Science on the move to make stops in South Carolina
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver made a confession while sitting in a classroom April 11.

Swimmer's competitive nature comes out in pool
Jessica Collins has some qualities other athletes lack.

Recycling centers
- To raise money for burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation takes 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.

Reunions
STROM THURMOND HIGH SCHOOL 1977: Seeking classmates for 30-year reunion planning meeting to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Edgefield office of the Aiken Electric Cooperative, 1195 Bauskett St.; call Christine Stepney (803) 637-3230

Across the river
CULLUM LECTURE SERIES: 11: a.m., 7 p.m. Tuesday; 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Bernard Gutin will present Physical Activity, Body Composition Health; later, The Unfit-Kid Syndrome; (706) 737-1444

GreenJackets' new owner relives games
It sounded a little like a pre-game pep talk. "Things like teamwork, discipline, preparation, hard work all naturally come from the sport.

Adult literacy sites
Here are some phone numbers of adult literacy sites:

Recreation events
KARATE CLUB TRAINING CLASSES: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; classes in US TAI Karate for adults and children; $40 per month, no contracts required

Meetings
AIKEN COUNTY REGISTRATION AND ELECTIONS COMMISSION: 5:30 p.m. first Mondays (unless it is a holiday, then moves to second Monday), Registration and Elections Building, 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken; (803) 642-1528

Be aware of mosquito dangers
State health officials are advising people to get rid of mosquito breeding areas that have developed near their homes.

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.

Pet of the week
Sweetheart, a 5-month-old mixed breed, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

This week
An Afternoon of Music: 3 p.m. today; Cumberland Village, 3335 Wise Creek Lane, Aiken; pianist Derek Parsons will play classical music; reception afterward; $40; (803) 641-4180

Playhouse director discovers actors on golf course
Jimmie Morgan didn't find out about auditions for the Aiken Community Playhouse through the usual channels.

Aiken's sister city fascinates teen
Grace Lipscomb was intrigued by Orvieto, a 3,000-year-old city in the Umbria region of Italy.

Teacher's approach excites pupils' curiosity
Julie Swygert challenged her pupils as she asked them questions about their 1-meter measuring tapes.

Even Elvis will visit Beech Island's Heritage Day event
A visit from Elvis, a Civil War fashion show and a Civil War re-enactment are some of the highlights planned Saturday for the 20th annual Beech Island Heritage Day at Granville Plantation.

Library events
NANCY BONNETTE LIBRARY HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Aiken County Detention Center bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for April 6-14. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Work stalls on historical society's agricultural museum
The conversion of an old barn into an agricultural museum for Beech Island Historical Society has been delayed, according to an official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provided a $200,000 rural development grant for the work.

Around the block
The Mikado, an operetta, will be performed at 3 p.m. today at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students and faculty.

'Tenth Circle' is 1st-rate on 2 fronts
Novels and comic books exhibit many differences. But in Jodi Picoult's "The Tenth Circle," the reader witnesses a marriage of the two - and it's a marriage made in heaven.

Student balances college and book contract

Student balances college and book contract
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Kaavya Viswanathan stumbled into her college bookstore one lazy Saturday and came face-to-face with a startling sight: a book-sized picture of herself.

'Tenth Circle' is 1st-rate on 2 fronts

Book tells dramatic tale of Hurricane Camille
While New Orleans and the Gulf Coast struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, some memories may extend a few decades earlier, to 1969. when Camille, an even more powerful storm, devastated the same area.

Book tells dramatic tale of Hurricane Camille

MLB Power Rankings Week 4
Every week of the regular season, The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa and Miguelangelo Hernandez will rank the teams.

MLB Power Rankings Week 4

Son's haircut is key to happiness

Gabriel Aiden Briant

Olivia Sophia Neal

Kallie Autumn Kendrick
Kacey Skeens and Joseph Kendrick, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kallie Autumn, born March 8, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Chassidy Taylor Manor
Jessica Raby and Jeffery Manor, Sr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chassidy Taylor, born March 31, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce Emory Banks

Kendall Avery Cundey
Heath and Denise Cundey, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall Avery, born March 30, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Adontae Lewis Alexander

Madison Taylor Hammett

Gabriel Aiden Briant
Jeremy and Ashley Briant, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Aiden, born March 29, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Niklaus Branson Fiske

Dawnell O'marique Garner

Trevor William Bogle

Chassidy Taylor Manor

Landon Michael Smith

McKinley Grace Morton

Isabella Sophia Fisher

Rachel Elizabeth Times
Arthur, Jr. and Marie Times, of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Elizabeth, born March 28, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce Emory Banks
Karen Blalock and Justin Banks are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryce Emory, born April 10, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Charles Winston Pilcher
Charles III and Stephanie Pilcher, of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Winston IV, born March 9, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Taylor Hammett
Christopher and Amy Hammett, of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Taylor, born March 31, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kallie Autumn Kendrick

Trevor William Bogle
John and Karen Bogle, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trevor William, born April 3, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lilly Grace Sammons

Isabella Sophia Fisher
Marc and Hillary Fisher, of Charleston, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Sophia, born April 3, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jason Gene Plueger

McKinley Grace Morton
Amy and Sam Morton III, of Graniteville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKinley Grace, born April 3, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brooklyn Ann Doolittle

Olivia Sophia Neal
Jennifer and Joseph Neal, Jr., of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Sophia, born March 29, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anaria Ni'yece Mew

Niklaus Branson Fiske
Howard and Melissa Fiske, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Niklaus Branson, born April 4, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 10:40 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Jorge and Lisa Bedolla of North Augusta, and Jeff and Gaye Fiske of Grovetown.

Rachel Elizabeth Times

Bryson Shawn Holland
Shawn and Alisha Holland, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Shawn, born March 29, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jason Gene Plueger
Jamie Percival and Justin Plueger are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Gene, born March 31, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Shawn Holland

Landon Michael Smith
Todd and Melyn Smith, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landon Michael, born March 13, 2006, at The Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Dawnell O'marique Garner
Jessi'cka Cabrera and Lionel Mims are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dawnell O'marique Garner, born March 29, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brooklyn Ann Doolittle
Carl, Jr. and Julia Doolittle, of Beech Island, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Ann, born February 24, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

New Story
Teresa Elam and David Alexander are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ciara Jordyn, born March 31, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Charles Winston Pilcher

Adontae Lewis Alexander
Anthony and Angela Spivey, of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adontae Lewis Alexander, born March 29, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Ashley and Sawyer Walt Dixon

Brooks Ashley and Sawyer Walt Dixon
Bryan and Vanessa Dixon, of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Brooks Ashley and Sawyer Walt, born March 27, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kendall Avery Cundey

Lilly Grace Sammons
Robert II and Dawn Sammons, of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lilly Grace, born March 29, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anaria Ni'yece Mew
Makisha Mudd and David Mew are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anaria Ni'yece, born March 28, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

New Story

Replacements save the day
WASHINGTON - Chipper Jones, Edgar Renteria and Marcus Giles they certainly are not, but Wilson Betemit, Pete Orr and Martin Prado did enough Sunday to hold things together until Atlanta's trio of injury-riddled infielders are able to make their return.

Braves notebook
WASHINGTON - Atlanta Braves infielder Tony Pena Jr. said Saturday that he'll always remember his first hit, even if it was a weak dribbler in Friday night's loss that he was able to beat out by a half-step.

Braves notebook

Replacements save the day

Waiting for a chance

Waiting for a chance
WASHINGTON - After blowing his first save of the year April 9 in San Francisco, the Braves' Chris Reitsma shrugged and said it was part of a closer's life.

Business briefs

Restaurants might help cut dependence on foreign oil

Meatpacking has changed - but dangers remain
OMAHA, Neb. - He works in a world of long knives and huge saws, blood and bone, arctic chill and sweltering heat. For Martin Cortez, this is life on the line as a meatpacker.

Biz calendar
Monday: Writing an Effective Business Plan; course explains the sections of the business plan and what information is required; 6 p.m.; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301, $40; includes detailed planning outline and other materials; register at (706) 737-1790.

New offshore rig brings Brazil oil self-sufficiency

Biz bite
It's spring, the season for college graduations. the working world is not an easy place, especially for rookies.

On the move

Microreactor could speed fuel's output
PORTLAND, Ore. - A tiny chemical reactor that can convert vegetable oil directly into biodiesel could help farmers turn some of their crops into homegrown fuel to operate agricultural equipment instead of relying on costly imported oil.

Vegetable oil is man's chosen fuel for clean driving

Restaurants might help cut dependence on foreign oil
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Its first nickname was R2-D2, after the Star Wars robot, but now they just call it "the dog" when it's time to drain the grease at Burgerville USA.

Biz bite

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 4-10. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Meatpacking has changed - but dangers remain

On the move
- Dr. Michael L. Myers has been named chairman of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation in the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Myers has served as interim chairman since 2003 and joined the faculty in 1990.

