Dana Carvey taps talent for mimicry for new film
LOS ANGELES -- A grinning fan approaches Dana Carvey amid the cacophonous guitar, drum and keyboard noise of a Sunset Boulevard music store.

Marco's mixes cuisines
When Marco's Restaurant opened in June at 1024 Reynolds St., it was a dream come true for chef and co-owner Marco Ringer.

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Marco's mixes cuisines

Myth perceptions
Slowly, Rhian Swain-Giboney spreads the portraits across the Formica counter in her Augusta home. The faces, representing a spectrum of age, race and background, smile up at the artist.

Long live the King

Art galleries
This is a listing of art galleries in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Dana Carvey taps talent for mimicry for new film

At the movies: 'The Master of Disguise'
Such a sad irony that Dana Carvey, who's made his name bringing celebrities to life with uncanny impersonations, should make such a lifeless movie based on characters of his own creation. None is funny or inspired.

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This takes poetic license to extreme
I was a poet and didn't know it.

Springsteen still 'Rising' to occasion

Bands often victims of photo cliches
A solemn group of guitar wielders stare, unblinking and unsmiling, into the gleaming lens of a camera. Before and behind them, a railroad track, perhaps overgrown with weeds, stretches from one end of the frame to the other.

Arless Day forms art one piece at a time

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

Club calendar

Video watch
JUST OUT: Dragonfly, Collateral Damage and Resident Evil

At the movies: 'Signs'

At the movies: 'Signs'
Atmosphere goes a long way in an M. Night Shyamalan film, even so far as to elevate a rather nebulous scenario - really more a situation than a story - into a rip-roaring yarn.

Myth perceptions

Standing ovations
Augusta act Quietstorm will open its Music Explosion concert series at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Riverwalk Augusta's Eighth Street Bulkhead. Each concert in the series will explore a different musical theme. Sunday's concert will feature jazz. Admission is free. For more information, call 821-1754.

Some sequels continue cinematic excellence

Broad Street Market finds its niche downtown
Have we mentioned our elation that Broad Street has evolved into a culinary mother lode? Funky and eclectic eateries, sprouting like wildflowers in recent years, have injected downtown with a welcome dose of vitality.

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Arless Day forms art one piece at a time
Artist Arless Day's imagined world is a fantasy of architectural tidbits and riotous color, a dreamscape populated with festively festooned nobility and elaborate fairy-tale palaces.

Broad Street Market finds its niche downtown

Springsteen still 'Rising' to occasion
For almost 20 years, music fans have approached Bruce Springsteen releases with something of a heavy heart. After all, no matter how soulful the songs, no matter how sweet, a question always loomed: How would it have sounded with the E Street band?

At the movies: 'Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat'

Some sequels continue cinematic excellence
Most movie sequels are like leftovers: What once was great becomes bland and tasteless when revisited.

Bands often victims of photo cliches

At the movies: 'Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat'
The trailers for "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" suggest that the comedian at last bares his soul about the personal difficulties he's had since his last concert film, the enormously successful "You So Crazy" in 1994.

Standing ovations

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.

Art galleries

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

At the movies: 'The Master of Disguise'

Applause calendar
BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Collins Elementary School, 1321 Steed St.; with radio station WFXA-FM (103.1) and Thumbs Up; 724-6172.

Applause calendar

Long live the King
Aug. 16 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. The Augusta Chronicle wants readers to share their memories of Presley.

Das asks for additional time for contraction decision

Players delay setting a strike date

Players delay setting a strike date
NEW YORK - With a pivotal week of talks upcoming, baseball players hope there's enough progress in negotiations to make setting a strike deadline unnecessary.

Das asks for additional time for contraction decision
NEW YORK -- The arbitrator deciding the grievance over whether baseball owners can fold teams without the agreement of players asked for more time again Thursday.

Mayor: Macon could lure another minor-league baseball team
MACON, Ga. -- The city of Macon, which will be without a baseball team when the minor-league Braves pick up and move to Rome next season, stands a fair chance of luring another team to town, the mayor says.

Mayor: Macon could lure another minor-league baseball team

Hemingway look-alike sends in unusual postcard

Braves place Lopez on 15-day DL
ATLANTA - Turns out the Atlanta Braves put a Lopez on the disabled list after all, but it wasn't Albie.

