Arts notebook: Dancer's enthusiasm will be missed

Arts notebook: Dancer's enthusiasm will be missed
On my desk, scrawled on the corner of a piece of scrap paper, there is a phone number that I would give anything to be able to call.

Little League confirms pitcher's eligibility after anonymous call
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Another great pitcher, another stinging allegation.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook the up-and-comers

Florida reaches U.S. championship game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Michael Broad threw a one-hitter and Richie DeJesus was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs as Boynton Beach, Fla., beat Chandler, Ariz., 4-1 Wednesday night in the first U.S. semifinal at the Little League World Series.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook the up-and-comers
With the minor league regular season concluding in less than two weeks, and major league rosters expanding Sept. 1, it's time to assess the potential fantasy impact of this year's most prominent projected callups.

If you really want to complain, you probably shouldn't

Abby Elizabeth McNeely

Jadyn Monet Green
Lillianne Monet Green of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Jadyn Monet Green, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Barbara G. Sapp of Augusta.

Gabriella Victoria Day

Andrew Donald Hortenstine
Donald and Angela Hortenstine of Evans announce the birth of a son, Andrew Donald Hortenstine, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lariscy and Irene Hortenstine, all of Augusta.

Dakota Bryce Dixon
Matthew Dixon and Amber Halvorson, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Dakota Bryce Dixon, Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hurst, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby R. Dixon and Maria Wallace, all of Grovetown.

Lindsey Marie Coleman
Wilder L. and Denise G. Coleman of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Lindsey Marie Coleman, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Griffin of Martinez, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder L. Coleman Sr. of Summertown, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tom R. Manus of Point, Texas.

Antonio Davone Edwards Jr.
Antonio Edwards Sr. and Stacy M. Edwards of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Antonio Davone Edwards Jr., Monday, July 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rosa McCoy and Warren and Linda Brooks, all of Augusta, and the late Pittman West.

Antonio Davone Edwards Jr.

John Edward Osborn Jr.
John and Joy Osborn of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, John Edward Osborn Jr., Thursday, July 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Marks of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Osborn of Augusta.

Briley Grace Johnson
Hank and Tiffany Johnson of Wrens, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Briley Grace Johnson, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ricky James of Matthews, Ga., Jackie James of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Johnson of Wrens.

Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant
Antonio Bryant and Felicia J. Rogers, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Brenda J. Rogers, Mamie Rogers and Lennie Mathis, all of Thomson, and Bettye Jean Bradley of Augusta.

Cameron Lane Story
Chuck and Tracy Story of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Cameron Lane Story, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are David and Ann Tyre, Edward and Emily Dunn and Tommy Story, all of Harlem.

Ayden Lewis Key
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Key of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ayden Lewis Key, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Pineda and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Key Sr., all of Augusta.

Jason Andrew McMillen
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McMillen of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jason Andrew McMillen, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Harker of Springlake, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Tony J. McMillen of Elizabethtown, Ky.

Dakota Bryce Dixon

Demauri Jermaine Phillips
Dempster and LaTonya S. Phillips of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Demauri Jermaine Phillips, Thursday, July 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are John and Shirley Seibles and Helen Seibles, all of Winnsboro, S.C., and Maple and Janie Phillips of Edgefield.

Dalton Kramer

Cecilia Elise Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Aron Thomas of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Cecilia Elise Thomas, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fred Ball of Walla Walla, Wash., Lili Long of Augusta and Carol and Melvin Thomas of Harlem.

Jadyn Monet Green

Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun
Michael S. and Cynthia L. Calhoun of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun, Sunday, July 27, 2003, at University Hospital.

Jenna-Clare Lynn Calhoun

Demauri Jermaine Phillips

Jason Andrew McMillen

Cameron Lane Story

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.

Emma Grace Whitaker

Chandler David Swallow

Winston Eric Bailey
DeWayne and Erika Bailey of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Winston Eric Bailey, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Barnes and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bailey, all of North Augusta.

Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr.

Curry Elizabeth Jones
Mr. and Mrs. David C. Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Curry Elizabeth Jones, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Frank of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones of Augusta.

Briley Grace Johnson

Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr.
Carl Garrett Sr. and Tykiri Gillette, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carl Sanchez Garrett Jr., Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Felicia Gillette and Joe Slappy Sr., both of Augusta, and the late Mary Boyd.

Chandler Blaise Ogilvie

Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr.
Diric L. Jefferson Sr. and Avis Murray, both of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Diric Leonard Jefferson Jr., Sunday, June 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Tinsley Wilcher and Eva Murray of Augusta and Sammie and Mary Jean Jefferson of Appling.

Marquez Antonio LaErnest Bryant

Dalton Kramer
Robert Kramer and Jennifer Virchis, both of Pittsburgh, announce the birth of a son, Dalton Kramer, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Beverly Brooks of Las Vegas and Harry and Mabby Kramer of Pittsburgh.

John Edward Osborn Jr.

Abby Elizabeth McNeely
Micah McNeely and Christina Ray, both of Louisville, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Abby Elizabeth McNeely, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Hattaway of Louisville, Duane Ray of Grovetown and Terry and Rita McNeely of Bartow, Ga.

Lindsey Marie Coleman

Chandler Blaise Ogilvie
Chanon D. Ogilvie of Martinez announces the birth of a son, Chandler Blaise Ogilvie, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carswell Ogilvie of Martinez.

Ayden Lewis Key

Catherine Irick Richards
Kenneth B. and Kimberly Denice Richards of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Catherine Irick Richards, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Bowser of McCormick, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Richards of Augusta.

