Around the block


Magnet school

A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School will hold an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Parents who are interested in applying for entrance to A.R. Johnson for their children are encouraged to attend.

The school’s openings next year will be mostly in seventh grade, though it will take some eighth and ninth graders.

Holiday concert

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will perform An Evening in December at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension.

Free tickets are available at Georgia Bank & Trust, Fort Gordon and Navy federal credit unions, and the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce.

For more information, call (706) 791-4856 or see

Beauty pageant

For the first time, young women in Augusta have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Southern Essence in the Inaugural Miss Southern Essence Pageant, founded by Ferneasa A. Cutno and a group of professionals in the community.

The pageant will be presented in two divisions. On Feb. 25, the Children’s Division (ages 3-12) will begin at 11 a.m. and the Teen Division (13-18) will begin at 5 p.m.

The mission of the pageant is to promote education in health, fitness, talent and inner beauty among young ladies of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes while producing positive community role models. Youths from across the Augusta area will compete for cash, gifts, prizes and the division titles.

They are judged on personality, poise, talent, and oral and communication skills.

There is no swimsuit competition and there are no false enhancements (such as false eyelashes, hair weaves/extensions or excessive makeup) allowed.

Contestants are encouraged to submit their applications to participate by Friday. For more information, contact Ferneasa Cutno at (706) 294-5007 or, or visit

Angel Tree

The Salvation Army is asking for donations for young girls as part of its Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program. Toy and clothing donations for girls ages 3 to 9 have been lacking this year, while donations for boys are on target.

Donations can be dropped off at The Salva­tion Army of Augusta’s Cen­ter of Hope, 1384 Greene St.; The Kroc Center, 1866 Broad St.; or a family thrift store at 1507 North Leg Road in Augusta, 1803 Knox Ave., in North Augusta, or 910 Augusta Highway in Thomson.

Gifts will be distributed Tuesday.

For more information, call (706) 364-4086.

Evening school

The Richmond County Evening School Center will accept applications from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4-6.

A copy of your high school transcript and a $10 application fee are required at the time of registration.

The school is in the Tubman Education Center, 1740 Walton Way. For more information, call (706) 796-4965, ext. 1303 or ext. 1311.



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