Dealership buzzing over new vehicles
There is always excitement at Henna-Oldsmobile-Cadillac in Aiken but the imminent arrival of three great new vehicles from General Motors has the whole dealership buzzing.

Second showroom opening soon
The latest things at Designer Tile & Tubs at 559 Broad Street have always been the most beautiful new styles in tile, marbles and natural stones for your home.

Welcome to Parkside Women's Centre
Parkside Women's Centre's mission is to provide the women of Aiken and the surrounding area superior, convenient and comprehensive medical care in the area of obstetrics and gynecology.

For the latest in hi-tech office machines
You begin to realize that Acme Business Technologies is not an ordinary office machine company the moment you drive up to their state-of-the-art showroom in beautiful new Furys Ferry Center at the intersection of Riverwatch Parkway and Furys Ferry Road.

The leader keeps getting better
For 58 years, Georgia-Carolina Manufacturing Company has been the leader in creative designs in the specialty home improvement industry throughout the entire Central Savannah River Area - and they continue to lead their industry with the finest and most modern applications.

ALLTELs service and plans keep getting better
ALLTEL is leading the way again. As a national leader in wireless phone coverage and technology, ALLTEL is spending millions to expand its digital service in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and has added useful new rate plans that will help people save money.

Lexus leads the way in quality
In July J.D. Powers and Associates released their long-term quality study, which showed the Lexus brand at the top for fewest problems in the first 3 years of ownership.

An exceptional university experience
High-quality programs. World-class faculty. Cutting-edge technology. These are just a few of the reasons that more than 6,000 students are choosing to attend Augusta State University this fall. The academic reputation of the university attracts a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate students who also cite the broad range of programs, faculty experience, flexible scheduling, and one-on-one relationships with professors as reasons they choose for enrolling.

How Healthy is Your Air at Home and Work?
Thirty years ago when electricity and gas were relatively inexpensive, very little consideration was given to conserving energy. Very few homes had sidewall insulation, four inches in the ceiling or storm windows.

Next generation dealership opens in Evans
Royosaku "Rick" Suzuki, Gordon R. Renshaw and Hirotaka Ono at the grand opening of the new Augusta Suzuki, and its parent company Augusta Lincoln Mercury, hosted the top leadership of the giant automobile company at the first-of-its-kind in America dealership grand opening earlier this month.

Local people moving friends and neighbors
Local people moving friends and neighbors - that's the concept behind Five Star Moving of Augusta.

The only 5-Star dealer in Aiken County
Triangle Dodge, a landmark on the Aiken-Augusta highway for eight years, is the only 5-Star dealer in Aiken County - and you cant put out that 5-Star sign unless youve earned it.

Get your smile back
Dr. Barry Goldman is that most unusual of dentists whose patients ask if they can come back soon!

Visualize your new bath at The Tub Doctor's new showroom
The Tub Doctor, Eddie Singleton, said their bright new showroom at 4074 Washington Road, Suite 6 - beside the new Goodwill store - will finally give his customers a chance to visualize the wonders he can do to your old bathroom. The showroom also is the perfect place to display several exciting new products that are expanding the services he can supply.

Training for success
Many fields do not require a traditional college degree, but instead require specific skills training.

Working together to fight heart disease in women
University Hospital has joined forces with leading health care systems across the United States through Women's HeartAdvantage to fight the epidemic of heart disease in women.While Americans have thought for years that heart disease was a man's disease,' more women than men have died of cardiovascular diseases every year since 1984.

Car Buying 101
"Professor" Mickey Ortiz says that an educated consumer is his best customer.

Headaches are serious business!
"It's just a headache. " "It's just stress." " Maybe if I ignore it, it will go away." "I hate to take medicine." "It's not serious enough to bother my doctor." "It's just my sinuses." Do you minimize your headache problem this way? Perhaps it's time to take a closer look.

50 years of service
The year 2003 marks the Golden Anniversary of Pendarvis Chevrolet & Olds in Edgefield - 50 years of service to the community, and 50 years of turning families into friends.

Serving people with physical disabilities
Walton Rehabilitation Hospital is a 58-bed rehabilitation hospital that offers a complete spectrum of care serving adults and children with physical disabilities in the Augusta area. The hospital's mission statement is to improve the health status and enhance the quality of life for people with physical disabilities.

Take your coin collection to Cleins
Cleins Rare Coins at 128 9th Street is one of the most prestigious coin shops in the Southeast, specializing in appraisals and fair market purchases of coin collections.

Weinbergers: A family tradition for 71 years
Weinbergers Furniture Showcase has been a family tradition and an Augusta landmark for 71 years. Abe Fogel opened Augusta Furniture Market on Broad Street in 1932 and built the store into a symbol of good quality and personal service that has never wavered in seven decades.

Central Vacuum Systems catching on in CSRA
Dunagans Sewing and Vacuum in Aiken has been installing built in central vacuum systems for a decade, but co-owner Scott Dunagan says this tremendous convenience is just recently catching on across the Augusta-Aiken area.

