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.

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

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bubba Tour goes West

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.

'Footloose' opens theater with energy

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.

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

When selecting fine films, seek 1962 vintage

Video watch
Here are reviews of some recent video releases:

Concert calendar

Calendar
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Club calendar

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.

Artist works to capture historic city's emotion

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.

At the Movies: 'Abandon'

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.

Mini reviews

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.

Forget allusions, 'Arcadia' is about sex

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.

Schoeneweis riding the wave - not making any
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Schoeneweis will be watching the first inning of the World Series from the same place he's watched every game since late June - the bullpen. But he's not complaining.

How the Giants and Angels compare

Giants, Angels have two of baseball's finest

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.

The long World Series wait is over - bring on Bonds!

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.

Giants, Angels have two of baseball's finest
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When Troy Percival takes the mound, he goes from mellow to mad. Every time.

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.

Autry remembered fondly by Anaheim players, fans

All-California World Series brings back '89 quake memories

Schoeneweis riding the wave - not making any

At last, Bonds goes to first World Series

The long World Series wait is over - bring on Bonds!
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barry Bonds tugged on his new black-and-orange Giants cap, the one with a World Series logo stitched on the side. After all those at-bats, all those games, all those near-misses, at last it was a perfect fit.

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

Housing construction soars; industrial output falls

Consumer inflation up 0.2 percent in September

Business briefs

Stocks record second straight winning week

Consumer inflation up 0.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices rose a moderate 0.2 percent in September despite the biggest jump in energy costs in five months.

Business briefs

Social Security recipients will get 1.4 percent increase
WASHINGTON -- Social Security recipients will get a 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly checks next year, the smallest increase in four years, reflecting a slowdown in inflation caused by the weak economy. The increase will mean an extra $13 a month for the typical retiree.

State, city celebrate new plant

Business briefs
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Bulk cargo tonnage increased 6.3 percent over the past year at the Georgia port, and with a new bridge and deeper shipping channel on the horizon, things can only improve, officials said.

Bojangles gives way to new McDonald's
Two McDonald's restaurants on Washington Road will close while a new one is built on a site formerly occupied by Bojangles' Famous Chicken & Biscuits.

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.

Stocks surge on positive IBM earnings; 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.

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.

Stocks surge on positive IBM earnings; Dow gains nearly 240 points

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.

Dow gains nearly 240 points

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

Store recycles materials

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.

Social Security recipients will get 1.4 percent increase

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.

State, city celebrate new plant
POOLER, Ga. - Thursday's announcement that DaimlerChrysler had chosen Pooler to build a mammoth van plant - one expected to create 3,300 jobs and inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy - had officials at both the state and local levels heartily patting one another on the back.

Bank's profit report doubles

Bank company tops $100 million in assets
The holding company for Aiken-based People's Community Bank has topped $100 million in assets.

Stocks record second straight winning week
NEW YORK -- Momentum from Wall Street's October rally lifted stocks Friday and gave the major market indexes their second straight winning week - the first such streak in two months. Despite an early decline, many investors resisted the urge to take profits.

Bank company tops $100 million in assets

Is a quarterback switch in the cards at Clemson?

Coaches concerned about Clemson's big plays
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe and Clemson coach Tommy Bowden are worried about the same thing this week - the Tigers' big plays.

Coaches concerned about Clemson's big plays

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.

Struggling teams searching for win
Morris Brown and Savannah State will have a tough time living up to last year's CSRA Classic.

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.

QB questions abound

Small college roundup

Small college roundup
CLINTON, S.C. -- Presbyterian coach Tommy Spangler hopes the excitement his team feels this week doesn't backfire on them.

Appeals judge overturns Watson's contempt conviction

Let's take a timeout

P&G's good deal

What was jury thinking?

A fatal folly

Competition stifled?

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.

Second half sealed Jackets' fate
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kerry Watkins stepped out into the cold night air, a stiff wind making him hunch over.

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 further exposes Georgia Tech defense
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The game plan for beating Georgia Tech looks pretty simple at this point, and Maryland followed it perfectly.

Eagles take on tough Appalachian

Eagles QB settles into new role

Second half sealed Jackets' fate

Maryland routs Georgia Tech

Maryland further exposes Georgia Tech defense

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.

DiMarco enjoys record day at Disney

Fernandez has opening-round lead at SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO -- George Archer sank an eagle and three birdies on the back nine Friday to shoot a 7-under 64 and take the opening-round lead in the Senior PGA's SBC Championship.

