ASHLAND — Ashland Blazer scored early and often as the Tomcats rolled to an 18-0 win over Belfry in a game halted after five innings on the mercy rule played on March 18.


Colton Cross tripled and singled for Belfry’s lone hits off winner Jake Lewis. Avery Browning took the loss as the Pirates dropped to 1-1.


Evan Dickinson had three hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in three runs while Cody Thompson added two hits, including a double, scored and knocked in one run.




At Ashland




BF (1-1)…..............................00 0 00 – 0-2-8


AB (2-1).............................…41(10) 3x – 18-9-0




WP – Jake Lewis


LP – Avery Browning


Hitting: Colton Cross 3b, 1b, Belfry; Evan Dickinson 2b, 2-1b, FC, 2r, 3 RBI; Cody Thompson 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Ashland Blazer.






Letcher Central…......................4


PIKEVILLE — Pikeville erupted for 14 hits en route to a 14-4 win over Letcher County Central in a game played at Davis Park on March 18.


Jackson Hensley had three hits, including a triple, scored three times and drove in three runs as the Panthers improved to 3-0.


Andrew McNamee added two hits, including a double, scored and knocked home three runs while Mikey McDonald collected a pair of singles, scored twice and batted in two runs. Cade Byers had three hits, scored and added a pair of RBI.


Alec Fields singled, scored and knocked in two runs as the Cougars fell to 0-3. Colton Yonts added two hits and scored while Logan Gibbs doubled and scored.


Jake Slone suffered the loss.




At Pikeville




LC (0-3)…...............................030 001 – 4- 6-2


PK (3-0)…...............................503 114 – 14-14-1




WP – Peyton Hamilton


LP – Jake Slone


Hitting: Alec Fields 1b, 1r, 2 RBI; Colton Yonts 2-1b, 1r; Logan Gibbs 2b, 1r, Letcher Central; Jackson Hensley 3b, 2-1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Andrew McNamee 2b, 1b, 1r, 3 RBI; Mikey McDonald 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Cade Byers 3-1b, 1r, 2 RBI, Pikeville.






Powell County…........................0


STONECREST — Prestonsburg pitcher Scott Stapleton worked a complete game shutout as the Blackcats defeated Powell County, 5-0, in a game played at the StoneCrest Sport Complex on March 18.


Stapleton scattered three hits as the Blackcats improved to 1-1.


Reece Ison had two hits and drove in one run while Nick Rowe and Stapleton collected two hits apiece. Ben Welch and Bryce Tucker each batted in one run.


Drew Ginter suffered the loss for Powell County, 0-1.




At StoneCrest




PC (0-1)…............................000 000 0 – 0- 3-0


PB (1-1)….............................200 003 x – 5-11-0




WP – Scott Stapleton


LP – Drew Ginter


Hitting: Reece Ison 2h, 1 RBI; Scott Stapleton 2h; Nick Rowe 2h; Ben Welch 1 RBI; Bryce Tucker, 1 RBI, Prestonsburg.






Huntington, W.Va….................13


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Paintsville scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and nine more in the fourth to beat Huntington High, 16-13, in a slugfest on March 18.


Jake Hyden had two hits and drove in three runs while Lucas Adkins added a pair of RBI as the Tigers improved to 2-1. Tanner Smith was the winning pitcher with relief help from Seth Williams.




At Huntington, W.Va.




PV (2-1)..........................….700 900 0 – 16- 7-2


HT (0-2)…..........................100 700 5 – 13-11-3




WP – Tanner Smith


LP – Devin Dunfee


Hitting: Jake Hyden 2h, 3 RBI; Lucas Adkins 2 RBI, Paintsville.




West Carter……......................12


Betsy Layne……........................0


ALLEN — West Carter pitcher Ben Jordan tossed a no-hitter as the Comets cruised to a 12-0 win over Betsy Layne in a game played on March 18.


Zach Bentley took the loss as the Bobcats fell to 0-2.


Dalton Brown had three hits and drove in two runs while Ben Wilburn added three RBI.




At Allen




WC (1-0)….....................................543 – 12-12-0


BL (0-2)….......................................000 – 0- 0-2




WP – Ben Jordan


LP – Zack Bentley


Hitting: Dalton Brown 3h, 2 RBI; Ben Wilburn 3 RBI;




Pike Central…........................…9


Shelby Valley….........................2


ROBINSON CREEK — Pike County Central erupted for eight runs in the late innings to rally past Shelby Valley, 9-2, in a game played at Dale Trivette Field on March 16.


