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 augustachronicle.com/movies.

Standing ovations
Festival season continues this weekend with a super-size portion of festival fun.

New high-tech theater built with expansion in mind
Two weeks before opening night and the lobby of Aiken's new Washington Center for the Performing Arts is still a study in construction clutter. Rolls of unlaid carpet block passage beneath the twin curved staircases, and the restrooms are still labeled with paper signs taped to their wooden doors.

When selecting fine films, seek 1962 vintage

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Concert calendar

When selecting fine films, seek 1962 vintage
For years, critics have touted 1939 as cinema's finest year, and with good reason. Movie audiences were treated to Mr. Smith's going to Washington, Dorothy's going to Oz, Garbo in Ninotchka, the Duke in Stagecoach and, of course, Rhett's and Scarlett's sparring on the grounds of Tara. It was a fine, fine year for movies.

New high-tech theater built with expansion in mind

Forget allusions, 'Arcadia' is about sex
Over the course of his play Arcadia, writer Tom Stoppard flits over the laws of thermodynamics, chaos theory, English literature, academia and Regency-era gardening. All while flip-flopping two stories separated by 200 years.

Club calendar

Club calendar
Chan Marshall, who performs and records under the Cat Power banner, will perform an acoustic guitar and piano set at Soul Bar, 984 Broad St., Saturday. Local faves Deathstar will open with a rare acoustic set. Music starts at 10:30 and admission is $5. For more information, call 724-8880.

Mini reviews

Concert calendar
RICKEY SMILEY: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $23, 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bubba Tour goes West

At the Movies: 'Abandon'
"Abandon" is valuable on two fronts. First, as a quiet, sneaky little film that hypnotically creeps across the screen, with an intelligence and restraint that make it a satisfying change from the typical blunt-instrument-to-the-head approach of most thrillers.

'Footloose' opens theater with energy

Artist works to capture historic city's emotion
West Fraser has been known to spend hours drudging through the muck of a swamp, carefully examining each inch of his surroundings.

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'Footloose' opens theater with energy
The Aiken Community Playhouse is ready to get Footloose in its new home.

Forget allusions, 'Arcadia' is about sex

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bubba Tour goes West
Three years after Clyde Lester embarked on his "Bubba Tour of the South," he has followed it up with another Bubba Tour, this time of the great American West.

At the Movies: 'Abandon'

Video watch
Here are reviews of some recent video releases:

Artist works to capture historic city's emotion

How the Giants and Angels compare

All-California World Series brings back '89 quake memories
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The last time two California baseball teams met in a World Series, a deadly earthquake rocked Northern California.

Autry remembered fondly by Anaheim players, fans
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For all the millions he made in the movies and as a businessman, Gene Autry never saw his baseball team win a title.

All-California World Series brings back '89 quake memories

At last, Bonds goes to first World Series
Barry Bonds has arrived where he began, the game of baseball as new to him as it is old.

At last, Bonds goes to first World Series

Autry remembered fondly by Anaheim players, fans

How the Giants and Angels compare
A look at the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels going into the World Series, starting Saturday night at Edison Field:

Touch up your voting skills before Election Day

Kaleigh Marie Herron
Josh H

Harrison Thomas and Lillian Virginia Giles
David and Diann Giles of Grovet

Kolby Wilson Tucker
Kenneth and Kelly Tucke

Jacob Maddox Thigpen
Robert and Traci T

Amy Lynn Tornow
Carlan and Pat Tornow

Taylor Marie Hawes
Jason S. and

Stephen Craig Alexander

Madelyn Grace Byars
Gregory and Alicia Byars of Clarks Hill, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Grace Byars, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete Robinson and Smith and Mary Byars, all of North Augusta.

Summer Michelle Hayes

Kashanti Chinyah Jones

Taylor Marie Hawes

Natalie Rose Plantamura
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Plantamura of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Rose Plantamura, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Laby and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Plantamura, all of Martinez.

Brandon Russell Thies

Kerstin Mackenzie Newman

Kai DaKarai Welcher

Evin Jael Lee

Jacob Maddox Thigpen

Brandon Russell Thies
Russell and Julie Thies of Evans announce the birth of a son, Brandon Russell Thies, Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Brown of Evans.

Selena Marie Hall

Kolby Wilson Tucker

Caiden Spencer and Colton Lanier Curtis

Summer Michelle Hayes
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Jasmine Nicole Mullins

Selena Marie Hall
Eric Allen and Gerlinde Brigitte Hall of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Selena Marie Hall, Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carroll R. Hall of Bethel, Ohio.

