Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recognizes November as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) month, to raise awareness about this disease that is prevalent in eastern Kentucky.


"We see a lot of COPD here in the clinic," said Yousof Elgaried, M.D., PMC pulmonologist. "The COPD is related to smoking and coal mining. Even though there aren't as many coal miners today as there were, the disease develops over the years: 10, 20 maybe even 40 years."


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define COPD as a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing –related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and in some cases asthma.


Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. It's characterized by daily cough and mucus (sputum) production at least three months a year for two consecutive years.


Emphysema is a condition in which the air sacs of the lungs are destroyed as a result of exposure to cigarette smoke or other air pollutants. The main symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath, which usually begins gradually.


COPD symptoms often don't appear until significant lung damage has occurred. Most people are at least 40 years old when symptoms begin and they usually worsen over time, particularly if smoking continues.


Other signs and symptoms of COPD may include:


•Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities




•Chest tightness


•Having to clear your throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus in your lungs


•A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum) that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish


•Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)


•Frequent respiratory infections


•Lack of energy


•Unintended weight loss (in later stages)


•Swelling in ankles, feet or legs.


COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.


People with COPD are at increased risk of developing complications, including:


•Respiratory infections. People with COPD are more likely to catch colds, the flu and pneumonia. Any respiratory infection can make it much more difficult to breathe and could cause further damage to lung tissue.


•Heart problems. For reasons that aren't fully understood, COPD can increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack. Quitting smoking may reduce this risk.


•Lung cancer. People with COPD have a higher risk of developing lung cancer. Quitting smoking may reduce this risk.


Unlike some diseases, COPD has a clear cause and a clear path of prevention.


The majority of cases are directly related to cigarette smoking, and the best way to prevent COPD is to never smoke — or to stop smoking now.


The main cause of COPD is tobacco smoking. Other irritants can cause COPD, including cigar smoke, secondhand smoke, pipe smoke, air pollution and workplace exposure to dust, smoke or fumes.


"It's never too late to quit smoking," said Dr. Abdallah Kharnaf, M.D., PMC pulmonologist. "It takes a while for the body to reverse the effects of smoking, but I can see both short and long term benefits in patients who quit."


About 20 to 30 percent of chronic smokers will develop COPD, although many smokers with long smoking histories may develop reduced lung function. Some smokers develop less common lung conditions.


COPD is treatable. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve good symptom control and quality of life, as well as reduced risk of other associated conditions.


For more information about COPD or to make an appointment with Dr. Elgaried or Dr. Kharnaf, call 606-218-2208.


The Pulmonary Clinic is located on the eighth floor of the Pam May Clinic Building.




Source: Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, November 10, 2017

The origins of Veterans Day can be traced to the ending of World War I, known at the time as "The Great War," World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in France.


The fighting had actually ended seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allies and Germany went into effect on Nov. 11, "Armistice Day" in honor of the cessation of the hostilities and the day became a federal holiday in 1938.


The act was amended in 1954 after veteran's service organizations, in recognition of the efforts of soldiers who fought in World War II, asked that the day renamed "Veterans Day" so it honored all soldiers and not just those who fought in World War I.


Men and women serving in the military make considerable sacrifices in defense of America. It's important for all Americans to recognize the efforts of both active and veteran servicemen and women.


Some ways to show your appreciation include:


Help a neighbor who is on active duty. Active duty service members can be away from their families for long periods of time, and their absence can make things difficult for their families. Neighbors can show their appreciation by helping with some chores around the house, offer to mow a neighbor's lawn or drive a neighbor's child to school.


Support the Wounded Warrior Project, the project works to raise awareness and enlist the public's help to address the needs of injured service members. Many service members sustain physical injuries while deployed.


One of the simplest ways to show your support for service members is to write them a letter expressing that appreciation. If you do not know any members of the military, A Million Thanks, is a year-round campaign that encourages Americans to write letters, emails, or send cards to U.S. military personnel, past and present to thank them for their sacrifices, dedication and service.


