Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hair, Ashley Thornton
Although they have opposing personalities, Kellie Hair and Ashley Thornton use their strengths to co-captain the Silver Bluff High School cheerleading squad.

Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hair, Ashley Thornton
Although they have opposing personalities, Kellie Hair and Ashley Thornton use their strengths to co-captain the Silver Bluff High School cheerleading squad.

Upcoming events
MISSION TO MARS: 6 p.m. Monday; Dupont Planetarium, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Boulevard; $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students; also, the planetarium will have telescopes set up on its lawn to view Mars; the observatory atop the science center will be open as well; 641-3769

Bands march off with honors
Local high school marching bands could toot their own horns after their showing in the state championships on Oct. 29.

Food program needs help
Sam Nolan's reason for standing over steaming pans of rice, stewed tomatoes and meatballs at the Aiken Area Council on Aging last week was simple.

Around the block
The Aiken Horsepower Association will hold its monthly cruise-in from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken. Anyone interested in attending or showing a car is invited to the free event. Raffle tickets will be sold, with half of the proceeds benefiting the Aiken Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons. Call 648-4761.

Cookbook from medical group will help Aiken's abused children
Some Aiken doctors and their families and area restaurants have put together their favorite recipes to help abused children.

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.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair winners
The following were winners in contests at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair:

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 18, 21-28. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

North Augusta High aids Yellow Jackets in Mississippi
In front of North Augusta High School's main office last week was a table overflowing with book bags and other school supplies.

Georgia-Carolina State Fair winners
The following were winners in contests at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair:

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.

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

Carving out victory
Winners of the Fox Creek High School Pumpkin Carving Contest were:

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

North Augusta High aids Yellow Jackets in Mississippi
In front of North Augusta High School's main office last week was a table overflowing with book bags and other school supplies.

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

Recreational activities
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

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

Carving out victory
Winners of the Fox Creek High School Pumpkin Carving Contest were:

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1975: Seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion Friday, Nov. 25; contact Beverly Adams, (803) 648-3714

Towns plan Veterans Day observances
Veterans Day ceremonies will be held this week in Aiken, Burnettown and North Augusta to honor those who served in the U.S. military.

Recreational activities
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

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

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.

Cookbook from medical group will help Aiken's abused children
Some Aiken doctors and their families and area restaurants have put together their favorite recipes to help abused children.

Around the block
The Aiken Horsepower Association will hold its monthly cruise-in from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken. Anyone interested in attending or showing a car is invited to the free event. Raffle tickets will be sold, with half of the proceeds benefiting the Aiken Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons. Call 648-4761.

Across the river
PROJECT LINK LECTURE SERIES: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Conference Center, first floor, 1447 Harper St.; lecture: Financial Planning for Your Child with Special Needs; 721-5437

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

Food program needs help
Sam Nolan's reason for standing over steaming pans of rice, stewed tomatoes and meatballs at the Aiken Area Council on Aging last week was simple.

Across the river
PROJECT LINK LECTURE SERIES: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center Conference Center, first floor, 1447 Harper St.; lecture: Financial Planning for Your Child with Special Needs; 721-5437

Halloween gatherings
The staff in the pediatric unit at Hitchcock Healthcare celebrated Halloween dressed as characters in nursery rhymes.

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.

Pet of the week
Apollo, a 21/2-year-old whippet and terrier mix, is socialized with some dogs but doesn't get along with small dogs. All Save the Animals Rescue Society pets are crate-trained and housebroken, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative medication and have had all shots. For more information call (706) 592-4158.

Upcoming events
MISSION TO MARS: 6 p.m. Monday; Dupont Planetarium, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Boulevard; $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students; also, the planetarium will have telescopes set up on its lawn to view Mars; the observatory atop the science center will be open as well; 641-3769

Towns plan Veterans Day observances
Veterans Day ceremonies will be held this week in Aiken, Burnettown and North Augusta to honor those who served in the U.S. military.

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Oct. 18, 21-28. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Reunions
AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL 1975: Seeking classmates for a 30-year reunion Friday, Nov. 25; contact Beverly Adams, (803) 648-3714

Halloween gatherings
The staff in the pediatric unit at Hitchcock Healthcare celebrated Halloween dressed as characters in nursery rhymes.

Pet of the week
Missy, a 1-year-old, recently recovered from a broken back leg and fractured pelvis.

Bands march off with honors
Local high school marching bands could toot their own horns after their showing in the state championships on Oct. 29.

Character vignettes fill 'Rocks'
Drop a rock in water and watch it sink. The ripples going out are the only evidence that it was ever there.

Subtle? No, but Pratchett's talent makes him a standout
Subtlety is clearly not Terry Pratchett's goal in his latest novel. Really, just look at the title.

Former Army chaplain describes spy charges
James Yee answers the HEAD:s with his side of how a Muslim Army chaplain was charged with spying for al-Qaida at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Former Army chaplain describes spy charges
James Yee answers the HEAD:s with his side of how a Muslim Army chaplain was charged with spying for al-Qaida at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Books teem with exotic and everyday consumer goods
People old enough to remember boom boxes, Renault's Le Car, the Sony Betamax and those clunky, primitive machines called typewriters probably haven't seen any of those items in years.

Character vignettes fill 'Rocks'

Character vignettes fill 'Rocks'
Drop a rock in water and watch it sink. The ripples going out are the only evidence that it was ever there.

Books teem with exotic and everyday consumer goods

Subtle? No, but Pratchett's talent makes him a standout

Former Army chaplain describes spy charges

Subtle? No, but Pratchett's talent makes him a standout
Subtlety is clearly not Terry Pratchett's goal in his latest novel. Really, just look at the title.

Books teem with exotic and everyday consumer goods
People old enough to remember boom boxes, Renault's Le Car, the Sony Betamax and those clunky, primitive machines called typewriters probably haven't seen any of those items in years.

Boston has 4-for-1 meetings plan set

Boston has 4-for-1 meetings plan set
BOSTON - First came closer by committee. Then the Boston Red Sox tried to anoint themselves co-division champions.

Boston has 4-for-1 meetings plan set
BOSTON - First came closer by committee. Then the Boston Red Sox tried to anoint themselves co-division champions.

Local elections require practical decision making

Mara Faye Ledwith
Steven Kenneth and Tamara Pope Ledwith of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mara Faye, born August 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kacy Lee Barfield
James Benjamin and Jennifer Helen Barfield of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kacy Lee, born September 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Laura Lynn Phillips
Andy Louis and Kristy Lynn Phillips of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laura Lynn, born October 8, 2005 at the residence.

Jordan Alexander Williamson
Kia Johnson and Jay Williamson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Alexander, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew Gabriel May
Beau and Crystal May of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Gabriel, born October 18, 2005 at University Hospital.

Mikayla Dawn Smith
Michael Dennis and Kelly Dawn Smith, Jr. of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Dawn, born August 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Pearce Cureton
Ken and Jennifer Cureton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Pearce, born October 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ra'Zion Elijah Holmes
Quinnyonna Hayes and Wm. Torres Holmes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ra'Zion Elijah, born October 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Alexander Williamson
Kia Johnson and Jay Williamson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Alexander, born October 12, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Lillian Katherine Felton
Samuel Bryan and Nichole Michelle Felton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Katherine, born October 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Azelinn Emory Hall
Kevin Brunson and Brandi Kaye Hall of Trenton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Azelinn Emory, born October 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Shealei Mikelle McDonald
Brandi McDonald and Reece Whitehead are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shealei Mikelle, born October 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Laura Lynn Phillips
Andy Louis and Kristy Lynn Phillips of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laura Lynn, born October 8, 2005 at the residence.

