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JUST OUT: Blade II

'American Idol' winner chosen
The more than 15 million votes were counted and 20-year-old Kelly Clarkson has walked away with a $1 million recording contract in Fox's reality show American Idol: Search for a Superstar.

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

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At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Oliver Parker's latest take on Wilde manages that only about half the time, mainly with female leads Reese Witherspoon, Frances O'Connor and the wonderfully imperious Judi Dench.

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta
Complete with imperfections, Cee-Lo Green will take the stage Saturday at the After Labor Day Explosion at the old Club Millennium location, 1511 North Leg Road.

Rapper Cee-Lo will bring Southern style to Augusta

At the movies: 'City by the Sea'
"City by the Sea" is essentially a made-for-TV movie with better casting and more cursing.

Club calendar

Sense of humor
Some classical composers have fans. Others have fanatics.

Dancers will perform classic stories of love

The camera spoke in silent films
It's hard to imagine the cinema without the sharp report of a Western revolver, the swelling strings that accompany a slow, lingering kiss or the piercing scream of a damsel in distress, but there was a time when the silents were golden.

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic

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

Applause calendar

Applause calendar
MOLLY KEY'S MUSIC DAY FESTIVAL: Sponsored by Glascock County Concerned Citizens for Cancer committee; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, baseball park in Gibson, Ga.; benefits cancer patients of Glascock County; food, music, activities for kids, crafts, prizes and raffles; (706) 598-2061.

Concert calendar

Mini reviews
Movies are listed through Thursday with theater location. 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.

Standing ovations

Documentary looks at life with Widespread Panic
In the summer of 2000, Chris Hanson and his brother Geoff lived like rock stars.

Sense of humor

Dancers will perform classic stories of love
From a classical ballet to a classic children's story, the Augusta Dance Theatre will perform two tales of love this weekend.

The camera spoke in silent films

Standing ovations
First Friday festivities along Artists Row downtown include a reception for artist Mary Welch Austin from 5 to 9:30 tonight at Art on Broad, 1028 Broad St. The impressionistic oils, such as Sirens, above, from the Virginia artist are on display at the gallery through September.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augustan quietly enjoys some commercial success

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augustan quietly enjoys some commercial success
Larry Jon Wilson, Augusta's traveling troubador and songwriter, states emphatically that he does not do commercials.

At the movies: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Mini reviews

'American Idol' winner chosen

Baseball owners ratify labor deal; Expos status next

Baseball owners ratify labor deal; Expos status next
CHICAGO -- Baseball owners approved their new labor contract quickly and overwhelmingly, voting 29-1 Thursday to ratify the deal their negotiators struck last week to avert a strike.

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator
ATLANTA -- Twelve years ago, Tom Glavine found himself sitting by the phone, wondering what was going on in one of baseball's cantankerous labor disputes.

Braves blank Expos

Braves blank Expos
ATLANTA - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones said that without Gary Sheffield, the Braves lacked big-inning potential.

A different role, but same Smoltz

A different role, but same Smoltz
ATLANTA - When stories were written in the spring about John Smoltz shifting from the Atlanta Braves' rotation to the centerpiece of the bullpen, pitching coach Leo Mazzone suggested 40 saves was likely.

Glavine relishes role as union negotiator

Wall Street looks forward and back as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches

Station carrier changes
The US Airways Express counter at Augusta Regional Airport will change hands next month, airport officials announced Friday.

Pocket change
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame announced Friday that project director Charles Strawser will resign Oct. 31.

'Big box' buildings find new tenants
AIKEN - One of Aiken's monstrous "big box" retail buildings, some of which have gone unused for years, was recently leased, and a second is under contract.

Company will upgrade to digital phone switch
BellSouth will upgrade its central office switch in downtown Augusta later this month, moving about 14,000 phone lines from analog to digital service.

Customers key in on research
Bill Gibbs has customers who know as much about the Lexus IS400 as his salesmen.

Business briefs

Business briefs
TRENTON, N.J. - Campbell Soup Co. posted a 6 percent increase in its fourth-quarter profits, and revenues were up nearly as much as the food maker completed the first year of its turnaround plan.

