2007-05-16

13 Appalachian states focus attention on heart disease



Doctors, lawmakers and specialists are launching a large-scale public health network to change one of the stark facts of Appalachian life: residents here are 20 percent more likely to die from heart disease than the rest of the country. The goal is to focus attention and money on preventing cardiovascular disease in the 13 Appalachian states, especially their poor, rural […]

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Mrs. Martin dies at 93



Funeral services were held May 12 for Alma Martin, 93, of Millstone. At the time of her death, Mrs. Martin and her husband, Sherd, 99, were believed to be the longest married couple in Letcher County. The Martins celebrated their 78th anniversary on October 18. Mr. Martin will celebrate his 100th birthday on June 2. The Martins met on a […]

Open microphone planned at show



The Cumberland Mountain Arts and Crafts Council in Jenkins will sponsor the Little Shepherd Arts and Crafts Show May 18-20. In addition to having many of the region’s finest artisans as vendors, live entertainment will be provided daily beginning at noon. Singers, musicians, and storytellers are invited to showcase their talent, whether it be bluegrass, gospel, country, pop, rock, or […]

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Free home repairs offered



Appalachia Service Project (ASP), a non-profit Christian home repair ministry, will repair homes for Letcher County families in need free of charge this summer. Using volunteer labor, ASP provides free home repair for low-income clients chosen through the ASP application process, which is open now. “People needing home repair are invited to apply now for the free services ASP’s Home […]

Read these weighty titles to slim down this summer



The average American may be growing fatter, but not for lack of information on getting thin. New diet and exercise books seem to appear daily: In 2006 alone, 2,215 new health and fitness titles were published, according to R.R. Bowker’s Books In Print, which tracks publishing industry information. That’s only a slight drop from 2005 (2,475 new titles) and 2004 […]

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Assistance offered



A veterans benefits representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Letcher County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 14 to assist veterans and their dependents. There is no charge for this service. For more information, call (877) 856- 0004.