Westminster prepares for play competition
At rehearsals for Westminster Schools' production of Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and Eve, Jenny Wiggins, who plays Eve, occasionally stops practicing her lines and laughs.

Review: Satirizing news and those who make it
NEW YORK - It's "The Daily Show" set to music. Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry preen and strut with puffed-out chests while fake news reporters deliver the day's headlines mid-sashay. Michael Moore is there, too, with bullhorn in hand, accusing the Bush administration of hiding flu vaccines to keep the voters on the toilets, and not in the polls, on Nov. 2.

Journalist to co-write book about being hostage in Iraq
NEW YORK - Micah Garen, an American journalist held hostage in Iraq last summer by Shiite militants, is collaborating on a memoir. Simon & Schuster expects to publish the book, currently untitled, in the fall of 2005.

Westminster prepares for play competition

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Fine arts calendar

Review: Satirizing news and those who make it

Lowe hits top for Red Sox
ST. LOUIS - Derek Lowe came through where Dave Ferriss failed. And Jim Lonborg. And Roger Clemens and Bruce Hurst, too.

Boston will toast its World Series champs
BOSTON - The city will toast its first World Series champions in 86 years with a parade Saturday that will stretch from the Fenway to City Hall Plaza.

Yankees continue high-level meetings
TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with other top team officials Wednesday during the second day of high-level organizational meetings.

Red Sox vote for Garciaparra to get full share

Auction ends for Bonds' 700th homer ball
SAN FRANCISCO - Giants slugger Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball drew a top bid of $804,129 Wednesday after a 10-day online auction.

Boston's Epstein spreads credit

Manager still has a lot of work to accomplish
ST. LOUIS - Terry Francona knows better than to get comfortable.

Red Sox win first World Series since 1918

Cubs fans hope broken curse can rub off on them
CHICAGO - Chicago fans believe that if one curse can be broken, so can another.

Wolfpack have a den filled with lots of bats

San Francisco chosen for 2007 All-Star game
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco will host the 2007 All-Star game, an official with Major League Baseball told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Lowe hits top for Red Sox

Cardinals' fan base ranges far and wide
ST. LOUIS - On a clear summer night, a trucker can pass through West Virginia or a boy can cradle a transistor radio under the blankets in Oklahoma and hear announcer Mike Shannon pleading to the baseball, "Get up, baby! Get up! Get up! Home run Cardinals!"

All curses must end

Cubs fans hope broken curse can rub off on them

Manager still has a lot of work to accomplish

Boston will toast its World Series champs

Red Sox win first World Series since 1918
ST. LOUIS - The Boston Red Sox - yes, the Boston Red Sox! - are World Series champions at long, long last. No more curse and no doubt about it.

Red Sox raise World Series trophy

Boston's Epstein spreads credit
ST. LOUIS - In the tumult of the visitors' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, champagne pouring all around him, Theo Epstein held a beer.

Winning leaves Red Sox fans elated, puzzled

Red Sox vote for Garciaparra to get full share
ST. LOUIS - The Boston Red Sox have not forgotten Nomar Garciaparra.

Greenbrier sets sights on title

Wolfpack have a den filled with lots of bats
Whenever the Greenbrier softball team steps on the field, the first thought that comes to most coaches' minds is, "How are we going to hit against Kristan Glover?"

Greenbrier sets sights on title
COLUMBUS, Ga. - It's all downhill from here. The Greenbrier softball team advanced to the final of the winners' bracket of the Class AAAA state softball championship with two dominating performances by Kristan Glover on Thursday.

All curses must end
ST. LOUIS - Harry Frazee was ready for the reaction. The Boston Red Sox owner had just sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and a $300,000 loan

Red Sox raise World Series trophy
ST. LOUIS - Keith Foulke squeezed the ball tight. After all those years and all that heartache, the Boston Red Sox had the World Series firmly in hand.

Winning leaves Red Sox fans elated, puzzled
BOSTON - Matt Savage stood in the chill outside Fenway Park, elated and a little dazed as he greeted the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. He ruled out going to work for now, but he wasn't worried about job security. His boss was standing next to him.

Birth announcements
Connor Elijah Savage: Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Savage, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Connor Elijah Savage, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Peter Golden, of Hephzibah, Eyvonne Markyna, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Savage, of Brunswick, Ga.

Birth announcements

Man: Wife's near-death experience meant to save marriage
LA CROSSE, Wis. - A man who said he threw a live electrical wire into his wife's bath hoping a near-death experience would save their marriage was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide Wednesday.

Suspect arrested after grand jury indicts his DNA
NEW YORK - A career criminal faces robbery and sexual assault charges after becoming the first person arrested in the state on an indictment based solely on DNA.

Odds and Ends
ESSEXVILLE, Mich. - Oh, thank heaven: 7-Eleven employee Erin Kappen got a bonus for having a baby that weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Odds and Ends
SPOKANE, Wash. - It may seem creepy, but it's not necessarily a crime to keep a corpse in the freezer, police say.

Fed: Economic growth continuing
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy continued to grow in the early fall despite being buffeted by rising energy costs and hurricanes, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, providing its last snapshot of business conditions before Election Day.

Fed: Economic growth continuing

Fuel prices boost prospects for renewable energy

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday

Business briefs

Mortgage rates fall again

Redeveloper gains approval for project
ATLANTA - After seeing Progressive Redevelopment Inc.'s rehabilitated crown jewel in Atlanta on Wednesday, Augusta officials were swayed toward allowing the company to do a similar project at home.

DreamWorks Animation IPO get splashy debut

Bank construction continues

Delta's deal may not suffice

Oil prices fall as winter-fuel supplies ease

Business briefs
AUGUSTA - Aiken's jobless rate in September fell to 5.4 percent, benefitting from the 7,200 jobs created statewide during the month, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Oil prices fall as winter-fuel supplies ease
Oil futures prices sank nearly 5 percent Wednesday, dropping below $53 a barrel, as concerns about tight winter-fuel supplies eased, at least temporarily, and traders turned their attention to rising U.S. inventories of crude.

Bank construction continues
Construction progresses on the future headquarters of First Bank of Georgia at the corner of Wheeler Road and Agerton Lane. First Bank's parent company, which reported a third-quarter profit of $935,000, expects to move into the building in late July or August.

