Gary Randall Patton, 68, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Floyd Co., died April 7. He was U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Funeral, April 14. Burial, Curt Hamilton Cemetery, McDowell.


Dranna Sue Click, 79, of Martin, died April 6. Funeral, April 9. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Winnie Ellen Ousley, 80, of Prestonsburg, died April 4. Funeral, April 8. Burial, Dewey Ousley Family Cemetery.


Lona Varney, 93, of Raccoon, died April 10. Funeral, April 13. Burial, Goff-Varney Cemetery.


Christine Daniels, 84, of Majestic, died April 9. Funeral, April 12. Burial, R.H. Ratliff Cemetery, Pikeville.


Donald William Johnson, 38, of Jacksonville, Fl., died April 1. Funeral, April 13. Burial, Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.


Bobby James Childers, 73, of Belcher, died April 5. He was U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Funeral, April 8. Burial, Robinson Cemetery, Alleghany.


Michael David Maynard, 51, of Varney, died April 2. Funeral, April 8. Burial, Maynard Runyon Cemetery.


James David Adkins, 72, of Prestonsburg, died April 10. Funeral, April 12. Burial, Richmond Cemetery.


Billy Joe “BJ” Justice, 72, of Prestonsburg, died April 7. Funeral, April 10. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens.


Kent Earl Stewart, 55, of Tram, died April 8. Funeral, April 12. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Tammy Renea Hall, 46, of Harold, died April 7. Funeral, April 11. Burial, Jewell Stumbo Cemetery, Grethel.


Otis “Odie Boy” Hollifield, 59, of Teaberry, died April 6. Funeral, April 10 at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Hollifield Family Cemetery.


William Russell Price, 71, of Williamsport, died April 4. Funeral, April 7 at Boonescamp Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Ward Cemetery, Paintsville.


Imogene Salyer, 63, of Hippo, died April 6. Funeral, April 9. Burial, Bailey-Stephens Cemetery, Brushy.


Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Collins, 75, of Matewan, W.Va., died April 9. Funeral, April 14.


Brian Matthew Harlow, 39, of Williamson, W.Va., died April 5. Memorial service, April 9.


Jennifer Lynn White, 62, of Red Jacket, W.Va., died April 4. Memorial service will be held at a later date.


Virgil Lockard Jr., 78, of Hardy, died April 9. Funeral, April 12, First Baptist Church, Belfry. Burial, Julius Scott Cemetery, Hardy.


William Allen Headen, 66, of Goody, died April 6. Memorial service, April 15 at Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.


Marjorie “Margie” Fry Booth, 98, of Wayne County, died April 10. Funeral, April 14 at First Baptist Church of Williamson. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Alice Dotson Copley, 84, of Williamson, W.Va., died April 10. Graveside service, April 15 at Mountain View Gardens, Maher, W.Va.


Christine “Thacker” Justice, 90, of Mt. Sterling, died April 6. Funeral, April 12. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Perry Justice, 95, of Pikeville, died April 3. Funeral, April 8. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Hatler “Hat” Bee Burnette, 74, of Pikeville, died April 5. Funeral, April 9 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial, Burnette Cemetery, Stonecoal.


Dr. William “Bill” Higginbotham, 74, of Georgetown, died April 1. Funeral, April 8 at Pikeville United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hudson Lee Young, son of Amber Zankovitch and Cody Lee Young, born April 6; weight: 9 lbs., 7 oz.


Abel Jess Lane Coots, son of Mary and Delbert Coots, born April 6; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


Maci Kate White, daughter of Katie Williams and James White, born April 5; weight: 8 lbs., 11 oz.


Garry Lee Abel Perkins, son of Jessica and Garry Perkins, born April 5; weight: 9 lbs., 3 oz.


Isabella Gray Farrington, daughter of Jeannie and Roger Farrington, born April 5; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.


John Austin Ousley, son of Amanda and John Ousley, born April 5; weight: 6 lbs., 3 oz.


Piper Katie Davis Williamson, daughter of Sabrina and James Williamson, born April 5; weight: 5 lbs., 13.4 oz.


Caroline Kimberly Rose Spears, daughter of Tonya and Jimmy Spears, born April 4; weight: 5 lbs., 10 oz.


