Events
2005 Palmetto State Pageant: Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, Center Theater, Hartsville, S.C.; open to girls to age 19, boys to age 7; a Ms. group for women 20 and older

Young pianist plays through her nervousness
Piano student Ariana McGhee, 16, of Aiken, acknowledges she gets nervous when she plays in front of an audience.

Reunions
Silver Bluff High School 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15; contact Susan Todd Porter, stporter@fhfllp.com

Across the river
A Star Spangled Concert: 8 p.m. Monday ; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $10 adults, $8 students, free for children 12 and younger

Library events
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

This week
Hopelands Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday ; Parris Island Marine Corps Band ; Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken; with Alysa Smith; free; 642-7631

Across the river
A Star Spangled Concert: 8 p.m. Monday ; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $10 adults, $8 students, free for children 12 and younger

Athlete Spotlight: Kenyan Harmon
Most basketball fans who tuned in to the NBA draft last week had little appreciation for how much hard work the players who were selected had put into developing their games.

Around the block
The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken. The Parris Island Marine Corps Band will perform. The event is free.

Sen. Clinton fails to impress graduate
Just look at all the mileage Bill Clinton got out of shaking hands with President Kennedy.

Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call (803) 643-4660.

Reunions
Silver Bluff High School 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15; contact Susan Todd Porter, stporter@fhfllp.com

Aiken Technical College dean's list
The following students have been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Aiken Technical College:

Recreation activities
Ribbons and cuts day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs, brushes are needed

Athlete Spotlight: Kenyan Harmon
Most basketball fans who tuned in to the NBA draft last week had little appreciation for how much hard work the players who were selected had put into developing their games.

Young pianist plays through her nervousness
Piano student Ariana McGhee, 16, of Aiken, acknowledges she gets nervous when she plays in front of an audience.

Sen. Clinton fails to impress graduate
Just look at all the mileage Bill Clinton got out of shaking hands with President Kennedy.

Meetings
AIKEN OUTDOORS: 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays; to discuss outdoor activities in the Aiken area; open to anyone interested; Birds and Butterflies, 123 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken; (803) 649-3470

Wired into arts scene
It is never too early to begin your holiday shopping.

Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call (803) 643-4660.

Puppet show spices up summer reading program
When the fairy godmother goes on vacation for a few days, it's up to her assistant to fill in.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Meetings
AIKEN OUTDOORS: 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays; to discuss outdoor activities in the Aiken area; open to anyone interested; Birds and Butterflies, 123 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken; (803) 649-3470

Aiken's July Fest has moved into the city
Aiken's 18th annual July Fest is moving on up - uptown, that is.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Aiken Technical College dean's list
The following students have been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Aiken Technical College:

Aiken's July Fest has moved into the city
Aiken's 18th annual July Fest is moving on up - uptown, that is.

Events
2005 Palmetto State Pageant: Friday-Saturday, July 29-30, Center Theater, Hartsville, S.C.; open to girls to age 19, boys to age 7; a Ms. group for women 20 and older

Habitat home will have strength of steel
Despite Wednesday's drizzling rain, work crews from PanaSteel and volunteers from North Augusta's Habitat for Humanity worked to erect a steel frame on Habitat's newest home, on Austin Street in North Augusta.

Council seeks to bring sports events to North Augusta
A newly formed council will work to attract more sporting events to North Augusta.

Council seeks to bring sports events to North Augusta
A newly formed council will work to attract more sporting events to North Augusta.

Wired into arts scene
It is never too early to begin your holiday shopping.

Recreation activities
Ribbons and cuts day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs, brushes are needed

'Pirate Coast' is captivating reading
Richard Zacks' "The Pirate Coast" is an excellent book that captures a period of American history not often visited today.

Alloy entertainment mastermind behind the girl book craze
NEW YORK - The masterminds behind some of the most popular books for adolescent girls are a couple of thirtysomething men who work in an average office building full of white, Ikea-esque furniture.

Children's picture books offer lively stories of history
To some children, President Clinton was a lifetime ago, so the idea that the United States is celebrating its 224th year might take a little explaining. Some new picture books can help describe the birth and "childhood" of the country:

Children's picture books offer lively stories of history

History of disco explored in excruciating detail
Who knew disco had so much meaning? Beneath the relentless beat, the thumping bass and the falsetto singing, listeners can find commentaries on gay rights, black power and the 1970s drug culture.

'Pirate Coast' is captivating reading

Alloy entertainment mastermind behind the girl book craze
NEW YORK - The masterminds behind some of the most popular books for adolescent girls are a couple of thirtysomething men who work in an average office building full of white, Ikea-esque furniture.

Alloy entertainment mastermind behind the girl book craze

'Pirate Coast' is captivating reading
Richard Zacks' "The Pirate Coast" is an excellent book that captures a period of American history not often visited today.

Children's picture books offer lively stories of history
To some children, President Clinton was a lifetime ago, so the idea that the United States is celebrating its 224th year might take a little explaining. Some new picture books can help describe the birth and "childhood" of the country:

All-Star picks are intriguing
Imagine this scenario: Pedro Martinez marches in to replace Roger Clemens. Happened once before, you know, back in Boston.

All-Star picks are intriguing

Pavano will miss start for Yankees
DETROIT - Carl Pavano will not start for the New York Yankees today at Detroit because the right-hander has a sore shoulder.

All-Star picks are intriguing
Imagine this scenario: Pedro Martinez marches in to replace Roger Clemens. Happened once before, you know, back in Boston.

Pavano will miss start for Yankees
DETROIT - Carl Pavano will not start for the New York Yankees today at Detroit because the right-hander has a sore shoulder.

Pavano will miss start for Yankees

Sponsors race to get themselves seen

Kalina Alexandria Clemson
Korina Hardy and Grant Clemson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kalina Alexandria, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sally Wakefield Quarles
Mark and Sharon Quarles of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sally Wakefield, born June 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Rosaline Emily Virginia

Dawson Christopher Ansley
David Ansley and Hope Key are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dawson Christopher Ansley, born June 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tyson Lee Ray
Martin and Bridget Ray, of Savannah, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyson Lee, born June 14, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Carson Kelis Hunt
James Hunt and Asheli Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carson Kelis Hunt, born June 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Hannah McKayla Brooke

Kody Alan Messer
Brad and Stephanie Messer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kody Alan Messer, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Lila Celeste Pidcock

Zeb Aaron Proctor
Gene and Ginger Proctor of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zeb Aaron Proctor, born June 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Akira Elise Simmons
Artesia Mobley and Earnest Simmons II are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Akira Elise, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She mad her debut at 11:32 a.m., weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Shelia and George Mobley and Willie Mae Simmons, all of North Augusta, and Earnest Simmons of Lexington, S.C.

