Bobby Norman began working at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) in 1998 as a nursing assistant and moved to an emergency room technician the following year. In March of 2001 he became an RN and now serves as a shift supervisor in the emergency room. His wife Alanne also works for PMC in physician billing.


Off the clock, Norman can be heard on Friday nights as the voice of the Belfry Pirates on 93.1 WDHR.


The Belfry Pirates football team, led by Kentucky Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Haywood, will kick off this season at the Pike County Bowl on their home turf against Huntington High on Aug. 25.


Norman will be there giving the play-by-play just like he has done for every single Belfry game since 2005. That was the year the Pirates moved into their brand-new school with state-of-the-art football facilities. After that, Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB) decided to broadcast every Pirate football game.


With Norman's ties to the school and having grown up in the area, he was the obvious choice to broadcast the games and "I haven't missed a game since" said Norman. "When I count them up, that's 168 consecutive Belfry games at home and away."


His radio career has come a long way from working at a little 1000 watt AM station broadcasting Lawrence County games in Louisa in 1992. Norman was a sales rep for EKB and began tagging along to games to do sideline work, occasionally filling in at the broadcasting booth doing color commentary.


That snowballed into more seasons and more games. "My parents always taught me, if you have an opportunity to do something, do your best," said Norman.


It was that drive and willingness to go to any game, no matter what school or what sport, to become a better announcer and ultimately perfected his craft.


Norman doesn't do it all by himself. He gets help from Wes Hicks, who gives the statistics, and former Belfry football assistant coach and retired teacher, Steve Mickey.


After the 2008 season, Coach Mickey had just retired from Belfry and was brought on to do the color commentary.


"Coach Mickey is the Rick Flair of radio," according to Norman. "He gets you fired up!"


The two have known each other for years and their on-air chemistry is perfect.


"I paint the picture with the play-by-play," explained Norman, "but Coach Mickey adds the color."


Coach Mickey said that the time they spend together calling Belfry football games has only made them better friends.


"If he's your friend, you'll want to call him first if you ever need help," Mickey expressed. "He's always there when you need someone. He puts the Lord first and he has his priorities in line."


After 25 years of broadcasting high school sports on EKB, Norman appreciates having the flexibility at PMC to be able to pursue his radio career.


"I've always been grateful to Mr. May and the hospital for allowing me to be off on Friday nights from mid-August through the first part of December," said Norman.


At the heart of Pirate football is Coach Haywood.


"The reason Belfry is so good is because of the consistency that Coach Haywood has brought for over 30 years," stated Norman. "He has the ability to motivate the boys and they play hard for him."


Haywood hopes to turn that effort into another successful season as Belfry sets their sights on their fifth consecutive state championship this year. Norman will be there to bring it all to life for the Pondcreek Nation.


Norman moved to the Belfry area as a child with his family in the 70s when his father came to pastor a church there.


"It's not hard to love Belfry once you've lived here for a while," he said.


Norman grew up around Belfry football and next to the field.


"My dad, Brother Bob Norman, was the team chaplain for Belfry from the mid-70s up until we moved to Tennessee in 1983," said Norman. "He was just as much a part of the team as anyone else and that's how my love for Belfry football began."


Norman has fulfilled his childhood dream in Belfry football.


"My biggest dream when I was a young boy was to be the UK radio announcer for football and basketball," said Norman, "but I get to be the radio voice of the Belfry Pirates and that's even better."

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, August 25, 2017

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


Pike County Bowl


Phelps (0-0)


vs. East Ridge (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: CAM Stadium


Kickoff: 6:35 p.m.


Radio: 107.5 FM


Coaches: David Jones (Phelps); Brad Allen (East Ridge)


Players to Watch: QB Garrett Clevinger, RB Brandon Turnmire (Phelps); QB Kane Taylor, OL Zachary Stiltner (East Ridge)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both teams.


Pike County Bowl


Belfry (0-0)


vs. Huntington High (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: CAM Stadium


Kickoff: 9 p.m.


