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Police investigate allegations of theft


Aiken Public Safety is investigating theft accusations made by Cothran Campbell, the owner of Dogwood Stables, against a former employee.

According to a public safety report, Mr. Campbell suspects a 33-year-old Aiken woman of stealing a substantial amount of money from his personal bank account during a four year period beginning in January 2004.

Public Safety Lt. David Turno said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Historic Augusta looks into walking tours

Historic Augusta Inc. will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 to discuss plans to develop a series of walking tours of some of the city's most fascinating sites.

The meeting will be held at Augusta Public Library's auditorium, 902 Greene St., and will include details on how the city will use an $8,580 Historic Preservation Fund grant to develop Web-based walking tours of downtown.

Historic Augusta is the consultant working for the city. The tours will be featured as on-line brochures for tourists contemplating a visit to the city. The brochures can be printed out, and residents can also use them as an aide to help entertain their out-of-town guests.

For more information, contact Historic Augusta at (706) 724-0436 or e-mail

Golf exhibits coming to museum, Fort Discovery

The Augusta Museum of History and the National Science Center's Fort Discovery will present Behind the Swing: The History and Science of Golf from Monday through April 13.

The program will highlight the history of golf in Augusta and those who turned Augusta National Golf Club into the home of the Masters Tournament. It will feature the career of Phil Wahl, a longtime club manager of Augusta National.

The museum will also show the film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius in its history theater.

Fort Discovery will delve into the science of golf. The presentation will answer questions such as why balls have dimples and why a putt curves, and the physics, math, and technology involved in the sport will be discussed.

For more information, call (706) 821-0200 or (800) 325-5445.

-- From staff reports