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Former TV host will be in Augusta to handle talent show
Rickey Smiley's brand of old-school comedy, in which he portrays 90-year-old church member Ms. Bernice Jenkins and other Southern friends and relatives, has been amusing audiences for nearly 16 years.

Tale puts Wild West theme on stage
An antithesis to popular opera expectations, The Ballad of Baby Doe, being staged this weekend by the Augusta Opera, is more Bonanza than Butterfly, more Dodge City than Don Giovanni.

Features musician: Eryn Eubanks

Features musician: Eryn Eubanks
Eryn Eubanks HOMETOWN: Augusta STYLE: Bluegrass

Former TV host will be in Augusta to handle talent show

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Tale puts Wild West theme on stage

'Barefoot' a classic that can still astound new audiences

'Barefoot' a classic that can still astound new audiences
Although the play is 41 years old, the cast of the Fort Gordon production of the Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park view it as a play full of firsts.

Group melds dancing, acting in 'Peter Pan'
Before Wendy, John and Michael left their London home and flew to Neverland, there was Peter Pan and his friends.

Sosa leads Cubs power explosion
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa appears to have found his swing, and the timing couldn't be better for the Chicago Cubs.

Will 700 bring respect?

Bonds goes hitless vs. Brewers
MILWAUKEE - Barry Bonds didn't have to worry about another "not-in-my-ballpark" manager ordering his team to pitch around the San Francisco slugger.

Marlins are making most of it in Chicago

A's fans defend smack talking
OAKLAND, Calif. - The woman whose nose was broken when Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a chair into the stands said Wednesday she will not decide whether to sue the Rangers until after prosecutors and baseball officials complete their investigation.

Sosa leads Cubs power explosion

Will 700 bring respect?
MILWAUKEE - San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou hopes Barry Bonds' 700th home run - whenever it comes - will change the public's perception of the surly slugger.

Rangers' player arrested after throwing chair at fans
OAKLAND, Calif. - Texas reliever Frank Francisco was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery after he threw a chair into the right-field box seats and hit two spectators in the head during Monday night's loss to the Oakland Athletics.

A's fans defend smack talking

Marlins are making most of it in Chicago
CHICAGO - The Florida Marlins found an appropriately wild end for their weird stay in Chicago.

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Madelynn Marie Griffin: Christopher J. and Angela M. Griffin, of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Madelynn Marie Griffin, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Vicky Arrowood, of Harlem, and Gary and Sue Stephens, of Tryon, N.C.

Driver in decapitation case released from jail
MARIETTA, Ga. - A man facing criminal charges after an apparent drunk driving accident that decapitated his longtime friend has been released from jail.

Ortiz rocked as Braves slip up again

Hampton gets good news

Hampton gets good news
NEW YORK - Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton is a tough guy, but even he had to laugh at Tuesday's report in USA Today that suggested he'd pitch the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Cox wants to see more than heat
NEW YORK - The kid is going to give it another try tonight, and this time he hopes to bring a curveball along with him.

Ortiz rocked as Braves slip up again
NEW YORK - Another night, another three home runs, another disappointing start by Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz, whose late-summer collapse is causing Bobby Cox some sleepless nights.

Georgia Bank & Trust adopts older look

Retail sales drop by 0.3 percent in August

Overcrowding likely to spur business

Chamber awards financial planner
Briton Williams considers his business success a blessing.

Chamber awards financial planner

High heat bills likely this winter
ATLANTA - Despite above-average supplies of natural gas, Georgia customers won't see significantly lower bills when they light up their furnaces this winter.

Federated to use Macy's nameplate
CINCINNATI Federated Department Stores Inc. said Monday its regional department store chains will begin operating under the Macy's name early next year, retiring the Rich's name after 140 years as a fixture in Atlanta shopping.

Stewart will go to prison 'as soon as possible'
NEW YORK - Millionaire executive Martha Stewart announced Wednesday that she had decided to begin her prison sentence for lying about a stock trade as soon as possible. "I must reclaim my good life," she said, adding she hoped to be home in time to plant a spring garden.

High heat bills likely this winter

Storm fears, supply woes drive up oil prices

Georgia Bank & Trust adopts older look
The aroma of fresh tung oil soaking into heart-pine planks hewn nearly 120 years ago competes with the smell of new paint inside the historic Cotton Exchange building.

Storm fears, supply woes drive up oil prices
WASHINGTON - The loss of more than half the daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, and of a significant amount of refining capacity, as a result of Hurricane Ivan should not cause U.S. motorists much long-term pain at the pump - so long as Ivan does not cause the industry any lasting infrastructure damage.

