RACELAND — Raceland placekicker Luke Lemaster booted a 36-yard field goal as time expired on the clock to give the Rams a come-from-behind 17-14 win over Pikeville in the Class A state semifinals played at Ram Stadium on Nov. 24.


The game-winning kick came after a controversial fumble, appeared to have been recovered by Pikeville but awarded to Raceland, just two plays earlier.


Pikeville, which finished its season 8-5, held a slim 6-0 halftime lead in a game dominated by the Panthers the first two quarters. The Panthers missed a pair of scoring chances as the result of penalties and a "no-call" on an obvious pass interference play inside the Raceland 10-yard line.


The Panthers were penalized nine times for 85 yards. Raceland was not flagged the entire game.


Pikeville running back Zack Roberts rushed 19 times for 171 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Connor Roberts completed 11-of-20 passes for 156 yards and a score.


Receiver Christian Billiter had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown while Seth Pugh hauled in four passes for 42 yards. Jackson Hensley caught a pair for 35 yards.


Pikeville's 6-0 halftime lead came when Roberts hit Billiter with a short out-pass and he turned up-field to race 60 yards to the end zone with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in the opening period.


Raceland took its first lead when running back Judd Adkins ran two yards for a score with 8:11 left in the third period. Lemaster's kick made it 7-6.


Pikeville came right back and regained the lead on Zack Roberts' three-yard run with 3:53 remaining. Connor Roberts ran in the conversion to make it 14-7.


Adkins scored on a five-yard run with 1:02 to play in the quarter to knot the score at 14-14.


Raceland, now 10-4, will face Beechwood (11-1) today at Kroger Field in Lexington. It's the first time in school history the Rams are playing in the state championship game.


At Raceland


(Class 1A State Semifinals)




PK (8-5)….....................................6 0 8 0 – 14


RC (10-4).......................................0 0 14 3 – 17




First Quarter


PK – Christian Billiter, 60-yard pass from Connor Roberts (kick failed), 7:29


Second Quarter


No scoring


Third Quarter


RC – Judd Adkins, 2-yard run (Luke Lemaster kick), 8:11


PK – Zack Roberts, 3-yard run (Connor Roberts run), 3:53


RC – Judd Adkins, 5-yard run (Luke Lemaster kick), 1:02


Fourth Quarter


RC – Luke Lemaster, 36-yard field goal, :00


Next up: Pikeville's season ends.

STATE SEMIFINALS: Pikeville receiver Seth Pugh (2) runs for a first down after making a catch against Raceland in the Class 1A state semifinals played at Ram Stadium on Nov. 24. Below, running back Zack Roberts takes the handoff from quarterback Connor Roberts and break a long run. Pikeville fell to Raceland, 17-14.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, December 1, 2017

The Pikeville Medical Center's (PMC) Wellness and Weight Loss Center offers several options for weight loss to improve health. The HMR Weight Loss Program is one option that uses prepackaged foods and guidance from trained coaches to assist patients in their weight-loss journey.


PMC Registered Nurse Paul Huffman, and his wife, Kirsten, had great success with the HMR Program and lost a combined total of 200 pounds in ten months.


"It was the easiest weight loss program I have done," said Huffman. "This is the only program that has worked for me."


Huffman has struggled with weight issues since childhood.


"I can remember having my tonsils out in the third grade," said Huffman. "After that, I constantly struggled with weight."


Huffman and his wife decided to participate in HMR for health reasons. He was on medication for high blood pressure but it was continuing to increase. He was also on medication to lower his triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood) and cholesterol. In addition, Huffman was diagnosed with Type II diabetes which his physician was in the process of addressing it.


Although Kirsten's health was not as poor as her husband's, she wanted them to enroll in the HMR program as a team in order to support each other.


As it turned out, Kirsten started the program first with her parents who were also having weight issues.


