Spider-Mania
Meet Wallace Andrews III, your friendly neighborhood spider-fan.

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.

Club calendar

Video watch
JUST OUT: Ali and Not Another Teen Movie

Standing ovations

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.

Spider-Mania

Standing ovations
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.

Group stages encore of popular bluegrass ballet

Applause calendar
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.

Fans share thoughts on the movie

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'Deuces Wild'

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:

Concert calendar

Mini reviews
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.

Augustans can dine in Bombay

Amanda's speaks French
Few places are more sedate than the French countryside, all rolling hills, lush green grass and cascading grapevines.

Video watch

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer returns as headliner

Concert calendar
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.

Amanda's speaks French

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Mini reviews

Some comic heroes have conquered movies

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.

Gehrig's speech to be repeated in ALS tribute

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Prep baseball scores
Here are scores from area prep baseball action.

Knights pour it on

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.

Mariners slugger hits four out of Comiskey Park

Prep baseball statistics

Knights pour it on
Evans shortstop Justin Walker hated to see the rain come Friday. After all, it killed his team's momentum and forced the Knights' best-of-three series with McIntosh to be completed today.

Mariners slugger hits four out of Comiskey Park
NEW YORK - With four home runs in the game already and a chance to break the record, Mike Cameron chose to follow baseball decorum instead.

Prep baseball scores

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.

Braves find hero in ex-Brewer

Bonds offers Sheffield some helpful advice
ST. LOUIS - Barry Bonds telephoned Gary Sheffield on Friday, and the two sluggers spent an hour discussing Sheffield's slump.

Bonds offers Sheffield some helpful advice

Braves notebook

Braves battle past Cards

Braves battle past Cards
ST. LOUIS - When Braves pitcher Damian Moss, working on a seven-walk no-hitter, reached the dugout after the seventh inning Friday night, you could almost hear manager Bobby Cox mumbling to himself.

Braves notebook
MILWAUKEE - There's never a psychiatrist around when you need one.

Newcomer will challenge longtime Augusta business

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Jobless rate jumps to 6 percent

Greenspan urges changes in stock option reporting
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Friday argued that to help deal with problems raised by the costly collapse of Enron Corp., regulations should be changed to force companies to treat lucrative stock options for top executives as a business expense.

Investing 101: What are mutual funds?

Jobless rate jumps to 6 percent
WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 6 percent in April - the highest in nearly eight years - as job seekers streamed back into the market faster than companies added new positions.

Beef imports should have little impact on Augusta packer
The decision by McDonald's and other fast-food companies to use more imported beef has caused concern among U.S. cattlemen, but a major McDonald's supplier said the decision will have little impact.

High jobless rate sparks selloff
NEW YORK - A spike in unemployment to the highest level in nearly eight years gave investors another reason Friday to doubt the strength of the economy and unload stocks. Tech issues fell for the third straight session, while blue chips pulled back after a three-session advance.

Small caps shine in a difficult market
NEW YORK -- Cobalt Corp. Boyd Gaming. Brookline Bancorp. Many investors have never heard of these companies, but for those who own them, 2002 has been a very lucrative year. The trio has been among the best performers year-to-date in a part of the market that is booming: small caps.

Law cracks down on fake IDs

New unemployment claims decline by 10,000

Business briefs

Greenspan urges changes in stock option reporting

Business briefs
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.

High jobless rate sparks selloff

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.

Investing 101: What are mutual funds?
A mutual fund is an investment that spreads money across a diversified portfolio of securities - including stocks, bonds, or money market instruments.

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.

Newcomer will challenge longtime Augusta business
One of Augusta's largest flea markets will have some competition in a few months.

XM RADIO Rock 'n' roll via satellite
Wayne Weng doesn't mind traffic lights as much anymore.

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.

Small caps shine in a difficult market

NCAA announces certification of three new bowl games

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.

Bring on the audit

Let's not mince words

Medicaid quandary

Not so fast

Sound suggestions

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.

Water is key to mosquito control

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.

Campaigners in Britain seek freedom for jailed golf ball retriever

Immelman French Open frontrunner

Immelman French Open frontrunner
VERSAILLES, France - South Africa's Trevor Immelman shot a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 Friday for a four-shot lead after two rounds of the French Open.

Field chases Robbins in Chick-fil-A Championship

Olander birdies eight straight, shares first-round lead

Field chases Robbins in Chick-fil-A Championship
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- After the first thunderstorm rumbled past Eagles Landing Country Club, Kelly Robbins sank a testy putt, then attacked the soft greens.

Forsman takes first-round lead at Compaq Classic

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.