Curry Elizabeth Jones

Chandler David Swallow
Jason and Kristy Swallow of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Chandler David Swallow, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are George and Sandra Adams and David and Sona Swallow, all of Augusta, and Larry Smith of North Augusta.

Luke Enrique Vega

Luke Enrique Vega
Salvador and Lisa Vega of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Luke Enrique Vega, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Laura Padgett of Augusta and the late Lonnie Padgett, and Juan and Enriquetta Vega of Rioverde, Mexico.

Winston Eric Bailey

Haley Nicole Williams
Michael and Shelly Williams of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Nicole Williams, Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George R. Cato of Aiken, Joyce Holley Cato of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Moates of Trenton, S.C., and Ronnie Williams of Edgefield.

Haley Nicole Williams

Dylan Carter Chandlee
Ryan and Kristin Chandlee of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Dylan Carter Chandlee, Monday, July 28, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Pam Phillipson of Milwaukee and Gene and Marilyn Chandlee of Portland, Ore.

Catherine Irick Richards

Gabriella Victoria Day
Jason and Liana Day of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Gabriella Victoria Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fliecer and Victoria Torres of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Mike Lee and Peggy Fleming of Augusta.

Dylan Carter Chandlee

Emma Grace Whitaker
Michael R. and Joanna B. Whitaker of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Grace Whitaker, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donna S. Butler and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Whitaker, all of North Augusta, and the late John R. Butler III.

Odds and Ends
CLINTON, Iowa -- One of the Good Shepherd's sheep went on the lam.

Mobster's gets extra 16 months for smuggled sperm
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A New York gangster who smuggled his semen out of federal prison to impregnate his wife was sentenced to an additional 16 months in jail.

Odds and Ends
GRINNELL, Iowa -- Cars on both lanes of Interstate 80 stopped to weather a swirling blizzard, but it wasn't snow. It was cash.

Bonds beats Braves again
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds beat the Atlanta Braves with an extra-inning homer for the second time in three days, connecting for his 652nd career home run in the 10th inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4-3 victory Thursday night.

Giants edge Braves in ninth
SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgardo Alfonzo hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth as the San Francisco Giants won their second straight thriller, making two late rallies for a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

Giants edge Braves in ninth

Bonds beats Braves again

Rain helps tractor sales grow

Latest outbreak declared fastest e-mail infection

Business briefs

Investors purchase complex

Business leaders meet for breakfast

Growth in jobs isn't all positive

More business owners put emphasis on drug testing

Microsoft ships new Office programs to manufacturers
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it is planning an October launch of a new version of its Office business software, but has already sent the code to manufacturers for installation on new computers and compact discs.

More business owners put emphasis on drug testing
For more about Georgia's Drugs Don't Work program, go to: www.gachamber.com/affiliates/drugs.

Weekly jobless claims drops to the lowest level since February

New digital camera unveiled
A model shows Canon's new SLR digital camera EOS 300D with 6.3 mega pixel after its global launch in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday.

Investors purchase complex
An Augusta real estate investment firm has purchased a 6-acre retail and office complex off Washington Road.

Business briefs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Shares in Solutia Inc. more than tripled in value Thursday after the company settled thousands of claims over PCB pollution in Alabama. It could be months before victims learn how much they receive.

Blackout cost estimated at up to $6 billion
NEW YORK -- The blackout that stranded millions of travelers, halted assembly lines and spoiled tons of food cost an estimated $4 billion to $6 billion, no more than a temporary ripple in the economy, experts say.

New digital camera unveiled

Sponsors, grants add to funding for event
The green checks Chris Naylor received this week are earmarked to manage funds for the new Farmers Market account.

Business briefs

Sponsors, grants add to funding for event

Blackout cost estimated at up to $6 billion

Weekly jobless claims drops to the lowest level since February
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in six months, another indication that the battered U.S. economy may be recovering from an extended period of weakness.

Latest outbreak declared fastest e-mail infection
NEW YORK -- A computer virus that circulated across the Internet this week, hard on the heels of another nasty online infection, has been declared the fastest e-mail outbreak ever.

Leading economic indicators rise in July
NEW YORK -- A closely watched gauge of future economic activity rose in July for the fourth consecutive month, adding to signals that the nation's business climate is improving.

Business leaders meet for breakfast
Augusta's white and black business leaders should have breakfast together more often.

Growth in jobs isn't all positive
ATLANTA - Georgia may lead the rest of the country in the number of jobs created in a month, but they're not as good as the jobs Georgians are losing, a noted economic forecaster said Thursday.

Business briefs
The University of South Carolina Aiken Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on starting a home-based business Aug. 28 in the Business & Education Building, Room 140.

Rain helps tractor sales grow
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Green begets green.

Microsoft ships new Office programs to manufacturers

Clemson's Purnell faces difficult opening schedule
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Coach Oliver Purnell's first season at Clemson starts Nov. 21 against Gardner-Webb and includes road games against Purdue, Georgia and Cincinnati.

Clemson's Leake plugged up
CLEMSON, S.C. - All John Leake had to do was make the tackle. But then, Leake already knew that.

Close won't cut it this time for Tigers
Coach Tommy Bowden pointed out often during the summer how close Clemson was to a 10-win season in 2002.

Coaches say players like new rules limiting practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fresher players. Less medical treatment. Fewer heat-related problems. The NCAA's new football camp rules certainly seem an instant hit.

Clemson's Leake plugged up

Coaches say players like new rules limiting practice

Clemson's Purnell faces difficult opening schedule

Close won't cut it this time for Tigers

Coastal Carolina makes its debut
CONWAY, S.C. -- Maurice Simpkins couldn't believe at times he came to Coastal Carolina to play college football.