Stocks fall on string of weak economic data
NEW YORK -- A spate of bad news about the economy, including sluggish productivity growth and disappointing retail sales, hit Wall Street hard Thursday and sent stocks falling sharply.

Wall Street looks forward and back as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches
NEW YORK -- Wall Street generally looks forward, not back. These days it's doing both as it prepares for Wednesday's anniversary of the airliner hijack attacks.

Pocket change

Station carrier changes

'Big box' buildings find new tenants

Freshmen get their feet wet

College football gameday
No. 22 South Carolina (1-0) at Virginia (0-2)

College football gameday

Freshmen get their feet wet
Mark Richt was in Augusta for a Bulldog Club meeting a few months ago when the subject turned to Michael Cooper.

Demos peril security

A 'hot' TV phenom

Fund the museum

Chamber's right pick

Flower lady
Nancy Burden is known as the Flower Lady of Hephzibah.

Flower lady

Early loss could mean auspicious beginning
Georgia Southern, a perennial contender for the national title, will try to rebound from a season-opening defeat against Delaware when they face Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.

Superman makes an amazing debut
ATLANTA -- Tony Hollings figured it was time to make his move.

Early loss could mean auspicious beginning

Superman makes an amazing debut

Golf capsules
MARKHAM, Ontario - Neal Lancaster made birdie from a badly repaired divot, made par when his ball ricocheted off a hazard stake and finished with a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Billy Andrade in the Canadian Open.

Waite finally has his day in Canada

Defending champion misses old course
MAINEVILLE, Ohio -- Jim Thorpe admitted he misses the old King Island layout as he prepared to defend his Kroger Senior Classic title on the new TPC at River's Bend.

Waite finally has his day in Canada
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Grant Waite followed two years of bad timing and bad luck at the Canadian Open by opening with an 8-under 64 in dry and blustery conditions to build a two-stroke lead Thursday.

Golf capsules

PGA Tour cool to NCWO push for women members at Augusta

PGA Tour cool to NCWO push for women members at Augusta
MARKHAM, Ontario -- The campaign for female members at Augusta National isn't getting much support from the PGA Tour, which will continue to treat the Masters as one of its official tournaments.

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines

Thomson turns on offense

Key matchups

Laney earns shutout

Game day picks

Butler spoils Chavous' debut

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win

On the air

Bulldogs take it one game at a time

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club

Silver Bluff begins anew

Area roundup

Patriots' Ellison still part of century club
Aundra Ellison is what you would call a well-rounded student. He's part of the auto mechanics club, and he's a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

On the air
Here is a radio schedule of this weekend's games.

Game day picks
In case you missed it, I debuted this column last week.

Butler spoils Chavous' debut
Barney Chavous believes his time in the NFL prepared him for another challenge: coaching high school football.

Key matchups
Here are key matchups for this weekend.

Thomson turns on offense
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Sometimes, Thomson coach Luther Welsh said, you have to let your players know you mean business. Sometimes, you have to raise your voice.

Area roundup
A first-quarter safety was all Augusta Christian needed to beat Stratford Academy.

North Augusta runs to victory
North Augusta found a way to utilize its running backs Friday night against Midland Valley, rolling on all cylinders to a 28-7 victory.

Thoroughbreds' big horse shines
AIKEN - After Friday night's game, South Aiken running back Rashad Hunter went home and relaxed.

Bulldogs put up tough fight
If any of Harlem's players were hanging their heads after a 27-20 home loss to Elbert County Friday night, it was because of exhaustion, not dejection.

Bulldogs take it one game at a time
THOMSON - When Statesboro lost to Screven County last week, Thomson was almost assured of a No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press Class AAAA poll this week.

Laney earns shutout
Laney's defense denied Todd Booker a win in his coaching debut.

Silver Bluff begins anew
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Silver Bluff won back-to-back Class AA state championships with a blend of quick and talented skill players who could strike for touchdowns from virtually anywhere on the field.

Wolfpack passes on pass for first win
Mist was falling, the football was wet and Greenbrier was turning the ball over.

When spending free time, the mall is a perfect fit
I don't shop very much for myself. Most of my clothes are Christmas or birthday gifts.