Street expecting a huge IPO from DreamWorks
LOS ANGELES - It's shaping up to be an ogre-sized debut for the shares of the company that made the animated hits "Shrek" and "Shark Tale."

Football frenzy a treat for Georgia businesses
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The Georgia-Florida football game lasts only a few hours, but the impact to many southeast Georgia businesses lingers for days.

Mining stirs resurgence of company's pump sales
Emptying an Olympic-size swimming pool in only a few minutes isn't easy.

Delta's deal may not suffice
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s tentative deal with pilots for $1 billion in concessions gives the nation's third-largest carrier much-needed breathing room. But its crucial debt restructuring efforts remain a work in progress, and Delta's CEO cautioned Thursday that bankruptcy remains a possibility.

Mining stirs resurgence of company's pump sales

Together, advertising dollars buy more
Anthony Brown likes sharing advertising space for his Main & Taylor Shoe Salon with his fellow Surrey Center shops.

Street expecting a huge IPO from DreamWorks

Higher U.S. inventories cut crude oil prices
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures prices slipped Thursday as supply concerns ahead of the Northern Hemisphere winter eased after an unexpectedly high rise in U.S. inventories.

Redeveloper gains approval for project

Mortgage rates fall again
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates declined again this week, with 30-year mortgages dropping to the lowest level since early April, providing more of a boost to the housing industry.

Delta pilots announce tentative concessions

DreamWorks Animation IPO get splashy debut
LOS ANGELES - DreamWorks Animation Inc. shares rose well above their initial public offering price Thursday as trading began in stock of the company behind the recent hit films "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tales."

Rain in California contributes to tomato shortage
LOS ANGELES - A nationwide tomato shortage brought on by Florida's rash of hurricanes and a nagging pest in Mexico is being made worse by a bruised and rotting harvest in California.

Unemployment claims jump by 20,000 last week
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week by 20,000, the largest jump in a month, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Fuel prices boost prospects for renewable energy
SAN FRANCISCO - With oil futures soaring above $55 a barrel and natural gas doubling in price in the last two years, renewable energy is looking a lot better to many - not just on environmental merits, but on price.

China hikes rates for first time in nine years
SHANGHAI, China - China announced Thursday that it will hike interest rates for one-year loans by 0.27 percentage points to 5.58 percent, the first increase in more than nine years.

Comcast reports third-quarter profit decline
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, reported a sharp decline its profit for the third quarter from results a year ago that included a big gain on the sale of its interest in the home shopping network QVC Inc.

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday
NEW YORK - New federal regulations designed to speed up the processing of checks went into effect on Thursday, and consumer advocates advised Americans to be more vigilant about monitoring their accounts.

Delta pilots announce tentative concessions
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines' pilots union said late Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement on concessions that could save the struggling carrier from bankruptcy.

Together, advertising dollars buy more

Bank's parent reports lower earnings
The parent company of First Bank of Georgia reported a 46 percent drop in earnings during the third quarter because of a precipitous decline in mortgage activity.

China hikes rates for first time in nine years

Business briefs
Wireless provider SunCom said Wednesday that the merger between Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless will have no local impact.

Football frenzy a treat for Georgia businesses

Rain in California contributes to tomato shortage

Unemployment claims jump by 20,000 last week

Higher U.S. inventories cut crude oil prices

Dr. Spock label will be on products
NEW YORK - Dr. Benjamin Spock's name lives on in print - and soon on products.

SEC short on experienced point guards

Coaches see time is now
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - In a microwave coaching environment, had Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings not led the Commodores to the NCAA Tournament last season, he would have been cooked.

Return of Spurrier hardly a done deal
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - All the trophies Steve Spurrier brought to Florida still line the hallways inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Six Southeastern Conference championships, two Heismans and a national title.

SEC Eastern Division notebool
FLORIDA: Not much has gone right for the Gators this week.

Bowden feels fortunate Seminoles are 6-1

Return of Spurrier hardly a done deal

Coaches see time is now

SEC short on experienced point guards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three years ago, Alabama won a Southeastern Conference title with freshman Mo Williams at point guard.

Bowden feels fortunate Seminoles are 6-1
RALEIGH, N.C. - Florida State is only one overtime loss away from being undefeated at this point.

SEC Eastern Division notebool

Augustus sweats to show off skills

Are you protected?

Re-elect Henry Howard

Are you protected?
It's a good bet no one's ever used your toaster against you.

Re-elect Henry Howard
The Augusta state House member with the most seniority is businessman Henry Howard, Democrat of the 121st District. If his party retains control of the lower chamber, Howard, chairman of the Human Relations and Aging Committee who also serves on the all-important Appropriations Committee, could see his stock rise even higher.

DeLoach for state House
Mad at the Augusta Commission? Had it up to here with its sloth and ineffectiveness? Want something to change?

DeLoach for state House

A note on letters
Because of the overwhelming number of candidate endorsement letters we have received in recent weeks, starting this morning we have stopped accepting such letters for the 2004 election cycle. The limited space with which we have to publish letters prompted this decision.

More court arrogance
Georgians will be able to vote next week on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages - that's the good news.

Isakson for U.S. Senate
Unwavering. Principled. Hands-on. Eminently knowledgeable.

Isakson for U.S. Senate

Howard Stern criticizes FCC chairman during interview
SAN FRANCISCO - Shock jock Howard Stern made a surprise call to a radio station during an interview of the Federal Communications Commission head, claiming the chairman only got his job because his father is Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Club calendar
BLIND PIG: 1251 Broad St.; El Dorado Deluxe tonight, Shameless Dave and the Miracle Whips Friday, Halloween masquerade party with Knowface and The Cubists Saturday; 722-7335.

Ex-Pumpkin is busy as rockers issue CDs, books
Safe money would have marked former candidate for the King of Rock throne Billy Corgan as a Where Are They Now waiting to happen.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some of the entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs:

People in the news
NEW YORK - Usher is feeling the vibe. The R&B singer leads the second annual Vibe Awards with five nominations. Right on his dancing heels is Alicia Keys, with four nominations.

Club provides area singles opportunity to stay active with safe, fun outings
Arlene Ingram knew after she retired as a school teacher in May that she'd want something to do.