Be sure to always vote. Voting is one such freedom, so Americans should make it a point to vote every Election Day and teach their kids about the responsibility each American has to vote and take an interest in their government. Members of the military routinely put their lives on the line so Americans can enjoy freedoms that many people across the globe cannot.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The slogan, "Once a Marine, always a Marine," is as true today as it was before. Joining up in 1971, we arrived for basic at Parris Island, S.C. As soon as you leave the bus and stand on those painted yellow foot prints, your life and world changes.


The Marine drill instructors like to tear down the civilian, and train them to be a lean, mean, green, fighting machine.


Every young person of this nation should serve at least one year in the service. I think they would benefit from the discipline and be better citizens for it.


The instructors say, "You don't have to be crazy to be a G.I., but it helps." You are yelled at, screamed at, speak only when spoken to and the first and last words you say are "sir."


Then you are out-fitted with all your gear - uniforms, socks, underwear, shoes, boots, canvas bag and that most important piece of equipment, a rifle. Also, everyone gets the hair-cut, so we all look the same, almost.


Next morning at 5 a.m., a garbage can bangs down the barracks floor, and a greeting of "wake-up maggots," follows. Then you do the 3 (S's), run outside to get information for chow.


After the fastest breakfast you ever had, a nice three-mile run, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, climbing, crawling, etc., then to classes on military history, general orders, drill and learning to clean and know every part of your best friend, your rifle.


All our days are filled, from sun-up to sun-down, or as our gunny says, "From can-see to can't-see." You are pushed to the limit, mentally and physically, sometimes you think beyond it. But this is necessary, "War ain't no day at the beach," Gunny says. Some of us didn't finish basic.


My four years in "The Corp" taught me a lot. It is good to be part of "the few, the proud," we entered as boys and came out, men. We also had as good of a mentor as we could have had.


My senior drill-instructor was awarded a silver star in Vietnam, calling in artillary fire to save his platoon from a V.C. ambush. "The mortar rounds were coming in close; real close," he said. He was only 25 years-old and his name is Gunnery Sergeant Chris Crouch.


Already a Gunnery-Sergeant, he told us that "No matter what your background, what city you're from, what color you are, on the outside, a marine is green or khaki. One day that man will save your life and will cover fire for you. You're all in this, together. Give your souls to God, the rest is mine."


I want to dedicate this story to all "jar-heads" especially my friends, Luis Peralta (B.B.), Mark Blevins (Homie), Tom Murphy (Too-Tall), my buddy Jim Nieder Meyer (Genius) and all the men of Platoon 1012. Also, to all the men and women who have died in service to this country; "my brothers and sisters in-arms." The bible says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." We honor their memory. Semper Fi.


The Marines, "First to fight,


last to leave."


Happy Veterans Day!


Thanks, Gunny.








Friday Night Lights


Here is a look at this weekend's high school football playoff games in Kentucky and West Virginia:


Class 1A


(Second Round)


Pikeville (6-4)


at Williamsburg (7-3)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: Yellowjacket Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.1 FM


Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Jerry Herron Jr. (Williamsburg)


Players to Watch: QB Connor Roberts, WR Seth Pugh (Pikeville); QB Alec Poore, WR Eli Mattingly (Williamsburg)


Last Week's Results: Pikeville 47, Harlan 14; Williamsburg, DNP.




Paintsville (10-1)


vs. Bracken County (9-2)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: Memorial Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 94.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Dave Brausch (Bracken County)


Players to Watch: RB Tyrese Allen, QB Jake Hyden (Paintsville); RB Griffin Appleman, RB Tad Fisher (Bracken County)


Last Week's Results: Paintsville 41, Nicholas County 21; Bracken County 36, Fairview 6.




Class A


(Opening Round)


Tug Valley (9-1)


vs. Pocahontas County (7-3)


Date: Nov. 11


Site: Bob Brewer Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Coaches: Tony Clusky (Tug Valley); Doug Burns (Pocahontas County)


Players to Watch: RB Noah Lucas, RB Chris Ellis (Tug Valley); RB Shane Peacock, QB Briar Wilfong (Pocahontas County)


Last Week's Results: Tug Valley 40, Lincoln County 6; Pocahontas County 28, Shady Spring 17.




