An evening with 'Matt and Ben'
'Matt & Ben' WHEN: Through Oct. 2 WHERE: The Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta

Artist spotlight: Lara Plocha
Lara Plocha JOB: Executive director, Imperial Theatre HOW LONG: Since July 1

Art festivals need to return focus to Augusta area's art
It's hard to argue with the facts and figures of the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. Not only did this year's event seemingly succeed in scaring off Ivan's storm clouds that threatened to wash the proceedings away but it also attracted thousands of patrons and raised an estimated $20,000 for the Greater Augusta Arts Councils programs. In a bottom-line world, that's a success.

An evening with 'Matt and Ben'

Galleries

Players bring grueling 'West Side' to Imperial

Art festivals need to return focus to Augusta area's art

Players bring grueling 'West Side' to Imperial
Augusta Players Artistic Director Richard Justice understands why the company has been hesitant to stage West Side Story.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Giants secure Bonds' future

Capital City Bombers sign deal with Red Sox
When the Augusta GreenJackets signed a two-year player development contract with the San Francisco Giants last week, the Boston Red Sox were left without a low Class A affiliate.

Capital City Bombers sign deal with Red Sox

Unlikely 3-peat suits the Twins
CHICAGO - Nothing fazes the Minnesota Twins.

Giants secure Bonds' future
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds will have two more seasons to break Hank Aaron's career home run record with the San Francisco Giants, who decided Tuesday to drop their right to void the final year of his contract.

Unlikely 3-peat suits the Twins

Birth announcements

Birth announcements
Claire Isabella Roese: Jeremey and Jennifer Roese, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Isabella Roese, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Brantley Jr., of Grovetown, Mr. and Mrs. Glen C. Howard, of Appling, and Mr. and Mrs. George P. Roese III, of Evans.

French 'Spider-Man' climbs building with bare hands
PARIS -- A French urban climber who calls himself "Spider-Man" scaled a 59-story Paris office building Wednesday with his bare hands and without using any ropes.

Title would be extra special for veterans
ATLANTA - Coincidence or not, the Braves went from league doormat to division leader within eight days of Chipper Jones' move from left field to third base.

Augusta Chronicle, augusta news, augusta weather, augusta sports, augusta golf, augusta georgia
ATLANTA - If all goes according to plan, the Braves will clinch the division tonight, but that won't lessen the sudden unease they feel at John Smoltz's vulnerability.

Atlanta closes in on NL East title
ATLANTA - It has become his daily mantra, one he recites to the media that has assembled to chronicle another remarkable season.

reds 11, braves 8

Title would be extra special for veterans

Atlanta closes in on NL East title

Reds expose vulnerable Smoltz

Reds expose vulnerable Smoltz
ATLANTA - Closer John Smoltz registered his 40th save in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Reds, but he's not satisfied with his pitches, which have lacked crispness lately.

Federal judge sets Stewart's reporting date
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart must report to prison in less than three weeks, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in granting the celebrity homemaker's request to begin serving her sentence for lying about a stock sale. Her namesake company's stock surged 12 percent.

Business briefs

Businesses want ban in Richmond County

Georgia reinforces role in field of life sciences

Wachovia director moves to Georgia Bank
Prominent Augusta banker and community leader Robert Osborne is joining Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s executive management team.

Startups could get backing of group

Business briefs
Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. made separate product announcements Tuesday that the video game giants hope will attract more customers ahead of the highly competitive holiday shopping season.

Eisner, Disney to split in 2006
LOS ANGELES - Walt Disney Co. chief executive Michael Eisner plans to quit the company's board when his contract expires in 2006 but said he won't leave Disney before then, as some prominent shareholders have demanded.

Building supplies, prices hold steady

Wachovia director moves to Georgia Bank

Eisner, Disney to split in 2006

Startups could get backing of group
Area business startups may soon be getting some heavenly help.

Businesses want ban in Richmond County
Many Columbia County bars and restaurants are opposed to the indoor smoking ban adopted Tuesday by county commissioners, but they'll be downright upset if Richmond County doesn't follow suit.

Twinkie baker goes bankrupt
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Interstate Bakeries Corp., the purveyor of lunchbox staples Wonder Bread and Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, felled by the combination of a more health-conscious public and smothering operational costs.

Consumers don't understand credit scores
NEW YORK - Americans are woefully ignorant about credit scores, a consumer group found, even though these measures of credit risk affect everything from the interest people pay on mortgages to whether they qualify for insurance.

Georgia reinforces role in field of life sciences
ATLANTA - An antibiotic that prevents infection for premature babies. A pill that reduces fatty plaque deposits in arteries. A patch that delivers vaccines through the skin instead of a needle.

Oil prices rise above $47 per barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices hurdled $47 a barrel Tuesday, with further declines in the nation's supply expected in the short-term as petroleum producers disrupted by Hurricane Ivan continue to regroup.

