Man can trace carnival through four generations
It's set-up day for Drew Exposition at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair, and the assemblage of mechanical monsters built to spin, tilt and thrill are being scattered across the midway.

At the Movies: 'I Spy'
If the '60s TV show "I Spy" helped formulate the mismatched-buddy genre of action comedies, the movie version starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson slaughters it.

Concert calendar
LIVER JAM-FRANKLIN MURPHY BENEFIT CONCERT: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk Augusta; food, refreshments, entertainment by True Praise, Katie Graham, Dennis Hall, Jimmy Smithy, Borderline, PrairieRoseBand, Shiloh and Rhes Reeves; $8 per person, $15 per couple; age 12 and younger admitted free; (803) 593-1770 or (803) 593-4900.

Standup comics talk their way into films

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music suffers losses
Country music has lost two talents in recent weeks: songwriter Mickey Newbury at age 62 on Sept. 29 and Grand Ole Opry member Bashful Brother Oswald at age 90 on Oct. 17.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music suffers losses

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

At the Movies: 'Auto Focus'

At the Movies: 'The Weight of Water'
Kathryn Bigelow's "The Weight of Water" may be the year's most suitably titled movie, a dense, pressing drama that's impressively fluid in reach but which ultimately drowns in its own gravity.

Performer shows Broadway talents on Imperial stage

Themes are contemporary for theater's 'period piece'
In the theater, there are certain words and phrases which, according to tradition and superstition, should never be uttered. The cursed Macbeth is often referred to as "the Scottish play," and "break a leg" is substituted for wishes of good luck.

Video watch

Harvard's beverages will enliven two special events
Gearing up for the holiday season, Harvard's Wine and Beverage in Martinez plays host to two events in November.

Club calendar

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Video best

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.

At the Movies: 'The Weight of Water'

At the Movies: 'Auto Focus'
Bob Crane had the misfortune of living in a time before video cameras were everywhere, allowing people to document their every idiosyncrasy and indiscretion.

Mall will be decorated with Christmas trees

At the Movies: 'The Santa Clause 2'
The fake snow is back - along with the fake beard, the fake belly and the fake sentiment.

At the Movies: 'I Spy'

Standup comics talk their way into films
How's this for cinematic courage? Release a movie featuring a performer on a stage talking. No gunfights, no car crashes and no softly lighted love scenes - just talking. Sound like cinematic suicide?

Man can trace carnival through four generations

Performer shows Broadway talents on Imperial stage
Augusta has no Battery Park, no Bowery and, most notably, no Broadway.

Themes are contemporary for theater's 'period piece'

Mall will be decorated with Christmas trees
For seven days, the Augusta Mall will have some additional holiday decorations as the Junior League of Augusta stages its ninth annual Festival of Trees.

At the Movies: 'The Santa Clause 2'

Standing ovations
Equine athletes go for the gold at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Tickets are $8 per day and children younger than 6 are admitted for free. For more information, call 823-3417 or 722-3521.

Applause calendar

Food and rides, art and agriculture mark annual event
It's a show 79 years in the making. The Georgia-Carolina State Fair, which began life as the Augusta Fall Festival, opens tonight with its traditional assortment of livestock, live entertainment and rides that spin in the night.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Spider-Man, The Sum of All Fears, Eight Legged Freaks, Triumph of Love, Harvard Man and Dahmer.

Food and rides, art and agriculture mark annual event

Club calendar
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; 651-9111.

Concert calendar

Ripken seeks GM job, preferably with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Cal Ripken Jr. is seeking to land a front-office job in the major leagues - ideally with his former team, the Baltimore Orioles.

Bell would like to return to Giants for more than one year
SAN FRANCISCO -- David Bell would like to return to the San Francisco Giants as long as it's for more than one year.

Bell would like to return to Giants for more than one year

Ripken seeks GM job, preferably with Orioles

Why go negative? Because we'll remember

Major U.S. automakers report drop in October sales

Business briefs

Business briefs
AT&T Corp. has approved a 1-for-5 reverse stock split after it completes the spinoff of its cable TV division, AT&T Broadband, which will be merged with Comcast Corp.

Penalized lender plans to appeal
A payday lender with offices in Augusta that has been ordered by state regulators to stop making loans plans to appeal the decision.

October unemployment rate climbs

Fund shortfall hits tourist events
AIKEN - A lack of revenue from the city's hotel tax, which funds tourist-related projects, likely will leave popular attractions such as the Battle of Aiken, Aiken Steeplechase and Aiken Soccer Cup with far less advertising money than they had last year.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation into William Webster's selection to head an accounting oversight board after the disclosure that Chairman Harvey Pitt concealed information about Webster from fellow commissioners.

Businesses hope for calm

Penalized lender plans to appeal

Judge accepts Microsoft settlement with government

Economy grows at brisk pace

Upbeat outlook from Greenspan lift stocks

Upbeat outlook from Greenspan lift stocks
NEW YORK - Hopeful signs about an economic recovery spurred a rally on Wall Street Wednesday as traders responded to upbeat remarks from Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan.

Chamber names new president

Chamber names new president
AIKEN - June Murff can finally retire. The longtime Aiken Chamber of Commerce president announced earlier this year that she would leave the position once her replacement could be found.

Economy grows at brisk pace
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy raced ahead at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the summer, powered by hearty consumer spending, especially on big-ticket items such as cars.

October unemployment rate climbs
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 5.7 percent in October as businesses slashed payrolls for a second straight month, raising new concerns about the durability of the nation's economic recovery.

Businesses hope for calm
A few well-documented hours of crowd problems after last month's First Friday hurt the rest of the month's sales for some downtown merchants.

