Authors go West for their latest books
When it came to choosing a topic for their new books, three popular authors seemed to agree - the West is best.

Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions
Billy Wiles leads a quiet, ordinary life, working as a bartender in the local tavern. His philosophy: Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect much, enjoy what you have.

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'
NEW YORK - Nicole Krauss sits at a shaded table at the 2nd Street Cafe in Brooklyn. The location is part of her tree-lined comfort zone, just up the road from the brownstone she shares with her husband, author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Best sellers

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'
In "The Closers," Michael Connelly's 11th in the series, Harry Bosch finally finds his calling: as a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's new Open-Unsolved Unit. The voices that draw him to it belong to "the chorus of forgotten victims."

New first novels

Authors go West for their latest books

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'

Best sellers
List of best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'
NEW YORK - Nicole Krauss sits at a shaded table at the 2nd Street Cafe in Brooklyn. The location is part of her tree-lined comfort zone, just up the road from the brownstone she shares with her husband, author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions
Billy Wiles leads a quiet, ordinary life, working as a bartender in the local tavern. His philosophy: Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect much, enjoy what you have.

New first novels
Among new books by first-time novelists:

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'
In "The Closers," Michael Connelly's 11th in the series, Harry Bosch finally finds his calling: as a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's new Open-Unsolved Unit. The voices that draw him to it belong to "the chorus of forgotten victims."

Best sellers
List of best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

New first novels
Among new books by first-time novelists:

Authors go West for their latest books
When it came to choosing a topic for their new books, three popular authors seemed to agree - the West is best.

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'

Baseball notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds worked out before the Giants' game Saturday, doing more resistance and agility drills in the outfield before San Francisco faced the Cleveland Indians.

Holder takes over at Thomson
THOMSON - Thomson High School added another legend to its coaching ranks Friday afternoon.

Baseball notebook

Holder takes over at Thomson

Baseball notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds worked out before the Giants' game Saturday, doing more resistance and agility drills in the outfield before San Francisco faced the Cleveland Indians.

Holder takes over at Thomson
THOMSON - Thomson High School added another legend to its coaching ranks Friday afternoon.

White House correspondent could have used a haircut

Nicole and Madison Lindsey

Tyrell Joshua Lino

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey
Santanna Jones and Ogden Rainey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Latrell Lil'Oddy, born on May 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan McCahan Downes
Michael and Kimberly Downes of Evans are pleased to announced the birth of their daughter, Reagan McCahan, born on May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff
Dale and Tammy Tiroff of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas Mitchell, born May 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan McCahan Downes

Laney Bell Heaton
David and Rebecca Heaton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laney Bell, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Louis Jones
Bernard and Jennifer Jones of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Louis, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:22 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Rick Jayson Scarboro
Karen Brooks and Rick Scarboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rick Jayson, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Adam Matthew Doick
Tai and Lisa Doick of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Matthew, born March 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:33 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Laney Bell Heaton
David and Rebecca Heaton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laney Bell, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey
Santanna Jones and Ogden Rainey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Latrell Lil'Oddy, born on May 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alexander Marion Guill

Callie Whitney McKenzie
Vernon and Amanda McKenzie of Springfield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Whitney, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer

Richard Alan Patterson
Richard and Robin Patterson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Richard Alan, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson
Melvin and Erika Johnson of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kirstyn Lyn, born April 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Tyrell Joshua Lino
Terry and Geryl Lino of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyrell Joshua, born May 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Zion N'Kai Collier
Shelitha Banks and LeCadrick Collier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zion N'Kai, born May 25, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer
Vincent and Kristan Gilmer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Lawrence, born May 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:09 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long.

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson
Michael and Christy Wilson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellissia Dannielle, born May 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Nicole and Madison Lindsey
Donald and Pamela Lindsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Nicole Judith and Madison Grace, born April 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital.

Zion N'Kai Collier
Shelitha Banks and LeCadrick Collier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zion N'Kai, born May 25, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

DaShaun Demetreus Hines
Angela Crawford and Shandell Hines are pleased to announce the birth of their son, DaShaun Demetreus, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Karter Luke Wheat

Karter Luke Wheat
Travis and Kymberley Wheat of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Karter Luke, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Callie Whitney McKenzie

Rick Jayson Scarboro
Karen Brooks and Rick Scarboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rick Jayson, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Louis Jones

Ian John Enkey
Heather Lafever and Jeffrey Enkey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian John, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Richard Alan Patterson

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson
Michael and Christy Wilson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellissia Dannielle, born May 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jason Lee Aldridge

Jason Lee Aldridge
James and Tracy Aldridge of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

DaShaun Demetreus Hines

Alexander Marion Guill
Cameron and Laura Guill of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Marion, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Adam Matthew Doick
Tai and Lisa Doick of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Matthew, born March 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:33 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Parker Louis Jones
Bernard and Jennifer Jones of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Louis, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:22 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Nicole and Madison Lindsey
Donald and Pamela Lindsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Nicole Judith and Madison Grace, born April 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital.

Amelia Grace Bernard
Troy and Carrie Bernard of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Grace, born May 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Jacob Martin
Anthony and Kristin Martin of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Jacob, born April 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Callie Whitney McKenzie
Vernon and Amanda McKenzie of Springfield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Whitney, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff
Dale and Tammy Tiroff of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas Mitchell, born May 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyrell Joshua Lino
Terry and Geryl Lino of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyrell Joshua, born May 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

DaShaun Demetreus Hines
Angela Crawford and Shandell Hines are pleased to announce the birth of their son, DaShaun Demetreus, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson
Melvin and Erika Johnson of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kirstyn Lyn, born April 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Richard Alan Patterson
Richard and Robin Patterson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Richard Alan, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Laney Bell Heaton

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer
Vincent and Kristan Gilmer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Lawrence, born May 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:09 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long.

Ian John Enkey

Karter Luke Wheat
Travis and Kymberley Wheat of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Karter Luke, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey

Ian John Enkey
Heather Lafever and Jeffrey Enkey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian John, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Adam Matthew Doick

Jason Lee Aldridge
James and Tracy Aldridge of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Zion N'Kai Collier

Alexander Marion Guill
Cameron and Laura Guill of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Marion, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson

Amelia Grace Bernard
Troy and Carrie Bernard of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Grace, born May 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James

Amelia Grace Bernard

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff

Rick Jayson Scarboro

Reagan McCahan Downes
Michael and Kimberly Downes of Evans are pleased to announced the birth of their daughter, Reagan McCahan, born on May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Odds and Ends
CHENANGO FORKS, N.Y. - Cousins Joanie Villecco and Ruthie MacDonald are quite a pair - a pair of aces, to be exact.

