A love story?
Make no mistake, The Odd Couple is a love story.

A love story?

Princeton gets writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald love interest
TRENTON, N.J. -- A diary and letters written by the debutante regarded as F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love have been donated to Princeton University.

Dance will celebrate a memorable artist
After nearly a month of memorials, eulogies and heart-wrenching grief, Augusta Ballet artistic director Zanne Colton said it's time to celebrate the life of Jaime Burcham, the long-time Augusta Ballet dancer who drowned off the South Carolina coast on Aug. 16.

Dance will celebrate a memorable artist

A Monty Python 'Holy Grail' musical coming to Broadway in 2005
NEW YORK -- You've heard of "Camelot." But how about "Spamalot"?

Princeton gets writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald love interest

Fantasy Baseball: Players throw surprise party
Call them the overachievers, the surprises or whatever you want.

Mets add Glavine's brother
MONTREAL -- Tom Glavine's kid brother is finally getting a chance to play with him.

Mets add Glavine's brother

Fantasy Baseball: Players throw surprise party

Not feeling young anymore? Get an older neighbor

Woman's remains kept in freezer for years by husband
PHOENIX -- A 75-year-old man stored his wife's body for nearly six years in his backyard, twisted and upside down in an old freezer, because he hoped she could someday be brought back to life, authorities said.

Man awarded $668,000 after Disney restaurant scalding
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A man who said he suffered severe burns when a pot of hot coffee was spilled into his lap at a Disney restaurant two years ago was awarded $668,000 by a jury.

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 2-year-old boy slipped out of his mother's locked motel room, climbed into the family car and accidentally drove it through a door and window and into the room, authorities said.

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 2-year-old boy slipped out of his mother's locked motel room, climbed into the family car and accidentally drove it through a door and window and into the room, authorities said.

Odds and Ends
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Narcotics officers thought they had made a big bust when they seized 500 suspicious plants from Marion Waltman.

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON -- A former corrections officer at a boot camp has been ordered to scrub his way to redemption.

Deliveryman's role in bizarre bank robbery still a mystery
ERIE, Pa. -- By all accounts, Brian Douglas Wells did not have the makings of a criminal mastermind.

MRI shows no further damage in Smoltz's tender elbow
ATLANTA -- The MRI exam earlier this week on John Smoltz's tender elbow did not show any further damage, the Atlanta Braves closer said Thursday.

MRI shows no further damage in Smoltz's tender elbow

Braves blow 8th-inning lead
MIAMI - Little more than two weeks before the playoffs, Braves fans might feel like pitching their TV sets out the window and taking up a less stressful pastime, like croquet or knitting.

Maddux misses No. 15

Maddux misses No. 15
ATLANTA - Every time Atlanta's Greg Maddux takes the mound, he expects to win. It doesn't always happen, but he has more reason than most to believe it will.

Braves blow 8th-inning lead

Grading helps hiring decisions
Want to know what it takes to run a forklift or put together parts at a factory?

Game Boy Advance works as video-phone with new attachment
TOKYO -- Nintendo Co.'s Game Boy Advance hand-held machine will work as a videophone with an attachment that comes with a digital camera, earphone and microphone and is expected to go on sale in December only in Japan.

Trade deficit widens to $40.3 billion in July

Business briefs

Beatles' company sues over trademark
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Beatles want to take another bite out of Apple Computer Inc.

IMF examines risks to global economy

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - America's shoppers spent more modestly in August amid higher energy prices and job losses.

Shoppers ease up a bit after July buying binge

Prices grow in soggy summer
KLINE, S.C. - At the tag end of this unseasonably wet summer, the dry, sandy soil under Stro Morrison's feet represents something relatively rare in the forests of South Carolina and Georgia: a timber tract where logging machines won't bog down in mud.

Beatles' company sues over trademark

Game Boy Advance works as video-phone with new attachment

Grading helps hiring decisions

Group to make changes in 2004
City leaders hoping to parlay next year's Masters Week into a chance to bring businesses to the area will woo retailers, life science companies and those interested in working out of the regional airport.

Shoppers ease up a bit after July buying binge
WASHINGTON -- Shoppers kept cash registers busy enough to push retail sales up by 0.6 percent last month, but that was well beneath July's buying binge.

Author offers women tips to gain financial freedom
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Imagine a room filled with almost 1,000 women. Now imagine being in that room and being able to hear a pin drop.

SEC seeks more info on FirstEnergy restatement
AKRON, Ohio -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked for additional information from FirstEnergy Corp. on the restatement of its 2002 earnings.

Trade deficit widens to $40.3 billion in July
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit expanded in July to $40.3 billion as imported goods from China and the quantity of overseas crude oil sold to the United States each hit record highs.

Prices grow in soggy summer

Group to make changes in 2004

More homeowners late on their mortgage payments
WASHINGTON -- More homeowners were behind on their mortgage payments in the last quarter as job losses put a strain on some households' budgets.

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau announced this week it has selected a 30-year-old Fayetteville, N.C., firm as its advertising agency.

IMF examines risks to global economy
WASHINGTON -- A quickly rising mountain of public debt in Latin America and Asia and extremely weak economic growth in the Middle East are threatening future global growth and political stability, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

Report: Head of Bank of America's mutual fund business has left company
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A third Bank of America Corp. employee has apparently left the company after being named in a probe of improper mutual fund trading by New York state officials.

