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Opinion Whine Line .............................................................. 6 Words ..................................................................... 6 This Modern World ..................................................6 Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down ......................................8 Letters to the Editor ...............................................10 Guest Column .......................................................11 Insider ..................................................................12


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hen Steve Spurrier took over as head coach at the University of Florida in 1990, he told his assistants at their first meeting, “We’ve got to beat Georgia.” Thank God that Ron Zook has picked up exactly where the ol’ ball coach left off in this series, except for the annual 30-point margin of victory. And by the way, Golden Boy Richt is 0-3 against your biggest rival; yes, that’s right, the one he was hired to beat. It won’t be long until Georgia fans are saying, “Richt is pretty good, but he can’t beat Florida.” Just ask Jim Donnan, who couldn’t save his job even with one win against the mighty Gators. Why give Grantham another chance as commissioner? Didn’t he make a pitiful attempt at it once before? I guess if having money and bigwigs in your pocket gets you elected in this city, rather than standing up for what you believe in, then congratulations Mr. Grantham, pawn of the rich. I want to take this opportunity to applaud the local businesses for employing our fine senior citizens. They have a stronger sense of work ethic and much better manners than the young workers do these days. The young people act as if they are doing us a favor by assisting us or answering questions. Our senior citizens are neglected a lot and made to feel useless. But I am here to tell you there are a lot of lessons to be learned from these gray-haired ladies and gentleman. This is my whine for the people at Eagle 102.3. I just wanted to tell them that I am deeply sorry to hear that my best friend Ed Turner no longer does the “Mad Music Asylum.” So if Eagle 102 is reading this, please — we want Ed Turner back. I was wondering how anyone, nonetheless a church, can be able to build on a public road especially without any public notice. I would like to know how Curtis Baptist Church could buy a road, essentially shut it down and build on top of it. I would like to know how

much it was bought for and where the money went. Can anyone else out there answer this for me or maybe nobody else has noticed? I was very upset to see that through all the negative things always printed about former Senator Walker, there was no sunshine shed on the events of a few weekends ago. Once again Mr. Walker brought Augusta magic with the CSRA Classic. Bigger and better than it ever has been before, I would like to thank him and the people who help put that on every year. The Classic is an event that thousands of kids a year get to attend for free, some who have never and will never see a college football game, and it provides money for some who go to college who would never have a chance otherwise. We must stand behind our great senator and show support for him and this event. Thanks, Mr. Walker, for bringing the CSRA Classic to Augusta and to our communities. Here we go again … people bemoaning the fate of a shopping mall. What is really sad is that in Augusta people seem to care more about characterless malls than in the efforts to revitalize Augusta’s unique and historic downtown. Or maybe the fact that Augusta Mall’s suffering is a sign that people in Augusta want to spend their time in places with history, charm and character. To the whiner complaining about the country spending $2.4 million on a much-needed new animal shelter and our soldiers living in no-air conditioned buildings and toilets outside the building. First of all, go to the old animal shelter and look at the conditions of that shelter. The new shelter is long overdue. Second of all, the animal shelter was paid for by county funds not federal funds. Military bases are paid for by federal funds. What the whiner should have said was, why are we spending over $87 billion in Iraq instead of updating our bases, schools, and hospitals? Get your priorities straight. I’m tired of the news stations switching up all their employees. Why do they keep the stale

Words “I was here as a little boy and I don’t know the last time Lawrenceville has stood up and said we don’t want this in our city. It just tickles me pink.” — Lawrenceville Councilman Rick Johnson, quoted in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution about plans for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter locating there next to a residential neighborhood in the suburb of Atlanta. It’s just one more example of the mega-corporation’s intrusion into small-town America. Johnson told the paper that the store would likely force a new Ingle’s grocery store nearby out of business and also work against the town’s efforts to revitalize its downtown with small businesses and restaurants. The Supercenter was approved the next day by a 3-2 vote of the Lawrenceville City Council, the AJC reported.

ones who need to retire and get rid of the ones people like too watch? Bring back Mechelle Jordan and Samantha Hayes, and where the heck did Marlin Williams and Paul Davis go? Why don’t we see Darla Miles, Brooke Borden and Jennifer Mazi anymore? Can they not afford to pay them? Did they think no one liked them? We watched all three channels so we could see those people — but maybe it’s that those TV people saw how messed up Augusta is because they have an insider’s view, and they got the heck out of Dodge. Boo, Channels 6, 12 and 26! I am confused as to why so many liberals and Democrats are calling for a clearly defined exit strategy in Iraq when the last administration didn’t even have a plan, other than massacre, to get out of Waco, Texas. Did you hear Brad Owens on Austin Rhodes last week? The guy was a Jeep driver in Kuwait who never saw combat, yet he’s giving Bush and Rumsfeld specific advice as to the

exact force structure needed in order to win in Iraq. Right down to the number and size of each combat force. Then he demands that Bush go to Iraq: Clinton did in Bosnia. That’s not the way leadership works. The commander-inchief selects his people, gives them a mission and gets out of the way. What Owens suggests, America had in Vietnam with general officers hovering over nine-man infantry squads giving directions to individuals on the ground. Meanwhile, LBJ was giving direct orders to the generals. That’s why we lost. Is it just me or has Channel 12 become like a tabloid news story? The next thing Laurie Ott will reuse is a Globe fuzzy photo of Linda Schrenko on the grassy knoll in Dallas. I am turning the dial to Brad Means. I don’t know Linda Schrenko but have always liked her grit, but now I see how hard it is to stand up to the power of a media to speculate, interview your enemies and hypothesize on air continued on page 8

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Thumbs Down America’s drug war reached the pinnacle of its absurdity Nov. 7 when police, some with guns drawn, raided a Goose Creek, S.C., high school after they were tipped off that drugs were being sold at the school. “They just came up and got my friend, not even saying anything or what was going to happen,” one 14-yearold student told CNN. “I was scared.”

continued from page 6 at will. If this is the best Ms. Ott can do, she needs to get back behind the anchor desk quick. Barry Paschal told it like it was regarding Channel 12’s attack piece on Linda Schrenko. It was as bad as the cancelled attack on the Reagans. Way to go, WRDW and Laurie Ott: You set a new low for journalistic standards in Augusta, and that is saying something.


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To Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson for complaining that the Nov. 13 budget meeting was being canceled because of a county employee golf tournament. Before fellow commissioners

If you don’t have two kids, please do not take the double buggies at the grocery stores. Too often inconsiderate parents walk by me with either one kid in the double buggy or one kid walking beside that buggy, leaving me with my twins trying to buy groceries and keep an eye on the one in the inside of the cart. People — actually think about what you are doing to other people when you do things like this. Someone should paint WRDW yellow because they practice yellow journalism. Their attack piece for sweeps week condemned Linda Schrenko for keeping money away from Roy Barnes’ cronies. His board chair voided some contracts and then criticized Schrenko when no services were delivered. Laurie Ott was just mean and petty. Don’t think just because you’re pregnant, or chose to tote your toddlers to the store, that you should have an exclusive parking place. There’s no law that allows “new or expectant moms” to have any privilege to park close to the entrance of any store that I know of. That privilege is allowed to veterans who no longer have the use of their legs, or other unfortunate people living the rest of their lives dealing with a serious physical handicap. Those cute little “pregnant parking only” signs are just a marketing ploy by the store to make moms think this is an OK place to spend their dollars. Ah, ‘tis the season the American holiday consumer is soon unleashed again. Some greedy

Here’s a tip for police: Some students are dealing drugs at nearly every high school in this country. But many students are not. Waving guns around is no way to separate the wheat from the chaff. Honesty in drug education works a whole lot better. Save the guns for the bad guys and “Just Say No,” as a command for your K-9s.

retailers have all the Christmas decorations reinstalled before Halloween these days. OK, I guess the burden of updating those S.C. driver’s manuals falls on my shoulders. Listen up, you Carolina swamprats, the left-hand lane is for passing only, not pulling up beside someone who is doing the speed limit, or less, cruise along with them. Either pass or get behind them. Linda Schrenko raised reading scores and SAT scores, and cut state bureaucracy, and the reward her hometown station gives her is a stab in the back with a sleazy piece of unsubstantiated trash for three nights. If I watch local news, it won’t be Laurie Ott. About Al Gore’s “Big Brother” comments: OK Al! How do you fight an enemy that you cannot see? Yes! We have lost many of our cherished freedoms. Is that President Bush’s fault? No! That’s the terrorists’ fault. We can’t find either Bin Laden or Hussein. They’re cowards and murderers just like Hitler was. They’re hiding too. Maybe they followed “their hero’s path,” committing suicide in some isolated underground bunker. I enjoyed reading Brian Neill’s article, “Last Chance Schools.” Mr. Frazier at Bungalow Road Alternative School has my respect and admiration for the job he is doing there. The article states that some of the kids there were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” That may be true, but life is all about choices that we make and the consequences we must face when we make bad ones. The boy that went for a ride in his homeboy’s “borrowed” car is paying the price of his own poor choice in homeboys. — Call our Whine Line at 510-2051 and leave your comments. We won’t use your name. Fax your whines by dialing (706) 7336663 or e-mail your whines to


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Augusta has long been home to a great amount of racial tension and it does not seem to be getting any better. The Community Trust Initiative group, with an idea of bringing an end to racial problems in the area, is newly formed and is a definite step in the right direction. With regard to our city’s struggling city council, the community appears to be divided, so therefore the concept of a commission deadlock appears to be in order. If the elected members represent those who elected them, then this is an accurate picture of how the community works. Therefore, giving the mayor any veto power would put him in a position to possibly go against the actual opinions and racial boundaries in the community. On the contrary, some believe that the racial issue truly lies within the local government and not in the city’s population. An example of agreement among the council would do a great deal

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for the public. It also seems, to some, to be more pride than race that divides the local government. It is clear that the blame for the deadlocked commission must be put on both the commission and those who elected them. The people of the city of Augusta have themselves to blame for a faulty commission because the community is not unified. Commissions, like the newly formed Community Trust Initiative, are a great way of making progress and need the support of everyone in the entire city. The commission must ignore outside opinion and resolve racial and possibly prideful factors and come to agreements that would better the city. Communication and humility must be displayed by both those in and outside of the commission to erase racial tensions in order to bring about a prosperous and successful Augusta. John Cates

Artist Responds to “Redneck” Letter Dear Editor, I would like to thank Mr. Walker B. McWee for taking the time to articulate his thoughts [letter to editor, Nov. 6th issue] about my woodcut entitled “Redneck,” which was reproduced on the Metro Spirit cover recently. I appreciate his interest and his concerns. He sees the term redneck as a badge of honor, proud symbol of physical labor. It appears he and I agree about the honorable nature of hard work. I quite like his idea of reclaiming this word redneck as an honorific for people we can admire for their labors. But I have noticed people using the term in less than complimentary contexts, and the word seems to bring up issues for Mr. McWee as well. He men-

tions “hicks” and hangings, poverty and lack of education. If I had titled the work “Man With Sunburn,” I wonder if these same issues would have arisen. My woodcut is simply an image of a man. In fact, I tried to carve him as a nice man, an individual man, a man one might like to know. I crafted his features to reveal a working man, yet contemplative, even sensitive. It is when a term or title is applied to him that one can lose sight of the evidence of his character and begin instead to rely on the term. His individual value is reduced to a stereotype. Maybe labels matter. Maybe it’s necessary to think about their usage. Maybe that is why I made this piece. Sincerely, Kristin Casaletto

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Let’s Show James Brown Some Respect By Mallory K. Millender


hortly after I arrived in France in September of 1968, I attended a student dance at the University of Paris. I was living at the Fondation des EtatsUnis (the American dormitory) and the dance could have been held there, I don’t remember. There were easily 500 people in the place — representatives of seemingly every nationality, speaking all kinds of languages. But there were almost no African-Americans. I have only one clear recollection of that night, and it was the dancing of a tall, slender Oriental, with hair that reached the small of his back. He had mastered all of James Brown’s dance moves. He was at his best when James Brown began to sing, “In my hometown ... where I used to stay ... The name of the place ... is Augusta, G-A ... Down there, we don’t talk. We all get together, in any kind of weather, and we do ... the camel walk.” The Oriental’s head and shoulders were pumping in time with the music. And by the time James Brown got to his patented scream, the Oriental was sliding across the floor on one leg, very much like James Brown. It was at that moment that I began to realize the magnitude of James Brown’s impact on people of other races and cultures all over the world. At that very moment, that same scene was being replicated on dance floors in countries all over the globe. And it certainly made me feel good to hear Augusta called out in a setting like that, so far from home. When Mayor Bob Young recently told me that the city was planning a number of tributes to James Brown — including the extension of James Brown Boulevard to Reynolds Street, the unveiling of a life-size statue and the renaming of an annual music festival in his honor — he also told me that he expected opposition to these plans. I was not surprised. I had witnessed that opposition during the early 1970s when Ronald Suber led an effort to have Gwinnett Street renamed James Brown Boulevard. I heard it again during that same period when Dr. Lucius H. Pitts, then-President of Paine College, indicated that he wanted to award James Brown an honorary doctorate. Dr. Pitts died of a heart attack shortly thereafter, and the degree was never awarded. James Brown’s rags-to-riches story has inspired people for almost 50 years. During the civil rights era, he defined the mood of black America with his song “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” That song lifted the self-esteem of African Americans much as Leopold Senghor, Aimé Césaire and Léon Damas did with the Negritude movement. While James Brown advocated black pride, he has advocated racial harmony throughout his career. I really think that the reason that James Brown does not get more appreciation from his home-

town is that most people in Augusta don’t realize how big he really is. When he says that he is the king of soul, he is. He has had 74 R&B top 20 hits (17 of which reached number 1). He has sold more than 50 million records. He has had more pop singles to reach the charts than any artist in history, with the exception of Elvis Presley. And Billboard presented him its Number 1 Lifetime Male Rhythm and Blues Artist Award. When he says that he is the Godfather, he is. Whenever the top people in the music industry talk about its giants, they start with James Brown. One of them wrote, “Though his roots lie in gospel, Brown’s work remains at the forefront of every musical genre: pop, rap, urban, dance ... His style has come to symbolize a precursor for all that has followed ... No form of music has escaped the influence of the Godfather.” He has influenced artists ranging from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Ice Cube and the hip-hop generation. More rappers have “sampled” his songs than those of any other artist. But they had to meet one requirement — they could not use his music if their songs contained profanity. He has won two Grammies and virtually every other honor that the music industry has to offer. He received the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Life Achievement Award, the American Music Award’s Award of Merit and the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a charter member of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And, in December, President George W. Bush will honor him at the Kennedy Center. But critics will point to his brushes with the law. And there have been allegations of drug and spousal abuse, none of which should be minimized. However, I believe that he should be appreciated for what he has done with the raw talent that God gave him, rather than criticized for the flaws that are often magnified because he lives under a microscope. In spite of his limited education, James Brown has been a champion of education. Many of his critics tend to lose sight of the fact that he was an eighth grade dropout who was in prison doing eight to 16 years for stealing by the time he was 16 years old. It may be the lack of education — at home and at school — that causes behavior that is unexpected of one who has achieved so greatly. James Brown does have flaws. But don’t we all? He has always taken pride in Augusta. We now have another opportunity to lift him up, to let him know that we are proud of him. If we can’t do that, the least we can do is to show him respect. He has earned that. — Mallory K. Millender is a professor of French and journalism at Paine College.

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Post Election Report • Now that the Augusta Commission election is over, insiders on the west side are urging newly elected District 10 Commissioner Don Grantham to have a talk with District 7 Commissioner Tommy Boyles. Many voters and politicos from within Boyles’ district are not happy with his performance. Several insiders actually long for the days of former Commissioner Jerry Brigham. Business types see Boyles as a go-along-toget-along guy who doesn’t hold the line on fiscal matters and other issues important to westsiders. These people argue that Boyles’ decades Tommy Boyles working for the Richmond County Recreation Department did not prepare him to make the tough choices facing the commission. If Boyles doesn’t get the hint, his support from the folks that helped elect him will fade and they will find another candidate. Take heed, Tommy. Brigham fell out of favor with this crowd and was sent packing. You could be next. • Augusta Commission District 2 candidate Freddie Handy is likely finished politically. All the talk about him running for the District 9 commission seat currently held by Willie Mays is not playing well among those voters who showed Handy the door four years ago and reiterated their dislike for him in this year’s election. District 2 Commissioner Marion Williams ousted Handy from the job in the 1999 election and won without a runoff this time. It will be difficult for Handy to return to elected office unless he spends the time between now and the District 9 election mending fences and serving the community.

