Thome agrees to $85 million, six-year contract with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Thome, the most coveted hitter in the free-agent market, was introduced to Phillies' fans Tuesday after agreeing to an $85 million, six-year contract.

Thome agrees to $85 million, six-year contract with Phillies

Noah Ashton Becker

Morgan Bailey Newton
Ron and

Claire Danielle Flett
Brian T. and Kelli B. Flett of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Danielle Flett, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Danny and Frances Bailey of Appling and Jerry and Brigitte Flett of Aiken.

Elwin Kirk Smith III

Kevin Erich Neal
Michael and April Neal of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kevin Erich Neal, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Audrey Jones and Karen Neal, both of Augusta, and Erich Neal of Columbia.

Jeffrey Nicholas Ball

Tahir Amari Hairston
Latashia Hairston of Roanoke, Va., announces the birth of a son, Tahir Amari Hairston, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Broadnax Jr. of Reidsville, N.C.

Kameron Jordan Kelly

Jamal Donice Smith
Tamika L. Smith of Aiken announces the birth of a son, Jamal Donice Smith, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hudson of Aiken.

Sara Victoria Michel
Thomas and L

Colby Payton Jennings
Jamey R. and Lauren P. Jennings of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Colby Payton Jennings, Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David V. Weber and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jennings, all of Augusta.

Anya Huang

Michael Joseph Walsh

Desiree' Nina Munro

Morgan Bailey Newton

Kara Elizabeth Willis

Camden Michael Gragert
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John Benjamin Robertson

Kara Elizabeth Willis
Michael L. and Sharon S. Wil

Willie Edward Chase III

Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks
Laaciea Middlebrooks of High Point, N.C., announces the birth of a son, Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Acie Legrand of Aiken and Renee Middlebrooks of Miami, Fla.

Camden Richard Gray

Elwin Kirk Smith III
Mr. and Mrs. Elwin K. Smith Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Elwin Kirk Smith III, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bonnie Shinliver of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Elwin K. Smith Sr. of Augusta.

Natalee Madyson Cosnahan

Dalton Blayze Manning
Willie and Shannon M

Hunter Scot Haskins

Jeffrey Nicholas Ball
Mr. and Mrs. James

Elias Patrick Hergott
Mr. and Mrs

Zydairyn Simir Middlebrooks

Allison Dianne Gentry

Jamal Donice Smith

Kallie Michelle Newsome

Mason Ryan Mealor

Sara Victoria Michel

Hunter Scot Haskins
Scot and Tonya Haskins of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Hunter Scot Haskins, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John C. Williams of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Haskins Sr. of Waynesboro.

Camden Michael Gragert

Camden Richard Gray
Atwell and Latisha Gray of Evans announce the birth of a son, Camden Richard Gray, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ballew of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Gray of Evans.

Kevin Erich Neal

Allison Dianne Gentry
Chris Gentry and Dr. Mindy Gentry of North Augusta announce the birth of

Dalton Blayze Manning

Natalee Madyson Cosnahan
Trey and Kimberly Cosnahan of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Natalee Madyson Cosnahan, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Laura Andrews of Hephzibah and William and Karen Cosnahan of Augusta.

Elias Patrick Hergott

Michael Joseph Walsh
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Mason Ryan Mealor
Dan and Crystal Mealor of Sylvania, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Mason Ryan Mealor, Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale Griner and Mr. and Mrs. Danny Mealor, all of Sylvania.

Noah Ashton Becker
Jay and Serena Becker of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Noah Ashton Becker, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Preston D. Harpe of Augusta, Ladawnna Wise of Martinez and Charles Becker of Hobbs, N.M.

Tahir Amari Hairston

John Benjamin Robertson
Chris and Kathryn Robertson of Fort Go

Claire Danielle Flett

Kallie Michelle Newsome
Richard K. Newsome J

Colby Payton Jennings

Willie Edward Chase III
Willie Chase Jr.

Andrew Justin Middleton

Kameron Jordan Kelly
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Andrew Justin Middleton
Carl A. Middleton and Dionne R. Plummer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Justin Middleton, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Pearl G. Plummer of Jamaica, West Indies, and Queene Cheatham of Augusta.

Desiree' Nina Munro
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Anya Huang
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Artist turns cows into poetry
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Any artist can paint cows. Nathan Banks paints ON cows.

Odds and Ends
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Katha Sheehan relies on a 3-year-old rooster named Young Warrior as a lure to capture other feisty cocks fowling the main streets and back alleys of Key West.