The Windsor Jewelers Story
To withstand the ever-shifting winds of fashion trends and economic change, the truly successful jeweler must develop genuine relationships with their customers.

History connects GB&T and Cotton Exchange
For decades the Augusta Cotton Exchange on Reynolds Street was the economic center of a vast region, attracting the "white gold" wealth of 35 Georgia and South Carolina counties.

We take care of our customers
Augusta Dodge, the areas No. 1 Five Star Dodge dealer, is known for taking care of customers.

The best furniture at the best prices
The purpose of General Freight Furniture is to provide the customer the best possible price on quality furniture. That is more than a slogan.

Need batteries? Weve got them!
Youve got to see this place!

How to grow your career
I learned a key business principle early - "there is no traffic jam on the extra mile." For me this meant more than coming in early, staying late, or taking work home without being asked or told to do so. It meant knowing what I needed to do to both beat my competition and exceed my client's expectations.

Family business has endured and prospered for generations
Approaching their 85th anniversary in business this 2004, the Blanchard and Calhoun "family of businesses," has endured and prospered, still guided by the Blanchard family, itself a symbol of success in Augusta.

These brothers are gems in jewelry repair
Brothers Alex and Joel Sanders of Jewelry Repair Services of Augusta Inc. describe themselves as "jewelers jewelers, where jewelers go when they want something fixed, and where every customer can find that same high level of craftsmanship."

Connect with a dealership thats a cut above
In a building that used to be a Burger King sitting on one of the busiest corners in Augusta is a used car dealership that offers services a cut above the rest - Thomsons Used Car Connection.

These hams are oh so "heavenly"
Augusta's Heavenly Ham has the ideal combination of a leading national delicacy managed and delivered by hard-working native Augustans.

Be a "Bourne Winner"
Family owned and operated, Bourne Toyota prides itself on selling the best-made cars anywhere, with a personal touch and a family tradition behind every transaction.

Enriching the community with programs for people with disabilities
Whether you are an employer who could benefit from a hard-working, dependable employee, or someone with a family member who has a disability, Lynndale Inc. offers a wide range of services to meet your needs.

Upscale shoe fashions at downscale prices
Shoe Studio at National Hills is a wonderland of thousands of styles of shoes - and youll wonder, how the prices can be so low?

nBank innovative approach keeps it growing
nBank, the Net-banking arm of 99-year-old First Commerce Bank of Georgia, brought unique mortgage lending opportunities to Augusta when thy arrived in March of 2002.

Strong values key to Branums success
In the second generation and third decade of service to the people of the Augusta area, Mark Branum understands that the success of Branums Sewing & Vacuum Center is built on the strong values of service, integrity and accountability that he learned from his father.

New location makes serving you easier
The professional staff at Southern Mechanical, Inc., heating and air-conditioning contractors, has built a reputation for service, quality and reliability in the decade they have operated from their headquarters in downtown Augusta.

Why pay the difference if you cant tell the difference?
At Budget Car & Truck Sales at the corner of Bobby Jones Expressway and Washington Road, you can buy a nearly new pre-owned vehicle at thousands of dollars below the original price.

Quietly making ingredients that make our lives better
Their pharmaceuticals may have made a dramatic impact on the quality of your life, but you might not even know that the active ingredients are made right here in Augusta by some of your neighbors.

Decorate with confidence
The Carpet Shop is one of the Souths largest and finest dealers, servicing residential and commercial customers for over 46 years.

Its a dynamic duo from Re/Max
Perhaps Cyndi Harrell and Starr Crawford are perfecting one of the most unusual concepts in Real Estate here in the CSRA. They have combined their 25+ years experience in the local Real Estate market, their backgrounds in accounting and marketing, and their strong sense of superior service to form a powerful business partnership.

Chronicle more than oldest newspaper
The Chronicles ownership entered the Morris familys hands in 1945 when William S. Morris Jr. and Charlotte, N.C., financier Herman A. Moore purchased a controlling interest in the Chronicle Publishing Co. In 1955, Morris and wife, Florence Hill Morris, bought Moores share of the stock.

Total committment makes this company
Gwen Fulcher Young is probably the best-known businesswoman in Augusta. She is certainly the leading real estate professional in our city.

Mystery is clear, convincing
Clear and Convincing Proof is the smoothest mystery novel to come along in quite a while.

Arts calendar

Book reflects on people's fascination with mirrors
When scientists put full-length mirrors outside the cages of young chimps, the animals reacted the way they would to a stranger - vocalizing, threatening, acting submissive.

Arts calendar
TWO NATIONS, ONE VISION: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Tuesday; Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans; 20 photographs show Jackie Kennedy with Leah Rabin, Golda Meir with former New York Mayor John Lindsay and Yitzak Rabin with former President Clinton; free.

Book reflects on people's fascination with mirrors

Baseball roundup
TORONTO -- Roy Halladay became the only 22-game winner in the major leagues as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday.

