Prematurity. What does this word mean to you?


This word can mean life or death in about one in 10 births in the United States each year.


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is joining the rest of the world in observing Nov. 17 as World Prematurity Day.


"Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths," said PMC Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeanette Sexton. "Most of these babies first weeks of life are spent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny humans fight against all odds to survive."


When a baby is born prematurely, or before 37 weeks gestation, they can have severe, long-term health problems. According to the March of Dimes, these health problems can affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision.


"The more premature a baby is born, the more likely it is to have health problems," said PMC Children's Services Director Sandy Crum. "Some premature babies have to stay in the hospital's NICU, where sick newborns, with a variety of health issues, are cared for."


World Prematurity Day is a day dedicated to the families effected by premature birth, and throughout the month of November, the March of Dimes is drawing attention to the lifesaving research, treatments and community support made possible when working together to give every baby a fighting chance.


For parents who have the overwhelming experience of a NICU stay, provides stress coping advice:


•Spend as much time with your baby as you or your baby's condition permit.


•Feed your baby as soon as your doctor says it's OK — the nurses will instruct you on either breast or bottle feeding techniques, whichever is appropriate for the baby's needs and your desires.


•You may be ready to return home before your baby is, which can be very difficult – remember, your baby is in good hands and you can visit your baby as often as you'd like.


•As soon as your doctor says it's ok, gently touch, hold and cradle your baby.


"I'm proud to be part of the wonderful NICU team at PMC," added Sexton. "We play a vital role in giving these special babies and their families the physical and emotional support needed during their NICU stay."


For more information on the services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500 or visit us online at

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, November 17, 2017

PINE MOUNTAIN — The beauty of Letcher County was on display high atop Pine Mountain as state and local leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new overlooks on Nov. 10.


"This is a project that so many people worked hard at getting done in a very short period of time," Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairperson Missy Matthews said. "Before the overlooks were constructed you could come up here and see people getting out of their vehicles to view the beautiful mountain."


The ribbon-cutting took place at Falcon Overlook, located in the old location of Falcon Inn. Its elevation level is 2,557 feet.


"This location we are standing on today was an overgrown building foundation with only a chimney standing," Matthews said.


"Now look for a beautiful site."


Matthews said the entire project was completed in six weeks, having met the commission's initial deadline of fall's peak colors.


Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said the new overlooks can be a key contributor in boosting the county's economy.


"This mountain, much like many other areas of our county, offer visitors a scenic look at the beauty we have to offer, not only for our people but all those who visit the region," Ward said.


State Representative Angie Hatton, who serves the people of the 94th district, said the opening "fills her heart with joy."


"You can see the pride on the faces of people when they talk to visitors who stop here," she said. "Any project that stores pride in our people is an important step to our economic recovery."


Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Deputy Secretary Regina Stivers, a native of Letcher County, praised Matthews for her commitment to restoring life to the region through her hard work and dedication.


"She [Missy] doesn't want to take any credit for what's getting done here at home but she has made great strides in a short period of time when it comes to tourism," Stivers said.


Other overlooks include:


•Cliffside, located in the curve before the summit on the mountain, is at an elevation of 2,315 feet.


•Hemlock, located at an elevation of 2,377 feet, gives visitors a 180-degree view of Letcher County's mountain range.


•Hogg, dedicated to Debbie Hogg, sits at 2,399 feet and offers the same accommodating amenities as Hemlock.


•Sanders Andrew Collins, the fifth site, sits at the old site of Collins' log lodge. The stone chimney at this site is from the original lodge.


For more information about the overlooks or Letcher County tourism, visit or

NOW OPEN: Letcher County Tourism Commission Chairperson Missy Matthews, below, addresses the crowd gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open five scenic overlooks, including the Hogg Overlook, above, high atop Pine Mountain. The entire project was completed in just six weeks.
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Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 17, 2017

At Pikeville Medical Center (PMC), Women's and Children's Services are with you from the first kicks to the biggest steps.


With our full-service staff, we strive to ensure you and your children receive the best possible care.


"You will receive quality, regional care from our highly experienced team of physicians, nurses and support staff," said PMC Women's Services Director Tondra Blevins. "You can stay close to home with the comfort of knowing you are receiving the best possible care."


Our seven obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYN) offer services such as annual exams, family planning, infertility, menopause and high-risk pregnancy.


"Our region is blessed to offer care close to home with the combined expertise from an amazing group of OB/GYNs," said PMC Clinic Floor Manager Jennifer Raines.


