Barnwell edges Silver Bluff
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Welcome to the world of the Silver Bluff baseball team - where one poor inning can undo everything the Bulldogs did right the rest of the game.

Owner on absent fans: 'I don't blame them'

Jackets topple Tourists

ACC suspends players
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Six players from Georgia Tech and Maryland were handed suspensions Tuesday following a bench-clearing brawl at a game earlier this week, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said.

Owner on absent fans: 'I don't blame them'
New ballparks were going to save baseball.

Jackets topple Tourists
Jason Howell notched his second win of the year in relief for the GreenJackets, who defeated the Asheville Tourists 3-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday.

ACC suspends players

Nuns' mission: God under the big top
Two Catholic nuns in their 50s say they never dreamt of running away to join the circus when they were children.

Grandma held in big heroin bust
To state police, 53-year-old Pamela Watson looks like just another grandmother.

Odds and Ends
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Something just didn't add up after the Iowa State Math Championship.

Braves notebook

Braves top Mets

Atlanta loses fourth straight

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - The pained expression on Gary Sheffield's face matched the ache he felt in his left wrist Tuesday.

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - The sense of satisfaction in the visitors clubhouse following Wednesday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Mets was tempered by the realization that four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux isn't healthy.

Atlanta loses fourth straight
NEW YORK -- The things that used to allow Bobby Cox to sleep at night -- pitching and defense -- are now keeping him awake through the wee hours.

Major League sees drop in attendance

Major League sees drop in attendance
NEW YORK - Many of baseball's gleaming new ballparks have a different sight this season: thousands of empty seats.

Braves top Mets
NEW YORK -- After a tour of 10 games in three cities, the Sons of the South needed some good news.

Braves notebook

CyberGeorgia heads to Savannah

CyberGeorgia heads to Savannah
SAVANNAH - CyberGeorgia is coming to Savannah. If the program is successful, officials said, it could be replicated in other cities, such as Macon, Columbus and Augusta.

Moving into Summer

Tax day scramble brings panic
NEW YORK -- Procrastinators scrambled to finish their tax returns and waited in long lines at post offices as the clock ran out on tax-filing day.

Activity suggests recovery
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in March despite sharply higher costs for gasoline and other energy products. Industrial activity shot up by the largest amount in two years.

Retailer finds niche in illumination

Tax day scramble brings panic

Retailer finds niche in illumination
It's like Christmas in July for a local seasonal retailer.

Activity suggests recovery

Politics keeps fuel prices up
Conflict in the Middle East and rising domestic energy demands have caused gasoline prices in Augusta to jump more than 15 cents per gallon in the past month, but prices are still well below where they were a year ago.

Moving into Summer
For many people, this summer will be filled with more than beaches and baseball.

Eatery inspections vary across state
ATLANTA - The state's methods of inspecting and evaluating restaurants are so unreliable that they don't provide useful guidance to consumers, according to a recent audit.

Business briefs

Politics keeps fuel prices up

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines posted a loss of $397 million in the first quarter as passenger revenues continued to lag, but the carrier said it sees signs of a gradual recovery - including a small operating profit last month.

Victimless porn

Too many questions

Few's troubles increase

Garbage imbroglio

A failed mission?

Montalcino wines carry a bit of Italy's past
The town of Montalcino lies about 70 miles south of Florence, with Siena lying halfway between. It's the center of Brunello di Montalcino, a wine region where sangiovese is the official grape, as it dominates in the Chianti and Chianti Classico regions near Florence.

Small portions
Cool pot spot: A notable American manufacturer of forged cutlery introduced a handy silicone pot holder at the 2002 International Housewares Show.

Many tanks
Heather Cox, a sophomore at Augusta State University, once eschewed tank tops and went for a dressier look.

In the know
Church-scandal stories logged in: With the proliferation of stories about Catholic clergy and their sexual abuse victims, Poynter.org has created a Web log story synopsis with links to the original reports.

Summer flavors shine through in cabernet
Australia is making some great wines that are affordable, and Lindemans Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon at $10 is a perfect example, a lighter-style cabernet that's a winner for the summer and cooking out.

The Lowdown on Lo Mein
Takeout food is part of our busy times, and Chinese takeout is a family favorite. But you can prepare a great Chinese-inspired meal at home with a few ingredients and a lot less fat.

