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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Steeply escalating gas prices take their toll

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
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.

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.

SEC opens probe over DreamWorks report

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

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.

Business Briefs

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

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Dairy industry skeptical about cloned cows

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?

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.

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.

First acknowledge it

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.

Gitmo terrorists live large

Hazy situation

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.

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.

The spirit of Churchill

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

Cookbooks offer vacation-flavor food

Recipe for pineapple-cucumber gazpacho

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

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

Summer brings blueberry recipes

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Nicklaus' love of St. Andrews strong as ever

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.

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.

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.

Golf Glance
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

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.

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

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

Golf Glance
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Open fans can visit Morrises' memorial

Golf Glance

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

Golf: Wayward drives lead to laughs

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.

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

Golf: Old Gray Lady has unique style

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Health calendar

A matter of choice

Seniors calendar

Journalist: Kids suffer from 'nature-deficit disorder'

Protect your home from vacation thievery

Study: Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Tarver wants to fill seat

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
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Jack and Lucy Brantley still call the worms a gift from God.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

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.

Allen announces state Senate bid

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Bosses eye site for new reactor

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.

Walker's daughter confesses to tax fraud

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.

Garden education

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 the area

Kid of the Day

Fatal accident

News you can use
Events for this week include:

Evans makes list as 32nd-best place to live

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.

Coliseum authority looks at renovation

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.

Tax notices are invalid, ex-chief says

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.

Heritage group sues over flag removal

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

Boogie down at the ball game

Commissioner Boyles announces mayoral bid

News you can use
Events for this week include:

Across Georgia

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

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Ecology lab sends workers to job fair

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

Two blind students take victory walk

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.

News you can use

Audit shows city in good shape

Three killed in I-20 accident

Leaders purchase north side property

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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
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.

Across the Southeast

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 South Carolina

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

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.

Bank spreads across river

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.

Across Georgia

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

Explosives truck overturns on highway

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

Three go to jail for crime spree

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 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.

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

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

Boyles announces mayoral plan

News you can use

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

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.

For Georgia farm family, the worm turns a profit

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.

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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.

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.

Documentary looks at Mantle's life and death

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.

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:

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

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
Selected home-video releases:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

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

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.

Willie Nelson takes reggae turn with 'Countryman'

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected 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.

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
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.

Slim Thug aims nationwide with album

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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.

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

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Riley Edward Watson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Bill Winn    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lutrica Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Campbell    (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Hardin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Joshua Matthew Terronez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Riley Edward Watson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joshua Matthew Terronez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lutrica Evans    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Claude Campbell    (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Cordelia Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Raymond Grant    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harvey Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Bartavious Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Esther Lacy Lanier (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Hardin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Marie Barmen (JESUP, Ga.)

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

Mr. Riley Edward Watson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Bartavious Williams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Prince (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Hall (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Miss Cordelia Ellis (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Raymond Grant (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Campbell (CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Miss Brittany L. Jernigan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Cordelia Ann Ellis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. James Buford Kent (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

Ms. Alice Poston Gurr (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roland Arlie Redd (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Erma Luke Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Mae Kemp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Lutrica Evans (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Joshua Matthew Terronez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Overtime

Pacers' Alexander enjoying first event

Overtime

Soccer: FireBall will honor troops at game

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
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.

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

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.

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.

People in the News

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

Actress-singer Frances Langford dies at 92

Farm Aid to celebrate 20th anniversary

Doctor files slander lawsuit against Imus

What is podcasting?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Girl should put focus on present, not past

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.

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.

Acting up

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

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.):

Alternative fuel sources could relieve gas troubles

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Artist's Corner

Question of the week

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.):

Question of the week

Church group is ready for Bolivia mission

Man will go to Las Vegas to compete in martial arts

Adult literacy information

Reunions

Play is enlivened by youthful fervor

Pet of the week

Calendar

Around the block

Chalk drawings decorate Nancy Carson Library

Aiken Tech program scores coup

Recreation calendar

Anniversaries

Recycling locations

Justice O'Connor joined confusing Ten Commandments ruling

Pope arrives in Italian Alps for summer vacation