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'Hoffman' plays on emotions
Tales of Hoffman, being staged by the Augusta Opera, is an unfinished work featuring four connected stories and performers playing multiple parts.

After Katrina, novelist makes room for family

'Hoffman' plays on emotions
Tales of Hoffman, being staged by the Augusta Opera, is an unfinished work featuring four connected stories and performers playing multiple parts.

After Katrina, novelist makes room for family
NEW YORK - For the past decade, Ernest J. Gaines has been working on his first novel since his acclaimed best seller, "A Lesson Before Dying," published in 1993. But he set the book aside when Hurricane Katrina hit.

New blood lets Augusta Ballet restage 'Dracula' with buckets of biting humor

Experts unveil portraits newly attributed to Rembrandt
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Rembrandt experts unveiled several portraits Thursday previously attributed to his students that they now believe came from the brush of the 17th-century master himself, and said they were reassessing the way Rembrandt worked.

New blood lets Augusta Ballet restage 'Dracula' with buckets of biting humor
At the Augusta Ballet, everything old is new again.

After Katrina, novelist makes room for family
NEW YORK - For the past decade, Ernest J. Gaines has been working on his first novel since his acclaimed best seller, "A Lesson Before Dying," published in 1993. But he set the book aside when Hurricane Katrina hit.

New blood lets Augusta Ballet restage 'Dracula' with buckets of biting humor
At the Augusta Ballet, everything old is new again.

Experts unveil portraits newly attributed to Rembrandt
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Rembrandt experts unveiled several portraits Thursday previously attributed to his students that they now believe came from the brush of the 17th-century master himself, and said they were reassessing the way Rembrandt worked.

'Hoffman' plays on emotions

Experts unveil portraits newly attributed to Rembrandt

Red Sox get break
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tim Wakefield has a simple take on Boston's postseason aspirations - win the American League East or go home.

Major leage baseball notebook
NEW YORK - Brian Roberts has ligament and tendon damage in his left arm and will need surgery that usually requires a recovery time of about six months.

Red Sox get break

Major leage baseball notebook

Red Sox get break
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tim Wakefield has a simple take on Boston's postseason aspirations - win the American League East or go home.

Major leage baseball notebook
NEW YORK - Brian Roberts has ligament and tendon damage in his left arm and will need surgery that usually requires a recovery time of about six months.

We love to give, we love to get - even the IRS says it's OK

Cox's stratgey is questioned
ATLANTA - It wasn't the dreaded blown-save game that had become a running motif in disappointing Braves losses in the past few weeks. But it felt that way.

Cox's stratgey is questioned
ATLANTA - It wasn't the dreaded blown-save game that had become a running motif in disappointing Braves losses in the past few weeks. But it felt that way.

Atlanta Braves are still sliding
ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche said firmly late Wednesday that the Atlanta Braves' extra-inning loss to Philadelphia that night wouldn't be a lingering thought when the team got to the park the following morning.

Howard closes door on Braves
ATLANTA - The Braves were teased with the idea of an emotional, come-from-behind victory against the second-place Phillies.

Atlanta Braves are still sliding
ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche said firmly late Wednesday that the Atlanta Braves' extra-inning loss to Philadelphia that night wouldn't be a lingering thought when the team got to the park the following morning.

Cox's stratgey is questioned

Cox hears something rare at Turner Field - boos

Atlanta Braves are still sliding

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The adjustment from minor league starter to major league reliever was predictably difficult. The physical resistance that Braves pitcher Blaine Boyer was bound to hit was likewise foreseeable, he said.

Howard closes door on Braves
ATLANTA - The Braves were teased with the idea of an emotional, come-from-behind victory against the second-place Phillies.

Howard closes door on Braves

Braves notebook

Cox hears something rare at Turner Field - boos
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox is used to getting cheered at Turner Field.

Cox hears something rare at Turner Field - boos
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox is used to getting cheered at Turner Field.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The adjustment from minor league starter to major league reliever was predictably difficult. The physical resistance that Braves pitcher Blaine Boyer was bound to hit was likewise foreseeable, he said.

Inventory tax affects Augusta
ATLANTA - When Robert Magbee looks at moving his contractor supply company into new markets, places like Augusta already have a strike against them.

Business briefs

Chamber president wants to focus on services

Delta's pension plan is in peril
ATLANTA - A continuing exodus of Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots has drained the pension plan to the point where future lump sum payouts to retirees by the bankrupt carrier might be in jeopardy, according to the union.

Business briefs
THE AUGUSTA-AIKEN AREA'S unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent during August as the area added 1,900 new jobs, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

Women try to jump-start businesses storm halted
ATLANTA - The day before Hurricane Katrina struck, Vienna Abramowitz threw her business computer in her car with some clothes and fled first to Mobile, Ala., and eventually to Atlanta. Weeks after Katrina's destruction of the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans woman still is looking to restart her employment business, which links technicians and laborers with companies.

Women try to jump-start businesses storm halted

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A federal judge wednesday approved a settlement that will return more than $6.1 billion to investors who lost money in the Worldcom Inc. accounting fraud.

Inventory tax affects Augusta

Retail sales suffer
NEW YORK - Since mid-July, new fall fashions such as shrunken brown velvet jackets and Victorian-style blouses have been gathering dust on racks at the nation's retailers.

Inventory tax affects Augusta
ATLANTA - When Robert Magbee looks at moving his contractor supply company into new markets, places like Augusta already have a strike against them.

Sporting News, Holiday Inn plan restaurants
ST. LOUIS - Sporting News magazine and Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts plan to develop sports-themed restaurants at all 91 Holiday Inn Select hotels around the country starting early next year, the companies said.

Business briefs
THE AUGUSTA-AIKEN AREA'S unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 percent during August as the area added 1,900 new jobs, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

Oil prices jump as Hurricane Rita nears
NEW YORK - Crude-oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel Wednesday as traders braced for the possibility that Hurricane Rita could smash into key oil facilities in Texas.

Displaced workers visiting expo's job fair
With her hometown in jeopardy from another monster storm, Melissa Joseph of New Orleans has decided to make a fresh start in the Augusta area.

Shopping center is ready for 1st round of openings
When consumers converge on Mullins Crossing shopping center next month, they'll see more than a new Target, Kohl's and Chick-fil-A.

Retail sales suffer

Sporting News, Holiday Inn plan restaurants
ST. LOUIS - Sporting News magazine and Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts plan to develop sports-themed restaurants at all 91 Holiday Inn Select hotels around the country starting early next year, the companies said.

Displaced workers visiting expo's job fair

Women try to jump-start businesses storm halted
ATLANTA - The day before Hurricane Katrina struck, Vienna Abramowitz threw her business computer in her car with some clothes and fled first to Mobile, Ala., and eventually to Atlanta. Weeks after Katrina's destruction of the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans woman still is looking to restart her employment business, which links technicians and laborers with companies.

Delta's turnaround moving fast

Delta's pension plan is in peril
ATLANTA - A continuing exodus of Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots has drained the pension plan to the point where future lump sum payouts to retirees by the bankrupt carrier might be in jeopardy, according to the union.

Delta's turnaround moving fast
ATLANTA - A mere eight days out of the bankruptcy gate, Delta Air Lines Inc. signaled Thursday it wants to move quickly to restructure its costs as it announced it will cut up to 9,000 more jobs, slash pay for executives and other employees and cut domestic capacity while adding more international flying.

Retail sales suffer
NEW YORK - Since mid-July, new fall fashions such as shrunken brown velvet jackets and Victorian-style blouses have been gathering dust on racks at the nation's retailers.

Shopping center is ready for 1st round of openings
When consumers converge on Mullins Crossing shopping center next month, they'll see more than a new Target, Kohl's and Chick-fil-A.

Oil prices jump as Hurricane Rita nears
NEW YORK - Crude-oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel Wednesday as traders braced for the possibility that Hurricane Rita could smash into key oil facilities in Texas.

Chamber president wants to focus on services
Sue Parr was a golf fan long before she applied for the job to run Augusta's biggest business organization.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A federal judge wednesday approved a settlement that will return more than $6.1 billion to investors who lost money in the Worldcom Inc. accounting fraud.

Delta's turnaround moving fast
ATLANTA - A mere eight days out of the bankruptcy gate, Delta Air Lines Inc. signaled Thursday it wants to move quickly to restructure its costs as it announced it will cut up to 9,000 more jobs, slash pay for executives and other employees and cut domestic capacity while adding more international flying.

Business briefs

Chamber president wants to focus on services
Sue Parr was a golf fan long before she applied for the job to run Augusta's biggest business organization.

