Sawyer Braylyn Couch, daughter of Regina and Rondall Couch, born Nov. 29; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Harper Kate Andreychuk, daughter of Amanda and Cody Andreychuk, born Nov. 29; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Arianna Mae Mullins, daughter of Automn Cavins, born Nov. 29; weight: 5 lbs., 11oz.


Dalton Edward Paige, son of Amanda Hall and Jason Paige, born Nov. 29; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Earl David Douglas Ramey, son of Sara Ramey, born Nov. 29; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Aiden Michael Gage Howard, son of Brittany Smith and Shawn Howard, born Nov. 29; weight: 8 lbs., 3.2 oz.


Aiden Jace Bartley, son of Courtney and Charles Bartley II, born Nov. 28; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.


Kip Christian Kidd, son of Sarah Shepherd and Joseph Kidd, born Nov. 28; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.


Ian Lukas Ratliff, son of Julie and Theodore Ratliff, born Nov. 27; weight: 7 lbs.


Johnathan Dexter Ray Ratliff, son of Rachael Justice and John Ratliff, born Nov. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Danleigh Raye Hamilton, daughter of Kaitlin Bates and Tyler Hamilton, born Nov. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Waylon Keith Hunter Adams, son of Alyssa and Casey Adams, born Nov. 24; weight: 8 lbs., 15 oz.


Alec Bruce Wolford, son of Brittany Justice and Jared Bruce Wolford, born Nov. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Tatum Ace May, son of Jacklyn Stack and Dustin May, born Nov. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Ryker Robert Mullins, son of Ashley and James Robert Mullins, born Nov. 24; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Lillian Mae Larain Conner, daughter of Chassidie and Paul Jason Conner, born Nov. 23; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Konner Myles Friend, son of Amanda Kimberlain and Kelsey Friend III, born Nov. 23; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Escher Quinn Webb, son of Shana and Christopher Webb, born Nov. 23; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Barrett Blayne Crider, son of Ashley and Marc Crider, born Nov. 23; weight: 7 lbs., 10.7 oz.


Ivee Grey Branham, daughter of Cheyenne Gibson and Jerry Branham, born Nov. 22; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


George Shelton Maxwell Jr., son of Shawna and George Maxwell, born Nov. 21; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Johnny Lee Hatfield, 46, of Logan, W.Va., formerly of North Matewan, W.Va., passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 5. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Melissa Dotson, 49, of Zebulon, passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 4. Burial, Rife Family Cemetery, Upper Elk Creek, Hurley, Va.


Dr. Tandy Moore, 79, of Garrett, passed away Dec. 3. Funeral, Dec. 6. Burial, Harry Lee Moore Cemetery, Garrett.


Belva Mae Endicott Lewis, 90, of Iva, S.C., formerly of Banner, passed away Nov. 24. Funeral, Dec. 2. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Brooke LaShae DeFoe, 20, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 5, Maher Freewill Baptist Church, Maher, W.Va. The body will be cremated following the service.


James Berlin Anderson, 50, of Belfry, passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 5. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, W.Va.


Thomas Williamson, 69, of Varney, passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 5, Heenon Church of Christ. Burial, Williamson Cemetery, Brushy.


Kenneth Darrell Lowe, 64, of Pikeville, passed away Dec. 2. Funeral, Dec. 6. Burial, Mont Lowe Cemetery, Brushy Road.


Atwood Stanley, 91, of Monroe, Mich., formerly of Pike County, passed away Dec. 4. Funeral, Dec. 6, Merkle Funeral Home, North Monroe, Mich. Burial, Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Mich.


Sharon Gay Hall, 60, of Penny Bottom, passed away Nov. 29. Funeral, Dec. 3, Caney Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Bartley Cemetery, Penny Bottom.


Thomas David Collins, 79, of Pikeville, passed away Dec. 2. Funeral, Dec. 6. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Josie Deloris Justice, 78, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 30. Funeral, Dec. 4, Betsy Layne Church of Christ. Burial, Justice Family Cemetery.