Retail sales drop by 0.3 percent in August
WASHINGTON Retail sales slid in August as people steered away from buying cars and shoppers kept a close eye on their spending after splurging in July.

Fall in share income looms
ATLANTA - Coca-Cola's top executive said Wednesday the world's largest beverage maker needs to work harder, better execute its business strategy and improve its culture as he warned that third-quarter per-share income will drop at least 24 percent from a year ago.

Market creating a major dilemma
NEW YORK - It's a well-worn pickup line at college keg parties: What's your major?

Overcrowding likely to spur business
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The nation's largest operator of private prisons expects to benefit from the Bush administration's expansion of federal police and thinks prison overcrowding could lead to more business.

Clemson backups to get carries

Clemson backups to get carries
Patience has been a virtue more easily preached than practiced for Clemson running backs Kyle Browning and Reggie Merriweather.

Marshall is haunted by tragic plane crash

Bloom: NCAA cut college football career short

Marshall is haunted by tragic plane crash
It's been more than 30 years, but the tragic crash on Nov. 14, 1970, of the jet that carried the Marshall football team, its coaches and some community leaders - killing everyone on board - still haunts residents there today.

Bloom: NCAA cut college football career short
WASHINGTON - Jeremy Bloom told a congressional panel Tuesday the NCAA cut his college football career short without giving him a fair chance to argue his case.

Fulmer remembers disasters against Florida
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Playing in the rain against Florida brings back some bad memories for Tennessee.

Claussen might return to play Regions Cup slate

The pride of Augusta
The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce needs to sign up 16-year-old Hodges Usry right now. Here's a young fellow who could give lessons to professional salesmen on how to sell the merits and virtues of the Garden City.

No thug left in school
They feed our kids breakfast and lunch. They transport them by the thousands in large yellow buses that are deemed so important that both directions of traffic must stop for them. They watch for suspicious bruises. They counsel young adults about life. They hear some things that parents may never hear.

Responder confusion
If your spouse has severe chest pains and collapses, it's not unreasonable to assume she's in the throes of a life-threatening illness. Certainly Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson thought that when his wife collapsed in pain at 3 a.m. one day earlier this month.

The pride of Augusta

Stop circling wagons, CBS
The hatchet has now turned on its owner.

Stop circling wagons, CBS

Sweet justice
A recent story out of Pensacola, Fla., provides the kind of sweet justice that warms the heart. It's better than man bites dog. It's dog shoots man.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Charges dismissed against Robin Givens
MIAMI ” Charges have been dismissed against actress Robin Givens after three police officers failed to show up for her traffic court trial for running over an elderly pedestrian's leg.

'Eve of Destruction' is newest racing game
If the PlayStation's sleek and sexy Twisted Metal combat racing series is the refined city boy, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction is the dirty, gap-toothed country cousin.

Featured event: Abatsu African Drummers and Dancers
Abatsu African Drummers and Dancers HOMETOWN: Augusta STYLE: West African percussion and dance

Changes made to Arts in the Heart festival
Now in its 24th incarnation, the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival remains a work in progress.

Applause calendar
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Languid retail data keep markets slow
NEW YORK - Stocks finished a lackluster session slightly higher Tuesday as many investors opted to keep to the sidelines after a disappointing report on retail sales and another increase in oil prices.

Identity theft losses surpassed $50 million
NEW YORK A computer technician who prosecutors said enabled the largest identity theft in U.S. history, surpassing $50 million, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, saying he did not realize that his accomplices would do so much damage.

Spate of bad news rattles investors
NEW YORK - Stocks sagged Wednesday after Coca-Cola Co. and several other companies issued gloomy forecasts, and a lower-than-expected reading on industrial production for August threw the nation's broader economic outlook into question.

Book makes stir-fries simple
Don't we all yearn for good cooking to also be easy? And long for someone to tell us how to do it?

Book makes stir-fries simple

Grubbin': Rae's Coastal Cafe
Rae's Coastal Cafe 3208 W. Wimbledon Drive THE ATMOSPHERE: Low lights and comfy seats in a cafe well off the beaten path

Eagles' dares on fourth down paying off
STATESBORO, Ga. - When a defense forces a fourth down it's usually followed by players coming off the field as special teams enter.

Eagles will look to break Wofford
STATESBORO, Ga. - Somehow, the thought of Georgia Southern's football team as an underdog seems as foreign as a low-carb meal at Snooky's Restaurant.

Johnson praised after 'The Catch'
ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson received a simple critique from his coach after the breakout game of his college career.

