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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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:

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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

Philip Roth enters the Library of America
WARREN, Conn. - "Hello!" "Hello!" "Hello!" Philip Roth calls out to the visitors he awaits in his garden on this warm, beautifully dry afternoon. He is wearing slacks and a blueish-green work shirt, reclining under the screened confines of a spacious and tentlike contraption known as a bug house.

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.

Philip Roth enters the Library of America

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

'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.

Philip Roth enters the Library of America
WARREN, Conn. - "Hello!" "Hello!" "Hello!" Philip Roth calls out to the visitors he awaits in his garden on this warm, beautifully dry afternoon. He is wearing slacks and a blueish-green work shirt, reclining under the screened confines of a spacious and tentlike contraption known as a bug house.

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

'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

'Hardboiled & Hard Luck' not hard to take

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

Phillies top Reds
CINCINNATI - Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff home run, extending his hitting streak to 30 games, and fell a double short of the cycle as the Philadelphia Phillies kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Phillies top Reds
CINCINNATI - Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff home run, extending his hitting streak to 30 games, and fell a double short of the cycle as the Philadelphia Phillies kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Cubs nip Astros

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.

Cubs nip Astros
CHICAGO - The Houston Astros must like drama.

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.

Mets drop Nationals from playoff hunt
WASHINGTON - All in one fell swoop, the Washington Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention, dropped to last in the NL East and fell to.500 Sunday with a 6-5 loss to the Mets, as Mike Piazza hit two of New York's four homers.

Astros can play last series at home

Mets drop Nationals from playoff hunt
WASHINGTON - All in one fell swoop, the Washington Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention, dropped to last in the NL East and fell to.500 Sunday with a 6-5 loss to the Mets, as Mike Piazza hit two of New York's four homers.

Cubs nip Astros
CHICAGO - The Houston Astros must like drama.

Mets drop Nationals from playoff hunt

Phillies top Reds

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

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.

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.

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.

David Kyle Ford

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.

Jesse-James Lee Walton

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.

Adam Scott Beckman

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.

Mackenzie Taelynn Lucas

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.

Michael Olanda Cummings, Jr.

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.

Carson Avery Coe

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

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.

Lassiter Brae Johnston

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.

Samiyah Dianne Dillard

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.

Jonathan David Goehle

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.

Branwyn Elijah Hanson

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.

Xzayvion Jaseph Martin

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.

Samuel Joshua Palmer

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.

Bryce David Bond

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.

Aleisha Chaunte Murray

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.

Hannah Linsey Lamb

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.

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.

Simeon Caleb McPherson

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

Tyler Alexander Brodie

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.

Andrew Rodrigus Freddriel Gant, Jr.

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.

Myles Davis Heatwole

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.

Ty'Jhawn Nehemiah Brooks

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.

Matthew Richard Murphy

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.

Gage Timothy Gabriel

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.

Shalyn Grace Stripling

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.

Walker Sammie Geddes

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.

Christian Nevada Newsome

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.

Janicia Jamela Bell

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.

Kaileigh Elyzabeth Renae

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.

Christopher Robert Hunter

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

William Robert Mims

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

Aidan Finn Elsey

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.

Caroline Ava Meyers

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

Janiah Ruth Baker

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

Morgan Riley Blitchington

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.

Mason Arismendi Guerra

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hannah Linsey Lamb
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.

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.

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.

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.

Lily Ann Parish

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.

Christianna Chinara Stokes

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.

Smoltz bothered by stiff shoulder

Braves shutting door on division
ATLANTA - The Florida Marlins were expected to be the bunch giving the most earnest chase toward the Atlanta Braves' unprecedented spree of division titles.

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.

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

Unheralded pitcher leads Braves toward title
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.

Unheralded pitcher leads Braves toward title

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.

Braves shutting door on division
ATLANTA - The Florida Marlins were expected to be the bunch giving the most earnest chase toward the Atlanta Braves' unprecedented spree of division titles.

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

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

Braves shutting door on division

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.

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.

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.

On the move

Richmond County property transfers

Business calendar

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

New hires ease burden of increased workload

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

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

Business briefs

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.

Everthere Carriers staff works together for success

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.

High medical costs send patients overseas

Why is the price of gold rising?

Some big businesses keep it all in the family

Cable's digital drive irks basic customers

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.

Merchants: Most stores in Gulf Coast region reopened

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.

