Originally created 05/13/02

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BACK IN TIME

May 13, 1972

WJBF will return to the air sometime today.

The word, delivered by a weary John Radeck, WJBF general manager, is that Channel 6 will return to the air, but it would be "impossible to pinpoint a time."

The station was knocked off the air five days ago when fire destroyed its Beech Island transmitter Sunday about 11 p.m.

Five episodes of General Hospital will be rebroadcast, and also the final two minutes of the NBA championship game between the Lakers and the Knicks.

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GEOGRAPHY LESSON

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness - 28 percent

The percentage of North America that is wilderness - 38 percent

TEACHER PAY

Salaries for Public School Teachers

New Jersey------------$53,281*

Connecticut------------52,693

California-------------52,480

New York---------------52,040

Michigan --------------50,694*

Pennsylvania-----------49,528

District of Columbia---48,704

Rhode Island-----------48,474*

Alaska-----------------48,123

Illinois---------------47,847

Massachusetts----------47,789

Delaware---------------47,047

Maryland---------------45,963

United States----------43,335*

Indiana----------------43,311

Ohio-------------------42,764

Georgia----------------42,216

Minnesota--------------42,212

Washington-------------42,137

Wisconsin--------------42,122

Oregon-----------------41,711

North Carolina---------41,151

Nevada-----------------40,443*

Virginia---------------40,197

Hawaii-----------------40,052

Colorado---------------39,184

Texas------------------38,361

New Hampshire----------38,301

Vermont----------------38,254

Florida----------------38,230

Alabama----------------37,956*

South Carolina---------37,938

Tennessee--------------37,431

Missouri---------------36,722

Kentucky---------------36,589

Iowa-------------------36,479

Utah-------------------36,441

Idaho------------------36,375

Maine------------------36,373

Arizona----------------36,302*

Kansas-----------------35,901

West Virginia----------35,888

Wyoming----------------34,678

Arkansas---------------34,641

Oklahoma---------------34,499

Nebraska---------------34,175

New Mexico-------------33,785

Louisiana--------------33,615

Montana----------------33,249

Mississippi------------31,954

North Dakota-----------30,891

South Dakota-----------30,265

* Estimated or not finalized by state

Source:National Education Association

FIGHTING FIRE ANTS

What can you do to fight the hazards of fire ants?

  • Educate children about fire ants and their potential hazards.
  • Do not enclose or tie pets near a fire ant mound.
  • Ant mounds can be destroyed by pouring one to two gallons of hot tap water onto the mound. If enough hot water reaches the queen, it will destroy her and eventually the colony. Hot water treatments are not 100 percent effective.
  • Other materials used to combat fire ants can be obtained from nurseries or gardening supply stores.
  • Work with your neighbors to schedule fire ant abatements. Destroying mounds on your property will not prevent reinfestation from surrounding properties that are not treated.
  • To stop the spread of these ants, avoid moving soil or potted plants from your property. Fire ants also may be present in firewood stacks, lumber, tires and many other items that may be stored on your property. Any item infested with these ants should not be moved to other areas.
  • PEPPERMINT POWER

    In a recent test, athletes ran faster, had stronger grips and did more push-ups when they smelled peppermint than when they didn't.

    Peppermint did not help free-throw shooting.

    Source: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

    WATER SAFETY

    Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 14 and under, and the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4.

    Toddlers can drown in as little as one inch of water, so do not discount the risk of wading pools, buckets, bathtubs, diaper pails and toilets.

    Despite images in movies, drowning is a silent death. Children will not necessarily scream for help or thrash about. Visually supervising your children at all times when they are near water is absolutely necessary. Equip your children with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device whenever they are near open water or boating, but never rely on a floatation device or swimming lessons alone to protect a child.

    Source: SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia at the MCG Children's Medical Center