Originally created 05/12/05

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

ETHICS FORUM:

The Rotary Club of Aiken Sunrise, the City of Aiken Character First Initiative, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Business Administration will hold an ethics forum from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Conference Center on Park Avenue in Aiken. The forum will focus on the importance of fair business practices. The meeting is free. For more information, call 648-8087.

FRIDAY

BLACK TIE GALA:

100 Black Men of Augusta Inc. annual Black Tie Gala, An Evening of Elegance, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Club Ballroom at Fort Gordon. The event will honor The Sounds Unlimited Band's 10th anniversary. Additional honorees include Reps. Henry Howard, Charles Walker and Quincey Murphy. There also will be a silent auction. Tickets are $65 per person and are available at Pyramid Music. Proceeds will benefit the mentoring program. For more information, call 724-5994.

AWARD PRESENTATION AND CONCERT:

The GRAMMY Foundation will present John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School with at $7,000 grant to benefit its musical program during a formal presentation at 7 p.m. May 13, at the school, 615 12th St. Local and state officials will present short speeches on the relationship of arts and education. Students from dance, band and chorus will present Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for Davidson students. For more information, call 826-1118.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hephzibah Lions Club will hold its seventh annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. at Pointe South Golf Club, 4324 Peach Orchard Road. There will be a hole-in-one contest on the sixth hole for a 2005 Buick LaCrosse or $25,000. The entry fee is $45. Funds raised will go to sight and hearing services and other community projects. For more information, call 592-2982.

Today in regional history:

MAY 12, 1992

An attempt by Columbia County commissioners to avoid controversy during the election year has only set them at odds with political candidates over when campaign signs should go up in Columbia County.Last week, the county began enforcing a 1990 ordinance that prohibits putting up campaign signs more than eight weeks before a primary. This year, that is May 26."

The commissioners wanted us right off the bat to start pulling signs, before it got wild out here and (taking down signs) became a political issue," said County Engineer Scott Godefroy.Instead, it became an issue last week, even though county officials said employees only took signs on county rights of way, and not on private property.

One candidate accused county employees of trespassing to take down signs on her property while other candidates question the very legality of the ordinance.

WEATHERING THE STORM

With warm weather comes severe weather and, sometimes, dangerous lightning.

Here are some tips from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for preparing for and protecting yourself during a thunderstorm with lightning:

Before Lightning Strikes

- Watch the skies. Look for dark clouds, lightning, or increasing wind. Listen for thunder.

- If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Seek shelter at once.When a Storm Approaches

- Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed.

- Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, however, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightning.)

- Avoid contact with running water.

- Turn off the air conditioner because power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job.

If Caught Outside

- If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. - If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately.

- Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects.

- Squat low to the ground and put your hands on your knees with your head between them.

- Don't lie flat on the ground. This will make you a larger target!

Source: Georgia Emergency Management Agency