Today in regional history:
JUNE 26, 1972
Kitchen police, commonly called KP, hopefully will soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, the deputy director of industrial operations. Approximately 240 civilians are tentatively scheduled to be hired to work in Fort Gordon's mess halls under the Modern Volunteer Army program to return soldiers to their duty of soldiering, Col. Smaw explained. Pending final approval, the first civilians will begin appearing in the post's mess halls in early July, and the process will be completed within the next 60 days.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
SHOWCASE OF HOMES: The Builders Association of Metro Augusta will hold its annual Showcase of Homes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Riverwood Plantation. There will be six decorated homes to view and a seminar with Jim Bennett today and Sunday. Tickets cost $7. Children 14 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.homebuildersaugusta.org.
FLY FISHING EXPO: The Summer Fly Fishing Expo 2004 will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rivers and Glen Trading Co., 387 Highland Ave., Surrey Center. There will be freshwater and saltwater fly-fishing clinics and presentations throughout the day, with special casting lessons with Wanda Taylor, the host of Fly Fish America on the Outdoor Life Network. There also will be raffles, giveaways and refreshments. The casting lessons cost $25 per session. Other events are free. For more information, call 738-4536 or www.riversandglen.com.
CAROLINA BEACH BLAST: The Carolina Beach Blast will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Dragway, South Carolina Highway 125, Jackson. The event will feature live performances by the Swingin' Medallions, The Original Tams and Shagtime. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show. VIP tickets cost $50. For more information, call 278-4849 or www.tixonline.com.
SOUTHERN MUSIC: The Morris Museum of Art will hold its Southern Roots Music Series at 2 p.m. at the museum, 1 10th St. The featured musicians are Doug and the Henrys, with their blend of folk, bluegrass, country and rock. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-7501.
YARN SPINNING CLASS: Girl Scouts on the Move will sponsor a yarn spinning class from 10 a.m. to noon at Maxwell Branch Library, 1929 Lumpkin Road, and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St. Learn to gather wool from sheep, spin the wool into yarn and make friendship bracelets. The classes are free. Adults must remain with their children during the class. For more information, call 774-0505.
HOPELANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is holding the 2004 Hopelands Summer Concert Series, with Heather McCleskey performing at 7 p.m. on the Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopeland Gardens, off Whiskey Road. In the event of rain, concerts are held in the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. Admission is free. For more information, call 642-7631.
Left unchecked, tobacco products will cause up to 1 billion deaths by the end of the 21st century, a Penn State science historian predicts. The prediction is based on current smoking patterns and the estimation of one lung cancer death for every 3 million cigarettes consumed.
Cigarettes are pretty uniform worldwide, and consumption rates are carefully recorded for taxation purposes. These factors make it easy to predict long-term consequences of smoking. Lung cancer was an extraordinarily rare disease before the 20th century.