Major U.S. automakers report drop in October sales
DETROIT -- One year after lucrative incentives prompted Americans to buy vehicles in record numbers, the nation's top automakers found themselves unable to match those levels and saw sales fall nearly 33 percent.

Judge accepts Microsoft settlement with government
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Friday accepted nearly all the provisions of an antitrust settlement between Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department, but warned top company executives that she will hold them individually responsible for complying with her instructions.

Clemson has trouble in Wallace Wade

Clemson has trouble in Wallace Wade
DURHAM, N.C. -- Taking the field in front of Notre Dame's Touchdown Jesus or minutes after a burning spear is thrown into the ground at Florida State can intimidate opponents.

Watson's Thursday hearing canceled in Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- South Carolina State running back Derek Watson's latest day in court was postponed Thursday.

Conference sees the mighty fall hard and fast
From 1992 to 2001, breaking the Florida-Tennessee stranglehold in the Southeastern Conference was about as easy as picking a lock with a rubber band.

Irish don't look unbeatable to Boston College
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame doesn't look unbeatable to Boston College.

Irish don't look unbeatable to Boston College

Conference sees the mighty fall hard and fast

Watson's Thursday hearing canceled in Greenville

Howard a mainstay in District 98

Murphy his own man

Burmeister a keeper

Call on this nurse

Validate Barnes

Stancil an overdue change

District needs DeLoach

Vote for a better Georgia

Erosion adds to pollution

Erosion adds to pollution
Few people think of soil as a pollutant, but it can be. In fact, sediment deposited by storm runoff is a major source of surface-water pollution.

Grow your own oysters

Grow your own oysters
Have you harvested any oysters from your vegetable garden yet? These vegetable oysters are a root crop called oyster plant or salsify. Their flavor is only slightly reminiscent of oyster - smoked oysters, at that. Or maybe it's mushrooms. Or maybe it's oyster mushrooms.

Williams has Eagles on a roll
Chaz Williams has Georgia Southern on a roll and he'll try to keep it going Saturday when the Eagles seek their sixth victory in a row.

Wolfpack still aiming for BCS berth
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Things couldn't be going much better for North Carolina State.

Former walk-on making most of his chance with Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- After what Georgia Tech has been through this season, the Yellow Jackets were in need of a feel-good story.

Williams has Eagles on a roll

Former walk-on making most of his chance with Yellow Jackets

Wolfpack still aiming for BCS berth

Poulter takes three-stroke lead at Italian Open
ROME -- Ian Poulter shot a career-best 11-under 61 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Italian Open.

Singh, Lowery handle the cold wind

Fortunate Tolles a stroke behind Elder at Southern Farm Bureau

Fortunate Tolles a stroke behind Elder at Southern Farm Bureau
MADISON, Miss. -- Tommy Tolles had one of those rare rounds when everything seemed to go his way.

Elder extends lead at Southern Farm Bureau Classic
MADISON, Miss. -- Brad Elder paused to think, and still couldn't remember the last time he started a tournament this well.

Elder extends lead at Southern Farm Bureau Classic

Howell positions himself near top
ATLANTA - Not bad for your first round in a Tour Championship.

Sorenstam, Pak upset in World Ladies Match Play
NARITA, Japan -- Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak tumbled out of the World Ladies Match Play Championship on Thursday, losing first-round matches to lightly regarded Japanese opponents.

Sorenstam, Pak upset in World Ladies Match Play

Singh, Lowery handle the cold wind
ATLANTA -- Vijay Singh hit a 5-wood within 8 inches of a hole-in-one on East Lake's tough finishing hole Thursday, giving him a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Steve Lowery after the first round of the Tour Championship.

Howell positions himself near top

Charles in charge at Tour Championship

Golf briefs
WORLD LADIES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Australian star Karrie Webb joined Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak on the sidelines Friday, losing her second-round match.

Golf briefs

Charles in charge at Tour Championship
ATLANTA - Charles Howell's late-season push has taken him all the way to the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard.

Augusta Christian takes region title

Jefferson County tops Richmond Academy

Screven dominates Savannah Christian

Thomson dominates Greenbrier

South Aiken beats White Knoll

Worth the weight

Jackets buzz by Hornets

Region 5-AAA on line tonight

Wardlaw trounces Wyman King

Friday night football scores

Tigers' trail takes new turn

On the air

Washington-Wilkes gets victory

Key matchups

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory

Silver Bluff slips past Barnwell

Midland Valley claims Region 5-AAA title

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

Lincoln County falls to Johnson County
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County lost four fumbles and Mel Partridge threw an interception at the Johnson County 15-yard line with 1:30 left as Johnson County held on for the win.

Worth the weight
Washington County coach Rick Tomberlin always loved to lift weights, always recognized that it gave him an edge in football.

Friday night football scores
Here are the scores from Friday's prep football games.

Wardlaw trounces Wyman King
BATESBURG, S.C. - Andrew Doran ran for 303 yards on 16 carries and ran for four touchdowns to lead Wardlaw in its regular season finale.

Silver Bluff slips past Barnwell
BARNWELL, S.C. - Silver Bluff coach Al Lown was right about Friday night's game against Barnwell: you can throw out the records when rivals meet.

Tigers' trail takes new turn
The cupcake teams have been eaten. The patsies have been dispatched. The slump is over.

Blackville-Hilda gets easy victory
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Blackville-Hilda coasted into the first round of the playoffs by dismantling Estill.

Lakeside looks for more history
The Lakeside volleyball team was in a deep hole Oct. 22 against Greenbrier.

