Concert calendar
LIL ROMEO, COREY AND LIL D: 4 p.m. Sunday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $27; tickets available at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St., or charge by phone at 828-7700.

Spooky movies reawaken ghostly fears
When I was a kid, I would pass an old house, covered in vines and perpetually dark, on my way to the school bus every morning. Over time, I convinced myself that the things that went on inside were not of the normal morning-paper-and-coffee variety, but cult ceremonies and dark carnivals of horror. And I knew there were ghosts. Lots and lots of ghosts.

Standing ovations
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual Cleon W. Mauldin Memorial Concert with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for university students and staff. For more information, call (803) 202-0091.

Wine and dine

Magical Mozart
While fellow students are cracking tomes detailing quadratic equations, European economics or literary metaphor, a cast of Augusta State University scholars, past and present, are delving into the disparate world of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Spooky movies reawaken ghostly fears

Applause calendar
IRISH FEST: Irish-American Heritage Society event 6 to 11 tonight and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; three stages at Riverwalk Augusta between Eighth and Ninth streets; performers include storytellers and fiddlers, Augusta Pipe and Drum, Augusta Irish Dancers and Bogside Zukes; traditional Irish food and beverages, merchandise and memorabilia, face painting and entertainment for children; food and beverage proceeds benefit Project Children, which promotes fellowship between Irish Catholic and Protestant children; 284-3600 or e-mail GallyND@aol.com

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Musician has long love affair with the piano
The first time Chicago-born musician Bud Hudson sat at a piano, Franklin Roosevelt was occupying the Oval Office, the clouds of war in Europe had just begun to form and America was beginning to emerge from the Great Depression.

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Video watch
JUST OUT: A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The One and The Last Castle

Singer has surprising maturity

Art galleries
GET LISTED: Send your art gallery or show schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Luck o' the Irish will stay longer in Augusta

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

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Wine and dine
When Peter Knox contemplated renovating the dilapidated building on the corner of Ellis and Sixth streets, he was intrigued with the name "D. Timm" etched above the doorway.

Musician has long love affair with the piano

Singer has surprising maturity
It wasn't that long ago that Atlantan Corey Jerome Hodges was strolling the mall with friends and emulating his musical idols, people like Usher and Michael Jackson, in his bedroom.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Star doesn't act like one

Luck o' the Irish will stay longer in Augusta
Here's the bad news:

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Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Magical Mozart

Ramblin' Rhodes: Star doesn't act like one
The Augusta Radio Co. in July of 1947 ran an advertisement in The Augusta Chronicle offering some new 78 rpm records.

Art galleries

Bonds-Sosa discussion turns into desert dustup
MESA, Ariz. -- This little desert dustup between Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa isn't blowing away quite yet.

Baseball's president Beeston resigns
NEW YORK -- Paul Beeston resigned as baseball's president and chief operating officer Thursday, saying he hoped his departure will spark negotiations for a new labor contract.

Young Bulldogs loss to Panthers
Lakeside opened up an early lead at home Thursday against Harlem, and that opened up the dugout turnstiles.

Bonds-Sosa discussion turns into desert dustup

Reds rock Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dustin Hermanson gave up six runs in the first inning Friday as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds 9-7.

If only women could hear what men really mean

Glavine picks Koufax's brain
VERO BEACH, Fla. - He was dressed casually, in shorts and a golf shirt, but make no mistake, every player knew who he was.

Versatile DeRosa wants to be a starter
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- When the topic of how many positions he can play was broached, Mark DeRosa shrugged and offered a knowing smile.

Braves' Sheffield won't face Dodgers

Braves fall to Dodgers
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Kazuhisa Ishii struck out four in two scoreless innings in his U.S. debut as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Friday.

Maddux pleased with second start despite four runs

Versatile DeRosa wants to be a starter

Braves' Sheffield won't face Dodgers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Gary Sheffield will not return to "Zero Beach," at least not this spring.

Indians beat Braves

Glavine picks Koufax's brain

Indians beat Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jim Thome and Bruce Aven each hit two-run homers Thursday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2.

Maddux pleased with second start despite four runs
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite allowing four runs in the Atlanta Braves' 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Greg Maddux was pleased with his second start of the spring.

Retail sales in February uneven

Greenspan: recovery seems well under way
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that recovery from the recession "is already well under way," his most upbeat assessment yet as signs of economic revival piled higher.

Paper mill shows advances in energy efficiency

Holocaust survivors restitution payments are tax exempt

Home mortgage points might be tax deductible
Did you buy or build a new home in 2001? Many new homeowners don't know that they can deduct points paid on home mortgage loans. The IRS reminds homeowners that this can really pay off because some home mortgage points are fully deductible in the year they are paid.

SRS security owner changes
Savannah River Site's security force soon will be under new ownership.

