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Sosa's 500th homer ball sells for $44,823
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa's 500th homer baseball sold for $44,823 on Saturday, the highest of eight bids placed through an auction house.

Around the Horn

Marlins catcher arraigned on rape charge
PITTSBURGH -- Florida Marlins catcher Ramon Castro was released on $25,000 bond Friday, a day after he was charged with raping a woman in his hotel room.

Marlins catcher arraigned on rape charge

Around the Horn
Glenn Woolard of the Hagerstown Suns went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts (15 innings). He allowed only five hits, struck out 16 and walked three, and is the second Hagerstown pitcher in a row (Merkin Valdez) to win the award.

Switch-flipping shines light on domestic disagreement

Spanish tower falling down
Various 'castellers' begin to fall after forming a human tower in Villafranca del Penedes in Catalunya, eastern Spain Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003.

Cuban cigar maker rolls biggest smoke in the world - again
HAVANA -- A Cuban cigar maker has shattered his own record for the world's longest cigar by rolling a 45-foot-long stogie, the Guinness Book of World Records said.

Politicians to star in new French reality TV show
A new reality series in France will spotlight the daily routine of French families with a live-in government offical in tow. Not scheduled to launch until October, the series is already sparking debate in French political circles.

Teen football player scuffles with bear
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A teenager stumbled on a black bear while searching for the family dogs and scuffled with the animal before freeing himself, state environmental officials and the boy's family said.

Man whose obituary said he died at age 50 is in jail facing criminal charges
STILLWATER, Minn. -- A man whose obituary said he died last month has been arrested.

Odds and Ends
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A parrot's parody of a damsel in distress caused quite a commotion.

Braves make two roster moves
PITTSBURGH -- Rookie first baseman Mike Hessman hit a two-run homer Saturday for Atlanta, then was optioned to Triple-A Richmond as the Braves began to set their roster for postseason play.

Pirates beat Braves in rain-delayed game

Braves make two roster moves

Braves acquire reliever from Padres
ATLANTA -- With four relief pitchers on the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves acquired right-hander Jaret Wright on a waiver claim from San Diego Friday.

Pirates beat Braves in rain-delayed game
PITTSBURGH -- If the Pittsburgh Pirates had known they would do so well after trading nearly all their top players, they might have done it a lot earlier.

Braves' bats sink Pirates
On a day when rookie left-hander Horacio Ramirez needed 103 pitches to get through seven innings, the Braves followed a familiar script for their league-leading 40th road victory.

Braves' bats sink Pirates

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: BellSouth

Deadline for first do-not-call list is Sunday

High utility rates to fix grid
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Quick! How much of your monthly electric bill pays for firing up your coffee maker?

Older employees' numbers are growing
Karl Klein's supervisor says her 87-year-old salesman is like the Energizer Bunny: "He just keeps on going and going."

Toyota is poised to become top car seller in U.S.

Business calendar
Thursday: 2003 Fort Gordon Newcomer Event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gordon Club. This free event is held in September because the end of the summer is a strategic time of transition for military families. Tables and booths are provided free for companies to promote their products and services. Businesses interested in participating are asked to contact Janna Crane at JCrane@AugustaGaUsa.com or 821-1306.

Business briefs

Distributor's end linked to Kmart's
TOPEKA, Kan. - As terminated employees from Fleming Cos. Inc. look for new jobs, some say their former employer went bankrupt because it depended too much on Kmart for its revenue.

Building to get bank branch
Georgia Bank and Trust announced it will open its first downtown branch before the end of next summer in the historic Cotton Exchange, which it bought last week.

On the move
Wendy Cain has been named regional sales manager for Precyse Solution's Oncology Data Management Services division. Ms. Cain, a founder of the division and its chief administrator for the past seven years, is responsible for all operations in the Augusta area. She has more than 13 years of experience in developing and directing oncology programs.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence levels waned modestly in August because of diminished assessments of current and future economic circumstances, according to a report released Friday.

Classic 'hogs' celebrate success story
MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson Inc., the iconic motorcycle maker whose bikes call to mind James Dean, The Wild One and leather-clad easy riders cruising down the open road, has reached its centennial, surviving the Depression and near-bankruptcy to become an American success story.

Toyota is poised to become top car seller in U.S.
DETROIT - To understand the ongoing assault by foreign automakers in the United States, look no further than the traditional car market.

Building to get bank branch

Medicare legislation could bring relief to ailing rural hospitals
ALGONA, Iowa -- Dr. Stephen Richards' smile vanishes after his patients have left and the conversation turns to the realities of running a small, farm-town hospital.

