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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Books teem with exotic and everyday consumer goods

Author settles into literary celebrity
LOS ANGELES - With his neatly trimmed goatee and owlish glasses, it's hard to imagine that Luis J. Rodriguez was once one of the most dangerous men in the city.

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

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.

Author settles into literary celebrity
LOS ANGELES - With his neatly trimmed goatee and owlish glasses, it's hard to imagine that Luis J. Rodriguez was once one of the most dangerous men in the city.

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

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.

Author settles into literary celebrity
LOS ANGELES - With his neatly trimmed goatee and owlish glasses, it's hard to imagine that Luis J. Rodriguez was once one of the most dangerous men in the city.

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.

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.

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'

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.

New faces at GM meetings
With new faces at the table and a substandard free-agent class ready to start negotiating, major league general managers gather Monday in Indian Wells, Calif., for their annual weeklong meetings.

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.

New faces at GM meetings

Boston has 4-for-1 meetings plan set

New faces at GM meetings
With new faces at the table and a substandard free-agent class ready to start negotiating, major league general managers gather Monday in Indian Wells, Calif., for their annual weeklong meetings.

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

Cole Alexander Hendricks

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.

Mara Faye Ledwith

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.

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.

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.

Isabella Andromeda Wicks

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Gabriel May

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

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.

Kiera Toniya Pierce

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jordan Alexander Williamson

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.

Tucker Pearce Cureton

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.

Devin Antwan Warren

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

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.

Mikayla Dawn Smith

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

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.

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.

Shealei Mikelle McDonald

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.

Avery Allison Hanner

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.

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
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.

Lillian Katherine Felton

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.

Madison Lily Starnes

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.

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.

Kacy Lee Barfield

Ripley's expanding its empire of the bizarre

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.

Ripley's expanding its empire of the bizarre
ORLANDO, Fla. - The first thing you'll probably notice is the shark. At 17 feet long, it's the biggest ever caught on rod and reel. What's left of its two terrifying tons now hangs preserved above a dull warehouse floor.

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.

Telecommuting to a brave new world

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.

Ripley's expanding its empire of the bizarre
ORLANDO, Fla. - The first thing you'll probably notice is the shark. At 17 feet long, it's the biggest ever caught on rod and reel. What's left of its two terrifying tons now hangs preserved above a dull warehouse floor.

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:

Businesses pick Georgia
RA'ANANA, Israel - On his first day leading a trade mission to Israel, Gov. Sonny Perdue snagged two high-tech businesses and got nibbles on a handful of others.

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

On the move

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

Businesses pick Georgia

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.

Telecommuting to a brave new world
CHARTREUSE REGION, Second Life - Kasi Nafus' clothing store has bucolic surroundings. There's a maple tree in fall colors outside, right across a brook. A little further away, a zebra munches on a bush.

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

Businesses pick Georgia
RA'ANANA, Israel - On his first day leading a trade mission to Israel, Gov. Sonny Perdue snagged two high-tech businesses and got nibbles on a handful of others.

Business licenses

Telecommuting to a brave new world
CHARTREUSE REGION, Second Life - Kasi Nafus' clothing store has bucolic surroundings. There's a maple tree in fall colors outside, right across a brook. A little further away, a zebra munches on a bush.

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 leaders to be inducted into hall of fame

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

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

Business calendar

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

Aiken sees new retailers, resurgence of strip mall

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 6, 2005.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for November 6, 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.

Musts for Clemson: Healthy Whitehurst, one more win

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.

Musts for Clemson: Healthy Whitehurst, one more win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Getting to a bowl game never seems to get easier at Clemson.

Proctor, Tigers feast on defenseless Devils

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.

Musts for Clemson: Healthy Whitehurst, one more win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Getting to a bowl game never seems to get easier at Clemson.

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.

Miami jumps ahead of Alabama in AP Top 25

Miami jumps ahead of Alabama in AP Top 25
Miami jumped over unbeaten Alabama, though just barely, and into the No. 3 spot in The Associated Press Top 25.

Irish hand Vols fourth loss in row

Clouds still shading BCS predicament

Clouds still shading BCS predicament
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The people who run the Bowl Championship Series would never admit it, but a sense of relief must have come over them as Virginia Tech and UCLA both had their unbeaten seasons come to an emphatic halt.

