Aiken man to direct efforts to protect Hitchcock Woods
The Hitchcock Foundation didn't have to go far to find its first executive director.

Boy Scouts help Spooky food drive
This time of year usually calls for ghosts and goblins, witches and spiders. For the It's Spooky to Be Hungry food drive, however, there's nothing scary about this time of year.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Oct. 3-9.

Meetings
AIKEN OUTDOORS: 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays; to discuss outdoor activities in the Aiken area; open to anyone interested; Birds and Butterflies, 123 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken; 649-3470

Police begin safety campaign aimed at ATV users
Riding an all-terrain vehicle on the back roads of Aiken County seems like fun, but it can run riders afoul of the law.

Across the river
BOSHEARS SKYFEST: Today; Daniel Field off Wrightsboro Road; air show; $15, 12 and younger free with adult; Circle K locations for advance tickets; www.boshears.com

Soldier is glad to be in show
Performing has been in Sgt. Tony Cooper's blood since he was a child.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 5-7. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

City council has busy session
Aiken City Council had a full agenda at its meeting Monday, and council members agreed on most of the issues under consideration.

Around the block
Colonial Times: A Day to Remember continues from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta.

City council has busy session
Aiken City Council had a full agenda at its meeting Monday, and council members agreed on most of the issues under consideration.

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

Mounted patrolmen train in Aiken
It's not unusual to see dozens of horses cantering around an Aiken polo field, but it is unusual to see nearly two dozen horses dodging obstacles, enduring smoke bombs and ignoring firecrackers.

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.

Council considers televising its sessions on tape-delay
Aiken County Council might soon be able to enter the homes of thousands of area residents with the push of a button.

Event supports horse program for handicapped
There's a place on the southeast side of Aiken where disabled people can feel a sense of freedom on the backs of gentle horses.

Mounted patrolmen train in Aiken
It's not unusual to see dozens of horses cantering around an Aiken polo field, but it is unusual to see nearly two dozen horses dodging obstacles, enduring smoke bombs and ignoring firecrackers.

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

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

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.

Council considers televising its sessions on tape-delay
Aiken County Council might soon be able to enter the homes of thousands of area residents with the push of a button.

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

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

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

Aiken man to direct efforts to protect Hitchcock Woods
The Hitchcock Foundation didn't have to go far to find its first executive director.

CSRA Bridge Results
CSRA Bridge Results for Oct. 3-9.

Event supports horse program for handicapped
There's a place on the southeast side of Aiken where disabled people can feel a sense of freedom on the backs of gentle horses.

Meetings
AIKEN OUTDOORS: 7:30 p.m. second Thursdays; to discuss outdoor activities in the Aiken area; open to anyone interested; Birds and Butterflies, 123 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken; 649-3470

Boy Scouts help Spooky food drive
This time of year usually calls for ghosts and goblins, witches and spiders. For the It's Spooky to Be Hungry food drive, however, there's nothing scary about this time of year.

Around the block
Colonial Times: A Day to Remember continues from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta.

Christmas tree needed for Carolighting
Organizers of the state's annual Carolight-ing at the Capital are looking for a few good trees.

Across the river
BOSHEARS SKYFEST: Today; Daniel Field off Wrightsboro Road; air show; $15, 12 and younger free with adult; Circle K locations for advance tickets; www.boshears.com

Helping protect the protectors
BNG America Savannah River Corp. President Jeff Stevens (from left) presents a check for $2,240 to Chief E.P. Epperson, of the Salley Police Department, and New Ellenton Police Chief Hugh Ray on Monday to assist those departments with the purchase of body armor.

Events
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; Jerusalem Baptist Church, 4185 Columbia Highway, Ridge Spring, S.C.; with the Rev. Otis Moss; 210-0433

Athlete Spotlight: Ted Torgesen
North Augusta High School's Ted Torgesen had two third-place finishes at the state swim meet Oct. 8 at the University of South Carolina.

This week
Cavalry practices: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; Schofield Farms, 255 McElmurry Road, Beech Island; $5 to participate; stalls cost $10; lessons and rental horses available; sponsored by the Canton of Ritterwald; 593-6512

Police begin safety campaign aimed at ATV users
Riding an all-terrain vehicle on the back roads of Aiken County seems like fun, but it can run riders afoul of the law.

Helping protect the protectors
BNG America Savannah River Corp. President Jeff Stevens (from left) presents a check for $2,240 to Chief E.P. Epperson, of the Salley Police Department, and New Ellenton Police Chief Hugh Ray on Monday to assist those departments with the purchase of body armor.

This week
Cavalry practices: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; Schofield Farms, 255 McElmurry Road, Beech Island; $5 to participate; stalls cost $10; lessons and rental horses available; sponsored by the Canton of Ritterwald; 593-6512

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 5-7. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Events
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; Jerusalem Baptist Church, 4185 Columbia Highway, Ridge Spring, S.C.; with the Rev. Otis Moss; 210-0433

Athlete Spotlight: Ted Torgesen
North Augusta High School's Ted Torgesen had two third-place finishes at the state swim meet Oct. 8 at the University of South Carolina.

Soldier is glad to be in show
Performing has been in Sgt. Tony Cooper's blood since he was a child.

Christmas tree needed for Carolighting
Organizers of the state's annual Carolight-ing at the Capital are looking for a few good trees.

Festival requires show by Godfather
Last week, Augusta's We Feel Good committee announced plans for a James Brown Soul of America Music Festival, to be held March 30 to April 1. According to Charles "Champ" Walker Jr., the festival's honorary chairman, plans include a televised roast, a golf tournament, a dance, look-alike contests and live music celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mr. Brown's first hit, Please, Please, Please.

Festival requires show by Godfather

'Iron Orchid' sprouts from many roots
With "Iron Orchid," Stuart Woods has grown a flourishing hybrid.

'Iron Orchid' sprouts from many roots

'Iron Orchid' sprouts from many roots
With "Iron Orchid," Stuart Woods has grown a flourishing hybrid.

Festival requires show by Godfather
Last week, Augusta's We Feel Good committee announced plans for a James Brown Soul of America Music Festival, to be held March 30 to April 1. According to Charles "Champ" Walker Jr., the festival's honorary chairman, plans include a televised roast, a golf tournament, a dance, look-alike contests and live music celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mr. Brown's first hit, Please, Please, Please.

Chicago seizes control of series
ANAHEIM, Calif. - No doubt about this one. Paul Konerko made sure of that.

Chicago seizes control of series
ANAHEIM, Calif. - No doubt about this one. Paul Konerko made sure of that.

Chicago seizes control of series

Astros deal Cards a defeat
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens would love to carry his hometown Houston Astros to their first World Series, and he put them in good position to get there.

Astros deal Cards a defeat

Astros deal Cards a defeat
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens would love to carry his hometown Houston Astros to their first World Series, and he put them in good position to get there.