Baseball roundup

Baseball roundup
MIAMI - With rainy weather, apathetic fans, unsettled ownership and losing records, the Florida Marlins have provided comic relief in recent seasons.

Baseball roundup

It's hard to be energetic after a long day's work

Gypsy wedding of the year stalled when bride bolts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Michael Vick went down with a broken leg, Carolina fans everywhere scrambled to their schedules to see whether the Panthers would be facing the Atlanta Falcons without their star quarterback.

Microchip helps reunite cat with California man after 10-year separation
SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- Call it Ted's excellent adventure, with a high-tech twist: A cat with an ID microchip implanted under his skin was returned to his owner 10 years after he jumped out a window and vanished.

Ramirez smothers Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - The debate about whether Atlanta Braves pitcher Horacio Ramirez should make the Game 4 start in the National League Division Series could be a short one.

Ramirez smothers Phillies

Braves lose, but Lopez sets new home run record

Braves lose, but Lopez sets new home run record
PHILADELPHIA - Someday this might be remembered as the granddaddy of all salary drives.

Expanding business started with no debt
Mia is up to her old tricks. The stunning blonde who worked the 1800 block of Central Avenue for three years has moved up to the 2500 block.

Business Calendar

Expanding business started with no debt

Welcome to Parkside Women's Centre

Family business has endured and prospered for generations

Home building likely to stay local for years
Housing construction in Augusta has always been intensely "local." Local landowners have always sold to local developers, who have always sold lots to local builders, who have always sold homes to local residents through local realty agents.

How to grow your career

For the latest in hi-tech office machines

The only 5-Star dealer in Aiken County

Chronicle more than oldest newspaper

Home building likely to stay local for years

Pocket change

Headaches are serious business!

Sippin' whisky flows again at Southern distillery
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Tucked away in Cascade Hollow near this southern Tennessee town is a distillery that first began making sippin' whisky (not whiskey) in 1877.

Training for success

City wants boards off buildings

Why pay the difference if you can

Business Calendar
Tuesday: Business to Business Expo; Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; 70 area businesses will display their products and services; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; call 821-1300.

On the move
Michele Ellington has been named coordinator of alumni relations and special events at Augusta State University. Ms. Ellington was the senior conference coordinator at the Medical College of Georgia's Division of Continuing Education. She earned a bachelor's degree in home economics and journalism from the University of Georgia.

Perdue wants group to shore up tourism

Entrepreneurs bring services to customers

Gymnast turns Web site into business

Lexus leads the way in quality

City wants boards off buildings
Augusta's top building official told downtown shop owners they need to replace broken windows with new glass, not plywood.

Timber companies struggle to compete against imports

Perdue wants group to shore up tourism
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is set to create a task force to bolster tourism, saying the budget for the state's second-largest industry is "shamefully one of the lowest in the region."

Need batteries? We

Gymnast turns Web site into business
Jay Thornton's athletic career came close to looking like a "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" highlight reel.

The best furniture at the best prices

Pocket change
The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce will give out their top business awards Tuesday during an all-day small-business expo at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Working together to fight heart disease in women

Entrepreneurs bring services to customers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Door-to-door services are nothing new. Milkmen, traveling salesmen and even doctors making house calls once were a daily part of American life.

On the move

Outsourcing worker management can save money
Employees. It is hard to have a thriving business without them. They are critical in your efforts to free up your time to move the business further along the growth curve.

50 years of service

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: MCG Health Inc.

Home builder credits research for putting it on top

History connects GB&T and Cotton Exchange

Visualize your new bath at The Tub Doctor's new showroom

Timber companies struggle to compete against imports
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Last year he was California's agriculturalist of the year.

Connect with a dealership that

Home builder credits research for putting it on top
The housing boom in recent years has fattened the bottom lines of many area home builders, perhaps none more than Lamar Crowell Jr.

Next generation dealership opens in Evans

Quietly making ingredients that make our lives better

Be a "Bourne Winner"

An exceptional university experience

Sippin' whisky flows again at Southern distillery

Enriching the community with programs for people with disabilities

Outsourcing worker management can save money

The leader keeps getting better

ALLTEL

How Healthy is Your Air at Home and Work?

Central Vacuum Systems catching on in CSRA

The Windsor Jewelers Story

Dealership buzzing over new vehicles

Red faces are served up at breakfast

Red faces are served up at breakfast
Demosthenes, who became a great orator in ancient Greece by speaking with pebbles in his mouth, has nothing on District 8 Augusta Commission candidate Robert Buchwitz, who spoke at last week's Richmond County Democratic breakfast at the Picadilly Cafeteria with a toothpick in his mouth.

Local spotlight, Richey Williams

Arkansas wins in double overtime

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville

Local spotlight, Richey Williams
Richey Williams was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students while at North Augusta.