Devin Antwan Warren
Walter Antwan and Jennifer Virginia Warren of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Devin Antwan, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella Andromeda Wicks
Forrest Tyler and Jennifer Lynne Sheffey Wicks are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Andromeda, born October 23, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Madison Lily Starnes

Avery Allison Hanner
Christopher and Heather Hanner of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Allison, born September 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kacy Lee Barfield

Kiera Toniya Pierce
LaKenja Barnes and Juan Pierce are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiera Toniya, born October 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Azelinn Emory Hall

Madison Lily Starnes
Robert and April Starnes of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Lily, born October 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kiera Toniya Pierce

Ra'Zion Elijah Holmes
Quinnyonna Hayes and Wm. Torres Holmes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ra'Zion Elijah, born October 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mikayla Dawn Smith

Mikayla Dawn Smith
Michael Dennis and Kelly Dawn Smith, Jr. of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Dawn, born August 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella Andromeda Wicks

Devin Antwan Warren
Walter Antwan and Jennifer Virginia Warren of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Devin Antwan, born October 20, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Pearce Cureton

Madison Lily Starnes
Robert and April Starnes of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Lily, born October 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Matthew Gabriel May

Tucker Pearce Cureton
Ken and Jennifer Cureton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Pearce, born October 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kacy Lee Barfield
James Benjamin and Jennifer Helen Barfield of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kacy Lee, born September 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kiera Toniya Pierce
LaKenja Barnes and Juan Pierce are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiera Toniya, born October 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Avery Allison Hanner

Mara Faye Ledwith
Steven Kenneth and Tamara Pope Ledwith of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mara Faye, born August 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lillian Katherine Felton

Avery Allison Hanner
Christopher and Heather Hanner of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Allison, born September 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Shealei Mikelle McDonald

Cole Alexander Hendricks
Tim and Amanda Hendricks of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cole Alexander, born October 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mara Faye Ledwith

Isabella Andromeda Wicks
Forrest Tyler and Jennifer Lynne Sheffey Wicks are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Andromeda, born October 23, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Laura Lynn Phillips

Shealei Mikelle McDonald
Brandi McDonald and Reece Whitehead are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shealei Mikelle, born October 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ra'Zion Elijah Holmes

Lillian Katherine Felton
Samuel Bryan and Nichole Michelle Felton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Katherine, born October 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Devin Antwan Warren

Matthew Gabriel May
Beau and Crystal May of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Gabriel, born October 18, 2005 at University Hospital.

Cole Alexander Hendricks

Azelinn Emory Hall
Kevin Brunson and Brandi Kaye Hall of Trenton are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Azelinn Emory, born October 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Alexander Williamson

Cole Alexander Hendricks
Tim and Amanda Hendricks of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cole Alexander, born October 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aiken sees new retailers, resurgence of strip mall

On the move
Wayne Cox has joined Countrywide Home Loans as a home loan consultant. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The Evans resident's responsibilities include underwriting and processing home loans, second mortgages and home equity lines of credit.

Aiken sees new retailers, resurgence of strip mall
AIKEN - The boom on Aiken's southside is loud and clear.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Drugs Don't Work; supervisor/employer training seminar; 3-5 p.m., University Hospital; call Allison Hopkins at 821-1306.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 19-25. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Downtown has new director
Margaret Woodard won't be able to look out her window without seeing her work, and that's fine by her.

Aiken sees new retailers, resurgence of strip mall
AIKEN - The boom on Aiken's southside is loud and clear.

Stocks post gains despite weak employment report
NEW YORK - A late rally gave Wall Street a modest advance Friday after a lackluster employment report left investors wondering about the pace of economic growth and inflation. The major indexes each gained more than 1 percent this week.

Downtown has new director

On the move
Wayne Cox has joined Countrywide Home Loans as a home loan consultant. He was previously employed by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. The Evans resident's responsibilities include underwriting and processing home loans, second mortgages and home equity lines of credit.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Oct. 19-25. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business licenses

Business licenses
The following are a list of business licenses from Richmond County for the month of September:

Business calendar

Business leaders to be inducted into hall of fame

On the move

Business leaders to be inducted into hall of fame
Three area business leaders will be inducted into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Charities, governments worry about winter
ROANOKE, Va. - Preparing for astronomical heating bills this winter, Angel Hodges lowered the thermostat in her rented townhouse to 60 degrees and warned her two daughters: "Bundle up."

Stocks post gains despite weak employment report

Wal-Mart releases study results, takes on critics
WASHINGTON - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has been prickly about criticisms of its low-cost business model, opened itself up to a lively debate among economists Friday about how the world's largest retailer affects the economy.

Charities, governments worry about winter

Downtown has new director
Margaret Woodard won't be able to look out her window without seeing her work, and that's fine by her.

Business licenses
The following are a list of business licenses from Richmond County for the month of September:

Charities, governments worry about winter
ROANOKE, Va. - Preparing for astronomical heating bills this winter, Angel Hodges lowered the thermostat in her rented townhouse to 60 degrees and warned her two daughters: "Bundle up."

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Drugs Don't Work; supervisor/employer training seminar; 3-5 p.m., University Hospital; call Allison Hopkins at 821-1306.

Stocks post gains despite weak employment report
NEW YORK - A late rally gave Wall Street a modest advance Friday after a lackluster employment report left investors wondering about the pace of economic growth and inflation. The major indexes each gained more than 1 percent this week.

Wal-Mart releases study results, takes on critics
WASHINGTON - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has been prickly about criticisms of its low-cost business model, opened itself up to a lively debate among economists Friday about how the world's largest retailer affects the economy.

Wal-Mart releases study results, takes on critics

Property transfers

Business licenses
The following are a list of business licenses from Richmond County for the month of September:

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 6, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 6, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 5, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Nov. 5, 2005.

Our completely random polling suggests sales tax will succeed

Our completely random polling suggests sales tax will succeed
The special purpose local option sales tax is going to pass in Tuesday's referendum, according to City Ink's thoroughly unscientific poll of 31 early voters at the Board of Elections office and Warren Road recreation center last week. Nineteen said they voted for it. Twelve said they didn't. Friday's decision by government reformer Woody Merry's CSRAHelp to vote no on the tax could affect that 61 percent pass projection, but we don't think so. Folks are too afraid their property taxes will skyrocket if the tax fails.

Our completely random polling suggests sales tax will succeed
The special purpose local option sales tax is going to pass in Tuesday's referendum, according to City Ink's thoroughly unscientific poll of 31 early voters at the Board of Elections office and Warren Road recreation center last week. Nineteen said they voted for it. Twelve said they didn't. Friday's decision by government reformer Woody Merry's CSRAHelp to vote no on the tax could affect that 61 percent pass projection, but we don't think so. Folks are too afraid their property taxes will skyrocket if the tax fails.

Decision still out on Whitehurst
CLEMSON, S.C. - Even if Charlie Whitehurst begged his coach to let him play quarterback this week, Clemson's Tommy Bowden might have to say no.

Proctor, Tigers feast on defenseless Devils
CLEMSON, S.C. - Will Proctor knew from his Friday night movie snack it would be a different Saturday than all his others at Clemson.

Decision still out on Whitehurst
CLEMSON, S.C. - Even if Charlie Whitehurst begged his coach to let him play quarterback this week, Clemson's Tommy Bowden might have to say no.

Proctor, Tigers feast on defenseless Devils
CLEMSON, S.C. - Will Proctor knew from his Friday night movie snack it would be a different Saturday than all his others at Clemson.

Decision still out on Whitehurst

Proctor, Tigers feast on defenseless Devils

Irish hand Vols fourth loss in row
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame found a way to win again. Tennessee found a way to lose again.

Irish hand Vols fourth loss in row

Irish hand Vols fourth loss in row
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame found a way to win again. Tennessee found a way to lose again.

Now even we are for it

A candidate you can believe in

Elect Freddie Handy

'Lawyer's lawyer' will be missed
If all lawyers practiced law the way Lansing B. Lee Jr. did, attorneys would be held in highest esteem along with clergy and doctors.

Now even we are for it
We never did want to oppose Tuesday's proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax. We just felt the current Augusta government shouldn't be given more money. And we said so.

