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Choreographer is ready to begin new chapter in professional life

Giving back
Nicole Swanson is starting her career as a director of musical theater by saying bye-bye.

Copy of Christopher Columbus letter on sale
LONDON - A contemporary copy of a letter Christopher Columbus wrote while returning from the New World is up for sale this month, its price tag set at $900,000.

Giving back

Choreographer is ready to begin new chapter in professional life
For Peter Powlus, one of the artistic staffers recently released by the Augusta Ballet, life remains about moving forward.

Bonds' pursuit to help Aaron get due
The furor over Barry Bonds swinging for 755 rises in tenor and tenacity, Babe Ruth left in the steroid slugger's wake and a nation rushing to reject this countdown to the toppling of Hank Aaron's record. This is such a sad, sad thing for Aaron and America to witness, goes the outrage, a pursuit of baseball's home run perch that comes without redeeming value.

Nevin is dealt to Cubs for Hairston

Coaches give Marist edge, 'Pack the win

Greenbrier's time has come

Kendall ends homer drought
OAKLAND, Calif. - Former Augusta GreenJacket Jason Kendall hit his first homer in nearly two years and Frank Thomas connected for No. 459 of his career Wednesday in the Oakland Athletics' 7-0 victory over the last-place Royals.

Coaches give Marist edge, 'Pack the win
Heritage baseball coach Casey Teal couldn't help but laugh.

Nationals avoid sweep
PHILADELPHIA - Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking single, and Washington avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Greenbrier's time has come
Players come and go. They practice. They play games.

Clemens rejoins Astros

Nevin is dealt to Cubs for Hairston
ARLINGTON, Texas - Struggling designated hitter Phil Nevin was traded Wednesday by the Texas Rangers to the Chicago Cubs, who desperately need a bat in the middle of their lineup without injured Derrek Lee.

Bonds' pursuit to help Aaron get due

Tigers' Maroth needs surgery

Clemens' comeback has perfect timing
Roger Clemens struggled a bit trying to answer the only question that really mattered. It was almost as if he wasn't quite sure himself why he's coming back to pitch for the Houston Astros.

Tigers' Maroth needs surgery
DETROIT - Detroit Tigers left-hander Mike Maroth is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery today to remove bone chips from his left elbow.

Clemens rejoins Astros
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens is coming out of retirement again, agreeing to a $22 million contract to pitch for the Houston Astros for the rest of 2006.

Nationals avoid sweep

Pirates finish rare sweep with wild 9th

Timing is right for the SEC to capitalize on its success

Clemens' comeback has perfect timing

Timing is right for the SEC to capitalize on its success
DESTIN, Fla. - The Southeastern Conference is trying to take advantage of its postseason basketball success.

Pirates finish rare sweep with wild 9th
PITTSBURGH - Ryan Doumit hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning after the umpires took away what looked to be a game-winning home run by Pittsburgh's Jose Castillo and called both teams back onto the field, and the Pirates finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a bizarre 4-3 victory Thursday.

Kendall ends homer drought

Men start talking to get out of tickets

Ramirez' error costs Braves
ATLANTA - Juan Cruz pitched seven shutout innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks broke a 24-inning scoreless streak with two unearned runs in the eighth, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, on Thursday night.

Royals lure Atlanta assistant

Royals lure Atlanta assistant
ATLANTA - Citing the need to exit the comfort zone he had built in 12 years with the Atlanta Braves' organization, assistant general manager Dayton Moore accepted Kansas City's offer Wednesday to become the beleaguered Royals' new general manager.

Ramirez' error costs Braves

Braves salvage one game
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox spent the afternoon Wednesday talking about how good he thought the Los Angeles Dodgers were.

Braves salvage one game

Fuel prices help Honda, Toyota soar

Augusta company buys bit of history
Flexible Flyer has about 107 years on The Tomberlin Group - a lot of time to penetrate the bike and trike market.

Cell companies beefing up in preparation for hurricane season
JACKSON, Miss. - Bay St. Louis Police Chief Frank McNeil faced the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with no communications. And all along Mississippi's tattered coast, residents scrambled to find ways to tell loved ones they had survived.

Pay limits rejected in yearly vote
DALLAS - Shareholders of Exxon Mobil Corp., whose last chief executive retired with a lump-sum payment of $98 million, overwhelmingly rejected resolutions to rein in compensation at the company's annual meeting Wednesday.

Judge OKs Delta pilots deal

Judge OKs Delta pilots deal
A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the $280-million-a-year concessions agreement between Delta Air Lines Inc. and its pilots, rejecting claims by the government's pension insurer that it should receive the compensation the pilots were promised if their pension is terminated.

Fuel prices help Honda, Toyota soar
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. saw double-digit U.S. sales increases in May as consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles grew, the automakers reported Thursday.

Customer service centers courted
The Development Authority of Richmond County always has vied for new manufacturing jobs, but lately it has been looking at a white-collar alternative.

Retailers report solid sales in May
NEW YORK - Consumers apparently shook off their worries about higher gas prices during May, shopping with enthusiasm at apparel stores and malls and giving many retailers better-than-expected results. A big exception was Wal-Mart Stores Inc., whose low-income consumers are feeling the biggest financial squeeze from $3-a-gallon gas.

Cell companies beefing up in preparation for hurricane season

Customer service centers courted

Retailers report solid sales in May

Augusta company buys bit of history

Pay limits rejected in yearly vote

Tigers riding impressive hot streak
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Jack Leggett chuckled when told his rival South Carolina skipper Ray Tanner said the Tigers were so hot right now, they could play in the American League East.

Tigers riding impressive hot streak

Not cruel, but highly unusual

Railing against transportation projects

Sour notes from music festival

A real constitutional crisis
The Georgia Supreme Court should be applauded for deciding to hear the marriage-defining constitutional amendment case quickly. They didn't have to do that, and we thank them.

A real constitutional crisis

L'outrage

Not cruel, but highly unusual
Back then, it was the home of Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party.

Sour notes from music festival
James Brown Music Festival organizer Charles Walker Jr. never was arrested Sunday as allegedly threatened at one point.

Railing against transportation projects
Georgians don't usually decide who they'll vote for based on candidates' position on transportation, but certainly that issue should be a contributing factor to many voters' decisions.

L'outrage
How do you say "smear" in French?

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.

People in the News
CHICAGO - Roger Ebert, who has battled cancer in recent years, will undergo surgery again, according to a published report.

History comes alive
So, you say you want a revolution.

Spotted
Donald Christopoulo (from left), of New Ellenton, poses with Iris and Gavin Winship, originally from northern England and living in Aiken, at the fifth annual Aiken Highland Games.

Stuff to do
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

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.

New incarnation of Batwoman is back as a lesbian
NEW YORK - Years after she first emerged from the Batcave, Batwoman is coming out of the closet.

Kids' Fishing Derby back at Fort Gordon

Fishing Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Kids' Fishing Derby back at Fort Gordon
Take a kid fishing. How many times have you heard that? Well, the Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club will give you a chance to do just that Saturday.

Fishing Tournaments

Roadside flowers can be real eye-openers for weary drivers

Roadside flowers can be real eye-openers for weary drivers
NEW MARKET, Va. - Remember the clumps of iris and daffodils you saw flowering along rural roadsides while on that cross-country trip last year? The brilliant poppies and butterfly weeds blooming in interstate medians?

Jackets look to close book on shortcomings
ATLANTA - For Danny Hall, this season was the time to tinker.

Jackets look to close book on shortcomings

Jackets, Tourists are running out of time
After a day off Wednesday, the Augusta GreenJackets return to Lake Olmstead Stadium tonight to begin an important five-game series with the Asheville Tourists.

Jackets ditch Tourists
Jose Yens began the season as the Augusta GreenJackets' cleanup hitter.

Woods has become the man his father wanted him to be

Archer is just off the mark

Nicklaus creates Rakegate brouhaha

Nicklaus creates Rakegate brouhaha
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Steve Flesch was one of the few players who had no issues with the bunkers at the Memorial, and for good reason. He wasn't in any of them Thursday, which might explain why he was atop the leaderboard.

Woods has become the man his father wanted him to be
Tiger Woods hinted for the first time publicly that he plans to play in the upcoming U.S. Open, and he did it while staging a golf clinic for a few dozen kids Tuesday in Arkansas.

Archer is just off the mark
NEWPORT, Wales - Philip Archer missed shooting the first 59 on the European Tour when a 6-foot birdie putt lipped out on the 18th hole Thursday in the first round at the Wales Open.

Jackets, Tourists are running out of time

Jackets ditch Tourists

Hokies land versatile Red Devils quarterback

Hokies land versatile Red Devils quarterback
There's not many things left that a Lincoln County football player has not been able to do.

Hurricanes stuff Sabres
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rod Brind'Amour was the do-everything captain for the Carolina Hurricanes all season. It was most fitting that his goal put them into the Stanley Cup finals.