Choi leads Compaq Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- South Korea's K.J. Choi shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Compaq Classic.

Sorenstam turns LPGA into her personal playground

South Aiken bounces back at Southern Cross
AIKEN - Defending champion South Aiken rebounded from a disappointing showing in its last tournament to take the first-round lead Friday in the Southern Cross Invitational high school tournament .

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.

Choi leads Compaq Classic

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.

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.

South Aiken bounces back at Southern Cross

Augusta blanks South Georgia

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.

Carolina ignoring Montreal history

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 0

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.

Looking for an epitaph? Here are some classics
Have you given thought to what it will say on your tombstone?

Area recovers from storm
Debra Watkins needed to call her insurance agent, but the tree that partially covered her roof knocked out the telephone lines and power the night before.

Storm watch issued for area
The National Weather service has issued a severe storm warning for the Augusta area.

Masters' change of policy ill-advised

Backs Hodges' plutonium stand

Vote city leaders out to get change

Defends daring call for reparations from corporations

Britain needs an armed populace

Local biologists dispute student's snakebite claim

Aiken's NIMBY crowd anti-business

Airports should provide security

When will 'The Chronicle' stop being unfair to blacks?

Storm watch issued for area

Residents survey storm damage
The sale of an Overton Road home was supposed to close June 15, but the tall tree arching out of the roof said differently.

Army corps says turbines are safe for environment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A U.S. District Court judge lifted an injunction Friday against running pump-back turbines to produce electricity at the Lake Russell Dam, the latest step in an environmental legal battle that started in 1988.

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.

Parole board leaders investigated
ATLANTA - Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles has the final say on death penalty cases and decides when inmates are ready to go free. But for the past nine months, its two most prominent members have been on the flip side of the justice system, as investigators seek to determine whether the men used their positions to break the law.

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.

Out of the fire
Out of the fire A fire began in the deep fryer at the China Chef Chinese Restaurant in Aiken on Friday and damaged the kitchen area. No one was injured in the blaze at 159 Laurens St.

Correction
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.

Controversy surrounds youth campus' acting director
Department of Juvenile Justice Regional Administrator Pat Donaldson will fill in as acting director of the Augusta Youth Development Campus until a permanent director can be found. Three complaints against the facility filed with the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity are under review, and rulings could be made within the next two weeks.

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.

Former workers struggle for jobs
Ronald Walker shoveled potatoes and carrots for nine hours and 16 minutes as a day laborer and took home $38.88.

Police seek bounty hunter

Across Georgia

Organizers perfect art of lobster racing

Police call robberies similar
Police say a man who robbed a Circle K convenience store on Wheeler Road on Thursday bears striking similarities to the man who robbed three other stores this week.

Across South Carolina

Atlanta named worst bike city
ATLANTA - A national magazine has ranked Atlanta the worst city in the nation for bicycling in a survey based on availability of bike lanes and trails and interviews with bikers.

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Weather puts damper on event

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The shooting deaths of two people at a shopping mall in the Buckhead area of Atlanta apparently were drug related, according to police.

State trooper's killer dies after appeals fail

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Controversy surrounds youth campus' acting director

Hail and high winds sweep through area
A fast-moving storm swept across the region Friday night, dropping dime-sized hail in Evans, knocking over trees in Augusta and cutting short Aiken's popular pre-Kentucky Derby Lobster Races.

Police call robberies similar

News you can use

Agencies ask to finish fiscal year in debt

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.

Parole board leaders investigated

Former workers struggle for jobs

College graduate earns honor

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.

Army corps says turbines are safe for environment

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.

Residents survey storm damage

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathy Moore of Augusta.

Area recovers from storm

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.

Judge denies rapist's plea change

Police seek bounty hunter
An Aiken bounty hunter was being sought by police Thursday for unlawfully entering Augusta to apprehend a fugitive, authorities 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.

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.

Judge denies rapist's plea change
A Grovetown man will remain in prison for the rape of an 11-year-old girl, a Columbia County Superior Court Judge ruled Friday.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

State trooper's killer dies after appeals fail
COLUMBIA - Richard Charles Johnson was put to death Friday evening for killing a state trooper in 1985, despite a confession from one of Mr. Johnson's former co-defendants.

2 charged in attempt to conceal evidence
Two people face charges of attempting to conceal evidence from a homicide last month.

Agencies ask to finish fiscal year in debt
COLUMBIA - The state Corrections Department is asking the Budget and Control Board to allow the agency to finish the year with a $6.1 million budget deficit.

Around town

Weather puts damper on event
AIKEN - Lobsters aren't troublemakers. They spend most of their lives trying to stay out of hot water.

