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Patient learns to walk again

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville resident Betty Hobbs knew something was wrong in 2001 when she started feeling weak and her legs began to give out when she walked.   A fractured knee bone led to an early retirement from Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) cafeteria.   more on this story...  


PMC welcomes General Surgeon Art George Asrian

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome General Surgeon Art George Asrian.   Dr. Asrian received his medical degree from Pirogov’s Medical School in Moscow, Russia.   He completed a residency in general surgery at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and at Wake Forest University more on this story...  


PMC remembers two of the best

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) employees said goodbye to two of their most beloved former coworkers this month, Delores “Dodie” Poole, RN and Ermile Looney Robinson. Poole, age 79, passed away on Monday, August 11 and Robinson, age 75, passed away on Sunday, August more on this story...  


Uterine fibroid treatment evolves

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Interventional Radiologists are providing advanced treatment to assist patients suffering from uterine fibroids. As many as one in five women may have uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. Half of all women have fibroids by age 50. According to PMC more on this story...  


PMC welcomes new physician Dr. Gadikota

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota.   He joined to hospital on August 18. Dr. Gadikota received his medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College in India before obtaining a Master’s in Public Health from West Virgina more on this story...  


  

PMC welcomes Ophthalmologist Kay Hazelett

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is proud to welcome Ophthalmologist Kay Hazelett.   Dr. Hazelett received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Louisville. She then completed a more on this story...  


PMC welcomes Dr. Naveed Ahmed

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome Neurologist Dr. Naveed Ahmed to its team of specialists in the PMC Clinic.   He joined the hospital on Aug. 4.   Dr. Ahmed has been caring for patients in the region for more than a decade.   more on this story...  


PMC patient thankful for care

PIKEVILLE — Elkhorn City resident Mary Owens arrived at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) with severe pain in her legs rendering her unable to walk. PMC’s Vascular Surgeon Dr. Bashar Ghosheh examined Owens and delivered a diagnosis of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). PVD refers more on this story...  


PMC welcomes new physician Dr. Noorul Khan

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to welcome General Surgeon Dr. Noorul Khan.   He joined the hospital on August 18.   Dr. Khan received his medical degree from Jawaharla Nehru Medical College in Aligarh, India.   He completed a fellowship in multi-organ transplantation from Mount more on this story...  


Stork Report

Claire Elise Haynes, daughter of Morgan Brooke Haynes and Terry Haynes II, born Aug. 7, weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. Mikey Ray Morton, son of Kayla and Michael Morton, born Aug. 7, weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz. Ryder Koal Bolen, son of Kori more on this story...  


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Community News


GTL plant planned in Pike County: KEDFA approves $18 million in tax incentives

LOUISVILLE — Pike County is diversifying its energy portfolio. Local and state leaders joined members of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority on Aug. 28 to announce a proposed clean natural gas project. The announcement followed a meeting of the Kentucky Economic more on this story...  


Southeast Kentucky Chamber promotes ‘One Future’: Pikeville Medical Center honored

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky (SEKY) Chamber hosted its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The event, presented by Pikeville Medical Center, focused on recognizing the contributions of several local individuals and businesses as well creating a brighter more on this story...  


Flash flood damages homes, businesses

PRESTONSBURG — Rain pounded the region on Aug. 22, causing flash floods that damaged and devastated homes, businesses and roads in several areas throughout the region. Floyd County Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley reported that four inches of rain fell in approximately 49 minutes in parts more on this story...  


Martin turns creativity into company

WHITESBURG — Letcher County native Crystal Martin is building her business, one basket at a time. The 36-year-old opened the Heritage Basket Company on Jan. 1 while living in Mt. Vernon. She returned to her family home place in Whitesburg — bringing her business with her more on this story...  


Meet Vanessa

This 14-year-old has experienced much in her short life. She describes herself as a nice person who will stick up for people and does not like to see others mistreated or singled out. Vanessa likes to dress up and try different more on this story...  


Festivals, concerts, plays set for Labor Day weekend

There is no shortage of activities local residents can enjoy this Labor Day weekend. Three local festivals are underway and the weekend will bring dozens of musicians, actors, and actresses to local stages. The local list of activities includes: more on this story...  


