Mets concerned over reported pot use

Mets concerned over reported pot use
NEW YORK -- A newspaper reported Friday that at least seven New York Mets smoked marijuana this season, and manager Bobby Valentine acknowledged being worried about drug use on his team as far back as spring training.

Record-setting Bordick: Not flashy, but flawless
BALTIMORE -- No shortstop in baseball history has ever enjoyed as flawless a season in the field as Mike Bordick.

Young men's cologne provides lesson in love

Moss struggles in Braves' loss

Florida reels in win with rally

Florida reels in win with rally
ATLANTA - The individual mini-dramas are the most compelling reason to keep watching these Atlanta Braves stagger to the finish line.

Moss struggles in Braves' loss
ATLANTA - Atlanta pitcher Damian Moss has no idea whether he'll be the Braves' fourth starter in the postseason, or if he'll watch the playoffs from the bullpen.

Shoe repair store is still shining
The brown, boot-shaped sign perched on the awning above 218 Seventh St. is showing a bit of rust. It has hung there for nearly 62 years.

Business calendar
Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2002 workshop; with Sonia Gowen, certified QuickBooks Pro adviser; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPAs, 701 Greene St., Suite 200; $195 due at registration, breakfast and lunch provided; Dawn Hatfield, 722-5337.

Sales game

Promotional items pique interest, but at what cost?

Business briefs
Organizers of Continental Challenge II said Friday they are nearer their goal of raising $528,000 in pledges to cover Continental Express' station-opening costs at Augusta Regional Airport.

Pocket change

States want taxes from cross-border shoppers

Sales game
The golf cars that U.S. captain Curtis Strange and European captain Sam Torrance will drive in this week's Ryder Cup have been customized by Club Car. They include headlamps, coolers and embroidered seats, and the captains will get to keep them as souvenirs.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Merry Land Properties Inc.

Promotional items pique interest, but at what cost?
Newspapers get a lot of stuff in the mail.

States want taxes from cross-border shoppers
Shoppers often skirt sales taxes when they cross state lines to hunt for bargains on everything from liquor and cigarettes to furniture, furs and other big-ticket items.

Business briefs

Sperm bank plans egg-donor program
Augusta sperm bank Xytex Corp. is getting into eggs.

Countries criticize decision by OPEC

Bias in workplace is against the law
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination and workplace harassment based on religion, ethnicity, country of origin, race or color.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting
NEW YORK -- Buyers cautiously returned to Wall Street Friday, sending stocks higher on bargain-hunting following three days of big losses. But the market's three main indexes still posted a fourth straight weekly loss.

On the move
Patrick Thomas has joined the coaching staff of Gymnastics Gold. With six years' experience, the Georgia Southern University graduate will coach a competitive girl's team and teach tumbling.

Business calendar

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting

Sperm bank plans egg-donor program

Countries criticize decision by OPEC
OSAKA, Japan - OPEC's decision to hold crude output steady with prices at almost $30 per barrel got a chilly reception Friday from major oil-consuming nations who worry that their economies will suffer.

On the move

Bias in workplace is against the law

Shoe repair store is still shining

Outing dismays Clemson

Outing dismays Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - "Disappointing" and "uninspired" were just a few of the adjectives the Clemson players and coaches used to describe their performance in a 30-7 win against Ball State on Saturday.

Game of the week

Game of the week
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH:It should be entertaining to watch two offenses that are capable of piling up points. Both teams are trying to rebound from losses - the Cougars were upset at Nevada (31-28), and the Yellow Jackets fell short at Clemson (24-19).

College football today

College football today
J.J. McKelvey, Clemson, had a career-high 10 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 30-7 victory over Ball State.

Burk's jihad

Put veterans at ease

DOE's right decision

Begging the issue

Southern expressions
It's been a decade since the Morris Museum of Art opened its doors on a quiet stretch of Riverwalk Augusta. Since then, the museum has explored Southern art in all its aspects - antebellum to abstract expressionism. Here's a brief history of the Morris Museum's first 10 years.