Radio: 93.1 FM


Coaches: Philip Haywood (Belfry); Billy Seals (Huntington High)


Players to Watch: QB Avery Browning, RB Taveon Hunter (Belfry); QB Luke Zban, RB Jaydon Hayes (Huntington)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both teams.


Pike County Bowl


Pike Central (0-0)


vs. Shelby Valley (1-0)


Date: Aug. 26


Site: Hillard Howard Field


Kickoff: 6:35 p.m.


Coaches: Eric Ratliff (Pike Central); Anthony Hampton (Shelby Valley)


Players to Watch: QB Seth Conn, WR Brice Elkins (Pike Central); RB Mason Layne, RB Jordan Little (Shelby Valley)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for PCC; Shelby Valley 66, Jenkins 0.


Pike County Bowl


Pikeville (1-0)


vs. Lexington Christian (1-0)


Date: Aug. 26


Site: Hillard Howard Field


Kickoff: 9 p.m.


Radio: 98.1 FM


Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Ethan Atchley (LCA)


Players to Watch: RB Zach Roberts, QB Peyton Boyd-Blair (Pikeville); QB Logan Nieves, RB Jayden Barnhardt (LCA)


Last Week's Results: Pikeville 51, Holy Cross 14; LCA 40, Waggener 14.


John Brown Bowl


Jenkins (0-1)


vs. Twin Valley, Va. (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Matt Chandler (Jenkins); Brian Moore (Twin Valley)


Players to Watch: QB Hayden Fleming, RB Jordan Bates (Jenkins)


Last Week's Results: Shelby Valley 66, Jenkins 0; Season opener for Twin Valley.


Floyd Central (1-0)


vs. Betsy Layne (0-1)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Jaguar Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 100.1


Coaches: Shawn Hager (Floyd Central); Scotty McCoy (Betsy Layne)


Players to Watch: QB Dylan Caudill, RB Josh Whitaker (Floyd Central); QB Brad Woods, WR Grant Osborn (Betsy Layne)


Last Week's Results: Floyd Central 28, Harlan 12; Sheldon Clark 26, Betsy Layne 24.


Johnson Central (0-0)


vs. Capital, W.Va. (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Eagle Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Jon Carpenter (Capital)


Players to Watch: RB Joe Jackson; QB Riley Preece (Johnson Central); QB Kerry Martin Jr., RB Deshaun James (Capital)


Last Week's Results: Season opener for both teams.


Prestonsburg (0-0)


vs. North Laurel (1-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Josh Francis Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.5 FM


Coaches: John DeRossett (Prestonsburg); Chris Larkey (North Laurel)


Players to Watch:


Last Week's Results: Season opener for Prestonsburg; North Laurel 36, South Laurel 12.


Paintsville (1-0)


at Harlan (0-1)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Harlan Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 94.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); John Luttrell (Harlan)


Players to Watch: RB Tanner Smith, QB Jake Hyden (Paintsville); QB Killian Ledford, RB John Brock (Harlan)


Last Week's Results: Paintsville 41, Estill County 14; Floyd Central 28, Harlan 12.


Letcher Central (0-1)


at Bell County (1-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: BC Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.9 FM


Coaches: Junior Matthews (Letcher Central); Dudley Hilton (Bell County)


Players to Watch: QB Nick Sergent, WR Hunter Campbell (Letcher Central); RB Tanner Asher, RB Colby Frazier (Bell County)


Last Week's Results: Knox Central 27, Letcher Central 20; Bell County 42, Middlesboro 21.


Mingo Central (0-0)


at Point Pleasant (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Big Blacks Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 96.5 FM


Coaches: Jody Fields (Mingo Central); David Darst (Point Pleasant)


Players to Watch: QB Cason Payne, RB Justin Brumfield (Point Pleasant)


Tug Valley (0-0)


vs. Sherman (0-0)


Date: Aug. 25


Site: Bob Brewer Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Tony Clusky (Tug Valley); J.D. Fairchild (Sherman)


Players to Watch: QB Jonathan Blankenship, RB Noah Lucas (Tug Valley); QB Bailey Kirk, RB Willen Christian (Sherman)

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, August 25, 2017

HARLAN — You might say Floyd Central quarterback Dylan Caudill walked on mud in leading his team to a historic win in the season opener against Harlan on Aug. 18.