SEC roundup

Today's games
A list of allof today's college games

Gators edge Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Even Florida's wins aren't coming easy these days. Johnny Lamar's 35-yard interception return set up Ron Carthon's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:15 remaining as the 25th-ranked Gators rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Kentucky 24-21.

New look fits Arkansas well
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas became so predictable on offense last year everyone from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia started stacking the line to stop the run.

On television

College football gameday
South Carolina (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at No. 8 Tennessee (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

Southern Conference roundup

On television
Noon-Minnesota at Penn St. (ESPN)

Gators edge Wildcats

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville
They aren't remembered as South Carolina's most demoralizing losses of the past three years, but they certainly rank among the more agonizing.

SEC roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A game of big plays, bigger comebacks and gut-churning mistakes came down to one backup place-kicker with a pressure-packed chip shot.

College football gameday

Arkansas wins in double overtime
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Backup Chris Balseiro kicked a 19-yard field goal in the second overtime and No. 9 Arkansas came back from a 21-point deficit to beat Alabama 34-31 Saturday.

Today's games

New look fits Arkansas well

Southern Conference roundup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Travis Zobel converted a fake punt to keep Citadel's tying touchdown drive alive then booted the game-winning 26-yard field goal with 1:16 left in the Bulldogs 24-21 win over Appalachian State on Saturday.

A performance review
The following is a partial transcript of the conversation that may occur when Augusta commissioners give city Administrator George Kolb his annual evaluation.

Escaping injury
When a 15-year-old Greenbrier high school football player collapsed at a junior varsity game earlier this month, necessitating an air ambulance to fly him to the Medical College of Georgia for treatment, it focused attention on medical coverage at sporting events.

What we owe these kids
If anything good can come out of a compound tragedy like Sept. 20's deaths of five children in an ATV accident at Ambrose, Ga., it might be this: that all parents hear and heed the message in a mourning father's plaintive self-reproach:

Investment not lost
Politically speaking, Gov. Sonny Perdue turned fertilizer into ice cream after he got the bad news this week that DaimlerChrysler wouldn't be building a $754 million van assembly plant near Savannah.

PACT with the devil
On the face of it, South Carolina's elementary and middle schools flunked the federal government's No Child Left Behind bench marks big time. More than 75 percent of the schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress goals, including all but four of Aiken County's 31 schools. In Edgefield County, only one of six schools made the grade.

Investment not lost

PACT with the devil

Simple search can find savings

Simple search can find savings
Q: Often, when I'm buying something from a Web site, I see a box where I could enter a discount or coupon code. Is there an easy way to find such codes and get discounts that were never explicitly offered to me?

401(k) savers cautious about investing in stocks
NEW YORK - Burned by a three-year market downturn, retirement savers are just starting to rebuild their portfolios - cautiously.

401(k) savers cautious about investing in stocks

Backups work well for Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern found a few good men at Paulson Stadium on Saturday night.

Yellow Jackets win an ugly one
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - James Butler and Reggie Ball saved the day for Georgia Tech.

Yellow Jackets win an ugly one

Armour extends lead at Texas Open

Golf roundup

Pride of the patch

Nelson heating up down the stretch

Golf roundup
SAN ANTONIO - Tommy Armour III capped a round of 8-under-par 62 with a birdie on the 18th hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after the second round of the Texas Open.

Nelson heating up down the stretch
CONOVER, N.C. -- Larry Nelson had a rather mundane year on the Champions Tour until this month.

Pride of the patch
Eleanor Patrick snaps a picture of a marker dedicated to the memory of longtime Augusta Municipal Golf Course member Larry Bohannon.

Golf roundup
GREATER HICKORY CLASSIC: In Conover, N.C., Larry Nelson's 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour event.

Golf roundup

Armour extends lead at Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO -- Tommy Armour III tied the PGA Tour 54-hole scoring record Saturday and extended his lead in the Texas Open to six strokes.

Fourth-quarter touchdown pass puts Greenbrier on top

Rabun, Lions get final roar

Gregg, Patriots run past Eagles

Rebels rebound with win

Red Devils preserve perfection

Quarterback helps Greenwood in win

Big plays too much for Evans in blowout

Silver Bluff suffers rare shutout

Gamecocks break out

Aquinas keeps on rolling

Wolfpack ask no questions

Tigers start off region with rout

Thomson rout quiets critics

Laney belts Hart County

Football scores

Big plays too much for Evans in blowout
Tri-Cities got only six first downs against Evans in the team's Region 7-AAAAA matchup Friday night. They were more than enough for a 48-6 victory that kept the Knights winless on the season.

Football scores
Prep football scores from Georiga and South Carolina

Wolfpack ask no questions
After the celebration was complete, after the joyous screaming had stopped, and after the praises were handed out, Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick continued basking in the Wolfpack's 34-29 win against Butler on Friday.

Laney belts Hart County
HARTWELL, Ga. - When Hart County quarterback Ryan Poole went down two weeks ago with a broken collarbone, Bulldogs head coach Joby Scroggs knew his team might endure some hardships until Poole's return.