EPA quietly cut budget of energy conservation program

Pocket change

Medicare legislation could bring relief to ailing rural hospitals

Classic 'hogs' celebrate success story

Consumer spending up 0.8 percent in July

Business calendar

High utility rates to fix grid

Consumer spending up 0.8 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Consumers shopped with gusto in July, boosting their spending by 0.8 percent as President Bush's third tax cut left people with some extra cash in their wallets and pockets.

EPA quietly cut budget of energy conservation program
WASHINGTON -- "Energy Star" is the Bush administration's most highly touted energy conservation program, but that has not kept the Environmental Protection Agency from quietly slashing its budget by shifting millions of dollars to other programs.

Older employees' numbers are growing

Deadline for first do-not-call list is Sunday
WASHINGTON -- Consumers have until Sunday to add their phone numbers to the 41.7 million already on a list to block telemarketing calls starting Oct. 1.

Business success starts with a good plan

Distributor's end linked to Kmart's

Business success starts with a good plan
Here's a typical scenario. An entrepreneur we'll call Donna starts a business. However, the business does not do well because she was busy with other things and did not devote enough time to the venture. Her gross sales were $15,000 the first year, but only $8,000 the second year.

Pakistan, Turkey confuse Norwood

Pakistan, Turkey confuse Norwood
What was he thinking? It seems U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, who gave the keynote address at the Aug. 23 Pakistan American Cultural Association dinner, should have brushed up on his geography beforehand.

Hurricanes surge past Louisiana Tech

Southern California dominates showdown

Alabama beats S. Florida
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Shaud Williams ran for 98 yards and scored three touchdowns as Alabama gave new coach Mike Shula his first victory, 40-17 over South Florida on Saturday.

Game of the week

Alabama beats S. Florida

Hurricanes surge past Louisiana Tech
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami's fresh faces turned out to be some of its top playmakers in the season opener.

Game of the week
Georgia at Clemson In what could be the last game between the two rivals in a long time, this one figures to go down to the wire. Clemson is still smarting from last year's game, a 31-28 loss in Athens.

Southern California dominates showdown
AUBURN, Ala. - Southern California used a smothering defense to turn a much-hyped matchup into an ugly mismatch.

How dumb can we be?

Prison best deterrent
The U.S. Justice Department has some good news. Violent crimes and property crimes fell to their lowest levels last year since the government started keeping such records 30 years ago - and are down more than 50 percent in the last decade.

Political anarchy
California's "extreme form of open, non-hierarchical, non-party based initiative-friendly democracy ... has produced a political system that is as close to anarchy as any civilized society has seen."

What needs to happen

How dumb can we be?
Richmond and Columbia county school districts, along with Aiken County across the river, are beating the drums about how much their students' SAT scores have improved over the past year - which is something like a baseball coach whose team is in last place applauding his hitters for raising their batting average from .210 to .215.

Political anarchy

What needs to happen
Augusta's pie appears to have just gotten smaller. So what will our leaders do? See about making more pie?

Singer Bobby Brown pleads guilty, pays fines
ATLANTA - Calling Bobby Brown a role model, a traffic court judge on Friday ordered the singer to pay $1,450 in fines for charges including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Cameron Diaz named world's highest-paid actress
LONDON -- Cameron Diaz is the world's highest-paid actress, snatching the title from previous winner Julia Roberts, Guinness World Records said Friday.

Americans battle traffic, high gas prices as they take to the roads

Americans battle traffic, high gas prices as they take to the roads
NATICK, Mass. -- Americans took to the roads for Labor Day weekend, trying to enjoy one last summer weekend getaway. But with gasoline prices soaring around the country, it will cost a little more to get away.

Market wanders before Labor Day holiday weekend
NEW YORK -- Tech stocks achieved their seventh straight monthly advance and blue chips their sixth Friday in an otherwise unremarkable pre-Labor Day session. Trading was extremely light.

Consumer spending up 0.8 percent in July, helping economy's rebound
WASHINGTON -- Consumers shopped with gusto in July, boosting their spending by 0.8 percent as President Bush's third tax cut left people with some extra cash in their wallets and pockets.

Consumer spending up 0.8 percent in July, helping economy's rebound

Market wanders before Labor Day holiday weekend

September could be harsh month for Wall Street
NEW YORK -- On Wall Street, September is sometimes seen as a curse, historically the worst month.

Ball doesn't play like a freshman
PROVO, Utah - After his first collegiate game, a 24-13 loss to Brigham Young, Georgia Tech freshman quarterback Reggie Ball was his own toughest critic.

