Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Heart and Vascular Institute celebrates February as American Heart Month.


PMC Interventional Cardiologist Bill Harris, MD, said, “February is American Heart Month and we always take this opportunity to inform our community of the impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is now the number one cause of death worldwide. It kills more women than any other cause, far exceeding breast cancer.”


CVD is the nation’s number one killer of both men and women, but steps can be taken to reduce risks and improve outcomes.


The American Heart Association is constantly conducting research and raising awareness to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans.


Dr. Harris said, “We have a very clear understanding of many of the causes of CVD. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can all be prevented, modified and controlled.”


During American Heart Month, PMC is providing free screenings every Friday from 3pm – 7pm in the May Tower Atrium on the second floor.


Staff from the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute will be checking blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index (BMI) and free educational information will be available with a focus on nutrition, sleep, exercise and smoking cessation.


PMC will also have free gifts for those who take time to get screened.


Dr. Harris said, “A true gift of love would be an assessment of CVD risk factors and your lifestyle. Give yourself good health and life.”


For more information about heart health, contact the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute at 606-218-2201.




Source: American Heart Association

Bill Harris, MD, PMC Interventional Cardiologist
Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, February 3, 2017

BETSY LAYNE — Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict of World War II are now in their late 80s and 90s. 


Less than 900,000 WWII veterans remain from the more than 16 million that served.


One of those last serving veterans in Kentucky, Command Sergeant Clarence Edward Hayes, recently celebrated his 97th birthday on Jan. 25. Hayes enlisted in the Army when he was 20 years old and served as an aircraft welder from 1940-1946.


Hayes said, “I worked on airplanes in the Army and kept ‘em flying.”


During his time in the Army, Hayes was stationed in Africa and Italy. When Hayes returned home, he opened Hayes Brothers Drilling, where they drilled gas and water wells and the company helped with the expansion of US Route 23. He later opened Hayes Mining.


Hayes was born and raised in Bosco and attended Maytown High School. He currently resides in Betsy Layne. He has attended Betsy Layne Church of Christ for the past 70 years.


Hayes has a dog named Bandit who would ride to Betsy Layne Church of Christ and wait outside the church doors for service to end. Hayes and Bandit would then get in the car and ride back home together.


Hayes said he can give all kinds of advice to young individuals, “Most of all, to be a Christian.”


When Hayes was able, he really enjoyed fishing by boat. “I like to catch anything that wants to hit my hook.”


He also likes watching University of Kentucky basketball.


Hayes has five children, Orris, Randy, David, Wayne and Joyce. He has six grandkids and seven great-grandchildren. He was married to the late Anna Ruth Layne Hayes.


He was very excited after learning of his birthday party, coordinated by his family.


“It was a surprise, I’m not used to anything like this. I’m happy and very much pleased,” said Hayes.

VETERAN HONORED: Clarence Edward Hayes is pictured with family during his 97th birthday party. Below, he is pictured with his birthday cake. At bottom, a picture of his medals and citations during WWII hangs on his wall at home.
Medical Leader | Photos by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Friday, February 3, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) hosted a continuing medical education (CME) class about lung cancer in Kentucky and improving patient outcomes on Jan. 19.


Lung cancer kills more Kentuckians every year than the next eight most common cancers combined.


The American Cancer Society reports that Kentucky leads the nation in both lung cancer incidence and lung cancer death, with an incidence rate of 80 per 100,000 and a death rate of 75 per 100,000. That is well above the national average of 55.


Celeste T. Worth from the University of Louisville visited PMC to present best practices for primary care physicians diagnosing lung cancer. One of the topics discussed with providers, was the advantages of using low-dose CT scanning to detect lung cancer.


“Unfortunately, early stage lung cancer is often asymptomatic, so it’s important that we have a screening tool for it,” said Ruth Lavigne, MD, PMC radiation oncologist. “PMC offers low-dose CT scans, which is extremely effective at detecting lung cancers.”


