Fans share thoughts on the movie
Comic book fans at the Augusta Book Exchange in Southgate Plaza were asked about their pre-impressions of Spider-Man's big screen debut and comic book movies in general. Here's what they had to say:
At the movies: 'Deuces Wild'
"Deuces Wild" is every bit the B-movie that its title suggests, though its ensemble cast - including Matt Dillon, Brad Renfro, Frankie Muniz, James Franco and two "Sopranos" regulars - suggests better.
Augustans can dine in Bombay
Augusta's choice of Indian restaurants is about to expand. With a planned opening in late May, Bombay Central (named after one of the busier train stations in Bombay) will serve lunch and dinner.
JUST OUT: Ali and Not Another Teen Movie
Some comic heroes have conquered movies
I've often wondered at the uneasy alliance between comic strips and books and the cinema. The four-color strips would seem a natural match for the oft-unreal world of Hollywood. But, despite their best intentions, filmmakers often stumble when presented with the challenge of adapting the two-dimensional world. For every Batman success story, there are a half-dozen Judge Dredds. So, in honor of the release of Spider-Man, let's take a look at some comics-inspired movies that bucked the odds and enjoyed some artistic and commercial success.
The Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St., gets a jump on Cinco de Mayo with a Latin-themed First Friday celebration. Tony Macias will perform mariachi music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Hispanic American Cultural Association will present a bilingual poetry reading and a display of Mexican culture and history.
MARGARITAVILLE: Sand Castle Society's second annual benefit for Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center; 7-11 tonight, the Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive; burger dinner, beverages, T-shirts and music by The Coconut Groove Band; $30, $50 per couple; 721-4004.
Meet Wallace Andrews III, your friendly neighborhood spider-fan.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer returns as headliner
Chely Wright performs in Augusta Sunday for the third time in three years, this time as headliner for the 17th annual Day in the Country festival at the Augusta Riverfront Marina.
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.
Amanda's speaks French
Few places are more sedate than the French countryside, all rolling hills, lush green grass and cascading grapevines.
Group stages encore of popular bluegrass ballet
Buoyed by the success of last year's bluegrass and ballet experiment, the Augusta Ballet has decided to head, once more, for the hills.
THE LEWIS FAMILY FESTIVAL: Bluegrass music noon to 11 p.m. through Saturday, Elijah Clark State Park, U.S. Highway 378 between Lincolnton, Ga., and McCormick, S.C.; headliners include Ralph Stanley and the Osborne Brothers (today) and Jim & Jesse McReynolds and Mac Wiseman (Saturday); adults $25 daily, children 6-13 $15 daily. Admission after 6 p.m. daily is $15. See the Web site thelewisfamilymusic.com, or call (706) 864-7203.
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:
Prep baseball scores
Here are scores from area prep baseball action.
Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.
Ripken named commissioner of Bush's T-ball league
WASHINGTON -- Cal Ripken Jr. has his eye on another consecutive-game streak. As commissioner of President Bush's T-ball league, the former Baltimore Orioles baseball star says he hopes to attend every game played at the White House.
Gehrig's speech to be repeated in ALS tribute
NEW YORK -- Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech, in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," will be repeated by celebrities in 15 major league parks before games on June 1.
Prep baseball scores
Here are scores from area prep baseball action.
North Augusta dealt a stinging loss by Irmo
Drew Hummel said he knew all along his North Augusta baseball team's biggest weakness - its hitting - eventually would come back to bite the Yellow Jackets.
Foods that kill
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Resist that luscious jelly doughnut while driving to work and don't grab for the coffee. One distracting spill and you could end up in the ditch.
Odds and ends
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Some neighborhood activists here are playing hardball with Mister Softee.
Girls' underwear reportedly checked at dance
POWAY, Calif. -- A female vice principal allegedly lifted girls' skirts - in front of male students and adults - to make sure they weren't wearing thong underwear at a dance.
You're so vain - you're also busted
COVINGTON, Ky. - Vanity got the better of a Covington man, whose personalized license plate netted him 20 years behind bars.