Shopping center is ready for 1st round of openings

Delta's pension plan is in peril

Sporting News, Holiday Inn plan restaurants

Oil prices jump as Hurricane Rita nears

Displaced workers visiting expo's job fair
With her hometown in jeopardy from another monster storm, Melissa Joseph of New Orleans has decided to make a fresh start in the Augusta area.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon published on September 22, 2005.

Editorial cartoon

Clemson, Georgia will play again in 2013, 2014

Clemson, Georgia will play again in 2013, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson and Georgia have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014, the schools said Thursday.

Clemson, Georgia will play again in 2013, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson and Georgia have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014, the schools said Thursday.

A clean break
When you get hung up on race, you only get hung up. And that's been Augusta's most vexing problem for years.

A clean break

Roberts for chief justice

Disaster averted?
Storm warnings were being issued, and the worst was feared. Damage could have been catastrophic, say some.

A clean break
When you get hung up on race, you only get hung up. And that's been Augusta's most vexing problem for years.

A not-so-able cover-up

A not-so-able cover-up
The independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington said it found no evidence that intelligence developed by the military's Able Danger data-mining project might have prevented the attacks.

Disaster averted?

A not-so-able cover-up
The independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington said it found no evidence that intelligence developed by the military's Able Danger data-mining project might have prevented the attacks.

Roberts for chief justice
No one is more qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court than John Roberts Jr., who once clerked for the late William Rehnquist, the chief justice Roberts has been nominated to succeed.

Disaster averted?
Storm warnings were being issued, and the worst was feared. Damage could have been catastrophic, say some.

Roberts for chief justice
No one is more qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court than John Roberts Jr., who once clerked for the late William Rehnquist, the chief justice Roberts has been nominated to succeed.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Spotted
Ryan Noah (left) and Jessica Clark take time out for a photograph at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

'Darkwatch' adds macabre twist to Wild West
Rugged outlaw Jericho Cross had no idea what he was getting himself into when he robbed his last train.

Two indicted on charges they recorded Jackson
LOS ANGELES - Two air service businessmen were indicted on federal charges of secretly recording Michael Jackson two years ago as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation.

'Darkwatch' adds macabre twist to Wild West
Rugged outlaw Jericho Cross had no idea what he was getting himself into when he robbed his last train.

Two indicted on charges they recorded Jackson
LOS ANGELES - Two air service businessmen were indicted on federal charges of secretly recording Michael Jackson two years ago as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation.

The liquid life
The Mission has two performance spaces with two sound systems. The front of the store/warehouse-turned performance space, where free Tuesday and Wednesday performances take place, can accommodate 75-100 people. The back room can fit 350.

Clooney: No Pitt-Jolie wedding at his Italian villa
WASHINGTON - If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to get married at George Clooney's villa in Italy, it's news to him.

Little patrons were left in dust of Augusta's cultural celebration
The Greater Augusta Arts Council will be the first to admit that its annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival is a work in progress that continues to grow, evolve and shift as time, money and geography permit or demand.

Applause calendar
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Open tab
Self-described Elvis Presley addict and country singer Steve Chappell is bringing a little swagger to Cadillac's. 3328 Washington Road. Call 364-2234.

Spotted
Ryan Noah (left) and Jessica Clark take time out for a photograph at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

Little patrons were left in dust of Augusta's cultural celebration
The Greater Augusta Arts Council will be the first to admit that its annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival is a work in progress that continues to grow, evolve and shift as time, money and geography permit or demand.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

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.

Open tab
Self-described Elvis Presley addict and country singer Steve Chappell is bringing a little swagger to Cadillac's. 3328 Washington Road. Call 364-2234.

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.

The liquid life
The Mission has two performance spaces with two sound systems. The front of the store/warehouse-turned performance space, where free Tuesday and Wednesday performances take place, can accommodate 75-100 people. The back room can fit 350.

Clooney: No Pitt-Jolie wedding at his Italian villa
WASHINGTON - If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to get married at George Clooney's villa in Italy, it's news to him.

Online sports market turns athletes into stocks

Winds or storm surge? Both sides stake claims
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The insurance adjuster took one look at the mildewed walls and buckled floors in Jerry and Cynthia Wilson's water-logged home and issued an immediate ruling: the wreckage caused by Hurricane Katrina wasn't his company's responsibility.

Winds or storm surge? Both sides stake claims
MOSS POINT, Miss. - The insurance adjuster took one look at the mildewed walls and buckled floors in Jerry and Cynthia Wilson's water-logged home and issued an immediate ruling: the wreckage caused by Hurricane Katrina wasn't his company's responsibility.

Rate increases make CDs attractive
NEW YORK - As the Federal Reserve has pushed up interest rates, certificates of deposit are looking attractive again.

Rate increases make CDs attractive
NEW YORK - As the Federal Reserve has pushed up interest rates, certificates of deposit are looking attractive again.

Winds or storm surge? Both sides stake claims

Rate increases make CDs attractive

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise again
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages rose a second straight week as financial markets reacted to the decision by the Federal Reserve to keep pushing interest rates higher because of worries about inflation.

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise again
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages rose a second straight week as financial markets reacted to the decision by the Federal Reserve to keep pushing interest rates higher because of worries about inflation.

Online sports market turns athletes into stocks
SAN FRANCISCO - Sports fans already invest considerable emotion and angst in professional athletes. Now they can take that obsession a step further, trading on the pros' performance in an online electronic market.

Online sports market turns athletes into stocks
SAN FRANCISCO - Sports fans already invest considerable emotion and angst in professional athletes. Now they can take that obsession a step further, trading on the pros' performance in an online electronic market.

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise again

School's been tough on anglers this week

School's been tough on anglers this week
For the first time in the 20-plus year history of this report, it's going to be tough to write one because the unseasonably warm (make that hot) weather, joined by east winds, high surface temperatures and a full moon, has kept many anglers from catching fish.

Tournaments

Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

School's been tough on anglers this week
For the first time in the 20-plus year history of this report, it's going to be tough to write one because the unseasonably warm (make that hot) weather, joined by east winds, high surface temperatures and a full moon, has kept many anglers from catching fish.

Grubbin': What's For Lunch
Myungs China WIngs: 3221 Wrightsboro Road.

Grubbin': What's For Lunch

Grubbin': What's For Lunch
Myungs China WIngs: 3221 Wrightsboro Road.

Cauliflower, broccoli will grow well in fall gardens
Two vegetables I like to plant in the fall are broccoli and cauliflower, and broccoli in particular has become more popular both with gardeners and cooks.

Handy items make gardening chores easier
From the Garden Claw, touted in TV ads for 13 years, to the Cobrahead, a new weeding and cultivating tool, there's no shortage of gadgets that claim to make gardening easier.

Tune in to the singing insects
NEW MARKET, Va. - In the absence of birdsong at this time of year, when the birds go quiet, an altogether new choir appears. Think of it as curtain-raising time for the singing insects.

Handy items make gardening chores easier
From the Garden Claw, touted in TV ads for 13 years, to the Cobrahead, a new weeding and cultivating tool, there's no shortage of gadgets that claim to make gardening easier.

Tune in to the singing insects

Tune in to the singing insects
NEW MARKET, Va. - In the absence of birdsong at this time of year, when the birds go quiet, an altogether new choir appears. Think of it as curtain-raising time for the singing insects.

Handy items make gardening chores easier

Cauliflower, broccoli will grow well in fall gardens

Cauliflower, broccoli will grow well in fall gardens
Two vegetables I like to plant in the fall are broccoli and cauliflower, and broccoli in particular has become more popular both with gardeners and cooks.

Ball looking much better after practice
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball looked much better in practice Thursday, taking a majority of snaps with the first team and looking as though he will be ready to play at least part of Saturday's crucial game against Virginia Tech.

Taylor Bennett: Unlikely quarterback for a big-time game
ATLANTA - Taylor Bennett spent most of his high school career on the bench.

Taylor Bennett: Unlikely quarterback for a big-time game
ATLANTA - Taylor Bennett spent most of his high school career on the bench.

Va. Tech, Georgia Tech stage rematch Saturday
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Looking back on his team's improbable run to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last season and the day when it all started coming together, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer settled on Oct. 28.

Va. Tech, Georgia Tech stage rematch Saturday
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Looking back on his team's improbable run to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last season and the day when it all started coming together, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer settled on Oct. 28.

Ball looking much better after practice
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball looked much better in practice Thursday, taking a majority of snaps with the first team and looking as though he will be ready to play at least part of Saturday's crucial game against Virginia Tech.

Taylor Bennett: Unlikely quarterback for a big-time game

Va. Tech, Georgia Tech stage rematch Saturday

Ball looking much better after practice

Jags' event to be moved
Teams pulling out of the Augusta State Invitational golf tournament prompted the Augusta Golf Association to make a change Wednesday.