Augusta Christian takes region title
With three touchdown passes against George Walton Academy on Friday night at Pride Valley, Augusta Christian quarterback Adam McKinney put the Lions in position for a region title. Then the junior went on the receiving end, hauling in a two-point conversion pass from Cole Rabun to lift the Lions to a 21-20 win.

Screven dominates Savannah Christian
SYLVANIA, Ga. - The Gamecocks' first-team defense remained unscored upon and set up a showdown for the Region 2-AAA title in two weeks.

Midland Valley claims Region 5-AAA title
LANGLEY, S.C - As Midland Valley ran down the hill and made its entrance to L.L. Willis Stadium, Mustangs running back Dontrell Jones turned to coach Rick Knight and made a bold promise.

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

South Aiken beats White Knoll
AIKEN - South Aiken's Rashad Hunter ran for 189 yards on 42 carries and the Thoroughbreds scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to hold off White Knoll.

Region 5-AAA on line tonight
After a slow start, Midland Valley has turned its season around since beginning region play.

Washington-Wilkes gets victory
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Washington-Wilkes got an early touchdown from Herman Wynn, then relied on its defense to hold off Putnam County.

Running back proves pivotal
With his star running back suffering from a pectoral muscle injury, Jenkins County coach Chuck Moore decided to expand and balance his offensive game plan.

Thomson dominates Greenbrier
THOMSON - The mayor declared Friday to be Cecil Poss Day to honor the last call of the Brickyard's public address announcer for the past 22 years.

Augusta Georgia: Prep Football:Prep picks 11/01/02
You know what's not a good date movie? The Ring.

Jefferson County tops Richmond Academy
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Quinn White's second touchdown of the game, a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter, kept the Warriors' playoff hopes alive.

Aquinas takes win over Long County
The Aquinas football team made its final home game one to remember at the expense of the Long County Blue Tide.

Jackets buzz by Hornets
North Augusta entered Friday's game with Aiken having lost seven straight games to the Hornets, and no one felt the weight of the streak more than Joe Long.

Laney stops Westside's run
Laney defensive coordinator Lemuel Lackey figured he could slow down Westside's passing attack.

Washington County cruises to 62-0 win
A second quarter scoring blitz was the difference Friday night at White Road Stadium as Washington county blanked Josey, 62-0.

Blackhawks, Capitals make three-player trade

Blackhawks, Capitals make three-player trade
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Andrei Nikolishin and left wing Chris Simon from the Washington Capitals for center Michael Nylander and a third-round draft pick Friday.

Backup goalkeeper preserves tie for Thrashers

Backup goalkeeper preserves tie for Thrashers
TORONTO - Backup goalie Pasi Nurminen made 32 saves as the winless Atlanta Thrashers avoided their 10th straight loss with a 3-3 tie against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Why go negative? Because we'll remember
Forget term limits. If these political TV commercials don't end soon, I'm pushing for election limits - maybe one every 10 years, like the census.

Lynx owners look to sell team
After four-plus years of absentee ownership, the Augusta Lynx hockey team is up for sale.

Ruben will be an asset to area

Ruben's business longevity key

Optimist backs Young's re-election

'Chronicle' owes Walker apology

Think and vote judiciously on Nov. 5

Sanford knows need for education

Towles committed to bettering schools for District 2

Bell won't play 'partisan politics'

Oust Walkers, vote for Hall and Burns

Murphy is a man of his word

Smith has long record of accomplishments

McIntyre clearly superior to the rest

Sen. Walker of great service to Georgia

It is time to elect Randy Hall

Democrats have no virtues

Towles will be asset for District 2

Towles has classroom knowledge

Williams will bridge racial gaps

Bell do best for educators

Yaun instrumental in helping schools in District 6

Towles has firsthand knowledge of the school system

Ruben can and will make a difference

Sutherland addresses tax concerns

Replace Cleland with Chambliss for Georgia's sake

Warren will speak with one voice

Yaun proven leader for District 6

Barnes is no friend to teachers

Williams will get Augusta on track

Cleland war record in his own words

Hard-working Young has style

Warren cares for senior citizens

Allow Augusta to grow with Young

Young the only capable candidate

Burmeister has proven she cares about fiscal responsibility

Lynx road report

Lynx owners look to sell team
After four-plus years of absentee ownership, the Augusta Lynx hockey team is up for sale.

Pride rout Lynx
FLORENCE, S.C. - Pee Dee recorded three goals in the opening period, and Augusta's goalkeeping continued to struggle as the Pride defeated the Lynx 6-1 on Friday night.

Lynx take off on rocky road

Lynx take off on rocky road
Winning on the road in the East Coast Hockey League is always a daunting task, and that fact will be magnified tonight for the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

Lynx owners look to sell team

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A 12-year-old girl stabbed her stepfather to death early Friday in northwest Atlanta after a fight between him and her mother, police said.

Hodges talks education at school
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two days after his challenger came to the area to rally the troops, Gov. Jim Hodges toured a rebuilt North Augusta middle school Thursday to explain why the state needs four more years of his educational leadership.

Choral presentation

Across South Carolina

Hoax creator says he needed treatment for depression
TRENTON, S.C. - Ray Tanner Jr. said he tried to kill himself, but he can't explain why he went to such great lengths to do it.

Civilian officers secure gates

Civilian officers secure gates
Manuel Diaz is one of the new faces that will greet motorists as they arrive at Fort Gordon's gates.

Election will settle two seats

Hall supporter reports threats
A pastor who recently endorsed Republican Senate District 22 candidate Randy Hall has filed a police report for terroristic threats and acts after his wife received a threatening phone call at her Broad Street office.

