USC Aiken tops USC Spartanburg

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.

Freshman lead Paine past Clark Atlanta

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.

Knights get past Panthers

Freshman lead Paine past Clark Atlanta
Paine's baseball team starts three freshman - Carlos Cahee, Brandon Hollis and Starling Odoms - but Lions' shortstop Michael Reeves isn't at all surprised with what they've done this season.

Former senator was enigma in public life

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 notebook
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -Bobby Cox continued preparations Saturday to start the season without second baseman Marcus Giles, who underwent hemorrhoid surgery Thursday.

Indians top Braves

Blanco happy to be behind the plate

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.

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

Maddux and Glavine head into 10th year together

Andruw Jones hopes to put disappointing season behind him

Maddux not phased by bad game

Andruw Jones hopes to put disappointing season behind him
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Andruw Jones managed a remarkable feat last season.

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

Nonworking parents can get Social Security
Q: My wife moved here from overseas, and hasn't worked enough to qualify for Social Security retirement payments. Since she's raising our children and might not work again for a long time, will she be eligible for government retirement programs?

Customer retention needed in many 'businesses'
If the criminal justice system were a business, it would be bankrupt. That's because it is a spectacular failure when it comes to retaining its best customers.

Keeping things rolling

Keeping things rolling
For Phil Tralies, taking the top job at Club Car was like taking the baton from a world-class sprinter.

Neatness can help to avoid an audit

A gift is not always a free
If you give any one person gifts valued at more than $10,000 in 2001, it is necessary to report the total gift to the Internal Revenue Service. You may even have to pay tax on the gift. For 2002, the amount rises to $11,000.

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.

Asset funds offer simplicity
Mutual fund companies have developed "asset allocation funds" that are great for the investors who do not have sufficient funds to invest in five or six different funds to attain a balanced portfolio.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SITEL Corp.

Business calendar
Monday-Friday: Grand Opening, SouthTrust Bank, 3535 Wheeler Road.

Safety first
Local government installations and agencies have spent millions upgrading security in the past six months, but most private businesses have made only modest changes since Sept. 11.

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.

Fund families shift to loads
NEW YORK - There's no doubt that mutual fund investors, discouraged by the stock market's two consecutive years of decline, don't feel as bold about selecting investments as they did during the bull market. They're increasingly seeking the advice of advisers and brokers.

On the move
Master Pontiac Buick GMC on Washington Road has expanded and reorganized. It announced the following appointments: William Schafer Jr., dealer and CFO; William Schafer III, executive manager; John Chambers, new vehicle sales manager; Philip Hawkins, used vehicle sales manager; Shane Corum, assistant used vehicle sales manager; David Scott, business manager; and Bernard Hughes, Internet, commercial and fleet sales manager.

Neatness can help to avoid an audit
NEW YORK - The thought looms for many small business owners at tax time, as they're trying to whittle away at the amount they'll have to pay the government.

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.

A gift is not always a free

Pocket change

Customer retention needed in many 'businesses'

Asset funds offer simplicity

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.

Nonworking parents can get Social Security

Business briefs

Safety first

Fund families shift to loads

U.S. sets duties on lumber

Venture earns tax credits

Business calendar

Tax time means problems, benefits for the unemployed

On the move

Clemson baseball blanks Maine

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.

Indiana's Davis wary of Kent State

Women's basketball roundup

BYU looks for home-court edge

Indiana ends Kent State's run

Connecticut ends Southern Illinois's advance

Oklahoma rolls into final four with win

Oregon beats Texas

Temple tops Villanova

Meaner than a mad dog

SRS' perilous delay

A bill worth watching

Fixing deregulation

Home front
Until now, devotees of Russel Wright dinnerware had to rely on yard sales, retro shops and cyber auctions to find the prized mid-century creations.

Spring lamb is a tasty alternative to beef
Spring lamb is in some ways an antiquated term.

Berry, Smith, Washington hope to expand short list of black Oscar winners
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry hopes this year's three Academy Award nominations for black actors will be a source of optimism for minorities. Denzel Washington just figures academy voters went for the actors they felt turned in the best performances.

