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

Salsa squared

Standing ovations

Video watch
JUST OUT: Iris, We Were Soldiers, The Cat's Meow, Joe Somebody, The Sweetest Thing, Return to Never Land, All About the Benjamins and National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'Serving Sara'
Crass and joyless, "Serving Sara" would have been an unfortunate movie anyway. But it's also the victim of unfortunate timing.

Video watch

At the movies: 'Simone'
Before the house lights went down, before a single frame of film flickered in front of my eyes, I opened my notebook and made a list of all the movies "Simone" reminded me of, based solely on its premise.

At the movies: 'Simone'

At the movies: 'Undisputed'
Forget knives or guns. Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames show that the real weapon to fear is the human fist, giving boxing fans every bone-jarring punch they want and more in director Walter Hill's testosterone-laden prison film, "Undisputed."

Latifa produces communal effort

Museum director revels in Southern exposure
During a quiet moment between the seemingly endless parade of board meetings and number-crunching budget sessions, Morris Museum of Art director Kevin Grogan escapes the bustle of the institution's offices to the relative calm of the gallery.

Applause calendar
INDIA DAY: Exhibition on Indian culture, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, cultural performances 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free show; concessions, raffle; sponsored by Indo-American Cultural Association; 833-8415.

Salsa squared
Swing your partner, cha cha cha.

Mini reviews

Latifa produces communal effort
After breaking the hip-hop gender barrier, getting critical acclaim for her film work and becoming a household name with a successful talk show (The Queen Latifah Show) and situation comedy (Living Single), some might argue that Queen Latifah is out of challenges. But her greatest accomplishment may be still to come.

Museum director revels in Southern exposure

Standing ovations
The Augusta Indo-American Cultural Association will hold its annual India Day Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University.

Concert calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Fame was fleeting for '60s rock star
Back in 1965 I went to the University of Georgia's Fine Arts Auditorium to see a touring show, Merrily We Roll Along, produced by the Third U.S. Army Headquarters at Fort McPherson in Atlanta.

At the movies: 'Serving Sara'

Readers want to smile when they think of a movie
A few weeks ago, I asked readers to submit their favorite movies for a column. And while the response was far from overwhelming, there was an interesting, encouraging trend. The picks people sent in were not the movies that scholars and critics (gasp) tout as the finest, most artistically elevated motion pictures. There was no Citizen Kane, no Grand Illusion and no Schindler's List. Instead, people sent in sentimental favorites, movies that might not make them think, but always make them smile. And really, isn't that much of the movie's magic?

Club calendar

Readers want to smile when they think of a movie

Concert calendar
JENNIFER NETTLES BAND: 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Soul Bar; $5 advance.

At the movies: 'Undisputed'

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.

Stadium district head calls leaks 'unacceptable'

Sale of Mets completed

Sale of Mets completed
NEW YORK -- Fred Wilpon completed his buyout of New York Mets co-owner Nelson Doubleday on Friday, ending their acrimonious partnership after 16 years.

Players, owners: There is time to reach a deal
NEW YORK -- Negotiators for players and owners are optimistic they have enough time to reach a deal before the union's Aug. 30 deadline and avoid another baseball strike.

Players, owners: There is time to reach a deal

Stadium district head calls leaks 'unacceptable'
MILWAUKEE -- The Miller Park design firm and construction manager must develop and pay for a plan to fix the roof leaks that have plagued the Milwaukee Brewers' home since it opened two seasons ago, the executive director of the stadium board said Thursday.

Can't motivate others? Maybe it's your choice of maxims

Jessica Lynn Griswold

McKayla Elizabeth Morris

Megan Elizabeth Bralley

Maya Alexis Bush

Caleb Keishawn Tarver

Ryan Michael Ash
Michael Wayne and Debbie Noland Ash of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ryan Michael Ash, Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Noland, Wayne Ash and Sue Ash, all of Augusta.

Shianne Faith Cartin
The Rev. and Mrs. M. Dean Cartin of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shianne Faith Cartin, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kirkland of Blythe and Carolyn Cartin of Aiken.

Dejza Ann Cleere
Lacy Ann Cleere of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Dejza Ann Cleere, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gary and Barbara Cleere of Hephzibah and Wayne and Nona Sue Walker of Las Vegas, Nev.

Kennedy Grace Smith

Morgan Celeste Davis
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Davis Jr.

Bryar Troy Stewart

Jackson Richard Davis
Rich and Maggie Davis of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jackson Richard Davis, Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary R. Moore of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Davis of Martinez.

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Katlyn Rochelle Elam
Ron and Melissa Elam of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Katlyn Rochelle Elam, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are William and Lee Young and J.D. and Redia Elam, all of Lincolnton, Ga.

Maya Alexis Bush
Larry Bush and Cynthia Boseman, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Maya Alexis Bush, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Johnnie L. Brown of Augusta and the late Frank and Julie Boseman.

Jessica Lynn Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. Shane

Barbara Maxine Thurmond

Kennedy Alexis Handy
Maurice and Jynelle Handy of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Alexis Handy, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Matthews of Topeka, Kan., and Mary Handy of Selbyville, Del.

Whitman Alexander Stacy

Matthew Stephen Hauser
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hauser

Shianne Faith Cartin

Christopher Mandarin Mack II
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mack of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Christopher Mandarin Mack II, Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Wayne Banks of Los Angeles and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Mack of Augusta.

Logan Gage Kitchens

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II
Mr.

