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06/24/2016
Westcare, MCCC receive $400K: Both among 15 facilities statewide supported by pharma settlement dollars

PIKEVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear made stops in Pike County on Tuesday, presenting checks in the amount of $400,000 each to Westcare at the Hal Rogers Recovery Center in Ashcamp, as well as Mountain Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) in Pikeville. “This money we are presenting today is part of the $7 million Purdue Pharma case settlement that will benefit 15 different recovery facilities and drug treatment centers. This is justice for those whose lives have been affected by OxyContin. ” “The company [Purdue Pharma] never let doctors know the dangers of the drug,” more on this story...  

06/24/2016
Trace Adkins, Aaron Lewis coming to Expo

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center is excited to welcome country music stars Trace Adkins and Aaron Lewis on Friday, July 15. Adkins returns for the first time since 2007 and Lewis since 2009. Tickets for the show are now on sale at the Appalachian Wireless Box Office. Ticket prices are $45, $55, $65 and $80. Adkins roared back this year with his release of “Jesus and Jones,” his first single with BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records. Call 606-444-5500 or 800-745-3000 more on this story...  

06/24/2016
BSCTC, KCA announce training for high-wage jobs

PIKEVILLE — Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions division and the Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) have announced an innovative and accelerated training program that combines high-tech training for high-wage jobs. The new program will provide students industry leading credentials in lineman, fiber optics, commercial driver’s license (CDL) and OSHA.   BSCTC’s fiber optics training program was the first in Kentucky to offer an Outside Plant Cabling certification, in addition to other certifications as a technician, specialist in testing/maintenance and splicing specialist. Dr. Devin Stephenson, more on this story...  

06/24/2016
Academic/athletic Hall of Fame banquet held

PIKEVILLE — The 2016 Pike County Academic/Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes 12 individuals and four teams during its annual awards ceremony was held June 3 at the Mark II in Pikeville. State Senator Ray S. Jones II served as the guest speaker. Individuals inducted include: Brandon Booth of Belfry High School, son of Kevin and Cindy Booth, who scored a composite score of 32 on the American College test (ACT); Mason Justice of Pike County Central High, son of Shelia West, who scored a more on this story...  

06/17/2016
Fourth annual Dewey Lake Triathlon this Saturday

PRESTONSBURG — The fourth annual Dewey Lake Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the Terry Boat Dock at the Jenny Wiley State Park beginning at 8 a. m. It is hosted by local running club East Kentucky Racers. The event is an Olympic distance triathlon and will consist of a . 5-mile swim, a 26-mile bike and a 6. 2-mile run.   The event will be professionally timed by Appalachian Timing Group and will offer full course support along with finishers’ medals and top three medals for both men and more on this story...  

06/17/2016
KYCOM honors graduates, faculty

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently held its annual graduation banquet honoring graduates and faculty members. William Griffin Tucker, D. O. , of Campbellsville, received the Dean’s Award. The Dean’s Award is presented to the student whose leadership, humanity and loyalty to the profession exemplify the ideals, mission and goals of KYCOM. Matthew Jay Boeve, D. O. , of Holland, Mich. , received the John A. Strosnider, D. O. , Memorial Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a KYCOM graduate who exemplifies Strosnider’s commitment to family medicine and his love and dedication to osteopathic medicine more on this story...  

06/17/2016
Opry summer season opens June 18

PRESTONSBURG —  Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will open its 2016 Summer Season  Saturday, June 18 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) at 7:30 p. m. The Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros will be opening the show. This year marks the Opry’s 26th season of highlighting the bloodline of the Country Music Highway to fans throughout Central Appalachia with elements of country, rock, bluegrass, and gospel music. This summer’s shows will have a “Looking For America” theme. “We wanted to showcase our Americana roots this more on this story...  

06/10/2016
SOAR Summit highlights jobs, quality of life in region

PIKEVILLE — The third-annual Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit, held at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on June 6, focused on finding solutions to create jobs, enhancing regional innovation and improving the quality of life across the region. More than 1,000 attendees came to Pikeville to hear U. S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and national, state and county leaders discuss ideas. More than 130 innovators were showcased during the event. “They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, we are here to invent,” Congressman Rogers said during more on this story...  

06/10/2016
Long-term risks of Opioid use

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term. While the study identified past or present nicotine use and substance abuse as top risk factors for long-term use of opioids, all patients should proceed with caution when offered opioid painkiller more on this story...  

06/10/2016
UPIKE nursing students honored

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing recently honored 32 new nurses during the 32nd annual nursing pinning ceremony. Students were pinned by nursing faculty, reciting the Florence Nightingale Pledge against the backdrop of a beautiful candle-lit ceremony. The traditional ceremony dates back to the 1860s and was adopted by Nightingale as a way to honor her most outstanding graduate nurses. Carlee Jlynn Smith of Staffordsville was the recipient of the Elizabeth Akers Elliott Award, selected by the nursing faculty as the student who “best exemplifies the caring compassion and more on this story...  

