Concert calendar
CHARLIE DANIELS: Thursday, Oct. 17, Western Carolina State Fair, Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds; $17; 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

Actress personified Roaring Twenties
Clara Bow's life reads like a Cinderella story, a real-life interpretation of one of her own movies.

Vanilla Fudge will leave bad taste in your mouth
Wines generally age well (except those that come in a screw-top bottle or in a plastic jug).

Actress personified Roaring Twenties

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

Club calendar

At the Movies: 'Red Dragon'
With all due respect to Anthony Hopkins, the world did not need to see him play Hannibal Lecter a third time.

Concert calendar

Readers' responses can be interesting
My e-mail bag has been bulging with feedback:

Standing ovations

Video watch
Here's a list of new video releases.

Silence is golden

Applause calendar
COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR: Sponsored by Merchants Association of Columbia County; 6 today and noon Saturday; Columbia County Fairgrounds, Columbia Road; $12; Billy Becton, 863-7645.

At the Movies: 'Red Dragon'

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.

Coop captivated fans quietly

Weekend will have several chances to be festive
Be it sassafras, souvlakia or silent cinema, local festival organizers are finding reasons to celebrate.

Applause calendar

Standing ovations
The University of South Carolina Aiken Theater Department will premiere the original play Wax Works at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Video watch

Silence is golden
Dialogue or no, Wings, the 1927 movie that won the first Academy Award for best picture, still has much to say.

Readers' responses can be interesting

Coop captivated fans quietly
Blink and you'll miss him.

Vanilla Fudge will leave bad taste in your mouth

Mini reviews

Homer Hankies, earsplitting noise await Oakland

Wells happy to be in playoffs
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After three years out of the playoffs, David Wells is happy to be back with the New York Yankees.

Lots of long balls in playoffs
Meet baseball's version of Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside - Ray Durham and Scott Hatteberg.

Wells happy to be in playoffs

Athletics top Twins

Scioscia aware Angels haven't accomplished anything yet

Lots of long balls in playoffs

Homer Hankies, earsplitting noise await Oakland
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Homer Hankies will be back on Friday night.

Athletics top Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Oakland Athletics found a great way to quiet that noisy Metrodome - hitting home runs, both in and out of the park.

Scioscia aware Angels haven't accomplished anything yet
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One postseason victory is not a big deal to Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Diamondbacks look to avoid first-round sweep
ST. LOUIS - The defending World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks are facing first-round elimination and they don't have one of their aces to bail them out.

Cards take 2 game lead over Dbacks
PHOENIX -- They battered Randy Johnson and eased past Curt Schilling. The St. Louis Cardinals headed home needing one victory to finish off the World Series champions Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cards take 2 game lead over Dbacks

Diamondbacks look to avoid first-round sweep

Postcards are a good way to share information

Santiago's career comes full circle

NLDS notebook

Braves face tough task

Maddux must prove himself in postseason
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux and Cy Young - yep, THAT Cy Young - are the only pitchers in major league history to win 15 games in 15 straight seasons.

Braves notebook

Santiago's career comes full circle
ATLANTA - In his long career, Benito Santiago has never quite had a game like Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Braves get production on offense

Maddux must prove himself in postseason

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - First baseman Matt Franco didn't finish the season on a high note, which explains manager Bobby Cox's decision to start Julio Franco in the first two games of the National League Division Series.

Braves face tough task
SAN FRANCISCO - Before the Atlanta Braves can return to the National League Championship Series for the seventh time in eight years, they'll have to turn up the heat in a stadium where the outgoing breeze is usually measured in double digits and pitchers can hear boat horns awaiting a splashdown.

Braves get production on offense
ATLANTA - We should have known that with Halloween approaching, the bats would come out.

Giants notebook

NLDS notebook
ATLANTA - Catcher Javy Lopez and third baseman Vinny Castilla haven't exactly been shining stars in the lower end of the batting order for the Atlanta Braves.

Giants notebook
ATLANTA - When you're playing in the pressure cooker of the National League Division Series, it helps to be familiar with your opponent as much as possible.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - First baseman Matt Franco didn't finish the season on a high note, which explains manager Bobby Cox's decision to start Julio Franco in the first two games of the National League Division Series.

Business briefs

Vans travel between airports

Commission votes to join regional body

Empty building finds tenant
Burke County continues to struggle with a recent exodus of manufacturing jobs, but there have been small gains in refilling some of the county's empty industrial buildings.

Vans travel between airports
Applying makeup and typing out work messages, Joanna Masten sails down Interstate 20 without swerving off the road.

Commission votes to join regional body
The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve Richmond County's entry into the CSRA Unified Development Authority, giving local economic developers additional tax incentives to lure industry to the area.

