Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Kmart Shopping Center in North Augusta, the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421, and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

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

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

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at the Kmart Shopping Center in North Augusta, the Belvedere Fire Department on U.S. Highway 25, Langley Fire Department on South Carolina Highway 421, and Aiken Department of Public Safety stations No. 2 on Silver Bluff Road and No. 3 on U.S. Highway 78.

Golfers sure to put their hearts into tournament
Anyone who gets teed off about heart disease has an opportunity to do something about it.

Golfers sure to put their hearts into tournament
Anyone who gets teed off about heart disease has an opportunity to do something about it.

Pet of the week
Samantha, a 9-year-old Sheltie, 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.

Teachers use book, puppets in special learning program
Five-year-old Weston Whitfield, of Johnston, S.C., leaned against his mother, Julie, while his brother, Noah, 3, nestled in her lap.

Pet of the week
Samantha, a 9-year-old Sheltie, 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.

Things to do
Music in the Park will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maude Edenfield Park, beside the North Augusta Community Center. Split Rail will perform. The event is free. Call 442-7588.

Upcoming events
Concerts in the park: 7 p.m. Thursday; Maude Edenfield Park on E. Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta; with Split Rail; free; 442-7588

Upcoming events
Concerts in the park: 7 p.m. Thursday; Maude Edenfield Park on E. Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta; with Split Rail; free; 442-7588

Things to do
Music in the Park will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maude Edenfield Park, beside the North Augusta Community Center. Split Rail will perform. The event is free. Call 442-7588.

Aiken's health partnership viewed as state model
It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 14-19. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Grant will help to fund farm museum
A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will help fund the creation of an agricultural museum in Beech Island.

Actor in 'Pentecost' finds the character of Judas intriguing
When Bobby Ross tells people about the role he's playing in the upcoming ENOPION Theatre production of People of Pentecost, they come to an immediate conclusion about his character.

Blood center still is searching for new location
The doors haven't closed on Aiken's blood donation center - yet.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 14-19. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

School administrator gets state honor
Frank Roberson always has wanted to teach.

A Potter summer - but not in Spanish, French, German

A Potter summer - but not in Spanish, French, German
NEW YORK - Check out the front window of Manhattan's Libreria Lectorum, one of the nation's largest Spanish-language bookstores, and you'll see a witch's hat and a handful of copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - in English.

A Potter summer - but not in Spanish, French, German
NEW YORK - Check out the front window of Manhattan's Libreria Lectorum, one of the nation's largest Spanish-language bookstores, and you'll see a witch's hat and a handful of copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - in English.

Readers share memories, feedback

Braves stroll into first place

Braves still haven't found cure for injury bug

Braves still haven't found cure for injury bug
ATLANTA - When the Braves last played here, just before the All-Star break, the hope was that the team would be nearing full strength by the time it returned home.

Braves stroll into first place
ATLANTA - The familiar ring of it all wasn't lost on their ears, even if it was a distant sound.

Braves still haven't found cure for injury bug
ATLANTA - When the Braves last played here, just before the All-Star break, the hope was that the team would be nearing full strength by the time it returned home.

Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown

Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown
ATLANTA - The Braves and Nationals look like first-place teams only in the standings as they enter a three-game showdown for the top spot in the NL East.

Braves stroll into first place
ATLANTA - The familiar ring of it all wasn't lost on their ears, even if it was a distant sound.

Braves, Nationals stumble into showdown
ATLANTA - The Braves and Nationals look like first-place teams only in the standings as they enter a three-game showdown for the top spot in the NL East.

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada
ATLANTA - Georgia officials are spending this week trying to build on the strength of the state's top customer, Canada.

Company looks inside, out to succeed
Although Phoenix Commercial Printers isn't rising from the ashes, it is moving up in the world.

Augusta hotel revenues could set record
The Augusta area has welcomed enough overnight guests so far this year to challenge the all-time record in lodging revenues, tourism officials said Monday.

Existing-home sales hit high
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes set a record in June with home prices shooting up at the fastest pace in nearly 25 years.

Existing-home sales hit high

Augusta hotel revenues could set record

Existing-home sales hit high
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes set a record in June with home prices shooting up at the fastest pace in nearly 25 years.

Sony BMG settles payola case with $10 million
NEW YORK - Recording industry titan Sony BMG Music Entertainment agreed Monday to pay $10 million and stop bribing radio stations to feature its artists in what a state official called a more sophisticated generation of the payola scandals of decades ago.

Investors driven by outlook for crude oil
NEW YORK - Stocks ended an erratic session mixed Tuesday as investors weighed slightly higher oil prices against strong earnings from companies including Verizon Communications Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada
ATLANTA - Georgia officials are spending this week trying to build on the strength of the state's top customer, Canada.

Profits fall for paper maker
STAMFORD, Conn. - International Paper Co., the world's largest paper company, said Tuesday that second-quarter profit fell 60 percent because of discontinued operations, weaker demand and higher costs that have hurt the paper industry.

