To band, simplicity is an art

Club calendar

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.

At the movies: 'The Country Bears'

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.

Applause 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.

Giants can cause big movie scares

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country songs attest to power of love

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.

Make sure your child gets a healthy start

Guide to Edgefield County Schools 2002-2003

Tips for beating the back-to-school butterflies

Back-to-school recipes

Guide to Private Schools 2002-2003

Back-to-school -- a checklist for parents

Back-to-school briefs

Guide to Troy State University 2002-2003

Private school rising from ashes

Back-to-school briefs

Students buy books on Internet

Columbia County changes

Guide to Richmond County Schools 2002-2003

Sales-tax funds paid for Fort Gordon school

Guide to Aiken County Schools 2002-2003

Richmond County changes

Rezoning relocates some pupils

Aiken County changes

Schools feeling left behind

Guide to Augusta Technical College 2002-2003

Buy kids school-friendly computers

Schools require conformity in dress

Shortages add to urgency for vaccinations for school

Guide to Columbia County Schools 2002-2003

Tax holiday should ease pain

Building boom continues at Augusta State

Packing children's lunches can be a challenge

Guide to University of South Carolina Aiken 2002-2003

National School Lunch Program

Guide to Aiken Technical College 2002-2003

Charter schools tailored to students

Immunization needs change for S.C. pupils

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Richmond County changes
Academy of Richmond County - David Robbins

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.

Labor talks break for weekend

Owners lawyer thinks baseball can have labor deal before strike

Labor talks break for weekend
NEW YORK -- After a brief discussion of revenue sharing, baseball's labor talks broke until next week.

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.

Williams wanted to be frozen, according to family pact

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.

Macon team set to move out

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.

Travelers pile up the postcards

Sheffield's finally happy in Atlanta

Sheffield extends on-base streak to 51 games
ATLANTA -- Braves star Gary Sheffield reached base for the 51st straight game Friday night, singling in the fourth inning off Philadelphia lefty Randy Wolf.

Phillies trip up Braves

Lopez's shoulder might start Sunday
ATLANTA - Atlanta catcher Javy Lopez's right shoulder felt so good Thursday he jumped into his backyard batting cage and hit a few balls.

Sheffield extends on-base streak to 51 games

Phillies trip up Braves
ATLANTA - Having spent the better part of the past 10 weeks watching the Atlanta Braves play flawless baseball, it will take more than Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies to cause manager Bobby Cox to gulp nervously.

Lopez's shoulder might start Sunday

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.

Publix urges shoppers to return ground beef
Publix is asking customers in Georgia and South Carolina to return ground beef with specific sell-by dates because it may contain E. coli-contaminated beef from ConAgra.

Business briefs

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

Problem solving reaps $30,000
ATHENS, Ga. - It took Mike Cash little more than a week to complete a scientific problem he found posted on the World Wide Web.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Wall Street finished a tumultuous week on an upbeat note Friday, with stocks posting a solid advance and raising hopes that after more than two months of selling, the worst of the market's decline might be over. The gain helped the Dow Jones industrials achieve their biggest weekly advance in 10 weeks.

Purified powerhouse

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.

Problem solving reaps $30,000

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.

Publix urges shoppers to return ground beef

Financing moves hotel project forward
AIKEN - Groundbreaking is a month away on a hotel project that was delayed a year because of the economy.

Panel weighs county entry

Area jobless rate returns to recession levels

Business briefs

Panel weighs county entry
The Augusta Commission's finance committee meets Monday to discuss the pros and cons of Richmond County joining the CSRA Unified Development Authority. For the 11 counties already a part of the authority, the meeting might seem superfluous.

Teenager dies during tryout at Georgia college

Forecast: sunshine

Dire consequences

New shelter woes

3% percent growth

Historic crackdown

Save the voter cards

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.

GreenJackets game report
TURNING POINT: Tony Pena Jr. drilled a two-run double to left field in the eighth inning to give Macon a 3-1 lead, which it held for the rest of the contest.

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.

Jackets falter in eighth
The divine magic that graced the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday was nowhere to be found Friday.

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.

Hayes, Funk lead John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- J.P. Hayes shot a course-record 10-under-par 61 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic.

Watson five strokes off lead at British Seniors
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Tom Watson had the only bogey-free round of the Senior British Open, shooting a 2-under-par 69 Friday.