Class 2A


(Second Round)


Prestonsburg (7-4)


vs. Lexington Christian (10-1)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: Josh Francis Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.5 FM


Coaches: John DeRossett (Prestonsburg); Ethan Atchley (Lexington Christian)


Players to Watch: RB Ethan Varney, RB Ryne Slone (Prestonsburg); RB Dillon Wheatley, QB Logan Nieves (Lexington Christian)


Last Week's Results: Prestonsburg 35, Middlesboro 14; Lexington Christian 48, Leslie County 0.




Class AA


(Opening Round)


Mingo Central (10-0)


vs. Robert C. Byrd (6-4)


Date: Nov. 11


Site: "Buck" Harless Stadium


Kickoff: 1:30 p.m.


Radio: 96.5 FM


Coaches: Joey Fields (Mingo Central); Josh Gorrell (Robert C. Byrd)


Players to Watch: QB Jeremy Dillon, RB Dawson Elia (Mingo Central); RB Malcom Johnson, QB Xavier Lopez


Last Week's Results: Mingo Central 56, Winfield 50; Philip Barbour 21, Robert C. Byrd 20.




Class 3A


(Second Round)


Belfry (10-1)


vs. Waggener (5-6)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: CAM Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 93.1 FM


Coaches: Philip Haywood (Belfry); Jordan Johnson (Waggener)


Players to Watch: RB Derek Wellman, RB Justin Adkins (Belfry); QB Alijah Sickles, RB Brandon Jones (Waggener)


Last Week's Results: Belfry 63, Thomas Nelson 26; Waggener 41, Lawrence County 24.






Floyd Central (8-3)


vs. Central (9-2)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: Central Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 100.1 FM


Coaches: Shawn Hager (Floyd Central); Marvin Dantzler (Central)


Players to Watch: RB Josh Whitaker, QB Dylan Caudill (Floyd Central); RB Takaius Linton, QB Rico White (Central)


Last Week's Results: Floyd Central 43, Henry County 35; Central 50, Pike Central 0.




Class 4A


(Second Round)


Johnson Central (9-2)


at Scott (8-3)


Date: Nov. 10


Site: Eagle Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Dan Woolley (Scott)


Players to Watch: RB Blake Gamble, QB Riley Preece (Johnson Central); RB Quincy Perrin, RB Nelson Perrin (Scott)


Last Week's Results: Johnson Central 43, Mason County 0; Scott 49, Rowan County 7.




— 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: 
SGT. RON ADKINS, U.S.M.C. 1971-1975
Friday, November 10, 2017

LANGLEY — Floyd Central's first season on the gridiron marked another milestone as the Jaguars edged Henry County, 43-35, in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs at Jaguar Stadium on Nov. 3.


Running back Dustin Huff scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard run in the final minute of the third period.


Quarterback Dylan Caudill ran 17 times for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns and completed 6-of-7 passes for 190 yards and two scores as Floyd Central improved to 8-3.


Running back Josh Whitaker carried 18 times for 64 yards and Koby Slone had 50 yards on nine rushing attempts. He had one catch for a score.


Receiver Caleb Hager hauled in four passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.


Henry County quarterback Tylor Raisor ran 14 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury.


Caudill's 11-yard run with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first quarter put the Jaguars up 7-0.


Raisor's 52-yard run with 4:19 left pulled the Wildcats (4-7) even at 7-7. Raisor's 15-yard run on the first play of the second period put Henry County up 14-7.


The Jaguars pulled with a single point on Huff's four-yard run with 7:03 left before halftime.


Raisor's third rushing touchdown, this time from 30 yards out with 4:51 to go, pushed the Wildcats up 20-13.


Floyd Central went back on top when Caudill ran 49 yards and Whitaker ran in the conversion with 2:49 remaining to make it 21-20.


Slone then scored on a 41-yard catch on a hook and ladder play to push the lead to 27-20 with 1:11 left before halftime.


Backup quarterback Wyatt Finnell fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Riggins with 6:20 left in the third quarter to pull Henry County even at 27-27.


Caudill's 47-yard play to Hager pushed Floyd Central ahead 35-27 with 4:56 left. Caudill ran in the conversion.