"I didn't start immediately because I wanted to see how she liked the program," said Huffman. "But I tried the foods she was eating and ended up losing 19 pounds in two weeks and overall started feeling better. It convinced me to join the HMR program." HMR combines a structured diet, physical activity and behavioral lifestyle-change coaching to help people lose weight.


It focuses on reducing calories by using meal replacements along with fruits and vegetables. It helps participants learn to follow a healthy lifestyle along with adding physical activity and making them accountable.


After reaching a weight loss goal, participants move into Phase II of the program which teaches how to lead a healthy lifestyle to maintain weight after the loss.


Huffman's lifestyle has changed dramatically as a result of his weight loss.


"When I wake up now, I feel rested," said Huffman. "I go to the gym an hour in the morning before I come to work. Before the weight loss, it was a struggle just to get up and get ready. I feel good during the day. When I get off work, I go with the kids and practice sports and do all of the stuff I should have been doing all along. I feel like doing it and I want to do it."


More importantly, Huffman is off all of the medications he was taking for his health.


"This by far has been the best thing I have ever done for my health," added Huffman. "I liked the food, the support and the encouragement the program offers."


Huffman's mother and father-in-law were successful with HMR as well. His mother-in-law lost 30 pounds and his father-in-law lost close to 90 pounds. The family's combined weight loss in 10 months was close to 300 pounds.


"I would recommend this program to anyone and everyone," said Huffman.


For more information on the HMR weight loss program, call the Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center at 606-218-2205 or visit pikevillehospital.org.



Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, December 1, 2017

Delbert Little, 72, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 16. Funeral, Nov. 19, Pilgrim Old Regular Baptist Church, Virgie. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Tony B. Marcum, 63, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 25. Funeral, Nov. 28. Burial, Buskirk Cemetery.


Darlene Thacker Fleming, 53, of Virgie, passed away Nov. 28. Funeral, Nov. 30. Burial, Damron-Fleming Cemetery, Jonancy.


Josephine Ratliff, 85, of Booker Fork, Caney Highway, passed away Nov. 23. Funeral, Nov. 26. Entombment, York Mausoleum, Johnson Memorial Park.


Myrtle Evelyn Mounts McClanahan, 77, of Majestic, passed away Nov. 24. Private burial, Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic.


Russell "Saphead" Dotson, 70, of Hurley, Va., formerly of Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 24. Funeral, Nov. 28. Burial, Dotson Cemetery, Upper Elk Creek.


Kilda Ball, 69, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 22. Funeral, Nov. 28, Gooslin Bottom Pentecostal Church of God. Burial, Ball Family Cemetery, Pinsonfork.


Floyd "Junebug" Estep Jr., 61, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 19. Funeral, Nov. 26, Pentecostal Tabernacle in Jesus' Name, Edgarton, W.Va. Burial, Buddy Mounts Cemetery, Majestic.


Brenda Lee Anderson, 51, of Dorton, passed away Nov. 22. Funeral, Nov. 27. Burial, Cantrell Cemetery, Elkhorn City.


Naomi McPeek, 92, of Detoar Village, Mich., formerly of Pike County, passed away Nov. 18. Funeral, Nov. 25. Burial, Osborne Cemetery, Dorton.


Ernestine Fife Watkins, 80, of Harold, passed away Nov. 22. Funeral, Nov. 25, Betsy Layne Church of Christ. Burial, Bush Cemetery, Harold.


Franklin Garner Runyon, 80, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Nov. 26. A memorial service is scheduled at a later date.


Brian Joe Reed, 60, Aflex, passed away Nov. 19. Funeral, Nov. 24.


Hillard Belcher, 86, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 25. Funeral, Nov. 28. Burial, Elkhorn City Cemetery.


Dewey H. Anderson, 60, of Elkhorn City, passed away Nov. 24. Funeral, Nov. 28. Burial, Bryant Family Cemetery, Clintwood, Va.