The senior quarterback carried 17 times for 135 yards and completed his only two passing attempts for 25 yards as the Jaguars scored a 28-12 win over the Green Dragons on a rain-soaked field.


It was the first-ever win for the newly-consolidated school of South Floyd and Allen Central high schools.


It wasn't always pretty on the field as both teams fumbled a combined 10 times and Harlan was picked off once through the air.


Floyd Central, which fumbled five times but never lost one, took advantage of three Green Dragon turnovers, scoring a pair of touchdowns.


Caudill put the Jaguars ahead to stay when he raced 10 yards on fourth down and seven with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left in the opening period. The conversion run failed leaving it 6-0.


Central's next score came on a 72-yard run by Caudill with 1:38 left in the opening half. Josh King's two-point conversion run made it 14-0 at the break.


The Jaguars extended their lead to 22-0 as running back Josh Whitaker bulled over from one yard out with 7:14 to play in the third period. Elijah Cotton ran in the conversion.


Harlan's lone points came on John Brady Brock's seven-yard run with three seconds left in the quarter. It was 22-6.


Whitaker, who carried 12 times for 32 yards, capped Central's scoring with a three-yard run with 9:15 left to play. The conversion failed leaving it 28-6.


Harlan quarterback Killian Ledford tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Will Varner to cap the scoring with 7:02 left.


Ethan Howard and Dustin Huff had nine tackles apiece while Chad Bates and Noah Marcum had fumble recoveries. Caudill picked off one pass.


Floyd Central plays its home opener against Betsy Layne on Aug. 25.


At Harlan




FC (1-0)…...................................6 8 8 6 – 28


HR (0-1)…...................................0 0 6 6 – 12




First Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 10-yard run (run failed), 4:46


Second Quarter


FC – Dylan Caudill, 72-yard run (Josh King run), 1:38


Third Quarter


FC – Josh Whitaker, 1-yard run (Elijah Cotton run), 7:14


HR – John Brady Brock, 8-yard run (run failed), :03


Fourth Quarter


FC – Josh Whitaker, 3-yard run (run failed), 9:15


HR – Will Varner, 43-yard pass from Killian Ledford (run failed), 7:02.


Next up: Floyd Central (1-0) vs. Betsy Layne (0-1), Aug. 25.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, August 25, 2017

James "Jim" Edward Keesee, 78, of Williamson, W.Va., passed away Aug. 20. He was a U.S. Air Force and US. Army veteran, having served from 1958-62 and 1967-74, respectively. Graveside service, Fairview Cemetery, West Williamson, W.Va.


Barbara E. Hensley, 85, formerly of Pinsonfork, passed way Aug. 19. Funeral, Aug. 24. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Ervin Hamilton Jr., 62, of McDowell, passed away Aug. 18. Funeral, Aug. 22. Burial, Dinwood Cemetery, Martin.


Edd Vercell Robinson, 71, of Prestonsburg, passed away Aug. 16. Funeral, Aug. 20. Burial, George Robinson Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Bobby Harold Belcher, 75, of Mouthcard, passed away Aug. 19. Funeral, Aug. 23. Burial, Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.


Marie Stiltner, 69, of Elkhorn City, passed away Aug. 16. Funeral, Aug. 20. Burial, J.S. Willis Cemetery, Bartlick, Va.


Priscilla "Cill" Newsome, 81, of Virgie, passed away Aug. 17. Funeral, Aug. 20. Burial, Potter Cemetery, Yeager.


Sharon Anderson, 67, of Martin, formerly of Wheelwright, passed away Aug. 17. Funeral, Aug. 20, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Cam Adkins Cemetery, Penny Road.


Michael Akers, 62, of Shelby Valley, passed away Aug. 16. Funeral, Aug. 19. Burial, Osborne Cemetery, Dorton.


Tony Shepherd, 61, of Flatgap, passed away Aug. 20. Funeral, Aug. 22. Burial, Brushy Bill Cemetery, Gunlock.


