Public safety department honors employees
Aiken public safety leaders made it clear May 17 what they think of their employees' work - a job well done.

Coker Spring was once water source for Aiken
Coker Spring long ago was replaced as Aiken's primary source of water, but the 19th century gathering spot lives on in city lore.

Donations will help sheriff's office
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office recently benefitted from two charitable donations.

Recreation calendar
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.

Around the block
A free exhibit, Freedom USA, will run through June 21 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.

Libraries launch reading programs
Throughout June and July, folksingers, magicians and storytellers will visit Aiken County's six library branches as part of the summer reading program.

Recycling locations
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.

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

Reunions
Strom thurmond high school 1986: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Saturday, Oct. 7; call Gretchen Tremmel Strasser at (803)202-3355 or Robin Jackson Blackmon (803) 637-3700.

Milestones
Air Force Airman Joseph R. Lamberth, a 2002 graduate of Midland Valley High School and son of Joseph Lamberth and Terri Futreal, both of North Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Aiken has appealing aftertaste
Soon-to-be Aiken residents Mark and Debbie Lytie thought A Taste of Downtown Aiken would be a good way to learn about their new community.

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.

Across the river
STORYTIME IN THE QUAD: 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday; Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St.; presented by Carolyn Fortson from East Central Georgia Regional Library; free; (706) 724-4443.

Library schedules
Here are schedules for Aiken area libraries.

Removing hazards
They came with car trunks and truck beds filled with paint cans, partially used containers of herbicides and pesticides, and used motor oil, organizers said.

Events calendar
WORKS BY PAINTER AL BEYER: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday; lower gallery, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; free; (803) 641-3305

Applause cover
Applause cover for May 25, 2006.

Applause cover

Art group's exhibition examines Godfather, the meaning of soul

Art group's exhibition examines Godfather, the meaning of soul
The newly minted, Augusta-based visual art organization the State of Art is announcing itself with a lot of soul.

Art galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Art galleries

Bonds has reason to cheer on Pujols
It's no secret Barry Bonds doesn't have a lot of friends in baseball. Ask him the names of his teammates on the San Francisco Giants, and he might be lucky to guess half of them.

Rookie carries Cards

Mets acquire veteran

Yankees activate Sheffield
BOSTON - The New York Yankees activated Gary Sheffield from the disabled list and put him in the lineup at designated hitter for Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.

Sabathia completes dominance of Twins
MINNEAPOLIS - C.C. Sabathia made it look easy on the mound with a six-hitter, Casey Blake homered twice and the Cleveland Indians frustrated the Minnesota Twins, winning 11-0 on Wednesday.

Damon haunts Red Sox
BOSTON - Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer against his former team and Alex Rodriguez added a three-run shot as the New York Yankees roughed up Tim Wakefield before holding off the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Tuesday night.

South Carolina stops Kentucky

Marist bounces Evans
Evans' season slipped to its end two outs at a time Tuesday afternoon in the Class AAAA state tournament quarterfinals.

Ruth's final power surge was grand

Raiders hand Wolfpack 1st loss
CUMMING, Ga. - A roll call of 30 teams this year tried to figure out the riddle of how to beat Greenbrier.

Cavaliers hand Seminoles a defeat
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sean Doolittle allowed one run over six innings, and Brandon Guyer drove in three runs with a homer and single to lead Virginia to a 6-2 win over Florida State on Wednesday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Damon haunts Red Sox

'Pack proceed
CUMMING, Ga. - The telling image of Greenbrier's 10-0 win Wednesday in the deciding game of the Class AAAA quarterfinals wasn't another mercy conquest. It was the respect North Forsyth had for Wolfpack sophomore Nolan Belcher.

Raiders hand Wolfpack 1st loss

Mets acquire veteran
NEW YORK - The pitching-thin Mets acquired Orlando Hernandez from Arizona on Wednesday, welcoming El Duque back to New York and hoping he can help them now - and maybe later, when even more is at stake.

Marist bounces Evans

Sabathia completes dominance of Twins

Yankees activate Sheffield

Cavaliers hand Seminoles a defeat

South Carolina stops Kentucky
HOOVER, Ala. - Pinch hitter Jon Willard hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer to help lead South Carolina to a 4-2 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Bonds has reason to cheer on Pujols

Ruth's final power surge was grand
PITTSBURGH - Babe Ruth was 40 years old, with a pot belly that couldn't be supported by his spindly legs and a fast-growing realization his career was over.

Rookie carries Cards
SAN FRANCISCO - Adam Wainwright homered in his first major league at-bat and pitched three innings of relief to earn the win in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, when Barry Bonds took the day off.

'Pack proceed

San Diego wins with two hits
SAN DIEGO - Petco Park might eventually drive the San Diego Padres batty.

Braves spoil Peavy's big day

Braves spoil Peavy's big day
SAN DIEGO - Jake Peavy needed only seven innings to set a Padres record with 16 strikeouts Monday night but lost because the only ball the Atlanta Braves hit out of the infield against him also happened to leave the yard.

San Diego wins with two hits

Building removal presents dilemma
NEW YORK - While debates rage about why more buildings have not gone up at the World Trade Center site, there is one, shrouded in a web of black netting and full of trade center dust, that can't seem to come down.

'Big box' vacancies not big deal for N. Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA - Empty retail storefronts occupy shopping centers on nearly every main thoroughfare in the city.

Humbug! Networks fight over Christmas slogan
PHILADELPHIA - Like desperate shoppers fighting over a hot toy on Dec. 24, rival shopping networks QVC and HSN are waging war over the slogan "Christmas in July."

Humbug! Networks fight over Christmas slogan

Anti-Wal-Mart group calls on company to adopt higher principles
One of Wal-Mart's most vocal union-funded critics took out a full-page ad in The New York Times on Tuesday calling on the company to live up to the "moral responsibilities" of being the world's largest private employer by improving wages and health insurance.

Former chairman recalls early struggles at ESPN

Anti-Wal-Mart group calls on company to adopt higher principles

April rise shows strength

Building removal presents dilemma

Labor force in Augusta is applauded

Former chairman recalls early struggles at ESPN
ESPN's first program, aired in 1979, didn't raise too many eyebrows.

'Big box' vacancies not big deal for N. Augusta

April rise shows strength
WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes rose unexpectedly in April to the fastest pace this year as the housing sector showed resilience in the face of rising mortgage rates. But the price of homes sold last month edged up only slightly, and the level of unsold homes rose to a record high.

Labor force in Augusta is applauded
Augusta's labor force can flex its muscles, thanks to some added credibility from Southern Business & Development magazine.

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon 052406 - The Augusta Chronicle

Two-fisted peer counseling
What now - a mafia-themed magnet school?

Two-fisted peer counseling

Avondale's death throes
Sometimes it seems as though Graniteville is cursed.

Avondale's death throes

Timing is everything

An assault on privacy

An assault on privacy
Not to worry - or at least not to worry too much. The thief probably doesn't know what he's got anyway, says U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials.

Timing is everything
There are basically two reasons why CSRA residents are reluctant to book flights in and out of Augusta Regional Airport's Bush Field. One, of course, is price - it's simply less expensive to fly directly out of Atlanta or Columbia, S.C.

James Brown scheduled to perform
Augusta will get to celebrate the legacy of native son James Brown this weekend at the inaugural James Brown Soul of America Music Festival.

Applause calendar
Send your group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722- 7403. Send e-mail to steven. uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Stuff to do
Too long absent from these shores, pirate-blues outfit The Hellblinki Sextet returns to its old stomping grounds, appearing Saturday at The Mission, 1157 Broad St., with The Juan Prophet Organization and video vanguard Projexorcism. For more information call (706) 722-1233.

Spotted
Melea Marler (left) and Heather Anderson enjoy A Night in Paris at Modjeska Lounge in downtown Augusta.

People in the News
TEL AVIV, Israel - Yo-Yo Ma has received the Dan David Prize, recognizing his Silk Road Project for its contribution to international cultural understanding.

One-handed 'Katamari' for PSP is deeply flawed video game
If you're looking for something completely different, then Me and My Katamari for the PSP fits the bill.

Club calendar
Send your weekly entertainment information to karen.roberson@augustachronicle.com, fax it to (706) 722-7403 or call (706) 823-3708. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Vegetarian: Black bean burritos with tomatillo salsa

Quick: Grilled shrimp tacos

Small bites
MADISON, Wis. - For those who dream of cheese, here's a new recipe collection to browse through and cook from.

