NEWTOWN, W.Va. — Mingo Central quarterback Jeremy Dillon completed 10 of 14 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns as the defending state champions breezed past Wayne, 47-28, in a game played at James H. "Buck" Harless Stadium on Sept. 1.


The Miners, now 2-0, built a 32-0 halftime lead as Dillon hit Drew Hatfield with a pair of touchdown passes and running back Dawson Elia rushed for a pair of scores. Elia carried 14 times for 178 yards. Hatfield caught four passes for 132 yards.


Dillon hit Hatfield with a 51-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes, 52 seconds left in the opening period. Dillon's PAT kick made it 7-0.


Hatfield hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 left to push the lead to 14-0. Elia scored on a 10-yard run with 2:20 remaining to push the Miners up 20-0 after one quarter.


Dillon tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to Dougie Dillon with 7:13 to play in the half and then Dillon hit Elia with a 40-yard scoring strike with 40 seconds to go.


Elia ran 72 yards for a touchdown with 7:27 left in the third period, coming between a pair of Wayne scores.


Hatfield then returned a kickoff back 74 yards for a touchdown and 47-14 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.


Mingo Central will play at Logan (1-1) tonight.




At Newtown, W.Va.




WN (1-1)…..........................0 0 14 14 – 28


MC (2-0).............................20 12 15 0 – 47




First Quarter


MC – Drew Hatfield, 51-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (Jeremy Dillon kick), 8:52


MC – Drew Hatfield, 54-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (Jeremy Dillon kick), 7:08


MC – Dawson Elia, 10-yard run (kick failed), 2:20


Second Quarter


MC – Dougie Dillon, 6-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (pass failed), 7:13


MC – Dawson Elia, 40-yard pass from Jeremy Dillon (pass failed), :40


Third Quarter


WN – Michael Bartram, 4-yard run (run failed), 7:52


MC – Dawson Elia, 72-yard run (Josh Reed pass from Jeremy Dillon), 7:27


WN – Michael Bartram, 2-yard run (Jon Chinn pass from Jeremiah Milum), 3:48


MC – Drew Hatfield, 74-yard kickoff return (Jeremy Dillon kick), 3:28


Fourth Quarter


WN – Jeremiah Milum, 2-yard run (Tanner Owens pass from Jeremiah Milum), 11:56


WN – Michael Bartram, 4-yard run (pass failed), 3:52


Next up: Mingo Central (2-0) at Logan (1-1), Sept. 8.

FIRST-DOWN PICKUP: Mingo Central Kennedy Award winning quarterback Jeremy Dillon (top) runs for a short gain and first down during the Miners' 47-28 win over Wayne in a game played at James H. "Buck" Harless Stadium on Sept. 1. Below, he is all smiles after tossing a first-quarter touchdown pass to teammate Drew Hatfield.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 8, 2017

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


Paintsville (2-1)


vs. Pikeville (1-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Memorial Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.1FM; 104.7 FM


Coaches: Joe Chirico (Paintsville); Chris McNamee (Pikeville)


Players to Watch: RB Tanner Smith, RB Dalton Daniels (Paintsville); QB Peyton Boyd-Blair, RB Zack Roberts (Pikeville)


Last Week's Results: Hurricane, W.Va. 17, Paintsville 13; Pikeville DNP.




Mingo Central (2-0)


at Logan (1-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Logan Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 96.5 FM


Coaches: Joey Fields (Mingo Central); James Toth (Logan)


Players to Watch: RB Dawson Elia, WR Drew Hatfield (Mingo Central); QB Chucky Felder; RB Michael Hall (Logan)


Last Week's Results: Mingo Central 47, Wayne 28; Sissonville 28, Logan 12.




Phelps (2-0)


vs. Jackson County (1-2)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Marty Casey Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: David Jones (Phelps); Clay Dalton (Jackson County)


Players to Watch: RB Brandon Turnmire, RB Dylan New (Phelps); RB Shawn Browning, RB Dylan Martin (Jackson County)


Last Week's Results: Phelps 18, Sheldon Clark 8; Lynn Camp 39, Jackson County 16.