Wyatt Chase Beagles

Logan Taylor Jones
Billy and Anna Jones of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Taylor Jones, Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Eddie and Laura Ayers of Buford, Ga., Kay Jones of Martinez, and B.T. and Kaye Jones of Detroit.

Daniel Jacob Redfern

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

Makenzie Grace Sorrell

Logan Gage Kitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Lindy D. Kitchens of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Logan Gage Kitchens, Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Templeton Jr. of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Lindy Kitchens of Evans.

Danyele Renee Maddox

Tristan Railey Landers
Timothy J. and Tracie

Zackary James Canuette
Robert Can

Danyele Renee Maddox
Eric and Jessica Maddox of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Danyele Renee Maddox, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dees of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. David Shirling of Appling.

Olivia Nicole Cason
Travis Noel and Melissa Marie Cason 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.

McKayla Elizabeth Morris
Steven Wayne and Dana Davis Morris of M

Ryan Michael Ash

Kelton Reynolds Patafie
Brian

Matthew Stephen Hauser

Daniel Jacob Redfern
Michael and Leah Redfern of Cary, N.C., announce the birth of a son, Daniel Jacob Redfern, Friday, June 28, 2002, in Cary. Grandparents are Vincent and Barbara Hart of Racine, Wis., and Claudia R. Usry of Gibson, Ga.

Jackson Richard Davis

Allen Kaleb Sconiers

Reagan Kathleen Burdette

Mallory Michelle Skinner
Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Skin

Kelton Reynolds Patafie

Kennedy Grace Smith
Ryan Smith and Ginger Partin, bot

Tristan Railey Landers

Mallory Michelle Skinner

Makenzie Grace Sorrell
Guy and Regina Sorrell of Eva

Logan Taylor Jones

Megan Elizabeth Bralley
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bralley of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Elizabeth Bralley, Thursday, July 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Kelley of Augusta, the late A.L. Kelley and Mr. and Mrs. James Bralley of Augusta.

Morgan Celeste Davis

Whitman Alexander Stacy
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Stacy of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Whitman Alexander Stacy, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Hull of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Stacy of Martinez.

Katlyn Rochelle Elam

Bryar Troy Stewart
Charles Troy

Hunter James Via

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger
Calvin F. Swinger

Kenneth Wayne Coleman II

Caleb Keishawn Tarver
Scottie and Victoria Tarver of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Caleb Keishawn Tarver, Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bertha M. Paige of Augusta, Connie Stevens of North Augusta and Elizabeth Stevens of Bath.

Dejza Ann Cleere

Riley Nicole Bridwell

Niyah Aaliyah Swinger

Kennedy Alexis Handy

Christopher Mandarin Mack II

Riley Nicole Bridwell
Joey and Candace

Reagan Kathleen Burdette
Charles and

Barbara Maxine Thurmond
Mr. and Mrs.

Zackary James Canuette

Hunter James Via
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Via of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Hunter James Via, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell Jr. of Lincolnton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Via of Augusta.

Olivia Nicole Cason

Braves bow to Dodgers

Braves bow to Dodgers
LOS ANGELES - When Greg Maddux starts a game by giving up two home runs in the first inning, the questions pile up like traffic around Dodger Stadium.

Rookie baffles Atlanta
SAN DIEGO - Sometimes you lose to the best. And sometimes you lose to someone like Mike Bynum, who started the season at Class AA Mobile and was making his second big-league start Thursday.

Rookie baffles Atlanta

Injuries sideline Braves center fielder

Padres pound Braves

Marquis knocked out with leg injury

Injuries sideline Braves center fielder
LOS ANGELES - Atlanta's Andruw Jones said he could play, but manager Bobby Cox wasn't taking any chances with his All-Star center fielder.

Padres pound Braves
SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Mike Bynum shut down baseball's best team in just his second big league start and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 9-2 on Thursday to take two of three from the Braves.

Braves hit bump out West
LOS ANGELES - Five weeks and 36 games to go in the regular season, and the Atlanta Braves have returned to earth with a resounding thud.

Marquis knocked out with leg injury
SAN DIEGO -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Marquis was forced out of Thursday's game after being hit on the left calf by a line drive by San Diego's Phil Nevin in the third inning.

Profit-taking pushes down stocks

Delta joins airline alliance

Business briefs

Group offers computer help
It takes a different type of reading and writing class to prepare high school students for the job market - according to the CSRA School to Work Partnership, a coalition of business and education leaders.

Business briefs
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's top legal officer asked a state court to issue a restraining order against a possible sale of Hershey Foods Corp., saying "it's time to put a halt" to a transaction that he said could harm the community.

Business briefs
Halfway through its annual fund-raising campaign and membership drive, Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce officials announced Thursday they are on pace to exceed the group's $300,000 goal.

Group offers computer help

North Augusta has big plans
Construction on North Augusta's planned riverfront development, one of several ongoing economic development projects, is likely to begin in early January.

Wall Street scores big wins, faces hurdles in September

Martha Stewart sued after unloading stock in her own company
NEW YORK -- An investor in Martha Stewart's company has filed a lawsuit alleging she dumped shares of her own stock because she knew their value would drop if she was investigated on suspicion of insider trading in the ImClone case.

Delta joins airline alliance
ATLANTA - Passengers on Delta, Northwest and Continental could seamlessly transfer flights between airlines to get to Asia, Europe and Latin America under an agreement announced Friday.