Brief pinch expected at pumps

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

Why is the price of gold rising?
NEW YORK - Gold is hovering near 17-year-highs. What that means depends on who's doing the interpreting.

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.

Cable's digital drive irks basic customers
PHILADELPHIA - LaRonika Thomas got upset when Comcast moved the Sci-Fi channel to its digital service this summer, ensuring she couldn't continue to watch her favorite show, "Firefly," without paying $20 more a month.

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.

Brief pinch expected at pumps
Signs that Gulf Coast energy producers survived Hurricane Rita largely unscathed sent oil futures falling on Sunday, but analysts said consumers were likely to face tight supplies and higher prices - at least until refineries shut by the storm come back on line.

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.

Why is the price of gold rising?
NEW YORK - Gold is hovering near 17-year-highs. What that means depends on who's doing the interpreting.

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.

Brief pinch expected at pumps
Signs that Gulf Coast energy producers survived Hurricane Rita largely unscathed sent oil futures falling on Sunday, but analysts said consumers were likely to face tight supplies and higher prices - at least until refineries shut by the storm come back on line.

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

Merchants: Most stores in Gulf Coast region reopened
NEW YORK - Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Sunday that most of their stores forced to close because of Hurricane Rita have reopened and are restocking their shelves as they wait for residents to return home.

Cable's digital drive irks basic customers
PHILADELPHIA - LaRonika Thomas got upset when Comcast moved the Sci-Fi channel to its digital service this summer, ensuring she couldn't continue to watch her favorite show, "Firefly," without paying $20 more a month.

Merchants: Most stores in Gulf Coast region reopened
NEW YORK - Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Sunday that most of their stores forced to close because of Hurricane Rita have reopened and are restocking their shelves as they wait for residents to return home.

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.

Boston College, Ryan tough out victory at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan rolled on the turf in a daze, his helmet several feet away after a crushing hit from Clemson's David Dunham.

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.

Boston College, Ryan tough out victory at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan rolled on the turf in a daze, his helmet several feet away after a crushing hit from Clemson's David Dunham.

Clemson falls to Boston College in OT

Boston College, Ryan tough out victory at 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.

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

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

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.

Field leads Auburn to win

Alabama tops Arkansas

Michigan out of the AP rankings
The winningest team in the history of college football team is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.

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.

Michigan out of the AP rankings
The winningest team in the history of college football team is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.

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.

Michigan out of the AP rankings

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

Top 25 Capsules

Katrina's cost
The good people of Bozeman, Mont., have petitioned their city council to take the $4 million they're receiving from the just-passed federal highway bill to build downtown parking, and tell the feds to redirect the earmarked funds to help victims of hurricane Katrina.

Katrina's cost

Katrina's cost
The good people of Bozeman, Mont., have petitioned their city council to take the $4 million they're receiving from the just-passed federal highway bill to build downtown parking, and tell the feds to redirect the earmarked funds to help victims of hurricane Katrina.

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.

Georgia's illegals growing
Georgia has become one of the states with the highest number of illegal immigrants - 350,000 and counting.

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.

Georgia's illegals growing
Georgia has become one of the states with the highest number of illegal immigrants - 350,000 and counting.

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

What about home cooking?

Georgia's illegals growing

SCE&G seeks 50 percent natural gas rate increase

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.

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.

It's time to re-examine insurance needs
Q: How do I reassess the insurance on my home and belongings?

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.

It's time to re-examine insurance needs
Q: How do I reassess the insurance on my home and belongings?

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.

It's time to re-examine insurance needs

High rates have homeowners paying off home equity loans

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.

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

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

Georgia Tech routed by Virginia Tech

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

Think of the benefits of living in Moorestown

Golf Capsules

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.

Gamez wins Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO - Robert Gamez snapped a PGA Tour-record 15½-year winless streak Sunday, closing with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke victory at the Texas Open.

International incident averted

National Anthem: U.S. team prevails

Gamez wins Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO - Robert Gamez snapped a PGA Tour-record 15½-year winless streak Sunday, closing with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke victory at the Texas Open.

It's all square among rivals

Mickelson can savor plenty of memories
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Phil Mickelson was confused, but there was no confusion about the performance he made under pressure.

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

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

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

Gamez wins Texas Open

Mickelson can savor plenty of memories

Britain and Ireland retain Seve Trophy

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

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

Mickelson can savor plenty of memories
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Phil Mickelson was confused, but there was no confusion about the performance he made under pressure.

