Ripken has a ball in retirement

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
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.

Atlanta rally gets wasted
PHOENIX - Alex Cintron homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

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.

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

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts

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.

Local mill to stay open

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

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, said Friday it plans to cut about 6,000 jobs and sell or close up to 20 manufacturing plants, while boosting spending on certain core product lines and emerging markets during the next three and a half years.

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

Banking facility decides on name
The first Augusta-based bank to cross the river has decided on a name for the new operation - Southern Bank & Trust.

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.

Banking facility decides on name

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.

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.

Banking facility decides on name
The first Augusta-based bank to cross the river has decided on a name for the new operation - Southern Bank & Trust.

Poll says airline's reputation is low

London attacks weaken strong trading

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers, said Friday it plans to cut about 6,000 jobs and sell or close up to 20 manufacturing plants, while boosting spending on certain core product lines and emerging markets during the next three and a half years.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 22, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 23, 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.

Israel sets an example
Israeli and Palestinian extremists almost seem to be working together to break the truce and wreck the peace plan.

Good-news economy

Learning the wrong lessons

Libraries and education

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.

Libraries and education
Augusta library patrons soon may be going to Evans to do their reading and research. The small town is expected to open its new $13 million library, being built behind the Columbia County Justice Center, by next April.

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.

Libraries and education
Augusta library patrons soon may be going to Evans to do their reading and research. The small town is expected to open its new $13 million library, being built behind the Columbia County Justice Center, by next April.

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.

People in the News
CHICAGO - State Street, meet J.Lo. Jennifer Lopez has selected Marshall Field's store on State Street as the first U.S. store to house a boutique for her JLo line of products. The first JLo boutique opened in Moscow last year.

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.

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.

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce
LOS ANGELES - Linda Thompson, who stars in the Fox reality show "The Princes of Malibu," has filed for divorce from her husband and co-star, composer David Foster.

Roman Polanski wins libel suit against magazine
LONDON - Filmmaker Roman Polanski on Friday won his libel suit against Vanity Fair magazine over an article that accused him of propositioning a woman while on the way to the funeral of his murdered wife, Sharon Tate.

People in the News
CHICAGO - State Street, meet J.Lo. Jennifer Lopez has selected Marshall Field's store on State Street as the first U.S. store to house a boutique for her JLo line of products. The first JLo boutique opened in Moscow last year.

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce
LOS ANGELES - Linda Thompson, who stars in the Fox reality show "The Princes of Malibu," has filed for divorce from her husband and co-star, composer David Foster.

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.

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
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

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.

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
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?

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

Paula Creamer takes lead at Evian Masters
EVIAN, France - Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66 Friday, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third 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.

Paula Creamer takes lead at Evian Masters
EVIAN, France - Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66 Friday, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third round of the Evian Masters.

Paula Creamer takes lead at Evian Masters

Roberts leading in tour debut

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.

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.

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

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

More politicians need basic values
On July 4, I finished reading David McCullough's extensively researched book 1776. In this book, you will find information never given in schools.Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro

More politicians need basic values
On July 4, I finished reading David McCullough's extensively researched book 1776. In this book, you will find information never given in schools.Elizabeth O. Leon, Waynesboro

Commissioners are ruining Augusta
As a taxpayer and a longtime Augusta resident, I am proud to live in Augusta. What I am not proud of, and very mad at, is the way Augusta is being destroyed daily.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Liberals actually live in gray state
What's wrong with liberals? The question is as old as the stars. And I never expected to find the answer at 1:30 a.m. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

More politicians need basic values

Commissioners are ruining Augusta
As a taxpayer and a longtime Augusta resident, I am proud to live in Augusta. What I am not proud of, and very mad at, is the way Augusta is being destroyed daily.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Commissioners are ruining Augusta

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

Liberals actually live in gray state

Liberals actually live in gray state
What's wrong with liberals? The question is as old as the stars. And I never expected to find the answer at 1:30 a.m. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry

Living briefs

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.

