Today's floral designs venture into the art world

Today's floral designs venture into the art world
NEW YORK -- Here's a novel recipe for a show-stopping bridal bouquet:

Arts calendar
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; limited-edition etchings, wine; noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; (803) 649-9463.

Travel tales show dissonance between two different worlds

Arts calendar

Travel tales show dissonance between two different worlds
In a detached ode to jet lag, Pico Iyer describes the sensation as "like watching a foreign movie without subtitles ... I can't follow the story, the arc of character, but something else - that inflection of a hand, this unregarded silence - comes through to me intensely."

Baseball notebook
TORONTO - Former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen retired Saturday in the middle of a poor season for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baseball notebook

Home or away, kids will play
Alex Malone wishes the 2004 Dixie Junior Boys World Series wasn't in his back yard.

Employees inspect Wrigley upper deck
CHICAGO - A Chicago Cubs employee found a third piece of concrete at Wrigley Field that apparently fell from the 90-year-old stadium's upper deck.

Standouts join Hall of Fame

Employees inspect Wrigley upper deck

Standouts join Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.- Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor excelled in the clutch, so they should be used to the nerves by now. Then again, induction speeches at the Baseball Hall of Fame are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Job perks include invitations to birthday bashes

Speeder caught rushing to court date
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Sheriff's Deputy John Hedrick was surprised when a vehicle he was chasing squealed into a county parking lot and its driver got out and ran toward a judicial annex.

Odds and Ends
WILMINGTON, Del. -- A vanity license tag chosen as a gag has left its owner holding the bag.

Braves rally for win, keep first
NEW YORK - In Shea Stadium, under sodden skies and with sagging bats, the Braves kept their razor-thin lead in the National League East on Saturday night despite squandering scoring chances in nearly every inning, emerging with a 5-2 win over the Mets before a crowd of 33,166 fans.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
NEW YORK - The difference in pitcher Mike Hampton now and two months ago, catcher Johnny Estrada said, is confidence.

Stubborn Jones vexes coaches

Stubborn Jones vexes coaches
NEW YORK - Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton has spent several months offering suggestions to Andruw Jones, hoping he'll alter his stance at the plate.

Braves rally for win, keep first

Caf chain will arrive in Augusta

Bank cashes in on commercial, retail loans
Georgia Bank & Trust Co. saw its quarterly profit grow 9.1 percent on the back of its growing core business of making commercial and retail loans, more than compensating for a drop in fees generated by mortgage loans.

When election season comes, ad businesses stick to lines

Convention sponsors spend millions to show Democrats a good time
WASHINGTON -- From movie-themed parties to gourmet spreads and star-studded receptions, corporate America is rolling out the red carpet and more for Democrats at their national convention next week.

Bank cashes in on commercial, retail loans

'Sue your boss' law tangles debate over already-delayed budget in California

On the move
Barbara Meeks has been named vice president of Pediatric Patient Care Services for MCG Health Inc. She will be responsible for overseeing pediatric perioperative services, rehabilitation services and pediatric respiratory care services. Ms. Meeks was previously administrative director of Pediatric Service at MCG Childrens Medical Center. An employee since 1989, she has nearly 25 years of health-care experience.

When election season comes, ad businesses stick to lines
There's an adage that says politics and business don't mix. But during election years, politics is business for many advertising firms.

Volunteers shop to make life easier for elderly

Volunteers shop to make life easier for elderly
TOLEDO, Ohio - Sam Burnett walks through the grocery store, making sure the aisles are wide, the canned goods are within reach and prices are easy to see.

Convention sponsors spend millions to show Democrats a good time

New location for expanding business is crucial

New location for expanding business is crucial
One of the most dangerous times in the life of a small retail business is when the owner must relocate because the business has outgrown the existing facility. This is a nice problem to have, but choosing the wrong location can kill the growing business.

In the know

Businesss calendar
Tuesday: Smart Marketing; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Network; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; How can a business get better results from its marketing efforts? This course gives an overview of the marketing elements that all businesses use for success; $35; contact Heather Woods at 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301, Augusta.

On the move

'Sue your boss' law tangles debate over already-delayed budget in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A police officer says he was shortchanged $54 in overtime while working on the set of the movie "Clockstoppers." Another officer claims he was underpaid eight times on three other films.

Caf chain will arrive in Augusta
Panera Bread Company, the nation's largest bakery-caf chain, is coming to Augusta.

