'Musketeers' will mark debut of new dancers

'Musketeers' will mark debut of new dancers
The Augusta Ballet is opening its season with The Three Musketeers and four new faces.

'Rent' has message of life among ravages of disease
Inspired by the young and restless of New York's mid-1990s Greenwich Village and adapted from Puccini's masterwork La Boheme, Rent married message to musical and received both a Tony award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996.

Damon ready to get back on field
BOSTON -- The last time Johnny Damon gave the Red Sox good news he was being carried off the field on a stretcher. Coming to after he was knocked out in a collision, Damon waved to let his teammates know he was OK.

Bullpen failure costs Marlins

Padilla hurt in crash
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vincente Padilla was involved in a car accident in which his driver was killed during a trip to the player's hometown.

Damon ready to get back on field

Fenway to ride Rocket one last time
BOSTON -- Clemens vs. Martinez. It's more than a baseball game.

Fenway to ride Rocket one last time

Wood, Prior put the emphasis on young pitching in NL playoffs
MIAMI -- His own glove back in hand, Kerry Wood keeps catching compliments. Especially the one about how he and Mark Prior are going to pitch their way to a World Series championship, the way Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did.

Cubs infielder recovering from Tommy John surgery
MIAMI -- Cubs infielder Tony Womack underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow earlier this week, leaving no doubt that he'll miss the World Series even if Chicago makes it that far.

Marlins fans showing they love a winner
MIAMI -- Call them fickle. Call them discerning. Either way, Florida Marlins fans are back on the bandwagon - through this weekend, at least.

News Corp. in agreement to sell Dodgers to McCourt
LOS ANGELES -- Frank McCourt, a Boston real estate developer who failed in two earlier attempts to buy major league teams, has reached an agreement to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers from News Corp, both parties said Friday.

Power surge returns for Yankees series
NEW YORK -- The Boston outfielder went to New York, taking his powerful bat with him. Once he arrived at Yankee Stadium, his hitting got even better.

Bullpen failure costs Marlins
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins had a chance to beat Kerry Wood, and their bullpen let it get away.

Yankees top Red Sox, 6-2
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte and Nick Johnson showed the Boston Red Sox the grit that makes the New York Yankees so tough in October.

News Corp. in agreement to sell Dodgers to McCourt

Power surge returns for Yankees series

Padilla hurt in crash

Yankees top Red Sox, 6-2

Marlins fans showing they love a winner

Wood, Prior put the emphasis on young pitching in NL playoffs

Don't get your hopes up for next Braves season

No monster found along bottom of Loch Ness
LONDON -- Lloyd Scott has just spent 12 days at the bottom of Loch Ness, but he reported no sightings of the lake's legendary monster.

Siegfried says tiger was only trying to help Roy
LAS VEGAS -- The tiger that injured Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy" had been trying to help the illusionist after he slipped and accidentally harmed him by using too much force, says Horn's partner, Siegfried Fischbacher.

Odds and Ends
DELAND, Fla. -- In a state known for close elections, the mayor's race in Ponce Inlet came down to the tightest of margins - one vote.

London art gallery keeps toilet running
LONDON - The sinks were mounted high on the walls and turned into light fixtures, a toilet bowl was converted into a fountain and in the corner, a woman dressed as a soap dispenser was giving out fortune cookies.

Black clergy leaders outraged at 'Ghettopoly' game
PHILADELPHIA -- Cheap Trick Avenue instead of Boardwalk? Hernando's Chop Shop instead of Reading Railroad?

Odds and Ends
CONROE, Texas -- For asthmatics, taking the inhaled drug Albuterol is as commonplace as popping aspirin for a headache. So what's a little puff shared between wheezy sweethearts?

Wild pets part of $15 billion industry
NEW YORK -- The 400-pound tiger hauled out of a New York City apartment last week is one of thousands of wild animals living in homes across the country, part of a multibillion-dollar industry with little regulation.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - A redesigned $20 bill, with the background printed in blue, green and peach, made its debut Thursday across the country.

OPEC might be pressured by Iraqi, Russian exports

Farmer and dog harvest uncommon Georgia crop - shrimp

Judge approves Carolina Investors, HomeGold bankruptcy plan

Store closes on low note

Business briefs
The Development Authority of Columbia County this week picked Augusta's Southern Partners engineering firm to examine more than 500 acres off Interstate 20 near Grovetown for a potential industrial park.

Merchants report better-than-expected sales for September

Store offers alternative for instrument players

Wild pets part of $15 billion industry

Store closes on low note
Jamie Pate soon will need to look for a new place to buy the offbeat brands of music she likes.

Jobless claims drop to lowest level since Feb. 8

Jobless claims drop to lowest level since Feb. 8
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance fell last week to their lowest level in eight months, a hopeful sign that companies may be having a bit more faith in the staying power of the economic recovery and thus are easing the pace of layoffs.

Trade deficit improves slightly to $39.21 billion in August
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit declined to $39.21 billion in August, the smallest gap in six months, reflecting a big drop in imports of cars and foreign oil.

