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Is Your Gallbladder Healthy?
It’s an important part of the body that most people never thing about. It’s the gallbladder, a 4-inch, pear-shaped organ located in the upper right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder collects bile, a combination of fluid, fat, and cholesterol that helps to break down fat in the intestine. Even when the bile isn’t working as well as it should and gallstones develop, most people are unaware of a problem. That’s because, unlike the heart or kidneys, for instance, the gallbladder isn’t necessarily vital to keeping a body healthy and functioning.
Tips for Making Healthier Meals for Weight Loss
Cooking healthier for weight loss is all about making smaller changes over time. As you move through these tips don’t attempt to implement them all at once. Instead, add in one new strategy a week and make sure you master that one before moving on to another.
Pack Your Food With Veggies
This one is fun and easy to do. Every single recipe you make you should try and find ways to pack it full of nutritious and filling vegetables.
Ways to Manage Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious, chronic illness that affects approximately 30 million Americans, approximately 10% of the population. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder wherein the body fails to produce enough insulin to adequately regulate blood sugar levels.
Formerly known as “sugar sickness” or “sugar diabetes,” diabetes is classified by scientists into two main types. Type 1 is a birth condition that affects only a small percentage of diabetes sufferers.
7 Foods for a Healthy Immune System
Supporting your immune system with the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients can give your body a fighting chance against flu, colds and other infections that run rampant this time of year. Don’t forget that in addition to these super immune supporting foods you should also:
Eat a varied diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Wash your hand frequently.
Greek or European yogurt contains a whole host of probiotics or “good” bacteria that can help keep your gut healthy and running smoothly.
Army Strategist Named as National Security Adviser
U.S. President Donald Trump named a new national security adviser Monday, picking Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, a military strategist who has spent his entire career in the U.S. armed forces.
Trump called the 54-year-old McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”
The president, making the announcement from his Florida retreat Mar-a-Lago along the Atlantic Ocean, said that retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now serve as chief of staff of the National Security Council.
Senior Trump Appointee Fired After Critical Comments
A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.
Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.
A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defense University.
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Licata Enterprises Asks For Volunary Recall of Multiple Vitamin Because of A Possible Fish Allergen Health Risk
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2017
Licata Enterprises of Huntington Beach, California is recalling its The Supreme One / Theravits 100 multiple vitamin (all lots) due to the discovery of a confusing labeling issue which could cause cause individuals allergic to fish oils to ingest the product in error.
You can work with our tips if you’d like to become familiar with apartments Forest Virginia choices. Some people put places on the market that you won’t like. Or, you may find out how to avoid missing out on something you’ll enjoy when all is said and done.
Out of all of the apartments that are out there, some of them will be older. Will it be best to live in a place that has character and is not as new? Would you prefer a home you know will be efficient with up to date fixtures throughout it? Apartments are very different if they are old or new. Some people figure it’s worth it to save on living anywhere older but check out both kinds of places and see what you think is the best for you.
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Ed Gillespie, front-runner for the GOP nomination for governor, told Liberty University’s convocation on Monday how his Catholic faith has sustained him through personal disappointments and professional setbacks.
Liberty is an important campaign stop for national and statewide GOP hopefuls seeking support among evangelical voters. Rather than talk about hot-button issues, Gillespie reflected on lessons he learned while bouncing back from rejection.
Gillespie cited Romans 8:28, which says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
He added: “As I look back on my past, the first part of this verse explains a lot to me — all things, including defeats and unpleasant experiences, work for the good.”
Gillespie said that while “the Atlanta Falcons are having a hard time seeing that today,” it is true in his life. “You see, some of the most disappointing moments in my life have resulted in the best things that ever happened to me.”
Gillespie recalled that when he was a senior in high school, he set his sights on an elite liberal arts college in New England.
“In retrospect, given my grades and SAT scores, it was beyond my reach. But I’d convinced myself I could get in. I didn’t, and I was devastated.”
He ended up going to The Catholic University of America in Washington where he fell in love with a student whom he thought he would marry. He said they dated for a while, but the young woman transferred to another school when they were sophomores. On one of his visits to her school, Gillespie said, the woman broke up with him.
“I was heartbroken. Despondent,” he recalled. “Thought I’d never be able to be truly happy.”
He threw himself into his studies and his work. He moved up from Senate parking attendant to an internship, and, to ultimately, a full-time job for a member of Congress.
