Originally created 02/26/03

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BACK IN TIME

FEB. 26, 1905

A buggy occupied by R.H. Sykes and S.S. Brown was struck by a Georgia Railroad shifting engine at the Marbury Street crossing last night about 8 o'clock. The horse was badly hurt, the buggy demolished and Mr. Brown severely bruised, but neither of the gentlemen was seriously hurt.

Police who made an investigation, said the accident appeared to be the result of the locomotive passing the street without the benefit of a flagman.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

WEDNESDAY

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PANEL: Dr. Sandra Hochel will discuss social situations and the school system from noon to 12:50 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Penland Administration Building, Room 107. The presentation is open to the public. For more information, call (803) 641-3671.

THURSDAY

SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONFERENCE: The Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Women and Men Advisory Board will sponsor a family conference, Building Strong Communities, One Family at a Time at 8:30 a.m. at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E., Aiken. The conference is open to the public. For more information, call (803) 649-1900, ext. 355.

COIN CLUB MEETING: The CSRA Coin Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., Aiken. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call (803) 644-0761.

WOMEN'S PROGRAM

The Augusta State University's Women's Studies Program is holding events during Women's Week through Tuesday. Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted:

  • Today, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Women's Studies Program reception on the lawn between Allgood Hall and the Science Building
  • Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.: Production of A Voice of My Own, Butler Lecture Hall
  • Monday, 7 p.m.: Film, Antonia's Line, Butler Lecture Hall, followed by a panel discussion
  • Monday, 7 p.m.: Lysistrata Project: A Theatrical Act of Dissent, sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Unitarian-Universalist Women's Group, at 3501 Walton Way Extension. Suggested donation, $5
  • Tuesday, 7 p.m.: She Speaks, a presentation of poetry, short stories and one-act plays by the Garden City Writers, Washington Hall Towers
  • For more information, contact Pamela Hayward at phayward@aug.edu or at 729-2048.

    TAX TIP

    The Internal Revenue Service advises that when preparing to file your 2002 federal tax return, don't forget your contributions to charitable organizations. Your donations can add up to a nice tax deduction if you itemize on IRS Form 1040, Schedule A.

    Here are a few tips to help make sure your contributions pay off on your tax return:

    To be deductible, contributions must be made to qualified organizations.

    Organizations can tell you if they are qualified and if donations to them are deductible. The IRS Web site at www.irs.gov also has an Exempt Organization search feature to help you see if an organization is qualified.

    If your contributions entitle you to merchandise, goods, or services, including admission to a charity ball, banquet, theatrical performance, or sporting event, you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received.

    For a contribution of $250 or more, you can claim a deduction only if you obtain a written acknowledgment from the qualified organization. Generally, you can deduct your cash contributions, as well as the fair market value of any property you donate, to qualified organizations.

    If you have questions about the deductibility of charitable contributions, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or look on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov.