January 1, 2017 @ 5:00 PM · Nutrition

By Karen Gilchrist

When one hears or sees the word diet, the context in today’s times often relates to weight loss. All too frequently, it may seem, a new plan appears, promoted by testimonials from doctors, celebrities and satisfied followers alike and “guaranteed to help you lose weight, and keep it off!” And indeed, a veritable smorgasbord of diets, from plant- and meat-based plans to highly restrictive and body-specific regimens, exists to address not only weight loss, but also weight gain, health conditions and just plain healthy living for longevity. 

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the first known use of the word diet occurred in the 13th century. The Middle English word derives from the Old French diete (............

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August 15, 2014 @ 10:13 PM · Exploring Nature in the Sandhills

By Joy G. Crowe

Tucked away between farms on Highway 421 in Harnett County is Raven Rock Road. This three-mile road leads to a hidden gem of the Sandhills area, 4,667 acres along the Cape Fear River that make up Raven Rock State Park. A beautiful visitor center welcomes the public, and an interactive display will give you an education about the ecology and geology of the area, as well as trail maps for your excursion. Primitive camping (some are even "canoe-in" sites), picnic areas and plenty of fishing holes can be found. On the south side of the river, 12 miles of hiking trails wind through the forest; nine different trails range from one-half mile to five miles in length. Along the paths you'll see a variety of wildflowers............

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