A world of rich flavors awaits Bambu's diners

At the movies: 'Full Frontal'

At the movies: 'Blue Crush'

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: In the Bedroom, Showtime, Kissing Jessica Stein, Birthday Girl, The New Guy, Last Orders, Pauline & Paulette and Clockstoppers.

Applause calendar
CELTIC REVIVAL MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans to Lock Road; features Celtic pipes and dancing, jewelry, music vendors and live performances by Eric Duncan, Kelly Stewart and 'S mathSinnDragon; $15 adults, $12 seniors and students; 863-2251.

Club calendar

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.

Standing ovations

Sleeper hit: 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' parties all summer at box office
LOS ANGELES -- In a summer of huge movies that last just a few weeks in theaters and are lucky to break even, one little film won't quit.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Presley was best bargain in town

Humor sets up heartache in 'Steel Magnolias'
Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling's slice-of-Southern-life-and-death play, presents an interesting high-wire act. Vacillating between high humor and harrowing heartache,

Elvis is alive in memories of his fans

Band is made of People Who Must have fun
For more than two years, members of the Augusta band People Who Must have been indulging in an unusual pastime for a rock 'n' roll act.

Video watch

A world of rich flavors awaits Bambu's diners
We flew to Paris recently, where we sampled some of the most sumptuous sauces and seasonings we've ever tasted, then made a beeline to Asia to add intriguing textures and flavors to the mix.

Elvis had a shaky movie career

Standing ovations
The Celtic Revival and Dance Festival takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Evans to Lock Road. The event will feature Celtic pipes and dancing, jewelry, music vendors and performances by Eric Duncan, Kelly Stewart and S'Mash Sinn Dragon. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Call 863-2251.

Sleeper hit: 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' parties all summer at box office

Elvis is alive in memories of his fans
Before they married, became mothers - and mayors - Helen Summer, Babs Bruns and Eddie Boatwright shared an experience that has become the foundation of their friendship.

Applause calendar

Fans share memories of the King
Elvis Presley fans, as it turns out, have long memories. We asked readers of The Augusta Chronicle to share their favorite Elvis memories. Here are some excerpts:

Band is made of People Who Must have fun

At the movies: 'Full Frontal'
"Full Frontal" is essentially an art-house version of last year's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," in which Kevin Smith rewarded his fans for their loyalty by making a movie crammed with references to his previous movies, thereby making them feel smugly in the know.

Mini reviews

Ramblin' Rhodes: Presley was best bargain in town
There's no telling what price you would have to pay to see Elvis in concert today.

Elvis had a shaky movie career
Statistically speaking, few of us ever had the opportunity to see Elvis Presley perform live. So how is it that the sneer and the shake, the hip wriggle are so familiar? How can a nation, nay, a planet, have such a strong picture of a performer who was seen in the flesh by so few?

At the movies: 'Blue Crush'
"Blue Crush" would have been so much better if the characters didn't speak.

Harlem fans cheer on their Little League heroes amid investigation

Questions surface about another Little League team from New York

Harlem fans cheer on their Little League heroes amid investigation
NEW YORK -- When the Harlem Little League was founded 13 years ago, the several dozen kids on teams had to make do with rocky, trash-littered fields.

Questions surface about another Little League team from New York
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A team from New York captures the imagination of its community, then conquers the opposition on its way to the Little League World Series. But allegations swirl about ineligible players.

Cannon Street All-Stars get World Series moment 47 years later

Cannon Street All-Stars get World Series moment 47 years later
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Even 47 years later, Vermont Brown has few doubts how his Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars would have fared at the Little League World Series.

Baseball hires back three more umps

Baseball hires back three more umps
NEW YORK -- Three more of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs during a failed mass resignation in 1999 were rehired.

In 1977, 'Chronicle' showed King in his glory

Brandon Wayne Laughlin
Mr. and

Heaven Haley Helena Dorch

Destiny Renee Moore

Wyatt Chase Beagles
Jason Walker Beagles and Rebekah Brown, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Cha

Layla Nicole Walker

Courtney Madison Briscoe
Brandon and Wendy Briscoe of Grovetown announce t

Hana Grace Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Jones of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Hana Grace Jones, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Woodrow Walker of Hephzibah, Linda Walker of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jones of Augusta.

Cameron James Bruce
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bruce of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Cameron James Bruce, Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Jordaan and Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bruce, all of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Shane Elliott Kent

Parker Hill Carroway
Mr. and Mrs. Chad

Keary Don Cuebas Jr.

Olivia Nicole Cason
Travis Noel and Melissa Marie Carson of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Nicole Cason, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cason, all of Martinez.

