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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

Exhibit offers rare look at Van Gogh's drawings
NEW YORK - Even without the name, written in pale ink and tiny letters in the lower left corner, there would be something familiar about the drawing, an 1888 view of a town from the vantage point of a field. Maybe it's the short, definitive stokes from the pen. Perhaps it's because of the irises in the foreground.

'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.

Exhibit offers rare look at Van Gogh's drawings

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

Festival requires show by Godfather

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.

Exhibit offers rare look at Van Gogh's drawings
NEW YORK - Even without the name, written in pale ink and tiny letters in the lower left corner, there would be something familiar about the drawing, an 1888 view of a town from the vantage point of a field. Maybe it's the short, definitive stokes from the pen. Perhaps it's because of the irises in the foreground.

Astros win game 4

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
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 win game 4
HOUSTON - Poised as can be no matter how tough the task, Brad Lidge pulled off another great escape against St. Louis.

White Sox advance to World Series
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Not since Shoeless Joe Jackson have the Chicago White Sox caused this much of a commotion.

Astros deal Cards a defeat

Astros win game 4
HOUSTON - Poised as can be no matter how tough the task, Brad Lidge pulled off another great escape against St. Louis.

White Sox advance to World Series
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Not since Shoeless Joe Jackson have the Chicago White Sox caused this much of a commotion.

White Sox advance to World Series

Best lessons for off the field learned on the field

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.

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.

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.

Jaxson Marshall Griffin

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.

Autum Kay-Leona Johnson

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.

Olivia Nicole Schichner

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.

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

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.

Kaylie Elizabeth Birmingham

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.

Tommie Le'Shay Conner

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.

Joseph Xavier Simmons

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.

Andrew Wilson Gay

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.

Jonas Wyatt Brantley

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.

Lindsay Marie Brown

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.

Joseph Bryce Cassedy

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.

Ann Marie Partl

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.

Ian Anthony Mann

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.

Kyana Nicole Newman

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

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.

Ava Elinor Bowers

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.

Camryn Grace Smith

Jackson Chance Decker

Legion Brandon Alvey

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.

Chloe Deann Henry

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.

Mark Allen McClain

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.

Iris Jean Moore

Jackson Emory Beggs

Ta'Mar'rius Ke'Ontua Smith

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.

Aaron and Corey Walton

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.

Lukas James Tafoya

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

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.

Samuel Tucker Hokrein

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.

Isabella Grace Power

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.

Collin Stuart Godowns

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Milton Guest Burroughs III

Mia Sloane Wood

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.

Business briefs
An Augusta landmark comes under new ownership.

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

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.

Governance and accounting fails at Refco

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.

Governance and accounting fails at Refco
NEW YORK - Congratulations, most everybody at Refco Inc.! Before this week, few investors had heard of your commodities futures brokerage firm. Now, you're making HEAD:s with a financial scandal that is being compared to the mess that sank Enron Corp.

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.

Governance and accounting fails at Refco
NEW YORK - Congratulations, most everybody at Refco Inc.! Before this week, few investors had heard of your commodities futures brokerage firm. Now, you're making HEAD:s with a financial scandal that is being compared to the mess that sank Enron Corp.

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:

Restaurant pager suppliers scramble for market

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.

Business calendar

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.

Business briefs

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.

Biz bits

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:

Property transfers

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

Business briefs
An Augusta landmark comes under new ownership.

Older hotels upgrade amid construction of new ones

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Oct. 16, 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.

Notre Dame holds firm at No. 9 after dramatic loss to USC
Notre Dame's loss to Southern California didn't hurt the Fighting Irish in The Associated Press Top 25. Nor did the Trojans take a hit from voters for needing a dramatic comeback to win their 28th straight game.

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.

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.

Russo: BCS standings to debut
Let the complaining begin.

Russo: BCS standings to debut
Let the complaining begin.