A candidate you can believe in
Augusta has long had great potential. But right now, that vague potential feels more like tangible possibilities that you can pick up and hold.

A candidate you can believe in
Augusta has long had great potential. But right now, that vague potential feels more like tangible possibilities that you can pick up and hold.

Now even we are for it
We never did want to oppose Tuesday's proposed extension of the special purpose local option sales tax. We just felt the current Augusta government shouldn't be given more money. And we said so.

Elect Freddie Handy
Freddie Handy was a virtual fixture in Richmond County government during the 1990s. He was first elected to the old county commission in 1991 and to the consolidated commission in 1995; then he ran into some family problems and lost his re-election bid in 1999.

'Lawyer's lawyer' will be missed
If all lawyers practiced law the way Lansing B. Lee Jr. did, attorneys would be held in highest esteem along with clergy and doctors.

'Lawyer's lawyer' will be missed

Elect Freddie Handy
Freddie Handy was a virtual fixture in Richmond County government during the 1990s. He was first elected to the old county commission in 1991 and to the consolidated commission in 1995; then he ran into some family problems and lost his re-election bid in 1999.

Shar was dating Federline when he met Spears
NEW YORK - In a new interview, Shar Jackson says she and Kevin Federline were still together when he and Britney Spears began dating last year.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Charlie Sheen says his relationship with his wife, Denise Richards, is on the mend. Sheen told the CBS "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson that "things are really good."

Clooney denies confrontation with security guard
LONDON - George Clooney denied a newspaper report that he was involved in a shoving match with a security guard outside a bar in London's West End.

Clooney denies confrontation with security guard
LONDON - George Clooney denied a newspaper report that he was involved in a shoving match with a security guard outside a bar in London's West End.

Shar was dating Federline when he met Spears
NEW YORK - In a new interview, Shar Jackson says she and Kevin Federline were still together when he and Britney Spears began dating last year.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Charlie Sheen says his relationship with his wife, Denise Richards, is on the mend. Sheen told the CBS "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson that "things are really good."

Stocks post gains despite weak jobs data

Home ownership worth a look regardless of income
LaMeiscia Curry is tired of hearing about the housing bubble and soaring home prices. She's ready to do something about it.

Stocks post gains despite weak jobs data
NEW YORK - A late rally gave Wall Street a modest advance Friday after a lackluster employment report left investors wondering about the pace of economic growth and inflation. The major indexes each gained more than 1 percent this week.

Stocks post gains despite weak jobs data
NEW YORK - A late rally gave Wall Street a modest advance Friday after a lackluster employment report left investors wondering about the pace of economic growth and inflation. The major indexes each gained more than 1 percent this week.

Home ownership worth a look regardless of income
LaMeiscia Curry is tired of hearing about the housing bubble and soaring home prices. She's ready to do something about it.

Home ownership worth a look regardless of income
LaMeiscia Curry is tired of hearing about the housing bubble and soaring home prices. She's ready to do something about it.

Georgia Southern foils Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Driven by desperation, the Georgia Southern Eagles found heart and fortitude when all seemed lost Saturday.

Ga. Southern needs win now against Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Twenty years ago, an upstart Georgia Southern football program began a championship tradition.

Georgia Southern foils Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Driven by desperation, the Georgia Southern Eagles found heart and fortitude when all seemed lost Saturday.

Ga. Southern needs win now against Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Twenty years ago, an upstart Georgia Southern football program began a championship tradition.

Henderson relies on faith to get through all his pain, heartache
ATLANTA - When Eric Henderson woke up the day after the game, the pain surged through his ailing right ankle.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Relief is a rare emotion for Travis Bell.

Yellow Jackets set to go bowling
ATLANTA - An old steam whistle sits in the middle of the Georgia Tech campus.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Relief is a rare emotion for Travis Bell.

Henderson relies on faith to get through all his pain, heartache
ATLANTA - When Eric Henderson woke up the day after the game, the pain surged through his ailing right ankle.

Yellow Jackets set to go bowling
ATLANTA - An old steam whistle sits in the middle of the Georgia Tech campus.

Ga. Southern needs win now against Furman

Georgia Southern foils Furman

Yellow Jackets set to go bowling

Georgia Tech notebook

Henderson relies on faith to get through all his pain, heartache

Tour championship notebook
ATLANTA - With the grandstands surrounding him at East Lake's 18th green, Tour Championship leader Bart Bryant said he didn't exactly feel comfortable standing over his bunkered ball.

Bryant still atop the field
ATLANTA - In the spring of 2000, just after yet another surgery on yet another crucial golfing joint, a surgeon sat Bart Bryant down and leveled with him.

Lady Jags set to go for three
Augusta State's women's golf team has won back-to-back tournaments this fall.

Tour championship notebook

Bryant keeps calm, lead for final round
ATLANTA - His playing partner the past two days, and the one who will be again today, is the guy known for his stoic demeanor and steady nerves in any situation.

Bryant keeps calm, lead for final round

Bryant keeps calm, lead for final round
ATLANTA - His playing partner the past two days, and the one who will be again today, is the guy known for his stoic demeanor and steady nerves in any situation.

Lady Jags set to go for three

Bryant still atop the field

Lady Jags set to go for three
Augusta State's women's golf team has won back-to-back tournaments this fall.

Tour championship notebook
ATLANTA - With the grandstands surrounding him at East Lake's 18th green, Tour Championship leader Bart Bryant said he didn't exactly feel comfortable standing over his bunkered ball.

Bryant still atop the field
ATLANTA - In the spring of 2000, just after yet another surgery on yet another crucial golfing joint, a surgeon sat Bart Bryant down and leveled with him.

Aiken still the buzz

Hillary, Rebels advance

Cross Creek ousted quickly

Friday night football rewind

Red Devils bounce Dragons

Laney Wildcats move on

Devils scream way to victory

High school football scores

Trojans pitch shutout in opening win

Lions' defense bogs Swampcats

Road very kind to Bulldogs

Thomson passes test

Warriors can't fix playoff misery

Road very kind to Bulldogs
ANDREWS, S.C. - The road is apparently a friendly place for Silver Bluff.

Cross Creek ousted quickly
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - It seems like the 0-3 start and ensuing murmurs about anything being wrong with Peach County were years ago, not September.

Red Devils bounce Dragons
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County staved off an upset threat by Jefferson, but the victory might have cost the Red Devils a quarterback.

Lions' defense bogs Swampcats
Augusta Christian's defense grabbed four interceptions and forced a fumble in Friday night's 35-6 win over Laurence Manning in the quarterfinal round of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state playoffs.

Aiken still the buzz
AIKEN - The Aiken Hornets' seniors gave the underclassmen a little pep talk before Friday's regular-season finale against rival South Aiken.

High school football scores
Friday's scores

Friday night football rewind
It's not a great weekend for the Jefferson County Warriors after a 12-7 home loss to Mary Persons on Friday ended the best year in school history.

Thomson passes test
THOMSON - High school football fans across Georgia considered it one of the premier first round playoff games in any classification. Washington County and Thomson didn't disappoint.

Trojans pitch shutout in opening win
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Devon Quattlebaum broke open a close game in the fourth quarter as the the Trojans pitched a shutout in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Devils scream way to victory
COMMERCE, Ga. -- The Commerce Tigers knew coming into the game that Warren County was capable of big plays, they just didn't expect to see them so soon.

Red Devils bounce Dragons
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County staved off an upset threat by Jefferson, but the victory might have cost the Red Devils a quarterback.

Laney Wildcats move on
This one went down a lot tougher than the Wildcat playoff appetizers of years past.

Hillary, Rebels advance
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Coco Hillary admits there's a little pressure on Strom Thurmond's seniors this year.

Aiken still the buzz
AIKEN - The Aiken Hornets' seniors gave the underclassmen a little pep talk before Friday's regular-season finale against rival South Aiken.

Warriors can't fix playoff misery
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Jefferson County is going bananas when it comes to the Georgia High School Association football playoffs.