In the know
Interest rates have risen, but mortgages remain a relative bargain. Several Web sites feature online calculators to help a prospective buyer figure out rates and monthly payments.

Businesss calendar

District attorney takes it on the chin

District attorney takes it on the chin
District Attorney Danny Craig thought he was being invited to last week's Augusta Commission meeting to discuss the purchase of a new car for the district attorney's office, but when he got there, he found himself under attack.

College football notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso's one-game suspension announced on Wednesday followed a June 29 appearance in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court, where Ely-Kelso was accepted into a pretrial intervention program for underage consumption of alcohol and paid a $30 fine for being in a park after hours.

Standouts get recruiters' attention

USC Upstate sounds off on mascot switch; postseason expanded

Standouts get recruiters' attention
Fernando Velasco coaxed a full scholarship from Georgia with his nimble feet and 325 pounds in 2002.

College football notebook

USC Upstate sounds off on mascot switch; postseason expanded
Though the name might not roll off your tongue at first, get used to it.

Confusing referendums
Columbia County school authorities are more confused than enlightened by results of the referendums on adding foreign language instruction to elementary schools' curriculum that were on Tuesday's primary ballots. The failure of Republicans and Democrats to agree on anything, sadly, extended to the wording of the straw ballots.

Where's the urgency?
"We do not believe (the Bush or Clinton administrations) fully understood just how many people al-Qaida might kill and how soon it might do it. We also believe they did not take (al-Qaida) as seriously as it should be taken. It was not their top priority."

Bored of Education?
Brace yourselves, Richmond County kids. The hammer is coming down on you in a few weeks.

Don't let illegals vote
Sometimes we wonder why we have immigration laws at all. We do very little to enforce laws against illegal immigrants while creating every incentive for them to come here - jobs; medical care; free public education for their kids, often in their native language; driver's licenses in several states; and citizenship if they evade exposure long enough.

Bored of Education?

Where's the urgency?

Close inspection
One-year old Carson Rosser takes a serious look inside the slide at Aiken's H. Odell Weeks Park.

We asked you
We went out to Brookwood Park in Martinez and Riverview Park in North Augusta to talk to families braving the summer heat. We asked a few questions and here are some of the answers.

Back to school reading ideas
Here some fun book ideas to get your little ones ready to go back to school.

Shanna and her friends help kids learn to read
Author Jean Marzollo, best known for her I Spy series of rhyming picture books, introduces readers to a new character called Shanna (rhymes with banana) in her latest publications.

Gone fishin'
Austin Hobson, age 3, tries his luck at catching minnows in the pond at Aikens Hopeland Gardens.

It's back to school time
For families there is no more powerful force than the school calendar.

Finding child care
In today's busy world, many parents must use childcare while they work. Many factors affect the selection of a safe environment and trustworthy caregiver. Location, cost and hours of operation all come into play, and parents must decide which type of daycare best meets their needs.

Close inspection
One-year old Carson Rosser takes a serious look inside the slide at Aiken's H. Odell Weeks Park.

Parent's resource guide
Art Classes:

Shanna and her friends help kids learn to read
Author Jean Marzollo, best known for her I Spy series of rhyming picture books, introduces readers to a new character called Shanna (rhymes with banana) in her latest publications.

Parent's resource guide
Do you have a service that would be of interest to parents? Send your information to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com or mail it to Jennifer Miller at PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903

Campsite Cuisine
My son, Tripp, is a Boy Scout with his eye on becoming an Eagle Scout in the next few years. He's been backpacking, canoed swamps and has fared mid-summer campouts in the heat. After most of his excursions he usually comes home exhausted!

Campsite Cuisine
My son, Tripp, is a Boy Scout with his eye on becoming an Eagle Scout in the next few years. He's been backpacking, canoed swamps and has fared mid-summer campouts in the heat. After most of his excursions he usually comes home exhausted!

Augusta Chronicle - 07/24/04
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We asked you
We went out to Brookwood Park in Martinez and Riverview Park in North Augusta to talk to families braving the summer heat. We asked a few questions and here are some of the answers.

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV
At this point, just days before the start of school, I'm relieved and pleased that my kids will be going back to class with all their parts, save a couple of lost teeth. There were times, over the last two months, that I had doubts we'd survive the summer without a major (sibling-inflicted) injury.