Unemployment down even as economy loses jobs

New jobless claims rise; factory orders flat

Unemployment down even as economy loses jobs
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 5.6 percent in September, even as the economy lost jobs for the first time in five months, highlighting the difficulties some workers and businesses are confronting given the uneven economic recovery.

New jobless claims rise; factory orders flat
WASHINGTON -- More Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week, a fresh sign of the difficulties workers and companies are confronting as the nation's wobbly economy struggles to keep its balance.

Could earnings reports spark relief rally? Analysts say maybe
NEW YORK -- As bad as the outlook for the stock market seems, there might be some mild relief for investors in the coming weeks - provided third-quarter earnings turn out to be even modestly better than expected.

Empty building finds tenant

Stocks fall on earnings warnings, economy concerns

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO - Manufacturers are taking their case to the White House to press for President Bush's intervention in the labor dispute that has shut down 29 West Coast ports and could sap billions from the economy.

Stocks fall on earnings warnings, economy concerns
NEW YORK -- More mixed economic news and warnings from EMC and Schering-Plough sent stocks tumbling Friday as investors decided yet again they were better off staying away from the market. The Dow Jones industrials fell 188 points to hit a nearly five-year low.

Could earnings reports spark relief rally? Analysts say maybe

Publix recalls meat after E. coli outbreak
SARASOTA, Fla. - Publix Super Markets Inc. has voluntarily withdrawn ground beef from its stores in several states, including Georgia and South Carolina, after an outbreak of the E. coli bacteria in Minnesota.

Younger Bowden not hanging head over loss to Daddy
CLEMSON, S.C. -- For a change, Clemson's Tommy Bowden doesn't have to hang his head after losing to Daddy's Florida State Seminoles.

Tigers fall to Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden won't have to worry about buying his father any Christmas gifts this year - or birthday gifts, for that matter.

Tigers fall to Seminoles

Tigers don't feel special leaving Tallahassee

Younger Bowden not hanging head over loss to Daddy

Offense finds first-half groove
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Given its traditional offensive futility at Florida State, Clemson's 24 first-half points Thursday qualified as an explosion.

Tigers don't feel special leaving Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Entering this season, Tommy Bowden had yet to see one of his teams give up a kickoff return for a touchdown in his five-year coaching career.

Game of the week

Arkansas, Tennessee look to avoid second SEC loss

Game of the week
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: In this week's SEC showdown, Georgia hopes to win in Tuscaloosa for the first time in eight tries. Alabama is supremely confident after a dominating 30-12 win at Arkansas last week.

Trick plays add to aerial circus at Valdosta State
Coach Chris Hatcher loves the aerial game he has installed at Valdosta State, making the Blazers one of Division II's top powers on a perennial basis.

Arkansas, Tennessee look to avoid second SEC loss
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen knew his team could rally from seven points down at halftime to beat Rutgers by three touchdowns a week ago.

Dividing the Democrats

The bioterror battle

A wise delay

Institutions defiled

Kill reform nightmare

Glory to greens
Teaching school, tending souls and tilling soil have been master gardener Stanford Holsonback's life.

Glory to greens

Georgia Southern alumni get together under red flag
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Follow that flag, and it won't lead you to a defiant rival fan.

Construction major helps build Georgia Tech's running game
ATLANTA -- John Paul Foschi spent his summer helping with the renovation of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Now he's one of the main building blocks in Georgia Tech's dominant running game.

Tech's men on the run
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech knows what it's going to get today when Wake Forest comes to Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Line turns heads
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey has been talking about his offensive line all year.

Tech's men on the run

Construction major helps build Georgia Tech's running game

Line turns heads

Faldo rules himself out as 2004 captain
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Nick Faldo will not be a candidate to captain Europe's defense of the Ryder Cup in 2004.

Mickelson, Toms to represent United States
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The United States will go into next month's EMC World Cup in Mexico as the top seed among the 18 participating nations, even though Tiger Woods has decided that he won't play.

Harrington leads the Ryder Cup celebration parade
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Padraig Harrington followed up his Ryder Cup performance with a good start at the Dunhill Links championship Thursday, shooting a 6-under 66 at Carnoustie for a share of second place.

Harrington leads the Ryder Cup celebration parade

Duval opens with season-best 64

Kerr takes one-shot lead over Sorenstam

Faldo rules himself out as 2004 captain

Kerr takes one-shot lead over Sorenstam
VALLEJO, Calif. -- Cristie Kerr capped a course-record 64 with her second eagle of the round Friday and took a one-shot lead over Annika Sorenstam after two rounds of the Samsung World Championship.

Duval opens with season-best 64
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- With his passion for golf renewed by his Ryder Cup experience and his game in a better state than it has been for some time, David Duval once again made Kingsmill Golf Club look easy.