Wall Street scores big wins, faces hurdles in September
NEW YORK -- Finally, Wall Street is making some progress, with five straight winning weeks that pushed the Dow Jones industrials back above 9,000.

Profit-taking pushes down stocks
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down 180 points as investors cashed in winnings from the stock market's two-day rally. Still, the market's major indexes secured their third straight weekly advance, an accomplishment not seen in nine months.

Martha Stewart sued after unloading stock in her own company

North Augusta has big plans

ACC at a glance
Here's a brief look at the teams in the ACC.

Georgia Tech roster

Georgia: five questions
Honeymoons don't last long when you're the football coach at Georgia. Fans lauded Mark Richt for deft decisions and forgave him for dumb ones in his first season. Now things get serious.

South Carolina: five questions
Lou Holtz added another miracle to his resume as South Carolina's coach.

Gailey brings success with him

Clemson quarterback ready to take charge

Georgia's biggest rival
Who is Georgia's biggest rival? Depends on whom - and where - you ask. The Augusta Chronicle asked Bulldog Club presidents in various cities to rate the Bulldogs' rivals:

South Carolina: five questions

Seminoles whipped ACC into prominence

Greg Gresham

Georgia Tech: five questions

Georgia: five questions

Clemson quarterback ready to take charge
On good days, Willie Simmons didn't mind being the guy on the sideline holding the clipboard. He deemed it a privilege to labor behind the dynamic Woodrow Dantzler, who broke records and opponents' backs with his uncanny running ability.

Clemson roster
Roster of 2002 Clemson team.

Clemson: 5 questions
Tommy Bowden doesn't have any illusions or delusions about his position as Clemson's football coach.

Georgia Tech roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Tech team.

Homer Jordan
Homer Jordan and Jeff Davis were talking in the lobby of their dorm after the 1980 season.

New Coach is changing S.C. State
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Former South Carolina assistant Buddy Pough brought a plan to improve South Carolina State. Then he brought a few of his old players to help him do it.

SEC at a glance
Here's a brief look at the teams in the SEC.

College football television schedule

Black quarterbacks have it easier today

When it comes to rivalries, you can count on disagreements

Eagles starting over but staying the same
Georgia Southern has a new coach, a new fullback and a new quarterback. The expectations sound all too familiar: national championship or bust.

Georgia Southern roster

SEC at a glance

Clemson: 5 questions

Bulldogs are on everyone's list of teams to beat
As he embarked on his first tour of the booster-club circuit last summer, Georgia coach Mark Richt figured he could use a brush-up on Peach State geography.

Gamecocks' secondary is rebuilding
COLUMBIA - Ask Rashad Faison about Sheldon Brown and Andre Goodman, and his mouth parts into a warm smile.

South Carolina roster
Roster of the 2002 South Carolina football team.

Gailey brings success with him
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey faces no serious remodeling in his new digs at Georgia Tech.

Seminoles whipped ACC into prominence
The biggest moment in 50 years of ACC football didn't happen on a Saturday. It didn't happen in Death Valley or Kenan Stadium. It didn't happen in a New Year's Day bowl game.

Florida's Gators have plenty of bite
Go ahead and smile. It's OK. Everybody's doing it. Steve Spurrier is now the NFL's headache, and it's as if everyone outside of Florida in SEC country has taken a giant B.C.S. Powder and been freed of all worries.

Georgia Southern: five questions
Georgia Southern has all the looks of a rebuilding team this year.

Harrison controls temper, future
ATHENS, Ga. - Arnold Harrison is listed as the backup to Boss Bailey in Georgia's media guide, but his role isn't limited to strong-side linebacker.

Black quarterbacks have it easier today
Damarius Bilbo remembers the shock and revulsion he experienced while hearing Warren Moon recount the horrors of being a black quarterback.

Georgia Tech: five questions
From 1997 to 2001, Georgia Tech won 42 games and went to five straight bowls. That's an impressive run of success by most measures, and Yellow Jackets fans definitely reflect fondly on a period that produced the offensive exploits of Joe Hamilton, a share of an ACC title and three straight wins over Georgia.

Eddie McAshan
Eddie McAshan was always curious about those strange-looking men in the suits, the dour figures who stood on the sidelines and were always close by when he walked on and off the field.

Georgia Southern roster
Roster of the 2002 the Georgia Southern football team.

College football television schedule
This is a listing of televised college football games.

South Carolina roster

James Jackson
James Jackson was a running back until the eighth grade. That's when his coach called a halfback pass and saw Jackson could throw the ball as well as he ran with it.

Georgia roster

Florida's Gators have plenty of bite

Eagles starting over but staying the same

When it comes to rivalries, you can count on disagreements
Rivals argue about a lot of things: school colors, professions, lifestyles, the color of the sky. Almost everything is up for debate.

Bulldogs are on everyone's list of teams to beat

New Coach is changing S.C. State

ACC at a glance

Clemson roster

Gamecocks' secondary is rebuilding

Georgia roster
Roster of 2002 Georgia Bulldogs team.

Harrison controls temper, future

Greg Gresham
Gregg Gresham likes to call himself the most popular nonstar in the history of South Carolina football.

James Jackson

Georgia Southern: five questions

Georgia's biggest rival

Saturated

Sorry episode

Wildly unrealistic

The McIntyre factor

Lawn diseases spreading
It's the time of year when lawn diseases become an increasing problem in the Augusta area.

Pink paradox

Pink paradox
With deep-pink blooms, fine-leafed foliage and prolific reseeding nature, mimosa trees are prized by some homeowners, loathed by others.