Tug Valley (2-0)


at Van (1-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Bob Mullett Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Tony Clusky (Tug Valley); Shane Griffith (Van)


Players to Watch: RB Noah Lucas, QB Jonathan Blankenship (Tug Valley); QB Caleb Green, RB Brady Grant (Van)


Last Week's Results: Tug Valley 50, Meadow Bridge 6; Scott 36, Van 22.




Prestonsburg (0-2)


vs. Breathitt County (0-3)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Josh Francis Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.5 FM


Coaches: John DeRossett (Prestonsburg); Kyle Moore (Breathitt County)


Players to Watch: RB Ethan Varney, RB Ryne Slone (Prestonsburg); QB Cameron Stacy, RB Tim Noble (Breathitt County)


Last Week's Results: Lawrence County 37, Prestonsburg 32; Floyd Central 28, Breathitt County 6.




Johnson Central (2-0)


at South Charleston, W.Va. (1-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Black Eagle Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 98.9 FM


Coaches: Jim Matney (Johnson Central); Donnie Mays (South Charleston, W.Va.)


Players to Watch: QB Riley Preece, RB Blake Gamble (Johnson Central); QB Trae Murphy, WR D.Q. Watkins (South Charleston, W.Va.)


Last Week's Results: Johnson Central 40, Henry Clay 28; Cabell-Midland, W.Va. 49, South Charleston, W.Va. 17.




Betsy Layne (0-3)


vs. Magoffin County (1-2)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Bobcat Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 95.9 FM;


Coaches: Scott McCoy (Betsy Layne); Justin Combs (Magoffin County)


Players to Watch: QB Brad Woods, RB Logan Layne (Betsy Layne); QB Ryan Mullins, WR Brady Whitaker (Magoffin County)


Last Week's Results: East Carter 27, Betsy Layne 20; Magoffin County 36, East Ridge 24.




Floyd Central (3-0)


vs. Lynn Camp (1-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Jaguars Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Shawn Hager (Floyd Central); Allen Harris (Lynn Camp)


Players to Watch: QB Dylan Caudill, RB Koby Slone (Floyd Central); RB Dalton Cook, RB Tracy Fee (Lynn Camp)


Last Week's Results: Floyd Central 28, Breathitt County 6; Lynn Camp 39, Jackson County 16.




Pike Central (1-1)


at Hurley, Va. (2-0)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: The Cliff


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.1 FM


Coaches: Eric Ratliff (Pike Central); Greg Tester (Hurley, Va.)


Players to Watch: QB Seth Conn, RB Isaiah Hess (Pike Central); QB Tayten Sykes, WR John Hurley (Hurley, Va.)


Last Week's Results: Bell County 47, Pike Central 26; Hurley, Va. 28, Eastern Montgomery, Va. 20.




Jenkins (0-3)


vs. East Ridge (0-2)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Tommy Brush Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: No radio


Coaches: Matt Chandler (Jenkins); Brad Allen (East Ridge)


Players to Watch: QB John Fleming; RB Brady Rose (Jenkins); QB Kane Taylor, RB C.J. Branham (East Ridge)


Last Week's Results: Morgan County 60, Jenkins 0; Magoffin County 36, East Ridge 24.




Shelby Valley (1-2)


at Knott Central (2-1)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: KCC Stadium


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 107.5 FM


Coaches: Anthony Hampton (Shelby Valley); Larry Maggard (Knott Central)


Players to Watch: RB Seth Johnson, RB Dalton Meade (Shelby Valley); QB Cameron Jones, RB Luke Jacobs (Knott Central)


Last Week's Results: Ridgeview, Va. 34, Shelby Valley 6; Perry Central 57, Knott Central 19.




Letcher Central (3-0)


vs. Union, Va. (2-0)


Date: Sept. 8


Site: Cougar Field


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.


Radio: 103.9 FM


Coaches: Junior Matthews (Letcher Central); Travis Turner (Union, Va.)


