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Hip-hop theater leads off black arts festival
Twenty years ago the notion of combining theater and hip-hop (and finding an audience for it), couldn't have been fathomed.

Hip-hop theater leads off black arts festival
Twenty years ago the notion of combining theater and hip-hop (and finding an audience for it), couldn't have been fathomed.

Hip-hop theater leads off black arts festival

Gallery calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Ripken has a ball in retirement
ABERDEEN, Md. - It's a lovely summer day, perfect for playing baseball, and that's precisely what some 250 kids are doing as part of an exclusive camp in this rural town about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

Broxton ready for promotion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jonathan Broxton could become the third Jacksonville Suns relief pitcher to join the Los Angeles Dodgers in the past two years. And it could happen soon ... very soon.

Ripken has a ball in retirement
ABERDEEN, Md. - It's a lovely summer day, perfect for playing baseball, and that's precisely what some 250 kids are doing as part of an exclusive camp in this rural town about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

Ripken has a ball in retirement

Smotz gets easy win over Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - John Smoltz's return to the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation hasn't gone the way most expected.

Smotz gets easy win over Giants

Smotz gets easy win over Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - John Smoltz's return to the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation hasn't gone the way most expected.

Fresh rookies keep Braves running toward top of NL East
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have found that young legs are good road legs.

Fresh rookies keep Braves running toward top of NL East
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have found that young legs are good road legs.

Fresh rookies keep Braves running toward top of NL East

Dealing with rude cell phone callers
Jacqueline Whitmore felt one of the masseuse's hands glide off her shoulder, and then heard chatting.

Local mill to stay open
International Paper Co.'s gigantic paper mill likely will emerge unscathed from the company's restructuring plan announced this week. But two other local corporate divisions could be sold or spun off into separate companies.

Whiskey Road bustling with development
There's another area thoroughfare that starts with a "W" and gets busier every day.

London attacks weaken strong trading
NEW YORK - Another series of attacks in London unnerved Wall Street on Thursday, sending stocks falling as investors looked past strong earnings and China's decision to revalue its currency.

Dealing with rude cell phone callers
Jacqueline Whitmore felt one of the masseuse's hands glide off her shoulder, and then heard chatting.

Whiskey Road bustling with development
There's another area thoroughfare that starts with a "W" and gets busier every day.

Local mill to stay open

Poll says airline's reputation is low
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Delta's regional subsidiary, could just as easily be United Airlines, American Airlines or any other Delta competitor - at least in the minds of area executives.

Poll says airline's reputation is low
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Delta's regional subsidiary, could just as easily be United Airlines, American Airlines or any other Delta competitor - at least in the minds of area executives.

Local mill to stay open
International Paper Co.'s gigantic paper mill likely will emerge unscathed from the company's restructuring plan announced this week. But two other local corporate divisions could be sold or spun off into separate companies.

Winn-Dixie buyers miss area
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said Wednesday it has found buyers for 102 of the 326 supermarkets it wants to shed in bankruptcy. None are in the Augusta-Aiken market.

Winn-Dixie buyers miss area

London attacks weaken strong trading

Dealing with rude cell phone callers

London attacks weaken strong trading
NEW YORK - Another series of attacks in London unnerved Wall Street on Thursday, sending stocks falling as investors looked past strong earnings and China's decision to revalue its currency.

Whiskey Road bustling with development

Poll says airline's reputation is low

Winn-Dixie buyers miss area
Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said Wednesday it has found buyers for 102 of the 326 supermarkets it wants to shed in bankruptcy. None are in the Augusta-Aiken market.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 21, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 22, 2005.

Champion tops preseason lists of publications

Champion tops preseason lists of publications
After winning two national championships in a row, Southern California - to no one's surprise - is the pick to win college football's top prize once again.

Champion tops preseason lists of publications
After winning two national championships in a row, Southern California - to no one's surprise - is the pick to win college football's top prize once again.

Kill it dead
The third plank in Marx's Communist Manifesto, reminds the Wall Street Journal, is "taxation of all inheritance."

Kill it dead
The third plank in Marx's Communist Manifesto, reminds the Wall Street Journal, is "taxation of all inheritance."

Learning the wrong lessons
We're having second thoughts about encouraging Augusta commissioners to eschew vacation pleasures and to immerse themselves in the information seminars and work sessions at the National Association of Counties confab that was held in Hawaii the past several days.

Learning the wrong lessons

The right choice
Unless liberals can dig something up on John Roberts Jr. that the FBI has missed - such as beating his wife or stealing from his church's till - then he'll be the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kill it dead

The right choice

Good-news economy
If the Bush administration reported that this year's budget deficit would come in almost $100 billion more than originally estimated, it would be a huge bad-news story.

Good-news economy

Good-news economy
If the Bush administration reported that this year's budget deficit would come in almost $100 billion more than originally estimated, it would be a huge bad-news story.

Learning the wrong lessons
We're having second thoughts about encouraging Augusta commissioners to eschew vacation pleasures and to immerse themselves in the information seminars and work sessions at the National Association of Counties confab that was held in Hawaii the past several days.

The right choice
Unless liberals can dig something up on John Roberts Jr. that the FBI has missed - such as beating his wife or stealing from his church's till - then he'll be the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ready, aim, splat!
On the paintball field, life is a zero-sum game. Tag or be tagged. Hunt or be hunted. The winner goes home clean. The loser literally takes his lumps with a stain of defeat. Yet target practice has never been quite so gratifying. When was the last time you shook hands with the target you just shot?

People in the News
LONDON - Coldplay and young British quintet Kaiser Chiefs are among 12 acts nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury music prize.