Odds and Ends
CHENANGO FORKS, N.Y. - Cousins Joanie Villecco and Ruthie MacDonald are quite a pair - a pair of aces, to be exact.

McCann catching on quick
ATLANTA - Despite having played just one major-league game before Braves batting practice Saturday, Brian McCann was already being asked for autographs on baseballs and hats tossed to him by fans in the stands.

Oakland's Haren does it all
ATLANTA - It was hard to tell which Dan Haren hurt the Braves more Friday night: Haren the pitcher, or Haren the batter.

Smoltz goes the distance

Smoltz goes the distance
ATLANTA - For all the young Braves having banner days Saturday, the biggest game of all belonged to one of the oldest guys on the field.

Smoltz goes the distance
ATLANTA - For all the young Braves having banner days Saturday, the biggest game of all belonged to one of the oldest guys on the field.

Business licenses

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development

Business calendar
Tuesday: Writing A Business Plan, workshop by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call 737-1790 for information.

Decision on wine is void in Georgia
Patrick Glover was overjoyed when he heard that the Supreme Court had struck down laws prohibiting wine shipments across many state borers.

City's identity can boost economy

Decision on wine is void in Georgia
Patrick Glover was overjoyed when he heard that the Supreme Court had struck down laws prohibiting wine shipments across many state borers.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Writing A Business Plan, workshop by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call 737-1790 for information.

Natural gas bills will be changing
Georgia Public Service Commissioners on Friday replaced their earlier decision about Atlanta Gas Light's charges for natural gas customers throughout the state.

S.C. challenges Georgia's 'Peach State' title
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Chalmers Carr rifled through a bin of freshly picked peaches, ensuring only those with just the right color make it from his farm to the grocery store.

S.C. challenges Georgia's 'Peach State' title
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Chalmers Carr rifled through a bin of freshly picked peaches, ensuring only those with just the right color make it from his farm to the grocery store.

Property transfers

G-8 Finance Ministers meet in London
LONDON - The United States and Europe are complaining about cheap Chinese textile imports, Europe and Asia are worried about U.S. overspending, and everybody's concerned about the effect of high oil prices on the global economy - finance ministers from the world's wealthiest nations will have plenty to talk about when they meet Friday.

Business calendar

Citigroup agrees to settlement in Enron lawsuit
NEW YORK - Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial services company, on Friday said it will pay $2 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit over its role in helping Enron Corp. orchestrate a massive accounting fraud that led to the energy trader's collapse.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County for March:

Citigroup agrees to settlement in Enron lawsuit
NEW YORK - Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial services company, on Friday said it will pay $2 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit over its role in helping Enron Corp. orchestrate a massive accounting fraud that led to the energy trader's collapse.

City's identity can boost economy
When it comes to creating a city's identity, Wal-Marts, Targets and row upon row of chain restaurants aren't going to cut it - because every other city in the country has the same thing.

G-8 Finance Ministers meet in London
LONDON - The United States and Europe are complaining about cheap Chinese textile imports, Europe and Asia are worried about U.S. overspending, and everybody's concerned about the effect of high oil prices on the global economy - finance ministers from the world's wealthiest nations will have plenty to talk about when they meet Friday.

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers
SAN FRANCISCO - Once a frustrated renter, Chris Economou is now a happy homeowner, enjoying a splendid view of San Francisco and an $80,000 increase in his property's value since he bought the one-bedroom condominium for $435,000 a year ago.

Paper checks likely to become niche market
Q: Writing checks seems like a hassle. How long is it likely before this practice disappears entirely?

GM shares climb after UAW meeting on health care
CHICAGO - Shares of General Motors Corp. rose Friday, following a meeting between the world's largest auto maker and United Auto Workers leaders in Detroit that indicated GM might get some wiggle room on cutting employee health-care costs.

On the move
- Lillian Smith has joined the sales team at WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Ms. Smith has previous experience in the marketing industry.

GM shares climb after UAW meeting on health care
CHICAGO - Shares of General Motors Corp. rose Friday, following a meeting between the world's largest auto maker and United Auto Workers leaders in Detroit that indicated GM might get some wiggle room on cutting employee health-care costs.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County for March:

Citigroup agrees to settlement in Enron lawsuit

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 23-June 2. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Natural gas bills will be changing

Downtown's 12 step plan
The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, recently released a study titled "Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization." Although downtowns differ, the study aims to address a dozen lessons that can be applied almost anywhere. The Chronicle spoke with local leaders and downtown stakeholders to find out how Augusta stacks up.

Decision on wine is void in Georgia

On the move

City's identity can boost economy
When it comes to creating a city's identity, Wal-Marts, Targets and row upon row of chain restaurants aren't going to cut it - because every other city in the country has the same thing.

Natural gas bills will be changing
Georgia Public Service Commissioners on Friday replaced their earlier decision about Atlanta Gas Light's charges for natural gas customers throughout the state.

G-8 Finance Ministers meet in London

Paper checks likely to become niche market

GM shares climb after UAW meeting on health care

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers

S.C. challenges Georgia's 'Peach State' title

Paper checks likely to become niche market
Q: Writing checks seems like a hassle. How long is it likely before this practice disappears entirely?

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 23-June 2. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers
SAN FRANCISCO - Once a frustrated renter, Chris Economou is now a happy homeowner, enjoying a splendid view of San Francisco and an $80,000 increase in his property's value since he bought the one-bedroom condominium for $435,000 a year ago.

On the move
- Lillian Smith has joined the sales team at WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Ms. Smith has previous experience in the marketing industry.

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development
If Augusta's downtown were to get a grade based on a recent Brookings Institution study, it would probably fail.

Downtown's 12 step plan
The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, recently released a study titled "Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization." Although downtowns differ, the study aims to address a dozen lessons that can be applied almost anywhere. The Chronicle spoke with local leaders and downtown stakeholders to find out how Augusta stacks up.

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development
If Augusta's downtown were to get a grade based on a recent Brookings Institution study, it would probably fail.

Downtown's 12 step plan

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on June 11, 2005. Click on the cartoon for a larger image.

Interpretation makes all the difference with law

Interpretation makes all the difference with law
Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays' challenge to City Attorney Stephen Shepard, on his decision to allow commissioners to go into a closed-door session to discuss a process for selecting an interim mayor last week, was a classic.

Interpretation makes all the difference with law
Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays' challenge to City Attorney Stephen Shepard, on his decision to allow commissioners to go into a closed-door session to discuss a process for selecting an interim mayor last week, was a classic.

