Standing ovations
The family comedy Over the River and Through the Woods is the latest offering from the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, which opens tonight at the performing arts theater, Third Avenue, Building 32100 on post. The Joe DiPietro comedy also will be staged May 3-4 and 9-11, with dinner at 7 and showtime at 8 each night.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Concert calendar
THE TEMPTATIONS: 7 p.m. Sunday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $28.50-$49.50; tickets available at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St., or charge by phone at 828-7700.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Club calendar

Bluegrass is back
Every now and then, something comes along to renew interest in bluegrass and old-time music, says Janis Lewis Phillips of the Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel group of Lincolnton, Ga.

Augusta's diva returns

Opera movies might offset diva deficiency
Here's piece of good news. Opera legend Jessye Norman is returning to her hometown of Augusta Wednesday for an intimate concert at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

New generation ensures music will never die

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Bluegrass is back

Profit-driven radio turns deaf ear to local bands
What's that song they're playing on the radio?

Applause calendar

Southern slant
They drew inspiration from the cubists in Paris, the expressionists in Berlin and the abstract artists plying their trade in New York.

Singer cherishes 50 years of songs by Temptations

New generation ensures music will never die
The heart and soul of bluegrass music may be its legendary performers, but its lifeblood is the young musicians who guarantee bluegrass will be around for decades to come.

Southern slant

Augusta's diva returns
For more than 30 years, opera star Jessye Norman has traveled the world, cementing her reputation as one of the finest sopranos of the past century. On Wednesday, she returns home.

Opera movies might offset diva deficiency

Singer cherishes 50 years of songs by Temptations
It's an iconic image. Five figures, all clad in tight, matching suits, stroll confidently with lockstep precision onstage. Like a single organism they begin to bop and sway, moving in synchronization to the finger-popped tempo.

Standing ovations

Concert calendar

'Who made up the rules? Barry?'
CHICAGO -- Ever since that little dustup in spring training, we wondered what kind of summer it was going to be.

South Carolina prep baseball capsules

Yellow Jackets advance in Class AAAA playoffs
North Augusta's Jason McLendon had dreamt of a moment like this since he was a little boy. At the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and the tying run on second base is exactly where the Yellow Jackets' designated hitter wanted to be.

North Augusta confident going into playoffs

North Augusta confident going into playoffs
The team lost, and it was embarrassed after squandering its chance at the Region 3-AAAA baseball title last week.

'Who made up the rules? Barry?'

South Carolina prep baseball capsules
Here are capsules for tonight's South Carolina prep baseball games.

Yellow Jackets advance in Class AAAA playoffs

Judge sets policy for handling documents in Twins lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge approved procedures for determining whether documents pertaining to major league baseball's contraction plans should be kept confidential.

Odds and ends
DALLAS -- Maybe the caffeine keeps him going. John Winter Smith didn't just awaken one morning and decide to visit every Starbucks in the world. As he puts it, "It built up steam gradually."

New, from the man that brought you the Yugo
DETROIT -- Attention bargain-basement car enthusiasts: The Yugo is back. Sort of.

N.M. town seeks to capitalize on legend of a madam
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The historical marker in this former mining outpost is inscribed with the words "Millie's Place," a reference to a madam with a heart of gold.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA -- John Foster's arrival in the clubhouse Wednesday put the Braves' tattoo count out of sight.

Diamondbacks shell Maddux, trounce Braves

Braves notebook

Braves rally to top D'backs, 4-3

Braves rally to top D'backs, 4-3
ATLANTA -- It had the feel of the late 1980s version of the Atlanta Braves. Clanking leather. Pitchers needing their radar adjusted. Large sections of vacant seats.

Diamondbacks shell Maddux, trounce Braves
ATLANTA - From last November's chill, until the leaves turn color this autumn, the Arizona Diamondbacksare baseball's premier team, the club to be reckoned with and measured against by this year's contenders.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The alarm hasn't sounded yet on the Braves' middle infield of shortstop Rafael Furcal and second baseman Marcus Giles, but there's a growing sense of concern about their defense.

Braves notebook

Shops target black women
Juanita Walker knows what economic professors and marketing bigwigs spend hours studying - that catering to the fashion taste of a specific ethnic group is smart business.

Masters air traffic hits high

Money manager will run state's school savings plan

Bank reports large growth in earnings
The holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Co. reported Wednesday that the bank exceeded a half-billion dollars in assets during the first quarter.