Monograms must be letter-perfect for wife keeping maiden name
Dear Carson: I never really understood the whole changing of the last name when one marries. So being the unconventional person that I am, I kept my maiden name when I married. However, when it comes to monogramming, it gets a little tricky. A friend wanted to give my husband and me a gift with our monogram on it and called to ask me for the correct way to monogram a gift to both of us. My first name letter is an "A" and my husband's begins with "A." His last name begins with "P" and mine with "L." Can you help by telling me what our monogram would be? - Married Monogram Muddle

Symposium will play tribute to South's artistic beauty
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Morris Museum of Art is throwing a birthday bash in grand Southern style.

Basque beauty
SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France - If you're looking for a charming Atlantic coast town in France, and a base to explore the Basque region, you should consider Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Comedian Conan O'Brien wants to be a forgettable Emmys host
NEW YORK - Conan O'Brien subscribes to the baseball umpire theory of being the host of an awards show.

Home front
If you're interested in using stripes in your home, here's some advice from the pros:

Sitting pretty
Curt and Erica Garner have painted every room in their house, a 1920s bungalow on the Hill, two or three times since they moved in four years ago.

Arts calendar
ARTS IN THE HEART: Noon to 6 p.m. today, Riverwalk Augusta at Reynolds Street between Eighth and Ninth streets; closing ceremony 6-8 p.m. today; Greater Augusta Arts Council; badge $2 in advance from Greater Augusta Arts Council and SRP Federal Credit Union or $3 at gate, children younger than 10 admitted free; 826-4702.

Crowton returns to his old stomping grounds
ATLANTA -- Few people were looking forward to BYU's trip to Georgia Tech as much as Gary Crowton.

Jackets' lose top scorer
ATLANTA - After nearly four games of carrying the Georgia Tech offense, Tony Hollings' right knee gave out, and it appears the Yellow Jackets will have to find someone else to do the heavy lifting.

Crowton returns to his old stomping grounds

Jackets' lose top scorer

Area women respect all-male golf clubs
Martha Burk doesn't have many allies among the area's female golfers.

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- Despite no bogeys over the first 54 holes and his largest lead in two years, Tiger Woods figures he needs one more good round to win the American Express Championship.

Americans stop Sorenstam, earn 4-4 split
EDINA, Minn. -- Annika Sorenstam was on a roll. Laura Davies was playing out of her mind.

CBS tells women's group it will air Masters

Tiger turning in an exhibition
THOMASTOWN, Ireland -- For someone who thinks a World Golf Championship is more meaningful than the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods is sure making this look like an exhibition.

CBS tells women's group it will air Masters
NEW YORK -- CBS Sports dismissed a national women's group's request that it drop its Masters coverage because of Augusta National's all-male membership.

Tiger turning in an exhibition

Area women respect all-male golf clubs

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory

Evans' mistakes prove to be costly

Thomson cruises to victory

Piedmont runs past Curtis Baptist

Bulldogs pull away from Cross Creek

Moon shines to save victory

North Augusta rolls to victory

Harlem's rout marks emotional homecoming

Wardlaw blanks Country Day

South Aiken wins big for teammate

Tigers aren't terrible, but opponents better

Augusta Christian tops Brentwood

Campbell ties mark with 346th victory

Burke County beats Jones County

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda opened up its Region 5-A schedule with a convincing victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler.

Thomson cruises to victory
When you're the heavy favorite as Thomson was Friday, what happens before halftime is often more important than what occurs after.

Greenbrier beats Lakeside
There's only one way to explain Greenbrier's 34-24 win against Lakeside on Friday.

Harlem's rout marks emotional homecoming
Harlem quarterback Michael Hawkinberry didn't want to say much Friday night. The wounds were still too fresh.

Wardlaw blanks Country Day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Bryan Salley scored three touchdowns as Wardlaw Academy built a 50-0 halftime lead and rolled to an 8-man victory over Country Club.

Glenn Hills dominates Josey
There may have been no rain in the forecast on Friday night, but Glenn Hills opened up the flood gates Friday night on Josey.