Woods paired with Couples
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The United States team once again hopes to put its best foot forward in an international team event. Only this time, they hope their No. 1 asset doesn't trip up.

Woods paired with Couples
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The United States team once again hopes to put its best foot forward in an international team event. Only this time, they hope their No. 1 asset doesn't trip up.

Augsta State tournament to be moved
Teams pulling out of the Augusta State Invitational golf tournament prompted the Augusta Golf Association to make a change Wednesday.

Presidents Cup is at crossroads
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The Presidents Cup came of age two years ago on the far side of the world.

International team takes early lead
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The International team was in foreign territory Thursday at the Presidents Cup.

Presidents Cup is at crossroads
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The Presidents Cup came of age two years ago on the far side of the world.

International team takes early lead
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The International team was in foreign territory Thursday at the Presidents Cup.

Jags' event to be moved
Teams pulling out of the Augusta State Invitational golf tournament prompted the Augusta Golf Association to make a change Wednesday.

Presidents Cup is at crossroads

Sources say Wie close to going pro
Everywhere she goes, people can't help but notice Michelle Wie.

Augsta State tournament to be moved

Augsta State tournament to be moved
Teams pulling out of the Augusta State Invitational golf tournament prompted the Augusta Golf Association to make a change Wednesday.

International team takes early lead

Sources say Wie close to going pro

Sources say Wie close to going pro
Everywhere she goes, people can't help but notice Michelle Wie.

Woods paired with Couples

Jags' event to be moved

Georgia football poll

Doing their job is worth the long hours

Week 6 key matches

Player of the week

On the radio

Lions seek to even the score

South Aiken's recipe for success paying off

Georgia football poll
The Associated Press Georgia High School football poll after the fifth week of the schedule, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Player of the week
Calvin Fuller of South Aiken is this week's player of the week.

Georgia football poll
The Associated Press Georgia High School football poll after the fifth week of the schedule, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points.

Lions seek to even the score
When Augusta Christian lineman Frank Morris thinks about last year's game against Heathwood Hall, he can only shake his head.

On the radio
- 7:05 p.m.-John Hancock at Thomas Jefferson (WPEH-FM 92.1)

Lions seek to even the score
When Augusta Christian lineman Frank Morris thinks about last year's game against Heathwood Hall, he can only shake his head.

Week 6 key matches
LAST WEEK: Morgan County defeated Josey, 42-0; Laney defeated Monticello, 36-26

On the radio
- 7:05 p.m.-John Hancock at Thomas Jefferson (WPEH-FM 92.1)

Week 6 key matches
LAST WEEK: Morgan County defeated Josey, 42-0; Laney defeated Monticello, 36-26

Doing their job is worth the long hours
South Aiken head football coach Dan Pippin stays at school long after the final bell rings at 3:15 p.m.

South Aiken's recipe for success paying off
There are pinches of the Palmetto and Peach states in South Aiken's offense this year. Dashes of college football styles have spiced up a team filled with team-first kids now willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Doing their job is worth the long hours
South Aiken head football coach Dan Pippin stays at school long after the final bell rings at 3:15 p.m.

South Aiken's recipe for success paying off
There are pinches of the Palmetto and Peach states in South Aiken's offense this year. Dashes of college football styles have spiced up a team filled with team-first kids now willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Player of the week
Calvin Fuller of South Aiken is this week's player of the week.

Katrina victims get tax breaks

Spy imagery agency records storms
BETHESDA, Md. - Peering from space using the government's most covert satellites, a little-known spy agency is turning its cameras toward Hurricane Rita and the destruction it is expected to inflict on the Gulf Coast.

Spy imagery agency records storms
BETHESDA, Md. - Peering from space using the government's most covert satellites, a little-known spy agency is turning its cameras toward Hurricane Rita and the destruction it is expected to inflict on the Gulf Coast.

Katrina victims get tax breaks

Tens of billions in damage face Houston area
Hurricane Rita has the potential to flood an area almost twice the size of New Orleans when it reaches shore early Saturday, causing tens of billions of dollars in damage to the Houston metropolitan area and plunging yet another major Gulf Coast metropolis into disarray.

About hurricane names
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Six lists are used in rotation. The 2004 list will be used again in 2010.

About hurricane names
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Six lists are used in rotation. The 2004 list will be used again in 2010.

Bush vows to be ready for storm
WASHINGTON - Eager to avoid the public pounding he got for his response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush pledged on Wednesday to be "ready for the worst" as another big hurricane headed for the Gulf Coast.

Tens of billions in damage face Houston area
Hurricane Rita has the potential to flood an area almost twice the size of New Orleans when it reaches shore early Saturday, causing tens of billions of dollars in damage to the Houston metropolitan area and plunging yet another major Gulf Coast metropolis into disarray.

Rita spares 'really lucky' Florida Keys

Bush vows to be ready for storm
WASHINGTON - Eager to avoid the public pounding he got for his response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush pledged on Wednesday to be "ready for the worst" as another big hurricane headed for the Gulf Coast.

Rita spares 'really lucky' Florida Keys

We love to give, we love to get - even the IRS says it's OK
Here's how my mind works. I wondered if some people might be using the current needs of hurricane survivors as an excuse to clean out their attics, turning an expensive trip to the landfill into a tax write-off.

We love to give, we love to get - even the IRS says it's OK
Here's how my mind works. I wondered if some people might be using the current needs of hurricane survivors as an excuse to clean out their attics, turning an expensive trip to the landfill into a tax write-off.

Aiken Elementary gains Blue Ribbon status
AIKEN Aiken Elementary School was named this morning a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Disc golf championships announced
AIKEN Aiken Elementary School was named this morning a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Governor shuts down state schools to save gas
AIKEN Aiken Elementary School was named this morning a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Missing man found safe in Georgia
AIKEN -- An Alzheimer's patient who drove off from a local store while his wife shopped was found safe Wednesday night, about nine hours after he went missing and 240 miles away in southwest Georgia, authorities said.

SRS not chosen for new nuclear power plant
WASHINGTON - A consortium of utilities narrowed the potential locations for what could be the first nuclear power plant built in the United States in more than three decades.

Time changes for Georgia-Miss. State game
AIKEN Aiken Elementary School was named this morning a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

So where's the compassion?
I am very concerned about some of the things the paper is willing to print as advocates for President Bush. Let's take a moment to put a letter written by Charlie Connell to The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 15 ("I give up - it's all president's fault") into perspective. Cleo A. Parker, Augusta

Youth center needs your help
While our prayers, hearts and money go out to those suffering the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, we should not forget our local needs.J. Traylor Johnson Jr., Martinez

Story about FAA grant needs clarification
The Chronicle's Aug. 26 article "Airport flies to get FAA funds" was inaccurate and misleading. We did not come within days of missing a March deadline to apply for federal funds, nor did I discover by accident that the airport had received the grant.Willis M. Boshears Jr., Augusta

President Bush pulls a costly con
On Sept. 16, President George W. Bush revealed his biggest con yet of the American people. Charles Heywood, Martinez

So where's the compassion?

Intelligent design: Is it about time?
I found Richard E. Hogue's letter ("Intelligent design debate divisive," Sept. 19) an interesting letter, and well-written about a subject we all, Christian and non-Christian, struggle to cope with. Newt Goldman, Augusta

Youth center needs your help

So where's the compassion?
I am very concerned about some of the things the paper is willing to print as advocates for President Bush. Let's take a moment to put a letter written by Charlie Connell to The Augusta Chronicle on Sept. 15 ("I give up - it's all president's fault") into perspective. Cleo A. Parker, Augusta

Bush exemplifies incompetence
Some people say George W. Bush is a nice guy. Therefore, based on his record since he stole the White House, there is only one conclusion an intelligent person can make: He is simply incompetent! Bush is an excellent example of the Peter Principle, which says people tend to be promoted to their level of incompetence. Obviously, Bush reached his level of incompetence many years ago.Anne Cook, Augusta

President Bush pulls a costly con

Story about FAA grant needs clarification
The Chronicle's Aug. 26 article "Airport flies to get FAA funds" was inaccurate and misleading. We did not come within days of missing a March deadline to apply for federal funds, nor did I discover by accident that the airport had received the grant.Willis M. Boshears Jr., Augusta

Intelligent design: Is it about time?