U.S. Marines meet grill challenge for wide benefit

Strawberry bounty translates into tasty salsa options

A dash of psychology gives nation's top chef his edge

Popcorn: Snack food supreme - especially homemade
Of all the snack foods in the world, it's hard to believe that simple popcorn has gotten the "thumbs up" from such prestigious organizations as the National Cancer Institute, the American Dental Association and the American Dietetic Association.

Strawberry bounty translates into tasty salsa options
Move over, strawberry shortcake and strawberries and cream. We'll always love the classics, but there are other tasty options.

U.S. Marines meet grill challenge for wide benefit
Tasty confirmation: Yes, the many skills of U.S. Marines, renowned for prowess in fields of battle, do include grilling at a Corps-worthy level of excellence.

Quick: Grilled shrimp tacos
Grilling can be a quick way to get a meal together if you've got the right recipe and ingredients at hand.

A dash of psychology gives nation's top chef his edge
NEW YORK - Is there a home cook who has not stood in the kitchen and wondered what to make for lunch or dinner day after day that's not just the same old thing?

Vegetarian: Black bean burritos with tomatillo salsa
CONCORD, N.H. - Beans are great. Tortillas are fine.

Small bites

Popcorn: Snack food supreme - especially homemade

Low-fat: Grilled breast of chicken Marsala with grilled carrots
A food feature headlined "Red Carpet Recipes" is going to catch the eye of cooks with a taste for something special, seasoned with a touch of glamour.

Low-fat: Grilled breast of chicken Marsala with grilled carrots

Trapani, Wood lift Jackets
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mike Trapani hit an eighth inning home run well over the left field wall to lift Georgia Tech to a 2-1 win over Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament.

Yellow Jackets no longer a shoo-in
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech baseball veterans Steven Blackwood and Blake Wood passed the time Sunday night by talking shop.

Yellow Jackets no longer a shoo-in

Trapani, Wood lift Jackets

Roadtrip was forgettable
It's easy to understand why Augusta GreenJackets starting pitcher Dan Griffin said the team's latest road trip "was not fun at all."

Augusta smokes Hickory
Lake Olmstead Stadium is treating the Augusta GreenJackets quite kindly of late.

Jackets light up Hickory at home
The Augusta GreenJackets, exhausted from an eight-game road trip that saw them arrive in Augusta at 10:30 Tuesday morning, found their legs enough in the evening to take the first game of a four-game home series against the Hickory Crawdads.

No one knows when Woods will play again
Jack Nicklaus holds the record in major championships, one that might never be broken because it was established through decades of superior golf and a few good breaks. About the only player who has even a remote chance is Tiger Woods.

Lehman defends pick as Ryder Cup captain
In the past 25 years of the Ryder Cup, one thing that sets Tom Lehman apart from previous U.S. captains is his record.

No one knows when Woods will play again

Lehman defends pick as Ryder Cup captain

Jackets light up Hickory at home

Augusta smokes Hickory

Roadtrip was forgettable

Flu-ridden Oilers looking for sweep and much-needed rest
EDMONTON, Alberta - The flu is giving the Edmonton Oilers a lot more trouble than the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the Western Conference finals.

Flu-ridden Oilers looking for sweep and much-needed rest

Hurricanes rattle Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Credit the Carolina Hurricanes for being the first team in the postseason to get the Buffalo Sabres off their game.

Hurricanes rattle Sabres

Strawberries get lemon zing
I know a thing or two about fresh strawberries.

Strawberries get lemon zing

Watershed study needs volunteers

Scripture clears up faulty points
Regarding two letters - the first by Larry Jarrett on April 22 ("Revenge drives president in Iraq"): He wrote, "In the Bible, an 'eye for an eye' justified revenge until Christ reversed this attitude in the New Testament." I respectfully disagree.The Rev. Paul F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

Remember those who served bravely
Freedom has a bittersweet taste for those who fought for it. As much can be, and must be, said for the families of those who paid the ultimate price.Richard A. Hood, Augusta

Remember those who served bravely

Population-shift articles are divisive

Population-shift articles are divisive
I am saddened - no, angered - by The Augusta Chronicle's attempt to polarize the good folks of Augusta and Columbia County. Your Sunday edition highlighted the rants by a few people who seem to hate others because of which side of the county line they live on. This only adds fuel to a fire destined to do one thing: divide our community. What is The Chronicle's motive by promoting hate among these two communities? Why would you want to divide the people within the community you serve?Bryan Mudrak, Evans

Scripture clears up faulty points

Watershed study needs volunteers
The recent report on growth in Columbia County will remain timely far into the future.Dr. John Graham, Evans

Of being rich, plastic surgery and, uh, being rich

Of being rich, plastic surgery and, uh, being rich
NEW YORK - One of the promotional blurbs on the back of the recently published anthology of columnist Seema Boesky's work says her offerings "have made thousands of readers smile, scratch their heads and wonder."

Brown will play festival on Saturday
The Godfather of Soul will appear and perform at the James Brown Soul of America Music Festival this weekend.

Report praises 3 local schools
When it comes to preparing students for college, three local high schools are among the best in the country, according to a report by Newsweek magazine.

Rants and raves
THEY'RE SENDING KIDS to prison nowadays for having sex. Seems like it takes all the fun out of growing up.

Across Georgia
MACON - The death of an inmate at the Bibb County jail has been ruled a suicide, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

With helping hands, man will find soul within clay

City council agrees to rezoning in Aiken
AIKEN - Outspoken Colleton Avenue neighbors should be happy with Aiken City Council's approval to rezone 1.6 acres for limited development.

Appling woman cited in cat case
Columbia County authorities have formally cited an Appling woman today with 81 counts of failure to care for and maintain animals after that many cats and kittens were found in or around her residence.

Across the area
The James Brown Music Festival organizers submitted the required proof of $1 million in liability insurance to Augusta Recreation and Parks Director Tom Beck on Tuesday. Had festival organizers not been able to provide proof of insurance by Thursday, the festival, scheduled for May 26-28 at a variety of downtown locations, would not have been able to go on.

Superintendent gets favorable evaluation

Election Day regulation appears dead for session
COLUMBIA - A proposal requiring local elections to be held on General Election Day in November will not pass the Legislature this year.

Kitten caboodle cited

Georgia port volume swells
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia Ports Authority is expected to move more than 2 million containers by the end of June, which could move Savannah past Charleston to become the No. 4 container port in the country.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Taxes on proposed Horry County casino boats would include the highest fees allowed in the state, a county official said.

Rants and raves
THEY'RE SENDING KIDS to prison nowadays for having sex. Seems like it takes all the fun out of growing up.

Reward offered in disappearance

Assets protected in lawsuit action
A judge worked out a compromise Tuesday that protects the assets of a former bail bondsman who tried to hire a man to cripple a neighbor and rape his wife.

Official is injured in plane crash

Reward offered in disappearance
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are offering a $2,000 reward for information in the case of an Augusta woman who has been missing since March 24.

Teacher e-mails school on rally

Burmeister 'duped,' chief says
Now that the federal corruption case involving associates of former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko is about to wrap up, there are a few loose ends still yet to be tied.

Ethanol company could buy plant
Augusta's dormant Pfizer plant may soon be up and running again, with up to 100 new jobs.

Sex offender bill goes to House
COLUMBIA - A bill setting minimum sentencing guidelines and allowing lifelong electronic monitoring of sex offenders is headed to the House floor.

News you can use
ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: Works by Ethan Brock, along with works by gallery artists in The Bin Show, will be on display through June 2 at the Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad St. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (706) 724-9542.

Growth of jobs in area endures
ATLANTA - Augusta's job-creation machine continues to chug along at a modest pace, and a forecast released Wednesday suggests the tempo will continue next year.

Man is given life in prison

Down below the tower
Jerome Bargeron (left) and Rock Summers prepare to move artist Richard Hunt's fountain sculpture, And They Went Down Both Into the Water, into Springfield Village Park.

Jury convicts 1, clears another

Kitten caboodle cited
Columbia County authorities formally cited an Appling woman Wednesday with 81 counts of failure to care for and maintain animals after many cats and kittens were found in and around her residence.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are still seeking information about an Augusta woman's disappearance two months ago.

Civic center manager resigns
Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Manager Larry Rogers resigned Tuesday, effective July 23.

