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


Mingo Central (3-0)


vs. Sissonville (3-0)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: James H. "Buck" Harless Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 96.5 FM


Coaches: Joey Fields (Mingo Central); Marc Wilson (Sissonville)


Players to Watch: QB Jeremy Dillon, RB Dawson Elia (Mingo Central); QB Will Hackney, WR Michael Pinkerton (Sissonville)


Last Week's Results: Mingo Central 65, Logan 22; Sissonville 39, Scott 16.




Belfry (2-1)


vs. Pikeville (1-2)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: CAM Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 93.1 FM; 98.1 FM


Coaches: Philip Haywood (Belfry); Chris McNamee (Pikeville)


Players to Watch: RB Derek Wellman, RB Taveon Hunter (Belfry); RB Zach Roberts, QB Peyton Boyd-Blair (Pikeville


Last Week's Results; Belfry 54, Newport Central Catholic 29; Paintsville 28, Pikeville.




Floyd Central (4-0)


vs. Prestonsburg (1-2)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Jaguar Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.5 FM


Coaches: Shawn Hager (Floyd Central); John DeRossett (Prestonsburg)


Players to Watch: RB Josh Whitaker, RB Dalton Boyd (Floyd Central); QB Drake Nunnery, RB Ethan Varney (Prestonsburg)


Last Week's Results: Floyd Central 43, Lynn Camp 14; Prestonsburg 60, Breathitt County 26.




Jenkins (0-4)


at Lynn Camp (1-2)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Wildcat Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Matt Chandler (Jenkins); Allen Harris (Lynn Camp)


Players to Watch: QB John Fleming; RB Lance Bentley (Jenkins); RB Dalton Cook; QB Eric Mitchell (Lynn Camp)


Last Week's Results: East Ridge 47, Jenkins 16; Floyd Central 43, Lynn Camp 14.




Johnson Central (3-0)


at Moore (3-1)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Mustang Stadium


Kickoff: 7 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Robert Reader (Moore)


Players to Watch: RB Blake Gamble, RB Devin Johnson (Johnson Central); QB Rae Von Vaden, RB Jamari Wilson (Moore)


Last Week's Results: Johnson Central 41, South Charleston, W.Va. 28; Moore 47, Jefferstown 0.




Paintsville (3-1)


vs. Williamsburg (3-1)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Memorial Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 94.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Jerry Herron Jr., (Williamsburg)


Players to Watch: RB Tanner Smith, QB Jake Hyden (Paintsville); QB Alec Poore, WR Darrell White (Williamsburg)


Last Week's Results: Paintsville 28, Pikeville 0; Williamsburg 52, Frankfort 32.




Phelps (3-0)


vs. Tug Valley (2-1)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Marty Casey Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: David Jones (Phelps); Tony Clusky (Tug Valley)


Players to Watch: QB Garrett Clevenger, RB Brandon Turnmire (Phelps); WR Jonathan Blankenship, RB Noah Lucas (Tug Valley)


Last Week's Results: Phelps 49, Jackson County 14; Van 30, Tug Valley 22.




Pike Central (2-1)


vs. Letcher Central (0-4)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Hawks Nest


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.1 FM


Coaches: Eric Ratliff (Pike Central); Junior Matthews (Letcher Central)


Players to Watch: QB Seth Conn, RB Isaiah Hess (Pike Central); QB Nick Sergent, RB Hunter Campbell (Letcher Central)


Last Week's Results: Pike Central 42, Hurley, Va. 16; Union, Va. 55, Letcher Central 27.




Shelby Valley (1-3)


vs. Morgan County (1-2)


Date: Sept. 15


Site: Teco Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 107.5 FM


Coaches: Anthony Hampton (Shelby Valley); Mark Easterling (Morgan County)


Players to Watch: RB Seth Johnson; RB Mason Layne (Shelby Valley); RB Kaden Ballenger, QB Garrett Adkins (Morgan County)


Last Week's Results: Knott Central 42, Shelby Valley 22; Mason County 67, Morgan County 14.




Idle this Week: Betsy Layne (0-4)




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

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 15, 2017

Anthony Conley of Ivel made a life-changing decision with Gastric Bypass Surgery at Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center (PMC).


At only 35 years of age, his weight had climbed to a dangerous level.  He was plagued with multiple health issues including high blood pressure, sleep apnea and continual back and knee pain.