Farmer and dog harvest uncommon Georgia crop - shrimp
BUENA VISTA, Ga. -- With a little help from their dog, Bucky, the Wertz brothers have been harvesting their first shrimp crop this week.

Honda unveils improved fuel cell car
TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co.'s next-generation fuel cell for cars is cheaper, smaller and overcomes a major problem of past models - it can operate at freezing temperatures.

Trade deficit improves slightly to $39.21 billion in August

OPEC might be pressured by Iraqi, Russian exports
LONDON -- OPEC's decision to slash oil output starting in November will keep crude prices high this autumn, but burgeoning exports from Iraq and Russia could force the group to cut deeper when demand ebbs next spring, the International Energy Agency said Friday.

Judge approves Carolina Investors, HomeGold bankruptcy plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A U.S. Bankruptcy judge has approved the Carolina Investors and HomeGold reorganization plan, and investors could began receiving some money early next year.

Store offers alternative for instrument players
The wail of electric guitars, the beat of drums and even the hum of harmonicas are common sounds downtown since the opening of Rock Bottom Music at the corner of Eighth and Ellis streets.

Honda unveils improved fuel cell car

Merchants report better-than-expected sales for September
NEW YORK -- Cooler weather and tax rebates gave consumers an incentive to spend generously in September, handing many retailers their third straight month of better-than-expected sales.

Clemson could go into UVa game without starting QB
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clemson's emphasis on the running game hasn't developed this season. The Tigers could pay for it this weekend against No. 25 Virginia.

ACC dismissed as defendant in Big East schools' lawsuit, Miami remains

Third school is the charm for Stephens at Morehouse
ATLANTA -- Keith Stephens realizes his college football career should be over.

Miami, Florida State meet again with title hopes on the line
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Miami and Florida State have more on the line than just bragging rights each time they play. National championships usually are at stake.

ACC dismissed as defendant in Big East schools' lawsuit, Miami remains
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference was dropped as a defendant Friday in a lawsuit by Big East schools over ACC expansion, but the legal battle appears far from over.

Third school is the charm for Stephens at Morehouse

Miami, Florida State meet again with title hopes on the line

Unusual SRS accord
Something must be right with the world when the militant environmentalist group Greenpeace and proponents of the Savannah River actually agree on something. But that they do, with the U.S. House of Representatives' vote not to tinker with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

The Great American Tantrum

Unusual SRS accord

Augusta's wake-up call

How not to win

How not to win
Six Democratic presidential candidates have accepted invitations from South Carolina's NAACP leaders to participate in a round-table discussion on minority issues at the civil rights group's annual convention.

Augusta's wake-up call
In Augusta's response to an apparent gang problem, the danger is two-fold: that we might overreact, and that we might under-act.

The Great American Tantrum
Son, daughter, sit down. I want to teach you a very important lesson.

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.

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

Video reviews
JUST OUT: Down With Love, Hollywood Homicide, Willard and The Italian Job

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

Stocks rise, closing out a remarkable year of recovery
NEW YORK -- Powered by a streak of upbeat earnings and economic news, Wall Street surged higher Thursday, completing a remarkable year that saw the major indexes make a stunning rebound from the depths of the three-year-long bear market.

Wall Street finishes mixed; stocks post weekly gain

Sharp increase in mortgage rates this week
WASHINGTON -- After a month of declines, rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages rose sharply this week amid increasing signs the economic rebound is gaining momentum.

Wall Street finishes mixed; stocks post weekly gain
NEW YORK -- Stocks finished virtually unchanged Friday as investors mulled a profit warning by General Electric Co. and avoided major bets a day after indexes reached new 52-week highs. The three main gauges posted weekly gains.

Stocks rise, closing out a remarkable year of recovery

Automakers oppose effort to cut SUV tax deduction
WASHINGTON -- An effort in the Senate to cut tax deductions for small businesses that buy sport utility vehicles is running into opposition from automakers, who say the deductions are fair and should be expanded.

Fishing report
Tuesday was one of those perfect days, particularly in the afternoon when acres of schooling hybrids and striped bass blasted Thurmond Lake's surface from the mouth of Keg Creek to Georgia's Little River.

David Brown ties brother as 4-time winner

Fishing report

David Brown ties brother as 4-time winner
Before last Saturday's Mr. Clark Hill Bass Fishing Cham-pionship, North Augusta's Noel Brown was the only four-time winner in the 31-year history of the event on Thurmond Lake.

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.

Garden began with trial-and-error

Wildflowers can be beautiful, beneficial

Wildflowers can be beautiful, beneficial
Wildflowers can make a nice addition to the home landscape. Not only are they beautiful and easy to maintain, but they also can be used in your landscape as natural pesticides.

Garden began with trial-and-error
Jackie Quinn's reward for all the work she pours into the yard of her Kissingbower Road yard is satisfaction and the praise of strangers.