Augustan outdrives Tour pro

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.

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.

DiMarco enjoys record day at Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Of the two scoring records set Friday in the Disney World Golf Classic, the most meaningful belonged to Chris DiMarco.

A blast from the past for Sluman

Augustan outdrives Tour pro
Augusta's Dwight Pope Jr. is $100,000 richer after beating John Daly head to head in the inaugural Pinnacle Distance Challenge Final in Mesquite, Nev., on Thursday night.

Tiger's year enjoyable - on the course

Prep picks

Thomson rout Statesboro

Fierce faceoffs

Laney hammers Josey

Evans gets win

Wardlaw blanks Laurens

Strom Thurmond strong in win

QB propels Blackville-Hilda

North Augusta dominates White Knoll

On the Air

Lincoln County wins at home

Screven blanks Liberty

Key matchups

Top running backs square off

Harlem routs Richmond

Patriots' day arrives in 3-AAA

Lincoln County wins at home
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - With no records to worry about, Larry Campbell and the Lincoln County Red Devils can concentrate about what's really important to them - winning a region title and getting ready for the playoffs.

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.

Thomson rout Statesboro
STATESBORO, Ga. - It's going to take more than a win over the third-best team in the state to impress Thomson senior quarterback Deon Palmer.

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

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.

QB propels Blackville-Hilda
Quarterback Brandon Isaac has carried Blackville-Hilda all season long.

Defense leads Washington County
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - It's been a tradition for the past four years.

Harlem routs Richmond
The Harlem Bulldogs used a relentless rushing attack and a hard hitting defense to register a convincing 35-14 Region 3-AAA victory over the Richmond Academy the Musketeers.

Wardlaw blanks Laurens
LAURENS, S.C. - Kevin Molony threw three touchdown passes, including one to Andrew Doran in Wardlaw's 8-man football victory over Laurens Academy.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

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

Laney hammers Josey
Laney's J.K. Sabb can explain the crunching sound that came from White Road Stadium on Friday night.

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

North Augusta dominates White Knoll
COLUMBIA, S.C. - North Augusta evened its Region 3-AAAA record as Andre Young passed for two touchdowns and Marquise Quiller rushed for 131 yards and a score in a victory over White Knoll.

Screven blanks Liberty
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Unbeaten Screven County rolled up 535 yards of total offense in a rout of Region 2-AAA foe Liberty.

S. Aiken's Summers leads way
AIKEN - The showdown between two of South Carolina's best running backs never materialized Friday night at South Aiken.

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.

Silver Bluff improve record
AIKEN, S.C. - Silver Bluff continued its recent strong play, turning back Bamberg-Ehrhardt in a Region 5-AA game.

Glenn Hills runs wild
It was senior night for the Glenn Hills Spartans on Friday night, and senior running back Damion Upton went out with a bang.

Evans gets win
Cheng Ho's 1-yard run in the third quarter lifted Evans to its first Region 7-AAAAA victory of the season, over winless Lakeside-DeKalb.

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.

Thrashers activate Tamer; place Krupp on injured reserve
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated defenseman Chris Tamer from injured reserve Friday.

Thrashers fall to Lightning

Thrashers activate Tamer; place Krupp on injured reserve

Thrashers fall to Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- Vincent Lecavalier did it all for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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

Consolidation is of no benefit

Ex-Democrat appeals to voters

City contradicts call for business

Credits air show success to mayor

Hasn't seen silver platter treatment

Keep the mayor we have

Cleland is the patriot we need

Augusta National is all about golf

Why wasn't Walker at debate?

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.

2 hit by pucks at Lynx game
Concerns over the lack of protective safety netting for Augusta Lynx hockey games at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center were validated when two people were struck by flying pucks Friday night.

Lynx GameNight

Lynx rally fails

Lynx gamenight

Lynx gamenight
Lynx GameNight Greensboro Generals at Augusta Lynx When: 7:35 p.m. Saturday Where: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center

Lynx GameNight
Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx try to move forward

Lynx rally fails
Another rough outing with rookie Josh Blackburn in net was followed by another rescue by goalie Geoff Faulkner which was followed by another furious rally that fell short.

Game report
Star of the game: Columbus center Andrew Long scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Cottonmouths to their first-ever regulation victory over the Lynx.

