Fire chief's discrepancies split the city

Topless car wash raises money and tempers
MOSCOW, Idaho -- If you roll up to Daisy Mace's car wash, you'd better roll up your windows and prepare for the tops to come down.

Odds and ends
DENVER -- Call it urban cattle rustling.

Expos whip Braves
MONTREAL - Atlanta pitcher Damian Moss' first full season in the big leagues has had its rough edges.

Braves notebook
MONTREAL - A freak accident has landed reliever Darren Holmes on the 15-day disabled list and forced reliever Albie Lopez to rejoin the team without making a minor league rehab start.

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 notebook

Braves notebook

Glavine spins out of control

Expos whip Braves

Junk peddlers make every person a suspect

Don't be knocked out of the running by a typo
"It was wonderful to visit your organization, which is truly detrimental to the community."

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.

Business calendar

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Bridgestone/Firestone South Carolina

Changing lanes

Market selloff might not be over yet

Market selloff might not be over yet
After a decade of investing in stocks, Philip Little is about ready to get out.

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.

Pocket change

Bond funds soar above stocks funds, attract investors

Georgia attempts to lure Chrysler plant

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.

On the move

New L.L. Bean CEO's priority is increasing revenues

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

How to find the right mover

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

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

Bond funds soar above stocks funds, attract investors
NEW YORK -- Throughout the stock market's malaise and the economic slump, bond funds have delivered solid returns, proving that sometimes the safe havens do pay off.

Insurance on homes should be assessed

New L.L. Bean CEO's priority is increasing revenues
FREEPORT, Maine -- Chris McCormick faced the obvious challenges when he was named president and CEO of L.L. Bean a year ago: the aftereffects of Sept. 11 and anthrax scares, an economic slowdown, a company reorganization.

How to find the right mover
I recently purchased a new home and now face the daunting task of moving. What's the best way to find a reliable moving company at a fair price

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.

College sports notebook

Uncivic behavior

GOP 'terrorists'

Firefighters, be proud

Mayor's firestorm

Theoretically speaking

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

Daily TV highlights for the week
"Sex & The City" (returning at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 21, HBO) is at a crossroads as it begins a fifth season.

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?

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

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

Kids, and adults, fly away with 'Justice League'
"Justice League" is dedicated to truth, justice and the comic book way. It definitely has paid tribute to past DC Comics heroes and crooks.

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.

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

Today's events
Schedule of events for the Georgia games

Results
Here are results from the Georgia Games.

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.

Coach mentors his players
Donquel Yancey admits that it's nice to win, and his team did plenty of that at the Georgia Games Championships.

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

Bumps, bruises part of rugby
Alexi Servy emerged from the ruck with a bloody nose during the second half of the Augusta Rugby Club's intrasquad game in the Georgia Games rugby championships Sunday afternoon at Evans Middle School.

Bettis beats Atlanta 19-1
The most dominating pitching performance of the Georgia Games Championships belongs to Sammy Reed, whose 15 strikeouts led the Bettis Dodgers to a 7-2 victory in the preliminary round Friday.

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

Pinckney proves a powerful pugilist
Jason Pinckney didn't look menacing as he polished off a McDonald's chicken sandwich in the locker room two hours before fight time. But he promised menace.

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.

Perfect score doesn't help bowler
David Sizemore reached down and planted a kiss on his wife, Rhonda, after the completion of the bowling finals Sunday at the 12th annual Georgia Games Championships.

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.

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.

Augusta wallops Macon
MACON, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets used a big sixth inning and 11 hits to take down the Macon Braves 10-3 on Sunday in game one of a four game series.

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.

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.

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.

Change, of course

Sluman's lead holds up this time
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Sluman held it together this time on the final day of the Greater Milwaukee Open.

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.

Knox, Smith share lead at Goshen

Romero snatches victory away from Swedish collapse
LUSS, Scotland -- Three days away from his 48th birthday, Eduardo Romero of Argentina took advantage of a late collapse from Fredrik Jacobson to win the Scottish Open in a playoff Sunday and become the third-oldest winner on the European tour.

