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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

'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.

'Pirate Coast' is captivating reading

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.

Alloy entertainment mastermind behind the girl book craze

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.

'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.

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

Four Red Sox, 11 first-timers elected All-Stars
NEW YORK - Kenny Rogers might soon be surrounded by even more cameras, selected Sunday for a new-look All-Star game that has 11 first-time starters and four from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Questions and answers with George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who turns 75 on Monday, answered questions from The Associated Press submitted to him through spokesman Howard Rubenstein:

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.

Lee takes swing at .400, Triple Crown

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

Questions and answers with George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who turns 75 on Monday, answered questions from The Associated Press submitted to him through spokesman Howard Rubenstein:

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.

Lee takes swing at .400, Triple Crown
CHICAGO - When opposing players reach first base, they ask Derrek Lee what he's eating. They touch the Cubs star, hoping some of his magic rubs off on them.

All-Star picks are intriguing

Questions and answers with George Steinbrenner

Pavano will miss start for Yankees

Four Red Sox, 11 first-timers elected All-Stars

Lee takes swing at .400, Triple Crown
CHICAGO - When opposing players reach first base, they ask Derrek Lee what he's eating. They touch the Cubs star, hoping some of his magic rubs off on them.

Four Red Sox, 11 first-timers elected All-Stars
NEW YORK - Kenny Rogers might soon be surrounded by even more cameras, selected Sunday for a new-look All-Star game that has 11 first-time starters and four from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Sponsors race to get themselves seen

Akira Elise Simmons

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.

Kody Alan Messer

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.

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.

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.

Kalina Alexandria Clemson

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosaline Emily Virginia

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.

Kaylah Jovanna Amia

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.

Elayna Catherine Van

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bethany Dyann Sawyer

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

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.

Alexis Mackenzie Schofe

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.

Gracyn Olivia Turner

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.

Sally Wakefield Quarles

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.

William Reese Bailey

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.

Justis Kane Moseley

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.

Preston John Connelly

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.

Merritt Marie Wheeler

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Brian Abell

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.

Alexis Ann Forner

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.

Dawson Christopher Ansley

Christian Sage Leevy

Bonnie Annalee Highfield

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.

Hannah McKayla Brooke

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.

Morgan Kathleen Moore

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.

Zayden DaTaur Ja'Michael

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.

Sarah Katherine Diacetis

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.

Corleigh Reagan Tyner

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.

Keegan Samuel Williams

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.

Lila Celeste Pidcock

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.

Gavin Scott Presley

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.

Jorden Devon Brown

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.

Zeb Aaron Proctor

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.

James Robert Stewart

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.

Jaysten Jerome Jennings

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.

Clayton Anthony Shenk

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.

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.

Au'Zaria De'Niajah Shi'Kelle

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clayton Ruben Singletary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Landen Bryson Palmer

Braves's notebook

Braves rally in 9th for win
PHILADELPHIA - With this past weekend marking the official halfway point of the season, it's safe to say there have been a few surprises thus far in the baseball year.

Smoltz, Jones are All-Stars
PHILADELPHIA - A month ago today, sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Atlanta starter John Smoltz was adamant in saying he didn't have the resume, the first-half credentials to make a return trip to the All-Star Game.

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

Smoltz, Jones are All-Stars

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

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

Braves rally in 9th for win
PHILADELPHIA - With this past weekend marking the official halfway point of the season, it's safe to say there have been a few surprises thus far in the baseball year.

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.

Smoltz, Jones are All-Stars
PHILADELPHIA - A month ago today, sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Atlanta starter John Smoltz was adamant in saying he didn't have the resume, the first-half credentials to make a return trip to the All-Star Game.

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.

Braves rally in 9th for win

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.

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

Business briefs

Free gas used to lure summer tourists
PORTLAND, Maine - Resort towns worried that high gas prices will keep visitors away are offering an incentive from Maine to California: a free tank of gas.

