Kent breaks wrist; Garciaparra homers
Nomar Garciaparra made an emphatic return from his injured wrist. Jeff Kent broke a bone in his.

Kent breaks wrist; Garciaparra homers

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Glavine still going strong in his 15th full season

Braves payroll continues to grow

Glavine still going strong in his 15th full season
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Tom Glavine has had a near-perfect game plan for 14 years.

Braves 3, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wilson Alvarez admitted to being unusually nervous for a spring training game.

Braves 3, Devil Rays 2

Maddux up to old stuff

Lopez's pitching approach catches Marlins off guard

Braves payroll continues to grow
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- So, John Schuerholz was asked, when was the last time he put together a team that finished a season with a lower payroll than the previous year's club?

Maddux up to old stuff
ST. PETERSBURG - There will be days, Greg Maddux said, when he will fall far short of his own expectations. And he knows who set the bar impossibly high.

Lopez's pitching approach catches Marlins off guard
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Albie Lopez could see the puzzlement on the faces of the Florida Marlins.

Cell-phone upgrades are not always free and clear for consumers

On the move

Cheerful investors send Dow up 262, Nasdaq up 71
NEW YORK -- Encouraged by news that the manufacturing sector has begun its recovery and that consumers are spending solidly, investors sent stocks surging Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 260 points and to its best close since late August, before the terrorist attacks.

Business briefs

Debtors can get sticker shock

Volunteer income tax assistance available
Are you puzzled by the tax law and which credits and deductions you can take? If so, then why not take advantage of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program, both of which offer free tax help.

Augusta's unemployment rate drops
Augusta's unemployment rate dropped almost a full point in January to 4.4 percent, down from 5.1 percent in December, according to state labor statistics.

Fighting for the Fort
To some Augustans, Fort Gordon is simply that Army thing on the outskirts of town. It's Thom Tuckey's job to enlighten them.

Slumping fleet sales erode February results for automakers

Outlook brighter for Social Security
WASHINGTON - The future of the monthly Social Security check may not be so bleak after all.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Encouraged by news that the manufacturing sector has begun its recovery and that consumers are spending solidly, investors sent stocks surging Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 260 points and to its best close since late August, before the terrorist attacks.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Coffee Club; sponsored by Chuck Foster of Edward Jones; 8-9:30 a.m.; 264 East Gate Drive, Aiken; 643-0808.

Business calendar

Woman gets help with gifts
Members Financial Services representative Mike Herrington (left) goes over financial planning with Barbara Zagrodnik of Martinez at SRP Federal Credit Union.

Outlook brighter for Social Security

'Chronicle' reorganizes business coverage

Slumping fleet sales erode February results for automakers
DETROIT -- U.S. vehicle sales declined a modest 3 percent last month compared with a very strong February a year ago, and automakers and financial analysts say it's further proof the economy is rebounding.

Debtors can get sticker shock
ATLANTA - People seeking help with credit cards and other debts should be on guard against organizations that charge high fees, consumer experts warn.

IRS audit rate no longer dropping
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service's audit rate is falling no longer, but the average taxpayer still faces long odds in being audited.

Cell-phone upgrades are not always free and clear for consumers
Q: I've been using a cell phone for a year now and I like my service, but I want a new phone to get some of the new services available, such as e-mail and Internet browsing. Why can't I just get a new phone from a store? They tell me I have to spend a lot of money just for the phone if I don't get a new service. I don't want to get another account, just another phone. What can I do?

IRS audit rate no longer dropping

Of mutual interest
NEW YORK - Wall Street's angst about corporate accounting has meant painful losses for many mutual fund investors. Now one of the fund industry's most influential and outspoken members is criticizing his peers for not doing enough to protect shareholders from scandals like the Enron collapse.

Pocket change

'Chronicle' reorganizes business coverage
If you pick up tomorrow's paper to read the Augusta Business Chronicle, you'll be disappointed. The Business Chronicle will be missing.

Of mutual interest

Cheerful investors send Dow up 262, Nasdaq up 71

On the move
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Inc., the holding company of First Bank of Georgia, announced the appointment of James M. Thomas as senior vice president and chief financial officer of both companies.

Pocket change
For the first time since the DVD debuted nearly five years ago, DVD sales and rentals have outdone the more traditional videocassette format. There are 26 million DVD players in homes nationwide.

Fighting for the Fort

Clemson 14, College of Charleston 6

Clemson looks for Dantzler's successor
Clemson's spring football drills start today, but speculation regarding who will replace quarterback Woody Dantzler began minutes after the Tigers' 49-24 win over Louisiana Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Clemson 14, College of Charleston 6
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrod Schmidt had six RBIs on four hits to lead Clemson to a 14-6 victory over College of Charleston on Friday.

Clemson women upset by N.C. State
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Amy Simpson scored 16 points, four on free throws in the final 43 seconds, as North Carolina State upset Clemson in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Clemson remains unbeaten
COLUMBIA - Khalil Greene and Michael Johnson hit two run home runs each Saturday night and Clemson capitalized on three South Carolina errors to down the Gamecocks 9-7 in a battle of nationally ranked college baseball unbeaten teams.

Clemson women upset by N.C. State

Richardson out as Arkansas coach

New era begins with win

Jags win despite poor shooting

Gonzaga tops Loyola Marymount

Paine makes title game

Georgia State women defeat Armstrong Atlantic

Pacers, Jaguars earn honors

Way to go, Butler

Ax center's board, too

Burke Co. to Navy: 'No'

Turnabout, fair play

Quest for progress hampered by egos

First things first

Take cybertrips to a tropical island
Go scuba diving on a coral reef, swim at a wave-lapped beach, tour an old sugar plantation and spend a night listening to some outstanding local music. Do it all on Barbados, the easternmost island in the Caribbean.