Braves find hero in ex-Brewer
MILWAUKEE - For the Milwaukee Brewers, the shock value of Henry Blanco's game-winning home run off reliever Mike DeJean on Thursday afternoon will linger as long as Paul Bako remains the backup catcher.
Glavine stifles Brewers in win
MILWAUKEE - This could turn out to be the mother of all salary drives.
MILWAUKEE - There's never a psychiatrist around when you need one.
MILWAUKEE - No matter how they do the math, the Atlanta Braves can't fit six pitchers into a five-man rotation.
Local franchise to get face-lift
The new operator of Wendy's restaurants in the Augusta-Aiken market is embarking on a multimillion dollar plan to expand and renovate the restaurant chain.
XM RADIO Rock 'n' roll via satellite
Wayne Weng doesn't mind traffic lights as much anymore.
Manufacturing activity gauge slips in April
NEW YORK -- Manufacturing activity grew for a third straight month in April, but at a slower rate than the previous month, an industry group reported Wednesday.
Law cracks down on fake IDs
ATLANTA - The penalties for identity theft got a little tougher in Georgia on Thursday as Gov. Roy Barnes signed legislation aimed at helping to curb one of the nation's fastest-growing crimes.
Summer jobs prove sparse for students
Last summer, Tracey Lomrantz was a paid intern for a New York law firm. This year, with a stack of rejections from journalism internships on her desk, she figures she'll wait tables.
New unemployment claims decline by 10,000
WASHINGON --New claims for unemployment insurance dipped last week, suggesting that companies are laying off fewer workers as the budding economic recovery unfolds.
Sinking into debt
Half of all Americans fail to control spending and debt, and the result is a rise in bankruptcy filings, according to a national study by a nonprofit financial research center.
WASHINGTON - For the second week in a row, fewer Americans filed new claims for unemployment insurance, suggesting that the budding economic recovery is easing the pace of layoffs.
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is ending the no-interest financing offer that the nation's biggest automaker used to boost sales of new cars and trucks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
NCAA announces certification of three new bowl games
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three new bowl games - to be played in San Francisco, Honolulu and Charlotte, N.C. - were certified by the NCAA on Thursday, bringing the number of Division I postseason football games to 28.
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.
Stan's still the man when it comes to 'Spider-Man'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Spider-Man creator Stan Lee's philosophy can be summed up in one word: Excelsior!
Book tells kids about presidents
Did you know that President William Howard Taft got stuck in the bathtub?
In the know
Searching for books online - be they rare, used or new - is simple with a site like BookFinder.com.
Getting out of dodge
The era of launching red rubber balls at human targets is coming to an end.
Abandoned hospital one of the stars of 'Scrubs'
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Even in the back parking lot, it's an easy mistake to make. After all, people are wearing scrubs. Some have stethoscopes around their necks; others carry charts.
CBS wins week's ratings race
NEW YORK -- CBS took the early lead as television networks began the final, nostalgia-crazed ratings "sweeps" month of the season.
Water is key to mosquito control
The mosquitoes boiled up from the hedge beside Angelina Transou's driveway as Richmond County environmental health specialist Randy Wishard sprinkled a chemical into concrete blocks.
Augusta blanks South Georgia
ALBANY, Ga. - Augusta's Rafael Sanchez and Jason Howell combined to shutout the South Georgia Waves, 1-0, at Paul Eames Sports Complex Thursday night.
Jackets, Waves split doubleheader
ALBANY, Ga. - The South Georgia Waves and the Augusta GreenJackets split a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Waves won the first game 6-0 and the GreenJackets won the nightcap, 3-2.
Campaigners in Britain seek freedom for jailed golf ball retriever
LONDON -- For 10 years, John Collinson made a modest living diving for lost golf balls and selling them for 20 cents each. But after police caught him on a midnight expedition, a court frowned on his unusual job and jailed him for six months for theft.
Augusta changes policy on past champions
In a rare admission that it made a mistake, Augusta National Golf Club revised its new policy on past champions Wednesday by reducing the number of tournaments they must play to be eligible for the Masters.
Qualifiers must play in 10 events
Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament chairman Hootie Johnson said three weeks ago that, when it comes to the decisions he makes, "I don't look back."
