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Some new books are real 'disasters'

Some new books are real 'disasters'
New dangers lurk on America's bookshelves, with a hurricane, fire and flood lying in wait for the unwary reader.

Mets add Glavine's brother

Mets edge Expos
MONTREAL -- Steve Trachsel tied a career high with his 15th win and Daniel Garcia homered and had three RBIs as the New York Mets ended a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos on Saturday night.

Mets edge Expos

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

It's time to review those summertime postcards

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

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.

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.

Braves fall to Marlins

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.

Braves fall to Marlins
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins drew their biggest crowd in more than two years - and quickly gave the fans plenty to cheer about.

Braves blow 8th-inning lead

Sheffield says Braves have been too laid back
MIAMI -- Atlanta Braves slugger Gary Sheffield says the team should be more upset about its mediocre record the past five weeks.

Sheffield says Braves have been too laid back

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.

Biodiesel sales low at gas sites

Shoppers ease up a bit after July buying binge

On the move
Cynthia Nava has been named an assistant vice president for SouthTrust Bank. She was branch operations administrator. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and joined the company in 1986.

Pocket change

Business calendar
Tuesday: North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year luncheon; networking at 11:30 a.m., program noon to 1:30 p.m.; North Augusta Community Center; cost: $18 per person.

Group to make changes in 2004

Aiken man aims to expand alternative-fuel efforts
Red Roberts, president of United Energy Distributors Inc., an alternative-fuel distributor in Aiken, isn't out to save the country.

Beatles' company sues over trademark

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

Always check the accuracy of your business actions
Jean was furious. Five months ago, the businesswoman received a letter from the Georgia Department of Revenue's Sales and Use Tax Division.

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.

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

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.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: PQ Corp.

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.

Game Boy Advance works as video-phone with new attachment

Biodiesel sales low at gas sites
SAN DIEGO - At a just-opened San Diego fuel station, attendants in white, 1950s-style uniforms clean customers' windshields and offer to fill their tanks with biodiesel made from fish-fry grease and ethanol made from waste scraped off the floor of a cheese plant.

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.

Corn could solve maze of problems
BLAIR, Neb. - If America wants to reduce its consumption of oil and the buildup of slow-degrading plastic in landfills, one answer is softly swaying in the wind on farms across the country.

Grading helps hiring decisions

Corn could solve maze of problems

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.

Business calendar

On the move

Aiken man aims to expand alternative-fuel efforts

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

Appraiser blames Y2K for problems

Appraiser blames Y2K for problems
Richmond County Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece's explanation for the drop in this year's tax digest generated more than a few snickers around town last week. Mr. Reece blamed much of the total $20 million loss in taxable value on computer software problems stemming from Y2K.

Clemson's Phillips celebrated at Memorial Stadium
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The memory of late broadcaster Jim Phillips, known to generations as "The Voice of the Tigers," was celebrated at Memorial Stadium during Clemson's 37-14 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

Clemson pounds Middle Tennessee
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Charlie Whitehurst threw four touchdown passes and Airese Currie set a school record with 12 catches as Clemson defeated Middle Tennessee 37-14 on Saturday.

Clemson's Phillips celebrated at Memorial Stadium

Clemson pounds Middle Tennessee

Arkansas revels in renewed rivalry with Texas

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.

ACC roundup

How the local stars fared
A look at some of the standout performances of area players.

South Carolina tops Morgan State

Rattlers drown in The Swamp
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida A&M owned The Swamp - during halftime, while its world-famous band was on the field. The rest of the time, it was Florida and tailback DeShawn Wynn doing all the jammin'.

Rattlers drown in The Swamp

ACC roundup
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Ben Jones kicked three field goals and Purdue held No. 20 Wake Forest to 244 yards in a 16-10 victory Saturday, spoiling the Demon Deacons' first game as a ranked team in more than a decade.

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.

Arkansas revels in renewed rivalry with Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - De'Arrius Howard charged to the few sections of red-clad fans surrounded by all the burnt orange, grabbed a giant state of Arkansas flag and waved it proudly. Then he went into the end zone, plucked some orange-painted grass and tossed it aside.

Irish go down without a fight

Amputee back on playing field

How the local stars fared

College football TV schedule

Irish go down without a fight
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Even Notre Dame couldn't provide a tough test for Chris Perry and Michigan.

