To band, simplicity is an art

Giants can cause big movie scares

Mini reviews

At the movies: 'The Country Bears'
Disney has taken the most corn-pone of all theater cliches - "We gotta put on a show!" - and turned it into a foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing, heartwarming G-rated romp with the animals in "The Country Bears."

At the movies: 'Austin Powers in Goldmember'

At the movies: 'Austin Powers in Goldmember'
"Austin Powers in Goldmember" is the "Wayne's World 2" of the spy-spoof franchise, another humdrum Mike Myers sequel that has no reason to exist, that phones it in, that's a faint shadow of its predecessors.

Chronicle seeks art information

Giants can cause big movie scares
The acting is usually bad and the scripts are cheesy, but there is something about a giant monster movie that gets the blood moving.

Triple decker

Triple decker
Augusta concert promoter John "Stoney" Cannon is putting a year's worth of eggs into a single basket.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country songs attest to power of love

To band, simplicity is an art
Members of the Augusta band Simple Possession are happy to be a meat-and-potatoes kind of act.

Applause calendar
GOSPEL SING: National Multiple Sclerosis Society fund-raiser 5 p.m. Saturday, Gracewood First Baptist Church, 3633 Peach Orchard Road; with Promise Land Singers, Glory Land Singers, Dixie Jubilaires, Jenkins Family, Maxine Whisnant, Fred Proffitt and Jim Elliott; 855-1047.

Children's theater gets real with 'Pollyanna'
John Greene contends Pollyanna has gotten a bad - or perhaps too good - rap.

Standing ovations

Third director brings lighter touch to plays
The Augusta State University Theatre Guild may have put the books away for the summer, but the learning process continues.

Concert calendar

Chronicle seeks art information
The Augusta Chronicle is compiling its annual guide to the performing and visual arts. We are looking for season information from dance troupes, theater companies, art galleries, music groups and other members of the fine arts communities in the Aiken and Augusta area.

Third director brings lighter touch to plays

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country songs attest to power of love
There are good stories behind most country-music hits, and that is the case with current singles from Kenny Chesney and Andy Griggs.

Club calendar

Standing ovations
National recording artists Slum Village, Yasmeen, the Clipse, Archie, B Rock and the Biz, Corey, Smiles and South Star will headline the 15th annual July Fest from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Aiken Fairgrounds, 400 Kershaw St. The festival also will feature local entertainment, swimming, carnival rides, arts and crafts and a gospel showcase. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-16 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Call (803) 642-7635.

At the movies: 'The Country Bears'

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

Applause calendar

Concert calendar
Concerts in the C.S.R.A. and surrounding areas.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Time Machine, Crossroads and Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

Children's theater gets real with 'Pollyanna'

Video watch

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies. The service provides theater locations and movie times.

Immunization needs change for S.C. pupils

Building boom continues at Augusta State

Schools require conformity in dress

Guide to Richmond County Schools 2002-2003

National School Lunch Program

Rezoning relocates some pupils

Packing children's lunches can be a challenge

Charter schools tailored to students

Buy kids school-friendly computers

Guide to Aiken County Schools 2002-2003

Shortages add to urgency for vaccinations for school

Make sure your child gets a healthy start

Tax holiday should ease pain

Guide to Troy State University 2002-2003

Sales-tax funds paid for Fort Gordon school

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies

Guide to Private Schools 2002-2003

Back-to-school briefs

Private school rising from ashes

Columbia County changes

Guide to Columbia County Schools 2002-2003

Schools feeling left behind

Guide to Edgefield County Schools 2002-2003

Richmond County changes

Students buy books on Internet

Aiken County changes

Back-to-school recipes

Guide to Augusta Technical College 2002-2003

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents

Guide to University of South Carolina Aiken 2002-2003

Back-to-school briefs

Guide to Aiken Technical College 2002-2003

Columbia County changes
Grovetown Middle School: Carolyn Fries, former assistant principal of Harlem Middle School, was named Grovetown Middle School's new principal. The 27-year veteran will replace Tom McClendon, former principal of Oconee Middle School, who was named to head Grovetown Middle in the spring. He resigned in June, a week before his contract was set to begin, citing personal reasons. The school is now under construction and is expected to open midyear.

Guide to Private Schools 2002-2003
Edmund Burke Academy: 403 U.S. Highway 56 South, Waynesboro, Ga., (706) 554-4479, grades K4-12. Headmaster: Danny Jones. School starts Aug. 12. School day is 8:10 a.m. to 3:01 p.m.