Sapp outlasts playing partners for Goshen win

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

Romero snatches victory away from Swedish collapse

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.

Ginn wins final Senior major of year

Ginn wins final Senior major of year
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Stewart Ginn shot a 6-under 66 Sunday to win the Senior Players Championship, the fourth and final major of the year.

Teske triumphs with back-nine surge

Teske triumphs with back-nine surge
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Once Rachel Teske made it to the tee on time, winning the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic wasn't so hard.

Sluman's lead holds up this time

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

Sapp outlasts playing partners for Goshen win
Randy Sapp was the brightest light in a marquee final-round pairing in the inaugural Goshen Golf Classic on Sunday.

All-male policy gets respect

Augusta wallops Macon

Around the horn

Minor league notebook

Coaches seek future stars

Peach Jam results and schedule

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.

Masters backers need Hootie's help

ACLU Communists use 'Big Lie' to subvert freedom

'Hog' article in poor taste and place

'King Rat' letter offends reader

Fireworks show fuels tempers

We are still 'one nation, under God'

A new 'Declaration of Independence'?

Don't leave civic center up to Beard

McKee illustrates truth in drawings

God's judgment is on the church

Lessons learned on ASA flight

Curbside-trash time limit untimely

Calls for probe of those who blame Bush for Sept. 11

Daily TV highlights for the week

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

Kids, and adults, fly away with 'Justice League'

Arts calendar

Family works hard on dream home

Augusta's faces

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.

Lynx refocus energy

Lynx notebook

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Al Czagas of Aiken.

Assault prompts stricter rules

Republican ballot poses questions
Alvin Starks says he has a gold mine that comes around every two years.

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.

Newcomer tries to upset McKinney

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

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 the area
A prison visitor at Augusta State Medical Prison was charged Sunday with taking marijuana onto the property, a sheriff's report states.

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

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.

Allen cites experience in bid for 12th district

Around town

Across the area

Biker benefit

Agency will put cars on camera

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.

Cleland leading in fight for cash
ATLANTA - For the third-consecutive quarter, Republican U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss has raised more than $1 million in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Richland County man who refused to hand over his wallet was killed in a robbery attempt.

2 with time on Aiken County Council face off

Across Georgia
NORCROSS -A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head Sunday at a Gwinnett County gun show.

Newcomer tries to upset McKinney
DUNWOODY, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney cruised through the Fourth of July parade atop a snazzy purple sports car, looking every bit like a front-runner who hasn't faced a serious re-election challenge in a decade.

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.

Surgeon's career spans 50 years

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

Subscriber of the day

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

Body of ex-mayor is found

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.

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.

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.

Patient bills prevent suits
ATLANTA - In 1999, insurance lobbyists warned Georgia lawmakers that costs would soar and lawsuits would multiply after passage of bills giving patients greater choice of doctors and the right to appeal coverage denials.

News you can use

Council incumbent faces competition
Incumbent Joel Randall faces two challengers in his bid to keep Aiken County Council's District 6 seat.

Indictments hinge on audit

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.

Police arrest pair after Aiken robbery

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.

Expos top Braves, split series

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

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

Across the southeast

Estate auction draws many eager bidders

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.

Report gets little official response

Surgeon's career spans 50 years
Paul Weston knew medicine was his calling when he was 11. When a dog was hit by a car outside the Weston home in his native Columbia, he nursed the pup to good health.

News you can use
July 15, 1953 Peace and quiet on the Augusta strike front was shattered by pistol fire early yesterday afternoon when an unknown person fired into a Coach company bus resulting in slight injury to a passenger.

Ledford investigation begins
Looking for answers to why former North Augusta Mayor Donald Kimbrough Ledford was shot and stabbed to death, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety began questioning people Sunday.

