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JUST OUT: Riding in Cars with Boys and Training Day

Oscar has snubbed some classic films

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

Event captures spirit of the Oscars

Applause calendar
SACRED HEART GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10th annual fund-raiser for Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; live butterfly exhibit, tours of six private gardens noon to 5 p.m. each day, lectures, demonstrations, vendor plant and supply sales, $10 per day or $20 for three days, garden tour with $20 ticket only; 826-4700.

Mini reviews

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: First Edition was memorable
Reading that the Shriners from Savannah's Alee Temple were a part of Augusta's St. Patrick's Day parade last weekend brought back memories of the first celebrity interview I did for this column.

Concert calendar
REDBELLY AND THE RIFF RAFF KINGS: Benefit concert for Jennifer Clark Scholarship Fund; Friday, March 29, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., doors open 7 p.m., concert begins at 8; $10; tickets available at Imperial Theatre box office and Somewhere in Augusta, next to Dillard's on Washington Road; post-concert gathering at Rhythm and Blues Exchange, 724 Broad St.; 860-9542.

Applause calendar

Art galleries
ARTISTIC PERCEPTIONS: 551 Broad St.; oil paintings, prints, stained glass, art supplies and old master reproductions; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 724-8739.

Club calendar

Oscar has snubbed some classic films
Let's open with a painful truth - the Academy Awards are a crock. I love Oscar time, and spend countless hours handicapping nominees and second-guessing Academy voters. But, for me, Oscar time is a game, an innocuous pastime that has nothing to do with gauging films on excellence. Here's why: The Academy has a long history of passing out statues to poor films and performances and shunning classic cinema. Skeptical? Here is a list of outstanding films that not only never won an Oscar, but were never nominated.

Concert calendar

Singer's latest solo effort has more of a Drivin' beat
It took Kevn Kinney a while to decide what he wanted to be when he grew up, but the results are worth the wait.

Singer's latest solo effort has more of a Drivin' beat

Event captures spirit of the Oscars
Sunday, Augusta film fans will once again have the opportunity to enjoy a Southern-fried, grits-and-glamour take on Hollywood's biggest night.

Ramblin' Rhodes: First Edition was memorable

Art therapy
There are 236 pieces entered in the Gracewood State School and Hospital Multimedia Art Show, and though only a few pieces have been recognized with ribbons of merit, every one represents a therapeutic victory.

Standing ovations
Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown, will hold an Easter egg hunt for ages 1-10 at 10 a.m. Saturday. Children will be separated into four age groups, and prize baskets will be up for grabs. Admission is free.

Standing ovations

Burke County boasts hot prospect

Burke County boasts hot prospect
The scouts are mingling with each other, talking about their golf swings or about the perfect game they saw the other night.

Jaguars' Fite gets 500th win in marathon

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Prep baseball statistics

Caminiti pleads guilty, sentenced to three years probation
HOUSTON -- Former Houston Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti pleaded guilty Thursday to cocaine possession and was sentenced to three years probation.

Knights get past Panthers
The Evans baseball team had more important things to worry about once Friday's game against Lakeside was complete - a 5-1 victory for the Knights.

Bowa suspended for one game
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa was suspended for one game and fined Thursday as a result of his ejection during the first inning of a spring training game on March 9.

USC Aiken tops USC Spartanburg
USC Aiken scored three runs in the top of the tenth and Kyle Langley andTavis Cummings each had three hits as the Pacers defeated USC Spartanburg 11-8 in Peach Belt Conference play Friday night.

Jaguars' Fite gets 500th win in marathon
After riding an emotional 11-inning roller-coaster Thursday, the smile on Skip Fite's face said it all.

USC Aiken tops USC Spartanburg

Caminiti pleads guilty, sentenced to three years probation

Knights get past Panthers

Maddux not phased by bad game
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The polite thing would be to say that Greg Maddux wasn't on top of his game.

Braves trade Perez to Cleveland
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eddie Perez refused to say good-bye.

Maddux and Glavine head into 10th year together

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wes Helms plans to be one of the first players into the clubhouse on opening day.

Blanco happy to be behind the plate
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Less than 48 hours after he left the Arizona desert, Henry Blanco was squatting behind home plate on a typically glorious afternoon catching Greg Maddux.

Braves trade Perez to Cleveland

Maddux not phased by bad game

Braves notebook

Indians top Braves

Maddux and Glavine head into 10th year together
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine treat the occasion with typical irreverence.

Indians top Braves
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Greg Maddux hasn't had many outings like this one.

Blanco happy to be behind the plate

Banks get customers' numbers
With sophisticated software, some of the nation's largest banks have begun measuring the profitability of each of their customers. And they are using that data to determine what level of service to provide, and to whom.

Airport markets to visitors

Child's investment income might be taxable

Venture earns tax credits

Planner outlines 7 things to avoid
Local financial planner and CPA Gene McManus detailed the seven deadly sins of financial planning in an informal seminar Wednesday night:

Justice backs BellSouth bid

Airport markets to visitors
Augusta Regional Airport officials are hoping to create a buzz by launching a new marketing campaign - just in time for airlines visiting during Masters Week.