Tigers start off region with rout
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Fabian Dye had three touchdown runs and Jamaal Binns had a 74-yard punt return for the Tigers in their Region 7-AA opener.

Quarterback helps Greenwood in win
AIKEN - There were few surprises for Aiken coach Carey Johnson Friday night at Louis K. Hagood Stadium - especially when it came to Zearrick Matthews of Greenwood.

Rabun, Lions get final roar
Augusta Christian tailback Cole Rabun might want to get angry a little more often.

Aquinas keeps on rolling
The Fightin' Irish of Aquinas used a strong running game to forge a three-touchdown lead, then withstood a late rally to post their third consecutive win, a 29-13 homecoming victory over Athens Christian on Friday night.

Red Devils preserve perfection
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - It was expected to be their toughest test yet, but the Lincoln County Red Devils barely passed with a 14-7 home victory Friday night.

Gregg, Patriots run past Eagles
It was painfully obvious, even to the Josey High School statistician seated way up high in the White Road Stadium press box.

Thomson rout quiets critics
When Dan Ivey and the rest of his Thomson teammates read trash talk on the Internet on Monday, they were enraged.

Rebels rebound with win
Hephzibah's Rent Sherill made sure the third time was the charm.

Gamecocks break out
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County showed potential on offense in its first three games this season, but was unable to produce many big plays.

Fourth-quarter touchdown pass puts Greenbrier on top
Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson knew what his problem was in last week's loss to Lakeside.

Silver Bluff suffers rare shutout
AIKEN - Despite last year's win at Silver Bluff, South Aiken entered this year's game against the Bulldogs with something to prove.

Hurricanes batter Thrashers

Hurricanes batter Thrashers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The new guys helped the Carolina Hurricanes put together their best offensive showing of the preseason Friday night.

It's hard to be energetic after a long day's work
The athletic coaches of my adolescence insisted that we "give 110 percent." No matter the sport, no matter if the opponents were very good or very bad, we were drilled to expend every ounce of energy toward victory.

Clinton would've been crucified for making mistakes Bush has
I remember President George W. Bush telling the United States and the world that we would move into Iraq, depose Saddam Hussein, and right all the wrongs there - at a time and place of our choosing. Well six months later, it seems the tables have turned: Saddam is in hiding; has formed a seemingly effective guerrilla fighting force; is measuring our troops and taking them out little by little at times and places of his own choosing. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Clinton would've been crucified for making mistakes Bush has

Arts in the Heart celebrates differences
When the Arts in the Heart of Augusta rolls around each year, we are all treated with the sights and sounds of the featured country. It's beautiful and wonderful to see and to hear. Being of Irish ancestry, my heart has an extra lilt in it when Ireland is the featured country. Joan Kennedy, Grovetown, Ga.

Let's go back to 'eye-for-an-eye' to lessen crime

Business crossovers good for county

Business crossovers good for county
The Columbia County Commission is to be congratulated for its foresight in saving residents of this county a great deal of money by allowing the crematorium to pay for itself. They served well by not allowing an individual from another county and even one from another state to derail the progressive program set forth by Columbia County Animal Care/Control. Marlene K. Stachowiak, Martinez, Ga.

Bush deserves to be re-elected
Vernon Johnson's Sept. 15 letter, "Bush doesn't deserve another term," is a mere series of one-liners from the Democratic primary candidates. If you say a lie enough times, people will begin to believe it. Sherry Hutto, Appling, Ga.

Arts in the Heart celebrates differences

Let's go back to 'eye-for-an-eye' to lessen crime
In your Sept. 19 Metro section, there was an article titled, "Authorities seek man accused of selling IDs." The man was accused of identity fraud. Woodrow Short, Aiken, S.C.

Jailing 'deadbeat dads' is no answer
All across this state and country there are literally thousands of so-called "deadbeat dads" being held in jails and prisons, sometimes sharing cells with thieves, drug dealers and other undesirable people. Bruce T. Mundy Jr., Aiken, S.C.

In the know

Home front

Fire-damaged house takes on new life with eclectic decorating

Woman should be grateful for donation

First graduating class recalls experience at Davidson

Toronto touts tourism after SARS outbreak

Home front
Interior design is on "red alert." Safe neutrals are starting to feel stodgy. Red makes us feel alive, passionate, strong.

First graduating class recalls experience at Davidson
Some 17 years ago, on a warm spring day in 1986, 14 students, the first graduating class of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, walked dutifully across the Imperial Theatre stage, picked up their diplomas and promptly disappeared.

Toronto touts tourism after SARS outbreak
TORONTO - Tourism in Toronto was crippled last spring when a SARS outbreak killed 44 people. But there's nothing like a brush with death to make you embrace life with fresh energy. The SARS scare forced this city - always better at work than at play - to wake up and realize it needs to take care of its guests.

