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Healthbytes - Aspirin is not for everyone

Sometimes it seems that people fear they will not reach their maximal life span without the benefit of a baby aspirin every day, but aspirin carries some real risks, which can exceed the presumed benefit in many older people. (I don’t take it; and later I’ll give you an Internet site to consult that will tell you if you are better off taking or not taking this venerable drug.) Because aspirin is available over the counter, people may take it without medical supervision or continue long after the risk of bleeding exceeds the potential benefit.

New restrooms open at parks

Parks and Recreation Department Director April Layher said that new restrooms are now open at two city parks and that they will be outfitted with automatic locks.

Ballot positions set for school board elections

Voters in three of the four school districts in Jefferson County will go to the polls to elect school board members, including four contested positions in the Dollarway district, which had been under state control for two years.

After The Storm

Rex Lloyd saws up a tree that had fallen onto a house owned by Charles Shelton on Ryburn Road near Oakridge Drive, left by a band of thunderstorms that blew through the area Thursday evening. There was another downed tree on the property blocking the driveway, and power was out in the surrounding area for 87 customers, according to the Entergy website. Meanwhile, the same storm system caused scattered power outages elsewhere in Pine Bluff and left 1,500 customers in Redfield and 1,500 customers in the White Hall and Hardin areas without power. (Amy Widner/Pine Bluff Commercial)

Watson Chapel to debut Chromebooks

The Watson Chapel School District will introduce Chromebook computers at Edgewood Elementary School and L.L. Owen Elementary School in the upcoming school year, Assistant Superintendent Brenda Melton said.