Warriors can't fix playoff misery
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Jefferson County is going bananas when it comes to the Georgia High School Association football playoffs.

Devils scream way to victory
COMMERCE, Ga. -- The Commerce Tigers knew coming into the game that Warren County was capable of big plays, they just didn't expect to see them so soon.

Trojans pitch shutout in opening win
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. -- Devon Quattlebaum broke open a close game in the fourth quarter as the the Trojans pitched a shutout in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Lions' defense bogs Swampcats
Augusta Christian's defense grabbed four interceptions and forced a fumble in Friday night's 35-6 win over Laurence Manning in the quarterfinal round of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AAA state playoffs.

Hillary, Rebels advance
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Coco Hillary admits there's a little pressure on Strom Thurmond's seniors this year.

Friday night football rewind
It's not a great weekend for the Jefferson County Warriors after a 12-7 home loss to Mary Persons on Friday ended the best year in school history.

Road very kind to Bulldogs
ANDREWS, S.C. - The road is apparently a friendly place for Silver Bluff.

Laney Wildcats move on
This one went down a lot tougher than the Wildcat playoff appetizers of years past.

Cross Creek ousted quickly
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - It seems like the 0-3 start and ensuing murmurs about anything being wrong with Peach County were years ago, not September.

Thomson passes test
THOMSON - High school football fans across Georgia considered it one of the premier first round playoff games in any classification. Washington County and Thomson didn't disappoint.

High school football scores
Friday's scores

Thrashers fall in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Simon Gagne had his second career hat trick and Peter Forsberg added a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Thrashers fall in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Simon Gagne had his second career hat trick and Peter Forsberg added a goal and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Thrashers fall in Philadelphia

Local elections require practical decision making
I'm a practical guy. When it looked like the trick-or-treat candy might run out Halloween night, I suggested we simply send out the house 11-year-old for another quick lap around the neighborhood, returning with sweets to spare.

Local elections require practical decision making
I'm a practical guy. When it looked like the trick-or-treat candy might run out Halloween night, I suggested we simply send out the house 11-year-old for another quick lap around the neighborhood, returning with sweets to spare.

Vote Sonny Pittman for District 7
I strongly support Sonny Pittman's election to serve as the Augusta Commissioner for District 7.Alvin Forrest, Augusta

A SPLOST 'no' vote is a wake-up call
First things first. We must get rid of Augusta's free-spending city commissioners. We must demand that the city administrator concern himself with necessary projects.Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

City needs real leaders to handle money
The letter to the editor written by Blythe Mayor Tom Cobb ("If SPLOST fails, our taxes will rise," Oct. 14) was right on point.Robert Fry, Augusta

We must stay and stamp out extremists
The United States is facing a difficult situation in Iraq. Our goal is to democratize a country that reflects very few of our values. I support our armed forces.Maxie Bolgla, Augusta

We must stay and stamp out extremists

Vote 'yes' on SPLOST
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 our potential and our challenges. The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce supports its passage.James L. Kendrick, Augusta

Voting for SPLOST will help city
The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta proudly join more than 25 other leading civic organizations in support of SPLOST V.Phil Wahl, Hal Hood, Augusta

We must stay and stamp out extremists
The United States is facing a difficult situation in Iraq. Our goal is to democratize a country that reflects very few of our values. I support our armed forces.Maxie Bolgla, Augusta

Starve the beast: reject SPLOST
Fellow taxpayers, Nov. 8 is just around the corner, and we have an opportunity to send a message to our dysfunctional Augusta commissioners: no more SPLOST revenues until they provide the taxpayers a full accounting of past SPLOST money that has been spent, and why.Frank W. Scharite, Augusta

Make Copenhaver mayor
Deke Copenhaver would like to be our next mayor - and I would like to see this happen.Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Voting for SPLOST will help city
The Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Augusta proudly join more than 25 other leading civic organizations in support of SPLOST V.Phil Wahl, Hal Hood, Augusta

Make Copenhaver mayor
Deke Copenhaver would like to be our next mayor - and I would like to see this happen.Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Willie Mays will unite Augusta
I wholeheartedly endorse Willie Mays for mayor of Augusta, and ask voters to give him the majority Tuesday so he can move our great city forward.Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

A SPLOST 'no' vote is a wake-up call

Starve the beast: reject SPLOST
Fellow taxpayers, Nov. 8 is just around the corner, and we have an opportunity to send a message to our dysfunctional Augusta commissioners: no more SPLOST revenues until they provide the taxpayers a full accounting of past SPLOST money that has been spent, and why.Frank W. Scharite, Augusta

City needs real leaders to handle money

We can't trust commission with SPLOST
There are a number of reasons to support Augusta's special local option sales tax to be voted on Nov. 8, but there are also three big reasons to be opposed: city commissioner Marion Williams and his two commission lapdogs, Betty Beard and Richard Colclough.M. Don Williams, Augusta

Voting for SPLOST will help city

A SPLOST 'no' vote is a wake-up call
First things first. We must get rid of Augusta's free-spending city commissioners. We must demand that the city administrator concern himself with necessary projects.Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

Vote Sonny Pittman for District 7

Vote Sonny Pittman for District 7
I strongly support Sonny Pittman's election to serve as the Augusta Commissioner for District 7.Alvin Forrest, Augusta

We can't trust commission with SPLOST

Willie Mays will unite Augusta
I wholeheartedly endorse Willie Mays for mayor of Augusta, and ask voters to give him the majority Tuesday so he can move our great city forward.Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

City needs real leaders to handle money
The letter to the editor written by Blythe Mayor Tom Cobb ("If SPLOST fails, our taxes will rise," Oct. 14) was right on point.Robert Fry, Augusta

Vote 'yes' on SPLOST
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 our potential and our challenges. The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce supports its passage.James L. Kendrick, Augusta

We can't trust commission with SPLOST
There are a number of reasons to support Augusta's special local option sales tax to be voted on Nov. 8, but there are also three big reasons to be opposed: city commissioner Marion Williams and his two commission lapdogs, Betty Beard and Richard Colclough.M. Don Williams, Augusta

Vote 'yes' on SPLOST

Make Copenhaver mayor

Willie Mays will unite Augusta

Starve the beast: reject SPLOST

Metal flashing can plug window or door leaks

Living briefs

Ask the Carey Brothers

Fashion boots are a trend for men, too

Travel briefs

Today's Mods interpret '60s Mod scene

Fort Raleigh was home to earliest colonists

Wedge heels, fur lining give the boot to ordinary shoes

Arrival at wedding sans husband stirs anger

Fashion briefs

Couple's new home has a very familiar look

Atlanta poised for major tourism push

Sudoku adds logic + reason; numbers = fun

Couple's new home has a very familiar look
When it came time for them to move to North Augusta from suburban Atlanta about a year ago, Larry and Brenda Baratto packed their belongings and brought along the floor plans.

Today's Mods interpret '60s Mod scene
LOS ANGELES - A banner reading "1966" hangs above DJ Rena Durrant and her turntables at Club Satisfaction in Hollywood. On the dance floor, doe-eyed girls in polyester A-line dresses and bobbed hair shimmy and shake alongside boys in three-button suits and Beatle boots. A '60s R&B tune fills the room.

Metal flashing can plug window or door leaks
There's an old saying, "It's the little things that matter." And we agree. Because we know firsthand that even the tiniest leak can result in super-duper damage to your home.

Fashion boots are a trend for men, too
NEW YORK - Most men have no problem putting on hiking boots, ski boots or serious winter weather boots. But leather boots?

Atlanta poised for major tourism push
ATLANTA - It's the city of Martin Luther King Jr., Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, and Outkast, the duo behind the "Hey Ya!" smash hit - not to mention home to Coca-Cola, CNN and "Gone With The Wind."

Wedge heels, fur lining give the boot to ordinary shoes
NEW YORK - Creating something that is equally stylish and practical is no easy feat. But boot designers this fall are giving women so many attractive choices that regular shoes are getting the shaft.