Sheriff sues panel to get jail

Across the area
A disgruntled customer who set fire to a car dealership received a 10-year prison sentence Friday for arson in the second degree.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -About half the teachers and staff at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind are giving up a day's pay to ease the school's financial shortfall.

Across South Carolina

MCG grads bring families' inspiration to fruition
Kari Noel Jahnke would be proud. Her death in 1993 deepened a desire in her younger sister, Kelly Elizabeth Knowles, to become a doctor. Dr. Knowles was one of 640 students who graduated Friday from the Medical College of Georgia.

Across Georgia

Correction
An article in Thursday's North Augusta Neighbors section gave an incorrect location for today's Strawberry Festival.

Senator's supporters help son's campaign

Animal cruelty suspect missing
AIKEN - The woman who kept almost 200 dogs and her son in squalid conditions at her Salley home has apparently left the area.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MAY 4, 1968 An alarming increase in the number of indigent ambulance service calls has resulted in plans for a complete study of the service, Richmond County Commission Chairman Matthew W. Mulherin said yesterday.

Senator's supporters help son's campaign
ATLANTA - Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. is welcoming but not depending on contributions from supporters of his influential father, the state Senate majority leader, in his quest for Congress.

Prison's chaplain will lose his post

Sheriff sues panel to get jail
Oglethorpe County Sheriff Jason Lowe wants a new jail, and he's willing to sue the County Commission to get it.

Across Georgia
GRIFFIN -The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments about a school bullying case Thursday on stage in an auditorium packed with high school students.

Correction

A high note for pupils

Club declares senior at Evans year's top youth

2 charged in attempt to conceal evidence

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Camilla Hooper is today's subscriber of the day.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Jim Hodges will not return contributions from the tobacco industry, a campaign spokesman said Thursday.

MCG grads bring families' inspiration to fruition

A day to say a little prayer

News you can use

Out of the fire

College graduate earns honor
LANGLEY - Mel Irish wanted to live closer to his father in Florida. But he worried about the hurricanes.

Sadler going for new ride
RICHMOND, Va. - Wood Brothers Racing confirmed Friday that driver Elliott Sadler has asked to be released from his contract at the end of the season, which immediately prompted speculation where he would land.

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.

Stewart hoping to get started in Richmond

Ward Burton back on track

Ward Burton wins pole for Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. -- Ward Burton set a track qualifying record of 127.389 mph Friday night to take the pole position for the Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race.

Sadler going for new ride

Raceway might be losing its edge

Ward Burton wins pole for Pontiac 400

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.

Ward Burton back on track
RICHMOND, Va. - Ward Burton's racing season needed a jump start. He found it on familiar turf.

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.

Earnhardt teams plan to honor singer
RICHMOND, Va. - News that autopsy photographs of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes have appeared on the Internet has prompted Dale Earnhardt Inc. to plan a tribute to the singer during tonight's NASCAR race.

Sadler says he's looking at all options for 2003

Hornets headed into next round without Jamal or Jamaal

Idle Lakers anxious to begin Western Conference semifinals

Mavs, Kings changing the game in high-octane playoff series
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The NBA's future might be on display in the Mavericks-Kings playoff series.

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.

Nets 120, Pacers 109, 2OT

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.

Decimated Spurs hope for Duncan's return

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.

Idle Lakers anxious to begin Western Conference semifinals
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' layoff is just about over.

Bryant maturing into team player, leader

Mavs, Kings changing the game in high-octane playoff series

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.

Peppers gets bloody lip, lots of advice in Carolina debut

Seattle calls on North Augusta grad

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Mrs. Verna Fortson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Verna Bowers Fortson, 89, wife of the

Mrs. Bonnie Jones    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Lena Danielson    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 29, 2002, at the Laurel Ba

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

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

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

Mrs. Julia Conaway    ( GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Friday, May 3, 2002, Mrs. Julia Christine Conaway, wife of Mr. John Conaway Jr., of Graniteville, and daughter of the late Samuel Creed Sr. and the late M

Mrs. Millie Coleman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Coleman who died May 1, 20

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. Julia Byrd    (DARLINGTON, S.C.)
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Julia Hatchell Byrd, 83, of Belvedere, S.C., and f

Mrs. Leila McElhannon    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Leila Saxon McElhannon, 79, of Gough Spur Road, died Tues

Mr. Franklin Bunn    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Fr

Mrs. Lizzie Gantt    ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Friday, May 3, 2002, Mrs. Lizzie Barden Gantt wife of Albert B. Gantt of Warrenville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville.

