Enron's name comes off Astros' ballpark
HOUSTON -- The 10-foot, 300-pound blue letters spelling "Enron Field" over right field at the Astros' ballpark began coming down Tuesday, a week before Houston starts the season.
House passes stadium bill that may help save Twins
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota House approved a stadium plan Monday that could influence whether the Twins survive beyond this season.
Selig available on online chat
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will answer questions from fans during a one-hour online chat Tuesday.
Selig pledges no lockout through World Series
NEW YORK -- Baseball owners pledged Tuesday not to lock out players through the World Series, leaving open the right to change work rules at the start of the offseason.
Greenbrier tops Lakeside with offensive display
Lakeside's Danny Ryan had a leadoff home run taken off the board in Monday's Region 3-AAAA showdown at Greenbrier, but with the way Lakeside swung the bats, that really didn't matter.
DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Facing an April that's crammed with 27 games in 30 days, manager Bobby Cox is leaning toward carrying 12 pitchers.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It wouldn't be surprising if the lineup Bobby Cox posted Tuesday night was the one he uses on opening day against Phillies starter Robert Person. In addition to the regulars, he had B.J. Surhoff at first base and Mark DeRosa at second, sandwiching catcher Javy Lopez in the No. 7 hole between the pair.
Braves 7, Royals 3
HAINES CITY, Fla. -- B.J. Surhoff went 2-for-2, raising his average to .432, while driving in two runs as the Atlanta Braves topped the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Monday night.
Braves 5, Royals 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Andruw Jones and Mark DeRosa homered and Albie Lopez allowed one run in six innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Tuesday night.
Off the green
The people who supply atmosphere and ambiance during Masters Week know that there's more to the second week of April than just golf in Augusta.
Durable-goods orders up 1.5 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods rose for the third straight month and consumer confidence surged, more evidence that the country is bouncing back from recession.
Service Merchandise's Augusta store closed its doors for good Monday evening.
Don't forget charity at tax time
The Internal Revenue Services advises that when preparing to file your 2001 federal tax return, don't forget your contributions to charitable organizations. Your donations can add up to a nice tax deduction if you itemize on IRS Form 1040, Schedule A.
Spreading sprawl is squeezing out growers
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Terry Chandler has put a lot of hard work into making his Madison County farm a productive operation, and it has been a labor of love - farming is a way of life, a family enterprise.
Early withdrawals from retirement plan can be costly
An early distribution from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a qualified retirement plan need not be a "taxing" experience, according to the IRS.
Cutting their cut
The recent decision by several major airlines to stop paying commissions to travel agents did not come as a complete surprise to Michael Kerbelis III.
WASHINGTON - A half-dozen former executives of Waste Management Inc. were accused Tuesday of inflating earnings by $1.7 billion as part of an accounting fraud scheme designed to enrich themselves and dupe shareholders.
When choosing an adviser, look for experience, similar values
The primary reason to use an investment adviser for your financial planning is to receive unbiased professional opinions on your risk tolerance and portfolio and to find ways to reach your goals and objectives.
Existing-home sales dip in February
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes dipped in February but still racked up the second highest monthly level on record as low mortgage rates and good weather motivated buyers.
Wesley Snipes vampire sequel has killer debut
LOS ANGELES -- "Blade II," Wesley Snipes' return as a slayer of vampires, took a big bite of the weekend box office, debuting as the No. 1 film with $32.5 million.
In the know
If you want your new bundle of joy to be the best dressed in the nursery, visit www.rockstarbaby.com, the Web site for the hippest babies around. Tico Torres of Bon Jovi and designer Cinzia Spalletti, opened the new clothing store for newborn to 2 year olds. Featuring duds such as leather pants, denim jackets and matching accessories, the New York boutique has dressed the children of stars such as Cindy Crawford and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Next to winning, the parties may be the best thing
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- When singer Rufus Wainwright saw where he was sitting for dinner at the Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar party he thought he'd been banished to a bad table.
Academy Awards a breakthrough for black actors
LOS ANGELES -- Until Sunday, just one black actor in 73 years had won an Academy Award in a lead role. Now there are three.
Wine goes perfectly with Easter
Easter is a time of great culinary feasts; two, sometimes three festive meals all in one day.It's almost like Christmas. With this in mind, drink responsibly.
