Originally created 09/29/05

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Events scheduled for today include:

SOFTBALL CHALLENGE: Doctors Hospital and MCG Health System will face off in a softball game at 7 p.m. at the Augusta GreenJackets' stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $7. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association Heart Walk, For information, call 721-9566.

UT ALUMNI CHAPTER MEETING: The University of Tennessee alumni chapter meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. For more information call 394-9330 or 651-1882.

HOME FROM THE FIRST HELLO: Home from the First Hello will be held at 5-7 p.m., at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. For more information, call 279-2323.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

SEPT. 29, 1989

COLUMBIA - A North Augusta restaurant already facing federal civil rights charges for refusing to serve blacks has been sued for $1.2 million.

State NAACP officials announced Thursday they filed the suit in federal court Wednesday against The Buffalo Room and its owners as a result of a Sept. 5 incident when restaurant owner Bruce Salter refused to admit six representatives of the state and Aiken County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The suit seeks $600,000 in punitive damages, $600,000 in compensatory damages and a permanent injunction against the restaurant to prevent it from future discriminatory practices.

The injunction also asks that the restaurant post notices informing the public that it is open to all races.

Gasoline Prices

Here's a list of average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline and the highs:


Most Recent - Highest

Albany $2.77 $3.19

Athens $2.80 $3.18

Atlanta $2.74 $3.12

Augusta $2.79 $3.17

Columbus $2.76 $3.07

Macon $2.69 $3.08

Savannah $2.81 $3.14

Valdosta $2.73 $3.07


Most Recent - Highest

Charleston $2.85 $3.18

Columbia $2.83 $3.23

Greenville $2.83 $3.14

Myrtle Beach $2.85 $3.17

Source: AAA

Flu Shots

No need to panic. The good news is there will be enough flu vaccines this year. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking young, healthy folks to wait until Oct. 24 to get their shots so the elderly and chronically ill can get first dibs.

People who should get vaccinated each year are:

- People 65 years and older

- Adults and children 6 months and older who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease, chronic kidney disease or weakened immune system (including problems caused by medicines or by infection with HIV/AIDS)

- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

- All children 6 to 23 months of age

andrew davis tucker/staff


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