Following President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, Gillespie interviewed with two incoming members of Congress for a press secretary job. He did not get the job with one member of the House, whom many expected to be a rising star but then ended up losing his next election.
Instead, Gillespie got the job with a “somewhat nutty professor,” Dick Armey of Texas, who rose through the ranks to become the first GOP House majority leader in 40 years.
Gillespie said his work with Armey for more than a decade prepared him to become chairman of the Republican National Committee and ultimately, White House counselor to President George W. Bush.
In Washington, on a congressional league co-ed softball team, Gillespie met Cathy Hay, his future wife. The Gillespies will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in May.
“As it’s turned out, those feelings of devastation, heartbreak and rejection earlier in my life — while not fleeting — were temporary,” Gillespie said. “And every one of them led to lasting acceptance, love and fulfillment.
“Of course, I didn’t know then what I know now. I wish I did. And I wish I had then the relationship with the Lord that I have now, because I would have had greater acceptance and much more peace in trying times,” he said.
Gillespie said he “suffered another rejection in 2014,” when he lost a squeaker to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
“But I am a better person for having made that race. And I am a better candidate now because of that experience.”
Gillespie said he loves the passage from Romans “because it puts our past in context, and helps rid us of the corrosive effect of living with regret. And it inspires us with hope for a future in accordance with God’s will.”
Gillespie is one of four Republican hopefuls for governor in the June primary, along with state Sen. Frank W. Wagner, R-Virginia Beach; Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and Denver Riggleman, co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County.
Two candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination: Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam and former Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th.
Thanks to a state grant of almost $880,000, about a dozen Appomattox County homeowners may be able to rebuild or repair their houses damaged by a tornado in 2016.
“I think [the grant money] is absolutely welcome. A lot of prayers were answered. We had a lot of people that were uninsured, and it will really help those folks out,” said Sam Carter, chairman of the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors.
The grant money will go directly to the tornado recovery fund, managed by the Appomattox County Long-Term Recovery Group, according to Carter. The money is part of more than $4 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) being distributed among 10 projects in nine Virginia localities, according to a news release by Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office Monday.
“Now we can really, really move forward with helping more folks and those that had to put up [recovery costs] with their own money,” Carter said. “This right here is a pure blessing.”
Nearly four dozen Appomattox Countyhomes suffered major damage Feb. 24, 2016, when a tornado packing winds of up to 165 mphleft a path of destruction 13 miles long and 400 yards wide through the community of Evergreen.
According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 30 houses were destroyed, and 12 houses sustained major damage.
Shelia McCoy was in Lynchburg planning for her mother’s funeral when the tornado destroyed her mobile home on Berry Lane behind Central Baptist Church, which also was leveled by the tornado.
“I feel very lost … my kids have kept me going, they’ve been by me,” said McCoy, who has been living with her daughter for almost a year, by phone Monday afternoon.
She said she hopes to rebuild her house but on a new piece of property on Red House Road and has been in contact with the Appomattox County Long-Term Recovery Group through Lynchburg Community Action Group, which is handling the case management for the recovery group.
The group, a coalition of volunteers from churches and area nonprofits as well as county government officials, collaborated with the Region 2000 Local Government Council in seeking the grant.
The application for $973,265 was earmarked for six houses that need to be rebuilt and to repair another 10 damaged houses. A portion of that money also will go to community cleanup like stump removal.
First priority for the funding would be uninsured and underinsured families, with eligibility determined on a case-by-case basis and evaluated by Region 2000.
The CDBG program provides funding to plan and implement projects that address critical community development needs, including housing, infrastructure and economic development, according to the news release. Other localities to receive grant funding include Wythe County, the town of Waverly, Buchanan County, the town of Exmore, Floyd County, the town of Dungannon, Wise County and Essex County.
Carrying brightly colored signs and waving American flags, a large crowd at the “No Ban, No Wall” protest spread out along the roundabout at 5th and Federal streets in Lynchburg, their chants of “No hate, no fear. Refugees are welcome here,” echoing around them.
More than 200 gatherers united Sunday afternoon to take part in a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s recent policies, including the Jan. 27 immigration ban that has stirred protests throughout the nation and his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
“I was a ninth grade high school teacher. [Trump’s] behavior would not have stayed in my classroom,” said Gloria Simon, a retired Heritage High School English teacher. “We didn’t bully, we didn’t make fun of, we didn’t taunt and we respected. … I’ve got someone leading my coun-try who doesn’t behave as well as a teenager.”
