Athlete Spotlight: Brian Leonardi
In the sports world, it often can be difficult for coaches to find talented athletes who also provide leadership qualities.

Woman's love of history led to preservation group
Summer vacations can inspire a lifetime of memories. A family trip that Jane Crayton Davis took when she was 15 made a lasting impression.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 20-22. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Library's reading program comes to end
Equating reading and fun is the main reason Cassandra Courtney takes her 5-year-old daughter, Vyolet, to as many library functions as possible.

Families appreciate fellowship, movies at Big Mo
Teresa Frazier probably could have found a closer theater to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman Begins on July 23.

Around the block
VFW POST 5877 WILL HOLD A MEN'S AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AT 2 P.M. TODAY, 116 Midway Circle. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Call 649-3254.

Recreation centers
RIBBONS AND CUTS DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs and brushes are needed

Lights can alert emergency responders
Winfred Ray has survived a heart attack.

Fort Gordon housing needs discussed at open house
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.

Fort Gordon housing needs discussed at open house
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.

Festival goers like their tomatoes green
A bumper crop of green tomatoes has turned into a community event.

Woman's love of history led to preservation group
Summer vacations can inspire a lifetime of memories. A family trip that Jane Crayton Davis took when she was 15 made a lasting impression.

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

Education, games entertain children at Coca-Cola Camp
The energetic campers seemed oblivious to the fact that the thermometer was hovering around the century mark well before noon. After all, they had found countless ways to forget about the heat.

Children get sprayed down for reading
Water spewed forcefully from an Aiken Department of Public Safety aerial fire truck Wednesday, but there was no fire in sight.

Festival goers like their tomatoes green
A bumper crop of green tomatoes has turned into a community event.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for July 20-22. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Families appreciate fellowship, movies at Big Mo
Teresa Frazier probably could have found a closer theater to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman Begins on July 23.

Lights can alert emergency responders
Winfred Ray has survived a heart attack.

Pet of the week
Samson, an 11-month-old smooth collie, 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.

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.

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.

Education, games entertain children at Coca-Cola Camp
The energetic campers seemed oblivious to the fact that the thermometer was hovering around the century mark well before noon. After all, they had found countless ways to forget about the heat.

This week
MEN'S AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: 2 p.m. today; VFW Post 5877, 116 Midway Circle, Aiken; 649-3254

Pet of the week
Samson, an 11-month-old smooth collie, 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
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

Recreation centers
RIBBONS AND CUTS DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; area barbers, beauticians to give free haircuts; donations of barrettes, ribbons, combs and brushes are needed

Events
LEGACY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN: Outdoor Education Center, two miles of hiking trails, wetlands habitat and a pavilion; self-guided tours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, guided group and weekend tours by appointment; www.nwtf.org

McCarthy's violent meditation on mankind
Cormac McCarthy's 1992 novel "All the Pretty Horses" was a best-seller and winner of the National Book Award. In addition, it catapulted McCarthy - a favorite of critics and writers but with little popular acclaim or sales - to literary fame.

McCarthy's violent meditation on mankind
Cormac McCarthy's 1992 novel "All the Pretty Horses" was a best-seller and winner of the National Book Award. In addition, it catapulted McCarthy - a favorite of critics and writers but with little popular acclaim or sales - to literary fame.

Author hits the road to examine death and rock 'n' roll
In 1965, Roger Daltrey sang, "I hope I die before I get old."

Author hits the road to examine death and rock 'n' roll
In 1965, Roger Daltrey sang, "I hope I die before I get old."

A double burger of books to relish
Many of us have mixed feelings about the hamburger. We know it isn't the most healthful of foods, but as soon as a burger hits the grill, our hearts race and mouths water in anticipation.

A double burger of books to relish
Many of us have mixed feelings about the hamburger. We know it isn't the most healthful of foods, but as soon as a burger hits the grill, our hearts race and mouths water in anticipation.

Author hits the road to examine death and rock 'n' roll

McCarthy's violent meditation on mankind

A double burger of books to relish

Behavior on buses will be monitored

Richmond County public schools

Augusta State adds housing facility

As students get older, lunch loses its appeal

Augusta Technical College information

Advice from the pros: how to pack healthy lunches that kids might actually eat

Back to school, years later: older students are transforming some U.S. colleges

McDuffie County public schools

Dress code for public schools

For many freshmen, living with a stranger is the biggest challenge

Getting a handle on truancy

School fashion: Tween wardrobes are first declaration of independence

Paine College information

Students staying at home can strain household

Strict schedule, review prepare pupils for return

Educators must go through screening

Recent crashes raise fears, but buses remain safest form of school travel

State officials urge students to have meningitis vaccine

USDA orders schools to trim the fat

Health exams, shots needed

Start-up of clubs hinges on initiative of students

Manhunt: Schools try to attract more male teachers

Tutors give extra boost to students

Columbia County public schools

When back-to-school shopping means gadgets, schools try to find a balance

Augusta State University information
Augusta State University is a public institution of the University System of Georgia. It offers undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business administration and education.

School fashion: Tween wardrobes are first declaration of independence
NEW YORK - In many households, the tween years are the quiet years. Kids whisper with friends behind closed doors and clam up even more around adults.

Educators must go through screening
Many parents are still disturbed by allegations that a Columbia County substitute teacher might have had inappropriate contact with pupils. It has led to questions about how they can make sure their children are safe in the classroom.

Getting a handle on truancy
If pupils aren't in class, they can't learn, and in an age of accountability, school officials are geared to make sure that pupils are in class.

For many freshmen, living with a stranger is the biggest challenge
Brandon Gordon was a low-key New York City kid, his freshman roommate a Southern preppy boarding school grad who partied hard when he got to college. The year they spent living cheek-by-jowl in a Brown University dorm room produced few fond memories.

When back-to-school shopping means gadgets, schools try to find a balance
NEW YORK - For a lot of kids, back-to-school shopping means checking out the latest technological gadgetry. These gizmos, though, aren't always welcome in classrooms.

Strict schedule, review prepare pupils for return
Most kids play school at some point while growing up, but in Augusta, parents are getting in on the make-believe.

USDA orders schools to trim the fat
Like the rest of the nation, Aiken County has to meet nutritional standards handed down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requirements that get stricter every time they change.

Manhunt: Schools try to attract more male teachers
As a new academic year approaches, school districts, education groups and universities are exploring ways to get more men into a field long dominated by women. Their goal is to provide more male role models in class and to diversify the labor pool of dedicated teachers.

Educators must go through screening
Many parents are still disturbed by allegations that a Columbia County substitute teacher might have had inappropriate contact with pupils. It has led to questions about how they can make sure their children are safe in the classroom.

Back to school, years later: older students are transforming some U.S. colleges
MIDDLETOWN, Va. - During commencement here at Lord Fairfax Community College this spring, M. Gayle Crowder not only stole the show but, for a memorable moment, stopped it.

Tutors give extra boost to students
No parent wants to see his child struggle in school. Be it basic reading, pre-calculus or some subject in between, tutoring or other out-of-school instruction can help.

Richmond County public schools
Calendar and contact information for Richmond County schools

As students get older, lunch loses its appeal
The pizza is greasy. The fries are cold. And there's mystery meat on the bun. Those are just some of the reasons Margaret Stone, 15, doesn't eat school lunch.

