Position switches could play key role in NL East race

Ostertag testifies as contraction grievance resumes

Position switches could play key role in NL East race
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones is worried he might hurt a teammate as he tries to get comfortable in an unfamiliar spot. Edgardo Alfonzo just wants an end to all the questions about his new job.

Ostertag testifies as contraction grievance resumes
NEW YORK -- Tom Ostertag, baseball's general counsel since 1990, testified Monday as baseball's contraction hearing resumed for the first time since Feb. 28.

Suggestions pour in for Augusta's new motto

Braves (ss) 6, Mets (ss) 5

Braves notebook

Braves (ss) 8, Astros 6, 11 innings
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Wilson Betemit went 4-of-5, including a two-run triple in the 11th inning that gave an Atlanta Braves split squad an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Braves (ss) 6, Mets (ss) 5
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Al Leiter pitched four innings in his first game in 10 days and declared himself ready for opening day after the New York Mets' 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Braves notebook
JUPITER, Fla. - George Lombard's spring took a painful turn for the worse Monday.

Lockhart battles for spot on roster

Braves notebook

Lockhart battles for spot on roster
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- This wouldn't be the first time somebody didn't realize what they had in Keith Lockhart.

Braves notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Darren Holmes gave up a home run to Houston third baseman Morgan Ensberg, the first hitter he had faced in 10 days, but wore a wide smile after Sunday's 8-6, 11-inning win over the Astros.

Tire processor loses permit

Police clarify job limits of store security guards
A day after two loss-prevention officers from Wal-Mart chased a shoplifting suspect from Columbia County to Columbia, S.C., police say they don't recommend that people risk their lives for merchandise.

Getting a trademark
I know you've seen that little "TM" in a circle indicating that a logo or series of words has been trademarked, but what you don't know is that t

Board watches problem builders
Building officials in Columbia and Richmond counties want to take a bite out of the bad guys' business.

Business briefs

Communities get creative in refilling big-box stores
Shoppers love the big-box retailers, and suburban communities are building their commercial futures on the foundations of individual stores that

Small-business tips offered

Some taxes are deductible
Did you know that you may be able to deduct certain taxes on your federal income tax return? The IRS says you can if you file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. There are three types of deductible non-business taxes:

Annual fund reports worth a look
NEW YORK - If you're like most investors, the annual reports you get from your mutual fund companies probably get little more than a glance before they end up in the trash.

Avoid either overselling or underselling qualifications

Communities get creative in refilling big-box stores

Getting a trademark

Police clarify job limits of store security guards

Groups share risks, rewards of investment
AIKEN - With the most famous jewel in Aiken's Triple Crown, the Aiken Spring Steeplechase, on tap for Saturday, many people may be daydreaming about owning a prize racehorse of their own.

Some taxes are deductible

Small-business tips offered
Creative financing and marketing solutions will take center stage at Mayor Bob Young's second small-business conference, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Julian Smith Casino in Augusta.

Groups share risks, rewards of investment

Business briefs
LONDON -Increasingly confident about flying as the shock of Sept. 11 recedes, travelers are returning to the skies over the North Atlantic.

Avoid either overselling or underselling qualifications
"OBJECTIVE: To be gainfully employed. I need a job."

Board watches problem builders

Don't be taken by tax scams
The IRS reminds taxpayers not to fall victim to a variety of tax scams. These schemes take several shapes, ranging from promises of special tax refunds to illegal ways of "untaxing" yourself. If people think something may be unscrupulous, they can report suspected tax fraud to the IRS at 1-800-829-0433.

Don't be taken by tax scams

Annual fund reports worth a look

Tire processor loses permit
DARIEN, Ga. - A scrap-tire processor with a stockpile of 200,000 used tires has lost its transport permit and has been ordered to reduce its inventory, according to state records.

Stallions coach wants established players

Bowden inspires with devotion to sport
Really, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said, he's having too much fun to quit now.

Old Dominion 74, Purdue 70, OT

Texas 68, Mississippi State 64

UCLA upsets Cincinnati

Connecticut 77, North Carolina St. 74

Kent State no upstart

NCAA ratings for first four days best since '94

Tide stars planning to return

Tuesday Tipoff

Pittsburgh 63, California 50

North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69

Prince leads Wildcats to round of 16

Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53

NIT Glance

Big 12 finally coming up huge in NCAA tourney

Williams, Bird, Howland, Auriemma win Naismith Awards

Blue Devils have experience edge in South Regional

Gators left gasping for answers

Syracuse 66, Butler 65, OT

Duke 76, TCU 66

Illinois 72, Creighton 60

O'Connell on Basketball: Some teams benefited from staying near home

Vanderbilt 61, Arizona St. 35

Condon on the spot

Rape trial horror

Lunch program fraud

S.C.: cut DUI level

Repeal ridiculous law

'Sexy Beast' shows villain for the ages
If there were a Movie Psychopath Hall of Fame, Ben Kingsley's Don Logan, from Sexy Beast, would be this year's inductee, joining such imm

In the know
Princeton University is not a place where even the best students gain admission easily. So how did James Hogue, a 31-year-old impostor, become a Princeton undergraduate and track star? This Reel Life documentary examines the strange case at 7 p.m. on Cinemax.

