Red Sox hire Grady Little as manager
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cleveland bench coach Grady Little was hired Monday as manager of the Boston Red Sox, joining a team with new owners eager to win the franchise's first World Series title since 1918.
Nude motorcyclists baring it at "camping party"; sheriff's office not grinning
SAMSULA, Fla. -- Eddie and Suzy Colosimo have house guests this week, and many of them are choosing not to wear clothes.
Wanted: bin Laden's face
TAMPA - The way Bill Place saw it, Osama bin Laden made the perfect target for golfers wanting to take a whack at an international terrorist.
Pendleton's keen eye appreciated by Braves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - From the moment he rode his Harley into the parking lot, tucked his helmet under his arm, and showed up in the clubhouse looking like a pudgy version of Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, Terry Pendleton has had a profound effect on Atlanta's hitters and the way they approach their craft.
Atlanta offense remains inconsistent
Eleven games into spring training, the Braves are 4-7 after Sunday's 12-3 loss to the New York Mets, another lackluster outing in which the pitching was spotty and the offense was inconsistent.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The best thing that can be said for Albie Lopez's outing Monday was it eliminated the team's outfielders from having to run sprints after the game.
Foster battles for lefty spot
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The college cap that's faded and sweat-stained, the one on the top shelf of his locker? It's staying right there.
Braves beat Marlins
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Florida closer Antonio Alfonseca pitched for the first time since undergoing back surgery in October, but the Florida Marlins lost 7-4 to a split squad of Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Health plans offer less and employees pay more
Health care inflation is on the rise again, and unlike the last cycle of skyrocketing employee health insurance premiums a decade ago, this time around there's nothing on the horizon that promises to get costs back under control.
Fund industry credits 401(k) investors, dollar cost averaging for healthy flows
NEW YORK -- It's clear that mutual fund investors, unshaken by questions about the
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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Telephone system maker Avaya Inc. is eliminating about 1,900 jobs, or 8.3 percent of its work force, as part of a bid to cut costs of up to $200 million a year.
Giving your business the right image
It doesn't matter whether you have been in business for years or are just beginning your life as a business owner, now is a good time to review the business name you've selected with the idea of using it as a marketing tool and not just a name.
Kmart CEO leaves company
DETROIT -- The struggling Kmart Corp. replaced its chief executive Monday, three days after announcing a turnaround plan that will trim 22,000 jobs and close 284 stores.
Some taxpayers need to pay alternative minimum tax
Before mailing your federal income tax return, check to make sure you aren't subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). The IRS says that in recent years, more and more people have found themselves subject to the AMT.
Further rise in gas cost is likely
With spring just around the corner, consumers can expect gasoline prices to continue to rise, analysts said Monday.
Clemson squeaks into tournament
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The people at ESPN did Clemson a favor Sunday. They announced the Tigers' NCAA tournament bracket first.
Daily TV highlights for the week
If "Must-See TV" is Thursday nights, then that must make Mondays "Let's See What Else We Can Do" time.
39 million people watched CBS' "9-11" documentary
NEW YORK -- An estimated 39 million people watched the CBS "9-11" documentary that featured video footage from inside the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks.
Girls celebrate 90 years of learning the Scout way
It's about more than cookies. The Thin Mints and the Tagalongs might be the first things that come to mind when people think about Girl Scouts, but to Augusta attorney Sue Reimer, the treats are about financial skills, professionalism and setting goals.
In the know
Looking for a way to cut clutter in the kitchen? The new Amana Messenger Refrigerator may be just the appliance to help. It has a built-in recorder that allows you to tape your honey-do lists, instead of writing it all down. The refrigerator also will alert you when it is time to change the water filter, if the door has been left open or if there was a power outage while you were away.
Awards boost Oscar shots for Crowe, Berry
LOS ANGELES -- Russell Crowe continued his pre-Oscars tear by taking best actor honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards, while Halle Berry boosted her prospects to become the first black woman to win a best actress Academy Award.