Kuehne's great start ends with second-round lead

Watson begins with 70 in Senior British Open

Jaguars lose Seawell to Tide

Sapp's victory paved the way for first-timers

Sapp's victory paved the way for first-timers
It was almost a year ago that the wealth of talent on the Regions Cup golf circuit started to spread. The result has been a long line of first-time winners.

Can advances in U.S. Junior
DULUTH, Ga. -- Co-medalist Tarik Can of New York won two matches Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Dier shoots European tour-best 60 at Dutch Open

Jaguars lose Seawell to Tide
Augusta State men's golf coach Jay Seawell is preparing to leave the university less than a month before the start of the 2002-2003 season.

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 five strokes off lead at British Seniors

Hayes, Funk lead John Deere Classic

Gilder takes one-shot lead in FleetBoston Classic

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.

Heinen leads John Deere 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.

Kuehne's great start ends with second-round lead
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Kelli Kuehne birdied the first three holes Friday and went on to a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Big Apple Classic.

Gilder takes one-shot lead in FleetBoston Classic
CONCORD, Mass. -- Bob Gilder shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over five players, including two-time defending champion Larry Nelson, in the FleetBoston Classic.

Marshall, Yeo share first-round lead

Can advances in U.S. Junior

GreenJackets game report

Jackets falter in eighth

Jackets pull out 2-1 win

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.

Thrashers re-sign restricted free agent forward

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

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.

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.

'Under God' not federal court issue

Literacy feared?

Stroke victim seeks information on treatment

Criticisms of Augusta government not always race-based

Whites, blacks blamed for Few

Urges term limits on commissioners

War on terrorism is ineffective

'Medicaid mess' editorial errs

Local store endangers customers

Editorial wrong about King, Parks

Dress code would demean teachers

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.

Across the Southeast
HATTERAS, N.C. -Marine archaeologists excavating the Civil War ironclad ship USS Monitor on Friday found what they believe are human remains inside the vessel's gun turret.

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.

Savannah officer is resourceful in arrest

Tax assessors offer to spread news

Democrat joins race

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.

Army states it's not liable for drawdown

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Across the area

Across the area

Hephzibah club probation can end, police say

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.

Augusta ranks lowest in crime

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

Registration is not today

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.

GBI says man tried to lure teenager

Hephzibah club probation can end, police say
A recent 90-day business license probation on a Hephzibah night club "worked wonders," local authorities say.

Tempers fly over airport consulting

Cafe asks airport for help
The High Flight Cafe could fall by the wayside before it even gets going, new owners warned.

Thomson exec guilty of fraud

Judge rules zoning unfair but legal

Children get chance to ride on water

Savannah's airport adds beach name

Problems plague Edgefield jail

Officer accused of choking teen

Radio racers

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.

Correction

Across the Southeast

Across the South

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.

Plutonium shipments could head overseas

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.

Publix urges shoppers to return ground beef

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

March marks signing of ADA

Oak tree recovers from deadly fungus
The experts have officially agreed: Augusta State University's symbol - the more than 400-year-old Arsenal Oak - was infected with a potentially deadly disease.

Plutonium shipments could head overseas
AIKEN - Anti-nuclear activists with Greenpeace International said Fridaythat the Department of Energy intends to send 330 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium by ship to Europe.

Missing boy found with mom
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.

Publix urges shoppers to return ground beef
Publix is asking customers in Georgia and South Carolina to return ground beef with specific sell-by dates because it may contain E. coli-contaminated beef from ConAgra.

New president brings new ideas
His office isn't even unpacked, but James Vinson has already hit the ground running.

Problems plague Edgefield jail
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Since the day he took office, Sheriff Adell Dobey has been calling inspectors to fix a jail he knew had cracks in security and physical flaws.

Judge says city's law is flawed
At least under the old adult entertainment ordinances, the city cannot close the doors of Augusta Video X-Mart, a judge ruled Friday.

Children get chance to ride on water
LAKE MURRAY, S.C. - Ebony Jamison could be heard before she was seen over the water's wake.

Airing it out

Choral open house

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

Cafe asks airport for help

Old Glory, New School

Burial grounds could stall Fall Line Freeway

ASU golf coach to leave

GBI says man tried to lure teenager
SAVANNAH - Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a Savannah man Friday who investigators said tried to persuade a 15-year-old Lincolnton girl he met on the Internet to run away with him.

