Weather can’t keep seniors home

The Ermine Senior Citizens Center had a full week as the weather wasn’t too bad to keep us home. Tuesday we played Bingo and had a great turnout. Thursday was our potluck dinner. Tina and Bill from Kentucky Power Co. came and gave us a real good talk about saving power and money. They gave us literature on it too, […]

Exercise can bring on asthma attack

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have never been diagnosed with asthma, but when I drink cold beverages or eat ice cream and when I work out in cold weather, I start wheezing and get extreme chest pain. Is this asthma? What can I do? — R.K. ANSWER: You can’t give a better description of asthma. Asthma is a relatively sudden constriction […]

Zoloft and Cipralex are said to work best

LONDON Doctors have long assumed that most antidepressants are interchangeable. But according to a new study, Zoloft and Cipralex work slightly better than 10 other popular drugs, and should be psychiatrists’ first choice for patients with moderate to severe depression. Previous research found few differences between antidepressants. A U.S. government study in 2006 concluded that patients with major depression did […]

Skin Care Begins With Protection

With all the serious conditions that diabetes can cause or contribute to, skin problems may seem minor to some. But people with diabetes are at increased risk for a variety of skin problems that can lead to more severe illnesses. Examples Of Skin Problems In addition to sensory neuropathy — a type of nerve damage that affects the nerves that […]

Coal’s outlook uncertain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The ailing economy has left a big question mark hanging over the U.S. coal industry: will last year’s high-priced contracts and today’s declining costs be enough to offset rapidly falling world demand this year? Already, mine operators have scaled back production plans for 2009, namely coking coal used for steelmill blast furnaces as manufacturing grounds to a halt. […]

Storm’s death toll at 25

WHITE PLAINS, Ky. Thomas Lacy was stubborn when it came to leaving the tiny community where he lived for the past 84 years, even when a severe winter storm bore down with deadly cold temperatures last week. Relatives found the elderly Kentucky man’s body inside his small mobile home, a victim of hypothermia. “He was born and raised on that […]

Craft’s Colly baby beating odds by turning 1

A Letcher County baby who has been diagnosed with a rare disease that is almost always fatal will be beating some long odds Saturday when she celebrates her first birthday. Grace Anne Long was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal abnormality when she was 15 days old and her parents, Seth and Sheryl Long of Craft’s Colly, have been cautiously awaiting […]

Yvonne Sutphin has paintings in art show

We are still having warm weather for this time of year. It should help on our heat bills. I like a warm house so I don’t complain about my heat bill. Not many coming or going is just a part of the winter season. We hope that everyone is doing well. Several have been having cold and flu-like symptoms. Carl […]


Billy and Jeanette Adams of Isom, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. They were married on February 7, 1959. The couple have three sons, Billy Dwight, Barstow, Calif., and Dewayne and Rick, both of Isom; five grandchildren, Eric and Dalton, both of California, and Megan, Dustin, and Shilo, all of Isom; and three great-grandchildren, Cale and Cash, both of […]


Autumn Renee Hensley was born August 1. She is the daughter of David and Valerie Hensley of Harriman, Tenn. Her grandparents are Bobby and Rosa Bates of Whitesburg, and Donnie and Bonnie Hensley of Alabama. She is pictured with her older brother, David Andrew, 22 months.

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