Woods helps Glascock County move on

Woods helps Glascock County move on
GIBSON, Ga. - Pitcher Derrick Wood has started two games this season for Glascock County.

Glavine prepares for first start against Braves
ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine isn't sure how he'll be received by the fans at Turner Field on Saturday, when he faces the Atlanta Braves for the first time as a member of the New York Mets.

Patriots games go to new place
It is slated to be torn apart as soon as the season is done, but nothing will be able to demolish the memories for those who played, coached or witnessed history at Westside High's baseball field.

Odds and Ends
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Jason Romano is well aware of several recent instances in which spectators trespassed on the baseball field - and the game last year where a player was attacked.

UFO team looks into odd lights
LILBURN, Ga. - UFO investigators Olivia Newton and Jim Clifford are trying to solve the case of the red dots at Booger Bottom.

Braves' notebook

Unlikely hero rescues Mets
ATLANTA - For the slipping and sliding New York Mets, beating the archrival helps make the season worth enduring.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Greg Maddux sympathized with former Atlanta ace Tom Glavine on Saturday, understanding the mixed emotions the left-hander was experiencing on pitching at Turner Field for the first time since signing with the New York Mets.

Braves get new look at Glavine

Glavine makes return
ATLANTA - It was fitting that after choosing to pitch in New York, Tom Glavine was stuck in a traffic jam on his return to Atlanta.

Braves get new look at Glavine
ATLANTA - For the Atlanta Braves, the shock of seeing Tom Glavine wearing a New York Mets cap wore off at about the same time as that second-inning hammer Andruw Jones dropped on the former Atlanta ace.

Glavine makes return
ATLANTA - It was fitting that after choosing to pitch in New York, Tom Glavine was stuck in a traffic jam on his return to Atlanta.

Unlikely hero rescues Mets

Business calendar

Ski companies turn to real estate for revenue

Employers must know labor laws
Unemployment-compensation hearings are something many employers will have to deal with at some point, but preparing for them can be confusing for people unfamil iar with the process, according to one employment lawyer.

Ski companies turn to real estate for revenue
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - When county officials held meetings in Hood River about expanding a ski resort on the north slope of Mount Hood, people raised such a ruckus they were ordered to wiggle their fingers instead of clapping or shouting.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Two-hour course: Self-Employment & Franchising: The Best of Both Worlds; University of Georgia Business Outreach Services Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Keebler Murry Biiscuit Co.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Keebler Murry Biiscuit Co.

Programs teach skills to help disabled residents find jobs
A week before he got his high school diploma, Travis Bush received a graduation certificate that helped just as much to prepare him for adulthood.

Programs teach skills to help disabled residents find jobs
A week before he got his high school diploma, Travis Bush received a graduation certificate that helped just as much to prepare him for adulthood.

Euro spikes above $1.18 to four-year high against U.S. dollar

Employers must know labor laws
Unemployment-compensation hearings are something many employers will have to deal with at some point, but preparing for them can be confusing for people unfamil iar with the process, according to one employment lawyer.

Owners should know when, how to close business
Kenny Rogers' hit song, The Gambler, had the catchy line: "Know when to hold them, know when to fold them."

Cookie factory eyes new growth
Tim McGee has two tall orders to fill during the next 12 months.

Laid-off workers turn to community colleges
PITTSBURGH - For 23 years, Larry Plowman fixed practically everything from electric arc furnaces to overhead cranes to assembly lines. Now he's learning how to break criminal cases using computers and the Internet.

Euro spikes above $1.18 to four-year high against U.S. dollar
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro surged above $1.18 on Friday, coming within a penny of its all-time high against the dollar in a rapid climb fed by signals that U.S. officials welcome a weaker currency to spur exports.

Congress approves $330 billion in tax cuts

Laid-off workers turn to community colleges

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Georgia Power asked the Georgia Public Service Commission to approve a new fuel rate Friday that would increase the average customer's bill by about 2.9 percent, or $1.60 a month.

