If you’ve never been to Mammoth cave, I encourage you to visit and take the night tour of the cave system. I had that opportunity and was able to travel from the portal to the depths of the cave system and then taken into a room and told to sit down.  The door was shut and the lights were extinguished. 

The room became completely dark and your eyes began to adapt in an attempt to find an inkling of light. The park staff gave us a few moments for our eyes to adjust and then lit a lantern in the center of the room. Once lit, that small lantern became a glowing light that filled the room.

Christ is like that light.  No matter how dark our lives may seem, Christ always brings light into the darkness.  We need only to open ourselves to Him and ask him to fill our lives with his presence.

~ PMC Chaplain Chris Gilley may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
PMC Chaplain Chris Gilley
Friday, February 16, 2018

MILLARD — This Pike County Middle School basketball championship was 50 years in the making.

Millard took the lead away from Pikeville in the opening period and held on for a 41-37 win in the title game played on Feb. 10.

Jon Mills and Brad Howell fired in 13 points apiece and Braxton Stanley added 10 to lead the Mustangs. Issac Woods added three and Eli Sykes chipped in two.

Laithan Hall paced the Panthers with 13 points to share game-high scoring honors. Isaac McNamee and Brandon Lowell followed with eight apiece while Blake Birchfield scored four. Isaac Coleman and Carson Wright chipped in one basketball each.

Millard took a 10-6 lead after one period and took a 16-12 lead into halftime. The Mustangs stretched the lead to six after three quarters at 31-25. The biggest lead of the game was seven.

Other members of the championship team included Jake Woods, Garrett Jones, Brady Kendrick, Logan Hess, Brennon Adkins, Braydon Swiney, Rob Langel, Chance Coleman and Landon Robinson.

 

At Millard

(Championship Game)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PK…….........................................6  6  13  12 – 37

ML…..........................................10  6  15  10 – 41

Scoring:

Pikeville (37) – Isaac McNamee 4 0-0 8; Laithan Hall 5 3-4 13; Brandon Lowe 1(2) 0-0 8; Blake Birchfield 2 0-2 4; Isaac Coleman 1 0-0 2; and Carson Wright 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14(2) 3-6 37.

Millard (41) – Issac Woods 0(1) 0-2 3; Braxton Stanley 2(2) 0-0 10; Brad Howell 5(1) 0-0 13; Jon Mills 3(1) 4-4 13; and Eli Sykes 1 0-1 2. Totals: 11(5) 4-7 41.

 

THIRD PLACE

Dorton…………........................39

Belfry……………......................34

MILLARD — Dorton’s Gabe Anderson poured in a game-high 14 points to lead Wildcats to a 39-34 win over Belfry in the consolation game of the Pike County Middle School basketball tournament played at Millard on Feb. 10.

Ethan Bentley followed with 12 points while Gavin Branham chipped in seven. Chaz Brown tallied four and Cole Robinson scored two.

Steven Banks led the Pirates with 10 points and Jonathan Banks added eight. Cross Taylor followed with six while Jake Varney and Blake Adkins added four apiece. Jacoby Thornsbury tallied two.

Dorton built an 18-13 halftime lead and extended it to 30-22 after three quarters.

 

At Millard

(Consolation Game)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BF…….........................................6   7   9   12 – 34

DR…….......................................8  11  12   9 – 39

Scoring:

Belfry (34) – Steven Banks 5 0-0 10; Jake Varney 0(1) 1-2 4; Jacoby Thornsbury 1 0-0 2; Jonathan Banks 1(2) 0-0 8; Cross Taylor 1(1) 1-2 6; and Blake Adkins 0(1) 1-4 4. Totals: 8(5) 3-8 34.

Dorton (39) – Chaz Brown 2 0-2 4; Gabe Anderson 3(1) 5-6 14; Gavin Branham 3 1-2 7; Ethan Bentley 5 2-4 12; and Cole Robinson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14(1) 8-14 39.

 

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

WARFIELD — Floyd Central’s fourth-quarter comeback fell short as Sheldon Clark escaped with a 48-45 win in a game played at Martin County Middle School Gymnasium on Feb. 10.

Katie Moore tossed in 11 points for the Lady Jaguars, now 12-9. Amelia Wallace chipped in nine.

Madison Thompson led all scorers for the Lady Cardinals (12-12) with 15 points while McKenzie Preston and Paige Maynard added 10 apiece.

 

At Warfield

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

FC (12-9)...............................….7  12   8  16 – 45

SC (12-12)................................12  10  13  13 – 48

Scoring:

Floyd Central (45) – Savannah Watkins 2; Katie Moore 11; Kennedy Blevins 2; Amelia Wallace 9; Kaylee Moore 5; Brooke Stumbo 8; Kimberly Akers 2; and Grace Martin 6.

Sheldon Clark (48) – Paige Maynard 10; Madison Thompson 15; Anna Von Oettinger 8; McKenzie Preston 10; Fallyne Wefenstette 3; and Graci Synder 2.

 

Shelby Valley…….....................48

Letcher Central…….................35

ROBINSON CREEK — Shelby Valley pulled away from Letcher Central in the second half to score a 48-35 win in a game played at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Feb. 10.

Summer Rose poured in a game-high 20 points as the Lady Cats improved to 24-4. Kyleigh Tackett chipped in nine.

Emma Maggard paced the Lady Cougars (11-14) with 14 points. Brooklynn Collins chipped in nine.