Mickelson, Toms to represent United States

Swainsboro tops Liberty

Curtis Baptist falls to Bulloch Academy

Blackville-Hilda stomps North

Yellow Jackets face stern test

Key matchups

Chavous returns to Aiken tonight

Commerce coach could be next Larry Campbell

Prep picks

Glenn Hills continues surprise start vs. Lakeside

Who's counting?

Laney's Sabb saves the game

On the air

Wardlaw tops Carolina County

Thomson stays unbeaten

Evans comes up short against Lithonia

Screven rolls past Tattnall

Strom Thurmond loses in OT

Silverbluff tops Jasper

Loss stalls Campbell's record bid

Aquinas shutout by Twiggs County

Prep notebook

Hornets put hurt on Chavous' return

Westside, Ellison romp

Lakeside, Ellison romp

South Aiken suffers first defeat

Laney wins region opener

Loss stalls Campbell's record bid
COMMERCE, Ga. - In the bus on the way to Tiger Field, it was never mentioned. In the locker room before the game, it was never discussed.

Swainsboro tops Liberty
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Raja Andrews caught two passes, both for long touchdowns, as Swainsboro beat winless Liberty County.

Commerce coach could be next Larry Campbell
COMMERCE, Ga. - Larry Campbell has made history several times during his illustrious career at Lincoln County.

Westside, Ellison romp
When told of his rushing total in Friday night's win over Richmond Academy, Aundra Ellison reacted as if he had been sent to detention.

Thomson stays unbeaten
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Luther Welsh was impressed with his team's ground game during Thomson's 49-14 defeat of Burke County on Friday night.

Evans comes up short against Lithonia
Evans dropped a heartbreaker, losing to Lithonia in a Region 7-AAAAA game.

Hornets put hurt on Chavous' return
There was no Hollywood ending to the game that marked the grand return of Aiken legend Barney Chavous to his hometown.

Lakeside, Ellison romp
When told of his rushing total in Friday night's win over Richmond Academy, Aundra Ellison reacted as if he had been sent to detention.

South Aiken suffers first defeat
AIKEN - Rashad Hunter did everything he could to keep South Aiken's perfect season intact Friday night.

Screven rolls past Tattnall
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Special teams and spectacular runs by James Howard carried unbeaten Screven County past Tattnall County in a Region 2-AAA game.

Blackville-Hilda stomps North
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Quarterback Brandon Isaac made the most of his pass completions as Blackville-Hilda ran its Region 5-A record to 2-0 with a victory over North.

Aquinas shutout by Twiggs County
Class A powerhouse Twiggs County recorded its sixth straight shutout, this time against Aquinas in the Region 7-A opener for both teams.

Silverbluff tops Jasper
RIDGELAND, S.C. - De'Angelo Bryant tossed three touchdown passes, two of them to Marckel Washington, as Silver Bluff opened its Region 5-AA schedule with a victory over Jasper County.

Chavous returns to Aiken tonight
Josey coach Barney Chavous holds only the fondest memories of growing up in Aiken.

Laney wins region opener
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Whatever concerns the Laney coaching staff had about starting a sophomore at quarterback this season, Dominique Walker continues to put their mind at ease.

Yellow Jackets face stern test
North Augusta (4-1) rounds out its non-region schedule tonight at No. 6 Northwestern, a team that could be the Yellow Jackets' toughest opponent of the season.

Hephzibah takes overtime victory
HEPHZIBAH - Greenbrier lost starting quarterback Brooks Robinson to a broken collarbone last week in its win against Butler, and that might have been the difference this week.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Glenn Hills continues surprise start vs. Lakeside
Glenn Hills climbed another rung up the Region 3-AAAA ladder with a 14-6 win Friday at Lakeside, while the Panthers have fallen into the region basement and might not get back up.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule of this weekend's area high school football games.

Strom Thurmond loses in OT
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Jamie McLord kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime to lift A.C. Flora past Strom Thurmond in the Region 5-AAA opener for both teams.

Prep notebook
Westside averaged between 10-15 passes a game in 2001. That number, though, has dropped this season.

Hawks wallop Harlem
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Washington County's ground attack churned out more than 300 yards in the first half and its defense frustrated Harlem en route to a 40-10 Region 3-AAA victory Friday night.

Laney's Sabb saves the game
After J.K. Sabb scored the game-winning two-point conversion with 19 seconds left against Hart County on Sept. 27, the Laney faithful at ARC Stadium went crazy. Fans stomped on the bleachers, cheerleaders hugged Sabb, and his Wildcats teammates slapped helmets in jubilation.

Curtis Baptist falls to Bulloch Academy
STATESBORO, Ga. - Bulloch Academy's Lawson Deal went over the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing as Bulloch Academy handled Curtis Baptist.

