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June 16, 1979

SWEETWATER, S.C. - Independent truckers staged a peaceful blockade of the huge Sweetwater gasoline storage complex Friday in an effort to generate support for the nationwide truckers strike protesting high fuel prices and restrictive regulations on the trucking industry.

Bill Spence and Jim Evans, two independent truckers from Augusta, spent the day parked on the curb of Sweetwater Road. The cabs of their tractors were plastered with signs urging gasoline company drivers to support the strike. Mr. Spence said Augusta-area independent truckers were asking drivers for major trucking companies to support their strike on a voluntary basis.

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:


MEN'S HEALTH SEMINAR: A men's health seminar will be held at 1 p.m. at Cumberland Village, 3335 Wise Creek Lane, Aiken. An open discussion will be conducted by Charles Bean, a physician's assistant from the Aiken Center for Urology. The free seminar is open to the public. For more information, call (803) 643-0073.


ARSENAL OAK CEREMONY: A ceremony to commemorate Augusta State University's Arsenal Oak will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the site of the oak, between Hardy Hall and the Reese Library on the ASU campus, 2500 Walton Way. The removal of the oak will take place Friday.

FILM FESTIVAL: The third annual Augusta Mini Cine Film Festival will be held at 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight at The Bee's Knees, 211 10th St. Professor Rick Pukis of Augusta State University will be the host of the event, which features films from several ASU film students. Among the student films to be shown are I Lived in Terror, Superstar, Cover-girl, Let Them Eat Cake and Summer's Day. The festival is free. For more information, call 737-1500.

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN' ... Research from Israel's ben-Gurion University of the Negev suggests that drivers listening to fast-tempo music run more red lights, change lanes more frequently and have more collisions. Cars are the most popular place to listen to music. CONDITIONING OILY HAIR

People with oily hair should never condition their whole head, because they have plenty of a natural conditioner called sebum at the roots area. Instead, they should start mid shaft and work down through the ends.

  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

  • Coca-Cola was originally green.

  • Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury.

  • Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear and smell better.

  • The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.

  • San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monuments.

  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
    spades - King David, clubs - Alexander the Great, hearts -Charlemagne and diamonds - Julius Caesar

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