On the job
Who keeps your office running? We want to know.

Capsules
Aspirin benefits: Although taking aspirin regularly is an effective way to lower heart attack risk, some people benefit much less than others, a new study finds.

Rock's roll to stardom hits the big screen
LOS ANGELES - To understand The Rock, you have to break him into three pieces.

In the know
Take a break from television: The TV-Turnoff Network wants you to take a week off from television, beginning Monday for the eighth annual TV-Turnoff Week.

Solid pitching helps Jackets win
The victory was credited to reliever Kevin Huang. But this win truly belonged to Shane Rhodes.

Jackets topple Tourists
Jason Howell was known more for his hitting at the University of North Carolina than he was for his pitching.

A good snack sometimes can save a bad movie

Augusta Prep trio seize Division I opportunities

Changing the pace of a leisurely sport
It's a late-winter day and the sun is settling comfortably behind the hills above Silicon

Changing the pace of a leisurely sport

Pak set for title defense

Julian deals with Lou Gehrig's disease on the golf course
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- There's are moments when Jeff Julian's life is just like it's was before - and they almost always come on the golf course.

Pak set for title defense
LINCOLN, Calif. -- A year after ending Annika Sorenstam's winning string at four in the Longs Drugs Challenge, Se Ri Pak is trying to extend a couple of streaks of her own.

Julian deals with Lou Gehrig's disease on the golf course

Augusta Prep trio seize Division I opportunities
For Augusta Prep golfer Kenan Yount, Wednesday's news conference was like killing two birds with one stone.

Ho-hum: Just another major for Tiger

CBS' Masters ratings slip
NEW YORK - Tiger Woods' third Masters victory was less compelling than his first two championships at Augusta National, at least in terms of television ratings.

Ho-hum: Just another major for Tiger
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- There was no Masters scoring record. No major win streak. Not even a late charge or spectacular shot.

Jackets topple Tourists

Solid pitching helps Jackets win

Blues' Ferraro relishes postseason shot
ST. LOUIS -- That offseason job with ESPN will have to wait for Ray Ferraro of the St. Louis Blues, who's finally in the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Roy coming off best season headed into playoffs
DENVER -- Patrick Roy has won four Stanley Cups, three Vezina Trophys, three playoff MVP awards and more wins than any other NHL goalie.

Roy coming off best season headed into playoffs

Wednesday's NHL Playoff Capsules
PHILADELPHIA -- The Ottawa Senators had most of the chances. The Philadelphia Flyers got the only goal.

Blues' Ferraro relishes postseason shot

Body in lake identified; foul play suspected
A fisherman at Lake Olmstead discovered the body of a middle-aged man floating face down near the Broad Street bridge this morning.

Braves end losing streak
NEW YORK -- Rafael Furcal, who had two errors the night before, drove in two runs with a triple and single Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves lost starter Greg Maddux early but ended a four-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Maddux forced out with back injury
NEW YORK -- Atlanta starter Greg Maddux was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the New York Mets after just one inning because of a recurrence of back pain.

Yucca Mtn. proved safe for N-waste

Terrorists uninterested in town bent on destroying itself

America 'dumbs down' its heroes

Moms organize to stop drownings

Cell-phone usage a dangerous distraction for drivers

Restore foster children fund cuts

Arnie's exit brought on tears

New animal shelter delay a disgrace

Tiger's the best

Black power ruined reform plans for efficient government

Head off Ryberg's bid for treasurer

Raps jealous put-downs of Augusta

School system's 'zero tolerance' a mindless policy

Many tanks

Summer flavors shine through in cabernet

Rock's roll to stardom hits the big screen

Montalcino wines carry a bit of Italy's past

The Lowdown on Lo Mein

In the know

Capsules

Small portions

On the job

Lynx notebook

Lynx notebook
John Whitwell's playing career with the Augusta Lynx officially ended Tuesday, but with the closing of one chapter comes the beginning of another.

Local duo arrested in fatal crime spree

Around town

Death rate of Georgia children increases

Neighbors welcome back community center
On the surface, the White Pond Community Center looks like any other cinderblock building.

Center looks at hatred of past
Leon Bass will never forget the day he stared evil in the face.

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

Officials select garbage hauler

Across the area
Police are asking for help in identifying a "professional pickpocket" who stole women's wallets and then used the credit cards to make cash withdrawals.