Complete list of 74th Academy Award winners
List of winners at the 74th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.:
Costly California pinot noir worth every penny
Well might your hand tremble when you apply a corkscrew to a bottle of California pinot noir that cost $100.
International media give Poitier, Redford, Berry standing ovations
LOS ANGELES -- After receiving their Oscars, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford and Halle Berry each got standing ovations backstage from an international media contingent.
Find out what your ancestors were doing in 1930
WASHINGTON - Like millions of other Americans, Kimberly Crews is eagerly awaiting the April 1 release of records used in the 1930 Census, which will reveal the stories of ordinary families caught up in the Great Depression.
Berry, Washington, Poitier mark historic Oscar night for black actors
LOS ANGELES -- On a night when Sidney Poitier described how different Hollywood was 53 years ago, the Academy Awards showcased how different as Halle Berry and Denzel Washington joined Poitier as the only black actors to win Oscars for lead roles.
No pain, Rogaine
Danny Thompson knew right away that the pills were working. He could see little, downy soft hairs sprouting from his balding scalp.
Oscar throws grand homecoming party in new theater
LOS ANGELES -- With unprecedented security, a new theater to break in and predictions of surefire winners, some folks were expecting the 74th Academy Awards to be either trouble-plagued or humdrum.
There's something about a bald man that just, well, reminds me of ... an egg.
TV Ratings up slightly over last year for Oscar telecast
NEW YORK -- The Academy Awards telecast, with Denzel Washington and Halle Berry winning top acting awards, drew a slightly larger television audience than last year's show, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Berry's Oscar win brings new attention to 'Monster's Ball'
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry's triumphant run toward an Academy Award already has brought big commercial success to "Monster's Ball," a low-budget, gritty film that's anything but a feel-good crowd-pleaser.
Oscar fashion: The good, the bad, the sort of OK
Alas, there was no swan song for Bjork at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
In the know
As many as one in five students is said to have learning problems and the PBS documentary Misunderstood Minds reports they are often mistakenly labeled "lazy" or "stupid." The program airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on WEBA-TV (Channel 14) and at 10 p.m. on WCES-TV (Channel 20).
Chronicle's Oscar contest winner
Augusta Chronicle entertainment writer Steven Uhles correctly predicted that Denzel Washington, Jennifer Connelly and A Beautiful Mind would take home Oscar.
'Survivor' watch, day 12
- Days on the island - 12 - R.I.P. Maraamu - Back on "Survivor: Africa," they swapped tribe members in Week 5. This time, six members were randomly picked to swap tribes. Neleh Dennis, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien and Paschal English joined Maraamu, while Sean Rector, Rob Mariano and Vecepia Towery moved to Rotu. Let the record show that Maraamu's fate was sealed on Day 10.
In yet another move toward globalization, the makers of M&M's candies are asking citizens from 75 countries to vote on a matter of utmost importance - a new M&M's color.
Bald fans embrace their hairless state
While some men grasp at any possibility to stop losing their hair, James Worth embraces the world of hairless heads.
Future of a Masters ball: Difficult, doubtful
Imagine a major championship with only one type of golf ball, where Tiger Woods can rip a driver on a medium-length par 4 and still have to hit a 5-iron to reach the green.
Perks unknown, but not untested
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Craig Perks was virtually unknown until he won The Players Championship with a stunning finish.
A missing major that haunts Davies
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Laura Davies is a little bit of everyone.
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said North Augusta's David Sligh, a golfer at Furman University, placed second in the Furman Invitational last weekend. The Chronicle regrets the error.
Mount Vintage moves to lengthen Asahi course
The Augusta National is not the only local golf course being lengthened for tournament play.
Twins seeking stiffer competition
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Aree Wongluekiet played in the final group of the 2000 Kraft Nabisco Championship as a 13-year-old. Later that year, twin sister Naree became the youngest player to make the cut in the U.S. Women's Open, tying for 40th.
All Times Eastern LPGA TOUR Kraft Nabisco Championship
Lakeside assistant takes helm
One year after being denied his "dream job," Randy Hill savored his second chance.
Snyder suspended three games by NHL for elbowing opponent
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder was suspended for three games without pay Tuesday by the NHL for elbowing Ottawa's Sami Salo.
Hockey fan charged with hitting player
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A fan of a minor league hockey club was arrested and charged with hitting another team's captain.
Need a spell checker? Talk to these experts
Congratulations to Joseph Shepherd, who won Saturday's regional spelling bee held here at The Chronicle.