Elizabeth Renee Brown

Caiden Spencer and Colton Lanier Curtis
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny R. Curtis of Grovetown annou

Madelyn Grace Byars

Chrystian Joseph Wolski
Christopher

Brayden Redding Tripp

Kai DaKarai Welcher
Kwesi Welcher Sr. and Leticious Welcher of G

Harrison Thomas and Lillian Virginia Giles

Brayden Redding Tripp
Ryan and M

Amy Lynn Tornow

Aiden Trent O'Neill
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Kaleigh Marie Herron

Kaeciana LeAsia Reid
Kevin

Stephen Craig Alexander
Craig

Aiden Trent O'Neill

Kashanti Chinyah Jones
Kendrecus and Chiffon Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kashanti Chinyah Jones, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gerald and Tina Williams and Curtis and Cheryl Jones, all of Augusta.

Ansley Grace Willis

Evin Jael Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Lee of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Evin Jael Lee, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lee of Harlem, Mildred Mack Richardson of Bowman, S.C., and the late Fred C. Mack.

Chrystian Joseph Wolski

Sanchez R.J. McKie
Noland M. McKie and Casina L. N

Teresa Maria Rowan

Jasmine Nicole Mullins
Jeremy and Jen

Teresa Maria Rowan

Kerstin Mackenzie Newman
Courtney M. Newman of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Kerstin Mackenzie Newman, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Keith Jones of Augusta.

Elizabeth Renee Brown
Joshua Brown and Amy Ledbetter

Natalie Rose Plantamura

Sanchez R.J. McKie

Kaeciana LeAsia Reid

Ansley Grace Willis
Robbie and Beth Wi

Why are these fish so smart?
CHICAGO -- A school of fish is going to fish school. Several fish species at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium are enrolled in an underwater academy where trainers are teaching them to live together in a new $47 million addition, set to open in April.

Odds and Ends
NEW BERLIN, Wis. -- Many New Berlin residents were left scratching their heads when they found out they were living in the second-richest city in the state.

Yost to interview for Brewers job
MILWAUKEE -- Ned Yost, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers' 1982 American League championship team, wants the chance to return Brew Town to its former glory.

Bank's profit report doubles

Housing construction soars; industrial output falls
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction rebounded with gusto in September, soaring by 13.3 percent to the highest level in 16 years. But the nation's industrial sector stumbled for the second straight month.

Business briefs

Dell dude is staying put in computer commercials
Despite the rumors, Dell Computer pitchman "Steven" - "Dude, yer gettin' a Dell!" - is going to be around for more Dell commercials, says the actor's agent.

Bank's profit report doubles
The holding company for Augusta-based First Bank of Georgia reported Thursday a 107 percent increase in year-to-date profits.

Dow gains nearly 240 points

Store recycles materials
It's a thrift store where Bob Villa could shop.

Store recycles materials

Housing construction soars; industrial output falls

Eatery aims to draw sports fans to coop
Between the all-you-can-eat wing night and a 10-foot TV screen, owners of a new restaurant in west Augusta are hoping to lure weekend football fans off their couches.

Dow gains nearly 240 points
NEW YORK -- Another wave of positive earnings news from companies such as IBM propelled stocks higher Thursday, giving Wall Street its fifth advance in six sessions. The Dow Jones industrials jumped nearly 240 points.

Board blocks hunts in park
No shots will be fired on a 1,700-acre corporate park owned by the Richmond County Development Authority, even though the authority's chairman - state Sen. Charles Walker - signed a letter earlier this summer authorizing a south Augusta man to hunt on the property's undeveloped portion.

Business briefs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - E-Z-Go parent Textron Inc. said Thursday it plans to cut another 2,000 jobs even as it reported third-quarter earnings that matched Wall Street forecasts.

Chrysler will build van plant near Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- DaimlerChrysler will build a $700 million van plant in coastal Georgia in one of the biggest economic development deals in state history, The Associated Press has learned.

Business briefs

Business briefs
CHICAGO - Motorola Inc. shares plummeted more than 21 percent to a new 10-year low Wednesday after the cell phone and semiconductor maker scaled back its sales and earnings guidance for both the fourth quarter and 2003, citing weakened demand.

Is a quarterback switch in the cards at Clemson?

Is a quarterback switch in the cards at Clemson?
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons knows it doesn't take much to go from a star on the field to a seat on the bench, and he hopes that doesn't happen to him any time soon.

SEC notebook

College football picks

Appeals judge overturns Watson's contempt conviction

SEC notebook
Georgia tailback Musa Smith returned to practice Wednesday and is "very probable" to play in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, coach Mark Richt said.

SEC notebook

ACC notebook

ACC notebook
Thursday night football games present a certain measure of trouble for teams and coaches.

Appeals judge overturns Watson's contempt conviction
CHESTER, S.C. -- A Circuit Court judge has overturned the contempt of court order against South Carolina State running back Derek Watson.

QB questions abound
A little more than a month ago, Athens, Ga., was a city consumed by who would lead Georgia's offense, when, and for how long.