College loses safety group

Biracial backing boosts Walker

Women increase presence in politics

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Bonnie Ruben. Augusta deserves a mayor who is a leader, who has an impressive record in business and corporate affairs, and who will bring vision, direction and unity to the community. She is undisputedly capable of inspiring our future.

Festival attracts smaller crowds

Festival attracts smaller crowds
Whether it was the lack of music and vendors, the huge police presence or cold weather, First Friday encountered a somewhat different and diminished crowd than last month.

Defense lawyers target jury notes in riot trial

News you can use
BACK IN TIMENOV. 2, 1970The Augusta government will be busy today with both a recount of the votes cast in the Oct. 13 council election and a regular meeting of the City Council. Last week the council granted the recount to 1st Ward Councilman J.C. Anderson, who lost his post to Russell F. Malone.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Bonnie Ruben. Augusta deserves a mayor who is a leader, who has an impressive record in business and corporate affairs, and who will bring vision, direction and unity to the community. She is undisputedly capable of inspiring our future.

District 96 candidates voice similar views on some issues
Both say they are conservative. Both tout education reform as a prime goal. Both would give Augusta's next mayor more power. And both Democrat David Bell and Republican Rep. Sue Burmeister say they are the obvious choice for House District 96 voters.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James Davidson of Martinez.

District 96 candidates voice similar views on some issues

State gives school grades
AIKEN - Aiken County schools have been ranked "good" again this year on report cards meant to assess the quality of education in South Carolina.

All set for votes

NAACP may push council on districts
The North Augusta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is considering an appeal for the creation of city council districts after Tuesday's special city council election.

Subscriber of the day

Defense lawyers target jury notes in riot trial
YORK, Pa. - Attorneys for two men convicted in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a young black woman say a juror's trial notes, distributed to the rest of the jury with the judge's approval, might have tainted other jurors' recollections of the case.

Scientist tries to clone sick oak

Across the area
A Grovetown man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old girl after the girl was found to be pregnant and named him as the father.

Outside cash raises debate in Senate race

Bush touts different ways to train teachers
ATLANTA - First lady Laura Bush praised teachers on the front lines of the nation's public schools Friday and suggested to education leaders that traditional colleges shouldn't be the only way to prepare instructors.

News you can use

Biracial backing boosts Walker
Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, in his bid for re-election to the Senate District 22 seat, has a 12 percent advantage over his Republican opponent, according to a recent poll that was first reported by WRDW-TV Channel 12 on Friday night.

Walker Jr. sues Burns for libel

SkyFest 2002 loses money

Subscriber of the day

Women increase presence in politics
ATLANTA - Now more than ever, the Georgia ballot reflects the increasing presence of women in politics, with names such as Tommy and John accompanied by Deanna and Lois.

Poll shows McIntyre leading

Hoax creator says he needed treatment for depression

Lighting up
As Halloween ends, it's time to get ready for Christmas. Augusta worker Rocky Thomas attached snowflake lights to lampposts in downtown Augusta on Friday.

Election will settle two seats
The races for two Aiken County Council seats will be decided Tuesday.

Bush touts different ways to train teachers

Walker Jr. sues Burns for libel
Democrat 12th Congressional District candidate Charles Walker Jr. filed suit against his Republican foe Max Burns on Thursday, alleging Mr. Burns libeled and slandered him in his political ads.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
Nov. 1, 1974 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - One Augusta man is dead and a Richmond County deputy remains in serious condition after a prisoner en route to Reidsville State Prison grabbed a gun and fired upon both men yesterday.

College loses safety group
ATHENS, Ga. - When Kelsey Satterfield arrived in Athens last year as a freshman University of Georgia student from Jackson, Tenn., she had no clue of the town's dark history of sexual predators who have preyed on young women.

First Friday suspects miss court
Three Augusta men charged with disorderly conduct during October's First Friday festivities failed to show in court Thursday, leading a judge to order their arrests on bench warrants.

Hodges talks education at school

Dressing up for lunch
Humana Military Healthcare registered nurses Jennifer Goff (from left), Ginger Gottschalk, Linda Martel and Joyce Siddall return from lunch at Riverwalk Augusta on Thursday. They are dressed for Halloween as a dog, a farmer, Harry Potter and an angel.

Young ignore high-tech voting

News you can use

Ross says city needs cleanup

First Friday will see higher police profile
First Friday's forecast: Cold and crowded with cops.

Lynx owners look to sell team

All set for votes
Stuart Bedenbaugh, the director of Aiken County's Voter Registration and Elections Office, tests the tabulation software of the election card reader.

Lighting up

Barnes, Cleland are holding leads, poll finds
ATLANTA - On the eve of a campaign swing into Georgia by President Bush, Democrat Max Cleland continues to hold an apparent lead over Republican challenger Saxby Chambliss, but the Senate race has tightened, according to a new poll.

SkyFest 2002 loses money
All the numbers aren't in yet, but preliminary financial figures show SkyFest 2002 in the red.

United Way surpasses its goal in Aiken County
The United Way of Aiken County's Friday luncheon was jump-started with the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want.

Across the area
A former Martinez man accused of molesting a girl from the ages of 11 to 15 received probation Thursday.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON, S.C. - A 9-year-old girl has died after she was electrocuted in her Williamston home.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Nov. 19 execution date has been set for a former mental patient convicted of murdering a woman after a night of dinner and dancing in 1975.

Georgia fans pick game with Florida over Bush
SAVANNAH, Ga. - President George Bush is jetting in for a quick stump speech in Savannah today, but Air Force One's touchdown is a mere three hours before the much-anticipated gridiron scoring starts when the University of Florida faces the University of Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla.

Young ignore high-tech voting
ATLANTA - Georgia is rolling out its new computer voting system next week, but election experts don't expect the technology to attract a massive influx of young voters.

