Five rehired umps resume careers at spring training

Five rehired umps resume careers at spring training
HAINES CITY, Fla. -- Bill Hohn joked with Kansas City manager Tony Muser at home plate, jogged past the pitcher's mound and took his position in the green grass just beyond second base.

Most American Indians don't mind sports names

Braves seek No. 3 starter

Braves seek No. 3 starter
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - He dresses next to Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in the clubhouse, so it's reasonable to assume he knows the significance of following two of the greatest pitchers of this generation in the Atlanta Braves rotation.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If John Smoltz performs as well in his closer's role as he did Monday, he should have a terrific season in 2002.

Braves notebook
FT. MYERS, Fla. -- John Burkett still can't understand why the Braves didn't want him back, but he's happy pitching for a new team in the other league.

Marquis seeking the zone

Marquis seeking the zone
FT. MYERS, Fla. -- If you insist on measuring Jason Marquis by his walks, then he suggests you score him like a figure skater.

Braves notebook

Coverdell education saving account offers tax-free savings
The Coverdell Education Savings Account is an incentive to help parents and students save for education. Up to $2,000 may be contributed to a child's Coverdell ESA each year, starting in 2002; the limit was $500 before this year. Earnings on contributions will be distributed tax free, provided that they are used to pay the beneficiary's elementary or secondary school or college education expenses.

Online billing has become popular but can increase chance for errors
In the midst of the Information Age, not only can you buy anything you want online, but you can also pay most of your bills there.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Wall Street retreated Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials falling more than 150 points as investors cashed in their winnings from the market's two-session rally.

Airline resumes Augusta flights

AT&T will challenge BellSouth
ATLANTA - AT&T Corp. said Tuesday it will begin offering local residential phone service in most of Georgia, including urban and suburban areas of Augusta.

Barnes signs off on sales tax holiday
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes went where the shoppers were to sign his sales tax holiday into law Tuesday.

Online billing has become popular but can increase chance for errors

Changing your address? Notify the IRS

Airline resumes Augusta flights
By Monday morning, Bill Kemple had made it back to Augusta a day late and $100 short.

Boomer skin care adds up to big dollars for industry

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Showing a determination to buy not seen in months, investors bid stocks sharply higher Monday with a broad advance that propelled the Dow Jones industrials up more than 200 points for a second straight session.

Boomer skin care adds up to big dollars for industry
NEW YORK -- When lotions failed to smooth the crow's feet around Cheryl Hoover's eyes and restore the firmness to her skin, she turned to Botox, collagen and laser treatments to ease the effects of aging.

Magazine exec plans deal
A local real estate magazine publisher plans to merge his company with a modular housing venture in Tennessee.

Coverdell education saving account offers tax-free savings

Changing your address? Notify the IRS
Have you changed your home or business address? If so, you may want to notify the IRS to ensure that you receive any refunds or correspondence. The IRS is now using the Postal Service's change of address files to update taxpayer addresses, but you may want to notify the IRS directly.

Business briefs

AT&T will challenge BellSouth

Dixon, Elder, get ACC weekly honors

Conference tourney upsets shake up poll

Tuesday Tipoff

Goestenkors picks up top coaching honor

Gottfried, Dudley honored for Alabama's revival

Kansas still No. 1, Oregon in Top Ten for first time since 1975

Forum was useful

NAACP off track

Delta-style 'service'

Pass-fail test is best

A grim reminder

Seasoning blend explained
The Feb. 27 Quick Cooking recipe for Quick Crab Chowder called for a package of seasoning blend. Many readers had questions about this product. Seasoning blend is available in many supermarkets in the frozen vegetables section.

Capsules
Heinz, the company that brought you green and purple ketchup, has developed blue french fries. The Kool Blue fries are among five varieties of Heinz's Ore-Ida Funky Fries that will be on store shelves in May. Other varieties will include cinnamon and sugar; cocoa; sour cream; and crunchy rings. Heinz would not give the suggested retail price of the fries, but said they will be priced competitively.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information.

Show puts blind dates in the spotlight
LOS ANGELES - At their wedding-rehearsal dinner this month, Brad Gilbert and Wendy Czaikoski won't need to tell the story of how they met. They can just pop in a videotape.

Camelot wine offers rich flavors
The 1999 Camelot Cabernet Sauvignon has great flavors that create a well-balanced and delicious wine for just about $10. Big notes of cherry and hints of clove fill the mouth with delightful sensations, and the finish is big yet lingers lightly.

Age old question
I re-entered the work force after being retired for 10 years. Do you have any advice for handling the stress of the modern workplace? - B.C., North Augusta

Cookies crumble sweetly in dessert
The Central Savannah River Council Girl Scouts have been hard at work delivering Girl Scout cookies during the past two weeks and troops all over town will be selling cookies at tailgate sales during the next few weekends.

In the know
DeKuyper, a company that specializes in cordials and liqueurs, has added tropical pineapple to its line that already includes fruity flavors such as peach, raspberry, sour apple and watermelon.

Southern comfort
I was never a big fan of casseroles when I was a child. I was a picky eater who liked everything "separate." No peas touching the chicken, etc.

Burgundy remains testament to Napoleon's day
Compared to comprehending the vineyard system of Burgundy, understanding the history of the Balkans is easy.

