Arts groups could benefit from cooperation
It's no secret that the members of Augusta's arts community are a territorial lot.

Artist uses quality stones in her jewelry
One by one, the pink beads slide down the thread-thin silver wire, butting against one another with an almost imperceptible crack. Susan Senn-Davis, her hands seemingly on auto-pilot, looks up from the necklace she's working on and smiles, her laboring fingers unaware that nobody threads a needle with her eyes closed. Before long, she will have fastened a sterling clasp on either end of the wire and transferred the completed piece to a large, plastic bin containing more of her wares. Total time invested: perhaps three hours.

Arts groups could benefit from cooperation

Artist uses quality stones in her jewelry

Guide to Augusta Technical College

Guide to Columbia County Schools

Make money stretch on tax-free holidays

Schools shuffle with reopening

Guide to Aiken County Schools

School codes, shops disagree on fashion

People can be well by washing hands

In the know

Cell phones out of service in schools

County changes required shots

Guide to Augusta State University

Guide to Richmond County Schools

Parents can help by volunteering

Guide to private Schools

New headmaster comes to Westminster

Guide to Troy State University

Guide to Aiken Technical College

Big changes will greet students at USC Aiken

Schools use officers to ensure pupil safety

Guide to Edgefield County Schools

Return to school opens doors for disease

Parents keep tabs on education

'Left Behind' transfers strain school system

Guide to Edgefield County Schools
What's new for Edgefield County schools:

Make money stretch on tax-free holidays
All right, Mom and Dad - it's that time of year again when your children begin driving you crazy begging to go back-to-school shopping.

In the know
The University Health Care System is sponsoring its annual Back To School Festival with Columbia County Schools from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at Evans High School, 4550 Cox Road.

Cell phones out of service in schools
Students in Richmond County may bring cell phones on school property this year after the Georgia legislature voted to lift the statewide ban.

Guide to Paine College
Paine College is a private, four-year liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, philosophy and religion, social sciences, humanities and education. It was started in 1882 as Paine Institute. The name was changed to Paine College in 1903.

'Left Behind' transfers strain school system
Michelle Coleman brought her children to Augusta more than 2,700 miles from her home in Yakima, Wash., in September.

Bills complicate health exams
New requirements for Georgia's Medicaid program could prove to be a back-to-school headache for some parents who want to use the local health departments.

Schools use officers to ensure pupil safety
In May, four Greenbrier High School students accused 19-year-old Thryshaun McCladdie of sexual misconduct.

People can be well by washing hands
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then a teaspoon of soap is better than a trip to the doctor's office.

Guide to private Schools
Alleluia Community School: 2819 Peach Orchard Road, 793-9663, grades K-12. Superintendent: Chuck Hornsby. School starts Sept. 2. School day is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School codes, shops disagree on fashion
Miniskirts and short-shorts may be in fashion, but they are too way out when it comes to back-to-school wear.

Guide to Burke County Schools
Open house: Aug. 5

Guide to Aiken County Schools
What's new in Aiken County public schools

Guide to Troy State University
Troy State University is at the Augusta Corporate Center, 2753 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 201. The Augusta campus offers graduate degrees in several areas including education, health care and business administration.

Schools shuffle with reopening
When school starts next month, some Richmond County elementary school pupils will be attending a new school.

Guide to Augusta State University
Augusta State University is a public institution of the University System of Georgia. It offers a wide range of undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business administration and education. The university also offers graduate programs in business, psychology, education and public administration.

County changes required shots
Pupils going into Aiken County schools may need some additional shots this year.

Guide to Augusta Technical College
Augusta Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. The school offers associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit in 80 programs. The college also has campuses in Thomson and Waynesboro.

New headmaster comes to Westminster
Westminster Schools of Augusta welcomes a new headmaster this school year.

Guide to McDuffie County Schools
First day of school - Thursday, Aug. 7

Return to school opens doors for disease
Besides homework, there's something else a child might be bringing home from school: germs.

Guide to Columbia County Schools
When school begins Aug. 6, about 445 Lewiston Lions will march into their new elementary school. The school will be the first for the county since Euchee Creek and Greenbrier elementary schools opened their doors in 1996. Set on 18 acres on Hereford Farm Road, the 66,925-square-foot-building features 34 classrooms, including a music, art and indoor physical education room.