Japanese automaker touts U.S. impact

Area biodiesel distributor to start production
Biodiesel keeps pumping, and the nation's needle is nowhere near the full mark.

New offshore rig brings Brazil oil self-sufficiency
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazilians honor an 18th century independence hero on Friday with a new sense of liberation - from dependence on foreign oil.

Vegetable oil is man's chosen fuel for clean driving
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Patrick Mulligan seldom eats fries but he's glad they are popular with other people. That goes for tacos and tortillas, too.

Business briefs
JUST CHECKING IN: No wonder we're so worried about getting burned out at work. We never really get away from it, according to a survey.

Microreactor could speed fuel's output

Biz calendar

Area biodiesel distributor to start production

Richmond County property transfers

Japanese automaker touts U.S. impact
CINCINNATI - For years the saying went, what's good for General Motors is good for America.

Editorial cartoon 042306 - The Augusta Chronicle

Disputes, controversy never far from politics

Disputes, controversy never far from politics
On Sunday, the Easter bunny came to Augusta and delivered some eggs, and for the rest of the week, city officials followed suit:

BCS to look at increasing number of teams eligible for at-large bids

BCS to look at increasing number of teams eligible for at-large bids
NEW YORK - Becoming eligible for the Bowl Championship Series might be easier this season.

Put performing arts center back at center stage
Artists are supposed to be creative, right?

Loopholes aren't the problem
The Associated Press reports that most states - including Georgia and South Carolina - may be using loopholes in the No Child Left Behind law to hide achievement gaps of minorities and avoid the law's penalties.

Sad but true

And now, the so-called news
How can we have so many news outlets, yet so little real news?

Loopholes aren't the problem

Put performing arts center back at center stage

And now, the so-called news

Sad but true
One thing that area chamber of commerce officials will tell members of Congress about during their annual trip to Washington this week is the need to help the Augusta Regional Airport.

People in the News
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Namibian authorities are clamping down on journalists trying to follow Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and her two children, after the couple asked for some privacy, according to a newspaper report.

What questions should I ask in a job interview?
Q. I have several job interviews coming up. What types of questions should I ask to make myself look good and help me decide if the job is right for me?

Giving your fund portfolio a global spin
When you're researching investment opportunities, do you stop at the U.S. border?

Giving your fund portfolio a global spin

What questions should I ask in a job interview?

Ball returns for scrimmage; Bennett steals show
ATLANTA - Part of Taylor Bennett's role as Georgia Tech's backup quarterback is to pressure starter Reggie Ball to improve.

Ball returns for scrimmage; Bennett steals show

GreenJackets end power struggles
In Rome, Ga., Pablo Sandoval and Jose Yens hit Augusta's first home runs of the season in a 7-3 victory over Rome.

Everybody wins in T-ball, especially grandpa

Appleby finishes front-running win at Houston

Golf roundup
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Whether it's one stroke or 10, Annika Sorenstam looks awfully imposing with a lead at the top of a leaderboard.

Appleby builds lead at Houston

Golf roundup

Foxes' star just misses 3rd title
AIKEN - George Bryan IV couldn't complete the hat trick Saturday at the Joe Wyatt Memorial golf tournament, but at least he left with a trophy.

Biershenk looks for two in a row

Haas tops Stadler and Jacobsen by five in Legends

Daredevil Tiger conquers New Zealand's highest bungy jump

Foxes' star just misses 3rd title

Yim picks up first LPGA win when Sorenstam falls apart

Appleby builds lead at Houston
HUMBLE, Texas - Stuart Appleby has brought some of his Hawaiian touch to the Shell Houston Open.

Fernandez-Castano beats Stenson in Asian Open playoff
SHANGHAI, China - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano tapped in a short birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat Henrik Stenson and win the Asian Open.

Biershenk looks for two in a row
MCCORMICK, S.C. - It's been a while since there was a dominant golfer on the NGA/Hooters Tour.

Yim picks up first LPGA win when Sorenstam falls apart
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Sung Ah Yim picked up her first LPGA Tour victory in the most unlikely way possible: a final-round collapse by Annika Sorenstam that allowed the 22-year-old South Korean to win by two strokes Sunday.

Fernandez-Castano beats Stenson in Asian Open playoff

Appleby finishes front-running win at Houston
HUMBLE, Texas - Stuart Appleby made it look easy in the Shell Houston Open.

Blanks fires 64 to take first Hooters Tour major

Daredevil Tiger conquers New Zealand's highest bungy jump
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Tiger Woods conquered New Zealand's highest bungy jump Sunday, diving 440 feet from a cable car a day before racing in a dirt-track car.

Blanks fires 64 to take first Hooters Tour major
MCCORMICK, S.C. - The Savannah Lakes Resort Classic tournament record fell again Sunday in the NGA/Hooters Tour event.

Haas tops Stadler and Jacobsen by five in Legends
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jay Haas was unstoppable down the stretch of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

GreenJackets end power struggles

Penalties plague Rangers in loss
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils knew what to expect in the playoff opener. The inexperienced New York Rangers certainly did not.

Sharks blank Predators

Sharks blank Predators
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The San Jose Sharks kept their cool with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the house.

Penalties plague Rangers in loss

Son's haircut is key to happiness
There's nothing that costs a man less than his son.

Hold a real vote on school dates
It is obvious that Superintendent Tommy Price and the Columbia County Board of Education have done exactly what they wanted to do concerning their school calendar. My only question is: Why did they make such an issue out of asking the rest of us what we wanted?Hazel Norman, Appling

Some GreenJackets fans seeing red
The new complexion to the old Olmstead Stadium might be just that: a bad face-lift.Ken Manfredi, Evans

Some GreenJackets fans seeing red

Change at ballet was far too abrupt
Regarding "Ballet company closes curtain on last dance" (April 19): The Augusta Ballet was home to my wife and me under the direction of Ron and Zanne Colton for many years and is responsible for all of our successes as dancers, choreographers and teachers. Therefore, we feel it necessary to correct some inaccuracies in the article.Benjamin Westafer, Asheville, N.C.

Fox incident wasn't all tragedy
Cal Thomas wrote some thoughtful words recently from the marketplace of faith ("The Tom Fox tragedy," March 15).The Rev. Peter Strals, Evans

Hold a real vote on school dates

Donating organs is donating life
No one likes to think about having bad health, especially when the problem might be life-threatening. However, more Georgians than ever before are facing just that: solid organ failures that requires life-saving transplants. In Georgia, there are more than 1,700 people waiting for transplants. Remarkably, one donor can save or enhance the lives of as many as 60 people.Sherrell Gay, Keysville

Fox incident wasn't all tragedy

Change at ballet was far too abrupt

Donating organs is donating life

Game reserve offers wildlife adventure

Passports to be required for border crossers

Techbits: Unique bids, Date escapeand more

Video game makers seek peace

Kenya's Lamu Island and Tanzania's Mafia Island

Living briefs

Home briefs

Couple's children brighten up home

Unusual mailboxes add character to neighborhoods

MLB program both a hit and a miss

Shower, hat etiquette often goes ignored

Checking on home's power use is smart

Game review: Lara Croft returns to tomb raiding

Checking on home's power use is smart
Q: It seems that every house we're looking at with our Realtor, we're told that the home is very energy-efficient. How can we tell if a house really is efficient or if it is an energy guzzler, as I know many homes are?

Video game makers seek peace
PITTSBURGH - A Palestinian suicide bomber blows up a bus, leaving the newly elected Israeli prime minister to puzzle over a response. A missile strike could ease security fears, or prompt more violence. A diplomatic approach might anger Israelis, leading to an assassination plot.

MLB program both a hit and a miss
ATLANTA - Take me out to the ballgame always rings a bit hollow in my ears.

Shower, hat etiquette often goes ignored
Dear Carson: It's time to remind greedy people that friends give showers, relatives attend showers. Also, a gentleman takes his hat off when entering a building, and you shouldn't take your child to an "adults only" party. Thanks. - Etiquette Enthusiast

Game reserve offers wildlife adventure
MASAI MARA, Kenya - What strikes you most about the Masai Mara, a massive game reserve in Kenya, is the amount of wildlife roaming its grassy plains. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of animals dot the landscape - from elephants and lions to cheetahs, giraffes and the always cranky wildebeest.

Living briefs
Anna Barnett and Jason Fulmer met in sixth grade but didn't officially begin dating until eighth grade.

Game review: Lara Croft returns to tomb raiding
Scantily clad archaeologist Lara Croft is back for more danger and hidden treasure in "Tomb Raider: Legend."

Couple's children brighten up home
Finding a spacious kitchen was a big plus for Joe and Angela McBride when they were house-hunting last year for their family of six. Finding one in a house in Montclair subdivision in west Augusta was even better.

Techbits: Unique bids, Date escapeand more
BOSTON - Add this to the list of ideas that never would have worked before the Internet: an auction site where you don't have to be the highest bidder to win.