Owners should know when, how to close business

Congress approves $330 billion in tax cuts
WASHINGTON -- Congress gave its final approval Friday to $330 billion in new tax cuts for families, investors and businesses, handing President Bush a victory despite sharply curtailing his plan for lifting the economy from its knees.

Cookie factory eyes new growth
Tim McGee has two tall orders to fill during the next 12 months.

Clemson falls to Duke
SALEM, Va. -- Tim Layden pitched seven strong innings and Duke used a seven-run second against Clemson ace Tyler Lumsden to beat the Tigers 7-4 Friday in an elimination game at the ACC baseball tournament.

The tax-cut gambit

Fort Gordon needs you
There's still a ton of work to be done in the continuing campaign to save Fort Gordon from the next round of base closures in 2005, but important progress has been made since earlier in the year.

It's decision time
Kicking, screaming, bombing, killing.

Door to peace?

Fort Gordon needs you

On being heard
Chris Hedges was an awful choice for a commencement speaker.

It's decision time

Door to peace?
"We have told the Israeli government that we would take their comments and address them seriously and fully as we went forward in the implementation of the road map. This does not require us to change the road map. It is a good document that leads to the president's vision of two states living in peace side by side."

The tax-cut gambit
Better than nothing. That's the best one can say about the dramatically reduced compromise version of President George W. Bush's tax-cut plan approved by Congress on Friday.

Young-Owens
Rev. and Mrs. James Young of Graniteville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeriah Young of Graniteville, to Bradley Owens of Williston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Owens.

Goodman-Pascarella
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett L. Goodman, Jr., of Macon, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Amanda Goodman to David Michael Pascarella, son of Mrs. Carol K. Pascarella and Mr. Michael H. Pascarella of Augusta.

Stocks modestly higher ahead of long weekend

Rumors, speculation may be main stock catalysts in coming weeks

Stocks modestly higher ahead of long weekend
NEW YORK -- Wall Street went into the holiday weekend quietly, with stocks edging higher amid a lack of economic and earnings news.

Inadequate natural gas supply stirs more worry

Rumors, speculation may be main stock catalysts in coming weeks
By Hope Yen Associated Press

Inadequate natural gas supply stirs more worry
NEW YORK - Although natural gas is primarily a winter fuel, the industry is getting an unusually high level of attention as summer rolls around because supplies are tight and prices are soaring.

GreenJackets on-deck
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium THE SERIES: One game - Tonight, 7:15 p.m.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Jackets' Lester learns from past
When Jon Lester was dominating high school hitters a year ago, he'd never allowed eight earned runs in an entire season, let alone in one game.

Game report
TURNING POINT: With the game tied 1-1, Augusta's Chad Spann doubled to drive in Hanley Ramirez with the go-ahead run in the sixth.

Around the horn
Lake County Captains reliever Shea Douglas allowed no hits, no runs and only one walk, struck out 12 batters and picked up a save in two outings (seven innings) last week. Douglas was a 32nd-round pick by the Indians last year.

GreenJackets on-deck
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium THE SERIES: One game - Tonight, 7:15 p.m.

Late picks blossom into stars
The folks at SportsTicker recently produced a list of the top 10 surprises from the 2002 draft. Two of those 10 are South Atlantic League pitchers - Lake County's Shea Douglas and Kannapolis' Rick Hummel.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Jackets' Lester learns from past
When Jon Lester was dominating high school hitters a year ago, he'd never allowed eight earned runs in an entire season, let alone in one game.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Second-round leader pulls away with course-record 61

Golf roundup

Second-round leader pulls away with course-record 61
FORT WORTH, Texas - With the focus back on the leaders after Annika Sorenstam missed the cut, Kenny Perry didn't go unnoticed again as he ran away from the rest of the field at the Colonial.

Women's coach resigns post
Shannon Hanson resigned her position as Augusta State women's golf coach Friday afternoon.

Championship visions dance in Jags' heads
When Oliver Wilson closes his eyes these days, he sees tinges of orange. And a national championship.

Friday's Golf Capsules
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Perry and Dan Forsman held a one-stroke lead over Jim Furyk after Friday's second round of the Colonial.