 

At Robinson Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LC (11-14).................................8  10  10    7 – 35

SV (24-4)…...............................7  12  15  14 – 48

Scoring:

Letcher Central (35) – Emma Maggard 14; Brooklynn Collins 9; Camryn Parks 6; and Brooke Bates 6.

Shelby Valley (48) – Summer Rose 5(2) 4-4 20; Kyleigh Tackett 2(1) 2-4 9; Cassidy Rowe 2 2-2 6; Kayla Newsom 2 1-1 5; Tori Hampton 1(1) 0-0 5; and Alyssa Elswick 1 1-1 3.Totals: 13(4) 10-10 48.

 

Shelby Valley…….....................81

Jenkins………….......................39

JENKINS — Shelby Valley ran out to a big lead early on and steamrolled to an 81-39 win over Jenkins in a game played on Feb. 9.

Cassidy Rowe fired in 19 points while Summer Rose and Kyleigh Tackett added 14 apiece as the Lady Cats moved to 23-4. Tori Hampton added 11 and Kayla Newsome chipped in 10.

Lala Watts led the Lady Cavaliers (6-20) with 17 points and Jerrica Thacker followed with 12.

 

At Jenkins

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SV (23-4)….........................25  18  13  25 – 81

JK (6-20)…........................…9  16   9    5 – 39

Scoring:

Shelby Valley (81) – Cassidy Rowe 2(5) 0-0 19; Kyleigh Tackett 5(1) 1-2 14; Summer Rose 4(2) 0-0 14; Tori Hampton 3(1) 2-2 11; Kayla Newsom 5 0-0 10; Alyssa Elswick 2 1-2 5; Kylie Hall 2 0-0 4; Makayla Gillispie 1 0-0 2; and Kelsey Owens 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(9) 4-6 81.

Jenkins (39) – Lala Watts 17; Jerrica Thacker 12; Kristin Thacker 5; Lindsey Rose 3; and Morgan Henson 2.

Johnson Central…...................65

Paintsville…………...................42

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central took control early on against cross-town rival Paintsville and rolled to a 65-42 win in a game played at Paul R. Setser Fieldhouse on Feb. 9.

Jana Jarvis poured in a game-high 22 points as the Lady Eagles moved to 13-11. Ashlee Belcher added 15.

Elizabeth Williams had nine points for the Lady Tigers (15-10) who lost their fourth straight game. Anna Keeton was lost in the first half with an ankle injury. She did not return.

Paintsville went more than six minutes in the opening half without a field goal.

 

At Paintsville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PV (15-10)…............................2  12  13   15 – 42

JC (13-11)…............................10  22  17  16 – 65

Scoring:

Paintsville (42) – Elizabeth Williams 2(1) 2-2 9; Presley Chirico 1 2-2 4; Katelyn Newsome 1 1-4 3; Camilia Ruiu 1(1) 0-0 5; Anna Keeton 1 0-0 2; Abigail Williams 1(1) 2-2 7; Sonia Williams 2 0-0 4; Katelyn Fitch 2 3-4 7; and Aleiah Newsome 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11(3) 11-16 42.

Johnson Central (65) – Jana Jarvis 6(2) 4-6 22; Ashlee Belcher 3(1) 6-7 15; Kelci Blair 1 5-6 7; Sammi Sites 1(1) 3-4 8; Alaina Castle 2 1-2 5; Morgan Hopson 0(1) 0-0 3; and Tierra Montgomery 2 1-2 5. Totals: 15(5) 20-27 65.

 

Pike Central…........................83

Ambassador CA, W.Va...........…34

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Pike Central built a big halftime lead and cruised to an 83-34 win over Ambassador Christian Academy (W.Va.) in a game played on Feb. 9.

Bailey Birchfield stripped the nets for a game-high 24 points as the Lady Hawks improved to 21-5 and won for the sixth time in the last seven games.

Cassidy Mullins followed with 21 points an Kylea Stanley added 14 while Lexi Newsome chipped in nine.

Savannah Hinton paced the Lady Eagles (7-10) with nine points.

 

At Williamson, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PC (21-5)….............................23  18  24  16 – 83

ACA (7-10)...........................…10  13  9     2 – 34

Scoring:

Pike Central (83) – Cassidy Mullins 9 3-3 21; Hailey Boyd 1 1-2 3; Lexi Newsome 0(2) 3-4 9; Bailey Birchfield 5(4) 2-2 24; Kylea Stanley 6 2-2 14; Kelsi Brinager 2 0-0 4; Alicen May 1 0-0 2; Rebecca Diamond 0 2-2 2; and Saraiah Peters 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25(6) 13-15 83.

Ambassador Christian (34) – Savannah Hinton 2 5-7 9; Jenna Wagner 2 4-6 8; Hannah Dempsey 0(1) 0-0 3; Autumn Davis 2 2-2 6; and Tommie Mounts 0(1) 5-8 8. Totals: 6(2) 16-23 34.

 

Belfry………............................55

Betsy Layne….........................49

BETSY LAYNE — Belfry held off Betsy Layne in the closing minutes to earn a 55-49 win in a game played at D.W. Howard Fieldhouse on Feb. 9.

Kailee Rash poured in 20 points and McKenzie Maynard followed with 16 as the Lady Pirates improved to 14-12. Ariel Mounts added 13.

Megan Frazier fired in a game-high 30 points and Destiny Compton added 12 as the Lady Bobcats fell to 8-16.