College football picks
Notre Dame's offense needs to wake up. If not, the Fighting Irish might run out of luck when they visit No. 18 Air Force on Saturday night.

SEC notebook
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson has all the answers when it comes to stopping Georgia - well, maybe just two of them.

QB questions abound

P&G's good deal

A surprise acceptance

Hero and the bully

Let's take a timeout

A fatal folly

Paradise lost in Bali

CBS tops networks in ratings
CBS topped the Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 7 through Sunday, the first time in 10 years the network has won the first three weeks of a new television season.

In the know
If you spend your lunch hour at the salon getting a pedicure, Glogover Hosiery has found a way to make the visit more efficient.

Flowers, spice in fall's fragrance harvest
NEW YORK -- The fragrances for fall are complex - just like the women and men who are targeted to wear them. The final products are blends of fresh florals, exotic spices and smells from everyday life, such as grass and even cotton.

Capsules
Women and their doctors are now getting some help making the complicated decisions about hormone therapy.

Dr. Phil's tough love taking over
NEW YORK - A 17-year-old runaway and her mother were on national television, with talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw urging honest communication to heal their rift.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Aphids become sticky mess

Aphids become sticky mess
Q: I have these white insects all over this tree of mine and there is black sticky stuff on everything under the tree. These white insects sort of float around in the air. Do you know what my problem is and what I can do about it?

Eagles take on tough Appalachian
Georgia Southern has no more room for error if the Eagles are to have any chance of securing at least a share of their sixth consecutive Southern Conference title.

Eagles QB settles into new role
STATESBORO, Ga. - Chaz Williams huffed and puffed. He had extra running to do after practice this week as punishment for fumbling against Western Carolina last weekend.

Maryland routs Georgia Tech
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's tiniest player had a colossal second half, helping the Terrapins clear an imposing obstacle in their bid to repeat as Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Maryland tries to avoid 0-2 start in ACC
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A year ago, Maryland used a rousing victory over Georgia Tech to gain momentum on its way to winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Familiar offense is failing Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is searching for a cure to what ails the Yellow Jackets' inconsistent offense.

Eagles QB settles into new role

Eagles take on tough Appalachian

Maryland routs Georgia Tech

Familiar offense is failing Jackets

Maryland tries to avoid 0-2 start in ACC

Conquering new worlds isn't really a bad thing

Tiger's year enjoyable - on the course

Woods thinks Masters debate deserves a private meeting
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Without taking sides or offering to be the mediator, Tiger Woods said the best way to resolve the membership debate at Augusta National is to hash it out in private.

Group plans to pressure PGA Tour sponsors as part of push for women
The group spearheading the drive to get women admitted at Augusta National Golf Club may soon begin targeting sponsors of PGA Tour events to put more pressure on club leaders.

A blast from the past for Sluman
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jeff Sluman had a bogey-free 63 on Thursday for a three-way share of the lead at the Disney World Golf Classic, another reminder of how far he has come since he first played a tournament next to the Magic Kingdom.

Woods thinks Masters debate deserves a private meeting

Back to work in the land of vacation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hopped out of his cart and walked briskly to the first tee on the Magnolia course, dew still covering the grass.

Group plans to pressure PGA Tour sponsors as part of push for women

A blast from the past for Sluman

Tiger's foundation involved in new event
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The PGA Tour is working on a new tournament held over Labor Day weekend that could involve the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Tiger's year enjoyable - on the course
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Even by his own high standards, Tiger Woods has had quite a year - two majors, six victories worldwide and only one mention of a slump.

Montgomerie beats Funk in World Match Play
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Colin Montgomerie defeated Fred Funk 3 and 2 in their 36-hole first-round match at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday.

Back to work in the land of vacation

Patriots' day arrives in 3-AAA

Fierce faceoffs

Key matchups

Top running backs square off

On the Air

Prep picks

Strom Thurmond strong in win

Prep picks
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2001, I've been back to Athens a handful of times.

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

Top running backs square off
South Aiken running back Rashad Hunter pushed his season totals to 1,886 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns last Friday, putting him on pace to crack the 2,000-yard mark against Lexington tonight.

Patriots' day arrives in 3-AAA
No. 8 Westside has outscored its past three opponents 121-0 and is going into tonight's game with fifth-ranked Washington County undefeated for the second straight season.

Sturgis shoulders heavy load
If Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis could change one aspect of his game plan, it would be for running back and linebacker Kelvin Sturgis to see even more action on the field.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Strom Thurmond strong in win
COLUMBIA - Kevin Weaver had 25 carries for 148 yards and accounted for all of Strom Thurmond's touchdowns, as the Rebels defeated Dreher 28-7 in Region 5-AAA play Thursday night.

Fierce faceoffs
For college football fans in the South, rivalries are as common as sweet tea.