Best lessons for off the field learned on the field

Mia Sloane Wood
Garrett and Tara Wood of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Sloane, born September 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron and Corey Walton

Camryn Grace Smith
Mary Turner and Ryan Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Camryn Grace, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Xavier Simmons
Priscilla Gary and Joseph Simmons are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Xavier, born June 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jonas Wyatt Brantley
Jeremiah and Mary Ellen Brantley of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonas Wyatt, born September 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella Grace Power

Chloe Deann Henry
William Benson and Katrina Deann Henry of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Deann, born September 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Robert Hadden
Joey and Emily Boyles Hadden of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carter Robert, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bianca Ashley Frank
Peter and Lizbeth Frank of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bianca Ashley, born September 28, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lukas James Tafoya
J. Luis Castro and Jamie Lynn Franks Tafoya of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas James, born September 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Chad Bentley Strite
Duane Ashley and Janice Hershberger Strite of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Chad Bentley, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kyana Nicole Newman
Oneisha Lorene Newman of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Kyana Nicole, born September 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Legion Brandon Alvey
Dana Alvey and Brandon Swint are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Legion Brandon, born September 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Ignacio Leon Guerrero III

Jonas Wyatt Brantley
Jeremiah and Mary Ellen Brantley of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jonas Wyatt, born September 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Bryce Cassedy
Kevin Joseph and Angie Hendrix Cassedy of Stapleton, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Bryce, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tommie Le'Shay Conner
Tommy Lee and Frederica Lavel Crumbley-Conner, Jr. of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tommie Le'Shay, born September 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Wilson Gay
W.R. (Bill) Gay and Randi Cooper Gay III of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Wilson, born September 7, 2005 at St. Frances Women's and Family Hospital in Greenville, S.C.

Mark Allen McClain
Benjamin David and Emily Wagher McClain are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mark Allen, born September 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Iris Jean Moore
Bryan Robert and Dawn Marie Moore of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Iris Jean, born September 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Bryce Cassedy
Kevin Joseph and Angie Hendrix Cassedy of Stapleton, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Bryce, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylie Elizabeth Birmingham
Bryan Andrew and Toni Snipes Birmingham of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylie Elizabeth, born August 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mia Sloane Wood
Garrett and Tara Wood of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Sloane, born September 16, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua Smith
Nakisha Jones and Jerry Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua, born September 13, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Jackson Chance Decker
Daniel and Melanie Decker of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Chance, born September 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Ignacio Leon Guerrero III
Cassandra James and Joseph Guerrero, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Ignacio Leon, born September 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Vincent Stewart Burris
Rodney Stewart and Christina Ellison Burris of Clearwater are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vincent Stewart, born September 23, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ava Elinor Bowers
Bennett Payton Randolph and Rebekah Besnard Bowers of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Elinor, born September 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Nicole Schichner
Kevin James and Andrea Susan Schichner of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Nicole, born September 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Lukas James Tafoya

Lindsay Marie Brown
Matthew Lee and Carolyn Rosemary Brown, Sr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lindsay Marie, born September 8, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Samuel Tucker Hokrein

Jaxson Marshall Griffin
Bob and Tracy Griffin of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaxson Marshall, born September 26, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Collin Stuart Godowns

Aaron and Corey Walton
Candace RaChel Walton of Beech Island is pleased to announce the birth of her twin sons, Aaron Joshua and Corey Jalen, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ann Marie Partl
Jeff and Rachel Partl of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ann Marie, born August 30, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Legion Brandon Alvey
Dana Alvey and Brandon Swint are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Legion Brandon, born September 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Samuel Tucker Hokrein
Glen and Karen Reese Hokrein of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Tucker, born September 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua Smith
Nakisha Jones and Jerry Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua, born September 13, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Vincent Stewart Burris
Rodney Stewart and Christina Ellison Burris of Clearwater are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vincent Stewart, born September 23, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Emory Beggs
Lawrence Joseph and Melanie Snyder Beggs of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Emory, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Nicole Schichner
Kevin James and Andrea Susan Schichner of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Nicole, born September 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kyana Nicole Newman
Oneisha Lorene Newman of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Kyana Nicole, born September 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lindsay Marie Brown
Matthew Lee and Carolyn Rosemary Brown, Sr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lindsay Marie, born September 8, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ian Anthony Mann
Joseph and Shannon Mann of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian Anthony, born September 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaxson Marshall Griffin
Bob and Tracy Griffin of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaxson Marshall, born September 26, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Wilson Gay

Aaron and Corey Walton
Candace RaChel Walton of Beech Island is pleased to announce the birth of her twin sons, Aaron Joshua and Corey Jalen, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jonas Wyatt Brantley

Isabella Grace Power
Greg and Laura Power of Edgefield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Grace, born September 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ann Marie Partl

Ian Anthony Mann
Joseph and Shannon Mann of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian Anthony, born September 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kyana Nicole Newman

Jackson Emory Beggs
Lawrence Joseph and Melanie Snyder Beggs of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Emory, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Chance Decker
Daniel and Melanie Decker of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Chance, born September 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Collin Stuart Godowns
Michael and Meredith Godowns of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Collin Stuart, born September 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chloe Deann Henry

Milton Guest Burroughs III
Milton Guest and Donna Weeks Burroughs, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Milton Guest, born September 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Iris Jean Moore

Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua Smith

Mia Sloane Wood

Tommie Le'Shay Conner
Tommy Lee and Frederica Lavel Crumbley-Conner, Jr. of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tommie Le'Shay, born September 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Chance Decker

Mark Allen McClain
Benjamin David and Emily Wagher McClain are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mark Allen, born September 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Camryn Grace Smith

Autum Kay-Leona Johnson
Lindsey Johnson and Brian Cherry are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Autum Kay-Leona, born September 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylie Elizabeth Birmingham

Ava Elinor Bowers
Bennett Payton Randolph and Rebekah Besnard Bowers of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Elinor, born September 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lindsay Marie Brown

Chloe Deann Henry
William Benson and Katrina Deann Henry of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Deann, born September 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Bryce Cassedy

Bianca Ashley Frank
Peter and Lizbeth Frank of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bianca Ashley, born September 28, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ian Anthony Mann

Chad Bentley Strite
Duane Ashley and Janice Hershberger Strite of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Chad Bentley, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bianca Ashley Frank

Ann Marie Partl
Jeff and Rachel Partl of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ann Marie, born August 30, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Milton Guest Burroughs III

Samuel Tucker Hokrein
Glen and Karen Reese Hokrein of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Tucker, born September 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Legion Brandon Alvey

Autum Kay-Leona Johnson
Lindsey Johnson and Brian Cherry are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Autum Kay-Leona, born September 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mark Allen McClain

Carter Robert Hadden
Joey and Emily Boyles Hadden of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carter Robert, born September 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ava Elinor Bowers

Iris Jean Moore
Bryan Robert and Dawn Marie Moore of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Iris Jean, born September 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Emory Beggs

Camryn Grace Smith
Mary Turner and Ryan Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Camryn Grace, born June 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Vincent Stewart Burris

Kaylie Elizabeth Birmingham
Bryan Andrew and Toni Snipes Birmingham of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylie Elizabeth, born August 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaxson Marshall Griffin

Lukas James Tafoya
J. Luis Castro and Jamie Lynn Franks Tafoya of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas James, born September 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Autum Kay-Leona Johnson

Isabella Grace Power
Greg and Laura Power of Edgefield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Grace, born September 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Nicole Schichner

Joseph Xavier Simmons
Priscilla Gary and Joseph Simmons are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Xavier, born June 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Robert Hadden

Collin Stuart Godowns
Michael and Meredith Godowns of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Collin Stuart, born September 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chad Bentley Strite

Milton Guest Burroughs III
Milton Guest and Donna Weeks Burroughs, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Milton Guest, born September 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tommie Le'Shay Conner

Joseph Xavier Simmons

Andrew Wilson Gay
W.R. (Bill) Gay and Randi Cooper Gay III of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Wilson, born September 7, 2005 at St. Frances Women's and Family Hospital in Greenville, S.C.

Consumer prices surge by largest amount in 25 years
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices surged in September by the largest amount in more than 25 years as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita sent energy prices soaring at the fastest pace on record.

Prices prompt Social Secutiry benefit increase

Storm effects start to show

Older hotels upgrade amid construction of new ones

Prices prompt Social Secutiry benefit increase
WASHINGTON - Social Security checks for nearly 50 million Americans are going up next year an average of $39 a month, the biggest boost in 15 years, though rising energy bills and higher Medicare premiums will erase a big chunk of the gain for many.