ABC commits suicide while nation watches
Does ABC stand for All x'Bout Cancellations?

Book evokes memories of childhood, readers say
Childhood nostalgia and a yearning for a lost way of life characterized reader response to The Augusta Chronicle's latest book club selection, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, at a group meeting Thursday.

New Andy Richter show: Wild, wacky stuff -- really
This one definitely will be an acquired taste, but the creative, expectation-defying "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" deserves to be acquired by enough viewers to keep it on the air.

'Stone Flower' is rock-solid mystery
Darl Union and Eli Wade are childhood soul mates, yet their lives can't be more diametrically opposed. She is the heiress to the Hardigree Marble Co. that rules the town, and he is the son of one of the company's stonecutters.

For TV, March comes in like a programming lion
In our latest example of what a complicated little business television has become - a constantly changing complicated little business - we bring you the case of March: the new premiere season.

Current 'Survivor': Our story so far
- Days on the island - 9 - Ewwwww! - Nurse John Carroll, heal thyself! A sea urchin left spines in his hand, while an eel sliced his middle finger. He called upon any fellow Rotusian to, um, relieve his pain by, er, relieving himself on the urchin wound. Paschal English tried, but it was Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien to the rescue. Yay, I guess.

March TV launches
In addition to Fox's "The American Embassy," NBC's "Colin Quinn Show" and FX's "The Shield," here are other new series debuting in March: Times are Eastern.

Movie-goers migrate to animated adventure 'Ice Age'
LOS ANGELES -- "Ice Age" froze out the competition at movie theaters as the animated film about prehistoric pals debuted with a whopping $47.9 million, a record for a movie opening in March.

Woods gets win at Bay Hill, again

Els, Love, Janzen and Verplank to play at Worldcom
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Worldcom Classic's only four-time winner says he'll return to next month's tournament.

Els, Love, Janzen and Verplank to play at Worldcom

O'Malley wins Clearwater Classic by five strokes
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australia's Peter O'Malley won the Clearwater Classic on Sunday, shooting his fourth consecutive sub-70 round to finish at 17-under 271 and beat American Brad Ott by five strokes.

Quigley, Forsman knocked out by caddie's good intention

Quigley, Forsman knocked out by caddie's good intention
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dan Forsman's caddie was only trying to help when he stopped a ball from rolling into the bunker while Brett Quigley was taking a free drop. It wound up getting both players disqualified from the Bay Hill Invitational.

Teske dethrones Sorenstam in playoff

Australia's Scott wins Qatar Masters
DOHA, Qatar -- Adam Scott of Australia won the Qatar Masters by six strokes Sunday, closing with a 5-under-par 67 that included an eagle on a 634-yard hole.

Quigley edges Zoeller, Gilder for rainy Silicon Valley win

Dinner honors Jones' legacy
ATLANTA - Golf luminaries from around the world gathered Sunday night to pay tribute to Bobby Jones on the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

Tiger separates himself from the field down the stretch
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is not ready to declare his game in perfect shape heading into two of the biggest tournaments in golf. At least he knows what to expect should he wind up in the lead late in the final round.

Teske dethrones Sorenstam in playoff
PHOENIX -- Rachel Teske birdied the second playoff hole to beat defending champion Annika Sorenstam in the Ping Banner Health on Sunday.

Tiger separates himself from the field down the stretch

Dinner honors Jones' legacy

Palmer's grandson gets a round at Bay Hill

Quigley edges Zoeller, Gilder for rainy Silicon Valley win
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dana Quigley made a 10-foot par putt on the final hole, holding off Fuzzy Zoeller and Bob Gilder on Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the rain-soaked Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.

Woods begins his march to the Masters

Woods begins his march to the Masters
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods began his march to the Masters with his first victory of the year, a four-shot margin at the Bay Hill Invitational that was secured by Phil Mickelson's blunders on the closing holes.

Palmer's grandson gets a round at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the biggest cheers on the first tee Sunday at the Bay Hill Invitational was for a player whose score didn't event count - the 14-year-old grandson of Arnold Palmer, invited to play as a marker with Peter Jacobsen.

Australia's Scott wins Qatar Masters

Ogle, U.S. Tour winner, retires at 37
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Brett Ogle of Australia, a winner on the U.S., Australasian and PGA tours, announced his retirement Sunday.

Woods gets win at Bay Hill, again
ORLANDO, Fla. - The 30th PGA Tour victory of Tiger Woods' short career came as so many of his others have. It was bursting at the seams with historic importance.

O'Malley wins Clearwater Classic by five strokes

Penguins 4, Thrashers 2
ATLANTA -- Milan Kraft scored just 1:14 into the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Penguins 4, Thrashers 2

Suggestions pour in for Augusta's new motto
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.

LeBlanc arrested on new rape charge
An Augusta man acquitted of three rape charges last month has been arrested in North Carolina on a new rape charge, District Attorney Danny Craig confirmed this morning.