Williams to manage civic center
Civic center officials today hired arena General Manager Reggie Williams to run the facility independent of a private management company.
Lakewood names new coach
Randy Hill was named Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director Monday morning.
Defendants in 1969 killing of black woman lose Pa. court challenge
YORK, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to throw out charges against white defendants in the 1969 murder of a black woman during York's race riots, rejecting arguments that too much time had passed to allow an adequate defense.
Quebecor World announces expansion plans
Quebecor World announced a $35 million expansion today, a project slated to bring about 100 jobs to Columbia County.
President makes fund-raising swing en route to the ranch
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- President Bush began an aggressive campaign fund-raising swing Wednesday, stopping along the way to encourage emergency workers and seek support for enhancing domestic security.
Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Augusta area
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Augusta area in effect until 6 p.m. Large hail and high winds are possible as a line of showers moves across the area.
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.
Lynx's win provides hope for playoffs
Augusta Lynx coach Jim Burton called Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Columbus Cottonmouths a "gut-check win."
Larose, Willis will be missing from Lynx line
The hits just keep on coming for the Augusta Lynx.
Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx
Lynx road report
Today: vs. Greensboro Generals, Greensboro Coliseum, 7:00 p.m.
Nominee's degree is challenged
AIKEN - The controversy over the open Aiken County night bond court judgeship boiled again Monday as Sen. Greg Ryberg called on the governor to rescind his nominee because of what he called his "bogus" degree.
Across the southeast
COCOA BEACH, Fla. - A shark bit an 11-year-old tourist Monday as she waded in shallow water on an Atlantic Ocean beach, officials said.
Commissioner backs changes
The way Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke sees it, three things need to be changed in the way Augusta government works.
No homicides yet in 2002
A row of clipboards bulging with incident reports hung on a wall in the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Above each was a piece of paper with words such as "sex crimes," "aggravated assaults" and "commercial robberies."
MACON -The proposed Fall Line Freeway would endanger Ocmulgee National Monument by cutting off the last undeveloped area from the rest of the park, an advocacy group contends.
Troops safeguard secrets
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Military intelligence soldiers are hard to pin down.
Board set to vote on curriculum changes
Three months after an equity committee first recommended changes to Columbia County's elementary schools curriculum, school board members are expected to give their final approval at a meeting tonight.
ATLANTA -The Georgia House voted Tuesday to make grits the state's official prepared food.
Bush will stump for Graham
WASHINGTON - President Bush is big on loyalty in the White House, but bygones are bygones in his drive to help the GOP recapture the Senate.
Across South Carolina
YORK, Pa. -The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected arguments that too much time has passed to prosecute defendants in the 1969 death of a South Carolina woman during the city's race riots.
Condon's fight seen as long shot
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A court fight Attorney General Charlie Condon has picked with the NAACP at state rest areas probably can't stand up to First Amendment challenges, constitutional experts say.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David Ward Jr. of North Augusta.
News you can use
March 27, 1934 There is a strong likelihood that the National Open golf tournament will be held next year at the Augusta National course, The Chronicle learned last night.
State pays tribute to Herman Talmadge
ATLANTA -- The state paid tribute Monday to Herman Talmadge, remembering the governor and senator as a survivor of turbulent change during Georgia's emergence from its segregated past into a diverse future.
Across the area
A student at the Academy of Richmond County was charged Tuesday with possessing a weapon after a school officer found a box cutter and two knives in his truck, police said.
Across the area
An Augusta woman charged last week with abusing her 6-month-old daughter had been investigated by police a month before, police said Monday.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
4 convicted in prison drug ring
Four people, including the leader of a prison gang connected to a massive drug, gambling and money-laundering ring inside the Edgefield Federal Prison, have been convicted by a federal jury in Columbia, prosecutors said Monday.
Board reclaims arena control
Local government is retaking control of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center after five years of private management.
News you can use
March 26, 1934 Picking up where he left off in Georgia four years ago as the last man to whip Bob Jones in open golf competition, lanky Horton Smith of Chicago paced the professionals to a smashing triumph yesterday in the final found of the first Masters Invitation Tournament.
Schools pick their pre-K pupils
Sonja Smith wasn't worried about whether her daughter would attend school in the fall. What she found out Tuesday was where.
