Pet of the week
Chara, a 9-year-old female mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PetSmart in Aiken and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart in Augusta. Pets can be seen in their foster homes. For information, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call (803) 640-2068 or (706) 533-3336.

Fishy project: Agriculture class is raising catfish
Though it's not unusual for a classroom to have a fish tank, the one in Jeremy Brooks' agriculture class at Midland Valley High School makes most of the others look like goldfish bowls.

Elementary school pupils enjoy plays with character themes
From their response, it appears that East Aiken Elementary School pupils look forward to plays about the character trait of the month.

Ninth-grade repeaters get help with studies
Starting a Freshman Academy at Silver Bluff High School this year gave administrators hope that they could tackle freshman problems such as dropouts and retention rates head-on. But another problem popped up - what about repeating freshmen?

Milestones
Listing of Georgia and South Carolina reunion notices

Schedule of meetings
Aiken Camera Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month.

Redcliffe Plantation brings back popular archaeological program
It's an event that draws crowds to Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site in Beech Island.

Counties discuss how to use new funds for senior services
South Carolina legislators have earmarked $2.9 million to pay for services for older residents of the state.

This week
Upcoming events and activities in Aiken County.

School lunch menus
Breakfast and lunch menus for Aiken County and Edgefield County schools.

Events
Upcoming events and activities in Aiken County.

On the record
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Sept. 5-6. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

Applause cover
Applause cover for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Applause cover

Arts in the Heart: Map
A map of the locations of events and activities taking place at the Arts in the Heart festival.

Husband-and-wife team unite onstage for 'Moon'

Husband-and-wife team unite onstage for 'Moon'
For the cast and crew of the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production of Moon Over Buffalo, staging the slapstick comedy has meant an opportunity to investigate roles both new and familiar.

Sheets masters Pirates
PITTSBURGH - Ben Sheets took a perfect-game bid into the seventh inning before Chris Duffy led off with a single, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Wednesday to split a doubleheader.

Tigers' season slowly slipping
DETROIT - The Motor City skyline was draped in clouds, and a steady rain pattered on the tarp-covered field at Comerica Park. If things weren't gloomy enough in Detroit on Tuesday, the Tigers only needed to look at the American League Central standings.

Tigers' season slowly slipping

Rangers star hits for cycle
DETROIT - Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the cycle - and did it in order, too - and the Texas Rangers routed the Detroit Tigers 11-3 on Wednesday night.

Cheers greet Matsui's return to Yanks lineup
Hideki Matsui returned to the New York Yankees' lineup Tuesday night and Gary Sheffield could follow later this week, giving manager Joe Torre a crowded outfield entering the final two weeks of the season.

Knee injury shelves Benitez
San Francisco closer Armando Benitez is done for the season because of inflammation in his right knee.

Reds gain ground by toppling Padres
CINCINNATI - Jason LaRue's one-out homer in the 11th inning powered the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the San Diego Padres and tightened the National League playoff race.

Rangers star hits for cycle
DETROIT - Gary Matthews Jr. hit for the cycle - and did it in order, too - and the Texas Rangers routed the Detroit Tigers 11-3 on Wednesday night.

Baseball today
Texas at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EDT). Tigers rookie Justin Verlander (16-7) faces Rangers ace Kevin Millwood (14-10).

Sheets masters Pirates
PITTSBURGH - Ben Sheets took a perfect-game bid into the seventh inning before Chris Duffy led off with a single, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Wednesday to split a doubleheader.

Reds gain ground by toppling Padres
CINCINNATI - Jason LaRue's one-out homer in the 11th inning powered the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the San Diego Padres and tightened the National League playoff race.

Cheers greet Matsui's return to Yanks lineup

Knee injury shelves Benitez
San Francisco closer Armando Benitez is done for the season because of inflammation in his right knee.

Baseball today

Abreu's 7 RBI pace Yankees
NEW YORK - Bobby Abreu finished off the Devil Rays all by himself - in the first inning.

Abreu's 7 RBI pace Yankees
NEW YORK - Bobby Abreu finished off the Devil Rays all by himself - in the first inning.

Braves' streak winds down
ATLANTA - It had to end sometime.

Braves on outside looking in
ATLANTA - Major League Baseball held a conference call Tuesday in which teams flipped a coin to determine possible tiebreak scenarios for those involved in the division and wild card races.

Braves on outside looking in

Phillies double up on Braves
ATLANTA - Philadelphia hopes a comeback against Atlanta on Wednesday helps the team's comeback hopes in the National League wild-card race.

Phillies double up on Braves
ATLANTA - Philadelphia hopes a comeback against Atlanta on Wednesday helps the team's comeback hopes in the National League wild-card race.

Braves' streak winds down

Nest egg isn't as sound in Augusta

Saudi says oil supplies may last 140 years
VIENNA, Austria - The world has tapped only 18 percent of the total global supply of crude, a leading Saudi oil executive said Wednesday, challenging the notion that supplies are petering out.

Shortage of laborers hurts rebuilding effort
BILOXI, Miss. - A push to train thousands of new construction workers on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast found an unlikely pupil in Sandra Ramsay, a self-employed massage therapist and hair stylist.

Switch in fuel may cut costs
ATLANTA - Already falling because of increased production and a boost in imports, gas prices could dip even more as refiners start selling less-expensive winter fuel blends later this week.

Saudi says oil supplies may last 140 years

Studio can teach skills to be put to use at club
If Eduardo Diaz has his way, everyone in Augusta will have dance fever.

Can people tell what I search for online?

HP leader takes fall over probe
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn took the fall Tuesday after admitting she authorized an investigation that relied on "inappropriate techniques" to uncover who was leaking boardroom secrets to the media.

Waiters serve up plea for tips
NEW YORK - Waiting tables is a stressful job and sometimes not even lucrative, given servers' sticky reliance on tips for income.

Studio can teach skills to be put to use at club

Nest egg isn't as sound in Augusta
The cities of Sheboygan, Wis.; Punta Gorda, Fla.; and Ashtabula, Ohio, have something in common - besides the funny names. All have personal savings rates better than Augusta's.

Switch in fuel may cut costs

Shortage of laborers hurts rebuilding effort

HP leader takes fall over probe

Slow hiring pace ahead in Augusta
Augusta-area employers expect to hire at a slow pace during the last three months of 2006, according to a poll of local companies.

Slow hiring pace ahead in Augusta

Can people tell what I search for online?
Q. Can people really tell what I search for over the Internet?

Waiters serve up plea for tips

Bowden sticks by high goals

Bowden sticks by high goals
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden won't change the Tigers high goals for this season, no matter how many defensive starters he has lost to injury.

Lineman fined in accidental death
Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry has been fined by the state Department of Natural Resources, but won't face more serious charges in the accidental death of assistant track coach Jarrett Foster.

Injuries are taking early toll on stars
CLEMSON, S.C. - Injuries are always part of college football, but seldom like this.

Lineman fined in accidental death
Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry has been fined by the state Department of Natural Resources, but won't face more serious charges in the accidental death of assistant track coach Jarrett Foster.

Injuries are taking early toll on stars
CLEMSON, S.C. - Injuries are always part of college football, but seldom like this.

A freeze on what kind of hiring?
"It really involves a form of budget cuts. That means if the position is not actually necessary that we will not fill the position until our budget is in better shape."

We need more leaders like this

Bad school news just won't quit
Just when you think you've heard all the bad news there is to tell about Richmond County schools, along comes another shock.

Temple's Raiders
Do they make "Thank you, Judge, for the lovely sentence" greeting cards?

We need more leaders like this
What President Bush is doing with the nation's security, says Tom Tancredo, is much like a homeowner buying a fancy indoor home security system with motion detectors to sound the alarm if someone is in the living room - all the while leaving the front door open.

Let's make a deal!

Let's make a deal!
Keith Brown wants his money back.

Bad school news just won't quit

A freeze on what kind of hiring?

Temple's Raiders

Group gives rock songs the classical treatment
Bridging the gap between rock and Rachmaninoff, the Los Angeles-based Section Quartet has made a career of redefining what playing in a string quartet can mean.

Concert calendar
Frankie Beverly and Maze, Gerald Levert: 8 p.m. Saturday; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $51; reserved seating

New downtown deli features sandwiches
A new business, Discovery Deli on the Levee, will open Friday at the former Gorin Cafe at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St., on Riverwalk Augusta.

Behind the scenes of the Singer-Songwriter finalist recordings
Video: We talk to the bands at the Blue Horse Music Hall.

Applause calendar
Send your event schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

Singer-Songwriter finalist: Marc Tompkins
Audio: Marc Tompkins performs his song "Nothing More."

Club calendar
Send your club's entertainment information to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com or fax it to (706) 722-7403. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays.

Singer-Songwriter finalists: The Joseph Christie Band
Audio: The Joseph Christie Band perform their song "Raise You Up."

Sonic spotlight: Joshua Gay
This week's Sonic Spotlight is on Joshua Gay, an electric guitar player from Wrens, Ga.

Singer-Songwriter finalists: Whosehouse
Video: Whosehouse peform their song "Little, Big Thing."

Arts in the Heart: Arts and Crafts
Listing of fine arts and crafts vendors appearing at Arts in the Heart this weekend.

Singer-Songwriter finalist: Ty Macy
Video: Ty Macy performs his song "Can't Save the World."

Arts in the Heart: Performance Schedules
Schedule of performances by stage, date and time.

Singer-Songwriter finalists: Chris and Bill Goss
Video: Chris and Bill Goss perform their song "Gettin' Down with James and the Flames."

Arts calendar
Send exhibit schedules and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

Singer-Songwriter finalists: American Skin
Video: American Skin perform their song "Tobe Hooper."

New cafe opens in Martinez
Cindy's Catering opened a 50-seat lunch cafe in May to serve the food her catering service is famous for.

Singer-songwriter finalists are a diverse group
What started with more than 50 entries has been whittled down to a final six. The finalists in this year's Augusta Chronicle Singer-Songwriter contest represent a cross-section of the vast talent found in the community.

Spotted in Augusta
Spotted photographers' coverage of Border Bash and First Friday.

Arts in the Heart: Map
A map of the locations of events and activities taking place at the Arts in the Heart festival.

Tunes: Wolfmother
Wolfmother will perform at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta on Monday.

Arts in the Heart: India Preview
India comprises 35 diverse states and territories, occupies approximately 3.3 million square kilometers of real estate and has a population of more than a billion.

Original Senate bean soup is minimal, but satisfying, meal
Senate bean soup is as bare bones as you can get: navy beans, ham hocks, a little onion and a lot of water.

Fruit desserts ease tastily from summer into fall

Despite obesity concerns, candy makes back-to-school shopping lists
Reading, writing, arithmetic - and Jolly Ranchers?

Cattle cow-ture

Fruit desserts ease tastily from summer into fall
It's almost time to say goodbye to the luscious, ripe summer fruit that we've all so much enjoyed. Although these days we have out-of-season fruit shipped in from the four corners of the world, there's nothing quite like local, fresh-picked seasonal produce for flavor and nutritional value.