Tigers nip Bears
WACO, Texas - Stan Widmann hit a two-run single in the seventh to help Clemson beat Baylor 4-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday.

Tigers nip Bears
WACO, Texas - Stan Widmann hit a two-run single in the seventh to help Clemson beat Baylor 4-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday.

Tigers nip Bears

Quotes of the week
"I saw the word 'million' and sat there and trembled. I started shaking and shook my head."

Someone to be proud of
They won't be putting up "Augusta: Home of Mike Carlson" signs anytime soon. But the bright young prosecutor sure has been a better ambassador for the area than some of its other public officials lately.

What about us, Jimmy?
Jimmy Carter has joined others on the left calling for the Bush administration to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Fighting truancy
President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act has its critics, but one area where it's succeeding is the focus it puts on truancy. Schools with high truancy rates are pegged as "low performing" under the federal law - a designation the schools and districts they serve assuredly don't want to have.

What about us, Jimmy?
Jimmy Carter has joined others on the left calling for the Bush administration to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Fighting truancy

Quotes of the week

Willis for fire chief
The Augusta Commission seems to know who it would like to hire as fire chief. It would be the interim chief, Howard Willis, who's also serving as director of the city's emergency management agency. We agree, if the commission wants Willis as permanent fire chief, then go for it.

A renewed vigilance
The Richmond County School Board accomplished two good things with its unanimous vote Thursday to give the school system's administrative staff the same 2-percent raise that teachers will receive - basically rejecting Superintendent Charles Larke's earlier recommendation to give the brass, including himself, a 4-percent raise.

Fighting truancy
President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act has its critics, but one area where it's succeeding is the focus it puts on truancy. Schools with high truancy rates are pegged as "low performing" under the federal law - a designation the schools and districts they serve assuredly don't want to have.

What about us, Jimmy?

Quotes of the week
"I saw the word 'million' and sat there and trembled. I started shaking and shook my head."

People in the News
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Paris Hilton and her mother, Kathy, will be grand marshals for the annual gay pride parade, one of the city's biggest celebrations.

Dana Elcar, actor appeared on 'MacGyver,' dies at 77
VENTURA, Calif. - Dana Elcar, the round-faced, balding actor whose real-life struggle with blindness was written into his role on the TV adventure series "MacGyver," has died. He was 77.

People in the News
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Paris Hilton and her mother, Kathy, will be grand marshals for the annual gay pride parade, one of the city's biggest celebrations.

Attenborough receives Order of Merit award
LONDON - TV naturalist David Attenborough received the prestigious Order of Merit award Friday from Queen Elizabeth II.

Attenborough receives Order of Merit award
LONDON - TV naturalist David Attenborough received the prestigious Order of Merit award Friday from Queen Elizabeth II.

Naomi Watts celebrates IFC Center opening
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts, along with Harvey Weinstein, John Sayles, Alfonso Cuaron and 400 movie-lovers, celebrated the grand opening of the Independent Film Channel's new independent cinema hub.

Naomi Watts celebrates IFC Center opening
NEW YORK - Naomi Watts, along with Harvey Weinstein, John Sayles, Alfonso Cuaron and 400 movie-lovers, celebrated the grand opening of the Independent Film Channel's new independent cinema hub.

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them
NEW YORK - Mike Brooks admits he didn't pay a lot of attention to his 401(k) retirement account.

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them
NEW YORK - Mike Brooks admits he didn't pay a lot of attention to his 401(k) retirement account.

Tennessee tops Georgia Tech, 3-2
ATLANTA - After eight innings in which two of the nation's best-hitting teams looked anemic with the bat, two swings put Tennessee halfway to a berth in the College World Series.

Yellow Jackets get no relief
ATLANTA - Tennessee hitters knew only two things about Georgia Tech closer Matt Wieters prior to Friday.

Jackets not so 'super'
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will wander for another year in search of college baseball's promised land.

Tennessee tops Georgia Tech, 3-2
ATLANTA - After eight innings in which two of the nation's best-hitting teams looked anemic with the bat, two swings put Tennessee halfway to a berth in the College World Series.

Yellow Jackets get no relief
ATLANTA - Tennessee hitters knew only two things about Georgia Tech closer Matt Wieters prior to Friday.

Yellow Jackets get no relief

Tennessee tops Georgia Tech, 3-2

Minor league notebook
With an ankle brace and shin guard in tow, Bradley Key left Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to start a more than 1,000-mile trip to Dayton, Ohio.

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory
Four Augusta GreenJackets pitchers combined for a one-hiter in a 4-1 win over the league-leading Charleston RiverDogs.

Augusta lands three on roster
Marcus Sanders has led minor league baseball in steals for a good chunk of this season.

Minor league notebook
With an ankle brace and shin guard in tow, Bradley Key left Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to start a more than 1,000-mile trip to Dayton, Ohio.

Augusta wastes Sanchez's start
Jonathan Sanchez's five perfect innings against Bill Mosiello's Charleston RiverDogs in the second game of the season must have left a lasting impression.

Augusta lands three on roster
Marcus Sanders has led minor league baseball in steals for a good chunk of this season.

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory
Four Augusta GreenJackets pitchers combined for a one-hiter in a 4-1 win over the league-leading Charleston RiverDogs.

Augusta wastes Sanchez's start
Jonathan Sanchez's five perfect innings against Bill Mosiello's Charleston RiverDogs in the second game of the season must have left a lasting impression.

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2

Annika hits cruise control
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam showed a vulnerable side to her game Saturday as Laura Davies chipped away at an eight-shot deficit until they were separated by just three shots at the LPGA Championship.

Seasoned Kite flies high

U.S. Open Tee Times
Thursday: first hole; Friday: 10th hole

Annika hits cruise control

Does the Open go too far?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Open tests competitors physically and mentally, and it's a close call as to whether body or mind is pushed more to the limit.

Does the Open go too far?

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. - Few players can butcher a hole quite like John Daly. But his performance in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open was spectacular, even by his standards.

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. - Few players can butcher a hole quite like John Daly. But his performance in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open was spectacular, even by his standards.

Annika hits cruise control
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam showed a vulnerable side to her game Saturday as Laura Davies chipped away at an eight-shot deficit until they were separated by just three shots at the LPGA Championship.

Pinehurst memories are plentiful

Seasoned Kite flies high
BETHESDA, Md. - Tom Kite sank a 15-foot birdie at the 18th hole, bent his knees, punched the air with a fist and waved to the crowd.

