Fashion photographer Richard Avedon dead at 81

Author puts judge into action in book
The considerable strength of Margaret Maron's writing lies in giving her sleuth, Deborah Knott, a life.

Fashion photographer Richard Avedon dead at 81
NEW YORK - Richard Avedon, the revolutionary photographer who redefined fashion photography as an art form while achieving critical acclaim through his stark black-and-white portraits of the powerful and celebrated, died Friday. He was 81.

'Seasons' ventures to Italy's poor area
After spending a year in Provence or lounging under the Tuscan sun or riding the Patagonian express, readers of contemporary travel writing can be forgiven if they've become a bit jaded by the quirky plumber or the telephones that never work or the balky bureaucracy of whatever country the writer has chosen.

Ichiro shatters Sisler's record

Ichiro shatters Sisler's record
SEATTLE - Ichiro Suzuki set the major league record for hits in a season with 258, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of singles Friday night.

Astros' Pemberton is baseball's only full-time chaplain
HOUSTON - When Houston Astros starting pitcher Pete Munro arrived at the ballpark on a recent Saturday, a white-haired man with an easy smile greeted him and slipped him a handwritten message.

Children find, return Yankees playoff tickets
SUMMIT, N.J. - Talk about temptation: box-seat tickets for New York Yankees playoff games lying on the street.

Astros' Pemberton is baseball's only full-time chaplain

TV tempts me with products I didn't know I needed

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON - No, it's not a 3-D creature feature: A Houston movie theater - one that was showing "Anacondas" among other films - has shut down while workers hunt for an 8-foot snake.

Atlanta seals Chicago's fate
CHICAGO - At the rate the Atlanta Braves are losing players, head trainer Jeff Porter might be voted the team's MVP before the playoffs even start.

Ortiz out of division series rotation

Ortiz out of division series rotation
CHICAGO - Logic prevailed over loyalty when manager Bobby Cox announced his starting rotation Friday for next week's division series.

Atlanta seals Chicago's fate

Ortiz out of division series rotation

Ortiz out of division series rotation
CHICAGO - Logic prevailed over loyalty when manager Bobby Cox announced his starting rotation Friday for next week's division series.

Braves crush Cubs' hopes
CHICAGO - It's almost over for the Chicago Cubs. A late-season collapse when they needed to play their best baseball has left them on the verge of wild-card elimination.

Braves crush Cubs' hopes

Shareholder suit airs Disney deals
LOS ANGELES - As The Walt Disney Co. plans for a future without iconic CEO Michael Eisner, a lawsuit filed by disgruntled shareholders is forcing Disney to relive one of his most embarrassing mistakes, hiring Michael Ovitz as president.

Many turn to financial planners to reach goals

Manufacturing activity increased in September
NEW YORK - Manufacturing activity rose in September for the 16th consecutive month, but at a more gradual pace than in August, an industry research group reported Friday.

Business calendar

Business calendar
Monday: Financial Peace University; Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church; 6:30 p.m.; the 13-week program taught by Dave Ramsey teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principals and small group accountability. Classes every Monday. To register contact Kris Key at 738-8822.

Shareholder suit airs Disney deals

Georgia looks to the biotech industry for its economic growth
After the demise of the Internet start-up craze, the big thing now for Georgia's technological future lies in the human body, according to state and local economic developers.

Georgia looks to the biotech industry for its economic growth

Augusta gets more country
Barry Kaye is shaking things up again. Clear Channel Radio's vice president and general manager of the Augusta station group on Friday changed WZNY-FM (105.7), "Y105," from a top 40 format to country music.

Construction spending surges to all-time high

On the move
Paul V. Buckley has been named the chief technology officer for Morris Communications Co. Mr. Buckley will oversee the creation of a new Morris technology center designed to ensure collaboration between Morris engineering services and technical operations.

U. Mich.: Consumer sentiment down slightly
NEW YORK -- Consumers' assessment of the economy slipped marginally at the end of September, says a report released Friday.

Last quarter time for tax planning
NEW YORK - With the arrival of the fourth quarter, small business owners need to be looking at their companies' finances and taxes and making decisions for the rest of 2004 and early 2005.

Augusta gets more country

Drugstores want money for better consultations
CAMP HILL, Pa. - Jaime White helps her diabetes patients understand how to manage their blood sugar, checks their blood pressure and sometimes examines their feet for signs of nerve damage common to diabetes sufferers.