Club calendar
COYOTES: The nightclub will hold a costume contest Saturday, with $700 going to the big winner. Coyotes is at 2514 Peach Orchard Road. Call 560-9245.

'Gone with the Wind' maker gets Hollywood star
LOS ANGELES - Even though he produced "Gone with the Wind" and other movie classics, David O. Selznick never had his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

All aboard P. Diddy's political party plane
ABOARD P. DIDDY'S PLANE - At first glance, it appears presidential: A private jet bound for swing states days before the election. A campaign staff. Hungry media. An omnipresent slogan, "Vote or Die."

Stuff to do
In case you haven't heard, Hobbits are kind of hot right now. Capitalizing on the fever for Tolkien, Storyland Theatre is staging a production of its original Hobbit adaptation, Bilbo and the Magic Ring.

Courtney Love ordered to trial for assault
LOS ANGELES - Singer Courtney Love was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon despite her attorney's claim the case had been "grossly overcharged."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is ready to play travel agent for the presidential candidates.

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 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Ghost walks reveal Augusta history
Raising the wick on his oil-burning lantern, allowing it to illuminate just his cobweb-embroidered jacket and undertaker's top hat, Michael Wolff points to a shadow-soaked spot in a secluded corner of the Old Medical College building and smiles.

Mortgage rates fall again

Can a stock market crash happen again?
NEW YORK - With more people in the stock market than ever before, nobody seemed to pay much attention to the bad news that cropped up throughout the year in 1929. Individual investors were buying stocks on margin, speculators drove up prices and the government had a hands-off policy on the economy.

Can a stock market crash happen again?

Mortgage rates fall again
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates declined again this week, with 30-year mortgages dropping to the lowest level since early April, providing more of a boost to the housing industry.

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday
NEW YORK - New federal regulations designed to speed up the processing of checks went into effect on Thursday, and consumer advocates advised Americans to be more vigilant about monitoring their accounts.

Banks implement Check 21 starting Thursday

Fishing tournament results

Largemouth bass love floating plastic worms

Fishing tournament results
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.

Largemouth bass love floating plastic worms
Several years ago, the floating plastic worm made its debut in Strom Thurmond Lake with amazing success. Largemouth bass loved it.

Grubbin': Shangri-La asian cuisine
SIGNATURE DISH: Hong Kong-style sea bass (steamed with ginger and green onions), $16

Grubbin': Shangri-La asian cuisine

New catering company focuses on quality of food, presentation
They don't wear crowns or have thrones, but Jan Sanchez and Jai West call themselves queens.

New catering company focuses on quality of food, presentation

Grubbin': The other Asian food
Chinese and Japanese foods dominate the Asian restaurant market in the Augusta area, leaving Thai food a rare find. That didn't stop us from locating a few restaurants, along with an interesting bunch of area residents ready to give their opinions on the places.

Geraniums can survive through winter

Growers offer colorful options to pumpkin fans
MADISON, Wis. - For purveyors of pumpkins, there's more to life than orange.

Ignite the landscape with color
What a sight the landscape is this time of year! Massive trees smoldering like glowing embers or dancing in flames. Embers and flames of color, that is.

Ignite the landscape with color

Geraniums can survive through winter
Geraniums are some of the most popular flowering plants in Augusta, blooming from late April through frost, but that first hard frost does not have to be the end of this year's geraniums.

Fans a factor in Ga. Southern's home games
STATESBORO, Ga. - Last season, Roger King was playing football for one of the most successful prep teams in the state, Peach County. The crowds for his senior season of high school football were loud and loyal as the team marched to a state title.

Tech hopes to fare better against ACC newcomer
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech doesn't want to get embarrassed by another ACC rookie.

Breakdowns cost Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - For all its defensive brilliance the past few weeks, two mistakes doomed Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Yellow Jackets on bowl bubble
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team has a few holiday destinations in mind.

Johnson records TD mark
ATLANTA - Calvin Johnson began his assault on the Georgia Tech record books Thursday night.

Fans a factor in Ga. Southern's home games

Tech hopes to fare better against ACC newcomer

Garcia, Lara share lead at Valderrama
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 67 in the wind Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Volvo Masters with fellow Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara, who was stung by a bee early in his round.

Sluman hits course-record 62 at Chrysler
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Golf finally felt easy to Jeff Sluman, and it wasn't hard to see why.

Tiger's' caddie: Woods will return to top of his game
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A swing change, not romance, caused Tiger Woods to drop to No. 3 in the world rankings.

Different goals for different players

Garcia, Lara share lead at Valderrama

Ballesteros under investigation for assault
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - The European tour is investigating Seve Ballesteros, who is accused of assaulting another Spanish golfer off the course during an amateur tournament last month.

Different goals for different players
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Rod Pampling has never been to the Tour Championship.

Sluman hits course-record 62 at Chrysler

Ex-QB towers over program

Sawyer cuts through team's past struggles

Week 10 key matchups

Carolina schools face playoff puzzles

Carolina schools face playoff puzzles
The Palmetto State has its own riddles concerning the postseason. The twists of the South Carolina High School League are magnified in this week's Silver Bluff-Wade Hampton contest.

Week 10 key matchups
LAST MEETING: North Augusta won 35-28 last season.

Ex-QB towers over program
Mike Anthony remembers feeling pretty darn good about where his team was situated.

Sawyer cuts through team's past struggles
JOHNSTON, S.C. - How could something so simple be considered a masterpiece?

Player of the week: Vincent Scott
Scott grabbed two interceptions in his second career start at Glenn Hills. The 15-year-old returned his first interception 22 yards for a touchdown, and his second halted another Glenn Hills scoring drive. Scott snatched the ball at the Thomson 4-yard line in the third quarter for his second career interception. He also had two solo tackles, broke up a pass and went 4-for-5 on extra points.

Dueling politicians could avoid prison time
Every election we think political advertising can't get worse. And every election we are amazed when it does.

Greenbrier softball team gets pair of shutout victories
COLUMBUS, Ga. The Greenbrier softball team moved two steps closer to a state title on Thursday with a pair of shutout victories on the opening day of the Class AAAA state championships

Man robs bank with a smoke bomb
Richmond County sheriff's deputies blocked part of a west Augusta road this morning to search for a bank robber who set off a smoke bomb.