Auburn aiming to end title drought

Demon Deacons have lofty goals

Cutler remains focused
ATHENS, Ga. - Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler said he was just mad.

Cutler remains focused

Auburn aiming to end title drought
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has carried quite a burden on his shoulders this summer.

Demon Deacons have lofty goals
With the least tradition and fewest returning starters of any team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it would be easy to write Wake Forest off as a non-factor this season.

Duke will play in Alaska
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference champion Duke will play in the Great Alaska Shootout this season, while Roy Williams' first game as head coach of North Carolina will be against Old Dominion.

Duke will play in Alaska

Over his head
Not all mutinies are bad.

Stop the madness
Welcome to the Mideast - the land that time forgot.

Decide on arena site
After more than a half-dozen years of studying, debating and agonizing about where to build a long-needed judicial center, the Augusta Commission seems to be finally closing in on a decision.

Needs improvement
The federal No Child Left Behind Act is now on our needs-improvement list.

Over his head

Needs improvement

Decide on arena site

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

Standing ovations
Augusta State University and the Augusta State University Department of Fine Arts are presenting an exhibition of hand-pulled prints by artist Teresa Cole from Monday through Sept. 25 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus, 2500 Walton Way.

Video watch
Here are reviews from Roger Ebert and other critics of some recent video releases:

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

Mortgages rates resume their upward climb

Stocks advance on positive economic reports
NEW YORK -- A trio of upbeat economic reports ranging from jobless claims to regional manufacturing cheered Wall Street Thursday, prompting investors to pick up shares on strengthening expectations of a solid recovery. The Nasdaq composite index reached another 16-month high.

Mortgages rates resume their upward climb
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages rose again this week, the seventh increase in the past eight weeks, but they still remain slightly below the average rates one year ago.

Stocks advance on positive economic reports

Stocks fall modestly on disappointing HP earnings

Cadillac Escalade has highest theft rate

Cadillac Escalade has highest theft rate
WASHINGTON -- The Cadillac Escalade is the vehicle of choice for some entertainers and professional athletes. A study indicates it's the vehicle of choice for some car thieves as well.

Stocks fall modestly on disappointing HP earnings
NEW YORK -- Sluggish earnings from Hewlett-Packard pressured Wall Street Wednesday, although losses were limited as investors remained largely optimistic about a speedy economic recovery.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Schooling hybrids and striped bass are playing hard to catch, while Strom Thurmond Lake's largemouth bass also are tough to find these days.

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.

Caffeine addicts get new source of java
Working as a traveling consultant, Robert Thackston spent a lot of time in New York, where there was a coffee shop on every corner.

Japanese cuisine is simply delicious
These days, when restaurant portions could feed small villages and quantity trumps quality, it's an exquisite treat to dine in a restaurant where less is more.

Japanese cuisine is simply delicious

Landscapes sometimes need change
Do you ever find yourself changing the decor and furnishings in your house over the years because of changing styles or especially after your children leave home?

Landscapes sometimes need change

Clemson, Agriculture Department dedicate vegatable center
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A $20.5 million vegetable research center here will allow federal and state scientists to collaborate to develop better foods grown in healthier ways.

Clemson, Agriculture Department dedicate vegatable center

Consider the visual appeal of a vegetable garden
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Back during my childhood days on a Minnesota farm, we'd head to the vegetable garden by way of the kitchen.

Tomatoes have some troubles
Tomatoes are as close as any vegetable gets to growing like a weed, yet problems occasionally arise.

Consider the visual appeal of a vegetable garden

Expectations remain high for Eagles
Paul Johnson who? That's the question Georgia Southern supporters asked after first-year head coach Mike Sewak led the Eagles to an 11-3 record, a sixth consecutive Southern Conference crown and a fifth national semifinal appearance in a row.

Jackets feel sting of losing players
None of the preseason magazines were particularly optimistic about Georgia Tech's chances this season.

D-Line major concern for Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- This isn't a good sign: Gerris Wilkinson might be starting at defensive end for Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech, Clemson fans growing restless
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden knows another lackluster season could well be his last at Death Valley. The Tigers' humiliating 55-15 loss to Texas Tech in last year's Tangerine Bowl left Bowden, and Clemson's fans, deeply disturbed.

Georgia Tech makes fourth appearance in Pre-Season NIT
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech will warm up for its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with its fourth appearance in the Pre-Season National Invitation Tournament, a road trip to Ohio State and a home game against 2003 NIT champion St. John's.

Gailey just wants to coach
ATLANTA - Finally some football. Actual games to be played, calls to be made and games to be won.

Expectations remain high for Eagles

Jackets feel sting of losing players

Georgia Tech makes fourth appearance in Pre-Season NIT

Gailey just wants to coach

Georgia Tech, Clemson fans growing restless

D-Line major concern for Yellow Jackets

Changing diets turn us every which way but loose

Five share lead at rain-delayed Reno-Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. -- Bob Tway, Kirk Triplett, Paul Stankowski, Steve Pate and Andy Miller had 5-under 67s to share the lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open before a Sierra thunderstorm suspended play Thursday.

Wie shows she can play with the men
BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Michelle Wie felt she had nothing to prove, then went ahead and did it anyway.

Oh's upset of Kuehne bucks trend in U.S. Amateur

Daly, Pavin, Tway in Reno Tahoe Open

Kuehne, Villegas stage comebacks in U.S. Amateur match play

The Bear's take on the Tiger

Daly, Pavin, Tway in Reno Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. -- John Daly, Corey Pavin, Bob Tway, Jeff Maggert and Duffy Waldorf are in the field for the PGA Tour event everybody loves to play in, but always hope they don't.

