Universal appeal

Universal appeal
Many people have a strong memory of the first time they saw The Wizard of Oz. It can leave vivid pictures in one's mind of cackling, green-faced witches and the dramatic change from black and white to Technicolor and back.

Teens repeat as Dixie champs
The only thing that stopped Columbia County's 13-14 year-old baseball team this week was its bus.

High school could choose mascot to honor Thurmond

Danny Tyler Langford
Shaun Langford and Tina Newman of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Danny Tyler Langford, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Danny and Mary Blackmon of Dearing, Ga., and Joy Peoples of Augusta.

Kayla McKenzie Trotter
Rob Trotter Jr. and Amanda Trotter of Warrenville, announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla McKenzie Trotter, Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Michelle H. Isdell of Augusta, Allen Isdell Jr. of Edgefield, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Trotter of Warrenville.

Erin Elizabeth Hitchcock

Elijah Gage Kindberg

Sara Elizabeth Hope Powell

Jantzen Tyler Keenan

Erin Elizabeth Hitchcock
Harold H. and Nancy A. Hitchcock of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Erin Elizabeth Hitchcock, Friday, July 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are William Powell of Harlem, Bernice Powell of Grovetown, Harold Hitchcock Jr. and Joan Seay, both of Augusta.

William Dalton Grammar

Brentley Amanda Durham
Brent and Mandi Durham of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Brentley Amanda Durham, Monday, July 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Jones of Chatsworth, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Claude Lilly of Charlotte, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Durham of Marietta, Ga.

Casey Green II

McKinzie Taylor Ellen Ruark
Michael and Jessica Ruark of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, McKinzie Taylor Ellen Ruark, Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Anthony Wilmoth of Harlem, Alda Wilmoth of Appling, Earl and Peggy Howard of Dobson, N.C., Gwyneth Ruark of Manassas, Va., and the late Donald Ruark.

Sara Elizabeth Hope Powell
Bobby and Amie Powell of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Sara Elizabeth Hope Powell, Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Terry Shetoe of Harlem, Wayne and Gwen Turenne of Sarasota, Fla., Ann Powell of Augusta and the late Robert Powell.

Aiden Nelson Parris
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Parris of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Aiden Nelson Parris, Friday, July 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Killips of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parris of Evans.

Corey Michael Miller
Timothy and Jessica Miller of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Corey Michael Miller, Friday, July 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Parker of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Miller of Augusta.

Aiden Nelson Parris

Jantzen Tyler Keenan
Bradly Keenan and Ashley Watkins, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Jantzen Tyler Keenan, Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David and Shelia Watkins and Danny and Susan Sauls, all of Aiken, and William and Jesse Keenan of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sydnie Elaine Silvery

Alyssa Layne Bagby
Shane and Ashley Bagby of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Layne Bagby, Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby D. McGee and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Bagby Jr., all of Aiken.

Ansley Kara Moe

Chandler Keith Gardner
Denny W. and Kyle Gardner of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Chandler Keith Gardner, Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital.

William Dalton Grammar
William and Theresa Grammar of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Dalton Grammar, Friday, July 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Young of Clarks Hill, S.C., Veronica Thornton of Clearwater, and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grammar of Hephzibah.

Corey Michael Miller

Bryson Tyler Eidson
Tyler Eidson and Alyson Howell, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Bryson Tyler Eidson, Sunday, July 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Howell of Augusta.

Chandler Keith Gardner

Braxton Chance Williams
Russell C. and Stormi D. Williams of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Braxton Chance Williams, Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Jimmy and Deborah Richards of Martinez, Terry and Harriet Scarborough of Grovetown and Jim Williams of Statesboro, Ga.

Owen Riley Herron

Sydnie Elaine Silvery
Melvin G. Silvery and Margaret A. Looney, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a daughter, Sydnie Elaine Silvery, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Chris and Elaine Brown of North Augusta, B.K. Looney of Barnwell, S.C., Gene and Tammy Silvery of Hephzibah and James and Sandra Huskey of Augusta.

Donovan Nicholas Fairchild

William Hutchinson Pruett
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Pruett of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Hutchinson Pruett, Sunday, June 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are William A. Jackson and Teresa J. Jackson, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pruett of North Augusta.

McKinzie Taylor Ellen Ruark

Morgan Julia Drew
Phillip D. and Julie A. Drew of Blythe announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Julia Drew, Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Farabee of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John Drew of Waynesboro, Ga.

Morgan Julia Drew

Ansley Kara Moe
Eric S. and Lisa A. Moe of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Kara Moe, Monday, July 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Barbara Brooks of Glenwood, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wood of New Hartford, N.Y., and Conrad Moe of Evans.

Brentley Amanda Durham

Bailey Marie Logan
Joshua Logan and Candice Meredith, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Bailey Marie Logan, Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Meredith of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson of Evans.

Braxton Chance Williams

Elijah Gage Kindberg
Timothy P. Kindberg Jr. and Christle N. McKinney, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Elijah Gage Kindberg, Thursday, July 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. McKinney Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Russ O. Cantey, all of Hephzibah, Timothy P. Kindberg of Martinez and the late Patricia Kindberg.