Beatty is a committed candidate

Letter writer jumps to conclusions

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon

Tax reassessment is discriminatory

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree

Lindsey Graham is no conservative

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment

Why blacks deserve reparations

Don't limit God and stay healthy

Hopefuls say experience counts

Program awaits accreditation
Richmond County school officials said it will be summer before they know whether they have earned accreditation for an international diploma program.

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured

Subscriber of the day

Under control

Group begins airline drive
Business leaders and airport officials on Friday launched Continental Challenge II, a two-week pledge drive to raise money for Continental Express' opening costs at Augusta Regional Airport.

News you can use
SEPT. 6, 1977 A Butler High School sophomore was shot and killed Sunday night by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger during a fraternity initiation near Clarks Hill reservoir.

Hopefuls say experience counts
ATHENS, Ga. - Experience was the theme for 12th Congressional District hopefuls at a candidates forum in Athens.

Boss identifies driver

Men get probation in drug-death case

Eyes on the skies
Jeff Dorn of the Quail Unlimited Committee (left) and Michael Brown of Chick-fil-A sit behind a blind, waiting for doves to fly by.

Teaching for life
BARNWELL, S.C. - At least nine teachers of the about 115 at Barnwell Elementary have battled breast cancer in their lives and continue to survive.

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor
A Christian television station has replaced the co-host of a weekly teenage music show after the man was charged with sexually assaulting a troubled 13-year-old boy he was mentoring.

Boss identifies driver
MCBEAN - Georgia Highway 56 is expected to reopen this afternoon after engineers repair the railroad crossing where an accident Wednesday killed a Florida truck driver and derailed 24 freight train cars.

Flight drive begins anew
The Continental Challenge organizers are back, and they're hoping the sequel will be just as good as the original.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Atlanta authorities have dropped disorderly conduct charges against about 100 people arrested in a raid on a private nightclub that charged $25 to watch sex acts on stage.

Transit systems to cross state lines
For the first time in more than 40 years, Aiken and Richmond counties' buses won't stop serving customers at the state line.

Eyes on the skies

Across Georgia

News you can use

Man wearing cooler holds up store
A Martinez man who police say tried to rob a convenience store Friday morning with a cooler on his head is instead cooling his heels in jail.

Duck Amok

Under control
Firefighter John Grant (from left) and his son Phillip watch the controlled burn on Broad Street during a Richmond County Fire Department training exercise.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Authorities hope a pair of forensic drawings will help solve the mystery of an unidentified man whose remains were found in the attic of an abandoned building two years ago.

Three counties risk outdoor water ban
ATHENS, Ga. - The 5-year-old drought that continues to plague the South means three northeastern Georgia counties are likely to face a total ban on outdoor water use.

Across Georgia
STOCKBRIDGE -Clayton County police say a couple acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a man who used a gun to force his way into their apartment.

United Way launches campaign
NORTH AUGUSTA - United Way organizers took an audience through 50 years of the United Way on Friday, dancing their way through the fads and trends of each decade.

Across the area
An Aiken couple who say their son was humiliated by a racial comment in his class at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School filed suit Friday.

Men get probation in drug-death case
Two men arrested on manslaughter charges in the April 2001 drug-related death of a 23-year-old Augusta woman pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received probation sentences Thursday.

News you can use
THOMSON - Five people were injured and two autos were badly damaged Thursday in a two-car collision on Highway 78 on the outskirts of Thomson.

Police say owner of day care left baby
An Augusta day care owner was charged Thursday with leaving a 10-month-old baby in a van, authorities said.

Schools respond to criticism

Pickup hits 18-wheeler, leaving driver injured
A 21-year-old Harlem man suffered a broken thighbone and severe head injuries after police say he ran his truck into the back of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 20.

Former hopeful returns to ballot

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dave Caddell of Evans.