Back-to-school briefs
Here are the dates area students will return to public schools:

Shortages add to urgency for vaccinations for school
Parents have an extra incentive to get required school vaccinations for their children early this year: the normal school rush will coincide with the return of those forced to skip required booster shots, officials said.

National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program, created by Congress about 50 years ago, provides cash reimbursements to schools to provide nutritious meals to children.

Buy kids school-friendly computers
As computers become more accessible and schools continue to upgrade their educational technology, some parents may be faced with difficult decisions on what technology to buy their children for the new school year.

Guide to Augusta State University 2002-2003
Augusta State University is a public institution of the University of Georgia system. It offers more than 50 programs leading to associate, bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees, a paralegal certificate and a cooperative doctoral degree.

Charter schools tailored to students
Instead of spending the first week of school reviewing old material, pupils attending the Lloyd-Kennedy Charter School will be tested - not on what they know, but on how they learn.

Schools require conformity in dress
The midriff-baring shirt and cutoff shorts you bought for the trip to the beach this summer might have looked cute on the shore, but your best bet when it's time to hit the books again is to leave the fashion-forward pieces in the closet.

Private school rising from ashes
When students return to Edmund Burke Academy on Aug. 12, things may look a little different than they remember.

Back-to-school recipes
Here are some back-to-school recipes.

Students buy books on Internet
Once, at the beginning of each semester, students trudged to their campus bookstore and waited in line for hours to buy required textbooks and other merchandise.

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents
As your child ventures off for his or her first day of school, there are a few things that you want to be certain of. Following is a list of ideas from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for you to go over with you child.

Rezoning relocates some pupils
In North Augusta, approximately 100 middle school pupils will find themselves going to a different school than the one they had planned to attend.

Guide to McDuffie County Schools 2002-2003
First day of school - Friday, Aug. 9

Guide to Burke County Schools 2002-2003
Open house: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 (middle schools)

Sales-tax funds paid for Fort Gordon school
Rita Bradley can hardly believe it. In just a few weeks, the former Terrace Manor Elementary School principal will finally move into her new school on Fort Gordon.

Building boom continues at Augusta State
Students returning to Augusta State University this fall can expect to see many changes on campus.

Guide to Columbia County Schools 2002-2003
High schools - Monday, Aug. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Guide to Aiken County Schools 2002-2003
Registration dates and times for Aiken County schools:

Guide to Troy State University 2002-2003
Troy State University at Augusta has moved its administrative and classroom operations to the Augusta Corporate Center, 2753 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 201. The Augusta campus occupies more than 7,000 square feet. In addition to academic programs, the school will be offering professional-development programs at the new site. For more information, call 210-3800.

Aiken County changes
Cecilia Davidson, principal of North Augusta Elementary School, is the new Area 2 Assistant Superintendent, replacing Nancy Smith Mann, who retired.

Back-to-school briefs
Here are the dates area students will return to public schools:

Immunization needs change for S.C. pupils
Health officials say Aiken County pupils might require extra shots for school this fall because immunization requirements have changed.

Packing children's lunches can be a challenge
Packing your kid's school lunch can take about as much preparation as a shuttle launch -- unless you don't mind if it ends up in the trash can or in another student's stomach.

Guide to Aiken Technical College 2002-2003
Aug. 13-15 - Registration

Make sure your child gets a healthy start
Before a child starts the school year, it's important for him or her to have a complete physical examination and be updated on vaccinations.

Guide to University of South Carolina Aiken 2002-2003
The University of South Carolina Aiken is a four-year, public coeducational university offering undergraduate degree programs and master's degrees in elementary education and applied clinical psychology. Additional graduate courses and degree programs are offered through the USC Extended Graduate Campus program.

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies
While some children will be bolting out the door with excitement about the first day of school, others may be anxious -- even if they've only been away for the summer.

Tax holiday should ease pain
Back-to-school shopping is essentially a rite of passage for every school-age child.

Guide to Edgefield County Schools 2002-2003
Teacher workday - Monday, Aug. 5

Richmond County changes
Academy of Richmond County - David Robbins

Guide to Richmond County Schools 2002-2003
Open house: Wednesday, Aug. 7 (middle schools)

Augusta State gets new official
The rich tradition of Augusta State University is what attracted him. Experience is what got Dr. Samuel Sullivan the job as Augusta State's vice president for academic affairs.

