Performing can boost a child's self-confidence
Ten-year-old Nicholas Elia got more than he bargained for when he joined Mickey Lubeck's Children's Musical Theatre Ensemble.

Students to honor composer

Club Calendar

Mini reviews
FRIDA (*** 1/2 , R) The story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), a passionate artist who struggled through lifelong pain to create extraordinary paintings, and yet was overshadowed during her lifetime by her husband, the famous and equally tempestuous Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). Evans.

Harry Potter heads back to class: 'Chamber of Secrets' opens on record number of screens

Club Calendar
RED LION: 1936 Walton Way; Black-Eyed Susan and Battle of the Sexes NTN trivia tonight, Jemani Saturday, karaoke and QB 1 Monday, DUI Tuesday, trivia Wednesday and ladies night and Amber Rock Sports-Town Challenge Thursday; 736-7707.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music couple riding high everywhere, except in Nashville
Faith Hill and her husband, Tim McGraw, may have been shut out in the Country Music Association's recent awards, but their careers are in high gear.

Concert calendar
DON "DC" CURRY: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; advance floor seats $28.50 and advance balcony seats $26.50, day of show floor seats $30.50 and day of show balcony seats $28.50; 724-2400.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country music couple riding high everywhere, except in Nashville

Applause calendar
SACRED HEART GIFT SHOP HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; artwork by Maryann Baggs; book signings, Christine Deriso's Dreams to Grow On and Karin Calloway's Quick Cooking; 826-4701.

3 Doors Down needs to find a new direction

Guitar pull went to heart of country music

Students to honor composer
For the past several weeks, students at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School have been immersing themselves in history. But instead of poring over dusty tomes and textbooks, these theater, music and dance students are taking their scholarly endeavors on stage.

Crafts show offers something for everyone
Santa Claus is coming to town, and artists and craftsmen from across the Southeast are tagging along.

Standing ovations
IN THE AIR (FORCE)

Harry Potter heads back to class: 'Chamber of Secrets' opens on record number of screens
The boy wizard's second film adventure, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," opens Friday on even more screens in more theaters than "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" did a year ago.

Nichols' films have character

Nichols' films have character
The world would be a bleaker place without Mike Nichols. In the 1950s, Mr. Nichols, who turns 71 today, and his comedic partner, Elaine May, changed the face of comedy with a smart, improvisational style that threw a monkey-wrench (or perhaps a rubber chicken) in the established gag-master machinery.

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Standing ovations

Crafts show offers something for everyone

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Half Past Dead'

3 Doors Down needs to find a new direction
After an evening with 3 Doors Down, it's easy to understand why rock's in a hard place.

String quartet likes to play with feeling
The Stamic Quartet loves a story well-played.

Guitar pull went to heart of country music
The concert featured a grab bag of country artists - Trace Adkins, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Mark Chesnutt, Lonestar, Cyndi Thompson and Blake Shelton - performing hits (and occasional misses) au natural, armed with only acoustic guitars. The show was a remarkable lesson in possibilities. Not only did it allow Augusta audiences to be a part of that rarest of local beasts, a sold-out show, but it also spoke volumes about the power inherent in country music.

At the Movies: 'Half Past Dead'
What if they reopened Alcatraz? What if they tried to graft a personality onto Steven Seagal? What if they tried both in the same movie?

Three Mariners win AL Gold Gloves
ST. LOUIS -- Seattle first baseman John Olerud, second baseman Bret Boone and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki all won American League Gold Gloves on Wednesday.

These students have a lot of learning left to do

Timothy Kaleb Fuller
Timothy and Ca

Nathan Walter Franklin
Pat and Kristin Franklin of Evans announce the birth of a son, Nathan Walter Franklin, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Nutt of Appling, Mildred Franklin of Martinez and the late Chester Franklin.

Skylar Ryan Arnett

Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge
Seymour Danridge and Eileen Mack, both of New Ellenton, announce the birth of a son, Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ulmer Mack and Clifford and Dorothy Danridge, all of New Ellenton.

Nathan Walter Franklin

Katie Ashlyn Cleveland
Brian S. and Melissa B. Cleveland of Johnston,

Abigail Grace Rios

Erica Marie Childers
Eric and Virgini

Erica Marie Childers

Lauren Ray Fleming
Michael P. and Marcy H. Fleming of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Ray Fleming, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hall of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fleming of Evans.

Oriana Nicole Reed

Katie Ashlyn Cleveland

Tylus Duane Madison

Christopher Warren Johnson

Jessica Ann Doby
Edward L. and Nancy A. Doby of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Jessica Ann Doby, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Teague of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joseph Doby of Harlem.

