Ripken has a ball in retirement

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

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

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

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.

Whiskey Road bustling with development

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.

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.

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.

London attacks weaken strong trading

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts

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

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
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.

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

Poll says airline's reputation is low

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

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

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

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
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.

Good-news economy

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Schooling fish have been absent in July

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

Fishing Tournaments

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

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

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

Joe-pye is a weed to be admired

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

Wet weather put powdery mildew on dogwoods

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Liberals actually live in gray state

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nissan recalls Murano sport utility vehicle

Highlander hybrid looks like guzzler, but it sips

Surf, sand add charming accent to summer decor

Living briefs

A floral refuge blooms in the shadow of industry

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines

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.

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?

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Across the area

Why is middle school a problem?

Augustans continue routines despite fear

Police locate wanted man in Augusta

Missing couple buried alive

Across the area

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Speaking out

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

UGA chancellor to step down

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 murder suspect arrested in Augusta

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

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.

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.

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

Police arrest 130 in drug sting

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.

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink

State looks at combining childhood programs

Taxes net extra $2.7 million

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.

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children

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.

A new Medicare sales pitch

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

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.

Children's hospital focuses on families

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

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.

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

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.

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Frigate returns to port after 20 years

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.

Request to watch is denied

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

Fixed on learning

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.

Welcome back, commission

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

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.

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.

Rain brings more bugs than usual

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.

Victim leads police to man

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Decline could force closure

Kid of the Day

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

System thanks its local supporters

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

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

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.

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

Across the area
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.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Two competing stations ease pain at the pump

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

County officials split over issue of millage

Two get life sentences for drugs

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.

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

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.

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.

Springsteen's musical education continues on tour

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

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

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Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Butts    (MESENA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Cecil Langham    (MOUNT PLEASANT, 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.)

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Nacayle James    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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.)

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha M. Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

Mr. Gary C. Cox    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans    (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Smith    (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. James McGahee    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Gene Harvey    (AUGUSTA, 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. Reggie Paul Laird    (CLEARWATER, 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. Willis W. Edwards    (WARRENVILLE, 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. Reggie Paul Laird (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Featured obituary: Catherine L. Blanchard

Mrs. Betty Ruth Walker (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Gene Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Archer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Adele Farr Shearer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Scutt (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Russell Hendricks (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Matthew Butts (MESENA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Metzger Lariscy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wesley Evans (PETERSBURG, FL.)

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

Mr. Oscar Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Nacayle James (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

Ms. Willie Mae Broomer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Texan is two stages from retirement, title

Armstrong contemplates life after cycling

Overtime

Armstrong keeps overall lead

Overtime

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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Madonna reinvents herself as lady of the manor

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce

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

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

USC players take stock of Spurrier's words

Faith digest

Faith Calendar

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization

Pastor's outreach happens on court

Minister will visit Japan to meet bombing victim, deliver apology