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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Love for wife inspires songwriter

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.

Petting Zoo

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

'Farm Aid' seeded with classic music

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.

Mother and daughter share talent, not style

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.

Celtic music enjoys revival

'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.

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

Actor turns favorite film into musical production

Braves dump Expos

GreenJackets even in series

GreenJackets notebook

Season ends for GreenJackets

Maddux dominates Arizona

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

GreenJackets notebook

Fungal hordes invade

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Technology stocks dropped sharply Friday, carrying the rest of the market lower.

Headquarters of bank will change location
People's Community Bank expects to begin construction on a 10,000-square-foot banking center in Aiken on Monday.

Economy sees slight slowdown
ATLANTA - Repeated increases in interest rates by the Federal Reserve are having the intended effect in Georgia of slightly slowing the economy to a pace that won't trigger inflation, according to a recent report.

Weekly gas price check
Here is a list of local unleaded gasoline prices in the Augusta area.

Tech jobs suit area

Tech jobs suit area
An Atlanta entrepreneur who brought more than 150 Internet-related jobs to the tiny town of Gordon, Ga., told local officials Friday that rural Georgia is ripe for high-tech job development.

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.

Weekly gas price check

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs

Economy sees slight slowdown

Knology will post local job openings

Georgia ready for game

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

Tech prepares for FSU game

Rivals get set for football game

South Carolina notebook

College football notebook

Clemson notebook

Get off your duff and vote no on tax

Animal control policy an outrage

The wrong place

`Loophole' was created by demand

Neck-and-neck polls

Buried news story needed better play

Why abstain?

Firefighters doing legitimate work

Look to G.W. Bush for leadership

Finally, 'easy reading'

Group stirs controversy among Jews
Without even trying, David Brickner makes people mad everywhere he goes.

Faith digest
Comedy performance

Cross beautiful in its glory
What can we say about the cross?

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

The message in the music
Copies of Entertainment Weekly lie on a table in the Broad Street office of criminal attorney Luther McDaniel.

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

A different Tiger returns to Canada

A real rush for Tiger

Bamberg over Williston

Lakeside 21, North Augusta 20

South Aiken faces true test

Aiken easily takes care of Mustangs

Silver Bluff rolls over South Aiken

Greenbrier tops Westside

Tigers face difficult test

Turnovers costly in Thurmond loss

Player of the week: Zedrick Stewart

Hephzibah loses to West Laurens

Aiken shows its mettle

Washington-Wilkes beats Thomson

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

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

Home invasion, assault suspect arrested
Police arrested a 17-year-old Hephzibah teen early Friday morning who is accused of robbing and raping his 73-year-old neighbor.

Water boil advisory ends
South Richmond County residents affected by a water line break that occurred Wednesday on Plantation Road no longer need to boil their water prior to drinking or cooking.

Faith digest

Fungi mushrooming throughout area

Group stirs controversy among Jews

The message in the music

Water boil advisory ends

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.

Bias complaint breaks silence
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia sorority member who lodged a race-bias complaint against her own group surprised not only her sisters: She surprised many attorneys, school officials and national Greek leaders who have rarely, if ever, seen a member break ranks and voice a constitutionally based complaint.

Judge gives teen life in prison
AIKEN - A judge sentenced 18-year-old James Vang to life behind bars Friday for his participation in the killing of an Aiken pawnshop owner.

Piano teacher faces molestation charge

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.

Troops prepare for European tour
About 70 soldiers will leave Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a lengthy deployment in Bosnia and Hungary.

Pole's role in wreck examined
Federal officials are investigating whether a utility pole involved in a plane crash last month that killed three people, including former state Sen. Thomas Allgood Sr., was too high, a Georgia Power Co. spokesman confirmed Friday.

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.

Parade planned by Klan
BURNETTOWN - The Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan intend to rally at the Burnettown Town Hall in Horse Creek Valley next week.

Agencies talk flood answers

Troops give their leader big send-off
Fort Gordon soldiers lost an advocate Friday. Before a crowd of about 200 people in the Army base's Alexander Hall, Command Sgt. Maj. John H. Holden Jr. retired after 30 years in the military, the last four served at Fort Gordon.

Thurmond's daughter to tie knot

Across the area
A Hephzibah teen accused of robbing and raping his 73-year-old neighbor was arrested early Friday morning.

Florida courts administrator

Teacher faces more accusers
A Columbia County piano teacher arrested Thursday showed some of his young pupils pornographic materials and offered them money to help him sell adult-oriented magazines, according to police reports.

Correction
A story in Friday's Applause! section of The Augusta Chronicle should have said admission costs $1 for the Friends of the Augusta Symphony's Musical Petting Zoo Sunday at Pendleton King Park.

Across the area

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.

Correction

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.

Aiken makes good at festival

Boy faces charges in assault

Teacher faces more accusers

Surprise witness testifies

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

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.

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.

Aiken makes good at festival
AIKEN - The 24th annual Aiken's Makin' festival began its two-day run Friday as the sky cleared for the first time in more than a week.

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.

Stallions fire personnel

Tool combats drunken driving

Historic districts proposed

Pole's role in wreck examined

Appeal reviews advised
U.S. District Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. suggested Friday that the Georgia attorney general's office reconsider its argument in a death row inmate's appeal.

Home invasion, assault suspect arrested

INS detains stowaways in Savannah
SAVANNAH - Four male stowaways from the Dominican Republic tried to elude Immigration and Naturalization Service officers Thursday by jumping from the ship into the Savannah River.