A woman will play the PGA some day, just not Annika
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Contrary to what too many men still think, there will be a woman playing on the PGA Tour some day.

Sorenstam doesn't make cut, but is still a big winner in Sweden
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Record TV ratings for golf. Unprecedented coverage in the newspapers. In less than a week, Annika Sorenstam became perhaps the hottest celebrity in her native Sweden.

Golf roundup
VIRGINIA WATER, England - South Africa's Trevor Immelman closed with three straight birdies in a round of 8-under-par 64 on Saturday and held a two-shot lead after three rounds of the European Tour's Volvo PGA Championship.

Friday's Golf Capsules

Championship visions dance in Jags' heads
When Oliver Wilson closes his eyes these days, he sees tinges of orange. And a national championship.

A woman will play the PGA some day, just not Annika

Women's coach resigns post

Sorenstam doesn't make cut, but is still a big winner in Sweden

Sorenstam misses the cut in PGA Tour debut
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam was good enough to play against the men, but only for two days.

Around the horn

Late picks blossom into stars

Augusta monuments pay tribute to fallen heroes
It's easy to forget that this is a weekend set aside to remember.

Has NASCAR paid Jackson to be quiet?
Well NASCAR fans, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has finally gotten his nasty hands into the NASCAR till. NASCAR gave the Rev. Jackson $250,000 not to cause problems at the race tracks that NASCAR sponsors. Bill Vaughan, Edgefield, S.C.

Has NASCAR paid Jackson to be quiet?

Pastor does not speak for all religions

A pillar of salt
After reading of reporter Jayson Blair's plagiarism, lying and cheating, for The New York Times (motto, "All the news that's print to fit our agenda"), I have upgraded the salt which I usually take with their articles from a grain to a pillar. Kris Kristensen, Martinez, Ga.

Pastor does not speak for all religions
Pastor J.F. Rodgers, in his May 2 letter, "Various religions lack 'Christ Jesus,"' writes how unfortunate it is that the world religions lack "one all-important factor: Christ Jesus." Andrew L. Rosenkranz, Augusta

Friendly advice for smokers looking to quit
One morning more than 16 years ago somebody at the breakfast table said something funny as I lit a cigarette. I appreciated the other's sense of comedy, so I laughed - but only for a couple of guffaws. Lamar Rush, Augusta

A pillar of salt

First meeting requires a modest gift

Trees are party excuse in Japan
NAGASAKI, Japan - The spring day begins with groups of friends, families and co-workers lounging on blankets in a mountaintop park, soft sunshine filtering through a canopy of delicate pink and white cherry blossoms onto their smiling faces.

Be mindful to rules of wearing white
NEW YORK - White clothing is far more complicated than a simple T-shirt.

In the know
The 14th annual national Memorial Day concert from PBS presents an all-star tribute to the troops in Iraq. Airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the concert boasts musical performances, archival footage and dramatic readings.

Home front
Proper lighting can set the mood for a romantic evening, save you a few nicks while shaving or make a scrumptious roast look even more delicious.

Home's decor creates an inviting atmosphere
Stepping into Scott and Kim Pidcock's home on the golf course at Jones Creek subdivision, guests immediately notice the meticulous attention that has been spent on decor.

First meeting requires a modest gift
Dear Carson: I started dating a man two weeks ago and have yet to meet his family. My first encounter with his family will be at his mother's wedding in late May. Am I responsible for bringing a gift and, if so, what is appropriate? - Needs Advice

Home's decor creates an inviting atmosphere
Stepping into Scott and Kim Pidcock's home on the golf course at Jones Creek subdivision, guests immediately notice the meticulous attention that has been spent on decor.

In the know
The 14th annual national Memorial Day concert from PBS presents an all-star tribute to the troops in Iraq. Airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the concert boasts musical performances, archival footage and dramatic readings.

Spoleto Festival opens its season in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Spoleto Festival U.S.A. opened its 27th season Friday with acrobats swinging from ropes in trees, jugglers tossing bowling pins and a cascade of colored balloons drifting from the roof of City Hall.