Missing drug bust money draws GBI

March marks signing of ADA
Esther Waas' life changed forever Oct. 19, 1999. Ms. Waas, now 27, was shot once in the left eye by an intruder in her Florida home. The injury, which put her in a coma for three weeks, left her with limited use of her left leg and partial paralysis.

Authority waffles on Methodist refund

Army states it's not liable for drawdown
The government bears no responsibility for seawalls and docks destroyed when the Corps of Engineers drained the Savannah River in an ill-fated experiment two years ago, according to the Army Claims Service.

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.

Cyclists stop off to visit campers
WINDER, Ga. - A group of college graduates and members of a national fraternity rode their bikes into Winder's Camp Will-A-Way this week after a trek across the nation to raise funds for people with disabilities.

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.

Auditing report finds airport made a profit
Augusta Regional Airport made money during 2001, but it was significantly less than the year before, according to auditing reports.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

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.

Around town

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.

Correction
An item on Page 1A of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified gardener Kay Pittman. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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.

Burial grounds could stall Fall Line Freeway
Drivers will be able to cruise on four-lane highways all the way from Augusta to Savannah in less than four years, if plans don't take a wrong turn.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Dennis Penton is today's subscriber of the day.

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.

Across the area
A juvenile correctional officer with Augusta Youth Detention Center was arrested Friday on charges of possessing marijuana on the facility's grounds.

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Across Georgia
CANTON - A Cherokee County chicken-processing plant had to evacuate workers after a pressure valve released ammonia in the area Thursday night.

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.

Across the South
COLUMBIA -The state's ban on tattooing could be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court, but in the meantime, South Carolinians seeking the decorative body art must cross the border to get it legally.

Spanish cross surfaces in Florida dig

Registration is not today
Columbia County school registration will not be held today as reported in the Back to School section in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

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

Radio racers
As part of the seventh annual Watermelon Classic, operators steer remote-control race cars through a course at Westinghouse Savannah River Company Recreation Association Park.

Choral open house
The Columbia County Choral Society Open House for inquiring singers and friends will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church of Evans.

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

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.

Jarrett ready to try for Pocono sweep

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

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

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.

Elliott ties record with Pocono pole

Da Matta still in charge in CART

Status of A. J. Foyt driver uncertain

Elliott ties record with Pocono pole
LONG POND, Pa. - You'll have to excuse the smile on Bill Elliott's face. For the second consecutive race, Elliott was the fastest man in qualifying, despite a slow first lap.

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.

Duckett's contract dispute continues

Despite hard times, Coach is still king

Fever steals victory

Receivers fighting for spots

Panthers lineman arrested on domestic charge

Pro football briefs

Arthur Blank just another rookie at Falcons camp

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Mrs. Jean Latislaw    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)
Mrs. Addie Brown    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Speaks    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mrs. Rhoda Melnik    (CLEVELAND, Ohio)
Ms. Allene Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Steed    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Hildreth    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnnie Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Illg    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Ms. Enise Kirby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sammie Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cleause Bowdre    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. James Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Daisy Chilsom    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Sgt. Walter Clayton    (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)
Mrs. Carolyn Steed    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Nancy Gary    (RIVERDALE, Ga.)
Ms. Emma Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Milton Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Hay    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Perry Ussery    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Ms. Helen Hightower    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Caldwell (SILOAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Ivey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Bales (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Allene Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Gilbert (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Perdue (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Hildreth (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Steed (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Allen (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

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

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

Mrs. Rhoda Melnik (CLEVELAND, Ohio)

Ms. Emma Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Perry Ussery (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Helen Hightower (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Bledsoe (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Milton Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donald Keeley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Hickok (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gwendolyn Walker (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. Robert Dutko (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gennia Wright (MARIETTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Jackson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Addie Brown (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Daniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cleause Bowdre (APPLING, Ga.)

Sgt. Walter Clayton (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)

Mrs. Jean Latislaw (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Latislaw (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Enise Kirby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Steed (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Gary (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Stone (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Milton Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nicholas Kuehn Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Nancy Gary (RIVERDALE, Ga.)

Mr. James Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gennia Wright (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eutasia Brown (VERNON, Fla.)

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

Literacy feared?
I recently had to appear as a witness in Richmond County Juvenile Court, so I took a book with me to pass the time. Michael White, Augusta, Ga.