Business briefs
More than 60 employers are expected to take part in Fort Gordon's Job Fair 2004.

Twinkie baker goes bankrupt

Building supplies, prices hold steady
ATLANTA - In spite of the vast damage inflicted on the Southeast by three devastating hurricanes, availability of construction materials remain adequate and prices are still stable.

Tough start is familiar to Clemson

Tough start is familiar to Clemson
There was an underestimation of Clemson's emotional drain after the Tigers' first two games of the season, coach Tommy Bowden said Tuesday.

Changes spark Navy revival
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Off to its best start in 25 years, unbeaten Navy has proved that it's possible to win without a 300-pound lineman or an athlete whose sole purpose for attending college is to hone his skills for the NFL.

Virginia's Lundy spends quality time in end zone

Changes spark Navy revival

Virginia's Lundy spends quality time in end zone
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - There's a joke making the rounds at Virginia that Wali Lundy is scoring at such a high rate, coach Pete Gillen could use him on the basketball team.

Brief encounter leaves a lasting impression

Equal-opportunity slavery
Slavery is alive and well in Georgia.

The last of the savages
Somewhere in the remotest section of the world's dwindling jungles, there might be an undiscovered tribe so primitive and so brutal that it exceeds the unfathomable savagery of Muslim radicals.

Equal-opportunity slavery

Where is this leading?
The roiling "Rathergate" scandal spread from CBS News to the John Kerry campaign this week, with revelations that a CBS producer contacted senior Kerry adviser Joe Lockhart days before the now-infamous Sept. 8 60 Minutes broadcast.

Smart jail move
Without even trying, Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt is about to get control of something his predecessor, Howard Sellers, fought to get control of, but failed - the county jail.

SAT the wrong criteria
Gov. Sonny Perdue presented Hephzibah High School with the prestigious Governor's Cup Monday for boosting its SAT score 113 points - the best among the state's Class AAAA schools.

Now it's Augusta's turn
Sometimes one vote can make a big difference.

People in the News
AMHERST, N.Y. - Sarah Ferguson is happy to travel the country waving the Weight Watchers flag, but says the government needs to do its part to combat obesity.

2-year-old spends his days posing with celebs
NEW YORK - Talk about a scrapbook. He's only 2 years old, but Jeremy Zorek already has been photographed with dozens of celebrities as he and his stay-at-home dad wander New York with a camera.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- It's Hammer Time - again. In a blast from the past, MC Hammer will perform at VH1's inaugural Hip Hop Honors next month, the cable station announced Tuesday.

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

Billy Joel gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES - Billy Joel wrote the song, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." On Monday, he joked he'd never leave.

Did Britney Spears really do it again?
LOS ANGELES - So, did she or didn't she? And is she or isn't she? Britney Spears most definitely got married last week, People magazine reports in its Oct. 4 issue filled with pictures of the pop star and her fiance, Kevin Federline, in wedding apparel and surrounded by family and friends.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a guide to performances and specials at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Is 'The Guy Game' harmless fun for boys or start of a revolution?
Aficionados will remember 1972 as the year video games were born with the arrival of Pong. Perhaps someday they will remember 2004 as the year video games died.

Trucks, bikes, mowers will make noise at civic center
For more than 20 years, Kirk Dabney has made the gear-grinding, car-crushing world of monster truck racing his home.

Andy Griffith to unveil statue in hometown
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- 'Andy Griffith is coming home Friday, when he will unveil a TV Land statue that's a copy of the one that the cable network placed in Raleigh last fall.

Consumers don't understand credit scores

Higher oil prices send stocks down
NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled Wednesday as investors saw a surge in oil prices and disappointing earnings from Morgan Stanley as a reason to collect profits from gains of the last month. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 130 points, and all three major indexes saw their biggest losses since early August.

Stocks rise on earnings, Fed statement
NEW YORK -- Stocks dashed higher Tuesday as investors welcomed strong earnings from financial services companies, upbeat economic data and some reassuring news from the Federal Reserve.

Fewer seniors using direct deposit for Social Security
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fewer senior citizens are taking the government up on its offer to deposit their Social Security checks directly into their bank accounts, costing taxpayers millions.

Consumers don't understand credit scores
NEW YORK - Americans are woefully ignorant about credit scores, a consumer group found, even though these measures of credit risk affect everything from the interest people pay on mortgages to whether they qualify for insurance.

Quick, tasty appetizers made easily

Broad Street bar and grill features American cuisine

Grubbin': White Elephant Cafe
White Elephant Cafe 1135 BROAD ST. THE ATMOSPHERE: High ceilings, walls chock-full of colorful decorations and elephants of every stripe and color

Taste testers fail to find the perfect hamburger

Grubbin': White Elephant Cafe

Taste testers fail to find the perfect hamburger
The food industry is saturated with national fast food chains serving hamburgers and cheeseburgers all day long. We wanted to visit some locally owned restaurants that serve hamburgers to see how well they'd fare.

