Originally created 12/03/01

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BACK IN TIME

Dec. 3, 1984

A storm of high winds ripped across Georgia Sunday night and caused scattered power outages in the Augusta area.

Bush Field Weather Service Specialist Jim Rogers said the storm dumped one-half inch of rain the downtown area, while winds reached 37 miles per hour were measured at the airport.

A spokesman for the Georgia Power Co. said the storm caused "some isolated things here and there," with some residents experiencing power outages.

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THIS WEEK'S MEETINGS

TODAY

Reapportionment Subcommittee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., room 803, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor commission chamber, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission, 3 p.m., pre-meeting 2 p.m., room 803, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Augusta-Richmond County Comprehensive Plan, 7 p.m., Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission, room 803, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, Buena Vista Avenue.

Edgefield Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Main Street.

Barnwell City Council, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Burr Street.

TUESDAY

Edgefield County Council, 6 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street.

Barnwell County Council, 7 p.m., Agriculture Building, Courthouse Circle.

McCormick Town Council, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Augusta Street.

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee's Annual Pre-Legislative Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Columbia County Commission, 6:30 p.m., Columbia County Courthouse, Appling.

WEDNESDAY

Columbia County Chairmanship Task Force, 7 p.m., Evans Government Center Auditorium.

THURSDAY

Columbia County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Evans Government Center.

AIKEN SCHOOL INFO

2000-2001 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Christmas holidays - Dec. 18-Jan. 1

Classes resume - Jan. 2

End of first semester - Jan. 8

Teacher workday - Jan. 11

Reports to parents - Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - Jan. 21

Interim reports - Feb. 12

President's Day holiday - Feb. 18

District in-service - March 8

End of third nine weeks - March 18

Teacher workday/in-service day - March 22

Reports to parents - March 27

Spring holidays - April 8-12

Interim reports - April 30

Child development and kindergarten registration - May 9-10

Memorial Day holiday - May 27

Final exams - May 28-30

Last day of school - May 30

Graduation dates - May 30-31

Teacher workday - May 31

Reports to parents - June 7

WEB SITE

For more information on Aiken County schools, go to the school district's Web site: aiken.k12.sc.us.

GAS LEAK? HERE'S WHAT TO DO

While natural gas is a safe and efficient fuel, consumers must be aware of and alert to the potential danger of gas leaks. Atlanta Gas Light Co. conducts an ongoing safety campaign to educate consumers about the odor of natural gas and necessary steps to take if a gas leak is suspected.

What to do

Since natural gas has no odor of its own, chemical odorants are added to the gas so that it can be detected in the event of a leak. This odor is commonly described as a "rotten egg" smell. It is important to note that natural gas is non-toxic, but it can be dangerous since it is combustible.

If a gas odor is detected, leave the premises immediately and call the gas company. There are some important things to remember when evacuating:

- Do not attempt to locate the gas leak.

- Open doors and windows if it is possible to do so quickly and easily.

- Do not turn lights on or off or unplug electrical appliances.

- Stay away from the house - or location in question - until declared safe to return by gas company representatives.

- Source: ATLANTA GAS LIGHT CO.