Manufacturing activity increased in September

Drugstores want money for better consultations

Many turn to financial planners to reach goals
Bill Keogh had all his finances in order.

Construction spending surges to all-time high
WASHINGTON - Construction spending surged in August to the highest level on record, fresh evidence that the housing market is helping move the economy ahead.

A second look at The Great Debate

A second look at The Great Debate
Last week, City Ink promised to rehash The Great Debate. Not the great presidential debate, but radio station 107.7 FM's great debate between District 22 state Senate candidates Charles Walker and Don Cheeks.

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Chris Leak threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 16 Florida held off another late rally to beat Arkansas 45-30 on Saturday.

Tennessee, Auburn meet in matchup of top-10 teams
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Auburn vs. Tennessee was always a high point on the schedule. Then the Southeastern Conference split into divisions in 1992, and the teams stopped playing every year.

Top 25 roundup
NORMAN, Okla. - Jason White threw three touchdown passes to break Oklahoma's career mark and Adrian Peterson added 146 rushing yards and a touchdown run Saturday, leading the No. 2 Sooners past Texas Tech 28-13.

ACC roundup
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton threw three touchdown passes in his starting debut and Leon Washington ran for 153 yards and a touchdown as No. 9 Florida State defeated North Carolina 38-16 Saturday.

Blumenfeld's boot saves Midshipmen
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Geoff Blumenfeld lined up for the game-winning kick, only to head back to the sideline because of a timeout. He trotted back out to the field again and - yep - another timeout.

Orton's arm leads the way for Purdue
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Kyle Orton found a way to win at Notre Dame, ending a 30-year drought for Purdue.

College football gameday
Here is a look at today's college football action.

Top 25 roundup

Orton's arm leads the way for Purdue

College football gameday

Toward a FairTax
How would you like to be free of all federal taxes - individual, payroll, corporate, estate, gift, whatever? No withholdings, period. In addition, at the start of every month, Uncle Sam would send you a $480 check.

No stereotype, just truth
Much of the world has it wrong about Muslims, according to the prime minister of Malaysia.

Bush wins on substance
Republicans who were looking for President Bush, who was climbing in the polls over the past month, to score a knockout punch in his first debate with John Kerry on the central issue of Iraq and homeland security, have to be disappointed.

Our right to property

Bush wins on substance

Toward a FairTax

Our right to property
Say you get a knock on your door, and it's some typical government bureaucrat. He's there to inform you that your home and the land it sits on will be sold to your neighbor.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Dancehall reggae star Capleton is facing increasing protests over some of his songs that encourage violence against gays.

Review health coverage annually
NEW YORK - With the arrival of fall, many companies flood employee mail boxes with brochures about next year's benefit program offerings, reminding workers that this is the time to select new health insurance and retirement savings options.

HSAs allow for tax-free account as insurance

HSAs allow for tax-free account as insurance
Q: My employer is offering a Health Savings Account as a health insurance option next year. What is it and what are its benefits?

Natural gas prices going up for cold weather
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolinians can expect to pay more for natural gas as cold weather approaches and supplies are tight. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. has asked the Public Service Commission to approve a 2.6 percent increase in the fuel charge, utility spokesman Robin Montgomery said.

Eagles take to the air
STATESBORO, Ga. - There are only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week. Opposing teams use most of that time preparing for Georgia Southern by thinking about stopping the triple-option run.

Elon looks to Georgia Southern for improvement
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Elon coach Paul Hamilton loves coming back to the Coastal Empire for friends, food and the atmosphere.

Jackets fail to weather the storm
ATLANTA - The biggest problem with hurricanes is that no matter how much you prepare, there is really nothing you can do to stop them.

Jackets brace for 'Canes
ATLANTA - When quizzed this week about the prospect of facing Miami every season, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey asked: "As opposed to what, the Steelers?"

'Canes swat Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA - Hurricanes typically cause little destruction when they come through Atlanta.

Eagles take to the air

Elon looks to Georgia Southern for improvement

Jackets fail to weather the storm

Jackets brace for 'Canes

Golf roundup
MADISON, Miss. - Steve Pate closed his 7-under 65 with two birdies and shared the lead with Harrison Frazar after two rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Big Easy poised for big win at World Championship
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - Ernie Els is finding a quick cure for his season of major disappointment.