Open tab
Drinks are cool and entertainment is hot at Augusta- and Aiken-area nightclubs this week. Here's a sampling of what's going on:

What's for lunch
MOT'S PIT COOKED BAR-B-QUE ADDRESS: 3963 Columbia Road, Martinez

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor
NEW YORK- Madonna isn't the person she once was - and that's the way she wants it.

Scrapes and bruises are just part of paintball fun
Buy the good paint. That's the lesson we learned from our paintball adventure two weekends ago. The upside to using cheap "field paint" is that when you get hit, the marble-size ball might not break and you will be able to stay in the game. The downside is that a tiny bruise probably will mark the spot on your skin where you got hit. Yee-ouch!

Concert calendar
DAVID ALLAN COE: Saturday, Last Call

Ready, aim, splat!
On the paintball field, life is a zero-sum game. Tag or be tagged. Hunt or be hunted. The winner goes home clean. The loser literally takes his lumps with a stain of defeat. Yet target practice has never been quite so gratifying. When was the last time you shook hands with the target you just shot?

Applause Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Concert calendar
DAVID ALLAN COE: Saturday, Last Call

Rating of 'GTA: San Andreas' changed to adults only
SAN FRANCISCO - The video game industry on Wednesday changed to adults-only the rating of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," a best-selling title in which explicit sexual content can be unlocked with an Internet download.

Titles won't keep players interested
Like any form of entertainment, a video game has to grab your attention from the beginning and make you want to keep playing.

What's for lunch
MOT'S PIT COOKED BAR-B-QUEADDRESS: 3963 Columbia Road, Martinez

Spotted
Aubern Marshall, LaVonne Marion, Jasmine Turner and Erin Delmore stopped to pose at the 10th annual Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta.

Scrapes and bruises are just part of paintball fun
Buy the good paint. That's the lesson we learned from our paintball adventure two weekends ago. The upside to using cheap "field paint" is that when you get hit, the marble-size ball might not break and you will be able to stay in the game. The downside is that a tiny bruise probably will mark the spot on your skin where you got hit. Yee-ouch!

Open tab
Drinks are cool and entertainment is hot at Augusta- and Aiken-area nightclubs this week. Here's a sampling of what's going on:

Titles won't keep players interested
Like any form of entertainment, a video game has to grab your attention from the beginning and make you want to keep playing.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Spotted
Aubern Marshall, LaVonne Marion, Jasmine Turner and Erin Delmore stopped to pose at the 10th annual Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta.

Applause Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

'Star Trek's' Doohan dies
LOS ANGELES - James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and movies who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died Wednesday. He was 85.

'Star Trek's' Doohan dies
LOS ANGELES - James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and movies who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died Wednesday. He was 85.

People in the News
LONDON - Coldplay and young British quintet Kaiser Chiefs are among 12 acts nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury music prize.

Pitt makes public appearance following illness
NEW YORK - Brad Pitt, diagnosed with a mild case of viral meningitis and released from the hospital last week, accepted a $250,000 check on behalf of the Film Foundation Inc. at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Rating of 'GTA: San Andreas' changed to adults only
SAN FRANCISCO - The video game industry on Wednesday changed to adults-only the rating of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," a best-selling title in which explicit sexual content can be unlocked with an Internet download.

The Liquid Life: Robbie's Sports Bar
MOST POPULAR DRINK: On Friday and Saturday, Crown Royal and Hennessy are popular; the rest of the week, beer rules.

The Liquid Life: Robbie's Sports Bar
MOST POPULAR DRINK: On Friday and Saturday, Crown Royal and Hennessy are popular; the rest of the week, beer rules.

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor
NEW YORK- Madonna isn't the person she once was - and that's the way she wants it.

Panel recommends killing the alternative minimum tax
WASHINGTON - A presidential panel said Wednesday that the alternative minimum tax, designed to snare affluent tax dodgers but now hovering over the middle class, should be abolished.

Panel recommends killing the alternative minimum tax
WASHINGTON - A presidential panel said Wednesday that the alternative minimum tax, designed to snare affluent tax dodgers but now hovering over the middle class, should be abolished.

Panel recommends killing the alternative minimum tax

Fishing Tournaments

Schooling fish have been absent in July
There's more to fishing than just catching fish, and that's a good thing because the kinds of fishing many do hasn't been all that great lately.

Schooling fish have been absent in July
There's more to fishing than just catching fish, and that's a good thing because the kinds of fishing many do hasn't been all that great lately.

Fishing Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Schooling fish have been absent in July

Wet weather put powdery mildew on dogwoods
I am having a problem with my dogwood tree. Several of the leaves have a whitish powdery coating, and many of the leaves are twisted and distorted. What is the problem? Is there anything I can do? Is this going to kill my tree?

Joe-pye is a weed to be admired

Joe-pye is a weed to be admired
A reporter once asked me, "If you could convince all garden centers to sell one perennial, what would it be?" The answer was simple for me: the joe-pye weed.

Wet weather put powdery mildew on dogwoods

Wet weather put powdery mildew on dogwoods
I am having a problem with my dogwood tree. Several of the leaves have a whitish powdery coating, and many of the leaves are twisted and distorted. What is the problem? Is there anything I can do? Is this going to kill my tree?

Joe-pye is a weed to be admired
A reporter once asked me, "If you could convince all garden centers to sell one perennial, what would it be?" The answer was simple for me: the joe-pye weed.

GreenJackets' star has speed to burn
Marcus Sanders never really challenged kids to races while he was growing up in Sarasota, Fla.

GreenJackets' star has speed to burn
Marcus Sanders never really challenged kids to races while he was growing up in Sarasota, Fla.