Penguins hold off Thrashers
PITTSBURGH - Mario Lemieux set up three goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, getting a big lift from the NHL's crackdown on obstruction, won their third straight by beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Penguins hold off Thrashers

Touch up your voting skills before Election Day
Do me a favor before Election Day.

Chrysler will build van plant near Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- DaimlerChrysler will build a $700 million van plant in coastal Georgia in one of the biggest economic development deals in state history, The Associated Press has learned.

China is as dangerous as Iraq

Consolidation is of no benefit

Voters: Stop feeding the maggots

Cleland is the patriot we need

Why can't we get what we pay for?

Hasn't seen silver platter treatment

Ex-Democrat appeals to voters

City contradicts call for business

Community brightens tragic time

Keep the mayor we have

Football weight limit unfair to kids

Golf-club men wimp out to women

Health calendar

Dr. Phil's tough love taking over

CBS tops networks in ratings

Flowers, spice in fall's fragrance harvest

Capsules

In the know

Lynx GameNight

Lynx GameNight
Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx.

Faulkner will stick around
The original plan for rookie goalie Geoff Faulkner was to play for the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday, then join the Macon Trax of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League for their season opener today.

Faulkner will stick around

Lynx try to move forward

Lynx try to move forward
Forward Mike Cirillo scored the game-winning goal for the Augusta Lynx in Tuesday's win over Richmond. He also played his final game in Augusta.

Fair to Fiddlin'

Drop in donations could threaten child programs
The United Way will meet for a status report luncheon today at noon in downtown Aiken. A celebration marking the campaign's culmination is planned for noon Nov. 1 at Houndslake Country Club.

Judge says teen can face execution

Across the area

Democrat package surprises GOP staff
Campaign officials for Republican Randy Hall say they knew the Senate District 22 candidate was getting a lot of bipartisan support, but a Thursday morning delivery from a local union official still caught them by surprise.

Officials search for man gone for month

UGA considers honor code change

News you can use

Annual event brings food, fun, rides to Aiken County

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Roy Barnes on Wednesday accused U.S. Attorney Rick Thompson of playing politics by investigating his connections to a state senator.

UGA considers honor code change
ATHENS, Ga. - The essence of the University of Georgia's academic honesty code remains the same, but school officials are pondering revisions.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The cleanup fund for the Barnwell low-level nuclear waste dump should not be available to make up state budget shortfalls, the Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council said Wednesday.

Fort reactivates technical unit
In a rainy, early-morning ceremony Wednesday at Barton Field, Fort Gordon officials reactivated the 518th Tactical Installation and Network Company.

Rants and Raves
LINDA SCHRENKO has shown her true colors. The sad thing is she claims to be a Republican but is really right next to Clinton.

Witness recalls night of stabbing
No one saw Jacqueline Key stab a Waynesboro, Ga., man 11 months ago, but a jury must decide this week whether it was self-defense or murder.

Area couple misses Bali bombing
An hour and a half might have separated a North Augusta couple from a car bombing that killed hundreds near a Bali nightclub.

Vehicle factory comes to Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gov. Roy Barnes announced Thursday that the wait is over: DaimlerChrysler has named Pooler as the location for a $750 million North American plant.

Annual event brings food, fun, rides to Aiken County
AIKEN - Every year, the fair comes to town and people get to do things they won't likely do for the rest of the year.

Hope floats

Aiken hears downtown concerns
AIKEN - Ruth Collins, along with her two neighbors on Hampton Avenue, sat Wednesday at the city's Old Aiken Master Plan open house and discussed traffic problems with city planners.

Riot trial jury begins deliberations
YORK, Pa. - Prosecutors on Thursday accused

Inmate transition center opens after long struggle
State budget cuts delayed the opening of a $2.5 million halfway home for soon-to-be-paroled prisoners for 10 months, but on Wednesday the Georgia Department of Corrections announced the grand opening of the Augusta Transitional Center on downtown's Taylor Street.

Market clerks cope with alcohol swipers
There's a breed of beer lover these days who targets convenience stores, grabbing cold brew in a snatch-and-run routine.

Testimony wraps up in race riot trial
YORK, Pa. -- Jurors took a rain-soaked tour Wednesday of the site where a black South Carolina woman was shot to death during York's 1969 race riots, while a defense attorney for one of three white men accused of her murder said he will ask that the jury be given the option of considering a lesser charge.

News you can use
OCT. 18, 1924 Led by Augusta's Ikey Sherlock, the University of Georgia football team defeated Furman this afternoon 23-0 before 7,000 fans at Academy Park in Augusta. The game was the first Savannah Valley Classic.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mattie Roberts of Augusta.

Bush stumps for Chambliss, Perdue
ATLANTA - President Bush raised $1 million Thursday for the top of the Georgia Republican ticket and gave spirited endorsements that will soon appear in television ads funded by the money.

