Wetlands at new school will be a teaching tool
Steps to protect wetlands on the site of the new Mossy Creek Elementary School in North Augusta will provide a strong foundation for environmental learning, officials said during the school's dedication ceremony Tuesday.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 13-18. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty.

Veterans to reunite in Augusta
With World War II well under way in other parts of the world in 1940, the United States was ensuring its security and readiness by training National Guard units.

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

Identity-theft prevention discussed at chamber
While the title of the lunch seminar targeted senior adults, Wednesday's ABC Connection provided information that all consumers could use to protect their identity, credit and assets.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at 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.

Athlete Spotlight: Nicole Lewis
Nicole Lewis has outdistanced her competition in her first year at Midland Valley High School.

Meetings
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; 641-5926

Upcoming events
FUDDY MEERS: 3 p.m. today; The Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $7 students, $10 ages 62 and older, $12 others; 641-3305

Recreation events
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Breast cancer survivors promote health issues
The Breast Cancer Champions have received the support of the Westinghouse Savannah River Co. in their efforts to promote breast health awareness among their co-workers at Savannah River Site.

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

Writer uses her music in promoting reading
Children's author Mary Triola said it's all about living your dreams.

Breast cancer survivors promote health issues
The Breast Cancer Champions have received the support of the Westinghouse Savannah River Co. in their efforts to promote breast health awareness among their co-workers at Savannah River Site.

Weatherization program makes homes cozier
The cacophony of power tools Monday signified the creation of an energy-efficient home for Geneva S. Wheeler in Burnettown.

Augusta fall section bridge results
Augusta fall section bridge results for Oct. 21-23

Police in Aiken will have Halloween event for children
Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but there's no need to fret about potential dangers lurking around dark corners, safety officials said.

Around the block
There will be a Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating at Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road, on Monday. Registration begins at 4 p.m., with the contest starting at 4:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5 p.m. Call 648-8081.

Upcoming events
FUDDY MEERS: 3 p.m. today; The Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; $7 students, $10 ages 62 and older, $12 others; 641-3305

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 13-18. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty.

Athlete Spotlight: Nicole Lewis
Nicole Lewis has outdistanced her competition in her first year at Midland Valley High School.

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

Veterans to reunite in Augusta
With World War II well under way in other parts of the world in 1940, the United States was ensuring its security and readiness by training National Guard units.

Augusta fall section bridge results
Augusta fall section bridge results for Oct. 21-23

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 13-18. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty.

Meetings
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays; Thursdays and Fridays, Aurora Pavilion, 655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken; 641-5926

Wetlands at new school will be a teaching tool
Steps to protect wetlands on the site of the new Mossy Creek Elementary School in North Augusta will provide a strong foundation for environmental learning, officials said during the school's dedication ceremony Tuesday.

Reunions
SOUTH AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1990: Seeking classmates for a 15-year reunion Saturday, Nov. 26; contact Michelle Wood, 733-4206

Weatherization program makes homes cozier
The cacophony of power tools Monday signified the creation of an energy-efficient home for Geneva S. Wheeler in Burnettown.

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

Surging to victory
In only their third tournament, the Palmetto Surge 14-and-younger softball team won the ISA Field of Dreams Tournament at Citizens Park in Aiken on Oct. 15-16.

Recreation events
BROTHERS AND SISTERS MEETINGS: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; for boys and girls ages 5 to 18; programs offer tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities and field trips

Reunions
SOUTH AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1990: Seeking classmates for a 15-year reunion Saturday, Nov. 26; contact Michelle Wood, 733-4206

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has recycling sites for aluminum cans at 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.

Writer uses her music in promoting reading
Children's author Mary Triola said it's all about living your dreams.

Around the block
There will be a Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating at Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road, on Monday. Registration begins at 4 p.m., with the contest starting at 4:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5 p.m. Call 648-8081.

Identity-theft prevention discussed at chamber
While the title of the lunch seminar targeted senior adults, Wednesday's ABC Connection provided information that all consumers could use to protect their identity, credit and assets.

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

Pet of the week
Andy, a 1-year-old Labrador mix, is timid and somewhat afraid of small children and loud noises.

Surging to victory
In only their third tournament, the Palmetto Surge 14-and-younger softball team won the ISA Field of Dreams Tournament at Citizens Park in Aiken on Oct. 15-16.

Pet of the week
Andy, a 1-year-old Labrador mix, is timid and somewhat afraid of small children and loud noises.

Police in Aiken will have Halloween event for children
Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but there's no need to fret about potential dangers lurking around dark corners, safety officials said.

'Wicked' novelist scares up a sequel
In novels, the main character often is a reluctant hero. Occasionally, though, there's the passive hero, a separate category, or a subset, perhaps, that requires a special sense of disconnect and non-interest.

Author obsesses over story of the Beatles
NEW YORK - Ten hours, 28 minutes. That was the sum of the music recorded and released by the Beatles before breaking up, a volume of work that changed lives, careers and the course of music history.

Author obsesses over story of the Beatles
NEW YORK - Ten hours, 28 minutes. That was the sum of the music recorded and released by the Beatles before breaking up, a volume of work that changed lives, careers and the course of music history.

Hefty new bio explodes the myths of Mao Zedong

'Wicked' novelist scares up a sequel
In novels, the main character often is a reluctant hero. Occasionally, though, there's the passive hero, a separate category, or a subset, perhaps, that requires a special sense of disconnect and non-interest.

'Wicked' novelist scares up a sequel

Book clears away smoke from facts about famous fire
The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 has been retold and analyzed in hundreds of books, articles and documentaries over the years.

Book clears away smoke from facts about famous fire

Author obsesses over story of the Beatles

Book clears away smoke from facts about famous fire
The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 has been retold and analyzed in hundreds of books, articles and documentaries over the years.

Hefty new bio explodes the myths of Mao Zedong
Lord Acton, the British historian, said: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Two men in the 20th century fit that description: Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Hefty new bio explodes the myths of Mao Zedong
Lord Acton, the British historian, said: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Two men in the 20th century fit that description: Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Children share insight on definition of what's old

Kaylee Ann Jackson
Mark Edward and Vanessa Leslie Jackson of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born October 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Harley Cole Field
Brian Edward and Tracie Montgomery Field of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Harley Cole, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Jackson
Mark Edward and Vanessa Leslie Jackson of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born October 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Wayne Meadows

Sherill and Terell LaBord
Eboni Woods and Freddie LaBord are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Sherill Keziah and Terell Marquez, born September 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eric Cole Rogers

Ariana Kemya Laneece
Aaron and Kimkeesha Bryant of Fort Stewart, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Kemya Laneece, born September 18, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Lincoln Brooks Wilson
Michael Ryan and Sharon Louise Wilson of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lincoln Brooks, born September 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gerald Bertram Jackson
Carla Jones and Gerald Jackson, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gerald Bertram, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kiley Noel Mixon
Robin Wells and Jay Mixon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiley Noel, born October 13, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Tucker Wayne Meadows
Charlie Wayne and Kimberly Silas Meadows, Jr. of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Wayne, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaxson Marshall Griffin

Cayle Elizabeth Taylor
Joshua Adam and Nicole Michelle Taylor of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cayle Elizabeth, born September 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tristen Goodwin Brinson