Shops target black women

Walker advises business owners: Don't apologize
Do business with the government, unabashedly. Amass wealth. Understand propaganda. Don't get discouraged by negative press.

Study panel to focus on McDuffie airport
ATLANTA - Business and political leaders in eastern Georgia envision the Thomson-McDuffie County Regional Airport as a mecca for the region's traveling executives weary of larger commercial airports in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Durable-goods orders fall 0.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods fell 0.6 percent in March, the first drop in the last four months, reflecting slackened demand for cars and computers.

Masters air traffic hits high
Soggy weather during Masters Week put a damper on air traffic at Augusta's two airports, officials said Thursday.

Durable-goods orders fall 0.6 percent in March

Money manager will run state's school savings plan
State officials have hired a professional money-management company to run Georgia's higher education savings plan.

Following his heart

Cover-up to continue

Driver license reforms

Voluntary taxes? Hardly

Seek death penalty

Europe's new fascism

Anniversaries dominate TV this month
NEW YORK -- With the start of May sweeps Thursday, the networks as usual have supercharged their lineups with their most competitive, irresistible fare.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

CBS again wins week's ratings race
NEW YORK -- During a lull before an end-of-season barrage of high-profile programming, CBS topped NBC last week in the prime-time television ratings.

Blake case causes unexpected ratings jump for CNN
NEW YORK -- The Robert Blake murder case may not rival O.J. Simpson's in television attention, but it's already caused a surprising ratings bump for CNN and a flareup of tensions in cable's hottest rivalry.

Star Wars merchandise arrives in stores
LOS ANGELES -- If "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" is about to open in theaters, it must be time for "Star Wars: Attack of the Toys" to begin invading stores.

Fertilizer is about numbers
Selecting fertilizers for the lawn, shrubs, flowers and trees is a numbers game. If you are a little fuzzy when it comes to math, chemistry and botany, then listen up.

Fertilizer is about numbers

Disease threatens day lilies

Disease threatens day lilies
Day lilies (Hemeracallis) are one of Augusta's most popular, easy-to-care-for perennials.

Cats, Thorpe blank Jackets
Manny Delcarmen again stood tall on the mound for the Augusta GreenJackets but his 11-strikeout performance was dwarfed by a Tree.

GreenJackets scouting report
Lexington Legends (Astros) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Jackets lucky in 13th inning
As Russell Lewis stood on the field with a TV camera and microphone in his face, his Augusta GreenJackets teammates reminded him to remove his cap and smile for the fans, and shouted out "Hero!" repeatedly from the dugout.

My athletic shoes have their own roles to play

National outlines changes

Doyle shoots 66 as seniors tear apart new course
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- Allen Doyle, who turned pro at age 47 and has became one of the top players on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Countrywide Tradition.

National outlines changes
Hootie Johnson didn't waste much time before amending the long-standing qualification that earned former champions lifetime exemptions into the Masters Tournament.

Hansen and Gilford lead, Garcia lurks, in Spanish Open
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- Soren Hansen of Denmark and David Gilford of England both shot 66 to lead by one shot after Thursday's first round of the Spanish Open.

Calcavecchia opens GGCC with 65

Doyle shoots 66 as seniors tear apart new course

Calcavecchia opens GGCC with 65
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A good short game and some luck can save a golf score. Mark Calcavecchia proved that Thursday.

Tommy Bolt elected to Hall of Fame
Tommy Bolt, who entertained galleries with a game that won a U.S. Open and a temper that earned him the nickname "Terrible Tommy," was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame through the veteran's category Wednesday.

Dickerson ready for pro debut at GGCC
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bubba Dickerson has won the U.S. Amateur and played at the Masters with Tiger Woods, so his knees probably won't be shaking when he heads to the first tee Thursday.

Dickerson ready for pro debut at GGCC

Nicklaus back on course for senior major
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- The back pain that kept Jack Nicklaus out of the Masters has subsided, thanks to some electronic stimulus, and he plans to play in this week's Countrywide Tradition.

Tommy Bolt elected to Hall of Fame

Nicklaus back on course for senior major

Hansen and Gilford lead, Garcia lurks, in Spanish Open

GreenJackets scouting report

Cats, Thorpe blank Jackets

Jackets lucky in 13th inning

Flyers desperate to score

Flyers desperate to score
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers aren't thinking about winning the series, or even winning a game. They're just trying to score one goal.