Unusual mailboxes add character to neighborhoods
As an architectural element, a homeowner's mailbox often is an afterthought.

Passports to be required for border crossers
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Tuesday it still plans to require passports from all foreigners entering the United States by the end of next year, despite calls for a delay by some Republicans worried about strained relations with Canada.

Home briefs
Fixing up your home needn't damage your bank account. Here are some inexpensive decorating ideas from Kathy Passarette, an interior designer and the founder of Creative Home Expressions in Mount Sinai, N.Y.:

Kenya's Lamu Island and Tanzania's Mafia Island
LAMU, Kenya - Swimming with dolphins, staying in a tree house on the coast, spectacular snorkeling, and diving sites filled with colorful tropical fish - the East African islands of Lamu and Mafia offer visitors all this and more.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is David B. Endredi Jr.

Across the area
Police are investigating a shooting and armed robbery Sunday morning at Auto Spa Car Wash in the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

County's promoter steps into ring

Lobbyist spending breaks records

Festivities at park show importance of environment
Thomas Crino will have plenty to tell his friends back home about summer vacation.

Study finds some school salaries low

Budget holds no tax rebates

Bird expert will fly back to homeland

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Property tax debate rages
COLUMBIA - To some, it's a waterbed. To others, a balloon.

'Chronicle' receives 12 AP awards

Researchers try to count sharks
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - For many people drawn to the ocean by warmer water each year, sharks are the last thing they want to see. But for researchers from Coastal Carolina University who make the annual trek to the coastal waters off Georgetown County, finding healthy sharks are essential.

Woman leads legal battles for disabled

Sanford, in-law clash on growth

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp., the dominant local telephone provider in nine Southeastern states, will hold what could be its last regularly scheduled annual meeting of shareholders today.

News you can use

The week ahead

Researchers try to count sharks

The week ahead
MOSTLY MOZART: The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. The Masterworks Chorale will perform works by Mozart and his contemporaries. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

Contestants cut to 32 for $10,000 prize

Schrenko's theft trial is set to begin
ATLANTA - When the theft and conspiracy trial of former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko begins in federal court this week, it will mark what could be the final chapter in the story of a history-making politician who went from rising star in the Republican Party to facing decades in a federal prison.

Festivities at park show importance of environment

Payment options expand
A new way to charge is afoot with Columbia County's government.

Across the area

Deal has cuts for pilots, company
ATLANTA - Leaders of the pilots union ratified an agreement with Delta Air Lines Inc. that avoided a walkout and includes an initial 14 percent wage cut for pilots and assurances the union won't block any company effort to terminate its pension plan.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Police are investigating a fatal shooting that one man claims was self-defense.

Payment options expand

Across South Carolina

Where we live

Sexual danger exposed

Kid of the Day

'Kitchen table' issues could be key to elections in November

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

'Kitchen table' issues could be key to elections in November
ATLANTA - Democrats and Republicans alike expect the issues in the campaign for November's statewide elections to be the "kitchen table" concerns that usually dominate the polls: education and the economy.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Contestants cut to 32 for $10,000 prize
The field of contestants for a $10,000 scholarship was narrowed from 64 to 32 during Saturday's The Augusta Chronicle Make Kids Count scholarship drawing.

Vote for 'The Big Guy,' Young tells Augustans

Sanford, in-law clash on growth
BEAUFORT, S.C. - The proposed development of 5,000 acres in Beaufort County is making for interesting family conversation for Gov. Mark Sanford and his brother-in-law.

Across the southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Federal regulators might have found a way to accelerate the cleanup of a hazardous-waste site in western Fayetteville.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - The body of a teenager who disappeared while swimming in the ocean near the Myrtle Beach Pavilion has been found.

Schrenko's theft trial is set to begin

Study finds some school salaries low
There may be a need to increase salary scales in Richmond County, but the money might not be there to fund those increases.

Deal has cuts for pilots, company

ASU struggles to keep salaries competitive
Paying competitive salaries always has been a challenge at Augusta State University, and officials are starting to notice turnover as a result of falling behind.

City festivities mark 100 years of history

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Lobbyist spending breaks records
ATLANTA - Another legislative session, another record-breaking amount of lobbyist spending on Georgia lawmakers and other public officials.

'Chronicle' receives 12 AP awards
ATLANTA - An in-depth report on a property transaction involving the family of a former state senator and a compelling photo of a father grieving over the failed search for his children took top honors Saturday in the Georgia Associated Press annual newspaper contest.

Where we live
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Thirty-seven years ago, Ray Miller and his wife, Suzie, packed up their belongings and headed south from Indiana and Ohio, looking for a rural farming area, a slower pace of life and a good setting to raise a family. Their search brought them to Blackville.

City festivities mark 100 years of history
AIKEN - Elizabeth Whitlaw's favorite part of North Augusta's centennial celebration is a journey into the city's history.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is J'zwa Collier, 7, of Augusta.

Across the area
A 43-year-old North Augusta man died in a two-vehicle accident on South Carolina Highway 125 on Saturday afternoon, authorities with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

County's promoter steps into ring
Don King and Beda Johnson have at least one thing in common: they're both promoters.

Bird expert will fly back to homeland
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Renowned raptor expert Jemima Parry-Jones is leaving the Awendaw-based International Center for Birds of Prey because she is homesick for England, officials at the center say.

Rezoning could set Aiken pace
AIKEN - A backhoe sits idly on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Colleton Avenue and Williamsburg Street.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The woman mistakenly crowned Miss Spelman College because of a vote-counting error was replaced by the correct contestant, school officials said Friday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Two suspects sought in Aiken shooting
Aiken County authorities are looking for two men who shot a North Augusta man during a fight early this morning.

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - A man found guilty of kidnapping a sleeping 2-year-old boy from his bed and raping him was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison.

Across Georgia

Vote for 'The Big Guy,' Young tells Augustans
With former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in his corner, Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor was in Augusta on Sunday as part of his run for the governor's office.

A few challenge incumbents as qualifying begins
ATLANTA -- Incumbent lawmakers and statewide officials drew challengers, some unexpectedly, as candidates for everything from state House member to governor trekked to the Capitol on Monday to file for office.

Sexual danger exposed
Using a mix of frank discussion, humor and statistics during school assemblies this week, Keith Deltano hopes to expose Columbia County pupils to the dangers of sex.

Burmeister to bow out of District 119 race; Sims could step up
State Rep. Sue Burmeister is expected to announce Tuesday that she will not seek re-election to the Georgia House, according to sources.

Little time for healing
WARRENTON, Ga. - Anger colors almost everything Dennis Payne says these days.

Woman leads legal battles for disabled
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has become a self-appointed crusader for the rights of the disabled.

Georgia to update protected species list
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is getting ready to put together a new list of endangered plants and animals in the first comprehensive update since 1992.

Little time for healing

Arrest made in North Augusta shooting

Georgia to update protected species list

Budget holds no tax rebates
COLUMBIA - The $6.5 billion budget the Senate begins debating Tuesday is packed with special projects for colleges, museums, libraries and none of the tax rebates Gov. Mark Sanford wanted as a tool for controlling government growth.

Rezoning could set Aiken pace

Property tax debate rages

Kid of the Day

Cleaning some Masters messes
Two weeks have passed since the Masters Tournament ended in another rain-induced marathon Sunday, but an extended detoxification attempt from everything golf has proved impossible.

Everybody wins in T-ball, especially grandpa
Karson played her first T-ball game last week, so of course her grandparents turned out for the initial efforts of a budding athlete.

Hollywood's summer movies are on the way
LOS ANGELES - There's something really wrong with Hollywood if it can't get off to a better start than it did during the dreary summer of 2005.

'Silent Hill' makes noise at box office with $20.2 million debut
LOS ANGELES - A real scary movie bumped off the spoof variety at the box office.

'Silent Hill' makes noise at box office with $20.2 million debut

'Snakes on a Plane' cleared for takeoff on the Web

Hollywood's summer movies are on the way

'Snakes on a Plane' cleared for takeoff on the Web
NEW YORK - The buzz - or hiss - began with the movie's title, a plot-spoiling punch line that rapidly evolved into an Internet phenomenon: Production stills were posted on the Web, followed by mock movie trailers and posters, R-rated audio clips, silly songs, poems, even a line of T-shirts.

Questions for R&B singer Heather Headley
NEW YORK - Stars rarely cede the spotlight, even briefly. But after Heather Headley made the successful (and rare) leap from Broadway luminary to pop star.

Questions for R&B singer Heather Headley

Double platinum artist recalls playing to empty rooms
RENO, Nev. - Six years ago, Dierks Bentley more or less got asked not to hang out so much at the Grand Ole Opry.

Herb Alpert remixes classic 'Whipped Cream'

Herb Alpert remixes classic 'Whipped Cream'
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Herb Alpert wasn't too jazzed when he heard about a remix of his classic "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" album - until he tasted some of the new cuts.