Greely Newsome, 77, of Grethel, passed away Aug. 16. Funeral, Aug. 20. Burial, Effie Hall Newsome Cemetery, Grethel.


Tonia Kay Bray-Nichols, 59, of Pikeville, passed away Aug. 18. Funeral, Aug. 22, Mayflower Unity Baptist Church, Cowpen Road. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Gary Lynn Johnson, 65, of Virgie, passed away Aug. 19. Funeral, Aug. 24, Speight Church of Christ, Virgie. Burial, B.F. Johnson Cemetery.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Amelia Iva Jane Lippert, daughter of Jaymee Harris and Eric Lippert, born Aug. 17; weight: 6 lbs., 4 oz.


Brantley Jase Deel, son of Brittany and Brandon Deel, born Aug. 16; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


Jaxon Paul Holts, son of Virginia Hamilton and Paul Allen Holts, born Aug. 16; weight: 5 lbs., 13 oz.


Brentley Wayne Elswick, son of Vanessa and Cody Elswick, born Aug. 12; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Christopher Chazz Aiden Mullins, son of Misty Hall and Christopher Mullins, born Aug. 12; weight: 5 lbs., 12 oz.


Asher Lee Jackson, son of Krista and Mark Jackson, born Aug. 12; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


Camden Pete Cornett, son of Tracey and Justin Cornett, born Aug. 12; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


Gabriel Anthony Lykins, son of Chelsea and Samuel Lykins, born Aug. 12; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Izabella Faith Hodge, daughter of Twyla Fausnaugh and Kevin Scott Hodge, born Aug. 11; weight: 4 lbs., 10 oz.


Kenslee Faith Evans, daughter of Ciera and Joseph Evans, born Aug. 10; weight: 7 lbs., 4.6 oz.

Friday, August 25, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored the life work of Pamela Todd May with the 2017 Lon B. and Mary Evelyn Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award on August 17.


"This award is presented to an eastern Kentuckian who spent years of their life striving to make east Kentucky a better place," said Chamber President Jordan Gibson. "Pamela Todd May certainly merits our highest recognition. Not only was her love for the region complete, but she truly made a lasting significant impact, creating change and progress in the region."


The award was presented posthumously at the Chamber's 60th Annual Awards Banquet held in Pikeville. May passed away May 14.


Throughout her life, Pamela Todd May changed lives through her dedication to the practice of law, public service and advocacy for the vulnerable and less fortunate.


"Pam was a remarkable attorney who was devoted to helping others through the practice of law," said Pikeville Medical Center President and CEO Walter E. May. "She was a leader who impacted many programs and services in Kentucky and it is fitting the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored her with this award. She truly worked to improve our world."


Of the great many Kentuckians who have praised Pamela Todd May for her kindness and life work, Gov. Matt Bevin reflected with respect and admiration.


"Her heart, her intellect, her passion for this community and her ability to apply herself as she did for the service to others, there are very few people like her in the world, " said Gov. Bevin.


After graduating from University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978, May worked as an assistant Pike County Attorney and practiced law with the firm of Stratton, May and Hays where she was a partner. In 1993, she founded and operated Pam May Law Firm, now the East Kentucky Law Group, one of the most respected law firms in the state.


May's remarkable work ethic and commitment to others was not lost on other Kentucky leaders.


"She was well respected in Pikeville and around the Commonwealth for her work in the legal community," said U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. "Pam dedicated her talents to Pikeville Medical Center and the University of Kentucky, two institutions that will miss her skill and dedication."


May served as Pikeville Medical Center Chief Legal Counsel for 31 years and served for 12 years on University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. An author to Kentucky Health Law, she was a tremendous influence for women in law and was recognized by the Women's Law Caucus for her outstanding contributions.


Among May's lifetime of service to Kentucky, she served as president of the Pike County Bar Association, was a member of the Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Physician/Attorney Liaison Committee of the Kentucky Medical Society, and the Steering Committee for the Health Care Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.


Pamela Todd May's advocacy to improve the lives of Kentuckians can also be found in innumerable examples throughout her remarkable career.


When she represented individuals after the decision by the Social Security Administration to terminate the benefits of 900 people, Pam worked with Pikeville Medical Center to provide those affected with free medical records and counsel.


