Originally created 07/17/02

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July 17, 1947

Bowdre Bates, driving a streamlined, underslung racer, flashed to victory yesterday in the sixth annual Augusta soap Box Derby, outdistancing rivals in six separate heats to win the title of Augusta champion.

The 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Bates of Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta, met and defeated Fred Hope, 13, of Summerhill Road. Third place went to Durward Cason and fourth prize was won by Julian Epstein.

A crowd of close to 10,000 lined the Camp Gordon Derby Downs to witness the spectacle, cheering each of the 70 entries.

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Water restrictions for Columbia and Richmond counties include:

Phase I:

Residential and commercial accounts:

  • Those with even addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Those with odd addresses may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • No outside watering is allowed on Monday.

    Phase II:

    Residential and commercial accounts:

  • Those with even addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5 to 9 a.m. and again from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Those with odd addresses may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 5 to 9 a.m. and again from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • No outside watering is allowed on Monday.

    Phase III:

    All outside water use is totally restricted.

    Note: Both counties are currently under Phase I of the Water Conservation Plan

    Sources: Richmond, Columbia county Web sites


    Baby boomers aren't getting any younger, and neither are their parents.

    It's a fact of life that many Boomers must shoulder the responsibility to care for the homes of their elderly parents.

    Yet according to the Lowe's Home Safety Council, more than simple upkeep is involved. Because the elderly are more at risk for accidents, safety is a major concern. Here are some things to consider:

  • Are steps protected by hand railings and nonskid surfaces?
  • Are area rugs backed by rubber or two sided tape to reduce slippage?
  • Do all interior light bulbs have enough wattage to illuminate portions of the home?
  • Are exterior portions of the home adequately lighted? This applies both to security and general lighting.
  • Install railings in baths and showers.
  • Consider railings along hallways walls.
  • Are cracks and gaps in paving and sidewalks filled and smoothed?
  • Is there enough attic insulation and are all windows weatherproofed?
  • Adding storm doors is a good idea to protect parents from drafts.
  • Install both smoke and carbon-dioxide detectors. Check the batteries regularly. Locate a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and make sure your parents know how to use it properly.
  • Ask trusted neighbors to keep an eye on the house. Give them your phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

    LASIK surgery involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea without invading the adjacent cell layers. The following are guidelines for LASIK candidates.

    The ideal candidate:

  • Over age 18 with a stable prescription for glasses or contact lenses for at least two years.
  • Has a thick cornea.
  • Doesn't have vision too bad for today's lasers to treat.
  • Has no other eye diseases or conditions that hinder surgical healing, such as certain medications or autoimmune disorders.
  • Is fully informed about the surgery's risks, and realizes that they may still need to wear glasses or contacts.
  • The less-than ideal candidate:

  • Has dry eyes, which the surgery may seriously worsen.
  • Is being treated with steriods or other drugs that delay healing, or has other diseases that do the same.
  • Has a scarred cornea.
  • Not a candidate:

  • Has cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease or a thin cornea or certain other diseases that affect vision.
  • Has unrealistic expectations. Candidates must understand there is a risk of serious vision-related side effects.
  • Anyone who is under 18, has unstable vision, is pregnant or nursing or had ocular herpes within the last year is temporarily not a candidate but might be treated later.
  • - The Associated Press


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