Youths working for better world
The mosquitoes were ravenous, the humidity oppressive and a pesky gray cloud hovered overhead.

Anniversaries
John and Carrie Bowdre, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 5 with a dinner reception at the home of their granddaughter.

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 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

Pet of the week
Annalisa, a 2-year-old female hound and beagle mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

State task force seeks out Internet predators
With a typical 30- to 40-case workload, officials say, each Aiken County sheriff investigator does not have a lot of time to devote to cyber predators.

Children enjoy the cool games at park in Clearwater
Each child had a different technique; however, each one had the same objective - to get wet and wild.

Concert series sees return of local saxophonist
A once-familiar face on Augusta's music scene will be the featured guest at Thursday's Concerts in the Park series in North Augusta.

University of South Carolina Aiken honors
The following area residents have been named to the president's list at the University of South Carolina Aiken:

Library events
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: 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

Library events
AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: 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

Pet of the week
Annalisa, a 2-year-old female hound and beagle mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

North Augusta High rifle team will shoot for national honors
A four-member team from North Augusta High School will represent South Carolina in the precision air rifle competition at the Junior Olympics in Bowling Green, Ky., on Monday and Tuesday.

Children are fascinated by critters
Nervous laughter went through the auditorium at the Nancy Carson Library as Tony Mills looked through plastic crates containing an array of animals, including snakes and lizards.

Athlete Spotlight: Christine Hauer
Given her height, the natural choice of a sport for Christine Hauer should have been basketball.

North Augusta High rifle team will shoot for national honors
A four-member team from North Augusta High School will represent South Carolina in the precision air rifle competition at the Junior Olympics in Bowling Green, Ky., on Monday and Tuesday.

Events
OLD 96 DISTRICT PEACH OFF: Monday; The Inn on the Square, Greenwood, S.C.; local chefs will enter peach recipes for judging by panel of national journalists, travel writers; $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place; to register, call (800) 849-9633.

Around the block
The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken. Chris Mangelly's Brazilian Night of Jazz will perform. The event is free. If it rains, the concert will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

Bridge results
CSRA BRIDGE CLUB WINNERS NORTH/SOUTH, JUNE 13

Aiken facility for elderly receives national recognition
The Croft House in Aiken recently received national recognition by the National Affordable Housing Management Association as a community of quality.

Store offers merchandise from exotic locations
When Robert Steudle was stationed overseas while in the Army, he noticed that for every gift he sent home to the States, he got two or three requests for more.

Youths working for better world
The mosquitoes were ravenous, the humidity oppressive and a pesky gray cloud hovered overhead.

State task force seeks out Internet predators
With a typical 30- to 40-case workload, officials say, each Aiken County sheriff investigator does not have a lot of time to devote to cyber predators.

Bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for June 20-23. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Concert series sees return of local saxophonist
A once-familiar face on Augusta's music scene will be the featured guest at Thursday's Concerts in the Park series in North Augusta.

Children enjoy the cool games at park in Clearwater
Each child had a different technique; however, each one had the same objective - to get wet and wild.

Children are fascinated by critters
Nervous laughter went through the auditorium at the Nancy Carson Library as Tony Mills looked through plastic crates containing an array of animals, including snakes and lizards.

Recreation calendar
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

Around the block
The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken. Chris Mangelly's Brazilian Night of Jazz will perform. The event is free. If it rains, the concert will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

Events
OLD 96 DISTRICT PEACH OFF: Monday; The Inn on the Square, Greenwood, S.C.; local chefs will enter peach recipes for judging by panel of national journalists, travel writers; $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place; to register, call (800) 849-9633.

Aiken facility for elderly receives national recognition
The Croft House in Aiken recently received national recognition by the National Affordable Housing Management Association as a community of quality.

Upcoming events
HOPELANDS CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Monday; Chris Mangelly's Brazilian Night of Jazz; Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken; 642-7631

Bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for June 20-23. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Across the river
ICE HOCKEY CLINICS: 5:45 p.m. today and July 17, 24, 31; Ice Sports Center, 1249 Augusta West Parkway; to focus on skills used in ice hockey; free; 963-0061 or Skillet@knology.net

Recreation calendar
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

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 643-4660.

Upcoming events
HOPELANDS CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Monday; Chris Mangelly's Brazilian Night of Jazz; Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken; 642-7631

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

Across the river
ICE HOCKEY CLINICS: 5:45 p.m. today and July 17, 24, 31; Ice Sports Center, 1249 Augusta West Parkway; to focus on skills used in ice hockey; free; 963-0061 or Skillet@knology.net

Health and support groups
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, 641-5926

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Kmart Shopping Center in North Augusta, the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421, and Aiken Department of Public Safety Stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

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

Health and support groups
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, 641-5926

University of South Carolina Aiken honors
The following area residents have been named to the president's list at the University of South Carolina Aiken:

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

Marsalis brother chooses photography over music
NEW ORLEANS - He's t.p. Luce reading poetry at clubs in Baltimore and Washington, and he's also Ellis Marsalis III - a Marsalis brother who decided early that music wasn't his gig.

Marsalis brother chooses photography over music
NEW ORLEANS - He's t.p. Luce reading poetry at clubs in Baltimore and Washington, and he's also Ellis Marsalis III - a Marsalis brother who decided early that music wasn't his gig.

Marsalis brother chooses photography over music

Big ballpark gets big event

Big ballpark gets big event
DETROIT - Steve Rogers remembered the first time he walked into Comerica Park.

Toronto ace is injured
TORONTO - Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay will miss at least a month after breaking a bone in his left leg Friday night.

Toronto ace is injured

Toronto ace is injured
TORONTO - Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay will miss at least a month after breaking a bone in his left leg Friday night.

Big ballpark gets big event
DETROIT - Steve Rogers remembered the first time he walked into Comerica Park.

In Kirby, Texas, ball caps outnumber cowboy hats

Charles Michael Roberts
Charles and Linda Roberts of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Michael, born May 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kayleigh Nicole Wallace
Melissa Barkley and Kevin Wallace are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kayleigh Nicole, born May 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Payton Hailey Brown
Jason and Heather Brown of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Payton Hailey, born March 11, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Andrew Mark Rahn
Glen and Carolyn Rahn of Martinez, are please to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Mark, born May 21, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Akira Elise Simmons

Brandan Michael Williams
Jennifer Grubbs and Michael Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brandan Michael, born May 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers in Aiken.

Payton Hailey Brown

Kayleigh Nicole Wallace

Marlee Lynn Mobley

Charles Michael Roberts
Charles and Linda Roberts of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Michael, born May 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Marlee Lynn Mobley
Ryan and Bailey Mobley of Girard, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Marlee Lynn, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brandan Michael Williams
Jennifer Grubbs and Michael Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brandan Michael, born May 26, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers in Aiken.

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.

Kayleigh Nicole Wallace
Melissa Barkley and Kevin Wallace are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kayleigh Nicole, born May 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Mark Rahn

Andrew Mark Rahn
Glen and Carolyn Rahn of Martinez, are please to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Mark, born May 21, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Charles Michael Roberts

Payton Hailey Brown
Jason and Heather Brown of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Payton Hailey, born March 11, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia 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.

Brandan Michael Williams

Marlee Lynn Mobley
Ryan and Bailey Mobley of Girard, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Marlee Lynn, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Braves relax a little early

Braves relax a little early
ATLANTA - Oh, if only the All-Star break could have started a little earlier. Say, on Saturday morning.

Braves rookie Francoeur makes most of debut
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur has no idea how many family members and friends attended his major-league debut Thursday night.

Braves rookie Francoeur makes most of debut
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur has no idea how many family members and friends attended his major-league debut Thursday night.

Braves relax a little early
ATLANTA - Oh, if only the All-Star break could have started a little earlier. Say, on Saturday morning.

Braves' pitchers feel left out
ATLANTA - There's a fresh buzz, a new passion alive in the Braves' dugout these days.

Braves' pitchers feel left out
ATLANTA - There's a fresh buzz, a new passion alive in the Braves' dugout these days.

Braves rookie Francoeur makes most of debut

Braves' pitchers feel left out

Business calendar
- Monday: SuCCess Columbia County Columbia County Style, after-hours networking event, 5 p.m., Laurel and Hardy Museum, 255 N. Louisville St., Harlem; free for chamber members; contact Terra Carroll at 651-0018 or tcarroll@columbiacountychamber.com.

Care services keep more seniors in their homes
NEW YORK - Like many of today's senior citizens, Catherine Lewis wants to stay in her home as long as possible. But a fall several years ago almost ended that dream.

What's a fair value for stocks
NEW YORK - Are stock prices too high, too low, or right where they should be?

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory
MINNEAPOLIS - Microsoft Corp. will further expand its software offerings for small businesses, even though that will turn many of its current partners into competitors, CEO Steve Ballmer said on Sunday.

On the move
- Tracy Gillette has joined MAU Inc. as a professional recruiter in the professional recruiting division. Mrs. Gillette has more than 13 years of experience in human resource, office and project management positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Davenport University.

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source
DALTON, Ga. - Here in the "Carpet Capital of the World," the vast manufacturing plants that supply almost half the nation's carpet also pump out reams of wasted scraps that eventually wind up in landfills.

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory
MINNEAPOLIS - Microsoft Corp. will further expand its software offerings for small businesses, even though that will turn many of its current partners into competitors, CEO Steve Ballmer said on Sunday.

What's a fair value for stocks
NEW YORK - Are stock prices too high, too low, or right where they should be?

Biz bites
Forbes.com decided to check out which movie franchises have earned the most over their lifetimes.

College grads face rent or buy decisions
So much for recent college grads thinking their studies are behind them.

Napa Valley grapes make cheap debut
NAPA, Calif. - First came Two Buck Chuck. Now, there's Four Buck Fred.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for June 17-22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move
- Tracy Gillette has joined MAU Inc. as a professional recruiter in the professional recruiting division. Mrs. Gillette has more than 13 years of experience in human resource, office and project management positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Davenport University.

Napa Valley grapes make cheap debut
NAPA, Calif. - First came Two Buck Chuck. Now, there's Four Buck Fred.

What's a fair value for stocks

Competitors wary as Microsoft moves into small-business territory

Old carpet, scraps being tapped by manufacturer as new energy source
DALTON, Ga. - Here in the "Carpet Capital of the World," the vast manufacturing plants that supply almost half the nation's carpet also pump out reams of wasted scraps that eventually wind up in landfills.

Napa Valley grapes make cheap debut

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Business calendar

Biz bites

Care services keep more seniors in their homes

Workers-for-hire hit roadside in hopes of taking on odd jobs
George Reynolds pulls a slice of bologna from a plastic bag leaning against his stained work pants.

Property transfers

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for June 17-22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Workers-for-hire hit roadside in hopes of taking on odd jobs

Care services keep more seniors in their homes
NEW YORK - Like many of today's senior citizens, Catherine Lewis wants to stay in her home as long as possible. But a fall several years ago almost ended that dream.

On the move

Workers-for-hire hit roadside in hopes of taking on odd jobs
George Reynolds pulls a slice of bologna from a plastic bag leaning against his stained work pants.

College grads face rent or buy decisions

College grads face rent or buy decisions
So much for recent college grads thinking their studies are behind them.

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon

Business calendar
- Monday: SuCCess Columbia County Columbia County Style, after-hours networking event, 5 p.m., Laurel and Hardy Museum, 255 N. Louisville St., Harlem; free for chamber members; contact Terra Carroll at 651-0018 or tcarroll@columbiacountychamber.com.

Biz bites
Forbes.com decided to check out which movie franchises have earned the most over their lifetimes.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 10, 2005.

Politicians look to move up ladder

Politicians look to move up ladder
District 7 Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles is set to announce his run for mayor at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the amphitheater at Riverwalk Augusta. On his heels is businessman Wayne Hawkins, set to announce his run for Mr. Boyles' seat. Of course, he'd like to be appointed to it first by commissioners as soon as Mr. Boyles qualifies and steps down in September.