Eagles will look to break Wofford

Eagles' dares on fourth down paying off

Johnson praised after 'The Catch'

Jackets ink agreement with Giants
Citing desires to field a competitive team and be affiliated with a National League club, the Augusta GreenJackets announced Tuesday they have entered a two-year player development contract with San Francisco.

Haas appreciates week's importance

Ryder Cup team will help charities
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Charities ranging from medical, social services and youth, plus the 13 alma maters of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, will benefit from $3.7 million donated by the PGA of America in the names of the players and captain Hal Sutton.

Sutton won't reveal hand

Sutton won't reveal hand
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Hal Sutton is really throwing the dogs off his scent.

Haas appreciates week's importance
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - It's not a tale "Uncle Jay" - as U.S. rookie Chris Riley dubbed him - particularly enjoys retelling.

Jackets ink agreement with Giants

South Carolina prep football poll

South Carolina prep football poll
COLUMBIA - The Associated Press high school football poll as selected by a panel of South Carolina sports writers, with the school's name, record, number of first-place votes, total votes and last week's ranking. (4-A, 2-A, 1-A based on 15 ballots; 3-A based on 14 ballots):

Georgia prep poll
The Associated Press Georgia high school football poll representing fourth week results, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Brodeur returns to lead Canada
TORONTO - The World Cup returned to Canada after 13 long years. How long hockey will be gone is anyone's guess.

Nieminen kept out of Cup finals

Nieminen kept out of Cup finals
TORONTO - Ville Nieminen had to lend his support to his Finnish teammates from the press box Tuesday night because the fiery forward was left out of the World Cup of Hockey championship lineup.

Clock ticks on NHL lockout

Clock ticks on NHL lockout
TORONTO - Wade Redden took off his practice gear unsure of when he'd have a chance to put it on again.

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan
Augusta-area emergency officials said Tuesday that they're ready for Hurricane Ivan and warned that the area may experience heavy rain and gusty winds as soon as Thursday.

Jeanne nears hurricane strength
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Tropical Storm Jeanne, nearing hurricane strength, lashed Puerto Rico on Wednesday, as rivers rose, roads flowed with torrents of water and frantic residents evacuated low-lying areas.

Ivan's approach cancels cancer meeting
Hurricane Ivan claimed its first victim in Augusta even before the storm came ashore. University Hospital canceled its Cancer Town Meeting, scheduled to start at 7 tonight, and rescheduled it for Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

New Orleans empties ahead of Ivan
NEW ORLEANS - More than 1.2 million people in metropolitan New Orleans were warned to get out Tuesday as 140-mph Hurricane Ivan churned toward the Gulf Coast, threatening to submerge this below-sea-level city in what could be the most disastrous storm to hit in nearly 40 years.

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan
Augusta-area emergency officials said Tuesday that they're ready for Hurricane Ivan and warned that the area may experience heavy rain and gusty winds as soon as Thursday.

Details of preparations for Ivan and Jeanne
Hurricane, tropical storm details at a glance.

Georgia urged to prepare for Ivan
ATLANTA - Unsure just how or whether Hurricane Ivan will affect Georgia later this week, state officials urged residents Monday to prepare for a weather event that might include massive power outages, numerous tornadoes and flooding rains.

New Orleans urges people to seek shelter
NEW ORLEANS - Some beach towns were deserted Wednesday and highways leading to higher ground were jammed as Hurricane Ivan roared toward the Gulf Coast with 140 mph.

Meatless risotto is a hearty treat
Back in the late 1980s I became a bit of a dabbling activist. I read books on saving the planet, feeding the planet and recycling the planet. I stopped using most disposable paper products such as napkins and towels, and used cloth diapers with my first child.

University Hospital's Cancer Town Meeting canceled
Hurricane Ivan claimed its first victim in Augusta even before the storm came ashore. University Hospital canceled its Cancer Town Meeting scheduled to start at 7 tonight and rescheduled it for Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

Authorities identify young adults killed in wreck
Authorities have identified two people who died in a one-car accident Wednesday night on a south Richmond County road.

Pray for our strong congressman

Pray for our strong congressman
I have known Charlie Norwood since the early 1990s, when I saw him begin his campaign to become a U.S. congressman. I can assure readers that when it gets too tough for everyone else, it is just right for him. He's beat everything that the Democratic Party, unions and liberal groups have thrown at him. Alex Cawthon, Thomson

Kerry's attributes have no merit
I am tired of seeing all the falsehoods and lies being thrown around by the left-wingers. They are so busy hating President George W. Bush that they don't see the person whom they are attempting to place in the Oval Office.