Come to next town hall meeting
I am so proud of the Citizens' Action Committee for taking the lead in initiating positive change. They are playing host to a town hall meeting Nov. 3 at the Municipal Building in the commission chambers from noon to 12:30 p.m., which is immediately before the commission's scheduled meeting at 12:30. An invitation was extended to all commissioners to attend so that citizens' concerns regarding recent actions taken can be addressed. Crystal Barber, North Augusta, S.C.

Elect better school leaders

More people miss radio oldies

Elect better school leaders
Regarding Joseph Diggs Sr.'s Oct. 22 letter, "Re-elect leaders to Richmond BOE": The claim that attending school, marrying and raising children in Richmond County are qualifications for the board of education is, at best, ludicrous. Anthony B. Cresci, Augusta

Keep Myers on school board
I am the recently appointed pastor of Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church in Augusta. I have served the Augusta community for the past 27 years as campus pastor and instructor of religion at Paine College. Jerry Poole, Augusta

It's not Bush's war any more; it's ours
Many politically biased people continue to brand our current Iraq involvement as "Bush's war." H.G. Barclay, Evans

Kerry's record proves unfitness
Is John Kerry the United Nations' Manchurian candidate? Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Mini Theatre needs SPLOST to pass
The Augusta Mini Theatre Community Arts School celebrated its 29th birthday Oct. 8. And $2.5 million would be a great gift. Tyrone J. Butler, Augusta

Bush will lead nation into ruin

Modern liberalism is a disease
Tom Zwemer's litany of liberalism ("Liberals are resilient, right," Oct. 18) fails to mention that Thomas Jefferson's classical liberalism bears little resemblance to modern liberalism. Liberals today believe that our Constitution is a living document subject to change by demagogues or the if-it-feels-good-do-it crowd. Jefferson would not approve of abortion on demand, or the assault on the Second Amendment. The laissez faire of classical liberalism stands in stark contrast to modern liberalism, which would regulate our economy and give government control over our lives and our pocketbooks. Don Christian, Hephzibah

Lawyers must butt out of election
The Democratic Party has announced that it has 10,000 lawyers, money and airplanes on stand-by ready to fly anywhere in the 50 states to challenge, on any basis, any 2004 state election outcome favorable to President Bush. This is the Democratic Party that raised chaos in Florida in 2000 over a state election that Bush won. They now propose to take that chaos to all 50 states. James M. Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

More people miss radio oldies
My friends and I often wondered if we were the only retired people who wished we had a radio station such as WMUU-FM (94.5) out of Greenville, S.C., with what we call "oldies." Thanks to the letter from Eleanor Farrell, published in The Augusta Chronicle on Friday ("What happened to golden oldies?"), we see that we are not. The older generation is the generation that supports, buys, and invests in the local area. We believe this type of station would be a great success. Louise Johnson, Evans

Economy is even better under Bush
Despite John Kerry's constant refrain that the economy is worse than it's been in years, the truth is the opposite. Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Economy is even better under Bush

Commission must not get SPLOST
I am writing to urge everyone to vote "No" on all questions on Richmond County's SPLOST V ballot Nov. 2. The simple fact is, we cannot trust the Augusta Commission to spend the money wisely that they have. At present, we have a $9.3 million budget deficit... Sandra S. Hutchison, Augusta

Bush has the experience to lead

It's not Bush's war any more; it's ours

Commission must not get SPLOST

Dems will cure what ails you

Myers shows proven leadership

Mini Theatre needs SPLOST to pass

Look, think, take intelligent action

Modern liberalism is a disease

Choose wisely in Edgefield races

We need some answers to save city
Let's stop asking wrong questions, such as: Should we support SPLOST? Or: Who should we re-elect? Instead, we should ask: What steps are necessary to change our current inept form of city government? Everyone admits that it's broken. Charlie Dutch, Augusta

Myers shows proven leadership
The Richmond County Board of Education trustees deserve the support of our community. I base this on several facts. Our students' academic performance has been steadily improving for the past six to eight years. The board has worked together as a body without the discord that has plagued many of our elected and appointed boards. Roy Jones, Augusta

Burns' Medicare stance flawed
I was a little more than amused by the ad for Max Burns appearing on Page 5A of the Oct. 20 Augusta Chronicle. The ad put a whole other spin on the notion of visionary leadership. "Thanks but no thanks" would be more appropriate. Michael Shlaer, M.D., Augusta

Vote Pulliam for Richmond BOE
I have been viewing many local debates over the past several weeks. As a mother of two, I have to say that Barbara Pulliam has really impressed me and won my vote. She is a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Richmond County Board of Education. Matisse Holman, Hephzibah

Look, think, take intelligent action
We express our preference for a presidential candidate by letters to the editor that boost our candidate, and the placing of yard signs. Both reveal our beliefs and biases. In Georgia or South Carolina, where the Electoral College outcome is known, letters or yard signs will make no difference. Rick Brown, Augusta

President's agenda is troubling
On Tuesday we are going to elect a president of the United States. I have some problems with comprehending some of the terminology that the current president is using. Dr. John Maben, Augusta

Come to next town hall meeting

Christians should vote for Bush
Most voters are aware of President Bush's faith-based initiatives that should appeal to Christians. In addition, the "domino theory" put forth by the late President Nixon, detailing what would happen if North Vietnam won the war against South Vietnam, proved to be all too true. Around Easter 2004, hundreds of Christians were put to death in Vietnam ... Bob Gordy, Louisville, Ga.

Former commissioner: No SPLOST
Tuesday is an important day for our country and our city. One big issue for our city is the special purpose local option sales tax vote. William B. Kuhlke Jr., Augusta

We need some answers to save city

Choose wisely in Edgefield races
In the upcoming elections, things in Edgefield County are at a pivotal point. As one who follows local politics in depth, and after much investigation, I have found some very obvious choices in the races. Roy Blackwell , Merriwether, S.C.

President's agenda is troubling

Burns' Medicare stance flawed

Presidential vote is important
The November presidential election is crucial because the future of our country is at stake. The next president, along with Congress, will have to address a large number issues that have not been discussed or debated to a great degree during the campaign. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Lawyers must butt out of election

Dems will cure what ails you
I can hardly wait for the Johns to be elected. John Edwards said that if he and the other John are elected, the crippled will walk, and diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer and a host of other illnesses will no longer exist. Steve King, Belvedere, S.C.

