This week
Hopelands Concert Series: 7 p.m. Monday; with the Harmony River Chorus; Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, Whiskey Road; 642-7631

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Drive-in will celebrate anniversary
The SNO-CAP Drive-In's 41st anniversary bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27.

Soccer is no threat to pair's friendship
Fall soccer season will be different for Jeffrey Bell and Seth Addison.

Teamwork taught at anti-drug camp
The 15-foot climbing wall loomed over the children. Nevertheless, using a combination of lifting, pulling, climbing, clinging and reaching, the children helped each other over the wall.

Events
2005 PALMETTO STATE PAGEANT: Friday-Saturday; Center Theater, Hartsville, S.C.; open to girls 19 and younger, boys 7 and younger; a Ms. group for women 20 and older; two Grand Supreme winners to receive $1,500 savings bond, two Supreme winners to receive $1,200, 13 age-group winners will receive $1,000 savings bonds; (843) 332-0961

Aiken County Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Drive-in will celebrate anniversary
The SNO-CAP Drive-In's 41st anniversary bash is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 8-11. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Bowling center manager has little spare time for practice
As the manager of Fort Gordon's Gordon Lanes, iprofessional bowler Tim Stancil of North Augusta should have plenty of time to polish his game.

Aiken County Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 8-11. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Pet of the week
MiMi, a 3-year-old female tabby, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Around the block
The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken. The Harmony River Chorus will perform. The event is free.

Meetings
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, 641-5926

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of area adult literacy sites:

Events
2005 PALMETTO STATE PAGEANT: Friday-Saturday; Center Theater, Hartsville, S.C.; open to girls 19 and younger, boys 7 and younger; a Ms. group for women 20 and older; two Grand Supreme winners to receive $1,500 savings bond, two Supreme winners to receive $1,200, 13 age-group winners will receive $1,000 savings bonds; (843) 332-0961

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

Bowling center manager has little spare time for practice
As the manager of Fort Gordon's Gordon Lanes, iprofessional bowler Tim Stancil of North Augusta should have plenty of time to polish his game.

Junk-car ordinance proposed
When City Manager Roger LeDuc climbed onto some rooftops in Aiken this month with members of a mission group in town to make home repairs, he got an unexpected view.

Around the block
The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at Hopelands Gardens, off Whiskey Road, Aiken. The Harmony River Chorus will perform. The event is free.

Nuclear protesters are walking to Oak Ridge
Armed with an anti-nuclear message, a trio of marchers started a 300-mile trek last week from Savannah River Site to Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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

Teamwork taught at anti-drug camp
The 15-foot climbing wall loomed over the children. Nevertheless, using a combination of lifting, pulling, climbing, clinging and reaching, the children helped each other over the wall.

Nuclear protesters are walking to Oak Ridge
Armed with an anti-nuclear message, a trio of marchers started a 300-mile trek last week from Savannah River Site to Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Athlete Spotlight: Jessica Counts
In her freshman year at North Augusta High School, Jessica Counts focused all her energy on one goal - making the varsity softball team.

Athlete Spotlight: Jessica Counts
In her freshman year at North Augusta High School, Jessica Counts focused all her energy on one goal - making the varsity softball team.

Pet of the week
MiMi, a 3-year-old female tabby, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For more information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Across the river
OFF-SEASON BASKETBALL CAMP: 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Wednesday, July 25-27; Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way; for ages 8-13; reserved for the first 20 children; 414-0077

Across the river
OFF-SEASON BASKETBALL CAMP: 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Wednesday, July 25-27; Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way; for ages 8-13; reserved for the first 20 children; 414-0077

Reunions
North Augusta High School 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6; North Augusta Country Club; $30 a person, due by Sunday, July 31; contact 733-6062 or www.geocities.com/northaugust95

Reunions
North Augusta High School 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6; North Augusta Country Club; $30 a person, due by Sunday, July 31; contact 733-6062 or www.geocities.com/northaugust95

Meetings
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, 641-5926

Junk-car ordinance proposed
When City Manager Roger LeDuc climbed onto some rooftops in Aiken this month with members of a mission group in town to make home repairs, he got an unexpected view.

Americans can discover Columbus in 'Last Voyage'

Arts notebook
In the art world, dollars and cents are always a struggle - just ask Tyrone Butler. For several years, Mr. Butler has tried to garner the support, and money, needed to build a new home for his Augusta Mini Theatre. Funding cuts have slowed down this project, but a recent infusion of money will help the organization continue with one of its more important missions.

Americans can discover Columbus in 'Last Voyage'
The fact that Christopher Columbus is credited with having discovered America in 1492 will come as news to very few. But how much more do we know about Columbus?

Arts notebook
In the art world, dollars and cents are always a struggle - just ask Tyrone Butler. For several years, Mr. Butler has tried to garner the support, and money, needed to build a new home for his Augusta Mini Theatre. Funding cuts have slowed down this project, but a recent infusion of money will help the organization continue with one of its more important missions.

Mystery novel offers bounty of laughs

Mystery novel offers bounty of laughs
Yes, there is a murder mystery buried in Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, "Eleven on Top," but it's of secondary interest. Readers will be too busy laughing at the comic misadventures of Stephanie, her friends and family.