William Reese Bailey
John Bailey, Sr. and Sherri Bailey of Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Reese Bailey, born June 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Merritt Marie Wheeler
Troy and Katherine Wheeler of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Merritt Marie, born May 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Sage Leevy
Frankie Walker and Soponia Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Sage Leevy Walker, born June 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle
Lateka Gray and Deon Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle, born June 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken, S.C.

Sarah Katherine Diacetis
Christopher and Cherol Diacetis of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of daughter, Sarah Katherine Diacetis, born May 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Katherine Diacetis

James Robert Stewart
Brian and Krystal Stewart of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Robert Stewart, born June 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tyson Lee Ray

Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael
Michael Tolbert and Melissa McKeone are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael McKeone, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Justis Kane Moseley
Shaun and Angelica Moseley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Justis Kane, born June 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hannah McKayla Brooke
Robert Barton and Tonya Gregory are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah McKayla Brooke Barton, born June 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jorden Devon Brown

Clayton Ruben Singletary
Charlie Singletary, III and Catrina Sparks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Ruben Singletary, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael
Michael Tolbert and Melissa McKeone are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael McKeone, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mark Brian Abell
Brian and Heather Abell are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mark Brian, born April 29, 2005. He made his debut at 1:16 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 10oz. and was 21 inches long. He was welcomed home by big brother Jacob, 9 and big sisters Hope, 7 and Meredith, 15 months.

Gavin Scott Presley

Tyson Lee Ray
Martin and Bridget Ray, of Savannah, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyson Lee, born June 14, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Morgan Kathleen Moore
Christopher and Carolyn Moore of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Kathleen, born June 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle
Lateka Gray and Deon Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle, born June 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken, S.C.

Elayna Catherine Van
James and Christy Van Meter of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elayna Catherine, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Mackenzie Schofe
Courtney Schofe and Jeffry Walker are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Mackenzie, born June 17, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Dawson Christopher Ansley

Elayna Catherine Van
James and Christy Van Meter of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elayna Catherine, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gracyn Olivia Turner

Gavin Scott Presley
David and Heidi Presley of Johnston, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Scott, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Corleigh Reagan Tyner

Kalina Alexandria Clemson
Korina Hardy and Grant Clemson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kalina Alexandria, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bonnie Annalee Highfield

Brayden Conner Rutland
Christopher and Brandy Rutland of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brayden Conner, born June 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kalina Alexandria Clemson

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Clayton Anthony Shenk

Merritt Marie Wheeler
Troy and Katherine Wheeler of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Merritt Marie, born May 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Ann Forner
Peter and Sally Marie Forner of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Ann, born June 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Preston John Connelly
Robert and Nina Connelly of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston John, born March 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Merritt Marie Wheeler

Clayton Anthony Shenk
Brian and Amy Shenk of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Anthony, born April 24, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Landen Bryson Palmer
Jennifer Woodruff and Robbie Palmer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landen Bryson, born June 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Akira Elise Simmons
Artesia Mobley and Earnest Simmons II are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Akira Elise, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She mad her debut at 11:32 a.m., weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Shelia and George Mobley and Willie Mae Simmons, all of North Augusta, and Earnest Simmons of Lexington, S.C.

Hannah McKayla Brooke
Robert Barton and Tonya Gregory are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah McKayla Brooke Barton, born June 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Corleigh Reagan Tyner
Brad and Jessica Tyner of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Corleigh Reagan, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mark Brian Abell
Brian and Heather Abell are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mark Brian, born April 29, 2005. He made his debut at 1:16 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 10oz. and was 21 inches long. He was welcomed home by big brother Jacob, 9 and big sisters Hope, 7 and Meredith, 15 months.

Kaylah Jovanna Amia
Kilola Coker of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Kaylah Jovanna Amia, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kody Alan Messer
Brad and Stephanie Messer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kody Alan Messer, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Rosaline Emily Virginia
Paul and Suzanne Conner of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rosalina Emily Virginia, born, June 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Clayton Anthony Shenk
Brian and Amy Shenk of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Anthony, born April 24, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Haiden Wyatt Harris
Michael and Angela Harris of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Haiden Wyatt, born June 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Preston John Connelly
Robert and Nina Connelly of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston John, born March 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bethany Dyann Sawyer
Scott and Jody Sawyer of Newberry, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Dyann, born June 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lila Celeste Pidcock
Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Kimberly Pidcock of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lila Celeste, born, June 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Scott Presley
David and Heidi Presley of Johnston, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Scott, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylah Jovanna Amia
Kilola Coker of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Kaylah Jovanna Amia, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Mackenzie Schofe
Courtney Schofe and Jeffry Walker are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Mackenzie, born June 17, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Keegan Samuel Williams
Jeffery and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Keegan Samuel, born June 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Carson Kelis Hunt

Sally Wakefield Quarles
Mark and Sharon Quarles of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sally Wakefield, born June 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Mackenzie Schofe

Jorden Devon Brown
Patrice Hunt and Joseph Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jorden Devon, born May 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Morgan Kathleen Moore

Alexis Ann Forner
Peter and Sally Marie Forner of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Ann, born June 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael

Justis Kane Moseley
Shaun and Angelica Moseley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Justis Kane, born June 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sally Wakefield Quarles

Maggie Lauren James
Jerry and Kelli James of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Lauren, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Ann Forner

Landen Bryson Palmer
Jennifer Woodruff and Robbie Palmer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landen Bryson, born June 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

James Robert Stewart

Jaysten Jerome Jennings
Tracy Jennings and Julie Cavenaugh are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaysten Jerome Jennings, born June 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Akira Elise Simmons

Dawson Christopher Ansley
David Ansley and Hope Key are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dawson Christopher Ansley, born June 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylah Jovanna Amia

Carson Kelis Hunt
James Hunt and Asheli Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carson Kelis Hunt, born June 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

William Reese Bailey

Gracyn Olivia Turner
Will and Gigi Turner of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracyn Olivia Turner, born June 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Justis Kane Moseley

William Reese Bailey
John Bailey, Sr. and Sherri Bailey of Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Reese Bailey, born June 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bethany Dyann Sawyer

Zeb Aaron Proctor
Gene and Ginger Proctor of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zeb Aaron Proctor, born June 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jorden Devon Brown
Patrice Hunt and Joseph Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jorden Devon, born May 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Sage Leevy
Frankie Walker and Soponia Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Sage Leevy Walker, born June 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Keegan Samuel Williams
Jeffery and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Keegan Samuel, born June 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Katherine Diacetis
Christopher and Cherol Diacetis of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of daughter, Sarah Katherine Diacetis, born May 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Clayton Ruben Singletary

Zeb Aaron Proctor

Jaysten Jerome Jennings
Tracy Jennings and Julie Cavenaugh are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaysten Jerome Jennings, born June 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Sage Leevy

Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle

Kody Alan Messer

Preston John Connelly

Mark Brian Abell

James Robert Stewart
Brian and Krystal Stewart of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Robert Stewart, born June 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Keegan Samuel Williams

Clayton Ruben Singletary
Charlie Singletary, III and Catrina Sparks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Ruben Singletary, born June 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Landen Bryson Palmer

Rosaline Emily Virginia
Paul and Suzanne Conner of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rosalina Emily Virginia, born, June 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gracyn Olivia Turner
Will and Gigi Turner of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracyn Olivia Turner, born June 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Corleigh Reagan Tyner
Brad and Jessica Tyner of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Corleigh Reagan, born June 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lila Celeste Pidcock
Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Kimberly Pidcock of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lila Celeste, born, June 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jaysten Jerome Jennings

Morgan Kathleen Moore
Christopher and Carolyn Moore of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Kathleen, born June 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bethany Dyann Sawyer
Scott and Jody Sawyer of Newberry, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Dyann, born June 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elayna Catherine Van

Myers' mojo subdues Atlanta

Braves' Franco plans to play to 50, then turn to managing
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves first baseman Julio Franco started playing professional baseball in 1978, the same year the Village People released their disco hit Y.M.C.A., which is still heard in ballparks and karaoke bars today.

Myers' mojo subdues Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA - The Atlanta Braves' fuel tanks were perilously approaching 'E' when their Saturday dawned in the City of Brotherly Love.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat
ATLANTA - The date April 6, 2004, might prove to be among the most important in Georgia Tech baseball history.

Braves' Franco plans to play to 50, then turn to managing

Club will see major redesign
When North Augusta Country Club closes later this month for renovation, it will be the first major work done on the golf course since it was built in the early 1960s.

Braves' Franco plans to play to 50, then turn to managing
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves first baseman Julio Franco started playing professional baseball in 1978, the same year the Village People released their disco hit Y.M.C.A., which is still heard in ballparks and karaoke bars today.

Wells dominant against Braves
PITTSBURGH - A change of scenery didn't change the Atlanta Braves' fortunes Friday night.

Braves's notebook
PHILADELPHIA - The worn, exasperated look Braves manager Bobby Cox sported as he extracted starter Horacio Ramirez from Saturday's game told you everything you needed to know about the left-hander's brief, unimpressive day.

Players of the week show Phils no love
PHILADELPHIA - After a turbulent couple of days in Miami, leave it to the two steadiest Atlanta Braves to provide a dose of levity.

Braves's notebook
PHILADELPHIA - The worn, exasperated look Braves manager Bobby Cox sported as he extracted starter Horacio Ramirez from Saturday's game told you everything you needed to know about the left-hander's brief, unimpressive day.

Past altercation might have prompted dispute
PHILADELPHIA - Some ill will between Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada and umpire Doug Eddings leftover from last season is what, Estrada said, chiefly sparked their verbal altercation Thursday night in Florida.

Braves's notebook

Past altercation might have prompted dispute
PHILADELPHIA - Some ill will between Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada and umpire Doug Eddings leftover from last season is what, Estrada said, chiefly sparked their verbal altercation Thursday night in Florida.

Past altercation might have prompted dispute

Myers' mojo subdues Atlanta
PHILADELPHIA - The Atlanta Braves' fuel tanks were perilously approaching 'E' when their Saturday dawned in the City of Brotherly Love.

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown
CALHOUN, Ga. - They watched Calhoun create a dogpile of players, students and fans, while Yellow Jackets shortstop Jacob Robbins did a standing backflip near the pitching mound.

Business licenses in Richmond County
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from May 2005:

Employment briefs
Sexual harassment can be a problem for any worker, but young people, many of whom enter the labor force through summer jobs, can be particularly vulnerable.

Business calendar
- Thursday: Greater Augusta chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants will meet at Gibbs Library on North Belair Road, 5:00 p.m. Discussion topic: How to get started as a Legal Nurse Consultant will be led by Michelle Huey. Call Johnnie Kelly (706) 790-5662 or Lessie Chapman (706) 860-1106.

Some employers putting religious morals to work
Local businessman Jeff Faircloth has two ways to measure his success - one on his books and one from above.

On the move

Business calendar
- Thursday: Greater Augusta chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants will meet at Gibbs Library on North Belair Road, 5:00 p.m. Discussion topic: How to get started as a Legal Nurse Consultant will be led by Michelle Huey. Call Johnnie Kelly (706) 790-5662 or Lessie Chapman (706) 860-1106.

Business briefs
Summer is the season of the relocation, but getting your stuff from one spot to another requires far more than grunt labor or dialing the moving company, advises the chubb group of insurance cos., based in Warren, N.J.

Banks face challenge in preventing ID theft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When two of the nation's largest banks were forced to notify thousands of customers that their financial records might have been stolen, there wasn't a hacker, a missing laptop or a lost box of backup computer tapes to blame.

On the move
- Michael Merrick has been promoted to security supervisor at Brandon Wilde. He joined the company as a maintenance technician and first responder in September 2003. Stephen Pryor has joined the company as director of housekeeping. Mr. Pryor was formerly employed by Healthcare Services Group.

Employment briefs
Sexual harassment can be a problem for any worker, but young people, many of whom enter the labor force through summer jobs, can be particularly vulnerable.

Business briefs
Summer is the season of the relocation, but getting your stuff from one spot to another requires far more than grunt labor or dialing the moving company, advises the chubb group of insurance cos., based in Warren, N.J.

Facebook: Where college students find old friends, make new ones

Business licenses in Richmond County
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from May 2005:

Some employers putting religious morals to work

Facebook: Where college students find old friends, make new ones
ATLANTA - Pamela Elder, a junior at Georgia State University, got hooked when she found some old high school classmates. Next she used the online yearbook of yearbooks to track down people she hadn't seen since grade school.\r\n

Banks face challenge in preventing ID theft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When two of the nation's largest banks were forced to notify thousands of customers that their financial records might have been stolen, there wasn't a hacker, a missing laptop or a lost box of backup computer tapes to blame.

Richmond County property transfers

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for June 10-16. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Banks face challenge in preventing ID theft

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for June 10-16. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business briefs

On the move
- Michael Merrick has been promoted to security supervisor at Brandon Wilde. He joined the company as a maintenance technician and first responder in September 2003. Stephen Pryor has joined the company as director of housekeeping. Mr. Pryor was formerly employed by Healthcare Services Group.

Business licenses in Richmond County

Facebook: Where college students find old friends, make new ones
ATLANTA - Pamela Elder, a junior at Georgia State University, got hooked when she found some old high school classmates. Next she used the online yearbook of yearbooks to track down people she hadn't seen since grade school.