Business calendar

Storm effects start to show
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices soared last month by the biggest amount in nearly 25 years, propelled by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the record gasoline costs in their wake.

Property transfers

Disputes are watershed moment for unions

Restaurant pager suppliers scramble for market

GE profit increases in third quarter
STAMFORD, Conn. - General Electric Co. said Friday that profit rose 15 percent in the third quarter as its global growth offset hurricane losses.

Business briefs

Twenty new jobs fly into Augusta Regional
Garrett Aviation Services Inc. is reducing jobs nationally, but the cuts have increased staffing levels at the company's Augusta facility.

Biz bits

Disputes are watershed moment for unions
DETROIT - The outlook for organized labor seems to grow worse by the day in this year of turmoil for unions.

Business briefs
An Augusta landmark comes under new ownership.

GE profit increases in third quarter

Biz bits
Dr. John Hitt has joined MCG Health Inc. as vice president of outcomes management.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business calendar
- Today: GRAYT Augusta Bridal Fair, brides and grooms can learn tips from 40 area businesses such as caterers, photographers and apparel companies; includes fashion show by David's Bridal, After Hours Formal Wear and Men's Warehouse; 12:30-5 p.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, $7 at the door.

Consumer prices surge by largest amount in 25 years

Restaurant pager suppliers scramble for market
DALLAS - Restaurant coaster pagers - those clunky hunks of plastic that flash, vibrate and/or beep when your table is ready - are getting some new bells and whistles.

Disputes are watershed moment for unions
DETROIT - The outlook for organized labor seems to grow worse by the day in this year of turmoil for unions.

Older hotels upgrade amid construction of new ones
It was fall 2004, and Augusta area hotel occupancy had dropped from 58 percent to less than 54 percent - an undesirable statistic for the typical hotel owner. Assessing the data, Barry White, the head of the city's visitors bureau, concluded the local hospitality market was reaching its saturation point.

Storm effects start to show
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices soared last month by the biggest amount in nearly 25 years, propelled by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the record gasoline costs in their wake.

Business briefs
An Augusta landmark comes under new ownership.

Consumer prices surge by largest amount in 25 years
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices surged in September by the largest amount in more than 25 years as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita sent energy prices soaring at the fastest pace on record.

Restaurant pager suppliers scramble for market
DALLAS - Restaurant coaster pagers - those clunky hunks of plastic that flash, vibrate and/or beep when your table is ready - are getting some new bells and whistles.

Prices prompt Social Secutiry benefit increase
WASHINGTON - Social Security checks for nearly 50 million Americans are going up next year an average of $39 a month, the biggest boost in 15 years, though rising energy bills and higher Medicare premiums will erase a big chunk of the gain for many.

Business calendar
- Today: GRAYT Augusta Bridal Fair, brides and grooms can learn tips from 40 area businesses such as caterers, photographers and apparel companies; includes fashion show by David's Bridal, After Hours Formal Wear and Men's Warehouse; 12:30-5 p.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, $7 at the door.

GE profit increases in third quarter
STAMFORD, Conn. - General Electric Co. said Friday that profit rose 15 percent in the third quarter as its global growth offset hurricane losses.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Twenty new jobs fly into Augusta Regional
Garrett Aviation Services Inc. is reducing jobs nationally, but the cuts have increased staffing levels at the company's Augusta facility.

Older hotels upgrade amid construction of new ones
It was fall 2004, and Augusta area hotel occupancy had dropped from 58 percent to less than 54 percent - an undesirable statistic for the typical hotel owner. Assessing the data, Barry White, the head of the city's visitors bureau, concluded the local hospitality market was reaching its saturation point.

Biz bits
Dr. John Hitt has joined MCG Health Inc. as vice president of outcomes management.

Twenty new jobs fly into Augusta Regional

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 15, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 16, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 15, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 16, 2005.

Candidates try to win votes at the many political forums

Candidates try to win votes at the many political forums
Augusta's having more political forums than a dog has fleas, state Sen. J.B. Powell is searching for a cow killer and Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams didn't head to Atlanta because his vocal backers kept their wallets quiet.

Candidates try to win votes at the many political forums
Augusta's having more political forums than a dog has fleas, state Sen. J.B. Powell is searching for a cow killer and Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams didn't head to Atlanta because his vocal backers kept their wallets quiet.

Clemson's Davis undergoes surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson running back James Davis had surgery Friday on a fractured left wrist that could sideline him up to a month.

Clemson's Davis undergoes surgery

Clemson's Davis undergoes surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson running back James Davis had surgery Friday on a fractured left wrist that could sideline him up to a month.

Tigers looking for season's first win

Tigers, Gators trying to stay close in SEC race
BATON ROUGE, La. - Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey paused several seconds, scratching his chin and staring at the ground while trying to explain the significance of Saturday's game at LSU.

Champs duck pluck of the Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Tested like never before, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Southern Cal showed they have a championship jaw to go along with all that talent.

Wildcats QB shows he can air it out, too

Tigers looking for season's first win
Savannah State football players were shocked when they watched ESPN last Saturday and saw this score scroll across the bottom of their television screens: Delaware State 17, Bethune-Cookman 0, .

Wildcats QB shows he can air it out, too
As Jimmie Russell entered Bulldog Stadium on Saturday afternoon, his mind raced back to his high school days in Jonesboro, Ga., as the quarterback at Riverdale High School.

Southern Conference roundup
In Charleston, S.C., Jerome Felton ran for three touchdowns, including the winning score in the third overtime as Furman beat The Citadel.

Champs duck pluck of the Irish

Tigers, Gators trying to stay close in SEC race

Champs duck pluck of the Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Tested like never before, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Southern Cal showed they have a championship jaw to go along with all that talent.

Tigers looking for season's first win
Savannah State football players were shocked when they watched ESPN last Saturday and saw this score scroll across the bottom of their television screens: Delaware State 17, Bethune-Cookman 0, .

Wildcats QB shows he can air it out, too
As Jimmie Russell entered Bulldog Stadium on Saturday afternoon, his mind raced back to his high school days in Jonesboro, Ga., as the quarterback at Riverdale High School.

Tigers, Gators trying to stay close in SEC race
BATON ROUGE, La. - Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey paused several seconds, scratching his chin and staring at the ground while trying to explain the significance of Saturday's game at LSU.

Tigers lose ninth in row
There was nothing classic about Savannah State's performance in the 13th CSRA Classic Saturday afternoon against Bethune-Cookman.

Tigers lose ninth in row
There was nothing classic about Savannah State's performance in the 13th CSRA Classic Saturday afternoon against Bethune-Cookman.

Southern Conference roundup

Tigers lose ninth in row

Southern Conference roundup
In Charleston, S.C., Jerome Felton ran for three touchdowns, including the winning score in the third overtime as Furman beat The Citadel.

Wolfpack prepares for life without Hodge

Tax reform panel flops
President Bush gave his tax advisory commission the mission of finding changes that would make the tax system simpler, less costly and foster economic growth.

Miss manners? So do we
The woman who got kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight Oct. 4 for having an obscenity on her T-shirt - and being belligerently stubborn about not changing it - is just the latest and best example:

Miss manners? So do we
The woman who got kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight Oct. 4 for having an obscenity on her T-shirt - and being belligerently stubborn about not changing it - is just the latest and best example:

Miss manners? So do we

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word
Local activist Woody Merry's band of government reformers wants public officials to sign a "Contract with Augusta" setting out certain behaviors and decorum.