Aaron Harmon "Tommy" Hall Jr., 81, of Nicholasville, passed away Nov. 28. Funeral, Dec. 2, Mouthcard Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Matthew Taylor Ratliff, 25, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 28. Funeral, Dec. 4, First Baptist Church of Pikeville. Burial, Bent Branch Cemetery, Meta.


Vernon Damron, 75, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 30. Funeral, Dec. 3. Burial, Newsome Branch Family Cemetery.


Judie Stewart, 73, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 28. Graveside service, Dec. 5, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Robin Mae Smith, 47, of Pikeville, passed away Dec. 1. Funeral, Dec. 6. Burial, Kendrick Family Cemetery, Chloe.


Leonard Slone, 92, of Shelbiana, passed away Nov. 28. Funeral, Nov. 30. Entombment, J.U. Thacker Mausoleum, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Don Ratliff, 81, of Regina, passed away Nov. 29. Funeral, Dec. 3. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Ricky "Toy" Wallace, 59, of Elkhorn City, passed away Nov. 8. Memorial service, Dec. 2.


Woodrow Hatfield, 72, of Phelps, passed away Dec. 4. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Funeral, Dec. 7. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Thelma Jean Parsley, 79, of Frankfort, formerly of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Nov. 29. Funeral, Dec. 2. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Estill Chad Crace, 43, of Allen, passed away Nov. 23. Funeral, Dec. 7. Burial, Meade-Hackworth Cemetery, Abbott.


Patricia Ann Isaac Burke, 68, of Prestonsburg, passed away Dec. 2. Funeral, Dec. 7. Burial, Mayo Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Roy Todd Mullins, 53, of McDowell, passed away Dec. 3. Funeral, Dec. 6. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Cleveland Tackett, 80, of McDowell, passed away Nov. 30. Funeral, Dec. 3. Burial, Tackett Cemetery, McDowell.


Donna K. Setser, 66, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 27. Funeral, Dec. 1. Burial, Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.


Friday, December 8, 2017

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced new comprehensive guidelines for evaluating blood pressure in November that will drastically increase the number of Americans who have hypertension.


The committee that drafted the new guidelines lowered the blood pressure range of what is considered normal. That means people whose blood pressure used to be considered pre hypertension, or high normal, will now be considered elevated blood pressure or stage 1 hypertension.


The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association estimate that the change will affect more than 31 million Americans.


Dr. Sandra Taler, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist, was a member of the writing committee that drafted the new guidelines. She says the committee took a data-driven approach based on recent studies to determine that it should lower target blood pressure figures.


"There are now enough studies to support lowering those targets and so the whole definition of high blood pressure has changed," Dr. Taler says. "So, the change is above 120, and systolic – the systolic or the upper number is the key number that more of this is focused on – but 120 systolic and 80 diastolic would be the numbers that people want to know. If your blood pressure is at that level or lower, you have normal blood pressure."


But the committee changed the guidelines when it comes to blood pressure levels above 120 systolic and 80 diastolic.


"The difference is if you're between 120 and 129 and still 80 or lower on the bottom number but your upper number is 120 to 129, that's now called elevated blood pressure," Dr. Taler says. "It used to be high normal but still had the normal term in it. Now it's elevated blood pressure. And so that will get people's attention a little more that, hey, this isn't normal."


Dr. Taler says the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines will recommend people with elevated blood pressure begin making lifestyle changes, like exercising more, consuming less salt and consuming more potassium as part of an effort to lower their blood pressure.


But once people's systolic blood pressure readings start reaching 130 and above, the new guidelines start calling for more drastic changes.


"The real difference starts at 130," Dr. Taler says. "So, if you have a blood pressure of 130 to 139, that used to also be high normal (or prehypertension). Now, that's stage 1 hypertension. So that is a change that's really – you know, everyone always thought of 140 and 90, but now it's 120 – well, 130 to 139 is stage 1 hypertension. So that's going to be a big deal."


But Dr. Taler says there is a little bit of nuance in this section of the new guidelines when it comes to how to treat people with stage 1 hypertension.


