Originally created 10/07/04

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Today in regional history:

OCT. 7, 1957

AIKEN - State and local law enforcement authorities were conducting a widespread manhunt last night for four prisoners who overpowered a jailer and bolted from Aiken County Jail.

Law enforcement agencies from four surrounding counties and three states were alerted by lawmen. The four men were apparently aided in their well-planned escape by a club fashioned from a broom handle and a "pistol" carved from a cake of soap.

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

POLITICAL FORUM: A political forum will be held at 7 p.m. at East View Community Center, 644 Aiken St. The forum will include Don Cheeks, Charles Walker, Harold Jones II, Swain McElmurray and Pete Warren. For more information, call 722-2302.

BEST OF AUGUSTA BASH: Augusta Magazine's Best of Augusta Bash will be held at 6 p.m. at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery. There will be winning restaurants with food samples, performances by bands voted best in their category and more. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $17 at the door. The show at the Imperial Theatre is free with admission ticket and costs $5 without a ticket. For more information, call 823-3722.


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