GOODY — Phelps players, coaches and fans couldn't hold back their emotions as the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock at CAM Stadium on Aug. 25.


The Hornets had just dominated East Ridge to score a monumental win in the 33rd annual Pike County Bowl, beating the Warriors, 32-8.


It marked the first time in 17 appearances the Hornets had won in the annual bowl.


Quarterback Garrett Clevenger passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the season opener for the Hornets. He carried 16 times for 75 yards and completed 5-of-10 passing for 75 yards.


His 11-yard touchdown pass play to Seth Mayhorn with 6 minutes, 4 seconds left in the opening period put Phelps ahead for good. It was 6-0 following the failed conversion pass.


Running back Peyton Rife added an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:13 to go in the first half to make it 12-0. Rife carried 15 times for 54 yards and two scores.


Clevenger followed with a one-yard TD plunge to push the lead to 19-0 at the break following Dylan New's PAT kick.


New rushed nine yards for a score with 8:39 remaining in the third period to extend the Phelps lead to 25-0. Rife's one-yard run with 11:07 to play in the game pushed the lead to 32-0.


East Ridge's lone score came on quarterback Kane Taylor's four-yard run with 3:40 left to play. C.J. Branham ran in the conversion to close out the scoring. Kane had 39 yards on nine rushes.


Both teams are back in action on Sept. 1. The Warriors host Magoffin County (0-2) while Phelps travels to Sheldon Clark (1-1).

PASS INTERFERENCE: Phelps receiver Kendrick Prater (2) attempts to catch a pass in the end zone but East Ridge's Jacob Robinson (6) grabs his jersey to deny the catch. He was penalized on the play. Phelps won, 32-8.
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Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Lexington Christian's one-two punch of quarterback Logan Nieves and running back Dillon Wheatley overwhelmed Pikeville as the Eagles cruised to a 49-21 win in the 33rd annual Pike County Bowl finale played at Hillard Howard Field on Aug. 26.


Nieves was dominating as he rushed 19 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns and completed 18-of-27 passes for 214 yards and two scores as LCA improved to 2-0. Wheatley added 100 yards on 18 rushing attempts and three touchdowns.


Pikeville, now 1-1, struggled offensively against the aggressive LCA defense.


Running back Zach Roberts had 81 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown while quarterback Peyton Boyd-Blair was 7-of-11 passing for 90 yards and a score.


Nieves' two-yard run with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first period gave LCA a 6-0 lead.


Pikeville came right back to tie the game at six-all as Boyd-Blair hit Jackson Hensley with a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 2:42 left.


LCA took charge of the game during a three minute span late in the second quarter.


Wheatley ran three yards for a touchdown with 4:49 left and Nieves added a one-yard run with 3:42 left to push the Eagles up 20-6. Wheatley's 17-yard run with 1:36 to go made it 27-6 at the break.


Pikeville's next score game when defensive back Kyle Watkins picked off Nieves and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown with 9:08 remaining in the third period. It was 27-14 following Roberts' conversion run.


LCA went back to work as Nieves hit Wade Drake with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 6:35 to play and Wheatley scored on a 10-yard run with 3:50 left to push the Eagles up 42-14 heading into the fourth quarter.


Nieves tossed a five-yard TD pass to Blane Hardin with 6:43 to play to push the lead to 49-14.


Roberts ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 6:22 left to cap the scoring.


Pikeville is idle this week before traveling to Paintsville (2-0) on Sept. 8.




At Pikeville


(Pike County Bowl)




LCA (2-0)…................................6 21 15 7 – 49


PK (1-1)……...............................6 0 8 7 – 21




First Quarter


LC – Logan Nieves, 2-yard run (kick failed), 5:35


PK – Jackson Hensley, 64-yard pass from Peyton Boyd-Blair (run failed), 2:42


Second Quarter


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 3-yard run Tyler Dobbs kick), 4:49


LC – Logan Nieves, 1-yard run (Tyler Dobbs kick), 3:42


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 17-yard run (Tyler Dobbs kick), 1:36


Third Quarter


PK – Kyle Watkins, 36-yard INT (Zach Roberts run), 9:08


LC – Wade Drake, 16-yard pass from Logan Nieves (Tyler Dobbs kick), 6:35


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 10-yard run (Matt Lebryk pass from Logan Nieves), 3:50


Fourth Quarter


LC – Blane Hardin, 5-yard pass from Logan Nieves (Tyler Dobbs kick), 6:43


PK – Zach Roberts, 11-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 6:22


Next up: Pikeville (1-1) at Paintsville (2-0), Sept. 8.

















Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 1, 2017

John T. Price, 85, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Aug. 25. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. In honoring his wishes, the body has been cremated.


Nona Lee Mullins, 85, of Wheelwright, passed away Aug. 26. Funeral, Aug. 29, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Buckingham.


Joyce Ann Blankenship, 72, of McCarr, passed away Aug. 27. Funeral, Sept. 3. Burial, family cemetery, McCarr.


Anita Michelle Combs Huff, 47, of Raven, passed away Aug. 28. Funeral, Aug. 31. Burial, Canton Combs Cemetery, Raven.


Charles Edward Hamilton, 81, of Teaberry, passed away Aug .28. Funeral, Sept. 1, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Thomas Hamilton Cemetery, Teaberry.


Candina "Candi" Akers Phillips, 43, of Georgetown, formerly of McDowell, passed away Aug. 25. Graveside service, Aug. 28, Stumbo Cemetery, Minnie.


Brian Jefferie Jones, 36, of Martin, passed away Aug. 24. Funeral, Aug. 28. Burial, Martin Cemetery, Martin.


Jack D. Cunningham, 86, of McVeigh, passed away Aug. 26. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Funeral, Aug. 30. Burial, Sanson Cemetery, Big Branch, Majestic.


Evelynn "Evie" Daniels, 42, of Red Jacket, W.Va., passed away Aug. 25. In honoring her wishes, the body has been cremated.


Ruel B. McGuire, 84, of Hatfield, passed away Aug. 24. Funeral, Aug. 27, Pilgrim Home Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, McGuire Cemetery, Hatfield.


Georgia Charlene Baldridge, 72, of Prestonsburg, passed away Aug. 25. Funeral, Aug. 28. Burial, Bob Prater Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Sylvia Jean Tackett Howell, 80, of McDowell, passed away Aug. 26. Funeral, Aug .30. Burial, Howell Family Cemetery, McDowell.


Nora Katherine Howard, 68, of Price, passed away Aug. 23. Funeral, Aug. 27.


Joyce Burke, 72, of Wheelwright, passed away Aug. 25. Funeral, Aug. 28, Wheelwright Methodist Church. Burial, family cemetery, Wheelwright.


Mary Ramey, 99, of Ashcamp, passed away Aug. 28. Funeral, Sept. 1. Burial, Rob Ratliff Cemetery, Shelby Gap.


Mary Lou Ratliff, 71, of Pikeville, passed away Aug. 26. Funeral, Aug. 30. Burial, Moore Cemetery, Shelby Gap.


Nancy Lou Blair Branham, 80, of Hellier, passed away Aug. 25. Funeral, Aug. 29, Alleghany Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Alleghany Church Cemetery.


Stella Williams, 86, of Belcher, passed away Aug. 22. Funeral, Aug. 26. Burial, Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin.


Brenda Kaye Wolford, 58, of Majestic, passed away Aug. 21. Funeral, Aug. 25. Burial, Wolford-Ferrell Cemetery, Stopover.


Mildred Lesley Reed, 93, of Pikeville, passed away Aug. 28. Funeral, Aug. 30. Burial, Bent Ridge Cemetery, Meta.


Fred Birchfield, 75, of Pikeville, passed away Aug. 27. Funeral, Aug. 31. Burial, Ford Bottom Cemetery, Meta.


Louise Stewart, 92, of Pikeville, passed away Aug. 24. Graveside service, Aug. 27, Lake Township Cemetery, Millbury, Ohio.


Greyson Reed Ward Prater, son of Hayden LeeAnn Ward of Elkhorn City and Anthony Dwayne Prater of Prestonsburg, passed away Aug. 21. Private memorial service, Aug. 26. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Nicholaus Fayette Adkins, 38, of Ivel, passed away Aug. 24. Funeral, Aug. 27, Trinity Harvest Church. Burial, Harless Cemetery, Regina.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Greyson Abel Hall, son of Susan Akers and Timmy Hall, born Aug. 23; weight: 7 lbs., 3 oz.