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Merle Danforth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Merle L. Danforth, 8

Mr. Robert Bruce Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Robert Lesley "Bobby" Bruce Jr., 50, of High Valley Boulevard, formerl

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carr

Mr. Edwin Eidson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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. Vernon Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lucille Webb    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Webb of Sandersville, died

Ms. Ethel Reeves    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Ms. Ethel Reeves of Sandersville, died Friday evening, April 26, 200

Mrs. BettySue Walden    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Brenda Gaither    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -

Ms. Betty Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Dunaway    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Fannie Matt Beard Dunaway, 84, of S. Hulin Ave., entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Wills Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tigna

Featured obituary: Vernon Harrell Sr.
Church was a family tradition for Vernon Harrell Sr.

Mr. Johnny Cooper    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 2, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Johnny Lee Cooper, of Sibley Road. Funeral arrangements will be anno

Mrs. Carrie Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carr

Mr. Lester Collier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Lester Collier, 81, of Caddenwood Drive, beloved husband of Lula Pearl Collier will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Old Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis T. Coley Jr. officiating

Mrs. Marie Blalock    (CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest May 3, 2002, Mrs. Marie Scurry Blalock, 67, of Murrah Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mrs. Blalock, a native of Edgefield C

Mr. Billy Brown    (AIKEN)
AIKEN - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 1, 2002, Mr. Billy Charles Brown, 42, of Columbia Avenue. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2002, at St. Mary Baptist Church, Martin, with Rev. Nathaniel Odom officiat

Mr. Willie Battle    (HARRISON, Ga.)
HARRISON, Ga. - Mr. Willie L. Ba

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

Mr. Ike Tarver    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Ike Lee Tarver died on Tuesday, April 3

Mr. Douglas Evans    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
NEWINGTON, Ga. - Douglas H. Evans, 80, died Thursday morning May 2, 2002,

Ms. Betty Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Ms. Betty J. Scott of Stephanie Lane. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2002, at 2

Mrs. Mary Garrett    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mary Garrett of Court

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

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. Camille Pendergrass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Cente

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. Gail Meadows    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Gail Durden Meadows, age 62, of Ash Street, Wadley, died Friday morning at her

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. Patricia Kidd    (Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC)
Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC -- Funeral services for Patricia Joan Goad

Mr. James Copeland    (VALDOSTA, Ga.)
VALDOSTA, Ga. - James B. Copeland died Monday, April 29, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie C

SFC Robert Holiday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on April 20, 2002, in Wash

Mr. Virgil Reed    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Merle Danforth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Merle L. Danforth, 8

Mr. Theolia Powell Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. who died A

Mr. Vernon Harrell Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Tama Nixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Garrett    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mary Garrett of Courtney Road died Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Born in Edgefield County, she was the daughter of the la

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

Mrs. Leila McElhannon (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Price Jr. ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Davis (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Brown (AIKEN)

Mrs. Millie Coleman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

SFC Robert Holiday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Copeland (VALDOSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Vernon Harrell Sr.

Mrs. Brenda Gaither (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Dunaway (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Alchesky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Verna Fortson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Evans (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Reeves (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Kidd (Fifth grade teacher, East Aiken Elementary Aiken, SC)

Mrs. Lucille Webb (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Gantt ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Bonnie Jones (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Brenda Gaither (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jutson Turman (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ike Tarver (WADLEY, Ga.)

Miss Tama Nixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Merle Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theolia Powell Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Price Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Augustus Combs (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. John Humphries (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Merle Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Reed (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Yvonne Lewis (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Blalock (CNA NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Bunn (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gail Meadows (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Garrett (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ruben Landrum (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mr. H.D. Wycoff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. BettySue Walden (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Buckley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice New (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Camille Pendergrass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

Britain needs an armed populace
I read the "London police battle surge in street crime" report in the April 24 Chronicle. No wonder crime is on the rise - the British government has taken away the rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Woodrow J. Short, Aiken, S.C.

Not so fast
The building that houses the district attorney's old offices, at 551 Greene St., is in disrepair but shouldn't summarily be torn down for a parking lot.

Sound suggestions
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.

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.

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.

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.

When will 'The Chronicle' stop being unfair to blacks?
Since delivering The Chronicle during the 1940s, I have wondered when its editors would stop bad-mouthing local blacks under the guise of moral indignation and start exercising some fairness in reporting. It hasn't happened yet. T. Walton, Augusta

Medicaid quandary
For awhile it looked like the economy would cripple South Carolina's Medicaid system, but the state Senate commendably found a way to fully fund the $183 million in programs. The House should follow the Senate's lead, though admittedly it won't be easy.

