Originally created 09/27/03

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SEPT. 27, 1974

Fort Gordon officially will be designated next week as the U.S. Army Signal School, military sources said yesterday.

"We're changing our name," said Lt. James Keddie. The name change comes as signal courses at Fort Monmouth, N.J., continue to be transferred to Fort Gordon, where all signal schools in the U.S. Army will be consolidated.

The Fort Gordon commanding general, Maj. Gen. Charles R. Myer, has announced approximately 2,000 troops are to be transferred from Fort Ord, Calif., under projections now being planned by the training and doctrine command of the Army.

Georgia Boys

will perform

The Georgia Boys will appear in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Evans, at Washington and Belair Roads. Admission is free.

For more information, call 863-1228.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

CANAL CLEANUP: The Rivers Alive annual canal cleanup will be at 9 a.m. at the Savannah Rapids Lock and Dam. The cleanup is being held by the Sierra Club. For more information, call 863-2324.

GRANT ORIENTATION: A grant orientation meeting will be at 10 a.m. at Lutheran Services of Georgia, 3232 Washington Road. One topic will be how to receive applications for child-care grants. The meeting is free. For more information, call 228-3566.

AMERICAN HEART WALK: The 2003 Augusta American Heart Walk will be at 9 a.m. at Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road. There will be free health screenings, children's activities, entertainment and refreshments. Money raised by the 5K walk will go to research and education to help fight heart disease. For more information, call 855-5005.

CIVIL WAR TRAIL RIDE: A Civil War heritage trail ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the Confederate Powder Works Chimney, in front of Sibley Mill on Goodrich Street. The ride will continue through Crawfordville, Ga., and Camak, Ga. Riders will visit historical sites with commentators and re-enactors. There will be music, vendors and refreshments. Tickets cost $10 to $25. For more information, call 869-8879.

BABY-SITTING COURSE: The Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a baby-sitting course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1322 Ellis St. Topics include decision-making, problem-solving, emergencies, first-aid and more. The cost is $25, which includes a baby-sitting handbook. For more information, call 724-8481.

SUNDAY

ESSAY CONTEST WORKSHOP: The Aiken County Public Library will hold a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest workshop at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. The workshop will familiarize pupils with reference materials and electronic and print resources available in the library. The workshop is free and open to all pupils and parents interested in the essay contest. For more information, call 642-2020.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Once Upon a Mattress at 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Playhouse, 124 Newberry St. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and $6 for children 12 or younger. For more information, call 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

MONDAY

MOTHER'S DAY OUT: Church of the Most Holy Trinity will hold a trial Mother's Day Out from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church, 811 Telfair St. There will be crafts, stories, song and dance. The event is free. for more information, call 722-4944, ext. 315.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SCREENING: Hope House Inc. for Women and Augusta Steppingstones to Recovery will hold a substance abuse education assessment screening workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 1701 Wrightsboro Road. Professionals will be on hand to assess persons who may have an alcohol or drug problem. Pamphlets and information also will be given. The event is free. For more information, call 733-1935.

FRAUD ALERT

Police offer these tips on protecting yourself from financial fraud:

  • Mail bill payments in blue federal mailboxes or at the post office.
  • Do not print your Social Security number on your driver's license or checks.
  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Protect all personal identification numbers. Do not carry them in your wallet.
  • Do not carry too many credit cards in your wallet or car.
  • Check bank statements monthly for errors and discrepancies.
  • Remove your mail from the mailbox as soon as it is delivered.
  • If you go out of town, have your mail held at the post office.
  • Shred all pre-approved credit offers, charge receipts, insurance forms, bank statements and expired credit cards.
  • Do not give out personal or financial information over the telephone.
  • Check your credit once a year to make sure no one else is using your personal information to obtain credit cards or services.
  • PREVENT POISONING

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household cleaning products locked away.
  • Install clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.
  • Read labels.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.