Bush exemplifies incompetence
Some people say George W. Bush is a nice guy. Therefore, based on his record since he stole the White House, there is only one conclusion an intelligent person can make: He is simply incompetent! Bush is an excellent example of the Peter Principle, which says people tend to be promoted to their level of incompetence. Obviously, Bush reached his level of incompetence many years ago.Anne Cook, Augusta

Story about FAA grant needs clarification

Bush exemplifies incompetence

Intelligent design: Is it about time?
I found Richard E. Hogue's letter ("Intelligent design debate divisive," Sept. 19) an interesting letter, and well-written about a subject we all, Christian and non-Christian, struggle to cope with. Newt Goldman, Augusta

President Bush pulls a costly con
On Sept. 16, President George W. Bush revealed his biggest con yet of the American people. Charles Heywood, Martinez

Youth center needs your help
While our prayers, hearts and money go out to those suffering the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, we should not forget our local needs.J. Traylor Johnson Jr., Martinez

Guide aims to help bloggers beat censorship

Builders to show off ideas in houses

Living briefs

Ford goes hybrid

Compact Mazda5 carries family of six

Dodge Neon reaches end after 11 years on the road

Ford goes hybrid
Ford Motor Co. Chair-man and CEO Bill Ford said Wednesday that gasoline-electric hybrid engines will be available in half the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup by 2010.

Compact Mazda5 carries family of six
Is the 2006 Mazda5 a compact, tall wagon or a diminutive minivan?

Dodge Neon reaches end after 11 years on the road
DETROIT - After 11 years, Chrysler Group plans to end production of its spunky, low-priced Dodge Neon this week to make way for a sleek replacement.

Dodge Neon reaches end after 11 years on the road
DETROIT - After 11 years, Chrysler Group plans to end production of its spunky, low-priced Dodge Neon this week to make way for a sleek replacement.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Ford goes hybrid
Ford Motor Co. Chair-man and CEO Bill Ford said Wednesday that gasoline-electric hybrid engines will be available in half the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup by 2010.

Guide aims to help bloggers beat censorship
PARIS - A Paris-based media watchdog has released a free guide with tips for bloggers and dissidents to sneak past Internet censors in countries from China to Iran.

Builders to show off ideas in houses
River Island, a housing development designed to have minimum impact on the natural landscape, will be the focus of a much more traditional building ritual: the housing showcase.

Guide aims to help bloggers beat censorship
PARIS - A Paris-based media watchdog has released a free guide with tips for bloggers and dissidents to sneak past Internet censors in countries from China to Iran.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Builders to show off ideas in houses
River Island, a housing development designed to have minimum impact on the natural landscape, will be the focus of a much more traditional building ritual: the housing showcase.

Compact Mazda5 carries family of six
Is the 2006 Mazda5 a compact, tall wagon or a diminutive minivan?

Super District 9 candidate files
One candidate filed for the Super District 9 seat of the Richmond County school board on the first day of qualifying.

Double amputee never lost hope
In May, James Worden lost his legs when a car crashed into the on-duty South Carolina Department of Transportation worker, trapping him between two vehicles.

Cancer support group takes day to indulge at spa
Despite being struck twice by two different cancers, Katie Ridenour has a radical plan for her future.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Aiken County wants MOX plant by 2009
AIKEN - Aiken County filed suit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Energy, asking the agency to finish building a plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site by 2009, even though making that deadline is unlikely.

Sanford ally becomes rival
COLUMBIA - The Prosperity physician taking on Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in June's GOP primary says Mr. Sanford is to blame for the loss of the state's top credit rating with Standard and Poor's.

Lawyers for hospitals object to depositions
A Richmond County Superior Court judge is considering what to do about his order preventing South Carolina civil defense attorneys from deposing employees at two Augusta hospitals.

Leaders play consolidated name game
What's in a name? A lot, Columbia County's constitutional officers and elected officials said Thursday, if the name includes the word Augusta.

Investigation centers on Johnston's chief
AIKEN - Johnston Police Chief Butch Easler has been suspended while state law officers investigate allegations of perjury and violating a victim's rights the town's mayor said Thursday.

Local judge will not run for chief seat

Sanford ally becomes rival
COLUMBIA - The Prosperity physician taking on Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in June's GOP primary says Mr. Sanford is to blame for the loss of the state's top credit rating with Standard and Poor's.

Frog art survives statute

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Faith-filled students heed call

Chamber selects a president
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has hired a Michigan woman as its president.

Aiken County wants MOX plant by 2009

Storm's lessons get city prepared

Chamber selects a president

MCG's president boasts of enrollment, research growth

Correction

Doctors fight drug abuse, mental illness at same time
If not for a new treatment strategy at the Medical College of Georgia, Nicole Wiggins says, she doesn't know where she might be today.

County looks into alternative fuels for fleet's future

Corrections
- An item in Thursday's Across the Area, about a missing Alzheimer's patient, misidentified the type of truck he drove. Charles Cowan Underwood was seen driving away from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Aiken in a Ford Ranger pickup. He was found Thursday near Fort Benning, Ga.

Across Georgia

Fans of naturalist to meet in Augusta
William Bartram first came to Augusta in 1773 to attend an Indian congress that resulted in a new treaty between the Cherokee and Creek Indians and the colony of Georgia.

County wants to find contaminated sites

Money, legal help key to new effort
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Henry McMaster said Wednesday that the state needs to spend $2.2 million a year to hire criminal domestic violence prosecutors in each of the state's 46 counties and set up centralized courts to handle those cases.

Across South Carolina

Local judge will not run for chief seat
Superior Court Judge Duncan D. Wheale has decided not to challenge the Augusta Judicial Circuit's chief judge in next year's judicial elections, he said Wednesday.

State senator to run as 'warrior'

Across South Carolina
WASHINGTON - NuStart Energy, a consortium of 11 energy companies, plans to announce today the two sites it thinks are the best to pursue advanced nuclear plant licenses.

Williams will appeal his fraud conviction

Fans of naturalist to meet in Augusta
William Bartram first came to Augusta in 1773 to attend an Indian congress that resulted in a new treaty between the Cherokee and Creek Indians and the colony of Georgia.

Fans of naturalist to meet in Augusta

Across the area

Cause of fire still is studied

UGA academic dishonesty claims rise

Suspect is linked to crime spree

Investigation centers on Johnston's chief

Across the area

Storm's effects could spread to Augusta pumps
Brace yourself. Rita's wrath might create gas shortages and high prices that even Katrina couldn't muster, oil analysts say.

News you can use

Laney sports complex plan given nod
The Richmond County school board moved forward with construction of the Lucy C. Laney High School athletic complex, but there is still a chance of a joint project with the city for a larger football stadium.

Lawyers for hospitals object to depositions

Double amputee never lost hope

Kid of the Day

Leaders play consolidated name game
What's in a name? A lot, Columbia County's constitutional officers and elected officials said Thursday, if the name includes the word Augusta.

Certification bonus costly, official says

UGA academic dishonesty claims rise
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials processed 258 academic dishonesty cases last year, the most since the university adopted a new academic honesty policy and procedures five years ago.

Money, legal help key to new effort

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Cancer support group takes day to indulge at spa

County looks into alternative fuels for fleet's future
Clayton Galloway's goal these days is to get as familiar as possible with hybrid, electric, hydrogen and other alternative vehicle technology.

Students get taste of economics

State senator to run as 'warrior'
AIKEN - State Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, said Wednesday that he will enter the June primary for state treasurer.

Super District 9 candidate files

Frog art survives statute
ATHENS, Ga. - The county attorney this week dropped charges against a downtown store owner who was cited in July for violating the county's sidewalk sign ordinance with a frog sculpture, but local officials say they'll continue to enforce the ban.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Cancer support group takes day to indulge at spa
Despite being struck twice by two different cancers, Katie Ridenour has a radical plan for her future.

Across South Carolina
WASHINGTON - NuStart Energy, a consortium of 11 energy companies, plans to announce today the two sites it thinks are the best to pursue advanced nuclear plant licenses.

Chamber selects a president
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has hired a Michigan woman as its president.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has been charged with theft and mail fraud after being accused of falsely applying for government relief funds. Federal authorities say she claimed to be a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans.

County wants to find contaminated sites
AIKEN - Aiken County is hunting for environmentally contaminated sites such as former gasoline stations or dry cleaners in an attempt to make them economically profitable.

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a missing Alzheimer's patient, who was last seen Wednesday afternoon driving away from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Whiskey Road.

Aiken County wants MOX plant by 2009
AIKEN - Aiken County filed suit Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Energy, asking the agency to finish building a plutonium-processing plant at Savannah River Site by 2009, even though making that deadline is unlikely.

Correction
- A story on Aiken neighborhood activist Betty Myers in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not accurately report the number of her children. She has two sons and a daughter.

Williams will appeal his fraud conviction
Former state Rep. Robin Williams will appeal his conviction, according to federal documents made public Wednesday.

Frog art survives statute
ATHENS, Ga. - The county attorney this week dropped charges against a downtown store owner who was cited in July for violating the county's sidewalk sign ordinance with a frog sculpture, but local officials say they'll continue to enforce the ban.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Sophia Renee Greene of Evans.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Sophia Renee Greene of Evans.

