


Opal Mullins, 87, of Virgie, passed away May 4. Funeral, May 7 at Long Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Mullins Family Cemetery.


Kevin Mullins, 37, of Dorton, passed away May 4. Funeral, May 6 at Dorton Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Family Cemetery.


Bessie Conley Draughn, 89, of Garrett, passed away May 3. Funeral, May 7. Burial, Mimia Conley Family Cemetery, Hueysville.


Judith Halbert Ward, 71, of Prestonsburg, passed away May 3. Funeral, May 6. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Michael Ray Hancock, 65, of Printer, passed away May 2. Funeral, May 5. Burial, Hancock Family Cemetery, Printer.


Phyllis Teen Lawson Mullins, 82, of Printer, passed away May 3. Funeral, May 8. Burial, Harvey Cemetery.


Mary Ann Hamilton, 67, of Stanville, passed away May 5. Memorial services conducted at a later date.


John Wiley “Bunny” Patton, 65, of Martin, passed away May 7. Funeral, May 11. Entombment will follow in the Dinwood Cemetery, Martin.


Teresa Lynn Wolford, 63, of Ransom, passed away May 3. Funeral, May 6. Burial, Family Cemetery, Ransom.


George Allen Hensley, 51, of Kermit, W.Va., passed away May 7. Funeral, May 9. Following the service, cremation will take place.


Timothy Jason Lewis, 40, of Martin, passed away May 4. Funeral, May 7. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Patty Sue Hall, 61, of Salyersville, formerly of Branham’s, passed away May 6. Funeral, May 10. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, Harold.


Phyllis Faye Crider, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away May 5. Funeral, May 10. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens.


Ruby Taylor Kinzer, 80, of Allen, passed away May 8. Funeral, May 11. Burial, Hall Cemetery.


Janice Cool, 79, of Newport, Tenn., formerly of Pike County, passed away May 4. Funeral, May 7 at Lick Creek Holiness Church. Burial, Hackney Cemetery, Ferrells Creek.


Rhonda Sue Adams, 45, of Elkhorn City, passed away May 7. Funeral, May 11. Burial, Roberts Cemetery, Dorton.


Imal Lou Belcher, 70, of Raccoon, passed away May 5. Funeral, May 8. Burial, Elkhorn City Cemetery, Elkhorn City.


Todd Eric Ratliff, 34, of Regina, passed away May 7. Funeral, May 11. Burial, Yellow Hill Cemetery.


Charles E. Williamson, 79, of Belfry, passed away May 8. Funeral, May 10. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Jeff Ray Blackburn, 70, of Pikeville, passed away May 7. Funeral, May 11 at New Day Anointing Betsy Layne Church of God. Burial, Adams-Blackburn-Compton Cemetery.


Lavonne Carter Stratton, 75, of Walnut Cove, NC, formerly of Pikeville, passed away May 8. Funeral, May 12. Burial, Carter Family Cemetery, Joes Creek.


Bridgette McPeek, 51, of Pikeville, passed away May 8. Cremation will take place.


Irene Chaney Hall, 74, of Raccoon, passed away May 8. Cremation will take place.


James “Bootie” Irvin Lewis, 44, of Prestonsburg, passed away May 8. Cremation will take place.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Asher Ryan Daniels, son of Cassie and Jeremy Daniels, born April 27; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


Natalee Grace Scott, daughter of Beverly Lester and Nathan Scott, born April 27; weight: 5 lbs., 5 oz.


Keaton Chase Smith, son of Keriston and Teddy Smith, born April 27; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Mason Terrance Jarrell-McCord, son of Candice Jarrell and Maxwell McCord, born April 26; weight: 4 lbs., 7 oz.


Isabella Skye Hamlin, daughter of Katelyn and Dalton Hamlin, born April 26; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Bennett James Stanley, son of Hillary and James Stanley, born April 26; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Ayden Timberland Elswick, son of Amanda and Adam Elswick, born April 25; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.


Tinsley Leanndrin James, daughter of Tiffany and Brandon James, born April 25; weight: 8 lbs., 12 oz.


Josie Darlynn Hay, daughter of Brittany and Phillip Hay, born April 24; weight: 6 lbs., 9.3 oz.


Karson Maverick Meade, son of Aleisha and Kyle Meade, born April 24; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Alayna Katherine Stewart, daughter of Terra and Daniel Stewart, born April 23; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.


Eden Olivia Minix, daughter of Haley and Jesse Minix, born April 22; weight: 8 lbs., 0.7 oz.