Notre Dame holds firm at No. 9 after dramatic loss to USC

Notre Dame holds firm at No. 9 after dramatic loss to USC
Notre Dame's loss to Southern California didn't hurt the Fighting Irish in The Associated Press Top 25. Nor did the Trojans take a hit from voters for needing a dramatic comeback to win their 28th straight game.

Russo: BCS standings to debut

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.

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.

Wildcats QB shows he can air it out, too

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.

Champs duck pluck of the Irish

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

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 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

Tax reform panel flops

'Sorry' seems to be the hardest word

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:

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:

Miers must take the bullet
Harriet Miers, it's said, is fiercely loyal to George W. Bush, which has made her such a huge asset to his presidency.

Miss manners? So do we

Bird flu is not just hype
A lot of people are brushing off all the talk about a potential worldwide bird flu pandemic as just so much media hype. Many who harshly criticized President Bush for his response to the Katrina catastrophe are pooh-poohing his concern about what health officials refer to as the avian flu virus.

Miers must take the bullet

Miers must take the bullet
Harriet Miers, it's said, is fiercely loyal to George W. Bush, which has made her such a huge asset to his presidency.

'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.

Bird flu is not just hype
A lot of people are brushing off all the talk about a potential worldwide bird flu pandemic as just so much media hype. Many who harshly criticized President Bush for his response to the Katrina catastrophe are pooh-poohing his concern about what health officials refer to as the avian flu virus.

'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.

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.

Bird flu is not just hype

Julie Andrews puts 'The Boy Friend' on the road
NEW YORK - On a warm mid-May morning in a drab, sixth-floor rehearsal studio on West 26th Street, a young woman stands in the middle of the room and sings a plaintive song of yearning called "Is It Really Me?" from the musical "110 in the Shade."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Tom Petty will receive the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement, at this year's Billboard Music Awards.

Julie Andrews puts 'The Boy Friend' on the road
NEW YORK - On a warm mid-May morning in a drab, sixth-floor rehearsal studio on West 26th Street, a young woman stands in the middle of the room and sings a plaintive song of yearning called "Is It Really Me?" from the musical "110 in the Shade."

Julie Andrews puts 'The Boy Friend' on the road
NEW YORK - On a warm mid-May morning in a drab, sixth-floor rehearsal studio on West 26th Street, a young woman stands in the middle of the room and sings a plaintive song of yearning called "Is It Really Me?" from the musical "110 in the Shade."

'Scream' coach teaches technique to rock stars
NEW YORK - Do rock stars really need to learn how to scream?

'Scream' coach teaches technique to rock stars
NEW YORK - Do rock stars really need to learn how to scream?

People in the News
NEW YORK - Tom Petty will receive the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement, at this year's Billboard Music Awards.

Bankruptcy law tightens homestead rules in five states
MIAMI - Elona Kaplan moved to Florida 2½ years ago after going through a divorce. She bought a $178,000 bayfront condo in Sunny Isles Beach, just north of here, where she hoped to start a new life.

Bankruptcy law tightens homestead rules in five states

Bankruptcy law tightens homestead rules in five states
MIAMI - Elona Kaplan moved to Florida 2½ years ago after going through a divorce. She bought a $178,000 bayfront condo in Sunny Isles Beach, just north of here, where she hoped to start a new life.

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

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

Jackets avoid another embarrassing loss to Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - The halftime walk to the locker room was eerily similar for Georgia Tech. Two years ago, during their most recent visit to Duke, the Yellow Jackets suffered an embarrassing, lopsided defeat.

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

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.

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.

Jackets avoid another embarrassing loss to Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - The halftime walk to the locker room was eerily similar for Georgia Tech. Two years ago, during their most recent visit to Duke, the Yellow Jackets suffered an embarrassing, lopsided defeat.

Mountaineers compound Eagles' misery on road

Jackets avoid another embarrassing loss to Duke

Jackets take victory walk on this trip

Georgia Tech notebook

Want the truth? Read the fine print

Short tops Furyk in playoff for first title
LAS VEGAS - Wes Short Jr. had a simple strategy for the second playoff hole against Jim Furyk.