Players to Watch: RB Campbell Hunter, WR Blake Brashears (Letcher Central); RB Braxton Zirkle, RB Dakota Owens (Union, Va.)


Last Week's Results: Hazard 42, Letcher Central 12; Union, Va. 16, Richlands, Va. 7.




— Compiled by Staff Writer Teddy Paynter. He can be reached at 606-218-4932; 606-794-3609 or by e-mail at:

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 8, 2017

LEXINGTON — Belfry running backs Taveon Hunter and Derek Wellman combined for 377 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates cruised past Bryan Station, 40-19, in a game played on Sept. 1.


Wellman finished with 201 yards on 23 rushes and Hunter added 176 as the Pirates moved to 1-1 on the season.


Belfry took a 7-0 lead in the opening period on Wellman's 30-yard run and Dylan Brown's PAT kick.


Hunter's 67-yard run early in the second period pushed the Pirates up 13-0.


Bryan Station cut the deficit in half as quarterback Jalen Burbage tossed a 51-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Murphy to make it 13-7.


Belfry built its lead to 27-7 by halftime as Hunter raced 70 yards for a touchdown and Peyton Hensley added a six-yard run.


Running back Justin Adkins scored on an 18-yard run in the third period and Wellman went 11 yards for another touchdown to push Belfry up 40-7.




Burbage scored on a 33-yard run and Chris Benton returned a fumble 33 yards for the game's final points.


Belfry will return to action in a 7 p.m. kickoff tonight at Newport Central Catholic (1-1).




At Lexington






BF (1-1)…................................….7 20 13 0 – 40


BS (1-3)…................................…0 7 6 6 – 19




First Quarter


BF – Derek Wellman, 30-yard run (Dylan Brown kick)


Second Quarter


BF – Taveon Hunter 67-yard run (kick failed)


BS – Clayton Murphy, 51-yard pass from Jalen Burbage (Prince Yaboah kick)


BF – Taveon Hunter, 70-yard run (Dylan Brown kick)


BF – Peyton Henlsey, 6-yard run (Dylan Brown kick)


Third Quarter


BF – Justin Adkins, 18-yard run (run failed)


BF – Derek Wellman, 11-yard run (Dylan Brown kick)


BS – Jalen Burbage, 33-yard run (kick failed)


Fourth Quarter


BS – Chris Benton, 33-yard fumble return (pass failed)


Next up: Belfry (1-1) at Newport Central Catholic (1-1), Sept. 8.

Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, September 8, 2017

Rayna Quinn Deskins, daughter of Shirley and Tyler Deskins, born Aug .29; weight: 4 lbs., 13 oz.


Presley Kate Martin, daughter of Ashley and John Martin, born Aug. 29; weight: 6 lbs., 14 oz.


Jaxen Alexander Bishop, son of Jessica Smith and Jesse Bishop, born Aug. 29; weight: 7 lbs., 9 oz.


Mia Rose Stiltner, daughter of Alexa and Cody Stiltner, born Aug. 29; weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz.


Phillip Lythanh Nguyen, son of Minhthu Tran and Brian Nguyen, born Aug. 28; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Thorin Blythe Pugh, son of Jessie and Channing Pugh, born Aug. 28; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.


Lynette Aubrey Davis, daughter of Ashley and Tristan Davis, born Aug. 28; weight: 8 lbs., 3 oz.


Jonah Drew Branham, son of Kaitlin and Danny Branham, born Aug. 28; weight: 6 lbs., 15 oz.


Maverick Kade Dotson, son of Marilyn Wright and Michael Dotson, born Aug. 27; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Greyson Ryan Alexzander Blevins, son of Andrea Collier and Christopher Blevins, born Aug. 26; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Archer Lee Holbrook, son of Logan and Justin Holbrook, born Aug. 26; weight: 7 lbs., 6 oz.


Emberleigh Eden Blankenship, daughter of Jessica and Eric Blankenship, born Aug. 26; weight: 5 lbs., 12 oz.


