'Faith County' residents may be familiar to some
In Faith County, the tractor pull and big, beehive hair will never die. In Faith County, social circles revolve around the very public private lives of the families and friends that spend their lives in close proximity.
Musician hopes to draw new listeners
Whether blowing the blues or coaxing a concerto from his Hohner harp, Robert Bonfiglio is enthusiastically a harmonica player.
'Roar' adds room for more roles
There are 225 dancers in the Augusta Dance Theatre production of the ballet Roar of Love.
Jim Brickman gets back to the basics with new book, CD
Jim Brickman has a thing for keyboards. Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Brickman has quietly staked his claim as a pianist and composer, attracting a fervent fan base with his smooth, jazzy piano-based pop. But music, it seems, is not his only talent. When not tickling the ivories, Mr. Brickman, who performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bell Auditorium, has been clicking the keys, writing a book of inspirational essays.
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Here is a listing of local concerts coming up.
Some films have undying quality
Nothing moves a plot along like the untimely death of a main character.
Famous Dave's barbecue sticks to the ribs
The word "heavy" comes to mind when we think of Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que on Washington Road: heavy sauces, heavy portions, heavy waistlines - heavy, man.
PUNK-POP POETRY Maryland-based band Mary Prankster on Thursday will bring its particular amalgamation of punk rock, folk, pop and beat-era poetry to the Red Lion Pub on Walton Way. There will be a $5 cover at the door. For more information, call 736-7707.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Mandrell devoted to Sunday services
Louise Mandrell gets to bed Saturday nights about 1 a.m., but she usually is up five hours later preparing to greet visitors at church services in her Smoky Mountains theater.
Actress wants audience to cry for Anne Frank
The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company may be the new kid (or kids, as the case may be) on Augusta's theatrical block, but it is announcing its presence in dramatic fashion.
THE RAP-ROCK SKINNEE: Funky rap-rockers 2 Skinnee Js perform Sunday at the Imperial Theatre on Broad Street with the Augusta band the Riff Raff Kings.
Here are statistics for area prep players.
Lopes out as Brewers manager
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers, off to their worst start in franchise history, fired manager Davey Lopes on Thursday and hired bench coach Jerry Royster to succeed him on an interim basis.
Offensive lull concerns Barnwell coach
His team is undefeated in South Carolina this season. It's sewn up the Region 5-AA championship for the fourth consecutive year. Perhaps most impressively, it's the top-ranked team in the state - and has been for much of the year.
Owner on absent fans: 'I don't blame them'
New ballparks were going to save baseball.
Coach breaks state record
There weren't many in the crowd to witness the momentous occasion. The scoreboard in right field wasn't turned on, and a few Little League contests were in progress behind the field where history was to be made.
Seattle returns home after going 10-0 on road trip
SEATTLE -- As impossible as it sounds, the 2002 Seattle Mariners are upstaging the 2001 version.
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.
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.
Braves off to slow start
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz to mirror: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Braves top Mets
NEW YORK -- After a tour of 10 games in three cities, the Sons of the South needed some good news.
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.
Retailer finds niche in illumination
It's like Christmas in July for a local seasonal retailer.
Mutual fund fees add up over time
Mutual fund management fees can siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from the nest eggs of long-term investors.
Plant ships new tractor
Deere & Co.'s Columbia County plant has seen production hours increase in recent weeks as the company has prepared to unveil a new tractor-loader-backhoe, assembled exclusively in Grovetown.
How to file a late tax return
The IRS says it hears many reasons from taxpayers for not filing a tax return. You may not have known whether you were required to file. Whatever the reason, it's best to file your return as soon as you can. If you need help, even with a late return, the IRS is ready to assist you.
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.
Maker of cups earns award
Sweetheart Cup Co., one of Augusta's oldest and most recognizable companies, on Thursday was named the state's top midsize manufacturer.
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.
Bank company's earnings climb
The holding company for First Bank of Georgia, the market's newest community bank, reported first quarter earnings of $1.005 million, or 83 cents per diluted share.
Heather Cox, a sophomore at Augusta State University, once eschewed tank tops and went for a dressier look.
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.
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.
