Arts calendar
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Arts calendar

Author fails to channel Dickens
Historical novelist John Jakes has gone Victorian for his latest, Savannah or A Gift For Mr. Lincoln.

Millions expected to attend Red Sox parade

Millions expected to attend Red Sox parade
BOSTON - After 86 years of frustration, Red Sox fans are used to disappointment.

'Pack' on verge of history
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black can almost feel the state championship trophy.

Glover, Greenbrier pound way to title

Schilling surgery planned for Wednesday
BOSTON - Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling will have surgery on his injured right ankle as long as an MRI shows no problems with infection, the team's doctor said before the World Series victory parade on Saturday.

Schilling surgery planned for Wednesday

'Pack' on verge of history

Glover, Greenbrier pound way to title
COLUMBUS - Greenbrier ended any debate on which team was the best in Class AAAA with an emphatic 12-0 win over Chapel Hill in the championship game of the state softball tournament Saturday.

Greenbrier girls claim softball championship
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Garrett Black hasn't slept much since the state finals began Thursday.

They love a parade: Red Sox are toastedMartinez struck by ball thrown during World Series parade
BOSTON - Hundreds of thousands of Red Sox fans jammed streets and the banks of the Charles River on Saturday to watch a parade many had begun to doubt they would ever witness: a toast to a World Series champion team.

Town to pardon witches executed centuries ago
PRESTONPANS, Scotland - Accused witches - and their cats - executed during a wave of hysteria and religious ferment hundreds of years ago will be pardoned on Halloween in this Scottish township, a court official said Friday.

The 2005 Colondar
Women bare their midsections, and large scars from surgery, on the cover of a 2005 calendar aimed at increasing colon cancer awareness in this 2004 file photo taken in Little Rock, Ark.

Man killed with sword made at the factory by fellow worker
DETROIT - A factory worker attacked and killed a fellow employee with a sword the suspect apparently made himself at the metals plant where both men worked, police said Thursday.

Economy grew, but not as much as expected
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the summer as a big rebound in auto sales offset weakness from an exploding trade deficit, soaring oil prices and the Florida hurricanes, the government reported Friday.

Business calendar
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Business calendar

On the move

Internal, external woes still haunt companies
Tonight, as Halloween trick-or-treaters come a-knockin', be thankful the scares of the little ghouls and goblins are only temporary. Some of America's largest corporations have endured real-life horror stories whose effect still linger.

1810 signals heady times
A little slice of McDuffie County has come to resemble the wine region of Alsace in France with the expansion of a historic bed-and-breakfast that includes a tidy vineyard and an upscale restaurant.

Internal, external woes still haunt companies

Lifting of curse creates dilemma for marketers

On the move
Brian Pearlman has been named vice president of Human Resources for E-Z-Go Textron.

1810 signals heady times

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of business licenses applied for in Richmond County during the month of September.

Analysts fear tight oil supplies
The world's oil supply is expected to be stretched thin for another two to three years, even as demand tapers off and the industry gears up for an exploration and production spending spree in 2005.

Crude prices rise ahead of weekend
LONDON - Oil prices bounced higher Friday following two days of sharp declines that came on the heels of rising inventories of crude in the United States and a move by China to cool its economy.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 13-21. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Property transfers

Business licenses

Economy grew, but not as much as expected

Sporty restaurant set for kickoff

Expert says job outlook is good

Groups oppose development
Augusta's three downtown development agencies on Friday recommended against authorizing bonds needed to purchase and renovate Maxwell House Apartments.

Analysts fear tight oil supplies

Sporty restaurant set for kickoff
There will be 60 televisions, 20 beers on tap and sports team banners hanging from the ceiling.

Crude prices rise ahead of weekend

Expert says job outlook is good
The U.S. economy didn't grow as fast during the third quarter as many analysts expected, but the Augusta-area economy is steadily improving.

Lifting of curse creates dilemma for marketers
BOSTON - Unbelievable as it may seem, not everyone in New England is thrilled about the Red Sox winning the World Series.

A great time at the post office

A great time at the post office
The most remarkable thing happened Tuesday at the post office in downtown Augusta.

Tigers' defense earning stripes

Tigers' defense earning stripes
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden came to the Tigers on the strength of his offensive mind. But it has been his defense that has turned things around the past two seasons.

Walker leads Blazers in rout of Muleriders
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Fabian Walker passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns to lead Valdosta State to a 45-28 victory over Southern Arkansas on Saturday, the eighth victory in a row for the Blazers.

Top 25 roundup
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Braylon Edwards caught two touchdown passes to help Michigan erase a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit and grabbed a third TD in triple overtime to lift the Wolverines to a 45-37 win over Michigan State on Saturday.

Walker leads Blazers in rout of Muleriders

Coastal Carolina the surprise in Big South
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Just two years ago, Coastal Carolina was practicing wherever - tennis courts, a driving range, a field with massive fire ant mounds. Now the Chanticleers are contending for a conference championship.

Sooners hang on to corral Cowboys

Louisville star turns deaf ear to critics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Stefan LeFors grew up deciphering body language and expressing himself without words.

ACC roundup
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fifth-ranked Florida State was in the process of completing another comeback on the road, and Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen could think of only one course of action.

