Contraction decision delayed
NEW YORK - Baseball's labor talks resumed Friday with players and owners giving the arbitrator in the contraction grievance an extension until next month.

Contraction decision delayed

Fire chief's discrepancies split the city

Braves prevail with late rally
MONTREAL - When Atlanta Braves starter Greg Maddux departed after five innings Friday night, you could almost hear head trainer Dave Pursley mutter to the stars, "Better check the warranty on the whirlpool."

Braves notebook

Jones searches for hitting stroke
MONTREAL - If extra hitting translates to base hits, Atlanta Braves left fielder Chipper Jones should finish the year hitting .400.

Braves notebook
MONTREAL - Check the National League's offensive leaders, and there's Atlanta Braves' leadoff man Rafael Furcal, who has quietly slipped among the top 10 in runs, hits, triples, and multi-hit games.

Glavine spins out of control
MONTREAL - Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine knew after throwing in the bullpen two days ago that his command was not up to his usual standards.

Braves prevail with late rally

Glavine spins out of control

On the move
Bob Poppell has joined First National Bank and Trust Co. as a loan officer.

Retail sales jump 1.1 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- Shoppers energized by warm weather and favorable incentives sprung back to life in June, driving up sales at the nation's retailers by 1.1 percent.

Spending for Masters beat slump
Spending in Augusta during Masters Week rose this year despite a soft economy and America's war on terrorism, according to sales tax and hotel/motel tax figures for April.

Changing lanes
When Ron Rutkowski and his father-in-law, Laurence Rader, moved their Volkswagen dealership from Aiken to Washington Road in 1969, the location wasn't necessarily their first choice.

DOT will put local airport to the test
Augusta Regional Airport is about to become the Department of Transportation's guinea pig.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Edward Jones; Retirement Program; with Greg Dechau; 7:30 p.m.; call Joy at 736-6252.

DOT will put local airport to the test

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Bridgestone/Firestone South Carolina

Insurance on homes should be assessed
NEW YORK - Floods in Texas. Wildfires in Arizona. Tornadoes in Maryland and Kentucky.

Junk peddlers make every person a suspect
She went door to door, leaving a yellow plastic bag on each doorstep. A van followed her slowly down the street, keeping her supplied with yellow bags.

Georgia attempts to lure Chrysler plant
POOLER, Ga. - The 1,500 acres of land where Interstate 95 crosses I-16 near the coast are undeveloped save for a few pits where dirt has been scooped out to fill in areas along the highways.

Spending for Masters beat slump

Cafe targets fliers, residents

Changing lanes

Dow suffers week's fourth triple-digit loss

Business calendar

Retail sales jump 1.1 percent in June

Insurance on homes should be assessed

Dow suffers week's fourth triple-digit loss
NEW YORK -- Conflicting economic reports frustrated investors Friday, prompting them to bail further out of the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 201 points before trimming its loss to 117, its fourth triple-digit drop in five sessions.

Pocket change

Business briefs
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Sprint Corp. said Friday it will cut 1,100 employees and eliminate another 100 unfilled positions, the latest effort to cut costs at the nation's third largest long-distance company.

Georgia attempts to lure Chrysler plant

Cafe targets fliers, residents
Decades ago, the Continental Hotel lounge was a happening spot, drawing locals to the Augusta airport.

Junk peddlers make every person a suspect

On the move

College sports notebook
Willie Martinez isn't worried about the talent he lost, and he's really not too concerned about the talent that remains.

Sanford Stadium will not be ready for football season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Work at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium has fallen behind schedule and will not be completed in time for football season.

Sanford Stadium will not be ready for football season

College sports notebook

Uncivic behavior

Firefighters, be proud

Wrong protest target

Looking for balance

Guilty as charged

Mayor's firestorm

Get rid of nosy, persistent neighbors with firm 'No'
Dear Carson: I'm a retiree who downsized into a town house. At first I was friendly with my next door neighbor, but then saw we had nothing in common. I backed off from the relationship, because I found her to be a gossip and into everyone's business. Finally I told her frankly that I like my privacy and want my space. I asked her to please stop calling me or coming to my door to "talk about it." Carson, do you have any pointers for me? - Nosy Neighbor

Family works hard on dream home
It takes a lot of work to make a house a home.

