Avery Blake Patton, son of Megan Marsillett and Cameron Patton, born Sept. 27; weight: 8 lbs., 11.5 oz.


Tayten James White, son of Eleanor and Gregory White, born Sept. 27; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Kennedy Wayne Charles, son of Carlie and Coty Charles, born Sept. 26; weight: 5 lbs., 8.7 oz.


Brentlei Dawn Wolford, daughter of Keisha and Brent Wolford, born Sept. 25; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Kinsley Janiece Click, daughter of Kimberly and Brandon Click, born Sept. 25; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.


Terrance Kee McCoy, son of Jasmine Adams and Collin McCoy, born Sept. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Ramsay Brice Smith, son of Sonia Taylor and Cory Smith, born Sept. 24; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.


Ashton Clay Dotson, son of Gabrielle Lowe and Clayton Dotson Jr., born Sept. 24; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Willow Grace Hall, daughter of Carla Forsyth, born Sept. 23; weight: 8 lbs, 6.5 oz.


Marshall Greyson Mercer, son of Kailey Adkins and Dalton Mercer, born Sept. 23; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Sawyer Nicholas Adkins, son of Katelyn and Tylor Adkins, born Sept. 23; weight: 8 lbs., 0.2 oz.


Harrison Tyler Slone, son of Krista and Tyler Slone, born Sept. 23; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Layton Cole Mullins, son of Tasha and Cory Mullins, born Sept. 22; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Holden Tate Wright, son of Candance and Anthony Wright, born Sept. 22; weight: 8 lbs., 7.7 oz.

Friday, October 6, 2017

John Jude, 95, of Williamson, W.Va., formerly of Thacker, W.Va., passed away Sept. 30. Funeral, Oct. 4. Burial, family cemetery, Thacker.


Brenda D. Smith, 71, of South Williamson, passed away Sept. 27. Funeral, Sept. 29. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, W.Va.


George William Maynard, 54, of Lenore, W.Va., passed away Sept. 30. Funeral, Oct. 6, Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Carey Cemetery, Laurel Creek.


Reaford Grant Adkins, 92, of Jenkins, passed away Oct. 2. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. Funeral, Oct. 7, Elizabeth Old Regular Baptist Church, Fords Branch. Burial, Warren G. Adkins Cemetery.


William Edward "Bill" Friend, 74, of Pikeville, passed away Oct. 1. Funeral, Oct. 4, Main Street Church of Christ. Burial, Rob Newsome Cemetery, Little Robinson Creek.


Michael G. Taylor, 55, of Phyllis, passed away Sept. 28. Funeral, Sept. 30.


Judy Andrea Reed, 59, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 29. Funeral, Oct. 2. Burial, Bent Ridge Cemetery, Meta.


Bernice Boyd "B.B." Miller, 92, of Pikeville, passed away Oct. 1. Funeral, Oct. 6. Private burial.


Mary Llena Barber McKenzie, 90, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 28. Funeral, Oct. 1. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park.


Stevie Hughes, 59, of Turkey Creek, passed away Sept. 27. Funeral, Sept. 30, Turkey Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Blackburn Cemetery, Turkey Creek.


Jackie D. Tackett, 66, of Martin, passed away Oct. 2. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Oct. 5. Burial, Martin Cemetery.


Sally Mae Quesenberry, 41, of Pinetop, passed away Oct. 1. Private service planned.


Jackie Dwayne Hamilton, 46, of Hi Hat, passed away Sept. 29. Funeral, Oct. 2, Pilgrim's Rest Old Regular Baptist, Hi Hat. Burial, Little Cemetery, Hi Hat.


Shirley Jean Shepherd Kilgore, 77, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 27. Funeral, Oct. 2. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Robert Carl Harris, 64, of Melvin, passed away Sept. 26. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a former football coach for over 20 years for Wheelwright and South Floyd. Funeral, Sept. 30, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Henry Tackett Cemetery, Melvin.


Wilma Faye Boggs Caudill, 76, of Raccoon, passed away Oct. 2. Funeral, Oct. 5. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Mary Evelyn Justice Coleman, 65, of Elkhorn City, passed away Sept. 27. Graveside service, Sept. 29, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Shirlene Martin, 65, of Dema, passed away Sept. 29. Funeral, Oct. 2. Burial, Whitt Martin Cemetery, Dema.