Bailey Marie Logan

Casey Green II
Casey and Monique Green of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Casey Green II, Monday, July 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Hudson Sr. and Gwendolyn Ellis, all of Augusta, Miller and Magnolia Clayton of Sparta, Ga., William Hudson of Rome, Ga., and Curtis Seabrook of Allendale, S.C.

Kayla McKenzie Trotter

Owen Riley Herron
Travis and Kimberly Herron of Fort Gordon announce the birth of a son, Owen Riley Herron, Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Edward and Gretna Johnson of Cleveland, Tenn., and Harvey and Pamela Herron of Kingsport, Tenn.

Bryson Tyler Eidson

Danny Tyler Langford

Ford McCormick Headley
Hal H. Headley III and Dusti F. Headley of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Ford McCormick Headley, Monday, July 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ford Sr. of Grovetown, Mr. and Mrs. Hal. H. Headley Jr. of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Trenter of Waynesboro, Ga.

Ford McCormick Headley

Donovan Nicholas Fairchild
Frederick and Marchell Fairchild of Savannah, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Donovan Nicholas Fairchild, Monday, July 28, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Clarence Harris and Erma Gilbert, both of Warren, Ark., Lawrence Fairchild of Camden, Ark., and the late Clementine Faircloth.

John Wyatt Hardy and Emma Grace Hardy
John O. and Rhonda M. Hardy of Martinez announce the birth of a son and daughter, John Wyatt Hardy and Emma Grace Hardy, Monday, July 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Hardy, all of Augusta.

William Hutchinson Pruett

Prison-prepped pooches graduate
STATE FARM, Va. -- Ignoring a fire hydrant with steely resolve, four abandoned dogs saved from death and transformed into pillars of the canine community wagged, panted and drooled as they graduated from a prison prep school.

Odds and Ends
ST. LOUIS -- Cast into a city gas chamber to be euthanized with other unwanted or unclaimed dogs, it appeared the roughly year-old Basenji mix had simply run out of luck - and time.

Hawks grounded in NYC park after Chihuahua attack
NEW YORK -- Trained hawks employed to keep pigeons from making a mess on visitors in a midtown park have been grounded because one of the birds mistook a Chihuahua as its lunch.

Driver who nursed infant found innocent of child endangerment, convicted of lesser charges
RAVENNA, Ohio -- A woman who belonged to an obscure religious sect was found innocent Friday of child endangerment for breast-feeding her baby while driving, but was convicted of three lesser charges.

Odds and Ends
WILKINSBURG, Pa. -- Taking a cue from a Discovery Channel show, police captured a 4-foot-long alligator in a residential yard by using a dog snare and a shirt.

Naked walker continues with trek through Britain
LONDON -- Wearing little more than sun screen, socks and boots, Steve Gough is walking the length of Britain to celebrate the joys of nudity. Efficiency isn't one of them.

Braves easily defeat Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Mike Hampton won his sixth straight decision and Vinny Castilla drove in three runs with a triple and a homer in the Atlanta Braves' 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Braves easily defeat Brewers

Hampton's arm leads to win

Hampton's arm leads to win
MILWAUKEE - After two years in Colorado, pitcher Mike Hampton's career was pretty much left for dead.

Atlanta cruises past St. Louis

Atlanta cruises past St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - For an Atlanta Braves team seven weeks away from reaching the playoffs for the 12th consecutive time, there can be no better sight than Russ Ortiz pitching in the ninth inning.

Pendleton tinkers with Chipper's swing
ST. LOUIS - Atlanta's left fielder Chipper Jones found some answers to his recent struggles at the plate after taking a couple hundred swings in the batting cage with hitting coach Terry Pendleton on Friday afternoon.

Pendleton tinkers with Chipper's swing

Recall could throw California economy into further turmoil

Mailed ads take on new shape

Ford recalling Crown Victorias, sport utility vehicles
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 35,700 Crown Victoria police cars and taxis because of a wheel defect, the automaker and the federal government said Friday.

Man is fined for Web fraud
A longtime Augusta businessman has been ordered to pay $400,000 in federal fines for operating a fraudulent commodity trading service on the Internet.

Business briefs
Augusta medical transcription company InfoPro Group Inc. has paid $68,250 to the Business Software Alliance, a Washington computer software trade organization, for running unlicensed software applications.

Pocket change
First Bank of Georgia was recognized in the July edition of the ABA Banking Journal for its high profitability.

Ford recalling Crown Victorias, sport utility vehicles

Productivity soars in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- America's business productivity soared in the second quarter of 2003 and new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a six-month low last week, a double dose of good news as the economy tries to get back to full throttle.

Survey offers look at pay
When working part time, it pays to land a government job.

Tax-rebate receivers target bills, not stores
The Bush administration hopes consumers across the country don't behave like most Augustans.

Retailers report strong sales in July

Recall could throw California economy into further turmoil
SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when California's wounded economy needs a little tender loving care, a rancorous recall election comes along that could inflict more pain. Experts say the political turmoil could scare off business, delay needed reforms and cause economic fallout nationwide.

Productivity soars in second quarter

New budget year starts out badly
ATLANTA - The first month of the new budget year brought little encouraging news for Gov. Sonny Perdue, who already has begun looking for additional spending cuts to keep the state in the black.

