At the movies: 'Knockaround Guys'
"Knockaround Guys" has been knocking around Hollywood's calendar for so long that one of its supporting players, Vin Diesel, became a superstar since it first showed up on the schedule.

Army soldiers are on a mission to entertain
For the cast of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, whether they are enlisted or an officer, each performance, each opportunity to entertain, is special.

Video watch

Less is more

At the movies: 'The Rules of Attraction'
"Bulimia is SO '87," one Heather snarls as another Heather is puking up her lunch in the girls' bathroom in 1989's "Heathers."

Standing ovations

At the movies: 'The Transporter'

Applause calendar
ROTOR CRAFTS OVER CAROLINA: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today-Saturday, Aiken Aviation Enterprises, 129 Aviation Blvd., Aiken; (803) 827-6204 or (803) 648-3167.

Standing ovations
Classic rock stalwarts the Atlanta Rhythm Section will perform at the Honky Tonk tonight. The band, best known for its hits So In to You and Imaginary Lover, has been together for more than 30 years. Tickets for the Honky Tonk show are $16-$21. For more information, call 560-0551.

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

Less is more
The Augusta Ballet wants to be suggestive with its current production of Carmen.

Wine and dine
Very Vera is a familiar name to those who utilize caterers, but Vera's Cafe is something new.

At the movies: 'White Oleander'
Alison Lohman really is as good as you've heard. As the star of "White Oleander," the 23-year-old actress gets top billing over Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and Renee Zellweger - actresses with much more collective experience and marquee value - and she matches their poise and strength, scene for scene.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Enough, Big Trouble, The Son's Room, and Jason X

At the movies: 'White Oleander'

At the movies: 'The Rules of Attraction'

Music will fill the air this weekend

Meals are simply Crabby at Abby's

Scaling back will not fix post-festival crime
Main Street Augusta, it seems, is prepared to cut off its nose to spite its face.

Army soldiers are on a mission to entertain

Meals are simply Crabby at Abby's
We've been a little suspicious of Augusta-area seafood since discovering, as newcomers to the area many years ago, that Beech Island is considerably less tropical than the name implies.

Club calendar

Music will fill the air this weekend
Be it classical clarinet or jump jazz, Augusta's music community is prepared.

At the movies: 'Brown Sugar'

Reverend preaches sermon of classic rock
For more than 10 years, Jim Heath, aka the Reverend Horton Heat, and his band of cohorts have happily set music's way-back machine to a simpler time, when guitars twanged, socks hopped and rock 'n' roll was still the music of youthful rebellion.

Reverend preaches sermon of classic rock

At the movies: 'Brown Sugar'
Smarter than the average romantic comedy, "Brown Sugar" has all the ingredients for a worthy successor to the friends-versus-lovers territory of "When Harry Met Sally."

At the movies: 'Knockaround Guys'

At the movies: 'The Transporter'
Meet BMW enthusiast Frank Martin: sociopath with a heart of gold.

Wine and dine

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.

Applause calendar

Mini reviews

Angels rally around monkey
ANAHEIM, Calif. - At the House of Mouse, folks are going ape over a monkey.

Angels' 41-year history mostly dark

Twins' future murky despite this year's success

Giants and Cards are Arch Enemies
ST. LOUIS -- A day before the NL championship series started, it was like a lovefest at Busch Stadium.

Angels take lead in AL championship
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Eric Milton turned in a fine performance and left the game to the Minnesota Twins' reliable bullpen.

Twins' future murky despite this year's success
MINNEAPOLIS -- Enjoy Torii Hunter, Doug Mientkiewicz and the rest of these Minnesota Twins during their remarkable playoff run. They might not be together for much longer.

Giants and Cards are Arch Enemies

Angels' 41-year history mostly dark
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gene Autry worried about the supposed curse of the ancient Indian burial ground. Several promising young players died in car crashes. Lyman Bostock was murdered. Donnie Moore committed suicide.

Giants take 2 game lead in NLCS

Giants take 2 game lead in NLCS
ST. LOUIS -- Rich Aurilia, Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants set down the Cardinals without much of a fight.

Angels rally around monkey

Why did the Braves lose? Here are some ideas

Braves prepare for changes

Braves prepare for changes
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves haven't given up on the idea of re-signing both Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and they aren't planning a major cut in payroll to deal with huge financial losses.

Group suggests goals for Augusta to tackle

Retail sales plunge by 1.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON -- Consumers - the lifeblood of the economy - sharply cut back on their spending in September, driving down sales at the nation's retailers by 1.2 percent, the largest drop in 10 months.

Texans debate nuclear fuel site
AMARILLO, Texas - Building a proposed plutonium pit production facility at Amarillo's Pantex Plant would bring money and jobs to west Texas, but some are concerned about health risks.

Democratic leaders ask Bush to fire SEC chairman
WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders on Wednesday asked President Bush to remove Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt, whom they accuse of bending to pressure from the accounting industry and withdrawing support from a candidate to head a new oversight board. The White House called the accusations politically motivated.