Renovations rejuvenate historic island homes
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Nature has slowly reclaimed Dungeness, the grandest of four mansions built on Cumberland Island, since arsonists set fire to the 59-room replica of a Scottish castle in 1959.

Across Georgia
DUBLIN, Ga. -Sheriff's deputies in central Georgia questioned a man in a white van with Virginia plates Thursday after getting a phone call from a suspicious neighbor.

Correction
The fruit drink and potato chips on the lunch tray of a Grovetown Elementary School kindergartner whose photo was published in Wednesday's editions

Across Georgia

Lawyers' bickering leads to trial delay
AIKEN - Attorneys seeking a new trial for a Williston man convicted of killing his father and his father's girlfriend attacked the work of one of their defense colleagues in court Wednesday.

Drop in donations could threaten child programs

U.S. justice plans Evans visit
A member of the U.S. Supreme Court will give the dedication speech next month at the new Columbia County Courthouse Annex in Evans.

News you can use

On the campaign trail
Gov. Roy Barnes is greeted by AFL-CIO members Wednesday during the AFL-CIO labor convention at Sheraton Augusta Hotel. Mr. Barnes was in Augusta to address the group.

Lawyers' bickering leads to trial delay

Parents warned to watch children
Jasper Cooke's e-mail message to Augusta State University students gave warning: If you leave a young child unattended on campus, public safety officers will take legal action.

News you can use
Oct. 17, 1995 Boral Industries Inc. announced yesterday it has acquired Isenhour Brick and Tile and has moved the headquarters of subsidiary Boral Bricks Inc. from Augusta to Atlanta.

Judge says teen can face execution
A judge chose not to break new legal ground Wednesday when he ruled that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for a teenager accused of murder.

Inmate transition center opens after long struggle

Across the area
A Warrenville man was stabbed and robbed in his home Thursday morning by a visitor, police said.

Event offers fun for everyone

Hope floats
Paraplegic Larry Eaton, of Fayetteville, Ga., floats in the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta pool with diver Jack Gilson, of the Department of Labor (left), and Handicapped Scuba Association dive instructor Kim Baird, of Peachtree Dive Shop in Fayetteville.

Car tax notices may be wrong
AIKEN - A significant number of billing errors in Aiken County vehicle tax notices are expected starting in November, although discrepancies are already popping up for county officials.

Fort reactivates technical unit

Man is charged in second hoax
An Augusta man was charged Thursday in what police say is the area's second shooting hoax in a week.

Rants and Raves
LINDA SCHRENKO has shown her true colors. The sad thing is she claims to be a Republican but is really right next to Clinton.

University considers honor code change
ATHENS, Ga. - The essence of the University of Georgia's academic honesty code remains the same, but school officials are pondering revisions.

Testimony wraps up in race riot trial

Residents urge higher lake levels
The Army Corps of Engineers should give more weight to recreation interests at Thurmond Lake by keeping as much water as possible in the reservoir, according to a group circulating a petition to that effect.

Burns, Walker report finances

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jon Reichard of Augusta.

County discovers bogus checks

Fair to Fiddlin'
Country star Charlie Daniels plays his famous fiddle at the Western Carolina State Fair in Aiken.

MCG receives $12 million
It could be a new superstar researcher or newly renovated laboratories. It could also become a new Cancer Research Center and possibly a top-tier state cancer facility.

Burns, Walker report finances
ATLANTA - Financially, the race for Georgia's new 12th Congressional District seat remains competitive.

Across Georgia

Officials search for man gone for month
Richmond County authorities are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a South Carolina man whose vehicle was found abandoned a month ago at an Augusta grocery store.

Parents warned to watch children

Across the area
Continental Express officials said Thursday that problems with loading the air carrier's new Augusta Regional Airport schedule were to blame for $1,000 ticket prices advertised on Web sites.

Meth lab cleanup leads to 2 arrests
Police say two men picked the worst possible place to clean up their meth lab - right in front of a marked patrol car.

Car tax notices may be wrong

County discovers bogus checks
Columbia County investigators, with assistance from the FBI and the Secret Service, will try to determine where the bogus checks originated and who wrote them.

Market clerks cope with alcohol swipers

Event offers fun for everyone
AIKEN - The American fair is a whirling combination of bright lights, loud music, fast food and faster rides.

Subscriber of the day

Aiken hears downtown concerns

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Democrat package surprises GOP staff

Subscriber of the day

University considers honor code change

On the campaign trail

Riot trial jury begins deliberations

Correction

Bush stumps for Chambliss, Perdue

Witness recalls night of stabbing

Man is charged in second hoax

Meth lab cleanup leads to 2 arrests

Residents urge higher lake levels

Bulldogs shouldn't count their chickens yet
As the Bulldog Bandwagon motors toward the SEC Championship game, the road to the Georgia Dome is littered with the bloated carcasses of Gators and Volunteers.