Mailed ads take on new shape
WASHINGTON - Coming soon to your mailbox, advertising shaped like a sports car or a stop sign, a hula doll or a hamburger. Indeed, almost anything an artist can conceive.

Retailers report strong sales in July
NEW YORK -- Retailers finally got a break in July as warm weather and heavy discounting helped lift sales above expectations for many merchants, even the struggling department store sector.

Continental cuts business fares

Report: Banks shelter hundred of millions from state taxes
NEW YORK -- At least 10 large banks avoided state taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars by setting up investment funds that didn't offer shares to the public, but instead paid tax-exempt dividends back to the banks, according to a newspaper report.

Tax-rebate receivers target bills, not stores

GM, Avanti settle dispute over Hummer lookalike
DETROIT -- A small Georgia-based automaker has agreed to make design changes to a vehicle that prompted a lawsuit from General Motors Corp. because it looked too much like GM's Hummer H2.

Continental cuts business fares
Continental Express, trying to boost corporate travel out of Augusta, lowered fares Friday to several top business destinations.

Man is fined for Web fraud

Report: Banks shelter hundred of millions from state taxes

Clemson not listening to "toughness" critics

McClinton held out of Clemson practice
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's coaches continue to hold defensive tackle Todd McClinton out of practice because of a fainting episode before Thursday's practice.

McClinton held out of Clemson practice

Clemson not listening to "toughness" critics
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Questioning a college football team's toughness is like insulting the coach's mother.

McCallum salutes Navy classmates at college hall
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- On a day meant to honor Napoleon McCallum, the former Navy tailback paid tribute to his classmates still in the military.

McCallum salutes Navy classmates at college hall

Baylor coach Bliss resigns

Weaklings wanted
Democrats are furious over a Republican TV ad charging them with being anti-Catholic for filibustering Catholic nominees to the federal appeals courts.

Weaklings wanted

A silly compromise
Compromises aren't expected to make everybody happy, but they are supposed to make some people happy. The compromise the Edgefield County School Board made this week on Strom Thurmond High School's nickname and mascot doesn't seem to make anybody happy. It certainly doesn't make any sense.

Sanford's fiscal leadership

A silly compromise

Sanford's fiscal leadership
South Carolina Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, is leading the Democrats' charge against GOP Gov. Mark Sanford's handling of the state's fiscal crisis. Moore says so far this year the state's revenue collections are running at least $40 million behind projections, yet the state's reserves are only $38 million.

Necessary evil
For much of the rest of the world, life has gone on pretty much the same as before Sept. 11, 2001.

Standing ovations
Get your Augusta GreenJackets team card set and team photo tonight when the Red Sox farm team takes on Lakewood at 7:15 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Park on Milledge Road.

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

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: Bringing Down the House, What a Girl Wants and Agent Cody Banks

Lopez and Spears may have competing talk shows
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears may soon be competing on television in addition to the pop charts.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Is price discrimination the next trend in e-commerce?

Stocks mostly gain on strong McDonald's sales
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended an indecisive week on a quiet note Friday, with investors half-heartedly picking up shares in response to strong sales from McDonald's. Tech stocks sagged on a profit warning from Nvidia.

Price of pure vanilla skyrocket
WASHINGTON -- The Totonaca Indians in ancient Mexico were enchanted by its scent. Spanish colonists in Mexico during the 1500s fell in love with its sweet, soothing flavor after tasting it in cacao, a chocolate drink.

Is price discrimination the next trend in e-commerce?
NEW YORK -- Conventional wisdom says the Internet gives consumers more power than ever.

Price of pure vanilla skyrocket

Stocks largely advance following upbeat reports
NEW YORK -- Better-than-expected reports on retail sales and productivity sent stocks mostly higher Thursday, but gains were limited amid investors' lingering concerns that prices might still be too high.

Stocks mostly gain on strong McDonald's sales

Stocks largely advance following upbeat reports

Fish tale

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 and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Fish tale
Charles A. May of Augusta hefts a 46-inch, 40-pound sea bass - also known as a channel bass or spottail bass - caught in 3 feet of water outside the Charleston Harbor mouth on the Folly Beach side.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
The red-hot hybrid-striper school fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake has cooled off. In fact, it's gotten downright frigid.

Tuscany's menu offers a world of flavor

Tuscany's menu offers a world of flavor
A cursory glance of The Tuscany's menu suggests a serious identity crisis. Can ravioli, fried sweet potatoes, Asian chow mein and Caribbean chicken possibly coexist?

Quench plants' thirst - drip by drip

Quench plants' thirst - drip by drip
Drip irrigation (also called trickle irrigation) is a way of watering your garden that uses little water, minimizes weed and disease problems, and is easily automated. Water is dripped to plants through plastic tubes placed nearby and specially designed to be non-clogging and to deliver water at a uniform rate throughout their length.

Drip irrigation isn't just for commercial gardeners anymore

Wet summer brings out moss, algae

Drip irrigation isn't just for commercial gardeners anymore
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Here's some thirst-quenching information for gardeners facing stressed-out plants. Drip irrigation isn't just for commercial operators anymore.