'American Embassy': A diplomatic critique
Last spring, with ratings for "Ally McBeal" starting to decline, Fox set out to find a similar replacemen
Pop singer struggled with her second CD
LOS ANGELES - Australian-born Natalie Imbruglia was one of 1998's surprise pop successes.
MTV series goes home with the Osbournes
NEW YORK -- The boxes are stacked outside the Beverly Hills home, ready to be carried in. Each is neatly labeled: "pots and pans," "linens," "devil heads," "dead things."
Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 25-March 3. Each ratings point represents 1,055,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.
How HBO thrives while other television networks struggle
NEW YORK -- The slogan sounds elitist, even pompous: "It's not TV, it's HBO." But the pay cable service has backed up its boast.
TV thrives on mismatched couples
Television producers have known for decades that opposites attract viewers. Mismatched television couples incorporating aliens, talking cars and puppet pals have created some of television's biggest hits.
A red-letter day for television swearing
NEW YORK -- Time to wash the speakers out with soap: This past weekend marked a milestone in televised swearing.
Gealy claims title in Kandy Waters
With memories of Ernie Els dancing in his head, Elliot Gealy was able to hold on and win his first NGA/Hooters Tour golf title Sunday.
Kuchar makes Masters
The news just keeps getting better and better for Matt Kuchar.
Daly in Masters for 2002
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - John Daly's coveted Masters Tournament invitation went in the mail first thing this morning.
Augustan begins job at PGA center
As a bone-marrow transplant survivor of the deadliest form of leukemia, Mark Avery knows something about second chances.
Kuchar wins Honda Classic
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - It didn't take Matt Kuchar long to win on the PGA Tour. Seventeen starts as a pro, to be exact.
New York thrashes Atlanta
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Roman Hamrlik and Michael Peca each scored two goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kovalchuk out for season after injuring shoulder
DULUTH, Ga. -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk, the leading goal scorer on his team and among NHL rookies, will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right shoulder.
It was a landslide victory - for the other guy
There won't be a Bill Kirby in Congress anytime soon.
Man charged for fatally stabbing wife
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- An Augusta, Ga., man - estranged from his wife who is an officer at Pope Air Force Base - has been charged with murder in his wife's death in South Carolina.
Kuchar returning to the Masters
John Daly and Matt Kuchar are returning to the Masters, although their road back to Augusta National could not have been any different.
Clerk bound, left in early-morning robbery
A group of men tied up a convenience store clerk and robbed the Crown Fast Fare on Gordon Highway near Grovetown, authorities said.
Thomson teen gets consecutive life sentences
A Thomson teen was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty Tuesday to killing his parents.
Selling a sport
Sue Russell didn't know a thing about faceoffs or forechecks when she took a job with the Augusta Lynx hockey team nearly five years ago.
Lynx bolster playoff hopes
There was a sense of accomplishment in the dressing room early Sunday evening after the Augusta Lynx held on for a 3-2 victory over the Macon Whoopee. With two wins this weekend over their in-state rivals, the Lynx helped their playoff cause and may have ended Macon's.
Measure enforces hunting
AIKEN - A bill in the South Carolina General Assembly would suspend driver's licenses of hunters and fishermen who are ticketed for illegal recreation if they ignore those citations.
Support pours in at shelter
AIKEN - The donations included about 3,000 pounds of dog food, 50 pet carriers and six large, portable metal cages.
Across South Carolina
YORK -A wrongful-death lawsuit against Spartanburg nursing home operator White Oak Manor Inc. will go to trial in July unless a settlement is reached before then.
Subscriber of the day
Audrey Lavin of Evans is today's subscriber of the day.
Richmond County Deputy Bruce Williams examines an empty tractor-trailer that crashed at the Interstate 20 overpass at Washington Road. The truck was headed east on I-20 Monday when the driver lost control and broke through the guard rail. The driver had no life-threatening injuries.