Clouds still shading BCS predicament
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The people who run the Bowl Championship Series would never admit it, but a sense of relief must have come over them as Virginia Tech and UCLA both had their unbeaten seasons come to an emphatic halt.

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.

Miami jumps ahead of Alabama in AP Top 25
Miami jumped over unbeaten Alabama, though just barely, and into the No. 3 spot in The Associated Press Top 25.

Now even we are for it

Welcome back, A.K. Hasan

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.

Hankerson for District 5

A candidate you can believe in

Welcome back, A.K. Hasan
It's unusual, to say the least, for a political candidate to bring experience and a new, fresh perspective to the post he's running for. It's like having the best qualities of both a veteran and a rookie at the same time.

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.

Hankerson for District 5
In the two-man race for the District 5 Augusta Commission seat, we believe the incumbent, Bobby G. Hankerson, deserves to be re-elected not only because he's served his constituents well, but also because if the challenger wins, it could, in football vernacular, mark a 25-yard loss in terms of the city's forward progress.

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.

Hankerson for District 5
In the two-man race for the District 5 Augusta Commission seat, we believe the incumbent, Bobby G. Hankerson, deserves to be re-elected not only because he's served his constituents well, but also because if the challenger wins, it could, in football vernacular, mark a 25-yard loss in terms of the city's forward progress.

Welcome back, A.K. Hasan
It's unusual, to say the least, for a political candidate to bring experience and a new, fresh perspective to the post he's running for. It's like having the best qualities of both a veteran and a rookie at the same time.

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.

People in the news
NEW YORK - Jennifer Aniston says she's been wrongly pegged as a crier since splitting with Brad Pitt.

Q&A: Celebrity Pilates instructor Mary Winsor
NEW YORK - Meri Winsor is on a crusade to get people care more about breathing and daily nasal maintenance.

Billboards for rapper's movie removed in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Twenty-one billboards plugging rapper 50 Cent's movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" are coming down amid opposition from community groups.

People in the news
NEW YORK - Jennifer Aniston says she's been wrongly pegged as a crier since splitting with Brad Pitt.

Q&A: Celebrity Pilates instructor Mary Winsor
NEW YORK - Meri Winsor is on a crusade to get people care more about breathing and daily nasal maintenance.

Billboards for rapper's movie removed in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Twenty-one billboards plugging rapper 50 Cent's movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" are coming down amid opposition from community groups.

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.

The problem with rallies is in how to keep them going
The problem with rallies is in how to keep them going

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.

How do I choose a health plan?

How do I choose a health plan?
Q. How do I choose a health plan?

The problem with rallies is in how to keep them going

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.

The problem with rallies is in how to keep them going
The problem with rallies is in how to keep them going

How do I choose a health plan?
Q. How do I choose a health plan?

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

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

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

Georgia Tech back in the rankings
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech moved back into the rankings Sunday.

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

Georgia Tech routs Augusta St.
ATLANTA - Zam Fredrick scored 19 points and Anthony Morrow added 17 to lead Georgia Tech to a 96-57 victory over Augusta State in an exhibition game on Sunday.

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

Georgia Tech back in the rankings
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech moved back into the rankings Sunday.

Georgia Tech back in the rankings
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech moved back into the rankings Sunday.

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

Georgia Southern foils Furman

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Tech back in the rankings

Georgia Tech routs Augusta St.

Yellow Jackets set to go bowling

Swift justice is found only between commercials

Slocum earns two-stroke victory at SFB Classic

Woods pleased with '05 results
ATLANTA - Despite a pretty mediocre bunker shot on his final hole of the Tour Championship, and the season for that matter, Tiger Woods wore a wide grin as he picked up his putter for a par save to nail down second place.

Lights, camera... PGA Tour could start own network

Bryant tops Tiger for 6-shot victory
ATLANTA - The guy who called himself "Bart Who?" after a course-record 62 in the first round Thursday wound up making everyone say "Who knew?" by sunset Sunday.

Slocum earns two-stroke victory at SFB Classic
MADISON, Miss. - Heath Slocum heard the familiar, fatherly voice. Like a good son, he listened, and it paid off.