Bamboo crops could power Florida city
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In this city, the high temperature rarely dips below 65 degrees and more than 50 inches of rain fall each year.

Business briefs
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Billboard companies have filed a lawsuit to stop Myrtle Beach officials from removing signs that violate stricter city laws regulating appearance and location.

Democratic leaders ask Bush to fire SEC chairman

Retail sales plunge by 1.2 percent in September

Mill changes hands just before closing
ST. MARYS, Ga - All assets of a south Georgia paper mill have been transferred to an affiliate company, a move some say will allow the mill's Mexico-based owners to escape their debts and avoid paying severance packages to the 903 employees soon to be out of work.

MCG leaders describe plans
Medical College of Georgia officials told a gathering of business leaders Thursday that the institution expects to secure $142 million in research funds during the next five years.

Lumber company plans store
84 Lumber Co. is planning a return appearance to the area, according to county documents.

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped to a new low this week, offering Americans - who haven't done so - a good reason to jump on the home mortgage refinancing bandwagon.

Dow climbs 316 points to post weekly gain
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose sharply Friday for a second straight session, lifted by positive earnings news from General Electric and a brokerage upgrade of IBM. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 316 points to post its first winning week since August.

Group suggests goals for Augusta to tackle
Time-management experts have long touted the power of the to-do list.

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low

Lumber company plans store

Business briefs

Jobless claims fall to two-month low; retail sales weak

Dow climbs 316 points to post weekly gain

Bamboo crops could power Florida city

Jobless claims fall to two-month low; retail sales weak
WASHINGTON -- New claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly plunged last week to the lowest level in two months, providing a dose of encouraging news for workers and for companies as the nation's economy muddles forward. But September's retail sales were weak.

Tigers eager for another crack at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia coach Al Groh doesn't put much stock in the idea of a team coming back a year after a hard loss and seeking redemption. He thinks it's best as sports talk radio fodder.

Tigers eager for another crack at Virginia

FSU-Miami has national title implications
MIAMI -- Art Kehoe hasn't missed a Florida State-Miami game in more than two decades.

Blazers try to remain unbeaten in Gulf South Conference
Valdosta State will try to keep its perfect record and two other small college teams in Georgia will try to end the perfect runs of Harding College and Tuskegee on Saturday.

Blazers try to remain unbeaten in Gulf South Conference

FSU-Miami has national title implications

Teams ready for new year

Teams ready for new year

Don't tread on us

Schrenko's shocker

Rebuts anti-Iraqi war critic's letter

Lesson in cooperation

Needle the lawmakers

Spidery pumpkin
The idea came from Melissa Hall of Martinez who saw Martha Stewart make a similar pumpkin. With a few general directions, we were able to create our own version.

Kids, money & chores: How to find a balance
Television families have it made. The house is always neat, the kids are always clean, and even if, by chance, there is an unfortunate mess or a sign of family discord, everyone laughs heartily and it all wraps up neatly in 30 minutes. For the rest of us, the task of turning a band of uncivilized heathens into functioning members of society isn't quite so simple, and it definitely doesn't come with a scriptwriter.

Dear teacher: Is drawing ability an indicator of learning preparedness?
Question: Is there a relationship between being able to draw certain things and readiness to learn? My son who will be going into first grade did well last year in kindergarten; however, the teacher kept saying that his drawings were immature. He has never been one that sat and colored for more than five minutes. He is physically active with physical ability far beyond his 5 years. Should I be worried that he is not ready to handle the first-grade work?

Draw your family winners!
It almost never fails. Give a kid a crayon and you'll get a masterpiece in return.

These are tough times for our kids
My deadline for this column comes at a dark time in local news. As much as we want to laugh about the ups and downs of parenthood, sometimes we have to cry. Sometimes the unthinkable happens.

Agency Spotlight: The Domestic Violence Intervention Center
This column spotlights a local United Way agency. The hope is that once you learn more about the services the agency provides you will be moved to give of your time and money to help.

Costume Ideas
If you haven't settled on your Halloween costume yet, or if little Michael just can't make up his mind, here are some fun ideas.

From the editor
As soon as the candy corn appears on the grocery shelves, my boys begin talking about Halloween. They design their costumes, decide what face they'll carve on a pumpkin and discuss their route to getting the most candy.

Book some time
Alphabet books help the young child in entering the world of the written word. They teach him/her that the written word is made up of letters and each letter stands for something special.

10 tips to a great Halloween
1. Think safety. Stay with your children. Only go to houses where you know who lives there. Make sure costumes are reflective and fit.

Spooky food!
Something creepy happened to me today. I was walking into my daughter's school, bringing some room-motherly snacks to her class. As I strode down the long, empty walkway, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It dashed and hid quickly behind a brick column. I rubbed my eyes and blinked several times, but couldn't figure out if I my eyes were playing a trick on me.