Correction

Police say owner of day care left baby

New fee doesn't deter First Friday vendors

Charge of sex abuse levied on mentor

Across the area

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites

Letter blasts Army action

Across South Carolina

Man is convicted of slaying

Letter blasts Army action
The Army owes property owners a better explanation of its refusal to accept responsibility for damages caused by the experimental drawdown of the Savannah River in January 2000, according to Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Man wearing cooler holds up store

Across Georgia

Flight drive begins anew

Shooting kills National chef
AIKEN - Police said Friday the longtime head chef of the Augusta National Golf Club was gunned down in an altercation with his son.

New fee doesn't deter First Friday vendors
Friday's downtown street festival marked the first time sidewalk vendors were required to pay a $25 fee to set up shop along Broad Street. But downtown officials say the new charge didn't seem to deter any new street business.

Correction
An article in Friday's Applause section gave an incorrect starting time for The Augusta Opera's production of H.M.S. Pinafore.

Looking for mourner
AIKEN - On the front porch of the red, two-room shack where Marion Edwards lived without electricity or water sits a corncob pipe.

Schools respond to criticism
Richmond County school officials will go to Washington later this month and hope to meet with federal officials then.

Man is convicted of slaying
Tommie Tennyson's attempt to blame a man's brutal death on another failed Friday when Mr. Tennyson was convicted of felony murder.

Former hopeful returns to ballot
As Aiken County School Board member Art Hadden steps aside for re-election, an outspoken figure from the recent past appears, Reb Sutherland.

Man pleads guilty to death

Shooting kills National chef

Speakers press for unity between blacks, whites
A meeting Thursday night to bring the races together failed to draw the numbers organizers had expected, but those who attended said they left the meeting with optimism and hope.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ann Powell of Augusta.

Duck Amok
When Kathy Hamrick dropped a yellow rubber duck into the quadrangle fountain at Augusta State University in 1998, she had no idea the journey it would take around the world.

Teaching for life

Across the area
A south Augusta woman was injured Thursday morning when she was attacked by her two cats.

Transit systems to cross state lines

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state's health and environmental agency has decided to test more humans and fewer birds for the West Nile virus after a Union woman tested positive for the virus a week ago.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

United Way launches campaign

Looking for mourner

Man pleads guilty to death
Nearly six years after an Augusta man was beaten to death and left beside a city street, a convicted felon took responsibility.

Gamecocks living in the shadow
The shadow that hangs over the SEC has spread its darkness over South Carolina.

Burton says split with Stoddard necessary
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jeff Burton won 14 races with Frank Stoddard as his crew chief and finished a career-best third in the 2000 points race.

Burton says split with Stoddard necessary

U.S. team tries to figure out its failures

U.S. team tries to figure out its failures
INDIANAPOLIS -- One loss might have been dismissed as an aberration. A second cannot.

Panthers have to be better, don't they?

Reeves hopes to end career with a flourish

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Mrs. Frankye Harter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Brant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Raum    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Brown Jr.    (GOUGH, Ga.)
Dr. Heidi Atkins    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Dorn Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph McClellan    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Carroll    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Washer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Readdy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Emory    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Rev. William Nicholson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Bettis    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Wimberly    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Hooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Quatavius Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Ingram    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Matthew Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Howell Joyner Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Junelle Collins    (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)
Mr. Norman Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Blackburn Floyd
Blackburn Floyd, affectionately known as "Uncle Black," spent his life serving his country and many people in Augusta.

Mr. Jessie Mack Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Eileen Hexamer    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Naomi Long    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Ellis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. BettyJean Johnson    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Elwood Dashiellds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Huff    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. John Sereday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Black    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Holey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarater Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Hair Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Patricia Warren    (FORT PIERCE, Fla.)
Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Rodgers    (QUOQUE, N.Y.)
Mrs. MaryJane Golatt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Major Paul Gallagher    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Susie Milburn    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Blackburn Floyd    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mr. James Leppard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. William Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Marie Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Chubby Earnest    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Pruitt    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Raum (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Brant (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Junelle Collins (FORT WAYNE, Ind.)

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Mr. John Sereday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Hair Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Gowdy Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. MaryJane Golatt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Black (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Rev. William Nicholson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clyde Ingram (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Washer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Blackburn Floyd (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Dan Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Readdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Leppard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Dr. Heidi Atkins (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Major Paul Gallagher (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wilson Holmes Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Mack Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Brown Jr. (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Howell Joyner Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Bettis (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Emory (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Cummings (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Edwards (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Dorn Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Marie Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frankye Harter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Carroll (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Rodgers (QUOQUE, N.Y.)