Mystery novel offers bounty of laughs
Yes, there is a murder mystery buried in Janet Evanovich's latest Stephanie Plum novel, "Eleven on Top," but it's of secondary interest. Readers will be too busy laughing at the comic misadventures of Stephanie, her friends and family.

Americans can discover Columbus in 'Last Voyage'
The fact that Christopher Columbus is credited with having discovered America in 1492 will come as news to very few. But how much more do we know about Columbus?

First novel journeys into dark side of Tokyo's youth
Hitomi Kanehara wrote "Snakes and Earrings" when she was only 20, It was published in her native Japan in 2004 and won that country's prestigious Akutagawa literary prize. The novella has since sold more than 1 million copies there.

Arts notebook

National League roundup

Major League notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Josh Beckett was activated from the disabled list Saturday to start for the Florida Marlins against the San Francisco Giants.

American League roundup
CHICAGO - Manny Ramirez homered, and Wade Miller earned his first win since May 30 by pitching seven sharp innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-0 on Saturday night.

National League roundup
WASHINGTON - Tony Armas allowed one hit in seven innings, and the slumping Washington Nationals capitalized on Willy Taveras' misplay of Carlos Baerga's bases-loaded flyball to center in the first inning to beat the Houston Astros, 4-2 on Saturday night.

Major League notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Josh Beckett was activated from the disabled list Saturday to start for the Florida Marlins against the San Francisco Giants.

American League roundup
CHICAGO - Manny Ramirez homered, and Wade Miller earned his first win since May 30 by pitching seven sharp innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox, 3-0 on Saturday night.

American League roundup

National League roundup
WASHINGTON - Tony Armas allowed one hit in seven innings, and the slumping Washington Nationals capitalized on Willy Taveras' misplay of Carlos Baerga's bases-loaded flyball to center in the first inning to beat the Houston Astros, 4-2 on Saturday night.

Major League notebook

Smiling faces, beautiful places pay off in postcards

Kansadie Katherine Banda
David and Jenifer Banda of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kansadie Katherine, on July 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jayden Khalid Hahn
Jeremy and Jamie Hahn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jayden Khalid, on June 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin
Brian and Karla Feagin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chaney Suzanne, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Julius Brennon Lorine

Caira Alexandria Madison
Carthel and Shannon Madison of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caira Alexandria, born June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hallie Renee Boutwell

Tucker Loyal Gales
Wesley and Deborah Gales of Appling are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Loyal, on June 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Angela Gayle Peterson

Za'Nyah Arieonna Ferguson
Shemeka Ferguson of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Za'Nayah Arieonna, born on July 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella McNair Cato

Walter Sherrod Stokes
Walter and Heather Stokes of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walter Sherrod, born June 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Walker Hayden English

Ethan Logan Roe
Douglass Roe and Sandra Krzywda are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Logan, on July 5, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Eleanor Joyce Contant

James Edward Harrison
James and Sonya Harrison, of Seneca, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Edward V, born April 4, 2005 at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca.

Kaitlin Renee Taylor

Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell
Marcus Jones and Sanisia Cooper are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell, born on June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Douglas Story

Jayden Isaiah Smyre
Alexis Smyre of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Jayden Isaiah, born June 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

David Tilton Tucker

Isabelle Walker Goodwin
Henry and Patricia Goodwin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Walker, born on July 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jamal Joshua Ford

Janet Neely Johnson
Mark and Tania Johnson of Blythewood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janet Neely, born June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cassidy Ryann Gibson

Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell
Marcus Jones and Sanisia Cooper are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell, born on June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Louise Kavanagh

Tucker Loyal Gales
Wesley and Deborah Gales of Appling are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Loyal, on June 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Grace Price-Zipperer

Isabella McNair Cato
Adam and Kelsie Cato of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella McNair, on June 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Myles Omari Williams

Parker Douglas Story
Jeffery and Kelllie Story of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Douglass, on July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jonathan Ford Keller

Gabriel Christopher Moore

Kansadie Katherine Banda

Jordan Abraham Cummings
Travis and Cheryl Cummings of Ridge Spring are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Abraham, born June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Isaiah Anthony Washington

Charles Bruce Walker
Charles and Melissa Walker of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Bruce, on June 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Isabelle Walker Goodwin

Bryson William Weathersbee
Charlie Weathersbee and Rachel Denise are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson William, on June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Caden Ryan

Jayden Khalid Hahn
Jeremy and Jamie Hahn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jayden Khalid, on June 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Aaron Johnson

Angela Gayle Peterson
Lloyd and Alicia Peterson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Angela Gayle, on July 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

James Edward Harrison

Evari Matthew Yates
John and Stephanie Yates of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evari Matthew, on June 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin

David Alvin Bell
Steven And Shawnee Bell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David Alvin, born June 14, 2 005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Taylor Holmes

Frederick Micheal Antoine
Freddie and Charlette Daniel of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Frederick Micheal Antoine, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jayden Isaiah Smyre

Charles Bruce Walker
Charles and Melissa Walker of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Bruce, on June 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sydney Elise Jagnandan

