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Will Woody write a book? Publicist says not likely
NEW YORK -- Will Woody Allen write his memoirs? Contradicting a published report, his publicist said Friday he was not close to a deal. In fact, it wasn't even his idea to do the book.

McKeon leads team to surprising season
NEW YORK - Jack McKeon's wife flew from the couple's home in North Carolina to Miami last month and joined her husband for the final homestand of the Florida Marlins' regular season, when they were immersed in a tight NL wild-card race.

Whew! Baseball takes a break after a wild week

Dramatic win unifies Yanks
NEW YORK - They were still celebrating the great victory early Friday morning when Roger Clemens looked for David Wells and Mel Stottlemyre.

Tenacious Marlins get Game 1
NEW YORK -- These fish can fly. Juan Pierre and the Florida Marlins had the Yankees on the run from the very start, stealing the World Series opener 3-2 Saturday night from a New York team that looked as if it was still recovering from its last game.

So close, Boston reaches 85 years with no title
BOSTON -- General manager Theo Epstein knew the Red Sox were headed to the World Series.

So close, Boston reaches 85 years with no title

Whew! Baseball takes a break after a wild week
NEW YORK -- Aaron Boone got a wake-up call from manager Joe Torre. Dontrelle Willis explored the monuments, and Jack McKeon smoked a cigar. The grounds crew painted a new logo - at the right ballpark this time.

Tenacious Marlins get Game 1

Pierre quickly puts Marlins ahead
NEW YORK -- Juan Pierre quickly put the Florida Marlins ahead, emphasis on the quickly.

Pierre quickly puts Marlins ahead

McKeon leads team to surprising season

Dramatic win unifies Yanks

Baseball takes advantage of the other guy's mistakes

Odds and Ends
ELKHART, Ind. -- Detective Fred Mock knew exactly where to find a man suspected of stealing $180 worth of pennies.

Moving business to bigger site comes with perils
Moving an 8 1/2 -foot, three-door, antique wardrobe doesn't look easy, but Judy Miller and Scott Shepherd did just that.

Auto-repair shops see increase in deer collisions

Business must wow customers to succeed

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Residential construction picked up in September climbing to the second-highest level seen so far this year, a fresh sign that the housing market is helping to power an economic resurgence.

Housing construction climbs in September
WASHINGTON --Residential construction picked up in September climbing to the second-highest level seen so far this year, a fresh sign that the housing market is helping to power an economic resurgence.

More than 1,000 telemarketing complaints a day pour into federal government

Pocket change

Housing construction climbs in September

On the move

Hotels try to freshen up smoking rooms

Manufacturers beef up stretchers to handle obese people
WILMINGTON, Ohio -- The sharply rising number of obese Americans is leading medical-equipment manufacturers and ambulance crews to supersize their stretchers.

Manufacturers beef up stretchers to handle obese people

Business calendar
Monday: Inaugural Chamber Blood Drive; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, 600 Broad Street Plaza; sponsored by Shepeard Community Blood Center; free pizza for donors; for more information, call 821-1300.

Cuts in health benefits stir up employee anger

Slaughterhouse working to improve procedures

Rising stock market resurrects listless stock options

Diet trend pushes up beef demand, prices

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICAN TIRE

Moving business to bigger site comes with perils

Hotels try to freshen up smoking rooms
John Halbert doesn't travel as much as he used to, but he still looks for smoker-friendly hotels.

Business calendar

Business must wow customers to succeed
When competing for business in a struggling economy, "good enough" is not good enough.

More than 1,000 telemarketing complaints a day pour into federal government
WASHINGTON -- The government is fielding more than 1,000 complaints a day from people who say telemarketers continue to call them even though they are on the do-not-call list.

Diet trend pushes up beef demand, prices
Enjoyed a juicy rib-eye steak lately? Your palate may have, but not your wallet.

Rising stock market resurrects listless stock options
SAN FRANCISCO -- Employee stock options are yielding jackpots again, re-energizing high-tech workers who have been able to cash in on the recent run-up in their companies' stocks.

Slaughterhouse working to improve procedures
Shapiro Packing Co. said it has stepped up quality-control procedures and better trains its workers since government inspectors threatened to close the slaughterhouse in July.