 

At Betsy Layne

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BF (14-12)….............................13  17  18   7 – 55

BL (8-16)……............................17   9   9  14 – 49

Scoring:

Belfry (55) – McKenzie Maynard 7 2-2 16; Kailee Rash 1(6) 0-5 20; Ariel Mounts 0(4) 1-2 13; Linzee Phillips 1 2-2 4; and Lyndsey Miller 1 0-1 2. Totals: 10(10) 5-15 55.

Betsy Layne (49) – Megan Frazier 7(3) 7-12 30; Destiny Compton 4 4-9 12; Caroline Ariaz 2 0-0 4; Alexandria Jarvis 0 0-1 0; and Katie Kidd 1 1-2 3. Totals: 14(3) 12-24 49.

 

Prestonsburg……....................72

Piarist School……...................29

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg dominated from the opening tip as the Lady Blackcats rolled to a 72-29 win over Piarist School in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 9.

Reesce Endicott led the way with a game-high 21 points and Nicole Burchett added 17 as Prestonsburg improved to 10-15. Alivia Slone chipped in nine.

Kylie Tackett fired in 18 points for the Lady Knights, now 5-19. Lauren Wright added eight.

 

At Prestonsburg

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PS (5-19)….................................4  17    4   4 – 29

PB (10-15)…............................19  18  23  12 – 72

Scoring:

Piarist School (29) – Kylie Tackett 3(4) 0-0 18; Kennedy Bowen 0(1) 0-0 3; and Lauren Wright 1 6-8 8. Totals: 4(5) 6-8 29.

Prestonsburg (72) – Reesce Endicott 8(1) 2-2 21; Alivia Slone 3 3-3 9; Allison Campbell 1 2-2 4; Nicole Burchett 8 1-2 17; Celina Mullins 2(1) 0-0 7; Maddy Rainey 2 2-2 6; Faith Lazar 3 0-0 6; and Alexis Beatty 0 2-2 2. Totals: 27(2) 12-13 72.

 

Cabell-Midland, W.Va…...........66

Mingo Central………….............57

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central came up short in the regular-season finale as Cabell-Midland (W.Va.) left town with a 66-57 win over the Lady Miners on Feb. 9.

Xziah Rhodes led the Lady Miners (11-10) with a game-high 21 points while Katie Ball followed with 13 and Cassidy Cline chipped in 12.

Faith Craddock tossed in 19 points and Sierra Womack added 15 for the Lady Knights (15-5).

 

At Newtown, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

CM (15-5)…............................18  20  18  10 – 66

MC (11-10)…..........................13  18  12  14 – 57

Scoring:

Cabell-Midland (66) – Faith Craddock 20; Sierra Womack 18; Simone Blanks 8; Gracie Hightower 2; Autumn Lewis 7; Bailey Watts 2; and Hailey Waugh 2.

Mingo Central (57) – Katie Ball 13; Xziah Rhodes 21; Scarlett Thomason 2; Cassidy Cline 12; and Maliyah Martin 9.

Shelby Valley…….....................59

Pikeville…………......................47

PIKEVILLE – Shelby Valley took the lead away from Pikeville in the second period and went on to score a 59-47 district win in a game played at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Feb. 8.

Kyleigh Tackett led a balanced attack for the Lady Cats, now 22-4, with a game-high 20 points. Summer Rose followed with 13 and Cassidy Rowe chipped in 10.

Kelsey Jo Tackett paced the Lady Panthers (18-7) with 15 points while Alivia Gearheart followed with 10 and Grace Bartley added nine.

 

At Pikeville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SV (22-4)….............................12  14  19  14 – 59

PK (18-7)….............................15    7    8  17 – 48

Scoring:

Shelby Valley (59) – Kyleigh Tackett 3(3) 5-7 20; Summer Rose 3(1) 4-5 13; Cassidy Rowe 3(1) 1-4 10; Kayla Newsom 4 0-0 8; Tori Hampton 2 0-0 4; and Alyssa Elswick 2 0-0 4. Totals: 17(5) 10-16 59.

Pikeville (48) – Jaden Edmonds 5; Grace Bartley 9; Kelsey Jo Tackett 15; Alexia Wilkerson 2; Madison Thacker 2; Leslie Stewart 4; and Alivia Gearheart 10.

 

Prestonsburg….......................81

Magoffin County…..................65

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg’s Alivia Slone and Reesce Endicott combined for 56 points to lead the Lady Blackcats to an 81-65 win over Magoffin County in a game played at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Feb. 8.

Slone stripped the nets for 31 points and Endicott added 25 as Prestonsburg moved to 9-15. Nicole Burchett added 11.

Alexis Montgomery led all scorers for the Lady Hornets (4-20) with 34 points while Kennedi Stacy added 11.

 

At Prestonsburg

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (4-20)…............................21  17  14  13 – 65

PB (9-15).….............................22  19  19  21 – 81

Scoring:

Magoffin County (65) – Alexis Montgomery 7(4) 8-9 34; Kennedi Stacy 2(2) 1-2 11; Morgan Damron 4 0-0 8; Haley Barnett 2(1) 0-0 7; Shey Blanton 0 0-1 0; and Mary Thacker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16(7) 9-12 65.

Prestonsburg (81) – Reesce Endicott 4(3) 8-10 25; Alivia Slone 9(2) 7-12 31; Allison Campbell 3 1-6 7; Nicole Burchett 4 3-4 11; Celina Mullins 0(1) 0-0 3; Maddy Rainey 1 0-2 2; and Faith Lazar 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(6) 19-34 81. 