Judge increases LeBlanc bond
Instead of reinstating Aaron LeBlanc's $100,000 bond Monday morning, a judge in Gastonia, N.C., increased it to $500,000.
Experts will aid theater project
The Greater Augusta Arts Council is taking the first step toward realizing its dream of a regional performing arts center.
Barnes prevails over veto threat
ATLANTA - The governor was threatened with a rare veto override attempt in the Georgia House on Tuesday after he rejected an appropriation to build libraries in four counties.
Curriculum compromise approved
Some parents wanted more enrichment teachers.
Dominican denies drug charges
A Dominican man linked to an international drug trafficking organization that operated in Richmond and Columbia counties pleaded not guilty Tuesday during a hearing in federal court in Augusta.
St. Pat's slip-up gets Savannahians talking
SAVANNAH - Of all the rule changes made to the St. Patrick's Day festival in 1999, none was more controversial than the to-go cup.
After two crashes, man dies
Thomas G. Campbell Jr. seemed to be fine Tuesday morning when a police officer ticketed him for a fender bender on Broad Street.
Panel says spa should lose license
The lawyer for a Washington Road massage parlor owner said his client runs a legitimate business that has been scandalized by one bad employee.
Horses survive collision on I-95
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Three thoroughbred horses went on a wild ride Monday when the truck pulling the trailer they were riding in overturned in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 95.
Across South Carolina
ROSINVILLE - Six people died in a pileup on smoke- and fog-shrouded Interstate 95 early Monday when a tractor-trailer rig smashed into a car and it exploded, authorities said.
Safeguard issued for LeBlanc's accusers
When Aaron LeBlanc gets out of a North Carolina jail where he awaits possible indictment on a charge of rape, he won't be allowed within 500 yards of the three young women who accused him of rape in Augusta.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:
Plans center on economy
AIKEN - Many in the Republican primary race for governor have pointed fingers at Democratic incumbent Jim Hodges as responsible for South Carolina's economic woes.
Lending bill clears deadline
ATLANTA - A contentious debate over predatory lending highlighted a hurried day in the Legislature on Tuesday as lawmakers hustled to pass dozens of bills before a deadline.
A sprinkling of water advice
Billy Clayton is ready for battle.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Margaret Guisti of Belvedere.
Savannah merger talks hit deadlock
ATLANTA - The possibility of Savannah joining Augusta, Columbus and Athens in having a consolidated city-county government appears dead, at least for another year.
Pupils experience disability
WINDSOR - Nine-year-old Samelia Simmons put a cotton swab in her mouth, dipped the other end in paint, and tried to write her name on a blank sheet of paper.
Multistate games break state law, Condon says
COLUMBIA - South Carolina cannot legally participate in multistate lottery games unless the constitution is amended, state Attorney General Charlie Condon said Monday.
Two acquitted in sheriff death
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 Mr. Dorsey's successor.
Voters turn out in New Ellenton
NEW ELLENTON - Races for city positions were close Tuesday night, with the new mayor squeaking out a win with 10 votes.
The power of Augusta's mayor is the focus of several proposals to reform consolidated government. But how do former mayors view the issue?
AIKEN - Bruce McGhee drove a tractor around his mile track on Banks Mill Road on Tuesday afternoon, pulling chains to drag the clay for a smooth finish.
Hawks 103, Nets 77
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jacque Vaughn each scored 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks blew out the best team in the Eastern Conference, beating the New Jersey Nets 103-77 Tuesday night.
Sheridan: Confident Lakers hold mental edge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The best player on the team with the NBA's best record collapsed to his knees in frustration, lowering his head to the floor of Arco Arena in a telling display of anguish.
Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 63
AMES, Iowa -- Tennessee beat a familiar opponent to put itself back in a familiar setting.
Women's Final Four field is set
Duke got one of its basketball teams to a Final Four, and Oklahoma now has both. As usual, Connecticut and Tennessee made it, too.
Connecticut 85, Old Dominion 64
MILWAUKEE -- Sue Bird and the unbeaten Connecticut Huskies bounced the party crashers right out of the NCAA tournament.
Price is right for Oklahoma in the Final Four
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he's on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose.
Final Four trips seem guaranteed for Lady Vols
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's as close as it comes to a hoops guarantee: Play four years at Tennessee, and you'll reach the women's Final Four at least once.
Terp seniors focus on winning twice more
Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter already have done their share to lift Maryland to elite status, taking the Terrapins to the Final Four not just once, but twice.