Robert Bailey Boaen

Lauren Ray Fleming

Robert Bailey Boaen
Bobby and Kim Boaen of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Robert Bailey Boaen, Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Willie and Shirley Hutto of Martinez and Connie and Barbara Turner of Savannah.

La'Miyah Ne'Cole Harris

De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Williams
Robert J. Williams Jr. and Shonika Nicole Taylor, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Wil

Kailyn Briana Owens

Claire McKenna Wickes
Chad and Susan Wickes of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Claire McKenna Wickes, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Roger Nunn of Toccoa, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Wickes of McCormick, S.C.

Jessica Ann Doby

TaNasia Davidia Sampson
Lathaniel David

Claire McKenna Wickes

Madison Renee' McPherson

Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks

Avalyn Grace Mullikin

Timothy Kaleb Fuller

Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks
Deaquon L. Ricks and Melissa A. Foust, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Ty'Quon Deontaye Ricks, Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John and Edna Foust of Augusta, and Barbara Ricks of Orangeburg, S.C.

Jacob Daniel Adams
Timothy M. and Cynthia Adams of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Jacob Daniel Adams, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George L. Rodriguez of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Adams of Trenton, S.C.

Oriana Nicole Reed
Robert R. and Stephanie L. Reed of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Oriana Nicole Reed, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Meshell and Peggy Delaware of Harlem and Raymond and Nancy Reed of Aiken.

Sebastian Crawford Greene
Ste

Kailyn Briana Owens
Kevin and Lacey Owens of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Briana Owens, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Don Cherry and Marilyn Cherry, both of Hephzibah, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Owens of Augusta.

Haley Nicole McKinney

Avalyn Grace Mullikin
Larry and Sandy Mullikin of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Avalyn Grace Mullikin, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mieko Mullikin of Martinez, the late C. Ronnie Mullikin and the late James and Inzamaree Gould.

Carson Ross Griffin

Skylar Ryan Arnett
Thomas S. and Tamar

Andre' Edward Jermaine Danridge

Madison Renee' McPherson
Travis and Mandy McPhers

Sebastian Crawford Greene

Haley Nicole McKinney
John McKinney and Cathy Bea

Jacob Daniel Adams

Tylus Duane Madison
Terence D.

Pamela Serena Key

Pamela Serena Key
Har

TaNasia Davidia Sampson

De'Aveon MarQuitia Oluyemisi Williams

Areanna Nicole Guy

La'Miyah Ne'Cole Harris
Lamar D. Harris and Antoinette

Joshua Dylan Rimmer

Areanna Nicole Guy
Christina Guy of Hephzibah announces the birth of a daughter, Areanna Nicole Guy, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Caroline Chavous and Rodney Guy, all of Augusta.

Carson Ross Griffin
Ch

Abigail Grace Rios
Raul and Stacey Rios of

Joshua Dylan Rimmer
Shane L. and Melissa F. Rimmer of Dearing announce the birth of a son, Joshua Dylan Rimmer, Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Otis M. Freeman of Dearing, John Rimmer and Mary English, both of Thomson.

Christopher Warren Johnson
Ted and Lynn Johnson of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Christopher Warren Johnson, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kennedy of Gainesville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson of Suwannee, Ga.

Odds and ends
JONESVILLE, Mich. -- Junnie Kiersey is giving new meaning to the term "high school senior."

Despite a title, she's banned from a 'queens' parade
RALEIGH, N.C. - Mrs. Raleigh 2003, Melanie McNeely, thought she had it all lined up. The convertible. The new tiara. The graceful wave.

Maddux, Jones win Gold Gloves

Maddux, Jones win Gold Gloves
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Maddux won his 13th straight Gold Glove, and St. Louis Cardinals players won four of the nine National League awards Thursday.

Analyst stays optimistic on economy
Wachovia's top market analyst said Wednesday that even though stocks have taken a beating during the past year, the "fundamentals of the economy are pretty sound."

Pizza franchise will make home on Broad Street
Shawn Ledford has always wanted to open a restaurant, and when he moved to Augusta five years ago, he decided it would be on Broad Street.

Stocks rise on upbeat retail news

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for more than 96,000 taxpayers to match $80 million in undelivered tax refund checks.

Safe at any speed

Stocks rise Wednesday after Iraq agrees to U.N. resolution
NEW YORK -- An apparent easing of tensions with Iraq soothed Wall Street on Wednesday, allowing stocks to recover from earlier jitters about terrorism and war.

Pizza franchise will make home on Broad Street

Stocks rise Wednesday after Iraq agrees to U.N. resolution

Business briefs

Drop in jobless claims persists
A Labor Department economic report released Thursday suggested that companies, struggling to cope with the uneven economic recovery, are reducing the speed at which they lay off workers.

MCG Health forms eye clinic

MCG Health forms eye clinic
MCG Health Inc. is looking to establish a presence in south Augusta by turning a former car dealership into an eye clinic.