Hurricanes stuff Sabres

Marathon duel nears its climax
RALEIGH, N.C. - For nearly two weeks, the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres have fought to a standstill to see who will play for the Stanley Cup, so closing the intense series with a Game 7 seems fitting.

Marathon duel nears its climax

Men start talking to get out of tickets
The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man.

Sometimes censorship is necessary

Elect Walter Lamb to House District 81
I'm writing to give my reasons for voting for Walter Lamb for state representative from District 81 in South Carolina. I hope my reasons will convince undecided voters to do the same.Miles Hall, Aiken, S.C.

Cull facts from 'Da Vinci Code' fiction

You want corruption? Look at the Dems
I guess Lowell Greenbaum's mom never told him about glass houses and throwing stones ("Now is the time to back Democrats," May 9). Consider the following Democrats: state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, Savannah, convicted of stealing Georgia tourism funds; Rep. Frank Redding, Decatur, convicted of felony extortion; and state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III, arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with marijuana (that was before he was indicted and convicted on fraud charges).Bob Gardner, Augusta

Cull facts from 'Da Vinci Code' fiction
Now that the movie The DaVinci Code has premiered, I wish to respond as a person whose biblical knowledge as a Catholic priest is informative and accurate and insightful, since my education was from scholars who studied at the Gregorian seminary at the Vatican.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Sometimes censorship is necessary
Letter writer Jay B. Collett has apparently forgotten some other "cornerstones of our great country" ("You call this national security?" May 30).Daniel Hahn, Dearing

Elect Walter Lamb to House District 81

You want corruption? Look at the Dems

Astronauts will improvise for missing equipment

Growing number of moms choose midwives

Arctic was tropical 55 million years ago

Spelling Bee draws interest from online gamblers

Paleontologists study mass extinction of ancient Permian Era

Calls, Web hits flood Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Arkansas policy of weighing schoolchildren leads to better health

National Spelling Bee unfolds toward prime-time finale

Flashy 2007 Escalade is big on power

Relieving pressure

Flashy 2007 Escalade is big on power
The Cadillac Escalade, the full-size sport utility vehicle with the reputation as the "king of bling" on America's roads, won't be losing its crown anytime soon.

Astronauts will improvise for missing equipment
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - It's easy to misplace your car keys or reading glasses in your own home.

Arkansas policy of weighing schoolchildren leads to better health
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's been two years since Arkansas schools started sending letters home to parents with their kids' report cards - letters telling them if their children were fat.

National Spelling Bee unfolds toward prime-time finale
WASHINGTON - A-n-x-i-o-u-s.

Arctic was tropical 55 million years ago
WASHINGTON - Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic.

Growing number of moms choose midwives
Instead of a conventional hospital birth, Heidi Teeple and her husband Rod brought baby Logan into the world while soaking together in a freestanding tub of warm water in their living room, with a fire in the fireplace and two midwives at their side.

Spelling Bee draws interest from online gamblers
WASHINGTON - When a competition goes prime time, the gambling industry cannot be far behind, even when the participants are little kids spelling big words.

Calls, Web hits flood Purple Heart Hall of Honor
VAILS GATE, N.Y. - A new museum devoted to veterans who earned the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat was besieged with some 6,000 inquiries after a weekend Associated Press story detailed the ongoing efforts to find recipients.

Relieving pressure
The first time it happened to Brian Cheshire, the pressure was intense and focused on the right side of his face.

Paleontologists study mass extinction of ancient Permian Era
It was 250 million years ago, when life on Earth nearly stopped.

County discusses indigent care
Offering Columbia County's indigents expanded access to health care free is the goal.

Rants and raves
IF I WERE to go into the emergency room with a bullet in me, shot or something, and have no insurance, I could get help. But I'm a 51-year-old woman with no insurance and presently unemployed with gallbladder disease. And I can't get anything done. No one will help me. No doctor will perform my surgery because I have no insurance. In the meantime, I have gallstones in my gallbladder and I'm ill and can't do anything. I wonder if I need a bullet in me or to be incarcerated to get medical help. All these years I worked and paid into the system.

Just hangin' out

Mayor suggests 'overhaul'

Across the area

Budget needs OK as session closes

Storm takes out power in Columbia County
Georgia Power reported 367 residences and businesses lost power this afternoon after a tree fell on a power line on Point Comfort Road in Columbia County.

Pre-trial appeal in Corbin case denied
ATLANTA - Circumstances surrounding the death of an Augusta woman 15 years ago will be allowed in Barton Corbin's upcoming murder trial in Gwinnett County.

Across Georgia

News you can use

Rezoning is approved for center

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON who is complaining they're getting 100-plus degree temperatures at their home but it wasn't showing up on TV or in the paper: It's because the official temperature is taken in the shade, not in direct sunlight. Maybe you should just move your thermometer.

Depot project is proposed

Not too late to graduate
Doors that were once closed were flung open Thursday night.

Across the area
Police arrested a 30-year-old Augusta man Thursday on child pornography charges.

Pay disputes, racist allegations add to fallout

Augustan's death can be evidence in trial
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court denied an appeal from the attorneys of Barton Corbin to block evidence surrounding the death of an Augusta woman nearly 16 years ago.

Sego probe lies with prosecutor

Rezoning is approved for center
Approval of a medical campus in the Greenbrier area of Evans cleared the first hurdle Thursday with rezoning approval by the Columbia County Planning Commission.

Property value increases little

Property value increases little
Preliminary figures show little growth in the Richmond County real-estate tax digest this year, according to Richmond County tax officials.

Man charged in slaying

Kid of the Day

Juvenile court cases on rise

Not a clean getaway

Medicaid savings planned

Sego probe lies with prosecutor
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have completed their inquiry into accusations that an eighth-grade Sego Middle School science teacher instructed pupils to rough up others as a form of discipline.

Rants and raves
IF I WERE to go into the emergency room with a bullet in me, shot or something, and have no insurance, I could get help. But I'm a 51-year-old woman with no insurance and presently unemployed with gallbladder disease. And I can't get anything done. No one will help me. No doctor will perform my surgery because I have no insurance. In the meantime, I have gallstones in my gallbladder and I'm ill and can't do anything. I wonder if I need a bullet in me or to be incarcerated to get medical help. All these years I worked and paid into the system.

Member quits to become teacher
A Richmond County school board member has resigned from the board in hopes of becoming an employee of the board, school officials said Wednesday.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON who is complaining they're getting 100-plus degree temperatures at their home but it wasn't showing up on TV or in the paper: It's because the official temperature is taken in the shade, not in direct sunlight. Maybe you should just move your thermometer.

Policy repays healthy choices

Gordon Highway Arby's robbed
Two armed men robbed a Gordon Highway Arby's fast food restaurant this evening, Richmond County sheriff's deputies said.

Kid of the Day
Marc A. Coy II, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Greenbrier baseball postponed until Saturday
Today's Class AAAA state baseball championship series at Greenbrier has been postponed due to inclement weather. Heavy rains began falling around 2:25 p.m., and the games were called just before their 3 p.m. start.

State sees results in welfare-to-work plan
ATLANTA - Georgia has done a better job than any other state when it comes to getting welfare recipients a job, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday before a national meeting of social workers.

Girlfriends getaway

Death penalty provision OK'd
COLUMBIA - Legislation passed by the South Carolina House on Wednesday would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty against any person convicted twice of raping a child younger than 11.

Member quits to become teacher

Online activity entraps spouse
Investigators have learned the husband of a missing woman searched the Internet for information about the rate of decomposition and how to handle interrogations and polygraphs.

Kid of the Day

Across the area

'Belligerent' man fought with deputy, police report

News you can use
Liquid petroleum gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:

School vouchers lack support

Across the area
Janice Louise Jones is wanted for financial identity fraud, said Investigator Michael Shane McDaniel. He said she is accused of starting a Comcast cable account at her apartment in the 2100 block of Vandivere Road using her ex-husband's information.

Augustan's death can be evidence in trial

'Belligerent' man fought with deputy, police report
A homeless man remained in jail Wednesday night after police accused him of fighting with a Richmond County sheriff's deputy earlier this week.

System ponders cutback on tests

Friend of strangled student frustrated by police efforts

State sees results in welfare-to-work plan

Just hangin' out
Academy of Richmond County student Brittney Middleton, 17, rappels her way down a 45-foot tower at Fort Gordon's three-day Camp Semaphore for the junior ROTC.

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

Inmate is found guilty in '02 rape

Man charged in slaying
Police arrested a 34-year-old Augusta man Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting in the Laney-Walker neighborhood that authorities are calling a drug deal gone wrong.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a woman at a Georgetown motel.

School vouchers lack support
ATLANTA - Vouchers for private-school tuition face too many political hurdles to be passed by the Georgia General Assembly, according to Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson.

Tail of plane hit land, report says

Medicaid savings planned
ATLANTA - Georgia officials on Thursday rolled out the first part of a plan they say will save the state $80 million next year by matching 1.2 million Medicaid patients with doctors who will give them regular, ongoing care.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's top court says it will expedite its review of a ruling striking down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Budget needs OK as session closes
COLUMBIA - Thursday marked the end of the 2006 South Carolina legislative session, which concluded with a little drama and the usual flurry of activity.