Meadows given reprieve by judge
A magistrate judge said Friday there was probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for a local high school baseball coach, but he decided to give the coach another chance.

Around town

Lake businesses prepare for rush
Charles Kelly's ski boat is tuned, gassed up and ready to go. Even the radio works.

Police crack down on violence

New doctors show growing doubts, regrets in survey
A rhythmic squawking came out of the small purple machine lying against LaToya Rhodes' swollen belly.

City, schools anticipate smaller tax gains

Across Georgia
ROME - An 18-year-old high school football player convicted of molestation and statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Across Georgia

Officials study prison employees' fatal crash

End of year holds different meanings for two teachers
A reflective Audrey O'Keefe said a final goodbye to her sixth-grade pupils at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School on Friday.

Hollings decision creates tension
COLUMBIA - The state Democratic Party, already suffering from recent losses in the Governor's Mansion and General Assembly, could face another major blow if U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings decides to step down, political observers say.

Lake businesses prepare for rush
Charles Kelly's ski boat is tuned, gassed up and ready to go. Even the radio works.

Rainy weather hinders area's upkeep efforts
AIKEN - When Alvin Bryan drives on any of the 800 miles of dirt road that run through Aiken County like veins of clay and sand, he isn't looking toward a blacktop future.

New doctors show growing doubts, regrets in survey

A long walk
Erin Conway takes 2-year-old Cher for a walk along Broad Street. The mastiff belongs to Erin's neighbor.

Man makes guilty plea in slaying

Police inquiry stirs tensions
NEW ELLENTON - The flash of anger and skepticism surrounding the recent review of complaints against New Ellenton's first black police chief, Van McMillan, has sub-sided, but an old wound of race and small-town politics is still open in the Aiken County community of 2,800.

Federal aid will be relief to state

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Former President Clinton helped build part of his legacy Friday when he put his signature on a steel beam and watched a crane swing it into place to complete the skeleton of his presidential library.

Corrections

Schools save old flag for vote
Columbia County schools, like others in the state, might soon be stuck with 26 pieces of history when the new state flag is hoisted.

Memorial Day closings

Sanford's plan to restructure faces long haul
COLUMBIA - Ten years ago, Gov. Carroll Campbell's three-year fight for restructuring state government was on the verge of clearing the Legislature in a struggle that played out amid fears of public corruption and lack of accountability.

Meadows given reprieve by judge

Police crack down on violence
With a GBI helicopter buzzing overhead, a strong police presence and funerals and vigils being held daily for shooting victims, downtown Savannah seemed like a war zone.

Church provides singles group
Marvin United Methodist Church has formed a new group called Prisms for singles or "single again" people in the Augusta area. The group is not a dating service, but it is expected to expand into a large group to give people a place to get together with others in a casual Christian atmosphere. There will be some outings, along with casual meetings at the church on the corner of Belair and Wheelerroads.

City, schools anticipate smaller tax gains
During 2001 and 2002, sales tax collections in Augusta met or exceeded projections only a fraction of the time, and 2003 appears to be following the same sluggish path, according to collection reports tallied by the state Department of Revenue.

Crowds mourn rapper
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Camoflauge - a nickname Jason Johnson once said he chose because he says his lyrics disappear into the beat - had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting in September.

Celebrations honor heroes
AIKEN - Even though World War II veteran Doug Rearden could not see the American flags he saluted Saturday during Aiken's Memorial Day Parade, he felt their power.

Across South Carolina

Man makes guilty plea in slaying
AIKEN - Jason Charles Sheahan pleaded guilty Friday to killing his teenage ex-girlfriend with a sword in May 2001 and was given a 45-year prison sentence.

Serviceman of the day
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Martin is today's serviceman of the day.

Church provides singles group

Serviceman of the day
Air Force 2nd Lt. Trevor M. Adams is today's serviceman of the day.

Parents present diplomas
With the turn of her tassel, Jessica Corbin was ready to begin the next chapter of her life.