Greenbrier tops Lakeside in wild one
There's one way to explain Greenbrier's 34-22 win against Lakeside on Friday.

Campbell ties mark with 346th victory
ATHENS, Ga. - Americus might argue that native sons Dan Reeves and Chan Gailey make it the football coaching capital of Georgia, but you'd have a hard time convincing anyone from Lincolnton.

South Aiken wins big for teammate
Rashad Hunter rushed for 266 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in South Aiken's 38-7 rout of Strom Thurmond on Friday night, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the process.

Piedmont runs past Curtis Baptist
MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont struck early and often to defeat Curtis Baptist.

Evans' mistakes prove to be costly
EVANS - Southwest DeKalb has a rich football tradition and one of the most successful Georgia high school coaches in Buck Godfrey.

Bulldogs pull away from Cross Creek
When you're the heavy favorite, as Thomson was Friday, what happens before halftime is often more important than what occurs after.

Augusta Christian tops Brentwood
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Cole Rabun and Adam McKinney as Augusta Christian defeated previously unbeaten Brentwood.

North Augusta rolls to victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. - North Augusta spread the wealth on offense as four players scored touchdown runs in Friday's 30-6 victory over Lower Richland.

Burke County beats Jones County
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Senior fullback Miquel Payne scored two touchdowns and Adam Babb kicked a field goal as Burke County stopped Jones County.

Tigers aren't terrible, but opponents better
Swainsboro wide receiver Cason DeVane makes his point.

Moon shines to save victory
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Before Friday's game against Swainsboro, Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin told his defense the Golden Hawks really needed its help.

Young men's cologne provides lesson in love
My 8-year-old went to school last week wearing something new - cologne.

War with Iraq a huge mistake

Letters are about egos, not animals

United States must maintain its resolve toward Iraq

Blacks need to help themselves

Fight against 'gay bill of rights'

SATs scores are poor indicators

Likes 'Fuzzy' comic

Commissioners made right decision

Home front

Basque beauty

Southern expressions

Comedian Conan O'Brien wants to be a forgettable Emmys host

Sitting pretty

Arts calendar

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook
With training camp just 10 days away, the Augusta Lynx filled their fourth and final veteran spot with the signing of defenseman Marty Wilford.

Subscriber of the day

Voter list worries linger
ATLANTA - With all the focus on a new, $54 million electronic voting system, not much attention has been paid to how last year's redistricting affected Georgia's voting lists.

Risky business
Bail bondsmen play a significant role in controlling jail population, Richmond County Chief Jailer Charles A. Toole Sr. says.

Risky business

News you can use

Georgia assures smooth voting

Former officers give testimony

Newspapers do not harm the right to fair trial

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Lynn Smith of Augusta.

Filling station
Richmond County Utilities Department workers fill a sinkhole at 15th and Broad streets.

Circus setup

Atkins' letter creates tension
AIKEN - Pointed criticism from 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan over The Augusta Chronicle's decision to print parts of a letter from a man suspected of murder are a good example of the friction that sometimes arises between the media and the justice system, legal experts say.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A newborn found abandoned in downtown Atlanta could go home Monday with a family who might one day adopt her.

A change of Heart
After 21 years, the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival has broken with tradition.

Filling station

Cocaine kingpin will face jail time
ATHENS, Ga. - They called him "Slick Rick," and for a decade, authorities say, nothing against the big-time Clarke County drug dealer would stick.

Across Georgia
LILBURN -The state Department of Agriculture has shut down a suburban Atlanta bakery after inspectors found roaches crawling on shelves and walls, and rat droppings in cake pans and other places.

Leader wants land program to widen reach
ATLANTA - The head of a prominent environmental group called on Gov. Roy Barnes on Friday to expand statewide a 2-year-old initiative to save open space.

Participation alters SAT rankings
Tracking Richmond County's SAT scores continues to be a game of gains and losses.

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. -A deported Palestinian professor who had been jailed on secret evidence that prosecutors said linked him to terrorism apparently is without a country again.