Clemson golf team honored by Rep. Spratt

Clemson golf team honored by Rep. Spratt
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's NCAA champion men's golf team was honored Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

College football TV schedule
Noon-N.C. State at Ohio State (ABC-Ch. 6)

ACC preview

Valdosta State looks to begin conference play on the road

Amputee back on playing field
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Once Neil Parry found a prosthetic leg as strong as his unwavering desire, it was only a matter of time before the San Jose State football player was back on the field.

Amputee back on playing field

College football gameday
This is a rivalry that has become heated the past three years, as the Gamecocks have taken two of three from the Bulldogs.

College football gameday

ACC preview
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The preseason consensus had an upper tier of talented teams in the ACC that consisted of Florida State, North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia - and then a major dropoff to everybody else.

Valdosta State looks to begin conference play on the road
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Pack the bags and load up the wagon. It's time for a Gulf South Conference road trip.

College football TV schedule

Johnny Cash: The man in black
For more than four decades singer and songwriter Johnny Cash, who died Friday at age 71, was a voice for working people and the downtrodden. His music and storytelling continued the saga of America's common people where Depression troubadors Jimmy Rodgers and Woody Guthrie left off.

Dr. Edward Teller
A lot of people didn't like Edward Teller, who died this week at age 95.

Can we manage this?

Johnny Cash: The man in black

Dr. Edward Teller

Only in Augusta ...

Only in Augusta ...
Public hearings are called so people outside of government can communicate to their elected officials their thoughts on government policy. Only in Augusta would public officials show up at a public hearing to tell and argue with the public what they think policy should be.

Can we manage this?
What appeared this week to be a nasty divorce between the Farmers Market and the city is merely a parting of the ways, according to both parties.

A smart about-face
U.S. Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., grabbed the flag and charged up the hill to do battle with the mighty U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, only to discover they had precious few soldiers behind them.

Comedian Tommy Chong gets nine months on drug paraphernalia charges
PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Chong, who played one half of the dope-smoking duo in the Cheech and Chong movies, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 Thursday for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Standing ovations
Equal parts pep rally and kegger, the annual Border Bash, now in its 10th year, brings University of Georgia and University of South Carolina football fans to the Augusta Common tonight for pre-game merriment and music.

Country singing legend Johnny Cash dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black" who became a towering figure in American music with such hits as "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "A Boy Named Sue," died Friday. He was 71.

Bill Cosby to get Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- There's no punch line here: Bill Cosby will be honored with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this month's Emmy Awards.

John Ritter, star of 'Three's Company,' dies of heart problem
LOS ANGELES -- John Ritter, whose portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the madcap comedy series "Three's Company" a smash hit in the 1970s, died of a heart problem after falling ill on the set of his new TV sitcom. He was 54.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Bulletproof Monk, The Core, Malibu's Most Wanted, View from the Top and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

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

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

Lopez and Affleck postpone their wedding
LOS ANGELES -- The much-anticipated wedding of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck is apparently off - at least for now.

Tax cuts make forms longer
WASHINGTON -- Tax cuts have costs. This year's reduction in capital gains rates may require some taxpayers to fill out 13 more lines on next year's forms - a new level of complexity sure to be a boon for professional tax preparers but a bane for people who fill out their own returns.

House passes anti-identity theft, national credit reporting legislation

New loan requirements could price manufactured home buyers out of the market

New loan requirements could price manufactured home buyers out of the market
WASHINGTON -- Manufactured homes are a popular choice for low-income families, but new regulations from mortgage giant Fannie Mae could price some of those would-be homeowners out of the market.

Stocks higher on second anniversary of 9-11
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose for the first time in three sessions Thursday although the market's course was choppy as investors weighed upbeat earnings from Adobe Systems Inc. against a brokerage downgrade of IBM. Trading was light and Wall Street subdued on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Tax cuts make forms longer

Stocks edge higher despite downbeat retail sales

House passes anti-identity theft, national credit reporting legislation
WASHINGTON -- Americans would gain access to free credit reports and the ability to thwart identity thieves with a single phone call under bipartisan legislation overwhelmingly approved by the House.

After steady rise, mortgage rates edge down last week
WASHINGTON -- After a fairly steady upward climb since late June, mortgage rates edged down this week.

Stocks edge higher despite downbeat retail sales
NEW YORK -- A burst of late-day buying lifted Wall Street modestly higher Friday despite a lackluster retail sales report and disappointing sales of new software licenses by Oracle Corp. Still, the gains weren't enough as the market ended a four-week winning streak.

Stocks higher on second anniversary of 9-11

Fishing report
The only hybrid schooling reports are coming from the Hamilton Branch State Park area, but the window of opportunity to catch some is open for just 15 minutes or so, from 7:15 or 7:30 a.m.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

The Cotton Patch mixes fine dining with nice scenery
How can you top a balmy summer evening on the banks of the Savannah River?

Restaurant becomes Landmark for diners
After a month-long hiatus, Charlie B's, the Southern home-style restaurant on Wheeler Road, has been reborn as the Landmark Buffet, a casual, all-you-can-eat affair that opened on Tuesday.

The Cotton Patch mixes fine dining with nice scenery

Treatment encourages early blooms on camellias
Q: I would love to know more about how to gib camellias. Can you give me the details, including where I can get gibberellic acid?

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?

Are impatiens weeds or garden flowers?
Sometimes weeds receive praise. Many people admire, with good reason, a certain tall wildflower that thrives in shade, sports yellow blossoms, and has the amusing characteristic of exploding its seed capsules at the slightest touch.

Treatment encourages early blooms on camellias

Eagles take crucial trip
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Georgia Southern expects a swarm tonight during its Division I-AA showdown at McNeese State (8 p.m., FoxSports South).