She organized a seminar at the University of Kentucky Law School to train volunteer lawyers in representation of 1,500 individuals who had lost or were threatened to lose their benefits.


In addition, May provided training to volunteer lawyers to obtain and utilize medical records and volunteered East Kentucky Law Group to represent a number of the affected individuals.


Another example of her dedication and resilience occurred one Christmas when she helped a family that had nearly lost everything.


"Their power and water was disconnected," said East Kentucky Law Group Office Manager Jackie Coleman. "They had no food, no gifts for their children. Pam did not stop until they had food, gifts, power and water reconnected. It seemed that this could not be accomplished, but if she decided to do something, she would not stop until the mission was finished."


Given her charitable spirit and vast accomplishments throughout her life, Pamela Todd May was selected for this year's award named in honor of Lon B. and Mary Evelyn Rogers. Mary Evelyn Rogers lived by the simple philosophy "Bloom where you're planted."


Through their efforts in the field of education and health the Rogers helped to ensure others had a chance to bloom as did Pamela Todd May, who was the 23rd recipient of the lifetime achievement award. Along with her husband Walter E. May, who was the 14th recipient in 2008, they are only the second couple to have earned the distinction following Dr. John and JoAnn Strosnider in 2007.


"We are exceptionally proud to dedicate this year's lifetime achievement award to Pamela Todd May," said Gibson. "She was a pillar of our society and was exemplary in all that she accomplished in helping others in the region. Kentucky will long remember Pam as a champion for the Commonwealth."




— Story courtesy of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages the community to participate in the 4th annual Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk on August 26 in downtown Pikeville. Proceeds will benefit underinsured patients of Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Canter Center.


Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center Plaza on Main Street. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone will receive a finisher medal and the top three overall male and female finishers will be awarded. The top three male and female finishers in each age division will also receive a medal. In addition, awards will also be given for most colorful and most creative attire.


Entry fees are as follows:


•$20 – registration (must be registered prior to race day)


•$30 – day of race


Register at or complete the Colors of Courage 5K registration form found at any information desk at PMC or in the Medical Leader and deliver it, along with your entry fee, to:


Pikeville Medical Center – Public Relations Department, Attention: Kelly Rowe, 131 Summit Dr., Pikeville, KY 41501.


For more information about the Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, call 606-218-4509 or visit

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Thursday, August 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) proudly announces the addition of Mariano E. Rivera, D.P.M., Podiatrist Physician.


Dr. Rivera received his Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Rivera received his medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.


"I knew early on I wanted to be a Podiatrist," Dr. Rivera said. "My mother introduced me to her Podiatrist and after speaking to him, I fell in love with the surgeries I would be involved in, and the type of patient care that has such a huge impact on the person".


Dr. Rivera said the ability to help a patient walk pain free is one aspect he loves about his specialty.


He said his biggest mentor was Dr. Reilly.


"Dr. Reilly taught me if you have strong surgical training, then there is nothing you cannot achieve as a surgeon," he said. "He also taught me the importance of conservative care and exhausting all conservative care prior to taking a patient to surgery."He looks forward to providing care to the region.


"My goals for my practice are to make all of my patients feel as important to me as my family," said Dr. Rivera.


"When patients know that they have my genuine interest in whatever issue they have and my genuine compassion, they are more comfortable with the treatment plans we decide on together, and have a much better chance at full recovery," he said.


Several factors drew Dr. Rivera to PMC. He said everyone was very nice and inviting during his visit.


"My wife and daughters came with me to the hospital for my first interview and it was amazing how friendly everyone was. This made me realize that PMC and Pikeville was very family oriented," he said.


He said he loves exploring the outdoors.


"I also fell in love with the beautiful scenery of the mountains and the picturesque background they provided. I come from the flat land of Chicago that has large skyscrapers instead of mountains. This was also an opportunity to move closer to my mom who has lived in Kentucky for two years now."


When he's not caring for his patients, Dr. Rivera loves to spend time with his wife and children. They enjoy swimming, playing at the park, and going to the movies and enjoying the largest tub of popcorn they have.


