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Access to the Augusta-Richmond County Law Enforcement Center will return to normal today. Sheriff Ronnie Strength had tightened security and halted jail visitation Wednesday.
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CRAFTY FOLKS Artists and crafts people from across the Southeast will showcase their wares at the annual Christmas Made in the South show through Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, and there's no charge for children younger than 12. WINTER WONDERS
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HO-Ho-Ho! Get in the holiday mood at the Festival of Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Plaza. Mayor Bob will light the city's Christmas tree and decorations at 6:15 p.m., and the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band play holiday tunes.
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...their native dress -- sharing a customary ballroom dance with male partners at the Hispanic Festival at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Plaza. The group performed at one of three area festivals Saturday. While some Augustans sampled Puerto Rican-style...
Artisans will decorate Riverwalk with crafts

Back in 1978, two of Marie Creech's friends had to drag her to her first ceramics class. Now the ceramics maker from Martinez teaches her craft at a retirement village and works craft shows year-round. Mrs. Creech is one of more than 40 artists and crafters who will be participating in the Riverwalk Arts and Crafts show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Plaza.
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TUESDAY: Pinch any un-lucky leprechaun not wearing green because it's St. Patrick's Day. If you want to celebrate, there's a parade downtown at 2 p.m. and a festival at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Plaza 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 31 and he's STILL just a rat in a cage. WEDNESDAY: Party of Five's Andrew Keegan will be chatting at 10 p.m. on America Online about his hit show. Location: Bowl. Keyword: Teen People.
A magical time of year

Santa Claus will be putting in many appearances in the Augusta area before his big night arrives. Hopeland Gardens at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place in Aiken will be decorated with some 40,000 lights during the holidays. Twinkling lights, holiday music and marching bands in parades all signal that Christmas season is in full swing in the area. With the multitide of Christmas offerings in Augusta, even the Grinch could get into the spirit.
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Irish or not, plan to celebrate

If you must pack an umbrella Thursday, make it green. The Irish-American Heritage Society and Irish wannabes will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Augusta from morning to night despite a 70 percent chance of rain.
A band of survivors

Since 1989, People Who Must has gone through three drummers, three bass players, changed management, switched record labels and wrecked four vans.
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Flags presented to veterans, families

Paying homage to valiant American soldiers on one city block and competing in a cutthroat barbecue grill-off on another, Augustans on Saturday covered all bases in their pre-Fourth of July celebrations downtown.