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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

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

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

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
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

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

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

Poll says airline's reputation is low

Winn-Dixie buyers miss area

Whiskey Road bustling with development

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 21, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 22, 2005.

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

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.

Good-news economy

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kill it dead

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

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

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

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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?

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

Concert calendar
DAVID ALLAN COE: Saturday, Last Call

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Joe-pye is a weed to be admired

Wet weather put powdery mildew on dogwoods

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips

Living briefs

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rain brings more bugs than usual

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.

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.

Fixed on learning

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.

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

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

News you can use
Activities and events this week include:

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.

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.

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.

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

Kid of the Day

Airport plans to rework ads

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.

Shooting suspect arrested in Columbia County

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.

Powder in letter was not a toxin

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.

Don't get beat by the summer heat

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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

Aiken housing boom spreads across county

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

UGA to change ID numbers

Request to watch is denied

Across Georgia

System thanks its local supporters

Across the area

Victim leads police to man

Man given 9 years for abusing infant

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.

DUI death results in probation

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Welcome back, commission

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.

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.

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.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump

Frigate returns to port after 20 years

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

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Augustans continue routines despite fear

UGA chancellor to step down

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.

Missing couple buried alive

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.

Speaking out

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.

News you can use

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.

Across the area

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

State looks at combining childhood programs

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

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:

New home-video releases

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
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

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

Tinsley Ellis finds success without a day job

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

Sonic spotlight: Jon Reames

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.

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.

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.

Hot ticket

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

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."

Country star Coe's outlaw image still attracts fans

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.

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

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour

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."

Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Judy Dukes Kennedy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Caroline Elizabeth Collins    (BAXLEY, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Zanders Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Arlene Archer    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Zanders Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

Justin Lewis Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Lindsey    (DEARING, Ga.)

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. Bobby Hobbs    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Glisson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Faircloth    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John H. Wiley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Martha Lindsey    (DEARING, Ga.)

Kiva Nashay Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Justin Lewis Plyler    (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Hobbs    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Bowen McElreath    (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Thomas Glisson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Guy T. Grimes    (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Gay, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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. Gloria Faircloth    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy Dukes Kennedy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John H. Wiley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

Kiva Nashay Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Bowen McElreath    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Guy T. Grimes    (BATH, S.C.)

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

Mr. Edward Gay, Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Caroline Elizabeth Collins    (BAXLEY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Arlene Archer    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Zanders Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Eugenia Rogers (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judy Dukes Kennedy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts (MESENA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard

Mr. Thomas Glisson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: James Edward Spears

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

Bowen McElreath (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Caroline Elizabeth Collins (BAXLEY, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Wesley Evans (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Lindsey (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Gene Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nacayle James (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Louise Gray (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Kiva Nashay Smith (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlene Archer (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bobby Hobbs (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gloria Faircloth (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Justin Lewis Plyler (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Lakeside graduates ride high in college

Armstrong gets his 79th yellow jersey

Overtime

Armstrong keeps overall lead

Area announcements

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.

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):

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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):

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Around the block

Reunions

High jumper

Children develop skills at camp

Milestones

Westminster Schools honor roll

Downtown Augusta has plenty to offer

Georgia Farmers Market list

Restaurant ratings

This week

Across the river

Children learn teamwork during camp

For the record

Jessye Norman school expands classes

CSRA Bridge Club results

Meetings

Pet of the week

Hollywood has way of making children miniature adults

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.

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.

Former CNN anchor joins Fox News Channel

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.

Club calendar

The Liquid Life: Robbie's Sports Bar

Concert calendar

'Star Trek's' Doohan dies

Spotted

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

Applause Calendar

What's for lunch

Open tab

Ready, aim, splat!

People in the News

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor

Titles won't keep players interested

Scrapes and bruises are just part of paintball fun

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.

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
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.

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.

USC players take stock of Spurrier's words

Spurrier has no regrets about S. Carolina job