Employment briefs

Business calendar

Some employers putting religious morals to work
Local businessman Jeff Faircloth has two ways to measure his success - one on his books and one from above.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 2, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 3, 2005.

Choice for District 9 seat creates another roadblock
Campaigning for the Augusta Commission Super District 9 seat will be as hot as this long Fourth of July weekend.

Defining 'prodigal'
Augusta's elected leaders are failing Augusta. And unless they're dispensing miracles in the convention packets at the National Association of Counties conference in Hawaii July 15-19, Augusta taxpayers will be throwing $14,000 good dollars after bad by rewarding ineffective officials with all-expense-paid trips to the Aloha State.

Less swinging now?

Help them plan their trip
Learn more about Augusta officials' upcoming conference in Hawaii; how you can contact them; and how you can help them plan for the trip:

Help them plan their trip

Help them plan their trip
Learn more about Augusta officials' upcoming conference in Hawaii; how you can contact them; and how you can help them plan for the trip:

Don't stifle bloggers
The Federal Election Commission, which interprets and enforces the free-speech stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, is considering extending its reach into the world of bloggers.

Defining 'prodigal'

Less swinging now?
Until her announcement Friday that she would be stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was the most powerful woman in America.

Less swinging now?
Until her announcement Friday that she would be stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was the most powerful woman in America.

Defining 'prodigal'
Augusta's elected leaders are failing Augusta. And unless they're dispensing miracles in the convention packets at the National Association of Counties conference in Hawaii July 15-19, Augusta taxpayers will be throwing $14,000 good dollars after bad by rewarding ineffective officials with all-expense-paid trips to the Aloha State.

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation
MANAMA, Bahrain - Michael Jackson remained out of sight Friday during his post-trial vacation in this tiny Gulf kingdom, to the dismay of fans desperate for the King of Pop to greet the Bahraini public.

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Vincent Pastore, who played gangster Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on HBO's "The Sopranos," appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court as a judge presided over a plea offer in the actor's alleged assault on a former girlfriend.

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation
MANAMA, Bahrain - Michael Jackson remained out of sight Friday during his post-trial vacation in this tiny Gulf kingdom, to the dismay of fans desperate for the King of Pop to greet the Bahraini public.

Minor league notebook
The Boston Red Sox's Double-A team in Portland, Maine, will play host to the Eastern League All-Star Game July 13.

Minor league notebook
The Boston Red Sox's Double-A team in Portland, Maine, will play host to the Eastern League All-Star Game July 13.

Augusta finally ends losing skid
It took nine days, but the Augusta GreenJackets finally picked up their fourth win of the season's second half.

Augusta finally ends losing skid
It took nine days, but the Augusta GreenJackets finally picked up their fourth win of the season's second half.

Curtis, Furyk duel atop Western
LEMONT, Ill. - Ben Curtis sure knows how to please a crowd.

Sorenstam sent packing by Kung
GLADSTONE, N.J. - Annika Sorenstam tumbled out of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on Saturday, blowing a two-hole lead with four to play in her quarterfinal match against 23-year-old Candie Kung.

Curtis, Furyk duel atop Western

Sorenstam sent packing by Kung
GLADSTONE, N.J. - Annika Sorenstam tumbled out of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on Saturday, blowing a two-hole lead with four to play in her quarterfinal match against 23-year-old Candie Kung.

Sorenstam sent packing by Kung

Curtis, Furyk duel atop Western
LEMONT, Ill. - Ben Curtis sure knows how to please a crowd.

Minor league notebook

Augusta finally ends losing skid

Sponsors race to get themselves seen
"It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims."

Sponsors race to get themselves seen
"It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims."

Fondling suspect released on bond
AIKEN -- A former Aiken County councilman who was arrested on charges of fondling a 13-year-old girl was released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing this morning.

Pricey jaunt is shameful waste
I have a question I would like someone to answer. On Dec. 27, 2004, my wife, daughter, sister and two grandchildren - ages 16 and 11 - went to Hawaii for nine days, stayed at a great hotel on the beach, had great meals, rented a car, bought lots of presents and had a great time - all for way less than $10,000. Now, four Augusta commissioners and one clerk want to go for three days for $14,443.25. Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq
For some time now, congressional Democrats have complained that the war in Iraq has drawn al-Qaida to that region, and that the jihadists were not in Iraq before the war.Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

What are they thinking?
Why is everyone so upset that the Augusta commissioners are taking a little jaunt to Hawaii? Well, let's see. Why spend in excess of $14,000 to make bad decisions? Commis-sioners can do that right here! Jerome Moyer, Martinez

Augusta needs some real leadership

Pricey jaunt is shameful waste

Agribusiness is mismanaged
American taxpayers, principally through the collection of income taxes, are forced to subsidize (1) American agribusiness and (2) poor farmers in various foreign countries who are hurt by those same agribusiness payments. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Pricey jaunt is shameful waste
I have a question I would like someone to answer. On Dec. 27, 2004, my wife, daughter, sister and two grandchildren - ages 16 and 11 - went to Hawaii for nine days, stayed at a great hotel on the beach, had great meals, rented a car, bought lots of presents and had a great time - all for way less than $10,000. Now, four Augusta commissioners and one clerk want to go for three days for $14,443.25.Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Augusta needs some real leadership
June 21, 2005, was an eye-opener for Augusta. Voters sent city commissioners a clear message that we expect real leadership on city issues.T. R. Martin, Augusta

What are they thinking?
Why is everyone so upset that the Augusta commissioners are taking a little jaunt to Hawaii? Well, let's see. Why spend in excess of $14,000 to make bad decisions? Commis-sioners can do that right here!Jerome Moyer, Martinez

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq
For some time now, congressional Democrats have complained that the war in Iraq has drawn al-Qaida to that region, and that the jihadists were not in Iraq before the war.Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Scrutinize officials in Hawaii
For those people concerned about the apparent waste of taxpayer funds in the Augusta Commission delegation's upcoming participation in the Hawaii conference, I have the following suggestion: I recommend The Augusta Chronicle send two investigative reporters to attend the conference and to report on Augusta's representatives' activities there.Judson DeLany, Evans

Augusta needs some real leadership
June 21, 2005, was an eye-opener for Augusta. Voters sent city commissioners a clear message that we expect real leadership on city issues.T. R. Martin, Augusta

Don't visit Hawaii on our dime
I am shocked and disgusted that any Augusta commissioners think that a trip to Hawaii for learning is no big deal, and what all the fuss is about. Well, I'll tell them. Joannie L. Brown, Augusta

Agribusiness is mismanaged
American taxpayers, principally through the collection of income taxes, are forced to subsidize (1) American agribusiness and (2) poor farmers in various foreign countries who are hurt by those same agribusiness payments. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Trip to Hawaii is needless
The commissioners' upcoming trip to Hawaii has been criticized - and for good reason. M. Don Williams, Augusta

What are they thinking?

