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.

Club calendar

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.

Augusta's diva returns

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.

Singer cherishes 50 years of songs by Temptations

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.

Standing ovations

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

Mini reviews

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

New generation ensures music will never die

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

Southern slant

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.

Bluegrass is back

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.

Applause calendar

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.

Opera movies might offset diva deficiency

Concert calendar

Game report

Baseball scores
SCACS Class A Semifinals New Covenant 3, Aiken Christian 1 at Emmanuel Baptist H.S. Hartsville, S.C.

Game report
Turning point: Lexington's Hector Giminez scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball by Jackets catcher Edgar Martinez in the fourth inning.

Colorado fires manager Bell
DENVER - Colorado Rockies manager Buddy Bell was fired Friday with the team off to the worst start in club history.

Baseball scores

Legends overpower Jackets
After his first look at the Lexington Legends on Friday night, Augusta GreenJackets manager Arnie Beyeler figures it could be a long weekend.

Yellow Jackets advance in Class AAAA playoffs

Colorado fires manager Bell

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.

Maddux has night to remember

Helms taking advantage of opportunity

Braves, Glavine return to form

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

Maddux has night to remember
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux rubbed his forehead, muttered a few expletives and gazed up at the Turner Field scoreboard, as if he couldn't believe what was happening.

Diamondbacks shell Maddux, trounce Braves

Braves, Glavine return to form
ATLANTA - The philosophy remains unchanged. From Kid Nichols, who won 361 games a century ago for the franchise that eventually became the Braves, to the poker-faced left-hander, who Friday night finished the first month of the season with an earned run average (0.89) you have to squint to see.

Helms taking advantage of opportunity
ATLANTA - Credit Wes Helms with a sizable amount of patience.

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.

Gross domestic product bounces back
WASHINGTON -- Breaking out of the doldrums, the economy grew in the first quarter at a 5.8 percent annual rate, its strongest performance in more than two years and proof positive that last year's recession is history.

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - New data suggesting the economy cruised out of recession in the first quarter had little effect on investors Friday, who instead sent stocks sharply lower on more discouraging earnings - this time from JDS Uniphase and VeriSign. Tech stocks had the biggest losses in volatile trading, but overall volume was light.

Masters air traffic hits high

Retirement raises income concerns

Auto industry euphoria may not last
DETROIT -- Two of the Big Three U.S. automakers made money in the first quarter and all three beat expectations, but the euphoria derived from those results may not last through the year, according to a study.

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

Auto industry euphoria may not last

Adviser helps couple plan early retirement
Ken Smith and Sue James hope to retire by age 55. As with many middle-age, middle-class couples vying for early retirement, the trick is to tweak their investments to cover any Social Security shortfall once benefits kick in.

Adviser helps couple plan early retirement

Shops target black women

Gross domestic product bounces back

Retirement raises income concerns
Reaching retirement age means you can finally leave behind the demands of the work world. But retirement can also present a new set of challenges. Since you'll no longer be receiving a regular paycheck, the most pressing challenge is having a source of steady income.

Wake Forest tops Clemson

Wake Forest tops Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jeff Ruziecki hit two-run homer to lead Wake Forest to a 4-2 victory against Clemson Friday night.

Following his heart

NIMBY madness

Cover-up to continue

Voluntary taxes? Hardly

Seek death penalty

Airport 'taking off?'

Fertilizer is about numbers

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

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.

Disease threatens day lilies

Virginia beats Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Virginia's Jeff Kamrath pitched a complete-game three-hitter in a 5-1 victory over Georgia Tech Friday night, breaking the Yellow Jackets' 27-game home winning streak.

Virginia beats Georgia Tech

Legends overpower Jackets
After his first look at the Lexington Legends on Friday night, Augusta GreenJackets manager Arnie Beyeler figures it could be a long weekend.

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

Game report
Turning point: Lexington's Hector Giminez scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball by Jackets catcher Edgar Martinez in the fourth inning.

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.

Garcia powers into lead in Spanish Open golf
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 68 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Spanish Open.

Two straight 67s has Gamez in lead
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Robert Gamez was sitting on his couch the last few weeks listening to Phil Mickelson talk about playing aggressively. The struggling golfer took it to heart.