Perdue seeks to boost trade with Canada

Bank's earnings up from last year
The parent company of Georgia Bank & Trust Co. reported a record jump in second-quarter profits as income growth from loans offset declining revenues in home mortgages.

Profits fall for paper maker

Augusta hotel revenues could set record
The Augusta area has welcomed enough overnight guests so far this year to challenge the all-time record in lodging revenues, tourism officials said Monday.

Profits fall for paper maker
STAMFORD, Conn. - International Paper Co., the world's largest paper company, said Tuesday that second-quarter profit fell 60 percent because of discontinued operations, weaker demand and higher costs that have hurt the paper industry.

Company looks inside, out to succeed

Company looks inside, out to succeed
Although Phoenix Commercial Printers isn't rising from the ashes, it is moving up in the world.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 27, 2005.

ACC adds two bowls to postseason lineup
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The newly expanded Atlantic Coast Conference must make due with only six bowl tie-ins this season. In 2006, that won't be a problem.

Anticipation is high for upcoming season
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford closed the league's annual kickoff meetings Tuesday anxious to move forward into the first season of 12-team, two-division football play.

8 ACC squads will go bowling
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - A bowl bid will become a right and not a privilege for bowl-eligible Atlantic Coast Conference teams starting in 2006.

8 ACC squads will go bowling

8 ACC squads will go bowling
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - A bowl bid will become a right and not a privilege for bowl-eligible Atlantic Coast Conference teams starting in 2006.

Bowden will use own form of discipline
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden used Monday's ACC Kickoff interview session to clear the air on a wide range of topics, addressing the media for the first time since the onset of the Seminoles' tumultuous summer.

ACC adds two bowls to postseason lineup

Bowden will use own form of discipline

ACC adds two bowls to postseason lineup
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The newly expanded Atlantic Coast Conference must make due with only six bowl tie-ins this season. In 2006, that won't be a problem.

Bowden will use own form of discipline
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden used Monday's ACC Kickoff interview session to clear the air on a wide range of topics, addressing the media for the first time since the onset of the Seminoles' tumultuous summer.

Finally, game aged to perfection

Many spices have health-improving benefits
Spices are a wonderful way to add flair and improve taste when taking on new eating habits and cooking healthier. Not only that but they also have a long history of medicinal use.

Applauding judicial reform
The best government reform is one that results in better service at less cost to taxpayers. And this is the kind of reform that will go into effect next week for Georgia's circuit court system. The change is long overdue.

A super champion
Is he a superman in a yellow jersey, instead of blue tights and a red cape? Or is it simply a miracle? There are hardly words to describe the remarkable achievement of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

A super champion

Blame the terrorists
An organization that boasts of its links to al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for the bomb attacks that killed 88 people and wreaked carnage Saturday on Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt's foremost resort areas.

Applauding judicial reform
The best government reform is one that results in better service at less cost to taxpayers. And this is the kind of reform that will go into effect next week for Georgia's circuit court system. The change is long overdue.

Blame the terrorists
An organization that boasts of its links to al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for the bomb attacks that killed 88 people and wreaked carnage Saturday on Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt's foremost resort areas.

A super champion
Is he a superman in a yellow jersey, instead of blue tights and a red cape? Or is it simply a miracle? There are hardly words to describe the remarkable achievement of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Taxes in the balance
There are two ways that property taxes can go up. One is if your elected leaders raise the tax rate. The other is if your property increases in value.

Blame the terrorists

Applauding judicial reform

Report: Eminem says he's just 'taking a break'
NEW YORK - Is Eminem headed for retirement - or just taking a break?

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads
NEW YORK - Brittany Murphy is the first celebrity Jordache jeans girl. She stars in a series of new ads for the company that became famous during the 1970s' designer jeans craze.

Photographer convicted in Diaz topless photos case
LOS ANGELES - A photographer who took topless pictures of Cameron Diaz before she became a star was convicted of forgery, attempted grand theft and perjury Monday for a scheme to sell the images back to the actress 11 years later for millions of dollars.

People in the News
NEW YORK - One of Jennifer Aniston's former flings is auctioning off letters, notes, pictures and other memorabilia from the "Friends" star.

Report: Eminem says he's just 'taking a break'
NEW YORK - Is Eminem headed for retirement - or just taking a break?

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads
NEW YORK - Brittany Murphy is the first celebrity Jordache jeans girl. She stars in a series of new ads for the company that became famous during the 1970s' designer jeans craze.\r\n

People in the News
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - An East Rutherford woman has been accused by authorities of amassing more than $12,000 in free merchandise by claiming she was Jessica Simpson's assistant.

People in the News
NEW YORK - One of Jennifer Aniston's former flings is auctioning off letters, notes, pictures and other memorabilia from the "Friends" star.

People in the News
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - An East Rutherford woman has been accused by authorities of amassing more than $12,000 in free merchandise by claiming she was Jessica Simpson's assistant.

Keep cool and save money on your home energy bill

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

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

Pensions freezing out younger workers

Keep cool and save money on your home energy bill
It really doesn't make any difference what part of the country you live in, extreme weather of any kind -- hot or cold, rain or not -- will have a negative impact on your energy bill and your level of comfort as well.