Louisville star turns deaf ear to critics

Coastal Carolina the surprise in Big South

Sooners hang on to corral Cowboys
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma survived another dicey trip to Oklahoma State, and the difference this time was Adrian Peterson.

Hall for state Senate

Whitehead for state Senate
Folks weren't moving to Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes counties just for the privilege of voting for state Senate candidate Jim Whitehead.

Grove, Bridges for BOE
We heartily recommend returning Wayne Bridges to the Columbia County Board of Education District 2 seat on Tuesday - and selecting exciting newcomer LouAnne Grove to join him from District 5.

Grove, Bridges for BOE

Jones for solicitor general
It takes a special kind of person to stay for very long in the meat grinder we know as the Richmond County Solicitor's Office.

Amendments: Say 'Yes'
Amending a constitution should never be done lightly. But the two proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution on your ballot Tuesday are as easy as they come.

Amendments: Say 'Yes'

Mind our business, board
The Richmond County Board of Education has had better years.

Hall for state Senate
State Sen. Randy Hall is many things. A loving husband and father. An Augusta native and product of Richmond County schools and Augusta State University. A highly successful commercial real estate and development attorney. A community activist and youth coach. An award-winning champion of children and families.

Jones for solicitor general

Friends, family gather at Reeve memorial
NEW YORK - Three weeks after Christopher Reeve's death, his family and friends celebrated him Friday at a place that was central to his life: the Juilliard School, where he first honed his acting skills and later returned to receive an honorary doctorate.

The top five in entertainment
TELEVISION 1. "Fox Major League Baseball American League Championship Series Game 7," Fox.

People in the News
LONDON - Helen Mirren was named naturist of the year Friday by Britain's main nudist group.

Eagles, Williams run past 'Rabbits
STATESBORO, Ga. - Moments after Georgia Southern's 63-7 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, the attention turned to another opponent.

Another discouraging setback for Tech
ATLANTA - This was a game that could have put Georgia Tech over the hump, like so many others in the Chan Gailey era.

Jackets hurt their bowl hopes
ATLANTA - A loss is a loss as far as Georgia Tech's football team is concerned.

Eagles, Williams run past 'Rabbits

Another discouraging setback for Tech

Jackets hurt their bowl hopes

Garcia overcomes slow start, rules scare
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Sergio Garcia recovered from a poor start and survived a rules scare, closing the second round with two birdies for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Volvo Masters.

Sluman, Byrd share the lead
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Jeff Sluman and Jonathan Byrd were tied for the lead at the Chrysler Championship, both knowing the tournament really doesn't start until the weekend.

Garcia loses lead in Spain

Singh controls Chrysler
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Vijay Singh made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that changed everything Saturday in the Chrysler Championship. A tournament that for most of the day looked as if it was up for grabs now seems headed for a familiar conclusion.

Singh controls Chrysler

Garcia loses lead in Spain
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Alastair Forsyth of Scotland shot 4-under-par 67 on Saturday to open a three-stroke lead over Ian Poulter and second-round leader Sergio Garcia after three rounds of the Volvo Masters.

Sluman, Byrd share the lead

Prep football scores

Luck isn't with Irish

Wildcats tame Tigers' attack

Daggett propels Eagles

Wolfpack miss their chance at playoffs

'Pack' on verge of history

Bulldogs get bounced off region perch

Welsh's team squeezes out huge victory

Playoff puzzle still unsolved

Wildcats tame Tigers' attack
Even the school's walking football historians, as Laney coach Eric Parker calls them, had no answer for him.

Prep football scores
Here are scores from Friday's prep football games.

Daggett propels Eagles
One play was all Danny Daggett needed to shift momentum. Just in case, the Josey junior decided to make two game- changing plays.

Bulldogs get bounced off region perch
Roundup of area prep football games.

Welsh's team squeezes out huge victory
Thomson's players knew they had to win their final game to be the outright Region 3-AAA champs. What they didn't expect was that the other Bulldogs powerhouse in the North Division would put up such a fight.

Playoff puzzle still unsolved
Most of the area's high school football teams knew their playoff status after their games Friday night.

'Pack' on verge of history
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black can almost feel the state championship trophy.

Hornets rout Jackets
Aiken was penalized five yards before its first play from scrimmage Friday night. It was one of the few times the Hornets went the wrong way on a night they clinched the Region 4-AAAA title.

Laney takes its region title
Even the school's walking football historians, as Laney coach Eric Parker calls them, had no answer for him.

Wolfpack miss their chance at playoffs
The Greenbrier Wolfpack went into Friday night's game with one shot at extending their season.

Luck isn't with Irish
SPARTA, Ga. - Aquinas wanted to make a strong point heading into the playoffs, but too few points on too many opportunities got in the way Friday night.

Augusta gains bit of revenge
DULUTH, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx got a little revenge and a huge first win, beating the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout on Friday.

Augusta was part of Poe's mysterious life
Halloween, huh? That's when my 10-year-old says he likes horror movies. (I doubt it.) He says it's fun being scared. (Unlikely.)