Spare us 'editorial terror' in letters
Please - give us a break! Roy S. Ellis, Evans

Ignore Bush-haters' flawed agenda
Mark Gelbart's letter about the Bush-haters' agenda ("Bush-haters have honorable agenda," Sept. 7) is self-explanatory. He never mentioned what was better about John Kerry; he just bashed Bush. Let's set the record straight, though. Jeff Clark, Martinez

Real issues lost in this election year
The long eight days of the Democrats' and Republicans' conventions gave the voters a lot of good entertainment, but not enough about our national and international strategies. There were only shallow debates on the most important issues facing us: terrorism, the war in Iraq - which really is revolutionary strife among the Iraqi power brokers - and the deficit. These issues must be confronted and resolved if we are to protect and maintain our way of life - a safe, free and prosperous America. Dante Antonacci, Augusta

Spare us 'editorial terror' in letters

School board member misses point

Many U.S. deaths were indeed in vain
Since your editorial titled "Deaths are not in vain" (Sept. 9) brought up the similarities between our post-World War II experiences in Germany and Japan, and our situation in Iraq, you should point out the obvious difference. Alan Ziobrowski, Martinez

Kerry's attributes have no merit

Real issues lost in this election year

School board member misses point
Regarding Richmond County School Board Trustee Ken Echols' proposed book ban and censorship of school reading lists: How unfortunate that he dismisses Kaffir Boy, a novel describing the lengths to which starving children will go for food, as "filth." How unfortunate that the woman requesting the ban chose to indulge her son's complaints, when she has actually missed a unique opportunity to remind Junior just how lucky he is to live in this extremely well-fed country. Angella Carter, Augusta

Jacobs' colorful show at Fashion Week

Older women find love with younger men

Feminine touches featured in collections
NEW YORK - Start practicing a walk with a swing. You'll need it this spring with the arrival of full, breezy skirts that bring to mind the famous movie poster of Marilyn Monroe standing over an air grate.

Older women find love with younger men
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Shortly after they hooked up six years ago, Marilyn Mahoney and Devin Land made a pact: They would simply avoid the age thing. Don't ask, don't tell.

Jacobs' colorful show at Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Muted sage, blush and yellow, shades of white and earth colors are so last week. Soft neutrals had emerged as a trend for spring 2005 during the opening shows of New York Fashion Week, but bright colors, including magenta, purple and teal, took their place on the runway Monday as Marc Jacobs, Max Azria for BCBG and Donna Karan previewed their collections for retailers, media and fashion fans.

Meth fight could alter rules on cold medication

Democrats say lawmaker lied about being Marine veteran
ST. GEORGE, S.C. - South Carolina's Democratic Party chairman says state Rep. George Bailey has lied "repeatedly and shamelessly" to voters in his district about his status as a Marine veteran.

Groups to offer cancer insight
As a nurse in the endoscopy unit at University Hospital, Melanie Kumrow knows the dread patients feel when facing news of cancer. She had to confront it herself a year ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Military reunions

An inside look
Marc Jacobs walks through a 1944 B-17 bomber, the "Fuddy Duddy" aircraft, at Augusta Regional Airport. Tours of the craft will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today, weather permitting. The plane will begin flying passengers this morning. For information, call (920) 371-2246.

Former Hope House resident returns with message for women

Groups accuse Barrow of shift
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gay rights activists are angrily accusing Democratic congressional candidate John Barrow of flip-flopping on the politically charged gay marriage issue.

South Carolinians pitch in with Florida relief efforts

Interstate stretch will be resurfaced

To the finish

Authority over jail may shift
AIKEN - Mike Hunt stands to gain a new responsibility.

Students meet before classes to express faith

Educator finds niche with private boys school
WESTMINSTER, S.C. - Kathy Whitmire had no plans to leave the Oconee County School District when she visited the Cherokee Creek Boys School earlier this year.

Authorities identify young adults killed in wreck

Educator finds niche with private boys school

Former Hope House resident returns with message for women
Two years after Pensola Parsons left Hope House, a residential facility for women recovering from drugs and alcohol, she returned as a guest speaker Sept. 7 at an achievement program.

Fire marshal inspects Columbia County schools
It has been 15 months since Roy Rogers' department entered a Columbia County school for a fire inspection.

University Hospital's Cancer Town Meeting canceled

Gala will fund program for elderly care

Meetings
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Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 5-year old Kaylee Riley French, of Augusta.

Two finalists remain in Make Kids Count scholarship drawing
Vaughn Lee believes in prayer.

Price apologizes to Larke for statements
Columbia County Schools Superintendent Tommy Price on Wednesday backed off critical statements he made the day before about Richmond County's SAT policies.