College football gameday

SEC roundup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Auburn Tigers finally played the way they thought they would all along.

Buckeyes finish job in three OTs
COLUMBUS, Ohio - There's something about overtime that brings out the best in the Buckeyes.

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

South Carolina tops Morgan State
BALTIMORE -- Reese McCampbell threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as South Carolina State beat Morgan State 27-21 on Saturday.

Johnny Cash: The man in black

Just a start
On the Augusta election ballot Nov. 4 voters will be asked whether they're happy with the way things are going here.

School choice gaining
Your long-distance carrier. Your local phone service provider. Even your cable company in many cases.

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.

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.

Only in Augusta ...

Just a start

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.

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.

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.

Tax cuts make forms longer

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.

Stocks edge higher despite downbeat retail sales

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).

Georgia Southern endures rout
LAKE CHARLES, La. - In the land of Cajun cuisine, Georgia Southern's football team showed little spice when it needed it most.

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).

Florida State rallies to beat Georgia Tech
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chris Rix shook off two interceptions to run for one touchdown and pass for another in the final 7:09 as No. 10 Florida State beat Georgia Tech 14-13 on Saturday night.

Eagles take crucial trip

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

Florida State rallies to beat Georgia Tech

A match for the ages lifts Americans

Golf capsules

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.

Alternate puts team in front

Smyth, two others lead Constellation Classic

Golf capsules
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Jim Dent is not giving in to his age or to the younger players on the Champions Tour.

North Augustan's quest pays off

Sorenstam stars as Europe builds big lead
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Annika Sorenstam never leapt so high, thrusting her arms skyward with such might that her putter slipped from her hands like a baton.

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.

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.

Alternate puts team in front
THOMSON - Lance Jones was supposed to be motoring to Athens, Ga., Saturday morning to attend the Georgia-South Carolina football game.

Sorenstam stars as Europe builds big lead

Harlem falls to Greene County

Aiken's rushing keys win

Bulldogs learn lesson from loss

Hephzibah dominates Josey

Williston-Elko routs Pelion

Prep football roundup

Washington-Wilkes avoids 0-3 start

Thoroughbreds make their move

McKissick won't be slowing down

Burke County shows potential

Musketeers kick to win

Lakeside tops Evans

Lincoln County dominates Athens Christian

Bulldogs' rally fails

Prep football scores

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

McKissick won't be slowing down
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Maybe this is finally the time, the world's loneliest football widow thought this week.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

Williston-Elko routs Pelion
PELION, S.C. - Rafael Bush had 28 carries for 178 yards for three touchdowns as the Blue Devils (3-0) remained perfect on the season with an easy road victory.

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

Bulldogs learn lesson from loss
After being dominated - and even a little embarrassed - by Abbeville in the first half Friday, the Silver Bluff Bulldogs were met by coach Al Lown.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's time to review those summertime postcards
We had another great summer with our vacation postcard contest. We got a card from every state, even North Dakota, the last one to make the board.

A few of today's vexing questions

Teachers not solely to blame for children's failure
As an educator, I'm tired of listening to many parents constantly blaming teachers for their children's educational failures. ... E. Maner, Augusta

Disagrees with comments on vets' retirement

Kraemer was egregiously wronged

Teachers not solely to blame for children's failure

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

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.

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

Kraemer was egregiously wronged
Regarding the Sept. 4 editorial about Ken Kraemer, "Malicious intent?": Karen Hathaway Pittman, Augusta

Home recreates Confederate leader's estate

Saving a row of movie seats is bad manners

Kenneth Cole opens New York Fashion Week

An Aiken couple gets an update on their outdated living room

Weeki Wachee's mermaids fighting extinction

Weeki Wachee's mermaids fighting extinction
WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. -- The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs are holding their collective breath.

Saving a row of movie seats is bad manners
Dear Carson: At a movie theater, a couple of people decided to save a row of seats directly in front of them for their friends. There were no visible means of marking these seats, i.e. jacket or purse. People came from all over the theater trying to sit in those seats. Finally, a man sat on the end of the saved row when two people behind him leaned over and said, "Excuse me, I'm sorry, but we are saving these seats." The man responded, "You can't do that. I'm going to sit here." The people saving the seats became frustrated and proceeded to make insulting remarks, while telling the interloper that they would pray for him.