Jackets hang tough in loss
PROVO, Utah - Tired and limping, Eric Henderson tried to his best to explain what happened to the Georgia Tech defense Thursday night.

Jackets hang tough in loss

Ball doesn't play like a freshman

Mendoza's line good enough for 1-0 victory
This is an unfortunate time for the season to wind down for Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Luis Mendoza.

Kung extends lead in the rain at State Farm Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Candie Kung fought through another slow start and soggy conditions for a 4-under 68 Friday and widened her lead to four strokes halfway through the LPGA State Farm Classic.

Kung clinging to lead heading into State Farm finale

Birdie binge leaves Scott in first place

Rose makes short work of first round

Birdie binge leaves Scott in first place
NORTON, Mass. - Unhappy with how his season has gone, Adam Scott put himself into position to make it a whole lot better Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Watson falters in third round of the Tradition

Rose makes short work of first round
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods couldn't make a putt. Justin Rose didn't have to.

Kung extends lead in the rain at State Farm Classic

Kung clinging to lead heading into State Farm finale
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Candie Kung's round didn't start like it usually does and it definitely didn't end how she wanted.

Watson falters in third round of the Tradition
ALOHA, Ore. -- Jim Ahern birdied three of the final four holes for a 4-under 68 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of Jeld-Wen Tradition, the final major this season on the Champions Tour.

Mickelson auditions for spot with Mud Hens

Mickelson auditions for spot with Mud Hens
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Phil Mickelson made his pitch Friday to go from golf to minor league baseball.

Mendoza's line good enough for 1-0 victory

Lakeside's streak ends

New offense suits North Augusta well

Rashada breaks leg in loss

Parker had nothing to worry about

Thomson gets opening loss

Laney cruises to win

Lincoln County tops Washington-Wilkes

Campbell wins at Washington

Thoroughbreds run all over Mustangs

Batesburgh-Leesville trounces Gilbert

Screven gets big win

Aiken can't stop champ

Greenbrier opens strong

Campbell wins at Washington
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The winningest head coach in Georgia high school football history wasn't about to lose to a long-time assistant making his head-coaching debut.

Rashada breaks leg in loss
Roderick Nabors rushed for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns as Butler blanked Richmond Academy 27-0 on Friday night at ARC Stadium and gave Bulldogs' first-year head coach Galen Phillips his first career victory.

Bulldogs stumble in opener
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - With nine freshmen among the 32 Silver Bluff players in Friday night's season opener, Al Lown knew he had his work cut out for him.

Lakeside's streak ends
During the summer, Lakeside coach Randy Hill received some friendly football advice from Jimmie Lewis.

Harlem blanks Aquinas
HARLEM - Tim Camp ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs opened with a shutout win. Chris Newsome had 104 of Harlem's 286 rushing yards, and Travis Perry and Renard Wright added scoring runs.

Parker had nothing to worry about
Laney coach Eric Parker didn't exactly know what to expect from his defense before Friday's game with Glenn Hills. In fact, he said, he was worried.

Laney cruises to win
It was nine minutes into the game and Laney's kickoff team already was dancing on the field.

Thomson gets opening loss
THOMSON - The offense must have been in the doghouse Friday night.

Greenbrier opens strong
Greenbrier wasn't just battling to beat Evans Friday night at Blanchard Stadium - the Wolfpack were also fighting for respect.

Lincoln County tops Washington-Wilkes
WASHINGTON, Ga. - The winningest head coach in Georgia high school football history wasn't about to lose to a long-time assistant making his head coaching debut.

Batesburgh-Leesville trounces Gilbert
BATESBURG, S.C. - As a junior last season, Batesburg-Leesville running back Dekayus Keith rushed for more than 1,700 yards and was an all-state selection.

New offense suits North Augusta well
What Dusty Triplett didn't know certainly hurt him and his Strom Thurmond Rebels on Friday night.

Aiken can't stop champ
AIKEN - A savvy quarterback and a trio of fast, crafty receivers reminded the Aiken Hornets who they were up against Friday night at Louis K. Hagood Stadium.

Thoroughbreds run all over Mustangs
BURNETTOWN - Midland Valley coach Rick Knight spoke like a man delivering a eulogy Friday night.

Screven gets big win
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County coach Mark Daniel thought it would take a while for his young team to grow up after losing 16 starters off last year's undefeated Class AAA state champions.

Switch-flipping shines light on domestic disagreement
My wife has this thing about dark. She's against it.

