Sosa not satisfied with past glory
MESA, Ariz. -- While players milled about the batting cage, a few dozen fans lined the rows of seats behind them, asking for autographs.
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.
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.
Robbers steal $7,000 from Florida State baseball team
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Florida State lost a three-game series against North Carolina last weekend - and $7,000 in baseball equipment that robbers took from a university van.
Court ruling favors naked fellow
America's a nation where a person is free to say what he wants, vote as he chooses and now, maybe drop his trousers in the back yard on a hot summer night.
Odds and ends
ATLANTA -- If all goes well for a Southern breakfast staple, grits will join the ranks of peanuts, peaches and Vidalia sweet onions as official foods of Georgia.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With Bobby Cox's decision to carry 12 pitchers, infielder Matt Franco was told he would start the season at Class AAA Richmond.
Furcal returns with high hopes
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Barry Bonds beat the rest of the South to the ``Wow'' with Rafael Furcal.
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 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.
Printing plant expands, brings 100 jobs to county
Quebecor World announced a $35 million expansion Wednesday, a project slated to bring about 100 jobs to Columbia County.
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.
WASHINGTON - Good weather motivated people to hunt for houses, and favorable financing got them to lock in deals, giving new-home sales a solid increase in February.
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.
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.
First tax holiday is this week
Some people don't need a reason to go out to make a big purchase. For everyone else, there's the upcoming sales tax holiday.
Tax code gets even kinder for college savers
A good college education savings program just got better.
New-home sales rise 5.3 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- New-home sales rose 5.3 percent in February as buyers were motivated by low mortgage rates and mild weather.
Clemson 6, Coastal Carolina 2
CLEMSON, S.C. -- B.J. LaMura had his first career victory to lead Clemson in a 6-2 win over Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.
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.
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.
The bald truth
Walker McWee of Augusta had a tough time accepting that his hair was thinning at 21.
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.
Oscars give ABC its second ratings win of the year
NEW YORK -- The Academy Awards telecast gave ABC a rare weekly win in the ratings, but even then the news wasn't as good as it could have been.
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.
Young adults who have high normal blood pressure or slightly elevated pressure in their 30s may cut their lives short by 2.2 to 4.1 years because of an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes.
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).
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 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.
Books take fans out to ball game
It wouldn't be surprising to find stories by such literary luminaries as Thomas Wolfe, John Updike, Annie Dillard and Richard Ford in an anthology.
In the know
The Augusta Chronicle's book club will meet at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. The group will discuss Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir by Georgia native Janisse Ray. The 273-page paperback is a look at Ms. Ray's childhood in a South Georgia junkyard, as well as a discussion of the rapidly disappearing longleaf-pine ecosystem. It was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book as part of a project to get everyone in the state reading the same book.
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.
There's something about a bald man that just, well, reminds me of ... an egg.
Majors driving LPGA's top two players
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The Walk of Champions leads around the island green on the 18th hole of the Dinah Shore course, with plaques of every winner at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on a waist-high wall. That's what got Annika Sorenstam's attention.
All Times Eastern LPGA TOUR Kraft Nabisco Championship
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.
Mount Vintage moves to lengthen Asahi course
The Augusta National is not the only local golf course being lengthened for tournament play.
A missing major that haunts Davies
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Laura Davies is a little bit of everyone.
Perks realized star status near after victory
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Celebrity status hasn't quite embraced Craig Perks since he won The Players Championship. It's getting closer, though.
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.
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.
Thrashers agree to terms with forward Hartigan
ATLANTA -- Mark Hartigan, the top goal scorer in college hockey this season, agreed to terms with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.
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.
Wild 4, Thrashers 2
ATLANTA -- Andrew Brunette made a triumphant return to Atlanta with a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Thrashers 4-2 on Wednesday night.
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.
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.
Quebecor World announces expansion plans
Quebecor World announced a $35 million expansion today, a project slated to bring about 100 jobs to Columbia County.
