In the winter months I can see a solitary pine tree at the end of the ridge behind my house. This tree really stands out in the first rays of sunrise and the last rays of sunset. This evergreen tree is a reminder that winter will soon pass. This lonely tree reminds me that the beautiful green leaves that surrounded it last spring will return in all their glory. The snows have fallen and the floodwaters have risen, but now the beautiful green leaves and blooms of spring are returning.

Thomas O. Chisholm writes in the second verse of the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness “springtime and harvest join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.”  I’m grateful for another spring that reminds me of God’s great faithfulness, mercy and love. May we all be reminded of these truths and more shared with us by Spring’s Sentinel, the solitary pine.

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


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HONORED: The Pike County Fiscal Court recently honored the Shrine Club A-Team for helping local children.

PIKEVILLE — Pike County Judge/Executive William M. Deskins recognized the officers of the Pike County Shrine Club A-Team at a recent Fiscal Court meeting

The officers —  President Bud Kendrick, Vice-President Arlon Rowe,  Secretary Daryl Blackburn, Treasurer Jamie Bickford, and Dispatch Chester Adkins each received a Certificate of Appreciation and were honored for their dedication, outstanding service and contribution to the community.

The Pike County A-Team provides transportation for children in need of treatment and their families to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington and Cincinnati at no charge. The A-Team provided transportation for over 100 children and their families last year alone.

The A-Team raises money through fundraisers and private donations for the transportation costs, but each member volunteers their time and service.

Their next fundraising event will be the The Hillbilly Car & Truck Show behind the Mark V, Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you know a child in need, please contact Bud Kendrick at 606-424-9338, any member of the Pike County Shriners Club, or the Shriners Hospital in Lexington at 1-800-444-8314, or Cincinnati at 1-800-444-8314.



Tristan is a talker. He will talk about anything and everything.

He loves sports and enjoys ‘pick up games’ of football, basketball, volleyball, and others but he doesn’t want to join an organized sports team.

According to him, it is just “too much pressure” to play competitively, and he just wants to play sports for fun and enjoy the games with his friends and family.

He is capable of doing very well academically, with a positive and supportive family to encourage him.

He enjoys reading a wide variety of books, particularly books that include mythology (like the Rick Riordan books about Percy Jackson).

One of his favorite activities is gaming on PlayStation and other gaming systems. His favorite games include Star Wars, Guitar Hero and King of Hearts.

Tristan has been challenged by numerous losses in his life, particularly the loss of his siblings. He will need a supportive and understanding family to help him continue to process the grief and loss in his life, and to help him move forward to adulthood.

Trusting others is a life challenge that he is working on, and he is able to openly discuss his concerns in this area.

He wants to be in a family unit that includes other children. He is used to being part of a large family, and having a lot of activity around him.

Are you a family that Tristan can learn to trust, receive support and encouragement from, and be good listeners, if so, please contact the Special Needs Adoption Program to find out more about Tristan?

For more information, contact Special Needs Adoption Program Specialist Jennifer Cochran at 800-928-4303.


DID YOU KNOW....


As of January 2014, 2,012 children in Kentucky had the  goal of adoption, and approximately 800 children were legally free for adoption.

In 2012, 717 children were adopted from the foster care system in Kentucky. Of those, approximately 80 percent were adopted by their foster parents.

For more information about children in need of adoption, contact Special Needs Adoption Program Specialist Jennifer Cochran at 800-928-4303.


Medical Leader | Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
ON THE DIAMOND: Pikeville High School’s Alexis Stanley (above) slides into second base against Shelby Valley in the 15th Region All “A” Classic quarterfinals played at Myers Field on April 8. Valley’s Sydney Jones takes the throw from home while second baseman Ashley Causey looks on along with umpire Kevin Garris. Below,  Camryn Slone pulls in a pop up on the grass from her shortstop position in left field during action at Myers Field. The Lady Panthers advanced to the semifinals with a 14-3 win over the Bat Kats.



GOODY — Belfry’s Kendra Gannon hit and pitched the Lady Pirates to an 11-1 win over Shelby Valley in a game played at Massey Energy Field on April 11.

Gannon doubled, singled and scored twice while Alex Smith knocked home two runs as Belfry improved to 7-5.

Shelby Valley’s Courtney Coleman was tagged with the loss.