Short tops Furyk in playoff for first title

Wie disqualified; Sorenstam wins in a runaway

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.

Cox wins Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic
MIDLAND, Texas - Kris Cox won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for his second straight 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over three players in the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic.

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.

Jacquelin wins Madrid Open by three strokes
MADRID, Spain - Raphael Jacquelin won the Madrid Open on Sunday for his first European tour title, closing with a 2-under-par 69 for a three-shot victory over former British Open champion Paul Lawrie.

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.

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

Short tops Furyk in playoff for first title
LAS VEGAS - Wes Short Jr. had a simple strategy for the second playoff hole against Jim Furyk.

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.

Wie disqualified; Sorenstam wins in a runaway
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Michelle Wie's pro debut made her look like an amateur Sunday when she was disqualified for taking a bad drop from the bushes in the third round of the Samsung World Championship.

National amendments

McNulty wins Champions Tour event
SPRING, Texas - Mark McNulty is ready for another fast finish on the Champions Tour.

Golf roundup

Cox wins Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic
MIDLAND, Texas - Kris Cox won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for his second straight 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over three players in the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic.

Sorenstam takes control

McNulty wins Champions Tour event

Jacquelin wins Madrid Open by three strokes
MADRID, Spain - Raphael Jacquelin won the Madrid Open on Sunday for his first European tour title, closing with a 2-under-par 69 for a three-shot victory over former British Open champion Paul Lawrie.

Cox wins Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic

McNulty wins Champions Tour event
SPRING, Texas - Mark McNulty is ready for another fast finish on the Champions Tour.

Wie disqualified; Sorenstam wins in a runaway
PALM DESERT, Calif. - Michelle Wie's pro debut made her look like an amateur Sunday when she was disqualified for taking a bad drop from the bushes in the third round of the Samsung World Championship.

Jacquelin wins Madrid Open by three strokes

Friday night football rewind

High school football scores

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

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's games

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's games

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

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.

Undue blame hurled at rebel flag

Aiken taxpayers will lose in TIF deal
Regarding the proposed TIF district: The Aiken County Council recently passed a 4-mill property tax increase. Though this increase is relatively small, it does show that Aiken County is under some financial strain in providing services for county residents.Bill Boone, Aiken, S.C.

Undue blame hurled at rebel flag
What is up with all the ignorance of our history and being scared and politically correct about our Confederate battle flag? What do people not understand about how, in the 1700s and 1800s, slavery was legal under the Constitution? Does this make it right? No. No human should own another human.Stan Scritchfield, Augusta

'Chronicle' shines light on TIF dealings
I want to thank your newspaper, and especially Josh Gelinas, for printing the complete and unvarnished truth about Aiken's TIF bond issue, especially about meetings behind closed doors, meetings held at a place owned by one of the parties involved. Council meetings which were held without "minutes" being taken down. Closed meetings with the developer present, and no other outsiders present.Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Aiken taxpayers will lose in TIF deal
Regarding the proposed TIF district: The Aiken County Council recently passed a 4-mill property tax increase. Though this increase is relatively small, it does show that Aiken County is under some financial strain in providing services for county residents.Bill Boone, Aiken, S.C.

Undue blame hurled at rebel flag
What is up with all the ignorance of our history and being scared and politically correct about our Confederate battle flag? What do people not understand about how, in the 1700s and 1800s, slavery was legal under the Constitution? Does this make it right? No. No human should own another human.Stan Scritchfield, Augusta

'Chronicle' shines light on TIF dealings

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

Place the Aiken TIF proposal in proper perspective

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

Aiken taxpayers will lose in TIF deal

'Chronicle' shines light on TIF dealings
I want to thank your newspaper, and especially Josh Gelinas, for printing the complete and unvarnished truth about Aiken's TIF bond issue, especially about meetings behind closed doors, meetings held at a place owned by one of the parties involved. Council meetings which were held without "minutes" being taken down. Closed meetings with the developer present, and no other outsiders present.Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Wildlife biologists work to control the deer population

Tour newcomer took long toil to make home livable

New smoke detector technology can save lives

Southern Highlands explode in color

Finding more juice for power-thirsty devices

Leaves of change

A serious rumble for the video gamer's chair

Thank-you notes should be sent, even late

Grocery store is costly obstacle course

Kids dazzled by the Vegas Strip

'God Bloggers' head to national conference

Tracking mobile phones for real-time traffic data

Living briefs

Daily weigh-ins help dieters lose pounds

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

Daily weigh-ins help dieters lose pounds
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - If you want to tip the scales in your favor, try stepping on one each day.