Roberts leading in tour debut
ABERDEEN, Scotland - Loren Roberts made his Champions Tour debut Thursday with 1-over 72 at Royal Aberdeen to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

Wie, Sorenstam struggle at Evian Masters
EVIAN, France - Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam struggled Wednesday in the opening round of the Evian Masters.

Roberts leading in tour debut
ABERDEEN, Scotland - Loren Roberts made his Champions Tour debut Thursday with 1-over 72 at Royal Aberdeen to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

Ramage wins Georgia Women's Open

Roberts leading in tour debut

Ramage wins Georgia Women's Open
NEWNAN, Ga. - Diana Ramage of Fayetteville carded a 4-under-par 68 Wednesday to win the Georgia Women's Open with a tournament record total of 11-under 133 for two rounds.

Ramage wins Georgia Women's Open
NEWNAN, Ga. - Diana Ramage of Fayetteville carded a 4-under-par 68 Wednesday to win the Georgia Women's Open with a tournament record total of 11-under 133 for two rounds.

GreenJackets' star has speed to burn

Post office held surreal meeting
My small world keeps getting smaller. I always tell readers if they send me a postcard from their vacation, I'll reciprocate if I get a return address.

Armed robbery suspects arrested in North Augusta
North Augusta authorities have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery early this morning.

Shooting suspect arrested in Columbia County
A North Carolina man was arrested early this morning in Columbia County after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and her daughter and shooting another man to death in suburban Atlanta, police said.

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta
Richmond County sheriff's deputies found a man this morning wanted in connection with an Aiken County murder.

Police chief is an honest law officer

Police chief is an honest law officer
I have known Wrens Police Chief David Hannah professionally for more than five years. My family and I have had the pleasure of having him in our home. Necole Roberson, Martinez

AP story didn't have facts straight
Once more, The Chronicle has printed an Associated Press article that addresses an important subject but contains inaccuracies, and has no one who is willing to admit authorship.Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

Christians must grow the right way
Why are so many Christians' viewing habits no better than the general public's? Frank Hutto, Augusta

Drugs destroying black community
Recently, the U.S. Senate decided to make an apology for the Senate's failure to pass an anti-lynching law. Brian Green, Augusta

Police chief is an honest law officer
I have known Wrens Police Chief David Hannah professionally for more than five years. My family and I have had the pleasure of having him in our home. Necole Roberson, Martinez

Smoking ban broke up coffee klatsch
They broke up our gang! We didn't have a catchy moniker or shared interests like bikers and golfers do. We just got together at the Waffle House every morning for breakfast and coffee. ...Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

Living briefs

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips
As most people know by now, gasoline/electric vehicles reduce the amount of gasoline consumed in transporting folks to work or play.

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry
To drive south on Mike Padgett Highway is to journey into the heart of Augusta industry.

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry
To drive south on Mike Padgett Highway is to journey into the heart of Augusta industry.

Living briefs
Fall is that magical time of cool temperatures, colorful leaves ... and pencils, books and backpacks. Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember?

Living briefs
Fall is that magical time of cool temperatures, colorful leaves ... and pencils, books and backpacks. Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember?

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips
As most people know by now, gasoline/electric vehicles reduce the amount of gasoline consumed in transporting folks to work or play.

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle
Nissan will recall more than 140,000 Murano sport utility vehicles amid concerns that a broken wire in the alternator could deplete power to the engine and lead to a crash.

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle
Nissan will recall more than 140,000 Murano sport utility vehicles amid concerns that a broken wire in the alternator could deplete power to the engine and lead to a crash.

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor
Sand and sea are beguiling us shore to shore, given the distinct references to them this summer in designs for house and garden.

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor
Sand and sea are beguiling us shore to shore, given the distinct references to them this summer in designs for house and garden.

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Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state doubled its purchase price on a tiny tract of land in order to get Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to sell property needed for a road project in Irmo.

Aiken housing boom spreads across county
Arkesha Berry grew up in central Aiken County and vowed to return there after saving enough money for a home she could afford.

Kid of the Day
Nasir DaJon Mosquera is today's Kid of the Day.

UGA chancellor to step down
ATLANTA - Chancellor Tom Meredith, the respected but often controversial head of higher education in Georgia, is leaving the state's network of colleges and universities to take a similar position in Mississippi.

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Shooting suspect arrested in Columbia County
A North Carolina man was arrested early this morning in Columbia County after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and her daughter and shooting another man to death in suburban Atlanta, police said.

Man given 9 years for abusing infant
Lashaun A. Jones insisted Wednesday that he was a good father. He also admitted that he was responsible for his infant son's 30 bone fractures and other injuries.

Don't get beat by the summer heat
Their peaches, watermelons and tomatoes don't wilt in the summer heat, but Charles and Marita Fordham need a break every once in a while.

Request to watch is denied
Richmond County school officials rejected a request by the local Transport Workers Union to observe this week's school bus inspections.

Making history come alive
When Barbara Gannt Thompkins attended her first day of school in 1964, she didn't think she was doing anything unusual. All the reporters and cameras at Forest Hill Elementary School were a part of everybody's first day, she thought.

Fixed on learning
Mykayla Fernandes (from left), 12, Tabitha Williams, 14, and Allyson Lattimore, 11, sing the theme of Camp Fix-It at Dyess Park.

Man given 9 years for abusing infant
Lashaun A. Jones insisted Wednesday that he was a good father. He also admitted that he was responsible for his infant son's 30 bone fractures and other injuries.

Don't get beat by the summer heat
Their peaches, watermelons and tomatoes don't wilt in the summer heat, but Charles and Marita Fordham need a break every once in a while.

DUI death results in probation
An Augusta driver who caused a fatal car crash pleaded guilty to a vehicular homicide charge Wednesday and received a 10-year probation sentence.