Groups to offer cancer insight

Rants and raves
BAN KAFFIR BOY? I bet that kid's computer has a lot worse trash on it than what they feel is in the story of the reality of Apartheid! And I bet the mother or the kid never sat down and read the "whole" book!

Across the area

Districts challenge education spending
ATLANTA - Dozens of local school districts filed a lawsuit against the state Tuesday, accusing public officials of shortchanging Georgia's children by failing to fund public education adequately.

Change allows new building

Sanford appoints interim official
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Bowman dairy farmer Hugh Weathers as the state's interim agriculture commissioner Tuesday.

Banner offers hope to woman

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Critics object to SAT figures

Assistant cheerleading coach quits

Candidates step up 12th District campaigns

Reunions

Rants and raves
BAN KAFFIR BOY? I bet that kid's computer has a lot worse trash on it than what they feel is in the story of the reality of Apartheid! And I bet the mother or the kid never sat down and read the "whole" book!

Pet of the week

MCG doctors pose to raise funds
A dozen Medical College of Georgia doctors are ready to show that they're too sexy for their stethoscopes.

Two finalists remain in Make Kids Count scholarship drawing

Backers, critics of ban prepare for campaigns
ATLANTA - Where did Georgia's gay marriage debate go?

Sanford starts talks on budget

Across the area
A 14-year-old Columbia Middle School pupil damaged school property and threatened two school officials with a bat, authorities said.

Storms may add to dirty waters

Storms may add to dirty waters
AIKEN - Officials can't say with certainty if heavy rains that accompanied Tropical Storm Frances led to the increased levels of fecal coliform bacteria that closed Langley Pond last week.

Problems subside after officers visit

A fresh start
Rabbi Robert Klensin talks with Paula Schwartz at the Congregation Children of Israel before celebrating Rosh Hashana. The holiday is considered the Jewish new year.

Across the area

Race car will promote prostate cancer awareness

Pet of the week
Sally, an 8-week-old female Rottweiler and beagle mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at SuperPetz on Whiskey Road in Aiken, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Aiken and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at PETsMART in Augusta. Pets for adoption can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 649-1219 or 279-7003.

Change allows new building
AIKEN - Graniteville's Byrd Elementary will likely be getting a new school building in a new location, after Aiken School Board members unanimously approved a shift in allocations in its five-year facilities improvement plan Tuesday.

Reunions
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Hopefuls duke it out over airwaves

Military reunions
USS SPERRY (AS-12) ASSOCIATION: Seeking shipmates for a reunion Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at the Days Hotel Timonium, Baltimore; contact Arnold Ross, (281) 534-2459 or 2916 Colonial Drive, Dickinson, TX 77539 or ARoss14573@aol.com

Interstate stretch will be resurfaced
GRANITEVILLE - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is responding to concerns about a deadly stretch of Interstate 20 in Aiken County, with about 1,000 feet of roadwork scheduled to begin this week, a top agency official said Tuesday.

Talent garners woman title of Ms. Senior

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - An Anderson County man has been killed, and deputies are searching for a man who they say had been threatening him.

Talent garners woman title of Ms. Senior
Carol Counts' love of singing and performing led her to become a contestant in the Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina pageant.

Leaders hope exhibit draws tourists to Atlanta
ATLANTA - The city's black leaders on Tuesday welcomed the newest exhibit they hope will keep Atlanta at the forefront of civil rights tourism.

News you can use
SEPT. 16, 1983 The Very Rev. Harry W. Shipps, dean of the Convocation of Augusta, was elected bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Georgia on Thursday after 11 rounds of voting.

Around town

Departing exchange chief leaves legacy of progress
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service at Fort Gordon has grown under the leadership of its general manager, Nick Williams.

Assistant cheerleading coach quits
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's assistant cheerleading coach quit his job Tuesday, three weeks after the squad's head coach was fired for telling cheerleaders that one of their teammates had accused her of religious discrimination.

Rants and raves
IF A WAR ON terrorism creates anti-American sentiment and anti-American sentiment breeds terrorists who target America, how can a war on terrorism protect America?

Event focuses on sick claims

Program gives spouses idea of what Army is like
Being in the Army isn't exactly a 9-to-5 job, and spouses of newly enlisted soldiers don't always understand why their spouses leave before dawn and return in the evening exhausted and ready to sleep.

Fire marshal inspects Columbia County schools

Burglaries sweep through west Augusta
While some west Augustans sleep, somebody is coming into their homes and taking cash and credit cards, authorities say.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Boy is charged in shooting
A 19-year-old man died Wednesday after an early morning shooting, police said.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 8-year old Jamilya A. Williams of Augusta.