News you can use

Issues ignored, locals charge
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned its 2002 session, Augusta Commission members are complaining that state legislators spent so much time trying to fix local government that they ignored local bills that could have made a difference.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Recent reports of children alleging Roman Catholic priests sexually abused them has prompted a legislator to craft a bill that would require clergy to report child abuse allegations to police or the state Department of Social Services.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -An Augusta area man and his girlfriend have been charged with murder in the death of a Michigan woman during a high-speed chase.

Wanted: Prison nurses

Georgian shares lottery
ATLANTA - Erika Greene almost forgot to buy her Big Game tickets Tuesday night, remembering to go to the store around 8:30 p.m. for the drawing at 11.

Neighbors welcome back community center

Wanted: Prison nurses
Needle in hand, Wanda Coleman strides toward the barred cell, her eyes fixed on the man lying inside.

Board will vote on building sale

Body in lake identified; foul play suspected

Credit union robbed in Columbia County

Mistrial declared for case

Made with Care

Subscriber of the day

Barnes signs school bills
IMPACT: Georgia teachers that obtain the National Board Certification will receive a 10 percent annual increase in their state salary.

Revenue paves way for work
AIKEN - A school bus rocked as its driver maneuvered the bumpy stretch of Square Circle Road in Graniteville late Tuesday afternoon.

Fake military ID stops man at submarine base

Appeal on exposure expected
Unless an appeals court overrides a local judge's decision, a former Augusta man arrested repeatedly for exposing himself to children will be released from prison soon.

Curtains to rise in Waycross

Old arrest is allowed in new case
An old statutory rape arrest will resurface next week if an Augusta man stands trial on charges of child molestation.

Subscriber of the day

Local duo arrested in fatal crime spree
North Carolina police say they are baffled by the actions of an Evans man and his girlfriend charged in a two-county crime spree that ended with a fatal wreck.

Barnes signs school bills

Poisoning allegedly went on for 4 months
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A wife accused of poisoning her husband started slipping him arsenic more than four months before he died on a beach trip to Hilton Head Island, a prosecutor said at the woman's bond hearing.

Revenue paves way for work

Fake military ID stops man at submarine base
WOODBINE, Ga. - A New York man facing charges he used a fake identification card to try to get into Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia told officials he was able to access numerous military facilities around the Southeast during the past three years.

Mistrial declared for case
AIKEN - A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the trial of one of three Aiken men charged with killing and robbing an Aiken pool hall cook.

Curtains to rise in Waycross
WAYCROSS, Ga. - The re-opening of the historic Ritz Theatre is only a few frantic weeks of renovation work away.

Maddux forced out with back injury

Judge disallows writing analysis
AIKEN - Evidence from a new digital imaging technology that could have strengthened the case against a man on trial for murder was tossed out by a judge Tuesday.

Across the area

News you can use
APRIL 17, 1945 EDGEFIELD - Sam Proctor, about 30, was seriously wounded yesterday afternoon when knifed, Sheriff Jack White said.

Georgian shares lottery

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sussie Abrigo.

Old arrest is allowed in new case

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

Across the area

Across the area
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arson investigators spent Tuesday continuing to investigate a fire at a Bamberg County church

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Almost 76 percent of South Carolina voters favor a 22-cent increase in the cigarette tax to bail out Medicaid programs, according to poll results released Tuesday.

Clean-up hours extended at bars
Augusta commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the hours that bars and restaurants can sell alcohol the same.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -Cobb County authorities said Tuesday that charges against a Marietta couple would be upgraded to murder after their 2-year-old daughter died Tuesday afternoon.

Interstate wreck injures six
A three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20 in North Augusta on Tuesday sent six people to the hospital and slowed traffic for about two hours.

Officials select garbage hauler
CSRA Waste is on its way out of city neighborhoods and off of government tax rolls after several Tuesday votes by the Augusta Commission.

Across Georgia

Rising temperatures preview Summer
Betty Howard didn't have to look at the thermostat to know Tuesday was hotter than normal.

Interstate wreck injures six

Credits will help schools pay fees

Poisoning allegedly went on for 4 months

Georgia fees remain among the lowest, board officials say
KENNESAW, Ga. - Parents and students will have to pay more for college after tighter-than-usual purse strings at the state Capitol led to the biggest tuition increase at Georgia's public universities since 1998.

