Today in regional history:
JAN. 18, 1997
AIKEN - Video poker operators will have to wait 10 more days to learn when and where they can legally operate in Aiken County.
Circuit Judge Costa Pleicones heard arguments Friday from attorneys representing four video operators and the municipalities where their businesses are located. The two sides are locked in a dispute over enforcement of zoning ordinances and the sale of licenses to operate the video machines.
Three separate lawsuits filed in Aiken County Court of Common Pleas last week on behalf of the operators seek an injunction against issuance of criminal citations for operating the games and an order forcing Aiken County Administrator William Shepherd to sell gaming permits.
Judge Pleicones asked the operators' attorneys to prepare three proposed orders granting "the least expansive injunctive relief that you believe is warranted by your client's case.''
School systems have many phone numbers and many employees, but who should you call for those everyday-type questions? Rather than calling all around in hopes of getting your questions answered, here's what you should do when you have a common question:
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?
Richmond County: Call the central office at 826-1000.
Columbia County: Call the central office at 541-0650.
Aiken County: Call the closest area office.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY CHILD'S GRADES?
Richmond County: Call the school.
Columbia County: Call the teacher.
Aiken County: Call the principal.
WHO DO I CALL IF MY CHILD GETS IN TROUBLE FOR DISCIPLINE?
Richmond County: Call the school. If that doesn't work, call Deputy Superintendent James Thompson at 826-1125.
Columbia County: Call the school.
Aiken County: Call the principal or area office.
What's on the lunch menu?
Richmond County: Visit www.richmond.k12.ga.us.
Columbia County: Visit www.ccboe.net.
Aiken County: Visit www.aiken.k12.sc.us.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A TRANSPORTATION QUESTION?
Richmond County: Call the transportation department at 796-4777.
Columbia County: Call the transportation hot line at 541-1087.
Aiken County: Call the school.
Sources: Richmond, Columbia and Aiken county school systems
Augusta Futurity: The 27th annual Augusta Futurity kicks off at 8 a.m. Thursday and continues through Jan. 28, at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. The event includes the Wrangler Family Fun Fest at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Futurity Dance at 8 p.m. Jan. 25, and the Western Horseman Cup Finals at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. There also will be a horse auction and more than 100 exhibitors of Western wear, jewelry and tack. Admission ranges from $2 to $16.50 per day or $40 for the event. Admission is free to the Wrangler Family Fun Fest and to vendors in Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., Jan. 25-28. For more information, call 828-7700 or visit www.augustafuturity.com.
NIGHT TO REMEMBER: A Night to Remember will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive. Memorabilia will include pottery, photographs and coins. The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Call (803) 279-2323 or (803) 279-0763.
LINE DANCING: A ballroom line dancing class will be offered at 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave. The six-week class costs $30. No partner is needed. For more information, call (803) 279-6370.
Music at Maxwell: The Los Angeles Piano Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. A performance with the Richmond County Chamber Orchestra will start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $5 for school-age children and are free for ASU faculty, staff and students with valid ID. For more information, call 790-9274.
THE FOREIGNER: The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Community Playhouse in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and $6 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call (803) 648-1438.