Teenager to try for LPGA Tour
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The LPGA Tour has given special permission to Aree Song to become a member at age 17 if she makes it through qualifying school.

Wie shows she can play with the men

Kuehne, Villegas stage comebacks in U.S. Amateur match play
OAKMONT, Pa. -- Two big comebacks by Trip Kuehne and Camilo Villegas prevented two big upsets Wednesday as match play began in the U.S. Amateur.

Bachelor Party: Curtis tied for NEC lead

The Bear's take on the Tiger
AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods bristles at the notion he's in a slump just because he has gone six major championships without winning.

Five share lead at rain-delayed Reno-Tahoe Open

Oh's upset of Kuehne bucks trend in U.S. Amateur
OAKMONT, Pa. -- Oh, my.

Bachelor Party: Curtis tied for NEC lead
AKRON, Ohio -- British Open champion Ben Curtis has a chance to make history again, this time as the only guy to start a golf tournament as a bachelor and win it as a husband.

Hawks lineman has that spark

Rural schools have several advantages

Change hasn't bothered Crawford

Red Devils eyeing peak

Lions Rabun is a workaholic

Bulldogs no longer in pressure-cooker

Coaches, team revive tradition

Trojans finding new leaders

Talent breeds optimism

Thoroughbreds hit stride

Gamecocks, Tigers must establish lines

Aiken QB has ground to gain

Coaches, team revive tradition
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Coaches were jumping on players, players were slapping teammates' helmets, and whoops of enthusiasm filled the air at a recent Washington-Wilkes practice.

Aiken QB has ground to gain
AIKEN - He's already cleared the mental blocks that obstructed his way, and his passes have the zip they had last season.

Bulldogs no longer in pressure-cooker
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Sometimes it's not fun being the most dominant team in the state. The expectations are high, and anything less than a state championship makes the season a disappointment.

Lions Rabun is a workaholic
If you wanted to find Cole Rabun this summer, all you had to do was go to the Augusta Christian's weight room. He knows the harder you work, the better you get.

Thoroughbreds hit stride
AIKEN - An offensive lineman who weighed 340 pounds and dominated defensive lines won't be easy to replace. Neither will a running back who gained 2,623 yards, scored 19 touchdowns and touched the ball 41 times per game.

Gamecocks, Tigers must establish lines
Success for Screven County and Swainsboro this season will be measured by their play up front.

Rural schools have several advantages
It was a Friday night - a little less than a decade past - and Seth Watts sat in the bleachers at Washington County's House of Pain.

Lester installs positive attitude
Entering his first season as Jenkins County head coach, Henry Lester has a Herculean task.

Red Devils eyeing peak
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell oversees a preseason practice. Campbell's Red Devils finished strong last season.

Mustangs spurred by stumbling starts
Midland Valley coach Rick Knight has made a habit of turning his teams around at midseason.

Prep picks
Here are capsule looks at Friday's games.

Trojans finding new leaders
Willie Morris is the type of player Ridge Spring-Monetta coach Mark Rogers hopes to build his program around.

Talent breeds optimism
Hephzibah quarterback Robert Hannah hears the talk and knows people expect the Rebels to have a big year.

Coach hopes to end streak
From the time the clock winds down on the final game of the season until the opening kickoff the following year, the Williston-Elko faithful anticipate the cross-county rivalry with Barnwell.

Hawks lineman has that spark
Seth Watts, Washington County's highly recruited lineman, also is a talented musician who can play five instruments.

Change hasn't bothered Crawford
When Evans coach Marty Jackson describes senior wide receiver Ricky Crawford's attributes, he mentions height, speed and sticky hands.

If you really want to complain, you probably shouldn't
Don't complain when you're mad.

Tractor-trailer accident blocks highway
An early morning accident between a dump truck hauling asphalt and a tractor-trailer truck carrying lettuce had traffic blocked for several hours in the eastbound lane of Interstate 20.

Parents and teachers should be partners
I teach at Morgan Road Middle School, one of the many Georgia schools that needs improvement, according to a just-released report. I watched with mixed feelings a negative portrayal on live television of my school and of a parent who spoke so negatively about the school. Ruth Reddy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Adams not the right man for UGA
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has again demonstrated a penchant for poor judgment and no-win situations. Mr. Perdue indicated that he and the University of Georgia's Board of Regents are in unanimous agreement in their full and unqualified support of Michael Adams, president of the University of Georgia. Mr. Adams has raised more funds for UGA than any of his predecessors - but at the expense of Georgia residents and voters. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

A questionnaire to improve education
I've neither seen nor heard anything but the usual complaints about the uniform rules that the Richmond County Board of Education is trying to enforce. Funny, right? The board of education enforcing anything? They can't, can they? No, they can't - or more likely, they won't. So, I have some suggestions. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

Parents and teachers should be partners

Participate in the Farmers Market on Broad

Goodman stoops to defamation

Participate in the Farmers Market on Broad
On Aug. 9 Main Street Augusta launched the farmers market on Broad Street to help revitalize downtown, provide farmers more income and strengthen the local and regional economy. In times of economic decline, abandoned storefronts, vanishing family farms and mom-and-pop enterprises, limited community cohesiveness and unprecedented diet-related health epidemics, farmers markets offer more than unique shopping experiences. Sarah Bobrow-Williams, Augusta