Goble Lowell Tackett, 89, of Hi Hat, passed away Sept. 27. Funeral, Sept. 30. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Ranaldo Frasure, 77, of Langley, passed away Sept. 26. Funeral, Sept. 30. Burial, Prater Family Cemetery, Hueysville.


Betty Harris, 70, of River Hurricane, passed away Sept. 26. Funeral, Sept. 30, Cedar Bottom Old Regular Baptist. Burial, Phillips Cemetery, Kimper.


Virgil Harrison Blankenship, 77, of Phelps, passed away Oct. 2. Funeral, Oct. 6. Etombment, Resurrection Mausoleum, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


John Henry Coleman, 74, of Galveston, formerly of Phelps, passed away Sept. 26. He was a U.S. Army veterean. Funeral, Sept. 30.


Sadie May Abbott, 77, of Phelps, passed away Sept. 25. Funeral, Sept. 29. Burial, family cemetery, Long Fork, Kimper.


Barry Neil Dotson, 56, of Majestic, passed Sept. 23. Funeral, Sept. 25. Burial, Freeburn Community Cemetery.


Larry Sheldon Gallimore, 68, of Logan, W.Va., formerly of Hardy passed away Sept .22. Graveside service, Sept. 25.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently recognized its sixth DAISY Award winner, (Megan) Hope Conley. The DAISY Award is a national recognition initiative that recognizes extraordinary nurses for the work they do for patients and families each day.


"Hope is an excellent example of what a nurse should be and strives to go above and beyond every day," said PMC Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeanette Sexton. "She is recognized by her patients and co-workers often for giving great care and for her outstanding teamwork. I'm proud to have her as an employee."


Conley has been a registered nurse on the 5E Medical Unit for nearly two years. Conley, who resides in Salyersville, was selected from a group of several nominees and was honored during a surprise ceremony at the hospital on Sept. 21.




"I'm so very proud and honored to have the opportunity to work along- side Hope," added PMC Inpatient Pediatric and Medical Director Melissa Bentley. "She is truly an inspiration to us all on 5E."


When asked her thoughts on being the sixth DAISY award recipient at PMC, Conley replied,


"I couldn't be a DAISY winner without my co-workers on 5E, they make it easy to be a good nurse. While I know my patients aren't feeling well, I always try to laugh and smile; I want to make them smile at least once a day."


PMC Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey commended Conley for her outstanding performance.


"Hope is such a humble employee," Rainey said. "She is truly what we at PMC are all about. I want to congratulate her on her outstanding performance with this family and thank her for her contributions to this organization."


She was nominated for the award for the exceptional care she provided to a medical patient at PMC. Not only was Hope nominated by the patient's spouse, but the patient's child nominated her as well. Below are the two nomination letters submitted by the family members:




Spouse's Nomination Letter-


My husband became very ill and was hospitalized in June 2017. He was very upset and confused. Hope was his nurse, she is always cheerful, happy, and caring. She was always checking to see if he was comfortable or if he needed anything. When he didn't want to take his medicine she was very patient and never gave up until he took it. Even though she was very busy. When he pulled his oxygen off and the wires to his monitor she was right there to fix them back. It is hard to explain but she made the whole family feel welcome and special. She wasn't just doing her job. She is one of the most caring nurses I have ever met. Any hospital should be proud to have Hope working for them. I hope everyone at PMC knows what a special nurse she is. I will never forget her and the care she gave my husband and family. Her name said it exactly right. Hope as long as there are nurses like her, patients and families have Hope. Thank you Hope from the bottom of our hearts.




Child's Nomination Letter-


My Dad was admitted for kidney failure and congestive heart failure. The toxins in his blood mixed with a mild sedative both caused him to kind of lose his mind. He became aggressive, rude and mean. Totally not himself. Hope came in and no matter how rude my Daddy was, no matter what he did, her professionalism, empathy and compassion all came through. As broken hearted as we all were she would come in and make us feel as though she was a part of the family. Her personality, warmth, and attitude with my Dad just says it all. PMC is lucky to have her, and no matter what she needs to know what a treasure she is. It is nurses like her that make PMC the best. Thank you Hope.


"It feels great for people to show their appreciation," added Conley. "I feel like I really meant something to this patient and their family."


Conley was selected from a number of registered nurses who were also nominated for this prestigious award.


To nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award® online, go to www.pikevillehospital.org/nominateanurse/.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, September 29, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center Public Relations Specialist Melinda Goodson was flooded with emotions as she stood on the stage and addressed a crowd in the Pikeville City Park during the annual March for Babies event this past weekend.