Wet summer brings out moss, algae
The wet summer continues, and so do problems with moss and algae in lawns.

Georgia Southern's new wide receiver wants to know what college football is about
STATESBORO, Ga. - Wide receiver Reggie McCutchen had a reputation before his first steps onto Georgia Southern's football practice field Thursday.

Bilbo will no longer play quarterback
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's quarterback job is still up for grabs, but sophomore Damarius Bilbo is no longer a candidate.

Georgia Southern's new wide receiver wants to know what college football is about

Bilbo will no longer play quarterback

First baseman keys GreenJackets' victory
Dustin Brisson came home last summer.

Birthday girl goes low again at Wendy's
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Candie Kung has come up with a novel way of celebrating birthdays.

Wet course works against defending champion
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Things weren't setting up right for Mi Hyun Kim as she defends her title at the Wendy's Championship for Children.

Love gets record three eagles, increases lead
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Davis Love III tied a PGA Tour record with three eagles Friday and increased his lead at The International.

Sorenstam two shots off lead in Stockholm
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Annika Sorenstam was two shots behind the leader after Thursday's opening round of the HP Open, the first time since 1999 she is playing in her native city.

Tournament's namesake had major impact
The Orville White Cup has been going on for so long that younger players in this weekend's Regions Cup stop don't know who White was and why the tournament is named in his honor.

Wie out of U.S. Women's Amateur after match-play loss
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Michelle Wie was knocked out of the U.S. Women's Amateur in the first round of match play Thursday by Maru Martinez of Venezuela.

Lucidi advances in U.S. Women's Amateur Championship
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Defending champion Becky Lucidi won the first four holes and beat Kwan-Chih Lu 4 and 3 in the third round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Friday.

Howell forges early lead in International

Golf notes
S.C. AMATEUR: In Greenville, S.C., part-time Augusta resident Kevin King shot his second 68 and has a four-shot lead at the midway point on Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer Course.

Wet course works against defending champion

Howell forges early lead in International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Charles Howell III had seven birdies in a bogey-free round to take the early first-round lead Thursday in The International.

Birthday girl goes low again at Wendy's

Golf notes

Tournament's namesake had major impact

Hendrix shares lead in state amateur
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Clemson teammates Matt Hendrix of Aiken and Gregg Jones of Florence share the first-round lead in the South Carolina Amateur Championship.

Lucidi advances in U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Wie out of U.S. Women's Amateur after match-play loss

Love gets record three eagles, increases lead

First baseman keys GreenJackets' victory

GHSA to consider moving up end of prep football season
ATLANTA -- The Georgia High School Association will vote this fall on a proposal to move up the start of the 2004 football season, which would end in early December instead of days before Christmas.

High school could choose mascot to honor Thurmond
Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield has a controversy with its mascot - the Rebels.

Suggestion for new civic center site
Fred Childs' Aug. 1 letter, "Help for airport and civic center," has some legitimate points in his startling suggestion to eliminate Daniel Field and build a new civic center and hotel properties on the city-owned site. Rick Carpenter, Thomson, Ga.

Suggestion for new civic center site

Letter writers' comparisons off base
As a concerned and loyal American citizen, I regret when history is misused and misrepresented to reflect the political preference of a person, party or administration - all of which occurs in the letters of two writers on July 30. Robert Cooper, Martinez, Ga.

Agrees with letter writer's civic center idea
I concur with Fred Childs' Aug. 1 letter, "Help for airport and civic center", concerning his idea to build a civic center and hotel for clients on Daniel Field, and to move the airplanes there to our big airport. If Barry White - with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau - will take charge of the civic center, it would be the best thing to happen to our so-called entertainment center and would draw people back to Augusta who will spend their money here at our businesses. Jim Stringer, Augusta

Child abuse comes in many forms
Regarding The Chronicle's July 28 editorial, "Abuse report shocks," on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church in Boston: Many legitimate points are made, especially concerning non-existing or weak state laws, as well as the statute of limitations, that make it impossible to prosecute anyone in Massachusetts, let alone Catholic bishops, on charges of causing harm to children. Father Allan J. McDonald, Augusta

Poor teamwork?

Aiken water utility soaking residents
Water, water, everywhere - but to the city of Aiken government, it must be thought of as milk from the cash cow. Our July 1 water bills arrived with a nasty surprise - a 16-percent jump in the fire protection charge which, when added to previous increases, amounts to a whopping 52 percent in 10 months (62 percent per annum). Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Teachers should speak proper English

Poor teamwork?
Congress says "poor teamwork" allowed the 9-11 attack to succeed. In other words, Congress blames something vague that threatens no salary, no pension and no perks of a politician to be the problem. No politician got anything wrong, so all can keep their fat salaries, their unconstitutional powers and their groveling entourages. Bill Dekle, Millen, Ga.

Letter writers' comparisons off base

Offers plan to ease traffic clogs
I have noticed that both traffic and aggressive driving are increasing in this area. Today there was another serious accident in front of Kroger on Washington Road in Evans. Building permits should not have been approved before updating the road to include turn and exit lanes. Bob Entwistle, Martinez, Ga.