Price controls work better than tax cuts

Has no faith in No Child Left Behind

Do what's necessary to end flag issue
On Aug. 17 at the Morris Museum of Art, I was the guide for the "Gone With the Wind as-seen-through-Southern-art Tour." Connie Lyngby, Grovetown, Ga.

Paine president praises Scott
High praise to The Augusta Chronicle's Aug. 23 excellent article, "Educator has valued legacy," on Paine College's President Emeritus, Dr. Julius S. Scott Jr. The article is a fitting tribute to a man who served his college and the Central Savannah River Area so well. Shirley A.R. Lewis, Augusta

Price controls work better than tax cuts
If that recent federal economy-stimulating income tax cut and/or refund initiative has not been as yet reinvested, it should soon become a short-lived extinct part of recovery assistance. And as far as constantly lowering the interest rate, offered as a cure to get the economy going, forget it! This practice only facilitates increased personal debt for many and decreases the buying power of millions who purchase from the interest rate earned on their life-long savings accounts and certificates of deposit. When that interest rate drops, they buy less. They have to. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Do what's necessary to end flag issue

Paine president praises Scott

Has no faith in No Child Left Behind
Aug. 12 was our daughter's first day in the public school system. Sara is attending the same school her mother went to in 1972. The bell in front of the North Augusta Elementary School is the bell that rang between 1901-1904 to call students to a single classroom where the children learned reading, writing and arithmetic. Today, we are not satisfied with a child's education unless we spend several thousand dollars per child per year. Arlene Reeves, North Augusta, S.C.

Beloved pastor celebrates 25th anniversary
After a lot of bad news concerning some of the churches in Augusta, I thought some good news about one church would be welcomed in the Religion section. It wasn't. Perhaps it can be told by way of this letter. Joyce Gantt, Augusta

Writer's retirement-pay information incorrect
I cannot allow Linda J. Flythe's Aug. 25 letter, "Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping' by retired vets," to go unanswered. The writer does not know what she is talking about. It is most unfortunate that incorrect information such as this can be published in your newspaper. Wayne S. Lethgo, Augusta

Writer's retirement-pay information incorrect

In the know

Fall means football and food-related festivities

Art form includes mistakes

Forty-room mansion in North Augusta retains many homey touches

'Hon' is inappropriate office greeting

In the know
You'll have to wait until Oct. 28 for the third round of 24, Fox's wacky real-time thriller. But how about bingeing on Season 2 over Labor Day?

Fall means football and food-related festivities
The football season is just heating up, which means grills across the nation will be singing with the sound of sizzling hot dogs and hamburgers.

'Hon' is inappropriate office greeting
Dear Carson: I am in a professional office. Our receptionist addresses everyone as "Hon." I think that is a very unprofessional and personal way to address anyone. Do you have any advice to help alleviate that word from her telephone etiquette? - Telephone Tackiness

Forty-room mansion in North Augusta retains many homey touches
Randy and Mary Ruth Chafin began their marriage 27 years ago in a 900-square-foot-home, the old post office in White Bluff, Tenn.

Home front
Disposable cleaning cloths and dusters tout their ability to attract dust, but you can find that same property in washable microfiber cloths, which have fibers that are split to create an electrostatic charge. Lambs-wool dusters have a similar dust-attracting property, and genuine ostrich-feather dusters are famous for their ability to hold dust rather than scattering it.

Art form includes mistakes
Becoming a good photographer involves making mistakes. It's by learning from our mistakes that we become competent with our cameras.

Correction
An article in Friday's Applause on an exhibit of Tennessee artwork at the Morris Museum of Art included three images that are not part of the new exhibit. The painting Lulu and John Sharber, by Bertha Herbert Potter, is part of the Tennessee art exhibit.

Land acquisition advances swiftly

Family still awaits leads in '93 killing

14-year-old boy pleads guilty to bringing gun to school

Hot dog vendor faces fines
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's "original" hot dog man is back in hot water.

Group studies ocean oddity

Kid of the day

Across the Southeast

Hunley suit judge orders mental exam

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
DECATUR -The chief executive officer of DeKalb County is contesting the results of a grand jury investigation into his $250,000 bill for five police officers to protect him.

Wreck stops chicken's trip short of other side

Suit targets UGA's policy

Sheriff sends police to town

Motorcycle crash injures policeman
A Columbia County deputy is recovering from a possible broken arm and severe skin abrasions after being thrown from his motorcycle during an accident Friday afternoon on Columbia Road.

Kid of the Day

Family still awaits leads in '93 killing
It's just a matter of time. That's what police always tell Julian Hawes' children when they ask if they know who killed their father.

