Originally created 03/04/03

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BACK IN TIME

MARCH 4, 1965

The sale of mixed drinks in Richmond County, including the city of Augusta, will be stopped by noon Friday, Sheriff George C. Mutimer said late Wednesday night.

In a prepared statement, the sheriff said laws governing the sale of whisky by the glass would be strictly enforced. Georgia laws prohibit the sale of mixed drinks except in wet, metropolitan counties where residents have approved the sale in a referendum.

"Augusta and Richmond County has turned its head on the mixed drink law long enough," the sheriff said.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TUESDAY

BUSINESS SEMINAR: The Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers' Social Work staff will sponsor a seminar, Creating Positive Relationships in Business and Life, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its third-floor auditorium, Wrightsboro Road. Sheryl Towers will be the instructor. The free seminar is open to the public. For more information, call Michelle Bell at 733-0188, ext. 2797.

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: The Augusta Children's Chorale will perform at noon for Tuesday's Music Live, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St. The free concert is open to the public. Lunch is $7 and will be provided by Very Vera. Reservations for lunch are required. For more information, call 722-3463.

WEDNESDAY

GREAT AMERICAN WEIGH-IN: The Great American Weigh-In, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, will last from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Weight Watchers Center, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez. For more information, call (800) 525-2520, ext. 11.

YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF GEORGIA: The Young Democrats of Georgia will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond County Democratic Headquarters, 1162 Broad St. The meeting is open to the public.

WEED CONTROL IN LAWNS: The Columbia County Extension Service will hold a lunch seminar about Weed Control in Lawns and Ornamentals at 12:10 p.m. in the auditorium of the Government Complex, Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. The seminar will be presented by Charles Phillips. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 868-3413.

CHILDREN'S HEARING

Your child may not be ignoring you. The problem may be that he can't hear you. About 5.2 million children, ages 6 to 19, may have some degree of noise-related hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers used the results of a six-year, nationally representative survey of 5,249 youths to estimate that 12.5 percent of young Americans may have noise-induced hearing problems. For as many as 4.9 percent, the hearing loss may be moderate to profound. Some of this damage may be permanent.

CDC researcher Amanda Niskar says that as little as four hours on a motorcycle, two hours of listening to loud stereo headphones, or seven minutes at a loud rock concert may cause hearing damage. She says children should use ear plugs to protect their ears during noisy activities.

AVOIDING HEARTBURN

Certain foods and drugs increase acid secretions or cause the body to release chemicals that cause a muscle in the esophagus to relax, increasing heartburn. Here are some tips to reduce heartburn.

FOOD

AVOID: Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, carbonated beverages, caffeine, alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, vinegar, ketchup and mustard

HELPFUL FOODS: Pineapple, brown rice, potatoes, beans, whole wheat pasta, yogurt, salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds, asparagus, mushrooms and Brazil nuts

OTHER TIPS

Avoid clothes that put pressure on the stomach.

Chew gum to boost saliva production and to neutralize acids in the esophagus.

Elevate your head at night four to six inches to prevent the backup of stomach contents into the esophagus.

Sleep on your left side.

FOR HELP

Visit the American Gastroenterological Association's Web site at www.gastro.org.