Who's counting?
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - The mementos and the sense of history are everywhere.

Prep picks
I did something stupid while making dinner this week.

Wardlaw tops Carolina County
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Kevin Molony went over the 200-mark in rushing and had three touchdowns as Wardlaw Academy scored an eight-man football victory over Carolina County.

Postcards are a good way to share information
Let's hope the latest hurricane doesn't do too much damage in Lake Charles, La.

Fight disrupts First Friday activities
They came, they partied, and they ruined First Friday. That was the consensus of many who witnessed the hordes of people crowding downtown Augusta, the fights and the vandalism after the event Friday.

Housefire in Martinez kills 3
.Three members of a Martinez family died Friday morning as their home burned during the early morning hours.

Knows Hall to be ethical, fair

Bush doing his best to run country

Democrats should be elected

Liberal columnists published in 'Chronicle' dismay reader

Responds to Iraqi war letter

Urges Democrats be voted out of office

Why attack Iraq when U.S., Israel are the real terrorists?

Hits Corps' lake level management

Christmas works effectively with all

Lynx training camp report

Lynx training camp report
PRACTICE PLAN: The intensity picked up on Thursday during the 90-minute workout, as the Lynx went through more shooting and passing drills and two-on-twos and three-on-threes. Emphasis again was placed on keeping the players moving constantly with a series of European flow drills.

Longshot looking to make Lynx

Longshot looking to make Lynx
To tell Eric Bowen he's a longshot to make the Augusta Lynx opening-night roster is nothing he hasn't heard before.

First prospects from Coyotes take to ice

Lynx training camp report
The Lynx went through a light pregame skate at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center to get ready for Friday night's preseason opener against the Columbia Inferno at Carolina Coliseum.

First prospects from Coyotes take to ice
Brent Gauvreau and Ryan Lauzon became the answer to a future trivia question on Thursday, although the 22-year-old forwards admitted they were oblivious to the significance of their arrival in Augusta Lynx training camp.

Martinez fire kills 3

News you can use

Corrections

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -Several bikers are sending e-mails urging others to skip the annual motorcycle rally along the Grand Strand.

Deadline nears to register

Across the area
Scoffing at the idea that a man cannot tell the difference between a young teenager and an 18-year-old, Judge Albert M. Pickett sentenced an Augusta man to serve three years in prison Friday.

School's SAT gain brings in $50,000

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Schools fight for 'South'

Cheney pays visit to support Burns
Vice President Dick Cheney vowed he came to Augusta for one reason only Friday - to make "absolutely certain" Max Burns is elected to Congress next month.

Charter schools await records

Across the area
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday accuses a Sylvania, Ga., couple of preparing tax returns claiming bogus tax credits for slavery reparations.

Grant offers teachers lesson in history
In the next three years, 171 Richmond County teachers will return to the classroom to study the nation's history.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police have charged a mother with murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl who was left strapped in a hot car on the woman's first day of work.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Winthrop University officials say they won't charge a man the estimated $4,088 late fee for a book that was checked out of the school's library 56 years ago.

Commission rejects pay raises

Tip brought police name in fatality
A carpet installer from North Augusta was charged Thursday in this week's hit-and-run death of an Augusta woman, authorities said.

2 charged in slaying

MCG medical team stands by in gulf
Three health-care workers from Medical College of Georgia Hospital were among the dozens who were dispatched to treat victims of Hurricane Lili.

Evans girl gives hair to charity

Commission rejects pay raises
With a property tax increase looming and the city's budget season fast approaching, the Augusta Commission voted unanimously Thursday against sweeping salary reclassifications that would have rewarded top-tier employees with huge pay jumps for the second time since August.

Hospital may ask doctor to repay

City vetoes bar owner's appeal
The Augusta Commission upheld its denial of a downtown bar owner's alcohol and entertainment licenses Thursday, saying it saw sufficient evidence that an Orthodox Jewish synagogue located next door was a legitimate, operating place of worship.

Truck collision, fire kill two motorists

First Friday gets extra deputies
Broad Street will be patrolled by 20 sheriff's deputies from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. for today's First Friday festival, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Bank robbed

Group wants building for black museum
AIKEN - Members of an Aiken development group expressed interest Thursday in developing a black museum but said the possibility remains conceptual.

News you can use
Dr. Justine W. Washington, a Paine College professor, qualified yesterday to seek the Fourth Ward seat on the Richmond County Board of Education, making a two-way race out of three of the four seats to be filled during the November election.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Donna Washington of Augusta.

Low PACT scores show strides left for schools

News you can use
Oct. 4, 1956 With $750,000 in new waterworks revenue anticipation certificates sold, Augusta officials yesterday laid plans for beginning a vast water and sewer extension program, the bulk of which will go into the city's suburbs.