Clyde Stalker, 74, of Jeffersonville, passed away Nov. 23. Funeral, Nov. 26. Burial, Wilson Cemetery, Draffin.


Duane Jeffrey Bartley, 55, of Hellier, passed away Nov. 20. Funeral, Nov. 25, Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church.


Harold Dean Crager, 66, of Garrett, passed away Nov. 24. Funeral, Nov. 27. Burial, Chaffins Cemetery, Garrett.


Charles Ray Salyers, 76, of Auxier, passed away Nov. 24. He was a member of the Auxier Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral, Nov. 26. Burial, Auxier Relocation Cemetery.


Randy Lee Hall, 72, of Craynor, passed away Nov. 20. Funeral, Nov. 23. Burial, Newsome Cemetery, Craynor.


Myrtle Marie Conn Hall, 78, of Printer, passed away Nov. 18. Funeral, Nov. 22. Burial, Hall/Conn Family Cemetery, Printer.


William Estill "Billy" Lawson, 50, of Drift, passed away Nov. 18. Funeral, Nov. 21. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Annabelle Elswick Reid, 88, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 17. Funeral, Nov. 20. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Roy Lee Compton, 63, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Floyd County, passed away Nov. 17. Funeral, Nov. 22. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Bert Donald Stanley, 59, of Shelbiana, passed away Nov. 21. Funeral, Nov. 24, Sutton Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Faye Justice Bartley, 78, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 19. Funeral, Nov. 22. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Marvin "Scott" Sturgill, 82, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 27. Funeral, Dec. 1. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Lola Mae Hunter Kidd, 73, of Blaine, passed away Nov. 26. Funeral, Nov. 29, Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church, Grethel. Burial, Kidd Cemetery, Magoffin County.


Cassie Tackett, 85, of Teaberry, passed away Nov. 25. Funeral, Nov. 28, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, J.W. Hall Cemetery, Grethel.


Roger Lee Gayheart, 70, of Printer, passed away Nov. 21. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Nov. 26. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Alice Mae Howell Adams, 78, of Whitesburg, passed away Nov. 21. Funeral, Nov. 24, Pilgrims Home Old Regular Baptist Church, Grethel. Burial, Howell Family Cemetery, Pikeville.


Lois Ann Ramsey, 63, of Garrett, passed away Nov. 20. Funeral, Nov. 25, Rock Fork Bible Church, Garrett. Burial, Hiatt Chaffins Cemetery, Garrett.


Dianna Faye Lawson Frasure, 71, of Bland, Va., passed away Nov. 28. Funeral, Nov. 30, Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, McDowell. Burial, Frasure Family Cemetery, McDowell.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Jayceton Blaze Hopkins, son of Talissa Newsome and Jacob Hopkins, born Nov. 21; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Isaac Tate Vernon, son of Kathie and Michael Vernon, born Nov. 20; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Karter Jay Fife, son of Tasha and Jason Fife, born Nov. 20; weight: 8 lbs., 7 oz.


Brandon Hunter Workman, son of Tiffany and Jamie Workman, born Nov. 20; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.


Everly Prater, daughter of Sophie and Christopher Prater, born Nov. 18; weight: 6 lbs., 5 oz.


Wyatt Knox Bolen, son of Kaitlyn and Preston Bolen, born Nov. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Hanna Elaine Cochran, daughter of Ashlee Dotson and William Cochran, born Nov. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Ryder Scott Stumbo, son of Ashley and Brian Stumbo, born Nov. 17; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Cooper Phoenix Cline, son of Makayla Peace and Joshua Cline, born Nov. 17; weight: 8 lbs., 10 oz.


Jacob Silas Stiltner, son of Marilyn Stiltner, born Nov. 17; weight: 6 lbs., 9 oz.


Jase Micheal Coleman, son of Victoria Jones and James Coleman, born Nov. 17; weight: 7 lbs, 0 oz.


Ethan Bear Harrison Mullins, son of Ashley and Curt Mullins Jr., born Nov. 15; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.