Death rate of Georgia children increases
ATLANTA - Even as Georgia's child-protection agency was winning praise Wednesday for improving its handling of abuse and neglect cases, a new report showed an alarming increase in child deaths and serious injuries in the state.

Hopeful opposes federal agency
A candidate in the congested race for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat hopes to abolish one of the federal government's largest agencies.

Clean-up hours extended at bars

Credits will help schools pay fees
Columbia County leaders are considering granting a series of education credits that would erase part of the $62,447 - including late fees - owed by the school system in stormwater fees.

Georgia fees remain among the lowest, board officials say

Board will vote on building sale
The old Davidson Elementary School could soon have a new owner.

Braves end losing streak

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jay Wayne Jenkins of Augusta.

Rising temperatures preview Summer

News you can use
APRIL 18, 1966 A young Augusta woman was fatally wounded at a motel here Sunday morning, and an alleged acquaintance has been charged in her death.

News you can use

Made with Care
AIKEN - Brown bags filled to the brim with goodies will soon bring excitement, and a little nourishment, to exam-stricken college students.

Augusta gets fire chief

Augusta gets fire chief
Battalion Chief James Freeman (far left) and interim Chief Carl Scott (far right) clap as Augusta's new fire chief, Al Gillespie, kisses his wife, Sundii, after she pinned his insignia on his jacket during his induction ceremony Wednesday.

New signs warn swimmers
Additional "no swimming" signs will be installed along city-owned portions of the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River in the wake of a recent drowning and growing numbers of sun-seeking visitors.

Judge disallows writing analysis

Credit union robbed in Columbia County
A Martinez credit union was robbed Wednesday, sending Columbia County sheriff's deputies searching for the culprit.

New signs warn swimmers

Center looks at hatred of past

Hopeful opposes federal agency

Sports world didn't stop during Masters after all
Turning on SportsCenter the other night left me shocked - shocked I tell you - to discover that there was anything other than the Masters going on in the world outside Washington Road.

A good snack sometimes can save a bad movie
I was up late the other night, looking through the TV book for something to watch on television. Among the offerings of infomercials, music videos and cable news I found a listing that caught my eye: Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966): "An outlaw learns that his girlfriend's uncle is a vampire."

Celtics 89, Hawks 81

NBA fines Hawks, Magic players for fight
NEW YORK -- Jason Terry of Atlanta and Don Reid of Orlando were fined and suspended without pay from their teams' final regular season games Wednesday for fighting during a game the previous night.

For MJ, it's 'Will he or won't he?' all over again
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan began his second comeback with colorful remarks at a nationally televised news conference.

For MJ, it's 'Will he or won't he?' all over again

Hawks lose final home game
ATLANTA -- Monty Williams scored a season-high 23 points and Troy Hudson added 18 as the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak to beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-95 Tuesday night.

Celtics 89, Hawks 81
BOSTON -- Rodney Rogers, starting in place of Antoine Walker, scored 25 points Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics beat Atlanta 89-81 to head into the playoffs with seven wins in their last eight games.

NBA fines Hawks, Magic players for fight

Hill open to trading down to add picks

Mr. Robert Washington    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Robert E. Washington, 70, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in the McDuffie County Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 18 in the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Ferre

Mr. Aaron Newsome Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Aaron "Bud" Newsome Sr., 83, entered into rest Monday, April 15, 2002, at the Jefferson Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 2 p.m. at James Funeral home in the chapel with the Rev. Freddi

Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr.    (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr., entered into rest on Sunday, April 14

Mrs. Eula Black    (JOHNSTOWN COMM., S.C.)
JOHNSTOWN COMM., S.C. - Mrs. E

Mr. Hoyt Goodson Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr. Hoyt Mayfield Goodson Jr., 76, of Ponderosa Ro

Featured obituary: Mrs. Jacqueline Hawkins
A trip to visit her mother-in-law brought Jacqueline Hawkins to Augusta for the first time.