Senators 3, Flyers 0
OTTAWA -- Patrick Lalime grabbed a share of NHL history and was quick to share the credit.

Senators 3, Flyers 0

Banker still remembers his premature obituary
They say you can learn from mistakes, and what I've learned is that some of them are hard to forget.

Airport to hire new guards
Augusta Regional Airport will have to hire and train 20 law enforcement officers to replace National Guardsmen, who are leaving the nation's commercial airports next month.

CSRA Waste wants claim dismissed
Less than a month after filing for bankruptcy protection from nearly 20 creditors, including Augusta government, the city's largest garbage contractor has filed a motion to dismiss its Chapter 11 claim.

Part of Manhattan building collapses
NEW YORK -- Part of an eight-story building housing a technical school collapsed Thursday on Manhattan's West Side.

New policy set for past champions
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Gary Player, Tommy Aaron and Charles Coody will be playing their final Masters next year under a new policy announced Thursday that lets past champions play until they are 65 - if they remain active in tournament golf.

Man with Augusta ties makes most-wanted list
A man the FBI says is the leader of a Caribbean-based drug-smuggling organization with ties to Augusta was added to the agency's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list today.

Amazed at Rivera's attorneys' tactics

Many Americans paid with their lives to end slavery

Drivers need to be more responsible

City of brotherly love

Sen. Cheeks stands as model for all

Questions CDC for singling out smokers for bad choices

A little research finds low rates for flying out of Augusta

Applauds Ryberg's principled stand

Hodges ripped for grandstanding over plutonium shipments

Christians, Jews have much to fear

Editorial attack on McKinney is unfair

Opposes N-waste coming to SRS

Bush the wrong man for peace

Anniversaries dominate TV this month

Blake case causes unexpected ratings jump for CNN

Star Wars merchandise arrives in stores

CBS again wins week's ratings race

Suspect wanted in Tennessee
The woman accused of shooting a Columbia County sheriff's deputy is well known to authorities in two Tennessee jurisdictions.

Disaster drill keys on SRS

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Airport to hire new guards

High pressure keeps tornadoes, rain away
ATLANTA - Tornado season is off to a slow start this year, and that's not necessarily a good thing in the drought-stricken South, meteorologists say.

Rape victim loses faith in justice
Among the hundreds of T-shirts hanging today at the annual Take Back the Night rally, one will represent Sarah Price.

Wild visitor disrupts Athens grocery
ATHENS, Ga. - Bambi made an appearance at a north Georgia Kroger on Wednesday morning, but not to look for deals on fresh acorns.

Part of Manhattan building collapses

Teachers plead guilty to attack plan
BLUFFTON, S.C. - The language teachers who called a student dirty names taught the teen-ager something her mother hopes the girl will forget - fear.

Around town

Judge denies bond request from suspect
One of two men charged with murder in an April 11 homicide and kidnapping must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Thursday.

Across the area
Authorities say an Augusta man found floating in Lake Olmstead last week drowned, but they are still investigating the death as a homicide.

Grand jury will hear case of slumber party slaying
A judge ruled Thursday that enough evidence existed to send a murder charge to the grand jury for possible indictment.

Driver recovers after being shot
A truck driver for a Beech Island company was recovering from surgery Wednesday after being shot in an early-morning robbery attempt.

FBI list adds man with ties to area
When a suspected child molester was arrested this week in Los Angeles and taken off the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the federal agency had an instant replacement.

Investigators call off search for restraints

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Arbernice Rouse of Augusta.

Assault survivors share reality

News you can use
APRIL 26, 1954 President Eisenhower, tanned and apparently rested after his 12-day Easter vacation at Augusta National Golf Club, left here late yesterday for Washington, where he faces a busy schedule.

Scout camp construction begins
Thursday was a big day for the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boys Scouts of America.

Security deadline approaches
Augusta Regional Airport will have to hire and train 20 law enforcement officers to replace National Guardsmen who are leaving the airport next month.

Fund targets donors who feel undertaxed

Title I failures concern schools
Parents of pupils at three Columbia County schools have the option of moving their children this fall, but school officials hope they won't.

Rape victim loses faith in justice

Investigators call off search for restraints
After three days of searching, the Columbia County dive team is temporarily calling it quits.

Driver recovers after being shot

A taste of downtown Aiken
AIKEN - Samplers strolled up and down Aiken's downtown streets Thursday, drinking, eating and chatting.