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

Masters' change of policy ill-advised
I don't totally disagree with the Masters tournament decision to curtail past champions' participation, but since they have an invitational tournament they should do it case-by-case. Mark Brannen, 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

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

Let's not mince words
In the national discussion about priest pedophiles, the press has pussyfooted around an almost forgotten term for people like Father Paul Shanley, the Catholic priest who openly promoted the activities of the Man Boy Love Association.

Keller wins third Busch race

Long shot elevates Brazilian trainer

128th Kentucky Derby Lineup

Foreign-based Derby runners are the 'X' factor

Buddha's out with injury, Derby field still wide open

Overtime

Increased security presence doesn't bother most Derby fans

Players show pupils sport

Musketeers crushed

World soccer official calls for investigation

Buddha's out with injury, Derby field still wide open
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Buddha hung his head. So did trainer Jim Bond.

Musketeers crushed
With his players gathered around him Thursday, Richmond Academy boys soccer coach Scott Guinn looked at them and didn't know what to say.

Overtime
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.

Prep athletes of the week
Here are the area prep athletes of the week.

Long shot elevates Brazilian trainer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Paulo Lobo can call himself an American success story.

World soccer official calls for investigation
ZURICH, Switzerland - FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen called Friday for a criminal investigation into possible corruption within the world soccer governing body.

Keller wins third Busch race
RICHMOND, Va. - Jason Keller passed Bobby Hamilton Jr. with 12 laps to go Friday night and won the Hardee's 250, an event that tied the Richmond International Raceway record for Busch series cautions.

Increased security presence doesn't bother most Derby fans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Peeking out amid the pastel outfits, wide-brimmed hats and pinstriped suits at Churchill Downs was the unmistakable olive green of military uniforms.

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.

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.

128th Kentucky Derby Lineup
128th Kentucky Derby Lineup

Fishing tournament news

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.

Fishing report
Largemouth bass weighing 2 to 5 pounds have joined schools of hybrids chasing blueback herring in areas of Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing report

Peppers gets bloody lip, lots of advice in Carolina debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers ended his first day in the NFL with a bloody lip and an earful of advice from the veterans.

Panthers' staff members rescue residents from fire
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fire broke out Friday in apartments overlooking the Carolina Panthers' practice field, sending three members of the team's staff into the building to rescue residents.

Seattle calls on North Augusta grad
He could have yelled, cried or punched a hole in the wall.

'Spider-Man' may give youth mixed message
The Amazing Spider-Man will match his web-slinging heroics against the Green Goblin in movie theaters this weekend.

Only God decides if believers are true
The Apostle Paul's letter to the Corinthians in Rome begins by describing God's love for sinners and concludes by stating that we are to love fellow Christians in the same way, especially those who hold different beliefs or practice Christianity in a different way from us.

A century of service
As facilities manager for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Gary Horton comes to the Augusta area twice a month to oversee the nonprofit group's facilities here.

Faith digest
HarvestPoint United Pentecostal Church, 2020 Sibley Road, will open its annual Kids Crusade at 7:30 tonight and continue at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Religion calendar
The Faith and Fellowship calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta-area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Defense satisfies Hold
The statistic jumps off the page, grabs you, and screams that something has gone badly wrong.

Get set for the Summer of the Shark
Despite intense media coverage of attacks last summer, experts say it's safe to go in the water - if you use common sense.

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.

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.

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.

Women live longer with mild depression in old age
Chin up, positive mental attitude, keep plugging along, don't let it get ya down.

Planning trip to Mars requires consideration of harmful contamination
WASHINGTON -- NASA faces a dilemma in planning to send people to Mars: The scientific desire to search for life there versus the need to prevent any such life from endangering the astronauts or the Earth.

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.

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.

NASA's new shuttle will eliminate pilots
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The replacement for NASA's aging space shuttles may take off like a plane, be propelled by booster rockets that fly back to Earth and, in one of the more radical moves, eliminate pilots.

Webcasters want lower royalty rates
Which is worth more: A large percentage of nothing or a small share of something?

Study: About half of Americans breathing polluted air

Planning trip to Mars requires consideration of harmful contamination

Consumers comparison-shop online, search for deals

Do everything possible to prevent virus infection

NASA's new shuttle will eliminate pilots

Webcasters want lower royalty rates

Get set for the Summer of the Shark

MCG studies cell metamorphosis

Scientists use electrodes to control rats' movements

Women live longer with mild depression in old age

'Spider-Man' may give youth mixed message

Religion calendar

Faith digest

Only God decides if believers are true

A century of service

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