Program rewards good teachers
LAURENS, S.C. - Seven South Carolina schools have launched a statewide pilot program that pays teachers extra for raising pupil achievement.
Across the area
A 35-year-old North Augusta woman was arrested Sunday in connection with a Saturday night fire at an Augusta house.
Stormwater fees to begin
North Augusta will hold a public hearing March 18 at its municipal building to discuss its stormwater fees.
BONEVILLE, Ga. - When Gloria Smith looks at an iron bed, sleep is the last thing on her mind.
Across the Southeast
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Concerned about legislative efforts to restrict access to public records, more than half of Florida's daily newspapers published editorials Sunday stressing the importance of maintaining an open government.
Officials will skip tax talks
Today's planned meeting about the distribution of Columbia County's local option sales tax dollars might not happen.
Crime Watch Stacy Haynes, Project Cease Fire coordinator, talks to Aiken police about how the program seeks stiffer penalties for criminals who carry guns. Ms. Haynes gave her presentation Monday at the city's Public Safety Department.
Mayor wants to doctor The Garden City motto
When it comes to a city slogan, Mayor Bob Young prefers brains to beauty.
GOP plans health care boost
COLUMBIA - South Carolina House leaders said Monday that they plan to use $58 million in tobacco settlement funds to improve health care.
Council votes to fund playhouse
AIKEN - Aiken City Council voted Monday night to contribute about $1.6 million in additional funding toward the completion of the downtown performing arts center.
Religion's post-attack rise proves short-lived
America found its spiritual side in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, but six months later spiritual activity and the depth of people's beliefs have returned to pre-attack levels, even in religious areas such as the South, church leaders said.
Black ministers oppose bills
The Concerned Ministers of Augusta will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss proposed legislation regarding the structure of city government. The forum will be in the eighth-floor commission chamber of the municipal building at 530 Greene St.
Across the area
A Cross Creek High School teacher charged with setting fire to her ex-boyfriend's house has been placed on administrative leave, a spokesman said Monday.
Across South Carolina
McCORMICK -A 19th-century railroad corridor could become the state's newest hiking and biking trail, the Palmetto Conservation Foundation says.
ATLANTA - A jury heard evidence Monday it will use to decide whether Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin - formerly known as H. Rap Brown - should be executed for the slaying of a Fulton County sheriff's deputy.
Ethics panel questions Walker's affiliations
ATLANTA - The state Ethics Commission has voted to open an investigation into whether Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker failed to disclose some of his affiliations in several recent financial-disclosure reports.
Jurors indict repeat offender
An Augusta man granted probation instead of prison time four months ago on a second drug offense now could face 20 years to life in a federal prison.
Survivor speaks of Sept. 11
NEW ELLENTON - Stanley Praimnath started Sept. 11 with a simple prayer, and by the time it was over he was praying again.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
ATLANTA -The British government was expected to plead again with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles today for the life of condemned inmate Tracy Lee Housel.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Elizabeth Taylor of Appling.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
4-H program serves variety of interests
It's a century old, but 4-H, a youth program that has its roots in agriculture, has moved into the cities and the suburbs.
Beached whale dies on Tybee
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - The black creature's breathing became shallower and shallower - and finally stopped.
News you can use
March 12, 1995 Led by senior Ricky Moore, Westside High dominated crosstown rival Josey High 60-39 to capture the first state basketball title in the school's history.
Schools question standardized tests
As the mother of a fifth-grader, Kimberly Richard has plenty to say about standardized testing.
Two men charged in thefts
Authorities investigating a two-county string of residential burglaries arrested two men after finding thousands of dollars in stolen items in their hotel room in Martinez.
Surviving dog finds new home
AIKEN - If you looked very closely, it was almost as if Cassie's canine mouth was smiling.
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that before Glenn Hills High School's victory Saturday, T.W. Josey High was the most recent Augusta-area team to win a state basketball championship, winning the Class AAA girls title in 1998.