Big changes will greet students at USC Aiken
New and returning students at the University of South Carolina Aiken next month will find a newly completed baseball stadium, a record-breaking freshman class and construction on the school's new housing development.

Parents keep tabs on education
Busy parents know that juggling their daily tasks doesn't leave much time for peering over their children's shoulders to make sure homework assignments are complete.

Parents can help by volunteering
School authorities agree that the presence of a helpful parent in school hallways is advantageous for all, but what isn't as obvious is exactly how parents can be involved.

Guide to Aiken Technical College
Aiken Technical College is a multiservice, two-year comprehensive college that offers health, public service, business, industrial, engineering technology and computer technology programs. The 273-acre campus is at 2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy. (U.S. Highway 1 and 78 South), Graniteville.

Guide to Richmond County Schools
During the summer break, Richmond County school board members approved several changes to the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Here's a few:

Rain forces delay at SkyDome

Baseball notebook

Baseball notebook
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates determined reliever Brandon Lyon has an injured elbow and are deciding what to do after acquiring the reliever from the Boston Red Sox.

Rain forces delay at SkyDome
TORONTO -- A sudden shower forced a rare rain delay at SkyDome, where the retractable roof was open when bad weather moved in during Thursday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Odds and Ends
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 93-year-old time capsule from a high school in Aberdeen was opened with great expectations, an audience of state dignitaries and no small difficulty.

Prosecutor charges five with selling HIV-infected blood
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana prosecutor is dusting off a little-used law to charge five HIV-infected people with knowingly selling their tainted blood to a plasma center.

Odds and Ends
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 93-year-old time capsule from a high school in Aberdeen was opened with great expectations, an audience of state dignitaries and no small difficulty.

Deep in debt, N.J. family makes bank heist family affair
BARNEGAT, N.J. -- Kathleen Wortman Jones was just another financially strapped New Jersey homeowner until the day she drove up to the Sun National Bank with her 14-year-old twin daughters.

Atlanta's Ortiz continues to win
ATLANTA - When Russ Ortiz joined the Atlanta Braves, he already knew a thing or two about what it takes to win a championship.

Braves allow Expos to rally
MONTREAL - He had the adrenalin pumping through his veins and he badly wanted to get out of the bases-loaded, 11th-inning jam with a nice, easy ground ball.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
MONTREAL - Atlanta Braves infielder Matt Franco remembers a time - not so long ago, in fact - when Montreal Expos fans filled Olympic Stadium.

Atlanta's Ortiz continues to win

Braves allow Expos to rally

Furniture store opens

Democrats protest lack of progress on expanding child tax credit

Economic signs improve

Software maker rebounds
PowerServe International might well have been the poster child for dot-com mania except for one thing: This baby found the wherewithal to survive when many didn't.

Pocket change

Economic signs improve
WASHINGTON - America's manufacturers saw demand for big-ticket products rise by the largest amount since the start of the year and new-home sales climbed to the highest level on record, encouraging signs that the economy might see better days ahead.

Pfizer reports earnings loss
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc., saddled by merger costs, reported a second-quarter loss of $3.59 billion and overall revenue below market expectations, in delivering its first results since its April acquisition of Pharmacia.

Black & Decker recalls cordless drills; may pose fire risk

Bill's Dollar closes stores
THOMSON - The company that owns Bill's Dollar Stores filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday and announced its Augusta-area stores will close.

Business briefs
MONTREAL - The printing giant Quebecor World is cutting 1,000 jobs, or 2.6 percent of its worldwide work force, after losing $62 million in the second quarter, the company announced Thursday.

Pocket change
Wall Street barreled higher Friday as surprisingly strong reports on home sales and durable-goods orders bolstered investor hopes for a sustainable economic recovery.

City sees big rise in jobless rate

U.S. jobless claims drop for second week in a row

Democrats protest lack of progress on expanding child tax credit
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are using delaying tactics on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest a lack of progress on legislation expanding the child tax credit for low-income families.

Business briefs

City sees big rise in jobless rate
The unemployment rate in metro Augusta jumped six-tenths of a percent from May to June, the largest one-month increase since 1993.

Furniture store opens
Macy's returns to Augusta Mall today nearly a year and a half after its high-profile departure - sort of.

Black & Decker recalls cordless drills; may pose fire risk
WASHINGTON -- Black & Decker Inc. is recalling about 265,000 18-volt cordless drills and screwdrivers because the switch on the power tools may malfunction, causing the devices to overheat and possibly catch fire.