Augusta State adds housing facility
When Latonia Gilbert first started college, the Perry, Ga., native not only had to find her books, her classes and her niche, she also had to find a place to stay.

McDuffie County public schools
Calendar and contact information for McDuffie County schools

State officials urge students to have meningitis vaccine
Students heading to college dormitories this fall don't have to receive a meningitis vaccine, but Georgia legislators want them to know it's a good idea.

Start-up of clubs hinges on initiative of students
Politics and government should be important to young people. After all, it won't be long before today's high schoolers are tomorrow's senators, city council members and, most of all, voters.

Students staying at home can strain household
Two years ago, when twins Ruth and Amanda Leppard decided to live at home while attending the nearby University of Central Florida, the whole family got together to talk about what would - and wouldn't - change from high school.

Behavior on buses will be monitored
While the driver's eyes will be on the road, Beverly Allen will have her eyes on the children. Ms. Allen, sitting in the last seat of the school bus, will be one of 10 new Richmond County bus monitors helping ensure safety for students.

USDA orders schools to trim the fat
Like the rest of the nation, Aiken County has to meet nutritional standards handed down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requirements that get stricter every time they change.

Health exams, shots needed
They need new school clothes. They need pencils and notebooks and Elmer's glue. But did you know that children heading to public schools this fall may also need vaccinations and physician exams?

Manhunt: Schools try to attract more male teachers
As a new academic year approaches, school districts, education groups and universities are exploring ways to get more men into a field long dominated by women. Their goal is to provide more male role models in class and to diversify the labor pool of dedicated teachers.

Strict schedule, review prepare pupils for return
Most kids play school at some point while growing up, but in Augusta, parents are getting in on the make-believe.

Students staying at home can strain household
Two years ago, when twins Ruth and Amanda Leppard decided to live at home while attending the nearby University of Central Florida, the whole family got together to talk about what would - and wouldn't - change from high school.

Start-up of clubs hinges on initiative of students
Politics and government should be important to young people. After all, it won't be long before today's high schoolers are tomorrow's senators, city council members and, most of all, voters.

School fashion: Tween wardrobes are first declaration of independence
NEW YORK - In many households, the tween years are the quiet years. Kids whisper with friends behind closed doors and clam up even more around adults.

Advice from the pros: how to pack healthy lunches that kids might actually eat
ST. LOUIS - Sherry Lassa-Claxton is a registered dietitian whose twin 7-year-olds are the yin and yang of kids' eating. Nick likes healthy food like fruits and vegetables. And Jack?

Burke County public schools
Calendar and contact information for Burke County schools

Recent crashes raise fears, but buses remain safest form of school travel
WASHINGTON - Every time Monroe Elementary students misbehave on a school bus, they get a written warning - and a verbal one from the head of their school.

Augusta Technical College information
Augusta Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Augusta Tech has satellite campuses in Waynesboro and Thomson. The school offers associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates in 80 programs

State officials urge students to have meningitis vaccine
Students heading to college dormitories this fall don't have to receive a meningitis vaccine, but Georgia legislators want them to know it's a good idea.

Health exams, shots needed
They need new school clothes. They need pencils and notebooks and Elmer's glue. But did you know that children heading to public schools this fall may also need vaccinations and physician exams?

Augusta State adds housing facility
When Latonia Gilbert first started college, the Perry, Ga., native not only had to find her books, her classes and her niche, she also had to find a place to stay.

Columbia County public schools
Calendar and contact information for Columbia County schools

Augusta Technical College information
Augusta Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Augusta Tech has satellite campuses in Waynesboro and Thomson. The school offers associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates in 80 programs

Getting a handle on truancy
If pupils aren't in class, they can't learn, and in an age of accountability, school officials are geared to make sure that pupils are in class.

Richmond County public schools
Calendar and contact information for Richmond County schools

Tutors give extra boost to students
No parent wants to see his child struggle in school. Be it basic reading, pre-calculus or some subject in between, tutoring or other out-of-school instruction can help.

Paine College information
Paine College is a private four-year liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, philosophy and religion, social sciences, humanities and education. It was started in 1882 as Paine Institute.

For many freshmen, living with a stranger is the biggest challenge
Brandon Gordon was a low-key New York City kid, his freshman roommate a Southern preppy boarding school grad who partied hard when he got to college. The year they spent living cheek-by-jowl in a Brown University dorm room produced few fond memories.

Advice from the pros: how to pack healthy lunches that kids might actually eat
ST. LOUIS - Sherry Lassa-Claxton is a registered dietitian whose twin 7-year-olds are the yin and yang of kids' eating. Nick likes healthy food like fruits and vegetables. And Jack?

As students get older, lunch loses its appeal
The pizza is greasy. The fries are cold. And there's mystery meat on the bun. Those are just some of the reasons Margaret Stone, 15, doesn't eat school lunch.

Columbia County public schools
Calendar and contact information for Columbia County schools

Dress code for public schools
As you're shopping for back-to-school clothes, don't forget the dress codes. While most elementary and middle school pupils wear uniforms, high school students have more freedom to choose with a few limitations. Here's a condensed version of the codes at the Big Three.

McDuffie County public schools
Calendar and contact information for McDuffie County schools

When back-to-school shopping means gadgets, schools try to find a balance
NEW YORK - For a lot of kids, back-to-school shopping means checking out the latest technological gadgetry. These gizmos, though, aren't always welcome in classrooms.

Recent crashes raise fears, but buses remain safest form of school travel
WASHINGTON - Every time Monroe Elementary students misbehave on a school bus, they get a written warning - and a verbal one from the head of their school.

Behavior on buses will be monitored
While the driver's eyes will be on the road, Beverly Allen will have her eyes on the children. Ms. Allen, sitting in the last seat of the school bus, will be one of 10 new Richmond County bus monitors helping ensure safety for students.

Back to school, years later: older students are transforming some U.S. colleges
MIDDLETOWN, Va. - During commencement here at Lord Fairfax Community College this spring, M. Gayle Crowder not only stole the show but, for a memorable moment, stopped it.

Paine College information
Paine College is a private four-year liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, philosophy and religion, social sciences, humanities and education. It was started in 1882 as Paine Institute.

Dress code for public schools
As you're shopping for back-to-school clothes, don't forget the dress codes. While most elementary and middle school pupils wear uniforms, high school students have more freedom to choose with a few limitations. Here's a condensed version of the codes at the Big Three.

Major league baseball notebook
The Chicago Cubs are close to getting two of their biggest stars back.

Dreams fulfilled for Boggs, Sandberg
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Growing up, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were just like any other kids in love with baseball, playing imaginary games and dreaming.

Major league baseball notebook

Major league baseball notebook
The Chicago Cubs are close to getting two of their biggest stars back.

There are still a few holes left in our postcard map

Victor Emmanuel Russell
Walter and Denise Russell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Victor Emmanuel, born May 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bradley Ryan Tilby

Crishayla Jakia Wright
Nykiah Lee and Christopher Wright are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Crishayla Jakia, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jadyn Maliq Simpkins

Caitlyn Ann Woodward
Clay and Jennifer Woodward of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlyn Ann, born July 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan Elizabeth Littleton
Timothy and Lynn Littleton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Elizabeth, born July 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Wade Andrew Monaco
Francis and Cynthia Monaco of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wade Andrew, born July 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

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

Nataleigh Augustine Marie

Steven Gage McKie

Carlton Waller Hearn
Carlton and Leigh Hearn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carlton Waller, born on July 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ava Lyl Francis

Trista Lynn Brown
Kenny and Kimberly Brown of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Trista Lynn, born February 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Crishayla Jakia Wright

Jaynee Frances Caldwell
Talisa Thomas and Oscar Caldwell are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jaynee Frances, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan Elizabeth Littleton

Jaynee Frances Caldwell
Talisa Thomas and Oscar Caldwell are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jaynee Frances, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Wade Andrew Monaco

Elijah Blayne Norris
Ashley Norris of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Elijah Blayne, born June 28, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Carlton Waller Hearn

Palmer Douglass Gresham

Khloe Brianne Hall

Brooke Ansley Mantlow

Caitlyn Ann Woodward

Jadyn Maliq Simpkins
Kortney Jenkins and Shaivados Simpkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jadyn Maliq, born July 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

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

Jason Ramel Gilliam
Iguana Mills and Jason Gilliam are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Ramel, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lorenzo Recardo Kemp

Jaelyn Sentell Graham
Dekisha Louis and Calvin Graham are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaelyn Sentell, born July 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lacey Eleanor Deborah Hester
Holly Evelyn Hester of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Lacey Eleanor Deborah, born July 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lacey Eleanor Deborah Hester
Holly Evelyn Hester of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Lacey Eleanor Deborah, born July 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Grace Baines
Aaron and Elizabeth Baines of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Grace, born July 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Trista Lynn Brown

Crishayla Jakia Wright
Nykiah Lee and Christopher Wright are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Crishayla Jakia, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lucas Jabe Smith
Jordan and Beth Truitt of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Jabe Smith, born July 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carlton Waller Hearn
Carlton and Leigh Hearn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carlton Waller, born on July 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ava Lyl Francis
Paul and Kelli Francis of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Lyl, born July 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Steven Gage McKie
KanDace McKie of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Steven Gage, born on July15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Grace Baines
Aaron and Elizabeth Baines of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Grace, born July 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jadyn Maliq Simpkins
Kortney Jenkins and Shaivados Simpkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jadyn Maliq, born July 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brady Alexander Bentley

Nataleigh Augustine Marie
Danielle Lightsey and Brandon Frank are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nataleigh Augustine Marie, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lacey Eleanor Deborah Hester

Caitlyn Ann Woodward
Clay and Jennifer Woodward of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlyn Ann, born July 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Victor Emmanuel Russell

Lorenzo Recardo Kemp
Lorenzo and Crystal Kemp of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lorenzo Recardo, born July 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Grace Baines

Ava Lyl Francis
Paul and Kelli Francis of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Lyl, born July 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lucas Jabe Smith

Bradley Ryan Tilby
Jeffrey and Victoria Tilby of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bradley Ryan, born July 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Steven Gage McKie
KanDace McKie of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Steven Gage, born on July15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Trista Lynn Brown
Kenny and Kimberly Brown of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Trista Lynn, born February 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nataleigh Augustine Marie
Danielle Lightsey and Brandon Frank are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Nataleigh Augustine Marie, born July 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Palmer Douglass Gresham
Brad and Nichole Gresham of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Palmer Douglass, born July 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Lorenzo Recardo Kemp
Lorenzo and Crystal Kemp of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lorenzo Recardo, born July 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaelyn Sentell Graham
Dekisha Louis and Calvin Graham are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaelyn Sentell, born July 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bradley Ryan Tilby
Jeffrey and Victoria Tilby of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bradley Ryan, born July 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Evan Matthew Yates

Palmer Douglass Gresham
Brad and Nichole Gresham of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Palmer Douglass, born July 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jaynee Frances Caldwell

Khloe Brianne Hall
James and Lisa Hall of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Khloe Brianne, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaelyn Sentell Graham

Brady Alexander Bentley
Brian and Heather Bentley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brady Alexander, born July 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

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

Lucas Jabe Smith
Jordan and Beth Truitt of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Jabe Smith, born July 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

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

Reagan Elizabeth Littleton
Timothy and Lynn Littleton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Elizabeth, born July 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Victor Emmanuel Russell
Walter and Denise Russell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Victor Emmanuel, born May 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brady Alexander Bentley
Brian and Heather Bentley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brady Alexander, born July 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Khloe Brianne Hall
James and Lisa Hall of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Khloe Brianne, born June 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Wade Andrew Monaco
Francis and Cynthia Monaco of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wade Andrew, born July 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Estrada returns despite back soreness

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones calls Macay McBride "fat boy."

Estrada returns despite back soreness
ATLANTA - Johnny Estrada said he still feels pain in his back every time he overswings.

Chipper, Ramirez propel Braves to win
ATLANTA - The newcomers might be upstaging the veterans these days at Turner Field, but the members of the old guard still show up for a cameo now and then.

Bounce sends Braves on way
ATLANTA - As the bounding ball headed toward Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson, it seemed like a routine play.

Estrada returns despite back soreness
ATLANTA - Johnny Estrada said he still feels pain in his back every time he overswings.

Chipper, Ramirez propel Braves to win
ATLANTA - The newcomers might be upstaging the veterans these days at Turner Field, but the members of the old guard still show up for a cameo now and then.

Chipper, Ramirez propel Braves to win

Investors end streak of gains
NEW YORK - Investors closed out a stellar July by collecting profits Friday, sending stocks lower despite a respectable reading in the nation's gross domestic product. The major indexes finished the week mixed, ending four consecutive weeks of gains, but had big advances for the month.

Enzyme can make dirt roads durable, man says
ATLANTA - Thomas Settles grew up on a dirt road in Edgefield, S.C., a road so crummy it washed out completely after a heavy rain and he sometimes couldn't get to school. Summers were spent choking at the road's dust.

Business bites
 • Nancy J. Glaser has been named the executive director of the Augusta Museum of History. Ms. Glaser has more than 28 years of experience in museum administration and was previously museum division director at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Ky.

Family support is important to fulfilling dream

Family support is important to fulfilling dream
EDITOR'S NOTE: Building a Business is a yearlong series in which The Augusta Chronicle follows the progress of a local startup company, Everthere Carriers LLC, as it attempts to take its fledgling product to a national market. The following is the seventh story in the monthly series.

Richmond County property transfers

Work-life balance is one key to success
Neglecting either family or business can lead to the downfall of both, but striking a balance between the two can result in both personal and professional fulfillment.

Ethanol production is bonanza for cornbelt

Ethanol production is bonanza for cornbelt
FILLMORE, Ind. - Kim Ames has experienced good times and bad on the 4,000 acres his family has farmed for three generations.

Business bites

Work-life balance is one key to success
Neglecting either family or business can lead to the downfall of both, but striking a balance between the two can result in both personal and professional fulfillment.

Business calendar
- Thursday: Real Estate Values on the Hill Seminar; guest speaker Charles Smith, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors; 5:30 p.m., Partridge Inn; contact Ann Marie McManus, amcmanus@meybohm.com, 736-3375, ext. 2101.

Tourism cash eludes N. Augusta
After one day in North Augusta, Betty Thompson found herself wondering something city officials have pondered for years.

Family support is important to fulfilling dream
EDITOR'S NOTE: Building a Business is a yearlong series in which The Augusta Chronicle follows the progress of a local startup company, Everthere Carriers LLC, as it attempts to take its fledgling product to a national market. The following is the seventh story in the monthly series.

