Today in regional history:
SEPT. 21, 1931
Charges against the Rev. J.M. Williams of slaying his son, Raford Grady Williams; George M. Stanton, charged with embezzlement and larceny in connection with the funds of the Hayne and Anderson estates, and E.H. Rowe, charged with forgery in connection with Junior Order funds, will be placed before the Richmond County grand jury this morning, according to Solicitor General George Hains. Members of the grand jury will consider the charges against the above-named people and about 100 other defendants for whom warrants have been sworn.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:
VOTER REGISTRATION: The Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections will hold a voter registration drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in University Hall, Allgood Hall and the Science Building, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. No photo ID is required.
BLOOD DRIVE: Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1533 Wrightsboro Road. The drive is being held to honor National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. For more information, call 737-4551.
MOVIE NIGHT: Movie Night at the Morris will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The featured movie will The Night of the Hunter. Admission costs $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and military. For more information, call 724-7501.
TOASTMASTERS MEETS: Georgia-Carolina Toastmasters will meet at noon at The Clubhouse, 2567 Washington Road. Learn to improve speaking skills in a friendly, nonthreatening environment. For more information, call 854-0090.
Editor's Note: On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which is set to begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.
Lake Olmstead Park
ESTIMATED COST: $1,586,666
: Broad Street at Milledge Road
WHAT IS IT? The continuation of a $3.6 million park improvement plan that is about 30 percent complete. Phase 5 money would complete about 45 percent of the rest of the improvements, including additional parking behind the barbecue pit, enhanced playgrounds, new boat docks and gazebos, and more restroom facilities.
For more information on the tax projects, visit: www.augustachronicle.com.