2 hit by pucks at Lynx game

Game report

Event offers fun for everyone

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.

Thurmond gets hometown party
Sen. Strom Thurmond's hometown has announced plans for a 100th birthday bash in his honor.

UGA considers honor code change

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.

Car tax notices may be wrong

Subscriber of the day
Susan J. Abrams is today;s subscriber of the day.

Across the area

Across Georgia

News you can use

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.

Thurmond gets hometown party

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.

Across the Southeast

No verdict yet in race riot murder trial
YORK, Pa. -- In the nearly two weeks he has been on trial in the killing of a black woman during the city's 1969 race riots, the ebullient and garrulous former mayor has only spoken up to say he is "willing" to testify.

Across Georgia

Body is found in truck at abandoned house
GRANITEVILLE - The badly decomposed body of a man was found Friday in a truck behind an abandoned house in Graniteville.

No verdict yet in race riot murder trial

In memory of donors
At top, MCG medical student Mark Herndon speaks to family members and officials dur

Sign of the season

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

In memory of donors

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.

Hunters have deer in sights

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.

Across the area

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.

Man says he killed girlfriend

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

Riot trial jury begins deliberations

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Dozens of Upstate women have pleaded guilty before a federal magistrate this week, each of them a wife to a man she met only long enough to say "I do."

Drop in donations could threaten child programs

Sanford leads Hodges in poll
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Republican challenger Mark Sanford has a slim lead over incumbent Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges, a new poll shows, but about 14 percent of those surveyed are still undecided.

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Officers get First Friday help
Richmond County sheriff's officers are hoping to get through November's First Friday with a little help from their friends.

Democrat package surprises GOP staff

Sign of the season
Jesse Jones (right) does a little touch-up work on the fair sign with help from Herman Grant. They were preparing the sign at the Georgia-Carolina Fairgrounds in downtown Augusta.

Murderer gets life sentence
In a murder case solved by DNA years after a brutal slaying, an Augusta man received a prison sentence of life plus five years Friday.

Match assists injured player
AIKEN - Injured polo player Justin Pimsner watched the Friday benefit polo match held in his honor from the sidelines in a wheelchair.

I-20 speed limits return to normal
Attention, lead-foot drivers! The speed limit on Interstate 20 in McDuffie and Columbia counties is changing to your advantage.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the education system down here. The teachers are not doing their jobs when they are sending kids home with so much homework and notes reminding the parents to help their kids do their work. I did not go to college to be a teacher to do their homework. I can only do so much. That is the teacher's job. I, as a single parent, have enough do do. I even had to hire a tutor. The school system stinks.

Hunters have deer in sights
WRENS, Ga. - Mac Peeler gazed wistfully at the autumn sky and smiled with knowing anticipation.

University considers honor code change

Drive founder wins award
A Columbia County woman's efforts to feed the hungry have picked up national recognition - and a $10,000 check for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is hoping to control any unruly crowds at next month's First Friday with assistance from other agencies.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME OCT. 19, 1944 Maj. Gen. Douglass T. Greene has arrived at Camp Gordon for duty.

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.

Mom tells of slain teen at driver's sentencing
Even if Jimmy Jones could do nothing to save Maria Albert's son, he should not have left her child in the road, she said.

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

Man is charged in second hoax

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

Match assists injured player

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.

Jury acquits woman of murder

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.

Officers get First Friday help

Fair to Fiddlin'

Speaker lauds cycling trails

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.

Sanford leads Hodges in poll

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.

Body is found in truck at abandoned house

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -An airman found dead in his dormitory room drank himself to death, authorities said.

News you can use

Bush stumps for Chambliss, Perdue

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the education system down here. The teachers are not doing their jobs when they are sending kids home with so much homework and notes reminding the parents to help their kids do their work. I did not go to college to be a teacher to do their homework. I can only do so much. That is the teacher's job. I, as a single parent, have enough do do. I even had to hire a tutor. The school system stinks.

Speaker lauds cycling trails
Atlanta's success in creating an extensive bicycle trail network illustrates the potential that exists in Augusta, according to a nationally known expert.

I-20 speed limits return to normal

Man says he killed girlfriend
A Hephzibah man was arrested and charged with murder after he admitted to killing his girlfriend at their south Augusta mobile home Friday morning, police said.

Murderer gets life sentence

Jury acquits woman of murder
After deliberating for several hours this week, a jury acquitted an Augusta woman of murder Friday afternoon.