It's back to school time
For families there is no more powerful force than the school calendar.

Back to school reading ideas
Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV
At this point, just days before the start of school, I'm relieved and pleased that my kids will be going back to class with all their parts, save a couple of lost teeth. There were times, over the last two months, that I had doubts we'd survive the summer without a major (sibling-inflicted) injury.

Dow drops back below 10,000 on weak Microsoft earnings

Shares of Coke drop after it reports strong earnings, but international weakness
ATLANTA -- Shares of The Coca-Cola Co. fell sharply Friday after the world's largest beverage maker said it is experiencing a decline in volume and other challenges in several international markets.

Dow drops back below 10,000 on weak Microsoft earnings
NEW YORK - Wall Street skidded further Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average back below 10,000 as disappointments from Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. deepened investors' dread of a second-half earnings slump.

Shares of Coke drop after it reports strong earnings, but international weakness

Pedroia does it again for Jackets
Cardiac kids. Comeback kids. Call them what you want, the Augusta GreenJackets are on a four-game winning streak, all thanks to late-inning comebacks.

GreenJackets notebook
The Boston Red Sox organization has been good to the Augusta GreenJackets over the past three weeks.

Jackets rally for win
Dustin Pedroia jumped on second base and clapped his hands.

Georgia-native eliminated from junior championships
SAN FRANCISCO - Sihwan Kim eliminated defending champion Brian Harman from the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships on Friday and earned a spot in the final against 14-year-old David Chung.

Quigley shares third-round lead, but will Dad be cheering?

Franco shoots 63 without practicing

Golf capsules
MILWAUKEE -- Brett Quigley carded a 6-under 64 Saturday and moved into a tie for the lead with Carlos Franco and Patrick Sheehan after three rounds of the U.S. Bank Championship.

Quigley shares third-round lead, but will Dad be cheering?
MILWAUKEE -- Brett Quigley wants to believe his father will be rooting for him to win his first PGA Tour event, even if it's under his breath.

Franco shoots 63 without practicing
MILWAUKEE - Carlos Franco hates to practice. He showed up at Brown Deer Park on Friday and didn't hit a shot at the range before teeing off.

Golf capsules

Pedroia does it again for Jackets

Jackets rally for win

GreenJackets notebook

Job perks include invitations to birthday bashes
One of the benefits of this sort of work is that you receive many invitations, often with supper attached.

How can voters back Walker?

Secularists ruining the nation
Secular humanists are gradually destroying the traditional values that made our country great. Godless secularists are aided and abetted by the liberal media and other useful idiots, often well-meaning people who place Democratic Party loyalty above their common sense, values and religious beliefs. Paul W. Rosenthal Augusta

Senior tax exemption is earned
Your July 12 editorial, "Romancing the elderly," is snide, arrogant, disrespectful and insulting. Billy Moore Augusta

Vulture cartoon smeared trial lawyers
I truly believe that The Augusta Chronicle's July 8 editorial cartoon was the most tasteless thing you have ever published, and that's saying a lot. You show John Edwards being delivered by trial lawyers depicted as vultures to John Kerry. Vernon Johnson Mesena

Senior tax exemption is earned

Immigrants are welcome to leave
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending individuals or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. Neal B. Dillon Aiken, S.C.

How can voters back Walker?
It's no surprise that indicted former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, has managed to win back the support of his loyal cult following. I never figured his fans would pay much attention to his indictment for stealing and lying - heck, blacks in Augusta have come to expect such behavior from their representatives. Lawrence Smith Martinez

County's park will be open to dogs
Regarding Renee Carmichael's letter ("Event's ban on dogs is unfair," July 8), yes, dogs are welcome in Columbia County. As a matter of fact, the Columbia County Humane Society is now vigorously working to open the area's first off-leash dog park at the society's site on Columbia Road, approximately two miles past Patriots Park. Laurie Lane Evans

Senior artists need space, support
For the past four months I have had the privilege of teaching art classes at the 15th Street Senior Center. There are approximately 20 artists that use the facility as studio and exhibit space on a daily basis. They, along with everyone else who uses the facility, are being set adrift. Christine Hield Martinez

Senior artists need space, support

Writer is wrong on media bias
Responding to the July 11 letter by Paul Cook (" 'Chronicle' buried Edwards news; paper's mindset will not change"): Could it be that the media have been biased so far to the left for so long that when "maverick" journalists actually write objectively, it is seen by the chorus of the mass media as "fringe"? Andrew Aiken Evans