Let corn flavor be star of chowder

Chicken with pears and fig sauce
The flavors in this low-fat chicken dish were inspired by Mediterranean cuisines - and these days the popular adjective "Mediterranean" makes any suggestion of diet quite palatable.

Let corn flavor be star of chowder
CONCORD, N.H. - Corn chowder shouldn't taste like seafood chowder that somebody forgot to add the seafood to.

Niche restaurants attracting plenty of dining attention
The line extends almost out the door of this newly opened restaurant in the East Village. Inside, the tables are full and dozens of people wait expectantly for their food under the peculiar orange and yellow lighting.

Use broth to make instant polenta into flavorful dish
CONCORD, N.H. - Reality is so good at changing our perspective on things.

Cattle cow-ture
Fashionistas who want the latest in couture can go to Paris or Milan, but for real cow-ture, the place to be is Chicago.

Use broth to make instant polenta into flavorful dish

Gailey has fond memories of Troy
ATLANTA - Twenty-two years ago, Chan Gailey was riding so high on top of the NCAA Division II college football world that he had to think twice about a jump to the NFL.

Gailey has fond memories of Troy
ATLANTA - Twenty-two years ago, Chan Gailey was riding so high on top of the NCAA Division II college football world that he had to think twice about a jump to the NFL.

Augusta has on its rally caps
We'll get through this. It can be done.

Augusta has on its rally caps
We'll get through this. It can be done.

Lakewood claws way to 1-run win
Augusta GreenJackets outfielder Mike Mooney hung over the right-field wall, his spikes about eight feet off the dirt, his glove stretched out for a baseball he couldn't reach.

Lakewood claws way to 1-run win
Augusta GreenJackets outfielder Mike Mooney hung over the right-field wall, his spikes about eight feet off the dirt, his glove stretched out for a baseball he couldn't reach.

Grace gets call to start for Augusta in Game 3
Pitcher Robert Grace has had a nice couple of weeks with the Augusta GreenJackets. And he'll be rewarded for it by being given an opportunity to start in the South Atlantic League Championship Series in Thursday's Game 3.

Two Jaguars ruled ineligible
Augusta State will play its first golf tournament of the fall Friday without its top two golfers.

Kandy Waters event has finally found its home
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic is finally where title sponsor L.D. Waters always wanted it.

Woods deftly sidesteps the $1 million question
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Tiger Woods wasn't about to fall for the $1 million question this time.

Clarke returns for Ryder tuneup
MADRID, Spain - Darren Clarke choked back tears as he spoke about his return to golf a month after his wife's death.

Woods relishes underdog label
LONDON -- A winner of five consecutive tournaments, Tiger Woods is a big favorite in the HSBC World Match Play Championship.

Woods deftly sidesteps the $1 million question
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Tiger Woods wasn't about to fall for the $1 million question this time.

Stricker steadily on rise
Steve Stricker went from desperation to disappointment, a wild swing in emotions that ultimately indicates a successful season.

On the fast track
Watch out for the kid in the hat. He just might be the next big thing in golf.

Stricker steadily on rise

On the fast track
Watch out for the kid in the hat. He just might be the next big thing in golf.

Kandy Waters event has finally found its home
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic is finally where title sponsor L.D. Waters always wanted it.

Ryder Cup-ready
Phil Mickelson headed home from Ireland a few weeks ago in dire need of some rest.

Woods relishes underdog label

Ryder Cup-ready

Clarke returns for Ryder tuneup
MADRID, Spain - Darren Clarke choked back tears as he spoke about his return to golf a month after his wife's death.

Two Jaguars ruled ineligible

Grace gets call to start for Augusta in Game 3

Battle for the Paddle
It was a match made on the banks of the Savannah River - and out of necessity.

Battle for the Paddle
It was a match made on the banks of the Savannah River - and out of necessity.

Put South on table with macaroni and cheese
Almost everyone loves macaroni and cheese, and this week I'm sharing two reader recipes for the dish.

Put South on table with macaroni and cheese

Lakeside embraced late new student

Commission must curb spending now
Former U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen once said: "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." It is past time to tell our local politicians that in Augusta, a thousand dollars here and another thousand there is adding up to real money for the local taxpayers.Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah

Howard will serve school board well

Cost of human life is going down

Howard will serve school board well
I would like to encourage members of District 3 to vote for Alex Howard in the upcoming special election. The special election will be Sept. 19 and will fill the seat vacated by John Seitz. The general election is Nov. 7.Chad DeMeyers, Augusta

Commission must curb spending now

Lakeside embraced late new student
This is a letter of praise for the Columbia County school system and Lakeside High School specifically.Kathy Beeson, Martinez

Cost of human life is going down
I want to know whose life is worth more than $2,000 and two years' probation. Obviously teens don't qualify.Debbie Stevens, Hephzibah

Perdue blasted for joke on tax break
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's quip on a radio call-in show about a law he signed that saved him about $100,000 in state capital gains taxes drew fire Wednesday from Democrats who said it shows he is out of touch with regular Georgians.

Shoots & laughter

Pageant prizes go unpaid
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Miss South Carolina Organization paid out less than half of its scholarships awarded between 1996 through 2004, tax records show.

News you can use

Judge blocks Georgia voter ID law for special elections

Across the area

Panel passes hiring freeze
A hiring freeze for the Richmond County school system cleared its first hurdle, while at the same time officials announced positive financial news.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The Rev. Charles L. White Jr. of Charleston County has been named national director of field operations for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Restart of work on speed humps OK'd
WHAT THEY DID: Approved a plan to restart work to build speed humps on Rivermont Drive in Evans.

Indigent care clause sought
Augusta's other hospitals want the Texas company hoping to buy St. Joseph Hospital to shoulder its part of caring for the poor and uninsured.

Search narrows to manage civic center

Homeland security degree OK'd line
WHAT THEY DID:The board's academic affairs committee approved the state's first bachelor degree program in homeland security and emergency management on Tuesday.

Across Georgia

Indigent care clause sought

Few's D.C. stint is part of challenge
Augusta mayoral candidate Ronnie Few says Augusta has been his legal residence for more than six years.

Prepaid tuition deficit growing

Rants and raves
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, thank you, to everybody that sent in the recipe to get rid of the rat. It appears he's gone. We haven't seen hide nor hair of him in a while and evidence appears that he's gone. Thank you so much.

History in the breaking

Shoots & laughter
Two-year-old Jeremiah Batchelor of Augusta (left) and three-year-old Megan McCollum of Aiken race down the slides at a park along Riverwalk Augusta in downtown Augusta on Tuesday.

Police find truck spotted fleeing scene of shooting

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - A prosecutor announced Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty against the man accused of running down five family members in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant.

Movie will be filmed in Aiken

News you can use

Copenhaver candidacy challenged

Larke agrees to retire in contract with board

One wet Wednesday

Across the Southeast

Board proposal may help save old properties

Democrats to convene
ATLANTA - The state's Democratic leaders will gather here Saturday for a new type of convention for them, one in the minority.

DeMint's WARN gets Senate OK

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

Restart of work on speed humps OK'd

Golf comedy will be filmed in Aiken
AIKEN - The film production incentives that South Carolina instituted in January are paying local dividends.

Investigators search for two men in motel killing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies want to question two men in the death of a 22-year-old man at an Augusta motel this week.

Tape shows official keying a car
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A police video shows North Charleston city ombudsman James Bell apparently scratching the rear of a city councilman's SUV with a key.

Police find truck spotted fleeing scene of shooting
Sheriff's investigators found a pickup Tuesday evening that was seen speeding from the Gordon Highway motel where 22-year-old Terrence Moore was shot about 1 a.m.

Exemption's legal fallout studied
A Columbia County official said Tuesday that she is exploring whether to prosecute Augusta mayoral candidate Ronnie Few over what might have been a fraudulent filing of his homestead exemption tax form.

Brothers get life in teen's slaying
Two brothers were convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Teenager dies trying to cross highway
A 16-year-old Augusta girl died this morning on the city's southside after she was struck by a car on Deans Bridge Road, officials said.

Work at homeless shelter is stopped
When it came to making life better for the homeless, bureaucracy was the last thing on Fran Oliver's mind.

Contract rebid saves $700,000
WHAT THEY DID: Rebid a construction contract for a new middle school on Blackstone Camp Road resulting in about a $700,000 savings for the Columbia County school board.

Search narrows to manage civic center
Four candidates remain in the search for the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center's next general manager, said Bernard Harper, the search committee's chairman.

Couey's trial moved to Miami
TAMPA, Fla. - The trial of the sex offender charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford will be held in February in Miami, where officials hope it will be easier to find a fair jury, Citrus County court officials said Tuesday.

News you can use
Does your child struggle to get tasks completed on time? Well a little organization can go a long way. Here are some tips for parents on how to help the young ones in your life pull their schedules together.

Across the area

Locked hatch is removed from sub
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scientists on Tuesday removed the rear hatch on the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, although the work won't immediately remove the questions surrounding the sinking of the sub in 1864.

Exemption's legal fallout studied

Work at homeless shelter is stopped

Homeland security degree OK'd line

Two points!

Report denies illness exists

Contract rebid saves $700,000

E. coli outbreak linked to bagged spinach
WASHINGTON - An outbreak of E. coli in eight states has left at least one person dead and 50 others sick, federal health officials said Thursday in warning consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach.

Across the area
The president of Garden City Lumber has been charged with the felony offense of covering up bank fraud.

Sex offender arrested for child porn
A registered sex offender was arrested today on child pornography charges, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator says.

Wire thief suffers jolt before he bolts store
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are seeking someone who might have received the shock of his life this weekend.

Couey's trial moved to Miami

Letter disputes mayor's address
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver says the challenge to his candidacy filed Wednesday with the Richmond County Board of Elections is a "travesty" of the elections process.

Georgia coach, mascot to be on Wheaties box
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt will be featured on the front of boxes of Wheaties cereal.

One wet Wednesday
Roderick Willis tries to stay dry as he walks along Broad Street during heavy afternoon showers Wednesday. Partly sunny skies and a high of 84 degrees are in the forecast for today.

Center provides services for former plant workers

Democrats to convene

Across South Carolina

Tape shows official keying a car

Report denies illness exists
A federally funded study released Tuesday says there's no such thing as gulf war syndrome because veterans who served in the first war with Iraq aren't all suffering from the same set of symptoms.

Wanted man surrenders

Wanted man surrenders
AIKEN - A 22-year-old Aiken man wanted in two shootings last week - one fatal - surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning.

Few's D.C. stint is part of challenge

Database puts statistics on seniors in one place
COLUMBIA - Accidents cost South Carolina $10 million in Medicaid alone each year.

Seniors at risk for prescription errors

Augusta Commission Subcommittee
WHO: Augusta Commission Subcommittee Investigating the Recreation Department

Men sought in shooting

Across the area
No charges were filed in the Wednesday death of a teenager who attempted to cross a busy south Augusta road in the dark, wet early morning hours near a school bus stop, officials said.