Keep cool and save money on your home energy bill
It really doesn't make any difference what part of the country you live in, extreme weather of any kind -- hot or cold, rain or not -- will have a negative impact on your energy bill and your level of comfort as well.

Summer treats: gelato and sherbet are in season
CONCORD, N.H. - A lifetime's supply of ice cream for just $250? What a deal!

Orzo makes list of kitchen blessings
CONCORD, N.H. - It recently was brought to my attention that I dedicate an inordinate amount of this space to things that annoy me.

Summer treats: gelato and sherbet are in season
CONCORD, N.H. - A lifetime's supply of ice cream for just $250? What a deal!

Orzo makes list of kitchen blessings

Stir a little heat into your cold soup
No reason summer soups should be bland, their taste chilled out. Quite the reverse: They should balance their cool with a bright range of sunny flavor, to match the bright days.

Summer treats: gelato and sherbet are in season

Stir a little heat into your cold soup

Orzo makes list of kitchen blessings
CONCORD, N.H. - It recently was brought to my attention that I dedicate an inordinate amount of this space to things that annoy me.

Stir a little heat into your cold soup
No reason summer soups should be bland, their taste chilled out. Quite the reverse: They should balance their cool with a bright range of sunny flavor, to match the bright days.

Gailey's health, outlook positive
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Chan Gailey can wear shirts with horizontal stripes these days.

GreenJackets: Holm gets around field
Steve Holm never played catcher until he began his professional baseball career in 2001.

GreenJackets: Holm gets around field
Steve Holm never played catcher until he began his professional baseball career in 2001.

Sosa slugs GreenJackets to win
When you lead the team in RBI, you get a little respect. But when you have nine RBI in your past three games, you don't?

Sosa slugs GreenJackets to win
When you lead the team in RBI, you get a little respect. But when you have nine RBI in your past three games, you don't?

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The sun was just dipping below the horizon when Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson turned out the lights on Tiger Woods, John Daly and Monday Night Golf.

Creamer, Wie take spotlight from Sorenstam
SOUTHPORT, England - Call it the LPGA Teen Tour. Two months after going through high school graduation, 18-year-old Paula Creamer won for the second time this year with an eight-shot victory in the Evian Masters. In her last event before she starts the 11th grade, 15-year-old Michelle Wie is looking to build on her third runner-up finish this season.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Creamer, Wie take spotlight from Sorenstam

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The sun was just dipping below the horizon when Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson turned out the lights on Tiger Woods, John Daly and Monday Night Golf.

Creamer, Wie take spotlight from Sorenstam
SOUTHPORT, England - Call it the LPGA Teen Tour. Two months after going through high school graduation, 18-year-old Paula Creamer won for the second time this year with an eight-shot victory in the Evian Masters. In her last event before she starts the 11th grade, 15-year-old Michelle Wie is looking to build on her third runner-up finish this season.

Goosen, Lefty beat Woods, Daly in Monday Night Golf

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Sosa slugs GreenJackets to win

GreenJackets: Holm gets around field

Regulations put squeeze on coaches

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals

New NHL getting offensive

New NHL getting offensive
NEW YORK - Jarome Iginla and Martin St. Louis will love the new-look NHL. Martin Brodeur and Marty Turco?

New NHL getting offensive
NEW YORK - Jarome Iginla and Martin St. Louis will love the new-look NHL. Martin Brodeur and Marty Turco?

Marinade gives steak, salad zest
Grilled steak is a summer standard, and this week I'm using it in a colorful spinach salad that's packed with flavor.

Readers share memories, feedback
Let's check the mail. Dolores Faglier, of Martinez, writes: "I read with interest about the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gathering for the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Japan. I also remember July 16, 1945, when the first atomic blast happened. ..."

Readers share memories, feedback
Let's check the mail. Dolores Faglier, of Martinez, writes: "I read with interest about the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., gathering for the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Japan. I also remember July 16, 1945, when the first atomic blast happened. ..."

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m. today, 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate
On the recommendation of City Administrator Fred Russell, the Augusta Commission decided today to delay a vote on the county's property tax millage rate.

City administrator presents sales tax proposal
City Administrator Fred Russell presented his $139.9 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal to the Augusta Commission today.

Sales tax proposal omits civic center funding
Calling his proposed special purpose local option sales tax package "spartan," City Administrator Fred Russell informed the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority today that the proposal will not include renovation of the aging civic center complex.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for all of South Carolina and part of eastern Georgia. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas, but with humidity added, the air could feel as hot as 115.

