Business award is surprise to man
Clay Lee was stunned. "I didn't prepare an acceptance speech," said Mr. Lee, who was named the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's Small-Business Person of the Year at a reception Tuesday at the North Augusta Country Club.

Business award is surprise to man
Clay Lee was stunned. "I didn't prepare an acceptance speech," said Mr. Lee, who was named the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's Small-Business Person of the Year at a reception Tuesday at the North Augusta Country Club.

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

Reunions
Silver Bluff High School 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15; contact Susan Todd Porter, stporter@fhfllp.com

Library is having ghostly contest
Middle and high school pupils are urged to write their spookiest, most spine-tingling ghost story for the annual Nancy Carson Library Young Adult Ghost Story Writing Contest.

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse's Bechtel Experimental Theater, in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., will present Art at 3 p.m. today. Tickets are $8 for playhouse members and $10 for others. For more information, call 648-1438.

Arts center to open new facilities to public
The public can get its first look at the renovated second story of the Aiken Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Pet of the week
Delilah, a 1-year-old female shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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.

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

North Augusta to begin filling sports hall of fame
Members of the North Augusta Sports Commission have a tough task in front of them.

Athlete Spotlight: Mallory Stripling
Opposing volleyball teams should beware when Mallory Stripling is serving the ball.

Agreement on connector road is reached in council meeting
Aiken and Aiken County have joined forces to find a traffic-alleviating connector route between Whiskey and Powderhouse roads.

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

Dancers relish chance to be creative in food bank benefit
Beverlee Nichols' voice exudes excitement when she talks about Hunger for Life VII, a dance performance to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank.

North Augusta to begin filling sports hall of fame
Members of the North Augusta Sports Commission have a tough task in front of them.

Chocolate festival is tasty attraction
It's a chocoholic's dream come true - the 17th annual St. Mary's Chocolate Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1.

Library is having ghostly contest
Middle and high school pupils are urged to write their spookiest, most spine-tingling ghost story for the annual Nancy Carson Library Young Adult Ghost Story Writing Contest.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Sept. 6-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Annexation plans continue
The third and final reading of an ordinance to annex more than 22 acres on Austin Graybill Road sailed through Monday's North Augusta City Council meeting.

Agreement on connector road is reached in council meeting
Aiken and Aiken County have joined forces to find a traffic-alleviating connector route between Whiskey and Powderhouse roads.

Recreation events
H. ODELL WEEKS Activity CENTER CANASTA AND PINOCHLE CLUB: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays; free

Athlete Spotlight: Mallory Stripling
Opposing volleyball teams should beware when Mallory Stripling is serving the ball.

Meetings
AIKEN CAMERA CLUB: 7:30 p.m. third Mondays; H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

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.

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

This week
Grand illusions: Through today; traveling exhibit about faux painting; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St.; museum hours are 2-5 p.m.; free; 642-2015

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

Annexation plans continue
The third and final reading of an ordinance to annex more than 22 acres on Austin Graybill Road sailed through Monday's North Augusta City Council meeting.

Reunions
Silver Bluff High School 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15; contact Susan Todd Porter, stporter@fhfllp.com

Arts center to open new facilities to public
The public can get its first look at the renovated second story of the Aiken Center for the Arts on Saturday.

This week
Grand illusions: Through today; traveling exhibit about faux painting; Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St.; museum hours are 2-5 p.m.; free; 642-2015

Sheriff's office seeking national accreditation
If all goes well, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office will meet national law enforcement standards.

Across the river
FALL FILM SERIES: Presented by Augusta State University; Nobody Knows, 7 p.m. Monday; University Hall, Augusta State University; free; 737-1609

Sheriff's office seeking national accreditation
If all goes well, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office will meet national law enforcement standards.

Library events
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Meetings
AIKEN CAMERA CLUB: 7:30 p.m. third Mondays; H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 642-9272 or misticole22@hotmail.com

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

Recreation events
H. ODELL WEEKS Activity CENTER CANASTA AND PINOCHLE CLUB: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays; free

Aiken County Farmers Market
The Aiken County Farmers Market, at Williamsburg Street and Richland Avenue, sells fresh produce daily, depending on weather, from about 8:30 a.m. until vendors are sold out. Call 643-4660.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Sept. 6-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

CSRA Bridge results
CSRA Bridge Results for Sept. 12-18

CSRA Bridge results
CSRA Bridge Results for Sept. 12-18

Pet of the week
Delilah, a 1-year-old female shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Chocolate festival is tasty attraction
It's a chocoholic's dream come true - the 17th annual St. Mary's Chocolate Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Sept. 6-8. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Library events
JACKSON BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 2-6 p.m. Tuesday

Around the block
The Aiken Community Playhouse's Bechtel Experimental Theater, in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., will present Art at 3 p.m. today. Tickets are $8 for playhouse members and $10 for others. For more information, call 648-1438.

Dancers relish chance to be creative in food bank benefit
Beverlee Nichols' voice exudes excitement when she talks about Hunger for Life VII, a dance performance to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank.

New whodunits tell of crimes in other times
The "good old days" had their share of bad days - and bad guys.

New whodunits tell of crimes in other times

'Hardboiled & Hard Luck' not hard to take

'Hardboiled & Hard Luck' not hard to take
Banana Yoshimoto chose her nom de plume simply because she loves banana flowers. It's an attitude that underlies all her novels - seemingly complicated choices are made easy by going with what feels right and organic.

'Hardboiled & Hard Luck' not hard to take
Banana Yoshimoto chose her nom de plume simply because she loves banana flowers. It's an attitude that underlies all her novels - seemingly complicated choices are made easy by going with what feels right and organic.

New whodunits tell of crimes in other times
The "good old days" had their share of bad days - and bad guys.

Funding issue might have made council change tune
As much as we dig the odd opera or symphony performance, the paper trail that brought those musicians to the stage doesn't inspire an awful lot of passion.

Funding issue might have made council change tune

Funding issue might have made council change tune
As much as we dig the odd opera or symphony performance, the paper trail that brought those musicians to the stage doesn't inspire an awful lot of passion.

Astros can play last series at home
The Astros will be able to finish the regular season at Minute Maid Park as scheduled, general manager Tim Purpura said Saturday. Houston was largely spared by Hurricane Rita, and Purpura said the ballpark wasn't damaged at all in the storm.

Astros can play last series at home

Astros can play last series at home
The Astros will be able to finish the regular season at Minute Maid Park as scheduled, general manager Tim Purpura said Saturday. Houston was largely spared by Hurricane Rita, and Purpura said the ballpark wasn't damaged at all in the storm.

How to buy for time when it's time for buying

Lily Ann Parish
Michael and Sandy Parish of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Ann, born September 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Simeon Caleb McPherson
Linda Renate Fussell and Carl McPherson, II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Simeon Caleb, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Finn Elsey

Simeon Caleb McPherson
Linda Renate Fussell and Carl McPherson, II are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Simeon Caleb, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Finn Elsey
Larry and Jennifer J. Elsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Finn, born September 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae
William Tim and Andrea Lynn Springfield, III of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae, born March 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Gage Timothy Gabriel

Caroline Ava Meyers
Charles E. and Shawn Myers, III of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Ava, born August 302, 005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Benjamin Daniel Bafford
Kenneth and Faith Bafford of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son , Benjamin Daniel, born August 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Alexander Brodie
John and Deidre Brodie of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Alexander, born July 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mason Arismendi Guerra
Miguel and Milli Guerra of Alpharetta, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Arismendi, born June 14, 2005 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

Mason Arismendi Guerra
Miguel and Milli Guerra of Alpharetta, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Arismendi, born June 14, 2005 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

Janiah Ruth Baker
Willie Lee and Aquanita Demetrius Baker, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janiah Ruth, born September 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hannah Linsey Lamb
Richmond Wilson and Holly Branham Lamb are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Linsey, born August 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah Brooks

Janicia Jamela Bell
Roger and Chabre Bell, Jr. of Warrenton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janicia Jamela, born September 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae

Myles Davis Heatwole
Ivan and Dana Heatwole of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Myles Davis, born August 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Janiah Ruth Baker

Mackenzie Taelynn Lucas
Summer Dawn Lucas and Bradley Ryan Hawkins are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie Taelynn, born September 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce David Bond
Jason Franklin and Shannon Penton Bond of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryce David, born September 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 7:10 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 22 inches long. Proud grandparents are Kelly and Lauri Penton of Martinez and Kim Bond and the late David Bond of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Mykala, 4.

Aidan Finn Elsey
Larry and Jennifer J. Elsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Finn, born September 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew Richard Murphy
Mike and Jennifer Johnson Murphy of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Richard, born September 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jonathan David Goehle
Emilie Brooke Hickman and Paul Ryan Goehle are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan David, born August 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:10 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are Ellis J. and Barbara Hickman and Paul D. Goehle, all of Martinez, and Kim Goehle of Orlando, Fla.

Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae
William Tim and Andrea Lynn Springfield, III of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae, born March 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Olanda Cummings, Jr.
Jennifer May Gross and Michael Olanda Cummings are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Olanda, born February 19, 2005 at Abington Hospital in Abington, Pa. He made his debut at 5:37 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mrs. Tina D. Soffian and Mr. James R. Gross, Jr., both of Doylestown, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Amanda Cummings of Appling.

Carson Avery Coe
David Albert and Susan Gail Coe of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carson Avery, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel Gant, Jr.
Andrew Rodriquez and Tina Prochelle Gant of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christianna Chinara Stokes
Ronald C. and Linda C. Stokes of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Christianna Chinara, born September 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Olanda Cummings, Jr.
Jennifer May Gross and Michael Olanda Cummings are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Olanda, born February 19, 2005 at Abington Hospital in Abington, Pa. He made his debut at 5:37 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mrs. Tina D. Soffian and Mr. James R. Gross, Jr., both of Doylestown, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Amanda Cummings of Appling.

Xzayvion Jaseph Martin
Tykeshia Samoan Williams and Ziness Lee are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Xzayvion Jaseph Martin, born August 26, 2005 at University Hospital.

Christianna Chinara Stokes
Ronald C. and Linda C. Stokes of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Christianna Chinara, born September 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christopher Robert Hunter
Christopher Robert and Diana Marie Hunter, Sr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christopher Robert, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel Gant, Jr.
Andrew Rodriquez and Tina Prochelle Gant of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Walker Sammie Geddes
Daniel Ben and Paige Bodie Geddes of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Sammie, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Xzayvion Jaseph Martin
Tykeshia Samoan Williams and Ziness Lee are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Xzayvion Jaseph Martin, born August 26, 2005 at University Hospital.