Head of Georgia colleges sworn in

Head of Georgia colleges sworn in
ATLANTA - Georgia must find more ways to help low-income students who want to go to college, Chancellor Erroll Davis said Wednesday during a ceremony inaugurating him as the 11th head of the state's network of public colleges and universities.

Rants and raves
I LOVE IRONY, like impeaching a president who lied about sex and yet impeachment is not mentioned for a president who lies about a war that is taking thousands of lives. That's ironic.

MS patient can't see doctor
The burning pain in her left side was gone Wednesday, but Candace Rogers knows it could be back without warning, and this time she won't be able to go to her trusted doctor to help relieve it.

Kid of the Day

Men sought in shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies want to question two men in the death of a 22-year-old man at an Augusta motel this week.

Across the region

Board proposal may help save old properties
The old John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School could be salvaged if school officials enact a new policy for abandoned properties.

Seats remain unfilled

Kid of the Day
Brandy Dorsey, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Pageant prizes go unpaid

Perdue makes pledge of no retirement taxes
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday night made the first campaign pledge of his re-election bid, promising to eliminate the tax on retirement income for Georgia's senior citizens.

Wire thief suffers jolt before he bolts store

Center provides services for former plant workers
AIKEN - After nearly four decades on the job, the last place Ricky Griffin expected to find himself was in a classroom.

Shorter process is sought

MS patient can't see doctor

History in the breaking
They are landmarks of a bygone era - yet their future is less certain with each passing year.

Augusta Commission Subcommittee

Across the Southeast
FRANKFORT, KY. - In what promises to be a divisive issue that already is sparking heated debate, Kentucky's flagship university is considering providing health benefits to unmarried domestic partners.

Fight brews over Mitchell's papers

Jury selection on hold in Corbin murder trial
ATLANTA - Jury selection was halted Tuesday and will resume Thursday in the murder trial of a suburban Atlanta dentist accused in the December 2004 death of his estranged wife.

Golf comedy will be filmed in Aiken

Swift confirmation is expected in judgeship
WASHINGTON - Georgia federal prosecutor Lisa Godbey Wood is expected to win swift confirmation to the federal bench after she breezed through a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Panel passes hiring freeze

Two points!
Corey Days (left) sinks a basket over the objections of neighbor and opponent Daniel Bostic. The two shot hoops at Warren Road Community Center on Tuesday.

Perdue blasted for joke on tax break

Shorter process is sought
AIKEN - The Department of Energy outlined plans for Savannah River Site's nuclear waste Tuesday that hinge on something the agency is currently struggling to accomplish: effective communication.

Perdue makes pledge of no retirement taxes

Kid of the Day
Brenna Gassman, of Evans, is today's kid of the day.

Database puts statistics on seniors in one place

DeMint's WARN gets Senate OK
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sen. Jim DeMint's proposal to have emergency messages about everything from hurricanes to chemical spills automatically transmitted to handheld devices such as cell phones and BlackBerries was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Across the region
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man who burned in a fire at a plant has died in Augusta, Richland County authorities said.

Jury selection on hold in Corbin murder trial

Letter disputes mayor's address

Brothers get life in teen's slaying

Seniors at risk for prescription errors
Raymond Lawless, 86, used to take 13 pills a day for conditions he said resulted from his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Prepaid tuition deficit growing
COLUMBIA - Last spring, the state's tuition prepayment program was about $40 million in the red.

Fight brews over Mitchell's papers
ATLANTA - A batch of purported business correspondence belonging to Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell is now the prize in a legal battle, three decades after a Georgia man says his father bought a file cabinet containing the documents.

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
I LOVE IRONY, like impeaching a president who lied about sex and yet impeachment is not mentioned for a president who lies about a war that is taking thousands of lives. That's ironic.

Locked hatch is removed from sub

E.U. ambassador says Americans must change to protect the environment
ATLANTA -- You need to drive less, turn back your air conditioner, move from the distant suburbs and make other changes to your daily life in order to curb global warming, according to the European Union's ambassador to the United States.

Swift confirmation is expected in judgeship

Tiger Woods loses in 1st round of World Match Play Championship
Tiger Woods has lost in the first round of the World Match Play Championship.

Rants and raves
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, thank you, to everybody that sent in the recipe to get rid of the rat. It appears he's gone. We haven't seen hide nor hair of him in a while and evidence appears that he's gone. Thank you so much.

Augusta forces Game 4 with rout
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The bottom five of Augusta's lineup -- Barry Gunther, Ben Copeland, David Maroul, Pablo Sandoval and Anthony Contreras - went 14-for-23 with 10 RBI in the GreenJackets' 11-1 rout of the Lakewood BlueClaws in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League Championship series.

Seats remain unfilled
Three empty chairs. Three opinions unheard. Three votes not cast.

Ballpark natural place to show national pride
In the eighth inning of Monday night's South Atlantic League championship series opener, a friend looked up at the Lake Olmstead Stadium scoreboard and pointed out the time.

New DVD releases
Here's a look at what's new in home video and DVD, and a calendar of what's coming:

Review: 'Everyone's Hero'

Review: 'The Last Kiss'
If names such as Tony Goldwyn and Paul Haggis weren't attached, you'd swear The Last Kiss was just another Edward Burns movie.

Review: 'The Black Dahlia'

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Mini reviews
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Review: 'The Last Kiss'

Review: 'Everyone's Hero'
A scrawny, insecure boy, growing up during the Depression in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and worshipping Babe Ruth, learns self-esteem when he goes on an adventure with a talking baseball and the Bambino's beloved bat in Everyone's Hero.

Mini reviews

Review: 'The Black Dahlia'
Brian De Palma and The Black Dahlia are a natural fit, a filmmaker with a gift - or curse - for crafting visceral, lurid imagery, and a story that's heavy on bloody evisceration.

Review: 'Gridiron Gang'

Review: 'Gridiron Gang'
Running alongside the closing credits for Gridiron Gang is a series of clips from a 1993 documentary of the same name, which provided the basis for this drama about a football team at a Los Angeles juvenile detention center.

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NASCAR Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth enters the Chase for the Championship this Sunday with a five-point lead over Jimmie Johnson. More important, he enters with a lot of momentum having won two of the last four races.

Changes are made in garage by Petty
Bill Wilburn, who guided David Gilliland to one of the biggest upset victories in Busch Series history earlier this year, was hired Monday as the new crew chief for Kyle Petty's No. 45 Dodge.

Changes are made in garage by Petty

NASCAR Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth

Enjoying the ride
LOUDON, N.H. - Running up front has made Kevin Harvick a happy man. And being happy has helped him run up front.

Seattle signs Branch to six-year contract

Raiders are left looking for answers

Kenneth Roger Boyd   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Kenneth Roger ("Kenny Boo") Boyd of Conniston Drive, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are three daughters, Keshia Boyd, Augusta, Chantele (Cory) Smith, Felicia Boyd, Hephzibah; one son, Kenneth Tucker, Augusta; father, Walter (Clementine) Wimberly, Jr., Waynesboro, Ga.; brothers, Mark (Johnnie) Boyd, Johnnie (Michelle) Boyd, Joseph (Letha) Wilson, Hephzibah, Jerarl (Deborah) Boyd, Antonio (Sonya) Boyd, Augusta, Frederick (Sarah) Wimberly, Barrett Wimberly, Felix (Lenecie) Rouse, Waynesboro, Ga.; one sister, LaTrise (Bobby) Freeman, Waynesboro; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah.

Paul A. Varlack   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Paul A. Varlack, 63, of W. Hugh Street entered into rest September 9, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Augusta with Dr. Albert M. James officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mr. Varlack, a native of New York, was a member of Second Providence Baptist Church where he served on the ushers ministry. He retired from the New York Postal Service and Kroger of North Augusta. Survivors include a sister, Bernice Smith; two nieces, Diane (J.P.) Elliott and Shelia Smith; nephews, James Allen Smith, Raymond (Patrix) Smith, Linwood Ardis; eight great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Joseph McRoy Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph McRoy "Roy" Anderson, Jr., 62, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at University Hospital. The funeral will be 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2006 at Platt's Funeral Home Chapel, Crawford Avenue with Dr. Michael Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with Military Honors. Mr. Anderson was retired from Southern Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon returning home to Augusta in 1995, he developed online help systems for CSR-America for two years and later worked for CompUSA for two years. Mr. Anderson was a graduate of Sparkman High School, Madison, Alabama and attended Augusta State University. He was a sergeant in the Georgia Army National Guard for six years. He was a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church. He was employed by Babcock & Wilcock-now Thermal Ceramics-from 1965-1976, rising to computer programming supervisor. He was active in the local Data ProcessingManagement Association. He was lead Systems Analyst at Augusta based Dymo Corporation 1976-78. In Lexington, KY, Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. Mr. Anderson was an information technology manager, Honeywell systems engineer, IBM systems engineer, and a Southern Company mainframe computer strategic planner. Mr. Anderson's parents, Joseph McRoy Anderson, Sr. and Deona Beckum Anderson, predeceased him. Survivors include three sisters, Diane Schlein and Debbie Jones of Augusta and Denise Sherrill of Martinez; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, all of Augusta. Pallbearers will be Vincent Jones, Joseph Jones, Jeff Powers, John Sawyer, Jim Mills, and Brian Munford. Memorials may be made to the Joseph McRoy Anderson, Sr. Scholarship Fund - Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 or to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D, Augusta, GA 30907-2409. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September14, 2006 at Platt's Funeral Home, Crawford Avenue. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Barrett Edmunds   (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Mr. Barrett Meldeau Edmunds, of 265 W. Trippe St. died Tues. Sept 12 at his residence. He was 79. A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept.. 15, 2006, at 4 p.m. at Harlem United Methodist Church with Revs. Roger Stone, Rudolph Dixon and Roger Vest officiating. Mr. Edmunds, a lifelong resident of Columbia County, was the son of the late James Meldeau Edmunds and Lillian Prather Edmunds Reed. He was a retired Captain of the Ft. Gordon Fire Dept. and had also served as a Columbia Co. Sheriff's Deputy. He was a former Harlem City Councilman, a charter member of the Harlem Lion's Club, Harlem Masonic Lodge, and the Harlem United Methodist Church in which he had held various offices. Also, he was a longtime member of the Carolina Jazz Society. Survivors include wife, Audrey Baggett Edmunds; sons, Donald J. Edmunds, and partner, John Adams, of Augusta, Trent D. Edmunds, of Grovetown; daughters, Angela E. Johnson, and husband, Jay, of Harlem, Karen E. Simpson, and husband, Scot, of Grovetown; brother, Charles Edmunds, of Phoenix, AZ.; sisters, Virginia (Jenna) Edmunds Neal, and Ella Edmunds Dozier, both of Harlem; grandchildren, Marquette Bysor, April Reid, Steven Reid, Micheal, Scott and J.R. Johnson, Robby and Heather Cummings, Scot Simpson, Mary and Daniel Edmunds, Whitney Rainchuso, and Kaitlyn Logerwell; great-grandchildren, Dallas, Shawn, Bryant, Tori, Katie, Emily, Chase, Brianna, and Cheyenne; Special friends, Jlia Prather, Josephine Dees, Margie Bennett Memorials may be made to Harlem United Methodist Church, c/o Choir Fund, P.O. Box 39, Harlem, GA 30814 Friends may call at the residence. Visitation will be held in the church fellowship hall following the service. Beggs Funeral Home at 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706) 359-4117 is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Henderson L. Swearingen   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest September 11, 2006 at his residence, Mr. Henderson Laurie Swearingen, 81, of North Augusta. Mr. Swearingen was a brick mason. Family members include his sisters: Mildred Swearingen Michum of Charleston, Vera Swearingen McKnight of Charleston, Jackie Swearingen Moore of Augusta, GA; brother: Jerry Swearingen of North Augusta and many nieces and nephews and his beloved pets. Mr. Swearingen was preceded in death by his father: Victor Swearingen; mother: Mary Dunkley Swearingen; sister: Eleanor Swearingen and brother: Leon Swearingen. No funeral services will be held at his request. The family asks that all concerned remember him this Sunday, September 17, 2006 with a prayer and or a moment of silence. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nathaniel Williams   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Nathaniel Williams, 61, of Keith Dr., entered into rest September 13, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Williams was member of Glover Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include a wife, Lorraine Williams; three daughters, Nina Williams, Regina (Tyrone) Kelly, both of Las Vegas and Lavina (Dewayne) Joseph, Boston; two sons, Tony Williams, Augusta and Robert (Brenda) Williams, Boston; one brother, Alexander (Patricia) Williams, Clearwater, S.C.; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Family and friends may call the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

