Jags' Buffkin stops Paine on one-hitter

Spring training total attendance up, but average down
NEW YORK -- Total attendance at spring training rose 1 percent this year, but the average dropped 3.4 percent.

Jags' Buffkin stops Paine on one-hitter
Augusta State's Ricky Buffkin threw a one-hitter in the Jaguars' 9-1 win over city rival Paine College on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Strawberry to remain in jail while new attorney reviews case

Strawberry to remain in jail while new attorney reviews case
TAMPA, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry has to remain in jail until a judge decides his fate later this month and while his new lawyer - a local civil rights activist and former cocaine addict - reviews his case.

Spring training total attendance up, but average down

Big Unit, D-Backs raise flag, Rocket opens for Yanks
Roberto Alomar is ready. Really ready.

Big Unit, D-Backs raise flag, Rocket opens for Yanks

Macy's closing brings back memories of old gifts

Cincinnati bestows honors on a cow
Cincinnati's famous fugitive cow likely will be moooooving from Ohio to New York in April, courtesy of artist Peter Max.

Odds and ends
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. -- Authorities pulled the plug on a car dealership's "peep show" after they discovered its owners were letting people pick up chicks.

Braves rout Phillies in opener
ATLANTA - It was just as Atlanta Braves fans had hoped, and better than they could have imagined.

Maddux is scratched from today's opener
ATLANTA - What began as an unexpected challenge - the lordly Atlanta Braves vs. the haven't-won-anything-lately Philadelphia Phillies - last year took its place among the memorable pennant races for the ages.

Braves rout Phillies in opener

Maddux is scratched from today's opener

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux says it's a pain to pitch right now.

Braves notebook

Tax refund loan can be expensive

Stolen identity: $30,000 in purchases, all charged to me
WASHINGTON -- Whoever pretended to be me when filling out the Peebles department store credit application had nice penmanship. There's no sign of nervousness in the neat cursive signature.

The candidate-rich market requires greater flexibility
"GEOGRAPHIC PREFERENCE: A dry climate averaging 75 degrees, light breezes OK."

Consumer arbitration clauses are increasing

Manufacturing grows for second month in a row
WASHINGTON -- Manufacturing activity flashed a growth signal for the second month in a row and construction spending posted it biggest increase in a year, fresh signs that the country's economic revival is chugging ahead.

How to hire the right person

Benefits of paying the nanny tax
You don't have to be a contender for a Cabinet post to owe "nanny taxes" on caregivers, housekeepers or other household workers.

How to hire the right person
The managers of an Atlanta department store chain had no doubt what they were looking for when hiring sales clerks: applicants who were outgoing, enthusiastic and smiled a lot.

Going for the tall money

Tax refund loan can be expensive
As tax preparation giant H&R Block Inc. branches into financial planning, it's boosting profits with a loan program that gets customers refunds faster but takes a big bite of the proceeds.

The candidate-rich market requires greater flexibility

Manufacturing grows for second month in a row

Stolen identity: $30,000 in purchases, all charged to me

Benefits of paying the nanny tax

Consumer arbitration clauses are increasing
Buying a house, a car, a computer? Signing up for cable TV, telephone service, a credit card, a bank account?

Business briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board has decided against renominating dissident member Walter Hewlett, the co-founder's son who is leading the fight against HP's purchase of Compaq Computer Corp.

Going for the tall money
Economists have discovered a phenomenon that gives a new meaning to the notion of getting a raise: If you're taller, you make more money, at the rate of at least $1,500 an inch.

Out of the picture
One of downtown Augusta's biggest murals, and some say one of its biggest eyesores, will be gone by Wednesday.

Students get financial advice from peers
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University's new Red to Black program has been bringing order out of chaos for students whose debts have outrun their income.

Students get financial advice from peers

Out of the picture

Clemson 16, Maryland 7

Clemson 16, Maryland 7
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson finished off Maryland 16-7 Sunday in the completion of Saturday's game that had been suspended because of rain.

Police clash with students after Maryland victory

Mike Davis is already a winner

Underdog Indiana draws from the past

Peach Jam catapults Dixon

Seniors lead way to championship game

Coach finally claims a title

Alamodome a sign of how far women's game has come

Dixon named MVP

Final Four overnight ratings up 6 percent

Final Four's 50th anniversary

Oklahoma's season ends two wins sooner than hoped

'Fear the Turtle'

Williams comes up short again with Kansas

Huskies top Sooners for title

Hoosiers No. 1 in tradition

Slim hope for peace

Blocked again

ANIC is on track

A new nuke policy

When famous women were girls
Movie and TV star Elizabeth Perkins confessed. She came clean, so to speak.