Jury renders split verdict to former Schrenko co-defendants
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal jury delivered a split decision Wednesday in the trial of two men accused of helping former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko steal more than $600,000 in public education funds.

News you can use

Test finds drugs in newborn
An Augusta woman was in jail Tuesday, charged with passing illegal drugs to her unborn child.

Civic center manager resigns

Brown will play festival on Saturday

Across South Carolina

Hoilday closings

Beaufort tests lost on way to be graded

Golden games

Aiken school board to raise taxes

Across the area

Stormwater fee to build dam

With helping hands, man will find soul within clay
British artist Donald Brown, also known as "The Renaissance Man," believes successful art should be more than aesthetically pleasing or fiscally profitable. He believes it should encourage others to reflect, respond and participate in the process.

Official is injured in plane crash
COLUMBIA - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and a passenger were injured Tuesday afternoon when their plane crashed in Cherokee County.

Aiken County steps up policing of vehicle tags

Insurer settles wreck damage
Avondale Mills Inc. announced Monday that it has reached a $215 million settlement with its Rhode Island-based insurance carrier, Factory Mutual Insurance Co.

Financing packages for projects in works

Kid of the Day
Hanna Grace Cartin, of Aiken, is today's kid of the day.

Larke's backers, critics turn out on Broad Street

Hybrids are on the rise

News you can use

Kid of the Day

Burmeister 'duped,' chief says

Across South Carolina

Down below the tower

Sex offender bill goes to House

School officials eye tax increase

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School officials eye tax increase
Richmond County school board members are considering a budget that would raise property taxes, pushing the millage to the highest allowed by state law.

Report praises 3 local schools

Man is given life in prison
A Harlem man was sentenced to life behind bars after being convicted Wednesday in the 2005 shooting death of his cousin.

Across Georgia

Financing packages for projects in works
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics could get a massive infusion of capital in the coming months to fuel building and renovation projects, officials said Wednesday.

Travelers shrug off higher prices

Ethanol company could buy plant

Growth of jobs in area endures

Test finds drugs in newborn

Jury convicts 1, clears another
ATLANTA - A federal jury gave a split decision Wednesday in the trial of two men accused of helping former state schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko steal more than $600,000 in public education funds.

Across Georgia

Larke's backers, critics turn out on Broad Street
Racially-charged language fed a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered outside the Richmond County school board's central offices in support of Superintendent Charles Larke on Wednesday.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
FAIRBURN - A ninth-grader at a private school has been arrested on charges that he took an explosive device to school.

Police working to guard bus stops from offenders
Georgia officials are moving to make sure there's some distance between schoolchildren and registered sex offenders.

Golden games
Above, 60-year-old Pam Clark tosses a horseshoe while competing against other seniors in the Golden Olympics at Lake Olmstead Park.

Election Day regulation appears dead for session

Election might be affected by crash
COLUMBIA - Injuries aside, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's plane crash Tuesday could be bad news for his re-election campaign, a political expert said Wednesday.

Fighting for right of way

Hoilday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

Across the area

Travelers shrug off higher prices
The price of fuel may be driving airline ticket prices sky-high, but that won't deter Willie Blanchard and his wife, Hattie, this Memorial Day.

Assets protected in lawsuit action

News you can use
When summer storms gather, is lightning safety one of your main concerns? If it's not, it should be. Lightning is one of the top three causes of weather-related fatalities, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.

Insurer settles wreck damage

Wachovia names area president
An Augusta native will serve as Wachovia Bank's next Augusta-Aiken market president, the company announced today.

City council agrees to rezoning in Aiken

House eliminates funds for MOX
The future of the mixed oxide fuel program at Savannah River Site is unclear after a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the energy appropriations bill.

Pair out of office is living longest

Former substitute teacher given probation
Billy Fray Cleveland, a former Columbia County substitute teacher charged in August with child molestation, pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor simple battery as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the district attorney's office.

Kid of the Day
Evan Morris Cole, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Plant's air conditioner catches fire
No one was injured in an early morning fire at an Evans manufacturing plant.

Beaufort tests lost on way to be graded
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Several boxes of standardized tests taken by Beaufort County students in recent weeks have been reported missing, school officials said.

Georgia port volume swells

Superintendent gets favorable evaluation
The Columbia County school board gave schools Superintendent Tommy Price a satisfactory evaluation Tuesday.

Police working to guard bus stops from offenders

Hybrids are on the rise
Bill Brown says the fuel efficiency of the hybrid Toyota Prius he bought in 2002 has more than lived up to his expectations.

Stormwater fee to build dam
For the next year, much of the money collected as part of Columbia County's stormwater utility fee will be going to a project at an Evans pond.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - A Clarendon County woman has been charged with unauthorized removal of a body after the remains of her newborn son were found in a plastic bag in her car's trunk three months ago.

Fighting for right of way
Marilyn Nielsen says she had to find out the hard way how inaccessible Augusta is for disabled people.

Aiken County steps up policing of vehicle tags
AIKEN - County officials recently announced plans to crack down on permanent residents who register their vehicles in other states.

Teacher e-mails school on rally
A Richmond County teacher used a school system computer during the school day Tuesday to spread word of a rally in support of her boss, Superintendent Charles Larke.

Election might be affected by crash

Pair out of office is living longest
ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale passed John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as the longest-living post-White House president and vice president in U.S. history Tuesday. The Democrats had lived 25 years, 123 days since leaving office in 1981.

School board considering tax increase

Aiken school board to raise taxes
AIKEN - Taxes will rise next year in order for the school district to maintain compliance with South Carolina tax laws or risk losing a major portion of its state funding, district officials said Tuesday.

Soul Patrol crowned newest American Idol

James Brown to perform at music festival
The Godfather of Soul will appear, and perform, at the James Brown Soul of America Music Festival this weekend.

Campbell knows well the pain of horse racing
Like the rest of us, Cot Campbell tuned his television to the Preakness Stakes and fixed his attention on the latest super-horse candidate.

"Da Vinci Code" tourists flock to Scottish chapel
ROSLIN, Scotland - There's no mystical rose line running through it, no Star of David carved into the floor or hidden vault where the fabled Holy Grail may rest. And the brutal veil of metal scaffolding shrouding the chapel doesn't help either.

"Da Vinci Code" tourists flock to Scottish chapel

New DVD releases

'ALVIN!' The Chipmunks and David Seville are back
LOS ANGELES - Forty-eight years ago, songwriter Ross Bagdasarian was taking a drive through California's Yosemite National Park when a chipmunk scampered out in front of his car and stared him down in the way a matador might challenge a charging bull.

French 'Da Vinci Code' chateau has real-life tangled past

New DVD releases
TRANSAMERICA (GENIUS, $28.95): Felicity Huffman delivers one of last year's best performances and one of the finest gender-bending turns ever as a man about to become a woman, whose final preparations for sex-change surgery are sidetracked when a previously unknown son appears on the scene.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. A schedule for Evans theater was not available as of press time.

Mini reviews

French 'Da Vinci Code' chateau has real-life tangled past
VILLETTE, France - Chateau de Villette, the sumptuous home of Sir Leigh Teabing, the sinfully wealthy character from "The Da Vinci Code," is not just a figment of author Dan Brown's imagination but a real-life chateau with a past as fascinating as its star-struck present.

Review: 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

'ALVIN!' The Chipmunks and David Seville are back

Review: 'X-Men: The Last Stand'
The nuance and complexity of character that made the first two "X-Men" movies more compelling than the typically mindless summer blockbuster are gone in "X-Men: The Last Stand," the third and allegedly final installment in the comic-inspired franchise.

Artist's career is tribute to James Brown

New music

Take 5

Man charged in extortion attempt against singer
INDIANAPOLIS - A man claiming to be Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds' illegitimate son allegedly tried to extort $9 million from the Grammy-winning singer-producer by threatening to go public with the story, authorities said Monday.

Artist's career is tribute to James Brown
James Brown tribute artist Tony Wilson has made a career of staying on the good foot.

Goin' country: Pop stars making inroads on country charts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If pop star Michelle Branch and her pal Jessica Harp had their way, their new country album "Stand Still, Look Pretty" would have registered even higher on the twang scale.

Concert calendar
HOT SOUTHERN NIGHTS, WITH PAT GREEN AND JOSH TURNER: 7 tonight; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; table seats, $138; first three side and upper lower-half sections, $23 and the remaining seats, $17.50; (706) 722-3521 or ticketmaster.com.