Scrutinize officials in Hawaii
For those people concerned about the apparent waste of taxpayer funds in the Augusta Commission delegation's upcoming participation in the Hawaii conference, I have the following suggestion: I recommend The Augusta Chronicle send two investigative reporters to attend the conference and to report on Augusta's representatives' activities there.Judson DeLany, Evans

Scrutinize officials in Hawaii

Democrats are duplicitous on Iraq

Agribusiness is mismanaged

Williams is embarrassment
Regarding Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams' Hawaiian "learning experience" mentioned in The Chronicle's City Ink column June 26: Sharon Bryan, North Augusta, S.C.

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues

Living briefs

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen

Cell phone use should be curtailed in public

Exchange students share their views of our country

Peasant skirts flatter all shapes

Fashion briefs

Jumping on trampoline often can result in injuries

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes

Couple met while house being built

Travel briefs

Diversity of India charms visitors

Travel briefs
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Sandy beaches, historic architecture and year-round fishing, golfing and boating are a few of the best-known attractions in the Wilmington-Cape Fear area of the North Carolina coast.

Jumping on trampoline often can result in injuries
HOLLAND, Mich. -- Theresa Reagan vividly remembers the moment of her daughter Kelsey's trampoline injury last year. It replays in her head like a bad video.

Diversity of India charms visitors
Tourists who find the Caribbean ho-hum and have exhausted the casinos in Las Vegas can really push the envelope with a visit to India.

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen
NEW YORK - You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the sun can damage your skin and hair since warnings are everywhere and beauty products with sun protection factor are almost as prevalent.

Exchange students share their views of our country
Who are Americans? We are red, white and blue. We are upwardly mobile. We are united, and we are confident. We are diverse, and we celebrate it.

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues
Summer temperatures are hot, but not so for colors.

Peasant skirts flatter all shapes
AMARILLO, Texas -- Meet your new best friend: the peasant skirt.

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes
AMARILLO, Texas - We know what's been bugging you. The bugs. Specifically those pesky, biting, itch-leaving-behind, nasty mosquitoes.

Cell phone use should be curtailed in public
Dear Carson: I, for one, am so delighted to see signs and notices on some menus in restaurants that forbid the use of cell phones in their dining rooms. Won't you please opine on cell phone etiquette or the lack thereof. - Cell Phone Courtesy

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Many women look to lighten the load in their handbag during the summer, and one way to do that is to ditch the separate lipsticks, pencils and glosses, instead getting color, glitter and shine in a single product.

Diversity of India charms visitors
Tourists who find the Caribbean ho-hum and have exhausted the casinos in Las Vegas can really push the envelope with a visit to India.

Grab your sunscreen, smog screen and chlorine screen
NEW YORK - You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the sun can damage your skin and hair since warnings are everywhere and beauty products with sun protection factor are almost as prevalent.

Cell phone use should be curtailed in public
Dear Carson: I, for one, am so delighted to see signs and notices on some menus in restaurants that forbid the use of cell phones in their dining rooms. Won't you please opine on cell phone etiquette or the lack thereof. - Cell Phone Courtesy

Armani wraps up round of men's fashion in Milan
MILAN, Italy - Giorgio Armani closed this round of Italian menswear with a collection that summed up the good vibes emanating from the Milan catwalk for summer 2006.

Jumping on trampoline often can result in injuries
HOLLAND, Mich. -- Theresa Reagan vividly remembers the moment of her daughter Kelsey's trampoline injury last year. It replays in her head like a bad video.

Summer color forecast: buttery yellows, red-based blues
Summer temperatures are hot, but not so for colors.

Living briefs
NEW YORK - Call it a T warp. Walk into most trendy boutiques these days and you'll see retro T-shirts featuring cartoons, characters and rock bands that were favorites decades ago.

Tips for avoiding those pesky mosquitoes
AMARILLO, Texas - We know what's been bugging you. The bugs. Specifically those pesky, biting, itch-leaving-behind, nasty mosquitoes.

Exchange students share their views of our country
Who are Americans? We are red, white and blue. We are upwardly mobile. We are united, and we are confident. We are diverse, and we celebrate it.

Peasant skirts flatter all shapes
AMARILLO, Texas -- Meet your new best friend: the peasant skirt.

Travel briefs
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Sandy beaches, historic architecture and year-round fishing, golfing and boating are a few of the best-known attractions in the Wilmington-Cape Fear area of the North Carolina coast.

Couple met while house being built
The joke in the Moore household is that Renia Moore came to work on the drywall during the construction of Charles Moore's home and never left.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Many women look to lighten the load in their handbag during the summer, and one way to do that is to ditch the separate lipsticks, pencils and glosses, instead getting color, glitter and shine in a single product.

Living briefs
NEW YORK - Call it a T warp. Walk into most trendy boutiques these days and you'll see retro T-shirts featuring cartoons, characters and rock bands that were favorites decades ago.

Couple met while house being built
The joke in the Moore household is that Renia Moore came to work on the drywall during the construction of Charles Moore's home and never left.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Freedom frustrating for 35-year convict
GEORGETOWN, Ga. - As hard as it was to spend 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television, Junior Allen in many ways has found freedom just as frustrating.

Vibrating package gets Bluffton buzzing
A suspicious vibrating package prompted police to evacuate a South Carolina coastal community's post office and several surrounding businesses last week for more than two hours while a bomb squad stepped in. What they found was battery-powered and very, very personal.

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

July Fourth closings

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

News you can use
296.5 MILLION: Projected number of U.S. residents this July Fourth. In July 1776, there were about 2.5 million people living in the colonies.

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Carolina fireworks sales could boom despite Georgia business
NORTH AUGUSTA - Business for South Carolina fireworks retailers could boom or bust this Fourth of July.

Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

Vibrating package gets Bluffton buzzing

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Police identify burned body

County ends its bureau contract
After months of terse negotiations, Columbia County has terminated its relationship with the Augusta Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Inquiry imperils building permits
Columbia County's authority to issue development permits and enforce erosion and sediment control laws is in jeopardy over what Georgia's Environmental Protection Division calls lax and incomplete enforcement.

GBI begins probe of Midville police
The Georgia State Patrol has begun investigating allegations that police have been running a speed trap in Midville, a small town in southern Burke County along state Highway 56.

Holiday events
GROVETOWN BARBECUE: Noon Monday, Goodale Park on Wrightsboro Road; barbecue, a bluegrass band, Polynesian dancers, raffle; barbecue is free if eaten in the park, $5 per plate for takeout; 863-4576

Bear wins in chase with officers
A creature that Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials chased for nearly four hours in Columbia County Friday was apparently smarter than the average bear.