Southern author's book resonates with readers
A particularly Southern voice infuses Janisse Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, book club participants decided at a discussion group held by The Augusta Chronicle Thursday.

Documentary about Jacksonville murder case wins Oscar
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- French filmmakers Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Denis Ponchet came to Duval County hoping to do a documentary about a wacky lawsuit.

How you can keep your favorite shows on air, maybe
Ah, spring, a time of rebirth, a time of new beginnings - unless you're a network television show that's "on the bubble." That's TV talk for series that are on the fence. These shows may get renewed, they may not. Network programmers will make that call in May.

Kid-free zones
Soon after their wedding, Lori and Tony Drawdy of Augusta started getting bombarded with questions about when they were going to have children.

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
Kenneth Branagh portrays ill-fated explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in the two-part cable movie "Shackleton" (premiering 8 p.m., Sunday, April 7 on A&E).

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

Funny thing is, Fox soars on comedy
Never mind all the "Celebrity Boxing"/"Temptation Island" hoo-ha. When it comes to smart, creative television, the network leader - comedy category - is, by a long way, Fox.

In the know
When is it okay to lie? Oh, those little white lies. Like fibbing on the cost of that new outfit or saying you're at the grocery store when really, you're browsing the local hardware store...

Radio stations change schedules
Augusta's news talk radio scene gets a tuneup today.

'Survivor' watch: Week 5
Here are a few statistics to keep you Survivor fans up to date on what is happening.

Age old question
Q: How can I help my pet enjoy his golden years?

Sorenstam dominating golf

Singh captures 10th PGA title and first of year

Sorenstam prevails in LPGA's first major

Eichelberger wins rain-shortened Emerald Coast Classic
MILTON, Fla. -- Dave Eichelberger won his first Senior PGA Tour event in three years Sunday when rain wiped out the final round of the Emerald Coast Classic.

MCG Health System returns as sponsor of Asahi Ryokuken
Medical College of Georgia's Health System is returning as the primary corporate sponsor for the second annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, tournament chairman Bettis Rainsford announced Monday.

Sorenstam prevails in LPGA's first major
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam made a fashion statement with her shiny red shoes, and sent an emphatic message about who's No. 1 in women's golf.

MCG Health System returns as sponsor of Asahi Ryokuken

Singh captures 10th PGA title and first of year
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Vijay Singh didn't allow for much suspense in the final round of the Shell Houston Open.

Sorenstam dominating golf
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The best player wears red on Sunday, and that no longer applies only to Tiger Woods.

Macy's closing brings back memories of old gifts
It was a little sad, although I know that's how business works.

Braves rout Phillies in opener
ATLANTA -- Welcome to Atlanta, Gary Sheffield and Vinny Castilla.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters
Jack Nicklaus, the most dominant player at Augusta National with six green jackets won over 23 years, withdrew Tuesday from this year's Masters because of lingering back problems.

An alternative to oil is needed now

History of the flags of the Confederacy is recounted

Reports welcomed

Defends Danny Lynn's qualifications

Was LeBlanc jury just plain stupid?

Oscars awarded to blacks were meant only to pacify

Ryberg stymies magistrate pick

Questions facts surrounding shooting

Retiree finds 'before tax savings' is an IRS ripoff

NAACP wrong about Dixie flag

Fourth axis of evil are colleges

Georgia should adopt Texas' highway rules

Killer cops?

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

Documentary about Jacksonville murder case wins Oscar

Age old question

Southern author's book resonates with readers

Funny thing is, Fox soars on comedy

In the know

When famous women were girls

Seniors Calendar

'Survivor' watch: Week 5

Kid-free zones

How you can keep your favorite shows on air, maybe

Lynx playoff push falls short of goal

Lynx playoff push falls short of goal
They returned from the dressing room for one last lap around the ice, one more salute to the fans, one last chance to cling to a season that slipped through their fingers.

Vote expected on bar hours

Behind the Curtain
They all share a stage, and on Monday they teamed up to share their experiences and passions with Richmond County pupils.

