Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."


Each day has its own wonders and challenges. They can be either positive or negative. It all depends upon our relationship with God and our personal dependence on and security in our Lord.


Whether it is positive and comforting or discouraging and condemning is totally up to you. We all have good and bad days, but it is up to us to depend on God's love that never fails. The power of evil can deter us from having that positive outlook, so keep your eyes on Jesus. He will not fail you.


Indeed we have a way of escape. As we began, scripture tells us we can come (Boldly) confidently to God's throne of Grace, the Mercy Seat of God. May you possess that confidence today.


~ PMC Chaplain James Saunders may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, July 21, 2017

CLINTON COUNTY — Kentucky Post 9 officers recently returned from Trooper Island summer camp after spending time with 32 underprivileged boys and girls, ages 10-12, from Pike, Martin, Floyd, Magoffin and Johnson counties.


Public Affairs Officer Trooper Steven Mounts said the camp is broken down to accommodate 64 children at one time.


"We break it down into eight trips," he said. "It's a great opportunity for these children to attend the camp."


Trooper Island is free, operated by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used.


Trooper Mounts said the camp is part of KSP's long-range program of public service to the youth of the state.


"Campers are provided food, recreation, guidance and gain self-esteem through activities," he added.


The camp is a safe-haven for children to escape everyday tensions and turmoil.


"They are at the camp for one week," Trooper Mounts said. "It gives many of them hope."


The adventure begins when the barge is loaded at the mainland with the children and troopers, and heads toward Trooper Island. When the barge touches the island, campers make their way from the boat dock up a small hill. At the top the youths are divided into groups of eight.


Each day begins early, with the raising of the flag.


Various informational and educational programs are scheduled between breakfast and lunch times.


Campers learn about: accident and fire prevention, first aid, conservation, hygiene, good citizenship, drug abuse and leadership.


The volunteer instructors come from many state agencies and adjacent communities.


Afternoons are spent in enthusiastic physical activity and once the evening meal is completed movies, campfires, games, and other planned activities await the campers.


Some of the outdoor activities include swimming, archery and rifle range, basketball and boating among other activities.


"Troopers select children that may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a camp," Mounts added.


There is no cost to the campers who attend Trooper Island.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, July 21, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The most impressive performance in UPIKE athletics last season was no doubt when Damir Karapandzic sent a 42-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired to give football a 10-7 win at Georgetown and a share of its first Mid-South Conference East Division Championship.


Before the field goal was signaled good, Georgetown had won every prior meeting with the Bears, adding up to 15 in a row. But the defensive slugfest was won with a single kick and at season›s end, both UPIKE and Georgetown claimed a share of the title with identical 5-1 MSC East records.


UPIKE failed to automatically qualify for the NAIA postseason due to not ending the year ranked in the top 20, but it was still a big step for the program which has produced a winning record in MSC play in the past three seasons, all under head coach Allan Holland, Jr. Holland, Jr., enters his fourth season at the helm in 2017, making him the longest tenured coach in program history when the season kicks off on August 24 at Campbellsville.


2017 was the fifth season the Bears had tallied six or more wins in the last 16 years. UPIKE had finished second in in the MSC two other times — in 2004 and 2005.


While Karapandzic provided the heroics, it was a game fought for by the defense which limited then-No. 17 Georgetown to just 111 yards of total offense, the second fewest gained last season. By allowing the Tigers just 42 yards through the air, the Bears broke the program record for passing yards given up in a season at 1,471.


UPIKE tallied 297 yards of offense, including 173 rushing, as it posted a 19-8 advantage in first downs and controlled the ball for 13 more minutes than the Tigers. Willie McCloud led all players with 77 yards rushing — including a long of 46 - while Jamar Kirksey rushed for 71.


Bowen Smith played the bulk of the snaps at quarterback, completing 13-of-25 passes for 111 yards with a touchdown and interception. Braxton Whitmore was Smith's top target with seven catches for 53 yards and Austin Pray collected four catches for 54 yards and a score.


Camron Parsley and Romon Morris each finished with six tackles, followed by Jordan Mattingly and Tanner Fiser with five each. Mattingly registered 2.5 of his tackles for a loss.


Number 2


It wasn't the regular season the UPIKE baseball team had hoped for at 6-12 in Mid-South Conference play, but that didn't stop it from making noise in the conference tournament opening round.


Earning the No. 6 seed, the Bears traveled to Columbia to face third-seeded Lindsey Wilson, a team it had just swept in the final conference series of the regular season. This time around it would be a best-of-3 series with the winner advancing to the MSC Tournament Final Site in Bowling Green.