Sophia Elizabeth McCall
Mr. and Mrs. Mason McCall of North Augusta announce the birth of

Savannah Ashley Crowe
Bryan and Andrea Crowe of Houston announce the birth of a daughter, Savannah Ashley Crowe, Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Cypress-Fairbanks Hospital. Grandparents are Wayne and Martha Wallace of Martinez and Robert Pollard of Lincolnton, Ga.

Keary Don Cuebas Jr.
Keary Cuebas and C

Evans Thomas DeAngel
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. DeAngel Jr. of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Evan Thomas DeAngel, Thursday, April 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Yonce and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Weed, all of Beech Island.

Hanna Kaye Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Evans of

Sophia Elizabeth McCall

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

Hollis Elizabeth Baroody
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Arthur Baroody Jr. of Orangeburg, S.C.

Evans Thomas DeAngel

Bryson Alexander Wilson

Jackson Daniel Wray

Mary Ellis Baker

Cameron James Bruce

Hana Grace Jones

Joshua Logan Powell

Bryson Alexander Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Wilson of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Bryson Alexander Wilson, Monday, July 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gloria Caughman of North Augusta andBessie Wilson of Beech Island.

Kendal Elizabeth Lawrence
Kenneth and Arnetta Lawrence of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, K

Rachel Abigail Wall
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Wall o

Shane Elliott Kent
Chet and Danielle Kent of

Layla Nicole Walker
Tyrone and Kelli Walker

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr. and

Kobe Rodriquez Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. Rodriquez A. Stewart of Hephzibah announce the birth of son, Kobe Rodriquez Stewart, Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Betty J. Acree and Mary Jones, both of Augusta.

Emily Katherine Gilbert
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gilbert of Martinez announc

Anthony Donte' Rhodes
Anthony Rhodes and Nicole Pyron,both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Anthony Donte' Rhodes, Saturday, July 6, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are James and Rhonda Pyron and Carlos and Bernice Newton, all of Hephzibah.

Heaven Haley Helena Dorch
Christopher and Saudi

Anthony Thomas Ramsey
Stephen

Mary Ellis Baker
Dr.

Kelsey Paige Radford
Tony Lynn Radford Jr. and Jenny Lynn Higdon, both of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Kelsey Paige Radford, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Danny and Melba Dees of Dearing and Tony and Penny Davis of Thomson.

Hanna Kaye Evans

Joshua Logan Powell
Mr. and Mrs

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Anthony Donte' Rhodes

Anthony Thomas Ramsey

Emily Katherine Gilbert

Olivia Nicole Cason

Destiny Renee Moore
Jamey Moore and Daloras Farrell,both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny Renee Moore, Monday, July 22, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Martha Farrell of Warrenville and James and Becky Moore of Hephzibah.

Kelsey Paige Radford

Rachel Abigail Wall

Brandon Wayne Laughlin

Savannah Ashley Crowe

Kobe Rodriquez Stewart

Parker Hill Carroway

Jackson Daniel Wray
Charles

Courtney Madison Briscoe

Hollis Elizabeth Baroody

Kendal Elizabeth Lawrence

Odds and ends
OMAHA, Neb. -- Road construction is such a pain at one of the city's busiest intersections that a bank decided to give a special surprise to some of its customers.

Indian villagers blame UFO for attacks
SHANWA, India -- It comes in the night, a flying sphere emitting red and blue lights that attacks villagers in this poor region, extensively burning those victims it does not kill.

Glavine guides Braves

Glavine guides Braves
ATLANTA - Champagne might flow again at Turner Field this autumn, and guess who will be doing the pouring? Tom Glavine.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine's optimism that players and owners would be able to reach agreement on a new labor deal has faded.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta catcher Javy Lopez is intent on playing Friday when he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list.

Braves notebook

Braves-Giants extra inning game ends in rainout
ATLANTA - It didn't match what he did to the New York Mets three years ago. There's no way it could.

Braves-Giants extra inning game ends in rainout

Office construction begins
Construction has started on the first commercial property to dot the side of Augusta's newest expressway.

Stocks rally; Dow soars more than 260 points
NEW YORK -- Wall Street displayed its volatile nature again Wednesday as investors staged a late-day rally, sending the Dow industrials up more than 260 points.

Business briefs

Vivendi to sell assets, reports big first-half loss
PARIS -- Debt-laden French media giant Vivendi Universal reported a loss of more than $12 billion for the first half of the year as it took a bigger than expected charge to reflect a writedown in value of its assets.

Vivendi to sell assets, reports big first-half loss

Office construction begins

Authority to screen hopefuls
The Georgia Medical Center Authority will interview three people next week in its search for a full-time executive director for the biomedical promotion group.

