SOMBER HOMECOMING: Community, family, friends and fellow officers lined Hambley Boulevard to welcome home fallen Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton, who was killed in the line of duty on March 13. His body was returned to Pike County and taken to J.W. Call Funeral Home in Pikeville on March 14 from Frankfort. The slain officer’s body was escorted by fellow department members, Pikeville Fire Department, Pike County Sherrif’s officers and Kentucky State Police. Officer Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the department.

Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Friday, March 16, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Maryam Khawari, M.D., rheumatologist.

Dr. Khawari received her medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan.

She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in rheumatology.

Dr. Khawari says patients can expect her to be dedicated, giving them long-term care.

“Rheumatology requires long-term care and close follow-up of rare diseases, sometimes requiring complex treatments,” Dr. Khawari explained. “I chose this as my specialty because it challenges me to deal with rather uncommon diseases, where each disease is different in different patients. The diagnosis and treatments depend on critical clinical judgment.”   

Dr. Khawari considers Dr. Larry Ryan, of the Medical College of Milwaukee her most influential mentor.

“He was instrumental in inspiring the art of rheumatology,” Dr. Khawari said. “I learned, that one cannot be a good rheumatologist without being a great internist.”

She chose PMC to better serve the needs of the area.

“Rheumatological care is scarce in this region,” she explained. “PMC gives me the opportunity to meet the needs of Pike county and related regions while taking care of rheumatology patients.”

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Khawari enjoys reading, biking, hiking, baking and cooking. She is married to Dr. Syed Hussain and together they have three beautiful children, ages nine, 10 and 13.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 16, 2018

PHELPS — The economic downturn in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia has left many individuals reaching out for assistance.

Food pantries are a vital source of support to those in need and Phelps High School student Kara Stevens took it upon herself to lend a helping hand.

“Our cheerleading team had recently collected items for another blessing box located in Williamson, W.Va., and I thought our town could use one,” she said.

Stevens bought supplies to construct the blessing box and the carpentry students offered to build the box.

“This is a great project for the kids to work on,” Carpentry Instructor Don Page said. “Lots of students didn’t realize what the purpose of a blessing box was until they took part in the project.”

Page said they like to be involved in any projects they can get their hands on.

“I think the blessing box is a great thing,” he said.

Opie Harris, pastor at Church of God in Jesus Name, graciously let Stevens place the blessing box in the church’s parking lot.

BETA Club and the boys’ basketball team donated items to be placed in the blessing box. On March 9, Stevens and four basketball students filled the box with the items, in hopes of helping less fortunate families in the community.

Stevens said it’s a great feeling to see the blessing box is already off to a good start.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to give back to the community,” she said. “It helps reassure those in need that the community cares.”

Its purpose is to supply non-perishable food items and other daily necessities for anyone who needs them.

When you open the box, which is never locked, you might find crackers, soup or small household items, tissues, toilet paper and paper towels. But you also might find shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap.

The motto is simple – Take what you need, leave what you can.

“The blessing box is truly a blessing for our community,” Stevens concluded.


LENDING A HAND: Kara Stevens, second from right, along with four Phelps High School basketball players: Jay Casey, Keegan Bentley, Cameron Sanson and Logan Layne filled the box with the items they collected on March 9.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — In honor of check your batteries day on March 11, Pikeville Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Lindsey provides the community with helpful tips.

“Years ago in the fire service it was realized the best way to fight fire and to prevent fire deaths and injuries was to prevent the fires themselves,” Lindsey said. “Years ago smoke detectors were developed to let people know when the smoke is actually reaching the bedrooms.”

He said putting a smoke detector prior to the bedroom is important.

“The first smoke you see is odorless and colorless, carbon monoxide travels in front of the smoke. When it gets to the point where you can see the smoke, that means it has burnt something and the smoke has gotten dirty – that’s what makes you cough,” Lindsey said.

“So if you’re in a deep sleep and carbon monoxide starts filling your room then all it’s going to do is put you into a deeper sleep. We want to know when it’s coming and the progress as it gets closer.”

He said a program they are working with now is called close before you doze.

“Close your doors. That slows down the travel of smoke and heat into sleeping quarters,” Lindsey said.

He said they recommend that every time you change your clock in the spring and fall, change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors.

“When you change a battery, use a high quality battery and write the date the battery was replaced with a permanent marker on the back,” Lindsey said.

He mentioned everyone in the household should know what your smoke detector sounds like.