The Hawks, now 2-1, pounded out five extra base hits, including one off the bat of Seth Conn who finished with two hits, two runs scored and four RBI.


Winning pitcher Evan Coleman doubled, singled, scored and knocked in one run while Brice Elkins singled, scored twice and drove in one run.


Austin Smith doubled and batted in one run. D’Sean Prinkleton added two hits and score one run.


Gabriel Brown had two hits and batted in one run and Ty Riddle added a single and one RBI as the Wildcats fell to 1-1.


Seth Bailey suffered the loss.




At Robinson Creek




PC (2-1)…............................100 035 0 – 9-11-2


SV (1-1)….............................001 100 0 – 2- 3-1




WP – Evan Coleman


LP – Seth Bailey


Hitting: Seth Conn 2b, 1b, 4 RBI; Evan Coleman 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Brice Elkins 1b, 2r, 1 RBI, Pike Central; Gabriel Brown 2-1b, 1 RBI; Ty Riddle 1b, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley.






Lawrence County…....................1


PAINTSVILLE — Paintsville pushed across three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Lawrence County, 3-1, in a game played on March 16.


Jake Hyden had two runs and winning pitcher Tanner Miller drove in a pair of runs to help the Tigers improve to 1-1. Seth Williams added an RBI.


Peyton Cyrus had one hit and drove in the lone run for the Bulldogs.


C.J. Fairchild suffered the loss.




At Paintsville




LC (2-1)…...............................000 010 0 – 1-3-2


PV (1-1)…...............................000 030 x – 3-6-2




WP – Tanner Miller


LP – C.J. Fairchild


Hitting: Jake Hyden 2h; Tanner Miller 2 RBI; Seth Williams 1 RBI, Paintsville; Peyton Cyrus 1h, 1 RBI, Lawrence County.






Betsy Layne……........................5


GOODY — Belfry made the most of eight hits as the Pirates cruised to a 15-5 win over Betsy Layne in six innings played at Massey Energy Field on March 16.


Devin Varney had three hits, including a triple, scored two runs and drove in two to support the pitching of winner Jordan Scott. Colton Cross had two extra base hits, including a triple, and scored.


Sam Boyd singled, scored and drove in one run for the Bobcats. Kobe McGuire suffered the loss.




At Goody




BL (0-1)….................................010 040 – 5- 1-6


BF (1-0)….................................020 445 – 15-8-0




WP – Jordan Scott


LP – Kobe McGuire


Hitting: Devin Varney 3b, 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Colton Cross 3b, 2b, 1r, Belfry; Sam Boyd 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Betsy Layne.




Lawrence County…....................5




STONECREST — Prestonsburg saw an early two-run lead get away as Lawrence County rallied for a 5-3 win in a game played at StoneCrest Sports Complex on March 9.


Losing pitcher Reece Ison had two hits and drove in all three Blackcat runs.


Brad Parks collected three hits and drove in two runs to help back the pitching of winner Corbin Fairchild.




At StoneCrest




LC (1-0)…...............................003 200 0 – 5-8-0


PB (0-1)…...............................201 000 0 – 3-6-3




WP – Corbin Fairchild


LP – Reece Ison


Hitting: Reece Ison 2h, 3 RBI, Prestonsburg; Brad Parks 3h, 2 RBI, Lawrence County.








Lawrence County…...................7


LOUISA — Pikeville erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning and the Lady Panthers went on to beat Lawrence County, 11-7, in a game played on March 18.


Winning pitcher Erika Conn had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three in the season opener.


Savanna Nunemaker collected three hits, scored three times and knocked in one run while Camryn Slone added two hits, scored twice and batted in two. Emily Hughes had two hits, including a double, and knocked in two runs.




At Louisa




PK (1-0)…...........................500 004 2 – 11-14-3


LC (0-1)…...........................100 004 2 – 7-10-4




WP – Erika Conn


LP – Ciana Bowen


Hitting: Erika Conn 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Savanna Nunemaker 3-1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Camryn Slone 2-1b, 2r, 2 RBI; Emily Hughes, 2b, 1b, 2 RBI, Pikeville.




Letcher Central…......................9




GOODY — Letcher Central scored four runs in the top of the first and went on to beat Belfry, 9-6, in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 18.