Aiken County's big decision
The Aiken County Council and Board of Education are getting together Tuesday for what should be a rousing and possibly decisive public hearing - at 7 p.m., in the council building at 736 Richland Ave. West in Aiken - on the pros and cons of the proposed bond deal with the FineDeering Development Group.

Tax reform panel flops
President Bush gave his tax advisory commission the mission of finding changes that would make the tax system simpler, less costly and foster economic growth.

Needed: a federal anti-meth law
Laws restricting the sale of over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine - from which can be made the highly addictive drug methamphetamine - are not working because illegal meth makers can get what they need in neighboring states to make and sell the drug in regulated states.

Needed: a federal anti-meth law

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word
Local activist Woody Merry's band of government reformers wants public officials to sign a "Contract with Augusta" setting out certain behaviors and decorum.

Aiken County's big decision

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word

Needed: a federal anti-meth law
Laws restricting the sale of over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine - from which can be made the highly addictive drug methamphetamine - are not working because illegal meth makers can get what they need in neighboring states to make and sell the drug in regulated states.

Aiken County's big decision
The Aiken County Council and Board of Education are getting together Tuesday for what should be a rousing and possibly decisive public hearing - at 7 p.m., in the council building at 736 Richland Ave. West in Aiken - on the pros and cons of the proposed bond deal with the FineDeering Development Group.

Tax reform panel flops

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen leaving NYU
NEW YORK - What would Bob Saget say about this? Mary-Kate Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle with her twin sister, Ashley, on the '80s comedy "Full House," has dropped out of college, early in her sophomore year, according to a published report.

People in the News
BURBANK, Calif. - Ellen DeGeneres will get a fancy tour guide when she takes her talk show to Manhattan next month.

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen leaving NYU
NEW YORK - What would Bob Saget say about this? Mary-Kate Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle with her twin sister, Ashley, on the '80s comedy "Full House," has dropped out of college, early in her sophomore year, according to a published report.

People in the News
BURBANK, Calif. - Ellen DeGeneres will get a fancy tour guide when she takes her talk show to Manhattan next month.

Melissa Etheridge says she used medicinal marijuana during chemotherapy
NEW YORK - Melissa Etheridge says she smoked medicinal marijuana to help with the side effects of chemotherapy during her treatment for breast cancer.

Melissa Etheridge says she used medicinal marijuana during chemotherapy
NEW YORK - Melissa Etheridge says she smoked medicinal marijuana to help with the side effects of chemotherapy during her treatment for breast cancer.

Social Security benefits to increase 4.1 percent
WASHINGTON - More than 48 million Americans will get a 4.1 percent increase in their monthly Social Security checks next year, the largest increase in more than a decade. For the average retiree, it will mean an increase of $39 a month.

Social Security benefits to increase 4.1 percent

Social Security benefits to increase 4.1 percent
WASHINGTON - More than 48 million Americans will get a 4.1 percent increase in their monthly Social Security checks next year, the largest increase in more than a decade. For the average retiree, it will mean an increase of $39 a month.

Consumers rush to file bankruptcy petitions ahead of law change

Consumers rush to file bankruptcy petitions ahead of law change
DENVER - Hundreds of consumers across the nation crowded into courthouses Friday to file bankruptcy petitions to beat the start of a new federal law that sets stricter standards for seeking protection from creditors.

Consumers rush to file bankruptcy petitions ahead of law change
DENVER - Hundreds of consumers across the nation crowded into courthouses Friday to file bankruptcy petitions to beat the start of a new federal law that sets stricter standards for seeking protection from creditors.

Mountaineers compound Eagles' misery on road
BOONE, N.C. - Kevin Richardson ran for 208 yards and a touchdown to lead a balanced Appalachian State attack as the Mountaineers beat Georgia Southern 24-7 on Saturday

Mountaineers compound Eagles' misery on road
BOONE, N.C. - Kevin Richardson ran for 208 yards and a touchdown to lead a balanced Appalachian State attack as the Mountaineers beat Georgia Southern 24-7 on Saturday

Jackets take victory walk on this trip
DURHAM, N.C. - No player ever forgets the walk from the sideline to the visitors' locker room at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.

Gailey's team still has identity crisis
ATLANTA - Identities come easily to most college football teams.

Jackets take victory walk on this trip
DURHAM, N.C. - No player ever forgets the walk from the sideline to the visitors' locker room at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.

Georgia Tech notebook
DURHAM, N.C. - Tailback Tashard Choice gave Georgia Tech fans a glimpse of what to expect after P.J. Daniels leaves.

Gailey's team still has identity crisis
ATLANTA - Identities come easily to most college football teams.

Georgia Tech notebook
DURHAM, N.C. - Tailback Tashard Choice gave Georgia Tech fans a glimpse of what to expect after P.J. Daniels leaves.

Mountaineers compound Eagles' misery on road

Gailey's team still has identity crisis

Jackets take victory walk on this trip

Georgia Tech notebook

Sorenstam takes control

National amendments

Wie's 65 puts her two back
PALM DESERT, Calif. - For a 16-year-old girl, Michelle Wie knows plenty about the birds and bees.

National amendments
Changes to six holes at Augusta National Golf Club began in June and were completed in time for the club's annual opening this month. A total of 155 yards were added, stretching the course's length to 7,445 yards for the Masters Tournament in April.

Golf roundup

Wie's 65 puts her two back

Wie's 65 puts her two back
PALM DESERT, Calif. - For a 16-year-old girl, Michelle Wie knows plenty about the birds and bees.

Sorenstam takes control
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam seized control early Saturday amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park, then pulled away with four birdies on the last five holes for 6-under-par 66 and a four-shot lead at the Samsung World Championship.

Golf roundup
LAS VEGAS - Ted Purdy figured he might toss and turn a bit.

National amendments
Changes to six holes at Augusta National Golf Club began in June and were completed in time for the club's annual opening this month. A total of 155 yards were added, stretching the course's length to 7,445 yards for the Masters Tournament in April.

Sorenstam takes control
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam seized control early Saturday amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park, then pulled away with four birdies on the last five holes for 6-under-par 66 and a four-shot lead at the Samsung World Championship.

Golf roundup
LAS VEGAS - Ted Purdy figured he might toss and turn a bit.

High school football scores

Hornets roll behind solid rushing attack

Red Devils upend region rival Tigers

Revenge sweet for Wildcats

Prep Football Scores

Knights get first win with dose of trickery

Razorbacks stand at .500 with key win

Warriors flex muscle in blowout of Bears

Friday night football rewind

Second-half surge gives Spartans lift

Friday night football rewind
The detractors mocked Jefferson County's schedule and struggles with teams with pitiful records.

Razorbacks stand at .500 with key win
CROSS CREEK 34, HARLEM 14

Second-half surge gives Spartans lift
Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry knew his squad needed a lift coming out of the locker room to start the second half of Friday night's Homecoming matchup with Richmond Academy. He probably never expected the Musketeers to lend a hand, however.

Revenge sweet for Wildcats
Cameron Stallings was in middle school when Westside upset Laney last season, but he heard about it from his teammates.

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's games

Knights get first win with dose of trickery
Evans led for only 38 seconds of Friday night's contest against rival Lakeside. Fortunately for the Knights, it was the game's final 38 seconds, as they made a 2-point conversion in the final minute for an 8-7 victory.

Hornets roll behind solid rushing attack
AIKEN - With its powerful ground attack, the Aiken Hornets rushed for 312 yards as they defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 40-6, on Homecoming night at Hagood Stadium.

Warriors flex muscle in blowout of Bears
WAYNESBORO - Jefferson County had heard all the critics chirp about its unbeaten record.

Red Devils upend region rival Tigers
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Lincoln County was upset, which meant somebody else was going to be an upset victim.