Child's investment income might be taxable
Part or all of a child's investment income may be taxed at the parent's rate rather than the child's rate, according to the IRS. Because a parent's taxable income is usually higher than a child's income, the parent's top tax rate will often be higher as well. This special method of figuring the federal income tax only applies to children who are under the age of 14. For 2001, it applies if the child's total investment income for the year was more than $1,500. Investment income includes interest, dividends, capital gains, and other unearned income.

Banks get customers' numbers

U.S. sets duties on lumber

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Traffic remains depressed at Atlanta's airport, though it is steadily building toward the levels of before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tax time means problems, benefits for the unemployed

Justice backs BellSouth bid
BellSouth's bid to offer long-distance service to Georgia residents received a boost Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice announced its support of the company's long-distance application.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A profit warning from McDonald's pulled stock prices lower Friday while investors were still smarting from fears of rising interest rates.

Woman leaves after 49 years
After 49 years, the matriarch of Broad Street is retiring.

Venture earns tax credits
A year ago, John and Sandy Whitehouse were a year away from retirement. But the value of their stock market investments dropped about 35 percent after Sept. 11, and the couple has spent the past six months re-evaluating.

Business briefs

Tax time means problems, benefits for the unemployed
WASHINGTON -- As unfair as it might seem, unemployment benefits are subject to federal taxes. But many expenses of looking for a job are tax deductible, as are the costs of relocating for a new job.

U.S. sets duties on lumber
The duties can't be imposed until May, when the U.S. International Trade Commission determines whether American lumber interests have been harmed by the Canadians.

Clemson baseball blanks Maine
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Michael Johnson, Chad Coder and Collin Mahoney all hit three-run homers to lead Clemson in a 13-0 win over Maine on Friday night.

Clemson baseball blanks Maine

Oregon beats Texas

Surprise teams spice women's regionals

Connecticut ends Southern Illinois's advance

Kansas' Hinrich tired of answering questions about ankle

Metro St. 82, Indiana, Pa., 52

Fabulous freshman turning Texas into basketball school

BYU looks for home-court edge

Southern Illinois in unfamiliar territory

Temple tops Villanova

Arkansas system president upholds Richardson's dismissal

Indiana upsets Duke

Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67

Indiana's Davis wary of Kent State

Bush wimps out

Fixing deregulation

Herman Talmadge

A bill worth watching

Trouble is back

Plants can remove air pollutants
The air inside your home may be hazardous to your health.

Sacred Heart to grow funds from garden festival
Ted Stephens never met a plant he didn't like.

Plants can remove air pollutants

Inkster grabs halfway lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Juli Inkster shot out of the pack with an 8-under-par 64 Friday, good for a three-shot lead over Dorothy Delasin and Nancy Scranton in the Welch's-Circle K Championship.

Non-winner leads in Tucson after career-best round
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ashli Bunch, winless in four seasons on the LPGA Tour, shot a career-best 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Welch's/Circle K Championship.

France's Olivier David leads Madeira Island golf
MADEIRA, Portugal -- Olivier David rolled in a 35-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole on his way to a 6-under-par 66 and the first-round lead in the Madeira Island Open on Thursday.

Jags' Seawell tries to find team cohesion
STATESBORO, Ga. - Augusta State golf coach Jay Seawell promised a porterhouse steak to anyone among his five Jaguars if they reached the green on the par-5 18th hole in two shots.

Phil the Thrill in contention again

France's Olivier David leads Madeira Island golf

Woods seeks repeat on one of golf's toughest courses
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Almost every time Tiger Woods steps on a golf course, there's some kind of history on the line.

Players Championship notebook

Golf notebook
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- John Daly gripped it and ripped it - and then he tossed it in the lake.

Inkster grabs halfway lead in Tucson

Soft course, crowded leaderboard at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Rain at The Players Championship was not unusual, only the events that followed - a relatively easy golf course, Scott Hoch among the leaders and a happy and heckle-free round for Colin Montgomerie.

Ex-Gamecock makes charge

Phil the Thrill in contention again
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Phil Mickelson knows only one style of golf - create shots, attack pins and live with the consequences.

Golf notebook

Rain slows TPC
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Those low numbers in Thursday's rain-suspended first round of The Players Championship aren't going to continue.

Ex-Gamecock makes charge
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Someone reminded Players Championship leader Carl Paulson that this week's winner will earn an invitation to next month's Masters Tournament, as if he didn't already have enough on his mind.

Rain slows TPC

Woods seeks repeat on one of golf's toughest courses

Non-winner leads in Tucson after career-best round

Soft course, crowded leaderboard at Players

Players Championship notebook
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Calcavecchia was one of the lucky ones. He didn't hit his ball into the water on No. 17 in The Players Championship on Thursday.

Mr., Mrs. Basketball awards given out

Thrashers beat Rangers

Thrashers recall goalie Fankhouser
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled goalie Scott Fankhouser from Hershey of the AHL under emergency conditions Friday.

Thrashers beat Rangers
NEW YORK -- Frederic Cassivi stopped 33 shots in his first NHL start, and Tony Hrkac scored a pair of goals Friday night to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

Thrashers recall goalie Fankhouser

Emotions rise as Blue Jackets return home

Emotions rise as Blue Jackets return home
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Ron Tugnutt thought about his two children after the death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit by a puck.

List of the world's richest people excludes us
Well, I don't mean to complain, but Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world's richest people and once again you and I aren't on it.

Bond glitch has LeBlanc in custody again
Aaron LeBlanc is back in custody, not for anything he has done since his most recent rape arrest in North Carolina but because of a bonding company technicality.