Inmate is found guilty in '02 rape
Willie Deloach is the type of man who breaks into a family's home and rapes a mother in front of her two children, a jury found in convicting him Wednesday of all counts against him.

Not a clean getaway
Sgt. Paul Johnson (left) of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office inspects a wreck on Pepperidge Drive as Deputy Jason Singletary talks with the homeowner in whose yard the car landed. Police said two 15-year-old boys were fleeing from officers in the car when it flipped. Both were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with minor injuries, police said. The names of the boys and the car's owner were not immediately available.

Tail of plane hit land, report says
COLUMBIA - A witness reported that a portion of the tail of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's plane hit the ground during takeoff before the plane crashed into a creek bed, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Kid of the Day
Tyana Lambert, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Girlfriends getaway
Brittany Dent gets a facial at the Jon'Ric Medical Day Spa and Salon in Augusta. Brittany is part of the Smart Girls Club in Augusta, which is a nonprofit organization for girls ages 12-15. Each month, the club reads a book and applies the lessons learned to the girls' lives.

Across Georgia
HOSCHTON - A fire that killed two adults and two children in rural Jackson County has turned into a murder-arson investigation, state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said Thursday.

Pupils back in class to study for retest
Many of Columbia County's children splashed about in swimming pools or thumbed the joystick of a video game Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A group of state lawmakers on Thursday asked the Legislative Audit Council to examine the finances of the South Carolina Hunley Commission.

S. Carolina property tax deals clear logjam
COLUMBIA - With deals approved on property taxes, House members finally agreed to sign off on a budget compromise Wednesday.

Mayor suggests 'overhaul'
Any future festival to honor James Brown would need a "complete overhaul," Augusta's mayor said Thursday.

Policy repays healthy choices
ATLANTA - Taking medicines on time or losing weight could mean extra money to cover prescriptions or other medical costs for state employees or Medicaid recipients under proposals to rein in health care costs.

Pay disputes, racist allegations add to fallout
The show's been over for four days, but Charles "Champ" Walker's travails with the James Brown Soul of America Music Festival aren't letting up.

Citizen soldiers
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Army Pvt. Ricardo Perilla's first act as a U.S. citizen was to lead 42 of his fellow foreign-born soldiers in the Pledge of Allegiance, and he paid careful attention to each of its 31 words that many other Americans recite by rote.

Avondale shutdown is official
It's official. Avondale Mills Inc. will shut down operations by the end of July.

County discusses indigent care

Nursing drawing diverse recruits

System ponders cutback on tests
AIKEN - As Aiken County pupils prepare to take a new nationally standardized test this fall that will provide a more up-to-date assessment of their skills, district officials have responded to parents' concerns and said a reduction in testing is necessary.

Across South Carolina

Nursing drawing diverse recruits
As a pastoral assistant at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Abe Weaver has spent hours in Augusta hospitals visiting the sick.

Not too late to graduate

Pupils back in class to study for retest

4 killed in crash of Army chopper

Online activity entraps spouse

Depot project is proposed
A Savannah-based developer has proposed a $120 million condominium project for the Reynolds Street train depot property in downtown Augusta.

S. Carolina property tax deals clear logjam

Man killed in shooting
Richmond County sheriff's officers are investigating a fatal shooting this morning in the 1400 block of Florence Street.

Death penalty provision OK'd

Avondale shutdown is official

News you can use

4 killed in crash of Army chopper
DOERUN, Ga. - An Army helicopter clipped a television station tower wire and crashed Thursday in south Georgia, killing four soldiers on a routine training mission, officials said.

Across Georgia

Juvenile court cases on rise
Like an adolescent, Juvenile Court cases in Columbia County continue to grow.

Friend of strangled student frustrated by police efforts
CENTRAL - One of the last people to see 20-year-old Clemson University student Tiffany Souers alive said Wednesday that she's "absolutely livid" that police didn't talk with her until three days after the slaying.

Citizen soldiers

Tradition on Williams' side
After 17 years of coaching baseball, Ed Williams could accept some well-earned credit for guiding Greenbrier to the brink of a state championship before he retires up that ladder to assistant principal.

Iraq veteran sues Michael Moore over portrayal in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
BOSTON - A veteran who lost both arms in the war in Iraq is suing filmmaker Michael Moore for $85 million, alleging that Moore used snippets of a television interview without his permission to falsely portray him as anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Ava Gardner, last studio-made star, subject of new biography
LOS ANGELES - Ava Gardner, the Hollywood beauty known as much for her fiery marriages to Frank Sinatra and Artie Show as for her movies, had her ups and downs like everybody else. The difference, says a new biography, is the way she lived life - "like a rocket."

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new this week in video and DVD:

New on DVD

Documentary provides a sketch of Frank Gehry's genius
LOS ANGELES - Frank Gehry is smart enough to know he may well be the greatest architect of his time and insecure enough not to admit it - even to himself.

Supporting players make 'Break-Up' worth watching

Iraq veteran sues Michael Moore over portrayal in 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

Documentary provides a sketch of Frank Gehry's genius

Ava Gardner, last studio-made star, subject of new biography

Fantasy sports fans draft blockbusters like ball players

Fantasy sports fans draft blockbusters like ball players
NEW YORK - If you'd rather be Harvey Weinstein than George Steinbrenner, then this might be the game for you.

Supporting players make 'Break-Up' worth watching
The problems with The Break-Up have less to do with the breakup than with the initial hook-up.

Gnarls Barkley keeps it true and real, in costume

Gnarls Barkley keeps it true and real, in costume
INDIO, Calif. - Sweating in the desert sun at the recent Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Cee-Lo Green points to a word tattooed on the side of his shiny, bald head.

British vote picks Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' as top album of all time
LONDON - "Definitely Maybe," the debut album by Oasis, has beaten the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in a British vote for the greatest album of all time, organizers said Thursday.

Concert calendar
STEVE HARVEY COMEDY SHOW: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $44; (706) 722-3521 or ticketmaster.com.

British vote picks Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' as top album of all time

Concert calendar

Dixie Chicks fly to No. 1 in first full week of album sales
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite a cool reception from country radio, the Dixie Chicks returned to No. 1 on the pop and country charts with their first album since publicly criticizing the president three years ago.

Dixie Chicks fly to No. 1 in first full week of album sales

Car of future is stuck in present

NASCAR Newsmaker: Robert Yates

A younger man's game

Car of future is stuck in present
CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow continues to be a present-day headache.

NASCAR Newsmaker: Robert Yates
Robert Yates' race team has struggled this year. Both of his drivers Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett are far from the top-10 in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings.

A younger man's game
CONCORD, N.C. -- Carl Edwards had just driven 600 miles at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he seemed amazingly refreshed for somebody who sat in a 140-degree race car for nearly five hours.

Heat just looking for one more win
MIAMI - Amid all the ramblings about pressure, poise, adjustments and the countless other ways to dissect a playoff series, Dwyane Wade cut right to the point.

Nowitzki's 50 nifty for Mavericks

Nowitzki's 50 nifty for Mavericks
DALLAS - One game after learning the hard way how much they rely on Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks got a tremendous reminder of why leaning on him is usually a good thing.

Bell shows up just in time
PHOENIX - A torn calf muscle wasn't going to keep Raja Bell out of a game this crucial to the Phoenix Suns.

Heat just looking for one more win

Bell shows up just in time

Davis eager to put his struggles behind him

William Blair   (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. William 'Bo' Solomon Blair, 77, husband of the late Peggy Cook Blair, of Pine Log Rd., entered into rest Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Select Specialty Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Rev. Mark Owens officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Mr. Blair's grandchildren and honorary Pallbearers will be David O'Connor, Dick Lamb, Don Lemon, Richard Lowe. Mr. Blair was a member of Second Baptist Church in Beech Island. He also retired as a foreman from CSX railroad after 41 years. Survivors include two sons, Danny C. Blair and his wife, Kathy, of North Augusta, W. Andy Blair, and his wife, Angela, of Thomson; a daughter, Rebecca Brown and her husband, Anthony, of Edgefield; nine grandchildren, Sully Blair and his wife Erin, Dan Blair, Katie Blair Hearn and her husband, Ryan, Justin Blair, Jennifer Blair, Rody Brown, Kevin Brown, Adam Richards, Courtney Richards; three great-grandchildren, Kyle Blair, Greg Blair, Sonny Schauman, a brother Sonny Blair, of Sylvania; two sisters, Hazel Eagerton, of Wagner, Mary Alice Barrs, of Harlem. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association 1105-D Fury's Lane Martinez, GA 30907 Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Virginia Hallman   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Miss Virginia Hallman, who taught two generations of Augustans to read and write at the Monte Sano School, died Tuesday after a brief illness. She was 89 years old. Miss Hallman was born in Augusta and lived her entire life at her family's home on Walker Street. She graduated from the Tubman School, then a high school for girls; and Augusta College. She began teaching at John Milledge Elementary School in 1938. There, she came to the attention of the Monte Sano School's legendary principal, Josie Bodecker. Miss Hallman transferred to Monte Sano in the fall of 1940, teaching third and fourth grade from a second-floor classroom adjacent to the school auditorium. She would remain a fixture at the school for the next 38 years. Miss Hallman never married. She considered the thousand-plus students who passed through her classroom between 1938 and 1978 as "her children", and those former students would continue to recognize and greet her for decades after her retirement. Miss Hallman would serve under seven principals at Monte Sano, and her classroom was an island of tranquility through cluster schools, integration, and the school funding crises of the 1970s. When the Monte Sano School was rebuilt and re-dedicated in 2005, Miss Hallman was a guest of honor at the school's open house, where she was recognized as the school's longest-serving and oldest retired teacher. Her picture appeared in the following day's Augusta Chronicle. Miss Hallman was a lifelong communicant at Christ Episcopal Church, and worked Saturdays in the church's soup kitchen until a few years before her death. A Requiem Mass will be said for Miss Hallman on Friday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the church. The Mass will be led by retired Rev. Theodore Atwood, who was Miss Hallman's student at Monte Sano in 1948-49. Interment will follow at Westover Cemetery. She is survived by a niece, Beverly Archer, of Gainesville, Florida; a nephew, Neal Sanders, of Medfield, Massachusetts, and first cousins Connie Mills of Augusta and Nancy Weeks of Waynesboro. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904