Arts calendar
BASTILLE DAY: Celebration of French national holiday noon today, Jensen's Wymberly clubhouse, 4600 Columbia Road, Martinez; 860-8778.

Augusta's faces
So how'd you do in last week's challenge to match the faces and names of some of Augusta's leaders? Did you confuse the fire chief for the airport director?

Ceremony opens Georgia Games
Bethany Loushine isn't new to lighting the cauldron at the Georgia Games Championships. She did it in Atlanta last year.

Racquetball postponed
Because of a lack of participants, Friday's racquetball session was canceled. Event director Randy Wille said racquetball will take place today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Patriots Park Gymnasium. The sport will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Today's events
Schedule of events for the Georgia games

Lacrosse seeks growth
At best, lacrosse is a niche sport in most Southern locales. The Augusta-Aiken area is no exception. Only a dozen local men were among the 30 players who entered the Georgia Games Championships lacrosse tournament Saturday at Lakeside High School.

Team demonstrations begin competitions
Athletes, performers, volunteers and officials ushered in the 2002 Georgia Games Championships with style in the opening ceremonies Friday night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Athlete of the day
Today's athlete of the day is Leah Upshaw.

Saturday's highlights
Chip Whitaker shot 6-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead in the adult golf tournament at Augusta Golf Course.

Raising the bar
Katrina Lahair competes on the uneven bars Saturday during session two of the gymnastics competition in Martinez.

Ex-Jacket returns to Lake
The last time Keith Hart stood on the field at Lake Olmstead Stadium, he was celebrating with his Augusta GreenJackets teammates after winning the South Atlantic League championship in 1999.

Teen sets U.S. record
Powerlifting was the last thing on Krista Williams' mind two years ago when her mother sent her to George Herring.

Nowak conquers group
Nathan Nowak was all business when the first of his two fights began Saturday at Patriots Park Gym in the Georgia Games tae kwon do finals.

Boxer stays active outside ring
Sit down with 10-year-old Chris Ardis, and the first thing he wants to discuss is his scuba diving class.

Kirkpatrick skates way to gold medal
Karen Kirkpatrick was almost embarrassed to win her Georgia Games Championships gold medal Saturday.

Coaches arrive for Peach Jam
Former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins maintains he's happy as a regional basketball analyst for Fox Sports.

Coaches arrive for Peach Jam

Around the horn
Infielder Ryan Petersen has 10 hits in his past 30 at-bats. The Former Troy State University and Georgia Southern standout raised his average 51 points to .220.

Jackets sweep doubleheader
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets used singles and doubles - and lots of them

Minor league notebook
From the ballclub that brought us zany promotions such as Funeral Night, Tonya Harding Bat Night and Two Dead Fat Guys Night (Babe Ruth and Elvis), Nobody Night might have been the Charleston RiverDogs' wackiest scheme of all.

RedStixx rally to beat Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ga. - On a night when most fans had one eye on the game and the other on the weather, the Columbus RedStixx defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 8-6.

'Old-timers' like old-style Brown Deer

Change, of course

Goshen has new look

Knox, Smith share lead at Goshen
Jeff Knox knows who Ryan Smith is, he just won't realize it until he sees Smith today at 12:20 p.m.

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
MILWUAKEE - Jeff Sluman is in the same place as he was a year ago, but miles ahead in his game.

Diaz's bogey-free round gives her two-shot lead

Change, of course
Though the focus this week has been on Augusta National Golf Club's membership policies, changes nevertheless are happening at the host club of the Masters Tournament.

Goshen has new look
The players in this weekend's Regions Cup golf tournament at Goshen Plantation Golf Club might not recognize the golf course, unless they were around when it opened in 1970.

All-male policy gets respect

Knox, Smith share lead at Goshen

Fricke leads Georgia Amateur with 5-under 67
ALBANY, Ga. -- Jonathan Fricke of Grayson held par on Friday to keep the lead in the 81st Annual Georgia Amateur Championship.

Diaz's bogey-free round gives her two-shot lead
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Laura Diaz loves the course at Sylvania Country Club and she proved it Friday in the second round of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.