Properties tell Augusta's story
Pam Costabile is the manager of code enforcement at the Augusta License and Inspection Department's Code Enforcement Division. On June 29, she examined the exterior of the following properties to identify the outward condition of the building and any visible code problems:

July 4 party poopers are big business
Business stinks for portable toilet companies this weekend, and that's all good.

News you can use
296.5 MILLION: Projected number of U.S. residents this July Fourth. In July 1776, there were about 2.5 million people living in the colonies.

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

County tries to keep up good image

Forecasters expect very rainy summer
If you liked last summer's weather, you'll like this year's, too.

Freedom frustrating for 35-year convict

Cat bite causes rabies concern
Fay Kelley learned things are not always as they appear when she petted a cat at a Columbia County garage sale last month.

Williams to stay, for now

Williams to stay, for now
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has changed his mind about giving up his mayor pro tem job, at least for the time being, he said Friday, a decision that surprised and angered some of his colleagues.

GBI begins probe of Midville police

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation
A Richmond County superior court judge denied bond Friday to a man accused of multiple counts of sexually assaulting minors.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer
ATLANTA - Debbie Welch waited about an hour to renew her driver's license Friday.

Court's ruling heightens eminent domain battles
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Mark Meeks has a problem. The city of Stockbridge is threatening to condemn the flower shop he and his wife, Regina, have run for the past 22 years. The couple has built a business and hope to someday be able to retire on the money brought in from the plants, teddy bears and balloons they sell.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Rev. Andrew Young said Friday he is in favor of a same-sex marriage resolution that the United Church of Christ is expected to vote on this weekend.

Holiday Events
liberty on the lake: 3 p.m. today, Little River Marina, Appling; watermelon-eating contest, sack races, praise and worship service at 6 p.m., fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.; $5; 541-1358

Ex-officer's molestation sentence draws criticism
COLUMBIA - Advocates of sexually abused children said they were outraged a former Midlands police officer was sentenced to probation after he admitted to performing sex acts on two teenage boys more than 20 years ago.

News you can use
Could you be a victim of identity theft? Here's a quick quiz from the Identity Theft Resource Center that will help determine your risk.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol is predicting that 14 people will die on Georgia roads during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a news release states.

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Across Georgia
CLAYTON - The body of a 16-year-old boy was found and divers continued to search Friday for a 32-year-old man after a collision between two boats on Lake Rabun on Thursday night.

Court's ruling heightens eminent domain battles
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Mark Meeks has a problem. The city of Stockbridge is threatening to condemn the flower shop he and his wife, Regina, have run for the past 22 years. The couple has built a business and hope to someday be able to retire on the money brought in from the plants, teddy bears and balloons they sell.

Across South Carolina
HARRISBURG, PA. - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to consider the case of a man convicted in 2002 of killing an Aiken woman during racial unrest in York more than three decades earlier.

Holiday events
GROVETOWN BARBECUE: Noon Monday, Goodale Park on Wrightsboro Road; barbecue, a bluegrass band, Polynesian dancers, raffle; barbecue is free if eaten in the park, $5 per plate for takeout; 863-4576

Ex-deputy receives probation
A former Richmond County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he violated his oath as a law enforcement officer and stole Georgia Lottery tickets.

Court's ruling heightens eminent domain battles

Taylor wants case solved
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has joined those calling for a new investigation of the 1946 lynching deaths of four black Walton County sharecroppers.

Department tries to rebuild image

Police identify burned body
The remains of a man whose badly burned body was found in Warrenville this week have been identified.

Properties tell Augusta's story

Swainsboro junior wins scholarship
The next time Richard Gilmer's mother enters him in a contest, he said, he won't try to stop her.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Layla Morell is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day

Cat bite causes rabies concern
Fay Kelley learned things are not always as they appear when she petted a cat at a Columbia County garage sale last month.

Across the area

Fondling suspect released on bond
AIKEN -- A former Aiken County councilman who was arrested on charges of fondling a 13-year-old girl was released on his own recognizance after a bond hearing this morning.

Across South Carolina

Forecasters expect very rainy summer
If you liked last summer's weather, you'll like this year's, too.

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Properties tell Augusta's story
Pam Costabile is the manager of code enforcement at the Augusta License and Inspection Department's Code Enforcement Division. On June 29, she examined the exterior of the following properties to identify the outward condition of the building and any visible code problems:

Williams to stay, for now
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has changed his mind about giving up his mayor pro tem job, at least for the time being, he said Friday, a decision that surprised and angered some of his colleagues.

Department tries to rebuild image
ALBANY, Ga. - Veteran Albany police Cpl. Robert Ponder used to wear his uniform proudly in restaurants on his lunch break. But that changed during the past two years when at least 16 of his fellow officers were dismissed or suspended - some charged or convicted of crimes.

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation
A Richmond County superior court judge denied bond Friday to a man accused of multiple counts of sexually assaulting minors.

Carolina fireworks sales could boom despite Georgia business
NORTH AUGUSTA - Business for South Carolina fireworks retailers could boom or bust this Fourth of July.

GBI begins probe of Midville police
The Georgia State Patrol has begun investigating allegations that police have been running a speed trap in Midville, a small town in southern Burke County along state Highway 56.

County tries to keep up good image
Mike and Karen Buddendeck examined several potential homes when they moved to the Augusta area in June from the Washington, D.C., area.

Drivers pay extra to keep licenses longer
ATLANTA - Debbie Welch waited about an hour to renew her driver's license Friday.

Across the area
A taxicab driver told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed in Hephzibah early Saturday morning, a police report states.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina native and 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Karen J. Williams has been mentioned by some as a possible replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Holiday Events
liberty on the lake: 3 p.m. today, Little River Marina, Appling; watermelon-eating contest, sack races, praise and worship service at 6 p.m., fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.; $5; 541-1358

July Fourth closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

Bear wins in chase with officers
A creature that Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials chased for nearly four hours in Columbia County Friday was apparently smarter than the average bear.

Freedom frustrating for 35-year convict
GEORGETOWN, Ga. - As hard as it was to spend 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television, Junior Allen in many ways has found freedom just as frustrating.

News you can use
Could you be a victim of identity theft? Here's a quick quiz from the Identity Theft Resource Center that will help determine your risk.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jaylen Blount of Augusta

Across the area
The Georgia State Patrol is predicting that 14 people will die on Georgia roads during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a news release states.

Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites
In mid-May, demolition crews at Paine College quietly began razing the old house of one of Augusta's notable former residents.

July 4 party poopers are big business
Business stinks for portable toilet companies this weekend, and that's all good.

Department tries to rebuild image
ALBANY, Ga. - Veteran Albany police Cpl. Robert Ponder used to wear his uniform proudly in restaurants on his lunch break. But that changed during the past two years when at least 16 of his fellow officers were dismissed or suspended - some charged or convicted of crimes.