Politicians look to move up ladder
District 7 Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles is set to announce his run for mayor at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the amphitheater at Riverwalk Augusta. On his heels is businessman Wayne Hawkins, set to announce his run for Mr. Boyles' seat. Of course, he'd like to be appointed to it first by commissioners as soon as Mr. Boyles qualifies and steps down in September.

Florida State loses starting QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton, the Florida State quarterback who was found disheveled and disoriented on a city street in June, has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and will miss the upcoming season, the university said Saturday.

Florida State loses starting QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wyatt Sexton, the Florida State quarterback who was found disheveled and disoriented on a city street in June, has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and will miss the upcoming season, the university said Saturday.

Florida State loses starting QB

The price of knowledge
Ever since the dawn of man, humans have tried to understand their origins. In another small step for man, NASA took a potential giant leap closer in its quest to solve the greatest mystery of mankind.

WAR!

The price of knowledge
Ever since the dawn of man, humans have tried to understand their origins. In another small step for man, NASA took a potential giant leap closer in its quest to solve the greatest mystery of mankind.

Fighting human slavery
If human rights groups such as Amnesty International would take time out from blaming the United States' treatment of unlawful terrorist combatants as the center of all that's cruel and evil in the world, they may want to take a look at nations that have been identified as soft on "human trafficking" - a bureaucratic euphemism for slave trade.

WAR!
War is impending in Washington. Even worse, the rules of engagement haven't even been agreed upon.

Getting out of danger

Fighting human slavery
If human rights groups such as Amnesty International would take time out from blaming the United States' treatment of unlawful terrorist combatants as the center of all that's cruel and evil in the world, they may want to take a look at nations that have been identified as soft on "human trafficking" - a bureaucratic euphemism for slave trade.

The price of knowledge

Fighting human slavery

WAR!
War is impending in Washington. Even worse, the rules of engagement haven't even been agreed upon.

Getting out of danger
Why can't Murphey Middle School be remembered for its championship basketball team this past season? Or its successful 25 Books Campaign reading program?

Getting out of danger
Why can't Murphey Middle School be remembered for its championship basketball team this past season? Or its successful 25 Books Campaign reading program?

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Q&A with John Leguizamo
NEW YORK - After working for almost 20 years in TV, comedy, film and theater, Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo is playing a Spanish-speaking character for the first time.

Q&A with John Leguizamo
NEW YORK - After working for almost 20 years in TV, comedy, film and theater, Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo is playing a Spanish-speaking character for the first time.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Angler lands 59.6-pound striper
As far as this writer recalls, the unofficial Savannah River record for the biggest striped bass caught on hook and line is 76 pounds. The fish was hooked during the late 1960s by an angler fishing from the dam. He was using a deep-spool spinning reel. Meanwhile, his brother was in a small boat on the river, trolling for shad.

Angler lands 59.6-pound striper
As far as this writer recalls, the unofficial Savannah River record for the biggest striped bass caught on hook and line is 76 pounds. The fish was hooked during the late 1960s by an angler fishing from the dam. He was using a deep-spool spinning reel. Meanwhile, his brother was in a small boat on the river, trolling for shad.

Angler lands 59.6-pound striper

Augusta splits doubleheader
There aren't many series in early July that catch the eye of an entire ball club.

GreenJackets to play two today
The Augusta GreenJackets game against the Charleston RiverDogs was postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather.

Augusta splits doubleheader
There aren't many series in early July that catch the eye of an entire ball club.

GreenJackets to play two today
The Augusta GreenJackets game against the Charleston RiverDogs was postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - If anyone ever deserved this victory, it was Sean O'Hair.

Moseley finishes strong to lead by 1
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Maybe Jay Moseley wasn't watching the heroics of local favorites Doug Hanzel and Brian Harman on Saturday afternoon in the third round of the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship.

Faxon makes it worth the trip
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Brad Faxon made the trip across the Atlantic worth his while Sunday, shooting a 69 to narrowly earn one of three final qualifying spots for the British Open.

Lewis holds onto lead at Deere Classic

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Heather Bowie won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, parring the third hole of a playoff with Gloria Park in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Faxon makes it worth the trip

Gore wins Nationwide Tour event
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - U.S. Open fan favorite Jason Gore won the Nationwide Tour's National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Doug LaBelle II.

St. Andrews is loaded with history, bunkers
We'll watch to see a 65-year-old man say good-bye on a 600-year-old golf course. And we'll watch to see if the 15th century links can withstand the 21st century golfers.

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. - Bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour paid off for Peter Jacobsen.

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Brian Harman birdied three of the final eight holes to post a 3-under 68 Sunday and capture the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship by two shots over 2003 champion David Noll of Dalton.

Golf roundup

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments
It was only a matter of time before Brian Harman won the Georgia Amateur Championship, and the inevitable happened Sunday at Savannah Golf Club.

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments
It was only a matter of time before Brian Harman won the Georgia Amateur Championship, and the inevitable happened Sunday at Savannah Golf Club.

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr

O'Hair gets first victory at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - If anyone ever deserved this victory, it was Sean O'Hair.

Golf roundup
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Hee-Won Han couldn't ask for a better pairing in today's final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Lewis holds onto lead at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - J.L. Lewis has the lead - and the attention - all to himself in the John Deere Classic.

Irwin leads Senior Players at 12 under
DEARBORN, Mich. - Hale Irwin has plenty of company on the leaderboard, and he has his competitors right where he wants them.

Irwin leads Senior Players at 12 under

Irwin leads Senior Players at 12 under
DEARBORN, Mich. - Hale Irwin has plenty of company on the leaderboard, and he has his competitors right where he wants them.

Wie hopes to get Masters bid by winning APL
LEBANON, Ohio - Having come up short in her latest bid against PGA Tour pros, Michelle Wie will now face many of the best amateur players in the country.

Harman adds hometown title to his list of accomplishments

Golf roundup
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Hee-Won Han couldn't ask for a better pairing in today's final round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Lewis holds onto lead at Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. - J.L. Lewis has the lead - and the attention - all to himself in the John Deere Classic.

