Bonds hits career homer No. 598
PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 598th career home run, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth inning Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Bonds hits career homer No. 598

Book deciphers Augusta general's history

"Vampire" convicted of killing woman
LONDON -- A teenager who prosecutors said wanted to be a vampire was convicted Friday of fatally stabbing an elderly woman, cutting out her heart and drinking her blood.

Odds and ends
LAS VEGAS -- Ten-thousand bras lined the Strip over the weekend, but it wasn't a promotion for a new topless review.

Braves clobber Cardinals

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones is feeling it again, and woe to the pitchers standing in his way.

Braves clobber Cardinals
ATLANTA - There are no showdowns in August. No messages delivered. This is dog day baseball, and there are no winners, just survivors.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Chipper Jonesis back to his old self and that means bad news for opposing pitchers.

Braves deal Cards a sweep
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves came adorned with the best record in baseball. Andy Benes, who has more losses against the Braves than any other team, came armed with a 90-mile-per-hour fastball.

Braves notebook

Braves deal Cards a sweep

Business calendar

High score best on credit report
With the dizzying array of credit card accounts and loans - mortgage, auto, installment - their amounts, payment records and limits, plus maybe entries about bankruptcies, figuring out your credit report can be a challenge for the people you ask for credit.

Business calendar
Starting Your Own Business; 6:30-8:30 p.m., University of Georgia Business Outreach Services, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $35; 737-1790.

Top salespeople value customer relations

Boutiques wait pensively as super store moves in

Proofing your resume won't kill you

Pinnacle Club sees resurgence as it turns 35
The grand opening of The Pinnacle Club on Sept. 9, 1967, was marked by a swanky soiree attended by a who's who of Augusta society.

On the move
SRP Federal Credit Union announced Pamela Frazier has been promoted to assistant manager of the Peach Orchard Road Branch, and Brenda Cooper has been named assistant manager of the Richland Avenue Branch.

Nickel, dime yourself for big savings
NEW YORK - While some people are worried about what the stock market's volatility is doing to their savings, many others are worried because they aren't saving at all.

Boutiques wait pensively as super store moves in
In today's big-box retail climate, there's a Wal-Mart in every sector. Right now, the Wal-Mart of wedding gowns is David's Bridal Inc. - and it's coming to Augusta.

Business briefs

Nickel, dime yourself for big savings

Scare tactics keep county out of development group

Regular investing pays off over time

Pinnacle Club sees resurgence as it turns 35

Proofing your resume won't kill you
"STRENGTHS: I am very used to working with thigh schedules."

Scare tactics keep county out of development group
Fear. It's one of the oldest and most effective tools to get what you want.

Successful investors don't pool their assets
NEW YORK - Buy low, sell high - it's basic investing and a rule that applies to mutual funds as well as stocks. But in a tumultuous market that swings between sharp losses and powerful rebounds, it's often easier to sell than buy.

On the move

Regular investing pays off over time
Q: I've heard that an investment strategy called dollar-cost averaging is a smart move in a bear or uncertain market. What is it, and should I use this approach?

Successful investors don't pool their assets

Top salespeople value customer relations
As a green, untested salesman at his father's Thomson auto dealership in 1980, selling cars was a secondary concern for Frank Gibbs Jr.

High score best on credit report

Business briefs
The 246-acre corporate campus and factory was built by Owens Corning Co. in 1960 to produce glass fiber, which the company marketed under the trade name Fiberglas. The reinforcement material is used to make products as diverse as circuit boards, aircraft parts and armor plating.

Neglected program

Confusion at school

Less heat, more light

Turning the pressure up

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"Widows," a chilling tale of thievery, murder and four women's revenge, is apparently too hot to handle for ABC. Perhaps concerned that the film is too vivid, dark and adult to showcase, the network has chopped it into four weekly hours, labeled it a "limited series," and given it an obscure, dog days kiss-off.

Cozy cottage
In one of Augusta's oldest neighborhoods, Bedford Heights, Rick and Pam Chavous have created a cottage fit for a fairy tale.