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2½-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

Remember our veterans' sacrifice

Apology typifies Pax Christi agenda
Except for himself, does the Rev. Bob Cushing have standing or authority to seek forgiveness or to apologize for bombing Japan? Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

Priest does not speak for us all
If the Rev Bob Cushing thinks the Japanese who were injured in the atom bomb blast of 1945 need an apology, they should request it from their leaders of the then-Imperial Army and Navy who took Japan to war in 1933. Myron P. Opfermann, Martinez

Voters blindly follow inept leaders
What is wrong with it? Don't you wish it were you? A free Hawaii vacation at taxpayers' expense. That is really living.Richard Netzley, Evans

Remember our veterans' sacrifice
I would like to apologize to veterans of our armed forces who are insulted or confused by the Rev. Bob Cushing's upcoming apology to Japan for the Allied use of nuclear weapons that ended World War II in the Pacific.The Rev. Miguel Grave de Peralta, Augusta

City has spotty preservation history
The practice of tearing down historic buildings in Augusta may have gone unnoticed if it had not been for The Augusta Chronicle's well-done story by Kate Lewis ("Owners face dilemma over fate of historic sites," July 3); her report had 18 pictures of historic structures that are still standing.Tom Hunter, Augusta

Saying 'sorry' dishonors fallen military
So the Rev. Bob Cushing sees it as his personal cross to bear to go to Japan and apologize for the atrocities committed by those evil Americans who dropped the atomic bombs to hasten the end of World War II.John F. Salazar, Augusta

'Palestinian' oppression is lie
Not long ago, I returned from a tour of Israel, and noticed that in some of The Chronicle's recent articles, the refugee camp of Balata was mentioned.Don Lansing, Augusta

Redirect concern to the suffering
The Rev. Bob Cushing's plan to go to Japan next month to apologize for Hiroshima is an insult to the millions of Americans who have sacrificed themselves for this country's liberty and sovereignty.Scott Riley, Evans

Voters blindly follow inept leaders
What is wrong with it? Don't you wish it were you? A free Hawaii vacation at taxpayers' expense. That is really living.Richard Netzley, Evans

Letters to the Editor note
Editor's Note: The letters below are in reference to the July 23 Religion section article "Seeking forgiveness," about a Catholic priest's planned trip to Japan to present a letter of apology to the Japanese for the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II.

Voters blindly follow inept leaders

Letters to the Editor note
Editor's Note: The letters below are in reference to the July 23 Religion section article "Seeking forgiveness," about a Catholic priest's planned trip to Japan to present a letter of apology to the Japanese for the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II.

Remember our veterans' sacrifice
I would like to apologize to veterans of our armed forces who are insulted or confused by the Rev. Bob Cushing's upcoming apology to Japan for the Allied use of nuclear weapons that ended World War II in the Pacific.The Rev. Miguel Grave de Peralta, Augusta

Regrets to Japan are unnecessary
I am really sorry (oops, there is that word), that I read The Chronicle on July 23 and saw that the Rev. Bob Cushing thinks he speaks for the U.S. government, the U.S. military and people like me.John Gasko, Martinez

Letters to the Editor note

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art

Seniors calendar

Study: Elderly should keep exercising

Purchases, donations pay tribute to loved ones

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow

Living briefs

Living briefs

Health calendar

CDC: Record high child vaccinations meet 2010 goal

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow
Virginia Hairr didn't mind the tingling at her throat or having Marti Hanson intently watch her as she ate at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Living briefs
Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family do anything when you were a child?The Augusta Chronicle wants to celebrate the upcoming educational season with a look at the trials and traditions behind the first day of school.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

NYC may have had early glimpse of 1918 pandemic
WASHINGTON - New York City may have had a preliminary bout with the deadly Spanish Flu months before it swept the world in 1918, killing millions.

Living briefs
Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember?

Study: Elderly should keep exercising
DALLAS - Exercise can't hold off the effects of aging, but it can improve an elderly person's chances of hanging onto an independent lifestyle, researchers said, citing a new study that brought both good and bad news.\r\n

Purchases, donations pay tribute to loved ones
Mary Jo Dawson's grandfather never saw the books she purchased in his honor and donated to the Aiken County Public Library, but they carry his name on a bookplate inside.

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art
There was a time when interior decorators scoffed at ceiling fans. The clunky appliances with long chains and obtrusive blades were less than objects of beauty. But homeowners couldn't live without something to create a breeze.

CDC: Record high child vaccinations meet 2010 goal
WASHINGTON - Almost 81 percent of the nation's toddlers are getting vaccinated on time, a record level that comes five years ahead of government expectations, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Purchases, donations pay tribute to loved ones
Mary Jo Dawson's grandfather never saw the books she purchased in his honor and donated to the Aiken County Public Library, but they carry his name on a bookplate inside.

Study: Elderly should keep exercising
DALLAS - Exercise can't hold off the effects of aging, but it can improve an elderly person's chances of hanging onto an independent lifestyle, researchers said, citing a new study that brought both good and bad news.

CDC: Record high child vaccinations meet 2010 goal
WASHINGTON - Almost 81 percent of the nation's toddlers are getting vaccinated on time, a record level that comes five years ahead of government expectations, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Living briefs
Does your family do anything special to mark the beginning of the school year? Did your family do anything when you were a child? The Augusta Chronicle wants to celebrate the upcoming educational season with a look at the trials and traditions behind the first day of school.