Olander birdies eight straight, shares first-round lead
VERSAILLES, France -- Marten Olander made eight straight birdies and shot a 5-under-par 67 to finish in a three-way tie for the lead after the first round of the French Open.
Group behind LPGA event files lawsuit
The group that brought an LPGA Tour event to Edgefield County, S.C., is suing prominent officials that operate the tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club.
Sorenstam turns LPGA into her personal playground
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- In some respects, Annika Sorenstam is no Tiger Woods. Hey, she doesn't even have a career Grand Slam yet.
Five cities to take part in Woods' clinic
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods won't be traveling around the country this year to conduct junior golf clinics. Instead, he's bringing the kids to him.
Forsman takes first-round lead at Compaq Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- Dan Forsman, taking advantage of an early tee time on the windswept English Turn course, shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Compaq Classic.
Carolina ignoring Montreal history
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina can't approach Montreal's hockey tradition. The Canadiens have won more Stanley Cups than the Hurricanes have logged years in the NHL.
Hasek set to keep momentum rolling
DETROIT -- After a shaky start in the playoffs, Dominik Hasek showed why the Detroit Red Wings fought other suitors - including St. Louis - to acquire the six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time NHL MVP.
Senators 5, Maple Leafs 0
TORONTO -- Now that the Ottawa Senators have proven they can beat Toronto in the playoffs, they're focused on the next step - beating them again.
NHL announces trophy finalists
NEW YORK -- Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who led the NHL in goals and points this season, and goalies Patrick Roy of Colorado and Jose Theodore of Montreal are finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league's most valuable player.
Looking for an epitaph? Here are some classics
Have you given thought to what it will say on your tombstone?
Husband charged in slaying of professor
The husband of an East Georgia College professor has been charged in her slaying, authorities said this morning.
Storm watch issued for area
The National Weather service has issued a severe storm warning for the Augusta area.
Autopsy reveals cause of death
An East Georgia College professor found slain in her Swainsboro home had been cut in the throat and died while her two young daughters were there, authorities said Wednesday.
The name of a homicide victim was misspelled in an article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. Phalonda Howard, the daughter of Frank Howard, was killed in July 1992.
CALHOUN - Officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta were headed to Calhoun in northwest Georgia to survey damage after a fast-moving thunderstorm moved through at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Prison's chaplain will lose his post
The change in George Coleman's role will force the jail to seek civilian help to fulfill the spiritual requirements of its inmates.
A day to say a little prayer
On the first National Day of Prayer since Sept. 11, religious and civic leaders in Augusta roused believers with words from Scripture, the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Police seek bounty hunter
An Aiken bounty hunter was being sought by police Thursday for unlawfully entering Augusta to apprehend a fugitive, authorities said.
Inmate loses new-trial request
A man sentenced to death in Augusta 15 years ago - a sentence his attorney said he demanded - lost a motion for a new trial Wednesday.
Organizers perfect art of lobster racing
AIKEN - Racing lobsters might sound like a silly way to have a good time, but in Aiken, it's a combination of careful planning, crustacean athleticism, and, on race day, a little patience.
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave the wrong age for Dr. Emily Pestana-Mason, the college professor who was found dead in her Swainsboro, Ga., home. She was 38.
Club declares senior at Evans year's top youth
Andrea Dobos, a senior at Evans High School, was named the Augusta Exchange Club's Youth of the Year on Thursday.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathy Moore of Augusta.
2 charged in attempt to conceal evidence
Two people face charges of attempting to conceal evidence from a homicide last month.
Kennel worker faces charges
A former Evans kennel employee has been linked to a string of Columbia County burglaries, including the homes of two kennel clients who were out of town, police said.
Across the area
A fight between an Augusta man and his estranged wife's new boyfriend over a knife injured two people and landed both men in jail Thursday, police said.
Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Jim Hodges will not return contributions from the tobacco industry, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.
GRIFFIN -The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments about a school bullying case Thursday on stage in an auditorium packed with high school students.