Do sexual practices matter to God? Of course

A questionnaire to improve education

Goodman stoops to defamation
Journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not to offend against charity when writing and presenting information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgments concerning individuals and groups. Journalists should not stoop to defamation. Michael Henchy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Do sexual practices matter to God? Of course
For years the Episcopal Church has been chipping away at its biblical foundations, becoming more like Bill Clinton's military ("Don't ask, don't tell") than a church which values the whole council of God's word. Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

Over-the-counter pain relievers might reduce Parkinson's risk

Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor

FDA approves second drug to treat erectile dysfunction

Wi-Fi train, phone or not, texting for flights and other Techbits

Daffy, Porky and Marvin the Martian blast off again

Anti-crime system designed failed to catch crooks

Glassy sponge has better fiber optics than man-made

Voice artist is in hog heaven as Porky Pig

Health and fitness calendar

In the know
If Labor Day is on the horizon, it can mean only one thing - the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is here again.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

FDA approves second drug to treat erectile dysfunction
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 651st home run leading off the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants snapped its longest losing streak in three years with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Over-the-counter pain relievers might reduce Parkinson's risk
CHICAGO -- Regular use of over-the-counter pain relievers might help delay or prevent Parkinson's disease, the neurological disorder that affects more than half a million Americans, research suggests.

Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor
CHICAGO -- Most heart attack patients have at least one major risk factor such as high cholesterol or hypertension, according to two new studies that cast doubt on the doubters.

Daffy, Porky and Marvin the Martian blast off again
It's the same old story. Daffy can't catch a clue, Porky's the brains behind the operation and Marvin ... well, Marvin just wants universal domination.

Glassy sponge has better fiber optics than man-made
Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light better than industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication.

Voice artist is in hog heaven as Porky Pig
Bob Bergen decided on his career at the age of 5. He told his mother he was going to be Porky Pig.

Anti-crime system designed failed to catch crooks
TAMPA, Fla. -- Civil-rights advocates celebrated a decision by police to scrap a highly touted - and much criticized - face-recognition software system that scanned the city's entertainment district.

Wi-Fi train, phone or not, texting for flights and other Techbits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Wi-Fi train has reached the station. Commuters in and out of Silicon Valley will be the first in the United States to experience wireless Internet access while riding the rails.

ECHL players go on strike
With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the East Coast Hockey League and the players' union well into a third month, the Professional Hockey Players Association played its trump card.

One Lynx buyer steps forward

One Lynx buyer steps forward
Frank Lawrence is ready to again become a major player in the Augusta pro sports scene.

ECHL players go on strike

Meningitis in schools diminishes

Across the area
North Augusta authorities are searching for a man who robbed an Edgefield Road business Thursday morning.

Drug maker may build in area
Genvec board members will meet Sept. 10 to discuss plans to go ahead with facility. Other unnamed, out-of-state sites are being considered, but Augusta is the only one in Georgia.

Across the area
An Aiken County woman died Wednesday in the early-morning fog when she overshot a rural intersection and slammed her vehicle into a country church, said Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend.

Amended tax return shows Charleston shelter sold property
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An amended tax return filed by a Lowcountry nonprofit homeless shelter shows the organization sold most of its property but doesn't account for what happened to $278,000 made from the transaction.

319th troops are coming home
After Saturday's ceremony, the Army will out-process the 319th Transportation Company at Fort Stewart. The procedure includes medical exams and is expected to take about a week.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The Greenville County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with setting a fire in a Travelers Rest church last week.

NAACP condemns condition of road
The condition of Laney-Walker Boulevard as it undergoes a one-mile reconstruction is shameful, NAACP leaders said earlier this week, citing sunken manholes, unmarked potholes and grading dropoffs at every intersection.

Budget recommendations could close parks, cut jobs
ATLANTA - One to three state parks would close and 38 state workers would be laid off under a budget-slashing plan approved this week by the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, which sets environmental policy.

Talks lead to optimism on survival
So, after meeting the people in charge of the Army command that Fort Gordon belongs to, how do Augusta's leaders feel about Fort Gordon's future?

Rain damages Augusta trees
Depending on which street you travel in downtown Augusta, you'll be treated to a different blend of trees.

Rants and Raves
WGAC RADIO STATION should fire ... Rush Limbaugh and Austin Rhodes and hire Rebecca and John.

News you can use
Street begging in Augusta must cease! That is the edict of the city authorities. The police have been instructed to run in all people who beg on the streets. Vagrants and loafers and street beggars will not find this part of the moral vineyard a paradise any longer.

Mall becomes possible site

Police charge man in deadly accident
A Grovetown man who police say walked away from the scene of a wreck that killed a Columbia County teen is facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Purse robber goes to prison

Official recuses himself in case
The rape and child molestation case against Chad Muns is no longer in the hands of local prosecutors.

Kid of the day

Athens cancer cluster is not due to radon
ATHENS, Ga. - Health officials have ruled out radon as a factor in the high cancer rates of a tight-knit Athens neighborhood.

Budget board taps reserves, cuts spending by $43 million

Hot Dog Man serves up injunction against UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - The Hot Dog Man is taking the University of Georgia to court.

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Church withholds payment in response to gay bishop
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two weeks after leaders of the Episcopal Church elected their first openly gay bishop, a board of church members at Trinity Episcopal in Columbus has voted to withhold, for now, money it pays to the Diocese of Atlanta.

Church withholds payment in response to gay bishop

Conference will focus on Georgia's potential for biodiesel
ALBANY, Ga. -- Biodiesel - the clean-burning, renewable fuel that can make tailpipe exhaust smell like french fries cooking in a fast food restaurant - has been slow to catch on in Georgia.