Jacobsen wins Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. - Bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour paid off for Peter Jacobsen.

Harman captures state Amateur golf crown
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Brian Harman birdied three of the final eight holes to post a 3-under 68 Sunday and capture the 84th Georgia Amateur Championship by two shots over 2003 champion David Noll of Dalton.

Clark finally a winner outside South Africa
LUSS, Scotland - Tim Clark finally won outside his native South Africa, surviving seven lead changes in a wild scramble among five players, then pulling away for a 4-under 67 and a two-shot victory Sunday in the Scottish Open.

Faxon makes it worth the trip
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Brad Faxon made the trip across the Atlantic worth his while Sunday, shooting a 69 to narrowly earn one of three final qualifying spots for the British Open.

Bowie finally gets her first win on third playoff hole at Farr
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Heather Bowie won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, parring the third hole of a playoff with Gloria Park in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Augusta splits doubleheader

GreenJackets to play two today

Local event 'jammed' with talent

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace criticized players' union head Bob Goodenow on Saturday for failing to reach a labor deal that could have saved the canceled 2004-05 season.

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace criticized players' union head Bob Goodenow on Saturday for failing to reach a labor deal that could have saved the canceled 2004-05 season.

Legace: "We lost a season for no reason."

In Kirby, Texas, ball caps outnumber cowboy hats
KIRBY, Texas - Welcome to Texas, a state so big it has a town named for just about everybody. In my case, it's a San Antonio suburb about the size of Grovetown and about as hot as a pizza oven.

In Kirby, Texas, ball caps outnumber cowboy hats
KIRBY, Texas - Welcome to Texas, a state so big it has a town named for just about everybody. In my case, it's a San Antonio suburb about the size of Grovetown and about as hot as a pizza oven.

Athlete charged with battery
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested early Saturday morning in Columbia County after witnesses told police that he had given his wife a bloody nose.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Ponder what might have been

Ponder what might have been
I'm writing in reply to past letters concerning the abortions performed in the Planned Parenthood clinics in Augusta.Steve King, Belvedere, S.C.

Readers miss point on death toll
Regarding Angela Novotny's and Jim Reid's letters from June 27 and June 17, respectively: They were responding to Ken Manfredi's June 15 letter, "Put death toll in right perspective." They missed Mr. Manfredi's point by comparing of the deaths of our troops in Iraq with the number of kids killed in car accidents. He was assessing the liberal media's sensationalizing the death of our troops in Iraq. I agree.Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

Too little good is reported in Iraq
As a two-tour veteran of Vietnam, I totally agree with Ken Manfredi's opinion regarding the right perspective on Iraq ("Put death toll in right perspective," June 15).Gerald R. Jilbert, Evans

Grovetown barbecue was great
Lets hear it for Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau and the wonderful soldiers who helped put on a beautiful and well executed July Fourth Barbecue for one and all.James R. Waid, Leah

Effort in Iraq shows progress
The nobility of sentiments expressed in The Augusta Chronicle's editorial June 30 ("American amnesia") certainly highlighted the pettiness of Lowell Greenbaum's letter on the same day ("The 'emperor' Bush has no clothes").Carol Jarrard, Augusta

Effort in Iraq shows progress

Letter disrespected our military
In Angela Novotny's June 27 letter ("Death toll comparison is shameful"), she characterizes our valiant soldiers as "mostly poor, minority kids who see no other way out of poverty." I suspect that, like any place of employment, you will find men and women from all levels of the economic and educational strata, not just the poor and the easily influenced. Ora Davis, Augusta

Effort in Iraq shows progress
The nobility of sentiments expressed in The Augusta Chronicle's editorial June 30 ("American amnesia") certainly highlighted the pettiness of Lowell Greenbaum's letter on the same day ("The 'emperor' Bush has no clothes").Carol Jarrard, Augusta

Ponder what might have been
I'm writing in reply to past letters concerning the abortions performed in the Planned Parenthood clinics in Augusta.Steve King, Belvedere, S.C.

End racial quotas in government
I was appalled to hear of the Augusta commissioners' use of blatant racial discrimination in the so-called "gentleman's agreement" practice of selection of mayor pro tem (and possibly president of the county school board). As addressed in earlier editorials, this goes against the very fabric of what equality is supposed to be about in America. Further, it erodes 40 years of progress in America on the issue of equality.Joe Wright, Grovetown

NBC anchorman shows ignorance
On June 30, NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams sympathized on air with Arab and Iranian terrorists, saying that, after all, many people might consider George Washington a terrorist.Rodney L. Baker, Evans

Too little good is reported in Iraq

Grovetown barbecue was great

Justice must have bipartisan support
The retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court is a momentous event, as was her appointment as the first woman justice. President Reagan wanted to show that our society would be enriched by tapping the talents of the female half of our population. This idea resonated with the Senate, as illustrated by the 99-0 confirmation vote.Bob Gutin, Augusta

We must preserve CSRA history
The recent feature story "Preserving Augusta's past" (July 3) was a spectacular piece. It is not only Augusta, but Columbia County, Aiken County, Burke County and so on where historical structures need to be saved. I have mentioned in the past in writings and lectures that when historic buildings are gone, there is nobody to see what we were or what we have become.Sean Joiner, Martinez

NBC anchorman shows ignorance

End racial quotas in government
I was appalled to hear of the Augusta commissioners' use of blatant racial discrimination in the so-called "gentleman's agreement" practice of selection of mayor pro tem (and possibly president of the county school board). As addressed in earlier editorials, this goes against the very fabric of what equality is supposed to be about in America. Further, it erodes 40 years of progress in America on the issue of equality.Joe Wright, Grovetown

Justice must have bipartisan support

End racial quotas in government

We must preserve CSRA history

Miracles may happen for city
The election results were loud and clear. Clean up the Augusta Commission or no more taxes. Without change, this message will also apply to the 1-cent special local option sales tax.Bill Hatcher Sr., Augusta

