Freshman pitcher delivers in clutch
Most baseball coaches would face trepidation when a freshman took the mound.

Reds squeak by Indians

Reds squeak by Indians
CLEVELAND - Ken Griffey Jr. is back on track and so are the Cincinnati Reds.

Mets squeak by Phillies, 4-3
PHILADELPHIA - Kazuhisa Ishii didn't need much run support.

Lions thrived under Johnson
Craig Johnson had a clear goal when he took the job at Augusta Christian.

Mets squeak by Phillies, 4-3
PHILADELPHIA - Kazuhisa Ishii didn't need much run support.

Lions thrived under Johnson
Craig Johnson had a clear goal when he took the job at Augusta Christian.

Mets squeak by Phillies, 4-3

Freshman pitcher delivers in clutch

Reds squeak by Indians
CLEVELAND - Ken Griffey Jr. is back on track and so are the Cincinnati Reds.

Lions thrived under Johnson

Freshman pitcher delivers in clutch
Most baseball coaches would face trepidation when a freshman took the mound.

'Stern' doesn't begin to describe former sheriff

Braves hammer Orioles
ATLANTA - Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones hit first-inning home runs as the Atlanta Braves took an early six-run lead and beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to knock the Orioles out of first place in the AL East.

Cabrera, Willis propel Marlins
ATLANTA - For nearly three full months, the Braves had managed to avoid Florida's leg-kicking, left-handed phenom, Dontrelle Willis.

Cabrera, Willis propel Marlins

Bet fuels Jones' hot hitting
ATLANTA - A tongue-in-cheek bet between the Atlanta Braves center fielder Andruw Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton a couple of weeks ago hasn't been much of a joking matter for major league pitching since.

Braves hang on against Orioles
ATLANTA - The two starting pitchers Friday at Turner Field weren't born when Julio Franco made his major league debut in 1982.

Cabrera, Willis propel Marlins
ATLANTA - For nearly three full months, the Braves had managed to avoid Florida's leg-kicking, left-handed phenom, Dontrelle Willis.

Braves hang on against Orioles

Marlins slam Braves, 8-0
ATLANTA - Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter to become the NL's first 12-game winner, leading the Florida Marlins over the Atlanta Braves 8-0 Thursday night.

Marlins slam Braves, 8-0

Braves hammer Orioles
ATLANTA - Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones hit first-inning home runs as the Atlanta Braves took an early six-run lead and beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to knock the Orioles out of first place in the AL East.

Braves hang on against Orioles
ATLANTA - The two starting pitchers Friday at Turner Field weren't born when Julio Franco made his major league debut in 1982.

Marlins slam Braves, 8-0
ATLANTA - Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter to become the NL's first 12-game winner, leading the Florida Marlins over the Atlanta Braves 8-0 Thursday night.

Braves hammer Orioles

National energy bill near completion
WASHINGTON - The Senate neared completion of national energy legislation that would promote conservation and environmentally friendly fuels. It also would set up a confrontation with the House, which prefers a bill more favorable to oil and gas producers.

National energy bill near completion
WASHINGTON - The Senate neared completion of national energy legislation that would promote conservation and environmentally friendly fuels. It also would set up a confrontation with the House, which prefers a bill more favorable to oil and gas producers.

Regulations boost air unit efficiency, cost
Energy-hungry air conditioners are getting the cold shoulder from the government. And after January, it might be hard for you to find one to buy..

National energy bill near completion

Big box stores alter look
NEW YORK - When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. began looking around Freehold, N.J., company officials assumed it could just move into town with a standard super center and Sam's Club warehouse store. They were wrong.

Regulations boost air unit efficiency, cost
Energy-hungry air conditioners are getting the cold shoulder from the government. And after January, it might be hard for you to find one to buy..

Big box stores alter look

Regulations boost air unit efficiency, cost

Big box stores alter look
NEW YORK - When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. began looking around Freehold, N.J., company officials assumed it could just move into town with a standard super center and Sam's Club warehouse store. They were wrong.

When debt relief backfires
President Bush is lauding the weekend agreement of the world's eight wealthiest nations to write off $40 billion in debt for 18 of the world's poorest nations, 14 of which are African.

When debt relief backfires

License to steal
Liberals portray themselves as for the little guy, the poor guy, the middle class guy - and against the wealthy, the powerful, the well-connected.