 

Mingo Central…......................70

Logan, W.Va……......................48

NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central pulled away from Logan in the second half to earn a 70-48 win in a game played on Miner Mountain on Feb. 8.

Katie Ball fired in a game-high 20 points as the Lady Miners moved to 11-9. Cassidy Cline hit for 16 while Xziah Rhodes added 14 and Scarlett Thomason netted 12.

Holly Toler paced the Lady Wildcats (14-6) with 15 points.

 

At Newtown, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

LG (14-6)...............................….15  9 11  13 – 48

MC (11-9)….............................20  10  20 20 – 70

Scoring:

Logan (48) – Alexis Perry 5; Jill Tothe 8; Britney Welch 12; Ce Ce Knox 2; Raegan Quick 6; and Holly Toler 15.

Mingo Central (70) – Katie Ball 20; Xziah Rhodes 14; Scarlett Thomason 12; Cassidy Cline 16; Zoe Evans 2; and Maliyah Martin 6.

 

Pikeville……...........................58

Magoffin County…..................35

SALYERSVILLE — Pikeville charged out to an early lead and cruised past Magoffin County, 58-35, in a game played on Feb. 5.

Kesley Jo Tackett led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points as Pikeville improved to 18-6. Alivia Gearheart followed with 11 while Grace Bartley and Leslie Stewart added 10 each.

Kennedi Stacy tossed in a game-high 16 points for the Lady Hornets, now 3-19. Alexis Montgomery added 13.

 

At Salyersville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PK (18-6)….............................18  13  18    9 – 58

MC (3-19)…..............................9    4    7  15 – 35

Scoring:

Pikeville (58) – Grace Bartley 3(1) 1-2 10; Leslie Stewart 5 0-0 10; Jaden Edmonds 1 0-0 2; Alivia Gearheart 3(1) 2-2 11; Kelsey Jo Tackett 3(2) 0-0 12; Lexi Wilkerson 1 0-1 2; Kirsten Cole-Williamson 3 0-0 6; and Madison Thacker 2 1-3 5. Totals: 21(4) 4-8 58.

Magoffin County (35) – Alexis Montgomery 3(2) 1-1 13; Kennedi Stacy 7 2-3 16; Kenlee Wireman 1 1-2 3; Presley Russell 1 0-0 2; and Haley Barnett 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12(2) 5-8 35.

 

Chapmanville, W.Va.................66

Mingo Central………................46

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Mingo Central struggled offensively early against Chapmanville, falling 66-44 in a game played on Feb. 5.

Katie Ball tossed in a game-high 17 points for the Lady Miners, who dropped to 9-9. Xziah Rhodes followed with 14.

 

At Chapmanville, W.Va.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (9-9)…................................5  12  12  17 – 46

CV (13-5)….............................13  20  14  19 – 66

Scoring:

Mingo Central (46) – Katie Ball 17; Xziah Rhodes 14; Scarlett Thompson 6; Maliyah Martin 4; and Zoe Evans 3.

Chapmanville (66) – Kara Browning 16; Olivia Dalton 13; Kaylee Blair 12; Madison Webb 11; Reese Elkins 8; Shea Pridemore 4; and Brooklyn Evans 2.

 

Pikeville.................................60

Pike Central……......................47

BUCKLEYS CREEK — Pikeville used a solid second-half performance to run away and beat Pike County Central, 60-47, in a game played at the Hawks Nest on Feb. 2.

Grace Bartley led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points. Kelsey Jo Tackett finished with 15 and Leslie Stewart added 14 as the Lady Panthers improved to 17-6.

Cassidy Mullins tossed in a game-high 17 points for the Lady Hawks, who fell to 18-5. Kelsi Brinager chipped in nine.

 

At Buckleys Creek

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PK (17-6)….............................12  12  13  23 – 60

PC (18-5)…..............................8   13  10  16 – 47

Scoring:

Pikeville (60) – Grace Bartley 5(1) 3-5 16; Leslie Stewart 4 6-8 14; Jaden Edmonds 0 1-2 1; Alivia Gearheart 0 3-5 3; Kelsey Jo Tackett 5(1) 2-4 15; Lexi Wilkerson 2 1-3 5; Kirsten Cole-Williamson 2 0-0 4; and Madison Thacker 1 0-0 2. Totals; 19(2) 16-27 60.

Pike Central (47) – Cassidy Mullins 4 9-14 17; Haley Boyd 3 0-0 6; Lexi Newsome 0(1) 3-3 6; Bailey Birchfield 2 0-0 4; Kylea Stanley 1 3-4 5; and Kelsi Brinager 1(1) 4-6 9. Totals: 11(2) 19-27 47.

 

Johnson Central…...................49

Sheldon Clark……...................39

WARFIELD — Johnson Central was able to turn away Sheldon Clark down the stretch to earn a 49-39 win in a game played at Martin County Middle School Gymnasium on Feb. 3.

Ashlee Belcher finished with a game-high 19 points and Jana Jarvis chipped in nine as the Lady Eagles improved to 12-11.

 

At Warfield

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

JC (12-11)…..............................7  14  11  17 – 49

SC (11-12)…..............................14  4  11  10 – 39

Scoring:

Johnson Central (49) – Jana Jarvis 4 1-2 9; Ashlee Belcher 4(2) 5-6 19; Kelci Blair 1(1) 2-4 7; Sammi Sites 0(1) 1-2 4; Alaina Castle 1 5-6 7; and Morgan Hopson 0(1) 0-0- 3. Totals: 10(5) 14-20 49.