Dancers say Lusty Lady is skimpy with wages
SAN FRANCISCO -- Workers at the nation's only unionized peep show walked the picket line, arguing that a contract offer by management at the Lusty Lady is too skimpy.

Braves open 2003 season at home against Expos

Glavine counts out Braves
ATLANTA - Barring a last-second change-of-heart by the Atlanta Braves, free agent pitcher Tom Glavine will sign a contract with the New York Mets or Philadelphia Phillies in the next day or two.

Glavine counts out Braves

Braves open 2003 season at home against Expos
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves begin their quest for a 12th straight division championship at home, opening the 2003 season with a three-game series against the Montreal Expos beginning March 31.

Remlinger agrees to $10.65 million, three-year deal with Cubs
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs hope Mike Remlinger is the start to fixing their bullpen problems.

Charities defend accounts

Business briefs

AOL outlook pushes stocks down
NEW YORK -- A disappointing outlook from AOL Time Warner put investors on the defensive Tuesday, prompting them to question the strength of other big companies and bid stocks sharply lower.

Productivity grows; factory orders rise

Stocks fall on Disney, Hewlett-Packard warnings

Holiday online sales see post-Thanksgiving surge

Hospital picks man to manage fund drive

Business briefs
An Aiken couple will open a Subway restaurant franchise later this month in the Aiken Exchange shopping center at 2571 Whiskey Road.

Organizers hope crowd braves cold

Bar prepares new floor plan
Just in time for December's First Friday, a downtown bar plans to debut its new look this week, doubled in space and expanded into an entertainment venue.

Business briefs
DETROIT - The three major automakers reported Tuesday that their combined U.S. vehicle sales fell nearly 18 percent in November compared with the same month a year ago, but they remained optimistic about the industry outlook.

Organizers hope crowd braves cold
This month's First Friday is expected to be chilly with a chance of returning crowds.

Business briefs

Charities defend accounts
Accounting practices of United Way organizations have come under national scrutiny, but the two local United Way chapters say the way they report contributions is aboveboard.

Stocks fall on Disney, Hewlett-Packard warnings
NEW YORK -- Profit warnings from Disney and Hewlett-Packard pressured Wall Street Wednesday, sending stocks lower in choppy trading as investors grew jittery over the strength of corporate America's recovery.

Hospital picks man to manage fund drive
University Hospital announced Tuesday that P.A. "Pete" Brodie III will head its fund-raising arm beginning in January.

Productivity grows; factory orders rise
WASHINGTON -- Productivity, a crucial ingredient to the economy's long-term vitality, grew at a sizzling annual rate of 5.1 percent in the summer, a faster pace than the government previously thought. Orders to U.S. factories rose in October for the first time in the last three months.

Farm Bureau meets to talk year's woes
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Farmers from throughout Georgia are meeting on Jekyll Island this week to re-elect their president, discuss farm policy and talk about a year most would rather forget.

Holiday online sales see post-Thanksgiving surge
NEW YORK -- Online holiday sales, which started picking up in mid-November, kicked into high gear over the Thanksgiving weekend, blazing past year-ago figures.

Sampson dismissed from Clemson

Sampson dismissed from Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has dismissed starting linebacker Eric Sampson from the team because of academic problems.

Clemson defeats Penn State
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Ed Scott had 25 points to lead Clemson to a 79-70 victory over Penn State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Texas A&M gets OK to pursue Franchione
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dennis Franchione made one speaking engagement, skipped another and still left Alabama fans guessing as to his future plans Wednesday.

Palmer wins Unitas award

A few games may decide many bowl matchups
The bowl hopes of many teams are riding on just a few games to be played Saturday, the final day of the regular season.

Notre Dame, Iowa among eligibles for BCS bowls
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Notre Dame, Iowa, Texas and Kansas State are eligible for at-large BCS bowl berths.

NCAA expects all bowls to meet deadline for letter of credit

Trustees expecting Franchione to stay
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama trustee Peter Lowe doesn't buy speculation that coach Dennis Franchione will leave for Texas A&M - or anywhere else.

There really can be title game without Florida or Tennessee
ATLANTA -- There actually can be a Southeastern Conference championship game without Florida or Tennessee participating, and it'll happen Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

Big Ten says Iowa in BCS game

Minnesota takes Big Ten's spot in Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Minnesota accepted an invitation Tuesday to play in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Penn State accepts invitation to Capital One Bowl
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State is going to the Capital One Bowl.

