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.

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.

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.

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
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves have found that young legs are good road legs.

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.

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

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.

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

Local mill to stay open
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts

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.

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 23, 2005.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 22, 2005.

Champion tops preseason lists of publications

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

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

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.

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

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
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

Learning the wrong lessons

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.

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.

Good-news economy

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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
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

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.

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

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

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.

Roberts leading in tour debut

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor

Living briefs

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump

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

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Two get life sentences for drugs

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.

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

A new Medicare sales pitch

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

Across Georgia

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.

Across the area

Aiken murder suspect arrested in Augusta

Children's hospital focuses on families

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

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.

County officials split over issue of millage

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Missing couple buried alive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day
Sara Mikayla Bradford 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Police arrest 130 in drug sting

Why is middle school a problem?

Decline could force closure

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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
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.

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

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

Victim leads police to man

News you can use

Frigate returns to port after 20 years

Across the area

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

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

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.

Rants and Raves
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Speaking out

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.

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.

Augustans continue routines despite fear

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

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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

Request to watch is denied

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.

Welcome back, commission

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.

Rain brings more bugs than usual

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fixed on learning

System thanks its local supporters

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.

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

Across South Carolina
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
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

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.

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.

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.

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
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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 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.

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

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

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.

Police locate wanted man in Augusta

UGA chancellor to step down

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink

State looks at combining childhood programs

Taxes net extra $2.7 million

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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

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.

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

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

Mr. Metzger Lariscy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda J. Rio    (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Langham    (MOUNT PLEASANT, 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.

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

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, 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. Terry E. Schar    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Green Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

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

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

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard

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

Nacayle James (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Metzger Lariscy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. John Wesley Evans (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Russell Hendricks (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts (MESENA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Aaron Archer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overtime

Texan is two stages from retirement, title

Armstrong keeps overall lead

Armstrong contemplates life after cycling

Overtime

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

'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.

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.

TV reporter says she's angry after Sudan incident

Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce

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

Pastor's outreach happens on court

Faith Calendar

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization

Faith digest