Originally created 01/23/04

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JAN. 23, 1943

Former Augusta Mayor James Wooddal, Fletcher Smith, a guard at the city stockade, and L.T. Barton, head of a local house wrecking company, have been invited to appear before the grand jury Monday to be questioned about materials that allegedly were used in construction of a fishing lodge at Brier Creek, court records said yesterday.

Yesterday, the grand jury also heard Sheriff M. Gary Whittle, G. Cleve Smith, president of the Fire and Police Civil Service; E.C. Mertins, chairman of the county commission, and S. Herbert Elliott, supervisor for the local state revenue office. They were questioned concerning the sale of whiskey across the counters of open bars in both the city and the county.


TODAY ORGAN CONCERT: Aiken native Stephen Karr will present an organ concert at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, Aiken. The concert is free. Contact Sue Ellis at (803) 649-3762 for more information.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING: USC Aiken Baseball in conjunction with the 2004 Augusta Futurity will sponsor a bull-riding contest at 8 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Tickets cost $7 for children 12 and younger and $14 for adults. Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office and from Ticketmaster. For more information, call 722-3521.

SATURDAY DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSE: A free driver's education course will be offered at 9 a.m. at the Jackson Town Hall. Students who complete the course will be given a certificate. For more information, call (803) 471-2228.

SPACE DISCOVERY: Space Discovery 2004 will be held at 7 p.m. at the National Science Center at Fort Discovery. There will be space-themed decorations, entertainment by Pat Blanchard and a caricature artist. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center for a family of four and a separate raffle for an astronaut birthday party. Tickets cost $45 for Fort Discovery members and $50 for others. Call Rich Slaby at 821-0305 for more information.


Here is a humor self-test. Rate these jokes as funny or not funny. Then read below to find out what psychologists think your responses say about your personality.

1. A man falling off a cliff catches hold of a root and, hanging in midair, cries to heaven, "Is anyone out there?" A disembodied voice from the clouds answers: "Yes, my son. Let go and I will bear thee up." After a pause, the man cries out, "Anybody else?"

2. Why did God make man before he made woman? Because he didn't want anybody advising him on how to do it.

3. Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

4. Self-help workshops for modern society: Creative suffering, guilt without sex, self-actualization through electronic devices.


1. This is philosophical humor. If you though it was funny, you tend to be impulsive, enthusiastic, expressive, alert and secure, and you have a healthy sense of humor.

2. This joke is considered degrading to women. If you thought it was funny, you tend to have an aloof personality, and you tend to believe sex stereotypes are true.

3. This is hostile humor. If it is funny to you, you tend to be self-assured, uninhibited and easygoing. Men who like it also tend to live up to the "tough guy" image.

4. This a social satire joke. If you thought it was funny, you tend to have a tyrannical, dogmatic, irritable personality. But you also tend to be imaginative and interested in new ideas and theories.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Low back pain can hit anyone, but for some people, it's an occupational hazard. The American Journal of Public Health has listed the jobs with the highest prevalence of low back pain due to an injury at work.

1. Truck drivers

2. Construction equipment and heavy-machinery operators

3. Construction workers

4. Janitorial and building maintenance workers

5. Firefighters

6. Police officers

7. Heavy-equipment mechanics

8. Health-care therapists

9. Doctors, dentists and nurses

10. Farmers, foresters and commercial fishermen.


One way to reduce the embarrassing acnelike flare-ups of rosacea, which affects an estimated 14 million Americans, is to reduce stress.

In a survey of more than 700 patients, 91 percent reported that emotional stress caused their rosacea to flare up, and 78 percent said they always or sometimes used stress-management techniques in their lifestyle, Harvard's Dr. Ted Grossbart reported in the journal Rosacea Review.

Of those who worked hard at controlling their stress, 83 percent reported it reduced or sometimes reduced their rosacea flare-ups.

Rosacea typically begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that might come and go. As the disease progresses, the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and small, dilated blood vessels might appear.


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