The price is right
Janet and Tommy Price didn't mind being the first customers of a new home-construction company, Grizzly Construction.

Designation stumps reader
Dear Carson: Does a man who is a "Jr." become a "II" when he has a son and names him after both his father and himself? Does this make the baby the "III"? - Designation Puzzlement

Home front
Changing the look or adding a splash of color to a room doesn't have to mean new furniture.

Arts calendar
SPRINGTIME MADE IN THE SOUTH: Craft show with more than 250 exhibitors 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $4.50, age 12 and younger free; (800) 683-3772.

Colonial castaway
CREOLE MOUNTAIN RANGE, Mauritius - Medieval Arab traders discovered this island but didn't stick around.

Judge courts readers with his first book
From starting law school at the age of 16 to passing the Georgia Bar at 20, Thomas M. Odom's life has revolved around law.

Love of home, land
When Janisse Ray left the junkyard where she grew up, she tried to leave her voice - a soft south Georgia drawl - behind her as well.

Furman beats Georgia Southern
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Furman wasn't going to blow this lead to Georgia Southern.

Atkins bails out Jackets
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Georgia Tech and Florida State kept heading in different directions Saturday. Tony Akins made sure of that.

Virginia women defeat Georgia Tech
In Greensboro, N.C., Telisha Quarles' fast-break layup with 1.7 seconds to play lifted fourth-seeded Virginia to a 60-58 win against fifth-seeded Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday.

Furman beats Georgia Southern

Atkins bails out Jackets

Virginia women defeat Georgia Tech

Role reversal for Els at Doral

Sorenstam wins Takefuji Classic
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Annika Sorenstam birdied the first hole of a playoff with Lorie Kane on Saturday to win the Takefuji Classic, the Swedish star's second straight playoff victory.

Kingsmill event to switch tours to LPGA
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Professional golf will return to the Kingsmill Resort next year with the corporate backing of Anheuser-Busch - only women will replace the men.

Sorenstam wins Takefuji Classic

Hooters Tour event will feature prep golfers
Instead of a concluding nine holes today, high school golfers will play 18 holes as they try to qualify for a chance to win a partial college scholarship in this week's Kandy Waters Memorial Classic at River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Hooters Tour event will feature prep golfers

Fujii takes early second-round lead in Takefuji Classic
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Kasumi Fujii shot a 9-under-par 61 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Lorie Kane during the second round of the season-opening Takefuji Classic.

Fujii takes early second-round lead in Takefuji Classic

Role reversal for Els at Doral
MIAMI -- The score was so astounding in such difficult conditions that it appeared Ernie Els was playing a different game than everyone else at the Genuity Championship.

Twelve-year-old golfer shoots 74
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Twelve-year-old Michelle Wie was having too much fun to worry about missing the cut in her LPGA Tour debut.

Twelve-year-old golfer shoots 74

Els takes command at Doral; Tiger lurking
MIAMI -- Even with 25 mph gusts making the Blue Monster play two strokes harder, the Big Easy made it look like a breeze Friday in the Genuity Championship.

Georgia prep basketball tournament schedule

Silver Bluff stops Hanahan

Twiggs Academy beats Briarwood for state title

Prep basketball scores

Swainsboro claws past Laney

Hephzibah girls prevail

Lady Tigers fight back

Late rally advances Swainsboro

Thrashers beat Islanders with late goal
ATLANTA -- Yannick Tremblay scored two goals, including the winner with 3:03 remaining, and the Atlanta Thrashers made it two in a row since the Olympic break with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Thrashers beat Islanders with late goal

If your local newspaper columnist ruled the world
The Internet's an amazing thing. It's where I discovered I'm running for Congress.

Augusta flight cancellations strand nearly 500
Eight Atlantic Southeast Airlines flights for tonight and Monday were canceled at the Augusta Regional Airport after an automated weather-observation device became inoperable, officials said.

LeBlanc juror speaks out

No second chance for the victim

Class-action lawyers are terrorists who cost consumers money

It's simple: Killers should be killed

Clemency decision insults justice

Far from crazy

Stop making mockery of capital punishment

Fire paroles board, governor

No justice in Williams' clemency

Judges aren't above God's law

U.S. must fight by terrorists' rules

How juries arrive at verdicts

Class-action lawyers are terrorists who cost consumers money

U.S. justice favors the criminal

Arts calendar

Home front

The price is right

Take cybertrips to a tropical island

Colonial castaway

Judge courts readers with his first book

Love of home, land

Designation stumps reader

Morrow lifts Lynx to win

Lynx's Shepherd likes his moniker

Lynx's Shepherd likes his moniker
How's this for the embodiment of old-time hockey? When Jim Shepherd played for the Richmond Renegades

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots, Mobile Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

Pensacola skates past Augusta

Morrow lifts Lynx to win
MOBILE, Ala. - Scott Morrow scored just 23 seconds into overtime, as the Augusta Lynx capped a late rally to beat the Mobile Mysticks 2-1 on Friday night.

Pensacola skates past Augusta
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Roger Holeczy scored a pair of power-play goals and former NHL forward Greg Pankewicz had a goal and three assists, as the Pensacola Ice Pilots defeated the Augusta Lynx 5-2 on Saturday.

Lynx road report

Ex-salesman admits to drug deals
Dave Parker Anderson Jr., who formerly ran auto dealerships in Vidalia, Ga., and Statesboro, Ga., has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges, authorities said.