Teachers should speak proper English
Regarding The Chronicle's Aug. 5 Metro section article, "Student program comes to district": The Academy of Richmond County teacher Larry Bagwell was quoted as saying, "Me and a group of 20-some teachers worked on this for about three years." Molly C. Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Study: drivers have many distractions

Supreme Court oral arguments now available online

Gone to the market

Study: drivers have many distractions
WASHINGTON -- A study found all drivers fiddle with their radios or engage in other distracting behavior, even when they're being watched as part of a study on distracted drivers.

Supreme Court oral arguments now available online
CHICAGO -- Getting audio recordings of landmark legal arguments is becoming as easy as downloading the latest Snoop Dogg single.

Gone to the market
The smell of doughnuts and fried foods drift through the heart of the Barnyard Flea Market on Doug Barnard Parkway at Bobby Jones Expressway.

Woman will be charged in crash
A woman involved in a deadly three-vehicle accident on Mike Padgett Highway on Thursday will be charged with vehicular homicide, officials said Friday.

Schools plan to appeal report
If she could, Principal Bequette Coar probably would send state education officials to the principal's office and make them sit in the corner.

Kid of the day
Trey D. Grant of Hephzibah is today's ''Kid of the Day.''

Warrants sought in child's death

Ex-preacher may require one trial
Depending on how Wesley McCoy wants to proceed with his case, there's a chance the former evangelical preacher would never need to return to Aiken County to answer to child molestation charges.

Chief is prepared for possible attack

3rd Infantry Division returns home
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The tears started with the national anthem. They flowed through an a cappella singing of America the Beautiful andAmazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Cost of library restoration could top $3 million

Woman will be charged in crash

Schools plan to appeal report

Wowing the crowd
Sixteen-year-old rapper Bow Wow performs for a crowd at Bell Auditorium. The concert took place Thursday.

3-vehicle crash kills mom, child

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the location of two Duke Energy power plants and the scheduled date for construction to start on a plutonium conversion plant at the Savannah River Site. The Catawba Nuclear Station is in York, S.C., and the McGuire Nuclear Station is in Huntersville, N.C. The plants are supposed to receive nuclear fuel from a plutonium conversion facility at SRS, which officials hope to start construction on next year.

Across the area

Cancer funding goes on hold
ATLANTA - Regional cancer programs in three Georgia cities, including Augusta and Savannah, will have to wait until at least October to see significant state dollars start to flow their way.

Greenpeace challenges plutonium shipping plan

Man travels home to bring ministry to Liberia
The son of Liberia's longest-serving president says he's hopeful for peace, but he sees difficult days ahead and has concerns about the international community's handling of the situation in Monrovia.

Ford recall yields few difficulties

3rd Infantry Division returns home

Drivers must move aside

Man is sentenced in police shooting
The narcotics investigator watched silently as the man who shot him two years ago admitted his guilt Thursday.

Savannah River fish get radiation checks

Chief is prepared for possible attack
If terrorists target Augusta, Chief Howard Willis, Augusta's Emergency Management Agency director, will be the one warning city department officials and industries.

Group offers support to victims of assault

Man faces more fraud charges
AIKEN - The owner of a downtown Aiken auto repair shop is behind bars again after being charged with defrauding the elderly for the second time in nine months.

Alternatives studied for silver tooth fillings

Family goes to hospital after wreck
A North Carolina family is recovering at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after their SUV rolled over several times during an accident on Interstate 20 Friday morning.

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - A Norcross man has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of a man who allegedly stole his car.

Couple in jail after boy's death
EDGEFIELD - Battered, bruised and burned, 13-month-old Darrell Watson was barely alive when his 17-year-old mother brought him to the Edgefield County Hospital early Thursday morning. Four hours later he died.

Judge denies suspect's bond
A man who reportedly confessed to strangling a woman and dumping her body in a swamp was denied bond Friday.

Drivers must move aside
Rubberneckers and speeders beware: Getting too close to those flashing blue, red or amber lights or racing by them could cost you under a new state law.

Rapist receives 12-year sentence
Still denying he raped a teenage family acquaintance, a man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday.

Aviation board fires director
Ken Kraemer had the chance to bow out at 9:57 a.m. - three minutes before the meeting in which he was fired.

Library denies censor charges
ATLANTA - Lawyers for the publisher of a newspaper dealing with gay issues told a federal appeals court Friday the Vidalia Public Library is practicing censorship against The Gay Guardian, a bimonthly publication based in southeast Georgia.

Tee time
Joseph Gray, 9, practices on the driving range at The First Tee Friday afternoon. He will be in the First Tee Club Championship which starts today and ends Sunday.

Testing continues on school's water

Rains cause flooding in south Augusta
Tommy Pryor sat outside a Texaco gasoline station on Lumpkin Road on Friday night waiting for a tow truck minutes after his car stalled in 3 feet of water.

Across South Carolina

Tee time

News you can use

Couple in jail after boy's death

Man is sentenced in police shooting

Jekyll parking fee might end

Wowing the crowd

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 8, 1975 ATLANTA - The Mackay House in Augusta's Harrisburg community, long believed to be the site of the hanging of 13 Revolutionary soldiers in 1780, was not built until 1800 - give or take five years - the director of architectural research for Colonial Williamsburg has told the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Rants and raves
I CAN'T BELIEVE that Richmond County Animal Control would allow an inmate to work with animals. I have two boxers, and they are just precious. I can't believe this is happening in Richmond County. You people just don't care what happens to the animals.