Tracking mobile phones for real-time traffic data
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Driving to work, you notice the traffic beginning to slow. And because you have your cell phone on, the government senses the delay, too.

Daily weigh-ins help dieters lose pounds
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - If you want to tip the scales in your favor, try stepping on one each day.

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.

Finding more juice for power-thirsty devices
SAN FRANCISCO - For most of us, a dead battery in our cell phone or digital camera is an annoyance. For surgical tools salesman Jason Paul, it can cost him big money.

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.

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

A serious rumble for the video gamer's chair
SAN FRANCISCO - In an effort to deliver the ultimate sensory experience, most top video games marry earthshaking sounds with high-quality graphics.

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.

'God Bloggers' head to national conference
LA MIRADA, Calif. — What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew 135 Christians to Southern California this weekend for a national conference billed as the first-ever for "God bloggers," a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective.

Tracking mobile phones for real-time traffic data
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Driving to work, you notice the traffic beginning to slow. And because you have your cell phone on, the government senses the delay, too.

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.

Wildlife biologists work to control the deer population
"Put your chest on the deer. Reach out and hold the legs. Never let go of the hooves." Bill McShea, a wildlife biologist at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is instructing a handful of assistants in the art of subduing a wild white-tailed deer.

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.

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.

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.

Wildlife biologists work to control the deer population
"Put your chest on the deer. Reach out and hold the legs. Never let go of the hooves." Bill McShea, a wildlife biologist at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is instructing a handful of assistants in the art of subduing a wild white-tailed deer.

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.

Finding more juice for power-thirsty devices
SAN FRANCISCO - For most of us, a dead battery in our cell phone or digital camera is an annoyance. For surgical tools salesman Jason Paul, it can cost him big money.

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.

'God Bloggers' head to national conference
LA MIRADA, Calif. — What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew 135 Christians to Southern California this weekend for a national conference billed as the first-ever for "God bloggers," a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective.

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.

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.

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.

A serious rumble for the video gamer's chair
SAN FRANCISCO - In an effort to deliver the ultimate sensory experience, most top video games marry earthshaking sounds with high-quality graphics.

Across Georgia

Retired preacher still cuckoo about clocks

Drugs part of school arrests

North Augusta officials propose pickup rate rise

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.

Kid of the Day

Rankings don't tell full story, officials say
ATLANTA - Type in "U.S. News and World Report college rankings" on Google, and you're likely to pull up a torrent of Web pages, most of them news releases trumpeting one university's high ranking or another's positive marks for its business program.

Where we live

Across South Carolina
WALHALLA - Police are searching for a man who escaped from the Oconee County jail.

Across South Carolina

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.

Four compete to lead Garden City

Colleges prove to be asset to Georgia

News you can use

Self-promotion near for Columbia County
By next month, Columbia County should have its first Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, which will establish tourism goals for the county and work with various organization to accomplish those objectives.

Butt Bridge project to end controversy
In 1914, President William H. Taft visited Augusta to dedicate Butt Memorial Bridge to his aide, Maj. Archibald Butt, who had perished aboard the Titanic in 1912.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Courtney Jeep, 9, of Augusta.

Retired preacher still cuckoo about clocks
When Erwin Williams was a young man growing up in Sherrill, N.Y., it was the Depression and a loaf of bread cost a nickel.

Public interest runs high in Aiken financing plan

Drugs part of school arrests
Despite an increase in reporting of school-related incidents in Columbia County, police say criminal incidents remain relatively low.

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.

