PIKEVILLE — Rodney Carrington will be appearing at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, Oct. 20.


Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office and through Ticketmaster.


He has been making audiences laugh for almost twenty years with his unique brand of stand-up comedy.


The country singer-songwriter has recorded eight major label comedy albums which have sold more than two million copies … two of which have been certified Gold. His most recent special “Laughter’s Good” is now available on Netflix.


Rodney Carrington started his own record label “Laughter’s Good” and released two albums under the new label in October 2014.


Rodney re-released “‘C’Mon Laugh You Bastards” which features 3 new songs, as well as an album of all new material called “Laughter’s Good.”


In addition to starting his own record label, Rodney started a new YouTube series in October 2014 called “Bit By Bit.”


In the series, he releases new material one piece at a time on a weekly basis.


According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last 10 years, and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years.


His popularity derives in large part, from his connection to his audience both at his live shows, as well as social media. By the looks of his schedule in 2017, he shows no signs of slowing down.


For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nathan Bentley, 31, of Jenkins, passed away June 15. Funeral, June 20. Burial, John P. Meade Cemetery, Deane.


Billy Ray Salyer, 83, of Joe’s Creek, passed away June 18. Funeral, June 22. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Sandra Lee Watson Cheeks, 76, of Pikeville, passed away June 15. Funeral, June 17.


Charlotte Bowling Compton, 68, of Pikeville, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 26, Long Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Freddie and Dixie Bowling Cemetery.


Blake Williamson, 78, of Canada, passed away June 16. Funeral, June 20, Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Meathouse of Canada. Burial, Williamson Family Cemtery.


Frederick Bonn, 70, of Virgie, passed away June 15. Funeral, June 18. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Geneva Ratliff Cantrell, 78, of Elkhorn City, passed away June 15. Funeral, June 18. Burial, Elkhorn City Cemetery.


Anna Rae Murphy Justice, 75, of Elkhorn City, died June 18. Funeral, June 21. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.


Boger Stanley, 73, of Hatfield, passed away June 13. Funeral, June 17, Huntleyville Gospel Revelation Tabernacle. Burial, Gilliam Cemetery, Hatfield.


Joseph Wayne Miller, 64, of Beech Creek, W.Va., passed away June 13. Funeral, June 18. Burial, Grover Kennedy/Mahon Cemetery, Beech Creek.


Carolyn Ratliff, 67, of Shelbiana, passed away June 17. Funeral, June 21, Greasy Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Ratliff Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Glena Arlene Adams, 39, of Pikeville, passed away June 15. Funeral, June 19. Burial, Justice Cemetery, Ivy Creek, Chloe Road.


Buster Coleman, 70, of Kimper, passed away June 16. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, June 19, Cedar Bottom Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Choe Road.


Vernie Turnmire, 68, of Kimper, passed away June 14. Funeral, June 18. Burial, Ward Family Cemetery, Kimper.


Lemonia Gial Kingsley, 70, of Raccoon, died June 19. Funeral, June 22. Burial, Harris Cemetery, Raccoon.


Nannie E. Tackett, 91, of Martin, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 22. Burial, Davidson Memorial Garden, Ivel.


Ricky Allen, 62, of Garrett, passed away June 18. Funeral, June 21. Burial, Coburn-Inmon Cemetery, Garrett.


Ralph Allen Roop Sr., 74, of Grethel, passed away June 17. Funeral, June 20, Calvary Baptist Church, Betsy Layne. Burial, Tackett Cemetery, Grethel.


Geraldine Lafferty, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away June 13. Funeral, June 15. Burial, Lafferty Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Joyce Ann Fields, 74, of Cross Lanes, W.Va., formerly of Varney, W.Va., passed away June 13. Funeral, June 17. Burial, Smith Family Cemetery, Cedar, W.Va.


Ronnie Dean Nelson, 65, of McDowell, passed away June 20. Funeral, June 24. Burial, Nelson Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Roy Baisden, 76, of Prestonsburg, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 23. Burial, Baisden Family Cemetery, Cow Creek, Prestonsburg.


Myrtle Bates, 75, of Wayland, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 22. Burial, Bates Family Cemetery, Wayland.


James Richard Hale, 68, of Blue River, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 23. Burial, Hale Cemetery, Blue River.


Marty Tackett, 57, of McDowell, passed away June 19. Funeral, June 22. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Edward “Johnny” Holman, 70, of David, passed away June 17. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Funeral, June 20. Burial, Lackey Cemetery, Lackey.


Earnie Nyall Moore, 70, of Langley, passed away June 17. Funeral, June 21. Burial, Earnie Moore Family Cemetery, Turkey Creek, Langley.