Subscriber of the day

Correction

Across the area

Rare obscenity case on trial

An Easter Dawn
Rain could have fallen from the heavens. But on Easter morning, streaks of sunlight broke through a cloud-patched sky and illuminated the "Son Rise" celebration.

Drive-by shooting gets man arrested

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

Museum director resigns

Senate budget funds commuter rail
ATLANTA - A budget approved Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would pump millions of dollars into a Macon-to-Atlanta commuter rail system that the governor has said no longer is the state's top rail transportation priority.

Lead emerges in hit-and-run

Braves rout Phillies in opener

News you can use

Rare obscenity case on trial
ATHENS, Ga. - An adult novelty store owner is on trial this week in Clarke County State Court for allegedly violating a rarely applied Georgia obscenity statute.

Across the area
A Sunday afternoon thunderstorm that brought golf ball-size hail to parts of the Augusta area damaged vehicles and sent police responding to traffic accidents.

Governor race gets little notice
AIKEN - Ask at the flower store, at the hardware store and on the sidewalk, and people will laugh.

Budget is item of week
ATLANTA - After more than a week of behind-the-scenes work, Gov. Roy Barnes' 2003 budget request will take center stage this week in the General Assembly.

Students set sail in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - It is a sport of strategy, skill and seamanship.

Girl travels to teach, learn
NORTH AUGUSTA - When Welsh exchange student Rebecca Hardwick taught eighth-graders the numbers one through 10 in Welsh, it was five that caught their attention.

Drive-by shooting gets man arrested
AIKEN - A Sunday argument led to a drive-by shooting Monday, police said.

Across the southeast
BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -A woman accused of poisoning her husband with a horse tranquilizer last year and burying his body in a California vineyard hanged herself in a jail cell Saturday, authorities said.

News you can use
April 2, 1942 There will be no wartime suspension of football at the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech unless "further emergency should develop" - or unless diminishing gate receipts indicate public disapproval.

News you can use
In 16th century France, the start of the new year was observed on the first of April. It was celebrated in much the same way as it is today, with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night.

Home- school breaks sought

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jean Griffin of Belvedere.

News you can use

Minister was race pioneer
Sitting behind a desk inside his new church office, the Rev. Enoch Ward remembers when he became the first black person to live in a dorm at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Owners neglect their lots

Across Georgia

Across the area
A Gaston County, N.C., grand jury will continue work today on criminal cases that are expected to include a sexual assault charge against former Augusta resident Aaron LeBlanc.

And the mayor is ...

Owners neglect their lots
It took Fred Ellison only a few hours early last week to hack away and stack up a towering, tangled pile of briar bushes and trash from a Laney-Walker area lot.

Senators approve baby abandonment bill

Bars, restaurants stock up for crowds
In less than a week, thousands of people will descend on Augusta, ready to watch golf, party and eat.

Nicklaus withdraws from Masters

3 more arrested on drug charges
Saluda Police Chief Kenneth McCaster announced Sunday the arrests of three more people on drug charges as part of a continuing operation.

Girl travels to teach, learn

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

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

Budget is item of week

Home- school breaks sought
AIKEN - Parents who teach their children at home or send them to a private school would get part of their property taxes back under a bill filed last week in the South Carolina Legislature.

Around town

Senators approve baby abandonment bill
ATLANTA - Mothers of unwanted babies would have a safer option for their children under a plan approved Monday by the Georgia Senate.

Senate budget funds commuter rail

Vote expected on bar hours
Some Augusta officials would like to extend the hours when alcohol sales are permitted at downtown bars and restaurants.

Museum director resigns
After a decade as the director of the Morris Museum of Art, Louise Keith Claussen is stepping down.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Betty Murray of Belvedere.

And the mayor is ...
Jim Sutherland (right) grins at Vernon Dunbar as he reads the recount of votes for mayor of New Ellenton. They were at the Aiken County Voter Registration and Election Office on Monday, and Mr. Sutherland once again came out the winner.

Lead emerges in hit-and-run
Richmond County investigators have a new lead in the hit-and-run death of 5-year-old Divine Monroe.

Chauffeur fleets gear up for golf traffic
Normally, Darrell Thompson works inside a fire station awaiting the chance to fight fire.