Broad Street bar and grill features American cuisine
The Broad Street Diner, Mally's Bagels and Grits, The Country Club - the list of restaurants that have occupied the corner of 11th and Broad Street is lengthy.

Quick, tasty appetizers made easily
CONCORD, N.H. - Fancy is fine, but nothing fussy.

Assistant charges up Eagles' defense
STATESBORO, Ga. - Tired of laying back on defense and watching opposing teams methodically march down the field, Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak hired coordinator Joe Tresey in hopes of throwing a charge into the Eagles' defense.

Tar Heels ruin Jackets' record
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team hoped it would go into this off week with a perfect record and a few extra practices to get ready for a home date with Miami on network television.

Assistant charges up Eagles' defense

Mickelson's year ends on sour note
Phil Mickelson has a green jacket in his closet to remind him this has been a great year.

Woods will not play in Classic
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Tiger Woods won't be playing in this week's 84 Lumber Classic after all.

Mickelson's year ends on sour note

Josey's perseverance pays off big

Josey's perseverance pays off big
Josey turned heads with its 13-10 victory at Morgan County. The Eagles had one win heading to Madison last Friday. They'd given up 25 points per game.

Europe benefits from NHL lockout
TORONTO - European hockey has taken on an NHL look.

Europe benefits from NHL lockout

Over 690 killed after Jeanne floods Haiti
GONAIVES, Haiti -- The death toll across Haiti from the weekend deluges brought by Tropical Storm Jeanne was at 691, with some 600 of them in Gonaives, but officials said on Tuesday they expected to find more dead.

After battering Haiti, Jeanne could hit U.S.
GONAIVES, Haiti - U.N. peacekeepers fired into the air to keep a hungry crowd at bay Wednesday as aid workers handed out bread, the first food in days for some in this city devastated by floods that have killed more than 700 people in Haiti.

Two more flood victims found in N.C.
HARMON DEN, N.C. -- The bodies of a missing Tennessee woman and her young son were found Tuesday in western Haywood County, making them the latest victims of flooding in the North Carolina mountains by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan.

Greek egg-lemon-rice soup gets a makeover
Chicken soup can be credited with easing the symptoms of the common cold and being a lot of work to prepare. But with the help of supermarket convenience products, a tasty Greek version can be stirred together in minutes.

Swift vets are telling the truth

Paper gave counties black eyes

Boycott Augusta over the flag flap

Volunteers made festival a success
Please allow me to thank the volunteers who worked tirelessly this past weekend at the best Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. The festival could not have functioned without these wonderful people. Sherri Daniel, Martinez

Blasting commission is wasted energy
Regarding your Sept. 5 editorial, "Mayor Young blew it": I cannot believe that you jumped on Mayor Bob Young the way you did. Do you really believe that Mayor Young or anybody would have had influence over that bunch of so-called Augusta commissioners? Robert P. McConnell, Hephzibah

Spend some money on better EMS
The story about first responders and Bobby Hankerson's wife ("Policy comes under attack," Sept. 14) again demonstrates the Augusta commissioners' shortsightedness. Robert Carmain, Hephzibah

Paper gave counties black eyes
By the way, I was just wondering if, in The Augusta Chronicle's investigation of Sheriff Mike Kile, you had found any inmates driving log trucks. Seth Benson, Millen

Swift vets are telling the truth
I'm interested in the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. They are combat veterans who served in Vietnam, many on patrols with John Kerry. Many are decorated for valor in combat and rose very high in the military ranks, including an admiral and several captains. David G. Brown, Augusta

Weapons-ban lapse is a huge mistake
America has the highest homicide rate in the world! If our leaders choose to allow assault weapons to be sold legally, they are to be blamed for the loss of lives that is bound to happen as a result of their action or inaction. Dr. Ravi Jerath Martinez

'Heritage' becomes dirty word in CSRA

Pair of columnists are lockstep liberals
Thanks for the Page 5A columns on the campaign in the Sept. 11 Chronicle - "Kerry's presidential campaign lacks focus," by Anne McFeatters; and "Bush re-election machine pushes fear factor," by Ellen Goodman. Kris Kristensen Martinez

Volunteers made festival a success

Boycott Augusta over the flag flap
I am a Confederate-American, and I am very upset with Mayor Bob Young for removing the Confederate flag from Riverwalk Augusta. This act is devoid of statesmanship. Common sense will tell you that when you pander to one group at the expense of another, the only thing you will achieve is resentment and divisiveness. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

'Heritage' becomes dirty word in CSRA
I am offended! But no one will care because I'm a white Southerner. Walker B. McWee, Augusta

Rebel flag did not pose a problem
Imagine my consternation when I read that the mayor of Augusta ordered the removal of the "Stainless Banner" of the Confederacy from Riverwalk Augusta this past week. In an era where "diversity" is crammed down everyone's throats, those of us with ancestors who fought in that long-ago war are again being figuratively pushed to the back of the bus by none other than the NAACP, its lapdog minions in city government and the ultra-liberal local news media. Darryl C. Drake, Midville

Flag removal was hurtful betrayal
With great disgust, I write this after finding out that Mayor Bob Young chose to lick the boots of a racist organization, the NAACP. Lee Herron, Edgefield, S.C.