Holocaust survivors restitution payments are tax exempt
Holocaust survivors, their heirs or estates will receive the full benefit of any restitution payment made by governments or industry. Restitution payments are excluded from federal taxes and should not be included as income or listed anywhere else on federal tax returns.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Fresh signs that the recession might be over sent tech stocks higher Friday, allowing Wall Street to extend a rally driven by a steady stream of positive economic news.

Paper mill shows advances in energy efficiency
Augusta Newsprint Co. this week showcased the technological advances that have made it North America's most efficient paper mill.

Officials await big spending
The 2002 Georgia Games are expected to generate an economic impact similar to the $2 million to $3 million Augusta saw when it held the games in 1999, local tourism officials said Friday.

Retail sales in February uneven
NEW YORK -- Consumers inspired by unseasonably warm weather and new fashion trends went on a small clothes buying spree in February, raising hopes that they'll keep spending in the months ahead and accelerate the economic recovery.

Masters helps city lure biotechs
Augusta Showcase officials said Friday that 50 people representing 30 to 35 life science and biotechnology companies will be in Augusta for Masters Week.

Energy bill adds ethanol to gas

Local Kmarts avoid closure
The announcement Friday that Kmart on Gordon Highway will remain open came as a huge relief to George Cooper, whose hair salon in the Kmart Plaza depends on business generated by the discount retailer.

Greenspan: recovery seems well under way

Energy bill adds ethanol to gas
WASHINGTON - Bridging longtime differences between farm and oil interests, senators agreed Friday to triple the ethanol used in gasoline and to ban a fuel additive that has fouled drinking water.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Wall Street played it safe Thursday, pausing for mild profit-taking even as more evidence of a recovering economy flowed in.

Clemson baseball beats Purdue

'Noles oust Tigers in OT

Clemson baseball beats Purdue
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Steve Reba pitched the third complete game of his career leading Clemson to a 5-3 win over Purdue on Friday.

'Noles oust Tigers in OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Steve Robinson gets to coach another day. Larry Shyatt gets to wonder.

No. 11 Florida 81, Auburn 63

LSU tops Vanderbilt

Indiana beats Michigan State

Poor shooting dooms Paine

Ducks rally for win

Duke topples North Carolina

Miami tops Georgetown in OT

Tennessee beats Arkansas 68-61

Jaguars fall in first round

Huskies' goal is perfection

Edgefield's mystery

Correction

Connell bill improves

No more chances

The IQ factor

Mayor's race warming

Cold spot may have injured many plants

Cold spot may have injured many plants
I really hated to see the unusually cold weather this past week. I am not sure what the official low was, but I know that in some areas it got as low as 16 degrees.

Delightful daffodils are spring's welcome mat
The earth-shaking news is that spring is coming. Yes, it is. Daffodils, Mother Nature's nod that she has not forsaken us, are already poking up through the soil in some areas and dazzling us with their sunny dispositions.

Delightful daffodils are spring's welcome mat

Wake Forest defeats Georgia Tech
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The second-hottest team in the ACC ran out of second chances Friday night.

Georgia Tech baseball beats Winthrop
ATLANTA -- Kyle Bakker pitched eight strong innings, and Victor Menocal had two hits to lead Georgia Tech to a 6-4 win over Winthrop Friday.

Georgia Tech baseball beats Winthrop

Wake Forest defeats Georgia Tech

Taylor's struggles on greens continue

Equipment issue garners response
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Honda Classic leader Brad Faxon said Thursday that some players would skip the Masters Tournament if Augusta National Golf Club ever forced the field to use a uniform ball.

Equipment issue garners response

Taylor's struggles on greens continue
NORTH AUGUSTA - The ball trickled past the hole, and Vaughn Taylor smacked the head of his putter, a symbolic ending to a frustrating day.

Club tightens Masters security
A ban on cell phones and restrictions on carry-in items are among some of the security changes planned for this year's Masters Tournament.

Road back can be difficult
NORTH AUGUSTA - Life is certainly different for Jack O'Keefe and Vance Veazey these days.

Road back can be difficult

Riegger holds lead in Honda
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Whatever the words are that he keeps repeating to himself, and journeyman John Riegger's not saying, they've been the right ones so far.

Club tightens Masters security

Wesleyan girls win Class A

Title run proves progress

Emotions run high at Swainsaboro

Rebels out for revenge

Previous meetings

NHL's ratings up on ABC

NHL's ratings up on ABC
NEW YORK -- ABC Sports' NHL broadcasts are drawing about 35 percent more viewers than last season.

Bruins blank Thrashers

Bruins blank Thrashers
ATLANTA -- For a team that has failed to take control of the Northeast Division, the Boston Bruins remained awfully upbeat in the face of adversity.

If only women could hear what men really mean
I sat through a company-sponsored training session the other day and one of the speakers made a big deal about the difference between "hearing" and "listening."

No. 8 Alabama 65, South Carolina 57
ATLANTA -- Kenny Walker's three-point play with 26.3 seconds remaining broke a tie, and No. 8 Alabama went on to beat South Carolina 65-57 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday.