No school bell yet
Amanda Collins, 9, (left) and Katlyn McGarry, 10, both of Aiken, enjoy the last days of summer break at Richardson's Lake in Aiken.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A man running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retirement of Ernest "Fritz" Hollings says he's the first openly gay candidate for that office.

Air ball
Soldiers from Company B, 369th Signal Battalion, train for wire-system installation by passing a ball to one another. They trained Thursday at Fort Gordon's Pole Orchard. Passing the ball while attached high up on the pole helps the soldiers become more comfortable with their environment.

3-vehicle crash kills mom, child
A fatal three-vehicle wreck shut down part of Mike Padgett Highway for at least two hours Thursday, authorities said.

Miss Augusta event draws 10 entrants
Ten young women will vie for the title of Miss Augusta in the Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant on Saturday night at Augusta State University's performing arts theater.

28 marijuana plants found at auto shop
Two Hephzibah brothers were arrested in Burke County on Thursday after authorities found 28 marijuana plants in an underground lab.

Warrants sought in child's death
Authorities were pursuing arrest warrants Thursday for an Edgefield couple whose 14-month-old son died from head injuries, police said.

Library work aids business around UGA

Kid of the Day
Colby Tyler Rogers is today's Kid of the Day.

Alternatives studied for silver tooth fillings
The screeching drill in his mouth didn't seem to bother Robert Bellavance, of Grovetown. Nor did he blink at the silver amalgam that filled the hole in his tooth.

Savannah River fish get radiation checks
Gary Johnson and Sean Hayes - and their oddly rigged boat - are familiar sights to anglers who navigate the dark waters of the lower Savannah River.

Group offers support to victims of assault
Thanks to a local organization, when rape occurs, victims are not left by themselves to deal with the hardships that follow.

3 Aiken schools fail standards
AIKEN - Three Aiken County elementary schools failed to meet federal testing standards for the second-straight year and will allow pupils to transfer to nearby schools that are better-performing, a school official said Friday.

Members approve manager contract
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members approved a contract Thursday with new civic center Manager Larry Rogers, making last month's hiring official.

Official selects interim leader of Augusta Regional Airport
Augusta aviation commissioners will have to re-advertise for the director's job. It took more than a year to fill the slot after Al McDill was fired from the post in April 2000.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 9, 1920 C.P. Owens is at University Hospital suffering from severe cuts about the face and body. Charles Jowers is at his home suffering from a severe blow on the head, while Louis Coleman is suffering from a bad cut on his face as the result of a cutting scrape that occurred yesterday afternoon on the levee in West End.

Ford recall yields few difficulties
Local officials say that the impact of a recall of certain Ford Crown Victorias announced Friday is minimal, and that they haven't had many problems with them.

Aviation board fires director

Woman calls rape a hate crime
ATHENS, Ga. - As an Athens woman pressures the District Attorney's office to seek a hate-crime indictment, the man she accuses of raping her because she is homosexual is attempting to get his life together after resigning as a Gwinnett County deputy sheriff, his attorney says.

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Jekyll parking fee might end
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - A Southeast Georgia legislator has asked Gov. Sonny Perdue to work with the Jekyll Island Park Authority to remove the island's $3 parking fee.

Kid of the day

Council enacts ban on cruising
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cruising down Savannah's streets at 1 a.m. is now more than a statement. It's against the law.

Library work aids business around UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - The cloud cast over the University of Georgia by the July 23 fire at its Main Library has a silver lining of sorts: a boost to the local economy from the massive clean-up effort.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

School requirements confuse, frustrate educators

School requirements confuse, frustrate educators
ATLANTA - Georgia educators say some of the requirements in the federal No Child Left Behind Act are confusing and unfair, with some schools landing on the needs-improvement list because three or four pupils were absent the day of standardized testing.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across the area
Fifteen-year-old Aaron Booher is expected to move out of an intensive care unit this weekend after successfully undergoing a double lung transplant.

News you can use

Corrections

Library denies censor charges

Cancer funding goes on hold

Greenpeace challenges plutonium shipping plan
Environmentalists opposed to the construction of a nuclear fuel facility at Savannah River Site said Thursday that plans by the government to ship plutonium to Europe in order to speed up the testing process are unsafe.

Woman calls rape a hate crime

Across Georgia

Official selects interim leader of Augusta Regional Airport

City logged coolest July since 1975
This has been one of Augusta's coolest summers on record.

Across the area

Corrections
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about pupils returning to school incorrectly reported enrollment numbers. Officials said that 19,014 pupils attended the first day of school in Columbia County.

Man travels home to bring ministry to Liberia

Rants and raves
I CAN'T BELIEVE that Richmond County Animal Control would allow an inmate to work with animals. I have two boxers, and they are just precious. I can't believe this is happening in Richmond County. You people just don't care what happens to the animals.

Rains cause flooding in south Augusta

Cost of library restoration could top $3 million
ATHENS, Ga. - A small army of workers is on pace to have the fire-damaged University of Georgia Main Library open by the time fall semester begins, according to library Director William Potter.