Screven sheriff is an honest man
Come on, find something worthwhile to write about. Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile has done nothing wrong. He is a good man trying to help in the community. He is a thoughtful man. Linda Hollingsworth Avret, Sylvania

Pair of columnists are lockstep liberals

Weapons-ban lapse is a huge mistake

Rebel flag did not pose a problem

Younger women are fighting osteoporosis

Fashion Week shows off skirts for spring

Fashion Week shows off skirts for spring
NEW YORK - Forget fall, fashion designers and their inner circles have moved on to spring. They recently made their predictions of what the hot looks will be during New York Fashion Week.

Younger women are fighting osteoporosis
ST. LOUIS - Julie Grimm was training for a marathon last April when she started feeling a twinge in her hip.

Volunteers to spruce up United Way offices
Helping hands abounded for several United Way agencies Friday as more than 200 volunteers donated their time and labor through Project Serve.

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.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO KNOW how the CEO of University Hospital can justify building all these million-dollar buildings and adding to University and giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away to South Carolina for a school, and yet he is cutting positions in the patient care areas, which is limiting the number of nurses you have working on the units.

Fun for family is focus of Oktoberfest

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 4-month old Dacarion J. Dunbar of Augusta.

Rants and raves
I AM EXTREMELY disappointed in the city of Augusta for not using an event like Arts in the Heart to promote recycling. All those aluminum cans and plastic bottles needed somewhere else to go besides the trash bins. I moved back here last year from Portland, Ore., to find Augusta living in the dark ages when it comes to recycling. This festival was the perfect opportunity to enlighten a large group of people. I carried my water bottle home with me and recycled it.

Kid of the day

Anniversaries

Officers conduct hunting inquiry
Federal wildlife authorities are evaluating evidence in a dove-baiting case in which two South Carolina Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers are suspected of hunting doves over a baited field last weekend.

Military Reunions

Savannah senator ends campaign
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Veteran Democratic state Sen. Rene Kemp announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the November election, saying his battle with prostate cancer has taken too great a toll to keep campaigning.

Lawyers don't want Augustans on Walker jury

Carter grieves for lost, urges Kerry to focus on Iraq
ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter, whose own presidency was marred by a hostage crisis, said Wednesday he is saddened by the kidnappings and killings of Americans in Iraq and believes John Kerry should make U.S. policy toward that country the top issue in his presidential campaign.

News you can use

Redcliffe teacher named Teacher of the Year

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have announced a dollar amount in a reward offered for information about the stabbing death of Robert Lee Dorsey, officials said Wednesday.

Sheriff to have jail oversight

Schools want safe drivers
The recent death of a Greenbrier High School student in a car wreck is prompting school officials to enact new methods of keeping student motorists safe.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 12-year-old girl missing from Wakulla County, Fla., has been found in Georgia with the registered sex offender she disappeared with, authorities said.

Screven Sheriff admits paying inmates
Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile admitted Wednesday that he put inmates to work at his house but said it was OK because he paid them for their labor.

Augusta hero's portrait reclaimed
A portrait of a man an Augusta Museum of History curator calls Georgia's "numero uno" hero of the Revolutionary War has made it back to the city where he died, more than 200 years later.

Lawyers don't want Augustans on Walker jury
Federal prosecutors want to cull Augusta residents from the jury pool if Georgia Senate candidate Charles Walker and his daughter stand trial.

Columbia County's growth affects schools
The Catch-22 in Columbia County these days involves schools and the county's growing population.

Clemson receives governor's ire
COLUMBIA - Questions Gov. Mark Sanford and his staff asked during state budget hearings Wednesday suggest that spending cuts may be on the way for some Clemson University programs.

Big donors fill party coffers
COLUMBIA - The average South Carolina donor to the state Democratic Party gave six times more money than his Republican counterpart gave to the local GOP in August, Federal Election Commission reports show.

Edwards returns home
COLUMBIA - John Edwards returned to his native South Carolina for the first time as the Democratic vice presidential nominee Wednesday to rally about 1,200 people gathered at a downtown community center.

Shows will salute soldiers serving overseas
It's a military performance like no other. Soldiers performing for other soldiers has been the bottom line of the U.S. Army Soldier Show since Irving Berlin wrote the first show in 1919.