Mrs. Beatrice Mastrangelo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Blackburn Floyd (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Milburn (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ellis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Bettis (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. BettyJean Johnson (MACON, Ga.)

Quatavius Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarater Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomi Long (MILLEN, Ga.)

Beatty is a committed candidate
Sen. Mike Beatty, R-Jefferson, is the right choice in Georgia's Republican runoff for lieutenant governor. Julian C. "Hutch" Hutchins Sr., Augusta

Chamber's right pick
It's gratifying that Ed Presnell can drop the "interim" in his title as president of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's executive committee can take a bow for naming Presnell the permanent chief.

Tax reassessment is discriminatory
With the advent of property tax reassessments in Augusta, I believe the time is right to reevaluate the whole concept of property taxes. At present, all real property is assessed at 40 percent of its fair market value, minus personal exemptions, times the local millage rate, equals property tax. Frank Scharite, Augusta

Don't limit God and stay healthy
In response to both Timothy Fellows and Daru Ib-Shamiq regarding religion and medicine, I say: Why do we ever try to or think we can limit God as to how he can heal us? Jacqueline W. Fincher, M.D. FACP, Thomson, Ga.

A 'hot' TV phenom
There were tears, fireworks, glitzy Hollywood production numbers, and red, white and blue confetti pouring down amid wild, enthusiastic cheers.

Blasts 'vindictive' editorial supporting RCAC chief Bragdon
In response to your uninformed, vindictive and anonymous Aug. 29 editorial "Bragdon is an asset," I have a few questions of my own, and I can certainly enlighten you on a few things. Neel Flannagan, Aiken, S.C.

NCWO is barking up the wrong tree
Regarding the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk asking the Augusta National Golf Club to open its membership to women: Giri S. Venkatraman, Evans, Ga.

Why blacks deserve reparations
There have been several letters regarding reparations to black Americans. As a young, college-educated black female, I am appalled at the number of white Americans against the idea. I do realize that if it weren't for the harsh treatment of and the aggressive nature in which my ancestors gained their "freedom," it would be a lot easier on me. Nicole Ball, Hephzibah, Ga.

Unfair to boot elderly veteran from disabled-friendly apartment
I have never wanted to write a letter to the editor before, but I feel that my situation needs to be told. There have to be other people experiencing the same thing. Teresa Bohannon, Martinez, Ga.

Fund the museum
Every community worth its salt has a museum and the vast majority of them pay for it out of the local government's general budget. But not in Augusta. Every year the Augusta Museum of History's executive director has to come before the city commission to beg for more money to keep the museum going.

Demos peril security
Should a chief executive officer have the power to fire or demote poor-performing employees, hire new ones, move workers to where they'll be the most useful, and adjust salary scales?

Lindsey Graham is no conservative
When I heard that U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., would seek a seat in the U.S. Senate, I thought, "What an outrage." Even more outrageous is that he would imply that he is a "conservative" candidate. Charles Alexander, North Augusta, S.C.

Letter writer jumps to conclusions
Doug Weaver's quest for a pithy opening line to his Aug. 29 letter, "Evolution is a theory for quacks," led him to contradict his own logic. William Sansbury, Augusta

Overtime

Overtime

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd

USTA plans Court of Champions

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final

All-Williams final at Open again

Overtime
Jason Parker, the North Carolina high school star who was dismissed from Kentucky last Friday, is enrolling at South Carolina, coach Dave Odom said.

Lewis gives up IBF title rather than fight Byrd
Lennox Lewis will give up one of his heavyweight titles rather than fight mandatory contender Chris Byrd, claiming that Byrd offers him no great challenge and that no one wants to see the fight anyway.

Davenport, Mauresmo stand in way of all-Williams final
NEW YORK -- All that stands in the way of another all-Williams final at the U.S. Open are Lindsay Davenport, who is making a remarkable recovery from knee surgery, and Amelie Mauresmo, who has made it this far in a Grand Slam tournament just twice before.