Man charged in extortion attempt against singer

Concert calendar

Goin' country: Pop stars making inroads on country charts

Take 5
Although the acts scheduled to play the James Brown Soul of America Music Festival run the gamut, ranging in style from rock to rap to country, the performers share one thing - they all know who James Brown is.

New music
Here's a look at music releases for the week:

Racing for ratings
TV fuels sport's big day on and off track

Johnson has way to go for history

Johnson has way to go for history
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson will try to win the Coca-Cola 600 for a record fourth consecutive time this Sunday (5:30 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54). He's also trying to win his fifth consecutive race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Racing for ratings

Pistons have bounce

Heat role players come up big

Pistons have bounce
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons might be the most resilient team in the NBA.

Balance of power shifts in Texas
The San Antonio Spurs woke up Tuesday facing a new identity: They're no longer the best team in the NBA, the Western Conference or even their division.

Phoenix rises late

Offensive minded
DALLAS - As of Tuesday afternoon, Dirk Nowitzki still hadn't spoken with Steve Nash to congratulate his pal for reaching the conference finals.

Phoenix rises late
DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks still can't stop Phoenix's inside-and-outside playoff combination, even with Amare Stoudemire on the bench this year.

Heat role players come up big
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Pat Riley had one thing in mind when he revamped the supporting cast around Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade.

Balance of power shifts in Texas

Offensive minded

Postseason has been league's best in years

Postseason has been league's best in years
NEW YORK - LeBron is gone, and so are the defending champion Spurs. The Clippers are on their annual summer vacation - albeit a month later than usual.

League wants team based in Los Angeles or Anaheim

Johnnie R. Davis   (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Mr. Johnnie R. Davis, Sr., 81, husband of the late Almeta Davis, entered into rest on Monday May 22, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM on Sunday May 28, 2006, at the Bradford O'Keffe Funeral Home in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Interment will be in the Crest Lawn Cemetery, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Mr. Davis, a native of Beaumont, Mississippi, was retired from the US Air Force, having served in WWII. He was a member of the Ocean Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Johnnie R. 'Butch' and Lindsey Davis, Jr., Florence, Alabama; one daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and Mike Greenwell, Appling, Ga.; one sister; Ernestine Johnston, Beaumont, Mississippi; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. - Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com.

Donald Patrick Aaron   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, May 21, 2006 at University Hospital, Mr. Donald Patrick Aaron, 60, of Holley Street, husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Jean Odoms-Lovett. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with Reverend Alton R. Pegues. Interment will be in Southview Cemetery. Friends may call the residence or W. H. MAYS MORTUARY, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Anna Belle Cross   (KITE, Ga.)
KITE, Ga. - Anna Belle Riggs Cross, age 67, of Kite, GA died on Monday, May 22, 2006, at her residence after an extended illness. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 25th, at 2 PM in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary with the Rev. Allen Meeks and Rev. Craig Tillman officiating. Interment will be in the Kite City Cemetery. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Lucille Nelms   (CRAWFORD, Ga.)
CRAWFORD, Ga. - Lucille McKettrick Nelms, age 88, of Crawford, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Minnie Lee Tullis McKettrick and the wife of the late Thomas Eugene Nelms. Mrs. Nelms worked at St. Mary's Hospital until her retirement. She was a resident of Quiet Oaks Nursing Home in Crawford. She was a member of the Lighthouse Evangelical Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, Martha & Robert Huff, Glenda & Coile Stewart of Crawford,Tomi Nelms of Hartwell, Bill Nelms of Lexington, and Lucy Bridges of Carlton; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild; a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 26, 2006 in the Chapel of Lord and Stevens - Crawford at 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Wiley Carney and Rev. Dan Fernandez officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lincolnton. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Lord and Stephens - Crawford and Friday from 1-2 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. Lord and Stephens Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com 706-743-5030 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gloria Conlon   (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - Gloria Mills Conlon, 80, of Wedgefield Plantation, entered into rest Friday, May 19, 2006 at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrell's Inlet. Graveside services will be held today at 3:00 p.m., at Westover Memorial Park, with Father C. Alexander McDonald officiating. Rowland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Christine J. Ellison   (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Christine J. Ellison, age 91, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at Screven County Hospital in Sylvania. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 3:00 until 4:00 PM. Funeral Services at 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Chapel. Interment at Screven County Memorial Cemetery. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Jean Rutland Green   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Jean Carolyn Rutland Green, entered in to rest on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the residence. A Graveside service will be held at 12:00 (Noon) on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Bellevue Memorial Gardens with Rev. Chuck Eberhart officiating. Mrs. Green was employed by the City of Augusta for 23 years. Everyone knew her as "Mama Jean." She enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband. It was said she never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. She enjoyed people and her country music and was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved to bake and was known as a great cook. Mom gives thanks to Alice Jordon for her support and help. The family gives thanks to Hospice nurse Cindi Reimer. Survivors include her husband James "Butch" Green, one son, Byron Richard Ward of Augusta, and five daughters, Sandra O'Brien and Debbie Eberhart both of Florida, Susan Ward of Phoenix, Arizona, Bobbie Ward Calamas of Martinez, Sharon Crnkovich of Florida and ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, from 6 to 9 p.m. If so desired Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Road, suite F-104 Augusta, GA 30904 Platt's Funeral Home 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-3636

Lillie Waters Powell   (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Lillie Waters Powell, age 96, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Screven County Hospital in Sylvania. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 7:00 until 9:00 PM at the funeral home. Graveside Services at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at the Sylvania City Cemetery. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Geneva D. Bailey   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, May 22, 2006 at Forest Lake Nursing Home, Mrs. Geneva D. Bailey, 74, formerly of Summer Street. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Williams Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Dr. Paul W. Gardner, Sr., Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Bailey retired from Gracewood State School Hospital. Survivors are her husband, John Bailey; three daughters, Janice P. Quinn, Joan M. McNair and Sharon A. Swails; three sons, Carl M. Bailey, John F. (Jeanette) Bailey and Edward Quinn; two sisters, Catherine Archie and Ola Mae Wright; one brother, Willie Dennis; one aunt, Betsy Striggles; thirteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends may call 1630 Apple Valley Drive or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, Georgia 30901 (706) 722-6401 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Martha McJunkin   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Deas McJunkin, wife of the late Mr. Howard McJunkin, entered into rest on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at Doctors Hospital. She lived her life in Augusta, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas. Graveside services will be held this Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the Gracewood Cemetery, Gracewood, GA, with the Reverend John Courson officiating. Family and friends should assemble at the graveside. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Alice W. Smart   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, May 21, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Alice W. Smart, 95, of Grand Boulevard. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Moses Baptist Church with Reverend Willie Greene officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary L. Moss   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mary L. Moss entered into rest on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Survivors includes her loving and devoted children, Oliver (Bobbie) Moss, Jr., John H. Moss, Aszenner Wright, Geneva Moss (Ervin) Jennings, Columbia, SC, LaShawn (Bernard) Middleton; brother, Arthur Lee (Vera) Taylor; eighteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces nephews other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kisney & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858

Herbert Daniel   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Herbert Daniel entered into rest Monday, May 22, 2006 in Doctor's Hospital. Funeral services will be held (today) May 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Olson officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ginger Chase, Eric Brown, Mike Blume, Nicholas Blume, Patrick Blume, Matthew Blume, Glenn A. Daniel and Jeff Daniel. Family members are three daughters, Ginger Chase, Winslow, Ariz., Susan Albert (Kevin), Evans, Ga. and Beth Wadkins, St. Petersburg, Fla.; four stepdaughters, Chris Blume, Martinez, Melissa Hayes, Atlanta, Lisa Baldowski, Washington state and Laura Hayes, Alaska; one brother, David G. Daniel (Linda), Evans, Ga.; three grandchildren, Brannon and Miranda Albert and Cathy Chappell and one great-grandchild, Tyler Chappell. Mr. Daniel was a native of Augusta, a retired chemical side operator with the Federal Paper Board and a Methodist. The family will receive friends before the service (today) 12 noon-2:00 p.m. at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. 863-6747. Florist: Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Crystal S. Jordan   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Crystal S. Jordan, age 59, of Augusta, entered into rest Wednesday, May 24, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Poteet Funeral Homes West Chapel, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Ga. 30909 (706) 860-0009.