Kid of the day

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Sanford ally becomes rival

Across the area
Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham followed Robin Williams' lead Thursday by filing notice of his intention to appeal.

Cousteau to make film in reef near Savannah

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Gainesville, a city in northeast Georgia, was listed in a report released Thursday as one of the 20th fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Twelve of the 20 were located in the West, led by Greeley, Colo.

Williams will appeal his fraud conviction
Former state Rep. Robin Williams will appeal his conviction, according to federal documents made public Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 28-year-old man died after Columbia police arrested him Thursday morning.

Suspect is linked to crime spree
An Augusta man arrested on charges of killing a neighbor now stands accused of committing a series of violent crimes in south Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

2 new troopers join Aiken post

Doctors fight drug abuse, mental illness at same time
If not for a new treatment strategy at the Medical College of Georgia, Nicole Wiggins says, she doesn't know where she might be today.

Storm's lessons get city prepared
As Hurricane Katrina came closer to Louisiana and Mississippi, Chief Howard Willis, the head of Augusta's Emergency Management Agency, said he knew the storm would devastate the gulf coast.

Laney sports complex plan given nod
The Richmond County school board moved forward with construction of the Lucy C. Laney High School athletic complex, but there is still a chance of a joint project with the city for a larger football stadium.

Bus driver is charged in theft
A 20-year school bus driver for Columbia County has been charged with taking money from Lakeside High School's football and volleyball programs.

Storm's lessons get city prepared
As Hurricane Katrina came closer to Louisiana and Mississippi, Chief Howard Willis, the head of Augusta's Emergency Management Agency, said he knew the storm would devastate the gulf coast.

City may get fire department training center
Augusta's interim fire chief said Thursday his agency hopes to close next week on a former car dealership site slated to become the city's new fire department training center.

Storm's effects could spread to Augusta pumps
Brace yourself. Rita's wrath might create gas shortages and high prices that even Katrina couldn't muster, oil analysts say.

SRS cut from plan for nuclear plant license
AIKEN - Dreams of commercial nuclear power at Savannah River Site have been put on hold temporarily.

Correction
- A story on Aiken neighborhood activist Betty Myers in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not accurately report the number of her children. She has two sons and a daughter.

MCG's president boasts of enrollment, research growth
The nearly completed Cancer Research Center at Medical College of Georgia towers over the corner of Laney-Walker and R.A. Dent boulevards. President Daniel W. Rahn said that was intentional.

Certification bonus costly, official says
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's top education official said a popular program that awards bonuses to teachers who receive national board certification is expensive and that money might be better spent on early childhood education.

Kid of the day
Cole C Eubanks from Grovetown is today's kid of the day.

City may get fire department training center
Augusta's interim fire chief said Thursday his agency hopes to close next week on a former car dealership site slated to become the city's new fire department training center.

2 new troopers join Aiken post
AIKEN - Drivers might want to think twice before flaunting South Carolina's speed limits.

Corrections
- An item in Thursday's Across the Area, about a missing Alzheimer's patient, misidentified the type of truck he drove. Charles Cowan Underwood was seen driving away from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Aiken in a Ford Ranger pickup. He was found Thursday near Fort Benning, Ga.

Kid of the day
Cole C Eubanks from Grovetown is today's kid of the day.

MCG's president boasts of enrollment, research growth
The nearly completed Cancer Research Center at Medical College of Georgia towers over the corner of Laney-Walker and R.A. Dent boulevards. President Daniel W. Rahn said that was intentional.

Slavery depiction to be more factual
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Organizers of a living history program say they will be more accurate in portraying the harsh conditions of slavery after some black re-enactors quit, saying depictions were too sanitized.

Bus driver is charged in theft
A 20-year school bus driver for Columbia County has been charged with taking money from Lakeside High School's football and volleyball programs.

Cousteau to make film in reef near Savannah
Head 40 miles southeast from Savannah, then dive 60 feet down. That's where you'll find Fabien Cousteau this week.

2 new troopers join Aiken post
AIKEN - Drivers might want to think twice before flaunting South Carolina's speed limits.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Slavery depiction to be more factual
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Organizers of a living history program say they will be more accurate in portraying the harsh conditions of slavery after some black re-enactors quit, saying depictions were too sanitized.

Students get taste of economics
Armed with play money and an appetite for candy, Hephzibah High School students experienced the economic principles they had been studying in their textbooks.

Students get taste of economics
Armed with play money and an appetite for candy, Hephzibah High School students experienced the economic principles they had been studying in their textbooks.

Lawyers for hospitals object to depositions
A Richmond County Superior Court judge is considering what to do about his order preventing South Carolina civil defense attorneys from deposing employees at two Augusta hospitals.

UGA academic dishonesty claims rise
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials processed 258 academic dishonesty cases last year, the most since the university adopted a new academic honesty policy and procedures five years ago.

Faith-filled students heed call
With one hand raised and the other gripping a microphone, Sarah Baker worshipped and witnessed through song at Greenbrier High School on Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide prayer rally.

Cousteau to make film in reef near Savannah
Head 40 miles southeast from Savannah, then dive 60 feet down. That's where you'll find Fabien Cousteau this week.

County wants to find contaminated sites
AIKEN - Aiken County is hunting for environmentally contaminated sites such as former gasoline stations or dry cleaners in an attempt to make them economically profitable.

Double amputee never lost hope
In May, James Worden lost his legs when a car crashed into the on-duty South Carolina Department of Transportation worker, trapping him between two vehicles.

County looks into alternative fuels for fleet's future
Clayton Galloway's goal these days is to get as familiar as possible with hybrid, electric, hydrogen and other alternative vehicle technology.

Investigation centers on Johnston's chief
AIKEN - Johnston Police Chief Butch Easler has been suspended while state law officers investigate allegations of perjury and violating a victim's rights the town's mayor said Thursday.

Certification bonus costly, official says
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's top education official said a popular program that awards bonuses to teachers who receive national board certification is expensive and that money might be better spent on early childhood education.

Across the area
Augusta pharmacist Duncan Fordham followed Robin Williams' lead Thursday by filing notice of his intention to appeal.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Gainesville, a city in northeast Georgia, was listed in a report released Thursday as one of the 20th fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Twelve of the 20 were located in the West, led by Greeley, Colo.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 28-year-old man died after Columbia police arrested him Thursday morning.

Super District 9 candidate files
One candidate filed for the Super District 9 seat of the Richmond County school board on the first day of qualifying.

SRS cut from plan for nuclear plant license
AIKEN - Dreams of commercial nuclear power at Savannah River Site have been put on hold temporarily.

Cause of fire still is studied
Fire officials said Wednesday that it would be at least a day, if not longer, before they will know what started a massive fire at the warehouse of an Augusta wood salvaging business.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Local judge will not run for chief seat
Superior Court Judge Duncan D. Wheale has decided not to challenge the Augusta Judicial Circuit's chief judge in next year's judicial elections, he said Wednesday.

Across Georgia

Money, legal help key to new effort
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Henry McMaster said Wednesday that the state needs to spend $2.2 million a year to hire criminal domestic violence prosecutors in each of the state's 46 counties and set up centralized courts to handle those cases.

Corrections

Suspect is linked to crime spree
An Augusta man arrested on charges of killing a neighbor now stands accused of committing a series of violent crimes in south Augusta.

Laney sports complex plan given nod

State senator to run as 'warrior'
AIKEN - State Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, said Wednesday that he will enter the June primary for state treasurer.

SRS cut from plan for nuclear plant license

Bus driver is charged in theft

Leaders play consolidated name game

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has been charged with theft and mail fraud after being accused of falsely applying for government relief funds. Federal authorities say she claimed to be a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for a missing Alzheimer's patient, who was last seen Wednesday afternoon driving away from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Whiskey Road.

Storm's effects could spread to Augusta pumps

Faith-filled students heed call
With one hand raised and the other gripping a microphone, Sarah Baker worshipped and witnessed through song at Greenbrier High School on Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide prayer rally.

Slavery depiction to be more factual

Cause of fire still is studied
Fire officials said Wednesday that it would be at least a day, if not longer, before they will know what started a massive fire at the warehouse of an Augusta wood salvaging business.

News you can use

Doctors fight drug abuse, mental illness at same time

City may get fire department training center

Global golf can be small
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., bunch gathered on the first tee for another photo op, and Sharon Funk greeted Tabitha Furyk in their matching outfits.

Toms' heart can't take much more
GAINESVILLE, Va. - David Toms got the White House tour nobody wants - especially if you're less than a week removed from the scare of your life.

Toms' heart can't take much more
GAINESVILLE, Va. - David Toms got the White House tour nobody wants - especially if you're less than a week removed from the scare of your life.