Two straight 67s has Gamez in lead

Calcavecchia opens GGCC with 65

Player saddened, Nicklaus mum on new Masters age limit
SUPERSTITION SPRINGS, Ariz. -- Gary Player is "sad and hurt" and Jack Nicklaus is reserving comment after Masters officials established new age limits for the major tournament.

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.

Dutch Fork takes Wyatt lead
AIKEN - Dutch Fork High of Irmo, S.C., rode consistent play to the first-round lead in the Joe Wyatt Memorial high school golf tournament Friday at Houndslake Country Club.

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.

LPGA event plans to have 'kids pass'
Children 15 and under will have the chance to attend the upcoming Asahi Ryokuken International Championship for free, tournament officials announced Friday.

Garcia powers into lead in Spanish Open golf

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.

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.

LPGA event plans to have 'kids pass'

Hansen and Gilford lead, Garcia lurks, in Spanish Open

Player saddened, Nicklaus mum on new Masters age limit

GreenJackets scouting report

Cats, Thorpe blank Jackets

Legends overpower Jackets

Game report

Sharks skate past Coyotes

Sharks skate past Coyotes
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With a hot goalie and a sizzling center, the San Jose Sharks' best season in franchise history keeps getting better.

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.

Flyers desperate to score

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.

A little research finds low rates for flying out of Augusta

Amazed at Rivera's attorneys' tactics

Opposes N-waste coming to SRS

Self-proclaimed magistrate candidate lists his qualifications

Applauds Gov. Hodges for holding firm

Nuclear industry wastes millions

Sen. Cheeks stands as model for all

Hodges ripped for grandstanding over plutonium shipments

Bush the wrong man for peace

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Schools avoid pupil transfers

Title I failures concern schools

Subscriber of the day

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.

News you can use

South Carolina town cancels music festivals

Owners unveil historic residences

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

College students head to Tybee for party

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.

Future farmers adapt to needs

Assault survivors share reality

New Ellenton celebrates 50 years

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

Senate approves budget

South Carolina town cancels music festivals
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Two Andrews, S.C., festivals that supplied residents with an annual dose of Chubby Checker and a variety of the Lowcountry's best gospel groups have been canceled.

College installs 7th chief

Grand jury will hear case of slumber party slaying

Lawyer gets on ethics board
Pam James thought she had a chance to be accepted but wanted to wait until she got the call to celebrate.

Wild visitor disrupts Athens grocery

Schools avoid pupil transfers
Pupils at 14 low-performing Richmond County schools will not have the option of moving to a better school, officials said Friday.

Hauler seeks bankruptcy repeal

In the know

Subscriber of the day

'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC dies in car wreck

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.

Former Olympic gymnast faces uneasy relationship with fame

Security deadline approaches

Across the Southeast

News you can use

New Ellenton celebrates 50 years
NEW ELLENTON - When atomic energy came knocking, Alberta Scrivins, now 96, and her family had no choice but to answer.

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.

Owners unveil historic residences
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - A home known as Middle House would not stand today if its builder, E.J. Mims, had not feared fire.

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

Senate approves budget
COLUMBIA - The Senate has approved a $5.6 billion budget that cuts about 9 percent from state agencies and includes several fee increases to help offset the state's financial shortfall.

Around the town

Investigator warns of handyman con
Augusta residents should be wary of handymen who want to help themselves to Augustans' checkbooks.

Across Georgia

Across the area
An argument between roommates in Wagener turned violent Friday morning.

College students head to Tybee for party
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Thousands of young people are headed to Tybee Island this weekend for Orange Crush, an unorganized spring event that brings people to the tiny beach town for a frenzied weekend of partying.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -A Bartow County grand jury has returned a 22-count indictment against a former middle school teacher accused in a child-molestation case involving five boys.

Wagener driver shot at in chase

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state has assigned more than 200 teacher specialists to low-performing schools as part of the 1998 Education Accountability Act.

Investigators call off search for restraints

College installs 7th chief
Cherry Rahn thought her two boys might one day work together as lawyers, with studious Dan handling the research.

FBI list adds man with ties to area

Service honors dead
To honor the day the Civil War ended for Georgia, state offices were closed Friday, and Confederate heritage groups tended to the graves of slain soldiers.