The demonstration served as the first event of new Lynchburg organization the Seven Hills Progressive Society (SHPS), which was founded in November following the election.
SHPS (pronounced “ships”) was created as a grassroots response to the current political cli-mate by several members in the Lynchburg community who felt the government was not re-sponding to their needs, said Nick Castanes, a founding member and organizer of Sunday’s demonstration. The group’s mission is to create a network for communication among those in Lynchburg who feel they are at risk and disadvantaged under the new administration.
“Rather than waiting for the government to deliver or protect our rights, why don’t we take it upon ourselves to see what the needs are in the community and see if we can address that on a local level?” he said.
Sunday’s protest, Castanes said, came together with about a week of planning. By Sunday morning, the hastily organized event on Facebook had about 75 confirmed to attend.
The turnout was more than double.
Some came together in groups, with globes carrying the words “no borders here” and banners calling for an end to white supremacy. Sam Crowder, age 7, and 6-year-olds Oliver McGovern and Madeline Yarzebinski held a sign reading, “Refugees in Trump out,” as they stood with their parents and joined a chant of “no justice, no peace.”
A few people joined when they saw the crowd, parking their cars in nearby lots and rushing up the sidewalks to file into the group. Several motorists shook their heads, seemingly in disa-greement, and a few yelled criticisms, but many simply beeped their car horns in solidarity as they drove along the roundabout.
For the crowd, which cheered at every honk, the gesture was enough.
“Even though I feel like I’ve stepped back 40 years to have to march again for rights, it’s very heartwarming to see so many people of different colors, different ages, different religions all together for one reason,” Simon said.“That we want a better country.”
The protest followed on the heels of an announcement from the Office of the Virginia Attorney General the state would move forward in its lawsuit against the immigration ban.
“President Trump’s unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American immigration ban is causing real harm as we speak to Virginia families, students, businesses, and our colleges and universi-ties,” Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement that accompanied the Feb. 3 an-nouncement.
According to a news release, the state will argue in favor of a motion for a preliminary injunc-tion during a hearing this Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
“The legal issues in this case are complex, but in many ways this case gets to the heart of who we are as Americans,” Herring said in the statement. “We are a country and a Commonwealth that are welcoming and open. We do not discriminate based on religion, race or national origin. That is why we will continue to fight.”
SHPS plans to continue Sunday’s momentum by setting up free food pantries and getting in-volved with local soup kitchens and national organizations such as Food Not Bombs in addition to creating discussion groups and more demonstrations in the area.
“It’s very encouraging,” said Castanes as he looked out on the crowd as marchers continued to chant and wave their signs. “The fact that we’re in Lynchburg, Virginia, speaks volumes about what we’re witnessing now. If it can happen here — if we can organize a grassroots resistance in Lynchburg — it can happen anywhere.”
I have lived in New York City all of my life and I have never considered moving until now. The hustle and bustle of the Big Apple is becoming far more than I want to deal with at this point in my life. My daughter is also getting older and I am worried about raising her in a place that has a much better school system. A friend of mine lives in Virginia and she suggested I consider moving there. Southern living has always been something that frightens me, but I think that I may just take a leap.
I do not want to live in a city like Richmond since it can be just as busy and active as a larger city. I would prefer to move to a town that is far quieter. With that said, I want to make sure that I am able to reach the city quickly since the nature of the work I do means I will have to make frequent trips to a metropolitan area. I will have to do some research in order to pinpoint a city that meets all of my needs and those of my child.
In a Thursday proclamation at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump promised to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which restricts tax-exempt entities — including churches — from engaging in partisan politics, such as donating to or endorsing a political candidate or campaign.
Locally, that idea has the support of Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and ardent Trump supporter and president of Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian college with 100,000-plus enrolled.
“[Trump’s] just sticking to his word on every single promise that he made. [The Johnson Amendment] was something he talked about when he visited Liberty a little over a year ago. When he first heard about it, he couldn’t believe that there was a restriction on free speech in the United States,” Falwell said.
Candidate Trump visited Liberty in January 2016, and Falwell personally endorsed him shortly thereafter.
In an interview Thursday, Falwell described the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the U.S. tax code, as an unconstitutional infringement on free-speech rights that he claimed is selectively enforced to mute conservative voices.
“It’s used as a club, by the [Internal Revenue Service] and the left, to silence conservatives,” Falwell said.
