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.

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:

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

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

Spoof of Bush wins writing contest

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.

Spoof of Bush wins writing contest
JACKSON, Miss. - A scathing parody that likens President Bush to the "idiot" in William Faulkner's novel "The Sound and the Fury" has won this year's Faulkner write-alike contest - and touched off a literary spat.

Mystery novel offers bounty of laughs

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?

Americans can discover Columbus in 'Last Voyage'

Spoof of Bush wins writing contest
JACKSON, Miss. - A scathing parody that likens President Bush to the "idiot" in William Faulkner's novel "The Sound and the Fury" has won this year's Faulkner write-alike contest - and touched off a literary spat.

Arts notebook

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
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.

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
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?

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Astros top Nationals in extra innings
WASHINGTON - Eric Bruntlett hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 14th inning Sunday to give the Houston Astros a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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.

Major League notebook

Smiling faces, beautiful places pay off in postcards

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.

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.

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

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.

Jamal Joshua Ford

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.

Cassidy Ryann Gibson

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.

Emma Louise Kavanagh

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.

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

Ethan John Robert

Jonathan Ford Keller

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.

Kansadie Katherine Banda

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.

Isabelle Walker Goodwin

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.

Kaitlin Renee Taylor

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.

Isaiah Anthony Washington

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.

Olivia Caden Ryan

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.

Brooks Aaron Johnson

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.

James Edward Harrison

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.

Angela Gayle Peterson

Parker Douglas Story

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.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin

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.

Alexis Taylor Holmes

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.

Jayden Isaiah Smyre

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.

Sydney Elise Jagnandan

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.

Chaney Suzanne Feagin

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.

Isabella McNair Cato

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.

James Edward Campbell

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.

Ashanti Waneshia Vonchell

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.

Gavin Taylor Ferguson

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.

Jayden Khalid Hahn

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.

Kaitlyn Ann Howard

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.

Jordan Abraham Cummings

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.

Walker Hayden English

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.

Janet Neely Johnson

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.

Julius Brennon Lorine

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.

Hallie Renee Boutwell

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.

Evari Matthew Yates

Caira Alexandria Madison

Za'Nyah Arieonna Ferguson

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.

Bryson William Weathersbee

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.

Terry Demontrez Hall

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.

Tucker Loyal Gales

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.

Eleanor Joyce Contant

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.

Brooke Ansley Mantlow

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.

Gabriel Christopher Moore

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.

Charles Bruce Walker

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.

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.

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.

Jarrett David Wootten

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.

Ja'Myia Olivia Holloway

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.

Leah Brianne Roey

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.

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.

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.

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.

Diamondbacks edge Braves
PHOENIX - Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

Diamondbacks edge Braves
PHOENIX - Javier Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 in eight innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks withstood a pair of home runs by Andruw Jones to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday.

Diamondbacks edge Braves

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.

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.

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:

Pensions freezing out younger workers

Doubt looms for Sanyo after earthquake jolts company
TOKYO - When a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jarred Sanyo Electric Co.'s chip-making plant in northern Japan last October, reversing the company's profit forecast to a massive loss, it was a crowning blow to an electronics giant already rattled by plunging prices and sinking stock.

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians

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

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians
KYLE, S.D. - The Oglala Lakota Sioux were among the last tribes to battle the U.S. cavalry, and their vast Pine Ridge reservation was ground zero in the American Indian Movement's 1970s clashes with federal agents.

Tailored for work

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong
WATERLOO, Wis. - When executives at the Trek Bicycle Corp. signed a contract with Lance Armstrong in 1998, they were betting the public would see the cyclist recovering from testicular cancer as a human interest story.

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:

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 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.

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong

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

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150

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.

Bike company cashing in on ties to Lance Armstrong
WATERLOO, Wis. - When executives at the Trek Bicycle Corp. signed a contract with Lance Armstrong in 1998, they were betting the public would see the cyclist recovering from testicular cancer as a human interest story.

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.

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150
MILWAUKEE - Miller Brewing Co., the Milwaukee brewer that gave the world light beer, celebrates its 150th birthday next month.