Two men arrested, charged in invasion
SAVANNAH - Two men are accused of invading a south Georgia home Saturday by pretending to deliver flowers and balloons to a suspected cocaine dealer.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Event raises funds for local projects
AIKEN - There's Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr. Then there is 7-year-old Barrett Murphy.
Man gets 6 years for shooting
An Augusta man who shot at his estranged wife and a friend after what the victims reported was months of harassment and threats received a six-year prison sentence Wednesday.
News you can use
MAY 3, 1982 The downtown YMCA building will be shut down and its programs will be transferred in about two weeks - the first step in the YMCA's move to raise money and build a new, full-service family center on the west side of Augusta.
Husband arrested in slaying
Authorities refused to discuss a possible motive Thursday after arresting a Swainsboro, Ga., college professor in the slaying of his wife.
Meth maker gets 3 years
An Augusta woman whose makeshift methamphetamine labs led to fires at local hotels got a break on her prison sentence Thursday, but not as much as she might have if she hadn't worked for drug dealers while also working for narcotics agents, the judge said.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Deborah P. Wakefield of Augusta.
A high note for pupils
Jessye Norman was late for her news conference at St. John United Methodist Church on Thursday, but no one minded.
Walker seeks grants review
ATLANTA - Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has joined his critics, calling for a state audit of taxpayer money that went to two community agencies in his Augusta district.
Small groups affect grading
ATLANTA - With new federal and state school reforms starting to take effect, the rankings of the many are increasingly being determined by the performance of the few.
Abuse policy attains support
At their spring meeting in June, the nation's Catholic bishops will gather in Dallas to hammer out a nationwide policy on sexual misconduct.
History or hazard?
District Attorney Danny Craig and his legal staff won't look back with fondness for their offices at the old DeLaigle house when they move into a new space down the street later this summer.
Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -Clemson University plans year-around mentoring for high school students in Allendale, Bamberg and Hampton counties to help students make it to college.
News you can use
May 2, 1957 Eugene S. David of Augusta is proving a giant among workmen at the nation's first commercial atomic power plant being erected near Pittsburgh, Pa.
Reflecting on the rain
Megan Gunnels, a member of the Lakeside High School tennis team, tries to dry off the courts after an early-morning shower in order for the regional tennis tournament to continue.
Across the area
An Augusta woman indicted on charges of capital murder in Texas in the 1998 shooting death of her estranged husband waived extradition Wednesday.
Singing for a cause
Accompanied by Mark Markham on piano, Augusta native Jessye Norman sings at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Proceeds from Wednesday evening's concert will be used to renovate the chapel.
Shooting suspect gets hearing
Columbia County authori-ties arrested the boyfriend of a woman accused of shooting a Columbia County deputy and charged him with several counts of forgery Wednesday.
Road rage: Drivers report incidents
Beth Wilson pounded the horn on her red sports car after another driver cut her off and made her swerve into the grass along Peach Orchard Road last week.
A crew from C&B Foster Inc. cleans up engine oil from a tractor-trailer driven by Richard Johnson, of Lane Trucking of Yukon, Okla. The truck ran over a track-leveling dolly on the train tracks Wednesday morning along Georgia Highway 56 in Richmond County near the Burke County line.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Characters walked in, out of newspaper years
My wife and I received word recently that our old friend and former co-worker Gary had died. He had been working at his newspaper desk, they say, when a cerebral hemorrhage felled him.
COMMERCE, Ga. - When Larry Nance, the basketball player, went head to head with brutes Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman, he could rely on his reflexes and relentless determination to get by.
Spotlight on Ryan Newman
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.
Sadler says he's looking at all options for 2003
RICHMOND, Va. -- Elliott Sadler has asked to be released from his contract with Wood Brothers Racing team at the end of this season.
ATLANTA - It claims to be the first effort by a group to sell shares of a race team to fans, but Fanz Racing is another attempt at an old game.
Raceway might be losing its edge
RICHMOND, Va. - For years, Richmond International Raceway was a place where drivers didn't have to worry about body templates and the politics of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing.
Stewart hoping to get started in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tony Stewart believes he's about to get in a groove. He's in the perfect place to do it.
Here are facts about this week's NASCAR races.