Hatfield-McCoy cemetery marker to be unveiled

PHELPS — The Kentucky Historical Society will unveil a new historical marker for a Pike County cemetery that’s related to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud this week. Kentucky Historical Society officials will join officials from the Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to unveil the historical marker more on this story...  


BSCTC launches training program

PRESTONSBURG —  Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions office kicked off “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” training on Tuesday, August 19, for workforce, non-profit and civic leaders across eastern Kentucky on its Mayo campus. The program, facilitated by Bob more on this story...  


Shepherd exhibit open in P’burg

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host “The Art of Shannon Shepherd” exhibit in its art gallery through October 5. Shepherd, who resides in Floyd County, has a keen eye for eastern Kentucky culture. His exhibit includes a collage of life in more on this story...  


MISSION TRIP: Changing hearts through health care

PIKEVILLE — With servant hearts, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine students embarked on a weeklong mission trip using their gifts to volunteer in the community of Batey Nueve, Dominican Republic. The mission team of more than 56 volunteers included 37 KYCOM more on this story...  


DO Colston honored to volunteer

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was written and submitted by John Colston, DO. ) Some are called to medicine, some are called mission work, and a select few are called to medical missions. I was recently privileged enough to work with 39 first more on this story...  


Pikeville begins twinning process with Ireland city

DUNDALK, IRELAND — Alltech, a global animal nutrition company, announced plans to invest millions and build business in Pikeville in May. This month, the city of Pikeville is beginning the process of “twinning” with native homeplace of the company’s founder. Pikeville City Manager more on this story...  


Floyd launches ‘Digital Conversion’ program: Thousands of students to receive new computers

MARTIN — The Floyd County School District celebrated the launch of its new Digital Conversion program at an Aug. 12 press conference at May Valley Elementary School. “We’re very excited about today,” Floyd County Board of Education Chairman Jeff Stumbo said. “We want to thank the more on this story...  


Pike schools offer ‘Helpline’

PIKEVILLE — Students, parents and community members can now anonymously report unsafe school situations to the Pike County Schools “Safe School Helpline. ” By calling 800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423), ext. 359, anyone can report bullying, violence, drugs/alcohol, theft, weapons, thoughts of suicide or any unsafe school condition, said Valerie more on this story...  


This adorable girl wants to be a veterinarian

Delicia, 14, is a beautiful work in progress. Her smile is infectious and she seems shy when you first meet her. She lists gospel, hip-hop and rock as her favorite music. She describes herself as part “girlie more on this story...  


Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Schedule of Events

Saturday, Aug. 23 •7 p. m. : Hatfield McCoy Beauty Pageant at University of Pikeville Booth Auditorium. 606-437-6891 or 606-639-9414 Friday, Aug. 29 •6 p. m. to 11 p. m. : Carnival open • 8 p. m. : Meet the BBQ contestants, live more on this story...  


Labor Day 2014: Music, arts on stage

Local residents have plenty of choices when looking to be entertained during Labor Day weekend. Local theaters are opening their doors to a variety of plays and musicians will perform on several stages. Here’s what to expect during Labor Day weekend. Sundy Best more on this story...  


Raging Rapid to host art festival

ELKHORN CITY — Raging Rapid Art Gallery, located at 155 W. Russell St. in Elkhorn City, will host its inaugural Tattoo Art Festival during Labor Day weekend. The festival will take place Aug. 30, featuring events that are open to the public in the art gallery more on this story...  


Rodeo returns to Isom Days

ISOM — Labor Day weekend will mark the 25th anniversary for Isom Days. The 25th Annual Isom Days Festival will be held Aug. 25-31 in downtown Isom, located approximately 10 miles north of Whitesburg. The festival features a carnival, musical entertainment, food and more on this story...  


‘What Wright Hall Means to Pike County Girls’ (By the Girls Themselves)

Editor’s note: Pikeville Independent School will host its 100-year reunion on July 30-Aug. 1, 2015. This is the second in a series of monthly articles that explore the history of the school. This article is compiled by excerpts from “History of Pikeville High School,” which more on this story...  