Urges term limits on commissioners
The long-awaited special grand jury report didn't really reveal anything that was not expected regarding the ills of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few. Reaction of his Augusta Commission supporters was no surprise either - defiant dismissal of any charges of corruption. Lawrence Smith, Augusta

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.

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

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

Editorial wrong about King, Parks
Neither Martin Luther King nor Rosa Parks had in mind to "popularize" the civil rights movement, as you deplorably said in your editorial on July 20 ("Percy Ricks Jr."). Their historical struggle was to terminate the injustices and bigotry - especially in the Southern states. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Dress code would demean teachers
Regarding the July 9 editorial, "Board aims to enact teacher dress code": I do hope that the committee is not planning to insult teachers by requiring uniforms be worn. I agree some of my fellow professionals do not understand the phrase "professional attire." Mary C. Singh, Augusta

'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.

Dire consequences
In the years since Anita Hill pulled into Washington on a bulldozer and re-graded both the political and gender landscapes, women have become more empowered than ever in the work place. And that's a good thing.

'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.

Forecast: sunshine
It is referred to in the Georgia Constitution. It is required by the state's laws. It is necessary to the functioning of a democracy. And it runs deep in the American psyche to expect it.

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

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

Save the voter cards
With higher property revaluation notices going out soon, thus signaling steeper taxes ahead, it's understandable if Augustans are of a mood to just throw away any government mail they might receive.

Sports digest

Overtime

Raymond hands Seles defeat in quarterfinals

Overtime

Frigo wins 17th stage, Armstrong keeps overall lead

Stallions notebook

Armstrong is in command of Tour de France

Stallions could clinch division tonight

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.

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

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.

Armstrong is in command of Tour de France
BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France -- Lance Armstrong doesn't have a rider threatening to cut into his lead in the final two stages of the Tour de France. He likes it that way.

Overtime
Rayonta Whitfield, the Augusta boxer who won the national Golden Gloves championship six days after he saved his family from a house fire in June, was honored by the Georgia state senate earlier this month.

Raymond hands Seles defeat in quarterfinals
STANFORD, Calif. - Lisa Raymond upset third-seeded Monica Seles 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic.

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.

Duckett's contract dispute continues
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- T.J. Duckett, the No. 1 draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons, missed his second day of training camp Friday because of a contract dispute.

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.

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.

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.

Pro football briefs
CHENEY, Wash. - Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 draft, has decided to end a career marred by clashes with fans, teammates and team executives and marked by ineptitude on the field.

Receivers fighting for spots
GREENVILLE, S.C. - With the preseason opener still two weeks away and the final cuts not scheduled until Sept. 1, Mike Johnson still has time to make judgments.

Faith and fellowship Calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar carries highlights of events in the Augusta area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Seek to serve and refresh others like Onesiphorus
"The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain." - II Timothy 1:16

Faith digest
Schoolchildren can find needed supplies at the Links to Learning Back to School party at Trinity Outreach Mission, 818 Eighth St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Campers win life, ball skills on court
Upward Basketball referees call a foul one minute, and the next, they are surrounded by players - it's a learning experience.

Power to do It
In a voice that could fill a stadium, Aline Scott fired off words of encouragement Tuesday to the 20 or so children in Camp Fix-It at the recreation center at Dyess Park.

Gospel rocks Summer Jam 2002
Billy Goodwin and NewSong are looking for another Red Letter Day on their Summer Jam 2002 Tour when it comes to Bell Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

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 could clinch division tonight
To the delight of players and fans, John Cratic will perform his act as a human sprinkler at least one more time.

Bill would allow industry disruption of illegal file sharing
WASHINGTON -- A proposal by a California congressman would give the entertainment industry broad new powers to try to stop people from downloading pirated music and movies off the Internet.

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

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.

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.

Fever steals victory
INDIANAPOLIS - Tamika Catchings tied the WNBA record with nine steals and scored 23 points in the Indiana Fever's 73-63 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.

Hospitals seek grant as funding for trials

How to avoid e-mail hoaxes

Teams gear up for Robot Challenge

Power to do It

Faith and fellowship Calendar

Gospel rocks Summer Jam 2002

Seek to serve and refresh others like Onesiphorus

Campers win life, ball skills on court