John Cook   (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mr. John Cook, son of the late Joseph and Dealia Rivers Cook and brother of the late Marion J. "Mal" Cook, entered into rest September 10, 2006. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Brooklyn. Interment will be in New York. Mr. Cook, a native of Aiken County, was a former member of Hammond Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Doretha Cook, Brooklyn; two daughters, Betty Gibson, Augusta and Delores Cook, New York, N.Y.; a sister, Bernice (Willie) Butler, Belvedere; sister-in-law, Sarah A. Cook, Augusta; a host of other relatives and friends. Matthew Barrett-RS Saunders Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gene Wren   (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Arthur E. "Gene" Wren, Jr. "Papa", entered into rest Monday, September 11, 2006 in the V.A. Hospital, the beloved husband of 58 years to the late Mrs. Sara Wren. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park with Dr. Bobby Coleman officiating. Family and friends will meet at the grave. In case of rain, service will be held in the family room at the office of Westover Memorial Park. Family members are three daughters, Anita Rodgers (Jimmy Poe), Dianne (Jim) Glaze and Hellen Kelly; one sister, Hazel Brown; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a special friend and caregiver, Peter Nalley. Mr. Wren was born in Blythe, Ga., a salesman with Eli Whit Co., a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII, member of American Legion Post #63 and a Baptist. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd. Martinez, Ga., 706-863-6747. Florist: Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carolyn M. Hoover   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn M. Hoover passed away at her residence, Tuesday, September 12, 2006, following a courageous four year battle with cancer. Carolyn was born in Fairburn, GA but had made Augusta her home since 1964. After completing 32 years of outstanding service, Carolyn, the Catering Manager, retired from the Officer's Club at Fort Gordon. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Country Hills Garden Club. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Phillip E. Hoover and children: Johnny M. Smith (Trish) of Augusta, Kay D. Cook (Charles, Jr.) of Appling, Jeffrey T. Smith (Carol) of Evans, Susan H. Hobaugh (Ed), of Tennessee, Karen S. Asble (Barry), of FL and Jeff Hoover of FL. She was a loving "Mema" who cherished her grandchildren: Trey Smith, Michelle Cook, Chase Cook, Erin Smith, Zachary Smith, Caitlin Langley, Stephanie Langley and Rebecca Langley. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who will miss her greatly. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Jessie T. Smith, Jr., Chelsea Morgan Smith (granddaughter) and her brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Frankie May, Hospice Chaplain, officiating and Bill Heaton, family friend, delivering a eulogy.. Pallbearers will be sons, sons-in-law and grandsons: Johnny M. Smith, Jeffrey T. Smith, Charles W. Cook, Jr., Trey Smith, Chase Cook and Ed Hobaugh. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home beginning at 12 Noon Thursday. We would like to thank Dr. Paul Fischer and Dr. John Hudson and his staff, as well as the St. Joseph Hospice Green Team for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite F-104, Augusta, GA 30904 or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA 30904. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Ilah Spradlin Usry   (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Ilah Owen Spradlin Usry, 81, wife of Ray Usry of Grovetown. Memorial services will be private. Mrs. Usry was a native of Warren County, Ga. and the daughter of the late Wendell and Glenice Wood Hart. She was a homemaker and member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Ray Usry, Grovetown; two sons, L.B. Owens (Patti), Atlanta and Ralph T. Owen and daughter, Julie Owen of Stockbridge, Ga.; two brothers, John Hart and Warren Hart, Gibson, Ga.; one sister, Nina H. Ferrazza, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. Email condolence to starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Michael Lynn Hill   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Michael Lynn Hill will be Wednesday at 5 o'clock p.m. in the Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at a later date. Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Johnnie Waters   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Johnnie T. Waters, 78, wife of the late Edsel George Waters entered rest on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the residence. She is survived by four children and a beloved niece; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastors Joe Hester and Billy Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Damascus Baptist Church Men's Prayer Group and members of the Homebound Ministry of Fleming Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was born in Douglas, GA to the late Benjamin and Johnnie Graham Tanner. She moved to Augusta in 1952 with her husband and children. She was a member of Fleming Baptist Church since 1956, where she taught Youth Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Mrs. Waters was also a member of The Augusta Christian Women's Club from 1975-1985 (respectfully). She will be greatly and lovingly missed. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Augusta 1899 Central Ave. 30904. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Paul A. Varlack   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Paul A. Varlack, 63, of W. Hugh Street entered into rest September 9, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Augusta with Dr. Albert M. James officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mr. Varlack, a native of New York, was a member of Second Providence Baptist Church where he served on the ushers ministry. He retired from the New York Postal Service and Kroger of North Augusta. Survivors include a sister, Bernice Smith; two nieces, Diane (J.P.) Elliott and Shelia Smith; nephews, James Allen Smith, Raymond (Patrix) Smith, Linwood Ardis; eight great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

John Stevenson   (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Henry Stevenson will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Hazel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Ingram, Sr. officiating. Friends may call at the residence, 17 Stevenson Ct. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

James Smith   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. James "Jim" Smith, 77, of W. Hugh Street entered into rest September 10, 2006 at Anne Maria Rehab & Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Augusta, with the Rev. Clyde Hill, Sr. officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mr. Smith, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where he sang on the E.A. Moss Choir. He retired from the United State Postal Service. He was also a United State Army Veteran. Survivors include a loving wife of 51 years, Bernice Varlack Smith; daughters, Diane (J.P.) Elliott, Shelia Smith and Lande Matthew; sons, James Allen Smith, Raymond M. (Patrix) Smith, Linwood Ardis and Joseph Scott; sisters, Mary Way, Irene (Nathan) Thomas and Clotine Kirkland; grandchildren, nieces, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Oscar Varn   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Oscar Varn Sr., beloved husband of Eloise Radford Varn, entered into rest at University Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Mr. Varn was a retired machinist for Thermal Ceramics and a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Mann Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Bob Hoeller and Reverend Tom Compton officiating. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, daughter, Elaine (Johnny) Womack, Augusta; son, Oscar Sherwood "Woody" Varn Jr. Augusta; grandson, Derick (Sarah) Varn, Gray, Ga. and his nephew and wife Ronnie (Linda) Bradley. Mr. Varn is predeceased by his sister Brenda Bradley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mann Memorial United Methodist Church or the Bereavement Committee, 2705 Milledgeville Road, Augusta, Ga. 30904. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, September 14, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel.

William Hodges   (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. William Cliff Hodges, 82, of Hodges Rd., Millen, entered into rest Tuesday Sept. 12, 2006 at Oceechee Hospice, Statesboro, Ga. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15,2006 at Millen Cemetery with Rev. Maurice Crowder and Rev. Steven Darby officiating. Mr. Hodges was born in Bulloch County and was a WWII Army Veteran. He received the Purple Heart. He was a retired Ford Dealer. Mr. Hodges was a former G.A. State Trooper, a charter member of Ogeechee Valley Bank, a member of G.A. Auto Dealers Association and an Honorary Director of Queensborough Banks. He was also a member of Southgate Baptist Church. Mr. Hodges was preceded in death by wife, Ida A. Hodges; two sisters, Hazel Brannen and Marge Hill; son-in-law, Bobby Brinson. He is survived by two sons, William C. (Chris) Hodges, Jr. and Steve (Lynne) Hodges both of Millen; daughter, Patricia H. Brinson of Statesboro; special friend, Michelle (Rusty) Bragg,Millen. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Edenfield, Robert Fields, Virgil Black, F.A. Black, Jim Andrew, John Jackson and Charles Wallace. Memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donahue St., Statesboro, Ga., 30458. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday Night at Crowe-Fields Funeral Home. Crowe Fields Funeral Home, Inc., 478-982-5222, Millen, Ga., in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Ray S. Griffin   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Ray Griffin, 55, of Bougeyville Rd., entered into rest September 12, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Griffin was a member of Rosa Hill Baptist Church and a member of Prince Hall Lodge #141. Survivors include a wife, Odessa G. Griffin; three daughters Carlee Kelley, Jackson, S.C., Stephanie Jones, Beech Island and Tina (Robert) Taylor, Hephzibah; one son, Ray (Tonya) Griffin, Augusta; two stepsons, Lorenzo (Allison) Barton, Augusta and Cornelius Barton, Aiken; mother, Lizzie Mae Griffin, Aiken; two brothers, Johnnie (Darleen) Griffin, San Diego, Calif. and Larry Griffin, Aiken; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one grandmother, Addie Walker, Aiken and a host of other relatives. Family and friends may call the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Elizabeth Stamey   (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Sarah Elizabeth Stamey, 13, entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Botsford Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home in Waynesboro on Thursday, September 14, 2006 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1230 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 916-9474. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, GA 706-554-3531 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elizabeth Taylor   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest at University Hospital on Sept. 12, 2006, Mrs. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Rebecca Taylor, wife of the late George Cullen Taylor, Sr. of Martinez, Ga. Mrs. Taylor lived all of her life in this area, she was a member of West Acres Baptist Church and retired from the Sibley Mill. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Larry Harmon officiating. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Columbia County Senior Center or West Acres Baptist church Senior Ministry. Survivors are one son, George Taylor, Jr., Lincolnton, Ga.; one daughter, Sue (Tommy) Cox, Martinez; three grandchildren, Susan Middleton, Cullen Taylor and Caren Smith; three great-grandchildren, Rebecca Taylor, Jared Smith, Lauren Smith. Pallbearers: Cullen Taylor, Kenny Middleton, Susan Middleton, Willie Smith, Mike Wren and Jimmy McWatty. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. Florist, 2:30 p.m. on Thursday