Self-promotion near for Columbia County
By next month, Columbia County should have its first Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, which will establish tourism goals for the county and work with various organization to accomplish those objectives.

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

Rankings don't tell full story, officials say
ATLANTA - Type in "U.S. News and World Report college rankings" on Google, and you're likely to pull up a torrent of Web pages, most of them news releases trumpeting one university's high ranking or another's positive marks for its business program.

Five Questions with Amy Chase

Colleges prove to be asset to Georgia
ATLANTA - Before U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings edition had hit newsstands, two of the state's universities were already trumpeting their inclusion on the list.

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.

Five Questions with Amy Chase
On Saturday, Amy Chase and her husband, Steven, took their three children, 5-year-old Savannah, 2-year-old Abbie and 5-week old Hudson, to Marvin United Methodist Church's pumpkin patch. While they were there, they snapped a few pictures and picked two perfect pumpkins for Halloween.

Across South Carolina

The week ahead
TAX PLAN CONFERENCE: The Campaign for Better Augusta will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. at Augusta Aquatics Center, 3157 Damascus Road. Supporters of the special purpose local option sales tax will discuss its purpose and the projects covered in Phase V and encourage passage of the tax Nov. 8. For more information, call 823-6600.

Drugs part of school arrests
Despite an increase in reporting of school-related incidents in Columbia County, police say criminal incidents remain relatively low.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Retired preacher still cuckoo about clocks
When Erwin Williams was a young man growing up in Sherrill, N.Y., it was the Depression and a loaf of bread cost a nickel.

Public interest runs high in Aiken financing plan
AIKEN - Public interest in a proposed $36.3 million bond in Aiken County that would directly benefit private developers has reached a fevered pitch.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

18-year-old dies after shooting
An 18-year-old Augusta man was shot to death during a dance party at a hotel on Stevens Creek Road late Saturday night, according to authorities.

18-year-old dies after shooting

Across Georgia
ROCHELLE - A 6-year-old girl died after being attacked by a Rottweiler.

Butt Bridge project to end controversy

Across South Carolina
WALHALLA - Police are searching for a man who escaped from the Oconee County jail.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Courtney Jeep, 9, of Augusta.

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.

Butt Bridge project to end controversy
In 1914, President William H. Taft visited Augusta to dedicate Butt Memorial Bridge to his aide, Maj. Archibald Butt, who had perished aboard the Titanic in 1912.

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

Community shows support

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.

Event's new features include Celtic fiddler

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.

Historic craft stars at Skyfest

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

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.

Who is paying less for trash?

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

Across the area

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rankings don't tell full story, officials say

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

18-year-old dies after shooting
An 18-year-old Augusta man was shot to death during a dance party at a hotel on Stevens Creek Road late Saturday night, according to authorities.

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.

Public interest runs high in Aiken financing plan
AIKEN - Public interest in a proposed $36.3 million bond in Aiken County that would directly benefit private developers has reached a fevered pitch.

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:

From water to gold

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Colleges prove to be asset to Georgia
ATLANTA - Before U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings edition had hit newsstands, two of the state's universities were already trumpeting their inclusion on the list.

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

Five Questions with Amy Chase
On Saturday, Amy Chase and her husband, Steven, took their three children, 5-year-old Savannah, 2-year-old Abbie and 5-week old Hudson, to Marvin United Methodist Church's pumpkin patch. While they were there, they snapped a few pictures and picked two perfect pumpkins for Halloween.

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

The week ahead
TAX PLAN CONFERENCE: The Campaign for Better Augusta will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. at Augusta Aquatics Center, 3157 Damascus Road. Supporters of the special purpose local option sales tax will discuss its purpose and the projects covered in Phase V and encourage passage of the tax Nov. 8. For more information, call 823-6600.

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.

Across the area
A 21-year-old Evans man told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a North Augusta gas station over the weekend, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

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

The week ahead

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.

Across the area

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.

Across the southeast

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.