Mrs. Christine Percival    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Toole Percival, 65, of North Silverton Street, Jackson, who died April 14, 2002, will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 a.m. from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Davis officiating. In

Mrs. Bessie Anderson    ( DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga. - Mrs. Bessie Anderson, 86, beloved wife of Mr. George Anderson, of Fort Creek Church Road, d

Mr. John Self    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The visitation for Mr. John Amos Self, 44, of Jackson Avenue, North Augusta, who died April 15, 2002, will be conducted at the residence this Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. M

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

Mr. Benjamin Lincul    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest April 15, 2002, at National Health Care Facility, Mr. Benjamin A. Lincul, age 83. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 11 a.m. i

Mrs. Pansy Williams    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. -

Mr. Raymond Dufresne    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Dufresne passed away April 3, 2002, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He was age 7

Featured obituary: Mr. Thomas Wheelin
When Thomas Wheelin graduated from high school in the 1930s, his parents had high hopes for him to attend college or get a good job.

Mr. John Self    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The visitation for Mr. John Amos Self, 44, of Jackson Avenue, North Augusta, who died April 15, 2002, will be conducted at the residence Thursday evening from 6 to 9. Me

Mr. Jack Cluck    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Monday, Mr. Jack Cluck, husband of Mrs. Frances V. Cluck, Hillcrest Drive. He was the father of Cathey Williams of North Augusta, Dan Cluck of Atlanta, Ga. and the grandfather of Amanda and Michael Williams and

Mr. Leo Oliver Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mr. Leo Clifton "L.C." Oliver Sr., age 80, died Monday night at the Screven County Hospital. The Burke County native was a member of the Sylvania First United Method

Mr. Gary Collins    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, April 13, 2002, in Augusta, Mr. Gary Arthur Collins of Saddlehorn Drive, Evans. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 2002, at

Mrs. Susie Roland    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mrs. Susie Mae Moody Roland, of Union Point, entered into rest April 17, 2002. Funeral services will be Friday, April 19, 2002, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Matilda Council    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HE

Mr. Carl Smith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest April 15, 2002, at the residence, Mr. Carl Harley Smith, age 79, husband of the late Mrs

Mrs. Frances Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Matlock    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Gaylor Matlock will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home with Rev. Grady Yonce officiat

Mr. Thomas DeGennaro    (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Thoma

Mrs. Shirley Hill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday at Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Mrs. Shirley Louwise Hill, 71, of Broad Street, Augusta, wife of the late Theodore Frank Hill, Sr. Graveside

Mrs. Mable Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the Blair Nursing Home, Mrs. Mable Dukes of Millegeville Road. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday at 1 p.m. from Phillip Grove B

Mrs. Mable Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Ferguson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Allen Rolston Ferguson, 57, of Brookfield Court, husband of Mrs. Doroth

Bro. James Brady    (MIAMI, Fla.)
MIAMI, Fla. - Brother James Damian

Mrs. Dorothy Freshour    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Ann Freshour, wife of Mr. Jessey C. Freshour, of Edisto Avenue, Beech Island, will be

Mr. Charles Turner    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Gibson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lillian Nina (Belger) Gibson, age 60, of Crook Road, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington. Ms. Gibson was a native of Columbia County, and had lived in Lincoln County, the p

Mr. Willie Randall Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Hoyt Goodson Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Pennington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Goodwin    (BOGART, Ga.)
BOGART, Ga. - Sadie Josephine Thompson Goodwin, 79, died April 16, 2002. Memorial services will be Saturday, April 20, 2002 at noon at Lord and Stephens Chapel, EAST. Survivor

Mr. Willie Randall Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AI

Mr. William Hicks    ( AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - William O. "Bill" Hicks, 92, of Calhoun Place, Aiken, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A Christian wake will be celebrated on Thursday evening at 6 p.m., in the

Mr. Sidney Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Higginbotham    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie Holloway Higginbotham, 69, of Oak Grove Road, entered into rest Wednesday morning at University Hospital. Mrs. Higginbotham was a native of Lincoln Coun

Mrs. Ava Ryals    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered i

Mrs. Sadie Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie Smalls, 82, of Blackville, will be held 4 p.m., Friday at Macedonia Baptist Church. Burial in Hope Memori

Mrs. Laura Gregory    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Laura Mae Lybrand Gregory, age 96, widow of Gyles E. Gregory, died

Mr. Terrell Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. F. Terrell Smith, husband of Dorine Creighton Smith of Paris Avenue, entered into rest April 17, 2002 at University Hospital. The funeral service will be held Saturday

Mrs. Barbara Thigpen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Dr. Charles Nephew    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Dr. Charles T. Nephew, 66, of Crane Court, Aiken, beloved husband of Alice Klispie Nephew,

Mrs. Betty Hunt    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Betty Barbe

Thomas Wheelin, Lt. Col.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas DeGennaro    (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Thoma

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday April 12, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Thomas H. Ketch Jr., of Travis Pine Road, Hephzibah. Graveside services w

Mrs. Frances Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sydel Grice    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C.