Newspapers do not harm the right to fair trial
Human nature being what it is, when we don't get our way, we look for someone to blame. This seems especially true for government officials who are accustomed to managing the flow of information.

School bus law draws violations

Iraq move eases gas prices

Former officers give testimony
Two former Richmond County Sheriff's officers pitted their credibility Friday against a prosecution list brimming with convicted drug dealers.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 21, 1931 Charges against the Rev. J.M. Williams of slaying his son, Raford Grady Williams; George M. Stanton, charged with embezzlement and larceny in connection with the funds of the Hayne and Anderson estates, and E.H. Rowe, charged with forgery in connection with Junior Order funds, will be placed before the Richmond County grand jury this morning, according to Solicitor General George Hains.

School bus law draws violations
Since school began Aug. 12, the South Carolina Highway Patrol's initiative to enforce school bus safety laws has not led to any citations in Aiken County, officials said.

Correction
In Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photo caption about the opening of a downtown office complex incorrectly identified the building.

Iraq move eases gas prices
Iraq's proposal to allow a return of United Nations weapons inspectors should come as good news to American motorists, at least for the moment, according to AAA travel officials.

Two sought in shooting

Atkins' letter creates tension

Voter list worries linger

Circus setup
Debra Brown, of Augusta, and her grandson Marshall Warner, 3, watch the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Officers go after runaway helpers

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -Air quality at Hilton Head Elementary School will be tested next week in response to parents' concerns over the possibility of mold in the school's ventilation system.

College changes boost SAT scores

Owners show off wheels
Larry Shirley couldn't have asked for a better day to show off his 1970 GTO Coupe.

Action meets the Arts

Action meets the Arts
Walter Nail usually leaves Augusta this time of year.

Across the area

News you can use
SEPT. 22, 1957 APPLING - McDuffie and Columbia counties will get together for a two-county pasture meeting Tuesday.

Owners show off wheels

Georgia assures smooth voting
BETHLEHEM, Ga. - No one had asked the question. But that didn't stop Tammy Brown from answering it.

Correction

Across the area

Augusta Commission is told to polish image
The best way for Augusta to expand its government revenues is to increase its population, state Sen. Don Cheeks told an Augusta Commission committee Friday morning.

Leader wants land program to widen reach

Civic center might increase paychecks
The budget committee will make a recommendation on the raises to the full board of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday.

Civic center might increase paychecks

Two sought in shooting
Police are looking for two men in connection with a drive-by shooting Saturday night.

Augusta Commission is told to polish image

Parents, volunteers build Girl Scout forts
AIKEN - Camp Cofitachiqui is Girl Scout country.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is George Cummings of Martinez.

College changes boost SAT scores
In the Palmetto State, where SAT scores are up, college preparation begins in middle school, but it didn't always start that early.

Across the area
The drive-by purse snatcher struck again Friday, injuring an Augusta woman after jerking her purse from her right shoulder in the parking lot of The Fresh Market on Washington Road, police said.

Across the area
A man who said he was a doctor went to two restaurants Saturday seeking a refund on a meal he said made his wife ill.

Officers go after runaway helpers
It's not against the law to be a runaway, but it is illegal to harbor one.

Participation alters SAT rankings

News you can use

Across Georgia

SkyFest organizers work to improve on 2000 air show
Organizers of Boshears SkyFest 2002 are gearing up for their final week of preparation before the air show starts Sept. 28.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A principal at a West Columbia middle school will receive the first South Carolina license plate bearing the words "United We Stand" in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hollings' last gain is Tech's loss
ATLANTA - His first reaction, as anyone's would be under the circumstances, was to scream.

Wallace has sights on title

Lepage wins Dover Busch pole
DOVER, Del. -- Kevin Lepage, doing double duty this weekend, won the pole Friday for Saturday's NASCAR Busch series race at Dover International Speedway.

Wallace has sights on title
DOVER, Del. - Rusty Wallace is acting like the first driver who wants to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - A softer tire from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. is supposed to make today's MBNA All-American Heroes 400 more competitive. At the very least, they should pacify most of the drivers.