Britain and Ireland retain Seve Trophy
BILLINGHAM, England - Colin Montgomerie's Britain and Ireland team registered the biggest win in the Seve Cup, defeating Continental Europe 16½ to 11½ on Sunday.

National Anthem: U.S. team prevails
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Chris DiMarco delivered the Presidents Cup for the home team on the last putt of the last match on the last hole.

National Anthem: U.S. team prevails
GAINESVILLE, Va. - Chris DiMarco delivered the Presidents Cup for the home team on the last putt of the last match on the last hole.

Britain and Ireland retain Seve Trophy
BILLINGHAM, England - Colin Montgomerie's Britain and Ireland team registered the biggest win in the Seve Cup, defeating Continental Europe 16½ to 11½ on Sunday.

Defense makes the offense look good

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Americans win Presidents Cup in playoff

Johnson wins at Dover, leads the Chase

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.

Council on Foreign Relations paper calls for ending sovereignty

Gas-guzzlers just help terrorists
The other day I was driving down Washington Road and saw a shiny new Hummer with one of those fake, magnetic yellow ribbons saying, "Support Our Troops." I thought: This guy doesn't get it. John M. Orr, Evans

Gas-guzzlers just help terrorists

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.

Our future lies in electric vehicles

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.

Bilingualism is useless pandering

SAT scores send wrong message

Our future lies in electric vehicles
My wife and I are newcomers to the South. We came to educate Augusta's children. My dedication: electric vehicle studies; my wife's: to continue educating young children. Her vision is in full blossom. My vision is stymied. Tony E. Basilicato, Augusta

Put war dead in perspective

Gas-guzzlers just help terrorists
The other day I was driving down Washington Road and saw a shiny new Hummer with one of those fake, magnetic yellow ribbons saying, "Support Our Troops." I thought: This guy doesn't get it. John M. Orr, Evans

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

Bilingualism is useless pandering
You are right to castigate Texas officials for requiring school personnel to learn Spanish to deal with immigrant pupils ("Teach parents English," Sept. 13). However, it is not only governments that are sending us down the road of cultural chaos by pandering to immigrants who largely refuse to learn our common tongue. Wesley Ross, 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.

Our future lies in electric vehicles
My wife and I are newcomers to the South. We came to educate Augusta's children. My dedication: electric vehicle studies; my wife's: to continue educating young children. Her vision is in full blossom. My vision is stymied. Tony E. Basilicato, Augusta

Bilingualism is useless pandering
You are right to castigate Texas officials for requiring school personnel to learn Spanish to deal with immigrant pupils ("Teach parents English," Sept. 13). However, it is not only governments that are sending us down the road of cultural chaos by pandering to immigrants who largely refuse to learn our common tongue. Wesley Ross, 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

Techbits: Academic file-sharing, Free Opera and more

Husband boasts about his wife's sense of style

Stuck in color rut?

Log on to the Internet before selling a house

Something new: A different screwdriver

Homeowners take mold seriously

Elliptical machines making fastest gains in use at health clubs

Living briefs

Presidents, poets, robbers draw thousands to cemetery

Romance and culture without spending a fortune

Ignorance caused wedding guests to ruin day

Island's best scenery is underwater

Web-based e-mail finally persuasive

Area gays continue to make steady, slow strides

Gaming's bygone era relived with Atari gadget

Museum celebrates the intriguing history of ballooning

Crime rate for 2004 unchanged at 30-year low

Solar tax credits get improvement

States pushing historic highway as tourist attraction

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.

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.

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.

Techbits: Academic file-sharing, Free Opera and more
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Researchers at Penn State and other universities have developed a tool to more easily share or search for large academic files - using the principles most associated with trading music and movies illegally.

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.

Web-based e-mail finally persuasive
NEW YORK - I've always hated Web-based e-mail. I've found the interface clunky and the services constraining (I'm an electronic pack rat who's been chastised multiple times for exceeding storage quotas).

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

Gaming's bygone era relived with Atari gadget
SAN FRANCISCO - Some sobering news for anyone who has recently crested 40: Everything you grew up with is now officially retro.

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.

Crime rate for 2004 unchanged at 30-year low
WASHINGTON - The nation's crime rate was unchanged last year, holding at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

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.

Web-based e-mail finally persuasive
NEW YORK - I've always hated Web-based e-mail. I've found the interface clunky and the services constraining (I'm an electronic pack rat who's been chastised multiple times for exceeding storage quotas).

