Today in regional history:
Sept. 9, 1960
Work will begin within the next 10 days on Port Augusta and be completed by mid-April 1961, according to Henry H. Claussen of Claussen-Lawrence Construction Co. Mr. Claussen made that announcement Thursday after he and Robert C. Norman, the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority, signed the contract for the construction of the port.
The dock facilities will cost an estimated $418,168 and will include docks, loading ramps, transit sheds, offices, utility supplies and facilities for loading and unloading. The terminal will be below East Boundary but above Sand Bar Ferry Bridge and is designed to handle general cargo.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
ART EXHIBITION: An opening reception for an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Rhian Swain-Giboney will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Art Hall of Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. A book signing with Lucinda Clark and her book, View from the Middle of the Road, also will be held at that time. Refreshments and wine will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 826-4700.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: The Aiken Democratic Women's Club will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. at Lloyd-Kennedy Charter School, on Beaufort Street in Aiken. All women interested in promoting the Democratic party in Aiken are welcome. For more information, call (803) 648-6595.
LECTURE AND RECITAL: The Cleon W. Mauldin Lecture and Recital, featuring Archie Jordan, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Etherredge Center, on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $8 for the general public and free for students. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.
AIKEN'S MAKIN': The annual Aiken's Makin' will be Friday and Saturday in downtown Aiken. There will be arts and crafts, concessions, baked goods and live entertainment. The event is free. For more information, call 641-1111.
VOTER REGISTRATION: The Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections will have a special voter registration drive from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cross Creek High School, 3855 Old Waynesboro Road. The drive is sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. No photo ID is required.