Ball feels he's ready for No. 10 Florida State
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball hasn't been overwhelmed on the field since he was a senior at Stephenson High School in suburban Atlanta.

A look at Saturday night's Georgia Tech-Florida State game
Key Players - Georgia Tech, QB Reggie Ball (first true freshman ever to start the season opener has been solid in two games, completing 53 percent of his passes for 296 yards).

Curry feeling good after win
ATLANTA - Nate Curry spent the off-season with a sinking feeling in his stomach. Consecutive losses to end last year with a 7-6 record plus a tumultuous spring and summer left him and his Georgia Tech teammates wondering whether there was a cure.

Eagles take crucial trip

Ball feels he's ready for No. 10 Florida State

A look at Saturday night's Georgia Tech-Florida State game

Curry feeling good after win

North Augustan's quest pays off

Streit wins senior championship
AUSTIN, Texas -- Marlene Streit became the USGA's oldest national champion, needing 47 holes over her final two matches Thursday to win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship.

Byrd, Lewis share first-round lead at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- Jonathan Byrd, in his second year on the PGA Tour, and 1999 champion J.L. Lewis shots 6-under 65s Thursday and shared the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic.

Goosen leads by one
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETFECHE, France -- Retief Goosen shot an 8-under-par 63 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Lancome Trophy.

Smyth, two others lead Constellation Classic

A solemn start to a raucous competition
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- The Solheim Cup's short history of hostility was put aside when Europeans and Americans took their seats on stage for the opening ceremonies.

Stadler finds comfort zone on Champions Tour

Davies to play against the men in Korean Open
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Laura Davies will become the fourth woman to tee it up against men this year when she plays in the Korean Open.

Byrd, Lewis share first-round lead at Deere Classic

Richardson wins second USGA Senior Amateur
BRISTOL, Va. -- Kemp Richardson rallied from two holes down with three to play Thursday and won the USGA Senior Amateur in a one-hole playoff.

A solemn start to a raucous competition

Smyth, two others lead Constellation Classic
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Des Smyth beat the rain and bucked a trend in the opening round of the Constellation Energy Classic.

A match for the ages lifts Americans

Goosen leads by one

Davies to play against the men in Korean Open

Streit wins senior championship

A match for the ages lifts Americans
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- The only stage Beth Daniel and Juli Inkster ever shared was when they were inducted into the Hall of Fame on the same night three years ago.

Stadler finds comfort zone on Champions Tour
HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Craig Stadler never had a reason to look forward to playing on the Champions Tour until last year, when his golf game suddenly went awry.

North Augustan's quest pays off
Lee Harville is one of the most unlikely golfers in this weekend's Regions Cup Matches at Thomson's Belle Meade Country Club.

Burke County shows potential

Harlem falls to Greene County

Prep football roundup

Key matchups

Lakeside tops Evans

Summerville coach goes after his 500th victory tonight

Prep football scores

Thoroughbreds make their move

On the air

Aiken's rushing keys win

Knight Shift

Rebels ready to exact revenge

Lincoln County dominates Athens Christian

Hephzibah dominates Josey

Washington-Wilkes avoids 0-3 start

Victories would help Mustangs

Bulldogs' rally fails

Musketeers kick to win

Knight Shift
Receiver Allen Ligon takes a break by leaning on Jackson during a recent Evans practice. The diminutive coach, who stands 5-foot-5, is smaller than many of his players, but they say his positive attitude has already helped make them a better team.

Aiken's rushing keys win
AIKEN - Midland Valley coach Rick Knight sees shades of his own team in the Aiken Hornets.

Burke County shows potential
Westside and Burke County will never be mistaken for veteran teams. The Patriots have 47 players who are freshmen or sophomores, and the Bears have 44.

Summerville coach goes after his 500th victory tonight
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Summerville High's John McKissick spent the offseason deflecting questions about his 500th victory as football coach.

Hephzibah dominates Josey
HEPHZIBAH - It didn't take long for Todd Booker's fears to be realized Friday night. Coming off an emotional three-point upset of Laney last week, the second-year Hephzibah head coach wasn't sure how his squad would respond.

On the air
Here is a radio broadcast schedule for this weekend's area prep football games.

Victories would help Mustangs
Midland Valley coach Rick Knight says the important thing for his team is to improve every week.

Thoroughbreds make their move
AIKEN - South Aiken coach Dan Pippin found out what kind of character his team had Friday night.

Prep football roundup
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Marcus Allen had two first-half touchdown runs, and the Fighting Hawks cruised to an easy win.

Prep football scores
Here are the scores from Friday's prep football games.

Musketeers kick to win
George Claussen kicked a 25-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Musketeers their first victory of the season, a 9-7 win over Cross Creek on Friday night.

Jackets stunned late for first loss of year
GAFFNEY, S.C., - North Augusta tasted defeat for the first time this season, but it took a stunning comeback to hand the Yellow Jackets the loss.

Key matchups
Here are capsule looks at this weekend's key matchups.

McKissick reaches 500
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Summerville coach John McKissick won his 500th game Friday night, defeating Wando 34-17 in front of a packed Memorial Stadium crowd there to celebrate the only man most have known as "Coach."

Rebels ready to exact revenge
For Hephzibah, tonight's contest with Josey is the game the Rebels have dreamed about for nearly a year.

Devils hit for 50 in first
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Despite a missed extra point and two touchdowns called back on penalties, Lincoln County scored 50 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 63-0 victory over Athens Christian.

