PIKEVILLE – Each fiscal year, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (SEKC) installs eight new board members to the Chamber's Board of Directors.


The new directors were installed at the Annual Membership and Board Installation Dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville on July 27.


AEP-Kentucky Power's Commercial Incentive Program sponsored the event and Program Manager, David Richard was the guest speaker. Richard welcomed the new board members, discussed the program's advancements and innovations, and explained how AEP-Kentucky Power's Commercial Incentive Program benefits both residential and commercial customers. To learn more visit www.kentuckypower.com.


Jacob Colley (AEP-Kentucky Power), Laura Damron (University of Pikeville), Shanna Hurley (US Bank), Brett Keene (Community Trust Bank), Ashley Litteral (Appalachian Wireless), Kevin McIver (Pikeville Medical Center), Lynette Schindler (Lynette Schindler, CPA, PSC) and Heath Wiley (Gearheart Communications) were installed as members of the Board of Directors.


These individuals will serve on the Chamber's Board for a three-year term ending June 30, 2020.


This year's outgoing board members were also recognized at the ceremony. SEKC would like to thank Russ Barker (Appalachian Regional Healthcare), W. Allen Gillum (Appalachian Wireless), Paul David Slater (SNF-Flomin Coal), and Shannon Wright (Wright Concrete and Construction) for their service to the Board, the Chamber and to the community during these last three years.


"It's always a fun and exciting time, when our chamber members and Board get together. Even more exciting was the opportunity to introduce and install eight fantastic individuals to the Chamber's Board," states Jordan Gibson, president of SEKC, "Their dedication and commitment to our region is commendable and I look forward to working with each of them."


— Submitted for publication by Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

INSTALLATION: New board members, from left to right are Lynette Schindler, Laura Damron, Shanna Hurley, Ashley Litteral, Heath Wiley, Kevin McIver and Jacob Colley. Brett Keene is not pictured.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Little children absolutely love making something special for their moms on Mother's Day.


They are so anxious, they rarely wait until the holiday to bestow their gifts.


Wanting to please their mother, they give the special love filled gift to her waiting in anticipation for smiles, hugs and praise in return for their handiwork.


Sometimes we forget the significance of the innocence we once carried as children.


While Jesus was explaining the Kingdom of Heaven, the future, and hope to his disciples, he tells them, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:3-4.


So have that child-like faith, go hug your child and remember these words of Jesus.


~ PMC Chaplain Denny Newsome may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Denny Newsome
Friday, August 4, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Luke Edwards, M.D., urologist.


Dr. Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. and his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. He completed a general surgery internship and urology residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.


Dr. Edwards specializes in Urologic Oncology (prostate, bladder, kidney, adrenal and testicular), Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), Kidney Stones and Low Testosterone.


When considering a career, Dr. Edwards says he was drawn to medicine through his love of the sciences.


"I became interested in urology because I felt it had every aspect of medicine," he said. "There are long-term care patients you can develop relationships with and it is a great combination of medicine and surgery. A urologist treats everything from complex procedures to simple more elective procedures."


Dr. Edwards reports that he learned many great lessons during his time at Beaumont Hospital.


"I trained under Urologist Jay Hollander, M.D., who quickly became my mentor. His singular focus was determining what was best for the patient," said Dr. Edwards. "You have to think about the various implications of not only the illness, but the treatment. How is it going to affect the patient's quality of life? If you keep these things in mind you will get good outcomes."


Dr. Edwards grew up in a small town. He says he did not want to live in a large city. He did, however, want to be able to do everything he was trained to do, which would require a high level of technology.


"Pikeville had everything I wanted in the field of urology," he said. "The hospital has the technology I need to do my job and the city is a small town in a beautiful area."


Dr. Edwards and his wife, Jessica, have one daughter and two sons.


In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing and being outdoors.


Dr. Edwards is located in the PMC Urology Department along with Dustin Gayheart, M.D. and Mark Swofford, D.O. on the 2nd floor of the PMC Clinic. For more information visit www.pikevillehospital.org or to schedule an appointment, call 606-218-2202.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, August 4, 2017

Summertime has come and everyone is itching to get outside and explore the great outdoors.


I would like to caution you to be ever vigilant on mountainous trails this summer since you may come across fire ants.


