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.

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Former Army chaplain describes spy charges

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Books teem with exotic and everyday consumer goods

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.

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
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

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.

New faces at GM 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ra'Zion Elijah Holmes

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.

Avery Allison Hanner

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.

Cole Alexander Hendricks

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.

Mikayla Dawn Smith

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.

Kacy Lee Barfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tucker Pearce Cureton

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.

Devin Antwan Warren

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.

Isabella Andromeda Wicks

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.

Kiera Toniya Pierce

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.

Shealei Mikelle McDonald

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.

Lillian Katherine Felton

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

Madison Lily Starnes

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mara Faye Ledwith

Business calendar

Ripley's expanding its empire of the bizarre

Businesses pick Georgia

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.

Property transfers

Business leaders to be inducted into hall of fame

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

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:

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Telecommuting to a brave new world

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.

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.

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

Business licenses

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

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.

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

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:

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

Musts for Clemson: Healthy Whitehurst, one more win
CLEMSON, S.C. - Getting to a bowl game never seems to get easier 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
CLEMSON, S.C. - Will Proctor knew from his Friday night movie snack it would be a different Saturday than all his others at Clemson.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Miami jumps ahead of Alabama in AP Top 25

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.

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
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.

Hankerson for District 5

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.

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.

Welcome back, A.K. Hasan

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.

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

A candidate you can believe in

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

How do I choose a health plan?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Georgia Southern foils Furman

Georgia Tech routs Augusta St.

Yellow Jackets set to go bowling

Georgia Tech notebook

Georgia Tech back in the rankings

Swift justice is found only between commercials

Tour championship notebook

Lady Jags set to go for three

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bryant keeps calm, lead for final round

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

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.

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
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.

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

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

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.

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

Sorenstam conquers Mizuno

Local golfers Masters-bound

Slocum earns two-stroke victory at SFB Classic

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Friday night football rewind

Laney Wildcats move on

High school football 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.

High school football scores
Friday's scores

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Vote 'yes' on SPLOST

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

Augusta needs more qualified leaders

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

Babies don't exactly choose poverty

Make Copenhaver mayor

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

Atlanta poised for major tourism push

Arrival at wedding sans husband stirs anger

Travel briefs

Gizmondo offers little value for handheld gamers

Metal flashing can plug window or door leaks

Game review: Old-school Namco comes to consoles

Fort Raleigh was home to earliest colonists

Video blogging tools need better integration

Living briefs

Couple's new home has a very familiar look

New iPod plays video, but music still rules

Sudoku adds logic + reason; numbers = fun

Ask the Carey Brothers

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Park plan may dictate city's future

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

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

'Bare bones' SPLOST plan looks for approval

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

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.

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

Firefighters extinguish two suspicious blazes

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

Music fans, rib lovers flip for beat of Charlie Daniels

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

Q&A Augusta Commission Super District 9

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

Agency pushes smokers off curb

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.

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.

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

Two Georgia cases could clarify rules

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

State transportation agency pays $250 million to private companies

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Q&A Augusta Commission District 7

Joyous families celebrate return of 297th battalion

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

3 compete for seats on city council

Political rants

'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.

News you can use

Across Georgia

Fire destroys abandoned building

Political Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

Eyes on the sky as Mars 'nears'

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.

Across South Carolina

SPLOST explained

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.

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

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

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.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

SPLOST explained
What is SPLOST?

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Where we live

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

Mural masterpiece

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

Q&A Augusta Commission District 5

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.

Runoff could keep campaigns going

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.

Q&A Richmond County School Board District 9

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 Caroliana

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.

Across the southeast

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

Accolades pour in for Atlanta mayor

Across the area

Who will fill the mayor's seat?

Column on race rouses college

Q&A Augusta Commission District 1

Five Questions with Michelle Hayman

Across the area

Plans target Georgia school funding

Lawsuits offer two solutions to fix schools

The week ahead

Q&A Augusta Commission District 3

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 Georgia

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

Reform high on agenda

Political rants
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

'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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Edwards gets lift with late pit stop

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.

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.

NASCAR notebook

Hawks humbled by Clippers

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.

Panthers top Bucs

Vick, Falcons pocket victory

NFL power rankings for week 9

Terrell Owens, former teammate involved in fight

Area players in the NFL

What a rush: Atlanta, Miami ground it out

Mrs. Barbara Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

Rev. Bill Harville    (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. F. Harold McElmurray    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson    (MACON, Ga.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Caldwell    (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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.)

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead    (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Rev. Grover Lloyd    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. McArthur Hurst    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Kenyetta Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Smith    (TAMPA, FL.)

Col. Dick Zufelt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Gabrielle Warner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Ms. Kenyetta Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janet Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shelton Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.)

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mescal Roe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead    (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Thomas Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Knowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. McArthur Hurst    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Aszree Jones    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Lewis Somers    (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Monica Harvey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Isaac Parks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Ms. Kenyetta Smith (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Mescal Roe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Shelton Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Dea. Charlie Frank Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. McArthur Hurst (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Flora Wright Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wilson Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rev. Amzie Brown (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mattie Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Jones Gibson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Morris Ottinger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Gabrielle Warner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Col. Dick Zufelt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

MGySgt. Harry E. Umstead (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mrs. Sallie Davis Bryson (MACON, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Monica Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Monica Harvey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Burtis Ray Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shelton Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Somers (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Aszree Jones (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Rev. Grover Lloyd (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Tom Caldwell (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Dixon Wynne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith (TAMPA, FL.)

Mrs. Janet Scott (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Tolbert keeps his crown in seniors

Overtime

Teenager works well with pressure

Fencers sharpen skills in tourney

Overtime

Sports rants

Area sports announcments

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Youth served early in season

This nice guy finished first

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

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

Q&A: Celebrity Pilates instructor Mary Winsor

Billboards for rapper's movie removed in Philadelphia

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.

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

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
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

Recycling centers

Carving out victory

Food program needs help

Towns plan Veterans Day observances

Recreational activities

Upcoming events

Bands march off with honors

Pet of the week

Farmers market

Georgia-Carolina State Fair winners

Reunions

Across the river

Athlete Spotlight: Kellie Hair, Ashley Thornton

Around the block

Cookbook from medical group will help Aiken's abused children

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

North Augusta High aids Yellow Jackets in Mississippi

Literacy sites

Events

Halloween gatherings

Health and support groups