The Wildcats came right back and tied the game at 35-35 on Airdyn Hardy's 34-yard run with 3:13 remaining in the period.


Floyd Central travels to Louisville tonight to battle perennial power Central (9-2).




At Langley


(Class 3A playoffs)




HC (4-7)…...........................7 13 15 0 – 35


FC (8-3)…............................7 20 16 0 – 43




First Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 11-yard run (Brady Conn kick), 5:35


HC – Tyler Raisor, 52-yard run (Cody Calhoun kick), 4:19


Second Quarter


HC – Tyler Raisor, 15-yard run (Cody Calhoun kick), 11:54


FC – Dustin Huff, 4-yard run (conversion failed), 7:03


HC – Tyler Raisor, 30-yard run (conversion failed), 4:51


FC – Dylan Caudill, 49-yard run (Josh Whitaker run), 2:49


FC – Koby Slone 41-yard catch on hook and ladder (conversion failed), 1:11


Third Quarter


HC – Nick Riggins, 11-yard pass from Wyatt Finnell (Cody Calhoun kick), 6:20


FC – Caleb Hager, 47-yard pass from Dylan Caudill (Dylan Caudill run), 4:56


HC – Airdyn Hardy, 34-yard run (Airdyn Hardy run), 3:13


FC – Dustin Huff, 2-yard run Dylan Caudill run), :59


Fourth Quarter


No scoring


Next up: Floyd Central (8-3) at Louisville Central (9-2), Class 3A playoffs, Nov. 10.

PLAYOFF ACTION: Floyd Central running back Elijah Cotton (13) runs for a short gain during the Jaguars’ 43-25 win over Henry County in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs on Nov. 3. Floyd Central travels to perennial power Louisville Central tonight.
Medical Leader | Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville used balanced scoring to pull away and beat Mid-Atlantic Christian, 95060 in the final game of the Appalachian Wireless Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 4.

Jordan Perry poured in 17 points to share game-high honors as the Bears, now 4-0, landed six players in double-figure scoring.

Jayvian Delacruz followed with 13 while Darrion Leslie and Rze Culbreath tossed in 12 apiece. Basil Thompson and Da’Rell Domineck finished with 11 and 10 points each.

Grayson Tejeda paced MAC (0-2) with 17 points.

At Pikeville


MAC (0-2)….28  32 – 60

UP (4-0)……41  54 – 95


Mid-Atlantic Christian (60) – Grayson Tejeda 4(1) 6-7 17; Dixon Ogwo 0 3-4 3; Tyler Hendrix 0(3) 0-0 9; Leander Williams 1(1) 0-0 5; Jonathan DeLaRosa 4 0-0 8; Markel Ming 1(2) 2-4 10; Aaron Jackson 1 0-0 2; Colin Cunningham 1 0-0 2; and Alex Stanley 1 2-2 4. Totals: 13(7) 13-17 60.

UPIKE (95) – Jayvian Delacruz 6 1-1 13; Da’Rell Domineck 3 4-4 10; Jordan Perry 4(3) 0-1 17; Darrion Leslie 6 0-2 12; Basil Thompson 3(1) 2-5 11; George Johnson 1 0-0 2; Chase Parsley 3 1-2 7; Rze Culbreath 2(2) 2-2 12; Evan Runkel 1 0-0 4; Rodney Hawkins 0 1-2 1; Austin Combs 0 2-2 2; Dylan James 1 0-0 2; and Brady Schmidt 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32(6) 13-21 95.



PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville ran out to a big halftime lead against Ohio-State-Mansfield and the Bears cruised to an 88-32 win in the Appalachian Wireless Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 3.

Jordan Perry tossed in a game-high 25 points and Darrion Leslie followed with 10 as the Bears moved to 3-0. Jayvian Delacruz chipped in eight.

Tyson Beebe led the Mavericks with nine points.

At Pikeville


OSM (0-1)….16  16 – 32

UP (3-0)……51  37 – 88


Ohio State-Mansfield (32) – Griffin Niss 0 1-2 1; Tyson Beebe 2(1) 2-2 9; Wyatt Clemens 2(1) 0-0 7; Denarius Harris 2(1) 0-1 7; Barris Coleman 2 0-0 4; and Antonyio Goodwin 2 0-1 4. Totals: 10(3) 3-6 36.