For families who are awaiting the birth of their little one, Perinatal Education is offered by our certified Lactation Consultant.


This education includes information such as when to go to the hospital, what to expect during your hospital stay, basic infant care and feeding options for your infant.


"The Perinatal Education can begin at 28 weeks or greater gestation," said PMC Lactation Consultant Jodi Ison. "I provide valuable information to expecting parents at both PMC OB/GYN locations."


The birth of a child is an exciting time, and yet can be an overwhelming experience. PMC understands this and that's why we offer a newborn nursery that has modified rooming in.


"Rooming in means families have the choice of having their infant remain in the mother's room or having our nursery staff care for the baby in short intervals," said PMC Children's Services Director Sandy Crum. "Our nursery staff is very caring and happy to help new parents in any way."


Another great service offered at PMC, is the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU is where sick infants receive the care needed for a variety of health problems after birth.


"The NICU is one of the greatest assets at PMC," said Crum. "We not only care for infants born at PMC, but we also care for sick infants from surrounding area hospitals that are transported to us. Because of this service, these infants can stay close to home, making it much easier for families and friends to give parents much needed support."


When it's time to choose a pediatrician, PMC has a pediatric team that offers well-child visits, immunizations, school exams and sports physicals.


"PMC has an excellent team of pediatricians that are compassionate and strive to go above and beyond for each patient," added Raines.


For more information on the Women's and Children's Services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500 or visit us online at

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, November 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Santa Claus and his helpers will make their annual return to the area on Saturday. CSX officials have announced the 75th-annual, 110-mile journey of the Santa Train will make stops in Pike County.


Despite the decline of coal and CSX's reduction of workforce as a direct result, officials said the holidays for many throughout the Appalachian region will remain bright.


The train will kick off its journey from Pike County to Kingsport, Tenn., with Santa and his helpers giving out more than 15 tons and $300,000 worth of clothing, food, toys and gifts at several stops along the train route.


This year's holiday ride will feature country music star and 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs.


Skaggs, a Kentucky native, will accompany Santa, along with sponsors CSX, Food City, Appalachian Power, Soles4Souls and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.


Items distributed come from donations nationwide each year – from individuals, groups and businesses.


Thousands will line up along the train route that crosses Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, for the opportunity to see Santa, as well as receive a number of gifts.


The train will depart the Shelby Yard at approximately 5:45 a.m., and make stops at Marrowbone and Elkhorn City, before crossing into Virginia. There, folks in Toms Bottom, Haysi, Clinchco, Fremont, Dante, St. Paul, Dungannon, Ft. Blackmore and Kermit will have a chance to participate.


The journey will conclude with a stop in Waycross, Tenn., before concluding in Kingsport.


For more information, visit The Santa Train on Facebook or call 423-392-8800.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, November 17, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Millions of children received gift-filled shoeboxes from Operation Christmas Child last year.


Many of those boxes came from local communities.


Samaritan's Purse, which organizes the annual donation drive, works to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with local churches worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.


In addition to toys, stuffed animals and other gifts, the shoeboxes also provide a Christian message about Jesus Christ.


Collection week for Operation Christmas Child is observed Nov. 13-20.


In eastern Kentucky, gift-filled shoeboxes are collected at local churches and taken to the Whitesburg collection center or a West Virginia based collection center, where they are boxed up and trucked to an Operation Christmas Child Processing Center.


Hundreds of volunteers check each shoe box at the processing center. They remove items that can't be mailed — candy, breakable items or liquids — replace them with donated toys and prepare the boxes for shipment to more than 100 countries.


Locally, gift-filled shoeboxes will be collected this year at Meta Baptist Church, Fitzpatrick Baptist Church in Prestonsburg, Borderland Baptist Church in Williamson, W.Va., and other locations before being taken to the Whitesburg collection center.


Meta Baptist Church will receive and process over 1,000 shoeboxes over the next couple of weeks that will be distributed all over the world, Pike Association of Southern Baptists Director of Missions, Jason Lowe said.


Packages from this region are sent to children in Albania, Africa, Jamaica, Lebanon, India, Honduras and Zimbabwe, among other countries.


Donors can wrap the lid and the shoe box separately and secure the box with a rubber band before donating it. Plastic or cardboard boxes are accepted.


Individuals are asked to pay a $9 donation fee, to cover critical shipping and ministry costs. If the donation is made, donors can follow their box by using the 'Look-Up Tool' to find out which country their box will be delivered to.