South Carolina sues rest-stop demonstrators
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state filed a lawsuit Monday to stop rest-stop demonstrations by the NAACP and a white pride group in a dispute over the Confederate flag.

Robbery suspect in custody
A bank robbery suspect was in custody this afternoon in connection with Saturday's holdup at the Wachovia Bank on Wheeler Road.

Flag-waving white guy not going away

18,000 homicide victims each year

Barriers keep SRS reporter from getting to the truth

Innocent man sent to prison

Graham just not cautious enough

Mixed-oxide fuel not the answer

Where's the outcry for Abner Louima?

Don't blame Delta for ASA, ComAir

Not optimistic about nursing shortage

The prepaid funeral worked out for family

Feminist columnist is overly P.C.

Extending bar hours in downtown Augusta an awful idea

Which Charles Walker are we talking about?

In the know

New Andy Richter show: Wild, wacky stuff -- really

March TV launches

Current 'Survivor': Our story so far

ABC commits suicide while nation watches

'Stone Flower' is rock-solid mystery

'Sexy Beast' shows villain for the ages

Movie-goers migrate to animated adventure 'Ice Age'

Book evokes memories of childhood, readers say

Lynx moving on up
MACON, Ga, - The Augusta Lynx entered the weekend holding their destiny in their own hands.

Lynx moving on up

LeBlanc arrested on new rape charge

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

Bike builder
Daniel Duncan, the owner of the Odds and Ends shop in Johnston, S.C., puts together a new bicycle to be sold in his store. Mr. Duncan was taking advantage of the warm weather Monday by working outside.

Across Georgia
EAST POINT -Two people tried to rob members of a congregation during Sunday church services, authorities said. A woman was in custody, and police were searching for a man.

News you can use

Across the area
Two Wal-Mart security officers were injured Sunday at the Martinez store when a shoplifting suspect they were chasing hit them with a car, police said.

Across South Carolina

Spirit of the Games
Eddie Lyell didn't get to see much of the competition at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but he experienced something that might have been even more memorable - the vitality of the American spirit in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A Grave Matter
WRENS - Joe Rabun says he doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

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

Condon sues protest groups

Lawmakers debate benefits of gas bill
ATLANTA - For low-income Georgians, the effects of Gov. Roy Barnes' natural gas bill are fairly easy to figure out.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Authorities have found nearly $6,700 worth of stolen tools inside the garage of a Greenville County man who was shot to death in a Beaufort County storage unit last month.

Budget's debt is too high, GOP says

Across South Carolina

Soldiers must follow code
George Price spends most of his time checking up on some of Uncle Sam's nephews.

Soldiers must follow code

News you can use

Around town

Budget is focus of week

Across Georgia
NOBLE -A Cobb County judge was named Monday to preside over the Tri-State Crematory case.

Police power sought to arrest illegals

Woman will not stay away
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Mary Peters might die in jail because she won't tell a judge what he wants to hear.

South Carolina sues rest-stop demonstrators

Blacks speak out against city change
Members of Augusta's black community told local legislators Monday that they oppose a bill changing city government.

Some Georgia farms walk on the wild side

City loan set after discussion

Around town

County names new tax assessor

Higher tag fee would aid EMS

Across the southeast

Across Georgia

Military, school systems team up

Across the southeast

Across the area

Across the southeast
SPRING LAKE, N.C. -In the past 19 months, Army Capt. David Donovan has made four resignation requests based, he says, on the fact that he's a bisexual.

Navy airfield decision delayed

Subscriber of the day

Condon sues protest groups
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state filed a lawsuit Monday to stop rest-stop demonstrations by the NAACP and a white pride group in a dispute over the Confederate flag.

Woman will not stay away

A Grave Matter

Spirit of the Games

Baby-abandonment bill hits snag

Lawmakers debate benefits of gas bill

Across the area
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a North Augusta man who is accused of attacking his wife.

Lawyer challenges interrogation result
ATLANTA - A murder suspect's questions on how to get an attorney should have prompted police to halt their interrogation, a lawyer for a Richmond County man told the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

News you can use
March 18, 1979 Green was the color of the day Friday as about 1,000 Irishmen marched through downtown Augusta in the city's first St. Patrick's Day parade in several years.

Baby-abandonment bill hits snag
ATLANTA - A bill that would let mothers drop off unwanted newborns at a safe location took another unexpected turn Monday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David R. Winsor of Belvedere.

Georgia Guard members protest discrimination
ATLANTA - Members of the Georgia National Guard protesting outside the Capitol on Monday hoped to draw the attention of state officials to allegations of favoritism within the militia's full-time staff.

Illegals usually released
Two Columbia County residents - both in the United States illegally - stood before judges and were sentenced to jail in February.

Assembly OKs midyear budget
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly gave final approval Monday to a midyear budget that adjusts to the recession by cutting spending but also relies heavily on borrowing to take advantage of low interest rates.

City loan set after discussion
AIKEN - Members of Aiken City Council and the Aiken Corp. quickly agreed Monday night on a suitable interest rate for a construction loan the city has extended to the independent economic group.