Scientist tries to clone sick oak
Move over Dolly the sheep, Augusta State University's 400-year-old Arsenal Oak could be joining the ranks of science marvels as a clone.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Ed McIntyre. He keeps saying what he did when he was the mayor of the city. When he was the mayor, it was just the city; it wasn't the whole county.

Hopefuls promote economic programs
ATLANTA - As Tuesday's election approaches, voters' wallets and pocketbooks are on the minds of the two men who would like to spend the next four years in the governor's mansion.

Soldier admits abuse
A Fort Gordon soldier accused of abusing his authority over his trainees pleaded guilty during a court-martial, military officials said Thursday.

Manager remembers experiences as youth
The sights, sounds and smells of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair brings it all full-circle for Joe Taylor.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. -A federal judge has denied bail for a former Citadel cadet who has been in jail for a year and faces trial on charges of lying to federal agents, possessing document-making equipment, bank fraud and money laundering.

Halloween food drive celebrates big success
It's Spooky to be Hungry celebrated its most successful year at the official weigh-in Friday at Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Nicotine researcher speaks on big tobacco
The executives seemed excited, Victor DeNoble said, when he and his colleagues presented the fruit of months of work in a secret lab at Philip Morris. It was a new cigarette featuring a safer derivative of nicotine and filters that trapped 80 percent of the carcinogens.

County requests items for capsule
Columbia County officials are looking for items to be placed inside a time capsule that will be buried at dedication ceremonies for the new Justice Center later this month.

Ross says city needs cleanup
Sitting on a wall outside the city's newest urban park - the Augusta Common - Bobby Ross sees a lot of things he'd do differently if elected mayor.

Choral presentation
The Columbia County Choral Society will present God and Country, a musical tribute to America's heroes and first responders at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, Martinez.

Outside cash raises debate in Senate race
As Election Day nears, voters might notice more campaign fliers arriving in their mailboxes, more television and radio advertisements being broadcast over local airwaves and an increase in the number of political signs peppering area roads.

Judge splits rulings on bond in 2 slayings
A man who authorities say confessed to fatally strangling his girlfriend last month must remain in jail, but a second suspect in an unrelated homicide was granted bond Friday.

Georgia fans pick game with Florida over Bush

NAACP may push council on districts

Across Georgia

Poll shows McIntyre leading
Augusta's mayoral race is divided along racial lines, with Ed McIntyre getting the majority of black votes and Bob Young securing the most white votes, according to a poll commissioned this week by The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW-TV Channel 12.

Subscriber of the day
Lisa Lewis is today's subscriber of the day.

Dressing up for lunch

Soldier admits abuse

Across the area

State gives school grades

Tour's pair of aces trumped this time
ATLANTA - Geneva Brown of Winston-Salem, N.C., wasn't through with her first-tee introduction of the game's greatest player when the game's second-best player had heard enough.

Web sites have prep football covered
Welcome to the Information Age, when anyone with a computer, a little Web savvy, a passion for sports and an opinion can become an Internet beat writer.

New champion Da Matta remains the man to beat
FONTANA, Calif. -- The focus has been on Cristiano da Matta all season, and there's no reason for that to change now.

New champion Da Matta remains the man to beat

Points race, winless streak put pressure on Wallace
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Rusty Wallace generally exudes confidence and enthusiasm, but a winless streak of 59 races has him looking for the panic button.

Pit crews showcased at North Carolina Speedway

Pole keeps Newman in title chase
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - As long as there's a chance, Ryan Newman vows to keep up the fight for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship.

Pit crews showcased at North Carolina Speedway
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- The pit crew is a vital part of every race team, a group of unsung heroes who make sure the cars are fast, repairs are made and tires are changed in lightning-quick time.

Pole keeps Newman in title chase

Jordan goes from washed up to ageless wonder

Jordan goes from washed up to ageless wonder
WASHINGTON -- He drove around defenders with ease and did a little high-step when he made his jump shots. He scored a point for every minute he played.

NBA, Charlotte reach arena deal

Hawks top Jazz
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson is showing he can do more than just score.

Hawks top Jazz

NBA, Charlotte reach arena deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NBA owners have approved an agreement with Charlotte to build an arena if the city is awarded an expansion team.

Pro Picks

Vick leaves decisions to coaches

McKinnie signs with Vikings

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Mr. Johnny Green    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Kattie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Blackstone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Gilchrist    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Grant    (ARLINGTON, Va.)
Mr. Otis Wade Jr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Willie Gardenhire    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Parlee Wittstock    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Harry King    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Carr    (Homemaker EDGEFIELD. S.C.)
Mr. Freddie Leverett    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Charles DesCombs    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Avis McMillan    (BESSEMER CITY, N.C.)
Mrs. Doris Nichols    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Miss Norma Freeman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ursula McMahon    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Charlton Sr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Leverett    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. William Bush    (Aiken, S.C.)
Ms. Lugene Holston    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. L. C. Scott Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Geraldine Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Story    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Strom    (WARD, S.C.)
Mrs. Alice Finley    ( AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Salvador Torres    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. William Bush    (Lowes Employee Aiken, S.C.)
Mr. John Alston    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Brant    (SYLVANIA, S.C.)
Mr. Derrick Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Blackstone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Wright    (HILDEBRAN, N.C.)
Mr. Derrick Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Rena Allen    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Wade Jr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Cockey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Tillman    ( SANDERSVILLE, Ga)
Mr. Kenneth Dennis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. L. C. Scott Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Ferguson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. C. A. Price    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Oliver    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lugene Holston (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Derrick Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Nichols (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Brant (SYLVANIA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Terrell (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Sarah Blackstone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Strom (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ferguson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Avis McMillan (BESSEMER CITY, N.C.)