City vetoes bar owner's appeal

Suspect disputes signature on note
AIKEN - An Aiken man who is to face murder and robbery charges for a second time Oct. 14 said Thursday that he has been framed by a note.

Housefire in Martinez kills 3

2 charged in slaying
AIKEN - Within a few days after the 1994 execution-style shooting of a 20-year-old church choir tenor in an Aiken cemetery, an informant gave police the names of their suspects.

Across the area

Grand jury will hear molestation charge
A 13-year-old boy told police he was too scared to move when his youth minister began molesting him during a sleep-over last month, an investigator testified Thursday, so the boy acted as though he were asleep and told his mother about it the next day.

Tip brought police name in fatality

Airport gives security update
A year after Daniel Field airport made post-Sept. 11 changes in operation procedures, airport Manager Willis Boshears said he has re-sent a year-old memo to remind people of the airport's security measures.

Across South Carolina

School's SAT gain brings in $50,000
MONETTA - Ridge Spring-Monetta High School will be awarded $50,000 for its 153-point SAT gain, South Carolina's largest.

Curtis Baptist's expansion begins

School carnival
Deronica Solomon, 4, gets a little tickle from kindergarten teacher Mary Anne Kirkland as she sits on her father, Ronnie's, lap at a carnival celebrating the kickoff of Craig-Houghton Elementary School's after-school program.

Election study ties cash limits to competition

Repair in the air
Austin Dockery, of Charles Orr Construction Co., stands high in the air as he nails new pieces of wood to the steeple at Union Baptist Church on Greene Street. The church has received numerous grants from many agencies through the years to fund the renovations.

Cheney pays visit to support Burns

Curtis Baptist's expansion begins
Members of Curtis Baptist Church will move their services under a tent Sunday for the groundbreaking of a proposed expansion, estimated to cost $6 million to $7 million.

Hospital joins cancer group

Corrections
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the Georgia attorney general's race should have said Attorney General Thurbert Baker formally removed himself from participation in the prosecution of state Sen. Van Streat. It also should have noted that the judge in the Streat trial ruled that Mr. Baker's senior staff member was not guilty of prosecutorial misconduct but the judge prohibited the staff member from participating in the prosecution because he would be a witness in the trial.

Across the Southeast

Project's volunteers help repair homes
An estimated 1,050 volunteers helped repair 96 houses Friday as part of Project Vision.

Man testifies against ex-mayor in race riot trial

Charter schools await records
South Carolina Department of Education officials said Friday that Aiken County's two new charter schools and the county's public schools must develop a means to communicate.

Fight disrupts First Friday activities

Deadline nears to register
More than 80,000 residents are registered to vote in Augusta, according to the Board of Elections. Many are regular voters and longtime residents. Others registered to vote when receiving their driver's license locally.

Bank robbed
Columbia County investigators gather at the scene of a bank robbery at the Regions Bank

Martinez fire kills 3
Three members of a Martinez family died when their home burned early Friday morning.

Evans girl gives hair to charity
Anna Beth Fazio is not the same girl today as she was nine days ago. The Riverside Elementary School third-grader had long brown hair that reached down her back to the bend of her elbow. Now it's cropped into a neat, short bob.

Schools fight for 'South'
SAVANNAH, Ga. - There's a new civil war taking place in the United States. But the battleground for this latest entanglement lies entirely to the south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Federal officials accused a Nigerian man Friday of faking his wife's death to cash in on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Historic lighthouse draws plans for cultural center
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - One of the South's best known lighthouses could soon take on an even larger role as a community, cultural and historical center, Coastal Georgia Historical Society officials say.

Playwright's work will come to life in Aiken
AIKEN - It will be the first time that emerging playwright Sarah Hammond has seen her words come to life on stage.

Hospital may ask doctor to repay
GREENWOOD, Miss. - A Greenwood hospital will seek repayment of incentives given to an obstetrician to relocate if the doctor can't live up to the deal, an official says.

Low PACT scores show strides left for schools
The release of the 2002 Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test scores shows that Aiken County schools face many hurdles to meet the standards set by President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

Election study ties cash limits to competition
ATLANTA - Georgia's high campaign-contribution limits helped make the state's political races among the nation's least competitive, according to a study released this week by a good-government group.

Truck collision, fire kill two motorists
Authorities this morning were trying to identify the charred remains of two people killed in a fiery crash on Georgia Highway 56 and Goshen Road late Friday night, authorities said.

Hospital joins cancer group
SAVANNAH, Ga. - In a move expected to boost cancer research in eastern Georgia and South Carolina, Savannah health officials have signed onto a partnership with a major cancer center in Florida.