When debt relief backfires
President Bush is lauding the weekend agreement of the world's eight wealthiest nations to write off $40 billion in debt for 18 of the world's poorest nations, 14 of which are African.

Schools on the mend
The Allendale County School Board has come to its senses. Recall how in 1999 trustees were both embarrassed and angry when then-newly elected Palmetto State school Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, citing the legislature's 1998 school reform law, declared Allendale schools in a state of emergency, stripped the locally elected board of its authority, and sent in her own administrative team to run the schools.

Justice delayed
The manslaughter conviction of 80-year-old Edgar Ray Killen seemed like a peculiar verdict. He was tried for murder in the deaths of three young civil rights workers 41 years ago near Philadelphia, Miss.

Justice delayed
The manslaughter conviction of 80-year-old Edgar Ray Killen seemed like a peculiar verdict. He was tried for murder in the deaths of three young civil rights workers 41 years ago near Philadelphia, Miss.

Schools on the mend

Justice delayed

Schools on the mend
The Allendale County School Board has come to its senses. Recall how in 1999 trustees were both embarrassed and angry when then-newly elected Palmetto State school Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, citing the legislature's 1998 school reform law, declared Allendale schools in a state of emergency, stripped the locally elected board of its authority, and sent in her own administrative team to run the schools.

Elle Macpherson and partner separate
LONDON - Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson and partner Arpad Busson announced Friday that they are separating.

People in the News
PARIS - The luxury store Hermes has apologized to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away from one of its Paris boutiques last week, saying it was closed for a public relations event when she came knocking.

Music, television often give rise to crop of 'cool' dorks
Right now, the entertainment industry is making you look like a dork.

Tom Cruise touts Katie, on 'Today' show interview
NEW YORK - Let the cynics talk. Tom Cruise is in love - and he just can't restrain himself.

People in the News
PARIS - The luxury store Hermes has apologized to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away from one of its Paris boutiques last week, saying it was closed for a public relations event when she came knocking.

Tom Cruise touts Katie, on 'Today' show interview
NEW YORK - Let the cynics talk. Tom Cruise is in love - and he just can't restrain himself.

Elle Macpherson and partner separate
LONDON - Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson and partner Arpad Busson announced Friday that they are separating.

Music, television often give rise to crop of 'cool' dorks
Right now, the entertainment industry is making you look like a dork.

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop for again
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages resumed their decline this week, falling for the 10th time in the past 12 weeks.

School's out for summer
It was a good day at a private pond for (left to right) Joseph Evans, Kim Dansby and Joshua Snyder, who caught 52 fish.

School's out for summer
It was a good day at a private pond for (left to right) Joseph Evans, Kim Dansby and Joshua Snyder, who caught 52 fish.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Full moon's fever still lingers at lake

Full moon's fever still lingers at lake
This week's full moon is history, but bream and shellcrackers stimulated by that phase will continue spawning in many areas of Thurmond Lake the rest of this week.

Full moon's fever still lingers at lake
This week's full moon is history, but bream and shellcrackers stimulated by that phase will continue spawning in many areas of Thurmond Lake the rest of this week.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

School's out for summer

Fishing tournaments

To end spotted wilt virus, toss out sick plants

To end spotted wilt virus, toss out sick plants
Last week I wrote about early blight disease on tomatoes. This week I will focus on another tomato problem - tomato spotted wilt virus, which is even worse than early blight.

To end spotted wilt virus, toss out sick plants
Last week I wrote about early blight disease on tomatoes. This week I will focus on another tomato problem - tomato spotted wilt virus, which is even worse than early blight.

Sanchez will start; Wilson gets spot
Before the South Atlantic League announced the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Augusta GreenJackets Marcus Sanders and Brian Horwitz were thought to be shoe-ins for the game by those with the franchise.

GreenJackets stay perfect in 2nd half
Caleb Salankey made his first start for the Augusta GreenJackets on June 6 - just four days after his first child was born. The new father flew home to Colorado for the birth and then met up with the team in Kannapolis, N.C., four days later. The next day he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

GreenJackets stay perfect in 2nd half
Caleb Salankey made his first start for the Augusta GreenJackets on June 6 - just four days after his first child was born. The new father flew home to Colorado for the birth and then met up with the team in Kannapolis, N.C., four days later. The next day he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

So far, so good at Open
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - No stranger to pressure, Annika Sorenstam had to cope with jangled nerves as she stood on the 10th tee Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open, the snowcapped Rockies and a chance to make history both on the horizon.