Oklahoma 94, Colorado 60
BOISE, Idaho -- Chalk up another major accomplishment for Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale: a trip to the Final Four.
Oklahoma fans excited about rare Final Four double
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma prides itself on football. Just as that team starts spring practice, though, the school's basketball players are getting all the attention.
Mouton making most of Final Four after year of adversity
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A second straight trip to the Final Four and a showdown against the top team in the nation isn't enough to faze Byron Mouton.
Kansas not satisfied with first Final Four bid since 1993
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This much the Kansas Jayhawks know:
Memphis 78, Temple 77
NEW YORK -- Dajuan Wagner tied a career high with 32 points and fed Kelly Wise for a dunk with 18.6 seconds left that put Memphis in the finals of the NIT with a 78-77 victory Tuesday night over Temple.
Perry takes over as IU point guard as Coverdale misses practice
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale's likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.
Duke prepares for second trip to the Final Four
DURHAM, N.C. -- Taking a cue from its first Final Four appearance three years ago, Duke is taking a more relaxed approach in preparing for the tournament this time around.
Haston has mixed feelings about watching IU's run to Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kirk Haston faithfully tapes each Indiana basketball game, reads stories about the team and is in constant contact with many of the Hoosiers.
Indiana's Newton, Moye return to their hometown for Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Newton and A.J. Moye are going home to Atlanta. They hope to return to Indiana with the Hoosiers' sixth national championship.
Few Final Four tickets available to Maryland students, fans
COLLEGE PARK -- Final Four tickets will be hard to come by for Maryland students and fans.
Jayhawks remain largely unfazed by media spotlight
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jeff Boschee moved smoothly from a national radio interview to a press conference.
NIT could be Wagner's going-away party.
NEW YORK -- John Calipari and Memphis came back to the NIT. Will Dajuan Wagner come back to Memphis?
Reviewing the Sweet 16 and previewing the Final Four in Atlanta:
Gillen: Many things contributed to Cavaliers' collapse
Virginia men's basketball coach Pete Gillen said Tuesday that the Cavaliers' late-season collapse could be partially blamed on several factors, but that the bottom line remains a frustrating reality.
Mr. Johnnie Burton (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Johnnie Burton, 45, of Burton Road, the husband of Emma Jean Simpkins Burton, died on March 24, 2002, at his home. He was born in Saluda County, a son of the Maggie Padgett Burton and the late J.B. Burton Sr. He
Mrs. Elizabeth Saelens (EAST MOLINE, Ill.)
EAST MOLINE, Ill. - Elizabeth Rae Saelens entered into rest Mar
Featured obituary: Mr. Frederick Noegel Jr.
Frederick Noegel Jr. lived his life by the Scout's honor.
Mr. John Freeman (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. John Willie Freeman Sr., 77, of Speering Street, Wrens, Ga., died March 21, 2002. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Waysgrove Baptist Church in Stellaville, Ga., Rev. Ji
Mrs. Ruth Beasley (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth H. Beasley, 89, of Beall Spring Road entered into rest Monday, March 25,
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 Drive. Funeral service will
Ms. Barbara Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monda
Mrs. Lillie Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at University Hospital, Mrs. Lillie Lyons of Miller Street. Funeral arrangements wi
Mr. Jeffery Beasley (STILSON, Ga.)
STILSON, Ga. - Mr. Jeffery H. Beasley, age 37, died Monday. The native of Burke Coun
Mrs. Myrna Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest, Mrs. Myrna J. Davis, 6
Mr. Walter Ashcraft (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Walter Morrison Ashcraft,
Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Entered i
Cole Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest on Friday, March 22, 2002, Cole Allen Turner, infant son of Patrick and Jennifer Wilkins Turner of McCombs Road. Other survivors include his paternal grandparents, Brince and Kathy Turner of Conyers, Ga.; paternal great
Mr. Raymond Toole (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - E
Mr. Walter Ashcraft (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Walter Morrison Ashcraft, 94, of East Summit Avenue, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 25, 2002, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Denmark Cemetery, Denmark, S.C.,
Mr. Marvin Prescott (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Marvin Dennis Prescott, 59, of Lakeview Road, North Augusta, who died March 25, 2002, will be conducted Thursday morning at
Mr. Lee Swofford (HAMPTON, S.C.)