Area Kmart stores survive
Kmart Corp.'s four stores in the Augusta-Aiken area were spared from a massive round of bankruptcy-related closures, the company announced today.

Tigers upset Bulldogs
ATLANTA -- Georgia had another meltdown in the Southeastern Conference tournament, losing to LSU 78-76 when Ezra Williams missed two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in Friday's quarterfinal.

S.C. has opportunity to redeem itself with lottery money

Trial lawyers not terrorists

It would be revenge to kill Williams

Chamber offers mediator to help lawmakers find solution

First Friday fee needed maintain event's original purpose

Finds killer of children enraging

Bad-mouthing nation results in anger

Stop turning evildoers into victims

Mad-cow ills and Russian roulette

Lynx game report
Star of the game: Lynx winger Jim Shepherd scored his first career hat trick, giving him five goals in six games since joining the Lynx

Shepherd tends to Lynx

Shepherd tends to Lynx
Jim Shepherd came at a heavy price when the Augusta Lynx traded for him two weeks ago.

Lynx trio form 'Green Machine'
In the hockey vernacular, a player who "turtles" on the ice is a coward, a guy who covers up to avoid flying fists rather than fight the enemy.

Lynx gamenight
Macon Whoopee at Augusta Lynx tonight at 7:35 p.m.

Lynx gamenight
Pensacola Ice Pilots at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx gamenight

Lynx trio form 'Green Machine'

Lynx game report

'90s prosperity missed children

Corrections
In Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle:

Progress hampers traffic at crossroad
NORTH AUGUSTA - Navigating the intersection of Georgia and Knox avenues will be slow going through the fall, according to the engineer managing construction there.

No. 8 Alabama 65, South Carolina 57

Blind student continues family teaching tradition
ATHENS, Ga. - The average age in this darkened high school classroom in Athens is probably 14. The 19 teen-agers discussing world history are attentive, jotting down notes and chatting about the parade of Edwards and Henrys in English history.

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'90s prosperity missed children
Children in South Carolina and Georgia did not benefit from the economic growth of the 1990s, a study released Thursday says.

Tigers upset Bulldogs

Harlem proposes plan for divvying sales tax
A plan pitched by Harlem's mayor pro tem may be the panacea for problems with distribution of Columbia County's local option sales tax.

Across South Carolina

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta State University's Born to Read Literacy Center will sponsor the annual Family Fun Fair from 9 a.m. to noon March 16 in Washington Hall on campus.

Around the town

Across the area
The bills restructuring Columbia County's commission and setting the county's voting districts were passed into law Friday.

Panel resolves ethics complaints

Across the area
A Burke County insurance agent convicted on insurance fraud charges was sentenced Thursday in Burke County Superior Court, according to Georgia Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine and District Attorney Danny Craig.

Home park Senate bill examined
The bill must clear the Senate Judiciary Committee and then pass the Senate before Day 33 of the Legislature's 40-day session, or it will be ineligible for consideration by the House of Representatives.

Judge expects plea to change

Former mayor visits Augusta

News you can use
MARCH 8, 1933 For the first time since the United States went dry, prohibitionists are now ready to challenge the "wets" at the polls in a referendum to determine whether or not the 18th Amendment shall be contained as a part of the Constitution.

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

Investigation, custody battle drag on

Jail's director tackles transition of facility
AIKEN - John Rowley knows people are watching. On Friday, the former Clarion County, Pa., warden completed his first week as the Aiken County Detention Center administrator.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
DAWSONVILLE -A jury in Dawson County has acquitted an Atlanta man charged with murder in the 1999 death of a Duluth woman whose body was found floating in Lake Lanier.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber fo the day
Annamae Williams of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Offender jailed for refusing to register as sex offender
A paroled rapist earned another 18 months in jail Friday for refusing to give his correct address for the sex offender registry.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -South Carolina's largest insurer, State Farm, wants permission from the state to raise rates by an average of 15 percent.

Panelists drop ethics charge against Walker
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - The State Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed a complaint against Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker after the Augusta Democrat provided evidence that he's not directly connected to a multimillion-dollar state contract.

Harlem proposes plan for divvying sales tax

Senators toughen bill to regulate crematories

Former mayor visits Augusta
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said it is his love for humanity that has led him to great places.

Judge expects plea to change
The Thomson man accused of killing his parents, stabbing his sister and fleeing to Florida last August is expected to plead guilty in a McDuffie County courthouse next week, a judge said Friday.

Blind student continues family teaching tradition

Victim's parents address senators

Boy, 17, animals rescued
SALLEY - A mentally impaired 17-year-old was rescued from a feces-covered home this week in a case that culminated Friday with the confiscation of 182 dogs from the residence.

Pick 3 gets off to brisk start

Store affirms plan to rebuild
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Averill Courtney did not come alone to the news conference in the parking lot of Johnston's IGA store.

Bridge is hitch in road project

Bridge is hitch in road project
Georgia and South Carolina transportation officials will present their findings on the Bobby Jones Expressway bridge at the next meeting of the Augusta Regional Transportation Study Policy Committee, set for June 6.

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Education officials recognize lawmaker
AIKEN - Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Edgefield, will be honored today in Washington for his educational leadership.

Youth club looks for Columbia County site
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is searching Columbia County for a site to build a new facility, the executive director of the Augusta club said.

Action urged on city structure
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is leaning on state legislators to compromise and select - from the six proposals on the table - one that addresses the organizational structure of city government.

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Man confesses to robberies, killing
GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Savannah's "most wanted," caught this week in Florida, told FBI agents from Savannah that he committed half a dozen bank robberies and a homicide, authorities said.

Area Kmart stores survive

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

Man confesses to robberies, killing

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MARCH 9, 1936 A man listed by police as W.R. Barnett, alias W.R. Barrett, alias W.E. Sanders of Swainsboro was charged with larceny of an auto yesterday by local police and held for Blakely County and Fitzgerald, Ga., authorities.

Pick 3 gets off to brisk start
AIKEN - David McRay had his fortunes written on the back of his hand Thursday.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a study of children and poverty in Georgia and South Carolina misstated a project director's title. Baron Holmes is the Kids Count project director for South Carolina, one of the groups tracking research for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Scicchitano of North Augusta.

Panel resolves ethics complaints
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Chatham County Commission Chairman Billy Hair must file more detailed reports of how he spent campaign funds in 1999, the State Ethics Commission ordered Friday.

Victim's parents address senators
ATLANTA - Christy Johnson's 5-year-old daughter, Aleana, died when she was hit by her school bus early last year.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Six statewide organizations concerned with preserving historic places have released a list of the 11 most endangered historic sites.

Ticket scalping law adds distance to sales boundary

Investigation, custody battle drag on
Faye Reeves of Thomson is waiting for two things - the arrest of her daughter's killer and a judge's decision on custody of her 2-year-old grandson.

Boy, 17, animals rescued

Head lice are a nuisance, not a health threat

In the know

Jail's director tackles transition of facility

Home park Senate bill examined

Head lice are a nuisance, not a health threat
With gloved hands and a keen eye, Greenbrier Elementary School nurse Julie Howard demonstrated how she inspects little heads for lice.

Senators toughen bill to regulate crematories
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate voted Thursday to accept a substitute bill that would impose even tougher restrictions on crematories.

Ticket scalping law adds distance to sales boundary
Ticket scalpers - by virtue of a state law passed last year - will be permitted to hawk badges for this year's Masters Tournament outside the Washington Road venue.

Across the area

Youth club looks for Columbia County site

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Legislative budget writers failed again Thursday to resolve their differences over the state's midyear spending package and said they doubted they could finish by today, when the Legislature goes into a weeklong recess.

Georgia Tech has nothing to lose
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Georgia Tech's season might end tonight. Without a winning record. Without an NIT invitation. Without any of the trappings we use to judge the relative success or failure of a program's season.

Iverson scores 41 as 76ers top Pacers
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson broke the 40-point barrier for the fourth time in five games Friday night, scoring 41 in the Philadelphia 76ers' 109-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Cheeks has Blazers back among West's elite

Iverson scores 41 as 76ers top Pacers

Cheeks has Blazers back among West's elite
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even during the bleakest days of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers insisted they could be strong again, given a little time.

Terps regroup, rout Seminoles
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Juan Dixon scored 20 points, and Byron Mouton added 18 to help No. 2 Maryland pull away from Florida State for an 85-59 victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Ducks rally for win
LOS ANGELES - Leading scorer Frederick Jones was sick, and his Oregon teammates looked tired for most of the first half in the first Pacific-10 Conference tournament game in 12 years.

LSU tops Vanderbilt
ATLANTA -- Antonio Hudson scored a career-high 24 points, including 15 in the second half, to lift LSU to a 69-62 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

USC Aiken's bid cut short
MARS HILL, N.C. - USC Aiken's first trip to the NCAA Division II Women's Tournament ended as soon as it began.

Duke topples North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 20 points Friday night to help No. 3 Duke put an end to North Carolina's worst season in school history with a 60-48 victory over the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

Poor shooting dooms Paine
TAMPA - Marcus William's 3-point basket with less than two minutes left broke a 55-55 tie and proved to be the deciding factor as Paine College fell to Valdosta State 62-57 in the NCAA South Region Basketball Tournament.

Huskies' goal is perfection
STORRS, Conn. -- They've won all 33 of their games. They average 87 points a game and hold their opponents to 50. Every starter averages in double figures.

Miami tops Georgetown in OT
NEW YORK -- Miami is in the Big East tournament semifinals again. Georgetown must wait to learn its next postseason stop.

Jaguars fall in first round
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The same place where Gary Boodnikoff, Jayme Johnson and T.J. Ott nearly began their careers is where it came to a close for each.

Alabama trounces Tennessee
ATLANTA -- Rod Grizzard emphatically put his miserable February behind him.