NASCAR notebook

Japanese driver set to make debut

Japanese driver set to make debut
DOVER, Del. - Just like everywhere else in America, the parking lots at the Dover International Speedway are full of foreign imports.

Titans will decide George's status at game time

Times change for Spikes

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DOE's right decision
The decision to move ahead on creating a Salt Waste Processing facility at the Savannah River Site should reduce worries that the U.S. Department of Energy may be reneging on its promise not to store millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste on site.

United States must maintain its resolve toward Iraq
Mark Gelbart's Sept. 16 letter, "Tax cuts are bad for the economy," quoted the adage that "Those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it." Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Likes 'Fuzzy' comic
I applaud Get Fuzzy as this month's "trial" for the Chronicle comics page. Darby Conley has been writing the most original and hilarious comic out there for a long time (just last month, Bucky Katt went to face Judge Judy). Renee Reel, Edgefield, S.C.

Begging the issue
Homeless people down on their luck and in need of help to get back on their feet have plenty of places to go in Augusta. Various welfare and church agencies have a plethora of social programs to benefit them.

Put veterans at ease
As the nation reluctantly gathers on the precipice of another war with Saddam Hussein, it is incumbent on America to make certain it has done all it can for veterans of the last encounter in 1991.

Blacks need to help themselves
This is in response to Nicole Ball's Sept. 7 letter, "Why blacks deserve reparations": With her college degree, she should be intelligent enough to realize that black Americans have been paid reparations ever since President Franklin Roosevelt started social engineering programs for the federal government back in the late 1930s. They continue today in the form of welfare, set-asides, quotas and housing projects that turn into ghettos in a few years because of drugs and other social ills within the black community. Tim Hardin, Appling, Ga.

War with Iraq a huge mistake
President George W. Bush seems about to go off the deep end about Iraq. Surely no one would disagree that Saddam Hussein is a menace, but attacking Iraq with the goal of "effecting a regime change" would be the height of insanity. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Letters are about egos, not animals
It's time for Augustans to realize that the letters in the paper about Richmond County Animal Control are about egos, not the animals. Annette W. Courson, Augusta

SATs scores are poor indicators
Again, by statistical contrivance, Georgia is last among the 50 states in SAT scores. It makes for great press, great campaign hand-wringing and unending recriminations for no rational reason. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Fight against 'gay bill of rights'
With the help of an unprecedented lobbying campaign, homosexual rights organizations have gained the endorsement of Congress' Democratic leadership for a bill many call the "Gay Bill of Rights" (House Resolution 217) ... Mildred W. McNair, Aiken, S.C.

Burk's jihad
Jihad can be an awfully lonesome business.

Commissioners made right decision
I followed the outcry over Augusta commissioners stopping a bar from opening next to a synagogue. Don Matthews, Augusta

Americans stumble to 0-2 against France in Davis Cup semis

America's pasttime

League will begin play after year of troubles

Area sports announcements

Sports digest

U.S. wins doubles to stay alive against France

Americans reach lightweight men's pair finals

Overtime

Overtime

Sports digest
"It's just like my kids at home. If their room is a mess, I take something away. " -Illinois Coach Ron Turner, on a new jukebox being removed from the remodeled locker room

America's pasttime
Dr. Dan Sullivan looks at photos and memorabilia at the baseball field at Julian Smith Casino. A reunion honoring the former youth coach was held Saturday. The Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted last week to name the field for him.

League will begin play after year of troubles
It is a league more than a year in the making. In the beginning, the Edgefield County youth football league suffered from division among county residents and a lack of money.

Americans stumble to 0-2 against France in Davis Cup semis
PARIS -- Andy Roddick and James Black are running out of chances to change the United States' luck on the red clay of Roland Garros.

Area sports announcements
Sept. 28: There will be vintage car races at the Spartanburg, S.C. Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. There will be a car show for all vintage race cars from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Later that night, the National Vintage Racing Association will be racing at Anderson Speedway at 7 p.m. For more information, call J.B. Day (864) 269-4997 or Berkley Greenway (864) 862-5611.