Right denies president's flaws

Bush has the experience to lead
As a lifetime resident of Augusta, I have voted in every presidential election since Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected in 1952. Although every election is important, I believe that this 2004 presidential election will be the most important one in my lifetime, and possibly the most important U.S. election ever held. Robert Symms, Augusta

Right denies president's flaws
I am disturbed when it comes to the Christian right and President Bush. Bush's past includes encounters with the law, deceiving the country, dismissing intelligence, and lying to the American public. So why does the Christian right attack every rebuttal of the president as liberal propaganda? Roy Ellis, Augusta

Bush will lead nation into ruin
Only God knows the future of the United States. God help us all if President Bush is given four more years in the Oval Office with his chief political strategist, Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the evil wealthy who rule the world. Jaquelin Williams, Augusta

Americans are getting taller and a lot fatter

Scientists find prehistoric dwarf human skeleton

New supercomputer claimed to be world's fastest

Cassini takes close-up look at Saturn's moon

Etched in memory

Light's glow will brighten the holidays

Some Americans getting flu shots while overseas

Stargazers enjoy total lunar eclipse

Sleep-deprived doctors-in-training make more errors

New supercomputer claimed to be world's fastest
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The builders of a new NASA supercomputer claim the 10,240-processor machine is the fastest in the world - an exciting prospect for researchers even if the speed title has yet to be officially bestowed.

FDA approves first artificial spinal disc
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration granted approval Tuesday for the first artificial spinal disc for use in patients suffering from persistent lower back pain.

Scientists find prehistoric dwarf human skeleton
In a breathtaking discovery, scientists working on a remote Indonesian island say they have uncovered the bones of a human dwarf species marooned for eons while modern man rapidly colonized the rest of the planet.

Company strives to create genetically engineered cats
The biotechnology revolution is shaking up the pet world.

Etched in memory
Seventeen-year-old Brandi Matney died in a 1998 car accident, but now she has a guardian angel watching over her.

Americans are getting taller and a lot fatter
WASHINGTON - Americans are getting a little taller and a lot fatter.

Some Americans getting flu shots while overseas
LONDON - When Janet Robinson flew in from New York on a business trip this week, she added an extra, unusual appointment to her schedule - "get flu shot."

Sleep-deprived doctors-in-training make more errors
From prescribing overdoses to sticking a tube in the wrong vein, doctors-in-training made one-third more serious mistakes during typically long shifts than they did during "short" 16-hour ones, a Harvard study found.

Cassini takes close-up look at Saturn's moon
PASADENA, Calif. - The U.S.-European spacecraft Cassini began beaming close-up images of Saturn's giant moon Titan to Earth late Tuesday.

Stargazers enjoy total lunar eclipse
BALTIMORE - Astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers turned out to watch a total lunar eclipse Wednesday night - the last one Earth will get for nearly two and a half years.

Light's glow will brighten the holidays
An inexpensive, space-saving way to achieve delightful winter holiday ambience is with light. Use natural light, candlelight and artificial light, and you cannot miss the mark. Compact, lightweight and portable, decorating with light is not only smart, but it's also about as simple as it gets.

Coach has seen plenty to praise
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia called Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Pee Dee Pride "domination."

Coach has seen plenty to praise

County questions 95 Hispanics' right to vote

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health for the third quarter of 2004. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Some win, some lose in race for flu shots
By the time Lacey Kinton got to First Baptist Church at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol car with flashing blue lights already was blocking off the parking lot and more than 600 people were in line for 430 flu shots.

Young people make a difference at fort

Numbers continue to climb for early voting

Judge sues county administrator, 2 others

News you can use

Along for a ride

Event exposes children to chemistry
National Chemistry Week events drew hundreds of children to the National Science Center's Fort Discovery last week.

Flu vaccine isn't sought by everyone

SPLOST project: Records Retention Center Expansion

Restaurant ratings

Officials in Aiken redefine 1-cent sales tax package

Event exposes children to chemistry

ASU can be a spooky place
There were no campfires. No flashlights shining on the speakers' faces as they told their ghost stories.

DeMint touts ties to Bush

Augusta 911 service now locates cell calls
Depending on the manufacturer and service provider, Augusta 911 officials can now pinpoint a cell phone caller's location within a certain area, officials said.

Prosecutors say defendant admitted shooting on tape

Official's tour of SRS is strategy to restore cuts
AIKEN - The Ohio politician whose congressional committee chopped next year's federal money out of four programs deemed vital to the future of Savannah River Site will tour the embattled federal nuclear reservation today, officials said.

Across the area
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has been released from a Washington, D.C.-area hospital after a lung transplant, his staff reported Wednesday.

Minister receives battalion's volunteer award
The Rev. Woodrow Miller Jr. has spent his life helping soldiers.

Richmond County school lunch menus

Correction
A Richmond County Superior Court sentence published in the Oct. 7 edition of the Richmond County Neighbors should have read Judge Shawn Wood, 28, of the 2200 block of Central Avenue, a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana; 12 months' probation and fined $1,500. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Some win, some lose in race for flu shots

Across the area

Voters will consider 2 amendments

Group says candidate's TV ads are misleading

County can begin tax projects early

YDC set to open again

Greenbrier softball team gets pair of shutout victories

Late bloomers
Terry Ferrell prunes his flowers in front of his antiques shop and museum in the Edgefield town square.

Official's tour of SRS is strategy to restore cuts

More flu shots to arrive soon
The remaining flu vaccine is trickling out across the county over the next few weeks, and public health authorities are asking for patience in getting it to those at greatest risk from the virus.

Sheriff says record will sell re-election

Renegade reservists hail from other states

Tenenbaum says she's on side of Carolinians

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

New plan for budget banks on efficiency

SPLOST project: Records Retention Center Expansion
On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.

