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The arts community is alive in Augusta. We have your guide to hundreds of activities and events.

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.

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.

Marlins catcher arraigned on rape charge

Around the Horn

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Braves make two roster moves

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 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
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

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: BellSouth

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

Medicare legislation could bring relief to ailing rural hospitals

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."

Deadline for first do-not-call list is Sunday

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.

EPA quietly cut budget of energy conservation program

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.

Business briefs

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.

Building to get bank branch

Classic 'hogs' celebrate success story

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

Business calendar

Consumer spending up 0.8 percent in July

High utility rates to fix grid

Pocket change

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

Alabama beats S. Florida

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
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.

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

Southern California dominates showdown

How dumb can we be?

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
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."

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Market wanders before Labor Day holiday weekend

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.

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

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
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Candie Kung's round didn't start like it usually does and it definitely didn't end how she wanted.

Rose makes short work of first round

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

Kung extends lead in the rain at State Farm Classic

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

Mickelson auditions for spot with Mud Hens

Birdie binge leaves Scott in first place

Kung clinging to lead heading into State Farm finale

Watson falters in third round of the Tradition

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
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.

Mendoza's line good enough for 1-0 victory

New offense suits North Augusta well

Campbell wins at Washington

Lincoln County tops Washington-Wilkes

Aiken can't stop champ

Thomson gets opening loss

Lakeside's streak ends

Batesburgh-Leesville trounces Gilbert

Parker had nothing to worry about

Screven gets big win

Rashada breaks leg in loss

Greenbrier opens strong

Thoroughbreds run all over Mustangs

Laney cruises to win

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Do what's necessary to end flag issue

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

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

Price controls work better than tax cuts

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.

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.

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

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

Has no faith in No Child Left Behind

Paine president praises Scott

Writer's retirement-pay information incorrect

'Hon' is inappropriate office greeting

Fall means football and food-related festivities

Forty-room mansion in North Augusta retains many homey touches

In the know

Art form includes mistakes

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.

'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

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.

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.

Plywood prices soar, adding to construction costs

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

Auctioneer finds challenge in Aiken

Suit targets UGA's policy

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Drownings reach high for summer

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.

Car accident kills passenger

Burned man stays in hospital amid inquiry

Across the area

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.

Hunley suit judge orders mental exam

Sheriff sends police to town

UGA restricts gameday RV parking

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.

Police keep eye on empty homes

Data offer dismal SAT picture

Giobbe wants new limits on development

Town welcomes bingo hall plan

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.

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.

Feds take over probe of mental health center

News you can use

Labor Day events and closings

Utilities say South Carolina power transmission safe

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.

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

Across the Southeast

Mustang show

Land acquisition advances swiftly

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.

Molestation suspect drops plea of guilt

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday closings

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.

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.

Wreck stops chicken's trip short of other side

Group studies ocean oddity

Motorcycle crash injures policeman

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

Kid of the day

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

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.

Flashing signs get county's attention

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

DOT chief leaves with satisfaction

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.

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

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.

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.

Participant plays boy for Civil War battles

Sprawls says current laws are working

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.

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.

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

News you can use

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Baptist church helps Muslims after arson

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Martin comes home

Former deputy is jailed

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

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.

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.

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

Family still awaits leads in '93 killing

Correction

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.

Andretti hired at DEI

New racers miss Darlington impact

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.

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

Apologetic Spencer returns to track

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.

Darlington prepares for its final Labor Day of racing

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.

Newman takes Darlington pole

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

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.

Tropical Storm Grace heads toward Texas

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
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.

Fabian upgraded to hurricane in eastern Atlantic

Falcons make final roster cuts

Falcons' follies continue

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

Ms. Brenda Booker ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Hadden (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kimball ( TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Slawson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Carl Deariso (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Swain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sharion Rabb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie Ward ( MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Parker (CPA HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Inez Wilson (PENFIELD, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Miss Melissa King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Perry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leona Albea (LINCOLNTON, GA.)

Mr. Carl Deariso (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Mary Morris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Tankersley (CLEVELAND, Tenn.)

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

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

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

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.

Young volleyball teams take court

Younger Klitschko stops Moli in first round

Overtime

Davenport wins quickly again to reach fourth round

Overtime

Area announcements

Four-time winner overshadowed again

Capriati wins at Open but her troubles are everywhere

Season did have its bright spots

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

All things great and small

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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Debuting with domination

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

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.

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.

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.

Cooper helps dominant running corps

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.

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.

Bulldogs, Tigers happy to get on the field

Georgia rolls over Clemson

Harrison shines in first start

Georgia shuts out Tigers

Gamecocks' search begins

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.

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 struggle, but pick up victory

Odds and Ends

Cuban cigar maker rolls biggest smoke in the world - again

Teen football player scuffles with bear

Politicians to star in new French reality TV show

Spanish tower falling down

Authorities arrest Minnesota teen in Internet attack

Faith and fellowship calendar

Curtis prepares Harvest Weekend

Faith digest

Christian comedian rattles cages with anger, sarcasm

Ministry borrows leadership principles