Sanford's plan to restructure faces long haul

Choreographer works dancers hard
Images of choreographer Bob Fosse and movies All That Jazz and A Chorus Line came to mind as Jermaine Browne worked his magic with about 30 Augusta dancers Saturday.

Across the Southeast

Memorial Day closings
This is a list of Memorial Day closings in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Celebrations honor heroes
AIKEN - Even though World War II veteran Doug Rearden could not see the American flags he saluted Saturday during Aiken's Memorial Day Parade, he felt their power.

Corrections
An article in the May 10 editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly referred to physicians contracted to perform autopsies for the state of South Carolina. The article should have said that pathologists at Newberry Memorial Hospital perform the autopsies.

Rants and raves
I HAVE CALLED the Rants and Raves line three or four times with a rant and haven't seen one of them in the paper. What do I have to do to get my rant printed? I bet you won't print this one either.

Pets have friend in animal officer
AIKEN - Shirley Harden, like most people in a similar line of work, started out because of her love for animals.

GOP members seek Senate

Memorial Day closings

Across the southeast
POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -The bombs bursting in air snapped 9-year-old Kayla Bodenheimer to attention.

A long walk
Erin Conway takes 2-year-old Cher for a walk along Broad Street. The mastiff belongs to Erin's neighbor.

Serviceman of the day
Air Force 2nd Lt. Trevor M. Adams is today's serviceman of the day.

Man admits plot to kill woman
A man who tried to hire a hit man to kill the woman who gave his estranged wife shelter pleaded guilty Friday.

News you can use
MAY 25, 1973 Dr. George Christenberry, president of Augusta College, and Dr. J.B. Searce Jr., commissioner of the newly formed South Atlantic Conference, offered words of encouragement about the future of the new conference to Augusta College athletes at the annual spring sports banquet yesterday.

Serviceman of the day
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Martin is today's serviceman of the day.

Parents present diplomas
With the turn of her tassel, Jessica Corbin was ready to begin the next chapter of her life.

Pets have friend in animal officer
AIKEN - Shirley Harden, like most people in a similar line of work, started out because of her love for animals.

Police inquiry stirs tensions
NEW ELLENTON - The flash of anger and skepticism surrounding the recent review of complaints against New Ellenton's first black police chief, Van McMillan, has sub-sided, but an old wound of race and small-town politics is still open in the Aiken County community of 2,800.

Around town
MAY 24, 1953 Despite deep slashes made in appropriations for rivers and harbors throughout the nation, the House Appropriations Committee yesterday allocated $134,000 to complete plans for the Hartwell Dam above Augusta. The committee also allocated $2.25 million for further work on the powerhouse at Clark Hill.

Exhibit opens with a roar
Five-year-old Haley Payne clutched her mother's hand when a Tyrannosaurus rex replica let out a screeching roar.

Federal aid will be relief to state
COLUMBIA - One day after the Senate approved a dismal $5 billion state budget that included deep cuts for health and education programs, the federal government approved aid for states, including $68 million for South Carolina.

Choreographer works dancers hard
Images of choreographer Bob Fosse and movies All That Jazz and A Chorus Line came to mind as Jermaine Browne worked his magic with about 30 Augusta dancers Saturday.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for an Augusta teen who has been missing since May 17.

Graduation speech veterans offer tips
With the graduation season at hand, the experts of talk - politicians, preachers and speechwriters - say they have a little advice for this year's salutatorians, valedictorians and special guest speakers.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A Missouri man who was in town for the annual Memorial Day weekend biker festival died when he hit a metal building after being thrown from his motorcycle.

Memorial Day closings
Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Monday

Officials study prison employees' fatal crash
Officials from the Georgia State Patrol on Friday were investigating a single-car accident in Wrightsville, Ga., that killed a correctional officer and injured another.

Across South Carolina
CLOVER -Visitors to Clover High School's graduation weren't seeing double during the valedictory address.

Doctors hope school's end reduces meningitis cases
Richmond County saw another big influx of viral meningitis cases this week, but health officials are hoping that school's ending will help slow the tide of cases. Whether it will remains to be seen over the coming weeks, officials say.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE -A state investigation has cleared a Milledgeville city councilman of making threats against the mayor.