Miss Carrie Collier    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Miss Carrie Bell Colli

Mrs. Dorothy Freshour    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C.- Answered Gods call on Sunday, April 14, 2002, Mrs. Dorothy Ann Freshour, wife o

Mr. Charles Turner    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Swann    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mrytle Carlton    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrytle Glover Carlton, age 85, who died April 15, 2002, will be held today at 3 p.m. from First United Methodist Church with the Revs. La

Mr. Sam Bagwell    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on Sunday, April 1

Mr. Buford Brown    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Collins    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lemual Kemp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Stallings    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 15, 2002, Mr. Willie Stallings, husband of Mrs. Betty Adams "Mary" Stallings, of Chavous Road. Graveside

Ms. Theresa Kinch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Cluck    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.

Thomas Wheelin, Lt. Col.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Clarence

Mrs. Catherine Matlock    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Gaylor Matlock will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home with Rev. Grady Yonce officiat

Ms. Nancy Channell    (MONROE, N.C.)
MONROE, N.C. - Ms. Nancy Moss Channell, of Monroe, formerly of Union Point, entered into rest April 16, 2002. Funeral services will be graveside Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Lando

Mr. Moses Mckie    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Entered into rest Tuesday April 16, 2002 at the Department of Veterans Affair Downtown Division, Mr. Moses Mckie of Mt. Auburn Street. Mr. Mickie was a native of Edgefield County and a membe

Mr. Raymond Auldridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Charles Nephew    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Dr. Charles T. Nephew will be held Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Rivers Funeral Home. Interment will be private. Dr. Nephew, 66, of Cran

Mrs. Ora Tyson    (GREAT FALLA, S.C.)
GREAT FALLA, S.C. - Mrs. Ora Mae Dawkins Tyson, 70, died, April 16, 2002. Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Great Falls First Baptist Church. Burial in Gr

Mr. Aaron Newsome    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Aaron "Bud" Newsome Sr., 83, entered into rest Monday, April 15, 2002, at the J

Mrs. Barbara Thigpen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Percival    (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Toole Percival, 65, of North Silverton Street, Jackson, wh

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

Mrs. Catherine Matlock (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Percival (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Anderson ( DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Hoyt Goodson Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Christine Percival (JACKSON, S.C.)

Dr. Charles Nephew (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sidney Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Randall Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Cluck (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Leo Oliver Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Ferguson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Thomas Wheelin, Lt. Col. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Swann (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hunt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mrytle Carlton (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Higginbotham (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Matlock (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Washington (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Randall Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Dufresne (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Lincul (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Goodwin (BOGART, Ga.)

Mr. John Self (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Hoyt Goodson Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lemual Kemp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas DeGennaro (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Stallings (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Theresa Kinch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pansy Williams (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Roland (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Buford Brown (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Freshour (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mr. Terrell Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Thigpen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas DeGennaro (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr. (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. Clarence Byrd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sadie Smalls (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Collins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Newsome (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Black (JOHNSTOWN COMM., S.C.)

Mr. Carl Smith (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sydel Grice (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Gibson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Newsome Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Channell (MONROE, N.C.)

Miss Carrie Collier (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Matilda Council (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Thomas Wheelin, Lt. Col. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Tyson (GREAT FALLA, S.C.)

Bro. James Brady (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mrs. Laura Gregory (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Ketch Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Freshour (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Pennington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Tobacco settlement money spent wisely
Regarding The Chronicle's Jan. 26 editorial, "Settlement betrayed," here's how tobacco settlement money of 1998 is being spent in Georgia and the East Central Health District (Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties).

Black power ruined reform plans for efficient government
As predicted, racial divisions destroyed any chance of creating an efficient Augusta government. The legislative delegation presented many proposals that equitably represented all residents of the city, but because none gave total power to the blacks, none received the one elusive vote needed to "fix" the broken local government. Gene T. Gaines, Augusta

Garbage imbroglio
The Augusta Commission listened to two proposals for new garbage haulers to take over the failing operation that is CSRA Waste and asked good questions. Then commissioners made quick work of a tough decision.