• District 8 winner Jimmy Smith got a taste of politics during the election. The quiet businessman finally acquiesced to the wishes of the powers-that-be and changed his mind about running for the commission. His decision brought on a rash of disapproval from many of his longtime friends who felt he betrayed them and candidate Robert Buchwitz. Smith promised support for Buchwitz prior to announcing his candidacy. Along the way, Smith and many of his supporters felt that people who Smith helped during past elections abandoned him during his time of Jimmy Smith need. Many people who were expected to support Smith didn’t appear on the scene until the election was over. Welcome to the wonderful world of politics. • Speaking of Buchwitz, several people are encouraging him to run for office again soon. His strong showing in the election propelled him into the limelight as he showed a flair for good political instincts. Several Richmond County Republicans want him to challenge state Rep. Pete Warren (D-99) in 2004. Also, some Democratic leaders would rather have someone other that Warren in the seat and are seeking a candidate for a possible challenge in the Democratic primary election. Warren beat incumbent state Rep. George DeLoach, a Republican, in 2002. Regardless, expect to see Buchwitz’ name again. He will definitely run for office in the future. — The views expressed in this column are the views of The Insider and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

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y the end of this year, City Administrator George Kolb’s head may be on the chopping block and it will be up to a deeply divided Augusta Commission to decide whether he can keep his job. According to Kolb’s contract, if the commission decides to terminate the administrator’s employment with the city, commissioners must provide him with at least 180 days written notice prior to expiration of the contract on June 30, 2004. Therefore, the commissioners must notify Kolb of their intentions by Dec. 31, otherwise, the contract will be automatically extended. If that occurs, the commission would not be able to fire Kolb without providing him a lump sum cash payment equal to six months of his $127,000 salary. That’s a price most commissioners aren’t willing to pay, so those who are displeased with Kolb’s performance know they must act quickly and convince six commissioners not to extend the administrator’s contract if they want him gone by the summer. On Nov. 11, the commission completed its first step in considering Kolb’s future as Augusta’s administrator by providing him with a written annual performance evaluation during a one-hour legal meeting that was closed to the public. And the results of Kolb’s evaluation weren’t great. Kolb received a rating of 66.8 percent, down from his 70-percent rating last year. The evaluation report is broken down into two sections called General Skills and Traits, as well as Specific Job Responsibilities. Under the category of General Skills and Traits, the mayor and commission were asked to rank Kolb with a score of 4 to 10 on topics such as problem-solving, interpersonal skills, initiative, respect for authority and job knowledge. A rating of 4 indicated unsatisfactory performance while a 10 indicated outstanding work. In both the areas of respect for authority and interpersonal skills, four commissioners gave Kolb an unsatisfactory rating. In the second section of the report called Specific Job Responsibilities, Kolb received unsatisfactory ratings from three commissioners in four different areas including executing direction and instructions; requiring reports from department heads; keeping the mayor and commission fully advised on financial conditions and the operations of the city; and acting as a liaison between the mayor, commission and department heads. Following the closed session, the commis-

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“Quite frankly, I have a lot of thinking to do between now and the 31st of December.” – Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays

sion voted to accept the evaluation report into the public record and wait until the next full commission meeting on Nov. 18 to consider any potential pay increase for Kolb. After receiving the evaluation report, Kolb was obviously displeased with many of the commissioners’ comments and ratings. When City Attorney Jim Wall asked if Kolb had any objection to releasing the report to the public, Kolb said, “I don’t agree with it, but give it to them (the press).” This is not the first time Kolb has objected to his evaluation process. Earlier this year, on Sept. 15, Kolb asked the commission to make some changes to the process, saying it was sorely flawed. “I welcome the evaluation process,” Kolb told the commission in September. “I believe it gives us an opportunity to show the things that we have done and the progress we’ve made. ... But during the last evaluation process, it was agreed by the commission that you would set some goals and objectives. That did not happen.” Kolb also stated that, after reviewing the form created for last year’s evaluation, he found that the results didn’t provide him any guidance or direction.

A commission subcommittee reviewed the evaluation process and agreed that changes needed to be made; however, those changes would have to come in 2004. This year, the commission decided to stick to the previous year’s format to the displeasure of Kolb. Following the Nov. 11 meeting, several commissioners were huddled in groups of two or three discussing Kolb’s evaluation. Clearly, there was not a consensus that Kolb was doing a poor job or a great one. And when it came to the question of whether Kolb’s contract would be extended, none of the commissioners were willing to give a definitive answer. “It’s going to be close. Either way, whatever happens, it’s going to be very close,” Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays said. “Quite frankly, I have a lot of thinking to do between now and the 31st of December.” And that’s unfortunate, Mays said. “You always want the situation to work when you bring someone in that you support,” Mays said. “But there have been many times that we, as a commission, have been in the position of thinking things have been done that we have approved or they are in the process of being done and they are not.

“And, at some point, when it’s a brick wall that you keep hitting, then you have to back away from it and say, ‘Wait a minute. There is something here we have to look at and either correct or change.’” In particular, Mays said he’s been very concerned about how this year’s budget process has been handled. The commission in midOctober was given a 3-inch-thick budget book that Mays said was impossible to navigate, let alone understand. “I’ve kind of stopped bringing in my book,” Mays said, referring to a budget meeting that was held just before Kolb’s evaluation. “Because I’m starting to wonder if this is a budget meeting or just organized confusion.” Mays said he can still sleep at night because he knows the city is financially sound, but he’s extremely uncomfortable with the budget numbers Kolb proposed for 2004. “You’ve got to know exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to the budget,” Mays said. “And right now, that’s a level of comfort which I don’t have. So, me personally, I’m having to do a lot of thinking about what direction to go in. “I don’t want to keep changing just to be changing. But I think we are going to have to deal with doing some things better.” However, Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek thought Kolb was doing an overall good job managing the city. “You look at the man, and none of us agree with each other every time, but you look at the total sum of his performance and he’s done a lot more good than he has bad,” Cheek said. “Plus, dealing with us 10 knuckleheads. I wouldn’t want to work in this kind of environment.” Cheek said he personally hopes that Kolb’s contract will be extended next year. “I haven’t counted the votes entirely, but it’s going to be close,” Cheek said. “But count me as a supporter.” Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles said that, while he had some concerns about Kolb, he would even consider giving Kolb a raise. “First off, I don’t particularly like the type of form that is used in this evaluation,” Boyles said. “When it comes to things like punctuality, attendance, commitment and quality of work, I don’t think we are here in that role to judge that. That’s more for an employer who supervises an employee on a day-to-day basis.” Boyles said the commission also needs to come up with a list of things it expects from the administrator like specific duties and goals. “Sure, in the almost two years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen some things that I would continued on page 16


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have done differently,” Boyles said. “Like all of us, I have said, over and over, we get frustrated with the inability to get some things done for our constituents. ... I think if he (Kolb) were to insist that his department heads be more responsive and get some immediate answers or at least contact concerned citizens to tell them that we are looking into your problem, that would be much better.” Boyles has also noticed that Kolb sometimes has public arguments with commissioners. “I’ve noticed that with several of the commissioners, and it may go both ways, but he gets into a combative role,” Boyles said. “I’m not a combative person, so I have not had that problem. But that leads to some ugly fights on the commission floor that everybody sees. That doesn’t do much for our image.” But Boyles said a raise for Kolb should still be an option. “I’m not opposed to a raise, but I think before we do it, we need to look at what our employees are getting, too,” Boyles said. “He should get the same raise that our other employees get, and our other employees haven’t gotten a raise in two years now.” Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson wasn’t quite as enthusiastic in his opinion of Kolb’s performance, primarily because Kolb has not shown any signs of improvement from 2002. “This year’s evaluation really mirrors last year’s evaluation,” Hankerson said. “Now, when you see that, that means there has been no improvement on those things.” Hankerson said he used to work for the state of Georgia, and if he had received a 70-percent rating last year like Kolb, he would have worked extra hard this year to improve his score.


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“I used to be evaluated all the time and when I saw negative things about me, it really hurt me,” Hankerson said. “So, I really tried hard to change that and to reach for the highest mark possible. “But to still do the same things – I don’t know. Someone has to get your attention.” When asked if he thinks Kolb now understands some of the commissioners’ concerns, Hankerson said he believes the administrator has the full picture. “I’m quite sure that we have his attention,” Hankerson said. “I spoke out honestly in the (legal) meeting. I don’t have a hidden agenda. I just told him, ‘I’m going to be straight up with you and I want you to be straight up with me.’” Some of the concerns Hankerson said he had with Kolb dealt with the budget and his handling of suggestions from commissioners. “If you are working for the government and I bring you something, I understand you have the expertise and I know you are smart, even brilliant, but I want some consideration,” Hankerson said. One such consideration, Hankerson said, was his proposal to use inmate labor on certain projects around the county. “Don’t tell me that it costs more to work inmates than it does to pay employees to do the work,” Hankerson said. “Now, I’m not buying that. I may be a preacher but I’m not stupid. ... So, those sort of things bothered me.” Hankerson, who has attended every budget meeting this year held by the administrator, also said that he has been concerned about the progress of those meetings. “Last year I decided I really wanted to learn this budget process,” Hankerson said. “But I come every day and it gets more confusing as we go. And we spend a lot of time in these

budget workshops wasting time. I say, let’s get down to the numbers because in the end that’s what we are going to be battling it out over. “But instead people (department heads) are being told to come in here showboating. Telling us all this overview stuff about their departments. I don’t want to hear that. We are just wasting time.” Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams, Kolb’s harshest critic, couldn’t agree more with Hankerson. “George is a knowledgeable guy, but George does not respect authority and he does not respect commissioners,” Williams said. “We ask him to do things, and nothing happens.” Despite what the media says, Williams said he doesn’t have anything personally against Kolb. “This is not personal; this is the city’s business,” Williams said. “We need an administrator. We don’t need a manager like he wants to be. George does what he wants to

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do, when he wants to do it. “The thing he doesn’t get is, I’m elected by the people, and whether he likes me or not, I represent a lot of constituents that have a lot of concerns. So, he has to listen to what we, as commissioners, say.” Williams said it’s ridiculous that some commissioners are even considering giving Kolb a raise. “I like George as a person, but do you know anybody who is making more than $125,000 a year, not doing their job and gets a 66 percent on an evaluation and then gets a raise?” Williams asked. “Let’s get serious now.” When asked whether he thought Kolb’s contract would be renewed next year, Williams said that was a tough call. “I think a lot of commissioners are fed up,” Williams said. “He had a year to improve and did not show any improvement. Now, it’s show time and I think it’s too late.”


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Baaaack! By Stacey Eidson


f you believe his critics, Marion Williams is the most hated man in town. He’s destructive. He’s divisive. He’s ignorant. And he’s arrogant. Some people believe that he’s the worst thing to happen to Augusta politics in decades. Williams has heard it all and he doesn’t care. Because regardless of what he’s critics say, he’s back for four more years. “The people who are unhappy are those who can’t control Marion Williams,” said Williams, two days after being re-elected to his District 2 seat on the Augusta Commission by 47 percent of the votes cast on Nov. 4. “Those are the people who can’t tell me what to say, when to say it and how to say it. “Those are the people who are unhappy with me and most of those people are not from District 2. Most of those are the Republicans in this county. And I ain’t got no problem with that.” Williams said he was not elected to make friends or cater to the wishes of Augusta’s elite. Instead, he proudly points out, he serves on the Augusta Commission to represent the wishes and needs of citizens living in District 2. And for a district consisting of hundreds of dilapidated houses, serious drainage problems, numerous junkyards and past industrial pollution, there are many needs. “People say that all I’m making is noise,” Williams said. “Maybe to people who are not in my district that’s noise. But to people in my district, that’s music. “They want somebody to sing their song.” In his first four years of office, some of Williams’ most memorable ballads have dealt with his displeasure over the following: the management style of City Administrator George Kolb; wasteful spending, as he sees it, in the city’s fleet management department; community complaints about the city’s housing rehabilitation program; and the commission’s inability or unwillingness to treat employees equally. As Williams often complains, “We aren’t all playing with the same ball.” For example, Williams was outraged when he learned earlier this year that the city purchased a 2003 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer Edition, for former airport director Ken Kraemer at a cost of $31,147. Williams described the extravagant purchase as “ludicrous.” He was further incensed when he later learned that Kraemer did not have the proper city seal permanently affixed to the side of the vehicle. Instead, Kraemer had a magnetized airport sign placed on the car, that was put there, Williams pointed out, only after he complained that the vehicle was unmarked. A few days later when Kolb assured Williams that Kraemer’s SUV did have the proper identification, Williams secretly drove to an airport finance committee meeting, found where Kraemer’s car was parked, turned the magnetic sign upside down on the car door and took a picture to show the rest of the commission that Kolb was wrong. Why did Williams go to such extremes to prove his point? “Because people think that I’m crazy,” Williams said. “They want to paint me like I don’t know what I’m doing, that I shouldn’t be down here, but you see, it ain’t how much education you’ve got. It’s all about where your heart is and that you’re concerned enough to make sure that things are done right. And that’s why I’m here.

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can think what they want to. I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not crazy.â&#x20AC;? But according to one of his biggest critics, the editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, Williams is not only crazy, but dangerous. In an editorial that ran almost two weeks prior to the Nov. 4 election, The Chronicle staunchly opposed the re-election of Williams and endorsed one of his opponents, former Augusta Commissioner Freddie Handy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Augusta Commission is broken,â&#x20AC;? the Oct. 25 editorial stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even on a commission that has underperformed to the point of wretched embarrassment, Marion Williams stands out as an extraordinary hindrance.â&#x20AC;? The editorial specifically criticized Williams for initially proposing a new site for the planned $74 million judicial center along Telfair Street, only to later state that he never intended for the courthouse to be located directly on Telfair Street where a handful of businesses, such as C&C Automotive, are in operation. Instead, Williams told the commission, he meant for the architects to concentrate on property located behind Telfair Street in an area between Walker, Fenwick, Ninth and 11th streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He threw the project into limbo ... Thus, he is not just an impediment for District 2; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding back the entire community,â&#x20AC;? the editorial stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We implore voters in District 2 to send in the (Freddie) Handy-man.â&#x20AC;? This is the same newspaper that four years ago recommended to District 2 voters that they elect the â&#x20AC;&#x153;articulate Rev. Marion Williams.â&#x20AC;? Back then, The Chronicle described Handy as â&#x20AC;&#x153;part of the problem.â&#x20AC;? In an editorial that ran in October of 1999, The Chronicle wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;While concerned about his district, challenger Williams cares about the entire community ... We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Williams will walk out of commission chambers during key votes; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll vote up or down and hold his head high.â&#x20AC;? Well, The Chronicle got its wish. Williams rarely walks out of the commission chamber during key votes. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always there. Pushing his views. Not backing down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got three or four groups in this town, The Chronicle is one of them, maybe The Spirit is too a little bit, that want to control the commission,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And since I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do what they want me to do, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m no good. Just as long as we, as a commission,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chronicle is really my friend. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it. But when they beat me up in the paper, my people just come out for me even more.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams

go along with whatever they want, then everything is fine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, am I going to let The Chronicle decide whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for the people in my district? No, sir. Not me.â&#x20AC;? Williams says he only works for one person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;God. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only person,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I first got on the commission, people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that. They thought Lee Beard influenced me. They thought Willie Mays influenced me.â&#x20AC;? Williams started shaking his head and laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come on now,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care how Lee Beard or Willie Mays vote. To me, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. End of story.â&#x20AC;? Nothing irritates Williams more than seeing his fellow commissioners be complacent about pressing issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some commissioners, black and









white, who never say a word,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not one word even if they believe a vote is important. And, man, I get so mad at that. How can you be a grown man and not say nothing? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They will tell me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make any waves.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; How can you represent people like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to and not make a decision? You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid.â&#x20AC;? So, when it comes to criticism, especially from the media, Williams says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten to the point that he welcomes it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the minute I got elected, The Chronicle and The Spirit have made me the most popular man in town,â&#x20AC;? Williams said, laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chronicle is really my friend. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it. But when they beat me up in the paper, my people just come out for me even more.â&#x20AC;? And no matter how poorly the newspaper

paints him, Williams said he will always come out on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They like to point out that I sometimes say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way I grew up,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They also want to say I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about on issues like the judicial site. Well, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing about poor, working people. They know how to take a little and make the best of it. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I came up with the new site for the courthouse.â&#x20AC;? Williams said he drove all around downtown Augusta and when he saw the poorly maintained vacant lot along James Brown Boulevard, he thought it was a perfect location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poor people know how to look at situations that are not there and can see the possibilities,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, when I looked at that property, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why somebody else hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already thought of it.â&#x20AC;? The truth of the matter is that somebody already had. Augusta Tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Master Plan suggested, in the late 1990s, almost the identical spot as the one Williams proposed for a new judicial center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that,â&#x20AC;? Williams said, chuckling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so crazy.â&#x20AC;? During this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election, Williams said, he finally realized how many people in Augusta who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even live in the districts try to control local races. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On election day, I saw some of the same people who campaigned for me four years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201C; many of whom donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even live in Richmond County â&#x20AC;&#x201C; holding up signs for Freddie (Handy),â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those same people four years ago wanted to get Freddie out.â&#x20AC;? When he saw these former supporters sitting in a truck bed outside a polling station on Damascus Road holding up â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elect Freddie Handyâ&#x20AC;? signs, Williams said he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but stop and say hello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I pulled up right beside their truck and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, how are yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;all doing?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Williams said laughing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should have seen their faces. They were so ashamed, they really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to say. It was like I caught them with their hands in the cookie jar. I just smiled at them and drove off.â&#x20AC;? Williams said in no way does he fault anyone for supporting another candidate. However, Williams thinks if you support someone else, you should be proud of that candidate and not try to hide it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me tell you something: I ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got no respect for a person who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand up and

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tell me they want somebody else,” Williams said. “If you wanted somebody else, that’s fine. But at least be a man or a woman enough to say so.” There was no mistaking that a large segment of people living outside of District 2 wanted him gone, Williams said. That fact became all too clear during a recent Saturday morning breakfast at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Washington Road. “I went to a breakfast meeting one morning prior to the election and when I arrived I realized I was at the wrong meeting,” Williams said. “I was at the Republican Party meeting and the Democrats had actually called me and invited me to a Saturday breakfast that following weekend. “But when I got there I realized Freddie was the only candidate there from District 2.” Williams said he had not been invited to the Republican shindig, and apparently neither had Charlie Hannah, the other candidate opposing him in District 2. “I guess I wasn’t supposed to be there,” Williams said. “But, since I was already there, I figured I’d stay.” Everyone at the meeting was very cordial, Williams said, as Richmond County Republican Chairman Dave Barbee began introducing the candidates for the Nov. 4 election. “They introduced everybody but me,” Williams said. “Then, a woman in the audience said, ‘Commissioner Williams is here too.’” Williams said Barbee apologized and introduced Williams to the group. “I told them not to worry about it and hollered out from the back of the room, ‘Just don’t forget me at the polls,’” Williams said, smiling. “I had crashed their party.” But while it may appear many local Republicans aren’t big fans of Williams, he points out there are several issues prominent Republicans support that he also favors. For one, Williams thinks it’s about time that Augusta Mayor Bob Young, a Republican, scheduled a block party celebrating the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The celebration is planned for Nov. 15. “Bob Young is talking about a James Brown festival now and I’ve been trying to make that happen for the last four years,” Williams said. In November 2001, the Metro Spirit interviewed Williams regarding his idea for an annual James Brown Day Festival. “Before it was a nutty idea, but now, when Bob brings it up, it’s a great idea,” Williams said. “And I’m happy about it. I have no special interest in James Brown, but people will come from all over the world to Augusta if we have a James Brown festival.” Williams said Augusta needs to start thinking about a new attraction for the area like a drag-racing strip or possibly a zoo. “We can’t act like we don’t like nothing but golf in this town,” Williams said. “Augusta is much more than golf. I mean, that Golf Hall of Fame is a joke. ... It’s a lot of prime real estate that we’ve poured a lot of money into. It don’t take a brain surgeon to know that. If a brain surgeon figured that out, buddy I don’t want to be one.” But in order for the government to encourage new development, Williams says the commissioners and citizens need to set aside their political differences. “People don’t understand, I’m neither

Democrat or Republican,” Williams said. “To me, talking about Republican and Democrat, that’s just another way to divide us.” And that’s the last thing Augusta needs, Williams said. “Everyone always talks about race on the commission,” Williams said. “People never thought two commissioners of opposite races would be calling one another brothers or twins like me and Andy (Cheek).” Many people in south Augusta warned Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek that his relationship with Williams would cost him his District 6 commission seat. But it turned out Cheek did not face opposition for his seat on Nov. 4. And Williams couldn’t be more pleased that the “twins” will be serving Augusta for four more years. “I wouldn’t want to be there without Andy,” Williams said. “They didn’t want Andy in office again. Just like they didn’t want me. But now we’re both back.” Williams said one day Augusta will realize how much Cheek sacrificed during the last four years just so he could call a black commissioner a friend. Cheek has also taken a lot of heat for supporting what the media called “black issues” when he voted with the five other black members of the commission. “Please, someone tell me, what issue can you vote on in Augusta that is only going to benefit black people?” Williams asked. “If you say, you’re going to pass an ordinance that all black people that go to First Friday will get $10,000 every time they go down there, then yeah, you are voting on black issues. But there’s been nothing like that.” Therefore, race is an issue on the commission, but not a factor in decision-making, Williams said. Proof of that, Williams said, is his criticism of Kolb, the city’s first black administrator. “I expect the employees of Richmond County to do their job. I don’t expect the employees to do my job and I don’t expect to do their job,” Williams said. “Now, I’ve been accused of micromanaging and that’s an outand-out lie. But I know we, as a commission, have voted on things that just didn’t get done. That tells me somebody isn’t doing their job.” And when things aren’t functioning in the government, the man at the top has to answer for it, Williams said. “Everybody keeps talking about giving the administrator more power,” Williams said. “Well, if you want the power to hire and fire and other things, you need to handle the responsibility that we’ve already given you. ... Now, George is a smart man in a lot of ways. But in a lot of ways, he ain’t so smart. He makes good money, but he doesn’t .... well let’s just say, I wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Williams said he realizes making such statements against a publicly popular administrator will only garner him more criticism, but again, he says he’s used to it. “Look at my back,” Williams said turning around in his chair. “I’ve been shot so many times, what’s one more? So, let them take a shot. “I’m like that duck you see in those carnival shooting games. You keep shooting and shooting, but it never goes down. And you start thinking, ‘Is this a blank gun or what?’ Well, they must be shooting blanks because I’m not falling.”

