Originally created 09/10/04

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Today in regional history:

SEPT. 10, 1999

Swastikas, vulgarities and racist slurs were found scrawled on six Columbia County school buses and two buildings at three different schools Thursday morning.

"It just seems to me a random act," Columbia County school Superintendent Tommy Price said. "You hate for these kind of things to happen."

Bus drivers and school officials at Martinez Elementary, Belair Elementary and Evans Middle arrived at the schools to find the buses and buildings spray-painted with red, pink and green graffiti.

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

AIKEN'S MAKIN': The annual Aiken's Makin' will be today and Saturday in downtown Aiken. There will be a display of juried arts and crafts, concessions, baked goods and live entertainment. The event is free. For more information, call (803) 641-1111.

VOTER REGISTRATION: The Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections has announced the following 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 NAACP. No photo ID is required.

SATURDAY

AL-ANON FORUM: The District 11 Al-Anon Family Groups will observe National Recovery Month with a speaker forum from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium at University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way. The featured speaker will be from Tignall, Ga. For more information, call 829-9681.

VOTER REGISTRATION: The Augusta- Richmond County Board of Elections has announced voter registration drives at the following locations: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1959 Tobacco Road; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broadway Baptist Church, 2323 Barton Chapel Road; no photo ID is required to register.

MEET AND GREET: The Greyhound Lifesavers Meet and Greet will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetsMart, 225 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. Retired greyhounds heading for adoption will be at the store. Adoption applications are available. For more information, call 796-1708.

WATCH YOUR BACK

The American Journal of Public Health has listed the jobs with the highest prevalence of lower-back pain resulting from an injury at work. They are:

  • Truck drivers

  • Construction equipment and machinery operators

  • Construction workers

  • Maintenance workers

  • Firefighters

  • Police officers

  • Heavy equipment mechanics

  • Health care therapists

  • Doctors and nurses

  • Farmers, foresters and commercial fishermen