Schools feeling left behind
With just a few weeks left before school starts, local school officials are scrambling to make sense of a new federal law.

Guide to Augusta Technical College 2002-2003
Augusta Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. The school serves technical education needs and supports economic development of the Central Savannah River Area.

Leiter agrees to $18 million, two-year extension with Mets
NEW YORK -- Al Leiter agreed Tuesday to an $18 million, two-year extension with the New York Mets rather than test an uncertain free-agent market in an offseason threatened with another work stoppage.

Williams wanted to be frozen, according to family pact
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two years before his death, baseball legend Ted Williams signed a pact with two of his children asking to be frozen when he died, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Owners lawyer thinks baseball can have labor deal before strike
NEW YORK -- Baseball's top labor lawyer thinks there's a way to work out a new contract without another strike.

Owners lawyer thinks baseball can have labor deal before strike

Oct. 11 conference set in Expos' suit

Macon team set to move out

Oct. 11 conference set in Expos' suit
NEW YORK -- A federal judge scheduled an Oct. 11 conference for the racketeering suit filed against baseball commissioner Bud Selig and former Montreal Expos owner Jeffrey Loria by unhappy Canadian investors.

Macon team set to move out
MACON - Jerry Payne didn't miss a Macon Braves ballgame last year, even though it meant stuffing his pockets with paper towels from home.

Leiter agrees to $18 million, two-year extension with Mets

Williams wanted to be frozen, according to family pact

Williams' daughter fires back at his attorney
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' daughter on Wednesday disputed allegations that she harassed her father's lawyer.

Travelers pile up the postcards

Lost cat logs 63,000 miles
LONDON -- Ozzy the cat is back home after accumulating plenty of frequent flier miles.

Search under way for low-fat ice cream that tastes good
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Here's a mouthful about how we savor ice cream flavors, courtesy of Seo-Jing Chung, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri:

Odds and ends
ARCHBALD, Pa. -- A huge natural pothole hasn't turned into the tourist attraction that local officials hoped it would become.

Braves notebook
MIAMI - Will Atlanta closerJohn Smoltz ever be a starter again?

Sheffield's finally happy in Atlanta

Moss, Braves continue dominance

Sheffield's finally happy in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Atlanta right fielder Gary Sheffieldknows what it is like to carry a team on his shoulders, for he has been "The Man" in more places than he cares to remember.

Braves notebook

Moss, Braves continue dominance
MIAMI - No one would have blamed Florida manager Jeff Torborg for running up a white flag and insisting Wednesday afternoon's game end early.

Business briefs

Area jobless rate returns to recession levels

SEC targets AOL Time Warner

SEC targets AOL Time Warner
NEW YORK - AOL Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, said Wednesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into a series of transactions that may have improperly inflated the company's revenues.

Business briefs
CONCORD, N.H. - Tyco International Ltd. appointed Motorola President Edward D. Breen as its new chairman and chief executive Thursday as the conglomerate struggles to right itself amid questions about its accounting and investigations involving several top officers.

Business briefs
SAVANNAH - During fiscal year 2002, 1,660 vessels called on the Port of Savannah, representing an 8.6 percent increase or an additional 132 vessels as compared to fiscal year 2001.

Purified powerhouse

Activist warns against laws that cost employers more

Business briefs

Area jobless rate returns to recession levels
With Wall Street shaky and more people seeking jobs, the area's unemployment rate jumped to its highest point in a year.

CEO says trade bill will hurt textiles
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Textile magnate Roger Milliken is stirring opposition to legislation that would give President Bush new power to push trade deals through Congress.

Purified powerhouse
There's a little more electricity and a lot less pollution flowing from Beech Island.

CEO says trade bill will hurt textiles

Activist warns against laws that cost employers more
A human resources activist warns that Georgia could join other states in passing employment laws that would be costly to businesses.

Teenager dies during tryout at Georgia college

N.Y.'s huge task

Historic crackdown

A mother's anguish

New shelter woes

3% percent growth

ABC still losing the ratings game
NEW YORK - The dog days of summer have turned ABC into a fourth-place network. And without its news division, the picture would be even bleaker.

Ashanti leads 'Lady of Soul' award nominations
LOS ANGELES -- Rhythm and blues sensation Ashanti led all other performers with five nominations Tuesday for the eighth annual Lady of Soul awards.

Pacers
Who sets the pace for Augusta-Aiken's medical community? If you're a medical professional, send information on your promotion, activity or academic achievement to PACEMAKERS, c/o The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Conan O'Brien to host Emmy Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- The job of Emmy host is going to Conan O'Brien instead of NBC's top late-night star, Jay Leno.