Lakeside High to announce new coach
Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director will be announced during an 11 a.m. press conference Monday at the Lakeside media center.

Cops ignore slow left-lane drivers

Stupid jury

Urges Georgia agree to 6-lane expressway extension

It's always someone else's fault

Mother's warning signs went unread

Georgia's tax-funded education program not working

Continuing debate about the Civil War unproductive

Aiken lockup worse than in Cuba

NAACP should help, not hurt, South Carolina

It's the law: Slow drivers must keep to the right

Death raises awareness
A few years ago, the Augusta Lynx ran a promotion at all home games, awarding a free dinner at a local restaurant to the lucky fan who caught the first puck to enter the stands.

Loss puts end to Lynx' streak

Loss puts end to Lynx' streak
They played miserably in the second period, when they were outshot 20-0, and yet the Augusta Lynx somehow were in position to steal another victory.

Death raises awareness

Lynx road report

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Greenville Grrrowl, Bi-Lo Center, 7:05 p.m.

Game report
Star of the game: Goalie Zac Bierk kept the Lynx in the game, recording 34 saves in a losing effort.

Lynx gamenight
Pee Dee Pride at Augusta Lynx

Game report

Weather helps make track 'almost perfect'

Bond glitch has LeBlanc in custody again

In kilted re-enactment, old paper will be weapon

Residents provide help in drug bust

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

LeBlanc accusers discuss system
What a woman must endure after reporting a rape is so demeaning, said the three young women who accused Aaron LeBlanc, they cannot believe anyone would fake such a charge.

Correction

DNA kits are tool for parents
On Saturday, Taylor Toyota on Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta and Taylor Auto Group on Washington Road in Augusta will offer free DNA kits and child safety information from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fighter pilot honored for war service

Savannah mayor joins race for new district
The filing deadline for the Aug. 20 primary is June 21.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Weekend bus service will come to a halt in some parts of metro Atlanta today.

State employee faces charges in fatal wreck

Black youths have higher death rate on streets
Local roads pose a greater danger to black children than to any other racial group, a new study shows.

Democrat forecasts party's rise
AIKEN - They don't make as many headlines, falling within the shadow of the Strom Thurmonds and Lindsey Grahams of the world.

Democrat forecasts party's rise

Hopes dim as search continues

Local schools rated for federal funds

Senators offer night judge solution

Across Georgia

Home-schooler wins 'Sthene' sends girl to nationals

Georgia poultry company searched in terror probe
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Federal agents were searching for ties to terrorist funding when they searched a Gainesville poultry plant and other businesses and homes in northern Virginia.

Subscriber of the day

Weather helps make track 'almost perfect'
AIKEN - Organizers for today's Aiken Spring Steeplechase said Friday the recent weather has been just the way they like it: The rain came early, then left town.

Failing the Standard

Across the area
The driver in a deadly accident on Banks Mill Road two weeks ago was charged Friday with felony driving under the influence.

State employee faces charges in fatal wreck
A Georgia corrections employee was faulted Thursday for rear-ending a truck near Waynesboro and killing a Hephzibah man who was stopped for a school bus, authorities said.

High school students learn calculus from afar
Three Lakeside High School students are in Gerald Thompson's Calculus III class at Augusta State University.

News you can use
The annual conference of the 165th Rotary district opened yesterday at the Sheraton Bon Air with nearly 800 Rotarians in attendance. Several hundred more are expected today.

Residents provide help in drug bust
Three people were being held Friday at the Edgefield County Detention Center in connection with the manufacture and distribution of drugs in a historic area off U.S. Highway 25.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carol Clevenger of Belvedere.

Folkston church fire ruled arson
FOLKSTON, Ga. - A fire that caused $50,000 in damage to a black church in Folkston this week has been ruled an arson by state fire investigators.

House delegates talk change
Five of six area Georgia House delegates convened in Augusta on Thursday evening to talk about passing a bill that would change the way city government operates.

News you can use

Across the area
Aiken County and New Ellenton police on Thursday afternoon suspended the search for a missing woman with Alzheimer's disease.

Air carrier warns of shutdown

In kilted re-enactment, old paper will be weapon
DARIEN, Ga. - Most people simply shred old paper to toss it in the trash. At Fort King George State Historic Site, men in kilts will blast some out of the barrels of muskets Saturday.

Army is planning new post structure

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misreported the relationship between an Aiken horse trainer and the Aiken Training Track. Ron Stevens is the track's president. The track is owned by the Whitney Trust.

MCG grads meet their match

Legislator joins push for school
AIKEN - The tinkering to legislative lines has led one representative to step into an Edgefield County debate in favor of building a new high school.

Across the area

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

DNA kits are tool for parents

Air carrier warns of shutdown
The regional carrier flying between Augusta and Charlotte, N.C., has warned employees about a possible shutdown, but local officials said it is too early to assume the connection will be lost.

Charges weighed for dog owner
AIKEN - More severe charges could be in store for the Aiken County woman accused of keeping more than 180 dogs in squalid conditions on her property near Salley.

Senators offer night judge solution
AIKEN - Two Aiken County senators issued their solution Thursday to the debate over who to nominate as the county's night bond court judge.

Failing the Standard
Local school systems could be forced to pay for transportation to move some pupils to better schools.