County names new tax assessor
AIKEN - Reassessment isn't always an ugly word.

Police power sought to arrest illegals
AIKEN - South Carolina is among a group of states seeking to give local and state law enforcement the power to arrest illegal aliens.

Choir will sing at Carnegie Hall
NORTH AUGUSTA - Kevin Creel says his involvement in music spans a long time, but he has never performed in New York - much less on the legendary stage of Carnegie Hall.

Bond denied for man accused of killing with SUV

Across the southeast
ANNISTON, Ala. - Three companies found liable for widespread PCB contamination in the Anniston area reached an agreement with the federal government on measures to develop a cleanup plan.

Blacks speak out against city change

Bond denied for man accused of killing with SUV
A judge ruled Monday that a young Augusta man will remain in jail pending his trial on charges of murder.

Lawyer challenges interrogation result

Two men arrested in bank robberies
Richmond County authorities said Monday they have closed the book on robberies at two Wachovia banks with the arrest of an admitted drug addict and a confession from another man in Spartanburg, S.C.

Across the area

Budget's debt is too high, GOP says
ATLANTA - A bond package that Gov. Roy Barnes proposed to help jump-start Georgia's sluggish economy was the major sticking point during nearly two weeks of negotiations by House and Senate conferees that ended Monday.

Bike builder

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jack R. Brown of North Augusta.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
March 19, 1952 James Rutherford, first vice president of Prudential Insurance Company of America, said yesterday that "the tremendous expansion of business and industry now under way in the Central Savannah River Area holds great promise for any large organization such as Prudential."

Budget is focus of week
ATLANTA - Spending decisions will top the agenda for the General Assembly this week as lawmakers resume work after a weeklong recess.

Military, school systems team up
The Army is partnering with school systems across the nation to make life a little easier for high school students from military families.

Some Georgia farms walk on the wild side
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - It's feeding time at Jere Hitchcock's ranch, and the livestock is eagerly parading to the spot where Mr. Hitchcock stands with a feed bucket.

Navy airfield decision delayed
Residents anxious to learn whether the Navy will locate a controversial airfield in Burke County will have to wait several more months for environmental studies associated with the project.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -Police are investigating the possibility that drugs were involved in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Rock Hill man.

Higher tag fee would aid EMS
AIKEN - Car owners would pay an extra dollar each year to help improve emergency medical services under a bill before the South Carolina Legislature.

Mickelson's miscue paved Woods' way
ORLANDO, Fla. - The man worked for NASA, and he wanted Phil Mickelson to have the souvenir pin he'd worn during a space shuttle mission.

Pacers 85, Hawks 68

Pacers 85, Hawks 68
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's improving defense was too much for the Atlanta Hawks.

San Antonio tapped for WNBA franchise in 2003

Illinois 72, Creighton 60
CHICAGO -- Frank Williams can be maddeningly indifferent, blending into the background as if he's just another player. Or he can put on a dazzling display that leaves opponents shaking their heads in a mixture of dismay and awe.

Old Dominion 74, Purdue 70, OT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Hamchetou Maiga's 17 points and 17 rebounds led Old Dominion to a 74-70 overtime upset Monday night of Purdue, last year's runner-up in the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown scored 19 points and Candace Sutton added 18 as fourth-seeded North Carolina beat fifth-seeded Minnesota 72-69 in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Monday night.

Blue Devils have experience edge in South Regional
DURHAM, N.C. -- How many points is experience worth in the NCAA tournament?

Syracuse 66, Butler 65, OT
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Preston Shumpert scored six of his 36 points in overtime to lead Syracuse past Butler 66-65 Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

Gators left gasping for answers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Billy Donovan's big-name players didn't produce big-time results at Florida this season.

Tide stars planning to return
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Gottfried might have to rebuild the wounded psyches of his Alabama players this offseason, but he apparently won't have to rebuild the team.

O'Connell on Basketball: Some teams benefited from staying near home
When asked about the new NCAA tournament guideline that kept more teams closer to home, most coaches said they were going to wait and see how it affected the early rounds.

Connecticut 77, North Carolina St. 74
WASHINGTON -- Caron Butler was nearly perfect, and that was just enough for Connecticut to move on in the NCAA tournament.

Connecticut 86, Iowa 48
STORRS, Conn. (AP)- Unbeaten Connecticut got 22 points from Sue Bird and cruised to its 35th straight win, an 86-48 rout of Iowa in the NCAA Mideast Regional on Monday night.

Texas 68, Mississippi State 64
DALLAS -- Deginald Erskin helped Texas start superbly. Then he - and the Longhorns - disappeared for most of the second half.

Williams, Bird, Howland, Auriemma win Naismith Awards
ATLANTA -- Duke's Jason Williams and Connecticut's Sue Bird won the Naismith Awards on Monday as the top college basketball players in the country.

UCLA upsets Cincinnati
PITTSBURGH -- Don't be fooled by UCLA's seed, record or inconsistent regular season. Once it's tournament time, nobody plays like the Bruins.

Richmond 67, Minnesota 66
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Skrocki scored a career-high 28 points Monday night to help Richmond beat Minnesota 67-66 in the second round of the NIT.