Atlanta's rout delayed by storms

Atlanta's rout delayed by storms
ATLANTA -Wes Helms, who is often overlooked despite his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame, carries some thunder in his bat. And on those rare occasions when he plays, he enjoys reminding everyone that he's more than a stick of clubhouse furniture.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta third baseman Vinny Castilla has no illusions about his July production.

Braves shut out Brewers

Braves shut out Brewers
ATLANTA - He has been so good for so long, you expect Atlanta's Greg Maddux to pitch a shutout every time he walks to the mound.

Braves place Lopez on 15-day DL

Burke County panel nears deal for plant

Cafe owners hope Common will bring business boom
Silla Cafe owners recently completed a $30,000 expansion that more than doubled the downtown restaurant's seating capacity.

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.9 percent
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.9 percent in July with a disappointing 6,000 new jobs created, increasing worries that the fledgling recovery could be in danger of stalling out.

Burke County panel nears deal for plant
Burke County Development Authority officials are working on a deal to bring a carbon product manufacturer to the former Gary Safe International building in Waynesboro.

Business briefs

Business surveys join airport's pitch
As Savannah River Site's top contractor, it's no surprise that Washington is the most common travel destination for Westinghouse Savannah River Co. employees.

Business briefs
CHICAGO -- United Airlines' stock plummeted 20 percent Friday on a new round of published speculation about the chances that its protracted financial struggles might ultimately send it into bankruptcy.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Manufacturing activity grew more slowly in July and jobless claims are up, according to economic reports released Thursday, underscoring an economy struggling to fully recover from last year's recession and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Dow Jones industrials tumble 193
NEW YORK -- An uninspiring jobs report and more earnings warnings - this time from Disney and National Semiconductor - shattered investors' hopes that business was turning around and triggered a selloff Friday. The Dow Jones industrials slid 193 points, their second consecutive triple-digit loss.

Business briefs

Home improvements
ATHENS, Ga. - The hum of change is in the air on the streets around Hancock Avenue, one of Athens' historically black neighborhoods.

Home improvements

Cafe owners hope Common will bring business boom

Business surveys join airport's pitch

In the know
Orlando, Fla.-based real estate company Trammel Crow Co. has replaced Meybohm Commercial Properties of Augusta as marketer of the troubled Augusta West Shopping Center

SEC Media Days notebook

SEC Media Days notebook
HOOVER, Ala. -- If you want to get Casey Clausen fired up, bring up Tennessee's loss to LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season.

Stop the grave robbers

Focus on crowd control

Just make it safer

Image vs. reality

Hot, dry weather puts stress on plants

Monster melons

Hot, dry weather puts stress on plants
Here are some tips for gardening in hot, dry weather.

Monster melons
Russell Collins is a jack of all trades and a master of watermelons.

Figueroa atones for mistake
One moment, he looks lost out in right field or he runs into trouble on the bases and leaves his manager flabbergasted. The next moment, he makes his teammates' jaws drop with a display of his prodigious power.

Jackets bash Bombers
On his first play in an Augusta GreenJackets uniform, Jason Bryan turned on the jets for a 120-foot sprint to the right-field corner. He missed the catch and went crashing into the outfield wall.

Gilder on an extra-hole roll
JERICHO, N.Y. -- With Bob Gilder winning the way he has the last two weeks, the Senior PGA Tour better hold off calling the Long Island Classic a 54-hole tournament.

McKay's quick start gives her lead at Wendy's

Delahoussaye leads Amateur

Waldorf, Senden share early International lead

Four tie for 1-stroke lead in Georgia Open
BRASELTON, Ga. -- Chan Reeves of the Robert T. Jones Instructional Center shot a 37 on the front nine but came back with a 31 to tie with three others with 4-under-par 68s and a one stroke lead Thursday in the first round of the Georgia Open.

Rogers fires 73 to win tourney

Rogers fires 73 to win tourney
It's not that he hasn't wanted to play in the Mickie Gallagher tournament in the past. Will Rogers has just never had the time.

Inkster stays behind to help strengthen Wendy's field

Pressure starts eating at Benham

Gilder on an extra-hole roll

Lowery surges to second-round lead in International

Delahoussaye leads Amateur
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Brent Delahoussaye leads the 71st Annual South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship after shooting 1-over-par 72 on Friday at The Long Cove Club.

Waldorf, Senden share early International lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Duffy Waldorf battled swirling winds and fast greens to score 9 points Thursday and share the early first-round lead with Australian John Senden in The International.