HAMPTON, S.C. - Mr. Lee Hines Swofford, husband of Barbara "Bobbie" Freeman Swofford, died Tuesday morning at his residence, Bamberg Highway, i
Mrs. Mary Overman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mary TeBow Overman, 77, wife of Lee Overman, of Riverview Drive, entered into rest Saturday, March 23, 2002, at University
Mrs. Louise Sease (EHRHARDT, S.C.)
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Funeral service and burial for Louise McMillan Sease, 82, who died March 14, 2002, the widow of Ernest Sease, will be held 3 p.m. Thursday from Williams Chapel
Mrs. Mamie Roscoe (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mamie Roxbury Roscoe, Aiken, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Jennings Health Care, Inc., Augusta, Ga. Funeral services w
Mrs. Mary Dooley (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lois Dooley, age 77, of Woodstock, formally of Nor
Featured obituary: Mr. James Greene
The people of New Ellenton knew James Greene as the "Tomato Man."
Mrs. Patricia Powell (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia Ann Powell, 56, wife of Joseph F. Powell of Maple Court, entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. James Greene (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. James S. Greene, 73, of Williston Road., husba
Mrs. Maggie Greene (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Maggie V. Greene, 89, wife of the late Dennis Greene, ente
Mr. Gerald Butler (DANBURG, Ga.)
DANBURG, Ga. - Gerald William "Pete" Butler entered into rest on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2002, at University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, after a short illness. Pete was born June 1, 1918, in Wilkes County, Georgia, the first c
Mr. Sidney Hilliard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Entered into rest March 22, 2002, Sidney Hilliard, 88, of Graham Street, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2002, from Spring
Mrs. Lona Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March 25, 2002, Mrs. Lona Bell Joh
Mrs. Ruth Beasley (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth H. Beasley, 89, of Beall Spring Road, entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be Wedn
Mr. Tom Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mr. Tom Robert "Buddy" Tate, 70, of Weed Street, husband of the late Mrs. Leola Tate. Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at 2 p.m. from Dents
Mr. Clarence Rushton (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service for Mr. Clarence Frank Ruston will be conducted today, Tuesday, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home. The interment will follow in Aiken Memorial Park.
Mrs. Maggie Greene (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Maggie V. Greene, 89, wife of the late Dennis Greene, enter
Mr. DAutel Livingston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
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.
Mrs. Evelyn Garmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Evelyn Price Garmon, 88, of St. Johns Towers, Augusta, entered into rest, Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at U
Mrs. Florrie Odoms (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Funeral services for Florrie Lee Durant Odoms, 79, who died March 23, 2002, widow of Edward Odoms and daughter of the late Wesley and Florrie F
Mr. John Freeman Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. John Willie Freeman Sr., 77, of Speering Street, Wrens, died March 21, 2002. Funeral services will be today, March 27, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the Waysgrove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with Rev. Jimmy
Mr. Robert McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Enter
Mrs. Cynthia Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Cynthia B. Dixon, who died March 22, 2002, will be 3 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2002, at Red Hill Baptist Church, Wayne
Barkley has right to be stupid
The March 15 Golf World mentions again Charles Barkley's recent assertion that Augusta National was changed to prevent Tiger Woods from winning the Masters. Lawrence Burton, Washington, Ga.
Jury didn't understand pain of rape
When I heard that Aaron LeBlanc was in jail - once again - for alleged rape, I thought of how he has made a mockery of our city's judicial system. Three women had the guts to tell their stories, only to have a jury feel the testimony was "too dramatic." Joy Roberson, Martinez, Ga.
Blames recession on Fed boss
I keep hearing Republicans say former President Clinton caused the small recession we went through. Then George W. Bush gets elected and Democrats blame him for the complete collapse of our economy. Larry Murphy, Clearwater, S.C.
Time running out
Resolving problems with Augusta's government structure isn't the only critical issue in the General Time is also running out on a number of statewide bills that have local impact as lawmakers head into 2002 session's final days. Here are some of the most important.
Woods doesn't know who he is
In reference to the March 7 editorial, "Barkley's Bite," regarding Charles Barkley's comments about Augusta National's "blatant racism" for changes made to the golf course since Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997, Mr. Barkley is right. And he did not smear Augusta with the race card. Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.
Why Augusta needs fine-tuning
Persons in Augusta-Richmond County who think our government's problems are racial in nature are missing the point. What concerns most residents - whatever their race - is the abstentions and walk-outs on votes by commission members, the disrespect for professionals trying to do their jobs - e.g., the administrator or fire chief - the absence of efficient majority rule, micro-management of government departments by some of the commissioners and an elected mayor with no effective input. Mary R. Chandler, Augusta
Confession is good for the soul, they say, but the Roman Catholic Church's confession and hour of penitence hasn't dispelled the cloud of shame that lingers over the entire Catholic priesthood.
Lauds victims for coming forward
I commend Amanda Revis and the other women who were apparently victimized by Aaron LeBlanc for their strength and perseverance. Rape is an act of anger, not lust, and extremely difficult to overcome. These women have done what many women feel they can't; they have come forward and not slunk into the shadows. Melissa Kolmar, Aiken, S.C.
It's a pleasure to commend The Chronicle's March 15 editorial, "Where's the beef?" It is one of the most objective opinions I have seen in the newspaper in a long time, especially about a black person. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta
Police no help in rape cases
I was looking up the Augusta Lynx game to find the score when I saw Nate Schweitzer's and Amanda Revis' picture in the paper. I know both of them and read the story. I am shocked to hear that the rape charge came back not guilty. What I am not shocked about is the breakdown of the system. Don Cranston, Swansea, S.C.
Seeks repeal of S.C. mini-bottle law
As an Aiken restaurateur for 21 years, I constantly hear customers' complaints ranging from excessive alcoholic beverage prices to overly strong drinks. Unfortunately, there is little, if anything, I can do about it - until now. (Editor's note: The writer is the owner of the West Side Bowery Restaurant in Aiken, S.C.)
Senator sets a bad example of Southern Hospitality
The next time someone hits into you during a round of golf at one of our local courses, look back to see who it is. It might be our "honorable" Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta setting a bad example of Southern hospitality. Rick Sangston, Martinez, Ga.
Why not 'City of Healing'?
If city leaders are determined to call Augusta something other than "The Garden City" and they want to highlight the significance of health care in our community, why not call us "The City of Healing"? David Tucker, Augusta
No more 9/11
"One issue I'd like to see tumble out of (the media) maw is the phrase '9/11.' Only in America could an event of such unfathomable monstrosity be shriveled into a marketing phrase. Doesn't Dick Cheney feel silly saying it? It sounds a lot like J-Lo or Beemer or MP3. Instead of the Fourth of July let's make it J/4."
"This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance because this door has been opened."
It's decision time
Although hope dwindles that a bill aimed at fixing Augusta's failing government will pass this legislative session, hope also springs eternal. And it will spring for another three days, after which it will be too late for the House of Representatives to pass and transmit an "Augusta better government" bill to the Senate.
General answers critic of Fort Gordon blood drives
Regarding the comment on Fort Gordon blood drives that appeared in The Chronicle's March 6 Rant & Raves, Kendrick Memorial Blood Center, part of the Armed Services Blood Program, actively supports community blood banks. Whenever possible, Kendrick responds to requests for blood from area hospitals and blood centers. Brig. Gen. Darrel R. Porr, Fort Gordon, Ga.
Residents fear mailbox terrorism
Terrorism comes in many forms, including the destruction of property. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.
Agreement close on Tyson-Lewis fight June 8 in Memphis
Negotiators were close Monday to finishing a deal for Lennox Lewis to defend his heavyweight titles against Mike Tyson on June 8 in Memphis.
Furman's Darby Sligh of North Augusta tied for second place in the Furman Invitational over the weekend. Sligh posted 69-73-70-212, one stroke behind medalist Brendon De Jonge of Virginia Tech.
IRL driver Robbie Buhl out of hospital
FONTANA, Calif. -- Indy Racing League driver Robbie Buhl was released from the hospital after recovering from a concussion he sustained in qualifying for last weekend's Yamaha Indy 400 at California Speedway.
Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles has clearance to talk with Kent State basketball coach Stan Heath about replacing Nolan Richardson as the Razorbacks' coach.
NASCAR fines three total of $30,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon were fined a total of $30,000 by NASCAR on Monday for their postrace antics at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sampras to lead U.S. Davis Cup team against Spain
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Maybe a return to grass will help Pete Sampras shake his two-year slump. U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe sure hopes so.
Sampras upset by Chilean qualifier at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A Pete Sampras signature remains a valuable commodity, even after the drubbing he endured Monday. That's why a cluster of kids leaned over the first-row stadium railing, holding out oversized tennis balls for their hero to sign.