Kiara Lynn Ratliff, daughter of Caitlyn Ratliff, born April 4; weight: 8 lbs. 4.3 oz.


Aliyah Loretta Rain Patton, daughter of Kayla Combs, born April 4; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Shiloh Alyse Kidd, daughter of Alyssa and Randall Kidd, born April 4; weight: 9 lbs., 3 oz.


Ariana Lashae Tackett, daughter of Miranda and John Tackett, born April 4; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.


Addyson Grace Taylor, daughter of Brandy and Justin Taylor, born April 4; weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz.


Averie Blake Ratliff, daughter of Kayla and Tyler Ratliff, born April 4; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.


Adalyn Reese Colvin, daughter of Amber Breann and Jonathan Colvin, born April 3; weight: 7 lbs., 7.4 oz.


Wyatt Xavier Douglas Hensley, son of Mary Blankenship and Rodney Dakota Blake Hensley, born April 2; weight: 5 lbs., 2.7 oz.


Trudy Raine Smith, daughter of Holly and Christopher Tyler Smith, born April 2; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Aaron Clay Wellman, son of Jasmine and Chris Wellman, born March 31; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Emma Carol Huston, daughter of Samantha and Hubert Huston, III, born March 31; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Brooklyn Harper Stiltner, daughter of Veronica Blankenship and Eric Stiltner, born March 31; weight 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Ivery Bella Grace Shanowat, daughter of Kodi and Devery Shanowat, Jr., born March 30; weight 7 lbs.


Mavrik Raphael Allen Doss, son of Angela Williamson, born March 30; weight: 7 lbs.


Rosalynn Grace Johnson, daughter of Amber Caudill and Bryan Johnson, born March 30; weight: 4 lbs., 13 oz.


Briella Raelynn Hall, daughter of Tiffany Dffie and Austin Hall, born, March 29; weight: 5 lbs., 11 oz.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Marlene Webb, 75, of Prestonsburg, died March 28. Funeral, April 1. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Richmond.


Mallie Caudill Johnson, 90, of Melvin, died March 28. Funeral, March 31 at Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Matthew Tackett Cemetery.


Ruth Neeley Frasure, 92, of Prestonsburg, died March 20. Funeral, April 2. Burial, Frasure Family Cemetery.


Jackie I. Conley Prater, 76, of Eastern, died March 28. Funeral, April 1. Burial, Duncan Cemetery, Hueysville.


Marcella Lou Williams, 70, of Weeksbury, died March 28. Funeral, April 1 at Ligon Freewill Baptist Church, Ligon. Burial, Temporary Gardens, Bypro.


Alex “AJ” Parsons, 81, of Harold, died March 31. Funeral, April 3 at Boldman Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Bush Cemetery.


James Marcus Mullins, 36, of Hager Hill, died March 28. Funeral, April 3. Burial, Howell Cemetery, McDowell.


Eleanore Zeny Jenkins, 69, of Harold, died April 1. Funeral, April 4 at Little Rachel Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Keathley Cemetery.


James Madison Meade, 82, of Printer, died April 1. Funeral, April 3. Burial, Meade Cemetery.


Orvissie “Orvis” Shepherd, 70, of Gretel, died April 2. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Akers Cemetery.


Clark Eli Stumbo, 75, of McDowell, died April 3. Funeral, April 4. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery.


Gregory Don Zadel, 60, of Pikeville, died March 28. Memorial service, April 1.


Bee Wallace Mullins, 97, of Elkhorn City, died March 29. Funeral, April 2. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Glean Kelly Jr., 55, of Pikeville, died March 30. Funeral, April 3. Burial, Kelley Family Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Charleen Farmer, 87, of Regina, died April 2. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Clyde Fields, 89, of Steele, died April 1. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Colley Community Cemetery, Breaks, Va.


Ralph Prater, 90, of Wayland, died March 29. Funeral, March 31. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Scott Matthew Oatman, 50, of Betsy Layne, died March 28. Funeral, April 1. Burial, Bradley Family Cemetery, Louisa.


Reana Mae Calhoun, 78, of Riverfront Road, died March 31. Funeral, April 4. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens.


Bruce Alan Barnett, 61, of Martin, died March 31. Funeral, April 3. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Charles Ray Patton, 84, of Langley, died April 2. Funeral, April 6. Burial, Stewart Cemetery, Maytown.