Peyton Carol DeLoach

Madison Marie Jordan
Tiffany Jordan and Matthew Reese are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Marie, born October 11, 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, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Harley Cole Field
Brian Edward and Tracie Montgomery Field of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Harley Cole, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cayle Elizabeth Taylor
Joshua Adam and Nicole Michelle Taylor of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cayle Elizabeth, born September 23, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jessie Elaine Newsome
Jesse Glen and Charity Joyce Newsome of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessie Elaine, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eric Cole Rogers
Eric and Debbie Rogers of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Cole, born October 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eric Cole Rogers
Eric and Debbie Rogers of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Cole, born October 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lincoln Brooks Wilson
Michael Ryan and Sharon Louise Wilson of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lincoln Brooks, born September 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Edward Seigler
Edward Jason and Amy Michele Seigler of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Edward, born October 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tiana Danielle Smith
Teai Smith and Travon Holden are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tiana Danielle, born October 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gerald Bertram Jackson
Carla Jones and Gerald Jackson, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gerald Bertram, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Trenton Lee Dinkins
Heather Coleman and Thomas Dinkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trenton Lee, born September 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Samuel Ellis Cranford
Benji and Emily McCorkle Cranford of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Ellis, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Locke Weems Howington and John Henry Hamm Howington
Jed Weems and Heather Whitt Howington of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Locke Weems and John Henry Hamm, born September 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Thomas Rickerson
Thomas and Samantha Ann Rickerson, Jr. of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Thomas, born October 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Drue Thomas Patterson
Michael Brooks and Eloisae Dawn Patterson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Drue Thomas, born October 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tristen Goodwin Brinson
David Frank and Tiffany Nicole Brinson, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristen Goodwin, born August 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Wayne Meadows
Charlie Wayne and Kimberly Silas Meadows, Jr. of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Wayne, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ashlyn Grace Brill
Michael Glenn and Linda Diane Brill of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Grace, born September 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Jean West
Joanna McGowen and Robert West are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Jean, born October 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Grace Thompson
Allen and Wendy Thompson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Grace, born August 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Sherill and Terell LaBord
Eboni Woods and Freddie LaBord are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Sherill Keziah and Terell Marquez, born September 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Drue Thomas Patterson
Michael Brooks and Eloisae Dawn Patterson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Drue Thomas, born October 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tiana Danielle Smith
Teai Smith and Travon Holden are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tiana Danielle, born October 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Locke Weems Howington and John Henry Hamm Howington
Jed Weems and Heather Whitt Howington of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Locke Weems and John Henry Hamm, born September 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lincoln Brooks Wilson

Trenton Lee Dinkins
Heather Coleman and Thomas Dinkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trenton Lee, born September 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ty'ler Deashawn Ricks

Blake Edward Seigler
Edward Jason and Amy Michele Seigler of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Edward, born October 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Danielle Natalie Maskell

Jessie Elaine Newsome
Jesse Glen and Charity Joyce Newsome of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessie Elaine, born October 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Locke Weems Howington and John Henry Hamm Howington

Madison Marie Jordan
Tiffany Jordan and Matthew Reese are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Marie, born October 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Edward Seigler

Kiley Noel Mixon
Robin Wells and Jay Mixon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiley Noel, born October 13, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Sherill and Terell LaBord

Ashlyn Grace Brill
Michael Glenn and Linda Diane Brill of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Grace, born September 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kiley Noel Mixon

Peyton Carol DeLoach
James Patrick and Leigh Thomas DeLoach of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Carol, born October 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Gerald Bertram Jackson

Riley Jean West
Joanna McGowen and Robert West are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Jean, born October 5, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Thomas Rickerson

Matthew Roy Scott
Rachel Newman and Patrick Scott are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Roy, born October 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ashlyn Grace Brill

Johnathan Lee Dixon
Carol Ann Dixon of Hephzibah is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Johnathan Lee, born October 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Johnathan Lee Dixon

Ty'ler Deashawn Ricks
Melissa Foust and Deaquon Ricks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ty'ler Deashawn, born October 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew Roy Scott

Danielle Natalie Maskell
David Lynn and Jeannett Ann Maskell of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Natalie, born October 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Isabella Maciaszek

Jaxson Marshall Griffin
Bob and Tracy Griffin of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaxson Marshall, born September 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Jean West

Emily Grace Thompson
Allen and Wendy Thompson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Grace, born August 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Drue Thomas Patterson

Ariana Kemya Laneece
Aaron and Kimkeesha Bryant of Fort Stewart, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Kemya Laneece, born September 18, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Jackson

Jordan Isabella Maciaszek
Christopher Warren and Stephanie Lauren Maciaszek of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Isabella, born August 24, 2005 at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Cayle Elizabeth Taylor

Samuel Walker Connell
C. Scott and Kristi Goodwin Connell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Walker, born September 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Samuel Ellis Cranford

Tristen Goodwin Brinson
David Frank and Tiffany Nicole Brinson, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristen Goodwin, born August 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Harley Cole Field

Jordan Isabella Maciaszek
Christopher Warren and Stephanie Lauren Maciaszek of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Isabella, born August 24, 2005 at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Samuel Walker Connell

Danielle Natalie Maskell
David Lynn and Jeannett Ann Maskell of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Natalie, born October 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Trenton Lee Dinkins

Ty'ler Deashawn Ricks
Melissa Foust and Deaquon Ricks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ty'ler Deashawn, born October 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tiana Danielle Smith

Johnathan Lee Dixon
Carol Ann Dixon of Hephzibah is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Johnathan Lee, born October 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jessie Elaine Newsome

Matthew Roy Scott
Rachel Newman and Patrick Scott are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Roy, born October 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Thomas Rickerson
Thomas and Samantha Ann Rickerson, Jr. of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Thomas, born October 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ariana Kemya Laneece

Samuel Ellis Cranford
Benji and Emily McCorkle Cranford of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Ellis, born October 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Peyton Carol DeLoach
James Patrick and Leigh Thomas DeLoach of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Carol, born October 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Marie Jordan

Emily Grace Thompson

Samuel Walker Connell
C. Scott and Kristi Goodwin Connell of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Walker, born September 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Braves decide on McDowell
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves named Roger McDowell pitching coach on Saturday, replacing Leo Mazzone.

Braves decide on McDowell
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves named Roger McDowell pitching coach on Saturday, replacing Leo Mazzone.

Braves decide on McDowell

Is Wal-Mart really changing?
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. accelerated its campaign to polish its image by proposing this week a lower-cost health care plan for its employees, promising an environmental initiative, and calling for a boost in the minimum wage.

Housing for 55-and-older housing grows
HUDSON, Mass. - The condominium that retirees Richard and Mary Jean Ebens bought three years ago for $305,000 has some nice amenities: 2,000 square feet of living space, a garage, a basement, a deck looking over the garden, and a reasonable 45-minute drive to Boston.

Haunted Houses struggle to stay alive
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Dwayne Throneberry closed his haunted house, The Main Street Morgue, two falls ago, he swore he'd shaken his last skeleton at his last screaming teenager.

Business briefs

'Saw II' is tops at the box office

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 17 and 18. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Housing for 55-and-older housing grows
HUDSON, Mass. - The condominium that retirees Richard and Mary Jean Ebens bought three years ago for $305,000 has some nice amenities: 2,000 square feet of living space, a garage, a basement, a deck looking over the garden, and a reasonable 45-minute drive to Boston.

Competition from Web sites helps reduce commissions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Orange Park, Fla., resident Chad Albrook wants to sell his house with a full-service real estate agent but doesn't want to cough up the 6.5 percent commission that most of them request. A new St. Louis-based Web site, with more than 17,000 listings nationally, says he won't have to.

Richmond County property transfers

Scary business
Warning, dear reader. As surely as money is green, business can be horrifying. A young Realtor encounters a body on a gray Sunday evening. A gun-toting cowboy makes a major withdrawal. A house comes alive, shaking its lone inhabitant out into the yard. The following tales are true yarns spun from some of Augusta's business leaders. Light a candle, curl up in a blanket and read on. But keep the phone handy. You just might need to call your mama.

Haunted Houses struggle to stay alive

Scary business
Warning, dear reader. As surely as money is green, business can be horrifying. A young Realtor encounters a body on a gray Sunday evening. A gun-toting cowboy makes a major withdrawal. A house comes alive, shaking its lone inhabitant out into the yard. The following tales are true yarns spun from some of Augusta's business leaders. Light a candle, curl up in a blanket and read on. But keep the phone handy. You just might need to call your mama.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Business Basics Workshop; the Small Business Development Center explores the basics of setting up your business and more; 9 a.m.; University of South Carolina Aiken, Penland Administration Building, Room 106; $25; register at sbdc@usca.edu or (803) 641-3646.

Business briefs
The improved job market is leading to an exodus of middle managers at twice the rate of senior executives, according to a survey of managerial turnover.

Haunted Houses struggle to stay alive
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When Dwayne Throneberry closed his haunted house, The Main Street Morgue, two falls ago, he swore he'd shaken his last skeleton at his last screaming teenager.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Business Basics Workshop; the Small Business Development Center explores the basics of setting up your business and more; 9 a.m.; University of South Carolina Aiken, Penland Administration Building, Room 106; $25; register at sbdc@usca.edu or (803) 641-3646.