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Greenbrier junior J.C. Jennings.

Lakeside tops Evans
If the cheers from Lakeside's players and the somber faces of the Evans Knights didn't tell the story of what transpired between the Columbia County rivals Friday night at Panther Stadium, the words of Evans coach Marty Jackson did.

Harlem falls to Greene County
HARLEM - Greene County dominated the second half of its game with Harlem, coasting to a 40-12 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday night.

Lincoln County dominates Athens Christian
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - The Red Devils scored 50 points in the first quarter and racked up 249 rushing yards in the rout.

Washington-Wilkes avoids 0-3 start
No one seemed to care when they came up short of the end zone on a long fourth-quarter drive.

Bulldogs' rally fails
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Abbeville coach Dennis Botts figured he could catch Silver Bluff by surprise.

Thrashers goalies to compete for job

Thrashers goalies to compete for job
DULUTH, Ga. - On the opening day of his first training camp as the Atlanta Thrashers coach, Bob Hartley saw enough talent at goalie to anticipate an intense competition that could extend into the season.

Not feeling young anymore? Get an older neighbor
How old does a person have to be to be "old"?

One killed in motorcycle accident
A 31-year-old Blythe, Ga., man died early this morning on Augusta's 13th Street from injuries he received in a motorcycle wreck.

Accident blocks traffic on Highway 56
MCBEAN, Ga. - Traffic along Georgia Highway 56 was blocked in both directions this morning after a collision at a railroad crossing on the Richmond-Burke county line. No one appeared seriously hurt, authorities said, but traffic might be halted for several hours. Motorists are being advised to take U.S. Highway 25 as an alternate route between Augusta and Waynesboro.

A few of today's vexing questions
These are times that try men's souls. Just a few of today's vexing questions: Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Points out columnists' 'faux pas'
Regarding the Aug. 31 column by Heidi Williams and Sylvia Cooper in the Metro section, "Pakistan, Turkey confuse Norwood": It seems like the authors have also caught the "foot-in-mouth disease." Edouard J. Servy, M.D., Augusta

A few of today's vexing questions

Blasts paper's anti-free trade editorial
The Chronicle's recent anti-free trade screed (Sept. 1 editorial, "Apart at the seams"), noting the loss of manufacturing jobs to foreign competition, states: "Even free-trade guru Adam Smith would most likely think America is being played for a fool." Daniel W. Brown, Augusta

Use funds for education, not stadium

Get it right on illegal-gun reporting
Regarding your Sept. 2 Morris News Service story, "Report finds many illegal Georgia guns": Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Disagrees with comments on vets' retirement
After reading the Aug. 25 letter by Linda Flythe, "Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping' by retired vets," I had to respond to the misleading information she gave about retired veterans. Brian E. Wilner, North Augusta, S.C.

Blasts paper's anti-free trade editorial

Disagrees with comments on vets' retirement

Use funds for education, not stadium
It is difficult for me to believe Richmond County voters are allowing the school board to proceed with the construction of a 6,000-seat stadium on Laney-Walker Boulevard. Meanwhile, a request is in progress to increase education taxes because of budget concerns. P.C. Santos, Augusta

Points out columnists' 'faux pas'

Get it right on illegal-gun reporting

Removal of Ten Commandments unconstitutional
The removal of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Courthouse is absolutely unconstitutional. The judge who ordered the removal swore on the Bible to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the law of the land but the moment he became judge, he started to write his own liberal laws, totally ignoring the will of the people and the U.S. Constitution. The most important moral, political and cultural decisions affecting Americans are steadily being removed from democratic control by these liberal judges, and they become tyrants and dictators who should be impeached. Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

Kenneth Cole opens New York Fashion Week

Kenneth Cole opens New York Fashion Week
NEW YORK -- Jay Gatsby was in the front row at Kenneth Cole's fashion show Friday, the opening of New York Fashion Week.

Computer-heavy electrical grid vulnerable to hackers, viruses
NEW YORK -- Since last month's Northeast Blackout, utilities have accelerated plans to automate the electric grid, replacing aging monitoring systems with digital switches and other high-tech gear.

Mourners gather to remember Phillips
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. - Although the service was somber, the church parking lot looked like a Clemson tailgating scene as family and friends came to remember "The Voice of the Tigers" during Jim Phillips' funeral Friday.

Qualifying ends for commission

Beaufort economic development group didn't publicize meetings

Kid of the day
Geraldlyn Canady of Hephzibah is today's kid of the day.

Vendors prepare products for arts festival
AIKEN - Al Payne was there when the first Aiken's Makin' arts and crafts street fair was held almost three decades ago, and she'll be at a curbside booth again today when the two-day crowd magnet again opens for business.

Property tax bills mailed
Columbia County property owners can soon expect another payment notice in the mail mixed in with their cable and phone bills.

For soldiers, Bush visit an honor and hard work
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Capt. Jay Yancey's voice barely carries above the pounding of hammers, the rattle of Army tanks and music throbbing from loudspeakers set up to amplify the voice of the commander in chief.

Records uncover violated policies
Last month's failure of a middle school principal to properly report a bus attack was not the first time Richmond County school leaders have left the central office in the dark.

Aiken polo scene gets attention

Tailgating starts early in Augusta
Bulldog and Gamecock fans seemed civil with each other at the 10th annual Border Bash. Most let their T-shirts do the talking.