House calls
This month Dr. David M. Jester, assistant professor and predoctoral director for the Department of Family Medicine of the MCG Health System, and Jack L. Lesher,Jr. M.D., Professor and Chief of the Department of Dermatology at MCG Health System, answer medical questions.

Family Chronicles calendar
Halloween Party Saturday, October 26Bring the whole family for a "hair-raising" afternoon of fun and excitement at Fort Discovery. Activities include make-and-take projects, scavenger hunt, costume parade, special science demos and goody bags. 2-5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children.

Drought dries up business for landscapers
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With half the nation in the midst of a historic drought, the scenery is looking bleak for landscaping businesses.

Drought dries up business for landscapers

Every week's an adventure for Georgia Southern defensive backs
STATESBORO, Ga. -- When you are a member of the Georgia Southern secondary, every week is an adventure.

Young Yellow Jackets start practice Saturday
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech rebounded from losing its first seven Atlantic Coast Conference games last season to win seven of the last eight - all with only one senior playing significant minutes.

Every week's an adventure for Georgia Southern defensive backs

Young Yellow Jackets start practice Saturday

Lafeber leads at Lancome; Garcia and Faldo fall behind
SAINT NOM LA BRETECHE, France -- Maarten Lafeber shot a 6-under 65 Friday to take a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Lancome Trophy.

Furyk keeps lead; Howell falls behind

Koch takes three-shot lead in Tournament of Champions

Koch takes three-shot lead in Tournament of Champions
MOBILE, Ala. -- Sweden's Carin Koch shot a 10-under-par 62 on rain-softened greens Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Furyk keeps lead; Howell falls behind
LAS VEGAS - After Jim Furyk won the Memorial earlier this year, he could no longer make the claim that half of his PGA Tour wins came in Las Vegas. That could change if he keeps playing like he has in a place he likes so much.

Koch hangs onto lead after record first round
MOBILE, Ala. -- Carin Koch was a little apprehensive about starting the second round the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions on Friday, unsure of how she would react after opening the tournament with a career-low 62.

Doyle takes lead at Napa Valley Championship
NAPA, Calif. -- Allen Doyle had a run of four straight birdies in an 8-under 64 Friday and held a one-stroke lead over defending champion Sammy Rachels and Bruce Fleisher after the first round of the Napa Valley Championship.

Historic linksland course to get longer for 2004 Open

Historic linksland course to get longer for 2004 Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Shinnecock Hills is being extended to at least 7,000 yards for the 2004 U.S. Open to ensure it remains a severe test for power hitters like Tiger Woods.

Howell shares lead
LAS VEGAS - Augusta native Charles Howell is more comfortable now that he's won on the PGA Tour. Jim Furyk, it seems, is always comfortable in Las Vegas.

Howell shares lead

Koch hangs onto lead after record first round

Glasscock tops Long County

Area voices make waves every Friday night

Aquanis falls to Johnson

Campbell sets Georgia record

North Augusta beat by Lexington

Screven tops Richmond Hill

Wardlaw blanks Jefferson Davidson

Wolfpack survive Razorbacks

Prep Picks

Senior QB lifts Silver Bluff to homecoming win

Harlem survives vs. Josey

Midland Valley gets easy victory

On the air

Key matchups

Blackville takes region lead with win

Spartans sport a new attitude

Girl kicker has been on the money

Thoroughbreds barely win in region opener

Thoroughbreds barely win in region opener
AIKEN - South Aiken coach Dan Pippin is becoming accustomed to winning in dramatic fashion this year. Each time it happens, the stakes keep getting higher.

Girl kicker has been on the money
When Dreher (4-2) visits Midland Valley (2-4) tonight at 7:30, the Mustangs will get a first-hand look at how accurate the Blue Devils' Alexandra Creswick has been.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Glasscock tops Long County
GIBSON, Ga. - Mark Walker put an exclamation mark on Glascock County's first victory of the season.

Spartans sport a new attitude
Glenn Hills goes into tonight's 7:30 contest against Butler with a 3-2 (2-1 Region 3-AAAA) record and a legitimate shot to make its first playoff appearance since 1984.

Campbell sets Georgia record
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Lincoln County junior Octavius Andrews rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries Friday night during Lincoln County's 35-14 win against Georgia Military College, but his biggest play of the game came with less than a minute remaining.

Curtis Baptist falls short
Curtis Baptist's lead didn't last long against Memorial Day. Shawn Peters opened up the game's scoring with a 4-yard run in the first quarter, but the Crusaders were blanked the rest of the way by the visitors.

Top-ranked Thomson shuts out Hephzibah
THOMSON - Defensive end Jasper Brinkley said his Bulldogs weren't looking ahead to their matchup with Class AAAA No. 3 Statesboro on Friday night.

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

Midland Valley gets easy victory
LANGLEY, S.C. - Midland Valley romped to victory in a battle of Region 5-AAA unbeatens.