Cuts in health benefits stir up employee anger
LOS ANGELES - When West Coast longshoremen and shipping companies ended their labor dispute in January, union officials boasted that the new contract would set a standard for organized labor.

On the move
Chris Swan has joined Garrett Aviation as vice president/general manager for the company's facility at Augusta Regional Airport. He was most recently regional director of the company's Aircraft Engine Global Commercial Field Service Americas Region. Previously, he was the owner/operator of Sierra Aviation and airport manager for Starke County Airport, both of which are in Knox, Ind.

Auto-repair shops see increase in deer collisions
Last year, a wrecker from Rick's Paint & Body on Bobby Jones Expressway picked up a car with a deer sitting in the passenger seat.

Gangs are political fodder for empty success stories

Gangs are political fodder for empty success stories
IT'S A DARN GOOD THING Augusta commissioners are creating a new government committee geared toward tackling the city's gang problem.

Clemson's Bowden remains upbeat

Clemson's Bowden remains upbeat
Tommy Bowden wasn't sure how to describe his team's mentality in the locker room after Thursday's 17-15 loss at North Carolina State.

Alabama A&M dominates CSRA Classic

Small school roundup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Nehemiah Broughton rushed 28 times for a season-high 159 yards to lead The Citadel to a 10-9 victory over Furman on Saturday.

Butler returns to Georgia with West Alabama

College football gameday

SEC roundup

Boston College is in the ACC, but when?

Small school roundup

College football TV schedule

Top 25 roundup
MADISON, Wis. - Purdue coach Joe Tiller returned the pass to the Boilermakers' playbook in a big way Saturday.

College football gameday
Game for the week: No. 10 Louisiana State (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) at South Carolina (4-2, 1-2)

ACC roundup
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Home is where the heart is. In the case of the North Carolina Tar Heels, make that a broken heart.

College football TV schedule
TV schedule for college football games.

ACC roundup

Butler returns to Georgia with West Alabama
Tonya Butler is used to breaking new ground, but when the Georgia native became what is thought to be the first woman to kick a field goal in a college game, she had no idea.

Alabama A&M dominates CSRA Classic
The game was labeled a "classic," but you won't ever see Saturday's matchup between Alabama A&M and Savannah State on ESPN's retro network.

Boston College is in the ACC, but when?
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Now that Boston College formally joined the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday, the big question is when the Eagles will begin playing an ACC schedule.

Top 25 roundup

Savannah State looks to end skid
If last year means anything, Savannah State has Alabama A&M exactly where it wants it.

SEC roundup
OXFORD, Miss. - Eli Manning threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as Mississippi scored the first 24 points of the game and went on to beat Alabama 43-28 on Saturday.

Jaguars' Tuell pleased with schedule

They're out to get you

Where's the savings?

U.N.'s delayed OK
The Bush administration scored a moral, diplomatic - and unexpected - victory this week by persuading the 15-member U.N. Security Council to approve a resolution aimed at attracting more troops and money to help stabilize Iraq and speed its independence.

Controversial review
The Mobile, Ala., museum director is in deep trouble with the mayor and city council for writing a movie review they didn't like. The museum chief, George Ewert, penned a scathing review of Ted Turner's Civil War epic, Gods and Generals, for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine.

Where's the savings?
This is the time of year when Augusta commissioners make the most important decisions of their tenure. It's budget time. For the next several weeks, they'll be deciding on city government's tax and spending plans for fiscal 2004.

They're out to get you
What kind of punishment would you prescribe for someone who broke into, say, 10,000 homes?

U.N.'s delayed OK

'Urban Cowboy' honky-tonk reopens, Dallas style
DALLAS -- The paved parking lot, polished decor and high-speed Internet access ports along the dance floor seem more urban than cowboy.

Hollywood studio buys pitch for film inspired by Cubs fan
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood may score after an actor pitched a movie inspired by the Chicago Cubs fan who interfered with a foul ball.

Bonds rise as stock market falls
NEW YORK -- Bond prices rose Friday as the stock market took a hit following downbeat forecasts from companies such as eBay Inc.