Duke 76, TCU 66
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard had 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Monique Currie added 22 as top-seeded Duke beat eighth-seeded Texas Christian 76-66 in second round of the East Regional on Sunday.

NIT Glance
Here is an overview of the National Invitational Tournament.

Kent State no upstart
KENT, Ohio -- Kent State's impressive NCAA tournament run might stun everyone - except the Golden Flashes.

Penn St. 96, Florida International 79
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante scored 32 points, breaking a 17-year-old Big Ten single-season scoring record, to lead Penn State to a 96-79 victory Sunday night over Florida International in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Pittsburgh 63, California 50
PITTSBURGH -- There's no 'D' in Pittsburgh, but try telling that to California's can't-score Golden Bears.

Prince leads Wildcats to round of 16
ST. LOUIS -- The route for a repeat trip to the third round of the NCAA tournament was simple for Kentucky: Get the ball to Tayshaun Prince.

Big 12 finally coming up huge in NCAA tourney
DALLAS -- The Big 12 has never had a problem getting teams into the NCAA tournament. It's sticking around that's been tough.

Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53
NORMAN, Okla. -- Once Villanova's shots stopped falling, the Wildcats had almost no shot of beating Oklahoma.

NCAA ratings for first four days best since '94
NEW YORK -- The first four days of CBS' coverage of the NCAA tournament drew the highest ratings since 1994.

Vanderbilt 61, Arizona St. 35
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt is trying to prove that it learned its lessons well when it matters most.

Tuesday Tipoff
TUESDAY TIPOFF Reviewing the first outbreak of March Madness while previewing the Sweet 16:

Schedule could have late-season switches

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louella Poole    (LYONS, Ga.)
LYONS, Ga. - Mrs. Louella Kight Poole, 89, of Lyons, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, in Vidalia. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2002, at Murchison Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Phillips and Rev. Bill Stone officiating. Burial will be

Mr. Jessie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Karen Taylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 17, 2002, Ms. Karen J. Collins Taylor, age 40, of Aiken, daughter of Gladys McGee McCormick of North Augusta, and the late Ronald Collins. In addition to her mother, she is surviv

Mr. Roy Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Roy Lee Turner, age 83, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Salem Nursing & Rehab. The funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. from Peoples Fune

Mrs. Nancy Moore-Williams    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Trowbridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baker Heath    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Baker Heath, 77, of Norwood, Ga., entered into rest on Saturday, March 16, 2002. Funeral services and arrangements have been entrusted to Dawsons Mortuary, Warrenton, Ga.

Mrs. Lucile Phelps    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Lucile Smith Phelps of Greensboro, died March 16, 2002. Funeral services are Monday, March 18, 2002 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Robert Starlings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Memorial services for Mr. Robert Starlings will be h

Mrs. Joann Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday,March 17, 2002, at the Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Mrs. Joann Smith, a heart transplant recipient of Mossey Cup Ct., Hephzibah. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are he

Mrs. Mollie Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mollie Roberts entered into rest on Monday, March 18, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital. The funeral arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home.

Mr. Walter Mangrum    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr.

Mr. J. C. Raley    (JEWELL, Ga.)
JEWELL, Ga.- Mr. J.C. Raley of Jewell, Ga., entered in

Mrs. Lois Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 15, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Lois Elam Green of Columbine Drive. Fu

Mrs. Frances Ponder    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie J. Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Mr. Jessie J. Harrison of DeWitt Street. Funeral ser

Ms. Nina Parks    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Funeral services for Nina Ouzts Parks, 79, who died March 17, 2002, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Friendship Pentecostal Holine

Mrs. Alma Griffin    (PORTAL, Ga.)
PORTAL, Ga. - Funeral services were held March 17, 2002, from Scarboro Grove Baptist Church for Alma Griffin, 89, a Bullock County native, who died March 13, 2002. Survivors includ

Mrs. Trudie Page    (TAMPA, Fla.)
TAMPA, Fla. - Funeral services for Trudie Pierce Darrisaw Page who died March 11, 2002, will be held March 20, 2002, at noon in L.M. Pierce

Mr. Arthur Mowry Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. Arthur Smith Mow

Dea. Leroy Myers    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Deacon Leroy

Mrs. Frances Ponder    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Bell    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Wyman Bell,81, of Warrenton, Ga., entered into rest on March 16, 2002. He leaves to cherish his memories one daughter, Renee Wilder, Warrenton; one son, Wil

Mr. J.C. Raley    (JEWELL, Ga.)
JEWELL, Ga. - Mr. J.C. Raley, 86, of Jewell, entered into rest March 17, 2002, at the Gibson Rest Home. He was the husband of the late Inez Atkins

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Sterlings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA,

Mrs. Mozella Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - On Sunday, March 17, 2002, God called one of his faithful servants, Sister Mozella Cummings, from labor to reward. She was born in Burke County, Ga. on October 4, 1925 to the late Willie and Ma

Mrs. Joanne Mitchell    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Funeral services for Joanne Miller Mitchell, 82, who died March 17, 2002, wife of John R. "Bob" Mitchell, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday from McCormick United Methodist Church. The family will

Featured obituary: Mr. Arthur Mowry
Those who knew Arthur Mowry say he was a walking contradiction.

