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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Galleries calendar

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.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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

Braves stroll into first place

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.

Estrada has suspension reduced
ATLANTA - Well, at least one of the issues facing Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada was resolved Wednesday.

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 pad East margin
ATLANTA - It shouldn't have come as the starkest of shocks, but when crunch time arrived Wednesday, Atlanta and Washington reverted to form.

Estrada has suspension reduced
ATLANTA - Well, at least one of the issues facing Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada was resolved Wednesday.

Estrada has suspension reduced

Braves pad East margin

Braves pad East margin
ATLANTA - It shouldn't have come as the starkest of shocks, but when crunch time arrived Wednesday, Atlanta and Washington reverted to form.

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

Housing market still strong

Farmers struggle to protect livestock
TOLEDO, Ohio - Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

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.

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.

Industry dreams of seamless services
ATLANTA - In a computer lab in downtown Atlanta, Geoffrey Lin answers a ringing phone from a Web site.

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.

Industry dreams of seamless services

Housing market still strong
WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes soared to an all-time high in June as the red-hot housing market kept sizzling.

Farmers struggle to protect livestock

Industry dreams of seamless services
ATLANTA - In a computer lab in downtown Atlanta, Geoffrey Lin answers a ringing phone from a Web site.

Profits fall for paper maker

Farmers struggle to protect livestock
TOLEDO, Ohio - Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

Housing market still strong
WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes soared to an all-time high in June as the red-hot housing market kept sizzling.

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.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 27, 2005.

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Editorial cartoon published on July 28, 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.

8 ACC squads will go bowling

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.

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

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.

ACC adds two bowls to postseason lineup

Finally, game aged to perfection

Bulletproof the gunmakers
This country doesn't need more gun control, but it surely does need to control gun liability lawsuits - and a measure currently being debated in the U.S. Senate would provide just that. It deserves to pass.

Bulletproof the gunmakers
This country doesn't need more gun control, but it surely does need to control gun liability lawsuits - and a measure currently being debated in the U.S. Senate would provide just that. It deserves to pass.

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

Applauding judicial reform

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.

Bulletproof the gunmakers

Apologize for what?
The Rev. Bob Cushing of Augusta believes an apology is in order for the atomic bombing of two Japanese cities in World War II.

Class clown finds place to stand - up on stage
Being hard-headed doesn't always pay, but it did for Bruce Bruce.

People in the News
NEW YORK - The Rolling Stones celebrated Mick Jagger's 62nd birthday by announcing the Sept. 6 release of "A Bigger Bang" on Virgin Records, their first studio CD in eight years.

Spotted
Trent Lemaire, Kevin Hackett and Gina Elnockrashy enjoy the sounds of jazz at Sunday's Candlelight Jazz Concert.

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

Testing salads, tasters are impressed with little things
It seems as though everyone's trying to eat healthier, and salads are a good way to go. We recently took four testers to three area restaurants to see which bowl or plate of greens lived up to the green they'd spend on them.

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.

The end of Eminem?
DETROIT - Is Eminem headed for retirement - or just taking a break?

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

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

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.

Mathers should shed his Eminem persona
Business associates say he is. Marshall Mathers, the man better known as Eminem, says he isn't. But neither is willing to acknowledge the elephant in the middle of the room, that regardless of whether Eminem steps onto a Dublin, Ireland, stage for the final time in September, perhaps the persona has run its course.

The end of Eminem?
DETROIT - Is Eminem headed for retirement - or just taking a break?

Juice Box a fast-food shop for energy
Shawn Mckie has a simple way to summarize the concept behind his restaurant and health store, the Juice Box, at Ninth and Greene streets.

The Liquid Life: The Playground
The Playground ADDRESS: 873 Broad St. MOST POPULAR DRINK: Cosmopolitan

'Flipnic' has all the action pinball game can provide
Pinball could be considered one of the first video games, so it's only natural it would find its way to modern consoles.

Juice Box a fast-food shop for energy
Shawn Mckie has a simple way to summarize the concept behind his restaurant and health store, the Juice Box, at Ninth and Greene streets.

