PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored the life work of Pamela Todd May with the 2017 Lon B. and Mary Evelyn Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award on August 17.


"This award is presented to an eastern Kentuckian who spent years of their life striving to make east Kentucky a better place," said Chamber President Jordan Gibson. "Pamela Todd May certainly merits our highest recognition. Not only was her love for the region complete, but she truly made a lasting significant impact, creating change and progress in the region."


The award was presented posthumously at the Chamber's 60th Annual Awards Banquet held in Pikeville. May passed away May 14.


Throughout her life, Pamela Todd May changed lives through her dedication to the practice of law, public service and advocacy for the vulnerable and less fortunate.


"Pam was a remarkable attorney who was devoted to helping others through the practice of law," said Pikeville Medical Center President and CEO Walter E. May. "She was a leader who impacted many programs and services in Kentucky and it is fitting the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored her with this award. She truly worked to improve our world."


Of the great many Kentuckians who have praised Pamela Todd May for her kindness and life work, Gov. Matt Bevin reflected with respect and admiration.


"Her heart, her intellect, her passion for this community and her ability to apply herself as she did for the service to others, there are very few people like her in the world, " said Gov. Bevin.


After graduating from University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978, May worked as an assistant Pike County Attorney and practiced law with the firm of Stratton, May and Hays where she was a partner. In 1993, she founded and operated Pam May Law Firm, now the East Kentucky Law Group, one of the most respected law firms in the state.


May's remarkable work ethic and commitment to others was not lost on other Kentucky leaders.


"She was well respected in Pikeville and around the Commonwealth for her work in the legal community," said U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. "Pam dedicated her talents to Pikeville Medical Center and the University of Kentucky, two institutions that will miss her skill and dedication."


May served as Pikeville Medical Center Chief Legal Counsel for 31 years and served for 12 years on University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. An author to Kentucky Health Law, she was a tremendous influence for women in law and was recognized by the Women's Law Caucus for her outstanding contributions.


Among May's lifetime of service to Kentucky, she served as president of the Pike County Bar Association, was a member of the Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Physician/Attorney Liaison Committee of the Kentucky Medical Society, and the Steering Committee for the Health Care Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.


Pamela Todd May's advocacy to improve the lives of Kentuckians can also be found in innumerable examples throughout her remarkable career.


When she represented individuals after the decision by the Social Security Administration to terminate the benefits of 900 people, Pam worked with Pikeville Medical Center to provide those affected with free medical records and counsel.


She organized a seminar at the University of Kentucky Law School to train volunteer lawyers in representation of 1,500 individuals who had lost or were threatened to lose their benefits.


In addition, May provided training to volunteer lawyers to obtain and utilize medical records and volunteered East Kentucky Law Group to represent a number of the affected individuals.


Another example of her dedication and resilience occurred one Christmas when she helped a family that had nearly lost everything.


"Their power and water was disconnected," said East Kentucky Law Group Office Manager Jackie Coleman. "They had no food, no gifts for their children. Pam did not stop until they had food, gifts, power and water reconnected. It seemed that this could not be accomplished, but if she decided to do something, she would not stop until the mission was finished."


Given her charitable spirit and vast accomplishments throughout her life, Pamela Todd May was selected for this year's award named in honor of Lon B. and Mary Evelyn Rogers. Mary Evelyn Rogers lived by the simple philosophy "Bloom where you're planted."


Through their efforts in the field of education and health the Rogers helped to ensure others had a chance to bloom as did Pamela Todd May, who was the 23rd recipient of the lifetime achievement award. Along with her husband Walter E. May, who was the 14th recipient in 2008, they are only the second couple to have earned the distinction following Dr. John and JoAnn Strosnider in 2007.


"We are exceptionally proud to dedicate this year's lifetime achievement award to Pamela Todd May," said Gibson. "She was a pillar of our society and was exemplary in all that she accomplished in helping others in the region. Kentucky will long remember Pam as a champion for the Commonwealth."




— Story courtesy of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the 4th annual Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on August 26 in downtown Pikeville. Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients of Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Canter Center.


Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center Plaza on Main Street. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone will receive a finisher medal and the top three overall male and female finishers will be awarded. The top three male and female finishers in each age division will also receive a medal. In addition, awards will also be given for most colorful and most creative attire.


Entry fees are as follows:


•$20 – registration (must be registered prior to race day)


•$30 – day of race


Register at www.TriStateRacer.com/colorsofcourage or complete the Colors of Courage 5K registration form found at any information desk at PMC or in the Medical Leader and deliver it, along with your entry fee, to:


Pikeville Medical Center – Public Relations Department, Attention: Kelly Rowe, 131 Summit Dr., Pikeville, KY 41501.


For more information about the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, call 606-218-4509 or visit tristateracer.com/colorsofcourage.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Thursday, August 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mariano E. Rivera, D.P.M., Podiatrist Physician.


Dr. Rivera received his Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Rivera received his medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.


"I knew early on I wanted to be a Podiatrist," Dr. Rivera said. "My mother introduced me to her Podiatrist and after speaking to him, I fell in love with the surgeries I would be involved in, and the type of patient care that has such a huge impact on the person".


Dr. Rivera said the ability to help a patient walk pain free is one aspect he loves about his specialty.


He said his biggest mentor was Dr. Reilly.


"Dr. Reilly taught me if you have strong surgical training, then there is nothing you cannot achieve as a surgeon," he said. "He also taught me the importance of conservative care and exhausting all conservative care prior to taking a patient to surgery."He looks forward to providing care to the region.


"My goals for my practice are to make all of my patients feel as important to me as my family," said Dr. Rivera.


"When patients know that they have my genuine interest in whatever issue they have and my genuine compassion, they are more comfortable with the treatment plans we decide on together, and have a much better chance at full recovery," he said.


Several factors drew Dr. Rivera to PMC. He said everyone was very nice and inviting during his visit.


"My wife and daughters came with me to the hospital for my first interview and it was amazing how friendly everyone was. This made me realize that PMC and Pikeville was very family oriented," he said.


He said he loves exploring the outdoors.


"I also fell in love with the beautiful scenery of the mountains and the picturesque background they provided. I come from the flat land of Chicago that has large skyscrapers instead of mountains. This was also an opportunity to move closer to my mom who has lived in Kentucky for two years now."


When he's not caring for his patients, Dr. Rivera loves to spend time with his wife and children. They enjoy swimming, playing at the park, and going to the movies and enjoying the largest tub of popcorn they have.


Dr. Rivera also enjoys riding his bike and cannot wait to take it on the hills of Pikeville. He enjoys participating in Martial Arts, and has a Black Belt in Hap-Ki-Do.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Thursday, August 17, 2017

JEAN, W.Va. — The 2017 National Scout Jamboree was held at Summit Bechtel Reserve on July 19-28. Over 37,000 Boy Scouts from 39 different countries, ventures and explorers took part in the 10-day event.


Forty scouts and leaders from Blue Grass Council participated in the Jamboree, including six scouts and two leaders from Pike County.


Summit Bechtel Reserve is 10,600 acres of post-mining land adjacent to West Virginia's New River Gorge, developed by corporate sponsors to host the National Boy Scout Jamboree every four years. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure and innovation in scouting.


Over 800 military members were on hand to perform demonstrations of the Freedom Trail and Freedom Field including, US Coast Guard water rescue simulation, US Army Special Forces operations and Black Hawk mission simulations.


During the Jamboree, it is the densest city in the US with more inhabitants per square mile than any other place in the US and would be the third largest city in the state of W.Va.


"The National Jamboree was an amazing experience with a first class organization. With almost 40,000 people there it was executed almost flawlessly. Scouting is alive and well, and teaches children good skills for a better way of life," said Phil Justice.


Justice shared a story of an 11-year old that had never fished.


"He learned to tie a lure, dropped his line in the water and caught a 22 pound fish – Jamboree record bass. The excitement in that boy's eyes was indescribable," he said. "Serving as kayak staff, I was fortunate to attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience with my son. I would definitely recommend it to everyone."


At the 2013 Jamboree, ventures, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the Jamboree for the first time.


