Originally created 06/17/04

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Today in regional history:

June 17, 1964

Danford Luke, of Wrightsboro Road, was in serious condition at a local hospital Tuesday with second- and third-degree burns suffered in an automobile accident.

The official accident report showed Mr. Luke was driving west on Wrightsboro Road at 11:37 p.m. when he lost control of his car. The speeding automobile struck a speed zone sign, began to skid sideways and turned over several times, pinning Mr. Luke in the wreckage, the deputies said. Investigating officers did not report fire at the wreck.

Hospital aides said the man had second- and third-degree burns over the upper extremities of his body.


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. ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr. will make brief remarks during the ceremony, which will pay tribute to the significance of the Arsenal Oak. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. 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 play host to 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.


ARTSCAPE 2004: The Greater Augusta Arts Council will present a performance by Jeff Mosier during Artscape 2004 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Collins Elementary School cafeteria, 1321 Steed St. Mr. Mosier will perform songs and tell stories on the importance of art and creativity in everyday life. The event is free. For more information, call 826-4702 or visit www.augustaarts.com.

SHOWCASE OF HOMES: The Builders Association of Metro Augusta will hold its annual Showcase of Homes from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and June 24-25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and June 26, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and June 27 at Riverwood Plantation. There will be six decorated homes to view and a seminar with Jim Bennett on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $7; children 14 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.homebuildersaugusta.org.


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