Megan Combs and Alyssa Franklin drove in a pair of runs each as the Lady Cougars improved to 1-1. Gracie McDougal and Grayson Collier collected two hits apiece.


Rachel Spangler was the winning pitcher.


Losing pitcher Kailee Rash had two hits and Paula Dotson drove in two runs for the Lady Pirates, now 1-2.




At Goody




LC (1-1)…......................410 201 1 – 9-9-7


BF (1-2)….......................300 100 2 – 6-6-2




WP – Rachel Spangler


LP – Kailee Rash


Hitting: Gracie McDougal 2h; Grayson Collier 2h; Megan Combs 1h, 2 RBI; Alyssa Franklin 2 RBI, Letcher Central; Kailee Rash 2h; Paula Dotson 2 RBI, Belfry.




Henry Clay……..................18


Letcher Central........…........2


GOODY — Henry Clay pushed across eight runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to an 18-2 win over Letcher Central in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 18.


Ayami Onodera collected three hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Devils, now 1-2.


Brooklynn Collins suffered the loss in the opener for LCC.


At Goody




HC (1-2)…........................830 7 – 18-15-0


LC (0-1)…...........................002 0 – 2- 3-1




WP – Shelby Coleman


LP – Brooklynn Collins


Hitting: Ayami Onodera 3h, 4 RBI; Taetum Crawford 2h, 3 RBI; Shelby Coleman 3 RBI, Henry Clay.






Sheldon Clark.....................1


GOODY — Belfry’s Ariel Mounts had two hits and drove in one run to lead the Lady Pirates to a 2-1 win over Sheldon Clark in a game played at Massey Energy Field on March 16.


Kailee Rash limited the Lady Cardinals to just a single run to earn the win.


Skyla Messer had an RBI in the loss.




At Goody




SC (0-1)…......................000 000 1 – 1-6-6


BF (1-0)….......................001 100 x – 2-5-1




WP – Kailee Rash


LP – Gracie Presley


Hitting: Skyla Messer 1 RBI, Sheldon Clark; Ariel Mounts 2-1b, 1 RBI, Belfry.




Perry Central…...................7


Pike Central……..................4


BUCKLEYS CREEK — Perry County Central built a four-run lead early on against Pike Central and held on for a 7-4 win in a game played at the Hawks Nest on March 16.


Winning pitcher Lauryn Amburgey had four hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Commodores.


Summer Marcum knocked in two runs for the Lady Hawks.


Haley Howell was the losing pitcher.




At Buckleys Creek




PC (1-0)…...................310 021 0 – 7-10-4


PKC (0-1)......................000 112 0 – 4- 5-5




WP – Lauryn Amburgey


LP – Haley Howell


Hitting: Lauryn Amburgey 4h, 2 RBI; Emilee Eversole 2h; Keisha Couch 2 RBI, Perry Central; Summer Marcum 2 RBI, Pike Central.

ON THE DIAMOND: Shelby Valley third baseman Jackson Wierwille tagged Pike County Central’s Seth Conn out at third in a “bang, bang” play during a game at Dale Trivette Field. The Hawks topped the Wildcats, 9-2.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 24, 2017

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville’s Ashley Goines singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Bears complete a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Christian with a 2-1 win in the nightcap played at Paul Butcher Field on March 22.

Lindsay Floyd batted in the Bears first run in the home second inning with a double.

Hannah Thacker was the winning pitcher.

In the opener, pitcher Hannah Skaggs scattered four hits and tossed a complete game shutout as UPIKE won 3-0.

Goines doubled and drove in one run while Floyd doubled, singled, scored and added an RBI. Destiny Molden singled and scored twice.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


OC (2-8)…..000  100  00 – 1-7-4

UP (9-15)…010  000  01 – 2-6-1


WP – Hannah Thacker

LP – Whitney Fiedler

Hitting: Lindsey Floyd 2b, 1 RBI; Ashley Goines 1b, 1 RBI; Destiny Molden 1b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


OC (2-7)…..000  000  0 – 0-4-1

UP (8-15)…010  110  x – 3-6-1


WP – Hannah Skaggs

LP – Lexi Williams

Hitting: Lindsay Floyd 2b, 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Ashley Goines 2b, 1 RBI; Destiny Molden 1b, 2r, UPIKE.



WILLIAMSBURG – University of Pikeville used a six-run, second inning to take the lead away from Cumberlands and the Bears went on for a 12-9 win to earn a twin bill split played on March 21.