Harris Collins   (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Leslie Harrison "Harris" Collins, Sr., age 73, died Monday, September 11, 2006 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. The Screven County native was a purchasing agent for Planters Electric Membership Corp. and retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. He served in France in the US Army and he was a member of Rocky Ford Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Michael Collins; parents, Leslie W. and Lois Cail Collins; brother, Leonard Collins, Sr. and sister, Virginia C. Pullis. Survivors include: wife, Eloise Brown Collins of Sylvania; daughter and son-in-law, Connie C. and Stan Lanier of Metter; sons and daughter-in-law, Leslie H. Collins, Jr. of Rocky Ford and Rodney and Beth Collins of Millen, GA; step-daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Burton Kemp, Jr, Jeanie and Mark Jeselnik and Marie Lariscy, all of Sylvania; step-son and daughter-in-law, Don and Laura Colbert of Springfield; brothers, ThomasJ. Collins, Larry J. Collins, Kenneth Collins and Charles Collins, all of Rocky Ford and Eugene Collins of Newington; 14 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Visitation: Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Funeral services at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 14, 2006, at Rocky Ford Baptist Church with Rev. Cail Pressey, Rev. Dwayne Smith and Rev. Bob Holsten officiating. Interment at Rocky Ford Cemetery. He will lie in state from 10:00 until 11:00 at the church. Pallbearers: Rusty Collins, Tim Collins, Cory Collins, Ryan Collins, Leslie Collins, John Collins, Rhett Lanier and Billy Lariscy; Honorary Pallbearers: Employees of Planters Electric Membership Corp. Remembrances to: Building Fund at Rocky Ford Baptist Church, c/o Beth Ward, 5552 Rocky Ford Road, Rocky Ford, GA 30455. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Kenneth Roger Boyd   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Kenneth Roger ("Kenny Boo") Boyd of Conniston Drive, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are three daughters, Keshia Boyd, Augusta, Chantele (Cory) Smith, Felicia Boyd, Hephzibah; one son, Kenneth Tucker, Augusta; father, Walter (Clementine) Wimberly, Jr., Waynesboro, Ga.; brothers, Mark (Johnnie) Boyd, Johnnie (Michelle) Boyd, Joseph (Letha) Wilson, Hephzibah, Jerarl (Deborah) Boyd, Antonio (Sonya) Boyd, Augusta, Frederick (Sarah) Wimberly, Barrett Wimberly, Felix (Lenecie) Rouse, Waynesboro, Ga.; one sister, LaTrise (Bobby) Freeman, Waynesboro; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah.

Thomas Rosier   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Howard Rosier, 63, husband of Gladys Andrews Rosier entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006 at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Survivors include his sons, Thomas Rosier, Jr. and his wife, Dawne of North Augusta, SC, Michael Rosier and his wife, Pam of Martinez and Robert Rosier and his wife, Phyllis of Thomson; daughter, Beverly Pepinov and her husband Shovkat of Keysville; brother David Rosier of North Augusta, SC and sister Myrtle Smoldt of North Augusta, SC; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastor Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors. Mr. Rosier was born in Augusta to the late Jessie and Gertrude Howard Rosier. He was a retired US Army Vietnam veteran and had worked for Johnson Controls. He was of the Baptist faith. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John Cook   (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mr. John Cook, son of the late Joseph and Dealia Rivers Cook and brother of the late Marion J. "Mal" Cook, entered into rest September 10, 2006. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Brooklyn. Interment will be in New York. Mr. Cook, a native of Aiken County, was a former member of Hammond Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Doretha Cook, Brooklyn; two daughters, Betty Gibson, Augusta and Delores Cook, New York, N.Y.; a sister, Bernice (Willie) Butler, Belvedere; sister-in-law, Sarah A. Cook, Augusta; a host of other relatives and friends. Matthew Barrett-RS Saunders Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elizabeth Taylor   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Larry Harmon officiating. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery. Visitation will be tonight at the funeral home between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Columbia County Senior Center or West Acres Baptist church Senior Ministry. Survivors are one son, George Taylor, Jr., Lincolnton, Ga.; one daughter, Sue (Tommy) Cox, Martinez; three grandchildren, Susan Middleton, Cullen Taylor and Caren Smith; one great-grandchild, Rebecca Taylor. Pallbearers: Cullen Smith, Kenny Middleton, Susan Middleton, Willie Smith, Mike Wren and Jimmy McWatty. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. Florist, 2:30 p.m. on Thursday Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carolyn M. Hoover   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn M. Hoover passed away at her residence, Tuesday, September 12, 2006, following a courageous four year battle with cancer. Carolyn was born in Fairburn, GA but had made Augusta her home since 1964. After completing 32 years of outstanding service, Carolyn, the Catering Manager, retired from the Officer's Club at Fort Gordon. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Country Hills Garden Club. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Phillip E. Hoover and children: Johnny M. Smith (Trish) of Augusta, Kay D. Cook (Charles, Jr.) of Appling, Jeffrey T. Smith (Carol) of Evans, Susan H. Hobaugh (Ed), of Tennessee, Karen S. Asble (Barry), of FL and Jeff Hoover of FL. She was a loving "Mema" who cherished her grandchildren: Trey Smith, Michelle Cook, Chase Cook, Erin Smith, Zachary Smith, Caitlin Langley, Stephanie Langley and Rebecca Langley. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who will miss her greatly. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Jessie T. Smith, Jr., Chelsea Morgan Smith (granddaughter) and her brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Frankie May, Hospice Chaplain, officiating and Bill Heaton, family friend, delivering a eulogy.. Pallbearers will be sons, sons-in-law and grandsons: Johnny M. Smith, Jeffrey T. Smith, Charles W. Cook, Jr., Trey Smith, Chase Cook and Ed Hobaugh. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home beginning at 12 Noon Thursday. We would like to thank Dr. Paul Fischer and Dr. John Hudson and his staff, as well as the St. Joseph Hospice Green Team for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite F-104, Augusta, GA 30904 or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA 30904. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Elizabeth Stamey   (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Sarah Elizabeth Stamey, 13, entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Botsford Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home in Waynesboro on Thursday, September 14, 2006 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1230 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 916-9474. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, GA 706-554-3531 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elizabeth Stamey   (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Sarah Elizabeth Stamey, 13, entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006, at her residence. Born in Price, Utah on November 24, 1992 to Shawna Stamey-Hill and Joseph Stamey, Jr., she had lived in this area since 1995. She was a member of Botsford Baptist Church; an 8th grader at Burke County Middle School, a member of the Beta Club, and a percussionist in the Middle School Band. Sarah's hobbies included shopping and music. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Botsford Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home in Waynesboro on Thursday, September 14, 2006 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. She is survived by her mother, Shawna Stamey-Hill (Mike) of Waynesboro; her father, Joseph Stamey, Jr. (Valerie) of Augusta; her sisters, Carrie and Theresa Stamey of Waynesboro, Cheyenne Hendrix of Augusta, Laurie Hendrix of Matthews; and her brother, Jeremiah Hendrix of Augusta; her maternal grandparents, William and Mary Murphy of Waynesboro and Milton and Judy Hepner of Farmington, New Mexico; her maternal great- grandmother, Ruby Hepner of Farmington, New Mexico; her paternal grandparents, Doug and Joyce Durrant of Spokane, Washington; and paternal great-grandmother, Minerva Kirk of Paintsville, Kentucky; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1230 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 916-9474. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, GA 706-554-3531

Billy G. Koon   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Sunday, afternoon, September 10, 2006, Mr. Billy G. Koon, Sr., 57, of Warrenville, SC, beloved husband of Mrs. Nancy Arthurs Koon. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, SC with Pastor Leroy Beard and Pastor Roland Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Warrenville Cemetery, Warrenville, SC. The family has asked that memorials in memory of Billy be made to the Warrenville Revival Center, 6 Polatty St., Warrenville, SC 29851. Friends may call at the residence, 62 Freeman St., Warrenville, SC. Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Joseph McRoy Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Joseph McRoy "Roy" Anderson, Jr., 62, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at University Hospital. The funeral will be 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2006 at Platt's Funeral Home Chapel, Crawford Avenue with Dr. Michael Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with Military Honors. Mr. Anderson was retired from Southern Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon returning home to Augusta in 1995, he developed online help systems for CSR-America for two years and later worked for CompUSA for two years. Mr. Anderson was a graduate of Sparkman High School, Madison, Alabama and attended Augusta State University. He was a sergeant in the Georgia Army National Guard for six years. He was a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church. He was employed by Babcock & Wilcock-now Thermal Ceramics-from 1965-1976, rising to computer programming supervisor. He was active in the local Data ProcessingManagement Association. He was lead Systems Analyst at Augusta based Dymo Corporation 1976-78. In Lexington, KY, Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. Mr. Anderson was an information technology manager, Honeywell systems engineer, IBM systems engineer, and a Southern Company mainframe computer strategic planner. Mr. Anderson's parents, Joseph McRoy Anderson, Sr. and Deona Beckum Anderson, predeceased him. Survivors include three sisters, Diane Schlein and Debbie Jones of Augusta and Denise Sherrill of Martinez; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, all of Augusta. Pallbearers will be Vincent Jones, Joseph Jones, Jeff Powers, John Sawyer, Jim Mills, and Brian Munford. Memorials may be made to the Joseph McRoy Anderson, Sr. Scholarship Fund - Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 or to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D, Augusta, GA 30907-2409. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September14, 2006 at Platt's Funeral Home, Crawford Avenue. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carolyn Wallace   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Carolyn Smith Wallace, 48, passed September 11, 2006 at The Medical College of Georgia. Services will be held Saturday September 16 at 2:00 P.M. at Reeves Chapel Baptist Church in Tignall, Georgia. Mclendon Memorial F. H. 706-678-2656

Helen Gray   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Gray, 78, of Thomson Manor entered into rest September 12, 2006 at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Gray was a native of Warren County and lived in Michigan most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Norton C. Smith and the late Ida Sue Thornton Smith. She was retired as an Insurance Agent and was a member of Young Memorial Methodist Church. Survivors include son, Robert Gray, Colorado Springs, Co.; brothers, Walker Smith and Billy Smith, both of Thomson, Ga.; sister, Betty Watson, Apex, N.C. and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be held in Colorado Springs, Co. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, Ga. 595-4100. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Helen Adams Kesler   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 7, 2006 at her residence, Ms. Helen Adams Kesler, of Sturnidae Drive. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, evening, September 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from United House of Prayer for All People (Wrightsboro Road) with Apostle C.M. Bailey, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 6:00 p.m. until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave the residence of her sister, Mrs. Jeanette White at 6:15 p.m. FLORIST: 5:00 p.m. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Carolyn Wallace   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Carolyn Smith Wallace, 48, passed September 11, 2006 at The Medical College of Georgia. Services will be held Saturday September 16 at 2:00 P.M. at Reeves Chapel Baptist Church in Tignall, Georgia. Mclendon Memorial F. H. 706-678-2656