Matthew Richard Murphy

Janiah Ruth Baker
Willie Lee and Aquanita Demetrius Baker, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janiah Ruth, born September 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Nevada Newsome

Christopher Robert Hunter
Christopher Robert and Diana Marie Hunter, Sr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christopher Robert, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

William Robert Mims

Lily Ann Parish
Michael and Sandy Parish of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Ann, born September 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Caroline Ava Meyers

Walker Sammie Geddes
Daniel Ben and Paige Bodie Geddes of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Sammie, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

William Robert Mims
William Boyd and Beverly K. Mims of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Robert, born August 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 10:41 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Don and Margaret Killrease of Calhoun, Ga. and Jackie Craft of Lawton, Okla. and Virgil Mims of Hephzibah. He was welcomed home by siblings Joran and Heather Clark.

Myles Davis Heatwole
Ivan and Dana Heatwole of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Myles Davis, born August 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Nevada Newsome
Charles Philip and Janet Lynn Newsome of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Nevada, born August 15, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:27 p.m., weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are G.C. and Florence McCorkle of Thomson and Charles and Nancy Newsome of Dearing. He was welcomed home by big sister Megan, 11.

Mackenzie Taelynn Lucas
Summer Dawn Lucas and Bradley Ryan Hawkins are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mackenzie Taelynn, born September 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Branwyn Elijah Hanson
Jared L. and Jennifer M. Hanson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Branwyn Elijah, born August 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He made his debut at 3:42 p.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 ù inches long. Proud grandparents are Jene T. Purdie and Rodney L. Clifton, both of North Augusta, and Tony J. and Darlene C. Hanson of Beech Island. He was welcomed home by big brother, Austin J.L., 3 Ú.

William Robert Mims
William Boyd and Beverly K. Mims of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Robert, born August 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 10:41 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Don and Margaret Killrease of Calhoun, Ga. and Jackie Craft of Lawton, Okla. and Virgil Mims of Hephzibah. He was welcomed home by siblings Joran and Heather Clark.

Carson Avery Coe
David Albert and Susan Gail Coe of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carson Avery, born August 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Nevada Newsome
Charles Philip and Janet Lynn Newsome of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Nevada, born August 15, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:27 p.m., weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are G.C. and Florence McCorkle of Thomson and Charles and Nancy Newsome of Dearing. He was welcomed home by big sister Megan, 11.

Hannah Linsey Lamb
Richmond Wilson and Holly Branham Lamb are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Linsey, born August 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Xzayvion Jaseph Martin

Tyler Alexander Brodie
John and Deidre Brodie of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Alexander, born July 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce David Bond

Caroline Ava Meyers
Charles E. and Shawn Myers, III of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Ava, born August 302, 005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aleisha Chaunte Murray

David Kyle Ford
David A. and Debra M. Ford are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David "Kyle", born August 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:03 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Patricia Dupre of Holley, N.Y. and Delores Ford and the late Harry Ford of Martinez.

Hannah Linsey Lamb

Shalyn Grace Stripling
Jon Eric Austin and Jennifer Lee Usry Stripling are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shalyn Grace, born June 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 8:45 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 7 oz. and was 19 × inches long. Proud grandparents are Billy and Cynthia Usry and Eric and Jamie Stripling, all of Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Billy Austin, 10.

Christianna Chinara Stokes

Morgan Riley Blitchington
Beth Blitchington of North Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Morgan Riley, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Alexander Brodie

Gage Timothy Gabriel
Timothy Henry and Katrina Janine Gabriel, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gage Timothy, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Shalyn Grace Stripling

Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah Brooks
Tamara Lareese Worthy and Quincy Orlando Brooks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah, born August 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Walker Sammie Geddes

Aleisha Chaunte Murray
Tiffany Diane Starnes and Roy Murray, III are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aleisha Chaunte, born August 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Janicia Jamela Bell

Samuel Joshua Palmer
Tamala Curry and Robert Bill Palmer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Joshua, born September 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christopher Robert Hunter

Samiyah Dianne Dillard
India L. Fulmer and Samuel L. Dillard are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Samiyah Dianne, born September 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Morgan Riley Blitchington

Lassiter Brae Johnston
Robert Joseph and Caroline Neal Johnston of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lassiter Brae, born August 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 5:13 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Neal of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Attaway of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnston of Martinez. She was welcomed home by siblings Hannah Bliss and Robert Joseph.

Mason Arismendi Guerra

Matthew Richard Murphy
Mike and Jennifer Johnson Murphy of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Richard, born September 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Branwyn Elijah Hanson
Jared L. and Jennifer M. Hanson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Branwyn Elijah, born August 9, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He made his debut at 3:42 p.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 ù inches long. Proud grandparents are Jene T. Purdie and Rodney L. Clifton, both of North Augusta, and Tony J. and Darlene C. Hanson of Beech Island. He was welcomed home by big brother, Austin J.L., 3 Ú.

Jesse-James Lee Walton
Amanda S. Doolittle and James Nicholas Walton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jesse-James Lee, born September 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Lily Ann Parish

Adam Scott Beckman
Brandon Douglas and Jessica Maria Beckman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Scott, born September 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jesse-James Lee Walton

David Kyle Ford
David A. and Debra M. Ford are pleased to announce the birth of their son, David "Kyle", born August 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:03 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Patricia Dupre of Holley, N.Y. and Delores Ford and the late Harry Ford of Martinez.

Adam Scott Beckman

Shalyn Grace Stripling
Jon Eric Austin and Jennifer Lee Usry Stripling are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shalyn Grace, born June 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 8:45 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 7 oz. and was 19 × inches long. Proud grandparents are Billy and Cynthia Usry and Eric and Jamie Stripling, all of Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Billy Austin, 10.

Mackenzie Taelynn Lucas

Morgan Riley Blitchington
Beth Blitchington of North Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Morgan Riley, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Olanda Cummings, Jr.

Gage Timothy Gabriel
Timothy Henry and Katrina Janine Gabriel, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gage Timothy, born September 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lassiter Brae Johnston

Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah Brooks
Tamara Lareese Worthy and Quincy Orlando Brooks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah, born August 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Samiyah Dianne Dillard

Aleisha Chaunte Murray
Tiffany Diane Starnes and Roy Murray, III are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aleisha Chaunte, born August 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jonathan David Goehle

Samuel Joshua Palmer
Tamala Curry and Robert Bill Palmer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Joshua, born September 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Branwyn Elijah Hanson

Samiyah Dianne Dillard
India L. Fulmer and Samuel L. Dillard are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Samiyah Dianne, born September 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Samuel Joshua Palmer

Lassiter Brae Johnston
Robert Joseph and Caroline Neal Johnston of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lassiter Brae, born August 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 5:13 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Neal of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Attaway of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnston of Martinez. She was welcomed home by siblings Hannah Bliss and Robert Joseph.

Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel Gant, Jr.

Janicia Jamela Bell
Roger and Chabre Bell, Jr. of Warrenton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Janicia Jamela, born September 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Myles Davis Heatwole

Jesse-James Lee Walton
Amanda S. Doolittle and James Nicholas Walton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jesse-James Lee, born September 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Simeon Caleb McPherson

Adam Scott Beckman
Brandon Douglas and Jessica Maria Beckman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Scott, born September 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

David Kyle Ford

Benjamin Daniel Bafford
Kenneth and Faith Bafford of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son , Benjamin Daniel, born August 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carson Avery Coe

Bryce David Bond
Jason Franklin and Shannon Penton Bond of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryce David, born September 7, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 7:10 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 22 inches long. Proud grandparents are Kelly and Lauri Penton of Martinez and Kim Bond and the late David Bond of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Mykala, 4.

Benjamin Daniel Bafford

Jonathan David Goehle
Emilie Brooke Hickman and Paul Ryan Goehle are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan David, born August 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:10 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 Ú inches long. Proud grandparents are Ellis J. and Barbara Hickman and Paul D. Goehle, all of Martinez, and Kim Goehle of Orlando, Fla.

Braves blast Marlins

Unheralded pitcher leads Braves toward title
ATLANTA - The transaction drew little notice in the waning days of spring training - a few words on television and radio, a line or two in the newspaper, a mere blip on the Internet.

Braves blast Marlins
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves took another step toward their 14th straight division title, moving the Florida Marlins closer to postseason elimination.

Smoltz bothered by stiff shoulder
ATLANTA - Frustrated by stiffness in his right shoulder, Braves pitcher John Smoltz said Saturday he would like to rest before the playoffs if the team clinches the NL East title before his next scheduled start Wednesday.

Unheralded pitcher leads Braves toward title

Smoltz bothered by stiff shoulder

Rookies rescue Atlanta

Rookies rescue Atlanta
ATLANTA -- In theory, a car with three of its wheels would still move forward.

Smoltz bothered by stiff shoulder
ATLANTA - Frustrated by stiffness in his right shoulder, Braves pitcher John Smoltz said Saturday he would like to rest before the playoffs if the team clinches the NL East title before his next scheduled start Wednesday.

Rookies rescue Atlanta
ATLANTA -- In theory, a car with three of its wheels would still move forward.

Braves blast Marlins
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves took another step toward their 14th straight division title, moving the Florida Marlins closer to postseason elimination.

Unheralded pitcher leads Braves toward title
ATLANTA - The transaction drew little notice in the waning days of spring training - a few words on television and radio, a line or two in the newspaper, a mere blip on the Internet.

Business briefs
Few people rave about the customer service in corporate America these days - in fact, almost no one does.

Some big businesses keep it all in the family
NEW YORK - News Corp. has the Murdochs. Viacom Inc. has the Redstones. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has the Waltons. Family businesses and those who control or run them are among the most prominent names in corporate America.

'Yarn junkies' share passion for hobby
It's no petting zoo, but feel free to pat Knit Together's alpaca, goat and sheep.

High medical costs send patients overseas
BOMBAY, India - Bradley Thayer, a retired apple farmer from Okanogan, Wash., traveled 7,500 miles to get his torn knee ligament fixed, and says he paid a third of what it would have cost him in a U.S. hospital.

Business briefs

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Retirement Planning & Distribution Strategies free workshop/seminar; make the most of your retirement investments; 10-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., morning session at Aiken Chamber of Commerce, evening at Houndslake Country Club; (803) 279-0420, ext. 6005.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 7-13. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 7-13. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Richmond County property transfers

On the move
- Dennis Hoyt has been promoted to executive director of Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity Inc. He was previously the affiliate's construction manager. Mr. Hoyt's new responsibilities include developing affordable housing sites, fundraising and marketing the affiliate's ReStore facility.

Everthere Carriers staff works together for success
Everthere Carriers LLC started as one man's plan, but couldn't have succeeded without a team effort.

Markets rebound after Rita weakens

High medical costs send patients overseas
BOMBAY, India - Bradley Thayer, a retired apple farmer from Okanogan, Wash., traveled 7,500 miles to get his torn knee ligament fixed, and says he paid a third of what it would have cost him in a U.S. hospital.