Fire-damaged house takes on new life with eclectic decorating
Growing up, Melanie Larsen loved old houses, but now it is her husband, Tom Larsen, who wouldn't live in anything else.

In the know
Cows in the driver's seat. Bears with attitude. Spiders with delusions of grandeur. Gary Larson is back in business - well, sorta.

Woman should be grateful for donation
Dear Carson: When my mother-in-law spoke with me by telephone after my grandfather passed away, she said she would like to donate to her favorite charity in his name. She donates to this charity annually. I told her how appreciative I was of her thoughtfulness, but I explained that the family had suggested a specific charity that was my grandfather's favorite. It was a charity that benefited Parkinson's disease research, since this disease had affected him. Thinking she didn't fully appreciate what I had explained, I dropped her a note enclosing his obituary that specified the charity of his choice. Well, I've received notification from her charity of a donation made by her in my grandfather's name. For some reason this really hurt my feelings and made me feel that she was very selfish. Maybe I'm wrong to feel this way, but I was wondering if it was appropriate to donate to your own favorite charity when the family of the deceased has specifically requested another. - Miffed at Mother-in-Law

Proposal for list of HIV patients meets little fight

News you can use
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Judge E.H. Callaway of Augusta addressed the voters of Burke County at a well-filled courthouse yesterday on the issues of the presidential campaign between Herbert Hoover and Al Smith.

City's volunteer event keeps waterways clean

Commissioners take opportunity to voice concerns on government
If you ask Augusta commissioners - at least the handful that showed up at a strategic planning session Friday - they'd like to see local government become more customer-friendly.

City's volunteer event keeps waterways clean
A clear blue sky, sun-splashed Augusta Canal waters, and lush greenery provided a picture-perfect Saturday to help keep Augusta's waterways clean.

Briefcase causes false alarm
A drama that began early Friday morning over a mysterious briefcase outside the Augusta Riverfront Center in downtown Augusta ended with a red face and a bang shortly before noon.

Across the area
Two Richmond County teenagers have been charged with a gang-related attack on Cross Creek High School athlete that occurred off-campus, authorities said.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The corporate owner of a nursing home where a fire killed eight residents has self-funded liability insurance - coverage that the company previously warned could be inadequate in an emergency.

Resident calls for overhaul to sex offender registry
When Dean Summers learned a close relative was dating a North Augusta man with a sex crimes conviction, he went where most people in his position would go - the Internet.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Shaniu Nyiece Darsey

Kid of the Day

City argues sewage award should be pulled
A jury's $550,000 award to a Burke County family who claimed their cattle and pastures were poisoned by the city of Augusta's sewage sludge should be set aside, the city's lawyers reiterated Friday.

Across the area
Columbia County authorities were investigating the Saturday evening stabbing of a Martinez man, officials said.

County plans quick election
It'll be a hasty campaign season, but Columbia County will be holding an election this year, officials said Friday.

News you can use

Lakeside pupils enjoy fitness group
By 6:30 a.m., Lamar Kirkman had rivulets of sweat streaming down both sides of his face as he pumped two five-pound weights while mastering the foot-moves of the morning circuit training class.

Cancer coalition official resigns
The leader of the statewide effort to boost cancer care in Georgia resigned Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced.

Student's family may sue system
The family of an Evans teen killed in an automobile accident while traveling to a golf tournament has filed notice of a potential lawsuit against the Columbia County School System.

School system enforces zero tolerance rule

Officer's charges could grow
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says additional charges are possible against a 31-year-old Athens-Clarke County Police Department detective who was arrested this week on statutory rape and six other charges.

Overcrowding, disparity among judges cause Georgia to rethink sentencing guidelines
Shirley Cummings' daughters wailed when the judge smacked their mother with a five-year prison sentence for her first felony conviction.

Speed trap investigated
ARCADE, Ga. - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a complaint that the Arcade Police Department has been operating a financially lucrative speed trap in the small Jackson County town north of Athens.

Korean War veterans sought

14 newborns left under state law

Sunday alcohol sales under review
AIKEN - The sale of alcohol in grocery and convenience stores on Sunday could be on the way out, but it won't be sorely missed in Aiken, store owners and beer buyers said Saturday.

Sides spar over courthouse land
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A group that opposes the addition of eight parking spaces on the grounds of the historic Glynn County Courthouse says the county no longer owns the property.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -A man who was shot in the neck and head as he left a parole and probation office has filed a lawsuit claiming the state agency and agents were negligent and used excessive force.

House bill approves land swap on island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a land swap in which Fort Frederica National Monument will get 8.7 acres that might have been the home of Georgia's founder, while historic Christ Church Episcopal will get 6 acres for possible expansion.

Proposal for list of HIV patients meets little fight
ATLANTA - A proposal to collect the names and addresses of all Georgians living with HIV has generated a surprisingly low volume of objections, the state doctor charged with studying the initiative said.

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SEPT. 27, 1974 Fort Gordon officially will be designated next week as the U.S. Army Signal School, military sources said yesterday.