At Goody

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

SV (5-11)…..................................010  00 –  1-1-3

BHS (7-5)….................................204  23 – 11-6-1

Pitching:

WP – Kendra Gannon

LP – Courtney Coleman

Hitting: Kendra Gannon 2b, 1b, 2r; Alex Smith bb, 2 RBIs, Belfry.



Pikeville drops two at Russell

FLATWOODS — Russell pounded out 12 hits and used a big fourth-inning rally to beat Pikeville 7-1 to sweep a doubleheader played on April 11.

Pikeville, now 7-10, dropped the opener 6-3.

In the nightcap, losing pitcher Erika Conn singled, walked twice and knocked in the lone run.

Camryn Slone had three hits in the game one loss while Alexis Stanley added two hits and Emily Hughes batted in two runs.

Meagan Cochran took the loss.



At Flatwoods

(Game 2)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

PHS (7-10)…........................100  000  0 – 1-  4-1

RHS (8-5)...........................…000  430  x – 7-12-0

Pitching:

WP – Cassie Fultz

LP – Erika Conn

Hitting: Erika Conn 1b, 2-bb, 1 RBI, Pikeville.



At Flatwoods

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

PHS (7-9)…............................003  000  0 – 3-7-3

RHS (7-5)…............................411  000  x – 6-8-1

Pitching:

WP – Haven Layne

LP – Meagan Cochran

Hitting: Camryn Slone 3h; Alexis Stanley 2h; Emily Hughes 2 RBIs, Pikeville. 





Sheldon Clark…........................2

Betsy Layne……........................1

INEZ — Betsy Layne hurler Brandy Morrow came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision to Sheldon Clark in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals played on April 9.

Chloe Johnson doubled and scored the Lady Cats (5-4) lone run off winning pitcher Hope Lafferty.

Sheldon Clark improved to 5-6.



At Inez

(All ‘A’ Classic semifinals)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

SC (5-6)…......................................100  100  0 – 2

BL (5-4)….......................................000  100  0 – 1

Pitching:

WP – Hope Lafferty

LP – Brandy Morrow

Hitting: Chloe Johnson 2b, 1r, Betsy Layne.



Pikeville……...........................10

Phelps…………..........................0

INEZ — Pikeville pounded out 14 hits and scored in all five innings as the Lady Panthers cruised past Phelps, 10-0, in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals played on April 9.

Alexis Stanley collected four hits and drove in one run while Erika Conn added three hits and knocked home three runs as Pikeville improved to 7-8. Emily Hughes had two hits and batted in two runs to back the pitching of winner Meagan Cochran.

Phelps’ Hannah Layne took the loss.



At Inez

(All ‘A’ Classic semifinals)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

Phelps (4-5)...............................000  00 –   0- 3-2

PHS (7-8)…...............................212  23 – 10-14-0

Pitching:

WP – Meagan Cochran

LP – Hannah Layne

Hitting: Alexis Stanley 4h, 1 RBI; Erika Conn 3h, 3 RBIs; Emily Hughes 2h, 2 RBIs, Pikeville.



Lawrence County..................…11

Belfry……………….....................0

LOUISA — Lawrence County’s Ciana Brown tossed a no-hitter against Belfry as the Lady Pirates fell 11-0 in a game played on April 9.

Hayleigh Peck had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for the Lady Dawgs, now 8-5. Hali Young added two singles.

Kendra Gannon took the loss.



At Louisa

SCORE BY ININGS:                                   R-H-E

BHS (6-5)….................................000  00 –  0-0-4

LC (8-5)…...............................…380  0x – 11-8-0

Pitching:

WP - Ciana Brown

LP – Kendra Gannon

Hitting: Hayleigh Peck 2b, 2-1b, 2 RBIs; Hali Young 2-1b, Lawrence County.



Pikeville……........................…14

Shelby Valley….........................3

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville scored three times in the top of the first inning and never looked back in rolling to a 14-3 win over Shelby Valley in the 15th Region All “A” Classic quarterfinals played at Myers Field on April 8.

Alexis Stanley had two hits and scored three runs while Cassidy Lowe singled, scored three times and knocked home one run. Camryn Slone added a single, scored three runs and batted in a pair to back the pitching of Erika Conn.

Conn helped her own cause with three hits, three runs scored and drove in one run while Savanna Nunemaker had two hits and one RBI.

Abby Smallwood had a single, run scored and one run batted in for the Bat Kats, now 5-10. Pikeville improved to 6-8.