U.S. jobless claims drop for second week in a row
WASHINGTON --The number of workers filing new applications for jobless benefits dropped to a five-month low last week, a hopeful sign for an economy trying to shift into a higher gear.

Bill's Dollar closes stores

Software maker rebounds

Clemson coach admits NCAA violation
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A Clemson assistant football coach says he violated NCAA rules by running with a wide receiver he was disciplining.

Clemson coach admits NCAA violation

Burma's bleak future

Successful Summit

Gone too far

Benefit of the doubt
On July 19, the nation watched in shock as Kobe Bryant, the young and charismatic L.A. Laker player, admitted having intercourse with the 19-year-old woman accusing him of rape. Grasping his wife's hand, the once arrogant superstar shifted his gaze downward as he shamefully read a public apology to his family and God, and promised he did not sexually assault the unnamed woman.

Burma's bleak future
The May 30 arrest of Aung San Su Kyi, tenacious leader of Burma's democracy movement, spurred many of the world's governments to press the ruling military junta for her release.

Gone too far
Some fanatic fans of the University of Georgia are threatening to go a little too far. Drunk with superficial school pride and loyalty to the legendary Vince Dooley, this mob has sparked a modern-day witchhunt for UGA President Michael Adams.

Benefit of the doubt

Successful Summit
The Richmond Summit apartment building has been a blight on downtown Augusta for several years - crime, drugs, prostitution and some tenants, off their medication, behaving very badly. Just in the past year, police have responded to more than 600 calls there.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Life of David Gale, Spun and Nicholas Nickleby

Standing ovations
The Augusta GreenJackets will try to escape last place when they face the South Georgia Waves tonight and Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 for box seats; $7 for reserved seats; $6 for general admission; $5 for seniors, children 4-12 and active-duty military with ID; and $1 for age 3 or younger.

Stocks advance on reports of strong home sales, factory activity
NEW YORK -- Wall Street barreled higher Friday as surprisingly strong reports on home sales and durable-goods orders bolstered investor hopes for a sustainable economic recovery. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 172 points to post their fourth straight winning week.

Stocks drop on late selling
Wall Street pulled back in late-day selling Thursday after investors, still worrying that the market's advance might have come too fast, decided to collect profits.

Stocks drop on late selling

Checks from IRS on their way to millions of families with children

Bonds prices fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Thursday after a new report showed an unexpected dropoff in jobless claims.

Bonds prices fall

Mortgage rates climb again
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages climbed for the fifth week in a row, rising this week to the highest level since the middle of January, a trend that is slowing - but not stopping - refinancing activity.

Checks from IRS on their way to millions of families with children
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department began mailing out checks worth up to $400 per child to more than 25 million middle-income households Friday, a summertime windfall from tax cuts enacted in May.

Stocks advance on reports of strong home sales, factory activity

Mortgage rates climb again

Fishing tournament results

Fishing tournament results
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 and total weight of the catch.

Youngster catches a 'canned carp'
When 14-year-old Rance McNair of Blythe, Ga., hooked a monster carp in the Augusta Canal, he didn't realize what he was getting into.

Hybrids, largemouths starting to school
When 14-year-old Rance McNair of Blythe, Ga., hooked a monster carp in the Augusta Canal, he didn't realize what he was getting into.

Hybrids, largemouths starting to school

Barberitos adds zest to tortillas
A quick-serve restaurant featuring Southwestern-style burritos, quesadillas and tacos will open Aug. 15 in Daniel Village shopping center on Wrightsboro Road.

Macaroni Grill spiced with style

Macaroni Grill spiced with style
Romano's Macaroni Grill is one of those wonderfully designed eateries that manages to be spacious and cozy at the same time.

Kinds of tree care could be harmful
Trees may be the most valuable plants in the landscape.

It's not too late for beans
How foolish it would be to buy green beans this time of year. Few vegetables are easier to grow than green beans and homegrown beans taste far superior to store-bought ones. Being able to get the beans from plant to table in five minutes accounts for only part of the flavor difference. The rest of the difference is because varieties for the backyard can be chosen only for good taste, while commercial growers must choose ones that yield and ship well.