Court to keep commandments

Correction
Prices listed for Landmark Buffet in the Wine & Dine column in the Applause section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle were incomplete. Prices for adults are $7.99 for dinner and $5.99 for breakfast and lunch. A seafood buffet will be offered Friday and Saturday nights for $8.99 for adults. Children's meals cost $3.99 for ages 8-12, $2.99 for ages 4-7 and no charge for age 3 or younger.

Outdoor sofas may be banned
ATHENS, Ga. - Attorneys working for the Athens-Clarke County government are drafting an ordinance that would ban upholstered furniture outdoors.

Bush offers thanks to soldiers at post
FORT STEWART, Ga. - President Bush came to southeast Georgia's Fort Stewart on Friday to thank the 3rd Infantry Division, the desert warfare specialists who led the ground assault on Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Halls of fame hit hard by state cuts
ATLANTA - The Georgia music and sports halls of fame might be reducing their hours further because of coming state budget cuts.

Police say offender neglected to register
Authorities have arrested a man who they said failed to register as a sex offender in Jefferson County after moving from the northeastern United States, and who was allegedly found to have distributed child pornography.

Vendors prepare products for arts festival

Augusta officials work on monuments' upkeep
Chris Shively, 17, admits he likes to ride his skateboard along the bottom of the Richmond County Monument on Broad Street. That doesn't mean Chris or any other skateboarder caused the granite step's separation at the monument's foundation.

Tailgating starts early in Augusta

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.

Students stress minority vote
COLUMBIA - Sheneka Pryor hopped from the street corner with her white "Project MVP" sign and darted between Friday morning's rush hour traffic as she called out to drivers to register to vote.

Professor looks at researcher's work
Millions of patients rely on drugs that are based on a discovery 50 years ago by a Medical College of Georgia researcher. Yet the late Raymond P. Ahlquist never got his due or the Nobel Prize that some had predicted, in part because of vicious political infighting in the scientific community.

Request to boost SRS tax delayed

Across the area
A 31-year-old Blythe man died early Friday on 13th Street from injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck.

Educators increase cutbacks
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke and Comptroller Gene Spires will look for ways to save money by not filling some positions or cutting budget items. They will take the ideas to the Board of Education each month for a vote.

Aging buses concern schools

Professor looks at researcher's work

Films are last on priority list
ATLANTA - Films produced by the Georgia government have won regional, national and international awards.

Graham says pit facility hardly a done deal
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the most vocal supporters of a new facility that could bring 1,000 jobs to the Savannah River Site, says the project is years away from hiring people if it gets built at all.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME SEPT. 13, 1972 Beetle Bailey is the best-read cartoon feature in The Augusta Chronicle, a poll among more than 1,700 readers shows.

State pays tribute to rescue dogs on Sept 11 anniversary
ATLANTA -- State officials honored some unlikely heroes in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as they commemorated the event's second anniversary by honoring search and rescue dogs Thursday.

Turtle released back to Atlantic
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Toby the turtle is going home. The 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle was to be released into the sea this afternoon on the beach in front of the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Local residents pause to remember attacks

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man and woman have been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of the woman's son last year.

Augusta officials work on monuments' upkeep

Schools might lose tax money
ATLANTA - Local school systems should plan to cope with $393 million less in taxpayer money coming from the state during the next two years if the governor and Legislature accept the spending plan adopted Thursday by the state Board of Education.

Educators increase cutbacks

West Nile disease found in donated blood
ATLANTA - Blood units donated by four Georgia residents tested positive for West Nile virus, the state's first cases to be discovered through the blood supply, state health officials said Friday.

Hundreds pause to remember terror atacks

Court to keep commandments
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County officials vowed to keep a parchment copy of the Ten Commandments in their courthouse, despite plans by the American Civil Liberties Union to sue for its removal.

Across the region

Aiken polo scene gets attention
AIKEN - Like a locomotive thundering down the tracks, the hooves of thoroughbred horses pounded the enormous green field at the New Bridge Polo Club on Friday, leaving the lush green field pocked with divots.

Across South Carolina
BELTON - Santee Cooper has signed a deal to construct its third green power plant that turns methane gas from decaying trash into electricity at Anderson County Regional Landfill.

Augustans sing of unity, patriotism
Louise Guffey had more than one reason for attending Augusta's United We Sing remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bush offers thanks to soldiers at post

War alters path of National Guard graduates
COLUMBIA - National Guard members graduating on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are heading into a different world than the weekend-a-month drill that attracted their parents.

War alters path of National Guard graduates

Museum seeks control of 18th century house
One of Augusta's most historic homes has a new look. Soon, it also might have a new operator.

Police say offender neglected to register

Board plan would cut tax money to schools
ATLANTA - Local school systems should plan to cope with $393 million less in taxpayer money coming from the state during the next two years if the governor and Legislature accept the spending plan adopted Thursday by the state Board of Education.

Farmers Market moves to depot

ACLU wants plaque removed
WINDER, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union has notified Barrow County officials that a heavily debated Ten Commandments display must be removed from the county courthouse in northeast Georgia by today.

Ex-judge who served time plans run for Hollings' seat

Minority students increase
ATHENS, Ga. - The number of black freshmen enrolling at the University of Georgia increased by 25 percent from 2002 to 2003, the first significant increase of its kind in years for an institution known for its low minority numbers.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 31-year-old contractor from Woodstock died Thursday after a trench collapsed at a construction site in southeast Atlanta near Grant Park.

Minority students increase

Farmers Market moves to depot
A day after announcing plans to move to 10th Street, organizers of the Saturday Farmers Market on Broad Street said they are moving the event permanently to the former railroad depot at Reynolds and Sixth streets beginning Saturday.