Dr. Rivera also enjoys riding his bike and cannot wait to take it on the hills of Pikeville. He enjoys participating in Martial Arts, and has a Black Belt in Hap-Ki-Do.

Author Name: 
Amanda Jo Lawson
Thursday, August 17, 2017

JEAN, W.Va. — The 2017 National Scout Jamboree was held at Summit Bechtel Reserve on July 19-28. Over 37,000 Boy Scouts from 39 different countries, ventures and explorers took part in the 10-day event.


Forty scouts and leaders from Blue Grass Council participated in the Jamboree, including six scouts and two leaders from Pike County.


Summit Bechtel Reserve is 10,600 acres of post-mining land adjacent to West Virginia's New River Gorge, developed by corporate sponsors to host the National Boy Scout Jamboree every four years. The Summit is the new home of achievement, adventure and innovation in scouting.


Over 800 military members were on hand to perform demonstrations of the Freedom Trail and Freedom Field including, US Coast Guard water rescue simulation, US Army Special Forces operations and Black Hawk mission simulations.


During the Jamboree, it is the densest city in the US with more inhabitants per square mile than any other place in the US and would be the third largest city in the state of W.Va.


"The National Jamboree was an amazing experience with a first class organization. With almost 40,000 people there it was executed almost flawlessly. Scouting is alive and well, and teaches children good skills for a better way of life," said Phil Justice.


Justice shared a story of an 11-year old that had never fished.


"He learned to tie a lure, dropped his line in the water and caught a 22 pound fish – Jamboree record bass. The excitement in that boy's eyes was indescribable," he said. "Serving as kayak staff, I was fortunate to attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience with my son. I would definitely recommend it to everyone."


At the 2013 Jamboree, ventures, a branch of the BSA that includes young women, were part of the Jamboree for the first time.


Scouts had to set up camp, including mess tents, sleeping tents and cots upon arrival. The camping areas were set up in five major base camps – Foxtrot, Delta, Charlie, Bravo and Alpha. Each camp can house between 6,500-8,300 scouts.


Each camp was responsible for their own meals each day, including making the supply list, gathering supplies from the main supply area and preparing food for their unit.


Scouts were able to receive training and work on skills for merit badges, including conservation, sustainability, STEM based activities and numerous life skills.


A typical day of scouting included 8 to 10 miles of walking and elective activities. Those included whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, zip lining, scuba diving, ropes courses, ATV riding and shooting sports.


First timer, Blake Justice said he really enjoyed the Jamboree.


"Jambo was awesome! When I got there I worried about how I could do it all in 10 days," he said. "It was nice to do the day of service but my favorite things were the water sports, especially whitewater rafting, kayaking and the water reality obstacle course. This was beyond a great experience."


Jamboree participants who completed the 1,000-foot climb to the Summit of Bechtel Summit Reserve enjoyed a day long program of discovering seven different villages – pioneering, Scottish Highland games, Buckskin Village, field sports, Spartan races, America's first scout camp and an Native American Village.


The Summit is the largest natural outdoor arena in the state, featuring the longest combined zip lines in the world, largest manmade outdoor climbing facility in the country and top purpose-built mountain biking facility.


Each Council was required to participate in a service project. Blue Grass Council traveled to Bluefield State College for a day of service at the baseball field, mulching, painting, cleaning and laying gravel.


The Jamboree Scouts Day of Service work was completed in 45 W.Va. counties, totaling 220 projects.


Scouts enjoyed several entertainment shows including Two Doors Down, message from President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who served as the President of the National Boy Scout Organization.


The Summit features a large visitor area, where day-users can try out some of the activities the scouts take part in at the Jamboree.


Scouts around the nation and world live together as one, enjoying our beautiful Appalachian region and learned to live up to their motto "Leave no trace in the woods" but leave a big trace in the world.


The first Jamboree was held in 1937, where scouts from 48 states were in attendance. Around 27,232 scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, an additional 17 national jamborees have been held.


The Summit Bechtel Reserve will be hosting the 2019 World Jamboree.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Thursday, August 17, 2017