Nadia Anasia Evans
Eva Evans of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Nadia Anasia, born on June 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin

Gavin Taylor Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson and Jessica Tucker are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Taylor, on July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

James Edward Campbell

James Edward Campbell
Jim and Shelly Campbell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Edward, born April 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell

Alyssa Nicole Williams
Timothy and Stephanie Williams of Warrenville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alyssa Nicole, born June 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Taylor Ferguson

Sarah Grace Price-Zipperer
Russell Zipperer and Ashley Price are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Grace, born June 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Evari Matthew Yates

Chaney Suzanne Feagin
Brian and Karla Feagin are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chaney Suzanne, on February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jayden Khalid Hahn

Leah Brianne Roey
Michael and Keli Roey of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Brianne, on June 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaitlyn Ann Howard

Brooke Ansley Mantlow
David and Angela Mantlow of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Ansley, born on June 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Abraham Cummings

Ja'Myia Olivia Holloway
Moses Holloway and Yvette Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ja'Myia Olivia, born July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Janet Neely Johnson

Caira Alexandria Madison
Carthel and Shannon Madison of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caira Alexandria, born June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brooke Ansley Mantlow

Terry Demontrez Hall
Jacqueline Hall of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Terry Demontrez, born on June 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Za'Nyah Arieonna Ferguson

Emma Louise Kavanagh
William and Leslie Kavanagh of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Louise, June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson William Weathersbee

Ethan John Robert
Ethan and Aleisha Robert of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan John, born on July 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Terry Demontrez Hall

Kaitlyn Ann Howard
Vincent Howard and Tasha Blackmon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Ann, born June 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Loyal Gales

Janet Neely Johnson
Mark and Tania Johnson of Blythewood are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janet Neely, born June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Isaiah Anthony Washington
Anthony Googe and Melanie Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Anthony, born June 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Walker Hayden English
Brad and Jamie English of Thompson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Hayden, born June 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Evari Matthew Yates
John and Stephanie Yates of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evari Matthew, on June 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan John Robert
Ethan and Aleisha Robert of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan John, born on July 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaitlin Renee Taylor
Joshua and Derlynn Taylor of Keysville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Renee, born on June 16, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Caden Ryan
Mike Ryan and Kate Clark are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Caden, on July 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan John Robert

Jonathan Ford Keller
Jonathan and Shannon Keller of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Ford, on July 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'Myia Olivia Holloway

Kaitlin Renee Taylor
Joshua and Derlynn Taylor of Keysville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Renee, born on June 16, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brooke Ansley Mantlow
David and Angela Mantlow of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Ansley, born on June 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isaiah Anthony Washington
Anthony Googe and Melanie Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Isaiah Anthony, born June 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Aaron Johnson
J. Aaron and Patrice Johnson of Conyers are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Aaron, on June 16, 2005 at Crawford Hospital in Atlanta.

Walker Hayden English
Brad and Jamie English of Thompson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Hayden, born June 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

James Edward Harrison
James and Sonya Harrison, of Seneca, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Edward V, born April 4, 2005 at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca.

Jayden Isaiah Smyre
Alexis Smyre of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Jayden Isaiah, born June 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Angela Gayle Peterson
Lloyd and Alicia Peterson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Angela Gayle, on July 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson William Weathersbee
Charlie Weathersbee and Rachel Denise are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson William, on June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Julius Brennon Lorine
Julius and Amanda Lorine of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Julius Brennon, on July 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaitlyn Ann Howard
Vincent Howard and Tasha Blackmon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Ann, born June 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Leah Brianne Roey
Michael and Keli Roey of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Brianne, on June 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin
Brian and Karla Feagin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chaney Suzanne, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gabriel Christopher Moore
Christopher and Gabrielle Moore of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Christopher, on July 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Louise Kavanagh
William and Leslie Kavanagh of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Louise, June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Douglas Story
Jeffery and Kelllie Story of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Douglass, on July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Terry Demontrez Hall
Jacqueline Hall of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Terry Demontrez, born on June 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sydney Elise Jagnandan
Davin and Ami Jagnandan of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney Elise, on July 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Abraham Cummings
Travis and Cheryl Cummings of Ridge Spring are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Abraham, born June 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin
Brian and Karla Feagin are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chaney Suzanne, on February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'Myia Olivia Holloway
Moses Holloway and Yvette Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ja'Myia Olivia, born July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jarrett David Wootten
Jamie and Amanda Wootten of Williston are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jarrett David, on June 29, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

Myles Omari Williams
Farrel and Nicole Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Myles Omari, on June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kansadie Katherine Banda
David and Jenifer Banda of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kansadie Katherine, on July 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Taylor Holmes
William and Elizabeth Holmes of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Taylor, born June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jamal Joshua Ford
Ulysses and Evadne Ford of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jamal Joshua, on June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta

Cassidy Ryann Gibson
Roger and Jennifer Gibson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cassidy Ryann, born June 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Grace Price-Zipperer
Russell Zipperer and Ashley Price are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Grace, born June 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

David Tilton Tucker
David and Jennifer Tucker are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David Tilton, on July 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital.