Students set sail in Brunswick

Correction
A photo caption in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said it was Rep. Jack Connell, D-Augusta, who sponsored a legislative delegation breakfast meeting to discuss proposed bills to change the structure of city government.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia House unanimously passed legislation Monday aimed at boosting state funds for local road projects.

Minister was race pioneer

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -As many as 1 million South Carolina taxpayers appear to be waiting until the last minute to send in their tax returns.

Around town

Motherly support
For the first time in a long while, Tanganika Davis feels comfortable in her surroundings.

Bars, restaurants stock up for crowds

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Police have charged four men with the making and planting of about 20 bombs found Friday near two West Ashley homes. Police classified the distribution of the "acid bomb" explosive devices as a prank.

Bill proposes longer terms

Across Georgia
LaGRANGE -A Carrollton man fishing with his family drowned in West Point Lake after the family's boat capsized and he tried to swim to shore for help.

Bill proposes longer terms
South Carolina House members might see their terms run longer if a bill filed last week finds support.

Motherly support

Behind the Curtain

Across the southeast

Maryland's Dixon sets the standard
ATLANTA - Every NCAA Tournament bears its own stamp.

The boys of spring step in for heroes of the hardwood
ATLANTA - If you like big times in the big city, Monday was the biggest of them all. The ultimate sports segue of sorts.

Kings 92, Hawks 91
ATLANTA -- Chris Webber had 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings ended a 12-game losing streak in Atlanta with a 92-91 victory over the Hawks on Sunday.

Seniors lead way to championship game
ATLANTA -- Wanted: Basketball players with Final Four aspirations, four years of experience required, must be willing to put the NBA on hold.

Williams comes up short again with Kansas
ATLANTA -- Roy Williams ended his 14th season at Kansas just like the first 13 - in tears.

Coach finally claims a title
ATLANTA - The team that could never win the big one beat the program that never lost the big one.

Peach Jam catapults Dixon
ATLANTA - Since the first McDonald's High School All-American game in 1978, no team had one a national championship without a McDonald All-American.

Dixon named MVP
ATLANTA - Before college's best team is decided by the NCAA Tournament, college basketball's awards for the best player are already awarded.

Mike Davis is already a winner
ATLANTA -- Sometimes, the bus was too hot.

Oklahoma's season ends two wins sooner than hoped
ATLANTA -- At Oklahoma, a school that treasures all things football, the basketball team proved itself to be much more than a diversion this season.

Police clash with students after Maryland victory
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Police in riot gear and riding horseback fired pellets into a crowd of hundreds of celebrating Maryland fans early Sunday, hours after the Terrapins advanced to the national championship game.

Final Four overnight ratings up 6 percent
NEW YORK -- Final Four victories by Indiana and Maryland drew an overnight rating that was 6 percent higher than last year's broadcast.

Alamodome a sign of how far women's game has come
SAN ANTONIO -- Before Dave and Pam Plant could settle in and enjoy the women's Final Four semifinal between Connecticut and Tennessee, they had to get to the $90 seats.

Early exposure critical to UConn's growth
STORRS, Conn. -- It was a laughingstock, with just one winning season in 11 years.

Huskies top Sooners for title
SAN ANTONIO -- Not even an imperfect game could keep Connecticut from a perfect season.

'Fear the Turtle'
ATLANTA - Plenty of labels have been attached to Gary Williams during his 13-year coaching tenure at Maryland, the most frequent being Best Coach Never to Win a Championship.

Underdog Indiana draws from the past
ATLANTA - Before this roll began - hours before the mammoth triumph over Duke, days before Indiana became the closest thing to a Final Four Cinderella - Hoosiers coaches rolled the tapes.

Hoosiers No. 1 in tradition
ATLANTA - For all the talk of basketball tradition at Indiana and Maryland, it's relevance was put in perspective during Sunday's press conference for tonight's national championship game.

Final Four's 50th anniversary
It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when the NCAA tournament wasn't that big a deal, a time when they didn't even bother gathering the final four teams in one place for the semifinals and championship game.