Local golfers Masters-bound
The PGA Tour calls its closing stretch of tournaments the "Fall Finish." A fall flourish by Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has given him new plans for the spring.

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

Lights, camera... PGA Tour could start own network
ATLANTA - Lights, cameras... welcome to the PGA Tour Network?

Slocum earns two-stroke victory at SFB Classic
MADISON, Miss. - Heath Slocum heard the familiar, fatherly voice. Like a good son, he listened, and it paid off.

Woods pleased with '05 results
ATLANTA - Despite a pretty mediocre bunker shot on his final hole of the Tour Championship, and the season for that matter, Tiger Woods wore a wide grin as he picked up his putter for a par save to nail down second place.

Local golfers Masters-bound
The PGA Tour calls its closing stretch of tournaments the "Fall Finish." A fall flourish by Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has given him new plans for the spring.

Lights, camera... PGA Tour could start own network
ATLANTA - Lights, cameras... welcome to the PGA Tour Network?

Bryant keeps calm, lead for final round

Sorenstam conquers Mizuno
OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam realized she might not get another chance to make history at the Mizuno Classic. Like so many other times, she came through with her best golf.

Lady Jags set to go for three

Sorenstam conquers Mizuno

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

Woods pleased with '05 results

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 tops Tiger for 6-shot victory

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 tops Tiger for 6-shot victory
ATLANTA - The guy who called himself "Bart Who?" after a course-record 62 in the first round Thursday wound up making everyone say "Who knew?" by sunset Sunday.

Local golfers Masters-bound

Tour championship notebook

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 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.

Sorenstam conquers Mizuno
OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam realized she might not get another chance to make history at the Mizuno Classic. Like so many other times, she came through with her best golf.

High school football scores

Friday night football rewind

Laney Wildcats move on

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.

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

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.

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

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 'yes' on SPLOST

Babies don't exactly choose poverty
Chronicle columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote that poor black people lived in poverty because of bad decisions ("Blacks' real woes ignored," Oct. 19). Are bad decisions to blame for the majority of poor black people who happen to be under age 18? Bobby J. Hunt, Evans

Augusta needs more qualified leaders
To resolve a problem, you must eliminate its source. We need to remove from public office those officials and commissioners who are not carrying their share of the job load. They know who they are, and we frustrated Augusta taxpayers know who they are, too. Tina Cloer, 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 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
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

Babies don't exactly choose poverty
Chronicle columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote that poor black people lived in poverty because of bad decisions ("Blacks' real woes ignored," Oct. 19). Are bad decisions to blame for the majority of poor black people who happen to be under age 18? Bobby J. Hunt, Evans

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

Augusta needs more qualified leaders
To resolve a problem, you must eliminate its source. We need to remove from public office those officials and commissioners who are not carrying their share of the job load. They know who they are, and we frustrated Augusta taxpayers know who they are, too. Tina Cloer, 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

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

Babies don't exactly choose poverty

We must stay and stamp out extremists

Make Copenhaver mayor

Augusta needs more qualified leaders

Atlanta poised for major tourism push

Game review: Old-school Namco comes to consoles

Living briefs

Ask the Carey Brothers

Travel briefs

Fort Raleigh was home to earliest colonists

Gizmondo offers little value for handheld gamers

Couple's new home has a very familiar look

Arrival at wedding sans husband stirs anger

Sudoku adds logic + reason; numbers = fun

Video blogging tools need better integration

Metal flashing can plug window or door leaks

New iPod plays video, but music still rules

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

Game review: Old-school Namco comes to consoles
"Namco Museum 50th Anniversary" offers more than 16 old-school video games for players seeking a respite from modern titles that seem to require a degree in quantum mechanics to pass the second level.

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

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

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.

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

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

New iPod plays video, but music still rules
Watching a TV show requires far more attention than listening to a song, so it would be no surprise if Apple Computer Inc.'s new video-capable iPod music player provided a less-than-satisfying viewing experience.

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.

Video blogging tools need better integration
NEW YORK - First came words, then came photos. Now, many Web journals are incorporating moving images - and one blogging service aims to make producing and displaying such video easier.

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."