All-male policy gets respect
Just weeks after the U.S. Open concluded on a municipal golf course open to anyone with $31 and a car to sleep in, the subject of elitism in golf returned to the fore this week.

'Old-timers' like old-style Brown Deer
MILWAUKEE -- Kirk Triplett wondered why he never came to Brown Deer Park before.

Woods overwhelming favorite to take British Open
LONDON -- A British bookmaker installed Tiger Woods as the overwhelming 7-4 favorite to win next week's British Open, a victory that would put golf's best player in position to complete the Grand Slam.

Fricke leads Georgia Amateur with 5-under 67

Woods overwhelming favorite to take British Open

Around the horn

Minor league notebook

Coaches seek future stars

Fire chief's discrepancies split the city
It was easily the talk of the town. Augusta's fire chief was accused of everything from financial abuse to retaliation against those who criticized him.

Expos top Braves, split series
MONTREAL -- Wil Cordero hit his third career grand slam and had five RBIs to lead the Montreal Expos to a 10-3 win over the Atanta Braves on Sunday before the third-largest Olympic Stadium crowd of the season.

God's judgment is on the church

More to pledge than recitation

The reverend seems to have little reverence for truth

'Ellenton' reference misunderstood

We are still 'one nation, under God'

'Hog' article in poor taste and place

Masters backers need Hootie's help

Don't leave civic center up to Beard

'King Rat' letter offends reader

Family works hard on dream home

Augusta's faces

Get rid of nosy, persistent neighbors with firm 'No'

Arts calendar

New Lynx GM introduced

Lynx notebook

Lynx join Coyotes, hire GM
It was more like a party than a news conference, which makes perfect sense, considering all the Augusta Lynx had to celebrate.

New Lynx GM introduced
Derek Bundy interviewed for the job last week, was offered the position Wednesday afternoon, and was introduced as general manager of the Augusta Lynx less than 48 hours later.

Lynx join Coyotes, hire GM

Lynx notebook
With the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes finally on board, Augusta Lynx coach Jim Burton can finally turn his attention to recruiting.

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE - Walker County has received state grants for more than $185,000 to help defray the cost of investigating the Tri-State Crematory in Noble and to help build a memorial in honor of the victims.

Correction
A story published in The Augusta Chronicle's Religion section July 6 about a brick labyrinth at Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Martinez should have said the Cathedral of Notre Dame, known as Chartres Cathedral, is in Chartres, France.

2 with time on Aiken County Council face off

New brigade leader returns to post

Across the area

Second son dies after crash

Indictments hinge on audit
Tucked in as an attachment to the special grand jury's scathing presentment on Augusta's former fire chief is an auditing report that could provide the foundation for criminal indictments.

Subscriber of the day

Assault prompts stricter rules
Linda Gail Hendrick still lies in a hospital bed at her parents' Augusta home.

Body of ex-mayor is found

Mayor puts hiring power on panel agenda
In an apparent response to Tuesday's release of the long-awaited special grand jury report, Mayor Bob Young has drafted an amendment to the ordinance outlining the powers of the city administrator.

Allen cites experience in bid for 12th district
State Rep. Ben Allen, a Democratic candidate for the newly created 12th District, is asking voters to look at his experience before deciding.

Adult bookstore fights zoning ruling in court
A federal judge has taken the application of an adult bookstore under advisement after lawyers from the city and Augusta Video Inc. squared off in court Friday over the legality of its proposed location in Richmond County.

Agency will put cars on camera

Mother pleads guilty to leaving baby

Police arrest pair after Aiken robbery

Across the southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. -Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and a cup manufacturer are the subjects of a negligence lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was burned severely when some coffee fell on her lap.

Expos top Braves, split series

Gunning for the goal

Drugs lead to child porn inquiry

Adult bookstore fights zoning ruling in court

Across the southeast

Flyovers reveal 730 pot plants
Tips received from citizens throughout the year led to the biggest marijuana bust in Washington County history, Sheriff Thomas Smith said Friday.

2 with time on Aiken County Council face off
The race for Aiken County Council's District 5 seat pits four-year incumbent Phil Napier against former Council member Eddie Butler.