Tree-eating beetle a threat to nation's ash trees

Tree-eating beetle a threat to nation's ash trees
WHITEHOUSE, Ohio -- A tree-killing beetle no larger than a small paperclip is a new threat to the nation's ash trees that line city streets and shade backyards.

It's not too late for beans

Jackets waste solid pitching
One night after putting together a rare quality hitting and pitching performance, the Augusta GreenJackets fell back into their old ways.

GreenJackets hold off Waves
After playing 13 consecutive days, the rain finally gave the Augusta GreenJackets a break for two days earlier this week.

Old friends take center stage with lead

Rosie Jones leads Evian Masters after two rounds

Old friends take center stage with lead
CROMWELL, Conn. - Peter Jacobsen and Jay Haas, a couple of almost-seniors, should start to get the attention that leaders at a PGA Tour event should get.

Golf roundup
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Former South Aiken star Matt Hendrix is tied for third after three rounds of the Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club.

Bernhard Langer named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain
PORTMARNOCK, Ireland -- Bernhard Langer will be captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Rosie Jones leads Evian Masters after two rounds
EVIAN, France -- Rosie Jones closed with two birdies to shoot a 4-under 68 Thursday and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Evian Masters.

Suzy shoots 78, but leaves smiling
CROMWELL, Conn. - Suzy Whaley's ever-present smile faded slightly as she finished the second round at the Greater Hartford Open. Not because she was disappointed in her score, but because she knew her whirlwind week on the PGA Tour was over.

Whaley wows the crowd in Hartford

Whaley wows the crowd in Hartford
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley shot a respectable, but ultimately out of contention 5-over 75 on Thursday in the first round of the Greater Hartford Open, winning over the crowds but not the 137 men ahead of her on the leaderboard.

Golf roundup

Bjorn bounces back at Irish Open
PORTMARNOCK, Ireland -- Just four days after his final-round collapse at the British Open, Thomas Bjorn set a course record with an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Irish Open on Thursday.

Bernhard Langer named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain

Buick will become new GHO sponsor
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Buick has agreed to become a title sponsor of what's now called the Greater Hartford Open, ensuring the golf tournament will continue to be a stop on the PGA Tour.

Jackets waste solid pitching

GreenJackets hold off Waves

Thrashers reach agreements with Swanson, Piros
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers agreed to terms Thursday with free agent center Brian Swanson and forward Kamil Piros.

Mountains or beach? So far, the shore is winning
Is your dream vacation on the beach or in the mountains?

Inmates need chaplaincy program

Inmates need chaplaincy program
Regarding the Associated Press article of July 7, "Budget cuts hit prison system": Jane Cordell, Augusta

Individuals must reclaim their health
In response to your July 14 editorial, "Big change? Fat chance": Americans aren't the only ones whose waistlines are expanding. Robert Welk, Martinez, Ga.

Camp for diabetics enhances lives
I sincerely wish to express my appreciation to all of the individuals, foundations and corporations that made Camp Juliet possible recently. We are truly blessed in the Central Savannah River Area to have this wonderful group of people who work diligently to bring together children with diabetes for a weekend of fun, games, water sports, diabetes education and teamwork. Joan L. Woodbridge, Grovetown, Ga.

Greyhound adoption growing
I would like to thank Timothy Cox for his July 13 article, "Group gives dogs their day," about the retired racing greyhound. I would also like to let Augustans know there are several greyhound adoption groups serving the Augusta area. Sandra "Sam" Fulton, Augusta

Nuclear energy is our future, but oil will always be needed

Dems' only purpose is to tear down
Contrary to what U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said, "there is a vast left-wing conspiracy" at work. Their aim is, as always, to tear down anything positive. In this instance, they wish to denigrate the successful conflict with Iraq and make it seem less than what it actually is. They stood in fierce opposition to any military action and now that it is over, they must see if they can alter the perception of the outcome. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Individuals must reclaim their health

Decency depends on parents
Regarding your July 13 editorial, "The war for decency": I am surprised at how little thought you put into it, or maybe it's just a lack of research. James Tanner, Thomson, Ga.

Nuclear energy is our future, but oil will always be needed
Mike Runnels' July 11 letter ("Drilling in refuge no help to security") opposing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge included the statement, "In 10 years, we could have enough investments in renewable energy to make all Arctic oil irrelevant and, for that matter, all Persian Gulf oil." Rick Geddes, North Augusta, S.C.