Iraq casualties not a race issue

President shows courage, faith

City needs governmental rehab
As I watched the SPLOST debate unfold and our Augusta government unravel, I tried to understand why such things happen. So I did a little homework.Greg Capers, Augusta

Jones is sound solicitor choice
We should elect Harold Jones II for solicitor general. Vivian W. Newton, Augusta

Online Only: Myers best for school board
Richmond County School District 5 voters will elect a trustee Tuesday who could very easily determine the direction of the school board for years to come. Quincy L. Robertson, Augusta

Campaign literature looks fishy
I had the opportunity to read a campaign flier by Swain McElmurray, the Republican candidate for Richmond County solicitor general, and I found some misleading information that disturbs me. Beaurine Wilkins, Augusta

Unhappy voters must defeat SPLOST
Tentative. That word defines the local option sales tax projects. The Augusta Commission is not required to spend these revenues on any of the tentative projects agreed to; they can and probably will coerce one another to fund their pet projects.Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

If you want security, vote for Bush

Online Exclusive: Bush has issued trail of lies

Dems must reinvent themselves

Vote for our future: Vote Bush
Sept. 11, 2001, was nearly overwhelming for most Americans, going from unbelief and shock to painful reality, slowly processing what it all meant. Memories of Pearl Harbor came vividly back: an unannounced enemy coming to strike America a death blow. Gary Garner, Augusta

Online Exclusive: Don't vote for more of the same

Online Only: We can't afford to elect Kerry
As we stand on the precipice of the most important election of our lives, I am amazed at the number of individuals who have fallen prey to the lies and distortions of John Kerry. In a time of war, where there are individuals who desire to kill Americans, we cannot afford to entrust the security of our nation to the likes of Kerry. Jerry Powell , North Augusta, S.C.

Do your civic duty and vote Tuesday
The election season has produced much passion as pundits on both sides have made arguments that their candidate is the best. Political discourse of this nature is good for the country, and helps to keep our political parties in check.

Vote for the right man: John Kerry
There are many profound reasons to vote for John Kerry. He is a true military hero who would never send our brave servicemen and women into an unjustified war. He doesn't give lip service to compassion; he puts his compassion into action by helping people in need. He has a quiet, abiding faith in Jesus Christ while respecting everyone's constitutional right of freedom of worship.Paul L. Cook, Augusta

No longer undecided; vote Bush
I am an independent voter. I examine and listen carefully to each candidate's platform, morals and political history. There is never a perfect candidate. However, after listening to all the debates, I've decided that President George W. Bush will get my vote. Penni Silvey, North Augusta, S.C.

Vote yes on gay-marriage ban
Because of the downfall of American morals, I believe it is absolutely essential to have in place a state marriage amendment. People have changed what used to be wrong to something that is acceptable. Wrong and right have been confused so much that it is hard to tell which is which. Timothy Aguiar, Camak

Oil-for-food flap was an outrage
I find it amazing that only one major news source is covering what is probably the biggest news story that has ever occurred. That story is the rip-off of the Iraq oil-for-food money scandal at the United Nations.Bob Cipperly, Evans

Incumbents must leave our BOE

Thanks, Cheney, for daughter
John Kerry's comments about Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter in the last presidential debate gave The Chronicle the opportunity to blast the senator yet again, among the hundreds of times since January ("The great debate," Oct. 15). Richard D. Renew, Martinez

Oil-for-food flap was an outrage

Vote down Aiken sales-tax plan
On Nov. 2, voters in Aiken County will be asked to vote on a special 1-percent sales and use tax. If it is approved, it will amount to taxation without representation. C. Clyde Hooks, Belvedere S.C.

Get a new sheriff in Edgefield
This is in reference to an incident, or rather an accident, that happened in our Edgefield County neighborhood recently. Some crazy driver came through the neighborhood and took out several mailboxes, as well as my neighbor's fence. The driver returned about the same time the deputies arrived. The deputies talked to the neighbors and saw the visible property damage, and all they did to the driver was talk to him and tell him to be more careful. Dr. Daniel Moore, North Augusta, S.C.

Religious zealot Bush dooms U.S.
When are we going to understand that we cannot win the war on terrorism by military means? If we have learned anything from 4,000 years of history, it should be that fighting terrorism by force will never work.Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez

Put Giddings on school board
I have read and heard how tight the school budget is in Aiken County. This is hard to believe, since the school board distributed more than 3,000 campaign cards to every employee, the Aiken Chamber of Commerce and its members, and every real estate company in Aiken County. I have seen John Bradley's campaign literature at various places in Aiken, and this card is an exact duplicate. ...Richard Posey, Aiken, S.C.

President shows courage, faith
Qualities that make a great president include determination to do what is right regardless of the latest polls; personal strength to bear the weight of the nation on your shoulders; and faith that a higher power will direct the actions of good people. Neal B. Dillon, Aiken, S.C.

Online Only: Kerry, Edwards unfit to lead
I am an 80-year-old medically retired paratrooper/infantryman who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam with over 28 years service, including over four years of combat duty. James N. Dover, Martinez

Carolina needs Bush, DeMint
America needs to re- elect George W. Bush as our president Tuesday. No president in recent memory has done so well under such adverse conditions. Shirley Schilling, Belvedere, S.C.