Hunter enjoying success in fill-in role for Georgia Southern
When Chaz Williams was named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season, Trey Hunter had to accept he likely would be Georgia Southern's backup quarterback again this season.

Yellow Jackets the surprise of ACC
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Georgia Tech was stung by pitiful preseason predictions in late July.

Ball now has several options in passing game
ATLANTA -- The double teams might finally end for Georgia Tech wide receiver Jonathan Smith, provided Reggie Ball continues to spread the ball around.

Jackets defense gets another shot
ATLANTA - Daryl Smith just shakes his head when asked to recall the details of last year's game with Wake Forest.

Jackets defense gets another shot

Ball now has several options in passing game

Yellow Jackets the surprise of ACC

Flesch and Verplank tie third lowest ever 54-hole score

Stephenson to play with the men on Champions Tour

Hall of Fame worth the wait for Annika

Rain on Annika's parade

Pak takes lead at World Championships
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam played a historic round of golf Friday that qualified her for the LPGA Hall of Fame. It only left her tied for second place in the Samsung World Championships.

Stephenson to play with the men on Champions Tour
KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Jan Stephenson is known for taking unusual steps to bring attention to women's golf.

Hall of Fame worth the wait for Annika
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam made sure she didn't go into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a bogey.

Davies 6 over at Korean Open
CHEONAN, South Korea -- Competing against men on the Asian PGA Tour, Laura Davies made one birdie and put two shots in the water en route to a 6-over 78 Thursday, tying for 87th place after the Korean Open's first round.

Stephenson: Asians "killing" LPGA Tour
KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Jan Stephenson, who became the first woman to play on the Champions Tour on Friday, said Asians are "killing" the LPGA Tour and their numbers should be limited.

Three tied for lead at Dutch Open
HILVERSUM, Netherlands -- Gary Murphy, Jamie Donaldson and Alastair Forsyth carded 6-under-par 64 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the rainy Dutch Open.

Flesch and Verplank tie third lowest ever 54-hole score
LAS VEGAS -- Steve Flesch and Scott Verplank shared the lead at the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday with one of the lowest 54-hole scores in PGA Tour history.

Verplank, Herron and McCarron shoot 62s
LAS VEGAS -- Scott Verplank, Tim Herron and Scott McCarron shot 62s at the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday, but there weren't many fans around to see some impressive golf.

Pak takes lead at World Championships

Davies 6 over at Korean Open

Stephenson: Asians "killing" LPGA Tour

Verplank, Herron and McCarron shoot 62s

Rain on Annika's parade
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam at least got her birthday cake.

Evans prevails on homecoming

To their own defense

Key matchups

Putting the picture in focus

Prep football scores

Greenbrier routs winless Cross Creek

Johnson's heroics break Eagles' skid

Special teams unit lets Jackets down

Player of the week

Washington County cruises

Change does Bulldogs good

McNair's catch saves Butler

On the air

Greenbrier routs winless Cross Creek
Daniel Landon ran for three touchdowns, and Justin Jennings added 147 rushing yards and a pair of scores as Greenbrier blasted Cross Creek in the second half Friday night to pull away for a 42-12 victory.

Evans prevails on homecoming
Evans enjoyed a homecoming victory Friday night at Blanchard Stadium and, with a 14-0 win over Cedar Grove, the Knights also savored something new - a winning streak.

Washington County cruises
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When facing a team that rolled up 72 points in the region opener the week before, the worst thing to do is dig an early hole.

McNair's catch saves Butler
There were two Glenn Hills defenders draped on Butler's Ricky McNair when quarterback Brad Clark threw up a prayer.

Johnson's heroics break Eagles' skid
The crowd that gathered at White Road Stadium to watch Josey play Harlem on Friday night saw 2 team desperately fighting for a win and two teams seemingly refusing to lose.

Win fails to satisfy Thomson
What concerned Thomson coach Luther Welsh all week was the size of Hephzibah's offensive line.

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

Player of the week
This week's player of the week is Glenn Hills high school running back Gary Rogers.

Putting the picture in focus
Halfway through another prep football season, it's time to unveil some mid-year awards.

Change does Bulldogs good
After gaining just 163 yards of in a 24-0 loss to South Aiken on Sept. 26, Silver Bluff coach Al Lown decided to make some changes in the Bulldogs' running game.

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

To their own defense
Although Jefferson County coach J.B. Arnold might have been a little surprised to find his team on the winning end of a 9-7 decision against Laney on Saturday, he wasn't shocked at how well the Warriors defense played.

Egekeze squeezes Patriots to a win
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - As Obi Egekeze lined up a last-second, field-goal attempt, Westside coach Gerald Barnes turned his head.

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

Special teams unit lets Jackets down
North Augusta coach Joe Long wasn't angry that his team gave up 49 points to Lexington on Friday. He wasn't peeved that his defense was fleeced for 229 rushing yards.

Snyder's family forgives teammate for his death
ELMIRA, Ontario -- The family of Dan Snyder, the Atlanta Thrashers player who died after a car crash, said they forgive teammate Dany Heatley for his death.

