An evening with 'Matt and Ben'

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.

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

Arts calendar

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.

Arts 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.

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.

Galleries

Players bring grueling 'West Side' to Imperial

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

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

Maddux reaches 15-win mark again
PITTSBURGH - Greg Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season and hit a two-run single in a four-run second inning, leading the Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh 6-3 on Thursday for their third series sweep of the Pirates this year.

Ichiro on brink of record

Maddux reaches 15-win mark again

Ichiro on brink of record
ANAHEIM, Calif. - He approaches hitting a baseball the way a Grand Master approaches martial arts.

Faith fuels Dodgers first baseman
Shawn Green anguised over the same conflict that confronted Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg.

Faith fuels Dodgers first baseman

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.

Odds and Ends
PITTSBURGH - The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's drunken driving law can't be enforced against people on horseback, a decision that inspired the dissenting justice to wax poetic.

reds 11, braves 8

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.

Jones moves closer to history

Jones moves closer to history
ATLANTA - Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones' dreams of reaching 100 RBI in a record-tying ninth consecutive season appeared dead in the water eight weeks ago.

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 wastes opportunity
ATLANTA - The champagne will remain on ice in the home clubhouse for at least another day, the victim of Atlanta Braves' bats that went silent at a most inopportune time.

Atlanta wastes opportunity

Reds expose vulnerable Smoltz

Federal ranking slights Augusta

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Oil prices climbed toward $49 per barrel Thursday, even as the Bush administration considered opening the nation's emergency stockpile to refiners experiencing supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Ivan.

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

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.

Leading indicators decline again
NEW YORK - A closely watched measure of future economic activity fell in August for a third consecutive month, reflecting an uncertain climate for both businesses and consumers.

Startups could get backing of group

Georgia reinforces role in field of life sciences

Business briefs

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.

Federal ranking slights Augusta
Despite being home to Fort Gordon and Savannah River Site, the federal government doesn't list the Augusta area as a key travel destination for government employees.

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

Leading indicators decline again

Twinkie baker goes bankrupt

Having green often shakes the blues

Having green often shakes the blues
WASHINGTON - Money might not buy happiness, but for many people it apparently puts a down payment on satisfaction.

Albany State seeking regional respect
ALBANY, Ga. - Albany State wide receiver Alvin Ray Jackson hopes the Rams' No. 8 ranking in NCAA Division II - the highest since being ranked fifth in 1997 - will serve notice to the rest of the country that Southern teams outside of the Gulf South Conference can play some football, too.

Changes spark Navy revival

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.

Albany State seeking regional respect

Rather, the partisan

The right flag decision

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.

The right flag decision
Sadly, the divisive Confederate flag issue is raising its ugly head again in our community. A lot of Southern heritage lovers are upset with Mayor Bob Young's order to take the flag down from the Riverwalk Augusta flag display. As a number of our letters to the editor indicate, the heritage people feel betrayed and hurt at the flag's removal.

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.

Rather, the partisan
CBS has named two highly respected men to investigate what went wrong in the "Rathergate" scandal - Richard Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, and Louis Boccardi, recently retired president and CEO of the Associated Press.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mortgage rate decreases across country
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country dropped this week, with 30-year mortgages sinking to their lowest level in five months.

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.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Winter 'turn over' has benefits
The first day of autumn this week reminded Thurmond Lake fishermen of special times awaiting them this fall and winter.

Winter 'turn over' has benefits

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
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.

Grubbin': White Elephant Cafe

Taste testers fail to find the perfect hamburger

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.

Proper upkeep of lawn can deter winter weeds

Make your water garden double as a winter garden

Cooks, gardeners grow their own herbs
Potted or plotted, herbs can be a delectable and decorative twist to traditional gardens, growers say.

Proper upkeep of lawn can deter winter weeds
Winter weeds are a problem in many lawns, and we hate them because they stick out like a sore thumb since they are green while our lawns are brown.

Cooks, gardeners grow their own herbs

Make your water garden double as a winter garden
GREENVILLE, Va. - Keith Folsom doesn't pull the plug on his water gardens when chill weather arrives. He simply settles into a chair to enjoy the view.

Singh in the lead again

Tour's No. 4 out in Ireland
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson withdrew from next week's American Express Championship in Ireland for personal reasons, the PGA Tour said Thursday.

Singh in the lead again
FARMINGTON, Pa. - Just when Vijay Singh thinks he can't play better, he does. Just when it seems he can't do much more during his Tiger Woods-like season, he does that, too.