Business calendar

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

Biz bits

Outsourcing seen as boon to American Indians
KYLE, S.D. - The Oglala Lakota Sioux were among the last tribes to battle the U.S. cavalry, and their vast Pine Ridge reservation was ground zero in the American Indian Movement's 1970s clashes with federal agents.

Business briefs

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

Oldest major U.S. brewer turns 150
MILWAUKEE - Miller Brewing Co., the Milwaukee brewer that gave the world light beer, celebrates its 150th birthday next month.

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.

Pensions freezing out younger workers
NEW YORK - Companies looking to cool their pension problems are freezing benefits for the workers least likely to complain.

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.

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

Richmond County property transfers

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 24, 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.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Two players from each Atlantic Coast Conference school got together Sunday for a group picture at the annual media kickoff, and the conversation quickly turned to the new divisional alignments.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Two players from each Atlantic Coast Conference school got together Sunday for a group picture at the annual media kickoff, and the conversation quickly turned to the new divisional alignments.

ACC finally together, ready for first championship game

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.

The power of T-shirts
Kind of makes you proud to be wearing a T-shirt made in China, doesn't it?

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.

There's hope for HOPE
In late 2003, Georgians were worried about the future viability of the lottery to sustain HOPE, the state's enormously popular college scholarship program. The fear was that soaring enrollments, because of rapidly expanding population growth, would soon outstrip funds in HOPE's coffers that pay tuition, fees and book allowances for high school graduates with a "B" or better grade average who are bound for one of the state's 34 public universities and colleges.

The power of T-shirts
Kind of makes you proud to be wearing a T-shirt made in China, doesn't it?

The power of T-shirts

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.

There's hope for HOPE

There's hope for HOPE
In late 2003, Georgians were worried about the future viability of the lottery to sustain HOPE, the state's enormously popular college scholarship program. The fear was that soaring enrollments, because of rapidly expanding population growth, would soon outstrip funds in HOPE's coffers that pay tuition, fees and book allowances for high school graduates with a "B" or better grade average who are bound for one of the state's 34 public universities and colleges.

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

People in the News
LONDON - The model at the center of Roman Polanski's successful libel suit against Vanity Fair says the filmmaker never tried to seduce her.

Q&A with John Cusack
LOS ANGELES - After some 20 years playing unconventional heroes, it's surprising to discover that John Cusack looks classically heroic in the flesh.

'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.

People in the News
LONDON - The model at the center of Roman Polanski's successful libel suit against Vanity Fair says the filmmaker never tried to seduce her.

Q&A with John Cusack
LOS ANGELES - After some 20 years playing unconventional heroes, it's surprising to discover that John Cusack looks classically heroic in the flesh.

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
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Wills have vital information for property, kids

Is hummus entirely kosher?

Is hummus entirely kosher?
JERUSALEM - No pork. No shellfish. No mixing of meat and milk. But non-kosher hummus? That's something new for the Israeli rule book to tackle.

Is hummus entirely kosher?
JERUSALEM - No pork. No shellfish. No mixing of meat and milk. But non-kosher hummus? That's something new for the Israeli rule book to tackle.

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Gerris Wilkinson can tell a swagger from a stagger.

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Gerris Wilkinson can tell a swagger from a stagger.

Jackets not worried about loss of returning starters

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.

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.

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?

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.

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Tiger Woods is going from the Swilcan Bridge to the "Battle at The Bridges," from golf's most traditional tournament to the ultimate hit-and-giggle.

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

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Tiger Woods is going from the Swilcan Bridge to the "Battle at The Bridges," from golf's most traditional tournament to the ultimate hit-and-giggle.

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

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

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff
ALVESLOHE, Germany - Niclas Fasth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Angel Cabrera Sunday to win the Players' Championship of Europe.

Woods stars in what could be last Monday Night Golf

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Canada's Jon Mills won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a three-shot victory over Ken Duke at the Canadian PGA Championship.

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.

Fasth wins Players' Championship in playoff
ALVESLOHE, Germany - Niclas Fasth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Angel Cabrera Sunday to win the Players' Championship of Europe.

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.

Watson wins Senior British Open in playoff against Des Smyth
ABERDEEN, Scotland - Tom Watson made par on the third playoff hole Sunday to beat Ireland's Des Smyth and win the Senior British Open.