Jaydon Brent Robinette, son of Dakota Howell and Joshua Brent Robinette, born Aug. 22; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Kipp Allen Edmiston, son of Britiany Leedy and Kristopher Edmiston, born Aug. 22; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Amity Jaye Tackett, daughter of Brittany Staggs and Brian Tackett, born Aug. 22; weight: 8 lbs., 2 oz.


Maxim Antoun, son of Layal Alabdallah and Muhammad Antoun, born Aug. 22; weight: 6 lbs.


Cheyenne Izabella Rasnake, daughter of Amy and Scottie Rasnake, born Aug. 21; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.


Karsen Bella Webb, daughter of Lakesha and Dustin Webb, born Aug. 20; weight: 3 lbs.


Calleiah Alessandra Menjivar, daughter of Chelsee Carlos and Exon Menjivar, born Aug. 19; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Paisley Grace Brumfield, daughter of Sherry and Jeff Brumfield II, born Aug. 18; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Harlyn Grace Slone, daughter of Trittney and James Slone, born Aug. 18; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


Dani-Lynn Regina Martin, daughter of Heather Martin, born Aug. 18; weight: 6 lbs., 13 oz.


Chase Douglas Vance, son of Megan Elliott and Michael Vance, born Aug. 18; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


William Connor Slone, son of Kayla and William Slone, born Aug. 18; weight: 7 lbs.


Paisley Rachelle Marlene Kendrick, daughter of Kayla and Tyler Kendrick, born Aug. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 8 oz.


Jordyn Olivia Canterbury, daughter of Cayla Hatfield and Joseph Canterbury, born Aug. 17; weight: 8 lbs., 3.8 oz.


Nash Micheal Williams, son of Madison and Blake Williams, born Aug. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 2.5 oz.


Ezra Grant Preece, son of Samantha and Billy Preece II, born Aug. 17; weight: 7 lbs.


Cason Luke Williamson, son of Maranda Sammons and Bobby Williamson, born Aug. 17; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


John Ashland Blair, son of Elizabeth Wells and John Blair Jr., born Aug. 17; weight: 8 lbs., 5 oz.



Friday, September 1, 2017

STANVILLE — Betsy Layne head coach Scotty McCoy was less than three minutes from a successful debut with the Bobcats.


Sheldon Clark senior running back Blake Butcher spoiled the night.


Butcher scored on an eight-yard run to lift the Cardinals to a come-from-behind 26-24 win at Bobcat Stadium on Aug. 18.


Betsy Layne, which trailed 20-16 at halftime, took the lead with just under four minutes to play in the third quarter when receiver Grant Orsborn hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bradley Woods to make it 24-20 following Woods' two-point conversion run.


Orsborn had a TD reception in the first half and caught five passes for 50 yards. Woods completed 9-of-20 passes for 64 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown.


Running back Logan Layne led the ground attack with 113 yards on 23 rushes.


Defensively, Morris Adkins had nine tackles and one fumble recovery while Jeremiah Keathley added eight.


Quinton Adkins recovered a fumble and Orsborn had a pass interception.


Quarterback Blake Muncy led the Cardinals with 116 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. Brent Burke added 73 yards and two scores on 16 rushing attempts.


Betsy Layne will travel to Floyd Central (1-0) on Aug. 25. Sheldon Clark will play its second straight road game with a visit to Knott Central.

TOUCHDOWN CATCH: Betsy Layne receiver Grant Orsborn cradles the football after making this catch in the end zone to put the Bobcats in front of Sheldon Clark late in the third quarter. Orsborn had two TD catches in his 26-24 loss in the season opener. Defending for SC are Zach Preece (front) and Dylan Stafford (back).
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Teddy Paynter
Friday, August 25, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was recognized by the national Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in its Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.


PMC earned top honors as a Platinum level award winner for its efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2016 and April 2017, both in the hospital setting and in the community.


Lauren Salyer, a Community and Hospital Outreach Coordinator with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) said she is grateful to PMC for its wonderful partnership.