Tennessee beats Arkansas 68-61
ATLANTA -- Arkansas never imagined its season would end like this: Nolan Richardson was at home and the Razorbacks were about to join him.

Indiana beats Michigan State
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Davis expects Indiana to win the Big Ten tournament. On Friday, the Hoosiers took the first step.

N.C. State tops Virginia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Virginia can blame North Carolina State if it doesn't make the NCAA tournament.

No. 11 Florida 81, Auburn 63
ATLANTA -- Auburn had no answer for Udonis Haslem inside or Brett Nelson outside.

Hearst's agent talking contract with Atlanta

Glenn joins Packers in deal with Patriots

Blank interviews former Green Bay GM

Saints trade Williams to Dolphins

Patriots re-sign defensive end Willie McGinest

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Mr. Willis Brown    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Funeral services for Willis Nathel Brown, 37, who died March 6, 2002, husband of Connie Ritter Brown, the son of Ruenell Youmans Brown and the late Herman A. Br

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

Mrs. Frances Grover    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Ann Bates Ha

Mrs. Margaret Aleuceus    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, March 9, 2002, at Broward General Hospital, Mrs. Margaret W. Aleuceus, beloved daughter of Mrs. Martha Hodge. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.

Mr. Larry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Graveside services for Mr. Larry E. Hardy, 58, of Ruby Dr

Mrs. Lillian Dawson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Lyons "Cotton" Dawson, 77, of Riley Court, North Augusta, who died March 8, 2002, will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. D

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

Mrs. Classie Fountain    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Cominsky    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Christopher Jones    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Memorial services for Christopher Jones, 16, of Boylan Street, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Breezy Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Mann officiating. Sur

Deaconess Lula Benefield    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE,

Mrs. Reba Lindsey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Staff Sgt. Walter Loving Jr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Staff Sgt. Walter "Walt" E. Loving Jr., USMC (Retired), 64, husband of Nannie Chauncey Loving, died March 6, 2002, at his residence. Family will receive friends on Sunday, M

Mrs. Ruth Manning    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Shephart    (AUGUSTA, GA)
AUGUSTA, GA - Mr. Freddie Lee Shephard, 71, entered into rest on February 28, 2002, at the University H

Mrs. Rita McCartney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rita Marie Seary McCartney, 84, wife of

Mr. Timothy Gleason    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 8, 2002, at Augusta Hills Nursing Home, Mr. Timothy M. Gleason of Augusta. Family members include a sister, Frances G. Timmerman of

Mrs. Mattie McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March 8, 2002, Mrs. Mattie Bennette McKie, 81, of Burnside Avenue. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mrs. McKie, a native of Edgefie

Mrs. Maudie Green    (GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Maudie Victoria Powell Green, 66, of Byron Plac

Mrs. Bernice Baskett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March 5, 2002, Mrs. Bernice Moton Baskett, 70, of Chalet North Court. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Mealing Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmie Dyson offici

Mrs. Loring Ellis    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
HAMPTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Loring Snelling Ellis, 86, who died March 6, 2002, the widow of Calder Vincent Ellis Sr., the mother of Calder V. Ellis Jr., will be

Mrs. Doris Barbadora    (FALMOUTH, Mass.)
FALMOUTH, Mass. - Doris L. McGrath Barbadora, of Falmouth, formerly of Hingham, beloved wife of the late Mario R. Barbadora, entered into rest March 5, 2002, loving daughter of Roberta M. Barbadora of Augusta, Ga. A funeral mass will be ce

Mr. Kenny Buff    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Graveside services for Kenny J. Buff, 19, who died Wednesday, will be held Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Mount Beulah Baptist Church

Mrs. Jeanette Anderson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest March 6, 2002, Mrs. Jeanette Shaw Anderson, age 56, of Warrenville, wife of Jerry M. Anderson and daughter of the late James Cl

Mrs. Eula Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Funeral serv

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 Baptist Church with Revs. Gary Youell and Waco Cotney officiating

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

Mr. Donald McNair    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Wright Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Benjamin Franklin Wright Sr., age 60, entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2002, in the University Hospital. The funeral services will be conducted today, March 9, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. from The Good Samaritan Baptist Church, w

Mr. Herbert Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Mr. Herbert Wilson, husb

Mrs. Kate Thigpen    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Kate Darden Thigpen, 93, of Cherry Street, Thomson, entered into rest March 6, 2002 at Taylor Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late Maner Thigpen. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Mar

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee    (SEMINOLE, Fla.)
SEMINOLE, Fla. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 5, 2002 in Seminole, Mr. Jimm

Mr. George Sanders III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday at University Hospital, Mr. George B. Sanders, III, husband of

Dr. Carl Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothee Taitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest

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 Avenue. Funeral services will be held today, Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 1 p.m., from Greate

Mr. Horace Eubanks Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mr. Horace J. Eubanks Jr., age 34,

Mr. J.L. Redmond    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Services for Mr. J.L. Redmond, 68, who died March 8, 2002, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Folk Funeral Home chapel, Williston, w

