Across the river
BASTILLE DAY: Noon Thursday; Cafe du Teau, 1855 Central Ave.; sponsored by French Women of Georgia; for reservations, call Leone Pispisa, 860-8778.

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 and brushes are needed.

Anniversaries
J. Frank and Estelle W. Stewart, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 17 with a family gathering at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Thomson.

Anniversaries
J. Frank and Estelle W. Stewart, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 17 with a family gathering at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Thomson.

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

Around the block
A Caring Connections lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hitchcock Healthcare, 690 Medical Park Drive, Aiken. Representatives of the end-of-life industry, health care providers and consumer and civic organizations will be present.

Chalk drawings decorate Nancy Carson Library
Three-year-old Blake Swanson wanted to draw an outline of his mother, Yolanda Swanson, on the sidewalk at the Nancy Carson Library on Friday.

Play is enlivened by youthful fervor
Murder's afoot at Crooked House, and it's up to Hoboken, N.J., Detective Hercules Porridge to find out whodunit.

Man will go to Las Vegas to compete in martial arts
Two-time world champion Aaron Hensley will return to Las Vegas this week to defend his title at the United Fighting Arts Federation's Chun Kuk Do International Training Conference and World Championships.

Man will go to Las Vegas to compete in martial arts
Two-time world champion Aaron Hensley will return to Las Vegas this week to defend his title at the United Fighting Arts Federation's Chun Kuk Do International Training Conference and World Championships.

Aiken Tech program scores coup
Getting national accreditation for Aiken Technical College's radiology program was the hardest thing Steve Strickland has ever done.

Church group is ready for Bolivia mission
Bobby Oliver has helped build churches for poor villagers in Bolivia many times, but this trip will be a little different.

Chalk drawings decorate Nancy Carson Library
Three-year-old Blake Swanson wanted to draw an outline of his mother, Yolanda Swanson, on the sidewalk at the Nancy Carson Library on Friday.

Breyer club allows children chance to learn about horses
The 4-H Club has formed a new group for equine lovers.

Around the block
A Caring Connections lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hitchcock Healthcare, 690 Medical Park Drive, Aiken. Representatives of the end-of-life industry, health care providers and consumer and civic organizations will be present.

Hopelands Gardens has plans to build octagonal labyrinth
A project that has been more than two years in the making is underway in Aiken.

Calendar
MUSIC IN THE PARK: 7 p.m. Thursday, Maude Edenfield Park, beside North Augusta Community Center; with Wayne Hoey; free; 442-7588.

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 and brushes are needed.

Play is enlivened by youthful fervor
Murder's afoot at Crooked House, and it's up to Hoboken, N.J., Detective Hercules Porridge to find out whodunit.

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1960: Seeking classmates for a 45-year reunion on Saturday, July 23; contact Linda Adams, 793-2191 or lindajim@bellsouth.net.

Church group is ready for Bolivia mission
Bobby Oliver has helped build churches for poor villagers in Bolivia many times, but this trip will be a little different.

Aiken Tech program scores coup
Getting national accreditation for Aiken Technical College's radiology program was the hardest thing Steve Strickland has ever done.

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1960: Seeking classmates for a 45-year reunion on Saturday, July 23; contact Linda Adams, 793-2191 or lindajim@bellsouth.net.

Hitchcock board sets sights on first executive director
The board of directors of the Hitchcock Foundation, which manages Hitchcock Woods in Aiken, is shopping for its first executive director.

Pet of the week
Bo, a 10-month-old male yellow Labrador retriever mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Pet of the week
Bo, a 10-month-old male yellow Labrador retriever mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Calendar
MUSIC IN THE PARK: 7 p.m. Thursday, Maude Edenfield Park, beside North Augusta Community Center; with Wayne Hoey; free; 442-7588.

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

Recycling locations
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.

Recycling locations
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.

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit
ATLANTA - Tonight being John Smoltz's seventh career All-Star Game, it would take something uniquely special to pique the veteran's excitement regarding the Midsummer Classic.

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit
ATLANTA - Tonight being John Smoltz's seventh career All-Star Game, it would take something uniquely special to pique the veteran's excitement regarding the Midsummer Classic.

Smoltz thrilled to be in Detroit

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows
WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to lift a voluntary ban on selling food from cloned animals, the agency is getting some resistance from an unusual source: the dairy industry.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report

Coalition hopes "spyware" definitions lead to better control of machines
NEW YORK - Anti-spyware vendors and consumer groups took a stab at issuing uniform definitions for "spyware" and "adware" on Tuesday in hopes of giving computer users more control over their machines.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report
NEW YORK - DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Monday warned of a loss in the second quarter, cut its full-year outlook and said federal regulators are investigating trading of its stock and its first-quarter results, sending shares tumbling more than 13 percent to a new low.