U.S. wins doubles to stay alive against France
PARIS -- Don't count out the U.S. Davis Cup team just yet.

Overtime
Four days of dead air on WINZ-AM 1340 this week fueled speculation that station management had pulled the plug on Fox Sports Radio and that a format change was imminent.

Americans reach lightweight men's pair finals
SEVILLE, Spain -- Mike Altman and Simon Carcagno became the first Americans to ever reach the finals of the lightweight men's pair event Friday at the World Rowing Championships.

Overtime
Augusta State extended its best start in school history with a 3-0 sweep of Alabama State on Saturday.

Cooking wild
Ingredients like tomato and garlic enhance any meatbut can do wondrous things with venison - even a mediocre cut. This European recipe from Philippa Scott's Gourmet Game dates back many decades and is versatile enough to use with Eastern whitetails.

Outdoors calendar
MONDAY: The CSRA Flyfishing Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Wilde Clubhouse, 4275 Owens Road, Evans. Bill Lloyd will discuss knots and leaders. Call 798-3589 for details.

Outdoors calendar

Rangers crack down on dove fields
There's an old saying that if you're hopelessly lost in the woods, all you have to do is tear up your hunting license and a game warden will appear from nowhere.

Rangers crack down on dove fields

Titans will decide George's status at game time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George returned to practice Friday but still is unsure whether he will play against the Cleveland Browns.

Times change for Spikes
ATLANTA - Takeo Spikes was an eighth-grader in 1990 when the Cincinnati Bengals last had a winning season.

Faith digest
Around-the-clock gospel music can be heard on WTHB-FM (100.9) since Radio One Augusta dropped the FM station's top-40 mainstream format. A simulcast version, including Mary Kingcannon's lunch cafe at noon Fridays, is aired during the day on WTHB-AM (1550) - federal regulations require the AM station to sign off at sunset.

Coming together
A conversation five months ago between two Augusta pastors - one white, one black, both Presbyterian - led to a blending of their congregations for eight days this month.

International visitors enjoy hospitality, American-style
Dr. Shuyi Li went home a happy man from the annual Southern Hospitality Banquet - he won a DVD as a door prize.

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

Weight-loss workshop feeds the soul
If God designed the body not to "over-breathe," why do people overeat?

Faith is an option that works
The night before I was to have a mastectomy, I thought fear has no positive energy, but faith does! I opened my Bible for assurance of cure and a long life. I asked God for help.

Hollings' last gain is Tech's loss

Companies race to make safe alternative to needles
SAN FRANCISCO - Everybody hates needles. Millions of diabetics aggravate their disease by skipping insulin injections. Countless Americans would rather risk the flu than get inoculated against the virus each year.

Replacement for rechargeable batteries sought
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Cell phones free from nightly recharges. Laptop computers that run and run without needing an outlet. Pocket TVs with enough power to show a Ken Burns documentary.

Crabbers, scientists struggle to find answers to a dying ecosystem
DARIEN, Ga. -- As Carl "Poppa" Poppell zooms his boat around the North River, shrimp skip in his wake like water skiers and the wind flattens his cap against his tanned forehead. "Going NASCAR," the 50-year-old crabber calls it.

Georgia offense ignites

Georgia offense ignites
ATHENS, Ga. - The numbers - 536 total yards, 394 passing yards and a school-record five touchdown passes - showed that Georgia's offense finally played as advertised.

Georgia hopes lull in schedule will spark offense
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jon Stinchcomb talked about Georgia's fortunate position with a straight face.

Georgia hopes lull in schedule will spark offense

Gamecocks find answers
COLUMBIA - Of course freshman Troy Williamson was frustrated. He had been sitting on the sideline all season and was waiting for his number to be called.

Gamecocks find answers

Replacement for rechargeable batteries sought

Crabbers, scientists struggle to find answers to a dying ecosystem

International visitors enjoy hospitality, American-style

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith is an option that works

Weight-loss workshop feeds the soul

Faith digest

Coming together