History of success
Here's some trivia about Aaron Tippin: He has posed for muscle magazines, was a corporate pilot at 23, has a tattoo of South Carolina's palmetto tree on his right arm and has a Yankee colonel buried on his 300-acre farm in Tennessee.
The Augusta Choral Society, the Augusta Chorale and the Augusta Children's Chorale will assemble for A Festival of Three Choirs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. The program will feature performances by each group and selections performed by the groups en masse. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. For more information, contact the Augusta Choral Society at 826-4713.
'Superstar' provides many challenges for performers
The Augusta Players had planned on closing its season with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but when rights for the musical fell through, the organization decided to hold casting calls for a messiah instead of a madame.
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:
Singer is Joyous onstage
Joyous Day Davis doesn't have years of operatic training, an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music history and forms, or a resume bristling with roles written by Puccini and Bizet.
Guitarist says playing blues properly is about exploring
Guitarist Duke Robillard has never been upset about having the blues.
AARON TIPPIN AND RASCAL FLATTS: Saturday, Lake Olmstead Stadium; fund-raiser for Augusta Chapter of American Red Cross; $18 in advance, $23 day of show; 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.
JUST OUT: The Others, From Hell and Corky Romano
Finding the clues
Some actors might chalk up working in a traveling children's production as just another experience to put on a resume, but not Roger Kraus.
Event honors blues legend
Blues legend Blind Willie McTell died in anonymity in a Milledgeville, Ga., hospital in 1959 - but that hasn't stopped him from bringing the blues to his hometown of Thomson.
Rascal Flatts is more than country, singer says
Lyric Street recording group Rascal Flatts refuses to be backed into a country corner.
'Star Wars' galaxy populated by some actors of distinction
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that those actors forcibly injected into George Lucas's Star Wars universe have careers beyond the roaring spacecraft and swishing light sabers. Harrison Ford was 32 before he ever strapped himself i
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; recreational classes include calligraphy, painting, photography and puppetry; children 2 and older may participate in watercolors, drawing and collage; (803) 641-9094.
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.
Miracle, Lil' Keke, Rasheedhah and Dynamite are among the performers for the annual Mayfest celebration, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at May Park, 622 Fourth St.
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Baseball still doesn't get it
Anybody who believed no news was good news knows better now.
Jones County topples Lakeside
GRAY, Ga. - Daniel Benton spent almost half a day at his baseball field. Literally.
Silver Bluff wins first title
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Casey Hall didn't like what was happening.
Greenbrier advances to quarterfinals
Nick Wandless was icing his arm at Greenbrier High School on Wednesday night when he looked to coach Ed Williams and said he wanted to be on the mound for Thursday's deciding game against Heritage.
Gryboski slowly earning his respect
DENVER - USA Today bungled his name this week, renaming him "Steve" Gryboski instead of Kevin, but that lack of respect, doesn't include National League hitters.
Atlanta gets win despite the ninth
SAN FRANCISCO - Mark DeRosa brought home the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single and closer John Smoltz survived the ninth inning in a 5-4 Braves' win over the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd of 40,236 fans at Pac Bell Park.
SAN FRANCISCO - Chipper Jones looked at the right field wall looming just 309 feet away from home plate at Pac Bell Park and cautioned himself not to swing for the fence.
Braves beat Rockies to open series
DENVER - No one expected Tom Glavine to throw a shutout in Friday night's opener of a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, but no one would have been surprised either.
Officials will vote on contract
The Augusta Commissioners will determine in the next month whether to continue paying the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce to be the county's industrial recruiter.
Saluda readies for loss of jobs
The small town of Saluda, S.C., is working overtime to prepare for the upcoming shutdown of a textile plant.
ATLANTA - The number of jobs in Georgia rose in April for the third-straight month, and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, labor officials announced Thursday.
The discount trend
The off-brand and private-label products that line the shelves at the new Fred's discount store in Augusta represent more than just savings for bargain hunters.
Industrial park seeks factory
The Augusta Corporate Park is on the short list of a company interested in building a $70 million factory that would create 1,000 jobs.
