Zero-calorie drinks no match for water

DEAR DR. ROACH: I walk 30-60 minutes about four times a week and drink several times from a water bottle that I carry with me. Would it be OK to occasionally substitute caffeine-free diet soda for the water? ANSWER: I’ve talked a few times about diet soda, and the controversy about whether it helps people lose weight or whether, despite […]

Services held for Mary Ann Owens

Funeral services for Mary Ann Owens, 82, of Whitesburg, were held December 22 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. A daughter of the late Alex and Maggie Jane Blair Hall, she was the widow of J.B. Owens. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Hester Kaye “Katie” Owens; a brother, J.M. Hall; and two […]

Rites held for Vickie Sturgill

Vickie Lynn Sturgill, 62, of Deane, died December 22 at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Ralph and Allie Hall Wright. Surviving are her husband, Charles C. Sturgill of Deane; a son, Dr. Thomas Helton and wife Pamela of Johnson City, Tenn.; a daughter, Allison Helton of Deane; a stepson, Bill Sturgill of Knott […]

Standifers mark 50th anniversary

David and Mellie Holbrook Standifer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Dec. 23. They are formerly from Craft’s Colly and now live in Cumberland. They have a daughter and son-in-law Terenia and Kevin Bledsoe of Cumberland, and a grandson, David Bledsoe of Cumberland. Mr. Standifer is a retired coal miner with Southeast Coal Company.

Bubble lights thrill grandchildren

Happy New Year. Once again Christmas is just a memory. I really hope everyone had a most beautiful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I especially hope everyone got all the presents you asked Santa for. I finally got everything on my Christmas tree to my satisfaction, except I never did find my pretty Christmas tree skirt so as usual I […]

What Are You Really Eating?

Before you toss that box of cereal into your grocery cart, take a moment to read the nutrition facts located on the side of the package. There are five key things that you can learn from this label that can help in your overall diabetes care. 1. Serving Size Serving size and servings per container tell you how large your […]

A novel approach: Fighting painkiller addiction at home

People hooked on prescription painkillers were able to use a drug at home to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get in a treatment program, finds a small study that gives hope for a new way to fight the opioid problem. The drug used in the study is usually only given under supervision of a doctor or in […]

Make Healthy; A Way of Life

Simply add watermelon to see resolution results

The start of a new year is the perfect time for new beginnings, including a fresh start on eating healthy. The trick to making this year’s resolution stick is introducing smart eating habits so tasty and easy that your eating plan becomes more a way of life than a short-lived commitment. One easy way to achieve that habit is by […]

Cast-iron cooking

I’ve joined the cast-iron cookware cult. We’re a small but passionate group with a common cause: the restoration of antique cast-iron cookware. I can’t pass up a thrift store or garage sale without purchasing one or two pieces, as long as they’re in good condition. My cast-iron cookware is not just for display; I use it on a daily basis. […]

Bible trivia

— 1. Which two of the four Gospels do not mention the birth of Christ? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 2. Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20 are among the verses to focus on “what” in a new year? Blessings, Moving forward, Grace, Church attendance 3. From Matthew 1:20- 21, who told Joseph (in a dream) the Baby’s name was to be […]