We must preserve CSRA history
The recent feature story "Preserving Augusta's past" (July 3) was a spectacular piece. It is not only Augusta, but Columbia County, Aiken County, Burke County and so on where historical structures need to be saved. I have mentioned in the past in writings and lectures that when historic buildings are gone, there is nobody to see what we were or what we have become.Sean Joiner, Martinez

Readers miss point on death toll
Regarding Angela Novotny's and Jim Reid's letters from June 27 and June 17, respectively: They were responding to Ken Manfredi's June 15 letter, "Put death toll in right perspective." They missed Mr. Manfredi's point by comparing of the deaths of our troops in Iraq with the number of kids killed in car accidents. He was assessing the liberal media's sensationalizing the death of our troops in Iraq. I agree.Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

Grovetown barbecue was great
Lets hear it for Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau and the wonderful soldiers who helped put on a beautiful and well executed July Fourth Barbecue for one and all.James R. Waid, Leah

Readers miss point on death toll

Justice must have bipartisan support
The retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court is a momentous event, as was her appointment as the first woman justice. President Reagan wanted to show that our society would be enriched by tapping the talents of the female half of our population. This idea resonated with the Senate, as illustrated by the 99-0 confirmation vote.Bob Gutin, Augusta

Too little good is reported in Iraq
As a two-tour veteran of Vietnam, I totally agree with Ken Manfredi's opinion regarding the right perspective on Iraq ("Put death toll in right perspective," June 15).Gerald R. Jilbert, Evans

NBC anchorman shows ignorance
On June 30, NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams sympathized on air with Arab and Iranian terrorists, saying that, after all, many people might consider George Washington a terrorist.Rodney L. Baker, Evans

Girl saddles up for experience on horseback, thanks to friend

Groom's parents dictate rehearsal dinner guests

Band mom must brace for music

This land is their land?

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope

Aspirations can give way to achieving greatness

Home is given a colorful look

Aspirations can give way to achieving greatness
Without dreams, the world would be a dreary place. Skyscrapers would never be built. Life-saving inventions would never be conceived. And we'd never have sent men to the moon.

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - On a weekend when other kitchen classrooms at the Culinary Institute of America are packed with adults preparing paella and green mango salad, Chef Greg Zifchak is teaching Chicken Roasting 101.

Band mom must brace for music
Kids say the darndest things, and many of them can cause a parent's neck hair to stand on end. Among the worst are, "The toilet has exploded." or "I have a report due on War and Peace tomorrow morning. Can you run me over to the bookstore?"

Girl saddles up for experience on horseback, thanks to friend
Kara Reese had felt the surge of excitement you get from riding a graceful, elegant beast. She wished to share that with her best buddy

Lost-in-the-kitchen generation tries to cope
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - On a weekend when other kitchen classrooms at the Culinary Institute of America are packed with adults preparing paella and green mango salad, Chef Greg Zifchak is teaching Chicken Roasting 101.

Home is given a colorful look
Fred and Jane Bowsher make the perfect decorating team. Mr. Bowsher, a retired college physics teacher, has a knack for renovating, and Mrs. Bowsher brings a flair for color and style.

Groom's parents dictate rehearsal dinner guests
Dear Carson: My granddaughter is getting married later this summer. Her 17-year-old brother is in the wedding and therefore was invited to the rehearsal dinner. Neither his regular girlfriend nor the groom's brother's girlfriend has been invited to the dinner. My grandson's girlfriend is fuming about the matter.

Groom's parents dictate rehearsal dinner guests
Dear Carson: My granddaughter is getting married later this summer. Her 17-year-old brother is in the wedding and therefore was invited to the rehearsal dinner. Neither his regular girlfriend nor the groom's brother's girlfriend has been invited to the dinner. My grandson's girlfriend is fuming about the matter.

This land is their land?
NEW YORK - Gregory Green is between countries these days.

Band mom must brace for music
Kids say the darndest things, and many of them can cause a parent's neck hair to stand on end. Among the worst are, "The toilet has exploded." or "I have a report due on War and Peace tomorrow morning. Can you run me over to the bookstore?"

This land is their land?
NEW YORK - Gregory Green is between countries these days.

Girl saddles up for experience on horseback, thanks to friend
Kara Reese had felt the surge of excitement you get from riding a graceful, elegant beast. She wished to share that with her best buddy

Living briefs
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits bookstore shelves in less than a week. The most glaringly obvious question is: Who is the half-blood prince?

Home is given a colorful look
Fred and Jane Bowsher make the perfect decorating team. Mr. Bowsher, a retired college physics teacher, has a knack for renovating, and Mrs. Bowsher brings a flair for color and style.

Aspirations can give way to achieving greatness
Without dreams, the world would be a dreary place. Skyscrapers would never be built. Life-saving inventions would never be conceived. And we'd never have sent men to the moon.

Five questions with Trish Crawford
Trish Crawford is the manager of Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall, one of the many area bookstores planning special events Friday night for the release of the latest book by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Waldenbooks' Midnight Magic Party starts at 10 p.m.

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone shot out the rear window of his car early Saturday morning, a police report states.

Men accused of official's death face feds today

Smokefree Air Act not confusion-free
If you see smoke billowing out of area restaurants and bars, it won't be from cigarettes.

Racism fueled leader's ambition
Joseph D. Greene has many painful memories from growing up in the segregated South.

Post's commander plans for new leading position
In any move, things can get lost. Sitting down in her spacious, yet soon-to-be-vacated office at Fort Gordon's Signal Towers, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks confided that she had moments of angst when she lost the speech she had planned to cap the end of her Army career.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland

Persistent student finishes schoolwork 9 years later
Twyla Bell said it was the love of her children that drove her to finally finish something she had left undone for almost a decade.

Consumers report pharmacy errors

Testing may aid victims' health
GRANITEVILLE - Health screenings planned for August are meant only to evaluate the condition of people who might have been exposed to chlorine in Graniteville, not treat the symptoms.