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Bloomingdale city manager dons chef's hat
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. - It's not that often that the bland world of small-town politics mixes it up with the infinitely more spicy - and indispensable - world of Southern cooking.

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Commissioners take opportunity to voice concerns on government

Affleck buys pickup from Georgia lot

Affleck buys pickup from Georgia lot
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Hollywood megacouple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez popped up yet again in southeast Georgia this week, dropping by an auto dealership in Liberty County to purchase a pickup.

Aviation commissioners violate rules

Group gains rebel banner
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia's Palmetto Guards saw plenty of action during the Civil War, but 138 years after the South's surrender at Appomattox, the unit is still making history.

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Across Georgia
JACKSON - Death row inmate Earnest Ulyesses Morrison, convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of a Richmond County woman, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night, Georgia corrections officials said.

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CHARLESTON - Three Lowcountry car dealerships have been sued after five female employees said they were subjected to a sexually hostile working environment, attorneys for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

Splash of sunshine
Elizabeth Williams (right) splashes Crystal Vause, 14, as they swim in Langley Pond. They got into a water fight Saturday afternoon, taking advantage of sunny skies and warm temperatures to visit the pond.

14 newborns left under state law
ATLANTA - Savannah's "Baby Grace" is continuing to have a major impact in Georgia, more than a year and a half after the days-old infant was rescued from a trash bin.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jameson Miles Cooper of Augusta.

UGA meningitis scare over
ATHENS, Ga. - Two University of Georgia freshmen don't have bacterial meningitis, tests results indicated Friday, but university officials say the students will remain in an Athens hospital until early next week.

Bloomingdale city manager dons chef's hat

Army leader points to troops as heroes
Although he commanded America's Army in the decisive attack against Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace makes no claim to being a hero.

House bill approves land swap on island

School system enforces zero tolerance rule
A school police officer escorted Terrance Mahoney from class at Butler High School when another student claimed he had drugs in his car.

Schools opt out of fund raising
It was a group effort, but Steve and Cindy Bonner and their 8-year-old daughter, Brett, recently sold $84 in cookie-dough mix for Blythe Elementary School.

Catch of the day
Kenneth Coardes, a masonry worker, prepares for a catch in a game of touch football.

Event showcases farming life
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - In the distant corner of a several-acre farm, as the sun started to sink in the west and said its final goodbye Saturday to rows of corn, peas, sugarcane and peanuts, a five-man band played a sweet blend of bluegrass and gospel music.

Korean War veterans sought
The Korean War Memorial Committee of the CSRA wants to honor people in the Augusta area who served in Korea during the war, but first the committee needs to know who they are.

Aviation commissioners violate rules
A city provision adopted six years ago to allow more residents a chance to serve on city boards is being violated by two members of the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Rants and raves
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND why so many people are talking about this uniform policy. Instead of focusing on that, I think the more important thing would be how our kids are faring in our school system. Instead of ranting and raving about the uniforms, maybe someone should start focusing on the fact our kids are failing.

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ATLANTA -A grand jury on Friday indicted a 29-year-old woman whose 3-year-old daughter died of heat exhaustion nearly a year ago after being left all day in a hot car.

UGA meningitis scare over

Panel OKs plan for police merger
The wedding is back on. Satisfied with recent changes to the prenuptial agreement, Chatham County commissioners gave a resounding "I do" last week to merging the Savannah and Chatham County police departments.

Army leader points to troops as heroes

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Edgefield school board considers more plans

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Overcrowding, disparity among judges cause Georgia to rethink sentencing guidelines

Speed trap investigated

Young Democrats take on event
COLUMBIA - The Young Democrats of South Carolina had a lot to handle coordinating the visits of three presidential candidates Saturday. The group will also have much to handle in February, when its members will help run the state's first-in-the-South primary.

Lakeside pupils enjoy fitness group

Groups attend support rally for Ten Commandments
WINDER, Ga. - A rally headed by a south Georgia Ku Klux Klan member and featuring the congregation of a predominantly black Atlanta church drew about 250 people to the Barrow County Courthouse on Friday in support of a controversial Ten Commandments display in the downtown Winder building.

Molestation suspect gets bond
An Augusta Superior Court judge granted bond Friday to a teenager accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl while on a school field trip.

Rants and raves
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND why so many people are talking about this uniform policy. Instead of focusing on that, I think the more important thing would be how our kids are faring in our school system. Instead of ranting and raving about the uniforms, maybe someone should start focusing on the fact our kids are failing.

Experts predict drier, cooler fall
With the official return of fall this week, forecasters say Augustans should expect normal weather during the new season.

City argues sewage award should be pulled

Young Democrats take on event

Event showcases farming life

Edgefield school board considers more plans
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The maps may change, but the political battle remains the same.