Court denies alcohol ban at racetrack
AIKEN - An appeal to prevent owners of the McGhees' Mile Track from serving alcohol at their planned restaurant was denied Wednesday in Aiken's court of common pleas.

Assault survivors share reality
An evening breeze blew a torn and tattered slip hanging from a line.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Rickey R. Jones Sr. of Augusta.

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

Suspect wanted in Tennessee

Hauler seeks bankruptcy repeal
Less than a month after filing for bankruptcy protection from nearly 20 creditors, including Augusta's government, the city's largest garbage contractor has filed a motion to dismiss its Chapter 11 claim.

FBI list adds man with ties to area

Across the area
An Augusta man was being held Thursday on charges of kidnapping and burglary stemming from an October home invasion.

Grand jury will hear case of slumber party slaying

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services has resigned as he campaigns for secretary of state.

A taste of downtown Aiken

Disaster drill keys on SRS
GRANITEVILLE - The South Carolina National Guard Armory in Graniteville is teeming with people.

Wild visitor disrupts Athens grocery

Panel to get loan for visitors center
The Augusta Canal Authority will borrow $1.8 million to accelerate progress on its 11,000-square-foot visitors center in Enterprise Mill, scheduled to open next spring.

Panel to get loan for visitors center

Police hunt for suspects in holdups
A rash of armed robberies kept police in three South Carolina counties busy Tuesday and Wednesday.

Judge denies bond request from suspect

News you can use

Man with Augusta ties makes most-wanted list

Across Georgia
DUBLIN -A judge on Thursday pushed the bond to $50,000 for a trucker accused of kidnapping and beating his former girlfriend.

Statehouse protesters push for tobacco tax

Presidency becomes official

Police hunt for suspects in holdups

Across the area

New policy set for past champions

CSRA Waste wants claim dismissed

Across Georgia

Security deadline approaches

Across Georgia
METTER -Two convicts who escaped from the Candler County jail have been caught in Colorado. A third escapee was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Suspect in drug case enters guilty plea

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across the area

Fund targets donors who feel undertaxed
AIKEN - They are, perhaps, the same breed of people who voluntarily wear "kick me" signs.

Title I failures concern schools

News you can use
April 25, 1944 When the invasion of Axis countries occurs, the doors of the Curtis Baptist Church will be immediately thrown open for prayer, it was announced Sunday.

News you can use

Suspect in drug case enters guilty plea
An Augusta man accused of trafficking drugs less than six months after receiving probation for his second drug conviction pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Scout camp construction begins

Statehouse protesters push for tobacco tax
COLUMBIA - Chanting "cure the crisis" and hoisting red signs, more than 300 people gathered outside the Statehouse on Wednesday to push legislators to approve a 22-cent increase in tobacco taxes to pay for Medicaid programs.

Across South Carolina

Presidency becomes official
He has been president of the Medical College of Georgia for nearly a year, but the MCG Foundation will shell out $35,000 to formally inaugurate Dr. Daniel W. Rahn as the seventh president of the college Friday. Apparently, that's pretty much par for the course.

Hauler seeks bankruptcy repeal

High pressure keeps tornadoes, rain away

Subscriber of the day

Chipper learns it's different out there
ATLANTA - In the outfield adventures of Chipper Jones, the juiciest chapters are not suitable for family consumption.

My athletic shoes have their own roles to play
Recently I bought a new pair of athletic shoes - tennis shoes, I have always called such things, although I never play tennis anymore. Or sneakers, although I sneak about as often as I play tennis.

Gordon looking to shake losing ways
FONTANA, Calif. -- Jeff Gordon won at an unprecedented rate for the first nine years of his Winston Cup career.

Racing has lost its stock
FONTANA, Calif. - The Ford Motor Co. doesn't make a two-door Taurus. General Motors doesn't make a Monte Carlo with a front bumper that's less than 3 inches off the ground. And DaimlerChrysler doesn't make anything that resembles the Intrepid that will race this weekend at California Speedway.

Spotlight on Robby Gordon

Gordon looking to shake losing ways

Racing has lost its stock

Racing facts
Here are facts about the NAPA Auto Parts 500 race.

NASCAR notebook

Racing facts

Spotlight on Robby Gordon
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Robby Gordon.

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Whether you believe television ratings, attendance figures or the exodus of drivers from the open-wheeled division to stock cars, one thing is clear: NASCAR's second tier, the Busch Series, has lapped its rivals from the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Indy Racing League circuits.