Thomas Luther Westfall, 62, of Ivel, died April 2. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens.


Kenneth Ray Reid, 64, of Prestonsburg, died March 31. Funeral, April 3. Burial, Newman Cemetery, Hit Hat.


Mary Ann Lackey Marcum, 78, of Williamson, W.Va., died March 30. Funeral, April 3 at Chattaroy Church of God. Burial, Marcum Cemetery, Chattaroy, W.Va.


Myrtle Mae (Smith) Maynard, 95, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn. formerly of Turkey, Ky., died April 2. Funeral, April 7. Burial, Monte Bevins Cemetery, Sidney.


Darlin Newsome, 71, of Robinson Creek, died March 31. Funeral, April 3 at Old Union Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Allard Newsome Cemetery.


Arnold Johnson, 82, of Hebron, Ohio, died March 30. Funeral, April 5. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.

Friday, April 7, 2017

PHELPS — Phelps Elementary School (PES) students packed the gymnasium to take part in the first-ever Autism Community Walk on March 31.


Autism Awareness Month is observed throughout the month of April and marks an important time for individuals, families and communities to honor and unite for many reasons.


“Today we’re celebrating all kids,” Principal Angie Lester said as she welcomed all students, staff and guests to the event.


Registered Nurse Angel Lester shared a personal story and experience with all attendees about her son having autism.


“This day is very emotional and personal for me,” she said. Lester talked about the different levels of autism and mentioned successful individuals and celebrities with autism.


Autism or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.


There is not one autism but many types, caused by a combination of genetic, biologic and environmental factors. These influences appear to increase the risk that a child will develop autism.


There are three different types of autism, autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder.


Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, but are almost five times more common among boys than girls. This includes one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates autism’s prevalence as one in 68 children in the United States.


Signs usually show before the age of three, tend to appear between ages two and three and last throughout a person’s life – although symptoms may improve over time. In some cases, children with autism may show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms may not show until 24 months or later and stop gaining new skills or lose the skills they once had.


The morning included a number of fun activities, including a dance party, which all students took part in. Awards were presented to students and classrooms for their door and wall decorating.






•About one percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.


•More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.


•Autism services for U.S. citizens cost $236 - $262 billion annually.


•Thirty-five percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after high school.


•It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism.


•Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.


•Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.


•There is no medical detection or cure for autism.


•About one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.

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Abigail Gibson
Friday, April 7, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently recognized its fourth DAISY Award winner, Jessica Anderson. The DAISY Award is a national initiative that recognizes extraordinary nurses for their work.


Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins presented Anderson with the DAISY Award to thank her for her contributions to PMC and their patients.


“Our nurses exemplify care and compassion day in and day out at PMC,” said Deskins. “The DAISY award is a way to give nurses the recognition they deserve for their hard work and contributions to our patients,” she added.


Anderson is a registered nurse who has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 13 years. Anderson was selected from a group of nominees and was honored during a surprise ceremony at the hospital on Apr. 4 surrounded by her peers, nursing administrators and the Goodson family that nominated her for her outstanding efforts.


“I feel very humbled to have been nominated for this award. Working in the NICU has always been a true blessing to me,” said Anderson. “I have had the honor of taking care of so many tiny miracles over the last 13 years. Being able to be even a small part of some of the most important times in a patient’s life is an honor in itself.”


She was nominated for the award for the exceptional care she provided to an employees’ infant twins during their stay in PMC’s NICU. Her expertise, training and compassion helped save the life of one of the twins.


A nomination letter from Melinda Goodson read:


“I was admitted to Pikeville Medical Center on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 due to high-risk pregnancy complications, I was 35 weeks and five days gestation with twin girls, Averie and Maisie.


After multiple blood draws and tests, the decision was made on Thursday to proceed with an emergency C-section due to complications with my health that could cause serious health problems for, not only me, but the babies as well.


Both babies had lung complications post-delivery and were rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They required oxygen and had to have their blood drawn every few hours, along with other tests that preemies require.


On Friday, Jessica began her shift and was assigned my children as her patients. From the moment Jessica began caring for my children, she always ensured my husband, Jeremy, and I knew exactly what their status was and that we were always involved in the decisions concerning our children’s care - she ensured we knew everything she, and the rest of the NICU team, had to do to keep our children alive and to get them healthy.