Mom shouldn't assume that others are too busy to do job
Dear Carson: My son is getting married next summer and my daughter has been asked to be a bridesmaid. The maid of honor is getting married about six weeks beforehand, so she is going to be understandably busy making her own plans. Who should be planning the bridal brunch? The wedding is at 6 p.m. and I want to know if it would be appropriate for my daughter and another bridesmaid to offer to be hosts for the event? We don't want to step on any toes, but I don't want my future daughter-in-law to have to assume responsibility for that. - Musing Mother-in-Law

Anna Nicole Smith joins reality show craze
LOS ANGELES -- When last seen by America, Anna Nicole Smith was locked in a seven-year legal battle over her late husband's Texas oil fortune.

In the know
We're getting older, we hurt, we want to spend time with our families, and we consider our back yards mini-resorts, so we're buying hot tubs.

Gowns galore
Terri Stewart found her wedding gown at the first shop she ventured into. But instead of placing an order right away, she brought her mother, sister and her grandmother to the bridal shop to see several gowns before she showed them "the one."

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

'Zits' to get tryout; 'Shoe' will return
Meet Jeremy. He's 15, kind of smart, but a bit sloppy. He drinks milk straight from the carton and is totally tongue-tied at the sight of a cute girl.

Around the horn
WHO'S HOT Shortstop Bryan Kent is 6-for-18 (.333) with two home runs and six RBI in his past five games, including a grand slam on Friday.

Game report
TURNING POINT: Danny Figueroa laced a walkoff single to the wall in right field, scoring Osmar Castillo with the winning run in the 11th.

Kent helps Jackets beat Bombers
The Boston Red Sox told Bryan Kent he was going to be a role player, and that was fine with him.

Farm system to undergo changes
The Boston Red Sox farm system is expected to undergo a major overhaul this off-season.

Beem holds off Lowery to win International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rich Beem carded seven birdies and made a critical eagle on the 17th hole to hold off a furious rally by Steve Lowery and claim The International on Sunday.

Kim weathers the heat to lead Wendy's by three shots
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Seeking her second win in the Buckeye State in three weeks, South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to forge a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Wendy's Championship for Children.

Davies wins 64th career title with birdie on second playoff hole
OSLO, Norway -- Laura Davies ended an 11-month winless streak Sunday, beating Spain's Ana Larraneta on the second playoff hole to win the Norwegian Masters.

U.S. takes 7-2 lead in Curtis Cup

Beem holds off Lowery to win International

Green beats Irwin in seven-hole playoff

Delsing wins Omaha Classic with birdie on 18th
AP photos XAH101-104

Barlow inches to third-round lead in International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Craig Barlow birdied the last three holes to inch ahead of Steve Lowery and claim the third-round lead Saturday in The International.

Trahan shoots 67 to lead S.C. Amateur

Delsing wins Omaha Classic with birdie on 18th

Davies wins 64th career title with birdie on second playoff hole

Player of the Year race heats up

Player of the Year race heats up
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Jay Blackburn rediscovered the winning touch in Sunday's Perry Watson Memorial, setting himself up for a run at a second straight Regions Cup player of the year title.

Perry Watson leader 'lucky' to be on top

Green beats Irwin in seven-hole playoff
JERICHO, N.Y. -- According to Hubert Green, his playoff victory over Hale Irwin on Sunday in the Long Island Classic was eight holes, not seven.

Trahan shoots 67 to lead S.C. Amateur
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Defending Champion, D. J. Trahan of Inman blasted his way to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at the South Carolina Amateur Championship with a 4-under-par 67.

Kim avoids late meltdown to win Wendy's by one
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Mi Hyun Kim sidestepped a late collapse Sunday to hold off fellow South Korean Hee-Won Han and win the Wendy's Championship for Children by one stroke.

Putt-Putt in the spotlight
To say Mark Ross is a busy man is an understatement. For Ross, who owns and operates Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Martinez with his wife, Liz, business doesn't let up for another week.