Do your civic duty and vote Tuesday

Padgett is needed for BOE
I have known Jeff M. Padgett for 29 years, and lived next door to him for the past 12 years. He is also my favorite son-in-law and the father of three of my grandsons. Peggy Belger, Augusta

Littlejohn is the right fit for BOE

Kerry insults military families
This is in answer to the letter by David B. Trowbridge, M.D., Oct. 20 ("Stolen Honor is just a shameless smear tactic"). Barbara Sharkey, Augusta

If you want security, vote for Bush
The dictionary defines treason as a violation of allegiance to a sovereign or country or of giving aid or comfort to the enemy. John Kerry certainly gave comfort to North Vietnam when he testified before Congress and in Paris.Dale E. Owens, Evans

Iraq casualties not a race issue
This is in response to the article, "Black leaders see range of Kerry support" in the Oct. 20 Chronicle. Staff Sgt. Robert Boland, Evans

Walker is unfit to be in Senate
I cannot understand all the controversy swirling around Charles Walker's bid for the Georgia state Senate. Patricia Doughty, Augusta

Littlejohn is the right fit for BOE
Having been a student in several of Dr. Sylvia Littlejohn's classes at Evans High in the 1970s, all I must say is she has my vote. Arthur Wilson, Augusta

Say no to same-sex marriages
Regarding the marriage amendment being voted on Nov. 2: Same-sex marriages? What an absolute mess this country is in!Jason Epley, Harlem

SPLOST simply isn't way to go
Before you cast your vote, think to yourself what you would like to see happen in Richmond County over the next 10 years. After all, isn't 10 years enough time to accomplish great things? Then read the SPLOST V referendum on the ballot and decide if it fits your needs in an efficient, concise plan. Mary Davis, Augusta

Just where will tax funding go?
I commend John Gratop for providing a list of items desired for upgrade in Aiken and Aiken County ("Vote yes on Aiken's sales tax plan," Oct. 26). They are all very worthwhile projects. Richard A. Wilson, Aiken

Go with Grove for school board
We need a school board member whose objectives are to strengthen the positive and improve the negative aspects of the Columbia County school system. LouAnne Grove is such a person. She is unquestionably the most qualified candidate. Ye Sun Wiltse, Evans

Say no to same-sex marriages

SPLOST proposal needs to fail
I don't understand why some Augusta commissioners didn't see the wisdom in accepting the Citizens Review Committee's recommendations for SPLOST. Kim Franklin, Augusta

Online Only: Myers best for school board

As a Catholic, Kerry's a disgrace
John Kerry recently stated in a speech on the campaign trail that the values he practices as a Roman Catholic "will guide me as president." In response to church bishops critical of his support for abortion rights, Kerry stated, "I love my church, I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree." Mary Ann Mancuso, Grovetown

Online Only: Combat vet backs Bush

Vote for our future: Vote Bush

Because of the war, vote Kerry
After heavy prayer and study and contemplation, I decided I have to vote for John Kerry. I don't really trust him or President Bush, and there are some things that I question about both of them, but I think the biggest issue at this juncture has to be the war in Iraq. I don't think we have any business over there.Donna Dumas, Augusta

Online Exclusive: Kerry has an anti-American past

Kerry's October surprise failed
Wow! First, Dan "Blather" Rather, now John Kerry!Danny Himsey, Aiken, S.C.

We will still pay for health care

President botched U.S. security
President Bush is touting himself as a great security provider. Let's look at the record. Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Vote for the right man: John Kerry

Online Only: Why terrorists hate Bush
Thanks to President George W. Bush, there has not been another terrorist attack on our country due to his quick action ... . He was told, as was Congress, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. I believe this to be true, as four trucks were reported going from Iraq to Syria before we arrived. Hilda B. Jones, North Augusta, S.C.

Online Exclusive: Kerry doesn't support military

Online Only: Why SPLOST is unfair
A general sales tax impacts people living from paycheck to paycheck more frequently and painfully than people in higher income brackets. Gene A. Andrews Jr., Augusta

Just where will tax funding go?

Online Only: Combat vet backs Bush
When I saw on television what happened on 9-11, my thoughts went back to Pearl Harbor and what happened to this country. I had been in the U.S. Army about two years in the 2nd Armored Division. John P. Clements, Augusta

Kerry's October surprise failed

Online Only: Blacks must not vote Democrat
To the African-American community, I would like to respectfully present facts that never seem to surface. Charles Kimbrough, Sylvania

Online Exclusive: Barnes is best choice for BOE
I am writing to urge the citizens of District 1 to re-elect Marion E. Barnes to the Richmond County Board of Education. Gloria B. Lewis, Augusta

Online Only: Why terrorists hate Bush

Online Exclusive: Don't vote for more of the same
I read the letter to the editor from the Grovetown resident ("Stop blaming our president and vote for him," Oct. 24) who said we should vote for President Bush even though he made mistakes, which he won't admit to. We also have to overlook the many things that have happened to our country. Ernest H. Hickman, Aiken, S.C.