Former deputy is jailed

DOT chief leaves with satisfaction

Participant plays boy for Civil War battles

Town welcomes bingo hall plan
SANTEE, S.C. - Little by little, Patsy Clemons has watched her sleepy tourist town off Interstate 95 begin waking up during the past 20 years as new golfing and fishing attractions opened.

Labor Day events and closings

Rants and Raves
MY RANT IS for those adults over 21 that are buying alcohol for kids under 21. Don't they know that they are as responsible for any consequences that only the kids pay? Don't try to be cool; be an adult.

Correction

Police plan checkpoints, heavy patrols for holiday weekend
If you're planning to drink alcohol during the Labor Day holiday, don't drive, area law enforcement officials say.

Drownings reach high for summer

Martin comes home
A 10-minute version of Let the Church Say Amen filled Glenn Hills High School's cafeteria Saturday as more than 100 people welcomed home a returned soldier, friend and fellow brother in Christ.

Car accident kills passenger

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former Corrections Department officer has pleaded guilty to misconduct in office after the state Attorney General's office says she had sex with a female inmate.

Giobbe wants new limits on development

Former deputy is jailed
ATHENS, Ga. - A former Oconee County deputy sheriff and his wife, who schemed to embezzle more than $1 million from an Athens company, have received prison sentences and restitution orders in federal court.

Molestation suspect drops plea of guilt

Holiday closings

97-year-old jail is razed eight years after close

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.

Giobbe wants new limits on development
AIKEN - Ed Giobbe used to live in a small town similar to Aiken, where people walked the streets and greeted one another on a first-name basis.

Data offer dismal SAT picture
AIKEN - In the best tradition of political spin, South Carolina education officials last week tried to put a happy face on the bottom-dwelling truth of the state's latest SAT scores.

Sheriff sends police to town
Folks in the small north Aiken County town of Monetta - 2000 Census population: 201 - have grown accustomed to waiting 45 minutes to two hours for a sheriff's deputy when they need one.

Car accident kills passenger
A Rome, Ga., man was killed Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident on River Watch Parkway near Interstate 20, officials said.

Participant plays boy for Civil War battles
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Buddy Jowers and his daughter Dianna don't argue very much.

Motorcycle crash injures policeman

Retired major, wife charged with fraud
ATLANTA - A retired police major and his wife pleaded not guilty Friday to more than three dozen federal fraud and conspiracy charges accusing them of using police information for a business that falsely claimed cash seized by officers.

Police keep eye on empty homes

Sprawls says current laws are working
AIKEN - City Councilman Don Sprawls was campaigning door to door last Sunday when hard rains hit, causing flash flooding throughout Aiken.

Martin comes home

Some pan new license plates
ATLANTA - All it took was the unveiling of the new state license plates to make Department of Motor Vehicle Safety officials realize the popularity of the current "Georgia ... on my mind" design.

Auctioneer finds challenge in Aiken
AIKEN - In the cool, dark and acoustically-perfect expanse of the Aiken Playhouse, the soft, steady patter of auctioneer Barry Kochu kept a stream of Art Nouveau bedroom suits, Victorian marble-top sideboards and Rosenthal china sets flowing across the stage.

Hunley suit judge orders mental exam
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The federal judge hearing a lawsuit in the dispute over who found the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley has ordered a mental examination for the defendant in the case.

Across the area
A 36-year-old Augusta man was arrested early Saturday, accused of beating a 7-year-old boy.

Police keep eye on empty homes
Rukhsana Chaudhry and her husband, Hafeez Chaudhry, enjoy traveling to their native Pakistan and to the north Georgia mountains.

Across South Carolina
HANAHAN -Police have arrested a Hanahan High School physical education teacher on charges of manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute.>

Rants and Raves
MY RANT IS for those adults over 21 that are buying alcohol for kids under 21. Don't they know that they are as responsible for any consequences that only the kids pay? Don't try to be cool; be an adult.

Wreck stops chicken's trip short of other side
Nearly 60,000 pounds of chicken crossed the road on Interstate 20 on Saturday, but Sgt. T.L. King, of the Georgia State Patrol's Thomson office, wasn't laughing.

Kid of the Day
Dale Thomas Price of Grovetown is today's Kid of the Day.

Burned man stays in hospital amid inquiry
A man who set himself on fire in a New Ellenton gas station continued to cling to life in an Augusta burn ward Friday as authorities pondered the reasons behind the incident.

News you can use

Flashing signs get county's attention
Columbia County's commercial corridors are becoming more distracting than county officials would like.