Lee rides major junior wins into LPGA debut
In the five months that Alina Lee has lived in Evans, she's gone from a potential junior golf star to the real thing.

Levi's 64 ties tournament record
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Wayne Levi tied a tournament record with an 8-under 64 and held a one-shot lead over Rodger Davis after the first round of the Constellation Energy Classic on Friday.

Lee rides major junior wins into LPGA debut

Els masters the elements
THOMASTOWN, Ireland - His post-majors funk behind him, Ernie Els was back in his element Friday.

Levi's 64 ties tournament record

Big Easy poised for big win at World Championship

Jackets go down in rout

Rock Hill blasts Aiken

Aquinas' luck runs out

History prevails for Lincoln County

Wolfpack pounces in 2nd half

Bulldogs roll over Rebels

High school football capsules

Butler coasts to easy win
Butler coach Galen Phillips figured out Friday night how to get the Bulldogs to be the second-half team he'd been imploring them to be all year.

History prevails for Lincoln County
History was not reversed Friday night at Lincoln County. The Red Devils simply repeated the natural flow of what happens when a team called Aquinas is on the docket for a football contest.

Aquinas' luck runs out
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Aquinas sent its most prepared team in years to Lincoln County. The Irish were 5-0 and off to their best start in school history.

Rock Hill blasts Aiken
AIKEN - The residents of Aiken County have one thing to say to the football team from Rock Hill, S.C.: See ya!

Wolfpack pounces in 2nd half
For the second consecutive week, Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick watched his team play a less than stellar first half.

Jackets go down in rout
C.J. Byrd didn't want to talk about what had just happened.

High school football capsules
STATESBORO, Ga. - Charles Rock and unbeaten Statesboro handed Evans its first Region 2-AAAA loss of the season, turning back the Knights 27-7 on Friday.

Bulldogs roll over Rebels
It was something you'd expect from a classic sports movie. A legendary coach delivering an inspirational talk to his team, and his team responding.

TV tempts me with products I didn't know I needed
Dawn! A new day! This could be the start of something average.

Let majorty decide on flag

Smoking ban dismays many
Now that three Colum-bia County commissioners have told the bar owners and the restaurant owners how they must run their businesses, and how the people of Columbia County must live their lives, I have to wonder what these three may come up with next. James Neal, Evans

Ranter is misinformed on Kerry

Restore spirituality to our youth
This letter is in no way meant to blame those who felt the need to place Richmond County police in our schools, but it does seek to place the blame where it rightly belongs - right on the shoulders of all who profess to be Christians. ... Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Protect the flag and our heritage
I'm Yankee (20 years) by birth, and Southern (26 years) by the grace of God. History, if left up to the politically correct, will be as skewed on the facts surrounding the Confederate flag as it is skewed on the founding of this Christian nation. Lee Herron's letter ("Flag removal was hurtful betrayal," Sept. 23) said it all. Danny Himsey, Aiken

Smoking ban dismays many

Make Jones your choice

Let majorty decide on flag
My wife enjoyed seeing Augusta Mayor Bob Young at the funeral for the crew of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. She thought it was good to have the mayor of our home town there. As I marched along the side of the caisson, helping to carry one of my own to his grave, she and Mr. Young talked about Southern and Confederate heritage, and how he was proud to be part of both. John and Kym McDaniel, Waynesboro

Bills would doom Cumberland Island

Make Jones your choice
I take my hat off to Harold V. Jones II. I have heard Mr. Jones speak several times. Each time, he has proven very knowledgeable, businesslike and articulate, and yet approachable. Listeners seem enthralled in what he has to say at his presentations. I feel that he will be voted in as the next solicitor general of Richmond County. Stephen Gaines, Augusta

Release facts from July CIA report
With more than 1,000 American soldiers dead in Iraq, Americans no longer can afford to hear President Bush's sunny spin on Iraq. It's time to get the facts. Jennifer Brissie, North Augusta, S.C.

Both parties have shortcomings
With the national election just around the corner, I have a few thoughts that all voters should consider. Guy R. Dobson Barnwell S.C.