Double platinum artist recalls playing to empty rooms

Schumacher's record haul increases at San Marino

Happy Harvick now looks to return to winning team

Harvick makes it two

Companies dismiss rumors of pulling out
AVONDALE, Ariz. - All three of NASCAR's manufacturers denied an Internet report that one of them was considering pulling out of the sport.

Schumacher's record haul increases at San Marino
IMOLA, Italy - Michael Schumacher earned the 66th pole of his career Saturday for today's San Marino Grand Prix, breaking the record he shared with Ayrton Senna.

Happy Harvick now looks to return to winning team
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick's love-hate relationship with Richard Childress Racing is back at the love stage. Winning Saturday night's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway apparently helped mend some fences.

Companies dismiss rumors of pulling out

Harvick makes it two
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick won his second consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, holding on through several late cautions and an overtime finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

Bulls can't handle the heat
MIAMI - Pat Riley called this one perfectly.

Bulls can't handle the heat

Suns take Game 1 from Lakers

Suns take Game 1 from Lakers
PHOENIX - Kobe Bryant didn't score, the Phoenix Suns couldn't run.

Hindsight is 20-20

Dorothy Hardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dorothy Bolton Shell Hardman died on April 21, 2006. She was born June 4, 1911, in Mobile, Alabama to Dr. Henry Hilliard Shell and wife William (Willie) McCurdy Shell and grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia where her father served as pastor of the First Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Shorter College, majoring in music, piano, organ, and taught piano in Bainbridge before marrying Lamartine Griffin Hardman, Jr. and moving to Commerce, Georgia, where she was an involved member of the community for 62 years. Known to her family and friends as "Dot," Mrs. Hardman participated with her husband in textile and banking activities nationally. Her service on boards included the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, the Tallulah Falls School, and the Garden Club of Georgia. She played a significant role in the development of the Commerce Public Library, was a founding member of the Commerce Study Club, shared her musical talent through piano and organ recitals, and was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church. She spent summers at a home in Nacoochee Valley. Mrs. Hardman moved in 1996 to Brandon Wilde in Augusta, Georgia, where she enjoyed cultural events and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her husband and her oldest son, Lamartine Griffin Hardman III of Commerce and Athens, Georgia predeceased Mrs. Hardman. Surviving family members include her son, Dr. John Barnett Hardman, and his wife, Laura Jones Hardman of Atlanta; daughter, Shell Hardman Knox, and her husband, Wyckliffe Austin Knox, Jr. of Augusta; daughter-in-law, Mary Talmadge Hardman of Athens; grandchildren: Lamartine Griffin Hardman IV and his wife, Catherine Clapp Hardman; Wyckliffe Austin Knox III; Shell Knox Berry and her husband, Lawrence Reab Berry III, Sam Talmadge Hardman; John Hardman Knox, Davis Purcell Knox and his wife Gina Neely Knox, William Benjamin Hardman, Laura Hardman Collins and her husband, John Richard Collins; John Boisfeuillet Hardman, Hilliard Barnett Hardman; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Emma Hardman Thomson of Atlanta; four nephews and three nieces. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 am in the rotunda of the church. Interment will be at 4:00 pm in Commerce, Georgia at the Gray Hill Cemetery adjacent to the First Baptist Church where the family will receive friends following the burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dorothy Shell Hardman Music Scholarship Fund at Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207 or a charity of one's choice. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Georgia Ouzts (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Georgia Ouzts lost her yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer on April 14, 2006. She passed away at her home in Aiken, South Carolina. Mrs. Ouzts was 72 years old. She is survived by her children, Thomas McHill of Lebanon, Oregon, Lon McHill of Hillsboro, Oregon, Patty Owens of Aiken, South Carolina, Amy Mizzell of Irmo, South Carolina and Jason Ouzts of Charlotte, North Carolina; step-children, Debra McClung and David Ouzts. Georgia leaves 13 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her family will miss her quick wit, sound judgment and high intelligence. Mrs. Ouzts was born on November 30, 1933, in Mobridge, South Dakota, the daughter of Tilda and Arthur Slocum. She is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Burmester of Portland, Oregon, Kenneth Slocum of Aloha, Oregon and Elaine Stocking of Newark Valley, New York. The Slocum family left South Dakota when Georgia was a child, settling in Beaverton, Oregon. Georgia attended Beaverton High School and after graduating in 1950 at the age of 16, went to work at a law firm in Portland Oregon were she began law school, graduating second in her class in 1960 from the Northwestern School of Law, (now associated with Lewis & Clark College) and passed the Oregon bar in 1960. Mrs. Ouzts had a private law practice in Beaverton, was appointed the Beaverton Justice of the Peace by Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield and was elected to the office in 1962. She later joined the Washington County District Attorney's office, where she represented the State of Oregon in criminal prosecutions for many years. For a period of time, Mrs. Ouzts headed the District Attorney's special unit on burglary prosecutions. She interrupted her duties in the District Attorney's office to accept a gubernatorial appointment to the Washington County District Court, serving as the county's first woman on the bench during 1975 as District Judge Pro-tem. After the term ended, she returned to the District Attorney's office. Georgia and her family moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 1978. Georgia passed the South Carolina state bar in 1982 and became a deputy solicitor. Later, she became general counsel for the State of South Carolina's Bureau of Human Affairs Commission until her retirement on January 1, 2000. Upon her retirement, she received the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor bestowed for a lifetime of exceptional dedicated service from South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. A loving mother, doting grandmother, dedicated advocate and loyal friend, Georgia will be greatly missed by the many people who knew and loved her. She enjoyed working, traveling and being with her family. A role model for the self-made person, Georgia valued independence, personal responsibility and hard work in public service. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, SC. According to Mrs. Ouzts' wishes, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to (PanCAN or Pancreatica.org). Please visit the online register at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lester Clarke Stubblefield (EDMOND, Okla.)
EDMOND, Okla. - Mr. Lester Clarke Stubblefield died March 7, 2006 in Edmond, Oklahoma. "Stubby" as his friends knew him, was 85. He was born November 22, 1920 in Augusta, GA. to Cecil L. Stubblefield and Eva Bargeron. He married Theo Jeannette Johnson on June 14, 1941. During World War II his bad leg prevented him from enlisting in the armed services so he did his part by working as an electrician in the shipyards for the U.S. Navy. Following the war he worked as an electrician with a large electrical contractor in Columbus, Ga. During that time he worked on many large scale projects like the parachute jump at Fort Benning, Ga. and the new printing press for the Columbus newspaper. Lester and his young family migrated to Boise City in 1952 where he joined his cousin Scotty in the Boise City Body Shop. He left the shop in 1967 and began working with his wife, Jeannette, in Jetts Upholstery. He continued with that trade until his retirement. He married Tiny Babbs in 1995 and they enjoyed their later years traveling and enjoying life together. Mr. Stubblefield was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, sons, Cecil Theodore and John Robert and wives Jeannette and Tiny. He is survived by a son, Laurence and Sheri of Norman, Okla.; a brother, Cecil and a sister Janie, both of Augusta; daughters-in-law Joan of Edmond and Larue Johnson of Amarillo, Texas; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

George E. Cunningham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. George Edward Cunningham of Conniston Drive entered into rest Thursday, April 20, 2006 at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his wife, Bertha Cunningham; one daughter, Kristie (Deon) Nelson, North Carolina and one grandchild, Kiya Nelson. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga.

Billy D. Gibson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Billy D. Gibson of Beverly Circle North Augusta, SC, entered into rest Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Rowland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Lila H. Cadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday April 22, 2006 at University Hospital, Lila "Pop" Hood Cadden age 89. She was a daughter of the late Clayburn and Amison Huff Hood. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon Tuesday April 25, 2006 at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Telfair Street Chapel with the Rev. Guy Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Cadden was a native of Jefferson County GA. and had made the Augusta area her home since 1932. She had retired from the Graniteville Company, Sibley Mill with 41 years of service and was a member of the Hope Chapel. She will be best remembered as a loving devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Ann Kitchens, (Mintford L. Sr.) Jupiter, FL; four grandchildren, Kathy (Mike) Cables, Deborah (Frank) Bennett, Kimberly (Rick) Mulkin, Mintford (Kimberly) Kitchens, Jr.; nine great grandchildren, Joshua, Ashlee, Matthew, Michael, Mintford III, Justin, Eric, Erin, Ryan; special nieces and nephews, Marcelle Fulcher, Carolyn and Roy Kitchens, Linda and Claude Andrews; a dear friend, Marian Harmon and several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one step daughter, Carole Balkcum, four brothers and four sisters. Serving as pallbearers will be Mintford Kitchens, Jr., Mintford Kitchens, III, Claude Andrews, Richard Balkum, Roy Kitchens. A visitation with the family will take place 10-12 noon Tuesday April 25, 2006 at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Telfair Street Chapel. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

W. Dale Sandberg (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - There will be a reception honoring the life of W. Dale Sandberg (February 19, 1925-April 3,2006) on Saturday, April 29, 2006, from 1:00 to 4:00 at Newberry Hall in Aiken.