For those whose systolic blood pressure falls between 130 and 139, the committee is recommending health care providers evaluate a patient's risk of cardiovascular events or death using an online risk calculator. The health care provider would plug numbers into the risk calculator representing the patient's age, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol, whether they have diabetes, whether they smoke, and several other factors.


Based on how elevated the calculator shows the patient's cardiovascular risk to be, health care providers will decide whether to prescribe the patient blood pressure-lowering medication or recommend they make lifestyle changes similar to those with elevated blood pressure.


"So if somebody has a blood pressure over 130 and over 80 and they have a cardiovascular risk that's elevated – in that 10 percent or higher range – then, we would recommend they start medication at that stage 1 level," Dr. Taler says. "If they don't, if that risk is lower, then the recommendation will be lifestyle changes and so there will be more emphasis on starting those lifestyle changes and monitoring the blood pressure to see if it responds to those changes without necessarily going on medication."


The new guidelines also change how systolic blood pressure readings of 140 and higher are classified.


"Then at 140 and higher and at 90 and higher, then it's called stage 2," Dr. Taler says. "Now, that used to be stage 1. So, people will say, oh, my – oh, my, you know, this is more severe and, so, that will be a more noticeable change as well, that 140 is now stage 2."


The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend patients who have stage 2 hypertension begin taking blood pressure-lowering medications in addition to lifestyle changes.


The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association estimate that the changes in the guidelines will affect roughly 31.1 million Americans. Under the previous guidelines, 72.2 million people, or about 31.9 percent of the American adult population was classified as having hypertension.


Under the new guidelines, roughly 103.3 million people, or about 45.6 percent of American adults will have stage 1 or stage 2 hypertension. That's an increase of 13.7 percent.


The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association committee based its guidelines on the idea that making efforts to lower blood pressure as soon as it started to rise above a systolic pressure level of 120, rather than waiting until Hypertension levels of 140 and above could greatly decrease the chances of people having cardiovascular events or dying.


Source: Mayo Clinic

Friday, December 1, 2017

Al Greenfield has been appointed Director of Public Relations/Medical Leader at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). Greenfield has served as Director of Broadcast and Video Services at PMC since 2014, as well as serving as Operations Manager at EKB-TV.


He has resigned his position at EKB-TV to fulfill his new duties at the hospital.


PMC President/Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May says Greenfield is uniquely qualified for the position.


"Mr. Greenfield has been integral in much of the hospital's marketing efforts for some time now, particularly in producing high quality TV and radio ads as well as in the administration of special events. He has a great team of people to work with in our Public Relations department and at the Medical Leader. We are all very proud of the work they do."


Greenfield is a native of Chicago but has made Pikeville his home for the last six years. He says he is looking forward to becoming more involved with the hospital.


"Pikeville Medical Center is an amazing facility with incredible people. The PR staff has done a great job telling the PMC story and I can't wait to begin working with them."


The Public Relations Department at PMC works closely with the hospital administration and clinical staff to reinforce the mission of quality healthcare in a Christian environment.

Friday, December 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The City of Pikeville, in conjunction with East Kentucky Broadcasting, invites the community to be a part of the annual Pikeville Christmas parade and ice-skating activities. This year's parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 in downtown Pikeville.


The parade's theme will be Winterfest in coordination with the opening of the ice-skating rink. Each float will be themed as a winter wonderland. Participants are encouraged to bring the season to life.


"We are encouraging everyone to come out and support our community and enjoy the Christmas festivities," Pikeville Main Street Program


Director Minta Trimble said. "This is a great time to gather with family and friends and enjoy the weekend kick-off of the Winterfest ice skating rink."


The staging area will be at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). The parade route will leave BSCTC and turn on to Main Street, turning left on Division Street, turning left on Second Street, turning right on Huffman Ave. towards the boulevard, turning right on the boulevard and ending at the parking lot behind Hardee's.


Trimble said activities don't end with the parade. She encourages the community to attend the festivities after the parade.


"We will have fun activities and refreshments to enjoy with your friends and family in the Pikeville City Park," she said.


Trimble hopes everyone comes out and takes advantage of the ice skating rink.


"This is a great opportunity for people of our region to enjoy a different event this holiday season," she concluded. "This is the first time for something like this."