Business briefs

Safe at any speed
Larry Peterson of Bath, S.C., drives a race car simulator at an Advance Auto Parts store in North Augusta. The simulator and other racing gear were on view Thursday to celebrate the company's acquisition of four Discount Auto Parts stores.

Business briefs
CHICAGO - HSBC Holdings PLC announced a $14.2 billion deal Thursday to buy Household International Inc., which owns the Beneficial and Household Finance brands and is the largest independent consumer finance company in United States.

Stocks rise on upbeat retail news
NEW YORK -- Buyers reasserted themselves on Wall Street Thursday, motivated by upbeat retail news that included better-than-expected October sales. The Dow Jones industrials rose nearly 100 points, while the Nasdaq composite index jumped more than 30.

North Augusta senior commits to Clemson
Tyler Colvin is not your run-of-the-mill hot-shot baseball recruit.

Clemson signs two more basketball players
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Guards Vernon Hamilton and Jimmy Hudson have signed to play for Clemson next season.

Gators need win, and some help

SEC notebook

Valdosta State seeks second straight perfect regular season
Valdosta State will try to wrap up its second consecutive perfect regular season before entering the NCAA Division II playoffs when the Blazers visit archrival West Georgia Saturday night.

Valdosta State seeks second straight perfect regular season

SEC notebook
If you play for Auburn, there's nothing more important than playing Alabama - unless you're from Georgia.

Getting to a BCS game can be complicated
When it comes to deciding at-large bids for Bowl Championship Series games, the rules are mighty complicated.

Court claims could put Alabama back before NCAA

Gators need win, and some help
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The days of "Win and You're In" are over at Florida. Now, scoreboard watching is in vogue.

Court claims could put Alabama back before NCAA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A recruiting scandal that landed Alabama's football program on probation could go before the NCAA again based on new information made public in court last week.

Lady Pacers got an early start

Call special session

A safer homeland

Altered states

No time to backtrack

One big loose end

'Potter' director enjoying Pottermaina, but not products
NEW YORK - Chris Columbus stands behind the two "Harry Potter" movies he's directed, but he cheerfully refuses to take any heat for the merchandising tie-ins.

In the know
The busiest shopping season is about to begin. That means long lines, tired shoppers and the potential for grumpiness galore.

Secrets revealed
LOS ANGELES - When last we left our magical hero, Harry Potter had survived a perilous freshman year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and defeated his reincarnated nemesis, the wicked Voldemort.

Health and fitness calendar
GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY CONFERENCE: 7:30 a.m. today and Friday, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, Two Tenth St.; for health care providers who work with elderly; to explore issues from critical treatment and research needs in geriatric mental health to medical-legal aspects of patient competency; $195 per day, $345 per both days; 721-3967 or (800) 221-6437.

Barbecue team set for hot competition
There is proof that barbecue is serious business.

If forced, bulbs will bloom late
Forcing bulbs for winter bloom is an interesting and rewarding project. You just need simple equipment that can be found around the home, or at the garden center.

Seasonal change
Johanna and Clarence Shorter's yard is ready for winter, but a few flowers linger amid the dying vines and memories of a garden laid by.

If forced, bulbs will bloom late

Seasonal change

Tight end Will Heller, a former walk-on, has NFL scouts interested
ATLANTA -- He arrived at Georgia Tech four years ago as a walk-on candidate for tight end after turning down his only grant-in-aid offer - a one-half scholarship to Division I-AA Furman. Will Heller is still a virtual unknown to many Yellow Jackets fans, but NFL scouts know who he is.

Tight end Will Heller, a former walk-on, has NFL scouts interested

Archaeologists might wonder about paper bags

Magazine article by Burk surfaces
A 1997 Ms. Magazine article titled "Sperm stops here!" by Martha Burk is making the rounds on various Web sites and talk shows.

Poll shows support for Augusta National

Survey results
Results of the national public opinion survey commissioned by Augusta National Golf Club.

Tour returns to Boston on Labor Day

Poll shows support for Augusta National
A national public opinion survey commissioned by Augusta National Golf Club shows strong support for the club to maintain its all-male status.

Faldo returns to match play

Greater Hartford Open gets OK for 2003
HARTFORD, Conn. -- After months of uncertainty, the Greater Hartford Open has raised enough corporate money to run the tournament next year.

Langer ready for hall enshrinement
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - There haven't been many inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame who were ranked in the top 20 in the world at the time of their enshrinement and are coming off a victory.

Survey results

Tour returns to Boston on Labor Day
The PGA Tour is returning to the Boston area for the first time in five years with a $5 million event that will end on Labor Day and feature Tiger Woods, whose foundation will get the charitable proceeds.