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.

An Aiken couple gets an update on their outdated living room
A living room is supposed to be lived in, unless it's as ugly as Ann and Jim Kauffman said theirs was.

Home recreates Confederate leader's estate
JACKSON - Although they had more than 400 acres on which to build, it was easy for Wallace and DiAnn Cassels to decide on a site for their home.

In the know
Going to the chapel? The Augusta Mall will stage its second annual Bridal Celebration from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today.

Food deliverers watch for safety

Augusta officials work on monuments' upkeep

Across the area

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.

Doctors learn how to work in crisis
Jason lifted his pale face and blood-streaked torso off the ground and gave a thumbs-up to the man who shot him, now hiding just inside a glass door in a nearby building.

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.

Many approve of market move

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -Three people were killed and a good Samaritan was injured in a crash on Interstate 75 early Saturday, police said.

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.

News you can use
SEPT. 14, 1974 Richmond County Sheriff William A. Anderson accused a civil court judge Friday of breaking state law, and said a lot of activities in that court need to be explained.

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

Kid of the Day

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

Georgia pastor bound for Liberia to help brother lead country

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.

Professor looks at researcher's work

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.

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.

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.

Commandments stay in court
The Barrow County Commission has vowed to fight any legal action taken by the American Civil Liberties Union over a plaque of the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse. The ACLU has threatened to sue the county.

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.

Face-painting fun
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFFFace-painting funAnsley McManus, 3, watches her brother Shawn, 6, as he has his face painted by Lady Bug the clown during the Medical College of Georgia's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's "Baby Come Back" party. Nearly 300 children met the people who cared for them when they were born.

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.

Georgia pastor bound for Liberia to help brother lead country
DECATUR, Ga. -- As pastor at a postcard-pretty Episcopal church in suburban Atlanta, Canon Burgess Carr is used to a life of peace and tranquility.

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.

2 ethnic groups pull out over fees
There will be no bratwurst or burritos at this year's Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

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.

2 ethnic groups pull out over fees

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Aiken officers say relationship with residents prevents crime

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man was placed in custody early Saturday morning after police charged him in connection with the stabbing of a man on Broad Street.

Kid of the day

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.

Train collision closes highway

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 region

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.

Outbreak cases are linked to restaurant

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Workers find forgotten graves
ATHENS, Ga. - Crawling through thick underbrush on their hands and knees, members of an archaeological team recently discovered an estimated 3,000 grave sites at the historic Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery in East Athens.

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

Across South Carolina
YORK -A 17-year-old has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 12-year-old boy in April.

Court to keep commandments

Hybrid vehicles face slow ride to success
Karl Quinn loves his hybrid - an automobile powered partly by an electric motor and partly by gasoline.

Police say offender neglected to register

Food deliverers watch for safety
On-the-job safety has always been a priority for Ron Norris and his employees at Domino's Pizza on Washington Road

Films are last on priority list

Artifacts will show dam's past
Did you help build Thurmond Dam? The Army Corps of Engineers wants to locate veterans of the construction project, which was completed in spring 1954. A 50th anniversary anniversary observance is planned for April.

Request to boost SRS tax delayed

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jeremy Oglesby of Augusta.

Mourners gather to remember Phillips

Man wants U.S. flag out of Hunley burial
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Texas Confederate flag activist says the U.S. flag has no place at the April burial of the last crew of the ill-fated Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

War alters path of National Guard graduates

Commandments stay in court

Aiken polo scene gets attention

City rebuilds run-down areas

Across the area

Doctors learn how to work in crisis

Records uncover violated policies

Hybrid vehicles face slow ride to success

Across South Carolina

Artifacts will show dam's past

Qualifying ends for commission

Aiken officers say relationship with residents prevents crime
The city of Aiken's Police And Community Together team, using "community policing" concepts, has held block parties, spearheaded neighborhood clean-ups and taken underprivileged children to movies. This, they say, has lowered crime rates.

Bush offers thanks to soldiers at post

Many approve of market move
Eric Johnson, his wife, Gia, and their daughter Mallory, 3, figured a Farmers Market trip would be a pleasant Saturday family outing.