UPIKE (88) – Jayvian Delacruz 4 0-0 8; Jordan Perry 6(2) 1-2 19; Rodney Hawkins 3 1-1 7; Darrion Leslie 3 4-4 10; Basil Thompson 2 2-2 6; George Johnson 2 1-2 5; Chase Parsley 1 0-0 2; Mason Blair 0(1) 2-2 5; Rze Culbreath 0(1) 2-2 5; Evan Runkel 1 0-0 2; Da’Rell Domineck 3 1-2 7; Michael Chambers 0(1) 0-0 3; Dylan James 0(1) 0-0 3; and Brady Schmidt 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals: 25(8) 14-17 88.




PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville’s Jamie Castle hit a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to secure a 64-61 win over Milligan College in the Appalachian Wireless Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 4.

Rachel Lee paced the Bears (1-2) with 17 points while Elisabeth Latham followed with 14.

Kailey Gose led Buffaloes with 14 points.

At Pikeville


MC (0-2)…….18  16  10  17 – 61

UP (1-2)……..14  10  22  18 – 64


Milligan College (61) – Sarah Robinson 2(1) 2-2 9; Mackenzie Raizor 1 1-4 3; Cassidy Anderson 1(3) 0-0 11; Kaely Gose 3(2) 2-2 14; Emma Kate Brown 1 3-4 5; Morgan Gose 2(1) 1-1 8; and Emily Kiser 0(3) 2-2 11. Totals: 10(10) 11-15 61.

UPIKE (64) – Jamie Castle 2 5-6 9; Aundrea Matchen 1 0-0 2; Emily Baker 1 2-4 4; Rachel Lee 4(2) 3-4 17; Mia Greatrex 4 0-0 8; Adison Corder 0(2) 0-0 6; Kayla Mullins 1 2-2 4; and Elisabeth Latham 5 4-6 14. Totals: 18(4) 16-22 64.

Bluefield College….73


PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville struggled offensively throughout the second half as the Bears fell to Bluefield (Va.) College, 73-67 in overtime in the Appalachian Wireless Classic played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 3.

Emily Baker led the Bears (0-2) with 14 points while Rachel Lee added 13 and Adison Corder tallied eight.

The Rams (1-1) were led by Danae Cox’s game-high 16 points.

At Pikeville


BC (1-1)….15  17  14  17  (10) – 73

UP (0-2)….22  14  13  14  (  4) – 67


Bluefield College (73) – Emily Hart 6 0-0 12; Danae Cox 4(2) 2-2 16; Adrianne Goodler 4 0-0 8; Kierra Bell-Linnear 7 0-0 14; Hannah Preservati 1(3) 2-3 13; Tara Deel 1 0-0 2; Tianna Crockett 0(1) 0-0 3; Autumn Hash 1 1-2 3; and Haley Turman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(6) 5-7 73.

UPIKE (67) – Adison Corder 1(2) 0-2 8; Jamie Castle 1(2) 0-0 8; Emily Baker 6 3-7 15; Rachel Lee 3(1) 4-4 13; Brianna Burbridge 2 0-0 4; Hailey Anderson 2 1-2 5; Kayla Mullins 1 0-0 2; Aundrea Matchen 1 0-0 2; Mia Greatrex 2 0-0 4; Zaria Hollier 1 2-4 4; and Elisabeth Latham 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21(5) 10-19 67.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 10, 2017

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg used a strong second-half effort on both sides of the football to rally past Middlesboro, 35-14, in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs at Josh Francis Field on Nov. 3.


Running back Ethan Varney carried 25 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Blackcats improved to 7-4. Running back Ryne Slone rushed 14 times for 97 yards and one score while quarterback Drake Nunnery had 96 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.


Slone's five-yard run with 7 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first period put the Blackcats up 7-0 early. Owen Greene booted the PAT kick.


Middlesboro (2-9) came right back and knotted the score at 7-7 on Anthony Jackson's five-yard run with 10:00 left before halftime.