Investors hope for Fed to ease off on rates
NEW YORK - Wall Street is spooked, and it has nothing to do with Halloween.

On the move
- Rachel Edwards has joined Sherman & Hemstreet/GMAC Real Estate as an agent.

Investors hope for Fed to ease off on rates
NEW YORK - Wall Street is spooked, and it has nothing to do with Halloween.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 17 and 18. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Is Wal-Mart really changing?
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. accelerated its campaign to polish its image by proposing this week a lower-cost health care plan for its employees, promising an environmental initiative, and calling for a boost in the minimum wage.

On the move
- Rachel Edwards has joined Sherman & Hemstreet/GMAC Real Estate as an agent.

Investors hope for Fed to ease off on rates

Competition from Web sites helps reduce commissions
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Orange Park, Fla., resident Chad Albrook wants to sell his house with a full-service real estate agent but doesn't want to cough up the 6.5 percent commission that most of them request. A new St. Louis-based Web site, with more than 17,000 listings nationally, says he won't have to.

Housing for 55-and-older housing grows

Is Wal-Mart really changing?

Utah could be a wholesome Hollywood

Business briefs
The improved job market is leading to an exodus of middle managers at twice the rate of senior executives, according to a survey of managerial turnover.

Director opposes quick DVD releases

Business calendar

Competition from Web sites helps reduce commissions

Scary business

On the move

As weather cools, campaign heats up

As weather cools, campaign heats up
A report of a strange phone poll on the Augusta mayoral race with questions designed to smear some candidates, District 1 candidate Robert DeMello's criminal record being leaked from somewhere in the building that houses the sheriff's office at 401 Walton Way, finger-wagging over sign placement outside a political forum site and anonymous letters to City Ink about some candidates' supposed past misdeeds (of course, there's never any proof) can mean only one thing. The election is almost upon us.

As weather cools, campaign heats up
A report of a strange phone poll on the Augusta mayoral race with questions designed to smear some candidates, District 1 candidate Robert DeMello's criminal record being leaked from somewhere in the building that houses the sheriff's office at 401 Walton Way, finger-wagging over sign placement outside a political forum site and anonymous letters to City Ink about some candidates' supposed past misdeeds (of course, there's never any proof) can mean only one thing. The election is almost upon us.

Mathis ready to make his mark at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Troy Mathis has the same focus this fall as he did a year ago, only now he'll actually make an impact on Clemson's basketball court.

Mathis ready to make his mark at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Troy Mathis has the same focus this fall as he did a year ago, only now he'll actually make an impact on Clemson's basketball court.

Mathis ready to make his mark at Clemson

Tide's ready for stretch run now

Tide's ready for stretch run now
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Utah State is out of the way, and Alabama is thinking championship - at least in the Southeastern Conference, maybe beyond.

Seminoles answer boos with victory
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Drew Weatherford and James Coleman scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead No. 10 Florida State to a 35-27 come-from-behind victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Tennessee reaching lowest point of Fulmer's tenure
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has seen the Volunteers at their finest as Southeastern Conference and national champions.

Southern conference roundup
BOONE, N.C. - Richie Williams scored two touchdowns, including the one that put Appalachian State ahead for good, to lead the Mountaineers to a 35-25 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday.

Seminoles answer boos with victory

Tennessee reaching lowest point of Fulmer's tenure

Seminoles answer boos with victory
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Drew Weatherford and James Coleman scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead No. 10 Florida State to a 35-27 come-from-behind victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Tennessee reaching lowest point of Fulmer's tenure
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has seen the Volunteers at their finest as Southeastern Conference and national champions.

Southern conference roundup
BOONE, N.C. - Richie Williams scored two touchdowns, including the one that put Appalachian State ahead for good, to lead the Mountaineers to a 35-25 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday.

Tide's ready for stretch run now
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Utah State is out of the way, and Alabama is thinking championship - at least in the Southeastern Conference, maybe beyond.

Southern conference roundup

Illini ready to put title loss behind them

Helen Blocker-Adams for mayor
With little decision-making authority to speak of, the most important thing Augusta's mayor can do is set the right tone for the city.

Playing with our safety
Government tries to do so much these days that we sometimes forget what its principal task is - the reason, in fact, that government exists: to protect the citizenry from enemies, foreign and domestic.

Sunnis electing to vote
Not a day goes by when there isn't some kind of clash between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis.

One SRS contractor is enough
Sometimes, one can do the work of many.

One SRS contractor is enough
Sometimes, one can do the work of many.

Mr. Irving J. Allred (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sunnis electing to vote
Not a day goes by when there isn't some kind of clash between Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis.

Playing with our safety
Government tries to do so much these days that we sometimes forget what its principal task is - the reason, in fact, that government exists: to protect the citizenry from enemies, foreign and domestic.

Weatherization program makes homes cozier

Helen Blocker-Adams for mayor
With little decision-making authority to speak of, the most important thing Augusta's mayor can do is set the right tone for the city.

Helen Blocker-Adams for mayor

One SRS contractor is enough

Playing with our safety

Writer uses her music in promoting reading

Sunnis electing to vote

People in the News
NEW YORK - What's it like growing up as the magical Harry Potter? For teen actor Daniel Radcliffe, it's not that weird.

Q&A: Alek Wek: More than a supermodel
NEW YORK - The runway is the fastest route for Alek Wek to get where she's going.

Q&A: Alek Wek: More than a supermodel
NEW YORK - The runway is the fastest route for Alek Wek to get where she's going.

People in the News
NEW YORK - What's it like growing up as the magical Harry Potter? For teen actor Daniel Radcliffe, it's not that weird.

Start campaign now for pay raise next year
NEW YORK - Most workers can expect pay raises of about 3.5 percent next year - the same as this year, according to recent employer surveys. If you think you deserve more than that, now may be a good time to approach your boss.

How to save more money

Winterization will lower heating bills

How to save more money
A: If you're scraping by financially, saving money is nearly impossible. But if you make decent money and still find yourself with a near-empty savings account even before holiday shopping season starts, a few habit changes could help.

How to save more money
A: If you're scraping by financially, saving money is nearly impossible. But if you make decent money and still find yourself with a near-empty savings account even before holiday shopping season starts, a few habit changes could help.

Start campaign now for pay raise next year
NEW YORK - Most workers can expect pay raises of about 3.5 percent next year - the same as this year, according to recent employer surveys. If you think you deserve more than that, now may be a good time to approach your boss.

Start campaign now for pay raise next year

Winterization will lower heating bills
The expected surge in natural gas prices this winter will force owners of 55 million homes heated by natural gas to revisit home energy conservation measures.

Winterization will lower heating bills
The expected surge in natural gas prices this winter will force owners of 55 million homes heated by natural gas to revisit home energy conservation measures.

Duo leads Eagles past 'Rabbits
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Georgia Southern came away impressed by South Dakota State's improvement in a year.

Duo leads Eagles past 'Rabbits
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Georgia Southern came away impressed by South Dakota State's improvement in a year.

Jackets squeak out victory
ATLANTA - A close game between Georgia Tech and Clemson? No shocker there. A low-scoring one? A bit surprising.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - One leader returned, and another might have emerged Saturday for Georgia Tech's defense in the team's 10-9 victory against Clemson.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - One leader returned, and another might have emerged Saturday for Georgia Tech's defense in the team's 10-9 victory against Clemson.

Jackets squeak out victory
ATLANTA - A close game between Georgia Tech and Clemson? No shocker there. A low-scoring one? A bit surprising.

Duo leads Eagles past 'Rabbits

Georgia Tech notebook

Jackets squeak out victory

Ghosts, goblins pale to real-life frights

PGA Tour to hit charitable record
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The PGA Tour hits a milestone this week that commissioner Tim Finchem believes is as noteworthy as Byron Nelson winning 11 in a row or Tiger Woods holding all the major trophies at the same time.

Golf roundup

Montgomerie wins money title
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Not even eligible for all the majors at the start of the year, Colin Montgomerie completed a remarkable turnaround Sunday when he tied for third in the Volvo Masters and captured his record eighth money title on the European tour.

PGA Tour to hit charitable record
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - The PGA Tour hits a milestone this week that commissioner Tim Finchem believes is as noteworthy as Byron Nelson winning 11 in a row or Tiger Woods holding all the major trophies at the same time.