'We Were Soldiers' leads weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- Combat commanded the box office as Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers," a patriotic tale of comrades in arms during the United States' first major battle of the Vietnam War, debuted as the top weekend film with $20.2 million.

In the know
Parents, especially the ones doing the laundry, have an ongoing battle with nature.

Georgia Tech 6, E. Tennessee St. 5, 10 innings
ATLANTA -- Clifton Remoles' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Georgia Tech to a 6-5 win over East Tennessee State on Tuesday.

Yellow Jackets must win Friday to be NIT-eligible
ATLANTA -- What appeared highly unlikely five weeks ago when Georgia Tech was winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference, has become a distinct possibility for the red-hot Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets must win Friday to be NIT-eligible

Georgia Tech 6, E. Tennessee St. 5, 10 innings

Barkley sees 'racism' in course changes
NEW YORK - Former NBA star Charles Barkley is accusing Augusta National Golf Club of "blatant racism" in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, saying the reason behind recent changes to the course was to keep Tiger Woods from winning the Masters Tournament.

Tour opens in North Augusta

Tiger loses again, this time in video golf

Majors Tour a glorified silly season

Barkley sees 'racism' in course changes

Majors Tour a glorified silly season
No one should have been surprised to see Fred Couples' name behind a proposal to start a new circuit for major championship winners over the age of 37.

Golf notebook
The PGA Tour and the Masters share one thing in common - neither wants to get involved in the equipment industry.

Monty says he shall return

Golf notebook

Tiger loses again, this time in video golf
NEW YORK -- Surrounded by a towering Ferris wheel and a roaring life-sized dinosaur instead of bunkers and water hazards, Tiger Woods came up short again.

Monty says he shall return
LONDON -- Two weeks after saying he would quit competing in the United States because of excessive heckling, Colin Montgomerie has changed his mind.

Tour opens in North Augusta
Mother Nature didn't let the National Golf Association/Hooters Tour start as planned last week in Albany, Ga.

Blackville-Hilda faces familiar foe

Teams chase local final

Georgia playoffs schedule

Georgia playoff scores and schedule

Allendale-Fairfax run eliminates Silver Bluff

Barnwell's title quest ends

Swainsboro guard leads on and off court

Canadiens 5, Thrashers 3
MONTREAL -- Oleg Petrov scored with 1:35 left as the Montreal Canadiens recovered from blowing a three-goal lead for a 5-3 victory Monday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Flyers, Thrashers swap AHL players

Flyers, Thrashers swap AHL players
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Joe DiPenta to the Atlanta Thrashers for center Jarrod Skalde, who will be assigned to the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms.

Most American Indians don't mind sports names
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

Teen acquitted of carjackings, robberies
One of four teen-agers accused of taking part in a string of carjackings and robberies last fall has been acquitted of all charges.

North Augusta credit union robbed
The SRP Federal Credit Union in North Augusta was robbed this morning when a man entered with a note and demanded money, police said.

Bank robbery suspect surrenders
The Edgefield County man wanted in connection with Tuesday's armed robbery of a North Augusta credit union surrendered to authorities Wednesday in Augusta, said a North Augusta detective sergeant.

Three severely burned in house fire
Three people were severely burned in a house fire on Forest Estates Drive this morning, authorities said.

Glenn Hills, Swainsboro girls advance to state final
MACON, Ga. -- Glenn Hills outscored Dalton 20-6 in the third quarter and coasted to a 70-54 win in a Class AAAA girls semifinal Wednesday, earning a spot in Saturday's state championship game.

Wrong to use Daly in Tyson analogy

Teen asks, why is race a big deal?

Applauds sports at magnet schools

Seconds Cheeks' revamp proposal

'Chronicle' hit for publishing letter critical of Lincoln

Everybody wants to get into the act

Walker's revamp bill is best

D.C. wrong to consider Tyson fight

Connell's plan draws support

Defender says President Lincoln was good for the nation

Ex-Olympian: Russians have long history of cheating

Mr. Mayor, just bus us to Macy's

Anti-nuclear groups should be identified, too

'Fenced' land seen as opportunity

'Hood man' tries to bully city

Show puts blind dates in the spotlight

Camelot wine offers rich flavors

Seasoning blend explained

Age old question

In the know

In the know

Burgundy remains testament to Napoleon's day

Southern comfort

Capsules

News you can use

Mom testifies in toddler death

Man will end car hood 'stunt'
Jimmy Davison says he has driven home his point about city green space funds and plans to haul off the car hoods that had been piling up on his west Augusta property for the past week.

Secondhand pacemaker keeps dog's heart ticking
ATHENS, Ga. - Sunshine, a German shepherd that just got a new lease on life with a donated human pacemaker, passed the ultimate heart health test when she was reunited with her owners at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Across the area

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Four Georgia-based soldiers were among seven Americans killed Monday during heavy fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

3 men burned in fire
Augusta fire officials say a smoke detector could have helped three men escape serious burns Tuesday morning after a house caught fire on Forest Estates Drive near the Augusta Mall.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -A priest who had been conducting Mass in Rock Hill and York for Spanish-speaking Catholics for nearly three years was arrested Tuesday and charged with committing a lewd act on a minor, authorities said.

Hodges seeks protections for border state players

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who escaped capture Tuesday despite a foot chase by officers and a search by helicopter.