Breaks hosts Tri-state Gospel Sing

BREAKS, Va. — The 64th annual Tri-State Gospel Sing will be held  at Breaks Interstate Park from Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at the amphitheater. The Jackson Family, Ronnie Spriggs, Salvation Rain, Tammy Jones Robinette, Steppin’ Out on Faith, Gospel Grass Trio, The Parsons, Keen more on this story...  


ALS Ride for a Cure this weekend

PIKEVILLE — Local residents are invited to raise awareness and funds to fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig ’s Disease) this weekend. The Third Annual ALS Ride for a Cure will begin with registration at noon at the Pikeville Harley Davidson. During registration, participants more on this story...  


  

EAST MEETS WEST: UPIKE, WKU collaborate on health programs

PIKEVILLE — The distance between Pikeville and Bowling Green will soon be just a mouse click away. The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) and Western Kentucky University (WKU) announced a partnership that will offer three health-related master’s degree programs to UPIKE students as well as provide WKU more on this story...  


Patton Leadership Institute formed

PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking its Leadership Southeast Kentucky program to the next level. The leadership program began as Leadership Pike County in 2003 with the goal of building a stronger community by offering leadership development skills to community members. more on this story...  


Floyd Rescue Squad to dedicate building

PRESTONSBURG — The dream of having a bigger, more convenient facility is now a reality for the Floyd County Rescue Squad, and officials there want the public to help them celebrate. Construction began on the 14,588-square-foot Alexander, Goble, Willis Rescue Training Center following a more on this story...  


Carrying on a family tradition: Hereford opens Borders of Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG — Opening a new business is a dream come true for Floyd County resident Thomas Hereford IV. Hereford, a volunteer firefighter and co-captain of the Floyd County Rescue Squad, opened Borders of Prestonsburg in the Richmond Plaza this month. Carrying a full more on this story...  


‘Ride for Baby Clay’ this weekend: Local residents host fundraisers for Pike County baby with cancer

PIKEVILLE — Local communities are rallying behind the family of a baby that was recently diagnosed with cancer. Clay Allen, the one-year-old son of Cody and Trista Allen of Belcher, was diagnosed with fourth-stage neuroblastoma on July 11. “It is something more on this story...  


IPRA-sanctioned rodeo set for Expo Center

PIKEVILLE — The Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center will host a rodeo show this year. The Hedrick Rodeo Company will host a rodeo sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and presented by the El Hasa Shriners on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Hedrick more on this story...  


Be safe on the water this Labor Day weekend

FRANKFORT — The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of the boating season. Boaters, kayakers and canoeists will swarm waters all over Kentucky during the holiday weekend, squeezing the last bit of fun out of what many consider the last weekend of summer. more on this story...  


New play opens at ACT

ELKHORN CITY — The Artists Collaborative Theatre is celebrating its 12th year of production and seventh season of performances in its black-box theatre in Elkhorn City. On Sept. 4, ACT will open performances of “Smoke on the Mountain,” a comedy about a 1938 gospel more on this story...  


East Kentucky Marathon, Coal Dust Run set

PRESTONSBURG — The East Kentucky Racers invites the public to participate in the Eastern Kentucky Marathon next weekend. Registration begins at 8 a. m. on Sept. 6 at Archer Clinic in Prestonsburg—which serves as both the start and the finish of the race. more on this story...  


Becoming ‘Work Ready’: Floyd County group seeks work readiness designation

PRESTONSBURG — A year-long effort to bring “Work Ready” certification to Floyd County is paying off. Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Floyd County is among several Kentucky counties making progress in the effort to become a “Work Ready” community. On Aug. 14, Gov. more on this story...  


Alltech seeks applications for several openings

DUBOYNE, IRELAND — Alltech, the international company that recently announced the development of several businesses in Pikeville, is seeking applicants for several positions. From Aug. 15 – Sept. 30, Alltech will accept applications for the third annual Alltech Career Development Program, which is open more on this story...  


WYMT launches second channel

HAZARD —  WYMT is proud to announce the launch of eastern Kentucky’s newest local television channel. WYMT. 2 is now home to THIS TV’s award winning films, box office hits and retro television series, as well as local programming. For more on this story...  