The Liquid Life: The Playground
The PlaygroundADDRESS: 873 Broad St.MOST POPULAR DRINK: Cosmopolitan

Mathers should shed his Eminem persona
Business associates say he is. Marshall Mathers, the man better known as Eminem, says he isn't. But neither is willing to acknowledge the elephant in the middle of the room, that regardless of whether Eminem steps onto a Dublin, Ireland, stage for the final time in September, perhaps the persona has run its course.

Class clown finds place to stand - up on stage
Being hard-headed doesn't always pay, but it did for Bruce Bruce.

Testing salads, tasters are impressed with little things
It seems as though everyone's trying to eat healthier, and salads are a good way to go. We recently took four testers to three area restaurants to see which bowl or plate of greens lived up to the green they'd spend on them.

Club calendar
Whatever you do, don't make it a stay-at-home night. There's way too much to do outside your door tonight. Here are a few suggestions:

Club calendar
Whatever you do, don't make it a stay-at-home night. There's way too much to do outside your door tonight. Here are a few suggestions:

People in the News
NEW YORK - The Rolling Stones celebrated Mick Jagger's 62nd birthday by announcing the Sept. 6 release of "A Bigger Bang" on Virgin Records, their first studio CD in eight years.

Spotted
Trent Lemaire, Kevin Hackett and Gina Elnockrashy enjoy the sounds of jazz at Sunday's Candlelight Jazz Concert.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

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

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.

Stir a little heat into your cold soup

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.

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.

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

Summer treats: gelato and sherbet are in season

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.

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?

Jackets silenced by new Bomber
With scheduled starter Scott Shoemaker called up to make a spot start for Triple-A Pawtucket, the Greenville Bombers called on Kevin Guyette to make his first professional start Wednesday.

Jackets silenced by new Bomber
With scheduled starter Scott Shoemaker called up to make a spot start for Triple-A Pawtucket, the Greenville Bombers called on Kevin Guyette to make his first professional start Wednesday.

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?

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.

Upcoming Events

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 in the world of golf:

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Creamer, Wie take spotlight from Sorenstam

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.

GreenJackets: Holm gets around field

Jackets silenced by new Bomber

Sosa slugs GreenJackets to win

Regulations put squeeze on coaches

Hoops event truly a national affair

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.

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.

Murphey parents given transfer options
Murphey Middle School parents have been sent a letter notifying them of their options for transferring to safer schools.

Remember our veterans' sacrifice

Special-ed pupils are scapegoats
Here we go again! Special-education, minority and economically disadvantaged pupils seem to take the blame for the failure in Columbia County schools to meet the standards for its Adequate Yearly Progress.Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

Executive offers thanks for help
Last week, The Chronicle and others in the local media aptly reported on a criminal act at my home ("Westinghouse president gets threatening letter with powder," July 19).Bob Pedde, Martinez

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

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

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

Special-ed pupils are scapegoats
Here we go again! Special-education, minority and economically disadvantaged pupils seem to take the blame for the failure in Columbia County schools to meet the standards for its Adequate Yearly Progress.Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

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

Trip to Hawaii was no big deal
I can't believe the media and other ignorant people in Augusta who continue to complain about the Augusta commissioners' educational trip that just happened to be in Hawaii. Alberta Carolyn Adams, Augusta

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

Special-ed pupils are scapegoats

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.

Letters to the Editor note

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

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.

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

CDC: Record high child vaccinations meet 2010 goal

Purchases, donations pay tribute to loved ones

Living briefs

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Georgia artists sketch trail to entice tourists
COMER, Ga. - A Madison County woman wants to put area artists on the map - literally.

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.

Mental center is Serenity now
Just call it Serenity.

Murphey parents given transfer options
Murphey Middle School parents have been sent a letter notifying them of their options for transferring to safer schools.

DOE waste cleanup is behind schedule

Rants and Raves
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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.

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

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Auction stirs up water worries
On the surface, it's little more than an unused water permit for a defunct paper mill.