Thrashers' Heatley wasn't drunk during car wreck

Snyder's father says family won't lay blame
ELMIRA, Ontario - Dan Snyder was buried in his hometown Friday, and the parents of the Atlanta Thrashers' player said they forgive the teammate charged in their son's death.

Thrashers edge Blue Jackets in opener
ATLANTA -- On a night of tributes to Dan Snyder, his former teammates gave him the best one - a season-opening victory.

Snyder's father says family won't lay blame

Thrashers edge Blue Jackets in opener

Thrashers' Heatley wasn't drunk during car wreck
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley was not drunk when he was driving the car that crashed, killing teammate Dan Snyder, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab.

Don't get your hopes up for next Braves season
This is a good time of the year if you're a baseball fan.

Accused's fate determined before verdict is in
I am so sick and tired of seeing (accused child molester) Chad Muns being portrayed in The Chronicle as the guilty one. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Mr. Muns' name has been plastered all over the newspaper and all over television, but where are these "alleged" victims' names? Sarah Wint, Martinez, Ga.

Young deserves credit for downtown growth
As I was driving down Broad Street recently, I realized that the downtown area was busier than I had remembered. There were people of all ages and races enjoying themselves as they shopped at the many and varied stores, dined at the quaint restaurants, or played at the Augusta Common. Karen H. Luther, Augusta

Telemarketers force us not to answer phone
I have been reading, with much amusement, the brouhaha over the legality of the national do-not-call list. Telemarketers claim their First Amendment rights are being violated. Really? What about our rights to privacy? Who is protecting that? Not the courts or the American Civil Liberties Union, obviously. Seth Benson, Millen, Ga.

Iraq poll selectively cited
In your Sept. 29 editorial, "This is worth doing," you do exactly what you accuse the U.S. media of doing. By selectively taking one section of a recent Gallup poll - out of context, mind you - you give a false impression of the feelings in Baghdad as expressed by said poll. Why didn't you, like other U.S. media outlets, print the whole poll? Mick Travis, Evans, Ga.

Telemarketers force us not to answer phone

Accused's fate determined before verdict is in

Area Democrats will make a comeback
Our local Republicans had a good time in the last session of the General Assembly. One even said it was a great new experience - "new" being the problem. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Divisive rhetoric causes young to tune out politics
Over the last 20 years, we've seen the rhetoric increase and the heat turned up in Washington, D.C. For that same period of time, young people - like myself - have been tuning out politics to the detriment of our nation. According to the most recent statistics, the percentage of 18-24 year olds who vote in presidential elections is lower than it's been in more than 30 years. That's a problem. Arun Mohan, Augusta

Young deserves credit for downtown growth

Reports: China's first manned space flight set for Oct. 15

Smithsonian opening exhibit to commemorate Wright brothers plane

Internet calling gets regulators' attention

China's first manned space mission slated for next week

FDA to reconsider allowing silicone-gel breast implants in U.S.

FDA: beware illegal decorative contact lenses

Score with great shots of the game

FDA: beware illegal decorative contact lenses
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of sporting some wild-eyed contact lenses for Halloween? Think again, say federal health officials.

FDA to reconsider allowing silicone-gel breast implants in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Eleven years after most use of silicone-gel breast implants was banned amid fears they were dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration is considering letting them back on the U.S. market.

China's first manned space mission slated for next week
BEIJING -- After a decade of preparation and months of speculation, China made a concrete commitment Friday to human space travel, announcing plans to launch a manned capsule into orbit next week and enter one of mankind's most rarefied clubs - that of the spacefaring nations.

Score with great shots of the game
As a parent, I know the importance of showing up at my son's soccer and lacrosse games, and at his cross-country track meets; children need and appreciate parental support. When I go to the games, I see parents taking pictures - often making picture-taking mistakes, or just pointing and shooting for a snapshot. Here are some of the tips I've shared with these proud parents:

Internet calling gets regulators' attention
NEW YORK -- Technologically, when a call is dialed over an Internet connection, the conversation is just a fancy form of computer data that barely resembles a typical phone call.

Smithsonian opening exhibit to commemorate Wright brothers plane
WASHINGTON -- The Wright Flyer, the world's first successful engine-powered airplane, has come down to earth.

Reports: China's first manned space flight set for Oct. 15
BEIJING -- After 11 years of planning, China's first manned space flight could come down to this: one man, a two-pound sack of seeds and a single 90-minute loop around the planet.

Swinson to make return
Wes Swinson will likely be weary from the drive from Peterborough, Ontario, but Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia said he expects the defenseman to be in the lineup for tonight's preseason game against the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Goalies face test for Lynx

Swinson to make return

Goalies face test for Lynx
After tonight's preseason opener against the Gwinnett Gladiators, one of the two goaltenders battling for a spot on the Augusta Lynx roster will have a job.