Tiger's the best
I am so glad that people are finally learning that Tiger Woods is just damned good, and the sooner we realize that ignorance will get none of us anywhere, the better off we are.M.D. Griffin, Augusta

Few's troubles increase
Augusta's ex-fire chief was in hot water when he left to become fire chief of Washington, D.C. While here, he was roundly criticized over misunderstandings about money, beginning with his moving expenses and ending with his handling of payments related to a fire chiefs' convention.

A failed mission?
If a person with the worldwide stature of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell can't persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to significantly tamp down their war, then who can?

Cell-phone usage a dangerous distraction for drivers
Regarding your editorial on April 10, "Cell-phone posse." Yes, we are out to prove that cell phone usage while driving is a dangerous distraction. Jesse Smith, Hephzibah, Ga.

Too many questions
In a wide-roaming article on state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, The Atlanta Constitution on Sunday laid bare how the Senate majority leader supersized his fortunes directly and indirectly through the state treasury.

Head off Ryberg's bid for treasurer
This letter concerns Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, and the Aiken County magistrate controversy. When Mr. Ryberg couldn't get his candidate approved, he pulled one of his spoiled-brat tantrums and refused to consider any other candidate.George B. Bell, Windsor, S.C.

Tobacco settlement money spent wisely
Regarding The Chronicle's Jan. 26 editorial, "Settlement betrayed," here's how tobacco settlement money of 1998 is being spent in Georgia and the East Central Health District (Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties).

New animal shelter delay a disgrace
It is a disgrace to indefinitely put off building the Augusta/Richmond County Animal Shelter. Haven't the people who make decisions, like the mayor and city commissioners, ever had pets? Maybe they have never visited the shelter. Hilda Palmer, Martinez, Ga.

Victimless porn
As awful as it is to side with pornographers, we find it difficult to disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on virtual child pornography - that's the pornographic material produced with computers or adults posing as children. No real children are used in these faked images.

America 'dumbs down' its heroes
In the past, a person who acted abnormally would be looked upon as an outsider - an unwanted intruder in society. Now, it's the person who is not sexually dysfunctional, who obeys the law and is morally and spiritually sound who is the pariah of society.Clifford Henning, Graniteville, S.C.

Arnie's exit brought on tears
The last day coverage of the Masters was hard for me to watch, as I was still saddened by Arnold Palmer's last appearance at Augusta National. Nancy Foster Hannan, Martinez, Ga.

Terrorists uninterested in town bent on destroying itself
The Augusta/Richmond County government has gone overboard in guarding its seat of power. The terrorists, as mean as they are, are no fools. Please tell me why they would go to all that planning and expense to knock out the county government where only a relatively small number of people are congregated. James V. Parker, North Augusta, S.C.

Moms organize to stop drownings
The senseless April 11 drowning of the 11-year-old boy at the Augusta Canal could have been prevented with the proper measures in place. As the media reported, there are no signs stating the place is considered to be dangerous and that no swimming is allowed in the area where the children were. Lea Owens, Beech Island, S.C.

School system's 'zero tolerance' a mindless policy
Kudos to Wendes Jones and her April 7 letter advocating the abolition of the Columbia County school system's "zero tolerance" policy. She eloquently illustrated how a policy that punishes students for carrying such things as plastic toy pistols is a policy lacking common sense and gone awry. While I agree with everything noted by Ms. Jones, the toy pistol event raises further areas of concern. Matt Alan, Martinez, Ga.

Restore foster children fund cuts
Regarding the April 9 Metro section article, "DFACS wants foster funds back," about the loss of funds for the Department of Family and Children Services to assist foster children. Julia Rankin Bloodworth, Augusta

Raps jealous put-downs of Augusta
This is written in reference to an HBO program on April 11 hosted by Bob Costas, which featured various Washington Road business establishments in an unfavorable light.Wendy Thomas, Martinez, Ga.

Yucca Mtn. proved safe for N-waste
In regard to Susan Bloomfield's April 15 letter, "Yucca Mountain unsafe for waste": How many degrees in geology or nuclear science does Ms. Bloomfield have? How many years of study has she devoted to her conclusions? James M. Allen, Aiken, S.C.