News you can use
March 11, 1986 American City Corp.'s revitalization plan for downtown Augusta is getting a face-lift.
Charter schools head to decision
AIKEN - The Aiken County School Board could decide the future of charter schools in the county tonight.
Scouts honor 90 years of girl power
LaForest Myer still goes by her Girl Scout camp name, "Tree," which she received when she was 10.
Blind pianist finds faith in music
ATHENS, Ga. - "I was born blind," Fleeta Mitchell said. "I've never seen in my life."
Distance issues plague NCAA
The National Collegiate Athletic Association spends much of its time fretting about the student aspect of student-athletes. The folks in Indianapolis could use a refresher course in geography.
Prosecutors file more charges against Jayson Williams
FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams wiped his fingerprints off the shotgun used to kill a limousine driver at his mansion, then told house guests to lie to police that the driver killed himself, authorities said Monday.
Hawks 121, Warriors 96
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 32 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 19 Monday night as the Atlanta Hawks set a season high for points in a 121-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Orlando tops Toronto
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic aren't known as defensive stoppers, but they sure looked the part against the struggling Toronto Raptors.
Kansas, Duke, Maryland, Cincinnati lead the field of 65
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first NCAA tournament that tried to keep teams closer to home features two old hands and two first-timers in the top spots.
RPI ratings play big role in NCAA selections
INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler won 25 games - and didn't get into the NCAA tournament.
UConn completes season-long run at No. 1
From the preseason WNIT to the eve of the NCAA tournament, it was Connecticut all the way.
Knight film earns big rating
NEW YORK -- "A Season on the Brink," a film about basketball coach Bob Knight, produced large ratings for ESPN - mostly R-rated.
Vanderbilt a surprise No. 1 in women's tournament
Vanderbilt edged out conference rival Tennessee for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament Sunday and joined Connecticut, Duke and Oklahoma at the top of the brackets.
Boozer riding hot streak heading into postseason
DURHAM, N.C. -- Carlos Boozer is on the kind of roll that makes highlight films glow and gives opposing coaches sleepless nights. If he keeps it up for six more games, Duke just might have another national title.
Duke wins fourth straight ACC title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski has been in enough championship settings to get a good read on his team. He knew to keep quiet Sunday.
Haslem to the bench? Donovan is thinking about it
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan is determined to keep his star center, Udonis Haslem, out of foul trouble.
Reviewing and previewing college basketball heading into the NCAA Tournament:
Duke the final No. 1 for a record fourth straight year
Duke moved back into the No. 1 spot in the AP college basketball poll Monday, a record fourth straight year the Blue Devils were on top of the final rankings of the season.
Mrs. Mattie McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Bennette McKie, 81, of Burnside Avenue, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at First Providence Baptist
Mrs. Betty Durst (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Betty Clark Durst,
Mrs. Florence Godbee (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mrs. Florence J. Godbee, 83, of Sand Bar Ferry Road, wife of the late Jack Godbee, entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, at her residence.
Mr. Harrison Carlan (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Harrison Felton, "Bob" Carlan died March 9, 20
Mrs. Marie Bridgers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lynn Harville (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Lynn Douglas Harville, 58, Campbellton Drive, North Augusta, who died March 9, 2002, will
Featured obituary: Mr. Gene E. Davis
Thinking back to the time he was a teen-age volunteer firefighter, Gary Thigpen remembered the chief who inspired him into a career of fighting fires.
Mr. Dewey Woods Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 9, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Mr. Dewey Albertus Woods Sr., husband of Mrs. Mary Randall Woods. A cryptside service will be he
Mrs. Bridgette Walden ( WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Bridgette R. Walden died on Monday, March 4, 2002 at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.
Mrs. Louise Moore (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest, Mrs. Louise Adams Moore, 90, of Old Edgefield Road. Surviving are her daughter-in-law
Mrs. Lillie Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Lillie Mae Johnson-Kendrick of Swans Lane. Mrs. Kendrick was a native of Hephzibah. She leaves to cherish her memories, four sons, Mr. James (Linda)
Mrs. Gwendolyn Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Mrs. Gwendolyn Jac
Mr. William Barnes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Satur
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
Mr. Donald Smoland (AIKEN, S.C.)