Thomson lands grant to develop industrial park

Industrial production edges up
WASHINGTON -- The nation's industrial sector lost momentum in July and new claims for jobless benefits edged up last week, fresh signs of the struggles companies and workers are facing amid a sluggish economic recovery.

Business briefs

Dow has best close in more than a month

Industrial production edges up

Stocks rally; Dow soars more than 260 points

Executive touts Indian heritage

Business briefs
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. saw its profits more than double in the second quarter, helped by the sale of part of its catalog and online fulfillment operation called Fingerhut Corp.

Executive touts Indian heritage
William "Bill" Hatcher Sr. always knew he had American Indian blood coursing through his veins.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Georgia's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July, down from 5.2 percent in June, the state Labor Department said Thursday.

Thomson lands grant to develop industrial park
The Development Authority of McDuffie County and the city of Thomson have been awarded a $500,000 state grant to help develop an industrial park near Interstate 20.

Dow has best close in more than a month
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its advance to a second session Thursday in a late-surge of buying, despite disappointing economic news and profit-taking following the market's huge rally. The Dow Jones industrials had their best close in more than five weeks.

Lovett brings different style to Clemson's defense
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson cornerback Brian Mance knew a big-time chewing-out was ahead.

Clemson begins season in home away from home

Clemson begins season in home away from home
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will play eight of its first nine games, including contests against Cincinnati and Penn State, at the Anderson Civic Center while Littlejohn Coliseum is renovated.

Lovett brings different style to Clemson's defense

Duke's next win will be something to talk about

Auburn coach likes chances

Zook will try to keep Gators on right track

Duke's next win will be something to talk about
A fictional athlete in Durham, N.C., once inspired awe from wide-eyed teammates on the bus with the revelation that he had once been in "The Show."

Auburn coach likes chances
Late last October, Tommy Tuberville was considered one of the hottest coaches in the business. His team had a 6-1 record and upset Florida two weeks prior.

Zook will try to keep Gators on right track
Steve Spurrier speaks slowly and melodically, with a tinge of Tennessee twang. Ron Zook darts from one subject to the next without anything resembling a pause.

The airlines' baggage

Toward fair trade

Unarguably good

Good for nothing

Condemnable action

Couple will hit highway to retirement in style
Ed and CZ Hamilton's new home may be substantially smaller than the 1,500-square-foot Martinez house they have lived in for four years, but it gets better gas mileage.

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

In the know
When all else fails, fix it with duct tape. The versatility of the sticky gray tape is nowhere more stark than on the Web site www.ducttapefashion.com, where things made of duct tape - including backpacks, wallets and vests - are purportedly for sale. Of course you also could make your own.

ABC left behind in summer's reality television chase
NEW YORK -- Left behind in the summer's reality TV boomlet, ABC can at least be comforted that football season is just around the corner.

Eliminate standing water to reduce mosquito menace
Mosquitoes and West Nile virus have been in the news lately because of all the confirmed cases in Louisiana. The findings are reminders of the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding sites around the home and of protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

Eliminate standing water to reduce mosquito menace

Specific plants lure butterflies
AMARILLO, Texas - Rosemary Scott's garden attracts many butterflies, but she doesn't do it on purpose.

Gailey ready for 'exhibition game'
ATLANTA -- Having spent the past eight years in the NFL, Georgia Tech's new coach, Chan Gailey, joked Thursday that it's time for an exhibition game before the season opens in two weeks.

Gailey ready for 'exhibition game'

Teammate's grand slam caps homecoming
Antron Seiber couldn't stop smiling during batting practice. You could even see his gold teeth sparkling in center field before the game.

Game-winning grand slam completes homecoming
Antron Seiber couldn't stop smiling during batting practice. You could even see his gold teeth sparkling in center field before the game.

My wife and I don't see the same hummingbirds

Furyk, Funk lead PGA Championship

Final major known for breakthroughs
CHASKA, Minn. - Phil Mickelson has to like his chances. So does Sergio Garcia. And Padraig Harrington.

Five players share lead in North West of Ireland Open
BALLYLIFFIN, Ireland -- Five players have a share of the lead after Thursday's first round in the North West of Ireland Open.

Lonard finally bites back

This major isn't a minor deal
CHASKA, Minn. - It could have been the biggest event in golf history, but instead it is just the fourth major of the year.

Club remembers its last champion

Club remembers its last champion
CHASKA, Minn. - In 1991, Tiger Woods was dominating the Amateur golf world and Payne Stewart won his first U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Sorenstam shares first-round lead at Compaq Open

PGA Championship forecast
Tiger Woods - If you think he'll mail it in, you don't understand this man.