Gladiators edge Lynx on late goal
In Duluth, Ga., Brandon Dietrich scored on a penalty shot with 43 seconds remaining to give the Gwinnett Gladiators a 3-2 win over the Augusta Lynx in ECHL preseason action Friday night.

Flights to D.C. are still up in air

Across the area

Priest charged with DUI
A Catholic priest was free on bond Thursday after being charged with DUI in a crash that damaged three cars, including a Richmond County Patrol car.

Book loads could expand school day
A longer school day could be the answer to complaints of heavy textbooks in Richmond County schools.

News you can use

Sheriff objects to prison cuts
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said he and other sheriffs with overcrowded county jails would resist a state plan to cut prison space and shift inmates to local custody.

UGA professor wins 'genius grant'
ATHENS, Ga. - Eve Troutt Powell teaches and writes about a country brimming with history and intrigue, a place often linked with mummies' curses and marvelous feats of architecture.

Prison budget crunch prompts sentencing criticism

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A special election to replace Sen. Donald Holland, D-Camden, who died Sunday, will take place Feb. 3, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Thursday.

Priest charged with DUI

Parents give money back to classroom

Man is denied bond in drug trafficking

Eisenhower's staffers say no affair with Summersby

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Director faulted in office troubles

Director faulted in office troubles
The suspension of Augusta Human Resources Director Brenda Byrd-Pelaez this week comes after complaints about customer service in her office and an apparent oversight in the payroll deductions of some government employees, according to a letter of reprimand placed in her personnel file and obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

News you can use
OCT. 10, 1953 Augusta municipal, civic and business leaders hold little hope that plans will be canceled for transfer of the Georgia Railroad accounting department from Augusta to Atlanta.

Airport finance head resigns
Leslie Carter, Augusta Regional Airport's finance director, has resigned and will work her last day today, a move that once again leaves the city's airport short of a director.

Washington County cruises
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When facing a team that rolled up 72 points in the region opener the week before, the worst thing to do is dig an early hole.

Rants and Raves
I SAW THE picture in the paper of the little boy who lost his dad. I am so proud of you and I'm proud of your daddy, too. I lost my daddy in World War II. I never got to meet my daddy because I was so young, but I have a Purple Heart that reminds me every day that my daddy did something for this country. And he did something for me, too, by serving for his country. Your dad was a great man. I never met him, but I can tell he was a great man by looking at you.

Man is denied bond in drug trafficking
A man who authorities allege mailed several ounces of cocaine from a Caribbean island to his Hephzibah home was denied bond by a Richmond County judge Friday.

Body found in river

Correction
In Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, Richmond County sheriff's officers were misidentified in a story about a man who was charged with driving under the influence. Maj. Larry Vinson spoke about the accused man. Deputy Brandon Beckman's patrol car was struck in the crash.

Wait ends for woman to get heart

Festival to honor town's history
Emma Gresham paused for a few seconds before trying to answer what seemed like a difficult question.

Students suspended for racial slurs on Web site

Nature park opens education campus
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is getting a lot of attention in places far from Augusta, one of Georgia's leading conservationists said Thursday.

Dentistry shortage debated

Kid of the day
Breniah Harris of Hephzibah is today's kid of the day.

Domestic violence study gives women voice

Hispanic Festival's efforts start bond
CLEARWATER - Regardless of how many people it drew, Friday's inaugural Hispanic Festival at Harrison-Caver Park was among Aiken County's first tentative steps at reaching out to an emerging population that may be larger than most think.

Airport finance head resigns

Police database interests Georgia
ATLANTA - State officials are considering participation in a crime-fighting database that would take confidential driver's license and auto tag information from millions of Georgians.

Across the area
Atlanta police said Thursday they have no new information on an Augusta man who was reported missing by his family after he didn't return from a weekend trip.

State awaits old reactor
A radioactive reactor being shipped by rail to Barnwell, S.C., from a closed nuclear power plant in Michigan will be buried 40 feet deep in a privately owned, special dump for such low-level radioactive waste.

Body found in river
AIKEN - An Aiken woman found dead in the Savannah River on Thursday afternoon drowned in an apparent suicide after her family reported her missing to city police two days earlier, Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend said.

Pastor's funeral draws thousands
ATLANTA - Church members, friends and fellow union workers gathered Friday for the funeral of the Rev. Johnny Clyde Reynolds, a pastor and labor leader who was gunned down by a member of his congregation Sunday.

Officials will take measures for safety
Greenbrier High School band members and cheerleaders have nothing to fear when they visit Cross Creek High for tonight's football game, Richmond County school officials said Thursday.

Rants and Raves
WITH JUSTIFIABLE concern over rumors of alleged gang activity at a scheduled high school football game, several parents' phone calls to the Richmond County Board of Education's high-salaried spokeswoman were not returned. Do we really need her?

50th anniversary jogs memories of dam workers
Gary F. Blanchard was barely 16 when he left his job at a Columbia County sawmill to join thousands of others who gathered to help build Clarks Hill Dam.