Mr. John Alston (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Charlton Sr. (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ursula McMahon (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eulalia Jones-Tyndal (WINTER HAVEN, Ill.)

Mr. Chris Newsome (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Carol Story (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Tillman ( SANDERSVILLE, Ga)

Mrs. Wauline Jackson (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Dennis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Rena Allen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Oliver (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Salvador Torres (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Cosby Sr (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Parlee Wittstock (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hawes Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Young (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. C. A. Price (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

Mr. Otis Wade Jr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Wade Jr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Green (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Lowe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Blackstone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles DesCombs (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Freddie Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Bush (Lowes Employee Aiken, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Grant (ARLINGTON, Va.)

Mr. Freddie Leverett (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Harry King (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Finley ( AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Derrick Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Garland (SWAINSBORO, Ga)

Mr. Roy Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Harris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Deacon Thomas Jefferson (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. L. C. Scott Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Norma Freeman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Gilchrist (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Hawes Sr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Wright (HILDEBRAN, N.C.)

Mrs. Willie Gardenhire (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Yaun proven leader for District 6
I am writing to endorse Andrew Yaun for Aiken County School Board District 6. As a parent of two children, I am glad Mr. Yaun is my representative. He has demonstrated strong leadership during the past four years. A closer look at the latest PACT scores reveals Aiken County is performing well above state averages, yet has one of the lowest tax rates in the state. Our students are performing at high levels, but we aren't taxed at high levels. As a taxpayer, I appreciate Mr. Yaun's and the school board's philosophy of effectively utilizing our tax dollars. Brian Silas, Graniteville, S.C.

Burmeister a keeper
She was an upstart two years ago, coming out of nowhere to upset Robin Williams for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Now, even as a veteran lawmaker who made her mark as a freshman, she's an underdog - due to the fact that her district was eliminated in reapportionment.

Optimist backs Young's re-election
As a newcomer to Augusta and a partner in the downtown community, I have become aware of the challenges we face. Some have expressed pessimism. I, however, am optimistic. The Rev. Dr. Richard E. Sanders, Augusta

Yaun instrumental in helping schools in District 6
I am writing to express my support for Andrew Yaun for Aiken County School Board, District 6. In his four years as our representative, our facilities have greatly improved. There have been major renovations and improvements at Jefferson Elementary, Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School and Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, and there are 12 new classrooms scheduled for Byrd Elementary School. Mr. Yaun was also instrumental in obtaining property for Byrd Elementary to have two new lanes of traffic, allowing for a safer access to the school, and this was done at no cost to the school district. Angie Owens, Warrenville, S.C.

'Chronicle' owes Walker apology
Regarding your Oct. 13 article, "Records uncover pasts of hopefuls," tax records and property-sales information are public record. Anyone can visit the local court house and find out who owes taxes and what properties are titled in their names. Why then did The Chronicle print that Sen. Charles Walker owed back taxes on two properties that had been sold and were no longer titled in his name? Why not report on the amount of property taxes Mr. Walker did pay? I think you owe Mr. Walker an apology on this one. Kim Bragg, Augusta

Validate Barnes
Some Georgians perceive their governor as "King Roy" - power-hungry, overbearing, a man who rules rather than leads.

Towles will be asset for District 2
It is with great pleasure that I write you to endorse Valerie Towles as my choice for the Aiken County School Board. Donna M. Ciserano, Beech Island, S.C.

Think and vote judiciously on Nov. 5
On Nov. 5 - Election Day, I hope every voter will take the time to make careful selections, because we have to live with the results. Frank Scharite, Augusta

Allow Augusta to grow with Young
Over the past few weeks I've watched the mayoral candidate forums on local Augusta television. While listening to candidates' responses, it became obvious that several were delivering answers they believed the audience wanted to hear and, by doing so, were responding in a manner conducive to only obtaining votes. Paul J. Sheehan, Augusta

Barnes is no friend to teachers
As a member of the Georgia Association of Educators, I am happy that the organization has decided not to endorse Roy Barnes for governor. He has shown himself to be no friend to teachers; blaming us for the problems in education through his House Bill 1187, denying us a decent pay raise and taking credit in his political ads for the few gains that have been made in education. Just how many classes did Mr. Barnes teach during his term? Michael Kimble, Augusta

District needs DeLoach
A strong Augusta-area legislative delegation this next session will depend in large part on re-electing Republican GEORGE DELOACH to the 99th District House seat he has filled so well the past eight years.

Burmeister has proven she cares about fiscal responsibility
As a community, we must think of everyone in our state similar to the way that Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, has proven she cares for each person in Georgia. She voted against the fiscal budget last legislative session because it provided funds to programs when Georgia did not have money to spend. In the past, states such as North Carolina have spent money they did not have and over the course of time, were forced to spend their current revenues not just to pay down the debt of past legislators' fiscal irresponsibility, but also to spend millions of dollars over what they borrowed in interest payments in order to keep the state open for business, and faced millions of dollars in budgetary shortfalls.Amanda Brown, Augusta

Sanford knows need for education
We support Mark Sanford and his ideas about government restructuring, streamlining education so that more dollars get to teachers and classrooms, and eliminating the state income tax. Kenny and Mimi Wiland, Aiken, S.C.

Williams will bridge racial gaps
My vote for mayor of Augusta will go to Robin Williams, as he strikes me as a man who will make an earnest effort to bridge racial and political gaps - not waste time whining about certain commissioners - and he strikes me as very energetic. Brian Green, Augusta

Cleland war record in his own words
This is in response to Walter S. Williams' Oct. 18 letter in which he states U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., "earned a Silver Star medal for valor.">BR> Jim Keagle, Evans, Ga.