The Yellowjackets took their only lead on Corey Hairston's 69-yard run with 5;20 remaining. Brandon Helton's PAT kick made it 14-7.


Varney's six-yard run with 1:53 to go pulled Prestonsburg to within one at 14-13.


It was all Blackcats after the break.


Varney's two-yard run with 3:46 left in the third period put Prestonsburg ahead for good at 19-14.


Varney added a one-yard run with 10:45 to play in the game and Nunnery scored on a 35-yard run four minutes later to cap the scoring.


Prestonsburg will host Lexington Christian (10-1) tonight.




At Prestonsburg


(Class 2A playoffs)




MD (2-9)…..........................0 14 0 0 – 14


PB (7-4)…............................7 6 6 16 – 35




First Quarter


PB – Ryne Slone, 5-yard run (Owen Greene kick), 7:09


Second Quarter


MD – Anthony Jackson, 5-yard run (Brandon Helton kick), 10:00


MD – Corey Hairston, 69-yard run (Brandon Helton kick), 5:20


PB – Ethan Varney, 6-yard run (kick failed), 1:53


Third Quarter


PB – Ethan Varney, 2-yard run (run failed), 3:46


Fourth Quarter


PB – Ethan Varney, 1-yard run (Ryne Slone run), 10:46


PB – Drake Nunnery, 35-yard run (Ethan Varney run), 6:34


Next up: Prestonsburg (7-4) vs. Lexington Christian (10-1), Class 2A playoffs, Nov. 10.


RUNNING ATTACK: Blackcat running back Ethan Varney takes off on a long run during playoff action against Middlesboro on Nov. 3.
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 10, 2017

Sarah Edna Johnson, 90, of Long Fork, Virgie, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 7. Burial, Pleasant Johnson Cemetery, Long Fork.


Homer Belcher, 96, of Jenkins, passed away Nov. 6. Funeral, Nov. 9. Burial, Country Grace Memorial Gardens.


Charles Howard Brindley, 69, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 8.


Virginia Potter Flanary, 88, of Lexington, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 7. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Melster Oakes Hall, 85, of Jenkins, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 10. Burial, Rob Ratliff Cemetery.


Jackie Justice Lester, 51, of North Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 2. Funeral, Nov. 7. Burial, Lester Family Cemetery, Phelps.


Cordia Alice Swafford, 88, of Godby Heights, W.Va., formerly of Ransom, passed away Nov. 6. Funeral, Nov. 9. Burial, J.F. Hatfield Cemetery, Ransom.


Doris Ann Varney, 81, of Turkey Creek, passed away Nov. 2. Funeral, Nov. 5. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


James Andrew "Andy" Justice, 37, of New Iberia, La., formerly of Pike County, passed away Nov. 4. Memorial service, Nov. 10.


Tony J. Collins, 73, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 5. Funeral, Nov. 7. Burial, R.H. Ratliff Cemetery, Shelbiana.


George Franklin Salisbury, 80, of Harold, passed away Nov. 3. Funeral, Nov. 6. Burial, Salisbury Cemetery, Floyd County.


Windle Cline, 74, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 1. Funeral, Nov. 5, Freedom Bible Church. Burial, Cline/Alley Cemetery, Varney.


Curtis Dwight Blackburn, 72, of Stanville, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 8. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Euel Ellis, 82, of Joe's Creek, passed away Nov. 2. Funeral, Nov. 5. Burial, Ellis Cemetery, Joe's Creek.


Luther Lee Kidd Jr., 71, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 1. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Nov. 3. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Betty Lucille Fronto, 72, of Pikeville, passed away Oct. 31. Funeral, Nov. 4. Burial, Johnson Memorial Gardens, Pikeville.


Glennis Dial Warrens, 75, of Wayland, passed away Nov. 5. Funeral, Nov. 10, Stone Coal Old Regular Baptist Church, Garrett. Burial, Harry Lee Moore Cemetery, Garrett.


Naomi Ruth Mosley, 74, of Lexington, formerly of Floyd County, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 7. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Toda Akers Tackett, 99, of Banner, passed away Oct. 30. Funeral, Nov. 3, Betsy Layne Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Akers Cemetery, Dana.