Area voices make waves every Friday night
If you're an Atlanta Braves fan, the voices of Skip Caray or Pete Van Wieren are almost as familiar as your father's.

North Augusta beat by Lexington
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Demetris Summers rushed for 158 yards as Lexington stopped North Augusta in the Region 4-AAAA opener for both teams.

Silver Bluff's Bryant leads pack
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - It doesn't matter whether Silver Bluff quarterback Tyrone Smith comes back healthy from a dislocated finger this year.

Harlem survives vs. Josey
HARLEM - Led by defense and special teams, Harlem escaped with a 20-14 double-overtime victory Friday night over Josey in Region 5-AAA.

Prep Picks
As a reporter, one thing I take pride in is objectivity.

Screven tops Richmond Hill
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. - Michael Scott led the way as Screven County won its 24th straight regular season game, stopping Richmond Hill.

Wardlaw blanks Jefferson Davidson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Kevin Moloney and Will Bryan hooked up on three touchdown strikes as unbeaten Wardlaw Academy breezed to a victory in 8-man football.

Aquanis falls to Johnson
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Johnson County broke open a tight game by scoring 20 third-quarter points en route to a victory in its Region 7-A opener.

Blackville takes region lead with win
DENMARK, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda took over sole possession of the Region 5-A lead with an easy victory over Denmark-Olar.

Wolfpack survive Razorbacks
Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick warned his squad not take Cross Creek lightly. The Wolfpack didn't listen, and were fortunate to escape with a 21-14 victory Friday over the winless Razorbacks.

Senior QB lifts Silver Bluff to homecoming win
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Homecoming at Silver Bluff turned out just about the way De'Angelo Bryant envisioned it would.

Hurricanes top Thrashers

Hurricanes top Thrashers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- There's nothing like a game against the Atlanta Thrashers to make things right for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Why did the Braves lose? Here are some ideas
Why are so many no longer staying up late to watch baseball this month? I think I know.

Republican letter writer confused

Stewart understands needs of CSRA

Do right: Vote Democratic ticket

Celebrate clean-up efforts in Columbia, Richmond counties

Press club omits some candidates

Ezell for quality education

Civic center event impressive

Does Walker know the issues?

Civil War program an inaccurate portrayal of history

Book some time

Dear teacher: Is drawing ability an indicator of learning preparedness?

Kids, money & chores: How to find a balance

Draw your family winners!

Family Chronicles calendar

Spooky food!

These are tough times for our kids

10 tips to a great Halloween

House calls

From the editor

Costume Ideas

New-look Lynx take to the ice

Lynx open season with a loss
The names and faces may have changed, but one thing remains the same: The Florida Everblades own the Augusta Lynx.

Burton's coaching style commands respect

Lynx: position by position

Lynx open season with a loss

Lynx player profiles
AUGUSTA LYNX 2002-03 PLAYER PROFILES

Lynx player profiles

Lynx: position by position
It's October, and the Augusta Lynx are already thinking about April.

Lynx gamenight

Lynx gamenight
Florida Everblades at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx take ice without netting

New-look Lynx take to the ice
Fire up the Zamboni. The Augusta Lynx are back.

Burton's coaching style commands respect
Somewhere trapped inside Jim Burton's 40-year-old body is the spirit of a 26-year-old minor-league hockey player.

Lynx take ice without netting
Despite an East Coast Hockey League mandate ordering safety netting to be installed at all its arenas, fans attending the Augusta Lynx season opener against the Florida Everblades on Friday night at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center were left unprotected.

Enforcers brace for 2nd Friday

Mosquito count is normal at refuge
BUTLER ISLAND, Ga. - Carmen Martin and Trey English have the latest buzz about Coastal Georgia mosquitoes.

DOE criticizes contractor's work
AIKEN - The Department of Energy is displeased with the way the contractor it pays to run the Savannah River Site is conducting its environmental cleanup efforts.

Police arrest man in 'wig bandit' spree
A suspect in five area robberies gave little resistance to deputies after he fell through the ceiling of a home on Con-niston Drive on Thursday, authorities said.

Group protests banning of gays
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A group of protesters picketed outside the Boy Scouts of the Coastal Empire's headquarters in Savannah, calling for a repeal of the organization's anti-gay policy.

Local couple arrested in theft of OxyContin
Authorities apprehended an Augusta couple Thursday shortly after the man allegedly robbed a pharmacy of Oxy-Contin.

Legal troubles hurt candidate's cash flow

News you can use
Oct. 11, 1939 With three men in custody, local police were still on the trail of a fourth man said to have been implicated in the death of Louis "Buddie" Hubbard, a 23-year-old Jefferson County sheriff's deputy.

Crash victims identified
The remains of two men killed in a car accident in south Richmond County last week have been identified.

Rants and Raves
IN REGARDS TO FAA approval of the new terminal at the Augusta airport: I guess what they were saying is, if you are crazy enough to build it, go ahead.