Brown renowned as champion

Friday night football key matchups

Player of the week

Football, family give Evans star new lifeMade in America

Josey's perseverance pays off big

High school football polls

Football, family give Evans star new lifeMade in America
Cheng Ho grew up among nearly 3 million people in Asia. He was 14 time zones and a 23-hour flight from Augusta.

Brown renowned as champion
Troy Brown is a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He was an NCAA Division I-AA national champion at Marshall. Brown also won a state title his senior year at Blackville-Hilda in 1988.

High school football polls
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL REPRESENTING FIFTH WEEK RESULTS, WITH FIRST-PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESES AND TOTAL POINTS.

Player of the week
This week's From the Huddle Player of the Week is Glenn Hills' Senior middle linebacker, Reggie Wesby.

Friday night football key matchups
Strom Thurmond (3-1) at Silver Bluff (3-1)

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.

No talks, progress for lockout

No talks, progress for lockout
NEW YORK - It's been a week without progress in the NHL lockout. So far, there have been no overtures from the league or the players to resume talks to save a season that is already starting to slip away.

Still another hurricane could affect South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Five storms have affected South Carolina during this seemingly endless 2004 hurricane season and it may not be over yet.

'Gilligan's Island' filming resumes after Ivan evacuation
ATLANTA - Filming has resumed on a "Gilligan's Island" reality show after the Gulf of Mexico island were it was filmed was evacuated for Hurricane Ivan last week.

Ivan's remnants return to Gulf of Mexico
HOUSTON - Ivan crept toward the Texas-Louisiana coast Thursday, threatening to make a repeat appearance, this time as a tropical storm that could bring 50 mph winds and 5 to 10 inches of rain.

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.

It might not feel like it, but it's time to get ready for autumn
Autumn is here, and as usual it's about two months early.

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

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.

Our soldiers' deaths are not in vain

Rebel flag did not pose a problem

Our soldiers' deaths are not in vain
To Alan Ziobrowski, who said the 1,000 U.S. soldier deaths in Iraq were in vain (Sept. 16): Brett Lee Clark, Martinez

Gastric bypasses are godsends
Regarding your narrow viewpoints on South Carolina's decision to not pay for its employees needing gastric bypass surgery ("Diet, not surgery," Sept. 12): Anne Hendrix, Aiken, S.C.

Don't dress teachers like their pupils
Would we expect clients to dress like their attorneys? Should patients have to dress the same as nurses or doctors? Of course not! Yet, teachers and administrators are admonished for not adhering to the same dress codes as pupils. C. Lynne Pinson, Hephzibah

MCG gift will benefit nurses greatly
What a wonderful story in The Augusta Chronicle about the million-dollar donation to local health care ("Making a final act of service," Sept. 14). The recipients - nurses, particularly - will be wonderful resources who will continue to benefit your community. Linda R. Easterly, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S Kathleen

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

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

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

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

Gastric bypasses are godsends

Paper gave counties black eyes

'Heritage' becomes dirty word in CSRA

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

Boycott Augusta over the flag flap

Nissan alters old car, plans new

15 car-of-the-year hopefuls get cut

Beaded jewelry is camouflage for medical details

15 car-of-the-year hopefuls get cut
CHICAGO - "It might have been."CHICAGO - "It might have been." After awaiting a 2005 model-year debut, 15 nameplates have been whittled from the candidates for North American Car and Truck of the Year honors by the nation's automotive press.

Nissan alters old car, plans new
DETROIT - After bulking up its lineup with a new crossover vehicle and full-size pickup, Nissan Motor Co. plans to tweak the other end of its portfolio by redesigning the compact Sentra sedan and introducing an even smaller car in 2007.

Beaded jewelry is camouflage for medical details
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tina Sprigg would have been content selling her beaded jewelry to the usual clientele, but an unexpected request for a medical ID bracelet opened a specialty area for the Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur, one linked with deep satisfaction.

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.

Edwards returns home

Kid of the day

County reveals voting system

Uninsured list grows in Georgia

Crusader gives advice at expo

Teens complete grueling bike trek

Kid of the day

Military Reunions

Officers conduct hunting inquiry

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.

UGA hopes increase in tuition soothes cuts

Fox Creek's teacher service under fire

Fish fry reels in political minority

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.

Succesful magnet schools attract notice

Jail administrator says he'll stay after change

Fighting spirit

Wife is denied bond in death

Governor lists 2005 agenda

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.

Hospital rooms get new look

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.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 7-year old Kayla Dawn Price of Augusta.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Carter grieves for lost, urges Kerry to focus on Iraq

More parents may get bill

Lawyers don't want Augustans on Walker jury

Sergeant writes song to inspire others

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Band director cleared of sexual harassment charge

Clemson receives governor's ire

For the record

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.