Analysts caution corporate earnings might be reaching peak

UGA's Terry College of Business enrolls fewer
ATHENS, Ga. - Undergraduate students hoping to enroll in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business are facing some fierce competition.

Groups help families manage their money
James and Tangela Habersham's situation was all too common.

Stocks drop on earnings disappointments
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its pullback Friday after downbeat forecasts from companies such as eBay Inc. prompted investor worries that the market had risen too far. The three main indexes finished mixed for the week.

Bonds rise as stock market falls

Groups help families manage their money

UGA's Terry College of Business enrolls fewer

Stocks drop on earnings disappointments

Analysts caution corporate earnings might be reaching peak
NEW YORK -- Wall Street welcomed another batch of better-than-expected profits this past week, helping carry the major indexes to fresh 52-week highs. While analysts expect moderate gains ahead, the third-quarter earnings season might represent a peak.

Georgia Southern falls to Appalachian State
BOONE, N.C. - High after three consecutive wins, Georgia Southern came to the mountains Saturday only to hit the season's low point.

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D
ATLANTA -- The players at Georgia Tech have plenty to say about the coaching style of defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, using words such as fiery, tenacious, emotional and professional. But ask them about Tenuta's personality off the field and they go silent.

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D
ATLANTA -- The players at Georgia Tech have plenty to say about the coaching style of defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, using words such as fiery, tenacious, emotional and professional. But ask them about Tenuta's personality off the field and they go silent.

Georgia Southern falls to Appalachian State

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D

Tenuta silently has Yellow Jackets playing tough D

Japanese golfer takes command at Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With an ever-present smile and a 5-foot-7 frame, Shigeki Maruyama doesn't look like much of a threat on the golf course.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam was cold, wet and tired of hitting balls in the rain when she called her father and asked him to take her home.

Golf capsules
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Defending champion Ernie Els defeated Vijay Singh 5 and 4 Saturday, giving him a chance to win a record-tying fifth World Match Play title.

Augusta golfer bests Daly with 358-yard drive

Thorpe takes lead in SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO -- Jim Thorpe shot a 6-under-par 65 Friday to take a one stroke lead over Bruce Fleisher and Bob Gilder in the opening round of the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.

Augusta golfer bests Daly with 358-yard drive
Augusta's Chris Wilkins is $10,000 richer after beating PGA Tour professional John Daly in a long-driving contest Thursday night in Mesquite, Nev.

Thorpe takes lead in SBC Championship

Golf capsules

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top

Japanese golfer takes command at Greensboro

Els eyes record-tying fifth title at World Match Play
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Defending champion Ernie Els defeated Tim Clark on Friday to reach the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship.

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam was cold, wet and tired of hitting balls in the rain when she called her father and asked him to take her home.

Els eyes record-tying fifth title at World Match Play

No shortcuts for Annika's rise to the top

Richmond Academy too much for Harlem

Midland Valley crushes Keenan

Laney focused on holding state playoff game at home

Second quarter propels Evans

Thomson rallies for win over Statesboro

Silver Bliff clinches playoff spot

South Aiken's comeback readies team for this week

Washington-Wilkes tops Greene County

Wildcats dominate Josey

Prep football scores

Strom Thurmond tops Dreher

North Augusta tops White Knoll

Swainsboro blanks Savannah Christian

Hephzibah playoff hopes improve

Red Devils win rout

Red Devils win rout
If Lincoln County head coach Larry Campbell had his way, the mercy rule passed this week by the Georgia High School Association would have existed many years ago.

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

Midland Valley crushes Keenan
LANGLEY, S.C. - T.J. Rich and Chad Hager each rushed for more than 100 yards as Midland Valley improved to 4-4 overall with its victory against Keenan.

Camden County cruises
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter Friday at Glynn County Stadium, the question was not whether the Brunswick High Pirates would win the game.

Strom Thurmond tops Dreher
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Kevin Weaver ran for 201 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns as the Rebels held off Dreher.

Hawks rout Patriots
Washington County continued its rampage through Region 3-AAA with a 37-0 shutout win over Westside on Saturday night at ARC Stadium.

Thomson rallies for win over Statesboro
THOMSON - The injury bug bit Thomson last week, and Statesboro nearly finished the job. With four of the Bulldogs' offensive linemen out with injuries, the offensive outlook for Thomson was bleak.