Fair operator sues over contract loss

Awards recognize spirit
Minnie Griffin burst into tears as her wheelchair hummed along the sidewalk toward the podium. It was a rare moment of vulnerability for the 49-year-old grandmother and disabled advocate being honored Wednesday for her tenacity.

Columbia County approves smoking ban
Snuffing out the opposition, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners banned smoking in public places Tuesday.

News you can use

Fox Creek's teacher service under fire
AIKEN - The testy relationship between the Edgefield County school district and the county's only public charter school has flared anew, this time over Fox Creek High School's use of special-education teachers borrowed from other schools in the county.

Child deaths decrease, report says

Across the area
An Augusta man ordered freed months ago by a federal judge was finally released Tuesday after he was resentenced to time served.

Electrical short forces rerouted calls

Farmers fear for crops after rains
AIKEN - Hardlock is causing hard luck for cotton farmers in South Carolina and Georgia.

Across the area

Reunions

Witness problems could free slaying suspect
The murder case against Richard Gonnella might be on hold indefinitely because the state's star witness, his co-defendant, has been in a coma for months.

Meetings

Fun for family is focus of Oktoberfest
A carnival, a car show, a massive flea market and entertainment are all part of Fort Gordon's five-day celebration of Oktoberfest, which begins Wednesday.

Edwards returns home

Davidson throws Blue Ribbon party
If there was a reason to dance in the hallways, this was it.

Autism walk helps families with expenses

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 3-year old Hailie Marie Chancey of Augusta.

Richmond County school menus

Redcliffe teacher named Teacher of the Year
AIKEN - As her class munched on dill pickles, Catherine Martin wrote words on the chalkboard that her second-grade class used to describe the tart, textured treat.

Awards recognize spirit

Across Georgia
ALBANY - An Albany police officer who had gone to a pre-kindergarten center to pick up his son got into a quarrel with the child's mother, pulled a gun and shot her, then killed the child and himself, police said.

Fair operator sues over contract loss
RALEIGH, N.C. - Strates Shows, the carnival company that lost its State Fair contract to a company accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps, has sued her, the company and others tied to the scandal that put her in prison.

Meetings
This listing runs as space is available. Undated items will remain in the list for six months. Club representatives are asked to resubmit items that should continue being published.

Sheriff to have jail oversight
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council is sticking with its decision to give control of its detention center to Sheriff Mike Hunt, but the move won't necessarily solve problems that have burdened the facility.

Teacher gets bond in sex case
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County Superior Court judge decided Monday to grant bond to an interpreter for deaf students at Clarke Central High School who was arrested earlier this month on charges she had sex with three 15-year-old students.

Electrical short forces rerouted calls
An electrical short at the Augusta-Richmond County 911 Center forced officials to reroute calls from main 911 lines to administrative office lines Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Teens complete grueling bike trek
Katelynn Bell and Brad Cameron, both 17, sat on their bicycles at Tybee Island, Ga., on June 23 to start a bike ride that ended in Los Angeles. At Tybee Island, the Augusta Preparatory School seniors joined 10 other cyclists ages 16 to 18 and two adult leaders.

Fox Creek's teacher service under fire

This week

Schools want safe drivers

News you can use
SEPT. 23, 1971 Federal authorities were probing the charred remains of a light plane late Wednesday in an attempt to find out why the aircraft plunged into the house in the early morning hours, killing the pilot and injuring a 16-year-old girl.

For the record

Fire units can take 911 calls
Hoping to increase the speed of emergency aid to those in need of medical attention, an Augusta Public Safety subcommittee opted Wednesday to revert to a policy allowing 911 operators to dispatch Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department first responder units whenever ambulances are busy.

Officers conduct hunting inquiry

Across the area

Milestones

Band director cleared of sexual harassment charge
AIKEN - Midland Valley High School music teacher and band director David Hastings is back on the job, reinstated earlier this week after Aiken County school officials investigated a female student's sexual harassment complaint, then cleared him of any wrongdoing, the county's top educator said Wednesday.

Child deaths decrease, report says
COLUMBIA - The number of children dying from preventable causes continued to decrease in South Carolina in 2002, but more work could be done to educate people on unsafe sleeping conditions, according to a report released Tuesday.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO KNOW how the CEO of University Hospital can justify building all these million-dollar buildings and adding to University and giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away to South Carolina for a school, and yet he is cutting positions in the patient care areas, which is limiting the number of nurses you have working on the units.

Faculty positions in limbo at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Money earmarked earlier this year to fill vacant faculty positions at the University of Georgia still might find its way to replenishing UGA's teaching corps, despite looming budget cuts from the state.

Inmates weren't paid, sheriff says

Indigent defense funds stalled
Augusta Commission members balked Tuesday at paying $460,000 extra from the city's reserve fund for legal representation for the poor, and will ask for some accountability from the local indigent defense office.