PHS chefs compete at state fair

FRANKFORT — The Pikeville High School Jr. Chef Cooking Team is among a handful of schools competing at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament this month. Team members Katie Adkins, Cailee Marcum, Emma Looney, Colby Belcher and Ja’Mesa Honaker, coached more on this story...  


PCYLC members chosen to lead student senate

PIKEVILLE — Three members of the Pike County Youth Leadership Council were elected to serve on the first Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Student Senate. PCYLC President Dalton Hatfield, a senior at Belfry, Taryn Syck, a junior at Pike Central and Alannah Little, a junior at Pikeville more on this story...  


Hatfield McCoy Festival set

PIKEVILLE — For the second year, Pike County will welcome visitors during Labor Day weekend for the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival. The festival kicks off with a carnival at 6 p. m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with numerous events. more on this story...  


Bourbon, BBQ & Beer Bash set: Winner could earn $1,000

PIKEVILLE — In its second year, the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival will feature the first “Bourbon, BBQ and Beer Bash. ” Sponsored by the Pikeville Main Street Program, the event will feature the first ever “It All Started with a Pig” BBQ contest. more on this story...  


THE ROBOTS ARE COMING: Mann Toyota offers entertainment Labor Day weekend

PRESTONSBURG — A local car dealership is bringing bring the bling to Prestonsburg. Mann Toyota, located at 1811 U. S. Highway 23 North, is bringing “King Robota” to its business on Aug. 29-30. Dubbed “the future of technology entertainment,” King Robota offers multi-million more on this story...  


Hatfield-McCoy Geotrail begins Labor Day

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. — History buffs, adventure seekers and people who are curious about the Hatfield & McCoy Feud may retrace the footsteps of the feuding mountain families during Labor Day weekend. The Third Annual Hatfield & McCoy GeoTrail Mega Event geocaching event will be held on more on this story...  


Feud descendant to speak at Heritage Days

PIKEVILLE — A descendant of Perry Cline, who played an important role during the Hatfield and McCoy Feud, will offer a presentation during the Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Festival. Jacob Perry “Pete” Cline III, the great grandson of Perry Cline, will talk to more on this story...  


Local college students undergo summer training

PIKEVILLE – Seven college students spent their summer working at Highway District 12 as part of their KYTC scholarship rewards: two engineering technology students and five who are pursing civil engineering degrees. Ethan Erwin and Michael Paul Brown, both engineering tech students at Big more on this story...  


BSCTC offers bi-term schedule

PRESTONSBURG– Big Sandy Community and Technical College offers hundreds of classes online and in-person through its bi-term schedule.   The accelerated classes begin on October 20 and qualify for financial aid. “So many students simply run out of time trying to get into classes more on this story...  


Goal set for Eastern Kentucky Alzheimer’s Walk

PIKEVILLE – The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association set a goal of raising $16,000 at the Eastern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Oct. 11 at Pikeville City Park. “Funds raised for the walk will provide support services for more on this story...  


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Obituaries


Obituaries

Mary Ann May, 81, of Huddy, died Aug. 19. Survivors: husband Bob G. May; other family members. Funeral: Aug. 23 at Hatfield Funeral Chapel. Burial: Dotson Cemetery, McCarr Herman R. Puckett, 90, of Ashcamp, died Aug. 19. Survivors: wife Marie Looney Puckett; children Wanda more on this story...  


  

Obituaries

Granville “Jack” Jackson Johnson, 83, of Ypsilanti, Mich. , formerly of Pike County, died Aug. 19. Survivors: several nieces and nephews; other family members. Funeral: Aug. 24 at Lucas and Son Funeral Home. Burial: Johnson Family Cemetery Katie Bernice Oakes, 72, of Three Mile Creek, more on this story...  


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Sports


East Ridge 20, Allen Central 8: Big first half carries Warriors past Rebs

EASTERN — East Ridge quarterback Brody Johnson tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Warriors to a season-opening 20-8 victory over Allen Central at Donnie Daniels Field on Aug. 22. The win marked the success return of former more on this story...  