76ers edge Celtics, force game 5
PHILADELPHIA -- After missing 17 of 20 shots, Allen Iverson came through when the Philadelphia 76ers needed him most.
Bryant maturing into team player, leader
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- By becoming a team player, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant might get more individual recognition.
Decimated Spurs hope for Duncan's return
SAN ANTONIO -- As bad as it was for San Antonio to play without 7-footers Tim Duncan and David Robinson, it could get worse if the Spurs have to do it again, this time with their season on the line.
Nets 120, Pacers 109, 2OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Another playoff miracle by Reggie Miller, a banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, couldn't stop Jason Kidd from leading the New Jersey Nets out of the first round for the first time in 18 years.
Hornets headed into next round without Jamal or Jamaal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jamal Mashburn's health is improving and there's a slim chance he could play in Charlotte's first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Bryant, McGrady first-timers on All-NBA team
NEW YORK -- New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd became the franchise's first All-NBA selection Wednesday, joining first-time members Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.
Mr. Otis Price Jr. ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Otis H. Price Jr., will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002,
Mrs. Lucille Webb (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Webb of Sandersville, died
Ms. Allison Doyle (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Ms. Allison Ationette Doyle died Wednesday. Funeral services are May 5, 2002, noon, at Smith Grove Baptist Church. Int
Mr. Franklin Bunn (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Franklin D. Bunn, 68, of Shady Lane, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his residence. Grav
Ms. Ethel Reeves (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Ethel Reeves of Sandersville, died Friday evening, April 26, 200
Mrs. Barbara Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, April 25, 2002, at her residence Mrs. B
Mr. Billy Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN - Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his residence. The funeral wi
Mrs. Mattie Eudy (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mattie Eudy, 80, of South Main Street entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at her residence. Graveside services will be Thursday, May 2, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Jo
Mr. John Humphries (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John " Jack" Bertram Humphries, 84, husband of Jacquelyn Humphries, died April 29, 2
Mrs. Mary Green (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral ser
Mr. Lester Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ente
Mrs. Julia Byrd (DARLINGTON, S.C.)
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Julia Hatchell Byrd, 83, of Belvedere, S.C., and f
Mr. Jutson Turman (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral service for Mr. Jutson "Bo" Turman, 71, of Warrenton, who died April 29, 2002, will be held on
Mr. John Humphries (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John Bertram Humphries, 84, husband of Jacquelyn Humphries, died April 29, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at George
Mrs. Blanche Alchesky (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A memorial service for Mrs. Blanche Laura "Bianca" Alchesky will be held Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 11 a
Mr. Douglas Evans (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
NEWINGTON, Ga. - Douglas H. Evans, 80, died Thursday morning May 2, 2002,
Mr. Ruben Landrum (BOSTON, Mass.)
BOSTON, Mass. - Mr. Ruben Landrum of Boston, passed on to glory, April 25, 2002. He is the beloved brother of Mamie Patten of Edgefield, S.C. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with services following at
Mrs. Leile McElhannon (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Leila Saxon McElhannon, 79, of Gough Spur Road, died Tuesd
Mrs. Mary Garrett (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mary Garrett of Court
Mr. Billy Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue, Aiken, died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at his r
Mr. Otis Price Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Otis H. Price Jr., will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary with the Rev. G.L. Brightharp officiating. Burial will be in Se
Mrs. Lillian Feldbusch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mrs. Lillian G. Feldbusch, 84, of Brookgreen D
Mrs. Brenda Gaither (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, Mrs. Brenda Johns Gaither, wife of Mr. Homer Gaither of Dogwood Drive, North Augusta. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Lee Gaither. Surviv
Mrs. Millie Coleman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Coleman who died May 1, 20
Mr. Franklin Bunn (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Fr
Mr. Walter Clark (GARFIELD, Ga.)