SPLOST proposal needs to fail

Online Exclusive: Kerry is Monday-morning quarterback
Terrorism is the paramount reason why we should vote. All other issues are meaningless if we fail in the war against terrorism. The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, caused severe economic consequences. Can you imagine what would happen if we had more attacks on the 9-11 scale or worse? The panic, instability, job losses, stock market dive, etc. would cause a dramatic recession, if not a depression. Frank Scharite, Augusta

SPLOST simply isn't way to go

Online Exclusive: Bush has issued trail of lies
President Clinton lied about sex and they wanted to impeach him. Martha Stewart lied about stock sales and they gave her jail time. President George W. Bush has lied from the start four years ago. Harry E. Allen, Hephzibah

Dems must reinvent themselves
For the past 30 years, we were in need of a Ralph Nader - one in every state. Since the early 1970s, Democrats were screaming for a complete overhaul of the party, one that will bring it back to basics, a reversion to the principles that made us proud to be Americans.Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Online Exclusive: Elect McElmurray for solicitor
I am a 19-year-old Augusta-Richmond County high school senior. I an writing to endorse Ben "Swain" McElmurray Jr. for the office of solicitor general for Augusta-Richmond County. Darrell N. Grisson, Augusta

We will still pay for health care
President George W. Bush claims that John Kerry will have to tax the middle class to pay for his health care plan. Also, it will lead to big government. We can't have big government, now can we? Darren J. Stephens, Augusta

Online Exclusive: Kerry has an anti-American past
They say you can tell much about the character of a man by the friends he keeps. Likewise, you can get a strong sense of the political character of a candidate by those who promote and endorse him. Mike Miller, Aiken, S.C.

Online Exclusive: Kerry doesn't support military
This last week of the campaign has proven to me that, if you just tell a lie long and loud enough, there are enough people who will believe it. As a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and I lived through the pay freezes and promotion slowdowns of the three previous Democratic administrations, and was humiliated when the last sitting Democratic president, who loathed the military, failed to salute his Marine honor guard. For John Kerry, who humiliated our Vietnam veterans by calling them baby killers and war criminals in front of the U.S. Senate to now say that he supports our military is the worst of lies. Lonnie L. Lowe Jr., Hephzibah

Incumbents must leave our BOE
Here are just a few reasons to worry about our present Richmond County Board of Education members seeking re-election: Carolyn Roberts, Augusta

Western red cedar preferred wood in homes

Race for Oval Office keeps candidates in shape

Self-mover packing tips

Woman does not have to wait for late friend

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers

Neutral home is spiced up with rich hue

Halloween costume ideas for pampered pooches

Visit Texas' Big Bend by way of Internet

Travel briefs

Managing home energy costs

Sensitivity to bitter taste linked to lower weight

Storms' impact resonates through southern Appalachian

Managing home energy costs
When it comes to managing home energy costs, your best defense is a strong offense. Taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home will not only save you money on utility costs, but you'll improve personal comfort as well.

Race for Oval Office keeps candidates in shape
Election day is all about choice. Republican or Democrat? Liberal or conservative? But in this year's presidential election, physical fitness is one subject on which both candidates agree.

Western red cedar preferred wood in homes
If there's a better wood than western red cedar on, in and around houses, the Western Red Cedar Lumber Assocation doesn't know about it. For that matter, there's no faux-wood that outperforms cedar, either.

In the know
Because of a mix-up at Tribune Media, which produces the weekly TV book and daily TV grids for The Augusta Chronicle, UPN (WRDW-DT) has been left out of the Sunday TV book.

Self-mover packing tips
Are you one of the many renting a truck and moving to a new home? If so, it pays to know what things to stack, what goes in back and what to wrap in foam.

Visit Texas' Big Bend by way of Internet
There's a big corner of Texas you might not have visited yet, far from the big cities and the Hill Country and the Gulf Coast. The Big Bend, that knob of West Texas where the Rio Grande takes a southward detour between El Paso and the Pecos River, offers wild open spaces to explore.

Homes Q&A: Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We are remodeling our bathroom and will need a new shower pan. Our contractor has suggested fiberglass or terrazzo. Can you tell me what the difference is between the two? -- Julie

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the current wunderkind of the style world whose runway shows have become a must-see in just two years, were the first winners of the CFDA-Vogue Fashion Fund award.

Halloween costume ideas for pampered pooches
HARTSDALE, N.Y. - Sure, any old dog can go out trick-or-treating in a mass-produced costume. For less than $30, he can be a pumpkin, a devil, an astronaut, a cheerleader or - oh, the insult! - a cat.

Storms' impact resonates through southern Appalachian
PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. - A stream called Licklog Branch meanders delicately down from the Blue Ridge Parkway, gurgling under a small bridge that's carried sightseers for seven decades.

Sensitivity to bitter taste linked to lower weight
TRENTON, N.J. - Could a sensitive palate be the key to a svelte figure?

Neutral home is spiced up with rich hue
Tondra Fobish has no particular style of decorating; she just knows what she likes.

Woman does not have to wait for late friend
Dear Carson: I am 62 years old and one of my very best girlfriends has developed a bad habit in the past few years.

Travel briefs
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Planning to take a spin on Disneyland's venerable Jungle Cruise ride?

Augusta gains bit of revenge
DULUTH, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx got a little revenge and a huge first win, beating the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout on Friday.

Augusta gains bit of revenge

New deadlines, procedures will ensure election results

Soldier dies in ambush

Accusations fly in Burns, Barrow race
The 12th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Max Burns and Democrat John Barrow has boiled down to a war of words. Angry words at that.

A day at the races

Aiken county polling places
Where to vote in AIken County

Sheriff suspends deputy

Libertarian Senate candidate pushes for a balanced budget
ATLANTA - Even if he's considered a long shot to win Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat this year, Allen Buckley is a man on a mission.