Tourism cash eludes N. Augusta
After one day in North Augusta, Betty Thompson found herself wondering something city officials have pondered for years.

Enzyme can make dirt roads durable, man says
ATLANTA - Thomas Settles grew up on a dirt road in Edgefield, S.C., a road so crummy it washed out completely after a heavy rain and he sometimes couldn't get to school. Summers were spent choking at the road's dust.

Tourism cash eludes N. Augusta

Ethanol production is bonanza for cornbelt
FILLMORE, Ind. - Kim Ames has experienced good times and bad on the 4,000 acres his family has farmed for three generations.

Enzyme can make dirt roads durable, man says

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 12-19. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for July 12-19. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Fortune Brands packages unique mix

Business calendar
- Thursday: Real Estate Values on the Hill Seminar; guest speaker Charles Smith, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors; 5:30 p.m., Partridge Inn; contact Ann Marie McManus, amcmanus@meybohm.com, 736-3375, ext. 2101.

Business calendar

Fortune Brands packages unique mix
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. - Fortune Brands Inc.'s eclectic mix of golf balls, whiskey, faucets and staplers hasn't always made sense on Wall Street.

Work-life balance is one key to success

Business bites
 • Nancy J. Glaser has been named the executive director of the Augusta Museum of History. Ms. Glaser has more than 28 years of experience in museum administration and was previously museum division director at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Ky.

Fortune Brands packages unique mix
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. - Fortune Brands Inc.'s eclectic mix of golf balls, whiskey, faucets and staplers hasn't always made sense on Wall Street.

Business briefs
You work hard, hoping to improve your professional skills, career outlook and income.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 30, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on July 31, 2005.

Absent commissioners frustrate Freds

Absent commissioners frustrate Freds
Too many no-shows on the Augusta Commission botched up everything for two Freds last week.

Absent commissioners frustrate Freds
Too many no-shows on the Augusta Commission botched up everything for two Freds last week.

Rhymes with 'DISASTA'
The hostile takeover of Congress is complete. Multinational corporations now officially run Washington.

A 'National' treasure
Imagine having one of America's richest men make a call on you - for no reason other than to thank you for what you do.

A 'National' treasure

Big Labor's breakup
When the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union broke away from the 13-million-member AFL-CIO earlier this week, it marked the biggest shake-up in the labor movement in several generations, spawning a world of speculation about what it all means.

Big Labor's breakup

Highway help
No doubt, like other fiscal conservatives, we'll find plenty of pork and waste to criticize in the humongous $286.4 billion highway and transit funding bill that Congress is sending to President Bush, but that doesn't gainsay the fact there's much in the measure that is very good news for the state, particularly the Augusta area.

Rhymes with 'DISASTA'
The hostile takeover of Congress is complete. Multinational corporations now officially run Washington.

Big Labor's breakup
When the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union broke away from the 13-million-member AFL-CIO earlier this week, it marked the biggest shake-up in the labor movement in several generations, spawning a world of speculation about what it all means.

Highway help

Rhymes with 'DISASTA'

A 'National' treasure
Imagine having one of America's richest men make a call on you - for no reason other than to thank you for what you do.

Highway help
No doubt, like other fiscal conservatives, we'll find plenty of pork and waste to criticize in the humongous $286.4 billion highway and transit funding bill that Congress is sending to President Bush, but that doesn't gainsay the fact there's much in the measure that is very good news for the state, particularly the Augusta area.

People in the News
ROME - Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September, Rome officials said on Friday.

Cameron Diaz settles libel case out-of-court
LONDON - Cameron Diaz accepted "substantial" damages Friday from a British tabloid for alleging she had an affair with a married man, her lawyer said.

People in the News
ROME - Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September, Rome officials said on Friday.

Theories of market can yield mixed bag
Michael B. O'Higgins is best known as the author and money manager who created the "Dogs of the Dow" theory.

GreenJackets rally to bite RiverDogs
In Charleston, S.C., Aaron Hornostaj's two-run single capped a three-run seventh inning for the Augusta GreenJackets, who blew open a close game on the way to an 8-4 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs to open their four-game series.

Minor league notebook
Burke County's Jonathan Broxton made his major league debut Friday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Broxton entered in the game in the sixth inning with a one-run lead - and while he blew the save by giving up a run on a sacrifice fly - the right-hander struck out All-Star Albert Pujols, who has struck out just 41 times in 387 at-bats this season.

Minor league notebook
Burke County's Jonathan Broxton made his major league debut Friday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Broxton entered in the game in the sixth inning with a one-run lead - and while he blew the save by giving up a run on a sacrifice fly - the right-hander struck out All-Star Albert Pujols, who has struck out just 41 times in 387 at-bats this season.

Augusta finds groove in split with Greenville
Hello, offense. After struggling to score in their past three games, the Augusta GreenJackets salvaged a series split with an 8-3 win Friday against the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Augusta finds groove in split with Greenville
Hello, offense. After struggling to score in their past three games, the Augusta GreenJackets salvaged a series split with an 8-3 win Friday against the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets rally to bite RiverDogs
In Charleston, S.C., Aaron Hornostaj's two-run single capped a three-run seventh inning for the Augusta GreenJackets, who blew open a close game on the way to an 8-4 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs to open their four-game series.

Golf roundup
WICHITA, Kan. - Chris Couch can earn a PGA Tour card for the rest of the season with a victory in today's Wichita Open.

Singh quiets gallery
GRAND BLANC, Mich. - When the world's top two golfers were introduced on the first tee, a packed gallery politely clapped for Vijay Singh and roared for top-ranked Tiger Woods.

Jang goes up by 5 shots

Golf roundup

Jang goes up by 5 shots
SOUTHPORT, England - Jeong Jang has played with Annika Sorenstam before - but never with this much at stake.

Jang goes up by 5 shots
SOUTHPORT, England - Jeong Jang has played with Annika Sorenstam before - but never with this much at stake.

Golf roundup
WICHITA, Kan. - Chris Couch can earn a PGA Tour card for the rest of the season with a victory in today's Wichita Open.

Stadler rallies to tie Roberts for lead
KETTERING, Ohio - Craig Stadler made a spectacular bunker shot on the final hole and went on to make birdie, moving into a tie for the lead with Loren Roberts on Saturday after three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open.

Minor league notebook

Augusta finds groove in split with Greenville

GreenJackets rally to bite RiverDogs

Excitement brews over opening day of practice

Perfect end for Nike Nationals winners

Excitement brews over opening day of practice
AIKEN - South Aiken began football practice at 6 a.m. Friday with an hour of conditioning and running drills.

Excitement brews over opening day of practice
AIKEN - South Aiken began football practice at 6 a.m. Friday with an hour of conditioning and running drills.

Carolina trades O'Neill to Toronto
OTTAWA - The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Jeff O'Neill to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

Carolina trades O'Neill to Toronto
OTTAWA - The Carolina Hurricanes traded forward Jeff O'Neill to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

Carolina trades O'Neill to Toronto

There are still a few holes left in our postcard map
Summer's entering the home stretch, and we still need postcards from a few states to make our annual goal.

There are still a few holes left in our postcard map
Summer's entering the home stretch, and we still need postcards from a few states to make our annual goal.

