Rites held for Luanne Ison

Luanne Ison, 50, of Isom, died November 21 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. She was a daughter of the late Arnold Lee Watson and Betty Joe Caudill Fields, and was a secretary at Letcher Elementary School for more than 20 years. Surviving are her husband, Billy Ison; a son, Dustin Joel Ison of Isom; a sister, Diane Anderson of […]

Billy K. Banks dies at 82

Billy K. Banks, 82, of Whitesburg, died November 18 at Pikeville Medical Center. Born in Dry Fork to the late James and Ida Stallard Banks, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and an educator for 33 years. He was an avid University of Kentucky sports fan, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working in his wood shop. Mr. Banks was […]

Marvin Maggard, 75, dies

Memorial services for Marvin B. Maggard, 75, of Eolia, were held November 25 at Eolia Baptist Church. A son of the late Burl B. and Oma Jane Mullins Maggard, he died November 21 at Pikeville Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Jewell Short Maggard; a daughter, Rebecca Maggard and James of Happy; a brother, Jackie Maggard and Loretta of Louisville; […]

Services held for Eugene Day

Eugene Day, 93, of Cowan, died November 18, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A son of the late Francis B. and Rachel Maggard Day, he was the widower of Irene Day. Mr. Day was also preceded in death by five brothers, a sister, and granddaughter, Heather Day. Surviving are a daughter, Emma Adams of […]

Vitamin E: Safe in diet, not in lungs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a preliminary finding that implicates a vitamin E additive as the potential cause of lung injury from THC vaping. The agency examined fluid samples from the lungs of 29 patients with vaping-related illness and found vitamin E acetate in all 29 samples. This is a major development in the search for […]

The high cost of the free flu shot

In the Byzantine world of health care pricing, most people wouldn’t expect that the ubiquitous flu shot could be a prime example of how the system’s lack of transparency can lead to disparate costs. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to cover all federally recommended vaccines at no charge to patients, including flu immunizations. Although people with insurance pay […]