Interest in ethanol-heavy E85 fuel increases
EAGAN, Minn. - Like lots of motorists, Chuck Nye thought he had no choice but to grin and bear it as rising gas prices made filling up his minivan a painful experience.

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 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.

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.

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.

How much higher will gasoline prices go?
Q: How much higher will the price of gasoline go this summer?

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.

On the move

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.

Richmond County property transfers

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

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.

How much higher will gasoline prices go?
Q: How much higher will the price of gasoline go this summer?

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.

Free gas used to lure summer tourists
PORTLAND, Maine - Resort towns worried that high gas prices will keep visitors away are offering an incentive from Maine to California: a free tank of gas.\r\n

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.

Interest in ethanol-heavy E85 fuel increases
EAGAN, Minn. - Like lots of motorists, Chuck Nye thought he had no choice but to grin and bear it as rising gas prices made filling up his minivan a painful experience.

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

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:

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

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.

Employment 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

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.

Banks face challenge in preventing ID theft

Free gas used to lure summer tourists

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

Interest in ethanol-heavy E85 fuel increases

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.

How much higher will gasoline prices go?

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.

What we are
Search the Web. Grab an encyclopedia. Get your high school history teacher on the horn. You won't find it, no matter where you look.

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:

What we are

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.

'I am not a crook'?
The speed of Iran's opening will be delayed. But there will be no way to hold in check the desires of the young. It's 2005, not 1979."

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:

'I am not a crook'?
The speed of Iran's opening will be delayed. But there will be no way to hold in check the desires of the young. It's 2005, not 1979."

Help them plan their trip

'I am not a crook'?

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.

Justice for Souter
Wouldn't it be a delicious and well-deserved irony if U.S. Supreme Court justices learned that they - and not just us common folk - must learn to live with the painful consequences of their own bad decisions?

Defining 'prodigal'

What we are
Search the Web. Grab an encyclopedia. Get your high school history teacher on the horn. You won't find it, no matter where you look.

People in the News
COVINGTON, Ga. - The home of the first five episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" will host MTV when it comes to film a special on the history of the late 1970s show.

People in the News
COVINGTON, Ga. - The home of the first five episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" will host MTV when it comes to film a special on the history of the late 1970s show.

Home-owners grappling with housing boom's side effect

Home-owners grappling with housing boom's side effect
MIAMI - Teri Vasarhelyi and her husband thought they would be able to afford a bigger house with more land in Miami two years ago when they left San Francisco, the most expensive home market in the country.

Home-owners grappling with housing boom's side effect
MIAMI - Teri Vasarhelyi and her husband thought they would be able to afford a bigger house with more land in Miami two years ago when they left San Francisco, the most expensive home market in the country.

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.

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.

Here's hoping I'm alive for holiday

Furyk holds off Woods, gets victory
LEMONT, Ill. - No way Jim Furyk was letting go of this victory. Not this time. Not even to Tiger Woods.

Streck gets first Champions Tour win
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Ron Streck just keeps making golf history.

Baena wins Women's World Match Play
GLADSTONE, N.J. - Marisa Baena won the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship after convincing herself that winning didn't really matter.

Furyk holds off Woods, gets victory

Sorenstam sent packing by Kung

Streck gets first Champions Tour win

Streck gets first Champions Tour win
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Ron Streck just keeps making golf history.

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.

Furyk holds off Woods, gets victory
LEMONT, Ill. - No way Jim Furyk was letting go of this victory. Not this time. Not even to Tiger Woods.

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

Baena wins Women's World Match Play
GLADSTONE, N.J. - Marisa Baena won the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship after convincing herself that winning didn't really matter.

Curtis, Furyk duel atop Western

Ferrie wins European Open
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Kenneth Ferrie shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for a two-stroke victory at the European Open, taking advantage when overnight leader Thomas Bjorn carded a 14-over 86.

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
LEMONT, Ill. - Ben Curtis sure knows how to please a crowd.

Baena wins Women's World Match Play

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."

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.