Atlanta poised for major tourism push
ATLANTA - It's the city of Martin Luther King Jr., Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, and Outkast, the duo behind the "Hey Ya!" smash hit - not to mention home to Coca-Cola, CNN and "Gone With The Wind."

Today's Mods interpret '60s Mod scene
LOS ANGELES - A banner reading "1966" hangs above DJ Rena Durrant and her turntables at Club Satisfaction in Hollywood. On the dance floor, doe-eyed girls in polyester A-line dresses and bobbed hair shimmy and shake alongside boys in three-button suits and Beatle boots. A '60s R&B tune fills the room.

Living briefs
The new Medicare drug plan enrollment begins Nov. 15. Do you know what you need to choose the best plan for you?Coming Tuesday

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Short hair isn't only for mature women and rebel rockers. Any woman can wear short hair, says Matrix stylist Enzo Angileri. The key is in the cut.

Fort Raleigh was home to earliest colonists
MANTEO, N.C. - To get their start on a weeklong tour of early American historical sites, students from the Norfolk Collegiate School skipped Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown in their home state.

Fashion briefs
NEW YORK - Short hair isn't only for mature women and rebel rockers. Any woman can wear short hair, says Matrix stylist Enzo Angileri. The key is in the cut.

Sudoku adds logic + reason; numbers = fun
When you balance your checkbook, you do the math and add up the numbers.

Sudoku adds logic + reason; numbers = fun
When you balance your checkbook, you do the math and add up the numbers.

Arrival at wedding sans husband stirs anger
Dear Carson: My niece was married out of state in October. My husband and I were invited and I accepted. We farm about 900 acres of land and because harvest time was delayed due to rain, we had not completed our soybean harvest. There was a potential loss of $72,000 had we both taken three days off with the crop still in the field. We decided that I would attend the wedding and my husband would tend to the harvest.

Arrival at wedding sans husband stirs anger
Dear Carson: My niece was married out of state in October. My husband and I were invited and I accepted. We farm about 900 acres of land and because harvest time was delayed due to rain, we had not completed our soybean harvest. There was a potential loss of $72,000 had we both taken three days off with the crop still in the field. We decided that I would attend the wedding and my husband would tend to the harvest.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - The exalted judges of fine European cuisine have been working undercover on this side of the Atlantic, and the results of their secret investigations are being revealed in the debut edition of the "Michelin Guide New York City," due out Nov. 1.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: The bathtub knobs for hot and cold water are separate and then there is a stopper to allow the water to go to the shower. When the stopper is pulled up, the shower works, but there is still water coming through the spout in the tub. How can I stop this water from going into the tub and redirect it to come from the showerhead? -- Beverly

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: The bathtub knobs for hot and cold water are separate and then there is a stopper to allow the water to go to the shower. When the stopper is pulled up, the shower works, but there is still water coming through the spout in the tub. How can I stop this water from going into the tub and redirect it to come from the showerhead? -- Beverly

Metal flashing can plug window or door leaks
There's an old saying, "It's the little things that matter." And we agree. Because we know firsthand that even the tiniest leak can result in super-duper damage to your home.

Fashion boots are a trend for men, too
NEW YORK - Most men have no problem putting on hiking boots, ski boots or serious winter weather boots. But leather boots?

Living briefs
The new Medicare drug plan enrollment begins Nov. 15. Do you know what you need to choose the best plan for you?Coming Tuesday

Wedge heels, fur lining give the boot to ordinary shoes
NEW YORK - Creating something that is equally stylish and practical is no easy feat. But boot designers this fall are giving women so many attractive choices that regular shoes are getting the shaft.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - The exalted judges of fine European cuisine have been working undercover on this side of the Atlantic, and the results of their secret investigations are being revealed in the debut edition of the "Michelin Guide New York City," due out Nov. 1.

Couple's new home has a very familiar look
When it came time for them to move to North Augusta from suburban Atlanta about a year ago, Larry and Brenda Baratto packed their belongings and brought along the floor plans.

Fort Raleigh was home to earliest colonists
MANTEO, N.C. - To get their start on a weeklong tour of early American historical sites, students from the Norfolk Collegiate School skipped Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown in their home state.

Lynx suffer power outage
ESTERO, Fla. - Bob Ferguson chatted with some old friends and couldn't help but reminisce about his three years as the Florida Everblades' head coach.

Lynx blow big lead, lose shootout
ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Everblades looked like they had no hope after a miserable second period Saturday night. The Blades mustered just four shots, had zero scoring chances and allowed three second period goals.

Lynx suffer power outage
ESTERO, Fla. - Bob Ferguson chatted with some old friends and couldn't help but reminisce about his three years as the Florida Everblades' head coach.

Lynx blow big lead, lose shootout
ESTERO, Fla. - The Florida Everblades looked like they had no hope after a miserable second period Saturday night. The Blades mustered just four shots, had zero scoring chances and allowed three second period goals.

Lynx suffer power outage

Lynx blow big lead, lose shootout

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Across the area

Across the southeast

Who will fill the mayor's seat?
The special election is to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Bob Young. The term ends Dec. 31, 2006. The position will be up for election again in November 2006.

Facilities director fired after wreck
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Burke County Administrator Merv Waldrop said he wanted to give a longtime county employee a chance to resign rather than be fired, but the employee didn't take it.

Political rants
Comments from readers:

SPLOST explained

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ruby Wesby of Hephzibah

Butler Creek is test site of new monitor
An Ohio technology firm whose innovative water quality monitors helped gather new knowledge during Hurricane Katrina has chosen Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta as a test site for a real-time study of Butler Creek.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 3
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Third District.

Police boost patrols after brick attacks
If you live in Augusta and have an e-mail account, there's a good chance you have received warnings this week about driving down Wheeler Road near Summerville.

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Super District 9.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 23-year-old Woodstock man who said he heard voices is being charged in two recent arson attacks on Jehovah's Witnesses kingdom halls in Forsyth and Cobb counties.

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Super District 9.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Jacksonville's mayor has signed a proclamation at the request of local church members to favor a citywide ban on gold teeth and drooping trousers.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Fifth District.

Rants and raves
I LIVE ON PHINIZY ROAD. That's a dark road. Right at Butler Creek where you turn in, you can't see the sign. They need to put a light over the sign. There was almost two wrecks there last night.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Fifth District.

Political rants

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5

'Bare bones' SPLOST plan looks for approval
South Augusta resident Linda Bourke voted for the special purpose local option sales tax. Her husband, Don, voted against it.

City takes no action on suits

Reform high on agenda
AIKEN - Property tax reform, which has long been debated in South Carolina, promises to be at the forefront of the legislative agenda when state lawmakers return to Columbia in January.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 23-year-old Woodstock man who said he heard voices is being charged in two recent arson attacks on Jehovah's Witnesses kingdom halls in Forsyth and Cobb counties.

Facilities director fired after wreck

Career centers help students choose path

Runoff could keep campaigns going
Augusta's next mayor may not be crowned at the end of Tuesday night, analysts said, and some of the Augusta Commission races may be thrown into a runoff as well.

Kid of the Day
Lyndon Bryce Lowery is today's Kid of the Day.

3 compete for seats on city council
As one Grovetown city councilman steps down, three Grovetown men will step up in Tuesday's general and special election to fill two expiring council terms. The top two voter-getters win the seats.

Many wait for payouts from train wreck

Lawsuits offer two solutions to fix schools
ATLANTA - Dana Williams says he doesn't want much.

'Bare bones' SPLOST plan looks for approval

Joyous families celebrate return of 297th battalion
The steel, roll-up doors didn't roll up fast enough Saturday morning.

Officials want board to act on stabbing
Richmond County school board member Barbara Pulliam has been stressing the need for monitors on all school buses, and Thursday's knife attack has renewed her efforts to see that happen.