South Aiken's comeback readies team for this week
It's fun to be a part of the South Aiken football program these days.

North Augusta tops White Knoll
Brandon Satcher completed 13 of 26 passes for 215 yards as North Augusta routed region rival White Knoll.

Swainsboro blanks Savannah Christian
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Albert Webb ran for 115 yards on 14 carries and the Swainsboro defense pitched a shutout over Savannah Christian.

Silver Bliff clinches playoff spot
BAMBERG, S.C. - Silver Bluff clinched a playoff berth and put itself in position to win its fifth-straight Region 5-AA title with a 20-15 victory Friday night against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Washington-Wilkes tops Greene County
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The loose balls bounced Washington-Wilkes way to help extend a decade of dominance over Region 7-AA rival Greene County.

Richmond Academy too much for Harlem
HARLEM - Richmond Academy played fundamental football Friday night to get back to the .500 mark this season.

Blackville-Hilds gets easy victory
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - The Fighting Hawks rolled up 292 yards on the ground in a romp.

Wildcats dominate Josey
As his teammates around him tried to catch some sleep in Laney's field house Friday afternoon, Wildcat senior Kendrick Gonder mentally went over his notes.

Second quarter propels Evans
ATLANTA, Ga. - Chang Ho rushed 19 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Evans Knights defeated Lakeside-DeKalb 33-18 on Friday night and improve to 3-2 in Region 4-AAAAA.

Laney focused on holding state playoff game at home
When Laney coach Eric Parker talked to his team before the Josey game Friday, he didn't talk about winning three of the Wildcats' last four contests to sneak into the playoffs.

Hephzibah playoff hopes improve
To almost everyone present, Friday's game between Glenn Hills and Hephzibah was close to unwatchable.

Wardlaw blanks Laurens
JOHNSTON, S.C - Wardlaw amassed 427 yards of total offense, and Allen Hatcher and Brian Anderson combined to score nine touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 9-0.

Williston-Elko stays perfect
WILLISTON, S.C. - Williston-Elko kept its unbeaten season intact Friday night with a 36-28 win against Denmark-Olar.

NHL roundup

Kovalchuk's hat trick leads to Atlanta win

NHL roundup
NEW YORK - Erik Cole and Craig Adams each had a goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes tied the New York Rangers 2-2 Saturday night, the second consecutive tie for both teams.

Kovalchuk's hat trick leads to Atlanta win
ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored a hat trick and the Atlanta Thrashers stretched their unbeaten streak to a franchise-record five games, routing the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night.

Baseball takes advantage of the other guy's mistakes
When we lost, I couldn't sleep at night. When we win, I can't sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better.

We need to take action on gang violence

Some friendly advice offered to today's Democratic Party
Regarding Lowell Greenbaum's Oct. 11 letter, "Area Democrats will be back": Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

We need to take action on gang violence
This letter is a combination of frustration and disappointment, concerning recent reports of gang-related violence and other activities. Brian Green, Augusta

Teacher rebuts 'offensive' editorial
This letter is in response to your editorial about me on Oct. 3, "No Teacher Left Behind." I would like to submit the following facts: Brenda C. Wynn, Augusta

Deadbeat parents should be jailed
Regarding Bruce T. Mundy Jr.'s Sept. 20 letter: "Jailing 'deadbeat dads' no answer": Bryce Brown, Aiken, S.C.

Pro-choice lobby ignore side effects of RU-486

Dems will fight to recall Schwarzenegger
What has happened on the "left coast" should send a message to the rest of the states - the rest of us Americans. This is our land, not the career-entrenched politicians'. Tom Jennings, Swainsboro, Ga.

Dems will fight to recall Schwarzenegger

Pro-choice lobby ignore side effects of RU-486
In an Oct. 8 letter, "Planned Parenthood raps cartoon," Mary Beth Pierucci wrote on behalf of Planned Parenthood in an attempt to defend the RU-486 pill which recently killed a woman in San Francisco. R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

Deadbeat parents should be jailed

House facing No. 6 green has No. 1 view

Wedding ceremony takes an odd turn

48 hours in London

Home front

In the know

Creepy crafts

House facing No. 6 green has No. 1 view
McCORMICK, S.C. - Fred Jenson made some hard sells as a sales manager for a company that supplied analytical products to researchers, but when he and his wife, Camille, walked into 121 Driftwood Lane with the real-estate agent, the decision to buy it was a "no-brainer" he said.