Both parties have shortcomings

George DeLoach can get things done

Ranter is misinformed on Kerry
This letter is in response to one of your Rants-and-Ravers. I refer to the anonymous, unpatriotic coward as Mr. Informed. Melvin B. Roberts Jr. Augusta

Protect the flag and our heritage

Bills would doom Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island National Seashore is one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands in the world. It is one of only six National Park Service Wilderness units in the eastern United States. In 1972 Cumberland Island was set aside as a National Seashore to "be permanently preserved in its primitive state." Sam Booher, Martinez

George DeLoach can get things done
George DeLoach is someone I have found to be both trustworthy and dependable. Recently, I approached Mr. DeLoach, asking that he assist me with getting a relative of mine a temporary insurance license while he was preparing to take the state insurance exam. Mary Bargeron, Sardis

Release facts from July CIA report

In the know

Breast cancer triumphs and tribulations

Couple's decor reflects years spent in Kenya

Technology blocks duplication of new $50 bill

Read invitations closely to avoid embarrassment

Author will share insights on Southern women, culture

Wildlife parks dot Egyptian highway

Technology blocks duplication of new $50 bill
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government will offer over the Internet low-quality images of its new $50 bill for artists, students and others who discover that their computers, scanners or printers won't allow them to view or copy pictures of the new currency.

Breast cancer triumphs and tribulations
Breast cancer doesn't affect just the patient. For every person diagnosed with the disease, there are sometimes dozens of people affected by the outcome.

Wildlife parks dot Egyptian highway
ON THE CAIRO-ALEXAN-DRIA HIGHWAY, Egypt - As the sun set over the Zambezi, a lone zebra ventured to the water's edge for a cooling drink after the hot day, apparently unconcerned about predators or other danger.

Polyurethane floor finish holds up well to traffic
Q: We soon will have our hardwood floors sanded and refinished and we'd like to know what you might recommend for the longest- lasting finish. The professionals have offered us three choices and differing opinions as to what product to use.

40,000 will die this year
Cheryl Howard and Dawn Rose are members of a sisterhood.

Couple's decor reflects years spent in Kenya
They spent only two years in Kenya, but their time in the African nation dramatically influenced the decorating style of John and Beth Guerrieri.

Author will share insights on Southern women, culture
Writing about the South, and Southern women in particular, has garnered Gainesville, Ga., native and resident Ronda Rich an audience and an outlet.

In the know
Has your house been lovingly decorated with knickknacks from around the world? Are your rooms odd or otherwise unusual?

Read invitations closely to avoid embarrassment
Dear Carson: Last weekend I was invited to a brunch in honor of my daughter and son-in-law. The idea was firmly in my mind that the party was at 1:30 when, in fact, it was at 12:45. Can you imagine my embarrassment when I arrived almost an hour late to find that they had been waiting for me to serve the brunch? I have never been so mortified because I am usually proper in my social deportment. What can I do to properly express my remorse? - Mortified Mother

Rescue squad raises $75,000 for child of hostage
MARIETTA, Ga. - More than $75,000 has been donated to a trust fund for the 13-year-old daughter of a Georgia man who was taken hostage and killed in Iraq, the fund's organizers said Friday.

'Illegal' election mailings get OK
The Richmond County Board of Elections voted to accept what officials called "illegal" political mailings sent out by the state Republican party.

Group combats helmet laws
NORTH AUGUSTA - To the casual observer, motorcycle enthusiast T. Wayne Johnson might seem like a walking contradiction.

Rural voters courted
AIKEN - Aiken County's only contested state House seat this November pits incumbent Republican Jim Stewart against die-hard Constitutionalist Andy Windham.

Pupils sick after eating cookies
GIBSON, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in Friday when several pupils at Glascock County Consolidated School required medical treatment after apparently eating a tainted chocolate chip cookie.

October starts with festivals food and fun
One week after the blustery winds and drenching rains of Hurricane Jeanne threatened the Augusta area, festival organizers welcomed Saturday's summerlike weather that accompanied October's first weekend.

Aiken horse magnate honored
AIKEN - Cot Campbell has made it in the horse racing world the same way prominent actors including Clint Eastwood and James Garner have made their mark in Hollywood.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - School officials now say Fort Mill High School students can discuss stem cell research, abortion and gay marriage at a debate, days after administrators restricted topics.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
A 20-year-old Graniteville man died early Saturday morning after his 1998 Chevrolet pickup flipped and crashed on Bettis Academy Road, authorities said.

Pupils sick after eating cookies

Across the southeast
PITTSBORO, N.C. - Barbie's being bad. The wholesome, if sometimes surreal, beauty of the iconic doll is taking on a different twist under the influence of photo lab owner Anne Baker.