Kelvin Crane   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Kelvin Crane, 27, passed September 11, 2006 at Wills Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Services will be held Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 3:00 P.M Christ City of Prayer Church in Washington, Ga. Burial will be at Reeves Chapel Baptist Church in Tignall, Georgia. McLendon Memorial F.H. 706-678-2656

Helen Adams Kesler   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 7, 2006 at her residence, Ms. Helen Adams Kesler, of Sturnidae Drive. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, evening, September 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from United House of Prayer for All People (Wrightsboro Road) with Apostle C.M. Bailey, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 6:00 p.m. until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave the residence of her sister, Mrs. Jeanette White at 6:15 p.m. FLORIST: 5:00 p.m. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Raymond Chavis   (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Raymond Hansford Chavis, 41, died September 6, 2006 at his home. Mr. Chavis was born in Allendale, S.C. and was the son of Mary Lee Williams Aumiller and the late James Forrest Chavis, Sr. He was an employee of Ray's Construction as a computer tech. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Mole Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shed Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in the Barnwell Co. Memorial Cemetery at the Airport. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Mole Funeral Home. Survivors are his mother and stepfather, Mary and Lynn Aumiller of Blackville, S.C.; stepfather, Lonnie Corley of Barnwell; special friend, Debbie Frickling of Bamberg, S.C.; brothers, James Chavis of Barnwell and Al Corley of Blackville; sister, Kimley Davis of Williston, S.C. He was predeceased by a brother, Parker Corley. Mole Funeral Home, 803-259-3166. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Kelvin Crane   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Kelvin Crane, 27, passed September 11, 2006 at Wills Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Services will be held Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 3:00 P.M Christ City of Prayer Church in Washington, Ga. Burial will be at Reeves Chapel Baptist Church in Tignall, Georgia. McLendon Memorial F.H. 706-678-2656

Edith A. Wilkes   (COVENA, Ga.)
COVENA, Ga. - Edith A. Wilkes, 82, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Funeral services will be Friday, September 15th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Interment will be in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

William Hodges   (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. William Cliff Hodges, 82, of Hodges Rd., Millen, entered into rest Tuesday Sept. 12, 2006 at Oceechee Hospice, Statesboro, Ga. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15,2006 at Millen Cemetery with Rev. Maurice Crowder and Rev. Steven Darby officiating. Mr. Hodges was born in Bulloch County and was a WWII Army Veteran. He received the Purple Heart. He was a retired Ford Dealer. Mr. Hodges was a former G.A. State Trooper, a charter member of Ogeechee Valley Bank, a member of G.A. Auto Dealers Association and an Honorary Director of Queensborough Banks. He was also a member of Southgate Baptist Church. Mr. Hodges was preceded in death by wife, Ida A. Hodges; two sisters, Hazel Brannen and Marge Hill; son-in-law, Bobby Brinson. He is survived by two sons, William C. (Chris) Hodges, Jr. and Steve (Lynne) Hodges both of Millen; daughter, Patricia H. Brinson of Statesboro; special friend, Michelle (Rusty) Bragg,Millen. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Edenfield, Robert Fields, Virgil Black, F.A. Black, Jim Andrew, John Jackson and Charles Wallace. Memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donahue St., Statesboro, Ga., 30458. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday Night at Crowe-Fields Funeral Home. Crowe Fields Funeral Home, Inc., 478-982-5222, Millen, Ga., in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Henderson L. Swearingen   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest September 11, 2006 at his residence, Mr. Henderson Laurie Swearingen, 81, of North Augusta. Mr. Swearingen was a brick mason. Family members include his sisters: Mildred Swearingen Michum of Charleston, Vera Swearingen McKnight of Charleston, Jackie Swearingen Moore of Augusta, GA; brother: Jerry Swearingen of North Augusta and many nieces and nephews and his beloved pets. Mr. Swearingen was preceded in death by his father: Victor Swearingen; mother: Mary Dunkley Swearingen; sister: Eleanor Swearingen and brother: Leon Swearingen. No funeral services will be held at his request. The family asks that all concerned remember him this Sunday, September 17, 2006 with a prayer and or a moment of silence. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Morine Mitchell   (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Morine Lattimore Mitchell entered into eternal rest on Saturday, September 9, 2006 in Louisville, GA. The funeral will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Wadley, Georgia with Pastor Marque Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Her survivors are four daughters, Lorine Ambers, Dorothy (Carl) Chadwick and Sukari Mitchell, Wadley, GA and Lisa (David) Cunningham, Taunton, MA; eight sons , Ollie Lattimore, Lintion (Susan) Mitchell, Roy (Joan) Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell, Taunton, MA, Scott Mitchell, Sakonnet, MA and Mark Mitchell, Brandon Floyd and Richard Washington, Wadley, GA; five sisters, Nellie (Wilbur) Wilcher, Ida (John) Wright, Katherine King, Annie Laura (Ronnie) Harmon and Jeanette (Wesley) Snell, Wadley, GA; three brothers, Van (Margaret) Lattimore and Ernest Lattimore, Wadley, GA and Willie Roy Lattimore, Boston, MA; 29 grandchildren, 18 great grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Hudson Mortuary, 144 Butts Street, Wadley, GA in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary Lorene Bryant   (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lorene Bryant, 64, of 2861 C.E. Norman Road, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 4 pm at Hephzibah Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Allen Danner officiating. Mrs. Bryant was native of Greer, S.C. and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, George William "Billy" Bryant, Sr.; one sister, Rosa Lee Wideman of McCormick, S.C.; one grandson, John Armour of Lexington, Ga.; one great grandson, Mason Armour of Lexington, Ga.; one son-in-law, Lyn Armour and wife, Deborah of Rayle, Ga. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Bryant Armour and a son, George William Bryant, Jr. Pallbearers will be Lyn Armour, Kevin Bentley, Lanny Bryant, Patrick Bryant and Scott Bryant. Memorial contributions may be made to Hephzibah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Mr. Ben Hill Wells 1138 Washington Rd. Lincolnton, Ga. 30817 The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday at Rees Funeral Home 195 Peachtree St. Lincolnton, Ga. (706) 359-3222. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Tommie L. Woods   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Tommie L. Woods of Boykin Rd. entered into rest Sunday, September 10, 2006 at Eisenhower Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 12 noon at Forest Grove Funeral Home Chapel, Pleasant Grove, Ala. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Ensley, Ala. with full military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. this evening, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, Ga.

Helen L. Knight   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen L. Knight, 86, of Cherokee Drive, North Augusta, SC, who died September 11, 2006, will be conducted this Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Belvedere Church of God. Rev. Denny Haston officiating. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Elizabeth Stamey   (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Sarah Elizabeth Stamey, 13, entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006, at her residence. Born in Price, Utah on November 24, 1992 to Shawna Stamey-Hill and Joseph Stamey, Jr., she had lived in this area since 1995. She was a member of Botsford Baptist Church; an 8th grader at Burke County Middle School, a member of the Beta Club, and a percussionist in the Middle School Band. Sarah's hobbies included shopping and music. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Botsford Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home in Waynesboro on Thursday, September 14, 2006 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. She is survived by her mother, Shawna Stamey-Hill (Mike) of Waynesboro; her father, Joseph Stamey, Jr. (Valerie) of Augusta; her sisters, Carrie and Theresa Stamey of Waynesboro, Cheyenne Hendrix of Augusta, Laurie Hendrix of Matthews; and her brother, Jeremiah Hendrix of Augusta; her maternal grandparents, William and Mary Murphy of Waynesboro and Milton and Judy Hepner of Farmington, New Mexico; her maternal great- grandmother, Ruby Hepner of Farmington, New Mexico; her paternal grandparents, Doug and Joyce Durrant of Spokane, Washington; and paternal great-grandmother, Minerva Kirk of Paintsville, Kentucky; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1230 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, (770) 916-9474. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, GA 706-554-3531

Charlie N. Walton   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charlie N. Walton, Sr., entered into rest on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at his residence. Charlie was the husband of the late Mrs. Seminole W. Walton. He leaves to mourn seven devoted children; Elizabeth W. (Joseph) Jessie, III, Charlie, Jr. (Idella) Walton, Selgerian Walton, Virginia W. (Ernest) Anderson, Sr., Doover (Charlene) Walton, Gloria Hamilton and Lisa Walton; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tommie (Joyce) Walton, John Walton; sisters, Elizabeth Hankerson, Johnnie Mae (John) Holloway, Barbara J. Walton, Mary Calhoun; sisters-in-law, Rolean Zone, Hettie Powell, Fransue Love, Catherine Watson, Helen Walton; dear friends, Ms. Lillie Winfrey, Ms. Eva Hardin, Mr. Willie Gillis, Mr. Hubert Smith and Ms. Nerrie Rouse and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road (706) 790-8858.

Jeryl A. Booker   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Miss Jeryl A. Booker of Mabus Drive entered into rest Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her mother, Rev. Lucille Booker, Augusta; two brothers, Johnny C. Brown and Jerry A. Booker, III, both of Atlanta; a loving godson, Justin Curry, Augusta; niece, Joy Staten; great niece, Jamiria Staten, both of Valdosta, GA.; a host of devoted aunts and uncles; special friend, Sylvester Garnett, Augusta; cousins, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga., 30815.