Loss could have been Hornets final game in Charlotte

Raptors wonder why Dell Curry didn't play

Pistons 96, Raptors 91

Magic Johnson leads list of nominees for Basketball Hall of Fame

Pistons 96, Raptors 91
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jerry Stackhouse showed he can still carry the Detroit Pistons with his shot.

Jazz now have the edge against Kings
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz are not ignoring the script. They're simply reading the one they wrote, not the one most everyone else expected them to follow.

Grizzlies' Pau Gasol named NBA Rookie of the Year

Raptors wonder why Dell Curry didn't play
TORONTO -- Dell Curry didn't want to speculate about his chances of being on the court for Game 3 of the Pistons-Raptors series.

Jermaine O'Neal voted NBA's most improved

Magic Johnson leads list of nominees for Basketball Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships, was among 14 players and coaches and one team nominated Wednesday for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Grizzlies' Pau Gasol named NBA Rookie of the Year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday as a near unanimous pick.

Jermaine O'Neal voted NBA's most improved
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal gazed at his NBA Most Improved Player award, he was already thinking of another piece of hardware he'd like to add to his newly constructed trophy case - that of MVP.

Loss could have been Hornets final game in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Already frustrated by an overtime loss in a pivotal playoff game, David Wesley had little patience for those pondering the Hornets' future in Charlotte.

Jazz now have the edge against Kings

Rebuilding Buffalo gives Bledsoe star treatment

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Dea. Willie Lazenby    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, April 21, 2002, at University Hospital, Mrs. Bernice Williams Gibson of Gilbert Manor, widow of the late Percy Gibson. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 25,

Mrs. Patricia Hill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
SRS NORTH AUGU

Mr. Larrie Sikes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Freiday    (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Robert Walter Freiday, 37, of Alpharetta, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at his residence. A memorial service will be held

Ms. Sylvia Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Hill    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
SRS NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia A. Hill, 62, of Waccamaw Drive, North Augusta, who died April 24, 2002, will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m., from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Rev. Clarence Brown officiating.

Featured obituary: Mr. Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones never thought of his work as a physical therapist's aide as a job. To him, he was just returning the favor.

Mr. Plumb Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Salem Nursing

Mrs. Anna Lazenby    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga.- Funeral service for Mrs. Anna Bell Lazenby of Thomson will be held Friday, April 26, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Fist Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Winfield, Rev. Roscoe Perry, officiating. Interment in the church cemetery. Survivors ar

Mr. Demetrius Stanford    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral service for Mr. Demetrius M. Sta

Mr. James Adams, Jr.    (ROCK HILL, S.C.)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mr. James (Jimmy) Weldon Adams, Jr., a native of Augusta, Ga., died Wednesday, April 17, 2002,

Mr. Michael Blackburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest April 21, 2002, at his residence, Mr. Michael James Blackburn, 51, of

Mr. Larrie Sikes Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at his res

Mrs. Lula Mobley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Mobley, 91, widow of Mr. Clarence Mobley, of W

Mr. Cecil Spradley    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Mr. Cecil St. Clair Spradley, age 77, of Graniteville, husband of the late Lois Oswalt Spradley and son of the late Fletcher Spradley and the late Irene Hartley Spradley. He is s

Mr. James Glover    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. James (J.T.) Glover, age 62, died at Blair House Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday April 27, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Jordan Baptist Church, Williston, S.C. with Reverend Earl Hanna, Reverend Essro Oneal, and Reverend Ba

Mr. Ronald Curry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest April 24, 2002, Mr. Ronald L. Curry, 48, of Euclid Avenue. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Curry, a native of Aiken Coun

Mr. Edward Hyman    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Edward Gilbert Hyman, of Washington Hwy.N.E., Norwood, went to his heavenly home on April 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Wanda Hyman. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Apr

Mr. Charlie Lucas Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Lucas Sr., will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Winns Oliver African Methodist Episcopal

Mrs. Margaret Morris    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Entered into

Mrs. Mildred West    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
ANDERSON, S.C. - Mildred McElmurray West, 94, of Boulevard, formerly of 2284 Overton Road, Augusta, Ga., and t

Mr. James Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 25, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. James Robinson of Third Street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.