Police skipped reports in 1969 riots

Across the area
A man with a handgun robbed a North Augusta convenience store Thursday.

Tropical storms bring fall colors

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jean Wood of Augusta.

Local couple arrested in theft of OxyContin

Across Georgia
DECATUR -Authorities in two counties are trying to untangle the case of a Lithonia man they say killed two people and chopped off their hands.

Across the area
Two men wearing Halloween costumes from the movie Scream robbed a North Augusta home Friday morning, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Across South Carolina
HEATH SPRINGS -A Lancaster High School senior has died after a rifle he was carrying up the front steps of his home accidentally fired and shot him in the face.

Ethics filings mount
ATLANTA - As action on one ethics complaint against Augusta Sen. Charles Walker is postponed another is filed, this time by a Republican operative.

Legal troubles hurt candidate's cash flow
ATLANTA - A prosecutor's decision this week to drop criminal charges against state Sen. Van Streat marks a fresh start for his re-election race.

Video X-Mart awaits court's ruling
U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. has 30 days to decide whether Augusta's ordinance banning Video X-Mart from opening on Gordon Highway is illegal.

Supermarkets receive fines
Three Augusta-area supermarkets were fined a total of $28,000 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture on Thursday for selling out-of-date food products and having unsanitary conditions.

Mayor reveals foreign cash
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said Friday he will return $22,000 in campaign contributions from Japanese businessmen after learning that federal law prohibits contributions from foreign nationals.

Colonel warns of drought's toll on lake
Thurmond Lake is withering under what could become the most severe drought in the project's 50-year history, the district commander of the Army Corps of Engineers told residents Thursday night.

Taking what's given
Ernest Williams packs up donations at the Goodwill Donation Center on Washington Road.

Title I money approved for school-choice plan
Richmond County schools received the green light Thursday from federal education officials to pay for transportation for school choice out of their Title I funds.

Title I money approved for school-choice plan

Police arrest man in 'wig bandit' spree

News you can use

Candidates quarrel but don't debate
There are two candidates in the 12th Congressional District race, but chances are slim that you will see them together between now and Election Day.

Candidates quarrel but don't debate

Enforcers brace for 2nd Friday
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength isn't taking chances with the second Friday of the month, assigning 30 officers to patrol downtown Augusta tonight to prevent a repeat of last week's unruliness.

Mosquito count is normal at refuge

Prize surprises teacher
WILLISTON, S.C. - Larry Adcox says his wife, Jonna, would spend the night in her kindergarten classroom at Kelly Edwards Elementary School if only she had a cot.

Prize surprises teacher

Victim's son, 41, gives his account
YORK, Pa. - The prosecution rested its case after presenting about 50 witnesses in the trial of a former York mayor and two other white men charged with murder in the death of a black woman from Aiken during the 1969 race riots.

Police skipped reports in 1969 riots
YORK, Pa. - Police officers who responded to the slaying of a black South Carolina woman during 1969 race riots were too busy to file a report and were not questioned by detectives for 30 years, a former officer testified Friday in the trial of York's former mayor and two other men.

Tropical storms bring fall colors
ATHENS, Ga. - A month ago, prospects for a good leaf color season seemed dim in the north Georgia mountains, but September's rains might have changed that.

Rants and Raves
IN REGARDS TO FAA approval of the new terminal at the Augusta airport: I guess what they were saying is, if you are crazy enough to build it, go ahead.

Taking what's given

Across the Southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. -Florida's orange crop will be 14 percent smaller than last season's, increasing prices for growers but forcing U.S. juice makers to import more juice from Brazil, agricultural officials said Friday.

Video X-Mart awaits court's ruling

Embezzlement puts ex-banker in prison cell
A former bank officer was sentenced Friday to eight months in federal prison and four months of house arrest for embezzling more than $200,000 from customers' investment accounts.

DOE criticizes contractor's work

Jury finds man guilty in slaying
A Martinez man could face life in prison for his role in the 2001 death of a Thomson resident after a Columbia County jury's decision Friday.

Around town

Burns, Walker record debate
A political forum that features 12th U.S. Congressional District candidates Republican Max Burns and Democrat Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. is scheduled to air Sunday, marking the closest thing to a debate between the two opponents since each won his respective primary this summer.

Across the Southeast

Suspect returns to state Man charged in ex-mayor's killing
NORTH AUGUSTA - The second suspect in the slaying of former North Augusta Mayor Donald Kimbrough Ledford was brought from New York on Friday to face charges for the crime in South Carolina.

Suspect returns to state Man charged in ex-mayor's killing

United Way struggles to meet goal
AIKEN - With about three weeks to go, United Way of Aiken County has not even halfway met its goal.

Burns, Walker record debate

Retired English teacher autographs first book

Subscriber of the day

Retired English teacher autographs first book
There was no doubt that by 5 p.m. Thursday, Naomi Williams would have writer's cramp.