Lowe's aims for year-end debut
NORTH AUGUSTA - By the time Santa Claus comes to town this year, a new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse should be here, too.

Lowe's aims for year-end debut
NORTH AUGUSTA - By the time Santa Claus comes to town this year, a new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse should be here, too.

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows
WASHINGTON - As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to lift a voluntary ban on selling food from cloned animals, the agency is getting some resistance from an unusual source: the dairy industry.

Castleberry expands to bring new jobs
After being purchased late last year, an Augusta food producer is poised for major growth.

Business Briefs

Steeply escalating gas prices take their toll

Business Briefs
NEW YORK - A judge gave her blessing Monday to a civil suit settlement under which former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers will forfeit nearly all his cash and personal assets - as much as $45 million.

Castleberry expands to bring new jobs

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report
NEW YORK - DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. on Monday warned of a loss in the second quarter, cut its full-year outlook and said federal regulators are investigating trading of its stock and its first-quarter results, sending shares tumbling more than 13 percent to a new low.

Coalition hopes "spyware" definitions lead to better control of machines

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon
TOKYO - Toyota's president said Monday a tie-up with U.S. rival General Motors on fuel-cell vehicles is in its final stages - but promised to do his best to beat GM and Ford.

Steeply escalating gas prices take their toll
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. - At the Gulf gas station off Route 1, business is booming.

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows

Business Briefs
NEW YORK - A judge gave her blessing Monday to a civil suit settlement under which former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers will forfeit nearly all his cash and personal assets - as much as $45 million.

Augusta bank crosses river to S. Carolina
"The oldest name in Augusta banking" will soon have a fledgling sister across the river.

Coalition hopes "spyware" definitions lead to better control of machines
NEW YORK - Anti-spyware vendors and consumer groups took a stab at issuing uniform definitions for "spyware" and "adware" on Tuesday in hopes of giving computer users more control over their machines.

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon
TOKYO - Toyota's president said Monday a tie-up with U.S. rival General Motors on fuel-cell vehicles is in its final stages - but promised to do his best to beat GM and Ford.

Steeply escalating gas prices take their toll
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. - At the Gulf gas station off Route 1, business is booming.

Toyota's president says fuel-cell tie with GM coming soon

Castleberry expands to bring new jobs
After being purchased late last year, an Augusta food producer is poised for major growth.

Lowe's aims for year-end debut

Players get involved in recruiting at event

Chocolate is sweeter if sensibly consumed
Chocolate is getting a lot of attention these days, from its heart-healthful claims (which are only for dark chocolate) and stress relief to the new film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp. I was wondering, then: Is there a way to make better chocolate choices and keep our waists trim?

First acknowledge it
It happens every time. After every incident of Muslim terrorism, Muslims express more concern about a potential backlash toward them than about the extremism and violence emanating from their midst.

Gitmo terrorists live large
Last week's deadly terrorist attacks on London have refocused the civilized world's attention where it should be - on radical Islam's war against the West.

The spirit of Churchill

First acknowledge it

The spirit of Churchill
That the national media have it in for President George W. Bush is verifiable: A study of national news broadcasts during the first 100 days of the president's new term this year discovered that more than two-thirds of the stories were negative.

Hazy situation

Hazy situation
One would have thought the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 couldn't have been clearer: As of July 1, if a bar or restaurant is open to minors, it must be smoke free.

It's the morality, stupid

It's the morality, stupid
The human torch seems to have lit a fire under Hollywood box office receipts. The Fantastic Four's $56 million opening weekend is being credited with perhaps halting a 19-week slide in movie attendance over last year.

First acknowledge it
It happens every time. After every incident of Muslim terrorism, Muslims express more concern about a potential backlash toward them than about the extremism and violence emanating from their midst.

The spirit of Churchill
That the national media have it in for President George W. Bush is verifiable: A study of national news broadcasts during the first 100 days of the president's new term this year discovered that more than two-thirds of the stories were negative.

Gitmo terrorists live large

Hazy situation
One would have thought the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005 couldn't have been clearer: As of July 1, if a bar or restaurant is open to minors, it must be smoke free.

It's the morality, stupid
The human torch seems to have lit a fire under Hollywood box office receipts. The Fantastic Four's $56 million opening weekend is being credited with perhaps halting a 19-week slide in movie attendance over last year.

Gitmo terrorists live large
Last week's deadly terrorist attacks on London have refocused the civilized world's attention where it should be - on radical Islam's war against the West.

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92
MIAMI - Frances Langford, whose steamy rendition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" captivated soldiers when she was part of Bob Hope's USO tours during World War II, died Monday at the age of 92.

Video Game Reviews: 'Coded Arms,' 'Dead to Rights'
You'd think video games involving battles with gun-toting hoodlums or computer-generated robot hackers would at least get the blood pumping.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Friends and family of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson are preparing to pepper the sky with the late writer's ashes.