News you can use

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was cited for driving 110 mph in a 35 mph zone in North Augusta last month has resigned, officials said.

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who ranted in the paper about Don Snelling and MCG and the high salaries they are paying some of the administrators in the hospital. They can spend $300,000 for new signs for the hospital, but they can't keep the outpatient pharmacy open. People are going to die because of it. I guess the new look and the new signs are more important. It just burns me up.

Hot dog business gets family rolling
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Hot Dog Hut - actually a golf cart that doubles as a snack stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chips and drinks - is smaller than most lunch carts. But the three siblings who run it are smaller than most business owners, too.

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who ranted in the paper about Don Snelling and MCG and the high salaries they are paying some of the administrators in the hospital. They can spend $300,000 for new signs for the hospital, but they can't keep the outpatient pharmacy open. People are going to die because of it. I guess the new look and the new signs are more important. It just burns me up.

CDC: Nearly 3,000 ill with West Nile virus
ATLANTA -- The number of human West Nile virus cases so far this year is nearly double that of 2002, federal officials said Thursday.

Museum seeks control of 18th century house

Train collision closes highway
MCBEAN, Ga. - A Friday morning wreck involving a logging truck at a railroad crossing near the Richmond-Burke county line derailed a train car and shut down the highway for part of the day, officials said.

Settlement reached in six-year video poker trial
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Video gambling operator Fred Collins has agreed to settle with three former gamblers who sued him to recoup their losses.

Board plan would cut tax money to schools

Sanford, state officials receive status of Hurricane Isabel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While the storm is at least a week away, South Carolina emergency preparedness officials met Thursday to discuss plans for what to do if Hurricane Isabel threatens the coast.

Across the area

State pays tribute to rescue dogs on Sept 11 anniversary

Private company to complete construction of west Georgia prison
LUMPKIN, Ga. -- A private company plans to complete construction of a 1,524-bed prison in Stewart County, which was stalled after the state Department of Corrections indicated three years ago that it did not intend to house inmates there.

Outbreak cases are linked to restaurant
KENNESAW, Ga. - Nearly two dozen people have become sick with an unusual strain of salmonella, and many of the cases appear to be linked to a popular Kennesaw steak and buffet restaurant, Georgia Division of Public Health officials say.

Outdoor sofas may be banned

School, parents deal with fleas
Fleas have become such a problem at Windsor Spring Elementary School that parents are being told to spray their children with insect repellent before school.

Graham says pit facility hardly a done deal

Health care industry ask judges to dismiss class-action suit

Across the region
ATLANTA -A state commission has cleared Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks of any wrongdoing in an investigation of unreported discipline incidents, state education officials said.

Schools might lose tax money

Across South Carolina

Accident blocks traffic on Highway 56

Qualifying ends for commission
Qualifying for seats on the Augusta Commission ended Friday with two incumbents unchallenged and only one surprise - Jimmy Smith running for the District 8 seat.

One killed in motorcycle accident

Outbreak cases are linked to restaurant

Augustans sing of unity, patriotism

Records uncover violated policies

Bridge workers plan for landfall
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It's too early to tell whether Hurricane Isabel will affect South Carolina, but workers on the most expensive bridge project in state history have begun preparing just in case.

Across the area

Train collision closes highway

Kid of the day

Property tax bills mailed

Sanford, state officials receive status of Hurricane Isabel

Halls of fame hit hard by state cuts

Local residents pause to remember attacks
Memories of a horrible day are still strong, even two years later.

News you can use

Court of Appeals hears arguments over Episcopal property
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Lawyers for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and a dissident parish went before the state Court of Appeals to argue who owns the property at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.

Kid of the day

Beaufort economic development group didn't publicize meetings
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A taxpayer-funded Beaufort County economic development group has met for the past two years without providing the public notice required by the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Across South Carolina

Health care industry ask judges to dismiss class-action suit
ATLANTA -- Hoping to avoid a lawsuit from 700,000 doctors, the managed health care industry asked a federal court Thursday to force doctors to sue individually on claims they are routinely shortchanged for their services.

Mourners gather to remember Phillips

CDC director: Complacency is our enemy in post-Sept. 11 world
ATLANTA -- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led her employees in a ceremony marking the Sept. 11 anniversary Thursday morning and said the country can't let its guard down against future terrorist acts.

Films are last on priority list

Ex-judge who served time plans run for Hollings' seat
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A former state lawmaker and circuit judge who served two years in prison is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.

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.

Hundreds pause to remember terror atacks
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A giant American flag fluttered at half-staff as hundreds prayed and sang in a small, grassy park near Charleston Harbor on Thursday. It was one of many ways South Carolinians paused to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

For soldiers, Bush visit an honor and hard work

News you can use
SEPT. 12, 1972 More than 200 reports on rats have been received by city and county offices, officials said Monday.

School, parents deal with fleas

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Michael Turner, 10, of North Augusta.

Settlement reached in six-year video poker trial

Drinking ban will be enforced
The largest tailgating party in Augusta is about to get a little drier.

Request to boost SRS tax delayed
AIKEN - County leaders from Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale have postponed asking the Savannah River Site for higher annual payments to their coffers until the Department of Energy selects a site for its newest nuclear weapons plant, which would mean new jobs and an economic boost if SRS is selected.

Aging buses concern schools
AIKEN - All but 59 of South Carolina's 402 structurally defective school buses have been repaired and are being shuttled back into service, state officials said Thursday, but that doesn't reverse the road ravages on an increasingly aging fleet that is getting more difficult to repair.