Across the area
An Evans man was critically injured Friday afternoon on Columbia Road when he tried to make a left turn onto Chamblin Road and was hit by a dump truck, police reported.

Judge's challenge prompts changes in protective agency

DUIs drop in North Augusta
North Augusta police experienced a 10-year low in the number of drunken driving arrests last year, a drop the patrol captain attributes to successful campaigns against DUI.

Ex-POW worked to help others
As a first sergeant, Wade Waldrup spent two years as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Deep freeze hits farmers, hurts plants
HOMERVILLE, Ga. - With his four acres of strawberries under an icy cover, Jason Bell was hopeful he had succeeded in saving his crop at the expense of a sleepless night.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
At the Legislature Friday, a move developed to force creation of a state dental school at Augusta. Behind the move were state Reps. William M. Fleming, James M. Hull and John C. Bell, all of Richmond County.

Navy proposal protested
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - About 550 people gathered Friday morning to make sure their congressman - and the Navy - know their opinion of a new military airfield in Burke County.

Bond denied for slaying suspect
RIDGELAND, S.C. - A doctor's wife accused of killing her husband inside their plantation home and spending several days alone with his body was denied bond this week and will remain in custody until trial.

Crematory judge looks at keeping gag order
LAFAYETTE, Ga. - Investigators, politicians and the media have created a "carnival atmosphere" around the discovery of hundreds of discarded bodies at Tri-State Crematory, a lawyer for the crematory operator told a judge Friday.

Robot pharmacist reduces errors
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It doesn't take long vacations. It works tirelessly through the night. Best of all, Robot-Rx makes fewer errors than its human counterparts.

Public Transit offers bus pass
Local stores will eventually sell swipe cards for unlimited weekly or monthly use of Augusta Public Transit.

Pupils celebrate literacy on Dr. Seuss' birthday

Lack of funds threatens playhouse

Group teaches skills for today's students

Senior programs offered

News you can use

Across the area
A 22-year-old Warrenville man died in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 1 in North Augusta early Saturday.

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Across the Southeast
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. -The driver of a Greyhound bus that crashed on Interstate 24 last August has been charged with homicide and assault in the accident that killed an Augusta man and injured 44 others.

Classic Art

School gives warning on meningitis
AIKEN - Health officials suspect a 5-year-old kindergarten pupil has a "somewhat contagious" form of bacterial meningitis.

In the know

Protests over flag continue
COLUMBIA - The NAACP plans to begin "border patrols" today to discourage visitors from spending money in South Carolina, part of an ongoing protest over the Confederate flag flying on Statehouse grounds.

Students, teachers earn STAR honors

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Residents of a mobile home park who fought unsuccessfully to save their rental homes from apartment developers are moving out.

Investigator, caseworker assist child
George Williams wears a suit, tie and dreadlocks to his advantage.

Teacher training program returns

Picketers brave rain to oppose banner

Correction
A photo caption on the front page of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified the rank of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jude Klena.

Season, referrals fill hospitals

Across the Southeast

News you can use
MARCH 3, 1973: Two bills have been introduced that author Rep. Jack Connell calls "vehicles" for the consolidation of government within Richmond County.

Manager sends Stallions owner notice of debts
WHAT'S NEXT: The full coliseum authority meets Tuesday, when it is scheduled to decide whether to hire a private management company or run the civic center itself.

Judge rules against university in gender bias lawsuit
Barring an appeal, associateprofessor Linda M. Brooks should be back in the classroom at the University of Georgia by the fall semester.

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In the know
I WOULD LIKE TO RANT about people who blow their horn for a long time in front of someone's house.

Across Georgia
PATTERSON -A Pierce County youth was killed and one of his younger brothers was injured in a pre-dawn blaze that destroyed their family's rural home.

Legislator seeks voters' opinion on new position
The change that came to Columbia County's commission during the past two years could be heading to the county's board of education.

Students, teachers earn STAR honors
Thirteen Richmond County high school students and 13 teachers will be honored Monday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for their academic successes.

Pupils celebrate literacy on Dr. Seuss' birthday
With "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" spelled out across the gym's brick wall, Langford Middle School pupils took time Friday to celebrate reading.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for coming days include:

Legislator seeks voters' opinion on new position

Senior programs offered
The CSRA Agency on Aging offers several programs for seniors throughout the Augusta area, including those detailing adult day care, home modifications, personal care aids, care in the home and others.

Across the area

Teacher training program returns
Yvette Thompson recently earned her master of business administration degree, but her true passion lies in the classroom.

Classic Art
Under watchful eyes, harpist Vonda Darr entertains party-goers at the Friday evening's Morris Museum of Art 10th anniversary celebration.

Senate passes tax holiday
ATLANTA - Georgians will get a break from the sales tax on school clothing and big computer purchases at two different times this year under a bill given final Senate approval Friday.

Escapee thought to be in Augusta
An escaped convict was believed to be in Augusta on Friday night after police found a vehicle that had been reported stolen from an Alabama correctional institution.

County, cities spar over sales tax
The two sides negotiating for the distribution of local option sales tax dollars are pretty clear: Columbia County officials want the percentages based on population numbers, while Harlem and Grovetown officials want percentages to stay at the level they've maintained since 1981.

Robot pharmacist reduces errors

Subscriber of the day
Jeff Cooper is today's subscriber of the day.

Vietnam veterans watch film
For John Rangel Jr. of Hephzibah, We Were Soldiers isn't just a movie.

Parade route changes
Increased interest in world welterweight boxing champion Vernon Forrest's homecoming forced a change in today's parade route.