Towles committed to bettering schools for District 2
I would like to encourage all Aiken School Board District 2 voters to mark their ballots for Valerie Towles. She is the candidate who will be working for the needs of all students, parents and teachers - not for her own political ambitions. Mrs. Towles has been an active supporter of choices for parents, whether that means home schooling, private or charter schools, or public schools. Ruth Holmes Cordahi, Aiken, S.C.

Williams will get Augusta on track
Now is clearly the time for Augusta to make a change for the better. I am supporting Robin Williams in his campaign to be our next mayor. V.M. McDowell, Augusta

Towles has firsthand knowledge of the school system
As a retired teacher with 25 years of service in the public school system, I support Mrs. Valerie Towles as the best candidate for the Aiken County School Board from Area 5, District 2. Virginia E. Samsel, Aiken, S.C.

Bell won't play 'partisan politics'
The voters of the new 96th state House District have an important choice to make Election Day. They can either choose Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, a candidate who puts partisan politics before the best interests of our community, or David Bell, a public servant who will put Augusta first. Brad Owens, Augusta

Ruben will be an asset to area
Since my retirement as a Department of Energy budget analyst in 1990, I have worked part time in the sales office of the Ramada Plaza Hotel. During that time I have gotten to know Bonnie Ruben quite well and have the greatest respect for this very intelligent, hard-working, conservative and caring person. Carolyn Garner, North Augusta, S.C.

It is time to elect Randy Hall
The continued decline of tax revenue from businesses leaving Augusta is well documented. The cost to run the city will increase in the future. Where will the city get the money to pay that? Hugh Hamilton, Augusta

Ruben's business longevity key
After considerable thought and the revelations regarding the mayoral candidates, concerning their finances and legal troubles, it is clear that there is only one good choice to move Augusta forward. Bonnie Ruben is that choice. There is a substantial consensus that a change in leadership is needed. The only person in the field with the integrity and business experience is Ms. Ruben. She has an educational background that is quite impressive. She has an MBA degree and is a certified public accountant by training. When you combine her business skills, can-do attitude and work ethic, you get a person who we could all be proud of. Laura Hall, Augusta

Murphy his own man
After meeting him, you can't help but think the 97th House District would be in good hands with Democrat QUINCY MURPHY.

Smith has long record of accomplishments
My vote is for Otis Smith, candidate for the Georgia House District 97. This man has a record of accomplishments as long as my arm and is certainly the most qualified man for the job. Dick Drenten, Augusta

Call on this nurse
We will put 100th District Republican legislative candidate BETTY WHITE up against anyone in Georgia - anyone in the country, in fact - in a contest of sincerity, or purity in motivations for running.

Howard a mainstay in District 98
Now the dean of the Augusta legislative delegation, it's difficult to imagine the Statehouse without Democrat HENRY HOWARD, six-term representative seeking re-election in the 98th District.

Bell do best for educators
I encourage everyone to vote for David Bell for the Georgia House seat, District 96. I have known him for many years personally and professionally, and he is a man of integrity, intelligence and compassion. C.M. Clifford, Augusta

Vote for a better Georgia
Their votes control hundreds of millions of your tax dollars, as well as the laws we live by. It's essential that your delegates to the state General Assembly be the best available candidates.

Murphy is a man of his word
I would like to express my confidence in Quincy Murphy, who is running for state representative of District 97. In this day and age of uncertainty, I feel it is important to know who is running our government. John S. Geeter II, Hephzibah, Ga.

Warren will speak with one voice
It's not everyday that you have a longtime friend run for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. I first met Pete Warren when I returned home from Vietnam and we started working together. Herman Kersey, Hephzibah, Ga.

McIntyre clearly superior to the rest
After watching the Comcast Channel 6 mayoral debate, it is clear that the only person with real solutions to Augusta's needs is Ed McIntyre. Frankie A. Ramsey, Augusta

Warren cares for senior citizens
I am a senior citizen living in District 99. Pete Warren cares about us and has been helping out at our senior citizen center for years. Mrs. Lillie Patrick, Augusta

Towles has classroom knowledge
As District 2 graduates and parents of a future District 2 student, we are concerned about the future of our schools. For us, there is no other choice than Valerie Towles for Aiken County School Board. Summer and Cole Phillips, New Ellenton, S.C.

Sutherland addresses tax concerns
I received a copy of a brochure that had been distributed and paid for by the Valerie Towles campaign. The brochure displays the worst negative attack I have ever seen by a Republican toward another Republican. Davis Cheek, Aiken, S.C.

Replace Cleland with Chambliss for Georgia's sake
In the words of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "Democracy, the practice of self-government, is a covenant among free men to respect the rights and liberties of their fellows." Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Young the only capable candidate
Wake up, Augusta, and really take a hard look at the people running for the office of mayor. I am so happy to see Bob Young running again, because he is the only one who has a head on his shoulders. Lynne Reid, Evans, Ga.

Ruben can and will make a difference
I would like to endorse Bonnie Ruben to be the next mayor of Augusta. Having known this intelligent and articulate lady for over 30 years, I have no doubt that of all the candidates, she is the one to move Augusta forward and get the job done. Gardelle Lewis Jr., Augusta

Democrats have no virtues
Democrats, such as Paul L. Cook, Lowell Greenbaum, former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., continue to scream the virtues of Democrats when, in reality, they have no virtues. Wendell B. Hall, North Augusta, S.C.