3 Aiken schools fail standards

Across the area
The state employees' union will not argue its case for an injunction - which could put ousted workers back in control of the Augusta Youth Development Campus - in Richmond County Superior Court today.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The first month of the new budget year brought little encouraging news for Gov. Sonny Perdue, who already has begun looking for additional spending cuts to keep the state in the black.

Correction

Autopsy shows homicide-suicide
Autopsy results indicated Thursday that an Evans couple found dead in their apartment was a homicide-suicide.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A jury has ordered gambling magnate Fred Collins to pay $3 million to a former employee in a lawsuit over business dealings between the former friends.

Testing continues on school's water
Columbia County's newest school remained without water for a second day.

Family goes to hospital after wreck

At the Movies: 'S.W.A.T.'
In one of the many elaborate training exercises in "S.W.A.T.," the team commander asks his recruits to lie on their bellies and aim their rifles at a row of playing cards mounted on a faraway hill. Whoever shoots accurately enough to form the best poker hand is the winner.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'S.W.A.T.'

Derek Trucks Band gets jazzy on new release

Jackson-Buffett drink in success
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pass the sunscreen and pour another margarita. Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett might have the breezy hit of the summer with their duet It's Five O'Clock Somewhere.

Derek Trucks Band gets jazzy on new release
Guitarist Derek Trucks is best known as a prodigy, a blues boy who first performed at age 9, had a band by age 12 and a national recording contract while still in high school.

Stewart defending title at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart's spirits were about as low as he could get the last time he arrived at Watkins Glen International.

Spencer challenges 'Hired Guns'

Stewart defending title at Watkins Glen

Record time helps Gordon race to pole

Newman fuming after crash in practice

Record time helps Gordon race to pole
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Jeff Gordon's miserable season took a positive turn Friday when NASCAR's king of the road won the pole with a record-shattering run at Watkins Glen International.

Spencer challenges 'Hired Guns'
Jimmy Spencer has a challenge for the road racing specialists hired to drive Sunday at Watkins Glen International: "Come to Bristol."

Newman fuming after crash in practice
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Ryan Newman was fuming at the response time and rescue effort of course workers after he crashed Friday in practice at Watkins Glen International.

Report: Four groups interested in buying Nets
NEWARK, N.J. -- The owners of the New Jersey Nets are talking to at least four groups about selling the team, and two of the potential buyers would move the team to New York, according to a published report.

Report: Four groups interested in buying Nets

Baylor coach Bliss resigns
WACO, Texas -- Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss resigned Friday over major violations in his program uncovered following the disappearance and death of a player and charges he was killed by a former teammate.

Giants' Shockey insults Parcells in magazine

Fantasy football: Running backs make the difference

Vick vs. Favre won't last long in preseason opener

Training camp roundup

Whitfield eager to see widespread attack

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Winds halt pre-Olympic rowing event

U.S. women beat Brazil, will play for basketball gold

Older volleyball players still have success

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New buff for old stadium in time for the games

Overtime

Federer reaches Montreal semis

Federer reaches Montreal semis
MONTREAL -- Wimbledon champion Roger Federer celebrated his 22nd birthday with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Max Mirnyi of Belarus on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Tennis Masters Canada tournament.

U.S. women beat Brazil, will play for basketball gold
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. women did what the men couldn't on the basketball court at the Pan American Games.

Older volleyball players still have success
After two decades on the pro beach volleyball circuit, Karch Kiraly has heard all the cracks.

Winds halt pre-Olympic rowing event
SCHINIAS, Greece -- A pre-Olympic rowing event was called off because of strong winds Thursday, another troubling sign for organizers trying to fine-tune preparations for next year's games.

New buff for old stadium in time for the games
ATHENS, Greece -- It's been shaken by earthquakes, chipped by souvenir hunters, covered in snow and baked by the sun. Now, the all-marble stadium that hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896 is finally getting a long-overdue facelift.

Agassi advances to Montreal quarters
MONTREAL -- Andre Agassi stumbled out to a 4-1 deficit, then recovered to beat local wild-card entry Simon Larose 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Canada Masters.

Overtime
A misdemeanor assault charge against Washington Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse has been dropped after the former All-Star apologized to the alleged victim.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets are scheduling the games, but they aren't getting to play many of them.

Fantasy football: Running backs make the difference
Everybody wants to win his fantasy football league.

Giants' Shockey insults Parcells in magazine
NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Shockey popped off about gays on Howard Stern's radio show, and he makes opponents' blood boil with his on-field antics. He once made an obscene gesture and hit children in the stands with a cup of ice - in the same game.

Training camp roundup
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Marcos Martos grew up in soccer-crazed Mexico City dreaming of playing in the NFL.

Vick vs. Favre won't last long in preseason opener
ATLANTA -- Seven months ago, Michael Vick led the Atlanta Falcons to an improbable playoff victory at Lambeau Field. He'll get another crack at the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, but this one won't last very long.

Whitfield eager to see widespread attack
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With just one day remaining in his 12th training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, Bob Whitfield is ready to leave Furman University and return home.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country star had fans restless

Mel Gibson screens crucifixion film for friendly eyes only
NEW YORK -- Those who have seen Mel Gibson's film about the final hours of Jesus Christ have called it beautiful, magical, a great and important work.