Local schools rated for federal funds
Two Richmond County schools have met or exceeded the state standards for receiving federal funds, according to a report from the state superintendent's office released Thursday.

Bet on horses getting odd names
AIKEN - Newcomers to today's Aiken Spring Steeplechase will notice something on first glance at their race programs.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Juanita Nix of Belvedere.

Across South Carolina
YORK - A 12-year-old girl has been shot to death, and deputies have arrested a 14-year-old boy living in the same home.

Fighter pilot honored for war service
Philip Colman doesn't think much about his accomplishments as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War.

Sheriff discusses morale, rape case
This week The Augusta Chronicle began a series of weekly online discussions with local leaders.

Army is planning new post structure
The Army has restructured the way it runs bases, including Fort Gordon.

Hopes dim as search continues
Police will continue searching today for a missing New Ellenton woman who has Alzheimer's disease.

Across South Carolina
SURFSIDE BEACH - A fire chief has been put on probation for waiting to read the results of a physical that said a firefighter was unfit to work. That firefighter died in a blaze.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A fire at Greater St. Peter's United Assembly of God Holiness Church was ruled arson Thursday by state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the Folkston police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

LeBlanc is taken back in custody
Aaron LeBlanc will appear before a judge in Gastonia, N.C., who will determine what bond will be reset on his charge of first-degree rape.

Subscriber of the day

Home-schooler wins 'Sthene' sends girl to nationals
ATLANTA - The word 13-year-old Heather Buzzard had to spell correctly to win the Georgia State Spelling Bee on Friday is so obscure, it's not even in the dictionary.

House delegates talk change

Minibottles debated
AIKEN - If $8.50 sounds a little high for a White Russian, and the drink is a little stiff, that's because it's being served in South Carolina.

Minibottles debated

Man pleads not guilty to battery
Mark T. Harris, a University of Georgia fraternity member charged with the battery of a Hispanic student pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor charge in Clarke County State Court.

Savannah mayor joins race for new district

LeBlanc accusers discuss system

Folkston church fire ruled arson

Legislator joins push for school

Across South Carolina

LeBlanc is taken back in custody

MCG grads meet their match
Charley Procter has the guts of a gambler. Finishing up medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and seeking to go into a residency program in general surgery, Mr. Procter took a chance and signed a contract on a house in Lexington, Ky., the location of his first choice, the University of Kentucky.

Mickelson refuses to play it safe
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Phil Mickelson came off the Stadium Course at Sawgrass on Friday and into the interview room like a juiced up Titleist Pro-V1 ricocheting off a cart path into a thicket of trees.

Howell's caddie pick knows way around
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The view from Bobby Conlan's office changes every day - and it's always stunning.

Hawks 118, Knicks 89

Carter to have knee surgery, miss rest of regular season

Hawks 118, Knicks 89
ATLANTA -- Nazr Mohammed scored 24 points, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 as the Atlanta Hawks routed the New York Knicks 118-89 Wednesday night.

Carter to have knee surgery, miss rest of regular season
TORONTO -- Vince Carter will have surgery on his left knee next week and will miss the rest of the regular season for a Toronto Raptors' team almost certain to miss the playoffs.

Top-seeded Kansas beats Illinois
MADISON, Wis. -- Kansas held Frank Williams in check this time. With three freshmen leading the way, the top-seeded Jayhawks beat Illinois 73-69 Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals, reversing the result of the teams' meeting in last year's NCAA tournament round of 16.

Cal Poly-Pomona 74, Glenville St. 62
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Lauri McIntosh scored 27 points as defending champion Cal Poly-Pomona beat Glenville State 74-62 on Thursday night to advance to the NCAA Division II title game.

Surprise teams spice women's regionals
One team is coached by a former NBA player who had Larry Bird as a teammate.

Kansas faces challenge of stopping Illini's Williams
MADISON, Wis. -- Late in Kansas' practice session on Thursday, someone in the stands cupped his hands and shouted at Kirk Hinrich: "Hey, watch out for Frank Williams!"

Oregon beats Texas
MADISON, Wis. -- Texas held Oregon's Freddie Jones in check until the game was on the line.

Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arizona wouldn't let Oklahoma play its inside game, so Hollis Price went outside.

Indiana upsets Duke
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With a never-give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana produced an upset of Duke as stunning as any in the Hoosiers' hoops history.

Metro St. 82, Indiana, Pa., 52
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Patrick Mutombo scored 17 points and Mike Buggs added 16 as Metro State beat Indiana, Pa., 82-52 Thursday night in the NCAA Division II semifinals.

Southern Illinois in unfamiliar territory
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The white banner in front of the scorer's table at every NCAA tournament site lists each team in bright red letters.

Arkansas system president upholds Richardson's dismissal
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas' top executive upheld the dismissal of basketball coach Nolan Richardson, saying Thursday that he concurred in a campus chancellor's decision to fire the basketball coach.

Connecticut ends Southern Illinois's advance
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Connecticut ended Southern Illinois' magical march through the NCAA tournament.

BYU looks for home-court edge
AMES, Iowa - With two victories already at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum, Brigham Young might be the closest thing to a home team in the women's NCAA Midwest Regional.

Fabulous freshman turning Texas into basketball school
MADISON, Wis. -- T.J. Ford winced after a tough practice Thursday.