Pressure starts eating at Benham
Aiken's Michael Benham had no idea the pressure of trying to win a fifth-straight Regions Cup senior player of the year title would be anything like this.

Inkster stays behind to help strengthen Wendy's field
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Juli Inkster would have preferred to spend this week at home with her family. Or maybe even in Scotland, battling horizontal rain and cold temperatures while she prepared for next week's Weetabix Women's British Open.

Lowery surges to second-round lead in International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Steve Lowery, getting positive vibes from his victory here in 1994, carded seven birdies and one bogey to claim the second-round lead Friday in The International.

McKay's quick start gives her lead at Wendy's
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Mhairi McKay could have gone home to Scotland to prepare for the Women's British Open.

ASU names interim golf coach
It's been a whirlwind week for Robert Duck.

Four tie for 1-stroke lead in Georgia Open

Figueroa atones for mistake

Jackets bash Bombers

Thrashers agree to terms with Kozlov, three others

Thrashers agree to terms with Kozlov, three others
ATLANTA -- Vyacheslav Kozlov, acquired from Buffalo on June 22, accepted a one-year qualifying offer from the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Hemingway look-alike sends in unusual postcard
Some people send cards from their vacation travels. Ron Thomas sent a fan.

SRS plutonium shipments under way
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The federal government has begun shipping tons of weapons-grade plutonium from Colorado to South Carolina despite a lawsuit by critics who fear the fuel will be permanently stored in the state.

Man asks judge to deny bond
A Martinez man charged with the deaths of two Augusta area women requested a Richmond County judge to deny him bond Friday.

Randall best for Aiken Co. Council

Hopes shooting facility stays operational

Photograph was insensitive

Porno ruling will harm Augusta

First Friday alcohol ban punishes innocent with guilty

Not surprised by former mayor's death

Men of God are only humans

Mayor fully responsible for letter

News article on Corps omits lake-level information

Races should stop 'playing race card'

Adults should teach kids manners

Official's resume stretches truth

Two men jailed in separate assaults
A former youth detention guard who had hoped to start a ministry for troubled youths and an alcoholic who sodomized a young boy began prison sentences Thursday.

Jail conversion on schedule
AIKEN - Where once there were drug-dealers there soon will be drug testers.

Critics point to holes in report

Board says teachers must list purchases

Arrest made in '97 assault

Subscriber of the day

Developer seeks loan guarantee

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jean Moore of Evans.

Attempt to nominate new leadership fails

SRS retirees see pensions rise

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that Itoro Umoh-Coleman is assistant coach of the women's basketball team at Clemson University.

News you can use

Across the area

Around town

Board alters leadership approach

Just another day at animal control
Edward Jefferson, an animal control officer for Richmond County, has captured his share of animals in Augusta including a few exotic ones - an iguana, a boa constrictor and a few other snakes.

School board ballots set

Hospital gets time to meet standards
Gracewood State School and Hospital will get some extra time to show that it is complying with patient standards so it can still get Medicaid funding.

Driver requests denial of bond

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ANDERSON, S.C. - People wanting to put their boat into Lake Hartwell have fewer choices. Officials have closed 13 of 35 public boat ramps because of the dry weather.

Developer puts suburbs in the city

Little League's insurer will help fund cleanup

ANIC's leader defends ties to senator

Norwood message generates complaint

SRS deal omits DuPont retirees

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Audit links Walker businesses, state grants

Board drops First Friday push

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Larry Brown Sr. of Augusta.

Office eases hairstyle policy

Developer seeks loan guarantee
AIKEN - A controversial hotel and conference center at Hunters Glen and Whiskey roads will be built whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture helps out or not, the developer, Bansi Patel, said Friday.

Jail conversion on schedule

Board alters leadership approach
Aiken Preparatory School has taken a new approach to its headmaster position, vacant since April.

Hospital gets time to meet standards

SRS deal omits DuPont retirees
AIKEN - The deal finalized with the Department of Energy and Westinghouse Savannah River Co. this week to increase Savannah River Site retiree benefits based on cost-of-living changes does not include people who retired under the previous contractor, DuPont.

Escort service sting leads to seven arrests
If local escort services didn't think Richmond County vice officers were serious about running them out of town, they learned a hard lesson Wednesday night during another sting operation.

SRS plutonium shipments underway
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The federal government has begun shipping tons of weapons-grade plutonium from Colorado to South Carolina despite a lawsuit by critics who fear the fuel will be permanently stored in the state.