Big donors fill party coffers

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Columbia County's growth affects schools

Band director cleared of sexual harassment charge

Today marks official start of autumn

Graduates get chance for change

Teen center policy pushes abstinence

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has been charged with murder after tests determined her 3-year-old grandnephew had been given a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

Wife is denied bond in death

Today marks official start of autumn
Many notice summer's transition to fall when the night air turns crisp or when department stores showcase their displays of pumpkins, gourds and brightly colored leaves.

Clemson receives governor's ire

News you can use
SEPT. 22, 1957 APPLING - McDuffie and Columbia counties will get together for a two-county pasture meeting Tuesday. It will get under way at 10 a.m. at the Winfield Community House. Those attending will be brought up to date on the latest information from the Experiment Stations.A panel discussion on pasture development and feed production will also be a feature of the program.

Kid of the day

Indigent defense funds stalled

Driver's schools can offer tests for license

Reunions
Mctier family: Seeking descendants of Kendall and Elizabeth McTier through Larkin, Solomon, Redrick, Narcissa Johnson, Synthian Guimarin families for a reunion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Family Life Center in Thomson; bring covered dish; contact Teresa Allen, 3027 Wheeless Road S.W., Thomson, Ga. 30824

Jail administrator says he'll stay after change

Driver's schools can offer tests for license
When it came time for his driver's test, 16-year-old Joseph Owens employed a very popular strategy among area teenagers: He traveled outside the Augusta area to take it.

Screven Sheriff admits paying inmates

Jail administrator says he'll stay after change
AIKEN - Aiken County Detention Center Administrator John Rowley, whose change in management style resulted in complaints from some long-time jail employees, said Wednesday he will stay on the job as oversight switches to Sheriff Mike Hunt's office.

Sergeant writes song to inspire others

Spa day assists patients' healing
After Dohnna Boyajian endured her first round of chemotherapy, she used her bald head as a canvas for a Henna design filled with goddess symbols.

Around the block

Wife is denied bond in death
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - While the family of John Clint Walden looked on, a Superior Court judge denied bond for his pregnant wife, accused of killing her husband and concealing his death for days.

Spa day assists patients' healing

Rants and raves
I AM EXTREMELY disappointed in the city of Augusta for not using an event like Arts in the Heart to promote recycling. All those aluminum cans and plastic bottles needed somewhere else to go besides the trash bins. I moved back here last year from Portland, Ore., to find Augusta living in the dark ages when it comes to recycling. This festival was the perfect opportunity to enlighten a large group of people. I carried my water bottle home with me and recycled it.

Depression marriage overcomes odds

Carter grieves for lost, urges Kerry to focus on Iraq

Fruity physics

Graduates get chance for change
A year ago, Melvin Jones found himself living in Augusta, but not by choice.

Teens complete grueling bike trek

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Kentucky man on trial in the death of an Horry County woman appeared much calmer Tuesday - a day after a courtroom struggle with officers left him with scrapes and bruises on his face.

Richmond County school menus
Here are Richmond County school menus through October 1.

This week
Here is a calendar of area events.

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

Autism walk helps families with expenses
The fifth annual Walk for Autism Augusta will be held Saturday to raise money for families of children with autism, a brain dysfunction usually diagnosed in children ages 2-5 that affects their social skills.

Anniversaries
The Rev. and Mrs. Samuel E. Yaun Sr., of Beech Island, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3, 2004.

Houses planned for home of Heritage USA
FORT MILL, S.C. - Nearly half the property where former televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker once ran Praise the Lord ministries could soon be covered with hundreds of new homes, commercial space and even a private school.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Law firms sue 3 new hospitals
COLUMBIA - Three more South Carolina hospitals have been sued by patients who say they were charged more for services than people with insurance.

Milestones
Augusta businessman James Hovey Keels Jr. has bequeathed $1 million to the Medical College of Georgia and the MCG Children's Medical Center.

Pitchfork robbery evidence emerges
AIKEN - Aiken Public Safety officials say they might be close to an arrest in the case of a man who robbed a bank with a pitchfork.

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.

Inmates weren't paid, sheriff says
Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile's claim that he pays inmates $10 per hour out of a county discretionary fund to work for churches turns out to be bogus.

Around the block
Sacred Heart Remembers will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. It will celebrate the heritage of Sacred Heart with a reception and let the public meet members who have historical connections to the center. Admission is $10 a person, $25 per family or free for members.

Sergeant writes song to inspire others
Army Sgt. Maj. Sammy James and his piano, George, have been making music together for years.

Hunger for Life benefits food bank
It originally was created for an AIDS Day celebration.

Josey High student wins competition's silver medal
Some might call it beginner's luck, but one senior at T.W. Josey High School credits his family for his award.