Subscriber of the day
Betty T. Coleman is today's subscriber of the day.

City expands garbage service
More than 17,000 homeowners in west and south Augusta are expected to have city trash service by the summer.

Park's building phase is started

Arena's staffing remains unclear

Police accuse teacher of indecent proposals

Nursing professor says incentives are needed

Subscriber of the day

Athens man builds Sept. 11 tribute
ATHENS, Ga. - In the Deep South, far from ground zero, Bob Hart is turning his front yard into a memorial to Sept. 11.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Police have increased patrols around Richmond County schools after a man exposed himself Monday to two girls as they walked to class.

Aiken wreck kills 2

Proliferating city plans worry residents

Nursing professor says incentives are needed
AIKEN - Trudy Groves, the head of the nursing school at USC Aiken, says the state has the facility infrastructure to handle its part of the national nursing shortage.

Around town

Man will end car hood 'stunt'

Across the area

Ex-undertaker blames bills for body backlog

3 men burned in fire

Graniteville relative mourns fallen soldier
AIKEN - It was 11:22 p.m. Monday when James Wright got the call he dreaded.

City expands garbage service

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Savannah woman whose 19-month-old son fell to his death from a hotel balcony was charged Monday with three misdemeanor charges related to the incident.

Drug dealer arrested again

News you can use
March 5, 1993 On Thursday the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission honored Robbie Lord for pulling two injured, bleeding people from a burning Piper airplane following a 1991 crash near Blythe.

Suspect remains at large

Health training gets boost
LANGLEY - The continuing shortage of people trained in health care and the sciences has many people worried.

Parents address school changes

Police accuse teacher of indecent proposals
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Eight days after a tutor was charged with molesting 12 Camden County children, a substitute teacher has been arrested on charges of enticing a Camden County High student for indecent purposes.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Three severely burned in house fire

North Augusta credit union robbed

Across South Carolina

News you can use

13 plead guilty in gambling, drug ring

Bank robbery suspect surrenders

Around town

Proliferating city plans worry residents
Business officials, political gurus and civic leaders spent Monday morning listening to state legislators talk about how proposed legislation could change the way city government operates.

Arena's staffing remains unclear
Coliseum officials still haven't agreed on who will run the civic center once management group SMG leaves at the end of June.

Authorities begin draining lake near crematorium
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- Authorities began draining a lake Monday near the crematory where more than 300 corpses have been discovered, fearing they might find more bodies at the bottom.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Hodges seeks protections for border state players
RALEIGH, N.C. - South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges urged North Carolina leaders Monday to repeal a law that makes it illegal for residents to hold lottery tickets bought in other states.

Aiken wreck kills 2
AIKEN - Two men were killed, two others were injured and an infant was sent to the hospital after a two-car collision Tuesday afternoon.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -The body of a Myrtle Beach woman has been found on a roadside in a wooded area just west of the city, police said.

Mom testifies in toddler death
AIKEN - Sixteen-month-old Davon Allen died from a beating, investigators say.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Leland R. Moore of North Augusta.

Suspect remains at large
North Augusta police were looking for a 46-year-old Edgefield County man in connection with the armed robbery Tuesday of a North Augusta credit union.

Davidson pupil takes academic honor
Anne Handley knew there was something special about Sandra Williams.

News you can use
March 6, 1902 Lott Barksdale is lying at Lamar Hospital with his throat cut as the result of a fight with another man named Charles Hammond.

13 plead guilty in gambling, drug ring
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Thirteen of the 22 people indicted on charges of participating in a sports gambling and drug ring operated from the Edgefield federal prison have pleaded guilty, officials said Monday.

Drug dealer arrested again
An Augusta man who was caught with a load of cocaine and given probation in a controversial sentence last year has been rearrested on federal drug-trafficking charges.

Park's building phase is started
Demolition in the 800 block of Broad Street is 95 percent complete.

Charges multiply in crematory case
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - Authorities filed 56 additional charges Tuesday against a crematory operator accused of discarding hundreds of corpses he was paid to cremate.

Athens man builds Sept. 11 tribute

Peach damage varies
Freezing temperatures have devastated the south Georgia peach crop, but the damage might not be as severe in middle Georgia, where the bulk of the state's peaches are grown.

Health training gets boost

Peach damage varies

Authorities begin draining lake near crematorium

Parents address school changes
Columbia County school officials may be rethinking the way they planned to schedule enrichment teachers after hearing from parents Tuesday night.

Tiny community rattled by grisly discoveries

Charges multiply in crematory case

Ex-undertaker blames bills for body backlog
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Things were never supposed to go so far. But money was short and the bills just stacked up.

Graniteville relative mourns fallen soldier

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia

Tiny community rattled by grisly discoveries
NOBLE, Ga. -- It is hard to find anyone here who hasn't been around for two decades, or two generations, or a lifetime. Yet, this is a community of strangers.

Bryant apologized to team, but not Miller
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant told his Los Angeles Lakers teammates he's sorry he has to miss two games. He's not saying sorry to Reggie Miller.

Cavaliers 103, Hawks 96
CLEVELAND -- Lamond Murray scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced inside attack to hold off the Atlanta Hawks 103-96 Tuesday night.