Business briefs
A free job fair has been scheduled for Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Gordon's U.S. Army Reserve Center on 15th Street near Lane Avenue on post.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Retirement Planning & Distribution Strategies free workshop/seminar; make the most of your retirement investments; 10-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., morning session at Aiken Chamber of Commerce, evening at Houndslake Country Club; (803) 279-0420, ext. 6005.

Markets rebound after Rita weakens
NEW YORK - Wall Street rallied to finish mostly higher Friday, capping off the week with two days of gains as Hurricane Rita lost strength and raised hopes that its impact on key Gulf Coast refineries wouldn't be as bad as initially feared.

Business briefs
A free job fair has been scheduled for Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Gordon's U.S. Army Reserve Center on 15th Street near Lane Avenue on post.

Crude oil traders await impact of Rita
NEW YORK - Crude oil prices dropped sharply Friday, the second straight day of declines, as traders welcomed news that Hurricane Rita had weakened, suggesting that damage to refinery capacity in the Gulf could be less severe than originally feared.

Business briefs

On the move

Everthere Carriers staff works together for success

High medical costs send patients overseas

'Yarn junkies' share passion for hobby

Business calendar

New hires ease burden of increased workload
Continued growth since its inception has kept Everthere Carriers' employees hustling. As the playing field expands, the need for new recruits becomes more apparent, Vice President of Sales George Pocisk said.

Some big businesses keep it all in the family

New hires ease burden of increased workload
Continued growth since its inception has kept Everthere Carriers' employees hustling. As the playing field expands, the need for new recruits becomes more apparent, Vice President of Sales George Pocisk said.

Everthere Carriers staff works together for success
Everthere Carriers LLC started as one man's plan, but couldn't have succeeded without a team effort.

On the move
- Dennis Hoyt has been promoted to executive director of Augusta/CSRA Habitat for Humanity Inc. He was previously the affiliate's construction manager. Mr. Hoyt's new responsibilities include developing affordable housing sites, fundraising and marketing the affiliate's ReStore facility.

Crude oil traders await impact of Rita

New hires ease burden of increased workload

'Yarn junkies' share passion for hobby
It's no petting zoo, but feel free to pat Knit Together's alpaca, goat and sheep.

Business briefs
Few people rave about the customer service in corporate America these days - in fact, almost no one does.

Crude oil traders await impact of Rita
NEW YORK - Crude oil prices dropped sharply Friday, the second straight day of declines, as traders welcomed news that Hurricane Rita had weakened, suggesting that damage to refinery capacity in the Gulf could be less severe than originally feared.

Markets rebound after Rita weakens
NEW YORK - Wall Street rallied to finish mostly higher Friday, capping off the week with two days of gains as Hurricane Rita lost strength and raised hopes that its impact on key Gulf Coast refineries wouldn't be as bad as initially feared.

Some big businesses keep it all in the family
NEW YORK - News Corp. has the Murdochs. Viacom Inc. has the Redstones. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has the Waltons. Family businesses and those who control or run them are among the most prominent names in corporate America.

Editorial cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

As Tarver waits to take oath, Allen mulls over loss

As Tarver waits to take oath, Allen mulls over loss
Plans for the honorable John H. Ruffin, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, to swear in Augusta's new state senator, Ed Tarver, at the state Capitol in Atlanta got derailed by Gov. Sonny Perdue's two-day school holiday this week.

As Tarver waits to take oath, Allen mulls over loss
Plans for the honorable John H. Ruffin, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, to swear in Augusta's new state senator, Ed Tarver, at the state Capitol in Atlanta got derailed by Gov. Sonny Perdue's two-day school holiday this week.

Clemson falls to Boston College in OT
CLEMSON, S.C. - Brian Toal's 1-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Boston College to its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory, 16-13 over Clemson on Saturday.

Clemson falls to Boston College in OT
CLEMSON, S.C. - Brian Toal's 1-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Boston College to its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory, 16-13 over Clemson on Saturday.

Matchup of speed vs. strength?

Matchup of speed vs. strength?
CLEMSON, S.C. - Surprise! Boston College can fly, too. Long thought of as plodding powerhouse of 360-pound behemoths, preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Mathias Kiwanuka says the Eagles possess the team speed some think usually lies in Southeastern schools like Clemson.

Matchup of speed vs. strength?
CLEMSON, S.C. - Surprise! Boston College can fly, too. Long thought of as plodding powerhouse of 360-pound behemoths, preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Mathias Kiwanuka says the Eagles possess the team speed some think usually lies in Southeastern schools like Clemson.

Clemson falls to Boston College in OT

Field leads Auburn to win
AUBURN, Ala. - Blake Field completed 13-of-20 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to lead Auburn to a 37-14 victory over I-AA Western Kentucky Saturday.

Tennessee was set to forfeit LSU game
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee was ready to forfeit to No. 3 LSU if Saturday night's game in Baton Rouge had not been rescheduled for Monday night because of Hurricane Rita.

Top 25 Capsules

Tennessee was set to forfeit LSU game
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee was ready to forfeit to No. 3 LSU if Saturday night's game in Baton Rouge had not been rescheduled for Monday night because of Hurricane Rita.

Field leads Auburn to win

Tennessee was set to forfeit LSU game

Alabama tops Arkansas

Alabama tops Arkansas
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - D.J. Hall caught two touchdown passes from Brodie Croyle, including a 5-yarder in the final minutes, in No. 20 Alabama's 24-13 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

Top 25 Capsules
SEATTLE - Charlie Weis led Notre Dame to the same kind of lopsided romp over Washington on Saturday that Tyrone Willingham did a year ago when he was coaching Fighting Irish.

Field leads Auburn to win
AUBURN, Ala. - Blake Field completed 13-of-20 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to lead Auburn to a 37-14 victory over I-AA Western Kentucky Saturday.

Top 25 Capsules
SEATTLE - Charlie Weis led Notre Dame to the same kind of lopsided romp over Washington on Saturday that Tyrone Willingham did a year ago when he was coaching Fighting Irish.

Alabama tops Arkansas
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - D.J. Hall caught two touchdown passes from Brodie Croyle, including a 5-yarder in the final minutes, in No. 20 Alabama's 24-13 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

Parr for the chamber

Pressure is its own lesson
A few weeks ago, Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke's proposal to raise the academic bar was opposed by a parent who said her son already was having trouble dealing with the current curriculum without making it even more difficult.

What about home cooking?
Two ballet troupes will be stepping on each other's toes this fall in Augusta - and it's the local dancers who may take the fall.

SRS spurned - for now
Aiken-Augusta area nuclear power boosters are disappointed, but not surprised, that the NuStart Energy consortium took a pass on naming the Savannah River Site as a potential location for one of two commercial nuclear power plants - the first in more than 30 years.

The quiet truth

The quiet truth
Just because something is said loud, that doesn't make it true. In fact, many truths are so quiet as to be unnoticed.

Pressure is its own lesson
A few weeks ago, Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke's proposal to raise the academic bar was opposed by a parent who said her son already was having trouble dealing with the current curriculum without making it even more difficult.

SRS spurned - for now
Aiken-Augusta area nuclear power boosters are disappointed, but not surprised, that the NuStart Energy consortium took a pass on naming the Savannah River Site as a potential location for one of two commercial nuclear power plants - the first in more than 30 years.

What about home cooking?
Two ballet troupes will be stepping on each other's toes this fall in Augusta - and it's the local dancers who may take the fall.

The quiet truth
Just because something is said loud, that doesn't make it true. In fact, many truths are so quiet as to be unnoticed.

Pressure is its own lesson

Parr for the chamber
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce appears to have hired a winner as its new president, Michigan go-getter Sue Parr. The advantage of an outsider is that fresh eyes can often see opportunities that get by those of us whose vision may be blurred by familiarity and, sometimes, cynicism.

What about home cooking?

Parr for the chamber
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce appears to have hired a winner as its new president, Michigan go-getter Sue Parr. The advantage of an outsider is that fresh eyes can often see opportunities that get by those of us whose vision may be blurred by familiarity and, sometimes, cynicism.

SRS spurned - for now

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Taryn Manning says watching TV at her seat as a JetBlue airliner circled the region for three hours before making an emergency landing was the most "out-of-body experience I ever had."

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Taryn Manning says watching TV at her seat as a JetBlue airliner circled the region for three hours before making an emergency landing was the most "out-of-body experience I ever had."

High rates have homeowners paying off home equity loans
NEW YORK - For Kim and James Merly, the home equity line of credit came in very handy. It helped pay for their son's college education, a car and renovations of two rental properties.

High rates have homeowners paying off home equity loans

Winter warmth could be costly
NEW YORK - The thermometer read 66 degrees in Colchester, Vt., on Friday afternoon, but the town's weather-worn heating oil customers are used to thinking about winter well before the leaves turn.

Winter warmth could be costly
NEW YORK - The thermometer read 66 degrees in Colchester, Vt., on Friday afternoon, but the town's weather-worn heating oil customers are used to thinking about winter well before the leaves turn.

High rates have homeowners paying off home equity loans
NEW YORK - For Kim and James Merly, the home equity line of credit came in very handy. It helped pay for their son's college education, a car and renovations of two rental properties.

Winter warmth could be costly

SCE&G seeks 50 percent natural gas rate increase
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Consumers would pay 50 percent more for natural gas this winter under rates South Carolina Electric and Gas has proposed.

SCE&G seeks 50 percent natural gas rate increase

SCE&G seeks 50 percent natural gas rate increase
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Consumers would pay 50 percent more for natural gas this winter under rates South Carolina Electric and Gas has proposed.

Georgia Tech routed by Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Fourth-ranked Virginia Tech embarrassed the No. 15 Georgia Tech, 51-7, on Saturday dominating the Yellow Jackets in every phase of the game according to coach Chan Gailey.

Defenses in spotlight when Hokies, Jackets meet
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jimmy Williams smiles and rubs his hands together, leans forward in his chair and seems to hope his fidgeting will make Saturday come sooner.

Ball insists ilness didn't contribute to team's loss
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jeff King caught a touchdown pass from Marcus Vick and blocked a field goal that turned into a 78-yard scoring run by D.J. Parker and No. 4 Virginia Tech routed No. 15 Georgia Tech 51-7 on Saturday.

Ball insists ilness didn't contribute to team's loss
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jeff King caught a touchdown pass from Marcus Vick and blocked a field goal that turned into a 78-yard scoring run by D.J. Parker and No. 4 Virginia Tech routed No. 15 Georgia Tech 51-7 on Saturday.

Georgia Tech routed by Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Fourth-ranked Virginia Tech embarrassed the No. 15 Georgia Tech, 51-7, on Saturday dominating the Yellow Jackets in every phase of the game according to coach Chan Gailey.

Defenses in spotlight when Hokies, Jackets meet
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Jimmy Williams smiles and rubs his hands together, leans forward in his chair and seems to hope his fidgeting will make Saturday come sooner.