Beathard will serve as adviser to Falcons' new owner

Mrs. Barbara Cox    (GRANITEVILE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILE, S.C. - Barbara Annette Blackston Cox, wife of R.E. Cox, Pride Ave., Graniteville, entered into rest Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral service will be conducted Monday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in the Rowland Funeral

Joseph Echols Sr., M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUS

Mr. Paul Bilton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ela Dawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ela Louise Murray Dawson who died March 29, 200

Mr. Bobby Barwick Sr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Bobby Joe Barwick Sr., 47, of Lincolnton died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at Wills M

Ms. Karen Moore    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- Entered into rest on Saturday, March 30, 2002, Ms. Karen Jean Moore, of Duncan Road, North Augusta. She was preceded in dea

Temekia Andrews    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Temekia Alisea Andrews of Lincolnton, Ga age 11 died Thursday March 27, 2002 at Wills Memorial Hosiptal. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 pm, on Tuesday April 2, 2002,at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. Roy D. Andrews officiating

Mrs. Rosa Franklin    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa C. Franklin, 100, who died March 29, 2002, will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 20

Mrs. Lucille Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Clark Wright entered into rest on Friday, March 29, 2002, at the University

Mr. Ernest Holton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Ernest "Ernie" Holton, 50, of Porter Carswell Road, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, in Augusta. Fu

Mr. John Walls    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Edward Walls, son of Marga

Mr. Hugh Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Waldrop    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Edney Waldrop, 86, of Reames Road, North Augusta, S.C., who d

Mrs. Elsie Pentecost    (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Entered into rest March 30, 2002, Mrs. Elsie Pentecost, age 93, a native of Chicago, and widow of Clinton Pentecost and Harry R. Bal

Mr. William Varner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 27, 2002, Mr.

Mrs. Francenia Major    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 1, 2002 at the Doctors Hosp

Mrs. Kate Tucker    (CLAXTON, Ga.)
CLAXTON, Ga. - Kate DeLoach Tucker, 85, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at National Health Care Nursing Home in North Augusta, S.C. She was a native and

Mrs. Florrie Griggs    (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Mrs. Kate Strickland    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Kate Norman Strickland, age 84, of Spring Street, Washington, di

Mr. Solomon Cooper Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, G

Joseph Echols Sr., M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Walls    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Edward Walls, son of Margaret R. Walls, Bedford Drive, Augusta, entered into rest. Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Sunset Memory Gardens with military honors. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ernest Ready    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2002, Ernest Hubert Ready, husband of Mrs. Edna Drakeford Ready of Jackson Street. He was the father of Wayne Ready and Gene Ready of Batesburg, Pet

Mrs. Katie Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Mrs. Katie Gilbert of Sibley Street. Funeral service will be held today, April 1, 2002, at 1

Ms. Cleo Morrow    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Cleo Hall Morrow, 80, entered into rest Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the National Health Care Center, North Augusta. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Poteet Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Interment wil

Mr. William Bryan Jr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - William Cecil Bryan Jr., 85, died Sunday in the University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Mole Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Gerry Lord officiating. Burial wil

Mrs. Bessie Mixon    (KITE, Ga.)
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Claxton Mixon, age 93, resident of Kite, died Sunday morning. Funeral

Mr. Gerald Carter Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest March 30, 2002, in Augusta, Ga., Mr. Gerald Manning Carter Sr. preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Mrs. Helen Paschal Carter. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at 3 p.m. i

Mr. Stephen Borkowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Stephen Borkowski, 55, of 74 Hillwood C

Featured obituary: Dr. Joseph Martin Echols Sr.
Dr. Joseph Martin Echols Sr. was the kind of doctor you would want to see when you arrived at the hospital.

Mrs. Geraldine Sherrill    (CLAIR, Ga.)
CLAIR, Ga. - M rs. Geraldine Logue Sherrill, 56, of St. Clair, Ga., wife of Gilbert Sherrill, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Burke Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a nativ

Mr. Gerald Carter Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest March 30, 2002, in Augusta, Mr. Gerald Manning Carter Sr., preceded in death b

Mrs. Teri Norton    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Stephen Borkowski, 55, of Hillwood Court, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 27, 2002, will be conducted

Mr. John McManus    (MONROE, N.C.)
MONROE, N.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Haskell McManus, age 94, who died March 30, 2002, the widower of Daisy Tart McManus, will be held 2 p.m. We

Mrs. Frances Bettis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Frances E. Bettis, 75, of Marlboro Street, N.E., Aiken, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services to be announced by Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken. She was a native of Trenton, New Jersey. She recei

Mr. Yancey Lutz    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Yancey K. Lu

Featured obituary: Mr. Gerald Carter Sr.
HARLEM - There was no stopping Gerald Carter Sr. Nothing could get in the way of his favorite pastime, those who knew him said.