Local residents can drop their shoeboxes off at: Meta Baptist Church, 8807 Meta Hwy., Pikeville, Ky. 41501


Drop-off hours:


Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.








How to Pack a Shoebox:


Find a shoebox – if you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.


Girl or Boy – Choose whether you will pack a box for a girl or boy.


Age – Decide which age category 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.


Fill with gifts – select a large gift item, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies.


Pray – pray for the child who will receive your gift. You may also include a personal note and photo.


Follow your box label – Donate $9 online and receive a tracking label and discover the destination of your shoebox.


Drop-off – Take your shoebox to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20.


Gift Ideas:


Personal Care Items: comb, hairbrush, toothbrush, washcloth, bar soap, adhesive bandages, reusable plastic containers, blanket


Clothing and accessories: shirts and pants, underwear, shoes, socks, flip-flops, hat, scarf, mittens, sunglasses, tote bag, backpack


School supplies: pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, etc.


Toys: kickball, slinky, interactive toys, Frisbee, tennis ball, jump rope.


Personal note: may include a note and picture of you and your family.


Do not include used or damaged items, candy, toothpaste, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figurines, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items, aerosol cans.


For more information about the local collection center, call Meta Baptist Church at 606-631-1194 or visit

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, November 17, 2017

Smokers across the country took part in The Great American Smokeout, held on Nov. 16. Pikeville Medical Center encouraged all smokers to use this date to make a plan to quit. By quitting smoking, even for one day, you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your risk of cancer and other serious smoking-related illnesses.


If you are a smoker, or know someone who is, setting a date to quit can be an important step in protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on a specific day.


The American Cancer Society suggests these five tips to promote a smoke free lifestyle:


Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout or another quit day within the next 2 weeks.


Tell your family and friends about your quit plan. Share your quit date with the important people in your life and ask for support.


Be prepared for challenges. The urge to smoke is short-usually only 3 to 5 minutes, but those moments can feel intense. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to cope.


• Drink water


• Exercise


• Listen to a favorite song or play a game


• Call or text a friend


• Get social support by joining @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter


Sign up for Smokefree TEXT for 24/7 help on your mobile phone


Remove cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car and workplace. Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays. Clean and freshen your car, home and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.


Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or quit line coach about quit options. Nicotine patches, gum or other approved quit medication can help with cravings.


Visit Pikeville Medical Center's Facebook page and the Nov. 17 issue of the Medical Leader for important information from our skilled physicians on how smoking affects various areas of your health.


The support provided by the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout doesn't end when the day is over.


For more information and assistance call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Friday, November 17, 2017

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




Class 1A


Regional championship


Pikeville (7-4)


at Hazard (9-2)


Date: Nov. 17


Site: Daniel Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.1 FM


Coaches: Chris McNamee (Pikeville); Mark Dixon (Hazard)


Players to Watch: RB Jackson Hensley, RB Zack Roberts (Pikeville); QB Bailey Blair, RB Mathew Francis (Hazard)


Last Week's Results: Pikeville 42, Williamsburg 6; Hazard 43, Lynn Camp 8.




Paintsville (11-1)


vs. Raceland (8-4)


Date: Nov. 17


Site: Memorial Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 94.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Michael Salmons (Raceland)


Players to Watch: RB Tyrese Allen, QB Jake Hyden (Paintsville); QB Damon Black, RB Judd Adkins (Raceland)


Last Week's Results: Paintsville 43, Bracken County 0; Raceland 31, Paris 9.




Class A




Tug Valley (10-1)


vs. St. Marys (9-1)


Date: Nov. 17


Site: Bob Brewer Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Tony Clusky (Tug Valley); Jodi Mote (St. Marys)


Players to Watch: RB Jonathan Blankenkship, QB Nathan Muscat (Tug Valley); RB Matt Eichhorn, RB Jaiden Smith (St. Marys)


Last Week's Results: Tug Valley 30, Pocahontas County 29; St. Marys 44, Doddridge County 14.




Class AA


Mingo Central (11-0)


vs. Liberty Harrison (9-2)


Date: Nov. 17


Site: "Buck" Harless Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 96.5 FM


Coaches: Joey Fields (Mingo Central); A.J. Harmon (Liberty Harrison)


Players to Watch: QB Jeremy Dillon, WR Drew Hatfield (Mingo Central); RB Dalton Westfall, RB Broderick Lantz (Liberty Harrison)


Last Week's Results: Mingo Central 76, Robert C. Byrd 40; Liberty Harrison 27, Nicholas County 7.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 17, 2017

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — The difference in Tug Valley advancing or being eliminated from the post-season playoff was a single yard.