More students are charging way though college
Many high school students can expect to see a deluge of credit card solicitations in their mailboxes very soon.
Sales tax holidays face cut
AIKEN - Florida is the first state to kill its popular sales tax holiday to help shore up state revenues, which are down about $1.3 billion.
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. said Friday it is eliminating 4,000 to 5,000 more jobs as it struggles with a weak economy, tougher competition and regulatory pressures.
Trahan leads Clemson to first-day lead in East Regional
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Behind the 3-under-par shooting of D.J. Trahan, Clemson took a five-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA East Regional tournament Thursday.
Rose society sponsors tour
Six gardens will be open to the public Saturday for the Augusta Rose Society's Year of the Rose Garden Tour.
You can easily rule the ant hill
If you want to cool off your fire-ant problem, do it now.
GreenJackets outlast storm to beat Braves
MACON - The Augusta Greenjackets struck like the rainstorm that pelted Luther Williams Field on Friday night.
McBride stellar against Augusta
MACON, Ga. - Sylvania native and Screven County graduate Macay McBride pitched eight solid innings, and Greg Miller extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Macon's 9-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Luther Williams Field on Thursday.
Course fits Brit
Laura Davies' friends were right. Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club and the long-hitting Englishwomen are a good fit.
Augusta State falls to seventh place
Augusta State dropped one position to a tie for seventh place Friday in the NCAA Division I East Regional Golf Championship. But, with a solid round in today's final round, the Jaguars (596) could be headed to the national tournament at Ohio State, May 29-June 1.
Augustan seeks competitive Edge
Mitzi Edge swears she's trying to be easier on herself nowadays, telling herself that golf is a game of mistakes.
Woods returns to tournament for fourth and perhaps last time
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tiger Woods' fourth appearance at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open might be his last.
Inconsistent play frustrates Kerr
After her adventurous final hole during Round 1 of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship on Thursday, Cristie Kerr didn't want to discuss her day.
Sorenstam meets challenges head-on
Annika Sorenstam watched as her ball trickled toward the cup on the 18th green.
Davies dazzles at Mount Vintage
The driver is back in play, and the shots are longer than ever, for the LPGA Tour's lady in black.
Davies starts strong at Asahi Ryokuken
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Laura Davies heard last fall that Mount Vintage Plantation was her kind of course. She showed it Thursday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take the first-round lead in the Asahi Ryokuken International.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price shot a 5-under-par 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Steve Flesch and Bob Tway in the rain-delayed second round of the Colonial.
Course is kinder in Round 2
The security personnel working the players' parking lot at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship put Janice Moodie in a positive frame of mind as soon as she arrived at the course Friday.
LPGA Tour showcases Asian nation's elite golfers
Any discussion on the Asian invasion of the LPGA Tour invariably begins and ends with South Korea.
Stephanie Keever may be able to kiss those Monday qualifiers goodbye.
Augusta State tied for sixth
ROSWELL, Ga. - Augusta State's men's golf team is tied for sixth place after the first day of play in the NCAA East Regional tournament at Settindown Creek Golf Club.
Age doesn't matter at Asahi Ryokuken
Janice Moodie is 28 years old, slim and athletic, and in her fifth year on the LPGA Tour.
Jones sees motherhood and profession as time well-split
Dawn Coe-Jones calls it having the best of both worlds.
2001 champion fails to make the cut
After hugging her caddie and gathering her belongings Friday, Tina Fischer wandered around the parking lot searching for her car.
Klein is off to solid start
The roof caved in on Emilee Klein the night before the first round of the inaugural Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in September.
Golf Channel gets up close to players
Heather Bowie had no problem walking around Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club with a microphone strapped to her.
Amateur endures 'long day'
Michelle Wie plopped herself on the fringe behind the 18th green to grab a quick breather with her dad and caddie, BJ.
Morgan not optimistic about Instinet three-peat
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Gil Morgan is not optimistic about his chances for a third straight victory in the Instinet Classic.
Estes tinkers to first-round lead at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- All of that tinkering may be coming together for Bob Estes, who shot a 5-under-par 65 in windy conditions Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the Colonial.