A taste of downtown Aiken

Former Olympic gymnast faces uneasy relationship with fame
NORCROSS, Ga. - Thirty years ago this summer, fame was thrust on Olga Korbut, when the Soviet teen-ager won three gold medals at the Munich Olympics and almost single-handedly turned women's gymnastics into a marquee event.

Scout camp construction begins

Featured obituary: Sara Cook
It was no surprise to people that Sara Cook had been a nurse. Those who knew her say she fit the profile perfectly.

Across the area

Suspicious hair dryer causes airport evacuation
Augusta Regional Airport was evacuated Friday afternoon for two hours and the Richmond County Sheriff's bomb squad rushed in after a suspicious bag with an electrical device inside was left behind a ticket counter.

Judge denies bond request from suspect

Police look for missing felons
An address check of Augusta's registered sex offenders led police to issue arrest warrants Friday for seven men, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office major said.

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.

'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC dies in car wreck
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, of the Grammy-winning trio TLC, had spent the past month in Honduras working on a multitude of projects - a clothing line, a new solo project and a book about her colorful, sometimes troubled life.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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

High pressure keeps tornadoes, rain away

News you can use
BACK IN TIME APRIL 27, 1933 Seven former Confederate soldiers took part in a procession that passed through downtown Augusta as the city honored Confederate Memorial Day.

Across South Carolina

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle Medical Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

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

Wagener driver shot at in chase
A Wagener, S.C., man told police he narrowly avoided being shot early Friday after he was chased and fired on by someone he doesn't know.

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

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.

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

Norwood campaign coffers are full

Police look for missing felons

Across the Southeast
ATHENS, Ala. -Gas with low levels of radioactive contamination escaped from a reactor at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, exposing 54 workers.

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

Future farmers adapt to needs
ATHENS, Ga. - Sure, Ashley Whaiddon revels in chasing a hog, or even hairdressing a cow, but as a member of the FFA, she is versed in business, science and leadership - and wants people to know it.

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.

Norwood campaign coffers are full
ATLANTA - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood has built up a campaign war chest of nearly $900,000 to ward off potential challengers in Georgia's newly redrawn 9th Congressional District.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ralph Herndon of Augusta.

Work closes lanes of Washington Road
Washington Road between Baston and Pleasant Home roads will be narrowed to one lane in each direction today and Sunday to allow utility work associated with the widening of Washington and Baston roads.

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.

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

One man's stubbornness compromises Masters tradition
Just as Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament chairman Hootie Johnson promised, there is no more ambiguity. Doug Ford wins. Tradition loses. The Masters aura is just a little bit diminished.

California track could be Gordon's cure
FONTANA, Calif. -- A trip to California Speedway might be just what Jeff Gordon needs to end his 17-race losing streak dating to September.

California track could be Gordon's cure

Gordon looking to shake losing ways

Newman sets record in taking pole

Newman sets record in taking pole
FONTANA, Calif. - It's official: Ryan Newman knows how to go fast for one lap.

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.

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.

Jermaine O'Neal voted NBA's most improved

Nets squeek past Pacers

Olajuwon playing minor role for Raptors in playoffs

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.

Raptors wonder why Dell Curry didn't play

Olajuwon playing minor role for Raptors in playoffs
TORONTO -- Hakeem Olajuwon came to the Raptors to help the team in the playoffs. With the postseason here and Toronto facing elimination Saturday night, it's fair to say the deal has not paid the expected dividends.

Nets squeek past Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS -- New Jersey's Kerry Kittles wanted one more chance to make up for all of his missed shots.

Kittner, Bibla ready to show they belong

Falcons sign 12-year receiver

Restructured contract keeps Testaverde with Jets

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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

Mrs. Martha Johnson    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Evangelist Martha A. Johnson, 56, died April 22, 2002. Services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, at Coleman Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors

Col. Edward Schoultz    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entere

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

Mr. Wayne Evans    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Wayne Evans, 46, of Milledgevill

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,

Mrs. Maggie Barrs    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Entered into rest Friday, April 26, 2002, Mrs. Maggie Clark Barrs, age 75, of Saluda, wife of the late William Ira Barrs and daughter of the late Paul E. Clark and the late Dora William Clark. She is survived by a daughter, Martha B

Mrs. Lucy Berry    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Berry, who

Mrs. Lula Mobley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Lula Mobley, 91,

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

Mrs. Willie Haynes    ( ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Willie Haynes, Allendale, 51, died April 23, 2002. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Sunday, United Love Chr

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. Anthony Campbell Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entere

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

Featured obituary: Sara Cook
It was no surprise to people that Sara Cook had been a nurse. Those who knew her say she fit the profile perfectly.