Cavaliers 103, Hawks 96

Bryant apologized to team, but not Miller

Hawks 95, Grizzlies 76
ATLANTA -- Toni Kukoc matched a season high with 24 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-76 for their second straight win Monday night.

First four-team trade for WNBA

Tuesday Tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Dixon, Elder, get ACC weekly honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Juan Dixon, who averaged 24 points in two victories to close out the best regular season in Maryland history, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball player of the week Monday.

Kansas still No. 1, Oregon in Top Ten for first time since 1975
Kansas, Maryland and Duke were 1-2-3 in the AP college basketball poll for the third consecutive week Monday, while Oregon made its first Top Ten appearance in 26 years.

Goestenkors picks up top coaching honor
DURHAM, N.C. -- Everything was sailing along just fine for Gail Goestenkors and her Duke women's basketball program. Or so the coach thought.

CBS' Packer rips ESPN for 'A Season on the Brink'
NEW YORK -- Calling ESPN's heavily promoted film about Bob Knight "a piece of garbage," CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer ripped the cable sports network's plan to air it after Sunday's NCAA tournament selection show.

Conference tourney upsets shake up poll
Upsets in conference tournaments triggered a shakeup in the AP women's basketball poll Monday, even as Connecticut continued its season-long run at No. 1.

Gottfried, Dudley honored for Alabama's revival
ATLANTA -- Mark Gottfried and Erwin Dudley led Alabama back to the top of the Southeastern Conference.

Blank looks closely at Bucs personnel chief

Some players make their case at NFL combine

NBC to televise Arena Football League, beginning in 2003

Mr. Willie Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Willie Ben

Mr. Robert Sweet    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- M r.Robert R. Sweet 65, entered into rest Sunday, March 3, 2002 at University Hospital. A memorial service will be 2 p.m

Mr. Willie Gardner, III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the residence, Mr. Willie E. Gardner III, of Sturnidae Court. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his father and

Ms. Beverly Shelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Wood    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.- Entered into rest March 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Lena Braddy Wood, 93, of Augusta. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Platts Crawford Avenue Chapel with Rev. Elli

Ms. Jennie Ryans    (NEWARK, N.J.)
NEWARK, N.J. - Ms. Jennie D. Ryans, 82, entered into rest on Wednesday, February 27, 2002, in Newark, New Jersey. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at noon fr

Mrs. Dora Stoetzel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Radford Powell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Beverly Shelley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia, Ms. Beverly Shelley of Wallace Street. Funer

Mr. Willie Benning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Willi

Mrs. Marie Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Doctors Hospital, Mrs.

Mr. Clarence Boyce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Boyce, husband of Doris Rollins Boyce of Augusta,

Mrs. Bernice Baskett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March

Mr. William Branson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Clara Lively
Clara Lively was never able to realize her dream of being a teacher.

Mrs. Mattie Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Mattie Bell Braxton, 1

Mr. Virgil Coley    (CHAPEL HILL, N.C.)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virgil E. Coley 85, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, N.C. died Sunday, March 3, 2002. He was the son of the late John

Mr. Marvin Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Rouse    (PALATKA, Fla.)

Mrs. Joan Burch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ira Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- M rs. Ira D. Smith, age 71, entered into rest March 2, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Funeral services will be noon Friday, March 8, 2002, at Valley Fair Baptist Ch

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.- Entered into rest March 4, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Robbie Chapman Calhoun, 87, of Owens Road, Evans, wife of the late James N. Calhoun Sr

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- Lester Ray Toliver Sr., E-6 (Retired), 74, of Patiller Road, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at DeLoach Fu

Mrs. Daisy Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Wiland Jr.    (AIKEN, SC)
AIKEN, SC

Mrs. Laverne Drake    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Laverne Harrison Drake, age 72, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Kentwood Nursing Home. Memorial services will b

Mr. Frank Wiland Jr.    (AIKEN, SC)
AIKEN, SC - Funeral services for Mr. Frank O. Wiland Jr., will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 2

Mrs. Mary Fleming    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Fleming, 84, of Barton Street, entered into rest Monday, March 4, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services will be today, March 6, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home cha

Featured obituary: Mr. Frank Wiland Jr.
Frank Wiland Jr.'s youth was spent in the Great Depression and on the battlefields of World War II. But, according to his son Kenneth Wiland, he relived his youth and young adulthood through his children.

Mrs. Marie Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Marie Mavin Garrett, 75, of Macon Street. Mrs. Garrett was a native of Augusta and a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Chu

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr.    (AIKEN, SC)
AIKEN, SC - Mr. Bruce a. Wingate Sr., 67, of Toolebeck Road, Aiken, beloved husband of Ruth Campbell Wingate, died Monday

Mrs. Carolyn Hendrix    (PORT WENTWORTH, Ga.)
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga.- Mrs. Carolyn Hendrix, age 57, died March 3, 2002 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. She was a member of the Port Wentworth P

Mr. William Branson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 4, 2002 at his residence, Mr. William Andrew Branson, 82, of Old Louisville Road, Grovetown, husband of Mrs. Patricia L. Branson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.,Thursday, March 7,

Mr. David Holmes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. David L. Holmes, 57, of Beaverdam St., will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at China Grove Baptist Church with the Re

Mr. Donald Shuford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -Entered into rest on Monday, Mr. Donald Gene Shuford, husband of the late Mrs. Melissa Bardeen Shuford, of Deans Drive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley.