Eaks' 65 ties Morgan for lead
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - R.W. Eaks overcame a shanked sand wedge on his third hole to shoot a season-best 7-under-par 65 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Gil Morgan in the Champions Tour's Bayer Advantage Classic.

LPGA notebook
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Michelle Wie stood next to her 300-yard drive in the middle of the eighth fairway, hands on hips.

Pinehurst memories are plentiful
The 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be haunted.

Pinehurst memories are plentiful
The 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be haunted.

U.S. Open Tee Times

U.S. Open Tee Times
Thursday: first hole; Friday: 10th hole

Does the Open go too far?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Open tests competitors physically and mentally, and it's a close call as to whether body or mind is pushed more to the limit.

Seasoned Kite flies high
BETHESDA, Md. - Tom Kite sank a 15-foot birdie at the 18th hole, bent his knees, punched the air with a fist and waved to the crowd.

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory

Minor league notebook

Augusta wastes Sanchez's start

Augusta lands three on roster

Tropical Storm Arlene strengthens
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Arlene drenched Cuba on Friday and then, strengthening and quickening, moved north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast - a region still recovering from last year's hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Arlene strengthens
MIAMI - Tropical Storm Arlene drenched Cuba on Friday and then, strengthening and quickening, moved north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast - a region still recovering from last year's hurricanes.

White House correspondent could have used a haircut
Nelson Danish called the other day to remind me that this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Barbecue Baron Larry Sconyers' famous 1980 White House visit, in which the man who would become consolidated Augusta's first mayor fed President Carter, a whole bunch of congressmen and the news media on the south lawn of our nation's Executive Mansion.

White House correspondent could have used a haircut
Nelson Danish called the other day to remind me that this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Barbecue Baron Larry Sconyers' famous 1980 White House visit, in which the man who would become consolidated Augusta's first mayor fed President Carter, a whole bunch of congressmen and the news media on the south lawn of our nation's Executive Mansion.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Bowyer wins rain-delayed Busch Series race
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Clint Bowyer raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday, beating Kenny Wallace by 2.386 seconds in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

See Flag Day for what it is
I would like to encourage all patriots to display the flag of their choice on Flag Day, June 14. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Old columnists are missed

Augusta must vote for bonds

Charlotte can help Augusta with arena
As a newly formed sports and entertainment business in the Charlotte, N.C., area, the Charlotte Bobcats - the NBA's 30th franchise - the WNBA's Charlotte Sting, and Carolina Sports Entertainment Television are delighted to be moving into the state-of-the-art New Charlotte Arena. Ed Tapscott, Charlotte, N.C.

Old columnists are missed
Memory is one of the most precious abilities endowed to men and women. It is said that old people hate change, and in a way that's right. But on the other hand, new things are interesting, and often I think we enjoy them more than the young. One thing we look forward to is our daily newspaper. Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Charlotte can help Augusta with arena

Augusta must vote for bonds
I am writing this letter with the hope that it will encourage fellow Augustans to help save Augusta by voting affirmatively for the general obligation bonds June 21. Ellis Johnson, Augusta

Charlotte can help Augusta with arena
As a newly formed sports and entertainment business in the Charlotte, N.C., area, the Charlotte Bobcats - the NBA's 30th franchise - the WNBA's Charlotte Sting, and Carolina Sports Entertainment Television are delighted to be moving into the state-of-the-art New Charlotte Arena. Ed Tapscott, Charlotte, N.C.

Common sense can beat terrorists
I am constantly amazed at the number of Chicken Littles in this country. Recently another Chicken Little was on 60 Minutes telling us that the sky is falling. Arlie J. Smith, Harlem

Stem-cell debate has stark sides
Regarding the letter "Minority hijacked stem-cell issue" (June 4): Those who supported President Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood are not a minority. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Old columnists are missed
Memory is one of the most precious abilities endowed to men and women. It is said that old people hate change, and in a way that's right. But on the other hand, new things are interesting, and often I think we enjoy them more than the young. One thing we look forward to is our daily newspaper. Doris A. Jones, Augusta

See Flag Day for what it is

Augusta must vote for bonds
I am writing this letter with the hope that it will encourage fellow Augustans to help save Augusta by voting affirmatively for the general obligation bonds June 21. Ellis Johnson, Augusta

Stem-cell debate has stark sides

See Flag Day for what it is
I would like to encourage all patriots to display the flag of their choice on Flag Day, June 14. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Stem-cell debate has stark sides
Regarding the letter "Minority hijacked stem-cell issue" (June 4): Those who supported President Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood are not a minority. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Company built around its founder's measurements

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta

House features picture-perfect porches

History of war comes alive in upstate New York

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100

Ask the Carey Brothers

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'

Replacing a window can be complicated

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title

Travel briefs

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?

Arab-American designers show Eastern-influenced fashions

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'
Color has always been something 7-year-old Savannah Hillman, of Hephzibah, has appreciated, her mother, Amy, said.

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'
Color has always been something 7-year-old Savannah Hillman, of Hephzibah, has appreciated, her mother, Amy, said.

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In April of 1969, rowdies leaving a rock concert here retreated to Tahquitz Canyon to continue the party, and stayed. Hippies, hermits and the homeless took up residence in the canyon's rock shelters.

Company built around its founder's measurements
NEW YORK - If you've bought a pair of designer jeans in the past decade, chances are you're familiar with Paige Adams-Geller's work.

Replacing a window can be complicated
With 35 million windows set to be replaced in homes this year, those who think the tradeout is as simple as a few minutes to plunk the same size window into an existing hole sealed with a bead of caulk, had best think again.

Arab-American designers show Eastern-influenced fashions
NEW YORK - T-shirts with tongue-in-cheek expressions such as "Palestinian Princess" and "Got Falafel" shared the stage with revealing halter tops made of the checkered material from Palestinian headscarves at a fashion show by Arab-American designers.

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta
When Betty and Al Williams talk about having ties to their neighborhood, they aren't kidding.

Company built around its founder's measurements
NEW YORK - If you've bought a pair of designer jeans in the past decade, chances are you're familiar with Paige Adams-Geller's work.

Living briefs
IN A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 1,000 BABY BOOMERS, AARP THE MAGAZINE ALSO ASKED RESPONDENTS questions about relationships with their fathers. When asked to describe the strongest emotion they felt in their relationship with their father, 41 percent said love, while 35 percent said respect.

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta
When Betty and Al Williams talk about having ties to their neighborhood, they aren't kidding.