Logan Cline blasted a home run, added a pair of doubles, singled, scored three runs and batted in three to lead a 16-hit attack.

Jillian Bohnert added a home run and drove in two run while Destiny Molden doubled, singled, scored twice and batted in one run. Lee Griffin collected three hits and scored twice while Jordan Gentry singled, scored and batted in two runs.

Kitty Raymond had two hits, scored and knocked home two runs to back the pitching of winner Lindsey Floyd.

In the opener, UPIKE fell behind early and dropped a 12-4 decision.

Griffin and Gentry each singled, scored and drove in one run apiece. Kitty Raymond had two hits and batted in one run.

Alexandra Quill took the loss.

At Williamsburg

(Game 2)


UP (7-15)….060  021  3 – 12-16-1

UC (10-14)...100 320  3 –   9-15-2


WP – Lindsay Floyd

LP – Kacy Russell

Hitting: Logan Cline HR, 2-2b, 1b, 3r, 3 RBI; Jillian Bohnert HR, 1r, 2 RBI; Destiny Molden 2b, 1b, 2r, 1 RBI; Lee Griffin 3-1b, 2r; Kitty Raymond 2-1b, 2 RBI, UPIKE.

At Williamsburg

(Game 1)


UP (6-15)…..040  00 – 4-6-4

UC (10-13)…360  3x – 12-11-2


WP – Sydney Maynard

LP – Alexandra Quill

Hitting: Lee Griffin 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r, 1 RBI; Kitty Raymond 2-1b, 1 RBI; Ashley Goines 1b, 1r, UPIKE.

Lindsey Wilson….9-4


COLUMBIA – Lindsey Wilson College completed a doubleheader sweep of the University of Pikeville with a 4-0 win in the nightcap played on March 19.

The Bears, now 6-14, dropped the opener 9-0.

UPIKE managed five hits in the nightcap. Jillian Bohnert had two while Logan Cline, Kitty Raymond and Destiny Molden added one apiece.

Quill Alexandra suffered the loss.

Raymond had the only hit in the game one loss. Hannah Thacker was the losing pitcher.

At Columbia

(Game 2)


UP (6-14)….000  000  0 – 0-5-2

LWC (16-7)..010  102  x – 4-8-0


WP – Taylor Slade

LP – Quill Alexandra

Hitting: Jillian Bohnert 2-1b; Kitty Raymond 1b; Logan Cline 1b; Destiny Molden 1b, UPIKE.

At Columbia

(Game 1)


UP (6-13)….000  00 – 0-1-3

LWC (15-7)..120  6x – 9-11-0


WP – Casey Bryan

LP – Hannah Thacker

Hitting: Kitty Raymond 1b, UPIKE.

Lindsey Wilson……8-3


COLUMBIA – University of Pikeville battled nationally-ranked Lindsey Wilson in the opening game of the series before eventually falling 3-2 in a game played on March 18.

The Bears dropped the nightcap, 8-0.

Kitty Raymond had two hits and Lee Griffin singled in the game two loss. Quill Alexandra took the loss.

In the opener, Jordan Gentry and Raymond each singled and scored while Jillian Bohnert singled and drove in one run. Destiny Molden singled and batted in one run.

Hannah Thacker suffered the loss.

At Columbia

(Game 2)


UP (6-12)…..000  00 – 0-3-3

LWC (14-7)..022  22 – 8-7-0


WP – Lauren Let

LP – Quill Alexandra

Hitting: Kitty Raymond 2-1b; Lee Griffin 1b, UPIKE.

At Columbia

(Game 1)


UP (6-11)….000  002  0 – 2-5-0

LWC (13-7)..000  200  1 – 3-6-0


WP – Casey Bryan

LP – Hannah Thacker

Hitting: Jordan Gentry 1b, 1r; Kitty Raymond 1b, 1r; Jillian Bohnert 1b, 1 RBI; Destiny Molden 1b, 1 RBI, UPIKE.

Northwestern, OH….12-6


PIKEVILLE – Northwestern Ohio collected 31 hits in two games while rolling to a 12-2 and 6-2 sweep of the University of Pikeville in a doubleheader played at Paul Butcher Field on March 10.

UPIKE, now 6-10, managed just nine hits while falling.

Quill Alexandra doubled and scored in the nightcap while Logan Cline singled and drove in one run. Jillian Bohnert singled and scored.