Indiana's Davis wary of Kent State
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Let others ignore Kent State and think an easy game awaits. Indiana coach Mike Davis wanted no part of the Golden Flashes all along.

Temple tops Villanova
PHILADELPHIA -- David Hawkins scored 16 points, and Alex Wesby and Kevin Lyde each added 12, leading Temple over Villanova 63-57 Friday night for a spot in the NIT semifinals.

Kansas' Hinrich tired of answering questions about ankle
MADISON, Wis. -- Kirk Hinrich's sprained left ankle has become a sore point with Kansas' junior guard.

NFL roundup: Chavous signs with Minnesota

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Mr. Alvin Wylds    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Candler Hospital, Savannah. Mr. Alvin Thomas Wylds, 81, of Savannah, husband of Mrs. Ilene Torkelson Wyl

Mr. Henry Downs    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Henry Gibson Downs, 75, of Warren Stre

Chris Moore Jr.    (PERKINS, Ga.)
PERKINS, Ga. - Chris Moore Jr., four month old son of Chris and Elisa Moore of Perkins died Wednesday. Funeral Services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Green Fork Baptist Church. Other Survivors include

Mr. Willie Evans    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Willie Edward Evans of Sandersville, Georgia, died Tuesday mor

Mr. Michael Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Byce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 20, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Dorothy Louise Jackson Byce, age 74. A graveside service wil

Mrs. Joan Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geraldine Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Randolph Hampton    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Rev. Randolph Hampton, 91, passed away in McCormick on March 19, 2002. Funeral s

Mrs. Willie Albert    (LIVINGSTON, La.)
LIVINGSTON, La. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Willie D. Albert, 89, wife of the late Mr. Joseph S. Alber

Mr. John Corder    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for John Paul Corder, 43, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Elko Baptist Church with burial in the Will

Ms. Dorothy Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Beach    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Carrie Wade Beach died Thursday, March 21, 2002, in Philadelphia, Pa. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 26,

Ms. Carol Favro    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wilkinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Robert J. Wilkinson, entered into rest Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Graveside funeral services will be

Mr. Donald Disher Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Donald Ray Disher, Jr., 21, o

Mr. Arthur Holbrook Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Gable    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - James Press "Buddy" Gable, 77, husband of Annie Lee Collins Gable, died March 21, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m., Sunday at Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. C.B. Love

Mr. James Parrish    (FERNLEY, Nev.)
FERNLEY, Nev. - Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer James Harold Parrish, age 80, passed away March 20, 2002, at St. Marys Regional Medical Center. He was born in Augusta, Ga., on J

Mrs. Elean Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Nora Elean Griffin of Ellington Ave., Thomson, entered into

Mrs. Rhoda Griffin    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Rhoda Riddick Griffin for will be held today at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, S.C.

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN

Mrs. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Byce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 20, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Dorothy Louise Jackson Byce, age 74. A graveside service w

Mr. Alvin Wylds    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 19,

Featured obituary: Robert C. "Honk" Stephens
Robert C. "Honk" Stephens, a Wrens, Ga., city councilman and former editor of The Jefferson Reporter, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Robert Wilkinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Watson    (MONETTA, S.C.)
MONETTA, S.C. - Services for Annie Shealy Watson, 102, of Monetta will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday from the First Baptist Church of Batesburg with the Rev. Bill West officiating. Burial will follow in Bate

Mr. Ashley Williams    (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Funeral services for Mr. Ashley Williams who died March 17, 2002

Mr. Patrick Walls    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2002, at University Hospital after a long illness, Mr. Patrick S

Mr. Tom Tate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, M

Mrs. Predetha Vining    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga.- Mrs. Prede

Mrs. Alice Evans    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Alice Joyce Evans, 68, widow of William J. Evans, died Tuesday,

Mr. George Thompson    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - A memorial service for George W. Thompson Jr., will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2002, at Johnston United Methodist Church.

Mr. Lucious Johnson    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Lucious Johnson, age 88, of Warrenton Road, died Thursday, March 21, 2002 in Greensboro,

Mr. Jewel Stewart    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jewel Stewart Jr., 77, Lexington Street, Crawfordville, died March 17, 2002. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Friendship Baptist Churc

Mrs. Frances OConnell    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest at McDufffie Regional Medical Center on March 21, 2002, Mrs. Frances Davis OConnell, wife of the late Mr. D.B. "Pat" OConnell of Martinez, Ga. Mrs.

Mr. Robert Stephens    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Robert "Honk" C. Stephens, 79, of Ellis Street, entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Wrens United Methodist Chu

Mr. Loucius Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joann Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhoda Griffin    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, Mrs. Rhoda Riddick Griffin, McNair Drive, Belvedere. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Burwell F. Riddick and a daughter Sharon Riddick Richard. She was th

Mr. Douglas Smiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, Mr. Douglas Smiley, Sr., of Wharton Drive. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 22, 2002, at 2 p.m with Rev. J.R. Hatney

Ms. Carol Favro    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Ms. Carol Angela Favro, age 41, entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2002. Memorial services will

Mr. Jules Smalls    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Jules Smalls died March 18, 2002. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Ul

Mr. Donald Disher Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Donald Ray Disher Jr., 22

Mr. Wilfred Sinclair    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Crosland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Ruth Prothro Gregorie Crosland, 84, of Sommer Street, Aiken, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Funeral services will b