"It has been an honor to work alongside PMC Physicians, Nurses and Administration to increase education in the hospital and in the community about how organ donation saves lives," she said. There are currently over 11,000 Pike County residents registered as organ donors. We hope that as more people learn about the miracle of donation and transplantation, more will register."


Created by HRSA in 2001, the Workplace Partnership for Life has grown to include a network of partner organizations at both the national and local level to foster efforts to increase donation.


PMC joined the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign and has supported these efforts through various outreach initiatives and activities as part of the campaign. Some of those efforts include Donate Life Month kick off celebration, where various disciplines provided education over the importance of donation; a Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony, where individuals who have been organ and tissue donors were honored, along with many others.


PMC continues to partner with KODA to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. KODA is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States.


To become a registered donor; one can visit their local Circuit Court Clerk-Drivers Licenses Division or by visiting

PLATINUM LEVEL: Pikeville Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins accepts the platinum award from KODA Chief Executive Officer Julie Bergin, right, and Coordinator Lauren Salyer.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently completed three accreditation reviews that evaluated the quality and safety of care being provided by PMC, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) and LLCC's lab.


Vice President and Assistant to the president/CEO Cheryl Hickman is proud to announce PMC has been granted full accreditation for the next three years.


"I am proud of our staff and what they have accomplished with the Joint Commission certifications," President/CEO Walter E. May said. "These certifications are an inspiration and source of distinction for the entire staff who champion the best interests of patients in this region. We will continue to advance high-quality health care for the benefit of all our patients."


"Pikeville Medical Center has a dedicated group of more than 3,300 medical and administrative professionals who are passionate about providing quality care for our patients," said Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins. "The Joint Commission accreditation is a testament to their commitment to excellence."


Joint Commission surveyors from all over the country were on hand to ensure PMC is continuously meeting national standards. Surveyors are highly-trained experts made up of doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and other health care professionals. It's the only health care accrediting body requiring its surveyors to be certified.


Patients were randomly selected to participate in the survey while using their medical records as a road map to evaluate standards compliance. As surveyors traced a patient's experience in a health care organization, they talked to doctors, nurses and other staff who interacted with the patient. Doctors and nurses providing care were observed by surveyors and often spoke to patients.


Hickman said the on-site review of care being provided to patients at PMC was a validation of the hard-work and dedication of employees.


"Our commitment to comply with the Joint Commission's national standards speaks volumes about the care we provide on a daily basis to our patients."


Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.


Source: Joint Commission

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, August 25, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted their 60th annual awards banquet at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville on Aug. 17. The event was presented by Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).


Over 500 business and community leaders came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the business community in eastern Kentucky.


"It is my pleasure to join you for the Southeast Kentucky Chamber's 60th annual awards banquet. PMC has been an active member of the chamber for 26 years," Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins said. "For 92 years we have served the Pikeville area and now extend our high-quality care programs and services across the borders of southeast Kentucky."


PMC's tremendous growth includes a medical and administrative staff of over 3,300, including more than 400 credentialed health care providers and approximately 700 nurses. These professionals provide primary specialty care in more than 400 services including specialties and sub-specialties.


"This growth that began as a 50-bed hospital to what we've become today is certainly a successful example that can be attributed to our great leaders including our President and CEO Walter E. May, our management team, our physicians and our hard working employees," Deskins said.


She said when May took over as President and CEO in 1998 the medical center had approximately 221 beds and 1,500 employees.


"Under his vision the hospital has transformed into a magnificent regional 320 bed facility that provides compassionate care for patients coming from areas of four states everyday who are referred to our PMC providers," Deskins said.


Local businesses and leaders in the community were honored at the banquet.


The Chamber Ambassador of the Year recognizes an individual that has committed countless hours to the Chamber's Ambassador Club. The Ambassador Club is the "goodwill arm" of the organization and its members. They support Chamber members and Chamber events throughout the year. This year's Ambassador of the Year was Valerie Huffman.


The Volunteer of the Year recognizes an individual that devotes time, energy and resources to the chamber and other non-profit organizations. This year's Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Clarissa Parker. She has been very successful and has used her success to give back and be a true example of volunteerism.