Kitty Raymond singled and knocked home one run while Ashley Goines and Destiny Molden both singled and scored one run each.

Lindsay Floyd and Hannah Tucker suffered losses on the mound.

At Pikeville

(Game 2)


NO (7-3)….170  04 – 12-17-1

UP (6-10)….011  00 –   2-  3-2


WP – Heather Sanderson

LP – Lindsay Floyd

Hitting: Quill Alexandra 2b, 1r; Logan Cline 1b, 1 RBI; Jillian Bohnert 1b, 1r, UPIKE.

At Pikeville

(Game 1)


NO (6-3)…..010  201  2 – 6-14-4

UP (6-9)…..003  000  0 –  3-  6-3


WP – Aubrey Brunst

LP – Hannah Thacker

Hitting: Kitty Raymond 1b, 1 RBI; Ashley Goines 1b, 1r; Destiny Molden 1b, 1r, UPIKE.



Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, March 24, 2017

Five years ago, our region was in shock as word spread of death and devastation from tornadoes in several eastern Kentucky counties.


That was the day tornadoes ripped through our region destroying numerous businesses, restaurants and homes, injuring more than 150 and property damages climbed into the millions.


While towns were torn apart, the community and surrounding counties were unified.


Every fire department in the county, rescue squad, ambulance service, police department and sheriffs office took part in banding together to help clean up the damage.


Two weeks ago, more than 27,000 Kentucky Power customers lost service on a Wednesday morning after strong thunderstorms, winds and a possible tornado moved through eastern Kentucky.


Roughly 240 Kentucky Power crews responded to outages, they requested 100 additional workers from outside our region to help restore power as quickly as possible.


In Pikeville, the storm hit fast with strong winds of 65 miles per hour whipping through the streets. A Pikeville Medical Center employee experienced the storm first hand.


She parked her car in the lower hospital parking lot and began walking towards the hospital. As she approached the crosswalk she saw a big, black cloud moving towards her.


“All of the sudden strong winds and rain surrounded me,” Rhoda Anderson said. “The wind took my umbrella — which is now in the form of a C — and literally took me off my feet.”


Anderson said she grabbed onto a light pole and held on for dear life.


“I heard the sound of someone honking and waving at me to get in their car,” she added. “The wind was so strong it took me several minutes to get from the pole to the car.”


Soaking wet, Anderson finally made her way to the car.


Anderson said she looked at the woman behind the steering wheel and said, “You just saved my life.”


Dr. Kirkpatrick said she saw Anderson and knew she had to save her.


Anderson and Dr. Kirkpatrick sat in her car and waited for the strong winds to pass.


Once the wind and rain settled, they made their way into the hospital’s parking garage.


“Dr. Kirkpatrick is the most wonderful human being on the face of the earth. I cannot thank her enough for what she did. She was so kind,” Anderson said.


The storm forced officials to declare a state of emergency.


Pike County Emergency Management officials said they received reports of minor property damage mostly resulting in downed trees, power lines and debris.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 17, 2017

March is National Kidney Month and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins the National Kidney Foundation in urging all Americans to think about their kidney health and schedule a checkup.


“The kidneys are the smartest and most complex organs in the body,” explained Dr. Chinmay Patel, PMC Nephrologist, “and they are involved in various functions including getting rid of excess water and body waste, as well as keeping bones and blood healthy.”


Kidneys filter 200 liters of blood a day, help regulate blood pressure and direct red blood cell production, but they are also prone to disease.


One in three Americans are at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure.


“Chronic kidney disease from diabetes is the most common kidney issue treated at PMC,” said Dr. Patel. Kidney damage caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy. Dr. Patel continued, “In fact, diabetes is the most common cause of end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the world.”


There are more than 26 million Americans who already have kidney disease, and most don’t know it because there are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed.


People with diabetes should get regular screenings for kidney disease.


“PMC offers everything from prevention to treatment of diabetic nephropathy,” said Dr. Patel.


“Early diagnosis and early intervention are the keys to preventing progression to ESRD,” advised Dr. Patel. Tests include a urine test to detect protein in your urine and a blood test to show how well your kidneys are working.


If the damage continues, your kidneys could fail. People with kidney failure need dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.


“We at PMC offer different modalities of dialysis including both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis,” explained Dr. Patel. “We refer patients for getting a kidney transplant.”


“I chose to study nephrology because I like tackling things which I find difficult and complex,” said Dr. Patel.