Mr. Donnie Rowe    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Byerley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AI

Mrs. Laura Reeves    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. -

Ms. Ruth Boylston    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Ruth Newman Boylston, 91, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Folk Funeral Home, Chape

Ms. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Bess    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Bynes    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Ricky Bynes who died March 14, 2002, will be 3 p.m., Sunday at Ph

Ms. Lucy Berry    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Funeral services

Mrs. Ena Morris    (COCCOA, Fla.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Geraldine ÒJerry Ò Brooks Andrews, 65, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 20,2002. Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Hatcher Funera

Mrs. Hattie McKelton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday,March 20, 2002 at Burke Medical Center, Mrs. Hattie McKelton, widow of the late Frank McKelton Sr. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, a

Mrs. Nina Cobb    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Nina Smith Cobb, age 87, of Paul Cobb Road in Bartow died Friday morning, March 22, in th

Mrs. Ann McHugh    (CORNELIA, Ga.)
CORNELIA, Ga.- Ann Ritchie McHugh, age 66, of Cornelia, died Mon

Mr. Patrick Walls    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2002, at University Hospital after a long illness, Mr. Patrick Samuel Walls, 57, beloved husband of Mrs. Melissa "Mickey" Newman Walls of Riverfront Drive. Funeral services will be held at 11

Mrs. Annelle McCurley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Annelle McCurley of S

Featured obituary: Mr. Herman Talmadge
ATLANTA - Herman Talmadge, the junior figure in a father-son dynasty that dominated Georgia politics for a half-century, was remembered with lowered flags and lavish praise after his death Thursday at age 88.

Mr. Jessie Kirkland    (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 service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, at

Mr. Donnie Rowe    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Robert "Honk"

Mrs. Laura Reeves    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Entered

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Perdue    (YAKIMA, Wash.)
YAKIMA, Wash. - Delores L. Perdue, 72, of Yakima, born March 24, 1929, passed away March 18, 2002. Mrs. Perdue was a resident of the Augusta area for many years where she was employed by the Radio Cab Company

Mr. Taylor Ramsey    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Taylor "Tate" Ramsey, 94, of Ramsey Drive, Lincolnton, died Friday morning, March 22, 2002. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 24, 2002, 4 p.m., at the Pleasant Grove Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with R

Mrs. Janie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Janie Jones, will be conducted on today, Friday, March 22, 2002 at 3 p.m. from C.A. Reid, Sr. Memorial Funeral Home, Gibson Chapel, Rev. Robert Mixon officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Kathleen Andrews    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Kathleen Andrews, 66, Tignall Road, Washington, died Monday, March 18, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, from Black Rock A.M.E. Church, Tignal

Mr. George Jones    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. George B. Jones, age 62, of

Mr. Johnny Hammond    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Johnny Floyd Hammond, age 58, of Colonial Drive, Columbia, died in Richland County Memorial Hospital on March 19, 2002. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Ridge Hill Baptist Church, Ridge Spring,

Mr. Fred Jones    (LAGRANGE, Ga.)
LAGRANGE, Ga. - Mr. Fred T. Jones, 87, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at West Georgia Medical Center. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. today at Pineview Memorial Gardens with Rev. Roy McVeigh officiating. Survivors i

Mrs. Mollie Hunt    (SPARTA, Ga.)
SPARTA, Ga. - Ingram Brothers Funeral Home announces the death and funeral of Mrs. Mollie F. Hunt, Dixie Street, Sparta, Ga. 31087. Mrs. Hunt pa

Mr. John Hodges    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - John Frank Hodges, 45, died March 17, 2002 in Savannah, Ga. He was born November 9, 1956, in Dublin, Georgia.He was employed as a

Mr. Hosea Jones    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - Mr. Hosea Jones of Jefferson Street, Tignall, Ga., died March 20, 2002. Funeral services will be Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Dole Branch Baptist Chu

Mr. Baker Heath    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Baker Heath will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Rocky Branch Baptist Church,

Mrs. Ena Morris    (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Mr. Anthony Heath    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
LITHONIA, Ga. - Mr. Anthony B. Heath, Brisbane Way, died Monday, March 18, 2002 at Concentra Medical, Conley, Ga. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, 3 p.m. at New Hope Powelton Ba

Mrs. Helen Pacine    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Helen S. Pacine, 91, wife of the late Mr. Peter Pacine, died Thursday, March 21, 2002. A memorial service will be held a later date at St. Johns United Church of Christ, St. Cla

Mrs. Maggie Bess    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Boatright    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Maggie Loucinda Odom Boatright died Wednesday, March 20, 2002. Funeral services are Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist

Featured obituary: Mr. Robert Wilkinson
Robert Wilkinson, the owner of Wilkinson Photography and a former photographer for The Augusta Chronicle, died Tuesday at his residence.

Ms. Carol Favro (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loucius Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Cobb (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Byce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Bess (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Heath (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Hosea Jones (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Herman Talmadge

Mr. Ashley Williams (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)

Mr. George Thompson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Hammond (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Kirkland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Evans (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilfred Sinclair (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Disher Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baker Heath (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Corder (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Beach (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mrs. Willie Albert (LIVINGSTON, La.)

Mrs. Delores Perdue (YAKIMA, Wash.)