Grovetown pupils learns about gravity
Dozens of Grovetown Elementary School pupils tossed Hacky Sacks into the air Friday afternoon, attempting to catch them as gravity yanked them back to earth.

Tainted cookie's victims recover
Two Glascock County Consolidated School students kept overnight at McDuffie Regional Medical Center Friday after eating a tainted chocolate chip cookie were released Saturday, according to hospital officials.

Man develops mentoring program
Columbia County pupils needing adult role models might soon have a deluge of qualified mentors.

House speaker opposes tuition increase
ATLANTA - As the state's university system weighs a 10 percent, midyear tuition increase and job reductions, one Democratic leader is making a last-minute appeal for Gov. Sonny Perdue to hold off on budget cuts.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Patrick Roof of Graniteville

Some schools still struggle to meet goals
Even the physical education teacher helps with reading at A. Dorothy Hains Elementary School.

Drug makers offer easy source of help
ATLANTA - Low-income Georgians can call one toll-free number now for help finding free or discounted medicines, as the largest drug companies launch a major public-relations campaign.

Kid of the day

News you can use
Oct. 2, 1951 Richmond County commissioners met to hear residents' complaints about storm water flooding on their property. The high water was causing damage near Oakland Drive.

Across the southeast

Georgia first lady undergoes treatment for breast cancer
ATLANTA - Georgia first lady Mary Perdue, the wife of Gov. Sonny Perdue, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy at Emory University Hospital on Friday, the governor's office announced.

NAACP to meet in Augusta

County will administer flu shots
Columbia County is using its first partial shipment of flu shots to kick off its vaccination clinics for this season Monday.

News you can use

NAACP to meet in Augusta
Members of the South Carolina branch of the NAACP are coming to Augusta this week because of a boycott of their home state that they don't plan to end anytime soon.

Across the area

Locals like bomb where it is
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - On an island populated by quirky characters, the "Tybee bomb" is just one of the gang.

Voter signups increase by 50 percent

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Kerry's female support trails off

Across Georgia

Some schools still struggle to meet goals

October starts with festivals food and fun

Across the area
A football player at the Academy of Richmond County has been permanently suspended from the school system for tackling his coach during an out-of-town game.

Tainted cookie's victims recover

Show of support
Daniel Speer, of Knology, places a pink ribbon on a Broad Street light post for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Augusta Chronicle will begin a series of stories on breast cancer Sunday.

Farmers want promised money

Political surprise may be in store

Georgia first lady undergoes treatment for breast cancer

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

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A black lawyer's legal attempt to stop the Internal Revenue Service from taxing blacks because he says they have been denied basic rights has failed.

Safe Homes raises funds to build larger quarters
Sandra Johnson knows it's impossible to tell women and children fleeing abusers there's no room, but Augusta's emergency shelter can provide safety to only so many at any single time.

Carter's 80th inspires pianist to try for record

End of course tests reveal holes in learning
If the tests had counted, most Columbia County students would have passed everything but economics.

'Illegal' election mailings get OK

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Poor security and inadequate staffing at Lee Arrendale State Prison have resulted in many violent attacks on its youngest inmates, a human rights group has alleged in a motion filed in federal court.

Rants and raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Safe Homes raises funds to build larger quarters

Storm lag hits school officials

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 2-year old Hunter Lee Chancey of Augusta.

Rescue squad raises $75,000 for child of hostage

Man develops mentoring program

Kid of the day

Weekend of parties begins
Don and Judy Blanchfield were greeted at Interstate 20's Georgia Welcome Center on Friday by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who encouraged the Aiken couple to attend the 16th annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem today.

Weekend of parties begins

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A state program that turns discarded oyster shells into shellfish beds is growing, but that growth could slow as more states start their own recycling programs, state officials say.

Across the area

Storm lag hits school officials
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - South Georgia pupils and teachers are scrambling to make up class time lost because of school closings triggered by the remnants of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

Voter signups increase by 50 percent
ATLANTA - Georgians appear to have this fall's elections on their minds. New voter registrations soared during the first eight months of the year, growing by almost 300,000 - roughly a 50 percent increase over the same period four years ago.

Carter's 80th inspires pianist to try for record
ATLANTA - Serenaded by some of his favorite songs, Jimmy Carter celebrated his 80th birthday Friday by listening to a master pianist who is attempting to break a world record by playing continuously for 13 hours.