By the time it shows any symptoms, lung cancer has often already spread throughout the lungs, or in some cases, to other places in the body. “The goal is to detect it at an early stage when the patient is showing no signs or symptoms,” said Lavigne.


It is well known that cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that smoking contributes to roughly 85 percent of all lung cancer deaths. Approximately 29 percent of Kentuckians are smokers, compared to 21 percent nationally.


PMC offers smoking cessation classes at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center using the Cooper-Clayton method.


The Cooper-Clayton Method combines nicotine replacement therapy with a comprehensive smoking cessation program, including group discussions, to help people stop smoking. It aids smokers in changing the behavioral patterns that accompany smoking.


The class series lasts 12 weeks, for one hour each week. Attendance to the either of the first two classes is required to begin the program. The next series of classes begins on March 30.


Radon represents a smaller risk for lung cancer, but is still the second leading cause of the disease in the United States. Approximately 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to radon.


Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. As it decays, it breaks down into hazardous particles that stick to the lungs when inhaled. These particles damage the lungs and can cause cancer.


The US environmental protection agency (EPA) states the action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). More than half of the counties in Kentucky exceed this level.


Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels of radon. Short-term testing measures radon levels from two to 90 days, depending on the device. Because radon levels can vary from day to day, a long-term test over several months is a better indicator of the average radon levels in an area.


Both tests are easy and inexpensive. A state or local radon official can explain the difference between testing devices and the most appropriate one based on needs and conditions of the home.


“The low-dose CT scan detects lung cancer in the early stages, which improves the patient’s outcome,” said Lavigne. “This gives the patient more treatment options as well.”


Lung cancer can be difficult to spot because symptoms are non-specific. Some symptoms can include: chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing up blood, feeling very tired all the time, weight loss with no known cause and coughing that gets worse and doesn’t go way. If these symptoms persist in someone with a history of smoking, you should consult with your physician immediately.


Low-dose CT scans as a means of lung cancer screening are covered once per year by most insurance plans and Medicare Part B.


For those who have smoked more than 30 years and are between the ages of 55 and 77, screening is recommended. People with Medicare Part B must be asymptomatic, meaning they don’t have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer, to have the low-dose CT scan covered.


The University of Louisville School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


To learn more about radon testing contact the Kentucky state radon officers, Clay Hardwick and Heather Robbins, at 502-564-4856.


To learn more about lung cancer screenings and smoking cessation opportunities available at PMC call the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center at 606-218-2212.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, February 3, 2017

Thelma Howard Conn, 87, of Dana, died Jan. 25. Funeral service, Jan. 28. Burial, Fred Conn Cemetery, Dana.


Bobby Sherman Dingus II, 42, of Columbus, died Jan. 24. Funeral service, Jan. 28. Burial, Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.


Zella Mae Hall, 104, of Treasure Island, Fl., died Jan. 21. Funeral service, Jan. 28. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Delores Jean Smith, 75, of Wayland, died Jan. 25. Funeral service, Jan. 28. Burial, Osborne Cemetery, Eastern.


John Kidd, 79, of Harold, died Jan. 26. Funeral service, Jan. 29 at Sammy Clark Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Tammy Lynn Daniels Hicks, 54, of Stanville, died Jan. 26. Funeral service, Jan. 29. Burial, Daniels Family Cemetery, Stanville.


Hermal Ousley, 72, of Prestonsburg, died Jan. 27. Funeral service, Jan. 29. Burial, Ousley Anderson Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Ray Hatfield Jr., 42, of Hi Hat, died Jan. 26. Funeral service, Jan. 31 at Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, Hi Hat. Burial, Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat.


Celia Preston Layne, 66, of Langley, died Jan. 30. Funeral service, Feb. 3. Burial, Stewart Cemetery, Langley.