Friday, December 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville’s Darrion Leslie recorded the second triple-double in school history as the Bears cruised past Ohio Lancaster, 103-50, in the finale of the Walter’s Auto Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 18.

Leslie finished with 11 points, 12 boards and dished out 10 assists as the Bears moved to 10-0. A victory tonight at home would be the best start for a UPIKE team in Coach Kelly Well’s 12 seasons.

Basil Thompson and Jayvian Delacruz paced the scoring with 16 points apiece. Chase Parsley and Mason Blair followed with 12 each.

Brendan Snyder led OU-Lancaster (3-4) with seven points.

At Pikeville

(Walters Auto Classic)


OUL (3-4)…..32   18 – 50

UP (10-0)……51  52 – 103


OU-Lancaster (50) – Brendan Synder 1(1) 2-2 7; Sean Higgins 3 0-0 6; Gavin Eberhardt 3 0-0 6; Jordan Barr 1(1) 0-0 5; Preston Gothard 2 2-3 6; Cameron Downs 1(1) 0-0 5; Mike Seeger 0(1) 2-3 5; Zach Swartz 1(1) 0-0 5; and Nathan Doerfler 1(1) 0-0 5. Totals: 13(6) 6-8 50.

UPIKE (103) – Basil Thompson 8 0-2 16; Darrion Leslie 4 3-3 11; Da’Rell Domineck 3 1-1 7; Jordan Perry 2(1) 0-0 7; Rze Culbreath 2 0-0 4; Jayvian Delacruz 8 0-1 16; Chase Parsley 3(2) 0-0 12; Mason Blair 3(2) 0-0 12; George Johnson 3 0-1 6; Michael Chambers 1 4-6 6; Dylan James 2 0-0 4; and Austin Combs 1 0-0 2. Totals: 40(5) 8-14 103.



PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Bears overpowered OSU-Chillicothe, 99-45, in the Walters Auto Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 17.

Jayvian Delacruz tossed in 14 points and Rze Culbreath followed with 13 as UPIKE improved to 9-0. Jordan Perry and Basil Thompson added 10 each.

Anthony Dixon Jr. and Josh Thacker paced OSU-Chillicothe (1-4) with 12 points each.

At Pikeville

(Walters Auto Classic)


OSC (1-4)……14   31 – 45

UP (9-0)………56  43 – 99


OSU-Chillicothe (45) – Anthony Dixon Jr. 3(2) 0-0 12; Mikel Pritchard 2(1) 1-1 8; Enrique Thurman 1 0-1 2; Bilal Barnes 1 1-1 3; Josh Thacker 3(2) 0-0 12; Jordan Johnson 0(1) 0-0 3; and Austin Dulaney 2 1-2 5. Totals: 12(6) 3-6 45.

UPIKE (99) – Rze Culbreath 5(1) 0-0 13; Da’Rell Domineck 4 0-0 8; Jordan Perry 2(2) 0-0 10; Darrion Leslie 2 2-4 6; Basil Thompson 5 0-0 10; George Johnson 1(1) 1-2 6; Michael Antrobus 1(1) 1-2 6; Chase Parsley 2 2-2 6; Jayvian Delacruz 5 4-6 14; Mason Blair 1 0-0 2; Evan Runkel 1 0-0 2; Austin Combs 2 0-3 4; Michael Chambers 2 0-0 4; and Dylan James 1(2) 0-0 8. Totals: 33(8) 9-17 99.



Siena Heights, Mich….67

ADRIAN, Mich. – University of Pikeville used a third-quarter spurt to take the lead away from Siena Height (Mich.) and hold on to capture the Thanksgiving Classic Tournament championship with a 78-67 win over the host Saints in a game played on Nov. 25.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Jamie Castle poured in a game-high 24 points as the Bears moved to 6-4. Kayla Mullins added 14 points while Mia Greatrex chipped in nine.