Laudie Prater, 90, of Prestonsburg, passed away June 16. Funeral, June 20. Burial, Prater Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easton Matthew Taylor, son of Sarah and Cecil Taylor, born June 14; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Ansley Claire Branham, daughter of Elizabeth and Tyler Branham, born June 14; weight: 8 lbs., 5.8 oz.


Joshua Myles Lafferty, son of Laura and James Lafferty, born June 13; weight: 8 lbs., 4oz.


Payson Madilyn Welch, daughter of Stacy and Joseph Welch, born June 13; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Emerson Paige McNemar, daughter of Tracie and Robert McNemar, born June 13; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Laikyn Reece Gooslin, daughter of Samantha and Derek Gooslin, born June 11; weight: 5 lbs., 5 oz.


Brynlee Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of Chelsi and Scotty Hamilton, born June 11; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Marcus Colt Hamilton, son of Shawndra and Marcus Hamilton, born June 10; weight: 8 lbs.


Cason John Andrew Gibson, son of Crystal McCoy and Aughty John Gibson, born June 10; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Morgan Rayne Hinkle, daughter of Tanisha and Colby Hinkle, born June 10; weight: 7 lbs., 2.5 oz.


Dawson Keathley Justice, son of Mary and William Justice, born June 10; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Cainan Daniel Caines, son of Sheala Justice and Daniel Caines, born June 9; weight: 7 lbs., 2.6 oz.


Bryson Kade Thacker, son of Ashley Ratliff and Dalton Thacker, born June 9; weight: 6 lbs., 10oz.


Davina Rose Compton, daughter of Vanessa Smith and David Compton, born June 8; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.


Canaan Adee Clemons, son of Laurie and Sherman Clemons, born June 8; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Aaden Lee Charles Allen, son of Faith and Joshua Allen, born June 8; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Ellison Faye Jude, daughter of Jeslynn Clevinger and Michael Jude, born June 8; weight: 7 lbs., 5.3 oz.


Caleb Blake Cantrell, son of Sierra Millstid and Ernel Cantrell, born June 8; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.


Demi Raine Minix, daughter of Lorna and Joshua Minix, born June 8; weight: 8 lbs., 3.5 oz.

Friday, June 23, 2017

PRESTONSBURG — Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb’s passion for the students of Floyd County has vaulted the school system to new heights on the state level.


Dr. Webb, after 22 years, has resigned his position to accept employment with Kenton County as its new superintendent.


His final day is June 30.


“I can’t say enough about our amazing team and all the hard work that has gone into making us one of the best school systems in the state,” said Webb, who was named the 2017 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year.


He guided the school system from being among one of the lowest ranked districts (145th) to number six in the state, and the only ‘district of distinction’ for three consecutive years.


“We have the best students in the world right here,” he said. “None of this would have been possible without the hard work of everyone.”


Having served as superintendent since December of 2007, Dr. Webb began his educational career as a teacher for the visually impaired in 1995. He was chosen as assistant principal at South Floyd High School in June of 1999 and was promoted to principal four months later.


“I’m most proud of being able to help ‘Team Floyd’ increase our attendance, see our ACT scores reach an all-time high and seeing an early college academy become a reality,” he added.


Dr. Webb has received a number of honors, including the F.L. Dupree Superintendent of the Year award through the Kentucky School Board Association and the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for leadership.


He has served as president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, served on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control and was a member of the Commissioner’s Work Group for Consequential Review, a committee for the new accountability system.


“I will always cherish the memories here and I’m grateful to had been able to achieve things with the help of our board members, students, parents and the communities that made up our district,” he concluded.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, June 16, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Bob Amos Park was packed last Friday evening as teams from across Pikeville joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the Pike County Relay For Life event. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was an event sponsor for this annual fundraiser to raise money and awareness for cancer research.


PMC’s theme this year, Why Do You Relay? We Relay For Our Patients, was highlighted with a balloon photo frame created by local magician, and PMC Quality and Process Engineer, Ricky Hamilton. Event goers throughout the evening visited PMC’s tent to have their picture made behind the colorful frame using themed photo props to show why they relay. Some were there to honor a friend, encourage a spouse or to remember a loved one who lost their fight.


“Overall, this event was very successful,” said PMC Oncology Outreach Coordinator Nell Bedwell, RN. “There was a great turnout from the hospital and from cancer survivors,” continued Bedwell. “I am very proud of PMC’s employees for donating all the food for our cookout that fed our team and the survivors.”


The Relay For Life event started at 6:00 p.m. with the opening ceremony, as teams from all over the county gathered together to celebrate the hundreds of survivors who participate. Over 50 team members from PMC carried their banner for the sponsor lap.


The survivors lap has become a very special part of the evening.


The Survivor Committee and PMC oncology nurses awarded a medal to those who have won their fight to celebrate their victory against cancer.


“You could feel the love and support for the survivors and patients as they walked their lap,” said Patty Thompson, PMC Public Relations Events Administrator. “It was an amazing event!”