Callie Emma May, daughter of Molly and James May, born Aug. 25; weight: 9 lbs., 15 oz.


Ally Marie Howard, daughter of Jamie and Joshua Howard, born Aug. 25; weight: 9 lbs.


Serenity Fate Marcum, daughter of Kendra and Zachary Marcum, born Aug. 25; weight: 7 lbs.


Logan Bass Cole, son of Krista and Robert Cole, born Aug. 24; weight: 7 lbs.


Emalynn Kodi Gearles, daughter of Ashley and Cody Gearles, born Aug. 24; weight: 8 lbs., 6 oz.


Kinslee Hope Reed, daughter of Kelli Reed, born Aug. 24; weight: 6 lbs., 9.2 oz.


Bennett Davis Sturgill, son of Amanda and Barry Sturgill, born Aug. 24; weight: 6 lbs., 7 oz.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Daniel Kent P'Pool, 55, of Pikeville, passed away Sept 1. He was a former broadcaster with East Kentucky Broadcasting. Funeral, Sept. 3. Burial, Sept. 5, Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery, Princeton.


Ivan Bruce Blackburn, 63, of Staffordsville and Pikeville, passed away Sept. 3. Private burial, Sept. 7.


Siller Pinion Thacker, 83, of McAndrews, passed away Sept. 3. Funeral, Sept. 6. Burial, Thacker Cemetery, Raccoon.


Deborah Miller, 59, of Pikeville, passed away Sept. 2. Funeral, Sept. 6, Robinson Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Harrison Cemetery, Virgie.


James Earl Williamson, 53, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Greasy Creek, passed away Sept. 2. Funeral, Sept. 8, Harvest Time Church. Burial, Erie Adkins Cemetery, Greasy Creek.


Darren Joseph Johnson, 32, of Melvin, passed away Sept. 1. Funeral, Sept. 4, Wheelwright Freewill Baptist Church. Burial, Alex Johnson Cemetery, Long Fork, Virgie.


Bertha Newsome, 91, of Virgie, passed away Aug. 31. Funeral, Sept. 3, Union Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Tony "Bear" May, 72, of Raccoon, passed away Sept. 3. Funeral, Sept. 6, Meta Baptist Church. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Gwendlyn Potter Johnson, 80, of Raceland, formerly of Elkhorn City, passed away Sept. 2. Funeral, Sept. 4. Burial, Rob Ratliff Cemetery, Shelby Gap.


Wesley Brown, 9, of Lick Creek, passed away Aug. 28. Funeral, Sept. 2. Burial, Wilson Cemetery, Draffin.


Monica Polly, 47, of Shelbiana, passed away Aug. 28. Funeral, Sept. 2.


Robert L. Tackett, 87, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 2. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Funeral, Sept. 6. Burial, Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville.


Cline "Big Dollar" Hale, 73, of Allen, passed away Sept. 1. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Funeral, Sept. 5. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Rosie Annie Johnson Martin, 91, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 2. Funeral, Sept. 6, Joppa Old Regular Baptist Church, Melvin. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Donald Ray "Ducky" Hicks, 64, of Garrett, passed away Sept. 5. Funeral, Sept. 8, Stone Coal Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Wallen Family Cemetery, Stone Coal, Garrett.


Danny Keith Ray, 57, of Beaver, passed away Sept. 3. Funeral, Sept. 6, Samaria Old Regular Baptist Church, Teaberry. Burial, Joe Reynolds Cemetery, Beaver.


Anita Conley Snyder, 71, of Hueysville, passed away Aug. 29. Memorial service, Sept. 2. Entombment, J.M. Conley Cemetery, Hueysville.


Ruth Ann Calhoun Ramey, 74, of East Point, passed away Sept. 4. Funeral, Sept. 7. Burial, Water Gap Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Danny Dale Tackett Jr., 47, of McDowell, passed away Sept. 3. Funeral, Sept. 6. Burial, Lucy Hall Cemetery, McDowell.