Pettersson wins Chrysler Championship

Golf roundup
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Carl Petterson hit five straight iron shots inside 12 feet and made three of them for birdie, enough to carry him to 4-under-par 67 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Steve Lowery in the Chrysler Championship.

Montgomerie wins money title

Golf roundup
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Carl Petterson hit five straight iron shots inside 12 feet and made three of them for birdie, enough to carry him to 4-under-par 67 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Steve Lowery in the Chrysler Championship.

Montgomerie wins money title
SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Not even eligible for all the majors at the start of the year, Colin Montgomerie completed a remarkable turnaround Sunday when he tied for third in the Volvo Masters and captured his record eighth money title on the European tour.

Pettersson wins Chrysler Championship
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Carl Pettersson steadied his nerves and his swing down the stretch Sunday, saving par with a tough chip on the 15th and a clutch putt on the 16th for an even-par 71 to win the Chrysler Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.

PGA Tour to hit charitable record

Pettersson wins Chrysler Championship
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Carl Pettersson steadied his nerves and his swing down the stretch Sunday, saving par with a tough chip on the 15th and a clutch putt on the 16th for an even-par 71 to win the Chrysler Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.

High school football scores

Wildcats' road now easier despite loss

Aiken County Farmers Market

Wildcats' road now easier despite loss
Sometimes the greatest victories are the worst losses.

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's game

Wildcats' road now easier despite loss
Sometimes the greatest victories are the worst losses.

High school football scores
Scores from Friday's game

Children share insight on definition of what's old
Like most of you, I have many part-time jobs and one of them is chauffeur to assorted middle-schoolers.

Children share insight on definition of what's old
Like most of you, I have many part-time jobs and one of them is chauffeur to assorted middle-schoolers.

Politicians reflect racial views

SPLOST would help Canal Authority
As a member of the Augusta Canal Authority I have seen how SPLOST dollars have been well spent. Jeanie Allen, Member, Augusta Canal Authority

Letter writer is promoting socialism
In his Oct. 24 letter, Carl Jacobs complains that The Chronicle's editorial writers don't understand capitalism, democracy or socialism. I don't know if they do or not. I do know that Mr. Jacobs has a very good grasp of socialism.Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, SC

Mrs. Mary Ancrum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Chamber endorses SPLOST vote
Augusta is a city of endless potential. It also is a city that faces challenges. The special purpose local option sales tax proposal on the ballot Nov. 8 addresses both our potential and our challenges. That is why the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is supporting its passage.James L. Kendrick, Chairman, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

Patience, prudence saved bridge

Chamber endorses SPLOST vote

Patience, prudence saved bridge
The Augusta Chronicle's recent editorial praise for the $15 million Saint Sebastian Way/Greene Street improvement project, which both spares the historic Butt Memorial Bridge and improves access to downtown, illustrates an interesting point about "unspent" SPLOST funds. Dayton Sherrouse, Augusta

Chamber endorses SPLOST vote
Augusta is a city of endless potential. It also is a city that faces challenges. The special purpose local option sales tax proposal on the ballot Nov. 8 addresses both our potential and our challenges. That is why the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is supporting its passage.James L. Kendrick, Chairman, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

SPLOST would help Canal Authority
As a member of the Augusta Canal Authority I have seen how SPLOST dollars have been well spent. Jeanie Allen, Member, Augusta Canal Authority

Politicians reflect racial views
In your Oct. 23 editorial, "We promise: no more negative editorials," the inference I draw is that you believe the problem with the Augusta Commission is that blacks are playing the race card, therefore, impeding the progress of the county. Grady Abrams, Martinez

Letter writer is promoting socialism
In his Oct. 24 letter, Carl Jacobs complains that The Chronicle's editorial writers don't understand capitalism, democracy or socialism. I don't know if they do or not. I do know that Mr. Jacobs has a very good grasp of socialism.Pat VanHooser, North Augusta, SC

Patience, prudence saved bridge
The Augusta Chronicle's recent editorial praise for the $15 million Saint Sebastian Way/Greene Street improvement project, which both spares the historic Butt Memorial Bridge and improves access to downtown, illustrates an interesting point about "unspent" SPLOST funds. Dayton Sherrouse, Augusta

SPLOST would help Canal Authority

Politicians reflect racial views
In your Oct. 23 editorial, "We promise: no more negative editorials," the inference I draw is that you believe the problem with the Augusta Commission is that blacks are playing the race card, therefore, impeding the progress of the county. Grady Abrams, Martinez

Letter writer is promoting socialism

Incarceration creates technological Rip Van Winkles

Headset controls humans by remote-control

Ben Franklin: 300th anniversary celebration underway

Thrill seekers hope to track the supernatural

Review: A motley collection of Halloween games

Long-term cruises growing in popularity

Techbits: Yahoo music, Web fears and more

Living briefs

Bringing uninvited children is rude to hosts

Thinking big in decorating a small home

Software promises to free iTunes music from iPods

It's difficult to keep in step with catwalk

Long-term cruises growing in popularity
SEATTLE - Carl and Linda Magni love to travel but hate to unpack.

Techbits: Yahoo music, Web fears and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. is doubling the price of its online music subscription service for portable MP3 players, ending a short-lived promotion that sought to lure consumers from Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iTunes store.

Thrill seekers hope to track the supernatural
The Rock House isn't the kind of place you just stumble onto. The 18th century farmhouse, said to be one of Georgia's oldest stone dwellings with its design intact, stands way down a dusty farm road near Thomson. A grave to one side of the structure marks the final resting place of its first owner, Thomas Ansley, and nearby is a cemetery containing members of his family.

Review: A motley collection of Halloween games
Halloween has long been an excuse to dress up, go door-to-door and beg for large quantities of candy. If you'd rather be horrified from the comfort of home, video games can provide a nerve-racking alternative to H.P. Lovecraft novels or slasher flicks starring Jason and a gang of hapless teenagers.

Thrill seekers hope to track the supernatural
The Rock House isn't the kind of place you just stumble onto. The 18th century farmhouse, said to be one of Georgia's oldest stone dwellings with its design intact, stands way down a dusty farm road near Thomson. A grave to one side of the structure marks the final resting place of its first owner, Thomas Ansley, and nearby is a cemetery containing members of his family.

Incarceration creates technological Rip Van Winkles
NEW YORK - When it comes to reading or arithmetic, Marvin Calvin is delighted to help his two children. He missed out on many of the duties of parenthood during a 10-year stretch in prison for armed robbery.

It's difficult to keep in step with catwalk
In autumn a woman's fancy turns, not to love, but to fall fashion. What to wear? Fashion is so fickle. One season it's the "year of the bustier"; the next, it's the "year of the sarong." I keep waiting for it to be the "year of the polyester sweat suit" or to have Paris and Milan proclaim that elastic waistbands are this season's "must-have" sensation, but no luck so far.

Review: A motley collection of Halloween games
Halloween has long been an excuse to dress up, go door-to-door and beg for large quantities of candy. If you'd rather be horrified from the comfort of home, video games can provide a nerve-racking alternative to H.P. Lovecraft novels or slasher flicks starring Jason and a gang of hapless teenagers.

Incarceration creates technological Rip Van Winkles
NEW YORK - When it comes to reading or arithmetic, Marvin Calvin is delighted to help his two children. He missed out on many of the duties of parenthood during a 10-year stretch in prison for armed robbery.

Headset controls humans by remote-control
ATSUGI, Japan - We wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots.

Bringing uninvited children is rude to hosts
Dear Carson: My wife and I are planning a Christmas party for a small group of close friends whom we have known for years. We would like to keep this an all-adult party because there will be adult beverages available.

Software promises to free iTunes music from iPods
NEW YORK - Sometimes, I feel as if I'm the only person out there without an iPod.

Ben Franklin: 300th anniversary celebration underway
PHILADELPHIA - The celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth is underway, launched by the re-enactment of his arrival in Philadelphia and the December kickoff of a traveling museum exhibit and other events.

Techbits: Yahoo music, Web fears and more
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. is doubling the price of its online music subscription service for portable MP3 players, ending a short-lived promotion that sought to lure consumers from Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iTunes store.

Living briefs
About the time the Fourth of July fireworks were fading from the Augusta sky, Allyson Larke and Christopher Morris had fallen in love.