Battle is brewing on pros of CON
ATLANTA - When Elder Olson and his wife, Sharron, decided to form a home health care agency in Brunswick several years ago, they faced a bureaucratic obstacle that would limit the scope of their business: the state's certificate of need requirement.

News you can use
Events for today include:

In its second year, event draws people downtown

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Where we live

In its second year, event draws people downtown
In the heat of Saturday morning downtown, behind Lafayette Center, Rusty and Julia Griffin's daylily business is blossoming.

Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone

Fierce storm not related to Dennis
Don't blame Saturday afternoon's torrential rains on Dennis.

Tarver enters race for Senate

Across the area
A 70-year-old Augusta man told police he was smacked over the head and robbed by a man who was urinating across the street from his home during the weekend.

In its second year, event draws people downtown
In the heat of Saturday morning downtown, behind Lafayette Center, Rusty and Julia Griffin's daylily business is blossoming.

Across Georgia
DULUTH - The city is cashing in on drivers running red lights thanks to a series of surveillance cameras installed around the community.

Fierce storm not related to Dennis

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Health System officials say they poorly handled a potential safety problem affecting about 3,800 patients who underwent surgeries with instruments washed in hydraulic fluid at two hospitals.

Striking a chord
SUMTER, S.C. - After more than 30 years, Jimmy Saunders thinks he has found a place that is just right for his business, Standard Music Company.

Where we live
The evening began with men on one side of the room and women on the other. It didn't stay that way for long.

Testing may aid victims' health

Folkston a mecca for train lovers
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Alerted by the crackling voice of an unseen dispatcher, two devoted rail fans spring into action.

Across the area

Georgia lawmaker wants slaves' work recognized
WASHINGTON - They're two of the nation's most compelling symbols of freedom and democracy, yet nowhere around the Capitol or White House is there any recognition of the slaves who helped build them.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone shot out the rear window of his car early Saturday morning, a police report states.

Smokefree Air Act not confusion-free

Across Georgia
ARCADE - A man arrested on charges of threatening city officials who shut down his company after a fatal explosion was allowed Friday to continue running his business.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ryan Asher Gordon of Augusta.

Black firefighters honor a pioneer

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - Manning Police Chief Randy Garrett did not cause a suspect leading officers on a high-speed chase to slam his car into a parked Highway Patrol cruiser, killing the trooper inside, Sumter County deputies said.

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Tax payments might increase

Five vie for 9th District seat
Three of the five serious contenders seeking to fill the 9th District Commission seat left vacant by interim Mayor Willie Mays said they will run for a four-year term in November whether they are appointed or not.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Smokefree Air Act not confusion-free
If you see smoke billowing out of area restaurants and bars, it won't be from cigarettes.

Where we live
The evening began with men on one side of the room and women on the other. It didn't stay that way for long.

Persistent student finishes schoolwork 9 years later
Twyla Bell said it was the love of her children that drove her to finally finish something she had left undone for almost a decade.

Persistent student finishes schoolwork 9 years later

Post's commander plans for new leading position
In any move, things can get lost. Sitting down in her spacious, yet soon-to-be-vacated office at Fort Gordon's Signal Towers, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks confided that she had moments of angst when she lost the speech she had planned to cap the end of her Army career.

The week ahead
I'm not a big water person.

Testing may aid victims' health
GRANITEVILLE - Health screenings planned for August are meant only to evaluate the condition of people who might have been exposed to chlorine in Graniteville, not treat the symptoms.

Five questions with Trish Crawford
Trish Crawford is the manager of Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall, one of the many area bookstores planning special events Friday night for the release of the latest book by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Waldenbooks' Midnight Magic Party starts at 10 p.m.

Black firefighters honor a pioneer
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins has a nice job, a nice department-issued Ford Crown Victoria and a nice perspective of history.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is India Lewis, 5, of Thomson.

News you can use
Events for today include:

Tarver enters race for Senate
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat today .

Five vie for 9th District seat
Three of the five serious contenders seeking to fill the 9th District Commission seat left vacant by interim Mayor Willie Mays said they will run for a four-year term in November whether they are appointed or not.

News you can use

Bikers show off custom creations
Linnie Ward's presence at the Dragoneez Sport Bike Club Show started off simply as an opportunity to ride his Harley.

Post's commander plans for new leading position

Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of blacks' graves at Douglas Cemetery might be lost, a Columbia cemetery preservation group says.

Racism fueled leader's ambition
Joseph D. Greene has many painful memories from growing up in the segregated South.

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE
ATLANTA - To all the Georgia parents sending their children off to state colleges tuition-free this fall thanks to a HOPE scholarship, don't blow those college savings on a cruise or new car just yet. Three out of four freshmen who start out with the state scholarship don't keep it through their senior year.

Tax payments might increase
The mill rate in Columbia County, which helps calculate how much residents pay in property taxes, will stay the same as it has for the past several years.

The week ahead
I'm not a big water person.

Across Georgia

Battle is brewing on pros of CON
ATLANTA - When Elder Olson and his wife, Sharron, decided to form a home health care agency in Brunswick several years ago, they faced a bureaucratic obstacle that would limit the scope of their business: the state's certificate of need requirement.

Georgia lawmaker wants slaves' work recognized

Consumers report pharmacy errors
When a friend nearly died after being given the wrong medication at a hospital, Tom Osborne decided he should tell the authorities about his own frightening pharmacy mishaps.

Five vie for 9th District seat

Tarver enters race for Senate
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat today .

Five questions with Trish Crawford

Men accused of official's death face feds today
ATLANTA - Three years ago, former sheriff's Deputy Melvin Walker and David Ramsey walked out of a DeKalb County courthouse as free men, a jury unwilling to convict them of murder in the shooting of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

Racism fueled leader's ambition

Consumers report pharmacy errors
When a friend nearly died after being given the wrong medication at a hospital, Tom Osborne decided he should tell the authorities about his own frightening pharmacy mishaps.

Bikers show off custom creations

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is India Lewis, 5, of Thomson.

Across the area

Across the area
A 70-year-old Augusta man told police he was smacked over the head and robbed by a man who was urinating across the street from his home during the weekend.