Teen center policy pushes abstinence
ATLANTA - Centers meant to help prevent teen pregnancy face new restrictions on curriculum and the distribution of contraceptives after a state board signed off on a new policy Wednesday.

Fruity physics
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFAbove, Sheena Houston, of North Augusta High School, uses a constructed catapult to launch a tomato during her physics class. At left, classmate Carey Murdock celebrates after his team's tomato landed three feet from the target. The physics class participated in a tomato-launching competition Wednesday.

Depression marriage overcomes odds
Bill and Ruby Workman recently committed a virtual rarity in today's society -they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Filmmakers capitalize on others' obsessions

'Walking' remake exploits original

Mini reviews

'Walking' remake exploits original
Somewhere, Buford Pusser is mad. Although the recent remake of Walking Tall is dedicated to the memory of the legendary Tennessee sheriff, there's not a single Pusser in the proceedings.

Filmmakers capitalize on others' obsessions
Be it a burning need to be at home every Monday at 8 p.m. for the latest installment of 7th Heaven, the use a room for an expanding collection of Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia or the amassing of an encyclopedic knowledge on a given subject, we all exhibit symptoms of obsession.

The Prodigy's latest effort has big beats, guest vocalists

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

Musician spotlight: Nate Barbour
Nate Barbour AGE: 24 HOMETOWN: Greenville, S.C.; moved to Augusta in 2002

The Prodigy's latest effort has big beats, guest vocalists
Can you believe it's been eight years since Firestarter came out? That was supposed to be the song that saved us from the mediocre grunge that was just starting to overwhelm the radio dial. Guess it didn't work too well.

Rosa Parks has dementia; can't testify in song lawsuit
DETROIT -- Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks has dementia and should not be forced to answer questions in her lawsuit over a rap song named for her, her doctor has told a federal magistrate. Parks, 91, rarely has been seen in public since 2001, when she canceled a meeting with President Bush.

Social Distortion's new album leans on past glory

Social Distortion's new album leans on past glory
Evidently, there's a limit to the number of hard-luck love songs a punk pioneer can pen.

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman

Many offspring follow in their father's tracks

Gordon sorry for causing accident
DOVER, Del. - Robby Gordon apologized for purposely wrecking Greg Biffle during Sunday's race at New Hampshire. The wreck crippled the championship hopes of Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart.

'NASCAR 2005' is on right track with challenging innovations

'NASCAR 2005' is on right track with challenging innovations
Presidential candidate John Kerry once reportedly said, "Who among us does not love NASCAR?"

Gordon sorry for causing accident

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman appeared to be headed to a top-five finish last week when his engine blew.

Many offspring follow in their father's tracks
DOVER, Del. - When Justin Labonte was asked if it was tough being a Labonte in racing, the son of two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte answered in the same dry humor of his father:

Minnesota controls clock, but score doesn't show it

Dunn to give injured knee time to heal

Testaverde gets passing grade so far with Dallas

Fantasy football: Early injuries cause owners to scramble to waiver wire

Mrs. Martha Ricketts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Shane Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Elizabeth Anne Finch    (CLINTON, Miss.)
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Mrs. Helen Pope    (AUGUSTA, Wis.)
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Mr. James Guy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alison L. Roberts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Profile obituary: Mr. Robert "Bob" Richards, Sr.
As an avid golfer and devout Christian, Robert "Bob" Richards Sr. will be best remembered for Saturdays on the golf course and Sundays in church, family members said Tuesday.

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Mr. Purvis H. Finley    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. John Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilma Jean "Toodie" Nine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ora Reynolds (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Pope (AUGUSTA, Wis.)

Mr. James Roland Jenkins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Pierce Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Glinn Dixon (Owner)

Mr. William F. Peeler, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Eric Karter (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Antron Scurry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Dawkins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Thomas (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Brown (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Grover Paul, Sr. (THOMAS, G.A.)

Mr. Antron Scurry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alison L. Roberts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie James Lake (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Bebe Ann Ganus (Homemaker Waynesboro, GA)

Shane Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Weathers (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Isabelle Chance Wren (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Wertz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Guy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Lyle Ross Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Purvis H. Finley (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret H. Sellers (MARTINEZ, G.A.)

Mrs. Patricia Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Mathis (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Horace E. McKinney Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Wesley Harrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Profile obituary: Mr. Robert "Bob" Richards, Sr.

Mr. Julius Thomas Rhoden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Stevens, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Elizabeth Anne Finch (CLINTON, Miss.)

Miss Omega Dyches (HILDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ricketts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Cooper Mincey (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Dyches (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Rosanna Clark (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Martina Laverne Gibbons (CONLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Durden (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Stroman (Red Boy) Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

U.S. gold medalist denies allegations of blood doping

U.S. gold medalist denies allegations of blood doping
REGENSDORF, Switzerland - Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton declared his innocence Tuesday while awaiting results of backup tests for possible blood doping that could cost him the gold medal.