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Kong Wah’s Dim Sum Best Brunch Deal in Town

By Amy Fennell Christian

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That’s probably dim sum rule No. 1: Pace yourself… Asking questions is rule No. 2. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know what a dish is. Pot Stickers

Egg custard tarts


im sum can and has been described many ways. Sometimes credited as the forerunner to brunch, this Cantonese tradition can also be compared to English high tea or Spanish tapas. However you think of it, Dim Sum can be served many ways, the most common of which is carts which waitresses wheel around to tables and whose lids are lifted to reveal the treats that lie within. Patrons simply point to what they want, and the waitresses keep track of how many plates each orders. Some places in larger cities also use the Japanese sushi method of ordering: Patrons are given a menu and list and simply check off the dishes they wish to sample. Kong Wah in South Augusta may be one of the only restaurants in the CSRA that serves dim sum, which roughly means “to touch your heart,” and it employs neither method (but more about that later). And, like many others, they reserve the experience for Saturdays. When a friend and I decided to head South for dim sum recently, we arrived at noon to find a big crowd at Kong Wah. Most of the patrons there, we discovered, had come for the buffet which

occupies a prime spot at the front of the restaurant. We were a little confused when we didn’t see any carts rolling around between tables and wondered if we were in the right place. The hostess, however, cleared things up for us right away when she discovered we were there for dim sum and led us to a small dining room at the back of the restaurant away from the crowds gathered around the expansive buffet. There we found a substantially smaller crowd sipping tea while waitresses made the rounds with trays rather than carts. Each held round, metal, stackable trays about the size of dessert plates which, in turn, held all manner and shape of Chinese appetizers. Dumplings made up the majority of what we ordered that day, and they came in a variety of sizes – from round ones that looked like sushi rolls to crescent-moons to flat ones rolled to look like a small burrito. They also held a variety of toppings, but shrimp seemed the most popular by far. Each tray held several pieces of the same dish, usually three or four, and it’s very easy to order more than you really need. That’s probably dim sum rule No. 1: Pace yourself. Our waitress made the

rounds every five minutes or so with new dishes and it was difficult not to order several every time. Do that and you’ll fill up fast and defeat the whole lazy Saturday afternoon meal concept. Asking questions is rule No. 2. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know what a dish is – it’s hard to tell what lies inside the steamed wrappers. Our waitress happily gave us the Chinese name of each dish, as well as a brief description of what they were. As for the quality of the food, I can honestly say that, with the exception of one dish, we enjoyed everything we ordered. The burrito-shaped dumplings – made with rice wrappers, filled with shrimp and topped with soy sauce – was an odd mixture of sweet (the wrapper and the baby shrimp) and salty (the soy sauce) that was nevertheless delicious. In fact, many of the dishes seemed salty, some excessively so. Exceptions included excellent mushroom caps (stuffed with a shrimp mixture instead of the traditional American crab) and a very odd bun that had a sweet glaze on the outside but contained Chinese sausage and shrimp on the inside. For Westerners usually accustomed to separating sweet and savory foods, it

was a combination that neither of us could get used to and a fact that our waitress noticed and didn’t seem too surprised by. Of the three most famous dim sum dishes – chicken feet, Char Siu Bao (a steamed bun filled with Chinese barbequed pork) and egg custard tarts – we were only offered one. Thankfully, it wasn’t the chicken feet. Instead, it was the egg custard tarts – the lightest, airiest desserts I’ve ever tasted. Nestled in a bed of flaky pastry, the small custards were surprising in that they’re not as sweet as typical American desserts. But trust me, the taste grows on you. If I was disappointed with the saltiness of some of the dishes and the lack of the Char Siu Bao, the bill erased any complaints I could come up with. Despite the fact that the two of us ordered what seemed like an enormous amount of food, the total came to a mere $14. Compare that to brunches that can sometimes run $20 or more per person, and dim sum seems to be the best brunch deal in town. Kong Wah is located at 2621 Peach Orchard Road, 790-8328. Dim sum hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Saturday.

Fried Shrimp/Oysters

A French Market favorite. Served with tarter . . . . . . . . . . . $7.80

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Cajun Style Lamb

Juicy and tender. Accompanied by rice covered in gravy. Allow a little extra cooking time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.20 ✶

M Marinated lamb shank simmered in a richly spiced tomato sauce, served over rice. If you like lamb you'll find this generous portion to E be the most tender, flavorful you've ever had! . . . . . . . $14.65 ✶ T

Shrimp Creole Orleans

Marinated Cajun Catfish

Spicy Fried Chicken Breast

Shrimp in a creole sauce with green peppers, tomato and onions. Served over rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.75 ✶

Well seasoned, fried and served with rice. Also available broiled. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.45

Louisiana Sample Platter

Appetizers Shell-On Boiled Shrimp

Accompanied by our homemade cocktail sauce, lemon wedge, and saltines 1/4 lb. $5.50 1/2 lb. $10.90 1 lb. $18.65

Oysters on the Half-Shell

Fresh from Louisiana or Florida. Served with cocktail sauce, lemon and saltines 1/2 doz. $6.25 1 doz. $10.70

Chicken Liver Pate‘

A velvety smooth blend of liver, sherry, butter, a hint of onions, and lightly seasoned. Served with homemade toasted croutons . . . $4.20

Oysters and Artichoke Soup

Tender oysters and artichoke hearts with cream sherry, herbs, and seasoning 8 oz. cup $4.15 16 oz. bowl $7.90


Whole crawfish boiled by Cajuns in Breauz Bridge, LA. We fly them in fresh. Served hot with melted butter or chilled with cocktail sauce, lemon and saltines 1 lb. $6.85 2 lb. $11.85

Andouille Sausage

Served with provolone and cheddar cheeses and saltines. This special treat is smoked and comes from Louisiana. . $4.15 ✶

Red Beans and Rice

A New Orleans tradition. We chop ham and andouille sausage and add red beans, spice it up good, and top with diced green onions. 8 oz. cup $3.85 16 oz. bowl $7.30

Marinated Shrimp

Crab Chop

A lunch size version of our popular dinner item. Like a crab cake only better! Crabmeat bound by white sauce (cream, apple brandy, corn flour, and butter). Add green onions, seasonings and sautee. Served with rice, lemon, and creole tarter sauce . . . . . . . $8.00 ✶

Crawfish Pie

A generous portion of this Cajun favorite. Crawfish tails in a mixture of roux, sauteed vegetables, cream, sherry, and seasoning fried in a light pastry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.60 ✶


Shrimp “Cure 81” ham, andouille sausage with rice and cajun vegetables in a tomato sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.60

Fried Shrimp/Oysters

A French Market Grill Favorite! Served with homemade cocktail sauce, creole tarter sauce and rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.50

Soft Shelled Crab

Delicate Maryland blue crab battered in corn flour, deep fried, and served with new potatoes and creole tarter sauce . . . . $16.90 ✶

Grilled Beef Tenderloin

We season a whole 7 lb. tender, char grille it, and cut 8 oz. portions. Served with bearnaise and redskins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.95

West Bank Duo

A 5 oz. version of our grilled beef tenderloin, with choice of fried shrimp, soft shell crab, crab chop, fried oysters, or honey pecan chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.90 ✶

Bourbon Street Duck

Boneless, baked golden brown, served with fine citrus sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.75

Seafood Stuffed Trout

Creole Filé Gumbo

Vegetarian Pasta

Our special blend of shrimp, crab, fish, chicken, beef, vegetables, rice and more seasonings than we can list 8 oz. cup $4.15 16 oz. bowl $7.90

Cajun Popcorn

Crawfish tail meat dipped in spices and deep fried. With sherry wine sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.35 ✶ ✶


Shrimp, “Cure 81” ham, andouille sausage with rice and vegetables in a tomato sauce 8 oz. cup $4.45 16 oz. bowl $8.35


Six large New Zealand mussels served hot with lemon and butter . $5.80

Lunch Specials Served 11am-3pm. All include salad with buttered French bread, a coffee, tea or soft drink

Fresh Spinach Salad with Gumbo or Oyster and Artichoke Soup

An array of fresh vegetables, sauteed with olive oil and seasonings. Served over pasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12.95 with shrimp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17.20 ✶

Shrimp or Crawfish Etouffee

An uncommon dish made with shrimp or crawfish served cajun style in our sauce made from brown roux, celery, onion, and butter. Served over rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.75 ✶✶

Blackened Grouper

A most popular entree. It's seared in an iron skillet served with buttered redskins and sauteed onions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.75

Trout Amandine

Fresh water trout sauteed and topped with slice almonds sauteed in lemon juice. Served with redskin potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.90

Shrimp Creole Orleans

Shrimp in a creole sauce with green peppers, tomato, and onions. Served over rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.45 ✶

Honey-Pecan Fried Chicken

Two 4 oz. chicken breasts deep fried in spicy batter with our chef's honey pecan sauce. Served with rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13.80 ✶

Seafood Au Gratin

Seafood Quiche

It's like crap cake only better! Crabmeat bound by white sauce (cream, apple brandy, corn flour and butter). Add green onions, seasoning, and saute. Served with rice, lemon, and creole tarter sauce. $14.75 ✶

A generous portion of farm raised catfish, buttermilk battered and fried. Served with rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.80 ✶

Crepes Louisiana

Scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, and mushrooms sauteed in sherry and wrapped in two homemade crepes and topped with a light sauce. Served with rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.35 ✶

Red Beans and Rice

A hardy portion of red beans simmered with ham and andouille sausage on white rice topped with green onions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.80 ✶

Salads Shrimp Pontchartrain

A heaping presentation of four mixed greens w/ big shrimp in our special dressing. Garnished w/ eggs, tomato and black olives $8.65 Mixed Greens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.60

Spinach Salad

Garnished w/ mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon, egg and lemon dressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.15

Jim's Caesar

Chef Beck's creation topped with fried soft shell crab, fried oysters, shrimp or chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.15 Lunch Salads

Shrimp Remoulade w/ Avocado

Creamy New Orleans style sauce laced with delicious shrimp, capers and a hint of tarragon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.65

J.S. Oyster Salad

Spinach salad with our bacon/egg dressing, fried oysters and sauteed onions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.15

Chicken or Tuna Salad

Fresh chicken with walnuts and fruit or albacore white tuna salad served on greens with a special dressing. Garnished with apples and fruit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.30 Pasta of the Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.60

Po' Boys From New Orleans, Po' Boys are the forerunner of the hoagie, grinder and sub. Served on crisp french bread with creole tarter sauce, creole coleslaw, and tomato slices. Cajun Chicken or Catfish. . . . . 6" $6.25 10" $9.25 ✶✶ Shrimp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6" $7.25 10" $11.00 Oyster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6" $6.50 10" $9.90 ✶ Soft-Shelled Crab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6" $7.90 10" $11.40 F.C.'s Philly Cheese Steak . . . . 6" $5.90 10" $9.00 ✶✶ The Shrimpaletta. . . . . . . . . . . . 6" $7.25 10" $11.00 ✶


Scallops, shrimp, crabmeat and mushrooms sauteed in butter, sherry and seasonings, all in a rich creamy cheddar cheese sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.60

Marinated Cajun Catfish

Two boneless skinless breasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.10 Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.90 Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.95 Tuna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16.25 Grouper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.90

Baked fresh trout with a combination of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and crawfish tails. Seasoned and dusted with bread crumbs. $17.90

Garnished with mushrooms, tomato and a bacon egg and lemon dressing. Includes a cup of our great seafood gumbo or oyster and artichoke soup. (Mixed green salad not included) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.20 Crabmeat and shrimp in a light egg and cheese quiche. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.30


Lunch or Dinner Salads

All include mixed green salad with french bread and butter

1/4 lb. shrimp marinated in a creole mustard, tarragon, and red pepper sauce. Served on leaf lettuce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.25 ✎✎✎

Side Orders

Garlic Mashed Potatoes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.95 Redskins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.50 Seasoned Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.50 Vegetable Medley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.70 Bearnaise Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.25 Blackened Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . add $1.00

Crab Chop A La Charles

Blackened Filet of Beef

The beef version of our blackened grouper, featuring our 8 oz. tenderloin. Like our fish, it's hot and spicy. Served with sauteed onions and redskins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21.75 ✶✶

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Lobster Tails

Two 5 oz. warm water tails broiled to perfection (or substitute 1 tail for a 5 oz. grilled beef tenderloin at $24.70) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23.80

Barbequed Shrimp


These healthy, broiled items are served with a lemon garlic wine sauce rather than butter. Each comes with steamed vegetables and new potatoes


Dinner Features


Smart Choice

A tasting of our seafood gumbo, red beans and rice and shrimp creole. (No substitutions please) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.45 ✶ ✶

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Big shell-on shrimp sauteed in beer, garlic, creole seasonings, and wochestershire. Served over rice. This recipe's so hot we keep it

You'll notice some spicy flavor.

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“Annie” Back by Popular Demand

By Rhonda Jones


ell, it’s been less than a year since Augusta Players’ last performance of “Annie,” and they’re at it again, using most of the same actors. Managing director Debi Ballas says it’s simply a matter of popular demand. “Well, last season, fortunately for us, we presented ‘Annie’ to sell-out audiences. Many didn’t get to see it,” Ballas said. There were overwhelming requests to hold it over, she added, but the Players were unable to do that because the Imperial Theatre was not available for the extra dates. “So we decided to present encore performances this season.” And there won’t be a lot of difference between this production and the production they mounted less than a year ago. A handful of cast members are no longer with them — and their star is a year older. Her name is Laura Butler, and she is 14 this year. That may seem old for an Annie because of popular misconception, Ballas said. But, she said, that age is right on target. “People see Annie as a 6- or 7-year-old child, but she wasn’t. That’s what made her story so pitiful, that she spent so many years in an orphanage.” But why didn’t they wait at least a year before performing “Annie” again? Ballas said they wanted to get it in at the beginning of the holiday season this time, because of the holiday themes. And because some of the songs in the last scene — like “A New Deal for Christmas” — create a good transition into the season. Not to mention that Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditionally holidays during which we begin remembering those less fortunate than ourselves — which the character Annie is, as an orphan. And in the process, the story inspired the Players to give back to the community, so they decided to involve the Golden Harvest Food Bank. “We started brainstorming, trying to figure out what we could do as an arts organization to address some of these issues that we currently find in our own community,” Ballas said. “That’s how the whole partnership with the Golden Harvest Food Bank began.” “The board of directors decided to put together a food drive with Golden Harvest,” said board president-elect Carla Owen. And,

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she added, even though there’s a theatre performance involved, it works just like any other food drive. “We’re just asking patrons and cast members to bring can and non-perishable food items.” Owen said the food will be collected in barrels in the lobby on performance nights, and possibly even the Thursday night before performances begin, for people who would like to drop off their cans at a time when they’re not actually involved in the whole process of getting in to see the show. That food, she said, could go to benefit any of the Golden Harvest programs. And it doesn’t matter, she said, how much or how little you bring. Every little bit helps.

“If you want to bring one can, we’d love you to bring one can,” Owen said. “If you want to bring 10 cans, we’d love you to bring 10 cans.” In addition to the food drive, Owen said, 50 disadvantaged children will be sponsored by area businesses into the Sunday matinee. There will even be a party for the kids afterward, at the Augusta Museum of History, Owen said, giving them an opportunity to meet the cast. We asked if the Players were hoped that the play itself might inspire patrons to give to the food bank. “I do,” Owen said. “I mean, Daddy Warbucks was all about himself and how he could add to his fortune, until he was

touched by Annie.” The theatre company hopes to conduct similar benefits in the future, she added. And Ballas stressed that, even though the story deals with issues such as poverty and disadvantaged children, it’s not a downer. “It’s a wonderful story,” she said. “Not only for all of the reasons that we pointed out. It’s a feelgood story, because it has a happy ending.” The Augusta Players will present “Annie” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Imperial Theatre. Ticket prices range from $12 to $35 and are available online at or by calling the Augusta Players business office at (706) 826-4707.