Irwin, Green tied for lead on Long Island

U.S. takes 7-2 lead in Curtis Cup
PITTSBURGH -- With U.S. Amateur champion Meredith Duncan and fellow collegians Angela Jerman and Courtney Swaim leading the way, the United States took a 7-2 lead Saturday over Britain-Ireland in the Curtis Cup.

Perry Watson leader 'lucky' to be on top
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Gett Padgett doesn't fit the profile of a Regions Cup golf tournament first-round leader.

Irwin, Green tied for lead on Long Island
JERICHO, N.Y. -- Hale Irwin and Hubert Green, who had similar careers on the PGA Tour and very different ones as seniors, were tied for the lead after two rounds of the Long Island Classic.

Barlow inches to third-round lead in International

Kim avoids late meltdown to win Wendy's by one

Kim weathers the heat to lead Wendy's by three shots

Game report

Farm system to undergo changes

Around the horn

Heart helps team keep winning

Parents blaming coaches

Parents blaming coaches

Heart helps team keep winning
Westside High School probably should not be what is perhaps Richmond County's biggest football hot spot.

Parents blaming coaches
ROCKDALE, Ga. - Four Rockdale County High School football players were hospitalized during a football camp last week, and their parents say the coaches are to blame.

Book deciphers Augusta general's history
I've said before that the Internet is an amazing thing.

First Friday - a 'family event'?

Experience needed in District 99

Mother is testament to slain sons

New voting machines wasteful

Randall has integrity and character

Young does well with what he works with

Cooperation to save kitten good example for commissioners

Backs Cross in Columbia Co. Commission race

Augusta Regional Airport can be OK

DeLoach is willing to go extra mile

DeLoach serves constituents well

Linda Schrenko has no substance; re-elect Roy Barnes

Supports Ron Cross

Wants 'Chronicle' coverage of youths' swim meets

Anna Nicole Smith joins reality show craze

'Zits' to get tryout; 'Shoe' will return

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Mom shouldn't assume that others are too busy to do job

Gowns galore

Cozy cottage

Job isn't laughing matter for pet detective
Carl Washington won't listen, so don't try.

'It's hard to believe' but new year is set to start

News you can use

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

Parents, pupils flood stores for tax-free sprees
Debra Timmons, of Augusta, spent Saturday shopping for school supplies and clothes for her daughter Waheeda Johnson, 15, and her nephew Rashad Merritt, 13.

County says road will be paved soon

Across the Southeast

Across the Southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -Police arrested a 15-year-old in the shooting death of a Fort Bragg Army base soldier whose wife also has been charged in the slaying.

Across Georgia

Drug abusers, children make new starts

Ethics issue is fickle
ATLANTA - Last spring, Georgia Republicans salivated as one ethics controversy after another rocked Gov. Roy Barnes' administration.

GOP hopefuls target lieutenant governor
ATLANTA - One is a social reformer who led the charge to ban video poker.

History buffs begin war trail
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A lot of people don't know the Carolina Lowcountry's close ties to the American Revolution.

News you can use

News you can use
Aug. 5, 1969 He wore faded trousers with red suspenders, a white shirt, a hue striped tie, and a "smashed down" red wig. His shoes were so large that a little girl had to feel to see if there was enough foot to fill them.

GOP hopefuls target lieutenant governor

School project nears completion

Schrenko takes on GOP's gender gap
Linda Schrenko has the spotlight all to herself. All she has to do is recite her line, cross her arms and smile - all within five seconds.

County says road will be paved soon
Two pieces of land stand between the dust that residents on G.R. Tucker Road endure and the sound of machinery paving.

Across the area
A Lincolnton man was killed Saturday after a single-car accident on Georgia Highway 43.

Across South Carolina

Teen is mauled while on trip
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Brittany Regelski dreams about the mauling she suffered by a caged lion last week in Mexico and trembles when she thinks she might not play basketball again, but the 13-year-old Florida girl said she doesn't blame the animals.

Food and cars share stage
BEECH ISLAND - Sixty-two-year-old James Smith cupped one of his hands around the small green tomato slice and used the other to top it with flour.