Flyovers reveal 730 pot plants

Correction

New brigade leader returns to post
Although Col. Michael J. Guthrie relinquished command of the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon on Monday, he won't be going very far.

Police arrest pair after Aiken robbery
AIKEN - A parolee and a 17-year-old man were chased and arrested by police Saturday morning after the robbery of an Aiken County convenience store, police said.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Aiken towns hold fund-raisers
Under the hot July sun, two Aiken County communities on Saturday took different approaches to raise money for their causes.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Columbus street preacher whose stepchildren were found malnourished, lice-ridden and living in squalor has been sentenced to probation after he agreed to terminate his parental rights.

Report gets little official response
A special grand jury report that accuses several former and current city employees of wrongdoing is being met with support and skepticism by elected officials, several of whom are named in the scathing presentment.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A couple has been charged with 39 counts of unnecessary torture and ill treatment of animals after more than three dozen dogs were seized from their home.

Firefighters await scandal's end
Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department have been hearing about the county's special grand jury for 2 1/2 years, and they're tired of it.

Across the area
The title of oldest black church in America may be switching hands again.

Across South Carolina

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

DOE submits cleanup funding

News you can use
July 14, 1940 As Cindy Conroy, a registered dietitian and manager of Iowa Heart Center's high-cholesterol clinic, notes, the workday is filled with potential pitfalls for dieters.

Subscriber of the day
Patricia Gorman is today's subscriber of the day.

Agency will put cars on camera
Three of Augusta's major thoroughfares will soon have their own line of cameras.

Drugs lead to child porn inquiry
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - The investigation into a high-tech marijuana farm found last weekend in rural Oconee County south of Athens has mushroomed into a probe involving child pornography and burglaries of pharmacies in other counties.

Body of ex-mayor is found
NORTH AUGUSTA - The discovery of former North Augusta Mayor Donald Kimbrough Ledford's decomposing body late Friday night came as no surprise to some who knew him. Mr. Ledford long ago fell from public service into a life mixed with drugs and alcohol, they said.

Sept. 11 patriotism falls short at ballot box
ATLANTA - The American flags flying on front porches and pickup trucks since Sept. 11 haven't whipped up a patriotic rush to the ballot box, according to a recent study.

Indictments hinge on audit

Judge gives robber six life terms
A Richmond County man was sentenced to six life prison terms Friday for a string of armed robberies.

News you can use

Second son dies after crash
The second of three brothers involved in a horrific head-on collision Thursday night died Friday afternoon.

Biker benefit

Growth splits District 2 hopefuls

Estate auction draws many eager bidders

Downtown collision

Around town

Biker benefit
Larry J. Dodson knows firsthand what it means to be in need.

Judge allows 'techie's dream'
As U.S. District Chief Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. took his seat Friday morning and gazed about at the equipment positioned around the 80-year-old courtroom, he quipped, "Techie's dream and judge's nightmare."

Woman alleges racism
Commissioner and board member Lee Beard is slated to appoint a replacement for Bonnie Ruben at the Aug. 6 coliseum authority meeting.

Judge allows 'techie's dream'

Mother pleads guilty to leaving baby
The North Augusta mom who left her infant in a van while she went into a store will spend up to six days in jail and more than 100 hours telling others about the "horrible mistake" she made.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The Greenville Hospital System has signed off on a $90 million expansion to ease its overcrowding, trustees say.

Gunning for the goal
Robin Scott keeps one foot in the air after kicking the ball in an attempt to sneak it past her friend and goalkeeper Jeremy Robinson and into the back of the net.

Across the area
Police say a Graniteville woman is the latest example of a mother leaving children unattended in a hot car.

DOE submits cleanup funding
AIKEN - A delayed announcement from the Department of Energy regarding accelerated cleanup funds at Savannah River Site finally arrived Friday.

Estate auction draws many eager bidders
THOMSON - Choosing between a 1941 Studebaker President, a 1994 Dodge Viper RT 10 and a 2001 black PT Cruiser Limited Edition can be difficult.

Boy keeps fighting after crash

Mayor puts hiring power on panel agenda

Assault prompts stricter rules

Sept. 11 patriotism falls short at ballot box

Allen cites experience in bid for 12th district

Subscriber of the day
Sandy Uzpurvis is today's subscriber of the day.