Creepy crafts
The folks at FamilyFun.com have come up with dozens of creepy crafts that will delight children of all ages. To get in the spirit of the season, I tested four projects for simplicity and how well the end product turned out.

Scary snacks great for party
You have the costumes, the pumpkins and, if you haven't dipped into it already, the candy.

48 hours in London
LONDON - Catching my first glimpse of London from the air would have been easy, since I had a window seat for my flight from New York. But sleeping pills knocked me out just six hours earlier and I didn't wake until landing at Heathrow.

Wedding ceremony takes an odd turn
Dear Carson: At my sister's wedding, a last-minute change made for an uneven number of groomsmen and bridesmaids. My sister asked the last groomsman to escort two bridesmaids, one on each arm.

In the know
Wilder Days stars Peter Falk and Tim Daly in a drama about the challenges and rewards of maintaining family connections.

Home front
Five upscale homes in Tudor Branch subdivision off Columbia Road are featured in the 2003 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Builders Association of Metro Augusta.

Augusta rebounds to win

Augusta rebounds to win
The game puck was still cold as it left a small puddle of melted ice on the desk of Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia.

Lynx notebook
Forward Todd Nowicki was agonizingly close to scoring the first goal of the season Friday night for the Augusta Lynx.

Former coach enjoying time outside rink
It was a few hours before the Augusta Lynx season opener Friday, and David Wilkie was having a great day.

Lynx notebook

Former coach enjoying time outside rink

Lynx scoreless in season opener

Lynx scoreless in season opener
The new Augusta Lynx were everything coach Stan Drulia said they'd be in the ECHL season opener Friday night against the Florida Everblades.

Official suspends two principals
Superintendent Charles Larke suspended two principals without pay this month for not immediately reporting to the central office a threat against teachers and a bus assault that injured pupils.

Bond hearing set for suspect

Man reports charity scam
An Augusta business owner thought he was helping one of the nation's largest charitable organizations until he found out that a man asking to place a gum ball machine in his business - to benefit the American Red Cross - was a phony.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - A pilot walked away without injuries after his plane skidded off a Beaufort County airport runway and started a small fire when he forgot to put his landing gear down.

Facility to face assault inquiry

Yarbrough: Teachers are not the people to blame

Old cat discovers new home with couple
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Administrators at a soon-to-be-closed assisted-living facility have found a new home for one of their youngest residents: a 19-year-old cat named Diablo.

Signs give sheriff's message

Yarbrough: Teachers are not the people to blame
A recent newspaper column criticized Gov. Sonny Perdue for not doing enough to get rid of "incompetent teachers."

Some trainers upset over increase in fees
AIKEN - A decision this week to increase fees by 50 percent at the historic Aiken Training Track was made to shore up a facility that has operated at a deficit, the track's board president said Friday.

Always prepared

Hunters are finding themselves a dying breed

Kid of the Day

News you can use

A hard day's work
Juan Garcia, an agricultural worker from Los Fresnos, Tex., empties a bin of stray cotton into a module builder.

Across Georgia

Church fire planned, police say

Barnwell residents remember politicians

Depot plans homecoming

Seat candidates give their views

Gator hunters kill few

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Ricky Skaggs and his group, who gave a superb performance Sunday night at the Imperial Theatre. A rant for the audience for constantly going in and out to get beer and other drinks and, I suppose, going to the bathroom. It was very distracting.

Crowd grows for CSRA Classic

Depot plans homecoming
Designed as a staging ground for locomotive travel, the East Warrenton train depot was never meant to move.

Across the area

Building deal delights leaders
Federal, state and local officials applauded the future of a littered Telfair Street lot Friday morning, after nearly a decade of efforts to put a federal office building there, next door to the existing U.S. District courthouse.

Edgefield event shines light on town's pottery

Appeals court upholds ex-officer's conviction
A former Augusta narcotics officer convicted of drug trafficking and extortion received a fair trial, a federal appeals court ruled.