Embezzlement puts ex-banker in prison cell

Across South Carolina

Mayor reveals foreign cash

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Two Georgia men were sentenced this week for trying to lure children to sex and pornography over the Internet, according to federal authorities

Subscriber of the day

Colonel warns of drought's toll on lake

Across the area

Across South Carolina
SAVANNAH, Ga. -The South Carolina NAACP opened its annual conference at the Savannah Civic Center, the fourth straight year the group has held its gathering outside its home state to protest the flying of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.

Across Georgia

Around town
ATOMIC CITY FESTIVAL: The Atomic City Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at City Park, New Ellenton; There will be food, entertainment, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and rides. For more information, call (803) 652-2213.

Group protests banning of gays

Subscriber of the day
Marth J. Lakeman is today's subscriber of the day.

Your world changes when you leave it awhile
Leave the continent for one measly fall weekend and all heck breaks loose on the local sports front.

Augusta gives Lynx extensive coverage
Flip on the TV or turn on the radio on any given night from October to April, and chances are the Augusta Lynx will be there.

NASCAR looks at safety changes following ARCA death
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR is looking into ways to prevent the type of accident in which ARCA driver Eric Martin was killed on Wednesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

NASCAR looks at safety changes following ARCA death

Stewart heads into final months focused

Up-and-down year takes terrible turn for Renshaw

Waltrip takes pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Michael Waltrip won the pole for the Little Trees 300, barely beating Jeff Burton on Friday for the top spot in the Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Stewart heads into final months focused
CONCORD, N.C. - The nine-hour drive between the Daytona International Speedway and his home in Cornelius, N.C., last February gave Tony Stewart a lot of time to think.

Rain, fog backs up Neadeau
CONCORD, N.C. - Jerry Nadeau turned the fastest lap in the only practice session Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Waltrip takes pole

Rain, fog backs up Neadeau

Up-and-down year takes terrible turn for Renshaw
CONCORD, N.C. -- Deborah Renshaw's racing career was on the fast-track, pushed along by attention received when other drivers protested her in a midsummer race.

Teams ready for new year
College basketball teams are officially allowed to begin practice for the 2002-03 season at the stroke of midnight today. Few people are happier than Jim Harrick.

Teams ready for new year
College basketball teams are officially allowed to begin practice for the 2002-03 season at the stroke of midnight tonight.Few people are happier than Jim Harrick.

Pro football picks

Panthers still waiting on rookie RB Foster's debut

QB practices but says he probably won't play

Kerney signs new contract with Atlanta

Injured Vick to serve as emergency No. 3 QB

Mrs. Nannie Forbes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Bridgette Pollard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Way Lam    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Middlebrooks    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Iola Harmon    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Melvin Montgomery    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Herring    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Odom    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Melvin Montgomery    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Phillips    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Damico    (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Mr. Calvin Robbins Jr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geneva Walters    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorris Smith    (LPN WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Anne Grant    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Smith Sr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Randall Jordan    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Sister Mary Sumner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Anne Grant    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. John Tufft    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Odom    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Van Tassel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Dorn    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Wilkerson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Masterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Linda Stapelton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Williams Jr    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Annette Worm    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Luther Fulmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Alexander    (SWORDS, Ga.)
Mr. Jacorbin Grant    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Altman    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Holley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Gary Bass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geraldine Kennedy    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Zeh    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lenwood Long    (MADERIA BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Melvin Martin    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. John Lovett    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Mr. Randall Jordan    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Moore    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Davis Inabinet    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Barron Ozmore    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Dr. Leonard Hill    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mr. Henry Reed    (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)
Mrs. Amanda Cratic    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Davis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Timothy Carswell    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Jacorbin Grant    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Chinn, Jr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Hammie Chaplin Jr.
Being an active member in the church kept Hammie Chaplin Jr. busy.

Mrs. Irene Brown    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Gary Bass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Zeh    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
SFC Calvin Robbins Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mavis Croom    (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)
Mrs. Lena Stone    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Nathaniel Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Dunkley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Altman    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Ealey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Fennell    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Amanda Cratic    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Aaron Booker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Bass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Ealey (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Calvin Robbins Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Grant (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Dunkley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Davis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Annette Worm (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Smith Sr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Odom (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Martin (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Jordan (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Aaron Booker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Brown (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mavis Croom (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

Mrs. Marie Odom (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Altman (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Iola Harmon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jacorbin Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Zeh (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Zeh (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Stone (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Damico (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. Henry Reed (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Nannie Forbes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Bridgette Pollard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Davis Inabinet (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Way Lam (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Altman (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Walters (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joe Alexander (SWORDS, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Kennedy (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Robbins Jr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Grant (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Bass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Hammie Chaplin Jr.