Game review: Old-school Namco comes to consoles
"Namco Museum 50th Anniversary" offers more than 16 old-school video games for players seeking a respite from modern titles that seem to require a degree in quantum mechanics to pass the second level.

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.

Gizmondo offers little value for handheld gamers
DALLAS - There's one surefire way for a video game system to fail with consumers: a lack of decent games.

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.

New iPod plays video, but music still rules
Watching a TV show requires far more attention than listening to a song, so it would be no surprise if Apple Computer Inc.'s new video-capable iPod music player provided a less-than-satisfying viewing experience.

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.

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.

Gizmondo offers little value for handheld gamers
DALLAS - There's one surefire way for a video game system to fail with consumers: a lack of decent games.

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

Video blogging tools need better integration
NEW YORK - First came words, then came photos. Now, many Web journals are incorporating moving images - and one blogging service aims to make producing and displaying such video easier.

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.

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."

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.

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 blow big lead, lose shootout

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.

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

Q&A Augusta Commission District 3

Across Georgia
OCILLA - Authorities and volunteers continue to search for a popular high school teacher who has been missing for two weeks.

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

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.

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.

Plans target Georgia school funding
Overhauling education finance in Georgia is the focus of two very different approaches.

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.

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

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.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 1

'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.

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

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

Five Questions with Michelle Hayman
Michelle Hayman and her horse Duck have been barrel horse racing for more than eight years. They came to Augusta to participate in the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

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

Column on race rouses college
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A column in the Winthrop University student newspaper comparing today's racial climate for whites to the oppression blacks faced before the civil rights movement has caused a stir.

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

Five Questions with Michelle Hayman
Michelle Hayman and her horse Duck have been barrel horse racing for more than eight years. They came to Augusta to participate in the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships.

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

Q&A Augusta Commission District 7

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

Fire destroys abandoned building

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

Reform high on agenda

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

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

Across the area
A 28-year-old Hephzibah man who had been wanted on charges of murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery surrendered to police Sunday, officials said.

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.

The week ahead
Augusta State University will present "Everything You Wanted to Know About College But Didn't Know Who to Ask" at 7 p.m. in 170 University Hall, 2500 Walton Way.

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

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.

Trauma centers say they're ill-prepared for a disaster
ATLANTA - At this city's main trauma hospital, lines of waiting patients clog the hallways, even on slow days.

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Landyn James Biggs, 2, of Grovetown.

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

Across the area
A 28-year-old Hephzibah man who had been wanted on charges of murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery surrendered to police Sunday, officials said.

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.

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Singer's persona D'Vyne
Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin. There was something about those artists performing on American Bandstand and Soul Train that held Petula Fluellen Williams captive to the television every Saturday.

Eyes on the sky as Mars 'nears'
Nature will offer an out-of-this-world view of Mars tonight as the Red Planet travels within a mere 44 million miles of Earth.

Runoff could keep campaigns going

3 compete for seats on city council

Q&A Richmond County School Board District 9

Across South Carolina
ST. MATTHEWS - Four people were killed in a collision on U.S. Highway 176 in Calhoun County late Saturday night, troopers say.

Joyous families celebrate return of 297th battalion

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.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Park plan may dictate city's future

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Trauma centers say they're ill-prepared for a disaster

Music fans, rib lovers flip for beat of Charlie Daniels

The week ahead

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

State transportation agency pays $250 million to private companies

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

Two Georgia cases could clarify rules

Across Georgia
OCILLA - Authorities and volunteers continue to search for a popular high school teacher who has been missing for two weeks.

Plans target Georgia school funding

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

Five Questions with Michelle Hayman

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.

Singer's persona D'Vyne

State transportation agency pays $250 million to private companies
COLUMBIA - Two private companies have been paid $250 million in consulting fees by the state Transportation Department to work on 72 road and bridge projects around the state.

Column on race rouses college

Singer's persona D'Vyne
Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin. There was something about those artists performing on American Bandstand and Soul Train that held Petula Fluellen Williams captive to the television every Saturday.

Kid of the Day

Two Georgia cases could clarify rules
ATLANTA - U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear two Georgia cases this week that could clarify rules about granting permission for police searches and whether disabled prisoners can sue a state government.