Billy G. Koon   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Sunday, afternoon, September 10, 2006, Mr. Billy G. Koon, Sr., 57, of Warrenville, SC, beloved husband of Mrs. Nancy Arthurs Koon. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, SC with Pastor Leroy Beard and Pastor Roland Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Warrenville Cemetery, Warrenville, SC. The family has asked that memorials in memory of Billy be made to the Warrenville Revival Center, 6 Polatty St., Warrenville, SC 29851. Friends may call at the residence, 62 Freeman St., Warrenville, SC. Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Edith A. Wilkes   (COVENA, Ga.)
COVENA, Ga. - Edith A. Wilkes, 82, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Funeral services will be Friday, September 15th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Interment will be in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Susan I. Lewis   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Susan I. Lewis passed away at her sister's home on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 surrounded by her family and loved ones after a courageous five year battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughters, Dawn Angelique Lewis and Krystal Amber Lewis; her granddaughter, Angelique Susan Lewis; her parents, John W. Sipp, Jr. and Ingrid G. Sipp; her sister, Barbara Sipp Thrift; her brother and his wife, John W. Sipp, III and Cynthia C. and their children, Betty V. Carlton, David Allen Sipp, Carlton Wayne Sipp and Zane Alexander Sipp, all of Augusta. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2006 at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2005 Windsor Spring Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2006 with Rev. Ron Wasiluk officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Barrett Edmunds   (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Mr. Barrett Meldeau Edmunds, of 265 W. Trippe St. died Tues. Sept 12 at his residence. He was 79. A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept.. 15, 2006, at 4 p.m. at Harlem United Methodist Church with Revs. Roger Stone, Rudolph Dixon and Roger Vest officiating. Mr. Edmunds, a lifelong resident of Columbia County, was the son of the late James Meldeau Edmunds and Lillian Prather Edmunds Reed. He was a retired Captain of the Ft. Gordon Fire Dept. and had also served as a Columbia Co. Sheriff's Deputy. He was a former Harlem City Councilman, a charter member of the Harlem Lion's Club, Harlem Masonic Lodge, and the Harlem United Methodist Church in which he had held various offices. Also, he was a longtime member of the Carolina Jazz Society. Survivors include wife, Audrey Baggett Edmunds; sons, Donald J. Edmunds, and partner, John Adams, of Augusta, Trent D. Edmunds, of Grovetown; daughters, Angela E. Johnson, and husband, Jay, of Harlem, Karen E. Simpson, and husband, Scot, of Grovetown; brother, Charles Edmunds, of Phoenix, AZ.; sisters, Virginia (Jenna) Edmunds Neal, and Ella Edmunds Dozier, both of Harlem; grandchildren, Marquette Bysor, April Reid, Steven Reid, Micheal, Scott and J.R. Johnson, Robby and Heather Cummings, Scot Simpson, Mary and Daniel Edmunds, Whitney Rainchuso, and Kaitlyn Logerwell; great-grandchildren, Dallas, Shawn, Bryant, Tori, Katie, Emily, Chase, Brianna, and Cheyenne; Special friends, Jlia Prather, Josephine Dees, Margie Bennett Memorials may be made to Harlem United Methodist Church, c/o Choir Fund, P.O. Box 39, Harlem, GA 30814 Friends may call at the residence. Visitation will be held in the church fellowship hall following the service. Beggs Funeral Home at 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706) 359-4117 is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Helen Gray   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Helen Gray, 78, of Thomson Manor entered into rest September 12, 2006 at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Gray was a native of Warren County and lived in Michigan most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Norton C. Smith and the late Ida Sue Thornton Smith. She was retired as an Insurance Agent and was a member of Young Memorial Methodist Church. Survivors include son, Robert Gray, Colorado Springs, Co.; brothers, Walker Smith and Billy Smith, both of Thomson, Ga.; sister, Betty Watson, Apex, N.C. and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be held in Colorado Springs, Co. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, Ga. 595-4100. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nathaniel Williams   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Nathaniel Williams, 61, of Keith Dr., entered into rest September 13, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Williams was member of Glover Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include a wife, Lorraine Williams; three daughters, Nina Williams, Regina (Tyrone) Kelly, both of Las Vegas and Lavina (Dewayne) Joseph, Boston; two sons, Tony Williams, Augusta and Robert (Brenda) Williams, Boston; one brother, Alexander (Patricia) Williams, Clearwater, S.C.; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Family and friends may call the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Carolyn M. Hoover   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Carolyn M. Hoover passed away at her residence, Tuesday, September 12, 2006, following a courageous four year battle with cancer. Carolyn was born in Fairburn, GA but had made Augusta her home since 1964. After completing 32 years of outstanding service, Carolyn, the Catering Manager, retired from the Officer's Club at Fort Gordon. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Country Hills Garden Club. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Phillip E. Hoover and children: Johnny M. Smith (Trish) of Augusta, Kay D. Cook (Charles, Jr.) of Appling, Jeffrey T. Smith (Carol) of Evans, Susan H. Hobaugh (Ed), of Tennessee, Karen S. Asble (Barry), of FL and Jeff Hoover of FL. She was a loving "Mema" who cherished her grandchildren: Trey Smith, Michelle Cook, Chase Cook, Erin Smith, Zachary Smith, Caitlin Langley, Stephanie Langley and Rebecca Langley. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who will miss her greatly. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Jessie T. Smith, Jr., Chelsea Morgan Smith (granddaughter) and her brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Frankie May, Hospice Chaplain, officiating and Bill Heaton, family friend, delivering a eulogy. Pallbearers will be sons, sons-in-law and grandsons: Johnny M. Smith, Jeffrey T. Smith, Charles W. Cook, Jr., Trey Smith, Chase Cook and Ed Hobaugh. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home beginning at 12 Noon Thursday. We would like to thank Dr. Paul Fischer and Dr. John Hudson and his staff, as well as the St. Joseph Hospice Green Team for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite F-104, Augusta, GA 30904 or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA 30904. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gene Wren   (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Arthur E. "Gene" Wren, Jr. "Papa", entered into rest Monday, September 11, 2006 in the V.A. Hospital, the beloved husband of 58 years to the late Mrs. Sara Wren. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park with Dr. Bobby Coleman officiating. Family and friends will meet at the grave. In case of rain, service will be held in the family room at the office of Westover Memorial Park. Family members are three daughters, Anita Rodgers (Jimmy Poe), Dianne (Jim) Glaze and Hellen Kelly; one sister, Hazel Brown; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a special friend and caregiver, Peter Nalley. Mr. Wren was born in Blythe, Ga., a salesman with Eli Whit Co., a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII, member of American Legion Post #63 and a Baptist. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd. Martinez, Ga., 706-863-6747. Florist: Friday, 8:30 a.m. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Helen Adams Kesler   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 7, 2006 at her residence, Ms. Helen Adams Kesler, of Sturnidae Drive. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, evening, September 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. from United House of Prayer for All People (Wrightsboro Road) with Apostle C.M. Bailey, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Ms. Kesler was employed as a Paraprofessional at Glenn Hills Middle School. Survivors are one son, Brandon Kesler; three sisters, Berdell A. Alexander, Ethell Adams and Jeanette A. (Eugene) White; three brothers, Marvin (Ola) Adams, Apostle Harold (Marion) Adams and Everette Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Friends may call the residence of her sister, Ms. Jeanette White or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Thomas Rosier   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Howard Rosier, 63, husband of Gladys Andrews Rosier entered into rest on Monday, September 11, 2006 at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Funeral services will be held today at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastor Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Joseph M. Proietti   (PITTSBURG, Pa.)
PITTSBURG, Pa. - Died at 53, Pittsburg, Wed. Aug 23, 2006. Mr. Proietti lived in Pgh the last 30 years. A graduate of Ohio State with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Proietti was employed as a Program Coordinator in Personality Studies for Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, UPMC. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and spending time with his friends. Son of Joseph M. and Rose Proietti, Sr., brother of Richard (Nancy) Proietti, Susan (Red) Browder, Elizabeth (Tom) Thomas; uncle of Kristen Proietti and Emily (Ashley) Poole; friend of Daniel A. Sadowski. Preceded in death by Mother Leona (Butler) Proietti. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday (Sept 15) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Help of Christian Church in Aiken, S.C. Burial services will be private. Duster Funeral Home, Inc., Tarentum, Pa.

Ilah Spradlin Usry   (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation, Mrs. Ilah Owen Spradlin Usry, 81, wife of Ray Usry of Grovetown. Memorial services will be private. Mrs. Usry was a native of Warren County, Ga. and the daughter of the late Wendell and Glenice Wood Hart. She was a homemaker and member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Ray Usry, Grovetown; two sons, L.B. Owens (Patti), Atlanta and Ralph T. Owen and daughter, Julie Owen of Stockbridge, Ga.; two brothers, John Hart and Warren Hart, Gibson, Ga.; one sister, Nina H. Ferrazza, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. Email condolence to starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Julian C. Rogers   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - C. Rogers, age 84 entered into rest Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at Heartland Hospice. Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife Elsie H. Rogers; three sons, Robert Carroll Rogers of Atlanta, Ga., John Brian Rogers of Waynesboro, Ga., and William Brett Rogers of Augusta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Julie Renee Rogers of Waynesboro,Ga., Donna Lyn Rogers, Britteny Ann Rogers, and Brandon Michael Carroll Rogers all of Augusta.; three great-grandchildren, Iziah, Tristian, and Devin Rogers all of Augusta, brother Robert F. Rogers of Cleveland, Ga., and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his parents Robert Franklin Rogers, Sr. and Eliza Lucette Garrett Rogers, his grandparents J.S. Garrett and Ida Garrett, sister Aretta Harris, and brother Joseph Edward Thompson. Mr. Rogers was a lifelong resident of Augusta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in WWII. Mr. Rogers was a retired mechanic with the State of Georgia and a member of South Point Christian Center. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday September 14, 2006 at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Pastor D.J. Daly officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday in the South Chapel of Poteet Funeral Homes. Poteet Funeral Homes, South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906 (706)798-8886 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Johnnie Waters   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Johnnie T. Waters, 78, wife of the late Edsel George Waters entered rest on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the residence. She is survived by four children and a beloved niece; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastors Joe Hester and Billy Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Damascus Baptist Church Men's Prayer Group and members of the Homebound Ministry of Fleming Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was born in Douglas, GA to the late Benjamin and Johnnie Graham Tanner. She moved to Augusta in 1952 with her husband and children. She was a member of Fleming Baptist Church since 1956, where she taught Youth Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. Mrs. Waters was also a member of The Augusta Christian Women's Club from 1975-1985 (respectfully). She will be greatly and lovingly missed. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Augusta 1899 Central Ave. 30904. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Oscar Varn   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Oscar Varn Sr., beloved husband of Eloise Radford Varn, entered into rest at University Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Mr. Varn was a retired machinist for Thermal Ceramics and a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.at Mann Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Bob Hoeller and Reverend Tom Compton officiating. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, daughter, Elaine (Johnny) Womack, Augusta; son, Oscar Sherwood "Woody" Varn Jr. Augusta; grandson, Derick (Sarah) Varn, Gray, Ga. and his nephew and wife Ronnie (Linda) Bradley. Mr. Varn is predeceased by his sister Brenda Bradley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mann Memorial United Methodist Church or the Bereavement Committee, 2705 Milledgeville Road, Augusta, Ga. 30904. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, September 14, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

John Stevenson   (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Henry Stevenson will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Hazel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Ingram, Sr. officiating. Friends may call at the residence, 17 Stevenson Ct. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Helen L. Knight   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen L. Knight, 86, of Cherokee Drive, North Augusta, SC, who died September 11, 2006, will be conducted this Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Belvedere Church of God. Rev. Denny Haston officiating. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Oscar Varn   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Oscar Varn Sr., beloved husband of Eloise Radford Varn, entered into rest at University Hospital, Tuesday, September 12, 2006. Mr. Varn was a retired machinist for Thermal Ceramics and a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Mann Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Bob Hoeller and Reverend Tom Compton officiating. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, daughter, Elaine (Johnny) Womack, Augusta; son, Oscar Sherwood "Woody" Varn Jr. Augusta; grandson, Derick (Sarah) Varn, Gray, Ga. and his nephew and wife Ronnie (Linda) Bradley. Mr. Varn is predeceased by his sister Brenda Bradley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mann Memorial United Methodist Church or the Bereavement Committee, 2705 Milledgeville Road, Augusta, Ga. 30904. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, September 14, 2006 from 7-9 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel.

