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