Mrs. Charlotte Jones    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Graveside services for M

Mr. George Baxley Jr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- M r. George C. Baxley Jr., 70, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, after a long illness. Born

Mr. Erasmus Griffin    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - M r. Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin, 80, of Griffin Pond Road, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augusta. The funeral will be held at 2 p.

Mrs. Louise Bates-Tolbert    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Bates-Tolb

Mrs. Ela Dawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Ela Louise Murray Dawson who died March 29, 20

Mrs. Ellen McClearen    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Ellen Brown McClearen, 96, of Lexington Road, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Wills Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Dorothy Singleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Jones    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
CHARLESTO

Mrs. Evelyn Waldrop    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Edney Waldrop, 86, of Reames Road, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 31, 2002, will be conducted this Tuesday

Ms. Eunice Baggott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Eunice L. Baggott, age 86, of Millbrook Ave., Aiken, will be today, April 2, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the chapel

Mrs. Linda Simmons    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 2002, at Doctors

Mrs. Barbara Wilkes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 1, 200

Mrs. Louise Hilliard    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Ingram Hilliard, age 76, of North Thomas Street, Davisboro, died Sunday morning, March 31 in an Augusta hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.

Mrs. Anne Whitten    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUS

Mrs. Edna Fail    (OLAR, S.C.)
OLAR, S.C. - Edna Wright Fail, 75, widow of Ralph S. Fail, died Saturday in the University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Friendship Baptist Ch

Mr. Carlton White Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO,

Mrs. WillieMae Crook    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Mae Scott Crook, 91, formerly of Lincoln Ave., died March 30 at Lake Crossing Health Center. Graveside services w

Mrs. Dawn Webster    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Dawn Denise Bush Webster will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 3 p.m. in the Southside Chapel of George Funeral Homes, Inc., 3175 Whiskey Road, A

Mr. Mike Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Singfield    (LANCASTER, S.C.)
LANCASTER, S.C. - Charles Singfield, 84, entered into rest Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the White Oak Health

Mrs. Kate Strickland (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Carter Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Cleo Morrow (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Wilkes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Bryan Jr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. John Walls (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton White Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Carter Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Sherrill (CLAIR, Ga.)

Mrs. Kate Tucker (CLAXTON, Ga.)

Ms. Eunice Baggott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Varner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Solomon Cooper Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ela Dawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Teri Norton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Bilton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Erasmus Griffin (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Walls (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Florrie Griggs (INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)

Mrs. Evelyn Waldrop (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Whitten (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen McClearen (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Baxley Jr. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Barbara Cox (GRANITEVILE, S.C.)

Mr. John McManus (MONROE, N.C.)

Mrs. Edna Fail (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Francenia Major (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Hilliard (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Singleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Jones (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ela Dawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Temekia Andrews (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Karen Moore (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Waldrop (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Pentecost (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Mike Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. WillieMae Crook (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Joseph Echols Sr., M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yancey Lutz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Mixon (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Bates-Tolbert (JACKSON, S.C.)

Whites at the wheel
Paul L. Cook's March 14 letter stated the percentages of blacks and whites in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties. He said Richmond County has a black majority, and Aiken and Columbia counties have white majorities.Tony Kitchens, Augusta

An alternative to oil is needed now
President George W. Bush has a tremendous opportunity to become one of the most important presidents in our country's history - not by being the promoter of the war on terrorism, but by marshaling the nation's strengths to develop an alternative to oil. John Walter, Johnston, S.C.

NAACP wrong about Dixie flag
Recently, the NAACP has been attempting to place the blame for racial hatred on the Confederate flag, instead of working in a positive manner to advance the state of their culture. Members and supporters fail to realize that they are becoming the very creature they are trying desperately to destroy. W.C. Paschal, Evans, Ga.

Questions facts surrounding shooting
Why are so many Americans afraid of publicly addressing highly questionable actions, inactions and secrecies on the part of their own U.S. government? Oh, we boldly debate in private, where it counts for nothing, yet we tremble at the suggestion of sharing our concerns openly. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Was LeBlanc jury just plain stupid?
Regarding the recent acquittal of Aaron LeBlanc for three separate rapes in Richmond County, we can blame the judicial system, the police, the investigators, the attorneys, etc., but the fact is that, because juries are made up of human beings, they are frequently stupid. Gail K. Kaitschuck, Augusta

A new nuke policy
Much of the world was aghast several weeks ago when the Bush administration "leaked" a so-called "secret review" by the Pentagon to develop clean, small, tactical nuclear weapons capable of boring deep into underground caves or tunnels to deliver intense but limited devastation.