Camp for diabetics enhances lives

Study: computer voting system vulnerable to tampering

Study: computer voting system vulnerable to tampering
BALTIMORE -- An electronic voting system used in some states as an alternative to the troublesome punch-card ballots is highly vulnerable to fraud, computer security experts warned in a study released Thursday.

Perdue gets judge-nominee list
The list is final: Gov. Sonny Perdue now has the names of five Augusta area lawyers to choose who he will nominate as the next Superior Court judge.

Rants and Raves
IN REBUTTAL to the remarks made in Friday's Rants & Raves about my pastor, the honorable Rev. Marion Williams: It is obvious that you don't know the man.

SRS ships uranium out of state

News you can use

Group weighs UGA parking facility
ATHENS, Ga. - August marks the beginning of hunting season in downtown Athens - hunting for a parking space.

Arson case remains a mystery

Teen escapes charges in crash
AIKEN - A 16-year-old New Ellenton girl who ran a red light and caused a fatal accident on Whiskey Road two weeks ago will not face manslaughter charges, highway patrol officials and prosecutors have determined.

Doctors fill void in towns

Man faces charges after police chase

I-20 construction to end soon

Man faces charges after police chase
An Augusta man faces more than a traffic ticket for a charge of running a stoplight.

Across Georgia
MACON - A restaurant owner beat a robbery suspect with a broom handle when she refused to surrender and lie on the floor.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 25, 1973 Augusta is "ready to go" on the development of a regional park along the canal, Richard Daniel, Chamber of Commerce vice president, said Tuesday night after a challenge by the state Natural Resources commissioner.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - Williamston's mayor is trying to decide how to handle prosecuting the town's former police chief on an assault charge after the town's law firm withdrew from prosecuting the case.

Supporting her cause
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFFSupporting her causeAndrea Bailey, an Evans High School graduate and the newly crowned Miss Georgia, requests support for the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. The fund, used to respond to disasters nationwide, has spent more than $85 million since last July. Ms. Bailey, who spoke Thursday, hopes her campaign will raise $30 million by Aug. 31.

Girl in coma has equine encephalitis

Augusta-area students are orientation leaders

Base, city mark birthday

Supporting her cause

Head Start director fears effects of bill

Police say teen suspect thought gun was safe

Across South Carolina

Making a splash
Clayton Bryant, 6, of Wagener, gets a big heave into the water from his aunt Angie Bloodworth (left), of Graniteville, and his mother, Melanie Bryant. The three fought the heat Thursday with a swim at the Langley Pond Park swim area.

UGA fire becomes crime case

City asks judge to overturn sludge finding
A jury's $550,000 award to a Burke County family who alleged their cattle and land were poisoned by the city of Augusta's sewage sludge should be set aside, according to the city's lawyer.

Morning ride

Bill shifts control of Thurmond Lake land
Returning control of federally owned land along Thurmond Lake to Georgia and South Carolina counties would provide a financial boost to the local governments, but critics of the plan say it could undermine the purpose of the reservoir - flood control and natural-resource management.

Morning ride
A cyclist travels through the early morning mist along a path beside the Augusta Canal.

News you can use
JULY 26, 1963 WASHINGTON - Sen. Strom Thurmond, a consistent critic of the Kennedy administration's current nuclear policies, assailed on Thursday the proposed test ban treaty with Russia and vowed to fight Senate ratification.

Doctors fill void in towns
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Gardner Young splits the hours of his life between the suburban Augusta home loved by his wife and seven children and the small farm town of Ridge Spring, surrounded by peach orchards and peopled by country folk who need his medical skills.

Rants and Raves
IN REBUTTAL to the remarks made in Friday's Rants & Raves about my pastor, the honorable Rev. Marion Williams: It is obvious that you don't know the man.

Stolen gun used in shooting

Former Augusta chief faced war, fires, political battles
All communities have a distinctive personality shaped by the people who lead its institutions and who contribute to its social fabric.

Correction

Head Start director fears effects of bill
Federal legislation to remake Head Start could reduce enrollment or drastically alter the program, the Augusta-area director said Friday.

Girl in coma has equine encephalitis
Jennifer Tucker, 10, would run into her home in Valdosta, Ga., and go straight for the rubbing alcohol to treat bug bites on her arms and legs.