Edward Crosby   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Thursday, June 1, 2006, Staff Sergeant Edward Crosby, United States Army Retired, husband of the late Carrie Ellen Sapp Crosby. Born in Statesboro, GA, a son of the late Dan and Wilma Yarborough Crosby, he had been an area resident since 1964. A veteran of both World War II and also the Korean War, he retired from the United States Army in 1964 after twenty-years of service as a Staff Sergeant. Surviving are a son, Robert E. "Bob" Crosby, (Darlene Bolton) Hephzibah, GA; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Hatfield, (Frank) Lapine, OR and Jeannie Hitt, (Frankie) Langley, SC; grandchildren, Jamey Crosby, Barbara Brenner, Mariah Hatfield, Jan Beck, Carrie Harris, Butch Hatfield, Claude Canada, Richard Hitt, and Honey Holtzclaw, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 1:00 PM at Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, SC, with PastorMelissa Weathers officiating. Interment with full military honors accorded will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, SC. Friends may call at 228 Piney Heights Rd., Warrenville, SC or tonight from 6 until 8 PM at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Rebecca Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rebecca W. Anderson of Arcadia Court, entered into rest on May 26, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral service will be held today, Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 3 P.M. from Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church of which Rev. Victor Thomas is pastor with Rev. Nathaniel Irvin officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state in the Church from 2 p.m. until the hour of service and will not be viewed after the eulogy. Funeral processional will leave the residence at 2:15 p.m. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA Since the 1800's.

Faye Jewell Queen   (BRYSON CITY, N.C.)
BRYSON CITY, N.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Faye Jewell Queen will be held today at 11:00 AM at New Hope Gospel Chapel, Beech Island, SC, with Pastor Bob Still officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, SC. Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC

Virginia Hallman   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Miss Virginia Hallman, who taught two generations of Augustans to read and write at the Monte Sano School, died Tuesday after a brief illness. She was 89 years old. Miss Hallman was born in Augusta and lived her entire life at her family's home on Walker Street. She graduated from the Tubman School, then a high school for girls; and Augusta College. She began teaching at John Milledge Elementary School in 1938. There, she came to the attention of the Monte Sano School's legendary principal, Josie Bodecker. Miss Hallman transferred to Monte Sano in the fall of 1940, teaching third and fourth grade from a second-floor classroom adjacent to the school auditorium. She would remain a fixture at the school for the next 38 years. Miss Hallman never married. She considered the thousand-plus students who passed through her classroom between 1938 and 1978 as "her children", and those former students would continue to recognize and greet her for decades after her retirement. Miss Hallman would serve under seven principals at Monte Sano, and her classroom was an island of tranquility through cluster schools, integration, and the school funding crises of the 1970s. When the Monte Sano School was rebuilt and re-dedicated in 2005, Miss Hallman was a guest of honor at the school's open house, where she was recognized as the school's longest-serving and oldest retired teacher. Her picture appeared in the following day's Augusta Chronicle. Miss Hallman was a lifelong communicant at Christ Episcopal Church, and worked Saturdays in the church's soup kitchen until a few years before her death. A Requiem Mass will be said for Miss Hallman on Friday, June 2, at the church. The Mass will be led by retired Rev. Theodore Atwood, who was Miss Hallman's student at Monte Sano in 1948-49. Interment will follow at Westover Cemetery. She is survived by a niece, Beverly Archer, of Gainesville, Florida; a nephew, Neal Sanders, of Medfield, Massachusetts, and first cousins Connie Mills of Augusta and Nancy Weeks of Waynesboro. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm this evening at the funeral home. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904.

Lila Q. Hunter   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Lila Q. Hunter, 82, passed May 29, 2006 at Wilkes Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday June 3, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Gibson Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. McLendon Memorial Funeral Home. 706-678-2656.

Lillie Lewis Fuller   (MIAMI, Fla.)
MIAMI, Fla. - Mrs. Lillie Lewis Fuller died Friday, May 26, 2006 in Miami. Funeral services will be held Sat. June 3 at 10 o'clock AM at Davis Funeral Home Chapel.. Burial will be in. The New Fleming Cemetery, Bartow.

Gerry Gieseking   (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Gerry Kenneth Gieseking, 49, entered into rest May 26, 2006. Memorial services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at New Life Church of God, Harlem, Ga., with the Rev Wallace Banks officiating. Mr. Gieseking was a native of Richmond County and was a carpenter. He was a graduate of Harlem High School and Aiken Technical School. He was the beloved father of Jason Kenneth Gieseking, Robin Leah Belle Gieseking, and Melissa Wren Gieseking, all of Evans; Additional survivors include one sister Kathy Gieseking Garrard and husband, Rocky, Harlem; his father, Fritz Henry Gieseking and wife, Bunny of Florida, Linda Napier Gieseking, Evans and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn Chafee Weathersbee and sister Julie Gieseking Jensen. The family will receive friends Saturday after the service in the church reception hall. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. - Email condolence to the familyat starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Geraldine Montgomery   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Geraldine H. Montgomery, 62, of Central Rd. Ext. S.W. Thomson, Ga. entered into rest May 25, 2006 at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma . She was the beloved wife of Floyd Tommy Montgomery . Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 PM , Sunday, June 04, 2006 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Tom Kerr and Joe B. Walden officiating. Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground P. O. Box 5 Matthews, Ga. 30818 or the Cancer Treatment Center of America 10109 East 79 th Street Tulsa , Oklahoma 74133. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Ga., (706) 595-4100.

Veronique Gowdy   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mrs. Veronique Anette Gowdy, 32, of Ramswood Drive entered into rest Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. She was a native of Hall County, Ga., a 1995 graduate of Paine College, University of Phoenix (MBA), a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and employed by Ipswitch, Inc. as a Senior Technical Support Specialist. Survivors are her husband, David Gowdy, Jr.; one daughter, Kaitlyn Gowdy, Hephzibah; two step-daughters, Ashley Gowdy, Augusta and Megan Gowdy, Auburn, Ala; mother, Anner Goudelock, Gainesville, Ga.; brother, Jerome (Tamara) Goudelock, Chicago; grandfather, John Henry E. Cheeks, Gainesville, Ga; niece, Michele Booth, Chicago; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David (Ruth) Gowdy, Augusta; sister-in-law, Shelia Gowdy, Gaithersburg, Md.; a host of other relativesand friends. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home this evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Faye Jewell Queen   (BRYSON CITY, N.C.)
BRYSON CITY, N.C.- Funeral services for Mrs. Faye Jewell Queen will be held Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 AM at New Hope Gospel Chapel, Beech Island, SC, with Pastor Bob Still officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, SC. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 until 8 at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC

Matthew W. Wilson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Matthew W. Wilson, 53, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at MCG Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906.

William Herman Huebner   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, May 29, 2006 (Memorial Day) at University Hospital, Mr. William Herman Huebner, 79, husband of Mrs. Dorothy E. Huebner. Mr. Huebner was a native of Chicago, IL .and lived in Augusta the past five years. He was a graduate of St. Gregory High., a US Navy Veteran of WWII where he served on the USS Essex (CV-9). Mr. Huebner was a member of St. Mary On-The-Hill Catholic Church. He had a career as a draftsman for 47 years. Family members in addition to his wife include his sons, Mark G. Huebner and wife Carla of Martinez, John A. Huebner of Raleigh N.C.; brother, Paul R. Huebner and his wife Dolores of Surprise, AZ. He is also survived by his niece Linda Boomer and nephew Paul Huebner, Jr. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary On-The-Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Charlie Hughes celebrant. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. Memorialsmay be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. P.O. Box 1132 Fairfax, VA 22038-1132. A Vigil for the deceased will be held (today) Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. and the family will receive friends until 9:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Mamie Mock   (GARDEN CITY, Ga.)
GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Mrs. Mamie Denmark Mock, 62, died Wednesday at her home. Funeral services will be held, Friday June 2, 2006 at 3:00 P.M. at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Goloid Cemetery, Sylvania. Visitation will be 6 until 8 P.M. Thursday evening. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania.