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory employees were notified this morning that about a third of them will lose their jobs by Sept. 30 because of funding cuts.

Inquiry imperils building permits
Columbia County's authority to issue development permits and enforce erosion and sediment control laws is in jeopardy over what Georgia's Environmental Protection Division calls lax and incomplete enforcement.

Police identify burned body
The remains of a man whose badly burned body was found in Warrenville this week have been identified.

Across the area
A taxicab driver told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed in Hephzibah early Saturday morning, a police report states.

Kid of the Day
Layla Morell is today's Kid of the Day.

County tries to keep up good image
Mike and Karen Buddendeck examined several potential homes when they moved to the Augusta area in June from the Washington, D.C., area.

Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites
In mid-May, demolition crews at Paine College quietly began razing the old house of one of Augusta's notable former residents.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina native and 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Karen J. Williams has been mentioned by some as a possible replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

July Fourth closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

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Vibrating package gets Bluffton buzzing
A suspicious vibrating package prompted police to evacuate a South Carolina coastal community's post office and several surrounding businesses last week for more than two hours while a bomb squad stepped in. What they found was battery-powered and very, very personal.

Cat bite causes rabies concern

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Holiday Closings

News you can use

Forecasters expect very rainy summer

Carolina fireworks sales could boom despite Georgia business

Staff faces layoffs in months ahead

Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites

Bear wins in chase with officers

Where we live

Bond is denied for man accused of molestation

Holiday events

Fondling suspect released on bond

Inquiry imperils building permits

Holiday Events

News you can use

July 4 party poopers are big business

Movie chain offer 'Cinderella Man' money-back guarantee
LOS ANGELES - More moviegoers may be watching "Cinderella Man" for free this weekend after the Cinemark theater chain said Friday it will match AMC Entertainment's money-back guarantee in certain cities.

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says
Nearly everyone in the world can tune in Saturday to Live 8, the all-star concerts urging a political solution to African poverty.

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says
Nearly everyone in the world can tune in Saturday to Live 8, the all-star concerts urging a political solution to African poverty.

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists
NEW YORK - Designed to raise consciousness about African poverty, the Live 8 concerts will feature some of black music's biggest stars - especially those representing hip-hop.

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend
NEW YORK - Bo Bice didn't win the fourth season of "American Idol," but he did win his girlfriend's hand in marriage - and the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard hot singles sales chart.

African suffering hasn't sparked a major movement by black artists
NEW YORK - Designed to raise consciousness about African poverty, the Live 8 concerts will feature some of black music's biggest stars - especially those representing hip-hop.

'American Idol' runner-up Bo Bice marries girlfriend
NEW YORK - Bo Bice didn't win the fourth season of "American Idol," but he did win his girlfriend's hand in marriage - and the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard hot singles sales chart.

Live 8 concerts 'the mouthpieces of the public,' producer says

Mania isn't going away for Danica
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Danica Patrick would like to be known as a race car driver - nothing more, nothing less.

Stewart hasn't been able to close deal at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart knows how to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway, but he still doesn't know how to win a NASCAR Nextel Cup race there.

Patrick at front of pack
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Danica Patrick won her first Indy Racing League pole Saturday at Kansas Speedway, becoming the second woman to take the top spot.

NASCAR roundup

NASCAR roundup
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Todd Bodine withstood a series of late restarts, then pulled away from the pack in a three-lap shootout to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Stars need solid outing

Mania isn't going away for Danica

Valvoline, Evernham join forces
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Valvoline not only will move its sponsorship over to a new third team at Evernham Motorsports but the oil company will own half the team.

Stars need solid outing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If the Chase for the Nextel Cup started today, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be spectators.

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace were honored Saturday night before their final race at Daytona International Speedway.

Valvoline, Evernham join forces
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Valvoline not only will move its sponsorship over to a new third team at Evernham Motorsports but the oil company will own half the team.

Patrick at front of pack
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Danica Patrick won her first Indy Racing League pole Saturday at Kansas Speedway, becoming the second woman to take the top spot.

Patrick at front of pack

Valvoline, Evernham join forces

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace were honored Saturday night before their final race at Daytona International Speedway.

Stars need solid outing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If the Chase for the Nextel Cup started today, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be spectators.

NASCAR roundup
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Todd Bodine withstood a series of late restarts, then pulled away from the pack in a three-lap shootout to win Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Mania isn't going away for Danica
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Danica Patrick would like to be known as a race car driver - nothing more, nothing less.

Bucks show Bogut the money
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks signed the NBA's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to a multiyear contract Friday.

Bucks show Bogut the money
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks signed the NBA's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut to a multiyear contract Friday.

Bucks show Bogut the money

Mr. William Bryan, Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Pope    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Edwin C. Bertsche    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Stone    (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bush    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hayward W. Johnson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Andrews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Cassandra Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Ms. Cassandra Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mr. Gregory L. Foster    (DELAWARE, Ohio)

Mr. Charles S. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anne Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janet Wells    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mr. William Bryan, Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin C. Bertsche    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory L. Foster    (DELAWARE, Ohio)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Aniceta Deese    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Julia A. Turner    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara A. Hatcher    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Stone    (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Rev. Wesley Phinizy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Perry Lee    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Rev. Wesley Phinizy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Julia A. Turner    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Andrews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Ann Grimes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Aniceta Deese    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Culver    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Lucy Smith    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood    (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Pope    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lucy Smith    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry    (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Phyllis Norman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick    (ULMER, S.C.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Culver    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James F. Drennan, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Julian Freeman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell B. Kampschror    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr.    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Perry Lee    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell B. Kampschror    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Wells    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles S. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hayward W. Johnson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara A. Hatcher    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Ann Grimes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bush    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James F. Drennan, Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Hillary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Freeman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hillary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony E. Lowe (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory L. Foster (DELAWARE, Ohio)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin C. Bertsche (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Yong Ok Curry (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Ann Grimes (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Lucy Smith (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mr. James F. Drennan, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Bryan, Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Perry Lee (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gene Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah A. Houk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Stone (EATONTON, Ga.)

Rev. Wesley Phinizy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Watson T. Crook, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McManus (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Myrick (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Vern Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara A. McClattie (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Hayward W. Johnson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Eliana and Hannah Lacy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Darrell B. Kampschror (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cassandra P. Wood (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mrs. Aniceta Deese (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Phyllis Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kneece (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Curry (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche F. Guillebeau (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Yong Ok Curry (DULUTH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert T. Perkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Julia A. Turner (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Rodgers, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Cassandra Wood (WELLFORD, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Pope (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara A. Hatcher (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Markus D. Booker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Tinley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Freeman (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Jeff Elam, Jr. (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

Mr. Charles S. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Anderson, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Culver (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vern Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Andrews (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Wells (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Candidates are an iconic group
SINGAPORE - Fast forward seven years from now. Picture the possible scenes:

Protecting environment is a clear patriotic duty
The war in Iraq is in all of our thoughts. As I drove to Atlanta recently, I saw American flags everywhere. Americans seem united by a strong love of country - the land that is home to us all, that shapes our character and nourishes our spirit. But I'm left with a sense that something is missing: caring for America.