Donald Lee Endicott, 76, of Prestonsburg, died Jan. 30. Funeral service, Feb. 5. Burial, Woods Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Tiana Ann Marie Estep, 3 month old daughter of Ella Deslatte and Joe Estep died Jan. 30. Funeral service, Feb. 3. Burial, Estep Family Cemetery, Martin.


Jacob Smallwood, 84, of Wheelwright, died Jan. 29. Funeral service, Feb. 2 at Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Smallwood Cemetery, Bevinsville.


Melva Caudill Newman, 88, of Hi Hat, died Jan. 30. Funeral service, Feb. 2. Burial, Newman Cemetery, Hi Hat.


Katherine Coleman Layne, 77, of Pikeville, died Jan. 25. Funeral service, Jan. 28. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Carla M. Davis, 69, of Jeromesvilles, OH, died Jan. 22. Funeral service, Jan. 27 at Alleghany Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Buddy Ratliff Cemetery, Poorbottom.


Kevin Gene Coleman, 51, of Elkhorn City, died Jan. 25. Funeral service, Jan. 30. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Ricky Cline Moore II, stillborn infant of Ginger and Ricky Moore, of Robinson Creek, died Jan. 25. Funeral service, Jan. 28 at Sebastian’s Branch Cemetery, Long Fork.


Lavon Tackett, 67, of Booker Branch, died Jan. 30. Funeral service, Feb. 2 at Beefhide First Alliance Church. Burial, Tackett Family Cemetery, Booker Branch.


Ronnie “Rhinestone” Conley, 68, of Elkhorn City, died Jan. 21. Funeral service, Jan. 29. Burial, Ratliff Cemetery, Draffin.


Christopher Steven Stanley, 40, of Varney, died Jan. 28. Funeral service, Feb. 2 at Heenon Church of Christ. Burial, Maynard-Stanley Cemetery, Varney.


Francis I. Lockard, 95, of Turkey Creek, died Jan. 29. Funeral service, Feb. 3. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Garnet Joyce Key, 62, of Hatfield, died Jan. 28. Funeral service, Feb. 2. Burial, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, W.Va.


Ossie Lee Ross, 54, of North Matewan, W.Va., died Jan. 26. Funeral Jan. 29. Burial, Ross Family Cemetery, North Matewan.

Friday, February 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is proud to be offering their first ever international travel opportunity to their members and the community. The Chamber is partnering with Indus Travel for a nine-day, seven night trip to the exciting destination of Tuscany, Italy from May 30 – June 8.


The trip will cost $2,550 for Chamber members and $2,700 to non-members. The price for this nine-day trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, seven buffet breakfasts and four dinners.


The trip’s highlights include sightseeing excursions to historic cities in Florence – center for culture and arts – the beautiful countryside town of Siena and its elaborate gardens, Chianti and Vinci. There will also be a visit to Pisa to see its incredible Leaning Tower.


The day after arriving in Italy will feature a visit to Florence, followed on the fourth day by a tour of Cinque Terre “the five lands” – known to be the five medieval fisherman ports. It developed through the ages as they could only be reached by sea and remained architecturally intact.


The fifth day will offer tourists the option to tour Siena and San Gimignano, while the sixth day will be devoted to touring luxurious Chianti, which is loaded with attractive castles, stone farmhouses and breathtaking landscapes.


Four of the nine days will feature the option to explore Montecatini, spa resort, famed for its spring waters, thermal baths and numerous spas.


Individuals will have the option to a two night Rome extension, the capitol of Italy. Rome is known for its art and history such as the Colosseum and Vatican Museum. The price will cost an additional $590 per person.


For a more detailed trip itinerary and registration information contact Amber Campbell, Membership Development Manager, 606-432-5504.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, February 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Thomas R. Hess, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard Roberts, Ed.D., dean of the Coleman College of Business, and Mary Rado Simpson, Ph.D., dean of the Elliott School of Nursing, have released the names of the top students at the University of Pikeville for the fall 2016 semester.


To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must be full-time and receive a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.9.


Students earning a 4.0 grade point average are named to the President’s List.






