Originally created 02/02/05

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- Activities and events scheduled for today:

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEET: The Richmond County Retired Educators Association will hold its general meeting at noon at the Ramada Inn Plaza Hotel, 340 Broad St. Mary Long, a past president , will be the guest speaker. Lunch costs $10. Call 278-3208.

PTO MEETING: The Parent-Teacher Organization of South Aiken High School will meet at 6 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The organization will sponsor a PTO logo contest. Entry forms are available in the school's front office. Weather Emergency Numbers

The last of the ice has melted, but in the event of another ice storm or other inclement weather, here are some numbers you'll need:


  • In Richmond County, call 911 if the tree is on a city road or public property.
  • In Columbia County, call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 541-2800.
  • In Aiken County, call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709.
  • For weather-related emergencies in the city of Aiken, call Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620.
  • In Edgefield County, call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at (803) 637-5337.
  • In McCormick County, call the McCormick County Sheriff's Office at (864) 465-2520.
  • In Barnwell County, call the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office at (803) 541-1078.
  • In Allendale County, call the sheriff's office at (803) 584-2361.

  • Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc. customers can call (877) 264-5368.
  • South Carolina Electric and Gas customers can call (888) 333-4465.
  • Jefferson Energy Cooperative customers can call (706) 547-2167.
  • Georgia Power customers can call (888) 891-0938. Customers who have handheld computers with wireless access to the Internet can go to www.georgiapower. com.

  • Atlantic Southeast Airlines, (800) 325-1999
  • US Airways, (800) 943-5436Body CopyToday in regional history:
  • Back in time:

    Feb. 2, 1998

    It was a dream come true for the 1,500-member congregation of West Acres Baptist Church in Evans on Sunday as they dedicated their 1,700-seat sanctuary ñ the largest Baptist church in the Augusta area.

    Members soaked the church in prayer.

    During a pre-dedication service about a year ago, members covered the walls and floors with favorite Scripture verses.

    "If you ripped the sheetrock off, you'd find Scripture everywhere," said the Rev. Larry Harmon, pastor.

    About $120,000 of the $3.3 million spent on the church went for a sound system designed just for churches.Body CopyActivities and events scheduled for today include:


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