Jessica would tell us the good, along with the bad, and even came to my room with the physician when Averie had to be placed on the vent, as she had been diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate. She ensured we understood why this was happening along with any complications that could arise. We would visit or call the NICU every few hours, but in between our visits and calls; Jessica would call us with updates.


On Sunday, I was discharged from PMC, having no option, but to leave our children in the care of the NICU nurses and physician. Early Monday morning, before Jessica’s shift ended, she called us at home with an update informing us that Averie had a really bad night and her health was declining although they were doing everything they could.


After speaking with the physician, Jeremy and I made the decision to transport Averie to a Level 4 NICU, where there is special oxygen, known as nitric oxide, provided along with other resources for children as sick as she was. Maisie would stay at PMC to continue progressing with the treatment she was receiving. Once Averie arrived we were told multiple times by the staff that she arrived “just in time”, as they had made arrangements to place her on ECMO therapy, which is a life-saving treatment given to high-risk infants, upon her arrival. But, because we transported her when we did, she was able to begin the nitric oxide during her transport, and avoided the ECMO therapy.


We feel that without Jessica continuously updating us on Averie’s health and treating her as she would her own, there is a possibility that our child would not be here today.


Jessica is a caring, compassionate person, which is reflected in her nursing and the care she provides to the children who require the special care that only people like Jessica, and the rest of the NICU staff, give.


God blessed us to have Jessica be their nurse - Jessica saved our child’s life and we cannot thank her enough.”


The goal of The DAISY Award is to “ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society’s profound respect for education, training, brainpower and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver care.”


The DAISY committee chose several exemplary submission to be named DAISY nominees. The DAISY nominees were Rachel Stevens (Recovery), Angela Rowe (Palliative Care), Jocelyn May (CTVU) and Amanda Whitt (Cardiac).


“I’m very proud to be part of the wonderful Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeanette Sexton. “The nurses save lives everyday and do it with honor. They are the definition of unsung heroes.”


To nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award online go to

Top: DAISY Award Winner Jessica Anderson. Below: Pikeville Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins, right, poses with DAISY award recipient Jessica Anderson (with flowers) and Jeremy and Melinda Goodson, who nominated Anderson for the award.
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Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, April 7, 2017

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Hundreds turned out for the opportunity to buy, sell and trade heirloom seeds and plants during the sixth annual Appalachian Seed Swap held at Pike County Central School on April 1.


It marked the third consecutive year that attendees topped 500.


“This year’s swap had folks from 10 states,” Event Co-Founder and Pikeville Farmers Market President Joyce Pinson said. “Renowned seed saver Lisa Bloodnick made the trip down from New York.”


Unlike some swaps, organized by academics for more scientific preservation, the local swap is a gathering of people.


“Our event is recognized as the largest seed swap east of the Mississippi,” she added. “We draw national attention in the sustainable agriculture community.”


Pinson enjoys being able to educate the region on seeds and the valuable resource they represent.


“Attendees come from all walks of life,” she said. “Kids in elementary school to seniors, the common thread being growing heirloom vegetables.”


Some of those on hand grow professionally, but most are “home-gardeners” looking to re-discover old varieties or discover something unusual.


“It’s just a great event for all of us,” Pinson said.


The seed swap is organized by volunteers from the Pikeville Farmers Market, with assistance from Pike County Extension Service.


“It is partially funded by a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Grant administered by the City of Pikeville,” Pinson said.


A number of classes were offered throughout the day on a broad variety of topics.


Attendees were able to look over products from the Pikeville Farmers Market, which will likely open in late May at its new pavilion location, adjacent to Hambley Athletic Complex.


The swap was founded by Neil Hunt, Cathy Rehmeyer, Charlie and Joyce Pinson.

SEED SWAP: Neal Osborne-Owens of Sweetie’s Cupcakes and Sweet Shoppe on Hambley chats with Seed Swap Co-Founder Joyce Pinson.
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Teddy Paynter
Friday, April 7, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Riding or operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a fun activity.


Too often, though, ATV accidents end up requiring a trip to the emergency department. It is important to be aware of proper safety measures to take while operating an ATV as well as knowing the signs of injury.