Five players share lead in North West of Ireland Open

This major isn't a minor deal

Sign of the times: Some fans interested in autographs, not golf
CHASKA, Minn. -- They beg and plead, push and shove, scream and scam. They wheel and deal, watch and wait, then wait some more. And more.

Sign of the times: Some fans interested in autographs, not golf

Sorenstam shares first-round lead at Compaq Open
HELSINGBORG, Sweden -- Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, back home in Sweden for the first time in two years, shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Compaq Open.

PGA Championship forecast

Furyk, Funk lead PGA Championship
CHASKA, Minn. - On the third longest course in PGA Championship history, two short-knockers who share the same page of the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., phone book stole the day.

Lonard finally bites back
CHASKA, Minn. - There are pterodactyl-sized mosquitoes in the Minnesota prairies that are often been described as the state's bird.

Final major known for breakthroughs

Teammate's grand slam caps homecoming

Game-winning grand slam completes homecoming

Football fund-raiser tonight

Football fund-raiser tonight
When the seven Aiken County football teams take the field tonight at the Aiken County Jamboree, the biggest goal might not be to win ameaningless exhibition . South Aiken coach Dan Pippin is more worried about making some money.

Jacksonville prep football player dies during practice
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A high school football player died after collapsing during practice.

In 1977, 'Chronicle' showed King in his glory
When Elvis Presley died 25 years ago today, this newspaper sent a younger, thinner, longer-haired version of me out to find out how Augusta was taking the news.

Interim chairman criticizes coliseum officials
Interim Chairman Joe Scott blasted former Chairman Bill Maddox and two Augusta commissioners today, saying the trio played the North Georgia United Methodists like "pawns" in an effort to unseat him from the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

Steve Brown offers a perfect balance

Speaks of Murphy as a mentor

Support Traficant for president

Saddam like obstreperous little boy

Write what you know, if you know you know it

Spears doesn't yield to negativism

Oglesby is a 'real,' proven leader

Jones is an example to youths

Free speech is Americans' right

Pardue has been at bat the longest

Merwyn Scott is a rare breed

Mary Oglesby will work for constituents

Andy Kingery passes test of time

Dooley doesn't know diddly

Amendment to protect Pledge of Allegiance

DeLoach practices what he preaches

Experience tops name recognition

Ron Cross is a civic-minded candidate

ABC left behind in summer's reality television chase

Health calendar

Lynx' Wilkie retires

Galbraith's name cleared
After nearly 2 1/2 years, the legal nightmare for Augusta Lynx forward Lance Galbraith is finally over.

Lynx' Wilkie retires
David Wilkie wasn't going back to the National Hockey League as a player. But someday, maybe, he will make it there as a coach.

Galbraith's name cleared

Senator nears senior status
COLUMBIA - Eighty years old and 36 years in office, Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings is still South Carolina's "junior senator." Come January, he'll finally move up.

Around town

Riverfront plan calls for major changes to park

Volunteers re-enact historic expedition
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - As next year's bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase draws near, teams of re-enactors are planning to repeat the three-year trek that explored America's historic 1803 land acquisition.

Transportation board files funding request
ATLANTA - Georgia's Transportation Board went through the motions Thursday, adopting a budget request that seeks $60 million next year for local highway improvements and almost $10 million for passenger rail.

States conflict in their storm evacuation routes

Arena meeting lacks quorum

State DOT officials hear tree-removal complaints

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Across Georgia

Police pursue 2 men

Homeless teen charged in Hephzibah break-ins
Richmond County authorities say they solved six residential burglaries in Hephzibah with the arrest of a homeless 16-year-old boy.

Choice of land prompts questions about growth

Correction
The crossword puzzle in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an incorrect clue for 6 Down in the grid. The clue should have said: North Carolina Queen City. (The correct answer is Charlotte.)

Police arrest Bryant's owner

Senator nears senior status

Correction

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Airport board talks location for terminal

Committee starts government work

News you can use

Mom fights school

Economy hinders health spending

Mother deserts wreck scene

Augusta wants a lot of land compared with other cities

States conflict in their storm evacuation routes
ATLANTA - Hurricane evacuation routes in Florida, Alabama and Georgia don't match up and could lead to traffic flowing into unprepared towns in southern Georgia, a state transportation expert said Thursday.

Leaders will discuss civic center's future

Across the area
The two work-release inmates who stole money from a lost purse have been charged with simple larceny, police said.

Are pool high dives too risky?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Alek Simmons climbs about 10 feet above the pool and contemplates the churning depths below.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -The Cobb County school board is considering a plan to let science teachers present alternative theories to evolution.

Choice of land prompts questions about growth

Across South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT -It would cost almost $5 million to place missing children message boards at major intersections across South Carolina, so police and public safety officials hope private businesses will get involved.