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.

Techbits: Academic file-sharing, Free Opera and more
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Researchers at Penn State and other universities have developed a tool to more easily share or search for large academic files - using the principles most associated with trading music and movies illegally.

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

Gaming's bygone era relived with Atari gadget
SAN FRANCISCO - Some sobering news for anyone who has recently crested 40: Everything you grew up with is now officially retro.

Crime rate for 2004 unchanged at 30-year low
WASHINGTON - The nation's crime rate was unchanged last year, holding at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

Elliptical machines making fastest gains in use at health clubs
ALBANY, N.Y. - Treadmills still run the show at health clubs and stationary bikes, out of vogue in the 1990s, are making a comeback.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Elliptical machines making fastest gains in use at health clubs
ALBANY, N.Y. - Treadmills still run the show at health clubs and stationary bikes, out of vogue in the 1990s, are making a comeback.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lauren Daley, 14 months, of Augusta.

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 the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - A Christian group says a stress-reduction class for students at a Raleigh elementary school promoted "New Age" beliefs and were school-sponsored religious activities that violated the First Amendment.

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

Kid of the Day

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."

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.

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

Encore for the Miller
"It's time." That's what the new owner of the Miller Theater wants on the building's curved marquee in big, bold letters.

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

Residential lot size causes concern

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.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - A Christian group says a stress-reduction class for students at a Raleigh elementary school promoted "New Age" beliefs and were school-sponsored religious activities that violated the First Amendment.

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

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.

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

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

New bankruptcy law less painful here
In a few weeks, one of the most sweeping changes in the federal bankruptcy law goes into effect.

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

Five questions with ASU's Clint Bryant
Clint Bryant, the athletics director for Augusta State University, loves to talk about barbecue, but is tight-lipped when it comes to his own secret recipe. Mr. Bryant will participate in the Celebrity Men's Great Outdoor Cook-Off at Lake Olmstead Park on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will go to the 30901 Development Corp.

Glitz surrounds polo players off field

New bankruptcy law less painful here

First-time candidates see need for changes

Five questions with ASU's Clint Bryant

Area shelter remains open for evacuees

Encore for the Miller

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.

Across the area
An autopsy has failed to determine the cause of death of a woman whose badly decomposed body was found Saturday morning, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables said Sunday.

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.

Job-loss money still flows despite recovery
COLUMBIA - The state continues to give $29 million in tax breaks to companies in or near counties that were hurt by military base closings in the 1990s, even though the three counties meant to be helped by the Economic Impact Zone Act have largely recovered from the job losses.

Across the 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."

Across the region

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

Metro briefs

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

Golf cart accident leads to death

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lauren Daley, 14 months, of Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Humane touch is shared with needy animals
In some form or fashion, Donna Evans has been saving dogs all of her life.

Katrina causes shift in outlook
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Three weeks after finding shelter from Hurricane Katrina, reality is sinking in for Onita Simmons.

Residential lot size causes concern
It all comes down to three numbers: 15,000, 10,000 and 7,500.

Across the region
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill firefighter who lost his job after marrying the daughter of a fire captain at another station in the city has found work, as a firefighter in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.

Early 'snow days' get mixed reviews
ATLANTA - Rasheed Ahmad probably will have to take a day off from work today, thank you Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Across the region
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill firefighter who lost his job after marrying the daughter of a fire captain at another station in the city has found work, as a firefighter in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the region

Lobbyists fail to file reports
ATLANTA - Lobbyists, developers and others who spend more than $250 a year trying to sway the decisions of city or county officials are supposed to be filing reports with state and local watchdogs, but few such reports are on file, state auditors found.

News you can use

Residential lot size causes concern
It all comes down to three numbers: 15,000, 10,000 and 7,500.

Early 'snow days' get mixed reviews

Encore for the Miller
"It's time." That's what the new owner of the Miller Theater wants on the building's curved marquee in big, bold letters.

Job-loss money still flows despite recovery

Five questions with ASU's Clint Bryant
Clint Bryant, the athletics director for Augusta State University, loves to talk about barbecue, but is tight-lipped when it comes to his own secret recipe. Mr. Bryant will participate in the Celebrity Men's Great Outdoor Cook-Off at Lake Olmstead Park on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will go to the 30901 Development Corp.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Humane touch is shared with needy animals
In some form or fashion, Donna Evans has been saving dogs all of her life.