Martha Deas McJunkin   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Martha Deas McJunkin, wife of the late Mr. Howard McJunkin, entered into rest on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at Doctors Hospital. She lived her life in Augusta, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas. Graveside services will be held this Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the Gracewood Cemetery, Gracewood, GA, with the Reverend John Courson officiating. Family and friends should assemble at the graveside. Survivors include her son, Charles McJunkin and two grandsons, Gary Beck and Chuck McJunkin. Mrs. McJunkin was a member of the Liberty Council # 12 Daughters of America. She was a member of the First Southern Methodist Church where she was a former teacher of the Faith Bible Class, and she had retired from the Richmond County Board of Education. No visitation is planned. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Johnnie R. Davis   (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Mr. Johnnie R. Davis, Sr., 81, entered into rest May 22, 2006. Funeral services will be held Sunday May 28, 2006, at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. - Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com.

Eugenia Williams   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at The Place at Augusta (Nursing Home), Mrs. Eugenia Williams, 84. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Friends may call W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Patricia O'Connor Radeck   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia O'Connor Radeck entered into eternal happiness, Sunday, May 21, 2006. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church with the Rev. Martino Nuygen as celebrant. Interment will follow at Westover Memorial Park. Mrs. Radeck was an active and life long resident of Augusta, GA. She was a devout Catholic, dear and loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Mrs. Radeck was active in numerous civic and cultural organizations including St. Joseph Hospital, Morris Museum of Art, the Augusta Garden Club, and Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Mrs. Radeck was a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church and the Augusta Country Club. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Survivors include two sons, John O'Connor Radeck of Evans, GA and Matthew Patrick Radeck of Pittsburgh, PA; two daughters, Janet Radeck Bonifer of Los Angeles, CA and Julie Radeck Harari of San Diego, CA; and seven grandchildren, John O'Connor Radeck, Jr., Philip Wilson Radeck, Ashley Radeck Babbitt, Jonathan Radeck Harari, Caroline O'Connor Harari, Adam Patrick Bonifer, and John Alexander Bonifer. Pallbearers will be John Radeck, Jr., Philip Radeck, Lee Babbitt, Wright McLeod, Clark Ashton, and Scott Elliott. Platt's Funeral Home 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-3636

Ethel Marie Aube   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Ethel Marie Aube, 73, beloved wife of Robert S. Aube, of Five Notch Road, entered into rest Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alice W. Smart   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, May 21, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Alice W. Smart, 95, of Grand Boulevard. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Moses Baptist Church with Reverend Willie Greene officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call the residence or W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.

Helen M. Lunsford   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Funeral services for Mrs. Helen M. Lunsford, 67, of Ambassador Drive, North Augusta, SC, who died May 22, 2006, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Mrs. Lunsford was a native of Greer, SC, a former resident of Laurens, having made North Augusta her home for the past 38 years. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Billy J. Lunsford; one son, Billy Joe Lunsford, Jr., Clearwater; two daughters, Diane Lesser, North Augusta and Tina Sikes, Clearwater; two sisters, Alma Harris, Pomaria, SC and Gladys Fowler, Easley, SC; four grandchildren, Melissa Lunsford, B.J. Lunsford, Mitchell Lesser and Jessica Sikes; two great grandchildren, Joseph Lunsford and Aleta Johnson. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Wednesday evening from 6 to 8. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of NorthAugusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Oscar Bates   (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C.- Oscar Bates, Sr. , 72, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at his residence. Visitation will be held 6-7p.m. Thursday at Amos & Sons Funeral Home, Johnston, SC. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2006 at the Willow Spring Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Gordon, officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Bates; three daughters, Sharon Young (Leroy), Sabrina Herrin (James), and Gwendolyn Herrin (George); three sons, Oscar Bates, Jr, Darrell Bates (Jacqueline) and Alfred Bates(Wendy); 7 grandchildren and, two sisters, Naomi B. Harris (Lorenzo) and Sophronia Chappelle (Harry). Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Katherine Sanders   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at University Hospital, Mrs. Katherine Sanders, 79, formerly of Florence Street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Friends may call W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Margaret S. Vinson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Margaret Strickland Vinson , 49 entered into rest on Tuesday May 23, 2006 at Doctor's Hospital . A service of Remembrance will be held 11:00AM Friday May 26, 2006 at Elliott Sons Funeral Home , Columbia Road Chapel , 4255 Columbia Road , Martinez with Elder Dwayne Hooven officiating. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebekah & Joel Jr. Huffman and Emily & David , Jr. Katarski; father William R. Strickland; sister Anne Rhodes and two grandchildren, Adison Boone and Nathaniel Huffman . In lieu of flowers the family suggest The Medical College of Georgia , Children's Hospital . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Margie Hinton   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Margie Parrish Hinton, age 83, died Monday, May 22, 2006 at Ocochee Regional Medical Hospital in Milledgeville. Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2006 at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson, with Dr. James M. Ramsey, pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. A native of Carroll County, Georgia, Mrs. Hinton moved to Thomson in 1943 following completion of Cosmetology School in Valdosta. She married Wilton Hinton in 1945, shortly after his return from active duty in WWII, and operated Margie's Beauty Shop until her retirement in 1987. Mr. & Mrs. Hinton were active members of Thomson First Baptist Church, where Mrs. Hinton was a faithful member of Grace Sunday school class. The couple made their home in Thomson until moving to Milledgeville in 2001. Survivors include husband, Wilton Hinton; a brother, James Parrish of Greensboro, Ga.; one son, Bill Hinton (Jill) of Milledgeville; one daughter, Ann Hayduk (Fred) of Wadsworth, Ohio; four grandchildren, Scott Hayduk (Sally) of Wadsworth, Jon Hayduk (Tavia) of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Rebecca Hinton of Athens, Ga. and Sky Hinton of Milledgeville; three great grandchildren, Tevin, Molly and Peyton. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Thomson First Baptist Church. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com The Hinton family will receive friends following the service at Thomson First Baptist Church. Arrangements by Curtis Funeral Home.

Doris Batie Ray   (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mrs. Doris B. Ray, 79, entered into eternal rest on May 19, 2006 at the Pepper Hill Nursing Center of Aiken, S.C. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lees, S.C., with Reverend Sheldon Ray delivering the Eulogy. Interment will follow in Hope Memorial Cemetery, Barnwell, S.C. The family will receive friends tonight, Thursday, May 25, 2006 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Simmons Funeral Home. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, Mr. Washington Ray of Williston; two sons, Reverend Sheldon (Betty) Ray of Williston and Dr. Washington (Elizabeth S.) Ray, Jr. of Sumter; two sisters, Elouise Atkinson of Sumter, Alenzia Mason, Williston; seven grandchildren, Sharon Rena Ray of Williston, Carlos G. (Sabrina) Ray of Aiken, Dr. Adrian L. (Patrice) Ray, of Sumter, Dr. Dustine L. (Nicole) Ray, of Washington, D.C. and Geoffrey L. Ray of Washington, D.C.; six great-grandchildren, seven brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Family and friends may call the residence of Mr. Washington Ray Sr., 124 Rays Rd., or the Simmons Funeral Home of Williston, 13188 Main Street, Williston, or 803-266-7808. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary Bertha Benning   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in the University Hospital, Mrs. Mary Bertha Benning of Fleming Ave. She was a member of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church of which Rev. Dr. Johnny R. Hatney is pastor and was retired from the Medical College of Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Mr. John Benning; two sons, Johnnie Benning, Augusta, Willie Benning, Plainfield, N.J.; two sisters, Mrs. Susie Wilson and Mrs. Virginia Walford, Augusta; two grandchildren, Mr. Oliver Benning, Jr. and Ms. Shelia Reeves; four great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 12 noon from Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Johnny R. Hatney officiating. Funeral processional will assemble and leave Dent's Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Walker Memorial Park. The body will lie in state in the church from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

