Actor turns favorite film into musical production
If Hunter Foster's life were a play, it would almost certainly be a musical.

Mother and daughter share talent, not style

Ramblin' Rhodes: Love for wife inspires songwriter

Actor turns favorite film into musical production

Sacrifice of town basis for musical

Petting Zoo
Sue Alexanderson hears that question every year at the Friends of the Augusta Symphony's Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Love for wife inspires songwriter
Rob Crosby's career is undergoing renewed prosperity thanks to a new album and one of his songs being made a hit by newcomer Andy Griggs.

Sacrifice of town basis for musical
The theater world has a reputation for pulling a musical from the most unlikely sources.

Petting Zoo

Mother and daughter share talent, not style
The family resemblance is there. In the eyes, across the face and in the tiny unconscious mannerisms, Norma McCombs and daughter Anne Nielsen clearly display their genetic bond.

Celtic music enjoys revival

Celtic music enjoys revival
In recent years, there has been something of a revolution in the music industry, with the sounds of an ancient musical form bubbling up from the peat bogs of Ireland and sweeping down from the Scottish Highlands.

'Farm Aid' seeded with classic music
A collection of live tracks culled from 15 years of Farm Aid charity concerts, Farm Aid: Volume One Live, is a scattered, though ultimately satisfying, collection of American music.

'Farm Aid' seeded with classic music

Maddux dominates Arizona

GreenJackets notebook

GreenJackets even in series

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Jackets play at home due to rain

Braves win two in a row

Fungal hordes invade

BellSouth redesigns phone bill
BellSouth has redesigned its decade-old residential phone bill, making it larger and easier to read. Customers with multiple services - such as local phone, wireless and Internet - began receiving the new 8-inch by 10-inch bill this week as part of a months-long trial period.

BellSouth redesigns phone bill

Knology will post local job openings
The Georgia Department of Labor will align with cable TV operator Knology Inc. to post job openings on the company's system.

Knology will post local job openings

Jones Creek course sold

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Tech stocks tumbled for a second straight session Wednesday as analysts cut their ratings on several high-profile companies.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - High-tech stocks rebounded from a two-day decline Thursday as investors, uneasy about a spate of corporate earnings warnings, turned away from blue chip issues.

Jones Creek course sold
A Connecticut-based developer and manager of upscale golf courses has purchased Jones Creek Golf Club for $5.5 million. Fairways International Clubs LLC bought the 194-acre, semi-public course from Delaware, Md.-based Capitol Golf Group/Blackacre LP in a deal that closed Aug. 15.

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

Georgia notebook

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

Clemson prepares for Missouri game

ACC notebook

SEC notebook

South Carolina notebook

Tech prepares for FSU game

South Carolina notebook

Clemson notebook

Correction

Buried news story needed better play

Repair bridge now

Race track noise ruining residents

First Steps is socialist programming

Helping Reds wage war

Context gives true meaning to parable

Sorry, but hate taints Dixie flag

Drivers must learn to share the road

Animal control policy an outrage

Get off your duff and vote no on tax

Church strives for spiritual tolerance

`Loophole' was created by demand

Fungi mushrooming throughout area
It seems everyone has a multitude of mushrooms in their yards because of all the rain we've been having.

Natural predators beat pesticides
Most homeowners see a creepy-crawly in the garden and run for the pesticide arsenal to prepare for battle.

Capsules
Cooling off Lowering the body's temperature a couple of degrees soon after a stroke appears to improve survival and reduce the risk of brain damage, a new study has found.

In the know
The comic strip Blondie celebrates its 70th anniversary this week. The first Blondie strip appeared on Sept. 8, 1930.

Tiger after a rare Triple Crown

A different Tiger returns to Canada

Player of the week: Zedrick Stewart

South Aiken faces true test

Aiken shows its mettle

Tigers face difficult test

Fungal hordes invade
I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but my front yard has become mushroom central.

S.A.L. Playoffs remain in Augusta
The South Atlantic League Southern Division playoffs between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Columbus ReddStixx will resume Thursday, September 7 at lake Olmstead Stadium. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Foley remains free on bond
A Columbia County Superior Court judge allowed a Westside High School teacher facing drug charges to remain free no bond. Full story -- The Augusta Chronicle

Teen sought in robbery, rape of neighbor
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was seeking a Hephzibah teen Thursday accused of robbing and raping a 73-year-old neighbor, according to Major Ken Autry. Police expect to arrest 17-year-old Nicholas L. Lanham of Fairington Drive in the Fairington subdivision and charge him with burglary, robbery by force and rape, Major Autry said.Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Lumpkin given until Thursday
Former Augusta lawyer and convicted murderer William Lumpkin has until Thursday to try to persuade a federal judge to change his mind about an appeal.Full story

Barnes visits local elementary school
Richmond County's T. Harry Garrett Elementary school was one of three schools in the state highlighted Wednesday for successfully reducing its student-teacher ratio in lower grades.