Rock's roll to stardom hits the big screen
LOS ANGELES - To understand The Rock, you have to break him into three pieces.
Planting too soon not wise
Many people get in a hurry to plant the vegetable garden in spring, and that can be problematic.
Garden attracts beauty on the wing
Arleigh and Tommy Mansfield love birds, butterflies and flowers, and it shows.
Resilient left-hander provides bright spot
Phil Dumatrait now has two things he didn't have this season: an earned run average and a loss.
Solid pitching helps Jackets win
The victory was credited to reliever Kevin Huang. But this win truly belonged to Shane Rhodes.
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.
Montgomerie wants revenge against Ballesteros
NEWTONMOUNTKENNEDY, Ireland -- Colin Montgomerie wants to get even with Seve Ballesteros. His chance begins Friday.
Daly withdraws with wrist injury
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- John Daly withdrew from the WorldCom Classic on Thursday, 6 over par through 15 holes of the first round. He cited a wrist injury.
Love shoots personal best at WorldCom
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Davis Love III felt ready for the WorldCom Classic and showed it Thursday with a 62, one off the tournament record and a personal best at one of his favorite courses.
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.
62 puts Love in the lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - The WorldCom Classic's first-round leader need only to look back one week to see how little a Thursday score can mean. But the other 131 players at Harbour Town this week have more history than that telling them where Davis Love III might be headed now.
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.
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.
Stanley Cup playoffs begin with two OT games
Vancouver and Carolina hope to build on their Stanley Cup leads Friday night when they resume their playoff series following surprising first-game victories over Detroit and New Jersey.
Wednesday's NHL Playoff Capsules
PHILADELPHIA -- The Ottawa Senators had most of the chances. The Philadelphia Flyers got the only goal.
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.
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.
Best wishes to the winner of the Big Game jackpot
I don't play the lottery on theological grounds (with an emphasis on the -logical aspect).
Cop shot in Columbia County, police chasing suspect
A Columbia County Sheriff's Police were searching looking for an escaped prisoner who shot a Columbia County deputy before fleeing in a stolen truck.
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.
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.
Teacher of Year plans transfer to Greenbrier
Andy Baumgartner, the 1999 National Teacher of the Year, is leaving the Richmond County school system.
Georgia Tech team recruits drivers for speeding study
ATLANTA - Attention, Georgia motorists.
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.
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 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.
Body found in Lake Olmstead
A fisherman discovered the body of an Augusta man floating in Lake Olmstead on Thursday morning, and police are treating the case as a homicide.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
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.
NEW YORK -A family court judge rejected a Georgia mother's plea for custody of her 12-year-old son while he awaits trial on charges he swallowed 87 heroin-filled condoms before flying to the United States from Nigeria.
Neighbors welcome back community center
On the surface, the White Pond Community Center looks like any other cinderblock building.
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.
Credit union robbed in Columbia County
A Martinez credit union was robbed Wednesday, sending Columbia County sheriff's deputies searching for the culprit.
Students get day in court
AIKEN - The high-schoolers who participated Thursday in Aiken County Government Week programs are more likely to appear before a judge as future attorneys than defendants.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is T.D. Mooneyham of Augusta.
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.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
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.
Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jay Wayne Jenkins of Augusta.
Across the area
An employee of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is one of two women charged in a scheme to steal Cash 3 lottery tickets from a Jefferson County store, police said Thursday.
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.
Board will vote on building sale
The old Davidson Elementary School could soon have a new owner.
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.
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
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.
Beaten pupil, 14, released from ICU
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Nearly three weeks after a South Carolina eighth-grader went into cardiac arrest after being punched during a "new school" initiation, the 14-year-old boy has improved enough to be taken out of intensive care at a Charleston hospital.
Woman gets 6 1/2 years for drug charges
An Augusta woman connected with a former narcotics officer now under indictment received a 6 1/2 -year federal prison sentence Thursday.
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.
News you can use
APRIL 19, 1902 In a recent reference to Maj. Waller's acquittal, we unwittingly referred to the members of the court as "naval officers." This was an error that we gladly rectify. The court was composed of Army officers altogether, the only naval officer being Maj. Waller's counsel.