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ENOPION THEATRE COMPANY is looking for volunteers to act, sing, sew, build and more for their new musical, “Creation.” Applications are available at or by calling (803) 442-9039. SWEET ADELINES HARMONY RIVER CHORUS OPEN REHEARSAL for singers each Thursday at 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 600 Mar tintown Rd. in Nor th Augusta. They are on the lookout for voices in the lower ranges. There will be no rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving. Contact Mary Norman at (803) 279-6499.


AVIS LYLE AND MARY ALICE LOCKHART exhibit in the ar t hall at Sacred Hear t Cultural Center throughout November and December. Call 826-4700. WET PAINT PARTY AND EXHIBIT with works by local ar tists Nov. 13 at Marbury Center from 6:30-10 p.m. For more information, contact the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council at 826-4702. 23RD ANNUAL QUILT SHOW through Nov. 30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Call (803) 642-2015.

“LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR” ADULT ART WORKSHOP Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. 722-5495.

MAGGIE DAVID AND MELISSA MESSINA exhibit at the Augusta State University Fine Ar ts Center through Dec. 3. Call 737-1444.

ASU OPERA WORKSHOP “SCENES” PROGRAM Nov. 17, 8 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Ar ts Theatre. Call 737-1453.

“OF ART AND ARTISTS: RECENT WORKS FROM THE FINE ART FACULTY OF ASU” will be at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t through Nov. 25. Call 722-5495 for information.

MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY WREATH Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Registration is required. $2 fee. Call 793-2020.

PAINTINGS BY LINDA BAACK will be at the Euchee Creek Library during November. Call 556-0594.

ISRAELI DANCE WORKSHOP at the Augusta Jewish Community Center Sunday af ternoons, 4-5 p.m. Open to teens and adults; no experience or par tners are necessary. Cost is $2 per session, with the first session free. For information or to schedule a pre-class beginner/refresher session, contact Jackie Cohen, 738-9016.

AT THE ETHERREDGE CENTER through Dec. 19: Billy S. exhibits in the Upper Gallery, Ar thur Lien exhibits in the Lower Gallery. (803) 641-3305.

ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS are offered year-round at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Classes and workshops are open to toddlers through adults and feature instruction in drawing, painting, photography, pottery, weaving and sculpture. For a newsletter or detailed information on registering for classes at the Gertrude Herbert, call 722-5495. The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art also offers educational tours; for information, contact the education director at the above telephone number.

WORKS BY PRISCILLA HOLLINGSWORTH will be on exhibit at MCG’s Rober t B. Greenblat t Library through Dec. 2. For more information, e-mail Lisa Westrick at

ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS at the Ar t Factory. The Ar t Factory also has a homeschool program and scholarships are available. Programs include voice lessons and pantomime workshops, as well as classes in dance, theater, music, visual ar ts and writing. Call 731-0008 for details.


“THE LOW COUNTRY: PAINTINGS BY PRESTON RUSSELL” will be on display at the Morris Museum of Ar t through Jan. 11. For more info, call 724-7501. “BABY-BOOM DAYDREAMS: THE ART OF DOUGLAS BOURGEOIS” will be on exhibit at the Morris Museum of Ar t Nov. 22-Feb. 15. Call 724-7501 for information. MILITARY EQUIPMENT DISPLAY at Bar ton Chapel Elementary School Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-noon. 791-6996. “EDWARD RICE: RECENT MONOTYPES” exhibit opens at the Morris Museum of Ar t 6 p.m. Nov. 13 with a slide presentation by the ar tist and a reception. Exhibit runs through Jan. 4. Call 724-7501.

JANICE WILIAMS WHITING AND BARRY MERRITT exhibit at the Mary Pauline Gallery through Nov. 26. 724-9542.

TWO SHOWS BY JIM BODEN, “1+1<>2” and “The Sublimity of Flesh” will be up at the Rabold Gallery in Aiken through Nov. 15. The gallery also hosts ongoing exhibits by 20 different ar tists. For information, call (803) 641-4405 or e-mail


“THE NEW NUTCRACKER” will be performed by Augusta Dance Theatre Nov. 22-23 at the Maxwell Performing Ar ts Center. Nov. 22 performance is at 8 p.m.; Nov. 23 performance is at 2 p.m. Call 860-1852 for ticket information. THE DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE held the first Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Augusta, honor the religious traditions of the world through song and movement. Call (803) 643-0460 for more information. AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION holds a dance the first Saturday of each month, from 7:15-11 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Held at the BPOE facility on Elkdom Cour t. Contact Melvis Lovet t, 733-3890, or Jean Avery, 863-4186, for information. CSRA/AUGUSTA BOGEY-WOOGIE DANCE AND SOCIAL GROUP meets every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at A World of Dance Studio. Couples, singles and newcomers are wel-

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“DEANNE DUNBAR: OBJECTS OF DESIRE” will be on display at the Rabold Gallery in Aiken Nov. 20-Feb. 14. For more information, call (803) 641-4405 or e-mail

CERAMICS BY ERIC CARLIN will be on display at the Gibbs Library throughout November. 863-1946.


The Kodaly String Quartet performs Nov. 14 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Call 736-9098 for ticket information. come. For information, phone 650-2396.


AUGUSTA SYMPHONY ENCORE CHAMBER SERIES CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Hall, 3501 Walton Way Ex t. Tickets are $15 adults, $7.50 students. For tickets, call 826-4705. AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR/ORCHESTRA CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free admission. Call 737-1444. AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND EMPTY STOCKING FUND CHRISTMAS CONCERT Nov. 23, 3 p.m. (803) 202-0091. COLUMBIA COUNTY CHOR AL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CELEBR ATION Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 560-5920.

rants and musicians noon-2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 at Augusta Common. Bring your own lunch or have lunch by the featured restaurant while listening to the sounds of local musicians. Call Riverwalk Special Events, 821-1754, for info. ASU WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Free. Call 737-1444. TICKETS FOR “A MOZART TO MOTOWN CHRISTMAS” now on sale. Show will be staged Nov. 29 at the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $30 general admission or $45 VIP admission. To order tickets, call the Imperial Theatre box office at 722-8341.

Theater “ARSENIC AND OLD LACE” will be per formed by the Augusta Theatre Company Nov. 21-23, Nov. 28-20 and Dec. 5-6. Call 481-9040 for ticket information.

SAVANNAH MOON per forms at the Nov. 18 installment of Tuesday’s Music Live. All concer ts are at noon at Saint Paul’s Church. For tickets, call the box office at 722-3463.

“ANNIE” will be presented by the Augusta Players Nov. 2122, 8 p.m., and Nov. 23, 3 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. Ticket prices range from $12-$35 and are available at or by phone at 826-4707.

THE AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT will be at the Imperial Theatre Nov. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 student admission, with group rates also available. For more information, call 823-0620 or visit

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” will be presented by Aiken Kidney Benefit Nov. 14-16 at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC-Aiken. For more information, call (803) 644-4068.

CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Nov. 16, 3 p.m., at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. Call 737-1453 for information. KODALY STRING QUARTET AND PIANIST MICHIKO OTAKI will per form at the Nov. 14 concer t sponsored by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Per formance takes place at 8 p.m. at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University. For ticket information, call 736-9098.

“WIND OF A THOUSAND TALES” with audio-visual production selections and ar t gallery Nov. 20-21 in the Beverly J. Barnhar t Theater at Davidson Fine Ar ts School. Admission is $6 adult, $5 senior citizens and children under 5 and $4 Davidson students. Call 823-6924, ex t. 137 for information. “WIZARD OF OZ ON ICE” will be at the Augusta Ice Spor ts Center Nov. 16 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 863-0061, ex t. 5.

“STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN” at the Bell Auditorium has been rescheduled for Jan. 17. Tickets for the Nov. 15 per formance will be honored at the January performance. Tickets are $34 for floor seats and seating in par ts of the balcony and $28 in the rest of the balcony. Call 722-3521.

“ANTIGONE” will be presented by the Paine College Drama Depar tment 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20 in the Gilber t-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, 1235 Fif teenth St. Per formances are free to the public. For more information, contact Don Cleary, 495-4361.

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“NOISES OFF” will be per formed by the Aiken Community Playhouse Nov. 14-16 and 21-22. For more information or tickets, call (803) 648-1438 or visit “THE MOUSETRAP” will be presented by For t Gordon Dinner Theatre Nov. 14-15 and 20-22. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., with the show star ting at 8 p.m. For more information or ticket reservations, call the box office at 793-8552 or visit www.for

Museums LUMINARIAS ON THE LEVEE with decorating and gif t-giving ideas, jewelry show, holiday greenery and wine tasting. Held 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Cost is $15 per person. Call 724-7501. “ART AT LUNCH: THE SOUTH IN FILM” program Nov. 21, noon, at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Call 724-7501 for info.

AUGUSTA COIN CLUB COIN SHOW Nov. 22-23 at the Guest House Inn. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact David Chism, 541-4143. GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK RIBBON CUTTING AND DEDICATION to celebrate the addition to its main facility Nov. 21, 11 a.m. Call 736-1199, ex t. 212. THE RICHMOND ACADEMY CLASS OF 1968 REUNION will be held Nov. 28-29. For information, call Hap Harris, 724-2452, or e-mail Gail Evans Patty at

BOOK SIGNING with Col. Jack Jacobs Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History. Jacobs will speak and sign copies of “Medal of Honor: Por traits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.” Free. Reservations are recommended. 722-8454.

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY MICROCHIP CLINIC Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-noon at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St. Cost is $15 per microchip, plus an additional fee to register the chip with the manufacturer’s database. Dogs should be on a leash and cats should be in a carrier. Cash and checks accepted as payment. 261-PETS.

“TELLABRATION” with The Tellers of Two Cities storytelling group Nov. 23 at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Stories are suited for adults and children ages 8 and up. The fun begins at 2 p.m. and admission is free. 724-7501.

CHRISTMAS IN OLDE TOWN 9 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Lincoln County Library with book and bake sale, winter carnival, christmas parade and more. 359-4014.

“CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT” exhibit at For t Discovery’s Knox Gallery runs through Jan. 31. Admission to the exhibit is free with paid general admission to For t Discovery. For more information, visit or call 821-0200. MASTERWORKS OF SOUTHERN ART TOUR 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Call 724-7501. “IF WALLS COULD TALK” tour program at Ware’s Folly through Nov. 21. For information, call 722-5495. THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART in Ware’s Folly exhibits works by local and regional ar tists. Ar t classes, workshops and other educational programming for children, youth and adults are held in the Walker-Mackenzie Studio. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors is encouraged. Call 722-5495 or visit for more info. THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY hosts permanent exhibition “Augusta’s Story,” an award-winning exhibit encompassing 12,000 years of local history. For the younger crowd, there’s the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery, where kids can learn about history in a hands-on environment. The museum also shows films in the History Theatre and hosts a variety of programs. Located at 560 Reynolds Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $4 adult, $3 seniors, $2 kids (6-18 years of age) and free for children under 6. Free admission on Sundays. Call 722-8454 or visit for more information. THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART hosts exhibitions and special events year-round. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. 1 Tenth Street, Augusta. Call 724-7501 or visit for details. THE MUSEUM OF LAUREL AND HARDY OF HARLEM, GEORGIA features displays of various Laurel and Hardy memorabilia; films also shown. Located at 250 N. Louisville Street in downtown Harlem. Open 1-4 p.m. ThursdayMonday. For more information, call 556-3448. LUNCH AT NOON LECTURE SERIES held the second Wednesday of every month at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the museum at 724-3576 for more information.

Special Events “A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE” luminary ceremony to remember loved ones 7 p.m. Nov. 13 on the grounds of St. Joseph Hospital. Rain date is Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. For more information or to designate a luminary in the memory of a loved one, call 729-6222. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE OF LOVE KICK-OFF Nov. 21 on the front lawn of University Hospital. Live enter tainment begins at 6:30 p.m. and tree lighting ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 736-0847 for more information.

JAMES BROWN CELEBRATION Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Augusta Common. Celebration honors the 10th anniversary of the dedication of James Brown Boulevard and Brown’s Kennedy Center Award for lifetime achievement in music. Live music by Derrick Monk, Tony Howard, Davidson Fine Ar ts Jazz Band, 360, Pat Blanchard Band, the Brandon Bower Trio and more. For information, contact Riverwalk Special Events, 821-1754. MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT at Augusta State University’s Reese Library Nov. 19. Bob Grant will discuss his new book, “American Ethics and the Vir tuous Citizen: The Right to Life,” at noon. Free. 737-1444. SHILOH’S ANNUAL ABLE-DISABLED THANKSGIVING BANQUET Nov. 15, noon-3 p.m. at Shiloh Community Center. People with disabilities are welcomed to this free event. Call 738-0089 for information. BOOK SIGNINGS: E. Randall Floyd will be speaking about his book “Deep in the Hear t” and signing copies Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m. at Borders Books and Music and Nov. 15, 1 p.m. at Waldenbooks in Augusta Mall. Mayor Young will appear at the Nov. 14 book signing. Call 821-2604 for information. SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER OPEN HOUSE with book signings and holiday hints Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Holiday hints include 10 a.m. bow tying workshop and 11 a.m. holiday entertaining presentation. Marjorie Fay Underhill and illustrator Caroline Garrett sign “Jeremiah,” Karin Calloway signs “Quick Cooking II: A Second Serving” and Edward J. Cashin signs “From Balloons to Blue Angels: Celebrating 100 Years of Flight” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 826-4700 for information. PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK DAWN WALK Nov. 15, 57:30 a.m. Contribution is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is Nov. 13; call 828-2109 to register. MASSING OF THE COLORS CEREMONY will be held Nov. 14, 4 p.m., in Alexander Hall at For t Gordon. All military and national patriotic organizations in the Augusta area bring their colors together in a demonstration of patriotism. Free and open to the public. Call 792-6001. “DARK SHADOWS” show at the Dupont Planetarium Nov. 2122. Show times are 7 and 8 p.m. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens, $2.50 for K-12 students and $1 for USC-Aiken faculty, staff and students. Make reservations by calling (803) 641-3769 or 278-1967, ex t. 3654. “CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH” annual arts and crafts show Nov. 21-23 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; children 12 and under admitted free. Call 722-3521 or (704) 847-9480 for information.


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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m., at Augusta Common. Mayor Young will lights the city Christmas tree and holiday decorations. Live enter tainment, children’s Christmas story hour and visits with Santa will also be par t of the celebration. Call 821-1754 for information. FORT GORDON NOVEMBER RETIREMENT REVIEW will be held Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. in Alexander Hall. Open to the public. Call 791-6001.



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AIKEN FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov. 13 at Aiken Mall. Call (803) 649-0075 for information. NOVEMBER FREE FILM SERIES at Headquar ters Library Tuesdays throughout November. All films star t at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 showing of “Alice’s Restaurant,” Nov. 25 showing of “Finding Nemo.” 821-2600. MCDUFFIE FRIENDS OF ANIMALS holds pet adoptions each Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call 556-9090 or visit COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at PetsMar t. For more info, call 860-5020.

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THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. 261-PETS.

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N O “FANTASY IN LIGHTS” holiday light show at Callaway V Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., Nov. 21-Dec. 28. For ticket

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1 3 “A WARM SPRINGS THANKSGIVING” Nov. 22, noon-3 p.m.

2 at Lit tle White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, Ga. Call 0 (706) 655-5870 for information. 0 3 “SAVION AT THE RIALTO” Nov. 25-26 and 28-30 at the

Rialto Center for the Per forming Ar ts. Tickets star t at $25. Call (404) 651-4727.

“HENRY IV, PART II” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Nov. 20-23 and Dec. 6. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299. HISTORIC COLUMBIA HOUSE MUSEUM GUIDED TOURS Nov. 18-Jan. 4. Guided holiday tours are available every hour on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per house for adults and $3 per house for children ages 6-17. Children under 6 and members of Historic Columbia admit ted free. Combination ticket for all four houses is $18 on Saturday and Sunday. (803) 252-1770, ex t. 24. “THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE” will be per formed by the Alliance Theatre Company on the Her tz Stage in Atlanta Nov. 14-Dec. 21. For ticket information, visit or call (404) 733-4600. AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: “Enchanting Modern: Ilonka Karasz, 1896-1981” Nov. 15Feb. 8. Visit for info.

“THE HOLLY AND THE IVY” holiday celebration at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., through Jan. 4. For information, call 1800-922-0046 or (828) 225-1333 or visit “MERLIN” will be presented through Nov. 23 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta as par t of the Alliance Theatre Company’s Family Series. For ticket information, visit or call (404) 733-4600. “RICHARD II” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Dec. 4. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299. LIVE AT FIVE HAPPY HOUR CONCERT SERIES at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesdays through Nov. 25. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. $5 admission; free for members. 1-888-GA-ROCKS. “EDWARD HOPPER AND URBAN REALISM” will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Ar t in Columbia, S.C., through Jan. 18. (803) 799-2810. “A SALUTE TO 25 YEARS OF THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS” runs through Jan. 18, 2004, at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga. Exhibits, programs and events honoring the 25th anniversary of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards. Call 1-888-GA-ROCKS for info. AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens, Ga.: “Conversion to Modernism: The Early Works of Man Ray,” through Nov. 30; “Creativity: The Flowering Tornado” by Ginny Ruffner through Nov. 23. Call (706) 542-4662. AT THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART in Atlanta: “The Undiscovered Richard Meier: The Architect as Designer and Ar tist” through April 4; “Af ter Whistler: The Ar tist and His Influence on American Painting” Nov. 18-Feb. 8; “Verrocchio’s David Restored: A Renaissance Bronze From the National Museum of the Bargello, Florence” Nov. 18-Feb. 8; and “Photography Past/Forward: Aper ture at 50” through Nov. 29. Call (404) 733-HIGH or visit for information.

TURKEY FEST Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Peppermill restaurant, 4461 Washington Rd. A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served for a donation; all proceeds will go to Golden Harvest Food Bank. Call 736-1199, ex t. 208 or e-mail for information. AUTO INVASION 2003 CAR AND TRUCK SHOW at the Julian Smith Casino Nov. 23, 11 a.m. $20 entry fee to show. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. Call 724-5901 for information. “A NIGHT AT THE FAIR” 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 14 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta. Held at the Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene St. Tickets are $35 per person or $50 per couple. Call 210-4212. MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION MIRACLE OF LIGHTS at the Augusta Mall through Dec. 7. On Nov. 23, a lunch with Santa and holiday fashion show will be held to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cost is $7 per person. Call 774WISH for more information or 733-1001, ex t. 7095 to make reservations for the Santa lunch. “ROMANCE AND RENAISSANCE” ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART Nov. 21, 7 p.m., at Ware’s Folly. Dinner, desser t and cof fee and moonlight serenade by vocalist Francine Reed will be featured. Advance registration is required and tickets are $50 per person. Call 722-5495.