Judge defers school choice
Parents of some Richmond County pupils will not have the option of transferring their child from a failing school to a higher performing school until the 2003-04 school year, a court ordered Wednesday.

Committee starts government work
In hopes of keeping history from repeating itself, state and local elected officials have agreed to work together to fix Augusta government.

Tight budget squeezes airport
Insurance and security costs are projected to double at Augusta Regional Airport next year.

Arena meeting lacks quorum
When just six members showed up at Thursday's special meeting of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, perhaps the only member it surprised was interim Chairman Joe Scott.

Tax talk dominates governor race

Augusta wants a lot of land compared with other cities
In order to build a new water treatment plant in south Richmond County to serve about 45,000 people, the city of Augusta is seizing more land than most cities use to provide water for an entire city.

Four plead guilty in riot death

Choice of land prompts questions about growth
The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce chairman wants to know whether the city of Augusta did its homework before deciding to build a water treatment plant across the road from Augusta Regional Airport.

Volunteers re-enact historic expedition

Airport board talks location for terminal
Before Augusta Regional Airport moves closer to breaking ground on a new terminal, it must find out where to put it.

Russell Dam to resume use of turbines

News you can use

Judge defers school choice

Mom fights school
A North Augusta mother plans to appeal a decision by school officials to suspend and possibly expel her 13-year-old daughter this week after a scuffle Tuesday with a teacher at Paul Knox Middle School.

Group marks Civil War buildings
Two of nearly 100 historical markers that will commemorate Georgia's most significant Civil War sites will be erected in Augusta later this year.

Invasion suspect turns himself in
North Augusta police have a disturbing theory.

Are pool high dives too risky?

Double Order

Thieves get to lost purse before good Samaritan

Interim chairman criticizes coliseum officials

Group marks Civil War buildings

Two men charged in convenience store slaying
Two men described as career criminals were charged Wednesday in the death of an Augusta man shot Sunday in front of customers at a convenience store.

Transportation board files funding request

Fire destroys woman's plans
AIKEN - Until Thursday, Dernice Butler had been working on making a home out of the manufactured house she had bought a few months ago.

Double Order
Four-year-old Elizabeth Parler, of North Augusta, dives into her double-scoop ice cream cone. Elizabeth enjoyed her dessert at the Pink Dipper in North Augusta on Wednesday.

Process starts in river, ends in drinking glasses
It begins as part of the Savannah River's murky flow - and reappears later from the taps of thousands of Richmond County households.

Parish plans county change

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Connie Coogler of Augusta.

Four plead guilty in riot death
YORK, Pa. - Four white men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Wednesday in the shooting death of a South Carolina black woman during the city's 1969 race riots.

Riverfront plan calls for major changes to park
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta's most recent push for progress is being met with some militant opposition, namely the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Killers implicate police in '69 riot
YORK, Pa. - Two white men who pleaded guilty to the 1969 race-riot murder of a young black woman said in court this week that police officers had helped organize and incite them.

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

Parish plans county change
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church is moving to Columbia County.

State DOT officials hear tree-removal complaints
Georgia Department of Transportation Director of Operations David Studstill could have painted a bull's-eye on his back and been less of a target.

Killers implicate police in '69 riot

For now, Comair steers clear of Augusta
Augustans will not be able to fly directly to Cincinnati next month from Augusta Regional Airport.

Economy hinders health spending
ATLANTA - Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and their low-income patients will have to settle for the status quo next year because of the sour economy, Georgia's chief health official said Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Greenville County Sheriff Sam Simmons says one of his deputies might have made a mistake but still was justified in shooting a suspect in the hand during a standoff last month.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The proposed Georgia Aquarium will be built in downtown Atlanta on property donated by the Coca-Cola Co. near Centennial Olympic Park, officials announced Wednesday.

Leaders will discuss civic center's future
Local leaders today will discuss abolishing the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, a move facilitated by what some commissioners see as mismanagement of the civic center in recent months.

Tax talk dominates governor race
ATLANTA - Videos of giant rats and snappy slogans about a woman cleaning the House may have dominated the Republican primary for governor.

Police arrest Bryant's owner
Authorities arrested the owner of Bryant's Food & Fuel convenience stores Thursday on charges connected to the discovery of 39 video poker machines at his Thomson store.

Russell Dam to resume use of turbines
Reversible turbines at Russell Dam will be available for commercial hydropower production Sept. 1, but - for now - only two of the four units will operate at any given time.

Police pursue 2 men
Two Augusta men are being sought on charges of helping to kill a witness who testified against one of them in a 2000 murder trial.