Bowls roundup
Penn State returned to the postseason after a two-year absence, accepting an invitation Tuesday to play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Texas A&M gets OK to pursue Franchione

Trustees expecting Franchione to stay

Navy seeks good ending to bad season

Big Ten says Iowa in BCS game
Iowa became the fourth team assured a spot in one of the four Bowl Championship Series games, even though there was no official announcement from the BCS.

There really can be title game without Florida or Tennessee

NCAA expects all bowls to meet deadline for letter of credit
INDIANAPOLIS -- None of the 28 college bowl games appears to be in jeopardy although about half of them must to submit a letter of credit by the end of the week to keep NCAA certification.

Palmer wins Unitas award
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Southern California's Carson Palmer on Wednesday won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

Gators, Wolverines to meet in Outback
TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida and Michigan accepted invitations Tuesday to play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

A few games may decide many bowl matchups

Bowls roundup

Minnesota takes Big Ten's spot in Music City Bowl

Navy seeks good ending to bad season
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The last time Paul Johnson walked the sideline in an Army-Navy game, the Midshipmen had a chance to win the prestigious Commander-in-Chief's trophy, snare a bowl bid and stay on course for a 10-win season.

Turnovers are costly as Lady Jaguars lose

USC Aiken's women feel right at home

College of Charleston surprising opponents once again

We're not there yet

Iraqis uncooperative

A friendly budget

Missile hysteria

He'll outlive us all

CBS logs a ratings win for the week
NEW YORK -- CBS is giving thanks for a decisive ratings win Thanksgiving week. But it was ABC that served the turkey: its premiere of "Dinotopia."

A lottery for cheap tickets to Broadway's biggest hit
NEW YORK -- Can't get tickets to "Hairspray," Broadway's biggest hit?

In the know
The $8 2001 Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz from Australia starts off with full, dark fruit flavors with a hint of peppery spice to balance the taste, and the finish lingers on the palate. This wine pairs exceptionally well with grilled or roasted red meats, especially lamb or beef filets. Australia has been producing great valued wines for some time now, so the next time you consider a great wine and want something other than Californian, think down under.

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start
It turns out that you were right - Strom Thurmond is as old as the dinosaurs.

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 Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

50 years later, 3-D movies are still a thrill
LOS ANGELES - Robert Stack recalls the audience reaction 50 years ago at the Hollywood premiere of a movie in which he starred: "People jumped up from their chairs and ran screaming out of the theater."

Florida's wine makers finally enjoying fruits of labor
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- 1564 wasn't a very good year for grape growers in Florida.

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start
It turns out that you were right - Strom Thurmond is as old as the dinosaurs.

Tom Brokaw memoir tops survey of best holiday gifts
NEW YORK -- Memoirs by Tom Brokaw, Pat Conroy and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman are among the books that will make the best holiday gifts this year, according to a poll of hundreds of stores and librarians.

Small portions
Tupperware is partying with Target. The maker of food-storage containers sells about 50 of its products in 1,148 Target stores nationwide. Last year, Tupperware placed its items in a few SuperTarget stores.

Capsules
Boy gall wasps find girl gall wasps by forcing plants hiding the females to give off chemical calling cards, biologists have found.

Cream of the crop
During the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas I'm always on the lookout for easy, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvres. This week's recipe for Creamy Black Bean Dip is my "hors d'oeuvre du jour," and it comes together in a snap.

Ready, set ... decorate!
'Tis the season to be jolly - right? Not if it means decking the halls with boughs of holly.

In the know
Milton Ruben Auto Mall is looking for cell-phone donations that will be given to Call to Protect, a national program that redistributes recycled wireless phones to domestic violence shelters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations working to fight domestic violence.

Minnesota edges Georgia Tech
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota got by Georgia Tech with good defense.

Minnesota edges Georgia Tech

I'm delighted my TV show has been canceled

First defection from Augusta National doesn't shake club's stance

Club loses member amid controversy

Times cites editorial standards in refusal to run two sports columns

Club loses member amid controversy
Augusta National Golf Club showed no signs Tuesday of bowing to pressure to allow women to join, even after a former television executive became the first member to defect from the club over the issue.

Outcry over changes at Road Hole at St. Andrews
LONDON -- The most famous bunker in golf has been altered to make it less terrifying - and traditionalists are furious.

Golf is unfit to be tied
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods has won 48 tournaments around the world, enough to know what it means to be a defending champion. That's why he was so confused by the outcome at the Australian PGA Championship and the Volvo Masters.

Woods ends the year as a tournament host

Whaley will play in PGA Tour event
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley will enter the Greater Hartford Open, making her the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

Woods ends the year as a tournament host
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods is the host of the Target World Challenge, giving him a schedule that hasn't been this orchestrated since the Ryder Cup.