Olivia Caden Ryan
Mike Ryan and Kate Clark are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Caden, on July 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hallie Renee Boutwell
Terry and Debra Boutwell of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hallie Renee, on June 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Eleanor Joyce Contant
Jason and Jennifer Contant of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Joyce, on June 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Eleanor Joyce Contant
Jason and Jennifer Contant of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Joyce, on June 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella McNair Cato
Adam and Kelsie Cato of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella McNair, on June 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jamal Joshua Ford
Ulysses and Evadne Ford of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jamal Joshua, on June 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta

Hallie Renee Boutwell
Terry and Debra Boutwell of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hallie Renee, on June 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jarrett David Wootten
Jamie and Amanda Wootten of Williston are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jarrett David, on June 29, 2005 at Aiken Regional in Aiken.

David Tilton Tucker
David and Jennifer Tucker are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David Tilton, on July 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital.

Sydney Elise Jagnandan
Davin and Ami Jagnandan of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney Elise, on July 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Cassidy Ryann Gibson
Roger and Jennifer Gibson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cassidy Ryann, born June 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Gabriel Christopher Moore
Christopher and Gabrielle Moore of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Christopher, on July 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

James Edward Campbell
Jim and Shelly Campbell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Edward, born April 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Julius Brennon Lorine
Julius and Amanda Lorine of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Julius Brennon, on July 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Alexis Taylor Holmes
William and Elizabeth Holmes of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Taylor, born June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Aaron Johnson
J. Aaron and Patrice Johnson of Conyers are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Aaron, on June 16, 2005 at Crawford Hospital in Atlanta.

Za'Nyah Arieonna Ferguson
Shemeka Ferguson of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Za'Nayah Arieonna, born on July 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Caira Alexandria Madison

Leah Brianne Roey

Jarrett David Wootten

Charles Bruce Walker

Gavin Taylor Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson and Jessica Tucker are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Taylor, on July 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isabelle Walker Goodwin
Henry and Patricia Goodwin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Walker, born on July 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jonathan Ford Keller
Jonathan and Shannon Keller of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Ford, on July 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Myles Omari Williams
Farrel and Nicole Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Myles Omari, on June 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

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.

Braves, McBride fall on road
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.

Atlanta's Jones saves day in ninth
PHOENIX- Andruw Jones led off the ninth inning with his 30th home run Saturday night to give the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Business calendar

Biz bits
- Donald H. Skinner has been promoted to senior vice president and Columbia County executive with First Bank of Georgia. Mr. Skinner was previously manager of the bank's West Town Office in Martinez. He now will be responsible for management responsibilities, customer service and business development activities for the bank's Columbia County offices. The Augusta native began his banking career with First National Bank of Thomson, Ga., before a lengthy career at Trust Company Bank in Augusta, which later became SunTrust Bank.

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.

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.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Economic Development Outlook Luncheon, HBA Group International and South Augusta Redevelopment Inc., keynote speaker Chris Clark, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Global Commerce Division; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street $65 advance, $75 at door; call 792-1427 for information.

Kimberly-Clark plans 6,000 job cuts

Biz bits

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from May 2005:

Tailored for work
The clothes make the man, they say. But can they make the sale? Trends in the workwear industry - especially fast food - suggest that today's uniforms are becoming more fashion-conscious, delivering classier, updated looks with button-down shirts and hip-hop influenced designs.

Tailored for work
The clothes make the man, they say. But can they make the sale? Trends in the workwear industry - especially fast food - suggest that today's uniforms are becoming more fashion-conscious, delivering classier, updated looks with button-down shirts and hip-hop influenced designs.

Business briefs
The wealthy are retreating financially when it comes to charitable giving, according to a survey of 500 affluent households.

Biz bits
- Donald H. Skinner has been promoted to senior vice president and Columbia County executive with First Bank of Georgia. Mr. Skinner was previously manager of the bank's West Town Office in Martinez. He now will be responsible for management responsibilities, customer service and business development activities for the bank's Columbia County offices. The Augusta native began his banking career with First National Bank of Thomson, Ga., before a lengthy career at Trust Company Bank in Augusta, which later became SunTrust Bank.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 5-11. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business briefs
The wealthy are retreating financially when it comes to charitable giving, according to a survey of 500 affluent households.

Tailored for work

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Economic Development Outlook Luncheon, HBA Group International and South Augusta Redevelopment Inc., keynote speaker Chris Clark, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Global Commerce Division; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street $65 advance, $75 at door; call 792-1427 for information.

Richmond County property transfers

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.

Business licenses

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 5-11. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Banking facility decides on name

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from May 2005:

Business briefs

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 24, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 23, 2005.

We have a lot to expect from next commission meeting

We have a lot to expect from next commission meeting
Expect Augusta commissioners to fill interim Mayor Willie Mays' vacant District 9 seat at Tuesday's meeting. The six necessary votes said to be there for former Commissioner Freddie Handy are Commissioners Bobby Hankerson, Don Grantham, Barbara Sims, Tommy Boyles, Jimmy Smith and, last but not least, Andy Cheek.