County, cities spar over sales tax

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The South Carolina Hunley Commission will hear formal presentations next week from three communities vying to build a museum to house the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.

Jury finds two guilty in burglary

News you can use

Crematory judge looks at keeping gag order

Season, referrals fill hospitals
SAVANNAH - Why are Savannah's three hospitals so full?

School gives warning on meningitis

Around the towm
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Subscriber of the day
Robert Drayton is today's subscriber of the day.

Judge's challenge prompts changes in protective agency
When she arrived for juvenile court Feb. 13, it had been eight months since Patricia Lamar last had custody of her two youngest children: Kenneth, 1, and Keshawn, 2.

Georgia tackles deregulation predicaments
ATLANTA - When looking at the problems with Georgia's natural gas industry, it's hard to find a better case study than 82-year-old Charles Washington.

Georgia tackles deregulation predicaments

Bond denied for slaying suspect

Correction

Deep freeze hits farmers, hurts plants

Across the area

Navy proposal protested

Lack of funds threatens playhouse
AIKEN - Construction of Aiken's multimillion-dollar performing arts center will cease at month's end without a financial infusion of at least $150,000, according to the building's architect, McDonald Law.

Jury finds two guilty in burglary
A jury convicted two young men of armed robbery and burglary Friday for taking part in a violent home invasion, but acquitted both of aggravated sodomy.

Augusta parties with champion

Picketers brave rain to oppose banner
NORTH AUGUSTA - The cold rain at the Georgia-South Carolina border might have chilled the bones of some of the protesters Saturday, but it did not water down their message.

Investigator, caseworker assist child

Runway requires repairs
AIKEN - The secondary runway at Aiken Municipal Airport is one of those darned if you do, darned if you don't issues.

Augusta flight cancellations strand nearly 500

Augusta parties with champion
It rained on Vernon Forrest's parade down Broad Street, but the celebration went on anyway Saturday for Augusta's welterweight champion of the world.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state Forestry Commission lifted a statewide outdoor burning ban Saturday that had been in place since Tuesday, but the state still suffers under drought conditions.

County uses gifts to lure teachers
AIKEN - Officials say they hope cloth bags filled to the brim with gift certificates and discounts will again lure prospective teachers into Aiken County.

Plea of deputy is not guilty
A former sheriff's deputy accused of conspiracy and drug charges pleaded innocent Friday in U.S. District Court.

Group teaches skills for today's students
AIKEN - For Amy Storey, high school extracurricular activities at Ridge Spring-Monetta meant one of two things.

New York chief thanks Augusta
The smile on New York City Fire Department Chief Brian Dixon's face expressed the gratitude of a forever-changed city and nation.

Vernon Forrest's dreams have come true
Life has been a whirlwind for Vernon Forrest in the month since he became a king of the boxing world.

Atlanta guard out for the season
ATLANTA -- Hawks guard Dion Glover will miss the rest of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot.

Hawks rally for win over Cavaliers

Hawks rally for win over Cavaliers
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim had a subpar game. Jason Terry was shooting bricks. Still, the Atlanta Hawks won.

Collins expects Jordan will play again
CHICAGO -- Washington Wizards coach Doug Collins expects to see Michael Jordan in uniform again. It's just a matter of when.

Atlanta guard out for the season

Collins expects Jordan will play again

Weary Pacers ousted
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Clint Keown couldn't save USC Aiken this time.

Georgia State women defeat Armstrong Atlantic
Georgia College & State continued its magical run in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Richardson out as Arkansas coach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas bought out Nolan Richardson's contract for $3 million Friday, capping a week in which the outspoken coach complained he was treated differently because he is black.

Jaguars advance to finals
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Gary Tuell pumped his fist as he left the court Saturday night.

Paine makes title game
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Willie Adkinson came off the bench to score 25 points and 15 rebounds to led Paine College past defending champion Kentucky State 81-77 in the semifinals of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

New era begins with win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - From the empty red chair to the subdued public address introduction for his replacement, former coach Nolan Richardson was much in evidence when Arkansas beat Vanderbilt 81-67 on Saturday.

Jags win despite poor shooting
COLUMBUS, Ga. - One thing Augusta State men's basketball coach Gary Tuell likes about his team is that sometimes it doesn't have to shoot well to win.

Gonzaga tops Loyola Marymount
SAN DIEGO - Dan Dickau flew through the lane and made a left-handed shot. A minute later, he sized up a 25-foot 3-pointer and swished it.

Pacers, Jaguars earn honors
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Two more local Division II coaches were named coach of the year Saturday.

Paine captures championship
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Second-seeded Paine College used final-minute heroics by Colin Jamerson and Amos Brittan to win its first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball title since 1999 with a 52-49 victory over Morehouse on Saturday.

Fox: Panthers looking for backup to Weinke

Heisman winner runs with a different pack

Falcons seeking help at offensive line, receiver

Mr. David Joyner    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. David Lee Joyner, 72, of Screven Street, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, March 3, 2002, at DeLoach Funeral Home Chapel, Waynesboro, w

Mr. Michael Cox Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Michael Atkins Cox Jr. of Louisville, died on Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Jefferson Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Georgia Vox. Me

Mrs. Eva Holmes    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Eva Mae Berry

Mr. James Ware    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.

Mr. Donald McDaniel    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Donald R. "Donnie" McDaniel, 42, of Route 2, McCormick, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at University Hospital. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m.