Dr. Patel is located on the 8th floor of the PMC Clinic Building.


To schedule an appointment for a kidney checkup, please call 606-218-2208.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, March 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Judi’s Place for Kids has become a “safe haven” for sexually abused children throughout eastern Kentucky, by providing specialized services, including interviews, medical care, and mental health services.


For the past 10 years, the organization has fought to put an end to child abuse with the strong backing of the community.


Judi’s Place for Kids provides care to more than 250 children per year serving a five-county area – Pike, Floyd, Letcher, Martin and Johnson. Proceeds from this event help provide special services and their families with proper care at no cost.


Judi’s Place for Kids is gearing up for their 10th annual Run with Courage 5K run and one-mile walk.


The event will take place on Saturday, April 8, at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Main Street Plaza. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m.


The race was created to celebrate children in our community while building a strong commitment to fight back against abuse.


Race participants are encouraged to wear superhero costumes as a way to show support.


The event’s theme, “Run with Courage,” was designed to bring awareness to the courage it takes for children of abuse to come forward.


In addition to the 5K run and 1-mile walk, a kids’ run will follow both events. A costume contest and live entertainment will also take place before the awards ceremony.


For more information, call 606-437-7447, or email

SUPER HERO: Adults and children alike will be on hand to take part in the 10th-annual Run with Courage race hosted by Judi’s Place for Kids. The race is set for April 8.
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Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, March 17, 2017

FRANKFORT — As Kentuckians prepare to celebrate one of the country’s most popular holidays, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding motorists to plan for a designated driver before the St. Patrick’s Day party begins.


“If you know you are going to drink, plan a ride ahead of time,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. “Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills – it impairs your judgment. Don’t wait until you’ve been drinking to find a sober driver.”


Tragically, St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 25 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred last year during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday involved drunken drivers.


“With all the sober ride options available, there is never an excuse for driving after drinking,” said Hunter.


According to NHTSA, on average, one person is killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. Last year, more than 16 percent of fatalities on Kentucky roadways were due to a drunken driver.


To prevent roadway tragedies from occurring, the KOHS recommends the following:


• Before the festivities begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.


• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.


• If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation or your local sober ride program.


• Download the free “Drive Sober Kentucky” application for information on local taxi services and sober ride programs. Visit for more information.


• If you see a drunken driver, contact law enforcement. Safely pull off the road and utilize the one-touch dial feature through the “Drive Sober Kentucky” app. The call will be received at the nearest Kentucky State Police post. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.


• If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.


“Please have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day,” said Hunter. “All we ask is that you celebrate responsibly.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Endometriosis Awareness Month during March.


Endometriosis occurs when the tissue lining the uterus grows outside of the uterus on other areas in the body. In the United States, there are an estimated 6.5 million women with endometriosis and others who have the condition but are unaware due to having no symptoms.


“Endometriosis occurs from the abnormal attachment of endometrial glands outside of the uterus, which can result in chronic inflammation of the surrounding area from the irritation of its irregular placement,” said PMC Obstetrician/Gynecologist Tiffany Thompson, DO. “One of the most challenging gynecologic conditions a woman may encounter within her life is endometriosis. It occurs in approximately 6-10 percent of women, and the disorder can be a leading source of chronic pelvic pain and infertility.”


The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with a woman’s menstrual period and although many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that’s far worse than usual according to Mayo Clinic.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH) states that other symptoms include bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods, infertility and/or stomach (digestive) problems.


“Those individuals with endometriosis may first notice increased pain with menstrual cycles or discomfort within the pelvis,” added Dr. Thompson.


According to the OWH women are more likely to get endometriosis if they have never had children, their menstrual periods last more than seven days, they have short menstrual cycles that are 27 days or fewer, a family member has endometriosis such as their mother, aunt and/or sister or they have a health problem that blocks the normal flow of menstrual blood from their body during their menstrual period.


Although there is no cure for endometriosis, if a woman is experiencing symptoms she should speak with her physician about treatment options to help manage these symptoms and any other issues related to the condition.


“Patients require an examination with a gynecologist for appropriate diagnosis,” Dr. Thompson said. “Depending on age and clinical status, there are many medical and surgical options available to help improve the quality of life for a woman with endometriosis.”


For more information or to schedule a physician appointment, call 606-218-2207.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Mayo Clinic

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, March 17, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes the professionals working in Pulmonary Rehabilitation during Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 12–18.