Amended tax return shows Charleston shelter sold property

SLED agent interviews pupils

Waste burial worries states

Historic tower needs repairs
The Confederate Powder-works Chimney in Augusta is in better shape than previously thought, but still needs $135,000 to $140,000 in repairs, according to a consultant's report.

Across the area

Briarwood athletes endure dual shock

Commerce Department says auto research park deal near

Purse robber goes to prison
The man arrested in last September's string of parking-lot purse snatchings received a 30-year prison sentence Wednesday.

319th troops are coming home

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Raylee McKall, 5 months, of Beech Island.

Spending freeze sparks contention

Lakes bill opens talks with Corps
AIKEN - A proposed federal law that would privatize land around Lake Thurmond and two other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs isn't set for discussion until after Labor Day, but it's already accomplished much of what its authors set out to do.

Across Georgia

Fort Gordon couple arrested
Federal authorities have arrested a Fort Gordon couple on charges of cruelty to children and aggravated battery, according to the FBI.

Correction

Commission rejects parental income limit
ATLANTA - A commission working to save Georgia's HOPE scholarship won't consider parents' income when deciding which college students are eligible for money from the popular fund.

Firefighters mourn man killed in crash

Mall becomes possible site
A new regional arena proposed for a west Augusta location would be just as workable at south Augusta's Regency Mall, a stakeholder in the project said Wednesday.

Talks lead to optimism on survival

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The state said Wednesday it will continue reviewing its voting system security despite an admission by a researcher critical of Georgia's touch-screen machines that he had a conflict of interest.

Conference will focus on Georgia's potential for biodiesel

Waste burial worries states
South Carolina environmental officials have asked the Department of Energy to follow federal laws on the handling of nuclear waste at Savannah River Site. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has opted to rewrite them.

NAACP condemns condition of road

Rants and Raves
I THINK THE WHOLE judicial system in the United States is anti-Christ.

Maritime security team put through its paces

Rants and Raves
I THINK THE WHOLE judicial system in the United States is anti-Christ.

Firefighters mourn man killed in crash
Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday at Richmond County fire stations in memory of an Augusta firefighter killed Tuesday night in a fiery collision.

Maritime security team put through its paces
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A terrorist storming a Coast Guard base gate. A kayaker trying to plant a bomb beneath a cruise ship terminal. A disgruntled Coast Guard wife demanding to see her husband aboard ship.

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Commerce Department says auto research park deal near
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Commerce Department says a deal is near on creating an automotive research park here.

Budget recommendations could close parks, cut jobs

Budget board taps reserves, cuts spending by $43 million
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State agencies were told Wednesday to spend $43 million less this year as officials tapped a reserve fund to head off budget shortfalls this year and cover a deficit left over from the fiscal year that ended in June.

Drug maker may build in area

Rants and Raves
WGAC RADIO STATION should fire ... Rush Limbaugh and Austin Rhodes and hire Rebecca and John.

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Correction
A story that ran in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not include the correct photo of Aleisha N. Lee, who died in a car wreck in Harlem. An incorrect photo was provided to the newspaper. Ms. Lee's position with the Harlem High basketball team was also incorrectly described. She is a former member of the team.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 13-year-old girl has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a former Bryan County sheriff's deputy, accusing him of raping her in his patrol car while on duty.

Rain damages Augusta trees

Meningitis in schools diminishes
AIKEN - With schools back in session, Georgia and South Carolina health officials are crossing their fingers that an outbreak of viral meningitis that previously plagued children and teenagers has moved out of the Aiken-Augusta area.

Hot Dog Man serves up injunction against UGA

Wait continues for Glenn Hills
Glenn Hills football coach Felix Curry said Thursday that the new stadium on the Spartans campus will not be ready for the home opener with Laney on Aug. 29 or for his squad's Sept. 5 matchup with Cross Creek.

Schools file appeals
Columbia County school officials have filed an appeal on behalf of four Title I schools they say should not have been labeled low-performing.

Briarwood athletes endure dual shock
WARRENTON, Ga. - It's been a summer filled with heartache for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers. It's the summer a loved one died and another - described by coaches and teammates as Superman - discovered a life-threatening mass in his brain.

Spending freeze sparks contention
AIKEN - Hot political rhetoric about South Carolina's budget woes broke out Wednesday after the state's Budget and Control Board froze both $43 million in spending, including money for public schools and prisons, and a crucial $98 million emergency reserve fund.

Looming cuts dampen news
Despite a "roller coaster year" that saw funding cuts, Medicaid miscues and more uninsured patients, Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics still cleared nearly $27 million last fiscal year, officials said Wednesday.

Flyover leads to drug arrests
Windsor brothers Hank and Aaron Currence got an unwelcome surprise Wednesday when a small military helicopter swooped down and landed in their yard, unloading camouflage-attired drug agents who arrested the men on charges of growing marijuana.

News you can use
AUG. 22, 1904 Pick Mitchell, a porter with the A. Gardelle Drug. Co., was arrested yesterday on the charge of arson. Although nothing but circumstantial evidence has developed so far, there is a very strong case, Chief Reynolds said last night.

Military judge sets trial date for soldier
A Fort Gordon soldier accused of the misuse of government credit cards was arraigned Wednesday at a hearing on the installation.

Fiery truck collision blocks traffic on I-20
An early morning accident Thursday between a dump truck hauling asphalt and a tractor-trailer carrying lettuce had commuter traffic blocked for several hours in the east-bound lane of Interstate 20.

News you can use

Fort Gordon couple arrested

Seized records lead to dispute
Seized documents set to be returned Thursday to the offices of former state Sen. Charles Walker became the subject of dispute between federal officials and The Augusta Focus newspaper.