Sheldon Clark (39) – Paige Maynard 0 1-2 1; Fallyne Wefenstette 0 2-4 2; McKenzie Preston 3(2) 3-6 15; Maddie Thompson 5 0-2 10; and Anna Von Oettinger 5 1-2 11. Totals: 13(2) 7-16 39.

 

Johnson Central…...................67

Magoffin County…..................41

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson Central used a balanced scoring attack to roll past Magoffin County, 67-41, in a game played on Feb. 2.

Alaina Castle and Sammi Sites tallied 13 points apiece for the Lady Eagles, now 11-11. Ashlee Belcher followed with 11 and Jana Jarvis chipped in nine.

Alexis Montgomery finished with a game-high 17 points for the Lady Hornets (3-18).

 

At Paintsville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MC (3-18)…..............................10  10  8  13 – 41

JC (11-11)…..............................21  29  11  5 – 67

Scoring:

Magoffin County (41) – Alexis Montgomery 4(2) 3-4 17; Kennedi Stacy 3 1-1 7; Haley Barrett 4 0-0 8; Presley Russell 0(1) 2-2 5; Morgan Damron 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13(3) 6-7 41.

Johnson Central (67) – Jana Jarvis 2(1) 2-2 9; Ashlee Belcher 4(1) 0-0 11; Alaina Castle 3 7-7 13; Kelci Blair 1 1-1 3; Sammi Sites 0(3) 4-4 13; Morgan Hopson 1(1) 0-0 5; Tierra Montgomery 3 0-0 6; Faith Fairchild 3 1-2 7; and Anna Butcher 0 0-1 0. Totals: 17(6) 15-17 67.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

Kristy Barrett of Forest Hills made a drastic change in her life when she chose Pikeville Medical (PMC) Wellness and Weight Loss Center for her gastric sleeve procedure.

She had problems with her blood pressure for 21 long years. She had joint pain, sleep apnea, heart problems and was taking 40 Lasix pills each day. The time had come to reclaim her life.

“Kristy needed help,” said PMC Bariatric Surgeon Amy Johnson, M.D. “She was unable to live without a lot of pain and dissatisfaction.  She was scared, but made a decision that would change all that. Now she is healthy and active.”

“I was missing out on life because I could not keep up with my family,” she said. “We would go on vacation or a family outing and I was forced to stop and take breaks to rest while they would go ahead of me. Now they are trying to keep up with me.”

As Barrett recalls the decision making process of weight loss surgery she had countless stories of nervousness and fear.

“So many people tell you stories that are really scary,” she said. “It is easy to let fear cloud your decision making process. I actually started to have surgery two other times and backed out.”

She says she found herself gaining more weight, feeling worse and because of her sleep apnea she was struggling each night with her face mask and CPAP machine.

She knew she had to continue the sleep

apnea therapy because of the risks she had experienced due to lack of quality sleep.

“I was at the point where I could barely even drive a car,” she said. “I was afraid to drive because one of the times I fell asleep behind the wheel my kids were in the car.”

Barrett actually fell asleep driving three different times. 

“I finally had enough,” she stated. “I make the appointment and this time I actually followed through with the surgery and changed my life.”

After her surgery she says she came home feeling like she could do anything. In fact, she overdid herself. She had to back up and take recovery just a little slower. Soon the pounds began melting away and her outlook and her life began to change drastically.

She says she reclaimed her life after losing 93 pounds, getting healthy and being able to drive safely with her children.

Barrett said, “I guess I never dreamed that I would get to that point. I had a very good experience. I can now walk three or four miles a day without wearing myself out. I can run. I can work out with my husband and I can do cardio with my daughter.”

She says if she could talk to anyone considering weight loss surgery she would tell them to do it now.

She said, “Give it a shot because you can do it. The surgery is worth it. Do not let fear keep you from reclaiming your life.”

For additional information about the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center or to schedule an appointment call 606-218-2205 or visit www.pikevillehospital.org.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, February 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — A local program is helping improve self-esteem and the quality of life for women undergoing cancer treatments.

The program is open to any cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other treatments.

It’s a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. It includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling.

At this week’s program, USA National Miss 2018 Kentucky Princess Taylor Rayne Moore, daughter of Patricia Moore of Harold, came out in support and volunteered her services.

“I have to do so many hours of community service before competing in nationals, so I wanted to come be involved and help other women,” she said.

Taylor said she really enjoys making new friends at her pageants and traveling to big places. She will be competing in Miss Kentucky Nationals in Orlando, Fl. in July.

Headz to Toez Stylist Tammy Pace said she enjoys the time she spends at the Pikeville Medical Center Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC).

Pace said the purpose of the Look Good Feel Better program is to improve the patient’s self-image and appearance.

“I enjoy helping with the program, putting my skills to work and seeing the impact it makes in cancer patients lives,” she said.

Pace said it warms her heart to help these cancer patients feel better about themselves.

“This program helps cancer patients be part of a group of women who are going through the same thing,” Pace concluded.

The patients who attend receive a wig, turban, make-up bag donated by the American Cancer Society with designer make-up and a book with tips on how to tie scarfs, wear a wig and apply make-up. Pace is on hand to help with the styling of the wigs and make-up techniques.

Look Good Feel Better is held on the third Thursday of each month at the LLCC.