Mr. Joseph Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Steven Keenan Jr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, February 27, 2002, Steven Donald Keenan Jr., age 13, of Aiken, S.C., beloved son of Sherry V. Shirah of Aiken, S

Mrs. Eva Woods    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Dyson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Richard Dyson, 73, of Karian Drive, entered into rest Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at University Hospital, beloved husba

Mr. Charles Baker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Erika McKenzie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -

Mrs. Rosa Phillips    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa Balle Wren Phillips, of Hwy. 88, Keysville, entered into rest March 2, 2002, at Keysville Nur

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Eddie Leo Marcum Sr., 86, of Eustis Drive, Augusta, entered into rest Friday, March 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Memorial services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church in

Mr. Stanley Quarles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Stanley Alvin Quarles, 49, of Powder House Road, S.E., died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Mon

Mr. John Banks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

First Sgt. Wade Waldrup    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Jay    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 in Keysville, Mrs. Louise Dorn Jay, of Satcher Blvd., wife of Rev. Marion L. Jay. Funeral services will

Mrs. Lizzie Trammell    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Glenn    (FORT WORTH, Texas)

Mrs. Marietta Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Marietta Reid, 78, of Augusta, died March 1, 2002. Her body was cremated. A memorial service time and date will be announced later. She is survived by her

Mrs. Vivian Deas    (TIMMONSVILLE, S.C.)
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. - Vivian Prosser Deas, 73, died February 28, 2002 at her residence. She was born in Florence County, a daughter of the late Joe S. and Nellie Gaskins P

Mr. Kirkwood Robinson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. James Kirkwood Robinson, beloved husband of the late Harriet Robinson, departed this life on Monday, February 25, 2002

Mr. Robert Payne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Thomason    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Gilliam Walker    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest on March 1, 2002, Mr. Gilliam Walker, husband of Mrs. Dovie Walker of Grovetown. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Thomas L. King Funeral Home.

Mr. Fredrick Thurmond    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest March 2, 2002, Mr. Fredrick O. Thurmond, husband of Mrs. Patricia M. Thurmond of Evans. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Thomas L. King Funeral Home.

Mrs. Edna Carithers    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Edna Carithers, 84, widow of Robert E. Carithers, of Deari

Mr. Lester Todd    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Funeral services will be held today, Sunda

Mr. George King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. George Perry King, First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corp. retired, 82, of Lady Street, North Augusta, who died March 1, 2002, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., from the Stephen D. Posey Funera

First Sgt. Wade Waldrup    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Baker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.

Mr. Gilliam Walker    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest on March 1, 2002, Mr. Gilliam Walke

Mrs. Dennie Arrington    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
MATTHEWS, Ga. - Mrs. Dennie D. Arrington

Mrs. Eva Woods    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Joyner    (SARDIS, Ga)
SARDIS, Ga. _ Mr. David Lee Joyner, 72, of Screven St., died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at his residence. Funeral s

Mrs. Agnes Adams    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
CLEARWATER, S.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, Mrs. Agnes Guin Adams, wife of Mr. Tommy Adams of 17 Chinaberry Drive. She was the mother of Keith Adams of Warrenville, J

Mr. Jerry Hudson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Peebles- Curry-Durden Mortuary announces the death of Jerry O. Hudson of Swainsboro, on Thursday, February 28, 2002 in Augusta, after an extended illness. Funeral services are Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Mount Shady Bapt

Mr. Charles Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Gunter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest, Helen Lovett Gunter, of Pickens Avenue. She was the mother of Ricky Gunter, Doris Keefe, Betty Lowe and J

Mrs. Leiala Terrell    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.- Mrs. Leiala Weaver Terrell, 90, of Crawfordville, died February 27, 2002, at the Wills Me

Mrs. Grace Force    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C.- Grace Coleman Force, 90, of Hickory Grove Road, died Thursda

Mrs. Larney Stevens    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest, Mrs. Larney Mae Smoak Stevens, wife of the late Mr. Malcolm E. Stevens

Mr. Lipot Dent Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Lipot Dent Jr., age 48, entered into rest on Saturday, February 23, 2002, in University Hospital. The funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. from The Living Word Ch

Mr. James Smith    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. James Smith entered into rest Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at University Hospital. Mr. Smith, 64, was a resident of Beech Isla

Mrs. Hazel Davaney    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Hazel Allen Davaney, 79, of Woodland Way NE, Gainesville, Ga., died February 28 following an extended illness. Funeral services are planned for 2

Mrs. Florence Smith    (KITE, Ga.)
KITE, Ga. - Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary announces the death of Florence Greenway Smith, age 92, of Kite, on Thursday, February 28, 2002, at the Bryan Nursing Home in Powder Springs, after an extended illness. Funeral services will

Mr. Marion Collins Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 27, 2002. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 6 p.m. at

Mrs. Delton Bryant    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S

Mrs. Etheleen Patterson    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Funeral services for Etheleen Gable Patterson, 82, who died March 1, 2002, widow of Allen North Patterson, mother of Jerold Patterson and Warren Patter

Ms. Jan Cowles    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Ms. Jan Curlee Cowles, 51, died

Dea. Tommie McKennie    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Dea. Tommie McKennie died on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley. Funeral wi

Mrs. Alma Ellison    (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)
PARKSVILLE, S.C. - All funeral services for Alma Lucille Parks Ellison, age 87, who died March 1, 2002, widow of Robert A. Ellison Jr., will be held 3 p.m. today from Parksvil

Mr. Wayne McGahee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 2, 2

Mrs. Carol Farley    (BURR RIDGE, Ill.)

Mr. Thomas Barreca    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga.