Secret shopping improves service
Jed Kelley takes his wife, Anne, out to eat at LongHorn Steakhouse every three or four months. Each time he orders every course, including dessert.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Woman finds success with organic gardening

Wildlife need food, shelter
By providing the essential ingredients of food, water and shelter, you can turn your yard into a wildlife paradise. The diversity of birds, mammals, insects and other wildlife that may visit your yard will surprise you.

Wildlife need food, shelter

Woman finds success with organic gardening
Kay Pittman looks at bugs on her squash plants and sees chicken feed. Slugs look like poultry caviar. She sees weeds as compost fodder, and a healthy patch of grass in her garden is a sign of good soil.

Tech, Auburn to renew rivalry
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn and Georgia Tech, which haven't met on the football field since the 1987 season, will renew their rivalry in 2003.

Tech, Auburn to renew rivalry

Jackets pull out 2-1 win
The Atlanta Braves prospect parade continued its march through Augusta on Thursday, this time with 18-year-old right-hander Gonzalo Lopez on the mound for Macon.

Slugger pounds Augusta
Baseball people say there's a sweet sound the ball makes coming off the bat of the game's special players. They say Macon Braves star Andy Marte has that sound, and that sound was music to his ears Wednesday night.

Elmer McCurdy really got around after he died

Dottie Pepper to miss rest of season with shoulder injury
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dottie Pepper, who has won 17 times on the LPGA Tour, will miss the rest of this season because her left shoulder hasn't fully healed from surgery in March.

Big names at the Big Apple Classic

Source: Woods will play in Buick Open
DETROIT -- Tiger Woods plans to play in the Buick Open next month, a source close to Woods told The Associated Press.

Golf writer lends hand to Jaguars
Curt Sampson was in Augusta on Wednesday, but not at the invitation of Augusta National Golf Club.

Dier shoots European tour-best 60 at Dutch Open
HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Tobias Dier of Germany shot a PGA European Tour record-tying 10-under-par 60 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the $1.82 million Dutch Open.

Source: Woods will play in Buick Open

Marshall, Yeo share first-round lead
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Kathryn Marshall, No. 79 on the LPGA Tour money list, and Minny Yeo, 150th on the earnings sheet, shot 3-under-par 68s Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Big Apple Classic.

Watson begins with 70 in Senior British Open
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Tom Watson began his first Senior British Open at Royal County Down with an eagle at the first hole Thursday before finishing with a 1-under-par 70.

Heinen leads John Deere Classic

Big names at the Big Apple Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The best of the LPGA Tour are on a first name basis with those who follow the sport.

Dier shoots European tour-best 60 at Dutch Open

Dottie Pepper to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

Watson begins with 70 in Senior British Open

Golf writer lends hand to Jaguars

Watson refuses to panic after bad British Open

Marshall, Yeo share first-round lead

Heinen leads John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- Mike Heinen, trying to regain full PGA Tour membership, shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

Watson refuses to panic after bad British Open
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Tom Watson refuses to panic despite shooting rounds of 77-78 at last week's British Open and missing the cut by 13 strokes.

Jackets pull out 2-1 win

Slugger pounds Augusta

Thrashers re-sign restricted free agent forward

Thrashers re-sign restricted free agent forward
ATLANTA -- Forward Patrik Stefan, the No. 1 pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft, agreed Thursday to terms on a two-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Travelers pile up the postcards
Norris and Becky Johnson are taking our postcard contest seriously.

ASU golf coach to leave
Augusta State golf coach Jay Seawell is preparing to leave the university less than a month before the start of the 2002-2003 season.

Jailer investigated for assault
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has initiated an internal investigation of a female jailer after a fellow officer accused her of choking a 13-year-old burglary suspect.

Missing child found
A two-hour search for a 5-year-old boy ended Friday when he was found in the Evans Wal-Mart, shopping with his mother.

There are two sides to every story

Criticisms of Augusta government not always race-based

'Under God' not federal court issue

Local store endangers customers

'Medicaid mess' editorial errs

Stroke victim seeks information on treatment

War on terrorism is ineffective

News is appalling; not hog headline

Applauds Augusta for Ga. Games

Whites, blacks blamed for Few

Secret shopping improves service

Conan O'Brien to host Emmy Awards

Health calendar

ABC still losing the ratings game

Pacers

Swinson punches ticket to Europe
Wes Swinson had many great moments in an Augusta Lynx uniform, but fans will always remember him for "The Punch."