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County plans quick election

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Sides spar over courthouse land

Cancer coalition official resigns

Groups attend support rally for Ten Commandments

Kid of the Day

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Schools opt out of fund raising

Experts predict drier, cooler fall

Molestation suspect gets bond

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Picking golf's best presents a challenge
What defines a great season in golf? Is it winning a major championship? Is it winning the most tournaments? Winning the most money? Showing the most consistency? Shooting the lowest numbers

Racing roundup
INDIANAPOLIS - Kimi Raikkonen might not have to win the U.S. Grand Prix to remain in the chase for the Formula One championship. It would sure help, though.

Earnhardt Jr. fights on
TALLADEGA, Ala. - He suffered a concussion seven days ago and probably will need a cast on his right foot to protect torn tendons. His car flunked inspection following Friday's qualifying session, so he will start 38th in today's EA Sports 500 (2 p.m., NBC-Ch. 26) at Talladega Superspeedway.

Junior moves to 38th
TALLADEGA, Ala. - If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to win his fifth consecutive race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, it will start from the 38th starting position.

Earnhardt Jr. fights on

Racing roundup

Bush, Putin seek agreement amid disputes on Iran, Iraq and North Korea

Bush, Putin seek agreement amid disputes on Iran, Iraq and North Korea
CAMP DAVID, Md. -- President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday urged Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear-weapons programs, but disagreed over how to deal with both countries. Putin also declined to pledge any postwar help for Iraq.

NFL notebook

Panthers look to end futility against Atlanta

NFL power rankings

Panthers' QB not impressing

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Friends of Allen Scott remembered the former Augusta Police Department chief Friday as a man who was well-liked and committed to his community.

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World Cup win might pit Norway vs. U.S.

Most hated sports: Violence, fake violence and gentility

Overtime

Overtime

Area sport anouncements

Transfer awaits eligibility status

World Cup win might pit Norway vs. U.S.
FOXBORO, Mass. - Norway cranked up its offense in time for an expected shot at the United States in the Women's World Cup.

Overtime
The Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the third annual College Basketball Preseason Tip-off on Monday, Oct. 13, at noon at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

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

Overtime
Greece has introduced a U.N. resolution calling for a 16-day Olympic truce to coincide with the Athens Games next summer.

Transfer awaits eligibility status
Brooke Hixon has been an Augusta State student since January. She's still waiting to be a Lady Jaguars golfer, though.

Most hated sports: Violence, fake violence and gentility
Popularity polls come and go. As the baseball playoffs begin, the National Football League is boasting that one poll shows it is more than twice as popular as the national pastime.

Hundreds hunt early
THOMSON, Ga. - It was the biggest camp-out since Woodstock - and everybody had guns.

Fall is for fishing in Edisto
EDISTO BEACH, S.C. - The bobber bounced erratically along a ridge of oysters which jutted skyward from turbulent water.

Panthers look to end futility against Atlanta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Michael Vick went down with a broken leg, Carolina fans everywhere scrambled to their schedules to see whether the Panthers would be facing the Atlanta Falcons without their star quarterback.

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.

NFL notebook
JACKSONVILLE - Jaguars rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich most likely will make his first NFL start Sunday, with Mark Brunell downgraded to doubtful for the game against Houston.

Panthers' QB not impressing
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When Carolina's Jake Delhomme starts his fourth career NFL game Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons only hope the fifth-year veteran will continue his penchant for interceptions.

Faith and Fellowship Calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail 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.

Two philosophers debate modern twists on the age-old issue: Does God exist?
Oxford University Press gets the prize for the year's snappiest book title: "God?"

Jewish High Holy Days arrive as American Jews confront challenges to their future
A once-a-decade study of American Judaism released this month found Jews are better-educated and wealthier than the average American and have reached the highest levels of professional achievement.

School will mark 90th anniversary, feast day with Mass
Franciscan Sister Margaret Mary Mohr, principal of Immaculate Conception Catholic School, has watched construction workers update her corner at Laney-Walker Boulevard and 11th Street for months.

Faith digest
Contemporary Christian singer Carman will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20.50 at the door. For more information, call 828-7200.

Homelessness can send families reeling
Once homeless, they typically careen from temporary shelters to the streets and back again before they stabilize.

Fall is for fishing in Edisto

Picking golf's best presents a challenge

Gamecocks lose 12th straight in Knoxville, this one in overtime
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- James Banks caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Casey Clausen in overtime Saturday night to give No. 8 Tennessee a 23-20 win over South Carolina.

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville

South Carolina again tries to break its winless streak in Knoxville
They aren't remembered as South Carolina's most demoralizing losses of the past three years, but they certainly rank among the more agonizing.

Gamecocks lose 12th straight in Knoxville, this one in overtime

Microchip helps reunite cat with California man after 10-year separation

Gypsy wedding of the year stalled when bride bolts

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Homelessness can send families reeling

Two philosophers debate modern twists on the age-old issue: Does God exist?

School will mark 90th anniversary, feast day with Mass

Jewish High Holy Days arrive as American Jews confront challenges to their future