Overtime
South Carolina State will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Kirkland W. Green Student Center.

All-Williams final at Open again
NEW YORK -- The streak of Sister Slams was under siege Friday.

USTA plans Court of Champions
NEW YORK -- The United States Tennis Association announced plans Thursday for creation of the US Open Court of Champions, a year-round attraction at the National Tennis Center that will honor singles champions in the 122-year history of the U.S. Open and the U.S. Nationals.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Hundreds of heavyweight hybrid and striped bass are schooling in the Savannah River arm of Strom Thurmond Lake, with many breaking lines and fishermen's hearts.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Hundreds of heavyweight hybrid and striped bass are schooling in the Savannah River arm of Strom Thurmond Lake, with many breaking lines and fishermen's hearts.

Fishing report

Panthers have to be better, don't they?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke stood in front of his locker, a sea of cameras and microphones in his face. When he'd answered every last question, the pack shifted over two feet to Rodney Peete's locker.

Johnson knows his role
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta quarterback Doug Johnson had an excellent preseason. Falcons head coach Dan Reeves and quarterbacks coach Jack Burns couldn't have been much happier with the effort of their No. 2 signal-caller.

Reeves hopes to end career with a flourish
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons hardly look like the same team. They have a new owner, a new starting quarterback, a new defensive coordinator and a bunch of new fans.

Field goal spoils New York's part
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - What seemed like a dud of a season-opening party for the NFL actually turned into a thriller.

Faith digest
The Rev. Gary Demore, pastor of Flippen United Methodist Church in McDonough, Ga., will preach a weekend camp meeting starting at 7 p.m. Friday at White Oak United Methodist Campground on White Oak Campground Road in McDuffie County, a mile north of Georgia Highway 223.

Denominations remember Sept. 11 in weekend events
The terrorist assaults of Sept. 11 will figure in several events this weekend, including an open house at the Augusta Islamic center today and memorial observances at Augusta-area churches on Sunday.

A time to dance
Kay Ocasio was listening to a song during a church Christmas play in the early 1990s and began to raise her hands in worship.

Stained glass
The stained glass panel featured Aug. 31 was from Adas Yeshurun synagogue's main sanctuary.

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

Gamecocks living in the shadow

Remotely controlling one computer from another
So you need a file from your home computer - right now. But you're in the office. Or you're at home and want e-mails from your office computer. Then maybe it's Thanksgiving Day at Grandma's and the kids' pictures are on the hard drive at home.

New dietary guidelines offer flexibility
WASHINGTON -- People who want to stay healthy need to exercise for at least an hour a day - double the previous workout recommendation - according to new dietary guidelines on fat, protein and carbohydrate intake.

Research develops STD vaccine
Children as young as 10 may soon have access to an experimental vaccine against the most common sexually transmitted disease, a virus that can cause genital warts and cancer.

A better way for wireless networking
Just a few short years ago, home networking meant hours in the attic or the crawl space dragging lengths of CAT-5 cable from one wall to another. That was just to share a printer, since networking a modem made little sense.

Georgia sues Tulane over canceled football games

Georgia sues Tulane over canceled football games
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is seeking almost $1 million in a lawsuit against Tulane for the cancellation of three games.

Allegations of inquiry cause stir

Gamecocks' Holtz prefers to keep teams guessing
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz wasn't happy after his team's season-opening win over New Mexico State, but he wasn't shattered either.

McGee: No violations found at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletics director Mike McGee says the school's football program is in the clear after the NCAA inquired about possible rules violations.

Dismissed from Kentucky, Parker comes to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jason Parker, the North Carolina high school star who was dismissed from Kentucky last Friday, is enrolling at South Carolina, coach Dave Odom says.

Gamecocks' Holtz prefers to keep teams guessing

Allegations of inquiry cause stir
South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee responded angrily Thursday to reports that the NCAA is investigating the Gamecocks' football program for potential rules violations.

Research develops STD vaccine

Remotely controlling one computer from another

A better way for wireless networking

New dietary guidelines offer flexibility

Denominations remember Sept. 11 in weekend events

Stained glass

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

A time to dance