Scouts had to set up camp, including mess tents, sleeping tents and cots upon arrival. The camping areas were set up in five major base camps – Foxtrot, Delta, Charlie, Bravo and Alpha. Each camp can house between 6,500-8,300 scouts.


Each camp was responsible for their own meals each day, including making the supply list, gathering supplies from the main supply area and preparing food for their unit.


Scouts were able to receive training and work on skills for merit badges, including conservation, sustainability, STEM based activities and numerous life skills.


A typical day of scouting included 8 to 10 miles of walking and elective activities. Those included whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, zip lining, scuba diving, ropes courses, ATV riding and shooting sports.


First timer, Blake Justice said he really enjoyed the Jamboree.


"Jambo was awesome! When I got there I worried about how I could do it all in 10 days," he said. "It was nice to do the day of service but my favorite things were the water sports, especially whitewater rafting, kayaking and the water reality obstacle course. This was beyond a great experience."


Jamboree participants who completed the 1,000-foot climb to the Summit of Bechtel Summit Reserve enjoyed a day long program of discovering seven different villages – pioneering, Scottish Highland games, Buckskin Village, field sports, Spartan races, America's first scout camp and an Native American Village.


The Summit is the largest natural outdoor arena in the state, featuring the longest combined zip lines in the world, largest manmade outdoor climbing facility in the country and top purpose-built mountain biking facility.


Each Council was required to participate in a service project. Blue Grass Council traveled to Bluefield State College for a day of service at the baseball field, mulching, painting, cleaning and laying gravel.


The Jamboree Scouts Day of Service work was completed in 45 W.Va. counties, totaling 220 projects.


Scouts enjoyed several entertainment shows including Two Doors Down, message from President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who served as the President of the National Boy Scout Organization.


The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities the scouts take part in at the Jamboree.


Scouts around the nation and world live together as one, enjoying our beautiful Appalachian region and learned to live up to their motto "Leave no trace in the woods" but leave a big trace in the world.


The first Jamboree was held in 1937, where scouts from 48 states were in attendance. Around 27,232 scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 17 national jamborees have been held.


The Summit Bechtel Reserve will be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Many are waiting anxiously for the solar eclipse that will happen on August 21, and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) urges everyone to view the eclipse safely.


NASA has routed a path where the total eclipse can be viewed. In Kentucky, residents of the western part of the state will be able to view the sun when the moon completely blocks the sun. A total solar eclipse can be viewed safely without eye protection.


In eastern Kentucky, residents will only be able to see a partial eclipse where part of the moon will block the sun. A partial eclipse must be viewed with eye protection.


PMC Retina Specialist Dr. Hosam Attia warns that viewing the solar eclipse without proper protection can be dangerous to the retina which is the light-sensing tissue of the eye.


Looking at the sun for too long may cause solar retinopathy which damages the retina. The damage can occur without feeling pain and the visual effects are not noticed for several hours.


Symptoms of solar retinopathy include:


•Watery, sore eyes


•Discomfort looking at bright lights


•Difficulty discerning shapes, especially detailed objects


•Objects look distorted


•Blind spot in the center of vision


Special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or hand-held solar viewers approved by NASA. Another way to view the eclipse is by making a pinhole projector. Make a pinhole in the center of a white index card. Turn your back to the sun and hold the card up allowing the sun to show through the hole. Place a piece of paper on the ground. The solar image will be projected onto the paper.


Do not use ordinary sunglasses to look at the sun as they are not effective in blocking the concentrated rays. Also do not look at the eclipse through a camera, telescope or binoculars.


This solar eclipse is a unique opportunity to view one of nature's great phenomenons. Enjoy this event but do so safely.


For more information on viewing the solar eclipse safely, contact PMC at 606-218-2208.


Source: NASA, American Society of Retina Specialists

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Volunteer Services at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has set up a traveling book cart for patients and their families. The cart is a collaborative effort with the Pike County Public Library in Pikeville.


"The library donates their overstocked books to us and we also get books from visitors and employees," said Dana Bishop, director of volunteer services. "All of these donations make for a diverse cart with lots of choices."