What is podcasting?
To Pod or Not to Pod: Q. What is podcasting?

What is podcasting?
To Pod or Not to Pod: Q. What is podcasting?

Video Game Reviews: 'Coded Arms,' 'Dead to Rights'
You'd think video games involving battles with gun-toting hoodlums or computer-generated robot hackers would at least get the blood pumping.

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus
NEW YORK - A doctor who once cared for sick children at Don Imus' New Mexico ranch has sued the tart-tongued radio personality for slander, claiming he made false derogatory comments about him on his "Imus in the Morning" show.

Farm Aid to celebrate 20th anniversary
CHICAGO - Twenty years after Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized a daylong music festival in central Illinois to benefit cash-strapped farmers, Farm Aid is coming back to the state where it started to celebrate its anniversary.

Farm Aid to celebrate 20th anniversary
CHICAGO - Twenty years after Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized a daylong music festival in central Illinois to benefit cash-strapped farmers, Farm Aid is coming back to the state where it started to celebrate its anniversary.

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92
MIAMI - Frances Langford, whose steamy rendition of "I'm in the Mood for Love" captivated soldiers when she was part of Bob Hope's USO tours during World War II, died Monday at the age of 92.

Financing company sues Michael Jackson
NEW YORK - A financial company specializing in asset acquisition sued Michael Jackson on Monday, saying it is owed $48 million in fees for rescuing the singer's stake in the publishing rights to songs by the Beatles.

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus
NEW YORK - A doctor who once cared for sick children at Don Imus' New Mexico ranch has sued the tart-tongued radio personality for slander, claiming he made false derogatory comments about him on his "Imus in the Morning" show.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Friends and family of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson are preparing to pepper the sky with the late writer's ashes.

14 copies of new Potter book sold by accident
COQUITLAM, British Columbia - A handful of people in Canada got a sneak peak of the latest Harry Potter book, but a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ordered them to keep it a secret.

Summer brings blueberry recipes
Recalling the New England summers of her childhood, food and travel writer Linda Dannenberg says, she thinks of blueberries.

Recipe for pineapple-cucumber gazpacho
CONCORD, N.H. - Would somebody please explain to me why we're still hearing about raw food diets?

Recipe for pineapple-cucumber gazpacho

Planning your travel around food? Think Barbecue U.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Steven Raichlen slices open a 3-pound hunk of pork and sprinkles it liberally with Jack Daniel's and a spice rub. Then he smears on Dijon mustard and brown sugar before wrapping it all up in bacon and tying it with a string.

Cookbooks offer vacation-flavor food
NEW YORK - Food has a special taste these away-from-it-all summer days - and don't for a minute think that staying home need disqualify you from the pleasure. Even if you're not "away," you can catch the flavor through cookbooks that conjure up dishes and ingredients associated with what for many of us are vacation lands.

Recipe for pineapple-cucumber gazpacho
CONCORD, N.H. - Would somebody please explain to me why we're still hearing about raw food diets?

Summer brings blueberry recipes

Cookbooks offer vacation-flavor food
NEW YORK - Food has a special taste these away-from-it-all summer days - and don't for a minute think that staying home need disqualify you from the pleasure. Even if you're not "away," you can catch the flavor through cookbooks that conjure up dishes and ingredients associated with what for many of us are vacation lands.

Summer brings blueberry recipes
Recalling the New England summers of her childhood, food and travel writer Linda Dannenberg says, she thinks of blueberries.

Cookbooks offer vacation-flavor food

Augusta wastes Benavidez's blasts
After playing in Sunday's doubleheader, Julian Benavidez came back Monday and didn't feel the same.

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell

Golf: Wayward drives lead to laughs
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The first two times you chuckle. The third, fourth and fifth times are just embarrassing.

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It's not just fans eager to say goodbye to the greatest golfing champion in history on the most historical playing grounds. Fellow champions are queueing for their own farewells.

Nicklaus' love of St. Andrews strong as ever
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The first Nicklaus family review of the Old Course wasn't flattering.

St. Andrews stifled with wave of heat
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - If ever there was an argument for global warming, this week is it.

Area rife with historical significance

Nicklaus' love of St. Andrews strong as ever

Golf: Old Gray Lady has unique style
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - If you've never believed in love (or hate) at first sight, you've never seen the Old Gray Lady.

Area rife with historical significance
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Pilgrimages to this picturesque junction with the North Sea have been nearly constant since the 8th century and peaked prior to Mother Nature carving out the Old Course.

Golf Glance
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Champions want chance to bid Nicklaus farewell
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - It's not just fans eager to say goodbye to the greatest golfing champion in history on the most historical playing grounds. Fellow champions are queueing for their own farewells.

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial

Nicklaus' love of St. Andrews strong as ever
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The first Nicklaus family review of the Old Course wasn't flattering.