Local companies battle high costs of electricity
You're not the only one worried about paying a costly power bill for cranking up the air conditioner.

Bill will extend daylight-saving time
The 2005 national energy bill has a bright idea - extend daylight-saving time to conserve electricity.

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.

City hits 100 degrees
Kevin Doolittle receives a hero's welcome each time he pulls up to his next customer's home.

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.

Reed talks up technical schools
Ralph Reed won't unveil his platform for lieutenant governor for another couple of months, but one of the main planks will likely focus on a need to ramp up technical education opportunities for Georgia high schoolers.

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.

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.

Wildwood Park will get additional parking space

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

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.

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City administrator presents sales tax proposal

'Moon' takes pupils overseas
It's time to take the show on the road and to the air.

Murphey parents given transfer options

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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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Activities scheduled for this week include:

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.

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.

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

Bill will extend daylight-saving time
The 2005 national energy bill has a bright idea - extend daylight-saving time to conserve electricity.

Reed talks up technical schools

Proposal addresses the basics
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell presented city commissioners with a bare-bones $139.9 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal Wednesday.

Across Georgia

Center to offer 24-hour pediatric care in Aiken

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

Area students test below state average

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.

Kid of the Day

Thomson soldier is among 4 killed in Iraq

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.

City hits 100 degrees
Kevin Doolittle receives a hero's welcome each time he pulls up to his next customer's home.

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.

Proposal addresses the basics
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell presented city commissioners with a bare-bones $139.9 million special purpose local option sales tax proposal Wednesday.

Whooping cough vaccine may be lacking

Rollback to trim school tax

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Kyle Nunnery is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was involved in a car accident Monday night could face disciplinary action, a sheriff's official said Wednesday.

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

Across the region
ATLANTA - A Snellville man accused of shooting his mailman seven times in an apparent bid to go to federal prison was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of attempting to kill a federal employee.

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

Georgia artists sketch trail to entice tourists
COMER, Ga. - A Madison County woman wants to put area artists on the map - literally.

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

City hits 100 degrees

You can shop this weekend and avoid tax
It's like Christmas in July, said Diane Charmineak, the assistant manager of Office Depot on Walton Way Extension, explaining the impact of Georgia's sales tax holiday on local businesses.

Across the area

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Bill will extend daylight-saving time

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.

Auction stirs up water worries

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.

Training mission takes 600 troops into Savannah

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.

News you can use

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.

Proposal addresses the basics

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the region

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Georgia artists sketch trail to entice tourists

County to gain imaging center

Local companies battle high costs of electricity

Gold Cross wins city contract

Kid of the Day
Kyle Nunnery is today's Kid of the Day.

Auction stirs up water worries
On the surface, it's little more than an unused water permit for a defunct paper mill.

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was involved in a car accident Monday night could face disciplinary action, a sheriff's official said Wednesday.

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

Across the region
ATLANTA - A Snellville man accused of shooting his mailman seven times in an apparent bid to go to federal prison was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of attempting to kill a federal employee.

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

Training mission takes 600 troops into Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An urban training exercise for about 600 Marines and sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., got under way this week and will last until Aug. 8.

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

New acute-care hospital wins approval
A $22 million, 80-bed hospital planned for Augusta's medical district has been given a green light by state regulators.

Fort Discovery showcases shuttle launch to children

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

County plans to preserve rural character

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.

Heat keeps many from reaching cooling centers

Lawmakers hear advice on transit safety
ATLANTA - Outlawing photography on buses and trains while also clamping down on transportation records available to the public are two ways Georgia's transit systems could be better protected from terrorist attacks, a panel of state lawmakers were advised Wednesday.

Reed talks up technical schools
Ralph Reed won't unveil his platform for lieutenant governor for another couple of months, but one of the main planks will likely focus on a need to ramp up technical education opportunities for Georgia high schoolers.

Local companies battle high costs of electricity
You're not the only one worried about paying a costly power bill for cranking up the air conditioner.