Web can provide what you need to know to visit Grand Canyon
What, you haven't been to the Grand Canyon yet?

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

Wedding coordinator was out of line with instructions
Dear Carson: My question concerns a recent wedding in which the mother of a friend of the bride acted as the wedding coordinator.

Prognosticating Oscar has become daunting
Predicting whom Oscar will ride home with at the end of his big evening is, at best, an uncertain science.

Hair today; gone tomorrow
On sunny days, Terry Phillips wears a cap - not to shield his eyes, but to shade his head.

Stepping back in time
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Down the road a ways, just off U.S. Highway 78, there's a pie-shaped lot and a little white house where Walter and Sharon Turner live.

Jackets sting Bulldogs
ATLANTA - Jason Perry went 4-for-5 with four RBI and Kyle Bakker pitched seven strong innings to lead Georgia Tech (17-3) to a 9-3 victory over Gardner-Webb (13-10) on Saturday

Jackets sting Bulldogs

Paulson leads at Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - "Why not?"

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.

Ex-Gamecock makes charge

Inkster grabs halfway lead in Tucson

Augusta State storms to 4-shot Schenkel lead
STATESBORO, Ga. - Augusta State jumped out to a four-stroke lead after two rounds Saturday in the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club.

Phil the Thrill in contention again

Golf notebook

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

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.

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.

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.

Martin, Bowman earn state awards

Aiken's Grant helps North

Thrashers beat Rangers

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

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

Former senator was enigma in public life
I can explain rear-wheel drive, Kant's categorical imperative and the infield fly rule.

Much has changed in race relations

Urges Georgia agree to 6-lane expressway extension

Aiken lockup worse than in Cuba

MOX foe 'incredibly Naive'

Cops ignore slow left-lane drivers

MOX best way to handle plutonium

Prognosticating Oscar has become daunting

Berry, Smith, Washington hope to expand short list of black Oscar winners

Arts calendar

Web can provide what you need to know to visit Grand Canyon

Spring lamb is a tasty alternative to beef

Hair today; gone tomorrow

Home front

Stepping back in time

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 2:30 p.m.

Lynx notebook

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

Lynx road report

Lynx notebook
After months of speculation, it appears a new professional hockey league targeting several Southeastern cities is about to become a reality.

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.

Game report

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

Lynx road report

Lynx lose second straight
GREENVILLE, S.C. - An alarming trend is developing for the Augusta Lynx, and their timing couldn't be worse.

Lynx lose second straight

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -A 17-year-old Marietta High School student accused of raping a girl in a boys' restroom in the school has been released on bond.

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.

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.

Failing the Standard

Across South Carolina

LeBlanc is taken back in custody

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Folkston church fire ruled arson

Child-support guidelines proceed slowly in House

Savannah mayor joins race for new district

Simple as A,B,C
A hush greeted 10-year-old Joe Shepherd as he calmly stepped to the microphone Saturday morning.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Residents provide help in drug bust

Breeders gives tips on puppy selection
AIKEN - Virginia Dingfelder's phone rings off the hook some days.

Weather helps make track 'almost perfect'

Minibottle opposition advances

Hopes dim as search continues

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

Floral festival
Emmie Ward and Phyllis Strozier pick out some free roses, courtesy of Rio Roses, during Sacred Heart Cultural Center's annual garden festival in Augusta. The festival Saturday included a live butterfly exhibit and many vendors and demonstrations.

Police will use dogs to search
Searchers found T-shirts, shoes and discarded bubble wrap with what might be a bloodstain Saturday, but none of it brought police any closer to finding 86-year-old Mary Alice Dixon.

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.

Horses and high fashion
AIKEN - The sound of the bugle Saturday called horses at the 36th Aiken Steeplechase to the post and pulled spectators from their tailgating to watch.

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

Deadline for bills is nigh
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes may not portray the image of a sprinter, but he surprised opponents last week with his speed in pushing a bill to end predatory-lending practices.