Absent attorneys stall double homicide trial
As the fifth anniversary of a double homicide approaches, the arraignment of two of the suspects stalled again Wednesday.

In the know

Fungi mushrooming throughout area

Barnes visits local elementary school

Credit card scam hits Georgia mail
When Mary Toole went through her mail Tuesday, she came across a letter from what she thought was another credit card company soliciting new customers.

Surprise witness testifies
AIKEN - In what was expected to be an open-and-shut case against murder suspect James Vang, prosecutors are now battling defense evidence that suggests the teen-agerdid not want his friend to kill an Aiken pawn shop owner during a 1997 armed robbery.

ANIC will accept improvement plans
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has announced it is now accepting proposals for projects aimed at rehabilitating the city's blighted neighborhoods or other economic development projects.

November reopening set for hospice unit
The stained-glass window marking the entrance to the Hospice Unit is dark at St. Joseph Hospital, but officials are hopeful of making it glow again in a few months.

Convict registers petition
Former Augusta lawyer and convicted murderer William Lumpkin has until Thursday to try to persuade a federal judge to change his mind about an appeal.

Officials stay mum on attack
A young Army soldier found assaulted and unconscious in her Augusta home this week is an imaging analyst for a military intelligence battalion at Fort Gordon.

Piano teacher faces molestation charge
A 63-year-old Martinez piano teacher and established musician was arrested Thursday after police found obscene materials and photos of several young boys in his home.

Merger causes dispute

Agencies talk flood answers
Inquiries from state transportation officials looking for federal funding and input on flooding of Interstate 20 were answered - in part - at a collaborative work session Thursday.

Across the area

State looks to growers for a plan

Judge allows teacher to stay out on bond

Barnes praises schools

Lumpkin given until Thursday

City explores new wages policy
If money talks, county commissioners are concerned that government salaries make them sound cheap. More important, some Augusta commissioners are worried that county wage policies discourage in-house candidates from applying for promotions.

Homeowner agrees to repair dilapidated house
AIKEN - An absentee homeowner whose house is in danger of deteriorating beyond saving will have repairs completed in about 60 days.

City explores new wages policy

ANIC will accept improvement plans

Across the area

Aiken's bus fleet gets OK
COLUMBIA - Within hours after Gov. Jim Hodges grounded all South Carolina school buses that are subject to a national safety recall, pending a brake inspection, all but four were ready to go back on the road.

Farming uncertainty grows

Pawn shop slaying case opens
AIKEN - Prosecutors opened their case Wednesday against murder suspect James Vang, showing jurors graphic crime scene photos of pawn shop owner Carlton Ennis lying dead in his Aiken store.

Hearing dispute
AIKEN - One man was taken to the emergency room and another went to jail Thursday when a workers' compensation hearing turned sour.

Officials continue river search for missing woman
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County police will continue to check the North Oconee River but have abandoned any extensive search for a woman who might have been thrown into the river from the East Broad Street bridge late Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

Teen sought in robbery, rape of neighbor

S.A.L. Playoffs remain in Augusta

Aiken's bus fleet gets OK

Augusta struggles for flights

Absent attorneys stall double homicide trial

Absences delay homicide case

Across the area
Columbia County Sheriff's investigators are looking for this man in connection with a rash of thefts from soft drink machines during the past month. This photo was taken at a McDuffie County motel.

Police look for teen in robbery, rape case
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department was seeking a Hephzibah teen Thursday accused of robbing and raping a 73-year-old neighbor.

Absences delay homicide case
As the fifth anniversary of a double homicide approaches, the arraignment of two of the suspects stalled again Wednesday.

Across the area
A 13-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil who was caught with a razor blade at school Thursday was charged in Juvenile Court, a Richmond County Sheriff's Department official said.

Augusta struggles for flights
David Dorminey, the marketing director for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, spent most of last week in Orlando and Miami, introducing himself and his airport to executives at Air Tran Airways and Spirit Airlines.

Boy faces charges in assault
AIKEN - A 15-year-old boy who lives at Winners Circle Group Home has been charged with sexually assaulting a boy on Labor Day, authorities said Thursday.