Leafs edge Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's hard to say just what the injury-riddled Toronto Maple Leafs are playing on - adrenaline, emotion, focus.
One of NHL's best rivalries back as Wings, Avs meet
DETROIT -- A rivalry once considered the nastiest in hockey resumes Saturday when the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche meet in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Sharks improve, but final result doesn't
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks still can't make the jump.
I asked for Georgia state slogans, and you responded
A committee is a group of men who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
Lynx's Morrow to retire
With a baby on the way and a business about to take off, Scott Morrow is ready to begin life after hockey.
Dooley to join GOP gathering
Reps. Sue Burmeister, George DeLoach, Ben Harbin, Sen. Joey Brush and newly announced congressional candidate Barbara Dooley are scheduled to attend a joint meeting of the Richmond County and Columbia County Republican parties Saturday morning.
Morrow decides to leave hockey
With a baby on the way and a business about to take off, Scott Morrow is ready to begin life after hockey.
Group shares ideas on area's future
Residents from several counties gathered Thursday to share concerns and expressed their hopes about the Augusta area's future.
n May 4 editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a story on Goodwill Industries should have said Jim Stiff holds a master's degree from Notre Dame Institute of Virginia. The Chronicle regrets the error.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James R. Wheeler of Augusta.
News you can use
The Augusta Chronicle is seeking nominations for Hometown Heroes, a special section honoring the leaders in our lives. Tell us about a local person you admire for bravery, character or outstanding achievements.
Veterans Thomas Rucker (left) and Curtis Bedford visit with Shelby, one of the dogs from Jae-Mar-S Academy Therapy Pets that visited the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home on Friday.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carolyn Wolff of Martinez.
Class is dismissed
The last day for Richmond County schools is Friday. In Aiken County, the last day of school is May 30.
More voting machines needed?
For Columbia County,about $134,190 might soon be spent on electronic voting machines - a purchase local leaders say is aimed at better serving voters.
Judge grants short visits
A young man deemed not guilty by reason of insanity after he allegedly kidnapped an elderly security guard and took steps to kill him will be allowed short visits away from a mental hospital, a judge ruled Thursday.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:
Across South Carolina
GOVAN -Two men died when the single-engine plane they were riding in crashed Friday afternoon in Bamberg County.
Across the area
Authorities searched Thursday for an inmate from Johnson State Prison who walked away from a work detail Wednesday.
THOMASTON -"Pappy" has made it to the final four, and the hometown folks are cheering.
Attorney announces plans to run for state House seat
David Bell, a lawyer and former candidate for Congress, announced Thursday his plans to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives.
Across the area
The Georgia Highway Patrol post in Milledgeville reported Friday that Mayor Gary Cullens of Tennille in Washington County had been killed in an accident late Thursday.
Sailors choose to stay in service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Considerable pay and benefit increases, coupled with a surge of patriotism, are keeping more people in the Navy, leading to possible record-high retention numbers and prompting a scale-back in recruiting.
Man, 79, hangs 10 as legend of surfing
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Howie Lyon has the strangest cookie jar.
Officer hunts for evidence
It's a basement-level lab where glue vapor chambers, fluorescent metallic powders and a blood-drying locker help Jim Gordon expose the guilty.
Lottery game fails to spark ticket sales
The new Mega Millions lottery game does not appear to be stirring up new interest, local ticket sellers said Friday.
I-20 wreck kills 'reckless driver'
AIKEN - An Alabama man who officials say was speeding and driving erratically on Interstate 20 was killed Friday night before the South Carolina Highway Patrol could intercept him.
Bursting with laughter
Not quite sure when her bubble will burst, Casey Beckman, 6, a kindergartener at St. John's United Methodist Church, turns her head as the bubble continues to grow. Friday was beach day at the school.
Brunswick bridge work runs behind schedule
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - State Department of Transportation board members meeting this week saw something they don't like to see: a big project running far behind.
Golf-fan figures go unreported
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Attendance for the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club is anybody's guess but Steve Storm's.
1-year deal ends neglect case
AIKEN - Apologizing Friday for an "error in judgment," the Aiken man who housed elderly residents in a feces-ridden log shack behind his family's licensed facility accepted one year in prison.