SRP AIKEN, S.C. - Donald Bruce Smoland, 53, of Huckleberry Drive, Aiken, died March 10 of ALS after a long illness at his home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, a
Mrs. Effie Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Effie Mae Butler Robinson, age 68, entered into rest March 6, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert L. Myers officiating.
Mr. Floyd Fulmer (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Floyd Fulmer, age 79, of Piper Road, Aiken, entered into rest Sunday, March 10, 2002. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2002, from Shiloh Baptist Chu
Mrs. Gladys Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The death of Gladys Milvurn Parker, 83, occurred Friday in an Augusta hospital. Gravesid
Mr. William Seymour (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. William Henry Seymour, will be Thursday, March 14, 2002, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home with Rev. Rodney Powell and Donnie Bate
Mr. William Linnenkohl (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, Mar
Mr. William Linnenkohl (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 10, 2002, at his residence. Mr. William Edward Linnenkohl of Old Augusta Road,
Mrs. Susan Jacks (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest at the residence, Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Jacks, wife of the late William Jacks of Grovetown. A memorial service will be conducted at the Thomas L.
Mr. Robert Johnson (ESTILL, S.C.)
ESTILL, S.C. - Mr. Robert Lee "Shorty" Johnson, 72, of Turner Expressway near Estill, died early Sunday morning at th
Mrs. Louise Adams (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Louise B. "Ease" Adams of Calhoun Street, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Edgefield County Hospital.
Mr. John Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Mr. John Jackson, SFC (Retired) of Beaufort Ave. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are one son, Trent Jackson, Columbia, S.C.; t
Mrs. Dorothy Doss (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 9, 2002, in Princeton, Ky., Mrs. Dorothy "Juanita"
Mrs. Dorothy Doss (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 9, 2002, in Princeton, Kentucky, Mrs. Dorothy "Juanita" R. Doss, 74, of Harlem. Graveside services will be held today, March 12, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Harlem Memorial Cemeter
Mrs. Mamie Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Mamie Carroll, 75, of Edgefield Road, entered into rest Sunday, March 2, 20
Mrs. Gwendolyn Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 7, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center,
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. Dr.
Mrs. Hattie Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Hattie Barton Stallings, 85, of Conklin Ave., who died March 6, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from Zion Fair Bapti
Mr. Johnny Fields (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Graveside services for Mr. Johnny Fields, 24, of Wal
Mr. Timothy Gleason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Timothy M. Gleason, entered into rest Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Augusta Hills Nursing Home. Grav
Mr. Arthur Spires (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, Mr. Art
Mrs. Barbara Wright-Dunbar (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara J. Wright-Dunbar, 43, of Camel Street, died Monda
Mr. Samuel Hickman Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Samuel Hickman Sr., 49, died March 9, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Arrange
Abraham Lincoln defended as a truly great American
Milton Gresham's Feb. 26 letter, "Lincoln was bad for the nation," bespeaks the tone of a Southern gentleman, so eloquently quoting the words of President Abraham Lincoln, for the world to read anew. I thank him for that. John Helman, Augusta
Helping S.C. boycott
The League of the South and other groups that dress up in Confederate garb, wave the Dixie battle flag and stage ostentatious rallies at South Carolina welcome centers may very well succeed where the NAACP has not - persuading the nation's tourists and businesses to steer clear of the Palmetto State.
One mentally ill killer after another
WHETHER IT WAS good or bad, Georgians are stuck with the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board's decision to spare the life of Alexander Williams. He's the "madman" who kidnapped, raped, killed and robbed 16-year-old Aleta Bunch 16 years ago.
A great coach
All who attended the induction of Coach A.L. Williams into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 23 left the ceremony feeling mighty good. It was an honor long overdue. Ray Mims, Perry, Ga.