County lines not barriers for officers
Most people who try to evade police think they can't be touched once they cross county lines, Richmond County sheriff's Col. Gary Powell said.

Across Georgia
Atlanta -- Streets around the state Capital were closed for about four hours Saturday after a distraught volunteer fireman with a gun parked a car near the building and threatened to kill himself, television station WXIA reported on its Web site.

Subscriber of the day
Mary Ann Taylor of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Business and civic leaders in the Upstate have asked state health regulators for a two-year deferral in complying with new federal air pollution standards.

Groups disagree on sources, severity of global warming
When it comes to global warming, few people agree.

New council worries some
The balance of representation on the Aiken County Council has some residents concerned that rural needs could go overlooked.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 4, 1962 A safety hat and a pile of soft earth enabled a construction worker to escape practically unhurt after a three-story fall Friday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Michelle Liewehr of Evans.

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

Driver dies in police chase
An Aiken man was killed early Sunday after wrecking on a dirt road while trying to avoid a traffic checkpoint, authorities said.

Recent rains came too late for farmers
The recent rains were a good bath for area lawns, but the wet stuff came too late for area crops.

Across the area

Around town

Schrenko takes on GOP's gender gap

Subscriber of the day

Recent rains came too late for farmers

Around town

Ethics issue is fickle

Job isn't laughing matter for pet detective

Parents, pupils flood stores for tax-free sprees

County lines not barriers for officers

Groups disagree on sources, severity of global warming

New council worries some

Youth nearly drowns
A 15-year-old Augusta boy was in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after nearly drowning in a motel pool.

Drug abusers, children make new starts
The Rev. Jesse Goldman stepped out of his tan Chevrolet S-10 and surveyed the 56 acres that hold the future of a ministry.

School project nears completion
Principal Beatrice McGhee says she doesn't trek through the dusty maze of construction each day at Schofield Middle School.

Across South Carolina

Ten women compete for Miss Augusta title
The road to Atlantic City, N.J., begins at the Augusta State University Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Two people were killed and two injured Saturday when their plane crashed and caught fire at the downtown airport in Spartanburg.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A man who shot a pizza store manager during a robbery 11 years ago is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection tonight.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was charged Sunday afternoon with stabbing her boyfriend in the face and shoulder with a kitchen knife, authorities said.

'It's hard to believe' but new year is set to start
Six-year-old Jasmine Turk grinned Saturday at the thought of starting first grade at Riverside Elementary in Columbia County.

In the SEC, 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying'
After repeated washings, the residual stench is finally wearing off from three days of wallowing in the grime of the Southwest ... er ... Southeastern Conference football media days.

NASCAR notebook
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Kurt Busch showed the fans sitting in the third turn grandstands, as well as a national television audience, what he thought of Jimmy Spencer Sunday during the Brickyard 400 when he pointed at Spencer, then clutched his buttocks.

Elliott wins two straight

Stewart wins Brickyard pole with record speed
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - As soon as Tony Stewart climbed from his Pontiac after two laps of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 Saturday, he pumped his fist and waved to the fans along the main grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Elliott wins two straight
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - It took nearly two hours for Bill Elliott to take all the pictures, kiss the row of bricks and take a ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, so by the time he arrived in the media center he was exhausted.

Drivers unhappy with qualifying schedule change
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The schedule change that pushed pole qualifying for the Brickyard 400 back to Saturday morning wasn't popular with any of the drivers.

NASCAR notebook

Stewart wins Brickyard pole with record speed

Elliott wins Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Elliott passed Rusty Wallace 11 laps from the end, then held him off on a restart to win the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Drivers unhappy with qualifying schedule change

Head injury likely ends Hearn's career

Robinson traded to Hawks for No. 1 pick and Kukoc

Head injury likely ends Hearn's career
LOS ANGELES - Longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn has probably called his last game, his neurologist said Saturday after performing surgery for brain hemorrhaging.

Robinson traded to Hawks for No. 1 pick and Kukoc
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks guaranteed their fans a playoff team last season. Now, with Glenn Robinson in the lineup, that might actually happen.