Swinson punches ticket to Europe

ECHL teams to install safety netting to protect fans

ECHL teams to install safety netting to protect fans
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The East Coast Hockey League has joined the NHL is mandating that its teams install safety netting to protect fans.

News you can use
JULY 25, 1902 EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The senatorial and congressional campaign meeting was held here yesterday in the courthouse. About 350 people, including ladies, attended the meeting and gave the candidates a respectful hearing.

Judge's decision returns suspect

Heat deaths rise
At an oaklike 255 pounds, T.W. Josey High School football player Chevalier Brown wouldn't appear to worry about anything. But he does: dehydration.

Airing it out

News you can use

Old Glory, New School

Properties will be reassessed

Savannah's airport adds beach name

Findings divided city, panel says

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
STONE MOUNTAIN - Services were held Wednesday for the DeKalb County police officer who was killed last weekend when her patrol car crashed into a ravine and struck a tree.

ASU golf coach to leave

State gives warning after rabid cat bite
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A Beaufort County woman is undergoing treatment after being bitten by a rabid cat. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a warning urging local residents to take precautions.

Missing drug bust money draws GBI

Authority lawyers vow to follow meetings law
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority attorneys have pledged "strict compliance" to Georgia's open meetings laws after an official complaint to the state attorney general's office by The Augusta Chronicle.

Tempers fly over airport consulting

Across Georgia

Augusta ranks lowest in crime

Jailer investigated for assault

Tax assessors offer to spread news

Heat deaths rise

Officer accused of choking teen

Judge rules zoning unfair but legal

Authority waffles on Methodist refund

Sheriff bypassed for U.S. marshal
AIKEN - Sheriff Howard Sellers will remain in Aiken County.

Democrat joins race

Event to honor disabilities act

Jailbird and benefactor

25-year-old drowns in Thurmond Lake
A 25-year-old Hephzibah man drowned Wednesday while swimming near Thurmond dam.

Spanish cross surfaces in Florida dig

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

Thomson exec guilty of fraud

Voter cards to come by mail
They might look like junk mail, but new voter registration precinct cards should stay out of the trash, elections officials warn.

Across the area
A 40-year-old Millen, Ga. man was sentenced to a four-year prison term after he violated the terms of his supervised release by running a large scale pit-bull fighting operation at his property.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
LAFAYETTE -Jailed crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh injected racial overtones into his case Thursday while testifying at a bond hearing, his first public comments since investigators found hundreds of discarded corpses five months ago.

Properties will be reassessed
The Richmond County tax assessors office will mail revaluation notices to 55,980 property owners Aug. 2.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - An abandoned newborn girl covered by ants in a grassy field was found by two 10-year-olds Wednesday, authorities said.

25-year-old drowns in Thurmond Lake

Tax assessors offer to spread news
In an ideal world, the Richmond County Tax Assessor's office would have told property owners about a citywide revaluation several months ago, Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece said Thursday - one day after the Board of Assessors approved thousands of new appraised values for properties throughout Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Authority waffles on Methodist refund
Civic center officials this week told North Georgia Annual Conference of United Methodists representatives they have yet to decide whether to refund costs of a bungled convention at the facility in early June.

Voter cards to come by mail

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

Subscriber of the day

Democrat joins race
The Democrat is a rare breed in North Augusta.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bruce Poole of Aiken.

Jailbird and benefactor
Virginia Burgess, of North Augusta, fits the Rev. Roland Cumbee Jr. with a striped prison uniform during the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. The MDA locked up patrons, collecting "bail" money that went to help muscular dystrophy patients.

News you can use
July 26, 1983 Seven charges, including kidnapping with bodily force and escape, were filed Monday against a 22-year-old Millen man accused of assaulting a state patrolman who had stopped him for speeding.

Across South Carolina
YORK - The man charged in the shooting deaths of his former common-law wife and her grandmother last year in a courthouse parking lot will be on trial for his life.

Missing drug bust money draws GBI
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how several hundred dollars came up missing after a Grovetown Public Safety drug bust.

USC Aiken is running out of ideas to deal with its problem pigeons

Spanish cross surfaces in Florida dig
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - An exquisite bronze cross, dating back to the early 1600s Spanish settlement in St. Augustine, has been unearthed at an archaeological dig.