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.

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines
NEW YORK - Alex Grossman heads to the gym four mornings a week for an hour-long workout and shuns most carbohydrates to keep himself looking fit and vibrant.

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines
NEW YORK - Alex Grossman heads to the gym four mornings a week for an hour-long workout and shuns most carbohydrates to keep himself looking fit and vibrant.

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.

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?

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.

Lynx don't expect leading scorer back
If not for the NHL lockout, there's a good chance the Augusta Lynx would have been without center Jamie Johnson for most - if not all - of last season.

Lynx don't expect leading scorer back

Lynx don't expect leading scorer back
If not for the NHL lockout, there's a good chance the Augusta Lynx would have been without center Jamie Johnson for most - if not all - of last season.

Frigate returns to port after 20 years

Kid of the Day
Sara Mikayla Bradford is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Police arrest 130 in drug sting

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink
ATHENS, Ga. - History buffs who have waited years for the antebellum T.R.R. Cobb House to be restored near its original Prince Avenue location might be in for a surprise.

Police locate wanted man in Augusta

Across the area

Taxes net extra $2.7 million

Fixed on learning

A new Medicare sales pitch

County officials split over issue of millage
Richmond County school board members are split on whether or not to roll back its millage.

Across the area

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

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.

Request to watch is denied

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta teenager early Friday on charges of robbing the owner of a Chinese restaurant of his pickup, officials said.

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

Two get life sentences for drugs
AIKEN - Two Aiken County drug dealers, who are accused of murdering a police informant almost three years ago, have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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

News you can use

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.

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

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Welcome back, commission

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.

Children's hospital focuses on families
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the low point: when she sat on a stool in her son's intensive care room where she had spent the past three days, her possessions scattered everywhere, only to be ordered out so the physicians could do rounds.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Augustans continue routines despite fear

Why is middle school a problem?

Kid of the Day
Sara Mikayla Bradford is today's Kid of the Day.

Two get life sentences for drugs

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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 Georgia
STONE MOUNTAIN - Police investigating the shooting death of a Stone Mountain Park attendant have arrested and charged an Ellenwood, Ga., man with asking another person to help him rob a park employee.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta

Decline could force closure
Sometimes it's not so much whether you have the space but whether you have the money to continue paying for that space.

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.

A new Medicare sales pitch
ATLANTA - Looking like a candidate, President Bush brought his campaign for senior citizens to Georgia on Friday, talking up his Medicare overhaul and his proposal for private Social Security accounts.

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.

Decline could force closure

Police locate wanted man in Augusta
Another fugitive has been found in Richmond County as sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday morning wanted in connection with an Aiken County slaying.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

Why is middle school a problem?
While Richmond County school officials search for answers to problem middle school pupils, local experts say biology and growing up could be sources of many problems.

Police arrest 130 in drug sting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have made more than 100 arrests during a nine-day street-level sting, officials said Friday.

County officials split over issue of millage

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink

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.

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children

Police arrest 130 in drug sting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have made more than 100 arrests during a nine-day street-level sting, officials said Friday.

Across Georgia

Taxes net extra $2.7 million
Augusta's property revaluations mean more money to fund government operations - just how much depends on city commissioners, who must decide whether to take the $4.2 million windfall and run, or roll most of it back to taxpayers.

Children's hospital focuses on families

Kid of the Day

System thanks its local supporters

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

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

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.

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children
Two-year-old Rachel Eastman doesn't even know what college is yet, but she does know she's in the running to win $10,000 to help pay for her education.

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.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump

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.

Missing couple buried alive

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children
Two-year-old Rachel Eastman doesn't even know what college is yet, but she does know she's in the running to win $10,000 to help pay for her education.

Rain brings more bugs than usual

Decline could force closure
Sometimes it's not so much whether you have the space but whether you have the money to continue paying for that space.