Drainage poses a danger
Recently, there have been serious problems for storm water drainage in Columbia County, in particularly at the West Lake subdivision.Ravinder Jerath, Martinez

Get facts on Iraq liberation
To anyone who says that liberating Iraq is an injustice, here are the facts that led to forces liberating Iraq: Dan Leonard, Grovetown

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

Drainage poses a danger

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

Drainage poses a danger
Recently, there have been serious problems for storm water drainage in Columbia County, in particularly at the West Lake subdivision. Ravinder Jerath, Martinez

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

So-called conservatives are allowing GOP power to slip
For many years the liberal/socialist/kook faction of the Democratic Party, which now owns the party - with collusion from the national news media - held sway over our society. They have brought the country to the brink of ruin.Robert Smock, Hephzibah

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

Get facts on Iraq liberation
To anyone who says that liberating Iraq is an injustice, here are the facts that led to forces liberating Iraq: Dan Leonard, Grovetown

Pricey jaunt is shameful waste

So-called conservatives are allowing GOP power to slip

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

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

Get facts on Iraq liberation

Scrutinize officials in Hawaii

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

So-called conservatives are allowing GOP power to slip
For many years the liberal/socialist/kook faction of the Democratic Party, which now owns the party - with collusion from the national news media - held sway over our society. They have brought the country to the brink of ruin. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

What are they thinking?

Review: 'Destroy All Humans!' is campy fun

Condoms' effectiveness at protecting against STDs debated

Peasant skirts flatter all shapes

Jumping on trampoline often can result in injuries

Teacher attire becoming a touchy topic

Diversity of India charms visitors

Cell phone use should be curtailed in public

Travel briefs

Couple met while house being built

Exchange students share their views of our country

Living briefs

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.

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

Review: 'Destroy All Humans!' is campy fun
What would an advanced, space-faring civilization possibly need from creatures who think sliced bread is a marvel?

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.

Condoms' effectiveness at protecting against STDs debated
TRENTON, N.J. - Everyone knows condoms prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted diseases. But how well do they work?

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.

Teacher attire becoming a touchy topic
LOS ANGELES - Teachers are expected to bear long days, challenging students and demanding parents. Now, apparently, some teachers are baring too much of themselves.

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.

Condoms' effectiveness at protecting against STDs debated
TRENTON, N.J. - Everyone knows condoms prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted diseases. But how well do they work?

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.

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.

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

Review: 'Destroy All Humans!' is campy fun
What would an advanced, space-faring civilization possibly need from creatures who think sliced bread is a marvel?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teacher attire becoming a touchy topic
LOS ANGELES - Teachers are expected to bear long days, challenging students and demanding parents. Now, apparently, some teachers are baring too much of themselves.

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.

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.

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

Parenthood, Part 2
ATHENS, Ga. - Elizabeth Goss' typical day starts with a wry grin and the words "Put that back."

Church is closer to endorsement
ATLANTA - A committee of about 50 United Church of Christ representatives gave nearly unanimous approval Sunday to a resolution that moved the church one step closer to becoming the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Holiday Events
grovetown barbecue: Noon today, 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

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:

Anti-tobacco programs pay off with full funding
ATLANTA - When it comes to spending as much as health officials recommend on tobacco prevention and stop-smoking programs, only three states in the country are making the grade.

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

Base's Air Guardsmen will train young forces

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.

Anti-tobacco programs pay off with full funding
ATLANTA - When it comes to spending as much as health officials recommend on tobacco prevention and stop-smoking programs, only three states in the country are making the grade.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The mother of a 26-year-old woman says it was just happenstance that her family learned that her daughter had been beaten by workers at a state-run facility in Columbia.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Patrick B. Thompson, 10, of North Augusta.

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.

Small part is spent on prevention
ATLANTA - The millions of dollars states receive from tobacco companies every year have gone to plugging everything from budget holes to pot holes.

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.