Teen claims second Evian victory

Canada's Mills gets first Nationwide Tour victory
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Canada's Jon Mills won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a three-shot victory over Ken Duke at the Canadian PGA Championship.

Minor league notebook

GreenJackets earn 12th-inning victory

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

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Augusta area from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees, but the high humidity will make it feel like 106.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

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

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.

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

Bush has two definitions of 'life'
The United States, at President Bush's insistence, invaded Iraq. A controversial move, but it seems as though things just might work out. Let's hope so, after all the lives and money we have invested. John M. Orr, Evans

Stem cell research will flourish privately

Panhandling, at any level, is bad
Your editorial July 5 regarding panhandlers ("Getting a handle on it") spoke volumes. You speak of the panhandlers doing themselves harm. Some also get power to intimidate the public. Ernest F. Daniel, Augusta

Stem cell research will flourish privately
Now I understand the public's consternation concerning government support of embryonic stem cell research. They think because President Bush would not allow government support, except for a few cell lines, that this would impede this research. Art Beall, Evans

Stem cell research will flourish privately
Now I understand the public's consternation concerning government support of embryonic stem cell research. They think because President Bush would not allow government support, except for a few cell lines, that this would impede this research.Art Beall, Evans

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

Panhandling, at any level, is bad

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation
Have you ever known of a nation with a bigger government than ours? I have voted GOP since the 1950s - until Nov. 2, 2004. That day, I went to the polls and went solid Democrat! Bush has run our national debt to the highest in history, and going higher.Julius Taylor, Taylors, S.C.

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

Panhandling, at any level, is bad
Your editorial July 5 regarding panhandlers ("Getting a handle on it") spoke volumes. You speak of the panhandlers doing themselves harm. Some also get power to intimidate the public.Ernest F. Daniel, 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.

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation

Bush has two definitions of 'life'

Bush has two definitions of 'life'
The United States, at President Bush's insistence, invaded Iraq. A controversial move, but it seems as though things just might work out. Let's hope so, after all the lives and money we have invested.John M. Orr, Evans

Bush & Co. is ruining our nation
Have you ever known of a nation with a bigger government than ours? I have voted GOP since the 1950s - until Nov. 2, 2004. That day, I went to the polls and went solid Democrat! Bush has run our national debt to the highest in history, and going higher. Julius Taylor, Taylors, S.C.

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth

Kickball catching on with adults

Living briefs

Restored areas offer a look at Biltmore servants' lives

New amusement parks offer water thrills

I didn't leave my name at the altar

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts

Giving birth to depression

Couple finds room for collections

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.

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.

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts
Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles.

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.

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.

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?

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?

Kickball catching on with adults
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Don Radell stood on the pitcher's mound, his socks hoisted to just below his knees. One black, one red, a tiny bit of skin showing between the tops of the socks and his baggy shorts. His Little League son said it brings good luck, so why not?

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.

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth
SAN FRANCISCO - Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest.

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.

Kickball catching on with adults
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Don Radell stood on the pitcher's mound, his socks hoisted to just below his knees. One black, one red, a tiny bit of skin showing between the tops of the socks and his baggy shorts. His Little League son said it brings good luck, so why not?

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?

Young people upping ante on dangerous stunts
Two young people have died in Idaho, each suspected of trying to catch a buzz by cutting off the blood supply to their brains. Also in recent weeks, a college student in Kentucky and another youth in Michigan have fallen to their deaths while "surfing" atop moving vehicles.

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

Genetic flaw leaves cats without sweet tooth
SAN FRANCISCO - Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster
GRANITEVILLE - Nina Nidiffer said her journalistic instincts took over on the morning of Jan. 6.

Across the southeast

Leaders split on use of lobbyist

The week ahead
I have been out of school for 10 years.

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

Rain is drawing people to lake

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

Away from home

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.

Donations help pay for King statue
The Rev. Larry Fryer is adamant that Georgia's most famous minister be honored with a statue in Augusta.

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.

Away from home
DAHLONEGA, Ga.- The crackers weren't so bad. Otherwise, 11-year-old Megan Canter didn't have much use for the minestrone MRE - or "meal ready to eat" - she whipped up for a military-style lunch at summer camp.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land
It has a fairly unexciting-sounding name: "Joint Land Use Study."