Battle is brewing on pros of CON

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A Darlington County group wants to break out service for its area and leave the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

Across the southeast

Across Georgia
DULUTH - The city is cashing in on drivers running red lights thanks to a series of surveillance cameras installed around the community.

Across South Carolina

Rain causes minimal damage
Three inches of rain within an hour could have caused major damage during Saturday's torrential rains.

The week ahead

Store owner donates books to jail
ATHENS, Ga. - There's not much to do in jail, so inmates like to read books - something Donna MacPherson has in spades.

Across Georgia

Black firefighters honor a pioneer
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins has a nice job, a nice department-issued Ford Crown Victoria and a nice perspective of history.

Folkston a mecca for train lovers
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Alerted by the crackling voice of an unseen dispatcher, two devoted rail fans spring into action.

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Health System officials say they poorly handled a potential safety problem affecting about 3,800 patients who underwent surgeries with instruments washed in hydraulic fluid at two hospitals.

Fierce storm not related to Dennis
Don't blame Saturday afternoon's torrential rains on Dennis.

Bikers show off custom creations
Linnie Ward's presence at the Dragoneez Sport Bike Club Show started off simply as an opportunity to ride his Harley.

Georgia lawmaker wants slaves' work recognized
WASHINGTON - They're two of the nation's most compelling symbols of freedom and democracy, yet nowhere around the Capitol or White House is there any recognition of the slaves who helped build them.

Blacks' graves in old cemetery might be gone
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of blacks' graves at Douglas Cemetery might be lost, a Columbia cemetery preservation group says.

Across Georgia
ARCADE - A man arrested on charges of threatening city officials who shut down his company after a fatal explosion was allowed Friday to continue running his business.

Tax payments might increase
The mill rate in Columbia County, which helps calculate how much residents pay in property taxes, will stay the same as it has for the past several years.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Men accused of official's death face feds today
ATLANTA - Three years ago, former sheriff's Deputy Melvin Walker and David Ramsey walked out of a DeKalb County courthouse as free men, a jury unwilling to convict them of murder in the shooting of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A Darlington County group wants to break out service for its area and leave the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

Parents advised not to rely on HOPE
ATLANTA - To all the Georgia parents sending their children off to state colleges tuition-free this fall thanks to a HOPE scholarship, don't blow those college savings on a cruise or new car just yet. Three out of four freshmen who start out with the state scholarship don't keep it through their senior year.

Folkston a mecca for train lovers

Jug a blessing, and a curse
It has long been said that Tom Morris Jr. - Young Tom as he's forever fondly remembered - died of a broken heart.

Jug a blessing, and a curse
It has long been said that Tom Morris Jr. - Young Tom as he's forever fondly remembered - died of a broken heart.

Country shows its resolve after attacks
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - No hysteria. No mass transit shutdown. No excessive queues. No intrusive searches. No cancellations. No overreactions.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town
The monthly meeting of the Anytown Board of Commissioners was just about over when Commissioner Washington brought up some new business.

Anytown faces acronyms like any other town
The monthly meeting of the Anytown Board of Commissioners was just about over when Commissioner Washington brought up some new business.

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film
NEW YORK - Nearly four years after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will direct a film based on the story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001.

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million
LOS ANGELES - The latest superhero movie may have been just fantastic enough to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak at the box office.

Nicolas Cage to star in World Trade Center film
NEW YORK - Nearly four years after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will direct a film based on the story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001.

'Fantastic Four' debuts with $56 million
LOS ANGELES - The latest superhero movie may have been just fantastic enough to snap Hollywood's longest modern losing streak at the box office.

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase
JOLIET, Ill. - When Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and lost a lap for an unscheduled pit stop, it gave a lot of drivers hope they could get back in the race to make the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

Driver taken to hospital after qualifying crash
SPARTA, Ky. - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford spun out and hit the wall along the backstretch at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - As long as he sits still inside the car, Tony Stewart said, he doesn't feel any pain. However, that might be difficult to do for 267 laps during today's USG Sheetrock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Stremme making Cup debut at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - David Stremme will get his first taste of Nextel Cup racing on Sunday when he drives the No. 39 Dodge Charger for Chip Ganassi Racing in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Stremme making Cup debut at Chicagoland

Feels like the first time
JOLIET, Ill. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had trouble finding the words to describe his surprising, if not improbable, victory Sunday at the USG Sheetrock 400. So he punched the dashboard of his Budweiser Chevrolet as most of the 80,000 fans at the Chicagoland Speedway said it best with a thunderous cheer.

Driver's struggles add to silly season rumors
JOLIET, Ill. - There was nothing funny about silly season this week in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - As long as he sits still inside the car, Tony Stewart said, he doesn't feel any pain. However, that might be difficult to do for 267 laps during today's USG Sheetrock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

Only 10 drivers remain in Chase
JOLIET, Ill. - When Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and lost a lap for an unscheduled pit stop, it gave a lot of drivers hope they could get back in the race to make the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

Driver's struggles add to silly season rumors
JOLIET, Ill. - There was nothing funny about silly season this week in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Driver's struggles add to silly season rumors

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - A jubilant Dale Earnhardt Jr. broke through for his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory of the season Sunday, using a two-tire strategy and holding off Matt Kenseth to win at Chicagoland Speedway.