Garage fire destroys prized 1973 truck
AIKEN - David Greenhill stood expressionless Friday night, short on words to describe his disappointment.
Forum discusses pregnancy
Mary Beth Pierucci knows that teen pregnancy is a problem in Richmond County. More important, she wants to do something about it.
Across the southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -A granddaughter of the former Klansman on trial in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls testified Friday that he had once crudely boasted about the attack.
LaFAYETTE -Walker County officials have received $214,397 from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the first payment of the $2.9 million the Legislature approved for expenses involved in the Tri-State Crematory recovery.
Pupil held in bomb threat
A 13-year-old Murphey Middle School pupil was being held by juvenile authorities Thursday after he allegedly took two Molotov cocktails to school and struck a match in one of his classrooms, police said.
Click it or get a ticket
Hoping to curb traffic deaths during the Memorial Day weekend, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced a crackdown Thursday on those not wearing seat belts and child safety restraints .
Authority will return air conditioners
Subsidized housing residents who were forced to remove air-conditioning units from their upstairs bedrooms early last month will see cooler nights soon.
Soldier set explosives at facility, police say
Florida police arrested a Georgia soldier last weekend after finding him armed, wearing black clothes and leaving a power plant where he allegedly left an explosive.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Day of remembrance
JONATHAN ERNST/STAFFDay of remembranceRichmond County sheriff's deputies wait for a peace officers memorial service to begin on Riverwalk Augusta. Mayor Bob Young laid a wreath in honor of officers killed in the line of duty.
Exercise tests response of emergency workers
Chris Carroll did exactly what he was supposed to Thursday: He ran into a toxin-filled building, passed out and died.
Health drink makes splash on course
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In the 26 years Jariah Beard caddied for the Masters Tournament, he walked miles of turf but never considered consuming any of it.
Westside High project
Some students at Westside High School are concerned about wasted commercial space in Augusta, and on Thursday they voiced their opinions to city officials.
Judge drops sentence to 2 life prison terms
A former Augusta man who begged the judge Thursday for a chance to see freedom someday got a reduction of 130 years, leaving him two consecutive life sentences to serve for rape and child molestation.
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May 17, 1966 Twenty-six Georgia counties, including Wilkes and McDuffie, have been warned that their boards of county commissioners might be illegally apportioned following the U.S. Supreme Court's one-man, one-vote mandate.
Barnes vetoes 2 bills
ATLANTA - Garbled syntax spelled doom for a plan that would have allowed billboards along highways to flash multiple messages more quickly.
Panel weighs water control
ROME, Ga. - The state should not ban the siphoning of water from parts of Georgia with a plentiful supply to thirsty high-growth areas such as metro Atlanta, a key member of a legislative study committee said Thursday.
Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A 78-year-old woman has been charged with shooting and killing her husband earlier this week.
Rookie sensation shows her age en route to firing 78
The LPGA's newest "It girl" didn't have it Thursday.
It's time for Park to hit paydirt
Grace Park has teased us long enough, and this has nothing to do with the navel that famously peeks out, on occasion, from under her stylish clothing.
Crew helps take pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Matt Kenseth had one thing working for him the other drivers in qualifying for The Winston all-star race didn't: A world champion pit crew.
Non-qualified Luyendyk looking for race speed
INDIANAPOLIS -- Even though Arie Luyendyk isn't qualified yet for the Indianapolis 500, it's a race-day setup that most concerns the two-time winner of the event.
Fun and Games
CONCORD, N.C. - Mike Wallace has never won a race in his Winston Cup Series career, but he will be in the starting lineup for Saturday night's The Winston all-star race.
CONCORD, N.C. - Officials with the Lowe's Motor Speedway are making it difficult to move The Winston all-star race away from the Charlotte area.
Nets must stop Pierce; he says New Jersey can't
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paul Pierce proclaimed the Nets can't stop him, a boast even New Jersey admits might be true.
With conference finals looming, Webber admires Bryant's drive
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- While the Los Angeles Lakers were sweeping the Sacramento Kings out of last season's playoffs, Chris Webber limped on two sprained ankles.