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

Music fans, rib lovers flip for beat of Charlie Daniels

Accolades pour in for Atlanta mayor
ATLANTA - Friends pushed her to enter politics years before she finally took the plunge, but Shirley Franklin is a reluctant warrior no more. This city's first female mayor is a sure bet to win re-election Tuesday and isn't ruling out a run for higher office.

Across South Caroliana

Park plan may dictate city's future
ATLANTA - The city of Atlanta has always given park proponents a headache.

Kid of the Day

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are still looking for a man wanted in two home invasions and a homicide.

Mural masterpiece

Rants and raves
I LIVE ON PHINIZY ROAD. That's a dark road. Right at Butler Creek where you turn in, you can't see the sign. They need to put a light over the sign. There was almost two wrecks there last night.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 3

Agency pushes smokers off curb
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Later this month, you might want to leave your cigarettes behind if you're headed to the Department of Health and Environmental Control's offices in five Upstate counties.

Corps will charge for land-use permits
Property owners with permits to use public lands along Thurmond Lake will begin paying administrative fees Jan. 1.

News you can use
When many Georgia municipalities have elections Tuesday, voters must bring identification to the polls. The 17 acceptable forms are:

Across South Carolina

Music fans, rib lovers flip for beat of Charlie Daniels
When Blane Crawford learned The Charlie Daniels Band was scheduled to perform live in Augusta, he desperately wanted to be there.

Many wait for payouts from train wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Gloria and Rodney Swearingen fled their Graniteville home last January mere minutes after a Norfolk Southern train crash sent a deadly chlorine plume into the cold morning air.

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - A Newton County judge briefly jailed the director and three staff members of the county child welfare agency for refusing to remove a boy from his father's care and put him in a foster home.

Across the area
The temporary delay in delivery of the area's allotment of flu vaccine was shorter than expected.

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

Kid of the Day
Lyndon Bryce Lowery is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Caroliana
GREENVILLE - Three Greenville County teachers attempting to break up fights by pupils have been injured during the past two weeks.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Mural masterpiece
Priya Gulati, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School, paints on a mural outside the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are still looking for a man wanted in two home invasions and a homicide.

Show has space exploration, explanation
Everyone's an explorer at heart, according to Susan Lendroth of The Planetary Society.

Fire destroys abandoned building
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters extinguished a blaze that destroyed an abandoned building in the 1400 block of Jones Street on Saturday night.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Runoff could keep campaigns going
Augusta's next mayor may not be crowned at the end of Tuesday night, analysts said, and some of the Augusta Commission races may be thrown into a runoff as well.

Q&A Richmond County School Board District 9
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Richmond County School Board District 9 seat

Who will fill the mayor's seat?
The special election is to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Bob Young. The term ends Dec. 31, 2006. The position will be up for election again in November 2006.

Lawsuits offer two solutions to fix schools

'Bare bones' SPLOST plan looks for approval
South Augusta resident Linda Bourke voted for the special purpose local option sales tax. Her husband, Don, voted against it.

Reform high on agenda

Q&A Augusta Commission District 1
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Second District.

Kid of the Day

Q&A Augusta Commission District 3
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Third District.

Police boost patrols after brick attacks

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Fifth District.

Q&A Richmond County School Board District 9

Q&A Augusta Commission District 7
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Seventh District.

Agency pushes smokers off curb

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Augusta Commission Super District 9.

Joyous families celebrate return of 297th battalion

Q&A Richmond County School Board District 9
Questions and Answers from candidates for the Richmond County School Board District 9 seat

3 compete for seats on city council

Fire destroys abandoned building
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters extinguished a blaze that destroyed an abandoned building in the 1400 block of Jones Street on Saturday night.

Runoff could keep campaigns going

3 compete for seats on city council
As one Grovetown city councilman steps down, three Grovetown men will step up in Tuesday's general and special election to fill two expiring council terms. The top two voter-getters win the seats.

Show has space exploration, explanation

Music fans, rib lovers flip for beat of Charlie Daniels
When Blane Crawford learned The Charlie Daniels Band was scheduled to perform live in Augusta, he desperately wanted to be there.

Where we live

Joyous families celebrate return of 297th battalion
The steel, roll-up doors didn't roll up fast enough Saturday morning.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 7

Political rants
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Mural masterpiece
Priya Gulati, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School, paints on a mural outside the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta.

Park plan may dictate city's future

Reform high on agenda
AIKEN - Property tax reform, which has long been debated in South Carolina, promises to be at the forefront of the legislative agenda when state lawmakers return to Columbia in January.

Young competitors take studies on ride
Between waking up early in the morning, daily walks and full body massages, there are some days 12-year-old Tyrney Steinhoff would rather be in a classroom than taking care of her cocoa-colored quarter horse, Hotshot.

Agency pushes smokers off curb
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Later this month, you might want to leave your cigarettes behind if you're headed to the Department of Health and Environmental Control's offices in five Upstate counties.

Corps will charge for land-use permits

Rants and raves
I LIVE ON PHINIZY ROAD. That's a dark road. Right at Butler Creek where you turn in, you can't see the sign. They need to put a light over the sign. There was almost two wrecks there last night.

Butler Creek is test site of new monitor

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

Career centers help students choose path
A multicolored abstract painting of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines hangs above a bookshelf cluttered with scholarship pamphlets and college brochures.

News you can use
When many Georgia municipalities have elections Tuesday, voters must bring identification to the polls. The 17 acceptable forms are:

Officials want board to act on stabbing
Richmond County school board member Barbara Pulliam has been stressing the need for monitors on all school buses, and Thursday's knife attack has renewed her efforts to see that happen.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ruby Wesby of Hephzibah

Old courthouse opens with new renovations
The reminders of the past were all around: two white, ornate fireplaces in the courtroom, a polished plaque bearing the names of Civil War dead and judges recalling memories that frequently drew laughter from the crowd.

Accolades pour in for Atlanta mayor
ATLANTA - Friends pushed her to enter politics years before she finally took the plunge, but Shirley Franklin is a reluctant warrior no more. This city's first female mayor is a sure bet to win re-election Tuesday and isn't ruling out a run for higher office.

Across South Carolina
DARLINGTON - A 64-year-old woman has died after she came home from work and discovered someone had broken into her home, Darlington County deputies say.

Young competitors take studies on ride
Between waking up early in the morning, daily walks and full body massages, there are some days 12-year-old Tyrney Steinhoff would rather be in a classroom than taking care of her cocoa-colored quarter horse, Hotshot.

Show has space exploration, explanation
Everyone's an explorer at heart, according to Susan Lendroth of The Planetary Society.

Police boost patrols after brick attacks
If you live in Augusta and have an e-mail account, there's a good chance you have received warnings this week about driving down Wheeler Road near Summerville.

City takes no action on suits
Another lawsuit against the city ended in default proceedings recently because no answer was filed on Augusta's behalf.

Butler Creek is test site of new monitor
An Ohio technology firm whose innovative water quality monitors helped gather new knowledge during Hurricane Katrina has chosen Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta as a test site for a real-time study of Butler Creek.

Special education teachers focus qualification concerns

Corps will charge for land-use permits
Property owners with permits to use public lands along Thurmond Lake will begin paying administrative fees Jan. 1.

Young competitors take studies on ride

Old courthouse opens with new renovations
The reminders of the past were all around: two white, ornate fireplaces in the courtroom, a polished plaque bearing the names of Civil War dead and judges recalling memories that frequently drew laughter from the crowd.

Across South Carolina
DARLINGTON - A 64-year-old woman has died after she came home from work and discovered someone had broken into her home, Darlington County deputies say.

Career centers help students choose path
A multicolored abstract painting of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines hangs above a bookshelf cluttered with scholarship pamphlets and college brochures.

Across the area
The temporary delay in delivery of the area's allotment of flu vaccine was shorter than expected.

Special education teachers focus qualification concerns
ATLANTA - Anita Graham has taught special education for 20 years.