Self-promotion near for Columbia County

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

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - A Duke University scholar is back at work on his doctoral dissertation after spending two months in an Armenian prison this summer on what he believes was a trumped-up charge.

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.

Across Georgia
ROCHELLE - A 6-year-old girl died after being attacked by a Rottweiler.

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

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:

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.

Want the truth? Read the fine print
Have you ever tried to read the fine print at the bottom of the television screen during a cell-phone commercial, or attempted to keep up with the mile-a-minute radio announcer who rattles off the disclaimers at the end of a prescription drug ad?

Want the truth? Read the fine print
Have you ever tried to read the fine print at the bottom of the television screen during a cell-phone commercial, or attempted to keep up with the mile-a-minute radio announcer who rattles off the disclaimers at the end of a prescription drug ad?

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

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

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.

Charlize Theron doubles up on drama, action
TORONTO - Possessor of one of the loveliest faces on the planet, Charlize Theron still finds herself explaining to people that sometimes it's part of her job to hide her looks.

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.

Horror fans lift 'The Fog' to box-office lead
LOS ANGELES - The crowds were not quite as thick as pea soup, but the horror remake "The Fog" pulled in enough fans to win a close race at the weekend box office with a $12.2 million debut.

Gaffers, grips and best boys on movie sets
LOS ANGELES - MGM in the mid-1940s was a reporter's paradise. The mammoth sound stages were abuzz with at least eight features at once, with such names as Gable, Astaire, Stewart, Garland, Rooney, Kelly, Garson, Barrymore and Ball. All were available for interviews, or at least a brief chat between scenes.

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

Horror fans lift 'The Fog' to box-office lead
LOS ANGELES - The crowds were not quite as thick as pea soup, but the horror remake "The Fog" pulled in enough fans to win a close race at the weekend box office with a $12.2 million debut.

Gaffers, grips and best boys on movie sets

Charlize Theron doubles up on drama, action

Gaffers, grips and best boys on movie sets
LOS ANGELES - MGM in the mid-1940s was a reporter's paradise. The mammoth sound stages were abuzz with at least eight features at once, with such names as Gable, Astaire, Stewart, Garland, Rooney, Kelly, Garson, Barrymore and Ball. All were available for interviews, or at least a brief chat between scenes.

Horror fans lift 'The Fog' to box-office lead

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Charlize Theron doubles up on drama, action
TORONTO - Possessor of one of the loveliest faces on the planet, Charlize Theron still finds herself explaining to people that sometimes it's part of her job to hide her looks.

Stevie Wonder returns with love in his heart

Stevie Wonder returns with love in his heart
LOS ANGELES - When Stevie Wonder returned to the studio after a 10-year hiatus to record "A Time to Love," he was doing more than getting back to work. He was getting back to the message that has formed the cornerstone of his legendary career.

Fats Domino finds Big Easy home in ruins

Les Paul keeps rocking at age 90
NEW YORK - Take it from Peter Frampton. Or from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Townsend or Jimmy Page - they all owe a debt to Les Paul, father of the electric guitar.

Fats Domino finds Big Easy home in ruins
NEW ORLEANS — Visiting his home for the first time since he was rescued from rising floodwaters in a boat, Fats Domino found his piano overturned among mud and debris and his house in ruins.

Fats Domino finds Big Easy home in ruins
NEW ORLEANS — Visiting his home for the first time since he was rescued from rising floodwaters in a boat, Fats Domino found his piano overturned among mud and debris and his house in ruins.

Rod Stewart's ready to say goodbye to the 'songbook'

Stevie Wonder returns with love in his heart
LOS ANGELES - When Stevie Wonder returned to the studio after a 10-year hiatus to record "A Time to Love," he was doing more than getting back to work. He was getting back to the message that has formed the cornerstone of his legendary career.

Les Paul keeps rocking at age 90

Rod Stewart's ready to say goodbye to the 'songbook'
NEW YORK - Three years ago, when Rod Stewart decided to reinterpret pop standards with "It Had To Be You... The Great American Songbook," it didn't seem like a blockbuster career move.