We have a lot to expect from next commission meeting
Expect Augusta commissioners to fill interim Mayor Willie Mays' vacant District 9 seat at Tuesday's meeting. The six necessary votes said to be there for former Commissioner Freddie Handy are Commissioners Bobby Hankerson, Don Grantham, Barbara Sims, Tommy Boyles, Jimmy Smith and, last but not least, Andy Cheek.

Libraries and education

Health screening urged
There is still time left for Graniteville-area residents suffering ill effects from last January's Norfolk Southern chlorine spill to undergo a free health screening.

Health screening urged

Health screening urged
There is still time left for Graniteville-area residents suffering ill effects from last January's Norfolk Southern chlorine spill to undergo a free health screening.

Sorry, Paul; it's Peter's
Usually, the U.S. Supreme Court has the last word. Not in this case. Not by a long shot. This time, you will.

You paid for this
It must have been therapeutic, the poor dears. County commissioners from across the country who attended the National Association of Counties meeting in Hawaii this past week might have needed a support group after getting shelled by their constituents for the tax-paid junkets to paradise.

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.

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

'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.

'Radiochick' gains following with lewd, rude show
NEW YORK - Leslie Gold wants to be known as the only chick a guy wants to listen to for four hours, and she'll do just about anything to achieve that goal.

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

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

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

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

Small-cap express just keeps rolling
Wall Street has been predicting a decline in small-cap stocks for the better part of two years, but their cycle of exceeding expectations continues to surprise investors, particularly after the Russell 2000 index reached a new high recently.

Small-cap express just keeps rolling

Wills have vital information for property, kids
NEW YORK - Families have a lot of misconceptions about estate planning.

Small-cap express just keeps rolling
Wall Street has been predicting a decline in small-cap stocks for the better part of two years, but their cycle of exceeding expectations continues to surprise investors, particularly after the Russell 2000 index reached a new high recently.

Wills have vital information for property, kids
NEW YORK - Families have a lot of misconceptions about estate planning.\r\n

Wills have vital information for property, kids

Minor league notebook
The Greenville Bombers' starting rotation was in a state of flux heading into the weekend's games against the Greensboro Grasshopper, so manager Chad Epperson wasn't sure who would start when for the Bombers when they travel to play a four-game series against Augusta on Tuesday.

Minor league notebook
The Greenville Bombers' starting rotation was in a state of flux heading into the weekend's games against the Greensboro Grasshopper, so manager Chad Epperson wasn't sure who would start when for the Bombers when they travel to play a four-game series against Augusta on Tuesday.

GreenJackets earn 12th-inning victory
In Hickory, N.C., Steve Holm's home run in the top of the 12th inning gave the Augusta GreenJackets a 9-8 victory over the Hickory Crawdads, snapping their five-game losing streak.

GreenJackets earn 12th-inning victory
In Hickory, N.C., Steve Holm's home run in the top of the 12th inning gave the Augusta GreenJackets a 9-8 victory over the Hickory Crawdads, snapping their five-game losing streak.

Crane beats clock and rain for lead
MILWAUKEE - When word came that high winds and thunderstorms were on the way, Craig Smith hurried his game at the U.S. Bank Championship on Saturday. Not Ben Crane.

Teen claims second Evian victory
EVIAN, France - Paula Creamer won her second LPGA title Saturday at the Evian Masters, beating fellow teenager Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa by eight shots.

Teen claims second Evian victory
EVIAN, France - Paula Creamer won her second LPGA title Saturday at the Evian Masters, beating fellow teenager Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa by eight shots.

Teen claims second Evian victory

Rob Perry Championship tee times
Second-Round Tee Times. Monday at Augusta Country Club

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

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

Paula Creamer takes lead at Evian Masters

GreenJackets earn 12th-inning victory

Minor league notebook

Smiling faces, beautiful places pay off in postcards
South Carolina always does well each summer when we have our vacation postcard contest, and this year is no exception.

Smiling faces, beautiful places pay off in postcards
South Carolina always does well each summer when we have our vacation postcard contest, and this year is no exception.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Slow and steady wins the... golf tournament.

Deadly terrorists never can be appeased

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

Deadly terrorists never can be appeased
Cobras and rattlesnakes always have been, and always will be, deadly. No amount of wishful thinking, understanding or dialogue will change that fact of nature.Robert B. Rackliffe, North Augusta, S.C.

Conservatives just keep spewing hatred

Solve anticipated traffic woes now
While I was excited to read about the new Village at River Watch development when I read The Augusta Chronicle's Web site, I am a bit nervous. Having grown up and lived most of my life in the CSRA, I am more than well-versed in Augusta and Richmond County's governmental pace. In a word: slow.Ron Roberts, Alexandria, La.

More politicians need basic values

Liberals actually live in gray state

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

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

Conservatives just keep spewing hatred
Has anyone ever noticed how angry conservatives always are? They have control of the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of state legislatures, yet they still spew venom with ugly hostility at anyone who dares espouse a viewpoint different from the latest Drudge Report.Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Conservatives just keep spewing hatred
Has anyone ever noticed how angry conservatives always are? They have control of the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court and the majority of state legislatures, yet they still spew venom with ugly hostility at anyone who dares espouse a viewpoint different from the latest Drudge Report.Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Deadly terrorists never can be appeased
Cobras and rattlesnakes always have been, and always will be, deadly. No amount of wishful thinking, understanding or dialogue will change that fact of nature.Robert B. Rackliffe, North Augusta, S.C.