The Saints, now 2-6, were led by Addyson Tomczak’s 15 points.

At Adrian, Mich.

(Thanksgiving Classic championship)


UP (6-4)…..11  17  21  29 – 78

SH (2-6)…..13  14  11  29 – 67


UPIKE (78) – Jamie Castle 4(3) 7-7 24; Rachel Lee 1(2) 0-0 8; Adison Corder 2 3-3 7; Aundrea Matchen 2 0-0 4; Emily Baker 2 0-0 4; Kayla Mullins 1(2) 6-6 14; Mia Greatrex 4 1-2 9; Hailey Anderson 1 2-2 4; and Zaria Hollier 2 0-0 4. Totals: 19(7) 19-20 78.

Siena Heights, Mich. (67) – Azalea Miller 2(2) 4-5 14; Sharmaine Wills 2 2-2 6; Clara Waidley 0(1) 1-2 4; Alyssa Larson 2 0-0 4; Addyson Tomczak 0(5) 0-0 15; Ashley Perry 3 5-7 11; Demi Russell 3 2-2 8; and Taylar McNeal 1 3-5 5. Totals: 13(8) 17-23 67.


Indiana Northwest…..58

ADRAIN, Mich. – University of Pikeville landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Bears knocked off Indiana Northwest, 90-58, in the opening round of the Siena Heights Thanksgiving Classic played on Nov. 24.

Rachel Lee fired in a career-best 24 points and Adison Corder added 17 as the Bears led from the opening tip while improving to 5-4. Jamie Castle added 14 and Kayla Mullins tallied 10.

The Redhawks, now 4-5, were led by Weslee Wilson’s 19 points.

At Adrian, Mich.

(Thanksgiving Classic)


UP (5-4)…..24  23  17  26 – 90

IN (4-5)……18  22  15   3 – 58


UPIKE (90) – Rachel Lee 6(2) 6-6 24; Adison Corder 1(5) 0-0 17; Jamie Castle 4(2) 0-0 14; Aundrea Matchen 1(1) 0-0 5; Emily Baker 1 0-0 2; Kayla Mullins 0(2) 4-4 10; Mia Greatrex 4 0-1 8; Hailey Anderson 1 1-2 3; Taylor Berger 0 3-4 3; and Zaria Hollier 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19(12) 16-19 90.

Indiana Northwest (58) – Weslee Wilson 6(2) 1-1 19; Chloe Salman 2(1) 3-4 10; Gina Rubino 0(2) 2-2 8; Alexis Blake 2 0-0 4; Jayla Crump 4 6-6 14; Kelsey Gushrowski 1 0-0 2; and Ashley O’Malley 0 1-2 1. Totals: 15(5) 13-15 58.



PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville’s second-half rally against WVU-Tech came up short as the Bears fell 76-71 in the Walters Auto Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 18.

The Bears, now 4-4, rallied from 17 points down to pull even at 64 midway through the final period.

Adison Corder poured in a game-high 21 points and Mia Greatrex followed with 14 while Jamie Castle chipped in nine.

Alexandra Combs and Laura Requena led the Golden Bears (5-3) with 15 points each.

At Pikeville

(Walters Auto Classic)


WVT (5-3)….24  16  14  22 – 76

UP (4-4)…….15  15  22  19 – 71


WVU-Tech (76) – Alexandra Combs 3(3) 0-0 15; Laura Requena 6 3-4 15; Savannah Shamblin 4(2) 0-0 14; Zjhane West 4 2-2 10; Brittney Justice 1 0-0 2; Katelyn Byrd 2(2) 0-0 10; Whittney Justice 3(1) 0-0 9; and Carlie Biehl-Wilson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 23(8) 6-8 76.