Kid of the day

Event focuses on sick claims
Willie E. Gresham has battled skin cancer repeatedly after working at radioactive areas at Savannah River Site off and on between 1951 and 1991.

Proposed SPLOST project: McBean Park
McBean Park opened in 2002 in the southeast corner of Richmond County near the Burke County line. The total cost when completed will be $4.2 million. Phase 5 tax money would add athletic facilities and additions to the walking trail.

Proposed SPLOST project: McBean Park

County gets plan to keep buses running
School buses were originally purchased to transport children to school.

Sanford changes budget process

Around the block
The best chefs of the south dining series will feature Chef Michael Tuohy, of Woodfire Grill in Atlanta, at 6:30 tonight at the Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way. The event includes a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and a four-course dinner with wine pairings. The cost is $69. For more information, call 737-8888.

Leaders hope exhibit draws tourists to Atlanta

Group wants set fee for vendors

Around the block

Team to observe screening system
Augusta Regional Airport officials are headed to Jacksonville, Fla., today to learn all they can about a cutting-edge screening system they say is crucial to landing a low-cost carrier.

A fresh start

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A man facing criminal charges after an apparent drunken driving accident that decapitated his friend has been released from jail.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - A former state trooper who could have faced 20 years in prison for assaulting two suspects in handcuffs has been found guilty of a lesser charge and sent to jail for 60 days.

Groups accuse Barrow of shift

Frances blows in trouble for man
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Chalk up one more person suffering from the impact of Hurricane Frances that blew through Florida last week.

Price apologizes to Larke for statements

Critics object to SAT figures
Richmond County's recent success in hitting the 1,000 mark on the SAT is deceptive, Columbia County Schools Superintendent Tommy Price said Tuesday.

Airport offers look at screening system
Jacksonville International Airport might have three times the staff, passengers and equipment of Augusta Regional Airport, but Garden City leaders are still trying to take a cue from their neighbors to the south.

Meth fight could alter rules on cold medication
ATLANTA - At the dawn of the season for sniffles and colds, some anti-drug advocates say Georgia needs to consider tightening access to cold medicine to help fight the state's methampetamine plague.

Group wants set fee for vendors
The executive director of an organization dedicated to improving Augusta's downtown said Wednesday he hopes to create a consistent fee for vendors who sell their merchandise at city events.

Across the Southeast
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Ralph Nader is again off Florida's presidential ballot, at least for now.

Milestones

Area effect should end by Saturday
Inclement weather from Hurricane Ivan should pass through the Augusta area by Saturday as long as the storm's projected path does not turn east, a meteorologist said Wednesday.

Sanford starts talks on budget
COLUMBIA - Using a private company to sell worms, crickets and tackle to fishermen is one of the issues the director of the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department brought up Wednesday in this year's round of the governor's budget hearings.

Post Happenings

Newcomers' event gives soldiers information on area

Meetings

Across the Southeast

Across Georgia

For the record

Democrats say lawmaker lied about being Marine veteran

Hopefuls duke it out over airwaves
COLUMBIA - Television airwaves are filling up with negative messages about the candidates vying to replace U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, and it's only going to get worse until the election, experts say.

Big cat puts a scare into community

Around town
Paula Barton (left), the regional manager for the Office of Family Independence, and Ava Scearce, the regional director for the Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Program,talk with guests at a gathering to introduce Ms. Scearce to other Labor Department personnel at the Clubhouse in Augusta. Ms. Scearce, a 25-year veteran with the rehabilitation program, which helps disabled people find jobs, is taking over for Doyle Stewart, who retired after 14 years.

Milestones
Nand Patel, of Augusta, son of Vinod and Naynce Patel, has been named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy.

Official says ballot language is flawed
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston County voters head back to the polls in November to consider again a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for new roads, bus service and buying open space.

Race car will promote prostate cancer awareness
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and today a Viagra race car will be parked downtown as a reminder.

Governor will tout bases
WASHINGTON - Gov. Sonny Perdue expressed confidence Tuesday that next year's base closure process will strengthen, not weaken, bases in Georgia.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, paroles, indictments, dui sentencings, juvenile court sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Horse community wants tourists' respect

To the finish
Hundreds of runners will meet Saturday morning at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., for the annual SRP Federal Credit Union Broad Street Ramble.

An inside look

Newcomers' event gives soldiers information on area
Sgt. Sandra Nana has been at Fort Gordon for about a month.

Sanford changes budget process
COLUMBIA - State agencies present their funding needs to the governor starting today as he begins writing his executive budget for the coming year.