Welcome back, commission
The annual meeting of the National Association of Counties, held this year in HawaiiWho went: Augusta Commissioners Betty Beard, Richard Colclough, Bobby Hankerson and Marion WilliamsWhat it cost taxpayers: $14,443

Airport plans to rework ads
Augusta Regional Airport officials want to assure customers that when Delta drops two flights in the fall another early morning option will be waiting in the wings: US Airways' 5:45 a.m. flight to Charlotte.

Frigate returns to port after 20 years

Powder in letter was not a toxin
Tests of a powdery substance found with a threatening letter Tuesday at the home of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde found that it posed no danger.

System thanks its local supporters
Supporting the Columbia County School System is tantamount to a family tradition for Preston Blanchard.

UGA to change ID numbers
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia is taking steps to eliminate the use of Social Security numbers as the official identifier for students, faculty and staff.

Powder in letter was not a toxin
Tests of a powdery substance found with a threatening letter Tuesday at the home of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde found that it posed no danger.

Aiken housing boom spreads across county
Arkesha Berry grew up in central Aiken County and vowed to return there after saving enough money for a home she could afford.

Across the area
Gov. Sonny Perdue will come to McDuffie County on July 30 to hold his next "Saturday with Sonny" event.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Federal Aviation Administration is tightening security around Atlanta's airspace Friday, when President Bush visits.

State looks at combining childhood programs
Teresa Stone sends a gaggle of children in a circle around some plastic cards bearing letters on the rug.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state doubled its purchase price on a tiny tract of land in order to get Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to sell property needed for a road project in Irmo.

Frigate returns to port after 20 years
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The guided missile frigate USS Elrod is returning to south Georgia for the first time, visiting the port where it was commissioned 20 years ago.

Across the area
Gov. Sonny Perdue will come to McDuffie County on July 30 to hold his next "Saturday with Sonny" event.

Making history come alive
When Barbara Gannt Thompkins attended her first day of school in 1964, she didn't think she was doing anything unusual. All the reporters and cameras at Forest Hill Elementary School were a part of everybody's first day, she thought.

Kid of the Day
Nasir DaJon Mosquera is today's Kid of the Day.

Augustans continue routines despite fear

Don't get beat by the summer heat

Kid of the Day

Aiken housing boom spreads across county

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta

Airport plans to rework ads

Rants and Raves
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Shooting suspect arrested in Columbia County

Missing couple buried alive

Powder in letter was not a toxin

Fixed on learning
Mykayla Fernandes (from left), 12, Tabitha Williams, 14, and Allyson Lattimore, 11, sing the theme of Camp Fix-It at Dyess Park.

Kid of the Day

Aiken woman is hurt in standoff
AIKEN - An Aiken woman was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital early Thursday morning after stabbing herself in the stomach during a standoff with police.

Vote on rail line is stalled for now
ATLANTA - A decade-old effort to bring commuter trains to Georgia stalled again Wednesday when members of the Department of Transportation Board said they would likely postpone any vote on the matter until August.

Airport plans to rework ads
Augusta Regional Airport officials want to assure customers that when Delta drops two flights in the fall another early morning option will be waiting in the wings: US Airways' 5:45 a.m. flight to Charlotte.

UGA to change ID numbers
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia is taking steps to eliminate the use of Social Security numbers as the official identifier for students, faculty and staff.

Recent storms increase sinkhole risks
Besides downed trees and widespread power outages, the peskiest byproduct of recent storms has been an increase in sinkholes.

State DOT shows off road plans
What Valerie McNary loves so much about living in Columbia County is the proximity to big-city perks such as decent restaurants and entertainment - but without the traffic backups.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Federal Aviation Administration is tightening security around Atlanta's airspace Friday, when President Bush visits.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump
There was a gasoline war brewing in Columbia County Thursday night between two stations on South Belair Road.

DUI death results in probation
An Augusta driver who caused a fatal car crash pleaded guilty to a vehicular homicide charge Wednesday and received a 10-year probation sentence.

Welcome back, commission
The annual meeting of the National Association of Counties, held this year in HawaiiWho went: Augusta Commissioners Betty Beard, Richard Colclough, Bobby Hankerson and Marion WilliamsWhat it cost taxpayers: $14,443

Augustans continue routines despite fear
Two weeks after deadly terrorist attacks on London's transit systems killed 56 people, a second round of explosions Thursday put Londoners on edge but failed to frighten them into altering their lifestyles.

Making history come alive

Winder hospital goes up for sale
WINDER, Ga. - Ty Cobb Healthcare System, of Royston, has put the 56-bed Barrow Community Hospital in Winder up for sale.

UGA to change ID numbers

UGA chancellor to step down
ATLANTA - Chancellor Tom Meredith, the respected but often controversial head of higher education in Georgia, is leaving the state's network of colleges and universities to take a similar position in Mississippi.

DUI death results in probation

Victim leads police to man
A North Carolina man is in jail on murder and kidnapping charges after a woman traveling with him quietly asked a Columbia County convenience store clerk and customer to call 911.

Across South Carolina

Missing couple buried alive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville couple found in shallow graves north of the Florida-Georgia border were alive when they were buried, two law enforcement officials said.

Correction
- An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle inaccurately reported the number of homes the FineDeering Corp. plans to build near Graniteville.

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta
Richmond County sheriff's deputies found a man this morning wanted in connection with an Aiken County murder.

Across Georgia

Rain brings more bugs than usual
Rain apparently isn't the only thing that has been abundant this summer in the Augusta area.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Malachi Agustin Rodriguez is today's Kid of the Day.

Man given 9 years for abusing infant

Across the area
A former Augusta gynecologist has been indicted on child molestation and aggravated assault charges by a Columbia County grand jury, according to court records released Thursday.