Conquering new worlds isn't really a bad thing
It amazes me that some people foam at the mouth whenever the topic turns to Columbus Day. They choose to regard its observance as the next thing to barbarism instead of a chapter heading in history books.

NASCAR notebook
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jamie McMurray is scheduled to receive four awards during the pre-race show Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway. He, however, will accept the additional bounty of his stunning victory last week as a civilian.

Racing facts - Old Dominion 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Old Dominion 500 race.

Spotlight on Jamie McMurray
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray.

Craven looks forward to first time as defender
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Ricky Craven needed more than 10 years and 211 Winston Cup races before he earned the right to return to a track as defending champion.

Labonte seeks positive ending
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Bobby Labonte didn't have to think long about his best racing moment of the 2002 season. It was his victory last April at the Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR is new experience for Fittipaldi
HAMPTON, Ga. - Christian Fittipaldi didn't expect a lot of support and understanding from his comrades on the CART FedEx Series when he told them he was leaving for a better deal.

Spotlight on Jamie McMurray

NASCAR notebook

Labonte seeks positive ending

NASCAR is new experience for Fittipaldi

Racing facts - Old Dominion 500

Craven looks forward to first time as defender

Hawks sign former Alabama star Grizzard
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed rookie forward Rod Grizzard on Wednesday.

Hawks sign former Alabama star Grizzard

Falcons notebook

Falcons tackle gets upgrade

Shoulder feels better, Vick proclaims himself ready to start

Fantasy Football: Players fall short of expectations

Elder Manning pays visit

Pro football picks

Brown may get chance to play quarterback

Weinke taking it one game at a time

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Ronald Montgomery    (THOMSON, Ga.)
NataLeigh Nelson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Troy Poythress    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable Stacy    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Rico Gray    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Deanna Bezonia    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Samuel    (BRONX, NY)
Mrs. Margaret Butler    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Z.W. Gramling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leon Hall    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Miss Rena George    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Johanna Buskirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lloyd Barbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James McKie Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Chinn Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marianne Strauss    (TAMPA, Fla.)
Mr. Rico Gray    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Dynia Syrumayo    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)
Mr. Sammie Hall    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Torbit Way Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Henry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ernestine Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elveria Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Williams Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. James McKie Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Furr    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Milledge    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Agnes Fryer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lula Flourney    (HARRISON, Ga.)
Mr. Percy Spears    (FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Louise DeCamilla    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Davington, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA)
Mr. Lloyd Barbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Darnell    (COMMERCE, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Boyleston    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Charlie Williford Jr    (PARAGOULD, Ark.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Mildred Rawls Taylor
Aiken County's last known "real daughter" of the Confederacy will be laid to rest today following a 2 p.m. funeral at Warrenville Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ella Andrews    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mrs. Johanna Buskirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arnold Baker    (MICCO, Fla.)
Mrs. Frances Robinson    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mr. Charles Ballard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cleveland Brown    (PISCATAWAY, N.J.)
Mr. Cleveland Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Tammy Baugh    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Brown    (KLINE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Taylor    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Elveria Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Hardin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Ballard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Cadle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Darnell (COMMERCE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Stacy (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Henderson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Louis Dean Poteet Sr.

Mrs. Lula Flourney (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Taylor (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elveria Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johanna Buskirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Smith (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Tammy Baugh (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred McNair (SOTO, Texas)

Mrs. Frances Robinson (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Z.W. Gramling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Hall (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Smith (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Hall (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Williford Jr (PARAGOULD, Ark.)

Mr. Lloyd Barbee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Hall (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Milledge (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Agnes Fryer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Furr (GIBSON, Ga.)

Miss Rena George (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Chinn Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Troy Poythress (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ronald Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Fryer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthel Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Mildred Rawls Taylor

Mr. Cleveland Brown (PISCATAWAY, N.J.)

Mrs. Mildred Bright (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Arnold Baker (MICCO, Fla.)

Mrs. Margaret Butler (BATH, S.C.)

Dynia Syrumayo (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

Mr. Marion Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Spears (FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Julia Holder (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise DeCamilla (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Kelly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Lovett (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rico Gray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Sammons (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johanna Buskirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Brown (KLINE, S.C.)

