Originally created 02/11/02

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BACK IN TIME

Feb. 11, 1952

Eight giant woods fires raged uncontrollably for several hours throughout Aiken County yesterday, and state Forestry Commission officials said it would be impossible to estimate the damage any time soon.

The worst of the fires was reported in the Hitchcock Woods, on the outskirts of Aiken, which broke out about 11 a.m. yesterday morning.

According to J.R. Tiller, of Columbia, a state forester in charge of fire control, the blaze apparently started at Warrenville, but strong winds spread the fire rapidly over hundreds of acres.

Four or five small houses in the area were destroyed and a number of other homes, including the Pine Log Trailer court, were threatened by the flames.

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MEMORY BREW

Coffee might be a memory boost, especially for older adults.

A group of 40 adults 65 and older had their memory tested in the morning and afternoon of scheduled test days. Half received a cup of decaffeinated coffee before each test, and the other half drank the real thing, according a report in Psychological Science.

Those who got the decaf showed a significant decline in memory performance from morning to afternoon. The caffeinated group did not.

Test subjects were coffee drinkers who were used to the effects of caffeine.

VEGETATIVE STATE

Only about one in five American adults gets the recommended daily servings of five fruits and vegetables.

Fat people are even less likely to comply - only about one in six obese Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables.

Americans ages 65 and older, whites, college graduates, those actively engaged in leisure time physical activity and nonsmokers were most likely to eat their five servings, according to the American Heart Association.

The good news: The percentage of five-a-day eaters is slowly increasing. It's up from 18 percent in 1990.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

TODAY

Aiken City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Park Avenue (pre-meeting at 7 p.m.)

Salley Town Council, 7:30 p.m., Salley Civic Center, Pine Street

Johnston City Council, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Mims Street

Special called meeting of the Augusta Commission, noon, commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Public Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 12:30 p.m., commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Administrative Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1 p.m., commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Public Safety Committee of the Augusta Commission, 1:30 p.m., commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Finance Committee of the Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Engineering Services Committee of the Augusta Commission, 3 p.m., commission chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Richmond County Board of Elections, 6:30 p.m., Room 104, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Columbia County Community and Emergency Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., CES Conference Room, Building E, Faircloth Drive, Evans

Grovetown City Council, Grovetown City Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Harlem City Council, Harlem City Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Augusta Housing Authority, 9:30 a.m., board room of the J. Madden Reid Administrative Building at 1425 Walton Way

TUESDAY

Columbia County Management and Financial Services Committee, 5:30 p.m., Commissioners' Conference Room, Evans Government Center

Columbia County Board of Education, 6 p.m., Evans Government Center auditorium

Aiken County Development Committee, 5:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Administrative Committee, 6 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Judicial & Public Safety Committee, 6:30 p.m., County Council Annex, Richland Avenue

Aiken County Board of Education, 7 p.m., District Office, Brookhaven Drive

Jackson Town Council, 7 p.m., Jackson Municipal Complex, Main Street

Edgefield County Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Strom Thurmond High School Library, South Carolina Highway 23

Allendale City Council, 6:30 p.m., City Hall courtroom, U.S. Highway 301 South

WEDNESDAY

Augusta Regional Transportation Study joint technical coordinating committee and citizens advisory committee, 9:30 a.m., Room 802, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

THURSDAY

Edgefield County Planning Commission, 7 p.m., County Building, Jeter Street

Richmond County school board, 7:30 p.m., Board of Education offices on Heckle Street

CPR TRAINING

The American Heart Association will sponsor a mass CPR training session Feb. 23 at First Baptist Church on Walton Way. Classes will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.

The classes, which will last about one hour, are recommended for adults and children ages 9 and older. Seating in each class is limited to 175 people and pre-registration is preferred. However, walk-ins will be accommodated. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.

For more information or to register, call 828-2437.

AIKEN TECH INFORMATION

Aiken Technical College offers associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in computer technology, industrial and engineering technology, health, public service and business.

Address: U.S. Highway 1

Phone: 593-9954

Web site: aik.tec.sc.us

Enrollment: 2,300 to 2,400 students per semester

Tuition: $850 a semester for in-state students. (Students in Richmond and Columbia counties pay in-state tuition.)

KID WATCH

Better Homes and Gardens magazine reports several common warning signs that indicate your child might be having a serious problem:

- Unprovoked aggression, especially if it occurs shortly after the end of the school day, often reflects frustration about what happened in school.

- You should be concerned if your children avoid activities that involve competition or if they suddenly drop an activity in which they previously had a lot of interest.

- If your children have very little energy, lose interest in doing things that they previously enjoyed, or are often tearful and sad, be sure to take these signs seriously. They often mean that your children are feeling they can't do anything you value or appreciate.

- When your children complain that something isn't fair, listen to determine whether they have a legitimate complaint.