Crenshaw, coach among Hall of Fame inductees
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ben Crenshaw has been linked with trusty teacher Harvey Penick for as long as he has played golf. His induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame will be no different.

Crenshaw, coach among Hall of Fame inductees

Magazine article by Burk surfaces

Langer ready for hall enshrinement

Faldo returns to match play
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Nick Faldo has won more Ryder Cup points than any European in history. Now he gets another chance at team match play with a different set of teammates and a more relaxed atmosphere.

On the air

Burke County bearing down to take next step up

League denies playoff appeals

Prep picks

Coaches frustrated with 4A playoff limbo

Aiken kicker finds his place

Unbeaten Screven follows an unsual 'slant'

Hawks' depth grows deeper in playoff win

Spiritual center

Key matchups

Prep football schedule

Spiritual center
Lance Watkins is talking, and it's not hard to see there's something different about this high school football player.

Prep football schedule
Here is a schedule of this weekend's games.

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

Prep picks
Can you imagine the problems if the South Carolina High School League would have had if it allowed Marlboro County and Northwestern back into the Class AAAA playoffs?

Key matchups
Here are this weekend's key matchups.

Aiken kicker finds his place
The instructions for Aiken's Calder Reardon are always simple.

League denies playoff appeals
COLUMBIA - This time, the meeting was open to the public and the media.

Coaches frustrated with 4A playoff limbo
Just two days before the Green Wave are scheduled to open the Class 4A playoffs, Summerville coach John McKissick doesn't know who he is playing.

Hawks' depth grows deeper in playoff win
Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry entered the Hawks' Class A first round playoff game Nov. 8 understanding the advantages his team had over Elloree.

Burke County bearing down to take next step up
Burke County coach Steve Summers has to check his math, but he's pretty sure he's got all the playoff possibilities covered.

Unbeaten Screven follows an unsual 'slant'
SYLVANIA, Ga. - When Screven County takes the field against Appling County for Friday's Region 2-AAA football battle, the Gamecocks will be at a huge size disadvantage at virtually every line position.

Get this: Thrashers on a winning streak
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers coach Curt Fraser seemed on the verge of getting fired a few days ago.

Get this: Thrashers on a winning streak

Thrashers edge Sharks in overtime

Thrashers edge Sharks in overtime
ATLANTA -- Get this: The Atlanta Thrashers aren't the worst team in the NHL anymore.

Coach, player suspended for junior-league brawls

Coach, player suspended for junior-league brawls
LONGUEUIL, Quebec -- The coach and a player from a team involved in a brawl-filled junior hockey league game were suspended by the league Thursday.

These students have a lot of learning left to do
A common theme during the political season has been education, and probably for good reason. We all know there is room for improvement.

Young: a leader since childhood

Traditional wedding etiquette all but gone

Tax-spend officials need watching

Mayoral race overshadows all else

McIntyre has known hard times

Longtime subscribers deserve better

Candidate has vision, experience

Young helps city achieve potential

Hilton is an exceptional teacher

Young instrumental in Asahi Ryokuken

City needs McIntyre's vision, leadership

Please preserve character, convenience of Bush Field

Looks forward to serving Columbia Co.

Guns not the problem - people are

Health and fitness calendar

Secrets revealed

'Potter' director enjoying Pottermaina, but not products

Barbecue team set for hot competition

In the know

Coaches were friends before they were foes

Coaches were friends before they were foes
Across the top of the lockers in the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room are the words: "To you from falling hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high."

Lynx notebook
What kind of role does Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie have in mind for 32-year-old forward John Freeman?

Lynx road report
Friday and Saturday: vs. Florida Everblades, TECO Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx road report

Lynx notebook

Center invites families to party with the stars

Mother recalls accident in book
Jackie Boatwright couldn't believe the doctors wanted her to pull the plug on her son.

Memorial wall set up for display

Across South Carolina

Across the area
An Augusta man was stabbed Thursday when he attacked a couple with a tire iron, police said.

Teen's schooling hangs on talent
ATHENS, Ga. - In a town by the Black Sea, where residents have electricity only two hours each day, the family of Jambulati Jibladze, J.J., is hoping that his skills as a pianist can generate $4,500 by the end of this week.

Is Augusta ready?

Men apologize at sentencing

Governor approves more budget trims
ATLANTA - Warning of a possible budget shortfall, Gov. Roy Barnes' outgoing administration has ordered deeper cuts throughout state government and has extended the curbs to education, which could force some counties to slash teacher salaries.

Men apologize at sentencing
YORK, Pa. - Six white men, in court for sentencing in the shooting death of a young black woman from Aiken during a 1969 race riot, publicly apologized Wednesday. But the victim's daughter said none had shown remorse to her family in private.