T.Sgt. (Ret.) Joe Reid Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUG

Mr. Robert Key    (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mr. David Holmes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C.- M r. David L. Holmes 57, of Beaverdam Street, Edgefiel

Mr. Robert Sweet    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Robert F. Sweet, 65, entered into rest Sunday M

Mr. Willie Saylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Willie "Bill" Saylor, 86, entered into rest March 3, 2002, at Carriage Hill Plantation Nursing Center, Aiken. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary chapel with the Rev. T

Mr. Lawrence Thornton    (MADISON, Ga.)
MADISON, Ga.- Funeral services for Lawrence Jackson "Jack" Thornton, 57, of Madison, formerly of Washington-Wilkes, will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Eastside Lord & St

Mr. Donald Shuford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Monday, March 4, 2002, Mr. Donald Gene Shuford, Deans Drive, North Augusta. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Melissa Bardeen Shuford. He was the father of

Mrs. Rosa Phillips    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
KEYSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa B. Wren Phillips, 91, of Hwy. 88, Keysville, entered in

Mrs. Dora Stoetzel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Phillips Jr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - James Stephen Phillips Jr., 23, husband of Cynthia R. Phillips, of Scarborough Drive, entered into rest Saturday, M

Mrs. Barbara Thompson-Reed    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Mrs. Barbara Thompson of Millhaven Road, Martinez. She was a loving wife,mother and friend

Mr. Martin Morris Jr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mr. Martin Morris Jr., 73, of Gay Circle, died Sunday, Mar

Mr. Charles Holmes    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
WINDSOR, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at his residence, Mr. Charles Holmes, age 51, of Pearl Lane, Windsor. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at

Ms. Edith Lustig    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Edith Blanche Ownbey Lustig, 87, of Bellreive Drive, Aiken, died March 5, 2002, at her residence. Loving mother of Carma Lee Lustig and Frank E. Lustig, both of Aiken. The family will receive friends tonight

Mrs. Johnnie Smith    (BARTOW, Ga.)
BARTOW, Ga. - died on Saturday, March 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Funeral will be today, March 5, 2002, at 3 p.m. at th

Mrs. Dorothy Mason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Bruce A. Wingate Sr., will be held Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Montmorenci First B

Miss Mary McAllister    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.-

Mrs. Sallie Amerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary McAllister    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.-

Mrs. Ressie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 3, 2002, at Fores

Mr. Martin Morris Jr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mr. Martin Morris Jr., 73, of Gay Circle, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, in the McDuffie County Hospit

Mr. Hilmer Beasley    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
ADRIAN, Ga. - Mr. Hilmer Carlos Beasley, age 79, of Adrian, died Monday evening

Mrs. Mattie Newsome    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, March 4, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Mattie M. Newsome of North View Ave. Mrs. Newsome was a native of Dublin, Ga.; but made her home in Augusta; she was a member of greater Mt. Cannan Missio

Mr. John Bell Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga.- John W. Bell, Command Sergeant M

Mr. William Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Blackmon    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, Mr. Jack Russell Blackmon of Bryan Drive. He was born in Aiken, to the late Ernest and

Mrs. Kara Alcaraz    (KENNESAW, Ga.)
KENNESAW, Ga.- Entered into rest February 28, 2002, Mrs. Kara C. Alcaraz, wife of D

Mrs. Rose Shepherd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rose "Roly" Shepherd, age 88, of Au

Mrs. Sallie Amerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Perscott    (MEDFORD, N.J.)
MEDFORD, N.J. - Entered into rest Friday, March 1, 2

Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest March 3, 2002 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mrs. Dorothy Williams Armstrong, 95, of Augusta, wife of the late John Francis Armstrong. The f

Mr. Edward Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A memorial service for Edward Phillips, 74, who died March 3, 2002, widower of Gitza Dalson Phillips, will be held at Geo

Mr. Clarence Boyce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Clarence Boyce, husband of Doris Rollins Boyce of Augusta, entered

Mr. Radford Powell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Mattie Bell Braxton, 1

Mr. Demetruis Robbins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga.- Funeral services for Mr. Demetruis D. Robbins will be 3 p.m. today at Bottsford Spring Baptist Churc

Mrs. Daisy Clayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jacqueline Derrick    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Jacqueline Cambron Derrick, 77, of Mount Calvary Road, Johnston, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Aiken Reg

Mrs. Clara Lively    (SHELL BLUFF, Ga.)
SHELL BLUFF, Ga.- Mrs. Clara Irene Lively, 84, of Shell Bluff Community, entered into rest Sunday. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Botsford Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Dixon and Rev. Yonce Lively officiating.

Mr. Horace Coleman    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Mr. Horace "Jack" Coleman, 84, of Graham Street, the widower of Lizzie Simpkins Coleman, died on March 3, 2002, at his home. He was born in Saluda County, a son of the late Alice Coleman and Hardy Bouknight. He was a member of Ple

Mrs. Eugenia Lightfoot    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Funeral services for Eugenia W. Lightfoot, of Riley Street, Orangeburg, who died Sunday, March 3, 2002, will be held 11 a.m. today, Tuesday at Firs

Mrs. Mary Fleming    (WRENS, GA.)
WRENS, GA. - Mrs. Mary Fleming of 103 Barton Street, entered into rest Monday, March 4, 2002, at her residence. Arrangements will be announced later by James Funeral Home - Wrens, GA.