Mr. Larry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- Lester Ray T

Mrs. Ruby Green    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Green, 53, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 2 at Med. College of GA. She was the wife of Mr. Prince A. Green and mother of Ms. Marsha Godbee. She was a lovi

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

Mrs. Marie Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.-

Mrs. Ruby Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into res

Mr. James Evatt Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - James Dewitt Evatt, Sr., 84, of Trenton, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center. A graveside service will be held 4 p.m., F

Mrs. Kate Thigpen    (THOMSON, GA.)
THOMSON, GA. - Mr

Mr. Leroy Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ima Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ernestine Coleman    (GOLDSBORO, N.C.)
GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Mrs. Ernestine Allen Coleman, 88, of Goldsboro, died Tuesday evening. Graveside services will be Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., at Wadley City Cemetery, with Reverend Ray Jenkins officiating. Surviv

Mr. Herbert Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Herbert G. Smith, 91, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Folk Funeral Home chapel with burial in the Williston Cemetery. Vis

Mrs. Yvette Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Shuford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered int

Mr. Clinton Bowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Clinton Robert "Clint" Bowles will be held Friday, March 8, 2002 at 1 p.m., from the graveside in Sunset Memory Gardens with Rev. W. James Ri

Mr. Freddie Shephart    (AUGUSTA, GA)
AUGUSTA, GA - Mr. Freddie Lee Shephard, 71, entered into rest on February 28, 2002, at the University H

Mr. Willie Benning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Willie "Nig" Benning of Twelfth Street. Mr. Benning was a native of Columbia County, but made his home in Augusta. Survivors in

Mrs. Effie Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- Mrs. Effie Mae Butler Robinson, age 68, of Sundy Drive, entered into rest March 6, 2002 at Ai

Mr. Benjamin Wright Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Benjamin Franklin Wright Sr. entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2002, in the University Hospital. The funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. from The Good S

Mr. Leroy Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 3, 2002, at University Hospital, Mr. Leroy Daniels of Boy Scout Road. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9,

Mr. Richard Bates    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Leon Cominsky
Leon Cominsky found out early in life things weren't going to be easy.

Mr. Curtis Cooper    (VIDETTE, Ga.)
VIDETTE, Ga. - Entered into rest on F

Mrs. Marie Baker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Marie Hayes Baker, 88, of Baker Davis Road, entered into

Mrs. Debbie Reese    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Baskett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice Moton Baskett, 70, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Mealing Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmie Dyson officiating. Burial

Mr. Jack Reece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Monte Tillman
Those who knew Monte Tillman remember him as someone who would do anything for his children.

Mr. James Otis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- Entered into rest, Mr. James Daniel Otis, 71, of Aiken, who died March 7, 2002. Private funeral services wi

Mr. Danny Webster    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Danny Lee Webster, 23, of New Ellenton, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002. Funeral Services will be held 2

Mrs. Mattie Newsome    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Thompson-Reed    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 5

Mrs. Rita McCartney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rita Marie Seary McCartney, 84, wife of the late George McCartney entered into rest on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, a

Mr. Leon Cominsky    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Manning    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Debbie Reese    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Lariscy    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Sue Allen Lariscy, 74, of Hwy 24 South, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Burke Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. DeLoach Funeral Home, Inc., 842 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, GA.

Mrs. Berta Sappington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Berta Fuelle Sappington, 76, entered into rest Friday, March 8, 2002

Mr. James Jordan    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - James Walter Jordan, of Tignall, died Thu

Mrs. Ima Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Inglett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Homer Story    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Entered into rest S

Mr. David Holmes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. David L. Holmes, 57, of Beaverdam Street will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at China Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Andrew Adams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Th

Mrs. Maudie Green    (GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Maudie Victoria Powell Green, 66,

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

Mr. James Evatt Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Kate Thigpen (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Gleason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Anderson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. J.L. Redmond (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Inglett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Leon Cominsky

Mr. Jack Reece (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Carl Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deaconess Lula Benefield (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Debbie Reese (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Barbadora (FALMOUTH, Mass.)

Mrs. Mattie McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

Christopher Jones (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Manning (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George Sanders III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Newsome (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Newsome (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leon Cominsky (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Smith (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Horace Eubanks Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)

Mr. Herbert Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Webster (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Gardner III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Harden (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Cominsky (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Reba Lindsey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Loring Ellis (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Berta Sappington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothee Taitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Baker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maudie Green (GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Thompson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Staff Sgt. Walter Loving Jr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Freddie Shephart (AUGUSTA, GA)

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

Mrs. Effie Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Homer Story (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Marie Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Grover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Green (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Willis Brown (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Lariscy (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvette Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Otis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kate Thigpen (THOMSON, GA.)

Mrs. Ernestine Coleman (GOLDSBORO, N.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee (SEMINOLE, Fla.)

Mr. Kenny Buff (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Curtis Cooper (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. James Jordan (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Aleuceus (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mrs. Lillian Dawson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Debbie Reese (THOMSON, Ga.)