Braves nip Pirates

Braves acquire Farnsworth to bolster bullpen
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves addressed their most obvious need by acquiring reliever Kyle Farnsworth from the Detroit Tigers on Sunday for pitcher Roman Colon and minor league right-hander Zach Miner.

Singh wins Buick Open by four shots over Woods

Conservatives do have compassion

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.

Other atrocities?
I read with interest the recent letters to the editor regarding the planned trip to Japan by the Rev. Bob Cushing to apologize for the United States' use of atomic weapons to help end World War II. No apology is needed for that action.Clinton Lewis, Augusta

Grow spiritually by examination

Letters to the Editor note

Extend address privacy to nurses
I hope that Gov. Sonny Perdue's recent support of H.B. 437 - to allow public workers, specifically teachers, to be exempt from public databases - will also allow Georgia to eliminate the publishing of home addresses of nurses and other licensed professionals on the secretary of state's Web site.Madeline Moyer, R.N., Certified, Evans

Priest's view is not church's
The Rev. Bob Cushing's comments were irresponsible and show how some priests are more a part of the problem than the solution. The Rev. Miguel Grave de Peralta summed it up well in what the actual teachings of the Catholic Church are ("Remember our veterans' sacrifice," July 27).Larry Coursey, Midville

Gratitude goes out to therapy center

Kind-hearted man, regrettably, is ignoring reality

Grow spiritually by examination
Frank Hutto's July 21 letter, "Christians must grow the right way," is a study in self-contradiction.Will Sansbury, 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.

Gratitude goes out to therapy center
I know a place where, when you walk in their door, you are greeted pleasantly. They are ready to help you and they do it professionally. James R. Cobb, North Augusta, S.C.

Conservatives do have compassion
Regarding Tom Zwemer's letter "Religious right lacks compassion" (July 18): Mr. Zwemer, said the religious right speaks without love, peace, mercy, etc., in the style of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Ann Coulter.Jason Wallenzine, North Augusta, S.C.

Grow spiritually by examination
Frank Hutto's July 21 letter, "Christians must grow the right way," is a study in self-contradiction.Will Sansbury, Augusta

Gratitude goes out to therapy center
I know a place where, when you walk in their door, you are greeted pleasantly. They are ready to help you and they do it professionally. James R. Cobb, North Augusta, S.C.

Conservatives do have compassion
Regarding Tom Zwemer's letter "Religious right lacks compassion" (July 18): Mr. Zwemer, said the religious right speaks without love, peace, mercy, etc., in the style of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Ann Coulter.Jason Wallenzine, North Augusta, S.C.

Fashion briefs

Radio show analyzes what's on the media

Fashion world receives spicy Latina design

Canada: Exploring Algonquin Provincial Park

Display notice about speakerphone etiquette

Display notice about speakerphone etiquette
Dear Carson: I work in an office that has 20 cubicles and many small offices. When is it proper to use a speakerphone? We are on our phones a lot during the day. Some people, however, use only their speakerphones, so that we hear every conversation (business or personal). Please send me a tactful way to address this problem. Thanks. - An Unwitting Ear Load

Display notice about speakerphone etiquette
Dear Carson: I work in an office that has 20 cubicles and many small offices. When is it proper to use a speakerphone? We are on our phones a lot during the day. Some people, however, use only their speakerphones, so that we hear every conversation (business or personal). Please send me a tactful way to address this problem. Thanks. - An Unwitting Ear Load

Canada: Exploring Algonquin Provincial Park
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario - We certainly weren't alone on Lake Opeongo. Off in the distance we could see other canoers pushing themselves around. Occasionally a speedboat buzzed across the water, its speed and aim mocking the lurching of our amateur paddling.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Finding the perfect pair of jeans doesn't get any easier as you get older.

Radio show analyzes what's on the media
NEW YORK - "We just don't care about Brad and Angelina," says Bob Garfield.

Fashion world receives spicy Latina design
NEW YORK - With a swath of bright color here and the shimmer of an extra-large gold hoop earring there, the Latina look is everywhere.

Green house is nurturing
Rosemary Hopkins has always loved the green cottage on the main thoroughfare in Washington, Ga.

Radio show analyzes what's on the media
NEW YORK - "We just don't care about Brad and Angelina," says Bob Garfield.\r\n

Treetop excursions through Alaska's forest canopy
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Tourists are getting a bird's-eye view of the Alaska rainforest in a new high-adrenaline attraction that sends them zipping from tree to tree on a series of high-wire cables.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Finding the perfect pair of jeans doesn't get any easier as you get older.

Canada: Exploring Algonquin Provincial Park
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario - We certainly weren't alone on Lake Opeongo. Off in the distance we could see other canoers pushing themselves around. Occasionally a speedboat buzzed across the water, its speed and aim mocking the lurching of our amateur paddling.\r\n

Stay frosty with these cool drinks
Although it's acceptable to reach for a tall, frosty bottle of sudsy beer when the thermometer starts approaching triple digits, we think it's the ideal time to flex our mixologist skills.

Living briefs
THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE IS accepting submissions for its fourth Singer-Songwriter Contest. The rules are simple - send a recording, CD or cassette, of an original composition.

Fashion world receives spicy Latina design
NEW YORK - With a swath of bright color here and the shimmer of an extra-large gold hoop earring there, the Latina look is everywhere.

Leader promises tax answers
Augusta Commission members should get some of their questions answered about why the city has $152 million on hand from the four previous special purpose local option sales tax issues this week and why many projects have not been completed, according to City Administrator Fred Russell.

Schools' charters still need approval
Principals were replaced, new staffs were hired, public forums have been held and even the answering-machine messages have been changed at Murphey Middle and Jenkins-White Elementary, but they're not charter schools yet.

Hearing set in recruit's death

New leader ready to rebuild image
Riverside Elementary School gets a new principal beginning Monday.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Justin Christopher McCaster of Augusta.

Procedures upset would-be speakers
It may be a public meeting, but some members of the public say Richmond County school board meetings haven't given the public an opportunity to speak.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Justin Christopher McCaster of Augusta.

Counties keeping students in school
Absenteeism leads to dropping out of school, and without a high school diploma, it's tough to earn a living.

Fraud sends woman to prison
A former company executive who bilked her employer out of almost $150,000 was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The University of Georgia demoted a top official accused of sharing a hotel with a female graduate student.

Ethics investigation to continue
ATLANTA - The State Ethics Commission decided Friday to press on with an examination of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine's campaign spending after finding "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated ethics laws.

Schools' charters still need approval
Principals were replaced, new staffs were hired, public forums have been held and even the answering-machine messages have been changed at Murphey Middle and Jenkins-White Elementary, but they're not charter schools yet.

Lobbyists lobby panel to avoid paying fines
ATLANTA - A series of advocates for everything from children and the elderly to hotel-motel owners came before the State Ethics Commission on Friday to explain why they shouldn't be fined for failing to file lobbyist spending reports.

Hearing set in recruit's death
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A staff sergeant is the subject of the military's version of a grand jury investigation into the drowning death of a recruit in February at Parris Island, according to the Marine Corps.

Company refuses to rent billboards to gay group
ATLANTA - One of the nation's most prominent outdoor advertising companies said Friday that it refused to rent billboard space in south Georgia to a gay and lesbian advocacy group because the proposed signs don't meet "community standards."

Across the area

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three people in shootings that happened Thursday afternoon, records show.