Robert D. Moseley   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Reverend Robert 'Bob' D. Moseley, husband of Mrs. Justine Till Moseley, entered into rest on Monday, May 29, 2006, at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held this Thursday, (today) at 10:00 A.M. in the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro with Doctor Al Wright and Doctor Charles G. Green officiating. Interment will follow in the McIntyre Baptist Church Cemetery in McIntyre, GA. If desired memorials may be made to the Gideons International, Augusta Southwest Camp, P.O. Box 204454, Martinez, GA 30917-4454 Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Douglas W. Usry   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Douglas W. Usry age 69, husband of Betty Usry, entered into rest at Doctors Hospital on Monday May 29, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 1, 2006 at Platt's Belair Rd. Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Gregg Usry officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Military Honors. Survivors include three sons, Robert D. Usry of Augusta, Charles R. Usry of Grovetown and Cory D. Usry Evans; one daughter, Mechell Creighton of Lincolnton; his mother, Ethel Berger of Augusta; five grandchildren, Keith Rickerson, Robert Usry II, Cassidy Usry, Carter Usry, and Cooper Usry. Mr. Usry retired from the U.S Army as a Master Sgt. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a member of the VFW # 3200. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, Ga. 706-860-6166

Donna J. Kivett   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Donna J. Kivett, 73, entered into rest on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at University Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Nonie B. Johnson   (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nonie B. Johnson, 370 Oak Grove Rd., Sandersville, died on Saturday, May 28, 2006 at the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Sandersville with Rev. Gerald Smith officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. M.C. Smith Funeral Home in charge.

Linda McDonald   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at University Hospital, Mrs. Linda Kitchens McDonald, 55, wife of James E. "Sonny" Howell. Mrs. McDonald was a native of Okemah, Oklahoma, but had lived in the Augusta area since 1965. She was a Captain with the Richmond Co. Fire Department and an Assistant Director of Emergency Management. She taught children's fire safety and was known as Cuddles the Clown. She also volunteered with the Burn Foundation. Family members in addition to her husband include her sons: Tony L. Kitchens of Augusta, Johnny McDonald, Jr. of Martinez; mother: Betty Mahaffey of Interlachen, FL and sister and brother-in-law: Lana and Larry Branch. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Allen McDonald and Rev. Greg Bentley. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Johnny Baxley, Johnny Caran, John Clark of the Augusta Fire Department and family members Bobby Williams Luther Gaskil and Jeff Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the Augusta Richmond County Fire Department and the Martinez/Columbia Fire Department. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation, 1800 Lake Park Dr., Suite 101, Smyrna, GA 30080 or the Joseph M. Still, Jr. Burn Foundation, 3651 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30909. The family will receive friends today, Thursday, June 1, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Ada Jones Johnson   (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Jones Johnson will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Zion Fair Baptist Church of which Rev. Bruce Wright is Pastor and the Rev. Paul H. Bush officiating. G.L. Brightharp and Son's Mortuary, 614 West Ave., North Augusta, S.C.

Barbara Widener   (WAGENER, S.C.)
WAGENER, S.C. - Entered into rest Thursday, June 1, 2006, Mrs. Barbara Craig Widener of Wagener. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Atkinson officiating. The interment will follow in the Graniteville Cemetery. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville.

Norman Mitchell   (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Norman Mitchell, Sr. will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the Georgia Veteran memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville. Survivors include his wife, Christine Mitchell; six children, eleven siblings, five grandchildren, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Geraldine Montgomery   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Geraldine H. Montgomery, 62, of Central Rd. Ext. S.W. Thomson, Ga. entered into rest May 25, 2006 at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma . She was the beloved wife of Floyd Tommy Montgomery . Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 PM , Sunday, June 04, 2006 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Tom Kerr and Joe B. Walden officiating. Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground P. O. Box 5 Matthews, Ga. 30818 or the Cancer Treatment Center of America 10109 East 79 th Street Tulsa , Oklahoma 74133. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Ga., (706) 595-4100.

Lessel Leonard   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A homegoing celebration for Rev. Lessel Leonard will be held on Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Macedonia Baptist Church with Dr. Gregory M. Fuller officiating. Rev. Leonard entered into eternal rest on May 26, 2006. Rev. Leonard was a native of Jonesboro, LA and resided in Shreveport for 17 years. While in the Shreveport area, Rev. Leonard served as pastor of the New Prosperity Baptist Church in New Boston, Texas and the Mt. Olive, St. Abraham, St. Mary and Mt. Sinai Baptist churches in Shreveport and Greenwood, LA. He relocated to Augusta in 1971 where he served as pastor of Doyle Grove Baptist Church for 11 years and Silver Bluff Baptist Church. He also was a diligent and dedicated pastor of the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church for 24 years. Rev. Leonard touched many lives as a result of his love for God, family, and the church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 53 years, Madrean P. Leonard; one daughter, Bonnie L. Beard, Houston, TX; two sons, Lester P. Leonard, Sr. (Diane), Houston, TX and Patrick L. Leonard (Twan), Stone Mountain GA; one godchild, Tierra Sapp, Hinesville, GA; one sister, Helen Garrett, Dallas TX; one sister-in-law, Larita Whittle (Robert), Las Vegas, NV; one brother-in-law, Gregory Peoples, Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Atty. Rodney Beard, Jr., Yolanda Lampkins, Jason Mason, Kristen Beard, Lester Leonard, Jr., Lleyton Leonard, Brandon Leonard; one great-grandson, and a host of other relatives and friends. Family visitation will be at the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church, on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. Memorials can be made to the New Savannah Road Social Services, Inc. (501-C3), 1692 Old Savannah Road, Augusta, GA 30901. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Nellie Pearl Hall   ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Nellie Pearl Hall of David St. Mrs. Nellie Pearl (Gough) Hall was born August 19, 1920 to the late Anne and Henry Gough and she attended school in Burke County. She lived in Burke County until she relocated to Augusta, Ga. in March 1960. She was converted and baptized at a an early age at Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Burke County. She leaves to cherish her memories, six daughters, Jannie (Elbert) Hightower, Annie (Eddie) Stewart Hill, Sarah Melendez, Lettie (Bill) Amanatides, Gloria Ann Watts, Myria I. Hall, all of Augusta; two sons, William R. Hall, Robert Louis Hall, Augusta; 16 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 1 p.m. from Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Hephzibah, Ga., Elder Eddie Fryer officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

Dorothy B. Grant   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Dorothy B. Grant entered into rest on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Survivors includes her sons, Anthony R. Grant, Jimmy (Yvette) Grant; sister, Mary Lou Haynes; granddaughter, Paris C. Grant, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Olive Grove Baptist Church, Old Elloree Road, Orangeburg, S.C., with Reverend Dr. Jesse R. Robinson, officiating. Interment will follow in Belleville Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Dorothy B. Grant Scholarship Fund. Please make checks to SCSU Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter and mail all donation to P.O. Box 819, Evans, Ga. 30809. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 on Friday at Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jessie T. Miller   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, June 1, 2006 at University Hospital, Mrs. Jessie Tanksley Miller, 80, formerly of Aiken Street. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, June 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Johnny R. Hatney officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Friends may call the residence of her daughter, Sherry Miller Smith, Shadowood Drive, Martinez, Ga. or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jeanne Giboney   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Jeanne Elizabeth Flanigan Giboney entered into rest Tuesday, May 30, 2006, the widow of the late Mr. Richard Giboney. Family members are two sons, Scott Giboney, Augusta, Kerry Giboney, Euless, Texas; one daughter, Dorinda Wharff, New Mexico; two brothers, Joe Flanigan, Massachusetts and Bill Flanigan, New Port Richey, Fla.; seven grandchildren. Mrs. Giboney was preceded in death by a stepsister, Pat Flanigan. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 5, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with Father Lincoln Adams officiating. Mrs. Giboney was born in Altoona, Pa. and was a homemaker. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, (706) 863-6747. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gregory L. Lewis   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Gregory L. Lewis of East Taylor Street entered into rest Sunday, May 28, 2006. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Stone Springfield A.M.E. Church, Wrens, Ga. with Rev. Mike Ephriam officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He was a native of Richmond County, Ga. and attended Jefferson County High School and Lucy C. Laney High School. Survivors are his father, Willie James Brooks, Augusta; one brother, Bernard Lewis, Augusta; maternal grandmother, Lillie B. Patterson, Augusta; one aunt, Jessie Bell Farmer, Wrens, Ga.; five uncles, Arthur (Denise) Patterson, Richard Patterson, Milton Patterson, Robert Patterson and Smith Patterson, all of Augusta and other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Donna J. Kivett   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Donna J. Kivett, 73, entered into rest on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at University Hospital. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. from the Blythe Baptist Church with Reverend Richard Dendler officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Adult Sunday School Class. Ms. Kivett was a native of Illinois and had made Augusta her home since 1965.She retired from the Meadowbrook Branch of C&S Bank which later became Bank Of America as Head Teller. She was a member of the Blythe Baptist Church and the Adult Sunday School Class. Survivors include, her daughter Shelley W. Bryant; one grandson Wesley Bryant both of Blythe; cousins, Bud & Barb Baird of Godfrey, Ill., Bob & Helen Lawrence of St. Louis, Mo. , Jesse & Mary Stanley of Belleville, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blythe Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 300 Blythe, Ga. 30805. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 P.M. at her residence on Brighton Circle. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia. 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elease Bennett   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, June 1, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia, Mrs. Elease Bennett, 74, of Sandelwood Drive, wife of Mr. George W. Bennett. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.