Protecting environment is a clear patriotic duty
The war in Iraq is in all of our thoughts. As I drove to Atlanta recently, I saw American flags everywhere. Americans seem united by a strong love of country - the land that is home to us all, that shapes our character and nourishes our spirit. But I'm left with a sense that something is missing: caring for America.

Protecting environment is a clear patriotic duty
The war in Iraq is in all of our thoughts. As I drove to Atlanta recently, I saw American flags everywhere. Americans seem united by a strong love of country - the land that is home to us all, that shapes our character and nourishes our spirit. But I'm left with a sense that something is missing: caring for America.

Dive into the Redneck Games

Armstrong pedals to fast start

Overtime

Federer and Roddick are familiar foes

Overtime

More women are playing poker

Six-time champ seeks an encore

Venus Williams earns title with remarkable comeback

Area sports announcements

Venus Williams earns title with remarkable comeback
WIMBLEDON, England - Venus Williams mounted one last comeback, capping her career revival by winning another Wimbledon title.

Dive into the Redneck Games
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - In his garage, Melvin Davis keeps 230 trophies he's won racing motorcycles, go-karts and pickup trucks. But he's best known for a sport that earned him four trophies topped with crushed Bud Lite cans.

Overtime
In Columbia, a judge refused to revoke the bond for former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson, who prosecutors say failed a drug test.

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield (8-0) will participate in a five-round exhibition match during the Augusta Boxing Club's monthly sparring matches.

More women are playing poker
LAS VEGAS - No woman has won the prestigious no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the World Series of Poker. In fact, in the tournament's 35-year history, only one woman has made it to the final table.

Six-time champ seeks an encore
CHALLANS, France - Lance Armstrong, ever the headstrong Texan, aims to succeed where the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and other sporting giants failed.

Federer and Roddick are familiar foes
WIMBLEDON, England - Andy Roddick is 1-8 against Roger Federer and has lost their past four meetings, including last year's Wimbledon final.

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield (8-0) will participate in a five-round exhibition match during the Augusta Boxing Club's monthly sparring matches.

Federer and Roddick are familiar foes
WIMBLEDON, England - Andy Roddick is 1-8 against Roger Federer and has lost their past four meetings, including last year's Wimbledon final.

Six-time champ seeks an encore
CHALLANS, France - Lance Armstrong, ever the headstrong Texan, aims to succeed where the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and other sporting giants failed.

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.

Dive into the Redneck Games
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - In his garage, Melvin Davis keeps 230 trophies he's won racing motorcycles, go-karts and pickup trucks. But he's best known for a sport that earned him four trophies topped with crushed Bud Lite cans.

Armstrong pedals to fast start
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France - Lance Armstrong had an impressive start to his final Tour de France, finishing second Saturday in the opening stage.

More women are playing poker
LAS VEGAS - No woman has won the prestigious no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the World Series of Poker. In fact, in the tournament's 35-year history, only one woman has made it to the final table.

Overtime
In Columbia, a judge refused to revoke the bond for former South Carolina defensive end Moe Thompson, who prosecutors say failed a drug test.

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.

Armstrong pedals to fast start
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France - Lance Armstrong had an impressive start to his final Tour de France, finishing second Saturday in the opening stage.

Venus Williams earns title with remarkable comeback
WIMBLEDON, England - Venus Williams mounted one last comeback, capping her career revival by winning another Wimbledon title.

Carelessness can be deadly at the lake and in the wild
David Prather considers himself a savvy, knowledgeable outdoorsman.

Appling man won strenuous battle
Willard Cartledge caught a fish so big last weekend that his wife isn't going to swim at Thurmond Lake anymore.

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

Carelessness can be deadly at the lake and in the wild

Outdoors calendar

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

Carelessness can be deadly at the lake and in the wild
David Prather considers himself a savvy, knowledgeable outdoorsman.

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ is poised to become the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage, but as with other Protestant churches, taking a stand on homosexuality could come with a price.

Freedom of religion
Blame it on Thomas Jefferson. The words of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the now-familiar phrase "separation of church and state" written in an 1802 letter, were both penned by him and neither were instantly realized.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Digest
The Patriotic Extravaganza, fine-tuned to bring out the Yankee Doodle Dandy in every citizen, will open at 7 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road.

Is Jesus the only savior?
The World Council of Churches recently was host to 130 representatives from 10 world faiths for major talks on interreligious relations. The WCC, which encompasses 340 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, considers this a "core issue."

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Digest
The Patriotic Extravaganza, fine-tuned to bring out the Yankee Doodle Dandy in every citizen, will open at 7 p.m. Sunday at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road.

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage
ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ is poised to become the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage, but as with other Protestant churches, taking a stand on homosexuality could come with a price.

Is Jesus the only savior?
The World Council of Churches recently was host to 130 representatives from 10 world faiths for major talks on interreligious relations. The WCC, which encompasses 340 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, considers this a "core issue."

Freedom of religion
Blame it on Thomas Jefferson. The words of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the now-familiar phrase "separation of church and state" written in an 1802 letter, were both penned by him and neither were instantly realized.

Life can be happy with God
The sign simply read, "Driving under the influence can kill you." The thought hit me like a ton of bricks, "It all depends upon whose or what influence you are talking about."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
You risk gaining weight just by watching this show. But never mind. "Hamburger America," a guided tour and celebration of the nation's most beloved dish, is the perfect way to close the Fourth of July weekend (8 p.m. EDT Monday on Sundance Channel).

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
You risk gaining weight just by watching this show. But never mind. "Hamburger America," a guided tour and celebration of the nation's most beloved dish, is the perfect way to close the Fourth of July weekend (8 p.m. EDT Monday on Sundance Channel).

People in the News

Michael Jackson stays hidden during vacation

Shields fires back at Cruise's stance on psychiatric drugs

Young pianist plays through her nervousness

Aiken's July Fest has moved into the city

Across the river

Athlete Spotlight: Kenyan Harmon

Recreation activities

Council seeks to bring sports events to North Augusta

Farmers Market

Sen. Clinton fails to impress graduate

Wired into arts scene

Reunions

Events

Aiken Technical College dean's list

Adult literacy sites

Meetings

Freedom of religion

Faith Calendar

Is Jesus the only savior?

Faith Digest

United Church of Christ set to consider gay marriage