SPLOST: The Mach Academy
On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Fighting students get 60-day jail terms
Wielding his zero-tolerance gavel, Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan Jr. is ordering 60-day jail terms for juveniles arrested for disrupting schools this year in Richmond County.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

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Around the block
The 13th annual Woodrow Wilson Symposium will be tonight and Friday at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The opening reception will begin at 6:30 tonight at the ASU Guardhouse museum. There will be Scotch-Irish music with Betty Smith and a seminar, The Antrim-Augusta Connection: A Multigenerational Scotch-Irish Heritage.

Reunions

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

ASU can be a spooky place

New plan for budget banks on efficiency
With no increase in Medicare funding next year, University Hospital is banking on millions of dollars from streamlining operations to help it meet its budget next year.

Voters cast ballots early
On Nov. 2, Gwen Williams won't have time to cast her ballot. That's why Ms. Williams waited in a long line Wednesday to participate in advance voting at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center.

More data needed to secure SRS work

Underdog relishes battle for seat

Late bloomers

Numbers continue to climb for early voting
ATLANTA - The numbers continued to climb for early voting in Georgia Thursday, nearing the 135,000 mark for the 80 counties that voluntarily report their statistics to the Secretary of State's office.

House rivals focus on jobs

Hunley money can be used for submarine
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Money raised by the nonprofit group Friends of the Hunley may be used to preserve the Confederate submarine and does not have to go to the state general fund, Attorney General Henry McMaster says.

Tech school evolves with demand

Kid of the day

Hook line on sinker
Bo Wooten, of Don's Collision, attaches a tow cord to a truck that was driven into a pond near the Aiken-Augusta Highway in North Augusta. Department of Public Safety Officer C.F. Toole said the driver, Alex Mills, 37, of North Augusta, didn't stop Thursday when signaled and led authorities on a chase that ended when Mr. Mills drove the truck into the pond.

County questions 95 Hispanics' right to vote
PEARSON, Ga. - Ninety-five Hispanic voters in south Georgia's Atkinson County were summoned to a courthouse Thursday to defend their right to vote after a complaint alleged a county commissioner attempted to register non-U.S. citizens.

Jury finds man guilty of murder
AIKEN - After three days of testimony, it took a jury less than an hour Thursday to convict Cedric Coldan of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder in the December 2003 slaying of 19-year-old Christopher Carroll of North Augusta.

Tech school evolves with demand
GRANITEVILLE - Zaneta Bussey said she decided to go into the medical field after getting an X-ray in high school.

Exotic car show to aid depot
AIKEN - A charity group is counting on a collection of high-priced roadsters to resurrect a piece of Aiken's history.

More data needed to secure SRS work
NEW ELLENTON - The politician who holds the purse strings on four major projects considered crucial to future jobs and missions at Savannah River Site said a multibillion-dollar trigger factory for nuclear weapons won't be built until more scientific research is conducted.

Group says candidate's TV ads are misleading
ATLANTA - The television ads for Georgia Appeals Court candidate Howard Mead are misleading and improper, according to a legal-ethics watchdog group.

Voters cast ballots early

Tenenbaum says she's on side of Carolinians
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Standing in front of a statue of Strom Thurmond, Inez Tenenbaum said Thursday that she, too, would put South Carolinians first if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Around the block

Hook line on sinker

Adversaries

SPLOST: The Mach Academy

Exotic car show to aid depot

Hunley money can be used for submarine

Kid of the day

Prosecutors say defendant admitted shooting on tape
AIKEN - Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday against defendant Cedric Coldan after playing an audio tape of him telling investigators he shot 19-year-old Christopher Carroll, but not on purpose.

Stage appeals to girl

Flu vaccine isn't sought by everyone
Thousands of Americans have recently found themselves waiting in line hoping to be among the lucky few to get a flu shot.

Aquinas students enjoy doing Home Works

Judge sues county administrator, 2 others
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Edgefield County Probate Judge Robert Peeler is suing the county's administrator and county council chairman, along with a computer consultant, for taking his computer and downloading information for "private political purposes" meant to "embarrass, humiliate and cause harm," the lawsuit states.

Fighting students get 60-day jail terms

DeMint touts ties to Bush
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint continued to tie his U.S. Senate campaign to President Bush and national politics Wednesday, telling listeners at an Aiken rally that his victory is crucial for the Republican Party to maintain power and continue its push for conservative values.

Across the region
SAVANNAH, GA. - A unit of 130 troops from Hunter Army Airfield prepared to depart late Wednesday for their second tour in Iraq.

Violent crime is below average in Augusta
Augusta is a safer city for residents than Savannah or Valdosta, but violent crime did increase slightly last year, according to FBI reports released this week.

Kid of the day
Lance A. Herring Jr. of Martinez is today's Kid of the Day.

Voters will consider 2 amendments
AIKEN - South Carolina voters will be asked to consider two constitutional amendments this year - one related to the amount of alcohol served in drinks in the Palmetto State, the other rooted in the obscurities of the tax code and corporate ownership of farm land.

Adversaries
Canvaser Crystal Boggs, left, of the Democratic congressional campaign committee and Burns for Congress volunteer Monty Philpot face off as Max Burns supporters visit Channel 12 WRDW in North Augusta to protest the John Barrow ads that are running on television .

Signal symposium finds funds to continue
An annual event almost didn't take place this year.

Along for a ride
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 5, of Grovetown, rides his bike at Riverwalk Augusta. Juan was on an outing with his mother.

Stage appeals to girl
After attending drama camp with the Augusta Players during the summer, Mackenzie Marr decided she wanted to start using some things she had learned.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Young people make a difference at fort
Saturday was a day to help others, especially at Fort Gordon.

Underdog relishes battle for seat
The two candidates vying Tuesday for the Georgia House District 121 seat present contrasts.

Aquinas students enjoy doing Home Works
Aquinas High School students assisted two homeowners last weekend by making repairs to their homes.

House rivals focus on jobs
In the race for Georgia House District 123, voters will have to choose between two Waynesboro residents with years of experience as legislators.

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
Haley Jean Stone is today's Kid of the Day.

Milestones
Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta has received a $1,000 grant to implement Goals for Graduation in 2004, a program developed by the J.C. Penney Afterschool Fund and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

YDC set to open again
Georgia's Juvenile Justice Department is about to take another crack at running a statewide mental health prison for delinquent boys in Augusta.

Richmond County school lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through Nov. 5.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - A woman working as a psychologist for Sumter School District 2 has been arrested and accused of forging educational documents to get her job.