Mr. Jewel Stewart (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ena Morris (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Mr. Donnie Rowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Bynes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jules Smalls (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Donnie Rowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Robert C. "Honk" Stephens

Mr. Fred Jones (LAGRANGE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Hunt (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joann Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Bess (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie McKelton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Downs (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Elean Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annelle McCurley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Hodges (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Holbrook Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Byce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Gable (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Smiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rhoda Griffin (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Andrews (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances OConnell (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. George Jones (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Johnson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth Boylston (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Chris Moore Jr. (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Watson (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ena Morris (COCCOA, Fla.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Byerley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Reeves (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Lucy Berry (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ann McHugh (CORNELIA, Ga.)

Copenhaver: Young people in Augusta want to move city forward
I RECENTLY READ an Augusta Chronicle article concerning prospective mayoral candidates for the upcoming election. In it, I was mentioned as a possible candidate, "supposedly" having the backing of local "white leaders."

Copenhaver: Young people in Augusta want to move city forward
I RECENTLY READ an Augusta Chronicle article concerning prospective mayoral candidates for the upcoming election. In it, I was mentioned as a possible candidate, "supposedly" having the backing of local "white leaders."

It's the law: Slow drivers must keep to the right
Regarding Glenda R. McCracken's March 15 letter ("Seeks left-hand lane laws") requesting clarification of Georgia traffic laws, space limitations prevent me from citing the entire statute, but she can go to her local library or the state of Georgia Web site to read the entire statute for herself. Steve North, Augusta

Fixing deregulation
The gas-marketer measures passed by the Georgia House and Senate this week - with only minor differences in the two bills - will be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of this year's session.

Herman Talmadge
Herman Eugene Talmadge, the legendary Georgia politician whose long, colorful and questionable political career defined Georgia politics for decades, has died, but the story of his life and times - the good, the bad and the scandalous - will forever be etched on the history of Georgia.

Georgia's tax-funded education program not working
I am sick of hearing that my tax dollars are going to help Georgia's children. I refer to the claim that state and local politicians use to try to justify an over-taxation of its populace. With state, sales, property, ad valorem, wheel tax and local "voluntary" tax initiatives in place, how does one have any money left over? Chris Redmond, Grovetown, Ga.

Bush wimps out
By not vetoing the campaign finance reform Congress just sent to his desk, President Bush wimped out on his vow not to sign any bill that did not provide "paycheck protection," i.e., preventing labor bosses from raiding members' wallets to fund partisan political causes and candidates.

Aiken lockup worse than in Cuba
I find amazing all the commotion going on about terrorist prisoners being held at the U.S. base in Cuba and the treatment they are getting. Some detainees are being held in far worse conditions at the Aiken County Detention Center. The Rev. Jack Scott, Bath, S.C.

Stupid jury
Now admitted rapist Aaron LeBlanc has been caught in North Carolina after he got away with his crimes in Richmond County. Bob Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

A bill worth watching
A measure moving through the Georgia General Assembly bears watching for those who are concerned about the future of small businesses in the state.

Continuing debate about the Civil War unproductive
I'm replying to John Bryan's March 14 response ("Anti-Lincoln letter draws a defense") to my son's letter ("'Chronicle' hit for publishing letter critical of Lincoln") by David Szerlip on March 5. Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez, Ga.

NAACP should help, not hurt, South Carolina
The NAACP charges South Carolina with being a racist state and says fair-minded people should stay out. Apparently, they have no idea how much they are hurting themselves. Maggie Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

Urges Georgia agree to 6-lane expressway extension
The March 8 Augusta Chronicle highlighted plans to construct a bridge over the Savannah River linking Georgia and South Carolina. As president of Augusta State University's College Conservatives and a local resident, I feel the extension of Bobby Jones Expressway (Interstate 520) into the Palmetto State is very important for our local economy and the safety of our residents.Richard L. Rogers Jr., Evans, Ga.

Trouble is back
Mothers and fathers, husbands and boyfriends: Warn the women in your life that admitted rapist Aaron LeBlanc is back in town.

Mother's warning signs went unread
Would a competent parent leave her child in a room with a loaded gun, lit matches, or in a carbon monoxide-filled room, thinking that the child would be safe? Pamela R. Blocker, Augusta

Cops ignore slow left-lane drivers
Regarding Glenda R. McCracken's March 15 letter ("Seeks left-hand lane laws") and others' "right" to drive in the left lane. Richard M. Albert, Graniteville, S.C.

It's always someone else's fault
I am disappointed at how many people allow themselves to be so influenced by the media. Almost every time a widely-publicized case of murder comes up, the mentality of "blame someone else" comes along with it. Ben Piper, Augusta

Overtime

Langley Pond sees change

Racing facts

Martin's hoops stock goes up

Stewart, Sadler consider Bristol their favorite track

Gordon breaks through

Augusta State graduate plays out a dream

Rookie wins pole, sets Busch mark

Overtime

With deadline looming, promoters head back to Memphis

Sewak eager to start

Sewak eager to start
When the subject of spring football practice came up during the annual Greater Augusta Georgia Southern Eagle Club meeting Friday, a big smile swept across the face of Mike Sewak.

Prep players of the week
Artis Roberson of Silver Bluff High School and Erin Sullivan of Aquinas High School are the area prep players of the week.

Augusta State graduate plays out a dream
When Festus Hawkins realizes a visitor is waiting to speak to him, the former Augusta State center's Harlem Globetrotter instinct takes over.