Mrs. Erika McKenzie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Erika McKenzie, 71, entered into rest February 28, 2002. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Poteet Funeral Home, Greene Street Chapel, 529 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Eddie Leo Marcum Sr., 86, of Eustis Drive, Augusta, entered into rest Friday, March 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Memorial services will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church in

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Eddie Marcum Sr., entered into rest Friday, March 1, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Poteet Funeral Home, Greene Street Chapel, 529 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Mr. Ray Lamb    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for G. Ray Lamb, 80, who died March 2, 2002, the husband of Sybil Amerson Lamb, the father

Mrs. Maggie B. Lovett    (SPARTA, Ga.)
SPARTA, Ga. - Mrs. Maggie Burgamy Lovett of Fairmont Road in Sparta, died Thursday. Funeral servic

Mr. Robert Key    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest

Mr. Jeffery Lind    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Jeffery Gilbert Lind, age 46, of Augusta, entered into rest Tuesday, February 26, 2002. A graveside service will be conducted today, Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 2 p.m., in the Graniteville Cemetery with

Mrs. Helen Gunter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Helen Gunt

Mrs. Betty Latimore    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Latimore of Pineview Avenue,

Featured obituary: Wade Waldrup
As a first sergeant, Wade Waldrup spent two years as a prisoner of war during World War II.

Mr. George King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral arrangements for Mr. George P. King, 82, of Lady Street, North Augusta, who died March 1, 2002, will be announced. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta, S.C. in charge of arrangements. (803/278-1181).

Mr. Lester Todd    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest on February 28, 2002, at the VA Medical Center

Mr. Iverson Judge III    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Tuesday, February 26,

Mr. Roosevelt Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kirkwood Robinson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. James Kirkwood Robinson, beloved husband of the late Harriet Robinson, departed this life on Monday, February 25, 2002

Mr. James Fanning Sr.    (CLEMSON, S.C.)
CLEMSON, S.C. -

Mrs. Merender Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, February 23, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Merender Reese of Terrell Forth Road, Keysville. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 2 p.m. at William Grove Bapt

Mrs. Carrie Glenn    (FORT WORTH, Texas)

Mr. Stanley Quarles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Stanley Alvin Quarles, 49, of Powder House Road, SE, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebra

Featured obituary: Charles Thompson
Those who knew Charles Thompson say there is nothing he wouldn't do to help his fellow man.

Mr. James Smith (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

First Sgt. Wade Waldrup (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Ellison (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Latimore (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Jan Cowles (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Gunter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George King (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Donald McDaniel (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Carithers (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Etheleen Patterson (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Iverson Judge III (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David Joyner (SARDIS, Ga.)

Steven Keenan Jr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Marietta Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Baker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Key (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ray Lamb (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Gilliam Walker (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Lipot Dent Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fredrick Thurmond (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Woods (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dennie Arrington (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Erika McKenzie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Trammell (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Glenn (FORT WORTH, Texas)

First Sgt. Wade Waldrup (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Collins Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Phillips (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffery Lind (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Wade Waldrup

Mr. Richard Dyson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carol Farley (BURR RIDGE, Ill.)

Mr. Robert Payne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Erika McKenzie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kirkwood Robinson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Woods (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delton Bryant (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie Marcum Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Todd (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Deas (TIMMONSVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Ware (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Cox Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Leiala Terrell (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Holmes (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Jay (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Fanning Sr. (CLEMSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Larney Stevens (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Stanley Quarles (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie B. Lovett (SPARTA, Ga.)

Craig: Vocal opposition led to state parole board decision
This discussion of the decision of the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board will not attack countervailing philosophies regarding capital punishment.

No justice in Williams' clemency
Alexander Williams will continue to be provided for by the taxpayer. He will be clothed, fed and any medical needs will be taken care of. Yet, his victim, Aleta Bunch, never even got the chance to participate in her prom, graduation, etc. Her mother will never have closure to this horrible ordeal. Jeannie S. Rushing, Warrenton, Ga.

Stop making mockery of capital punishment
In response to the letter on Feb. 28 by Lucienne P. Stec, "Killer's mental disorder is for real," the title says it all. Mr. Williams is a killer who happens to suffer from a mental disorder. Are his defenders trying to say that all schizophrenics are capable of rape and murder? How unfair to those who suffer from mental disorders who are not violent. Patricia Sims, Augusta

First things first
We agree with Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays: The city's garbage contracts have "kinks that need to be unkinked."

U.S. justice favors the criminal
It should come as no surprise that Alexander Williams received another chance at life. The U.S. justice system almost always seems to place more value on the life of a criminal than the life of a victim. Stacey L. Hughes, Grovetown, Ga.

Far from crazy
I attended high school with Alexander Williams, and he is far from crazy. Dena Ingram, Augusta

Burke Co. to Navy: 'No'
Rep. Charlie Norwood was given his mandate from Burke County residents Friday - some 550 people crowded into a meeting room to tell him to block the Navy's attempt to build an airstrip for the Super Hornet.

It's simple: Killers should be killed
The first sentence of William Raspberry's Feb. 25 column, asking Georgia to not kill Alexander Williams, was almost enough to dissuade me from continuing. Rebekah Chapman, Beech Island, S.C.

Way to go, Butler
A student's SAT scores aren't always a predictor of success in college, but the correlation has proven undeniably strong in study after study.

No second chance for the victim
I read on Feb. 26 that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted Alexander Williams' sentence from death to life in prison. This board needs a swift kick. Denise M. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Turnabout, fair play
The American Civil Liberties Union's extreme separation-of-church-and-state view has led it into fighting to remove any display of religion on public properties. The latest object of its wrath are the "God Bless America" messages that have blossomed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ax center's board, too
You know your organization is in bad shape if you have to fire the manager, even though he was working for free. Welcome to the whacky world of Augusta's New Hope Community Center.