Why is middle school a problem?
While Richmond County school officials search for answers to problem middle school pupils, local experts say biology and growing up could be sources of many problems.

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.

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

Police locate wanted man in Augusta
Another fugitive has been found in Richmond County as sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday morning wanted in connection with an Aiken County slaying.

Two get life sentences for drugs
AIKEN - Two Aiken County drug dealers, who are accused of murdering a police informant almost three years ago, have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Taxes net extra $2.7 million
Augusta's property revaluations mean more money to fund government operations - just how much depends on city commissioners, who must decide whether to take the $4.2 million windfall and run, or roll most of it back to taxpayers.

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 Georgia
STONE MOUNTAIN - Police investigating the shooting death of a Stone Mountain Park attendant have arrested and charged an Ellenwood, Ga., man with asking another person to help him rob a park employee.

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

Across South Carolina
GREER - Two people were killed in a motorcycle crash near the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Friday morning, the Greenville County coroner's office said.

Victim leads police to man

A new Medicare sales pitch
ATLANTA - Looking like a candidate, President Bush brought his campaign for senior citizens to Georgia on Friday, talking up his Medicare overhaul and his proposal for private Social Security accounts.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta teenager early Friday on charges of robbing the owner of a Chinese restaurant of his pickup, officials said.

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

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

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.

County officials split over issue of millage
Richmond County school board members are split on whether or not to roll back its millage.

UGA chancellor to step down

Groups will form plan to harness gas
AIKEN - The push to harness hydrogen and its potential to make money is gaining momentum.

State looks at combining childhood programs

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink
ATHENS, Ga. - History buffs who have waited years for the antebellum T.R.R. Cobb House to be restored near its original Prince Avenue location might be in for a surprise.

Children's hospital focuses on families
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the low point: when she sat on a stool in her son's intensive care room where she had spent the past three days, her possessions scattered everywhere, only to be ordered out so the physicians could do rounds.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour

Jury finds Ashanti breached contract
NEW YORK - Grammy-winning singer Ashanti hit a sour note with a federal jury, which concluded Thursday she owes $630,000 to her first producer for breach of contract.

Jury finds Ashanti breached contract

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.

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.

Jury finds Ashanti breached contract
NEW YORK - Grammy-winning singer Ashanti hit a sour note with a federal jury, which concluded Thursday she owes $630,000 to her first producer for breach of contract.

Pocono power lets Johnson keep cool
LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson has been in this position before; heading into the second Pocono race with a nice lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings.

Pocono power lets Johnson keep cool

Pocono power lets Johnson keep cool
LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson has been in this position before; heading into the second Pocono race with a nice lead in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings.

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

Judge Falcon Hawkins, Jr.    (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leonard C. Burns, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Rev. George Darrien, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Rev. Marvin Schaffer    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence S. Delaney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Rev. Marvin Schaffer    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Linda J. Rio    (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn B. Mishoe    (FAYETTEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Langham    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Russell McCray, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, 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. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Judge Falcon Hawkins, Jr.    (PLEASANT, S.C.)

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

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Clarence S. Delaney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Rev. George Darrien, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard C. Burns, Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn B. Mishoe    (FAYETTEVILLE, 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. Russell McCray, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Metzger Lariscy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Cecil Langham    (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mr. Metzger Lariscy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Linda J. Rio    (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

Mr. Russell McCray, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Rev. George Darrien, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rev. Marvin Schaffer (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Judge Falcon Hawkins, Jr. (PLEASANT, S.C.)

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

Mr. Albert Evans (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence S. Delaney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Cecil Langham (MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.)

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

Mr. Leonard C. Burns, Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Matthew Butts (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Russell Hendricks (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

Mr. Willis W. Edwards (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Linda J. Rio (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Metzger Lariscy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles (AIKEN, S.C.)

Nacayle James (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Aaron Archer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn B. Mishoe (FAYETTEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Armstrong contemplates life after cycling

Texan is two stages from retirement, title

Armstrong keeps overall lead

Overtime

Overtime

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.