News you can use
NOV. 15, 1970 The Paine College drive to raise $100,000 to replace historic Haygood Hall has been revitalized with a $1,000 check from M.M. Scott Sr., the vice president of Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co.

Patriot pride
World War II veteran Howard Lee Johnson, of North Augusta, shows off some of his war memorabilia to Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School eighth-graders Christina Rentschler (from left), Tara Key and Brooke Boyd. He was part of the school's Patriotism Week event.

Moving tribute
Volunteers and family members of men and women who died in the Vietnam War spent Thursday assembling a mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the Columbia County fairgrounds.

Suspect waives right to hearing
An FBI Top 10 fugitive facing charges of international drug trafficking will remain in jail pending trial, his attorney told a judge in Augusta on Wednesday.

Subscriber of the day

Georgia GOP will wait to fill top slots
ATLANTA - Leaving the door open for potential deal-making with moderate Democrats, Georgia House Republicans voted Wednesday not to pick nominees for the chamber's two top leadership positions until January.

Police arrest six teens in school vandalism case

Counties reach standards for teachers
Teachers in Columbia and Richmond counties are meeting the standards of President Bush's education reform package, school officials say.

Ex-agent charged with molestation
A retired agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was charged this week with molesting a teenage boy more than a decade ago, authorities said.

Memorial wall set up for display
Starting Friday, a mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at the Columbia County fairgrounds on Columbia Road.

Center invites families to party with the stars
AIKEN - If you're looking for something stellar to do tonight, look no further.

Police arrest six teens in school vandalism case
AIKEN - Six Aiken High School seniors were arrested Wednesday in connection with last week's vandalism at rival South Aiken High School.

Lesson in teamwork
They don't eat bugs; they don't vote anybody off; and their strategy is teamwork.

Accident victim faced charges
AIKEN - Steven Greene was on the road to a new life when he met death.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Eleven new or expanded museums across the state are calling on the help of home-county lawmakers to get at least $50 million in state funds next year.

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

Georgia DOT will get new faces
First, voters and politicians performed the congressional redistricting shuffle. Now it's the Georgia Department of Transportation's turn as it readies for its own topsy-turvy move.

News you can use
Nov. 14, 1980 ATLANTA - Sen. Thomas F. Allgood was elected Senate majority leader on Thursday, edging Sen. Frank Eldridge Jr. of Waycross by a single vote.

Moving tribute

Across South Carolina
MONCKS CORNER -A sailor missing from the Naval Weapons Station at Goose Creek since last month has been found in Wisconsin, Berkeley County sheriff's deputies say.

Georgia DOT will get new faces

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A man linked to three killings in the Atlanta area has been taken into custody, the Atlanta Police Department said Wednesday.

Georgia GOP will wait to fill top slots

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Wednesday were investigating a theft from a movie theater.

New building starts to take shape at ASU

Fifth-grade class digs deep into school's past
ATHENS, Ga. - William Miller says he can't believe there's now a cafeteria at Chase Street Elementary School.

Barnes stands by decision on flag

EPA officials discover lead, arsenic below playgrounds
Elevated levels of arsenic and lead have been found beneath the surface of an east Augusta public housing complex's playgrounds, and a massive cleanup effort is expected to begin next year, Environmental Protection Agency officials confirmed Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

Mayor admits paying for sex
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The mayor of this historic rural city admitted Wednesday that he paid to have sex with the woman whom he is now accusing of blackmail.

Suspect waives right to hearing

Police arrest fugitive, 6 more on drug charges
Richmond County authorities confiscated several grams of crack cocaine and arrested seven people Wednesday after a fugitive they were seeking was found at a home where police say drugs were being sold.

Shop and rock
Members of the Charlotte, N.C., band Justincase perform outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Evans on Thursday evening. The band has a new CD in stores titled Justincase. They recently signed a contract with Madonna's record label, Maverick Records.

Rail switches reduce waits
Believe it or not, city officials say the wait for motorists at some downtown Augusta train crossings is speeding up.

School bus drivers face new fitness standards
AIKEN - The state is requiring its school bus drivers to be capable of rescuing pupils from buses in emergencies.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for all the Democrats who decided to go Republican. That is not fair to the people who voted for you. We voted for you because you were running as a Democrat. If that is the case, we should have another election so we can decide if you should still be there.

Rants and Raves
TO ALL MINISTERS out there: Please stay out of politics and stay in the pulpit.

Is Augusta ready?
Had actual terrorists exploded a tanker carrying chlorine, as officials pretended in a September emergency drill, area hospitals would not have had enough decontamination equipment to handle the victims.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Terrence Kuske of Augusta.

New building starts to take shape at ASU
As campus architect for Augusta State University, Fred Ricketson visits the school's construction site every day.