Pikeville 30, Prestonsburg 29 - Gamble pays off, Panthers stun Cats

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville head coach Chris McNamee wasn’t about to play for overtime against Prestonsburg. The veteran coach rolled the dice and his Panthers scored an improbable 30-29 win over the Blackcats in the closing seconds at Hillard Howard Field on Aug. 23. more on this story...  


High School Soccer Roundup: Belfry, Pikeville, Paintsville post victories

HAZARD — Belfry built a 2-0 halftime lead the Pirates went on to beat host Hazard, 5-1, in boys’ high school soccer action on Aug. 23. Noah McNamee took an assist from Blake Mendoza and scored 16 minutes into the match and Wilson Harris took and more on this story...  


High School Football Roundup: Magoffin County tops SF; PCC game suspended

SALYERSVILLE — Magoffin County opened its new turf football stadium in style with a 47-28 victory over South Floyd on Aug. 23. The game was originally scheduled for Aug. 22 but was moved up one night following the heavy rainfall and severe lightning that covered nearly more on this story...  


High School Soccer Roundup: Belfry blanks Lincoln Co.;Perry Central tops LCC

HAMLIN, W. Va. — Belfry’s Wilson Harris scored two goals to help lead the Pirates to a 6-0 win over Lincoln (W. Va. ) High School on boys’ soccer action on Aug. 26. Dylan Brown, Matthew Lambert and Noah McNamee added one each while Trevor Kohari and more on this story...  


Friday Night Lights

Here is a look at this week’s high school football matchups: Pikeville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0-0) vs. Prestonsburg. . . . . . . . . . . (0-0) Date: Aug. 22 Site: Hillard Howard Field Kickoff: 7:30 p. m. Radio: 98. 1 FM more on this story...  


  

Letcher Central 30, Berea 0: Blair passes Cougars to victory over Bucs

ERMINE — Letcher Central scored on all four of its first-quarter possession and the Cougars beat Berea in the Sports “R” Us Football Classic at LCCHS Stadium on Aug. 22. The game was suspended because of severe lightning with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter. more on this story...  


Friday Night Lights

Here is a look at this week’s high school football matchups: Shelby Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0-0) vs. Paris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-0) Date: Aug. 29 Site: Teco Field Kickoff: 6:05 p. m. Radio: 103. 1 FM more on this story...  


Phelps 0, Jenkins 0 - Hornets, Cavaliers end scoreless

JENKINS — It wasn’t the heavy rainfall which passed through the area that forced the suspension of the Phelps and Jenkins football game at Tommy Bush Field on Aug. 22 – it was the severe lightning. The two teams played the opening half in more on this story...  


High School Volleyball Roundup: Allen Central cruises; PHS tops PCC

EASTERN — Regional volleyball power Allen Central cruised to a 3-0 victory over Belfry in girls’ high school volleyball action on Aug. 26. Junior-standout Katie Kendrick had 14 kills while Emily Johnson and Sarah Grindrod added seven each in the 25-7; 25-8; and 25-8 win over more on this story...  


Pike County Bowl kicks off next Friday: Coaches ‘excited’ about bowl experience

PIKEVILLE — Area football coaches praised Community Trust Bank and WYMT TV for its financial support over the past 29 years. All money raised during the two-night event is distributed to all high schools located throughout Pike County. “The bowl game each year more on this story...  


MSC coaches pick UPIKE men’s soccer to finish eighth

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville men’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth according to a preseason poll of the Mid-South Conference coaches, league officials announced on Friday. UPIKE, which will be led by first-year head coach Adam Johnson, finished 5-11-1 overall and more on this story...  


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Chaplains Corner


It’s okay to ask for help

Are you one of America’s many proud folks who always think they can do it themselves? I must confess, I struggle with this aspect of myself. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve needlessly broken just because I think I more on this story...  


  

Reach out to others: People who are hurting need to know that someone cares.

“Reach out and touch someone. ”  We could all take seriously the slogan coined for Ma Bell several years ago. All around us, people are hurting. Children and adults are experiencing various forms of abuse. Married couples split up daily. Long-term employees are more on this story...  


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