George Cecil Damron, 69, of Ashcamp, passed away Nov. 5. Funeral, Nov. 9. Burial, Potter Cemetery, Ashcamp.


Lois Jean McCown, 87, of Henry Clay, passed away Nov. 2. Funeral, Nov. 6. Burial, Bartley Cemetery, Lookout.


Rondal Clevinger, 51, of Mouthcard, passed away Oct. 27. Memorial service, Nov. 1.


Marcella Pennington Coleman, 84, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 6. Funeral, Nov. 8. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Stacy L. Coleman, 47, of Louisa, passed away Nov. 4. Memorial service, Nov. 8.


Malcolm Kelly Dye, 98, of McDowell, passed away Nov. 4. Funeral, Nov. 7, Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, McDowell. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Ruth Goble Branham, 95, of Dwale, passed away Nov. 3. Funeral, Nov. 6. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Scottie Dean "Ace" Hall, 51, of Harold, passed away Nov. 2. Funeral, Nov. 5. Burial, Greenberry Hall Cemetery, Galveston.


Ronald "Ronnie" Burke, 62, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 1. He was a retired fireman. Funeral, Nov. 5, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Opal Crisp Joseph, 72, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 1. Funeral, Nov. 3. Burial, Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg.


Zollie "Z" Wayne Gilley, 50, of Blackey, passed away Nov. 1. Funeral, Nov. 5, Blackey Missionary Baptist Church. Burial, Gilley Family Cemetery, Jeremiah.


Myrtle Jean Paige, 66, of McDowell, passed away Oct. 31. Funeral, Nov. 4, First Baptist Church, McDowell. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Addison Glenn Hall, 56, of Melvin, passed away Oct. 30. Funeral, Nov. 4, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church, Bypro. Burial, Thompson Cemetery, Orchard Fork, Melvin.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kinzer Adam Layne, son of Brittany and James Layne, born Nov. 2; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Blakelyn Lania Rogers, daughter of Shania Burchett and Lucas Rogers, born Nov. 2; weight: 5 lbs., 11.8 oz.


Axl Andrew Adkins, son of Joy and James Adkins, born Nov. 2; weight: 7 lbs., 7.7 oz.


Hallie Kate Smith, daughter of Brandy and Kyle Smith, born Nov. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Quentin James Parsons, son of Tiffany Adams and Brandon Parsons, born Nov. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Madelyn Marie Holt, daughter of Jessica and Don Holt, born Nov. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Lacy Noel Hall, daughter of Haley Oney and Robert Hall, born Oct. 31; weight: 4 lbs., 7 oz.


Amari Dream Nasha Collins, daughter of Amanda Johnson, born Oct. 31; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Kylen Grey Tackett, daughter of Laikin Thompson, born Oct. 31; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Adelynn Nicole Allen, daughter of Beverly Spence and Jonathan Allen, born Oct. 31; weight: 4 lbs., 13 oz.


Emberlyn Fawn Sukes, daughter of Allison Elswick and Zachary Sukes, born Oct. 31; weight: 5 lbs., 15 oz.


Declan Cole Blevins, son of Traci Spurlock and Kyle Blevins, born Oct. 30; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Brayden Cody Drew Hardin, son of Samantha Hurley and Austin Hardin, born Oct. 29; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.


Isaiah Matthew Maynard, son of Brittany Damron and Matthew Maynard, born Oct. 29; weight: 9 lbs., 7 oz.


Lexus Rayne Robinson, daughter of Amber Robinson, born Oct. 29; weight: 5 lbs., 3 oz.


Maverick Blake Meade, son of Felicia and Joshua Meade, born Oct. 28; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Quinten Gabrel Maynard, son of Amanda and Jesse Maynard, born Oct. 27; weight: 8 lbs.


Willow Bea Martin, daughter of Devan and Jamie Martin, born Oct. 27; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


KaylynAnn Renee Carraway, daughter of Sara Maynard and Alex Carraway, born Oct. 26; weight: 7 lbs., 15 oz.


Gracelynn Cambrie Faith Bentley, daughter of Brooke and Alex Bentley, born Oct. 26; weight: 6 lbs., 3.1 oz.