Overtime
Augusta's Rob Bennett tied for fifth at the 27th North and South Junior at Pinehurst Resort.

Texan is two stages from retirement, title
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France - Italy's Giuseppe Guerini won Friday's 19th stage of the Tour de France, with overall leader Lance Armstrong riding safely behind in the main pack.

Overtime
Augusta's Rob Bennett tied for fifth at the 27th North and South Junior at Pinehurst Resort.

Texan is two stages from retirement, title
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France - Italy's Giuseppe Guerini won Friday's 19th stage of the Tour de France, with overall leader Lance Armstrong riding safely behind in the main pack.

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 contemplates life after cycling
LE-PUY-EN-VELAY, France - Heated tennis matches with girlfriend Sheryl Crow. Having a beloved beer now and then, but watching the waistline. Playing with his children - and letting them win.

Armstrong contemplates life after cycling
LE-PUY-EN-VELAY, France - Heated tennis matches with girlfriend Sheryl Crow. Having a beloved beer now and then, but watching the waistline. Playing with his children - and letting them win.

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.

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.

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.

Minister will visit Japan to meet bombing victim, deliver apology
For 20 years, the Rev. Bob Cushing has carried a laminated photograph of a Japanese teenager in his wallet, a reminder of the evils inherent in war and of his promise to go to Japan to visit his friend, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in World War II.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Minister will visit Japan to meet bombing victim, deliver apology
For 20 years, the Rev. Bob Cushing has carried a laminated photograph of a Japanese teenager in his wallet, a reminder of the evils inherent in war and of his promise to go to Japan to visit his friend, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in World War II.

Faith digest
BRIGHT STARS WILL MARK ITS 65TH YEAR PERFORMING AT 4 P.M. SUNDAY at Piney Grove Baptist Church, 4519 Jessie Road in Martinez. The Walker Brothers also will perform.

Prayer's power has way of humbling minister
Last year I was given the small booklet The Prayer of Jabez from one of my church members, with this note inside the front cover: "Pastor Scott, Unleash Those Miracles!" I confess that I was less than excited about the book because I don't believe in "hocus pocus" prayers that tend to put God in a box.

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization
Among things we take for granted, consider the week.

Pastor's outreach happens on court
The Rev. Gary Dean, a sports-loving pastor, learned that the men in his flock at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., would follow him to the basketball court on Sundays and bring their children and friends with them.

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization
Among things we take for granted, consider the week.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Pastor's outreach happens on court
The Rev. Gary Dean, a sports-loving pastor, learned that the men in his flock at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., would follow him to the basketball court on Sundays and bring their children and friends with them.

Faith digest
BRIGHT STARS WILL MARK ITS 65TH YEAR PERFORMING AT 4 P.M. SUNDAY at Piney Grove Baptist Church, 4519 Jessie Road in Martinez. The Walker Brothers also will perform.

TV reporter says she's angry after Sudan incident
NEW YORK - Andrea Mitchell said she felt angry and humiliated after Sudanese bodyguards dragged her out of a room Thursday for questioning President Omar el-Bashir about his involvement in the country's violence.

TV reporter says she's angry after Sudan incident

'Housewives' claims gay attitude, not agenda
LOS ANGELES - Two days after being lavished with Emmy nominations for "Desperate Housewives," series creator Marc Cherry appeared before an especially appreciative gathering: Outfest 2005, a gay and lesbian film festival.

TV reporter says she's angry after Sudan incident
NEW YORK - Andrea Mitchell said she felt angry and humiliated after Sudanese bodyguards dragged her out of a room Thursday for questioning President Omar el-Bashir about his involvement in the country's violence.

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.

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor

People in the News

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

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.

Minister will visit Japan to meet bombing victim, deliver apology

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization

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Faith Calendar

Pastor's outreach happens on court

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