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Warm and bright, the stretch of sand at the Folly Field Beach is filled with the sights and sounds of summer. People laugh, lounge and, most important, splash into the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

History of war comes alive in upstate New York
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - History lessons don't have to be confined to classrooms. This summer, they're being given outdoors by red coats and Rangers, American Indian warriors and frontier wives, accompanied by the roar of cannon and the rattle of muskets.

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'
LOS ANGELES - When I began planning a California road trip with my best girlfriend, I had Hollywood snapshots in my mind, something like "Sideways" meets "Thelma and Louise." .

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In April of 1969, rowdies leaving a rock concert here retreated to Tahquitz Canyon to continue the party, and stayed. Hippies, hermits and the homeless took up residence in the canyon's rock shelters.\r\n

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title
Dear Carson: My friend's husband's ex-wife is still using the designation "Mrs." My friend thought that it was inappropriate and that the ex-wife should be using "Ms." I told her I thought the ex-Mrs. had a right to use the designation, but not with the ex-husband's given names. "Ms." has been a product of the women's movement and serves as an alternative to "Miss" or "Mrs." and could be used at a woman's discretion. What's the proper? - Designation Dilemma

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100
LOS ANGELES - In various incarnations, Venice has been called the Coney Island of the Pacific, ghetto by the sea, and - in a new movie about a group of trailblazing skateboarders - Dogtown.\r\n

History of war comes alive in upstate New York
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - History lessons don't have to be confined to classrooms. This summer, they're being given outdoors by red coats and Rangers, American Indian warriors and frontier wives, accompanied by the roar of cannon and the rattle of muskets.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Where's the best place for a secluded honeymoon? An affordable honeymoon? A honeymoon for people who love the beach?

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100
LOS ANGELES - In various incarnations, Venice has been called the Coney Island of the Pacific, ghetto by the sea, and - in a new movie about a group of trailblazing skateboarders - Dogtown.

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'
LOS ANGELES - When I began planning a California road trip with my best girlfriend, I had Hollywood snapshots in my mind, something like "Sideways" meets "Thelma and Louise." .

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title
Dear Carson: My friend's husband's ex-wife is still using the designation "Mrs." My friend thought that it was inappropriate and that the ex-wife should be using "Ms." I told her I thought the ex-Mrs. had a right to use the designation, but not with the ex-husband's given names. "Ms." has been a product of the women's movement and serves as an alternative to "Miss" or "Mrs." and could be used at a woman's discretion. What's the proper? - Designation Dilemma

House features picture-perfect porches
Showcasing a wraparound porch, a gazebo and a wide rear porch, this home, plan M-78 by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers' Network, covers 2,267 square feet of living space.

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling
I write books for a living, and some people think an author's life is all caviar and champagne buckets when, in fact, it's more likely to be pork rinds and Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. As an author, however, I'm allowed the occasional trappings of glamour. While on tour, my publisher, Simon and Schuster, puts me up in chi-chi hotels such as the Ritz Carlton or the Peabody.

Replacing a window can be complicated
With 35 million windows set to be replaced in homes this year, those who think the tradeout is as simple as a few minutes to plunk the same size window into an existing hole sealed with a bead of caulk, had best think again.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have white laminate countertops. They are in good condition, other than stained. Everything tends to stain them. I have tried bleach, which tends to yellow the surface and replacing them would be prohibitively expensive. So, I am wondering if there is a product or method you recommend to refinish them? -- Maxine from Stockbridge, Ga.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have white laminate countertops. They are in good condition, other than stained. Everything tends to stain them. I have tried bleach, which tends to yellow the surface and replacing them would be prohibitively expensive. So, I am wondering if there is a product or method you recommend to refinish them? -- Maxine from Stockbridge, Ga.

House features picture-perfect porches
Showcasing a wraparound porch, a gazebo and a wide rear porch, this home, plan M-78 by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers' Network, covers 2,267 square feet of living space.

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Warm and bright, the stretch of sand at the Folly Field Beach is filled with the sights and sounds of summer. People laugh, lounge and, most important, splash into the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Where's the best place for a secluded honeymoon? An affordable honeymoon? A honeymoon for people who love the beach?

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling
I write books for a living, and some people think an author's life is all caviar and champagne buckets when, in fact, it's more likely to be pork rinds and Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. As an author, however, I'm allowed the occasional trappings of glamour. While on tour, my publisher, Simon and Schuster, puts me up in chi-chi hotels such as the Ritz Carlton or the Peabody.

Arab-American designers show Eastern-influenced fashions
NEW YORK - T-shirts with tongue-in-cheek expressions such as "Palestinian Princess" and "Got Falafel" shared the stage with revealing halter tops made of the checkered material from Palestinian headscarves at a fashion show by Arab-American designers.

Vote to decide on funding for area projects

Mayor touts Augusta on trip

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A national animal advocacy organization wants the Spartanburg County Council to pass an ordinance that would restrict dog chaining.

Group wants reactor for SRS
AIKEN - A group that includes 16 universities from across the Southeast has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a nuclear research reactor at Savannah River Site.

Residents work to save church

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped
The head of Georgia's Department of Veterans Service said Saturday that he's sad the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division is cutting the hours of its emergency room.

Police officers cleared in three fatal shootings
Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig has cleared police officers in the fatal shooting of a man by Richmond County sheriff's deputies almost one year ago.

School board members discuss differences at retreat
Children and education must be their focus, not personal differences and infighting, Richmond County school board members said during a retreat Saturday.

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped
The head of Georgia's Department of Veterans Service said Saturday that he's sad the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division is cutting the hours of its emergency room.

Where we live

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - After a state Department of Transportation lobbyist helped write and produce a song lampooning Gov. Mark Sanford, the agency's executive director, Elizabeth Mabry, apologized for the lyrics that refer to Mr. Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue
Unless you're a state legislator, one of the three issues on the June 21 ballot might not make a whole lot of sense.

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped

Where we live
They call him "Crash." It might not be the best nickname for a cab driver, but thanks to a fender bender and a sarcastic dispatcher, it's one that has stuck for nearly 22 years.

Larke's evaluation must be certified
Richmond County school board members decided Friday to require the school system's internal auditor to certify the annual performance evaluation of Superintendent Charles Larke.

Vote to decide on funding for area projects
In nine days, Augusta voters will have a chance to vote on two bond issues totaling $160 million that would pay for a new judicial center, public safety projects and a sports arena. Yet most people don't even know the referenda are coming up, and the turnout is expected to be very low.

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue

State has edge on new law
AIKEN - Some South Carolina officials are confident that the state's existing identification validation system will meet many of the proposed federal standards that were signed into law in May.