Secularists ruining the nation

Immigrants are welcome to leave

Back to school reading ideas

Jeans make comeback for pupils' wardrobes in new styles paired with ponchos, T-shirts

Finding child care

Healthbeat: More defibrillators in homes? Scientists weigh the arguments

Rules can have commonsense exceptions

Lewis and Clark: Passengers learn about history while riding the rails

Family uses love of sports as inspiration for updates

As tides come and go, the land takes a breath

The Lashing Whip

Cars, trucks becoming better equipped for those with physical limitations

In the know

Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years

Even in the suburbs, demand for food aid surges as families face hard times

Gone fishin'

Talk to us

It's back to school time

Close inspection

Low-carb trend, innovations help company recover from tough times

Lexus flagship sedan takes luxury to a higher level

Back to school reading ideas

It's back to school time

Daughter puts mom's advice into first book

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses

Travel briefs

Shanna and her friends help kids learn to read

The Lashing Whip
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

In the know
When Katrina Hightower and Donald Boyd met at work, it didn't matter that he was three years her junior.

As tides come and go, the land takes a breath
Washington the millions of americans enjoying beach vacations this summer may not be aware of it, but the land beneath their feet is breathing.

Lewis and Clark: Passengers learn about history while riding the rails
ABOARD THE ANN RUTLEDGE, Mo. -- Two centuries ago, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition coated themselves in grease to keep off the swarms of mosquitos as they pulled a keel boat the size of a railroad car up the Missouri River.

Daughter puts mom's advice into first book
A parent's influence can be far-reaching.

Travel briefs
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Music and the Mississippi. You can experience the combination in St. Louis every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 21 as part of "River Splash," a free series of concerts and multimedia shows at the city's Mississippi Riverfront.

Even in the suburbs, demand for food aid surges as families face hard times
DELANCO, N.J. -- Appropriately, the Catholic Charities food bank here is tucked in the corner of a shopping mall. Its clients come from generally affluent suburbs; many felt disbelief when hard times compelled them, for the first time, to seek help.

Low-carb trend, innovations help company recover from tough times
ATCHISON, Kan. -- A few years after wondering if his 63-year-old wheat processing business would survive, Ladd Seaberg leads a company that has customers clamoring for its products and Wall Street noticing the little northeast Kansas-based firm.

Jeans make comeback for pupils' wardrobes in new styles paired with ponchos, T-shirts
Cargos and khakis have been kings for years, but jeans - the stalwart wardrobe backbone for generations of teens - are making a comeback.

Cars, trucks becoming better equipped for those with physical limitations
DETROIT -- For Heidi McIntyre, starting her car hasn't always been as easy as placing the key in the ignition and turning.

Rules can have commonsense exceptions
Dear Carson: In response to your column regarding wearing a hat to the dinner table or at a restaurant, I know of one exception to the answer you gave. Because of a stroke my husband suffered some years ago, he cannot read a menu or newspaper without a cap to help deflect the glare of lights. His stroke affected his eyesight. I'm sure other people in a restaurant wonder why he doesn't remove his hat, but he simply cannot. The one place where he does remove it is in church, but even then it takes awhile for his eyes to recover from the lights. - A Weekly Reader

Lexus flagship sedan takes luxury to a higher level
Sometimes, plain ol' luxury isn't enough.

Family uses love of sports as inspiration for updates
Brothers Brett and Lance Johnson might never leave the North Augusta home of their parents, C.F. and Donna Johnson.

Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years
Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years

Talk to us
The Chronicle wants to know what readers think of Breakfast Serials and the idea of serialized stories in general.

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The days of new doctors practicing on real patients may be numbered.

Healthbeat: More defibrillators in homes? Scientists weigh the arguments
WASHINGTON -- Defibrillators that jump-start a stopped heart may save lives in airports and shopping malls, but few people keep them at home in case of collapse - even though that's where most cardiac arrests occur.

Adams weathers storm of criticism from UGA alumni

Education, fun unite at family fair
Red and white helium-filled balloons reflected the kinetic energy level of the many children who attended Saturday's Family Fun Fair at the Augusta State University campus.