Little League's insurer will help fund cleanup
The insurance carrier for a Little League group responsible for contaminated fill dirt dumped at a city-owned park is expected to share the costs of removing the material.

Developer puts suburbs in the city
The east end of Hopkins Street in Laney-Walker neighborhood, not far from the site where James Brown grew up, is largely a picture of urban blight - empty lots littered and overgrown, dilapidated homes sealed with plywood boards and the ancient machinery of Southern Milling Co. feed mill looming above the tree line.

Parents seek balance as school year shifts
ATHENS, Ga. - The logistics are daunting, but Dwight Sims is ready. His family is one of many whose lives may become more complicated as Gaines and Chase Street ele-mentary schools begin a new year-round model as part of a partnership with the University of Georgia.

Correction
No armed robbery occurred at Harvard's Wine & Beverage in Aiken on Monday. An article about the robbery in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle was a previously published report about the crime, which actually happened in May.

Husband arrested at hearing
AIKEN - A Salley woman accused of running a puppy mill attempted to have her bond lowered Thursday, only to see her common-law husband jailed.

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of cashing $20,000 in counterfeit and stolen checks at local businesses in Richmond and Columbia counties pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court on Friday.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was shot in the face early Thursday, and police have charged her ex-boyfriend with the shooting.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - A Glynn County man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife and using a backhoe to bury her body in a front-yard garden.

Official's resume stretches truth
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The public schools superintendant of Savannah-Chatham County wrote on his resume that he earned a "military doctorate" from the National War College.

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

Escort service sting leads to seven arrests

Open-container controversy draws crowd downtown
Alstyne Martin of North Augusta remembers when only a few people attended First Friday, so the swarm of people Friday night surprised her.

Teachers go back to prepare lessons

Attempt to nominate new leadership fails
Several Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members blasted acting Chairman Joe Scott on Friday, saying the 10-year veteran of the board is thwarting efforts to elect legitimate leadership.

Ready, Set, Shop

Arrest made in '97 assault
Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers say they were able to locate a man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 1997.

Across the area

Driver requests denial of bond
A Martinez man charged in the deaths of two Augusta-area women requested a Richmond County judge to deny him bond Friday.

Correction

School board ballots set
Familiar faces will fill seats on Columbia County and Richmond County school boards this fall.

Hopeful has little history as voter

Across the Southeast
GREENSBORO, N.C. -The University of North Carolina is asking a judge to in effect throw out a lawsuit that seeks to block the school from assigning students to read a book on Islam.

Man asks judge to deny bond

Donations to UGA reach new record
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia set an all-time record for single-year private giving last fiscal year with $62.7 million in new gifts and pledges from private sources.

Across the Southeast

Officer training site gets first female chief
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Connie Patrick has been appointed the director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which has headquarters near Brunswick.

SRS plutonium shipments under way

Office eases hairstyle policy
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Inger Bostick could return to her job in the Chatham County Courthouse - if she keeps her twist hairstyle well-maintained.

Grand jury blasts loan program

Critics point to holes in report
The latest special grand jury report, which lambasts a city loan program for favoring politically connected companies, failed to mention several independent businesses that also benefited, city and bank officials reported Friday.

Educators get new dress code policy

Audit links Walker businesses, state grants
ATLANTA - State Sen. Charles Walker and organizations he's affiliated with collected more than $125,000 from nonprofit agencies funded by two large state grants he helped get, according to an audit released Friday.

Just another day at animal control

Subscriber of the day

Candidate accused of sign sabotage
Columbia County Commission District 1 candidate Steve Brown says he's not the one taking down his opponent's campaign signs.

Officer training site gets first female chief

Educators get new dress code policy
The capri pants that some Richmond County teachers have been sporting this summer will have to stay in their closets when they head back to school next week.

ANIC's leader defends ties to senator
In a city the size of Augusta, it's hard not to do business with people you know, said Robert Cooks, the president and chief executive officer of Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Board says teachers must list purchases
Aiken County Board of Education members agreed Thursday night to ask teachers for a list of school-related items they buy, an effort to help teachers avoid being taxed for state reimbursement money.

Permit decision worries activists

Ready, Set, Shop
Wearing her big, red fluffy slippers, Georgia's first lady, Marie Barnes, breezed into Augusta on Thursday to promote the Shop Georgia sales tax holiday.

