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May 16, 1968

Citizens from four counties gathered here Wednesday night to honor the newly appointed judge of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

A crowd estimated at more than 600 from Richmond, Columbia, Burke and Aiken counties attended the banquet in honor of Judge William M. Fleming, appointed last week to replace the late Judge C. Wesley Killebrew.

The new judge gave up his seat in the General Assembly to accept the appointment from Gov. Lester Maddox.

Among those speaking at the dinner held at County Commissioner S. Herbert Elliott's Savannah River Camp were senior Judge Frederick Kennedy, Board of Regents member Roy Harris, State Sen. Michael J. Padgett and County Commission chairman Matthew W. Mulherin.

Mr. Harris predicted that Judge Fleming will be "just as good a judge as any of the rest of them. He's already served me notice that he's going to feed me out of the same spoon he feeds everybody else out of, and that's all I could ask for."

Mr. Mulherin congratulated Judge Fleming and said, "He's probably the most effective legislator we have ever had."

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Five things you should know:

1. Tour the club, look for cleanliness in the locker rooms, shower facilities, bathrooms, equipment, workout areas, whirlpool and sauna and the general appearance of the club.

2. Visit with staffers. Can they answer your questions about the club? Are they friendly, approachable, knowledgable? What are the credentials of the trainers/instructors?

3. What equipment is available? Look for cardio fitness, low impact, free weights, Nautilus or workout machines. Is it in good condition? Is the equipment top of the line or lesser models?

4. What classes are available? Aerobics, yoga, kick boxing, abs, beginner, moderate and advanced levels, upper or lower body training. Look for variety, flexibility and availability.

5. Nutrition education, classes, products, counseling and monitoring round out a well balanced fitness plan. Is this available through the club?


The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a very wet and slightly warmer than average May for the Southeast. The average temperature should be 72 degrees, which is two degrees above average. Precipitation is the big surprise. The Almanac forecasts 6.5 inches of rainfall for the month, which is 6 inches above the regional monthly average.

Day-by-day predictions for the rest of this month were:

May 15-17 - Warm, sunny

May 18-21 - Warm, thunderstorms

May 22-27 - Cloudy, mild

May 28-31 - Warm, heavy thunderstorms


Q: Will spraying Roundup on a poison ivy vine growing up a tree hurt the tree, or does the bark protect the tree? The trees I'm dealing with are older and well established.

A: Roundup is a nonselective herbicide that kills by absorption and transmission to the heart of the plant. It breaks down in the soil into neutral components. Although organic gardeners consider it completely unacceptable, Roundup is used by many gardeners who are concerned about more toxic chemicals.

An older tree with thick woody bark, such as tulip poplar and certain oaks, will probably not suffer from a light spraying of Roundup, but why risk it? Thin-barked trees such as birch and cherry are vulnerable.

Now, before poison ivy has developed much if any foliage, cut the vine near the ground (make sure you get all the stems). The vine above the cut will die and can be left in place. You can immediately apply the herbicide to the cut - the top of the stump, so to speak - using a small paintbrush. Or wait until the vine sprouts from the base and spray the young foliage. In each case, place plastic or foil between the vine and the tree. Watch out for drips.

- The Philadelphia Inquirer


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