Sheriff offered to resign in deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - A Georgia sheriff offered to resign about a week before he was arrested on drug charges, according to a letter his lawyers recently sent to the Effingham County Commission.

Tempers fly over airport consulting
It's been a long time since the decibel level inside the Augusta Aviation Commission's meeting room was louder than the jet engines outside.

Sheriff bypassed for U.S. marshal

Officer accused of choking teen
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has initiated an internal investigation of a jailer after a fellow officer accused her of choking a 13-year-old burglary suspect.

Guard brushes up on combat skills
FORT STEWART, Ga. - After a year of training for and executing a peacekeeping mission, Georgia National Guard's infantry is back in the business of firing its guns and cannons.

Augusta ranks lowest in crime
Listen up Atlanta, Macon, Savannah and Columbus. Augusta continues to boast the lowest crime rate among metropolitan areas in Georgia.

Judge's decision returns suspect
Superior Court Judge Neal Dickert ordered rape suspect Aaron LeBlanc back to North Carolina on Wednesday.

Thomson exec guilty of fraud
The president of a Thomson-based construction company and two former employees of a pharmaceutical giant admitted Thursday they cheated the maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex out of millions of dollars through fraud and kickbacks.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Luther Schwalbauch of Augusta.

Old Glory, New School
Children from Fort Gordon School Age Services stand at attention as soldiers of the Ceremonial Detachment raise the American flag. The children were attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for Freedom Park Elementary School at Fort Gordon. For more on the school, see the Back to School section.

Event to honor disabilities act
Several groups, including Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and Augusta Technical College, have joined to sponsor a local celebration of the 12th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

USC Aiken is running out of ideas to deal with its problem pigeons
AIKEN - Willie Carter stares into a stormy sky, clapping his hands above his head.

Findings divided city, panel says
A special grand jury presentment condemning the city's fire department under former Fire Chief Ronnie Few has widened the divide in a community already troubled by racial strife, the Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission said Wednesday in a written statement.

Airing it out
Nicole Stephens blows up a balloon during a camp for children with asthma at the Jewish Community Center. The inflated balloon, part of an education class that was taught Thursday, was used to represent the lungs when they are full of air.

Across the area
Three men were charged Wednesday after a drug-related assault at Rivercreek Apartments on Center West Parkway, police said.

Savannah's airport adds beach name
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Add the name, and jet-setters will come.

Around town

Judge rules zoning unfair but legal
Hearing the judge say what's legal isn't the same as what's fair left developer Murray Williams shaking his head Thursday as he walked out of court.

Guard brushes up on combat skills

Savannah officer is resourceful in arrest
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lacking his service pistol, an off-duty Savannah police officer used a pocketknife to arrest a suspected drunken driver.

Across the area

Savannah officer is resourceful in arrest

Justice shows humility, humor
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman S. Fletcher, facing two challengers for his seat on the state's highest court, spoke modestly and with humor Wednesday in Augusta to lawyers and Citizens for Good Government members.

Around town

Fans have power to keep the game on the field
On July 8, the Charleston RiverDogs accomplished their bizarre goal of having nobody attend the baseball game at Joe Riley Stadium. As promotional gimmicks go, it was the ultimate oxymoron.

Elmer McCurdy really got around after he died
On vacation recently, I walked into the Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie, Okla., and said something I had heard countless times in movies.

It's not the same anymore
Whatever happened to the good old days? You know, when men were men, and upstanding Southern teenage boys went out for the football team.

Fill 'er up
ATLANTA - You can win a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race while crossing the finish line on your roof. Ask Ken Schrader.

Status of A. J. Foyt driver uncertain

Racing facts

Da Matta still in charge in CART

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 race.

Jarrett ready to try for Pocono sweep
LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Jarrett is glad to be back at Pocono Raceway.

Fill 'er up

Status of A. J. Foyt driver uncertain
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, the transporter carrying the No. 14 Pontiac, owned by the legendary A. J. Foyt, was still sitting at the shop waiting to be loaded for the overnight drive to Pocono Raceway.

Spotlight on Kevin Harvick

Jarrett ready to try for Pocono sweep

Spotlight on Kevin Harvick
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick.

Da Matta still in charge in CART
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's not too late to catch Cristiano da Matta - yet.

Teenager dies during tryout at Georgia college
TIFTON, Ga. -- An 18-year-old collapsed and died during a tryout for the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College basketball team, likely the result of a cardiac problem, authorities said Thursday.

