Exercise yes, pills no: doctors unveil guidance for lower back pain

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If you have lower back pain, the last thing you should do is take prescription narcotics. That’s the message issued Tuesday by the American College of Physicians. The new guideline, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, says doctors should encourage patients with lower back pain to try exercise and alternative non-drug approaches, including heat, massage, acupuncture, […]

JCC: burn ban in place through April 15


A burn ban is in effect through April 15 in James City County, the fire marshal said Thursday. The measure prohibits open burning within 300 feet of woods or grass before 4 p.m., according to a release. Other open-air burning is restricted to the hours between 4 p.m. and midnight. The burn ban became effective on […]

Presidents Day closings in the Historic Triangle

George Washington accepting command of the Continental Army. George Washington (middle) surrounded by members of the Continental Congress, lithograph by Currier & Ives, c. 1876. Currier & Ives Collection (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Presidents Day is Feb. 20 and many government offices throughout the Historic Triangle will be closed. If you venture out on civic business Monday, here’s what to expect. James City County County offices and courts will be closed. The Little Creek Reservoir Park Store/Office, the James City County Marina Store/Office and the Chickahominy Riverfront Park […]

Salt therapy: grandma’s spa secret gaining wellness converts

(Courtesy Williamsburg Salt Spa)

It’s in virtually every kitchen. Nutritionists say to avoid it. Yet from the Virginia Peninsula to California, it’s being touted for health benefits, from spa customers to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What is it? Salt. And chances are, in one form or another, it’s in a spa near you. “It is a natural breathing treatment,” […]

Williamsburg Symphony awarded $10K prize for youth orchestra concerts

(Courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra has won recognition and a hefty check for its youth-orchestra concerts. WSO was recognized late last month as one of five Dominion ArtStars in Virginia, according to a release from Dominion Virginia Power. The program spotlights Virginia organizations that benefit students and their communities by linking the arts and education. The prize includes a […]

JCC holding hazmat drop-off Saturday

Paint and other household chemicals can be properly disposed of on Saturday Feb. 11. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of old paint cans? James City County is holding a free hazardous materials drop-off from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Sanford B. Wanner Stadium, 5700 Warhill Trail, according to a release. The stadium is next door to Warhill High School.   Residents can […]