Conley says he tried lots of diets along with diet pills and eating right but nothing seemed to work.  He was discouraged and felt miserable.


"My mom had weight loss surgery 11 years ago and lost a lot of weight," said Conley. "Seeing her lose weight and knowing I was well over 400 pounds gave me some direction for my own weight loss."


Conley did not make his weight loss journey alone.  He and his wife both decided to change their lives through surgery.


"We knew we wanted to change our weight and we wanted to do it together," he said.


Their decisions brought both of them great success.


Conley said life changed for him the very next day after surgery.


He no longer had to take medication for high blood pressure or joint pain and his sleep apnea was soon a thing of the past.


"I am committed to living healthy," he said. "I refuse to gain weight again."


"Anthony has lost 195 pounds over the past two years by setting realistic and attainable goals," said PMC Bariatric Surgeon, Amy Johnson, M.D. "His determination to lead an active and healthy lifestyle has contributed to his success."


Conley said, "I do a lot of walking, some running and I lift weights, something I never thought was possible."


He also stays active hunting and fishing, some of his all-time favorite hobbies.


His plan to stay healthy includes making the right food and exercise choices.


"I eat healthy and follow the guide lines," he said. "I drink the protein shakes and eat lots of rabbit food (fresh vegetables) and high protein meats."


His lifestyle changes have taken hunger away and that brings him great joy.


"Lots of times I just choose to drink my protein shakes and that is something I really enjoy," he said. 


Conley praises Dr. Johnson and her staff for their dedication to changing his life. 


"Their support was wonderful. Dr. Johnson is a good doctor. She knows what she is doing," he said. "I have a lot of trust and faith in her. They are all a good group of people."


Conley says he has no regrets about his surgery.


"I would have weight loss surgery again tomorrow if needed," he said. "I mean it, I love what it has done for me. It is a life-changing experience.  If anyone gets the opportunity to do it they should go for it."


For more information about Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center visit or call 606-218-2205.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, September 15, 2017

Bryson Carter Howell, son of Amber Spears and Austin Howell, born Sept. 7; weight: 10 lbs., 7 oz.


Scarlett Masie Robinson, daughter of Morgan and Gary Robinson, born Sept. 6; weight: 7 lbs., 4 oz.


Axel Niklaus Evans, son of Cindy Chafin and Payton Evans, born Sept. 6; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Emerson Jeffrey Hooks, son of Nicole and Dylan Hooks, born Sept. 6; weight: 3 lbs., 3.8 oz.


Londyn Elise Williams, daughter of Rhonda and Brandon Williams, born Sept. 6; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Gatlin Blake Stewart, son of Brandi Kidd and Blake Stewart, born Sept. 5; weight: 9 lbs., 1.4 oz.


Harper Brielle Grubb, daughter of Amanda and David Grubb, born Sept. 5; weight: 8 lbs.


Sadie Charlotte Woods, daughter of Sondra Pruitt and Samuel Clyde Woods II, born Sept. 5; weight: 6 lbs., 3.5 oz.


Grayson Eli Sizemore, son of Stacy Hobbs and Junior Sizemore, born Sept. 5; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Paisley Grace Antonio, daughter of Jessica and Esteban Antonio, born Sept. 5; weight: 9 lbs., 4.7 oz.


Sophia Arabella Tackett, daughter of Lindsey and Matthew Tackett, born Sept. 1; weight: 8 lbs., 8.1 oz.


Bentley Noah Craft, son of Acacia and Dylan Craft, born Sept. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


Aria Hailey Thacker, daughter of Tabitha and Jonathon Thacker, born Sept. 1; weight: 9 lbs., 7 oz.


Jayse Hank Williams, son of Angela England, born Sept. 1; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Ava Ryan Slone, daughter of Savanna Burleson and David Slone, born Aug. 31; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Morgan Ciara Layne, daughter of Christine and Jeffrey Layne, born Aug. 31; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Adalyn Bristol Prater, daughter of Ashley and Joshua Prater, born Aug. 30; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Tripp Wayne Hicks, twin son of Cara and Jarrad Hicks, born Aug. 30; weight: 6 lbs., 8 oz.