Playground for the disabled will fulfill mother's dream
The first shovel of dirt was turned Thursday in the construction of a playground that will be accessible to all children and adults.
Birds endanger monument
Spared by the wrecking balls of Reconstruction, one of the Civil War's most important monuments is falling prey to an enemy of modern times: pigeons.
Finance director selected
It has taken a year and four months, four job searches and a national headhunting firm for a single candidate to be brought forward to fill the city's finance director position.
Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -South Carolina ranks 18th in the country in the ability of its congressional delegation to obtain federal funding for projects, a Washington-based watchdog group says.
Wanted: Prison nurses
Needle in hand, Wanda Coleman strides toward the barred cell, her eyes fixed on the man lying inside.
Residents voice zoning concerns
AIKEN - More than 100 Aiken County residents turned out at Aiken Technical College on Thursday night - some looking to protect their property values from mobile homes, some worried about future commercialization that could come with the extension of the Bobby Jones Expressway.
Israel temple's sisterhood honors Woman of the Year
Michelle Bannon was al-most speechless when she was recognized Thursday night as the Woman of the Year by the sisterhood of the Congregation of Israel.
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.
Players mean more than milestones
Gerald Barnes doesn't ever talk about it. Truth is, he wouldn't even know about it if it wasn't for an article in the newspaper last year noting his 500th coaching victory.
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."
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.
Injuries, terrible start lead Atlanta to another bad season
ATLANTA -- When general manager Pete Babcock traded for Shareef Abdur-Rahim last summer, Jason Terry was impressed.
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.
Butler leaving UConn for NBA draft
STORRS, Conn. -- Caron Butler is headed to the NBA after a sophomore season in which he led Connecticut to the NCAA tournament final eight and was co-Big East player of the year.
Lakers take mental edge into playoffs
Let's sum up the NBA playoffs with a five-word question: Can anybody beat the Lakers?
Ms. Annie Walker (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral services for Ms. Annie Walker will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Lithonia Baptist Church, Camak, Georgia, with Rev. William Evans Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment w
Mrs. Matilda Council (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Matil
Mrs. Judy Davis (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Judy Thomas Davis died on Wednesday, April 17, 2002, in Augusta. Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2002, at San Clair Baptist Church in Wadley, Ga. Her survivors a
Mr. Thomas DeGennaro (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Thomas A.
Mrs. Katherine Derrick (LAFAYETTE, Ga.)
LAFAYETTE, Ga. - Entered into rest April 15, 2002, Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth Cowan Derrick, 79, of LaFayette. Funeral se
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. Mamie Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered
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. Elease Glover (AIKEN S.C.)
Homemaker AIKEN S.C. - Mrs. Elease Glover, 67, of Marlboro Street, entered into rest April 12, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2002,
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
Mrs. Laura Gregory (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Laura Mae Lybrand Gregory, age 96, widow of Gyles E. Gregory, died April 16, 2002, at Saluda Nu
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. Miriam Hamilton (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -
Mrs. Mattie Washington (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Mattie Washington died April 16, 2002. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2002, at St. Mark Baptist Church, burial in the church cemetery. Survivors
Mr. Eddie Hood (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Eddie Lewis Hood, 48, of Thomson, entered into rest April 18, 2002, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, Ga. 595-4100.
Mr. Aaron Newsome (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Aaron "Bud" Newsome Sr., 83, entered into rest Monday, April 15, 2002, at the J
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
Mrs. Teresa Larson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Teresa La
Mrs. Betty Hunt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Betty Barbe
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. Nathaniel Carter (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Nathaniel Carter, 74, of Teakwood Court, passed on Monday, April 15, 2002, at St. Joseph Hosp
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
Mrs. Janie Malloy (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Janie Tarver Malloy, widow of the Reverend George C. Malloy, departed this life Thursday April 11, 2002, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro. For several years, she resided at Syl-View Health Center in
Mr. Michael Clarke (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mr. Michael Leonard Clarke died April 16, 2002. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Brown Chapel Cemetery. Interment in Brown Chapel A.M.E Church. Survivors are par
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. 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
Mr. Herman Monroe (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Herman Monroe died April 14, 2002. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Satur
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
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 Funera
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. Laura Gregory (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mrs. Laura Mae Lybrand Gregory, age 96, widow of Gyles E. Gregory, died
Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr. (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr., entered into rest on Sunday, April 14
Mr. Cecile Brogdon (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Memorial services for Cecile B. Brogdon will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Folk Funeral Home chapel, Williston. Survivors include James M. Bessinger, Betty B. Reiser, Bernard H. Bignon, Anne Dixon.