Officials in Aiken redefine 1-cent sales tax package
AIKEN - Supporters of Aiken County's proposed renewal of a 1-cent sales tax to pay for road and civic projects are worried negative publicity surrounding Augusta's $486 million sales tax package will damage the chances of their own referendum.

Milestones

Across South Carolina

Details of airport marketing director hire a secret
Augusta Regional Airport Director Buster Boshears announced Thursday that he has hired a new marketing director, but he kept the details to himself.

Meetings
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News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Meetings

Boy sets up display of frights
When Halloween arrives, James Beckham prefers scaring the bejeezus out of folks to chasing around for tooth-rotting treats.

Correction

Across the area
The executive committee of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is voicing its opposition of the special purpose local option sales tax.

Across the area

Post Happenings

Sheriff says record will sell re-election
AIKEN - In his campaign for re-election, Edgefield County Sheriff Adell Dobey is borrowing a historic page from President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge, preferring to let his record speak for itself.

Across the region

Renegade reservists hail from other states
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says none of the 18 Army reservists who refused to complete a mission in Iraq is a South Carolinian.

For the record

County can begin tax projects early
A county receiving a good bond rating is like a first-time homebuyer getting a great credit score before trying to buy a house.

Augustan to take rightful place in hall of fame
Teaching tennis in a golf town is a tireless job. That's why you'll find Margaret Faughnan spending six days every week at Augusta Country Club, standing at the service line fighting the siren song of the tee box.

Monster films go for screams at the Imperial
A classic comedy duo, Dracula and a man with one hand are helping bring movies back to the Imperial Theatre.

Monster films go for screams at the Imperial

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Review: 'Enduring Love'

At the Movies: 'Saw'
The fright flick "Saw" is consistent, if nothing else.

It's not easy to have a real scream on camera

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

White Chick's is more offensive, unbelievable than it is amusing

At the Movies: 'Ray'

New home-video releases

At the Movies: 'Saw'

Review: 'Enduring Love'

At the Movies: 'Ray'
He certainly did not feel it at the time, but director Taylor Hackford is enormously lucky it took 15 years to bring his film biography of Ray Charles to the screen.

Review: 'Enduring Love'
The ads for "Enduring Love" proclaim that the film comes from the director of "Notting Hill." And that's true, it does - but don't expect glamorous stars trading witty banter and falling in love.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Review: 'Enduring Love'
The ads for "Enduring Love" proclaim that the film comes from the director of "Notting Hill." And that's true, it does - but don't expect glamorous stars trading witty banter and falling in love.

Capsule reviews of new films

White Chick's is more offensive, unbelievable than it is amusing
Every once in a while a movie comes along that redefines cinematic irresponsibility, a movie so unnecessary, uninspired and unkind toward the poor saps who might have dropped 8 bucks for a ticket, that it becomes the model against which all things bad will be measured.

It's not easy to have a real scream on camera
There is an art to the cinematic scream, a willingness to open up emotionally and physically and emote in the most primal possible way.

Singer Solange Knowles gives birth to baby boy
LOS ANGELES - "Solo Star" singer Solange Knowles, little sister of Beyonce, has given birth to a baby boy, according to her publicist.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are still going strong

Concert calendar
BETTE MIDLER: 8:30 tonight, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta

Singer Solange Knowles gives birth to baby boy

Concert calendar

Sonic Spotlight
Joel Cruz of Hephzibah is in the Sonic Spotlight.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are still going strong
Bluegrass music star Doyle Lawson and his award-winning band, Quicksilver, return to Augusta for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Imperial Theatre. The concert launches the 2004 Southern Soul and Song series presented jointly by the Imperial Theatre and the Morris Museum of Art.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Heeeeere's Doc

Heeeeere's Doc
It's been 12 years since Doc Severinsen played Johnny Carson through the curtains as the Tonight Show's band leader, and yet he considers his 30 years on the show as the alpha and omega of his musical career.

After mourning, NASCAR gets back to work

Candlelight service held for plane crash victims
CONCORD, N.C. - Hundreds of people, some wearing brightly colored racing team jackets and caps, gathered outside the Hendrick Motorsports complex Wednesday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor 10 people who died when the team plane crashed on the way to a race.

Sabates, Hendrick lucky to be alive
HAMPTON, Ga. - Felix Sabates was invited to fly to Martinsville Speedway last Saturday on one of Hendrick Motorsports' planes, but he decided at the last moment to stay at home.

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon

After mourning, NASCAR gets back to work
HAMPTON, Ga. - The NASCAR family paused for a few days to mourn. Now it's back to business.

Candlelight service held for plane crash victims

Newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon has shown tremendous resolve in the past two races, rebounding from two crashes at Lowe's Motor Speedway to finish second, then finishing ninth Sunday at Martinsville, Va.

Death of friend could motivate Gordon to title

Sabates, Hendrick lucky to be alive

Death of friend could motivate Gordon to title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ricky Hendrick was like a little brother to Jeff Gordon.

Bobcats top Hawks in preseason game
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Rookie Emeka Okafor scored 15 points and Primoz Brezec added 14 to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 93-89 preseason finale victory over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

James, Cavaliers have eyes on playoffs
CLEVELAND - Believe it or not, LeBron James doesn't have it all. Not yet.

Cavaliers rally for win over Hawks
PITTSBURGH - Zydrunas Ilgauskas can't wait to start the NBA season. The way the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing, it's no wonder why.

James, Cavaliers have eyes on playoffs

Augustus sweats to show off skills
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Seimone Augustus has been anything but content since she led Louisiana State to its first Final Four this past March.

Fantasy football: Time to look at the halfway point

NFL closer to picking place for L.A. franchise

Hall 'can't wait' for first start with Falcons

Falcons hope Draft will help defense

Upshaw says balance is gone

McNair misses practice due to family crisis

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Mrs. Annie Mell Lacey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Elijah Merriweather (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald R. Collins, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald R. Collins, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora Gregory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie James Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar McMillan, Jr. (Augusta, GA)

Mrs. Ida Mae Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Mae Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Blair, Sr. (LOUISVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Hildegard Brams Wyles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Reverend Phinizy Bush (PORT CHESTER, N.Y.)