Drownings reach high for summer
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - This weekend marks the end of Chatham County's most dangerous summer in the water in nearly a decade.

Auctioneer finds challenge in Aiken

DOT chief leaves with satisfaction
ATLANTA - When Tom Coleman became Georgia's transportation chief in 2000, he harbored no illusions that the state's major long-term highway or mass-transit initiatives would be realized on his watch.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 50-year-old woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting a Superior Court judge with whom she had been romantically involved.

UGA restricts gameday RV parking
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Athletic Association ended an era when it notified season-ticket buyers two weeks ago that no recreational vehicles would be allowed near the stadium.

Molestation suspect drops plea of guilt
An Augusta man accused of exposing himself to 16 girls as they walked to or from school decided not to plead guilty Friday after the judge warned that he would not get probation.

Schools rush to fix faulty cooling units
It didn't take a pop quiz to make some pupils sweat this week. It was broken air conditioners at nine Richmond County schools.

News you can use
AUG. 30, 1979 Children scheduled to attend kindergarten at four elementary schools in Richmond County's system have been switched to other schools because of low enrollment.

News you can use

Feds take over probe of mental health center
The investigation into a local mental health center is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney in Savannah, Georgia's state inspector general said.

Across the area

Data offer dismal SAT picture

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Labor Day:

Baptist church helps Muslims after arson
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Members of a south Georgia Islamic group whose mosque was destroyed by arson last week are finding support from a local Baptist congregation that lost its own house of worship to fire nearly a decade ago.

Plywood prices soar, adding to construction costs
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Heavy rains and other factors have caused plywood prices to spike about 30 percent in the past three weeks.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME AUG. 31, 1981 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is initiating enforcement procedures against the owners of a Lincoln County water system for violation of the Georgia Safe Drinking Water Act.

Utilities say South Carolina power transmission safe
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's two largest electric utilities say South Carolina consumers shouldn't have to pay for upgrading power transmission systems in the Northeast that failed in the nation's largest blackout.

Across the Southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Concerned for their own political survival, North Carolina's Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Bush for not protecting textile and manufacturing jobs from foreign competition.

Group studies ocean oddity
Fred Andrus described the descent through 1,800 feet of swirling ocean currents as both eerie and tranquil.

Kid of the day
Ethan Dixon of North Augusta is today's Kid of the day

14-year-old boy pleads guilty to bringing gun to school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to bringing an unloaded gun to a middle school here, authorities say.

Golf carts find fans off course
WAYCROSS, Ga. - The Segway scooter doesn't have anything on the old-fashioned golf cart.

Suit targets UGA's policy
The University of Georgia failed to recognize sexual harassment had occurred and failed to take remedial action on three student athletes accused of rape last year, according to a $25 million federal lawsuit filed last week.

Mustang show
Louis Dyer, of Sylvester, Ga., polishes his 2000 Mustang GT during the Mustang Club of America's Grand National Mustang Show at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Burned man stays in hospital amid inquiry

Baptist church helps Muslims after arson

Labor Day events and closings
PAINE COLLEGE'S EVENING OF JAZZ: 5 p.m. Sunday, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta

Across the area

Across the area
Authorities are still investigating a former Burke County sheriff's deputy who was charged with child molestation this week.

UGA restricts gameday RV parking

Cuts, failing lists anger educators
THOMSON, Ga. - On the surface, it's just a 2.5 percent cut in the amount of state money coming to local school systems.

Feds take over probe of mental health center

Utilities say South Carolina power transmission safe

Mustang show

Town welcomes bingo hall plan

Land acquisition advances swiftly
Lillie Robinson's family has lived on Mauge Street as long as she can remember.

97-year-old jail is razed eight years after close
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Demolition crews knocked down the 97-year-old Charlton County Jail this week - eight years after a federal judge closed the problem-riddled facility because inmate living conditions were unconstitutional.

Plywood prices soar, adding to construction costs

Flashing signs get county's attention

Sprawls says current laws are working

Loss could damage Clemson's psyche
CLEMSON, S.C. - You can preach all you want about opening games and long seasons, but Clemson took Saturday's crushing 30-0 loss to Georgia like it was a death sentence in Death Valley.

Season did have its bright spots
So here we are in the final weekend of the South Atlantic League season, and it all comes down to this.

Newman takes Darlington pole
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ryan Newman brought his qualifying magic to Darlington Raceway.

On-line betting service to sponsor Walker entry
DENVER -- Sportsbook.com, a London-based on-line gaming company, has signed on as a primary sponsor for rookie Darren Manning's No. 15 car, team owner Derrick Walker said Friday.