Area rife with historical significance
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Pilgrimages to this picturesque junction with the North Sea have been nearly constant since the 8th century and peaked prior to Mother Nature carving out the Old Course.

Golf: Old Gray Lady has unique style

Golf Glance

Golf Glance
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Golf: Wayward drives lead to laughs
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The first two times you chuckle. The third, fourth and fifth times are just embarrassing.

St. Andrews stifled with wave of heat

Golf: Wayward drives lead to laughs

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The site stands out from far across the uncluttered graveyard and foundation ruins. On the eastern wall of the St. Andrews Cathedral grounds, they rest side by side.

St. Andrews stifled with wave of heat
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - If ever there was an argument for global warming, this week is it.

Golf: Old Gray Lady has unique style
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - If you've never believed in love (or hate) at first sight, you've never seen the Old Gray Lady.

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - The site stands out from far across the uncluttered graveyard and foundation ruins. On the eastern wall of the St. Andrews Cathedral grounds, they rest side by side.

Elvis impersonator returns to coach Fox Creek

NBA draft rule postpones dreams of player

Elvis impersonator returns to coach Fox Creek
Being an Elvis impersonator suits Russell Schneider just fine.

Elvis impersonator returns to coach Fox Creek
Being an Elvis impersonator suits Russell Schneider just fine.

Southern peaches get Italian treatment
Just drive down the road and you know it's peach season in the South by the line of produce stands selling the summer fruit.

Southern peaches get Italian treatment
Just drive down the road and you know it's peach season in the South by the line of produce stands selling the summer fruit.

Southern peaches get Italian treatment

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards
The high gas prices are certainly not discouraging your summer travels. The vacation postcards have continued to roll in.

Neither rain nor gas costs stop vacation postcards
The high gas prices are certainly not discouraging your summer travels. The vacation postcards have continued to roll in.

Explosives truck overturns on highway
Columbia County officials are awaiting the arrival of a private chemical cleanup crew to remove an overturned explosives truck on Columbia Road near Appling.

Bank spreads across river
Georgia Bank Financial Corp. got a new name today to prepare for a venture across the river into South Carolina.

Boyles announces mayoral plan
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor today , promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

Walker's daughter pleads guilty to tax fraud
The daughter of former state Sen. Charles Walker entered a guilty plea to tax fraud this afternoon in front of a federal magistrate judge.

Three killed in I-20 accident
Three people are dead after an afternoon crash on Interstate 20 in Taliaferro County.

Investors to build shopping center on River Watch
A group of investors has announced that it will build an 800,000-square-foot open-air shopping center on a 132-acre site near the intersection of River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20.

God-fearing leaders are needed urgently

Right nomination requires leadership
Upon reading Bob Gutin's letter ("Justice must have bipartisan support," July 11), I must say that for anyone trying to learn liberal-speak, this is a textbook example.Dan Duncan, Aiken, S.C.

God-fearing leaders are needed urgently
The current political climate in the United States and its dominant Republican Party reminds me of the rich young man who kept the Ten Commandments since he was a boy.Roy Ellis, Augusta

Right nomination requires leadership

Columnist missed on Plame affair
This is regarding the July 7 column by Jay Ambrose ("Where have the truly vigilant gone?"). This is not the first time a person, journalist or just a citizen, is tossed in the jail for refusing to reveal the source or taking the Fifth.Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

End government extravagance
I would like to comment on your editorial titled "The price of knowledge" (July 11). This editorial seems to be stating that, sometimes, the price that our government pays to gain knowledge is much too high.Tim Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Mindless Dem-bashing continues
You recently wrote an editorial, "What about us, Jimmy?" (June 11) referring to President Carter "joining others on the left calling for the Bush administration to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba." Alan Roberts, Augusta

Right nomination requires leadership
Upon reading Bob Gutin's letter ("Justice must have bipartisan support," July 11), I must say that for anyone trying to learn liberal-speak, this is a textbook example.Dan Duncan, Aiken, S.C.

God-fearing leaders are needed urgently
The current political climate in the United States and its dominant Republican Party reminds me of the rich young man who kept the Ten Commandments since he was a boy.Roy Ellis, Augusta

Stem-cell argument shows hypocrisy
In response to Vern J. Simon's June 2 letter to the editor, "Liberals mar stem-cell debate," what point does Mr. Simon believe he is making by criticizing someone's supposedly intellectually dishonest argument with an equally intellectually dishonest argument?Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

A matter of choice

Health calendar

Seniors calendar

Protect your home from vacation thievery

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'

Study: Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'
NEW YORK - Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they're making snowmen and shooting down the luge track their dad made for them.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

A matter of choice
There was a time when having a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the cervix, was the cure-all for women's gynecological health problems.

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'
NEW YORK - Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they're making snowmen and shooting down the luge track their dad made for them.