For more information, call 606-218-4682.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, February 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville is working alongside AppHarvest in its goal of making Eastern Kentucky the high-tech greenhouse capital of the U.S. The agricultural startup, founded by emerging entrepreneur and Kentucky native Jonathan Webb, will break ground on its first $60 million high-tech greenhouse in spring of 2018. The company selected to locate in Pikeville, due to its geographic location and access to nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive. Utilizing revolutionary growing techniques, AppHarvest will supply sustainable produce to consumers nationally. 

AppHarvest is currently operating from an office located in UPIKE’s new Health Professions Education Building. The university is actively exploring the idea of developing curriculum that aligns with the high-tech Ag industry and specifically provides valuable skills desired by AppHarvest’s large-scale greenhouse operation.

UPIKE President Dr. Burton Webb and Provost Dr. Lori Werth plan to visit Wageningen University & Research and HAS University of Applied Sciences this month. Both institutions are located in the Netherlands, which has earned a reputation for being the high-tech Ag capital globally.

Burton Webb and Jonathan Webb, who are of no familial relation, quickly formed a collaborative relationship. “Businesses like AppHarvest are looking to Appalachia because of our beautiful surroundings, willing workforce and open arms. We are pleased that AppHarvest is investing in the lives of Appalachians as we work together to build a new, more diverse economy,” Burton Webb said.  

“AppHarvest has received incredible support from the University of Pikeville,” said Jonathan Webb. “Partnering with a leading institution committed to pursuing a high-tech Ag program will set us up for success in the long run.”

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) commented on the importance of developing a high-tech workforce and diversifying the economy in Appalachia.

“We are planting seeds of innovation and hope in Eastern Kentucky with home-grown engineers, like AppHarvest, leading the way as we strive to bring Silicon Valley to Silicon Holler,” said Rogers. “We are developing a high-tech workforce for high-tech enterprise in the Appalachian region to elevate our competitive edge for jobs and economic development. The resiliency and sheer talent of our people are the very reasons why we are able to diversify our economy and advance incredible ideas, like these high-tech greenhouses, in one of the most rural parts of the country.”

Today, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® seed fund announced it has made an investment in AppHarvest, Inc. The fund is managed by AOL co-founder Steve Case and J.D. Vance and is backed by more than 30 iconic business leaders including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, fashion designer Tory Burch and Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt. The Rise of the Rest® seed fund supports entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and other coastal tech hubs.

“The Rise of the Rest investment brings national attention to the model we’ve created in Pikeville, Kentucky,” said Jonathan Webb.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said, “Rise of the Rest’s investment into AppHarvest, a promising Eastern Kentucky Ag-tech startup, recognizes the immediate potential of Kentucky as a key player in the tech world. When you combine Kentucky’s improved business climate, workforce training initiatives and central location, we make a compelling case as the best place in America for high-tech and advanced manufacturing investment. The commonwealth is quickly becoming the nation’s center of excellence in engineering and manufacturing. We are grateful for this investment by Rise of the Rest and look forward to continue working alongside Jonathan Webb and AppHarvest as they create new opportunities for Eastern Kentucky and beyond.”

 — Submitted for publication by University of Pikeville

JOINING FORCES: From left, Jonathan Webb, founder of AppHarvest, and University of Pikeville President Dr. Burton Webb visit the site in Pikeville, where AppHarvest will soon break ground on a $60 million high-tech greenhouse.
Medical Leader│Photo courtesy of UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE
Friday, February 16, 2018

GEORGETOWN – Third-ranked University of Pikeville saw a second-half lead slip away as Georgetown evened the score, beating the Bears 93-74 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on Feb. 15.

Rze Culbreath tossed in 15 points and Jayvian Delacruz followed with 14 as the Bears fell to 24-3. Chase Parsley and Michael Chambers chipped in eight apiece.

Shadell Millinghaus led all scorers for the Tigers (22-4) with 25 points.

At Georgetown

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (24-3)…..40  34 – 74

GC (22-4)…..42  51 – 93

Scoring:

UPIKE (74) – Chase Parsley 3 2-2 8; Rze Culbreath 5(1) 2-5 15; Jordan Perry 3 2-2 8; Rodney Hawkins 2 2-4 6; Darrion Leslie 2 2-4 6; George Johnson 0(1) 0-0 3; Jayvian Delacruz 2(1) 7-8 14; Da’Rell Domineck 3 0-0 6; and Michael Chambers 0(2) 2-2 8. Totals: 20(5) 19-27 74.

Georgetown College (93) – Quan Poindexter 4(1) 0-1 11; Jahyde Gardiner 0(1) 0-0 3; Shadell Millinghaus 9(1) 4-7 25; Darion Burns 1 1-2 3; Trent Gilbert 0 1-2 1; Eljay Cowherd 7(1) 2-5 19; Jacob Conway 4 0-1 8; Malik Dow 1 1-2 3; Troy Stewart 5(2) 2-4 18; and Devon Rowan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32(6) 11-24 93.

UPIKE………..91

Cumberland U…83

LEBANON, Tenn. – University of Pikeville rallied from a 17-point, second-half deficit to stun Cumberland (Tenn.) University, 91-83, in a game played at Dallas Floyd Gymnasium on Feb. 10.

Michael Chambers led a balanced attack for the sixth-ranked Bears (24-2) with a game-high 27 points. Darrion Leslie followed with 17 while Rze Culbreath and Jayvian Delacruz tallied 12 apiece. Chase Parsley chipped in 10.