Lila H. Cadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday April 22, 2006 at University Hospital, Ms. Lila Hood Cadden age 89. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later.

John Henry Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. John Henry Cook, 57, of Arcadia Court entered into rest April 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at Spring Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. G.L. Brightharp officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Williams Cook; daughter, Daphne J. Cook; son, Reginald M. Cook; eight sisters, Irene Mazyck, Fannie (Joseph) Turner, Dorothy Cook, Estella Nabritt, Willie M. (Charles) Odom, Geraldine (James) Jones, Carrie (Arthur) Abraham and Lillian (Robert) Allen; four brothers, James R. Cook, Sr., Eugene (Inez) Cook, David (Writa) Cook and Robert L. (Geraldine) Cook; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 314 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Lola Mae Evans Ivey (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on April 22, 2006, Mrs. Lola Mae Evans Ivey, age 90, wife of the late Mr. Theodore Ivey of 1080 Pine Grove Road, Bath, SC. Surviving are her son and his wife, Gary Farrell and Edna Ivey of Bath, SC; one brother and his wife, Ralph and Edna Evans of Irmo, SC; one sister and her husband, Juanita and Billy Matthews of Huntsville, AL and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ivey was born in Anderson, SC to the late Major and Ollie Dickerson Evans. She retired from the Bath Mill with 50 years of service. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, the Morning Glory Sunday School Class, the Fellowship Club, and served on the Pine Grove Cemetery Committee for 30 years. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Louis Swanson and Chris Masters officiating. On Tuesday, she will be placed in the church at 1 pm. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ervin Yaun, Tom Hall, Julian Roberts, Carlos Page, Jack Ott, LaRue Godbee, Tom Adams, and Charles Adams. Honorary pallbearers will the Morning Glory Sunday School Class and the Fellowship Club. Memorials may be made to the Pine Grove Cemetery Fund, 1050 Pine Grove Road, Beech Island, SC 29841. Friends may call at the residence or on Monday from 6 to 8 pm at the Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. #1, Langley, SC Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Eleanor Vaiden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Eleanor Rucker Vaiden, 88, formerly of Augusta, died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 19, 2006. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 24, 2006 at Westover Memorial Park at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will follow after the service in the visitation room at Westover. A funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. And was officiated by Dr. H. Andrew Silman, who was assisted by the Revs. P. Clay Holland, Houston, Texas and A. Campbell Silman, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. Vaiden was born in Augusta on September 21, 1917 to Benjamin Smith Rucker and Lillian Loveland Scattergood. Mrs. Vaiden was well known in Augusta music circles, especially as an accompanist and church musician. She taught piano for 60 years. She attended the Junior College of Augusta and Shorter College where she majored in music and was accompanist for Shorter Chorale. While a resident of Augusta she was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta, where she was active in the music ministry and served as church pianist for many years. After moving to Hattiesburg in 1997, she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Vaiden was past president of August Music Club, former board member of Augusta Symphony Guild, member of Augusta Music Teachers' Association and past president of Wildwood Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, H. Campbell Vaiden, Jr. Survivors include two sons, Harry C. Vaiden, III and his wife, Carole B. Rucker Vaiden and his wife, Beth; a daughter, Eleanor V. Silman and husband, Andy of Hattiesburg; a brother, Benjamin S. Rucker, Jr.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Family and friends may also call the Vaiden residence, 12 Bransford Place. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909 or to the First Presbyterian Church, 4901 Hardy Street, Hattisburg, MS 39402. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta, (706) 733-3636. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Timothy Krauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Timothy Livingston Krauss departed this world early in the morning on Friday April 22, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 24, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church with The Reverend Richard E. Sanders officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Timothy was a diver in the U.S. Navy. He provided support and communications for the Navy Seals during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Timothy was an excellent athlete and played All Navy Volleyball. He has lived in such places as Crete, Greece and Naples, Italy during the time he spent in the Navy. A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Timothy grew up in Augusta, Georgia and attended Aquinas High School and Richmond Academy. He was a loyal friend to many in the Augusta area and his loss will be felt far and wide. Survivors include his parents, Robin L. and Lt. Col. John Storey of Annandale, Virginia and Dr. Jonothan S. and Janis Krauss of Augusta, Georgia; his sister, Rachel Krauss Smith and her husband, Patrick. H. Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; his niece and nephew, Hannah Maria Smith and Tyson Grady Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; maternal aunts and uncles, Lee Ruth Boutwell and Marshall Boutwell, Charles Robert Livingston, Mary Livingston and a cousin, Meredith Boutwell. Pallbearers will be Ron Watford, Webb Smith, Michael Schmieden, Charles R. Livingston, Shelby Deason, Lt. Col. John Storey, Will Tillery and Jesse Arnold. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Sunday April 23, 2006 at Platt's Funeral Home on Crawford Avenue. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904, 706-733-3636. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Diane Hawkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Diane Glover Hawkins will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at Mt. Transfiguration Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence D. Hill officiating. Friends may call at the residence, 5529 Silver Fox Way. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Timothy Krauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Timothy Livingston Krauss departed this world early in the morning on Friday April 22, 2006. Funeral services will be held today, Monday April 24, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church with The Reverend Richard E. Sanders officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Timothy was a diver in the U.S. Navy. He provided support and communications for the Navy Seals during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Timothy was an excellent athlete and played All Navy Volleyball. He has lived in such places as Crete, Greece and Naples, Italy during the time he spent in the Navy. A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Timothy grew up in Augusta, Georgia and attended Aquinas High School and Richmond Academy. He was a loyal friend to many in the Augusta area and his loss will be felt far and wide. Survivors include his parents Robin L. and Lt. Col. John Storey of Annandale, Virginia and Dr. Jonathan S. and Janis Krauss of Augusta, Georgia; his sister Rachel Krauss Smith and her husband Patrick. H. Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; his niece and nephew Hannah Maria Smith and Tyson Grady Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina; maternal aunts and uncles, Lee Ruth Boutwell and Marshall Boutwell, Charles Robert Livingston, Mary Livingston and a cousin, Meredith Boutwell. Pallbearers will be Ron Watford, Webb Smith, Michael Schmieden, Charles R. Livingston, Shelby Deason, Lt. Col. John Storey, Will Tillery and Jesse Arnold. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Walter Reed Fisher House, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20307-5001. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904, (706) 733-3636

James Simmons (LAURENS, S.C.)
LAURENS, S.C. - James F. Simmons, Sr., 76, of 565 Camp Ground Road, husband of Pauline Cato Simmons, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2006 at Laurens County Hospital. Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late Roland Lester and Othello Stevenson Simmons. He retired from the J.P. Stevens Watts Plant. He was of the Baptist faith and was a charter member of the Sandy Springs Fire Department. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jimmy (Ann) Simmons of Camden, James Anthony (Jenny) Simmons, and Ray Anthony (Susie) Young all of Laurens; two daughters, Janet Ann (Bob) Brown and Marilyn Elizabeth Simmons all of Laurens; one brother, Roland 'Gene' (Fannie) Simmons of North Augusta; four sisters, Wilma Simmons Lamb of Gray Court, Sallie S. (Tom) Bagwell of Clinton, Martha S. (John) Bost, and Judy S. (Glenn) Madden all of Laurens; a former wife, Frances Simmons of Laurens; special friends, Mr. and Mrs. James Murray of Laurens; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Norman Simmons, one sister, Wanda Vaughn, and one grandson, Jason Simmons. Graveside services will be Tuesday, 11:00 am, April 25, 2006 at Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Rev. J. D. Shiflet. The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Obedella Bash (MONCKS CORNER, S.C.)
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. - Mrs. Obedella Heyward Bash entered into rest at her residence on Friday, April 21, 2006. She was a 1978 graduate of T.W. Josey High School. Obedella leaves fond loving memories to her husband, Donald Bash, children, Thaleshia (Bryan) Griffin, Donald M. Bash, Walter M. Bash; sister, Linda Heyward (Edward) Ashley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858

Marvin W. Turner (WARTHEN, Ga.)
WARTHEN, Ga. - Mr. Marvin W. Turner, age 84 of 161 Lindsey Lane, Warthen died Sunday April 23, 2006 in the Washington County Regional Medical Center. Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, 2:00 P.M. in the Union Baptist Church at Warthen with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Robert Cash and Rev. Roy Smith will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ray Moon, Ray Moon, Jr., Bobby Moon, Lindsey Moon, Keith Cook and Tony Turner. A native of Washington County Mr. Turner was the son of the late William Wilson Turner and Bertie Mills Turner. Mr. Turner was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Deacons of Union Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was predeceased by his dear friend, Ninetta Lawson. Mr. Turner is survived by his sister Margaret T. Walker of Warthen, four nieces, Elaine W. Barker, Sandersville, Nancy W. Sheley, Sandersville, Bonnie W. Moon, Warthen and Kathy H. Bertram, Dudley, one nephew, Tony Turner of Savannah and several cousins. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 24 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at May and Smith Funeral Home 1119 Riddleville Road, Sandersville. Donations may be made to Union Baptist Church c/o of Chris Vaden, 2830 Mills Lindsey School Road, Warthen, GA 31094. May and Smith Funeral Directors of Sandersville is in charge of these arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Doris J. Thweatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Doris Hardy Jones Thweatt, 79, of Fairwood Ave., entered into rest Saturday, April 22, 2006 at her residence. Funeral services will be held today at 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund 639 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billy D. Gibson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Billy D. Gibson, entered into rest Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Survivors include his brother Tony Gipson, of North Augusta, sister Estelle Stout, of Tampa, FL, and granddaughter Tori Barber. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Rowland Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend J. Lloyd Prince officiating. Interment will follow in Pineview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends this evening, Monday April 24, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rowland Funeral Home. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Eleanor Vaiden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Eleanor Rucker Vaiden age 88, wife of the late H. Campbell Vaiden, died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 19, 2006. Graveside services will be held today Monday April 24, 2006 at Westover Memorial Park at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will follow after the service in the visitation room at Westover. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave, Augusta. (706) 733-3636.