The ice skating rink will run from Dec. 1-30.


For more information, call Trimble at 606-899-2489 or visit

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, December 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE — A Christmas tradition continues this year as Thankful Hearts Food Pantry will host a Christmas Giveaway on Dec. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the food pantry, located at 648 Adams Rd. in Pikeville.


Children will receive gifts from Santa — clothing, toys and much more. Children must be present to receive gifts. Lunch will be provided or bags will be available to grab on-the-go with a sandwich, fruit, drink and a sweet treat.


The project has been providing Christmas to people in this area since 1991. Over the years, it has grown tremendously and the group is expected to serve close to 2,500 people this year.


"Our goal is to do the Lord's work and help people in the area we live. We want to be able to assist low or no income families who will not only need gifts for children, but coats, gloves, hats, shoes and bedding as well," said Trissia Scott with Thankful Hearts Food Pantry. "We want to help families in need and provide a joyful Christmas for each of them. Seeing the children smile when they receive our help makes it worthwhile."


Scott said several hundred bicycles will be given away while supplies last.


"We look forward to this each year. It's something that really makes a difference in our community," she added.


Scott said anyone is able to attend who needs help in providing their child a wonderful Christmas.


The Christmas giveaway will end when supplies are gone.


For more information, contact Thankful Hearts Food Pantry at 606-437-6221.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, December 1, 2017

In these days it seems everyone is always in a hurry.


The old timers say it seems as if time is speeding up. How ironic, we have technology to help us decrease the amount of time things take but it seems we still have less time today than we had yesterday.


Even with all the help we find ourselves waiting. It may be for an elevator, an appointment or just waiting in line at the grocery store.


This week begins a season of waiting and watching — Advent. Preparation and expectation for the celebration of Jesus' birth and his return.


We need to take heed of Jesus' words to His disciples, "Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is coming. (Mark 13:33 CSB)."


As we celebrate the advent season, lets us not only focus our attention on the birth of our savior, but also continue to watch and wait on his return as King.


~ PMC Chaplain Chris Gilley may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
PMC Chaplain Chris Gilley
Friday, December 1, 2017

ELKHORN CITY — Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT) welcomes A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration to their stage for the holiday season.


This moving story plays out across the backdrop of American history, showcasing the undeniable and magical way in which the lives of many can intertwine and impact one another in unexpected ways. The show features live music, dancing, and is performed by a full cast of local actors of all ages.


It's Christmas Eve 1864. Along the icy, war-ravaged Potomac, a young rebel soldier challenges a Union blacksmith's mercy.


In the White House, President Lincoln strategizes for peace while his wife Mary visits the wounded. In the streets, a fugitive from slavery searches for her daughter on the night she finds freedom. In this American musical celebration, these stories and more, both historical and fictional, are woven into a rich dramatic tapestry that captures a nation in desperate need of hope and healing, showing us that gladness of one's heart is the greatest gift of all.


A Civil War Christmas is written by Paula Vogel and Daryl Waters and comes to ACT under the Executive Direction of Stephanie Richards. The performance is directed by Samantha West, who also serves as Artistic Director of ACT and the Scenic/Lighting Designer for this production.


Cast members include Roger Belcher as Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, and Silver; Greg Bentley as Ward Hill Lamon, General Grant, Lewis Payne, Henry Longfellow, and Chorus; Elathan Bowling as Moses Levy, Louis Wiechmann, and Reverend Brown; Timothy Rogers as Decatur Bronson, James Wormley, Walker Lewis, George's Ghost, and Chorus; Za'Maryah Johnson as Jessa and Chorus; Za'Nyia Johnson as Little Joe and Chorus; Jason Justice as Raz, John Wilkes Booth, Anna Surratt, and Chorus; Emily Kingerly as Mary Todd Lincoln, Secretary of War Stanton, Widow Saunders, and Chorus; Peterson Maynard as Hans, Willy Mac, Frederick Wormley, and Chorus; Paul Platt as Robert E. Lee,William Sherman, and Chorus; Dave Sykes as Chester Saunders, Hay, John Surratt, and Chorus; Crissie Johnson Markham as Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Thomas, and Chorus; Lainey Vasquez as Rose, Jim Wormley, Ely Parker, and Chorus; and Sarah Vasquez as Mary Surratt, Nicolay, Matron, Mule, and Chorus. Live musicians include Dave Skyes, April Bowman, and Elathan Bowling. Crew members include Andrew Bentley as Sound/Lighting Operator, Pam Stewart as Costumer, and Roger Belcher, Adam Johnson, Jason Justice, Paul Platt, Rodney Ruth, and Samantha West on Set Construction.