Titus George Hicks, twin son of Cara and Jarrad Hicks, born Aug. 30; weight: 5 lbs., 12 oz.


Kolton Jett Slone, son of Brittany and Kevin Slone, born Aug. 30; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Tyrion Matthew Slone, son of Amanda and Matthew Slone, born Aug. 30; weight: 4 lbs., 14.4 oz.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Irish F. Cooley, 77, of Hippo, passed away Sept. 11. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Sept. 14. Burial, Reed Family Cemetery, Hippo.


Roy Douglas "Doug" Hunt, 52, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 10. Funeral, Sept. 13. Burial, Luke Sword Cemetery, Island Creek.


Louella Hunt, 71, of Stone, passed away Sept .8. Funeral, Sept. 11.


Evelyn Stafford, 94, of Matewan, W.Va., passed away Sept. 7. Private graveside service, Sept. 11, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Garrett Collins, 88, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 8. Funeral, Sept. 12. Burial, Blackburn Cemetery, Meta.


Donnie Turnmire, 55, of Kimper, passed away Sept. 9. Funeral, Sept. 13. Burial, Chapman Family Cemetery, Kimper.


Carl Franklin Caldwell, 60, of Beech Creek, W.Va., passed away Sept. 6. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, Sept. 8, Devon Church of Christ. Burial, Grover Kennedy/Mahon Cemetery, Beech Creek.


Leon Ray Causey, 81, of Shelbiana, passed away Sept. 8. Funeral, Sept. 12. Burial, Causey Cemetery, Shelbiana.


James Russell Spears, 80, of Harold, passed away Sept. 5. Funeral, Sept. 9. Burial, Sturgill Cemetery, Toler Creek.


Jimmie D. May, 68, of Virgie, passed away Sept. 8. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. Funeral, Sept. 11 at Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Eck Ratliff Cemetery.


Donald Lee Stevens, 45, of Harold, passed away Sept. 11. Funeral, Sept. 15, Toler Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Harold. Burial, Ballard and Raney Hunt Cemetery, Harold.


Susan Marie White, 58, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 11. Funeral, Sept. 13, First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg. Burial, May Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Bonnie Mae Shortridge. 69, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 10. Funeral, Sept. 13. Burial, Sellards-Shortridge Cemetery, Endicott.


Raleigh Collins, 92, of East Point, passed away Sept. 8. Funeral, Sept. 13. Burial, Collins Cemetery, East Point.


Ernest "Boogie" Little, 51, of Lexington, formerly of Dwale, passed away Sept. 7. Funeral, Sept. 10. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.


Darrell Shepherd, 50, of Grethel, passed away Sept. 7. Funeral, Sept. 10. Burial, Akers Family Cemetery, Grethel.


Loretta Watkins Ward, 69, of West Liberty, formerly of Floyd County, passed away Sept. 7. Funeral, Sept 10, Martin Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Estill. Burial, Smith Cemetery, West Liberty.


Johnny Dean "Dino" Pennington, 50, of Meally, passed away Sept. 6. Funeral, Sept. 9, Faith Independent Church, Allen. Burial, Pennington Cemetery, Big Branch, Prestonsburg.


Zettie Marie Stumbo, 67, of McDowell, passed away Sept. 5. Funeral, Sept. 9, Little Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, McDowell. Burial, Greenbury Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Betty Damron, 76, of Virgie, passed away Sept. 11. Funeral, Sept. 14. Burial, Potter Cemetery, Yeager.


Brantley Ryder Hall, infant son of Ryan and Sabrina Falestead Hall, of Weeksbury, passed away Sept. 8. Funeral, Sept. 12, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Ryder Cemetery, Weeksbury.


Roger Johnson, 71, of Long Fork, Virgie, passed away Sept. 6. Funeral, Sept. 10. Burial, Pearl Hall Family Cemetery, Long Fork.

Friday, September 15, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Images of the destruction caused along the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Harvey, and fears of what an even more powerful Hurricane Irma might do in Florida, have many people in Eastern Kentucky wanting to help those who have lost so much.


Next week, they will have a chance to do exactly that, when Pikeville Medical Center and East Kentucky Broadcasting team up for an event to bring the region together to help hurricane victims.