Across the southeast

Gator hunters kill few
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia wildlife officials said the state's first-ever alligator hunt took just 64 gators out of a population that has surged from near extinction four decades ago to 200,000 today.

Across South Carolina

A hard day's work

Man is killed in I-20 crash

Across South Carolina

Cow exhibition is family task

Old cat discovers new home with couple

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Across the area

Edgefield event shines light on town's pottery
EDGEFIELD - The cotton candy, carnival rides and concessions of Saturday's Heritage Jubilee could be found in a field where soccer moms take their children to play, but a visitor had to travel only a few blocks north to find the past of a town and county steeped in lore and legendary people.

Always prepared
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters and rescue personnel look after accident victims during a mock plane crash at Augusta Regional Airport Friday morning.

Hunters are finding themselves a dying breed
Larry Ennis Jr. is barely 15 - and ready to hunt deer this autumn with his dad, Larry Ennis Sr.

Building deal delights leaders

Crowd grows for CSRA Classic
Joshua Brown, 12, of Augusta, throws a football before the game between Savannah State and Alabama A&M.

News you can use

Man is killed in I-20 crash
AIKEN - A Columbia man was killed early Saturday morning after being thrown 172 feet from the bed of a westbound pickup that struck a guardrail on Interstate 20 north of Aiken and flipped out of control.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -A North Carolina family has filed a federal lawsuit against state troopers and Cookeville police after an officer shot the family dog during a traffic stop on New Year's Day.

Official suspends two principals

News you can use
OCT. 19, 1944 Maj. Gen. Douglass T. Greene has arrived at Camp Gordon for duty.

Farmers use aerial photographs to track crops
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Well-versed with the welfare of their crops on the ground, Georgia farmers soon will have the benefit of NASA technology that will give them a bird's eye view of their crops from the air.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gabrielle Shea Carroll of Blythe.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Ricky Skaggs and his group, who gave a superb performance Sunday night at the Imperial Theatre. A rant for the audience for constantly going in and out to get beer and other drinks and, I suppose, going to the bathroom. It was very distracting.

Barnwell residents remember politicians
BARNWELL, S.C. - They were just four men from rural Barnwell County, but they stood together atop the South Carolina political mountain in the early 1940s in a way that can't be matched today.

Schools find help in grants
AIKEN - After state budget cuts ripped through the state, school districts such as Aiken County's have had to become more dependent on federal and state grants to help fund educational programs.

Cow exhibition is family task
Amid the loud bass-pumping music of the midway and the clap, clap, clap of cloggers at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair on Saturday, there was some serious primping and hair styling going on.

Facility to face assault inquiry
WINDER, Ga. - A Barrow County assisted-living facility is being investigated on allegations administrators turned a blind eye to staff reports that two elderly female residents were regularly sexually assaulted by a male resident and that a third elderly woman was being physically abused by another resident.

Across the area
An Augusta woman reported to authorities Saturday that a man sexually assaulted her, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol on Friday released the name of a teenager killed in an accident Wednesday afternoon in McDuffie County.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Some concertgoers arrested for drug possession during an undercover police sting in North Charleston were able to avoid a night in jail with the swipe of a credit card.

Signs give sheriff's message
Billboards are usually used to sell a product. Two billboards high over Augusta's roads that carry the slogan "Together We Can Make a Difference" and feature a Richmond County patrol car and the sheriff's name, however, have a different item to sell, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A second man has been cleared of a murder charge in the shooting death of the son of a Chatham County commissioner, but he will still serve time in prison.

Officers arrest three in shooting
Richmond County authorities charged a 17-year-old with reckless conduct Friday in connection with a shooting between rival gangs last week.

Home waits for report
ATHENS, Ga. - The owner of a Winder assisted-living facility being investigated in connection with sexual and physical abuse incidents involving elderly residents says he is confident a state investigation will exonerate his facility of the allegations.

Church fire planned, police say
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Marietta man who set fire to a Savannah church in early October had planned the attack for months, a police detective testified this week during a preliminary court hearing.

Bond hearing set for suspect
ATHENS, Ga. - A Commerce man charged with firearms sales violations will have a bond hearing in federal court in Atlanta on Tuesday.