Mr. Torbit Way Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

NataLeigh Nelson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Deanna Bezonia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie London (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Butler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Davington, Jr. (AUGUSTA, GA)

Mr. Hugh Gresham (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Williams Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lennie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Samuel (BRONX, NY)

Mr. Rico Gray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Burt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella Andrews (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Gresham (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Hawkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Consolidation is of no benefit
When Augusta consolidated into one entity, I thought - as others did - that we would not have the division of Augusta-Richmond County, rather one Augusta government with equal services. Gene T. Gaines, Augusta

Cleland is the patriot we need
If you were seeking assistance in selecting a homeland security team and someone you could call on for advice as you move toward Iraq, which would you most likely select? Walter S. Williams, Augusta

China is as dangerous as Iraq
I am very concerned about the Bush administration sounding the war drums. They say that President Saddam Hussein must be removed from leadership in Iraq because he possesses weapons of mass destruction that might be used against other nations. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Hero and the bully
The best and the worst of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department were highlighted in Tuesday's Metro section. Deputy Anthony Consiglio was one of only seven Georgia public safety professionals to receive one the state's highest honors, the Act of Heroism Award.

Let's take a timeout
We recommend a one-month moratorium on First Friday.

Paradise lost in Bali
Americans, preoccupied with the Beltway sniper, Iraqi war resolutions, a struggling economy, and midterm elections in a few weeks, didn't take too much notice of last weekend's deadly explosions on the island paradise of Bali, but they should have.

Ex-Democrat appeals to voters
It is my hope that the people of South Carolina will show good sense and remove Gov. Jim Hodges for his continued big government, high tax and liberal pro-choice stance. Ralph W. Buchanan Sr., North Augusta, S.C.

A surprise acceptance
In figuring out who to invite to keynote the official dedication on Nov. 20 of Columbia County's new Justice Center and Courthouse Annex in Evans, someone thought why not go for the brass ring - and invite a U.S. Supreme Court justice?

Golf-club men wimp out to women
I am a woman, a mother and a grandmother. I consider myself to be a non-militant feminist. When members of Augusta National Golf Club stood their ground against the National Council on Women's Organizations, I was proud of them. This is a private club, founded by men for men and they have every right to keep it that way. Peggie White, Edgefield, S.C.

Football weight limit unfair to kids
I am writing about the football weight limit for 11- and 12-year-old boys in Columbia County. The limit is 140 pounds and although this sounds like a lot to some people for an 11 or 12-year-old boy to weigh, think about this: these boys are 5 feet 4 inches or 5 feet 5 inches tall. Children grow and mature differently. Should they be punished for this? Kathy F. Sparks, Appling, Ga.

Hasn't seen silver platter treatment
This letter is regarding Brian Borren's Sept. 18 letter, "Blacks get silver platter treatment." Renee Black, Augusta

CSRA greenway would be tool for economic development
IMAGINE MORE than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails linking three counties, two states, numerous historical sites and a myriad of educational facilities. Consider the tourism dollars a regional trail system rivaling any in the southeastern United States would bring into our community.

A fatal folly
What does it tell us that rogue and unstable North Korea has dramatically admitted pursuing nuclear weapons?

Why can't we get what we pay for?
Our elected officials enjoy the best health-care packages that our tax dollars can buy. Denial of those same benefits to their constituency is hypocrisy of the highest order. Amanda Lang, Augusta

Keep the mayor we have
Augusta has a very good mayor in Bob Young. When he found out about illegal contributions, he returned them. James Fishburn, Martinez, Ga.

Voters: Stop feeding the maggots
This November we have a chance to bring America back to what it was meant to be. We must stop feeding the maggots. Clyde Hoots, North Augusta, S.C.

City contradicts call for business
I would just like to say that this battle that is going on over the proposed location of Underground Augusta is a joke. You have a man trying to make a living the honest way, and you have a group of people on our city commission who contradict themselves every time they open their mouths. Jo'Be L. Sullivan, Augusta

Community brightens tragic time
We cannot thank everyone in this community personally, because we don't know all of you. After the tragic death of our beautiful granddaughter, Morgan Beverly, on Sept. 25, many people offered up prayers and music requests on the local Christian music stations and even made donations in her memory during the station's support fund-raiser. David and Diana Morris and family, Pat and Bob Beverly and family Grovetown, Ga.

P&G's good deal
"It's a tradeoff for the county because property taxes could increase a little bit, but you increase jobs too. It's a good deal for Procter & Gamble, and it's good for the city too."

ESPN2 to feature Aiken boxer

Cross Creek Softball

Agassi wins three-set match in Madrid

Roddick loses; Paradorn upsets Henman

Overtime

Westminster advances

Overtime

Overtime
Ned Yost, a member of the Atlanta's coaching staff the past 12 years and a player on Milwaukee's 1982 AL championship team, became the fourth candidate to interview for the Brewers' vacant mana-gerial job Wednesday.

ESPN2 to feature Aiken boxer
The bright lights won't bother Paul Williams tonight. A national television audience watching every jab thrown and body blow absorbed won't distract him either.

Overtime
The USC Aiken women's team made its first top-10 appearance in a national poll when the Women's Division II Bulletin picked the Pacers seventh in its preseason voting on Thursday.