Thompson rallies for Sertoma triumph

Thompson rallies for Sertoma triumph
Some golfers prefer to shy away from attention. Not Justin Thompson.

Sorenstam stumbles rounding second

Thompson rallies for Sertoma triumph
Some golfers prefer to shy away from attention. Not Justin Thompson.

So far, so good at Open
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - No stranger to pressure, Annika Sorenstam had to cope with jangled nerves as she stood on the 10th tee Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open, the snowcapped Rockies and a chance to make history both on the horizon.

Sorenstam stumbles rounding second
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - The confident pursuit of a Grand Slam gave way to frustration as Annika Sorenstam tried to make up ground and instead went backward in the U.S. Women's Open.

So far, so good at Open

Sorenstam stumbles rounding second
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. - The confident pursuit of a Grand Slam gave way to frustration as Annika Sorenstam tried to make up ground and instead went backward in the U.S. Women's Open.

GreenJackets stay perfect in 2nd half

NHL, union wrap up five days of labor talks
TORONTO - The NHL and the players' association wrapped up five days of labor negotiations Friday, slowly moving toward an agreement that will end the lockout.

NHL, union wrap up five days of labor talks
TORONTO - The NHL and the players' association wrapped up five days of labor negotiations Friday, slowly moving toward an agreement that will end the lockout.

NHL, union wrap up five days of labor talks

'Stern' doesn't begin to describe former sheriff
When former Richmond County Sheriff Jim Beck died the other day, a reporter asked Charlie Webster for his recollections.

'Stern' doesn't begin to describe former sheriff
When former Richmond County Sheriff Jim Beck died the other day, a reporter asked Charlie Webster for his recollections.

Remains' DNA linked to missing girl
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced today that DNA test results have determined skeletal remains found in Burke County and suspected to be those of Tiffany Nelson, an Augusta girl who disappeared 11 years ago, match DNA samples taken from Tiffany's family.

Our veterans are owed a tremendous debt

Voters reveal their dissatisfaction
For the second time in a row, the voters of Richmond County have thoroughly defeated what the Augusta Commission thinks are the best ideas since sliced bread. Worren Winburn, Hephzibah

Trash pickup becomes bothersome
Subdivisions in Evans neighborhoods are getting congested with trash trucks picking up neighborhood trash.James M. Roussos, Evans

Trash pickup becomes bothersome

City must push no-frills SPLOST
The Augusta commissioners, wholly unable to differentiate between "needs" vs. "wants," have now elevated the SPLOST V issue into a full-fledged crisis.Sonny Pittman, Augusta

'Chronicle' is part of the problem

Stem cell stance is questionable
I really have scientific ethical issues with embryonic stem cell research. I believe the scientific community is falsely representing the potential of this approach, and now it has become a political issue and a biotechnical race with other countries.Art Beall, Evans

'Chronicle' is part of the problem
In a June 18 editorial ("The cut-and-run crowd"), you said that "A bipartisan resolution has been introduced into the U.S. House to start pulling troops out of Iraq ... ." Doesn't the word "bipartisan" mean both Republicans and Democrats?Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

'Chronicle' is part of the problem
In a June 18 editorial ("The cut-and-run crowd"), you said that "A bipartisan resolution has been introduced into the U.S. House to start pulling troops out of Iraq ... ." Doesn't the word "bipartisan" mean both Republicans and Democrats?Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Trash pickup becomes bothersome
Subdivisions in Evans neighborhoods are getting congested with trash trucks picking up neighborhood trash.James M. Roussos, Evans

Our veterans are owed a tremendous debt
Visiting Washington, D.C., this past Memorial Day, I was standing at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial reading a handwritten note hanging near the wall. It told the story of one of the many thousands we lost there. At the bottom was a phone number.John Hart, Augusta

Our veterans are owed a tremendous debt
Visiting Washington, D.C., this past Memorial Day, I was standing at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial reading a handwritten note hanging near the wall. It told the story of one of the many thousands we lost there. At the bottom was a phone number.John Hart, Augusta

Children's eating styles - and how to deal with them

Kids' bodies often tell them what and how much to eat

Toyota to use Lexus brand in Japan

Lightning: a clear and present danger

Coffee table books show glory days for automobiles

The five wardrobe commandments
As the anchor of Bergdorf Goodman's personal shopping service, Betty Halbreich is indeed a saleswoman. But she wants her clients to be smart shoppers and will even discourage a purchase that doesn't quite fit - whether on their bodies or in their lives.