Red fire ants were imported to the United States between 1933 and 1945, presumably into Mobile, Ala. Black fire ants were imported about two decades prior.


While the territory for these two species of ants may overlap, red fire ants are by far the most predominant species. The habitats for these ants are local, possibly even in your backyard. Furthermore, they both are venomous.


These ants are about three to six millimeters in length and come equipped with stingers and pincers. They bite humans to keep them in place and use the stinger located at the back of the abdomen to deliver stings.


The venom these fire ants possess is highly allergenic and is actually antibacterial.


While you may be stung and develop an allergic reaction, the risk of infection is low. However, if you are stung from fire ants, do not try to break open the pustule that forms. The pustules will resolve on their own and the structural integrity should be maintained to decrease the risk of bacterial infection.


People have varying degrees of allergic sensitivity. Some folks will only manifest signs and symptoms of a local reaction, a small hive-like lesion will arise or a small pustule. Occasionally, some people may develop significant and life-threatening reactions. A deadly allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, may develop minutes to hours following envenomation by fire ants.


To avoid fire ants beware of ant piles. They are located around rocks, fallen trees, tree stumps, just to name a few.


The best way to avoid them is to be aware and watch where you walk. Disturbing ant piles may lead to a massive attack.


These massive attacks occur when the fire ants swarm their victims leading to hundreds, if not thousands, of venomous stings. Children, elderly and debilitated patients are at most significant risk to succumb to these massive attacks because these patients have difficulty warding off these attacks.


Basic treatment for the irritation, burning and itching consists of oral and topical antihistamines and corticosteroids.


Systemic reactions are more intensively managed. If you are stung and develop chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling around your mouth and nose, seek out expert medical attention as soon as possible. Go to the nearest emergency department without delay.


The best treatment is prevention. If you plan to go for a hike, walk the nature trails, or even camping, wear socks, long pants, closed-toe shoes, a long sleeved shirt and gloves. Fire ants will not sting through fabric. If you are stung, fire ants are best killed with a quick slap. It is imperative to get the ants off you as quickly as possible, before multiple stings can occur.

Author Name: 
Robert Cline, D.O.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Breastfeeding can burn extra calories, and help new moms get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. That's right, breastfeeding has many benefits for you and your baby. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is recognizing August as National Breastfeeding Month and we want to share the great benefits of breastfeeding.


Along with burning extra calories, breastfeeding can also increase the amount of oxytocin in your body, which helps your uterus return to the size it was pre-pregnancy, it may lower your risk for certain health conditions such as diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer and it can help you and your baby bond.


"Breastfeeding helps new moms recover faster after delivery," said PMC Lactation Consultant Jodi Ison. "Breastfeeding also empowers moms by allowing them to provide the perfect nutrients for their baby's growth and development."


Along with the benefits for you, breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby:


•Breast milk has hormones and the right amount of protein, sugar, fat and most vitamins to help your baby grow and develop


•Breast milk has fatty acids that may help your baby's brain and eyes develop


•Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from many illnesses


•Breast milk is easy to digest


•Breast milk changes as your baby grows so he/she gets exactly what he/she needs at the right time


"The first milk moms produce is colostrum, which is packed full of anti-bodies for their baby's immune system," said Ison. "Breast milk contains the proper nutrients for your baby's growth and development, is easily digested and lowers the risk for certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, childhood leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome, diarrhea and infection."


PMC offers Perinatal Education to expecting moms who are 28 weeks gestation or greater. During this appointment, moms discuss breastfeeding questions, tips and are educated on the importance of breastfeeding.


"We want to teach the skills for breastfeeding success early during prenatal visits," Ison added. "This allows mom the time to review the information we give and prepare for the delivery of her baby."


For more information or to schedule a lactation appointment, call 606-218-2207 or visit us on the web at pikevillehospital.org.


Source: March of Dimes 

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, August 4, 2017

Haskell Hall, 97, of Weeksbury, passed away July 30. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. Funeral, August 2. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Lillian Pearl Elliott, 91, of Pikeville, passed away July 31. Funeral, August 2. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Dwight Pinson, 63, of Harold, formerly of Dry Branch, Johns Creek, passed away July 31. Funeral, August 3. Burial, Mikes Branch Cemetery, Lower Johns Creek.