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AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL is in need of dog and cat food, cat lit ter and other pet items, as well as monetary donations to help pay for vaccinations. Donations accepted during regular business hours, Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Call 790-6836 for information. SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVES in various locations around the CSRA this month. For detailed information on locations and times to donate, visit You may also call Susan Edwards at (803) 643-7996 for information on Aiken locations and Nancy Szocinski at 737-4551 for information on all other locations. AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.


MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Male Care, 3116 Wrightsboro Rd. All food collected will go to Golden Harvest Food Bank. For information, call Anthony Wade, 825-1724.

ACTIVITIES FOR HOLIDAY STORIES WORKSHOP presented by the Augusta State University Born To Read Literacy Center Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m. at the literacy center. Cost is $12 and participants receive 3 DHR approved hours. Call 733-7043 to RSVP.

JAMES BROWN TURKEY GIVEAWAY Nov. 25 at Dyess Park. James Brown Enterprises will be giving turkeys to needy families star ting at 9 a.m. Those wishing to help may bring contributions to Dyess Park the day of the giveaway or may contact James Brown Enterprises for pick-up. For information, contact Ms. Hogan, 738-1971.

BASIC MICROSOFT WORD CLASSES at the Wallace Branch Library Tuesdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16 or Thursdays, Nov. 20Dec. 18. Classes held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 722-6275.

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are open to purebred dogs and mut ts. General admission is $3 per car. All proceeds benefit the Aiken SPCA. For more information, call (803) 648-6863.


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ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS hold pet adoptions at Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit Adoptions also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, Tues.Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call the shelter at 790-6836.

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“HENRY IV, PART I” will be at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta Nov. 13-16 and Dec. 5. Ticket prices range from $19.50-$24.50, and optional food and beverage service is available before the show. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (404) 874-5299.

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“Georgia’s Oldest Catholic Church” Located in Downtown Augusta Corner of 8th and Telfair Streets Schedule of Liturgies:

The Nov. 18 installment of Tuesday’s Music Live at St. Paul’s Church features Savannah Moon. p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre. For more information, call 737-1609. “USING THE PINES CATALOG” workshop at the Appleby Branch Library 10-11 a.m. Nov. 18 and 20 and at the Friedman Branch Library 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Learn how to find books, renew books, place holds and check the status of your account. Registration is required. Call the Appleby Branch at 736-6244 or the Friedman Branch at 736-6758. USC-AIKEN CONTINUING EDUCATION offers Italian, Ar t for Beginners, Debt-Free Living, Financial Strategies, Taming the Wild Child, Paralegal Cer tificate Course and more. Travelearn learning vacations for adults and Education to Go online courses also available. For info, phone (803) 641-3563. AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is now offering the following classes: QuarkXPress, A Prosperous Retirement, Intermediate Investing, All Things Dutch, Origami and more. Also, ASU offers online courses. For more information, call 737-1636 or visit AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION offers the following courses: PCs 101, Microsoft Certified System Administrator courses, health care courses, Defensive Driving and more. Aiken Tech also offers Education to Go classes online. For more information or to register, call (803) 593-9231, ext. 1230.

Health MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the University Seniors Club in Daniel Village. To schedule an appointment, call 774-4145. GRIEF MINISTRY GROUP meets Sundays, through Nov. 23, 4-5:30 p.m., in Room 100 of the Adult Building at First Baptist Church. RSVP at 736-6708. AUGUSTA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP meets the second Thursday of every month, 6 p.m., at Walton West TLC. Brain injury survivors and their family members and caregivers are invited to at tend. 737-9300. FORE THE HEALTH OF IT ADAPTIVE GOLF CLINICS held the first Tuesday of every month at First Tee of Augusta. Physical and occupational therapists from Walton Rehabilitation Hospital will guide the course. Call 823-8691. CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. 823-5294. STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets the last Wednesday of the month, 1-2 p.m., in the outpatient classroom at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. 823-5213. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL AMPUTEE CLINIC for new and experienced prosthetic users meets the third Thursday of each month, 1-3 p.m. 722-1244. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL offers a number of health programs, including Fibromyalgia Aquatics, Water Aerobics, Wheelchair and Equipment Clinics, Theraputic

Massage, Yoga, Acupuncture, Children’s Medical Services Clinic, Special Needs Safety Seat Loaner Program, Focus on Healing exercise class for breast cancer survivors and more. Call 823-5294 for information. THE MCG BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. and provides education and suppor t for those with breast cancer. For information, call 721-1467. DIET COUNSELING CLASSES for diabetics and those with high cholesterol at CSRA Par tners in Health, 1220 Augusta West Parkway. Free. Call 860-3001 for class schedule. PROJECT LINK COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES is held the first Tuesday of every month and is sponsored by the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Project Link provides educational resources and guidance for families who have children with developmental delays, disabilities and other specialized health concerns. Free and open to the public; takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the main conference room at the Children’s Medical Center. Call 721-6838 for information. UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COMMUNITY EDUCATION holds workshops, seminars and classes on a variety of topics: weight and nutrition, women’s health, cancer, diabetes, seniors’ health and more. Suppor t groups and health screenings are also offered. Call 736-0847 for details.

Phone: 706.722.4944 Fax: 706.722.7774

Daily Mass: Mon-Fri 12:15 PM Sat 10:00 AM Sunday Mass: Vigil 5:00 PM 7:45 AM, 10:00AM & 12:30 PM Reconciliation 3:30-4:30 PM Sat Miraculous Medal Novena following Monday’s 12:15 PM Mass Solemn Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Thursday’s 12:15 PM Mass-4PM Daily Rosary Mon-Fri following daily Mass

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Kids “THE FROG PRINCE” will be per formed Nov. 25, 7 p.m., at The Etherredge Center Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children and students. For tickets, call (803) 641-3305. “SCARECROW OF OZ” will be presented by the Augusta State University Born to Read Literacy Center and Patchwork Players Nov. 14. Shows will be held at ASU’s Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Tickets are $3 per person. Call 733-7043 or visit for more information. FREE CAR SEAT EDUCATION CLASS by SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia Nov. 17, 9-11 a.m. at the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Those who are Medicaid or Peachcare eligible may indicate their status during registration and bring their card or proof of income to class in order to receive a free car seat. Register by calling 721-KIDS. SPECIAL HOLIDAY STORYTIME at the Gibbs Library Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m. Holiday stories and a behind-the-scenes look at dance with members of the Augusta Ballet. Children will also create a holiday craft to take home. Registration is required and children must be ages 6 and up to at tend. Call 863-1946. TALKING TURKEY with Thanksgiving themed stories and a turkey craf t activity Nov. 15, 11 a.m., at the Friedman Branch Library. Children ages 4-10 are invited to at tend and registration is required. 736-6758. YOUTH COMPUTER TRAINING with the Black Data Processing Association Nov. 15, 1-4 p.m., at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 722-6275.



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olds Nov. 26 and 28. Activities held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Family Y’s Wheeler Branch location with early drop-off and late pick-up times available. Daily fees are $14 per child preregistered or $20 per child registering the day of the program. 738-7006. FAMILY BIKE TOUR OF PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m. An adult should accompany children under 12. Helmets are required. Contribution is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Register by Nov. 14 at 828-2109. FAMILY Y YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTR ATION for the

N Family Y’s youth basketball and Iddy Biddy Basketball O programs through Nov. 15 at Wheeler Branch. Fees are V $26-$55. For more information, call 738-6678 or visit 1 3

AIKEN COUNTY PONY CLUB meets weekly. Open to children of

2 all ages who participate or are interested in equestrian sports. 0 For more information, contact Lisa Smith at (803) 649-3399. 0 3 FREE CAR SEAT EDUCATION CLASSES for parents and

other caregivers the third Monday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at MCG Children’s Medical Center. Registration is required; those who are Medicaid or Peachcare eligible should indicate status during registration and bring a card or proof of income to class in order to receive a free car seat. 721-KIDS. “TECHNOLOGY AND TENNIS FOR LIFE” FALL SESSION through MACH Academy will be held through Dec. 18 at May Park Community Center or Fleming Tennis Center. Program includes homework assistance, computer instruction, tennis and fitness instruction, field trips and more. Fee is $50 per month. For information, call 796-5046. GIRLS INCORPORATED OF THE CSRA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM runs through May 21. Open to girls currently enrolled in kindergar ten through high school. In addition to of fering specialized programs, Girls Incorporated of fers van pick-up at select schools, neighborhood drop-of f, homework room and a hot evening meal. For information, call 733-2512. WEEKLY STORY SESSIONS at all branch libraries. Visit for more information. FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum. In addition, there is a tour of the museum. Held 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of the month. Call 724-3576.

Seniors SPARKLING SINGLES FOR THE 50-PLUS GENERATION meets Nov. 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. Call Regina Orlosky or Bobbie Olivero at 826-4480 for information. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Nov. 17, 10-11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. 826-4480. KIDNEY DISEASE AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT free seminar Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. Blood pressure checks and health screenings for diabetes will also be offered. Call 826-4480 for additional information. SENIOR ADULT THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Julian Smith Casino. For details, call 796-5025. WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL offers Arthritis Aquatics and People With Arthritis Can Exercise. Call 823-5294 for information.

What is “The Pottio Studery”? Find out when the Masters of Swing perform at the Imperial Theatre on Nov. 15. Call (706) 7362279 for info. And yes, that title is spelled correctly.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE NEW VISITOR CENTER AT PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK to greet visitors, hand out literature and sell merchandise. Volunteers are asked to commit one Saturday or Sunday per month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Call 828-2109 for information. AIKEN PARKS AND RECREATION of fers a multitude of programs for senior adults, including bridge clubs, fitness classes, canasta clubs, line dancing, racquetball, ar ts and craf ts, tennis and excursions. For more information, call (803) 642-7631. THE ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING offers lectures, courses, field trips, discussion groups and community information seminars on a variety of topics to mature adults. For more information, contact the USC-Aiken Office of Continuing Education at (803) 641-3288. THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSR A of fers a variet y of classes, including ballroom dance, aerobics, quilting, tai chi, Spanish, line dancing, bowling, bridge, computers, drama club/readers theatre and pinochle. For dates and times, phone 826-4480. SENIORNET provides adults age 50 and over education for and access to computer technology. Many dif ferent courses are of fered. Contact the USC-Aiken Continuing Education Of fice at (803) 641-3563.

Sports GASPING GOBBLER 5K RUN/WALK Nov. 22 at the Wilson Branch Family Y. The race begins at 9 a.m. and is open to runners 11 years of age and up. Registration fees are $15 per person. 733-1030. 10K TURKEY TROT AND FUN RUN Nov. 23. Races begin in front of WJBF studios. Fun Run begins at 12:15 p.m. and 10K Turkey Trot begins at 1 p.m. Register on or contact Melissa Canady, 828-7211. CEDAR CREEK TURKEY TROT Nov. 23. For more information, call (803) 642-7557.


THE AUGUSTA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION is looking for new members. For more information, visit

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for children and teen-agers in Richmond County. For information, contact Luera Lewis, 721-3718.

FALL/WINTER FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., at Harrison-Caver Park in Clearwater. Season runs from December to February. Fee is $275. For more information, call (803) 593-4698.

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK VISITOR CENTER is in need of volunteers to greet visitors, hand out literature and sell merchandise. Volunteers must commit to one Saturday or Sunday each month, from either 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. 828-2109.

AUGUSTA LYNX HOME GAMES Nov. 13, 15-16, 29-30. For tickets, call 724-4423 or visit THE AUGUSTA RUGBY CLUB is always looking for new members. Teams available for women and men; no experience necessary. Practice is Tuesday and Thursday nights, 79 p.m. at Richmond Academy. For more information, call Don Zuehlke, 495-2043, or e-mail augustar You may also visit

Volunteer THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT COALITION is looking for volunteers with basic computer skills to prepare ta x returns for individuals with low and limited income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking persons and elderly ta xpayers. Volunteers receive free training and instruction materials from the IRS and will serve at VITA sites throughout the community. For more information, contact Sheryl Silva, 826-4480, ex t. 341. AUGUSTA/CSRA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY needs volunteers at ReStore, Walton Way and Tenth Street, to assist with receiving donations of new and used building and home improvement materials and warehousing them for sale to the public. The store is open Thursday-Saturday year round. If you can commit eight or more hours per month, contact Steve Buck, 364-7637. MENTORS AND VOLUNTEERS needed to provide support for MACH Academy at the May Park Communtiy Center and the Fleming Tennis Center. Education, tutoring and technology sessions held Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m. at each location. Tennis instruction and fitness activities held Monday-Thursday, 6-7 p.m. at May Park and Monday-Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Friday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. at the Fleming Center. 796-5046.

UNITED HOSPICE OF AUGUSTA is in need of volunteers to suppor t terminally ill patients. Scheduling and training times are flexible. Call Donna Harrell at 650-1522 for information. THE ARTISTS’ CONSERVATORY THEATRE OF THE CSRA is looking for volunteer board members, actors and production crew. Call 556-9134 or e-mail SERVICE CORPS OF RETIRED EXECUTIVES (SCORE) provides counseling and mentoring to businesspeople star ting up a new business or expanding an ongoing business. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, call the Augusta office at 793-9998. SOUTHERNCARE HOSPICE SERVICE is currently seeking volunteers to per form a variety of tasks, including relieving caregivers, reading to patients and running errands. Training is included. For additional information, contact Lisa Simpson, (803) 463-9888 or 869-0205. COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE PROGRAM VOLUNTEER TRAINING: The CASA program is looking for volunteers 21 years of age and older to advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile cour t system. Volunteers need no experience and will be provided with specialized training. Call 737-4631. CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION PROGRAM the third Saturday of every month at the Pet Center, 425 Wood St. Orientation starts at 11 a.m. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present during orientation and while volunteering. Call 261-PETS for information. THE KITTY ORTIZ DE LEON FOUNDATION needs volunteers to help promote organ donor awareness. For more informa-


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GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK needs volunteers during the day, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, to help sor t donated products and assist in their agency shopping area. Help is needed year-round. If you are able to lift 25 pounds, can commit to at least 3-4 hours per month and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 736-1199, ex t. 208.

Meetings SELF HELP FOR THE HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE meets 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at First Baptist Church, in Room 100 of the Adult Education Building. For more information, contact Dave Welter, 738-2796 or AUGUSTA CANAL AUTHORITY MEETING 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Enterprise Mill, in the first floor conference room. 823-0440. THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AUGUSTA AREA CHAPTER will host a session entitled “Managing an Effective Work/Life Balance” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Holiday Inn West. Cost for non-members is $15. Please RSVP to Karen Whitman by Nov. 14 at 220-2915 or THE GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY of Augusta meets the third Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at the Georgia Military College Building. Contact Jean Parker at 650-2956 or Connie Barrow at 547-0178 for more information. THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY OF AUGUSTA holds a civic advocacy meeting every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.noon, at the Friedman Branch Library. Call Tonio, 373-3772, for details. BEGINNER LEVEL VIDEO MAKER CLUB is seeking members who want to share ideas and obtain advanced training in various aspects of video production. The club meets the third Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Maxwell Branch Library. Call Louise Coe, 592-6464, for information. THE AUGUSTA UNIT OF THE GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS will hold a CEU program Nov. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Building at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. 863-6179. SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING Nov. 25, 11 a.m. at East Augusta Middle School’s Media Center Lecture Room. The public is invited to discuss school issues and parental involvement. Call Dr. Cur tis at 823-6960, ex t. 200, or e-mail Dean Morris,, for information.

What’s Your BMI? “HealthTalk” on WGAC-580 AM

Tune in on Monday, Nov. 25, at 8:30 a.m. to hear Peggy Sanders, M.D., a boardcertified internist on University’s medical staff, discuss important heart health questions women should ask their physicians.


Encourage a smoker to kick the habit, in the Adopt-ASmoker Campaign. During the Great American Smoke Out on Nov. 20, encourage your “adoptee” to quit for at least one day. If successful, you and your adopted smoker could both win a great prize. Contact a campaign host today for your registration packet and complete instructions. Amy Judson at 706/667-4948 (Washington Road); Onnie Payne at 706/667-4297 (Gordon Highway); Allison Campbell at 706/731-8770 (Walton Way); Cheryl Wheeler at 706/774-8094 (University Hospital)

CSRA ALLIANCE FOR FORT GORDON meets Nov. 19, 9 a.m. Call 722-0037 for information. GIBBS LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP will be reading “How Green Was my Valley” by Richard Llwellyn and will meet Nov. 17, 7 p.m., for discussion. 863-1946.

“READ IT: ONE COMMUNITY, ONE BOOK” DISCUSSION GROUPS meet Nov. 13 at the Maxwell Branch Library and Nov. 20 at the Gibbs Library. November’s book is “Deep in the Heart” by E. Randall Floyd. For information, call 821-2604. GUIDELINES: Public service announcements are listed in this section without charge at the discretion of the editor. Announcements must be received by Monday at noon and will be included as space permits. Send to Events, Metro Spirit, P.O. Box 3809, Augusta, GA 30914 or fax (706) 733-6663. You may also e-mail listings to or Listings cannot be taken over the phone.

Mary Chen, M.D. University Primary Care, Inc. 820 Sebastian Way, Suite 4C Dr. Chen is a new member of University’s medical staff. She graduated from medical school at the University of Iowa, as a part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, an honor awarded to the school’s top 15 percent of medical students. Dr. Chen is board-certified in internal medicine and has an interest in women’s health, and care in underserved countries. You can reach Dr. Chen at 706/774-5995.