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast
BOONEVILLE, Ky. -In this poor county sit 240 acres of grass and spindly trees that some local leaders see as the perfect spot for a golf course. Others call the plan absurd.

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Mom tells of slain teen at driver's sentencing

Residents urge higher lake levels

Market clerks cope with alcohol swipers

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.

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.

World Series TV ratings will depend on Bonds
It won't be The Rally Monkey's animal magnetism or those wacky Thunder Stix. It won't be that classic Game 1 pitching matchup

Labonte seeks positive ending

Newman wins pole at Martinsville

Gordon focused for stretch run

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.

Newman wins pole at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Rookie Ryan Newman succeeded where 34 drivers before him failed, posting a lap of 92.837 mph to knock Jeff Gordon off the pole for the Old Dominion 500.

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.

Gordon focused for stretch run
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - As the sixth-place driver in the point standings with only five races remaining, Jeff Gordon knows his chances to repeat as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion are quickly diminishing.

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

Elder Manning pays visit

Falcons tackle gets upgrade

Pro football picks

Brown may get chance to play quarterback

Home sweet Dome: Feely still confident

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Lloyd Barbee's life was a journey full of accomplishments. Born in 1921, he grew up during the Great Depression and learned what it meant to conserve.

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Mr. Freddie Williams Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. James McKie Sr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dynia Syrumayo    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)
Mr. John Lowry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Rithor Collins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys McCool    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Davignon II    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Susan Little    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Ms. Acie Fruster    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Butler    (BATH, S.C.)
Dr. Z.W. Gramling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Hofto    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Head    (DALLAS, Texas)
Mrs. Ella Andrews    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Cleveland Brown    (PISCATAWAY, N.J.)
Mrs. Mary Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise DeCamilla    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Butler    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Furr    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Johanna Buskirk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertha Harvey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Burt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Doris Henderson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Fred Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jewell Chavis    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Davington, Jr. (AUGUSTA, GA)

Mrs. Janet Minish (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Clarcy Ward (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kelly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elveria Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ernestine Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Parks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Fryer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ronald Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Samuel (BRONX, NY)

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

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

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

Mr. Leroy Samuel (BRONX, NY)

Mr. Wilbur Schrock (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Susan Little (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Darnell (COMMERCE, Ga.)

Mr. John Hofto (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Flourney (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewell Chavis (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Miss Rena George (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James McKie Sr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Arnold Baker (MICCO, Fla.)

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

Mr. Rithor Collins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Ballard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rico Gray (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Yarbrough (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Martha Moore (Harlem, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthel Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys McCool (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Retha Schrock (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Leon Hall (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Head (DALLAS, Texas)

Mr. George Lovett (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Hugh Gresham (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Tucker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Hall (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Blanford (LPN WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Williford Jr (PARAGOULD, Ark.)

Ms. Wanda Webber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie London (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Scott (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)

Mr. Marion Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Schrock (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elveria Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Stewart (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Robinson (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Robert Menefee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Ballard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Harvey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dynia Syrumayo (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

Ms. Acie Fruster (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Troy Poythress (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Felix Mills (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Tammy Baugh (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella Andrews (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Furr (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Furr (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Sammons (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johanna Buskirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

A boost for ASU
"We have such a large percentage of our population that did not pursue any post-secondary education. So we have a market out there that we're going after now with a new continuing education emphasis."

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

Credits air show success to mayor
I have been privileged to be the primary announcer/narrator of the Boshears Memorial Fly-In and Air Show since 1995. I've watched the Boshears organization grow and mature into a nationally recognized air show producer at Daniel Field. Hugh Oldham, Anderson, S.C.

A boost for ASU
"We have such a large percentage of our population that did not pursue any post-secondary education. So we have a market out there that we're going after now with a new continuing education emphasis."

Augusta National is all about golf
How come the National Council on Women's Organizations and the entire media do not have a clue? The Augusta National Golf Club was founded for one reason. It was not to discriminate or provide a place for wealthy barons to hobnob. Instead, Bobby Jones created a venue that is all about golf. Andrew J. Walters, Evans, Ga.

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

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.

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."

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

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

What was jury thinking?
The tobacco companies aren't on anybody's most-popular list, so who cares that a California jury hit up the Philip Morris Co. for $28 billion in personal injury and punitive awards to a lifelong smoker?