Second-half surge gives Spartans lift
Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry knew his squad needed a lift coming out of the locker room to start the second half of Friday night's Homecoming matchup with Richmond Academy. He probably never expected the Musketeers to lend a hand, however.

Prep Football Scores
Georgia

Razorbacks stand at .500 with key win
CROSS CREEK 34, HARLEM 14

Friday night football rewind
The detractors mocked Jefferson County's schedule and struggles with teams with pitiful records.

Knights get first win with dose of trickery
Evans led for only 38 seconds of Friday night's contest against rival Lakeside. Fortunately for the Knights, it was the game's final 38 seconds, as they made a 2-point conversion in the final minute for an 8-7 victory.

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's games

Warriors flex muscle in blowout of Bears
WAYNESBORO - Jefferson County had heard all the critics chirp about its unbeaten record.

Revenge sweet for Wildcats
Cameron Stallings was in middle school when Westside upset Laney last season, but he heard about it from his teammates.

Red Devils upend region rival Tigers
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Lincoln County was upset, which meant somebody else was going to be an upset victim.

Prep Football Scores
Georgia

Hornets roll behind solid rushing attack
AIKEN - With its powerful ground attack, the Aiken Hornets rushed for 312 yards as they defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 40-6, on Homecoming night at Hagood Stadium.

Best lessons for off the field learned on the field
When Evans Middle School played the final football game on its old field last week, I took my son to watch.

Best lessons for off the field learned on the field
When Evans Middle School played the final football game on its old field last week, I took my son to watch.

Rest assured, social promotion has not returned

Stop Aiken TIF plan in its tracks
At a recent meeting of the Aiken County Taxpayers Association, Bob White and Ed Giobbe explained that the $36 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal before the Aiken County Council is a terrible deal for taxpayers for many reasons:Vicki L. Simons, New Ellenton, S.C.

Place the Aiken TIF proposal in proper perspective
In response to the opposition to Aiken's proposed tax increment financing plan, we think it enlightening to consider the following:Richard Fine and Robert Deering, Houston

Tragedy exposed Democrats' flaws
The New Orleans tragedy has exposed much, particularly the failure of liberalism and the Democratic Party. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Stop Aiken TIF plan in its tracks

Rest assured, social promotion has not returned
In response to the Sept. 27 editorial in The Augusta Chronicle titled "Social promotion returns," I feel compelled to respond to the editor's numerous departures from the facts that were characteristic of this editorial.

Tragedy exposed Democrats' flaws

Rest assured, social promotion has not returned
In response to the Sept. 27 editorial in The Augusta Chronicle titled "Social promotion returns," I feel compelled to respond to the editor's numerous departures from the facts that were characteristic of this editorial.

Place the Aiken TIF proposal in proper perspective
In response to the opposition to Aiken's proposed tax increment financing plan, we think it enlightening to consider the following:Richard Fine and Robert Deering, Houston

Tragedy exposed Democrats' flaws
The New Orleans tragedy has exposed much, particularly the failure of liberalism and the Democratic Party. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Stop Aiken TIF plan in its tracks
At a recent meeting of the Aiken County Taxpayers Association, Bob White and Ed Giobbe explained that the $36 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal before the Aiken County Council is a terrible deal for taxpayers for many reasons:Vicki L. Simons, New Ellenton, S.C.

Place the Aiken TIF proposal in proper perspective

Grocery store is costly obstacle course

Southern Highlands explode in color

Thank-you notes should be sent, even late

Fashion briefs

Living briefs

Tour newcomer took long toil to make home livable

Costume designer recruits the high-heel Dream Team

Kids dazzled by the Vegas Strip

Leaves of change

New smoke detector technology can save lives

Leaves of change
It happens every year. And every year, people make the pilgrimage to the mountains of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to view one of nature's most spectacular light shows.

Costume designer recruits the high-heel Dream Team
Hollywood costume designer Sophie de Rakoff says you can tell a lot about a woman by the shoes she wears and on what occasions. Some women have multiple shoe personalities but the foundation usually is a high heel, which indicates strength, status and sex appeal.

Living briefs
We want to publish a holiday cooking guide using time-tested recipes from Chronicle readers.

Kids dazzled by the Vegas Strip
LAS VEGAS - It's been about a decade since some Las Vegas resorts tried to market themselves as family destinations.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - The only person who might buy more copies of the new issue of More magazine than Thea Kelly is her mother.

Leaves of change
It happens every year. And every year, people make the pilgrimage to the mountains of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to view one of nature's most spectacular light shows.

New smoke detector technology can save lives
It's the time of year again when days grow shorter and nights longer and, for most of the U.S., clocks "fall back" an hour.

Tour newcomer took long toil to make home livable
After years of attending the Summerville Tour of Homes and dreaming about owning an older home on the Hill, Liz and Bob Zwanziger purchased a house in 2002 just on the edge of the neighborhood.

Grocery store is costly obstacle course
In prehistoric times, when a child wailed, "There's nothing to eat around here!" it was a major hassle. Dad was forced to get out the bow and arrow and hunt down a wild boar. Mom had to go out and forage for berries, nuts and the occasional grub.

Living briefs
We want to publish a holiday cooking guide using time-tested recipes from Chronicle readers.

Costume designer recruits the high-heel Dream Team
Hollywood costume designer Sophie de Rakoff says you can tell a lot about a woman by the shoes she wears and on what occasions. Some women have multiple shoe personalities but the foundation usually is a high heel, which indicates strength, status and sex appeal.

Grocery store is costly obstacle course
In prehistoric times, when a child wailed, "There's nothing to eat around here!" it was a major hassle. Dad was forced to get out the bow and arrow and hunt down a wild boar. Mom had to go out and forage for berries, nuts and the occasional grub.

Southern Highlands explode in color
Here's the dilemma: You want to enjoy some serious leaf color in the Southern Highlands, but it's hard to part with all that money to fill up the sport utility vehicle with gasoline at $3 or so a gallon.

Thank-you notes should be sent, even late
Dear Carson: I have owed two thank-you notes for more than two months. Two people did something especially nice for me, and I was so humbled at the time that I couldn't think how, exactly, to convey my gratitude.

Thank-you notes should be sent, even late
Dear Carson: I have owed two thank-you notes for more than two months. Two people did something especially nice for me, and I was so humbled at the time that I couldn't think how, exactly, to convey my gratitude.

Kids dazzled by the Vegas Strip
LAS VEGAS - It's been about a decade since some Las Vegas resorts tried to market themselves as family destinations.

New smoke detector technology can save lives
It's the time of year again when days grow shorter and nights longer and, for most of the U.S., clocks "fall back" an hour.

Southern Highlands explode in color
Here's the dilemma: You want to enjoy some serious leaf color in the Southern Highlands, but it's hard to part with all that money to fill up the sport utility vehicle with gasoline at $3 or so a gallon.

Tour newcomer took long toil to make home livable
After years of attending the Summerville Tour of Homes and dreaming about owning an older home on the Hill, Liz and Bob Zwanziger purchased a house in 2002 just on the edge of the neighborhood.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - The only person who might buy more copies of the new issue of More magazine than Thea Kelly is her mother.

Shooting uncovers botched kidnap

School funding focus of forum
A task force that is looking at restructuring how education is funded in Georgia announced Friday it will hold a statewide meeting at 16 locations Oct. 26, including Greenbrier High School.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia student was arrested Thursday in the hit-and-run death of a skateboarder.

Who is paying less for trash?

Across the area

Event's new features include Celtic fiddler

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Bring in the noise
Rapper Outlaw of the duo Danger Fame performs at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Roadwork to address traffic flow
A major transformation is taking place on Davis Road near Augusta Exchange.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Life still 'fabulous' at Brandon Wilde
On Oct. 15, 1990, Bonnie Lee Cawood and her husband moved into a condominium at Brandon Wilde, a new retirement community off Washington Road in Evans.

