July 07, 2009
machines OK’d for revenue office
County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said the system should be in place by October. Hamrick said he didn’t have a timetable on when installation of the equipment would begin, but he thought it would be soon.
District 2 Commissioner Dan Wright said he thought the move was a positive one for the county.
In the other business:
Heat a hot
topic at Jasper Kiwanis Club meeting
Hagler says,“It is always very important to keep hydrated,” and “If you are going to be out working in this weather, you need to take regular breaks, at least two 5-minute breaks for every hour you are outside.”
Hagler says, besides keeping hydrated, it is important for residents to pace themselves when working in the heat. She explained to members about the different symptoms associated with heat exhaustion and a heat stroke.
According to Hagler, “Heat exhaustion begins when the body temperature reaches 100.4 degrees, but not greater than 104.9 degrees. The signs of heat exhaustion include sweating, dizziness, nausea, headache, loss of appetite, chills, an elevated heart rate and sometimes visual disturbances, such as blurry vision.” Hagler adds, “If you or someone you know exhibit these symptoms, get them to a cool environment and try to get them hydrated.”
Hagler began practicing medicine in Jasper with Dr. Ty Blackwell in September. Hagler says that heat stroke follows the same basic symptoms, with a few obvious changes. She says those experiencing a heat stroke should immediately contact 911.
According to Hagler, “Heat strokes begin when the body temperature rises above 104.9 degrees.” She also advises, “The same symptoms apply with heat stroke, with the addition of change in mental status. If you notice someone who seems to be confused or disorientated, you should immediately call 911 and get the person to a cool place. Don’t try to hydrate them if they are vomiting, just place cold compresses on the person’s head and neck.”
Hagler says that children and the elderly are more prone to dehydration, which could result in heat exhaustion or stroke.
Hagler further advises that, “If you are going to be outside working or playing, you should do it before 10 a.m. After 4 p.m. it is much safer to be outside in the heat and humidity. But you should always wear sunscreen and keep hydrated.”
Sports drinks such as Gatorade and PowerAde are good ways to keep hydrated, but Hagler warns that the amount of potassium or sodium in the drinks may result in worse symptoms.
According to Hagler, “The sports drinks are good, but water is always the best option. Drinks like Gatorade or PowerAde contain electrolytes, which means potassium and sodium. Some people may have elevated potassium levels and the added electrolytes could potentially be harmful. It is best to drink water.”
A few ways residents can keep cool, despite the scorching temperatures, is by wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Hagler advises that residents should “Wear a hat and always wear sun block, preferably SPF 15 or higher, Drink plenty of water and try avoid drinking tea, cokes or sports drinks. These drinks all have caffeine and can lead to dehydration.”
beginning at Vacation Bible Schools
Through the remainder of July several churches will be hosting a variety of VBS throughout the county, starting Sunday.
•Mt. Joy Baptist Church, located on Smith Lake Dam Road in Curry, will be hosting its VBS starting on Sunday and will run through Wednesday. Each day, VBS will start at 6 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. For more information, or to request transportation, call 205-384-4406.
•In Carbon Hill, the Carbon Hill Church Of Christ will be hosting its VBS starting Sunday and running through July 16. Each session begins at 7 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is the “Great Round-up,” a study in the parables of Jesus. Classes will be available for all ages.
•Glory Fellowship Baptist Church, located at 175 Cordova Cut Off Road, will be hosting “This Dock Rocks” VBS starting Monday. The five-day event will begin each night at 5:30 and will run until 8:30. For more information or directions, call 205-387-0500.
•In Boldo, Grace Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting the “Passport to the Promised Land” community VBS starting Monday and ending July 17. The VBS classes will begin each day at 6:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m. Classes will be offered for children aged 3 years to teens. Through the five-day VBS, children will get to travel from Bethlehem to Calvary. For more information or need a ride, call 205-295-1111.
•Adger Church Of God, located at 7336 Johns Road in Adger, will begin its Vacation Bible School on July 20 and it will conclude July 24. Classes begin each night at 6:30. The theme is Crocodile Dock. All children ranging in age from 3 years old through 12 are encouraged to attend the VBS classes. Refreshments will be served each night. For additional information or directions, contact Pastor David Warren at 205-568-4821.
•At Philadelphia Baptist Church, a special Christian Youth concert, “Son Explosion,” will close out the month. On July 31, at 7 p.m. Christian groups, 9-Lashes, Yung Town and Tim Reeves will be featured. For more information, contact Philadelphia Youth Minister Bryan McClendon at 205-221-0515
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