Lawn diseases spreading

GreenJackets blank Waves
ALBANY, Ga. - Shane Rhodes pitched seven shutout innings, and the Augusta GreenJackets defeated the South Georgia Waves 5-0 on Thursday at Paul Eames Sports Complex.

Augusta splits doubleheader
ALBANY, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets split a doubleheader with the South Georgia Waves Friday night at Paul Eames Sports Complex.

Jackets maintain Boston ties
The Augusta GreenJackets and Boston Red Sox will continue their affiliation through 2004, signing a two-year Player Development Contract this week.

Allenby finds a little magic in his game
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Robert Allenby has been looking for a spark in his game, a little something extra to turn good rounds into good scores. His 8-under 63 in the second round of NEC Invitational on Friday might do the trick.

Ammaccapane, Doolan share second-round lead

Augustan wraps up seniors title

McGill, Ammaccapane share first-round lead
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Jill McGill and Danielle Ammaccapane shot 6-under 66s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the Betsy King Classic.

Howell falls four shots off
RENO, Nev. - Steve Flesch had an eagle and four straight birdies in an 8-under 64 Friday and grabbed a share of the second-round lead of the Reno-Tahoe Open with Tom Pernice Jr. and rookie Ben Crane.

Top seed moves to quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Medalist Bill Haas earned a berth in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur with a 2 and 1 victory over D.J. Trahan, the NCAA player of the year, on Thursday.

Haas leads the way into US Amateur semifinals
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Bill Haas tamed "The Monster" and moved into the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur.

Seniors switch to modified Stableford format for Utah event
PARK CITY, Utah -- The final round of the Senior PGA Tour event at Park Meadows, with two reachable par 5s over the final four holes, always has favored long hitters.

Allenby finds a little magic in his game

River Club won't hold golf event
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, a National Golf Association/Hooters Tour event that has been played at River Golf Club in North Augusta since 2000, will have a new home and a later date in 2003.

Second doesn't suit Taylor
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - Vaughn Taylor stalked away from his final hole, teeth gritted and hands clenched.

Howell leads by one shot
RENO, Nev. - Augusta's Charles Howell III birdied three of his first four holes Thursday and shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $3 million Reno-Tahoe Open.

Ammaccapane, Doolan share second-round lead
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Danielle Ammaccapane sounded confident about her prospects for ending a four-year drought.

Goosen, Izawa take share of the lead

Torrance switches format order
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- European captain Sam Torrance decided Friday to switch the order of matches at next month's Ryder Cup by opening with the best-ball format.

Seniors switch to modified Stableford format for Utah event

Augustan wraps up seniors title
Chuck Withers has taken some of the suspense out of this weekend's Midland Valley Senior Invitational golf tournament, the season-ending Regions Cup event for the over-50 set.

Top seed moves to quarterfinals of U.S. Amateur

Second doesn't suit Taylor

McGill, Ammaccapane share first-round lead

Howell falls four shots off

River Club won't hold golf event

Howell leads by one shot

Goosen, Izawa take share of the lead
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- This World Golf Championship certainly lived up its name Thursday, as Retief Goosen of South Africa and Toshi Izawa of Japan each had a 6-under 65 to share the lead in the NEC Invitational.

Augusta splits doubleheader

Jackets maintain Boston ties

GreenJackets blank Waves

Danny Verdun - Thomson

Reasons for change are plentiful

New coach believes in old Barnwell tradition

Steven Rogers - Evans

Defensive stalwarts lead Tigers

Outlook 2

Hornets senior relishes physical role

Retooling Rebels have coaching continuity

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken

J.K. Sabb - Laney

Combs back into thick of it

Marcus Barber - Strom Thurmond

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken

Tony Lezotte - Westside

Walter Utley - North Augusta

De'Angelo Bryant - Silver Bluff

Seniors transfer to North Augusta seeking success

Outlook 1

Schedule tests Red Devils

DeMarco McNair - Thomson

Danny Verdun - Thomson

Richard Cook - Washington-Wilkes

Jenkins County should contend

Jonta Sibert - McCormick

New coaches inherit good potential

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff

Jonna Lee - Butler

Questions surround Screven, Swainsboro

Curtis Baptist's crusade continues

Region realignment softens Butler's schedule

Augusta Christian has new leadership

2002 football season predictions

Aiken's good day ends in bad break

Augusta Christian opens with rout

Clinton Willis - Washington-Wilkes

Marcus Barber - Strom Thurmond
Marcus Barber Strom Thurmond Free safety, Wide receiver

Quarterback's injury puts Evans in an early hole
In late July, a somber mood fell over Evans' football camp.

Jenkins County should contend
Chuck Moore wants Jenkins County to be more than a one-half team this season.

Defensive stalwarts lead Tigers
WILLISTON, S.C. - While interviewing for the head coach's position at Williston-Elko in 2001, Justin Gentry learned the administration's expectations for the football program.

Richard Cook - Washington-Wilkes
Richard Cook Washington-Wilkes Tight end, Defensive end

Clinton Willis - Washington-Wilkes
Clinton Willis Washington-Wilkes Running back, Linebacker

Hornets senior relishes physical role
AIKEN - Aiken free safety Jeff Simpkins got his start in football a decade ago while sitting in front of the TV with a Nintendo remote control in his hands.