The PMC Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is for people diagnosed with a chronic lung disease that causes shortness of breath resulting in a reduction in their ability to perform daily tasks.


The team of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists includes Sonya Simpson, Dee Smith and Jessica Senters who are trained specifically in pulmonary diseases. This team provides education and coaching with each patient to improve breathing and physical endurance which increases their daily activity level.


“Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program here at PMC is rewarding for our community of patients who are challenged by different pulmonary diseases. It improves their quality of life through education and socialization. This is evident by how many of our patients continue with a maintenance program once they have completed the first phase,” said Deborah Pilkins, director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


People suffering from asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, black lung, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension or any other chronic pulmonary conditions would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation.


“The patients are welcomed and encouraged by the pulmonary rehabilitation staff,” Pilkins added. “They are not alone in this journey which starts with the first phone call to the patient from our office assistant, Sheila King. Each one of the staff members plays an important role in the success of the program.


In order to qualify for the program, patients must be non-smokers or be willing to participate in a smoking cessation program.


“The most rewarding part about this program is the relationship we build with our patients,” said Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Jessica Senters.


“Our goal is to continue to help patients better manage symptoms of shortness of breath and make pulmonary rehab a beneficial and enjoyable experience,” added Specialist Sonya Simpson.


For more information on Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Pikeville Medical Center, call 606-218-6222.

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Kathy Atkins
Friday, March 17, 2017

Pikeville Elementary School (PES) continued its academic excellence on the state level earlier this month.


The PES Academic Team captured its fifth straight championship and is the only school in the region to achieve the feat.


All PES students advanced from district to region and onto the state level.


The team competed in the state competition at John’s Creek Elementary School on March 4, where two fifth-grade students, Clinton Goff and Aneesh Sharma earned the highest scores possible on the state level with a perfect 30/30.


Clinton’s scores came in Social Studies and Aneesh in Science during the finals.


Clinton also received a first-place ribbon for his participation on the PES quick recall team. This is the second year in a row he has won first place in both awards.


Aneesh won first place in Mathematics and received the second highest score in the state. Last year, Aneesh was the youngest participant to place first in the region.


The team is made up of dedicated, hardworking fourth and fifth graders. The group is led by head coach Kim Fields.


She is assisted by Jeff Akers, Betty McGuire, Jane Pruitt and Markayla Stevens.


“I am very proud of them. They have worked extremely hard and are very dedicated individuals,” Fields said.


Other first place winners included Cady Cooley, Language Arts; and Aastha Patel, Arts and Humanities.


“The coach obviously works hard with the students, as do the students work equally hard. This is the fifth year in a row that our school has won first place for five straight years – that says something,” PES Principal Robert Jones said. “The students work hard, study hard, and without the help of volunteers this would not be possible.”


The following PES students placed in the state competition:


Noah Howie, Mathematics; Hibba Mansoor, Science; Andrew Deskins, Social Studies; Eli Tan, Language Arts; Alayna Varney, Arts and Humanities; Kylie Brandt, Composition and Cameron Jones, Composition.

ACADEMIC TEAM: Left to Right: Jonah Adkins, Cady Cooley, Andrew Bentley, Rylee Theiss, Indigo Schnopp-Wyatt, Aneesh Sharma, Andrew Deskins, Hibba Mansoor, Kylie Brandt, Olivia Williamson, Eli Tan, Isabella Mulkey, Noah Howie, Assistant Coach Jeff Akers, Allara Parsons, Aastha Patel, Alayna Varney, Coach Kim Fields, Clinton Goff, Assistant Coach Markayla Stevens, Tate Fields and Assistant Coach Betty McGuire. Team Members Not Pictured are Cameron Jones, Aidan Cassady and Clayton Thornbury.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Daniel Fusco’s book “Honestly” reminded me that the whole is bigger and greater than the individual parts.


“A set of brakes is good, but brakes are even better when they’re part of a car. A (skilled) first baseman is good, but even better when he’s part of a baseball team. We are designed to be part of something greater, something bigger, and something more beautiful than any individual could ever be alone.”


That is true not only in the church but in life as well. Paul expresses it, “…for not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself” (Rom14:7).


The poet John Donne reinforces it, “No man is an island entire of itself… because I am involved in mankind.”


We are in life together and need the care and support of each other and give care and support to each other.






~ PMC Chaplain Sam Crawford may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, March 17, 2017