Gray stresses essential women’s heart health

Posted February 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Wally Gray, 74, describes herself as a typical female heart attack waiting to happen: overweight, high cholesterol and type II diabetic diagnosed in 2009, when her physician, Dr. Sally Bomar scheduled Gray for a stress test.

She credits regular checkups with Bomar, who is very good at running tests then following up. She was displaying no symptoms, but the stress test showed blockage and a heart stent was put in. Gray felt wonderful, until 2013 when her energy levels declined, she was tired, had trouble breathing and walking long distances.

Another stress test showed more blockage. She underwent heart catheterization which showed not only blockage, but that an aortic valve was not functioning, probably hadn’t since birth. She had two heart

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    Youth and the performing arts: Participation reaches far beyond the stage

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles that will feature Nodaway County groups involved in theater, speech and debate.


    “I believe arts education in music, theater, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. (Children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to

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    Local youth sets sights on great things with self-taught talents

    Even though he’s just in high school, 17-year-old Seth Dirks has developed a talent that could open some large doors for him in the future.

    Dirks, son of Calvary Chapel Maryville Pastor JD and Jenny Dirks, is a home-school student so self-teaching has become second nature. That skill set has allowed him to follow a passion of video-shooting and editing by simply watching lessons via YouTube. On a small scale, Dirks does exactly what we see in movies like

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