Originally created 02/28/04

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BACK IN TIME

Feb. 28, 1925

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - A sensation was sprung late this afternoon in the trial of C.G. Rawlings, a prominent planter of Washington County, charged as an accessory after the fact in the killing of his cousin Gus A. Tarbutton on Feb. 11.

A witness, Noah Covington, testified that he saw the killing.

More than 700 people attended the trial, but only half of those could fit into the courtroom. The gathering was said to be evenly divided between residents of Johnson County and Washington County. AROUND TOWN

TODAY

TASTE OF NORTH AUGUSTA: Taste of North Augusta will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive. Area celebrities, businesspeople and chefs will prepare food for sampling. There also will be silent and live auctions. Tickets cost $40, or $300 for a corporate table of eight. The event benefits The Center for Care Counseling. For tickets, call (803) 819-9021.

WOMENíS HEALTH FAIR: University Hospital will hold Womenís Heart Advantage Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dillardís, National Hills Shopping Center, 2701 Washington Road. There will be health risk assessments, heart health screenings, heart disease information and special gifts and door prizes. The event is free. For more information, call 828-2828.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Augusta State University Baseball Dugout Club will hold its first annual golf tournament with registration at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Forest Hills Golf Club. The cost is $75 per player or $300 per four-person team, which includes cart, green fees, beverages and lunch. Awards will be given to holes-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive. For more information, call 667-4095.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY BREAKFAST: The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Inn, 1045 Stevens Creek Road. The guest speaker will be Mary Squires, a Georgia state senator from Norcross and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Tickets cost $6 and are available at the door. For more information, call 733-0190.

SUNDAY

NATURE PARK BIKE TOUR: Andy Jordan will lead a Leap Day bicycle tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy natural wetlands and see waterfowl , cypress and tupelo trees. An adult should accompany children under 12. Helmets are required. The cost is $3 for members, and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 828-2109.

HERITAGE CONCERT: The Augusta Chorale will present its biennial Heritage Concert at 4 p.m. at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College. Various styles of African-American music will be presented in choral settings and solos. Guest performer will be baritone Samuel Stevenson. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 733-7809.

MONDAY

FRIENDS OF AUGUSTA LIBRARY MEETING: The Friends of Augusta Library group will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way. Valerie Boyd, the winner of the 2003 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, will discuss her book, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. The program is free . For more information, call 821-2600.

PUBLIC WORKS MEETING: Augusta Public Works and Engineering will have a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 600 Broad St. The meeting will focus on downtown traffic signals and streetlight upgrades. The public is invited to discuss ideas for a streetscape master plan. For more information, call 821-2400.

AVOIDING A RED FACE

One way to reduce the embarrassing acnelike flare-ups of rosacea, which affects an estimated 14 million Americans, is to reduce stress.A survey of more than 700 patients found that 91 percent reported emotional stress caused their rosacea to flare up, and 78 percent said they always or sometimes used stress-management techniques in their lifestyle, Harvardís 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, forehead that may come and go. As the disease progresses, the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and small dilated blood vessels may appear.

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AGING PARENTS

Many baby boomers must shoulder the responsibility to care for the homes of their elderly parents. Yet, according to the Loweís Home Safety Council, more than simple upkeep is involved. Because the elderly are more at risk for accidents, safety is a major consideration.

  • 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 hallway 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. Put 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.
  • CHILDREN AND WEIGHT

    The National Institute of Health says obese children have a high incidence of orthopedic problems, liver disease and asthma. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight obese adults.



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