GOP senators elect leadership
ATLANTA - Meeting for the first time in Georgia history as a majority party, Senate Republicans on Thursday elected their leaders and pledged to work with Democrats at the state Capitol.

Barnes orders more budget cuts, including school funds
ATLANTA -- Warning of a possible budget shortfall, Gov. Roy Barnes' outgoing administration ordered deeper cuts throughout state government Wednesday and extended the curbs to education, which could force some counties to slash teacher salaries.

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS - The Warner Robins Development Authority has approved the sale of its Advanced Technology Development Center for $2.5 million to the Georgia Board of Regents, clearing the way for Fort Valley State University to establish a Warner Robins campus.

Barnes stands by decision on flag
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes acknowledged Tuesday that changing the Georgia flag played a major role in his defeat, but he insisted it was the right decision, warning that the flag referendum his successor promised "will tear this state apart."

Commissioners consider spending cuts
After a week of budget briefings, Augusta commissioners began the tedious task of considering spending cuts during a Thursday afternoon work session.

Subscriber of the day

E. coli leads to recall of beef
An Augusta meat-packing plant agreed Thursday night to recall 54,000 pounds of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to federal health officials.

Patriot pride

Rants and Raves
TO ALL MINISTERS out there: Please stay out of politics and stay in the pulpit.

E. coli leads to recall of beef

GOP senators elect leadership

Shop and rock

Across the area

Mother recalls accident in book

News you can use

Across the area

Lesson in teamwork

Mayor admits paying for sex

School bus drivers face new fitness standards

Teen's schooling hangs on talent

Across Georgia

Counties reach standards for teachers

Fifth-grade class digs deep into school's past

Rail switches reduce waits

Accident victim faced charges

Archaeologists might wonder about paper bags
Raymond was carrying an empty brown paper bag he had gotten from a supermarket, and I asked him why.

Local television stations know what's at stake during sweeps
Quick. How many sports cliches can you drudge up to describe November sweeps?

Competition could be taken out of championship chase

Competition could be taken out of championship chase
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- No driver wants to cause the accident that would knock Tony Stewart or Mark Martin out of the final Winston Cup race.

Injury will keep Fernandez out of homecoming CART race
MEXICO CITY -- Adrian Fernandez has been forced to drop out of the CART season finale because of a neck injury.

Leading Role
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The only thing smooth about Tony Stewart is the way he wins championships.

Spotlight on Casey Atwood
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Casey Atwood.

Martin won't alter approach

Martin won't alter approach
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Roush Racing's appeal of a 25-point penalty may have a dramatic effect on the race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship, but it won't change the way Mark Martin approaches the season-finale.

Injury will keep Fernandez out of homecoming CART race

Green takes Busch pole, edges rookie
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Winston Cup regular Jeff Green edged Busch series rookie Brian Vickers to win the pole Thursday for the Ford 300.

Green takes Busch pole, edges rookie

Racing facts - Ford 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Ford 400 race.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - If Jack Roush has his way, the points race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship will get tighter a day before the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Leading Role

Spotlight on Casey Atwood

Racing facts - Ford 400

Aiken Tech denied
GRANITEVILLE - After watching his team lose a second straight home game by a point, Aiken Tech coach Charles Welch is hoping his team will learn from the experience.

Lady Pacers got an early start
With three games under his belt, first-year USC Aiken women's basketball coach Mike Brandt has one advantage over the other five local NCAA Division II basketball coaches.

The cousins go at it again in Atlanta

Fantasy Football: Like fine wine, Rice has aged well

Dunn likes Duckett, but he's better working solo

Ms. Pearl Perrin    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Percy Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Gwinn    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gus Waldo, Jr.    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Emmie McLarty
Although Emmie McLarty was a devoted Baptist, she served as a church secretary for an Episcopal congregation.

Mrs. Marie Garvin    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrl Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Belle Huntington    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable Courtney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Miles    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Cummings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Cartee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Clara Fanning    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Bradley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Florine Fowler    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice McDaniel    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Gantt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edgar Heath    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Elisabeth Claussen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maude Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable Courtney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Effie Simmons    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Creighton Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Edward Lee Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dyches    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Mincey    (MIDWAY, Ga.)
Ms. Florine Fowler    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Shamai Reid    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Garvin    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Bennie Allison    (HARRISON, Ga.)
Mr. Nicholas Gavalas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Brizius    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steven Greene    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Nicholas Gavalas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Gibbons    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Jefferson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cary Hatcher    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Moxon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Andrew Holloway    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mr. John Nunn    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Marqueze Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen OConnell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. George Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Melvin Peterson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Everett Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert McClain    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Sallie Pinckney    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Timothy Laney    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Oscar Richardson Jr.,    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Weatherford    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Roney    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mrs. Pearlie Loren    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Salley    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Walden    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Scott    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Oscar Richardson Jr.,    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen OConnell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Berry    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. James Boone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Nunn    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Effie Simmons    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Moxon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Percy Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Taylor Tutt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Thurmond    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Jefferson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Courtney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Laney (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Mincey (MIDWAY, Ga.)