Drug makers offer easy source of help

Emory warns of possible exposure to brain disease

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Emory warns of possible exposure to brain disease
ATLANTA - More than 500 patients at Emory University Hospital have a remote chance of exposure to a fatal disease similar to mad cow because a brain surgery patient tested positive for the condition, officials said.

Farmers want promised money
AIKEN - Like his farming ancestors who never got their 40 acres and a mule, John Simmons never received the $50,000 settlement and debt forgiveness he felt the federal government owed him.

Forms reduce time for classes
AIKEN - As much as two hours of Diane Roaden's day in the classroom is spent filling out paperwork, from grading tests to keeping records on student progress.

Aiken horse magnate honored

End of course tests reveal holes in learning

Gap between Irish, Red Devils still large
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - It was a jarring sight in so many weird ways.

Bulldogs surprising in blowout
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt thought the same thing that everybody else did as he watched his Georgia Bulldogs pile 45 points on the fifth-ranked defense in the nation.

One-hit wonders thrive at Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Chad Blount has two career starts at the Talladega Superspeedway, but none in a Nextel Cup Series car.

One-hit wonders thrive at Talladega Superspeedway

'Front Row Joe' back on pole
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Joe Nemechek once went by one of the most recognizable nicknames in NASCAR.

Duckett keeps positive outlook

NFL power rankings for Week 4

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Hugh Robinson was understandably choked up as he reflected on the short life of his son, Jay Adam Robinson.

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Mrs. Barbara Stewart    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred O'Tyson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Christopher Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Virginia Meyers    (GLOVERVILLE, SC)
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Mrs. Rosa Lee Brighthop    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Christine Hubble    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elaine Dresser    (STOWE, Vt.)
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Mrs. Nettie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Lee Brighthop (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Feagle, Jr. (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Kitchings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Vertez Utley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Eria Westbrook (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Brighthop (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred O'Tyson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Madeline L. DeWeen (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Meyers (GLOVERVILLE, SC)

Mrs. Hattie Wheeler (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Miss Christine Hubble (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Major Samuel D. Norris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Robert Johnson, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Brown, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Miles (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. C.B. Jones, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.,)

Mrs. Elaine Dresser (STOWE, Vt.)

Mrs. Tina Callaway (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Stewart (HARLEM, Ga.)

Dea. Henry Jordan Jr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Youngblood (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Matthew Paul Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas McKinnon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dylan Lee Fookes (JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. June E. Fennell (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Flournoy (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Abney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elle Rogers (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William "Billy" Lollis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Clara Rhodes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Christopher Hutto (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Aluka (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Christine Hubble (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allie Fendley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Odessa Dodson (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ina Adams Bradberry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Tutt Reid (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Sammy K. Dorsey, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie W. Raborn , Jr. (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Roper (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Kathryn Arnold Wright (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Mosley (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Baker (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Hales (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jose Perez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Addis Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Volunteers show off country's greatness
It never fails. Mention some of the wonderful qualities of the United States - something I don't do enough - and a bunch of "yes, but" whiners pop up like warts on a hog. Say that we are the richest, most powerful nation on earth and "yes, but" contrarians complain that is the very reason countries such as France and Germany don't like us. They would probably hate us more if we were poor because we couldn't send them all the money we do now and they might have to go to work, instead of taking 40 weeks of vacation each year.

Mayor must take reins for strong government
As someone who has supported our mayor, and is still grasping for signs of encouragement within the Augusta/Richmond County government, I am a bit numb over the mayor's admitted irrelevance as a political leader.

Apples and oranges aside, SATs did improve
After years of promoting SAT scores as a measurement of school rankings, now some of our local media see it as an uneven playing field. This follows comments from some of Columbia County's Board of Education members that comparisons are not apples to apples, but rather apples to oranges - specifically, with regard to Richmond County.

Volunteers show off country's greatness
It never fails. Mention some of the wonderful qualities of the United States - something I don't do enough - and a bunch of "yes, but" whiners pop up like warts on a hog. Say that we are the richest, most powerful nation on earth and "yes, but" contrarians complain that is the very reason countries such as France and Germany don't like us. They would probably hate us more if we were poor because we couldn't send them all the money we do now and they might have to go to work, instead of taking 40 weeks of vacation each year.