GARFIELD, Ga. - Mr. Walter H. Clark, 68, died May 1, 2002. Services will be 3 p.m., Thursday, at Mount Olivet Church. He will lie in state fr
Mr. Robert Bruce Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Robert Lesley "Bobby" Bruce Jr., 50, of High Valley Boulevard, formerl
Mrs. Leila McElhannon (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Leila Saxon McElhannon, 79, of Gough Spur Road, died Tues
Mrs. Eunice New (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Eunice Price New, died at Self Regional Health Care on May 1, 2002. She was born in McCormick, November 9, 1922. She was a member
Mr. H.D. Wycoff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A memorial will be held for Dr. Harland D. Wycoff at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May
Mrs. Lena Danielson (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at the Laurel Ba
Mrs. Virginia Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Virginia Gibb Cooper, 83, of Moore Avenue, entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at Lake Crossing Health Center. Graveside
Mrs. Merle Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Merle L. Danforth, 8
Mrs. Carrie Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carr
Mr. James Copeland (VALDOSTA, Ga.)
VALDOSTA, Ga. - James B. Copeland died Monday, April 29, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie C
Mr. John Clark III ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest April 24, 2002, in Wedowee, Ala., Mr. John J. Clark III, husband of the late Grace T. Clark of Augusta. Mr. Clark lived in this area for 25 years. Survivors include ste
Mr. Augustus Combs (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 27,2002, in Smithfield, N.C., Mr. Augustus Washington Combs of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral service will be held service will be held Friday, M
Dr. Emily Pestana-Mason (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Dr. Emily Ruth Pestana-Mason, 38, died Monday, April 28, 2002. Services will be 4 p.m., Thursday, in First United Methodist Church. Burial in Eastbrook
Featured obituary: Mr. Percy Dixon
Percy Dixon had a romance with Mother Nature, those who knew him say.
Mrs. Claire Ingram (TRENTON, Fla.)
TRENTON, Fla. - Claire OConnell Ingram daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis OConnell died Monday, April 22, 200
Mr. Rufus Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Rufus Lowe of Old Savannah Road. Mr. Lowe was a native of Augusta and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of which Rev.
Ms. Yvonne Lewis (BLYTHE, Ga.)
BLYTHE, Ga. - Ms. Lewis, 48, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at her residence. Services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bedford Heights, Ohio at 1 p.m., Saturday. Ms. Lew
Mr. Emanuel Barrett (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Emanuel "Bubba" Barrett died April 25, 2002. Funeral services will be Friday, May 3, 2002, at 2p.m. at St. Phillip Baptist Church. Burial in
Mrs. Richie Brown (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Richie Lee Brown, 46, will b
Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. who died A
Mr. Jackie Wilson (ROWESVILLE, S.C.)
ROWESVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Jackie Wilson, 40, died April 28, 2002. Services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Burial in Old Mill Cemetery. S
Ms. Gail Henley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Unive
Mr. Fred Williams (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Fred Allen Williams, 83, of Morningside Apartments, Greensboro, died Saturday,
Mrs. Brenda Gaither (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, April 30, 2002, Mrs. Brenda Johns Gaither, wife of Mr. Homer Gaither of Dogwood Drive, North Augusta. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Lee Gaith
Mrs. Lena Danielson (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Lena Williams Danielson, 86, of Cherokee Street, S.E., Aiken, d
Mr. Percy Dixon (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Emory Percy Dixon, 70, of Percy Dixon Road, entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002,
Mrs. Betty Walden (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Sue Walden, 55, of Griffin Street entered into rest Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at her residence. Funeral servi
Ms. Betty Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Ms. Betty J.
Mrs. Laura Bradham (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Laura Hankinson Bradham, 100, of Talisman Dr
Mrs. Mary Davis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mary L. Davis, 93, of A School Street, Washington, Ga., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Booker Chapel Bapti
Local biologists dispute student's snakebite claim
Regarding The Chronicle's April 30 report concerning the snakebite suffered by a 9-year-old girl: Robert N. Reed, PhD, Tony Mills Savannah River Ecology Laboratory Aiken, S.C.
Editorial cartoonist needs new material
I think by now most literate Americans are very aware of the problems the Catholic church is attempting to resolve. Was editorial cartoonist Rick McKee abused by a priest, or is it simply that he hates Catholics? It's becoming tiresome, and he needs some new, more inspired, material. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.