Charges against McCoy increase
AIKEN - J. Wesley McCoy built an impressive following among young people with a charismatic personality and knack for connecting with youth, according to a friend of more than 10 years.

Graduation speech veterans offer tips

Across the area

Rants and raves
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End of year holds different meanings for two teachers
A reflective Audrey O'Keefe said a final goodbye to her sixth-grade pupils at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School on Friday.

GOP members seek Senate
ATLANTA - Delegates jammed the biggest banquet room at the Macon convention center last weekend to hear U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the main breakfast speaker at the state Republican Party's annual get-together.

Schools save old flag for vote
Columbia County schools, like others in the state, might soon be stuck with 26 pieces of history when the new state flag is hoisted.

Brown keeps working at 70
NEW YORK - Five decades of splits, stop-on-a-dime spins and side-gliding dance steps can take a toll even on the hardest-working man in show business.

Rainy weather hinders area's upkeep efforts
AIKEN - When Alvin Bryan drives on any of the 800 miles of dirt road that run through Aiken County like veins of clay and sand, he isn't looking toward a blacktop future.

Exhibit opens with a roar
Five-year-old Haley Payne clutched her mother's hand when a Tyrannosaurus rex replica let out a screeching roar.

Across the area
Police are investigating the theft of 60 lottery tickets from a convenience store in south Augusta.

Across the southeast

Crowds mourn rapper
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Camoflauge - a nickname Jason Johnson once said he chose because he says his lyrics disappear into the beat - had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting in September.

Across the area

Turner Field becomes foreign territory
ATLANTA - The most peculiar sight in sports last week was not a woman competing on the PGA Tour or a gelding racing to the brink of a Triple Crown.

B.B. King wins top award for fifth straight year at Handy Blues Awards
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- B.B. King won entertainer of the year for the fifth consecutive year at the 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

B.B. King wins top award for fifth straight year at Handy Blues Awards

NASCAR notebook

Newman puts Penske on both poles for Sunday

Sophomores endure slump

NASCAR approves carbon monoxide filter
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR approved a carbon monoxide filter Friday to allow drivers to breathe easier during races that can last as long as five hours.

IRL copies NASCAR's pattern successfully
CONCORD, N.C. - The Indy Racing League knew a good thing when it saw it. That's why it openly copied the little things that have made the NASCAR Winston Cup Series so popular.

IRL copies NASCAR's pattern successfully

Engine thwarts efforts
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman won the Coca-Cola 600 pole position Friday afternoon for a lot of reasons. A fast car. A strong motor. A perfect setup.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 offers a lot more challenges than racing 100 extra miles.

Sophomores endure slump
CONCORD, N.C. - Even after winning the pole position for today's Coca-Cola 600, there was no sense of relief in Ryan Newman's voice.

Engine thwarts efforts
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman won the Coca-Cola 600 pole position Friday afternoon for a lot of reasons. A fast car. A strong motor. A perfect setup.

Newman puts Penske on both poles for Sunday
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, giving owner Roger Penske cars on the front row in both of Sunday's races.

Space shuttle Columbia rescue mission was possible

Nets sweep Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Before there was a celebration, there was an almighty hush. Jason Kidd lay on the court grabbing his ankle, a towel stuffed in his mouth to help him fight the pain.

Nets sweep Pistons

Edwards, at 38, set to make WNBA debut with Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- To Teresa Edwards, Minnesota is just another stop. One more piece she can add to her long and illustrious career.