Official recuses himself in case

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Craig Pender, 1, of Barnwell, S.C.

Across the area

SLED agent interviews pupils
AIKEN - A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent interviewed eighth-graders at Aiken Middle School on Thursday to determine whether a substitute teacher provided pupils with an answer on a standardized test.

Seized records lead to dispute

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A first-grade pupil accused of threatening to stab a kindergartner has been suspended after school officials found a sharp fishing tool in her backpack, officials said.

DOT waits to name new commissioner
ATLANTA - The State Transportation Board appears headed toward promoting a veteran highway engineer to the Department of Transportation's top spot.

College's guessing game about to get underway
College football these days is all about numbers, and not just yards and points accumulated.

Laney owes Parker for its success
The most hallowed piece of sporting turf in Augusta is famous for having no real discernible rough. The same cannot be said for one of the most neglected athletic parcels in town.

Changing diets turn us every which way but loose
I thought I had the whole nutrition angle figured out. While those around me shamelessly ruined their bodies with steak and bacon, I was eating chicken and fish.

Fall isn't reserved for prestige pictures anymore
For everything, there is a season - or at least there used to be.

At the movies: "Le Divorce"
Who knew a Merchant Ivory film could be so much fun? Director and co-writer James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, best known for their stuffy, flawlessly appointed period pieces, offer their take on the French farce with "Le Divorce."

At the movies: "Le Divorce"

At the Movies: 'The Medallion'

Mini reviews

Fall isn't reserved for prestige pictures anymore

At the Movies: 'The Medallion'
Jackie Chan plays an ordinary guy who gets super fighting powers and battles evildoers in "The Tuxedo" ... no, WAIT! ... I mean "The Medallion."

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.

Passion for disc golf drives Augusta man
Our area could someday be known as the Disc Golf Capital of the World, and Augusta's Pete May will be one of the reasons why.

Kings of Leon go retro

Kings of Leon go retro
Taking music cues from Memphis soul, Neil Young, the British invasion and Southern rock - and a fashion cue from Blue Oyster Cult - Kings of Leon already has conquered England, with a gold record and festival appearances to show for it.

Warren Zevon gives a lesson in how to leave the stage
NEW YORK -- Terminally ill with cancer, Warren Zevon told producer Jorge Calderon that he wanted to record Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

Duo likes musical variety when spinning their records

Warren Zevon gives a lesson in how to leave the stage

Duo likes musical variety when spinning their records
Indie rock pioneer Calvin Johnson loves records. He loves listening to them, making them, collecting them and, of course, playing them.

Forgotten Elvis recording set for release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley fans got a special treat on the 26th anniversary of his death - a never-heard-before Elvis song.

Spencer first in 30 years sent home for fighting

Spencer first in 30 years sent home for fighting
BRISTOL, Tenn. - By fining and suspending Jimmy Spencer for bloodying Kurt Busch's nose, NASCAR sent yet another message that it doesn't enforce rules evenly and fairly.

Wallace and Kulwicki, two Bristol icons

Renault resigns Trulli, Alonso for next season
LONDON -- Renault's Formula One team signed drivers Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso for next season, chairman Patrick Faure announced Wednesday.

Q&A with Richard Childress
ATLANTA - Car owner Richard Childress is on a roll. His drivers have won three of the past four races heading into Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and all three of his teams were among the top six at last week's race in Michigan. He talked recently about turning things around at Richard Childress Racing and what can be done to improve the sport.

FIA finds Ralf Schumacher responsible for crash, but loosens penalty
PARIS -- Formula One's governing body on Wednesday found Ralf Schumacher responsible for a crash at the German Grand Prix but struck down a penalty that would have made him start 10 places back in the next race.

Wallace and Kulwicki, two Bristol icons
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki will forever be linked to Bristol Motor Speedway.

Despite bad luck, Marlin still driving hard

Racing facts - Sharpie 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Sharpie 500 race.

Renault resigns Trulli, Alonso for next season

IRL driver considers NASCAR
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Two-time defending IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish told Panther Racing he won't be back next year. Where he ends up, however, remains a mystery.

Racing facts - Sharpie 500

IRL driver considers NASCAR

Despite bad luck, Marlin still driving hard
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Sterling Marlin's luck ran out almost a year ago, when a broken vertebra snapped his shot at his first Winston Cup title.

Q&A with Richard Childress

Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge agreed Thursday to unseal the arrest warrant in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case but rejected a media request to see other court records that could detail what happened in his hotel suite.

Judge to make decision on court records in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge said Wednesday he hopes to decide this week whether to unseal documents in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case that could include statements from his accuser and witnesses.

Judge to make decision on court records in Bryant case

LeBron James signs deal with Sprite, Powerade

LeBron James signs deal with Sprite, Powerade
ATLANTA -- Teenage basketball phenom LeBron James has signed a six-year marketing deal to endorse Sprite and Powerade, a move an analyst said will deflect attention from parent company Coca-Cola's affiliation with Kobe Bryant.

Judge agrees to unseal arrest warrant in Bryant case

Fantasy Football: Put priority on defense

Falcons begin play without Vick against Dolphins

Too long? Preseason comes under scrutiny after Vick injury

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The federal No Child Left Behind law has its shortcomings
I ASSIST A clever young 8-year-old named Christian, who is struggling with the skill to read. I am his reading tutor. Recently, Christian read several complete sentences for the first time. His grandmother cried as she uttered repeatedly, "Christian, you are reading." Christian looked up at his grandmother (bottom lip sandwiched between his top and bottom teeth) as she said to him, "Now you don't have to ask me why you can't read but your brother can." Christian has a twin brother who reads extremely well.