Defensive end Kyle Sturgell stopped Pocahontas County quarterback Briar Wilfong on a two-point conversion run with 48 seconds left to preserve a thrilling 30-29, come-from-behind win in the Class A playoff opener played at Bob Brewer Field on Nov. 11.


Wilfong had pulled the Warriors (7-4) to within one on a four-yard touchdown run prior to the conversion attempt.


The Panthers, now 10-1, recovered the ensuing onside kick and were able to run out the clock.


Tug Valley took its first lead of the game on the opening drive of the second half. Running back Jonathan Blankenship raced 20 yards and then ran in the conversion to make it 22-20 with 9 minutes, 51 seconds left.


Blankenship followed with a 77-yard run with 6:14 remaining in the quarter and Noah Lucas added the conversion to push the lead to 30-20. Blankenship finished with 231 yards on 25 carries.


Pocahontas County closed to within 30-23 on Dillion Shinaberry's 21-yard field goal heading into the final 12 minutes. Tug Valley had pulled within six at halftime on Lucas' five-yard run with 51 seconds remaining before the break. Chris Ellis ran in the conversion to make it 20-14. Ellis had 116 yards on nine rushing attempts.


The Warriors had built a 20-6 lead as Shane Peacock capped the opening series of the game with a six-yard run. Sharp then added a 14-yard TD run after Tug Valley's Ellis scored on a one-yard run, set up by Lucas' big run on the prior play.


Tug Valley will host St. Marys (9-1) tonight in the state quarterfinals.




At Naugatuck, W.Va.


(Class A playoffs)




PC (7-4)….....................................14 6 3 6 – 29


TV (10-1)…...................................6 8 16 0 – 30




First Quarter


PC – Shane Peacock, 6-yard run (Dillion Shinaberry kick)


TV – Chris Ellis, 1-yard run (run failed)


PC – Shane Peacock, 14-yard run (Dillion Shinaberry)


Second Quarter


PC – PC – James Sharp, 6-yard pass from Briar Wilfong (kick blocked)


TV – Noah Lucas, 5-yard run (Chris Ellis run)


Third Quarter


TV – Jonathan Blankenship, 20-yard run (Jonathan Blankenship run)


TV – Jonathan Blankenship, 77-yard run (Noah Lucas run)


PC – Dillion Shinaberry, 21-yard field goal


Fourth Quarter


PC – Briar Wilfong, 4-yard run (run failed)


Next up: Tug Valley (10-1) vs. St. Marys (9-1), 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17.

PLAYOFF ACTION: Tug Valley running back Noah Lucas runs for a big gain during the Panthers’ 30-29 win over Pocahontas County in the opening round of the Class A playoffs at Bob Brewer Field on Nov. 11
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, November 17, 2017

Quinn Reagan Smith, daughter of Carley and Harold Smith, born Nov. 3; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Alexa Danielle Webb, daughter of Samantha Howard and Randy Webb, born Nov. 3; weight: 6 lbs., 5 oz.


Jase Christopher Allen, son of Whitney Loper and Grover Allen, born Nov. 3; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Reagan Elizabeth Watson, daughter of Brandy Younce, born Nov. 4; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Ariana Marie Pickett, daughter of Tessa Justice and Steven Pickett, born Nov. 4; weight: 7 lbs., 12.7 oz.


Channing Douglas Shepherd, son of Heather and Robbie Shepherd, born Nov. 4; weight: 6 lbs., 12 oz.


Colton Brae-Lee Gibson, son of Jessica and Gavin Gibson, born Nov. 5; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.


Dawsyn Blayke Vance, son of Desrae Vance, born Nov. 7; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.


Chrisley Nichole Anderson, daughter of Lesley and Christopher Anderson, born Nov. 7; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.


Remington Hope Nichols, daughter of Loralie and Robert Nichols, born Nov. 7; weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.


Christian Wade Anderson, son of Deonna and Corey Anderson, born Nov. 7; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Riley Allen Bronson, son of Madison Adkins, born Nov. 7; weight: 8 lbs., 15 oz.


Emilia Claire Little, daughter of Lucinda and Josh Little, born Nov. 7; weight: 8 lbs.


Zoey Odelia Morris, daughter of Kendra and Danny Morris, born Nov. 9; weight: 7 lbs.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ronnie Dean Slone, 59, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 15. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Pikeville.


Betty Jean Thacker, 61, of Raccoon, passed away Nov. 13. Funeral, Nov. 16. Burial, Betty J. Thacker Family Cemetery, Hurricane.