Lynx road report
Today: vs. Greensboro Generals, Greensboro Coliseum, 7:00 p.m.
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."
Loss dims Lynx's hopes
GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the Augusta Lynx, their season is on the brink.
Rookie looks back on first season in the South
It's hard to believe, but here we are in the final week of the regular season. The past 5 1/2 months have gone by so fast. It seems like training camp started yesterday.
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.
Georgia seat sought
Columbia County Commission Chairman Barry Fleming will run for the Georgia House of Representatives this year.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Airport restaurant owes big
As Augusta Regional Airport officials prepare to revise and possibly rebid the airport's restaurant contract, they first have to nail down a few details, such as collecting the rent.
WASHINGTON -Sen. Max Cleland attacked President Bush's veterans budget Wednesday during a hospital tour, but he said the criticism wasn't timed to overshadow Mr. Bush's Atlanta campaign appearance for his opponent.
Subscriber of the day
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Horse caretaker avoids trial on cruelty
AIKEN - A well-known caretaker of miniature horses, charged with cruelty to animals after two horses died on her property, has entered a pretrial intervention program.
News you can use
March 28, 1964 Richmond County Warden Millard Gooding entered a county commission meeting Friday expecting a battle over whether he would retain his position. He left with his same job, and an apparently dead prison camp issue.
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.
Intruder suspects get beaten up
The victims of a violent home invasion fought off the intruder with a pipe and sent him and another man fleeing to a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
Students bridge global gap
A year ago, Pakistan native Hammaad Shams says his country was ignored by American media. But since President Bush's vow to eradicate worldwide terrorism, Mr. Shams said, his homeland has become newsworthy.
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.
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.
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.
2 senators clash over Aiken bill
AIKEN - Another point of contention arose this week between state senators who disagree over the appointment of a night court judge in Aiken County.
Pretrial motions in killing delayed
The second pretrial hearing for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges was a bust Wednesday.
Dad's day out
Mike Shealy, of Aiken, reaches up to give his daughter Becca, 3, a big push on the swings. The father and daughter were at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken on Wednesday to have their daily playtime at the park and to enjoy the spring weather.
Officials order election recount
Election officials will spend today checking to see that all ballots in New Ellenton's town election Tuesday were cast by registered voters.
Races benefit by Bush effort
ATLANTA - President Bush collected $2.6 million for Republican Senate candidates in two states Wednesday, hours after signing the campaign finance bill that will restrict political fund raising.
Across the area
A North Augusta man was charged Wednesday with breaking into an Augusta jewelry store and taking more than $15,000 in jewelry, authorities said.
Alter government setup, says '70s leader
The power of Augusta's mayor is the focus of several proposals to reform consolidated government. But how do former mayors view the issue? Today, we ask Lewis A. "Pop" Newman, who served three terms from 1973 to 1981.
Church plans fire talks
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Leaders of a black church that was damaged by arson last week plan an open house to clear up any misunderstanding that could have led to the crime.
Fire razes historic plantation
GOOD HOPE, Ga. - The most visible symbol for a group of residents fighting to keep a rock quarry out of eastern Walton County went up in flames Monday night in what authorities described Tuesday as a "suspicious fire."
Scholar vies for seat in state House
ATHENS, Ga. - When Todd Larsen graduates from the University of Georgia in May, the 21-year-old HOPE scholar plans to put his newly minted political science degree to the test in a bid for a state House seat.
Board reclaims arena control
Local government is retaking control of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center after five years of private management.
Reformer wins round in child-support fight
ATLANTA - A Georgia lawmaker who has worked for two years to overhaul the state's guidelines for child-support awards has won a major change in the system.
The power of Augusta's mayor is the focus of several proposals to reform consolidated government. But how do former mayors view the issue?
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.
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.
Official takes up fishing after lifelong coastal job
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Many people leave their jobs to go fishing. So will Duane Harris.