Come one, come all
Come one, come allAt left, clad in a pumpkin costume, Christine Hoglund, 8 months, sits with her mom, Monica Hoglund, during Fort Discovery's Halloween Happening. Activities there included a costume parade, a scavenger hunt and opportunities to make crafts. Above, Shayla Jones (left), 5, dressed as a ladybug, and her sister Brittany, 3, dressed as a unicorn, make their way to the activities Saturday.

Kid of the day
Haden Lowe of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Norwood, Ellis strive for seat

More than 10,000 cast ballots early
Advance voting has been a big hit in Richmond County, election officials said Friday.

Across the southeast
MIAMI - More than 1.8 million Floridians have cast their ballots through early or absentee voting - nearly 2 times the number of people who voted early in 2000.

Many leaders urge support of special tax

Across the area
Aiken County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who was involved in an early morning armed robbery of a Clearwater convenience store Saturday.

Georgia machines get first big test
ATLANTA - When Georgia voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will mark almost two years to the day since the state became the first to use touch-screen voting machines in all its precincts.

Heath officials rave over area's emergency plans

Minibottle campaign turns nasty
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The campaign over whether South Carolina bars and restaurants should continue to pour drinks from tiny bottles of liquor has become anything but hospitable.

Black voters are torn on marriage

Many leaders urge support of special tax
AIKEN - Advocates of extending Aiken County's 1-cent sales tax have a couple of convincing arguments they're offering would-be voters as the Nov. 2 election nears.

Libertarian Senate candidate pushes for a balanced budget

Former sheriff dies after battle with cancer
James Robert "Bobby" Womack, who retired as Jenkins County sheriff in July while under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and a state commission over allegations that he used inmates for personal labor, died Saturday.

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

Learning their civic duty
If it were up to Greenbrier Elementary School fourth-grader Tabitha Kent, President Bush would continue to run the country for another term.

Mock vote aims to generate interest

Race says no to political signs
AIKEN - The Aiken Fall Steeplechase is about horse racing and best hat contests, not politics, organizers said Friday.

Race says no to political signs

Across the area

Kid of the day

Kid of the Day

Mock vote aims to generate interest
ATLANTA - Like many John Kerry supporters, Zachary Thomas cites the war in Iraq as his reason for voting Wednesday for the Massachusetts senator.

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

Former sheriff dies after battle with cancer

Smoke bomb set off during bank robbery
Officers from the Aiken County bloodhound team and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office search the woods behind the Bank of America on Center West Parkway after it was robbed at about 9 a.m. Friday.

GOP has sights on total control
ATLANTA - The race for control of the General Assembly doesn't end when voters cast their ballots Tuesday. That's when the real politicking begins.

Demand might hurt hospitals
With a growing and aging population increasing the demand even as payments dwindle, Georgia's hospitals are on a "collision course" that imperils their future, the Georgia Hospital Association said Friday.

Carrier departs from Augusta today

Bogus letter warns of voter arrests
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bogus letter circulating in South Carolina, purporting to be from the NAACP, threatens the arrest of voters who have outstanding parking tickets or failed to pay child support. The NAACP said Friday the letter is a scare tactic and called for an investigation.

Demand might hurt hospitals

Father pays for dealer's release
A twice-convicted drug dealer was sprung from state prison this month after two local judges agreed to allow his father to pay $70,000 in additional fines.

Learning their civic duty

Aiken county polling places

Report: Columbus contractor killed in Iraq

Splost Project: Riverwalk-Augusta COmmon

Black voters are torn on marriage
ATLANTA - At a doughnut shop near downtown Atlanta, two black men chat over coffee. One is gay, the other straight. They agree on this: Gay marriage could be as soundly rejected by black Democrats as it probably will be among white Republicans.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Louisiana man dubbed the "Northside rapist" has been given four consecutive life sentences in prison - one life term for each conviction stemming from a series of attacks in Atlanta suburbs six years ago.

Carrier departs from Augusta today
Today Continental Express will say goodbye to the Garden City, more than likely never to return.

Voter's conduct ends in charges
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A man who wore a John Kerry T-shirt and President Bush mask to a county election office was arrested Friday on disorderly conduct charges.

Sheriff suspends deputy
Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey is suspending a deputy nearly three weeks after he was caught working at an illegal bar outside Sardis during a raid by state alcohol and tobacco agents.

Data cards rile some candidates
AIKEN - One of two Aiken County School Board incumbents who floated campaign circulars that contain verbatim data from a district-produced information card stapled to teacher paychecks Oct. 19 said he did so only after the cards were printed and distributed.

Soldier dies in ambush
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon, of North Charleston, S.C., died in Iraq this week, only days after returning there from leave, his family and friends said.

Richmond County schools await budgets
Three months into the school year, principals at all 55 Richmond County schools still are waiting to find out how much money they have to buy supplies for teachers and staff.

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Gun crimes get focus of officials
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Federal prosecutors are taking aim at gun crimes in south Georgia by teaming with local police to crack down on felons, firearm traffickers and anyone who illegally buys or sells guns.

Heath officials rave over area's emergency plans
With the hood still in its bag, the odd-looking hose and power pack belted to Lt. Tim Walker's waist look more like parts of a leaf blower than a device to battle bioterrorism.