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Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Lawsuits offer two solutions to fix schools
ATLANTA - Dana Williams says he doesn't want much.

Special education teachers focus qualification concerns
ATLANTA - Anita Graham has taught special education for 20 years.

Park plan may dictate city's future
ATLANTA - The city of Atlanta has always given park proponents a headache.

City takes no action on suits
Another lawsuit against the city ended in default proceedings recently because no answer was filed on Augusta's behalf.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are still looking for a man wanted in two home invasions and a homicide.

Many wait for payouts from train wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Gloria and Rodney Swearingen fled their Graniteville home last January mere minutes after a Norfolk Southern train crash sent a deadly chlorine plume into the cold morning air.

Old courthouse opens with new renovations

Facilities director fired after wreck
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Burke County Administrator Merv Waldrop said he wanted to give a longtime county employee a chance to resign rather than be fired, but the employee didn't take it.

Accolades pour in for Atlanta mayor

Officials want board to act on stabbing

Who will fill the mayor's seat?

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - A Newton County judge briefly jailed the director and three staff members of the county child welfare agency for refusing to remove a boy from his father's care and put him in a foster home.

Fire destroys abandoned building

Across South Caroliana
GREENVILLE - Three Greenville County teachers attempting to break up fights by pupils have been injured during the past two weeks.

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9

Across Georgia

Q&A Augusta Commission District 1

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Across the area

Jones would be delighted with added length, beauty of Augusta National
Which major league baseball team was the only one to switch leagues in the last century?

Jones would be delighted with added length, beauty of Augusta National
Which major league baseball team was the only one to switch leagues in the last century?

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

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

Country music counting on late releases
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music sales are off 10 percent from last year. But with releases by Kenny Chesney and Big & Rich still to come and the Country Music Association broadcasting its annual awards show this month, no one is panicking.

Country music counting on late releases

Jazz musician lost treasures in hurricane
NEW ORLEANS - Pete Fountain's home in nearby Bay St. Louis, Miss., told his life story - gold albums, pictures posing with four presidents, thank-you notes from Frank Sinatra, and beloved clarinets and other vintage instruments.

Country music counting on late releases
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music sales are off 10 percent from last year. But with releases by Kenny Chesney and Big & Rich still to come and the Country Music Association broadcasting its annual awards show this month, no one is panicking.

Jazz musician lost treasures in hurricane
NEW ORLEANS - Pete Fountain's home in nearby Bay St. Louis, Miss., told his life story - gold albums, pictures posing with four presidents, thank-you notes from Frank Sinatra, and beloved clarinets and other vintage instruments.

Jazz musician lost treasures in hurricane

NASCAR notebook
FORT WORTH, Texas - A fast pit stop helped Kevin Harvick grab an emotional victory Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Newman wins pole at Dickies 500
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Newman won the pole for Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with his first lap of 192.947 mph. During his second lap, however, his Alltel Dodge slammed into the fourth-turn wall.

NASCAR notebook

Newman wins pole at Dickies 500
FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Newman won the pole for Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with his first lap of 192.947 mph. During his second lap, however, his Alltel Dodge slammed into the fourth-turn wall.

Kenseth keeping up hope in Chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Matt Kenseth won't give up. Until there aren't enough laps remaining in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season to win the championship, he refuses to concede defeat.

Newman wins pole at Dickies 500

Kenseth keeping up hope in Chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Matt Kenseth won't give up. Until there aren't enough laps remaining in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season to win the championship, he refuses to concede defeat.

Kenseth keeping up hope in Chase

NASCAR notebook
FORT WORTH, Texas - A fast pit stop helped Kevin Harvick grab an emotional victory Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hawks humbled by Clippers
LOS ANGELES - The game was so lopsided, the Los Angeles Clippers' starters got to sit and watch about half of it.

Hawks humbled by Clippers
LOS ANGELES - The game was so lopsided, the Los Angeles Clippers' starters got to sit and watch about half of it.

Hawks humbled by Clippers

Area players in the NFL

What a rush: Atlanta, Miami ground it out

NFL power rankings for week 9

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney    (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion E. Morris    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Tee Partin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Lee Hale    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. F. Harold McElmurray    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James "Rock" Moore    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas A. Siverhus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria C. Castille    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Jack H. Herrington    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney    (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil I. Haynie, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Sanon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Lee Hale    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Price Fulmer    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Tee Partin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rhea L. Combs    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Rev. Amzie Brown    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. James Smith    (TAMPA, FL.)

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey    (BATH, S.C.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maeola Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick M. Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas E. Toney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maeola Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Swearingen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanne M. Stratton    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie J. Styron    (LORIS, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas E. Toney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Victoria C. Castille    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora W. Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Norris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James "Rock" Moore    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Milner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Marion E. Morris    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Miss Reba Lavon Wells    (MABLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil I. Haynie, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Swearingen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie J. Styron    (LORIS, S.C.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney    (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanne M. Stratton    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Sanon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Rev. Jack H. Herrington    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora W. Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. F. Harold McElmurray    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Gabrielle Warner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle S. Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Milner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Patrick M. Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Norris    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney    (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Amzie Brown    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas A. Siverhus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rhea L. Combs    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Smith    (TAMPA, FL.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Price Fulmer    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Gabrielle Warner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle S. Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Reba Lavon Wells    (MABLETON, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. F. Harold McElmurray (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Tee Partin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Flora W. Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James "Rock" Moore (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie J. Styron (LORIS, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanne M. Stratton (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Lee Hale (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey (BATH, S.C.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Sanon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Rev. Bill Harville (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maeola Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Rev. Amzie Brown (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mr. Douglas A. Siverhus (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rhea L. Combs (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Reba Lavon Wells (MABLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Price Fulmer (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Nichols (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Shelton Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Swearingen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Jack H. Herrington (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Norris (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Parks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Yassney (RYDC AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion E. Morris (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas E. Toney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Milner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil I. Haynie, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson (MACON, Ga.)

Gabrielle Warner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Smith (TAMPA, FL.)

Mrs. Myrtle S. Whitaker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria C. Castille (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick M. Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frederick H. Lightsey (BATH, S.C.)

SPLOST is vital to help Augusta
This coming Tuesday, Augustans must vote "yes" to continue the special purpose local option sales tax. Passing SPLOST, Nov. 8 will ensure the growth of the metro Augusta area. Defeating it will cause immediate negative effects and have a long-term impact - and it will take us years to catch up.

Now is the time you just say 'no'
Sometimes we have to say no, just like our Augusta Commission said no to the special committee that worked so hard for nine months to make previous SPLOST recommendations - and those recommendations were completely ignored.

Now is the time you just say 'no'
Sometimes we have to say no, just like our Augusta Commission said no to the special committee that worked so hard for nine months to make previous SPLOST recommendations - and those recommendations were completely ignored.

SPLOST is vital to help Augusta
This coming Tuesday, Augustans must vote "yes" to continue the special purpose local option sales tax. Passing SPLOST, Nov. 8 will ensure the growth of the metro Augusta area. Defeating it will cause immediate negative effects and have a long-term impact - and it will take us years to catch up.

Now is the time you just say 'no'
Sometimes we have to say no, just like our Augusta Commission said no to the special committee that worked so hard for nine months to make previous SPLOST recommendations - and those recommendations were completely ignored.

SPLOST is vital to help Augusta
This coming Tuesday, Augustans must vote "yes" to continue the special purpose local option sales tax. Passing SPLOST, Nov. 8 will ensure the growth of the metro Augusta area. Defeating it will cause immediate negative effects and have a long-term impact - and it will take us years to catch up.

Rider looking for bit of magic

Teenager works well with pressure

Area sports announcments

Tolbert keeps his crown in seniors

Overtime

Overtime

Sports rants

Tolbert keeps his crown in seniors
In a remark that could be in the running for understatement of the year, Chuck Tolbert said he had a "real good night" Saturday in the finals of the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

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.