Mrs. Ellen Goode (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Gordon Whaley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. Reid Beasley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hannah Mixson ( ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jo Ann K. Morrison (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Parks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Chester B. Kanavage (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Hadden Lewis (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Edwards (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Abney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ret. SSG Matthew E. Simpkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger L. Norman (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Parler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosalie Brickles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mae Smith (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene James (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Virginia Fox (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Z. Salter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James F. Maddox (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Elzia Knight (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Joe Alvin Thomas (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Sylvester Moody (MORROW, Ga.)

Mr. Elzia Knight (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles P. Ross (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Harvey Yost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Exzeamma Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mell Lacey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ethel Kirkland Greene (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Fox (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Owen Lee Henderson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Ross (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellen Goode (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Overtime

Classic field filled with champions

Overtime

Kitten's Joy is even-money favorite

Area announcements

Baffert's confident about BC Juvenile

Lifestyle keeps Bryant young

Overtime

Agassi wins in straight sets again

Agassi wins in straight sets again
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Andre Agassi had little trouble reaching the Stockholm Open quarterfinals, beating Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4 Thursday.

Overtime
Carter spends day in court, not on it Just days before the NBA regular season begins, Vince Carter is in a court of a different kind.

Overtime
In Waco, Texas, Carlton Dotson, the former Baylor basketball player charged with murdering a teammate was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Classic field filled with champions
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Champions galore will line up for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, several with legitimate chances to stake their claim for Horse of Year by winning America's richest race.

Baffert's confident about BC Juvenile
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Bob Baffert finally arrived at Lone Star Park and immediately began talking up the only horse he has in the Breeders' Cup, his latest 2-year-old whiz kid, Roman Ruler.

Kitten's Joy is even-money favorite
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kitten's Joy was made the even-money favorite Wednesday for the $2 million Turf, and Nothing to Lose was the morning-line choice in the Mile, giving owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey two favorites in the Breeders' Cup.

Overtime
In Waco, Texas, Carlton Dotson, the former Baylor basketball player charged with murdering a teammate was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Lifestyle keeps Bryant young
For thousands of years, people have searched for the fountain of youth. Sixty-two-year-old Sam Bryant believes he has found it.

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.

New course won't play into Armstrong's hands
PARIS - The 2005 Tour de France might give other riders their best chance to test Lance Armstrong, if he goes for a seventh straight title.

Hall 'can't wait' for first start with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It didn't take the Atlanta Falcons long to put rookie DeAngelo Hall in the starting lineup.

Fantasy football: Time to look at the halfway point
It's almost daylight savings time again. You know what that means? An extra hour of sleep. And for those who work the late shift, what a blissful hour it should be.

Upshaw says balance is gone
DEARBORN, Mich. - Gene Upshaw told NFL owners Wednesday he believes eight powerful teams have obtained an unfair advantage over the other 24.

NFL closer to picking place for L.A. franchise
DEARBORN, Mich. - The NFL hopes by next May to select a site for a potential franchise in the Los Angeles area.

McNair misses practice due to family crisis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair missed practice Wednesday not because of his bruised chest, but because of a death in the family.

Falcons hope Draft will help defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - For a player who had 178 tackles last season, Chris Draft may be most noticeable in his absence.

Country music carves a bigger niche into the Augusta broadcast market

Country music carves a bigger niche into the Augusta broadcast market
The addition of two new, powerful country music stations, WGOR-FM (93.9) and WIBL-FM (105.7), makes for 11 stations in the Augusta broadcast market with country music formats: seven FM and four AM.

Augustan to take rightful place in hall of fame

Strangely enough, ballet based on Everly Brothers makes sense

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Oct. 18-24. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'The Young Visiters' is pure British fare

An update on Ken Jennings' 'Jeopardy!' streak
Ken Jennings, a software engineer from Salt Lake City, has shattered records on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" His run began June 2 (interrupted by several special theme weeks). A look at Jennings' streak:

'The Young Visiters' is pure British fare
LOS ANGELES - Jim Broadbent is most comfortable being British.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Election coverage: long-awaited answers, or more questions?

CNN plans splashy Election Night
NEW YORK - People who tune into CNN on Election Night will face a blizzard of numbers.

TV host, plaintiff agree to settle harassment dispute
NEW YORK - Fox News Channel television host Bill O'Reilly and a former producer of his talk show have agreed to settle their legal dispute over her allegations of sexual harassment, O'Reilly's lawyer announced Thursday.

CNN plans splashy Election Night

Election coverage: long-awaited answers, or more questions?
NEW YORK - To recast a catchphrase from the Watergate era: What will we know and when will we know it?

TV host, plaintiff agree to settle harassment dispute

CNNfn shutting down after nine years
NEW YORK - CNN will shut down its struggling CNNfn financial news network in mid-December, giving up its attempt to compete with CNBC after nine years.

CNNfn shutting down after nine years

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Club provides area singles opportunity to stay active with safe, fun outings

All aboard P. Diddy's political party plane

Ex-Pumpkin is busy as rockers issue CDs, books

Florida streak burdens Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Stuck in an inherited losing funk to Florida which stretches back to Steve Spurrier's first season in Gainesville, Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't sure exactly how to approach a game that is as much a mindgame as any on the Bulldogs' schedule.

Gators wants to beat No. 10 Georgia for the Zooker

Bulldogs look to end losing streak
ATHENS, Ga. - Thirteen has been the most unlucky number for Georgia the last two years against Florida.

Brown packs wallop for team's running game
ATHENS, Ga. - Thomas Brown didn't have to show up in Athens to begin hearing from the doubters. He says that talk began in his own hometown.

Brown packs wallop for team's running game

Florida streak burdens Georgia

Gators wants to beat No. 10 Georgia for the Zooker
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - When athletic director Jeremy Foley fired Ron Zook, he asked him to coach Florida's remaining four games.

Bulldogs look to end losing streak

Strangely enough, ballet based on Everly Brothers makes sense
In every great success story, there is an element of risk.

Williamson's on the list of semifinalists

Williamson's on the list of semifinalists
South Carolina's Troy Williamson, of Jackson, S.C., was among the semifinalists announced Thursday for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to college football's best receiver.

Man: Wife's near-death experience meant to save marriage

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