Gala will fund program for elderly care
The senior prom does not usually take place in the fall - and it's not usually attended by people of retirement age, but the Senior Prom will be held at the Boat House, 1101 Riverfront Drive, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

Across the area
Edgefield County authorities were searching for a large exotic animal, possibly a cougar, that attacked and killed a 120-pound pit bull Tuesday, sheriff's officials said.

Big cat puts a scare into community
NORTH AUGUSTA - Residents of southern Edgefield County can rest easy - there is no killer cougar roaming the neighborhoods.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Fulton County judge ordered a psychological evaluation for a teenager accused of stealing thousands of dollars in an identity theft scam.

South Carolinians pitch in with Florida relief efforts
AIKEN - In the desperate days after Hurricane Frances, Michelle Myer saw an abundance of devastation and plenty of frustration.

Candidates step up 12th District campaigns
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After a brief summer pause, freshman Republican incumbent Max Burns and Democratic challenger John Barrow are cranking up their efforts in their nationally watched race in the 12th Congressional District, which stretches from Savannah to Augusta and Athens.

Students meet before classes to express faith
Sarah Baker gripped a microphone with her left hand, stretched her right arm toward the sky, looked up at heaven and worshipped God through a song.

Horse community wants tourists' respect
AIKEN - Aiken and its horse community have managed a symbiotic relationship for more than a century.

Landfill approaches capacity
Standing on a mountain of dirt- covered trash 390 feet above sea level, Don Bartles watches as a vehicle with toaster-size metal teeth on its wheels smashes a new waste load.

Sanford appoints interim official

Problems subside after officers visit
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been at Glenn Hills High School for three days after several fights last week, and said Wednesday that problems there are on the decline.

Banner offers hope to woman
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They flap above union halls, American Legion posts and on occasion above the White House. These black standards with the submissive head bow of a prisoner of war offer hope for when POWs and soldiers missing in action come home again.

Governor will tout bases

Districts challenge education spending

County gets plan to keep buses running

Sutton channels legendary coach in new role
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Considering the man, there is something inappropriately formal about the title - United States Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton.

Mickelson, not Woods, will set Ryder tone
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Despite the insistence of the captain and the default thinking of the general public, Tiger Woods is not the biggest key for this United States Ryder Cup team.

Baseball comedy looks like a hit
Baseball heroes are not necessarily the nicest guys on Earth, but do moviegoers want to know that? Two movies about flawed legends, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, bombed at the box office. Now here is Mr. 3000, starring Bernie Mac as a player so disliked that even the team's mascot disses him. This time, however, the movie is a comedy, not a dirge, and Mr. Mac gives a funny and kind of touching performance as a man who attains greatness once and then has to do it again.

Mini reviews

'Star Wars' trilogy to thrill fans with long-awaited DVDs
LOS ANGELES - Star Wars fans, get ready to rejoice. At last - 27 years after the original Star Wars hit the screens and seven years after the re-release of Special Edition Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and the introduction of DVD players - the movie and sequels Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be available Tuesday as a four-DVD set that retails for $69.98.

Lucas drew inspiration for 'Star Wars' from cinema history
A long, long time ago - well, 27 years - in a galaxy far, far away - or Marin County, Calif. - a young man named George Lucas made a little movie that changed American cinema.

'Star Wars' trilogy to thrill fans with long-awaited DVDs

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Lucas drew inspiration for 'Star Wars' from cinema history

Featured musician: Rhes Reeves IV
Rhes Reeves IV AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Millen, Ga.; now lives in northern Jenkins County

Featured musician: Rhes Reeves IV

Featured group: Howard Stroud, of Jazztronic
Howard Stroud, of Jazztronic HOMETOWN: Athens, Ga. STYLE: Funk-infused jazz

Featured group: Howard Stroud, of Jazztronic

Concerts
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Concerts

Quadriplegic wins division in veterans arts festival
Army veteran Freeman Simmons always knew he could sing, and for the third time in seven years, the nation has taken notice.

Vanilla Ice finds freedom in rougher persona

First rap artists get hall of fame nomination
NEW YORK - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - the first rap artists to get that distinction - joining U2, Randy Newman and the O'Jays on the ballot.

Open Road nears band member's hometown by playing in Augusta
The Colorado-based bluegrass band Open Road heads down the highway to Augusta to perform Friday at Stillwater Tap Room on Broad Street in support of its new Rounder Records CD ... in the life.

Open Road nears band member's hometown by playing in Augusta

Vanilla Ice finds freedom in rougher persona
Nearly 15 years after the lacquered hair, baggy pants, synchronized dance moves and a backbeat borrowed from David Bowie made him a star, Rob Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, is coming to terms with his past and looking to the future.