Children's eating styles - and how to deal with them
There are six basic eating styles - the food demander, the trouble transitioner, the picky eater, the beige food eater, the spurt eater and the grazer, according to "Take the Fight Out of Food: How To Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems" (Atrium).

Children's eating styles - and how to deal with them
There are six basic eating styles - the food demander, the trouble transitioner, the picky eater, the beige food eater, the spurt eater and the grazer, according to "Take the Fight Out of Food: How To Prevent and Solve Your Child's Eating Problems" (Atrium).

Toyota to use Lexus brand in Japan
Lexus is the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States and has ranked No. 1 for the past five years in the J.D. Power and Associates initial quality survey of new-car buyers in their first three months of ownership.

Lightning: a clear and present danger
This is the time of the year when death can come from above.

Living briefs
Actress Sherry Stringfield (ER) is 38 today.

Kids' bodies often tell them what and how much to eat
NEW YORK - Parents try it all: Bribery, camouflage, threats and sweet talk. But no matter what they do, children just don't seem to want to clean their plates.

Lightning: a clear and present danger
This is the time of the year when death can come from above.

Kids' bodies often tell them what and how much to eat
NEW YORK - Parents try it all: Bribery, camouflage, threats and sweet talk. But no matter what they do, children just don't seem to want to clean their plates.

Coffee table books show glory days for automobiles
If there's anything better than a book about cars, it's a coffee table book about cars. Here are a few new ones:

Toyota to use Lexus brand in Japan
Lexus is the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States and has ranked No. 1 for the past five years in the J.D. Power and Associates initial quality survey of new-car buyers in their first three months of ownership.

Coffee table books show glory days for automobiles
If there's anything better than a book about cars, it's a coffee table book about cars. Here are a few new ones:

Man pleads guilty in sex crimes case
As Gerald Wayne Smith pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of false imprisonment Friday morning, jurors were preparing to acquit him .

Columbia County shows growth plan

Kid of the Day

Judge lets firearms case go on
The federal prosecution of a drug dealer sprung from a state prison after his father paid $70,000 in additional fines can continue, a judge ruled Thursday.

Scope of substitute case grows
Police said Friday they will expand their investigation of a Columbia County substitute teacher accused of child molestation at Riverside Elementary School.

School-funding suit is on hold
ATLANTA - Both sides in a lawsuit alleging Georgia skimps when it comes to school spending are awaiting a judge's ruling on whether the case can go forward after a hearing Thursday.

Across the region
MARIETTA, GA. - Three business fires were reported within an hour of each other in Cobb County on Friday, one of which caused the destruction of a CVS Pharmacy and the evacuation of a nearby day care, authorities said.

GBI refuses to disclose story behind stabbing
One day after an off-duty Grovetown police officer was stabbed in a confrontation at his home, an official with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he would not release the details of why the incident occurred.

School project goals could fail

St. Joseph looks for buyers

St. Joseph looks for buyers
The future of St. Joseph Hospital might lay in the hands of its competitors.

News you can use

Car rips through couple's Augusta home
Julian Williams would have preferred an alarm clock or perhaps the soothing voice of his wife Mable to wake him from his Thursday afternoon nap.

Man is burned in blaze

Girl's death is investigated
A 6-year-old Aiken girl had likely been dead up to 14 hours before her guardian took her to a local hospital, authorities said Friday.

Deadly accident is ruled suicide
AIKEN - The death of a 54-year-old Spartanburg man Sunday has been ruled a suicide by vehicle accident, an official said Thursday.

Workers doubt validity of move
The majority of the 30 developmentally disabled patients slated to be moved from East Central Regional Hospital into the community will be transferred against their will, according to an internal document from the hospital.

