Originally created 05/21/05

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Today's events include:

MAYFEST 2005: Radio One of Augusta presents Mayfest 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at May Park, 622 Fourth St. Performers include Memphis Bleek,Tank, Mike Jones and, Rasheeda.The event is free. For more information, call 202-9162.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY BREAKFAST: The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 Greene St. Tickets cost $6 and are available at the door. For more information, call Leon Meyer at 733-0190.

FORT GORDON RUN: The Signal Corps Regimental Association 10K Run and Kids' Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Regimental Noncommissioned Officers Academy on 25th Street at Fort Gordon. Entry fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, e-mail SCRArun@signalcorps.org.

WILDFLOWER WALK: Spirit Creek Educational Forest will hold a Wildflower Walk at 10 a.m. at the forest, 4052 Smokey Road. The forest will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to sundown. Admission is free. For more information, call 790-2351.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

MAY 21, 1992

About half the local elected officials slated to get pay raises early this year due to what state Sen. Frank Albert called a "monumental" mistake have signed, or agreed to sign, a waiver of the raises this year.

At least six local elected officials signed Wednesday, four of them right after a meeting with the Richmond County legislative delegation called to ask officials in question to forego their salary increases due Friday.

The bill that passed this year was to have called for raises in those amounts and was to have gone into effect in January.

But the bill they signed - most without reading it - called for even higher raises for three of the officials and for the bill to take effect the first day of the month after being signed by the governor - in this case May 1.

Find an auto mechanic

The Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs offers these tips to help find a trustworthy auto mechanic. Look for an automobile repair shop before you need one and consider:

REPUTATION: Ask friends, family or co-workers who they recommend. Their experiences are likely a good indication of what to expect.

MECHANIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ask the service manager if the shop's mechanics have been certified by a car manufacturer or a professional organization, such as Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and in which areas they have been certified, such as brakes or electrical. Look for a mechanic with updated knowledge and skill, proper tools and equipment, and experience working on your particular model of automobile.

WARRANTY: If your vehicle is covered by warranty, be certain the business you select is authorized to perform repairs under the warranty.

CUSTOMER SERVICES: Do you need a loaner car or transportation to work? Be sure to ask what the shop provides.

COST: The cost for the same repair might vary greatly from one business to another. If you know what's needed, call around and ask for estimates.


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