Living briefs
About the time the Fourth of July fireworks were fading from the Augusta sky, Allyson Larke and Christopher Morris had fallen in love.

Thinking big in decorating a small home
Tammy Schweitzer had a blank canvas when she started decorating her Grovetown home.

Ben Franklin: 300th anniversary celebration underway
PHILADELPHIA - The celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth is underway, launched by the re-enactment of his arrival in Philadelphia and the December kickoff of a traveling museum exhibit and other events.

Bringing uninvited children is rude to hosts
Dear Carson: My wife and I are planning a Christmas party for a small group of close friends whom we have known for years. We would like to keep this an all-adult party because there will be adult beverages available.

Long-term cruises growing in popularity
SEATTLE - Carl and Linda Magni love to travel but hate to unpack.

Headset controls humans by remote-control
ATSUGI, Japan - We wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots.

Thinking big in decorating a small home
Tammy Schweitzer had a blank canvas when she started decorating her Grovetown home.

It's difficult to keep in step with catwalk
In autumn a woman's fancy turns, not to love, but to fall fashion. What to wear? Fashion is so fickle. One season it's the "year of the bustier"; the next, it's the "year of the sarong." I keep waiting for it to be the "year of the polyester sweat suit" or to have Paris and Milan proclaim that elastic waistbands are this season's "must-have" sensation, but no luck so far.

Software promises to free iTunes music from iPods
NEW YORK - Sometimes, I feel as if I'm the only person out there without an iPod.

Key Medicaid change will affect few
COLUMBIA -- A key part of Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program might reach less than 1 percent of the more than 850,000 people enrolled in the program.

Where we live

Wave of projects planned for post
If everything goes to plan, workers at Fort Gordon who make devices that ultimately help keep soldiers safe will have a new place to churn out fake M - 16s, roadside bombs and other items by this winter.

Neighborhood leader looks duty in the eye
At a recent mayoral forum sponsored by the East Augusta Neighborhood Association, interim Mayor Willie Mays took about five minutes to answer the first question from an audience member.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Five Questions with Michelle Hattman
Ms. Hattman says being dressed as a cat and fielding questions about monsters, masks and mermaids might seem unusual, but it's just a normal part of her workday.

The fairest of them all
Linsey Boone (center) has been named 2005 Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Clarks Hill group planning for future
The Clarks Hill Partnership of Georgia is now two weeks in existence, and officials involved say the group's planning for future efforts already is under way.

Police arrest suspect in attack on activist

The fairest of them all
Linsey Boone (center) has been named 2005 Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Across Georgia
EASTMAN - Moments after a Dodge County jury acquitted a man of triple murder charges, the mother of a victim embraced him.

Older voters turn out, decide local races

Wave of projects planned for post
If everything goes to plan, workers at Fort Gordon who make devices that ultimately help keep soldiers safe will have a new place to churn out fake M - 16s, roadside bombs and other items by this winter.

Over and out

Utility's entertainment may have cost customers
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light Co. spent thousands of dollars on parties and other entertainment expenses that ended up on gas customers ' bills, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

Halloween events

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Shopping around helped ID case

Richland One school district faces lawsuits

Correction

Area sports announcments

Kid of the Day

Factory shooter's path to execution nears end

Criminals target county's Hispanics

Police arrest suspect in attack on activist
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 78-year-old Savannah activist said he was bound, gagged and robbed by a man he had been trying to help.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lyric Tillman of North Augusta.

Hopefuls have had share of fiscal, legal woes

The week ahead
The event, put on by New Creation Christian Church, will be held at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3045 Deans Bridge Road. There will be pizza, soft drinks, cupcakes and candy. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 481-0752.

Sports rants

Richland One school district faces lawsuits
COLUMBIA -- When Richland One's new superintendent started work in August, he found his schools defending nearly a dozen lawsuits.

Renovation helps restore courthouse's charm

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Department of Public Safety is working with local law enforcement at checkpoints throughout the state on Halloween to prevent people from driving drunk.

Laws on sex snare teens

Bullet streaks past children in bedroom
An Augusta grandmother counts her blessings after a stray bullet pierced a bedroom wall where her grandchildren and daughter slept.

The week ahead
The event, put on by New Creation Christian Church, will be held at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3045 Deans Bridge Road. There will be pizza, soft drinks, cupcakes and candy. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 481-0752.

Neighborhood leader looks duty in the eye
At a recent mayoral forum sponsored by the East Augusta Neighborhood Association, interim Mayor Willie Mays took about five minutes to answer the first question from an audience member.

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Factory shooter's path to execution nears end
COLUMBIA - Hastings Wise had scores to settle in 1997 at the Aiken lawn-mower ignition plant where he had been fired several weeks earlier, but the shooting spree would have to wait.

$93,000 grant will fight fire with cash

Halloween events
Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters will be shown at 3 p.m. at Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The cost is $3 for children and $4 for adults. Call 722-8341 or visit imperialtheatre.com.

Down the stretch

Laws on sex snare teens
If William Shakespeare had tried setting his classic tale about star-crossed teen lovers in modern-day Georgia, both Romeo and Juliet might have had more than warring families to contend with. Had the two not been secretly wed, they might have had problems with the law.

Overtime

$93,000 grant will fight fire with cash
AIKEN - The Belvedere Fire Department is a volunteer force. Thirty-seven dedicated individuals provide fire protection for 15,000 residents. They stand ready to respond first to accident scenes in a seven-square-mile area that includes eight miles of Interstate 20.

Across the area

Across the area

Across South Carolina
MANNING - The widow of state Rep. Alex Harvin is one of two candidates who has filed to run for the Statehouse seat left vacant earlier this month by Mr. Harvin's death.

Court will rule on whether group must provide records

Across the area
Columbia County sheriff's deputies, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers were unable to find a hunter who pointed a rifle at a DNR ranger near Harlem High School.

Neighborhood leader looks duty in the eye

Shopping around helped ID case
ATLANTA - U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy is a popular man in some quarters, even if he's probably not on the Christmas-card list of most Georgia Republicans.

The fairest of them all

Where we live
"Everybody knows us at the pumpkin church," says Sandy Nalley.

Bullet streaks past children in bedroom
An Augusta grandmother counts her blessings after a stray bullet pierced a bedroom wall where her grandchildren and daughter slept.

Correction
- Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, a story in Saturday's editions about a homicide during a home invasion said Melvin Dorsey opened a bedroom door before he was shot. Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said the door was shut and that Mr. Dorsey was shot through it. The weapons also were listed incorrectly. One had a gun, another was armed with a pipe and a third was unarmed.

$93,000 grant will fight fire with cash
AIKEN - The Belvedere Fire Department is a volunteer force. Thirty-seven dedicated individuals provide fire protection for 15,000 residents. They stand ready to respond first to accident scenes in a seven-square-mile area that includes eight miles of Interstate 20.

Wave of projects planned for post
If everything goes to plan, workers at Fort Gordon who make devices that ultimately help keep soldiers safe will have a new place to churn out fake M - 16s, roadside bombs and other items by this winter.

Factory shooter's path to execution nears end
COLUMBIA - Hastings Wise had scores to settle in 1997 at the Aiken lawn-mower ignition plant where he had been fired several weeks earlier, but the shooting spree would have to wait.

Owners of adult businesses face obscenity charges
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A grand jury has indicted four Anderson adult-oriented stores after a four-month police investigation.

Renovation helps restore courthouse's charm
Before the renovation work, Chip Mobley said the lobby of the Appling Courthouse had a cold, almost dungeonlike feel to it.

Across the area
Authorities in Aiken County are looking for four men they say robbed a group of men at gunpoint in Beech Island on Saturday night.

Across Georgia
EASTMAN - Moments after a Dodge County jury acquitted a man of triple murder charges, the mother of a victim embraced him.

Court will rule on whether group must provide records
COLUMBIA -- The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether South Carolina's open records law applies to the foundation set up to raise money for the Confederate submarine Hunley.

Across Georgia

Macon group makes third try at getting mayor out of office
MACON, Ga. -- Twice before, embattled Macon Mayor Jack Ellis withstood efforts by a group of Macon residents to recall him.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Department of Public Safety is working with local law enforcement at checkpoints throughout the state on Halloween to prevent people from driving drunk.