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

Mr. Luther Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Williams Jr (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Herring (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jacorbin Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Moore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Dr. Leonard Hill (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Joseph Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William Fennell (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorris Smith (LPN WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Sister Mary Sumner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Phillips (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Van Tassel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Masterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Stapelton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin Montgomery (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Press club omits some candidates
It is absolutely incredible that the Atlanta Press Club, charged with organizing debates with candidates running for statewide constitutional offices on Georgia Public Television, refuses to include the candidates for Georgia attorney general and secretary of state. Phil Kent, Atlanta, Ga.

Celebrate clean-up efforts in Columbia, Richmond counties
Metro Augusta Clean and Beautiful has been providing support to clean-up programs this month in both Richmond and Columbia counties. We in Columbia County are sure to benefit from the publicity provided by The Chronicle. Citizens of both counties should please note, however, that Oct. 12, the official Clean-Up Day, should really be seen as the culmination and celebration of prior efforts. John Graham, Evans, Ga.

Ezell for quality education
As a former 11-year classroom teacher in the school system of Georgia, I would like to recommend my very close friend, Andy Ezell, for the Columbia County School Board. He is a Christian with high expectations for quality education for every child in Columbia County. I have found him to be a young man who is genuine and accountable, and his word is his bond. Grady Daniel Jr., Augusta

Don't tread on us
Saddam Hussein won't do anything to advance the cause of peace - either disarm, comply with decade-old sanctions or abandon his quest for weapons of mass-killing - without the imminent threat of force against him.

Needle the lawmakers
South Carolinians who want to get tattooed will have to continue going to Georgia or some other state. The U.S. Supreme Court has seen to that.

Schrenko's shocker
Linda Schrenko's e-mail to Bill Nigut, an Atlanta TV reporter and moderator, is not exactly what one would expect from a crusty schoolmarm. The e-mail, which she challenged Nigut to put on his Web site, is laced with language that one might expect from a drunken longshoreman, but not the state's superintendent of Education.

Lesson in cooperation
Relations among charter schools and the public school districts they are part of can be tricky even in the best of circumstances.

Civic center event impressive
I attended the Lynx open house at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Sept. 28 and was pleasantly surprised to see a professional, well-organized event in a clean, friendly arena. My kids and I had a great time, and there were lots of activities. The new Lynx team was there, and they were available to all the fans who came to meet them. Susan Collins, Augusta

Stewart understands needs of CSRA
The race for South Carolina House District Seat 86 is about the economic prosperity and growth of Aiken, S.C., and the surrounding areas. Jim Stewart is a successful businessman and community leader who understands the diverse needs of the Central Savannah River Area. Clifford M. Cole Sr., Aiken, S.C.

Do right: Vote Democratic ticket
I have always proudly and intelligently voted for Democratic Party candidates, because the ideology of the Democratic Party pro-actively supports the downtrodden, the working men and women of America, the elderly and minorities. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Civil War program an inaccurate portrayal of history
The highly touted GPTV program The Civil War, proclaimed by its promoters to be "heroic television," needs only to be viewed but 20 short minutes in order to discover the heroism is nothing more than another cheap shot at jamming a large dose of inaccurate and highly exaggerated accounts of politically correct "history" down the throats of the American public. Chuck MacDonald, Harlem, Ga.

Does Walker know the issues?
According to an article in the Oct. 4 Augusta Chronicle, Max Burns, the Republican candidate for Congress, agreed to appear on the live television debate in Atlanta on Oct. 5. Ray Lane, Girard, Ga.

Rebuts anti-Iraqi war critic's letter
In response to Jo Tuero's Sept. 27 letter, "Iraqi war: 'Hell no, we won't go"': One wonders what the "Tuero war cry" would be if our country were overrun by these terrorist killers, the Tuero home invaded and its occupants tortured or killed. Pete Johnson, Augusta

Republican letter writer confused
Aaron Johnson's Sept. 30 letter, "Urges the use of reason, rather than hype, in politics," states that "the Democratic Party currently has control of the Congress." Then why is Dennis Hastert, a Pennsylvania Republican, currently the speaker of the House of Representatives? Curtis Ansley, Augusta

Overtime

Sports digest

Augusta gives Lynx extensive coverage

Hingis done for year; ranking falls out of top 10

Columbia County might become disc golf association headquarters

Hingis done for year; ranking falls out of top 10
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Martina Hingis pulled out of all tournaments for the rest of 2002 Friday, a day after another early loss pushed her out the top 10 for the first time in six years.

Mississippi anglers start strong
Three Augusta-area teams finished in the top 10 after Friday's first round of the U.S. Angler's Choice Southeast Team Championship on Thurmond Lake.

Sports digest
"It's no wonder the Vols can't execute a center snap. They get confused when the count goes past 'hut two.' " -Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, on Tennessee's low graduation rate for football players

Columbia County might become disc golf association headquarters
If Brian Graham has his way, Augusta soon will be known for another brand of golf.

NCAA hires Indiana University's Myles Brand as new president
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA hired Indiana University president Myles Brand as its president and chief executive Thursday.