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage
PELHAM, Ga. - As a rural pharmacist, James Tennyson dispensed his share of antibiotics, cough remedies and eye drops, but it was his customers' fear of poisonous snakes that led him to his true calling.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jada Zaurice Walker of North Augusta.

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue
Unless you're a state legislator, one of the three issues on the June 21 ballot might not make a whole lot of sense.

Questions and answers about REAL ID
Under the REAL ID Act, millions of U.S. residents will see new rules affecting how they get their driver's licenses and identification cards. States, which have been mostly in charge of setting standards for their own licenses, will now have to follow the federal mandates or face not having their ID cards recognized by the federal government.

Police officers cleared in three fatal shootings
Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig has cleared police officers in the fatal shooting of a man by Richmond County sheriff's deputies almost one year ago.

Edwards wins at Pocono

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday after police said he took $840 from a safe at University Hospital.

Augusta freely celebrates liberty
On Saturday, Augustans gathered to celebrate the final word of liberation of the slaves, more than 100 years ago.

State has edge on new law

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs
Haresh Soorma feels like he's been tricked.

Mayor touts Augusta on trip
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is leaving office in a few days, but he is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago this week.

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage
PELHAM, Ga. - As a rural pharmacist, James Tennyson dispensed his share of antibiotics, cough remedies and eye drops, but it was his customers' fear of poisonous snakes that led him to his true calling.

Judge denies bond for defendants
Two defendants charged in separate cases of child molestation will remain behind bars.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A national animal advocacy organization wants the Spartanburg County Council to pass an ordinance that would restrict dog chaining.

Woman recalls service as plane spotter
VIDALIA, Ga. - Even as a teenager, Martha Price Thompson did her part to win World War II.

American Indians worship at powwow
Dancing to the beat of booming drums in a circular arena, about two dozen people from various tribes, adorned in American Indian regalia, ushered in a spirit of praise and worship to their creator.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The heads of Georgia's technical colleges were summoned to Atlanta on Friday and told they will be held accountable for any ethical lapses on their watch, including hiring relatives or giving preferential treatment to friends.

School board members discuss differences at retreat

Across Georgia
PERRY - Law enforcement officers raided a convenience store in Perry on Friday, seizing what they say were five illegal video poker machines.

Across Georgia
PERRY - Law enforcement officers raided a convenience store in Perry on Friday, seizing what they say were five illegal video poker machines.

American Indians worship at powwow
Dancing to the beat of booming drums in a circular arena, about two dozen people from various tribes, adorned in American Indian regalia, ushered in a spirit of praise and worship to their creator.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the shooting of a 20-year-old Hephzibah man early Saturday, a police report states.

Group wants reactor for SRS
AIKEN - A group that includes 16 universities from across the Southeast has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a nuclear research reactor at Savannah River Site.

Across the southeast
KEY WEST, FLA. - Sen. Mel Martinez said the Bush administration should consider closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects - the first high-profile Republican to make the suggestion.

Woman recalls service as plane spotter
VIDALIA, Ga. - Even as a teenager, Martha Price Thompson did her part to win World War II.

American Indians worship at powwow

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Three teens are charged in Huddle House robbery

Correction
- An article about the Richmond County school board's retreat in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly implied that the board had taken a vote to change its policy. Although the nine board members in attendance agreed to require that an auditor certify the results of the superintendent's yearly performance evaluation, no formal action was taken.

Kid of the Day

Residents work to save church
PHILOMATH, Ga. - Regular services haven't been held at the Philomath Presbyterian Church since the 1960s.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The heads of Georgia's technical colleges were summoned to Atlanta on Friday and told they will be held accountable for any ethical lapses on their watch, including hiring relatives or giving preferential treatment to friends.

News you can use
What is a severe thunderstorm? The National Weather Service has specific guidelines for what qualifies. It must meet at least one of the following criteria: winds of 58 miles per hour or greater, or hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Across South Carolina

Augusta freely celebrates liberty

Correction

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the shooting of a 20-year-old Hephzibah man early Saturday, a police report states.

Correction
- An article about the Richmond County school board's retreat in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly implied that the board had taken a vote to change its policy. Although the nine board members in attendance agreed to require that an auditor certify the results of the superintendent's yearly performance evaluation, no formal action was taken.

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs

Residents work to save church
PHILOMATH, Ga. - Regular services haven't been held at the Philomath Presbyterian Church since the 1960s.

Three teens are charged in Huddle House robbery
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged three teenagers with armed robbery, officials said Friday.

Vote to decide on funding for area projects
In nine days, Augusta voters will have a chance to vote on two bond issues totaling $160 million that would pay for a new judicial center, public safety projects and a sports arena. Yet most people don't even know the referenda are coming up, and the turnout is expected to be very low.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Police say airline workers stole thousands
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At least two airline employees could face charges that they scammed United Airlines out of thousands of dollars.

Authority to seek new leader
The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta board of directors announced Friday the resignation of Chris Naylor, who has served as executive director of the combined organization for four years.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jada Zaurice Walker of North Augusta.

Tourism won't be brought in on bus
AIKEN - The city's tourist-pulling power will not come in the form of tour buses, a city official said this week, to the relief of residents living in Aiken's historic and horse districts.

Some say hassle, cost are worries
ATLANTA - Georgia officials say they are uncertain about how much new federal requirements for driver's licenses will cost the state or affect lines at licensing offices.

Kid of the Day
Elijah R. Knight is today's Kid of the Day.

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - After a state Department of Transportation lobbyist helped write and produce a song lampooning Gov. Mark Sanford, the agency's executive director, Elizabeth Mabry, apologized for the lyrics that refer to Mr. Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

Mayor touts Augusta on trip
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is leaving office in a few days, but he is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago this week.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday after police said he took $840 from a safe at University Hospital.

Larke's evaluation must be certified
Richmond County school board members decided Friday to require the school system's internal auditor to certify the annual performance evaluation of Superintendent Charles Larke.

Some say hassle, cost are worries

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

News you can use
Ever wonder what's in your water? To ensure that tap water is safe, the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulates the limits on the amounts of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?

Robber says he was afraid teller would die
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Colquitt County man says he robbed a Kingsland, Ga., bank of only $556 because a teller became so scared that he feared she might die of fright.

News you can use
What is a severe thunderstorm? The National Weather Service has specific guidelines for what qualifies. It must meet at least one of the following criteria: winds of 58 miles per hour or greater, or hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Three teens are charged in Huddle House robbery
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have charged three teenagers with armed robbery, officials said Friday.