Man testifies against ex-mayor in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. - A former police officer accused in the shooting death of a black South Carolina woman during the city's 1969 race riots gave bullets to a man who admitted last year that he shot at the victim's car, a witness testified Friday.

Across the Southeast
BATON ROUGE, La. -Louisiana had six new West Nile virus cases last week - the state's lowest weekly total since the epidemic began. And back-to-back storms Isidore and Lili may help keep the numbers down, the state epidemiologist says.

Rants and Raves
I SEE WHERE all our taxpayer money is going to. It is going to that air-conditioned tent that Mayor Bob Young had at the air show last weekend.

MCG medical team stands by in gulf

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Repair in the air

Across the area

Group wants building for black museum

Project's volunteers help repair homes

School carnival

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Witness says officer gave man bullets in 1969 riots
YORK, Pa. - A former police officer accused with two other white men in the shooting death of a young Aiken, S.C., black woman during the city's 1969 race riots handed out bullets to at least one young man at a "white power" rally, a former city police officer said Thursday.

Housefire in Martinez kills 3

Housefire in Martinez kills 3
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Rants and Raves
I SEE WHERE all our taxpayer money is going to. It is going to that air-conditioned tent that Mayor Bob Young had at the air show last weekend.

Suspect disputes signature on note

Teams start leaving Georgia's Gary alone
ATHENS, Ga. - Damien Gary knows exactly how Barry Bonds feels.

Weekly prep game has become staple
When Bill Botham first pitched the idea of showcasing local high school football games on Jones Intercable back in 1990, he wasn't sure if he could convince the company to take on a project that had no chance of being profitable.

In his new hometown, da Matta chases a championship
MIAMI -- Cristiano da Matta is close to completing his climb through CART.

Split championship is possibility in NASCAR

Shrunken gas tank focus at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR has been trying for years to make racing competitive and safe at Talladega and Daytona. Restrictor plates haven't done it. New aero packages weren't the answer.

Kenseth could make millionaire of Harlem man
TALLADEGA, Ala. - It took awhile for William "Butch" Lucas to realize his chance to win $1 million wasn't a cruel joke.

Shrunken gas tank focus at Talladega

Split championship is possibility in NASCAR
TALLADEGA, Ala. - As crazy as the race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship has been this year, it would be fitting if the best driver and the best team are from two different garages.

Kerry Earnhardt entered at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Kerry Earnhardt hopes to benefit from some of his family's Talladega magic in Sunday's EA Sports 500.

Marlin ready to make switch to HANS in 2003
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Sterling Marlin won't be racing in the EA Sports 500, but the second-generation NASCAR star was the center of attention Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Marlin ready to make switch to HANS in 2003

Kerry Earnhardt entered at Talladega

In his new hometown, da Matta chases a championship

Kenseth could make millionaire of Harlem man

Walls questionable, Muhammad doubtful for Cardinals game

Rucker named NFC Defensive Player of Month

Pro picks

Mrs. Carol Milleson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Deaver    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Gibbons    (DONALSONVILLE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Donald Fore
Donald Fore was a decorated Vietnam veteran and an inspiration to young people.

Mr. George Foster Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. William Baldowski Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Howard Jr    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Deaver    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Broome Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.,)
Mrs. Zelma Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Tommie Hawkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Duncan    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Hickmon Holmes    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Gertrude Fisher    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Harvey James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Latrice Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Lloyd    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Monteen Langham    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Judy McGinty    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Janie Haley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie McGruder    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Sally Beggs    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Carols Everett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Daniels    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Fillman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dicie Briscoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carlos Everett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dicie Briscoe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Cotter    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Amanda Cratic     (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Surabian    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Smith    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora McKinney    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Lee Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Parker    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. James Broome Sr.
James Broome Sr. was known for helping people any way he could, his son says.

Mrs. Augustine Payne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vera Beasley    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Beard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Tench    (MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.)
Mr. John Reid    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Barry Swingler Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Roberson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Spivey    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Latrice Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gertrude Fisher    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Alphenia Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Etha Gleaton    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Sturgis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Reid    (APPLING, Ga.)
Dr. Mary Summers    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce LLoyd    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Barry Swingler Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Land    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Tutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eliza Hammond    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Angel Woods    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Pansy Adkinson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Flournoy    (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)
Mrs. Joyce Lloyd (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora McKinney (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gibbons (DONALSONVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Smith (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Ms. Pansy Adkinson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. George Foster Jr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alphenia Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monteen Langham (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Reid (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Cotter (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Parker (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Beard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy McGinty (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Carol Milleson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Douglas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce LLoyd (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Barry Swingler Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eliza Hammond (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie McGruder (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Latrice Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. James Broome Sr.