News you can use
Activities scheduled for this week include:

Training mission takes 600 troops into Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An urban training exercise for about 600 Marines and sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., got under way this week and will last until Aug. 8.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Stone sinks on second attempt at 'Alexander'
Pity poor Oliver Stone, like Alexander the Great, the subject of his film Alexander, he never learned that enough is sometimes enough.

New on DVD

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD and a calendar of what's coming:

Mini reviews

Stone sinks on second attempt at 'Alexander'
Pity poor Oliver Stone, like Alexander the Great, the subject of his film Alexander, he never learned that enough is sometimes enough.

Stone sinks on second attempt at 'Alexander'

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD and a calendar of what's coming:

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours
Everything old is new again. As the Anger Management and Warped tours prepare to bring a buffet of hip-hop and hard rock to the Atlanta area, Georgia music fans speak in hushed whispers about their good fortune, about the remarkable synergy that must have brought Eminem and 50 Cent, or The Offspring and My Chemical Romance, to the same stage.

Pioneer Sweat keeps changing with the times
For Keith Sweat, the New Jack Swing pioneer who burst onto the music scene in 1987 with his Make It Last Forever album, survival has meant both evolving and staying the same.

Hot ticket: Ben Harper
BEN HARPER BEST KNOWN FOR: Bringing elements of soul, gospel, folk and funk to the rock world

Singer wants America to enjoy Soca

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours
Everything old is new again. As the Anger Management and Warped tours prepare to bring a buffet of hip-hop and hard rock to the Atlanta area, Georgia music fans speak in hushed whispers about their good fortune, about the remarkable synergy that must have brought Eminem and 50 Cent, or The Offspring and My Chemical Romance, to the same stage.

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours

Hot ticket: Ben Harper
BEN HARPERBEST KNOWN FOR: Bringing elements of soul, gospel, folk and funk to the rock world

Luck escapes Hootie on latest album
This is a Hootie & the Blowfish that the estimated 25 million fans who bought the band's debut album, Cracked Rear View, back in 1994 haven't heard before.

Singer wants America to enjoy Soca
Elvis White, the lead singer of the band that bears his name, sees himself as more than a musician. He sees himself as a troubadour for the soulful music style called Soca.

Luck escapes Hootie on latest album

Sonic Spotlight: Lindsey Hardy
HER FIRST PERFORMANCE: "I was 16, and it was my junior year at Augusta Christian School. I sang a Jessica Andrews song, Unbreakable Heart, at a talent show. I'd played sports, so I was used to being in front of crowds, but this was a lot different. I'd always sung before but I never knew what I had was anything special."

Hot ticket: Ben Harper

Concert calendar
AROUND TOWNKEITH SWEAT: Friday, Bell AuditoriumRON WHITE: Saturday, Aug. 13, Bell Auditorium

Concert calendar

Singer wants America to enjoy Soca
Elvis White, the lead singer of the band that bears his name, sees himself as more than a musician. He sees himself as a troubadour for the soulful music style called Soca.

Concert calendar
AROUND TOWN KEITH SWEAT: Friday, Bell Auditorium RON WHITE: Saturday, Aug. 13, Bell Auditorium

Luck escapes Hootie on latest album
This is a Hootie & the Blowfish that the estimated 25 million fans who bought the band's debut album, Cracked Rear View, back in 1994 haven't heard before.

Behind the scenes of NASCAR
ATLANTA - Of all the things Mark Dyer's been able to slap NASCAR's name on, his favorite might be a potato.

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace

Drivers welcome week off of track

Behind the scenes of NASCAR
ATLANTA - Of all the things Mark Dyer's been able to slap NASCAR's name on, his favorite might be a potato.

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.

Drivers welcome week off of track
ATLANTA - The grueling NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule includes 38 events in a 41-week span.

Drivers welcome week off of track
ATLANTA - The grueling NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule includes 38 events in a 41-week span.

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace
ATLANTA -- Rusty Wallace's retirement tour has been far from ceremonial this season. Wallace sits fourth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points standings after a second-place finish last Sunday at Pocono.