Memphis mayor expects big payoff from Tyson-Lewis fight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Welcoming the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson fight to Memphis has nothing to do with morality - it's about business.
Waltrip to drive again ... in truck race at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, who retired as a driver two years ago, will get back behind the wheel for a truck race April 13 at Martinsville Speedway.
Officials announced bolstered security for Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 140,000-plus fans at this year's Kentucky Derby will be screened with magnetic wands when they enter Churchill Downs under beefed-up security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Panthers bring back Bates
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers brought back former special teams standout Michael Bates on Monday, signing the kick returner to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
Spurrier in the rain: 'like playing golf in Ireland'
ASHBURN, Va. -- Steve Spurrier took the field in chilling fog and drizzle Tuesday for his first practice as an NFL coach. The Fun 'N Gun is definitely not in Florida any more.
New digital SLRs unveiled at photo show
The age of the professional digital single lens reflex camera is here. At the recent Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Fla., several new cameras were introduced that will appeal to working pros, as well as aspiring amateurs who wish they were working pros.
New pill found better at preventing strokes
ATLANTA -- A large head-to-head comparison of two widely used blood pressure pills found one dramatically superior in preventing strokes and diabetes, even though they are equal at reducing hypertension.
Group ranks 10 'most endangered national parks'
WASHINGTON -- Mountain views in some of the country's signature national parks are clouded by air pollution, while historical monuments are crumbling for lack of cash, a park advocacy group says.
More Antarctic ice shelves face breakup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The Antarctic's huge ice shelves may break up as the flow of ice across the frozen continent slows or even stops and the global climate warms, a New Zealand climate researcher warned.
Study links genetic trait to addiction
In the hunt for the powerful forces that drive addictions, researchers say they have definitively linked a common genetic trait to drug and alcohol abuse.
SRS faces budgetary inspection
This week will be crucial to Savannah River Site's efforts to raise its proposed budget for next year, a federal official said Tuesday.
AIDS vaccine for cats bodes well for humans
A shot to prevent a form of AIDS that strikes cats has become the first vaccine to be approved by the U.S. government against any immunodeficiency virus infection.
Jet Set Radio Future' is a must-have game
It's not often that something unusual in several aspects appears in the world of video games. A round of applause, then, for "Jet Set Radio Future."
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - The first of seven new hydropower turbines that will help restore healthier oxygen levels in the Savannah River arrived Monday at Thurmond Dam.
Georgia 7, Georgia Tech 1
ATHENS, Ga. -- Adam Swann doubled home two runs and scored another and Jason Fellows and Brandon Moorhead combined on a five-hitter as Georgia beat Georgia Tech 7-1 Tuesday night.
Gamecocks advance to NIT finals
NEW YORK -- Aaron Lucas scored a season-high 20 points to lead South Carolina to a 66-59 victory over Syracuse in an NIT semifinal round game Tuesday night.
Lady Gamecocks fall to Blue Devils
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 15 as Duke beat South Carolina 77-68 Monday in the East Regional championship to earn its second trip to the Final Four.
Gamecocks' center lead NIT charge
Three days before the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Tony Kitchings was summoned from the weight room to Dave Odom's office. He wondered what his coach could possibly want.
Question of the week
Q: What are you planning to do for spring break?
Teens on their toes
Despite appearances, there's nothing effortless about grace.
Do you love to shop but can't seem to find the time? Hop on the Internet and log on to www.graffitionline.com and scope out some trendy wearables. You'll find everything you're looking for, from funky shirts to sexy dresses. Buy yourself some new clothes and become the next fashion guru at school.
The Augusta Lynx hockey team continues its battle for a playoff berth with a game against Columbus at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Call 724-4423 for ticket information.
THE FACTS: Briana Wilder, 15, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School
Jacob Jackson, 16, is a sophomore at Jefferson County High School. He's been painting using an airbrush since he was 7 after seeing an artist at the mall using the technique. Nightcrawler is acrylic paint airbrushed onto canvas.
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I have a problem with my fiance - he said that he'd wait until I finished college, but now he says he wants to go ahead and marry me before he goes over to Afghanistan. What should I do? Should I put my career on hold and marry him, or should I just wait as planned? Help me, please. - 19-year-old Wrens girl
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:
THE FACTS: Nichole Hines, 17, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County
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