Study: Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash
WASHINGTON - Drivers using cellular phones are four times as likely to get into a crash that can cause injuries serious enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance study released Tuesday.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

A matter of choice
There was a time when having a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the cervix, was the cure-all for women's gynecological health problems.

Protect your home from vacation thievery
Your family vacation needn't be a coming home party for burglars.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Protect your home from vacation thievery
Your family vacation needn't be a coming home party for burglars.

Study: Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash
WASHINGTON - Drivers using cellular phones are four times as likely to get into a crash that can cause injuries serious enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance study released Tuesday.

Kid of the Day
Orlando Brown Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
Colton Avery Watkins is today's Kid of the Day.

Laundromat owner nabs burglary suspects
A Trenton, S.C., politician and businessman turned crime stopper when he thwarted a burglary at his coin laundry.

Kid of the Day

False alarm fines win support
Augusta's downtown business district is a step closer to having a false alarm ordinance.

Bosses eye site for new reactor

Bank spreads across river
Georgia Bank Financial Corp. got a new name today to prepare for a venture across the river into South Carolina.

Walker's daughter confesses to tax fraud

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Last call at Greenville's bars and restaurants is coming a little earlier this week.

Garden education

News you can use

Across the area

Leaders purchase north side property
The Aiken City Council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday to purchase property on the city's north side.

Fatal accident

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of execution Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing the manager of a pool hall with a pair of scissors.

Three killed in I-20 accident
Three people are dead after an afternoon crash on Interstate 20 in Taliaferro County.

Fatal accident
Fatal accidentA Georgia Department of Transportation worker inspects a Chevrolet Corvette after it was in an accident with a dump truck Tuesday afternoon at Furys Ferry and Baston roads.

Investors to build shopping center on River Watch
A group of investors has announced that it will build an 800,000-square-foot open-air shopping center on a 132-acre site near the intersection of River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20.

Man's body found in Augusta Canal
Police were called to the Augusta Canal on Tuesday evening after being told that a body was spotted floating near 13th Street next to Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Heritage group sues over flag removal
A Southern heritage group has filed a lawsuit against the Augusta Commission and former Mayor Bob Young in an effort to restore a Confederate banner to its former place on Riverwalk Augusta.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina would study executions for two years but not stop them under a weakened bill sent to the full House on Tuesday.

Walker's daughter confesses to tax fraud
The daughter of former state Sen. Charles Walker entered a guilty plea Tuesday to tax fraud.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Three men have been charged in the shooting death of a Rock Hill man who was found dead in the parking lot of a nightclub, police said Monday.

Drug case could alter rule on vehicle checks
ATLANTA - The ability of Georgia law enforcement officials to pull over and inspect commercial vehicles might hinge on a court case from Banks County involving a watermelon truck and a hidden stash of cocaine.

Two blind students take victory walk

Audit shows city in good shape
Except for significant deficits in enterprise funds and weaknesses in the financial reporting system of its housing and economic development department, Augusta is in sound financial shape, according to its auditing firm.

Across Georgia

Three killed in I-20 accident

Explosives truck overturns on highway
Columbia County officials are awaiting the arrival of a private chemical cleanup crew to remove an overturned explosives truck on Columbia Road near Appling.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Three men have been charged in the shooting death of a Rock Hill man who was found dead in the parking lot of a nightclub, police said Monday.

Leaders purchase north side property
The Aiken City Council unanimously approved two resolutions Monday to purchase property on the city's north side.

Kid of the Day
Orlando Brown Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

Evans makes list as 32nd-best place to live

Allen announces state Senate bid

Coliseum authority looks at renovation
Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority have tentative plans to give the city commission a multimillion-dollar renovation project to upgrade the aging civic center complex.

Across South Carolina

Tarver wants to fill seat

Bank spreads across river

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Jack and Lucy Brantley still call the worms a gift from God.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit

Boogie down at the ball game
Lake Olmstead Stadium was flooded with children from day-care centers, camps and clubs during Kids Day with the Augusta GreenJackets.

Boyles announces mayoral plan

Property reassessments cause tax increase
Exactly what classifies as a tax increase?

Across South Carolina

Garden education
Andrew Davis Tucker/StaffGarden educationAt left, Kay Mills (left), the master gardener and coordinator of volunteers for The Hydrangeas at Pendleton Volunteers, shows different kinds of hydrangeas to Susan Hester, of Augusta.

Three go to jail for crime spree

Two blind students take victory walk
Guided by his golden retriever Max, the walk across the stage was no mean feat for William James, who overcame blindness to earn his degree and now seeks to help others succeed as well.

Leaders purchase north side property

Anti-gambling work draws skepticism
ATLANTA - A lottery-funded program designed to help compulsive gamblers must make significant steps toward showing its worth in the coming months or possibly face the budget ax, several top lawmakers said Tuesday.