Texas bodies found in wrong cemeteries

Burns' challenger emerges strong
SAVANNAH - One of the most vulnerable Republican congressmen seeking re-election in November will face a serious challenge from a Democrat who handily beat out his party's other hopefuls for the nomination.

Find might change theories on man
MARTIN, S.C. - After digging for a decade in the soft, sandy soil of rural Allendale County, Al Goodyear and his team of volunteers unearthed a treasure that could mean the history books about ancient man are wrong.

Area homes are susceptible to wildfires
In the piney no-man's-land between Interstate 20 and North Augusta's northern boundary, new subdivisions are growing. Cushioned by walls of tall, green trees and thick brush, homeowners feel like they've bought the best of both worlds - a little bit of country isolation, a lot of the accustomed amenities of a new home with a two-car garage.

Soldier's memorial service is Monday
Memorial services for the Fort Gordon soldier who died as a result of the accidental collapse of a ceremonial tower at the post will be held Monday, officials said Friday.

Across the area
A man accused of kidnapping and firing several gunshots at his estranged girlfriend was denied bond Friday.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Trevor Michael Payne of Augusta.

Removal of chief is ruled baseless
AIKEN - Former New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan was terminated by the city in May "without cause," according to employment hearing records obtained Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

No stained glass here
No stained glass hereKeith Jackson, of ABC Building Maintenance Inc., uses a lift to clean windows at the future welcome center of Curtis Baptist Church, located at 13th and Broad streets in Augusta.

Party's delegates converge in Boston

Stillbirth certificates are among signed bills
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has signed into law a bill that allows women who have stillborn babies in South Carolina to receive a state certificate.

SRS alerted to security breach
AIKEN - Classified operations involving removable electronic media at Savannah River Site and all Department of Energy sites across the country will be halted indefinitely Monday because of a security breach at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, officials announced Friday.

Transfusion may cut child strokes
ATLANTA - Blood transfusions could help children with sickle-cell disease avoid strokes.

Schools get report card Monday

207 3rd-graders fail promotion test
The Richmond County school district must figure out what to do with 207 third-graders who failed to pass the reading test required for promotion.

Polling results enliven parties

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Federal money for a gun manufacturer to begin making the XM8 assault rifle in Columbus was pulled from a Department of Defense appropriations bill.

Police use skunk oil to deter vagrants
COLUMBIA - Drug users and prostitutes are turning up their noses at the condemned buildings they once frequented in Richland County.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The woman whose carjacking claim earlier this week led to an intense manhunt involving hundreds of Midlands officers has been arrested on an unrelated charge of having child pornography.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Mount Pleasant veterinarian whose license was suspended has agreed to permanently stop practicing in the state.

Road plan links cities
Two new proposed interstate highways that would make Augusta the new transportation hub of the South soon will be on the drawing boards, according to U.S. Rep. Max Burns.

Polling results enliven parties
ATLANTA - With state Republicans saying the latest primary elections results show they are the majority party in Georgia, Democrats are setting out to prove that rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated.

Texas bodies found in wrong cemeteries
LUBBOCK, Texas - About 3,000 people who were supposed to be buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery have been located in other county cemeteries, City Attorney Anita Burgess said.

Task force has slow first year
They came to Fort Discovery in July 2003, representing all sectors of Augusta's community: business, education, law enforcement, media, religion, etc.

Grave logs will be a click away

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
I realized there were gangs several years ago, but didn't know they had a name to give to the police when I reported suspicious activities, for instance, the Terrace Manor Boys. The name is misleading, however, since I have observed some of the leadership of these gangs seems to be females and their husbands and boyfriends, who protect and enforce their directives.

County considers smoking ban
Health and county officials are looking to snuff out smoking in Columbia County and Augusta businesses.

Pastor is charged over tape of teens
An assistant pastor at an area church has been charged with covertly videotaping underneath the skirts of teenage girls at Augusta Mall, officials said Friday.

Schools get report card Monday
For educators, it is the list they'd rather avoid.

Remembering spirit
Before he became the No. 1 sports fan in Savannah, John Hodges spread his love for athletics at Westside High School.

Stillbirth certificates are among signed bills

News you can use
July 24, 1972 Philip E. DeLorey, the chairman of the Department of Nursing at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Va., has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia. The appointment was announced by MCG Nursing Dean Dr. Dorothy T. White. "Mr. DeLorey will assist in revision of the School of Nursing's total curriculum," Dr. White said, "as we work to better attune our curriculum with contemporary views in nursing."