U.S. Catholic cardinals who gathered at the Vatican last week didn't put forward a meaningful policy to deal with priest pedophiles. Their response was confused and had to be restated more firmly after a public outcry.
Defends daring call for reparations from corporations
Andy Chandler's May 1 letter suggests resentment of people of color for daring to call attention to over three centuries of subordination, let alone ask that corporations which benefited from that shameful period of American history be held accountable. Samuel Almon, Martinez
Feds sow chaos
For several years the Richmond County school system has been trying to get out from under the heel of the federal court's 1972 desegregation order. With magnet schools, new construction and a reduction in the heated racial animosities of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the order seems anachronistic.
Hits Moore on magistrate issue
I've been following The Chronicle's coverage on the process of selecting a magistrate in Aiken County. One point is central concerning the matter of determining the best candidate. Buddy Peacon, Gloverville, S.C.
Vote city leaders out to get change
I hope no one really expected Augusta's legislative delegation or city commissioners to do anything to change the local government, even if it would be greatly beneficial. If you know of anyone, let me know because I have a bridge I would love to sell them. Robert P. McConnell Jr., Hephzibah, Ga.
Kill death tax forever
There's virtually no chance, as long as Democrats control the Senate, that Congress will make President Bush's back-loaded temporary income tax cuts, due to expire in eight years, permanent - at least not anytime soon.
Garden city, or garbage city?
Another Earth Day has come and gone and I am again reminded of the lack of environmental awareness in our city. Becky Hughes, Grovetown
Aiken's NIMBY crowd anti-business
The Chronicle's April 27 editorial, "NIMBY Madness," was interesting and insightful. Thanks for publishing it. Philip R. Merry Jr., Aiken, S.C.
Urges Augusta National to include senior Masters event
I was dismayed to read that the Augusta National Golf Club is amending its custom of giving former Masters champions a lifetime exemption from having to qualify for the tournament each year. Newt Goldman, Augusta
Airports should provide security
I believe all airports throughout the United States should have their own security guards. How could federal employees have a better performance? Those who fly should pay a surcharge to take care of this expense. M. Daniel Connell, Augusta
Change is happening too fast
So much change and chaos envelops the world today that in all the milieu that surrounds our crumbling institutions it seems as if all of humanity is tested to the limits to accommodate the incessant changes in less time than any age in history. Barbara Grear, Augusta
Backs Hodges' plutonium stand
Letter writer Bill Elliott (April 26, "Hodges ripped for grandstanding over plutonium shipments"), needs to look at the total picture. I have never supported Gov. Jim Hodges, D-S.C., until now. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta
Bring on the audit
Senate Minority Leader Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, has called for an audit of the $20 million of state dollars that have come to Augusta and been dispersed through the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Association.
Teams ready to race for title
The one thing Burke County track coach Thomas McDonald emphasized to his team as the Greenbrier girls celebrated their Region 3-AAAA title last week was this: Just because you didn't win region doesn't mean you can't win state.
Musketeers look for more
Once time ran out, all it took was one look at the scoreboard to understand why tears were running down Harlem goalkeeper Bradley Webb's face.
ABC/ESPN eliminates live coverage of six World Cup games
NEW YORK -- ABC and ESPN are eliminating live coverage of six games during the World Cup.
Lions clinch crown
Mike Giddens was named Class AAA Coach of the Year for his work with the Augusta Christian boys and girls tennis teams, and he backed up those accolades with some savvy lineup shuffling Wednesday at Newman Tennis Center.
Lakeside starts annual trek
The Lakeside boys and girls tennis teams began their annual quest for a state championship by crushing their opponents in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAA playoffs at home Wednesday.
Foreign-based Derby runners are the 'X' factor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mystery surrounds the foreign-based horses running in the Kentucky Derby. They haven't even raced in the United States this year.
USC Aiken and Augusta State both had players named to the Peach Belt Baseball All-Conference Team on Wednesday.
HBO, Showtime set Tyson-Lewis pay-per-view; suggest $54.95
NEW YORK -- The Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis heavyweight title fight will be available on pay-per-view in about 50 million homes at a recommended price of $54.95 - both record highs.