However, others — such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation — fear a repeal of the Johnson Amendment will flood the political climate with untraceable dark money and turn the pulpit into a partisan environment, blurring the line between the separation of church and state.
“It’s going to turn houses of worship into political action committees,” said Andrew Seidel, an attorney with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Wisconsin.
For the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Johnson Amendment is not a new issue. In 2012, the organization sued the IRS, alleging it had not enforced the legislation. The lawsuit ended in August 2014, when both parties filed for a joint dismissal of the case.
Seidel noted churches, unlike other 501(c)(3) organizations such as United Way Worldwide or the Salvation Army, are not required to file financial paperwork with the IRS. Nonprofits, though tax exempt, are required to file a Form 990 detailing financial information, such as donations received and how money was used by the organization. Since churches do not file Form 990s, Seidel believes repeal will open up an outlet for dark money.
“We would have no idea who would be putting money in, and where that money would be going. There would essentially be this informational and financial black hole for mega-donors to give money to and funnel to politicians tax-free, and then write it off,” Seidel said.
Falwell argues an easy fix to avoid creating outlets for dark money would be to impose a limit on how much of a nonprofit’s gross receipts can go to supporting or opposing political candidates.
“It would provide free speech, but it would keep churches and colleges from becoming organizations that are not operating according to their charters by being too involved with politics,” Falwell said.
Seidel, however, thinks Trump’s push to repeal the Johnson Amendment is a ploy to create a funding source to funnel money into races the Republicans need to win in 2018 to retain majority control.
“It’s definitely a source of power for churches, and I think that’s one of the reasons you’re seeing this push to repeal [the Johnson Amendment],” Seidel said.
Furthermore, Seidel expressed concern about the “unique power” churches have over followers and suggested an attempt to turn the pulpit partisan would lead to “spiritual blackmail” as pastors urge parishioners to vote for candidates they, and the church, openly support for office.
Falwell also expressed the belief the IRS allows other nonprofits — such as universities — a pass on enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and that only conservatives are targeted. As evidence, he pointed to the cancellation of classes at some universities the day after Trump was elected.
“Any time a president upholds the Constitution and guarantees free speech, it has to be something that the people will applaud. I can’t imagine anybody being upset except the far left, who want to use this Johnson Amendment to silence conservatives,” Falwell said.
Seidel dismissed free-speech concerns, noting the government can attach strings to tax exemption.
“Freedom of speech is a right, for sure, but tax exemption is not,” Seidel said.
The Johnson Amendment bears the name of its author, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who wrote the legislation in 1954 while in the Senate and as a reaction to a nonprofit supporting a political rival.
Though the Johnson Amendment prohibits partisan political activity by nonprofits, it does allow “political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner,” according to the IRS website.
Nonprofits can conduct voter-registration efforts, get-out-the-vote drives, host public forums and publish issue-based voting guides as long as these actions remain nonpartisan in nature.
Though the Johnson Amendment is in the spotlight due to Trump’s recent comments, a Pew Research Center survey from August noted 64 percent of adults surveyed heard from the pulpit on issues such as religious liberty, homosexuality, abortion, immigration, environmental issues and economic inequality. However, only 14 percent reported a candidate being endorsed from the pulpit.
The Altavista-based parent company of First National Bank, Pinnacle Bankshares Corporation, reported Friday a fourth-quarter profit of $734,000, or 48 cents per basic and diluted share, down 27.1 percent from $1,007,000 million, or 66 cents per basic and diluted share, during the same period last year.
Total loans increased 11.5 percent from $306,088,000 at the end of 2015 to $341,321,000 at the end of 2016. Total assets rose 18.5 percent from $371,261,000 to $440,104,000. Total deposits rose 20.6 percent from $332,403,000 to $399,743,000.
Stockholders’ equity rose 5.1 percent from $34,782,000 to $36,549,000 between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016, and book value, which is the company’s stockholders’ equity divided by its number of shares, increased 4.16 percent from $23.05 to $24.01.
The bank company’s net interest margin in the fourth quarter dropped from 3.93 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 3.53 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, although the bank noted its year-to-date net interest margin increased from 3.63 percent to 3.7 percent. Net interest margin is the difference between the interest income a bank earns and what it pays out to depositors; it is one measure of a bank’s success.
In November, Pinnacle Bankshares declared a cash dividend of 10 cents per share. It paid out Dec. 2 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 18. It was the 17th consecutive quarter the company paid a dividend. Assuming a share price of $28, the company has a dividend yield of 1.43 percent.