Mr. Willard Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Willard C. Bragg, 76, of Sylvania, died Thursday morning, April 25, 2002. Born in Fulton County, he was a member of Antionch Christian Church, and was a machine operator at ITT Grinell, Statesboro plant. Survivors include two brothers, David W. Bragg, Port Wentworth, and Robert W. Bragg, Sylvania; one aunt, Vernon Bassett, Perkins; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be Saturday 11 a.m. at Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Rev. Don Scasrborough officiating. Remembrances can me made to Syl-View Health Care Center Activities Court Yard Fund, c/o Mrs. Betty Scarborough, 411 Pine Street , Sylvania, GA 30467. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home of Sylvania.

Mr. Cecil Spradley    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service f

Ms. Ann Booker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Ann L. Bo

Mr. Jimmy Walker    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jimmy Walker, 51, died Monday April 22, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 1p.m. Saturday April 27, 2002, at St. Matthews A. M. E. Church with Rev. David Walker officiating.

Mr. Michael Bodie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Michael Ryan Bodie, 52, died Thursday, April 25, 2002. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002, in Pineview Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Phillip C. Burden

Miss Nicole Burnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, April 22, 2002, Miss Stephanie Nicole Burnett, 16, of Peach Orchard Road, Augusta. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of

Mr. Larry Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, Apri

Mr. Brad Barnes    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Brad Barnes, 31, of Old Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, who died April 21, 2002, will b

Mr. John Blake    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - A memorial service for Mr. John M. Blake, 60, husband of Mrs. Linda K. Lawson Blake, who died April 24, 2002, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at South Aik

Featured obituary: Mr. Larrie Sikes Sr.
Larrie Sikes Sr. nailed down his career path at an early age.

Mrs. Karolina Kupinski    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 24, 2002, Mrs. Karolina Kupinski, the widow of Mr. Jan

Mr. Larry McTier    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Larry Lee McTier who died April

Mrs. Rosa Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa Lee Williams, age 68, entered into rest on Saturday, April 20, 200

Mr. Jack Durden    (WARENVILLE, S.C.)
WARENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 24, 2002, Mr. Jack Durden, husband of Mrs. Jackie Durden of Warrenville. The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Napier Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pauline Barrow    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Pauline Graham

Mrs. Ellen Day    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Sara Ellen Day, 77, of Windham Way, Aiken, who

Mrs. Odessa Seigler    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mrs. Odessa Willing Seigler, age 79, of Graniteville, wife of the late Euge

Mr. Ronald Curry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral service for Mr. Ronald L. Curry, 48, of Euclid Avenue, who died April 24,

Mr. Richard Solei    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mr. Richard Roy Solei at St. Joseph Hospital, the husband of Mrs. Gertrude Hirt Solei, his wif

Mrs. Sara Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Watts    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, Mr. Phillip Wayne Watts, age 52, of Graniteville, beloved husband of Mrs. Lettie Garlan

Mr. Grady Campbell    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Grady Campbell, 50,

Mrs. Mary Sikes    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Quick Sikes, 89, died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center, Way

Mr. Anthony Campbell Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Williams    (MARTIN, S.C.)
MARTIN, S.C. - Mr. Nathaniel Williams, 75, Patterson Mill Road, died April 23, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, Mount Ho

Mr. Lester Burckhalter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at Doctors Hospital on April 25, 2002, Mr. Lester Burckhalter. Funeral arrengements are incomplete and will be announced by Hatcher Funeral Home, Augusta.

Mr. Thomas Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Brown, 73, who died April 20, 2002, in the Universi

Mr. John Neilson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - John Langlands Neilson, 85, of Troon Way, Aiken, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Mattie C.

Mr. Brad Barnes (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Walker (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Freiday (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ann Booker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Hill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Anthony Campbell Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Solei (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Barrow (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. John Blake (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Odessa Seigler (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Neilson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Karolina Kupinski (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Day (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Morris (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Burckhalter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Curry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Bodie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Williams (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Larry McTier (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Adams, Jr. (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mr. James Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Bobby Jones

Mrs. Mildred West (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Dea. Willie Lazenby (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Spradley (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Blackburn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Hill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Nicole Burnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mobley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Hyman (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Lazenby (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Glover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Durden (WARENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Curry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larrie Sikes Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Driver license reforms
One of the better pieces of legislation Georgia's just-completed General Assembly sent to the governor's desk will allow people to renew their driver's licenses via the mail or on the Internet. Unfortunately, a GOP amendment to require that foreigners' licenses be green-striped was voted down, which will make it easier for non-citizens to register and vote.

