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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

Morgan Riley Blitchington

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aidan Finn Elsey

Jesse-James Lee Walton

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.

Aleisha Chaunte Murray

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

William Robert Mims

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.

Caroline Ava Meyers

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Joshua Palmer

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.

Bryce David Bond

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.

Hannah Linsey Lamb

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.

Christianna Chinara Stokes

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.

Tyler Alexander Brodie

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.

Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel Gant, Jr.

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.

Myles Davis Heatwole

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.

Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah Brooks

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.

Matthew Richard Murphy

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.

Gage Timothy Gabriel

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.

Shalyn Grace Stripling

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.

Walker Sammie Geddes

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

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.

Janicia Jamela Bell

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

Janiah Ruth Baker

Christopher Robert Hunter

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.

Lily Ann Parish

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.

Simeon Caleb McPherson

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.

David Kyle Ford

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.

Adam Scott Beckman

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.

Mackenzie Taelynn Lucas

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.

Michael Olanda Cummings, Jr.

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.

Carson Avery Coe

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.

Benjamin Daniel Bafford

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.

Lassiter Brae Johnston

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.

Samiyah Dianne Dillard

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.

Jonathan David Goehle

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.

Branwyn Elijah Hanson

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.

Xzayvion Jaseph Martin

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.

Smoltz bothered by stiff shoulder

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.

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

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

Braves blast Marlins

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

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.

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

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Some big businesses keep it all in the family

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

On the move

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs

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

'Yarn junkies' share passion for hobby

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

Everthere Carriers staff works together for success

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.

High medical costs send patients overseas

Business briefs

New hires ease burden of increased workload

Richmond County property transfers

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

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.

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 calendar

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:

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.

Matchup of speed vs. strength?

Clemson falls to Boston College in OT

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
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?
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.

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.

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.

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.

Field leads Auburn to win

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

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.

Alabama tops Arkansas

Tennessee was set to forfeit LSU game

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Pressure is its own lesson

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.

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.

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?

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.

The quiet truth

Parr for the chamber

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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

Georgia Tech routed by Virginia Tech

Love calls for change in captains

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

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.

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

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.

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.

International incident averted

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

It's all square among rivals

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.

Golf Capsules

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.

Wildcats stamp mark in region with victory

Roundup: Golden Hawks upset; Red Devils get road win

South Aiken suffers its first defeat

Rice leads 'Pack romp

Defense makes the offense look good

Junior backup scores three times in win

Prep football scores

Harlem crushed by Region 3-AAA rival

Prep football scores
Scores from prep football games.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prep football scores
Scores from prep football games.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thrashers blow away Hurricanes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita
Major developments stemming from 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Americans win Presidents Cup in playoff

Johnson wins at Dover, leads the Chase

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.

Pledge comes under assault from ACLU

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
Reference the Sept. 13 editorial "Teach parents English": William C. Scholly, Evans

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

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

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

SAT scores send wrong message

Senators were hypocritical in hearings

Council on Foreign Relations paper calls for ending sovereignty

Local garbage service is a dirty shame

Put war dead in perspective

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

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
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

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

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

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

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.

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

Presidents, poets, robbers draw thousands to cemetery

States pushing historic highway as tourist attraction

Living briefs

Husband boasts about his wife's sense of style

Museum celebrates the intriguing history of ballooning

Ignorance caused wedding guests to ruin day

Romance and culture without spending a fortune

Something new: A different screwdriver

Choreographer fashions new worlds in abandoned pool

Island's best scenery is underwater

Solar tax credits get improvement

Homeowners take mold seriously

Log on to the Internet before selling a house

Stuck in color rut?

Kate Moss cocaine saga exposes fashion's flaws

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.

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

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Metro briefs

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.

Area shelter remains open for evacuees

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

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.