A Civil War Christmas is rated PG and will be on stage at Artists Collaborative Theatre through Dec.17 with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are only $10 each and are available online at, by phone at 606-754-4228, or at the box office the day of the show. ACT also welcomes you to stay up-to-date with all they do at


Special thanks to the Kentucky Arts Council for their collaboration with ACT for this production.


— Submitted for publication by Stephanie Richards, ACT

Friday, December 1, 2017

PRESTONSBURG — Billie Jean Osborne's Kentucky Opry will kick off its annual run of Christmas shows on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).


As always, the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros will be the special guests and the opening act for all shows. This will be the organization's 22nd Christmas at the MAC.


MAC executive director and Kentucky Opry producer Clayton Case says the group is ready for an exciting season.


"I'm so proud of this team and cast! We are one big family and everyone involved cares so much about this season's show."


Case added, "This season's show will really put you in the Christmas spirit and we are so excited to show the community and region a program that reflects the joy and hope of the holiday season."


Original member and keyboardist Jody Conley says the cast is ready for another Christmas season.


"We feel so good about this show! It just has a great feel to it, and it's something totally different than in years past."


But Conley says there is always the central theme they like to portray.


"We like to show that it's not just about the birth of Christ, it's about celebrating him all the way through the Cross."


As always, a Kentucky Opry show would not be the same without the antics and commentary from resident comedian, Munroe. He will always have those special surprises in store for the band, audience, and especially emcee Clayton Case.


The popular horn section will return, adding that traditional flavor to some old favorites. It consists of Matt Moon on Trombone, Dan Houston on Sax, and Tommy Money playing Trumpet.


This season's shows are December 2-3(Special Sunday matinee show at 3 p.m.), 8-9, and 15-16. All shows will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $14. They can be purchased at, by calling 888-MAC-ARTS, or visiting the MAC box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Here is how Johnson Central and Franklin-Simpson reached the Class 4A state championship game:


Johnson Central (12-2)


vs. Franklin-Simpson (11-3)


Date: Dec. 2


Site: Kroger Field, Lexington


Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Doug Preston (Franklin-Simpson)


Players to Watch: RB Blake Gamble, RB Devin Johnson (Johnson Central); RB Tre Bass, RB Saul Brady (Franklin-Simpson)


Road to the Finals


Johnson Central


Golden Eagles 31, Capital, WV 20


Golden Eagles 40, Henry Clay 28


Golden Eagles 41, So. Charleston, WV 28


Golden Eagles 42, Moore 8


Golden Eagles 58, Boyd County 0


Golden Eagles 59, East Carter 0


Golden Eagles 51, Greenup County 14


Golden Eagles 61, Rowan County 7


Ashland-Blazer 21, Golden Eagles 18


Belfry 35, Johnson Central 19




Golden Eagles 43, Mason County 0


Golden Eagles 64, Scott 16


Golden Eagles 54, Ashland Blazer 27


Golden Eagles 43, Wayne County 24




Elizabethtown 55, Wildcats 23


Wildcats 48, Monroe County 0


South Warren 36, Wildcats 7


Wildcats 63, Greenwood 7


Meade County 24, Wildcats 21


Wildcats 35, Glasgow 19


Wildcats 30, Allen-Co.-Scottsville 7


Wildcats 50, Warren Central 0


Wildcats 45, Warren East 14


Wildcats 55, Russellville 6




Wildcats 43, Hopkins Co. Central 6


Wildcats 62, Madisonville-N Hkns. 6


Wildcats 35, Hopkinsville 20


Wildcats 42, Collins 38

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, December 1, 2017