Lakers, Kings prepare for playoff clash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the Sacramento Kings' first practice for the Western Conference finals on Thursday, vice president Geoff Petrie had a message for the team he built expressly for the challenge of the coming days.
Hornets end era in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The most telling sign that the Hornets' days in Charlotte are officially over came in a call to their offices Thursday, a day after their season ended.
Mrs. Sarah Brown (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Sarah Gibbons Brown, departed this life May 13 in South Carolina. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m., at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. F. Ricks officiating. S
Mrs. Lorene McIntosh (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Mrs. Lorene Smith
Mrs. Betty Bennings ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at the University Hospital, Mrs. Betty Bennings o
Mr. Billy Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Billy Hudson of Reese-Jones Road, Thomson, entered into rest May 17, 2002, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, 706-595-4100.
Mrs. Dolly Sims (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Mrs. Dolly Lucille Altman Sims, of Idaho Falls. She was the daughter of the late Milledge and Minnie Lee Lamb Altman. Mrs. Sims is survived by a daug
Mrs. Corine Orr (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Corine Lawerence O
Mrs. Evelyn Alexander (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Decker Alexander, 93, wife of the late William S. Alexander, Sr., formerly of the Sterling House of North Augusta, entered into rest Wednesday, May 16, 2002. Graveside servi
Mr. Henry Caines Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral arrangement
Mrs. Frances Bradley (GREENSBORO, S.C.)
GREENSBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Frances Copelan Bradley of Greensboro, died May
Mrs. Johnnie Rich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Rich, 62, of Cooney Circle. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Mr. Robert Burch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert W. Burch entered into rest May 14, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. He was formally of Byrd Road, Grace Wood, Ga. Arrangements for services will be announced later. C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ollie Green (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie M. Green, who died May 14, 2002, will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellavi
Mr. Billy Browder Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Friday, May 17, 2002, Mr. Billy Gene Browder Sr., husband of Mrs. Irene L. Browder of Warrenville. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced.
F. Sgt. Alexander Barnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - E
Mr. Thomas Carswell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Gamble Carswell, of Augusta, entered into rest on Friday, May 17, 2002, at University Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, 2002, in Westover Memorial Park, with the Rev. Robert Fain officiati
Mrs. Evelyn Alexander (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Evelyn Decker Alexander, 93, wife of the late William S. Alexander Sr., formerly of the Sterling House of North Augusta, entered into rest Wednesday, May 16, 2002. Graveside
Mrs. Frances Dukes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Faulkner Dukes, who died May 17, 2002, will be conducted Monday morning at
Mr. Yancy Bryan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Yancy Leonard Bryan , 72, of Edgefield, died Friday, May
Mr. Noah Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday May 9, 2002 at VA Medical Center Uptown. Mr. Noah Young, beloved son of Rev. Amos Young. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 1p.m. at Rock Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Willie Clary (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Emanuel Williams (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Emanuel Williams, affectionately known as "Skeeter"
Deacon Henry Byrd Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Deacon Henry Byrd Sr. departed this life May 9 in Armstrong, Fla. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Solomon Temple Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. P. Stark, officiating. Survivors include
Mrs. Cornelia Wilcher (WALTERBORO, S.C.)