Pike County: Hunter G. Swindall of Ashcamp; Emily G. Baker, Caitlyn M. Hunt, Linh T. Le and Adrian J. Smith of Belfry; Brandi R. Kessler of Betsy Layne; Batrina D. Sykes and Christian N. Yates of Elkhorn City; Emily A. Ballou of Hardy; Wesley D. Rose of Lick Creek; Myranda Leah Cline and Madison J. Varney of McAndrews; Shalem J. Callaway of Mouthcard; Terrionna K. Bentley, Justin R. Bradford, Kiara P. Mitchell and Eric C. Stump of Phelps; Cheyenne P. Harlow and Kimberly E. Robinson of Raccoon; Hannah M. Staggs of Ransom; Rachel M. Miller of Robinson Creek; Erika L. Justice of Shelbiana; Cailee G. Marcum of Sidney; and Amanda D. Shannon of Virgie.


Students from Pikeville include: Allen E. Abshire, Heather D. Addington, Jillian D. Bailey, Mason G. Bowling, Rikki N. Branham, Cory L. Fields, Sydney M. Hall, Cameron T. Hamilton, Coy A. Holstein, Charles L. Huffman, Abagale Johnson, Christopher D. Kinder, Megan L. Kirk, Austin M. Kranzman, Alannah F. Little, Nixon N. Parker, Douglas E. Rowe, Richard D. Skinner, Rachel E. Stacy, Devin K. Syck, Nicholas G. Taylor, Logan R. Thacker, Christopher D. Walker and Victoria C. Wright.


Floyd County: Audrey Rose Caudill of Bevinsville; Ethan M. Thacker of Dana; Whitney Nicole Caudill of Honaker; William J. E. Salisbury of Ivel; Ricky D. Kidd of McDowell; Tami L. Blackburn, Madison H. Hall and Kandice F. Porter of Prestonsburg; and Victoria Morgan Wells of Stanville.


Letcher County: Chelsea D. Lucas and Nikesha L. Potter of Jenkins; Amber M. Crawford of Mayking; Lauren H. Rose and Alexis N. Stambaugh of McRoberts; and Ted Walter Allen of Whitesburg.






Pike County: Lauren B. Bevins of Lick Creek; Steve A. Mullins and Opal M. Musgrave of Pikeville; Patsy A. Thacker of Shelbiana; and John C. Stewart of Varney.


Letcher County: Max A. Hall of Thornton.






Pike County: Emily G. Baker and Chasity D. Whitt of Belfry; and Makayla S. Hess and Christopher D. Kinder of Pikeville.


Floyd County: Danna J. Slone of Dana; Kandice F. Porter of Prestonsburg; and Amanda M. McKinney of Teaberry.






Pike County: Christian N. Yates of Elkhorn City; Heather D. Addington, Rikki N. Branham, Abagale Johnson, Alannah F. Little and Rachel E. Stacy of Pikeville; Hannah M. Staggs of Ransom; Erika L. Justice of Shelbiana; Cailee G. Marcum of Sidney; and Amanda D. Shannon of Virgie.


Letcher County: Chelsea D. Lucas and Nikesha L. Potter of Jenkins.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Alex Ray Marsillett, son of Katie Yates and Dallas Marsillett, born Jan. 25; weight: 9lbs., 1oz.


Saylor Grace Shepherd, daughter of Hailey and Samuel Shepherd, born Jan. 24; weight: 6lbs., 10oz.


Micha Rena Rose, daughter of Dezerae Rhodes and William Edward Gilliam II, born Jan. 24; weight: 6lbs., 13oz.


Ryan James Tackett, son of Katara and James Tackett, born Jan. 23; weight: 8lbs., 12oz.


Maddox Gray Lovins, son of Christin and Phillip Lovins, born Jan. 23; weight: 8lbs., 4oz.


Cameron Knox Price, son of Courtney Conley and Jordan Price, born Jan. 23; weight: 8lbs., 4oz.