Unlike most libraries, however, patients and their families don't need cards to borrow books and they never have to worry about due dates. When a patient takes a book off of the cart, it's for keeps.


"We even have some people who take a book and bring it back when they are finished reading it," added Bishop. "Anyone is welcome to take a book or leave a book."


Volunteers maintain the cart and deliver books throughout the hospital at patient bedsides and at waiting rooms for families. The cart is available at the PMC Clinic Building – 2nd floor information desk when it is not traveling to patient rooms.


Having reading material to help pass the time helps to make patients and their families more relaxed and comfortable during their stay.


Donations of books and magazines from the community are welcome. Books that are always in demand are cardboard books and picture books for children, teen books, sports books, magazines and crossword puzzle or sudoku books.


Drop off donations at the PMC Clinic Building – 2nd floor information desk between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.


For more information on Volunteer Services, call 606-218-3521.

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Thursday, August 17, 2017

LETCHER — Two Letcher County sisters identified a way to bring families and their community closer together through art and adventure.


The brain child of Kate Collins and Madisyn Sexton came to fruition in the creation of Letcher County Rocks.


"We started this because we love to spend time together. To us, nothing is more important than family," Madisyn said.


She said there are many great things about painting rocks in addition to being with your family.


"You get to showcase your artistic ability, see the talent inside your community, explore the outdoors while going on a scavenger hunt, but most importantly you are putting a smile on the faces of children," Madisyn said.


The sisters' project is simple – find a rock and bring it to life in your own unique way. Participants then hide it somewhere around Letcher County for others to discover. Post a clue in the group to give everyone a hint.


"This group would not be possible if it weren't for our nearly 4,500 members. They are amazing and have extraordinary artistic talent," Madisyn said.


When a rock is found, post to the group letting everyone know, then take the rock and relocate it for someone else to find.


"We hope people learn how such a small gesture of kindness can change the way someone's day is going," she said. "We hope the children learn that life isn't just about being inside, but spending quality time with people who mean the most."


Letcher County Rocks is for anyone of all ages.


"We sincerely hope that people continue to paint and participate because it has brought so much happiness and positivity to our county," she concluded.


For more information and to join the group follow Letcher County Rocks on Facebook.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Thursday, August 17, 2017

ROBINSON CREEK — Pike Central's Brady Adkins scored four goals and assisted on a fifth as the Hawks rolled to a 10-0 win over Shelby Valley in a match played at Teco Field on August 14.


Josh Ray and Mitchel Slone added a pair of goals each and both assisted on two others each in the season opener. Nathan Looney and Jacob Rudder scored one goal apiece. Rudder assisted on two and Dakota Starcher one.


Goalkeeper Alex Perez was outstanding in recording the shutout.










STONECREST — Prestonsburg's Elizabeth Burchett scored five goals to lead the Lady Blackcats to an 8-1 win in the season opener against Belfry in a match played at StoneCrest Complex on August 15.


Haley Fitzpatrick, Makayla Ousley and Makayla Slone added one goal each. Jillian Kidd had a pair of assists.


Goalkeeper Hannah Stratton allowed just a single goal to Belfry's Kylie Gollihue.




Pike Central……........................1


Morgan County…......................0


BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pike County Central's Rebecca Diamond scored the lone goal as the Lady Hawks blanked Morgan County, 1-0, in a match played on August 15.




Shelby Valley……......................4


Pike Central………....................1


ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley goalkeeper Kaitlyn Adkins was solid, allowing just a single goal as the Lady Kats opened the 2017 season with a 4-1 win over Pike County Central in a match played on August 14.


Kayla Newsom, Alyssa Newsom and Hannah Adams scored one goal apiece while Sadie Compton and Josi Finch each had one assist.


Pike County Central lone goal was scored by Briana Hawes.




Johnson Central…...................11




PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central standout Molly Davis scored six goals and assisted on another to power the Lady Eagles to an 11-1 win over Pikeville in the season opener for both schools played on August 14.


Bekah Preston added two goals and one assist while Geana Ferguson, Haley Ward and Celo Wells scored one each.