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.

Child-support guidelines proceed slowly in House
ATLANTA - When Tom Scardino, of Savannah, got divorced in 1999, his wife gained primary custody of their two preteen sons.

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

Bus tour shares stories of Savannah's black past
The tree-lined streets and squares of Savannah look different from the window of the black history tour bus.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Sheriff's deputies say they have issued murder warrants for the mother of a 13-year-old boy beaten to death and her boyfriend.

Across the Southeast
MORGAN CITY, La. -A helicopter crashed and sank Saturday after its landing gear caught on the handrail of an oil rig off the Louisiana coast.

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.

Across the area

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

Floral festival

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.

Across Georgia

Across the area

Simple as A,B,C

Minibottle opposition advances
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.

Breeders gives tips on puppy selection

Former city police officer found guilty

Police will use dogs to search

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
MARCH 24, 1935 Establishment of an aviation ground school in Augusta in the near future was seen likely yesterday when it became know the Georgia Emergency Relief Administration contemplates such a move here as part of a statewide air training program.

Home-schooler wins 'Sthene' sends girl to nationals

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Julia Nevedale of North Augusta.

Deadline for bills is nigh

Former city police officer found guilty
SAVANNAH - Joseph Quenga's sobbing daughters cried out, "Daddy, I love you" as the former Savannah police officer was led from the courtroom to begin a 15-year prison sentence.

Bus tour shares stories of Savannah's black past

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

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.

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.

Across the area
A 6-month-old Augusta girl remained in critical condition at the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center on Saturday. Her mother has been charged with abusing her.

First-time winner could emerge
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - After a restless night sleeping and a long day of waiting, Carl Paulson and Craig Perks won't have to search very far for inspiration.

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.

Carter to have knee surgery, miss rest of regular season

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.

Abdur-Rahim misses Hawks game to attend son's birth

Terry scores 23, Hawks win
Hawks 112, Bulls 96

Terry scores 23, Hawks win

Abdur-Rahim misses Hawks game to attend son's birth
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed the Atlanta Hawks' game with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night because he was in Berkeley, Calif., for the birth of his son.

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

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

Indiana ends Kent State's run
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Indiana is back in the Final Four thanks to nearly unprecedented 3-point shooting.

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.

Women's basketball roundup
Connecticut faced its toughest test of the NCAA tournament, and still won easily.

Oklahoma rolls into final four with win
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson is going to another Final Four - only this time, he won't have to go alone.

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.

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.

NFL roundup: Chavous signs with Minnesota

Mr. Eulice Donahue    (LAKELAND, Fla.)
LAKELAND, Fl

Mrs. Mary Overman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -

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,

Mrs. Joan Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Line    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. James "Bob" Line, 66, beloved husband of Mrs. Bess D. Line, entered into rest on Saturday, March

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

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

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 23, 2002, in the University Hospital, Mr. Robert W. Stephens Sr. of Kent Street. He was a member of First Mount Moriah Baptist

Mr. Donnie Rowe    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Johnson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mrs. Vera Owens Johnson, 81, widow of Joseph C. Johnson, died Saturday, in the Barnwell County Hospital. Funeral services will be

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

Mr. Arthur Holbrook Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 22, 2002, at McDuff

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

Mr. Donald Disher Jr.    (AUGUSTA, 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

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.

Ms. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, 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

Mr. Clarence Rushton    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
VAUCLUSE, S.C. - Answered Gods ca

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. Ena Morris    (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd McCall Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Floyd A. McCall, Sr., 59, of McCall Lane, died March 3, 2002. A memorial service will be held at Clearwater Branch Bapti

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

Mr. Hilton Landing    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. Hilton Landing, 92, died Saturday, March 23, 2002. He was born in Jenkins County and a retired truck driver. Graveside

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

Mr. Raymond Hall    (AUGUSTA, 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

Mrs. Elizabeth Dixon    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mrs. Elizabeth Cullum "Liz" Dixon, 85, of Calhoun Street, Johnston died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Aiken Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. today, March 24, 2002,

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.