Burns' challenger emerges strong

Grave logs will be a click away
One year ago, Bonnie A. Parker came to Magnolia Cemetery searching for her family's genealogical history.

Across South Carolina

SRS alerted to security breach

Exec pleads guilty to fraud
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Carolina Investors President Larry Owen pleaded guilty Saturday to securities fraud and was immediately taken to jail in shackles.

Area homes are susceptible to wildfires

Corrections
The 2004 PTA Fall Focus Leadership Training and Expo is planned for Saturday at Tubman Middle School. The wrong date was reported in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

News you can use

New event showcases agriculture and history
WAGENER-When 3-year-old Dylan Douglas won a green, plastic watering can as a door prize at the Planters Pride Festival on Saturday, he immediately put the garden tool to work.

Across the area

Across the area
Police are seeking an Augusta man in connection with the shooting of two men early Saturday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
NEWNAN - Five recent graduates of Northgate High School have pleaded innocent to felony charges for a senior prank.

Police use skunk oil to deter vagrants

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Exec pleads guilty to fraud

Scholars leave musical impression
Trey McLaughlin will be a junior when classes start at Columbus State University in late August.

Kid of the day

Adams weathers storm of criticism from UGA alumni
ATHENS, Ga. - It's been a year since the man many University of Georgia alumni and supporters love to hate entered what he has called the most difficult period in his professional life.

County considers smoking ban

Augustans quench thirst with area's natural springs
After a day of shopping at Augusta Mall, nothing would quench Ivy Mann's thirst but a refreshing spritzer drink straight from a hole in the ground.

No stained glass here

Corrections

207 3rd-graders fail promotion test

Augustans quench thirst with area's natural springs

Road plan links cities

Task force has slow first year

Pastor is charged over tape of teens

Removal of chief is ruled baseless

Scholars leave musical impression

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kenneth Lee Joseph, 7, of Augusta.

Across the area

Remembering spirit

Find might change theories on man

Desperation is the mother of all inventions
Today's column introduction tips a cap to the best show on television, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with former William & Mary soccer player Jon Liebowitz. Most people know him as Jon Stewart.

Berry claws her way back into superhero fold with 'Catwoman'

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'
NEW YORK -- Joaquin Phoenix won't read this article.

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'

Berry claws her way back into superhero fold with 'Catwoman'
LOS ANGELES -- There's a new love in Halle Berry's life, and yes, it's one of those Hollywood romances between co-stars. The two met on the set of her latest movie, "Catwoman."

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
The Hives, "Tyrannosaurus Hives" (Interscope)

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

More and more classical acts crossing over
NEW YORK -- Jo Appleby studied opera for years, won coveted roles in key operas and performed at some of the most revered venues in classical music.

More and more classical acts crossing over

Schumacher leads German practice

Truex, Earnhardt to tag-team race
LOUDON, N.H. - Dale Earnhardt Jr., recovering from burns to his legs and face that he suffered last weekend in Sonoma, Calif., will be in the Budweiser No. 8 car for Sunday's NASCAR Siemens 300, but how long he will stay in the driver's seat is anybody's guess.

Johnson hopes to get first three-peat today

Kenseth strategy enough for win

Johnson hopes to get first three-peat today
LOUDON, N.H. - Jimmie Johnson's recent luck hasn't been too good when it comes to three-peats, something he'll be out to change in today's NASCAR Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Newman snatches top spot

Kenseth strategy enough for win
LOUDON, N.H. - Matt Kenseth couldn't beat the field with speed, so he did it with strategy Saturday in the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR's new green-white-checkered rule goes into effect during today's Nextel Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, and there are backers and detractors.

Schumacher leads German practice
HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Michael Schumacher took a step toward matching his own record of 11 victories in a season Friday by posting the fastest time in practice for the German Grand Prix.

Newman snatches top spot
LOUDON, N.H.- Friday was payback time for Ryan Newman at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Atlanta scores summer league win over Portland
SALT LAKE CITY -- Josh Smith scored a tournament high 26 points and hit 4-of-6 3-pointers to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 78-74 summer league victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday.

Bryant accuser's sex life is ruled admissible

Atlanta scores summer league win over Portland

Bryant accuser's sex life is ruled admissible
DENVER - In a huge victory for Kobe Bryant, the judge in the NBA star's sexual assault case ruled Friday that his accuser's sex life during the week of their encounter can be used against her at trial.