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

I didn't leave my name at the altar

Male vanity spurs the creation of new skin care lines

Living briefs

Giving birth to depression

New amusement parks offer water thrills

Restored areas offer a look at Biltmore servants' lives

Couple finds room for collections

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.

I didn't leave my name at the altar
Married life involves some adjustment. For the first month after my wedding, I persisted in calling David "my fiance" instead of my husband. Maybe it was because we had such a long engagement and I was so used to thinking of him in those terms. Or maybe it was because subconsciously I was reluctant to think of David as a husband.

Living briefs
Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember? Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family when you were a child?

I didn't leave my name at the altar
Married life involves some adjustment. For the first month after my wedding, I persisted in calling David "my fiance" instead of my husband. Maybe it was because we had such a long engagement and I was so used to thinking of him in those terms. Or maybe it was because subconsciously I was reluctant to think of David as a husband.

New amusement parks offer water thrills
KINGS MILLS, Ohio - Smiling and screaming all at once, Joe Hoffman and his 9-year-old daughter Mackenzie tightly grabbed their raft as they rocketed into a giant funnel and splashed into a pool of water.

Groom's mother seeks advice on invitations
Dear Carson: We have encountered quite a dilemma in planning our son's wedding-rehearsal dinner and hope you will be able to help us.

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.

New amusement parks offer water thrills
KINGS MILLS, Ohio - Smiling and screaming all at once, Joe Hoffman and his 9-year-old daughter Mackenzie tightly grabbed their raft as they rocketed into a giant funnel and splashed into a pool of water.

Couple finds room for collections
Sue South and Tim Jacques were a match made in cyberspace. She was living in Evans and he in Greenwood, S.C., when they met online in 1999. They married about three years ago.

Living briefs
Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember? Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family when you were a child?

Restored areas offer a look at Biltmore servants' lives
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Seventy-five years after it was first opened to the public, George W. Vanderbilt's grand Biltmore House - the largest home in the United States - is showing off a new side.

Blower door tests can detect air leaks
Q: We've had a couple of contractors come to our home and talk to us about energy-saving ideas. They've both said we need a blower door test. Is this some kind of gimmick or would it help us?

Restored areas offer a look at Biltmore servants' lives
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Seventy-five years after it was first opened to the public, George W. Vanderbilt's grand Biltmore House - the largest home in the United States - is showing off a new side.

Giving birth to depression
"The thing," Pam McFarland called her daughter Aubrie when the baby was born in December 2002.

Couple finds room for collections
Sue South and Tim Jacques were a match made in cyberspace. She was living in Evans and he in Greenwood, S.C., when they met online in 1999. They married about three years ago.

Giving birth to depression
"The thing," Pam McFarland called her daughter Aubrie when the baby was born in December 2002.

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.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
Several churches will open registration for classes in English as a second language this month.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Why is middle school a problem?

Desert party saved South Caolina businessman's life
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - A full moon lit the night sky, the Sinai mountains loomed overhead, and the American businessman was having the time of his life, dancing to techno music at an outdoor party in the desert swarming with ravers. Then came the explosion, and the chaos.

Kid of the Day

Senator seeks 'thank you'
ATLANTA - Potential donors received an unusual request from the leader of the state Senate a week after the 2005 Legislature ended: a letter from Sen. Eric Johnson soliciting "tort reform thank you" donations.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ariana Jackson of Hephzibah.

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

County officials split over issue of millage

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

Wreck on Interstate 20

Sanford spokesman arrested
COLUMBIA - A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford has been arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence, police say.

Desert party saved South Caolina businessman's life

Families enjoy festival at canal
Nine-year-old Carole Gilley, of Louisburg, Tenn., plunged her face into a vanilla cream pie, hoping to beat her competitor during a pie eating contest.

Doctors help injured troops learn to cope

Injured Augusta Marine looks forward to future
After an Iraqi insurgent's bomb took both his eyes, it would have been easy for Lance Cpl. Mike Jernigan to look back with regret, but with the support of his family, this Augusta Marine is looking forward.

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.

Families enjoy festival at canal
Nine-year-old Carole Gilley, of Louisburg, Tenn., plunged her face into a vanilla cream pie, hoping to beat her competitor during a pie eating contest.

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.

News you can use

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.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

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.

Senior judges meet obstacles

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.

Families enjoy festival at canal

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.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

Rants and Raves
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Georgia doesn't need commuter rail
ATLANTA - As a taxpayer faced with having to subsidize a state-run railroad year after year, I believe it would be dumb for Georgia to start a commuter line from Atlanta to Athens, Macon, Savannah, Augusta and even Jacksonville, Fla. It would be cheaper to buy automobiles for all of the estimated riders.

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.

Leaders split on use of lobbyist
A lobbyist by any other name is still a lobbyist. The city of Aiken earmarked $36,000 in this year's budget for "Help in Washington" to seek $25 million in federal funding for road improvements that are planned for the next 10 years.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two guards at the state prison in Jackson have been suspended while the Department of Corrections investigates the death of a 27-year-old inmate.