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

Ms. Carol Favro    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Maggie Bess    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elean Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Dorothy Young
Dorothy Young is remembered as being a fun-loving person. In reflecting on her fellow church member, Bobbie Stevens said the woman affectionately called "Dodie" was "a joy to be around."

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,

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joseph Berry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, Mr. Joseph L. Berry, of the Groves, North Augusta. Surviving are three sisters, Carolyn Hartsoe of Lexington, B

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

Mr. Plemon Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Plemon Ansley, 80, beloved husband of Mrs. Lillie Ansley of Jeanette Street, died Saturday, March 23, 2

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.

Mrs. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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. Lewis Thompson    (ROME, Ga.)
ROME, Ga. - Mr. Lewis Owens Thompson, of Horseleg Creek Road, Rome, died Friday, March 8, 2002, in Rome. The eldest son of Algernon Lewis Thompson and E

Mrs. Ena Morris    (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Mr. Tom Tate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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. Donnie Rowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Lucious Johnson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Plemon Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Clarence Rushton (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Overman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Dorothy Young

Mr. Tom Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Hunt (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joseph Berry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Delores Perdue (YAKIMA, Wash.)

Mr. Raymond Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Cobb (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Stephens (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Byce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Beach (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Hosea Jones (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Bynes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Robert C. "Honk" Stephens

Mr. James Line (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Elean Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Hilton Landing (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eulice Donahue (LAKELAND, Fla.)

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

Mr. Floyd McCall Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Evans (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Johnson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ena Morris (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Ms. Lucy Berry (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Chris Moore Jr. (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reeves (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances OConnell (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Bess (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Young (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ashley Williams (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Disher Jr. (AUGUSTA, 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."

Pardons and paroles board decision raises many questions
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Daniel J. Craig's March 3 guest column, "Vocal opposition led to state parole board decision,

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.

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."

Pardons and paroles board decision raises many questions
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Daniel J. Craig's March 3 guest column, "Vocal opposition led to state parole board decision,

Meaner than a mad dog
Sometimes a jury and an attentive public do reach the same perception of justice in high-profile trials. This was certainly true of Thursday's Los Angeles verdicts that convicted Marjorie Knoller of second degree murder and her husband, Robert Noel, of involuntary manslaughter in the dog-mauling death of their neighbor, Diane Whipple.

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.

SRS' perilous delay
When the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board speaks, it's a good idea to sit up and take notice. This isn't a nuclear scaremongering group with a partisan or phony environmental ax to grind.

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.

Much has changed in race relations
In a March 17 letter, a writer mentioned that he grew up on a 155-acre farm. He said one day in 1950 his father bought a car and gave it to the sharecropper who lived on the property. That was a nice gesture, much nicer than anything I've ever done. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

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.

MOX foe 'incredibly Naive'
Letter writer Pam Harris thinks converting weapons-grade plutonium to nuclear fuel is a bad idea. Ms. Harris must think that weapons-grade plutonium belongs right where it is, ready to use as weapons by anybody who can get access to it. John Culbert, Williston, S.C.

MOX best way to handle plutonium
Pam Harris' March 13 letter opposes burning plutonium via the MOX program. Please invite Ms. Harris to say what the world is to do with its plutonium if we don't burn it as a nuclear fuel. Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Langley Pond sees change

Area sports announcements

Wallace in heaven at Bristol

Crash assures win

Gordon breaks through

Rookie wins pole, sets Busch mark

Overtime

Overtime

Martin's hoops stock goes up

Sewak eager to start

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

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.

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

Area sports announcements
March 28: The Georgia Tech Club of Augusta will hold a meeting that will feature new football coach Chan Gailey. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Treybon's Restaurant, 1285 Broad St. Tickets are $15, which included dinner. For more information contact David Henderson at 737-3075.

Wallace in heaven at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rusty Wallace has never tried to hide his love for Bristol Motor Speedway, where he's one of the winningest drivers with nine victories.