Jet pilots return home
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Megan Coletta and her sons talked Tuesday morning about the man they couldn't wait to see - Capt. Mike Coletta, an F/A-18 fighter jet pilot.
Commissioner backs changes
The way Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke sees it, three things need to be changed in the way Augusta government works.
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.
Curriculum compromise approved
Some parents wanted more enrichment teachers.
Scabies reported at school
Students at the Academy of Richmond County will undergo health department screening today for a contagious skin disease after a pile of old, mildewed band uniforms - infested with the parasite that causes scabies - was discovered in a school storage room.
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."
Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Investigators still have not determined the cause of the pileup on smoke- and fog-shrouded Interstate 95 that left six people dead, but they say the conditions, speed and inattention likely contributed.
Troops safeguard secrets
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Military intelligence soldiers are hard to pin down.
ATLANTA -The Georgia House voted Tuesday to make grits the state's official prepared food.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David Ward Jr. of North Augusta.
Your nose knows all the places you have been
Scientists say that smell is the sense that stays with us the longest. Well past the time when the sights, sounds, tastes and touches have faded from memory, just one molecule against the olfactory nerve can bring back the years.
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.
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.
Jayhawks remain largely unfazed by media spotlight
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jeff Boschee moved smoothly from a national radio interview to a press conference.
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.
Talented UConn looms over women's Final Four
SAN ANTONIO -- Tennessee, Duke and Oklahoma have everything it takes to win a national championship - talented players, smart coaches, ambition and drive.
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.
New point guard perfect fit for Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. -- Quannas White began the year as just one of six new players on Oklahoma's roster. Now he's an indispensable part of a team headed to the Final Four.
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.
Williams determined to enjoy the journey
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Roy Williams reached the Final Four twice in his first five seasons and decided what the heck, this is bound to happen every couple of years or so.
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.
Something to prove: Final Four teams following same theme
ATLANTA -- When Dean Smith finally won his first national championship in 1982, no one was happier for him than Roy Williams.
Men still cast shadow over women's hoop team at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Each March, Duke applies for a bonfire permit so it can celebrate big basketball wins in the middle of campus.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Gladys Whidby (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Whidby, 77, belo
Mr. John Love (LANCLEY, S.C.)
LANCLEY, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Love, 93, who died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Barnwell County Hospital will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2002, at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary with the Rev. Leroy Ho
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. Fred Jarnagin (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Mr. Fred "Jack" Jarnagin, 80, died Monday. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday at George Funeral Homes, 211 Park Avenue. Burial will be in Vaucluse Cemetery. The famil
Mrs. Maggie Greene (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Maggie V. Greene, 89, wife of the late Dennis Greene, enter
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,
Mr. Raymond Toole (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into
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. 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
Mr. Jeffery Beasley (STILSON, Ga.)
STILSON, Ga. - Mr. Jeffery H. Beasley, age 37, died Monday. The native of Burke Coun
Mr. Bernard Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, March 25, 2002, Mr. Bernard Jones, 79, formerl
Mrs. Iola Parker (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Frederick Noegel Jr.
Frederick Noegel Jr. lived his life by the Scout's honor.
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. Gene Strozier (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mr. Gene Strozier, 72, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Mr. Strozier was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Men Sunday School Class and a U.S. A
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
Mrs. Anna Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Anna Jo Turner, 65, of Augusta, wife of Mr. James R. Turner, entered into rest, Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Funeral services will be a
Mrs. Myrna Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest, Mrs. Myrna J. Davis, 6
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.
Featured obituary: Mrs. Thelma DeLaigle
Nursing was more than just a job for Thelma DeLaigle. It was her life's work.
Mr. Eanon Belcher (BARTOW, Ga.)
BARTOW, Ga. -
Mrs. Charlotte Hoover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Charlotte Hoover, of Augusta, entered into rest March 27, 2002. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., at Poteet Funeral Home, South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road.
Ms. Elizabeth Johnston (CLEVELAND, Ga.)