Mensch returns to Stallions' roster

Winston Cup series needs to make changes

Area prep notebook

Ex-heavyweight champs to square off in Atlantic City

Spotlight on Hut Stricklin

Paine senior to vie for state javelin title

Overtime

NASCAR notebook

While allegations pile up, French skating chief denies misconduct

Racing facts

Panthers win regional title

Harvick will heed NASCAR's warning

Overtime
The USC Aiken and Augusta State tennis teams take the court today for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.

Harvick will heed NASCAR's warning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kevin Harvick says he got the message.

While allegations pile up, French skating chief denies misconduct
PARIS -- Just days before a hearing into alleged misconduct at the Winter Olympics, the head of France's skating association is facing new charges that he pressured judges at other events to manipulate skaters' scores.

Ex-heavyweight champs to square off in Atlantic City
NEW YORK -- Nobody threw a punch, nobody spewed an obscenity, nobody gnawed any body parts.

Georgia Gymdogs limp into Super Six
ATHENS, Ga. - If Georgia hopes to qualify for a 10th straight appearance in the Super Six gymnastics finals, it may well depend on the determination of the Stubborn Six.

Spotlight on Hut Stricklin
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Hut Stricklin.

Area prep notebook
Every time the Evans softball team finished practice last fall, first baseman Heather Jones would shake coach Colette Cassedy's hand and thank her for the workout.

NASCAR notebook
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The way NASCAR handled Kevin Harvick last week at Martinsville, Va., got the attention of everyone, including Harvick.

Panthers win regional title
Lakeside's Rebecca Bohler ran down the center of the field, her face frozen in a maniacal smile, before kicking the soccer ball halfway across the field.

Racing facts
Here is information about this weekend's AARON'S 499.

Paine senior to vie for state javelin title
Four years ago, Darryl Pickett was a high school basketball player in Rowland Heights, Calif., who had barely even heard of the javelin, much less ever tried to throw one.

Winston Cup series needs to make changes
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The war of words between the Texas Motor Speedway and the Martinsville Speedway proved to be nothing more than a big misunderstanding, but it also exposed one of the biggest problems on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Hill open to trading down to add picks
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Ron Hill knows the Atlanta Falcons won't land another Michael Vick when the NFL draft kicks off Saturday.

Sports world didn't stop during Masters after all

Mensch returns to Stallions' roster
They're 1-0. They're coming off a bye week. They're getting one of they're former players back.

Good news on an anti-cancer drug
New research on the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen found that it does not block the favorable effects of estrogen on the brain, which should help alleviate doctors' concerns that the powerful drug might hasten the onset of neurologic diseases of old age.

Tech's go-go days are gone-gone
On April 14, 2000, 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez was holed up with his cousins in Miami. Al Gore was preparing to cruise into the Oval Office on Bill Clinton's coattails. The economy was soaring.

Good games, bad spam
Finally had some time to play with some stuff. Here's what I think:

Smallpox staging a comeback?
When I was a kid in grade school there was a day we all dreaded: Smallpox Day.

Native Georgia plant makes journey home
DARIEN, Ga. - The Franklinia alatamaha has not grown wild in its native habitat along the Altamaha River since 1803.

Hodges pledges blockade
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges is again ready to hit the pavement to stop plutonium shipments to Savannah River Site.

Scientists look to link brain tumors, virus
Researchers are helping scientists close in on a blood test or some kind of genetic screen that would help doctors identify whether someone is at serious risk of developing a brain tumor.

Hospitals to each buy scanner
After months of talks about working together to provide radiation therapy and buy an expensive new piece of equipment, University Hospital and MCG Health Inc. will be getting their own PET scanners.

Georgia 11, Wofford 10

Georgia 11, Wofford 10
ATHENS, Ga. -- Chaz Lytle's two-run double helped fuel a four-run seventh inning as Georgia broke a 7-7 tie en route to an 11-10 victory over Wofford on Wednesday.

South Carolina 8, Clemson 6
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Steve Thomas had a homer and three RBIs to lead South Carolina past top-ranked Clemson 8-6 on Wednesday night.

Odds and Ends

Nuns' mission: God under the big top

Grandma held in big heroin bust

Native Georgia plant makes journey home

Scientists look to link brain tumors, virus

Good news on an anti-cancer drug

Good games, bad spam

Hodges pledges blockade

Tech's go-go days are gone-gone