Slim hope for peace
Voices are rising on both sides of the Atlantic demanding that President Bush get more personally involved in trying to bring about a cease-fire in the escalating war between Israel and the Palestinians. Even Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat - virtually at the mercy of Israeli troops - is urging that the United States lend him a hand.

Oscars awarded to blacks were meant only to pacify
The 74th Academy Award ceremony was a pivotal moment for African-Americans, at least in appearance. Jerome Rico Knox, Augusta

Georgia should adopt Texas' highway rules
Please advise your readers of a state law in Texas that says slow drivers may only pass in the left lane. On the interstates there, signs are posted reading, "Slower Traffic Keep Right" and "Left Lane For Passing Only." In addition, some state roads there have pull-off lanes off the road to allow faster drivers to pass in the right lane, as well. The beauty of it all is that traffic always moves along expediently, there are fewer accidents and everybody is happier.John Hamilton, Waynesboro, Ga.

History of the flags of the Confederacy is recounted
The effectiveness of government re-education camps (public school system) is evident as one of its camp lieutenants, (retired school teacher) Seth Benson, shows that he knows nothing about the South's history when he calls the third national flag of the Confederacy the "Stars and Bars." (March 20 letter, "Swap battle flag for 'Stars and Bars' and everyone wins"). Lee Herron, North Augusta, S.C.

Blocked again
We feel for George Kolb. He can't show his stuff as city administrator because the Augusta Commission won't let him. They severely limit his hiring and firing authority, and now they won't grant him purchasing powers that most city administrators have.

Ryberg stymies magistrate pick
With his childish "my turn" attitude, Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, has failed the people of Aiken County - the very voters he promised leadership to when he was elected. Asa Daniel Jr., North Augusta, S.C.

ANIC is on track
Robert Cooks, Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s executive director, ought to take the complaints as a good sign.

Whites at the wheel
Paul L. Cook's March 14 letter stated the percentages of blacks and whites in Aiken, Columbia and Richmond counties. He said Richmond County has a black majority, and Aiken and Columbia counties have white majorities. Tony Kitchens, Augusta

Reports welcomed
Thank you for your coverage of the Winter Wars martial arts tournament ("Winter Wars event invades Augusta"), and champion wrestler and Ultimate Fighting Champion Dan "The Beast" Severn's Ultimate Grappling Seminar on March 14. Johnny Hughes, North Augusta, S.C.

Retiree finds 'before tax savings' is an IRS ripoff
For all the people who think Medicare is free, just remember that premiums last year were $50 per month, and this year are $54 per person, deducted from your Social Security check. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, Ga.

Fourth axis of evil are colleges
President George W. Bush did not mention the fourth axis of evil - colleges. Parents do not seem to care about what their children learn as long as they can say, "They went to college." J. Loveless, Grovetown, Ga.

Killer cops?
I am officially putting in my application to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. I, too, would like to become a deputy and kill a couple of people. I know I will be exonerated of all charges. William Sanders, Augusta

Defends Danny Lynn's qualifications
I would like to comment on the article "Senators offer night judge solution" of March 22, which states "Mr. Moore and Mr. Setzler nominated North Augusta funeral home director Danny Lynn Jr., who Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, says isn't qualified." Rev. Gene O'Neil Wilson, Warrenville, S.C.

Agassi, Federer, Serena Williams on a roll

New coach looks to return U.S. boxing team to previous glory

Agassi beats Federer in Key Biscayne final

Johnson looking for first title

Michael Schumacher wins Brazilian GP

Overtime

Michael Schumacher wins Brazilian GP
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Michael Schumacher won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday in his new Ferrari, edging younger brother Ralf by less than a second.

Stewart opts not to run in Indianapolis 500
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official Monday, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble starts defense of her Georgia Women's Match Play Championship on Wednesday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

New coach looks to return U.S. boxing team to previous glory
LAS VEGAS - Emanuel Steward is about ready to begin training the heavyweight champion of the world for his fight with Mike Tyson. First, though, he's going to spend a week trying to find America some new Olympic champions.