Ms. Clara Fanning (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Cary Hatcher (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marqueze Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Bradley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pearl Perrin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Gus Waldo, Jr. (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. James Boone Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Gantt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McClain (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Nicholas Gavalas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Miles (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Gwinn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice McDaniel (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elisabeth Claussen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Salley (SALLEY, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Emmie McLarty

Mr. Percy Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Everett Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Nunn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. George Thompson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen OConnell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrl Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Scott (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Nunn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Taylor Tutt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Shamai Reid (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Simmons (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Florine Fowler (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Garvin (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Roney (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Effie Simmons (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Moxon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Allison (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. John Cummings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Courtney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Berry (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Andrew Holloway (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Joseph Weatherford (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moxon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sallie Pinckney (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Percy Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Richardson Jr., (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belle Huntington (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Peterson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Gibbons (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Bob Brizius (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Greene (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearlie Loren (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Creighton Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edgar Heath (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Ms. Florine Fowler (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

McIntyre has known hard times
I've been there, done that. Yes, I have been late with my tax payments and my power bills. My gas and water have been shut off before. Not because I didn't know or want to pay them, but I just didn't have it to pay at the time. Betty Jean Shirey, Hephzibah, Ga.

Young: a leader since childhood
I've known the man since childhood. When I first met Bob Young, it was in the fourth-grade class of Mrs. Elliot at the Laura Jones School in Thomson, Ga. Jim Baggett, Thomson, Ga.

City needs McIntyre's vision, leadership
About two weeks before the disastrous Savannah River drawdown by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, I called Mayor Bob Young and expressed my concern that the drawdown could cause damage to our property along the river. During that conversation, I asked Mr. Young to direct the city attorney to go before a judge and request an injunction against the Corps to delay the drawdown until a more complete assessment could be made of possible property damage. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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Cell phones, e-mail and other high-tech devices have connected people more than ever. But no matter how many fancy gadgets are invented, the lifeblood of commerce - the key to our livelihoods - will always be the ability to get people, goods and services from one place to another.

A safer homeland
Following Nov. 5, President George W. Bush got the wind at his back on the Homeland Security bill. Senate Democrats, putting union security above America's security, took a beating at the polls for obstructing the measure's passage. This led to the surprise takeover of the U.S. Senate by Republicans.

One big loose end
A year ago, Osama bin Laden's face symbolized the start of the war on terror.

Hilton is an exceptional teacher
Congratulations to Rebecca Hilton of Aiken Technical College and to John Spurrier of USC-Columbia on their selection as 2002 Governor's Professors of the Year for South Carolina. This exceptional compliment is fully deserved by both recipients. Joseph P. Campbell, Augusta

Please preserve character, convenience of Bush Field
I read with interest the letter of Nov. 5 by Jim Bible III, "Augusta should fund new airport," in support of a new airport for Augusta. Jim Kitchens, Arnoldsville, Ga.

Looks forward to serving Columbia Co.
My sincere thanks to the voters of Columbia County's 79th Georgia House District for electing me as their new state representative. I am honored and humbled by the tremendous support from so many friends, new and old. I look forward to this new challenge and to serving the citizens of Columbia County, as well as all of Georgia, in our legislature. Barry Fleming, Harlem, Ga.

Call special session
It looks like Mark Sanford will inherit one of the worst budget messes in the nation when he's sworn in as South Carolina's governor on Jan. 14 - a whopping $500 million mid-year deficit. Put another way, the state's 2002-03 revenue collections are projected to fall half a billion dollars short of its spending commitments.

No time to backtrack
If homeland security starts at home, then Richmond County has its work cut out. And the county is probably typical of most other counties and municipalities across the country.

Guns not the problem - people are
Barbara Thurmond's Nov. 9 letter, "Georgia gunrunners take toll on state," about black-on-black crimes is just another attempt to shift the blame from personal behavior to legal gun owners. Here are just a few misconceptions: Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Candidate has vision, experience
I am rebutting the Nov. 8 letter by William J. Welsh, M.D.: "Bob Young: The mayoral candidate with character." Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Longtime subscribers deserve better
Earl Sleeth (letter of Nov. 8, "Charges Chronicle shortchanging its comics readers") phrased my thoughts precisely. I couldn't have worded the complaint better, regarding the comics you choose to print. Lorraine Seeby, Aiken, S.C.