Killer will likely get out of prison
Once again we, the people, have been sentenced to fully support another killer until he dies, although in reality, he will probably eventually be released because of "good behavior," or because he "got religion" or because of prison overcrowding. Patti Duke, Harlem, Ga.
Board too concerned about equity
Over the last month, I have taken a greater interest in the Columbia County Board of Education because of so-called attempts to eliminate Spanish from Steven's Creek Elementary. Steve Epperson, Martinez, Ga.
Add extra classes
With a year's worth of a pilot program under their belts, Richmond County school board members are talking about expanding the seven-period program to all high schools in the district.
Left lane slowpokes are dangerous
Marie Hodges, who wrote that delicious letter on the tailgater with an injured hand on Jan. 29, is terrific. What a great sense of humor and perspective. Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.
New nuke policy?
Six months after the war on terrorism got underway, in the horrible aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, public support for President Bush's conducting of the war is still off the chart. A just-released Washington Post-ABC poll puts it at 90 percent, and that's despite the recent military casualties in Afghanistan.
The Glenn Hills girls basketball program has had a great year, finishing with an AAAA state title this weekend, when the Lady Spartans thumped Hephzibah, 66-46.
Legal system often wrong in death penalty sentences
I was amazed that The Chronicle published a whole page March 3 objecting to Alexander Williams' death penalty being commuted to life in prison without parole. G.E. King, North Augusta, S.C.
Trustee opposes revamp plan
As a school board member for District 5 in Columbia County, it gives me great concern that one of our representatives would consider introducing legislation that would change a governing body without first having a suitable dialogue with its members. Lee Muns, Martinez, Ga.
'Hood man's' tactics are shameful
I'm sorry if Jimmy Davison (hood-fence controversy) has fallen on hard times, but if his property appraises at $120,000, he is free to try to sell it for $120,000. But for him to try to extort the city for the money by using this stunt is absurd. Steve Brady, Grovetown, Ga.
Wrong 401(k) lesson
If the Enron collapse has taught employees anything, it's that it's unwise to invest all one's 401(k) pension savings into one company, including the company one works for.
Policy leader honored
State Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Edgefield, finds himself in good company after being named Policy Leader of the Year in the nation's capital by the prestigious National Association of State Boards of Education.
Has no sympathy for single mom
The Chronicle's March 3 front page article, "Judge's challenge prompts changes in protective agency" is a glaring example of much that is wrong with America today. Dale Gordineer, Edgefield, S.C.
Offers way to squelch irritating telemarketers
Regarding Wallace B. Rogers' March 1 letter, concerning telemarketers' unwanted "siege" on his telephone. He may be interested to know that there is an answer to his problem. Guill Johnson, Thomson, Ga.
Stewart's practice pays off with win
HAMPTON, Ga. - Preparation for Tony Stewart's victory in Sunday's MBNA America 500 started last October at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
HAMPTON, Ga. _ When Sterling Marlin wasn't penalized for speeding on pit road at Las Vegas on March 3, it amounted to a penalty for the other 42 teams that obeyed the traffic laws, NASCAR admitted Sunday.
Opposition unlikely to dissuade D.C. from licensing Tyson
WASHINGTON -- It would take a surprise, last-round knockout to keep Mike Tyson from getting a boxing license in Washington. The judges' scorecards are already well in his favor going into Tuesday's public hearing.
Agassi reaches tennis milestone
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - This time, there were no obstacles Andre Agassi couldn't handle.
Olympic champion Sarah Hughes feted at hometown
GREAT NECK, N.Y. -- Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes was feted in her hometown Sunday with hundreds of people lining the streets to watch marching bands, politicians, police and fire departments parading in her honor.
Three Augusta area junior players won division titles Sunday in the annual Baldino's Georgia Junior Top 16 Championships at Newman Tennis Center.
Two different national NCAA Division II polls have USC Aiken ranked among the top three teams in the country this week.