Report gets little official response

Boy keeps fighting after crash
An 11-year-old boy with a fondness for pink Popsicles continued fighting for his life Saturday, two days after a traffic accident sent him to the hospital and killed his two brothers.

Downtown collision
Paramedics from Rural/Metro Ambulance treat two women who were injured in a two-car collision Friday.

Subscriber of the day

Growth splits District 2 hopefuls
A banker and office manager will square off in the July 23 Republican primary to fill Aiken County Council's District 2 seat.

Engines cost Busch his spot
JOLIET, Ill. - Kurt Busch proved he had one of the fastest cars for today's Tropicana 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway by finishing second in pole qualifying. Now he has the kind of starting spot - at the back of the grid - that seems to favor his chances of winning.

Engines cost Busch his spot

NASCAR notebook

Newman leads youthful charge

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - When Johnny Sauter came down pit road with 75 laps to go during Saturday's Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway, it seemed like he made a strategic mistake.

Newman leads youthful charge
JOLIET, Ill. - The way the younger generation goes about stock car racing is clearly different from its elders.

Iverson, always a fighter, future unclear

Iverson, always a fighter, future unclear
PHILADELPHIA -- Trouble always seems to follow Allen Iverson, the NBA superstar who faces charges he forced his way into an apartment with a gun and threatened two men.

Sting hold off Lynx

Vick meets with Young

Featured obituary: Mrs. Alberta Wilson
Alberta Wilson always left a lasting impression on everyone she met, niece Jean Steele said.

Mr. Terry Davis    (RAYLE, Ga.)
Ms. Bunchnell Griffin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Rev. Lucile Deal    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mrs. Lori Touma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Evans    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    ( TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Joe Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Brandon Batchelor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Flowers    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Ms. Betty Moon    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Raymond Groomes    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Wayne Leon    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Nixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Hankinson    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Rev. Dennis Phillips    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Flowers    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Zelena Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Natalie Hobbs    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Roslyn Hoston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Burton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmie Irvin    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Johnson    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Henry Crosby
Henry Crosby accomplished a lot in his lifetime. From a tour of service with the Navy during World War II to a Harvard education, he had done it all.

Mrs. Ruby Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Koontz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Reid    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Kerr    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Kehr Sr.    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Kindberg    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ashton Groomes    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Adams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Gardner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Mary Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Geneva Johnson    (STOCKRIDGE, Ga.)
Ms. Rhonda Witt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Breon Jackson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Harrison    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Edith Davis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Maude Durden    (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lilly Dixon    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lottie Walker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Ms. Katherine Bates    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lori Touma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. William Scott III    (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)
Mr. Larry Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tyler Sanders    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Michael Terpak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. OMeda Rubin    (JACKSON COUNTY, N.C.)
Mr. Tyler Sanders    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Johnny Reid    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Marjorie Mansfield    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Priester    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Lewis    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Belva Carpenter    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Sophie LeViness    (EVANS, Ga.)
Rev. Dennis Phillips    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Palmer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Linda Merriweather    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Josephine Datcher    (MEBANE, N.C.)
Mrs. Belva Carpenter (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Ashton Groomes (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Linda Merriweather (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Dennis Phillips (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Alberta Wilson

Mrs. Lilly Dixon (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Davis (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Durden (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Leon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Scott III (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)

Ms. Betty Moon (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Palmer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Leon Knowles (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Priester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Koontz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyler Sanders (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. OMeda Rubin (JACKSON COUNTY, N.C.)

Mr. Jimmie Irvin (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hankinson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. John Nixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Kehr Sr. ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Burton Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Kerr (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Adams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Raymond Groomes (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Johnson (STOCKRIDGE, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Kindberg (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Breon Jackson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lori Touma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lori Touma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lewis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Reid (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sophie LeViness (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Datcher (MEBANE, N.C.)

Mrs. Edith Davis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lottie Walker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelena Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rhonda Witt (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Harrison (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Flowers (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Tyler Sanders (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Katherine Bates (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Natalie Hobbs (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. Lucile Deal (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Rev. Leon Knowles ( TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Mansfield (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Bunchnell Griffin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Joe Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Flowers (JACKSON, S.C.)