Spurrier leaves Japan with that Gator look

Kerney switching positions after breakout season

Duckett wastes no time getting physical

Pace takes different route

Kelly's tearful speech caps day

Mrs. Elease Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Furman Baker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Mitchell George    (CARMEL, Maine)
Mrs. Mary Sims    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Burnice Walworth    (COLUMBIA, Ala.)
Mr. Alvin Stephens    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Mason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joan Ruth    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Ms. Bernice Cobb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Best    (CHELSEA, Mich.)
Mr. Billy Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Boltin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Stephens    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Nipper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Sean McDade    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Mitchell    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Allene Grice    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Mills    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Brown    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Allene Grice    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Best    (CHELSEA, Mich.)
Mr. Dennis Gough    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Anderson    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Genell Goldman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Elease Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Gaston    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jacob Walton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Carrie Eubanks    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Julius Palmer    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steve Doyle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Nipper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lonerna Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Plinney McCormick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Cassundra Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gloria Hardwick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jacob Walton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Gough    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Viviene DeBella    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Hendrik Scholer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Dicks    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Furman Baker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Viviene DeBella    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carrie Eubanks    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Ms. Bernice Cobb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Clements    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Cribb    (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)
Mr. David Chandler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Clements    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Kate Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Fleming Collins Sr.    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mr. John Butler III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Blanche Anderson    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Dr. Hendrik Scholer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viviene DeBella (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kate Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Addie (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Mason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brown (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Clements (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene Grice (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Furman Baker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Clements (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Anderson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonerna Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease Williams (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Cassundra Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jacob Walton (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Gaston (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Julius Palmer (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Dicks (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Nipper (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Anderson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Eubanks (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Furman Baker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Plinney McCormick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease Williams (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Best (CHELSEA, Mich.)

Mr. Sean McDade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Bernice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Stephens (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Boltin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mills (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Cribb (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Steve Doyle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mitchell George (CARMEL, Maine)

Mrs. Joan Ruth (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Stephens (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Eubanks (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Burnice Walworth (COLUMBIA, Ala.)

Mr. Jacob Walton (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Hardwick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Best (CHELSEA, Mich.)

Mr. Dennis Gough (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Gough (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Nipper (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Bernice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Sims (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Billy Addie (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Genell Goldman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Viviene DeBella (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fleming Collins Sr. (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Allene Grice (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mother is testament to slain sons
As I sit here reading about the tragic accident that took the lives of Joy Batchelor's three young boys in North Augusta on July 11, I am grief-stricken, tear-stained and angry. Deanna Trier, Aiken, S.C.

Cooperation to save kitten good example for commissioners
Like many of my fellow voters, I have grown weary of the sorry state of Augusta politics. But recently, I was part of something that renewed my faith in the citizenry. Bert Dean, Augusta

New voting machines wasteful
Democrats are still ranting about Florida's 2000 presidential election debacle. They blamed their loss on the voting machines, the ballots, the poll workers, the attorney general and, finally, the U.S. Supreme Court. T. Lamb, Augusta

Less heat, more light
There are some very good reasons why there is no real prospect for peace yet in the Mideast.

Randall has integrity and character
Aiken County Commissioner Joel Randall is a personal friend. He and I have been friends since we entered the first grade together. We grew up not two blocks from one another, and we were teammates in high school. Dwight E. Smith, Belvedere, S.C.

Linda Schrenko has no substance; re-elect Roy Barnes
Can you believe that the Grand Old Party in Georgia has deteriorated to the point that the likes of Linda Schrenko can become a candidate for governor? Alex Cawthon, Thomson, Ga.

Wants 'Chronicle' coverage of youths' swim meets
Where is The Chronicle's coverage of the CSRA Division I Swim League championship meet on July 12? There was no mention of the event, much less the results. There was minimal coverage of the Division II meet held on July 11. Kathryn Hennings, Aiken, S.C.

DeLoach serves constituents well
George DeLoach is a fellow Republican and colleague of mine in the Georgia House of Representatives. I have served with him since his original election and have found him to be honest, trustworthy and dependable. Ben Bridges Sr., Cleveland, Ga.