Quadriplegic wins division in veterans arts festival

Sponsors' deals mean new paint

Drivers will go on like normal

Sponsors' deals mean new paint
LOUDON, N.H. - Jeff Silver knows every time he paints a race car for Jeff Burton or Carl Edwards at Roush Racing, there's a chance he'll have to paint it again.

NASCAR newsmaker John Fernandez
John Fernandez, the director of Dodge Motorsports Operations, was the happiest person at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night. Two of his cars barely made the final cut for the Chase for the Championship, which starts Sunday with the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Drivers will go on like normal
LOUDON, N.H. - The 10 finalists for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship have been determined, but once they start their 10-race playoff for the Nextel Cup Series title, what happens to the other 33 drivers in the field?

NASCAR newsmaker John Fernandez

Shaking up Week 2 forecast

Smith gets a bad break

Refs flag defenses for holding up play

Lynch draws first fine of 2004 season

Former players await induction

San Diego shocks fans with win

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De La Hoya enters ring in new role

Overtime

Overtime
Kristan Glover, a pitcher for the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack softball team, made a verbal commitment to Tennessee Tech University, according to her coach Garrett Black.

De La Hoya enters ring in new role
LAS VEGAS - The smile was gone, and Oscar De La Hoya was in no mood to play any games. To those who think he has no chance against middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, though, De La Hoya had something to say.

Bulldogs are ready to roll now
Although basketball season won't kick off for about two more months, six teams from around the southeast will face off at North Augusta's Riverview Park in eight days.

Smith gets a bad break
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Steve Smith had surgery Tuesday on his broken left leg, leaving the Carolina Panthers searching for replacements for their top receiver and punt returner.

San Diego shocks fans with win
SAN DIEGO - So the San Diego Chargers shocked the NFL and won their season opener.

Lynch draws first fine of 2004 season
DENVER - John Lynch saw the next-day-mail envelope in his locker and he knew the news wasn't good.

Shaking up Week 2 forecast
It's time to break out the old Magic 8-Ball.

Former players await induction
ATLANTA - Steve Bartkowski can hardly wait for Sunday when he joins William Andrews, Tommy Nobis and Jessie Tuggle as the first inductees into the Atlanta Falcons' new "Ring of Honor."

Refs flag defenses for holding up play
NEW YORK - Although there were fewer penalties overall in the first week of the NFL season, the number of defensive holding calls tripled, presumably because of the new emphasis on calling them.

Keyboardist is inducted into Hall of Fame as performer

Keyboardist is inducted into Hall of Fame as performer
Few Georgia tree farmers can claim to have toured with the Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers and recorded with Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

Sutton channels legendary coach in new role

Mickelson, not Woods, will set Ryder tone

Sound engineer's partner will be missed

MSNBC relies on confrontational Matthews

NBC says early start is success for season

Shriver set to interview Roy Horn

NBC says early start is success for season
NEW YORK - NBC landed three season or series premieres in Nielsen's top 10 last week, giving the network a ratings victory and leading top executive Jeff Zucker to pronounce its early start strategy a success.

Shriver set to interview Roy Horn
Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, does his first public interview today since a tiger mauled him on stage in Las Vegas almost a year ago.

MSNBC relies on confrontational Matthews
NEW YORK - It certainly can't be a bad thing for a man with a political talk show called Hardball to be nearly challenged to a duel by a U.S. senator.

Applause calendar

Charges dismissed against Robin Givens

Club calendar

'Eve of Destruction' is newest racing game

Featured event: Abatsu African Drummers and Dancers

Changes made to Arts in the Heart festival

Backs show team's depth
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's starting tailback for Saturday's game against Marshall could be a player who began preseason camp working at wide receiver.

Offensive line improves in the trenches
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's starting offensive linemen weren't even born yet when Bo Derek made the hearts of American males flutter in 1979 in the movie 10.

Offensive line improves in the trenches

Backs show team's depth

Sound engineer's partner will be missed
No, Dylan's duties are a bit more specialized. It's Dylan's sharp eyes - and sharp teeth - that protect Mr. Maxwell's expensive equipment from would-be vandals. It's Dylan's willingness to be scratched behind the ears or beneath the neck that defuses tensions between bands and the man behind the door and it's Dylan's bright eyes, bushy tail and low-key demeanor that announce Mr. Maxwell's arrival at any venue.

Claussen might return to play Regions Cup slate
Don't be surprised if Augusta's Henry Claussen is on the Georgia team for the 2005 Regions Cup Matches. Not that the Peach State team needs any more help.

Driver in decapitation case released from jail

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan

Details of preparations for Ivan and Jeanne

New Orleans urges people to seek shelter

Georgian cities anticipate Ivan