CLEVELAND, Ga. - Ms. Elizabeth Johnston of Cleveland, entered into rest March 26, 2002. G
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 this Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Denm
Mr. Tomm Langner (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mr. Tomm P. Langner, 48, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Mem
Mr. Melvin Williams (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Funeral services and burial for Mr. Melvin Williams, 83, who died March 22, 2002, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from Mount Ca
Mr. Wallace Brightharp (BRADDOCK, Pa.)
BRADDOCK, Pa. - Entered into rest, March 25, 2002, Mr. Wallace Brightharp, 89, of Parkers Avenue. Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday, Mar
Mrs. Ester Pernell (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Ester Mae Cummings Pernell, 62, of Shady Lane, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken. Mrs. Pernell was a homemaker and a member of Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church,
Mr. Milton Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Milton S. Calla
Mr. Marvin Prescott (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Marvin Dennis Prescott, 59, of Lakeview Road,
Mr. J.W. Reddick (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Willard "J.W.
Mrs. Bobbie Roberts (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bobbie L. Roberts, 68, wife of Mr. Donald Roberts, who died Wednesday, will be held Friday, at 3 p.m. in George Fun
Mr. Willie Clark (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Willie T. Clark, age 72, entered into rest Thursday,
Mr. Raymond Toole (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - E
Mr. Billy Travis (MARIETTA, Ga.)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Billy R. Travis, 70, of Marietta died Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29 at Medford-P
Ms. Barbara Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monda
Mr. John Giles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. John D. Giles of Stiener Ave. Mr. Giles was a native of McDuffie County, but made his home in
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.
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
Mr. Walter Ashcraft (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Walter Morrison Ashcraft,
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
Ms. Mildred Hammond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Mildred Hammond, of Augusta, passed away, on March 25, 2002. She was a Kentucky native, who retired here in Augusta with her late husband. Friends wanting to pay their r
Mrs. Ruth Beasley (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth H. Beasley, 89, of Beall Spring Road entered into rest Monday, March 25,
Mr. Neal Harrelson (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Neal Edward Harrelson, 64, will be 3 p.m., Friday at Folk Funeral Home with Eastern Star rites accorded. Burial in Williston Cemetery with military rites. Rev. James Irick offici
Don't link jackass to motor-mouth
There are two things I take offense at. People calling (talk show host) Austin Rhodes a racist and a jackass. I will defend him to the end on not being a racist. Ignorant of the facts would be a better description. Jimmy Carter, Augusta
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
Neighbors work on litter problem
I agree with those who are disturbed about the amount of litter on our highways. We here at Goshen Plantation decided to do something about it: We organized a litter patrol. Udell Miller, Eleanor Farrell Augusta
Walker owed an apology
A short time ago the State Ethics Commission ruled that allegations against Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, were bogus. Charges that the senator had any legal or illegal business connections to a company called Cres Tech were summarily dismissed. Leora Turner-Thomas, Augusta
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Claims NASA an anti-God government agency
In George Will's column on March 24, he states that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration "deals with the origin, nature and meaning, if any, of the universe." Although scientific equipment might be used, the reader should note that this has little to do with science. The scientific method does not apply since no one can observe or test any hypothesis and theories. Much of the so-called science has been fraud. Chuck Tatum, MS, Th.D., North Augusta, S.C.
Wants to stick with Garden City
I read with surprise that Mayor Bob Young is campaigning to change Augusta's motto from "The Garden City" to "The City of Medicine." The proposed slogan brings to mind a city of sick people taking large amounts of medicine. It doesn't conjure up an image of a community blessed with splendid health care facilities, as probably intended. Judith King, North Augusta, S.C.
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.
Been there, done that
The Augusta Coliseum Authority seems less than confident in the new - or perhaps we should say old - direction it is taking the Civic Center and Bell Auditorium.
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."
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.