Supports Ron Cross
Columbia County will begin the new year under a different form of local government. Responsibilities and relationships will have to be redefined; administrative and organizational processes and procedures will have to be revised. Charles R. Holloman, Ph.D., Evans, Ga.

Neglected program
There is nothing wrong with Augusta's government loan program to help minority- and women-owned businesses that can't be fixed if the special grand jury's reforms are implemented.

First Friday - a 'family event'?
The attempt to make First Friday a "dry" event is upsetting, but by no means surprising. Augusta is known far and wide as a barren wasteland when it comes to entertainment or quality events. Elizabeth Boyette, Jackson, S.C.

Turning the pressure up
You know we're in a serious drought when the obscure word "Xeriscaping" bubbles to the surface.

DeLoach is willing to go extra mile
The voters of Georgia House District 99 should know how hard George DeLoach works on behalf of his constituents. A few days ago, I contacted his office requesting assistance with a claim that I currently have pending with the Social Security Administration. He took the time to carefully discuss my case. I felt that he sincerely cared about helping me. James C. Turner Sr., Hephzibah, Ga.

Confusion at school
Most area schools open within a week or so, yet mass confusion still reigns regarding the federal "choice" legislation recently passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Augusta Regional Airport can be OK
With all of the negative publicity that Delta and the Augusta Regional Airport have received, I think it only fair that I write to compliment both of them on their excellent service. I, too, have done my fair share of "seat time" at the Atlanta airport, waiting on transportation to Augusta but, sometimes, everything just falls into place. Mary Ellen Sartori, North Augusta, S.C.

Backs Cross in Columbia Co. Commission race
I am supporting Ron Cross for Columbia County Commission chairman and hope you will, too. Ben L. Donaldson, Martinez, Ga.

Young does well with what he works with
I am so tired of hearing that Mayor Bob Young should leave office or resign. Bob Young is the best thing that ever happened to Augusta. He jumped right into office from our TV screens and has done a great job with what he has to work with. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta, S.C.

Experience needed in District 99
There are some very important issues facing the Georgia legislature in the upcoming sessions. Decisions that will affect all of us. At this time, we need experienced representatives who can hit the ground running. Georgia Johnson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

Explosive race

IOC: more changes to figure skating results possible

Season ends for Stallions

Dokic ousts No. 2 Capriati from Acura Classic

Forrest pays visit to thank supporters

Overtime

Sports digest

Rain, halftime reign for MLS

Explosive race
Top Fuel driver John Smith's vehicle is engulfed in flames after the blower on his dragster exploded Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2002, during qualifying for Sunday's NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. Smith was uninjured.

IOC: more changes to figure skating results possible
MANCHESTER, England -- IOC president Jacques Rogge said changing the figure skating medals from the Salt Lake City Olympics "is definitely not impossible" if the U.S. case against a reputed Russian mobster proves he fixed the judging.

Overtime
The University of South Carolina welcomed 23 newcomers on Sunday as the football team prepares for today's opening day of practices for first-year players.

Dokic ousts No. 2 Capriati from Acura Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- In the biggest upset at the Acura Classic, sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic defeated No. 2 Jennifer Capriati 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Friday night in the quarterfinals at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Heavyweight champion Lewis hints at retirement
LONDON -- Lennox Lewis hinted he might retire - or at least demand more money to fight - in an interview published Sunday.

Rain, halftime reign for MLS
WASHINGTON - Major League Soccer and ABC decided it was more important to get halftime entertainment on television than play a full game featuring top American stars.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Lesbian fans of the New York Liberty accused the WNBA team's management of ignoring their presence at Madison Square Garden and protested by kissing during Friday night's game.

Forrest pays visit to thank supporters
With his 12-round decision over "Sugar" Shane Mosley in Indianapolis on July 20, Vernon Forrest proved once again that he is in a class by himself among professional welterweight boxers.