Malakhi Duran Adkins, son of Lora and Duran Adkins, born April 22; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


Adalyn Marie Brashears, daughter of Kasey Funk and Benjamin Brashears, born April 21; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Raelyn Aubree Grace Nunemaker, daughter of April Nunemaker, born April 21; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Flora Ray, 100, of Jenkins, died April 25. Funeral, April 29 at Pilgrim Rest Old Regular Baptist. Burial, Addington and Johnson Cemetery, Brushy.


Fred Jr. Slone, 40, of Jenkins, died April 26. Funeral, May 1. Burial, Lucas Baker Cemetery, Shelby Gap.


Kenneth Newsome, 83, of Salyersville, died April 26. Funeral, April 30. Burial, Newsome Cemetery.


Scottie Duane Johnson, 34, of Pikeville, died April 29. Funeral, May 3 at Full Gospel Christian Fellowship Church. Burial, Johnson Family Cemetery.


Terry Watkins, 61, of Garrett, died April 23. Memorial services, April 27.


Jimmy Burchett, 57, of Prestonsburg, died April 27. Funeral, April 30. Burial, Jervis Cemetery, Endicott.


Dosie Lee Wireman, 72, of Gunlock, died May 1. Funeral, May 5. Burial, Wireman Family Cemetery.


Michael Tarzan Mullins, 69, of Pikeville, died April 25.


Shane Thacker, 43, of Pikeville, died May 1. Funeral, May 4. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Richard James “Turtle” Standifur, son of Tiffany Hopkins Blair and Edgar Standifur, 2.5 month old infant died April 26. Graveside services, April 29 at Childers Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Patty Lester, 61, of Regina, died April 26. Funeral, April 30. Burial, Perry Vance Cemetery, Paynesville, W.Va.


Dewey “Duke” McCoy, 67, of Harmony, N.C., died April 26. Funeral, April 30. Burial, Wilson Cemetery, Draffin.


Royce Dewayne “Wayne” Kendrick, 53, of Pikeville, died April 28. Funeral, May 1. Burial, Johnson Cemetery.


Glendale Blackburn, 71, of South Williamson, died April 28. Funeral, April 30.


Shelia Faye Miller, 61, of Elkhorn City, died April 29. Funeral, May 3 at Rockhouse Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Roberts Cemetery, Newsome.


Janice Marie Parsons, 57, of Beaver, died April 30. Funeral, May 3. Burial, Ferguson Cemetery, Harold.


Rev. Bobby Blevins, 82, of Lincoln Park, died April 25. Funeral, April 27 at Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Tom Ed Music, 77, of Prestonsburg, died May 2. Memorial service, May 5. Burial, Richmond Cemetery.


Clifton Johnson, 83, of Bevinsville, died April 25. Funeral, April 30.

Friday, May 5, 2017

PIKEVILLE — On Wednesday, May 3, more than 200 people gathered in the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Plaza for Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) free Stroke Awareness Day celebration. 


The event offered the public free lunch of grilled chicken and hamburgers, catered by PMC’s Food and Nutritional Services. Several health screenings were available to the public, including glucose, A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), body mass index (BMI) and diabetic foot screenings.


Musical entertainment was provided by the Gospel Redeemers, a Christian band that has performed at this event for many years.


Neurologist and PMC’s Medical Director of the Stroke Program Dr. Naveed Ahmed spoke at the event about the importance of stroke prevention and treatment.  


“Stroke Awareness Day is about educating the community about stroke symptoms, early diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Ahmed. “But most important is to reflect on stroke prevention and risk factor modification.”


High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and tobacco abuse are among the most significant risk factors for stroke. A healthier diet, stopping smoking and frequent daily exercise are ways to modify these risks.


“I want to thank Mr. Walter May and Mrs. Juanita Deskins for their continued support in PMC’s Primary Stroke Program and in our ability to hold this very important community awareness event,” said Dr. Ahmed. “Thank you to the Primary Stroke Team, the speakers and organizers, and all of the volunteers who made Stroke Awareness Day a success.”


The National Stroke Association created National Stroke Awareness Month in hopes to further its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. 


Nearly 795,000 people in the United States will have a stroke this year. While many of these strokes are preventable, most people cannot identify the warning signs or risk factors of stroke.  


The ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death.


Every second counts, so remember to act FAST.


Face:  Ask them to smile. Does one side of the face droop?


Arm:  Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Speech:  Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?


Time:  If any of these signs are observed, it’s time to call an ambulance.


“I am very appreciative to all who made Stroke Awareness Day 2017 a success,” said Brigetta Collins, PMC Stroke Program Coordinator. “It is a day to educate the community on signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as what can be done to reduce risk factors for stroke. I am proud to work for an organization such as Pikeville Medical’s Primary Stroke Center that allows us as employees to educate the public on preventive measures,” Collins continued. “I would like to thank all of the PMC employees and volunteers that made today a successful event!”