From water to gold

School funding focus of forum

Historic craft stars at Skyfest

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A jury has found a Chester County couple not guilty of participating in "hog-dogging," an illegal animal fight that pits dogs against hogs.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A jury has found a Chester County couple not guilty of participating in "hog-dogging," an illegal animal fight that pits dogs against hogs.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police say a dozen men who appeared in a hip-hop DVD shot around Charleston have been charged with crimes ranging from trespassing to murder.

Across the area
The third man sought in connection with the shooting death of Dontavious Wyman has surrendered to authorities, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - A man has been charged with two counts of murder in the killing of his estranged wife and teenage stepdaughter, Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said.

Shooting uncovers botched kidnap
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a man fatally shot Tuesday by Jacksonville Beach police was connected to a bizarre kidnaping plot targeting a Jaguars cheerleader whose body and Mercedes-Benz were to wind up in Miami.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman who they said fled police on foot on Interstate 20 on Friday night, a police report states.

MCG effort boosts care for strokes

Community shows support

18-year-old dies of gunshot wound in hotel shooting
Richmond County officers are investigating a shooting at a dance at a hotel off of Washington Road.

North Augusta officials propose pickup rate rise

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Bring in the noise

Across South Carolina

Money runs out for road paving

News you can use

Officials show MOX support

News you can use
Now that another catastrophe has struck - the deadly earthquake in Pakistan - Americans are once again donating to relief efforts. Here are some tips from the Georgia Secretary of State's office to make sure donators are giving to a reputable organization:

Kid of the Day
Jasmine DeLong is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
The third man sought in connection with the shooting death of Dontavious Wyman has surrendered to authorities, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Hot insulation starts fire at Thermal Ceramics
The Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department responded to a fire at Thermal Ceramics Friday after hot insulation that had not cooled properly was packaged inside cardboard boxes.

MCG effort boosts care for strokes
A telemedicine program for stroke in the emergency rooms of eight rural hospitals is working so well that those patients are actually receiving faster care than at one of the best programs in the country, said the physicians at Medical College of Georgia who run it.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cody Foster of Blythe

Record crowds expected at 13th air show
Organizers of the Boshears Skyfest are predicting only clear skies for this weekend's air show, which is in its 13th year.

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

Money runs out for road paving
AIKEN - Aiken County will have to come up with at least an extra $6 million to complete the list of dirt roads to pave compiled for the 2000 version of the county's capital project sales tax.

3-year-old loggerhead will go to Georgia Aquarium
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Joey was born on Wassaw and raised on Skidaway. Now 3 years old, he's headed for the big city.

Height of daring
Teresa Stokes walks on the wing of a Show Cat biplane piloted by Gene Soucy over Daniel Field.

Food drive expands to accommodate fall break
A chance to help the needy comes a little early this year for many Columbia County residents.

Kid of the Day
Jasmine DeLong is today's Kid of the Day.

Officials show MOX support
Political leaders from the U.S. and Russia joined top-level energy officials at Savannah River Site on Friday to mark the start of work on a factory aimed at keeping weapons-grade plutonium out of the wrong hands.

From water to gold
CHENNAULT, Ga. - Walker Norman's childhood was filled with legends of Confederate gold hijacked and hidden in the red clay hills of Lincoln County.

North Augusta officials propose pickup rate rise
NORTH AUGUSTA - City officials are considering a rate increase for residential garbage collection in 2006. The higher prices would cover personnel pay raises and rising gasoline costs.

Food drive expands to accommodate fall break

Event's new features include Celtic fiddler
The Columbia County Arts and Renaissance Festival ends today at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Historic craft stars at Skyfest
With the roar of helicopters and the buzz of miniature airplanes nearby, 4-year-old Taylor and 16-month-old Alexis McConnell busied themselves Saturday during the Boshears Skyfest.

Community shows support
The only thing overshadowing the 13th Annual CSRA Classic were the clouds drifting above the thousands of jubilant fans at Butler High School's Bulldog Stadium on Saturday.

New CEO sets sights on funding

Who is paying less for trash?
Augustans will be paying more next year for garbage service, among the highest rates in the state, but for that fee they'll get more service than residents of other comparable Georgia and South Carolina cities - who pay less and get less.

3-year-old loggerhead will go to Georgia Aquarium

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Four compete to lead Garden City
A closer look at those running for mayor of Augusta.

Life still 'fabulous' at Brandon Wilde

Historic craft stars at Skyfest
With the roar of helicopters and the buzz of miniature airplanes nearby, 4-year-old Taylor and 16-month-old Alexis McConnell busied themselves Saturday during the Boshears Skyfest.

Roadwork to address traffic flow

Four compete to lead Garden City
A closer look at those running for mayor of Augusta.

Who is paying less for trash?
Augustans will be paying more next year for garbage service, among the highest rates in the state, but for that fee they'll get more service than residents of other comparable Georgia and South Carolina cities - who pay less and get less.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police say a dozen men who appeared in a hip-hop DVD shot around Charleston have been charged with crimes ranging from trespassing to murder.

Aiken test drives cleaner fuel

MCG effort boosts care for strokes
A telemedicine program for stroke in the emergency rooms of eight rural hospitals is working so well that those patients are actually receiving faster care than at one of the best programs in the country, said the physicians at Medical College of Georgia who run it.

Record crowds expected at 13th air show

Shooting uncovers botched kidnap
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a man fatally shot Tuesday by Jacksonville Beach police was connected to a bizarre kidnaping plot targeting a Jaguars cheerleader whose body and Mercedes-Benz were to wind up in Miami.

Height of daring

New CEO sets sights on funding
The National Science Center Inc., which operates the Fort Discovery science center in downtown Augusta, has selected its new CEO, center officials said Friday.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia student was arrested Thursday in the hit-and-run death of a skateboarder.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

School funding focus of forum
A task force that is looking at restructuring how education is funded in Georgia announced Friday it will hold a statewide meeting at 16 locations Oct. 26, including Greenbrier High School.

From water to gold
CHENNAULT, Ga. - Walker Norman's childhood was filled with legends of Confederate gold hijacked and hidden in the red clay hills of Lincoln County.

Aiken test drives cleaner fuel
AIKEN - The city launched a pilot program Friday to test an alternative fuel in part of its public works fleet.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - A man has been charged with two counts of murder in the killing of his estranged wife and teenage stepdaughter, Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cody Foster of Blythe

Height of daring
Teresa Stokes walks on the wing of a Show Cat biplane piloted by Gene Soucy over Daniel Field.

Record crowds expected at 13th air show
Organizers of the Boshears Skyfest are predicting only clear skies for this weekend's air show, which is in its 13th year.

Officials show MOX support
Political leaders from the U.S. and Russia joined top-level energy officials at Savannah River Site on Friday to mark the start of work on a factory aimed at keeping weapons-grade plutonium out of the wrong hands.

Community shows support
The only thing overshadowing the 13th Annual CSRA Classic were the clouds drifting above the thousands of jubilant fans at Butler High School's Bulldog Stadium on Saturday.

New CEO sets sights on funding
The National Science Center Inc., which operates the Fort Discovery science center in downtown Augusta, has selected its new CEO, center officials said Friday.

Event's new features include Celtic fiddler
The Columbia County Arts and Renaissance Festival ends today at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

News you can use
Now that another catastrophe has struck - the deadly earthquake in Pakistan - Americans are once again donating to relief efforts. Here are some tips from the Georgia Secretary of State's office to make sure donators are giving to a reputable organization:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman who they said fled police on foot on Interstate 20 on Friday night, a police report states.