Prep athletes of the week
Here are the area prep athletes of the week.
With his players gathered around him Thursday, Richmond Academy boys soccer coach Scott Guinn looked at them and didn't know what to say.
Complaints lead Churchill to assess need to quarantine barn
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Churchill Downs will look into whether it should have a quarantine barn for the Kentucky Derby after complaints from the camp of Irish contenders Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo.
Twenty-four teams have been invited to play in the 28th annual Southern Cross high school tournament at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. The 36-hole tournament begins today and concludes Saturday. Area teams in the field are Aiken High, Augusta Prep, North Augusta High, South Aiken High and Strom Thurmond.
Players show pupils sport
AIKEN - A Thursday morning demonstration by two of the best polo players in the country gave Aiken Preparatory School pupils a preview of next week's return of top-level polo competition.
Salem ends season for Lady Wolfpack
The first time Salem faced Greenbrier this season, it found the Lady Wolfpack to be an unwelcome guest. This time, the stakes were higher, and the Lady Seminoles turned the tables.
Largemouth bass weighing 2 to 5 pounds have joined schools of hybrids chasing blueback herring in areas of Strom Thurmond Lake.
Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.
Seattle calls on North Augusta grad
He could have yelled, cried or punched a hole in the wall.
Cowboys to be featured on reality-based TV show
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will allow cameras an all-access look at their training camp for the second installment of a sports-based reality show on HBO.
Stallions not resting on wins
Head coach Mike Hold and defensive coordinator Bubba Diggs are still gnashing their teeth over two missed touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of last week's win over Carolina.
Hodges' suit targets DOE
The courts could decide who wins the standoff over plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.
Study: Beta blockers improve survival for bypass patients
CHICAGO -- Heart patients who are given widely used drugs called beta blockers before bypass surgery have slightly better survival rates and fewer complications, a study found.
Hodges Republicans try to end dispute with legislation
South Carolina Republicans have introduced federal legislation in their own attempt to end the dispute over plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.
Breakthrough could put flexible computer screens on clothes
NEW YORK -- The day is getting closer when you might be able to unplug your full-size computer screen, roll it up and stick it in your pocket.
Hubble's new camera captures views of deep universe
WASHINGTON -- The black of space is slashed with silvered streaks of stars as two fiery galaxies merge in a collision of giants. A massive pillar of dust glows in crimson in the glare of hot stars, and another nebula smolders in blues, pinks and reds from the light of stellar birth.
Consumers comparison-shop online, search for deals
The time for summer vacation planning is upon us, and this year, more people than ever will turn to the Internet to research and book trips.
Study: About half of Americans breathing polluted air
NEW YORK -- Half the country's population is breathing unhealthy amounts of air pollution, according to a survey by the American Lung Association.
Do everything possible to prevent virus infection
A computer virus that works like the AIDS virus is causing frustration, lost productivity and other grief for thousands of people.
Creator of "Melissa" virus sentenced to 20 months
NEWARK, N.J. -- The creator of the "Melissa" virus was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in federal prison for causing millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide in 1999.
Webcasters want lower royalty rates
Which is worth more: A large percentage of nothing or a small share of something?
MCG studies cell metamorphosis
After a stroke, stem cells from the bone marrow rally to the injured area in the brain, helping to form new blood vessels and in some cases new cells that resemble neurons, researchers at Medical College of Georgia say.
Scientists use electrodes to control rats' movements
By implanting electrodes in rats' brains, scientists have created remote-controlled rodents they can command to turn left or right, climb trees and navigate piles of rubble. Someday, scientists said, rats carrying tiny video cameras might search for disaster survivors.
South Carolina 5, Wofford 4
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Third baseman Brian Buscher's diving double-play with the bases loaded helped preserve South Carolina's 5-4 victory over Wofford on Wednesday night.
New president in the sports spotlight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's incoming president, Andrew Sorensen, led the University of Alabama to higher academic rankings and research improvements the past six years.
South Carolina tailback undergoes surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ryan Brewer, South Carolina's starting tailback, had surgery to fix tendon instability in his left ankle Wednesday.
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