Council incumbent faces competition

Across South Carolina

Republican ballot poses questions

Around town

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

Across Georgia

Thrift store blues

Across the southeast
LEXINGTON, N.C. -A 15-year-old pupil won't be praying in a classroom at Sheets Memorial Christian School this year - because he recites the rosary.

Cleland leading in fight for cash

Boy keeps fighting after crash

Ledford investigation begins

Thrift store blues
For Becky Adams, the manager of the Salvation Army store on Greene Street, the best part of her job is giving people some of the things they need to get back on their feet. Donations to the nonprofit charity have dropped recently, though, and that has made her job of serving others more difficult.

Patient bills prevent suits

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

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.

Drugs lead to child porn inquiry

Engines cost Busch his spot

Carpentier wins, ends da Matta's CART streak

Carpentier wins, ends da Matta's CART streak
CLEVELAND -- Patrick Carpentier's engine didn't blow, his wheels stayed on, and he didn't run out of fuel.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook

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.

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - Joe Gibbs Racing has carried the bulk of Pontiac's success on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on its shoulders since 1997, winning 29 of the manufacturer's 32 trips to Victory Lane in the last five years.

Harvick holds on for victory
JOLIET, Ill. - Moments after Kevin Harvick went on a mile-long slide through the infield grass and along the first and second turns of the Chicagoland Speedway, he keyed the microphone on his two-way radio and made the following promise:

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.

With arrest pending, Iverson hosts party at mansion
PHILADELPHIA -- As he awaited arrest on assault charges, Allen Iverson played host to an all-night party at his mansion, where guests swam and played basketball in the rain.

With arrest pending, Iverson hosts party at mansion

Sting hold off Lynx

Mystics finally have winning team to reward faithful fans

Rev. Dennis Phillips    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Lessie Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Davis    (RAYLE, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Brandon Batchelor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. John Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zelma Dunaway    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Burton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Terpak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Roslyn Hoston    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Tyler Sanders    (BATH, S.C.)
Raymond Groomes    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Ms. Betty Moon    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Evans    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Leon W. Knowles
The Rev. Leon W. Knowles never asked for money when he led Sunday church services at Edgefield Health Care Nursing Home, his son said.

Mr. Larry Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Flowers    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Brandon Batchelor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Grimes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sophie LeViness    (EVANS, Ga.)
Raymond Groomes    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Johnson    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. David Hall    (ASTORIA, N.Y.)
Mr. Jimmie Irvin    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. David Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Zelena Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Kerr    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. John Nixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Flowers    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lori Touma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joe Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Katherine Bates    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Rev. Lucile Deal    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. Michael Spivey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Edith Davis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Maudie Radford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Alberta Wilson
Alberta Wilson always left a lasting impression on everyone she met, niece Jean Steele said.

Mr. Sid Nelson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jadie Boatwright Jr.    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. John Myers Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gussie Moore    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marjorie Mansfield    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Terpak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Lewis    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Percy Ricks Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sophie LeViness    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. John Nixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lewis Lanham Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lori Touma    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Koontz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoeMae Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Leon Knowles    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Kim Ledford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Kindberg    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Lewis    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Kerr    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Reid    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Burton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tyler Sanders (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Reid (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Kindberg (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Raymond Groomes (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Hall (ASTORIA, N.Y.)

Mrs. Ruby Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sophie LeViness (EVANS, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Alberta Wilson

Mr. Lawrence Grimes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Zelena Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Brandon Batchelor (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Zelma Dunaway (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Sid Nelson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Davis (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Kerr (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sophie LeViness (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Nixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lori Touma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Maudie Radford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jadie Boatwright Jr. (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Joe Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Brandon Batchelor (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Lessie Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Spivey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Percy Ricks Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Terpak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Roslyn Hoston (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Leon W. Knowles

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

Mrs. Lori Touma (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Kerr (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lewis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Koontz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Terpak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gussie Moore (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. JoeMae Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kim Ledford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Myers Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Mansfield (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Raymond Groomes (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Marion Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Nixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie Irvin (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lewis (WRENS, Ga.)