Questions CDC for singling out smokers for bad choices
In response to reports from the Centers for Disease Control concerning smoking, the CDC states that each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States costs the nation $7 in medical care and lost productivity. Jerry L. Campbell, Evans, Ga.

Seek death penalty
The brutal murder of a South Augusta teen-ager was so savage that even experienced crime-scene workers were horrified - and they've just about seen it all in their line of work.

Europe's new fascism
France, indeed much of Europe, is in an uproar over the stunning second-place finish this week of xenophobic, immigrant-bashing Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections. He got more votes than the Socialist candidate, thus qualifying for the May 5 one-on-one runoff with Gaullist incumbent President Jacques Chirac.

City of brotherly love
It was sad, but not all that surprising, to read about Philadelphia Mayor John Street, openly revealing his blatant racism to 700 cheering NAACP members in a city whose motto fosters brotherly love. Andy Chandler, Augusta

A little research finds low rates for flying out of Augusta
I'm tired of reading and hearing about the high cost of flying from Augusta. Admittedly, there are times it is more cost effective to fly from Atlanta, but normally I can find a fare from Augusta to either of my usual destinations - Arizona or Ohio - for less than the Atlanta fee or $30 more than the Atlanta fee. Mary E. Zielinski, Martinez, Ga.

Drivers need to be more responsible
There has been a lot of talk about the dangers of using the telephone while driving. If our legislators ever pass a law prohibiting their use, then they need to pass law against other types of distractions also. Dean Thomas, Augusta

Hodges ripped for grandstanding over plutonium shipments
South Carolina Democrat Gov. Jim Hodges' plan to stop plutonium shipments by force from entering the Savannah River Site is by far the most blatant case of political grandstanding seen in these parts in many years. Bill Elliott, Aiken, S.C.

Voluntary taxes? Hardly
"Taxation is not the price we pay for civilization; it is not dues for country-club privileges; it is not a sacred rite of democracy. It's theft - unalloyed and unabashed.

Bush the wrong man for peace
I heard something recently that leads me to believe President George W. Bush is not the man to help bring peace to the Middle East. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Christians, Jews have much to fear
Hassan E. Fadel's April 13 guest column, "Intifada is a political movement, not religious warfare," has many fabricated statements concerning Jews. Maxi Bolgla, Augusta

Opposes N-waste coming to SRS
Thanks to Chronicle staff writer Brandon Haddock's excellent reporting, residents of our two-state region are kept informed about what's happening at the Savannah River Site. Anne Brotherton, Augusta

Applauds Ryberg's principled stand
I am at my wit's end with the spate of letters blaming state Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, for the Aiken County magistrate impasse. Sen. Ryberg is not the problem. He is to be commended for standing on principle by refusing to nominate as magistrate a candidate who lacks the minimum qualifications mandated for the job. Jerry Ann Rahe, Aiken, S.C.

Amazed at Rivera's attorneys' tactics
I appreciate your handling of the editorial page, in spite of critics who may not know of the awesome responsibility you have in deciding the worthiness of articles. James L. Adkins, Martinez, Ga.

Many Americans paid with their lives to end slavery
Recent editorials and letters to the editor have fanned the flames regarding what is essentially a non-issue - reparations for slavery. The U.S. government will never legally make any such payments. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

Sen. Cheeks stands as model for all
It has been a great gift to me to have the opportunity to work with Sen. Don Cheeks, D-Augusta, and to come to know him personally during the past legislative session, when we worked together to address predatory lending and abuses of tax foreclosures. Frank S. Alexander, Atlanta

Cover-up to continue
A few years ago the Vatican stated that Americans' obsession with sex was causing us to overreact to allegations of priests' sexual abuses of children. So it was refreshing to hear this week that Pope John Paul II is now calling pedophilia a crime.

Editorial attack on McKinney is unfair
The Chronicle used the most scurrilous type of character assassination to attack U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney's honest and timely request for an investigation into the Sept. 11th attacks. Jack Uhrich, Aiken, S.C.

Overtime

Prep athletes of the week

Racing has lost its stock

Spotlight on Robby Gordon

It's one step at a time for improving heavyweight Jameel McCline

Prep notebook

New heights

NASCAR notebook

Road wins give Stallions strength

Overtime

Prep athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Whether you believe television ratings, attendance figures or the exodus of drivers from the open-wheeled division to stock cars, one thing is clear: NASCAR's second tier, the Busch Series, has lapped its rivals from the Championship Auto Racing Teams and Indy Racing League circuits.