Overtime
The Pittsburgh Pirates released former Augusta GreenJacket Adrian Brown and claimed reliever Jim Mann off waivers from the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Overtime
On the strength of a final round 1-under-par 71 Friday, Augusta's Mitzi Edge earned exempt status for the 2003 LPGA Tour season.

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
Nearly 400 bass boats loaded with eager anglers will be moving cautiously over 15-foot-low Strom Thurmond Lake today in pursuit of largemouth bass.

Fishing report

QB practices but says he probably won't play
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With Michael Vick unable to finish practice Thursday, coach Dan Reeves named Doug Johnson the starting quarterback for Atlanta's game at New York this weekend.

Injured Vick to serve as emergency No. 3 QB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick will be the emergency No. 3 quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Kerney signs new contract with Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney signed a new contract Friday that includes a team-record $8.5 million signing bonus.

Panthers still waiting on rookie RB Foster's debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DeShaun Foster sat silently in the press box at a recent Carolina Panthers game until fellow running back Lamar Smith broke two tackles on the playing field below.

Pro football picks
The Dolphins played a nearly perfect game last Sunday against New England. That was in Miami, however.

Religion calendar
HOUR OF POWER 9 a.m. today and Oct. 26, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

Medical school honors body donors
Medical College of Georgia students and professors will join with families of those who donated their bodies to science at 2 p.m. Friday to pay tribute to the donors and lay their remains to rest.

Seminar examines faith's affect on healing
Medical school changed Harold Koenig's life in some dramatic ways - he went through a divorce and a depression before graduation about 20 years ago.

Road to recovery
Miguel Nunez Jr. and Ronald Simmons traveled different paths in 1980s Los Angeles, but unknown to one another, they reached the same conclusion - drugs were bad.

Artist's angel appears in 'Upper Room'
On a whim, Lucy Weigle mailed a slide of her collage, Angel Triumphant, to The Upper Room four years ago and then forgot about it.

Faith digest
Dr. Paul Cannings of Living Word Fellowship in Houston and brother-in-law of radio evangelist Dr. Tony Evans, will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road. The fund-raiser dinner costs $15 or $250 for a table. For more information, call Miracle Making Ministries, the event sponsor, at 722-8693.

Your world changes when you leave it awhile

Is ancient skull found in Chad the oldest pre-human ancestor?
The recent discovery of a 7 million-year-old skull has stirred debate among some of the world's most prominent anthropologists over whether it is the oldest remnant of a pre-human ancestor.

Rivals Ford, GM form unique partnership to develop new transmissions
DETROIT -- The world's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., said Thursday they will team up in a unique partnership to develop a new six-speed automatic transmission.

Manufacturers push next generation CDs
NEW YORK -- First, vinyl records were relegated to the nostalgia pile. Now, CDs may be headed for the same fate.

Product review: A versatile roadster from HP
NEW YORK -- You can e-mail only so many digital images, and PC slide shows get old fast. Eventually, even the most ambivalent of digital photographers will want to make their own prints.

Lack of natural germ-killers linked to infections in eczema patients
Scientists say they have found evidence that some people are vulnerable to infections because they lack certain germ-fighting chemicals naturally present in the skin.

Police hope that fans behave
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia police are bracing for what could be one of the most emotionally charged football games in years, and are hoping, praying even, that fans remember their manners.

Police hope that fans behave

Georgia women hit the court
ATHENS, Ga. -- The NCAA women's Final Four returns to Atlanta this year, and if perennial national power Georgia wants to be there, it may have to rely on two freshmen guards.

Bulldog Nation all pumped up - and a bit worried

Georgia women hit the court

Win over Vols would be a boost to Bulldogs

Dogs haven't convinced fans
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia has its highest ranking in more than 14 years and is coming off an exhilarating 27-25 triumph at Alabama.

Win over Vols would be a boost to Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia quarterback David Greene found Verron Haynes alone in the end zone for a late touchdown to give the Bulldogsa dramatic 26-24 victory at Tennessee last year, it was a watershed moment in several respects.

Dogs haven't convinced fans

Bulldog Nation all pumped up - and a bit worried
ATHENS, Ga. -- Damien Gary got an idea of the typical Georgia fan's mindset when he chatted with a friend the other day.

Loss to Florida hasn't dimmed Cats' optimism

Loss to Florida hasn't dimmed Cats' optimism
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When the season began, the thought of Kentucky winning the Southeastern Conference was far-fetched at best.

Lack of natural germ-killers linked to infections in eczema patients

Product review: A versatile roadster from HP

Rivals Ford, GM form unique partnership to develop new transmissions

Manufacturers push next generation CDs

Is ancient skull found in Chad the oldest pre-human ancestor?

Religion calendar

Artist's angel appears in 'Upper Room'

Road to recovery

Seminar examines faith's affect on healing

Faith digest

Medical school honors body donors

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