Georgia prep champions
A listing of the state high school basketball championship winners.
Glenn Hills' rule might be longer
Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton was disappointed after Saturday's 66-46 loss to Glenn Hills in the Class AAAA state basketball title game.
Swainsboro's roll of dice backfires
Swainsboro junior guard Kellie Johnson held her head in her right hand and her white jersey partially covered her face. Hardly any other Lady Tiger could bear to watch the end.
The best business graphics card on the market
Business PC users rejoice! Matrox has again ignored the demands of an ever-growing gaming community to provide you with the best business graphics card on the market. And for that, you should be grateful.
Traffic advisers back camera use
Wayne Shackelford says he has seen the future of transportation in Augusta. And it involves cameras.
Study: Drug helps cut chance of another heart attack
Giving the antibiotic clarithromycin to people hospitalized for a heart attack or unstable angina prolonged life and reduced the risk of future heart attacks, scientists report.
Computer questions answered
Q. I disagree with your admonition that computer buyers should avoid "bargain boxes" and instead buy computers in the $900 to $1,200 range.
Computer program may help you live longer
Imagine for a moment that you're a doctor in general practice and you have the following patient in your office. He's 50 years old, grossly overweight, hypertensive and has high blood sugar.
If you love wrecking cars, you'll love 'Wreckless'
"Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions" is a lot of things, but wreckless isn't one of them.
Findings by physicists likely to pop 'bubble fusion'
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Upcoming experiments will likely burst the bubble on bubble fusion, according to two prominent Oak Ridge scientists who've already disputed the results published last week in Science magazine.
USB connection makes computer use easy
USB isn't something you mutter when you're cut off in traffic.
Lady Dogs make it to the dance again
ATLANTA -- After a disappointing season by Georgia standards, the Lady Bulldogs still made it into the NCAA tournament Sunday for the 19th time in 21 seasons. Unheralded Georgia State made it, too.
Dogs' seeding surprises coach
Georgia lost four of its last seven games, including Friday's first-game flameout against Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Gamecocks look toward opening play in NIT
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Southeastern Conference officials privately told South Carolina coach Dave Odom the referees made a pair of incorrect calls in the final minute against Alabama and he wants someone held accountable.
South Carolina gets No. 3 seed in East
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Shaunzinski Gortman finally had a reason to watch the NCAA selection show this year.
South Carolina rallies to beat Seton Hall
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Thomas' first career home run sparked a five-run seventh inning rally as South Carolina beat Seton Hall 10-5 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series.
Gamecocks play Virginia in NIT
South Carolina will travel to Virginia to open play in the NIT on Wednesday.
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I've been going out with my boyfriend for three months, and he's not pressuring me to have sex, but he says he can't wait forever. What should I do? - 19-year-old Augusta girl
Reed McWhorter, 18, is a senior at Lincoln County High School.
Bob Dylan concert was a tribute to the artist's popularity
There's only one excuse for not attending the Bob Dylan concert: You wanted to go and couldn't.
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:
Creed moves away from rock anthems with 'Weathered'
Creed's new CD, Weathered, is a bit of a letdown after its previous two albums.
Orson Scott Card's futuristic Folk of the Fringe is an intriguing concoction of interrelated short stories. Set in a post-nuclear holocaust society, hardened bandits and idyllic hopefuls struggle to live on. If you want an escape from reality, mystery and adventure await you in Folk of the Fringe.
You don't just have to watch out for the dog these days - sewer rats and little brothers are lying in wait to eat your homework, too.
Happy anniversary: The Girl Scouts were founded on this day in 1912.
THE FACTS: Chris Litsey, 15, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School
Question of the week
Q: How many hours a night do you spend studying and doing homework?
New band hits the 'Apex' with a multi-cultural sound
There is hope for the future of music - maybe not for the whole industry, but definitely for one new band, The Apex Theory.
THE FACTS: Anne Williams, 17, a senior at Evans High School.
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