Global golf can be small
GAINESVILLE, Va. - The Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., bunch gathered on the first tee for another photo op, and Sharon Funk greeted Tabitha Furyk in their matching outfits.

Mini reviews

'Robots' tries to squeak past story by dazzling with its visual beauty
An exercise in style over substance, Robots labors under the mistaken belief that it's fine being just another pretty face.

Polanski transforms childhood suffering into art
PARIS - Before he became cinema's enfant terrible and a fugitive from U.S. justice, and long before he won an Academy Award, director Roman Polanski was a small boy trapped in a nightmarish childhood of turmoil and loss.

'Robots' tries to squeak past story by dazzling with its visual beauty
An exercise in style over substance, Robots labors under the mistaken belief that it's fine being just another pretty face.

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

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 augustachronicle.com/movies.

Polanski transforms childhood suffering into art
PARIS - Before he became cinema's enfant terrible and a fugitive from U.S. justice, and long before he won an Academy Award, director Roman Polanski was a small boy trapped in a nightmarish childhood of turmoil and loss.

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

Polanski transforms childhood suffering into art

New on DVD

'Roll Bounce' fills screen with lifetime of subplots
There's more stuff going on in the 1970s roller boogie comedy-drama-romance Roll Bounce than there are mirrored panels on a disco ball.

'Robots' tries to squeak past story by dazzling with its visual beauty

'Roll Bounce' fills screen with lifetime of subplots
There's more stuff going on in the 1970s roller boogie comedy-drama-romance Roll Bounce than there are mirrored panels on a disco ball.

'Roll Bounce' fills screen with lifetime of subplots

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 augustachronicle.com/movies.

Javier Garcia mixes new and old on "13"
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - He wears a black case around his torso looking like a gunslinger, ready to whip out a little four-string ukulele in case a song comes into his head.

Nelly to make reality TV show
NEW YORK - Reality TV is getting hot in "herre."

Javier Garcia mixes new and old on "13"

Senior invaders still going strong in concerts, on CDs
The senior citizens of rock are strutting their stuff on stage this month.

New Orleans musicians join icons to rally for Katrina
NEW YORK - A constellation of music icons, celebrities and dignitaries gathered for simultaneous shows at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Hot ticket
This week's hot ticket is Son Volt, performing Saturday at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

Garbage lead singer says band isn't splitting up

Concert calendar
Here is a listing of area concerts.

The Brits are back
They came, they saw, they conquered.

Hot ticket
This week's hot ticket is Son Volt, performing Saturday at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

Garbage lead singer says band isn't splitting up
SYDNEY, Australia - Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson says the Scottish rock band, which is about to take a break after a grueling tour, isn't planning to split up.

Senior invaders still going strong in concerts, on CDs

Nelly to make reality TV show
NEW YORK - Reality TV is getting hot in "herre."

The Brits are back

Nelly to make reality TV show

Sonic Spotlight

New Orleans musicians join icons to rally for Katrina

Javier Garcia mixes new and old on "13"
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - He wears a black case around his torso looking like a gunslinger, ready to whip out a little four-string ukulele in case a song comes into his head.

Sonic Spotlight
This week's Sonic Spotlight is on Jason Guy of Augusta.

New Orleans musicians join icons to rally for Katrina
NEW YORK - A constellation of music icons, celebrities and dignitaries gathered for simultaneous shows at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Garbage lead singer says band isn't splitting up
SYDNEY, Australia - Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson says the Scottish rock band, which is about to take a break after a grueling tour, isn't planning to split up.

Sonic Spotlight
This week's Sonic Spotlight is on Jason Guy of Augusta.

The Brits are back
They came, they saw, they conquered.

Senior invaders still going strong in concerts, on CDs
The senior citizens of rock are strutting their stuff on stage this month.

Concert calendar

Hot ticket

Concert calendar
Here is a listing of area concerts.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
This was supposed to be Mark Martin's final year on the Nextel Cup Series circuit, but he might be forced to return for one more season if Jamie McMurray can't win his release from Chip Ganassi Racing. Martin (above) was in position to go out in style as one of 10 qualifiers for the Chase for the Championship. He recently talked about his season and his future.

Driver standings
Nextel Cup series points

Tempers flare as Chase begins, piquing interest
Mark Martin has been around NASCAR long enough to know what's good for business, and Sunday's fiasco at New Hampshire was exactly what the sport needed as it kicked off its Chase for the Championship.

Helton will promise NASCAR drivers more severe penalties

Driver standings
Nextel Cup series points

Darlington Raceway to add 3,000 seats

Tempers flare as Chase begins, piquing interest
Mark Martin has been around NASCAR long enough to know what's good for business, and Sunday's fiasco at New Hampshire was exactly what the sport needed as it kicked off its Chase for the Championship.

Helton will promise NASCAR drivers more severe penalties
If NASCAR has its way, the road rage that has erupted in recent Nextel Cup races is over.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
This was supposed to be Mark Martin's final year on the Nextel Cup Series circuit, but he might be forced to return for one more season if Jamie McMurray can't win his release from Chip Ganassi Racing. Martin (above) was in position to go out in style as one of 10 qualifiers for the Chase for the Championship. He recently talked about his season and his future.

Darlington Raceway to add 3,000 seats
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway plans to spend $6 million to add 3,000 seats and renovate suites in the tower outside Turn 3 and the infield, Raceway president Chris Browning says.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin

Helton will promise NASCAR drivers more severe penalties
If NASCAR has its way, the road rage that has erupted in recent Nextel Cup races is over.

NASCAR schedule
NASCAR's 2005 schedule

Darlington Raceway to add 3,000 seats
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway plans to spend $6 million to add 3,000 seats and renovate suites in the tower outside Turn 3 and the infield, Raceway president Chris Browning says.

NASCAR notebook
Robby Gordon's tirade against Michael Waltrip cost him $35,000 and 25 points in the standings, but it was for a good cause.

NASCAR schedule

MBNA RACEPOINTS 400
WHERE: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.

Driver standings

NASCAR notebook
Robby Gordon's tirade against Michael Waltrip cost him $35,000 and 25 points in the standings, but it was for a good cause.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR schedule
NASCAR's 2005 schedule

Tempers flare as Chase begins, piquing interest

MBNA RACEPOINTS 400

MBNA RACEPOINTS 400
WHERE: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.

Four Hornets home games are rescheduled
NEW YORK - The Hornets' relocation to Oklahoma City resulted in four scheduling changes, one of which will have them playing in their new home on opening night of the 2005-06 season.

Four Hornets home games are rescheduled
NEW YORK - The Hornets' relocation to Oklahoma City resulted in four scheduling changes, one of which will have them playing in their new home on opening night of the 2005-06 season.

Four Hornets home games are rescheduled

Falcons' Vick is fit for Bills game

Minter's streak in jeopardy because of calf injury

Carolina's Colbert not bothered by slow start

Falcons confident without their star

Upside-down is normal this far in fantasy season

Mr. Maurice "Ned" Wetherington    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances R. Chance    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Harden    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Veal    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Shannolethia Lamb    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Chitty Spires    (BATH, S.C.)

Dr. Jacquelyn R. Ledbetter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil L. Cooley    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitchell    (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda P. Higgins    (SPRING HILL, FL)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Miss Julia Mae Morton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Paul Grover    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy McNair    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Andrews    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitchell    (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Cash    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Veal    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Mae Cullums    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Harden    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda P. Higgins    (SPRING HILL, FL)

Mrs. Annie Graham-Odom    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jae S. Landers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil L. Cooley    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Maj. Joe L. Berry    (HARTSELLE, Ala.)

Mr. Raymond Davis    (SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, N.Y.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Julia Mae Morton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert C. Brown    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Carr    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Shannolethia Lamb    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert C. Brown    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Maurice "Ned" Wetherington    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances R. Chance    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Maj. Joe L. Berry    (HARTSELLE, Ala.)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Dr. Jacquelyn R. Ledbetter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Mae Cullums    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae W. Bentley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony F. Martinez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Story    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Riddle Chew    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae W. Bentley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Nelson Cash
Nelson Cash enjoyed a different Columbia County than the subdivision-packed suburbia most residents know today.

Mr. Tony F. Martinez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Grover    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Davis    (SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Riddle Chew    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellen Chitty Spires    (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Carr    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ayre Lee Aycock    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Sewilla Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Story    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Graham-Odom    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Nelson Cash
Nelson Cash enjoyed a different Columbia County than the subdivision-packed suburbia most residents know today.

Mr. Tommy McNair    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ayre Lee Aycock    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jae S. Landers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Andrews    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Cash    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Sewilla Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jae S. Landers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ayre Lee Aycock (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Roberson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Maj. Joe L. Berry (HARTSELLE, Ala.)