Kid of the day
Dwalyan O'Harold Bull of North Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Across the area

Across the Southeast

Former Augusta chief faced war, fires, political battles

Kid of the day

Order to prioritize spending draws little rush from Georgia agencies

Across the area

Patrons feel blaze's effect
ATHENS, Ga. - In the wake of Wednesday's fire at the University of Georgia's Main Library, President Michael Adams uttered the same cliche you'll find on the Web sites of dozens of college universities: The library is "the heart of the campus."

Schools recruit businesses to offer teacher incentives

Airport's original request for money falls through
Augusta Regional Airport might be on the list for sales tax money for a terminal expansion, but an earlier request to get city funding for new airport roads is no longer on the table.

Nursing homes correct faults
Two Augusta nursing homes placed on a "watch list" by Consumer Reports magazine were cleared of deficiencies cited by the state.

Stolen gun used in shooting
Authorities said the gun used in Thursday's accidental shooting death of a 12-year-old boy was reported stolen from a Columbia County man four years ago.

Across the area
Authorities investigating the suffocation of a 3-month-old baby Wednesday say the death was most likely accidental.

I-20 construction to end soon
New pavement isn't the only result of a construction project that's winding down on Interstate 20 in Richmond County. After six months of construction, the project also has netted more than $400,000 in speeding fines.

Police say teen suspect thought gun was safe
A 16-year-old killed his 12-year-old friend Thursday afternoon when he pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, police said.

Correction
Some of the Richmond County schools listed as options for pupils who attend low-performing schools in Friday's Back to School section in The Augusta Chronicle were incorrect.

Leaders struggle to agree on locale of new judicial center
Architects planning a new city courts complex know exactly how big a judicial center should be, including the number of courtrooms it will need (23), the number of hearing rooms it should have (none), and the office space that will be required to house it all (300,000 square feet).

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Police have contacted the U.S. Secret Service to help investigate 16 counterfeit money cases that have occurred over the past month.

PTA leaders want to get dads involved

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Bobby Whitworth, who resigned from the state Board of Pardons and Paroles last year amid a criminal investigation into charges of corruption, was indicted Friday on a charge of misusing his office.

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -About 2,500 paratroopers will begin leaving for Iraq in September to join 2,800 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division already there, the division commander said Thursday.

Across the area
A quickly-developing tropical depression was forecast Friday to bring the Augusta area heavy rain and possibly cause flooding today.

Arson case remains a mystery
Investigators know how eight houses along the shores of Lake Hartwell caught fire in spring 2002. They think they know why the houses were torched.

Perdue gets judge-nominee list

PTA leaders want to get dads involved
Reginald Forrest has a clever way of getting fathers involved in school functions: He asks them to bring something to a school activity or to perform a specific task.

Across South Carolina

Schools recruit businesses to offer teacher incentives
With state and local belt-tightening and no teacher raises in the forecast, Columbia County's school-business partners now play a critical role in recruiting and maintaining the best teachers, school Superintendent Tommy Price said.

Across Georgia

Bill shifts control of Thurmond Lake land

Airport's original request for money falls through

SRS ships uranium out of state
By shipping weapons-grade uranium from Savannah River Site to be converted into fuel for two Tennessee Valley Authority reactors, the U.S. Department of Energy gets rid of another legacy of the Cold War. Plutonium from dismantled American nuclear weapons also will be converted into fuel for nuclear reactors at a $3.8 billion mixed oxide fuel facility at SRS.

Nursing homes correct faults

Kid of the day
Emma Kathryn Shelt of Martinez is today's kid of the day.

UGA fire becomes crime case
ATHENS, Ga. - Arson was to blame for the fire that caused significant damage to the University of Georgia's Main Library on Wednesday evening, according to state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.

Slaying suspects lose plea for bond
Bond was denied Friday for two men facing murder charges in unrelated homicides, including that of an elderly man left to die in his burning home.

News you can use

Order to prioritize spending draws little rush from Georgia agencies
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is finding that pruning state government is easier said than done.

Base, city mark birthday
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. - A quarter-century ago, St. Marys was nicknamed Mayberry by the Sea for its sleepy, small-town atmosphere. Then 37 new residents moved to town.

Augusta-area students are orientation leaders
ATHENS, Ga. - Augusta's Ken Johnson has enjoyed unique opportunities at the University of Georgia, but his summer job really stands out.