"I was very pleased with the support our community showed at the Central Appalachia March for Babies," she said. "Without previous supporters and donations, we wouldn't have the treatment options, such as those that saved my child's life."


She said her family was honored to be selected as the 2017 Ambassador Family.


"This was an experience my family and I will never forget. Bringing awareness to what the March of Dimes does and what they did for my family was a humbling experience," Melinda said.


Over 350 people, including a number of Pikeville Medical Center employees, took part in the March for Babies. Activities included, a T-shirt design contest, kidzone, mission connection Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) notes, superhero sprint, wishing tree, ambassador avenue and lei distribution.


The Emcee gave purple leis to the Goodson family in honor of their journey. The Goodson's in turn presented white leis to a family in memory of their child.


Melinda and her husband, Jeremy, found out in May 2016 they were expecting a child. The couple, along with their five-year-old daughter, Isla, went for the first ultrasound to check on the newest addition.


"We discovered our family had two new additions on the way," Melinda said. "We were pregnant with identical twin girls."


She said as her pregnancy progressed, the girls continued growing and thriving, but she began feeling less and less like herself.


"I knew something wasn't right," Melinda said. "My feet, face, and hands were swollen (more than the usual pregnancy), my appetite would come and go as I was nauseous throughout the entire pregnancy, and my energy was nonexistent. But, I would just brush it off as this must be what it feels like to carry twins."


After multiple blood draws and tests, her attending physician decided to proceed with an emergency C-section on Dec. 29 due to her diagnosis.


"When the decision was made to deliver the babies, our biggest concern was their lungs as it is very common for premature infants' lungs to be underdeveloped," she said. "During my delivery, I continuously told my doctors and nurses that I wanted to hear the babies cry, because it would be then that I knew they were going to be okay."


Both newborns, Averie and Maisie, had lung complications, which resulted in respiratory distress syndrome, and were rushed to the NICU. They required oxygen, had continuous bloodwork and multiple other tests that preemies require.


"I was under constant supervision for my blood pressure, along with receiving four pints of blood and magnesium sulfate post-delivery," Melinda said.


As time passed, Maisie was making strides of improvement but Averie's health continued to decline.


"We made the decision to transport Averie to a higher level NICU located three hours away. Maisie would stay at the local hospital to continue progressing with the treatment she was receiving," she said.


Through the next few weeks, they began to see significant improvement in the twin's health.


"Day by day different machines, cords, and tubes would be turned off and removed, medicines would be decreased and eventually done," Melinda said. "We began getting positive progress reports. Maisie would be in the NICU for 12 days and Averie for 21. Each time we brought one of our girls home, we knew God was the reason we were able to celebrate their homecomings."


Melinda said the support of March of Dimes saved her babies.


"While in the NICU, they were diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) and required a treatment call surfactant. Averie went on to develop Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Neonate (PPHN), and required nitric oxide; this is the treatment that saved her life, without it she wouldn't be here today. The March of Dimes funded the research for both, surfactant and nitric oxide," she added.


In Kentucky, more than 55,900 babies are born every year and each one are touched by the March of Dimes, whether they are born healthy, prematurely, have a birth defect or other complications.


She encourages other expecting mothers to realize how important it is to keep your scheduled checkups.


"Routine prenatal appointments are so very important. It was at one of these visits where the suspicion was discovered that I was developing HELLP syndrome. Without that appointment, the outcome of my pregnancy would have been unimaginable," Melinda said.


She touched on the importance of helping support the March of Dimes.


"It's so important to support the March of Dimes and their mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality," she concluded. "Being a mother of children who required intensive care when they were born, I cannot stress enough how important the research is that the March of Dimes funds."


To date, nearly $15,000 has been raised.


Sponsors for the event included Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Community Trust Bank, Passport Health Plan and Walmart.


For more information visit marchofdimes.org.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, September 29, 2017

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and the Cure Blood Cancer (CBC) Support Group aim to raise public awareness about these types of cancers.


Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells.


Most often, leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, but some types of leukemia start in other blood cell types. Leukemia is often described as being either acute (fast growing) or chronic (slow growing). Different types of leukemia have different treatment options and outlooks.


Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network.


The lymphatic system includes the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland and bone marrow. Lymphoma can affect all those areas as well as other organs throughout the body.


