Today in regional history:
SEPT. 23, 1971
Federal authorities were probing the charred remains of a light plane late Wednesday in an attempt to find out why the aircraft plunged into the house in the early morning hours, killing the pilot and injuring a 16-year-old girl.
The pilot was identified as Donald Lee Gray, 24, of Plaza Terrace Apartments, North Augusta. The plane crashed into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Collier of 1903 Flintwood Drive in Valley Park subdivision about 6 a.m. The Colliers' daughter, Margaret, was hospitalized with a broken collarbone after a neighbor pulled her from the debris of her bedroom.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
SACRED HEART EVENT: Sacred Heart Remembers will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. Celebrate the heritage of Sacred Heart with a reception and meet members with historical connections to the church. Admission is free. For more information, call 826-4700.
LAND BANK AUTHORITY meeting: The Augusta Land Bank Authority will meet at 2 p.m. in the Augusta Housing and Economic Development conference room, second floor, 925 Laney-Walker Blvd. The meeting is open to the public.
DEMOCRATIC FISH FRY: The Aiken County Democratic Party will hold its second annual fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds, off U.S. Highway 1. Local officials and candidates for state and county offices will be present. There will be entertainment by Preston and Weston, and door prizes. Admission costs $15. Tickets are available at the Aiken County Democratic Headquarters, 321 Richland Ave. For more information, call 649-6595.
Coffee might be a memory boost, especially for older adults.
A group of 40 adults, all 65 and older, had their memory tested in the morning and afternoon of scheduled days. Half received a cup of decaffeinated coffee before each test, and the other half drank coffee containing caffeine, according to a report in Psychological Science. Those who got the decaf showed a significant decline in memory performance from morning to afternoon. The caffeinated group did not. The test subjects were coffee drinkers who were used to the effects of caffeine.
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 will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.
NEW HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY
ESTIMATED COST: $12.65 million
LOCATION: Northeast corner of Telfair and Ninth streets at the site of the former Hollingsworth Candy Co. and U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
WHAT IS IT?: A new $22 million 100,000- to 110,000-square-foot library to be paid for with $4.37 million from Phase 4 sales tax money, Phase 5 money, grants and private funds