DeMarco McNair - Thomson
DeMarco McNair Thomson Running back

Retooling Rebels have coaching continuity
Jermaine Dorsey is 5-foot-10 and weighs 265 pounds. He looks like he should be a football player. He loves being on the field and knocking bodies. And he's pretty good at what he does - an All-Region 3-AAAA selection at defensive tackle last year proves that.

Fernando Velasco - Jefferson County
Fernando Velasco Jefferson County Offensive line

Curtis Baptist's crusade continues
Glenn Rocker had a daunting task ahead of him when he took the head coaching position at Curtis Baptist before last season. His first year as a varsity head football coach just happened to be at a school that hadn't played a varsity football game in four years.

Walter Utley - North Augusta
Walter Utley North Augusta Running back, Cornerback

De'Angelo Bryant - Silver Bluff
De'Angelo Bryant Silver Bluff Athlete

Rebels favored in revamped 5-AAA
With the departure of Newberry from Region 5-AAA, Strom Thurmond assumes the favorite's role for 2002.Newberry, which lost to eventual state champion Camden in the Lower State finals, moved into the revamped Region 3-AAA, and White Knoll was transferred to Region 4-AAAA. The changes, along with Strom Thurmond's experience, push the Rebels to the head of the class.

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

Jonta Sibert - McCormick
Jonta Sibert McCormick Running back

Augusta Christian opens with rout
For Augusta Christian's Bruce Lane, it was a perfect night. For Briarwood's John Osbourne, it might have been the start of a long season.

Questions surround Screven, Swainsboro
For the first time in three years, Screven County and Swainsboro have serious questions to answer.

Rashad Hunter - South Aiken
Rashad Hunter South Aiken Running back

J.K. Sabb - Laney
J.K. Sabb Laney Quarterback, Running back, Linebacker

Keion Hazel - Silver Bluff
Keion Hazel Silver Bluff Linebacker

Steven Rogers - Evans
Steven Rogers Evans Wide receiver

Jerome Dunbar - South Aiken
Jerome Dunbar South Aiken Offensive guard

Outlook 2

Reasons for change are plentiful
Lakeside head coach Randy Hill observes as Jimmy Johnson passes to a teammate at a recent practice.

Outlook 1
1. Westside

Region realignment softens Butler's schedule
Butler coach David Land looks at his new region and schedule and can't help but feel lucky - after all, he doesn't have to play the two toughest teams in a revamped 3-AAAA.

New coaches inherit good potential
South Carolina's Region 1-A offers a new opportunity for two coaches.

New coach believes in old Barnwell tradition
BARNWELL, S.C. - Overlooking Barnwell's practice field is the back of the W.W. Carter Field press box. Painted in red letters are the years of the Warhorses' state championships: 1954, 1987 and 1988.

Seniors transfer to North Augusta seeking success
David Sanborne has lived in North Augusta his entire life. He attended Aquinas in Augusta only because of the strong academic environment.

Augusta Christian has new leadership
It won't take long for GISA Region 1-AAA opponents long to realize how much has changed for Augusta Christian since the end of last season.

Schedule tests Red Devils
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell knows how the 2001 season must look.

2002 football season predictions
Here's how we think the season will end for teams in these regions during the 2002 prep football season.

Tony Lezotte - Westside
Tony Lezotte Westside Free safety, Wide receiver

Combs back into thick of it
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Charlie Combs left Williston-Elko after the 2000 season, and that was supposed to be it. Combs was supposed to be done with head coaching.

Jonna Lee - Butler
Jonna Lee Butler Linebacker

Aiken's good day ends in bad break
AIKEN -Aiken senior Kenyata Smith lay on the ground, his left ankle in his hands and a grimace on his face. His teammate, Bishop Scott, wasn't worried.

Josey's Chavous returns to his roots
Josey football coach Barney Chavous looks through the window of his small office at the gathering of players in the weight room.

Danny Verdun - Thomson
Danny Verdun Thomson Linebacker

Can't motivate others? Maybe it's your choice of maxims
I don't know what peeves me most - when some lady who doesn't even know me calls me "honey," or when one who does know me doesn't.

Questions suggest a few answers

Christianity is the wrong medicine

Baseball players heroic as firemen

Let's keep Stallions in corral

No excuse for killing alligator

Urges privatizing of Social Security

New facility won't fill water bowls

Driver ed could save teen lives

Spa stings lead to eight arrests
Three local spas remained closed Friday after Richmond County vice officers arrested several people on charges of prostitution Thursday night.

Georgia in long wait for justice
Two years ago, South Carolina denied Georgia's extradition request for William "Junior" Downs, citing his pending death penalty trial there.

Housing crunch worsens
Almost 60 students who started classes at the University of South Carolina Aiken on Thursday did so without the on-campus housing they had requested.

State denies youth home license

News you can use

Bust nets 3 kilos of cocaine

Across the southeast

Across Georgia

Report shows fewer crimes

Across South Carolina

Across the area
At least two Columbia County businesses may have been scammed by the man who has passed off bank deposit slips as checks in at least four Richmond County businesses in the past week.

Heat wave continues to test region's cool

Contractor removes 15,000 tons of waste from Augusta property

UGA hits milestone in outside grants

Federal funding supports research
A federal grant awarded to Savannah River Ecology Lab will finance four years of research into the unique ecology of the Sand Hills region that includes much of east Georgia, including Augusta.