UPIKE came up short of that goal in 2016, falling at home to St. Catharine 2-1, but this time around things would be different.


The bats exploded in the opener against the Blue Raiders for a 12-1 win before falling in a back-and-forth battle 11-10 in game two. In the series' finale, the Bears got a complete game, shutout win from Bruce Bell and a home run and three RBIs from Brandon Sewell to win 9-0 and head to Bowling Green.


At the final site, UPIKE lost its opener to top-seeded Campbellsville before holding off Georgetown 13-12 in a wild elimination game that saw the Tigers nearly pull off a ninth-inning comeback with 10 runs. The season eventually came to a close when Campbellsville won 10-7 after scoring eight runs in the first three innings to hold off the Bears.


UPIKE finished the season with a 27-24 record, giving it the most wins since 2001 when Pikeville finished 28-17. Head coach Jim Pitt also finished the year with the most wins in the first two seasons of any coach in program history with 52.


Number 3


After looking like it would miss the cut to the Intercollegiate Team Championship (ITC) for the first time in program history, the UPIKE women's bowling team saved a 17-year streak and rallied back for a late top-four finish at the Smyrna Sectional.


UPIKE entered the final day of play in fifth place out of 16 teams and eventually fell all the way to ninth. But with four games of 200 or better in the last six, the Bears got themselves to the needed fourth-place finish to qualify for their 17th straight nationals appearance.


Since starting bowling at Pikeville in 2001, the team has qualified for the ITC every season, and after some tense moments in Smyrna, the streak continued under first-year head coach Bobby Brown.


UPIKE captured its fourth-place finish with 11,814 pins, which was 116 better than Marian (Ind.) in fifth place.


The comeback effort mirrored UPIKE's results all season long in which it fell behind early only to comeback for nine tournament titles.


— Submitted for publication by the University of Pikeville. The #UPIKETop10 campaign can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @UPIKEAthletics.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Gregory Shaw, M.D., interventional radiologist.


Dr. Shaw received his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of California, Riverside, and his medical degree from The University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.


He completed his diagnostic radiology residency at University of California San Diego and an interventional radiology fellowship at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.


A full-service interventional radiologist, Dr. Shaw specializes in image guided minimally invasive procedures for arterial disease, including peripheral, aortic and carotid vein disease, tumor biopsies and treatment and dialysis access. He will also be placing a strong emphasis on preventing amputations.


Dr. Shaw's career path was influenced early as he worked with his grandfather, who was an aeronautical engineer. He heavily considered going into engineering, but as he continued his education he became more interested in medicine.


"I was sold as soon as I found out about interventional radiology, a specialty that really marries the fields of medicine and engineering and lets you directly treat patients as well," said Dr. Shaw. "You can use the set of interventional radiology techniques to diagnose and treat diseases throughout the body through an injection about one quarter in size. You can adjust the treatment and problem solve as necessary. To me, the field is efficiently the marriage between the engineering and medical fields."


He is excited to be part of the PMC interventional radiology department and providing care to the people of the region.  He says he is very impressed with PMC and is glad to see the hospital has the equipment and personnel necessary to give his patients world-class care.


He grew up in a small town in the San Bernardino Mountains, in the town of Lake Arrowhead. He says it is much like Pikeville.


He says he is very anxious to get involved in the hospital and also in the community.


"We love the neighborhood we are in," he said. "We have meet some of our neighbors and everyone has been great so far. We are very excited."


Dr. Shaw and his wife, Cori have one daughter, Vera, who will be starting preschool in the fall.


In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, snowboarding, scuba diving and spending time with his family. He is extremely interested in outdoor activities and is looking forward to kayaking and river rafting.


Dr. Shaw is located in the PMC Interventional Radiology Department 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, July 21, 2017

Patricia Kilgore Hall and Chris Hedges were declared "Distinguished Alumni 2017" by the Pikeville High School graduating class this year.


Patricia Hall is a 1972 graduate of Pikeville High, who received her bachelor's degree from Pikeville College and her Master's degree from Morehead State University in 1977. She has enjoyed a thirty-year career in radio broadcasting, including on-air, sales and management.


In addition to her career achievements, Hall became the first female president of the Pikeville Kiwanis Club in 1991-92 and was the first female Lt. Governor for Division Eight of the Kentucky-Tennessee District Kiwanis Club for 1993-94.


She has also served in several leadership positions, locally and nationally of the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the 2010 District Award of Merit, Blue Grass Council and 2012 Citizen of the Year, Pike County Friends of Scouting.


Hall is a member of the Pikeville High Schools Alumni Board and, along with her family, has served her community well. She is married to Hugh B. Hall, Jr., class of 1960.