LeBlanc juror speaks out
Regarding Alexander Williams case. The young man is obviously sick and needs help. Medically speaking, he was forced on drugs to help maintain his sanity. If he were not sick, those drugs would cause a chemical imbalance in his brain. Monjette Fonville-Felder, Hephzibah, Ga.

How juries arrive at verdicts
I was not in the courtroom to hear the testimony in the trial of Aaron LeBlanc, so I cannot make a rational comment on that verdict. But I have had the privilege of being a juror, so I can comment on the work done by juries. Jim Hartman, Aiken, S.C.

Clemency decision insults justice
I was appalled at the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles' decision to spare the life of murderer Alexander Williams. I hope they now think about its ramifications. Jodie L. Shiver, Grovetown, Ga.

U.S. must fight by terrorists' rules
Regarding the execution of American journalist Daniel Pearl, I was shocked - not at what I saw on the front page of The Atlanta Constitution and our own Augusta Chronicle, but at what I didn't see. Jason Childers, Waynesboro, Ga.

Craig: Vocal opposition led to state parole board decision
This discussion of the decision of the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board will not attack countervailing philosophies regarding capital punishment.

Class-action lawyers are terrorists who cost consumers money
Much of the public is unaware - or doesn't care - about our home-grown economic terrorists - the class-action lawyers who strike fear into the hearts and souls of American businesses. Allan Levene, Augusta

Judges aren't above God's law
Regarding Alexander Williams' acquittal from the death penalty, judges have no authority above the law. They are merely servants to carry out the law. Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr., Augusta

Quest for progress hampered by egos
With several "fix consolidation" bills flying back and forth in Atlanta, it's becoming apparent that most Augusta legislators finally agree: Something must be done.

Fire paroles board, governor
If the governor of Georgia wants to keep his job, then he'd better clean house at the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Jim Gunn, Keysville, Ga.

Polesitter Todd Bodine gets one-race sponsor

Overtime

Columbia County's baseball programs are tops in state

High school baseball capsules

Burton wins again in Vegas

Grand Am driver killed

Todd Bodine is good at the Las Vegas game

Swingley set to defend title in 30th running of Iditarod

IOC rejects Austrian explanation over transfusion equipment

NASCAR, race teams facing a bumpy road

In the know

Overtime

High school baseball capsules
Overview of local prep baseball teams.

Overtime
In a new season with plenty of new competition, IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. put himself in the same old position Saturday: atop the series standings.

Polesitter Todd Bodine gets one-race sponsor
LAS VEGAS -- Todd Bodine brought his unsponsored Ford to Las Vegas looking for a name to paint on his hood. He found one.

Grand Am driver killed
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Grand American series driver Jeff Clinton was killed during practice Friday when his open-wheel, open-cockpit race car veered off course, flipped repeatedly and landed upside down.

Columbia County's baseball programs are tops in state
Lakeside baseball coach Jimmy Smith thinks back a long way, and he's pretty sure he's right.

Todd Bodine is good at the Las Vegas game
LAS VEGAS - Todd Bodine came to Las Vegas needing to strike it rich.

Burton wins again in Vegas
LAS VEGAS - If only Jeff Burton could run every weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Swingley set to defend title in 30th running of Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Doug Swingley is confident without sounding boastful when he talks about his bid for an unprecedented fourth straight victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

NASCAR, race teams facing a bumpy road
LAS VEGAS - Todd Bodine has fought off the temptation to tell the world what it doesn't want to hear about the status and future of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

In the know
Former Hephzibah and Clemson basketball star played for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA before being waived last summer.

Hall of famers support events
Fourteen of the 24 living Georgia State Bowling Association Hall of Fame members were at AMF Masters Lanes Saturday for the Georgia State Bowling Tournament opening ceremonies. Competition began Saturday and will continue through March 31 at both AMF Masters Lanes and Brunswick National Lanes in Augusta.

Overtime
The Nashville Predators traded defenseman Marc Moro to Toronto on Friday for defensemen Marty Wilford and D.J. Smith.

Local swim tournament draws top talent
The Southern Zone Eastern Sectional Championships at the Augusta Aquatic Center feature some of the best swimmers in the area as well as some top international talent.

IOC rejects Austrian explanation over transfusion equipment
LONDON -- The IOC scoffed at Austrian claims that there were legitimate medical uses for the blood-transfusion equipment found in a house used by the nation's cross-country skiers at the Olympics.

Outdoors calendar

Trades deemed illegal
South Carolina authorities charged 21 people with 43 offenses last week after a yearlong undercover probe focusing on an illegal trade in live coyotes and foxes.

Animal rights activists, sportsmen find common ground
It's rare to see animal rights activists and sportsmen join hands for any cause, but that's what happened last week at Georgia's Capitol.

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

Cooking wild

Biologists make shocking discovery

Cooking wild
Oriental fish recipes are some of the finest on the planet. After all, Asians have been cooking fish for thousands of years. This dish is as attractive to serve as it is to eat.

Biologists make shocking discovery
AMITY, Ga. - Dean Palmer guides a wide jon boat into gusting wind - and speaks loudly above the drone of a gas-powered generator.

Animal rights activists, sportsmen find common ground

Hephzibah girls prevail
ALBANY, Ga. - Hephzibah's Lady Rebels pulled out a Georgia Class AAAA basketball victory in the last 10 seconds Friday, defeating Westlake 54-53.

Swainsboro claws past Laney
For the second night in a row, Swainsboro couldn't make its shots.