Schools want safe drivers

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Doctor faces lawsuit in peroxide death case
COLUMBIA - An unorthodox hydrogen peroxide medical treatment that ended in the death of a Minneapolis woman last spring has prompted a lawsuit and an investigation by law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Meetings

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.

Fun for family is focus of Oktoberfest

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.

History for sale at ASU

Around town

Autism walk helps families with expenses

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RAVE for Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. Dr. Larke raised the SAT scores by ensuring that students are fully prepared before taking the SAT. Thanks, Dr. Larke.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR THE IDIOT who said Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson should be thanking God his wife is still alive. I'm sure he is thankful ... If it wasn't for the grace of God giving him common sense to take his wife because the ambulance was late, she would be dead. Maybe next time it'll be one of your family members. He was only trying to help the community.

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.

Across the area

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

Changes could attract SEAL units

Depression marriage overcomes odds

Fish fry reels in political minority
AIKEN - Outnumbered and often beleaguered in a place dominated by Republicans, the Democrats of Aiken County threw an old-fashioned political fish fry Thursday night that was heavy on comfort food and defiant partisan rhetoric.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested a metro Atlanta man Wednesday night and charged him with trafficking more than 2 pounds of cocaine, officials said Thursday.

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

Succesful magnet schools attract notice
The magnet school concept is making a star of Richmond County.

Spa day assists patients' healing

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR THE IDIOT who said Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson should be thanking God his wife is still alive. I'm sure he is thankful ... If it wasn't for the grace of God giving him common sense to take his wife because the ambulance was late, she would be dead. Maybe next time it'll be one of your family members. He was only trying to help the community.

Around the block

News you can use
SEPT. 24, 1987 The scores for Richmond County high school seniors on the SAT dropped during the 1986-87 school year after three years of improvement. The total average school was 801, down from 812. Officials say Richmond students may be scoring low because they are not adequately prepared to take the test.

Screven Sheriff admits paying inmates

More parents may get bill
ATLANTA - As thousands of children drop out of the state's health program for the poor, the department in charge is thinking of requiring more of their parents to pay a portion of the costs, even though agency officials suspect existing premiums might be responsible for the exodus.

Driver's schools can offer tests for license

Funding talk rules meeting
NORTH AUGUSTA - Before a radio audience that was getting ready for the day Thursday, the men vying for the state Senate's 22nd District seat brought their arguments about who could bring home the bacon to Augusta.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RAVE for Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke. Dr. Larke raised the SAT scores by ensuring that students are fully prepared before taking the SAT. Thanks, Dr. Larke.

Fruity physics

Around town
Lt. Donald Butler, of the Aiken Department of Public Safety Mounted Police, rides Kojak, a saddlebred quarter horse, as he patrols a Wal-Mart parking lot looking for parking violations.

Reunions

Changes could attract SEAL units
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base is preparing to add a new mission by becoming one of two hubs in the United States supporting subs carrying the Navy's most lethal conventional payload and the largest complement of the service's special warfare troops.

Milestones

Crusader gives advice at expo
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Erin Brockovich, known as "an environmentalist with cleavage," told a sold-out crowd Wednesday: "Effort points you in the right direction. Stick-to-itiveness gets you there."

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.

UGA hopes increase in tuition soothes cuts
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia administrators are banking on a 10 percent tuition increase in January to help combat $12.8 million in budget cuts on the horizon for this fiscal year.

This week

Governor lists 2005 agenda
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford laid out his priorities for the upcoming legislative session Thursday, re-emphasizing his plans to reduce income taxes and restructure state government.

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.

Police say Tennessee couple abducted Greenville man
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Two Tennessee residents have been arrested and charged in the abduction of a retired businessman missing for more than a week.

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.

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS - A man found dead inside an unmarked police car in June died of heat stroke, a police detective said.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Twenty people were arrested and two were injured in a fight at Charleston's Stall High School that took 60 police officers to break up, authorities said.

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.

Aerosol sparks Aiken house fire
AIKEN - A family of three lost their house to a fire after a gas-powered water heater ignited flammable aerosol from roach foggers activated on the kitchen floor of the home.

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.

Hospital rooms get new look
It has a nurse just outside with a wireless headset that can quickly reach a doctor. It can do its own testing and quickly convert to provide intensive care. And it has its own zone for family and visitors.

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.

County reveals voting system
AIKEN - Saying Aiken County's new touchscreen voting system is as easy to use as a microwave oven, election officials on Thursday unveiled the suitcase-size machines that will debut on Election Day.

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.

Trespasser accepts embarrassing sentence
If the presence of sheriff's deputies isn't sending a message to Butler High School students, maybe Dominique Hill's embarrassing punishment will.