Lawyer legislators profit in work with state boards
COLUMBIA - Lawmakers made millions of dollars last year by representing clients in front of boards and commissions that the Legislature appoints. The lawyer legislators also earned fees by representing clients in court in front of judges they helped elect.

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.

Parenthood, Part 2

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.

UGA says dean broke policy on harassment

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.

Developer's record worries North Charleston politicians

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.

July Fourth closings

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

Airman is buried after 39 years
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Almost four decades after Air Force Capt. David Joseph Phillips went missing in the jungles of South Vietnam, his recently discovered remains were finally returned to his hometown.

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

Trustee calls for uniform policy review

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.

Developer's record worries North Charleston politicians
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Some local politicians say a developer was not investigated thoroughly enough before North Charleston officials handed him the reins to a $1 billion project to redevelop a closed Navy base.

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.

Trustee calls for uniform policy review
At least one member of the Richmond County Board of Education is asking that the middle school uniform policy be reconsidered.

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.

Some say gas still causing problems
GRANITEVILLE - Dana Yonce says she isn't enjoying her backyard garden this year as she has in the past. Her skin breaks out when she goes outside, a condition that has worsened as temperatures climb higher.

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

The week ahead
Happy Fourth of July! I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the cookouts happening today. Whether you're getting into events downtown or some other place, enjoy yourself, and keep in mind Georgia on My Mind Day - my pick this week.

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.

Parenthood, Part 2
ATHENS, Ga. - Elizabeth Goss' typical day starts with a wry grin and the words "Put that back."

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 - The mother of a 26-year-old woman says it was just happenstance that her family learned that her daughter had been beaten by workers at a state-run facility in Columbia.

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:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Patrick B. Thompson, 10, of North Augusta.

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

Airman is buried after 39 years

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

July Fourth Closings

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.

Across the area

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

Across Georgia

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.

The week ahead
Happy Fourth of July! I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the cookouts happening today. Whether you're getting into events downtown or some other place, enjoy yourself, and keep in mind Georgia on My Mind Day - my pick this week.

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.

Where we live

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.

Many farmers start to abandon tobacco
DENTON, Ga. - Any day now, James Emory Tate plans to pull the remaining three acres of tobacco from the gray dirt of his farm in south Georgia.

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.

Across the area
The Augusta Engineering Department has announced the following road closures as a result of today's Independence Day activities in Richmond County:

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.

Lawyer legislators profit in work with state boards
COLUMBIA - Lawmakers made millions of dollars last year by representing clients in front of boards and commissions that the Legislature appoints. The lawyer legislators also earned fees by representing clients in court in front of judges they helped elect.

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

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Chatham County politician has targeted the boisterous host of a political talk radio program with a defamation lawsuit.

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

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

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.

Church is closer to endorsement
ATLANTA - A committee of about 50 United Church of Christ representatives gave nearly unanimous approval Sunday to a resolution that moved the church one step closer to becoming the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage.

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.

Teaching English draws on creativity
ROME, Ga. - It used to be that schools taught English to non-native pupils by pulling them out of classes an hour or so each day for language study, then putting them back in a regular classroom to struggle through lessons in a language they didn't speak.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Drums keep blues away
George Dixon's friend told him that day that he needed to go ahead and quit his job. Mr. Dixon might cut off a finger and then he wouldn't be able to go on the road with R&B duo Sam and Dave the next week, the friend warned.

County tries to keep up good image

UGA says dean broke policy on harassment
ATHENS, Ga. - The dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication made comments that a reasonable person could have interpreted as sexual advances, in violation of the University of Georgia's nondiscrimination and anti- harassment policy, according to an internal investigation.

News you can use

Base's Air Guardsmen will train young forces
EASTOVER, S.C. - National Guard installations around the country are bemoaning shutdowns and cutbacks under the Pentagon's base closure plans, yet veteran pilots and crew chiefs at a small Air National Guard unit in central South Carolina are celebrating.

Department tries to rebuild image

Some say gas still causing problems
GRANITEVILLE - Dana Yonce says she isn't enjoying her backyard garden this year as she has in the past. Her skin breaks out when she goes outside, a condition that has worsened as temperatures climb higher.