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

Weather service issues heat advisory

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

Temperatures may top 100 this week

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

Georgia doesn't need commuter rail

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.

Scandal shines light on privacy bill
ATLANTA - In the flurry of bills that sparked a war over secrecy and open government in the last legislative session, it was easy to lose sight of what might have seemed like a relatively minor proposal: House Bill 437.

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.

Across the area
Police have arrested a 45-year-old Waynesboro, Ga., man in connection with a series of recent robberies.

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.

Donations help pay for King statue

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.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Demand on the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid has been at near-record levels for four straight days, an agency spokesman said Sunday.

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
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashlee Taylor Crawley, 7, of Augusta.

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.

Water leaves utility department profit soggy

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.<

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land

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

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors
Education businesses are reaping benefits from the federal act that has burdened many school systems, according to a report from the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

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

New loan trend is illegal, some say

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.

News you can use

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

Crane coasts to victory at Milwaukee

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.

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

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

Rain is drawing people to lake
It seems the area's added precipitation lately hasn't rained on everybody's parade - at least not when it comes to recreation at Thurmond Lake.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

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

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Four people were killed and six were hospitalized early Sunday in a collision that brought a car parked on the side of Interstate 95 and a recreational vehicle tumbling down an embankment, police said.

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - From May through October, Roy Ferguson is on the front line of a war against the scourge of summer - the mosquito.

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.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Demand on the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid has been at near-record levels for four straight days, an agency spokesman said Sunday.

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.

Donations help pay for King statue
The Rev. Larry Fryer is adamant that Georgia's most famous minister be honored with a statue in Augusta.

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.

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors
Education businesses are reaping benefits from the federal act that has burdened many school systems, according to a report from the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth

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.

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests

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

Across the area

Senior judges meet obstacles

No Child Left Behind is a boon for tutors

Cameras in Atlanta help deter criminals

The week ahead

Wreck on Interstate 20

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well

Temperatures may top 100 this week
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Temperatures across South Carolina are expected to get close to 100 degrees this week, with indices in most places well above the century mark, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Police have arrested a 45-year-old Waynesboro, Ga., man in connection with a series of recent robberies.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashlee Taylor Crawley, 7, of Augusta.

New loan trend is illegal, some say
ATLANTA - Lawmakers banked on the end of "payday" lending last year when they threatened financiers marketing the short-term, high-interest loans with hefty fines and up to 20 years in prison.

Fort Gordon: Study looks at use of land
It has a fairly unexciting-sounding name: "Joint Land Use Study."

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Coast Guard was searching for three missing teenagers reported overdue from a fishing trip.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Four people were killed and six were hospitalized early Sunday in a collision that brought a car parked on the side of Interstate 95 and a recreational vehicle tumbling down an embankment, police said.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests
ATLANTA - As a 20-year-old civil rights activist on his first visit to Walton County in 1968, Tyrone Brooks met Dan Young, who ran the county's only black funeral home.

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes

The week ahead
I have been out of school for 10 years.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Families enjoy festival at canal

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well
ATLANTA - Things looked pretty good headed into the late spring from where Mike Vollmer sat several months into his new job as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education.

Across South Carolina

Scandal shines light on privacy bill
ATLANTA - In the flurry of bills that sparked a war over secrecy and open government in the last legislative session, it was easy to lose sight of what might have seemed like a relatively minor proposal: House Bill 437.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster

Kid of the Day

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth
In the midst of redrawing Columbia County's growth management plan, a 32-member steering committee is considering, for the first time, the plight of the county's crowded school system.

Water leaves utility department profit soggy
The rainy summer has put a damper on the Augusta Utilities Department's revenue for this year.

Rain is drawing people to lake
It seems the area's added precipitation lately hasn't rained on everybody's parade - at least not when it comes to recreation at Thurmond Lake.

Columbia County adds schools to plans for growth
In the midst of redrawing Columbia County's growth management plan, a 32-member steering committee is considering, for the first time, the plight of the county's crowded school system.

Woman tells Graniteville's story about train disaster
GRANITEVILLE - Nina Nidiffer said her journalistic instincts took over on the morning of Jan. 6.