Many types of lymphoma exist. The main categories of lymphoma are Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease) and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


"Leukemia and lymphoma can affect individuals of all ages, from very young children to the elderly," said Dr. Uzoma Nwakuche, PMC hematological oncologist.


The recovery rate for these cancers varies. "Most have a good prognosis and many patients are able to achieve a cure through appropriate treatment," Dr. Nwakuche explained. "However, some types of leukemia and lymphoma remain very difficult to treat and have poor outcomes."


There are many subtypes of leukemia and lymphoma.


The type of treatment a patient receives for leukemia depends on factors like age, overall health, type of leukemia and whether or not it has spread to other parts of the body.


"Common treatments used to fight leukemia include chemotherapy, radiation and occasionally stem cell transplant," said Dr. Nwakuche.


Symptoms of leukemia include headache, weight loss, pain in the bones or joints and swelling or discomfort in the abdomen, due to the enlargement of the spleen. Like lymphoma, a common symptom of leukemia is swollen lymph nodes, especially in the neck or armpit. Symptoms of acute leukemia may include vomiting, confusion, loss of muscle control and seizures.


The type of lymphoma treatment that is best depends on the type, the severity of lymphoma and patient preferences. "Lymphoma treatment may involve medications, chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant," said Dr. Nwakuche.


Signs and symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma may include painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin, persistent fatigue, fever and chills, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, itching and increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol.


Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common than the Hodgkin's lymphoma. Symptoms may include painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin, abdominal pain or swelling, chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing, fatigue, fever, night sweats and weight loss.


The CBC Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center located at 172 S. Mayo Trail in Pikeville.


Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, September 29, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, his wife, Pricilla Chan, and members of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative visited the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard on Sept. 24.


Students and teachers talked to the couple about the innovative learning taking place in K-12 schools across eastern Kentucky.


Fifteen Belfry High School students and teachers Stephanie Younger and Dr. Haridas Chandran spent the afternoon and evening engaging in a variety of learning experiences and conversations.


Students and educators from across the region, were able to demonstrate and discuss some innovations taking place in schools and classrooms, while transforming teaching and learning.


He talked to some students who were using the Summit personalized learning tools they've been building at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, who were learning to code. The students demonstrated games, robots, drones and VR apps they were coding.


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded in December 2015, is a new kind of organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy and advocacy work.


The team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world.


This fall, more than 300 schools in almost every state in the U.S. will be using the Summit Learning Platform to offer personalized learning experience to students.


Students talked to Mark about how they were learning much faster with personalized learning and how they could move at their own pace.


Bruce Parsons, founder of The Holler, was able to discuss the upcoming 3D animation of the Holler Monster with Zuckerberg.


The couple was able to tour one of the "Tiny Houses" designed and constructed by local high school students, drive a student-built robot and witness flight of a student constructed drone.

SPECIAL GUEST: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, left, listens as students discuss with him personalized learning during his visit to eastern Kentucky.
Friday, September 29, 2017

I saw a quote recently that I believe is as true as anything I have ever read: "If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn't!"


A well-worn Bible speaks volumes. This ageless Book has given millions daily guidance, spiritual and emotional support and given hope to the hopeless.


It has saved marriages from collapse, families from destruction and many a battered soul has weathered difficult storms by its council. Broken hearts have been healed and this "Good Book" has prevented and healed more disease than all the experts in their field.


Maybe you think that such an old relic like the Bible couldn't possibly hold your life together! Its truth is timeless and speaks to every generation. Why not pick one up and see what God has to say to you. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (119:105)

~ PMC Chaplain Mark Tackett may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Mark Tackett
Friday, September 29, 2017

GOODY — Belfry dominated from the opening kickoff as the Pirates rolled to a 63-8 win over Sheldon Clark on homecoming night in a game played at CAM Stadium on Sept. 22.


Quarterback Avery Browning rushed three times for 67 yards and a touchdown while running back Peyton Hensley had three carries for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Pirates improved to 4-1.


Ben Bentley's only carry resulted in a 71-yard touchdown and Taveon Hunter's lone carry was a 66-yard touchdown as Belfry built a 42-0 halftime advantage.


Sheldon Clark's Dylon Stafford led the Cardinals with 66 yards on seven carries while Zach Preece had 14 rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown.


Hunter's 66-yard run came with 8 minutes, 25 seconds left in the first quarter and helped fuel the route. Dylan Brown's PAT kick made it 7-0.