Thieves get to lost purse before good Samaritan
AIKEN - The original good Samaritan would be appalled.

Tight budget squeezes airport

News you can use
AUG. 15, 1995 Brenda Mason, the Grovetown teenager charged with killing her premature baby, will be tried later this year in Juvenile Court on charges of reckless abandonment and cruelty to children, an assistant district attorney said Monday.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ray Bross of Evans.

Mother deserts wreck scene
Police were looking Thursday for an Augusta mother who they say abandoned her two children in the woods while trying to escape arrest in a hit-and-run accident.

News you can use
AUG. 16, 1929 Charged with the violation of the Harrison Narcotic act, Dr. George L. Carpenter and George S. Farmer, both of Wrens, Ga., were bound over to the next term of Federal Court by U.S. Commissioner C.J. Skinner Jr. yesterday morning. Dr. Carpenter's bond was fixed at $1,500, and that of Mr. Farmer was fixed at $1,000. The bonds were furnished, and both men were released.

Across the area
Recent financial woes in Wadley, Ga., entered the realm of personnel Wednesday when City Administrator Carl Wagster found himself jobless.

Howell continues to adjust his game
CHASKA, Minn. - Dan Jenkins borrowed the classic golf toast of Fairways and Greens for the title of a book.

Let Tiger stick to what he knows
CHASKA, Minn. - We'd like to welcome again to the interview room, Mr. Tiger Woods, who shot a first-round 71 to stand three back of the leaders. Could you please go over your birdies, bogeys and social values before we open the floor for questions.

My wife and I don't see the same hummingbirds
My wife loves to sit on the back porch, sipping her Coke and watching the hummingbirds flock to the feeders to get their own sugar-and-water beverage.

Racing facts

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Pepsi 400 NASCAR race.

Spotlight on Chip Ganassi

NASCAR notebook
The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is learning what the rest of the country already knows: Corporate America is in trouble.

Carpentier hot on da Matta's heels

Carpentier hot on da Matta's heels
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Patrick Carpentier is suddenly making things uncomfortable for Cristiano da Matta in the race for the CART championship.

New generation waits its turn

NASCAR notebook

Priestley recovering from surgery on back, feet
INDIANAPOLIS -- Actor Jason Priestley was in serious but stable condition Thursday after surgery on his broken feet and back.

NASCAR's all-star race to return to Charlotte next year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Winston, NASCAR's annual All-Star race, will return to Lowe's Motor Speedway next season for a 16th straight year.

Bobby Labonte looking to turn season around
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Bobby Labonte has gotten over the shock of performing poorly. Now, he'd just like to get back to the front.

Spotlight on Chip Ganassi
Here is a profile of NASCAR car owner Chip Ganassi.

Michigan track reminds Irvan of triumph, tragedy

Michigan track reminds Irvan of triumph, tragedy
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Since he retired from driving a race car in 1999, Ernie Irvan hasn't been to many races.

Bobby Labonte looking to turn season around

New generation waits its turn
Mark Martin's celebration after winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May lasted well into the night.

Celtic legend to present rival at hall induction
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- They were fierce rivals on the court, beginning in their college days and continuing throughout their stellar NBA careers. Now, Larry Bird will present Earvin "Magic" Johnson for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sept. 28 induction.

Sparks begin WNBA title defense

Jackson making some progress

Falcons notebook

Rev. James Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judi Hardy    (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtle Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Magruder    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George McNeal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Dawson    (NEW HAVEN, CT.)
Mrs. Blanche Waters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Teresa Moss    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Matthew Pate    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Miss Teresa Moss    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenora Poole    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Stubblefield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Cooper    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Rev. James Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Womack    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Loretta Sanders    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Aaron Hammock    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Inez Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Hartzog    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Cooper    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Gentry    (ELLIJAY, Ga.)
Keydreck & Keydreck Holmes II    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willa Kicklighter    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Ward    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mr. John Moore    (POOLER, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Waters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Roberts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bea Watford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Simmons    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Barbara Wilson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cauley
Instead of showing off his car for kicks, Henry Cauley loved to show off his grill.

Mrs. Myrtle Allen    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Cauley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Canady    (DOUGLAS, Ga.)
Mr. John Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Edwin Chance    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Snapp    (SEATTLE, Wash.)
Mr. John Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucile Williams    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Corley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Aaron Hammock    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Roberts    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Nichols    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. John Moore    (POOLER, Ga.)
Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willa Kicklighter (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Hartzog (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Corley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. George McNeal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Roberts (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Waters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Canady (DOUGLAS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Roberts (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. John Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Snapp (SEATTLE, Wash.)

Mrs. Ruby Cooper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judi Hardy (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)

Rev. James Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Waters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Nichols (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Barbara Wilson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cauley

Miss Teresa Moss (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Dawson (NEW HAVEN, CT.)