At Pikeville

(All ‘A’ Classic)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

PHS (6-8)….................................343  100  3 – 14

SV (5-10)…..................................020  010  0 –   3

Pitching:

WP – Erika Conn

LP – McKenzie Johnson

Hitting: Alexis Stanley 2-1b, 3r; Cassidy Lowe 1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Camryn Slone 1b, 3r, 2 RBIs; Erika Conn 3-1b, 3r, 1 RBI; Savanna Nunemaker 2-1b, 1 RBI, Pikeville; Abby Smallwood 1b, 1r, 1 RBI, Shelby Valley.



Phelps……..............................25

Allen Central............................0

EASTERN — Phelps dominated play from the first pitch on as the Lady Hornets advanced with a 25-0 mercy-rule win over Allen Central in the 15th Region All “A” Classic played on April 8.

Kryslin Obermuller had four hits and knocked home three runs while Hannah Blankenship belted a home run and scored three runs. She also singled. Sierra Sincell added a home run, single and scored twice while MacKenzie Bentley doubled, singled and scored two runs.

Lauren Briggs doubled and scored five times while Donessa Maynard had a pair of doubles and scored two runs. Carli Dotson tripled, doubled and scored.

Bekka Turner was the winning pitcher while Ashley Salisbury took the loss.



At Eastern

(All ‘A’ Classic)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                         R

PHS (4-4)..................................….346  1(11) – 25

AC (0-6)….....................................000  0      0 –  0

Pitching:

WP – Bekka Turner

LP – Ashley Salisbury

Hitting: Kryslin Obermuller 4-1b, 3r; Hannah Blankenship HR, 1b, 3r; Sierra Sincell HR, 1b, 2r; MacKenzie Bentley 2b, 1b, 2r; Lauren Briggs 2b, 5r; Donessa Maynard 2-2b, 2r; Carli Dotson 3b, 2b, 1r, Phelps.



Jenkins……..........................…16

Buckhorn….........................…..0

BUCKHORN — Jenkins scored six runs in the first inning and pitcher Caitlynn Estevez breezed to a 16-0 win over Buckhorn in the 14th Region All “A” Classic played on April 8.

Charity Niece added a pair of doubles and Lexi Stambaugh tripled.



At Buckhorn

(All ‘A’ Classic)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                        R

JHS (8-1)…..............................................664 – 16

BHS (1-4)….............................................000 –   0

Pitching:

WP – Caitlynn Estevez

Hitting: Charity Niece 2-2b; Lexi Stambaugh 3b, Jenkins.



PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s Peyton Hamilton singled and drove home a pair of runs as the Panthers beat Paintsville, 4-1, in a game played at Davis Park on April 11.

Connor Riser added two hits and one RBI while Tyler Elkins and Tanner Roop each singled and scored once as the Panthers improved to 12-5. Michael McDonald doubled.

Hamilton was the winning pitcher.

Luke Daniels had two hits and Gabe Burchell added an RBI as the Tigers fell to 8-4.



At Pikeville

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                 R-H-E

PV (8-4)..…............................000  100  0 – 1-4-2

PHS (12-5)..............................110  020  x – 4-8-1

Pitching:

WP – Peyton Hamilton

LP – Matt Miller

Hitting: Luke Daniels 2-1b; Gabe Burchell 1 RBI, Paintsville; Clay Slone 2b, 1b, 1r; Tyler Elkins 1b, 1r; Peyton Hamilton 1b, 2 RBIs; Connor Riser 2-1b, 1 RBI; Tanner Roop 1b, 1r; Michael McDonald 2b, Pikeville.



Pike Central….........................11

Breathitt County.......................1

HAZARD — Pike Central broke open a scoreless game in the third inning with five runs and the Hawks went on for an 11-1 win in a game played at Perry County Central on April 11.

Mac Justice had two hits, including a triple, walked, scored one run and drove in another while Brad Elkins added four hits and crossed the plate twice.

Andrew Fields collected a pair of doubles, walked, scored and batted in two runs to back the pitching of winner Seth Conn.

Aaron Scott doubled, scored twice and knocked in one run while Dylan Wright singled and scored three runs.



At Hazard

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

PC (8-4)…..............................005  222 – 11-12-0

BC (3-7)..............................…000 100  -   1-  2-3

Pitching:

WP – Seth Conn

LP – Bryson Parks

Hitting: Mac Justice 3b, 1b, bb, 1r, 1 RBI; Brad Elkins 4-1b, 2r; Andrew Fields 2-2b, bb, 1r, 2 RBIs; Aaron Scott 2b, 2r, 1 RBI, Dylan Wright 1b, 3r, Pike Central.