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.

Wreck on Interstate 20
Richmond County sheriff"s Sgt. Randy Prickett walks to the scene of a tractor-trailer accident on eastbound Interstate 20 near River Watch Parkway.

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.

Doctors help injured troops learn to cope
Since the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers opened its rehabilitation unit for active duty service members, troops wounded in Iraq have come in with traumatic brain injuries, amputated limbs, multiple bone fractures, spinal cord injuries and blast wounds.

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.

Cameras in Atlanta help deter criminals
ATLANTA - On a typical weekend night, the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood buzzes.

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 Georgia
ATLANTA - Two guards at the state prison in Jackson have been suspended while the Department of Corrections investigates the death of a 27-year-old inmate.

News you can use
Entertainment events for today include:

News you can use

Across Georgia

Historic Athens home will be restored to pink

Senior judges meet obstacles
By this time next week, a lucrative loophole used by some retired judges to obtain substantial salary supplements closes.

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

Across Georgia

Cameras in Atlanta help deter criminals

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.

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

Across the area

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.

Leaders split on use of lobbyist

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.

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.

Georgia doesn't need commuter rail

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.

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee

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.

Doctors help injured troops learn to cope
Since the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers opened its rehabilitation unit for active duty service members, troops wounded in Iraq have come in with traumatic brain injuries, amputated limbs, multiple bone fractures, spinal cord injuries and blast wounds.

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.

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Slow and steady wins the... golf tournament.

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.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

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.

U.S. commander during Vietnam War is buried
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Retired Gen. William Westmoreland, the commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam during a major escalation of the war, was buried Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy, where he was once superintendent.

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ariana Jackson of Hephzibah.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man Saturday who was wanted in a June mobile-home park shooting, records show.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Children's hospital focuses on families

Cameras in Atlanta help deter criminals
ATLANTA - On a typical weekend night, the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood buzzes.

Across the area

News you can use
Several churches will open registration for classes in English as a second language this month.

A new Medicare sales pitch

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A legal herb that produces a high when smoked or chewed is causing concern along Ocean Boulevard, one of the state's most popular tourist spots.

Field for $10,000 prize narrows to 32 children

Georgia doesn't need commuter rail
ATLANTA - As a taxpayer faced with having to subsidize a state-run railroad year after year, I believe it would be dumb for Georgia to start a commuter line from Atlanta to Athens, Macon, Savannah, Augusta and even Jacksonville, Fla. It would be cheaper to buy automobiles for all of the estimated riders.

Taxes net extra $2.7 million

Desert party saved South Caolina businessman's life
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - A full moon lit the night sky, the Sinai mountains loomed overhead, and the American businessman was having the time of his life, dancing to techno music at an outdoor party in the desert swarming with ravers. Then came the explosion, and the chaos.

Police locate wanted man in Augusta

Senior judges meet obstacles
By this time next week, a lucrative loophole used by some retired judges to obtain substantial salary supplements closes.

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.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Police arrest 130 in drug sting

Leaders split on use of lobbyist
A lobbyist by any other name is still a lobbyist. The city of Aiken earmarked $36,000 in this year's budget for "Help in Washington" to seek $25 million in federal funding for road improvements that are planned for the next 10 years.

Decline could force closure

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man Saturday who was wanted in a June mobile-home park shooting, records show.<

Two get life sentences for drugs

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A legal herb that produces a high when smoked or chewed is causing concern along Ocean Boulevard, one of the state's most popular tourist spots.

Kid of the Day

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

Wreck on Interstate 20
Richmond County sheriff"s Sgt. Randy Prickett walks to the scene of a tractor-trailer accident on eastbound Interstate 20 near River Watch Parkway.

Clarkson widening fan base with 'Breakaway'
NEW YORK - Kelly Clarkson can always pick out the adults who come to her concerts just to chaperone their kids.

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.

Clarkson widening fan base with 'Breakaway'

Jury finds Ashanti breached contract

Clarkson widening fan base with 'Breakaway'
NEW YORK - Kelly Clarkson can always pick out the adults who come to her concerts just to chaperone their kids.

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.

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - Jamie McMurray has the pole for Pocono and a job for next year.

Green captures checkered flag
FOUNTAIN, Colo. - David Green grabbed the lead on the second-to-last lap and held off polesitter Clint Bowyer to win of the NASCAR Busch Series' ITT Industries 250 on Saturday.

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - Jamie McMurray has the pole for Pocono and a job for next year.

Pocono power lets Johnson keep cool

NASCAR notebook

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.

Raikkonen earns fourth pole of '05
HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Kimi Raikkonen set the pace in Saturday's qualifying for the German Grand Prix to gain his fourth pole position of the season.

Wheldon's fade gives others hope for the title
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - It all looked so easy for Dan Wheldon at the start of the 2005 season.

Wheldon's fade gives others hope for the title

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.

Wheldon's fade gives others hope for the title
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - It all looked so easy for Dan Wheldon at the start of the 2005 season.

Brown debates move

Brown debates move
NEW YORK - Larry Brown's children were running around the house wearing Knicks gear sent by Isiah Thomas, while their 64-year-old unemployed father was preparing to take another look at the pros-and-cons list he and his wife had assembled the night before.