Farmers markets are growing empty

Man kills intruder in self-defense

Governor says he'll limit raises on property tax

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Corrections

News you can use
The Richmond County Board of Education will consider whether to fund any of the proposed special consideration for seven "affected" inner-city schools at a called board meeting Tuesday night.

Company plans cell phone tower

U-Haul manager arrested
A manager at a local moving company was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual battery toward an employee.

Waiting

Across South Carolina
CHESTER -An attorney for Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson wants a judge to intervene before the county council takes over a new prison camp.

Reply on master plan remains unfinished
Somewhere on the strip of grass behind Augusta Regional Airport's aging terminal, officials hope to break ground for a new terminal one of these days.

Spa stings lead to eight arrests

Afghanistan's woes affect soldier
Staff Sgt. Lenice Redmon said he thought he'd seen poverty during his military anti-drug missions in South America.

Across Georgia
DULUTH -A man who shot at his estranged wife and a police officer Thursday was killed by police, an autopsy revealed.

Farmers markets are growing empty
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Twenty years ago, the exhibition hall that houses the Greenwood Farmers Market was full of growers and customers exchanging the freshest produce around.

Bust nets 3 kilos of cocaine
Richmond County narcotics officers arrested two men on drug trafficking charges and seized 3 kilograms of cocaine at a local motel Friday.

UGA hits milestone in outside grants
ATHENS, Ga. - External grants for research, instruction, public service and outreach won by the University of Georgia last fiscal year topped $200 million for the first time in the university's history.

Heat wave continues to test region's cool
Armed with a water hose, Lindsey Sturgis used one word to describe Friday's weather - hot.

Governor says he'll limit raises on property tax
Gov. Roy Barnes says that, if he's re-elected, he'll move to halt spiraling property-tax assessments with a plan to cap increases at 5 percent a year.

Waiting
North American Moving truck driver Kenneth Dale Swafford waits in the front of his truck after he hit a tree while turning onto Kings Way off Milledge Road.

Georgia jails see populations jump
ATLANTA - All the headlines for the past few years may have trumpeted Georgia's dropping crime rate.

Across the area

Officials blast offer to Stallions
Several members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority said Friday that only a token effort was made to sign the Augusta Stallions to a contract for 2003.

Georgia in long wait for justice

Company plans cell phone tower
The city of Aiken is about to enter the business of vertical real estate.

News you can use

Gunrunner gets 27 months in jail
A third man accused of taking part in a gunrunning operation received a 27-month prison sentence Thursday.

Correction
The Joseph Robert Johnson obituary that ran in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. contained an incorrect photo. The photo was of Joseph Johnson, who died in September.

Report shows fewer crimes
AIKEN - Crime is down in Aiken, but so is revenue.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cliff Hall of Augusta.

Medical body pays to publish photos
A group promoting biomedical growth in Augusta and Georgia will pay a pretty penny for some pretty pictures. It is also seeking reimbursement for legal fees it was charged by a local company.

Man kills intruder in self-defense
A 90-year-old retired doctor who fatally shot an intruder in his Augusta home was acting in self-defense and will not be charged, authorities said Thursday.

Hospitals vote to get special care facilities
They like to call it "a hospital within a hospital," and nearly every hospital in Augusta wants one. On back-to-back days, the boards of University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia Hospital voted to go forward with acquiring the special units.

Officials blast offer to Stallions

Meeting addresses Columbia Road woes
Meril Merritt's turn onto Columbia Road from North Old Belair Road has become increasingly tough.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A North Gwinnett High School student faces aggravated battery charges in the beating of another student.

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Across the southeast
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -NASA said Thursday that the next space shuttle launch is off until October because of cracked and damaged bearings in the platform needed to haul the ship to the pad.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bobbie Lambert of Augusta.

Federal funding supports research

Afghanistan's woes affect soldier

Across the area

Across the area
Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Barbara Dooley conceded the race to Max Burns on Friday and will not ask for a recount of Tuesday's primary election results, according to spokesman Evan Keefer.

Reply on master plan remains unfinished

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Two South Carolina community health centers have received grants of $100,000 each to add mental health services.

Corrections
Because incomplete information was given to The Augusta Chronicle, Aquinas High School running back John Kain was omitted from the returning starters listed in Friday's high school football preview section.

News you can use
The September session of the Augusta City Council is expected to produce its share of fireworks when an ordinance re-creating the position of police and fire surgeon is scheduled to appear, according to reliable sources.

State denies youth home license
The South Carolina Department of Social Services has denied the license application for a facility that planned to house emotionally disturbed teens in the Belclear Heights subdivision.

Correction

School's custodian revels in hard work
NORTH AUGUSTA - Some people have the ability to lift spirits.

Contractor removes 15,000 tons of waste from Augusta property
The tires alone totaled 800 tons - with more being dug up each day.

Football season isn't supposed to feel quite like this
According to weather.com, it "felt like 97 degrees" in downtown Augusta on Thursday. It certainly didn't feel like college football season.

Bristol now NASCAR's darling

Harmon just bruised in wreck that split car in two

Pearsons, Moore others headline vintage race
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Racing greats David Pearson and Bud Moore will suit up once again to take part in a "Legends Rematch" next month.

Bristol now NASCAR's darling
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The heat, fumes and exhaustion will make Dale Earnhardt Jr. sick on Saturday night. Kyle Petty will get a headache that won't go away until Tuesday. Sterling Marlin said the Sharpie 500 is like riding in a jet fighter around a high school gymnasium for four hours.