Nowitzki doubtful for Game 4 after MRI reveals sprain
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki's knee injury is not as bad as the Mavericks feared, although Dallas listed him as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nowitzki doubtful for Game 4 after MRI reveals sprain

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Mrs. Thelma Hughes (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Campbell (CONYERS, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Deverow (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Laudi (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Hutto Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Meshach Key (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chesley Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Hughes (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. John Curry Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Christina Bagley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mrs. Vivian Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mamie Harrison (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Franklin Bush (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George Stallings Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Connie Negron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Dermaine Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Carter (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bobby Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Meshach Key (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Gay (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Provost Sr. (WAYNESBORO)

Miss Myrtice Bedingfield (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Cody Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Whitlock (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Virgil Griffith (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Abney (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Johnson (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Montine Gay (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

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All-Williams final possible in Paris

Overtime

Area sports announcements

De Ferran forgotten Penske driver

Overtime

Meadows given reprieve by judge

Top-seeded player eliminated at NCAA tennis championships

French Open'03: Returning to 'the beginning of the big story'
PARIS -- So much has changed for Serena Williams since the last time she arrived at Roland Garros to play in a French Open.

All-Williams final possible in Paris
PARIS -- The streak of Sister Slams could be extended at the French Open.

Overtime
Tyronne Jones caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Leon Murray with 37 seconds left to lift the Georgia Force to a 49-45 victory over the Dallas Desperados in the wild-card game of the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday.

De Ferran forgotten Penske driver
INDIANAPOLIS -- Helio Castroneves has been the center of attention all month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while teammate Gil de Ferran has gone about his business almost unnoticed.

Black tie gala
Former NFL tight end Jimmie Johnson talks with Silver Bluff head basketball coach Sam Lilly at the 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

Black tie gala
Former NFL tight end Jimmie Johnson talks with Silver Bluff head basketball coach Sam Lilly at the 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

Turner recognized as player of year
Emmett Turner was rewarded this week for his consistency this season.

Area athletes show for event
Despite a light turnout among current and former professional athletes, coaches and women were well represented at the sixth annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala on Friday.

Overtime
In Sunriver, Ore., USC Aiken finished eighth in the NCAA Division II Championships, and the Pacers' Scott Usher was second individually.

Meadows given reprieve by judge
A magistrate judge said Friday there was probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for a local high school baseball coach, but he decided to give the coach another chance.

Area athletes show for event
Despite a light turnout among current and former professional athletes, coaches and women were well represented at the sixth annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala on Friday.

Top-seeded player eliminated at NCAA tennis championships
ATHENS, Ga. -- Top-seeded Bobby Reynolds of Vanderbilt was the only one of the top four seeds to lose in the third round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Deer management group will make home in Athens
Quality deer management has made great strides during the past decade, and a national organization dedicated to that cause is planning to make Georgia its permanent home.

Outdoors calendar
Monday: CSRA Flyfishing Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Wilde Clubhouse, 4275 Owens Road, Evans. The public is welcome.

Outdoors calendar

Lake levels should bring boaters back
Boat registrations in Georgia plummeted last year, but accidents and injuries rose dramatically - a phenomenon attributable to drought conditions that made our lakes and rivers less attractive and more dangerous.

Lake levels should bring boaters back
Boat registrations in Georgia plummeted last year, but accidents and injuries rose dramatically - a phenomenon attributable to drought conditions that made our lakes and rivers less attractive and more dangerous.

Religion news in brief
TORONTO -- A growing number of Canadians do not identify themselves as religious, according to Census figures released this month.

Bishop sings what 'Freedom Is'
Bruce Fox's main instrument is the guitar, but when he meditates on the Lord, he likes to use a keyboard.

Family credit's girl's recovery to faith
Workers hung a lighted cross in the upstairs window of Alexandra Chafin's home two Christmases ago, but it was weeks before she saw it.

Great-grandmother graduates from bible college
A grandparent's love knows few boundaries. For one local great-grandmother, devotion has more rewards than hugs. Scarlett Day enrolled in college to be a "study buddy" to her grandson, Greg Parrish; today she holds a bachelor's degree.

Family credit's girl's recovery to faith
Workers hung a lighted cross in the upstairs window of Alexandra Chafin's home two Christmases ago, but it was weeks before she saw it.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Bishop sings what 'Freedom Is'
Bruce Fox's main instrument is the guitar, but when he meditates on the Lord, he likes to use a keyboard.

