Originally created 01/24/02

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BACK IN TIME

Jan. 24, 1932

The work tearing down the temporary bridge at Fifth Street started the first of this week, was not quite completed yesterday. W.H. Wise, commissioner of public works, said the work had progressed somewhat slower than he had anticipated.

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EXERCISE AIDS DEPRESSION

Exercise is often recommended for people battling depression, but now a study shows that regular exercise may work just as well as a popular antidepressant.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that supervised exercise three times a week for four months was just as effective as Zoloft, a depression medicine. And after six additional months, patients who exercised were less likely to relapse than patients who did not exercise.

"A modest exercise program is an effective, robust treatment for patients with a major depression, who are positively inclined to participate in it," according to the study, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

James A. Blumenthal, professor of medical psychology at Duke and the study's senior author, says exercise may have proven more potent than a pill because it gave the patients self-confidence. "People felt a great sense of achievement, a sense of being in control and mastering something," he said.

BENEFIT CONCERT

A benefit concert by Creative Impressions will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Augusta.

The concert benefits the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to building a handicapped-accessible, universal playground for disabled children, adults, and their families and, establishing a school of the arts to provide after-school instruction to economically disadvantaged children.

Tickets are $10 each and are available in advance by calling the office of St. Paul's Church at (706) 724-2485, extension 201. Tickets will also be available at the door.

THUMBS DOWN

Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

Children were more likely to have a crossbite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a crossbite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The researchers plan to next study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.

HYDRANT TESTING

Augusta-Richmond County Fire Rescue will be testing hydrants through Friday.

Areas targeted include:

- Battalion 2: From Crane Ferry Road to Pleasant Home Road to Washington Road, east to the Warren Road area.

- Battalion 3: Boundary area of Doug Barnard Parkway to Peach Orchard Road and from Tobacco Road to Interstate 520 and all businesses located in the Marvin Griffin Road area.

HEAT HELP

The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is intended to serve those at or below a poverty level of $12,885 a year or less for an individual and $26,475 for a family of four. The Georgia Public Service Commission is also providing funds to help those disconnected because they couldn't pay high natural gas bills. The local agency distributing those funds is the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority. To reach the agency, call (706) 722-0493 or toll-free (800) 890-0493.

PEACH STATE LEADER

Georgia ranks among the best in the nation in some areas of education:

- Georgia has the highest percentage of children in state-funded kindergarten programs.

- It has the seventh-highest number of nationally certified teachers.

- The state ranks 14th in the number of Advanced Placement exams taken per 1,000 high school students.

- Georgia Tech was ranked the 10th best public university by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

- Atlanta's Emory University has the eighth-largest university endowment.