The luminaria ceremony was held at twilight. Each candle in a decorated bag represents someone special. Many luminaria bags lined the track, personalized with a photo or message to remember loved ones lost to cancer or in honor of those still battling the disease.


One special luminaria was decorated by two-year-old William Anthony (Bodie) Lowe, in honor on his grandmother, Pamela Todd May, chief legal counsel at PMC and wife of President and CEO Walter E. May. She lost her fight with pancreatic cancer last month.


Awards were given out by Josh Johnson, Relay For Life Community Manager, Mid-South Division. The winners are as follows: Best Camp Site – Angel Wings; Most Money Raised (Community) – Model City; Most Money Raised (Corporate) – Community Trust Bank. A grand total of $35,000 was raised for the ACS through this event.


The ACS is the largest nongovernmental cancer research organization. For over 70 years the ACS has been funding research for cancer treatment and to find a cure. In fact, the ACS lists cancer as one of the leading causes of death in Kentucky. Money raised by events like Relay For Life help in their efforts to save lives.


Visit relay.acsevents.org for more information about Relay For Life or to make a donation.

TEAM PMC: Pikeville Medical Center’s Relay For Life Team, above, poses for a group picture during the event held on June 9 at Bob Amos Park. Below is a special luminaria decorated by two-year-old William Anthony (Bodie) Lowe, in honor of his grandmother, Pamela Todd May, PMC chief legal counsel, who lost her fight with pancreatic cancer.
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Amy Charles
Friday, June 16, 2017

PIKEVILLE — American Red Cross (ARC) officials held an informative session at the Pike County Public Library on June 9 in an effort to inform the general public on what services are offered.


“Thank you all for being here today. I know you have plenty of choices on how you’re going to spend your time, we appreciate you spending just a little with us,” said Regional Chief Development Officer Jeremy Jarvey. “Thank you for all you do for the Red Cross.”


State and region wide statistics were discussed and those in attendance were encouraged to get involved with ARC.


“We are 95 percent volunteer based, which allows us to put 91 cents of every dollar back to client services. We cannot do what we do without every single volunteer. We have over 3,300 volunteers for the region in Kentucky,” he said.


Through its countless number of volunteers, donors and partnerships, ARC has installed 15,384 smoke alarms, making 10,000 homes safer in Kentucky.


“It’s amazing what the volunteers do. I always say you really do not know who your full time staff is sometimes because the volunteers are working more hours than some of the full time staff are. No other organization does it like we do,” Jarvey added.


Disasters can occur in the blink of an eye. ARC is available to help in all situations.


ARC East Kentucky Region Executive Director Joanna King was at home when she encountered her

Friday, June 16, 2017

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide more than healthcare to patients, they provide compassion and support during a patient’s most vulnerable time. June 15-22, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is celebrating its CNAs during National Nursing Assistants Week.


“Our CNAs at PMC are truly core members of our health care team,” said PMC Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services Michelle Rainey. “CNAs are gentle, kind and, above all, compassionate.”


CNA responsibilities are an important part of the care patients receive during their hospital stay. According to Nurse Journal, the responsibilities of a CNA include helping patients with their basic living activities, listening to the health concerns of patients, measuring vital signs, housekeeping and tending to patient issues and problems.


“CNAs help patients of all ages by providing primary care as well as assisting them in daily activities,” Rainey said. “During times when a patient cannot care for themselves, they are there to assist in many ways.”


Rainey also added that PMC appreciates its CNAs for their commitment to the organization and their patients.


“We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our patients, families and the hospital,” commended Rainey. “Happy National Nursing Assistants Week to all of our CNAs.”

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, June 16, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the second in a four-part series regarding National Safety Month)

Summer is here and the warm weather has everyone hanging out at the pool trying to beat the heat. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is offering some safety tips for children to prevent summer health risks.


PMC encourages people to do a little preparation when it comes to children and water play.


“Common safety precautions and educating yourself can prevent injury and illness while swimming and enjoying the outdoors,” PMC’s Emergency Department Physician John Fleming said.


Is it risky for children to swallow pool water?


Children are bound to gulp pool water at one time or another, especially when first learning to swim. Too much pool water can lead to illness. Encourage your child to spit out any water that gets in their mouth.


“When a child gets choked or swallows too much water while swimming, they should immediately come ut of the water and be watched closely,” Dr. Fleming said. “Dry Drowning or secondary drowning cases are rare but can be life threatening conditions.”


Dr. Fleming says your child should see a physician and come to the Emergency Department if you notice any of the following after swimming:


•Continued coughing


•Extreme weakness or sleepiness


•Difficulty breathing




•Change in activity or behavior


Two of the most commonly overlooked considerations are flotation devices and sunscreen.