Robinson joins Houston's fold

Falcons notebook

Dallas quickly grabs up George

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Profile obituary: Mrs. Peggy F. Ward
Family members remember Peggy F. Ward as a caring mother and wife, a religious woman and a dedicated physician.

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Profile obituary: Mr. Gene Wheeler
AIKEN - Gene Wheeler's comrades with the Sons of Confederate Veterans remember him as a man proud that his great-grandfather fought and died for the South at Antietam.

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Mr. D. Austin Shelley (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Meriweather (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roscoe Courtney (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Odell Turman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeremy Braswell (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Rivers (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Dustin Evans (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. William R. Rush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. DeAlva Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jackson Malcom, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. L.E. Wheeler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Dorn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Justin Smith (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Mayena Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertell Frails Lee (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mrs. Mary Geter (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Jim Snow (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Moses Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Aycock (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Profile obituary: Mrs. Peggy F. Ward

Mrs. Luthera Mitchell (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Moses Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. DeAlva Morris (MILLEN, Ga.)

Profile obituary: Mr. Gene Wheeler

Ms. Tomekicia Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leatha Wynn (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Baquero (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Davis (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Geter (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Alma Steedley (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Davis (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mrs. Lena Bates (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Byrd (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Garnett (LAKE CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Baquero (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Bokknight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Peggy F. Ward (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Hunter turns on ex-wife in probe
They walked into the room holding hands. They kissed and talked about supporting each other, a touching scene of a wife standing by her embattled husband.

'Exceptional circumstances' may save Edwards' spot in Olympics

Ancient Olympians: Not the Homeric heroes once thought, scholars say
It was like the Super Bowl, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, a holy pilgrimage and Chippendale dancers all rolled into one.

Ancient Olympians: Not the Homeric heroes once thought, scholars say

Construction nearly finished across Greece
ATHENS, Greece - The unfinished construction of dust-choked venues stood as a symbol of Athens' troubling Olympic delays a few months ago.

'Exceptional circumstances' may save Edwards' spot in Olympics
U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards was found guilty of using a banned stimulant but might be able to avoid a suspension - and keep her spot in the Olympics - because of "exceptional circumstances."

Protest Warriors are carrying the genuine torch of democracy
Here is some news to light your fire. A group of young people calling itself Protest Warriors is going to protest the protesters at the upcoming Republican convention in New York City. They claim the left-wing loonies have hogged center stage for too long, and the Protest Warriors intend to beat them at their own game. Their motto is "Fighting the Left and Doing It Right."

Editorial was inaccurate and racially divisive
If I had respect for or depended on the well wishes of The Augusta Chronicle, I would be crushed by the post-victory editorial "Why revive Walker?" (July 22). Since I have never relied on your newspaper for support, I take your opinion in stride. However, let me say with a great deal of pride that I am indeed gratified the people of the 22nd District have the only opinion in this matter that really counts. Your editorial only serves to insult and further polarize this community. When are you going to learn that everybody does not share your views?

Senior Center is getting a raw deal from RDC
When I joined the board of the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council several years ago, I thought I would be involved in a sedentary place where senior citizens sat around and used the facility to play a little cards, etc. I had no idea of the incredible variety of activities they enjoyed, including health and exercise classes; line dancing; trips; pinochle and bridge; picnics; classes on computers, nutrition, investments, income tax, Spanish and art; holiday events; and more. I realized that for the hundreds of seniors, coming to the Senior Center each week, it was their everyday home where they met with their friends, black and white.

Senior Center is getting a raw deal from RDC
When I joined the board of the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council several years ago, I thought I would be involved in a sedentary place where senior citizens sat around and used the facility to play a little cards, etc. I had no idea of the incredible variety of activities they enjoyed, including health and exercise classes; line dancing; trips; pinochle and bridge; picnics; classes on computers, nutrition, investments, income tax, Spanish and art; holiday events; and more. I realized that for the hundreds of seniors, coming to the Senior Center each week, it was their everyday home where they met with their friends, black and white.

Editorial was inaccurate and racially divisive
If I had respect for or depended on the well wishes of The Augusta Chronicle, I would be crushed by the post-victory editorial "Why revive Walker?" (July 22). Since I have never relied on your newspaper for support, I take your opinion in stride. However, let me say with a great deal of pride that I am indeed gratified the people of the 22nd District have the only opinion in this matter that really counts. Your editorial only serves to insult and further polarize this community. When are you going to learn that everybody does not share your views?