Dentistry shortage debated
More than 80 counties in Georgia and 38 in South Carolina are considered dental service shortage areas. Georgia is lacking 232 dentists, and South Carolina needs 310 to meet standards.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A DeKalb County police officer was placed on administrative leave after authorities said he shot and killed a woman who lunged at him with a knife.

Florida man pawned stolen gun, police say
One Florida man's troubles with the law, which began after a fight with Augusta police during a traffic stop, became worse Friday.

Columbia County plans to curb traffic

Across the area
Sheriff's officials arrested a Langley man on charges that he shot his brother in the hand with a shotgun during an early-morning argument Friday.

Officials recall case 'Daniel' became law's namesake
ALLENDALE, S.C. - An hours-old baby boy left with nurses at an Aiken hospital stirred memories of a case three years ago in Fairfax that brought increased public awareness of the state's laws on infant abandonment.

Across Georgia
CONYERS -A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting a high school senior through the heart with an arrow and killing him has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, police said.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Peyton Gray Manley, 6 months, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Board revives stormwater late charges

Sheriff objects to prison cuts

Correction

Official: Corrosion may have caused stairway collapse

Across Georgia

Officials recall case 'Daniel' became law's namesake

Wait ends for woman to get heart
AIKEN - Lynda Edwards couldn't talk and could barely manage to nod her head and smile early Thursday morning after a heart transplant, but she was strong enough to mouth the words "I love you" to her anxious husband.

Truck hits Rock Hill fuel distribution center, causes explosion, fire

Hispanic Festival's efforts start bond

A new voice arrives in 'The Chronicle'

Valdosta man faces charges in 2 killings

Pastor's funeral draws thousands

Board revives stormwater late charges
Columbia County residents who are slow in paying their stormwater utility bills - or don't pay them at all - will no longer have a reprieve from late fees.

State awaits old reactor

News you can use

50th anniversary jogs memories of dam workers

Cherokee County may end paddling rules
CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County school system, one of the last in metro Atlanta to still allow corporal punishment, is considering eliminating it.

Book loads could expand school day

Radio show seeks national audience for Athens music
ATHENS, Ga. -- A new radio program hopes to feature the Athens music scene to listeners across the nation.

Prison budget crunch prompts sentencing criticism
ATLANTA -- Remember all those tough-on-crime prison laws, the ones that required criminals to serve all their prison sentences without parole? Now some state lawmakers are wondering whether a spate of sentencing guidelines passed in the last 10 years were such a good idea.

Rants and Raves
I SAW THE picture in the paper of the little boy who lost his dad. I am so proud of you and I'm proud of your daddy, too. I lost my daddy in World War II. I never got to meet my daddy because I was so young, but I have a Purple Heart that reminds me every day that my daddy did something for this country. And he did something for me, too, by serving for his country. Your dad was a great man. I never met him, but I can tell he was a great man by looking at you.

Official: Corrosion may have caused stairway collapse
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- A stairway collapse at an inn that injured 11 people and left five hospitalized may have been caused by corroded nails and fasteners, a town building official said.

Correction
In an article in Thurday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about proposed fee increases at the Aiken Training Track, the name of the president of the track's board of trustees was incorrect. He is Mike Freeman.

Truck hits Rock Hill fuel distribution center, causes explosion, fire
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- An out-of-control truck hit a fueling station Wednesday afternoon, sparking a fire that firefighters worked for hours to put out and an explosion.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A former employee at an emergency shelter for teens has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to taking two underage girls from the facility to have sex with him.

Students suspended for racial slurs on Web site
LILBURN, Ga. -- Two Gwinnett County students have been suspended from school for running a Web site with racial slurs and threats about other students.

Flights to D.C. are still up in air
A bill that would allow more flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has moved closer to approval, but it's still unclear how good Augusta's chances are to obtain one of the new openings.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME OCT. 11, 1939 With three men in custody, local police were still on the trail of a fourth man said to have been implicated in the death of Louis "Buddie" Hubbard, a 23-year-old Jefferson County sheriff's deputy.

Rants and Raves
WITH JUSTIFIABLE concern over rumors of alleged gang activity at a scheduled high school football game, several parents' phone calls to the Richmond County Board of Education's high-salaried spokeswoman were not returned. Do we really need her?

A new voice arrives in 'The Chronicle'
Who is this man, and what is he doing in The Chronicle?

Across the area

Touring ballet company folds
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Atlantic Southeast Ballet and Orchestra, which was to have toured in 11 Southeastern states, has folded.

Festival to honor town's history

Eisenhower's staffers say no affair with Summersby
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Almost 60 years after the end of World War II, those who served on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters staff are quick to say their boss never had a wartime affair with a staff member.

Valdosta man faces charges in 2 killings
Walter Anderson, of Valdosta, faces murder charges in the Lanier County slayings of his wife, Annette Anderson, and of Jody Graham, who was killed a quarter-mile from where officers found Mrs. Anderson's body.

Domestic violence study gives women voice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina domestic violence survivors say authorities do not treat the crime seriously, according to a new report.