Oust Walkers, vote for Hall and Burns
Regarding state Sen. Charles Walker's campaign: If the people of Richmond County would do here like the voters did in DeKalb County for U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., we would be rid of Mr. Walker and his son, "Champ." Mildred Lamb, Augusta

Sen. Walker of great service to Georgia
I encourage all registered voters in Georgia's 22nd Senate District to vote next Tuesday to re-elect state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Stancil an overdue change
Democrat Gov. Roy Barnes espouses a plethora of conservative values.

Hard-working Young has style
Next week voters must decide who will lead Augusta forward into the new century. Without question, Mayor Bob Young is the right person for the job. E. Randall Floyd, Augusta

Sports digest

Overtime

Tolbert makes senior history

Web sites have prep football covered

Association sees bigger as better

Agassi reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

Runyan tries her first marathon

Trick or Trot

Overtime

Lakeside looks for more history
The Lakeside volleyball team was in a deep hole Oct. 22 against Greenbrier.

Overtime
Massachusetts took a big step toward becoming the first state to prohibit aluminum bats from youth games Thursday when it banned the bats from next year's high school tournament.

Tolbert makes senior history
For Chuck Tolbert, dreams do come true. Even if the dreams are just a week old.

Association sees bigger as better
In 1993, Sherry Fulmer thought she knew what to expect in the first national finals of the National Barrel Horse Association.

Runyan tries her first marathon
NEW YORK -- Marla Runyan went from Paralympian to Olympian, from heptathlete to distance runner. Now she's taking on another challenge: the New York City Marathon.

Trick or Trot
Briana Horvath, 9, accompanied by Nancy Chapman (left) and Christy Bell, won $300 for her horse's tractor costume Thursday at the civic center's Trick or Trot costume contest.

Sports digest
BARREL HORSE RACING NBHA World Championships, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center: Open second go-round, 8:30 a.m.; Open finals, 7:30 p.m.

Overtime
Greenbrier was eliminated from the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA fastpitch finals Friday in Columbus, Ga.

Agassi reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals
PARIS -- Second-seed Andre Agassi came from behind to beat Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Waynesboro man earns plaudits for top-10 finish

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
Strom Thurmond Lake has turned over.

Waynesboro man earns plaudits for top-10 finish
The youngest of 12 siblings, Jack Williams of Waynesboro, Ga., said he has been competitive since Day 1 of his 48 years of life.

Pro Picks
This is supposed to be a grudge game: Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills against New England, which traded him away after he lost his job to Tom Brady last season.

McKinnie signs with Vikings
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- First-round draft pick Bryant McKinnie ended his 98-day holdout Friday, agreeing to a five-year, $13.3 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings that includes a $9.35 million signing bonus.

Vick leaves decisions to coaches
FLOWERY BRANCH - Releasing wide receiver Willie Jackson Monday was a case of addition by subtraction, but Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick wants to clear up any misunderstandings.

Pulpit population changes by degrees
When the fall term opened this year at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, student enrollment was up from 145 to 182.

Casting your vote is an act of heroism
We live in a wonderful land. I am reminded of that every time I travel outside the United States. I see a world where many freedoms are suppressed while people struggle to survive. When I come home, and the wheels of the plane first touch American soil, my reaction is always the same - I love America and I am thankful for our way of life.

Minister crusades for justice
David Ruis's worship of God led him to stand with people in need, to befriend addicts and native people in Winnipeg, Alberta.

Religion Calendar
SPECIAL EVENTS SOUP KITCHEN: 11 a.m. today, Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

Therapist administers doses of Tough Love
Dr. Sid Gates, a family therapist, wants to send parents home with more than a pat on the back - a dose of Tough Love would be more like it.

Faith Digest
Revival begins at Fountain Gate The Love of the Father's Heart will be Bulgarian native Georgian Banov's theme during a revival at 7:30 tonight, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Fountain Gate Worship Center, 2439 Peach Orchard Road. For more information, call 771-9444.

Tour's pair of aces trumped this time

Web site to offer free electronic tax return filing
WASHINGTON -- Up to 78 million taxpayers will probably be able to file their tax returns electronically without charge under an agreement between the Internal Revenue Service and a group of tax preparers and software publishers.

Discovery could help people survive heart attacks
Researchers have identified a type of control valve inside lab animals' heart cells that can be switched on with a new drug to help the organ survive injury during a heart attack.

Bulldogs one win away from party
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For 20 years, the Georgia Bulldogs have been looking for something to celebrate.

Bulldogs one win away from party

Brotherly love motivates Bulldog trio
ATHENS, Ga. - Terrence Edwards said it wasn't a calculated decision to wear his brother's old No. 47 to class earlier this week.

Georgia's Damien Gary undergoes more leg surgery

Spurrier's loss leaves Gators shaken, Bulldogs stirred
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia fans Pat Starnes and Jennifer Jackson were sitting on folding chairs outside their motorhome, going over the menu for Saturday night.

Brotherly love motivates Bulldog trio

Spurrier's loss leaves Gators shaken, Bulldogs stirred

Georgia's Damien Gary undergoes more leg surgery
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia wide receiver/punt returner Damien Gary received a skin graft Thursday to close a leg wound from previous surgery.

Four-game run is crucial for Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - Langston Moore knows South Carolina has gained loads of respect the past two seasons by winning 17 games and claiming back-to-back victories in the Outback Bowl.

Tennessee seen this before

Tennessee seen this before
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More losses and injuries than anyone expected. An improved and confident South Carolina. Disgruntled and noisy fans.

Four-game run is crucial for Gamecocks

Web site to offer free electronic tax return filing

Discovery could help people survive heart attacks

Religion Calendar

Therapist administers doses of Tough Love

Pulpit population changes by degrees

Minister crusades for justice