Food drive expands to accommodate fall break
A chance to help the needy comes a little early this year for many Columbia County residents.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken test drives cleaner fuel
AIKEN - The city launched a pilot program Friday to test an alternative fuel in part of its public works fleet.

Money runs out for road paving
AIKEN - Aiken County will have to come up with at least an extra $6 million to complete the list of dirt roads to pave compiled for the 2000 version of the county's capital project sales tax.

Life still 'fabulous' at Brandon Wilde
On Oct. 15, 1990, Bonnie Lee Cawood and her husband moved into a condominium at Brandon Wilde, a new retirement community off Washington Road in Evans.

Roadwork to address traffic flow
A major transformation is taking place on Davis Road near Augusta Exchange.

Bring in the noise
Rapper Outlaw of the duo Danger Fame performs at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Where we live

3-year-old loggerhead will go to Georgia Aquarium
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Joey was born on Wassaw and raised on Skidaway. Now 3 years old, he's headed for the big city.

Four compete to lead Garden City

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

North Augusta officials propose pickup rate rise
NORTH AUGUSTA - City officials are considering a rate increase for residential garbage collection in 2006. The higher prices would cover personnel pay raises and rising gasoline costs.

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

Across South Carolina

Mueller's fantasy is reality in Augusta
Fantasy leagues exist on the notion that deep inside every one of us, we believe we could do a better job of running a sports franchise than the people actually in charge.

Mueller's fantasy is reality in Augusta
Fantasy leagues exist on the notion that deep inside every one of us, we believe we could do a better job of running a sports franchise than the people actually in charge.

It's Craig - Daniel Craig - as new 007
LONDON - Blond. James Blond. Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation. He'll star in "Casino Royale," directed by Martin Campbell, due out next year.

Q&A: Jeff Dowd is the real 'Lebowski'
NEW YORK - Call him the Dude. That or his Dudeness, Duder or el Duderino - if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

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

It's Craig - Daniel Craig - as new 007
LONDON - Blond. James Blond. Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation. He'll star in "Casino Royale," directed by Martin Campbell, due out next year.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

It's Craig - Daniel Craig - as new 007

Q&A: Jeff Dowd is the real 'Lebowski'
NEW YORK - Call him the Dude. That or his Dudeness, Duder or el Duderino - if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

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

Q&A: Jeff Dowd is the real 'Lebowski'

Speed's a problem at Lowe's

Driver steers to new record
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman set a NASCAR record by winning his fifth consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, avoiding a track-record 14 cautions en route to the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Renault drivers seek title

Driver steers to new record
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman set a NASCAR record by winning his fifth consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, avoiding a track-record 14 cautions en route to the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Renault drivers seek title
SHANGHAI, China - Renault's Fernando Alonso turned in a nearly flawless qualifying lap Saturday, putting him in position to add the team title to his driver championship entering the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix.

Last to first wouldn't be new for JohnsonBlown engine forces four-time champion at Lowe's to the back

Driver steers to new record

Last to first wouldn't be new for JohnsonBlown engine forces four-time champion at Lowe's to the back
CONCORD, N.C. - Lowe's Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile track Jimmie Johnson calls "my house," is where his late season charge started a year ago. And if he's going to get back into contention in the Chase for the championship, he will need much of the same in tonight's UAW-GM 500.

Renault drivers seek title
SHANGHAI, China - Renault's Fernando Alonso turned in a nearly flawless qualifying lap Saturday, putting him in position to add the team title to his driver championship entering the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix.

Speed's a problem at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. - The last thing Kevin Harvick told the people at the infield care center Friday was to bring in more stretchers for Saturday night's UAW-GM 500.

Speed's a problem at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. - The last thing Kevin Harvick told the people at the infield care center Friday was to bring in more stretchers for Saturday night's UAW-GM 500.

Last to first wouldn't be new for JohnsonBlown engine forces four-time champion at Lowe's to the back
CONCORD, N.C. - Lowe's Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile track Jimmie Johnson calls "my house," is where his late season charge started a year ago. And if he's going to get back into contention in the Chase for the championship, he will need much of the same in tonight's UAW-GM 500.

Ailment claims Atlanta's Collier
ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.

Ailment claims Atlanta's Collier
ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.

Ailment claims Atlanta's Collier

Wolfpack prepares for life without Hodge
RALEIGH, N.C. - Julius Hodge never backed away from making predictions. Just last season, he boasted he was part of the top backcourt in the country at North Carolina State.

Wolfpack prepares for life without Hodge
RALEIGH, N.C. - Julius Hodge never backed away from making predictions. Just last season, he boasted he was part of the top backcourt in the country at North Carolina State.

Bruschi may return this year

Area players in the NFL

Saints, Falcons limp into key division battle

NFL power rankings Week 6

NFL notes

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Peel    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Dontavious Wyman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred F. Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Wanda Johnson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Jodie Hughes Ivey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Holton, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Williams    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Beth Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Hardin    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jodie Hughes Ivey, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mardy Jackson    (SOCIETY HILL, S.C.)

Rev. Mercedes Z. Torres    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Lunsford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Dobbins Long    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Wanda Johnson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred F. Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dontavious Wyman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Colan Tapley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Mercedes Z. Torres    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sherian D. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Long    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Tressa B. Shipp    (SPRINGFIELD, MO.)

Mrs. Julia L. Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Childrey    (RICHMOND, Va.)

Mr. Richard T. Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Childrey    (RICHMOND, Va.)

Mrs. Rose Williams    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Wilford Corey    (ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla.)

Mr. Isaiah "Didee" Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Billy I. Davis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy M. Gilmore    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia L. Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Lunsford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Hall    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Alvin Holton, Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Dobbins Long    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Essie Mae Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Horton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn R. White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth D. Ballard    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Essie Mae Harris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Isaiah "Didee" Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Horton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Hall    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy M. Gilmore    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Colan Tapley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wilford Corey    (ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla.)

Ms. Sherian D. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard T. Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tressa B. Shipp    (SPRINGFIELD, MO.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy I. Davis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn R. White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Peel    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Long    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth D. Ballard    (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Hardin    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mardy Jackson    (SOCIETY HILL, S.C.)

Ms. Essie Mae Harris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Dontavious Wyman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beth Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Holton, Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Tressa B. Shipp (SPRINGFIELD, MO.)

Mrs. Marie Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Childrey (RICHMOND, Va.)

Mrs. Mardy Jackson (SOCIETY HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Isaiah "Didee" Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Hardin (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Peel (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel B. Parnell, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred F. Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Jodie Hughes Ivey, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Hall (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilford Corey (ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla.)

Ms. Wanda Johnson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Colan Tapley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald E. Brown (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia L. Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Mercedes Z. Torres (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy I. Davis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Long (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Richard G. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy M. Gilmore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Richard T. Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth D. Ballard (MONROE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Horton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sherian D. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Williams (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Jane Lunsford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn R. White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Dobbins Long (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Higher ed's 'big picture' has blurred
As a graduate of Augusta College, I couldn't help but shake my head in disgust as I read the Oct. 8 story "ASU looks to end divide broadened by education," which examined the school's high attrition and low graduation rates (less than 20 percent within six years). Dr. Bill Bloodworth (probably the finest leader we have ever seen at ASU) posed the question, "What can we do at this university to make the big picture a little prettier?" And a student representative lamented that "(s)ome students arrive late to class and leave early," and that it seems "(s)ome professors don't want to be there, either."