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

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

Death of hit-and-run victim could increase charge

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

School in Aiken is honored

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

Evacuees head to area as storm nears

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Across the region

Schools will close 2 days to save fuel costs

Kid of the Day

Couple transform farm into history lesson

Blessed friends

School seeks help to save pillars

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Charter schools work without approved charters

Schools promote failing pupils

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

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

Officials trying to limit towers

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

Where we live

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.

Scams affect home values

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.

Across the area

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

Revitalization receives high rank on agendas

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.

Race remains factor in Augusta elections

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
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.

Officials investigate van fire

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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."

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Golf cart accident leads to death

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.

Body of woman found in area

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."

First-time candidates see need for changes

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.

On final day, 2 more qualify for seat on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 closings cause trouble for parents

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

Newman wins Dover Busch pole

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wallace knows he can be a winner outside Victory Lane

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

Martin hoping for 'old-school racing' at Dover

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.

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 ties Busch record, sets Dover mark

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 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.

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.

Area players in the NFL

Power rankings week 3

Falcons seeking quick road start

Vick's still probable for Sunday

Pro football capsules

Pittsburgh has recipe for success

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elaine T. Davis    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carole George    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

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

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Louise Holmes    (DETROIT, Mich.)

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

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

Mr. Karl Erik Weis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Deont'e Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Reed    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elaine T. Davis    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Roberson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Miss Louise Holmes    (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mr. Edward O. Ergle    (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.)

Mrs. Mary Menger    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earl M. Stanley    (PHARR, Texas)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Earl M. Stanley    (PHARR, Texas)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carole George    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Menger    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Deont'e Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Robert King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier (SHREVEPORT, LA)

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

Mr. Earl M. Stanley (PHARR, Texas)

Mr. King William Dye (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Antonio Deonte Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Menger (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Miss Louise Holmes (DETROIT, Mich.)

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

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carole George (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Karl Erik Weis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Georgia Mae Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Gene Reed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia del Valle (MIAMI, FL.)

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

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Deont'e Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Rouse Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Brumbalow (HARLEM, Ga.)

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."

Overtime

Area will host world's best in disc golf

Davis Cup semis are all even

Bryan brothers put U.S. ahead in Davis Cup

Announcements

Sports rants and raves

Overtime

Slovakia, Croatia lead Davis Cup semifinals

Injured Sharapova quits during Beijing semifinal

Kentucky Downs offers unique atmosphere

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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

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

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

Athlete Spotlight: Mallory Stripling

Recreation events

North Augusta to begin filling sports hall of fame

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Recycling centers

Agreement on connector road is reached in council meeting

Area adult literacy sites

Events

Aiken County Farmers Market

Reunions

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment

Pet of the week

Dancers relish chance to be creative in food bank benefit

Across the river

Sheriff's office seeking national accreditation

Meetings

Library is having ghostly contest

Library events

Arts center to open new facilities to public

Around the block

CSRA Bridge results

This week

Business award is surprise to man

Chocolate festival is tasty attraction

Annexation plans continue

Rita batters Gulf Coast with high winds and water

Rita floods New Orleans as storm surge tops levee days

Online technology used to chronicle Hurricane Rita

Houston spared from Rita's wrath

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita

Rita rains on New Orleans, raising more fears of flooding

Georgia's schools to close two days to save gas

TV networks offer extensive Rita coverage

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

Rita damages some refineries

Bush monitors Hurricane Rita from Colorado air base

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

Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston

A chronology of Hurricane Rita

Feds declare public health emergency

Laura Bush hopes to restock libraries hit by hurricanes

Sabine Pass nearly destroyed by hurricane century ago

Hurricane Rita sparks fires and floods

Lessons of Katrina - a second chance to get right

Power of prayer can bring miracle

Area churches have events to include singles

Southern Baptists finally get their commentary on Genesis

Millbrook Baptist delights in growth

Faith calendar

Missionaries flock to formerly communist Mongolia

Car dealer buys Commandments display for $7,600

Faith digest