Camryn Slone scored the lone goal for Pikeville.




Letcher Central…10




BUCKHORN — Letcher Central's Kelsey Helle had three goals and teammates Samerrah Frazier and Rebecca Johnson added two each as the Lady Cougars blanked Buckhorn, 10-0, in the season-opening match played on August 14.


Sydney Coots, Hannah Sexton and Logan Sexton added one goal each.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Here is a look at this weekend's high school football games:


Betsy Layne (0-0)


vs. Sheldon Clark (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Bobcat Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Scotty McCoy (Betsy Layne); Josh Muncy (Sheldon Clark)


Players to Watch: QB Bradley Woods, RB Logan Layne (Betsy Layne).


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.




Paintsville (0-0)


at Estill County (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Estill County Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 94.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Mike Jones I (Estill County)


Players to Watch: RB Tyrese Allen, RB John Walker Phelps (Paintsville); RB Logan Beckler, QB Jerry O'Hair (Estill County)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.




Floyd Central (0-0)


at Harlan (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Green Dragon Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.9 FM


Coaches: Shawn Hager (Floyd Central); John Luttrell (Harlan)


Players to Watch: QB Dylan Caudill, RB Josh King (Floyd Central); QB Killian Ledford, RB Kendal Brock (Harlan)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.




Letcher Central (0-0)


vs. Knox Central (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Cougar Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.9 FM


Coaches: Junior Matthew (Letcher Central); Fred Hoskins (Knox Central)


Players to Watch: QB Nick Sergent; WR Tyler Boggs (Letcher Central); RB Donovan Arthur, QB Blevin Campbell (Knox Central)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.




Pikeville (0-0)


vs. Holy Cross (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Hillard Howard Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 981. FM


Coach: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Bruce Kozerski (Holy Cross)


Players to Watch: RB Evan Rhodes; WR Christian Billiter (Pikeville)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.




Shelby Valley (0-0)


vs. Jenkins (0-0)


Date: August 18


Site: Teco Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 107.5 FM


Coaches: Anthony Hampton (Shelby Valley); Matt Chandler (Jenkins)


Players to Watch: RB Seth Johnson, RB Mason Layne (Shelby Valley); RB Sam Bentley, WR Jordan Bates (Jenkins)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both schools.


Off this Week: Belfry, East Ridge, Johnson Central, Phelps, Mingo Central, Pike County Central, Prestonsburg and Tug Valley.


— Compiled by Teddy Paynter. He may be reached at 606-218-4932; 606-794-3609; or by e-mail at: teddy.paynter@pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, August 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE – The 33rd annual Pike County Bowl will kick off next Friday night at CAM Stadium in Belfry with two games on tap.


The opener at 6:35 p.m. will feature a rematch from 2016, featuring East Ridge and Phelps. The Warriors rolled to a 38-18 win one year ago. The nightcap will pit four-time defending Class 3A champion Belfry up against West Virginia perennial power Huntington High at approximately 8:35 p.m.


The action shifts down river to the W.C. Hambley Complex on Saturday night as Shelby Valley and Pike County Central clash again. The Hawks defeated the Wildcats 35-10 in 2016. Kickoff is set for 6:35 p.m.


Pikeville and Lexington Christian Academy will tangle in the finale at 8:35 p.m.


All money raised from ticket sales is distributed to all high schools located in Pike County. The previous 32 bowls have amassed over $812,000.


Queen candidates were selected from each of the participating schools. One will be crowned queen and will be presented a $1,500 scholarships to aid with her college expenses. She will be crowned by 2016 queen Kaley Long of Belfry High School.


Also next Saturday night, the 2017 Legends Award winner will be honored. Bob Shurtleff Jr. is this year's recipient. The award is given each you to an individual who has touched the lives and made a difference to the youth through the game of football.


Bill Allara of Pikeville High School was the 2016 honoree.

PIKE COUNTY BOWL LUNCHEON: Community Trust Bank's Rick Newsom welcomes Pike County Bowl participating teams and members of the media to the 33rd annual news conference held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville on August 15. Games will be played August 25-26 at Belfry and Pikeville.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Thursday, August 17, 2017