Across Georgia

Eyes on the sky as Mars 'nears'
Nature will offer an out-of-this-world view of Mars tonight as the Red Planet travels within a mere 44 million miles of Earth.

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.

State transportation agency pays $250 million to private companies
COLUMBIA - Two private companies have been paid $250 million in consulting fees by the state Transportation Department to work on 72 road and bridge projects around the state.

Eyes on the sky as Mars 'nears'

Trauma centers say they're ill-prepared for a disaster
ATLANTA - At this city's main trauma hospital, lines of waiting patients clog the hallways, even on slow days.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
ST. MATTHEWS - Four people were killed in a collision on U.S. Highway 176 in Calhoun County late Saturday night, troopers say.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Plans target Georgia school funding
Overhauling education finance in Georgia is the focus of two very different approaches.

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

Two Georgia cases could clarify rules
ATLANTA - U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear two Georgia cases this week that could clarify rules about granting permission for police searches and whether disabled prisoners can sue a state government.

Political rants
Comments from readers:

The week ahead
Augusta State University will present "Everything You Wanted to Know About College But Didn't Know Who to Ask" at 7 p.m. in 170 University Hall, 2500 Walton Way.

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

Firefighters extinguish two suspicious blazes

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Landyn James Biggs, 2, of Grovetown.

Political rants

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

Where we live

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

Across South Caroliana

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

Mural masterpiece

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

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5

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

Across the southeast

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

Agency pushes smokers off curb

'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.

Accolades pour in for Atlanta mayor

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.

Who will fill the mayor's seat?

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

SPLOST explained

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

'Bare bones' SPLOST plan looks for approval

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

Lawsuits offer two solutions to fix schools

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.

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.

Column on race rouses college
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A column in the Winthrop University student newspaper comparing today's racial climate for whites to the oppression blacks faced before the civil rights movement has caused a stir.

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.

Political rants
Comments from readers:

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

This nice guy finished first
ATLANTA - Somewhere in the middle of a 22-hour drive home from another miserable golf tournament in Ohio, it hit them.

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?

This nice guy finished first
ATLANTA - Somewhere in the middle of a 22-hour drive home from another miserable golf tournament in Ohio, it hit them.

Swift justice is found only between commercials
If I had a mind to, I could watch Law & Order, in its many incarnations, in first runs and reruns, all night long from now until my eyes fell out and never see the same episode twice.

Swift justice is found only between commercials
If I had a mind to, I could watch Law & Order, in its many incarnations, in first runs and reruns, all night long from now until my eyes fell out and never see the same episode twice.

'Chicken Little' rules roost with $40.1 million weekend
LOS ANGELES - The sky is still falling in Hollywood, even though Chicken Little and the Marines have landed.

'Chicken Little' rules roost with $40.1 million weekend
LOS ANGELES - The sky is still falling in Hollywood, even though Chicken Little and the Marines have landed.

'Chicken Little' rules roost with $40.1 million weekend

Stewart knows key to winning the Chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart has learned to play NASCAR's game. He knows top-10 finishes are the way to win the Chase for the Championship.

Edwards gets lift with late pit stop
FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards promised his pit crew if they could get him out no worse than sixth during the final pit stop of Sunday's Dickies 500, he would win the race.

NASCAR notebook

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.

Biffle's day goes from promising to costing ground in Cup chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle was out in front and seemingly headed for the strong showing he wanted - and needed - in Texas. He then started getting bad vibrations.

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.

Edwards gets lift with late pit stop
FORT WORTH, Texas - Carl Edwards promised his pit crew if they could get him out no worse than sixth during the final pit stop of Sunday's Dickies 500, he would win the race.

Kenseth keeping up hope in Chase

Stewart knows key to winning the Chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Stewart has learned to play NASCAR's game. He knows top-10 finishes are the way to win the Chase for the Championship.

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.

Biffle's day goes from promising to costing ground in Cup 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.

Edwards gets lift with late pit stop

Stewart knows key to winning the Chase

Biffle's day goes from promising to costing ground in Cup chase
FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle was out in front and seemingly headed for the strong showing he wanted - and needed - in Texas. He then started getting bad vibrations.