Judge allows teacher to stay out on bond
A high school home economics teacher facing drug charges will remain on bond - but with several conditions, a judge decided Wednesday.

Thurmond's daughter to tie knot
AIKEN - He is 97 and his steps are slow, but the nation's longest-serving senator plans to take them proudly Saturday when he escorts his daughter down the aisle.

Stallions fire personnel

Credit card scam hits Georgia mail

Police look for teen in robbery, rape case

Farming uncertainty grows
When Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about life on the prairie in the late 1800s, a bushel of wheat sold for a dollar. Today, a bushel of wheat goes for about two dollars.

Florida courts administrator

Judge denies bond for standoff suspect
AIKEN - An Aiken County magistrate denied bond for Joe Daniel Floyd on Wednesday, only hours after police forced him out of his home with tear gas.

Boy faces charges in assault

Barnes praises schools
T. Harry Garrett Elementary School in Richmond County was one of three schools in the state recognized Wednesday for successfully reducing its student-teacher ratio in lower grades.

November reopening set for hospice unit

Historic districts proposed

Historic districts proposed
Downtown Augusta's rich history will be celebrated further by history buffs from here to Capitol Hill - maybe. Or so hope the designers of a new proposal to get stretches of Broad and Greene streets listed in the national registry.

Merger causes dispute
WARRENVILLE - The merger of Warrenville Water and Sewer and Valley Public Service Authority has resulted in a controversy over more than $70,000 in cash assets and two small pieces of property.

Piano teacher faces molestation charge

State looks to growers for a plan
ATLANTA - Public awareness should be the linchpin of any plan to revive Georgia's moribund farm economy, a member of a newly formed state committee made up mostly of farmers said Wednesday.

Thurmond's daughter to tie knot

Florida courts administrator
City Administrator Randy Oliver is one of five finalists for a similar job in Daytona, Florida. Daytona's Volusia County Commission plans to interview Mr. Oliver and the other finalists for the position of city manager next Thursday and Friday.

Foley remains free on bond

Agencies talk flood answers

Surprise witness testifies

Pawn shop slaying case opens

Houston' to announce nickname

Anderson, Davis share bond

I Dumped Dorsey: week 2

Mr. Luther McKie
Mr. Luther T. ``Tommy'' McKie, 49, of Columbia Road, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Lemuel Brooks Jr.
THOMSON - Mr. Lemuel Reese ``Byrd'' Brooks Jr., 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Paul Perdue Sr.
Mr. Paul Kirby Perdue Sr., 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Ernesteen Whitener
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Ernesteen Mitchell Whitener, 65, of Jones Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mary Neal
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Frances Stapleton Neal, 86, of Mabel Lane, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Jennie Edwards
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Mrs. Jennie Edwards, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City.

Mr. James Cooper
COLUMBIA - Mr. James D. Cooper, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Pamplico.

Mrs. Neva McNair
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Neva Johnson McNair, 97, of Brentwood Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mrs. Margie Mize
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Margie McEver Mize, 96, of Hamfork Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Charles Pope
HARLEM - Mr. Charles Fred Pope, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Mildred Bodie
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Mildred Murrell Bodie, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Edgefield Health Care Center, Edgefield.

Mrs. Annie Thomas
Mrs. Annie B. Thomas, 98, of Raleigh Drive, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Irma Ferguson
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Irma Ferguson Ray Edwards, 91, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.

Mrs. Mattie Ford
Mrs. Mattie S. Ford, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Margie Mize

Mrs. Irma Ferguson

Mr. Lemuel Brooks Jr.

Mrs. Mary Neal

Mr. Luther McKie

Mrs. Jennie Edwards

Mr. Paul Perdue Sr.

Mrs. Ernesteen Whitener

Mr. James Cooper

Mrs. Neva McNair

Zell's first TV ad - wrong again
THERE WAS ZELL Miller staring out from the television, piously intoning: ``I pledge you this, as your senator I will serve no single party.''

Why spare life of rapist-murderer?
What is wrong with our society today? How can a convicted killer who was sentenced to death now become the ``victim'' himself? I am referring to Alexander Williams, who raped and murdered Aleta Bunch in 1986. Jeannie S. Rushing, Warrenton

Helping Reds wage war
The Clinton administration continues to host Communist Chinese military delegations everywhere from nuclear sites to sensitive seminars. Never mind that last year's bipartisan Cox report warned of ``an ongoing, systematic effort'' by the Chinese to steal our military secrets.