Protest Warriors are carrying the genuine torch of democracy
Here is some news to light your fire. A group of young people calling itself Protest Warriors is going to protest the protesters at the upcoming Republican convention in New York City. They claim the left-wing loonies have hogged center stage for too long, and the Protest Warriors intend to beat them at their own game. Their motto is "Fighting the Left and Doing It Right."

Overtime

North Carolina looking for sign

Area sports anouncements

Armstrong in sight of sixth French crown

Armstrong might not race in '05

Area sports anouncements
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 are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

North Carolina looking for sign
RALEIGH, N.C. - The rising cost of running a 28-sport athletics program has North Carolina looking at defying years of tradition.

Overtime
In Indianapolis, top seed Andy Roddick fell into a big deficit and faced three match points before coming back to beat Ivan Ljubicic, 1-6, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3) in the RCA Championships semifinals.

Nearing 6th title, Armstrong slows
LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France - Lance Armstrong took it easy Friday with his record sixth-consecutive Tour de France crown all but won, allowing Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado to capture the 18th stage.

Armstrong in sight of sixth French crown
BESANCON, France - Lance Armstrong capped his most dominant Tour de France with another impressive win in the final time trial Saturday, all but guaranteeing that he will ride into history as the first six-time champion in the race's 101-year history.

Armstrong might not race in '05
LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France - Lance Armstrong will race again in the Tour de France, although maybe not next year.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Deer's future gets debated
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Georgia's No. 1 big game animal influences a lot more than recreational hunting.

Deer's future gets debated

Finally, a big one

Finally, a big one
specialFinally, a big oneWilliam Burr, 16, has been fishing for two years and, until recently, his best catch was a 4-pound bass from Clarks Hill. But on July 17, he hooked this 10-pound lunker with a plastic worm. The fish jumped three times before being "lipped" and landed. Burr was fishing with his stepfather, Bill Carn, and family friend Rick Busby in McDuffie County.

Outdoors awards

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors awards
The Augusta Chronicle's outdoors page was honored recently as the recipient of four awards, including first place in the Daily Newspaper Category in the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association's annual Excellence in Craft competition for work published during the 2003 calendar year.

Mason tract left in the best hands
WOODLAWN, S.C.- James Mason enjoyed countless idle afternoons at his family farm off S.C. Hwy. 28, surrounded by the white oaks and antebellum outbuildings that his ancestors called home.

Party's delegates converge in Boston
ATLANTA - With a tight presidential election looming in November, Georgia delegates are preparing for this week's Democratic National Convention in Boston with a sense of purpose some say was lacking four years ago.

Robinson joins Houston's fold
HOUSTON - Dunta Robinson tried to keep his head from spinning as he thumbed through the Houston Texans' nearly four-inch thick defensive playbook.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn finally can run without significant pain in his surgically repaired left foot. Now comes the tricky part.

Dallas quickly grabs up George
IRVING, Texas - Eddie George agreed to a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, just two days after being released by the Tennessee Titans.

Learning-center founder's story always involved children's care
The first Tender Sprout Christian Learning Center opened about 12 years ago. People often think the name refers to the children at the seven Tender Sprout day care sites, but to owner Patricia Scott, it comes from a verse in Isaiah: "He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth" (Isaiah 53:2).

Conference's speakers focus on ministries, bad behavior
The Rev. Liberty Savard, the author of The Unsurrendered Soul, and Dr. A. Okechukwu Ogbonnaya will join other speakers at the Aligning Souls With God conference from Tuesday through Friday at Broadway Baptist Church.

Faith digest
Grace United Methodist Church of North Augusta will break ground for a $5.1 million expansion at 11 a.m. Sunday at its campus, 639 Georgia Ave.

Faith digest
Grace United Methodist Church of North Augusta will break ground for a $5.1 million expansion at 11 a.m. Sunday at its campus, 639 Georgia Ave.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Mason tract left in the best hands

Desperation is the mother of all inventions

Parent's resource guide

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV

Parent's resource guide

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV

What To Do

What To Do

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Learning-center founder's story always involved children's care

Faith digest

Conference's speakers focus on ministries, bad behavior