Chances are you know how much you weigh, but do you know what your body mass index (BMI) is? It could possibly determine your future health. That’s because BMI is one of the most accurate ways to determine if those extra pounds are putting you at extra risk for heart disease and other health problems. R. Daren Marionneaux, M.D., Obesity is a growing problem in family practitioner America, and one of the leading risk factors for heart disease, especially in women. In fact, women who have excess body fat, especially in the waist area, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they have no other risk factors. Excess weight increases the work of the heart, raises blood pressure, boosts LDL or bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lowers HDL or good cholesterol levels. It can also increase the risk of developing diabetes. Physicians judge obesity by your BMI, which is the ratio of your height to weight, to assess your total body fat. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of developing additional health problems. According to R. Daren Marionneaux, M.D., a board-certified family practice physician and medical director of University’s Weight Management and Nutrition Center, you can help lower your risk of heart disease simply by losing weight. “Even a reduction of 5 to 10 percent of your body weight should improve your health,” says Dr. Marionneaux. If you can’t lose weight on your own, he recommends the multidisciplinary approach offered by University’s Weight Management and Nutrition Center. “Losing weight is not always easy, but it is very important for your health and quality of life,” Dr. Marionneaux says. The center holds free orientation sessions on nutrition and weight loss options on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. For more information on weight loss or these programs, call the center at 706/774-8917.


Find Your Body Mass Index (BMI) To calculate your BMI, follow these simple steps. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703. Divide the result by your height in inches. Again, divide the result by your height in inches.


Use the information below to determine how serious your weight problem is. • A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is a healthy one. • A BMI of 25-29.9 means you are overweight. • A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity. • A BMI of 40 or greater indicates extreme obesity.

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Obesity and Heart Disease Being overweight can contribute to heart disease by increasing the chance of developing other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Fortunately, these conditions can be controlled by maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular exercise. Through the Women’s HeartAdvantage program, University provides a FREE cardiac risk appraisal, questions to ask your physician and more. For your FREE Women’s HeartAdvantage information kit, call 706/8282828 (local) or 866/601-2828 (toll free).

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Your resource for healthy living. EDUCATION Fresh Start Smoking Cessation Program Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25 7:30-8:30 a.m. University Hospital cafeteria FREE Registration required. Call 706/774-8900.


AUGUSTA SKI AND OUTING CLUB hosts a special social Nov. 15, 6 p.m. at Neptune Dive and Ski and a regular social Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at Rae’s Coastal Cafe. Visitors are welcome. Call (803) 279-6186 for more information.

THE AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SINGLES GOLF ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of every month at different restaurants in the Augusta area. There is no charge for meetings. Open to those single, 21 and over, who enjoy the game of golf. For information and meeting location, call (803) 441-6741.


Take care of yourself. Let University help.

AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL: New volunteer orientation is scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Schedule subject to change; call 790-6836 to verify dates and times. SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER is seeking donors to prevent a blood supply shor tage. To donate call 737-4551, 854-1880 or (803) 643-7996.


OB Tour Nov. 13 7-9:30 p.m. University Women’s Center FREE For more information, call 706/774-2825. Charitable Giving Seminar Nov. 14 10 a.m. University Seniors Club, Daniel Village Shopping Center Refreshments will be served. Limited seating is available. Reservations are required. Call 706/738-2580 or 800/513-6652.

Rehabilitation Center off R.A. Dent Boulevard Appointment required. For more information, call 706/774-5696. Mobile Mammography Nov. 26 9 a.m.–1 p.m. University Seniors Club, Daniel Village Shopping Center Yearly mammograms are FREE through Medicare. Appointments required. For more information, call 706/774-4145.

SUPPORT GROUPS “Living Well with Diabetes” Nov. 13 5 p.m. University Hospital cafeteria or area restaurant For more information and location, call 706/774-5798.

SPECIAL EVENTS Prostate Cancer Nov. 20 7 p.m. University Seniors Club, Daniel Village Shopping Center Reservations required. For more information, call Bob Graves at 706/367-1308.

Holiday Celebration and Tree of Love Kick-off Nov. 21 Refreshments & entertainment: 6:30 p.m. Program & tree lighting: 7 p.m. University Hospital, front lawn Local choirs and musicians will



Speech and Hearing Screenings For adults and children

FREE Pulmonary Function Screenings Nov. 18 1-3 p.m. University Hospital Asthma Clinic University Hospital Cardiopulmonary


perform. A special visitor from the North Pole will light the tree. FREE and open to the public For more information, call 706/736-0847.


To schedule an appointment, call 706/774-5777. MUST PRESENT COUPON Redeemable at University Speech & Hearing Center, corner of R.A. Dent Boulevard & St. Sebastian Way AT

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Arts: Visual

Douglas Bourgeois and Edward Rice at the Morris

By Rhonda Jones


or the layperson, art can be a mysterious thing. In the midst of the flurries of multisyllabic academic explanation brought on by the appearance of a particular set of images, sometimes all I can bring myself to say is, “Wow.” I’ve just had that experience with the art of Douglas Bourgeois, and I haven’t even seen it “in person.” The Morris Museum of Art sent over a digital image of a piece titled “Pop Singer” that kept me mesmerized for minutes. It’s not one of those pieces that you follow with your eyes because of the presence of a beautiful form or magical landscape, but it speaks. Somehow, it speaks. Maybe it’s the detail – the fidgety action in the front row: Moving from the left to the right, a man rests his head on the shoulder of a woman reading a book. Next to her, a man drinks from a beer bottle. The woman next to him turns sideways in her seat to apply lipstick with a hand-held mirror while the couple on the other side of her stare in her direction. In front of them, a photographer dressed in brilliant red, contorts his limbs to capture the perfect shot of the performer who is dressed in a jacket striped in brilliant colors. In fact, the sheer presence of vibrant color in this piece is likely to wear you out. And the detail is a mix of realism and dream imagery – the stage littered with bottles and cassettes, and crawling with electrical cords while chains snake up the columns on the stage. To one side, a censor that resembles Aladdin’s lamp, emits thick smoke. It screams of decadence. Bourgeois is a Gonzalez, La., native whose career has stretched over a quarter of a century. More than 60 of his paintings, spanning the length of that career, will be on exhibit at the Morris starting Nov. 22. His subject matter tends toward religious and pop culture iconography, often mixed, as in his “Blessed Virgin Appears to a Woman,” which I found at, and which may or may not be at the Morris. It’s an oil and collage on masonite from 1978, and features the Virgin Mary in the kitchen of a haloed woman resembling the ‘50s stereotypical housewife in dress, apron and kitchen pumps. The Mother of Christ has a base like the base of the woman’s kitchen unit as well. Though this is probably one of his lesser-detailed works, there is still plenty to look at: utensils scattered on the counter, wallpaper and floor patterns, and something going on around the base of the Virgin, which looks like flowers or smoke in the

Left to right: “Pop Singer” by Douglas Bourgeois, 24x18 inches, oil on panel; “Stable” by Edward Rice, 22x15 inches, monotype. small digital image. Not to mention the landscape outside the window. I could go on at length about his obvious love of texture, and deep color, and about the startled expressions on the faces of many of his subjects, as though they have been caught by surprise in this dreamworld of his. But you should really go see the works themselves. “BabyBoom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois” will be on display at the Morris Museum of Art at 1 Tenth Street in downtown Augusta, from Nov. 22 through Feb. 15. Bourgeois will speak about his work on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., followed by a reception and a book signing. Morris Museum members admitted free; tickets for everyone else are $5. For info, call (706) 724-7501 or visit Edward Rice Exhibits Here at Home Augusta native Edward Rice doesn’t exhibit in Augusta much. His work has taken him to venues elsewhere in the country – like to Hilton Head, according to the Morris Museum’s Tania Beasley, where one of his pieces was purchased by Ron Howard. (Yep – Opie.) “Edward Rice: Recent Monotypes” will be on display at the Morris beginning Friday. Which brings us to what, exactly,

a monotype is. According to the collaborator’s statement in the accompanying catalogue, by printer Phillip Garrett, it is a painting created with printing inks on a printing surface such as Plexiglas. The work is then pressed into a sheet of paper. Now here’s the really interesting part. According to Garrett’s statement, the printing surface isn’t treated to allow the image to be retained. Therefore, the monotype is a unique image. Now sometimes, according to the statement, the traces of the image left on the printing surface may be used by the artist as a guide for another monotype of the basic image, but the painting has to be redone, and of course the resulting monotype will be different from the last monotype. According to Rice’s statement, he at first didn’t see the point in creating a temporary painting on one surface and then transferring it to another. But after trying it, he was so impressed with the results that he decided to continue. “…the brush glides over the Plexiglas surface like a skate on ice, the paint (or printer’s ink) crawls about the plate with something like a life of its own, and, finally, there is the alchemy of the printing itself. One is never entirely sure of the exact end result.”

As for subject matter, Rice tends toward landscape and architecture – and he’s done that since he was a teenager. “When I was 13, 14, 15, when most kids are cutting grass, I sold drawings of people’s houses – $5 a pencil drawing.” “I think my trajectory’s been fairly straight,” he added. “When I was 13 I was drawing houses and I still do in my work. The basic impetus hasn’t changed. I still do what I do. The challenge is to take it somewhere without being redundant. I’m 50 years old now. I still do what I did at 20, but it’s going somewhere else. I couldn’t articulate where that might be. You just always hope to improve. “You know you want your art to be better and then there’s the whole career issue of making more money as you get older, and just that is enough of an issue to keep you going even if you don’t feel like it.” Rice will show 13 pieces at the Morris from Nov. 14 through Jan. 4. He will give an illustrated talk on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the museum auditorium, followed by a preview and a lecture. Free for museum members; $5 for nonmembers. Look for the illustrated color catalogue. For info, call (706) 724-7501.

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ver the course of the last nine years or so, I’ve interviewed Butch Giusto about three times, each time covering a completely different beat. So I couldn’t really register much surprise when his was the name given to me by the organizers of Tuesday’s Music Live as the contact person for the jazz group Savannah Moon. It’s been a couple of years. It was simply time to talk to him again. He plays keyboards. His wife Susan is trained as an opera singer. And on Tuesday, Nov. 18, they are going to present to you a little musical experiment they’ve been working on for a few years: a mix of jazz, pop … and Celtic influences. It’s not a difficult thing to do from an artistic standpoint, he said, because there is no one style that can be identified as “Celtic.” “You know, frankly, Celtic is a very loose form. There’s not really a particular form in Celtic music.” “Because it’s so European in a number of its aspects,” he added, “it has all the complexity and the simpleness.” So the Celtic forms lend themselves to fusion. The Giustos have taken traditional pieces and tinkered with harmonies and rhythms to give them more of a jazzy sound. “So a lot of what I try to do with that sort of marriage of Celtic and jazz is to try to find a fresh harmonic interpretation.” From a business standpoint, however, Susan Giusto said, it’s a bit more difficult, because venue owners don’t generally go for the mixing of genres. “It’s hard to find time to do that. Most of the places we play want standard jazz. We’ve done a few concerts and things with other Celtic players and strictly Celtic music.” The big experiment, she said, started about four years ago and led to a sort of musical evolution for the couple. “It’s just been little by little. That’s the direction we want to go.” So the upcoming concert, being only about a half-hour long, is giving them the opportunity to showcase the work they’ve done to fuse the forms. One of the songs she enjoys is “Dark Night of the Soul,” which she may or may not do Tuesday. “That’s a Loreena McKinnet tune. She’s 100 percent that Celtic New Age thing. Our sound is sometimes like that. … Our sound is pretty unique. To some people it might sound a little New Agey sometimes. Ethereal.” And it’s a particularly good form to

keep someone like Susan Giusto occupied – someone whose voice has been rigorously developed. She studied voice and opera performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory and had been involved in musical theatre and opera before moving to Augusta. Since then, most of her musical experience has come from working with her husband. “The reason I like to do Celtic music is because it’s very challenging to the voice, unlike pop or jazz. Celtic music requires a real singer. It’s got high-highs and low-lows.” She also enjoys the stories told by the songs. “I like to do music that has meaning, not just the love songs. Those are meaningful and I like doing those, but also songs that address real things that are going on. Lyrics are 100-percent important to me. It really matters to me what the song is saying.”

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pieces is "Bruce Almight y." Cast: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall, Catherine Bell. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Cabin Fever (R) — Paul (Rider Strong) hopes that while on a week-long getaway in the woods, he and Karen (Jordan Ladd) will grow closer. Going along for the ride is self-centered Jef f (Joey Kern), par t y girl Marcy (Cerina Vincent) and boozer-jock Ber t (James DeBello). The five arrive at a time a mysterious plague is sweeping the forest. When a hermit (Arie Ver veen) stumbles to their cabin looking for help, the five kill him by accident. He lands face-first into the town reser voir, contaminating the water supply. Af ter Karen is struck with the flesheating virus, friends become enemies as the group struggles to sur vive. Cast: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent and James DeBello. Running time: 1 hr., 34 mins. (McCormick) ★ Elf (PG) — Years ago, a human boy was adopted by one of Santa’s elves af ter sneaking a ride back to the Nor th Pole in Santa’s bag of presents. Now, he’s fully grown, his height and clumsy nature impeding his duties in the workshop. He decides it’s time to travel to the human world and search for his family. Taking a job as a depar tment store Elf, he inspires humans to believe in Santa Claus. Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhar t, Mar y Steenburgen. Finding Nemo (G) — A father clown fish (Alber t Brooks) tracks young son Nemo through the Pacific to Sydney, Australia, af ter the small fr y is caught and sold for a fish tank. Ellen DeGeneres voices adorable Dor y, who is ver y pret t y and helpful as Marlin's search mate. The humans are alien invaders, big and nearly thoughtless. If "Finding Nemo" is just another of our plex distractions, then it's a giddy bummer, but as a whimsical warning with bite, it arrives just in time. Helping to make the seas a lasting realm for real Nemos could be the good, giving back wash of "Finding Nemo." Cast:

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continued from page 36 stays functional through medication. His new shrink (Bruce Al tman) gets Roy a new t ype of pill. This calms him for a big job with Frank, but what really changes Roy is meeting his teen daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), from his previous marriage. She wants to join him in the scams. What most hur ts the movie is its topper, its big plot t wist. If you see the cynical t wist coming, you probably haven't relished the humane moments of Cage and Lohman, and if you have liked them, the final, feel-good sop is a poor reward. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rock well, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill, Bruce Al tman. Running time: 1 hr., 56 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ The Matrix: Revolutions (R) — So much ex pectation, so much budget and now ... this? Yep, a grinding bore with more solemn neo-religious talk about savior Neo (Keanu Reeves), contending worlds (equally ugly) and video game (oops, action) payof fs that cost hugely, but of fer trite satisfaction (hordes of metallic bugs, a leaping fist fight in the rain). Nobody really acts, though Mar y Alice is cute as a cookie-baking oracle. Hugo Weaving as the evil, grinning Agent Smith still seems like an FBI man hysterical about losing J. Edgar Hoover. It's a banal epic, for diehard fans only. Running time: 2 hrs., 9 mins. (Elliot t) ★ Mystic River (R) — Clint East wood (directing) and writer Brian Helgeland heap loads of emotional freight on a slow, solemn barge of plot. Its core is a police case (Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne fine as the detectives) about a murder haunted by a past crime. Sean Penn does furious brooding and manly weeping as a dead girl's father; Tim Robbins is a haunted wreck as an abuse victim; Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden are sidelined. From its portentous title to its Boston Irish pride parade, the film aches for greatness and achieves high T V drama; the case wrap-up is rushed and fishy. Running time: 2 hrs., 20 mins. (Elliot t) ★★

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Finch rival bidders for her jur y fi x ing scheme (for $10 million). The film wallows in cynicism for nearly t wo hours. This is a streetcar named defaul t and a bad ride. Cast: John Cusack, Dustin Hof fman, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill. Running time: 2 hrs., 7 mins. (Elliot t) ★ The Rundown (PG-13) — The Rock stars as Beck, a sor t of bount y hunter. He goes to South America to bag the fugitive son of an L.A. thug. The grown kid is Travis (Seann William Scot t). Travis is the wiseof f in an Amazonian town, a hellhole, slave pit and diamond mine ruled by Hatcher (Christopher Walken). Rosario Dawson, her flesh like a sweat mirage, is Mariana, "barmaid by day, rebel leader by night." Sor t of an Indiana Jones jungle par t y for wrestling fans, "The Rundown" does have the Rock, who radiates benign composure — pure nice guy until pushed too far. Briefly we hear the late Johnny Cash: "Don't take your gun to town." Of course, ever y gun does come to town. Cast: The Rock, Seann William Scot t, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken. Running time: 1 hr., 36 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Scary Movie 3 (PG-13) — The third film in the “Scar y Movie” series once again spoofs a series of recent horror hits, fantasy epic films and other pop cul ture sensations, including “8 Mile,” “The Matri x,” “The Ring,” “The Others” and “Signs.” Cast: David Zucker, Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Regina Hall, Denise Richards. Secondhand Lions (PG) — Gar th (Michael Caine) and Hub (Rober t Duvall), are rascal adventurers retired back to Texas in the early 1960s, living in a gothic farm hulk. Newly arrived nephew Wal ter (Haley Joel Osment) is truly spooked for a while. The old bros aren't happy when relatives visit, least of all Wal ter's tumbleweed mother Mae (Kyra Sedgwick), a dingbat and liar who drops the boy with them so she can run of f and live stupid. There are pleasing moments under the stor ybook stars, and the human stars register well. We can rely on Caine to be tar t but graceful and on Duvall to deliver crunchy lessons in manly vir tue without

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fter three of his last four big-screen performances earned Oscar nominations (and an Oscar for “Gladiator”), newly married Russell Crowe takes the helm in director Peter Weir’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the nautical action film is based on the novels of Patrick O’Brian. Crowe stars as British Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, who sets sail on a series of ripping adventures around the globe, squaring off against an enemy French ship. Last April, the New Zealand-born, 39-yearold Crowe married his longtime sweetheart, Danielle Spencer, and they look forward to the birth of their son early next year. Crowe will soon reunite with Ron Howard (who previously directed the actor in “A Beautiful Mind”) for “Cinderella Man,” a biopic about Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock. Q: You play a courageous and authoritative captain in “Master and Commander,” yet in one memorable scene he also plays the violin beautifully. Had you played it before? A: The violin is probably the most difficult stunt I have ever done. You can take your tiger fights and your swords and everything and chuck all that away, because the violin was a very harsh mistress. I had only played guitar and drums before. I just made a pact with myself at the beginning of the shooting process that I had to at least know in my heart that I could make a beautiful sound out of the violin. Q: Why were you so determined to make your violin playing seem authentic? A: I knew that the movie was going to be full of running up and down rigging, and sword fighting, and wearing the uniform, and giving out orders and all that sort of stuff. But it’s a big part of Jack Aubrey, the fact that he plays violin. It’s a big part of the balance of who he is. There’s art inside this big, bold man, this figure of authority. He has the sweetness and gentility to coax a beautiful sound out of the violin. So it was just as important for me to learn about the violin as it was to learn about the ship’s rigging or the way the ship moved or whatever. Q: What was the appeal of playing Captain Jack Aubrey? A: To me, it seemed that Jack had to be a complicated person. The violin is one indication. The level of responsibility in the particular time period that we’re talking about is another indication. The way I began to see this boat was like the NASA of its time. There were no other options if you wanted to cross the seas. This is the way you had to do it. I saw the rigging as like the guts of the space shuttle on display. You know, there are 197 people on board this 138-foot world, ranging from the ages of seven to 70, with all manner of skills. So there’s going to be a whole smorgasbord of personalities that he’d had to meld into one group. Q: The storm sequence looks like it was amazingly difficult to film. A: We started filming this movie with the

storm sequence, so we hit the ground running. Bang! We were on the boat going crazy. There were eight dump tanks, six big fans, two jet engines. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to do dialogue with a jet engine four meters behind you, but it’s a little tricky. And a droplet of rain driven by a jet engine, it’s a different feeling from actual rain. After that 11-day sequence, everybody was relatively battered and bruised and definitely soaked. Q: Would you say that you plan to scale back on the number of film projects you take on now, to be around your baby boy a little bit more? A: Actually, I’ve said the opposite to that. I’ve said the next five years are very important, so when my boy is at school I can be there at the school gate. So I’m going to work as hard as I can the next five years, and have him with me as much as possible. Q: Do you have a sense yet how being a father will change you as a person? What aspect of fatherhood are you looking forward to the most? A: I don’t know what this whole changeyou-as-a-person thing is about, you know? Fundamentally, it won’t change who I am. It might change what is written about me, which has always been quite separate from who I am, anyway. And what am I looking forward to in terms of being a father? I’m looking forward to meeting this particular child. I’m looking forward to looking into his eyes and beginning to understand the shape of his personality and who he is. I’m looking forward to bringing him up, being there. I’m looking forward to diapers and all of it. I’m really enjoying watching my wife flower with the idea of motherhood. And I’m very much enjoying being a married man and having conversations at three o’clock in the morning because she can’t sleep, because the baby’s kicking. It’s fantastic!