Andretti hired at DEI

Newman takes Darlington pole

Andretti hired at DEI
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- John Andretti is back in Winston Cup, replacing Jeff Green in the No. 1 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Inc. for next week's race at Richmond International Raceway.

Apologetic Spencer returns to track

New racers miss Darlington impact
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson, the top qualifiers for this weekend's Mountain Dew Southern 500, admit they don't understand all the tradition that goes with racing on Labor Day weekend at the Darlington Raceway.

On-line betting service to sponsor Walker entry

New racers miss Darlington impact

Darlington prepares for its final Labor Day of racing

Apologetic Spencer returns to track
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jimmy Spencer was back at the racetrack Friday, apologetic about the altercation with Kurt Busch that led to a one-week suspension and determined to put it behind him.

Darlington prepares for its final Labor Day of racing
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Little by little, the tradition has been stripped away from the Southern 500, but one thing's never changed: Darlington Raceway is the toughest and most-revered track in stock car racing.

Fabian upgraded to hurricane in eastern Atlantic
MIAMI -- The third hurricane of the season formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic and was expected to continue strengthening, but should not threaten land for several days, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Grace heads toward Texas
HOUSTON -- A tropical storm that formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday was forecast to hit Texas' central coast Sunday, but meteorologists said they did not expect it to be severe.

Fabian upgraded to hurricane in eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Grace heads toward Texas

Falcons' follies continue

Falcons make final roster cuts

Mr. Robert Kimball    ( TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Rev. Bobby Crawford, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Spradley, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph Perry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Mendel Gardner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Parker    (CPA HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Miss Mary Morris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry McCord    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
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Mr. Boyce Fields    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Janice McClellan    (KITE, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Deariso    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Langford, Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Edward Woods    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Langford, Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Keller, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Sentelle    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Tamela Keeling    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Virginia Brown    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Bernard Joplin    ( EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Bussey    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Fred Johnson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmy Cypress, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. John Hadden    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rehean Dye    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Ms. Brenda Booker    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Stroud, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Keller, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Swain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Melissa King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Joel McMillan    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Swain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Wayne Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Tankersley    (CLEVELAND, Tenn.)
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Mr. James Slawson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Phillip Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sharion Rabb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Inez Wilson    (PENFIELD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie Ward    ( MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Phillip Young    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leona Albea    (LINCOLNTON, GA.)
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Mrs. Lillie Bussey    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl Deariso    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Tamela Keeling    ( GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Phillip Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Leona Albea (LINCOLNTON, GA.)

Mr. Wayne Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Swain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Booker ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Perry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sharion Rabb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Deariso (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Wilson (PENFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Bussey (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Keller, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Joplin ( EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Johnson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Deariso (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Mendel Gardner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Bobby Crawford, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Hadden (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Spradley, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Tankersley (CLEVELAND, Tenn.)

Mrs. Tamela Keeling ( GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Kimball ( TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sentelle (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Slawson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Miss Melissa King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Langford, Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Keller, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Langford, Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Miss Mary Morris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Parker (CPA HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Stroud, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Bussey (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Ward ( MILLEN, Ga.)

Contractor responds to criticism of Laney-Walker project
AT THE AUG. 19 Augusta Commission meeting, Mabus Brothers Construction Co. was denied a change order for work that had already been completed and, yet, was charged with delaying the project and leaving Laney-Walker Boulevard raggedy as hell.

Contractor responds to criticism of Laney-Walker project
AT THE AUG. 19 Augusta Commission meeting, Mabus Brothers Construction Co. was denied a change order for work that had already been completed and, yet, was charged with delaying the project and leaving Laney-Walker Boulevard raggedy as hell.

Davenport wins quickly again to reach fourth round

Overtime

Capriati wins at Open but her troubles are everywhere

Younger Klitschko stops Moli in first round

Area announcements

Young volleyball teams take court

Four-time winner overshadowed again

Season did have its bright spots

Overtime

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

Younger Klitschko stops Moli in first round
MUNICH, Germany -- Wladimir Klitschko stopped Fabio Moli just 97 seconds into the first round of a heavyweight fight Saturday night.

Four-time winner overshadowed again
SAINT-DENIS, France - Allen Johnson seems destined to be lost in the shadows, no matter how many races he wins.

Young volleyball teams take court
As his players tried to put up the volleyball net for a scrimmage with Francis Marion earlier this week, Will Condon was called over to help.

Overtime
Phil Mickelson won't be trading in his pitching wedge for the pitcher's mound this weekend.