Behind the scenes of NASCAR

Newsmaker: Rusty Wallace
ATLANTA -- Rusty Wallace's retirement tour has been far from ceremonial this season. Wallace sits fourth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup points standings after a second-place finish last Sunday at Pocono.

Crumpler eases into the flow

Kerney not afraid to speak up

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffery Dombkowski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert D. Chase    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Rast    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Schaber    ( MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Woodruff Key, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Schaber    ( MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Mr. Woodruff Key, Sr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert D. Chase    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTOWA, Canada)

Mr. Stephen Beattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lois Rainwater    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hazel T. Nix    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTAWA, Canada)

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

Mrs. Jennie L. Garnett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Geneva Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen Beattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel T. Nix    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTAWA, Canada)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William G. Dever    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Moschak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Willie Emory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Clifford    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lewis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Audrey Roberts    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Pearson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jan Gazda    (OTTOWA, Canada)

Ms. Joneta Odutayo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella Mae Jenkins    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kassandra Gibson    (TROY, Ill.)

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

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Willie Emory    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William G. Dever    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Audrey Roberts    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lois Rainwater    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Joneta Odutayo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella Mae Jenkins    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Rice    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Kassandra Gibson    (TROY, Ill.)

Mrs. Marie Rast    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie L. Garnett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffery Dombkowski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Clifford    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Moschak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Rice    (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary L. Irwin    (HARRISON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jack Schaber ( MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel T. Nix (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Beattie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert D. Chase (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Jenkins (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William G. Dever (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodruff Key, Sr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jan Gazda (OTTOWA, Canada)

Mrs. Lillian Marie Deckert (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Clifford (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Rainwater (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Offerman (DEARING, Ga.)

Kassandra Gibson (TROY, Ill.)

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

Mr. Jan Gazda (OTTAWA, Canada)

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

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

Mr. George Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Willie Emory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Gary Moschak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jeffery Dombkowski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cedric Trevon Jackson (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Joneta Odutayo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans Culver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Roberts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Wilson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie L. Garnett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Pearson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Area Announcements

Ex-Augustan to coach team

Overtime

Overtime
The Missouri football player who died after collapsing at the end of a preseason workout wasn't immediately taken to the hospital across the street but instead driven to the team offices, a university police report shows.

Area Announcements
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.

Ex-Augustan to coach team
Water makes up almost two-thirds of the human body and about three-fourths of the earth.

Overtime
The Missouri football player who died after collapsing at the end of a preseason workout wasn't immediately taken to the hospital across the street but instead driven to the team offices, a university police report shows.

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

Area Announcements
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.

Ex-Augustan to coach team
Water makes up almost two-thirds of the human body and about three-fourths of the earth.

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

Hoops event truly a national affair
A glance around the parking lot at Riverview Park Wednesday revealed vehicles from more than a dozen different states.

Hoops event truly a national affair
A glance around the parking lot at Riverview Park Wednesday revealed vehicles from more than a dozen different states.

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

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

Crumpler eases into the flow
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler used his four-year relationship with Michael Vick to offer a brief respite from another oppressively hot practice Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Crumpler eases into the flow
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Alge Crumpler used his four-year relationship with Michael Vick to offer a brief respite from another oppressively hot practice Wednesday afternoon.

Split Rail performs bluegrass, folk tunes in rare area concert

Split Rail performs bluegrass, folk tunes in rare area concert
Belvedere resident Doug Todd won't have far to travel tonight to play his upright bass with the band Split Rail.

Split Rail performs bluegrass, folk tunes in rare area concert
Belvedere resident Doug Todd won't have far to travel tonight to play his upright bass with the band Split Rail.

Recycling centers
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

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.

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.

Recycling centers
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Art Factory moves into new location
The Art Factory moved to a new location earlier this month.

Bowling center manager stays too busy to practice
As the manager of Fort Gordon's Gordon Lanes, professional bowler Tim Stancil, of North Augusta, should have plenty of time to polish his game.