This year's Outstanding Contribution by an Organization recipient was University of Pikeville — Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), which is the only optometry college in Kentucky. The new optometry school is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new facility featuring 107,000 square feet, providing state-of-the-art clinical education laboratories, basic science laboratories and primary care operatories. In service to the community, KYCO provides free eye screenings in local K-12 schools.


This year's Small Business of the Year was The UPS Store. Renowned for their excellent, speedy service, they offer packing, shipping, mailbox rentals, faxing, notary, printing and more. The UPS Store's print shop delivers high quality items quickly, efficiently and at reasonable prices. They often help the community by donating to local schools and charities.


Service Organization of the Year was Kentucky Innovation Network – Pikeville Office. Over the past year, the companies receiving assistance from the Pikeville Office have created 94 full-time jobs and 31 part-time jobs. The Kentucky Innovation Network conducts workshops on subjects such as starting a business, social media marketing and website building. They also provide entrepreneurship education for regional K-12 schools. The Pikeville office serves nine eastern Kentucky counties.


This year's Citizen of the Year was Tommy Chamberlin, a Pike county native. He has consistently demonstrated excellence in professional and community leadership. Tommy is the museum director of Khirbet el-Maqatir & a Journey through Biblical History, a local museum exhibit that features over 250 artifacts from ancient Israel, Egypt and Jordan. As of today, the museum exhibit has had over 1,500 visitors from 13 states.


Peking Chinese Restaurant was awarded Business of the Year. In 1988, Peking began their journey in the Weddington Square Plaza. Peking offered a complete line of Chinese cuisine, which was a first for the area. Since their original opening they have added five new locations.


The Junior Williamson Ambassador of the Year Award has been given since 1991 in honor of the late Junior Williamson and his continuous efforts as a true advocate for eastern Kentucky. This year's recipient of the Junior Williamson Award was Carrie Cinnamond. Carrie currently serves as president and principal operator of Economy Drug Co., Inc. in Pikeville. She is a volunteer and an advocate for community service. Carrie has served on numerous organizations and board of directors throughout her lifetime.


The Lon B. and Mary Evelyn Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone who has spent their life striving to make the region a better place. Pamela Todd May's dedication to improving this region and her advocacy for its residents was unmeasurable. Her and her husband, Walter E. May, worked tirelessly to ensure a better quality of life for southeast Kentucky. Pamela founded and operated Pam May Law Firm, now known as East Kentucky Law Group – one of the most distinguished law firms in Kentucky.


Through her professional career and personal endeavors, Pam was widely recognized as a profound community leader. She was involved in numerous organizations, served on several committees and board of directors. Pam touched many lives throughout her career.


During the banquet, the Patton Leadership Institute class was recognized for their dedication, hard work and completing the 9-month program. The class had 22 graduates.



Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, August 25, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police (KSP) are gearing up for their third-annual Run Signal 9 5K/1-mile walk set for Sept. 2.


Police officers are coming together in an effort to give back to the community they serve.


The race will feature flashing blue lights during the run. KSP units will be on hand with their cruisers and flashing lights. The finish line will feature blue lights as runners finish.


"Run Signal 9 is a radio code to show a unit is running lights and sirens in an emergency response," KSP Post 9 Telecommunications Supervisor and Race Coordinator Melanie Taulbee said.


All proceeds will benefit the annual shop with a trooper event held to aid less fortunate families at Christmas.


Each year, KSP Post 9 partners with the family resource officer at each elementary school, in the five counties they serve. Two children are chosen to participate in the shop with a trooper and are transported by bus to Pikeville where they are provided a meal, then shop with a trooper. Each child is given $100 to spend at Walmart.


"This is a wonderful race that allows our community to become healthier in addition to raising money for children in need," Taulbee said. "We want to do everything we can to help provide Christmas to these children."


KSP encourages the community, emergency personnel and avid runners across eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia to participate.


The race will begin at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Parking lot across from City Hall in Prestonsburg.


Awards will be given to the top three over all male and female in each age group. Registration is $25 per person. Those who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt.


Race day registration will be available on site, beginning at 7 p.m. and is $30 per participant.


For more information or to register, visit or call 606-433-7711.

Melanie Taulbee and Lieutenant Chris Hicks
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, August 25, 2017