PMC is the only hospital in the region accredited as a Primary Stroke Center. This means that PMC demonstrates a commitment to the care of stroke patients by meeting a complex set of standards and requirements.


Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite.


Dr. Ahmed is located on the eighth floor of the PMC Clinic. To make an appointment, please call 606-218-2208.

STROKE AWARENESS SPEAKERS: From left to right are Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Muhammad Ahmad, Neurologist Dr. Sujata Gutti, Electrophysiologist Dr. Michael Antimisiaris, Neurologist and Medical Director of Stroke Program Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Physiatrist Dr. Sankar Chirumamilla and Stroke Program Coordinator Brigetta Collins.
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Amy Charles
Friday, May 5, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing Preeclampsia Awareness Month during May.


According to the Preeclampsia Foundation, Preeclampsia Awareness Month brings awareness to this life-threatening hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, which occurs in up to eight percent of all pregnancies.


Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys states Mayo Clinic.


“Preeclampsia, or simply high blood pressure and abnormal swelling during pregnancy, can occur during or after pregnancy,” said PMC OB/GYN Angela Maggard, MD. “This can result in maternal and fetal death, especially if unrecognized. Be aware of your body and your symptoms, be an advocate for yourself and your baby and be proactive whenever possible. ”


If preeclampsia is not treated, it can lead to serious complications for the mother and fetus. This is one of the many reasons it is important for expecting mothers to attend their prenatal appointments.


“High blood pressure may develop slowly, or it may have a sudden onset,” PMC Women’s Services Director Tondra Blevins said. “Monitoring your blood pressure is an important part of prenatal care because the first sign of preeclampsia is commonly a rise in blood pressure greater than 140/90 on two occasions, at least four hours apart. The more severe your preeclampsia, and the earlier it occurs in your pregnancy, the greater the risks for you and your baby. There are several risk factors that increase the risk of developing preeclampsia during the pregnancy, so be sure to keep all prenatal appointments so that your health care provider can closely monitor you and your baby for any problems that may develop.”


Mayo Clinic lists the many signs and symptoms of preeclampsia:


•A rise in blood pressure


•Excess protein in urine or additional signs of kidney problems


•Severe headaches


•Changes in vision


•Upper abdominal pain, usually on the right side


•Nausea or vomiting


•Decreased urine output


•Decreased level of platelets


•Impaired liver functions


•Shortness of breath


“To lower your risk, do not smoke, eat healthy, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight at the advice of your health care provider,” Dr. Maggard added. “It is important for women affected by preeclampsia to be counseled that for the remainder of their life they will have an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease and to receive counseling and support for the devastating emotional and physical effects of this disease.”


For more information or to schedule an appointment with a PMC physician, call 606-218-2207.

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Melinda Goodson
Friday, May 5, 2017

How do you know if you have hemorrhoids? Some of the signs and symptoms could include anal pain, swelling and discharge, blood in the stool or on toilet tissue.


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Colorectal Surgeon Jasneet Bhullar MD says it is important to see a colorectal surgeon for diagnosis, a workup and discussion about painless treatment options.


“Hemorrhoids are a normal part of the anatomy,” said Dr. Bhullar. “We are born with them. We have two sets, internal and external (inside/outside the anal canal).”


He says symptomatic hemorrhoids are swollen, enlarged, dilated veins inside and outside the anus.


“Hemorrhoids are usually caused by increased pressure such as straining when constipated or pressure during pregnancy,” said Dr. Bhullar. “Hemorrhoids may cause pain, bleeding, blood clots and itching.”


Colorectal surgeons treat the majority of the hemorrhoids with conservative treatment and office based procedures thus saving the patient from a painful hemorrhoid excisional surgery.


Internal hemorrhoids can be treated in various ways says Dr. Bhullar.


“Conservative management for smaller hemorrhoids could include changing bowel habits, avoid straining during defecation, drink 64 ounces of water, ingest fiber supplements, stool softeners or laxatives and avoid spending a long amount of time on the toilet.”


Dr. Bhullar also said it could be possible to shrink the hemorrhoids by using over the counter hemorrhoidal preparations, zinc, cortisone cream or suppositories.


“It takes weeks to heal properly,” said Dr. Bhullar. “During this time, you may have days when it seems healed, only to have a ‘bad’ bowel movement and a recurrence of symptoms. Stay on the Program!”


Intervention for large hemorrhoids could include office based procedures like rubber band ligation or injection sclerotherapy or operating room procedures like hemorrhoidopexy and dearterialization or a hemorrhoidectomy.


For additional information about the treatment of hemorrhoids or to schedule an appointment with PMC’s Colorectal Surgeon call 606-218-2202.

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Carol Casebolt
Friday, May 5, 2017