Christopher Jason "Sleepy" Hall, 38, of Prestonsburg, passed away Sept. 2. Funeral, Sept. 5. Burial, Forest Hall Cemetery, Kite.


James Russell Price, 66, of Drift, passed away Sept. 1. Funeral, Sept. 4, Drift Pentecostal Church, Drift. Burial, Drift Cemetery.


Larry Marvin Castle, 63, of Drift, passed away Aug. 31. Funeral, Sept. 4. Burial, Drift Cemetery, Drift.


Lester Eugene Hammond, 55, of Martin, passed away Aug. 31. Funeral, Sept. 4, Rock Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Rock Fork. Burial, family cemetery, Rock Fork.


Burnett Little, 49, of Emma, passed away Aug. 29. Funeral, Sept. 1, Little Nancy Old Regular Baptist Church, Price. Burial, Buckingham Cemetery, Bevinsville.


Muriel M. Meade, 77, of Betsy Layne, passed away Aug. 30. Funeral, Sept. 2, Betsy Layne Church of Christ, Betsy Layne. Burial, Hamilton Family Cemetery, Honaker.


James Byron Williams, 71, of Belfry, passed away Sept. 4. Funeral, Sept. 8, Bethel Temple Assemble of God. Burial, Staten Cemetery, Falls Branch.


James "Bo" Thomas Williamson, 70, of Burnsville, N.C., formerly of McAndrews, passed away Sept. 4. Funeral, Sept. 7. Entombment, Mountain View Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Huddy.


Albert Barkley Keesee, 79, of Turkey Creek, passed away Sept. 1. Funeral, Sept. 5. Burial, Keesee Family Cemetery, Belfry.


Gloria Francis Divers Handy, 78, of Hardy, passed away Aug. 31. Funeral, Sept. 3. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.


Tom Pecco Jr., 95, of Belfry, passed away Aug. 29. He was a longtime businessman, working over 70 years as owner of Pecco's Meat Market and Pecco's Carryout. Funeral, Sept. 1. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy.

Friday, September 8, 2017

In its fourth year, the Colors of Courage 5K in Pikeville united people from across the region for an important cause – raising money for underinsured patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC).


Over 500 people arrived at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center Plaza last Saturday.


Approximately $14,000 was raised for patients with the support of corporate sponsors, 5K participants and individual donors. Proceeds will be used to assist underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation and other needs.


"This was my first year participating in the Colors of Courage 5K and it was heartwarming the amount of community support received for this event," Pikeville Medical Center Public Relations Manager Kelly Rowe said. "We had so much fun planning this race. Knowing that all of our hard work was benefiting the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center and its patients made us work that much harder."


In addition to fundraising, the Colors of Courage 5K was initiated to bring awareness to all types of cancer as well as to honor survivors and those who lost the fight. Participants were encouraged to dress in the color of the cancer they were representing. Special awards were given to the most creative and most colorful attire.


"We can't thank our sponsors enough," Rowe added. "Without their generosity this event wouldn't be able to make the impact that it does. We so appreciate everyone that donated, ran, walked or cheered for this event."


The funds raised will make a positive impact on the underinsured patients of the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center.


"This event was so uplifting to see everyone come out and support the patients of the Cancer Center," said Marigo Werner, RN, Clinical Manager of the LLCC. "It has been extremely rewarding for our staff to help patients with transportation, medication and nutritional needs to help ease the financial burden caused by this devastating disease."


Visit PMC's Facebook page to see more photos of race day.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, September 1, 2017

PIKEVILLE — Pike County businessman Michael "Mike" Thompson, 65, of Pikeville, passed away at Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Aug. 29.


He was the retired owner of Creative Lighting and Bath in Pikeville.


Survivors include his wife, Patty, who is event administrator at Pikeville Medical Center.


Additional survivors include his son, Tyler (Beth) Thompson; grandchildren, Hallie Elizabeth Thompson and Easton Maverick Thompson; four brothers, Harry (Neva) Thompson, Harold (Sharon) Thompson, Joe (Zuma) Thompson and Tommy (Betsy) Thompson.