Apples and oranges aside, SATs did improve
After years of promoting SAT scores as a measurement of school rankings, now some of our local media see it as an uneven playing field. This follows comments from some of Columbia County's Board of Education members that comparisons are not apples to apples, but rather apples to oranges - specifically, with regard to Richmond County.

Mayor must take reins for strong government
As someone who has supported our mayor, and is still grasping for signs of encouragement within the Augusta/Richmond County government, I am a bit numb over the mayor's admitted irrelevance as a political leader.

Gold Cup's field is far from stellar

Overtime

Trinidad set for return to ring

Overtime
In Bangkok, Thailand, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick pulled out three-set victories Saturday to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final at the Thailand Open.

Gold Cup's field is far from stellar
NEW YORK - The stars usually show up for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, considered one of the most prestigious races of the fall season.

Trinidad set for return to ring
NEW YORK - Mention Bernard Hopkins, and Felix Trinidad winces. Bring up Oscar De La Hoya or Roy Jones, and Trinidad shakes his head.

New event gives added validity to park investment
Was it worthwhile for Columbia County to invest $1,118,620 to develop a first-class fishing tournament site at Wildwood Park?

Political surprise may be in store
WASHINGTON - In the presidential campaign's closing weeks, Democrats are bracing for an "October surprise," an event so dramatic it could influence the election's outcome. The capture of Osama bin Laden, for instance.

Kerry's female support trails off
WASHINGTON - Cynthia Moore - single mother, moderate Democrat - is the living embodiment of one of Sen. John Kerry's biggest challenges in the presidential race. There are things she doesn't like about President Bush, she says, but the president will get her vote Nov. 2 because she thinks he'll do a better job of protecting her two daughters.

Duckett keeps positive outlook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - For all the complaining heard from underused NFL running backs during the past two years, T.J. Duckett makes a concerted effort to be respectful of his awkward situation with the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL power rankings for Week 4
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Ministry reaches out to students
Ogden Tabb spends his working hours tailgating at high school football games, cutting up in school cafeterias and hanging out in parking lots after class. It is his mission field.

Faith digest
SHILOH United Methodist Church, of Appling, will be recognized today at the 135th anniversary celebration in Rome honoring the United Methodist Women in the North Georgia Conference.

Preacher Jakes' R-rated film tackles sexual abuse
DALLAS - Bishop T.D. Jakes isn't easily intimidated. He is, after all, a best-selling author of 29 books, a Grammy-winning gospel singer, a nationally renowned preacher and the subject of a 2001 Time magazine cover story that asked: "Is This Man The Next Billy Graham?"

Prayer rally has elections in mind
Politicians will be welcomed to the platform for Augusta's second citywide prayer rally this week, but not for stumping.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

New event gives added validity to park investment

Bulldogs surprising in blowout

Gap between Irish, Red Devils still large

Joey' full-season pickup

Debate had substance - and neither candidate sighed
NEW YORK - The TV networks, which had hyped Thursday's presidential debate as nothing short of a slugfest, couldn't wait to name a champ when it was over.

Joey' full-season pickup
LOS ANGELES - "Joey" is doing OK without all those friends, so NBC gave the "Friends" spinoff a full-season pickup Thursday.

Debate had substance - and neither candidate sighed

Rested Georgia knows stakes
ATHENS, Ga. - Tipping the scales at more than 340 pounds, Georgia's 6-foot-4 offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles has the size of a super heavyweight fighter and, it turns out, Don King-like showmanship when describing today's game between No. 13 Louisiana State University and No. 3 Georgia.

Greene throws for five scores in Gerogia win
ATHENS, Ga., - Georgia's offense finally showed up - and there went Louisiana State's hopes of making another run at the national championship.

Greene throws for five scores in Gerogia win

Rested Georgia knows stakes

Gamecocks easily turn back Tide

Gamecocks face tradition of Tide

Gamecocks face tradition of Tide
COLUMBIA - With all apologies to Vanderbilt, Lou Holtz said earlier this week that South Carolina will face its first true road test today when it plays at Alabama.

Gamecocks easily turn back Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Beating Alabama in the 2000s might not mean the same thing as it did in decades of yore, but South Carolina will take a win over the Crimson Tide in any time period.

Odds and Ends

Preacher Jakes' R-rated film tackles sexual abuse

Ministry reaches out to students

Prayer rally has elections in mind

Faith digest