New commander sees vital role for post
Fort Gordon's new commanding general thinks he's at the right place at the right time.

Golf tourney benefits county Weed and Seed Initiative
Several retired National Football League players are among the people signed on to participate in the Charles Webster Inaugural Golf Tournament and Reception, presented by the Augusta-Richmond County Weed and Seed Initiative.

Rosier Road subdivisions offer solitude
After living in west Augusta for a number of years, Pearl Collier felt the area was becoming too congested for her and her ailing husband.

July campaign celebrates recreation
In recent years, Kelsey Burns has improved as a softball player.

Children's attitude impresses art teachers
Children diligently completed their artwork Friday before their parents arrived for the closing reception of the summer visual arts camp at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Singers can start tuning up for the Military Idol
In a twist on the highly popular television show American Idol, military service members have the opportunity to become the Military Idol.

Bowling center manager stays too busy to practice
As the manager of Fort Gordon's Gordon Lanes, professional bowler Tim Stancil, of North Augusta, should have plenty of time to polish his game.

Rosier Road subdivisions offer solitude
After living in west Augusta for a number of years, Pearl Collier felt the area was becoming too congested for her and her ailing husband.

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.

This week
PVT. WARS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Cabaret presentation by the BRAVO! Army Theatre Touring Company, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; recommended for mature audiences; $8; 793-8552.

Events
OLD-TIME COUNTRY FAIR: 4-9 p.m. Saturday; Steffen Thomas Museum, 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, Ga.; mobile dairy classroom, American Indian cultural exhibits, agility and herding dogs, vintage tractors, cruise-in and more; free; (706) 342-7557

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Woman earns degree in determination
Five years ago, Kim Walden Parsons set a goal to finish college by the time she was 40.

Woman earns degree in determination
Five years ago, Kim Walden Parsons set a goal to finish college by the time she was 40.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Art Factory moves into new location
The Art Factory moved to a new location earlier this month.

Two libraries offering wireless service
Two libraries in the East Central Georgia Regional Library System started offering wireless service in July.

Golf tourney benefits county Weed and Seed Initiative
Several retired National Football League players are among the people signed on to participate in the Charles Webster Inaugural Golf Tournament and Reception, presented by the Augusta-Richmond County Weed and Seed Initiative.

This week
PVT. WARS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Cabaret presentation by the BRAVO! Army Theatre Touring Company, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; recommended for mature audiences; $8; 793-8552.

Club is hoping to sway members with a luau
The Fort Gordon Service Club will hold a luau to attract new members.

Reunions
Academy of Richmond County 1973, 1974, 1975: Seeking classmates for a reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; $89; for reservations, call (800) 472-3977 or www.georgia-reunions.com

July campaign celebrates recreation
In recent years, Kelsey Burns has improved as a softball player.

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.

New commander sees vital role for post
Fort Gordon's new commanding general thinks he's at the right place at the right time.

Events
OLD-TIME COUNTRY FAIR: 4-9 p.m. Saturday; Steffen Thomas Museum, 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, Ga.; mobile dairy classroom, American Indian cultural exhibits, agility and herding dogs, vintage tractors, cruise-in and more; free; (706) 342-7557

Children's attitude impresses art teachers
Children diligently completed their artwork Friday before their parents arrived for the closing reception of the summer visual arts camp at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

Around the block
The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will hold a Nature Photography Workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the park off Lock and Dam Road near Augusta Regional Airport. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Registration is due today. For more information, call 828-2109.

Fort Gordon housing needs are discussed
A small group of soldiers and their family members attended an open house July 20 to learn about the future of Army housing at Fort Gordon.

Soccer champs
The Augusta Attack Under-11 boys team recently won the sixth annual 3-on-3 Soccer Blast at Jekyll Island, Ga. Team members are (bottom, left to right) are Eric Preheim and Luke Waechter; (middle row) Matt Moses, Bennett Yort and Reed Norton; and (top) coach Jeff Waechter.