Living briefs
Children know summer can't last forever, but how do they make the start of the school year something to remember?

Ceiling fans become eye-catching works of art
There was a time when interior decorators scoffed at ceiling fans. The clunky appliances with long chains and obtrusive blades were less than objects of beauty. But homeowners couldn't live without something to create a breeze.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Therapy help builds the strength to swallow
Virginia Hairr didn't mind the tingling at her throat or having Marti Hanson intently watch her as she ate at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital.

Rollback to trim school tax

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Police were called to two Augusta homes Sunday after receiving complaints that gunshots were fired randomly.

City property owner could get summons

Wildwood Park will get additional parking space
More visitors and bass fishing tournaments aren't the only things headed to Wildwood Park in Columbia County these days.

Weather service issues heat advisory

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2½-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

Trade safeguards attract companies

Across South Carolina

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a robbery Tuesday morning where the victim said a man posing as a police investigator handcuffed him, took his money and left him bound in a bathtub.

Heat keeps many from reaching cooling centers
With temperatures soaring to near triple digits, Augusta residents retreated inside and cranked up their air conditioners.

DOE waste cleanup is behind schedule
AIKEN - The Department of Energy is walking a tight rope as it tries to close a high-level waste tank at Savannah River Site for the first time since 1997.

Rants and Raves
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Kid of the Day

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Cambria Mahogany Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

Police seek connection among three robberies
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a series of late-night and early-morning robberies that targeted three women in west Augusta neighborhoods.

City administrator presents sales tax proposal
City Administrator Fred Russell presented his $139.9 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal to the Augusta Commission today.

Rollback to trim school tax
The Richmond County Board of Education tentatively rolled back its millage rate, leaving most property owners paying less in school taxes.

Area students test below state average
More than half of the Richmond County students taking end-of-course tests in the spring failed to meet standards in algebra, economics and geometry, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday.

Discovery blasts off on first shuttle mission since 2003

Thomson soldier is among 4 killed in Iraq
THOMSON - A Thomson man was among four soldiers killed Sunday in Iraq.

Across South Carolina

Commissioner resigns post
As aviation commissioners wrap up Airport Director Buster Boshears' annual evaluation, the personnel subcommittee's chairman won't be around to lead the process.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A weekend fire at a midtown Atlanta complex on the site of the former Atlantic Steel factory was set, officials said Tuesday.

Schools work to help children pass

County plans to preserve rural character
AIKEN - Aiken County is charmingly rural, and its residents want it to stay that way.

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition

News you can use

Kid of the Day

Schools work to help children pass
One or two bad grades shouldn't weigh pupils' grades down so much that they can't recover, Richmond County school officials say.

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m. today, 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

Hospital privacy becomes a trend

Kid of the Day
Cooper Anderson Seider is today's Kid of the Day.

Traffic volume expected to rise

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Cambria Mahogany Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

Area students test below state average
More than half of the Richmond County students taking end-of-course tests in the spring failed to meet standards in algebra, economics and geometry, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Tuesday.

Across the area
Police were called to two Augusta homes Sunday after receiving complaints that gunshots were fired randomly.

DOE waste cleanup is behind schedule

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has asked the federal government for permission to end eligibility for children's Medicaid benefits at 18 instead of the current age of 21.

Whooping cough vaccine may be lacking
Sophie Starcevic's coughing grew so bad that it would cause her to vomit.

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Entertainment events and activites for today include:

Sales-tax proposal will omit civic center
Calling his proposed special purpose local option sales tax package "spartan," City Administrator Fred Russell informed the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday that the proposal will not include renovation of the aging civic center complex.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition
ATHENS, Ga. - In the mountain areas of north Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, opposition is building to a proposed new interstate that would run from Knoxville, Tenn., to Savannah.

County to gain imaging center
Columbia County would get its first full-service imaging center under a plan approved Tuesday by a University Hospital board.

Trade safeguards attract companies
GRANITEVILLE - With Congress poised to pass a volatile free-trade agreement this week, textile companies that once opposed the idea are doing an about-face.

Fort Discovery showcases shuttle launch to children
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m., 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision
Richmond County school officials say the system stands to gain an additional $901,581 if the school board adopts a rollback mill rate for its general fund, and at most could pull in $1,172,089 in extra revenue.

Center to offer 24-hour pediatric care in Aiken
AIKEN - Sixteen years of treating children in Aiken has given Dr. Jonathan Collins an insider's view of the shortcomings in the community's pediatric medical system.

City property owner could get summons
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to use a city ordinance to rid downtown Augusta of three dilapidated Broad Street properties and to summon the owner to court to show cause why she has not carried out a court order to improve the properties.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford charged with criminal domestic violence has requested a jury trial, attorneys said Tuesday.

Whooping cough vaccine may be lacking
Sophie Starcevic's coughing grew so bad that it would cause her to vomit.

Mental center is Serenity now
Just call it Serenity.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Officials review abuse policy
Columbia County school officials are discussing clarifying a policy regarding the immediate reporting of child abuse incidents in schools.