Braves acquire Farnsworth to bolster bullpen

News you can use
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Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Man accused of leaving son
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man accused of leaving his 1-year-old child home alone early Friday morning.

Hearing set in recruit's death
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A staff sergeant is the subject of the military's version of a grand jury investigation into the drowning death of a recruit in February at Parris Island, according to the Marine Corps.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The South Carolina Transportation Policy and Research Council, a nonprofit organization, has launched a statewide campaign to inform the public about dangerous roads and bridges in South Carolina.

Study ties fatalities to nuclear power site

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A teenage girl and her 17-month-old cousin died Thursday after lightning struck a tree at a Hall County park where they had gone for an outing with family members, authorities said.

As development booms, risk to gravesites looms
ATLANTA - For all the technological advances in recent years, one of the most reliable ways of finding unmarked graves remains little more than a metal stick.

Across the Southeast
LAKELAND, FLA. - A mobile home belonging to a gay couple was torched and an offensive epithet was spray-painted on the front steps, authorities said.

Preserving gravesites is a lonely task
EASTVILLE, Ga. - He's been dead for more than a century, but they're still looking for Darius East.

Kid of the Day
Holt Young is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
Forget?Heck no, say Confederate flag supporters who trailed Gov. Sonny Perdue to Columbia County on Saturday.

Study ties fatalities to nuclear power site
A national radiation research group contends that cancer deaths in Burke County have risen dramatically since Plant Vogtle went online in the 1980s, but the nuclear power plant's operating company dismisses the findings as "erroneous."

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The University of Georgia demoted a top official accused of sharing a hotel with a female graduate student.

Procedures upset would-be speakers
It may be a public meeting, but some members of the public say Richmond County school board meetings haven't given the public an opportunity to speak.

Preserving gravesites is a lonely task

Georgia, Carolina aren't part of sex offender list
The U.S. Department of Justice has created an easier way for people to check for sex offenders nationwide, but Georgia's and South Carolina's registries aren't linked into the system yet.

Schools' charters still need approval

Home program's work heating up
There's never really a slow time when it comes to making homes energy efficient, but lately the workload for the crews who do the work has been soaring as high as the temperatures outdoors.

Hope floats for attraction

Counties keeping students in school
Absenteeism leads to dropping out of school, and without a high school diploma, it's tough to earn a living.

Father leaves kids in hot SUV
AIKEN - While Christopher Waller stood in an air-conditioned restaurant waiting for his steak and shrimp dinners, his twin boys and toddler sweltered in a locked car.

Library backers complain about omission from plan
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell's lean and mean $139.9 million Phase 5 sales tax proposal was immediately panned by agencies that were left out, and they wasted no time letting Mr. Russell know what they were thinking..

Home program's work heating up
There's never really a slow time when it comes to making homes energy efficient, but lately the workload for the crews who do the work has been soaring as high as the temperatures outdoors.

Fraud sends woman to prison
A former company executive who bilked her employer out of almost $150,000 was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

As development booms, risk to gravesites looms
ATLANTA - For all the technological advances in recent years, one of the most reliable ways of finding unmarked graves remains little more than a metal stick.

Safety policies for race in focus
Organizers of the annual Augusta Southern Nationals plan to re-evaluate safety procedures in the wake of an unforeseen storm that toppled trees and tents and sent 12 people to area hospitals during the event's final round July 17.

Drug dealer admits to weapon violation
The drug dealer who received an early release from prison after his father paid hefty fines to Columbia County pleaded guilty in federal court Friday.

Father leaves kids in hot SUV
AIKEN - While Christopher Waller stood in an air-conditioned restaurant waiting for his steak and shrimp dinners, his twin boys and toddler sweltered in a locked car.

Learning to be safe
Matthew Sherman, 3, gets acquainted with Buster the Schoolbus during a back-to-school festival at Lakeside High School. Buster teaches bus safety.

Ethics investigation to continue
ATLANTA - The State Ethics Commission decided Friday to press on with an examination of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine's campaign spending after finding "reasonable grounds" to believe he violated ethics laws.

Ethics investigation to continue

Company refuses to rent billboards to gay group
ATLANTA - One of the nation's most prominent outdoor advertising companies said Friday that it refused to rent billboard space in south Georgia to a gay and lesbian advocacy group because the proposed signs don't meet "community standards."

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A federal Internal Revenue Service audit has raised questions about how Lexington County reports mileage, especially for vehicles issued to prosecutor Donnie Myers.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three people in shootings that happened Thursday afternoon, records show.

Sanford spokesman will make guilty plea
COLUMBIA - A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford said Friday night that he would plead guilty to a domestic violence charge after the governor commented on the case, calling it a "very stupid and tragic mistake."

Drug dealer admits to weapon violation
The drug dealer who received an early release from prison after his father paid hefty fines to Columbia County pleaded guilty in federal court Friday.

Braves acquire Farnsworth to bolster bullpen
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves addressed their most obvious need by acquiring reliever Kyle Farnsworth from the Detroit Tigers on Sunday for pitcher Roman Colon and minor league right-hander Zach Miner.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A teenage girl and her 17-month-old cousin died Thursday after lightning struck a tree at a Hall County park where they had gone for an outing with family members, authorities said.

Hope floats for attraction
ATLANTA - Less than four months before it opens to the public, the new Georgia Aquarium under construction in downtown Atlanta is already making waves.

Across the Southeast
LAKELAND, FLA. - A mobile home belonging to a gay couple was torched and an offensive epithet was spray-painted on the front steps, authorities said.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Kid of the Day
Holt Young is today's Kid of the Day.

Staff prepare for pupils' return
When Columbia County children return to classrooms Wednesday, some will be the first pupils in a new school, and some will be the last class of an old school.

Procedures upset would-be speakers

Baby dies after 2 wrecks hinder rush to hospital
Tyrion Gaffney's blue-trimmed bassinet is shut away in the closet now. The bassinet is where his mother, Beatrice Pinckney, found her 6-week-old son face down and lifeless Saturday morning.

Father leaves kids in hot SUV

Learning to be safe

Home program's work heating up

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A federal Internal Revenue Service audit has raised questions about how Lexington County reports mileage, especially for vehicles issued to prosecutor Donnie Myers.

Kid of the Day

Sanford spokesman will make guilty plea
COLUMBIA - A spokesman for Gov. Mark Sanford said Friday night that he would plead guilty to a domestic violence charge after the governor commented on the case, calling it a "very stupid and tragic mistake."

Drug dealer admits to weapon violation

Across South Carolina

Company refuses to rent billboards to gay group

Sanford spokesman will make guilty plea

Across Georgia

Baby dies after 2 wrecks hinder rush to hospital

Staff prepare for pupils' return
When Columbia County children return to classrooms Wednesday, some will be the first pupils in a new school, and some will be the last class of an old school.

As development booms, risk to gravesites looms

Across the Southeast

Staff prepare for pupils' return

Safety policies for race in focus

Leader promises tax answers

Friday downpour floods county roads
Thunderstorms pelted parts of Columbia County with nearly three inches of rain Friday afternoon.

Safety policies for race in focus
Organizers of the annual Augusta Southern Nationals plan to re-evaluate safety procedures in the wake of an unforeseen storm that toppled trees and tents and sent 12 people to area hospitals during the event's final round July 17.