Defenses in spotlight when Hokies, Jackets meet

Ball insists ilness didn't contribute to team's loss

Georgia Tech routed by Virginia Tech

U.S. rallies behind crowd

International incident averted
GAINESVILLE, Va. - It isn't likely to spark the closest thing to war with Canada since Canadian Bacon, but a little misunderstanding led to a few frayed nerves in the morning matches.

U.S. rallies behind crowd
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- The electricity arrived at the Presidents Cup on Friday - and it had nothing to do with the lightning cells or the 80-minute storm delay.

Golf Capsules
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Two years later and halfway across the world, the Presidents Cup is as close as ever.

Golf Capsules
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Two years later and halfway across the world, the Presidents Cup is as close as ever.

International incident averted
GAINESVILLE, Va. - It isn't likely to spark the closest thing to war with Canada since Canadian Bacon, but a little misunderstanding led to a few frayed nerves in the morning matches.

Love calls for change in captains
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Without any history to support it, the Presidents Cup has imported legends to give the event legs in its first six installments.

Love calls for change in captains
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Without any history to support it, the Presidents Cup has imported legends to give the event legs in its first six installments.

International incident averted

It's all square among rivals

It's all square among rivals
GAINESVILLE, Va. - After 22 months and two continents, the Presidents Cup is still all square.

U.S. rallies behind crowd
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- The electricity arrived at the Presidents Cup on Friday - and it had nothing to do with the lightning cells or the 80-minute storm delay.

It's all square among rivals
GAINESVILLE, Va. - After 22 months and two continents, the Presidents Cup is still all square.

Golf Capsules

Love calls for change in captains

Wildcats stamp mark in region with victory

Prep football scores

South Aiken suffers its first defeat

Junior backup scores three times in win

Rice leads 'Pack romp

Harlem crushed by Region 3-AAA rival

Defense makes the offense look good

Roundup: Golden Hawks upset; Red Devils get road win

Wildcats stamp mark in region with victory
Trash talk travels fast on the information superhighway.

Prep football scores
Scores from prep football games.

Junior backup scores three times in win
JOHNSTON, S.C.- The road to the South Carolina High School League Class AAA title just got tougher.

Wildcats stamp mark in region with victory
Trash talk travels fast on the information superhighway.

Roundup: Golden Hawks upset; Red Devils get road win
PERRY, Ga. -- Montay West and Jason Sweat led Perry to the Region 4-AAA victory, spoiling a big night for Washington County's Roscoe Wells.

Rice leads 'Pack romp
Reggie Rice did it again. The senior took over for Greenbrier on Friday night with a three touchdown performance against region rival Lakeside en route to a 25-0 Wolfpack win.

Harlem crushed by Region 3-AAA rival
HARLEM -- The Thomson football team hadn't been able to get both the offense and defense clicking on the same night all season. That was, until the Bulldogs came into the Junkyard.

Defense makes the offense look good
It's always Strom Thurmond's offense that makes the headlines.

South Aiken suffers its first defeat
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Rock Hill Bearcats played their first home game of the season Friday night, and Ryan Adams drove down from the University of North Carolina.

Junior backup scores three times in win
JOHNSTON, S.C.- The road to the South Carolina High School League Class AAA title just got tougher.

Defense makes the offense look good
It's always Strom Thurmond's offense that makes the headlines.

South Aiken suffers its first defeat
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Rock Hill Bearcats played their first home game of the season Friday night, and Ryan Adams drove down from the University of North Carolina.

Prep football scores
Scores from prep football games.

Harlem crushed by Region 3-AAA rival
HARLEM -- The Thomson football team hadn't been able to get both the offense and defense clicking on the same night all season. That was, until the Bulldogs came into the Junkyard.

Rice leads 'Pack romp
Reggie Rice did it again. The senior took over for Greenbrier on Friday night with a three touchdown performance against region rival Lakeside en route to a 25-0 Wolfpack win.

Roundup: Golden Hawks upset; Red Devils get road win
PERRY, Ga. -- Montay West and Jason Sweat led Perry to the Region 4-AAA victory, spoiling a big night for Washington County's Roscoe Wells.

Thrashers blow away Hurricanes

Thrashers blow away Hurricanes
ATLANTA - Marc Savard scored his first goal of the preseason and added an assist in the Atlanta Thrashers' 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Thrashers blow away Hurricanes
ATLANTA - Marc Savard scored his first goal of the preseason and added an assist in the Atlanta Thrashers' 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston
GALVESTON, Texas - Wind from Hurricane Rita whipped up dramatic fires in this city's historic Strand District and parts of Houston, sending out swirls of sparkling embers even as rain poured down in sheets.

A chronology of Hurricane Rita
A day-by-day look at Hurricane Rita:

Rita rains on New Orleans, raising more fears of flooding
NEW ORLEANS - Sheets of rain from Hurricane Rita drenched parts of New Orleans on Saturday, straining an already damaged levee system and threatening to spread flooding throughout the devastated but largely abandoned city.

Feds declare public health emergency
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said it was sending five mortuary teams into Texas early Saturday as Hurricane Rita's heavy rain and high winds pounded the Gulf Coast.

Texas evacuation started early, but still couldn't get everyone out
HOUSTON - It was envisioned as the anti-Katrina plan: Texas officials sketched a staggered, orderly evacuation plan for Hurricane Rita and urged people to get out days ahead of time.

Georgia's schools to close two days to save gas
ATLANTA - Most of Georgia's public schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, taking two "early snow days," in an effort to conserve fuel in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita
Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita:

A chronology of Hurricane Rita
A day-by-day look at Hurricane Rita:

Online technology used to chronicle Hurricane Rita
As Hurricane Rita approached, editors at the Houston Chronicle decided to experiment: They hand-picked about a dozen Web diarists and asked them to post regular dispatches on the newspaper's online blog - all without any editorial intervention.

TV networks offer extensive Rita coverage
NEW YORK - Mindful of the devastation wrought by Katrina, television networks brought a seriousness of purpose to live coverage of Hurricane Rita as it hit land Saturday at the Texas-Louisiana border.

Hurricane Rita sparks fires and floods
BEAUMONT, Texas - Hurricane Rita plowed into the Gulf Coast early Saturday, lashing Texas and Louisiana with driving rain, flooding low-lying regions, knocking power out to more than 675,000 people and sparking fires across the region.

Feds declare public health emergency
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said it was sending five mortuary teams into Texas early Saturday as Hurricane Rita's heavy rain and high winds pounded the Gulf Coast.

Sabine Pass nearly destroyed by hurricane century ago
Hurricane Rita came ashore Saturday just east of Sabine Pass, home to a Civil War battleground and a town that was nearly destroyed by a hurricane over a century ago.

Bush monitors Hurricane Rita from Colorado air base
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Bush tracked Hurricane Rita on Saturday from an Air Force base in the Rocky Mountain foothills, getting reports on flooding, search and rescue efforts and damage caused by the storm more than 1,000 miles away.

Rita damages some refineries
BATON ROUGE, La. - Hurricane Rita smacked a key region for oil-refining with less force than feared on Saturday, although there were some early signs of damage.

Rita batters Gulf Coast with high winds and water
BEAUMONT, Texas - Nasty as it was, Rita wasn't Katrina. For that, a drenched, twice-battered Gulf Coast gave thanks.

Rita damages some refineries
BATON ROUGE, La. - Hurricane Rita smacked a key region for oil-refining with less force than feared on Saturday, although there were some early signs of damage.

Georgia's schools to close two days to save gas
ATLANTA - Most of Georgia's public schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, taking two "early snow days," in an effort to conserve fuel in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Rita rains on New Orleans, raising more fears of flooding
NEW ORLEANS - Sheets of rain from Hurricane Rita drenched parts of New Orleans on Saturday, straining an already damaged levee system and threatening to spread flooding throughout the devastated but largely abandoned city.

Laura Bush hopes to restock libraries hit by hurricanes
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush hopes to send 5 million books to the schools and libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with the help of donations at her weekend book festival.

Laura Bush hopes to restock libraries hit by hurricanes
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush hopes to send 5 million books to the schools and libraries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with the help of donations at her weekend book festival.

Rita floods New Orleans as storm surge tops levee days
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Rita's wind-driven storm surge topped one of New Orleans' battered levees and poked holes in another Friday, sending water gushing into already-devastated neighborhoods just days after they had been pumped dry.

Online technology used to chronicle Hurricane Rita
As Hurricane Rita approached, editors at the Houston Chronicle decided to experiment: They hand-picked about a dozen Web diarists and asked them to post regular dispatches on the newspaper's online blog - all without any editorial intervention.

Texas evacuation started early, but still couldn't get everyone out
HOUSTON - It was envisioned as the anti-Katrina plan: Texas officials sketched a staggered, orderly evacuation plan for Hurricane Rita and urged people to get out days ahead of time.

Rita floods New Orleans as storm surge tops levee days
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Rita's wind-driven storm surge topped one of New Orleans' battered levees and poked holes in another Friday, sending water gushing into already-devastated neighborhoods just days after they had been pumped dry.

Houston spared from Rita's wrath
HOUSTON - Thousands of residents of the nation's fourth-largest city had fled a monster storm they feared would fill their homes with water. But after Hurricane Rita spared Houston, they began heading home Saturday, despite the urgings of officials.

Sabine Pass nearly destroyed by hurricane century ago
Hurricane Rita came ashore Saturday just east of Sabine Pass, home to a Civil War battleground and a town that was nearly destroyed by a hurricane over a century ago.

Bush monitors Hurricane Rita from Colorado air base
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Bush tracked Hurricane Rita on Saturday from an Air Force base in the Rocky Mountain foothills, getting reports on flooding, search and rescue efforts and damage caused by the storm more than 1,000 miles away.

Katrina-fueled panic not apparent at most Ga. gas stations
ATLANTA - The rush on gas and spike in fuel prices seen throughout the state after Hurricane Katrina made landfall has not happened in the wake of Hurricane Rita, the president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores said Saturday.

Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston
GALVESTON, Texas - Wind from Hurricane Rita whipped up dramatic fires in this city's historic Strand District and parts of Houston, sending out swirls of sparkling embers even as rain poured down in sheets.

TV networks offer extensive Rita coverage
NEW YORK - Mindful of the devastation wrought by Katrina, television networks brought a seriousness of purpose to live coverage of Hurricane Rita as it hit land Saturday at the Texas-Louisiana border.

Lessons of Katrina - a second chance to get right
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman was dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to serve as a floating command center for relief operations.

Lessons of Katrina - a second chance to get right
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman was dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to serve as a floating command center for relief operations.

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita
Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita:

Houston spared from Rita's wrath
HOUSTON - Thousands of residents of the nation's fourth-largest city had fled a monster storm they feared would fill their homes with water. But after Hurricane Rita spared Houston, they began heading home Saturday, despite the urgings of officials.