Across the region
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A Rock Hill firefighter who lost his job after marrying the daughter of a fire captain at another station in the city has found work, as a firefighter in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio.

New bankruptcy law less painful here
In a few weeks, one of the most sweeping changes in the federal bankruptcy law goes into effect.

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

Body of woman found in area

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.

Lobbyists fail to file reports
ATLANTA - Lobbyists, developers and others who spend more than $250 a year trying to sway the decisions of city or county officials are supposed to be filing reports with state and local watchdogs, but few such reports are on file, state auditors found.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Officials investigate van fire

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

News you can use

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Scams affect home values

Katrina causes shift in outlook
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Three weeks after finding shelter from Hurricane Katrina, reality is sinking in for Onita Simmons.

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."

Job-loss money still flows despite recovery
COLUMBIA - The state continues to give $29 million in tax breaks to companies in or near counties that were hurt by military base closings in the 1990s, even though the three counties meant to be helped by the Economic Impact Zone Act have largely recovered from the job losses.

Early 'snow days' get mixed reviews
ATLANTA - Rasheed Ahmad probably will have to take a day off from work today, thank you Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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.

Charter schools work without approved charters

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.

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

Area deputies face new challenge in Mississippi

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Blessed friends

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.

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.

Revitalization receives high rank on agendas

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.

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.

Lobbyists fail to file reports

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.

Across the area

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."

Humane touch is shared with needy animals

Where we live

Katrina causes shift in outlook

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.

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

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

Think of the benefits of living in Moorestown
The house I've lived in for years might be moving soon. Well, the bricks would stay put, but the subdivision just might take a drive into the city.

Think of the benefits of living in Moorestown
The house I've lived in for years might be moving soon. Well, the bricks would stay put, but the subdivision just might take a drive into the city.

Director shifts from music videos to movies
NEW YORK - Jay-Z shot. Trent Reznor spinning upside down. David Bowie teetering on a rooftop.

Director shifts from music videos to movies
NEW YORK - Jay-Z shot. Trent Reznor spinning upside down. David Bowie teetering on a rooftop.

'Flightplan,' 'Corpse Bride' propel big box-office weekend
LOS ANGELES - Jodie Foster piloted "Flightplan" to a No. 1 debut, her airborne thriller taking in $24.6 million to land ahead of "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," the runner-up with $20.1 million.

'Flightplan,' 'Corpse Bride' propel big box-office weekend
LOS ANGELES - Jodie Foster piloted "Flightplan" to a No. 1 debut, her airborne thriller taking in $24.6 million to land ahead of "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," the runner-up with $20.1 million.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Flightplan,' 'Corpse Bride' propel big box-office weekend

Director shifts from music videos to movies

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:

Daddy Yankee leading the reggaeton charge

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

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

Singer Marilyn Horne nabs a lifetime achievement award

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

Singer Marilyn Horne nabs a lifetime achievement award
NEW YORK - Marilyn Horne at 71: singer, teacher, grandmother - and now, winner of a lifetime achievement award.

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.

Daddy Yankee leading the reggaeton charge
NEW YORK - Raymond Ayala became reggaeton star Daddy Yankee the day he was shot in the leg with an AK-47.

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."

Daddy Yankee leading the reggaeton charge
NEW YORK - Raymond Ayala became reggaeton star Daddy Yankee the day he was shot in the leg with an AK-47.

Singer Marilyn Horne nabs a lifetime achievement award
NEW YORK - Marilyn Horne at 71: singer, teacher, grandmother - and now, winner of a lifetime achievement award.

VH1 celebrates rap's pioneers

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.

Chase remains exciting, even without superstars
DOVER, Del. - Who needs Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon when there's six drivers within 23 points in the Chase for the Championship?

Alonso is youngest Formula One champ

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.

Chase remains exciting, even without superstars

Johnson's knowledge is power

Alonso is youngest Formula One champ
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Fernando Alonso became Formula One's youngest champion by finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Newman ties Busch record, sets Dover mark

Chase remains exciting, even without superstars
DOVER, Del. - Who needs Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon when there's six drivers within 23 points in the Chase for the Championship?

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.

Johnson's knowledge is power
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson took everything Kyle Busch learned about Dover International Speedway, then used it to beat the 20 year-old driver Sunday in the MBNA RacePoints 400.

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

Wallace knows he can be a winner outside Victory Lane

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.

Johnson's knowledge is power
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson took everything Kyle Busch learned about Dover International Speedway, then used it to beat the 20 year-old driver Sunday in the MBNA RacePoints 400.

