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

Lions thrived under Johnson

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.

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

Freshman pitcher delivers in clutch

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

Mets squeak by Phillies, 4-3

Reds squeak by Indians

'Stern' doesn't begin to describe former sheriff

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

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.

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
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.

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.

Braves hang on against Orioles

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

Braves hammer 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

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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..

When debt relief backfires

Schools on the mend

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Full moon's fever still lingers at lake

School's out for summer

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Thompson rallies for Sertoma triumph

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

'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.

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

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

Our veterans are owed a tremendous debt

Trash pickup becomes bothersome

Toyota to use Lexus brand in Japan

Lightning: a clear and present danger

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

Coffee table books show glory days for automobiles

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

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.

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:

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

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).

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:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Views mixed on land seizure

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

St. Joseph looks for buyers

Across South Carolina

Choosing not to shoot

Across the area

Monday is last day to appeal tax change

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

Kid of the Day

Experimental plane crashes; pilot is killed

Pilot died happy man, friends say

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.

Growers say their fruit is the sweetest of all

Observation unit to make room for more

Man is burned in blaze

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.

South Carolina 5, Georgia 4

Columbia County shows growth plan

DNA test links bones to girl

Car rips through couple's Augusta home

Rants and Raves
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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.

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

Across the area

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

News you can use

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

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.

Leaders plan trip to Hawaii

Deadly accident is ruled suicide

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 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
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.

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.

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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.

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

School-funding suit is on hold

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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.

Man pleads guilty in sex crimes case

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

Victim's wife thanks officials

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 .

School project goals could fail

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 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.

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.

Judge lets firearms case go on

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Today's events include:

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.

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

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
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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 .

706 area will get 10-digit dialing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Workers doubt validity of move

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.

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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

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

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.

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'

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.

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

Mr. Floyd Monroe King    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Ford    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Gauthier    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Alley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora S. Gladin    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Otis Campbell    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Campbell    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Bryant Thomas    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Starling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Palmer    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Gauthier    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny McKinzie    (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

Mr. Frank Cushman    (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

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

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

Mrs. Shirley Ford    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge    (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Frances Smith    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Loletha Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Newsome    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Virginia McKinzey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny James Burley    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon E. Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny McKinzie    (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

Mrs. Dora S. Gladin    (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Floyd Monroe King    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucille Mosley    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Edward Alley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Palmer    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Whatley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Ryans    (MIAMI, FL.)

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

Mrs. Jean Starling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Ryans    (MIAMI, FL.)

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

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

Mr. Bryant Thomas    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Mosley    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Whatley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny James Burley    (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Smith    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Loletha Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Odell Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Florence Newsome    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Virginia McKinzey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Jean Starling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Warren Flournoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Johnny McKinzie (BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

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

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

Mr. Frank Cushman (LOS ANGELES, CA.)

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

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

Mrs. Agnes Wright Hurt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Virginia McKinzey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Monroe King (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozell Williams (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Frances Smith (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Flournoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnny James Burley (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bryant Thomas (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Odell Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Shirley Ford (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Newsome (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Edward Alley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Cape (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Ervin (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Miss Nellie Clyde Boyd (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Odell Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Strowbridge (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. James Ryans (MIAMI, FL.)

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

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

Ms. Loletha Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucille Mosley (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Bennett (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

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.

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.

'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."

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.

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

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.

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."

'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."

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.

Major coup for South Carolina

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Elle Macpherson and partner separate

People in the News

Tom Cruise touts Katie, on 'Today' show interview

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

'Trial of the century' involved the Bible and evolution

Traditional candles extend to strange, bizarre

Faith digest

Allegations of proselytizing ignite House

Faith calendar