News you can use
Led by Augusta's Ikey Sherlock, the University of Georgia football defeated Furman this afternoon 23-0 before 7,000 fans at Academy Park in Augusta. The game was the first Savannah Valley Classic.

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Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal judge in Alabama has ruled that a deal that would allow metro Atlanta to take as much as 50 percent more water from Lake Lanier violates a previous court order.

Some trainers upset over increase in fees

2 men hurt by gunfire
Two people were shot in separate incidents near downtown Augusta on Friday night, according to Richmond County sheriff's officers.

Schools find help in grants

Kid of the Day
Ayanna M. Smith of Augusta is todays Kid of the Day.

Farmers use aerial photographs to track crops

Academy stays alive with help

Academy stays alive with help
ALLENDALE, S.C. - In January, it looked as though the Youth Challenge Salkehatchie campus in Allendale, a quasi-military center that helps high school dropouts earn their GEDs, would become another victim of the state budget cuts.

Felton's demands right on target
ATHENS, Ga. - A brand new era of Georgia basketball began with practice Saturday, and head coach Dennis Felton wasn't soliciting input on what should be "the Bulldog way."

Gordon wins second straight Martinsville pole
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Four-time champion Jeff Gordon is looking at a more modest goal with only five races left in the 2003 season.

High-profile drivers look for first win
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There are five races remaining on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, and that doesn't leave a lot of time for drivers like Ricky Rudd to win their first race of the season.

Gordon wins second straight Martinsville pole

Sadler's back luck continues

Reutimann wins pole but Busch will sit on it
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Greg Biffle's helicopter would have to break down to allow substitute driver David Reutimann to take advantage of his first Busch Series pole.

High-profile drivers look for first win

Sadler's back luck continues
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Elliott Sadler's run of bad luck reached Martinsville Speedway.

Reutimann wins pole but Busch will sit on it

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL
ATLANTA -- Atlanta forward Obinna Ekezie is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL

Ekezie out indefinitely after tearing his ACL
ATLANTA -- Atlanta forward Obinna Ekezie is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Jaguars' Tuell pleased with schedule
Augusta State men's basketball coach Gary Tuell couldn't be any happier with this season's conference schedule.

NFL power rankings

Fox has once-dismal Panthers turned around

A more familiar Saints-Falcons game

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Danya Blanks    (LAKENHEATH, England)
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Mrs. Lula Oliphant (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Rev. Badon Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Cecil Oellerich Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Versie Bell (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mr. Wiley Hardy Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon Jackson (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Youmans (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Dondrez Butler (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Versie Bell (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Miss Margie King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Miriam Rupert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Stine (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Wasden-Horne (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Klarmann (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Artie Jones (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Wasden-Horne (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Williams (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Anne Alford (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Joe Coakley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosemarie Kirkland (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Beverly Huse (MONROE, Ga.)

Pamela Adams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. Wyman Arthur (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Saxon (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Groomes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Mundy (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Alford (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Smalley (MODOC, S.C.)

Danya Blanks (LAKENHEATH, England)

Rev. Herman Carter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Murphy (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Dora Cooper (HAMPTON, Va.)

Mr. Francis Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Moore (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Annelle West (VALDOSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madie Adams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Harry Garrett Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Wolfpack win region tourney

Overtime

Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments

Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments

Area sports announcements

Wolfpack win region tourney
The Cross Creek softball team earned regular-season bragging rights by going unbeaten in Region 3-AAAA, but Greenbrier had the final word.

Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams will miss the rest of the season because of the knee injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne reach semifinals
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Top-ranked Kim Clijsters and No. 2 Justine Henin-Hardenne won in straight sets Friday to reach the semifinals at the Swisscom Challenge.

Serena Williams withdraws from season's last two tournaments
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams will miss the rest of the season because of the knee injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

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

Overtime
In Zurich, Switzerland, top-ranked Kim Clijsters was upset by Jelena Dokic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Swisscom Challenge semifinals, giving Justine Henin-Hardenne a shot at No. 1.