Official has difficulty in Athens
ATHENS, Greece - Paul DePace looked apprehensive as he tried to maneuver his wheelchair across the busy street. Motorcycles were parked along the sidewalk and blocked his path.

Student works way up in racing world

Overtime

Area announcements

Story of U.S. gold-medal cyclist takes a wrong turn into doping

Augusta swimmer tries again today

Story of U.S. gold-medal cyclist takes a wrong turn into doping
Another sweet sports story turned sour with the news that Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton tested positive for blood doping.

Augusta swimmer tries again today
Lantz Lamback failed in his bid Wednesday to add to his medal count in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. He finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and his team placed fifth in the 4x100 relay.

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

Overtime
In Albany, Ga., Augusta's Laura Coble had the day's low round and moved into position for her second consecutive Georgia Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship title.

Student works way up in racing world
Franklin Futrelle has raced in Puerto Rico, Canada and just about everywhere in between.

Testaverde gets passing grade so far with Dallas
IRVING, Texas - Vinny Testaverde could be retired now, maybe even starting a second career in the high-paying, tackle-free world of broadcasting.

Dunn to give injured knee time to heal
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Jim Mora doesn't expect running back Warrick Dunn to practice when the Atlanta Falcons return to the field today.

Vick, new offense have Falcons off to 2-0 start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As Michael Vick somersaulted through the air - cleats pointing toward the Georgia Dome roof, helmet just inches off the turf - he actually recalled a similar play from his Virginia Tech days.

Minnesota controls clock, but score doesn't show it
PHILADELPHIA - Donovan McNabb moonwalked, Terrell Owens slam-dunked and the Philadelphia Eagles' defense kept Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss from strutting their best stuff.

Fantasy football: Early injuries cause owners to scramble to waiver wire
If you only had one word to describe the first two weeks of the NFL season what would it be?

Grand Ole Opry, America lose great singer

Grand Ole Opry, America lose great singer
If you went to the Grand Ole Opry over the past 40 years, you likely heard Skeeter Davis sing her 1962 hit (Don't They Know It's) The End of The World.

Filmmakers capitalize on others' obsessions

Ratings tumble for Emmy Awards

Ratings tumble for Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES - When cable channel HBO tried to woo the Emmy Awards away two years ago, the networks fought back and won.

Orange County couple wins 'The Amazing Race'
LOS ANGELES -- An Orange County couple ran, hiked and used a luge to win the $1 million prize on the fifth season of "The Amazing Race" reality series.

CBS baseball series uses effects to keep things real
LOS ANGELES - The new series "Clubhouse" - about a teenager who's a batboy for a major league team - may use sports as a metaphor for life, but the producers know the action on the field still has to look authentic.

Local actor is living out his big dream
David Spearman has had a busy year. In November, the aspiring actor and John S. Davidson Fine Arts School graduate won a chance to appear on the CBS soap opera The Guiding Light.

CBS baseball series uses effects to keep things real

'Lost' and found: A riveting new drama on ABC
NEW YORK - The first scene in "Lost" is almost unbearably dreadful, not just for what you see but also what you fear you might see.

'Lost' and found: A riveting new drama on ABC

'CSI: NY' is a crime drama suffering the blues
NEW YORK - Now available: A brand-new color in the "CSI" palette! As everyone knows, the original hit, set in Las Vegas, has a filmic look you might describe as Chrome and Neon. Spinoff "CSI: Miami" is Tropical Tawny.

'CSI: NY' is a crime drama suffering the blues

Did Britney Spears really do it again?

Trucks, bikes, mowers will make noise at civic center

People in the News

Club calendar

Andy Griffith to unveil statue in hometown

Is 'The Guy Game' harmless fun for boys or start of a revolution?

People in the News

2-year-old spends his days posing with celebs

Applause calendar

Thurman returns for huge matchup

Georgia's Ware should be ready after off week
The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are hopeful that freshman running back Danny Ware will be able to play in a crucial game against Louisiana State University.

Thurman returns for huge matchup
ATHENS, Ga. - Marshall football coach Bob Pruett offered high praise this week for a Georgia defense that hasn't given up a touchdown in the past seven quarters, saying the Bulldogs "might be the best defensive football team that I've played since I've been coaching."

Georgia's Ware should be ready after off week

Filmmakers capitalize on others' obsessions
Be it a burning need to be at home every Monday at 8 p.m. for the latest installment of 7th Heaven, the use a room for an expanding collection of Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia or the amassing of an encyclopedic knowledge on a given subject, we all exhibit symptoms of obsession.

Brief encounter leaves a lasting impression
I'd heard and read the stories about Moe Norman, considered one of the greatest ballstrikers in the game's history, but I never thought I'd see him hit a shot.

Two more flood victims found in N.C.

Over 690 killed after Jeanne floods Haiti