Corrections

Corrections
The hours for the skate park off Damascus Road were incorrect in the Peek section of Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The park is open from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Leaders struggle to agree on locale of new judicial center

Kid of the day

Patrons feel blaze's effect

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Offense carries the load for this year's Braves
ATLANTA - These Braves are downright offensive. Ain't it great?

At the Movies: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'
Once again, Angelina Jolie is all dolled up with plenty of places to go as adventurer Lara Croft.

At the Movies: 'Seabiscuit'
Gloriously shot and perfectly cast, "Seabiscuit" comes thundering into theaters, proving all that pre-race hype was justified.

At the Movies: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'

At the Movies: 'Seabiscuit'

At the Movies: 'Buffalo Soldiers'

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

At the Movies: 'Buffalo Soldiers'
In this era of renewed patriotism, of American flags fluttering on porches and soldier homecomings, this might NOT be the best time for a film that portrays the U.S. military as a bunch of drug addicts and arms dealers.

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'
How could the "Spy Kids" movies possibly have gotten any worse?

Parents, grandparents targets in Internet music-sharing subpoenas
WASHINGTON -- Move over, college kids. Grandparents and roommates may be the first ones to pay in time and money for downloading songs on the Internet.

Parents, grandparents targets in Internet music-sharing subpoenas

Top songwriters will perform for cash prize

Top songwriters will perform for cash prize
Who are Augusta's idols? Two years ago, The Augusta Chronicle put out a call for local musicians to participate in its first singer/songwriter contest. The response was overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that we've reinvented the contest and are ready to try it again.

Newman takes pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson did their own version of The Learning Channel's Trading Spaces as they swapped starting spots for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Jeff Burton moving in the right direction
Jeff Burton has been something of an invisible man the last few seasons.

Jeff Burton moving in the right direction

Racing roundup
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jason Leffler won his 10th career pole in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series when he turned in the best qualifying time for the Sears 200 on Friday.

Racing roundup

Disbelief, doubt greet U.S. peace deployment after bloody Liberia attack
MONROVIA, Liberia -- The bloodiest barrage in days sent shells crashing into the U.S. Embassy grounds and a school packed with refugees in the rebel-besieged capital Friday - leaving people wondering why a long-awaited U.S. peace deployment was coming only after so high a toll.

Disbelief, doubt greet U.S. peace deployment after bloody Liberia attack

Judge allows cameras in courtroom for Bryant hearing

Judge allows cameras in courtroom for Bryant hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- News cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom at Kobe Bryant's hearing on a sexual assault charge on Aug. 6, a judge ruled Friday.

Rookie Bailey hopes to make impact with Lions

Camp offers look at new Falcons

Falcons' notebook

Mrs. Idella Bing    (New Ellenton, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosa Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Rex Dickey    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roland Turner    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Alva Eidson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Mike Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gladys Gentry    (SWANSEA, S.C.)
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Mr. Lionel DuBois    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Hair    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Perdue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Howard Hardy    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carloyn Wingard    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Cacone Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Catherine Boatright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Julia Haywood    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Clever    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Hester    (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)
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Miss Richardine Elam    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Clements    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elease Key    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. M.C. James    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Geneva Murray    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Ruffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ricky Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Beatrice Mabry    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Idella Bing    (Former Custodian New Ellenton, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mabel McBride    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ivylyn Bradler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary McKeil    (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)
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Mr. James Bunch, Sr.    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Moore    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Clements    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Perdue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Allene Craig    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
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Mrs. Susie Price    (McBEAN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys Gentry    (SWANSEA, S.C.)
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Mr. William G askins    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Hair    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Torres Holt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lonnie Baxley    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Christopher Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ricky Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Brown    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
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Mr. Stephen Lewis    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mabel McBride    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Ready    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Mormant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Rowland    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Trenton Padgett    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Ruffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J.C. Rowland    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. W. T. Shelton    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. W.T. Shelton    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Darrell Smith    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Van Horn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Teal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Wilson    (Thomson, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Van Horn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Fletie Wren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Wingard    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. William Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Waylan Baumann    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Idella Bing (Former Custodian New Ellenton, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel McBride (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Haywood (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Hair (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clements (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Mabry (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Hardy (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lionel DuBois (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Gentry (SWANSEA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Rowland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Cacone Harrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Turner (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Rowland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Ruffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elease Key (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mabel McBride (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Rex Dickey (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Clements (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Van Horn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Brown (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mrs. Lillie Van Horn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Gentry (SWANSEA, S.C.)