Katrina-fueled panic not apparent at most Ga. gas stations
ATLANTA - The rush on gas and spike in fuel prices seen throughout the state after Hurricane Katrina made landfall has not happened in the wake of Hurricane Rita, the president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores said Saturday.

Hurricane Rita sparks fires and floods
BEAUMONT, Texas - Hurricane Rita plowed into the Gulf Coast early Saturday, lashing Texas and Louisiana with driving rain, flooding low-lying regions, knocking power out to more than 675,000 people and sparking fires across the region.

Rita batters Gulf Coast with high winds and water
BEAUMONT, Texas - Nasty as it was, Rita wasn't Katrina. For that, a drenched, twice-battered Gulf Coast gave thanks.

How to buy for time when it's time for buying
There were high-fives around the water cooler the other day as I accepted the admiration of my male co-workers.

How to buy for time when it's time for buying
There were high-fives around the water cooler the other day as I accepted the admiration of my male co-workers.

Americans win Presidents Cup in playoff

Motorcyclist killed on Riverwatch
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have closed the westbound lanes of Riverwatch Parkway after a man was killed in a motorcycle accident tonight.

Johnson wins at Dover, leads the Chase

Hunters find womans body
AIKEN Aiken Elementary School was named this morning a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Put war dead in perspective
Each passing day brings negative comments about our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan from highly partisan Democrats who put politics above our nation's security. They can't wait for every American death in this war on terrorism to criticize President Bush, and they choose to ignore every success. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah

Don't kowtow to bilingualism
Reference the Sept. 13 editorial "Teach parents English": William C. Scholly, Evans

SAT scores send wrong message
The annual misuse and misunderstanding of SAT scores have started along with the hand-wringing that Georgia and South Carolina share last place. Don Hostetler, North Augusta, S.C.

Pledge comes under assault from ACLU
With the help of a renegade judge and an avowed atheist, the American Civil Liberties Union strikes again, this time in California trying to outlaw "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Put war dead in perspective

Don't kowtow to bilingualism
Reference the Sept. 13 editorial "Teach parents English": William C. Scholly, Evans

Local garbage service is a dirty shame

Local garbage service is a dirty shame
When garbage service was confiscated from the private enterprise system, without a formal public vote, it removed the right of citizens to shop around for an affordable rate in accordance with their financial income. After the takeover, I don't believe anyone expected the collection cost would become an intricate part of the property tax bill, and thus the possibility of one losing his home, if the bill wasn't paid promptly. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Local garbage service is a dirty shame
When garbage service was confiscated from the private enterprise system, without a formal public vote, it removed the right of citizens to shop around for an affordable rate in accordance with their financial income. After the takeover, I don't believe anyone expected the collection cost would become an intricate part of the property tax bill, and thus the possibility of one losing his home, if the bill wasn't paid promptly. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Senators were hypocritical in hearings
Only history can judge the dementia exhibited by Democratic voters in Massachusetts and Delaware who sent Edward Kennedy and Joseph Biden to the U.S. Senate. The rest of the nation can only be mortified that these politicians - one who was thrown out of Harvard for cheating before a female campaign worker died in his car, and the other who was found guilty of plagiarism - have the audacity to question Judge John Roberts during his hearings to become the next chief justice of the Supreme Court. Keith Shafer, Augusta

SAT scores send wrong message

Council on Foreign Relations paper calls for ending sovereignty

Council on Foreign Relations paper calls for ending sovereignty
Before the extreme arm-twisting measures taken by the Bush administration to secure passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the promoters of world government were hard at work developing additional plans to destroy U.S. sovereignty, and speed their progress toward destroying our nation's independence. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Senators were hypocritical in hearings

SAT scores send wrong message
The annual misuse and misunderstanding of SAT scores have started along with the hand-wringing that Georgia and South Carolina share last place. Don Hostetler, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't kowtow to bilingualism

Put war dead in perspective
Each passing day brings negative comments about our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan from highly partisan Democrats who put politics above our nation's security. They can't wait for every American death in this war on terrorism to criticize President Bush, and they choose to ignore every success. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah

Senators were hypocritical in hearings
Only history can judge the dementia exhibited by Democratic voters in Massachusetts and Delaware who sent Edward Kennedy and Joseph Biden to the U.S. Senate. The rest of the nation can only be mortified that these politicians - one who was thrown out of Harvard for cheating before a female campaign worker died in his car, and the other who was found guilty of plagiarism - have the audacity to question Judge John Roberts during his hearings to become the next chief justice of the Supreme Court. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Pledge comes under assault from ACLU

Pledge comes under assault from ACLU
With the help of a renegade judge and an avowed atheist, the American Civil Liberties Union strikes again, this time in California trying to outlaw "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Council on Foreign Relations paper calls for ending sovereignty
Before the extreme arm-twisting measures taken by the Bush administration to secure passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the promoters of world government were hard at work developing additional plans to destroy U.S. sovereignty, and speed their progress toward destroying our nation's independence. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

States pushing historic highway as tourist attraction

Island's best scenery is underwater

Homeowners take mold seriously

Something new: A different screwdriver

Kate Moss cocaine saga exposes fashion's flaws

Ignorance caused wedding guests to ruin day

Romance and culture without spending a fortune

Husband boasts about his wife's sense of style

Museum celebrates the intriguing history of ballooning

Presidents, poets, robbers draw thousands to cemetery

Log on to the Internet before selling a house

Stuck in color rut?

Choreographer fashions new worlds in abandoned pool

Solar tax credits get improvement

Living briefs

Area gays continue to make steady, slow strides

Log on to the Internet before selling a house
Most people go with a real estate broker to handle a home sale, but some homeowners choose to skip the selling agent route and sell a home themselves.

Ignorance caused wedding guests to ruin day
Dear Carson: My fiancee and I are getting married in three weeks. We sent out invitations about six weeks ago and invited my fiancee's uncle, his wife and their son to the wedding.

Solar tax credits get improvement
Q: Back in the early 1980s, we bought a solar water heater for our home in Colorado and took advantage of a great federal tax credit (I think it was around 40 percent). I heard on the news that the new energy bill recently signed by the president has tax credits for solar. Are these the same as what we had before?

Stuck in color rut?
Now for sobering news on the home decor front: One-third of homeowners confess their color themes have not changed in five years or more.

Choreographer fashions new worlds in abandoned pool
EDITORS NOTE - Choreographer Noemie Lafrance uses garages, stairwells and other public spaces for her dances. An Associated Press Writer spent a year with Lafrance, reporting on how she created her latest work - in an empty swimming pool.

Homeowners take mold seriously
NEW YORK - The asbestos problem seemed pretty scary until the crew we hired to remove it from our new home pointed out the fuzzy black mold growing in the closet.

Museum celebrates the intriguing history of ballooning
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One look at the autumn sky here, dotted each morning with colorful hot-air balloons, shows why the city has come to be known as the "Balloon Capital of the World."

Something new: A different screwdriver
About four years ago, we met with an engineer and inventor who said he had designed a new type of screw head, one, he said, "that would revolutionize screws as we know them."

Area gays continue to make steady, slow strides
This has been a good year for Augusta's gay and lesbian community. Three years after Medical College of Georgia students formed the first Lambda Alliance chapter, students at Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina Aiken have followed suit.

Romance and culture without spending a fortune
PARIS - The perfect Paris picnic comes cheap: a crusty baguette ($1), a thick slab of Camembert ($2.50), a modest Bordeaux ($5). Take it to the sprawling park at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, spread a blanket and dine with a view that is priceless.

Log on to the Internet before selling a house
Most people go with a real estate broker to handle a home sale, but some homeowners choose to skip the selling agent route and sell a home themselves.

States pushing historic highway as tourist attraction
SOUTH VIENNA, Ohio - In Ohio, a stately red brick inn once frequented by presidents hugs the nation's first federally funded interstate highway.

Kate Moss cocaine saga exposes fashion's flaws
LONDON - Barely a teenager and posing topless in a Calvin Klein underwear ad, Kate Moss sashayed her way onto magazine covers 15 years ago amid criticism of her uber-thin "heroin chic" image.

Museum celebrates the intriguing history of ballooning
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One look at the autumn sky here, dotted each morning with colorful hot-air balloons, shows why the city has come to be known as the "Balloon Capital of the World."

Stuck in color rut?
Now for sobering news on the home decor front: One-third of homeowners confess their color themes have not changed in five years or more.

Island's best scenery is underwater
PITI, Guam - Wetsuit and flippers on, oxygen tank strapped to my back, I steadied myself for the underwater descent.

Homeowners take mold seriously
NEW YORK - The asbestos problem seemed pretty scary until the crew we hired to remove it from our new home pointed out the fuzzy black mold growing in the closet.

Presidents, poets, robbers draw thousands to cemetery
INDIANAPOLIS - Seven women stand reverently in front of the grave marker of Albertina Allen Forrest. The women do not know her - she died in 1904 - but they are learning a bit about her as part of an art and architecture tour at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Island's best scenery is underwater
PITI, Guam - Wetsuit and flippers on, oxygen tank strapped to my back, I steadied myself for the underwater descent.

Husband boasts about his wife's sense of style
When it comes to decorating, Naomi Cheeks' No. 1 fan is her husband, Bobby.

Husband boasts about his wife's sense of style
When it comes to decorating, Naomi Cheeks' No. 1 fan is her husband, Bobby.

Ignorance caused wedding guests to ruin day
Dear Carson: My fiancee and I are getting married in three weeks. We sent out invitations about six weeks ago and invited my fiancee's uncle, his wife and their son to the wedding.

Living briefs
Two miles in the woods and trapped in the pouring rain, Livia Stephens and Brandon Auten stopped hiking and started talking.

Area gays continue to make steady, slow strides
This has been a good year for Augusta's gay and lesbian community. Three years after Medical College of Georgia students formed the first Lambda Alliance chapter, students at Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina Aiken have followed suit.

Kate Moss cocaine saga exposes fashion's flaws
LONDON - Barely a teenager and posing topless in a Calvin Klein underwear ad, Kate Moss sashayed her way onto magazine covers 15 years ago amid criticism of her uber-thin "heroin chic" image.

Presidents, poets, robbers draw thousands to cemetery
INDIANAPOLIS - Seven women stand reverently in front of the grave marker of Albertina Allen Forrest. The women do not know her - she died in 1904 - but they are learning a bit about her as part of an art and architecture tour at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Choreographer fashions new worlds in abandoned pool
EDITORS NOTE - Choreographer Noemie Lafrance uses garages, stairwells and other public spaces for her dances. An Associated Press Writer spent a year with Lafrance, reporting on how she created her latest work - in an empty swimming pool.

States pushing historic highway as tourist attraction
SOUTH VIENNA, Ohio - In Ohio, a stately red brick inn once frequented by presidents hugs the nation's first federally funded interstate highway.

