Originally created 09/13/03

News you can use



NEWS YOU CAN USE

BACK IN TIME

SEPT. 13, 1972

Beetle Bailey is the best-read cartoon feature in The Augusta Chronicle, a poll among more than 1,700 readers shows.

Running close second in readership preference was Snuffy Smith, while Blondie was a close third.

Two story-type strips - Judge Parker and Rex Morgan - followed in fourth and fifth places. Mark Trail, Buz Sawyer, Peanuts, Dick Tracy and Steve Canyon filled out the top 10.

The three least-liked cartoon strips were Amanda Panda, Short Ribs and Little Orphan Annie.

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AROUND TOWN

TODAY JOB FAIR: The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room. Positions available are part-time and include custodians, ushers, ticket takers and T-shirt security. Aramark Corp. will also be hiring part-time banquet, concession and distribution staff. For more information, call 722-3521.

DRUG-FREE PROGRAM: The Augusta-Richmond County Community for Children and Families Inc. will hold Keeping Youth Drug-Free from 10 a.m. to noon at May Park Community Center. The event will include presentations on drug prevention and awareness; entertainment; food; and materials on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 721-1869.

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Doctors Hospital will hold the Men's Open Charity Tournament at 9 a.m. at Diamond Lakes Regional Park. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of the home run contest, and concessions and raffle tickets will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. Admission is free. For more information, call 651-6610.

YOU'RE A BIG GIRL NOW: You're A Big Girl Now, a seminar on puberty and adolescence, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Doctors Hospital, 3623 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Medical Office Building 1, suite 110. Girls ages 10 to 12 and their mothers will share information and discuss ways to survive natural changes during puberty. The cost is $10 per child with an accompanying mother. For more information, call 651-6220.

SUNDAY BRIDAL CELEBRATION: The second-annual Bridal Celebration will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Augusta Mall. More than 30 exhibitors will attend, including photographers, jewelers, florists, bridal-wear sellers and caterers. Fashion shows will be at 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, call the mall at 733-1001.

FACULTY RECITAL: The Augusta State University Faculty Recital will be held at 3 p.m. at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theater, on the campus of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The recital is sponsored by the Augusta State Fine Arts and Conservatory program. For more information, call 737-1453.

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC: The Morris Museum of Art will have traditional Irish music at 2 p.m. at the museum, 1 10th St. Listen to the fiddle, whistle and pipes of Sibin. The concert is free. For more information, call 724-7501.

MONDAY COMPUTER CENTER OPEN HOUSE: The SeniorNet Computer Learning Center will hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. at the center, University of South Carolina Aiken's Gregg-Graniteville Library. Speak to instructors and sign up for computer classes. For more information, call (803) 641-3288.

CAR SEAT EDUCATION: Safe Kids of East Central Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia will hold car seat education classes from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Medical College of Georgia conference center, Room BT-1810. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to learn car seat safety and correct installation. Registration is required, and the class is free. For more information, call 721-5437.

LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS

Appropriate exercises are an important part of any treatment plan for arthritis. They improve your range of motion, reduce pain and help you feel better. Your doctor, a physical therapist or qualified exercise instructors can show you exercises that will help you the most.

It's also advisable for people with arthritis to:

  • Go beyond regular exercises. Plant a garden, for example. Vegetable and flower gardens have their own rewards, and the movements involved in digging and planting might make your sore hands feel better.
  • Have a good laugh. Watch a funny movie or television show, read an entertaining book, or spend time with someone who makes you laugh. Laughter not only improves your mood, but it might also relax muscles and relieve pain.
  • Have a massage by a certified massage therapist.
  • Lose weight if needed.
  • To learn more about managing arthritis and local exercise classes, go to the Arthritis Foundation's Web site at www.arthritis.org or call 481-1811.

    COMPULSIVE CHECKLIST

    Here's a checklist that can help you test whether you might be a compulsive shopper:

  • Do you go shopping when you've experienced a setback or disappointment or when you feel angry or scared?
  • Are your spending habits emotionally disturbing to you? Have they created chaos in your life?
  • Do your shopping habits create conflicts between you and someone close to you, such as your spouse or parents?
  • Do you buy items with your credit cards that you wouldn't buy if you had to pay with cash?
  • When you shop, do you feel a rush of euphoria mixed with feelings of anxiety?
  • Do you feel you're performing a dangerous, reckless or forbidden act when you shop?
  • Are many of your purchases seldom or never worn or used?
  • Would you feel lost without your credit cards?
  • Do you think about money excessively - how much you have, how much you owe, how much you wish you had - and then go out and shop again?
  • Do you spend a lot of time juggling accounts and bills to accommodate your shopping debts?
  • Source: Consumer Credit Counseling Service

    PEPPERMINT POWER

    In a recent test, athletes ran faster, had stronger handgrips and did more push-ups when they smelled peppermint. Peppermint did not help free-throw shooting.

    Source: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology