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.

Freshman lead Paine past Clark Atlanta

Former senator was enigma in public life

Odds and ends
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Coincidences were flying when a man was arrested and charged with stealing a bird feeder from Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology.

Boy wins annual rotten sneaker contest by a nose
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- They've worn their sneakers while mowing the lawn. They've left them outside in the rain, and they've dragged them through the mud.

Marlins 6, Braves 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Brad Penny allowed one run over six innings, Derrek Lee hit a two-run double in the first inning and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Sunday.

Chipper's stats speak for themselves

Braves notebook

Marlins 6, Braves 1

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

Andruw Jones hopes to put disappointing season behind him

Chipper's stats speak for themselves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The following numbers are provided as a public service for Atlanta Braves fans and are not intended to disparage any other major league hitter, living or dead.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Kerry Ligtenberg insists he can pitch effectively in April, which is not to be confused with the numbers he posts once the games count.

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

Kmart struggles to survive, as competitors gain ground

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

Pocket change

Sometimes less is more on a resume
"ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Am a highly motivated individual, given the right set of circumstances."

On the move

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

Safety first

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.

Fund families shift to loads

Read the fine print, not the promises

A gift is not always a free

Revlon pays for story line on 'All My Children'

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.

Software package analyzes failures

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.

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.

Customer retention needed in many 'businesses'

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.

Kmart struggles to survive, as competitors gain ground
NEW YORK -- Sarah Johnson used to shop for toiletries, light bulbs and other basics at her local Kmart, while driving 30 minutes to Target for fashion and other nonessential items. That all changed a month ago, after a trip to buy picture frames at Kmart turned out to be an exercise in futility.

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?

Software package analyzes failures
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co. has formed a partnership with KPMG Consulting to sell a computer software system designed to improve manufacturing productivity.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SITEL Corp.

Read the fine print, not the promises
Sprint is touting rates of 5 cents per minute "anytime." AT&T is promising unlimited calls for $20 per month. And WorldCom (MCI) is offering service for 9 cents per minute to Western Europe on weekends.

Business calendar

Revlon pays for story line on 'All My Children'
NEW YORK -- The cosmetics maker Revlon is paying ABC millions of dollars to be featured as a foil for Susan Lucci's character in the soap opera "All My Children" over the next few months.

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

Asset funds offer simplicity

Nonworking parents can get Social Security

Gambling winnings are taxable, losses might be deductible

Gambling winnings are taxable, losses might be deductible
Hit a big one lately? With more and more gambling establishments, the IRS reminds people that they must report all gambling winnings as income on their tax return.

Neatness can help to avoid an audit

Hoosiers take long road back to Final Four

Women's basketball roundup

Oklahoma rolls into final four with win

Broyles' review after Richardson's second season cites inconsistencies

Oklahoma 72, Texas Tech 62

Old rivals meet in new setting

Upstart Old Dominion tries to ruin Connecticut's good time

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82

Indiana ends Kent State's run

NIT Glance

Red-hot Sooners take winning streak to Atlanta

Kansas 104, Oregon 86

Two No. 1 seeds in Final Four; Indiana in at No. 5

Fight the con artists

Meaner than a mad dog

The real deal

SRS' perilous delay

Sally Field comes full circle
Sally Field surfed onto TV in the title role of "Gidget," soared through the ratings as "The Flying Nun," then landed Hollywood's respect and two Oscars during a long, distinguished movie career.

'Under One Roof': All's fair in love and war
It's one thing to build a raft. It's another to keep it from falling apart in the Pacific Ocean.

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

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.

Reruns are the latest example of TV 'repurposing'
NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien fans won't need to lose sleep or remember to program video recorders with Comedy Central's announcement this week that it will soon rerun his NBC show the next night.

Washington, Berry take top-acting awards
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry and Denzel Washington became just the second and third blacks to win Academy Awards on Sunday for lead roles, while "A Beautiful Mind" took top honors as best picture.

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

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.

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.

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

'Greg the Bunny': The Muppets were never like this
Let's get one thing straight: "Greg the Bunny" is NOT a children's show.

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.

Daily TV highlights for week
Even during a mundane week on the tube, controversies swirl around what you'll see on "The Drew Carey Show" and "Boston Public."

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.

Stars generally play it safe
Halle Berry arrived at Sunday's Academy Awards in a wine-colored, A-line ballgown with a sheer bodice and strategically placed beaded flowers - a sexy departure for her and a fashion moment on a night when many stars played it safe.

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.

Rap mogul Simmons takes poetry mainstream with HBO series
NEW YORK -- The words come in rapid succession as poets step to the mike at the Supper Club in Times Square, each telling a story of urban life in a lyrical torrent.

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

Georgia Tech tries trio of QBs
ATLANTA - The subject everyone wants to talk about this spring at Georgia Tech is the quarterback competition.

Georgia Tech 6, Gardner-Webb 2
ATLANTA -- Jason Perry, Victor Menocal and Eric Patterson each had two hits and Chris Goodman allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings as Georgia Tech completed a sweep of a two-game series with Gardner-Webb 6-2 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech tries trio of QBs

Jackets sting Bulldogs

Georgia Tech 6, Gardner-Webb 2

An unlikely finish, an unlikely winner
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Not many people knew about Craig Perks. No one will forget his theatrical finish Sunday that brought him an unlikely victory at The Players Championship and a trip to the Masters.

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

Augusta State wins Schenkel

Augusta State wins Schenkel
STATESBORO, Ga. - Augusta State golf coach can now say that his team is on the same page - the champion's page.

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.

Diaz wins first title in duel with Inkster
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Laura Diaz sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the last hole to cap a 4-under-par 68 and beat LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster by a stroke Sunday in the Welch's-Circle K Classic.

Borrego wins Madeira Island Open
MADEIRA, Portugal -- Diego Borrego of Spain overcame swirling wind Sunday to shoot a 3-under-par 69 and win the Madeira Island Open by one stroke.

Perks wins Players Championship, invitation to Masters

Borrego wins Madeira Island Open

An unlikely finish, an unlikely winner

Diaz wins first title in duel with Inkster

Perks wins Players Championship, invitation to Masters
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - New Zealand's Craig Perks is headed to Augusta National Golf Club for the 66th Masters Tournament in three weeks. Maybe he'll have come back down to earth by then.

Martin, Bowman earn state awards

Aiken's Grant helps North

Georgia 75, Tennessee 68

Georgia 108, Tennessee 100

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

Jury acquits two in DeKalb murder
DECATUR, Ga. -- Prosecutors suffered a blow to their murder case against former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey on Monday when two of his alleged co-conspirators were acquitted of killing Dorsey's successor.

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000
Instead of reinstating Aaron LeBlanc's $100,000 Monday morning, a judge in Gastonia, N.C., increased it to $500,000.

Lakeside names new coach
Randy Hill was named Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director Monday morning.

Police seek robbery suspect
Authorities are looking for a robber who wore a gray wig while robbing four convenience stores in Richmond and Aiken counties.

Reader wants more comics by blacks

MOX best way to handle plutonium

MOX foe 'incredibly Naive'

'Rx industry' has too many kids on prescriptions

Deplores corporate puppy farms

Walker's daughter unconvincing

Augusta paid too much for fire chief

Augusta Commission the worst ever

Much has changed in race relations

Prognosticating Oscar has become daunting

Stars generally play it safe

Reruns are the latest example of TV 'repurposing'

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

'Greg the Bunny': The Muppets were never like this

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

Daily TV highlights for week

Spring lamb is a tasty alternative to beef

Rap mogul Simmons takes poetry mainstream with HBO series

Stepping back in time

Washington, Berry take top-acting awards

Home front

'Under One Roof': All's fair in love and war

Hair today; gone tomorrow

Sally Field comes full circle

Arts calendar

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

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

Lynx road report

Time running out for Lynx
FLORENCE, S.C. - The Augusta Lynx entered the weekend with destiny in their own hands.

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

Lynx notebook

Lynx lose second straight

Time running out for Lynx

Lawmakers have busy 2 days

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.

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.

Across the area

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

News you can use

County forms plan to retain teachers
Lakeside High School English teacher and debate coach Charles Heywood has been given a job for life.

Breeders gives tips on puppy selection

Across South Carolina
PARRIS ISLAND -Marine Corps officials have identified an 18-year-old recruit who died during a 1.5-mile training run.

Minibottle opposition advances

Bill may shorten trips by athletes

Bus tour shares stories of Savannah's black past

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000

Simple as A,B,C

Former city police officer found guilty

Deadline for bills is nigh

Jail will teach law enforcement history
GREENSBORO, Ga. - In 1895, the Greene County

Across Georgia

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

Floral festival

Flames spread in woods
It was the lingering trail of smoke that attracted most people's attention Sunday, said Sgt. Wayne Kent, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

Across the southeast

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.

News you can use

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.

Policy to conserve natural resources passes

Proposals would let retirees teach again

Across the area

Pub brings taste of Britain to North Augusta

Bill aims to limit market

Flames spread in woods

Joint effort suggested for Whiskey Road rules

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

Jury acquits two in DeKalb murder

Bill aims to limit market
AIKEN - Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener, filed a bill last week that would regulate the sale of fertilizers that could be used to make a bomb.

Across South Carolina

Joint effort suggested for Whiskey Road rules
AIKEN - Four government bodies, two from the county and two from the city, will have to agree if one set of rules is to be adopted for well-traveled Whiskey Road.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Police will use dogs to search

Across the area
Aaron LeBlanc remained in a North Carolina jail Sunday night under a $250,000 bond on rape charges, jail officials said.

Bill may shorten trips by athletes
A bill that would limit team travel to 200 miles round trip must be voted out of an education subcommittee and approved by the House before the session's 33rd day, which is Tuesday. Otherwise, it will die.

Across Georgia
FORT STEWART -Two soldiers involved in a fatal shooting at Fort Stewart on Friday have been identified.

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

Proposals would let retirees teach again
To alleviate the teacher shortage, legislation before the General Assembly would bring retired teachers back to the classroom.

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.

Child-support guidelines proceed slowly in House

Lawmakers have busy 2 days
ATLANTA - It's likely to be another short week for the General Assembly, with the Legislature expected to take at least two days off at the end of the week to mark the start of Passover and Good Friday.

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.

Policy to conserve natural resources passes
The South Carolina Legislature approved a land bank last week that would help conserve natural resources for future generations.

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.

Many members, one body
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Rev. Jon Breshears stared down at Georgia Avenue from the rooftop of First Baptist Church and made a suggestion to the crowd below.

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

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.

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across Georgia

Around town

Jail will teach law enforcement history

Pub brings taste of Britain to North Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA - Dartboards and a jukebox can be found at just about any bar.

Lakeside names new coach

Across the southeast
ROANOKE, Va. -Fire broke out in an illegal pile of as many as 4 million tires and could last for months, officials said.

Authorities call off search

Authorities call off search
NEW ELLENTON - Police called off the search for a missing elderly woman Sunday after an exhausting fifth day of efforts proved fruitless.

News you can use
March 25, 1954 A 31-year-old South Carolina man now awaiting death in the electric chair for the murder of a Georgia policeman has been charged with 23 armed robberies in Aiken, Detective Chief P.D. Grant revealed yesterday.

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.

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.

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.

Ames can only watch wild ride
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - If Craig Perks had just won the Super Bowl instead of the Players Championship, he'd be going to Disney World - where they would immediately commission a roller coaster in honor of his thrill-ride of a Sunday finish.

Nets 116, Hawks 102

Terry scores 23, Hawks win
Hawks 112, Bulls 96

Terry scores 23, Hawks win

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

Nets 116, Hawks 102
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd hit consecutive 3-pointers to ignite a late run that carried the New Jersey Nets to a franchise-record 10th straight home win, 116-102 over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

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.

Broyles' review after Richardson's second season cites inconsistencies
LITTLE ROCK -- Frank Broyles' concerns with Nolan Richardson's job performance began as early as 1987 - the coach's second season as Arkansas basketball coach, according to a document recently released by the university.

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

Upstart Old Dominion tries to ruin Connecticut's good time
MILWAUKEE -- Wendy Larry sees Old Dominion as the party crasher at the big ball.

Two No. 1 seeds in Final Four; Indiana in at No. 5
If everything worked out according to the brackets designed by the NCAA basketball selection committee, there would be four top-seeded teams headed to next weekend's Final Four.

Hoosiers take long road back to Final Four
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Indiana guard Dane Fife twirled his finger in the air, as if to signal that he didn't want all this to end.

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On a night when Maryland's senior stars led the way, struggling junior Steve Blake hit the shot that sealed a second straight trip to the Final Four.

Oklahoma 72, Texas Tech 62
BOISE, Idaho -- For the third time this season, Oklahoma had more speed, more talent and more enthusiasm than Texas Tech could handle.

NIT Glance
Here is a glance at the National Invitation Tournament.

Old rivals meet in new setting
AMES, Iowa -- They are conference rivals separated by 180 miles of rolling Tennessee countryside, one in Nashville, the other in Knoxville.

Kansas 104, Oregon 86
MADISON, Wis. -- Kansas met a team that wanted to run with it. It ran over Oregon instead.

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

Red-hot Sooners take winning streak to Atlanta
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Except for the net around his neck and the sweat-soaked uniform underneath his celebratory T-shirt, Aaron McGhee might have been just another Oklahoma student stoked by the Sooners' Final Four run.

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.

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

Mrs. Ena Morris    (ROCKLEDGE, Fla.)

Mr. Harold Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cleo Fountain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Cleo Fountain, who died March 20, 2002, in the University Hospital, will be conducted

Mr. Donald Disher Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Donald Ray Disher Jr. of Brown Road, Hephzibah, son of Mr. Donald Ray and Mrs. Billie A. Dishe

Mr. James Greene    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Hightower    (JAMACIA, N.Y.)
JAMACIA, N.Y. - Mrs. Margaret Boynton Hightower, 81, of Jamacia, formerly of Allendale, S.C., entered into rest March 23, 2002, in J

Mr. Raymond Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Frank Herndon Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Frank E. "Buddy" Herndon Sr. are private and underÊthe direction of George Funeral Homes Historic Downtown Chapel, 211 ParkÊAve. S.W. Aiken,

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

Mrs. Myrna Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Tate    (AUGUSTA, 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

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

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

SSG (Ret.) John Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert McGahee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday,March 24, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augsuta, Georgia, Mr. F. Robert McGahee, 79, of Whitaker Road, Harlem, Georg

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

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

Mr. Joseph Berry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 23, 2002, Mr. Joseph "Joe" Lee Berry of Grove

Mrs. Mildred Piland    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)
WOODVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Piland, age 97, of Woodville, entered into rest March 23, 2002. Graveside funeral services for Mrs. P

Mr. Clarence Rushton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Saturday evening, March 23, 2002, Mr. Clarence Frank Rushton, age 84, of Vaucluse, S.C., beloved husband of Mrs. Lula

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. 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. Mattie Bradshaw    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 22, 2002, at Blair House Nursing Home, Mrs. Mattie Mae Bradshaw, 97, of Sea Isle

Mr. Raymond Hall    (AUGUSTA, 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."

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. Mattie Bradshaw    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Blizzard    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Danny Blizzard died on March 23, 2002. Funeral services will be Monday, March 25, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden M

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. Plemon Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Plemon Ansley, 80, beloved husband of Mrs. Lillie Ansley of Jeanette S

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. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, 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

Mr. Harold Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Danny Blizzard (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Piland (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Hilton Landing (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mrs. Dorothy Young

Mr. Raymond Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Plemon Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Plemon Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Line (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eulice Donahue (LAKELAND, Fla.)

Mr. Frank Herndon Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hightower (JAMACIA, N.Y.)

Mrs. Myrna Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Young (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cleo Fountain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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,

Reader wants more comics by blacks
This letter is prompted by the lone comic strip that is currently in The Chronicle about and by a black person. Boondocks really is not my cup of tea. I have tried to read it, and I just don't get it. Cynthia Hightower, Augusta

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.

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,

Walker's daughter unconvincing
I have long felt that state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is an opportunistic self-serving politician with questionable ethics, but I began reading his daughter Monique's March 17 column with an open mind. Don Williams, Augusta

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.

Deplores corporate puppy farms
Dog breeding is a multi-million dollar market and spread all across our so-called compassionate country are puppy mills: Farms where dogs are bred day in and day out - many of which are bred to death so we can walk into our nearest pet store and buy into the cruelty. Stephen Vining, Augusta

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.

Augusta paid too much for fire chief
Recently a new fire chief was hired and Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson was credited for getting the votes. Before voting, Mr. Hankerson said he had a total of eight votes. However, he ended up with only six votes - his and five others. Joseph Diggs, Augusta

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.

Fight the con artists
Contractors in our area are finding out how a few bad apples can spoil it for the whole basket. Most contractors, of course, are honest. Yet there are a number of unscrupulous contractors (if, in fact, they are contractors at all) who are preying on homeowners, especially the elderly.

'Rx industry' has too many kids on prescriptions
Prescription drug use in children as young as 5 years old has reached staggering proportions. Millions of American children are on Ritalin, Adderall or other drugs for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Elizabeth Estey, Thomson, Ga.

Augusta Commission the worst ever
Augustans have the worst city commissioners around. The Rick McKee editorial cartoon on March 10 said it best. Let's get them out of office and put others in. They couldn't be as bad as what we have now. Michael W. Wilkins, Augusta

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.

The real deal
In important elections, one can tell who the opposition party most fears by who its activists most frequently and ferociously attack. They seek to weaken the strongest candidates in hopes of running against the weakest.

Overtime

Crash assures win

Area sports announcements

Busch breaks into winner's circle at Bristol

Wallace in heaven at Bristol

Overtime

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.

NASCAR notebook
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kevin Harvick will be penalized this week for his pit-road confrontation with Greg Biffle during the Busch series race, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Sunday.

Overtime
Monique Martin of Thomson scored six straight points down the stretch en route to a game-high 26 points Sunday in leading the Georgia girls to a 75-68 win over Tennessee in the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Basketball Game in Chattanooga.

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.

Busch breaks into winner's circle at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch gambled on pit strategy and bumped Jimmy Spencer out of his way Sunday to win the first race of his career in an event that ended with tempers flaring and another pit road confrontation at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cooking wild

Lessons in nature

Fish tale

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

Turkey calling contest

Georgia 108, Tennessee 100
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Al Thornton scored 28 points and grabbbed 12 rebounds to lead Georgia past Tennessee 108-100 in the 15th annual Coca-Cola High School all-star game Sunday.

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.

Georgia 75, Tennessee 68
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Moniqe Martin of Thomson scored six straight points down the stretch en route to a game-high 26 points Sunday in leading the Georgia girls to a 75-68 win over Tennessee in the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Basketball Game.

Ames can only watch wild ride

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.

New sensor improves digital camera images
Recently, I attended the 2002 Photo Marketing Convention in Orlando, Fla., where dozens of way-cool digital photographic products were introduced - from easy to use point-and-shoot cameras to digital picture stations for retail stores.

Did your computer lose an hour? We'll help you find it
Q. Stupid me, even though I am in the market for a new computer I couldn't let well enough alone. I downloaded an update for my gateway computer's modem and now the modem doesn't work.

Sports cars of the computer world
Notebook PCs are the sports cars of the computer world - light, fast, and lots less comfortable than their family-sedan desktop counterparts.

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.

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.

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.

A good machine for someone not into lots of upgrades
As is common practice with many (notice I didn't say most) computer elitists, I would often sneer and thumb my nose when some poor, misguided individual would ask me if they should purchase an e-Machine or some other brand of inexpensive computer.

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.

Georgia 11, Vanderbilt 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Clint Sammons hit a three-run homer and Chaz Lytle went 3-for-5 Sunday to help Georgia beat Vanderbilt 11-3.

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

Sammons homers in Bulldogs win

Georgia 11, Vanderbilt 3

Jenkins, Pinkins perform well

South Carolina falls to Florida

Duke can't forget South Carolina loss
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Four months have passed since South Carolina beat Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the Blue Devils still remember how the Gamecocks celebrated by dancing on Coach K Court.

Gortman, Penn lead Gamecocks

South Carolina 6, Florida 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Landon Powell's home run in the bottom of the 8th inning sealed a win 6-4 Sunday for fourth ranked South Carolina (21-4) over the Florida Gators (21-5) in a three-game series.

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.

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.

South Carolina 6, Florida 4

Boy wins annual rotten sneaker contest by a nose

Odds and ends

The debate over ID cards intensifies

Sports cars of the computer world

Scientists developing anti-smallpox pill

New sensor improves digital camera images

Local industries report mercury

A good machine for someone not into lots of upgrades

Did your computer lose an hour? We'll help you find it