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 this Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., f

Mrs. Nell Kicklighter    (RICHMOND HILL, Ga.)
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. - Funeral services for Nell Warren "Nana" Kicklighter, 91, formerly of Savannah, who died March 3, 2002, the widow of Lethridge R. Kicklighter, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Free Will Ba

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun    (EVANS, GA.)
EVANS, GA. - Entered into r

Mr. William Branson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Hilmer Beasley (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Armstrong (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Baskett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Phillips Jr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Laverne Drake (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gardner, III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Demetruis Robbins (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Boyce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Kicklighter (RICHMOND HILL, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Clayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Beverly Shelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary McAllister (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Braxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary McAllister (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun (EVANS, GA.)

Mrs. Hattie Perscott (MEDFORD, N.J.)

Mr. Charles Holmes (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Shuford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Jennie Ryans (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mrs. Sallie Amerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Smith (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Burch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Phillips (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Fleming (WRENS, GA.)

Mr. Robert Sweet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

T.Sgt. (Ret.) Joe Reid Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Beverly Shelley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eugenia Lightfoot (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Sweet (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Blackmon (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Shepherd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Clayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Radford Powell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Benning (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Boyce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora Stoetzel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Holmes (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Newsome (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Lively (SHELL BLUFF, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ressie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora Stoetzel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Saylor (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr. (AIKEN, SC)

Mrs. Carolyn Hendrix (PORT WENTWORTH, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Coley (CHAPEL HILL, N.C.)

Mr. Robert Key (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mr. Lawrence Thornton (MADISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Braxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ira Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kara Alcaraz (KENNESAW, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Thompson-Reed (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Wiland Jr. (AIKEN, SC)

Mr. William Branson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Phillips (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Martin Morris Jr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Wood (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Rouse (PALATKA, Fla.)

Mrs. Sallie Amerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

NAACP off track
Thousands of civilians have been killed, a prestigious chunk of New York City lies in ruins, the nation is at war, the economy's been in recession.

A grim reminder
Some Americans, thinking the worst of the war in Afghanistan had been over for weeks, were jolted back to reality Monday on hearing that a fierce new U.S.-led coalition offensive was underway in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia mountains, where hundreds of al-Qaida and Taliban forces are dug in.

Wrong to use Daly in Tyson analogy
I found your Feb. 15 editorial, "Ban Tyson in Georgia," disappointing because of its John Daly analogy, which seems grossly unfair to Mr. Daly. John B. Black, Augusta

Pass-fail test is best
Georgia educators are getting antsy as the state prepares to implement more pass-fail standardized testing in the public school system.

'Hood man' tries to bully city
As a resident of the Ingleside Drive area, I was aghast to see the automobile hoods lined up at the corner of Berkmans Road and Ingleside Drive. Then when I read Heidi Williams' article "Residents cry foul over car-part fence" in the March 1 Chronicle, my aghast turned to laughter at Jimmy Davison's obvious attempt to bully the city into buying his land. Phillip G. Stacy, Augusta

Walker's revamp bill is best
Contrary to The Chronicle's Feb. 22 news story, state Sen. Charles Walker's, D-Augusta, bill in the Georgia Senate (calling for changes in Augusta's government structure) is mostly taken from the other two bills by state Reps. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, and Jack Connell, D-Augusta). Sylvia Littlejohn, Augusta

Ex-Olympian: Russians have long history of cheating
I'm happy someone finally had the guts to publish the story about the figure-skating scandal with the Russians (and the French judge) at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken, S.C.

Connell's plan draws support
For years, Augusta has benefited greatly from the leadership provided in the Georgia General Assembly by our own Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta. Consistently, he has protected our interests, served our needs and looked out for Augusta. Mr. Connell's stewardship continues, and it benefits all in our community. David B. Bell, Augusta

Delta-style 'service'
Augusta Regional Airport's biggest hurdle is not just to attract more airlines, but to convince the public that present air service is reliable and efficient in and out of Bush Field.

Everybody wants to get into the act
Some comments on repairing consolidation and the Alexander Williams case : Charlie Connell, North Augusta, S.C.

'Fenced' land seen as opportunity
Congratulations to Jimmy Davison (Friday, March 1, Page 1A, "Neighbor Hoods") for bringing to Augusta's attention a need that would be a definite asset to the community. Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

'Chronicle' hit for publishing letter critical of Lincoln
Milton Gresham's Feb. 26 letter, "Lincoln was bad for the nation," presents reconstructionist drivel claiming President Abraham Lincoln was a "homosexual" and responsible for the Civil War. David Szerlip, Martinez, Ga.