Across South Carolina

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs
Haresh Soorma feels like he's been tricked.

Tourism won't be brought in on bus

Augusta freely celebrates liberty
On Saturday, Augustans gathered to celebrate the final word of liberation of the slaves, more than 100 years ago.

Authority to seek new leader

Judge denies bond for defendants
Two defendants charged in separate cases of child molestation will remain behind bars.

Across the area

School board members discuss differences at retreat
Children and education must be their focus, not personal differences and infighting, Richmond County school board members said during a retreat Saturday.

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Where we live
They call him "Crash." It might not be the best nickname for a cab driver, but thanks to a fender bender and a sarcastic dispatcher, it's one that has stuck for nearly 22 years.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Across Georgia

State has edge on new law
AIKEN - Some South Carolina officials are confident that the state's existing identification validation system will meet many of the proposed federal standards that were signed into law in May.

Some say hassle, cost are worries
ATLANTA - Georgia officials say they are uncertain about how much new federal requirements for driver's licenses will cost the state or affect lines at licensing offices.

Sept. 20 vote to fill Walker seat
Gov. Sonny Perdue has set a Sept. 20 election date to fill the District 22 state Senate seat vacated by Charles Walker, who was removed from office last week after his conviction in federal court in Augusta on 127 felony counts.

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?
ATLANTA - The third time was the charm for Kate Crouch. That's how many visits the Atlanta resident had to make to her local DMV office before successfully switching her out-of-state driver's license.

Group wants reactor for SRS

Kid of the Day

News you can use

Woman recalls service as plane spotter

Martinez plan has changes
Flash forward 20 years to Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez, and you might find smoother traffic flow and more of a town feel around West Town Shopping Center.

Judge denies bond for defendants

Tourism won't be brought in on bus
AIKEN - The city's tourist-pulling power will not come in the form of tour buses, a city official said this week, to the relief of residents living in Aiken's historic and horse districts.

Across the area

Authority to seek new leader
The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta board of directors announced Friday the resignation of Chris Naylor, who has served as executive director of the combined organization for four years.

Kid of the Day
Elijah R. Knight is today's Kid of the Day.

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam

Larke's evaluation must be certified

Police officers cleared in three fatal shootings

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?
ATLANTA - The third time was the charm for Kate Crouch. That's how many visits the Atlanta resident had to make to her local DMV office before successfully switching her out-of-state driver's license.

When you wish upon a star ...
Jermaine Smith can pinpoint the moment his life hung on a hinge and swung the opposite direction. He can describe it today as clearly as he experienced it 12 years ago on the ball field behind C.T. Walker Elementary School.

When you wish upon a star ...
Jermaine Smith can pinpoint the moment his life hung on a hinge and swung the opposite direction. He can describe it today as clearly as he experienced it 12 years ago on the ball field behind C.T. Walker Elementary School.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews: Coldplay, The White Stripes, Kelly Osbourne and Blue Highway.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews: Coldplay, The White Stripes, Kelly Osbourne and Blue Highway.

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - The last time Michael Waltrip started on the pole for a Nextel Cup Series race, the other George Bush was president.

Johnson's advantage questionable
LONG POND, Pa. - Coming off a sweep of last summer's events at Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson should be the favorite Sunday.

Speed trap: Drivers go slow at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - NASCAR's rules that limit speed have teams shifting strategies for Sunday's Pocono 500.

NASCAR notebook

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event
FORT WORTH, Texas - Buddy Rice had a hard time watching the Indianapolis 500. What helped make that bearable was who drove his car instead.

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event
FORT WORTH, Texas - Buddy Rice had a hard time watching the Indianapolis 500. What helped make that bearable was who drove his car instead.

Sprague stops drought
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jack Sprague led the final nine laps Friday night for his 25th career NASCAR truck series victory, but first in more than a year.

Johnson's advantage questionable

Speed trap: Drivers go slow at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - NASCAR's rules that limit speed have teams shifting strategies for Sunday's Pocono 500.

Speed trap: Drivers go slow at Pocono

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event

Gordon, Stewart back to business
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have tempered the anger that followed a crash the last time they raced.

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - The last time Michael Waltrip started on the pole for a Nextel Cup Series race, the other George Bush was president.

Scheckter wins; Patrick is 13th
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tomas Scheckter edged Sam Hornish Jr. by half a car-length Saturday night, while Danica Patrick finished 13th - last on the lead lap - in the first Indy Racing League event since her thrilling finish at the Indianapolis 500.

Johnson's advantage questionable
LONG POND, Pa. - Coming off a sweep of last summer's events at Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson should be the favorite Sunday.

Brown has history in Texas city

Brown has history in Texas city
SAN ANTONIO - Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena.

Brown has history in Texas city
SAN ANTONIO - Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena.

Former Pro Bowl player could replace Bruschi

Seymour fails to show up

Mr. Raymond R. Jennings    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L. Jerry Jordan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gibson D. "Gib" Waters, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Emmie E. Jones    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Marsh    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sharon Martin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George N. Bryant    (FOLKSTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Key    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Juanita Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George S. Pool    (Kite, Ga.)

Ms. Lorna E. Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Robert C. Foss    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Ryans    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charu Chandra Pande    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janet H. Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal    (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sheila Williford    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Juanita Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Gibson D. "Gib" Waters, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ken Holmgren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Boone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Zollie R. Compton Sr.
Zollie R. Compton Sr., who served as Jefferson County sheriff for more than three decades, died Friday from heart and lung complications. He was 83.

Mrs. Evelyn Key    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Zollie R. Compton, Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie M. Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Bell Samuel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Boone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George N. Bryant    (FOLKSTON, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Courtney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Robert C. Foss    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gaston    (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Frazier, Sr.    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ken Holmgren    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy C. Hodges    (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mr. Charu Chandra Pande    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Gaston    (AVERA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Key    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Frazier, Sr.    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Billy C. Hodges    (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jones    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond R. Jennings    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. L. Jerry Jordan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Miss Emmie E. Jones    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Key    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janet H. Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Jones    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sharon Martin    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal    (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Pitcher    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George S. Pool    (Kite, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Ryans    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Earnest Marsh    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie M. Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Pitcher    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Bell Samuel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zollie R. Compton, Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Courtney    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delano R. Shealy    (BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sheila Williford    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet H. Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Key (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gainer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Boone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy C. Hodges (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elvira L. Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie M. Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Pitcher (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia A. Grubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Roderick McClain, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Frazier, Sr. (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Emmie E. Jones (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Gelfant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond R. Jennings (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Ken Holmgren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George S. Pool (Kite, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sharon Martin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Juanita Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jones (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Roma Duvall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gaston (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Key (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Gibson D. "Gib" Waters, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert C. Foss (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Earnest Marsh (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George N. Bryant (FOLKSTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zollie R. Compton, Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Baynham (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Courtney (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charu Chandra Pande (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sheila Williford (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Rosier (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Dumont Connell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. L. Jerry Jordan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Mance Neal (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wilton I. Barton (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Harvey, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Bell Samuel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. M.G. Johnson, Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Ryans (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

Mike Tyson still selling himself

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row

Overtime

Sharapova breezes to final

Afleet Alex repeats magic

Local schools prepare for move

Sports gala set for Monday

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Mike Tyson still selling himself
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson came to the nation's capital promising a train wreck. His fans - and creditors - can only hope Tyson is not strewn across the tracks when it occurs.

