For Fred Partlow of Augusta, it could mean help and a little dignity in the afternoon. For many smokers in Augusta, it could mean turning the money they plunked down for a pack of smokes into a way to help them quit.
In the war on flu, Malcolm Page has survived the big ambushes. The retiring vice president of medical affairs at University Hospital was a family physician making house calls on sick patients struck by the Asian flu in 1957, when the epidemic swept unexpectedly across the country and killed 70,000 people. Dr. Page was at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta when the Hong Kong flu roared ashore in 1968. Despite their hurried efforts to develop and distribute a vaccine, it killed 34,000 people.
When U.S. postage rates increase Jan. 10, some of the hardest hit organizations will be those that depend mainly on donations for their revenue. Churches and non-profit organizations will see an average 14 percent increase in their bulk mail rate, said Roy Hood, postmaster in Waynesboro, Ga., and district rate increase coordinator. Their basic bulk rate -- which applies to mailings of more than 200 pieces or 15 pounds -- will jump from 13.8 cents for a letter to 16.9 cents.