Connor O'Bryan   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Wyatt Connor O'Bryan infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton L. and Allene Koone O'Bryan of Mayfield Rd. entered into rest Sunday, at the Medical College of Georgia. Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in Westover Memorial Park. With Reverend George Booth and Reverend Philip Kenny officiating. Additional survivors include Paternal grandparents Clifton and Gail O'Bryan, Maternal grandparents, Troy and Elizabeth Koone, Maternal great-grandmother, Frances Koone all of Augusta, Paternal great-grandmothers Joyce Smith of Aiken and Grace Hatcher of Langley and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Wyatt was preceded in death by his great-grandparents James M. Koone, Denzil R. & Alice Beeson, Clifton L. O'Bryan, Sr. and Cleveland L. Hatcher. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Danny Neal Hill   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Danny Neal Hill, age 54, of Augusta, a loving husband, father and grandfather entered into rest Tuesday, May 23, 2006. Born in Knoxville, TN, he was a son of Pauline Wright Hill of Knoxville and the late William Fred Hill. Mr. Hill had lived in Augusta for the last 23 years. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family. Surviving, in addition to his mother, is his wife of 37 years Pattie Hill; daughter Teresa Berg and husband John of Athens, Ga.; son Larry Hill of Augusta, Ga.; brothers Gary Hill, Steve Hill, Dennis Hill, and sister Sue Spickard all of Knoxville, Tn.; grandchildren Brandon Marchant of Athens, Ga., Justin Hill of Augusta, Ga., Isabella Berg, Megan Berg, Grace Berg, and John Martin Berg, Jr. all of Athens, Ga. Services and burial will be held in Knoxville, Tn., under the direction of Bridges Funeral Home. ( 865 ) 523-4999 Poteet Funeral Homes, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Ga. 30907 (706) 860-0009 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Bruce M. Hewston   (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A memorial service for Bruce M. Hewston, Jr. will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 4 p.m. at George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave. SW Aiken, SC. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Mr. Hewston, 28 of Aiken, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at MUSC from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. He was born in Aiken where he had lived his entire life before recently moving to Charleston. He served in the United States Army during 2000-2001, Bruce always had kind, loving and uplifting words for everyone; especially for his 'Memaw', grandmamma Hewston and his mother. Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family like his uncle Greg who was more like a brother than an Uncle. Bruce also had a special bond with his cousin Crystal. Friends remember him as outgoing and as someone who could never be ignored and never met a stranger. This isone reason he was successful in sales. Bruce was a very good listener and never revealed any confidences. Bruce was always a very positive, friendly, and confidant person with a big heart and a smile on his face. Bruce accepted Jesus as his Savior as a teenager at a Carman concert and openly expressed his love for the Lord with any opportunity. His brother Wes and sister Marsha, remember Bruce as a true guardian angle and protector. Bruce was always very courteous and respectful of others. Bruce and his father were friends as well as father & son. Though Bruce had no children of his own, he was truly a family man. Bruce is survived by his parents, Karen Engleman, Beech Island and Bruce M. Hewston, Sr., Aiken; his paternal grandparents, William B. & Elizabeth Hewston, Aiken; his maternal grandmother, Marie Rhoden, Aiken; his maternal grandfather, Art Loomis, Arizona; a brother, Wes Kirkland, Aiken and a sister, Marsha Cameron, North Augusta, SC. Bruce is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and a nephew, Nathan Fromer.

Effie D. Battle   (SHARON, Pa.)
SHARON, Pa. -Mrs. Effie D. Battled died November 1, 2005. Survivors include two daughters, Estella Phillips and Lena Mae Robertson of; sister-in-law, Mae Evans of Warrenton; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held November 5, 2005 at Friendship Baptist Church in Pa. with internment in Morefield Cemetery in Hermitage, Pa.

Margaret Warner   (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
CLEARWATER, S.C. - Mrs. Margaret Ann Warner, 64, entered into rest May 23, 2006 at University Hospital. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses with Rick Culler officiating. Mrs. Warner, a native of Barnwell County, was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Clearwater. Survivors include a daughter, Rena W. Black, Beech Island; a son, Tony Wallace, Barnwell, S.C.; a brother, Charles Wallace, Freeport, N.Y.; aunt, Mazie Salley, Lithonia, Ga.; four grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nancy Locklear   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on May 21, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Nancy Angelina Rowley Locklear, 40, devoted companion of Michael Watkins. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bobby Coleman officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after the service. Nancy was born in Ansbach, Germany. She was loved by all that met her and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her mother, Karin Andrews and Jack Andrews; two sons, Joshua Aaron Locklear and Kyler Dylan Watkins; a daughter, Casey Lynn Locklear; a brother, James L. Rowley, Jr. and two step brothers, Chris and Jason Rowley; a sister, Courtney Andrews. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. 706 863-6747 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John C. "Jake" Price   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. John Cullen Price, Sr., 80, entered into rest on Monday, May 22, 2006 at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 in Westover Memorial Park with Rev. George Jones officiating. Born on May 6, 1926 in Lyons, GA Mr. Price served his country with the United States Marines in World War II and laid critically wounded for three days in the Marshall Islands before assistance arrived. Mr. Price also received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor. After serving our country, he worked for Spector Freight Lines until retirement. Family members include his wife of 60 years, Melba R. Price, Martinez; two sons, Larry Price (Kathy), Martinez, and Johnny Price (Patricia) of Evans; one half-brother, Donald Price (Carolyn), Augusta; one half-sister Joanne Blanchard, Augusta; two nieces, Patsy Garcia and Lanie Walker of Augusta; five grandchildren, Beth Heath (Chris), N. Augusta; Larry Price, Jr. (Kristen), Angela Price, Cullen Price (Andrea) and Sarah Price all of Evans; and five great grandchildren, Karly and Caroline Heath of N.Augusta and Jade, Alexandra and Savannah of Evans. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax , VA 22038-1131 or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904 Platt's Funeral Home, 337 North Belair Rd., Evans, GA 30809 (706) 860-6166

Eunice C. Williams   (CHICAGO, Ill.)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Funeral service for Mr. Eunice C. Williams, age 76, of Chicago, Ill formerly of Thomson, Ga., will be held Thursday, May 24, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Thomson, Rev. Courtney Miller, Eulogist, interment in the churchyard cemetery. Survivors are three sons, Freddie "Raheem" Williams of Atlanta, Herbert (Charlotte) Williams of Chicago and Anthony (Yvette) Williams of Chicago; one daughter, Myra Williams of Atlanta; three brothers, James (Ida Mae) Williams, Tommy C. (Eunice) Williams and J.T. Williams all of Thomson, Ga.; three sisters-in-law, Mamie Williams and Dora Williams both of Thomson and Brenda Williams of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, Ga., in charge. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Margaret H. Elgin   (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Margaret Hammond Elgin, 53 died Tuesday May 23, 2006 at her home. Funeral Services will be held Thursday May 25, 2006 at 2 PM at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home with burial in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park. Mrs. Elgin was a native of Greenwood County, and was retired from Quality Stitching Co. Survivors include her husband Sammy Barton of Saluda, one son Richard Elgin of North Augusta, three daughters Angela Cleveland of Newberry, Hope Gibson of North Augusta, Annette Barton of Saluda, four sisters Nora Jane Pitcher of Harlem, Becky Lawton of Plum Branch, Vivian Sprouse, Ethel Crawford of Edgefield and 8 grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Harold D. Lee   (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mr. Harold D. Lee of New York, N.Y., entered into rest Thursday, May 18, 2006 in New York. A memorial services will be held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Lee was a native of Augusta and had lived in New York most of his life. Survivors are two sons, Corey Lee, Augusta; Shawn Lee, New York; two sisters, Barbara Lee, New York, Angela Lee, Augusta; two brothers, Raymond Lee, Alvin Lee, New York; three grandchildren, Amina Lee, ShaCorya Lee, Sheyanne Lee, Augusta and a host of nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Henry Bussey   (NEW ORLEANS, La.)
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Mr. Henry Bussey died May 17, 2006 in New Orleans, La. Graveside services will be held today, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. at Doyle Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Blythe, Ga. with full Millitary Honor accorded. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 1 p.m. Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800s.

Helen M. Lunsford   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen M. Lunsford, 67, of Ambassador Drive, North Augusta, SC, who died May 22, 2006, will be conducted this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Annie Hutto Stallings   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. -Funeral Services for Mrs. Annie Hutto Stallings, 90, of Stallings Road, Jackson, SC, who died May 21, 2006, will be conducted this Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Rev. Michael D. Riddle, Chaplain Ken Gross and Rev. Allen Cantrell officiating. Interment in Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Margie Hinton   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Margie Parrish Hinton, age 83 died Monday May 22, 2006 at Oconee Regional Hospital in Milledgeville. Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Thursday May 25, 2006 at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson, with Dr. James M. Ramsey, pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com The Hinton family will receive friends following the services at Thomson First Baptist Church. Arrangements by Curtis Funeral Home.