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and jarring and ultimately reveal the insanity of war at sea. As the ships pull up aside each other and let their cannons rip, the men aboard hopelessly brave for the worst, all the while scrambling to get to their posts. “Master and Commander” reminds us that naval attacks, at least during this era, were just as gruesome and barbaric as the practice of running head on into a bayonet or open fire. Essentially a cat and mouse game between two vessels, “Master and Commander” also winningly documents the tactical aspects of nautical fighting and the stomach-churning realities of early medical care. Some of the most disturbing scenes in the movie occur not on the battlefield but in the medical ward, as the ship’s surgeon cares for the men on board. Weir does well with the first 30 minutes of the film, laudably setting the scene; the problem is with what occupies the following two hours. Aside from its high gloss Hollywood History Channel feel, “Master and Commander” never develops the storylines and characters aboard the ship. Questions about duty, class and the necessities of leadership are all raised but not explored. Most problematically, Crowe’s captain is not as complex or interesting a character as he needs to be and, as the HMS Surprise drifts along at sea, you can’t help but wonder when the storyline is going to be discovered. More uneventful than boring, Weir might have made a better film if he slowed the pace to a dreadful crawl — then he could’ve offered a stultifying film about an existence in which boredom is the chief evil. Instead, “Master and Commander” is passably dull, making it that much easier to dismiss on the way out of the theater.


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n the opening scenes of director Peter Weir’s anticipated seafaring epic, “Master and Commander,” the camera sails over an expanse of electric blue water. The shot then moves to the subject of the film, the HMS Surprise, a ship carrying “28 guns and 197 souls,” as written credits note. The first view we get of the HMS Surprise is of it shrouded in darkness — the empty kitchen, the nooks and crannies where the livestock live. Minutes later the dead calm is erupted by cannonballs blaring through the massive wooden structure. Within these first five minutes, Peter Weir establishes and delivers all the gifts of his disappointing ocean adventure — the loneliness of life at sea and the particular insanity of early 19th century marine warfare. Set in 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars, the film is based on the popular and lauded historical novels by Patrick O’Brian — a 20-volume opus known for its attention to historical detail. Russell Crowe stars as “Lucky” Jack Aubrey, a revered and beloved captain in the British Navy. Given the order to intercept a French ship after enduring a brutal surprise attack at sea, Aubrey engages in a questionable mission to capture the enemy — seemingly at all costs. As the crew begins to question their fearless leader, Aubrey struggles to appease his shipmates in all ranks. And, when he begins to clash with his good friend, the doctor on board (played by Paul Bettany), philosophical questions are raised about duty, honor and the price of battle. Overwhelmingly, the one thing Weir’s film does well is offer a realistic glimpse into what life must have been like for a sailor during the early 19th century. The battle scenes are effective


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f that nip in the air reminds you of fall in the mountains and if that, in turn, puts bluegrass on your mind, you can satisfy your musical cravings without having to make a long trek. Stillwater Tap Room, located on Broad Street, has just what you need to get your toes tapping and your hands clapping – and they have a couple different ways to get the job done.

Traditionally Styled Tunes When it comes to knowing the bluegrass basics, it’s hard to top Asheville, N.C., outfit The Greasy Beans. The band is known for pulling together the essentials – banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar – to create original, contemporary bluegrass works that pay homage to the genre’s beginnings. “Discovering ‘Real Live Music’ is like finding a classic bluegrass recording that somehow got buried for the last 20 years,” notes Rambles magazine writer Sarah Meador of The Greasy Beans’ sophomore album, while Acoustic Guitar’s Sue Thompson puts that figure at closer to 50. Whatever you liken The Greasy Beans’ music to, the only thing that will matter to true fans of bluegrass is that there are still musicians preserving this distinctly American genre while at the same time working within that traditional framework to create new, original pieces. Critics also make note of The Greasy Beans’ high-energy approach to live music. Meador goes on to say, “All the tunes are such sheer fun, they short-circuit the verbal part of the brain and run straight to the legs, making the most devout wallflower hop and dance.” At the same time, The Greasy Beans know how to smoothly segue into some of their more understated and melodious compositions. Among all that is in The Greasy Beans’

repertoire, bluegrass lovers should find something to suit their taste. And if you don’t yet consider yourself a bluegrass fan, give The Beans a go and see if you can’t find something to love. They’ll be performing at Stillwater Tap Room Friday, Nov. 21. For more information, visit or Wild Wild West Mike West, on the other hand, probably doesn’t fit your typical idea of what a bluegrass musician should be. He’s from New Orleans, by way of England and Australia. He resembles a long-haired rocker – armed with a banjo. He’s even invented his own genre.

And that genre would be New Orleans Hillbilly. “Usually, you go looking for gigs, and you say, ‘I’m a folk-singing songwriter.’ It’s the surest way to shoot yourself in the foot. By definition, New Orleans Hillbilly is unusual, if only because there are no hills in New Orleans,” West said in a 1999 interview with Great Britain magazine The Big Issue in the North. Four albums later, he’s got the New Orleans Hillbilly style down. West is particularly known for allowing himself to wholly inhabit characters he creates within his songs and crafting sometimes dark, sometimes hilarious, stories around those very characters. And he’s no stranger to the contradictory themes and details that

make up life in America in general and life in the South in particular. “I never want a song to be opinionated, but the personality within a song can be opinionated,” West said last year in an article in The Times-Picayune. “I’ve never wanted to be preachy; I’m not enamored with my own opinions on anything. I don’t expect anybody to vote for Mike West – I’m not a politician; I’m an entertainer. But I just love irony and contradiction.” Check out the original New Orleans Hillbilly for yourself. He’ll be at Stillwater on Saturday night, Nov. 22. Visit or for more information.





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any more good music releases in the form of new and reissued CDs, DVDs and videos are in the stores this week. COLDPLAY’s “Live 2003,” recorded earlier this year in Australia, is a terrific document of one of the best bands in the world today. Even though the English-based rockers have just two albums (“Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head”) to their credit, this DVD isn’t just a shallow exercise in corporate greed. Seventeen songs, including a few new ones, make up the CD and DVD. A 40-minute documentary is included as well. This Is a Party Dept. “Once in a Lifetime” is a three-CD compilation from DAVID BYRNE and the TALKING HEADS. Hits “Wild, Wild Life,” “Burning Down the House” and “Psycho Killer” are there, along with their top-10 take on AL GREEN’s “Take Me to the River.” A few bonus tracks in the form of alternate versions and edits are included. As much as I enjoy leader Byrne’s solo work, the Talking Heads still sound fresh and relevant after all of these years. Their live reunion performance at last year’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies showed that the band still works together extremely well. It’s in stores now. NEIL YOUNG fans have long been denied owning digital copies of the Canadian rocker’s older albums. Less than half of Young’s back catalog of albums have been issued on CD. Why? It’s simple. Young hasn’t been a fan of his music in the non-vinyl format, but as technology gets more advanced he’s starting to reissue some of his past work on disc. Newly available this week on DVD-audio are “American Stars and Bars,” “Reactor,” “On the Beach” and “Hawks and Doves.” No bonus tracks are included on any of the reissues as Young has been saving all unreleased material for a box set he’s been promising his fans for almost a decade. Sea Cruise 2004 Dept. DELBERT MCCLINTON and a bunch of


his musician buddies are hitting the high seas early next year for “Beaches Cruise 2004,” a week-long music concert. JOHN HIATT, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL and SONNY LANDRETH are joining McClinton for the voyage which sails from Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 11. The boat will be-a rockin’. Check out for all the info. PUDDLE OF MUDD is generously donating their talents for a benefit concert this week in San Diego. Proceeds from the show will go toward the victims of the recent fires in Southern California. The band’s new album, “Life On Display,” hits stores Nov. 28. THE GRATEFUL DEAD played a whopping 58 gigs at the legendary Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. When the Winterland closed in 1978, the Dead played a mammoth 61/2-hour show to commemorate the event. It’s finally available this week on CD and DVD, making it the ideal gift for your favorite Deadhead. Turner’s Quick Notes Here they come again. THE MONKEES’ entire second season of their TV series is out now … A new DAVE MATTHEWS DVD is in the stores this week … SEAL, KELLY ROWLAND and TORI AMOS contribute to the soundtrack of the upcoming Julia Roberts film “Mona Lisa’s Smile” … It was great to see Augusta native RICH BROTHERTON light up the Imperial Theatre as lead guitarist for ROBERT EARL KEEN. He’s a great guy, a wonderful picker and even produced Keen’s newie “Farm Fresh Onions” … The death of RIGHTEOUS BROTHER BOBBY HATFIELD last week reminded me of seeing the singer onstage in the early ‘70s at Cliff Carlisle’s old Augusta nightclub “Kitten’s Korner.” Every time “Unchained Melody” is played, the world will be reminded what a great voice Hatfield had. Turner’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Jeopardy A. Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Mother Maybelle Carter contributed to this classic 1972 country rock LP. Q. What is “Will the Circle be Unbroken” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band?



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ince singer/songwriter/guitarist Liz Phair’s 1993 debut, “Exile in Guyville,” she has been hailed as the heir apparent to strutting, foul-mouthed rockers like Mick Jagger. Liz, who stopped off in Atlanta Sunday night for a concert at the Roxy, sings about sex in songs that make up much of the four CDs she’s released. Not all the time, but a lot and in a graphic, off-hand way that seems more masculine — like Jagger and other male rock stars — than feminine. “Exile” received much acclaim and is listed in the Rolling Stone 200, a list of recordings essential to any music lover’s collection. Although her follow-ups, “Whip-Smart” in 1994 and “whitechocolatespaceegg” in 1998, received less favorable reviews, fans still loved them. Many songs on WCSE sound like a conversation with a girlfriend. You know the kind — the petite, innocent-looking girlnext-door whose appearance masks a sexpot with a mouth like a sailor. “Polyester Bride” is just such a conversation: “I was talking, not two days ago/To a certain bartender I’m lucky to know/And I asked Henry, my bartending friend/If I should bother dating unfamous men.” Some, like “Bride,” are obviously funny and some are profane, but others, like “Perfect World,” which includes the chorus “I want to be cool, tall, vulnerable and luscious/I would have it all if I’d only had this much,” are heartbreaking. Most of Liz’s CDs include a parental advisory for explicit content but she usually shrugs off the controversy surrounding songs with names often unfit for print. Her latest CD, however, has

ignited a totally different kind of controversy. It seems that the popular kids have discovered Liz and, much to the chagrin of her long-time fans, she’s decided she’d rather hang out with them. She’s shed her girl-next-door image to become the more obvious guitar-toting vamp of every teen boy’s dream, allowed others to co-write songs and hired a slick team to produce songs that sound more like something Britney, Christina or Avril would make. To be fair, she knows what she’s doing. In a recent RS interview, she proclaimed that she’s out to sell records and, really, who can blame her? After 10 years in the biz, she deserves more than a cult following. But at what price? Does she really think that songs like “Why Can’t I?” with the teeny-bopper chorus “Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you?/Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you?” are going to endear her to any of her hardcore fans? And while her raunchier songs used to be delivered with a knowing wink, the two more overt ones on this CD seem, frankly, a little sad. A 36-year-old talking about playing X-Box on the floor of her collegeage boyfriend’s apartment? Yuck. The other is simply called HWC — probably because some would mistake the full name of the song for a porn movie title. I’ve listened to this CD several times, willing my ears to find something that hints that the Liz I know and love is still in there somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. Don’t worry though, Liz — when the popular kids forget your name, we’ll still be here waiting.



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MUSIC MINIS Bar Owner Sues Van Morrison for Cancelling – and Wins The owner of the Crown Hotel in southern England accused Van Morrison of nearly single-handedly causing the demise of his business by cancelling an appearance. Not only did he win the suit, but was awarded $66,800 for his efforts. Half of that is the advance fee that Gary Marlow of the Crown had paid Morrison. The rest was based on lost profits. Morrison’s lawyer told media that his client had cancelled the date because Marlow had breached part of the contract, which had restricted publicity. Morrison and his production company denied committing any breach of contract. National Music Center & Museum Slated for 2008 Fifty-five thousand feet of exhibit space. Two performance halls. Two hundred thirty years of music. And all under the auspices of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute and the Federal City Council. It will exist on the former site of the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. The Sinatras may donate Frank’s memorabilia.

How Much Do Three Notes Cost? Now, we’re all for artists getting their props, but personally I find it hilarious that the Beastie Boys found it necessary to request permission to sample a three-note segment, lasting only six seconds, from a flute composition by James W. Newton Jr. titled “Choir.” They turned it into a continuous loop in the song “Pass the Mic” on their 1992 “Check Your Head” album. Newton complained nearly a decade later, and said that what the Beasties had done damaged the “heart” of his composition. Three notes? Three? The court ruled in the Beasties’ favor. Author: Marshall Mathers Eminem’s literary spawn is called “Angry Blonde,” and seems to be a mishmash of memories and thoughts and lyrics. Check it out at and click “See inside this book.” There’s a really confusing page about a piece called “I’m Shady,” which says “I originally wrote this to one of Sade’s tracks.” Eminem is inspired by Sade? Curiouser and curiouser.

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n October, West Point, Ky., hosted 12,000 visitors for the weekend Knob Creek Gun Range Machine Gun Shoot, billed as the nation’s largest, with a separate competition for flame-throwers. Especially coveted is “The Line,” where 60 people (waiting list is 10 years long to be admitted) get to fire their machine guns into a field of cars and boats, and during which a shooter might run through $10,000 in ammunition. Among the champions: Samantha Sawyer, 16, the top women’s submachine gunner for the last four years. One man interviewed by the Louisville Courier-Journal said he met his wife at a previous shoot, knowing that “if she could accept flame-throwing as a hobby, she could accept anything.” Said another: “This is one of those times when you know this (the U.S.) is the greatest place on Earth.” Alternate Reality • A senior Vatican spokesman, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, told a BBC Radio audience in October that condoms are useless in preventing the spread of HIV (because the virus seeps through the porous latex) and therefore should not be used, even in AIDS-wracked Africa, where as much as 20 percent of the population is reportedly infected. The World Health Organization denounced Trujillo’s claim but said it had heard similar Catholic Church messages in Asia and Latin America. • In October, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s inspector general released questions from the final exam for airport screeners, designed to measure the crucial, intensive training that the screeners had just completed. One question: “How do threats get on board an aircraft?” The supposedly challenging answers: “a. In carry-on bags; b. In checked-in bags; c. In another person’s bag; d. All of the above.” If that is too difficult, the inspector general also complained that 22 of the exam’s 25 questions were repeats from previous exams and that some test-takers were briefed in advance. More Things to Worry About In September, customs officials in Amsterdam stopped a Nigerian man trying to enter the Netherlands with a suitcase containing 1,500 to 2,000 baboon noses (which some people use in traditional healing, but which were in an advanced state of putridness). And in Jupiter, Fla., in October, yet another part-time professional clown pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography; David Deyo, 43, a Presbyterian Sunday school teacher, appeared often in the community as “Noodles the Clown.” Fetishes on Parade Police officer James Marriner, 43, appeared at a hearing in Brisbane, Australia, in September on 15 counts related to sexual harassment of members of the Bible-based community he lived in near Ipswich, Queensland. Among the accusations: Marriner had requested nude photos, confidential sexual histories and pubichair samples from well-meaning community members who had conscientiously agreed to help the local police crack a “pedophile ring”