Bessie "Chaney" Pinion, 75, of Kimper, passed away July 26. Funeral, July 30. Burial, Pinion Family Cemetery, Kimper.


James Gary Justice, 68, of Blackburn Bottom, passed away July 29. Funeral, August 2. Burial, Hunt Cemetery.


V.H. Johnson, 82, of Pikeville, passed away July 27. Funeral, July 30. Burial, Johnson Family Cemetery, Sookeys Creek.


Leo Cecil Fugate, 91, of Jenkins, passed away July 26. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. Funeral, private.


Destil B. Standifur, 65, of Elkhorn City, passed away July 27. Funeral, July 31, Bowling Fork Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Childers Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Gene David Hunt, 62, of Kimper, passed away July 28. Funeral, August 1. Burial, Family Cemetery, Johns Creek.


Danny Clifton, 62, of Harrison Newsome Branch, Penny, passed away July 28. Funeral, July 31. Burial, Newsome Branch Cemetery, Penny.


Jimmie Ray Bearden, 80, of Dandridge, Tenn., formerly of Caney Creek passed away July 28. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Graveside services, August 1 at R.H. Ratliff Cemetery Mausoleum. Entombment will follow in the Whispering Pines Mausoleum.


Lillie Etta Dotson, 85, of Lexington, formerly of Ransom, passed away July 27. Funeral, July 30, Clark Legacy Center, Nicholasville. Burial, Dotson Family Cemetery, Ransom.


John H. Caines, 87, of Belfry, formerly of Chattaroy, W.Va., passed away July 30. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Funeral, August 2. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Breanna Khris Hall, 8, of Whitesburg, passed away July 27. Funeral, August 8. Burial, Nathan Carroll Cemetery, Branhams Creek, Grethel.


Franklin D. Hall, 81, of Martin, passed away July 31. Funeral, August 4. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Steve Brookover Potter, 55, of Prestonsburg, passed away July 30. Memorial service, August 2.


Mary Elizabeth Martin King, 71, of Nippa, passed away July 29. Funeral, July 31. Burial, Roberts Cemetery, Grethel.


Tommy Holland, 41, of Prestonsburg, passed away July 26. Funeral, August 1, Community Freewill Baptist Church.


Frank Henry Short, 68, of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Floyd County, passed away July 24. Funeral, July 29. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, Frasures Creek, McDowell.


Ella Mae Joyce, 88, of Goose Creek, S.C., formerly of Pikeville, passed away July 29. Funeral, August 3. Entombment, J.U. Thacker Mausoleum, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.


Granville Perry, 89, of Hellier, passed away July 29. He was a U.S. Marine. Funeral, August 1. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Anita Hodge, 55, of Elkhorn City, passed away July 29. Funeral, August 4.


Shirley Jones, 71, of Rockhouse, passed away July 29. Funeral, August 2, Unity Freewill Baptist Church, Rockhouse. Burial, Jones Cemetery, Rockhouse.


Nancy Ratliff, 66, of Elkhorn City, passed away July 29. Memorial Service, August 4.


Pliant Mahon, 89, of Thacker, W.Va., passed away July 27. Funeral, July 31. Burial, Harris Cemetery, Thacker.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Brody Randall West, son of Leticia and James West, born July 26; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Donovan Dwayne Howard, son of Keianna Bates and Kevin Howard, born July 25; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.


Levi Slade Marcum, son of Megan Thompson and Justin Marcum, born July 25; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Talon Cassidy Skye Chaney, daughter of Beverly Anderson, born July 24; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Clint Matthew Osborne, twin son of Lynn and Matthew Osborne, born July 23; weight: 4 lbs., 2 oz.


Cole Ryan Osborne, twin son of Lynn and Matthew Osborne, born July 23; weight: 4 lbs., 1 oz.


Elizabeth Katherine Coleman, daughter of Courtney and Nathan Coleman, born July 22; weight: 7 lbs., 7.5 oz.


Luke Owen Kelly, son of Megan and Andrew Kelly, born July 21; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Kaysen Christopher Boomer, son of Felicia and Jason Christopher Boomer Sr., born July 21; weight: 9 lbs., 8 oz.