Matthew W. Wilson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Matthew Waddell Wilson, 53, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at MCG Medical Center. A memorial service will held on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Dr. C. Don Manning officiating. Burial will be private at a later date. Survivors include his parents, Earl and Polly Wilson of Augusta; brother, Robert Wilson and his wife, Anita of Roswell, GA; sister Lydia Belger of Augusta; nephews, Jason Peters and his wife, Niki and Roger Belger. Mr. Wilson was a native of Augusta. He was a General Contractor and a US Air Force veteran. He attended First Christian Church. If so desired memorials may be made to the Restoration Fund at First Christian Church 629 Greene Street Augusta, GA 30901 The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Robert Brinkley   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on June 1, 2006 in The Burke County Hospital, Mr. Robert W. Brinkley, Sr. of Cedar Street. He attended the Union Spring Baptist Church, Norwood, Ga. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Dent's Undertaking Establishment. He is survived by two sons, Mr. Robert W. Brinkley, Jr. and Mr. James (Gina) Brinkley; five daughters, Mrs. Jockleen Hannah, Mrs. Acquqnette (Dottie) Rhodes, Mrs. Nannette Brinkley, Mrs. Vickie (John) Lambright and Mrs. Barbara (J.L.) Glover; four brothers, Edward (Minnie) Brinkley, Grady Brinkley, Moses (Elenor) Brinkley and Bobby (Evelyn) Brinkley; four sisters, Mrs. Lois Battle, Mrs. Mary Williams, Mrs. Gussie Griffin, Ms. Mattie Brinkley; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may contact the family at 2109 Trotters Way. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA Since the 1800's

Sharon Simmons   (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Funeral services Mrs. Sharon Denis Butts Simmons, 33, will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the St. James Baptist Church, Luray, S.C. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, June 2, 2006 from 1 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Riley's Hampton, S.C. Survivors are her husband, Jermaine Simmons; four children, her parents, three grandparents, one sister and one grandchild. Riley's Funeral Home

Ada Jones Johnson   (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Funeral service for Mrs. Ada Jones Johnson, 85, will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 3 p.m. at Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church of which the Rev. Bruce Wright is Pastor and Rev. Paul H. Bush officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Johnson, a native of Aiken County, was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia and Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church, Dry Branch Community. Survivors include five daughters, Earnesteen Eakins (Ronald), Nadine Johnson and Barbara McMilliant, Philadelphia, Willie Mae Thompson, Clinton, Md. and Ruby Morton, (Ulysses), Trenton, N.J.; seven sons, Croft Johnson, Jr., Nathaniel Johnson (Marcia), Irvin Johnson, Jeffery A. Johnson, Phillip Johnson, Willie James Johnson and McKinley Johnson; two sisters, Ida Mixon and Josie Lee Jones; aunt, Elizabeth Spells, all of Philadelphia; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

William Henry Amos   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for William Henry Amos, 87, will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Jordan, pastor, and Rev. Clarence Kenner, officiating. Survivors include two daughters, Margaret (Samuel) Ruffin, Augusta, GA, and Claudia (John) Williams, Pleasant Garden, NC; two sons, Jennings (Gloria) Amos and William Henry (Annie) Amos, Jr., both of Greensboro, NC; a sister, Gertrude Jivens, Temple Hill, MD; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Amos & Sons Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Agnes Peterman Autry   (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Agnes Newell Peterman Autry, 84, of Lilburn, formerly of Harlem, GA died Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack C. Autry, 4 brothers, 4 sisters and several nieces and nephews. Originally from the Athens area, Mrs. Autry is survived by two daughters, Linda F. Autry of Lilburn, Sandra Autry Sanders and husband Mel of Lilburn, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Autry worked as a file clerk at Fort Gordon, and was a member of Norris Chapel Church in Harlem, GA. She had a kind, loving heart for all children, animals and those in need. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain. Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel, 3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA, with the Rev. Tye Sorrow officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 9-11 AM Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Bernstein Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605, or your favorite charity. Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Phone # 706.543.7373 www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Johnnie D. Gant   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Johnnie D. Gant, who entered into rest on May 28, 2006 at the University Hospital, will be conducted this Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn C.M.E. Church in Harlem, Ga., with Rev. Nathan Jones officiating. He leaves to cherish his memories, wife Lillie Gant; son Bruce Gant; three daughters, Patricia Gant, Janette Gant and Gwendolyn Gant; three grandchildren, Alexandria Gant, Marcus Gant, Clarence Elam and other relatives and friends. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John Maddox   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service for Mr. John Edward Maddox, Jr., beloved husband of Catherine Flake Maddox, will be held Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with Bishop Douglas Walker officiating. The interment will follow in the Vaucluse Cemetery. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. 29829.

Featured Obituary: Linda McDonald
Members of the area's public safety community are mourning the death of a woman who worked behind the scenes and enjoyed making people laugh.

James O. Walker   (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, May 27, 2006, Mr. James Otis 'Shorty' Walker, 39. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Survivors are his wife, Barbara Collins Walker; two sons, James Christopher and Michael Walker all of Wrens; mother, Louise Walker of Wrens; grandmother, Eunice Walker of Stapleton; sister, Angel Paschall; brother Shawn Paschall both of Dearfield Beach, Fla., mother-in-law, Lueveria Collins of Norwood, Ga. Friends may call at Burnett Funeral, 35 Thomson Rd., Wrens, Ga., (706) 547-6227. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nonie B. Johnson   (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nonie B. Johnson, 370 Oak Grove Rd., Sandersville, died on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at the Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 2 P.M. from Oak Grove Baptist Church, Sandersville, with Rev. Gerald Smith officiating. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends at 370 Oak Grove Rd. and 310 Oak St. Sandersville. Interment will be in the church cemetery. M.C. Smith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Linda McDonald   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at University Hospital, Mrs. Linda Kitchens McDonald, 55, wife of James E. "Sonny" Howell. Mrs. McDonald was a native of Okemah, Oklahoma, but had lived in the Augusta area since 1965. She was a Captain with the Richmond Co. Fire Department and an Assistant Director of Emergency Management. She taught children's fire safety and was known as Cuddles the Clown. She also volunteered with the Burn Foundation. Family members in addition to her husband include her sons: Tony L. Kitchens of Augusta, Johnny McDonald, Jr. of Martinez; mother: Betty Mahaffey of Interlachen, FL and sister and brother-in-law: Lana and Larry Branch. Funeral Services will be held today, Friday, June 2, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Allen McDonald and Rev. Greg Bentley. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Johnny Baxley, Johnny Caran, John Clark of the Augusta Fire Department and family members Bobby Williams, Luther Gaskil and Jeff Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the Augusta Richmond County Fire Department and the Martinez/Columbia Fire Department. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation, 1800 Lake Park Dr., Suite 101, Smyrna, GA 30080 or the Joseph M. Still, Jr. Burn Foundation, 3651 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30909. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907.

Ora M. Griffin   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Ora M. Griffin, wife of Mr. Marion D. Griffin, Jr. entered into rest Sunday, May 29, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of the late Mamie Lee Munns McKie and Robert L. Munns, Sr. and the stepdaughter of George McKie, daughter-in-law of Marile (Polly) Griffin and the late Marion D. Griffin, Sr. In addition to her husband, Marion, Jr., she is survived by two sons, Marion D. Griffin, III (Kimberly) of Atlanta, Martin K. Griffin (Cassandra) of Birmingham, Ala.; three granddaughters, Kimberly and Kasey Griffin of Atlanta, Alexis Griffin of Birmingham; two brothers, Robert L. Munns (Edna) of Augusta and Willie L. Munns (Edna) of Pleasantville, N.J.; two aunts, Serlena S. McKinney of Salisbury, N.C. and Marie Griffin of Augusta; two devoted sisters-in-law, Delores Burnley (Theodore) of Augusta and Hattie Lamar (Aaron) of Birmingham; three devoted cousins, Geneva R. Jones, Washington, D.C., Mamie J. Welborne of District Heights, Md. and Charlie Smith, Jr. of Pleasantville; a host of nieces, nephews and friends and three devoted friends, Dorothy L. Gilbert, Willia Mae Smith and Ida R. Dowers of Augusta. Mrs. Griffin was an active member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She was a 1960 graduate of Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina. She was an educator in Columbia and Richmond Counties, and retired after more than 30 years of service. Mrs. Griffin was a charter member of the Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., CPA Club of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, the National Association of University Women, The Women's Civic Club, and the Livingstone College Alumni Association, Augusta Chapter. Visitation will start 11 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2006 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1250 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, Ga. You may visit with the family at the church beginning at 12 noon on Friday. The funeral services will start at 1:00 p.m., June 2, 2006 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2700 Deans Bridge Rd., Augusta, Ga. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA Since the 1800's.