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.

Mrs. Myrtle Smith    (BARTOW, Ga.)
BARTOW, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtle Palmer Smith, 90, of Bartow died Friday, April 26, 2002, in Jefferson Hospital. Mrs. Smith was born on Sept. 4,

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

Mrs. Dorothy Renyolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on F

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

Mr. Barrie Lightfoot    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Memorial services for Mr. Barrie Engle Lightfoot will be private. Mr. Lightfoot, 66, of West Columbia, died Wednesday, Ap

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

SFC. Robert Holiday    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, April 20, 2002, in Washin

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.

Mrs. Georgia Ferguson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs.

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

Mr. Jack Durden Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, April 24, 2002, Mr. Jack Randolph Durden Sr., age 65, husband of Mrs. Jackie Cleckley Durden of Warrenville, and son of the late Clone and Marie Sizemore

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. 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

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

Mrs. Pauline Barrow    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Pauline Graham Barrow, 78, Clearwater Road, Belvedere, who died April 25, 2002, will be conducted this Saturday morning

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

Mr. James Benson    (EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. - Mr. James Edwards "Rick" Benson, 45, was born June 18, 1956 in Edgefield County, S.C. "Rick" as he was lovingly called, dep

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. Rosa Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rosa Lee Williams, age 68, entered into rest on Saturday, April 20, 2002, in the University Hospital. The funeral services will be conducted on Sa

Ms. Sylvia Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Faye Smith    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Ms. Faye Smith, 47, of Thomson died Sunday, April 21, 2002 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002, at St.

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

Mr. James Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, April 25, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. James Robinson of Third

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

Mr. Norman Parrish    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Norman Armstrong Parrish, entered into rest, Friday, April 26, 2002, at the V.A. Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Poteet Funeral Home, 3686 Wheeler Road.

Mr. Michael Bodie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Michael Ryan Bodie, 52, son of Jo

Mr. James Mayfield    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mr. James Harold Mayfield, 90, of Greenglade Road, N.E., entered into rest Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Decatur Hospital. Mr. Mayfield was reti

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

Mrs. Anamae Kirkley    (ALBANY, Ga.)
ALBAN

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

Mrs. Evie Hudson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Evie Burton

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. James Hogan Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, April 26, 2002, at t

Mrs. Sara Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, April 22, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Shirley Frank of Kratha Drive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27, 2002, at 2 p.

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

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

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

Mrs. Barbara Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, April 25, 2002, at her residence, Mrs. Barbara Elliott of Glenn Hills Circle. Mrs. Elliott was a native of A

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. Ronald Curry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral service for Mr. Ronald L.

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

Mr. Lester Burckhalter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Doctors Hospital on Thursday, April 25, 2002, Mr. Lester Burckhalter, 74, Evans, husband of the la

Mrs. Mary Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered in

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

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.

Mrs. Shirley Frank    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Blackburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into r

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. Sara Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Freiday (ALPHARETTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Hogan Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Anamae Kirkley (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Evans (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Berry (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Georgia Ferguson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Col. Edward Schoultz (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mobley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Renyolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry McTier (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Frank (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Mobley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barrie Lightfoot (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Johnson (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Walker (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Smith (BARTOW, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ann Booker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC. Robert Holiday (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Evie Hudson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce Blackburn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Benson (EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C.)

Mr. Norman Parrish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Michael Bodie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Haynes ( ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Michael Bodie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Burckhalter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Burckhalter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Barrs (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Nuclear industry wastes millions
Regarding James Allen's letter where he sets himself up as the authority on nuclear waste: God protect us from these nuclear zealots, scientists who have been in charge of squandering hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on failed methods and experiments to dispose of the 70,000 tons of waste that the nuclear industry has produced. William D. Hooker Sr., Grovetown

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.

Self-proclaimed magistrate candidate lists his qualifications
I'm Jim Vause, an applicant for the magistrate's position in Aiken County. My resume contains the following qualifications: Jim Vause, Warrenville, S.C.