Pike Central…..........................3

Perry Central….........................2

HAZARD — Pike Central’s Charlie Coakley was solid on the mound and the Hawks used timely hitting to earn a hard-fought 3-1 win over host Perry County Central in a game played on April 11.

Brad Elkins, Hunter Clark and P.J. Sowards each singled and scored as Pike Central improved to 9-4. Andrew Fields added two hits and Mac Justice had an RBI.

Perry Central’s Evan Hurt took the loss as the Commodores fell to 11-3.



At Hazard

SCORE BY INNINGS:                               R-H-E

PC (9-4)…..............................110  000  1 – 3-6-2

PCC (11-3)..............................010 100  0 – 2-7-1

Pitching:

WP – Charlie Coakley

LP – Evan Hurt

Hitting: Brad Elkins 1b, 1r; Hunter Clark 1b, 1r; P.J. Sowards 1b, 1r; Andrew Fields 2-1b; Mac Justice RBI, Pike Central.



Jenkins….........................…12-8

Owsley Co..........................…0-3

JENKINS — Jenkins won its first two games of season as the Cavaliers knocked off Owsley County, 12-0 and 8-3 in a doubleheader played on April 11.

In the nightcap, Jordan Delph singled and waked and Aaron Bartley had a pair of RBIs to back the pitching of winner Hayden Fleming. Tyler Holbrook walked twice.

In the opener, the Cavaliers, now 2-6, managed just three hits as Delph held Owsley County (0-6) in-check. Delph had a pair of runs batted in and Randy Potter added a hit and drove in one run while Scott Church had a pair of runs batted in.



At Jenkins

(Game 2)

SCORE BY ININGS:                                   R-H-E

OC (0-6)…....................................200  10 – 3-6-1

JHS (2-6).......................................401  3x – 8-5-4

Pitching:

WP – Hayden Fleming

Hitting: Jordan Delph 1h, 1bb; Aaron Bartley 2 RBIs; Tyler Holbrook 2-bb, Jenkins.



At Jenkins

(Game 1)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

OC (0-5)…....................................000  0 –  0-2-3

JHS (1-6).......................................462  x – 12-3-1

Pitching:

WP – Jordan Delph

Hitting: Jordan Delph 2 RBIs; Randy Potter 1h, 1 RBI; Scott Church 2 RBIs, Jenkins.



Allen Central........................….3

Prestonsburg….........................1

PRESTONSBURG — Allen Central pitcher Dustin Johnson tossed a three-hitter as the Rebels knocked off Prestonsburg, 3-1, in the All “A” Classic semifinals played at StoneCrest Field on April 9.

Dillon Lawson had a pair of hits and scored one run while Cameron Blevins doubled, walked twice and scored two runs.

Wyatt Crisp singled and walked twice while Johnson added an RBI.



At Prestonsburg

(All ‘A’ Classic semifinals)

SCORE BY INNINGS:                                R-H-E

AC (9-3)..............................…100  020  0 – 3-5-0

PB (5-8)…................................000 010  0 – 1-3-0

Pitching:

WP – Dustin Johnson

Hitting: Dillon Lawson 2-1b, 1r; Cameron Blevins 2b, 2-bb, 2r; Wyatt Crisp 1b, 2-bb; Dustin Johnson RBI, Allen Central.




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PIKEVILLE — There are new faces on the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board.

Pike County Judge-Executive William M. Deskins and the city of Pikeville recently appointed Pikeville Medical Center President/CEO Walter E. May and former Pike County Road Commissioner Frank Hatcher as new members of the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board.

“Considering Walter May’s record of success in business, I felt that he would be the perfect person to represent the county on the airport board,” said Judge Deskins. “Frank Hatcher has been associated with the airport from the outset. With his expertise and experience working with the county, I felt that he would also be a good choice.”

May and Hatcher replace former airport board members Jack Sykes and Greg Johnson, and will begin their new roles at a special-called meeting on Friday, April 10, to discuss marketing promotions and other items related to Appalachian Air, a commercial air service available at the airport.

May and Hatcher will serve alongside airport board chairman Bill Hickman, Brent Wagner, and Paul Patton and Brad Hall, who were recently appointed by city officials to replace Lyle Blackburn and Dr. Rakesh Sachdeva.