Best of Tiger came in the silly season
The Masters was impressive, and so was Tiger Woods' victory in the U.S. Open. He also added another World Golf Championship to his collection of titles.

Times cites editorial standards in refusal to run two sports columns
NEW YORK -- The New York Times said Wednesday two sports columns about Augusta National Golf Club's men-only membership policy were killed because they failed to meet newsroom standards, not because they disagreed with the stance taken by the newspaper's editorial page.

First defection from Augusta National doesn't shake club's stance
Augusta National Golf Club showed no signs Tuesday of bowing to pressure to allow women to join, even after a former television executive became the first member to defect from the club over the issue.

Best of Tiger came in the silly season

Golf is unfit to be tied

Outcry over changes at Road Hole at St. Andrews

Star QB out for big game

Dynamic duo carries Thomson

North Augusta passes test from Silver Bluff

Prep basketball scores

Star QB out for big game
The buzz surrounding Friday's Screven County-LaGrange Class AAA third-round playoff game has been palpable across the state.

Dynamic duo carries Thomson
THOMSON - Thomson running back Demarco McNair and quarterback Deon Palmer were warming up at The Brickyard on Friday when the cat-calls and the trash-talking began.

Thrashers reassign Hnilicka to AHL
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers goalie Milan Hnilicka was reassigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Thrashers reassign Hnilicka to AHL

Ice storm likely danger to power lines, not roads
ATLANTA -- Pockets of cold air from the northeast were expected to result in freezing rain falling in northeast Georgia Wednesday afternoon, forecasters said.

Glavine, Mets reach three-year deal
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine, the most sought-after pitcher on the free-agent market, reached agreement with the New York Mets on a three-year contract, his agent said Thursday night.

Weather closes area schools
From staff reports

Hits weak objection to TIA program

Satan at work at Augusta National

Creating Israel was a mistake

Area entertainment needs advertising

Services worker will be missed

Why should Tiger toe the line?

Door only cracked

Historic events integral to economy

America must wage another battle: the war on ignorance

Blacks should return to GOP roots

Finds pride in Lucy Laney Wildcats

Children should be the primary concern of our community

Barnes to leave big mess behind

How will Young gain black confidence?

CBS logs a ratings win for the week

Tom Brokaw memoir tops survey of best holiday gifts

50 years later, 3-D movies are still a thrill

Ready, set ... decorate!

In the know

Florida's wine makers finally enjoying fruits of labor

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start

In the know

Cream of the crop

Capsules

Small portions

Thurmond's lifetime eventful from start

A lottery for cheap tickets to Broadway's biggest hit

Health calendar

Campbell looking to establish roots

Five questions with Lance Galbraith
Augusta Lynx left winger Lance Galbraith answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Lynx notebook

Augusta acquires former league MVP
Addressing his team's desperate need for goal scoring, Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie completed a trade that is about as major as it gets in minor-pro hockey.

Campbell looking to establish roots
When forward John Campbell arrived at the Florida Everblades arena to meet his new team, he didn't get a chance to unpack his bags or check out his new surroundings.

Augusta acquires former league MVP

Lynx notebook
You'll need a scorecard to keep track of all the changes to the Augusta Lynx roster.

Sick mother wants bright Christmas
An Augusta mother diagnosed with a fatal illness wants to make Christmas special for her children.

Deals draw scrutiny
ATLANTA - With only days left in state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko's tenure, state auditors and lawyers are investigating whether a half-million dollars in contracts she signed were illegal.

Woman says she forgot dog ban
AIKEN - Jean Hrcsko says she doesn't remember a judge telling her she couldn't have any more dogs.

Judge annuls couple
AIKEN - An 86-year-old Aiken woman's marriage to a 34-year-old man ended Tuesday when a judge granted a request from the bride's family for an annulment.

NAACP branch fights to reawaken activism

News you can use
DEC. 4, 1982 An Augusta man was shot in the neck Friday by a Richmond County sheriff's deputy, who was helping to subdue and arrest another man for possession of marijuana.

Program gives students taste of real world
HARLEM - Harlem High ProStart student Fallon Waddell wants to open a restaurant with her uncle in Grovetown when she graduates.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Aaron Walden of Augusta.

When fun turns fatal

After 32 years, Aiken's senator is trying a new look
AIKEN - Old Handlebars has gone baby-faced.