Leaders say nepotism flap handled well
ATLANTA - Things looked pretty good headed into the late spring from where Mike Vollmer sat several months into his new job as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education.

Water leaves utility department profit soggy
The rainy summer has put a damper on the Augusta Utilities Department's revenue for this year.

Five questions with Janelle Zmierski
Janelle Zmierski has competed in four triathlons, run two marathons and is a huge Lance Armstrong supporter. The cycling fan doesn't have cable TV, so she asked a friend to tape each day's Tour de France so she wouldn't miss a second.

Desert party saved South Caolina businessman's life

Activists hope re-enactment of lynching leads to arrests
ATLANTA - As a 20-year-old civil rights activist on his first visit to Walton County in 1968, Tyrone Brooks met Dan Young, who ran the county's only black funeral home.

Doctors help injured troops learn to cope

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Coast Guard was searching for three missing teenagers reported overdue from a fishing trip.

Lowcountry army takes on mosquitoes
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - From May through October, Roy Ferguson is on the front line of a war against the scourge of summer - the mosquito.

Temperatures may top 100 this week
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Temperatures across South Carolina are expected to get close to 100 degrees this week, with indices in most places well above the century mark, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Away from home
DAHLONEGA, Ga.- The crackers weren't so bad. Otherwise, 11-year-old Megan Canter didn't have much use for the minestrone MRE - or "meal ready to eat" - she whipped up for a military-style lunch at summer camp.

New loan trend is illegal, some say
ATLANTA - Lawmakers banked on the end of "payday" lending last year when they threatened financiers marketing the short-term, high-interest loans with hefty fines and up to 20 years in prison.

Across Georgia

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion
Four men were arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies after an armed robbery at an Evans home, authorities said.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Augusta area from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees, but the high humidity will make it feel like 106.

Scandal shines light on privacy bill

Four men face charges in Evans home invasion
Four men were arrested by Columbia County sheriff's deputies after an armed robbery at an Evans home, authorities said.

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?
The telephone rang in Angelina Jolie's big, luxurious, fancy, gated, gold-plated, well-guarded, labyrinthine Hollywood mansion.

What if celebrities gossiped about the rest of us?
The telephone rang in Angelina Jolie's big, luxurious, fancy, gated, gold-plated, well-guarded, labyrinthine Hollywood mansion.

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'
LOS ANGELES - "Being a character actor is nice," muses Djimon Hounsou. "You build yourself up, show a certain range of your ability. But at the end of the day, I'm really looking to be a leading man. That's really the goal."

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Wedding Crashers" held off a rush of new releases to retain the top two spots at the weekend box office.

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office

Wonka, 'Wedding Crashers' win again at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Wedding Crashers" held off a rush of new releases to retain the top two spots at the weekend box office.

Hounson: 'Being a character actor is nice'
LOS ANGELES - "Being a character actor is nice," muses Djimon Hounsou. "You build yourself up, show a certain range of your ability. But at the end of the day, I'm really looking to be a leading man. That's really the goal."

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.

Q&A: Rapper Bizarre lives up to his name
NEW YORK - He's not in the back any more. Bizarre has a solo album. He's on the Anger Management Tour with patron saint Eminem and his group D12, with whom we first heard Bizarre complain about life as a backup on the hit single "My Band." And if you've seen the video, you know Bizarre is a "Rock Star."

Clarkson widening fan base with 'Breakaway'

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.

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

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Sam Hornish Jr. had to pass Dario Franchitti twice in the waning laps Sunday before pulling away for a hard-earned victory in the A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

NASCAR notebook

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch dominated at the beginning, surged back to the lead late and raced to his second win of the season Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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.

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Sam Hornish Jr. had to pass Dario Franchitti twice in the waning laps Sunday before pulling away for a hard-earned victory in the A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

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.

Hornish bumps his way to IRL victory

Wheldon's fade gives others hope for the title

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono

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

Busch dominates on way to win at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch dominated at the beginning, surged back to the lead late and raced to his second win of the season Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

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.

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.

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown
NEW YORK - Knicks owner James Dolan of Cablevision met Sunday night with prospective coach Larry Brown, who had wanted to speak first with interim coach Herb Williams.

