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March 5, 1993

On Thursday the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission honored Robbie Lord for pulling two injured, bleeding people from a burning Piper airplane following a 1991 crash near Blythe.

Mr. Lord said he had no idea when he carried the two victims to safety that he would receive a cash prize for his effort.

In all, four people were hurt in the crash.

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1 - Educate yourself about credit and creditors.

2 - Charge only what you know you can pay off. Don't go over your limit.

3 - Make payments on time, and pay more than the minimum each month.

4 - Look at how to reduce your expenses. Write out a budget and stick to it.

5 - Prioritize your payments. Which one is most important?

6 - Don't accept every credit offer. Shop for the lowest annual percentage rate (APR).

7 - Have three months of living expenses saved in an emergency fund.

8 - If you can't pay, contact creditors right away and try to work out a payment plan.

9 - Consult with a credit card counseling agency before you file bankruptcy and before your name is turned over to a collection agency.

On the Net:

National Foundation for Credit Counseling: http://www.nfcc.org

American Consumer Credit Counseling: http://www.consumercredit.com

Consumer Credit Counseling Service: http://www.cccsatl.org

- Associated Press


Georgia ranks among the best in the nation in some areas of education:

- Georgia has the highest percentage of children in state-funded kindergarten programs.

- It has the seventh-highest number of nationally certified teachers.

- The state ranks 14th in the number of Advanced Placement exams taken per 1,000 high school students.

- Georgia Tech was ranked the 10th best public university by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

- Atlanta's Emory University has the eighth-largest university endowment.


Sen. Charles Walker: (404) 656-0040

Sen. Don Cheeks: (404) 656-0045

Sen. Joey Brush: (404) 657-0406

Rep. Bill Jackson: (404) 656-0305

Rep. Ben Harbin: (404) 656-0325

Rep. Sue Burmeister: (404) 656-0220

Rep. Jack Connell: (404) 656-5072

Rep. Alberta Anderson: (404) 656-7859

Rep. Ben Allen: (404) 656-7859

Rep. Henry Howard: (404) 656-7859

Rep. George DeLoach: (404) 656-0305

Senate Information Office: 1-800-282-5803

House of Representatives: Public Information Office, Room 131, State Capitol 30334, (404) 656-5082


General Assembly Web Site: http://www2.state.ga.us/Legis/


According to the USDA, the top produce items in the U.S. diet are iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, french fries, bananas and orange juice. The top two foods Americans are trying to work into their diets: oranges and broccoli.


Eye professionals recommend regular eye exams for children because many vision problems can begin with no or few obvious symptoms. But doctors cite some signs of possible eye trouble that parents should be alert to:

- Crossed, red-rimmed, inflamed or watery eyes, or recurring eye infections.

- Avoiding coloring or other detailed activities or, for older children, avoiding reading or frustration when reading or doing homework.

- Closing or covering one eye, or blinking more than usual.

- Rubbing eyes excessively.

- Squinting or moving very close to the TV or computer.

- Holding books closer than the typical 14 inches from the face.

- Complaints that eyes itch, burn or are blurry.

- Complaints of dizziness, headache or nausea after performing work close to eyes.


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