Featured obituary: Donald Fore

Mrs. Tommie Hawkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Duncan (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Sturgis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Beasley (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Amanda Cratic (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry Swingler Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Etha Gleaton (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Deaver (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Haley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Tutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Land (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Carols Everett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Deaver (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sally Beggs (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Fisher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Latrice Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Fillman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hickmon Holmes (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Dicie Briscoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Daniels (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Surabian (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Flournoy (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)

Mr. Tom Howard Jr (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dicie Briscoe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Spivey (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelma Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Douglas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Roberson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Reid (APPLING, Ga.)

Dr. Mary Summers (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lee Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Augustine Payne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlos Everett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Fisher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Broome Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.,)

Christmas works effectively with all
Dr. Barbara Christmas, who is seeking the office of Georgia state school superintendent, is the only candidate who is truly qualified for the office. Donald D. Thornhill, Grovetown, Ga.

Kill reform nightmare
Please, federal courts, put the campaign finance law out of its misery before it turns our nation into either a laughingstock or a petty dictatorship.

The bioterror battle
Shortly after Sept. 11's infamous attacks, news commentators began to discuss biological warfare. Then came the anthrax scare - real bioterrorism - and prognosticators began to talk about the greater danger of smallpox.

Institutions defiled
He didn't die. He didn't fall ill. He didn't get a job in another state. He didn't become a monk and join a monastery.

Knows Hall to be ethical, fair
Although I do not personally know Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, much of what I have heard about him, including comments from prominent black leaders, causes me concern. I have known Randy Hall for more than 16 years and hold him in the highest regard. William H. Jones Jr., Martinez, Ga.

Dividing the Democrats
President Bush scored two significant victories in reaching agreement on a resolution against Iraq that most top congressional leaders can support.

Why attack Iraq when U.S., Israel are the real terrorists?
President George W. Bush is determined to invade Iraq to oust President Saddam Hussein. Why? Mr. Hussein has not proved to be connected to the Twin Tower destructions. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Urges Democrats be voted out of office
Democrats, all of them, are against this country and for their own agenda. Witness the recent drive by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., to place in the Homeland Security bill the provision that no one involved in airport security can be fired for incompetence. Treason. Elwyn Wingo, North Augusta, S.C.

Bush doing his best to run country
Regarding Anne Cook's Sept. 17 letter, "George 'Wreck' Bush ruins nation with ineptness, inaction," I totally disagree with every point she made. I may be 13 years old, but I'm not stupid. Brittny Hopkins, North Augusta, S.C.

Liberal columnists published in 'Chronicle' dismay reader
I have noticed an increase in the columns by two left wingers, Ellen Goodman and Leonard Pitts Jr. Michael Henchy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Democrats should be elected
The Sept. 27 editorial "Daschle outrageous,"and Robert B. Heynneman's diatribe letter against Democrats (Sept. 27, "Democrats should begin to think and act as Americans") are exactly why Democratic candidates such as Max Cleland, Champ Walker, David Bell, Pete Warren, Charles Walker and the Democratic slate for governor and state officers should be elected on Nov. 5. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Responds to Iraqi war letter
Someone should inform Jo Tuero (Sept. 27 letter, "Iraqi war: 'Hell no, we won't go"') that we have an all-volunteer military, so she is wasting her breath with her anti-American comments. How is "Hell no, we won't go" a rallying cry? It sounds like simply a cry to me - from the same crybabies of the Vietnam era. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.

Hits Corps' lake level management
James Parker of the Corps of Engineers wrote a guest column in the Aug. 24 Chronicle, "Drought affects Corps' lake management," on lake levels. Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

A wise delay
"I think it's the wrong time. We want to get where we need to be, but we can't get there overnight."

Sports digest

Weekly prep game has become staple

Davenport, Mauresmo reach Kremlin Cup semifinals

Overtime

Jones moves closer to possible heavyweight title fight

France at Romania in 2003 Davis Cup; U.S. at Croatia

Disqualification of Whitfield disappoints

Overtime

Davenport, Mauresmo reach Kremlin Cup semifinals
MOSCOW -- Lindsay Davenport came back to beat Elena Bovina 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Friday to reach the semifinals of the $2.2 million Kremlin Cup.

Overtime
A radio station suspended a disc jockey who called Darryl Kile's widow in an on-air prank and asked if she had a date to Thursday's playoff game.

Disqualification of Whitfield disappoints
Tom Moraetes fumed outside the ring in disbelief.

Overtime
Welterweight champion Vernon Forrest, coming off two wins over previously unbeaten Shane Mosley, has signed a six-fight contract with HBO.

Jones moves closer to possible heavyweight title fight
Roy Jones Jr. is closer to a possible move up to heavyweight to fight WBA champion John Ruiz. Yet a number of hurdles remain before the fight can be scheduled, including promoter Don King's ability to get a big enough site fee to make it profitable.