Chelsea Marie Beavers, daughter of Andria Gibson and Johnnie Beavers Jr., born Jan. 22; weight: 7lbs. 1oz.


Scarlett Alexandria Smith, daughter of Chelsea Varney and Chris Smith, born Jan. 22; weight: 6lbs., 7oz.


Gracie Lynn Dishman, daughter of Toni and Tyler Dishman, born Jan. 22; weight: 5lbs., 12oz.


Alyah Harley Raines Stumbo, daughter of Lyla and Steven Stumbo, born Jan. 20; weight: 5lbs., 8oz.


Nicholas Taylor Warrix, son of Kimberly and James Warrix, born Jan. 20; weight: 6lbs., 8oz.


James Perry Roop, son of Euna and James Roop, born Jan. 20; weight: 6lbs., 10oz.


Rowan Myles Brown, son of Angelia Bragg and Christian Brown, born Jan. 19; weight: 8lbs., 1oz.


Addison Aliyah Jade Willis, daughter of Sierra Dials and Donovan Willis, born Jan. 19; weight: 5lbs., 10oz.


McClellen Cliff Griffin Jr., son of Joanna and McClellen Griffin, born Jan. 19; weight: 5lbs., 15oz.


Allard Ray Maxwell, twin son of Xena Ray and Jessie Maxwell, born Jan. 18; weight: 4lbs., 15oz.


Johnnie Xavier Maxwell, twin son of Xena Ray and Jessie Maxwell, born Jan. 18; weight: 4lbs., 15oz.

Friday, February 3, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Pike County Cooperative Extension Office formed a Beekeepers Association in 2002 to stay up to date on the latest bee information and to learn to take proper care of their bee hives.


Human beekeeping has been practiced for a millennia. Honey bees are flying insects, known for their important role in pollination, producing beeswax, royal jelly and propolis. Not only is pollen a food source for bees, but also some of the pollen is dropped in flight, resulting in cross pollination. The relationship between the plant and the insect is called symbiosis.


Honey bees live socially in colonies that contain the queen bee, the worker bee and the drone. The worker bee and the queen bee are both female, but only the queen bee can reproduce. All drones are male and cannot sting.


Bee pollination is important both ecologically and commercially – the decline in wild bees has increased the value of pollination by commercially managed hives of honey bees.


The Pike County Beekeepers Association is very active with 76 members. During the meetings, beekeepers are mentors for one another, teach the importance of bees and provide individuals with information on how to start their own bee hive and maintain it all year long.


Each Pike County beekeeper has their own bee hive at their own home. Once a year the association meets at a bee yard for a hands on group experience. The Beekeepers Association just sent 22 Pike County beekeepers to the East Kentucky Bee School in Hazard.


In the future, the Beekeepers Association is hoping to have a bee yard at the extension office and learn more on how to raise their own eastern Kentucky queen bees.


If you’re interested in attending a Beekeepers Association meeting, they meet the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m., at the Pike County Cooperative Extension Office – you do not have to be a Beekeeper member to attend. For more information, call Extension Agent Suzanne Stumbo at 606-432-2534.




•Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour


•Honey bees’ wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz


•Honey bees are the only insect that produce food for humans


•Honey bees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive


•Honey bees are the only bees that die after they sting


•Honey bees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80 percent of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.


•Honey bees have five eyes


•Honey bees never sleep


•Bees see all colors except the color red


•There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world


•Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, February 3, 2017

A team of high school students from Betsy Layne High School in Stanville, KY has been named Best in State winners in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge for its mobile app concept, “Hear Me.”


The team will receive a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school and tablets for each student team member.


As one of two winners from Kentucky, the team is now eligible to win one of eight Best In Nation Awards, selected by a panel of education and industry experts, and the Fan Favorite Award, determined by public voting, to earn an additional $15,000 for their school and the opportunity to work with MIT Media Lab experts to bring their app idea to life.