Applauds Gov. Hodges for holding firm
I applaud South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges for exhibiting a form of political strength I have seldom witnessed. Harry F. Myers, Augusta

NIMBY madness
What is it with Aiken residents? They seem obsessed with controlling other people's property - even to the extent of hampering business people from making a better living.

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.

Airport 'taking off?'
Augusta Regional Airport officials have no idea how they're going to pay for the $2.4 million annual cost they say is required to replace National Guard officers, who will be leaving May 10.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overtime

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

Prep athletes of the week

Americans return to Fed Cup play eager to get title back

Stallions look for third win at home opener

Westside defends crown

New heights

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

Americans return to Fed Cup play eager to get title back
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After withdrawing from Fed Cup competition last year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Americans return to play this weekend eager to earn their 18th title.

Westside defends crown
As Westside's sweeper, junior Katie Beth Hunter is invaluable to the Lady Patriots' defense.

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.

French judge is angry at being attacked
NEW YORK -- Marie-Reine Le Gougne, the French judge whose vote triggered the figure skating controversy at the Winter Olympics, says it's unfair that she is labeled the "bin Laden of figure skating."

Kournikova makes news off court
NEW YORK -- For a player on a five-match losing streak and still looking for her first tournament championship, Anna Kournikova manages to makes plenty of news on the tennis circuit.

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.

Fishing tournament news

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 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

Restructured contract keeps Testaverde with Jets
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Vinny Testaverde will spend the rest of his NFL career with the New York Jets after restructuring a contract that had been salary-cap prohibitive.

Falcons sign 12-year receiver
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed receiver Jeff Graham on Friday and waived receiver Corey Brown.

Kittner, Bibla ready to show they belong
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Kurt Kittner and Martin Bibla say they are ready for the NFL, even if several teams doubted their ability.

Healing the spirit
After 25 years dispensing pills, checking blood pressure and setting up IV's, Karen Hill uncovered another sort of remedy that comes nearer her dream of caring for others.

Believers seek help through prayer
We live in a society where we are surrounded by troubles and hardships. Often, those who encounter these problems have become hopeless, weak, angry and even suicidal. These reactions often serve as an escape from a tough life.

Faith and fellowship calendar
Submit items for the Faith and Fellowship calendar in writing by noon Monday.

National day of prayer
Even with flags everywhere he looks, Roger Rollins has a wait-and-see attitude about turnout Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

Minister honored for service, preaching
The Rev. Otis Moss III of Tabernacle Baptist Church was awarded the inaugural Harrington Prize Monday for exemplary community service, evangelism and preaching.

Faith digest
French Market Grille West will cater a Stage III dinner-theater production of Faith Country at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans, at 7 tonight.

Chipper learns it's different out there

One man's stubbornness compromises Masters tradition

Stallions look for third win at home opener
The way the team talks, it almost sounds like the Augusta Stallions are 0-2.

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.

Internet businesses object to bill
WASHINGTON -- A Senate effort to limit what businesses can do with information they collect online from their customers is under attack from Internet companies and getting tepid support from consumer advocates.

One tech columnist's pet peeves
Have you bought a new audio CD lately? Not that I'm prone to complain, but the music industry has definitely lost any ally with its latest trip down paranoia lane.

Cow clone gives beef new face
ATHENS, Ga. - Scientists at the University of Georgia say they hope this week's cloning of a calf will reduce guesswork in cattle breeding and allow ranchers to improve their stock.

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.

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.

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.

Helpful support on the high-tech endangered list
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tony Biria was thrilled to receive a Palm m505 computer as a gift last year.

Florida tops Georgia

South Carolina baseball coach accepts five-year contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner has received a new five-year contract from the school's board of trustees.

South Carolina baseball coach accepts five-year contract

Florida tops Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Pat Osborn hit a two-run home run and scored three runs to lead Florida to a 12-6 victory Friday over Georgia.

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

South Carolina coach accepts contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner has received a new five-year contract from the school's board of trustees.

South Carolina coach accepts contract

Taylor to leave South Carolina

Internet businesses object to bill

Helpful support on the high-tech endangered list

Pesticides cause frogs' immune systems to collapse

Scientists: Loss of key species can doom ecosystem

Cow clone gives beef new face

One tech columnist's pet peeves

Protecting the planet, pedal by pedal

National day of prayer

Faith digest

Healing the spirit

Minister honored for service, preaching

Faith and fellowship calendar