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Martin County Residents Die Early

I hate to alarm you, but it’s true. According to County Health Rankings Martin County ranks 119 out of 120, just above Owsley County, for the worst health rating in the state. County Health Rankings also report that for every 100,000 Martin County residents, 14,182 years of life will be lost before the age of 75. The national average is 5,564, almost 1/3 of our rate! The study also shows that 39% of Martin County residents report their health is less than good. What causes Martin County to reveal such morbid vital statistics? I’m going to assume factors such as the following attribute: 31% of adults admit to smoking – the national average is only 15%. Adult obesity rate of 35% – the national average is 25%. Excessive drinking, which includes binge drinking and heavy drinking , is 9% – the national average is 8%. Teen birth rate of 72 per 1,000 females between the age of 15 and 19, – the national average is 22 per 1000. As a county and nation, health wise, we live in an abusive society. Every day we make unwise choices about smoking, drinking, and eating. A lot of times it’s just quicker, easier, and much more convenient to grab something quick from Taco Bell, McDonald’s, or Dairy Queen. Someone else cooks and cleans up, but face it, it’s tough to make healthy...

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SUMMER CRUISE IN

INEZ TOURISM is sponsoring a SUMMER CRUISE IN, Saturday, July 23, 2011 6 pm – 9 pm. FREE!!! NO ENTRY FEE!!!!!! just bring your cars, motorcycles, tricycles and yourself, we will have food, fun, entertainment, and door prizes for all vehicle entrants. If you need info call City Hall at 298-4602 8 a.m. to 12 noon Friday. Leave a message if clerk is not there. Your call be be...

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Curing Cancer Doesn’t Make Cents

Unfortunately, I believe this is a headline you will never see anywhere but here. Why? You ask. Some may call me a pessimist or some may say I am bitter. I may be both, but neither of those are my reasoning for feeling this way. The answer to this question as well as most all other questions is: MONEY. Think about the amount of nurses, doctors, hospitals, specialty clinics, pharmaceutical companies and equipment manufacturers that exist not only for just cancer, but also other deadly diseases. The simple fact is if a cure for cancer was one day found,...

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Obituaries – 7/21/2011

Joyce Ann Muncy age 63 , beloved wife and devoted Mother was escorted to Heaven by the Angels on Wednesday July 20, 2011. Born July 18. 1948 to the Everett and Florence Bush of Big Stone Gap Virginia, preceding her in death by one sister Dorothy Hurly, she is survived by devoted husband William Riley Muncy Sr of Jenny’s creek Wv., Children Ronda (Samme) Jacks, of Ashville, Ohio., William (Paddee) Muncy Jr., of Oklahoma. Tammy Muncy, of Columbus, Ohio Mark (Kim) Muncy of Coal Mountain Wv. and Douglas (Maranda) Muncy of Mann Wv. Grandchildren: Stephen, Caity, Travis, Megan, Amanda, Sarah, Brandy, Dustin, Brittany, Morgan and Carlee, one great Grandchild Lucas, one brother Ronald Bush of Hilliard Ohio and one sister Carylnn Stener of MacArthur, Ohio; Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Joyce was a great protector of those she loved. She was a joy and a blessing to all that loved her. Jesus has welcomed another Saint into heaven with open arms. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten for our loss is heaven gain. A special thanks to Ethel Messer and Jane Muncy for their love and help. Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday July 23, 2011 at the Old Jenny’s Creek church with Freddie Messer Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Cater -Messer Cemetery in Kermit. ,Visitation will be after 12 PM Friday at the church....

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Obituaries – 7/20/2011

Rita Gail Blackburn age 53 of Inez, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011 morning at the Prestonsburg Health Care Facility.  Born April 11, 1958 in Paintsville, she was the daughter of Betty Jean Harless Blackburn of Inez and the late Earnest Lewis.  In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by a nephew, Lewis Samuel Nelson.  She is survived by her mother; three sisters, Theresa (Sammy) Nelson of Prestonsburg, Ann (Robert) Burchett of Stambaugh and Angela (Greg) Vanhoose of Wittensville; five nieces and nephews, Jessica (Clarence) Dye, Robert (Kelli) Nelson, Eric (Melissa) Phelps, Dustin Nelson and McKay Vanhoose; and three great nieces and nephews, Ciara Dye, Dawson Nelson and Landon Nelson.  Rita was a member of the Church of Christ for over 35 years and worked for the Martin County Board of Education for over 30 years. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday in the chapel of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Highland Memorial Park at Staffordsville.  Frank Mills will officiate.  Friends may visit the funeral home from 5-10PM Wednesday and prior to the service on Thursday.  Arrangements are by the Phelps & Son Funeral Home, Inez. Willis Elkins age 80 of Okeechobee, Florida, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011.  Born January 17, 1931 in Pike County, he was the son of the late Adron and Nancy Maynard Elkins. ...

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