Sports digest
Steve Spurrier, who made his NFL coaching debut Saturday night when his Washington Redskins met the San Francisco 49ers in the American Bowl at Osaka, Japan

Outdoor artists
Colton Jones (left) and his brother Caden Jones, both home-schooled students from Lincolnton, Ga., won matching First Place honors the 2002 Georgia Junior Duckstamp Program administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Hunters' numbers in decline
A new study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sheds sobering light on the decline of hunting throughout most of the country, especially among youngsters.

Outdoor calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Deer management subject of debate

Cooking wild
The Savannah River shoals are teeming with crawdads - and all you have to do to catch them is look under rocks and grab! Here's a North Georgia recipe from outdoors writer Jimmy Jacobs of Mableton, Ga., that's sure to please, regardless of whether you're in your kitchen or around the campfire:

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Deer management subject of debate
MILLEN, Ga. - Ed Meadows wants to meet other hunters who share his passion for trophy bucks - and who don't mind enduring sacrifices to put them into the crosshairs.

Parents blaming coaches
ROCKDALE, Ga. - Four Rockdale County High School football players were hospitalized during a football camp last week, and their parents say the coaches are to blame.

Pace takes different route
MACOMB, Ill. - Entering the last year of his contract, Orlando Pace didn't travel the same rocky road as former St. Louis Rams teammate Kevin Carter did two years ago.

Kelly's tearful speech caps day
CANTON, Ohio - Jim Kelly never walked off a football field holding his son's hand. He never got to play catch with Hunter or take him camping or fishing.

Duckett wastes no time getting physical
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- T.J. Duckett was glad the Atlanta Falcons ended practice with goal-line tackling drills Saturday.

Spurrier leaves Japan with that Gator look
OSAKA, Japan -- On fourth-and-1 in his first NFL exhibition game, Steve Spurrier went long. And the play panned out.

Kerney switching positions after breakout season
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Just when Patrick Kerney was getting comfortable as a defensive lineman in the NFL, he's got to learn a whole new position.

In the SEC, 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying'

Season ends for Stallions
MACON, Ga. - There was no need for late-minute heroics this time. Macon quarterback John Rayborn accounted for eight touchdowns Saturday night as the Knights took control of the game early and knocked the Augusta Stallions out of the arenafootball2 playoffs with a 57-41 win at the Macon Coliseum.

Questions surround Stallions
After Augusta's 57-41 playoff loss at Macon on Saturday night, several Stallions contemplated their future.

U.S. government slow to pass anti-spam measures
NEW YORK -- The European Union has a law banning unsolicited junk e-mail. Japan has one prohibiting spam to random addresses.

A site that can help you with Microsoft XP glitches
If you've upgraded to Microsoft XP, then you've undoubtedly noticed an essential tool that's not included with the software - a decent, well-written manual. This leaves you with several options:

The peanut pushed as fat fighter
ALBANY, Ga. - A couple handfuls of peanuts a day can curb hunger and help people avoid obesity, says a Purdue University researcher.

Inflammation worse for the heart than cholesterol
BOSTON -- Worse than cholesterol? Hard to believe, perhaps, but the top health concern of millions of Americans is about to be trumped by what doctors say is an even bigger trigger of heart attacks.

Experts focus on hurricane forecasts
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Coastal researchers are trying to develop better ways of predicting where a hurricane will make landfall, down to quarter-mile increments.

Shockley ready to hit the field
The more the season wore on, the more D.J. Shockley began to think he made a mistake by going to Georgia.

Shockley ready to hit the field

Gamecock football hot ticket - again

Gamecock football hot ticket - again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- For the sixth straight season, South Carolina has sold out Williams-Brice Stadium.

Public gets inside nearly done arena
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As soon as most visitors walked into the Carolina Center, their necks craned back to take in one of the largest campus arenas in the country.

Public gets inside nearly done arena

Odds and ends

"Vampire" convicted of killing woman

Experts focus on hurricane forecasts

U.S. government slow to pass anti-spam measures

A site that can help you with Microsoft XP glitches

Inflammation worse for the heart than cholesterol