Chris Hedges is a 1989 Pikeville High School graduate and a 1993 grad of Morehead State University. He has served as the band director for the following schools: Rowan County, Grant County, Campbell County, East Central (IN) and Harrison County. He is currently enjoying his twenty-third year of teaching and is director of bands at Williamstown Independent School District.


In the area of marching bands, Hedges has taken four different schools to the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) state finals in four different classes. In concert bands, his ensembles have received distinguished ratings at the KMEA District Assessments Events for the past 23 years.


Hedges, himself, is a trumpet player who has performed the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians, 2008 Ryder Cup Pep Rally, The Lexington Legends, the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Daytona Cubs and Florence Freedom.


He is a member of several professional organizations and has been awarded many honors including the 2012 Music Teacher of the Year by the KMEA and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Campbellsville University.


Currently, Hedges is the music director at Williamstown United Methodist Church. He is married to Amber Ailstock Hedges, who is also a music teacher, and the couple has five children.


— Submitted by Mary Prater, Pikeville High School

Friday, July 21, 2017

Collins Ann Adams, daughter of Natalie and Ben Adams, born July 6; weight: 8 lbs., 7 oz.


Greyson Nickolas Bailey, son of Jessica Morey and Nick Bailey, born July 6; weight: 6 lbs., 0.4 oz.


Octavia Consuella Rosetta Kolffe, daughter of Mackensie Kolffe, born July 7; weight: 7 lbs., 15oz.


Phoebe Lynn Blackburn, daughter of Emily and Cody, born July 8; weight: 6 lbs., 1 oz.


Aedrick Lee Allen Stutts, son of Moriah Miles and Stephen Jeffery Stutts, born July 7; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Trimble Junior Thacker, son of Reneka Wallen and Trimble Thacker, born July 7; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Jaxon Thomas Compton, son of Jessica and Madison Compton, born July 9; weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz.


Zane Ryan Keen, son of Dena and Robert Keen, born July 10; weight: 7 lbs., 10.7 oz.


Carson Shane Conley, son of Sierra and Tyler Conley, born July 10; weight: 8 lbs., 10.8oz.


Gabriel Scott Risner, son of Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Larry Risner, born July 10; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Sadie Isabell Lockhart, daughter of Holly Stiltner and Eric Lockhart, born July 11; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Gemma Rosalyn Skye Hammond, daughter of Lavanna Tackett, born July 11; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.


Michael Xavier Riley, son of Shana May and Michael Riley, born July 11; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Corben Myles Roberts, son of Lisa and Jason Roberts, born July 11; weight: 11 lbs., 5 oz.


Dawson Gray Coleman, son of Mikayla Blackburn and Michael Coleman, born July 11; weight: 8 lbs., 8 oz.


Oliver Justin James May, son of Rita and Jeremy May, born July 11; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Peyton Bradley White, son of Valerie and Bradley Dale White, born July 12; weight: 4 lbs., 10 oz.


Channing Scott Valente, son of Tiffany Slone and Daniel Valente, born July 12; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Robert "Bob" Edward Justice, 81, of Upper Chloe Creek, passed away July 16. Funeral, July 19, Upper Chloe Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


June Elswick, 65, of Virgie, passed away July 17. The family held a private service.


Joan Justice, 83, of Shelbiana, passed away July 12. Funeral, July 15. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Patty C. Hoskins, 67, of Pikeville, passed away July 11. Funeral, July 14. Burial, Justice Adkins Cemetery, Hurricane.


Lois Elizabeth Salyer, 85, of Pikeville, passed away July 15. Funeral, July 18. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Johnny Robert Shortridge, 75, of Winchester, passed away July 17. Funeral, July 22. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Jeffery Wayne Ray, 57, of Pikeville, passed away July 12. Funeral, July 14. Burial, Jack Thomas Cemetery.


Stanley James Sr., 85, of Pikeville, passed away July 18. Funeral, July 21. Burial, Davidson Memorial Garden, Ivel.


Kelly Raymond Matney, 81, of Lick Creek, passed away July 11. Funeral, July 15, Lick Creek Holiness Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Rodney Fuller, 66, of Laurel Fork, Steele, passed away July 13. Funeral, July 16. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, East Shelbiana.


Ernie Johnson, 49, of Bypro, passed away July 12. Funeral, July 16, Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Henry Tackett Cemetery, Melvin.


Phyllis Brewer, 63, of Raccoon, passed away July 14. Funeral, July 17. Burial, Phyllis Brewer Cemetery.