Georgia prep basketball tournament schedule
First-round results and schedule for sectionals in the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament:

Hephzibah, Glenn Hills advance to Final Four
ALBANY, Ga. - Hephzibah Lady Rebels head coach Wendell Lofton had no idea his basketball team would be celebrating a 68-59 upset of No. 3 ranked Columbus on Saturday.

Prep basketball scores
Prep basketball scores from Friday night's games.

Vikings bounce Yellow Jackets from playoffs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Jamaal Brown did it again.

Silver Bluff stops Hanahan
ESTILL, S.C. - Silver Bluff advanced to the Class AA Lower State finals Friday night with a 65-47 victory over Hanahan.

Lady Tigers fight back
For Swainsboro's Shayla Roberts, this was her nightmare. Shots weren't falling, the Lady Tigers were losing and frustrated, and there wasn't a thing she could do about it.

Late rally advances Swainsboro
For Swainsboro's Shayla Roberts, this was her nightmare. Shots weren't falling, the Lady Tigers were losing and frustrated, and there wasn't a thing she could do about it.

Twiggs Academy beats Briarwood for state title
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Brittany Joiner had to be propped up for the postgame pictures. She draped her arms around two teammates, while her dad held her waist from behind.

Laney moves ahead
The two are best friends, so Laney's Tomika Brisco is going to tell the truth about teammate Shawanda Geter.

Fox: Panthers looking for backup to Weinke
GASTONIA, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are in the market for a veteran backup to second-year quarterback Chris Weinke.

Falcons seeking help at offensive line, receiver
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick and Jamal Anderson have laid out the welcome mat in Atlanta. Their message: If you're a quality free agent, put the Falcons atop your list.

Seahawks unveil a "leaner, meaner, tougher" logo
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt unveiled the team's new logo and colors Friday, hoping they will set the tone for a big season when the team moves into its new stadium this fall.

Heisman winner runs with a different pack
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eric Crouch's sweatshirt didn't look quite right Friday afternoon at the opening of the NFL scouting combine.

Gospel's message should be shared
When we find a hot bargain, we share the good news with relatives and friends. It's too good not to share.

Faith and Fellowship calendar
Submit items for the Faith and Fellowship calendar in writing by noon Monday.

Kids Kingdom is solution to same old Sunday school
Teacher burnout, unenthusiastic children and changed demographics added up to a Sunday-school emergency at Woodlawn United Methodist Church.

Going to the chapel
He remembers her as the tallest girl in the fourth grade. She doesn't remember him at all.

Faith digest
Ethical decisions in dying and death cross denominational lines. A workshop, with staggered sessions for clergy, physicians and the general public, will be offered at St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, on Wednesday, March 13.

Vernon Forrest's dreams have come true

Fishermen, conservationists both expecting bad news
BOSTON -- New England fishermen fear that a new set of federal rules due out Friday will devastate their industry, while conservationists worry the government won't go far enough.

EBay seller wanted on fraud charges
WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Green packing popcorn, large boxes and a note saying "closed for inventory" are nearly all that is left of a ceramic-figurine store whose owner went out at lunchtime one day and never returned.

Museum of Holography offers art of the laser beam
CHICAGO -- Columnist Mike Royko died in 1997, so it is a bit disconcerting to see him in a darkened room, slowly turning around inside a Plexiglas cylinder.

Swedish scientists unveil new solar telescope
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Saturday unveiled what it called the world's second largest optical solar telescope.

Another downside for clones: they get fat
It's not easy being a clone. Your cells age prematurely toward a shorter life span, you're prone to develop arthritis at a young age - and you get fat.

Fight to control downloading heats up
From the halls of Congress to the footlights of Hollywood, the top leaders of technology and entertainment are turning up the heat in their battle over Internet piracy.

Closing in on gene linked to pancreatic cancer
Scientists are closing in on a gene that could be the culprit in inherited pancreatic cancer, marking the first time a genetic abnormality has been directly linked to the lethal disease.

FDA approves extra safety testing of blood supply
WASHINGTON -- The government approved sophisticated genetic fingerprinting tests Thursday for blood banks to use to reduce the risk of the AIDS or hepatitis C viruses slipping into transfusions.

Lady Vols top Georgia
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Most of the Tennessee Lady Vols are used to talking about great games. It may take freshman Shyra Ely a while.

Tennessee tops Georgia in OT

Georgia's pulling for Kentucky today

Tennessee tops Georgia in OT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee senior Jenis Grindstaff felt someone step hard on his right big toe but kept playing. After the game, part of his nail was hanging off under his bloody sock.

Georgia's pulling for Kentucky today
Will today's game between No. 16 Georgia and Tennessee be monumental or incidental?

Lady Vols top Georgia

South Carolina to say goodbye to Coliseum
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It would have been difficult to think of a better way to christen a sparkling, state-of-the art arena.

South Carolina falters at end

Gamecocks, Clemson clash
Whether Clemson's and South Carolina's baseball teams are great, really good or just good could be determined by Sunday evening.

Arkansas 79, No. 12 S. Carolina 61

South Carolina to say goodbye to Coliseum

Arkansas 79, No. 12 S. Carolina 61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Arkansas couldn't have started its Southeastern Conference schedule much worse. Now the Lady Razorbacks plan on finishing their season in style.

South Carolina falters at end
COLUMBIA - Just after Mississippi State had sucked the suspense from the game and much of what life remained in South Carolina's season, an exasperated fan in the front row summed up the Gamecocks' mediocre plight.

Fight to control downloading heats up

Swedish scientists unveil new solar telescope

FDA approves extra safety testing of blood supply

Closing in on gene linked to pancreatic cancer

Another downside for clones: they get fat

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Going to the chapel

Kids Kingdom is solution to same old Sunday school