Driver taken to hospital after qualifying crash
SPARTA, Ky. - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford spun out and hit the wall along the backstretch at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Stremme making Cup debut at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. - David Stremme will get his first taste of Nextel Cup racing on Sunday when he drives the No. 39 Dodge Charger for Chip Ganassi Racing in the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Driver taken to hospital after qualifying crash

Earnhardt gets big win at Chicagoland

Mrs. Clara Tingle    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Hood    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Coffey, Jr.    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Edna F. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eathel Curry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne McDade    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Coffey, Jr.    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Couch    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Rev. Gil Harper, Sr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Alden A. Lofquist, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Ms. Edna F. Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William Woodruff, II    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne McDade    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel D. Cartagena    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eathel Curry    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Cott Surles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Daniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel D. Cartagena    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Daniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick (Snook) Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert O. Haskell, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen    (JESSUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Couch    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Gil Harper, Sr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert O. Haskell, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Hood    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Tingle    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alden A. Lofquist, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cleo Winfrey    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick (Snook) Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Winfrey    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Woodruff, II    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen    (JESSUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Cott Surles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy H. Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Winfrey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. Gil Harper, Sr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Robert O. Haskell, Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willine Johnson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Couch (MONROE, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Z. Harden (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Walker, Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth I. Frederick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Price (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lois McGahee (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna M. Barmen (JESSUP, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arvis R. Burton (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Eathel Curry (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel S. Clayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Edna F. Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick (Snook) Tyler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Daniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Crouch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David A. Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Hood (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne McDade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel D. Cartagena (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Abroms, Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Tingle (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Cott Surles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alden A. Lofquist, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Woodruff, II (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Coffey, Jr. (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Coats (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rednecks find ingredients for another successful Redneck Games

Armstrong keeps Tour lead despite rough day for team

Overtime

Overtime

Celebs play in World Series of Poker

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey

Area sports announcements

A true lesson in honesty
Stratford Swim Team coaches Kevin Skenes and Alex Trakowski gave up a trophy they thought they had earned. It was replaced by a pair of plaques everyone else knew they deserved.

Rednecks find ingredients for another successful Redneck Games
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Toilet seats, hub caps, gallons of mud, seed spitting and pig's feet may sound like good lyrics to a country song, but provided in the right quantities they are the perfect ingredients to another successful Summer Redneck Games.

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey
MULHOUSE, France - Lance Armstrong is content to let someone else wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France - for now.

Armstrong keeps Tour lead despite rough day for team
GERARDMER, France - Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France on Saturday despite a rough day for his team and fierce challenges in the race's hardest mountain climb so far.

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.

Overtime
In Baghdad, Iraq, the body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief was found floating in a river southeast of Baghdad, police and sports officials said Sunday.

Overtime
In Baghdad, Iraq, the body of kidnapped Iraqi karate association chief was found floating in a river southeast of Baghdad, police and sports officials said Sunday.

Overtime
As expected, the Phoenix Coyotes have lost an All-Star Game, but will have hockey's greatest player behind the bench when the new collective bargaining agreement finally ends a crippling 10-month lockout sometime next week.

Celebs play in World Series of Poker
LAS VEGAS - It's 110 degrees outside, shivery inside, the rows of leather-banked, green felt tables running hot and cold for the shrewdest poker players on the planet in the sporting world's richest showdown.

Armstrong yields Tour's yellow jersey
MULHOUSE, France - Lance Armstrong is content to let someone else wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France - for now.

Overtime
As expected, the Phoenix Coyotes have lost an All-Star Game, but will have hockey's greatest player behind the bench when the new collective bargaining agreement finally ends a crippling 10-month lockout sometime next week.

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.

Rednecks find ingredients for another successful Redneck Games
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Toilet seats, hub caps, gallons of mud, seed spitting and pig's feet may sound like good lyrics to a country song, but provided in the right quantities they are the perfect ingredients to another successful Summer Redneck Games.

Armstrong keeps Tour lead despite rough day for team
GERARDMER, France - Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France on Saturday despite a rough day for his team and fierce challenges in the race's hardest mountain climb so far.

Celebs play in World Series of Poker
LAS VEGAS - It's 110 degrees outside, shivery inside, the rows of leather-banked, green felt tables running hot and cold for the shrewdest poker players on the planet in the sporting world's richest showdown.

Early riser

Early riser
specialEarly riserJoey Hadden of North Augusta was fishing with Dennis Rountree of Martinez at a private pond near Edgefield, S.C., on July 3, when Hadden hooked this 10-pound, 1-ounce largemouth on his fourth cast of the morning before sunrise. He was casting a spinner bait and the big fish was released.handout via source 7-6-05

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

Early riser
specialEarly riserJoey Hadden of North Augusta was fishing with Dennis Rountree of Martinez at a private pond near Edgefield, S.C., on July 3, when Hadden hooked this 10-pound, 1-ounce largemouth on his fourth cast of the morning before sunrise. He was casting a spinner bait and the big fish was released.handout via source 7-6-05

Outdoors calendar

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

Venture will improve quail site
It's no secret that the South's signature bird has a sophisticated palate.

Local event 'jammed' with talent
It didn't take Rick Meyer very long to figure out that the talent level for this year's Nike Peach Jam could be the best in the 10-year history of the event.

Local event 'jammed' with talent
It didn't take Rick Meyer very long to figure out that the talent level for this year's Nike Peach Jam could be the best in the 10-year history of the event.

Pope urges prayers for London attackers
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful Sunday to pray for those who staged the London attacks while issuing his strongest condemnation of terrorism yet, telling the bombers and other terrorists to "stop in the name of God."

Pope urges prayers for London attackers
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful Sunday to pray for those who staged the London attacks while issuing his strongest condemnation of terrorism yet, telling the bombers and other terrorists to "stop in the name of God."

Jug a blessing, and a curse

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
In his shrewd investigation, Jared Diamond puts a new spin on the old idea that "Life isn't fair."

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show
NEW YORK - After a lousy spring, summer certainly is a lot brighter at NBC's "Today" show.

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Breathing a little easier on the "Today" show
NEW YORK - After a lousy spring, summer certainly is a lot brighter at NBC's "Today" show.

TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
In his shrewd investigation, Jared Diamond puts a new spin on the old idea that "Life isn't fair."

Q&A with John Leguizamo

People in the News

Bookings

Children enjoy the cool games at park in Clearwater

Aiken facility for elderly receives national recognition

Health and support groups

Youths working for better world

State task force seeks out Internet predators

Farmers Market

Reunions

Adult literacy sites

Across the river

Upcoming events

Pet of the week

Recreation calendar

North Augusta High rifle team will shoot for national honors

University of South Carolina Aiken honors

Events

Library events

Children are fascinated by critters

Around the block

Concert series sees return of local saxophonist

Pope urges prayers for London attackers