Scope of substitute case grows

706 area will get 10-digit dialing

Man pleads guilty in sex crimes case

Victim's wife thanks officials

Across the area

Remains' DNA linked to missing girl

Views mixed on land seizure

South Carolina 5, Georgia 4
Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt turned his car around and headed back to the station. North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones cleared his calendar first thing one morning. Judge Jim Blanchard, of Augusta, vowed to stop court if necessary.

Pilot died happy man, friends say
AIKEN - William Currier was a sociable, likeable man who probably died happy, his friends and neighbors said Friday.

Proposal on arena backed
The Columbia County Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee voted unanimously Thursday night, recommending that an arena be pursued in Columbia County.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue installed his former legal aide, Harold Melton, on the Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday, calling him a man of deep integrity and conscience.

Experimental plane crashes; pilot is killed
PERRY - A Gilbert, S.C., man was killed Thursday when the experimental plane he was flying crashed in a grassy airstrip in a rural part of eastern Aiken County.

Across the area
Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Aiken girl who was brought to a hospital emergency room Thursday, authorities said.

Views mixed on land seizure
Old MacDonald had a farm ... and then the government took it to build a Target superstore "for the benefit of the community." E-I-E-I-O.

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

Kid of the Day
A'Dontae D'Lon Welch is today's Kid of the Day.

Workers doubt validity of move

County looks at bond issue to fund projects
A faster way to start flood control and road projects in Columbia County might still be possible.

Judge lets firearms case go on

Observation unit to make room for more
University Hospital will add a 26-bed observation unit as it prepares for more patients next month as part of Blue Cross Blue Shield's network.

School-funding suit is on hold

Across South Carolina
GARDENS CORNER- Four people died and seven were injured early Thursday after a pickup truck collided head-on with a van carrying 14 people along U.S. Highway 17 in Beaufort County, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Across the region

School project goals could fail
Rising costs might prevent Richmond County schools from completing their list of construction projects.

Choosing not to shoot

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day

Car rips through couple's Augusta home

Leaders plan trip to Hawaii

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Pilot died happy man, friends say

Across the area

Growers say their fruit is the sweetest of all

Observation unit to make room for more

South Carolina 5, Georgia 4

Deadly accident is ruled suicide

DNA test links bones to girl

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Experimental plane crashes; pilot is killed

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue installed his former legal aide, Harold Melton, on the Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday, calling him a man of deep integrity and conscience.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
GARDENS CORNER- Four people died and seven were injured early Thursday after a pickup truck collided head-on with a van carrying 14 people along U.S. Highway 17 in Beaufort County, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Choosing not to shoot
Mark Robinson says fellow police officers were surprised to learn he never even considered firing at a felon who tried to smuggle a shotgun into Richmond County's Law Enforcement Center last week.

Across the area
Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Aiken girl who was brought to a hospital emergency room Thursday, authorities said.

DNA test links bones to girl
Family members of Tiffany Nelson, the girl who vanished without a trace from an Augusta gas station 11 years ago, can finally stop wondering what happened.

School project goals could fail
Rising costs might prevent Richmond County schools from completing their list of construction projects.

Growers say their fruit is the sweetest of all
Georgia peaches vs. South Carolina peaches. The Peach State vs. The Tastier Peach State?

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

Kid of the Day
Xaria Shelton is today's Kid of the Day.

Observation unit to make room for more
University Hospital will add a 26-bed observation unit as it prepares for more patients next month as part of Blue Cross Blue Shield's network.

Columbia County shows growth plan
Columbia County residents got their first look at a proposed update to the growth management plan in two Thursday public meetings.

Remains' DNA linked to missing girl
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced today that DNA test results have determined skeletal remains found in Burke County and suspected to be those of Tiffany Nelson, an Augusta girl who disappeared 11 years ago, match DNA samples taken from Tiffany's family.

Monday is last day to appeal tax change
For all those who love an appeal or just hate a tax increase, Monday is the final day for appealing property tax assessments in Columbia County.

Victim's wife thanks officials
Ashley Smith thanked Columbia County police Thursday - one day after two men were indicted in the 2001 stabbing death of her husband.

Victim's wife thanks officials
Ashley Smith thanked Columbia County police Thursday - one day after two men were indicted in the 2001 stabbing death of her husband.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man was found dead early Friday after he was hit by a vehicle in the 2600 block of Highway 88 at about 4:25 a.m.