Alonso is youngest Formula One champ
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Fernando Alonso became Formula One's youngest champion by finishing third in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Kahne, Busch are in close quarters

Pro football capsules

Falcons seeking quick road start

Area players in the NFL

Falcons shuffle out with a win

Dolphins edge Panthers

Power rankings week 3

Mr. Lowell Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lowell Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mosley Leopard    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

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

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

Mr. Jasper F. Burt    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

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

Mrs. Rose Rambow    (CLINTON, S.C.)

Mr. Earl Stanley    (PHARR, TX)

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

Mr. Richard J. Tengel    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Guthrie    (ADRIAN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jasper F. Burt    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Domonique Godbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Howard Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W.C. Boyd    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Richard J. Tengel    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. John H. Smith, Jr.    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Earl Stanley    (PHARR, TX)

Mrs. Susan Conn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joan Bryant    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. William McDaniel, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Howard Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Domonique Godbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Connie Driver Vick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. W.C. Boyd    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Mosley Leopard    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Michael Guthrie    (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Connie Driver Vick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier    (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Noggle    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Rambow    (CLINTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. John H. Smith, Jr.    (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Patricia del Valle    (MIAMI, FL.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Cogburn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Brumbalow    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Peter Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William McDaniel, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. King William Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Luella Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Brumbalow (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rose Rambow (CLINTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Michael Guthrie (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Conn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Earl Stanley (PHARR, TX)

Mr. King William Dye (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Domonique Godbee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Virginia Bradshaw (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard J. Tengel (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alfred S. Frazier (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mrs. Connie Driver Vick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William McDaniel, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jasper F. Burt (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Mosley Leopard (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. John H. Smith, Jr. (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. W.C. Boyd (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Howard Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Peter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia del Valle (MIAMI, FL.)

Mr. Lowell Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Luella Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Trippe Oellerich (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sandra Noggle (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murphy Menger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Antonio Deonte Kelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Moore Pruitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Sports rants and raves

Professor studies why athletes behave badly

Roddick serves notice: U.S. will stay in top group of Davis Cup

Armstrong, Merckx lead a ride for charity

Bryan brothers put U.S. ahead in Davis Cup

Overtime

Back in contention, Wladimir Klitschko seeks title bid

Slovakia, Croatia lead Davis Cup semifinals

Semifinal spot on line today

Overtime

Injured Sharapova quits during Beijing semifinal

Announcements

Roddick serves notice: U.S. will stay in top group of Davis Cup
LEUVEN, Belgium - Andy Roddick will be perfectly fine if no one mentions his mojo again. His serve is another matter, and he rode it for 35 screaming aces Sunday to keep the United States in the elite group of Davis Cup.

Roddick serves notice: U.S. will stay in top group of Davis Cup
LEUVEN, Belgium - Andy Roddick will be perfectly fine if no one mentions his mojo again. His serve is another matter, and he rode it for 35 screaming aces Sunday to keep the United States in the elite group of Davis Cup.

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.

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.

Semifinal spot on line today
AIKEN - Adam Snow doesn't know if he'll be able to watch today's match between Millarville and New Bridge.

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.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx signed veteran right winger Sam Ftorek on Saturday.

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

Professor studies why athletes behave badly
MOSCOW, Idaho - Sharon Stoll knows why the sports page often reads like a police blotter - filled with news of illegal drugs, rapes, beatings and other crimes committed by athletes.

Back in contention, Wladimir Klitschko seeks title bid
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Wladimir Klitschko showed heart, stamina and resiliency in his victory over Samuel Peter.

Armstrong, Merckx lead a ride for charity
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong zipped through the Oregon countryside with five-time winner Eddie Merckx of Belgium at his side, followed by some 3,500 other cyclists stretched out for miles behind them.

Semifinal spot on line today
AIKEN - Adam Snow doesn't know if he'll be able to watch today's match between Millarville and New Bridge.

Armstrong, Merckx lead a ride for charity
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong zipped through the Oregon countryside with five-time winner Eddie Merckx of Belgium at his side, followed by some 3,500 other cyclists stretched out for miles behind them.

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.

Back in contention, Wladimir Klitschko seeks title bid
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Wladimir Klitschko showed heart, stamina and resiliency in his victory over Samuel Peter.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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
The Augusta Lynx signed veteran right winger Sam Ftorek on Saturday.