Edgefield's mystery
City of Edgefield residents have a new police chief and a mystery on their hands as to why the previous chief was axed.

Mayor's race warming
Although it's only March, the jockeying for the Augusta mayor's race is well under way. Mayor Bob Young has done his polls, former Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, has done his polls, and the two will face off in November, with a few minor candidates sprinkled in.

Mad-cow ills and Russian roulette
Remember last year's headlines about a deadly disease with a funny name that killed Europeans and devastated the beef industry? That was mad-cow disease. Allen Causey, Augusta

First Friday fee needed maintain event's original purpose
I appreciate The Chronicle's First Friday editorial published March 1. Chris Naylor, Augusta

Connell bill improves
As legislators respond to public outcry over Augusta's dysfunctional government, they are getting creative in finding ways to make structural fixes.

Finds killer of children enraging
I am enraged. This is for the family of Danielle Van Dam, the little girl who was kidnapped and murdered in California. I want them to know that I am enraged. The evil thrust upon this family must not go unpunished. Larry Rodgers, Evans, Ga.

The IQ factor
"We have to be very careful because there's no going back if we say this is unconstitutional. If it turns out there's a claim of retardation in almost every case and there are expert witnesses willing to easily say someone is retarded, there's no way to go back, because no legislation can override a constitutional finding."

Chamber offers mediator to help lawmakers find solution
Representing the business community of this area, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is looking to the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation for effective solutions to problems in our city government. Robert C. Osborne and James F. West Jr.

Correction
The Thursday editorial, "Barkley's bite," misstated the year in which the Augusta National Golf Club most recently changed its course. The changes were made after last year's Masters Tournament. We regret the error.

S.C. has opportunity to redeem itself with lottery money
The historical significance of South Carolina's (education) Lottery can impact blacks greater than any event since the abolition of slavery if we do the right thing. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

It would be revenge to kill Williams
Regarding Cathy Ward's Feb. 28 letter, "Justice didn't serve Aleta Bunch," I would like to make a few points. P.J. McManus, Augusta

Bad-mouthing nation results in anger
In her Feb. 25 "Hope for people of rogue nations" column, Mona Charen compares the time when former President Ronald Reagan used similar words when referring to the Soviet Union. Connie Lyngby, Grovetown, Ga.

Stop turning evildoers into victims
A civilized society will cease to exist without law and order, and it seems that Lady Justice would tire of the continuous beatings. This time it wasn't a dirty cop, a crooked attorney or a biased jury to cast the crippling blow. It was the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles that spit in her face and sucker-punched her in the gut. Samuel L. Corley, Augusta

Trial lawyers not terrorists
Allan Levene's March 2 letter refers to trial lawyers as "economic terrorists" who should be legislated out of business. I disagree. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro, Ga.

No more chances
Last October many Augustans concerned with the quality of justice were dismayed when Rodricgus F. Maxwell, who pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine, received no jail time.

NASCAR issues new seat belt mandate

Harvick returns to scene of emotional first victory

Shaughnessy, Seles advance

Park to return to Winston Cup at site of accident

Legend of Canadian loonie grows

Overtime

Price of S.C. saltwater fishing license rising

Overtime

Front-runners settle in for 24-hour layovers

Sports section received awards

Brainpower puts Elliott on pole

Harvick returns to scene of emotional first victory
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kevin Harvick's first hint he had done something special last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway came when he saw crewman Danny "Chocolate" Myers crying.

Shaughnessy, Seles advance
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Monica Seles, the 1992 champion at Indian Wells, began her bid for another title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory Thursday over 14-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova.

Sports section received awards
The Augusta Chronicle sports section received three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest.

Price of S.C. saltwater fishing license rising
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Saltwater fishing license fees are going up in South Carolina.

Overtime
Cross Creek's Al Young resigned last week as head football coach, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He will stay on as the school's athletic director and girls basketball coach.

Brainpower puts Elliott on pole
HAMPTON, Ga. - Bill Elliott found enough speed to win the pole for the MBNA America 500 in a peculiar place - behind closed doors.

Front-runners settle in for 24-hour layovers
CRIPPLE, Alaska -- Martin Buser, Linwood Fiedler, DeeDee Jonrowe and other top mushers were in Cripple Thursday morning, settling in for their mandatory 24-hour layovers at the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Overtime
Third-seeded Justine Henin of Belgium rallied from a one-set, 3-4 deficit to beat Maja Matevzic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the second round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

NASCAR issues new seat belt mandate
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The attempt to make NASCAR racing safer following Dale Earnhardt's death led to a new rule regarding the placement of seat belts in the car.

Legend of Canadian loonie grows
TORONTO -- The Canadian coin buried in the ice where Canada won the gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics went on display Friday at the Hockey Hall of Fame - and saw its reputation grow even more.

Park to return to Winston Cup at site of accident
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Steve Park will return to Winston Cup competition next week at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, where a crash left him with a brain injury that led to slurred speech and double vision.