Les Paul keeps rocking at age 90
NEW YORK - Take it from Peter Frampton. Or from Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Townsend or Jimmy Page - they all owe a debt to Les Paul, father of the electric guitar.

Rod Stewart's ready to say goodbye to the 'songbook'
NEW YORK - Three years ago, when Rod Stewart decided to reinterpret pop standards with "It Had To Be You... The Great American Songbook," it didn't seem like a blockbuster career move.

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.

Charlotte race turns into debacle after tire troubles
CONCORD, N.C. - Slumped over and scowling, Tony Stewart made no effort to mask his disgust after finishing a race in which he feared for his safety.

Patrick unsatisfied with great rookie season
FONTANA, Calif. - Danica Patrick's rookie season ended with a crash instead of the victory that she had hoped for.

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.

Chase race now crowded at top

Charlotte race turns into debacle after tire troubles

Chase race now crowded at top
CONCORD, N.C. - If the race at Talladega Superspeedway was the wild card in the Chase for the Championship, Saturday night's UAW-GM 500 was simply wild.

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.

Charlotte race turns into debacle after tire troubles
CONCORD, N.C. - Slumped over and scowling, Tony Stewart made no effort to mask his disgust after finishing a race in which he feared for his safety.

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.

Patrick unsatisfied with great rookie season
FONTANA, Calif. - Danica Patrick's rookie season ended with a crash instead of the victory that she had hoped for.

Speed's a problem at Lowe's

Patrick unsatisfied with great rookie season

Driver steers to new record

Renault drivers seek title

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.

Chase race now crowded at top
CONCORD, N.C. - If the race at Talladega Superspeedway was the wild card in the Chase for the Championship, Saturday night's UAW-GM 500 was simply wild.

Ailment claims Atlanta's Collier

Coroner: Tests to resume Monday in Collier death

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.

Coroner: Tests to resume Monday in Collier death
ATLANTA - Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until Monday at the earliest.

Coroner: Tests to resume Monday in Collier death
ATLANTA - Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until Monday at the earliest.

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.

Saints, Falcons limp into key division battle

NFL power rankings Week 6

NFL notes

Area players in the NFL

Falcons use second shot to boot Saints

Panthers rally for win over Lions

Mrs. Agnes Hart    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fannie Mae Clark    (DETROIT, MI.)

Mrs. Jane Lunsford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Beth Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Beard    ( JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Peel    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Brandon R. Prescott    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Hubert Hayes    (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred F. Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Jean Wooten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Albert Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Beard    ( JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Albert Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Colan Tapley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas B. Pugh    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Jeremy Blake Meadows    (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Evans Jones, Jr.    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Marie Williams    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Wooten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. J.R. Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Gary    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jackie Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Jane Lunsford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Colan Tapley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon R. Prescott    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Alice Moore    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jeremy Blake Meadows    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Peel    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Evans Jones, Jr.    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Beth Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Hubert Hayes    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred F. Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Agnes Hart    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillie Gary    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Abney    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Mae Clark    (DETROIT, MI.)

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

Mr. Thomas B. Pugh    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Colan Tapley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Hayes (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Fannie Mae Clark (DETROIT, MI.)

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

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas B. Pugh (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Betty Jean Wooten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Nell Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Brandon R. Prescott (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Jeremy Blake Meadows (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Lunsford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Beth Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lillie Gary (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanna Quarterman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Beard ( JACKSON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Grace Peel (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Alice Moore (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

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

Mr. Albert Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jackie Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Hart (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Evans Jones, Jr. (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

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

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."

Area sports announcements

Overtime

'Backs stand tall for victory

Sports rants

Overtime

Greenbrier, Lakeside take rivalry to area final

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

Overtime
In Stockholm, Sweden, James Blake beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-1, 7-6 (6) to win the Stockholm Open for his first European title.

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.

'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 Stockholm, Sweden, James Blake beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-1, 7-6 (6) to win the Stockholm Open for his first European title.

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.

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

Overtime
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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Panthers rally for win over Lions
DETROIT - Chris Weinke was sharp, not rusty.

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.