Dianne Doyle   (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Dianne Stafford Doyle, 56, died Thursday morning. Memorial service will be held Sunday, June 4, 2006, 3:00 P.M. at Goloid First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6 - 8 P.M. Saturday at the church. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge.

Veronique Gowdy   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mrs. Veronique Gowdy of Ramswood Drive into rest Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Robert A. Carmichael   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Robert A. Carmichael, age 55, of Hephzibah, entered into rest on Sunday morning, May 28, 2006 at his residence. A native of Mt. Pleasant, PA, he had resided in the Augusta area since moving from Ft. Campbell, KY in 1990. Mr. Carmichael had retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in April of 1991, as an E-6, Staff Sergeant, after 23 years of active duty. After his military career and retirement he attended Augusta Technical College where he pursued his love of cooking and received his degree in Culinary Arts. For the past 5 years he had worked as a Jailer with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at the Walton Way facility. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW Post No. 649 and Providence Baptist Church. He is survived by: his wife of 35 years, Sandra P. "Sandy" Carmichael; one son, Robert Scott Carmichael (Maria), Jacksonville, FL; two daughters, Loretta Ortiz (Sammy), Land O Lakes, FL and Kristina Westbrook (Novie), Graniteville, SC; four sisters, (twin sister) Elma May Heminger, North Huntington, PA, Ruth Trapp, Saluda, TX, Garnet King, Mesquite, TX and April Carmichael, Latrobe, PA; six grandchildren, Kayla and Joshua Ortiz, Lydia, Kaitlyn and Victor Westbrook and Alexandra Carmichael and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm, on Saturday, June 3, 2006 in the Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, with Dr. Donald Prosser, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 am until service time. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Fort Gordon Ceremonial Detachment. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm, on Friday, at the funeral home or friends may call at the residence. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Baptist Church, Building Fund., 3850 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30909

Stephen S. Seman   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Stephen S. Seman, age 59 entered into rest May 29, 2006, husband of Becky Seman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deanna Ranlett of Atlanta, GA; a son, Isaac Seman and his fiance, Holly Welch; two sisters, Cynthia DeLong and Deborah Odom. He has a beloved grandson, Tyler Isaac Seman who was the sunshine in 'Pap Pap' life. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa and never gave up on the 'Steelers'. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 2, 2006 at 6:00 P.M. in the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel. The family will received friends after the service at the funeral home. Thomas L. King Funeral Home 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, GA (706) 863-6747. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Leona Kratochvil   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Leona Kratochvil, age 89, entered into rest on June 1, 2006 at Kentwood Nursing Facility, Augusta, GA. She was born in Monessen, PA; the daughter of the late Esaia and Alessandrina D'Alfonso. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Kratochvil, 1985; sister Josephine Powlowsky and brothers Samuel and Jeno D'Alfonso. Survivors include, daughter, Rita Zange (Thomas), Augusta, GA; son, Miles Dale Kratochvil (Cheryl), Charleston, AR; grandchildren, David Zange (Lorie), Martinez, GA, Taryn Zange, Columbia, SC, Amy Zange, Beaufort, SC, Alyssa Kratochvil, Charleston, AR; great-grandchildren, Mason, Evan and Kayla Zange; sister, Valia Ray, Monessen, PA and Mildred Podwika, Charleroi, PA; special niece, Karen Lewitsky, Monessen, PA and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at: 10:45 am, on Saturday, June 3, 2006 from the Chapel of Belle Vernon Memorial Gardens, Belle Vernon, PA. The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:30 am on Saturday at the Parzynski Funeral Home, Belle Vernon, PA. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the dedicated staff of Kentwood Nursing facility for the care and compassion given to Mrs. Kratochvil. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Theresa Carroll   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Ms. Theresa Carroll, of Edwards Dr., entered into rest Monday, May 29, 2006 at her residence. The Funeral Mass and Prayer Vigil will be celebrated this evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father Cherian Thalakulam celebrant. Final Blessings will be said at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 at the church with interment to follow in Pineview Memorial Park. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Charlie James Cowart   (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Charlie James Cowart, 79, died Thursday, June 1, 2006. Visitation will be Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tomlinson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 3, at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Old Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Tomlinson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Crystal S. Jordan   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Crystal S. Jordan, age 59, of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, May 24, 2006. A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM Saturday, June 3, 2006 at the Poteet Funeral Homes West Chapel with Rev. Michael Davenport officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Portsbridge Hospice; 1365 Interstate Pkwy.; Augusta, GA 30909, or to the MCG Cancer Center; 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912; or to the donor's favorite charity. Poteet Funeral Homes, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA, 30909 (706) 860-0009.

Willie L. Bishop   (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mr. Willie Lee Bishop, 77, of Greenhouse Rd., husband of Betty Mullins Bishop died Tuesday at his Residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Friday at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home with burial at Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Nellie Pearl Hall   ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Nellie Pearl Hall of David St. Mrs. Nellie Pearl (Gough) Hall was born August 19, 1920 to the late Anne and Henry Gough and she attended school in Burke County. She lived in Burke County until she relocated to Augusta, Ga. in March 1960. She was converted and baptized at a an early age at Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Burke County. She leaves to cherish her memories, six daughters, Jannie (Elbert) Hightower, Annie (Eddie) Stewart Hill, Sarah Melendez, Lettie (Bill) Amanatides, Gloria Ann Watts, Myria I. Hall, all of Augusta; two sons, William R. Hall, Robert Louis Hall, Augusta; 16 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 1 p.m. from Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Hephzibah, Ga., Elder Eddie Fryer officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Linisee Brown   (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Mr. Linisee Brown entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the Aiken Regional Medical Center. Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be conducted on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at St. Peter Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. A.C. Settles officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Church Cemetery. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Reed Brown of Williston; two daughters, Thelma Chandler and Barbara Brown both of Williston; one son, Louis Dunbar, Sr. of Williston; his mother, Lizzie Addison Reed of Elko, S.C.; five sisters, Isabel Smalls and Connie Reed of Elko, Lois Byars of Wagener, S.C., Vermell Wallace of Barnwell, S.C. and Virginia Robinson of Williston; four brothers, Clyde Reed, Sr. and Ernest Reed, both of Elko, John Reed of Allendale, S.C. and Jimmy Reed of Williston; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews family and friends. Family and friends may call the residence of his daughter, Thelma Chandler at 141 Peacock St., Williston, S.C. or Simmons Funeral Home of Williston, Inc., 13188 Main St., Williston, S.C. 29853 or (803) 266-7808. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Delores Cox   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Delores Lucero Jennings Cox, 64, of Peabody Apartments on Walton Way, entered into rest Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Portsbridge Hospice. A memorial service will be held this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Belvedere First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall with Chaplain Norma Bell and Rev. John Meyer officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials to be made to Molly's Militia P.O. Box 6816 North Augusta, SC 29841. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Snellings Pullian   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Pullian will be held today at 2:30 PM at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Augusta, GA. Mrs. Pullian will be placed in the church at 1:30 this afternoon. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, SC. Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Lessel Leonard   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - A homegoing celebration for Rev. Lessel Leonard will be held today Friday, June 2, 2006 at 11 a.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Gregory Fuller officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The remains will lie in state in the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Family and friends will assemble at the residence, 2916 Nighthawk Drive at 10 a.m. G.L. Brightarp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Ave., North Augusta, S.C.

Matthew W. Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

William Henry Amos (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sharon Simmons (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Stephen S. Seman (JACKSON, S.C.)

Robert Brinkley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Matthew W. Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Johnnie D. Gant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Geraldine Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Linda McDonald (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Gerry Gieseking (HARLEM, Ga.)

Elease Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Crystal S. Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Agnes Peterman Autry (SNELLVILLE, Ga.)

Virginia Hallman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nellie Pearl Hall ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Norman Mitchell (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Nonie B. Johnson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Linda McDonald (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

James O. Walker (WRENS, Ga.)

Delores Cox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Gregory L. Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Donna J. Kivett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Edward Crosby (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Linisee Brown (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Leona Kratochvil (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Robert D. Moseley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Virginia Hallman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lessel Leonard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

John Maddox (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

William Herman Huebner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lila Q. Hunter (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ada Jones Johnson (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Veronique Gowdy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Nonie B. Johnson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Dorothy B. Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Nellie Pearl Hall ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Donna J. Kivett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ora M. Griffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

William Blair (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Willie L. Bishop (TRENTON, S.C.)