Reunions
Academy of Richmond County 1973, 1974, 1975: Seeking classmates for a reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; $89; for reservations, call (800) 472-3977 or www.georgia-reunions.com

Singers can start tuning up for the Military Idol
In a twist on the highly popular television show American Idol, military service members have the opportunity to become the Military Idol.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Around the block
The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will hold a Nature Photography Workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday at the park off Lock and Dam Road near Augusta Regional Airport. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Registration is due today. For more information, call 828-2109.

Milestones
Michelle Lynn Cohen, of Augusta, daughter of Howard A. Cohen and Faith R. Cohen, has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement in Theater 40 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Soccer champs
The Augusta Attack Under-11 boys team recently won the sixth annual 3-on-3 Soccer Blast at Jekyll Island, Ga. Team members are (bottom, left to right) are Eric Preheim and Luke Waechter; (middle row) Matt Moses, Bennett Yort and Reed Norton; and (top) coach Jeff Waechter.

This week

Rosier Road subdivisions offer solitude

Art Factory moves into new location

Golf tourney benefits county Weed and Seed Initiative

Recycling centers

Bowling center manager stays too busy to practice

Events

Singers can start tuning up for the Military Idol

Pet of the week

Gold Cross wins city contract

Around the block

Woman earns degree in determination

July campaign celebrates recreation

Children's attitude impresses art teachers

Post Happenings

Soccer champs

Reunions

For the record

New commander sees vital role for post

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours

Cool movies might bring needed relief from summer heat

ABC, actress answer to criticized 'Dancing' outcome

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.

Jerry Lewis getting TV academy's Governors Award
LOS ANGELES - Jerry Lewis is getting the television academy's prestigious Governors Award in recognition for his more than half-century of work on behalf of muscular dystrophy.

ABC, actress answer to criticized 'Dancing' outcome
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kelly Monaco knows there are television viewers who aren't happy she won ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" competition, but she isn't going to let it bother her.

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.

'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.

'Law & Order' creator counting on more series

ABC, actress answer to criticized 'Dancing' outcome
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kelly Monaco knows there are television viewers who aren't happy she won ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" competition, but she isn't going to let it bother her.

Jennifer Garner to become pregnant spy on 'Alias'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jennifer Garner is expecting a baby, so her "Alias" character will be too, even though she's a globe-trotting spy.

Discovery to rebroadcast Martha Stewart shows

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Actor happy with 'Medium' level of recognition

Testing salads, tasters are impressed with little things

The Liquid Life: The Playground

Class clown finds place to stand - up on stage

Juice Box a fast-food shop for energy

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The end of Eminem?

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

People in the News

Spotted

Mathers should shed his Eminem persona

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours
Everything old is new again. As the Anger Management and Warped tours prepare to bring a buffet of hip-hop and hard rock to the Atlanta area, Georgia music fans speak in hushed whispers about their good fortune, about the remarkable synergy that must have brought Eminem and 50 Cent, or The Offspring and My Chemical Romance, to the same stage.

Artists can thank pioneers of rock 'n' roll package tours
Everything old is new again. As the Anger Management and Warped tours prepare to bring a buffet of hip-hop and hard rock to the Atlanta area, Georgia music fans speak in hushed whispers about their good fortune, about the remarkable synergy that must have brought Eminem and 50 Cent, or The Offspring and My Chemical Romance, to the same stage.

Cool movies might bring needed relief from summer heat
As I write this, the heat index in Augusta is inching toward an expected high of 110 degrees.

Cool movies might bring needed relief from summer heat
As I write this, the heat index in Augusta is inching toward an expected high of 110 degrees.

Spurrier wants respect first
HOOVER, Ala. - Steve Spurrier's return to the Southeastern Conference drew reactions ranging from excitement to curiosity to "Aw, crap."

Spurrier wants respect first

Spurrier wants respect first
HOOVER, Ala. - Steve Spurrier's return to the Southeastern Conference drew reactions ranging from excitement to curiosity to "Aw, crap."

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.

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