Panthers rally for win over Lions
DETROIT - Chris Weinke was sharp, not rusty.

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.

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

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Falcons use second shot to boot Saints
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - As the game clock ticked down to 2 seconds at the New Orleans Saints' temporary home in the Alamodome, Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson saw his potential 41-yard game-winning field goal sail wide left.

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.

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.

Falcons use second shot to boot Saints
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - As the game clock ticked down to 2 seconds at the New Orleans Saints' temporary home in the Alamodome, Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson saw his potential 41-yard game-winning field goal sail wide left.

Pope Benedict praises John Paul II on anniversary of Pole's election to papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI praised his predecessor, John Paul II, as a beloved man whose moral authority was recognized well beyond the Catholic church, as the faithful marked the anniversary Sunday of the 1978 election of the first Polish pontiff.

Pope Benedict praises John Paul II on anniversary of Pole's election to papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI praised his predecessor, John Paul II, as a beloved man whose moral authority was recognized well beyond the Catholic church, as the faithful marked the anniversary Sunday of the 1978 election of the first Polish pontiff.

Group wants scientists, not politicians, in charge

Mueller's fantasy is reality in Augusta

George Lopez, sitcom are the picture of health
LOS ANGELES - When George Lopez received a new kidney this year to replace his failing ones, it didn't just restore him to good health. The transplant ended up enriching his comedy, he says, not to mention making him a better man.

Whatever happened to network television on Saturday nights?
NEW YORK - The state of network television on Saturday nights has become so dire that ABC has essentially put a prime-time slot up for auction to anyone who has a compelling idea - as long as it's done very cheaply.

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:

Comedy Central's Colbert spoofs cable-news punditry

Comedy Central's Colbert spoofs cable-news punditry
NEW YORK - Stephen Colbert's right. He's always right - however much logic and common sense say otherwise. And those who disagree with him are wrong.

Whatever happened to network television on Saturday nights?
NEW YORK - The state of network television on Saturday nights has become so dire that ABC has essentially put a prime-time slot up for auction to anyone who has a compelling idea - as long as it's done very cheaply.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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:

Whatever happened to network television on Saturday nights?

George Lopez, sitcom are the picture of health

Is 'Commander in Chief' a warmup act?
NEW YORK - ABC's "Commander in Chief" would seem to be a pretty straightforward drama.

Is 'Commander in Chief' a warmup act?
NEW YORK - ABC's "Commander in Chief" would seem to be a pretty straightforward drama.

Comedy Central's Colbert spoofs cable-news punditry
NEW YORK - Stephen Colbert's right. He's always right - however much logic and common sense say otherwise. And those who disagree with him are wrong.

George Lopez, sitcom are the picture of health
LOS ANGELES - When George Lopez received a new kidney this year to replace his failing ones, it didn't just restore him to good health. The transplant ended up enriching his comedy, he says, not to mention making him a better man.

Is 'Commander in Chief' a warmup act?

People in the News

'Scream' coach teaches technique to rock stars

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

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.

Shockley proves to be just perfect for Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Stopping the Georgia Bulldogs these days is about as easy as keeping D.J. Shockley in the pocket.

Georgia squashes Vanderbilt

Shockley proves to be just perfect for Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Stopping the Georgia Bulldogs these days is about as easy as keeping D.J. Shockley in the pocket.

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

Shockley proves to be just perfect for Bulldogs

Soldier is glad to be in show

City council has busy session

Reunions

Event supports horse program for handicapped

Police begin safety campaign aimed at ATV users

Recycling centers

Events

Aiken man to direct efforts to protect Hitchcock Woods

Council considers televising its sessions on tape-delay

Athlete Spotlight: Ted Torgesen

CSRA Bridge Results

Meetings

Library events

Around the block

Helping protect the protectors

Across the river

Mounted patrolmen train in Aiken

Boy Scouts help Spooky food drive

This week

Area adult literacy sites

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Christmas tree needed for Carolighting

Pope Benedict praises John Paul II on anniversary of Pole's election to papacy