UPIKE (71) – Adison Corder 4(4) 1-2 21; Jamie Castle 4 1-2 9; Emily Baker 1 5-5 7; Aundrea Matchen 3 1-2 7; Rachel Lee 0 2-2 2; Mia Greatrex 6 2-2 14; Kayla Mullins 0(2) 0-0 6; Elisabeth Latham 1 1-2 3; and Zaria Hollier 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19(6) 15-19 71.


Central Methodist, Mo….72

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville jumped out to an early lead and went on to beat Central Methodist (Mo.), 81-72, in the Walters Auto Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 17.

Kayla Mullins fired in a game-high 21 points to lead five Bears (4-3) in double figures. Aundrea Matchen followed with 19 while Adison Corder hit for 14. Rachel Lee and Emily Baker added 10 each.

Maria Marquez led the Eagles (3-2) with 20 points.

At Pikeville

(Walters Auto Classic)


CM (3-2)…..13  15  16  28 – 72

UP (4-3)……20  18  13  30 – 81


Central Methodist, Mo. (72) – Maria Marquez 3(4) 2-2 20; Brandi Henton 6(1) 3-5 18; Tashawnya Edwards 4 3-7 11; Ana Borges 3 1-2 7; Hunter Liftee 1(1) 2-2 7; Anna Lua Doring-Speranza 2 1-1 5; and Hannah Stephens 1 2-2 4. Totals: 20(6) 14-21 72.

UPIKE (81) – Aundrea Matchen 7(1) 2-5 19; Adison Corder 1(3) 3-4 14; Rachel Lee 1(2) 2-6 10; Emily Baker 4 2-5 10; Jamie Castle 1(1) 0-2 5; Kayla Mullins 3(4) 3-5 21; and Elisabeth Latham 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17(11) 14-29 81.



Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, December 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dermot P. Halpin, M.D., FACS, has successfully performed the first minimally invasive heart bypass surgery at PMC. Dr. Halpin brings 10 years of experience performing this advanced heart procedure to the region.


"To my knowledge, no one else in Kentucky, east of Louisville is performing this specific procedure," said Dr. Halpin.


The surgery is commonly called a minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or a keyhole heart surgery. Instead of traditionally going through the breast bone, a small incision is made between the ribs, underneath the breast where the bypass surgery is performed.


"Not everyone is a candidate," said Dr. Halpin. "It is used for people who have a single blockage in the vessel on the front of the heart. The other indication is for patients who have two blockages, as part of a hybrid procedure, combining minimally invasive bypass with stents. Some patients, who may be too frail for conventional heart surgery, are also great candidates."


The procedure brings a more rapid recovery with a shorter hospital stay and it brings a survival advantage to the patient. In general, there are less complications and a faster return to work with no incisions on the legs.


Dr. Halpin says he feels this procedure is a huge advantage for patients at PMC.


"The advantage at PMC is the patients do not have to travel out of town for these procedures," said Dr. Halpin. "On a larger level, heart surgery is becoming more of a team approach. At PMC, we have a team approach where we sit down with the cardiologists and discuss each patient and the treatment plan that is best for them. Our goal is to provide better patient outcomes and excellent care."


"Pikeville Medical Center prides itself on cutting-edge procedures like the minimally invasive heart bypass surgery. This breakthrough for PMC's open heart program is important because it allows quality heart surgery done without breaking through the breast bone or opening up the whole chest," said PMC President and CEO Walter E. May. "Our physicians and support staff are the top in their fields. We are extremely proud of Dr. Halpin and his team and I look forward to watching their continued success."


PMC Cardiothoracic Surgeons Dr. Dermot P. Halpin and Dr. Abdulla Attum are accomplished surgeons who will continue performing these complex procedures for patients in the future.


For additional information about the minimally invasive heart bypass surgery or other procedures available at PMC, call 606-218-2202 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and Williamson CVB are partnering together to celebrate and promote local small businesses by hosting Mistletoe Market on Small Business Saturday, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 25.


"We are encouraging people to support our local businesses as they are the backbone for our economy," Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Natalie Taylor said. "We have fun events planned and several direct sales people will be set up, offering shoppers a unique experience."