Running back Justin Adkins scored on a 54-yard run with 6:13 remaining and then hauled in an 11-yard pass from Browning with 5:09 to go to push the lead to 21-0.


Hensley followed with a one-yard run with 1:33 left and Devin Varney picked off a pass and returned it 41 yards with 16 seconds to play to build the lead to 35-0.


Belfry's only points of the second period came on Bentley's 71-yard run with 10:26 left, resulting in a running clock.


Hensley's second touchdown run, 62 yards out, came with 10:30 remaining in the third quarter to extend the lead to 49-0. Deon Smith added a two-yard run with 3:39 to go to make it 56-0.


Sheldon Clark's lone score came on Preece's eight-yard run on the first play of the final quarter. Stafford ran in the conversion.


Issac Dixon's 11-yard run with 3:06 left in the game capped the scoring for Belfry.


The Pirates will play at Floyd Central (4-2) tonight while the Cardinals journey to Lawrence County (3-3).




At Goody




SC (1-4)…......................................0 0 0 8 – 8


BF (4-1)........................................35 7 14 7 – 63




First Quarter


BF – Taveon Hunter, 66-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 8:25


BF – Justin Adkins, 54-yard run (Grayson Cook kick), 6:13


BF – Justin Adkins, 11-yard pass from Avery Browning (Grayson Cook kick), 5:09


BF – Peyton Hensley, 1-yard run (Grayson Cook kick), 1:33


BF – Devin Varney, 41-yard INT (Grayson Cook kick), :16


Second Quarter


BF – Ben Bentley, 71-yard run (Grayson Cook kick), 10:26


Third Quarter


BF – Peyton Hensley, 62-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 10:30


BF – Deon Smith, 2-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 3:39


Fourth Quarter


SC – Zach Preece, 8-yard run (Dylon Stafford run), 11:47


BF – Issac Dixon, 11-yard run (Dylan Brown kick), 3:06


Next up: Belfry (4-1) at Floyd Central (4-2); Sheldon Clark (1-4) at Lawrence County (3-3), Sept. 29.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 29, 2017

Here is a look at this weekend's high school football games:


Floyd Central (4-2) vs. Belfry (4-1)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Jaguars Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 93.1 FM; 100.1 FM; wmdjfm.com


Coaches: Philip Haywood (Belfry); Shawn Hager (Floyd Central)


Players to Watch: RB Derek Wellman, RB Taveon Hunter (Belfry); RB Josh Whitaker, RB Elijah Cotton (Floyd Central)


Last Week's Results: Pike Central 35, Floyd Central 34; Belfry 64, Sheldon Clark 8.




Pikeville (1-3)


at Hazard (3-1)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Daniel Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.1 FM


Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Mark Dixon (Hazard)


Players to Watch: WR Jackson Hensley, RB Zack Roberts (Pikeville); QB Bailey Blair, RB Cory Smith (Hazard)


Last Week's Results: Pikeville, DNP; Hazard 29, Prestonsburg 7.




Johnson Central (5-0)


vs. East Carter (3-2)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Eagle Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Tim Champlin (East Carter)


Players to Watch: RB Blake Gamble, RB Devin Johnson (Johnson Central); RB Isaac Duncan, RB Kieran Fankell (East Carter)


Last Week's Results: Johnson Central 58, Boyd County 0; Greenup County 43, East Carter 7.




Pike Central (4-1)


vs. Perry Central (5-0)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Hawks Nest


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.1 FM


Coaches: Eric Ratliff (Pike Central); Tom Larkey (Perry Central)


Players to Watch: QB Seth Conn, RB Isaiah Hess (Pike Central); RB Jayden Neace, RB Jacob Woolum (Perry Central)


Last Week's Results: Pike Central 35, Floyd Central 34; Perry Central 44, Letcher Central 34.




Prestonsburg (2-3)


vs. Leslie County (3-3)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Josh Francis Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.5 FM


Coaches: John DeRossett (Prestonsburg); Eddie Melton (Leslie County)


Players to Watch: RB Ryne Slone, QB Drake Nunnery (Prestonsburg); QB Darron Whitaker, RB Taten Smith (Leslie County)


Last Week's Results: Hazard 29, Prestonsburg 7; Leslie County 42, East Ridge 15.




Tug Valley (4-1)


vs. Buffalo (1-3)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Bob Brewer Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Tony Clusky (Tug Valley); Brian Batman (Buffalo)


Players to Watch: RB/QB Jonathan Blankenship, RB Noah Lucas (Tug Valley); QB Ethan Burgess, RB Tim Moore (Buffalo)


Last Week's Results: Tug Valley 36, Tolsia 21; Buffalo, DNP.




Betsy Layne (0-6)


vs. East Ridge (2-3)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Bobcat Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.




Coaches: Scotty McCoy (Betsy Layne); Brad Allen (East Ridge)


Players to Watch: RB Logan Layne, QB Bradley Woods (Betsy Layne); RB CJ Branham, RB Zachary Ramey (East Ridge)


Last Week's Results: Shelby Valley 43, Betsy Layne 6; Leslie County 42, East Ridge 15.




Phelps (3-1)


at Fairview (2-3)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Eagles Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: David Jones (Phelps); Fred Ray (Fairview)


Players to Watch: RB Dylan New, RB Brandon Turnmire (Phelps); QB Mark Ekers, RB Shane Cook (Fairview)


Last Week's Results: Phelps, DNP; Valley, Ohio 40, Fairview 6.




Letcher Central (0-6)


at Harlan County (2-4)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Coal Miners Memorial Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.9 FM


Coaches: Junior Matthews (Letcher Central); Warren Creech II (Harlan County)


Players to Watch: WR Blake Brashears, RB Hunter Campbell (Letcher Central); RB Tyrese Simmons, RB Quintin Mickens (Harlan County)


Last Week's Results: Perry Central 44, Letcher Central 34; Harlan County 23, North Laurel 13.




Jenkins (0-6)


at Hannan, W.Va. (0-4)


Date: Sept. 29


Site: Wildcat Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Matt Chandler (Jenkins); Brian Scott (Hannan)


Players to Watch: RB Jordan Bates, QB Lance Bentley (Jenkins); RB Stephen Berry, QB Tyler Cochran (Hannan)


Last Week's Results: Harlan 62, Jenkins 0; Hannan, DNP.


Idle this Week: Paintsville (5-1); Shelby Valley (3-3); Mingo Central (5-0).




— Compiled by Staff Writer Teddy Paynter. He may be reached at 606-218-4932; 606-794-3609 or by e-mail at: teddy.paynter@pikevillehospital.org

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 29, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month. PMC Trauma surgeons urge the public to know the signs of TBI and how to respond.


TBI occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. It's sometimes caused by a blow, jolt, or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.


"Too often, people end up with a serious injury and a trip to the emergency department. It is important to be aware of proper safety measures as well as knowing the signs of injury," said Dr. Aaron Brown, M.D.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. who suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year. Fifty-thousand people die from TBI each year and 85,000 people suffer long term disabilities. The causes of TBI are diverse. The top three causes are car accident, firearms and falls.


"We are taking the opportunity to educate the public and help people become more aware of traumatic injuries as well as taking the opportunity to express the importance of safety," Dr. Brown said.


He offers important tips for helping prevent TBIs. They are listed below:


• Always wear a seat belt in a motor vehicle, even in the back seat


• Use an appropriate child safety seat or a booster


• Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs


• Always wear a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, snowmobile and other open unrestrained vehicles


• Wear a helmet when participating in contact sports, skiing, and snowboarding, skating, skateboarding and horseback riding


• Use the rails on stairways


• Provide adequate lighting, especially on stairs for people with poor vision or who have difficulty walking


• Place bars on windows to prevent children from falling


• Sit on safe stools


• Do not place obstacles in walking pathways


"The warning signs or symptoms of TBI are decreased or altered level of consciousness, dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, clear fluid, or blood running from the nose or ears following trauma to the head," he added. "A person should seek medical attention following any blunt force injury to the head regardless of whether or not they believe there was a loss of consciousness.


Other symptoms that may accompany a TBI include: headache, irritability, sleeping more or less than usual, feeling "slowed down," nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to noise/light and balancing problems.


The severity of a TBI can range from mild (brief or temporary effects) to severe (long term or permanent effects).


"Trauma Services at PMC offer quality of care for patients suffering from TBI. We provide 24/7 trauma coverage. Our Board Certified trauma surgeons and Board Certified neurosurgeons collaborate on the medical and surgical management of TBI patients. We also have rehabilitation facilities available to help with the recovery of patients suffering from TBI," Trauma Program Manager Oliva Akers said.


For more information about PMC's trauma services, call 606-218-3500 or visit pikevillehospital.org.




Sources: http://cdc.gov

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, September 29, 2017