Coliseum board in power struggle
A struggle for power of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority erupted Thursday as several members called a special meeting to elect new officers and acting Chairman Joe Scott attempted to block their move.

Norwood message generates complaint
An American-Arab group is questioning whether U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood knows the difference between Arabs and Muslims.

Grand jury blasts loan program
A government loan program designed to help minority- and women-owned businesses secure city contracts benefited only the owners of two politically connected companies, according to the latest special grand jury report, released Thursday morning.

Board drops First Friday push
Save for a few extra sheriff's deputies patrolling Broad Street, today's First Friday street celebration will be the same as ever.

Husband arrested at hearing

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

Hopeful has little history as voter
ATLANTA - Like some Georgia voters, Vernadette Ramirez Broyles only steps into a booth to cast her ballot every four years, avoiding the primaries, runoffs and special elections that fall in between.

News you can use
AUG. 2, 1982 Richmond County Sheriff's Department Capt. John L. Francisco, 56, and his son, Deputy John L. Francisco Jr., were in critical condition late Sunday after both were shot while breaking up a fight between a man and woman outside a Deans Bridge Road motel.

SRS retirees see pensions rise
AIKEN - People who retired from the Savannah River Site before May 1, 1999, will receive an increase in their pensions.

Open-container controversy draws crowd downtown

Teachers go back to prepare lessons
Freddie the Frog went back to school Thursday.

Permit decision worries activists
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A legislative study committee, created to explore ways to ensure adequate water in the decades to come, is instead putting Georgians' water supplies at risk, environmental advocates charged Thursday.

No Heisman hype for hopeful Manning
HOOVER, Ala. - A flier arrived in the mail last week that was utterly nonsensical.

Rudd, Yates parting seems to be close

Soft walls only a concept at most tracks
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The concept was simple at first: Build walls at race tracks that absorb some of the energy of a crash.

Benson ready for Indy turnaround
INDIANAPOLIS -- Johnny Benson and his crew haven't had much to cheer about this season. They hope the Brickyard 400 can change all that.

Soft walls only a concept at most tracks

Drivers don't want to meet 'soft' wall

Drivers don't want to meet 'soft' wall
INDIANAPOLIS - There's a new safety feature at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that no one wants any part of.

Rudd, Yates parting seems to be close
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Ricky Rudd still isn't sure where he will drive next year, but his tone Friday made it clear it won't be with his current employer, Robert Yates Racing.

Benson ready for Indy turnaround

Bucks trade Robinson to Hawks

Bucks trade Robinson to Hawks
ATLANTA -- After acquiring Glenn Robinson on Friday, the Atlanta Hawks are looking forward to having a trio of All-Stars in their frontcourt next season.

Thomson native knows the distance will come

Former Valdosta QB faces long odds to make Falcons

Saints, Jaguars scrimmage and scuffle

Fire tops Mystics

Falcons sign first-round pick Duckett

Mr. John Butler III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. MaryAnn Franklin    (NEW HOLLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Bertie Mitchell    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Wilson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Clements    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Hattie Umoh    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Hattie Umoh    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Guy Huffman    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Ly-Cong Tran    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillie Thomas    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Enoch Dukes Sr.
Growing up on a farm can have its ups and downs, but for Enoch Dukes Sr., nothing made him happier.

Ms. Cassundra Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benard Williams    (NEWARK, N.J.)
Mr. Frank Stots    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Berniece Simon    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla.)
Ms. Freddie Singleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Mark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Carol Simmons    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Dennis Gough    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Pawneshing    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Teman Denney    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Ms. Daisey Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elease Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Mark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Carlton Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Chandler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Joan Keller-Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Anthony    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Guy Huffman    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Celeste Fort    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lonerna Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Fields III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Daisey Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Anthony    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise McFarland    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacquelin Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carlton Lamb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Herrick    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Enoch Dukes Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Gaston    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. William Dees III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Fields III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Corley    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Viviene DeBella    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Collins Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Edward Elliott
Edward Elliott was a steadfast hero to everyone he ever met, his daughter said Thursday.