Appeal reviews advised

Tool combats drunken driving
When a patrol officer pulls you over and shines a flashlight in the car window, it may be more than a helpful gesture.

INS detains stowaways in Savannah

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.

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.

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.

Teen sought in robbery, rape of neighbor

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

Across the area

Troops prepare for European tour

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.

Parade planned by Klan

Judge gives teen life in prison

Police look for teen in robbery, rape case

George Seifert returns to a very different San Francisco

Anderson, Davis share bond

Mr. Ronnie Thomas Sr.
Mr. Ronnie Nathaniel Thomas Sr., 34, of Beaufort Avenue, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mrs. Margaret Carithers
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret ``Peggy'' Barnett Carithers, 49, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000.

Mr. Nelson Turner
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Nelson Turner, 47, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Providence Health Care.

Mr. Adlai Kirkland
NEW ELLENTON - Mr. Adlai L. ``Kirk'' Kirkland, 74, of Cherryvale Avenue, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Julia Chambers
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Miss Julia Nell Chambers, 91, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Sadie Moore
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Mrs. Sadie Kirkland Moore, 66, of Evelyn Place, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Hartley
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker Hartley, 46, of Wigfall Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Edgefield County Hospital.

Mr. Dallas Addie
WARRENVILLE - Mr. Dallas W. Addie, 79, of Augusta Road, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center, Aiken.

Mr. Moses Bush
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Moses Wesley Bush, 59, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000.

Mrs. Grace Fanning
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Grace Clark Fanning, 84, of Wiley Street, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Irene Kea
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Irene Greenway Kea, 92, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Fannie Forth-Drayton
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Mrs. Fannie Mae Forth-Drayton, of Hunley Road, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000.

Mr. Joseph Cosky
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Joseph Francis Cosky, 76, of Hollywood School Road, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center.

Mr. Willie Williams
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Willie ``Boyd'' Williams, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Twinview Nursing Center.

Mr. John Johnson
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mr. John T. Johnson, 90, of Pike Johnson Road, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Jenkins County Hospital, Millen.

Mrs. Lucy Foxworth
PHILADELPHIA - Mrs. Lucy M. Foxworth, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000.

Mr. Roger Huff Jr.
Mr. Roger Huff Jr., 53, of Dayton Street, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. Paul Fekety Jr.
AIKEN - Mr. Paul Fekety Jr., 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Mrs. Listine Courtney
WAGENER - Mrs. Listine Gunter Courtney, 61, of Railroad Avenue West, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Florence Mayo
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Florence Morris Mayo, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Frankie Perez
ATLANTA - Mrs. Frankie Lee Jordan Perez, 39, of Erin Avenue, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Crawford Long Hospital.

Mr. Joseph Cosky

Mr. Roger Huff Jr.

Mr. Willie Williams

Mrs. Grace Fanning

Mr. Dallas Addie

Mrs. Frankie Perez

Mr. Ronnie Thomas Sr.

Mrs. Margaret Carithers

Mrs. Lucy Foxworth

Mr. Paul Fekety Jr.

Mrs. Sadie Moore

Mrs. Listine Courtney

Mrs. Florence Mayo

Mrs. Irene Kea

Mr. Adlai Kirkland

Mr. Nelson Turner

Mr. Moses Bush

RU 486 - death and profit by prescription
QUESTION: WHAT does the drug RU-486 and Susan Smith have in common?

`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

Firefighters doing legitimate work
This is in response to the man or woman who complained about seeing firefighters going into the grocery store and shopping. Steve Simpson, Martinez

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

Neck-and-neck polls
As the polls show, Vice President Al Gore has pulled ahead.

The wrong place
When does a ``mistake'' become a criminal offense? When people are killed during an activity which, in itself, violates the law - as in speeding or reckless driving? David C. Spinks, Augusta

Defending the Unitarian Church
I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta. I write to correct the Grovetown reader who stated in a letter to The Chronicle that the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations was "non-religious,'' and "a church in name only." Matt Alan, Martinez

Why abstain?
What's up with the abstention votes?

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

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

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.

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

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.''

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

Letter example of religious tolerance
This is to thank The Chronicle for printing the Sept. 5 letter by Professor H. Hashimi, which presents the view that Islam does not try to suppress or convert Christians or Jews. Roy C. DeLamotte, Augusta

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

Look to G.W. Bush for leadership
My son enters kindergarten this year. At his open house his teachers gave parents a copy of, ``All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,'' the sweet bit of writing by Robert Fulghum. Devon Hope, Evans

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.

RU 486 - death and profit by prescription
QUESTION: WHAT does the drug RU-486 and Susan Smith have in common?

Finally, 'easy reading'
For all who have the unhappy experience of trying to decipher their BellSouth phone bills, the news that format has been redesigned comes as a relief. Although many consumers won't see the new format until 2001, they'll welcome it.

School superintendent fails test
Do you want to get rid of our problems at Columbia County schools, such as overcrowded school buses and long lines for dropping off and picking up your children, the time change, lack of teachers, lack of textbooks and lack of organization? Barbara Driggers, Harlem

HGH found in Uzbekistan official's bag

Blind runner gets many responses

Indiana investigating Knight again

Garnett teaches Japanese teen

Williams to face Davenport in finals

Safin reaches semifinal

NASCAR contemplating restrictor plates at track where two died

Overtime

Overtime

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.

Perfect, punctual liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit and gave chase to the international space station on Friday, providing a perfect kickoff to the torrent of launches that lies ahead.

Phony 'Star Wars' trailer praised by fans, Lucasfilm

Perfect, punctual liftoff