New heights
AIKEN - Beth Jordan offers a simple challenge: "You try it."

Overtime
Paine College's Pete Cardenas was named Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year on Thursday. Three of his players - Starling Odoms, Carlos Cahee and Jeremy Wiggins - were selected to the All-Conference team.

Racing has lost its stock
FONTANA, Calif. - The Ford Motor Co. doesn't make a two-door Taurus. General Motors doesn't make a Monte Carlo with a front bumper that's less than 3 inches off the ground. And DaimlerChrysler doesn't make anything that resembles the Intrepid that will race this weekend at California Speedway.

It's one step at a time for improving heavyweight Jameel McCline
NEW YORK -- Jameel McCline, a 6-foot-6 heavyweight contender, is making up for a late start to his career.

Prep notebook
Twenty-four teams from five states are entered in the seventh annual Joe Wyatt Memorial Golf Tournament, which begins Friday at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken.

Overtime
Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday as a near unanimous pick.

Spotlight on Robby Gordon
Here is a profile of NASCAR driver Robby Gordon.

Racing facts
Here are facts about the NAPA Auto Parts 500 race.

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.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Reports of big schools of hybrid bass chasing blueback herring to the surface are starting to become more consistent from Thurmond Lake.

Fishing report

Rebuilding Buffalo gives Bledsoe star treatment
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For Drew Bledsoe, the first day with his new team was first class.

Chipper learns it's different out there

Road wins give Stallions strength
That's what Augusta Stallions players are calling two close wins on the road this season.

Following his heart
A football dangles from the end of Undre Williams' silver chain. The recent Augusta Stallions acquisition said the new necklace serves as a reminder of his football career.

Board to fund cancer upgrade
It's a simple fact for MCG Health Inc.: More cancer patients mean new and better machines.

'Space chickens' hatch after trip aboard Chinese craft
BEIJING -- And you thought chickens couldn't fly.

Scientists: Loss of key species can doom ecosystem
Environmentalists mourn the loss of any species. But a new study shows that the loss of a few key species may be more devastating to an ecosystem than elimination of a greater number of less critical organisms.

Protecting the planet, pedal by pedal
Like other commuters, Gary Hoover slides into the seat of his SUV and puts his foot to the pedal.

Tour unveils technology to Tanzanian officials
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - If trade between the United States and Africa ever heats up, South Carolina already will have its foot in the door.

Pesticides cause frogs' immune systems to collapse
Frogs given trace amounts of DDT and other pesticides experience a near total collapse in their immune systems, a finding that could help explain the puzzling rise in human autoimmune diseases such as asthma and allergies, according to Canadian researchers who made the discovery.

Lunar surface may hold evidence asteroids hit Earth
Clues to Earth's earliest days and first microbial inhabitants may survive in an unexpected place: the moon.

Botox parties and 'open houses' offer wrinkle injections
Susan Olson runs one of the biggest Botox practices in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But even she was shocked to hear about the latest craze in New York and Los Angeles - Botox parties, where people gather at friends' homes for wine, cheese and anti-wrinkle injections.

States: custom version of Windows already exists
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday the company has not tried to figure out how to remove elements of its Windows operating system, because the task would be impossible.

Diamond Dogs fall to Jackets, 6-1
ATHENS, Ga. -- Matthew Boggs had a two-run single and Chris Goodman pitched into the eighth inning Wednesday night as Georgia Tech beat Georgia 6-1, snapping the Bulldogs' six-game winning streak.

Gamecocks 1, Tigers 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In a rivalry that usually produces towering homers and countless hits, the final regular-season game between Clemson and South Carolina offered something a little different.

Taylor to leave South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Guard Greg Taylor says he's transferring from South Carolina.

Taylor to leave South Carolina

Gamecocks 1, Tigers 4

N.M. town seeks to capitalize on legend of a madam

Odds and ends

'Space chickens' hatch after trip aboard Chinese craft

Lunar surface may hold evidence asteroids hit Earth

Board to fund cancer upgrade

Pesticides cause frogs' immune systems to collapse

States: custom version of Windows already exists

Protecting the planet, pedal by pedal

Tour unveils technology to Tanzanian officials

Scientists: Loss of key species can doom ecosystem

Botox parties and 'open houses' offer wrinkle injections