France at Romania in 2003 Davis Cup; U.S. at Croatia
LONDON -- The United States will play at Croatia in the opening round of next year's Davis Cup.

Kournikova withdraws from Kremlin Cup after injury
MOSCOW -- Anna Kournikova withdrew from the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, one day after injuring her left ankle during a doubles match.

Sports digest
"This was no way to act on national television. Denver lost its composure and a large measure of respect. The Broncos acted like punks." - Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, ridiculing the Broncos after their 34-23 loss to the Baltimore Ravens

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.

Schooling fish inconsistent on Thurmond
Hybrids, stripers and a few largemouth bass have been schooling on again and off again in the big water opposite the mouths of Keg Creek, Georgia's Little River and Owl Branch (Modoc Shores) on Thurmond Lake.

Walls questionable, Muhammad doubtful for Cardinals game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was no complaining, no griping and no whining after Wesley Walls failed to catch a pass last week. Instead, the tight end looked ahead to this Sunday and the chance to remedy the situation.

Pro picks
A week ago, the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots were unbeaten, looking ahead to this week's meeting in Florida.

Rucker named NFC Defensive Player of Month
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive end Mike Rucker was named the NFC's defensive player of the month Thursday for his role in the Panthers' 3-1 start.

Faith digest
Baked treats, jewelry and accessories, holiday crafts and flower arrangements are a few of the items to be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the old-fashioned country market at Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Road. For more information, call 863-6541

Prolific artist creates music to reach God
Christian songwriter and author Michael Card learned the meaning of art from the pages of the Gospels.

Love can defeat church terrorists
Have you heard about the church terrorist groups that have been operating in our area? Three of the largest groups have made their way into nearly every church. They are Bin Arguing, Bin Fighting and Bin Complaining. Their plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and work within the church to discourage, disrupt and destroy.

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.

Man on a mission
Mr. Cheeks is a missionary to the inner city. He lends his musical talents to Kids Kamps he organizes for Christ Central Ministries, such as those at Seeds of Hope Worship Center on Laney-Walker Boulevard and another this past summer at Christ Central in Aiken.

Teams start leaving Georgia's Gary alone

Organic food companies dispute 'misleading' anti-biotech labels
SAN FRANCISCO -- Spectrum Organic Products Inc. works so hard to ensure the food it sells is free from genetically modified organisms that it sends employees as far as France to purchase corn oil guaranteed to be untainted by biotechnology.

Back to the future
An man holds a unique synergy of digital photography and nostalgia, which is presented by the German Minox company in form of a miniaturized Leica M3 classic camera of the fifties with digital interior at the photokina fair in Cologne, western Germany.

Powerful chips
Fred Weber, Advanced Micro Devices' chief technology officer, looks at the architecture drawings of the new AMD chip at AMD headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Music companies seek names of alleged music pirates
WASHINGTON -- Music companies tried to persuade a judge Friday to let them obtain the names of people suspected of trading music files online without going to court first, a move that could dictate how copyright holders deal with Internet piracy in the future.

U.N.: robot sales plummet in U.S., Japan, boom in Europe
GENEVA -- Sales of industrial robots have plummeted in Japan and the United States but the potential for growth remains huge, and the next few years will see thousands of smaller machines introduced to clean windows, milk cows and lead museum tours, according to a U.N. report.

New imaging software enhances, fixes pictures
As an avid digital-image maker, I try to keep up to speed on the latest digital imaging programs. That's not easy to do. Seems like a new, or updated, version of an existing imaging program is introduced every month. What's more, I try to become familiar with as many programs as possible so I can share their benefits with readers of this column.

Bulldogs trying to prove merits, manhood

Georgia hoping for breakout offensive game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Georgia's offensive statistics aren't particularly scary - and that's what frightens Carl Torbush.

Former Washington County players want victory in Tuscaloosa
ATHENS, Ga. - Terrence Edwards and Derek Sanders have been looking forward to today since the two left Washington County High.

The road more traveled
Damien Gary remembers the sound of shocked, deflated silence from a stadium full of Tennessee fans after Georgia's 26-24 upset of the Volunteers last year.

Bulldogs trying to prove merits, manhood
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The comments hit right where it hurts.

Former Washington County players want victory in Tuscaloosa

Georgia hoping for breakout offensive game

The road more traveled

Mississippi State ready for Jenkins
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- This time, Mississippi State says its ready for South Carolina quarterback Corey Jenkins.

Mississippi State ready for Jenkins

Organic food companies dispute 'misleading' anti-biotech labels

Powerful chips

New imaging software enhances, fixes pictures

U.N.: robot sales plummet in U.S., Japan, boom in Europe

Music companies seek names of alleged music pirates

Faith and fellowship calendar

Man on a mission

Faith digest

Prolific artist creates music to reach God