Across Georgia

Study ties fatalities to nuclear power site
A national radiation research group contends that cancer deaths in Burke County have risen dramatically since Plant Vogtle went online in the 1980s, but the nuclear power plant's operating company dismisses the findings as "erroneous."

News you can use

Leader promises tax answers
Augusta Commission members should get some of their questions answered about why the city has $152 million on hand from the four previous special purpose local option sales tax issues this week and why many projects have not been completed, according to City Administrator Fred Russell.

Across the area

Preserving gravesites is a lonely task
EASTVILLE, Ga. - He's been dead for more than a century, but they're still looking for Darius East.

Across the area
Forget?Heck no, say Confederate flag supporters who trailed Gov. Sonny Perdue to Columbia County on Saturday.

Hope floats for attraction
ATLANTA - Less than four months before it opens to the public, the new Georgia Aquarium under construction in downtown Atlanta is already making waves.

Baby dies after 2 wrecks hinder rush to hospital
Tyrion Gaffney's blue-trimmed bassinet is shut away in the closet now. The bassinet is where his mother, Beatrice Pinckney, found her 6-week-old son face down and lifeless Saturday morning.

Georgia, Carolina aren't part of sex offender list
The U.S. Department of Justice has created an easier way for people to check for sex offenders nationwide, but Georgia's and South Carolina's registries aren't linked into the system yet.

Democrats rally at picnic, despite missing speakers
Area democrats picnicked and politicked at a Columbia County Democratic Party get-together Saturday, but two of the party's most prominent politicians supposedly scheduled to speak were no-shows.

Georgians confer with Perdue during McDuffie County event
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue lent his ear to McDuffie County on Saturday morning, and he heard about everything from animal rights and eminent domain to the burgeoning five-county partnership surrounding Thurmond Lake.

Georgia, Carolina aren't part of sex offender list

Kid of the Day

Fraud sends woman to prison

Learning to be safe

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

Tight city budgets put squeeze on cemetery upkeep
There are weeds to eradicate, graves to dig and fast-growing grass in desperate need of an appointment with a lawn mower. For Augusta's cemetery maintenance crews, the work is never ending.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Counties keeping students in school

Summer provides no vacation to Richt
A stenographer's transcript is a cold document. The gray wall of text doesn't reveal the heart, if there was any, in the 2,815-word opening ramble of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer.

Summer provides no vacation to Richt
A stenographer's transcript is a cold document. The gray wall of text doesn't reveal the heart, if there was any, in the 2,815-word opening ramble of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
"The Aristocrats" - Comics Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette assemble a wonderfully raunchy, often hilarious documentary about an abominably foul-mouthed joke comedians have been sharing for decades.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
"The Aristocrats" - Comics Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette assemble a wonderfully raunchy, often hilarious documentary about an abominably foul-mouthed joke comedians have been sharing for decades.

Bourdais knows ways of San Jose

Bourdais knows ways of San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sebastien Bourdais has the new and very difficult street circuit at the San Jose Grand Prix all figured out.

Bourdais knows ways of San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sebastien Bourdais has the new and very difficult street circuit at the San Jose Grand Prix all figured out.

German captures first pole of season
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher earned his first pole position of the season Saturday, clocking the fastest lap during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Racing roundup
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Bryan Herta won his third pole of the IndyCar season Saturday at qualifying for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Source: Las Vegas to host 2007 NBA All-Star game
Las Vegas will be the site of the 2007 NBA All-Star game, marking the first time the event will be held in a non-NBA city.

Source: Las Vegas to host 2007 NBA All-Star game

Source: Las Vegas to host 2007 NBA All-Star game
Las Vegas will be the site of the 2007 NBA All-Star game, marking the first time the event will be held in a non-NBA city.

Vick ready to prove critics wrong

Davis vows to play again this season for Panthers

Price motivated by demotion

Miss Annie Lou Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lila O. Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Easter Shatteen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Turquoise Taylor    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Sgt. James Ondra Kinlow    (BAGHDAD, Iraq)

Destiny Curtis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John W. Poythress    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna R. Packer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Norman    (DANBURG, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanne Hotaling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Scott E. Kutlik    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mullis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Sherrod Hall    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gail Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Miller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Miss Ella Mae Jenkins    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Mansfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Jones    (COLLINS, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Hudson    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila O. Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Beal, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Gene Kingery    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanne Hotaling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mullis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nan Johnson    (STOCKTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora C. Percefull    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Scott E. Kutlik    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. George D. Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Trussell    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma P. Waldo    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Destiny Curtis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Cosby    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. "Honeybee" Chalker    (CLEARWATER, Fla.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harold (Doc) Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora C. Percefull    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Norman    (DANBURG, Ga.)

Mrs. Nan Johnson    (STOCKTON, Ga.)

Sgt. James Ondra Kinlow    (BAGHDAD, Iraq)

Scott E. Kutlik    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Poythress    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Hatcher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Curl    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Easter Shatteen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry T. Bradford    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Sherrod Hall    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Curl    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara F. Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Hatcher    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Bobby Gene Kingery    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara F. Smith    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Jones    (COLLINS, Ga.)

Mr. Milton L. Stewart    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Miss Annie Lou Irvin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. R. Vernon Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Mansfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna R. Packer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jerry Hudson    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Milton L. Stewart    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mr. R. Vernon Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Trussell    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gail Vaughn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Turquoise Taylor    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma P. Waldo    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. George D. Williams    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Scott E. Kutlik    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry C. Beal, Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Harold (Doc) Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry T. Bradford    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. "Honeybee" Chalker    (CLEARWATER, Fla.)

Mrs. Emma Mae Walker    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Cosby    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Miss Ella Mae Jenkins    (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Mae Walker    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Hudson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Cosby (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Sherrod Hall (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora C. Percefull (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry C. Beal, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma P. Waldo (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Sgt. James Ondra Kinlow (BAGHDAD, Iraq)

Mr. R. Vernon Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lila O. Griffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Jones (COLLINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George D. Williams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Destiny Curtis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna R. Packer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Jacquelyn Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Curl (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Mae Walker (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Trussell (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie M. Hatcher (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Norman (DANBURG, Ga.)

Mr. Milton L. Stewart (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Easter Shatteen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Lou Irvin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rodney Ready, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gail Vaughn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanne Hotaling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Flanders (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Jaworski (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Nan Johnson (STOCKTON, Ga.)

Mr. Harold (Doc) Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry T. Bradford (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. "Honeybee" Chalker (CLEARWATER, Fla.)

Scott E. Kutlik (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara F. Smith (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Turquoise Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mullis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. John W. Poythress (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Mansfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. George Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ella Mae Jenkins (GOUGH, Ga.)

Colonel Alfred B. Nichols, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Gene Kingery (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Julian B. Salley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Scott E. Kutlik (EVANS, Ga.)

Is watching old women in wheelchairs really making air travel safer?
Question: What do elderly, wheelchair-bound Caucasian women have in common with the terrorists who crashed airliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorists who bombed London earlier this summer?

Is watching old women in wheelchairs really making air travel safer?
Question: What do elderly, wheelchair-bound Caucasian women have in common with the terrorists who crashed airliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorists who bombed London earlier this summer?

Is watching old women in wheelchairs really making air travel safer?
Question: What do elderly, wheelchair-bound Caucasian women have in common with the terrorists who crashed airliners into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorists who bombed London earlier this summer?