Request to watch is denied
Richmond County school officials rejected a request by the local Transport Workers Union to observe this week's school bus inspections.

Speaking out
Alice Sullivan, of Aiken, marches with other protesters near the Aiken County Courthouse for a Stop the War Now demonstration through downtown Aiken.

Rain brings more bugs than usual
Rain apparently isn't the only thing that has been abundant this summer in the Augusta area.

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Augustans continue routines despite fear
Two weeks after deadly terrorist attacks on London's transit systems killed 56 people, a second round of explosions Thursday put Londoners on edge but failed to frighten them into altering their lifestyles.

System thanks its local supporters
Supporting the Columbia County School System is tantamount to a family tradition for Preston Blanchard.

Three are arrested in store robbery
NORTH AUGUSTA - Relying on bloodhounds and a responsible parent, police arrested three suspects after a convenience store holdup Thursday morning.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump
There was a gasoline war brewing in Columbia County Thursday night between two stations on South Belair Road.

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UGA chancellor to step down

New school lacks only finishing touches
Construction workers and school staff scampered around the campus of River Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday, laying floor tiles, installing wiring and moving in furniture.

Aiken police search for slaying suspect
AIKEN - Police are looking for a 25-year-old Clearwater man they believe shot his next-door neighbor to death Wednesday.

State looks at combining childhood programs

State looks at combining childhood programs
Teresa Stone sends a gaggle of children in a circle around some plastic cards bearing letters on the rug.

Fixed on learning

Victim leads police to man
A North Carolina man is in jail on murder and kidnapping charges after a woman traveling with him quietly asked a Columbia County convenience store clerk and customer to call 911.

Speaking out

State waits for tests in car crash
ATLANTA - It will likely be months before a decision is made on whether to file charges against an Augusta man who was behind the wheel of a rental truck that hit two landscape workers on Interstate 20 earlier this week, authorities said Thursday.

Victim leads police to man

Kid of the Day
Malachi Agustin Rodriguez is today's Kid of the Day.

Rain brings more bugs than usual

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Welcome back, commission

Across the area
A former Augusta gynecologist has been indicted on child molestation and aggravated assault charges by a Columbia County grand jury, according to court records released Thursday.

Missing couple buried alive
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville couple found in shallow graves north of the Florida-Georgia border were alive when they were buried, two law enforcement officials said.

Across South Carolina
SIX MILE - A 52-pound catfish that went from trophy catch to pet has died, unable to adjust to life in a backyard pond.

System thanks its local supporters

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - President Bush is slated to give a closed-crowd speech on Medicare and Social Security in Atlanta today, his first public appearance in Georgia in more than a year.

Request to watch is denied

Frigate returns to port after 20 years
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The guided missile frigate USS Elrod is returning to south Georgia for the first time, visiting the port where it was commissioned 20 years ago.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump

Speaking out
Alice Sullivan, of Aiken, marches with other protesters near the Aiken County Courthouse for a Stop the War Now demonstration through downtown Aiken.

Friend recalls medic's service
ATHENS, Ga. - Spc. Benyahmin Yahudah, a 24-year-old Bogart man and Athens Technical College student, was known to his fellow soldiers in Iraq as "Doc," because, as a medic, he was responsible for taking care of the sick or injured.

Victim leads police to man
A North Carolina man is in jail on murder and kidnapping charges after a woman traveling with him quietly asked a Columbia County convenience store clerk and customer to call 911.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in home video and DVD release and a calendar of what's coming:

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in home video and DVD release and a calendar of what's coming:

Film bio of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. announced

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Film bio of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. announced
LOS ANGELES - Fox Searchlight says it has secured the rights to a film about slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. that is to be produced by the artist's mother and his former managers.

Mini reviews

New home-video releases

Film bio of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. announced
LOS ANGELES - Fox Searchlight says it has secured the rights to a film about slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. that is to be produced by the artist's mother and his former managers.

Country star Coe's outlaw image still attracts fans

Hot ticket
BRUCE SPRINGSTEENWHEN: 7:30 p.m. SaturdayWHERE: Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta

Jimbo Mathus keeps going back to his roots
Jimbo Mathus believes great music grows from the roots.

Sonic spotlight: Jon Reames

Tinsley Ellis finds success without a day job

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour
NEW YORK - Nearly three decades after "Born to Run," with a dozen Grammys and an Oscar to show for his songwriting skills, Bruce Springsteen says he's still learning things about his music each time he steps on stage.

Country star Coe's outlaw image still attracts fans
After nearly 40 years in the music business, country outlaw David Allan Coe is still surviving by doing things on his own terms. He doesn't do phone interviews, maintains a small Web presence (just as a place to hang his name and sell a few T-shirts), and still tours on a town-by-town basis, performing for fans who have heard about him by word of mouth.

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour
NEW YORK - Nearly three decades after "Born to Run," with a dozen Grammys and an Oscar to show for his songwriting skills, Bruce Springsteen says he's still learning things about his music each time he steps on stage.

Tinsley Ellis finds success without a day job
It's an early afternoon in mid-July, and Georgia musician Tinsley Ellis hasn't got the blues.

Country star Coe's outlaw image still attracts fans
After nearly 40 years in the music business, country outlaw David Allan Coe is still surviving by doing things on his own terms. He doesn't do phone interviews, maintains a small Web presence (just as a place to hang his name and sell a few T-shirts), and still tours on a town-by-town basis, performing for fans who have heard about him by word of mouth.

Hot ticket

Jimbo Mathus keeps going back to his roots
Jimbo Mathus believes great music grows from the roots.