“There are several different brands out there, not all of them sound the same,” Lindsey said. “Test your smoke detectors that way when it goes off everyone in your household knows what it sounds like. You should be able to stand anywhere in your house and hear it.”

Once the smoke detector goes off, Lindsey recommends families have an action plan in place.

• Roll into the floor, instead of sitting up in the bed — good air is on the bottom and bad air will be at the top.

• Crawl over and feel the door — if the door is hot, don’t open it.

• Have a second way out or stay where you are until help arrives. If you can safely leave, have everyone leave the house.

• Have a meeting area — stay at the safe spot until everyone gets there, that way you can determine if someone is missing.

• Fix a go bag — put a warm change of clothes, shoes and list of medications for everyone in the household.

“If someone has questions about the placement of smoke detectors or an action plan, they can contact their local fire department,” Lindsey said. “That’s one of the services that we provide here at Pikeville. We will come out and make recommendations.”

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 16, 2018

Glen Edward “Neich” Carroll, 64, of McAndrews, passed away March 10. Memorial service, March 15, Octavia Freewill Baptist Church.

Phillip Reed Gooslin, 72, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away March 9. The body has been cremated.

Stella Bartley Senters, 79, of Elkhorn City, passed away March 10. Funeral, March 13. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.

Patty Louise Thompson, 64, of Bartley Hollow, passed away March 9. Funeral, March 13, Long Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Thompson Cemetery, Pikeville.

Judy Hall, 76, of Left Fork of Long Fork, Virgie, passed away March 9. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Hall Family Cemetery.

Beverly R. Holmes, 45, of Tipton, Ind., formerly of Pikeville, passed away Feb. 24. Memorial service, March 11.

Irene B. Kendrick, 90, of Raccoon, passed away March 8. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Kendrick Family Cemetery, Raccoon.

Donna Sue Terry, 75, of Martin, passed away March 9. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

Mary Dotson Williams, 92, of Betsy Layne, passed away March 7. Funeral, March 9. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Edith Burdell Steele, 87, of Harold, passed away March 7. Private graveside service, March 9, Steele Family Cemetery, Harold.

Edith Blair, 83, of Steele, passed away March 11. Funeral, March 15. Burial, Blair Cemetery, Steele.

Richard Dwayne Blair, 52, of Steele, passed away March 6. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Blair Cemetery, Steele.

Robert Earl “Bobcat” Jackson, 72, of Georgetown, formerly of Wheelwright, passed away March 9. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, March 16, Faithway Mission Baptist Church, Zion Hill in Midway. Burial, Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville.

Michael Douglas Burkett, 46, of Prestonsburg, passed away March 8. Funeral, March 12. Burial, Weddington Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Ricky Dane “Ranger Rick” Caudill, 54, of Eastern, passed away March 7. Funeral, March 11. Burial, Lackey Cemetery, Lackey.

Mae Caudill, 98, of Topmost, passed away March 7. Funeral, March 10. Burial, Rene Hall Cemetery, Topmost.

John Paul Gooslin, 51, of McCarr, passed away March 4. His body has been cremated.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Benson Marcus O’Quinn, son of Lacie Willis and Marcus O’Quinn, born March 8; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.

Rosemary Nila Elizabeth Young, daughter of Jody and Stephen Young, born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.

Ezrah Kaleb James Bowling, son of Delana and Sebastian Bowling, born March 7; weight: 5 lbs., 5 oz.

Laney LaShae Tate, daughter of Katelin and Christopher Tate Jr., born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 0.3 oz.

Dawson Blake Little, son of Kristy Tackett and Michael Little, born March 7; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.

Keean Wayne Edmonds, son of Keshia and Kevin Edmonds, born March 7; weight: 7 lbs., 6.8 oz.

Kynlee Renee Blankenship, daughter of Kendra Blankenship, born March 6; weight: 6 lbs., 2.5 oz.

Jaxson Colt Bentley, son of Elizabeth and Brandon Bentley, born March 6; weight: 7 lbs., 14.5 oz.

Paul Kenneth Lumpkins, son of Summer and Steven Lumpkins, born March 6; weight: 6 lbs.

Rebecca Jolene Taylor, daughter of Rhonda and Bobby Taylor Jr., born March 6; weight: 8 lbs., 7 oz.

Ryker Slade Pinson, son of Amber Belcher and Van Pinson, born March 6; weight: 9 lbs., 11 oz.

Raelynn Lee Stacy, daughter of Brenna Hoke and Teddy Stacy Jr., born March 5; weight: 4 lbs., 5 oz.