Splost Project: Riverwalk-Augusta COmmon
EDITOR'S NOTE: 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.

A day at the races
Children participating in the stick horse race gallop down the field before the beginning of the 13th running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase.

Georgia machines get first big test

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two youths are facing murder charges after a carjacking attempt that left a man dead, police said.

Where to vote

Across the area
A former office manager at the Medical College of Georgia who used a state purchasing card for personal business pleaded guilty Friday.

Father pays for dealer's release

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson has been charged with assault over a confrontation with a resident at a meeting last month.

Some irked that Perdue's wife will head committee
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's office raised eyebrows last week with the announcement that his wife will be the chairwoman of a committee of state agency heads dealing with children's policy.

Early trick-or-treating
Augusta Tech student Lawrence Tate gives out candy to Christopher Carson, 4, as children in the pre school and kindergarten program went trick-or-treating in the college's cafeteria . T

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jana Elizabeth Chaney of Augusta.

One sweet ride
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFOne sweet rideDavid Thomas looks over a pristine 1931 Packard during a classic car show on Newberry Street in Aiken.

SPLOST project: Paving dirt roads

New deadlines, procedures will ensure election results
On Tuesday, many of us will cast our ballots in one of the most exciting elections in my lifetime. When you go to bed Tuesday night, many of you might not know the outcome of some local and national races.

Where to vote
Votting locations in Richmond and Columbia Counties

Smoke bomb set off during bank robbery

SPLOST project: Paving dirt roads
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.

Data cards rile some candidates

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

Across South Carolina
YORK - A Rock Hill man won't face trial on four remaining charges after he was convicted of raping and killing his 12-year-old daughter.

Lesbian daughter of gay marriage ban leader speaks against measure
ATLANTA - Tess Fields, the lesbian daughter of Georgia Christian Coalition leader Sadie Fields, is speaking out against her mother's campaign to add a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution.

Candidates grapple for open seats

Report: Columbus contractor killed in Iraq
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A contract worker from Columbus has been killed in a car bomb attack in Iraq.

GOP has sights on total control

Early trick-or-treating

One sweet ride

Norwood, Ellis strive for seat
Although Georgia's Ninth Congressional District stretches from the north Georgia mountains to Richmond County, voters can say with certainty that their representative will be an Augusta-area resident.

Across South Carolina

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Accusations fly in Burns, Barrow race

Across the southeast

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Across Georgia

Come one, come all

Minibottle campaign turns nasty

Across Georgia

Georgia seniors will savor elusive win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They'll always have Florida - at least this once.

Directors incorporate series win into film
NEW YORK - Your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. That really was Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore making out on the field as the Boston Red Sox celebrated their first World Series victory since 1918.

Companies in talks to launch new download venture

'Top 40' radio goes flat in Augusta

'Top 40' radio goes flat in Augusta
Unless you have satellite radio, your days of hearing Hilary Duff, Jo Jo, Jessica Simpson, 50 Cent, OutKast, Alicia Keys and Hoobastank on one Augusta radio station are over, at least for now.

Companies in talks to launch new download venture
LOS ANGELES - Sony BMG Music Entertainment and online peer-to-peer software distributor Grokster are working on a new venture that is expected to offer paid and free song downloads over the Internet, sources say.

Home recordings used for new Lennon disc

Home recordings used for new Lennon disc
NEW YORK - Yoko Ono knows she could probably release old recordings of John Lennon yodeling and there would be market for it.

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours

With heavy hearts, Hendrick team goes back to work

Bliss wins pole for Atlanta Busch race

Gordon to ride on emotion of his car owner's tragedy

With heavy hearts, Hendrick team goes back to work
HAMPTON, Ga. - Jeff Gordon gnawed at his lips, struggling to contain the tears that were so desperate to escape.

Gordon vows to bring home title

Gordon vows to bring home title
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tears welled in Jeff Gordon's eyes Friday afternoon as he vowed to win the Nextel Cup Series championship to honor the 10 people who died aboard an airplane owned by his Hendrick Motorsports race team.

Gordon to ride on emotion of his car owner's tragedy
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kurt Busch is the only driver among the 10 in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship who's done everything right. But he admits that might not be enough to help him win his first championship.

Bliss wins pole for Atlanta Busch race
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ryan Newman might be out of contention for the Chase of the Championship, but it hasn't slowed him down.

Bobcats are trying to create new image
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte's last NBA team won 20 games its first season, and the city celebrated that achievement with a parade.

Hawks hoping to begin anew
ATLANTA - New owners. A new coach. An almost entirely new group of players.

Hawks hoping to begin anew

NFL power rankins Week 8

Embarrassed Falcons, Broncos are under fire

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Mrs. Ellen Goode (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria C. Gunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Ralph David Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis L. Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Thelma Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hildegard Brams Wyles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene James (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Exzeamma Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Dorothy Padgett (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Vann Middlebrooks, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Harris (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Elsie P. Kinney (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Benny Pollard (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie James Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Clayton Reid Carraway ( AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellean Biggs (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Weinreich (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Mae Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wright III (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank James Corda (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Freda Mundie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Eugene Ogletree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene James (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

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Mrs. Betty Simons (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry A. Henson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elsie P. Kinney (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William Wilhelm (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda A. Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Fox (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Jeffcoat (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Madonna Owen Bryans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond A. Heider (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Overtime

Overtime

McCarron continues to rack up wins

Azeri, Pleasantly Perfect headline a Classic

Agassi wins in straight sets to reach semifinals

McCarron continues to rack up wins
AIKEN - Matthew McCarron had difficulty coming up with the words Saturday to describe his season as the leading jockey on the National Steeplechase Association circuit.