Gary Dean Meade, 59, of Los Angeles, Cal., passed away July 8. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Funeral, July 23. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Ronnie Carroll Sr., 61, of Left Fork of Island Creek, passed away July 14. Funeral, July 17 at Island Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Willard Bartley Cemetery.


Michael Craig Blevins, 51, of Three Mile, Dorton, passed away July 13. Funeral, July 16, Pilgrim's Prayer Old Regular Baptist Church, Dorton. Burial, Abbegayle Raine Memorial Cemetery, Three Mile.


Wilma Jean Daniels, 73, of East Point, passed away July 16. Funeral, July 19. Burial, Daniels Cemetery, East Point.


Charley Elliott, 82, of Printer, passed away July 16. Funeral, July 19. Burial, Meade Cemetery, Printer.


Reba Jean Martin Johnson, 56, of Prestonsburg, passed away July 13. Funeral, July 15. Burial, Martin Cemetery, Drift.


John Charles Koboski, 81, of Stopover, passed away July 13. Funeral, July 16, Stopover Church of God. Burial, Woodrow Blankenship Cemetery, Stopover.


Willie Hardin, 55, of Phelps, passed away July 16. Funeral, July 20. Burial, Racefork Cemetery, Hurley, Va.

Friday, July 21, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Thirty students participated in the 12th annual Pikeville-Pike County Aviation Camp on July 11-12.


The camp, conducted by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, was hosted by the Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport. Students learned about aeronautics, flight simulator use, navigation and how to take off, fly and land a real airplane.


“This is my second time attending this camp, I really enjoy flying the plane,” Camper Piper Adams said.


Instructors taught the students how an airplane’s wings provide lift and how its control surfaces enable it to defy gravity. They also learned how to read and understand aviation charts and cockpit instruments.


Students used virtual flight simulators provided by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky to show realistic views of specific airports, runways and the surrounding countryside, including buildings and trees.


Like a real airplane, as they begin their takeoff, the instruments constantly update and the view changes, showing the students’ progress down the runway and into the sky.


“The purpose of the camp is to let the kids experience aviation, aeronautics, fly an airplane and see what it feels like to be in the sky,” FAA Certified Flight Instructor Rod Smith said.


Smith said students were under the steady hands of experienced pilots during flight. They participated in planning and conducting the flight.


Students flew to Big Sandy Regional Airport in Martin County or Mingo County Airport outside Williamson, W.Va., where they landed and traded seats with another student who would then fly back to Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport.


The camp attracted several students who participated last year as well as a number of first-time campers.


For many, it was their first time in the front seat of an airplane.


“I have always wanted to try flying. It interests me how airplanes work. This is my first time flying a plane and I’m super excited,” Camper Haley Little said.


There was plenty of food and fun to accompany the classroom learning. Each day, the airport provided hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, beverages and much more to those in attendance. For most, the real treat was the flying lesson.


Aviation Museum of Kentucky can be contacted at www.aviationky.org.

READY TO FLY: Campers at the Pikeville-Pike County Aviation Camp prepare to take to the skies over Pike County earlier this week. Thirty students took part in the 12th annual event.
Medical Leader | Photos by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Friday, July 14, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) teamed up with Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) on June 27 for its most successful blood drive in more than a decade.


KBC Director of Recruitment Kelley McPhail said, “Thanks to Pikeville Medical Center for generously hosting such a successful summer blood drive. Summer can often be a difficult time for us because people are on vacation and do not take the time to donate. The generous donors at PMC helped to make sure Kentucky patients have the blood they need this summer. Thanks to everyone.”


KBC is the only source of blood for Pikeville Medical Center. The hospital not only uses blood for accident victims in trauma cases but uses it for treating cancer patients, for new mothers before or after childbirth, for surgeries, for intensive care patients, and for general medical care.


Nearly 150 employees and community members who registered for the drive which is a major increase from the same time last year.


KBC brought in staff from the Lexington office which reduced wait times for donors to under one hour.


“The extra staffing really helped our numbers,” said Special Events Administrator Patty Thompson. “PMC employees take time away from their jobs to donate blood, so a short wait time is much appreciated.”


KBC Donor Recruitment Specialist Alice Compton added, “Thanks to everyone who donated or helped work the PMC Blood Drive. It was fun to see friends and neighbors rolling up their sleeves to save lives.”


Only a small percentage of the US population (37 percent) is eligible to donate blood and less than 10 percent of this group actually donates. If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.


To be eligible to give blood, one must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years of age (parental permission is required for 16-year old donors) and show a photo ID such as a driver’s license.


For more information about donating blood, call Kentucky Blood Center at 606-432-4979 or call Pikeville Medical Center at 606-218-4609, or visit pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, July 14, 2017