Professor studies why athletes behave badly
MOSCOW, Idaho - Sharon Stoll knows why the sports page often reads like a police blotter - filled with news of illegal drugs, rapes, beatings and other crimes committed by athletes.

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

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.

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

Falcons shuffle out with a win
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Falcons fans can relax. Michael Vick, and his tweaked hamstring, look fine.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dolphins edge Panthers
MIAMI - When the Miami Dolphins were desperate for someone to stop Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers, safety Lance Schulters stepped in.

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

Falcons shuffle out with a win
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Falcons fans can relax. Michael Vick, and his tweaked hamstring, look fine.

Dolphins edge Panthers
MIAMI - When the Miami Dolphins were desperate for someone to stop Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers, safety Lance Schulters stepped in.

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.

After storm, worshippers give thanks for survival
TYLER, Texas - Reaching into a white plastic bag Sunday, pastor Michael W. Massar pulled out a broken tree limb - a symbol of Hurricane Rita.

After storm, worshippers give thanks for survival
TYLER, Texas - Reaching into a white plastic bag Sunday, pastor Michael W. Massar pulled out a broken tree limb - a symbol of Hurricane Rita.

Players, fans winning now in match play

Reporter buoys reputation with hurricane coverage
NEW YORK - Much like a youthful Dan Rather made a name for himself with stellar coverage of a Gulf Coast hurricane two generations ago, Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith opened some eyes with his work in the face of a powerful and blustery force.

Reporter buoys reputation with hurricane coverage
NEW YORK - Much like a youthful Dan Rather made a name for himself with stellar coverage of a Gulf Coast hurricane two generations ago, Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith opened some eyes with his work in the face of a powerful and blustery force.

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

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

Dylan film explores his early songs and their era
NEW YORK - "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," released in 1963, has one of the era's most memorable album covers. Gracing the album that features such folk anthems as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is a photo of the 21-year-old Dylan tripping through a snowy New York street with a radiant young woman hugging him close.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Reporter buoys reputation with hurricane coverage

Dylan film explores his early songs and their era

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.

Dylan film explores his early songs and their era
NEW YORK - "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," released in 1963, has one of the era's most memorable album covers. Gracing the album that features such folk anthems as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is a photo of the 21-year-old Dylan tripping through a snowy New York street with a radiant young woman hugging him close.

Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' return

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

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.

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

Shockley has big night for Georgia

Georgia at 4-0, focusing on Vols
STARKVILLE, Miss. - D.J. Shockley is cramming a career's worth of firsts into his only season as Georgia's starting quarterback.

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.

Georgia at 4-0, focusing on Vols
STARKVILLE, Miss. - D.J. Shockley is cramming a career's worth of firsts into his only season as Georgia's starting quarterback.

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.

Ware shows off his skills as receiver

Georgia at 4-0, focusing on Vols

Pops' catch is just another triumph
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was just a simple hitch pass during trash time. But to 40-year-old South Carolina walk-on Tim Frisby, Saturday's catch was yet another goal achieved in a remarkable life.

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

Pops' catch is just another triumph
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was just a simple hitch pass during trash time. But to 40-year-old South Carolina walk-on Tim Frisby, Saturday's catch was yet another goal achieved in a remarkable life.

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.

Pops' catch is just another triumph

Around the block

Sheriff's office seeking national accreditation

Meetings

Library is having ghostly contest

Area adult literacy sites

Dancers relish chance to be creative in food bank benefit

Library events

Aiken County Farmers Market

Across the river

This week

Athlete Spotlight: Mallory Stripling

Recycling centers

Events

Arts center to open new facilities to public

Recreation events

CSRA Bridge results

Agreement on connector road is reached in council meeting

Pet of the week

North Augusta to begin filling sports hall of fame

Chocolate festival is tasty attraction

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Reunions

Annexation plans continue

Business award is surprise to man

Oktoberfest will have plenty of food, entertainment

TV networks offer extensive Rita coverage

Rita damages some refineries

Houston spared from Rita's wrath

Major developments stemming from Hurricane Rita

Feds declare public health emergency

Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston

Rita rains on New Orleans, raising more fears of flooding

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

Lessons of Katrina - a second chance to get right

Rita batters Gulf Coast with high winds and water

Bush monitors Hurricane Rita from Colorado air base

Sabine Pass nearly destroyed by hurricane century ago

Georgia's schools to close two days to save gas

After storm, worshippers give thanks for survival