Knicks owner pays visit to Larry Brown
NEW YORK - Knicks owner James Dolan of Cablevision met Sunday night with prospective coach Larry Brown, who had wanted to speak first with interim coach Herb Williams.

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.

Brown debates move

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp

Blank provides players with luxury, fans with access

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher    (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. George Anna Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Selitha Menefee    (BOWIE, MD)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Burton    (RITTMAN, OH)

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

Mr. Daniel Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Robinson    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (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.

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

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. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Jackson    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Robinson    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Burton    (RITTMAN, OH)

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

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr.    (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

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

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

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Selitha Menefee    (BOWIE, MD)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher    (EASLEY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Eloise Jackson    (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Mesa A. Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Nevins    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr.    (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

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

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson    (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. George Anna Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Robinson (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marcus Dean Sumner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Silver, Jr. (BOLINGBROOK, IL.)

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

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Selitha Menefee (BOWIE, MD)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. George Anna Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Frances Cook (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Jack Stephens

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Jackson (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

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

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Robinson (KISSIMMEE, Fla.)

Ms. Annie Lou Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Daniel Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Giles Fisher (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Burton (RITTMAN, OH)

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

Mr. Douglas R. Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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 draws inspiration as he closes out Tour

Overtime

Overtime

Texan's impact crosses many barriers

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final

Area sports announcments

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks

Armstrong wins stage, sets up title

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The United States won the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the third time, beating Panama 3-1 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie in Sunday's final.

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final
MONTREAL - This was a stunner: Michael Phelps, exhausted and dangling on the lane rope, looking up in disbelief at the dismal time beside his name on the scoreboard.

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."

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.

Overtime
In Hickory, N.C., Augusta rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and added one in the ninth to top the Hickory Crawdads, 5-2.

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.

Armstrong draws inspiration as he closes out Tour
PARIS - Sheryl Crow shed a tear. Cancer survivors praised his inspirational tale. Rivals and fans fondly bade farewell to a cycling great.

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.

U.S. tops Panama after penalty kicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The United States won the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the third time, beating Panama 3-1 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie in Sunday's final.

Armstrong draws inspiration as he closes out Tour
PARIS - Sheryl Crow shed a tear. Cancer survivors praised his inspirational tale. Rivals and fans fondly bade farewell to a cycling great.

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.

Phelps fails to qualify for 400 free final
MONTREAL - This was a stunner: Michael Phelps, exhausted and dangling on the lane rope, looking up in disbelief at the dismal time beside his name on the scoreboard.

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
In Hickory, N.C., Augusta rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and added one in the ninth to top the Hickory Crawdads, 5-2.

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp
DAVIE, Fla. - Running back Ricky Williams reported to Miami Dolphins training camp on Sunday morning, nearly one year to the day after he told the team he was retiring from football.

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.

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.

Williams arrives at Dolphins camp
DAVIE, Fla. - Running back Ricky Williams reported to Miami Dolphins training camp on Sunday morning, nearly one year to the day after he told the team he was retiring from football.

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming

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 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."

'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' win critics' awards
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Hit newcomers "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" won top honors from the Television Critics Association on Saturday.

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming
NEW YORK - They get flush turning TV shows into promotions - and all you get are these lousy product placements.

'Stealth ads' infiltrate TV programming
NEW YORK - They get flush turning TV shows into promotions - and all you get are these lousy product placements.

Chris Rock touts his show 'Everybody Hates Chris'
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock thought of other titles for his upcoming sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris":

TV tests whether reality has a second life
NEW YORK - For the first time since Rudy Boesch, Susan Hawk and Richard Hatch - in all his naked glory - became household names in the summer of 2000, the premiere edition of "Survivor" is being seen again on television.

People in the News

Q&A with John Cusack

Meetings

Pet of the week

Junk-car ordinance proposed

Reunions

Drive-in will celebrate anniversary

Nuclear protesters are walking to Oak Ridge

Across the river

Events

Bowling center manager has little spare time for practice

Host families are sought for exchange students

Around the block

Athlete Spotlight: Jessica Counts

Teamwork taught at anti-drug camp

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Aiken County Farmers Market

Adult literacy sites

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