WALTERBORO, S.C. - Cornelia Wilcher, 72, died Tuesday. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at Fred Parker Funeral Home. Burial will be 2:3
Mr. George Buck Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. George Willie Buck Sr. of Sand
Mr. Robert Wicker (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Robert Lee Wicker died on Sunday, May 12, 2002, at his residence in Bartow. Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 3 p.m., at Hudson Mortuary chapel in Wadley. His su
Mr. Claud Bond Jr. (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)
ABBEVILLE, S.C. - Claud William Bond Jr., 78, resident of McGowan Avenue, husband of the late Rebecca Baughman Bond, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the VA Medical Center in Augusta. Born in Abbeville, November 3, 1923 he was a son of the late Claud William Sr. and May Jones Bond. He had been a member of Abbeville First Baptist Church since 1938, retired as an Engineer from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, was a founding member of IBEW of Augusta, Ga., member of the Railroad UTU, WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the Abbeville Masonic Lodge. Surviving are one son, Claud W. Bond III of Abbeville; three daughters, Margaret Lois Wikman of Riverview, Mich., Rebecca Fernandez of Abbeville, and Marion B. Ware of Due West; ten grandchildren; the oldest grandchild, Brian Szmykowski is formerly of the home; and one great grandchild; three brothers, Francis Bond of Mount Airy, Ga., Marion Bond of Lake Alfred, Fla., and Leroy Bond of Cedar Bluff, Ala.; one sister, Lois Ashcraft of Spartanburg. He was predeceased by a brother, Jack Bond. Graveside services will e 11a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at Melrose Cemetery with Rev. Reiny Koschel and Rev. Johnnie Waller officiating. The family respectfully request that flowers be omitted and memorials made to The Claud Bond Scholarship Fund, c/o Abbeville Seaboard System Credit Union, 603 E. Greenwood Street, Abbeville, S.C. 29620. The family is at the home of a daughter, Rebecca Fernandez, 119 McGowan Avenue, Abbeville. Harris Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Clara Tison (MIDDLEBURG, Fla.)
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Funeral service for Clara E. Tison will be held 1p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, from the chapel at Jacksonville
Mrs. Emmer Beal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services from Mrs. Emmer Beal, who died May 13, 2002, in the University Hospital, will be conducted this Saturday May 18, 2002, at 2:30p.m. from Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Beech Island, S.C. Rev. Henry Ingra
Mr. Henry Tapley (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Henry Tapley, 74, died Friday. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial in the church cemetery. Survivors
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Mr. David Surry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Entered into rest May 13, 2002, Mr. David W. (Maine) Surry, 47, of 337 Morgan-Bussey Road. Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Republican Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Patten Jr. off
Mrs. Billie Avera (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at Salem Rehabilitation Center, Mrs. Billie Oliphant Avera, 67, of West Kensington Drive. Funeral services will
Ms. Denise Simpkins (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Ms. Denise Simpkins, 35, of Lancaster Street North West died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augus
Mr. Ronnie Weathers (LAPEER, Mich.)
LAPEER, Mich. - Mr. Ronnie Weathers of Lapeer, died, May 14, 2002 age 50. Beloved father of Frances Fay Weathers, Loretta Wylene Weathers and Ronnie Ray Weathers II; dear brother of Patricia Ann M
Mrs. Mary Rowland (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Page Rowland, 91, wife of the late Luther Rowland of N. Myrtle Street., entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at her residence. Funeral se
Mrs. Helga Simanski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Read (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Juanita Bartz Haynie Read, 86, of
Mr. David Surry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. David W. (Maine) Surry, 47, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Republican Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Patten Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the chur
Mrs. Louise Powell (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, Mrs. Louise P. Powell, wife of Mr. Arthur David Powell, of Chaffee Street. She was the mother of two sons, Marvin E. Powell and Wayne A. Powell and of four daughters, Donna Sm
Mr. William Shields (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. William S. "Bill" Shields, 84, beloved husband of Mrs. Dot Shields, of Warrenton Hwy, Thomson, died Friday, May 17, 2002, in University Hospital. Graveside services will be 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2002,
Mrs. Eva Milford (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, May 16, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Eva Milford. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later. Platts Funeral Home 337 N. Belair Road Evans. 860-6166.
Mr. Amos Arnold (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Amos Arnold, 71, of Magnolia Church Road, Gibson, entered into rest Monday, May 13, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mr. Arnold was the husband o
Helen Sloan, M.D. (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral and interment s
Mr. Charles Lord Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Mr. Charles E. Lord Sr., 61, entered into
Ms. Frances Lewis (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at her residence, Ms. Frances Dicks Lewis of Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York. Graveside services will be held today, Friday, May 17, 2002, at 11 a.m. from Mount Olive Memorial G
Mr. John Hagler III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
Mr. Henry Caines Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Henry J. Caines Sr., 67, of Briarcliff Avenue, Belvedere, who died May 16, 2002, will be conducted this Saturday, morning at 11 a.m., from the Cornerstone Community Church. Pastor John Los officiati
Mrs. Virginia Jennings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia S. Jennings, 69, of West Martintown Road, North Augusta, who died May 14, 2002, will be conducted this Fri
Mrs. Willie Clary (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Lee Brown Clary, 97, wife of the late James Burgess
Mrs. Rubie Howard (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mrs. Rubie McMillan Howard, 88, of Sylvania, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in St. Josephs Hospital in Savannah. She was born and lived all
Mr. Thomas Cullens (TENNILLE, Ga.)