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.

Uninsured list grows in Georgia
ATLANTA - The number of working-age Georgians and children who aren't covered by a formal insurance plan increased by 3 percent in the space of a year, according to a university report released Thursday.

County's top honor goes to Greenbrier educator
Greenbrier Middle School educator Shaun Owen was recognized in a ceremony Thursday as the Columbia County schools' Teacher of the Year.

Fighting spirit
Augusta firefighters Lt. Bill White (right) and Vernon Meyers work to put out a fire at an abandoned house on Hopkins Street

Funding talk rules meeting

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

Doctor faces lawsuit in peroxide death case

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.

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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.

Anniversaries

This week
Here is a calendar of area events.

Richmond County school menus

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.

Awards recognize spirit

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

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.

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

Teen center policy pushes abstinence

'First Daughter' loses to 'Chasing Liberty'

'Walking' remake exploits original

At the Movies: 'The Forgotten'
"The Forgotten" would have been just fine if it had stayed the course as a psychological drama: the emotional story of a mother coping with her young son's death in a plane crash, wondering what's reality and what's delusion when her mind seems to start playing tricks on her.

Filmmakers capitalize on others' obsessions

At the Movies: 'The Forgotten'

'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.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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.

'First Daughter' loses to 'Chasing Liberty'
The biggest problem (apart from the striking similarities to Chasing Liberty, of course) is the pacing, which is far too slow for most in the intended pre-teen audience. And it's set up as a fairy tale, complete with tiaras and a "Once upon a time" narration, which puts the story in some gauzy never-neverland, when it should have been right here where we live. No matter how many Jay Leno cameos it has, First Daughter never seems close enough to real life.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Rocker has battled personal, professional demons

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

Rocker has battled personal, professional demons
NEW YORK - In a recent video, Lenny Kravitz cast himself as a hard-living, substance-abusing, wild-child rocker whose life is unraveling behind the scenes.

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

Many offspring follow in their father's tracks

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

'NASCAR 2005' is on right track with challenging innovations

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:

Busch looking for double dip
DOVER, Del. - Although Kurt Busch's driving style fits Dover International Speedway, the co-leader of the Nextel Cup championship chase has not mastered The Monster Mile.

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman

Gordon sorry for causing accident

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.

Smith thrives in new scheme

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

Testaverde gets passing grade so far with Dallas

Andersen poised to break record

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

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Roddick leads U.S. into Cup

Overtime

Detractors say former champ shouldn't fight

Student works way up in racing world

Overtime

Area announcements

Lab error ends Olympic probe of cyclist

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

Augusta swimmer tries again today

Garden City meets its match on tennis courts

Roddick leads U.S. into Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Andy Roddick will play Vladimir Voltchkov today to open the Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Belarus.

Garden City meets its match on tennis courts
Chris Motes could only watch.

Overtime
Lantz Lamback barely missed adding a second bronze medal to his neck Thursday. The Augusta swimmer fell one-hundredth of a second short of third place in the 400 freestyle in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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.

Lab error ends Olympic probe of cyclist
LONDON - Helped by a laboratory's big blunder, Tyler Hamilton will be allowed to keep his Olympic cycling gold medal.

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.

Detractors say former champ shouldn't fight
SHAWNEE, Okla. - Riddick Bowe's speech was so slurred after his last fight eight years ago that he was barely understandable. A doctor later said the former heavyweight champion's brain was damaged from too many punches.

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.

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.

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

Andersen poised to break record
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Well in his 40s, Morten Andersen still loves football.

Arrington sidelined with knee surgery
WASHINGTON - Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington will miss 2-4 weeks after a sudden flare-up forced him to have surgery on his right knee.

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.

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.

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?

Smith thrives in new scheme
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Patrick Kerney thinks Brady Smith is one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, particularly after new coach Jim Mora scrapped the 3-4 front and installed a traditional 4-3.

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

Relly awards give 'Live' hosts their due
NEW YORK - It was time for Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa to take matters into their own hands.

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

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.

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

People in the News

Club calendar

Trucks, bikes, mowers will make noise at civic center

Applause calendar

Andy Griffith to unveil statue in hometown

Did Britney Spears really do it again?

Georgia's Ware should be ready after off week

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."

Thurman returns for huge matchup

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.

Holtz tabs Pinkins as starter against Troy
COLUMBIA - Dondrial Pinkins will get the first snap at quarterback for South Carolina against Troy, but coach Lou Holtz promised that backup Syvelle Newton will see his share of action, too.

Holtz tabs Pinkins as starter against Troy

Odds and Ends

Ivan's remnants return to Gulf of Mexico

Still another hurricane could affect South Carolina