Sports gala set for Monday
U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Jim Scherr will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala on Monday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Sports gala set for Monday
U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Jim Scherr will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala on Monday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money
NEW YORK - Trainer Nick Zito had the numbers in this year's Triple Crown with 11 starters, including a record-tying five in the Kentucky Derby.

Local schools prepare for move
The Augusta area would go from nine regions to seven if the latest Georgia High School Association realignment takes effect for the 2006-2007 school year, and plenty of new storylines would be added to the area sports landscape.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Overtime
Nomination forms are still needed for The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area Teams for boys and girls soccer and baseball.

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money
NEW YORK - Trainer Nick Zito had the numbers in this year's Triple Crown with 11 starters, including a record-tying five in the Kentucky Derby.

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Afleet Alex repeats magic
NEW YORK - No acrobatics, no long shots. Just an overpowering, seven-length victory by Afleet Alex in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown.

Overtime
The Atlanta Falcons confirmed Friday that vice president of player personnel Ron Hill was fired this week.

Sharapova breezes to final
BIRMINGHAM, England - Defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday, to reach the final of the DFS Classic.

Overtime
Nomination forms are still needed for The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area Teams for boys and girls soccer and baseball.<

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row
LONDON - Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to his third straight final at the Queen's grass court tournament, overcoming a sloppy second set to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday.

Mike Tyson still selling himself
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson came to the nation's capital promising a train wreck. His fans - and creditors - can only hope Tyson is not strewn across the tracks when it occurs.

Sharapova breezes to final
BIRMINGHAM, England - Defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday, to reach the final of the DFS Classic.

Overtime
The Atlanta Falcons confirmed Friday that vice president of player personnel Ron Hill was fired this week.

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row
LONDON - Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to his third straight final at the Queen's grass court tournament, overcoming a sloppy second set to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday.

Local schools prepare for move
The Augusta area would go from nine regions to seven if the latest Georgia High School Association realignment takes effect for the 2006-2007 school year, and plenty of new storylines would be added to the area sports landscape.

Afleet Alex repeats magic
NEW YORK - No acrobatics, no long shots. Just an overpowering, seven-length victory by Afleet Alex in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown.

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

215 kids go fish at Fort Gordon
Fort Gordon's Kids Fishing Derby attracted 215 youngsters last weekend, with 460 fish checked in after the half-day event.

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers
HILLTONIA, Ga. - They say you can't fool Mother Nature, but Chris Pevey does the next best thing.

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers
HILLTONIA, Ga. - They say you can't fool Mother Nature, but Chris Pevey does the next best thing.

Former Pro Bowl player could replace Bruschi
FOXBORO, Mass. - Chad Brown may have found a shortcut to learning the New England Patriots' complex defense - pick the brain of the man he could replace.

Seymour fails to show up
FOXBORO, Mass. - Richard Seymour missed his second straight day of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp Friday, but teammates didn't seem overly concerned.

Seymour fails to show up
FOXBORO, Mass. - Richard Seymour missed his second straight day of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp Friday, but teammates didn't seem overly concerned.

Former Pro Bowl player could replace Bruschi
FOXBORO, Mass. - Chad Brown may have found a shortcut to learning the New England Patriots' complex defense - pick the brain of the man he could replace.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@ augustachronicle.com.

Christian literature distributor expands to include outlet store
On their way to the Christian Booksellers International Convention in Denver in July, several general secretaries from foreign Bible societies will stop off in Waynesboro, Ga., to shop.

Christian literature distributor expands to include outlet store
On their way to the Christian Booksellers International Convention in Denver in July, several general secretaries from foreign Bible societies will stop off in Waynesboro, Ga., to shop.

Stroke's effects have woman working to sing
Thomas Brazell was working construction when he and Ramona Proveaux decided to get married. He was 21 and she was 16. That was 43 years ago.

Stroke's effects have woman working to sing
Thomas Brazell was working construction when he and Ramona Proveaux decided to get married. He was 21 and she was 16. That was 43 years ago.

World-renowned atheist now sort of accepts God
The Bible never presents arguments for God's existence and simply assumes it from the very first words ("In the beginning God created...). Scripture's attitude is, "The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God'" (Psalm 14:1).

Pope: abstinence is only 'fail-safe' way to fight AIDS
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI urged African bishops Friday to keep up their fight against AIDS, reiterating church teaching that abstinence is the only "fail-safe" way to prevent the spread of the virus.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@ augustachronicle.com.

Faith digest
Gaye Ortiz, a communications professor at Augusta State University who writes about film and theology, will lead a discussion on a Japanese film wandafuru raifu/After Life at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way.

World-renowned atheist now sort of accepts God
The Bible never presents arguments for God's existence and simply assumes it from the very first words ("In the beginning God created...). Scripture's attitude is, "The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God'" (Psalm 14:1).

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers

When you wish upon a star ...

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Morgan Spurlock wants you to see how the other half lives. And he's displaying it on his new show "30 Days."

Fox News Channel hires CBS News host Gretchen Carlson

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Morgan Spurlock wants you to see how the other half lives. And he's displaying it on his new show "30 Days."

Fox News Channel hires CBS News host Gretchen Carlson
NEW YORK - Gretchen Carlson, co-host of the "Saturday Early Show" on CBS News, has jumped to Fox News Channel.

Fox News Channel hires CBS News host Gretchen Carlson
NEW YORK - Gretchen Carlson, co-host of the "Saturday Early Show" on CBS News, has jumped to Fox News Channel.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Naomi Watts celebrates IFC Center opening

Attenborough receives Order of Merit award

People in the News

Odds and Ends

Tropical Storm Arlene strengthens

World-renowned atheist now sort of accepts God

Stroke's effects have woman working to sing

Christian literature distributor expands to include outlet store

Faith calendar

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