Overtime
University of South Carolina center Rolando Howell will remain suspended for the first 12 games for the season but begin practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
Thursday, Oct. 23: Augusta's Ducks unlimited chapter will hold its annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with auctions, door prizes and a barbecue dinner. Tickets are $50 per person, $90 per couple and $300 for sponsors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 736-4123.

First day for deer
Allison Cobb writes poetry, makes straight A's in school and doesn't mind an occasional morning in the woods with her .243-caliber rifle.

Donations rise for incumbent
ATHENS, Ga. - More than a year before the 2004 election, U.S. Rep. Max Burns has already raised nearly as much campaign money as he did during his entire 2002 campaign - but the Sylvania Republican may need it to fend off what's expected to be a big Democratic effort to unseat him.

Seat candidates give their views
Working on developing Augusta's economic opportunities is crucial for a strong community commission, candidates said during Saturday's Richmond County Democratic Party breakfast meeting.

A more familiar Saints-Falcons game
ATLANTA -- Now, this is more like it. When the Atlanta Falcons renew their rivalry of misery with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, it will be a matchup befitting two forlorn franchises.

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.

Fox has once-dismal Panthers turned around
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers were in total disarray two years ago, coming off a 1-15 season and with morale at an all-time low. The players were tuned out, the fans had turned away and ownership was desperate to put a pulse back in the franchise.

Woman to speak on Haitian children's plight
Missionary Eleanor Workman travels to Augusta each year, seeking support for two Haitian orphanages she built. But her heart is with the hundreds of Haitian children who wait for her return.

Workshop explains how faith-based initiatives work
Charitable organizations wary of partnering with the federal government can have some of their questions answered during a four-hour workshop at 9 a.m. Monday at Augusta State University.

Faith digest
Youth pastor Jeremy Williamson of New Life Christian Center will sign copies of his teen CD, Engage, from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Heavenly Resources Christian Bookstore, 1109 Knox Ave. in North Augusta.

Thriller combines sci-fi and religion
William Creed, an author whose work on End Times has been compared with the best-selling Left Behind series, has shied from reading any of the Jerry Jenkins-Tim LaHaye works.

Use religion to know and experience God through Jesus
Religion: It's going around these days. If the sociologists and the statisticians are correct, there is a revived hunger in our nation for the things of religion. That's good!

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.

Felton's demands right on target

Popular baseball playoffs force networks to chang schedules
NEW YORK -- Faced with the extraordinarily popular baseball playoffs on Fox, rival networks have cried uncle and pulled several original series episodes for reruns.

Popular baseball playoffs force networks to chang schedules

Hollywood studio buys pitch for film inspired by Cubs fan

'Urban Cowboy' honky-tonk reopens, Dallas style

Georgia's offense struggles

Georgia overcomes slow start to beat Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For much of Saturday afternoon in Music City, fourth-ranked Georgia resembled the Achy Breaky Bulldogs.

Bulldogs refuse to take Vandy for granted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A second consecutive Southeastern Conference championship, possibly even a shot at the first national title since 1980. It's all within reach for fourth-ranked Georgia.

Georgia injuries grow

Georgia's offense struggles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Embarrassed, disappointed, upset. Those were just a few of the adjectives thrown around by members of Georgia's offensive line at the half of Saturday's 27-8 win against Vanderbilt.

Georgia injuries grow
The injury news just keeps getting worse for No. 4 Georgia.

Georgia overcomes slow start to beat Vanderbilt

Gamecocks can erase disappointing finish of 2002 by beating LSU

Tigers hold Gamecocks to 1 touchdown
COLUMBIA - South Carolina didn't have to worry about squandering a halftime lead against Louisiana State this time.

Howell's suspension continues until December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell will remain suspended for the first 12 games of the season but has started practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.

Gamecocks can erase disappointing finish of 2002 by beating LSU
South Carolina's bowl hopes died a slow, painful death last season when the Gamecocks lost five straight games to end the year.

Howell's suspension continues until December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell will remain suspended for the first 12 games of the season but has started practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.

Tigers hold Gamecocks to 1 touchdown

Howell's suspension continues until December

Odds and Ends

Woman to speak on Haitian children's plight

Thriller combines sci-fi and religion

Faith digest

Workshop explains how faith-based initiatives work

Faith and fellowship calendar