Miss Shannolethia Lamb (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Maurice "Ned" Wetherington (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert C. Brown (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Carr (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Clark (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Riddle Chew (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Mae W. Bentley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Graham-Odom (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Mae Cullums (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy McNair (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sewilla Cummings (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Harden (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances R. Chance (MILLEN, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Nelson Cash

Mrs. Daisy Andrews (WRENS, Ga.)

Dr. Jacquelyn R. Ledbetter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Chitty Spires (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Reed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Veal (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Cash (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Mitchell (SPRINGFIELD, Va.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Story (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Julia Mae Morton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennifer Cynowa (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Davis (SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, N.Y.)

Mrs. Linda P. Higgins (SPRING HILL, FL)

Mr. Gene Reed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Grover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil L. Cooley (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Tony F. Martinez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

IOC says Turin preparations nearly complete

IOC says Turin preparations nearly complete
TURIN, Italy - Preparations for the Turin Olympics are nearly complete, with workers putting the final touches on the main hockey arena and speedskating oval - the last two venues to be finished.

IOC says Turin preparations nearly complete
TURIN, Italy - Preparations for the Turin Olympics are nearly complete, with workers putting the final touches on the main hockey arena and speedskating oval - the last two venues to be finished.

Skeeterville moves closer to semifinals

Volleyball team to help hurricane victims

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Softball and volleyball polls

Area announcements

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle.

Volleyball team to help hurricane victims
Brooke Elder cried when she saw her parents in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Sept. 3.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle.

Overtime
Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry has been named as the Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week.

Softball and volleyball polls
Here are the results of the GaSports.com Softball Coaches Poll for the week of Sept. 20.

Overtime
Blackville-Hilda coach David Berry has been named as the Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week.

Overtime
Leavander Johnson died Thursday in Las Vegas from injuries sustained five days earlier in a lightweight title fight with Jesus Chavez.

Softball and volleyball polls
Here are the results of the GaSports.com Softball Coaches Poll for the week of Sept. 20.

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.

Volleyball team to help hurricane victims
Brooke Elder cried when she saw her parents in Jefferson City, Tenn., on Sept. 3.

Skeeterville moves closer to semifinals
AIKEN - Skeeterville scored early and often Wednesday morning as it defeated New Bridge, 9-5, to remain undefeated in the U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup.

Skeeterville moves closer to semifinals
AIKEN - Skeeterville scored early and often Wednesday morning as it defeated New Bridge, 9-5, to remain undefeated in the U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup.

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
Leavander Johnson died Thursday in Las Vegas from injuries sustained five days earlier in a lightweight title fight with Jesus Chavez.

Minter's streak in jeopardy because of calf injury
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina safety Mike Minter missed practice Wednesday with a strained calf that could end his streak of playing in 64 consecutive regular-season games.

Upside-down is normal this far in fantasy season
If this fantasy football season were mentioned in a Seinfeld episode, this truly would be Bizarro World.

Upside-down is normal this far in fantasy season
If this fantasy football season were mentioned in a Seinfeld episode, this truly would be Bizarro World.

Carolina's Colbert not bothered by slow start
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -With just two catches through Carolina's first two games, Keary Colbert should seemingly worry about his spot in the starting lineup.

Falcons confident without their star
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick watched the two-minute drill during practice Wednesday with arms crossed as Matt Schaub took all the snaps for the Atlanta Falcons.

Carolina's Colbert not bothered by slow start
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -With just two catches through Carolina's first two games, Keary Colbert should seemingly worry about his spot in the starting lineup.

Falcons confident without their star
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick watched the two-minute drill during practice Wednesday with arms crossed as Matt Schaub took all the snaps for the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons' Vick is fit for Bills game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday for the first time since twice leaving the Atlanta Falcons' loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring.

Minter's streak in jeopardy because of calf injury
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina safety Mike Minter missed practice Wednesday with a strained calf that could end his streak of playing in 64 consecutive regular-season games.

Falcons' Vick is fit for Bills game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday for the first time since twice leaving the Atlanta Falcons' loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring.

British Invasion of 1965 an occasion to remember

Vatican expected to ban gay seminarians
Word that a soon-to-be-released Vatican document will signal homosexuals are unwelcome in Roman Catholic seminaries even if they are celibate has devastated gay clergy - and raised doubts among conservatives about whether an outright ban can be enforced.

Vatican expected to ban gay seminarians
Word that a soon-to-be-released Vatican document will signal homosexuals are unwelcome in Roman Catholic seminaries even if they are celibate has devastated gay clergy - and raised doubts among conservatives about whether an outright ban can be enforced.

British Invasion of 1965 an occasion to remember
Most music fans think of the British Invasion of music artists as happening in 1964 when The Beatles took America by storm.

British Invasion of 1965 an occasion to remember
Most music fans think of the British Invasion of music artists as happening in 1964 when The Beatles took America by storm.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications, divorces, sentencings, indictments and paroles.

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment
German entertainment, a car show and the Fort Gordon Service Club flea market can mean only one thing - Oktoberfest at Fort Gordon.

Calendar
A DAY FOR AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Noon today; Augusta Country Club; alumni barbecue and celebration Friday, Oct. 7; 667-4710.

Reserve hospital unit mobilized to relieve active-duty troops
Pfc. Kathryn Burbage will be combining her duty to her country with some genealogy research.

Quietness appeals to Crofton residents
Situated off Pleasant Home Road, Crofton subdivision offers convenience that many people in west Augusta enjoy.

Volunteer, employee of the year honored at Safe Homes meeting
Officials at Safe Homes of Augusta recognized people who had done more than their duties at the organization's annual meeting Sept. 13 at Augusta Country Club.

Milestones
Michele Kim, of Augusta, daughter of Jae Hun and Hyun Sook, has been chosen to serve as an intern for Gov. Sonny Perdue's Executive Counsel Office.

Quietness appeals to Crofton residents
Situated off Pleasant Home Road, Crofton subdivision offers convenience that many people in west Augusta enjoy.

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.

Local couple enjoys being spooked
To many, the Georgia Paranormal Society sounds like a group out of the movie Ghostbusters, but the members of the society are serious about their hobby.

Area library will continue its spotlight on Hispanics
On the heels of a successful Spanish language class, the Friedman Branch Library is offering a series of seminars about positive effects of Hispanic culture in America.

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.

Local couple enjoys being spooked
To many, the Georgia Paranormal Society sounds like a group out of the movie Ghostbusters, but the members of the society are serious about their hobby.

Reunions
MCTIER FAMILY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; descendants of Kendall and Elizabeth Bass McTier through the Larkin, Solomon, Redrick, Narcissa Johnson and Synthian Guimarin lines; Family Life Center of the Methodist Church, Thomson; bring a covered dish; prizes and entertainment; Teresa Allen, 3027 Wheeless Road S.W., Thomson, GA 30824, (706) 595-6438.

Library events
BOOKMOBILE SATURDAY SERVICE: The Bookmobile will be available in the Target parking lot, 235 Robert C. Daniels Jr. Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 12, 26 and Dec. 10. Services include registering for a library card, checking out and returning books.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications, divorces, sentencings, indictments and paroles.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through September 30.

Around the block
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will exhibit mixed media works by 40 artists in its main gallery at 506 Telfair St., through Friday, Oct. 21. The exhibit, A Sense of Place 2005, is the institute's 25th annual juried fine arts presentation. The exhibit is free. For more information, call 722-5495.

Volunteer, employee of the year honored at Safe Homes meeting
Officials at Safe Homes of Augusta recognized people who had done more than their duties at the organization's annual meeting Sept. 13 at Augusta Country Club.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through September 30.

Reserve hospital unit mobilized to relieve active-duty troops
Pfc. Kathryn Burbage will be combining her duty to her country with some genealogy research.

Library events
BOOKMOBILE SATURDAY SERVICE: The Bookmobile will be available in the Target parking lot, 235 Robert C. Daniels Jr. Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 12, 26 and Dec. 10. Services include registering for a library card, checking out and returning books.

CSRA Bridge Results
Here are the CSRA Bridge Results, Sept. 12-18.

Recreation calendar
FORT DISCOVERY: Seventh Street, 821-0200; HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pet of the Week
Delilah, a 1-year-old female shepherd mix, 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.

CSRA Bridge Results
Here are the CSRA Bridge Results, Sept. 12-18.

Program keeps kids off the streets
Pat Jones tries to keep youths on a one-way street to success.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information.

Restaurant Ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Calendar
A DAY FOR AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Noon today; Augusta Country Club; alumni barbecue and celebration Friday, Oct. 7; 667-4710.

Military Milestones
Army Pvt. Joseph B. Jackson, a 2005 graduate of Butler High School and son of Curtis Jackson and Barbara Brown, both of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Program keeps kids off the streets
Pat Jones tries to keep youths on a one-way street to success.