Mrs. Loretta Sanders (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Bea Watford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Cooper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edwin Chance (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Womack (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Moore (POOLER, Ga.)

Matthew Pate (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Roberts (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Stubblefield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Simmons (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Ward (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Cauley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Teresa Moss (GIRARD, Ga.)

Keydreck & Keydreck Holmes II (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Magruder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Moore (POOLER, Ga.)

Aaron Hammock (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. John Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Gentry (ELLIJAY, Ga.)

Aaron Hammock (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucile Williams (BARNWELL, S.C.)

The airlines' baggage
U.S. Airways files for bankruptcy protection. American Airlines announces 7,000 job cuts and assorted flight reductions. Vanguard Airlines suddenly ceases operations. Other airlines are struggling to stay aloft.

Good for nothing
"I don't know why the good lord put them on the earth, but they sure are aggravating."

Oglesby is a 'real,' proven leader
I am writing in support of Mary Oglesby for state representative in District 99. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with her in our community over the last two years, and she's "for real," folks. She has the interest and the well-being of the community on the front burner - not a self-serving personal agenda. Jasper Cooke, Augusta

Speaks of Murphy as a mentor
I have had the pleasure of knowing Quincy Murphy since 1994. Having worked with him for four of those years, I know the issues he speaks on are ones he is passionate about and close to his heart. Brooke Bailey, Augusta

Unarguably good
It's not often that all voters, regardless of their political persuasion, have reason to be pleased with rival candidates from both political parties. But in South Carolina, with regard to the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democrat Jim Hodges and GOP challenger Mark Sanford, they certainly do.

Jones is an example to youths
I join the applause with Charlie Pugh and Jean Embry on Harold Jones II's campaign for Georgia House District 97. Marjorie G. Barbee, Hephzibah, Ga.

Free speech is Americans' right
The good Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr. (Aug. 2 letter, "Porno ruling will harm Augusta"), being the loose cannon he is, thinks the honorable Judge Dudley Bowen is supposed to bow to crowd pressure and his "Christian" (chuckle) attitudes. Bill Paschal, Appling, Ga.

Steve Brown offers a perfect balance
As the Republican primary draws near, I am asking the voters of Columbia County Commission District 1 to support Steve Brown. Patti McWhirter, Evans, Ga.

Dooley doesn't know diddly
I recently attended a Richmond County GOP breakfast at which both GOP candidates for the new 12th Congressional District, Max Burns and Barbara Dooley, participated in a question and answer session. Nahali Croft, Evans, Ga.

Experience tops name recognition
I was surprised today when I received a letter from the Max Burns for Congress campaign informing me the District 12 Democratic primary was pretty much decided in favor of Charles Walker Jr. Ed Sprole, Statesboro, Ga.

Condemnable action
When a man is condemned, he is put to death.

Merwyn Scott is a rare breed
I had the pleasure of attending a Merwyn Scott campaign meeting, and I was very impressed with his honesty and sensitivity to the needs of Augusta area residents. I. A. Jilani, Martinez, Ga.

Toward fair trade
It was an eight-year, multi-president, bitter debate that finally resulted in fast-track trade negotiation authority for the White House earlier this month.

Spears doesn't yield to negativism
Congratulations to Frank Spears for not yielding to the politics of negativism. A family man, a businessman, a man of integrity, he has the proven experience as the current Columbia County commissioner for District 1 to lead us through the next four years. Meryl H. Alalof, Martinez, Ga.

Write what you know, if you know you know it
With regard to Matt Phelan's request (letter of Aug. 8, "Letter writers' opinions absurd") that we stop writing if we do not know what we are talking about, I must ask him how, if we don't know what we are talking about, can we know that we do not know what we are writing about? I'm a little confused by his request, but I will try in the future to make sure that I know enough to make sure that I know what I am writing about, unless I don't know enough to know that I don't know what I am writing about. In the latter case, I will have to rely on his knowledge to know that I don't know what I don't know, but he will know enough to advise me when I do know. J. DeLany, Evans, Ga.

Andy Kingery passes test of time
The people of Columbia County are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Andy Kingery as chairman of the Columbia County Commission on Aug. 20. Mike and Sandra Fowler, Augusta

Saddam like obstreperous little boy
The headline "Saddam warns against attack" in the Aug. 9 Chronicle (Page 6A) brought to mind a picture of an obstreperous little boy, hands on hips glaring defiantly at his father saying, "I won't, I won't, I won't and you can't make me." It would be humorous if it weren't so scary. Molly C. Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Ron Cross is a civic-minded candidate
I am a staunch supporter of Ron Cross for the chairmanship of the Columbia County Commission. I have known Mr. Cross for a number of years, and have had the opportunity to serve with him on the board of St. Johns Towers in downtown Augusta. He brought much leadership and ability to that board, as he does to his church and many other organizations he serves. Birnie Florie, Evans, Ga.