The "East Kentucky Cares: Hurricane Relief" radio-telethon will take place beginning at noon, Sept. 14, in the second-floor atrium of Pikeville Medical Center. The fundraising event will be aired on the 10 radio and television stations of East Kentucky Broadcasting, as well as streamed online at


Cindy May Johnson, president and CEO of East Kentucky Broadcasting, says the radio-telethon is an ideal way for Eastern Kentuckians to pitch in and help others.


"People around here are accustomed to natural disasters," Johnson said. "We have experienced our own floods and terrible storms, so we know what this is like. And that's a big reason I think people want to help so much."


During the radio-telethon, donations will be accepted by phone, online or in person. There will even be a "drive-thru" set up at the hospital, so donations can be dropped off without leaving your car.


Johnson says East Kentucky can make a tremendous impact in the lives of hurricane victims by coming together during the "East Kentucky Cares: Hurricane Relief" radio-telethon. She encourages everyone to begin now to find creative ways to do as much as possible for the victims, through bake sales, workplace collections or other ways of raising money.


"It's the kind of thing we do at times like this," Johnson said. "We really want to help, and we know we have great listeners and great viewers and they want to help. So, this is a good opportunity to bring everybody together and see what we can accomplish when we pool our resources."


The "East Kentucky Cares: Hurricane Relief" radio-telethon will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at noon, and continue as long as donations continue to pour in.


The phone number to call and the website for donations will be announced on radio, TV and social media.

Author Name: 
Ralph Davis
Friday, September 8, 2017

In observance of breast cancer awareness month coming up in October, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and Pikeville Radiology are giving away free mammogram screenings.


To win, fill out an entry form and return it to any on-site collection box or to the Medical Leader Building at 131 Summit Drive in Pikeville.


Online entry is also available at


Entry forms and collection boxes will be available at all PMC information desks, the Diagnostic Center, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, PMC Clinic Building and Outpatient Clinics located at Walmart, Family Practice, Harold and Shelby Valley.


Entry forms will be accepted until Sept. 26. After that, entry forms will be drawn at random and called to schedule the mammograms.


"Early diagnosis is the best way to beat breast cancer," said Dr. Ruth Lavigne, PMC Radiation Oncologist. "Mammograms can detect cancer at its earliest stages, long before lumps can be found by a self-exam."


For more information about mammograms or to make an appointment at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, call 606-218-2212.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, September 8, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Morton as the director of the Emergency Department.


Morton received his RN degree in 2012 from Big Sandy Community and Technical College, his BSN in 2014 and his MSN in 2017 from Chamberlain University.


Morton began his career at PMC in 2010. He has gained experience over the years working in the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department.


"I am very pleased that Dale Morton accepted the position in the Emergency Department," Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainy said. "Dale and I have worked together for several years and he is truly an asset to not only our patients but our organization."


Rainey said Morton is "a natural leader" and is a wonderful advocate for patients.


"Dale is the one who you would want to take care of you. He is going to continue to progress our Emergency Department," she said.


Rainy said she looks forward to seeing the great things he can accomplish in his new role.


"Patients and the community can expect to receive quality care when they come to our Emergency Department, to be more informed about the services offered here at PMC and how those services will benefit them and our community," he said.


Morton says he loves the adrenaline rush of working in the Emergency Department. He loves making a connection with local people and being able to care for his community.


"I love working at PMC because I get the opportunity to give back to my community. Good, bad or indifferent, this is home to me and my family," Morton said.


"These are the people I want to care for. I think it makes people feel better when they come to our Emergency Department and they know someone who works here and they know we are there to care for them in their time of need," Morton added.


He said during his career he had a mentor that taught him to be a better person.


He hopes his life lesson shines throughout the Emergency Department and continues to make it better day by day.


When he's not caring for patients, Morton enjoys fishing and spending time on the lake with his wife Mary of 37 years, their children, Dezeree' (Kevin) Garrett and Justin (Brittany Morton) and their grandchildren Ethan, Jayla, Brayden, Caden and Blaze.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Friday, September 8, 2017

A parent's number one priority should always be the safety of their children. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing September as Baby Safety Awareness Month and we want to share ways to keep your baby safe.


"Baby safety is such a broad topic," said PMC Pediatrician Brad Akers, M.D. "Among the top of the list for babies would be how to prevent the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and car seat safety."