Overtime
In Foxboro, Mass., six people were injured Friday afternoon when a bus crashed as it was shuttling spectators between Gillette Stadium and a PGA golf tournament.

Capriati wins at Open but her troubles are everywhere
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Capriati's finickiness reached new heights Saturday: She wanted the blimp hanging over Arthur Ashe Stadium moved.

Davenport wins quickly again to reach fourth round
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport has played enough close matches this summer to enjoy the quick ones she's had so far at the U.S. Open.

Budget cuts affect hunters, anglers
Georgia's anglers and hunters are likely to feel the further pinch of state budget-cutting next year.

Budget cuts affect hunters, anglers

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

All things great and small

All things great and small
Tossing dead rats to a three-legged, 800-pound alligator might seem like an odd pastime, but it's all in a day's work for Liz Moore.

Outdoors calendar

Atlanta takes calculated risk with 2 active QBs
Despite losing Michael Vick for all of September, the Atlanta Falcons will begin the season with only two healthy quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Falcons' follies continue
CLEVELAND - Dan Reeves liked that the Atlanta Falcons' rushing attack showed some backbone Thursday, but the coach knows that problems continue to fester.

Falcons make final roster cuts
Despite losing Michael Vick for all of September, the Atlanta Falcons will begin the season with only two healthy quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Conference speaker gives a voice to women's faith
Rhonda Holland went from Sunday school teacher to women's conference speaker in 1996 when a Mobile, Ala., church invited her to appear after hearing one of her taped lessons.

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.

Christian comedian rattles cages with anger, sarcasm
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Stalking the stage like a hyperactive child, spouting caustic jokes about airplane travel and bad drivers, Brad Stine starts out looking and sounding like a hundred other comedians.

Faith digest
The Rev. Hilda Skelley, the associate pastor at St. John United Methodist Church, will close the Chapel in the Pines season at Thurmond Lake at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at the church's Clarks Hill property, 2.2 miles north of Clarks Hill Dam Road on South Carolina Highway 28 and U.S. Highway 221.

Ministry borrows leadership principles
A statue of Jesus washing the feet of a disciple rests on Phyllis Hendry's desk at the Center for FaithWalk Leadership on West Augusta Parkway.

Curtis prepares Harvest Weekend
One question that evangelist Ron Herrod faces everywhere he preaches is: Will there be peace in the Middle East?

Loss could damage Clemson's psyche

Authorities arrest Minnesota teen in Internet attack
WASHINGTON -- U.S. cyber investigators arrested a Minnesota teenager Friday who the FBI said has admitted unleashing one version of a damaging virus-like infection weeks ago on the Internet.

Cameron Diaz named world's highest-paid actress

Bulldogs, Tigers happy to get on the field

Debuting with domination

Debuting with domination
CLEMSON, S.C. - New season. Same story. Georgia and Clemson picked up Saturday right where they each left off last season, with the No. 11 Bulldogs dominating the unranked Tigers 30-0 in the season opener for both teams in front of 83,000 fans at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

Harrison shines in first start

Cooper helps dominant running corps
CLEMSON, S.C. - One game does not make a season. But as far as Georgia's running backs are concerned, they're definitely off to a good start with their performance in Saturday's 30-0 win at Clemson.

Harrison shines in first start
CLEMSON, S.C. - A fan stopped Arnold Harrison on the way out of Death Valley and asked for his autograph.

Bulldogs, Tigers happy to get on the field
CLEMSON, S.C. - Georgia and Clemson have said all the right things about today's renewal of their rivalry.

Georgia shuts out Tigers

Georgia rolls over Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Forget the injuries, inexperience and suspensions. No. 11 Georgia looks as strong as ever.

Georgia rolls over Clemson

Georgia shuts out Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Every minute or two near the end of Saturday's game, Georgia's Will Thompson would nudge teammate Darrius Swain and tell him to look into the stands of Death Valley.

Cooper helps dominant running corps

Gamecocks' search begins

Gamecocks struggle, but pick up victory

Gamecocks struggle, but pick up victory
COLUMBIA - When asked to assess his team's chances for next week's game against Virginia, South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said the Gamecocks didn't have a chance.

Gamecocks' search begins
If South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has ever had this many question marks going into a season, he can't seem to remember.

Teen football player scuffles with bear

Spanish tower falling down

Odds and Ends

Cuban cigar maker rolls biggest smoke in the world - again

Politicians to star in new French reality TV show

Authorities arrest Minnesota teen in Internet attack

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Christian comedian rattles cages with anger, sarcasm

Ministry borrows leadership principles

Curtis prepares Harvest Weekend