First National Bank, founded in 1908, operates eight branches in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Pittsylvania, including two in the town of Altavista.
The bank is expanding into Lynchburg with a new Lynchburg headquarters on Odd Fellows Road. It has been renovating its Timberlake Road branch and relocating its Old Forest Road branch to a newly constructed building down the street.
Pinnacle Bankshares Corporation (OTCQX:PPBN) stock closed at $28.06 per share Friday, up 0.21 percent from the day before.
After almost three years pursuing criminal cases against defendants in Amherst and Bedford counties, Timothy Griffin wants the job of top prosecutor for the city of Lynchburg.
Griffin, 32, a resident of Lynchburg and an active player in area Republican politics, is seeking the GOP nod to run for commonwealth’s attorney.
Griffin jumped into the race shortly after incumbent Michael Doucette said last week he would not run for re-election but instead leave office after his term expires Dec. 31.
Doucette has served as Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney for 11 years.
The news was a sudden opening for Griffin, who issued a news release within 12 hours of Doucette’s, saying for months Griffin had been “setting the stage to challenge the status quo” in the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Griffin, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Bedford County, told The News & Advance this week he wants to tamp down crime rates and make Lynchburg a safer place through several initiatives he plans to unveil this year.
He would not say directly whether he had intended to challenge Doucette had the incumbent sought re-election. But Griffin made clear he thought it was time for new leadership in the office, which prosecutes all alleged criminal offenses in the city.
Griffin said it requires a concerted effort among area prosecutors, the Lynchburg Police Department, social services and other entities to reduce crime rates effectively.
“There’s a lot of actors. Everyone is working so hard,” he said. “I think we can bring something to the commonwealth attorney’s office.”
Griffin, a Liberty University graduate, attended Appalachian School of Law and served in criminal law for two years before becoming a prosecutor.
In May 2014, he was named an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Amherst County; the following year, he took his current post in Bedford County.
While saying Lynchburg crime rates must be reduced, Griffin credited the efforts of police under their current leadership with new initiatives aimed at reducing crime.
“I think LPD’s doing a phenomenal job,” he said. Griffin in particular lauded the community policing initiative Police Chief Raul Diaz has spearheaded.
“I really appreciate the chief’s vision for where he wants to take the city in that manner,” Griffin said.
In the week since announcing, Griffin has picked up two key endorsements in GOP circles. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th District,threw his support behind Griffin on Thursday, and Virgil Goode, former Republican congressman for the same district, endorsed him a few days before. The 5th District covers part of Lynchburg.
Griffin joined both the current and former congressmen on the campaign trail stumping for Republicans last year.
Garrett said in a news release that after working first-hand with Griffin on the congressional race, “I have full confidence in his ability to represent the people well and uphold the laws and Constitutional principles of our great Commonwealth.”
Griffin was the first candidate to make an announcement regarding Doucette’s seat.
Throwing his hat in the ring set him up for a possible electoral competition with Chuck Felmlee, chief deputy commonwealth’s attorney for Lynchburg. Felmlee, for the past 11 years the second in command of the prosecutor’s office, indicated last week he intended to run. He had not formally entered the race as of Thursday afternoon.
It also remains unclear who else may enter the race, with the election still nine months away. Republicans hold a primary June 13, and Griffin is seeking their nomination. Griffin said the local GOP committee will decide the method of nominations.
A Campbell County man won $3 million Jan. 31 after purchasing two $3,000,000 Fortune Scratcher tickets, according to a news release by the Virginia Lottery.
Tim Nash, of Gladys, who works in the lumber industry, either can receive the $3 million in installments during the next 30 years or get a lump sum of $1.6 million in cash, before taxes. Nash currently is consulting with financial experts to determine the best option for him, according to the release.
Nash bought the winning ticket at Community Mini Mart on Pigeon Run Road in Gladys. The Lottery will award the store a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, the release states.
The release said after Nash scratched his first ticket and realized his success, he ran inside his home to tell his wife.
“I didn’t even scratch the other one,” Nash said in the news release. “I was so nervous I couldn’t scratch it!”
The $3,000,000 Fortune Scratcher has prizes that range from $20 to $3 million. The release states there is a third ticket worth $3 million still circulating, as Nash is only the second person to claim the top prize.
The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600, and the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2.97, according to the release.