Pardue has been at bat the longest
The primary this year will include the judges non-partisan race so the ballot will not be so crowded in the November general election, according to Lynn Baily. However, the race has taken on a new aura of Georgia politics, with the newly formed 12th Congressional District seat. The one person who has been at bat the longest ran 10 years ago, and who was chair for the 10th congressional seat for the Democratic State Committee - along with many other accolades - is Chuck Pardue, attorney at law. R. Ingham, Hephzibah, Ga.

DeLoach practices what he preaches
I have known George DeLoach for several years now. During this time, I have found him to be a tireless advocate for those constituents he represents. Kenneth James, Keysville, Ga.

Support Traficant for president
Unlike you, I have serious doubts with regard to former Ohio Democratic Rep. James A. Traficant's guilt. The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

Mary Oglesby will work for constituents
I urge voters in Georgia House District 99 to consider Mary Oglesby on Aug. 20 in the Republican primary. Walter S. Knight, Augusta

Amendment to protect Pledge of Allegiance
I have recently signed a petition being promoted by Wepledge.com in support of a Constitutional amendment to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and our national motto. In light of what two judges in the 9th Circuit did - ruling the Pledge unconstitutional - I feel we need this amendment. Dolores P. Kemple, Martinez, Ga.

Overtime

WBC welterweight champ wants to defend title in Atlanta

Overtime

Hingis given U.S. Open wild card
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Martina Hingis was given one of eight wild-card entries into the U.S. Open on Thursday.

WBC welterweight champ wants to defend title in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- WBC welterweight champion Vernon Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., has directed his managers to bring his next title fight to his adopted hometown of Atlanta in November.

Overtime
USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick announced Wednesday that former Lady Pacers guard Dana Richter has been named interim assistant women's basketball coach and head cross country coach.

Overtime
A Pennsylvania Little League team that lost to Harlem filed a formal protest Thursday, asking officials to investigate whether the New York squad used ineligible players.

Fishing report
Schooling hybrids and stripers have been playing hide-and-go-seek with the writer and the fish have been winning.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last Friday marked the first time since the first game of his freshman year at Illinois that Kurt Kittner didn't play.

Jackson making some progress
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons didn't sign Willie Jackson to a three-year, $3.5 million contract to have him work solely in three-receiver formations or third-down situations.

Let Tiger stick to what he knows

Howell continues to adjust his game

Another way acid rain harms birds
WASHINGTON -- Acid rain may play more of a role in the decline of bird populations than just harming the trees they nest in, scientists say.

Trapper braves bites to catch mosquitoes
AIKEN - With citronella spread on his arms and face, Ken Montgomery sauntered into a patch of woods off Pine Log Road on Wednesday.

Good night's sleep important to master a new skill
WASHINGTON -- Get a good night's sleep after piano practice: It may prove crucial to learning new skills such as tickling the ivories.

Stockholders, customers go on Net to gripe
Former and current employees and customers hold little back when they post messages on the anti-Qwest site, tsewq.com (Qwest spelled backward).

Language-related gene established within past 200,000 years
A gene linked to language became widely established in the human population within the last 200,000 years, perhaps because it helped people communicate better and survive, researchers said.

Hollywood, Russia squabble over Lance Bass' space trip
LOS ANGELES -- Lance Bass' space voyage was at risk while Hollywood dealmakers and Russian bureaucrats squabbled over payment for the pop idol's $20 million trip.

Georgia hopes to end 20-year drought

Georgia hopes to end 20-year drought
Now is a good time for Georgia to end its two-decade championship drought - the Bulldogs won't be getting kicked around by Steve Spurrier anymore.

South Carolina hires Winterton as golf assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brittany Winterton, an all-Southern Conference golfer for Appalachian State, was named a South Carolina assistant for the women's golf team, coach Kristi Coggins said.

South Carolina hires Winterton as golf assistant

Sparks begin WNBA title defense
LOS ANGELES -- It's playoff time in the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Sparks say that's when they become a different team. Not the one that struggled down the stretch, but the defending league champions who expect to repeat.

Odds and ends

Indian villagers blame UFO for attacks

Trapper braves bites to catch mosquitoes

Hollywood, Russia squabble over Lance Bass' space trip

Language-related gene established within past 200,000 years

Good night's sleep important to master a new skill

Another way acid rain harms birds

Stockholders, customers go on Net to gripe