Mrs. Kathleen Carroll (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 18, 2002, Mrs. Kathleen Fail Carroll of Rocktown Road, Graniteville. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced.
Mrs. Christine Percival (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Toole Percival, 65, of North Silverton Street, Jackson, wh
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. 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
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
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. Shirley Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered i
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. 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
Mrs. Eva Beckham (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Eva Truesdale Beckham, 96, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Wednesday, April 17, at Beverly Health Care in Rock Hill. Prior to entering Beverly Health Care, her primary care givers were her sister,
Mr. Jabe Clark Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Jabe Clark Sr., age 84, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 16, 2
Mrs. Lizzie Newsome (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - M rs. Lizzie OConne
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
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. Charlie Readdy Jr. (BRONX, N.Y.)
BRONX, N.Y. - Mr. Charlie Readdy Jr., age 59, entered into rest on Sunday April 14, 2002, at t
Mr. Allen Ferguson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Allen Rolston Ferguson, 57, of Brookfield Court, husband of Mrs. Doroth
Mr. Sidney Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the residence, Mr. Sidney Reese of Kent Street. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 19, 2002, at 11 a.m., at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Hill Sr.,
Mr. Thomas DeGennaro (North Augusta, S.C.)
North Augusta, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Thoma
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. Terrell Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. F. Terrell Smith, 76, husband of Dorine Creighton Smith of Paris Avenue, died Wednesday April 17, 2002. at University Hospital, Augusta. The funer
Mrs. Hattie Black (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
BURNETTOWN, S.C. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 18, 2002, Mrs. Hattie Sanders Black, Kimble Street, Burnettown. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. H. A. Black and a son Arden Black. She was
Mrs. Bessie Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Bessie Stephens of Old Savannah Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martine Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Mr. James Adams Jr. (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mr. James Weldon "Jimmy" Adams Jr., 51, died April 17, 2002. Memorial services will be 7 p.m., Friday at New Hope Baptist Church. Intermen
Bro. James Brady (MIAMI, Fla.)
MIAMI, Fla. - Brother James Damian
The soul of golf
I'm not a member of Arnie's Army, but I could have been, as he is the only golfer for whom I feel an emotional reaction. In 1985, the only year I've visited the Augusta National Golf Club, Arnold Palmer was the only "celebrity" I recognized (during practice rounds). I was thrilled, and he was so gracious. Alice Tanner, Sandersville, Ga.
Kill amnesty bill
Sometimes it seems we are living in an Orwellian world where words mean the opposite of what they're supposed to mean.
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
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.
Commissioner doing a fine job
I listen to the media and read the newspaper, and I am really concerned about Augusta. I have lived here 36 years and, as long as I can remember, the city council controlled the city government. Carrie L. Burnett, Augusta
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.
Editorial cartoon criticized as irresponsible and profane
I was very disturbed to see the April 6 editorial page cartoon depicting armed Palestinians in the Church of the Nativity rebuffing individuals soliciting peace on the outside. It displays a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Sam Lake, Augusta
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?
Hoyt Goodson Jr.
We note with sadness the passing of long-time letter writer Hoyt Goodson Jr.
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.
With Tiger, it's deja vu all over again
This is a word of encouragement for Augusta golf fans, since many may have been as upset as I was April 14 to see that last year's winner was not given the honor of helping Tiger Woods don his green coat. Roy C. DeLamotte, Augusta
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.
McKinney seeking hero status?
The Chronicle's April 14 editorial, "Goofy theory," stating that U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., has simply lost her mind is a good one. That would explain her making any reference that senior Bush administration officials had credible knowledge of terrorist plans for Sept. 11. However, please allow me to offer one other opinion about what her intentions may be. Kevin King, Martinez, Ga.