He was born Aug. 17, 1952, son of the late Roy and Ample Griffith Thompson.


He was also preceded in death by one sister, Bobbi Williams Slone; and three brothers, Jackie Dean, Douglas and Roy Jr. Thompson.


Visitation will be from 3 until 9 p.m. today at Lucas and Son Funeral Home in Pikeville. Church service will be at 7 p.m. Funeral, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Mount Valley Memorial Park at Big Rock, Va.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The month of Sept. has been identified as National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Month. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) joins the efforts of health care professionals throughout the country to bring awareness to this life-threatening disease.


PMC Electrophysiologist Michael Antimisiaris, M.D. said, "About half of our practice is dedicated to treating patients with AFib."


AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.


Normally, your heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. In AFib, the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat irregularly (quiver) instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. 


PMC Electrophysiologist Chase Reynolds, M.D. said, "Stroke is the biggest issue we are trying to avoid for patients with AFib."


If a clot breaks off, enters the bloodstream and lodges in an artery leading to the brain, a stroke results. About 15–20 percent of people who have strokes have this heart arrhythmia.


Even though untreated AFib doubles the risk of heart-related deaths and is associated with a five-fold increased risk for stroke, many patients are unaware that AFib is a serious condition.


Dr. Antimisiaris said, "If we can detect AFib early there are measures we can take to prevent stroke."


Some of the symptoms of AFib include irregular and rapid heartbeat; heart palpitations or rapid thumping inside the chest, dizziness, sweating and chest pain or pressure; shortness of breath or anxiety; tiring more easily when exercising and fainting.


AFib can lead to other problems. You can live with AFib, but it can lead to other medical problems including: stroke, heart failure, chronic fatigue, additional heart rhythm problems or inconsistent blood supply.


For additional information about AFib or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reynolds or Dr. Antimisiaris call PMC Heart and Vascular Institute at 606-218-2201 or visit




Source: American Heart Association

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, September 1, 2017

While watering a fern on my front stoop, I noticed a small bird's nest hidden between the fronds of the plant. Leaning closer, I saw three small eggs resting there. I was careful not to disturb its contents, knowing that Momma bird would soon return.

Each evening I checked to see if Momma bird was taking care of her eggs. She was there each time. I watched the progress for weeks, checking to see if the eggs had hatched. One day I noticed three small birds, mouths opened waiting for food from their mother. I continued my evening ritual and then one day the little ones were gone. They had flown from the nest and I knew would not return. I kept thinking how God is like that Momma bird caring for her little ones. "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matt 6:26.

~ Jane Robinson, spiritual activities, may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Author Name: 
Jane Robinson
Friday, September 1, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) welcomes Rachel Fitzgerald, O.D., to the staff. She will be seeing pediatric patients at the Optometry Clinic.

Fitzgerald received a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. She continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and received a Doctor of Optometry degree graduating with honors.

She completed a residency in pediatric/binocular vision at the Indiana University School of Optometry.

Dr. Fitzgerald is serving as a senior clinical instructor of optometry which is a new position at Kentucky College of Optrometry. She will largely be serving in the Optometry Clinic to provide eye care to children. She will also be working with optometry students in both clinic and lecture and will be assisting in the Binocular Vision, Strabismus & Oculomotor Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy, Ocular Motility and Pediatric Optometry courses.

"I enjoy working with and helping people," said Dr. Fitzgerald. "I have a large amount of experience working with children prior to pursuing optometry and love helping children see their best while providing an enjoyable and comfortable trip to the doctor's office."

Away from her positions as an optometrist and clinical instructor, Dr. Fitzgerald enjoys hiking and being outdoors. She also enjoys weight training, cooking, trying new cuisines and is planning a wedding in October.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fitzgerald, call the Optometry Clinic at Pikeville Medical Center at 606-218-2209.

Author Name: 
Kathy Atkins
Friday, September 1, 2017