Sallie Rebecca Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Sallie Rebecca 'Granny' Howard, age 90, beloved wife of the late Walter Tracey Howard, entered into rest Sunday, April 23, 2006 at Portsbridge Hospice. Mrs. Howard was born in Liberty County Georgia to the late Rufus Butler and Annie Wise Butler. She had moved to the Augusta area in 1965. Before her retirement, Mrs. Howard had worked as a health care provider and she was a Baptist. Memorial services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006 from the Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Road, Martinez with Reverend David Shelton officiating. Family members include two daughters; Patricia A. Jordan Whitehead of Augusta and Sandra Morris of Grovetown, GA, one son; Larry A. Harrelson of Augusta, two brothers; Robert Butler of Rock Hill, SC, and Rufus Butler of Long Beach, CA, two sisters; Loree Anderson and Annie Bowers both of Savannah, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by four children; Carolyn Harrelson, Kermit L. Harrelson, Jeannette Harrelson, and Jerry Harrelson and two granddaughters; Christine Parker and Teresa Harrelson. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 25, 2006 from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joyce Kinsey Porter (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Ms. Joyce Kinsey Porter entered into rest on Monday , April 17, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. She leaves cherished memories to her children, Tracey Kinsey, James Kinsey, Erica Porter, Jermaine Porter; grandchildren, Anthony Kinsey, Antavious Kinsey; brothers, Willie (Lucy) Kinsey, David (Emily) Kinsey, James Kinsey, Leroy (Barbara) Kinsey; sisters, Daisy Brown, Virginia Wilcox and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be 1:00 pm Monday, April 24, 2006 at New Salem Baptist Church, Warrenton, Ga. Words of comfort will be given by Reverend Strong. Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Myrtis Hancock (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
BURNETTOWN, S.C. - Entered into rest on Friday, Mrs. Myrtis Foster Hancock, wife of the late Mr. James M. Hancock Jr. of 292 Carline Road, Burnettown, SC. Surviving are three sons; Donnie Blackmon of Swansea, SC, Stanley Blackmon of North Augusta, SC, Jimmy Blackmon of Burnettown, SC, two brothers; Bobby Foster of Aiken, SC, Douglas Foster of Rockford, IL, two sisters; Libby Watts of Burnettown, SC and Betty Furchess of Wellamtic, CT. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. in the Mid-Valley Baptist Church. Mrs. Hancock will be placed in the church on Monday at 2 p.m.. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. #1, Langley, SC.

Katie Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Katie McKinnie Williams will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pierce Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery. Family maybe contacted at 1165 Walden Brett Road or at Davis Funeral Home in Louisville, Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elton Tucker (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mr. Elton Tucker of Sparta-Davisboro Rd., Davisboro, passed away on Wednesday April 19th at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 25th at 1:00 PM from Jordan Grove Baptist Church, Davisboro, with Rev. Gerald Caldwell officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. M.C. Smith Funeral Home, Sandersville, in charge of arrangements.

Francis C. Miles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Francis C. Miles of Augusta, died on Friday, April 21, 2006 at his residence. He was born in Chateaugay, New York, on January 24, 1921, the son of Jane K. and Frank Miles of that community. He had resided in the Augusta area since 1963. He was a retired soldier/educator and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He is predeceased by two wives; Elva P. Salvione of Amsterdam, NY, and Jean E. Clapper of Malone, NY. Survivors include three daughters, Lorriane D. May of North Augusta, SC, Mary K. Worsham of Evans, GA and Grace I. Hartwick of Bacliff, TX; two sons, Francis C. Miles, Jr. of Augusta, GA and Joseph F. Miles of Lone Tree, CO; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert W. and Betty Miles of Chateaugay Lake, NY The rosary will be Monday, April 24, 2006, at 7:00 P.M. and the family will receive friends until 9:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son. Burial will be in the Eastside Cemetery, Chateaugay, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to; St. Mary's Home, 2170 East Victory Dr. Savannah, GA 31414. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd. Augusta, GA 30907, (706)364-8484.

Ethelise M. Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ethelise M. Morgan, 78, entered into rest Saturday, April 22, 2006 at University Hospital. Mrs. Morgan was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Sosebee of Anderson, SC. Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her brother DL Sosebee of Anderson, SC. Survivors are two sons, Dwayne Mosley of Greenville, SC., and Glenn Mosley of Augusta, GA., two grandchildren, Zachary and Molly Mosley of Greenville, SC., one sister, Jean Smith of Anderson, SC; Mrs. Morgan retired from University Hospital Collections Limited and she was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church The family will receive friends Monday, April 24, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. at Poteet Funeral Home South 3465 Peach Orchard Road. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Johnson and Rev. Marion Jay officiating. Mrs. Morgan will lie instate one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association 1899 Central Ave. Augusta, GA. 30904 Poteet Funeral Homes South Chapel - 3465 Peach Orchard Road Augusta, Ga. 30906 (706)798-8886 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Bonetta Grubbs (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Funeral services for Bonetta Creech Grubbs, 83, will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2006 at the Chapel of Barnwell First Baptist Church with Rev. Posey Belcher and Rev. Dr. Stephen Burnette officiating. Interment will follow in the Barnwell County Memory Gardens on Reynolds Rd. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell. Memorials may be made to the Arise and Build Program of First Baptist Church, 161 Allen St., Barnwell, SC 29812. Mr. Grubbs died Friday, April 21, 2006. Born on July 20, 1922 in Barnwell County, she was the daughter of the late Levi S. and Maggie Sanders Creech. She retired from E.I. DuPont at the Savannah River Plant with 26 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnwell and taught Preschoolhers in Sunday School for over 25 years. Survivors are her husband of 63, Briggs (Doc) Grubbs of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, David B. Grubbs, Jr. (Cathy)of West Columbia, S.C. and Steven R. Grubbs (Gail) of Hiram, Ga. and one daughter, and son-in-law, Rita G. Ahearn (Dr. A Mason) of Georgetown, S.C.. She was the beloved grandmother of five granddaughters and one grandson and great-grandmother of two great-granddaughters and two great-grandson. She was predeceased by three sisters and one brother. Mole Funeral Home, 803-259-3166. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John Henry Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. John Henry Cook, 57, of Arcadia Court entered into rest April 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at Spring Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. G.L. Brightharp officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Cook, a native of Aiken County, was a member of Hammond Grove Baptist Church and a Avondale Mills, Inc., employee. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Williams Cook; daughter, Daphne J. Cook; son, Reginald M. Cook; eight sisters, Irene Mazyck, Fannie (Joseph) Turner, Dorothy Cook, Estella Nabritt, Willie M. (Charles) Odom, Geraldine (James) Jones, Carrie (Arthur, Jr.) Abraham and Lillian (Robert) Allen; four brothers, James R. Cook, Sr., Eugene (Inez) Cook, David (Writa) Cook and Robert L. (Geraldine) Cook; a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence or after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, NorthAugusta, S.C.