UGA stays optimistic amid cuts
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite looming statewide cuts, University of Georgia officials remain optimistic about impending budget woes.

Husband of one of two women found dead charged with murder
LAKELAND, Ga. -- Police have arrested the husband of one of two women whose bodies were found near each other outside of Lakeland and accused him of murder in the deaths of both women.

Correction

New GRTA director promises to remain open-minded
ATLANTA -- The new executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority promised to remain open-minded as he runs an agency whose creation he opposed when he served as a state legislator.

Columbia County plans to curb traffic
When rush hour hits in Columbia County, cars tend to stall along Washington Road.

Parents give money back to classroom
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A parent group at a Gwinnett County elementary school has given about $300 to nearly 90 teachers for classroom supplies.

Kid of the day

Police database interests Georgia

UGA professor wins 'genius grant'

Victory in 2003 eludes Howell
Charles Howell hasn't won a golf tournament since he started drinking. Coincidence?

At the Movies: 'Good Boy!'
At least "Good Boy!" doesn't leave a mess on the floor that you have to mop up with extra-absorbent paper towels. But you still want to roll up a newspaper and lay a bonk to the nose on everyone involved with this dog of a family flick.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Intolerable Cruelty'
The cruelest cut of all in "Intolerable Cruelty" comes neither from George Clooney nor Catherine Zeta-Jones, whose chemistry and combined star wattage is so scorching, you'll feel as if your eyebrows have been singed.

At the Movies: 'Good Boy!'

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 1'
Simultaneously exhilarating and infuriating, "Kill Bill - Vol. 1" is about everything and nothing at once.

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 1'

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Intolerable Cruelty'

Skaggs is happy to play bluegrass
In 1996, bluegrass giant Ricky Skaggs turned his back on a successful Nashville career and endured the death of friend and mentor Bill Monroe.

Skaggs is happy to play bluegrass

Harvick wins Busch Series pole
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick won the pole Thursday for the Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, his fourth this season for Richard Childress Racing.

Mexicans increasingly drawn to CART series

Mexicans increasingly drawn to CART series
MEXICO CITY -- The CART series once was synonymous with American open-wheel racing. Now it has an increasingly Mexican flavor.

Gordon chats about Newman

Burton lands ride in No. 0 Pontiac

Gordon chats about Newman
CONCORD, N.C. - When Jeff Gordon qualified second for today's UAW-GM 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, he seemed almost giddy about making an appearance at the mandatory news conference Thursday night.

De Ferran focused on racing not retirement
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Gil de Ferran has just one more race, so he's trying to focus on driving, not retirement.

Burton lands ride in No. 0 Pontiac
CONCORD, N.C. -- It didn't take Ward Burton long to find a new job. He was hired Thursday to drive the No. 0 Pontiac for Haas CNC Racing

Newman wins eighth pole
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman was surprised he broke the track record Thursday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway - not because he had the fastest stock car in speedway history but that his Alltel Dodge didn't go faster.

Gaughan to start at back in bid for fourth straight win
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Brendan Gaughan will start at the back of the field in his attempt to become the first NASCAR truck driver to win four straight races at a track.

Two slips have field closing in on Kenseth
CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth seemed untouchable two weeks ago. It almost certainly would be his name engraved on the Winston Cup championship trophy.

Newman wins eighth pole

Detective: Bryant attacked woman from behind
EAGLE, Colo. -- The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told police a flirtatious encounter quickly turned ugly when he grabbed her by the neck, bent her over a chair and attacked her from behind, repeatedly asking, "You're not going to tell anyone, right?"

Detective: Bryant attacked woman from behind

Prosecutors in Bryant case seek to close at least portion of hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- In what analysts say is an abrupt shift in strategy, prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant case asked the judge to close at least a portion of the preliminary hearing when it resumes next week.

Bryant rejoins Lakers

Prosecutors in Bryant case seek to close at least portion of hearing

Bryant rejoins Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant returned to practice Friday as if nothing were wrong, smiling for the cameras, posing for Los Angeles Lakers promotional spots and laughing and joking with the team's staff.

SEC picks Bi-Lo Center for women's tourney
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 2005 Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament will be played at Greenville's Bi-Lo center, the SEC announced Thursday.

Falcons owner: Stick with us, better times ahead

Price back at practice despite foot injury

Davis not loving the limelight

Pro picks

Falcons could be done by the time Vick returns

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Mrs. Catherine Jenkins (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Ida Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Augusta Prep nips Wildcats

Hopkins, Mayorga headline major boxing car in AC

English soccer rocked by scandal

Overtime

Hayden breaks world cricket record with 380 runs

Prinz, Ljungberg ready to deal with pressure of World Cup final

Softball coach receives scare

Prinz, Ljungberg ready to deal with pressure of World Cup final
CARSON, California -- Dealing with pressure when championships are on the line is not easy to do.

English soccer rocked by scandal
LONDON -- What a week for Pele to be visiting England.