Diondrey Holt Jr., led the Phoenix (10-14) with 18 points.

At Lebanon, Tenn.

SCORE BY HALVES:

UP (24-2)….36  55 – 91

CU (10-14)…51  32 – 83

Scoring:

UPIKE (91) – Chase Parsley 2(2) 0-1 10; Rze Culbreath 2(1) 5-6 12; Da’Rell Domineck 2 1-1 5; Jordan Perry 3 0-0 6; Darrion Leslie 7 3-4 17; Jayvian Delacruz 4 4-7 12; Rodney Hawkins 1 0-1 2; and Michael Chambers 3(4) 9-9 27. Totals: 24(7) 22-29 91.

Cumberland, Tenn. (83) – Juandrico Walker 3 1-2 7; Ty Sean Powell 7 0-0 14; Diondrey Holt Jr. 6(1) 3-3 18; Andrew Rogan 1(5) 0-1 17; Rhyan Townes 1(2) 0-0 8; Trenton Perry 1(2) 0-0 8; Blake Johnson 1 0-0 2; and Charles Sweatt-Washington 2(1) 2-2 9. Totals: 22(11) 6-8 83.

WOMEN

UPIKE…………..63

Georgetown……..62

GEORGETOWN – University of Pikeville rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Georgetown, 63-62, in a game played at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium on Feb. 15.

The Bears, now 13-14, used a 19-2 run in the fourth period to complete the comeback.

Jamie Castle and Aundrea Matchen poured in a game-high 19 points apiece while Adison Corder added nine.

Lydia Graves led the Tigers (8-18) with 13 points.

At Georgetown

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

UP (13-14)…11  15  11  26 – 63

GC (8-18)…..12  11  28  11 – 62

Scoring:

UPIKE (63) – Jamie Castle 7 5-8 19; Kayla Mullins 1(1) 0-0 5; Aundrea Matchen 8(1) 0-0 19; Taylor Berger 1 0-0 2; Adison Corder 1(1) 1-2 9; Hailey Anderson 0 1-2 1; Zaria Hollier 1 2-3 4; and Elisabeth Latham 1 2-5 4. Totals: 20(4) 11-22 63.

Georgetown (62) – Raegan Williams 1 0-0 2; Markizjah Mimms 1 0-0 2; Lydia Graves 4(1) 2-3 13; Dasia Kilbourne 2 0-0 4; Shelby Beam 1(3) 0-0 11; Kennedy Flynn 2(1) 1-2 8; Leslie Fries 1(1) 1-4 6; Hailey Ison 0 1-2 1; Martina Lytle 6 0-0 12; and Kaci Currens 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals: 18(7) 5-11 62.

Cumberland U…59

UPIKE………….37

LEBANON, Tenn. – University of Pikeville struggled offensively from the floor, hitting just 15-of-52 shots, in a 59-37 loss to Cumberland (Tenn.) University in a game played at Dallas Floyd Gymnasium on Feb. 10.

Aundrea Matchen was the lone Bear (12-14) in double figures with 15 points while Jamie Castle chipped in eight.

Kyra Tucker paced the Phoenix, now 16-9, with 15 points.

At Lebanon, Tenn.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

UP (12-14)….7  11  11  8 – 37

CU (16-9)…13  12  18  16 – 59

Scoring:

UPIKE (37) – Jamie Castle 4 0-0 8; Aundrea Matchen 2(3) 2-2 15; Emily Baker 2 0-0 4; Mia Greatrex 2 0-0 4; and Adison Corder 0(2) 0-0 6. Totals: 10(5) 2-2 37.

Cumberland, Tenn. (59) – Micah Norris 1(2) 0-0 8; Ant’Treasia Patton 4 2-2 10; Kaitlin Oliver 3 2-6 8; Kyra Tucker 3(3) 0-0 15; Cydney Goodrum 0 5-6 5; Kerrice Watson 2(1) 0-0 7; and Carli Codner-Pinto 1(1) 1-2 6. Totals: 14(7) 10-16 59.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville baseball was forced to cancel its opening home series with Goshen this week because of unplayable field conditions.

The Bears, now 2-4 after dropping a doubleheader at Ohio Dominican on Feb. 9.

UPIKE will open its home schedule with a doubleheader on Sunday at Davis Park against Alice Lloyd. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.

Here is a look at results from the twinbill with Ohio Dominican:

Ohio Dominican….5

UPIKE……………4

Ohio Dominican’s Max Banke singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to left ODU (2-0) to a 5-4 win over UPIKE in the nightcap played at Veterans Memorial Park.

UPIKE had tied the game at 4-all when Luke Hartlage came home on Alec Barba’s single to left field in the top of the seventh inning.

The Bears tied the game on two other occasions. Jacob Alverado raced home on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to make it 3-3. Brendan Halstrom scored on a double play in the second inning to pull UPIKE even at 2-2.

Bruce Bell suffered the loss.

Game 2

At Chillicothe, Ohio

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

UP (2-4)….020  011  000 – 4-8-3

OD (2-0)….201  010  01x – 5-9-1

Pitching:

WP – Tim Zeller

LP – Bruce Bell

Hitting: Jacob Alverado 2-1b, 1r; Alec Barba 1b, bb, 1 RBI; Jay Vincent 1b, 1r, 1 bb; Kase Mattingly 1b, 1 RBI; Luke Hartlage 1b, 1r, 1 bb, UPIKE.