Rider looking for bit of magic
This could be the night Mike Berberich and his horse, JD Donit, lay down what Berberich calls "that magical run" in the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

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.

Sports rants
SINCE SPECTATORS AND news media can call penalties on golfers a day or so later after the infraction, should people watching other sports on TV be allowed to quarterback plays and phone them in and have football, baseball, soccer, etc. games overturned on penalties they spotted? Sounds fair to me if they can do it in golf.

Overtime
In Rocky Face, Ga., Augusta State's men's team shot 8-over296 and is tied for 11th place with a 593 total after the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club.

Overtime
In Rocky Face, Ga., Augusta State's men's team shot 8-over296 and is tied for 11th place with a 593 total after the second round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club.

Teenager works well with pressure
There was only one way Sarah McDonald could handle the pressure of being the early leader in the Open finals of the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships on Saturday night.

Overtime
In Rocky Face, Ga., Augusta State's men's golf team carded 9-over 297 on Friday, putting them in eighth place after the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Tolbert keeps his crown in seniors
In a remark that could be in the running for understatement of the year, Chuck Tolbert said he had a "real good night" Saturday in the finals of the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

Sports rants
SINCE SPECTATORS AND news media can call penalties on golfers a day or so later after the infraction, should people watching other sports on TV be allowed to quarterback plays and phone them in and have football, baseball, soccer, etc. games overturned on penalties they spotted? Sounds fair to me if they can do it in golf.

Overtime
In Rocky Face, Ga., Augusta State's men's golf team carded 9-over 297 on Friday, putting them in eighth place after the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Teenager works well with pressure
There was only one way Sarah McDonald could handle the pressure of being the early leader in the Open finals of the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships on Saturday night.

Rider looking for bit of magic
This could be the night Mike Berberich and his horse, JD Donit, lay down what Berberich calls "that magical run" in the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

Outdoors calendar
Got something to brag about? The Augusta Chronicle wants to include it in our Outdoor Scrapbook.

Outdoors calendar
Got something to brag about? The Augusta Chronicle wants to include it in our Outdoor Scrapbook.

Outdoors calendar

Youth served early in season
Michael Ray II is just 6. Chandler Cooper is 8 and Jonathan Saul will turn 10 very soon.

Youth served early in season
Michael Ray II is just 6. Chandler Cooper is 8 and Jonathan Saul will turn 10 very soon.

NFL power rankings for week 9
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

What a rush: Atlanta, Miami ground it out
MIAMI - Still recovering from the ravages wrought by Hurricane Wilma, South Floridians are desperate for diversions.

NFL power rankings for week 9
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

What a rush: Atlanta, Miami ground it out
MIAMI - Still recovering from the ravages wrought by Hurricane Wilma, South Floridians are desperate for diversions.

Blunt thoughts on U.S. Jews' declining birth rates
The Bible states that after God had created man and woman, he commanded, "Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it" (Genesis 1:28).

Image of Holiness
After working nearly 10 months on an oil painting of Jesus preaching from a boat, the moment had come Monday for artist Lucy McTier to see how well it would fit in its new home, the sanctuary of Christ's Sanctified Holy Church on North Belair Road in Evans.

Loss of son results in heartfelt ministry
Since 2004, Angela Youmans has worked with hundreds of Allendale County children, teaching them to sing, dance and act. When she looks into their faces they look like such babies to her, a reminder of how young her 16-year-old son, Deonte Elmore, was when he died two years ago.

Health benefits come from Golden Rule
Few people link living their faith with a healthy lifestyle.

Image of Holiness
After working nearly 10 months on an oil painting of Jesus preaching from a boat, the moment had come Monday for artist Lucy McTier to see how well it would fit in its new home, the sanctuary of Christ's Sanctified Holy Church on North Belair Road in Evans.

Blunt thoughts on U.S. Jews' declining birth rates
The Bible states that after God had created man and woman, he commanded, "Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it" (Genesis 1:28).

Loss of son results in heartfelt ministry
Since 2004, Angela Youmans has worked with hundreds of Allendale County children, teaching them to sing, dance and act. When she looks into their faces they look like such babies to her, a reminder of how young her 16-year-old son, Deonte Elmore, was when he died two years ago.

Faith digest
Sheri Davis knew she wanted to apply for a $15,000-grant to help Interfaith Hospitality Network, but actually winning it took her by surprise.br>Coming next Saturday

Anne Rice returns to Jesus in new book
After stupendous sales for her tales of vampires, witches and lust, novelist Anne Rice has turned to Jesus - personally and literarily.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Anne Rice returns to Jesus in new book
After stupendous sales for her tales of vampires, witches and lust, novelist Anne Rice has turned to Jesus - personally and literarily.

Faith digest
Sheri Davis knew she wanted to apply for a $15,000-grant to help Interfaith Hospitality Network, but actually winning it took her by surprise.br>Coming next Saturday

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to churchnews@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Health benefits come from Golden Rule
Few people link living their faith with a healthy lifestyle.

Youth served early in season

Jones would be delighted with added length, beauty of Augusta National

Fireworks promised on 'West Wing' live debate
LOS ANGELES - The powers behind "The West Wing" are making this campaign promise: Sunday's live debate between presidential candidates Arnold Vinick and Matt Santos will be far from politics - or television - as usual.

Fireworks promised on 'West Wing' live debate
LOS ANGELES - The powers behind "The West Wing" are making this campaign promise: Sunday's live debate between presidential candidates Arnold Vinick and Matt Santos will be far from politics - or television - as usual.

Fireworks promised on 'West Wing' live debate

People in the News

Clooney denies confrontation with security guard

Shar was dating Federline when he met Spears

Georgia loses prize recruit to knee injury
ATHENS, Ga. - Top recruit Angel Robinson won't play this season for the Georgia women's basketball team because of an injury to her left knee.

Georgia refocuses on SEC goals after first loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt seemed a little surprised when asked what he has said to lift his team's mood following the Bulldogs' first loss of the season.

Georgia loses prize recruit to knee injury
ATHENS, Ga. - Top recruit Angel Robinson won't play this season for the Georgia women's basketball team because of an injury to her left knee.

Georgia refocuses on SEC goals after first loss

Georgia refocuses on SEC goals after first loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt seemed a little surprised when asked what he has said to lift his team's mood following the Bulldogs' first loss of the season.

Georgia loses prize recruit to knee injury

Razorbacks to start freshman at quarterback against USC
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas defensive lineman Keith Jackson says his team will be ready for Steve Spurrier.

Gamecocks eligible for bowl with sixth win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Steve Spurrier and South Carolina are on a roll heading into next week's matchup with his former team.

Razorbacks to start freshman at quarterback against USC

Gamecocks eligible for bowl with sixth win

South Carolina athletic department to use on-line service

Razorbacks to start freshman at quarterback against USC
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas defensive lineman Keith Jackson says his team will be ready for Steve Spurrier.

South Carolina athletic department to use on-line service
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina has partnered with Paciolan Systems Inc. to bring its ticket operations for athletic events on-line.

South Carolina athletic department to use on-line service
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina has partnered with Paciolan Systems Inc. to bring its ticket operations for athletic events on-line.

Gamecocks eligible for bowl with sixth win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Steve Spurrier and South Carolina are on a roll heading into next week's matchup with his former team.

Events

Pet of the week

Health and support groups

Recycling centers

Across the river

Cookbook from medical group will help Aiken's abused children

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Recreational activities

Upcoming events

Food program needs help

Around the block

Bands march off with honors

Reunions

North Augusta High aids Yellow Jackets in Mississippi

Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hair, Ashley Thornton

Literacy sites

Halloween gatherings

Farmers market

Carving out victory

Towns plan Veterans Day observances

Georgia-Carolina State Fair winners

Faith calendar

Image of Holiness

Loss of son results in heartfelt ministry

Anne Rice returns to Jesus in new book

Blunt thoughts on U.S. Jews' declining birth rates

Faith digest

Health benefits come from Golden Rule