Recreation calendar
FORT DISCOVERY: Seventh Street, 821-0200; HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pet of the Week
Delilah, a 1-year-old female shepherd mix, 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.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information.

Milestones
Michele Kim, of Augusta, daughter of Jae Hun and Hyun Sook, has been chosen to serve as an intern for Gov. Sonny Perdue's Executive Counsel Office.

Area library will continue its spotlight on Hispanics
On the heels of a successful Spanish language class, the Friedman Branch Library is offering a series of seminars about positive effects of Hispanic culture in America.

Reunions
MCTIER FAMILY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; descendants of Kendall and Elizabeth Bass McTier through the Larkin, Solomon, Redrick, Narcissa Johnson and Synthian Guimarin lines; Family Life Center of the Methodist Church, Thomson; bring a covered dish; prizes and entertainment; Teresa Allen, 3027 Wheeless Road S.W., Thomson, GA 30824, (706) 595-6438.

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment
German entertainment, a car show and the Fort Gordon Service Club flea market can mean only one thing - Oktoberfest at Fort Gordon.

Military Milestones
Army Pvt. Joseph B. Jackson, a 2005 graduate of Butler High School and son of Curtis Jackson and Barbara Brown, both of Augusta, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia.

Around the block
The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will exhibit mixed media works by 40 artists in its main gallery at 506 Telfair St., through Friday, Oct. 21. The exhibit, A Sense of Place 2005, is the institute's 25th annual juried fine arts presentation. The exhibit is free. For more information, call 722-5495.

Restaurant Ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Reunions

Library events

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment

Pet of the Week

CSRA Bridge Results

Local couple enjoys being spooked

Around the block

Meetings

Military Milestones

Recreation calendar

Reserve hospital unit mobilized to relieve active-duty troops

School lunch menus

Calendar

Program keeps kids off the streets

Volunteer, employee of the year honored at Safe Homes meeting

Milestones

Area library will continue its spotlight on Hispanics

Quietness appeals to Crofton residents

Post Happenings

For the record

Restaurant Ratings

Toms' heart can't take much more

Global golf can be small

Many directors' first films foreshadow their success

Earth isn't big enough for three alien shows

'A Current Affair' out, Geraldo Rivera in

Tyra Banks proves breasts are real on TV
NEW YORK - Talk about keeping it real: Tyra Banks underwent a televised sonogram on her new talk show to prove that her breasts aren't fake.

Tyra Banks proves breasts are real on TV

'Desperate Housewives' return Sunday
NEW YORK - With the return of "Desperate Housewives," scads of pressing questions will be answered. Or at least addressed. Or something. Please!

Stewart says 'goodbye' on her 'Apprentice' premiere
NEW YORK - In Martha Stewart's world, a loser isn't fired. He's "asked to go home." He's bidden "goodbye." Advised he doesn't fit. And then he gets a cordial note.

'A Current Affair' out, Geraldo Rivera in
LOS ANGELES - The recycled news magazine "A Current Affair," which ran for a decade its first time around, has been canceled less than eight months after returning to the air.

Changes behind the ticking stopwatch at "60 Minutes"

'A Current Affair' out, Geraldo Rivera in
LOS ANGELES - The recycled news magazine "A Current Affair," which ran for a decade its first time around, has been canceled less than eight months after returning to the air.

Texas woman's suit accuses 'Extreme Makeover' of fraud
LOS ANGELES - Deleese Williams believed her life would finally take a turn for the better when producers of ABC's reality show "Extreme Makeover" promised plastic surgery that would give her a "Cinderella-like" transformation.

Changes behind the ticking stopwatch at "60 Minutes"
NEW YORK - From the time "60 Minutes" began in 1968, the first face viewers saw after the ticking stopwatch has been Mike Wallace's - until now.

Tyra Banks proves breasts are real on TV
NEW YORK - Talk about keeping it real: Tyra Banks underwent a televised sonogram on her new talk show to prove that her breasts aren't fake.

Stewart says 'goodbye' on her 'Apprentice' premiere
NEW YORK - In Martha Stewart's world, a loser isn't fired. He's "asked to go home." He's bidden "goodbye." Advised he doesn't fit. And then he gets a cordial note.

'Lost' premiere reveals answers, raises mystery
HONOLULU - "Lost" capped its thrilling first season with island adversaries Jack and Locke peering down an eerie shaft sunk deep into the earth. For fans who waited all summer for answers, the wait may be over - but the questions are just beginning.

'Lost' premiere reveals answers, raises mystery
HONOLULU - "Lost" capped its thrilling first season with island adversaries Jack and Locke peering down an eerie shaft sunk deep into the earth. For fans who waited all summer for answers, the wait may be over - but the questions are just beginning.

'Lost' premiere reveals answers, raises mystery

'Desperate Housewives' return Sunday
NEW YORK - With the return of "Desperate Housewives," scads of pressing questions will be answered. Or at least addressed. Or something. Please!

Changes behind the ticking stopwatch at "60 Minutes"
NEW YORK - From the time "60 Minutes" began in 1968, the first face viewers saw after the ticking stopwatch has been Mike Wallace's - until now.

Texas woman's suit accuses 'Extreme Makeover' of fraud

Stewart says 'goodbye' on her 'Apprentice' premiere

'Desperate Housewives' return Sunday

Texas woman's suit accuses 'Extreme Makeover' of fraud
LOS ANGELES - Deleese Williams believed her life would finally take a turn for the better when producers of ABC's reality show "Extreme Makeover" promised plastic surgery that would give her a "Cinderella-like" transformation.

Clooney: No Pitt-Jolie wedding at his Italian villa

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Little patrons were left in dust of Augusta's cultural celebration

'Darkwatch' adds macabre twist to Wild West

Two indicted on charges they recorded Jackson

Applause calendar

The liquid life

Spotted

Club calendar

'Dogs to have a long night

It's not about color for Croom
ATHENS, Ga. - Although others might disagree, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom doesn't see the need to discuss the significance of his becoming the first black coach in Southeastern Conference history.

'Dogs to have a long night
A Time to Kill is a best-selling John Grisham novel set in a small Mississippi town. Georgia football players will have some time to kill on Saturday in their team hotel in Columbus, Miss., waiting out a 9:12 p.m. EDT kickoff against Mississippi State.

Georgia kicker leads SEC in scoring
ATHENS, Ga. - Brandon Coutu spent almost all of the 2004 season limited to kickoff duty for Georgia, so there was no reason for his name to be mentioned with some of the great kickers in the school's history.

Georgia kicker leads SEC in scoring

Georgia kicker leads SEC in scoring
ATHENS, Ga. - Brandon Coutu spent almost all of the 2004 season limited to kickoff duty for Georgia, so there was no reason for his name to be mentioned with some of the great kickers in the school's history.

It's not about color for Croom
ATHENS, Ga. - Although others might disagree, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom doesn't see the need to discuss the significance of his becoming the first black coach in Southeastern Conference history.

'Dogs to have a long night
A Time to Kill is a best-selling John Grisham novel set in a small Mississippi town. Georgia football players will have some time to kill on Saturday in their team hotel in Columbus, Miss., waiting out a 9:12 p.m. EDT kickoff against Mississippi State.

It's not about color for Croom

Many directors' first films foreshadow their success
Directing a feature film is like riding a bicycle. It's unrealistic to believe that a neophyte director, tasked with keeping a cast and crew in check and moving forward, will display the artistic and managerial acumen to produce a classic the first time out. A few films with the training wheels, and perhaps the odd scabbed knee, are to be expected.

Earth isn't big enough for three alien shows
Science fiction's strictures and structure often are used as convenient metaphors and symbols for concerns existing outside the realm of galactic empires.

Many directors' first films foreshadow their success
Directing a feature film is like riding a bicycle. It's unrealistic to believe that a neophyte director, tasked with keeping a cast and crew in check and moving forward, will display the artistic and managerial acumen to produce a classic the first time out. A few films with the training wheels, and perhaps the odd scabbed knee, are to be expected.

Earth isn't big enough for three alien shows
Science fiction's strictures and structure often are used as convenient metaphors and symbols for concerns existing outside the realm of galactic empires.

Spurrier's off to bumpy start

Spurrier's off to bumpy start
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nobody thought South Carolina's new coach would have it easy. But even Steve Spurrier expected a smoother return to college football than this.

Spurrier's off to bumpy start
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nobody thought South Carolina's new coach would have it easy. But even Steve Spurrier expected a smoother return to college football than this.

Rita spares 'really lucky' Florida Keys

Katrina victims get tax breaks

About hurricane names

Spy imagery agency records storms

Tens of billions in damage face Houston area

Bush vows to be ready for storm

Vatican expected to ban gay seminarians