Heat keeps many from reaching cooling centers
With temperatures soaring to near triple digits, Augusta residents retreated inside and cranked up their air conditioners.

Gold Cross wins city contract

Wildwood Park will get additional parking space
More visitors and bass fishing tournaments aren't the only things headed to Wildwood Park in Columbia County these days.

Whooping cough vaccine may be lacking

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A weekend fire at a midtown Atlanta complex on the site of the former Atlantic Steel factory was set, officials said Tuesday.

Across Georgia

DOE waste cleanup is behind schedule
AIKEN - The Department of Energy is walking a tight rope as it tries to close a high-level waste tank at Savannah River Site for the first time since 1997.

Traffic volume expected to rise
If you think local traffic is congested now, wait until 2030.

Hospital privacy becomes a trend
In the business of health care, success comes not just from keeping people alive, but happy, too.

Augusta Commission delays vote on property tax millage rate
On the recommendation of City Administrator Fred Russell, the Augusta Commission decided today to delay a vote on the county's property tax millage rate.

Kid of the Day
Cooper Anderson Seider is today's Kid of the Day.

Weather service issues heat advisory
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for all of South Carolina and part of eastern Georgia. Temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees in some areas, but with humidity added, the air could feel as hot as 115.

Area students test below state average

Gold Cross wins city contract
The Augusta Commission awarded a contract to provide emergency service to Gold Cross EMS Service on Tuesday, rejecting a proposal from American Medical Response.

Wildwood Park will get additional parking space

County to gain imaging center
Columbia County would get its first full-service imaging center under a plan approved Tuesday by a University Hospital board.

City administrator presents sales tax proposal

Heat keeps many from reaching cooling centers

Trade safeguards attract companies
GRANITEVILLE - With Congress poised to pass a volatile free-trade agreement this week, textile companies that once opposed the idea are doing an about-face.

County to gain imaging center

City property owner could get summons
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to use a city ordinance to rid downtown Augusta of three dilapidated Broad Street properties and to summon the owner to court to show cause why she has not carried out a court order to improve the properties.

Rollback to trim school tax
The Richmond County Board of Education tentatively rolled back its millage rate, leaving most property owners paying less in school taxes.

Officials seek input on Evans land use plans
Columbia County officials now have some preliminary plans for what might happen to a 17-acre tract of land behind the Kroger in Evans off Washington Road.

Fort Discovery brings shuttle launch to kids

Columbia County panel report supports arena
Columbia County's Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee made its final report to the county commission Monday, reiterating that it believes an arena is desirable and possible in the county.

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Across Georgia
BRASELTON -A Braselton police officer died Monday morning in a two-car accident.

Fort Discovery showcases shuttle launch to children
When the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:39 a.m., 9-year-old Melissa Crane erupted with excitement, clapping her hands and cheering.

Center to offer 24-hour pediatric care in Aiken

Center to offer 24-hour pediatric care in Aiken
AIKEN - Sixteen years of treating children in Aiken has given Dr. Jonathan Collins an insider's view of the shortcomings in the community's pediatric medical system.

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Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford charged with criminal domestic violence has requested a jury trial, attorneys said Tuesday.

Hospital privacy becomes a trend
In the business of health care, success comes not just from keeping people alive, but happy, too.

Thomson soldier is among 4 killed in Iraq
THOMSON - A Thomson man was among four soldiers killed Sunday in Iraq.

Schools work to help children pass
One or two bad grades shouldn't weigh pupils' grades down so much that they can't recover, Richmond County school officials say.

County plans to preserve rural character
AIKEN - Aiken County is charmingly rural, and its residents want it to stay that way.

Traffic volume expected to rise
If you think local traffic is congested now, wait until 2030.

Gold Cross wins city contract
The Augusta Commission awarded a contract to provide emergency service to Gold Cross EMS Service on Tuesday, rejecting a proposal from American Medical Response.

$1.2 million hangs on school board's decision
Richmond County school officials say the system stands to gain an additional $901,581 if the school board adopts a rollback mill rate for its general fund, and at most could pull in $1,172,089 in extra revenue.

Thomson soldier is among 4 killed in Iraq

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

County plans to preserve rural character

Proposed I-3 meets some opposition
ATHENS, Ga. - In the mountain areas of north Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, opposition is building to a proposed new interstate that would run from Knoxville, Tenn., to Savannah.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has asked the federal government for permission to end eligibility for children's Medicaid benefits at 18 instead of the current age of 21.

Homeland Security to send DVD to drivers
ATLANTA - Calling school buses an important symbol of freedom and innocence, state emergency officials are preparing a special DVD for bus drivers on how to safeguard pupils and school vehicles from becoming victims of terrorists and hijackers.

Fort Discovery showcases shuttle launch to children

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing
LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" fans might want to set aside Nov. 1 for a reunion with the Skywalker clan.

'Revenge of the Sith' targeted for Nov. 1 DVD landing
LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars" fans might want to set aside Nov. 1 for a reunion with the Skywalker clan.

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Luxury yachts and tricked-out cars. P. Diddy and Gwen Stefani. And lots and lots of water.