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Gary Cullens, age 62, of North Main Street, Tennill
SFC Robert Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the residence, E-7 Sgt. First Class, retired Robert Lee Gaines, of Arcadia Court. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2002, at 2 p.m
F. Sgt George Williams (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 15, 2002, Retired First Sergeant E-8 George "Jimmie" H. Williams, husband of Mrs. Carline Murray Williams, of Wymberly C
Featured obituary: Mr. Ed Wheatley
In the mind of his wife, Ed Wheatley was a maverick.
Keep our waterways open for all
I would like to add my voice to the growing number of people who are alarmed by the loss of our use of natural resources. Much has been written about swimming in the Savannah River. I would like to bring to light another such practice. Jerry N. Widener, Graniteville, S.C.
Trade with Cuba will further democracy
The Bush administration's policy on Cuba is nothing more than political. The governor of Florida is a brother of the president of the United States. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.
"But the fact remains that the United States is the number one target of (Osama) bin Laden and his loose-knit band of terrorists who follow his edict to kill Americans in any country and at any time ... This is no time for the country to let its guard down ... Our borders must remain reinforced and our military bases should remain in a state of alert."
The contest for mayor between incumbent Bob Young and former state Rep. Robin Williams was interesting enough, but with former mayor Ed McIntyre sending up a test balloon, things could get very interesting.
Fed up with 'Muslim sensitivities'
Where is the outrage from the so-called Muslim nation? What exactly is a moderate Muslim? I declare that the Muslim nation is a warring nation. M. Davis, Langley, S.C.
Good fences, bad neighbors
The explosive conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinians is concentrated in an area the size of New Jersey, where 9 million people sit on a powder keg of hatred.
Urges Senate to OK trade authority
In the next few weeks Georgia's U.S. senators will vote on a piece of legislation that will have a profound impact on the Georgia economy: The Trade Promotion Authority for President George W. Bush. This will allow the president to enter into trade agreements with other countries, while allowing an up-or-down vote by the Congress on the agreements. Joey Brush, Atlanta, Ga.
Claims Hodges a brainless terrorist
Pure and simple, Gov. Jim Hodges, D-S.C., is a terrorist when he lies down in the road to prevent the plutonium shipment to the Savannah River Site. I would like to volunteer to drive the lead truck when he has his carcass in the road. The liberal buzzards could carry him home to a tall pine tree. Faber Hance, North Augusta, S.C.
"I don't think she's been effective. Just because you can get up and scream doesn't mean you're effective."
Still opposes SRS' MOX mission
Going through my files, I found a letter to The Chronicle dated June 25, 1997. It described a meeting held June 19 to promote "...a plutonium mission for the Savannah River Site." The writer called it "...a noble concept." Joan O. King, Sautee, Ga.
Is candidate just a 'seat warmer'?
I read with interest the Metro section's May 5 article, "Nudging creates contest for seat" for South Carolina House District 86. Can Jim Stewart tell us why he's running for this office? Is it just because Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener, asked him to run? John E. Bartus, North Augusta, S.C.
Carter cuddles with Castro as U.S. tries to root out evil
The English philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury once wrote, "It is the hardest thing in the world to be a good thinker without being a good self-examiner." In former President Jimmy Carter's case, he has failed miserably in both respects. Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta
Crime rate is curbed when civilians carry weapons
The May 4 Chronicle published a cartoon from The Denver Post depicting a small individual, apparently terrified at the prospect that anyone could have a concealed-carry permit. Mike Mitchell, Augusta
Reparations seekers should pursue their dreams instead
I see so much about reparations. What do we really want? Why do we want it? From whom do we want it? Would we be better off if we were paid for someone else's misdeeds? Jesse Smith, Hephzibah, Ga.