Carolina fireworks sales could boom despite Georgia business

Small part is spent on prevention
ATLANTA - The millions of dollars states receive from tobacco companies every year have gone to plugging everything from budget holes to pot holes.

Vibrating package gets Bluffton buzzing

Many farmers start to abandon tobacco
DENTON, Ga. - Any day now, James Emory Tate plans to pull the remaining three acres of tobacco from the gray dirt of his farm in south Georgia.

Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites

Across the area
The Augusta Engineering Department has announced the following road closures as a result of today's Independence Day activities in Richmond County:

Court's ruling heightens eminent domain battles

Airman is buried after 39 years
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Almost four decades after Air Force Capt. David Joseph Phillips went missing in the jungles of South Vietnam, his recently discovered remains were finally returned to his hometown.

Properties tell Augusta's story

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Chatham County politician has targeted the boisterous host of a political talk radio program with a defamation lawsuit.

Freedom frustrating for 35-year convict

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

Holiday events

Developer's record worries North Charleston politicians
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Some local politicians say a developer was not investigated thoroughly enough before North Charleston officials handed him the reins to a $1 billion project to redevelop a closed Navy base.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Inquiry imperils building permits

Lawyer legislators profit in work with state boards

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day

Drums keep blues away
George Dixon's friend told him that day that he needed to go ahead and quit his job. Mr. Dixon might cut off a finger and then he wouldn't be able to go on the road with R&B duo Sam and Dave the next week, the friend warned.

Drums keep blues away

Trustee calls for uniform policy review
At least one member of the Richmond County Board of Education is asking that the middle school uniform policy be reconsidered.

The week ahead

UGA says dean broke policy on harassment
ATHENS, Ga. - The dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication made comments that a reasonable person could have interpreted as sexual advances, in violation of the University of Georgia's nondiscrimination and anti- harassment policy, according to an internal investigation.

Anti-tobacco programs pay off with full funding

Augusta Canal project awaits study
More trails, parking and picnic areas are being planned near the Augusta Canal Headgates at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Church is closer to endorsement

Five questions with GreenJackets mascot Sting
With the South Atlantic League all-star game in town last week, we asked John Sisson, a representative for Sting, to run these questions past the popular GreenJackets mascot.

Small part is spent on prevention

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Some say gas still causing problems

Residents, academics working to save Gullah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cornelia Bailey hadn't heard her great-great-uncle Shadrack Hall's Gullah stories in 50 years.

Many farmers start to abandon tobacco

Base's Air Guardsmen will train young forces
EASTOVER, S.C. - National Guard installations around the country are bemoaning shutdowns and cutbacks under the Pentagon's base closure plans, yet veteran pilots and crew chiefs at a small Air National Guard unit in central South Carolina are celebrating.

Across the southeast
FORT MYERS, FLA.- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked thousands of Floridians whose homes were damaged by last summer's four hurricanes to give back more than $27 million in aid overpayments.

Here's hoping I'm alive for holiday
By the time you read this, I might very well be lying in a hospital bed, my body bandaged from head to foot, my fingers scorched, my brain full of questions such as: Why, after all these years, did I finally decide to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July?

Here's hoping I'm alive for holiday
By the time you read this, I might very well be lying in a hospital bed, my body bandaged from head to foot, my fingers scorched, my brain full of questions such as: Why, after all these years, did I finally decide to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July?

Q&A: Kem on voices, God and growing old

Q&A: Kem on voices, God and growing old
NEW YORK - You know you're big-time when counterfeit copies of your new album hit the streets before they hit stores.

Q&A: Kem on voices, God and growing old
NEW YORK - You know you're big-time when counterfeit copies of your new album hit the streets before they hit stores.

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.

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.

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.

Daytona win puts Stewart over top
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart always has been a study of contradiction, but never more so than after Sunday morning's finish of the Pepsi 400.

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.