Brown debates move
NEW YORK - Larry Brown's children were running around the house wearing Knicks gear sent by Isiah Thomas, while their 64-year-old unemployed father was preparing to take another look at the pros-and-cons list he and his wife had assembled the night before.

Blank provides players with luxury, fans with access

Mr. Metzger Lariscy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Robinson    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Amelia Ray Rodgers    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens, the folksy but private Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament chairman who ushered the club and tournament into the Internet and Tiger Woods eras in the 1990s, died Saturday at 81.

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

Mrs. Selitha Menefee    (BOWIE, MD)

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

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

Mr. Willie Lee Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian C. Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Kenneth Robinson    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Amelia Ray Rodgers    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Selitha Menefee    (BOWIE, MD)

Mr. Douglas Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Lee Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda J. Rio    (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Russell Hendricks    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Albert Evans    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Linda J. Rio    (HOLBROOK, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Laura Peebles    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Archer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian C. Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Metzger Lariscy    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens, the folksy but private Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament chairman who ushered the club and tournament into the Internet and Tiger Woods eras in the 1990s, died Saturday at 81.

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

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

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

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Archer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Metzger Lariscy (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Hendricks (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Eric Crawford (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Selitha Menefee (BOWIE, MD)

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

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

Mr. Douglas Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillian C. Deckert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Robinson (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Amelia Ray Rodgers (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Willie Lee Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Peebles (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Jack Stephens

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Reconnecting with an ancient faith
I'm Jewish by birth, Jewish by upbringing and Jewish by choice - but, for years, not Jewish in the old ticker.

Reconnecting with an ancient faith
I'm Jewish by birth, Jewish by upbringing and Jewish by choice - but, for years, not Jewish in the old ticker.

Reconnecting with an ancient faith
I'm Jewish by birth, Jewish by upbringing and Jewish by choice - but, for years, not Jewish in the old ticker.

Armstrong contemplates life after cycling

Texan's impact crosses many barriers

Overtime

Overtime

Armstrong wins stage, sets up title

Area sports announcments

Texan is two stages from retirement, title

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.

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

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

Armstrong wins stage, sets up title
SAINT-ETIENNE, France - As if Lance Armstrong had anything left to prove, as if his crowning achievement really needed an emphatic stamp, cycling's greatest champion gave his best performance Saturday - claiming the stage win he lacked and all but guaranteeing a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.

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

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

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
In Stuttgart, Germany, Rafael Nadal moved up to No. 2 in the world rankings Saturday after beating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 7-5, to run his winning streak on clay to 33 matches.

Armstrong wins stage, sets up title
SAINT-ETIENNE, France - As if Lance Armstrong had anything left to prove, as if his crowning achievement really needed an emphatic stamp, cycling's greatest champion gave his best performance Saturday - claiming the stage win he lacked and all but guaranteeing a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.

Texan's impact crosses many barriers
Without fail, it happens daily at this time of year. Someone, typically middle-aged and at least a wee bit out of shape, ambles into Lance Armstrong's favorite bike shop and professes to be "just looking."

Overtime
In Stuttgart, Germany, Rafael Nadal moved up to No. 2 in the world rankings Saturday after beating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 7-5, to run his winning streak on clay to 33 matches.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Texan's impact crosses many barriers
Without fail, it happens daily at this time of year. Someone, typically middle-aged and at least a wee bit out of shape, ambles into Lance Armstrong's favorite bike shop and professes to be "just looking."

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Blank provides players with luxury, fans with access
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Owner Arthur Blank promises the Atlanta Falcons will host a training camp like none other when practice begins Monday afternoon.

Panthers agree to terms with third-round pick Mathis
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers on Saturday agreed to terms with offensive lineman Evan Mathis, one of their two third-round draft picks.

Blank provides players with luxury, fans with access
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Owner Arthur Blank promises the Atlanta Falcons will host a training camp like none other when practice begins Monday afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

'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 Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Comedian Bill Maher is chuckling, but miffed. He's miffed, he tells the crowd, after "apparently voting in a completely different election than most of the country. I thought we were having a rational discussion about how best to protect ourselves in perilous times. And actually, it was a referendum on boys kissing."

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

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 Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Comedian Bill Maher is chuckling, but miffed. He's miffed, he tells the crowd, after "apparently voting in a completely different election than most of the country. I thought we were having a rational discussion about how best to protect ourselves in perilous times. And actually, it was a referendum on boys kissing."

People in the News

'Princes of Malibu' star files for divorce

Bowling center manager has little spare time for practice

Meetings

Around the block

Teamwork taught at anti-drug camp

Across the river

Reunions

Aiken County Farmers Market

Nuclear protesters are walking to Oak Ridge

Pet of the week

Events

Drive-in will celebrate anniversary

Host families are sought for exchange students

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Athlete Spotlight: Jessica Counts

Adult literacy sites

Junk-car ordinance proposed

Faith digest

The seven-day week, a biblical contribution to civilization

Faith Calendar

Minister will visit Japan to meet bombing victim, deliver apology

Pastor's outreach happens on court

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