Augusta Prep nips Wildcats
Don't tell Augusta Prep that Thursday's game against Westminster didn't mean anything.

Hayden breaks world cricket record with 380 runs
PERTH, Australia -- Matthew Hayden of Australia broke the cricket world record by scoring 380 runs Friday in a test match against Zimbabwe.

Overtime
Manute Bol, the 7-foot-7 for mer NBA player from the Sudan, plans to follow his brief stints in hockey and boxing with a venture into horse racing.

Softball coach receives scare
USC Aiken softball coach Jerry Snyder is back in town after a medical scare last weekend.

Overtime
A second drug test indicates U.S. sprinter Kelli White used a stimulant during the World Championships this summer, when she won two gold medals, track's world governing body said Thursday.

Hopkins, Mayorga headline major boxing car in AC
NEW YORK -- Before stepping in the ring with William Joppy, middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins decided Thursday to take on his opponent's entire entourage.

Falcons could be done by the time Vick returns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick headed off to the training room Thursday, a frustrated look on his face.

Seidman filling role with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Seidman may never put up big receiving numbers like his predecessor, but the rookie tight end is quickly finding his place with the unbeaten Carolina Panthers.

Price back at practice despite foot injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Peerless Price returned to practice Friday despite a foot injury.

Davis not loving the limelight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Davis loves leading the NFC in rushing. But Carolina's running back can do without all the extra attention that that statistic brings.

Falcons owner: Stick with us, better times ahead
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- This wasn't how Arthur Blank envisioned it.

Pro picks
Now that he's handled Tampa Bay's defense, Peyton Manning takes on another elite unit when he faces Carolina.

Pray to God for 'spring of hope' in our blessed nation
In the words of author Charles Dickens, at the beginning of his book A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair ..."

Speaker teaches how to hear God
Lysa TerKeurst's life story matches that of many other women, Christian or not.

Faith 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.

Deaf worshippers hear ministry's message
A preacher who cannot hear his own voice will lead a revival for Augusta's deaf community this weekend at Curtis Baptist Church.

Area's Christian broadcasters are growing
Christian broadcaster Dorothy Spaulding reaches thousands of people through her television station's programs.

Faith digest
The mobile mammography van from University Hospital will visit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 625 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta. Most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, is accepted. To make an appointment or for more information, call 774-8900.<

Country singer reaps rewards from latest album
Look closely Thursday when you are on the rides at the Western Carolina State Fair, because you just might see the star attraction beside you.

Victory in 2003 eludes Howell

Good films sometimes get start on TV

Hollywood big shots talk movies weekly on AMC's 'Shootout'

Troubling signs for NBC in first two weeks of TV season
NEW YORK -- Three weeks into the new television season, NBC is giving its Friday schedule a complete facelift - an indication all is not well at the most profitable broadcast network.

NBC News, Shriver to talk about how her job will change

NBC News, Shriver to talk about how her job will change
NEW YORK -- Maria Shriver will huddle soon with NBC News executives to decide how her job as a correspondent will change now that she's about to become California's first lady.

Hollywood big shots talk movies weekly on AMC's 'Shootout'
NEW YORK -- Peter Guber and Peter Bart want you to understand: Their new talk show is called "Sunday Morning Shootout." Not "Shoutout."

Troubling signs for NBC in first two weeks of TV season

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Georgia-Tennessee winner can stake claim to East Division title

Georgia-Tennessee winner can stake claim to East Division title
ATHENS, Ga. - Earlier this week, David Greene rattled off the standard lines about needing players to step up and make plays.

Vols, Dawgs just don't like each other
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- This Southeastern Conference rivalry is getting good and ugly.

Greene's trophy hopes diminish

Greene's trophy hopes diminish
ATHENS, Ga. - Three weeks ago, Georgia officials were close to launching a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback David Greene.

Good films sometimes get start on TV
Television has always looked to the movies for inspiration.

Gamecocks survive rally

Gamecocks survive rally
COLUMBIA - Some less seasoned South Carolina fans might have figured it was all over when their team had a 20-point lead entering the fourth quarter Thursday night.

Holtz concerned about lineman's ankle injury
Trying to figure out how Kentucky turned a blowout into a barn-burner was the least of Lou Holtz's worries Friday morning.

Holtz: Hits on Lorenzen not late nor intentional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said the film he watched Friday shows the hits that eventually knocked Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen out of Thursday night's game were not late nor intentional.

Howell pleads no contest to domestic violence charges
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina basketball center Rolando Howell pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges Thursday and was ordered to pay a $50 fine and complete a 26-week counseling program.

Howell pleads no contest to domestic violence charges

Holtz concerned about lineman's ankle injury

Odds and Ends

Black clergy leaders outraged at 'Ghettopoly' game

Siegfried says tiger was only trying to help Roy

London art gallery keeps toilet running

Odds and Ends

Faith calendar

Pray to God for 'spring of hope' in our blessed nation

Area's Christian broadcasters are growing

Faith digest

Deaf worshippers hear ministry's message