“Sunscreen should be applied before going outdoors and reapplied often. Flotation devices or life jackets should be available anytime you are in the water, and worn by children at all times while on a boat,” he added.


Dr. Fleming said to always drink plenty of liquid. He noted dehydration is often overlooked while spending time playing in the water.


Can children who have a cast go swimming?


Swimming with a cast typically depends on the type of cast.


Plaster cast — If your child has a plaster cast over cloth wrapping, he or she must stay out of the water. Trying to protect a plaster cast with a plastic bag generally isn’t effective.


Fiberglass cast — If your child has a fiberglass cast that’s lined with a water repellent liner, it’s usually okay to swim as long as you have the doctor’s permission. After swimming, it’s important to thoroughly rinse the inside of the cast with clean water. Generally, you can allow the cast to air dry.


Can children swim with ear tubes?


If your child has ear tubes — tiny cylinders placed through the eardrum to drain fluid and allow air into the middle ear — ask his or her doctor about ear protection during swimming. Some doctors recommend that children who have ear tubes should wear earplugs while swimming to prevent bacteria from entering the middle ear. However, routine use of earplugs might only be needed when children dive or swim in untreated water, such as lakes and rivers.


What is the best way to prevent swimmer’s ear?


Swimmer’s ear is an infection that’s often treated with prescription eardrops. To prevent swimmer’s ear:


Keep ears dry. Encourage your child to wear earplugs while swimming. After swimming, dry your child’s ears by wiping the outer ears gently with a soft towel or use a hair dryer. Put the hair dryer on the lowest setting and hold it at least a foot (about 30 centimeters) away from the ear.


If your child doesn’t have punctured eardrums, use homemade preventive eardrops before and after swimming. A mixture of one part white vinegar to one part rubbing alcohol might help promote drying and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause swimmer’s ear. Pour one teaspoon (about 5 milliliters) of the solution into each ear and let it drain back out. Similar over-the-counter solutions might be available at your drugstore.


Avoid putting foreign objects in your child’s ear. Don’t use cotton swabs in your child’s ears which can pack material deeper into the ear canal, irritate the thin skin inside the ear or break the skin.


What about red eyes after swimming?


Exposure to chlorine might leave your child with red eyes. To ease discomfort and reduce redness after swimming, rinse your child’s eyes with a sterile eyewash or an artificial tears solution. To prevent red or puffy eyes, encourage your child to wear goggles while swimming.


What’s the best age to begin swimming lessons?


Many kids learn to ride a bike and to swim on their own at the same age — often the summer before kindergarten. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons for most children age four and older.


If you enroll a child younger than age four in a swimming program, pick one that requires parental involvement, has qualified teachers and a fun atmosphere and involves a limited number of underwater submersions. This will limit the amount of water your child might swallow.


Can children swim when they’re sick or have cuts and scrapes?


It’s fine for children who have colds or other minor illnesses to swim, as long as they feel well enough to do so. Likewise, it’s okay for children to swim with cuts and scrapes — as long as the wounds aren’t bleeding.


Is it okay to swim right after eating?


It’s okay to swim immediately after a light meal or snack. However, if your child feels lethargic after eating a heavy meal, encourage him or her to take a break before swimming.


Are hot tubs safe for children?


Young children can quickly become overheated in a hot tub or spa. If you allow your child to use a hot tub or spa, keep the visit supervised, brief and don’t allow your child to put his or her head underwater. Long hair can get caught in an uncovered hot tub grate and cause drowning.


Can babies or toddlers wear diapers in the water?


Swim diapers and swim pants are water-repellent and fit snugly around a child’s thighs and waist but they’re not waterproof. If your child has a bowel movement in the water, fecal material might escape the diaper.


A dirty diaper might contain diarrhea-causing germs, including the parasite cryptosporidium — which can contaminate pool water or other swimming areas. In otherwise healthy people, a cryptosporidium infection causes diarrhea. The consequences can be more severe for people who have weak immune systems.


Urine in the water is less risky than feces but it’s difficult to separate the two when children wear diapers. If you allow your child to swim in a diaper, take breaks to change the diaper in the bathroom or use the toilet. Don’t allow swimming if your child has diarrhea.


Source: Mayo Clinic

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Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, June 16, 2017

One need only turn on the TV or open a newspaper to see the chaos and diminishment of law and order both in our homeland and the rest of the world.


Turmoil seems to be the norm. It could be frightening and very compelling: if it were not for Jesus.


Jesus said “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ: and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” (Luke 21:8-9).


The good news is Jesus tells us not to worry or be afraid, but trust in Him only.


He, as our captain, will steer us through the rough seas and we will one day drop our anchor in the peaceful harbour of everlasting life with him!


~ PMC Chaplain Stephen Thacker may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, June 16, 2017