Forgiveness unlocks dungeon of hate
There are people imprisoned within the cold dungeon of hate and bitterness. However, they have in their hands the key that unlocks the door to spiritual liberation. The key to freedom is forgiveness.

Faith digest
A rendition of the skyline of Jerusalem will welcome visitors to the Israel Experience between 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

Great-grandmother graduates from bible college
A grandparent's love knows few boundaries. For one local great-grandmother, devotion has more rewards than hugs. Scarlett Day enrolled in college to be a "study buddy" to her grandson, Greg Parrish; today she holds a bachelor's degree.

Space shuttle Columbia rescue mission was possible
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA could have launched another shuttle to rescue the Columbia astronauts if it had realized the severity of the wing damage early on and decided it was worth the extreme risk to the second ship and crew, the chief accident investigator said Friday.

Fox: 'American Idol' host was given faulty numbers

Motion picture academy president to direct Showtime's 'Soldier's Girl'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Frank Pierson initially turned down the chance to direct Showtime's "Soldier's Girl" film because it seemed an impossible task.

Motion picture academy president to direct Showtime's 'Soldier's Girl'

Fox: 'American Idol' host was given faulty numbers
LOS ANGELES -- Turns out "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest can read.

TV's most prestigious awards come to television
NEW YORK -- At last, a medium the Peabodys have done much to elevate is returning the favor with some coast-to-coast face time.

Pettis-O'Meara
AUGUSTA- Erin O'Meara and Christopher Ryan Pettis, both of Tucson, Ariz., were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church Chapel. The Rev. L. Todd Teller officiated.

Hardin-Key
AIKEN- Natalie Faye Key and Todd Ashley Hardin, both of Aiken, were married at 7 p.m Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

Allen-Vernon
AUGUSTA- Bethany Joyce Vernon and Walter Nicoll Allen III, both of Augusta, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at The Augusta Riverfront Marina Boathouse. The Rev. Eddie Mason officiated.

Waller-Toole
AUGUSTA- Rebekah Toole of North Augusta and Brandon Waller of Graniteville, were married at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The Rev. John Bolin officiated.

Folsom-Bell
NORTH AUGUSTA- Tonia B. Bell and Mikel A. Folsom, both of Augusta, were married Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Gazebo Weddings. The Rev. Rudy Brostrom officiated.

McGlone-White
AUGUSTA- Felicia Raquel White of Augusta and Jamail Rasheen McGlone of Lenoir, N.C., were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003, at the Christain Fountain Baptist Church. The Revs. Rayford Roundtree and Herman Jackson officiated.

Holland-Tenney
AUGUSTA- Melanie Annette Tenney of Martinez and James Michael Holland, Jr., of Wash-ington, D.C., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the First Assembly of God. The Revs. James M. Holland, father of the groom and Wesley M. McClain officiated.

Vaughters-Robertson
RICHMOND, Va.- Ann Byron Robertson of Richmond, Va. and Charles Burkman Vaughters of Aiken, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Charles Summers officiated.

Reuter-Loebl
AUGUSTA- Mary Elizabeth Loebl of Augusta and Frederick Mark Reuter of Cincinnati, Ohio, were married at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2003, at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. The Rev. P. James Costigan officiated.

Griffin-Hopkins
ANTIGUA- Angela Marie Hopkins of Harlem, and Christopher John Griffin of Greenville, S.C., were married at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, on the beach.

Robertson-Burton
EDGEFIELD- Robin Denise Burton of Edgefield and Chad Hampton Robertson of Saluda, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Tony Hopkins and Rev. Lloyd C. Greene officiated.

Schmidt-Sellers
ORLANDO, Fla.- Lisa Mayo Sellers of Grovetown and David Brian Schmidt of Augusta, were married at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, at The Polynesian Resort at Disney World. The Rev. Jack Day officiated.

Morrison-Roberson
TARBORO, N.C.- Elizabeth Carter Roberson of Winston-Salem and Lawrence Knox Morrison of Charlotte, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. Dr. William Henry Todd, Jr., and Dr. Todd Maxwell Hobbie officiated.

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Religion news in brief

Forgiveness unlocks dungeon of hate