Leaders plan trip to Hawaii
Augusta commissioners are scheduled to set this year's property tax rate July 19, but they probably won't because four of them and the city clerk plan to be in Hawaii.

Man pleads guilty in sex crimes case
As Gerald Wayne Smith pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to two counts of false imprisonment Friday morning, jurors were preparing to acquit him .

Man is burned in blaze
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - An East Point man was burned over 80 percent of his body Wednesday night when a boat exploded after he filled it with fuel at a Glynn County marina.

Scope of substitute case grows
Police said Friday they will expand their investigation of a Columbia County substitute teacher accused of child molestation at Riverside Elementary School.

Pilot died happy man, friends say
AIKEN - William Currier was a sociable, likeable man who probably died happy, his friends and neighbors said Friday.

Leaders plan trip to Hawaii
Augusta commissioners are scheduled to set this year's property tax rate July 19, but they probably won't because four of them and the city clerk plan to be in Hawaii.

News you can use
Today's events include:

South Carolina 5, Georgia 4
Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt turned his car around and headed back to the station. North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones cleared his calendar first thing one morning. Judge Jim Blanchard, of Augusta, vowed to stop court if necessary.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man was found dead early Friday after he was hit by a vehicle in the 2600 block of Highway 88 at about 4:25 a.m.

Across the region
MARIETTA, GA. - Three business fires were reported within an hour of each other in Cobb County on Friday, one of which caused the destruction of a CVS Pharmacy and the evacuation of a nearby day care, authorities said.

Monday is last day to appeal tax change
For all those who love an appeal or just hate a tax increase, Monday is the final day for appealing property tax assessments in Columbia County.

Choosing not to shoot
Mark Robinson says fellow police officers were surprised to learn he never even considered firing at a felon who tried to smuggle a shotgun into Richmond County's Law Enforcement Center last week.

News you can use
Today's events include:

St. Joseph looks for buyers
The future of St. Joseph Hospital might lay in the hands of its competitors.

Monday is last day to appeal tax change

706 area will get 10-digit dialing
ATLANTA - Callers in the 706 area code don't have to worry about changing their phone numbers under a new plan state regulators approved Thursday.

Kid of the Day
Xaria Shelton is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
A'Dontae D'Lon Welch is today's Kid of the Day.

Car rips through couple's Augusta home
Julian Williams would have preferred an alarm clock or perhaps the soothing voice of his wife Mable to wake him from his Thursday afternoon nap.

Views mixed on land seizure
Old MacDonald had a farm ... and then the government took it to build a Target superstore "for the benefit of the community." E-I-E-I-O.

Judge lets firearms case go on
The federal prosecution of a drug dealer sprung from a state prison after his father paid $70,000 in additional fines can continue, a judge ruled Thursday.

Growers say their fruit is the sweetest of all
Georgia peaches vs. South Carolina peaches. The Peach State vs. The Tastier Peach State?

School-funding suit is on hold
ATLANTA - Both sides in a lawsuit alleging Georgia skimps when it comes to school spending are awaiting a judge's ruling on whether the case can go forward after a hearing Thursday.

Man is burned in blaze
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - An East Point man was burned over 80 percent of his body Wednesday night when a boat exploded after he filled it with fuel at a Glynn County marina.

DNA test links bones to girl
Family members of Tiffany Nelson, the girl who vanished without a trace from an Augusta gas station 11 years ago, can finally stop wondering what happened.

Experimental plane crashes; pilot is killed
PERRY - A Gilbert, S.C., man was killed Thursday when the experimental plane he was flying crashed in a grassy airstrip in a rural part of eastern Aiken County.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Columbia County shows growth plan
Columbia County residents got their first look at a proposed update to the growth management plan in two Thursday public meetings.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Deadly accident is ruled suicide
AIKEN - The death of a 54-year-old Spartanburg man Sunday has been ruled a suicide by vehicle accident, an official said Thursday.

Workers doubt validity of move
The majority of the 30 developmentally disabled patients slated to be moved from East Central Regional Hospital into the community will be transferred against their will, according to an internal document from the hospital.

706 area will get 10-digit dialing
ATLANTA - Callers in the 706 area code don't have to worry about changing their phone numbers under a new plan state regulators approved Thursday.

Major coup for South Carolina
To many, golf is a state of mind. To many more, South Carolina is a state of golf.