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

What a rush: Atlanta, Miami ground it out

Panthers top Bucs

Vick, Falcons pocket victory

NFL power rankings for week 9

Area players in the NFL

Terrell Owens, former teammate involved in fight

Mrs. Barbara Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John W. Bradley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Janet Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera R. Whitfield    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Amzie Brown    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

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

Rev. Amzie Brown    (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

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

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

Rev. Grover Lloyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lemuel H. Young, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead    (RIVERDALE, PA)

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

Mr. Thomas Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rev. Grover Lloyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. McArthur Hurst    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Kenyetta Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Kenyetta Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janet Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith    (TAMPA, FL.)

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

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Gabrielle Warner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Roslyn Levinson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Jennings    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. John W. Bradley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Gabrielle Warner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lemuel H. Young, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith    (TAMPA, FL.)

Mrs. Vera R. Whitfield    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead    (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Roslyn Levinson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. McArthur Hurst    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Jennings    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. McArthur Hurst (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lemuel H. Young, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Tom Caldwell (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Col. Dick Zufelt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Roslyn Levinson (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelton Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Kenyetta Smith (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rev. Amzie Brown (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Barbara Knowles (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith (TAMPA, FL.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Gabrielle Warner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera R. Whitfield (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Bradley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

Rev. Grover Lloyd (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Scott (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Jennings (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Monica Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lewis Somers (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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.

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.

Tolbert keeps his crown in seniors

Teenager works well with pressure

Fencers sharpen skills in tourney

Sports rants

Area sports announcments

Overtime

Overtime

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.

Overtime
Augusta State carded a team total of 310 to finish at 39-over 903, dropping the team into 17th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday.

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.

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
Augusta State carded a team total of 310 to finish at 39-over 903, dropping the team into 17th place at the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday.

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.

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.

Fencers sharpen skills in tourney
From an internationally ranked competitor to an adolescent novice, nearly 50 athletes came to Augusta this weekend to "Feel the Steel."

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.

Fencers sharpen skills in tourney
From an internationally ranked competitor to an adolescent novice, nearly 50 athletes came to Augusta this weekend to "Feel the Steel."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vick, Falcons pocket victory
MIAMI - Sorry Falcons fans, you'll have to find a couple of new whipping boys.

Terrell Owens, former teammate involved in fight
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens was involved in a locker-room fight with former teammate Hugh Douglas a few days before the All-Pro wideout was suspended indefinitely by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Panthers top Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. - The Carolina Panthers don't want to get ahead of themselves.

Area players in the NFL
How they fared

Vick, Falcons pocket victory
MIAMI - Sorry Falcons fans, you'll have to find a couple of new whipping boys.

Panthers top Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. - The Carolina Panthers don't want to get ahead of themselves.

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.

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.

Terrell Owens, former teammate involved in fight
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens was involved in a locker-room fight with former teammate Hugh Douglas a few days before the All-Pro wideout was suspended indefinitely by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Youth served early in season

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

This nice guy finished first

Despite NBC's troubles, Jay Leno increasing lead in late-night
NEW YORK - In a TV season when NBC is starved for good news at night, Jay Leno is providing some.

Despite NBC's troubles, Jay Leno increasing lead in late-night

Despite NBC's troubles, Jay Leno increasing lead in late-night
NEW YORK - In a TV season when NBC is starved for good news at night, Jay Leno is providing some.

People in the news

Billboards for rapper's movie removed in Philadelphia

Q&A: Celebrity Pilates instructor Mary Winsor

Auburn shifts gears toward Georgia game

Auburn shifts gears toward Georgia game
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville heard the buzz among his players last week, and it didn't please him.

Auburn shifts gears toward Georgia game
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville heard the buzz among his players last week, and it didn't please him.

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 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 refocuses on SEC goals after first loss

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.

Gamecocks eligible for bowl with sixth win

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

Around the block

Literacy sites

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Food program needs help

Cookbook from medical group will help Aiken's abused children

Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hair, Ashley Thornton

Bands march off with honors

Across the river

Health and support groups

North Augusta High aids Yellow Jackets in Mississippi

Towns plan Veterans Day observances

Reunions

Carving out victory

Recreational activities

Upcoming events

Recycling centers

Pet of the week

Georgia-Carolina State Fair winners

Farmers market

Halloween gatherings