Agassi beats Federer in Key Biscayne final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- As a flashy, shaggy-haired teen-ager, Andre Agassi became the youngest men's champion at Key Biscayne. Twelve years later, bald and businesslike, he's still the tournament's best player.

Russell leaves with high praises
Randy Russell of Grayson, Ga., the only individual to win two events at the 53rd Annual Georgia State Bowling Tournament, made a lasting impression on Augusta Bowling Association executive director Jim Huggins.

Johnson looking for first title
Cross Creek senior runner Tanita Johnson has this economics thing figured out.

Agassi, Federer, Serena Williams on a roll
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Serena Williams are on the rise as tennis makes the springtime switch to clay.

Beathard will serve as adviser to Falcons' new owner
ATLANTA -- The new owner of the Atlanta Falcons is getting a high-powered adviser - veteran NFL executive Bobby Beathard.

The boys of spring step in for heroes of the hardwood

Maryland's Dixon sets the standard

Study tracks drugs in stream
ATHENS, Ga. - The creatures that live in the nation's streams might be a little drugged, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The flying laptop needs a few items
Q. I am going to be flying overseas in June and want to bring my laptop PC. I will be staying in a decent hotel but I will be there for a month and want to be prepared. What advice can you give?

New generation of solar cells could be on horizon
Custom-tailored molecules and spray-on plastic could someday create the next generation of solar cells - more flexible, more efficient and much less expensive than existing sources of solar power.

Teaching elderly people computer skills
BEECHVIEW, Pa. - When 84-year-old Mary Hoover designed her first greeting card on a computer, she thought long and hard about what printed message would be appropriate for the card.

Pinpointing the body's global positioning system
A tiny section in the back of the brain is critical for people to understand where they are in the world and how they got there, a sort of mental map that keeps location in context, scientists have found.

Landowners scramble to harvest powerful crop
WASCO, Ore. -- Wheat farmer John Hilderbrand once cursed the wind that roars down the Columbia River Gorge and through this rural, hilly community, damaging crops and kicking up dust.

Bluetooth technology catching on
No doubt you've been hearing a lot about Bluetooth technology lately and can hardly wait until you can use your digital phone or handheld computer to buy a diet soda from a vending machine.

Potassium Iodide activist being heard 20 years into campaign
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- For more than two decades, potassium iodide has been Alan Morris' cause.

Government trains a few cyberdefenders
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Long before Sept. 11 and last year's virus-like attacks over the Internet, the U.S. government announced plans to train an elite corps of computer security experts to guard against cyberterrorism.

South Carolina 4, Alabama 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina starter Steven Bondurant struck out seven in his first complete game as the Gamecocks survived a 40-minute rain delay to beat Alabama 4-3 in Southeastern Conference action Sunday.

South Carolina's sports programs on rise across the board
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The fan and booster complaints don't come near as frequently these days for South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee.

South Carolina's sports programs on rise across the board

South Carolina 4, Alabama 3

Question of the week
Q: Which age limit would you most like to see changed?

My pad
THE FACTS: Jamie Love, 16, a sophomore at Butler High School

My pad

Xtreme calender
TODAY: New on video and DVD: Bandits, with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as a pair of quirky bank robbers caught in a love triangle with a hostage...

Duct tape designer sticks with hobby
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Joe Mauck doesn't mind getting into sticky situations.

Xtreme calender

Your style
THE FACTS: Kelly Loudenberg, 17, a junior at Cross Creek High School

Your style

Artist's corner

Question of the week

Advice line

Audio best
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Advice line
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I just found out I'm pregnant. Should I tell my parents or just get rid of the baby? - 18-year-old Wrens girl

Artist's corner
Bonds, 16, is a junior at Glenn Hills High School.

Audio best

Duct tape designer sticks with hobby

A knight of music
With instruments tuned and student musicians poised, band director Richard Brasco gives the Evans High School Wind Ensemble I the downbeat.

Cincinnati bestows honors on a cow

Odds and ends

Pinpointing the body's global positioning system

Government trains a few cyberdefenders

The flying laptop needs a few items

Teaching elderly people computer skills

Potassium Iodide activist being heard 20 years into campaign

Bluetooth technology catching on

Landowners scramble to harvest powerful crop

Study tracks drugs in stream