Living briefs
Two miles in the woods and trapped in the pouring rain, Livia Stephens and Brandon Auten stopped hiking and started talking.

Romance and culture without spending a fortune
PARIS - The perfect Paris picnic comes cheap: a crusty baguette ($1), a thick slab of Camembert ($2.50), a modest Bordeaux ($5). Take it to the sprawling park at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, spread a blanket and dine with a view that is priceless.

Something new: A different screwdriver
About four years ago, we met with an engineer and inventor who said he had designed a new type of screw head, one, he said, "that would revolutionize screws as we know them."

Solar tax credits get improvement
Q: Back in the early 1980s, we bought a solar water heater for our home in Colorado and took advantage of a great federal tax credit (I think it was around 40 percent). I heard on the news that the new energy bill recently signed by the president has tax credits for solar. Are these the same as what we had before?

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Tori Dunn of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Schools will close 2 days to save fuel costs
Class has been canceled as local school superintendents responded to a call by Gov. Sonny Perdue and State school Superintendent Kathy Cox to do so in an effort to conserve fuel.

Across the region
DECATUR, GA. - A megachurch minister has been accused by one of his former employees of coercing her to have sex with him and others in the church, telling her it was "the will of God" and "her only route to salvation."

Golf cart accident leads to death

News you can use
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road, Evans, has been opened as a shelter for Hurricane Rita evacuees.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Mineral collectors dig event
Organizers of a semi-annual outing that lures rockhounds from as far away as Canada and California expect several hundred people to converge at Graves Mountain in Lincoln County, Ga., next month.

School seeks help to save pillars
Evans Middle School kicks off a fundraiser Wednesday to relocate pieces of the school's history.

Race remains factor in Augusta elections
The issue of race, although not as dominant as in years past, is still an issue in Augusta elections, according to political observers, noting newly elected state Sen. Ed Tarver's broad voter appeal during Tuesday's Georgia Senate District 22 special election.

Across the region

On final day, 2 more qualify for seat on school board
Friday, the final day of qualifying, produced two more candidates to fill Johnny Hatney's seat on the Richmond County school board.

Body of woman found in area
The badly decomposed body of a woman was found by hunters Saturday morning as they scouted a low area near Old Springfield Church Road in Aiken.

Officials trying to limit towers
At least one big addition possible for the Evans Town Center isn't being welcomed with open arms.

Officials investigate van fire

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies shut down the westbound lanes of River Watch Parkway on Saturday night after a man was killed in a motorcycle accident.

School closings cause trouble for parents
Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to conserve gas oline is going to cost parent Shemika White.

First-time candidates see need for changes
It is a lead-pipe cinch that Augusta Commission District 3 will have a fresh face after the Nov. 8 election: Incumbent Barbara Sims chose not to run for re-election and none of the three candidates in the race has ever run for public office.

Kid of the Day
Tori Dunn of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Revitalization receives high rank on agendas
For the second time in a little more than a year, Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard will defend her District 1 commission seat, this time from Olde Town resident Robert DeMello, a contractor and developer with a plan for cleaning up the district.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Couple transform farm into history lesson

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Schools promote failing pupils

Area shelter remains open for evacuees
Officials at the Red Cross shelter at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans said Saturday that the shelter would remain open at least one more night, according to Columbia County officials.

Mineral collectors dig event

First-time candidates see need for changes
It is a lead-pipe cinch that Augusta Commission District 3 will have a fresh face after the Nov. 8 election: Incumbent Barbara Sims chose not to run for re-election and none of the three candidates in the race has ever run for public office.

Officials trying to limit towers

Revitalization receives high rank on agendas

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Area shelter remains open for evacuees

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Evacuees head to area as storm nears
Red Cross and church volunteers scrambled to prepare shelter for as many as 100 Hurricane Rita evacuees Friday afternoon at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Death of hit-and-run victim could increase charge
A Martinez man could face a vehicular homicide charge after a man police say he hit while driving intoxicated died Friday morning.

School seeks help to save pillars
Evans Middle School kicks off a fundraiser Wednesday to relocate pieces of the school's history.

Kid of the Day

Race remains factor in Augusta elections
The issue of race, although not as dominant as in years past, is still an issue in Augusta elections, according to political observers, noting newly elected state Sen. Ed Tarver's broad voter appeal during Tuesday's Georgia Senate District 22 special election.

Race remains factor in Augusta elections

Across the area
Augusta's newly elected District 22 state senator, Ed Tarver, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Augusta Commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

School seeks help to save pillars

On final day, 2 more qualify for seat on school board
Friday, the final day of qualifying, produced two more candidates to fill Johnny Hatney's seat on the Richmond County school board.

Metro briefs
The Augusta Chronicle would like to talk to former Augusta residents who have recently moved to a neighboring county.

Officials investigate van fire
For the second time in a week, Augusta-Richmond County firefighters battled a large fire Saturday morning at a Gordon Highway business.

School closings cause trouble for parents

School in Aiken is honored

Across Georgia
BRASELTON - Police have uncovered what might be the first known case in Georgia of a gasoline-siphoning scam similar to schemes seen in other states this year.

Evacuees head to area as storm nears

Across the area
Augusta's newly elected District 22 state senator, Ed Tarver, will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Augusta Commission chambers, eighth floor, Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

Metro briefs
The Augusta Chronicle would like to talk to former Augusta residents who have recently moved to a neighboring county.

Death of hit-and-run victim could increase charge
A Martinez man could face a vehicular homicide charge after a man police say he hit while driving intoxicated died Friday morning.

Scams affect home values

Schools promote failing pupils
Most of the pupils who failed the retake of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in Richmond County were promoted to the next grade, according to figures released by the school system Wednesday.

Kid of the Day

Couple transform farm into history lesson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - At daybreak Friday, part of rural Barnwell County had taken a large step back into the first half of the 20th century.

Schools will close 2 days to save fuel costs

Charter schools work without approved charters
Almost six weeks after school began, Richmond County's two new charter schools are still operating without state-approved charters, and one likely won't get approved at all this school year.

Schools promote failing pupils
Most of the pupils who failed the retake of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in Richmond County were promoted to the next grade, according to figures released by the school system Wednesday.

Kid of the Day
Rashawn Pressley of Hephizabah is today's Kid of the Day

Revitalization receives high rank on agendas
For the second time in a little more than a year, Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard will defend her District 1 commission seat, this time from Olde Town resident Robert DeMello, a contractor and developer with a plan for cleaning up the district.

Charter schools work without approved charters
Almost six weeks after school began, Richmond County's two new charter schools are still operating without state-approved charters, and one likely won't get approved at all this school year.

Glitz surrounds polo players off field

Area deputies face new challenge in Mississippi
After Hurricane Rita bulldozed its way into Texas and Louisiana on Saturday, Columbia and Richmond county sheriff's deputies sent to help a Mississippi county after Hurricane Katrina are now having to deal with Rita's side effects.

Where we live

Blessed friends

Across the area

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies shut down the westbound lanes of River Watch Parkway on Saturday night after a man was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Glitz surrounds polo players off field
AIKEN - Eduardo Astrada, considered one of the strongest players in the ongoing Gold Cup polo tournament in Aiken, strolled off the field Thursday sweaty and sore.

Area deputies face new challenge in Mississippi

Officials trying to limit towers
At least one big addition possible for the Evans Town Center isn't being welcomed with open arms.

Area deputies face new challenge in Mississippi
After Hurricane Rita bulldozed its way into Texas and Louisiana on Saturday, Columbia and Richmond county sheriff's deputies sent to help a Mississippi county after Hurricane Katrina are now having to deal with Rita's side effects.

School in Aiken is honored
AIKEN - For two days, Principal Sharon Foret Cagle kept a very big secret from her faculty.

Scams affect home values
ATLANTA - A year and a half ago, Jeanne Mills was scanning through the home sales listing of her paper when something caught her eye.

Schools will close 2 days to save fuel costs
Class has been canceled as local school superintendents responded to a call by Gov. Sonny Perdue and State school Superintendent Kathy Cox to do so in an effort to conserve fuel.

Across the area

Evacuees head to area as storm nears
Red Cross and church volunteers scrambled to prepare shelter for as many as 100 Hurricane Rita evacuees Friday afternoon at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

On final day, 2 more qualify for seat on school board

School closings cause trouble for parents
Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to conserve gas oline is going to cost parent Shemika White.

Blessed friends
Church of the Holy Comforter pastor Cynthia Taylor blesses Kodi as his owner, Georgia Smelser, watches during the annual Blessing of the Animals off North Belair Road in Evans.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston County jury awarded $10,000 in damages to a Chicago woman injured when she was ejected from a rickshaw in Charleston.

News you can use
Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road, Evans, has been opened as a shelter for Hurricane Rita evacuees.

Across Georgia
BRASELTON - Police have uncovered what might be the first known case in Georgia of a gasoline-siphoning scam similar to schemes seen in other states this year.

Across the region
DECATUR, GA. - A megachurch minister has been accused by one of his former employees of coercing her to have sex with him and others in the church, telling her it was "the will of God" and "her only route to salvation."

Couple transform farm into history lesson
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - At daybreak Friday, part of rural Barnwell County had taken a large step back into the first half of the 20th century.

Scams affect home values
ATLANTA - A year and a half ago, Jeanne Mills was scanning through the home sales listing of her paper when something caught her eye.

School in Aiken is honored
AIKEN - For two days, Principal Sharon Foret Cagle kept a very big secret from her faculty.

Golf cart accident leads to death
ATLANTA - A woman died Thursday after falling out of a golf cart in Peachtree City, Ga., the first cart-related fatality in the town's 46-year history that its mayor said was a "freak accident."

Where we live
The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy runs a five-month program geared toward dropouts and students about to be expelled from school. The 22-week program offers the chance to obtain a GED and learn a job skill.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies shut down the westbound lanes of River Watch Parkway on Saturday night after a man was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Kid of the Day
Rashawn Pressley of Hephizabah is today's Kid of the Day

Metro briefs

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Area shelter remains open for evacuees
Officials at the Red Cross shelter at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans said Saturday that the shelter would remain open at least one more night, according to Columbia County officials.

First-time candidates see need for changes

Body of woman found in area

Death of hit-and-run victim could increase charge

Blessed friends
Church of the Holy Comforter pastor Cynthia Taylor blesses Kodi as his owner, Georgia Smelser, watches during the annual Blessing of the Animals off North Belair Road in Evans.

Charter schools work without approved charters

Body of woman found in area
The badly decomposed body of a woman was found by hunters Saturday morning as they scouted a low area near Old Springfield Church Road in Aiken.

Mineral collectors dig event
Organizers of a semi-annual outing that lures rockhounds from as far away as Canada and California expect several hundred people to converge at Graves Mountain in Lincoln County, Ga., next month.