Explosives truck overturns on highway

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Tropical Storms Cindy and Dennis have left behind millions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses and crops in Georgia, state officials said Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
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Across the area
The Columbia County school board postponed a decision on disciplinary action against school administrators at a Tuesday meeting.

Allen announces state Senate bid
Another Augusta attorney, former state Rep. Ben Allen, threw his hat into the state Senate ring Tuesday, declaring his candidacy for the 22nd District seat in front of a group of supporters.

News you can use
The National Safety Council suggests the following techniques:

Tax notices are invalid, ex-chief says
Richmond County's former chief tax appraiser, Sonny Reece, says this year's property tax assessment change notices are invalid because they were not mailed to property owners in a timely manner after the tax assessors board approved the changes.

Coliseum authority looks at renovation

Ecology lab sends workers to job fair
Rosemary Forrest saw one job on Tuesday she knew she could do. Trouble is, it's at half her salary.

False alarm fines win support

Evans makes list as 32nd-best place to live
Columbia County officials might want to put up a big 32 somewhere along Washington Road in Evans.

Rants and Raves
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Bosses eye site for new reactor
Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga., is emerging as the top contender among three potential sites for one of the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in three decades.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Jack and Lucy Brantley still call the worms a gift from God.

Commissioner Boyles announces mayoral bid
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor Tuesday, promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

Three go to jail for crime spree
AIKEN - Jerry Bell, Brent Aiken and William Bell couldn't apologize enough Monday.

Fatal accident
Fatal accidentA Georgia Department of Transportation worker inspects a Chevrolet Corvette after it was in an accident with a dump truck Tuesday afternoon at Furys Ferry and Baston roads.

Boogie down at the ball game
Lake Olmstead Stadium was flooded with children from day-care centers, camps and clubs during Kids Day with the Augusta GreenJackets.

Two blind students take victory walk
Guided by his golden retriever Max, the walk across the stage was no mean feat for William James, who overcame blindness to earn his degree and now seeks to help others succeed as well.

News you can use
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Coliseum authority looks at renovation
Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority have tentative plans to give the city commission a multimillion-dollar renovation project to upgrade the aging civic center complex.

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Tropical Storms Cindy and Dennis have left behind millions of dollars in damages to homes, businesses and crops in Georgia, state officials said Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A handful of Georgia Department of Revenue employees were among 2,209 people filing fraudulent tax returns during the recent filing season, the agency reported.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Last call at Greenville's bars and restaurants is coming a little earlier this week.

Across the area
A Bainbridge, Ga., man was in the Richmond County jail Monday night, charged with sexual battery, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Across the area
The Columbia County school board postponed a decision on disciplinary action against school administrators at a Tuesday meeting.

Tarver wants to fill seat
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat Monday.

Kid of the Day
Colton Avery Watkins is today's Kid of the Day.

Boyles announces mayoral plan
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor today , promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

News you can use
The National Safety Council suggests the following techniques:

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of execution Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing the manager of a pool hall with a pair of scissors.

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Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A handful of Georgia Department of Revenue employees were among 2,209 people filing fraudulent tax returns during the recent filing season, the agency reported.

Heritage group sues over flag removal
A Southern heritage group has filed a lawsuit against the Augusta Commission and former Mayor Bob Young in an effort to restore a Confederate banner to its former place on Riverwalk Augusta.

Ecology lab sends workers to job fair

Boogie down at the ball game

Tarver wants to fill seat
Augusta lawyer Ed Tarver announced his candidacy for the 22nd District state Senate seat Monday.

Commissioner Boyles announces mayoral bid

Kid of the Day

Heritage group sues over flag removal

Audit shows city in good shape

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Garden education
Andrew Davis Tucker/StaffGarden educationAt left, Kay Mills (left), the master gardener and coordinator of volunteers for The Hydrangeas at Pendleton Volunteers, shows different kinds of hydrangeas to Susan Hester, of Augusta.

Three go to jail for crime spree
AIKEN - Jerry Bell, Brent Aiken and William Bell couldn't apologize enough Monday.

Evans makes list as 32nd-best place to live
Columbia County officials might want to put up a big 32 somewhere along Washington Road in Evans.

False alarm fines win support
Augusta's downtown business district is a step closer to having a false alarm ordinance.

Bosses eye site for new reactor
Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Ga., is emerging as the top contender among three potential sites for one of the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in three decades.

Across Georgia

Commissioner Boyles announces mayoral bid
Augusta Commission District 7 member Tommy Boyles launched his campaign for mayor Tuesday, promising to bring leadership, trust and political stability back to the city.

Wrecked explosives truck spills chemicals
Cleanup will continue today on Columbia Road near Appling where a truck carrying explosives overturned Tuesday morning.

Walker's daughter confesses to tax fraud
The daughter of former state Sen. Charles Walker entered a guilty plea Tuesday to tax fraud.