We'll begin with discussing SIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SIDS is the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. SIDs is the leading cause of death among newborns to 12 months of age.


"It's essential to ensure you minimize a baby's risk of SIDS," added Dr. Akers. "Always place the baby on their back to sleep while on a firm surface with nothing that can obstruct its mouth and nose. Never place the baby in the bed with you, and have the baby's bassinet beside your bed for the first six months of life."


The CDC lists ways for parents and caretakers to reduce the risk of SIDS:


• Being sure babies sleep on their backs on a firm surface; babies should not sleep on their stomachs


• Abstaining from smoking, drinking or using drugs during pregnancy and after birth


• Avoid putting quilts, comforters, sheepskin or any soft material in the crib or on the sleeping surface; infants should not sleep on waterbeds, sofas or other soft surfaces


• Using a crib that conforms to the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


• Not allowing babies to get too warm; the temperature in the baby's room should feel comfortable for an adult


• Breastfeeding the baby as long as possible


Car seat safety should also be a major priority for parents and caretakers. The CDC states that children should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until age two or when they reach the upper weight or height limits of their particular seat. Check the seat's owner's manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.


"To prevent injury, always ensure your baby is riding in the appropriate car seat and in the appropriate position for his or her age," Dr. Akers advised.


Dr. Akers also suggests discussing any concerns with your baby's pediatrician as a good way to keep your baby safe and give you a peace of mind.


"The best way to ensure you are minimizing risk to your baby is to sit down and discuss safety tips with your pediatrician," he said. "Often, we are able to shed light on a potential causes of injury that parents have not considered."


For more information on baby safety or to schedule an appointment with a PMC pediatrician, call 606-218-2207 or visit us on the web at

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, September 8, 2017

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in helping to raise awareness for this type of cancer.


This month also marks one year that PMC has offered a thyroid cancer support group for those recovering from or currently in treatment for the disease.


The ATA provides materials for support groups across the country. The support group is free and open to all survivors and their families and friends. In these groups, people share thyroid cancer information, their experiences with thyroid cancer and insights on how they are coping with thyroid cancer.


The Thyroid Cancer Support Group meets along with the Cure Blood Cancer (CBC) Support Group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center located at 172 S. Mayo Trail, Pikeville, KY 41501. The group is facilitated by Shirley Coleman, RN, PMC Oncology Outreach Coordinator.


"If you are a family member taking care of someone with thyroid cancer, if you have been diagnosed with or if you are a survivor of thyroid cancer, please come to the support group," said Coleman. "At the support group, members can share information and through their experiences, help one another answer questions about the specifics of the disease."


Thyroid cancer is found in the cells of the thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, just below your Adam's apple. This gland produces hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight.


It is not clear what causes thyroid cancer.


According to Mayo Clinic, thyroid cancer occurs when cells in your thyroid undergo genetic changes (mutations). The mutations allow the cells to grow and multiply rapidly. The cells also lose the ability to die, as normal cells would. The accumulating abnormal thyroid cells form a tumor. The abnormal cells can invade nearby tissue and can spread throughout the body.


Although thyroid cancer isn't common in the United States, rates seem to be increasing. About 62,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, with more women developing the disease than men. PMC had 15 new cases of thyroid cancer last year.


Most cases of thyroid cancer can be cured with treatment. Your thyroid cancer treatment options depend on the type and stage of your thyroid cancer, your overall health and your preferences.


For more information about the ATA, visit their website at Visit or call Shirley Coleman at 606-218-4843 for more information about the Thyroid Cancer Support Group.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, September 8, 2017

Too often, especially of Christians, we tend to be judgmental of others. We sometimes see others as vile and feel we are in a better class than they are, or will have our own special place in Heaven. We are all guilty. 'For there is no respect of persons with God.' (Romans 2:11)


Zacchaeus was a rich man who wanted to see Jesus for himself so he climbed up in a tree to witness his coming. Jesus told him to come down so he could stay at his house. Others were jealous and could not understand why Jesus would have anything to do with this sinner. Zacchaeus wanted to make restitution for the wrongs that he committed. Jesus said, 'This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.' (St. Luke 19:9-10)


We should thank Jesus for seeking and saving us and teaching others about his saving grace!




~ PMC Chaplain Stephen Thacker may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Stephen Thacker
Friday, September 8, 2017