Mr. John Manello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Johnny "Poppie" James Manello, 59, of Alene Circle, Augusta entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, in the Veterans Hospital, husband of Mrs. Rosa Williams Manello. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at

Mr. Cullen Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Broadus Cullen Hunter, of Milledgeville Road, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., today, March 18, 2002, at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev.

Mrs. Kathleen Spornberger    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mrs. Kathleen Reynolds Spornberger of Marietta, died March 17, 2002. She is survived by two sons, Raymond Spornberger of Marietta and Russell Spornberger of Atlant

Mr. John Manello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Capt. Robert Morrison Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest Monday, March 18, 2002, at the University Hospital, Ms. Dorothy Webb of Belmont Avenue. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are one brother, William (Rebec

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Gresham    (LILBURN, Ga.)
LILBURN, Ga. - Entered into rest March 17, 2002, Thomas Douglas Gresham, 82, of Lilburn. Funeral services will be held at 1

Mrs. Inez Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia. Mrs. In

Capt. Robert Morrison Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Holton    (SANDERSVILLE, S.C.)
SANDERSVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Edna Brown Holton of Sandersville died Sunday, March 1

Featured obituary: Mrs. Frances Diver Ponder
Jack Diver said those who knew his sister Frances Diver Ponder knew she never talked about two things: her good deeds for others and her "secret" job for the military.

Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr.    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr., who died March 16, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roberson Grove Baptist Churc

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Holton (SANDERSVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Manello (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joann Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. J. C. Raley (JEWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Starlings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Capt. Robert Morrison Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr. (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dea. Leroy Myers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wyman Bell (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucile Phelps (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Baker Heath (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Frances Diver Ponder

Mrs. Jessie J. Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Arthur Mowry

Capt. Robert Morrison Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Griffin (PORTAL, Ga.)

Ms. Nina Parks (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Ponder (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Mowry Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Joanne Mitchell (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Sterlings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Raley (JEWELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ponder (EVANS, Ga.)

House farm bill best for Georgia economy
GEORGIA'S FARMERS are not the only ones who should be focused on in Washington as a Senate-House conference committee reconciles two sharply different farm bills. The state's overall economic health could be affected, too. Our state's agriculture has not fared well under the current law. The so-called Freedom to Farm act of 1996 is woefully inadequate when it comes to providing an income safety net. The law does not include a mechanism to respond to the record-low prices that farmers have seen recently. Many farmers will be unable to obtain production financing this year if forced to operate under current law.

Lunch program fraud
Just one of the ways that federal education dollars are mismanaged is through the federally subsidized school lunch programs run by the Agriculture Department.

Where's the outcry for Abner Louima?
The outcry pertaining to the Alexander Williams case by readers and public officials in your March 3 edition should certainly be noted. Ella Washington, Augusta

Mixed-oxide fuel not the answer
Mixed-oxide reactor fuel, made from surplus plutonium, is neither the answer to our future energy needs, nor is it the safest means of dealing with nuclear waste. Pam Harris, Harlem, Ga.

Repeal ridiculous law
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, along with state House and Senate leaders, are urging North Carolina leaders to repeal a law that makes it illegal for residents to hold lottery tickets bought in other states.

18,000 homicide victims each year
It is common knowledge that the nation has been spurred into war against terror under the prudent leadership of President George W. Bush. We all pray for strength for the president and the fighting heroes on the war front. Bal Jerath, Martinez

Condon on the spot
Partisan politicking is usually all "spin," but occasionally a partisan comes up with a useful kernel of truth. And so it is with state Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian's criticism of GOP Attorney General Charlie Condon's plan to file suit against the NAACP's economic boycott of South Carolina.

Barriers keep SRS reporter from getting to the truth
In defense of your staff writer, Brandon Haddock ("Anti-nuclear groups should be identified, too," March 6 letter to the editor by Lee Howell), Mr. Haddock seems caught in the middle of two forces concerning the future of Savannah River Site. Harry Myers, Augusta

Which Charles Walker are we talking about?
It is unbelievable to me that so many people, like J.S. Wright in his March 13 letter, are asleep at the switch. Henry Jongma, Augusta

Not optimistic about nursing shortage
Regarding your Feb. 17 article in the employment section, "Nursing a challenge," it should be no surprise to anyone that enrollment in nursing schools cannot meet the demands for nurses. Sandra Wilson, Augusta

The prepaid funeral worked out for family
This is in response to your article on March 10 on prepaid funerals, ("A family business," Page 1D). Cliff H. McKie, Augusta

Don't blame Delta for ASA, ComAir
Delta isn't to blame for the "bruising" Augusta is taking. In your own editorial on March 6 ("Delta-style 'service"'), you refer to Atlantic Southeast Airlines as the problem. Bettina Ruckelshaus, Aiken, S.C.