Lila Seymour (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mrs. Lila Barrett Seymour, 86, of Tignall died Friday, April 21, 2006 at Wills Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Wilkes County and retired from Royal Manufacturing. She was the daughter of Mel and Dora Martin Barrett and the widow of Fulton Seymour. Funeral services will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Mallorysville Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Berry officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Otis Callaway, Joe Burton, Bobby Wilson, Tony Hammond, Tommy Johnson and John Mack. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Heard, Howard Jordan, David Hilley, Bruce Lamar and Ralph Denard. Survivors include daughters, Linda Aycock and husband, Leon, Tignall, Kay Seymour, Tignall and Patsy Epps, Tignall; grandchildren, Tonya Callaway and husband, Brian Washington and Rob Aycock and wife, Paula, Cincinnati, Ohio and great-grandchildren, Greg Callaway and Dillan Aycock. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7to 9 p.m. at Hopkins Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jackie Wiggins (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Gertie P. (Jackie) Wiggins, 90, passed away Friday, April 21, 2006. She was born in Jenkins County and was a member of Ogeechee Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at the Ogeechee Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Deep Creek cemetery. Survivor include her sister, Johnnie M. Rosser and brother, Michael A. Wiggins both of Charleston and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at Crowe-Fields Funeral Home in Millen. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Diane Hawkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Diane Glover Hawkins, 45, of Silver Fox Way, entered into rest April 22, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mrs. Hawkins was a member of Mt. Transfiguration Baptist Church. She received her Bachelor's of Art Degree from Benedict College, Columbia. She was a retired Physical Education teacher from North Augusta Middle School. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Hawkins, Sr.; three sons, Robert Hester, III, North Augusta, Thomas Hawkins, Jr. and Tevin Hawkins, Martinez; a daughter, Candace Hawkins, Martinez; her mother, Frances E. Glover, Gloverville; five brothers, Suladine Glover, Augusta, Suleman Murry, W. Palm Beach, Fla., Koran (Burnedett) Glover and David (Angie) Glover, Aiken, Paul Murry, Gloverville; five sisters, Suffyah (Marcellus) Tillman, North Augusta, Zenobia Murray and Debra Bright, Aiken, Mattie "Betty" Garrett, Daytona, Fla. and Georgiann Campbell, Summerville; father and mother-in-law, Henry Hawkins, Sr. and Annie Lou Hawkins, North Augusta; brothers-in-law, Henry Hawkins, Jr., North Augusta, John (Judy) Hawkins, Augusta; sister-in-law, Geneva Simmons, Mamie (John) Ardis and Annie (Hampton) James, Beech Island, Betty (Harry) Brown, Williston and Hattie (David) Lanham, Bath; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call at the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

John Perrin ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. John Edward Perrin, Sr., of Merry Street entered into rest Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at his residence. Funeral service will be held Monday, April 24, 2006 at 11 a.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, GA 30815.

Jessie Mae Hallman (COVINGTON, Ga.)
COVINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Jessie Mae Hallman of Fox Meadow Drive entered into rest Friday, April 21, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are two daughters, Jessie Hallman Noble, Hephzibah, Mildred Hallman, Covington, Ga.; three sons, William H. (Linda) Hallman, Clinton C. Hallman, Jimmy (Christine) Hallman, Augusta; 11 grandchildren, Mary (Aeron) Kendrick, Juanita Hallman, Lonnie Hallman, Jr., Kesha Morgan, Yolanda (Anthony) Cole, Dr. Jamika Hallman, Clinton Sapp, Jonathan Morgan, Lonnie Morgan, Jessica Hallman, Joseph Hallman and 10 great-grandchildren. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga.

Luise Johanna Oelke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Luise Johanna Oelke, 84, of Stewart Ave, Augusta, GA, who died April 22, 2006, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Bishop Calvin Smith speaker. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Mrs. Oelke was a native of Hamburg, West Germany, having made Augusta her home for the past 58 years. She was the wife of the late Mr. Wilbur Howard Oelke. Mrs. Oelke was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former member of the German Friendship Club. She was very loved by her family and close friends and will never be forgotten. Mrs. Oelke is survived by a brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Rod Soukup; several nieces and nephews and close friends, Bruce and Joan Poole, Brock Poole, Helga Woodruff, Rudy and Louise Schoulebem, Denise and Mitch Lord, Bob Miller and Mike and Leslie Egan. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at: www.poseyfuneralhome.com

Doris J. Thweatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Doris Hardy Jones Thweatt, wife of William M. Thweatt Jr., entered into rest Saturday, April 22, 2006 at her residence. Survivors include her husband, William M. Thweatt Jr.; two sons, Lark Wesley Jones and his wife, Christy, W. Lance Jones and his wife, Jenny Lou; a stepson, Bill Thweatt; four grandchildren, Tyler Jones, Lauren Jones, Landon Jones, and McKenna Jones, all of North Augusta, SC; a sister, Joyce H. Scattergood. Mrs. Thweatt was born in Augusta, GA, and had lived in North Augusta since 1947. She was a Christian and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was also a honor graduate of Tubman High School and Augusta Junior College. Mrs. Thweatt was a past member of Augusta Junior Women's Club, awarded the Irene Watts award as Outstanding Club Woman of the Year in 1963. She was a member of Aiken Co. Republican Women, helped organize North Augusta Republican Women, and served as its President for two terms. Shealso served as a State Executive Committee Woman for two terms. She was third District Secretary in 1974-1978.Mrs. Thweatt was delegate to GOP National Convention in 1976. She was co-chairman of Governor James B. Edwards campaign in 1974. She served on the Women's Division of South Carolina Safety Council. She was also appointed to State Advisory Committee for Title Twenty under President Fords' administration. In 1978 Mrs. Thweatt was awarded the order of the Palmetto by Governor Edwards. She was also a member of Aiken County Ambulance Commission. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church with Dr. James C. Adams, Dr. John Younginer, Jr., and Rev. Karen Radcliffe officiating. Interment will follow at Westover Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Len Collins, Larry Ellis, Bob Bolton, Rick Hargrove, Chip Harris, Kent Sullivan, Milledge Murray, Byron Neely. The honorary pallbearers will be the Stillwell Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church's building fund at 639 Georgia Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841 The family will receive friends this evening, Sunday April 23, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rowland Funeral Home. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

C. Timothy Burns (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Services for Mr. Cecil Timothy Burns, age 43, will be held Monday, April 24, 2006 at Bland Funeral Home Chapel at 2 pm. Burial will follow in Ridge Crest Memorial Park, Batesburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday night from 6-8 pm. Survivors include a son, Cody Timothy and daughter, Cassie Lynne Burns; brother, Jadie Eugene Burns; his mother and his fiance, Tammy Alewine.

Kelvin R. Floyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. Kelvin Ronald Floyd, 43, of Atomic Rd., entered into rest April 22, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Floyd, a native of Aiken County, was a member of Four Mile Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Barbara J. Devine Floyd; two daughters, Shawnna Renee Floyd, Beech Island, and Sholanda Williamson, Jackson; two sons, Kelvin Ronald Floyd, II, Beech Island and Jordan Mention, Savannah; his mother, Doretha Odom Floyd, Aiken; three sisters, Janice (Jerry) Cobb, Aiken, Joyce (Randolph) Cartledge, North Augusta and Anita (James) Elmore, Beech Island; four brothers, Joe Nathan (Pat) Floyd, Willie Floyd, Brad Floyd and Chris Floyd, Aiken; mother-in-law, Mamie Devine, Beech Island; sisters-in-law, Sadie (Ted) Harris, Belvedere; Doris Jean Evans, Beech Island; brothers-in-law, Charles (Lillie) Devine, North Augusta, Curtis (Faye) Devine, Beech Island, Clifford (Jeanette) Devine, Augusta and Roy (Barbara) Wills, Evans; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call at the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Myrtis Hancock (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
BURNETTOWN, S.C. - Entered into rest on Friday, April 21, 2006, Mrs. Myrtis Foster Hancock, age 77, wife of the late Mr. James M. Hancock Jr. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Blackmon and a brother, Jesse Foster. Surviving are three sons, Donnie Blackmon of Swansea, SC, Stanley Blackmon of North Augusta, SC, Jimmy Blackmon of Burnettown, SC; two brothers, Bobby Foster of Aiken, SC, Douglas Foster of Rockford, IL; two sisters, Libby Watts of Burnettown, SC and Betty Furchess of Wellamtic, CT; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hancock was born in Gloverville, Sc to the late Jesse and Pearl Clark Foster. She was a member of the Mid-Valley Baptist Church and its Thelma Hughes Sunday School Class. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. in the Mid-Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Bert Baynham officiating. Mrs. Hancock will be placed in the church on Monday at 2 p.m.. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Casey Richardson, Rickey Bonnett, JasonSikes, Scotty Blackmon, Chris Blackmon, Steve Eubanks, and Gary Toole. Honorary pallbearers will be the Thelma Hughes Sunday School Class. Friends may call on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. #1, Langley, SC. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John L. Lowe (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
GLOVERVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John L. Lowe will be held Sunday at 3 PM in the Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Langley Cemetery. Friends may call at the home of Robert Downs, 144 Johnson St., Gloverville, SC. Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Dorothy Hardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dorothy Bolton Shell Hardman died on April 21, 2006. She was born June 4, 1911, in Mobile, Alabama to Dr. Henry Hilliard Shell and wife William (Willie) McCurdy Shell and grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia where her father served as pastor of the First Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Shorter College, majoring in music, piano, organ, and taught piano in Bainbridge before marrying Lamartine Griffin Hardman, Jr. and moving to Commerce, Georgia, where she was an involved member of the community for 62 years. Known to her family and friends as "Dot," Mrs. Hardman participated with her husband in textile and banking activities nationally. Her service on boards included the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, the Tallulah Falls School, and the Garden Club of Georgia. She played a significant role in the development of the Commerce Public Library, was a founding member of the Commerce Study Club, shared her musical talent through piano and organ recitals, and was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church. She spent summers at a home in Nacoochee Valley. Mrs. Hardman moved in 1996 to Brandon Wilde in Augusta, Georgia, where she enjoyed cultural events and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her husband and her oldest son, Lamartine Griffin Hardman III of Commerce and Athens, Georgia predeceased Mrs. Hardman. Surviving family members include her son, Dr. John Barnett Hardman, and his wife, Laura Jones Hardman of Atlanta; daughter, Shell Hardman Knox, and her husband, Wyckliffe Austin Knox, Jr. of Augusta; daughter-in-law, Mary Talmadge Hardman of Athens; grandchildren: Lamartine Griffin Hardman IV and his wife, Catherine Clapp Hardman; Wyckliffe Austin Knox III; Shell Knox Berry and her husband, Lawrence Reab Berry III, Sam Talmadge Hardman; John Hardman Knox, Davis Purcell Knox and his wife Gina Neely Knox, William Benjamin Hardman, Laura Hardman Collins and her husband, John Richard Collins; John Boisfeuillet Hardman, Hilliard Barnett Hardman; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Emma Hardman Thomson of Atlanta; four nephews and three nieces. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 am in the rotunda of the church. Interment will be at 4:00 pm in Commerce, Georgia at the Gray Hill Cemetery adjacent to the First Baptist Church where the family will receive friends following the burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dorothy Shell Hardman Music Scholarship Fund at Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207 or a charity of one's choice. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904.