Despite hard times, Coach is still king

Question marks

Panthers lineman arrested on domestic charge

Dronett, Duckett won't be on hand for opening of Falcons camp

Arthur Blank just another rookie at Falcons camp

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Mrs. Esther Hay    (AIKEN, S.C.)
JaMarion Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Caldwell    (SILOAN, Ga.)
Ms. Helen Hightower    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Addie Brown    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Allen    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Ms. Allene Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Zimmerman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Carolyn Yost    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Jesse Gray Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Gennia Wright    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
Ms. Enise Kirby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Illg    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mae Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Enise Kirby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geraldine Johnson    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Murray    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Milton Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Hay    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Sgt. Walter Clayton    (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)
Mr. Daniel Nix    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Jane Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Nancy Gary    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)
Ms. Daisy Chilsom    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Carolyn Steed    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Peeler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Speaks    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mrs. Cassie Rivers    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Ms. Emma Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Gwendolyn Roden    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Ms. Allene Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Andrew Stroman Jr.    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Gennia Wright    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Therese Reed-Cooper    (MIDLOTHIAN, Va.)
Mrs. Pearl Denny    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vevelyn Moss    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Inez Perdue    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Emory Gunter    (PORTAL, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Geraldine Johnson
Geraldine Johnson might have had a wonderful career as a teacher, but education got in the way.

Mrs. Jean Latislaw    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Merriweather    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Enise Kirby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Speaks (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin Hurdle Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Jackson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Walter Clayton (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)

Mrs. Geraldine Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Allene Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Perdue (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Enise Kirby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Geraldine Johnson

Mrs. Cassie Rivers (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ivy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vevelyn Moss (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Andrew Stroman Jr. (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Therese Reed-Cooper (MIDLOTHIAN, Va.)

Mr. Robert Merriweather (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Gwendolyn Roden (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Addie Brown (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Hay (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Zimmerman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Esther Hay (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Mack (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Nix (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Caldwell (SILOAN, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Emma Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gennia Wright (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Peeler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Langford Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

JaMarion Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Hey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Nancy Gary (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Steed (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Helen Hightower (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Daisy Chilsom (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Yost (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Gennia Wright (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Ms. Allene Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Latislaw (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Emory Gunter (PORTAL, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Gray Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Illg (CHAPIN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Murray (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Denny (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Criticisms of Augusta government not always race-based
It didn't take long for someone to pull out the race card concerning the special grand jury's report on Augusta's government and, more specifically, the fire department. As long as this city exists, there will be blacks and whites living and working together. No, we will not always agree on what is done or said, but one would hope we would be mature enough to learn from the past and move on. David Dust, Augusta

War on terrorism is ineffective
I now believe that our country is going down in this war on terrorism. But not because of cowardice or lack of will on the part of most Americans. It is due to the sheer stupidity on the part of our so-called experts and government officials. They are "tip-toeing" around the word "terrorist." Linda Beckworth, Wadley, Ga.

Local store endangers customers
While I was waiting my turn at a local convenience store, a woman pointed out a man with a cell phone in one hand and the gas nozzle in the other. Arthur Wilson, Augusta

A mother's anguish
A new study says women's brains are better able to receive and retain emotions.

Historic crackdown
Congress passes quite a bit of legislation each year, but seldom does it make much difference. Often it's to update and clarify (or, sadly, to confuse), some existing law. And sometimes new laws are passed just so incumbents can say they did something when they seek re-election.

N.Y.'s huge task
Imagine being handed this assignment: You must build 11 million feet of prime office space, but wrap it expertly around a world-class memorial on what many consider to be sacred ground - and in the process create an architectural masterpiece that is not only supremely functional but which is aesthetically pleasing to millions.

Stroke victim seeks information on treatment
Thank you for publishing the Associated Press story on strokes (June 29), "Natural compound may help brain recover from stroke." Jim Stringer, Augusta

Applauds Augusta for Ga. Games
I grew up in Thomson, Ga., and moved to Atlanta about 15 years ago. I started playing competitive volleyball very seriously, and have played in most of the Georgia Games since their founding. David Gardner, Atlanta, Ga.

Whites, blacks blamed for Few
Findings by the special grand jury relating to former Fire Chief Ronnie Few and the Augusta Fire Department are disgusting, to say the least. The sad part is that you cannot blame just Mr. Few. David Chiera, Augusta

News is appalling; not hog headline
This is in response to several letters complaining about the July 7 front page "hog story." Those complaining claim to be "appalled, disgusted and furious" about this story and resent it being splattered in "their newspaper." William Howard Hensley, Evans, Ga.