Mr. John Butler III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Bernice Cobb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Philip Eve Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Carrie Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eddie Garnett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise McFarland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Enoch Dukes Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Cassundra Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Clark (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonerna Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Umoh (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Anthony (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Pawneshing (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Belcher Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Butler III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Guy Huffman (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Garnett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Bernice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Herrick (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Guy Huffman (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. John Butler III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan Keller-Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Thomas (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Dees III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease Williams (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ly-Cong Tran (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Corley (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelin Barber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Carol Simmons (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Daisey Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Philip Eve Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Fields III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Edward Elliott

Mr. Dennis Gough (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Freddie Singleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Umoh (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Gaston (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Berniece Simon (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Freddie Collins Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Clements (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Stots (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertie Mitchell (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Mark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Fields III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Wilson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. MaryAnn Franklin (NEW HOLLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Celeste Fort (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Benard Williams (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mr. Carlton Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Teman Denney (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Daisey Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Lamb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Mark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Anthony (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Porno ruling will harm Augusta
Judge Dudley Bowen has just determined that Video X-Mart has "First Amendment rights (and) serves the public interest." Thanks to the honorable judge, Augusta will now have more crime, violence, abused women and children, incarcerations, rape, plunder, murder, adultery of every kind, accidents, disease and dangerous streets. Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta

Mayor fully responsible for letter
In a recent interview, Mayor Bob Young made the statement that he authorized a rewrite of former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few's letter of recommendation using the city's official letterhead. Mr. Young also said he never saw the final draft of the rewritten confirmation statement. Joan McCarty, Hephzibah, Ga.

Stop the grave robbers
Since World War II, American merchant seamen who went down with cargo ships under enemy fire have slept undisturbed and largely unsung in their maritime tombs. But advanced technology and greed have abruptly brought that peace to an end for the crews of 165 ships sunk along the Atlantic coast before May 1, 1942.

Focus on crowd control
There are bound to be some growing pains when something explodes in popularity like First Friday has. The once-a-month Augusta downtown event started out eight years ago as a vehicle to showcase Artists Row and now it's become a mini-festival, featuring not only the artists, but street peddlers, music-makers, and more.

Adults should teach kids manners
Today my family and I went to a fast-food chain with a play area. I was shocked at the disrespect the older kids had for the younger children. April Flanders, Bath, S.C.

Men of God are only humans
Regarding Wesley Ellis' July 14 letter, "God's judgment is on the church." It concerned God's judgment on his body, the church. Teri Myrick, Edgefield, S.C.

Image vs. reality
Americans are among the best people on Earth. We're giving, hard-working, caring, God-fearing people.

Just make it safer
Dow-Jones stock averages have a better chance of reaching 15,000 before year's end than the Transportation Security Administration has of meeting Congress' Dec. 31 deadline to require all checked baggage to be searched for explosives.

Photograph was insensitive
Overall, I feel The Augusta Chronicle handles their business in a cum laude manner. This is why it was hard to believe the judgment, or lack thereof, seen in the July 24 edition, depicting a young dog lying prostrate on the floor ("Inspectors say shelter should cool buildings.")

First Friday alcohol ban punishes innocent with guilty
In reference to First Fridays, I heard Chris Naylor, executive director of Main Street Augusta, on the Austin Rhodes radio talk show recently, and I would like to add a few of my own comments. Elliott Mumper, Augusta

Hopes shooting facility stays operational
Please, find a way for the Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds at Wolf Creek to stay operational. Dwight Watt, Swainsboro, Ga.

Randall best for Aiken Co. Council
I strongly support Joel Randall, the Republican running for re-election to Aiken County Council, District 6. While serving on the county council myself, I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Randall and witnessed firsthand his loyal work ethic on behalf of the people he represents. Russ Ferrara, Aiken, S.C.

Not surprised by former mayor's death
In reference to T. Stuart Walker's July 23 letter, "Saddened by death of North Augusta's former mayor." It concerned the passing of former Mayor Kim Ledford of North Augusta - and it is obvious that Mr. Walker never knew Mr. Ledford. Lee Cheesborough, Augusta

News article on Corps omits lake-level information
I can't tell you how excited I was to see an article about the lake level on The Chronicle's front page other day. However, the more I read, the more disappointed I became. Russell Wilder, Evans, Ga.

Races should stop 'playing race card'
Aren't you tired of it all? A certain Augusta city commissioner and the NAACP are banding together to rally and protest, because the special grand jury investigation of the fire department and former Fire Chief Ronnie Few didn't turn out the way they wanted it to. B.J. Wortman, Evans, Ga.

Urine tests show no sign of doping in Tour de France, cycling group says

Sports digest

Williams, Kournikova win three-set matches at Acura Classic

Olympic fix: a lot of trouble for a visa

IOC officials: More changes to figure skating results possible

Overtime

Sports digest
Thomas Henderson, former flamboyant linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, on why he no longer goes by his old nickname after he won $28 million in the Texas lottery two years ago

Urine tests show no sign of doping in Tour de France, cycling group says
PARIS -- All urine samples collected from cyclists for doping tests during the Tour de France were negative.