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - A Statesboro minister was charged with forging checks for the second time in about a year, police said.

Key Medicaid change will affect few

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Clarks Hill group planning for future
The Clarks Hill Partnership of Georgia is now two weeks in existence, and officials involved say the group's planning for future efforts already is under way.

Owners of adult businesses face obscenity charges

Five Questions with Michelle Hattman
Ms. Hattman says being dressed as a cat and fielding questions about monsters, masks and mermaids might seem unusual, but it's just a normal part of her workday.

Wave of projects planned for post

Woman's body is found in horse camper
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was found inside her horse camper on the grounds of the Hippodrome Horse Complex on the Aiken-Augusta Highway this afternoon.

Bullet streaks past children in bedroom

Five Questions with Michelle Hattman

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Clarks Hill group planning for future

Utility's entertainment may have cost customers

Across the area
Columbia County sheriff's deputies, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers were unable to find a hunter who pointed a rifle at a DNR ranger near Harlem High School.

Kid of the day

Hopefuls have had share of fiscal, legal woes
Many candidates for public office run on their records. But quite a few in Augusta have public records they wouldn't want to brag about.

Macon group makes third try at getting mayor out of office

Laws on sex snare teens
If William Shakespeare had tried setting his classic tale about star-crossed teen lovers in modern-day Georgia, both Romeo and Juliet might have had more than warring families to contend with. Had the two not been secretly wed, they might have had problems with the law.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Renovation helps restore courthouse's charm
Before the renovation work, Chip Mobley said the lobby of the Appling Courthouse had a cold, almost dungeonlike feel to it.

The week ahead

Shopping around helped ID case
ATLANTA - U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy is a popular man in some quarters, even if he's probably not on the Christmas-card list of most Georgia Republicans.

Criminals target county's Hispanics
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Authorities in Greenville County say there's been an increase in armed robberies against Hispanics - and officials want to know why.

Utility's entertainment may have cost customers
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light Co. spent thousands of dollars on parties and other entertainment expenses that ended up on gas customers ' bills, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

Down the stretch
AIKEN - As soon as two Aiken County sheriff's deputies cantered by on their mounted patrols Saturday afternoon, Lily Packard dropped her grandmother's hand and ran after them.

Owners of adult businesses face obscenity charges
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A grand jury has indicted four Anderson adult-oriented stores after a four-month police investigation.

Across South Carolina
MANNING - The widow of state Rep. Alex Harvin is one of two candidates who has filed to run for the Statehouse seat left vacant earlier this month by Mr. Harvin's death.

Macon group makes third try at getting mayor out of office
MACON, Ga. -- Twice before, embattled Macon Mayor Jack Ellis withstood efforts by a group of Macon residents to recall him.

Down the stretch
AIKEN - As soon as two Aiken County sheriff's deputies cantered by on their mounted patrols Saturday afternoon, Lily Packard dropped her grandmother's hand and ran after them.

Across the area
Authorities in Aiken County are looking for four men they say robbed a group of men at gunpoint in Beech Island on Saturday night.

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - A Statesboro minister was charged with forging checks for the second time in about a year, police said.

Police arrest suspect in attack on activist
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 78-year-old Savannah activist said he was bound, gagged and robbed by a man he had been trying to help.

Criminals target county's Hispanics
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Authorities in Greenville County say there's been an increase in armed robberies against Hispanics - and officials want to know why.

Kid of the day
Nadia Marie Johnson of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Lyric Tillman of North Augusta.

Wave of projects planned for post
If everything goes to plan, workers at Fort Gordon who make devices that ultimately help keep soldiers safe will have a new place to churn out fake M - 16s, roadside bombs and other items by this winter.

Correction
- Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, a story in Saturday's editions about a homicide during a home invasion said Melvin Dorsey opened a bedroom door before he was shot. Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said the door was shut and that Mr. Dorsey was shot through it. The weapons also were listed incorrectly. One had a gun, another was armed with a pipe and a third was unarmed.

Owners of adult businesses face obscenity charges
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A grand jury has indicted four Anderson adult-oriented stores after a four-month police investigation.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day
Nadia Marie Johnson of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Older voters turn out, decide local races
It was a milestone moment for Forrest Reid. He had turned 18 and was eligible to vote for the first time.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Halloween events
Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters will be shown at 3 p.m. at Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The cost is $3 for children and $4 for adults. Call 722-8341 or visit imperialtheatre.com.

Key Medicaid change will affect few
COLUMBIA -- A key part of Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to overhaul the state's Medicaid program might reach less than 1 percent of the more than 850,000 people enrolled in the program.

Where we live
"Everybody knows us at the pumpkin church," says Sandy Nalley.

Richland One school district faces lawsuits
COLUMBIA -- When Richland One's new superintendent started work in August, he found his schools defending nearly a dozen lawsuits.

Hopefuls have had share of fiscal, legal woes
Many candidates for public office run on their records. But quite a few in Augusta have public records they wouldn't want to brag about.

Court will rule on whether group must provide records
COLUMBIA -- The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether South Carolina's open records law applies to the foundation set up to raise money for the Confederate submarine Hunley.

Older voters turn out, decide local races
It was a milestone moment for Forrest Reid. He had turned 18 and was eligible to vote for the first time.

Loss might not change Dogs' finish
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Go ahead, cry if you must.

Loss might not change Dogs' finish
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Go ahead, cry if you must.

Ghosts, goblins pale to real-life frights
Any day that encourages adults - overworked, exhausted, stressed-out grown-ups - to let their hair down and party like children should be a federal holiday. Halloween is one such occasion.

Ghosts, goblins pale to real-life frights
Any day that encourages adults - overworked, exhausted, stressed-out grown-ups - to let their hair down and party like children should be a federal holiday. Halloween is one such occasion.

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

'Saw II' is tops at the box office
LOS ANGELES - Horror swung a sharper blade than Zorro at the box office.

Director opposes quick DVD releases
LOS ANGELES - M. Night Shyamalan says a move to eliminate the window between a film's theatrical release and its debut on video would diminish the artistic integrity of moviemaking.

'Saw II' is tops at the box office
LOS ANGELES - Horror swung a sharper blade than Zorro at the box office.

Director opposes quick DVD releases
LOS ANGELES - M. Night Shyamalan says a move to eliminate the window between a film's theatrical release and its debut on video would diminish the artistic integrity of moviemaking.

Utah could be a wholesome Hollywood
OREM, Utah - After almost five years of making movies for Mormons, the group of filmmakers who were part of the genre's most prolific production studio are branching out with projects that leave the church jokes behind with the hopes of engaging a broader audience.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Utah could be a wholesome Hollywood
OREM, Utah - After almost five years of making movies for Mormons, the group of filmmakers who were part of the genre's most prolific production studio are branching out with projects that leave the church jokes behind with the hopes of engaging a broader audience.

Former Phish leader takes different direction

Former Phish leader takes different direction
Phish fans turned off by the group's last album "Undermind" may want to steer clear of "Shine," lead guitarist Trey Anastasio's first solo effort since the breakup of the band.

Former Phish leader takes different direction
Phish fans turned off by the group's last album "Undermind" may want to steer clear of "Shine," lead guitarist Trey Anastasio's first solo effort since the breakup of the band.

3 Chase contenders knocked out by misfortune
HAMPTON, Ga. - When two cars wrecked in front of Rusty Wallace, any hopes of closing his brilliant career as a NASCAR champion were wiped out.

Edwards gets Atlanta sweep and tightens Chase
HAMPTON, Ga. - Carl Edwards completed a sweep of the NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and made up some ground in the Chase for the championship.

Truex overcomes early difficulties

Edwards stays in the running
HAMPTON, Ga. - Carl Edwards' focus during his rookie season in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series was on finishing races and learning for the future, so he never gave the Chase for the Championship much thought.

Solid finish gives Stewart breathing room in Chase
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart's run toward the Nextel Cup points championship is beginning to resemble a creep.

Truex overcomes early difficulties
HAMPTON, Ga. - Martin Truex Jr. won the final event of the International Race of Champions series with champion Mark Martin looming in his rearview mirror Saturday.

Truex overcomes early difficulties
HAMPTON, Ga. - Martin Truex Jr. won the final event of the International Race of Champions series with champion Mark Martin looming in his rearview mirror Saturday.