Faith digest
Jeff and Sheri Easter perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God on Thomson Highway in Lincolnton, Ga. A nursery will be provided. For more information, call 359-7237.

Selah's musical simplicity evokes deep praise
They call it their little record. Instead of a $100,000 budget, Selah's first album, Be Still My Soul, was built on a $2,000 piano-and-vocal track. But that was enough. The CD beat out Welsh soprano Charlotte Church for Inspirational Album of the Year at the 2000 Dove Awards.

Church deacon followed winding journey of faith
Kent Plowman was ordained a deacon nine years ago Aug. 29 - the Catholic feast of the beheading of John the Baptist.

Monks celebrate half-century of community in Vermont
WESTON, Vt. -- From early childhood, many of the men were drawn to the prayer, rituals, and wisdom of the clergy; some aspired to be priests and to help others.

Author explores Hasidic missions
NEW YORK - There are just 3,000 Jews living in Alaska's 570,374 square miles, but Yossi and Esty Greenberg are there to serve them - leading services, throwing Hanukkah parties, flying deep into the bush to train a young man for his bar mitzvah.

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.

Debate exists about whether the Bible is entirely error-free
Is the Bible "inerrant," that is, totally free of errors?

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country star had fans restless
It's been a while since I've seen a so-called star treat fans as badly and put on such a poor show as Tanya Tucker did Aug. 2 in Newberry, S.C.

Some good movies get bad raps

Summer's wild political circus wins TV's vote
LOS ANGELES -- Who knew? The summer's best reality television shows turned out to be about politics.

Summer's wild political circus wins TV's vote

Laura Regan will portray Jessica Lynch in NBC movie
BURBANK, Calif. -- Actress Laura Regan will portray Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch in the NBC movie "Saving Jessica Lynch."

Schwarzenegger drives big audience to 'Tonight'

Fox edits out comment by Kobe Bryant on teen show
NEW YORK -- Fox edited out a portion of Kobe Bryant's acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards this week where he appeared to make a reference to the sexual assault charge against him.

Schwarzenegger drives big audience to 'Tonight'
NEW YORK -- Arnold Schwarzenegger's announcement that he was running for governor of California drew the second-highest rating of the year for NBC's "Tonight" show, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

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Lopez and Spears may have competing talk shows

UGA notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt says he's happy to be at Georgia, and the Bulldogs are happy to have the reigning Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year.

Georgia season tickets flood mail system

Former vacuum cleaner salesman returns to football

Scranton leaves again, four days after his return

Abilities shine in new linebackers
ATHENS, Ga. - Based on numbers alone, Georgia's linebackers would seem to be in big trouble this season.

Former vacuum cleaner salesman returns to football
ATHENS, Ga. -- One year ago this week, Aaron Scranton decided he hated running so much that he walked away from a football scholarship at Georgia after only two practices.

Scranton leaves again, four days after his return
ATHENS, Ga. - Just four days after reporting to Athens and one day after telling an Athens Banner-Herald reporter how happy he was to be back with the Bulldogs, walk-on defensive end Aaron Scranton left the team, coach Mark Richt confirmed Friday.

UGA notebook

Curry diagnosed with stress fracture in leg

Georgia season tickets flood mail system
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Athletic Association's ticket office mailed out season tickets for the upcoming football season Thursday.

Abilities shine in new linebackers

Curry diagnosed with stress fracture in leg
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia all-SEC rover Kentrell Curry could be out as long as six weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg.

Some good movies get bad raps
Movie critics have always relished the opportunity to walk bleary-eyed from a darkened cinema to declare a movie "the worst ever."

Holtz commends his offense
COLUMBIA - The intriguing part of Lou Holtz's news conference Friday wasn't that he bashed his defense at every opportunity.

Holtz commends his offense

Summers adjusting to South Carolina camp

Summers adjusting to South Carolina camp
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When the state's all-time leading high-school rusher Demetris Summers chose South Carolina last February, Gamecock players rushed to his former Lexington High teammate Kris Clark to find out how their newest signee would fit in.

Liberians hungry in Taylor territory
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Starving crowds gathered in Liberia's war-divided capital Friday, stuffing leaves into their mouths to quell their hunger as aid agencies pressed for opening of humanitarian routes. Fighting surged in cities outside Monrovia.

Liberians hungry in Taylor territory

Peacekeepers enter Liberia's capital as Taylor submits resignation, designates successor

Peacekeepers enter Liberia's capital as Taylor submits resignation, designates successor
MONROVIA, Liberia -- President Charles Taylor submitted his resignation and named his vice president to take over the reins of the embattled government Thursday as throngs cheered the first West African peacekeepers to enter the besieged capital.

Naked walker continues with trek through Britain

Driver who nursed infant found innocent of child endangerment, convicted of lesser charges

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Prison-prepped pooches graduate

Author explores Hasidic missions

Mel Gibson screens crucifixion film for friendly eyes only

Monks celebrate half-century of community in Vermont

Selah's musical simplicity evokes deep praise

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Church deacon followed winding journey of faith