“The Mayor and commission feel it is very important to place members on our various boards and commissions that represent the entire community’s interest,” City Manager Donovan Blackburn said.  “Mayor [Jimmy] Carter was once again extremely happy to work with Judge Deskins to move Pikeville and Pike County forward.  The Pikeville-Pike County Airport is extremely important to our entire region.  The commission is extremely happy with the members of the board that volunteer their time and efforts to help move our region forward.  When you look at the board, you have many great business and community leaders.”

The recently-appointed members are serving an airport with an extensive history.

The Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board was created with a joint resolution passed by both the city of Pikeville and the Pike County Fiscal Court on Sept. 23, 1985. Mayor William Hambley was in office at that time, and Patton, the interim President of the University of Pikeville, was serving as the county’s Judge-Executive.

This board existed through 1998, but officials were meeting in two separate boards — one to oversee and operate the airport and one to develop a new airport at Marion Branch.

In 1998, then-mayor Steve combs and then-Judge-Executive Donna Damron abolished both boards via a resolution and created a new board Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board. Hatcher was one of three people appointed by the city to serve on that board in 1998 and was later re-appointed, serving through 2010. 

He has a long-standing relationship with the airport. His family donated the property for the airport decades ago and the family name graces the airport’s Hatcher Field.

May, who served as Pikeville’s mayor from 1990 to 1993, is pleased to be a part of the airport board.

 “There are exciting things going on at the Pikeville-Pike County Airport, including commercial air service,” May said. “As a board member, I look forward to helping the airport continue to grow.”

All Pikeville-Pike County Airport board members serve voluntarily.

“Our boards and commissions are unpaid positions,” Blackburn said. “People in our region volunteer their time, offering their experience and skills to make a better quality of life for their employees, family, friends and neighbors.  The City commission is extremely grateful and appreciative for their service.” 


PIKEVILLE — More than 150,000 people are expected to pour into Pikeville next week for a 39-year-old tradition.

Hillbilly Days will be held April 16-18 in downtown Pikeville, featuring more than 250 vendors, carnival rides, live music on four stages, a craft bazaar, a kid-friendly “Family Fun Zone,”  a cornhole tournament, a scavenger hunt, a fireworks show and numerous other activities and events.

“It takes many months to coordinate over 250 vendors. We want to insure that everything runs smoothly. The efforts of the office staff definitely work hard to make this festival come together each year,” said Jacob Colley, the president/CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

The festival opens with a carnival at 6 p.m. in the Riverfill parking lot on Wednesday. The official welcoming ceremony will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday in the city park. Fireworks will also highlight festivities in Pikeville after it gets dark on Thursday.

The festival is organized by Chamber volunteers with assistance and/or sponsorship of local Shriners in Hillbilly Clan #1, Outhouse #1, the Pike County Fiscal Court, the city of Pikeville, Kentucky Power, Pike County Tourism Commission & Visitor’s Bureau, UMG and Faith Electric.

For decades, it has been known as “the festival with a heart.”

Hillbilly Days was founded in 1977 as a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children, a nonprofit hospital that provides specialized care to children. In 39 years, the festival has provided more than $1 million toward that cause.

A portion of proceeds from vendor space rentals, the sale of the official Hillbilly Days button, T-shirts, the sale of other items, as well as donations from individuals and businesses are provided to the hospital after the festival every year.

Arts, Crafts, Vittles

Vendor booths will be located throughout Pikeville, and most of them will be located on Hambley Blvd., Huffman Ave. and Main Street. The EQT Craft Bazaar will be located on the first floor of the parking garage.

Music

With four stages, bluegrass music can be found all over – especially on the City Park stage and the Courthouse Stage. For those who enjoy more of a variety of music, the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center’s Billy Johnson Stage and the Bank 253 stage on Second St. will offer country, pop, bluegrass music and other types of music.

Music in the Park begins at noon on Thursday, and continues at all four music stages from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Country music star Jamey Johnson will perform on stage at the Expo Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.



Activities

A well-known juggler will perform four shows daily during the festival.

The Coca-Cola Corn Hole Tournament will be held from Thursday through Saturday in the Pikeville City Park, offering cash prizes and gifts to winners.

Shriners from several states will work on their Hillbilly Degrees in the University of Pikeville Gym in downtown Pikeville on Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, the Pike County Cooperative Extension Office on Trivette Dr. will welcome quilts and needlework for its annual quilt show. Check-in is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Visitors will judge these quilts and select the winners from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The annual Hillbilly Days Stump Meeting will welcome politicians of all shapes and sizes to the courthouse on Main Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Hambley Blvd. To enter a float, call 606-616-1513.