Rev. Dennis Phillips (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Brandon Batchelor (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Roslyn Hoston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Reid (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Terpak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Uncivic behavior
Joe Scott, interim chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority wasted no time.

We are still 'one nation, under God'
Concerning John Terpack's July 9 letter, "Christians support persecution." His assertion that this country was settled by people fed up with religious persecution is correct. These people were persecuted because they practiced religion in a different manner than prescribed by the Church of England. These people were deeply devout. John Bryan, Wrens, Ga.

Don't leave civic center up to Beard
If the future of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is dependent upon Commissioner Lee Beard doing the wise, prudent or right thing, one would be better served by locking the civic center doors now and saving us the expense of cooling and lighting the facility. Robert Wease, Augusta

Looking for balance
"Right now everyone is swinging over as if we never ought to use hormones for anyone. I think there is a place for estrogen replacement therapy - that it will get its rightful place for symptom relief." - Dr. Isaac Schiff, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, commenting to the Los Angeles Times on the nearly irrational overreaction to the results of a massive study on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women.

'King Rat' letter offends reader
I wrote a letter on June 7 concerning Sonny Perdue's satirical video comparing Gov. Roy Barnes to a very large rat. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Guilty as charged
There's justice in DeKalb County after all. Former Sheriff Sidney Dorsey has been convicted of plotting the December 2000 murder of his successor, Derwin Brown, who was gunned down in his driveway just days before taking office.

Mayor's firestorm
Mayor Bob Young's letter of recommendation to Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams on behalf of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few was, as it turns out, unfortunate and embarrassing.

Wrong protest target
Protesters, most of them Americans, who shouted down U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson's speech at the AIDS conference in Barcelona, Spain, disgraced their country while making utter fools of themselves.

Masters backers need Hootie's help
In reference to Jim Newman's July 7 letter about (Augusta National Golf Club) Chairman Hootie Johnson, there are other issues of importance that Mr. Johnson and the Master's committee should address. Dorothy M. Moss, Augusta

More to pledge than recitation
While the scope of the First Amendment may be debated, the words of Christ are unequivocal ("Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's.") and for good reason. As soon as church and state united, they killed Jesus. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

God's judgment is on the church
Why is God's judgment on the church? The church (black and white) is used for everything: politics, celebrating holidays, men's and women's fashion shows, adultery and (supposedly) worshiping. Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.

'Ellenton' reference misunderstood
In response to James K. Ellis' letter of June 22, "Old Ellenton didn't welcome the takeover by SRS," I had self-titled my letter to the editor, "Barnwell bites the hand that fed it," which was written in response to the announcement that Barnwell was preparing to file a lawsuit against Savannah River Site. Harry F. Myers, Augusta

'Hog' article in poor taste and place
I have enjoyed The Augusta Chronicle for many years, until I saw the front page of the July 7 edition. I found the photo of the "wild hog" that was staring at me at the breakfast table to be in the worst taste of photographic journalism that I have ever seen. Heidi McDonald, Augusta

The reverend seems to have little reverence for truth
Where do these so-called "reverends" come from? I refer to the recent letter by the "Rev." J.C. Phinizy on June 24, in which he exploits his religion and the word of God to push his own political agenda. Tyler Pratt, Martinez, Ga.

Firefighters, be proud
With the special grand jury's harshly critical report on the Augusta Fire Department and all the media stories, news conferences and repercussions that's followed, it would be understandable if the esprit de corps is by now a good deal less than healthy. It must be tough on firefighters and their families to hear the department publicly pounded day after day.

Raising the bar

Area sports announcements

Today's events

Ceremony opens Georgia Games

Saturday's highlights

Ex-Jacket returns to Lake

Athlete of the day

Augusta looks for rebound

Teen sets U.S. record

Racquetball postponed

Overtime

Armstrong spurns sprinting in Tour's sixth stage

Armstrong entangled in crash, but title bid unhurt

Sports digest

Lacrosse seeks growth

Overtime

Nowak conquers group

Augusta falters again

Overtime
Mats Wilander knew about life at the top in pro tennis, and Pam Shriver was happy to have succeeded while playing with and against some of the game's greats.