Edwards stays in the running
HAMPTON, Ga. - Carl Edwards' focus during his rookie season in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series was on finishing races and learning for the future, so he never gave the Chase for the Championship much thought.

Edwards stays in the running

3 Chase contenders knocked out by misfortune

Edwards gets Atlanta sweep and tightens Chase
HAMPTON, Ga. - Carl Edwards completed a sweep of the NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and made up some ground in the Chase for the championship.

Edwards gets Atlanta sweep and tightens Chase

Solid finish gives Stewart breathing room in Chase
HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart's run toward the Nextel Cup points championship is beginning to resemble a creep.

Solid finish gives Stewart breathing room in Chase

3 Chase contenders knocked out by misfortune
HAMPTON, Ga. - When two cars wrecked in front of Rusty Wallace, any hopes of closing his brilliant career as a NASCAR champion were wiped out.

NBA 2005-06: Marquee coaches in spotlight, but Spurs still rule

NBA 2005-06: Marquee coaches in spotlight, but Spurs still rule
Out on the West Coast, the NBA's Zen master has returned home from a yearlong sabbatical, accepting a task sure to disturb his implacable cool.

Johnson ready to be Hawks point guard

Johnson ready to be Hawks point guard
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson faces quite a burden after the Atlanta Hawks did almost everything in their power to get him.

NBA 2005-06: Marquee coaches in spotlight, but Spurs still rule
Out on the West Coast, the NBA's Zen master has returned home from a yearlong sabbatical, accepting a task sure to disturb his implacable cool.

Johnson ready to be Hawks point guard
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson faces quite a burden after the Atlanta Hawks did almost everything in their power to get him.

Meetings

Illini ready to put title loss behind them
CHICAGO - The loss still lingers in Dee Brown's mind, and he doesn't expect it to go away.

Illini ready to put title loss behind them
CHICAGO - The loss still lingers in Dee Brown's mind, and he doesn't expect it to go away.

Area players in the pros

Missed opportunities sink Jaguars

Vick's lonely receivers hope for opportunities

Falcons receivers are feeling left out

NFL power rankings for Week 8

Panthers humiliate Vikings

Russell Wayne Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brinson Sturgis    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Irving J. Allred    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ancrum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ancrum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anne Findlay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Virgil Woods    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vijaya Simpkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris M. Skidmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James W. Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Findlay    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jackson Reed Bonsor    (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Mr. Leroy O'Quinn    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter J. Overend    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Vijaya Simpkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jackson Reed Bonsor    (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Mrs. Doris M. Skidmore    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alan Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Whitaker    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cooley Smith    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Whitaker    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Prescott    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Pheba DeVore Dean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary M. Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dr. Virgil Woods    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Grady Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Russell Wayne Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sue Llewellyn    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cooley Smith    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Windell D. NeSmith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Katherine H. Mims    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary M. Hill Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Hancock    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Kyler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Hancock    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Phillips Cheek    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Grady Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter J. Overend    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James W. Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy O'Quinn    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Irving J. Allred    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Windell D. NeSmith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Quoc Ai Nguyen    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Williams, Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wendell D. NeSmith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Raburn    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quoc Ai Nguyen    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Katherine H. Mims    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Llewellyn    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary M. Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Lou Kyler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pheba DeVore Dean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Prescott    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Phillips Cheek    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wendell D. NeSmith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Raburn    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James W. Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Quoc Ai Nguyen (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Anne Findlay (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pheba DeVore Dean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy O'Quinn (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Katherine H. Mims (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Lou Kyler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Area adult literacy sites

Dr. Virgil Woods (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Upcoming events

Mr. Walter J. Overend (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

SFC. Ernest G. Shropshire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary M. Ferguson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris M. Skidmore (APPLING, Ga.)

Recreation events

Mrs. Dorothy Phillips Cheek (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wendell D. NeSmith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James W. Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James W. Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Cooley Smith (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Rev. Grady Brown, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Asbell Day (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Hancock (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Whitaker (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Recycling centers

Mrs. Mary Brinson Sturgis (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Jackson Reed Bonsor (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Around the block

Mr. Bernard Mitchell, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Events

Mrs. Susie Mae Edwards (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Belle S. Howell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Vijaya Simpkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Prescott (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Windell D. NeSmith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Russell Wayne Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James B. Williams, Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sue Llewellyn (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Raburn (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary M. Hill Ferguson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Mr. Robert Alan Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Reunions

We'd only be hurting ourselves by not passing SPLOST Nov. 8
Property taxes will skyrocket, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be extremely challenged, and Augusta will lose out on opportunities for growth if the special purpose local option sales tax does not pass Nov. 8.

We'd only be hurting ourselves by not passing SPLOST Nov. 8
Property taxes will skyrocket, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be extremely challenged, and Augusta will lose out on opportunities for growth if the special purpose local option sales tax does not pass Nov. 8.

We'd only be hurting ourselves by not passing SPLOST Nov. 8
Property taxes will skyrocket, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will be extremely challenged, and Augusta will lose out on opportunities for growth if the special purpose local option sales tax does not pass Nov. 8.

Roddick surges to Lyon crown

Greenbrier season ends in sectionals

Overtime

New York prepares for the 2005 Marathon

Museum will celebrate 'The Greatest'

Saint Liam wins Classic, stakes claim for Horse of Year honors

Gas prices don't hurt NBHA attendance

Clijsters wins in home country

Overtime
In Hasselt, Belgium, Kim Clijsters won before a home crowd for her ninth title this year, defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday, in the Gaz de France Stars final.

Over and out
Over and outBernard Dalton, aboard Niello, clears the final hurdle on his way to victory in the Regions Bank Holiday Cup on Saturday in the Fall Aiken Steeplechase at Conger Field. Niello, who finished in 4:35.2, is owned by Mrs. Lewis C. Murdock and trained by William B. Cocks. Mark the Shark took second place, Whichi Coax was third, and The Next Man came in fourth. Other race winners included Deb's Delight, Fabi's Legacy, Nick Sprout, Regal Again and Frecuente.[CAPTION]

Overtime
In Hasselt, Belgium, Kim Clijsters won before a home crowd for her ninth title this year, defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday, in the Gaz de France Stars final.

Greenbrier season ends in sectionals
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - A deep run into the Class AAAA state volleyball playoffs ended for Greenbrier on Saturday in the sectional semifinals.

Clijsters wins in home country
HASSELT, Belgium - Kim Clijsters won before a home crowd for her ninth title this year, defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the Gaz de France Stars final.

Overtime
In South Bend, Ind., first-year Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis signed a new 10-year contract Saturday that will keep him as the Irish coach through the 2015 season.

Clijsters wins in home country
HASSELT, Belgium - Kim Clijsters won before a home crowd for her ninth title this year, defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the Gaz de France Stars final.

Gas prices don't hurt NBHA attendance
The rise in gas prices gave National Barrel Horse Association officials anxiety over the attendance for this year's annual world championships.

Sports rants
I REALLY ENJOYED how you have hockey information placed on the insert of the Friday paper on Oct. 21. It would be good if you put all hockey information and results on inserts so it can be easily removed from my sport section and placed where hockey belongs: in the garbage can.

Area sports announcments
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.

Gas prices don't hurt NBHA attendance
The rise in gas prices gave National Barrel Horse Association officials anxiety over the attendance for this year's annual world championships.

Saint Liam wins Classic, stakes claim for Horse of Year honors
NEW YORK - Saint Liam came through in the Breeders' Cup Classic and probably wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday at Belmont Park with a stirring victory in America's richest race.

Museum will celebrate 'The Greatest'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The relationship between Louisville and native son Muhammad Ali always comes back to a story of the brash Olympic boxing champ, then known as Cassius Clay, tossing his 1960 gold medal into the Ohio River in disgust over entrenched racism.

Roddick surges to Lyon crown
LYON, France - Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat France's Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Lyon Grand Prix, completing the tournament without dropping serve.

Over and out
Over and outBernard Dalton, aboard Niello, clears the final hurdle on his way to victory in the Regions Bank Holiday Cup on Saturday in the Fall Aiken Steeplechase at Conger Field. Niello, who finished in 4:35.2, is owned by Mrs. Lewis C. Murdock and trained by William B. Cocks. Mark the Shark took second place, Whichi Coax was third, and The Next Man came in fourth. Other race winners included Deb's Delight, Fabi's Legacy, Nick Sprout, Regal Again and Frecuente.[CAPTION]

New York prepares for the 2005 Marathon
NEW YORK - It all starts at the world's longest urinal and ends at a tavern.