Elijah Grant McKinney, son of Brittany and Jason McKinney, born March 5; weight: 10 lbs., 9 oz.

Darrin Levi Honaker, son of Katelyn and Clifford Honaker, born March 2; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.

Sophie Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of Terra Allen and Charles Robinson, born March 2; weight: 5 lbs., 10 oz.

Anderson Wayne Hatfield, son of Aaliyah and Dalton Hatfield, born March 2; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.

Trinity JeannaKaye Little, daughter of Misty and Herbit little, born March 2; weight: 5 lbs., 14 oz.

Braxton Elijah Johnson, son of Stephanie Little, born March 1; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.

Jaylyn Vy Lam Pham, son of Chau Nguyen, born March 1; weight: 6 lbs., 14.4 oz.

Kylie Grace Adams, daughter of Kristen and Kyle Adams, born March 1; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.

Brylan Leigh Farmer, daughter of Savannah and Jeremiah Farmer, born March 1; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

Friday, March 16, 2018

LEXINGTON — No high school basketball game in 15th Region history has ever carried the weight of Pikeville’s opening-round Sweet 16 matchup with heavily-favored John Hardin at Rupp Arena on March 14.

Just less than 24 hours following the tragic death of Pikeville City Police Officer Scotty Hamilton – the Panthers wore their emotions on their heart, shoes and jersey all the way to an epic triple-overtime shocker of the Bulldogs, 72-69.

Head coach Elijah Justice had been in big games before as a player at Shelby Valley but nothing to this magnitude.

“That was a terrible tragedy,” 2010’s Mr. Kentucky Basketball said. “It happened last night [Tuesday] and I think most of us got word of that this morning. It’s a hard thing to try and comfort anybody in a time like that but we wanted to do the best that we can and try to represent home as good as we can, and all these guys wore the blue ribbon on their shoes, just in honor of the police officer and to just show our respects.”

He added, “We’ve got a great community, too. Anybody that has social media has seen everybody come together back home and rally around that family. That was a really good thing.”

Pikeville, now 25-9, advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time since beating Boyd County in 1999. The Panthers eventually lost to champion Ballard. The Panthers face Warren Central at 1:30 p.m. today.

It took a number of meaningful plays for it to happen:

Wyatt Battaile’s three-point basket just ahead of the buzzer tied the game at 52. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

In the first overtime, Evan Rhodes was fouled on a three-point attempt out of the corner with 3.6 seconds left. He made all three to tie the game at 58. Rhodes finished with 11.

In the second overtime, Christian Billiter drained a three-point attempt near the top of the key with 11.6 seconds left to tie the game. Jordan Hardin’s final shot hit the iron.

In the third overtime, Battaile hit a jumper and Connor Roberts scored on a layoff off a steal to put the Panthers ahead for good. Roberts added 14 points and six rebounds, including four offensive.

Hidden in every second was Battaile, Roberts and Kyle Watkins playing all 44 minutes.

“There were just so many plays these guys made. They fought and never gave up,” Justice added.


At Lexington

(Sweet 16 Opening Round)


JH (28-8)…............17  8  13  14  (6) (3) ( 8) – 69

PK (25-9)...........…18  14  6  14  (6) (3) (11) – 72


John Hardin (69) – Alex Matthews 1 1-3 3; Malik Wright 8 3-6 19; Aaron Scott 3(3) 0-1 15; Mickey Pearson 2(2) 8-10 18; Jachai Walker 3 4-6 10; Darion Davis 1 0-0 2; and Trevon Harris 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19(5) 16-26 69.

Pikeville (72) – Cade Byers 2 2-2 6; Kyle Watkins 1 0-0 2; Wyatt Battaile 5(5) 5-11 30; Connor Roberts 5(1) 1-4 14; Christian Billiter 0(1) 0-0 3; Evan Rhodes 1(1) 6-7 11; and Zach Hamilton 1 0-2 2. Totals: 17(8) 14-26 72.

GREATEST SHOW IN HOPPS: Pikeville senior Wyatt Battaile splits John Harden defenders Mickey Pearson, left, and Alex Matthews (4) to score two of his game-high 30 points in the Panthers’ 72-69 win in triple overtime at Rupp Arena on March 14. Pikeville, now 25-9, will face Warren Central at 1:30 p.m. today in the Elite 8.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville infielders Megan Claypoole and Kelsey White belted home runs to fuel an 8-0 win in game one and a doubleheader sweep of Miami-Hamilton at Paul Butcher Field on March 9.