'Medicaid mess' editorial errs
Regarding the June 30 editorial, "Medicaid mess": It had some misinformation about who is providing long-term, acute-care services. Chris Palmer, RN, CRRN, CCM, North Augusta, S.C.

There are two sides to every story
In regard to the article in the July 11 edition of The Chronicle, "Rivera charged in altercation," I understand my brother has lost his rights to freedom because of his actions, and rightly so. However, as with any story, there are two sides and this one is no exception. Gloria Rivera, Puerto Rico

New shelter woes
If there were a referendum asking Augustans what they'd rather have their hard-earned tax money spent on - the new economic development agency the city commission is establishing or to improve conditions at the troubled Richmond County Animal Control facility - we bet the latter would win in a landslide.

3% percent growth
"The reality is that our economy remains solid, and our recovery is well under way."

'Under God' not federal court issue
Federal judges in California who ruled that the phrase "under God" in the pledge of allegiance should be banned relied on a fraudulent interpretation of the First Amendment. That amendment prohibited the "establishment" of any particular religion by the national government. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Overtime

Stallions notebook

Frigo wins 17th stage, Armstrong keeps overall lead

It's not the same anymore

Overtime

As new victory looms, Armstrong recalls past defeat

Overtime
Joseph Carvalho withstood a second-set rally by Lance Kefalos to defend his title, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, Wednesday in the Wachovia South Carolina Closed Junior Hardcourt Championships on the South Carolina University campus.

Frigo wins 17th stage, Armstrong keeps overall lead
CLUSES, France -- Italian rider Dario Frigo won Thursday's 17th stage of the Tour de France, while Lance Armstrong kept the overall leader's yellow jersey and remained almost certain to take a fourth straight title on Sunday.

As new victory looms, Armstrong recalls past defeat
LA PLAGNE, France -- Even as Lance Armstrong closes in on his fourth straight victory in the Tour de France, he couldn't help remembering his worst performance.

Overtime
Two years before his death, baseball legend Ted Williams signed a pact with two of his children asking to be frozen when he died, according to court documents filed Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Largemouth bass have been schooling off and on near the mouth of Shriver Creek and above the Soap Creek (Highway 221) Bridge on Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Panthers lineman arrested on domestic charge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry appeared in court Thursday on a charge of assaulting his wife and was freed on $2,500 bond.

Arthur Blank just another rookie at Falcons camp
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Arthur Blank looks at himself as just another rookie, trying to earn his place in the NFL.

Despite hard times, Coach is still king
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Not much has changed since Dan Reeves broke in as a running back with the Dallas Cowboys in 1965.

Dronett, Duckett won't be on hand for opening of Falcons camp
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons won't have two key players when they open training camp Thursday at Furman University.

Question marks
GREENVILLE, S.C. - It's no surprise Doug Johnson thinks the Atlanta Falcons are suitably equipped at quarterback.

Fans have power to keep the game on the field

Stallions notebook
After two brawls and seven ejections in this past Saturday's game, Stallions head coach Mike Hold hopes the only fighting going on in Augusta this week is at the boxing club.

Stallions call on former teammate for help
As Augusta made a four-hour road trip during Week 1 of the season, Glen Gauntt dialed up an old friend.

Hospitals seek grant as funding for trials
For nearly two years, Augusta's dreams of a coordinated cancer effort for research studies have shown up only in binders and slides. Now there is a plan to finally make the dreams flesh and also create ties with the top cancer center in the country.

Yeast experiments challenge scientists' notions about aging
An entire diet and supplement industry has sprung up around the notion that one of the keys to a long life is removing oxygen molecules called free radicals from your body. But now experiments with yeast have called that theory into question.

How to avoid e-mail hoaxes
It's a corny line from an old horror movie: "When's it going to stop?" But that's how I feel every time I read my e-mail now as I get warnings upon warnings of the next dreaded e-mail virus.

Teams gear up for Robot Challenge
Grace is a robot that must survive on her wit and charm.

Air pollution makes common cold worse
WASHINGTON -- Adding insult to injury, breathing polluted air when you have a cold makes you feel twice as bad.

Odds and ends

Lost cat logs 63,000 miles

Search under way for low-fat ice cream that tastes good

Air pollution makes common cold worse

Yeast experiments challenge scientists' notions about aging

How to avoid e-mail hoaxes

Teams gear up for Robot Challenge

Hospitals seek grant as funding for trials