Man admits hindering police
A second person whose actions delayed the arrest of a homicide suspect pleaded guilty Friday and received a 10-year prison sentence.

Augusta's Coble is still kicking
EATONTON, Ga. - I walked into the scoring headquarters of the Georgia Women's Golf Association on Thursday afternoon and asked a silly question.

At the Movies: 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'
Simultaneously an homage to Sergio Leone's Westerns and a goofy send-up of them, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" might be the best film Robert Rodriguez has ever made.

Director Scott pulls shell game with con tale 'Matchstick Men'

At the Movies: 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico'

Director Scott pulls shell game with con tale 'Matchstick Men'
TORONTO -- To hear Ridley Scott tell it, he was a slacker for only making 10 movies in the first 20 years of his film career.

At the Movies: 'Matchstick Men'
Everything about "Matchstick Men" is a con, from the grifters who populate its landscape to the identity of their victims to the place in time they inhabit.

At the Movies: 'Cabin Fever'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday.

At the Movies: 'Matchstick Men'

At the Movies: 'Cabin Fever'
There's only one rule in the finest scary movies - don't go into the woods.

Nominees announced for 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

James Brown to perform two concerts at the Apollo Theatre

James Brown to perform two concerts at the Apollo Theatre
NEW YORK -- James Brown will return to Harlem in November to celebrate one of his greatest performances.

Songwriters will share tunes with Augusta audience

Songwriters will share tunes with Augusta audience
Acoustically armed, three songwriters step onto the tiny Bluebird Cafe's even tinier stage and, mounting stools and facing one another, begin to swap stories and, of course, songs.

Nominees announced for 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Former Beatle George Harrison, Prince, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne are among the nominees on the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot.

Jarrett races on as team mourns Tara Parker's death
LOUDON, N.H. -- Dale Jarrett and his team struggled to stay focused Friday as they mourned the death of crew chief Shawn Parker's wife.

Newman cruises to front

Wife of Jarrett's crew chief killed in wreck

Harvick, Rudd harbor grudge

Wife of Jarrett's crew chief killed in wreck
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The wife of Dale Jarrett's crew chief was one of three sisters killed when her limousine burst into flames after being hit from behind by a pickup truck.

Jarrett races on as team mourns Tara Parker's death

Newman cruises to front
LOUDON, N.H. - During the hour leading up to qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, drivers huddled on pit road and talked about who might finish second.

Harvick, Rudd harbor grudge
LOUDON, N.H. - Kevin Harvick isn't forgiving and forgetting, and Ricky Rudd doesn't care.

Hurricane Isabel threatening Caribbean islands
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel plowed westward across the Atlantic early Thursday and forecasters said its dangerous winds could threaten islands in the northeastern Caribbean Sea by the end of the week.

Hurricane Isabel maintains Category 5 strength in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel retained its 160 mph winds and its mystery Friday, as forecasters said it was still too early to tell if and where the potentially devastating storm will strike the United States.

Hurricane Isabel threatening Caribbean islands

Hurricane Isabel maintains Category 5 strength in Atlantic

Sparks singe Shock game 1
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Sparks built a 21-point lead in the first half, then waited for Detroit to catch up.

Sparks singe Shock game 1

Bryant's attorneys ask judge to close preliminary hearing

Shock, Sparks set for WNBA Finals

Shock, Sparks set for WNBA Finals
LOS ANGELES -- The Detroit Shock aren't a typical Eastern Conference team. They like to run as much as the two-time WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks do.

Bryant's attorneys ask judge to close preliminary hearing
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys asked a judge Friday to close next month's preliminary hearing, saying publicity would threaten the NBA star's right to a fair trial on a rape charge. They also accused authorities of secretly recording a statement by Bryant.

Sauerbrun signs four-year extension with Panthers

"He Hate Me" catching on in Carolina

Falcons give McCord start

Pro football picks

Mr. Alec Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bill Haire    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Minnie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Berry    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Louise Russell    (ATHENS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alvin Allman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Cunningham    (WRENS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dr. Henry Wyman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Wade Jackson Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Patricia Wright    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Doris Wingard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alec Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Joe Wilson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Elizabeth Wisnieski    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roy Williams    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Featured obituary: Tiffany Hamilton
Many parents try to instill good values in their children, but Sharon and Dale Hamilton didn't have to try hard with their daughter Tiffany Hamilton.

Mrs. Minnie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Bonita Feiler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Magda Tibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jerry Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Tyrone Thomas    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Alma Muns    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Smith    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Nannie Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Eva Bussey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Ray Black, Jr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Benjamin Smith    (WILMINGTON, Del.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Mark Barham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Thelma Schreiber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Younger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ossie Peteet    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roy Williams    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Johnnie Perrin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Kassi Vissage-Lowe    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bobby Pelham, Jr.    (MILNER, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Alice Butler    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Oscar Odum    (LAKE CITY, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. BettyJo downs    (HARLEM, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Emma Lamar    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bill Gibbs Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Irene Knight    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Tiffany Hamilton    (ABILENE, Texas)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Quanmaine Jordon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Tyrone Thomas    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dorothy Hogan    (NATCHEZ, Miss.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jesse Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Miss Tiffany Hamilton    (ABILENE, Texas)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Mary Parnell    (MILLEN, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Shirley Flowler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Joseph Shine    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Franklin Farrell    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alex Spear    (DEARING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert Curry, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Cunningham    (WRENS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Leslie Hyman    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Shine (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Williams (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Farrell (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Spear (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Curry, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Tiffany Hamilton (ABILENE, Texas)

Mr. Bobby Pelham, Jr. (MILNER, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Parnell (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Eva Bussey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bonita Feiler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Tiffany Hamilton (ABILENE, Texas)

Mrs. Irene Knight (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Flowler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Tiffany Hamilton

Mr. Johnnie Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Gibbs Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Lamar (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Kassi Vissage-Lowe (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mr. James Berry (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Leslie Hyman (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Williams (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Butler (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Smith (WILMINGTON, Del.)