“The most common injuries I see as a physician is to the head and the arms,” Pikeville Medical Center Emergency Physician Dr. Cody Reynolds said. “Most accidents involve people getting thrown off of the vehicle.”


Dr. Reynolds said ATV riders sustain lots of abrasions and injuries to the head and neck, upper extremities and the body and lower extremities.


Riders across eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia take advantage of the mountainous terrain, new trails opening and the opportunities provided, thus creating a rise in the amount of accidents.


“We’re seeing a shift nationally, and throughout the United States that it is a decrease in ATV accidents, but here locally we’re starting to see an increase in accidents,” Dr. Reynolds added.


Injuries are sustained depending on how individuals are riding the ATV and if riders are following safety advice.


“We absolutely, 100 percent, want to see those who suffer injuries in the emergency department. That is what we’re here for,” said Dr. Reynolds.


Dr. Reynolds added injuries can vary and may need treatment.


“It’s according to which body part that you injure. A traumatic brain injury is going to be a lot different than an injury to an arm. If you have an obvious deformity we want to see you. If you have fallen off and hit your head and lose consciousness or you’re experiencing vomiting and are concerned we want to see you in the emergency department. If you have an injury we want to be there for you,” Dr. Reynolds said.


Safety courses, following safety recommendations and wearing protective gear can reduce the risk of injury.


“Wear a helmet. That’s the one thing that can save your life. If you don’t have a helmet on and you get into just a minor altercation. If you fall off, the terrain here is rocky, it’s mountainous, anything can happen. Something as simple as just hitting your head can cause it to be something else,” he added.


Dr. Reynolds and the emergency department team are ready to address all ATV accidents.

Dr. Cody Reynolds
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Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, April 7, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes April as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month.


Sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by wearing proper eye safety equipment.


“Eye protection is important in a lot of sports,” PMC Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Jamie Varney said. “Eyesight is something people take for granted until something happens,” said Dr. Varney.


Dr. Varney stressed the vulnerability of the eye.


“It can change your life forever. Everyone who plays any racquet sports like racquetball or tennis should always wear protective eyewear,” Dr. Varney said.


According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. Ninety percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear.


The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity.


“Regular glasses or sunglasses do not provide protection,” Dr. Varney said. “You need to wear break resistant polycarbonate sports lenses or goggles. It is also important in all sports to wear protection if you already have any eye problems that could worsen if injured.”


Some helpful eye safety tips are:


•Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball.


In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.


• Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.


• Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.


• Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection.


To learn more about sports medicine, call 606-218-2206.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, April 7, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) invites everyone to attend the hospital’s Holy Week and Easter Sunrise Services, Sunday, April 9 through Sunday, April 16.


“The special Holy Week services are wonderful ways that Pikeville Medical Center emphasizes its Christian mission,” said Jane Robinson, PMC Director of Spiritual Activities. “To be able to offer our sunrise service to our staff and to the public is truly a blessing. We are fortunate that our staff are so willing to participate in the daily devotions for Holy Week. They not only deliver a short devotion, but also provide music and singing as well. We appreciate their efforts and dedication to the hospital and Holy Week activities.”


Holy Week Services will be held Monday, April 10 through Friday April 14 and will be held in the hospital chapel, located on the second floor of the May Tower, from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. The speakers will be Stephen Thacker, Mark Tackett, Jordan Maynard, Sarah Vasquez and Denny Newsome. Special music will be provided by Brandon Click, Kayla Gilley, Sarah Vasquez, Brook Coleman, Marie Gibson and PMC Chaplain Services.


Communion will also be available in the hospital chapel throughout the week.


The Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, April 16 and will begin at 7 a.m. on the 10th floor parking garage.


The service will be led by Jason Johnson, Church Planter/Pastor at Creekside Church and special music will be provided by Kaitlyn Good.


Refreshments will be provided immediately following the Sunrise Service. 


For those who are unable to attend, services will air on all East Kentucky Broadcasting stations and EKB-TV.


In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the PMC 10th floor clinic.


For additional information regarding Easter services or to contact PMC Chaplain Services call 606-218-3969.

Jane Robinson, PMC Director of Spiritual Activities
Friday, April 7, 2017