Investors to build shopping center on River Watch

FBI refuses to comment on visit to tire shop
CLEARWATER - U.S. Department of Energy and FBI officials confirmed Wednesday that federal agents were on the premises of a Clearwater business.

Tax notices are invalid, ex-chief says

Allen announces state Senate bid
Another Augusta attorney, former state Rep. Ben Allen, threw his hat into the state Senate ring Tuesday, declaring his candidacy for the 22nd District seat in front of a group of supporters.

Audit shows city in good shape
Except for significant deficits in enterprise funds and weaknesses in the financial reporting system of its housing and economic development department, Augusta is in sound financial shape, according to its auditing firm.

Tax notices are invalid, ex-chief says
Richmond County's former chief tax appraiser, Sonny Reece, says this year's property tax assessment change notices are invalid because they were not mailed to property owners in a timely manner after the tax assessors board approved the changes.

Ecology lab sends workers to job fair
Rosemary Forrest saw one job on Tuesday she knew she could do. Trouble is, it's at half her salary.

Across the Southeast

Documentary looks at Mantle's life and death

Documentary looks at Mantle's life and death
DALLAS - In telling Mickey Mantle's story, it's easy to get wrapped up in his tremendous home runs, the World Series championships he won and the anecdotes about his boozy carousing.

Wonka's Charlie Bucket content to pass on golden ticket
LOWVILLE, N.Y. - Peter Ostrum takes off his hay-scratched cap and gloves, then walks into a classroom at Lowville Academy.

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Wonka's Charlie Bucket content to pass on golden ticket

Wonka's Charlie Bucket content to pass on golden ticket
LOWVILLE, N.Y. - Peter Ostrum takes off his hay-scratched cap and gloves, then walks into a classroom at Lowville Academy.

New home-video releases

Documentary looks at Mantle's life and death
DALLAS - In telling Mickey Mantle's story, it's easy to get wrapped up in his tremendous home runs, the World Series championships he won and the anecdotes about his boozy carousing.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Slim Thug aims nationwide with album

Slim Thug aims nationwide with album
CYPRESS, Texas - Slim Thug is a Goliath on the Houston rap scene, and it has nothing to do with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Oh, Thalia. You have everything going for you. You're beautiful. You've got a voice that is playful and strong. You can dance, act, and you've built a self-named business empire. You're a true performer.

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Oh, Thalia. You have everything going for you. You're beautiful. You've got a voice that is playful and strong. You can dance, act, and you've built a self-named business empire. You're a true performer.

Lauryn Hill returns to the limelight
NEW YORK - Lauryn Hill's long freeze-out of the public is beginning to thaw.

Slim Thug aims nationwide with album
CYPRESS, Texas - Slim Thug is a Goliath on the Houston rap scene, and it has nothing to do with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Willie Nelson is so prolific that sometimes even he forgets he has another record coming out.

Players get involved in recruiting at event
College coaches aren't the only ones recruiting at the Peach Jam.

Players get involved in recruiting at event
College coaches aren't the only ones recruiting at the Peach Jam.

Police arrest former Bulldog

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Deacon J.B. Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

Mr. B.R. (Bill) Tadlock    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wall Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph G. Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Richard Lott    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. June O. Moffett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William R. Kirkland    (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Riley Edward Watson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Deacon J.B. Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. William R. Kirkland    (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Riley Edward Watson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Ira C. Brown, Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lutrica Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Claude Campbell    (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. June O. Moffett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. B.R. (Bill) Tadlock    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Matthew Terronez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph G. Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Matthew Terronez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Richard Lott    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wall Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lutrica Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Campbell    (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ira C. Brown, Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Hardin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Garrett (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Buford Kent (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Lutrica Evans (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie M. Drayton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Joshua Matthew Terronez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Wall Matthews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Winn (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Campbell (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Deacon J.B. Brown (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. June O. Moffett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Grant (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. William R. Kirkland (ULMER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Ralph G. Phillips (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juliette L. Myerholtz (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Marie Dabrowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen (JESUP, Ga.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Bartavious Williams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ira C. Brown, Jr. (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Thomas Vaughn Padgett, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Jefferson, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Van Sant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Richard Lott (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Charles Motin, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. B.R. (Bill) Tadlock (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Riley Edward Watson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Overtime

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event

Overtime

Soccer: FireBall will honor troops at game

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event
Vince Alexander feels like a child at a carnival.

Overtime
In Palo Alto, Calif., Division II Player of the Year Dane Burkhart and USC Aiken coach Michael Carlisle will lead the American squad into the 30th annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship beginning today.

Soccer: FireBall will honor troops at game
Throughout their inaugural season in the Premier Develop-ment League, the Augusta Fire-Ball have received more support than they ever could have anticipated.

Overtime
Spots are still open in the field for the Augusta City Amateur, which starts Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Soccer: FireBall will honor troops at game
Throughout their inaugural season in the Premier Develop-ment League, the Augusta Fire-Ball have received more support than they ever could have anticipated.

