Originally created 11/28/01

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BACK IN TIME

Nov. 28, 1955

Christmas is in the air at the Augusta Post Office and an intermittent trickle of Yule salutations and packages are beginning to flow into the mailing channels.

The early appearance of Christmas gifts and greetings at the local post office was good news to Augusta Postmaster Louis J. O'Connell.

"We here at the Post Office are mighty glad to see that many Augustans are getting the jump on Santa Claus by mailing early," he said.

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AUGUSTA TECH INFO

Augusta Tech, a public postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, offers associate degree, diploma and technical certificates of credit programs that prepare students for employment in business, technical, allied health, personal services and industrial careers.

The college also offers adult literacy, continuing education and noncredit courses and training to meet the employee needs of area businesses and industries.

Address: Augusta campus, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive.

Thomson/McDuffie Campus, Tech Drive Northwest, Thomson.

Waynesboro/Burke County campus, 216 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro, Ga.

Phone: 771-4000

Enrollment: 5,555 students

Web address: augusta.tec.ga.us

Tuition: $338 per quarter for full-time students (12 semester hours) who are legal residents of Georgia or legal residents of South Carolina in bordering counties (Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick). Student services fee $20 per quarter ($17 for Thomson and Burke campuses); registration fee $17 per quarter.

Winter quarter 2002

Jan. 3 - Quarter begins/late fee payment begins

Jan. 21 - Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observed

Feb. 1 - Student holiday

Feb. 8 - Midterm

March 18, 19, 20 - Final exams

March 20 - Quarter ends

Spring quarter 2002

March 28 - Quarter begins/late fee payment begins

March 29 - Drop/add period ends

April 3, 9, 10, 11, 12 - Spring holidays

May 8 - Midterm

May 16 - Field Day (student)

May 17 - Student holiday

May 27 - Memorial Day observed

June 17, 18, 19 - Final exams

June 19 - Quarter ends

AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS

Some highlights from the latest release of data from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey.

Bachelor's degree or more (ages 25 and older):

Highest: Seattle, 51.8 percent; Fairfax County, Va., 56.1 percent

Lowest: Newark, N.J., 8.2 percent; Hidalgo County, Texas, 10.7 percent

Divorce (men 15 and older):

Highest: Wichita, Kan., 15.8 percent; Washoe County, Nev., 15.5 percent

Lowest: Santa Ana, Calif., 3.2 percent; Hidalgo County, Texas, 2.9 percent

Divorce (women 15 and older):

Highest: Tampa, Fla., 18.7 percent; Washoe County, Nev., 17.5 percent

Lowest: Newark, N.J., 7.9 percent; Utah County, Utah, 5.6 percent

Foreign-born (as percent of total population):

Highest: Miami, 60.7 percent; Miami-Dade County, Fla., 50.9 percent

Lowest: Toledo, Ohio, 2.1 percent; Mobile County, Ala., and Westmoreland County, Pa., 1.2 percent

Percent of foreign-born population that entered country between 1990 and 2000:

Highest: Raleigh, N.C., 74.1 percent; Greenville County, S.C., 82.1 percent

Lowest: Buffalo, N.Y., 18.5 percent; Westmoreland County, Pa., 5.9 percent

Commuting (workers 16 and older):

Longest average travel time to work (one way): New York City, 39 minutes; Richmond County, N.Y. (Staten Island), 43.9 minutes

Shortest (one way): Wichita, Kan., 16.9 minutes; Polk County, Iowa, 16.5 minutes

Median household income:

Highest: San Jose, Calif., $72,268; Morris County, N.J., $82,422

Lowest: Miami, $20,117; Hidalgo County, Texas, $23,361

Median value (specified owner-occupied housing units):

Highest: San Jose, $430,612; San Mateo County, Calif., $492,668

Lowest: Pittsburgh, $59,672; Cameron County, Texas, $44,100

Individuals living below poverty level (in 12 months before answering survey):

Highest: Miami, 31.9 percent; Hidalgo County, Texas, 34.6 percent

Lowest: Aurora, Colo., 5.3 percent; St. Charles County, Mo., 2.8 percent