Aubrey Kate Hannah, daughter of Sheena and Bradley Hannah, born Oct. 26; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Dreyton Joshua Storm Allen, son of Haley Sword and Joshua Allen, born Oct. 26; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Friday, November 10, 2017

PIKEVILLE — National and state leaders gathered on the University of Pikeville campus to dedicate Kentucky's only college of optometry on Oct. 27.


A ribbon cutting followed the ceremony which showcased UPIKE's Health Professions Education Building (HPEB).


"I can't say enough about the community and people throughout the region for their continued support of our great institution," UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., said.


The new facility has come with a hefty price tag of $72 million. Funding was made possible through a number of grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Administration.


"When the University of Pikeville has called, Congressman Hal Rogers has answered," former Kentucky Governor and UPIKE President Paul E. Patton said.


"Just look around you today."


In addition to expanding eye care, the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) will provide a much-needed boost to eastern Kentucky's economy in the amount of nearly $27 million over the next four years.


"The University of Pikeville would not be where it is today without the support of Congressman Rogers," Patton added.


Congressman Rogers told a crowd of nearly 700 people that UPIKE and the city of Pikeville were moving forward because of team work.


"You are all pulling in the right direction and making things happen for the good," he said. "This campus is an example of the collaborative spirit taking place here."


The new facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical education laboratories, basic science laboratories, primary care operatories and home to both KYCO and UPIKE's growing nursing program.


Karen Damron, PH.D., dean of the Elliott School of Nursing, said the HPEB will enable the program to bring in additional students.


"I can tell you today our nursing students are enjoying the new spaces," she said.


KYCO is currently preparing its inaugural class of 2020 and the class of 2021 for a broad scope of practice. Kentucky is one of only three states in the nation in which optometrists have the ability to perform laser and minor surgical procedures. 


"Today, Central Appalachia has the highest rates of preventable blindness in the nation," said Rogers. "So what does UPIKE do? They build a state-of-the-art facility with the very best equipment, cutting-edge technology and a first-class team."


Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., KYCO's founding dean says eye care is being done in the mountains that wasn't possible before now.


"What I am most proud of is that our faculty have already performed hundreds of eye exams, there is a pediatric eye clinic in Pikeville Medical Center that wasn't there and we are in three Federally Qualified Health Centers that are in numerous clinics."


The community was able to tour the new building following the ceremony.

DEDICATION: University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton Webb and others take part in a ribbon cutting, above, for the new Health Professions Education Building on Oct. 27. Below, former Kentucky Governor and former UPIKE President Paul. E. Patton welcomes keynote speaker Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 3, 2017

The diabetes epidemic in the state of Kentucky continues to grow and according to the American Diabetes Association, there are approximately 531,646 Kentuckians, or 14.5 percent of the adult population residing in Kentucky, living with this chronic disease. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) wants to bring awareness to the serious and debilitating effects of diabetes by observing American Diabetes Month during November.


"This month we're bringing awareness of the disease to the public," said PMC Diabetes Educator Sandy Chaney. "We want you to know that for most people, diabetes can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and diet."


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar, or glucose, and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body's cells for use as energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use the insulin it makes as well as it should.


"While there is no cure for diabetes, for many people it is a controllable disease," added Chaney. "We can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications by lifestyle management such as adding physical activity, eating a healthy diet, taking medications as prescribed and checking blood sugars as directed."


Along with the steps mentioned above, PMC offers Diabetes Management Classes and a Diabetes Support Group as ways to help patients learn to control the disease.


"PMC has had an American Diabetes Association recognized Self-Management Education Program since 1998," Diabetes Education Nurse Practitioner Mavis Lowe said.


For American Diabetes Month, the PMC Diabetes Education department will be hosting two free glucose screenings:


•November 10 from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the PMC Atrium located on the second floor of the May Tower


•November 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the PMC Walmart Clinic located inside the Pikeville Walmart


"Please take time out this month and get screened," Chaney encouraged. "It's a simple test that can change your life." 


For more information on the Diabetes services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3513 or visit us online at www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, November 3, 2017