Mr. William G askins (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Alva Eidson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Clever (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Wingard (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Perdue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carloyn Wingard (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Ready (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Waylan Baumann (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. M.C. James (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene Craig (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert Hester (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)

Mrs. Rosa Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ivylyn Bradler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Geneva Murray (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Mary McKeil (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Mr. W.T. Shelton (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Boatright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Idella Bing (New Ellenton, S.C.)

Trenton Padgett (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. W. T. Shelton (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Ricky Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Moore (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Miss Richardine Elam (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bunch, Sr. ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Torres Holt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Armstrong maintains overall lead

Overtime

Finally, it's gridiron time again

Overtime

Finally, it's gridiron time again
OK, the suffering has gone on long enough.

Overtime
Cornerback Terence Newman, the Dallas Cowboys' first draft pick under Bill Parcells, agreed to a seven-year contract Thursday.

Overtime
The Augusta Rowing Club had two boats win national titles, and a third is within one win of representing the United States at this year's world championships.

Armstrong maintains overall lead
BORDEAUX, France -- Lance Armstrong finished 28th in the flat 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, maintaining his overall lead and saving his strength for a crucial upcoming time trial.

Dokic upset by qualifier at Bank of the West; Clijsters wins
STANFORD, Calif. -- Jelena Dokic was upset at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday, beaten by qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela 6-4, 6-3.

People await star quarterback Vick's next move
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Part quarterback, part cultural icon, Michael Vick opened training camp for the Atlanta Falcons with a compelling burden: What's he going to do for an encore?

Rookie Bailey hopes to make impact with Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Boss Bailey isn't setting any big-time goals for himself quite yet.

Camp offers look at new Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Every time a car pulled into the parking lot Thursday, a swarm of television cameramen moved into position, hoping to catch a glimpse of the next Atlanta Falcons player arriving for training camp.

Falcons' notebook
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ellis Johnson got back to football Friday after making one of the toughest decisions of his life.

CD celebrates Opry star's career

Skateboard-shop owner ministers to teens
Frank Caneda shifted behind the counter at Big Caneda's Board Company on Broad Street, the better to watch a video of streetwise skaters flying off handrails and ramps.

Small school gives graduates Hope
Hope Christian School in Martinez graduated seven in its senior class this year. For some students and their parents, graduation was nothing short of a miracle.

Faith digest
Yard sale set for home school

Church sponsors counseling conference
Choosing a marriage partner can be fraught with difficulty, but attorney-psychologist Paris Finner-Williams has come up with a way to rate potential mates: win, place and show - though a trip to the altar is hardly a race.

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.

CD celebrates Opry star's career
Varese Vintage Records of California has released the CD Bill Anderson Classics, featuring remakes of 12 of the Grand Ole Opry star's biggest hits.

Offense carries the load for this year's Braves

Some movies never were

Matt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff

NBC's Lynch movie will focus on Iraqi rescuer
LOS ANGELES -- NBC said it envisions its Jessica Lynch TV movie as an action-adventure with the Iraqi lawyer who contributed to her rescue as the hero.

NBC's Lynch movie will focus on Iraqi rescuer

Matt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff
LOS ANGELES -- "Friends" is paring down to one friend. Matt LeBlanc will star in a spinoff of the hit NBC comedy that will wrap up a 10-year run with the 2003-04 season, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced Thursday.

Club calendar

Video watch

Some movies never were
Who can forget Marilyn Monroe's nude night swim in Something's Gotta Give, or the stark Technicolor-tinted figure of Don Quixote framed against a Spanish sky, forever tilting at windmills. Who has not serenaded a loved one with the classic tunes from the Joe Orton-penned Beatles vehicle Up Against It, or scratched their head over the David Lynch sci-fi puzzler Ronnie Rocket?

Turman reinstated to Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina runner Daccus Turman has been reinstated to the team, more than two weeks after a criminal domestic violence charge against him was dismissed.

Father reports Turman back with Carolina
Daccus Turman has been reinstated to South Carolina's football team, his father said Thursday.

Turman reinstated to Gamecocks

Father reports Turman back with Carolina

Odds and Ends

Deep in debt, N.J. family makes bank heist family affair

Odds and Ends

Prosecutor charges five with selling HIV-infected blood

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Skateboard-shop owner ministers to teens