(which apparently existed only in Marriner’s mind). Reportedly, being a police officer in such a sheltered community was a high-status job that gave him unusual powers of persuasion. Least Competent Criminals For a September story in the Daily Nebraskan, University of Nebraska junior Dustin Rewinkel proudly and patiently explained to a reporter the secrets of his success in stealing street signs in the city of Lincoln (bragging that with basic tools, he could grab a sign in minutes and in fact had “more than a dozen” already). Not surprisingly, Lincoln police read the article, got a search warrant for Rewinkel’s apartment, recovered 13 signs and charged him on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Recurring Themes In Easton, Pa., in July, Robert M. Peters, Sr., 47, became the latest man to be acquitted of indecent exposure by persuading a jury that his penis is too small to have been seen by the complaining witness. A woman testified that she had seen “three inches” of erect penis beyond the bottom of his shorts while he was working in her home, but via photographs and a brief trouser-dropping in the courtroom, Peters convinced the jury that he is very modestly endowed and that she must have seen something else, such as a fold of fat on his 312-pound body. Thinning the Herd A 22-year-old student from Saint-Denis, on the French island of Reunion, trying to get a better position for taking photographs of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, got too close and fell in, to his death (August). And a 47-year-old man in Camp Verde, Ariz., who was apparently reaching up a utility pole to illegally hook up power to his business after having had it cut off for nonpayment, was electrocuted (July). Great Art! Two hunters on a remote mountain in northern Sweden in October came across an installation of 70 pairs of shoes filled with butter, according to an Associated Press report. Artist Yu Xiuzhen was attributed as the probable creator, in that he had staged a similar display in the Tibetan mountains surrounding Lhasa, China, in 1996. (A non-art-appreciating official in Sweden was more concerned about getting the shoes down before the butter rots.) Bodily Plumbing in the News • In April, according to Uganda’s prison service, 15 inmates escaped near Kampala after allegedly having weakened the jail’s walls and cell bars by months of urinating on them. Also in April, The New York Times reported that a pest-control professional in Stockton, Calif., had developed a new termite-detection method that relies on locating concentrations of methane gas that are expelled because of termites’ high-fiber (i.e., wood) diet. And in October, a tipsy undersecretary in the Philippine government apologized after inadvertently urinating in the rear of President Arroyo’s plane during flight, in an area he mistook for a restroom. Also, in the Last Month White man Theuns Prinsloo, 22, won the Mr. Africa pageant, causing an organizer to gush, “He epitomizes a young African in Africa today” (Johannesburg, South Africa). A 39-year-old man was arrested for bank robbery 10 days after making a successful escape on an oversized tricycle (Woodbury, N.J.). And a 24-year-old gun-toting man was arrested after smashing his tricycle into a car, being knocked to the ground and then stealing the car (Salem, Ore.). — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate

Brezsny's Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The latest movie from Aries filmmaker Quentin Tarantino received mixed reviews. Commenting on “Kill Bill,” Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper raved, “It’s amazing. Brilliant and stylized! Tarantino is at the top of his form.” On the other hand, critic Mick LaSalle had this to say: “If this recycled, derivative nonsense is all this once-promising director has to offer after six years, it’s sad.” I predict you will provoke a similar range of reactions in the coming week, Aries. It’s probably best if you don’t put too much stock in either the people who regard you as a genius or those who think you’re a crank. Just be satisfied to believe in yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“Consumer brands are the new religion,” reports “The Financial Times.” “People turn to them for meaning.” The evidence? Instead of attending church on Sunday, many of the faithful swarm to Ikea. Countless couples exchange their marital vows at Disneyland. Bikers are buried in coffins bearing Harley-Davidson logos. Don’t tell me you haven’t been infected with this faux religion, Taurus; we all have. But I’m happy to announce that it’s a perfect astrological moment for blasphemy and dissent. Renounce your worshipful attachment to brand names and products that are sapping your spiritual juice! Break the hold of your addiction now! Just say no to false gods!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)


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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Can you find a sensitive saint who’ll cater to your desires for a whole day? Someone who is knowledgeable about what gives you pleasure, who would listen with supple curiosity to your stories, who would sing you songs and read you poems and describe to you in lyrical detail all your wonderful qualities? In other words, Cancerian, can you enlist the devotion of a love genius who would regard being of service to you as a holy privilege? The planets have rarely been better aligned for such a possibility. The entire universe is yearning to be more demonstrative in showing its love for you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

The bumblebee seems to be aerodynamically unsound. Its body weight appears too great for its wingspan. Indeed, if it were as big as an airplane, it would never get off the ground. Fortunately, it knows nothing of the laws of physics as they apply to machines, and therefore never suffers from self-doubt as it soars and darts. I suggest you make this creature your power animal in the coming weeks. You will need to accomplish small wonders that there are no theories to account for. My reading of your astrological omens suggests that you are now standing before three doors. The word “scapegoat” is written on door number one. “Chameleon” is on door two and “weaver” on door three. What you do in the next six days will determine whether you’ll ultimately have a choice about which door you open. If you do succeed in winning that privilege, I advise you to pick the “weaver” door sometime after Nov. 22. Selecting the “chameleon” door wouldn’t be terrible, but it wouldn’t be half as stimulating.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are fresh, radical and as free as you’ve ever been. Only the ripest truths interest you. No pretty lies can trick you and no super-hyped trivia can distract you. I believe you’re ready, therefore, to commune with the axioms of healing chaos, lifted from the W***** of Goddess Scientists Web site at Here’s a sample. “You are the hidden God. Wake up in the dream. Read between the lies. To question is the answer. The frontline is everywhere. There are no innocent bystanders. Truth is a three-edged sword. Practice infinite tolerance except for intolerance. Achieve strength through joy. Embrace your shadow. Change is stability. Creation never ends. Everything is verb. The way in is the way out. All things fornicate all the time. The going is the goal. Today is the day!”



Walk into the hills or woods and find a large rock jutting up out of the earth in a place that makes you feel at home. Sit down on or next to that rock and let go of the tightly wound emotions you’ve been holding onto. Sob or sigh or babble until you achieve a spiritual orgasm that will clear your mind of all its gunk and free you to make the decision you’ve been postponing. Ever hereafter you will call this the Crying Rock, and you will go there whenever you need the kind of release that only a beloved natural power spot can facilitate. 5






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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)


Many of you feel that you’re only truly yourself if others see you as you want to be seen. But this week I suggest you try out a different perspective. It’s hinted at by Suzan-Lori Parks in her play “Topdog/ Underdog”: “You’re only yourself when no one’s watching.” Who are you when you’re alone, Aquarius? Turn off your awareness of what everyone thinks about you. Listen only to the clues arising from your silent depths.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Back in the days when I could afford employees, one of them dreamed up a witty ad campaign for my expanded audio horoscopes. The headline was “Rob Brezsny’s astrological advice is like Viagra for the soul!” A week after the first ads appeared, I got a letter from the lawyers of the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the real Viagra. “Cease and desist using our trademarked brand name,” it said, “or we will sue you.” (I’m paraphrasing.) My campaign came to a dead stop, and I vowed never again to borrow a corporate fetish for my own marketing purposes. Carefully, then, I make the following announcement: What life brings you in the coming weeks will be like Viagra for your soul. — © Rob Brezsny You can call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope


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If a friend or companion is pregnant, buy her some lingerie. If people close to you are depressed, take them to a karaoke bar and insist that they sing in public. If you’re feeling cautious and superstitious, book a flight to an island paradise or learn to ride a motorcycle. If you’re afraid you’re running out of good ideas, start writing a booklet entitled, “My Inexhaustible Supply of Good Ideas.” Are you catching my drift, Capricorn? To capitalize on the odd opportunities fate will bring you this week, you should definitely not go with the flow.

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Recently I received a letter with testimony you might find helpful. “Hello, my name is Randall Xavier Ludwick,” it began. “I am inspector number 23 for the Federal Commission on Amusement Park Safety. My main responsibility is to ensure that all ‘You Must Be This Tall To Go on This Ride’ signs are up to code. It’s the perfect job for a major Libra like me. Since I can never make up my mind if left to my own devices, I decided to pursue a career that has rigid boundaries and also appeals to my sense of justice.” Mr. Ludwick’s approach to his indecisiveness might be worth imitating in the coming weeks, dear Libra. I suggest you put yourself in positions where you must adhere to crisply defined limits and rules. (Thanks to Edgar Roberts for introducing me to Mr. Ludwick.)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I have just finished skimming Hiroyuki Nishigaki’s surprising book “How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?” Though I haven’t had a chance to try out his simple and revolutionary approach to mental health, I feel confident about recommending it to you. It’s time to take drastic, perhaps unconventional, measures to disperse the funky moods that have plagued you recently. Regular butt-squeezing may be able to

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broke up with a woman I really liked after two months because she always answered her cell phone while we were together. The last straw was a 10-minute chat with her friend while I stood by waiting for her to finish. On dates, I’ve taken a brief call maybe twice, while women have taken over a hundred! Still, there’s no way I’m going to say, “It makes me feel unimportant (or hurt or bothered) when you do that.” Men don’t talk that way. Women do. My instinct is to drop a few bills on the table for dinner, call a taxi for the woman, leave and never ask her out again. Why do so many women think interrupting a date to take a nonurgent call is acceptable behavior? — On Hold Again Let’s say, after years of therapy, you’re finally ready to reveal the defining moment of your childhood: how your parents left you at a highway rest stop when you were five and didn’t realize you were gone until they got home — two days later. You’re midway through the painful details when your date’s cell screeches, and she dives into her bag for it. She mouths “just a sec” (give or take 20 minutes) — and she and some girlfriend proceed to review the history of shoe sales in Western civilization. Forget any therapeutic advances you’ve made: No matter how steel-belted your selfworth, this sort of thing is sure to leave multiple puncture wounds in the ego department. Of course, certain calls must go through — when the liver’s on ice, the patient’s on the table and your date’s the doctor who’s supposed to install the thing. But answering a call on a date is no different from jumping up from the table of the one you’re with to go sit in the lap of some other guy in the restaurant. No wonder it makes you hot to pay and run. Wait until the woman’s between callers, then try to wedge in a question: “Just wondering, do you usually take cell-phone calls on dates?” It’s not only a way of

complaining without complaining; if you’re lucky, you’ll learn that she was just checking in with the baby sitter to make sure her little darlings weren’t trying to garrote each other. Even if she’s simply flat-out rude, you should still consider yourself lucky. Remember, like those tiny paper cups of sausage handed out by little old ladies in hair nets at the supermarket, a date is the relationship in sample size. Multiply the minutes of in-your-face rudeness by a lifetime, and what do you get? The realization that you were just saved by the ... well, the digitized 1812 Overture, performed on a vintage 2002 Nokia. When I meet a man, I like to get to know him over the phone for a week. If things go well, I’ll date him the following week. After several more weeks, I assume we’re boyfriend and girlfriend. The problem is, guys never seem to use those words at that stage. Is there a right time to introduce a guy as your boyfriend? — Categorically Challenged A trapped animal will sometimes gnaw its own limb off in a desperate attempt to get free. If you want to see a man behave like a trapped animal, call him your boyfriend when he’s merely some guy you’ve dated a handful of times. Thankfully, most men opt for sophisticated escape tactics like Caller ID before gnawing off a limb, raccoon-style. Why not get to know a guy before you get dead-set on keeping him? Forget categorizing him. If you have an uncategorized good time together, chances are, the uncategorized good times will continue until one person starts leaving a toothbrush at the other person’s apartment. The guy has a name — use it to introduce him. Nobody’s going to furrow their brow wondering what you are to each other — providing he isn’t in the habit of putting incisors to ankle whenever you’re together. — © 2003, Amy Alkon

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Mind, Body & Spirit

Private Investigator

Augusta School of Massage

RAY WILLIAMSON & ASSOCIATES Private Investigations 17 years experience Domestic Relations and Child Custody Cases Licensed and Bonded in Georgia & Carolina 706-854-9672 or 706-854-9678 fax (11/27#8263)

Bach Ache? Shoulder or Neck Pain? Stressed out? Enjoy a therapeutic massage from one of our Student Massage Therapists. Dance club & the tower of Argos leather bar. Augusta’s Premier Progressive House Dance & Entertainment Zone

4 - 1 Hour Massages —$100

Call 733-2040 Gift Certificates Available! All Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Argos welcomes Gay, Gay, Lesbian, Bi, BDSM, Swingers, TVTS & all open-minded patrons. patrons. 1932 Walton Walton Way Way (706) 481-8829



Mrs. Graham, Psychic Reader, Advises on all affairs of life, such as love, marriage, and business. She tells your past, present and future. Mrs. Graham does palm, tarot card, and Chakra balancing. She specializes in relationships and reuniting loved ones.

341 S. Belair Rd. Open from 9 a.m. til 9 p.m. Call (706) 733-5851

Announcements ATTENTION! If you own proper ty or have family buried at Westview Cemetery and are concerned about cemetery maintenance and perpetual care. send your name and address to: Westview Cemetery Association P.O. Box 14547 Augusta, GA 30919 Also we invite you to meet with us each Friday at the Senior Citizens Council Building located at 535 15th Street (nex t to Kroger) in Augusta at 1:00 pm. (11/13#8219)

Employment CNA’s needed for home visits in Richmond/Burke counties. CPR required. $8.00 - $8.50 hourly. Call Nightingale Services, Tracey Stapleton at 1-800-696-0448 or 912-764-2224 (11/13#8279) $250 - $500 a Week Will train to work at home helping the US Government file HUD/FHA Mor tgage Refunds No experience necessary Call 1-800-778-0353 (11/13#8284)

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UPCOMING EVENTS: Sat - Nov. Nov. - 22 Male Revue Fri - Dec. 5 - Teddy Teddy Bear Ball - Call for details 481-8829


ThurThur- Karaoke Dance Party with DJ Daddy Bear Fri - Nov. Nov. 14 - Birthday Bash $8 Drink-n-Drown Drink-n-Drown Check out the new dance floor Sat - Nov. Nov. 15 - Argos Angels - $8 Drink & Drown Drown (Well (Well or Draft) Never a Cover in the Tower Tower Mon - Absolut Monday $2 Absolut Screws Screws and Cape Cods Tues - Movie Night - Pizza - $3 Beer Bust Wed - Argos Rave Party w/ DJ BJ No Cover - Free Free Draft - Free Free Glow Sticks 2-4-1 Jello Shooters

1 Hour Massage — $30

Female Drummer Wanted to play gigs downtown in female only band, other instruments a plus. Versatile style, preferred age 20’s Serious inquiries only call 495-3361 (11/13#8283)


Poor Water Drainage?

Call 738-1142 to place your Classified ad! Religion Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer A Christian Church reaching to all: including Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Christians. Meeting at 557 Greene Street, 11 am and 6 pm each Sunday. 722-6454 (11/18#8128)

Travel Callaway Gardens Christmas December 5th & 6th •Transpor tation *Hotel Room •Meals •Tickets $175 pp Call for details at 706-414-9392 (11/20#8272)

• French Drains • Gutter Drains • Catch Basins • Erosion Control • Waterproofing • Crawl Space


Professional Massage By experienced male. Designed for healthy men 18 - 45. A great way to rela x House & Hotel Calls Only 706-589-9139 (11/13#8266) Full Body Massage! Therapeutic tension relief, intense or tender touch, rela xing music, aromatherapy, by appointment only - $49.00/hr. Call Joy - 706-771-9470 or John - 706-868-5598 (11/13#8277) Professional Therapeutic Massage Prevention & Treatment Sciatica, Back, Neck, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder, Whiplash, Hamstrings, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Repetitive Use Injury Therapy 706-592-9450 Or 399-8527 (11/13#8178) Miscellaneous Prescription Drug Savings for those individuals with annual income below $24,000. Qualified applicants can look to save 80%. For information call 706-627-3269 (11/13#8271)





We want your dead junk or scrap car bodies. We tow away and for some we pay.

771-1924 (11/13#8268)

Dead Bodies Wanted




STANHOPES GIFTS Need that perfect gift for that special someone? Tired of the traffic and the large crowds? Then shop with us online at: Choose from hundreds of fine quality items, sure to please any taste. Order by Dec. 10, 2003 and save 20% on every item in stock. No computer? No problem! Call us toll free today and order your free full color catalog. Toll Free 1-877-324-4387 • Local 706-210-7438 Most major credit cards accepted

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*Every Tire Includes 30 Day Ride Guarantee | Free Mounting | Free Lifetime Rotation | Free Alignment Check

*With tire purchase. Balancing and stems extra.

Quadra SE










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4 Continental Touring LX




Timberline AT

CH 95 Touring LX

Dueler HT Eager

Offer ends 12-6-03

Offer ends 12-6-03





Standard Alignment

Ask About Our Lifetime Alignment! • Inspect your vehicle’s steering/suspension • Align vehicle to mfr.’s specifications • Road test vehicle Most vehicles • Parts and shims extra, if required • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03





Your Car’s Most Frequently Needed Service! • Install new oil filter • Refill of up to 5 qts. Kendall® 10W30 motor oil • Lubricate chassis (if applicable) Most vehicles • Plus environmental disposal fee • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03


Drain and fill up to 11 quarts of transmission fluid.


Standard Brake Service •

Install brake pads or shoes • Resurface drums or rotors • Adjust drum brakes on serviced axle • Road test vehicle




Price is per axle for most vehicles with front disc and rear drum brakes. 4wheel disc systems slightly higher • Grease seals, wheel bearing repack extra, if needed • Parts and shims extra, if required • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03

Most vehicles • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03





Transmission Service


Increase Your Tire’s Life! • Regular tire rotation & wheel balance can increase tire life and provide a smoother ride • Includes inspection of tread wear, air pressure and valve stems Most vehicles • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03





Standard Tune Up • Visually inspect ignition wire, distributor cap/rotor, filters and more • Install new spark plugs • Set timing and idle (if applicable • Road test vehicle. Most 4-cyl. electronic ignition vehicles. 6 & 8 cyl. slightly higher. Transverse, V-6 engine & A/C interference extra • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03

Mon - Fri 7-7 - Saturday 7-5 - Sunday 9-4 - No Dealers, please

AUGUSTA CLEARANCE CENTER 2705 Peach Orchard Rd. (Closed Sun) ......706-798-8882 AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 274 Rob’t C. Daniels Pkwy................................706-667-8008 CENTRAL AUGUSTA 617 15th Street (Closed Sun) ...............................706-724-5800 EVANS CROSSING 4359 Washington Rd. ...............................................706-210-8010


As Low As

Offer ends 12-6-03






75-80 Series only




As Low As






As Low As

4 Bridgestone Eager


No Carryouts






• Inspect system and pressure test for leaks • Flush and chemically clean system • Refill with correct amount of coolant • Add sealant/lubricant

Most vehicles • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03





• Does your car hesitate? • Have poor acceleration? • Is your Check Engine light on?

Most vehicles • Shop supply fees in the amount of up to 6% will be added to all services • Expires 12-6-03

We Honor Most National Accounts

HEPHZIBAH 2601 Tobacco Rd. ...............................................................706-790-0977 MARTINEZ 3849 Washington Rd. .............................................................706-860-6303 N. AUGUSTA 404 E. Martintown Rd. (Closed Sun) .................................803-278-4466

Metro Spirit 11.13.2003  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

Metro Spirit 11.13.2003  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...