Flag-waving white guy not going away
I find it interesting that when those of us who are not ashamed of who we are (you know, white Southerners who honor their dead ancestors) decide to also exercise our right of peaceful demonstration, we are evil racists in an evil racist state. Clark Williams, Watkinsville, Ga.

S.C.: cut DUI level
South Carolina politicians fighting the .08 blood alcohol standard as a threshold for drunken driving must be getting tipsy themselves. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose by their stubborn opposition.

Rape trial horror
In reporter Sandy Hodson's in-depth report in Sunday's Chronicle on last month's shocking acquittal of Aaron LeBlanc on rape charges, District Attorney Danny Craig says the work of Augusta police and prosecutors in sexual assault cases is as good or better than other communities. Sadly, he may be right.

Extending bar hours in downtown Augusta an awful idea
Anyone who strolls through Augusta's downtown business district can see the progress made in recent years. The hard work of elected officials, civic leaders, merchants and others is taking root. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

Graham just not cautious enough
I recently read columnist Cal Thomas' defense of the Rev. Billy Graham's comments on the 1972 Richard Nixon tape (Chronicle, March 6). Lindsey Howard, Grovetown, Ga.

Innocent man sent to prison
It saddens me to see that in this 21st century corruption and racism still exist in our American court system. We are the country that teaches all other countries the right way to freedom and democracy and, even sadder, we don't really have it perfect here. Evelyn Gibson, Augusta

Feminist columnist is overly P.C.
Columnist Ellen Goodman's piece on March 8 acknowledged the benefits of stable marriages to children and society in general, but went on to decry government, i.e., the Republicans' encouragement of marriage. Gene Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

House farm bill best for Georgia economy
GEORGIA'S FARMERS are not the only ones who should be focused on in Washington as a Senate-House conference committee reconciles two sharply different farm bills. The state's overall economic health could be affected, too. Our state's agriculture has not fared well under the current law. The so-called Freedom to Farm act of 1996 is woefully inadequate when it comes to providing an income safety net. The law does not include a mechanism to respond to the record-low prices that farmers have seen recently. Many farmers will be unable to obtain production financing this year if forced to operate under current law.

Marlin's patience provides 2nd win

Tyson, Lewis representatives discuss fight in Memphis

Darlington takes its toll

Stewart gets out of hospital

Yagudin, Goebel lead at figure skating world championships

Overtime

Overtime

Stewart gets out of hospital
Tony Stewart was released from a hospital Monday, a day after he hurt his back in a wreck at Darlington Raceway.

Marlin's patience provides 2nd win
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Sterling Marlin was not in a hurry to win Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at the Darlington Raceway.

Bjoerndalen, Scott call for disqualification of skiers
GENEVA -- Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, a four-time gold medalist at the Salt Lake City Olympics, was among several athletes demanding that medals be stripped from cross-country skiers accused of using banned drugs.

Gordon confirms divorce filing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon confirmed Monday that his wife has filed for divorce after seven years of marriage and he asked for privacy as NASCAR's most visible couple goes through their split.

Overtime
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will be the featured speaker at the annual Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner tonight.

Overtime
Silver Bluff High School principal Lynn Landis and athletics director Al Lown forfeited the Bulldogs' scheduled soccer game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Monday.

Tyson, Lewis representatives discuss fight in Memphis
WASHINGTON -- Representatives of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were in Memphis on Monday to discuss a possible June fight at The Pyramid.

Yagudin, Goebel lead at figure skating world championships
NAGANO, Japan -- Former U.S. champions Tim Goebel and Michael Weiss landed quadruple jumps to finish 1-2 in their qualifying group at the World Figure Skating Championships on Monday.

Darlington takes its toll
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It didn't take long for the Darlington Raceway to live up to its treacherous reputation.

Blank moves closer to making Wolf an offer
ATLANTA -- Ron Wolf has dropped his demand for minority ownership in his contract talks to become the Atlanta Falcons' new executive vice president and general manager.

Schedule could have late-season switches
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Important late-season NFL games this year might be switched from Sunday afternoon to Monday night to attract more viewers.

Mickelson's miscue paved Woods' way

Stallions coach wants established players
Augusta Stallions coach Mike Hold takes a different philosophy into training camp than the rest of his arenafootball2 colleagues.

Combat boating is flawed, fun
On paper, "Blood Wake" sounds like solid gold.

Hewlett-Packard shareholders vote on Compaq deal
A friendly merger - that was what Hewlett-Packard had in mind when it made its bid to buy Compaq Computer in September.

A color laser printer that's a true heavyweight
Let me start by saying I'm not your typical, muscle-bound male animal. In fact, I could have posed as the poster boy for 90-pound weaklings when I was a kid. But, I feel that even my more muscular counterparts would have been unable to handle the daunting task that faced me a few weeks ago.

Reader queries
Reader mail fills the box: Let's dive in.

Deep problems found in Internet gamblers
People who gamble over the Internet may actually have more profound gambling problems than those who hit the slots or play the lottery, according to a new study released Sunday.

'Virtual patients' to speed drug development
WASHINGTON -- Bill and Allen both have asthma, but scientists ran into a problem when testing a highly touted experimental drug on them: The drug flunked. It didn't help Allen breathe better, and Bill had a weird reaction that called into question the drug's entire foundation.