The federal No Child Left Behind law has its shortcomings
I ASSIST A clever young 8-year-old named Christian, who is struggling with the skill to read. I am his reading tutor. Recently, Christian read several complete sentences for the first time. His grandmother cried as she uttered repeatedly, "Christian, you are reading." Christian looked up at his grandmother (bottom lip sandwiched between his top and bottom teeth) as she said to him, "Now you don't have to ask me why you can't read but your brother can." Christian has a twin brother who reads extremely well.

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae need more transparency
RECENT REPORTS of accounting irregularities and the ousting of three top-level executives at Freddie Mac have made many Americans justifiably nervous. After all, it was less than two years ago that a wave of scandals led to the bankruptcies of many seemingly healthy American corporations.

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae need more transparency
RECENT REPORTS of accounting irregularities and the ousting of three top-level executives at Freddie Mac have made many Americans justifiably nervous. After all, it was less than two years ago that a wave of scandals led to the bankruptcies of many seemingly healthy American corporations.

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Roy Jones Jr. says likely next fight will be with Antonio Tarver

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In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on D.J. Dugeon, 10, of Augusta.

Sampras to officially retire at U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras is making his retirement official and he will be honored with a ceremony at the U.S. Open.

Roddick vs. Henman highlights first round
NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Andre Agassi and leading contender Andy Roddick could meet in the U.S. Open final after being drawn into opposite sides of the field Wednesday.

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

Triathlete is a real Ironman
He walked into the local bike shop looking haggard and in his three-piece suit and tie.

Overtime
In Oakmont, Pa., two big comebacks by Trip Kuehne and Camilo Villegas prevented two big upsets Wednesday as match play began in the U.S. Amateur.

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Augusta has again been selected as the site for the East Coast Silver Gloves Championships.

Roy Jones Jr. says likely next fight will be with Antonio Tarver
Roy Jones Jr. says he will most likely move back to light heavyweight and fight Antonio Tarver on Nov. 8.

Polo takes place of harness race
The University of South Carolina Ai ken's polo tournament is slated for March 27 at Powderhouse Polo Field. It will be held in cooperation with the Aiken Polo Club.

Natural Resources enacts guidelines to prevent disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new state regulation, designed to prevent chronic wasting disease from breaking out in South Carolina among herds of deer and elk, will ban hunters from importing certain carcass parts taken from states with diagnosed cases of the disease.

Falcons begin play without Vick against Dolphins
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins will spend at least two quarters looking at starters. The Atlanta Falcons will spend at least two quarters looking at a backup.

Too long? Preseason comes under scrutiny after Vick injury
ATLANTA -- When Michael Vick crumpled to the ground with a broken leg in a meaningless preseason game, his backup wondered why they were even playing.

Vick's X-rays encouraging
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick received a good report after Atlanta Falcons orthopedist Andrew Bishop looked at X-rays of the quarterback's broken right leg.

Fantasy Football: Put priority on defense
It doesn't take an expert to tell you that if you're going to win football games, building a good defense is a great way to start.

Larkin girls leave the family circle

Larkin girls leave the family circle
Few people get to sing on a recording with their boss, but, in the case of Shaunna and Tina Larkin, their boss is Dolly Parton.

Laney owes Parker for its success

College's guessing game about to get underway

Columbia investigators will release accident report next week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The board investigating the space shuttle Columbia disaster plans to issue its 250-page report on what led to the accident next week in Washington.

Fox slowly gaining an audience for "The O.C."

ABC cancels 'The Real Rosanne Show'
NEW YORK -- Two days, two cancellations for Roseanne Barr.

Fox slowly gaining an audience for "The O.C."
NEW YORK -- Fox's relentless effort to get its prime-time soap, "The O.C., started successfully may be paying dividends.

Parents group assails 'CSI' as TV's worst show
NEW YORK -- Television's most popular program, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is also its least family-friendly, a TV watchdog group said Thursday.

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Wizards sign first-round pick Hayes

Dogs prepared to reload, not rebuild
On the surface, this appears to be a rebuilding season at Georgia after last year's long-awaited success.

Dogs prepared to reload, not rebuild

Pollack hits new heights

Thurman won't face suspension
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia starting linebacker Odell Thurman probably won't be suspended following his weekend arrest on five misdemeanor charges, including driving without a license.

Wizards sign first-round pick Hayes
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards signed first-round draft pick Jarvis Hayes on Wednesday.

Georgia to play 16 home games
ATHENS, Ga. -- Five seniors, including three return starters, and seven freshmen kick off Georgia's 2003-2004 men's basketball schedule under new coach Dennis Felton with a Nov. 21 home game against Western Carolina.

Injuries piling up as No. 11 Georgia prepares for opener
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia defensive end Will Thompson, who had two sacks in the Sugar Bowl, is out for the season after undergoing surgery for a dislocated left ankle Wednesday.

Pollack hits new heights
ATHENS, Ga. - David Pollack and David Greene are best friends, so they attract more than their share of attention when they walk across campus together at the University of Georgia.

A good fight can punch up a film
Classic chronological filmmaking always follows the same simple pattern: Conflict is established and the story escalates toward a climax, the moment when story lines converge, questions are answered and fates determined.

Silver Bluff stars reunited
COLUMBIA - Two weeks ago, Troy Williamson and Marcus Lawrence stood together on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Gamecocks have many holes to fill

Silver Bluff stars reunited

Gamecocks have many holes to fill
The numbers don't look good for South Carolina.

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Mobster's gets extra 16 months for smuggled sperm

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