Jimbo Mathus keeps going back to his roots

Tinsley Ellis finds success without a day job
It's an early afternoon in mid-July, and Georgia musician Tinsley Ellis hasn't got the blues.

Sonic spotlight: Jon Reames
PLAYS: Pictured with Fernandes Dragonfly X guitar. "I bought it in October of 2000, and it's been through hell and high water with me. I've got other guitars, but this one - it's like riding a bike."

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour

Sonic spotlight: Jon Reames
PLAYS: Pictured with Fernandes Dragonfly X guitar. "I bought it in October of 2000, and it's been through hell and high water with me. I've got other guitars, but this one - it's like riding a bike."

Hot ticket
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta

Contract talks are ended by Waltrip

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett squeezed into the top 10 in Nextel Cup points this week, putting him in good position to make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Championship when it begins in September.

NASCAR: Pit Road: In line of fire
LONG POND, Pa. - It's been difficult for Josh Yost to find his place at the racetrack following a pit road accident May 1 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

NASCAR: Pit Road: In line of fire
LONG POND, Pa. - It's been difficult for Josh Yost to find his place at the racetrack following a pit road accident May 1 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett squeezed into the top 10 in Nextel Cup points this week, putting him in good position to make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Championship when it begins in September.

NASCAR: Pit Road: In line of fire

Contract talks are ended by Waltrip
Michael Waltrip has ended contract negotiations with Dale Earnhardt Inc., and the veteran driver said talks broke down because DEI failed to assure him that Tony Eury Jr. would continue as his crew chief.

Contract talks are ended by Waltrip
Michael Waltrip has ended contract negotiations with Dale Earnhardt Inc., and the veteran driver said talks broke down because DEI failed to assure him that Tony Eury Jr. would continue as his crew chief.

Brown set to meet with Knicks soon
NEW YORK - Speeding up his courtship of Larry Brown, New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas planned to meet Thursday with the 64-year-old unemployed coach.

Brown set to meet with Knicks soon

Brown set to meet with Knicks soon
NEW YORK - Speeding up his courtship of Larry Brown, New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas planned to meet Thursday with the 64-year-old unemployed coach.

Marino rejected chance to play for Steelers

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavon Duckworth    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Stasko    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Bowen McElreath    (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Butts    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. John Atkins    (JERSEY CITY, N.J.)

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard
Longtime educator Catherine L. Blanchard was remembered fondly Thursday by former students and family, and in some cases both.

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy D. Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy J. Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie J. Hobbs    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mr. J. David Wilcox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Miriam J. Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy D. Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Justin Lewis Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick H. Smith    (SFC, US Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Gay, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Featured obituary: James Edward Spears
Augusta's "Mr. Water Skier" is dead.

Mrs. Lavon Duckworth    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Kiva Nashay Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mr. Guy T. Grimes    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Etta D. Gregory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Butts    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Donald O'Neal Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlene Archer    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennett Norris, Sr.    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennett Norris, Sr.    (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Michael Wiggins    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy D. Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Kiva Nashay Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Gary Michael Wiggins    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Guy T. Grimes    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty L. Luckey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Faircloth    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Caroline Elizabeth Collins    (BAXLEY, Ga.)

Featured obituary: James Edward Spears
Augusta's "Mr. Water Skier" is dead.

Mr. John H. Wiley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomi Stasko    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Joyce    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen John Czagas    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur L. Jones    (KATHLEEN, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Algie B. Hinton    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Gay, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. J. David Wilcox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Etta D. Gregory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby "Naomi" Rivers    (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mrs. Gloria Faircloth    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie "Bubba" Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. John H. Wiley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mr. Allen John Czagas    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Zanders Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Turner Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Holmes    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Dr. James Sockman, DDS    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Joyce    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur L. Jones    (KATHLEEN, Ga.)

Bowen McElreath    (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie J. Hobbs    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Algie B. Hinton    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty L. Luckey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Lindsey    (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie "Bubba" Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlene Archer    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Glisson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Caroline Elizabeth Collins    (BAXLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard
Longtime educator Catherine L. Blanchard was remembered fondly Thursday by former students and family, and in some cases both.

Mr. J. David Wilcox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Dukes Kennedy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby "Naomi" Rivers    (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Zanders Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Angela Turner Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy J. Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Dr. James Sockman, DDS    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. John Atkins    (JERSEY CITY, N.J.)

Justin Lewis Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Miriam J. Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Holmes    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. J. David Wilcox    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Lindsey    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Terry E. Schar    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Glisson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald O'Neal Hutto    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Dukes Kennedy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Terry E. Schar    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick H. Smith    (SFC, US Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur L. Jones (KATHLEEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie J. Hobbs (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard (APPLING, Ga.)

Bowen McElreath (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald O'Neal Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dr. James Sockman, DDS (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Zanders Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mae Holmes (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick H. Smith (SFC, US Army AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Justin Lewis Plyler (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Etta D. Gregory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Atkins (JERSEY CITY, N.J.)

Mrs. Lavon Duckworth (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: James Edward Spears

Mr. Gary C. Cox (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine L. Blanchard (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mrs. Arlene Archer (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Michael Wiggins (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. David Wilcox (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers (DEARING, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard

Mr. Algie B. Hinton (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby "Naomi" Rivers (TAMPA, Fla.)