Harmon just bruised in wreck that split car in two
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike Harmon escaped virtually uninjured after a spectacular crash Thursday split his car in half when he hit an unsecured gate at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Winless Gordon wins pole at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jeff Gordon now realizes he can't control all the things that can keep him from winning, so he's going to concentrate on a precious few and take his chances.

Pearsons, Moore others headline vintage race

Winless Gordon wins pole at Bristol

CART-Formula One comparisons inevitable in Montreal

CART-Formula One comparisons inevitable in Montreal
MONTREAL -- The comparisons are inevitable as the CART series makes its debut this weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which has been home since 1978 to the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

Big Dog takes a bite with his new teammates
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson worked out with the Atlanta Hawks for the first time Thursday. It didn't take long for one of his new teammates to notice a change in the Big Dog.

WNBA strike talk eases

Big Dog takes a bite with his new teammates

Charlotte works on new basketball team

Charlotte works on new basketball team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For three months, the retired jersey of Bobby Phills hung alone in the rafters of the Charlotte Coliseum, the only remaining sign that the NBA ever existed in this city.

Cowboys will see a different QB Vick for Falcons

City excited about Falcons' new approach

Champs hope for offensive progress

Lineman restructures contract so club can re-sign Brooking, Kerney

Carter shines with Cowboys

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Irma Hatfield's grandchildren knew that a trip to her house probably meant work - but it was a trip they enjoyed nonetheless.

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Parker: Drought affects Corps' lake management
I AM RESPONDING to Duane Hovercamp's letter of Aug. 8 concerning the Corps of Engineers' management of Lake Thurmond. He raises a number of questions that are of interest to your readers, and I hope I can clear up some of the confusion surrounding operation of the Corps' three multipurpose projects on the Savannah River.

Cohabitation degrades marriage
ONE OF THE great fallacies of the sexual revolution is the popular and mistaken belief that sexual codes of conduct were based on narrow-minded legalism and puritanical morality. In reality, marriage survived the slings and arrows of intellectual fantasies for centuries because it works.

Saturated
Ed Asner once portrayed a retiring nuclear power plant manager in a skit for Saturday Night Live.

Cohabitation degrades marriage
ONE OF THE great fallacies of the sexual revolution is the popular and mistaken belief that sexual codes of conduct were based on narrow-minded legalism and puritanical morality. In reality, marriage survived the slings and arrows of intellectual fantasies for centuries because it works.

No excuse for killing alligator
It's sad the alligator had to be put to death by the legalized poachers. Was there a reason the animal could not be relocated? Bill Elliott, Aiken, S.C.

Christianity is the wrong medicine
This is in response to Timothy Fellows Jr.'s July 29 letter, "God's our cure, not a false religion." His accusation that modern medicine is witchcraft is a great example of religious irrationality. Daru Ib-Shamiq, North Augusta, S.C.

Urges privatizing of Social Security
Regarding several recent letters about privatizing Social Security: I'm weighing in on the subject because I believe that if one puts emotion and politics aside, the decision to support private investing of Social Security funds is a real no-brainer. Here's why. Andy Hauger, Ph.D., Evans, Ga.

The McIntyre factor
That crashing sound you hear is Robin Williams' mayoral campaign falling down like a ton of bricks.

Wildly unrealistic
No one should be surprised at Comair's decision not to restore daily flights between Augusta and Cincinnati. Despite all the happy talk from the likes of Ken Kraemer and Marcie Wilhelmi, the surprise would have been if Comair had brought back the Augusta Regional flights it canceled during the pilots' strike of 2001.

Sorry episode
A two-bit crook aiming a handgun at a store clerk is so much easier to comprehend than the esoteric machinations of a man in a $1,000 suit wielding nothing more than a pen. But they can both be guilty of robbery.

Let's keep Stallions in corral
As a three-year season ticket holder of the Augusta Stallions, and one of the founding members of the Stallions booster club, I am extremely concerned about the ongoing dispute between the Stallions' ownership and the August-Richmond County Civic Center. Don Bickley, North Augusta, S.C.

Baseball players heroic as firemen
Your recent "Suicide squeeze" article claims the "game (baseball) is on the line" due to the recent strike issue. It's more than that - it's the American dream that's on the line. Andy Walters, Evans, Ga.

Parker: Drought affects Corps' lake management
I AM RESPONDING to Duane Hovercamp's letter of Aug. 8 concerning the Corps of Engineers' management of Lake Thurmond. He raises a number of questions that are of interest to your readers, and I hope I can clear up some of the confusion surrounding operation of the Corps' three multipurpose projects on the Savannah River.

Driver ed could save teen lives
Recently a lot of teen drivers have been killed in car accidents. With all the new driving laws for young drivers, why don't schools offer drivers' education? I know they had it in the high schools when I was in school. Why did they take it out of the schools? Melba Moseley, Grovetown, Ga.

New facility won't fill water bowls
I was not surprised by the July 24 Metro article, "Inspectors say shelter should cool buildings," detailing problems found at the Richmond County Animal Control facility by the Department of Agriculture. A previous inspection dated Feb. 11 reveals much of the same. Jodie Graham, Augusta

Questions suggest a few answers
The article "Choice of land prompts questions about growth" (Aug. 16) does bring questions to mind. Perhaps the situation has been given more thought than has been publicized. Paul Eubanks, Hephzibah, Ga.