From now until February 14, 2017, anyone can vote to help Betsy Layne High School win the App Challenge. Text HEARME to 22333.


The students’ winning app idea was selected from more than 1,800 submissions nationwide.


The “Hear Me” app would enable non-verbal persons to communicate with others when sign language and written communication are not an effective aid. The app is similar to a text messaging application but also features picture-based communication.


The app features include, reading a text out loud, customizable picture dictionary and interfacing with Google Maps.


The Fan Favorite and Best in Nation teams will present their completed apps at the annual Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference in Orlando, Fla. in June 2017, courtesy of Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation.


Their apps will be downloadable from the Google Play store.


As the job market shifts due to the rapid progression of technological advances, it’s clear we need to do more to spark greater student interest and proficiency in technology, and give them project based learning opportunities.


Over the past four years of the app challenge, we’ve seen thousands of students use technology and work together to create app concepts that are addressing societal issues facing their schools and communities.


By providing these kids with technology, role models and exposure to STEM-related careers, we can help them to achieve a brighter future.


National winners will be announced on February 15, 2017.


For more information contact Hannah Shirley, hshirley@webershandwick.com, 314.552.6785


Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, created the annual app challenge in partnership with the Technology Student Association, and in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, to spark greater student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and provide hands-on learning experiences.

BEST IN STATE: Betsy Layne students hold their $5,000 check from Verizon Foundation for the school and tablets for each team member.
Medical Leader | Photo by ABIGAIL GIBSON
Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, February 3, 2017

PAINTSVILLE — The 18th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Paintsville. The theme of this year’s conference is “Taking the Road Less Stressed” and will feature two keynote speakers.


The morning address, “Leadership Lessons Learned” will be delivered by Allison Ball and National Speakers Association member Kay Frances will present the afternoon address, “Lighten Up, Stress Less and Take Care of Ourselves.”


The cost of the event is $30, which includes all workshops, keynotes and meals. All women are invited to attend the symposium, presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center.


Treasurer Ball has a rich Kentucky history; her family has been in Eastern Kentucky since the 1790s. Ball is the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the youngest statewide female elected official in the country. She holds a degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and was very active while a student there, serving as President of the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Federalist Society.


Prior to her role as State Treasurer, Treasurer Ball practiced bankruptcy law and focused on consumer rights and commercial litigation. As part of her time in public service, Treasurer Ball spent four years as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases. Ball developed a deep appreciation of entrepreneurialism and small businesses when, at the age of 9, she started her first business selling pencils and continued with the operation of a small town law practice.


Frances, also known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster, “has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 38 states and Canada with small businesses for over 25 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years. Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”


When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as a professional stand-up comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People”. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”


When it comes to managing stress, Kay learned the hard way by engaging in every unhealthy habit known to man before making her way back to good health and sanity. It was a long, winding, hilarious road!


Entertainment for the symposium will be provided by members of The Big Sandy Singers. The Big Sandy Singers is an elite group of auditioned singers that receive scholarships to Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The group consists of six vocalists including Jerica Grim, Lindsey Russel, Lauren Dotson, Rebecca Slone, Summer Pugh, and Bethany Runyon. This group travels to every high school in the region and hosts the Big Sandy Idol competitions, while continuing to work hard in their classes and perform for several College Presidential meetings.


Registration, breakfast and exhibits will run from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Welcoming remarks from Emcee Trish Adams will follow.


Ball will begin her morning keynote at 9:30 a.m. Breakout sessions, “LINK Southeast Kentucky - Building a positive, helpful and productive networking group” presented by Amanda Kelly and “What’s Your Style” presented by Marisa Aull will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment will begin at noon.


Afternoon address by Frances will begin at 12:45 p.m. The symposium will conclude at 2:30 p.m., following closing remarks and door prize drawings.


The event is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance.


Additional information is available by calling the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center at 606-432-5848. Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-big-sandywomens-business-sympos...

Friday, February 3, 2017