Jessie T. Miller (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Theresa Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ada Jones Johnson (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Rebecca Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dianne Doyle (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Faye Jewell Queen (BRYSON CITY, N.C.)

Featured Obituary: Linda McDonald

Douglas W. Usry (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Charlie James Cowart (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Geraldine Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Jeanne Giboney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Faye Jewell Queen (BRYSON CITY, N.C.)

Lillie Lewis Fuller (MIAMI, Fla.)

Barbara Widener (WAGENER, S.C.)

Robert A. Carmichael (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mamie Mock (GARDEN CITY, Ga.)

Veronique Gowdy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Marie Snellings Pullian (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lessel Leonard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Henin-Hardenne gives herself a birthday gift

French newspaper stands by Armstrong doping allegations

Armstrong in the clear

Rain doesn't dampen win for Williams

Overtime

New martial arts school fulfills brothers' dreams

Overtime

Armstrong scores another victory off the race course

Armstrong scores another victory off the race course
Lance Armstrong won again.

French newspaper stands by Armstrong doping allegations
FRENCH NEWSPAPER STICKS BY REPORT

Henin-Hardenne gives herself a birthday gift
PARIS - Defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne celebrated her 24th birthday Thursday with a second-round victory at the French Open, overcoming three set points in the second set to beat Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-2, 7-5.

Overtime
USC Aiken closer and former Greenbrier star Nick Wandless was named to the 2006 Rawlings/ABCA Division II Baseball All-America first team.

Overtime
North Augusta's Scott Brown has been named Jack Nicklaus NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

New martial arts school fulfills brothers' dreams
Mark Greubel sits behind the glass display box that doubles as a sales counter to take a short break.

Rain doesn't dampen win for Williams
PARIS - So there was Venus Williams, on center court at the French Open on the final day of May, wearing a sweatshirt, her game as shaky as the weather was dismal.

Armstrong in the clear
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch investigator's report cleared Lance Armstrong of doping in the 1999 Tour de France on Wednesday, calling the accusations against him "completely irresponsible" and raising the possibility of misconduct by anti-doping authorities.

Davis eager to put his struggles behind him
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thomas Davis reported to minicamp with a new number, new position and a renewed focus to be the star the Carolina Panthers believed he was when they drafted him.

Hardworking rancher makes impression on music world

Hardworking rancher makes impression on music world
Country newcomer Todd Fritsch will never complain about how hard it is to tour the nation, doing shows several hundred miles apart.

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

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 fa x to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Second in tournament
The Roadrunners finished runner-up in the May Madness softball tournament in Savannah, Ga. Brooke Sarver pitched her second no-hitter of the year, and Rachel Nimmons led the team in hitting with a .545 average and an .824 on-base percentage in the tournament. The team batting average was more than .300. Members are (back row, from left) coach Mary Sarver, Katie Shead, Amber Davison, Becca Olson, Maggie Evans, Kayla Clem, coach Ken Sarver; (front row) Brooke Sarver, Rachel Nimmons, Kiauna Chang, Kayla Cates and Morgan Tickerhoof.

Firefighters excel in servicewide competition
Fort Gordon is not blowing smoke when it brags about having the best firefighters in the Army.

Youngsters learn to talk like sailors
Connie Mitchum had to reassure her pupils she would be back to teach them music next year after they saw her wearing a military flight suit.

Men to light their grills for cook-off
Bets are being made on who is the best cook in the area, according to rumors at Fort Gordon.

Youngsters can work on their golf games at clinics
North Augusta is the place to be for aspiring young golfers this summer.

Military milestones
- Air Force Airman Danielle A. Clements, a 2005 graduate of Cross Creek High School and daughter of David and Victoria Clements, of Augusta, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Can you find it?
This week's image, right, is an educational experience. 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. Please be specific. If your name is picked from among the correct answers, you will win a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, dui sentencings, juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Ryan Wehmeyer, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Around the block
Auditions for Annie, a Young Artists Repertory Company Inc. production, will be at 6:30 p.m. today and Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Road. Openings are for all ages, and males are especially needed. Bring a prepared song from Annie to sing. Call (706) 210-8915 or visit www.yart.org.

Calendar
EVENING WITH JUDY WOODRUFF: Today; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:15 p.m. talk; $75; limited seating; (706) 722-8454 or www.augustamuseum.org

Members of Red Hat SophistiCATS have nothing but fun on their minds
Three years ago, Emily Hyatt wanted to do something fun, so she organized the south Augusta chapter of the Red Hat Society, called the Red Hat SophistiCATS. The Red Hat Society is an international organization for women 50 and older who meet and attend events while wearing red hats and purple attire.

Library schedules
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 8-29; learn to create, edit, save and print and use tables, images, and templates and send documents by e-mail; participants must have basic computer, keyboard, and mouse skills; registration required; free.

Parking the sculpture
Four years ago, Richard Hunt began working on the bronze fountain he was commissioned to create for Springfield Village Park on Reynolds Street.

The brightest
The Augusta Chronicle announced the top five of its Best and Brightest Award winners May 22 during a banquet at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites. This was the fourth year the newspaper has honored 25 outstanding high school seniors with the awards. The five students who received additional prizes Monday night were Graham Fletcher (from left), North Augusta High School; Ashley Newman, Aiken High School; grand-prize winner TaCara Harris, Glenn Hills High School; Amira Mouna, Greenbrier High School; and Susan Zhang, John S. Davidson Fine Arts School.

Colorful dancing
Dancers from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company performed two ethnic dances at the Asian Pacific American Command Program on May 23 at Alexander Hall. Linda Tuazon-Miller, the president and CEO of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, spoke at the event. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It had been a weeklong observance before that.

Students show off work at hair show
Before the Augusta Technical College evening cosmetology class graduates June 15, the students wanted to show off their newfound knowledge by holding a hair and fashion show May 24.

Appleby's concerts are varied
For four more Tuesdays, the back lawn of the Appleby Branch Library will be the site of weekly concerts featuring a variety of music.

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.

Fundraiser for swamp still strong
Though there are a few changes to this year's Swamp Soiree, the annual event hasn't strayed from its original concept.

Men to light their grills for cook-off

Youngsters can work on their golf games at clinics

Around the block

Fundraiser for swamp still strong

Seniors calendar

Can you find it?

Members of Red Hat SophistiCATS have nothing but fun on their minds

Parking the sculpture

For the record

Students show off work at hair show

Youngsters learn to talk like sailors

Library schedules

Health and fitness calendar

Calendar

Appleby's concerts are varied

Firefighters excel in servicewide competition

Colorful dancing

Military milestones

Post happenings

Second in tournament

Farmers market

The brightest

Tradition on Williams' side

In Hollywood, breaking up can be easy to do

Brown festival didn't get off on good foot

Lure of fame and love of Mom draw 'Soap Star' hopefuls

Lure of fame and love of Mom draw 'Soap Star' hopefuls
FLOS ANGELES - Looking down the line of soap-star wannabes wrapping around the studio parking lot, one is reminded of a comment by singer Chris Isaak: Every American, he said on the eve of the premiere of his Showtime series in 2001, believes it a birthright to be on TV.

Katie Couric leaves 'Today' show

Dennis Farina to leave 'Law & Order'
LOS ANGELES - Dennis Farina is turning in his "Law & Order" badge.

Debut of Al-Jazeera International not expected until after summer
NEW YORK - The debut of the Al-Jazeera International news network, expected by the end of May, has been delayed and probably won't take place until September at the earliest.

Debut of Al-Jazeera International not expected until after summer

Katie Couric leaves 'Today' show
NEW YORK - With co-host Matt Lauer bringing the tissues, the "Today" show threw a going-away party Wednesday for 15-year host Katie Couric, who is leaving to become the next anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

Dennis Farina to leave 'Law & Order'

Wounded journalist example for students at prep school

Wounded journalist example for students at prep school
BALTIMORE - At the private school Kimberly Dozier attended more than two decades ago, students will hear during graduation ceremonies on Sunday about a young woman who decided to make a difference.

Stuff to do

Spotted

History comes alive

People in the News

Club calendar

New incarnation of Batwoman is back as a lesbian

Applause calendar

Georgia looking to keep up play

Georgia looking to keep up play
ATHENS, Ga. - Until the end of the year, playing at home looked like the last place Georgia wanted to be.

In Hollywood, breaking up can be easy to do
America's poet laureate of love lost and found, Neil Sedaka, once claimed that breaking up was hard to do. Clearly, Neil hadn't spent much time at the movies.

Brown festival didn't get off on good foot
Despite scheduling glitches, monetary mishaps and attendance numbers somewhere well south of respectable, James Brown Soul of America Music Festival organizer Charles Walker Jr. is still proclaiming his Little Event that Could But Probably Shouldn't Have a success.

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