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

Competition stifled?
Road and highway funds are in precious short supply in South Carolina, consequently a recent Legislative Audit Council's report is raising some worrisome questions - chiefly whether a lack of competition drove up costs of road paving in the state between 1995 and 2001.

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

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.

Why wasn't Walker at debate?
The absence of Charles Walker Jr. at the Atlanta Press Club debate was a lack of good character on his part. What is he so afraid of? If he feels that he is worthy of the office of a Georgia senator, is it not right that he should let his beliefs and views on issues be known? He had that oppurtunity to do so at the debate, but declined the press club's invitation to participate. Hannah Bullock, Bartow, Ga.

Davenport, Martinez reach semifinals

Westminster advances

World Series TV ratings will depend on Bonds

Aiken boxer wins

ESPN2 to feature Aiken boxer

Agassi wins three-set match in Madrid

Cross Creek Softball

Overtime

Breeders' Cup 2005 may move to Belmont Park

Sports digest

Overtime

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.

Breeders' Cup 2005 may move to Belmont Park
NEW YORK -- The 2005 Breeders' Cup will not be run at Churchill Downs as originally scheduled because of a shortage of hotel rooms, and is likely to be moved to Belmont Park.

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.

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.

Aiken boxer wins
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Aiken native Paul "The Punisher" Williams took the national spotlight away from Joshua Onyango at HSBC Arena on Friday night.

Sports digest
'It doesn't quite fit, huh. Pick out the name that doesn't belong."' -Anaheim's Adam Kennedy, on being in a select group of players (Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and George Brett) who have hit three home runs in a postseason game

Overtime
The Greater Augusta Sports Council added nine more punters to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award on Friday.

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.

Davenport, Martinez reach semifinals
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Defending champion Lindsay Davenport returned to the Swisscom Challenge semifinals by beating Kim Clijsters 6-3, 7-6 (5) Friday.

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 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

Fishing tournament news

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

Home sweet Dome: Feely still confident
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Neither Jay Feely nor special teams coach Joe DeCamillis can say why the Atlanta Falcons' placekicker has been nearly automatic in attempting field goals on the road and less successful at home.

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.

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.

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.

Religion Calendar
HOUR OF POWER: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

Singer shares 'Time' gladly
Paulette Attie's sometimes serious, sometimes playful one-woman show on the vagaries of time will be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Adas Yeshurun synagogue, 935 Johns Road.

By accepting God, the best is yet to be
If we can accept one basic premise, all of life will be greatly blessed with positive thoughts, with hope that does not disappoint, and with optimism and courage to persevere.

Old-time religion
Tiny Bel Air Baptist Church stands in a clearing west of Jimmy Dyess Parkway, looking for all the world like a picture postcard from the 1800s.

Hindus, Sikhs celebrate
Gita Talukdar lights candles and lamps throughout her Martinez home for the nine-day Hindu festival of Navaratri.

Faith digest
Members of First Baptist Church, 161 Allen St. in Barnwell, S.C., will celebrate the church's 200 years of service at 5 p.m. today with a barbecue under a big tent.

Bulldogs shouldn't count their chickens yet

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.

Ancient snow cap of Kilimanjaro is melting
WASHINGTON -- The snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, famed in literature and beloved by tourists, first formed some 11,000 years ago, but will be gone in two decades, according to researchers who say the ice fields on Africa's highest mountain shrank by 80 percent in the past century.

Internet prompts governments to revisit open records
CINCINNATI -- Jim Moehring knows firsthand the pros and cons of making public court records available online.

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.

Georgia can't afford a slip-up against Vandy
ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley slipped into the room while Mark Richt was discussing all the things that worry him about playing Vanderbilt.

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.

Georgia can't afford a slip-up against Vandy

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

Offense keeps Dogs grounded

Offense keeps Dogs grounded
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia has been criticized all season for its inability to put everything together in one game.

Death Valley crowd will test Gamecocks

Death Valley crowd will test Gamecocks
As a youngster, Jackie Sherrill got an early preview of what it was like to play a night game at Louisiana State.

Increased accuracy of prostate cancer detection possible

Ancient snow cap of Kilimanjaro is melting

Government panel issues caution on hormone therapy

Internet prompts governments to revisit open records

Study: defibrillators should be everywhere

By accepting God, the best is yet to be

Old-time religion

Hindus, Sikhs celebrate

Faith digest

Singer shares 'Time' gladly

Religion Calendar