New York prepares for the 2005 Marathon
NEW YORK - It all starts at the world's longest urinal and ends at a tavern.

Overtime
In South Bend, Ind., first-year Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis signed a new 10-year contract Saturday that will keep him as the Irish coach through the 2015 season.

Museum will celebrate 'The Greatest'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The relationship between Louisville and native son Muhammad Ali always comes back to a story of the brash Olympic boxing champ, then known as Cassius Clay, tossing his 1960 gold medal into the Ohio River in disgust over entrenched racism.

Sports rants
I REALLY ENJOYED how you have hockey information placed on the insert of the Friday paper on Oct. 21. It would be good if you put all hockey information and results on inserts so it can be easily removed from my sport section and placed where hockey belongs: in the garbage can.

Greenbrier season ends in sectionals
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - A deep run into the Class AAAA state volleyball playoffs ended for Greenbrier on Saturday in the sectional semifinals.

Area sports announcments
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.

Saint Liam wins Classic, stakes claim for Horse of Year honors
NEW YORK - Saint Liam came through in the Breeders' Cup Classic and probably wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday at Belmont Park with a stirring victory in America's richest race.

Roddick surges to Lyon crown
LYON, France - Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat France's Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Lyon Grand Prix, completing the tournament without dropping serve.

New South Carolina trails pose challenge
Seventeen miles. Big hills. Long jumps. Banked turns.

New South Carolina trails pose challenge
Seventeen miles. Big hills. Long jumps. Banked turns.

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

Outdoors calendar

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

New South Carolina trails pose challenge

Georgia's whitetail season off to strong start
Angel Hamilton gutted and skinned 15 deer before lunchtime Friday.

Georgia's whitetail season off to strong start
Angel Hamilton gutted and skinned 15 deer before lunchtime Friday.

Falcons receivers are feeling left out
ATLANTA - For all the talk about achieving more balance in the Atlanta Falcons' offense, the team still relies first - and often second and third - on the run.

NFL power rankings for Week 8
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Missed opportunities sink Jaguars
ST. LOUIS - A career day for Steven Jackson and another big finish from the defense helped the St. Louis Rams win again without their coach and most of their star players.

Area players in the pros
How they fared

Area players in the pros
How they fared

Missed opportunities sink Jaguars
ST. LOUIS - A career day for Steven Jackson and another big finish from the defense helped the St. Louis Rams win again without their coach and most of their star players.

Falcons receivers are feeling left out
ATLANTA - For all the talk about achieving more balance in the Atlanta Falcons' offense, the team still relies first - and often second and third - on the run.

Panthers humiliate Vikings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fred Smoot opened pregame warmups by spewing a steady stream of trash talk straight at receiver Steve Smith.

NFL power rankings for Week 8
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

Panthers humiliate Vikings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fred Smoot opened pregame warmups by spewing a steady stream of trash talk straight at receiver Steve Smith.

Vick's lonely receivers hope for opportunities
ATLANTA - For all the talk about achieving more balance in the Atlanta Falcons' offense, the team still relies first - and often second and third - on the run.

Vick's lonely receivers hope for opportunities
ATLANTA - For all the talk about achieving more balance in the Atlanta Falcons' offense, the team still relies first - and often second and third - on the run.

Georgia's whitetail season off to strong start

Loss might not change Dogs' finish

Lucy Lawless tackles 'Vampire Bats'

'Dancing With the Stars' returning in January

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
The few dozen deaths so far from bird flu are all we need as a reminder of the threat imposed on humankind by infectious diseases.

These paranormal dramas to are fun to watch

'Dancing With the Stars' returning in January
LOS ANGELES - "Dancing With the Stars," a summertime hit for ABC, will return for an eight-week run in January.

Geraldo Rivera makes his return to daily TV

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead
The few dozen deaths so far from bird flu are all we need as a reminder of the threat imposed on humankind by infectious diseases.

'Dancing With the Stars' returning in January
LOS ANGELES - "Dancing With the Stars," a summertime hit for ABC, will return for an eight-week run in January.

TV Lookout: highlights for the week ahead

These paranormal dramas to are fun to watch
It's rare, but sometimes a smart marketing move doubles as a smart creative move. Just check out the fall season's three new paranormal dramas -- "Supernatural," "Night Stalker" and "Ghost Whisperer" -- and the returning favorite "Medium." All appear to have long lives ahead of them, which means there will be plenty of Halloween marathons down the road (or even this year, for those who have stocked up their DVR queue).

Geraldo Rivera makes his return to daily TV
EDGEWATER, N.J. - Geraldo Rivera is returning to daily syndicated television, but not to the world of flying chairs, broken noses and transvestite makeovers.

Lucy Lawless tackles 'Vampire Bats'
LOS ANGELES - For someone used to confronting vengeful gods, vampire bats must seem like chicken feed.

Lucy Lawless tackles 'Vampire Bats'
LOS ANGELES - For someone used to confronting vengeful gods, vampire bats must seem like chicken feed.

These paranormal dramas to are fun to watch
It's rare, but sometimes a smart marketing move doubles as a smart creative move. Just check out the fall season's three new paranormal dramas -- "Supernatural," "Night Stalker" and "Ghost Whisperer" -- and the returning favorite "Medium." All appear to have long lives ahead of them, which means there will be plenty of Halloween marathons down the road (or even this year, for those who have stocked up their DVR queue).

Geraldo Rivera makes his return to daily TV
EDGEWATER, N.J. - Geraldo Rivera is returning to daily syndicated television, but not to the world of flying chairs, broken noses and transvestite makeovers.

People in the News

Q&A: Alek Wek: More than a supermodel

'Gutsy' score not enough for 'Dogs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Joe Tere-shinski III has done a lot of things for the Georgia Bulldogs in his three seasons: punt block, long snap, throw the ball.

Bulldogs stay alive in race for SEC East
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs entered Saturday's game against rival No. 16 Florida in position to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

Gators' early scores stand up for victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This Cocktail Party might have been a savory setup for Florida's real celebration. And once again, Georgia's national title hopes were sunk in the River City.

No Shockley, no offense at Georgia
There's no longer a need for Georgia to be wishing and hoping for Southern California, Texas or Virginia Tech to slip in this season's homestretch.

Gators' early scores stand up for victory

No Shockley, no offense at Georgia
There's no longer a need for Georgia to be wishing and hoping for Southern California, Texas or Virginia Tech to slip in this season's homestretch.

Gators' early scores stand up for victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This Cocktail Party might have been a savory setup for Florida's real celebration. And once again, Georgia's national title hopes were sunk in the River City.

No Shockley, no offense at Georgia
There's no longer a need for Georgia to be wishing and hoping for Southern California, Texas or Virginia Tech to slip in this season's homestretch.

'Gutsy' score not enough for 'Dogs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Joe Tere-shinski III has done a lot of things for the Georgia Bulldogs in his three seasons: punt block, long snap, throw the ball.

'Gutsy' score not enough for 'Dogs

No Shockley, no offense at Georgia

Bulldogs stay alive in race for SEC East

Bulldogs stay alive in race for SEC East
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs entered Saturday's game against rival No. 16 Florida in position to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

Gamecocks get first win vs. Fulmer

Spurrier can still torment Tennessee

Gamecocks get first win vs. Fulmer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Steve Spurrier brought a different team to Tennessee and left with a familiar result.

Spurrier can still torment Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - During a 10-year period there was no greater rivalry in college football than when Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators lined up against Phillip Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers.

Spurrier can still torment Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - During a 10-year period there was no greater rivalry in college football than when Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators lined up against Phillip Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers.

Gamecocks get first win vs. Fulmer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Steve Spurrier brought a different team to Tennessee and left with a familiar result.

Identity-theft prevention discussed at chamber

Veterans to reunite in Augusta

Surging to victory

Police in Aiken will have Halloween event for children

Breast cancer survivors promote health issues

Wetlands at new school will be a teaching tool

Augusta fall section bridge results

Athlete Spotlight: Nicole Lewis

Pet of the week