Conner O'Bryan   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Wyatt Conner O'Bryan infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton L. and Allene Koone O'Bryan of Mayfield Rd. entered into rest Sunday, at the Medical College of Georgia. Graveside services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in Westover Memorial Park. Additional survivors include paternal grandparents, Clifton and Gail O'Bryan; maternal grandparents, Troy and Elizabeth Koone; maternal great-grandmother, Frances Koone all of Augusta; paternal great-grandmothers Joyce Smith of Aiken and Grace Hatcher of Langley and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary Bertha Benning   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Bertha Benning of Flemming Ave., who entered into rest on Sunday, May 21, 2006 in the University Hospital, will be held today, Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 12 noon from Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. J. R. Hatney officiating. Funeral processional will assemble and leave Dent's Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Walker Memorial Park. The body will lie in state in the church from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

Shirley Dixon Campbell   (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Shirley Dixon Campbell, age 70, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at home in Sardis. She was born in Burke County and was retired from Sylvania Yarn Systems after 31 years of service. She was also a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Girard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelley E. and Lillie M. Glisson Dixon and brother, Percy Dixon. Survivors include husband, Arnold Kincade Campbell of Sardis; daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie Kay Campbell and David A. Cohn of North Augusta, SC; three sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold Dean Campbell of Sardis, Emory Todd and Virginia B. Campbell of Sardis and Rodney Kincade and April D. Campbell of Waynesboro; two sisters, Genee D. Barnes of Augusta and Elaine D. Wrenn of Vidalia; two brothers, Willard Dixon of Augusta and Clyde Dixon of Girard; four grandchildren, Flynt Campbell, Brynt Campbell, Casey Caldwell and Courtney Caldwell; several nieces and nephews. Visitation: Wednesday, May 24,2006 at 7:00 until 9:00 PM at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in Sylvania. Graveside Services at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 25, 2006, at the Sardis Baptist Cemetery with Rev. Yonce Lively and Rev. Karen Zeigler officiating. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in Sylvania in charge of all arrangements. 912-564-2331.

Owen Ernest Swint   (COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. - Owen Ernest Swint died May 23, 2006. He was an area resident from 2006 to 2006. He was a Civil Servant. Survivors include two sons, David Swint and Joseph Swint and a daughter, Marsha McGehee. Funeral services to be held in Oklahoma. Funeral home handling arrangements: Advantage Funeral and Cremation Service, 829 S. Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-392-4432.

Anthony Natson   (STATESBORO, Ga.)
STATESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Anthony Leon (Lamb) Natson, age 57, of Statesboro, passed into eternal rest Friday, May 19, 2006. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Charlestown United Methodist Church in Screven County. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. Craig R. Tremble and Son's Funeral Home, Statesboro, in charge.

Donald P. Aaron   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, May 21, 2006 at University Hospital, Mr. Donald Patrick Aaron, 60, of Holley Street. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with Reverend Alton R. Pegues. Interment will be in Southview Cemetery. Mr. Aaron was a member of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church and a proud graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School Class of 1963. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Elizabeth Jean Odoms-Lovett; three step children, Horace S. (Rolyndia) Lovett, III, Columbia, SC, Doris V. Lovett and Leonard (Cassandra) Lovett, both of Augusta, GA; four grandchildren, Horace. Lovett, Leslie E. Burroughs, Jr. Charlotte, NC, Jonathan Lovett, Columbia, SC and Nyla V. Lovett, one aunt, A. Philpot; two dear friends, Bouler Samuels and Michael Mackie; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends. Friends may call the residence or W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.

Ann Foy Moore   (SNELLING, S.C.)
SNELLING, S.C. - Ann Foy Moore, 79, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006. Services will be held at 4:00PM Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Seven Pines Baptist Church, Snelling, SC, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at the home from 6:00-8:00PM. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Elbert Timothy Moore of Snelling; son Elbert Timothy Moore, Jr.(Scottie) of Snelling; daughters Ellen Moore(George Sanders) of Irmo, SC and Kathryn M. Thompson(Donnie) of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Tiffany Moore, Richmond Turner Moore(Parker), Edward Foy Moore, Jenny T. Oyler(Ryan), Jessica T. Villalon(Denny); great grandchildren Michael Thompson, Jeremy Oyler, Justin Oyler, Brandon Oyler, Dylan Villalon and Brent Moore; sister Georgia F. Fields of Barnwell, and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws Roy Fields, Margie Foy, Irma Moore, all of Barnwell, Walter Smith of Arden, NC and Joseph Pesa of St. Cloud, FL; and a number of cousins, nieces andnephews. She was predeceased by her parents John Watkins and Mary Schumpert Foy, brothers Harry Lee Foy and John Jacob Foy and a grandson, John Anthony Thompson. Mrs. Moore was born in Saluda County, SC on September 25, 1926. She attended Indian Creek and Hollywood schools in Saluda County and Old Ellenton and Dunbarton schools in Barnwell County before graduating from Barnwell High School. She worked for Amerotron, Shuron and World Book Encyclopedia and retired as School Food Service Director for Barnwell School District #45. She was a member of Seven Pines Baptist Church and a member of the Laura Love Sunday School Class. She was past chairman of the Barnwell County Nursing Home Board of Trustees, served on the Barnwell County Beautification Committee, was a long time community chairperson for the American Cancer Society and was a loyal member of the Democratic Party. Most of all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all in need. At her request, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Barnwell County Veterans Park, Post Office Box 160, Barnwell, SC 29812, in honor of those who served. Mole Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements Mole Funeral Home (6BM) 803-259-3166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Dorothy Mae Perrin   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mrs. Dorothy Mae Perrin of Knollcrest Drive entered into rest on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Horace E. Perrin, Sr.; three sons, Horace E. Perrin, Jr., Terrence (Kari) Perrin, Conyers, Ga., Marcus Perrin, Augusta; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga.

Jack Brown   (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Jack Brown of Davisboro died Monday May 22. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday May 25 at the Downs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Brown residence, 6447 South Sparta Davisboro Road, Davisboro. May & Smith Funeral Directors.

Terence Lee Priest   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Terence Lee Priest, 46, entered into rest May 19, 2006. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, GA Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com

Dex Elva Dominy   (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Ms. Dex Elva Hardaway Dominy, age 95, will be held at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery. Stanley Funeral Home of Wrightsville has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online register book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com .

Robert L. Snell   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, May 18, 2006, Mr. Robert Lorenzo "Bobby" Snell, beloved son of Robert D. Snell and Kathryn Powell Snell of Grovetown, GA. Mr. Snell was born and raised in Augusta, GA. He was a 1973 graduate of George P. Butler High School. Mr. Snell was an avid sports fan. His passions included football, baseball, NASCAR and classic cars. While traveling was one of his favorite hobbies, his most favorite part was dining out. Mr. Snell was a chemical operator here in Augusta for many years and was of the Methodist faith. Additional survivors include his sister; Kathy S. Evans and her husband Bill of Grovetown and a niece; Katie Evans also of Grovetown. Chapel services will be conducted Friday, May 26 2006, 2PM, in the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Dr. Michael Ruffin officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Wilson Folk, Mike Grady, Larry Knight, Tommy Snell, Brian Snell and Frank Williams. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite F-104 Augusta, GA 30904. Friends may call at the residence of Bill and Kathy Evans. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6PM until 8PM at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd. Augusta, GA 30907 (706)364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Ignacio Gaona   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Ignacio Gaona, 86, husband of the late Ethel Mae Hart Gaona. Mr. Gaona was a native of San Benito, TX and was a US Army veteran of WWII. He was in the auto parts manufacturing. Family members include his daughter, Juanita Gaona of Atlanta, GA; sons, Frank Gaona of Raymondville, TX, Gilbert Gaona of Montpelier, Ohio and Jerome Lee Frazier of Appling, GA. Crypt side funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:30 P.M. in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, with Military Honors. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Myrtis Washington   (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday May 23, 2006, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home. Miss Myrtis Washington, aged 85, was the beloved daughter of the late Pearl W. Beasley and sister of the late Roy B. Beasley. Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Silver Run Baptist Church with the Rev. John McMillan officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include her sister-in-law Joyce Beasley, of Dearing; two nieces, Nancy Beasley Merryman, of Dearing, and Donna Beasley, of Augusta; two nephews, David (Judy) Beasley, Sr., of Dearing, and Ralph (Dionne) Beasley, of Marietta; one great nephew, David Beasley, Jr., of Augusta; three great nieces, Brianna Beasley, of Dearing, Elyse Beasley, of Marietta, Amber Merryman, of Dearing; and one great-great nephew Brent Beasley, of Savannah; and numerous cousins. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Silver Run Baptist Building Fund, 5406 221 Highway SE, Harlem, Georgia 30814 The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. - Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Leroy Peters   (MIFFLINBURG, Pa.)
MIFFLINBURG, Pa. - Mr. Leroy Peters, entered into rest Tuesday, May 23, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday May 27, 2006 at Pinecrest Mennonite Church, Family will receive friends from 7:00 - 9:00 Friday evening May 26, 2006 at Pinecrest Mennonite Church. James Funeral Home- Wrens, GA.

