Originally created 12/13/01

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BACK IN TIME

Dec. 13, 1937

Thieves believed to be experienced professionals dynamited the safe of the A.B. Beverage Co. on Fenwick Street early yesterday and rifled it of cash, which proprietors believe will exceed $1,000 when a check of the records is made.

The safe door was blown open sometime during Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Edward Sheehan said the burglars apparently used a nitro-glycerine charge, which they detonated by electricity.

Some police officers pointed out that the burglary was almost identical to that of the Maxwell Brothers Furniture Co. safe, which occurred several weeks ago.

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HOW TO KEEP A VCR CLEAN

Dust and dirt can build up inside VCRs over time, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them working properly.

To do this, take a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Open the tape door and rub the swab along the heads of the VCR. These black dots mounted on a silver cylinder, are the carbon filters that read tapes. After cleaning the heads, take a brand-new tape and let it run in the VCR for 3 to 4 minutes.

If this doesn't get the VCR clean, the machine might need to be professionally serviced.

MAIL LOOKOUT

With today's heightened awareness of terrorism, David A. Dlugolenski, director of the Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency, passes along some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include the following:

- Excessive postage

- Handwritten or poorly typed addresses

- Incorrect titles

- Title, but no name

- Misspellings of common words

- Oily stains, discolorations or odor

- No return address

- Excessive weight

- Lopsided or uneven envelope

- Protruding wires or aluminum foil

- Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.

- Visual distractions

- Ticking sound

- Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential"

- Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return " address.

TEEN DRIVERS

The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety has released the Parental Guide to New Teenage Driving Requirements.

This publication explains new teen-age driving rules and regulations that take effect Jan. 1. It is available at no cost at all DMVS Customer Service Centers and will be distributed to high school educators.

A copy can also be obtained from the Department's website, www.dmvs.ga.gov. For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety at (678) 413-8400.

The pamphlet is a response to the Teen Driving Safety Law that was approved by the General Assembly during the 2001 session.

Before a teen-ager can apply for his or her permanent driver's license and obtain all the privileges that go with it, he or she must now have 40 hours of supervised experience - with six of those hours being at night.

If the student has participated and successfully passed a driver education course, it requires 20 hours of supervised driving time - with six of those hours being at night. This must be certified by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult.

The brochure provides all the guidelines and requirements, a suggested driving skills checklist, and an optional driving log. It also contains a sample of the Verification Form, which will be completed by the teen's parent at the DMVS Customer Service Center. The parent or designated adult is required to affirm that the applicant has completed the behind-the-wheel experience and will be held liable for any fictitious representation.