Roy Shell, 85, of Phyllis, passed away Nov. 12. Funeral, Nov. 17, Upper Grapevine Church of Christ. Burial, Bevins Cemetery, Phyllis.


Bonnie Sue Hopson Crisp, 77, of Martin, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 14. Burial, Crisp Cemetery, Martin.


Benita Lynne Haywood VanHoose, 57, passed away Nov. 10. Memorial service, Nov. 12. Private burial followed.


Billy Joe Hall, 50, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 9. Funeral, Nov. 14. Burial, Tackett and Hall Cemetery, Grethel.


Delmer Williams, 98, of Ivel, passed away Nov. 8. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. Funeral, Nov. 12, New Salem Association Building, Minnie. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Amanda Leigh Howard Newman, 37, of Gunlock, passed away Nov. 8. Funeral, Nov. 12, Little Salt Lick Baptist Church, Gunlock. Burial, K&K Howard Family Cemetery, Gunlock.


James Wendell Justice, 71, of North Tazewell, Va., formerly of Belfry, passed away Oct. 23. Memorial service, Nov. 18, First Baptist Church of Belfry.


Ethel Daniels Talentinow, of Huntington, W.Va., formerly of Pike County, passed away Nov. 7. Funeral, Nov. 12. Entombment, York Mausoleum, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


David Turner, 54, of North Matewan, W.Va., passed away Nov. 12. Funeral, Nov. 15. Burial, Maynard Cemetery, North Matewan.


Vicie Stafford, 55, of Blackberry City, W.Va., passed away Nov. 8. Per her request, the body has been cremated.


Gloria J. "Mimi" Hall Robinett, 74, of Stopover, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 15. Burial, Robinett Cemetery Stopover.


Randy Blankenship, 60, of Stopover, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 14, Stopover Church of God. Burial, Whispering Hills Cemetery.


Daniel Jordan "D.J." Dillon, 22, of Sidney, passed away Nov. 5. Funeral, Nov. 12, New Beginning Church of God, Sidney. Burial, Royce Family Cemetery, Dix Fork, Sidney.


Elster Coleman, 88, of Pikeville, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 14. Burial, R.H. Ratliff Cemetery, Shelbiana.


Dustin Nathanial Wright, 36, of Jenkins, passed away Nov. 10. Funeral, Nov. 12. Burial, Bumgardner Cemetery, Dorton.


Larry Edward Coleman, 74, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 14. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Steve Fuller, 63, of Pinsonfork, passed away Nov. 8. Memorial service, Nov. 11.


Homer J. Smallwood, 89, of Dorton, passed away Nov. 8. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Funeral, Nov. 11. Burial, Smallwood Family Cemetery, Dorton.


Ted A. Thompson, 77, of Burdine, passed away Nov. 7. Funeral, Nov. 10. Burial, Green Acres Memorial Garden, Whitesburg.


Pamela Cantrell Hamilton, 49, of Ashcamp, passed away Nov. 9. Funeral, Nov. 12. Burial, Cantrell Cemetery, Sycamore.


Bertha Cool, 82, of Belcher, passed away Nov. 6. Funeral, Nov. 10. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


John "Jim" Fouts, 64, of Long Fork, passed away Nov. 6. Funeral, Nov. 10, Neon Church of Christ. Burial, Bentley Cemetery, Orchard Branch.


Gary Edward "Eddie" Prater, 62, of Hueysville, passed away Nov. 13. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Graveside service, Nov. 16


Freddie Johnson, 63, of Prestonsburg, passed away Nov. 11. Funeral, Nov. 15. Burial, Fred Johnson Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Lucille Gayheart, 66, of Wheelwright, passed away Nov. 9. Funeral, Nov. 12, Little Rock Old Regular Baptist Church, Bevinsville. Burial, Denver Tackett Cemetery, Melvin.


Omar Donald Compton, 86, of Hi Hat, passed away Nov. 8. Funeral, Nov. 12, Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, Price. Burial, Little Cemetery, Price.


Scrline Hamilton, 71, of Teaberry, passed away Nov. 8. Funeral, Nov. 11, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Juanita Akers "Teeto" Reynolds, 69, of Grethel, passed away Nov. 7. Funeral, Nov. 10. Burial, Akers Cemetery, Grethel.


Doug Cooley, 48, of Hippo, passed away Nov. 7. Funeral, Nov. 10. Burial, Reed Cemetery, Hippo.

Friday, November 17, 2017