Caroline Elizabeth Collins (BAXLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Bennett Norris, Sr. (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Butts (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Terry E. Schar (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Turner Plyler (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Reggie Paul Laird (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Glisson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Gay, Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Jimmy D. Walker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy J. Williams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Lindsey (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie "Bubba" Brown (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Dukes Kennedy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Johnson, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Guy T. Grimes (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Ansel H. Lowe (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Janice M. Herron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John H. Wiley (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Mobley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Kiva Nashay Smith (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Nacayle James (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. J. David Wilcox (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Dunbar Brown (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty L. Luckey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Faircloth (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Joyce (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen John Czagas (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Miriam J. Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomi Stasko (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Armstrong keeps overall lead

Overtime

Area announcements

Lakeside graduates ride high in college

Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey

Armstrong keeps overall lead
MENDE, France - Lance Armstrong is ready for retirement. The six-time Tour de France champion easily retained his overall lead after a tricky 18th stage, won Thursday by Spain's Marcos Serrano.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Lakeside graduates ride high in college
Claire Sharp went horseback riding for a little fun with her father one day when she was about 7.

Armstrong keeps overall lead
MENDE, France - Lance Armstrong is ready for retirement. The six-time Tour de France champion easily retained his overall lead after a tricky 18th stage, won Thursday by Spain's Marcos Serrano.

Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey
REVEL, France - Lance Armstrong claimed his 79th yellow jersey Wednesday at the Tour de France in a stage won by Discovery Channel teammate Paolo Savoldelli.

Overtime
In Hickory, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets' bullpen gave away a pair of leads in the late innings, and the Hickory Crawdads pulled out a 5-4 victory Thursday night.

Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey
REVEL, France - Lance Armstrong claimed his 79th yellow jersey Wednesday at the Tour de France in a stage won by Discovery Channel teammate Paolo Savoldelli.

Overtime
In Hickory, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets' bullpen gave away a pair of leads in the late innings, and the Hickory Crawdads pulled out a 5-4 victory Thursday night.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Lakeside graduates ride high in college
Claire Sharp went horseback riding for a little fun with her father one day when she was about 7.

Overtime
After a year at Georgia Southern, where he was redshirted, former Lakeside player Matt Scott is returning home.

Marino rejected chance to play for Steelers
DAVIE, Fla. - Hall of Fame-bound Dan Marino says he retired five years ago only after rejecting an offer to play for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Marino rejected chance to play for Steelers
DAVIE, Fla. - Hall of Fame-bound Dan Marino says he retired five years ago only after rejecting an offer to play for his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Friends honor songwriter with annual concert to help charities

Friends honor songwriter with annual concert to help charities
Larry Jon Wilson, of Augusta, and Archie Jordan, of Perkins, Ga., will be among the talented singer/songwriters performing Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the fourth annual Bruce Burch and Friends Honor John Jarrard Concert in Gainesville, Ga.

Friends honor songwriter with annual concert to help charities
Larry Jon Wilson, of Augusta, and Archie Jordan, of Perkins, Ga., will be among the talented singer/songwriters performing Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the fourth annual Bruce Burch and Friends Honor John Jarrard Concert in Gainesville, Ga.

Host families sought for exchange students
The STS Foundation is seeking families interested in taking in foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year.

Around the block
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre will present The World Goes 'Round with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $33 for civilians, $31 for seniors, retirees, civil service civilians and active-duty E8 and above, $25 for active-duty E7 and below and $20 for the show only. Call 793-8552.

This week
Hope House board meeting: 6 p.m. today; Wachovia Bank, 3430 Wrightsboro Road; board to discuss budget issues, accreditation update, expansion of program; free; 737-9879

Jessye Norman school expands classes
The Jessye Norman School of the Arts is broadening its enrollment to include all Richmond County middle school pupils.

Milestones
Christopher Stallmann, Charles Garrett and Reginald Cofer, all of Augusta, have received $1,000 grants from the Comcast Foundation for their commitment to community service.

Children develop skills at camp
Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center's Intergenerational Summer Day Camp wrapped up Friday with a special program.

Children learn teamwork during camp
The team of children gathered around the treasure map as 11-year-old Jacqualyn Gosha read the instructions.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Reunions
Academy of Richmond County 1980: Seeking classmates for a 25-year reunion Saturday; contact Jane Garrison Bailey, 736-3936 or JEGBailey@aol.com

Westminster Schools honor roll
The following pupils were named to the 2005 spring semester honor roll at Westminster Schools of Augusta:

Jessye Norman school expands classes
The Jessye Norman School of the Arts is broadening its enrollment to include all Richmond County middle school pupils.

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERY DINOSAURS: Through Oct. 30; lifelike dinosaurs exhibited in the Knox Gallery

Recycling centers
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Westminster Schools honor roll
The following pupils were named to the 2005 spring semester honor roll at Westminster Schools of Augusta:

Downtown Augusta has plenty to offer
Larry Moody moved into his apartment above the Dessert Shop at 10th and Broad streets in downtown Augusta a year ago.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Across the river
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: 6-8 p.m. Saturday; Trinity Lutheran Home, 213 Laurens St., Aiken; local art display, auction, appetizers, wine and bar selections, music by The Henrys; $10

Children learn teamwork during camp
The team of children gathered around the treasure map as 11-year-old Jacqualyn Gosha read the instructions.

Pet of the week
Cindy, a 4-month-old female Labrador 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.

Downtown Augusta has plenty to offer
Larry Moody moved into his apartment above the Dessert Shop at 10th and Broad streets in downtown Augusta a year ago.

