Originally created 08/06/02

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BACK IN TIME

AUG. 6, 1987

A convenience store clerk was in good condition at an area hospital Wednesday after being attacked with a machete during a robbery earlier in the day.

New Ellenton resident Eddie Riner was working at Jordan's Hot Spot on Highway 19 when two men entered at 4:40 a.m., according to Aiken County Sheriff Carroll Heath.

Heath said one man chose a sandwich from the cooler and asked how to operate the microwave. When Riner turned to answer, Heath said, he was chopped in the back by the second man with a machete. The two men then forced Riner to open the cash register.

Riner underwent surgery Wednesday at Hospital Corporation of America Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where he was listed in good condition.

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PEACH STATE LEADER

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.
  • KID WATCH

    Better Homes and Gardens magazine reports several common warning signs that indicate your child might be having a serious problem:

  • Unprovoked aggression, especially if it occurs shortly after the end of the school day, often reflects frustration about what happened in school.
  • You should be concerned if your child avoids activities that involve competition or if he or she suddenly drops an activity which previously held a lot of interest.
  • If your child has very little energy, loses interest in doing things he or she previously enjoyed or is often tearful and sad, be sure to take these signs seriously. They often mean that your child is feeling he or she can't do anything you value or appreciate.
  • When your children complain that something isn't fair, listen to determine if they have a legitimate complaint.
  • SLOW COOKER TIPS

  • Buy roasts and other large cuts of meat that will fit in your crock pot, or plan to trim them to fit.
  • Remove skin from poultry and trim excess fat from other meats before cooking.
  • Fresh root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots and onions, should be placed in the bottom of the pot, under the meat, for faster cooking. They tend to cook more slowly than meat.
  • When thickening sauces near the end of cooking time, turn the heat setting to high to speed the process. Taste the liquid first, though; if it lacks flavor, it may be best to reduce by simmering several minutes uncovered.
  • Taste and season. Because slow cookers sometimes dilute flavors over a long period of time, be creative with your seasonings. Seasoned salt, garlic powder, seasoned pepper and complementary herbs and spices are best added near the end of cooking.
  • Colors tend to fade in slow-cooked foods, but garnishes such as chopped fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers, cheese or sour cream can add much visual appeal.
  • THUMBS DOWN

    Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

    Children were more likely to have a cross bite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging onto their habit at 4 had a cross bite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    The researchers plan to next study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

    Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.

    CLEANING YOUR EARS

    If you use cotton swabs to rid your ears of wax, listen up. Deeply probing and prodding with swabs may cause hearing loss, bleeding and injury to the eardrum, says M. Lee Williams, associate professor emeritus of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of The Sinusitis Help Book.

    Wax is secreted in the outer two-thirds of the ear canal. Swabs may force it deeper into the canal and diminish hearing. People who routinely use swabs are more likely to have related hearing loss.

    Keep your ears clean, safe and free from itching by using an alcohol dipped cotton swab in the outer part of the ear canal no more than once a week, and never when your ear is infected.

    Remove impacted ear wax by gently flushing your ear with a loosely inserted squeeze-bulb syringe containing tepid water. Leave space around the syringe tip for water to drain, so you avoid rupturing your eardrum. If this doesn't work, a doctor may need to remove the wax.

    - Better Homes and Gardens magazine