Overtime
John Tweedy got the only score Cross Creek would need in the first quarter Saturday night, and the Razorbacks' defense made it stand up in a 7-0 win at Richmond Academy.

Overtime
The Augusta State golf team jumped to 14th in the latest Golfweek rankings after back-to-back top-5 finishes.

NBHA returns to its roots this time
Two years removed from the 10th anniversary of its annual World Championships, the NBHA is, in a way, returning to its roots.

Azeri, Pleasantly Perfect headline a Classic
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Leave it to D. Wayne Lukas to add intrigue to an already appealing Breeders' Cup Classic.

Agassi wins in straight sets to reach semifinals
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Top-seeded Andre Agassi beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-2 Friday to reach the Stockholm Open semifinals for the first time.

More for their bucks

Hunt had quality bucks
A lot of hunters doubt there are opportunities for quality bucks on public lands, which get more and more hunting pressure, especially on weekends.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

More for their bucks
Five-year-old Cannon Butler and Augusta State University student R.P. Bagwell are among many local hunters who have had memorable seasons so far.

Friend changes his tune after close call
Last weekend, I fulfilled a long-overdue promise to take my friend Jim deer hunting in the swamp.

Candidates grapple for open seats
WASHINGTON - Republicans are poised to renew their grip on the House on Tuesday, and Democrats' faint hopes of a Senate takeover hinge on close races in a string of Southern and Western states that favor President Bush.

NFL power rankins Week 8
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Embarrassed Falcons, Broncos are under fire
DENVER - The Denver Broncos were humbled. The Atlanta Falcons were humiliated.

Woman ministers to children
Her bright-green smock adorned with three pockets, two hands and one heart is a pictorial shorthand for the preschoolers who make up Miss PattyCake's audience.

Stories can illustrate God's promises
All of God's people want to hear the stories of God's unchanging promises.

Vatican takes small steps to reconcile with Orthodox
VATICAN CITY - Call it icon diplomacy. Just as the visit of a U.S. table tennis team to China - "pingpong diplomacy" - helped open the way for a visit by President Richard Nixon in 1972, the Vatican is hoping that a series of small steps can break down barriers with the Russian Orthodox Church and Orthodoxy elsewhere, bringing Pope John Paul II to Russia.

Meditation advocates push for their practice elsewhere
FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Here in the American headquarters of Transcendental Meditation, people like to brag that, much as in Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon, "all the children are above average."

Religion News in Brief
SEATTLE - Two Washington state parishes severed ties with the Episcopal Church last week and joined the Anglican Diocese of Recife, Brazil, partly to protest last year's U.S. consecration of an openly gay bishop.

Gospel artist to perform at forum
Hip-hop gospel artist Jubba will wrap up a rap session between Augusta-area politicians and youths today at May Park with a benefit concert for Hope Christian School.

Treats, no tricks
Bethlehem Advent Christian Church will keep it simple for Halloween.

Faith digest
More than 100 boats, cars and trucks will go on the block at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Salvation Army's auto auction.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com, send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Friend changes his tune after close call

Georgia seniors will savor elusive win

Sunday TV news shows guests
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Sunday TV news shows guests

The top five in entertainment

Friends, family gather at Reeve memorial

People in the News

Richt says Dogs must 'play loose'
ATHENS, Ga. - Getting fired up for the Georgia-Florida game is never an issue for the players involved in one of college football's biggest rivalries.

Bulldogs chomp Gators
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - If the Red Sox could throw a victory parade in Boston on Saturday morning, why couldn't the Bulldogs enjoy a celebratory cocktail during happy hour in Jacksonville?

UGA notebook

Richt says Dogs must 'play loose'

Munson talks way into hall

UGA notebook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia running back Danny Ware has made some big runs in his brief career as a Bulldog.

Georgia enjoys cocktail hour
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - David Greene begged for the football as time expired.

Georgia enjoys cocktail hour

Bulldogs' defenders have had better days
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Georgia's David Pollack has never failed to give a straight answer.

Munson talks way into hall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Georgia quarterback Matt Robinson would like to be Larry Munson's replacement as the voice of the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs chomp Gators

Pinkins returns for Gamecocks
South Carolina has had a difficult enough time beating Tennessee at full strength.

Vols hand out big defeat
COLUMBIA - Can you hear it, that faintly familiar song?

Pinkins returns for Gamecocks

USC notebook

Vols hand out big defeat

USC notebook
COLUMBIA - With a shallow supply of wide receivers and a quarterback with a gimpy wing, South Carolina coach Lou Holtz dipped into his old-school playbook Saturday against Tennessee.

Man killed with sword made at the factory by fellow worker

The 2005 Colondar

Treats, no tricks

Religion News in Brief

Vatican takes small steps to reconcile with Orthodox

Faith Calendar

Woman ministers to children

Faith digest

Gospel artist to perform at forum

Meditation advocates push for their practice elsewhere