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced

MTV Video Music Awards nominations announced
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Luxury yachts and tricked-out cars. P. Diddy and Gwen Stefani. And lots and lots of water.

Truck Series to run at Talladega in '06
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will hold its first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2006, creating a three-event weekend and taking on college football.

Falcons open camp with changes

Kerney not afraid to speak up

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ausmus S. Marburger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Cliff Barber    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lona Rice    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTOWA, Canada)

Miss Anna M. Mackie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Anna M. Mackie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Beattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris    (SNELLING, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. Foster Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah R. Steward    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Larry A. Godfrey, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. L.M. Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Roberson    (MURPHY, N.C.)

Ms. Mattie B. Burney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Willie Emory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Blackmon, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hoke Thomas, Sr.    (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Blackmon, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTOWA, Canada)

Mr. Frank L. Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mattie B. Burney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. J. Foster Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Moschak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry A. Godfrey, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary L. Irwin    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Ausmus S. Marburger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Moschak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah R. Steward    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Rast    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Rast    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel J. Seago    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Rice    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mr. James Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel J. Seago    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Hoke Thomas, Sr.    (CONYERS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Willie Emory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Beattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris    (SNELLING, S.C.)

Mr. Willard Roberson    (MURPHY, N.C.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Cliff Barber    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Frank L. Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James M. Baron    (CLOUD, FL.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Rice (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel J. Seago (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Morris (SNELLING, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Rast (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Fitzgerald (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aurelia Lawrence (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jan Gazda (OTTOWA, Canada)

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

Mrs. Beth Offerman (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Royce Wingate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Blackmon, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Ms. Mattie B. Burney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Willie Emory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hoke Thomas, Sr. (CONYERS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah R. Steward (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry A. Godfrey, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Anna M. Mackie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Twiggs, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. Foster Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cliff Barber (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ausmus S. Marburger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Moschak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Irene Curd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Roberson (MURPHY, N.C.)

Mr. Stephen Beattie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank L. Braxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Cycling enters a new era

Overtime

Cycling enters a new era
PARIS - Lance Armstrong is gone. What now for the Tour de France?

Overtime
Aiken's Dane Burkhart carded even-par 72 on Monday to qualify for next month's U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Overtime
Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans will play host to an auction at 5 p.m. Saturday to benefit Augusta's Baylie Symms.

Cycling enters a new era
PARIS - Lance Armstrong is gone. What now for the Tour de France?

Overtime
Aiken's Dane Burkhart carded even-par 72 on Monday to qualify for next month's U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Overtime
Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans will play host to an auction at 5 p.m. Saturday to benefit Augusta's Baylie Symms.

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals
For five years, Rick Meyer pestered Nike to bring a girls amateur basketball event, much like the boys' Nike Peach Jam Invitational, to North Augusta.

Regulations put squeeze on coaches
GRANITEVILLE - Mark Wright looks around the empty basketball court where he has coached four teams to the playoffs.

Peach Jam's success led to Nike Nationals
For five years, Rick Meyer pestered Nike to bring a girls amateur basketball event, much like the boys' Nike Peach Jam Invitational, to North Augusta.

Regulations put squeeze on coaches
GRANITEVILLE - Mark Wright looks around the empty basketball court where he has coached four teams to the playoffs.

Falcons open camp with changes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - While the Atlanta Falcons await the arrival of the receiver they drafted in the first round this year, 2004 first-round pick Michael Jenkins opened training camp as a starter over Peerless Price.

Kerney not afraid to speak up
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A heat index of 100 degrees Tuesday only made Patrick Kerney bark louder at his teammates.

Falcons open camp with changes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - While the Atlanta Falcons await the arrival of the receiver they drafted in the first round this year, 2004 first-round pick Michael Jenkins opened training camp as a starter over Peerless Price.

Kerney not afraid to speak up
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A heat index of 100 degrees Tuesday only made Patrick Kerney bark louder at his teammates.

Actor happy with 'Medium' level of recognition

'Law & Order' creator counting on more series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf said he was jolted by NBC's cancellation of the fourth installment of his crime drama franchise, but is looking forward to producing yet another series for the network.

Discovery to rebroadcast Martha Stewart shows
NEW YORK - Media and merchandising conglomerate Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Tuesday that it signed with cable company Discovery Communications to rebroadcast Stewart's upcoming daytime TV show and air a new home improvement reality series.

'Law & Order' creator counting on more series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf said he was jolted by NBC's cancellation of the fourth installment of his crime drama franchise, but is looking forward to producing yet another series for the network.

TV Guide slashes circulation, to relaunch in larger size
NEW YORK - TV Guide is slashing the circulation it guarantees advertisers by about two-thirds and relaunching itself as a large format magazine with far fewer TV listings and more emphasis on lifestyle and entertainment, the magazine announced Tuesday.

Actor happy with 'Medium' level of recognition
LOS ANGELES - Jake Weber is "not interested in inviting scrutiny." But when you're the co-star of a successful TV series, that stuff happens.