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
Flag burning dismays ASU student
I am an ex-military policeman who also happens to be a political science major at Augusta State University and a resident of Summerville. James H. Steed III, Augusta
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.
Commission, fix thyself
Some members of the Augusta Commission still don't get it. They are whining that the legislative delegation was so busy trying to rewire the commission's rules of operation that lawmakers didn't get around to working on the commission's "honey-do" list.
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.
Jockeying for position in the Derby
A flurry of Kentucky Derby decisions this week confirms that America's premier horse race will have one of the most wide-open fields in its 128-year history.
Spotlight on Hut Stricklin
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Hut Stricklin.
Ex-heavyweight champs to square off in Atlantic City
NEW YORK -- Nobody threw a punch, nobody spewed an obscenity, nobody gnawed any body parts.
Sportscasters Marv Albert and Mike Fratello will miss the start of NBC's NBA playoff coverage after being injured early Thursday when their limousine hit a stalled truck on Interstate 295 near Trenton, N.J.
The USC Aiken and Augusta State tennis teams take the court today for the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
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.
Kerry Earnhardt to drive in Winston Cup at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Kerry Earnhardt, driving a car co-owned by Terry Bradshaw, will start in the Winston Cup race at Talladega in October.
Here is information about this weekend's AARON'S 499.
Few know what to expect at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The last visit to Talladega Superspeedway ended with a 16-car accident, angry drivers and a renewed focus on the dangers of racing under restrictor-plate rules.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The way NASCAR handled Kevin Harvick last week at Martinsville, Va., got the attention of everyone, including Harvick.
Prep athletes of the week
Here are the area prep athletes of the week.
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.
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.
Most people have heard the expression, "fish or cut bait," but professional guides after Thurmond Lake's striped bass and hybrids usually eliminate the "or" this time of year.
Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.
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.
Panthers have choices narrowed, not opposed to trading pick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers, with the second pick in the NFL draft, are officially on the clock.
Draft heavy with tackles; No. 1 pick already signed
NEW YORK -- Expect an emphasis on bulk in the NFL draft: There are six coveted tackles (four on defense, two on offense) who have a ton of talent. Their total weight is 1,963 pounds.
Jury awards Lewis $10,000, says women filed bad faith lawsuits
TOWSON, Md. -- A jury ordered two women to pay Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis $5,000 each, deciding Thursday their assault and battery lawsuit against the NFL star was filed in bad faith.
Receivers feel need for speed
The Augusta Stallions have played just one game and offensive specialist Undre Williams likes what he sees in the receiving corps.
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.
Shortage of germs worsens allergies
The raw, red-rimmed nostrils are a sign of Darrius McMullen's current misery - persistent allergies. But the 6-year-old Eatonton, Ga., boy has nothing on his two-year-old sister, Kiara, who is also exhibiting clear signs of congestion.
Experts find primates way, way, way back
Many a sci-fi movie over the years has depicted a carnivorous dinosaur chomping down on unlucky cavemen, drawing titters from scientists who insist that no creature like humans lived alongside dinos.
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.
Making your Palm do more
A few months ago, I decided I was going to take a look at how many applications were actually useful for those of us who are addicted to personal digital assistants (PDAs) using the Palm Computing platform.
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.
Parents say vaccines made their kids autistic
At the age of 10 months, Alex Wilmarth could say "Hi" and "Bye bye," "Mama" and "Dada." The little boy would giggle at funny faces and wave goodbye.
Probe of radioactive particles on worker clothes
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating how four contract workers left an Ohio nuclear plant with radioactive particles on their clothing.
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.
Regulator questions SRS plan
COLUMBIA - The agency that oversees the nation's commercial nuclear reactors says there is no guarantee Savannah River Site's program to make fuel out of weapons-grade plutonium will ever start.
Georgia surges into NCAA finals
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Theresa Kulikowski took the all around lead in her bid for a fourth NCAA individual title and Utah surged into the finals of the women's gymnastics championships Thursday.
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.
Seattle likes Sue Bird as No. 1 pick
NEW YORK -- Sue Bird is the likely top pick, but the Washington Mystics may walk away the biggest winners at the WNBA draft on Friday.
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