For the first time, the Pikeville Rotary Club will offer its “Clan Clash” Laser Tag event at the Jenny Wiley Theatre on Second St., beginning at noon each day of the festival. The indoor event is open to children ages eight and older and adults. The cost is $10 per person, with team discounts available.

The Carnival

The Gold Medal Show Carnival will be held in Riverfill 10 Cinema’s parking lot, offering traditional favorite rides, along with new rides such as, Air Tower, Jumping Dumbo, Sea Ray and Ring of Fire.

The carnival will open on Wed., April 15 at 6 p.m. with armbands costing $20 or $15 with a coupon. The coupons are available in local newspapers, including next week’s Medical Leader.

The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday. Armbands will be available until 2 p.m. and honored until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., individual tickets will be required and are $1.25 per ticket. Armbands will not be honored after 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

Parking regulations

Several parking regulations have been enacted to keep visitors safe during the festival.

The top levels of the parking garage will be open on a first-come, first-served basis and it is accessible from the Hambley Blvd. entrance only.

Vehicles will not be permitted to park along Bypass Rd. or on sidewalks during the festival. This new rule also applies to vehicles parked on grass.

Several detours will be implemented for Hillbilly Days.

Hambley Blvd. will be closed from Pike St. to Elm St.: Drivers may turn onto Pike St. to get to Main St., turn left on Main St. and access the Don Combs Bridge to the Bypass.

Elm St. South will be detoured. Drivers will have to turn around and go back to Baird Ave. and take the Bypass around.



PMC hosts official First Aid Station

   PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is sponsoring the official First Aid Station at the 39th annual Hillbilly Days Festival.

PMC’s booth, located on Main Street in front of the Pikeville United Methodist Church, will be open Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

PMC health care professionals will be on hand to meet basic first aid needs of festival patrons and offer free blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) screenings.

Health information, the Medical Leader’s Hillbilly Days edition and other free items will be available at the booth.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by and visit PMC’s Hillbilly Days 2015 official First Aid Station.

This booth is not meant to address medical emergencies.

In case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.


PIKEVILLE — University of Pikeville President Dr. James Hurley resigned from his position on April 2 due to personal reasons.

UPIKE officials appointed former college president and current chancellor Paul Patton, the former governor of Kentucky, to serve as interim president. The university’s board of trustees will initiate a national search for a new president and will keep the UPIKE community updated and involved.

EKB TV reported that Hurley sent an email to UPIKE students, stating, “There comes a time in every leader’s journey that he must prioritize what matters most. For me that is to put my family first and to make a professional decision that is best for my family. God has provided several options for me to consider and I will be making a decision in the coming weeks. I truly want to follow His will for our lives.”

Hurley stepped into his role in 2013, serving as the first UPIKE alumni to become president. Under his leadership, UPIKE experienced record growth, added a college of business, a college of education and a college of optometry and created public-private global education partnerships.

The board of trustees and the University of Pikeville community wish Dr. Hurley, and his family, all the best, a statement from UPIKE said. 



PIKEVILLE — Pikeville’s newest tourism attraction will launch on Thursday, April 16, the opening day of the annual Hillbilly Days Festival, and city officials are offering special discounts throughout the month.

Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reports that the White Lightening Zip Line will open, as planned at Bob Amos Park next Thursday, and the city will provide discounted rates for zip line visitors who book “Zip, Paddle & Saddle” tours online at http://visitpikeville.com.

The Zip, Paddle & Saddle tour, featuring a two-hour zipline tour, a two-hour river tour and a two-hour horse trail ride, will be priced at $99. During the grand opening, which will last at least 30 days after April 16, adults may take the tour for $69 and children age 14 and under may ride for $65. Taxes are not included in these prices.

The prices have also been slashed for individual attractions. Those prices are $29 for adults and $25 for children on the zip line, and $20 for adults and children on the paddle tour and on the saddle tour.

Regularly priced, these attractions are $45 for adults and $31 for children on the zip tour and $27 for adults and children on the paddle tour and on the saddle tour.

Children under the age of eight and/or who weigh less than 70 pounds will not be permitted to ride the zip line.

The zip line canopy tours, featuring eight canopy zip lines, are open to 10 people per trip, and the zip line will be closed for inspection and maintenance on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week.

Beginning April 16, tours are available at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Zip line customers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their departure time.

The maximum weight limit is 250 pounds. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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