Child returns to class after scare
Dalton Smith's parents called his life a miracle long before his recent bout with meningitis.

New surgery poses fewer repair risks
The pain in his stomach woke Cecil McCollum early one morning. But as he reached down to feel his stomach, he discovered a bigger problem.

CD rewriter dances three ways
Micro Solutions of De Kalb, Ill., has an external CD rewriter. It's worth a look for households and small businesses that want to make CDs from multiple desktop and notebook PCs with different configurations.

Research has potential to save lives of humans
Considering that less than a third of people who need a bone-marrow transplant find a suitable match, new groundbreaking research on mice offers the potential to save the lives of thousands of people each year.

Man uses Web to 'get back' at hospital
CINCINNATI - An Ohio man can continue to "publish" accounts of what he says was a sexual and physical assault on him by a doctor and nurse at a hospital while he was undergoing a 1996 hernia operation, a judge says.

Link between type of pneumonia and heart problem
Researchers have uncovered medical evidence that a common, low-level lung infection - known as walking pneumonia - has a direct link to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

Southern Illinois upsets Bulldogs
CHICAGO - Georgia held a 19-point lead just 11:30 into Sunday's second-round NCAA Tournament game with Southern Illinois.

Harrick, Georgia forced to look toward next year
Despite three disappointing losses in their last four games, the Georgia Bulldogs say they are proud that they exceeded low expectations this year and are ready for high expectations next season.

Southern Illinois upsets Bulldogs

Southern Illinois upsets Georgia
CHICAGO -- Nearly blown out, Southern Illinois changed course in a hurry. Now it's headed to the round of 16 after the school's biggest victory since the days of Walt Frazier.

Harrick, Georgia forced to look toward next year

CBS' Fogler apologizes for profane remarks
CHICAGO - CBS broadcaster Eddie Fogler, a former coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, apologized to the father of Georgia players Jarvis and Jonas Hayes after scrawling profane remarks on a telestrator during the Bulldogs' second-round loss to Southern Illinois on Sunday.

Southern Illinois upsets Georgia

CBS' Fogler apologizes for profane remarks

South Carolina 9, Mississippi State 6
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Drew Meyer hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and Yaron Peters had a solo homer in the sixth as South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 9-6 on Sunday.

Gamecocks face UNLV in Columbia

Former running back's trial postponed

Lady Gamecocks look to improve on shaky performance
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina and Cincinnati have the same goal for Monday's second round NCAA tournament game. They both want to play better than they did in their openers Saturday.

South Carolina 9, Mississippi State 6

Former running back's trial postponed
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson's trial on a marijuana possession charge has been postponed by another trial.

Gamecocks face UNLV in Columbia
The South Carolina men's basketball team will try to extend its season tonight when Nevada-Las Vegas visits Frank McGuire Arena in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

South Carolina 75, Cincinnati 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tatyana Troina scored eight of her 14 points in a 25-point second-half run, leading South Carolina to a 75-66 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night in the second round of the East Regional.

San Antonio tapped for WNBA franchise in 2003
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio will be home to a WNBA franchise beginning in 2003 if enough fans pay for tickets in the coming months.

Artist's corner

Rock bands had good mix of sounds at Imperial show
Augusta was on the rocks March 7 when Big Mighty and Jump, Little Children took the stage at the Imperial Theatre.

Advice line: Boyfriend has too many other women in his life
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been going with this boy since June. It seems like the closer we get, the more girls come into his life. I've been into it with three of them. But he treats me like the queen of his life. What should I do? Should I go or should I stay? - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Your style

Xtreme calendar
New CDs include Spin, from Darren Hayes, half of the now-defunct Savage Garden; a self-titled album from MSM (formerly Miami Sound Machine); and double-disc sets, with live material, from K's Choice (Almost Happy) and Megadeth (Rude Awakening).

Xtreme calendar

My ride
THE FACTS: Stuart Micek, 18, a senior at North Augusta High School.

Artist's corner
Casey Cohoon, 17, is a junior at Westside High School. He's been sculpting since he took an art class his freshman year. This pot is glazed ceramic clay with a braided leather handle.

Advice line: Boyfriend has too many other women in his life

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

Harlem students direct faculty in benefit play

Harlem students direct faculty in benefit play
When Elizabeth Barron started directing the actors in Smoke on the Mountain at Harlem High School, she was a bit intimidated.

Audio best

Prom doesn't have to be costly
Dress, flowers, hair and makeup, accessories, limousine - prom prices can add up quickly, and that's before you even get to the dance.

Your style
THE FACTS: LeJoi Walker, 17, a senior at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Question of the week
Which movie do you think should win the Oscar for best film?

Question of the week

Prom doesn't have to be costly

Reader queries

Child returns to class after scare

New surgery poses fewer repair risks

CD rewriter dances three ways

Deep problems found in Internet gamblers

'Virtual patients' to speed drug development

Combat boating is flawed, fun

Hewlett-Packard shareholders vote on Compaq deal

Link between type of pneumonia and heart problem