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.

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.

Augusta juniors excel
The Augusta Rowing Club's Juniors program provides a prime opportunity for area high school athletes to excel in a non-traditional sports environment.

Crash assures win
AIKEN - Mathew McCarron blew past an old friend Saturday on his way to victory in the featured race of the 36th annual Aiken Steeplechase.

Overtime
At Evansville, Ind., Patrick Mutombo scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half to lead Metropolitan State past Kentucky Wesleyan 80-72 Saturday for its second Division II men's basketball championship in three years.

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

Lessons in nature

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:

Lessons in nature
It was only a few short years ago that a young Clemson University scientist gazed across a wasteland of rusting appliances half-buried in sewage.

Turkey calling contest
William Terry of Vanwyck, S.C., offered up his best call during last weekend's 33rd annual South Carolina Turkey Calling Contest held at the National Wild Turkey Federation's headquarters in Edgefield. Terry, last year's defending champion, took first place in the Senior State (over 21) division.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Turkey calling contest

Fish tale
Keith Evans of Columbia County was slow-trolling live herring with balloons at Thurmond Lake last week, when this 32-pound striper struck one of his lines. The fish was among four Evans caught that day while fishing in the reservoir near Modoc, S.C.

Fish tale

Harvest numbers rise
Georgia hunters harvested 44,000 more deer last season than during the 2000-01 season, according to a new survey by Georgia's Department of Natural Resources.

Martin, Bowman earn state awards
Thomson basketball coach James Newsome said he believes there was one major reason his team made the state Class AAAA Elite Eight playoffs - senior guard-forward Monique Martin willed the Lady Bulldogs there.

Aiken's Grant helps North
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Courtney Perkins of Greenwood High scored 26 points to lead the North to a 90-78 victory over the South team Saturday at the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic at Winthrop Coliseum.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Mickelson refuses to play it safe

Local industries report mercury
Four Augusta-area industries are among 26 Georgia companies that reported emissions of toxic mercury during 2000, according to a Georgia Environmental Protection Division report.

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.

Scientists developing anti-smallpox pill
LONDON -- U.S. scientists developing a pill for smallpox in case the deadly virus is used in a bioterrorist attack reported promising results Wednesday in tests on mice.

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.

The debate over ID cards intensifies
The most valuable card you carry in your wallet one day may not be that gold credit card, the ATM card or your health insurance identification - but your driver's license.

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.

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.

We're still waiting for those disposable cell phones
Disposable cell phones were promised to offer all the convenience of wireless phones and more - no contracts, no hidden fees and you can toss them when the minutes run out.

Researchers discuss advances in tissue engineering
PITTSBURGH - More than 700 experts in tissue engineering, the process of coaxing cells to generate replacements for diseased tissues, began showing off the field's potential in the first sessions of a three-day scientific meeting.

Sammons homers in Bulldogs win

Sammons homers in Bulldogs win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Clint Sammons hit a home run as Georgia held on to defeat Vanderbilt 9-7 on Saturday.

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.

Georgia baseball trounces Vanderbilt

Gortman, Penn lead Gamecocks

South Carolina falls to Florida

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.

South Carolina falls to Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ryan Shealy had three RBIs and Florida broke open a close game with an eight-run ninth inning to defeat South Carolina 14-5 on Saturday.

Jenkins, Pinkins perform well

Jenkins, Pinkins perform well
COLUMBIA - Corey Jenkins and Dondrial Pinkins took big steps to settling South Carolina's quarterback question for next season as both performed strongly in Saturday's scrimmage.

Gortman, Penn lead Gamecocks
RALEIGH, N.C. - South Carolina answered every charge Drake could muster to advance in the NCAA tournament.

Scientists developing anti-smallpox pill

Scientist turns self into human computer

The debate over ID cards intensifies

Local industries report mercury

For risky battlefields, a correspondent on wheels

Bush scraps consent forms in patient privacy rule

A new type of kidney replacement

Spreading the news

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar

Churches to join forces in the body of Christ