Higher ed's 'big picture' has blurred
As a graduate of Augusta College, I couldn't help but shake my head in disgust as I read the Oct. 8 story "ASU looks to end divide broadened by education," which examined the school's high attrition and low graduation rates (less than 20 percent within six years). Dr. Bill Bloodworth (probably the finest leader we have ever seen at ASU) posed the question, "What can we do at this university to make the big picture a little prettier?" And a student representative lamented that "(s)ome students arrive late to class and leave early," and that it seems "(s)ome professors don't want to be there, either."

Higher ed's 'big picture' has blurred
As a graduate of Augusta College, I couldn't help but shake my head in disgust as I read the Oct. 8 story "ASU looks to end divide broadened by education," which examined the school's high attrition and low graduation rates (less than 20 percent within six years). Dr. Bill Bloodworth (probably the finest leader we have ever seen at ASU) posed the question, "What can we do at this university to make the big picture a little prettier?" And a student representative lamented that "(s)ome students arrive late to class and leave early," and that it seems "(s)ome professors don't want to be there, either."

'Backs stand tall for victory

Greenbrier, Lakeside take rivalry to area final

Influential Jesuit magazine condemns boxing

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Sports rants

Overtime

Sports rants
MY HAT'S OFF the to cat in the hat, Jack Roush, who has all five Fords in the Chase for the Championship. Now, I hope Mark Martin will win the championship. If not, I hope Greg Biffle or Carl Edwards will take the top spot.

Greenbrier, Lakeside take rivalry to area final
Greenbrier and Lakeside emerged from Saturday's Area 2-AAAA Tournament at Greenbrier with bids to the state tournament.

Overtime
In Cleveland, Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest.

Influential Jesuit magazine condemns boxing
ROME - Immoral. Ruthless. Tantamount to legalized murder. That "punch against prize fighting," as the newspaper Corriere della Sera called it, came from an unusual corner - an influential Jesuit magazine close to the Vatican.

'Backs stand tall for victory
Cross Creek senior Vontrice White opened the final of the Area 3-AAA Volleyball Tournament with five aces and seven consecutive points to lead the Razorbacks to victory over Richmond Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Sports rants
MY HAT'S OFF the to cat in the hat, Jack Roush, who has all five Fords in the Chase for the Championship. Now, I hope Mark Martin will win the championship. If not, I hope Greg Biffle or Carl Edwards will take the top spot.

Greenbrier, Lakeside take rivalry to area final
Greenbrier and Lakeside emerged from Saturday's Area 2-AAAA Tournament at Greenbrier with bids to the state tournament.

Overtime
Alex Boyd of Augusta and H.B. Chavous of Evans are tied for the lead after the first round of the Forest Hills Junior Classic.

Influential Jesuit magazine condemns boxing
ROME - Immoral. Ruthless. Tantamount to legalized murder. That "punch against prize fighting," as the newspaper Corriere della Sera called it, came from an unusual corner - an influential Jesuit magazine close to the Vatican.

'Backs stand tall for victory
Cross Creek senior Vontrice White opened the final of the Area 3-AAA Volleyball Tournament with five aces and seven consecutive points to lead the Razorbacks to victory over Richmond Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Overtime
In Cleveland, Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was released from the hospital Friday following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest.

Overtime
Alex Boyd of Augusta and H.B. Chavous of Evans are tied for the lead after the first round of the Forest Hills Junior Classic.

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

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

Outdoors calendar

Group wants scientists, not politicians, in charge
Autumn is redfish time, and many Augustans have favorite fishing spots scattered along the South Carolina coast from Hilton Head Island to Fripp Island to Edisto Beach, Charleston and Murrell's Inlet.

Group wants scientists, not politicians, in charge
Autumn is redfish time, and many Augustans have favorite fishing spots scattered along the South Carolina coast from Hilton Head Island to Fripp Island to Edisto Beach, Charleston and Murrell's Inlet.

Bruschi may return this year
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots - this season, not next - thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl.

NFL power rankings Week 6
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

NFL notes
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss, who suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Friday, is expected to start Monday night when the Colts play the St. Louis Rams.

Bruschi may return this year
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi is working toward a return to the Patriots - this season, not next - thanks to a faster-than-expected recovery from the stroke that sent him to the emergency room just days after playing in his first Pro Bowl.

NFL notes
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss, who suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Friday, is expected to start Monday night when the Colts play the St. Louis Rams.

NFL power rankings Week 6
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Saints, Falcons limp into key division battle
SAN ANTONIO - Just when they appeared to take a big step forward, the New Orleans Saints fell flat.

Saints, Falcons limp into key division battle
SAN ANTONIO - Just when they appeared to take a big step forward, the New Orleans Saints fell flat.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Faith Digest
FALL COUNTRY FAIRS

Woman's faith leads her to urge abstinence
Lakita Garth owes her job to parents.

Faith Digest
FALL COUNTRY FAIRS

Public-school textbook on the Bible cleverly skirts trouble
Think it's impossible to create a textbook about the Bible for public high schools that's acceptable to varied faiths and legal in the eyes of church-state separationists?

Volunteers work hard in ministry
Small fix-it jobs are labors of love for Tim Coody.

Woman's faith leads her to urge abstinence
Lakita Garth owes her job to parents.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com.

Volunteers work hard in ministry
Small fix-it jobs are labors of love for Tim Coody.

Public-school textbook on the Bible cleverly skirts trouble
Think it's impossible to create a textbook about the Bible for public high schools that's acceptable to varied faiths and legal in the eyes of church-state separationists?

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com.

Group wants scientists, not politicians, in charge

Mueller's fantasy is reality in Augusta

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
It's "Forensics Week," a Court TV festival of its true-crime series featuring a new episode of "Forensic Files" at 9 p.m. EDT each night:

ABC's use of interns for investigation angers colleges
NEW YORK - ABC News is drawing fire for using college interns in an investigative report that alleges lax security at nuclear reactors on 25 U.S. college campuses.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

ABC's use of interns for investigation angers colleges
NEW YORK - ABC News is drawing fire for using college interns in an investigative report that alleges lax security at nuclear reactors on 25 U.S. college campuses.

ABC's use of interns for investigation angers colleges

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
It's "Forensics Week," a Court TV festival of its true-crime series featuring a new episode of "Forensic Files" at 9 p.m. EDT each night:

People in the News

Melissa Etheridge says she used medicinal marijuana during chemotherapy

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen leaving NYU

Georgia squashes Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Georgia Bulldogs now have a much easier path to a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

UGA notebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia's top-10 ranked defense might have to start playing more defensively.

Georgia squashes Vanderbilt

Richt noticed unity of team in the winter
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia players locked arms and walked together row by row out of the tunnel at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium a week ago, it showed to the outside world what those inside the program say they had seen for some time.

Richt noticed unity of team in the winter
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia players locked arms and walked together row by row out of the tunnel at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium a week ago, it showed to the outside world what those inside the program say they had seen for some time.

Richt noticed unity of team in the winter

UGA notebook

Georgia squashes Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Georgia Bulldogs now have a much easier path to a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

UGA notebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia's top-10 ranked defense might have to start playing more defensively.

Boy Scouts help Spooky food drive

Helping protect the protectors

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

City council has busy session

Council considers televising its sessions on tape-delay

Events

Mounted patrolmen train in Aiken

Aiken man to direct efforts to protect Hitchcock Woods

Police begin safety campaign aimed at ATV users

CSRA Bridge Results

This week

Soldier is glad to be in show

Across the river

Recycling centers

Event supports horse program for handicapped

Christmas tree needed for Carolighting

Athlete Spotlight: Ted Torgesen

Library events

Meetings

Reunions

Around the block

Area adult literacy sites

Woman's faith leads her to urge abstinence

Faith Digest

Public-school textbook on the Bible cleverly skirts trouble

Faith Calendar

Volunteers work hard in ministry