Major coup for South Carolina
To many, golf is a state of mind. To many more, South Carolina is a state of golf.

Festivalgoers set to dance to 'silent disco'
LONDON - It's a scene familiar to any summer music festival - open fields full of sweaty young bodies writhing in time. But this one appears to be missing a vital element - sound.

Turning 80 sweet for blues guitarist B.B. King
INDIANOLA, Miss. - Through his agile fingers, still soft despite decades of making love to the taut strings of his guitar, B.B. King becomes immersed in his music.

Beyonce: Don't call it a breakup
NEW YORK - If you saw the breakup of Destiny's Child coming based on the title of their latest album, you were right on target.

Beyonce: Don't call it a breakup

Festivalgoers set to dance to 'silent disco'

Turning 80 sweet for blues guitarist B.B. King
INDIANOLA, Miss. - Through his agile fingers, still soft despite decades of making love to the taut strings of his guitar, B.B. King becomes immersed in his music.

Turning 80 sweet for blues guitarist B.B. King

Beyonce: Don't call it a breakup
NEW YORK - If you saw the breakup of Destiny's Child coming based on the title of their latest album, you were right on target.

Hiatt finds his muse in Memphis

Hiatt finds his muse in Memphis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Hiatt is never sure what to make of those phone calls.

Festivalgoers set to dance to 'silent disco'
LONDON - It's a scene familiar to any summer music festival - open fields full of sweaty young bodies writhing in time. But this one appears to be missing a vital element - sound.

Hiatt finds his muse in Memphis
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Hiatt is never sure what to make of those phone calls.

Spurs boot defending champs
SAN ANTONIO - With the NBA title on the line, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs proved themselves worthy champions.

Spurs boot defending champs
SAN ANTONIO - With the NBA title on the line, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs proved themselves worthy champions.

Spurs boot defending champs

NCAA bans Baylor from nonconference play
Baylor's men's basketball team was banned from playing nonconference games for one season and placed on five years' probation by the NCAA on Thursday for numerous rules violations found after a former player murdered a teammate in 2003.

Collins optimistic for second season in Oakland

Mrs. Lucille Mosley    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Whatley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Glenn Greene    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Cofer, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora S. Gladin    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Brennen    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Bussey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Ryans    (MIAMI, FL.)

Mr. John T. Brennen    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny James Burley    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth C. "K.C." Helms    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Campbell    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Alley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Alley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Burris G. Coleman    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Ernest Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Loletha Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Smith    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Starling Forester, Sr.    (YOUNGSTOWN, OH.)

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Newsome    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Virginia McKinzey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter C. Haskins    (MSGT, Retired, U.S. Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora S. Gladin    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Whatley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Burris G. Coleman    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Smith    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ford    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Gauthier    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Starling Forester, Sr.    (YOUNGSTOWN, OH.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Glenn Greene    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Walter C. Haskins    (MSGT, Retired, U.S. Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda G. Godbee    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Loletha Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mrs. Wilma Henderson    (MAIDEN, N.C.)

Mr. Otis Campbell    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny James Burley    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth C. "K.C." Helms    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny McKinzie    (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Monroe King    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bryant Thomas    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Mosley    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Starling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Palmer    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Palmer    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Monroe King    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Ryans    (MIAMI, FL.)

Mr. Johnny McKinzie    (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

Mrs. Jean Starling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilma Henderson    (MAIDEN, N.C.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda G. Godbee    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Bryant Thomas    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Gauthier    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Ford    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Newsome    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Cofer, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Bussey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Virginia McKinzey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Alley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Gauthier (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Odell Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Ryans (MIAMI, FL.)

Mr. Kenneth C. "K.C." Helms (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma Henderson (MAIDEN, N.C.)

Mr. Burris G. Coleman (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Cushman (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mr. John T. Brennen (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Monroe King (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Virginia McKinzey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Glenn Greene (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Palmer (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys Mitchell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora S. Gladin (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Cofer, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Campbell (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Ford (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny McKinzie (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

Mr. Ronald W. Barnes (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter C. Haskins (MSGT, Retired, U.S. Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Newsome (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda G. Godbee (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy W. Overstreet (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Bussey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Starling Forester, Sr. (YOUNGSTOWN, OH.)