Tax-spend officials need watching
Tax-and-spend Augusta Administrator George Kolb is doing it again. All he knows is to raise taxes and spend money. He has done this repeatedly since coming here. In addition, he has raised his own salary a number of times. Robert C. Calloway, Augusta

Traditional wedding etiquette all but gone
The rising popularity of the wedding has almost completely depleted wedding tradition and etiquette. Recently, I attended a wedding. The bride, a 50-year-old woman on her fourth marriage, donned a long, white dress (with veil) and had all of the same wedding attendants (flower girl, ringbearer and bridesmaids) who would appear in a first wedding. Needless to say, these attendants were children and grandchildren. Marcia Nelson, North Augusta, S.C.

Mayoral race overshadows all else
Did you see the ballot? Not only was the touch-screen voting machine new, but also the legal jargon was gone. This meant an easier ballot to read with much less voter assistance from poll workers, no chads, no dimpled ballots and technology at the cutting edge. The 1970s technology was left in the dust. Robert Ingham, Hephzibah, Ga.

Young instrumental in Asahi Ryokuken
Mayor Bob Young has worked tirelessly to bring new business to the Augusta area and worked toward implementing many programs that benefit all citizens of Augusta. Mr. Young makes every effort to speak to all Augustans and fairly represent the many facets of our area. Steve Storm, Evans, Ga.

Young helps city achieve potential
During the administration of Augusta Mayor Bob Young, I have been involved in plans to preserve a major element of local history - the chimney stack of the Confederate Powder Works. Mark M. Newell, Augusta

Overtime

USC Aiken plays host to tourney

Local television stations know what's at stake during sweeps

Hewitt, Agassi, Safin lose at Masters Cup

Overtime

Overtime
Maryland's E.J. Henderson, Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman and Notre Dame's Courtney Watson were named finalists Thursday for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker.

Overtime
Three local athletes were named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association' Top-Five team Wednesday.

USC Aiken plays host to tourney
For the second straight year, USC Aiken opens the Peach Belt Conference volleyball tournament against UNC Pembroke.

Hewitt, Agassi, Safin lose at Masters Cup
SHANGHAI, China -- Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Marat Safin - the world's three top-ranked players - were upset Wednesday at the Masters Cup.

Skating directors see potential in Augusta
Less than two years after winning a national ice dancing championship, Andrew Austin and Renee Lipscomb are continuing their partnership in Augusta.

Martinez angler on a roll to be a pro

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

Fishing report
Years ago, as an informational assistant with the old Georgia Game and Fish Department, this writer broadcast a statewide fishing report on the radio. In one part, he said:

Martinez angler on a roll to be a pro
Back in 1995, Craig Johnson told his father of his goal to become a professional bass fisherman.

Dunn likes Duckett, but he's better working solo
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Warrick Dunn has played like a Pro Bowl running back in the two games T.J. Duckett missed with injuries.

The cousins go at it again in Atlanta
Cousins Michael Vick and Aaron Brooks played against each other in New Orleans three weeks ago, with Vick's Falcons beating Brooks' Saints 37-35. Look for more fireworks when they meet Sunday.

Fantasy Football: Like fine wine, Rice has aged well
Randy Moss, David Boston, Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson, Rod Smith, Isaac Bruce and Jimmy Smith.

Peppers fails first part of two-part urine test
NFL sacks leader Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers failed a urine test and could be suspended by the league if another test on the same sample comes back positive, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Voice recognition an unsure science
There's no quick, surefire way to determine whether the voice on an audiotape broadcast Tuesday belongs to Osama bin Laden or an impostor, experts say.

Two new digital cameras that really click
Digital photography has come a long way since the advent of the technology in the ancient days of computing.

In the know
A crab that lives near underwater volcanic vents grows two types of eyes in its lifetime

Wounded Georgia featuring Gibson, Musa

Quarterback aims to make Tigers Greene with envy

Georgia deals with obstacles

Wounded Georgia featuring Gibson, Musa
AUBURN, Ala. -- Georgia and Auburn must rely on some reserves to make big plays this weekend.

Georgia vs. Auburn: Nothing fancy about this one

Quarterback aims to make Tigers Greene with envy
ATHENS, Ga. - It was Parents Day at Auburn, so the trip wasn't a total waste.

Georgia vs. Auburn: Nothing fancy about this one
ATHENS, Ga. -- Buckle up those chin straps, boys. This one won't be fancy.

Georgia deals with obstacles
NEW YORK - Jim Harrick's Georgia basketball team is in a familiar situation.

Receiver makes strides

Receiver makes strides
ATHENS, Ga. - During a team meeting Monday, Georgia coach Mark Richt was rattling off a list of superlatives from last week's 31-17 win over Mississippi.

Duo commits to South Carolina

Duo commits to South Carolina
The University of South Carolina will get a double dose of good news today.

Despite a title, she's banned from a 'queens' parade

Odds and ends

Voice recognition an unsure science

Two new digital cameras that really click

In the know