Overtime
Spots are still open in the field for the Augusta City Amateur, which starts Friday at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Overtime
In Palo Alto, Calif., Division II Player of the Year Dane Burkhart and USC Aiken coach Michael Carlisle will lead the American squad into the 30th annual Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship beginning today.

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event
Vince Alexander feels like a child at a carnival.

NBA draft rule postpones dreams of player
Brandan Wright said he wanted to make the "jump."

NBA draft rule postpones dreams of player
Brandan Wright said he wanted to make the "jump."

Police arrest former Bulldog
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested on two misdemeanor charges in Columbia County after witnesses told police he gave his wife a bloody nose.

Police arrest former Bulldog
Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested on two misdemeanor charges in Columbia County after witnesses told police he gave his wife a bloody nose.

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI flew to the Italian Alps on Monday for a summer vacation in the same spot favored by his predecessor, John Paul II.

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling
On her last Supreme Court decision day before resigning, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor opposed Ten Commandments displays outside the Texas Capitol and inside Kentucky courthouses, saying they violated church-state separation. Court majorities agreed with her regarding Kentucky but let the Texas monument remain.

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling
On her last Supreme Court decision day before resigning, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor opposed Ten Commandments displays outside the Texas Capitol and inside Kentucky courthouses, saying they violated church-state separation. Court majorities agreed with her regarding Kentucky but let the Texas monument remain.

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation
LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI flew to the Italian Alps on Monday for a summer vacation in the same spot favored by his predecessor, John Paul II.

CBS to expand Web news
NEW YORK - CBS News is aggressively expanding its Internet capabilities to offer a 24-hour news network with a "video jukebox" that allows consumers to construct their own online newscasts, the network announced Tuesday.

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus

People in the News

What is podcasting?

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92

Farm Aid to celebrate 20th anniversary

Video Game Reviews: 'Coded Arms,' 'Dead to Rights'

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time
At the last pep rally of this past school year, my junior year, I watched as my school's seniors enthusiastically cheered the prospect of graduating. I remembered thinking to myself, "Wow, these kids sure are happy about leaving high school." I could not help but wonder whether my reaction would be the same.

Acting up
Long after the bells for school stop ringing and high school auditoriums are closed for summer break, those involved in community theater groups, such as the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing, act on.

Xtreme calendar
SCORE! The Augusta Fireball Soccer team, a team made up of under-23 Division 1 collegiate soccer players, will play against the Raleigh CASL Elite at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for those 6 and younger.

Audio best

Artist's Corner
THE FACTS: Sam Menard, 13, a home-schooled eighth-grader.

Girl should put focus on present, not past

Girl should put focus on present, not past
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I recently got a new boyfriend, and he is everything I could ever want, but that's just it: We've been dating for only a month, and it seems too good to be true. He has done everything right that I could ever imagine, until recently.

Xtreme calendar

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles
As I read in the newspaper that gasoline prices are expected to hit $3 a gallon by next year, I'm thankful I drive a Ford Focus with an energy-efficient four-cylinder engine.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the best-selling recorded music as appearing next week's Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

Audio best
Weekly charts for the best-selling recorded music as appearing next week's Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time

Acting up
Long after the bells for school stop ringing and high school auditoriums are closed for summer break, those involved in community theater groups, such as the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing, act on.

With high school nearly over, it's wise to make most of time
At the last pep rally of this past school year, my junior year, I watched as my school's seniors enthusiastically cheered the prospect of graduating. I remembered thinking to myself, "Wow, these kids sure are happy about leaving high school." I could not help but wonder whether my reaction would be the same.

Question of the week
Q: Have you ever gone off unchaperoned on an out-of-town trip?

Question of the week

Acting up

Girl should put focus on present, not past
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I recently got a new boyfriend, and he is everything I could ever want, but that's just it: We've been dating for only a month, and it seems too good to be true. He has done everything right that I could ever imagine, until recently.

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles

Xtreme calendar
SCORE! The Augusta Fireball Soccer team, a team made up of under-23 Division 1 collegiate soccer players, will play against the Raleigh CASL Elite at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for those 6 and younger.

Question of the week

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles
As I read in the newspaper that gasoline prices are expected to hit $3 a gallon by next year, I'm thankful I drive a Ford Focus with an energy-efficient four-cylinder engine.

Artist's Corner

Artist's Corner
THE FACTS: Sam Menard, 13, a home-schooled eighth-grader.

Reunions

Chalk drawings decorate Nancy Carson Library

Calendar

Church group is ready for Bolivia mission

Anniversaries

Recreation calendar

Recycling locations

Pet of the week

Adult literacy information

Around the block

Man will go to Las Vegas to compete in martial arts

Aiken Tech program scores coup

Play is enlivened by youthful fervor

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation