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

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."

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.

At the movies: 'The Rules of Attraction'

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.

Meals are simply Crabby at Abby's

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.

Army soldiers are on a mission to entertain

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

Club calendar

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.

At the movies: 'Brown Sugar'

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.

Mini reviews

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

Reverend preaches sermon of classic rock

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.

At the movies: 'Knockaround Guys'

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

Wine and dine

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.

Applause calendar

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: 'White Oleander'

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

At the movies: 'The Transporter'

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.

Less is more

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

Video watch

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

Standing ovations

Music will fill the air this weekend

Giants and Cards are Arch Enemies

Giants take 2 game lead in NLCS

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.

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

Twins' future murky despite this year's success

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.

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

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.

Angels rally around monkey

Angels' 41-year history mostly dark

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.

Why did the Braves lose? Here are some ideas

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.

Braves prepare for changes

Business briefs

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low

Dow climbs 316 points to post weekly gain

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Democratic leaders ask Bush to fire SEC chairman

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.

Group suggests goals for Augusta to tackle

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.

Retail sales plunge by 1.2 percent in September

Lumber company plans store

Bamboo crops could power Florida city

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.

Tigers eager for another crack at Virginia

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.

Blazers try to remain unbeaten in Gulf South Conference

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.

FSU-Miami has national title implications

Teams ready for new year

Teams ready for new year

Needle the lawmakers

Lesson in cooperation

Rebuts anti-Iraqi war critic's letter

Schrenko's shocker

Don't tread on us

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Drought dries up business for landscapers

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.

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

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.

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.

Furyk keeps lead; Howell falls behind

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.

Koch takes three-shot lead in Tournament of Champions

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.

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.

Howell shares lead

Historic linksland course to get longer for 2004 Open

Koch hangs onto lead after record first round

North Augusta beat by Lexington

Midland Valley gets easy victory

Thoroughbreds barely win in region opener

Girl kicker has been on the money

Screven tops Richmond Hill

Prep Picks

Wardlaw blanks Jefferson Davidson

Area voices make waves every Friday night

Aquanis falls to Johnson

On the air

Senior QB lifts Silver Bluff to homecoming win

Glasscock tops Long County

Blackville takes region lead with win

Spartans sport a new attitude

Key matchups

Campbell sets Georgia record

Wolfpack survive Razorbacks

Harlem survives vs. Josey

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Hurricanes top Thrashers

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.

Stewart understands needs of CSRA

Does Walker know the issues?

Ezell for quality education

Civic center event impressive

Press club omits some candidates

Civil War program an inaccurate portrayal of history

Do right: Vote Democratic ticket

Celebrate clean-up efforts in Columbia, Richmond counties

Republican letter writer confused

These are tough times for our kids

Spooky food!

Family Chronicles calendar

Kids, money & chores: How to find a balance

Draw your family winners!

From the editor

Costume Ideas

House calls

Book some time

10 tips to a great Halloween

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

Lynx player profiles

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.

Lynx gamenight

Lynx: position by position

Lynx open season with a loss

Lynx player profiles
AUGUSTA LYNX 2002-03 PLAYER PROFILES

Burton's coaching style commands respect

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

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.

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.

New-look Lynx take to the ice

Subscriber of the day

Police arrest man in 'wig bandit' spree

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Colonel warns of drought's toll on lake

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.

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.

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.

Retired English teacher autographs first book

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

Enforcers brace for 2nd Friday

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

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.

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 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 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.

Prize surprises teacher

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Across the Southeast

Across the area

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.

Across Georgia

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

Police skipped reports in 1969 riots

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Legal troubles hurt candidate's cash flow

Title I money approved for school-choice plan

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.

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

Mosquito count is normal at refuge

Burns, Walker record debate

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Embezzlement puts ex-banker in prison cell

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.

Mayor reveals foreign cash

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

Group protests banning of gays

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.

DOE criticizes contractor's work

Around town

Video X-Mart awaits court's ruling

News you can use

Tropical storms bring fall colors

Local couple arrested in theft of OxyContin

Taking what's given

Candidates quarrel but don't debate

Across South Carolina

Across the area

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.

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

Rain, fog backs up Neadeau

Stewart heads into final months focused

Up-and-down year takes terrible turn for Renshaw

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
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.

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.

Waltrip takes pole

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 tonight.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 today. Few people are happier than Jim Harrick.

Pro football picks

QB practices but says he probably won't play

Kerney signs new contract with Atlanta

Panthers still waiting on rookie RB Foster's debut

Injured Vick to serve as emergency No. 3 QB

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

Mr. Gary Bass    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amanda Cratic    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jacorbin Grant    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mavis Croom    (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Ronald Dorn    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Nathaniel Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Damico    (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Mrs. Rosa Dunkley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Ealey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Brown    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Way Lam (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Moore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Joseph Smith Sr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Odom (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Jordan (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Bridgette Pollard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Odom (STAPLETON, Ga.)

SFC Calvin Robbins Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Harmon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jacorbin Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Daniel Herring (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Edward Damico (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. Henry Reed (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Nannie Forbes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Masterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Aaron Booker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gary Bass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Alexander (SWORDS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fannie Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Hammie Chaplin Jr.

Mr. Gary Bass (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Montgomery (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Robbins Jr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Fulmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Geraldine Kennedy (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jacorbin Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Fennell (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorris Smith (LPN WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Sister Mary Sumner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Phillips (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Van Tassel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Stone (WADLEY, 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Hingis done for year; ranking falls out of top 10

Augusta gives Lynx extensive coverage

Overtime

Columbia County might become disc golf association headquarters

Sports digest

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 tournament news

Fishing report

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Your world changes when you leave it awhile

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Dogs haven't convinced fans

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.

Bulldog Nation all pumped up - and a bit worried

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.

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
ATHENS, Ga. -- Damien Gary got an idea of the typical Georgia fan's mindset when he chatted with a friend the other day.

Win over Vols would be a boost to Bulldogs

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

Manufacturers push next generation CDs

Product review: A versatile roadster from HP

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

Rivals Ford, GM form unique partnership to develop new transmissions

Road to recovery

Faith digest

Artist's angel appears in 'Upper Room'

Religion calendar

Medical school honors body donors

Seminar examines faith's affect on healing