Officials investigate van fire
For the second time in a week, Augusta-Richmond County firefighters battled a large fire Saturday morning at a Gordon Highway business.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston County jury awarded $10,000 in damages to a Chicago woman injured when she was ejected from a rickshaw in Charleston.

Glitz surrounds polo players off field
AIKEN - Eduardo Astrada, considered one of the strongest players in the ongoing Gold Cup polo tournament in Aiken, strolled off the field Thursday sweaty and sore.

Where we live
The South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy runs a five-month program geared toward dropouts and students about to be expelled from school. The 22-week program offers the chance to obtain a GED and learn a job skill.

Golf cart accident leads to death
ATLANTA - A woman died Thursday after falling out of a golf cart in Peachtree City, Ga., the first cart-related fatality in the town's 46-year history that its mayor said was a "freak accident."

DiMarco's heroics have pumped up team, gallery
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- American golf is hungry for heroes, and it might have finally found one.

Players, fans winning now in match play
GAINESVILLE, Va. - In case you've been too caught up in football laces, pennant races or NASCAR chases, the most interesting event of the golf season is taking place this weekend.

Players, fans winning now in match play
GAINESVILLE, Va. - In case you've been too caught up in football laces, pennant races or NASCAR chases, the most interesting event of the golf season is taking place this weekend.

DiMarco's heroics have pumped up team, gallery
GAINESVILLE, Va. -- American golf is hungry for heroes, and it might have finally found one.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

VH1 celebrates rap's pioneers
NEW YORK - LL Cool J wore his Kangol hat, Big Daddy Kane broke out the old-school rhymes and dance moves, and Salt 'N Pepa rapped and sashayed like back in the day as VH1 celebrated rap's pioneers at the second annual "Hip-Hop Honors."

VH1 celebrates rap's pioneers

Rock Hall still rockin'... quietly... after a decade
CLEVELAND - Some aging rockers - yes, the Rolling Stones are on another tour - just keep on rockin'. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 10 years old this month, still rocks, too, but in a much quieter way.

VH1 celebrates rap's pioneers
NEW YORK - LL Cool J wore his Kangol hat, Big Daddy Kane broke out the old-school rhymes and dance moves, and Salt 'N Pepa rapped and sashayed like back in the day as VH1 celebrated rap's pioneers at the second annual "Hip-Hop Honors."

Rock Hall still rockin'... quietly... after a decade

Rock Hall still rockin'... quietly... after a decade
CLEVELAND - Some aging rockers - yes, the Rolling Stones are on another tour - just keep on rockin'. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 10 years old this month, still rocks, too, but in a much quieter way.

Wallace knows he can be a winner outside Victory Lane
DOVER, Del. - As one of two drivers in the Chase for the Championship without a victory, Rusty Wallace isn't worried. After all, championships are decided by top-10 finishes, not wins.

Newman wins Dover Busch pole
DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman knocked Busch series points leader Martin Truex Jr. off the pole in the first of his great qualifying runs Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman wins Dover Busch pole

Kahne, Busch are in close quarters

Martin hoping for 'old-school racing' at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin is hoping his version of "old-school racing" will be the order of business Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman ties Busch record, sets Dover mark

Martin hoping for 'old-school racing' at Dover

Newman ties Busch record, sets Dover mark
DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman tied a NASCAR Busch Series record by winning in his fourth consecutive start, a dominant performance in a wreck-filled race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Wallace knows he can be a winner outside Victory Lane

Kahne, Busch are in close quarters
DOVER, Del. - Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch will start today's MBNA RacePoints 400 from the second and third starting spots. The last time they were that close on the racetrack, they were using their 3,400-pound race cars as battering rams.

Martin hoping for 'old-school racing' at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin is hoping his version of "old-school racing" will be the order of business Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman ties Busch record, sets Dover mark
DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman tied a NASCAR Busch Series record by winning in his fourth consecutive start, a dominant performance in a wreck-filled race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman wins Dover Busch pole
DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman knocked Busch series points leader Martin Truex Jr. off the pole in the first of his great qualifying runs Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Kahne, Busch are in close quarters
DOVER, Del. - Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch will start today's MBNA RacePoints 400 from the second and third starting spots. The last time they were that close on the racetrack, they were using their 3,400-pound race cars as battering rams.

Wallace knows he can be a winner outside Victory Lane
DOVER, Del. - As one of two drivers in the Chase for the Championship without a victory, Rusty Wallace isn't worried. After all, championships are decided by top-10 finishes, not wins.

Area players in the NFL

Power rankings week 3

Falcons seeking quick road start

Pittsburgh has recipe for success

Vick's still probable for Sunday

Pro football capsules

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

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

Mrs. Mary Menger    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ginger L. Burkett    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel E. Gross    (MANHASSET, N.Y.)

Ms. Elaine T. Davis    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl M. Stanley    (PHARR, Texas)

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin    (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carole George    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Bell Mathis    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Steve J. Riczko, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Louise Holmes    (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr.    (BOGART, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. William P. McNair, Sr.    (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Ms. Jasmine G. Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Jasmine G. Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Deont'e Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Nellie Ruth Cain    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Edward O. Ergle    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Steve J. Riczko, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr.    (BOGART, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harendra K. Sinha    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Bell Mathis    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Elaine T. Davis    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Brooks    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward O. Ergle    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jewel E. Gross    (MANHASSET, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. William P. McNair, Sr.    (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys P. Marbert    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr.    (BOGART, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harland W. Mason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Brooks    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Steve J. Riczko, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ginger L. Burkett    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Ruth Cain    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr.    (BOGART, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harendra K. Sinha    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Earl M. Stanley    (PHARR, Texas)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Sgt. Steve J. Riczko, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Menger    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Miss Louise Holmes    (DETROIT, Mich.)

Deont'e Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harland W. Mason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carole George    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys P. Marbert    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harendra K. Sinha (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Elaine T. Davis (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl M. Stanley (PHARR, Texas)

Mr. James Brumbalow (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joan Bryant (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. King William Dye (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Antonio Deonte Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys P. Marbert (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Menger (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Ruth Cain (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gene Reed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel E. Gross (MANHASSET, N.Y.)

Ms. Jasmine G. Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Edward O. Ergle (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Dr. William P. McNair, Sr. (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr. (BOGART, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ginger L. Burkett (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ernesto Martinez-Pagan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Deont'e Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Karen Jan Leverett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carole George (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Brooks (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Miss Louise Holmes (DETROIT, Mich.)

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

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia del Valle (MIAMI, FL.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Steve J. Riczko, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harland W. Mason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ella Franklin (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Hall Usry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Johnny Sheppard, Jr. (BOGART, Ga.)

Mr. Wade R. Bedingfield, III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Sgt. Steve J. Riczko, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Bell Mathis (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Larke's new curricula change is a bad idea
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke has recently proposed that all secondary students follow a college prep track, and that all secondary students complete at least three units of vocational classes. A draft of the idea has now gone before the Richmond County Board of Education. One board member approvingly noted that the "mere exposure to more rigorous classes will produce brighter pupils."

Larke's new curricula change is a bad idea
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke has recently proposed that all secondary students follow a college prep track, and that all secondary students complete at least three units of vocational classes. A draft of the idea has now gone before the Richmond County Board of Education. One board member approvingly noted that the "mere exposure to more rigorous classes will produce brighter pupils."

Larke's new curricula change is a bad idea
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke has recently proposed that all secondary students follow a college prep track, and that all secondary students complete at least three units of vocational classes. A draft of the idea has now gone before the Richmond County Board of Education. One board member approvingly noted that the "mere exposure to more rigorous classes will produce brighter pupils."

Area will host world's best in disc golf

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Announcements

Bryan brothers put U.S. ahead in Davis Cup

Slovakia, Croatia lead Davis Cup semifinals

Kentucky Downs offers unique atmosphere

Injured Sharapova quits during Beijing semifinal

Overtime

Davis Cup semis are all even

Davis Cup semis are all even
Argentina, trying to reach its first Davis Cup final since 1981, got a victory by David Nalbandian over Dominik Hrbaty on Friday to even its semifinal series with Slovakia at 1-1 on the first day of the best-of-five series.

Bryan brothers put U.S. ahead in Davis Cup
LEUVEN, Belgium - The Bryan twins brought the United States within one win of staying in the elite group of Davis Cup. Now it's up to Andy Roddick, or James Blake, to complete the job against Belgium.

Overtime
Sarah Lobstein posted 27 kills, Carly Lee and Rachel Marcy had 17 and 13 respectively and Augusta State beat Lander, 3-2, at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Kentucky Downs offers unique atmosphere
FRANKLIN, Ky. - The horses take the track for a race on opening day at Kentucky Downs, and as they pass by a group of dachshunds, the dogs - who will race later that afternoon - begin barking.

Injured Sharapova quits during Beijing semifinal
BEIJING - Maria Sharapova quit because of a chest injury while trailing in the China Open semifinals Saturday, sending Russia's Maria Kirilenko into the title match against Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Overtime
In Leuven, Belgium, with the U.S. trying to stay alive in the event's elite group, Andy Roddick delivered an overpowering 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Christophe Rochus on Friday to leave the Americans tied 1-1 with Belgium after James Blake lost the opening match of the playoff.

Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Bryan brothers put U.S. ahead in Davis Cup
LEUVEN, Belgium - The Bryan twins brought the United States within one win of staying in the elite group of Davis Cup. Now it's up to Andy Roddick, or James Blake, to complete the job against Belgium.

Slovakia, Croatia lead Davis Cup semifinals
Slovakia and Croatia took 2-1 leads in their Davis Cup semifinals Saturday, with doubles victories leaving each country one win from a first appearance in the final.

Area will host world's best in disc golf
More than 300 of the world's finest disc golf professionals will converge in Augusta next summer when the area hosts the 2006 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

Overtime
Sarah Lobstein posted 27 kills, Carly Lee and Rachel Marcy had 17 and 13 respectively and Augusta State beat Lander, 3-2, at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday.

Davis Cup semis are all even
Argentina, trying to reach its first Davis Cup final since 1981, got a victory by David Nalbandian over Dominik Hrbaty on Friday to even its semifinal series with Slovakia at 1-1 on the first day of the best-of-five series.

Injured Sharapova quits during Beijing semifinal
BEIJING - Maria Sharapova quit because of a chest injury while trailing in the China Open semifinals Saturday, sending Russia's Maria Kirilenko into the title match against Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Kentucky Downs offers unique atmosphere
FRANKLIN, Ky. - The horses take the track for a race on opening day at Kentucky Downs, and as they pass by a group of dachshunds, the dogs - who will race later that afternoon - begin barking.

Sports rants and raves
THE UNIVERSITY OF Georgia football team is like an old man walking around in a dark room. Sooner or later you're going to stumble. Enjoy your undefeated and overrated team while you can because you haven't played anyone yet. Bring your erratic quarterback and your coach who looks like he's 12 years old down to Jacksonville to face the Gator Nation!