Mr. James Cunningham (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ossie Peteet (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Magda Tibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hogan (NATCHEZ, Miss.)

Mr. Bill Haire (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alec Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Wright (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Sullivan (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Smith ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Younger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alec Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Quanmaine Jordon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Wilson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Thomas (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Westminster boys top Augusta Prep

Mosley thinks De La Hoya picked opponent poorly

De La Hoya risks titles, possible retirement

Overtime

De La Hoya risks titles, possible retirement
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya was sitting in his 29th-floor suite overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, cuddling his Yorkshire terrier on his lap.

Overtime
Golf Richardson rallies to win senior title In Bristol, Va., Kemp Rich ardson rallied from two holes down with three to play and won the U.S. Senior Amateur in a one-hole playoff over Frank Abbott.

Mosley thinks De La Hoya picked opponent poorly
LAS VEGAS -- Shane Mosley looks at Oscar De La Hoya and sees a fighter who always picks opponents carefully.

Westminster boys top Augusta Prep
Anytime Westminster and Augusta Prep's boys soccer teams meet, the matches are intense and competitive.

Sauerbrun signs four-year extension with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina punter Todd Sauerbrun signed a four-year contract extension with the Panthers on Friday. Sauerbrun, a two-time Pro Bowler, had been trying to get a new deal for some time.

Pro football picks
New England or Philadelphia HAS to score this week.

"He Hate Me" catching on in Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "He Hate Me" finally has some friends.

Falcons give McCord start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Long before trading for Peerless Price, the Atlanta Falcons considered him to be a star-in-waiting.

Morgan questionable with
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan has a strained hamstring and is questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Popular songs with gospel lyrics will be performed at benefit
After working two years to stage a Christian rock revue, getting a king-size Elvis costume for a 6-foot-8-inch performer was relatively easy for Harold Reeves.

Solomon's sweetens coffee with camaraderie
Solomon's Porch, a Christian coffeehouse in Aiken, wants to be a meeting place for young adults.

Faith digest
Three agencies - GAP Ministries (Greater Augusta Presbyterians and Disciples of Christ), Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Hospitality Network - partnered two years ago to refurbish a downtown Augusta house at 537 Watkins St. They will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A liberal priest attacks the Catholic Church's stand against homosexual behavior
The Episcopal Church's August convention endorsed an actively gay bishop and issued a statement recognizing that clergy are free to bless same-sex couples (without officially approving such rites).

Respite to serve homeless patients
St. Vincent dePaul Health Center plans to expand its presence in the 2100 block of Broad Street near Julian Smith Casino with an 18-bed respite for the homeless.

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.

Gospel singer bares her soul at concert
Vestal Goodman was 23 when she came to Augusta a half century ago to sing with her husband, Howard.

Augusta's Coble is still kicking

Actors often play politics

NASA overseer sees no evidence of schedule pressures
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A former astronaut overseeing NASA's effort to resume shuttle flights said Thursday he sees no evidence of the schedule pressures that contributed to the Columbia disaster.

From 'Man from Hope' to medicine

From 'Man from Hope' to medicine
LOS ANGELES -- If Hillary Rodham Clinton ever decides to make a run for the presidency, Jeffrey Tuchman might be the one calling the shots.

Sunday TV news show guests
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Sunday TV news show guests

Comedian Tommy Chong gets nine months on drug paraphernalia charges

Country singing legend Johnny Cash dies

John Ritter, star of 'Three's Company,' dies of heart problem

Standing ovations

Video watch

Bill Cosby to get Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at Emmys

Club calendar

Lopez and Affleck postpone their wedding

Conference kickoff usually sets tone for interstate rivals
ATHENS, Ga. - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz seems convinced Georgia views his team as a mere speed bump on the road to glory.

Cooper ready to make a difference
ATHENS, Ga. - Last spring, Michael Cooper entered Mark Richt's office unsure of what the next 30 minutes would bring.

Former Georgia star Bailey will face old rival instead of Vick

Conference kickoff usually sets tone for interstate rivals

Cooper ready to make a difference

Former Georgia star Bailey will face old rival instead of Vick
When the Washington Redskins announced their schedule five months ago, Champ Bailey circled Week 2 on his calendar.

Actors often play politics
Following in the conservative footsteps of Ronald Reagan, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to turn his attention from the petty backbiting that is the entertainment industry to the petty backbiting that is politics.

Holtz winning again at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lou Holtz is poor-mouthing his team again, and that can only mean one thing.

Gamecocks receiver back

Gamecocks receiver back
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Gamecocks just got stronger at wide receiver.

Holtz winning again at South Carolina

Man awarded $668,000 after Disney restaurant scalding

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car

Woman's remains kept in freezer for years by husband

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car

Deliveryman's role in bizarre bank robbery still a mystery

Faith digest

Respite to serve homeless patients

Solomon's sweetens coffee with camaraderie

A liberal priest attacks the Catholic Church's stand against homosexual behavior

Faith and fellowship calendar

Popular songs with gospel lyrics will be performed at benefit