Defender says President Lincoln was good for the nation
Regarding Milton Gresham's Feb. 26 letter, "Lincoln was bad for the nation": The writer's choice of words, selective use of quotes and use of sexual innuendo shows that he has a good future as a political attack ad writer. Galen Hayenga, Augusta

Seconds Cheeks' revamp proposal
I want to echo Thomas H. Robertson's Feb. 27 letter applauding state Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta. The most important features of Sen. Cheeks' plan (to restructure Augusta's government), besides giving a vote or veto power to the mayor, are addressing the abstention "habit" of certain commissioners. Mr. Cheeks would have all candidates live in the district they seek to represent, but would be elected city-wide. Raymond T. Rufo, Augusta

Mr. Mayor, just bus us to Macy's
The closing of Macy's in the Augusta Mall has sent the city into a tailspin. Consumers are panicked. Questions abound. What to do? Where to go? How to get there? Jody O'Connell, Augusta

Forum was useful
The Monday forum on changes to Augusta government operations was more helpful than may have been immediately obvious.

D.C. wrong to consider Tyson fight
It is hard to understand why the nation's capital would consider sanctioning a boxing match for anyone like Mike Tyson. He's a criminal. There have been others in that sport who have been criminals, but they spent time examining their mistakes and raised their standards to live with society. Tyson is a repeat offender with total disrespect for other citizens, particularly women and society. Jim Brennecke, Martinez, Ga.

Applauds sports at magnet schools
It's a pleasant and almost totally unexpected pleasure to see the sports programs starting up at the magnet schools. I have a son at A.R. Johnson, and I was shocked when he told us he was joining the soccer team. The school even provided uniforms. Neal Campbell, Hephzibah, Ga.

Teen asks, why is race a big deal?
As a young student in America, I have often seen how racial issues have come and gone in my 13 years of living, and I constantly have to ask myself, why? Why is my race such a big deal? Why are people prejudiced? Why must someone hate another because of the color of his skin? Carmeisha Ne'Shel Miller, Warrenville, S.C.

Anti-nuclear groups should be identified, too
Regarding staff writer Brandon Haddock's Feb. 26 article, "Proposal promotes MOX fuel." Lee Howell, Evans, Ga.

Overtime

Tyson accepts D.C. invitation for interview

Hughes withdraws from world championships

Overtime

Busch driver will undergo surgery

Crash on Orlando dragway kills racer
BITHLO, Fla. -- A professional drag racer died shortly after crashing his car at 200 mph during a race on the Orlando Speed World Dragway.

Overtime
USC Aiken senior Clint Keown and Augusta State senior Gary Boodnikoff were named to the Daktronics South Atlantic NCAA Division II All-Region team Tuesday.

Broward judge hears arguments in challenge to Earnhardt law
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A judge Tuesday questioned the constitutionality of a year-old state law restricting access to autopsy photos passed after the death of race car driver Dale Earnhardt.

Park tames Darlington in return to where he was injured
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Steve Park's words came almost as fast as his practice laps at Darlington Raceway on Tuesday.

Tyson accepts D.C. invitation for interview
WASHINGTON -- Mike Tyson has accepted an invitation to come to Washington for an interview before the city's boxing commission, the commission's vice chairman said Monday.

Overtime
Augusta State (14-4, 6-2 Peach Belt Conference) won Monday's doubleheader to complete a three-game sweep of UNC Pembroke (11-10).

Hughes withdraws from world championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Don't read anything into Sarah Hughes' decision to skip the world championships.

Busch driver will undergo surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Busch Series driver Ricky Hendrick will have surgery on the shoulder he injured in a wreck and is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks.

Blackville-Hilda faces familiar foe
As the clock wound down in Blackville-Hilda's 59-47 win against Great Falls last week, Hawks fans started the chant.

Teams chase local final
While the Glenn Hills and Hephzibah girls basketball teams don't want to look past today's opponents, both acknowledge an All-Richmond County state final would be nice.

Allendale-Fairfax run eliminates Silver Bluff
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Silver Bluff guard Aaron Parker sat in front of a locker with his head in hands and sadness in his eyes.

Swainsboro guard leads on and off court
Shayla Roberts is in the middle of a conversation, and the people around here are being nosy and trying to listen in. So Roberts does what she does best: she takes charge, she moves people around, she becomes a leader.

Georgia playoff scores and schedule
Scores and schedule for the semifinal and championship games of the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament, being held at the Centreplex in Macon:

Barnwell's title quest ends
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Only two minutes and eight seconds had ticked off the clock in the first quarter, but Lee Central's Latangela Atkinson was shaking her head with a grin.

Georgia playoffs schedule
Scores and schedule for the semifinal and championship games of the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament, being held at the Centreplex in Macon:

Blank looks closely at Bucs personnel chief
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Five weeks after taking charge of the Atlanta Falcons, owner Arthur Blank still hasn't hired a general manager.

NBC to televise Arena Football League, beginning in 2003
NEW YORK -- Next on the pro football front for NBC: Arena Football.

Some players make their case at NFL combine
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kendall Newson made a name for himself at the NFL scouting combine.

Another promising step along the genetics highway
Medicine has taken another promising step along the genetics highway, raising not only hopes, but the hair on some necks.

Improving robots for search and rescue
The image is grainy and poorly lit, but the video camera mounted atop a small, tracked robot shows the robot's progress through a service corridor of the collapsed World Trade Center's second tower.

Patients can remain productive, doctor says
AIKEN - Having cancer doesn't mean people have to stop living their lives - and that includes going to work each day.

Sonic speeds over to GameCube
Sega and Nintendo once were archrivals, but times have changed.