Area will host world's best in disc golf
More than 300 of the world's finest disc golf professionals will converge in Augusta next summer when the area hosts the 2006 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

Overtime
In Leuven, Belgium, with the U.S. trying to stay alive in the event's elite group, Andy Roddick delivered an overpowering 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Christophe Rochus on Friday to leave the Americans tied 1-1 with Belgium after James Blake lost the opening match of the playoff.

Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Slovakia, Croatia lead Davis Cup semifinals
Slovakia and Croatia took 2-1 leads in their Davis Cup semifinals Saturday, with doubles victories leaving each country one win from a first appearance in the final.

Sports rants and raves
THE UNIVERSITY OF Georgia football team is like an old man walking around in a dark room. Sooner or later you're going to stumble. Enjoy your undefeated and overrated team while you can because you haven't played anyone yet. Bring your erratic quarterback and your coach who looks like he's 12 years old down to Jacksonville to face the Gator Nation!

These hunters have gone gator
It starts out simple: Four guys pile into an aluminum boat on a dark, lonely stretch of river.

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

Outdoors calendar

These hunters have gone gator

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

These hunters have gone gator
It starts out simple: Four guys pile into an aluminum boat on a dark, lonely stretch of river.

Falcons seeking quick road start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - In its first two games, the Atlanta Falcons' defense has allowed fewer than 16 points per game.

Pittsburgh has recipe for success
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense knew it was getting to Houston Texans quarterback David Carr. After sacking him for the eighth time Sunday, they heard him yelling at his linemen as they returned to the huddle.

Area players in the NFL
Troy Williamson Note: Caught first two passes of his career and wound up with 44 yards. He is now the team's No. 1 kick returner. Should see more action on the field with Nate Burleson hurt.

Vick's still probable for Sunday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Michael Vick practiced Friday for the second consecutive day and likely will start when the Atlanta Falcons visit Buffalo this weekend.

Falcons seeking quick road start
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - In its first two games, the Atlanta Falcons' defense has allowed fewer than 16 points per game.

Pittsburgh has recipe for success
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense knew it was getting to Houston Texans quarterback David Carr. After sacking him for the eighth time Sunday, they heard him yelling at his linemen as they returned to the huddle.

Pro football capsules
Michael Vick isn't completely healthy with a bad hamstring, and the offense is largely designed around his ability. Bills' defense is among NFL's best.

Power rankings week 3
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Vick's still probable for Sunday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Michael Vick practiced Friday for the second consecutive day and likely will start when the Atlanta Falcons visit Buffalo this weekend.

Area players in the NFL
Troy Williamson Note: Caught first two passes of his career and wound up with 44 yards. He is now the team's No. 1 kick returner. Should see more action on the field with Nate Burleson hurt.

Pro football capsules
Michael Vick isn't completely healthy with a bad hamstring, and the offense is largely designed around his ability. Bills' defense is among NFL's best.

Power rankings week 3
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Power of prayer can bring miracle
What do you believe is Christ's greatest miracle? Popular answers would be Loaves and Fishes, Water into Wine, and Walking on the Water. Many credit the Healing of Lazarus as His greatest miracle, and the grand finale.

Southern Baptists finally get their commentary on Genesis
After major convulsions, seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's biggest Protestant body, proclaim the Bible's "inerrancy," meaning freedom from errors about history as well as spiritual, doctrinal and moral matters.

Area churches have events to include singles
A job as an on-air personality for Christian radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3) brought John Bryant from Tupelo, Miss., to the Augusta area about a year ago. He found a place to live, joined a church, and then it hit him - there was nothing for young Christian singles to do in the area.

Area churches have events to include singles
A job as an on-air personality for Christian radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3) brought John Bryant from Tupelo, Miss., to the Augusta area about a year ago. He found a place to live, joined a church, and then it hit him - there was nothing for young Christian singles to do in the area.

Car dealer buys Commandments display for $7,600
ATHENS, Ga. - Brad Akins waited until after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday before he logged onto eBay - only an hour before the end of the 10-day auction to sell a well-known Ten Commandments display.

Faith digest
A Family Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Fielding Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 4675 Mike Padgett Highway.

Power of prayer can bring miracle
What do you believe is Christ's greatest miracle? Popular answers would be Loaves and Fishes, Water into Wine, and Walking on the Water. Many credit the Healing of Lazarus as His greatest miracle, and the grand finale.

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

Millbrook Baptist delights in growth
The 168-foot steeple on Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken dominates the landscape from more than a block away. The steeple is part of an $11 million expansion on the 20-acre campus.

Faith digest
A Family Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Fielding Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 4675 Mike Padgett Highway.

Missionaries flock to formerly communist Mongolia
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - Mongolia is rife with religion these days - young Mormons going door-to-door, Korean Christians working with homeless children, Roman Catholic churches sprouting on the grassy steppe.

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

Millbrook Baptist delights in growth
The 168-foot steeple on Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken dominates the landscape from more than a block away. The steeple is part of an $11 million expansion on the 20-acre campus.

Car dealer buys Commandments display for $7,600
ATHENS, Ga. - Brad Akins waited until after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday before he logged onto eBay - only an hour before the end of the 10-day auction to sell a well-known Ten Commandments display.

Southern Baptists finally get their commentary on Genesis
After major convulsions, seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's biggest Protestant body, proclaim the Bible's "inerrancy," meaning freedom from errors about history as well as spiritual, doctrinal and moral matters.

Missionaries flock to formerly communist Mongolia
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - Mongolia is rife with religion these days - young Mormons going door-to-door, Korean Christians working with homeless children, Roman Catholic churches sprouting on the grassy steppe.

Players, fans winning now in match play

DiMarco's heroics have pumped up team, gallery

Winners, losers as new television season is launched
NEW YORK - After a long, slow summer, television viewers are sampling new programs and old favorites as fall's TV season begins. A look at how it's going:

Winners, losers as new television season is launched

Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' return

Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' return
LOS ANGELES - Tell Larry David how much you enjoyed the first couple episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," back for its fifth season Sunday, and his response is immediate.

'Head Cases' is first cancellation of new season
LOS ANGELES - The ax fell quickly on Fox's "Head Cases," the first series of the new TV season to be canceled.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The fall season continues with three new shows taking their bows this week:

'Head Cases' is first cancellation of new season
LOS ANGELES - The ax fell quickly on Fox's "Head Cases," the first series of the new TV season to be canceled.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Head Cases' is first cancellation of new season

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The fall season continues with three new shows taking their bows this week:

Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' return
LOS ANGELES - Tell Larry David how much you enjoyed the first couple episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," back for its fifth season Sunday, and his response is immediate.

Winners, losers as new television season is launched
NEW YORK - After a long, slow summer, television viewers are sampling new programs and old favorites as fall's TV season begins. A look at how it's going:

People in the News

Time change for Georgia-Miss. State

Time change for Georgia-Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The kickoff time for the Mississippi State-Georgia football game Saturday has been changed to 7:45 p.m. EDT, the Southeastern Conference announced Friday.

Georgia tilt gets earlier kickoff time
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's football game at Mississippi State has been pushed up to 7:45 tonight after Hurricane Rita created a hole in ESPN's college football programming window.

Ware shows off his skills as receiver
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't planning on making a receiver out of running back Danny Ware, but the sophomore continues to show he can at least play the position in a pinch.

Ware shows off his skills as receiver

Shockley has big night for Georgia
STARKVILLE, Miss. - D.J. Shockley passed for a career-high 312 yards in his first career road start, leading No. 7 Georgia past Mississippi State 23-10 on Saturday night.

Time change for Georgia-Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The kickoff time for the Mississippi State-Georgia football game Saturday has been changed to 7:45 p.m. EDT, the Southeastern Conference announced Friday.

Shockley has big night for Georgia
STARKVILLE, Miss. - D.J. Shockley passed for a career-high 312 yards in his first career road start, leading No. 7 Georgia past Mississippi State 23-10 on Saturday night.

Georgia tilt gets earlier kickoff time
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's football game at Mississippi State has been pushed up to 7:45 tonight after Hurricane Rita created a hole in ESPN's college football programming window.

Ware shows off his skills as receiver
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't planning on making a receiver out of running back Danny Ware, but the sophomore continues to show he can at least play the position in a pinch.

Shockley has big night for Georgia

Georgia wants to avoid upset at Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. - When Mississippi State stunned Florida in one of last year's biggest upsets, Georgia coach Mark Richt took notice.

Georgia tilt gets earlier kickoff time

Georgia wants to avoid upset at Miss. State

Georgia wants to avoid upset at Miss. State
STARKVILLE, Miss. - When Mississippi State stunned Florida in one of last year's biggest upsets, Georgia coach Mark Richt took notice.

Gamecocks' youth served in win
COLUMBIA - Blake Mitchell threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury, and 40-year-old walk-on Tim Frisby caught a 9-yard pass late in South Carolina's 45-20 win over Troy on Saturday night.

Gamecocks' youth served in win

Gamecocks' youth served in win
COLUMBIA - Blake Mitchell threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury, and 40-year-old walk-on Tim Frisby caught a 9-yard pass late in South Carolina's 45-20 win over Troy on Saturday night.

Meetings

Across the river

Sheriff's office seeking national accreditation

Library events

Area adult literacy sites

Chocolate festival is tasty attraction

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment

Events

Library is having ghostly contest

North Augusta to begin filling sports hall of fame

Arts center to open new facilities to public

Agreement on connector road is reached in council meeting

CSRA Bridge results

Around the block

Business award is surprise to man

Recycling centers

Annexation plans continue

Reunions

Athlete Spotlight: Mallory Stripling

Recreation events

This week

Dancers relish chance to be creative in food bank benefit

Pet of the week

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Aiken County Farmers Market

Katrina-fueled panic not apparent at most Ga. gas stations

Online technology used to chronicle Hurricane Rita

Laura Bush hopes to restock libraries hit by hurricanes

Houston spared from Rita's wrath

Lessons of Katrina - a second chance to get right

A chronology of Hurricane Rita

Feds declare public health emergency

Texas evacuation started early, but still couldn't get everyone out

Hurricane Rita sparks fires and floods

Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston

Sabine Pass nearly destroyed by hurricane century ago

Rita rains on New Orleans, raising more fears of flooding

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita

TV networks offer extensive Rita coverage

Rita batters Gulf Coast with high winds and water

Rita damages some refineries

Georgia's schools to close two days to save gas

Bush monitors Hurricane Rita from Colorado air base

Rita floods New Orleans as storm surge tops levee days

Faith digest

Area churches have events to include singles

Faith calendar

Millbrook Baptist delights in growth

Southern Baptists finally get their commentary on Genesis

Car dealer buys Commandments display for $7,600

Missionaries flock to formerly communist Mongolia

Power of prayer can bring miracle