Taylor said this year's theme is an old fashioned, rustic Christmas.


"Think big colored lights and plaid," she said.


She added the Chamber wants people to spend money at home and enjoy a unique shopping opportunity.


"Our vendors will be selling handmade gifts, jams and jellies. There will be stylish clothing boutiques and tasty locally made foods including an apple butter making demonstration by Walker's Apple Butter and a corn meal grinding demonstration by EK3 Farms," she said.


Children and adults will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt at several local businesses.


"The winner of the scavenger hunt will win a prize. We have had more than twenty businesses take part in this fun event in the past," Taylor said. "Free Small Business Saturday shopping totes well also be given out, while supplies last."


At 8:30 a.m. 34:Ate will be having 'Flapjacks and Flannel' breakfast and Daddy's Girls 2 bakery will be open with homemade sweets and treats.


Santa will be at the market in Melissa's Baskets Galore from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.


Musicians will be on scene playing throughout the town and a performance by Debbie's Dance Studio will take place.


Lighting of a community Christmas tree on the corner of 1st Ave. and Logan St. will highlight the evening at 6:15 p.m.


For more information, call Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce at 304-235-5240, visit Williamson West Virginia CVB Facebook page or by searching the event Mistletoe Market Festival + Small Business Saturday.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lung cancer kills more Kentuckians every year than the next eight most common cancers combined. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is working to reduce lung cancer incidences and deaths in the state through advanced screening technologies.


The American Cancer Society reports that Kentucky leads the nation in both lung cancer incidences and lung cancer deaths, with an incidence rate of 80 per 100,000 and a death rate of 75 per 100,000. That is well above the national average of 55.


Smoking is the main cause of all lung cancer, which contributes to roughly 85 percent of all lung cancer deaths.


Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer than a non-smoker. Women who smoke are 13 times more likely to develop this devastating cancer.


Roughly 29 percent of Kentuckians are smokers, compared to 21 percent nationally.


Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining the air passages. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell cancer progresses quickly and is likely to spread beyond the lungs. Non-small cell cancer is more common, grows slowly and is less likely to spread.


Lung cancer accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.


More than half of people with lung cancer will die within just one year of diagnosis.


"There are many different types of cancers that we know are related to smoking. Obviously lung cancer is one of the major ones, and it has a high mortality rate," said Dr. Brad Collett, PMC Radiation Oncologist.


"Other cancers that are related to smoking are head and neck, bladder, anal, esophageal and upper GI (gastro-intestinal) which we see a lot of in the eastern Kentucky region," explained Dr. Collett. "This is probably related to early smoking history and heavy smoking in adult years."


By the time it shows any symptoms, lung cancer has often already spread throughout the lungs, or in some cases, to other places in the body.


"While there have been some improvements in lung cancer treatment over the last decade, it remains a cancer that we don't have great rates of cure for," Dr. Collett continued. "Unfortunately, when many patients present with lung cancer, they are already in the later stages of the disease. Also, those who are smokers typically have poor lung function making it difficult to treat the cancer aggressively."


The goal is to detect it at an early stage when the patient is showing no signs or symptoms.


Unfortunately, early stage lung cancer is often asymptomatic, so it is important that to be screened for it. PMC offers low-dose CT scans, which are extremely effective at detecting lung cancers.


While a chest X-ray served as the previous method, this improved technology employs a low-dose of radiation to make a series of very detailed pictures of the lungs, scanning the body in a spiral path.


This gives doctors an incredible amount of detail and allows them to see even the smallest cancer growth.


Data shows that using low-dose CT is four times more likely to pick up a mass than a traditional chest X-ray, allowing for earlier detection and a better chance at survival.


The low-dose CT scan detects lung cancer in the early stages, which improves the patient's outcome. This gives the patient more treatment options as well.