Johnnie R. Davis (APPLING, Ga.)

Owen Ernest Swint (COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.)

Martha McJunkin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Gloria Conlon (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Margaret Warner (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

John C. "Jake" Price (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Donald P. Aaron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Martha Deas McJunkin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Margie Hinton (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Ignacio Gaona (EVANS, Ga.)

Christine J. Ellison (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Shirley Dixon Campbell (SARDIS, Ga.)

Lucille Nelms (CRAWFORD, Ga.)

Anthony Natson (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Harold D. Lee (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Alice W. Smart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Geneva D. Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Eunice C. Williams (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Oscar Bates (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Dex Elva Dominy (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Katherine Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Danny Neal Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dorothy Mae Perrin (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Jack Brown (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Connor O'Bryan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Donald Patrick Aaron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Bertha Benning (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Helen M. Lunsford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Crystal S. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ann Foy Moore (SNELLING, S.C.)

Ethel Marie Aube (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Conner O'Bryan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Margaret S. Vinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Margie Hinton (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Eugenia Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jean Rutland Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Terence Lee Priest (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Henry Bussey (NEW ORLEANS, La.)

Lillie Waters Powell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Herbert Daniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Myrtis Washington (DEARING, Ga.)

Margaret H. Elgin (SALUDA, S.C.)

Bruce M. Hewston (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Johnnie R. Davis (APPLING, Ga.)

Alice W. Smart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Bertha Benning (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary L. Moss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Patricia O'Connor Radeck (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Leroy Peters (MIFFLINBURG, Pa.)

Effie D. Battle (SHARON, Pa.)

Robert L. Snell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Helen M. Lunsford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Nancy Locklear (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Anna Belle Cross (KITE, Ga.)

Annie Hutto Stallings (JACKSON, S.C.)

Doris Batie Ray (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Wheelchair sports keep Grovetown couple busy

Horse family's first clones will be tested in mule race

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
A year after a disappointing final round cost her the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur championship, Augusta State golfer Garrett Phillips won the tournament in Alpharetta, Ga.

Horse family's first clones will be tested in mule race
STOCKTON, Calif. - In a low-stakes mule race in a remote corner of the West, nature vs. nurture will be put to the test as two of the horse family's earliest clones challenge naturally bred runners in June in Nevada.

Wheelchair sports keep Grovetown couple busy
Journey, Bill Braun's mottled-grey hearing dog, jumped out of the hand-controlled van first and explored her surroundings while her owner maneuvered his electric wheelchair to the lift that would lower him out of the van and onto the concrete parking lot. Once Bill was safely on the ground, his wife, Jerry, followed suit.

Overtime
Augusta State sophomore Garrett Phillips shot 77 on Tuesday and leads the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship by one shot over Augusta's Laura Coble.

League wants team based in Los Angeles or Anaheim
DENVER - The NFL is spending $10 million to help Los Angeles and Anaheim with their plans for bringing the league back to the nation's second-largest media market.

Headliners Green, Turner will fuel Hot Southern Night

Headliners Green, Turner will fuel Hot Southern Night
Texas country rocker Pat Green, who won over local fans on the WKXC-FM Guitar Pull last November, returns to Augusta for the 11th annual Hot Southern Night concert at 7 tonight at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant's name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Groups link up for art's sake
A civic organization has linked some children from the Boys and Girls Club with the arts community during the past six months.

A mighty roar
Eleven-year-old Megan Anderson (left) pretends to be opening the mouth of a lion, played by RheaGine Valero, 11, in Windsor Spring Elementary School's annual Circus 4 Us Kids.

It takes a war to bring Augustans close
Though they lived in neighborhoods less than five minutes apart and had mutual friends in high school, it took a war to forge a friendship between Capt. Walt Green and Capt. Stephen Albright.

Archaeology Day is all about artifacts
Joe Vignati hoped to spark an interest in history in his two young grandsons Saturday.

Around the block
Works by Ethan Brock and gallery artists in The Bin Show will be on display through June 2, at the Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad St. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (706) 724-9542.

Health and fitness calendar
The Health And Fitness Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to (706) 722-7403 and send e-mail to ryan.wehmeyer@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

For the record
Johnny James Williams Jr., 42, of the 1100 block of Twiggs Street, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; one year in prison, followed by eight years' probation, and fined $1,850

Director seeks talented teens
Steve Walpert wants to show off Augusta's talented teens to the community.

Paine honors president who fought bigotry
After 50 years, Silas Norman has not forgotten how E. Clayton Calhoun traveled to Louisville, Ga., to speak against the racial hostility that a Paine College student choir faced while passing through town. At the time, Dr. Calhoun, a white man, was the president of the black school.

Augusta State University graduates
The following students have earned degrees from Augusta State University:

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Milestones
Donald Ritchie, of Augusta, has earned a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Fla.

Can you find it?
This week's image, right, is a common place for families to gather. If you think you know where it is, call (706) 823-3708 by 2 p.m. Friday and leave your name, area code and telephone number, and how to spell your name.

Calendar
STORYTIME IN THE QUAD: 10-10:45 a.m. today; Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St.; presented by Carolyn Fortson from East Central Georgia Regional Library; free; (706) 724-4443

Now there are only four, but all contestants are winners
Finalists were narrowed from eight to four Friday in the 13- to 18-year-old category of The Augusta Chronicle Make Kids Count $10,000 scholarship competition.

Women of excellence honored
Women recognized for their contributions in the community at the May 17 Central Savannah River Girl Scout Council Women of Excellence luncheon ranged from a fine arts director to a business owner.

Augusta State University graduates

Now there are only four, but all contestants are winners

Women of excellence honored

Paine honors president who fought bigotry

Health and fitness calendar

Calendar

Director seeks talented teens

Archaeology Day is all about artifacts

It takes a war to bring Augustans close

Restaurant ratings

Around the block

For the record

A mighty roar

Milestones

Seniors calendar

Can you find it?

Groups link up for art's sake

Campbell knows well the pain of horse racing

America's neighbor to the north gets its due in variety of movies

'American Idol' has global reach

Jack Bauer saves the day on the '24' finale - but all isn't swell

Charles Gibson named anchor of "World News Tonight"
NEW YORK - ABC appointed Charles Gibson as the new anchor of its struggling "World News Tonight" broadcast on Tuesday, replacing Elizabeth Vargas.

Charles Gibson named anchor of "World News Tonight"

Jack Bauer saves the day on the '24' finale - but all isn't swell
NEW YORK - At the end of the day, Jack Bauer's job was clear.

'American Idol' has global reach
LOS ANGELES - Rohit Sarang of Bombay, India, was a Chris Daughtry fan but is eager to see if Katharine McPhee or Taylor Hicks is crowned the latest "American Idol."

One-handed 'Katamari' for PSP is deeply flawed video game

People in the News

Applause calendar

James Brown scheduled to perform

Spotted

Club calendar

Stuff to do

America's neighbor to the north gets its due in variety of movies
Oh, Canada. Blame it on American arrogance or just not nearly enough of us venturing north of the border, but the popular perception of Canada is often that it's a lot like America, but with funny money and odd accents. Friends, let me tell you, Canada is a foreign country.

Reunions

Events calendar

Adult literacy sites

Meetings

Recycling locations

Coker Spring was once water source for Aiken

Libraries launch reading programs

Across the river

Public safety department honors employees

Around the block

Removing hazards

Milestones

Library schedules

Donations will help sheriff's office

Aiken has appealing aftertaste

Recreation calendar