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

A new 'Declaration of Independence'?
In light of the current global state of affairs, I propose adopting this 21st Century Statement of Declaration: Kevin A. Palmer, Martinez, Ga.

GOP 'terrorists'
What is a bigger threat to the United States? Islamic terrorists like Osama bin Laden, or George W. Bush and the Republican Party? According to the annual NAACP convention meeting in Houston last week, it's the latter.

'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

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

Lessons learned on ASA flight
We had the most unpleasant experience flying from Atlanta to Augusta on Atlantic Southeast Airlines recently. Now we know why people drive to Atlanta or Columbia to catch flights. P.K. Natrajan, M.D., Augusta

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.

Fireworks show fuels tempers
I attended Columbia County's fireworks show at Patriots Park. I figured I would be home sooner, since I live only 10 minutes away. Boy, was I wrong. Neither the temporary downpour nor the crowds were the problem. Being held captive due to the lack of organization was the problem. Candie Taylor, Evans, 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.

Theoretically speaking
So maybe we didn't come from Neanderthals after all.

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

ACLU Communists use 'Big Lie' to subvert freedom
One of the means by which a people can know that their government is approaching a totalitarian state is the use of the "Big Lie." The "Big Lie" technique is the repeated usage of a word or phrase until the public subconsciously accepts it as the truth. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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

Curbside-trash time limit untimely
I live in North Augusta and I leave my trash container next to the street. I do so for several reasons: the wheels are about to fall off, rolling it down the hill to the street is more like a wrestling match, you have to keep it from tipping over and then you have to try and slow it down so you don't end up out in the road. Charlie Bowles, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Calls for probe of those who blame Bush for Sept. 11
Anybody accusing President George W. Bush of knowing about the planned attack on the Twin Towers is absolutely loco. We have to go back many years to the first bombing of the World Trade Center, to the bombings of our consulate abroad and the attack on one of our warships. Robert B. Heynneman, 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.

'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.

McKee illustrates truth in drawings
The Chronicle Editorial Cartoonist Rick McKee has a gift for illustrating profound truths in his cartoon drawings. Thanks, Mr. McKee, for the many smiles you give us, as we nod in agreement with your perceptions of current events. S. R. Brown, Augusta

Area sports announcements

Coach mentors his players

Armstrong says he's 'second fiddle' for Tour time-trial

Saturday's highlights

Bettis beats Atlanta 19-1

Overtime

Nowak conquers group

Augusta falters again

Pinckney proves a powerful pugilist

Armstrong entangled in crash, but title bid unhurt

Today's events

Overtime

Teen sets U.S. record

Raising the bar

Lacrosse seeks growth

Athlete of the day

Results

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.

Armstrong says he's 'second fiddle' for Tour time-trial
PLOUAY, France -- Finally, Lance Armstrong turned on the speed as the Tour de France neared the parts of the race where he hopes to build his fourth straight championship.

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.

Overtime
Three of the top four finishers in Sunday's Georgia Amateur Championship had Augusta ties, headed by the winner, Jonathan Shiflet.

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.

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.

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.

Though invisible, chiggers are impossible to ignore

Outdoors calendar

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

Cooking wild

Floating your boat

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:

Summer travel squads get games started
Some summer vacation this is for Matt Causey.

Peach Jam results and schedule
Here are results from Peach Jam games and a schedule of upcoming games.

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.

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.

Wild motorcycle racing game for PS2
There are two kinds of videogame racing fans.

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

Georgia mascot headed to Washington

Georgia mascot headed to Washington
Pursuing AP Photo

Mystics finally have winning team to reward faithful fans
WASHINGTON -- Michael Cooper knows exactly what he wants to see in the WNBA All-Star game, a lot of scoring.

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.

Topless car wash raises money and tempers

Odds and ends

Wild motorcycle racing game for PS2

Bluetooth still too temperamental for the masses