Sacred Heart center's architectural style is no anomaly
Thank you for your excellent March 17 article on the Sacred Heart Cultural Center ("Inspired"). David R. Brock, Evans, 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
Don't build on top of grave sites
Regarding the March 19 story, "A grave matter," about a Jefferson County builder putting houses on the site of an abandoned slave cemetery, if there are any questions whatsoever about this cemetery being on the property, someone such as the owner should have it checked out - regardless of cost. K. Dart, Augusta
No one argues that slavery is not a terrible injustice - an injustice that continues today across the African continent and in the Middle East.
Haas-Carter stops racing operations
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Nemechek and Todd Bodine are out of Winston Cup rides after Haas-Carter Motorsports suspended racing operations for NASCAR's top circuit.
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.
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.
Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles has clearance to talk with Kent State basketball coach Stan Heath about replacing Nolan Richardson as the Razorbacks' coach.
Memphis prepares for Lewis-Tyson fight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson fight set, limousine operator Jim Hagmaier is calling for backup.
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.
After Augusta State's victory at the Schenkel/EZ-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., the Jaguars moved up two spots to No. 16 in the latest GolfWeek Division I poll.
ATLANTA - Jimmy Spencer wasn't happy with the way Kurt Busch pushed him around in the closing laps of last Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
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.
Family Affair VII: Williams vs. Williams at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Little sis takes another crack at Venus Williams on Thursday, this time with lower stakes and less hype but lots of incentive.
Lawsuit alleges fraud by former CART president
DETROIT -- Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. has filed suit accusing former president Joseph Heitzler of fraud.
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.
Loudermilk leads Silver Bluff
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The hitting has been there. Without question, the pitching has been there. All Silver Bluff softball coach Eric Hofstetter was waiting for was his defense to stop giving up easy runs.
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.
Falcons sign defensive end Thierry
ATLANTA -- Defensive end John Thierry, a starter the last two season with the Green Bay Packers, signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.
Stallions' roster shapes up
Training camp ends this week for the Augusta Stallions and second-year coach Mike Hold has his roster pretty much set.
Decomposing golf ball proposed for cruise ships
For more than a decade, cruise passengers have been denied the unique pleasure of whacking golf balls off the back of a ship and watching them splash into the deep blue sea.
Survey says Internet sites collecting less personal data from Web surfers
WASHINGTON -- Internet sites appear to be collecting less personal information from consumers and doing a slightly better job explaining how Web sites use such sensitive data, according to a survey by an opponent of new privacy laws.
Deal allows new energy plant
An environmental group's challenge to permits needed for a 750-megawatt electric generating plant to be built in Augusta was dropped after the companies involved agreed to stricter anti-pollution requirements than originally planned.
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.
Maybe bat meat caused mystery brain disease in Guam
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have long sought to understand a horrific brain disease that once devastated the native people of Guam - Lou Gehrig's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's symptoms rolled into one.
New finding about aspirin and heart-disease deaths
Researchers have confirmed for the first time that people resistant to aspirin's blood-thinning properties have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who respond to the drug.
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.
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.
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.
SRS' F-Canyon plant closes
Some observers called Savannah River Site's F-Canyon a national nuclear treasure. Others considered it a dangerous disgrace.
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.
Georgia Tech 9, Georgia 1
ATLANTA -- Kyle Schmidt held Georgia to three hits over seven innings and Jason Perry hit a two-run homer to lead Georgia Tech to a 9-1 victory over the Bulldogs Wednesday night.
Stanford enters men's swims with fastest times
ATHENS, Ga. -- Top-ranked Stanford brings the nation's fastest times and a slogan of sorts - "Win one for the seniors" - to the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships starting Thursday at the University of Georgia.
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.
South Carolina team tours ground zero before NIT game
NEW YORK -- Aaron Lucas stared into the space where the Twin Towers used to stand.
The Citadel 5, South Carolina 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Paul Williams pitched seven and a third innings, struck out five and allowed four hits to lead The Citadel in a 5-1 win over South Carolina on Wednesday.
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