Kanaan wins close race
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The pole and the crowd might have belonged to Danica Patrick. The trophy - and the last word - went to Tony Kanaan.

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

Daytona win puts Stewart over top
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart always has been a study of contradiction, but never more so than after Sunday morning's finish of the Pepsi 400.

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

Daytona win puts Stewart over top

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.

Kanaan wins close race

Kanaan wins close race
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The pole and the crowd might have belonged to Danica Patrick. The trophy - and the last word - went to Tony Kanaan.

Patrick at front of pack

NASCAR notebook

Mania isn't going away for Danica

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.

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

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Mrs. Baerbel McElroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Wesley Phinizy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Newman Davis    (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory L. Foster    (DELAWARE, Ohio)

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Mrs. Cleo Winfrey    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Rev. Dr. Waldo P. Harris, III    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Wells    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Stone    (EATONTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carl Stone, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Wells    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Rev. Wesley Phinizy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella F. Allmond    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Green    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Hamilton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Milton E. Ivie, Jr.    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Frances Larson Harkness    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janie Mae Grant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Cathy Ogle    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Andrews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ann Robinson    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Larson Harkness (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cathy Ogle (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory L. Foster (DELAWARE, Ohio)

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Mrs. Delores Truitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Baerbel McElroy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Yong Ok Curry (DULUTH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bertha Green (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella F. Allmond (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ann Robinson (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Cleo Winfrey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Gooding (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Susie Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Annie Andrews (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Mosley (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Newman Davis (AVERA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Catherine Stone (EATONTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Richard Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie L. Perrin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Hubert Redd, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Miss Candace J. Canady (GARFIELD, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Gregory L. Foster (DELAWARE, Ohio)

Mrs. Julia M. Reeves (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Rev. Dr. Waldo P. Harris, III (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Mae Grant (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Michael W. Kirby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Venus Williams earns title with remarkable comeback

Federer and Roddick are familiar foes

Armstrong stays out of trouble

More women are playing poker

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Federer wins third Wimbledon title

Overtime

Armstrong pedals to fast start

Overtime
In Oxford, Miss., Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron has dismissed incoming freshman linebacker Wallace Bates from the team for violating an unspecified team rule.

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

Overtime
In Oxford, Miss., Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron has dismissed incoming freshman linebacker Wallace Bates from the team for violating an unspecified team rule.

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 stays out of trouble
LES ESSARTS, France - A master of strategy after all these rides, Lance Armstrong did what he had to: He stayed out of trouble.

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.

Boxer dies in hospital after Las Vegas bout
LAS VEGAS - Boxer Martin Sanchez of Mexico died a day after he was knocked out in a super lightweight bout by Rustam Nugaev of Russia.

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.

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.

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.

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

Federer wins third Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer felt tense before facing Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final and jittery during it, his right arm shaking, his heartbeat rising.

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.

Armstrong stays out of trouble
LES ESSARTS, France - A master of strategy after all these rides, Lance Armstrong did what he had to: He stayed out of trouble.

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.

Federer wins third Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer felt tense before facing Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final and jittery during it, his right arm shaking, his heartbeat rising.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar

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

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

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

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.

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

Carelessness can be deadly at the lake and in the wild

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

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).

ABC finds neighborhood that isn't too friendly
NEW YORK - ABC's extraordinary cancellation of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" less than two weeks before its premiere proves that reality television can only handle so much reality.

ABC finds neighborhood that isn't too friendly
NEW YORK - ABC's extraordinary cancellation of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" less than two weeks before its premiere proves that reality television can only handle so much reality.

ABC finds neighborhood that isn't too friendly

People in the News

Sen. Clinton fails to impress graduate

Across the river

Reunions

Athlete Spotlight: Kenyan Harmon

Adult literacy sites

Young pianist plays through her nervousness

Recreation activities

Wired into arts scene

Aiken's July Fest has moved into the city

Council seeks to bring sports events to North Augusta

Aiken Technical College dean's list

Events

Meetings

Farmers Market