John E. Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. John Edward Perrin, Sr. of Merry Street entered into rest Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at his residence. Funeral services will be Monday, April 24, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. Mr. Perrin, a native of Heardmont, Ga., was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was retired from Murray Biscuit Company and was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, Annie Perrin; four sons, John E. (Frances) Perrin, Jr. Martinez, Horace (Dorothy) Perrin, Augusta, Leroy Johnson, Connecticut, William Johnson, California; two daughters, Annette (Roger) Sullivan, Dorothy Ealy, Augusta; one sister, Willene Sears, Jamaica, N.Y. and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA 30815 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gladys Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Ms. Gladys Roberts, 94, who entered into rest April 19, 2006, will be conducted this Monday, April 24, 2006 at 12 noon at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Hill, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Walker Cemetery. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Percy Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Percy Thomas Hall, Sr., 83, of Aiken died April 22 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, at Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Fox and Rev. Kenny Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Aiken Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shellhouse Funeral Home, Aiken.

Ora Mae Smith (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Departed this life Sunday, April 16, 2006, Mrs. Ora Mae Jones Smith, of Jones Circle, Langley. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Gloverville, S.C. with Min. Bobby Jones and Evan. Tommie Jean Jones officiating. The interment will immediately follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville, S.C. The remains will lie in state at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service. The funeral cortege will leave the residence, 12 Jones Circle, Langley, at 1:40 p.m. Cheatham Funeral Homes, Inc. 3187 Augusta Rd. (Hwy. 421), Langely, SC (803) 593-0660.

Lola Mae Ivey (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on April 22, 2006, Mrs. Lola Mae Evans Ivey, age 90, wife of the late Mr. Theodore Ivey of 1080 Pine Grove Road, Bath, SC. Surviving are her son and his wife, Gary Farrell and Edna Ivey of Bath, SC, one brother and his wife, Ralph and Edna Evans of Irmo, SC, one sister and her husband, Juanita and Billy Matthews of Huntsville, AL. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Louis Swanson and Chris Masters officiating. On Tuesday, she will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the residence or on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. #1, Langley.

Joyce Kinsey Porter (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Timothy Krauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ora Mae Smith (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Kelvin R. Floyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Doris J. Thweatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Billy D. Gibson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Eleanor Vaiden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Eleanor Vaiden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

John E. Perrin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Percy Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Katie Williams (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Obedella Bash (MONCKS CORNER, S.C.)

John L. Lowe (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

John Henry Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

John Henry Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Elton Tucker (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Billy D. Gibson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

John Perrin ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jessie Mae Hallman (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Sallie Rebecca Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Luise Johanna Oelke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ethelise M. Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Myrtis Hancock (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Dorothy Hardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

C. Timothy Burns (TRENTON, S.C.)

Doris J. Thweatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Lila Seymour (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Marvin W. Turner (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Bonetta Grubbs (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Diane Hawkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Georgia Ouzts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Lila H. Cadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

W. Dale Sandberg (AIKEN, S.C.)

James Simmons (LAURENS, S.C.)

George E. Cunningham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dorothy Hardman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lester Clarke Stubblefield (EDMOND, Okla.)

Diane Hawkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Lola Mae Evans Ivey (BATH, S.C.)

Francis C. Miles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Timothy Krauss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Myrtis Hancock (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Lola Mae Ivey (BATH, S.C.)

Lila H. Cadden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Gladys Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jackie Wiggins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Landis holds on for Tour de Georgia win

Overtime

Danielson wins stage, Landis maintains the lead

Overtime

Federer, Nadal prepare for duel

Correction

Area sports announcments

Sports rants

Correction
- In Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, boxers Rayonta Whitfield and Evaristo Primero were misidentified in a photo on the front of the sports section.

Landis holds on for Tour de Georgia win
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Only a catastrophe could have stopped Floyd Landis from wrapping up his Tour de Georgia victory after he breezed through the first 110 miles of the 118-mile course.

Danielson wins stage, Landis maintains the lead
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. - Last year's victory at Brasstown Bald gave Tom Danielson enough momentum to win the Tour de Georgia the next day.

Sports rants
HAS MLB DONE any testing on MVP Albert Pujols? (Look at the shoulders on the guy!) Does he have the same trainer/procurer/injector that Mark McGwire had? What they, along with Bonds and others, are doing to my game is just plain criminal.

Overtime
In St. Simons Island, Ga., top-ranked Georgia held off No. 3 Florida by one stroke Sunday as the Bulldogs claimed their 26th Southeastern Conference men's golf championship.

Federer, Nadal prepare for duel
MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Roger Federer thinks the key to beating Rafael Nadal is to be ready for a fight.

Overtime
In Aiken, Augusta State's Jessica Matta had an RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Jaguars to a 2-1 victory over USC Aiken Saturday afternoon in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at Citizens Park.

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.

Teaching them young
George Tussey thought it might be cute to cast a lure into his favorite pond in Hephzibah and then let his 9-month-old grandson, Myles Davis Heatwole, hold the rod. They were both surprised when this seven-pound largemouth swallowed the Red Devil spoon bait. George was sitting in a chair on the bank with Myles in his lap.

Outdoors calendar

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

Teaching them young

Tourney's return will have fans back at lake
If you've been to Thurmond Lake recently, you'll see there are more and more boats streaming in and out of Columbia County's Wildwood Park.

Hindsight is 20-20
When Keyshawn Johnson was taken by the New York Jets with the first pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, it was assumed he would be a superstar.

Tourney's return will have fans back at lake

Cleaning some Masters messes

ABC's 'Nightline' tries to slow down its pace a bit

TV Lookout: highlights for the week

TV Lookout: highlights for the week
Her well-ordered life is plunged into chaos. Vicki Miller's nephew - the ruffian child of her mentally challenged brother and sister-in-law - appears on her doorstep. He has fled from his abusive home life and, after having been absent from Vicki's life for years, he desperately wants to live with her.

ABC's 'Nightline' tries to slow down its pace a bit
NEW YORK - The biggest adjustment ABC has made since last November's debut of the post-Ted Koppel "Nightline" may simply be recognizing that there's another show tomorrow.

People in the News

Tennessee tops Diamond Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - J.P. Arencibia drove in three runs and lefthander James Adkins allowed only one earned run in eight innings Sunday to lead Tennessee to a 6-4 victory over Georgia in the rubber game of their three-game series.

Georgia wins SEC golf championship
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Top-ranked Georgia held off No. 3 Florida by one stroke Sunday as the Bulldogs claimed their 26th Southeastern Conference men's golf championship.

Georgia wins SEC golf championship

Dogs have their day again

Dogs have their day again
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Georgia gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan gathered her team into a tight huddle and said a few words of praise, causing even more smiles and sending several index fingers skyward.

Tennessee tops Diamond Dogs

GreenJackets' new owner relives games

Recycling centers

Aiken County Detention Center bookings

Swimmer's competitive nature comes out in pool

Events

Even Elvis will visit Beech Island's Heritage Day event

Adult literacy sites

Playhouse director discovers actors on golf course

Around the block

Reunions

This week

Across the river

Work stalls on historical society's agricultural museum

Library events

Pet of the week

Science on the move to make stops in South Carolina

Meetings

Be aware of mosquito dangers

Aiken's sister city fascinates teen

Recreation events

Teacher's approach excites pupils' curiosity