The Bears, now 8-6, took the nightcap 11-0.

In the opener, Claypoole added a single, scored twice and knocked in three runs while White finished with 2 RBI. Kitty Raymond doubled, singled and batted in one run while Emme Barker had two hits, including a double. Lee Collier finished with two hits and scored a pair of runs.

Hannah Skaggs was the winner.

In the nightcap, UPIKE scored six times in the bottom of the second to break the game open. Chandler Kelly had two hits, scored and drove in three runs while Collier singled, scored twice and knocked home a pair of runs. Jayden Gibson collected two hits, scored and drove in one run while Ashley Goins and Haley Osborne each singled, scored and collected an RBI.

Megan Claypoole was the winning pitcher.


At Pikeville

(Game 2)


MH (0-5)….................................000  00 –   0-3-2

UP (8-6)…..................................060  5x – 11-9-0


WP – Megan Claypoole

LP – Brandi Garcia

Hitting: Chandler Kelly 2-1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Lee Collier 1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Jayden Gibson 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Ashley Goins 1b, 1b, 1 RBI; Haley Osborne 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


MH (0-4)…................................000  00 – 0-  2-1

UP (7-6)…..................................411  02 – 8-13-0


WP – Hannah Skaggs

LP – Brandi Garci

Hitting: Megan Claypoole HR, 1b, 2r, 3 RBI; Kelsey White HR, 2 RBI; Emmie Barker 2b, 1b; Kitty Raymond 2b, 1b, 1 RBI; Lee Collier 2-1b, 2r, UPIKE.

OUT OF THE INNING: University of Pikeville assistant coach April Damron Charles greets infielders after retiring Miami-Hamilton hitters in the top of the second inning. The Bears went on to sweep the Harriers, 8-0 and 11-0 to improve to 8-6.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — University of Pikeville hurler Charlie Cokley came on in relief of starter Justin Dzubia in the nightcap and pitched three solid shutout innings to earn a doubleheader split with Ohio Christian, winning 6-0 after falling in the opener, 7-2, on March 12.

The Bears are now 14-9 while the Trailblazers moved to 5-17.

Max Hall relieved Cokley over the final two innings to keep the shutout intact.

Jay Vincent doubled, walked twice and scored while Daniel Sterenberg added two hits, scored once and drove in one run. Matt Peterson and Travis Haen each singled, scored and added an RBI each.

In the opener, Jacob Alverado collected two hits and score while Jorge Perez and Brandon Sewell each had an RBI.

Ean Walda suffered the loss.


At Circleville, Ohio

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

UP (14-9)…........................002  102  100 – 6-8-0

OC (5-17)….......................000  000  000 – 0-4-2


WP – Charlie Cokley

LP – Logan Hill

Hitting: Jay Vincent 2b, 2-bb, 1r; Daniel Sterenberg 2-1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Matt Peterson 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Travis Haen 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

At Circleville, Ohio

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

UP (13-9)…............................002  000  0 – 2-4-1

OC (5-16)…............................060  100  x – 7-7-2


WP – Brandon Focarett

LP – Ean Walda

Hitting: Jacob Alverado 2-1b, 1r; Jorge Perez 1 RBI; Brandon Sewell 2-bb, 1 RBI, UPIKE.




Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 16, 2018

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to announce a milestone has been reached, with their 100th surgery using the da Vinci XI Surgical System.

This minimally-invasive surgery benefits the patient through shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, less risk of wound infections, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.

PMC Urologist, Dustin Gayheart, M.D. said, “In the past surgery would typically require large open incisions but with the da Vinci System we make several small incisions. We operate robotic surgeries using a control system which allows our hand movements to make more precise movements, using tiny instruments inside the body.”

The procedures are enhanced by the use of high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our 100th procedure,” said Dr. Gayheart. “We have an excellent surgery team. Dr. Luke Edwards and I are blessed with a talented, well-trained team that is dedicated to doing their very best for our patients.”

This cutting-edge technology helps keep patients close to home and gets them back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

PMC is dedicated to continuing to advance health care and better serve its patients throughout eastern Kentucky.

For additional information about the da Vinci XI Surgical System call 606-218-2202 or visit 

DA VINCI SURGICAL TEAM: From left to right are Sarah Hickman, Jared Bentley, Dr. Luke Edwards, Dr. Dustin Gayheart, Chelsey LeMaster and Bobby Blanton. The team recently performed the 100th robotic surgery.
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Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, March 9, 2018