Team sponsor ponders future, minus Armstrong

Overtime

Young track and field stars taking over

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Young track and field stars taking over
The conquering kids of America, a fresh wave of Caribbean speed, yet another tireless troop of Africans and a Russian female version of Sergey Bubka. The young have taken over track and field, and not just in the United States.

Overtime
In Adairsville, Ga., the Georgia team tallied 17 of the final 18 points to defeat Florida, 32-22, in the Georgia-Florida Women's Team Matches on Friday.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
In Jacksonville, Fla., John Daly has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Times-Union, claiming he was defamed by a column that appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper in March.

Overtime
In Adairsville, Ga., the Georgia team tallied 17 of the final 18 points to defeat Florida, 32-22, in the Georgia-Florida Women's Team Matches on Friday.

Young track and field stars taking over
The conquering kids of America, a fresh wave of Caribbean speed, yet another tireless troop of Africans and a Russian female version of Sergey Bubka. The young have taken over track and field, and not just in the United States.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
In Jacksonville, Fla., John Daly has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Times-Union, claiming he was defamed by a column that appeared in the Jacksonville newspaper in March.

Team sponsor ponders future, minus Armstrong
SILVER SPRING, Md. - In the weeks before what would be Lance Armstrong's final ride in the Tour de France, Discovery Communications launched a media blitz across its cable channels for the cycling champion.

Team sponsor ponders future, minus Armstrong
SILVER SPRING, Md. - In the weeks before what would be Lance Armstrong's final ride in the Tour de France, Discovery Communications launched a media blitz across its cable channels for the cycling champion.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Digging deep into coyotes' past
Most Georgia trappers will tell you their best customers are landowners wanting to get rid of coyotes.

Digging deep into coyotes' past
Most Georgia trappers will tell you their best customers are landowners wanting to get rid of coyotes.

The Family gets the best of Boo Williams
The atmosphere at North Augusta's Riverview Park on Friday night had less of a quarterfinal feel and more of a championship buzz to it.

Perfect end for Nike Nationals winners
In the championship game of the Women's Nike Nationals on Saturday, a perfect record and title hopes were far from the minds of members of The Family.

Perfect end for Nike Nationals winners
In the championship game of the Women's Nike Nationals on Saturday, a perfect record and title hopes were far from the minds of members of The Family.

Price motivated by demotion
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Don't close the door just yet on Peerless Price's career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Davis vows to play again this season for Panthers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - As he walked off the field following a day of exercising on the sidelines while his teammates practiced around him, Carolina running back Stephen Davis vowed he will play this season.

Davis vows to play again this season for Panthers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - As he walked off the field following a day of exercising on the sidelines while his teammates practiced around him, Carolina running back Stephen Davis vowed he will play this season.

Vick ready to prove critics wrong
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick's goal is the same at the start of every training camp: he will run less, throw more and give the Atlanta Falcons a balanced attack.

Price motivated by demotion
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Don't close the door just yet on Peerless Price's career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Vick ready to prove critics wrong
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick's goal is the same at the start of every training camp: he will run less, throw more and give the Atlanta Falcons a balanced attack.

Outreach group will minister to school kids
Pastor Belinda Thomas will be doing double duty today in the Sand Hills area.

Faith digest
A covered-dish picnic at Riverview Park in North Augusta will open with worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bring picnic foods. The event is sponsored by Heights Baptist Church of Beech Island. Call 827-0189.

Song wins band trip to gospel music seminar
Christian rock band Sojourner's Take Me Away will do just that for the Aiken County artists.

An Opus Dei priest defends self-punishment
The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" pays hostile attention to the zealously conservative Roman Catholic order Opus Dei and its use of "corporal mortification" - voluntarily punishing one's own body as a spiritual discipline.

Ministry provides retreat for homeless
Escaping inside a cool, dark movie theater seems all the more inviting the hotter the sun is outside, but the heat had little to do with the eight to 10 homeless men quietly watching a movie Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Ministries day center.

Faith digest
A covered-dish picnic at Riverview Park in North Augusta will open with worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bring picnic foods. The event is sponsored by Heights Baptist Church of Beech Island. Call 827-0189.

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

Ministry provides retreat for homeless
Escaping inside a cool, dark movie theater seems all the more inviting the hotter the sun is outside, but the heat had little to do with the eight to 10 homeless men quietly watching a movie Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Ministries day center.

An Opus Dei priest defends self-punishment
The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" pays hostile attention to the zealously conservative Roman Catholic order Opus Dei and its use of "corporal mortification" - voluntarily punishing one's own body as a spiritual discipline.

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

Song wins band trip to gospel music seminar
Christian rock band Sojourner's Take Me Away will do just that for the Aiken County artists.

Digging deep into coyotes' past

Summer provides no vacation to Richt

Conquering fatigue to triumph on 'Jeopardy!'
LOS ANGELES - As a "Jeopardy!" contestant in the Ken Jennings era, I got my first glimmer of hope when I arrived at the Sony Pictures Studios lot the morning of Nov. 30, 2004, and met my fellow players.\r\n

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
FX laughs! In recent years, this cable channel has concentrated on intense dramas ("The Shield," "Nip/Tuck," "Rescue Me" and "Over There") where yucks are few and far between.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

MSNBC shifts Carlson out of prime-time for Cosby

Conquering fatigue to triumph on 'Jeopardy!'

Conquering fatigue to triumph on 'Jeopardy!'
LOS ANGELES - As a "Jeopardy!" contestant in the Ken Jennings era, I got my first glimmer of hope when I arrived at the Sony Pictures Studios lot the morning of Nov. 30, 2004, and met my fellow players.

MSNBC shifts Carlson out of prime-time for Cosby
NEW YORK - MSNBC will shift Tucker Carlson's low-rated talk show out of prime-time in much of the country to 11 p.m., with ex-Fox News Channel anchor Rita Cosby filling his time slot.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
FX laughs! In recent years, this cable channel has concentrated on intense dramas ("The Shield," "Nip/Tuck," "Rescue Me" and "Over There") where yucks are few and far between.\r\n

MSNBC shifts Carlson out of prime-time for Cosby
NEW YORK - MSNBC will shift Tucker Carlson's low-rated talk show out of prime-time in much of the country to 11 p.m., with ex-Fox News Channel anchor Rita Cosby filling his time slot.

People in the News

Spurrier writes to state coaches
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier explained his reasons for revoking scholarships in a letter to state high school football head coaches after the South Carolina Football Coaches Association's Board of Directors called Spurrier's move "unethical."

Spurrier holds his first women's football clinic
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A devoted Gamecock fan strode to the microphone at the Colonial Center on Saturday morning to ask a personal favor of new South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier holds his first women's football clinic

Spurrier holds his first women's football clinic
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A devoted Gamecock fan strode to the microphone at the Colonial Center on Saturday morning to ask a personal favor of new South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

Fort Gordon housing needs discussed at open house

Pet of the week

Education, games entertain children at Coca-Cola Camp

Families appreciate fellowship, movies at Big Mo

Recycling centers

Events

Festival goers like their tomatoes green

Recreation centers

Lights can alert emergency responders

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Woman's love of history led to preservation group

Faith Calendar

Song wins band trip to gospel music seminar

Faith digest

An Opus Dei priest defends self-punishment

Ministry provides retreat for homeless