Overtime
Simon Nash, a former All-America at Minnesota University, will join the Augusta State men's golf program this fall.

Sports digest
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Augusta GreenJackets at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Armstrong spurns sprinting in Tour's sixth stage
ALENCON, France -- Lance Armstrong let others do the sprinting in the Tour de France on Friday.

Armstrong entangled in crash, but title bid unhurt
AVRANCHES, France -- A crash in the seventh stage of the Tour de France left Lance Armstrong and his bid for a fourth straight title unscathed.

Area sports announcements
July 19-21: Georgia Games boys baseball, ages 10-16, Diamond Lakes Regional Park. For more information, contact Tony Miller Sr. at (706) 771-2979.

Cooking wild
I was talking with my friend Jerry Allen the other day about dove season, which is just eight weeks away. Jerry spends his entire year planning, planting and preparing his dove fields. Our discussion made me peek into the freezer - where I have one bag of last season's birds still stored away. Here's an easy recipe for any time of year:

Outdoors calendar
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: A boating safety course will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Augusta Marine Superstore, 1547 Gordon Highway. Students can register by calling 737-1480.

Outdoors calendar

Though invisible, chiggers are impossible to ignore

Floating your boat
Most anglers fish on the water. Jan Scholer prefers to be in the water.

Floating your boat

Cooking wild

Though invisible, chiggers are impossible to ignore
You can slap mosquitoes, pluck ticks out of your flesh and do your best to outrun a swarm of angry yellowjackets.

Coaches seek future stars
There are probably hundreds of tales like it, but this one is a good example of how the Peach Jam showcases the top high school basketball players in the country.

Vick meets with Young
ATLANTA - Steve Young hardly feels like an old man at 40. When Young was told Michael Vick was 4 years old when he began his professional career, Young had to laugh.

Falcons waive Graham, sign Jackson
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons on Friday waived wide receiver Jeff Graham, who failed to show up for mandatory minicamp earlier this week, and signed eight-year veteran Willie Jackson to take his place.

God's will is to preserve Earth's resources
My family lived near a golf course when I was a teen. There was a grassy hill in the center of the course. On nights when the moon looked like a fingernail and the sky look

Ministry provides peace with past
A green-and-white love seat lends a homey touch to Julie Edenfield's office, Potter's Clay Counseling Ministry in Wrens, Ga.

Faith digest
At the heart of religion is humanity's need to recognize God and express the stirrings of faith. The Augusta Chronicle wants to publish readers' personal faith stories in a new feature, Amazing Grace, starting with the Aug. 3 Religion section.

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

Mom's serves gospel with meals
Linda O'Bryant, owner of Mom's Country Kitchen on Gordon Highway, has revival on her mind.

Theology on Tap mixes religion and 'bar-stool philosophy'
Sandy McDonald launched the first Theology on Tap at the Modjeska bar on Broad Street Wednesday, not by breaking open a bottle but by offering a prayer.

Augusta looks for rebound
The Augusta Stallions are hoping to rebound in Charleston, S.C., tonight.

Augusta falters again
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Swamp Foxes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 36-34 upset win over the Augusta Stallions on Saturday despite scoring only two points in the second half.

Bluetooth still too temperamental for the masses
NEW YORK -- Take away the cord, and the handyman's drill gets a lot handier.

National newspaper's Web site hacked
NEW YORK -- Hackers broke into USA Today's Web site and replaced several of the newspaper's legitimate news stories with phony articles riddled with spelling errors.

Georgia astronomers find supernovas
ELLIJAY, Ga. - Tim Puckett never went to college, but the self-taught astronomer has an observatory filled with computer-driven telescopes recording a thousand images a night of the star-studded sky.

Sting hold off Lynx
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to help the Charlotte Sting hand Minnesota its record eighth-straight road loss with a 63-60 victory over the Lynx on Saturday night.

Bluetooth still too temperamental for the masses

Faith and fellowship calendar

God's will is to preserve Earth's resources

Ministry provides peace with past

Theology on Tap mixes religion and 'bar-stool philosophy'