Originally created 02/19/03

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BACK IN TIME

FEB. 19, 1903

AIKEN - The first case called in court yesterday morning was that of Lawrence Randall, charged with the murder of Arthur Weathersbee. The trial of this case occupied but a short time, and the jury, without leaving their seats, returned the verdict of "not guilty."

The case of Willis Menshon, charged with stealing cotton, was tried next. The jury brought in a verdict of guilty, but the sentence has not yet been passed.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

WEDNESDAY

PROFESSIONAL TURFGRASS SCHOOL: Specialists from Clemson University will speak on the identification of insects, diseases and weeds of turfgrass from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ashley J. Little Administrative building, University of South Carolina Aiken. The cost is $40. For more information, call (803) 649-6297.

BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST: The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce will kick off a Business at Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Picadilly Cafeteria, Washington Road. The cost is $5 for chamber members and $7.50 for nonmembers. For more information, call Woody Merry at 733-3190.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The Young Democrats of Georgia will conduct a membership drive from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Allgood Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. For more information, email youngdemsaugusta@yahoo.com.

THURSDAY

BIRD SEMINAR: A bird seminar will begin at 7 p.m. at Birds and Butterflies, 117 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken. The seminar will focus on how to attract and enjoy eastern bluebirds. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 649-7999.

VIVA HEART VEGAS: The Aiken Women's Heart Board will present Viva Heart Vegas at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Etherredge Center. The cost is $18 for evening shows and $14 for matinees. For more information, call (803) 649-2668, (803) 649-5506, (803) 502-0482, (803) 649-1956 or (803) 649-5059.

SEVERE WEATHER

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. It is designed to educate Georgians about safety, preparedness and response procedures for floods, hurricanes, lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes and winter storms.

In addition to publicizing weather safety measures and severe weather events through the news media, a statewide tornado drill is scheduled for today. The National Weather Service will initiate the drill.

Schools, churches, businesses, industries and local governments are urged to participate.

For more information on severe weather preparedness, contact your local emergency management director or call GEMA at (800) TRY-GEMA or visit the GEMA Web site at www.gema.state.ga.us.

WALNUT POWER

If you're looking for a good shot of antioxidants, look no further than walnuts, one of the largest single sources of the cancer fighters. The nuts are also a good source of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Source: www.walnuts.org

LUNCH TIPS

Packing a lunch with hard-boiled eggs or meat sandwiches? Throw in a frozen ice pack to keep them cold until the lunch bell. Or try a frozen juice box. And invest in a insulated lunch box or use double paper bags. Source: www.homefoodsafety.org