Jeryl A. Booker   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Miss Jeryl A. Booker of Mabus Drive entered into rest Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her mother, Rev. Lucille Booker, Augusta; two brothers, Johnny C. Brown and Jerry A. Booker, III, both of Atlanta; a loving godson, Justin Curry, Augusta; niece, Joy Staten; great niece, Jamiria Staten, both of Valdosta, GA.; a host of devoted aunts and uncles; special friend, Sylvester Garnett, Augusta; cousins, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, Ga., 30815.

Ray S. Griffin   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Ray Griffin, 55, of Bougeyville Rd., entered into rest September 12, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Griffin was a member of Rosa Hill Baptist Church and a member of Prince Hall Lodge #141. Survivors include a wife, Odessa G. Griffin; three daughters Carlee Kelley, Jackson, S.C., Stephanie Jones, Beech Island and Tina (Robert) Taylor, Hephzibah; one son, Ray (Tonya) Griffin, Augusta; two stepsons, Lorenzo (Allison) Barton, Augusta and Cornelius Barton, Aiken; mother, Lizzie Mae Griffin, Aiken; two brothers, Johnnie (Darleen) Griffin, San Diego, Calif. and Larry Griffin, Aiken; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one grandmother, Addie Walker, Aiken and a host of other relatives. Family and friends may call the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Elizabeth Taylor   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest at University Hospital on Sept. 12, 2006, Mrs. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Rebecca Taylor, wife of the late George Cullen Taylor, Sr. of Martinez, Ga. Mrs. Taylor lived all of her life in this area, she was a member of West Acres Baptist Church and retired from the Sibley Mill. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in the Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Larry Harmon officiating. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Columbia County Senior Center or West Acres Baptist church Senior Ministry. Survivors are one son, George Taylor, Jr., Lincolnton, Ga.; one daughter, Sue (Tommy) Cox, Martinez; three grandchildren, Susan Middleton, Cullen Taylor and Caren Smith; three great-grandchildren, Rebecca Taylor, Jared Smith, Lauren Smith. Pallbearers: Cullen Taylor, Kenny Middleton, Susan Middleton, Willie Smith, Mike Wren and Jimmy McWatty. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. Florist, 2:30 p.m. on Thursday

Hesta Juanita Speegle   (ASHEVILLE, N.C.)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Hesta Juanita Speegle, age 71, of Fox Hill Dr., North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest September 8, 2006 at the John F. Keever Solace Center of Mountain Area Hospice in Asheville, N.C. Mrs. Speegle, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Webster, was born August 27, 2006 in Caledonia, Miss. and was a resident of Aiken County for most of her life. She worked as an RN at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Augusta, Ga. and retired from there September 1995. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta. Mrs. Speegle is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mr. Norman B. Speegle; two daughters, Valorie Speegle-Snell and her husband John, of Black Mountain, N.C., Melanie McKie and her husband Ron of Camden, S.C.; two sons, Mike Speegle and his wife Gina of Evans, Ga. and Richard Speegle; sister, Johnnie Grace Baker and husband, Grady of Miss.; many beloved nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren, Ron Jr. and Melissa McKie of Camden, S.C., Martha and Nathan Speegle-Snell of Black Mountain, N.C., Ashton and Brittany Speegle of Evans, Ga., Jason, Lauren, Leandra and Joshua Speegle of Tybee Island, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of North Augusta with Rev. Jerry Matthews officiating. Memorials may be made to Care Partners Hospice Foundation (Nursing Scholarship) 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, N.C. 28803.

Oscar Varn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charlie N. Walton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Michael Lynn Hill (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Thomas Rosier (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Julian C. Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Joseph M. Proietti (PITTSBURG, Pa.)

Morine Mitchell (WADLEY, Ga.)

Elizabeth Taylor (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Carolyn M. Hoover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Tommie L. Woods (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Harris Collins (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Raymond Chavis (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

James Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mary Lorene Bryant (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Hesta Juanita Speegle (ASHEVILLE, N.C.)

Thomas Rosier (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Helen Adams Kesler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Susan I. Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime
The U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup tournament begins today in Aiken with a pair of games at New Bridge Polo and Country Club.

Overtime
In Duluth, Ga., Augusta State women's golf coach Laura Coble fired 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the 77th Georgia Women's Amateur Championship on the Riverside Course at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
The U.S. Polo Association's Gold Cup tournament begins today in Aiken with a pair of games at New Bridge Polo and Country Club.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Raiders are left looking for answers
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Art Shell was brought back to the Oakland Raiders to return the team to its level of the old days.

Falcons have success with mixture of ages
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking looks around the Atlanta Falcons locker room and sees a team built for a long run of success.

NFL will not punish Geathers
NEW YORK - The NFL absolved Cincinnati defensive end James Geathers on Wednesday for his hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, emphasizing quarterbacks are responsible for avoiding hits by sliding.

Carolina's Morgan will sit out game vs. Vikings
Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan will not play in Sunday's game at Minnesota as he recovers from a concussion.

Seattle signs Branch to six-year contract
Deion Branch eased the pain of nearly $600,000 in fines for his holdout in New England by signing a $39 million, six-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

Falcons have success with mixture of ages
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking looks around the Atlanta Falcons locker room and sees a team built for a long run of success.

NFL will not punish Geathers
NEW YORK - The NFL absolved Cincinnati defensive end James Geathers on Wednesday for his hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, emphasizing quarterbacks are responsible for avoiding hits by sliding.

Carolina's Morgan will sit out game vs. Vikings
Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan will not play in Sunday's game at Minnesota as he recovers from a concussion.

Female band will bring upbeat songs to festival

Female band will bring upbeat songs to festival
If your family likes bluegrass or old-time music, you'll want to be at the sixth annual Elijah Clark Bluegrass Festival, offering 14 bands from Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia from Friday to Sunday at Elijah Clark State Park, 10 miles east of Lincolnton, Ga., on U.S. Highway 378.

Find your pace for the race
Runners of all ages will meet at the Augusta Museum of History on Saturday morning for the start of the annual SRP Federal Credit Union Broad Street Ramble.

Debutante club inducts subdebs to learn etiquette, lessons for life
Sixty-three teenage girls dressed in white and holding lighted candles sat in pews at First Metropolitan Baptist Church on Sunday.

Augusta State University Dean's List
The following area students have been named to the dean's list for the summer semester at Augusta State University:

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ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday; Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets; visual, performing arts, celebrating ethnic groups, entertainers, vendors and more; sponsored by The Greater Augusta Arts Council; (706) 826-4702

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

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

Around the block
The Section Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., as part of the Classically Inclined Series. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15. For more information, call (706) 722-8341.

Can you find it?
This week's image, right, is imposing and recognized for its historical value. If you think you know where it is, call (706) 823-3708 and leave your name, area code and telephone number, and how to spell your name. Please be specific. The deadline to leave your answer is 2 p.m. Friday. If your name is picked from among the correct answers, you will win a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.

Meetings
HEPHZIBAH LIONS CLUB: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Hephzibah Community Center, Windsor Spring Road; (706) 592-2982

Senior pageant puts age in new light
Patricia Hyatt didn't win last year's Ms. Senior Georgia-Carolina Pageant, but she doesn't mind.

For the record
SUPERIOR COURT SENTENCINGS

Whodunit
During their first visit to Fort Discovery, Cody Dewayne Phelps, 5, and his grandparents Janice and Sterling Phelps, all of Belvedere, look at the murder-scene portion of the Whodunit exhibit. The interactive exhibit explores scientific methods and technologies used to solve crimes, including DNA testing, fingerprinting and evidence collection.

Annual auction will feature Sotheby's auctioneer, jewelry, entertainment
Art, furniture and fine china are some of the items being auctioned Thursday, Sept. 28, to benefit Historic Augusta.

Peanut butter is a staple at schools
Peanut butter is a staple on the menu in Richmond County schools this year - either as cookies or sandwiches.

Family time at museum
Maya LaCroix, 3, works on making a book with her mother, Jade, and grandfather Vincent LaCroix during an I-Spy arts and crafts activity for Grandparents Day at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday.

Health Calendar
The Health 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@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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Sports program is on lookout for teams to play in Katrina fundraiser
The High Stock Sports program is looking for basketball teams with players 18 or older for an upcoming tournament.

Pet of the week
Chara, a 9-year-old female mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Milestones
Lindsey Christine Lott, of Augusta, has been named to the dean's list at Valdosta (Ga.) State University.

Championship team
The U15 Augusta Attack girls soccer team was crowned the champions at the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships held July 28-30 at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

Seniors Calendar

Milestones

School menus

Events

For the record

Health Calendar

Championship team

Pet of the week

Can you find it?

Find your pace for the race

Whodunit

Augusta State University Dean's List

Sports program is on lookout for teams to play in Katrina fundraiser

This week

Family time at museum

Around the block

Senior pageant puts age in new light

Peanut butter is a staple at schools

Annual auction will feature Sotheby's auctioneer, jewelry, entertainment

Meetings

Debutante club inducts subdebs to learn etiquette, lessons for life

Ballpark natural place to show national pride

Some films tap into roots of a culture

Springfield's first family returns to Fox to deliver more laughs
LOS ANGELES - As Bart Simpson skips into his 18th season of TV mischief, fans will be glad to know that creator Matt Groening sees no end in sight for the wayward lad or The Simpsons.

Springfield's first family returns to Fox to deliver more laughs

Singer-Songwriter finalists: American Skin

Spotted in Augusta

Concert calendar

Singer-Songwriter finalists: Whosehouse

Arts in the Heart: Performance Schedules

New cafe opens in Martinez

Arts in the Heart: India Preview

Singer-Songwriter finalist: Marc Tompkins

Applause calendar

Tunes: Wolfmother

Arts in the Heart: Arts and Crafts

Singer-Songwriter finalists: The Joseph Christie Band

Singer-Songwriter finalist: Ty Macy

New downtown deli features sandwiches

Behind the scenes of the Singer-Songwriter finalist recordings

Singer-Songwriter finalists: Chris and Bill Goss

Singer-songwriter finalists are a diverse group

Group gives rock songs the classical treatment

Arts in the Heart: Map

Club calendar

Arts calendar

Sonic spotlight: Joshua Gay

Bulldogs eyeing 5-0 start
Reviewing and previewing college football

Bulldogs eyeing 5-0 start
Reviewing and previewing college football

Some films tap into roots of a culture
I love Indian food, African music, Irish whiskey and Italian cinema, but I would never consider myself an expert on any of these cultures.

Gamecocks' Mitchell arrested
COLUMBIA - South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a bar fight Wednesday and has been suspended from playing.

Gamecocks' Mitchell arrested
COLUMBIA - South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a bar fight Wednesday and has been suspended from playing.

Spurrier insists changes on way

Spurrier insists changes on way
Steve Spurrier has promised big changes are ahead this week for South Carolina's offense. One of them could be crossing the goal line.

Ninth-grade repeaters get help with studies

School lunch menus

Events

Redcliffe Plantation brings back popular archaeological program

Fishy project: Agriculture class is raising catfish

Pet of the week

On the record

Schedule of meetings

Elementary school pupils enjoy plays with character themes

Counties discuss how to use new funds for senior services

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