Children develop skills at camp
Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center's Intergenerational Summer Day Camp wrapped up Friday with a special program.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

CSRA Bridge Club results
CSRA BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS, JULY 11-17

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

CSRA Bridge Club results
CSRA BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS, JULY 11-17

High jumper
High jumperPaige Williams rides Patch My Britches at the Georgia State 4-H show, held June 13-18 in Perry. Paige, representing Richmond County, finished sixth in her division and will represent Georgia at the 15-state Southern Regional competition Aug. 2-6 in Montgomery, Ala. Placings (by horse) were Patch My Britches - English Equitation, finalist; Hunter Under Saddle, 10th; Pony Working Hunter, ninth; Open Jumping, third; Dressage, sixth; Western Horsemanship, seventh; Western Riding, fifth; and Open Trail, second; Cutters TomBoy Doll - Reining, third; Working Cowhorse, third; and Team Penning, first (along with team members Amanda and Kim Pope from Bulloch County); Playin It Safe - Western Pleasure, finalist.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Georgia Farmers Market list
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Around the block
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre will present The World Goes 'Round with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $33 for civilians, $31 for seniors, retirees, civil service civilians and active-duty E8 and above, $25 for active-duty E7 and below and $20 for the show only. Call 793-8552.

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCH TODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Reunions
Academy of Richmond County 1980: Seeking classmates for a 25-year reunion Saturday; contact Jane Garrison Bailey, 736-3936 or JEGBailey@aol.com

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Pet of the week
Cindy, a 4-month-old female Labrador 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.

Georgia Farmers Market list
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

This week
Hope House board meeting: 6 p.m. today; Wachovia Bank, 3430 Wrightsboro Road; board to discuss budget issues, accreditation update, expansion of program; free; 737-9879

Milestones
Christopher Stallmann, Charles Garrett and Reginald Cofer, all of Augusta, have received $1,000 grants from the Comcast Foundation for their commitment to community service.

Across the river
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: 6-8 p.m. Saturday; Trinity Lutheran Home, 213 Laurens St., Aiken; local art display, auction, appetizers, wine and bar selections, music by The Henrys; $10

High jumper
High jumperPaige Williams rides Patch My Britches at the Georgia State 4-H show, held June 13-18 in Perry. Paige, representing Richmond County, finished sixth in her division and will represent Georgia at the 15-state Southern Regional competition Aug. 2-6 in Montgomery, Ala. Placings (by horse) were Patch My Britches - English Equitation, finalist; Hunter Under Saddle, 10th; Pony Working Hunter, ninth; Open Jumping, third; Dressage, sixth; Western Horsemanship, seventh; Western Riding, fifth; and Open Trail, second; Cutters TomBoy Doll - Reining, third; Working Cowhorse, third; and Team Penning, first (along with team members Amanda and Kim Pope from Bulloch County); Playin It Safe - Western Pleasure, finalist.

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Georgia Farmers Market list

Across the river

CSRA Bridge Club results

Westminster Schools honor roll

Jessye Norman school expands classes

Restaurant ratings

Children learn teamwork during camp

High jumper

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Pet of the week

Milestones

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Downtown Augusta has plenty to offer

Hollywood has way of making children miniature adults

Former CNN anchor joins Fox News Channel

Former CNN anchor joins Fox News Channel
NEW YORK - Bill Hemmer, dumped last month by CNN as co-host of its morning show, has joined archrival Fox News Channel as a daytime anchor.

ABC proves brats are better TV draws than good kids
NEW YORK - Poorly behaved teenagers are hot; smart kids, baseball all-stars and amateur rock stars are not.

ABC proves brats are better TV draws than good kids

Former CNN anchor joins Fox News Channel
NEW YORK - Bill Hemmer, dumped last month by CNN as co-host of its morning show, has joined archrival Fox News Channel as a daytime anchor.

British invade with odd kids' shows
The British are coming ... again. This week, PBS announced that Make Way for Noddy, a computer-animated update of the classic English children's show, will begin broadcasting in the United States after airing in England for 40 years.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 11-17. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

ABC proves brats are better TV draws than good kids
NEW YORK - Poorly behaved teenagers are hot; smart kids, baseball all-stars and amateur rock stars are not.

Spotted

Concert calendar

Applause Calendar

Titles won't keep players interested

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor

Rating of 'GTA: San Andreas' changed to adults only

Club calendar

The Liquid Life: Robbie's Sports Bar

Scrapes and bruises are just part of paintball fun

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People in the News

'Star Trek's' Doohan dies

What's for lunch

Ready, aim, splat!

UGA loses fullback to season-ending injury

UGA loses fullback to season-ending injury
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia fullback Des Williams, the projected starter for the 2005 season, has been lost for the year with a chest injury suffered while working in the weight room this week.

UGA loses fullback to season-ending injury
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia fullback Des Williams, the projected starter for the 2005 season, has been lost for the year with a chest injury suffered while working in the weight room this week.

Hollywood has way of making children miniature adults
The traits we find endearing in children - innocence, respect for elders, a questioning mind - never quite make the translation to the silver screen.

Hollywood has way of making children miniature adults
The traits we find endearing in children - innocence, respect for elders, a questioning mind - never quite make the translation to the silver screen.

USC players take stock of Spurrier's words

USC players take stock of Spurrier's words
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In between signing posters, coloring books and footballs for gleeful children Thursday, senior center Fran Person says he clearly understood the point of coach Steve Spurrier's critical words about the Gamecocks' commitment.

Spurrier has no regrets about S. Carolina job
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Steve Spurrier was asked recently if all the offseason problems with South Carolina's players and the just-released details of an NCAA investigation had the Ol' Ball Coach regretting his return to college football with the Gamecocks.

USC players take stock of Spurrier's words
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In between signing posters, coloring books and footballs for gleeful children Thursday, senior center Fran Person says he clearly understood the point of coach Steve Spurrier's critical words about the Gamecocks' commitment.

Spurrier has no regrets about S. Carolina job
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - Steve Spurrier was asked recently if all the offseason problems with South Carolina's players and the just-released details of an NCAA investigation had the Ol' Ball Coach regretting his return to college football with the Gamecocks.

Spurrier has no regrets about S. Carolina job

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