Hunter Kruz Kurkowski, son of Kendra and Justin Kurkowski, born July 19; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Friday, August 4, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and the Kentucky College of Optometry's (KYCO) partnership was on display during student orientation as PMC Family Practice Clinic Manager, Willena Moore welcomed the second incoming class in the new facility on July 24.


"On behalf of PMC I would like to welcome all of you to Pikeville and wish you the very best in your studies here," Moore said.


The optometry school is the 22nd in the nation and the first in Kentucky. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240.


With no other colleges of optometry in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia, KYCO will be the most accessible college of optometry in the southeastern area of the country.


A continuation of the university's strategic focus on health sciences, the college of osteopathic medicine, the school of nursing and the college of optometry will serve as an integrated health care model for rural medicine.


Moore talked with incoming students about PMC's facility and services.


"We are a 300-bed facility and we offer more than 400 services," she said. "The hospital has been dedicated to providing world-class quality care in astern Kentucky for over 92 years."


Students were told about PMC's 11-story clinic building and 10-story parking garage on its main campus.


"The clinic houses office and clinical space for outpatient surgery, as well as exam rooms for primary and specialty care physicians," Moore said.


"The hospital has more than 3,200 employees and approximately 400 credentialed providers," she added.


Moore talked to students about PMC's residency program, which the hospital offers for third and fourth-year medical students.


"It is the only integrated family medicine and neuromuscular medicine program in Kentucky and just one of nine in the country," she said.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, July 28, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is excited to announce an innovative partnership with the Pike County school system to hire nurse practitioners for school nurse positions for the upcoming school year.


PMC is working with the Pike County Board of Education to fill the positions.


"The level of care the nurse practitioners will be able to provide to the students and families of eastern Kentucky will be unlike any service the school system has been able to offer before," said Andrea Robinette-Lowe, Vice President of Human Resources and Recruitment Services at PMC.


Nurse practitioners hired into these positions can expect to earn over $38 per hour and receive an excellent benefit package. They will enjoy a flexible nine-month work schedule and get the same paid holidays as Pike County school employees.


"This will again reaffirm the commitment PMC makes on a daily basis to provide world-class quality health care to the children and people of this region," continued Robinette-Lowe. "We would like to thank Reed Adkins, Pike County Schools Superintendent, for giving PMC this opportunity."


For more information or to apply, please contact Alison Lovely at 606-218-4915 or alison.lovely@pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, July 28, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Eastern Kentucky is gearing up for the fourth-annual Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) 2017 Summit set to take place at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on August 4.


This year's event is designed to connect individuals to resources and partners to make an impact on the region.


"We currently have 600 registered attendees and are expecting around 1,000," SOAR Executive Director Jared Arnett said.


The summit will kick off with Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin, discussing the region's economic development blueprint.


Other speakers include John Stephenson, senior manager of public policy for Amazon Web Services, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation and Philip Brown, executive director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA).


During the morning session, a series of short presentations from innovators will take place.


The afternoon will consist of optional breakouts that will focus on networking and showcasing the solutions that are underway and organized across the region.


The one-day event will feature an update on projects across SOAR's 54-county service area and a Solution Showcase to highlight areas of innovation that align with SOAR's Regional Blueprint.


More than 100 projects will be on display throughout the day.


"Attendees will be able to network and talk with one another while showcasing their work to help accomplish our goal," Arnett said.


Arnett said a number of local providers will discuss the progress of Kentucky Wired, a statewide project that will eventually connect the state with the world.


"It's a project that is moving along," he said. "We have the support of our congressman and governor and that's a key."


Arnett said a key element to the success of SOAR is gaining more partners who are willing to work alongside others.


"We want to drive action that lines up with our blueprint," he said. "It's also important that we promote and inspire Appalachia."


Anyone interested in taking action and impacting the future of Appalachia is encouraged to attend.


"Individuals can see what the future of eastern Kentucky looks like and where the region is headed," Arnett said.


This year, SOAR will be awarding 10 mini grants up to $1,000 each to eligible groups who are showcasing their projects.


"The grants are a way to help with their projects and show appreciation for the work they're doing to move our state forward," Arnett concluded.


Registration on site will be available.


For more information, contact SOAR at 606-766-1160 or info@soar-ky.org

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, July 28, 2017