Ms. Loletha Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Whatley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Smith (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Starling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Mosley (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny James Burley (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Bryant Thomas (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Harold W. Tabor (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Edwin Webb (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Four Augusta juniors have qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., from July 21-31.

Overtime
In Charleston, S.C., Estee Harris led off the fifth inning with a home run and Charleston's pitching staff held Augusta to only five hits in a 5-0 shutout of the GreenJackets on Friday.

Overtime
In Charleston, S.C., Estee Harris led off the fifth inning with a home run and Charleston's pitching staff held Augusta to only five hits in a 5-0 shutout of the GreenJackets on Friday.

Overtime
Four Augusta juniors have qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., from July 21-31.

Collins optimistic for second season in Oakland
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Kerry Collins came into Oakland Raiders' training camp last season with the tough task of learning a new system and unsure if he'd even get to play as the backup to Rich Gannon.

Collins optimistic for second season in Oakland
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Kerry Collins came into Oakland Raiders' training camp last season with the tough task of learning a new system and unsure if he'd even get to play as the backup to Rich Gannon.

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

Traditional candles extend to strange, bizarre
CHICAGO - Several weeks after it first appeared, the Virgin Mary-like salt stain on the wall of an underpass in Chicago continues to draw scores of visitors - and almost as many tall glass candles.

Allegations of proselytizing ignite House
WASHINGTON - The House passed a mammoth defense spending bill earlier in June, but only after a Republican congressman was forced to take back remarks accusing Democrats of "demonizing Christians."

Traditional candles extend to strange, bizarre
CHICAGO - Several weeks after it first appeared, the Virgin Mary-like salt stain on the wall of an underpass in Chicago continues to draw scores of visitors - and almost as many tall glass candles.

'Trial of the century' involved the Bible and evolution
Forget Michael Jackson, O.J. and the Lindbergh kidnapping. The "trial of the century" occurred 80 years ago this July in broiling Dayton, Tenn. It was called the "Monkey Trial."

'Trial of the century' involved the Bible and evolution
Forget Michael Jackson, O.J. and the Lindbergh kidnapping. The "trial of the century" occurred 80 years ago this July in broiling Dayton, Tenn. It was called the "Monkey Trial."

Allegations of proselytizing ignite House
WASHINGTON - The House passed a mammoth defense spending bill earlier in June, but only after a Republican congressman was forced to take back remarks accusing Democrats of "demonizing Christians."

Faith digest
Colorado Springs, Colo. - a chaplain who spoke out against religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy has resigned her commission just as a report addressing the issue was to be released.

Faith digest
Colorado Springs, Colo. - a chaplain who spoke out against religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy has resigned her commission just as a report addressing the issue was to be released.

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

Major coup for South Carolina

House rescinds proposed cut for public broadcasting

Orlando ER patients sue over use in TV series
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two Florida men are suing the producers of the reality TV series "Trauma: Life in the E.R.," saying their privacy rights were violated when they were filmed while being treated for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

House rescinds proposed cut for public broadcasting
WASHINGTON - Big Bird and National Public Radio won a reprieve Thursday as the House restored $100 million that had been proposed as a budget cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

New president named for CPB post
WASHINGTON - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, already embroiled in controversy over allegations of a liberal-leaning bias in PBS programming, chose a former Republican Party co-chairman Thursday as its president and chief executive.

House rescinds proposed cut for public broadcasting
WASHINGTON - Big Bird and National Public Radio won a reprieve Thursday as the House restored $100 million that had been proposed as a budget cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Orlando ER patients sue over use in TV series

New president named for CPB post

Orlando ER patients sue over use in TV series
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two Florida men are suing the producers of the reality TV series "Trauma: Life in the E.R.," saying their privacy rights were violated when they were filmed while being treated for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

New president named for CPB post
WASHINGTON - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, already embroiled in controversy over allegations of a liberal-leaning bias in PBS programming, chose a former Republican Party co-chairman Thursday as its president and chief executive.

People in the News

Tom Cruise touts Katie, on 'Today' show interview

Music, television often give rise to crop of 'cool' dorks

Elle Macpherson and partner separate

Faith calendar

'Trial of the century' involved the Bible and evolution

Faith digest

Traditional candles extend to strange, bizarre

Allegations of proselytizing ignite House

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