Overtime
President Bush congratulated the U.S. World Cup team for the most successful effort by the Americans at the tournament in 72 years. Bush, who had called the team in South Korea on the morning of its 2-0 upset of Mexico in June, met with players and coaches in the Oval Office.

Olympic fix: a lot of trouble for a visa
NEW YORK -- This was the kind of dizzy scheme that could get a wise guy kicked out of the Russian mafia. Or laughed out.

Overtime
Chris Skinner, a junior at Lincoln County High School, won the Coastal Youth Golf Tour's summer championship at WoodYard Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday.

Williams, Kournikova win three-set matches at Acura Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Two-time defending champion Venus Williams beat No. 5 Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Acura Classic on Friday.

IOC officials: More changes to figure skating results possible
VENICE, Italy -- There could be even more changes in figure skating results from the Salt Lake City Olympics. They might even be thrown out.

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.

Fishing report
Schooling action is heating up during the heat of the morning on Thurmond Lake, with good-sized hybrids surfacing after shad in several areas of the lake.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Former Valdosta QB faces long odds to make Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Dan Reeves has a soft spot in his heart for players like Dusty Bonner.

Saints, Jaguars scrimmage and scuffle
There's nothing like a little melee to break up the monotony of training camp.

Thomson native knows the distance will come
GREENVILLE, S.C. - After a decade playing in Buffalo, Falcons punter Chris Mohr was glad to be home in Georgia last year.

Falcons sign first-round pick Duckett
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed first-round draft pick T.J. Duckett Friday, ending the running back's nine-day holdout.

Faith digest
Singles can enjoy a night of dancing and the comedy of Kenn Kington of Marietta, Ga., at the North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive in North Augusta, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Reservations are $25 and include dessert.

Christian TV station owner injured
Russell Spaulding, co-owner and on-air personality of Christian family station WBPI-TV (Channel 49) in North Augusta, drove a van into a Pigeon Forge, Tenn., motel garage five weeks ago but rode out in an ambulance.

City names have roots in Bible
Say "Hephzibah" and "Georgia" naturally follows - few Augustans would identify the biblical namesake with its Old Testament roots.

Amazing grace
The year was 1960. I was driving from Gray, Ga., to Macon for a doctor's appointment. The highway was wet from a heavy rain, but the sky was clear that Friday morning. I was not prepared for what happened next.

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.

Praise for the pope
With thousands of pilgrims between her and Pope John Paul II at the opening of Toronto's World Youth Day July 25, the pope looked like a "tiny white dot" to Augustan Clare Almeter.

No Heisman hype for hopeful Manning

Stallions, Knights square off one more time
Two teams separated by two points in two games in 2002 face each other tonight with just one victory at stake.

Hold hopes for big crowd at Macon
Mike Hold believes Macon will draw a decent-sized crowd Saturday night. The numbers suggest otherwise.

Stricter regulations for biotech crops proposed
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Friday proposed new safety reviews for genetically engineered crops.

Government offers new initiative for free electronic tax filing
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is looking to make online tax filing free to as many as 78 million taxpayers next year.

Atlanta police undecided on buying high-tech scooters
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department is undecided about buying new high-tech sidewalk scooters after a test run.

Welders' will start fixing cracked shuttles next week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With the entire space shuttle fleet grounded this summer by fuel-line cracks, NASA said Friday it will weld the flawed plumbing and aim for a late-September launch.

Freshmen report to Georgia and Georgia Tech

Georgia picked second in SEC
HOOVER, Ala. - Georgia is good enough to be better than Florida this season, but Tennessee still stands in the way of the Bulldogs.

Freshmen report to Georgia and Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech freshman Chris Reis was one of the few players not carrying luggage, and he didn't seem overwhelmed by the experience of reporting for his first year of college football.

Fire tops Mystics
WASHINGTON -- Ukari Figgs scored 16 points as the Portland Fire handed the Washington Mystics their season-high fifth straight loss, 67-65 Friday night.

Welders' will start fixing cracked shuttles next week

Stricter regulations for biotech crops proposed

Atlanta police undecided on buying high-tech scooters

Praise for the pope

Faith digest

Amazing grace

Faith and fellowship Calendar