  

06/24/2016
HCIJ gearing up for Kids Day in the Park, ‘The Ride’

PIKEVILLE — Hillbilly Christmas in July (HCIJ) is gearing up for the annual Randy Jones Memorial Ride for the Kids on Sunday, July 17. HCIJ, celebrating 11 years, has a number of weekend activities planned, including its annual blood drive at Harley Davidson in Pikeville beginning at 10 a. m. , on Saturday, July 16. Following the blood drive, riders will set out for the Big Sandy Regional Airport for Airport Days in Inez. Planned activities for children will take place in Pikeville City Park from 5 until 7 p. m. Inflatables, carnival games and other more on this story...  

06/24/2016
Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure groundbreaking held

A ground breaking ceremony Tuesday marked the start of construction for the new Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure wildlife visitor center and campground at Southern Gap. The ceremony got underway at 10 a. m. June 21 at the Coal Canyon/Spearhead Trails Trailhead just past Poplar Gap Park in Buchanan County, Va. A number of state and local officials were on hand to speak about the project and its importance to tourism economic development efforts. Billie Campbell, vice president of Mooseport Properties, LLC, the developer of the project, opened the event. Mooseport Properties principals, Patrick Owens more on this story...  

06/24/2016
UPIKE features mother, daughter artwork

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville Weber Art Gallery is currently featuring the artwork of Laura Ford Hall and her mother Janice B. Ford. The art showcase, titled “Blessed,” will feature 40 paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, tempra, drawing pencil and colored pencil created by the mother and daughter duo. The show runs through July 31. Ford, who passed in 2007 of cancer, taught her daughter art lessons nearly everyday. “We were always into some kind of artistic project when I was little,” said Hall. “As far back more on this story...  

06/17/2016
Annual camp offers hope for many children

PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police (KSP) have provided a remarkable opportunity for children throughout the region to attend a popular summer camp – Trooper Island. The camp provides hope to children in need at no expense to the camper’s family or guardian. “We partner with local schools, as well as personal contact with some of the kids troopers meet while on a complaint to a residence,” said  KSP Public Affairs Officer Steven Mounts.   Trooper Island is a week-long adventure.   It is part of a long-range program of public more on this story...  

06/17/2016
PCYLC awards top students

Members of the Pike County Youth Leadership Council (PCYLC) were rewarded with honors at its annual Awards Ceremony on May 31. Two graduating seniors from Pike County Central were awarded the highest honor for graduating females, the Rosalind Stanley Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership. The awards went to PCYLC 2015-16 President Taryn Syck and Vice President Mary Beth Hall. A special award was also presented to Pike Central Senior Lacy May, who earned the J. Adam Handy Award. This award is named for a former PCYLC President whose service representing not only more on this story...  

06/17/2016
State leaders called on to invest in walking, walkable communities

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky State Alliance is urging Governor Matt Bevin to heed the U. S. Surgeon General’s call to action to make walkable communities a national priority in order to address rising rates of chronic disease across the nation.   The YMCA Preschool teacher, Angi Keathley, felt that her class should take advantage of local resources in her community.   “I thought that this would be an educational experience beyond our classroom to see local wildlife and nature in our town. ” The walking field trip would take the 12 children ½ mile, more on this story...  

06/17/2016
Expo Events

Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour PIKEVILLE — Tickets are now on sale for Ted Nugent’s Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour coming to the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, Aug. 19. The music icon has released more than 34 albums and has sold a career total of 30 million records. He was known throughout his early career in the 1970s for using Fender amps, a large part of his signature sound, and for playing the hollow-body Gibson-Byrdland guitar. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in more on this story...  

06/10/2016
UPIKE honors academic achievements

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville recently held a series of events celebrating academic excellence and student achievement. Outstanding students in each academic major from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Coleman College of Business, Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing and the Patton College of Education were individually recognized. Members of honor societies, academic clubs and organizations were also honored. Individuals who received awards for outstanding academic achievement in their field of study were Bradley Loader of Pikeville, art; Cari Leigh Moore of Garner, Ky. , English; Jackson Hussey of Perth, Australia, film and media more on this story...  

06/10/2016
New measures in place to help fight opioid, heroin abuse

The Obama administration has unveiled a handful of new measures intended to fight prescription opioid and heroin abuse in America. “I think the public doesn’t fully appreciate yet the scope of the problem,” President Barack Obama told people attending the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. New initiatives include: •Making funding available to states to purchase and distribute the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, and to train first responders and others on its use. •Increasing the patient limit for qualified physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid more on this story...  

06/10/2016
Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour

Tickets are now on sale for Ted Nugent’s Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour coming to the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Friday, Aug. 19. The music icon has released more than 34 albums and has sold a career total of 30 million records. He was known throughout his early career in the 1970s for using Fender amps, a large part of his signature sound, and for playing the hollow-body Gibson Byrdland guitar. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.  After playing with the Amboy more on this story...  

 





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