Overtime
Augusta State blanked Lander 2-0 in Game 2 to complete a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep Thursday at Diamond Lakes.

Martin's hoops stock goes up
Already a major Division I women's basketball prospect, Thomson's Monique Martin certainly didn't hurt her stock in last week's North-South All-Star game.

Gordon breaks through
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jeff Gordon hopes his first pole of the season might temporarily silence his critics.

With deadline looming, promoters head back to Memphis
With a final deadline looming to make the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, promoters headed back to Memphis for another set of meetings Friday that could land the city the lucrative heavyweight title bout.

Rookie wins pole, sets Busch mark
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rookie Scott Riggs had no trouble making his first trip around Bristol Motor Speedway, setting a record Friday in winning the pole for the Channellock 250.

Overtime
The Wilmington Waves franchise in the South Atlantic League has relocated to Albany, Ga., league president John H. Moss said Friday.

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Food City 500.

Stewart, Sadler consider Bristol their favorite track
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Tony Stewart walked gingerly Thursday, careful not to strain his tender back. With a race at his favorite track looming, he could take no chances.

Langley Pond sees change
The 800 rowers expected to participate in today's Augusta/Aiken County Spring Rowing Regatta can expect improvements from last year's event.

Cooking wild

Fishing report
Oh, happy day! The Paralyzed Veterans of America are urgently in need of ablebodied partners (with bass boats) to pair with anglers with disabilities on Saturday through Sunday.

Cooking wild
Springtime is trout season in north Georgia's mountain streams. Here's an easy recipe, from one of Sports Afield's fine cookbooks, to make one of nature's best-tasting fish as good as they get:

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news
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.

Mr., Mrs. Basketball awards given out
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A junior guard from York High School who averaged 36.3 points a game this year has been names Miss Basketball for Class 3A by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

NFL roundup: Chavous signs with Minnesota
Cornerback Corey Chavous, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday

Panthers release running back Huntley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers released running back Richard Huntley on Friday.

Faith digest
Families hunting for Easter clothes might find what they need today at two Augusta-area Missionary Baptist churches.

Faith and fellowship calendar
Submit items for the Faith and Fellowship calendar in writing by noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augu

Churches to join forces in the body of Christ
First Baptist Church of North Augusta and Grace United Methodist Church face each other across the 600 block of Georgia Avenue, a symbol of the spiritual divide between them.

Spreading the news
Clarence Barinowski dreamed of radio ministry 40 years ago while traveling Georgia roads to sell seed to farmers.

Howell's caddie pick knows way around

Mickelson refuses to play it safe

Meteorologists study Southern islands of heat
ATLANTA - Rachael Richardson has scraped frost from her car's windshield only once since moving to downtown Atlanta two years ago.

Russian manufacturer develops new boosters
MOSCOW -- Russia's premier aerospace company has developed a range of new booster rockets for foreign satellites in a bid to hold onto its share of the market for commercial launches, its director said Tuesday.

Dietary supplements might not be needed
Q: I am trying to lose weight and was thinking about taking a diet supplement. My husband feels that these supplements could cause more harm than good. What do you think?

Scientist turns self into human computer
A British cybernetics professor is the first human to have a computer chip directly connected to his central nervous system, a technology that eventually could help paralyzed people and allow soldiers to communicate silently in battle.

For risky battlefields, a correspondent on wheels
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Wanted: aggressive war correspondent with interview skills, satellite phone. Mobility required in hostile, rugged terrain. Pay: None. Solar panels a plus.

A new type of kidney replacement
It might gratify scientists if they can someday grow an entire organ from scratch, but a part-biologic, part-synthetic kidney looks pretty impressive in light of indications that it already has saved some very ill patients.

Teaching how to live lean
DURHAM, N.C. - In his first days at Structure House, Art LeClair had to drive the 25 feet from his apartment door to the entrance of the diet center. He weighed 475 pounds, so the short walk would tax his heart, his lungs, his back, his legs.

Bush scraps consent forms in patient privacy rule
WASHINGTON -- Doctors and hospitals could disclose private information about patients and provide medical services without prior consent under proposed Bush administration revisions to Clinton-era patient privacy rules.

Georgia baseball trounces Vanderbilt

Georgia baseball trounces Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Coffey had three RBI and Justin Holmes added two more as Georgia defeated Vanderbilt 14-4 on Friday.

South Carolina routs Ball State
South Carolina might not need fuel for its flight to New York. The energy present at Frank McGuire Arena on Thursday probably gave the Gamecocks all the propulsion they'll need.

Gamecocks rout Ball St.

South Carolina routs Ball State

South Carolina baseball beats Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gary Bell struck out eight and limited Florida to a one run, lifting South Carolina to a 2-1 win over the Gators.

Gamecocks rout Ball St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina closed Frank McGuire Arena in a style their late coach would have loved, beating Ball State 82-47 in the NIT quarterfinals Thursday night.

A new type of kidney replacement

Russian manufacturer develops new boosters

For risky battlefields, a correspondent on wheels

Meteorologists study Southern islands of heat

Dietary supplements might not be needed

Bush scraps consent forms in patient privacy rule

Scientist turns self into human computer

Teaching how to live lean

Faith and fellowship calendar

Spreading the news

Faith digest

Churches to join forces in the body of Christ