'Law & Order' creator counting on more series

Discovery to rebroadcast Martha Stewart shows

Actor happy with 'Medium' level of recognition
LOS ANGELES - Jake Weber is "not interested in inviting scrutiny." But when you're the co-star of a successful TV series, that stuff happens.

TV Guide slashes circulation, to relaunch in larger size

Discovery to rebroadcast Martha Stewart shows
NEW YORK - Media and merchandising conglomerate Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Tuesday that it signed with cable company Discovery Communications to rebroadcast Stewart's upcoming daytime TV show and air a new home improvement reality series.

TV Guide slashes circulation, to relaunch in larger size
NEW YORK - TV Guide is slashing the circulation it guarantees advertisers by about two-thirds and relaunching itself as a large format magazine with far fewer TV listings and more emphasis on lifestyle and entertainment, the magazine announced Tuesday.

Brittany Murphy stars in new Jordache ads

Report: Eminem says he's just 'taking a break'

People in the News

People in the News

Finally, game aged to perfection
All the inspiration North Williamson needed to shoot his age was relaxing in the other golf cart as his foursome drove to the first tee at Goshen Plantation Golf Club earlier this month.

Finally, game aged to perfection
All the inspiration North Williamson needed to shoot his age was relaxing in the other golf cart as his foursome drove to the first tee at Goshen Plantation Golf Club earlier this month.

Xtreme calendar

Lyrically speaking

Xtreme calendar
TAKE YOUR LITTLE BROTHER or sister to the Sidewalk Painting program at the Friedman Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 1447 Jackson Road. You can get out the washable chalk and have a great time tagging the streets. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to 25 children. Call 736-6758.

4-1-1
Didja know? Only vertebrates have ears. Other animals can hear or sense sound, but do not have ears.

Football players have a ball joking around off the field

Question of the week
Q: How much money are you looking to spend on a new fall wardrobe?

Teens need correct facts on sex
A recent survey conducted by People magazine and NBC has suggested that at least 28 percent of American 15-year-olds engage in sexual intercourse and that 29 percent engage in oral sex. Of those engaging in oral sex, 35 percent don't believe that they can contract a sexually transmitted disease and 42 percent don't use a condom. The survey also estimates that 40 percent of teens who have engaged in sexual intercourse haven't used birth control.

Lyrically speaking
LYRICALLY SPEAKING: More than 100 people took our Xtreme Lyrics Challenge and more than three-fourths got every answer right. Through our random drawing, Benjamin Hutton, 19, of Martinez, was picked as the winner of our prize pack.

My style

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms
Does anybody believe in the life thereafter?

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm gay, and my girlfriend's aunt overheard us talking on the phone. She was saying "I love you" and so on, and when (the aunt) heard that, she said that my girlfriend needs to tell her mom. Her mom isn't going to accept her like that. What should we do?

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms

Question of the week
Q: How much money are you looking to spend on a new fall wardrobe?

My style
THE FACTS: Shaniqua Henley, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School.

Xtreme calendar
TAKE YOUR LITTLE BROTHER or sister to the Sidewalk Painting program at the Friedman Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Library, 1447 Jackson Road. You can get out the washable chalk and have a great time tagging the streets. Registration is required, and attendance is limited to 25 children. Call 736-6758.

Teens need correct facts on sex
A recent survey conducted by People magazine and NBC has suggested that at least 28 percent of American 15-year-olds engage in sexual intercourse and that 29 percent engage in oral sex. Of those engaging in oral sex, 35 percent don't believe that they can contract a sexually transmitted disease and 42 percent don't use a condom. The survey also estimates that 40 percent of teens who have engaged in sexual intercourse haven't used birth control.

It's girl's choice on when to tell mom she's gay
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm gay, and my girlfriend's aunt overheard us talking on the phone. She was saying "I love you" and so on, and when (the aunt) heard that, she said that my girlfriend needs to tell her mom. Her mom isn't going to accept her like that. What should we do?

4-1-1
Didja know? Only vertebrates have ears. Other animals can hear or sense sound, but do not have ears.

Football players have a ball joking around off the field
In a few weeks the high school football season will begin. Under the careful watch of sports fans, friends and family, plays will be called, games will be won or lost and another chapter of school history will be written.

Question of the week

4-1-1

Teens need correct facts on sex

Football players have a ball joking around off the field
In a few weeks the high school football season will begin. Under the careful watch of sports fans, friends and family, plays will be called, games will be won or lost and another chapter of school history will be written.

Lyrically speaking
LYRICALLY SPEAKING: More than 100 people took our Xtreme Lyrics Challenge and more than three-fourths got every answer right. Through our random drawing, Benjamin Hutton, 19, of Martinez, was picked as the winner of our prize pack.

Enjoy teen years because adulthood looms
Does anybody believe in the life thereafter?

My style
THE FACTS: Shaniqua Henley, 15, a rising sophomore at Hephzibah High School.

Pet of the week

Upcoming events

Things to do

Events

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Recycling centers

Golfers sure to put their hearts into tournament