Ohio Dominican…..18

UPIKE………………0

UPIKE starting pitcher Dalton Dahley was roughed up early on as the Bears were hammered 18-0 in the opening game of the doubleheader.

The Bears managed just three hits in the loss. Nelson Muniz, Travis Haen and Barba each singled.

Game 1

At Chillicothe, Ohio

SCORE BY INNINGS: R-H-E

UP (2-3)….000   000  0 – 0-3-2

OD (1-0)….146  610  x – 18-16-0

Pitching:

WP – Matt Kittelberger

LP – Dalton Dahley

Hitting: Nelson Muniz 1b; Travis Haen 1b; Alec Barba 1b, UPIKE.

 

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, February 16, 2018

The Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center recognizes that American Heart Month is the perfect opportunity to educate the public about the dangers of high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AFib), both serious risk factors for stroke.

“Eighty percent of strokes are preventable,” explained Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Primary Stroke Center Medical Director. “It is the leading cause of disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the world.”

High blood pressure is considered the most common controllable risk factor for stroke, but AFib is the most powerful.

A person with high blood pressure has almost twice the risk of stroke than a person without. But someone with AFib has more than five times the risk of stroke.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association estimates that 15 percent of strokes that occur in the Unites States each year are caused by untreated AFib. About 2.7 million Americans have AFib and most don’t know what it is or if they have it.

The heart is divided into four chambers. The upper two, or atria, are the collecting chambers for blood returning from the lungs. In normal function, they are supposed to receive a strong electrical impulse to contract and empty out all the blood.

In AFib, a constant stream of electrical energy bombards the atria causing them to quiver instead of fully contracting.

“This is dangerous because it allows blood to pool in the atria, which can lead to clotting,” Dr. Ahmed stated. “If a clot is pumped out of the heart, it can find its way to the brain and block off the blood supply to an artery, causing a stroke.”

Healthy atria contracts 60-80 times per minute. In AFib, they quiver 300-400 times per minute.

The heart in AFib works overtime even if the patient is relaxing. Because of the overactive heart, symptoms of AFib most often include fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and even fainting. Some AFib patients report feeling a flopping or pounding sensation in their chest. Some patients don’t feel anything at all.

As with many health conditions, the prevalence of AFib increases with age.

According to the Mayo Clinic, fewer than one in every 100 people in their 50s has AFib, but about 10 out of every 100 in their 80s experience it. The most common cause of AFib is longstanding, uncontrolled high blood pressure and heart disease. Additionally, AFib is the most common complication after heart surgery.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the wall of your arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure means that your blood is moving through your arteries with a pressure higher than normal. This causes gradual damage to the arteries, including the ones to the brain. A weakened blood vessel may rupture in or near the brain, or diseased arteries may become blocked by a clot or plaque buildup.

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms.

“Nearly one-third of Americans who have it, don’t know it,” Dr. Ahmed explained. “This is also what makes it so dangerous. People can have slow, continued damage to their organs and arteries without feeling bad at all.”

How to Reduce Stroke Risk

Stroke can be prevented, even if you are among the millions with high blood pressure or AFib. Controlling high blood pressure and AFib can greatly lower your chances of having a stroke. Here’s how:

•Don’t smoke.

•Get regular physical activity.

•Maintain a healthy weight.

•Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women. 

•Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, include low-fat dairy products and limit salt, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

•Monitor your blood pressure and work to keep it at your goal.

•Take your medication as prescribed if you have high blood pressure or AFib.

“PMC is fortunate to have two electrophysiologists on staff who work closely with the Primary Stroke Program to diagnose AFib in patients and work to treat the condition to prevent the risk of stroke.”

Dr. Ahmed treats patients on the 8th floor of the Pam May Clinic at PMC, as well as the South Williamson Specialty Clinic and the Prestonsburg Specialty Clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 606-218-2208.

 

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PIKEVILLE — Join Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center (APCC) in celebrating their fifth-annual Banquet for Life at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Preparation is already underway for this exciting event.

“I am full of excitement for this year’s banquet,” APCC Director Kay Hammond said. “We are so thankful for the continued support we receive each year to make this event a success.”

Hammond said funds from the banquet help provide and maintain programs for the center.

“We are investing in our future,” she said. “The event raises a level of awareness within the community, in addition to raising money to maintain a much needed facility within our region.”

Hammond said it will be a night to cherish.

“Committee members have been working diligently to make this magical night a reality,” she said. “I hope the community will join us as we celebrate the legacy of life.”

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church Choir, an all men’s choir from Lynch. They will be performing some favorite hymns.

Throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity for a photography session with Deneisha Osborne owner of Moments of the Heart Photography and visit a photo booth. They will also be able to purchase silent auction items donated by various local businesses and individuals.

Sponsorships are still available. Diamond sponsorship ($3,000) includes two tables of eight, banner and program recognition.

Gold sponsorship ($2,000) includes a table of eight, banner and program recognition. Silver sponsorship ($1,000) includes a table of eight and program recognition.

Businesses and individuals may purchase tickets for a table of eight for $500, non-profit organizations and churches can purchase a table of 10 for $400 and individual tickets for $65.

For more details, to become a sponsor or register for the event by email apcc@setel.com, call 606-433-0700 or visit their office at 193 Main St., Pikeville.

The APCC was founded in 2007 and serves 12 counties.

The non-profit organization offers services and support for women, teens and families facing the uncertainty of unplanned pregnancies while helping secure a brighter, more stable future for themselves and their newborn.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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