A sane decision
It's a rare day when conservatives can agree with a decision made by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the most far-out circuit in the country, based in San Francisco.
Prep athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area's prep athletes of the week.
Baffert put War Emblem on Triple Crown trail
BALTIMORE -- Six weeks ago, War Emblem's owner and trainer didn't think he was good enough to run in the Kentucky Derby.
Martina Hingis will have ankle surgery Monday and miss the French Open, the only major title she hasn't won.
Lewis trainer says champion will go right after Tyson, risking it all
Mike Tyson may not be the only thug in the ring June 8.
South Korea, Japan prepare for the worst
SEOUL, South Korea -- Anti-aircraft missiles, portable land-to-air rockets and F-16 fighter jets will protect the skies above stadiums.
Bulldogs one game from first state title
Now, it's a mental game for Silver Bluff.
The Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a major-league contract Thursday with free agent catcher and Evans native Todd Greene.
Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati finished off Mary Pierce at the Italian Open before some fans reached their seats Thursday night.
Eventually, Preakness favorite Medaglia d'Oro will show up
BALTIMORE -- His colt is the Preakness favorite, yet trainer Bobby Frankel and Medaglia d'Oro were nowhere near Pimlico two days before the race.
You'd think hybrids and striped bass would school like crazy under optimum conditions, but not much happened late Wednesday afternoon along the flats just west of the mouth of Thurmond Lake's Grays Creek.
Ex-magazine editor, TV producer Cobb honored
Bob Cobb, first editor of BASSMASTER magazine and producer of the award-winning The BASSMASTERS television series, will be honored May 25 as one of six inductees into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
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.
The CSRA Southern Gospel Music Association will stage its spring sing from 1 to 9 tonight at Flowing Wells Worship Center, 1233 Flowing Wells Road.
Affection and love needed for wayward loved ones
Do you remember the people who influenced you most to live a godly life? What would they feel if suddenly you decided your religious experience was not good enough and you adopted another faith?
Where credit is due
The preacher who said in Ecclesiastes 1:9 "There is nothing new under the sun" had not seen the Web sites where prepared sermons proliferate, but he probably wouldn't have been surprised.
Matthew Royal of Martinez will end his high school career this month with the familiar cap-and-gown rite of passage, but he is a pioneer nonetheless.
Cantors to perform variety of music
Cantors Steven Weiss and Nancy Kassel will pull from 15th-century Ladino music, 100-year-old Yiddish folk songs and Broadway show tunes for a benefit Thursday for Adas Yeshurun synagogue.
Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar prints highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.
Augusta seeks to stay perfect
Forget Macon. Forget Columbus. The Augusta Stallions play their real rival tonight.
Blacks who retain more salt when stressed suffer higher blood pressures and are at greater risk for hypertension, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers.
Leader of software piracy ring sentenced
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A co-leader of an Internet software piracy group that authorities say was responsible for billions of dollars in lost sales was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday.
JACKSON - Scott Pfaff plopped a large, sluggish reptile onto a conference room floor and stood carefully aside.
Hodges' asks court to stop plutonium
COLUMBIA - Gov. Jim Hodges asked a federal judge Thursday to stop plutonium shipments to South Carolina, saying the U.S. Department of Energy breaks promises on how the nuclear material will be processed and when it will leave the state.
Creating children's zone online easier said than done
NEW YORK -- To keep youngsters away from porn and other online dangers, some child-safety advocates want to create a children's zone populated only by Web sites deemed safe.
Professors in search of more reliable software
Carnegie Mellon University professors Bill Guttman and Bill Scherlis want to make computer software more reliable.
Military wants to limit troops' anthrax vaccinations
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon wants to abandon its policy of anthrax vaccinations for all troops and limit shots to those with the highest risk, officials said Friday.
Mobile fleet of technicians tirelessly checks cell quality
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tim Urton gets some satisfaction out of seeing the Verizon Wireless television pitchman traveling the backroads and repeatedly asking folks back at the office, "Can you hear me now?"
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