Rain factor not reliable
Richmond School Public Safety Director Maj. Mike Farrell might want to do a rain dance before every high school football game. He didn't staff the football match between T.W. Josey and Lucy C. Laney high schools, instead relying on rainy weather to keep the rival crowds cool.

Repair bridge now
Drivers are no doubt heartened to read there's not ``much of a danger'' as they drive across the Little River Bridge that spans Thurmond Lake.

`Loophole' was created by demand
On page 3A of the Aug. 31 Chronicle, there was a very misleading article: ``Industry saves with loophole.'' John Ballard, Augusta

Sorry, but hate taints Dixie flag
Recent letters have appeared in The Chronicle both defending and attacking the Confederate battle flag, the former being the most prevalent. A. Norton, Athens

Animal control policy an outrage
I'm outraged and disheartened by articles concerning ongoing problems at the Richmond County Animal Control. I don't understand why the numbers are so high when we talk about euthanization. Amy Sullivent, Martinez

First Steps is socialist programming
It's true there are good people with good intentions who have different opinions. Andy Windham, Wagener

Literacy is the key
``...Every single thing I worry about - the breakup of families, drugs, AIDS, the homeless - everything would be better if more people could read, write and understand.''

Race track noise ruining residents
Homes are the greatest investment made by people. For many, it is the only investment they can make for their old-age retirement and security. Attacks on the value of our homes is considered attacks on our lives, peace and prosperity. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Selling out Old Glory
The U.S. Navy is short of sailors. Two U.S. Army divisions aren't fully ready for combat. The U.S. Air Force lacks parts and pilots. These are reasons enough to say that President Bill Clinton has been a sorry steward over our armed forces.

Drivers must learn to share the road
I am writing to respond in part to Clint Smith's Aug. 12 letter. Mr. Smith wrote that South Carolina isn't a safe place to drive, or words to that effect. Edward E. Clark, Bath

Blacks Against Black Crimes promotes the rights of all victims of crime
THIS IS IN response to your readers' inquiry ``Where are the victims' rights organizations when you need them?'' We're responding.

Zell's first TV ad - wrong again
THERE WAS ZELL Miller staring out from the television, piously intoning: ``I pledge you this, as your senator I will serve no single party.''

Get off your duff and vote no on tax
Augusta will be voting on another sales tax referendum soon. You predict that only or less than 10 percent of registered voters will actually go vote. Richard Welch, Sandersville

Church strives for spiritual tolerance
Larry Kirkland, the author of an Aug. 22 letter questioning the credentials of the Unitarian Universalist church, obviously knows something about Unitarian Universalists - for example, the history of the early Unitarian church and the fact that the Unitarian Universalist church is heavily engaged in social action. Wendy Bollinger Bollag, Martinez

New shelter director chastized
I saw the Aug. 31 article about the animal control shelter and I must say it got my blood boiling. Joe Nirenberg, Beech Island

Correction
IIn Wednesday's letter from Jack Mort, ``Why Potter books are bad for kids,'' a quote sourced to The London Times was in error. The quote, attributed to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings, was actually from the satirical publication, The Onion.

Runoff tax irks Col. County landowner
This is a letter of complaint about the stormwater utility monthly service fees in Columbia County. Thomas A. Heffernan, Martinez

Context gives true meaning to parable
I would like to thank Michael Ledo for his letter Sept. 4, ``Jesus, `Cult leader' preached `hate'.'' People like him make me go to the Word of God. Marty Lick, Martinez

Buried news story needed better play
I have been an employee of the Medical College of Georgia for many years. I have read with interest your series of articles about the possibility of MCG being merged with the University of Georgia Athens. Wendy Andrews, Evans

NASCAR notebook

IOC cracks down on drug

Personnel shakeups continue

Safin reaches semifinal

HGH found in Uzbekistan official's bag

Drivers demand changes at track

Garnett teaches Japanese teen

Davenport kayos Serena Williams

Overtime

Northwestern hires Princeton coach

Blind runner gets many responses

Overtime

Some prefer simpler computers
DALLAS - Greg Goodwin understands the fascination car buffs have with such classics as the 1957 Chevy, although he realizes they aren't for everyone.

Phony 'Star Wars' trailer praised by fans, Lucasfilm
A movie trailer for Star Wars: Episode II created by an anonymous director and posted on the Internet is working fans into a frenzy well before the film's scheduled release in 2002.

Phony 'Star Wars' trailer praised by fans, Lucasfilm

Some prefer simpler computers