Fishing tournament results

Happiness for anglers is when the 'bite' is on
The bite is on for fishermen in both fresh and salt water, from American shad on their spawning run in the Savannah River, to hybrids and stripers schooling on Strom Thurmond Lake, to crappies and bass in local ponds to sheepshead in coastal areas.

Happiness for anglers is when the 'bite' is on

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

Rebels out for revenge
Hephzibah's girls basketball team lost to Glenn Hills three times this season. Here's a quick quiz.

Title run proves progress
Glenn Hills point guard Sheena Carpenter believed four years ago that she would be playing for a successful Lady Spartans' squad - the kind that goes 30-2 in a season, wins a Region 3-AAAA title and has a shot at winning the state's top prize.

Wesleyan girls win Class A
MACON, Ga. - Catherine Stringer scored 20 points as Wesleyan won its first state championship, beating Jefferson in the Class A girls final Friday.

Emotions run high at Swainsaboro
MACON - Tears of joy have fallen after nearly every Swainsboro girls basketball victory.

Previous meetings
Meeting No. 1 Glenn Hills 49, Hephzibah 43 When: Jan. 12

County to get state crown
This is something else, Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton was saying as he swept the gym floor.

Patriots re-sign defensive end Willie McGinest
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Defensive end Willie McGinest, who went from starter to reserve in the regular season, and goat to hero in the Super Bowl, re-signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday.

Saints trade Williams to Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. -- Three years ago, the New Orleans Saints decided Ricky Williams was worth an entire draft. Now the Miami Dolphins believe he could be worth two first-round picks.

Blank interviews former Green Bay GM
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons' search for a general manager took another turn Friday when owner Arthur Blank interviewed former Green Bay executive vice president Ron Wolf.

Hearst's agent talking contract with Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Garrison Hearst might end his football career in his home state.

Glenn joins Packers in deal with Patriots
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers acquired troubled wide receiver Terry Glenn from New England on Friday.

Holy art thou
The Rev. Damien Higgins' iconography students learn the ancient art form the same way he did, sitting by their teacher's side.

Intramurals courting fun among all faiths
Maybe they should have practiced a bit more, but Muslim Zubair Chao and Catholic Emili Ballweg aren't worried.

Singer reveals testimony through story and song
A verse from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah tacked above her computer screen inspired Annie Meadows' last CD, Common Bond.

Faith digest
Maryl F. Walters of the Christian Science Board in St. Louis and the Rev. Larry Fryer will discuss Finding the Spiritual Foundation of Race Relationships at Lamar Elementary School, 970 Baker Ave., at 2 p.m. today. The event is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Faith, patriotism make nation great
I remember that scary first day of school with the fears, those fat pencils, the bullies, and even the smell of the school building. But what I remember most is learning the Pledge of Allegiance. Every morning we would say the pledge. I still remember those words. They are instilled within me.

Georgia Tech has nothing to lose

More buildings put green on the drawing board
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In most offices, the bathroom would be an odd place for a can of mulch.

Taking gym rats' well-being to heart
Figuring that people trying to get in shape are prime contenders for heart attack, two major health organizations said Monday that large fitness clubs should always have automatic defibrillators on hand - and staff trained to use them.

Scientist exhausted, elated with response to fusion research
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Rusi Taleyarkhan is 49, suddenly famous and emotionally spent.

Oops! Universe is beige, not turquoise
WASHINGTON -- Whoops! Call the painter back. The color of the universe is not the turquoise that astronomers said. Try a rather ordinary beige.

Sun could be disrupting your cell phone
That glitch in your cell-phone reception just might be due to a sunspot, according to researchers studying the effects of solar bursts on our wireless connections.

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.

Gonorrhea infection rates leveling off
ATLANTA -- Gonorrhea has leveled off in the United States but rates are still rising in many cities hit hardest by the infection, a finding health officials say is unacceptable.

LSU tops Georgia

Top-seeded Dogs seek respect
ATLANTA - The radio guy was asking Georgia coach Jim Harrick about his team's unforeseen success this season, and he made the mistake of insinuating that the Bulldogs got lucky.

LSU tops Georgia
ATLANTA - The day was unfolding according to form for Georgia's Ezra Williams, the hometown boy playing for the home-state team.

Top-seeded Dogs seek respect

South Carolina survives late run
ATLANTA - There's still plenty of game left in these Gamecocks.

South Carolina stuns Kentucky

South Carolina stuns Kentucky
ATLANTA - All this might have seemed silly a week ago, when South Carolina slogged to its third straight loss to end the regular season.

South Carolina survives late run

Scientist exhausted, elated with response to fusion research

Sun could be disrupting your cell phone

Taking gym rats' well-being to heart

Oops! Universe is beige, not turquoise

Another promising step along the genetics highway

More buildings put green on the drawing board

Intramurals courting fun among all faiths

Faith digest

Faith, patriotism make nation great

Singer reveals testimony through story and song

Holy art thou