News you can use

Man wants U.S. flag out of Hunley burial

Tailgating starts early in Augusta

Face-painting fun

Halls of fame hit hard by state cuts

Property tax bills mailed

City rebuilds run-down areas
AIKEN - The white wicker patio furniture and children's swing sets on James Town Court in north Aiken are what city leaders want to see.

Palmetto State can't compete
ATHENS, Ga. - The gap is widening between the Georgia and South Carolina borders, and it has nothing to do with the banks of the Savannah River.

At the Movies: 'Cabin Fever'

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
NEW YORK -- James Brown will return to Harlem in November to celebrate one of his greatest performances.

James Brown to perform two concerts at the Apollo Theatre

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.

NASCAR gets new leader
LOUDON, N.H. - When Bill France Jr. took control of NASCAR in 1972 from his father, he took it from the dusty Deep South speedways and into America's living rooms.

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

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.

Veteran drivers understand how fleeting success can be
LOUDON, N.H. - Terry Labonte has been on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for 26 years. In that time, he's learned a little something about stock car racing.

Veteran drivers understand how fleeting success can be

Spencer wins in second truck race
LOUDON, N.H. - Jimmy Spencer held off Carl Edwards on Saturday, bouncing the rookie off the wall on the way to a victory in just his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

Jarrett races on as team mourns Tara Parker's death

NASCAR gets new leader

Spencer wins in second truck race

Newman cruises to front

Harvick, Rudd harbor grudge

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.

Hurricane Isabel returns to Category 5 strength in Atlantic
MIAMI -- Hurricane Isabel's sustained winds increased to 160 mph Saturday as the Category 5 hurricane swirled ominously closer to the East Coast.

Hurricane Isabel returns to Category 5 strength in Atlantic

Hurricane Isabel maintains Category 5 strength in Atlantic

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.

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.

Sparks singe Shock game 1

Bryant's attorneys ask judge to close preliminary hearing

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.

NFL Power rankings

A more humble Spurrier returns to Atlanta

Sauerbrun signs four-year extension with Panthers

Falcons give McCord start

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Jerry Etheridge Harris, 78, of Augusta, died Thursday at Forrest Lakes Health Care in Augusta.

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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.

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Overtime

De La Hoya risks titles, possible retirement

Rubin, Dementieva to meet in final

Mosley beats De La Hoya again

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
Perfect Drift spoiled Congaree's prep for the Breeders' Cup, winning by a length Saturday in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Mosley beats De La Hoya again
LAS VEGAS -- Sugar Shane Mosley was even sweeter the second time around.

Rubin, Dementieva to meet in final
BALI, Indonesia -- Top-seeded Chanda Rubin beat Japan's Saori Obata 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to reach the final of the Wismilak International.

Smooth sailing
During a recent outing off New Smyrna Beach, Fla., three Augustans - Chance Fuller and brothers Brad and David Bagwell - each landed a sailfish.

Smooth sailing

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
Tuesday: The Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. at Unitarian Church, Walton Way Ext. Dr. Bill Lawless will discuss the future of Savannah River Site. The public is welcome. Call 863-2324 for details.

Former Arbogast worker still attests to his lures
Who among us hasn't fished with a Jitterbug? Or a Hula Popper?

NFL Power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, the Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

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.

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

A more humble Spurrier returns to Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Steve Spurrier had some of his greatest moments at the Georgia Dome, where his Fun 'n' Gun Florida teams won four Southeastern Conference championships in the 1990s.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Former Arbogast worker still attests to his lures

Palmetto State can't compete

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

From 'Man from Hope' to medicine

Sunday TV news show guests

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.

Country singing legend Johnny Cash dies

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

Georgia issues beating
ATHENS, Ga. - Last week, there were clippings on the locker-room bulletin board that didn't make much sense to Georgia's players.

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.

Georgia issues beating

Conference kickoff usually sets tone for interstate rivals

South Carolina's offense sputters
ATHENS, Ga. - Early in the fourth quarter, South Carolina quarterback Dondrial Pinkins dropped back in his own territory and had Troy Williamson wide open underneath.

South Carolina's offense sputters

Woman's remains kept in freezer for years by husband

Odds and Ends

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

Respite to serve homeless patients

Faith and fellowship calendar

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

Faith digest

Solomon's sweetens coffee with camaraderie

Popular songs with gospel lyrics will be performed at benefit