Lung cancer can be difficult to spot because symptoms are non-specific. Some symptoms can include: chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing up blood, feeling very tired all the time, weight loss with no known cause and coughing that gets worse and doesn't go way.


If these symptoms persist in someone with a history of smoking, consult with a physician immediately.


For those who have smoked more than 30 years and are between the ages of 55 and 79, screening is recommended.


"Please don't start smoking," urges Dr. Collett, "and if you are able to quit tobacco, your risk of developing some types of cancer goes down significantly over time."


To learn more about lung cancer screenings, call the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at 606-218-2212 or visit pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time that many give thanks for their blessings. It is also a time when local charitable organizations increase their efforts to help the less fortunate. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and its over 3,200 employees hosted a food drive to help make Thanksgiving a little easier for many families in need in the region.


In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, employees donated non-perishable food items.


"We collected donated items at PMC's main campus and many of our off-site locations," said Ceirra Wells, PMC Human Resources project manager. "We were able to fill five SUVs with the generously donated items."


Many local organizations were able to benefit from the donations, including First Christian Church, Cornerstone Christian Church, Pikeville Senior Center, Thankful Hearts Food Pantry and Westcare Emergency Shelter.


The churches used the food donations to help with their community dinners for the less fortunate as well as send food home with the families for their own pantries.


"Following PMC's Christian mission, our employees are always eager to help others in need," said Wells. "Whether it is giving to victims of natural disasters or helping the less fortunate, PMC employees will continue making a difference throughout our community."


PMC's charitable efforts were focused on assisting neighbors, friends and families in the region the hospital serves.


Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Association of Southern Baptists is partnering with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, North American Mission and Lakeside Church in Greensboro, Ga. to provide 'Backpacks of Hope' for less fortunate children in our area this Christmas.


The backpacks will be distributed on Dec. 9 at the University of Pikeville gymnasium from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.


"Our partners will be providing 250 backpacks, and we have set a goal of collecting an additional 250 backpacks from our 25 Pike Association churches for a total of 500 backpacks," Pike Association of Southern Baptists Director of Missions Jason Lowe said.


The backpacks will include toys, clothing, non-perishable food items and more.


Lowe said the backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.


"In addition to a backpack full of items, I hope they understand that God loves them and God's people love them too," he said. "I also hope they realize that although the gifts that they receive in their backpack are great, Christmas is really about the greatest gift that was ever given, Jesus Christ."


Lowe said he felt compelled to return to Pikeville to carry out God's will.


"God gave me a burden for the enormous amount of physical and spiritual needs in our area," he added. "I'm very excited because we will have the opportunity to meet some of those needs, at least in some small way."


Lowe said community members are encouraged to participate.


The following items are required for each backpack, please be sure all items are age-appropriate:


• Underclothes and socks


• Toys – dolls, stuffed animals, balls, small musical instruments, toy cars, yo-yo's, jump ropes, toy jewelry, flashlight with batteries, Christian books, sidewalk chalk, slinky, Frisbee, card games, etc.


• Non-perishable food items – cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, single serving macaroni and cheese cups, fruit or applesauce cups, granola bars, pop-tarts, etc.


Optional extra items that may be included:


• School supplies – pens, pencils, crayons, markers, stamps, ink pads, writing pads, paper, coloring books, etc.


•Hygiene items – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush, comb, washcloths, hair clips, ponytail holders, etc.


•Other items – age appropriate bibles, hard candy, lollipops, mints, gum, hats, etc.


Backpacks are due to the Pike Association of Southern Baptists office, 79 Ratliff St. in Coal Run by Dec. 4.


He said they will also be collecting blankets and winter coats to give away during the event.


"I'm excited that so many churches are working together to accomplish a goal that no single church would be able to do on their own," Lowe said.


For more information or anyone interested in volunteering at the distribution event, can call the Pike Association of Southern Baptists office at 606-432-2660.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Wednesday, November 22, 2017