Activists say nuclear shift poses threat
BOISE, Idaho - Environmental groups contend the U.S. Department of Energy's attempt to reclassify residual nuclear waste could threaten aquifers in three states.

Revolutionary new bomb used in battle
WASHINGTON - For the first time in combat, America has lobbed a still-experimental bomb so fierce it can crush an enemy's internal organs as he hides far beneath the surface of the earth.

Spacewalking astronauts hang new wing on Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Spacewalking astronauts hung a new, blue solar wing on the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday, then flipped open the hinged 25-foot panel like the cover of a storybook.

Researchers might have created nuclear fusion in lab table
WASHINGTON -- A phenomenon that may be nuclear fusion was created in a laboratory bottle by researchers who zapped tiny dissolved bubbles with sound waves, which triggered a flash of light and a brief surge of superhigh temperatures.

EU ministers ratify Kyoto Protocol
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The 15 nations of the European Union agreed Monday to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, but failed to set their own emission levels of pollutants to meet the accord's targets.

Aiken talk addresses new DOE criticism
Efforts to protect the nation's nuclear secrets since Sept. 11 have hurt the U.S. Department of Energy's credibility, a federal official said Tuesday.

School reassures on meningitis
AIKEN - Redcliffe Elementary School operated as usual Monday, school officials said, while a kindergarten pupil remained hospitalized with a suspected case of meningitis.

Vaccine for Nile infection studied
Ray Davis knows what few people realize about mosquitoes in Augusta. The flying, biting pests are more than annoying - they can be debilitating and deadly. Mr. Davis found this out last year when he spent a month in a coma with the West Nile virus. He was one of six people in Georgia to get the virus, which left an Atlanta woman dead.

Health groups battle plan
Health care and patient groups backed by the pharmaceutical industry are battling the state of Georgia's health insurance plan over restrictions on a popular acid reflux drug.

Gardner-Webb 5, Georgia 3
ATHENS, Ga. -- Gardner-Webb overcame a 3-2 deficit with three unearned runs in the ninth inning on two-out doubles by Darin Thompson and Blake Lalli to defeat Georgia 5-3 Tuesday afternoon.

Gardner-Webb 5, Georgia 3

Jarvis Hayes plans to stay at Georgia at least one more year
ATLANTA -- Good news for Georgia basketball fans: Jarvis Hayes said Monday he plans to stay with the Bulldogs at least one more season.

Georgia opens spring practice in frigid conditions

Jarvis Hayes plans to stay at Georgia at least one more year

Georgia opens spring practice in frigid conditions
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia began spring football practice on Monday, but it sure didn't feel that way.

Gamecocks rout UNC Asheville, 10-4
In Columbia, back-to-back home runs by Yaron Peters and Garris Gonce highlighted a six-run first inning for South Carolina in a 10-4 win over UNC Asheville Tuesday night.

Gamecocks rout UNC Asheville, 10-4

First four-team trade for WNBA
MIAMI -- The Miami Sol acquired forward-center Pollyanna Johns-Kimbrough from the Cleveland Rockers and sent forward Tracy Reid to the Phoenix Mercury Monday in the WNBA's first four-team trade.

Xtreme calendar
The Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, 1635 15th St., will offer after-school tutoring programs in math, science and language arts for $20 a month, on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 2.

Pressure is on for band to find some originality
Pressure 4-5 debuts on the rock scene with Burning the Process, a CD with rock to spare - if only someone else would take it.

Artist's corner
Lacey Sombar, 13, is a Davidson Fine Arts School eighth-grader. She's been drawing for years and began serious work when she entered Davidson in the sixth grade. Lexy is colored pencil on paper.

High-school thespians take Atlanta by storm

Your style

Xtreme calendar

My ride
Sean Seawright, 17, a senior at North Augusta High School.

Relationship can be destroyed by teen drinking

Free money
Chanel is offering a $1,000 shopping spree and a trip to a Paris fashion show to the winner of the 2002 Chanel New Model of the Year contest.

'Wolf' is a bloody good time
In Brotherhood of the Wolf, director Christophe Gans invites the audience into a world of French aristocrats, spies, secret societies and courtesans. It's a story that seems fantastical and unimaginable, but it's based on true events.

Artist's corner

Collegiate jump start

My ride

Free money

Question of the week
Q: How old were you when you first had sex?

High-school thespians take Atlanta by storm
Students from 92 high schools attended the Georgia Thespian Conference held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Atlanta. Lakeside , Greenbrier, Evans, Harlem and Cross Creek high schools and Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School had students at the event.

Question of the week

Collegiate jump start
"I don't think you have a heart." It was not a comment on 13-year-old Jessica Gillian's emotional capacity - it was a wry observation from classmate Raina Hammack on her own ability to use a stethoscope.

Your style
THE FACTS: Rodriqous Hawes, 17, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County.

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Relationship can be destroyed by teen drinking
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I've been going with someone since my freshman year. In our sophomore year, he started drinking. When he gets drunk, he's woman-crazy and acts like I'm not even there.

School reassures on meningitis

Another promising step along the genetics highway

Activists say nuclear shift poses threat

Health groups battle plan

Patients can remain productive, doctor says

Revolutionary new bomb used in battle

Vaccine for Nile infection studied

Improving robots for search and rescue

Aiken talk addresses new DOE criticism

Researchers might have created nuclear fusion in lab table