Security increased for this year's U.S. Open

WUSA crown would add to Hamm's collection

Overtime

Decision not to play affects personnel

US Open '02: Men's field wide open

Overtime

Stallions will sit out the 2003 season

Overtime
Steve Spurrier's quarterback situation got a little clearer Thursday, with the Washington Redskins trading Sage Rosenfels to the Miami Dolphins.

US Open '02: Men's field wide open
NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi was trading practice shots with Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 90-degree heat under a midday sun.

Security increased for this year's U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- U.S. Open spectators will encounter tighter security measures, including extra police and a ban on video cameras and backpacks.

WUSA crown would add to Hamm's collection
ATLANTA - Mia Hamm has done it all during her brilliant career.

Davenport advances to final
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Second-seeded Lindsay Davenport cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Anastasia Myskina on Friday to reach the Pilot Pen final.

Warren Baptist players contend for world title
Warren Baptist Church's softball team is on a mission from God.

Overtime
Former NFL linebacker Wayne Simmons, a first-round pick in 1993 who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, was killed in a single-car wreck Friday on Interstate 70, police said.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Largemouth bass have joined surface-schooling hybrids and striped bass on Strom Thurmond Lake, but fishermen have to get up early in the morning to catch them.

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 tournament news

Cowboys will see a different QB Vick for Falcons
IRVING, Texas -- The last time the Dallas Cowboys saw Michael Vick, he was an erratic rookie quarterback who ended up splitting snaps after halftime for the Atlanta Falcons.

Lineman restructures contract so club can re-sign Brooking, Kerney
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons took the first step toward re-signing Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney when the club restructured Bob Whitfield's contract Thursday.

New England shuts down Carolina
FOXBORO, Mass. - Tom Brady finally found the end zone. The Carolina Panthers are still seeking their first win in nearly a year.

City excited about Falcons' new approach
ATLANTA - There's an urban legend that epitomizes the relationship between Atlantans and their NFL team: A disgusted fan leaves a pair of tickets under his windshield wiper, hoping someone will take them while he shops. A few hours later, he returns to his car to find the two tickets are still there - along with two more.

Champs hope for offensive progress
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots finally may have a solution to their struggling offense: the Carolina Panthers.

Carter shines with Cowboys
IRVING, Texas - Quincy Carter cherishes the spotlight in Dallas. After all, how many other young men can shake your hand and say they're the starting quarterback for the Cowboys?

Performer singing for others' suppers
Singer Wayne Watson hears from the youngsters he sponsors in Third World countries several times a year, but he doubts any of them have ever heard Friend of a Wounded Heart, Touch of the Master's Hand or any of his other contemporary Christian hits.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Solid faith helps woman walk again
Throughout 1996 my husband, the Rev. Jerry Taylor, and I were searching for a solution to my chronically deteriorating neurological condition. I was unable to walk 30 feet to get to the mailbox. I felt as though I was surviving life rather than living life because of constant pain. I had consulted many physicians and specialists, but never was satisfied with their solutions. Clearly, I needed a miracle of physical healing from the Great Physician.

Faith digest
Stained glass works can be fiery visions of a faith, both personal and communal - but how many believers recognize the artwork from their own places of worship?

Born again
Each day that Andy Tisdale walked past the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lyndon Grove, he thought of the church he once attended near Boston Common.

Class helps many find new voice
For some immigrants, entering the United States is easy compared with crossing the language barrier.

Football season isn't supposed to feel quite like this

Decision not to play affects personnel
When Augusta Stallions coach Mike Hold heard owner Frank Lawrence was suspending operations of the team for at least the 2003 season, he was glad to be in Peoria, Ill.

Stallions will sit out the 2003 season
Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence told civic center leaders Thursday that his arenafootball2 team will not play in Augusta next year, saying the latest contract offer would cut his team's revenue potential.

Football shines in 'NCAA Football 2003' game
The college football season is almost upon us, and that means the flood of college football videogames has begun.

Two men in Georgia die from West Nile
ATLANTA - Georgia health officials said Thursday that two men in the state have died from West Nile and warned that the virus will always be worse in the South, where warm weather means more mosquitoes.

Don't forget technology for the college bound
It's that time of year. Your offspring has graduated from high school and is preparing for a four-year, bank-account-draining

Recordings that capture lives of Basque settlers being made available on Internet
BOISE, Idaho -- The Basque immigrants arrived in the American West from Spain and France during the early part of the 20th century, often working in boarding houses and as sheepherders, and later as ranchers.

How much water do we really need to guzzle?
WASHINGTON -- "Drink at least eight glasses of water a day" is an adage some obsessively follow, judging by the people sucking on water bottles at every street corner - but the need for so much water may be a myth.

Mother of alleged victim testifies in Georgia rape trial

Mother of alleged victim testifies in Georgia rape trial
ATHENS, Ga. -- The mother of a 19-year-old former University of Georgia student testified Thursday that her daughter called her after an alleged rape and said she'd been treated "like a dog."

Jenkins scrimmages well
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Quarterback Corey Jenkins looked sharp as South Carolina held a two-hour scrimmage Friday.

WNBA strike talk eases
NEW YORK -- Another labor deadline is looming for a professional sports league - although in this one, the top players earn no more than $80,000.

Don't forget technology for the college bound

Two men in Georgia die from West Nile

Recordings that capture lives of Basque settlers being made available on Internet

How much water do we really need to guzzle?

Football shines in 'NCAA Football 2003' game

Faith digest

Solid faith helps woman walk again

Faith and fellowship calendar

Class helps many find new voice

Performer singing for others' suppers

Born again