Cross Creek Softball
Cross Creek's Samantha Crews smiles as she gets high-fives from her teammates after scoring a run in the Lady Razorbacks' 5-1 win over Lakeside Thursday at Diamond Lakes in the Region 3-AAAA tournament. Cross Creek advanced to the finals but fell to Greenbrier 2-0. Greenbrier pitcher Kristan Glover had 13 strikeouts in a no-hit performance. Earlier, in an 7-0 win over Jones County, Glover had 19 strikeouts and a no-hitter. Greenbrier, Lakeside and Cross Creek all advanced to the sectionals, which begin next Friday at Diamond Lakes.

Agassi wins three-set match in Madrid
MADRID, Spain -- Andre Agassi needed three sets to defeat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Thursday and reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Madrid Masters.

Galaxy quietly heads off to two title games
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Galaxy held their final practice Wednesday before heading off to play for not one, but two championships.

Roddick loses; Paradorn upsets Henman
MADRID, Spain -- Andy Roddick was eliminated from the Madrid Masters in the second round, losing to unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday.

Westminster advances
Coach Kian Brownlee knew if Westminster was going to advance past the first round of the Georgia Independent School Association state playoffs, his team would have to control the ball better in the second half.

Fishing report
The cooling rains earlier this week dropped Thurmond Lake surface water temperatures into the low 70s and turned on the schooling hybrids and stripers.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

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

Elder Manning pays visit
Wearing a black tuxedo Thursday afternoon, Archie Manning showed no physical scars from the punishment he took in 15 years as a National Football League quarterback.

Weinke taking it one game at a time
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke is back as Carolina's starting quarterback, refusing to think about anything but the Atlanta Falcons.

Pro football picks
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get at least one break when they visit Philadelphia on Sunday: The forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s. That's a lot warmer than it was the last two times the Bucs were in Philly, for consecutive playoff losses.

Falcons tackle gets upgrade
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Thompson returned to playing the waiting game Thursday.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick declared himself ready to start after taking most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense in practice Wednesday afternoon.

Fantasy Football: Players fall short of expectations
The halfway point for most fantasy leagues is almost upon us and with it brings a few realizations.

Terry not at Panthers practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Chris Terry was missing from practice Wednesday, and coach John Fox had no idea of the right tackle's whereabouts.

Shoulder feels better, Vick proclaims himself ready to start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons proved they could win without Michael Vick. He doesn't want them to make a habit of it.

Brown may get chance to play quarterback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dee Brown always wanted to be a quarterback. Should the Carolina Panthers have a rash of injuries, he might get his chance.

Bulldogs shouldn't count their chickens yet

Government panel issues caution on hormone therapy
WASHINGTON -- Estrogen and progestin supplements shouldn't be used by women hoping to prevent bone loss or other chronic ailments, the government says.

MCG seeks premature-ejaculation treatment
Viagra became a wildly popular impotence treatment almost by accident, when researchers testing a heart drug noticed it produced unusual side effects in men.

Increased accuracy of prostate cancer detection possible
WASHINGTON -- A pattern of protein markers in the blood may be used to sharpen the diagnosis of prostate cancer and to eliminate unneeded biopsies, researchers say.

Study: defibrillators should be everywhere
BOSTON -- Even ordinary people with no special training can save lives with the heart-jolting defibrillators that are being put in public places around the country, a first-of-its-kind airport study found.

AOL drops pop-up ads
WASHINGTON -- Pop-up advertising from outside merchants will disappear from America Online as the company attempts to regain the affections of its 35 million subscribers by minimizing the annoying screens.

Wynn is hitting stride
ATHENS, Ga. - Shedrick Wynn might have been the only member of Georgia's football team who wasn't looking forward to the start of this season.

Special teams carry Georgia through one close game after another

Special teams carry Georgia through one close game after another
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's offense continues to struggle, but the No. 5 Bulldogs are pulling out victories thanks to a practically automatic place-kicker, a shifty punt returner and a knack for turning around games with blocked kicks.

Wynn is hitting stride

Milton's journey: from living in a car to running for No. 5 Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tony Milton left home - or what passed for a home - when he was 9. He became a father at 17. He lived in his car for a while, which wasn't as bad as it sounds.

Milton's journey: from living in a car to running for No. 5 Georgia

Robinson's play provides stability for Gamecocks

Robinson's play provides stability for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - For the record, Dunta Robinson says his name is pronounced DON-tay. Not DOON-tuh, not DONE-tah and not DONE-tay.

Why are these fish so smart?

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MCG seeks premature-ejaculation treatment

Increased accuracy of prostate cancer detection possible

AOL drops pop-up ads

Government panel issues caution on hormone therapy

Study: defibrillators should be everywhere

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