Subscriber of the day

Budget worries dominate meeting with lawmakers
AIKEN - Members of the community anxious to hear something positive about South Carolina's troubled economy were told Tuesday to prepare for more of the same.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for people who walk or jog in the road during nondaylight hours. They are sometimes even pushing children in strollers. They need to realize this is very dangerous since drivers can't pick them up in their headlights until they are right on top of them. Do your walking in the daytime.

Believe it or not, ice is coming
By Tuesday afternoon, Wilkes County Sheriff Gary Rogers found it hard to believe that ice was coming his way. But weather officials say his county and others north of Augusta could see freezing rain today.

Slow ambulance investigated
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers launched an internal investigation Wednesday after a 73-year-old woman died while waiting nearly a half hour for an ambulance.

Kolb picks housing candidates
More than a year after Augusta commissioners voted to fire the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development director, City Administrator George Kolb has narrowed his search for a replacement to three candidates.

Family's farm still thrives
MAYSVILLE, Ga. - On a clear day, Charles Turk can see all the way from his family's Banks County chicken houses to Alto, about 2

Wife leaves man who plotted death
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The marriage of physician Carl Drury Jr., who was convicted of masterminding a murder-for-hire plot targeting his wife, ended quietly in a Glynn County courtroom.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Alberta Harris of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
ST. GEORGE -A Dorchester County man has been charged in the slaying of his girlfriend.

Sick mother wants bright Christmas

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Two of Georgia's prominent medical centers - Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia - are working to win a designation as a national cancer center.

Across the area
An Augusta man wanted in a violent assault on his mother escaped capture after a sheriff's investigator found him hiding in his mother's closet.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are asking for the public's help in finding an Augusta man who is accused of choking his mother and robbing her of $500.

Weather delays LeBlanc trial

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for people who walk or jog in the road during nondaylight hours. They are sometimes even pushing children in strollers. They need to realize this is very dangerous since drivers can't pick them up in their headlights until they are right on top of them. Do your walking in the daytime.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Thurmond

Across the area

Area braces for icy weather

Judge annuls couple

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. - The South leads the country in new HIV infections and overall AIDS cases, yet lags in federal funding when compared with other regions, officials at a regional AIDS conference said Wednesday.

Unemployed father wants holiday help

Police say man had record of rough play
An Augusta father charged with fracturing several bones in his infant son's body was known to play rough with the child, police said Wednesday.

Subscriber of the day

When fun turns fatal
Kay Huffman knows how deadly a prank can be.

News you can use

Grand jury indicts suspect on murder-for-hire charge
An Augusta man who police say hired a hit man to kill a local woman has been indicted by a Richmond County grand jury.

Budget worries dominate meeting with lawmakers

News you can use
DEC. 5, 1972 The final chapter in the long and often bitter campaign for the district attorney's office was written Monday when Richard Allen was installed as DA pro tem.

Believe it or not, ice is coming

NAACP branch fights to reawaken activism
Some remember when Clarke County residents believed civil rights were worth a fight.

Wife leaves man who plotted death

Unemployed father wants holiday help
A Thomson man lost his job in late September and wants to give his four daughters the kind of Christmas they deserve.

Kolb picks housing candidates

Public works positions get little interest
Despite high unemployment rates and a tough economy, more than 15 percent of the positions in Augusta's Department of Public Works are vacant, and repeated efforts to fill several of those spots have been unsuccessful.

Program gives students taste of real world

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Fifty-one reputed members of five violent street gangs that formed La Gran Familia face racketeering charges in federal indictments unsealed Wednesday that allege murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

After 32 years, Aiken's senator is trying a new look

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against the LPGA and its entourage for canceling their Masters trip to Augusta.

Navy squadrons gear up for fight

News you can use

Woman says she forgot dog ban

Across the area

Navy squadrons gear up for fight
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Navy Cmdr. Doug Cuthbert sits behind his desk in the helicopter squadron's hangar discussing the HS-7 Dusty Dogs' deployment and the possibility of war with Iraq.

Family's farm still thrives

Officer likely to be cleared in shooting
After a suspect pointed a gun at a police officer this year and had his arm broken, District Attorney Danny Craig suggested the suspect should be happy to be alive.

Lawmaker gets honors from home to Capitol
AIKEN - In the past quarter-century, Strom Thurmond has faced his closest and last election, the tragic loss of his oldest child and health problems that have forced the nation's longest-serving senator to take up residence in a hospital.

Public works positions get little interest

Town readies birthday bash

Area braces for icy weather
The freezing rain expected to ice over trees, power lines and overpasses hadn't made it to the Augusta area late Wednesday, weather officials said.

Weather delays LeBlanc trial
GASTONIA, N.C. - An approaching ice storm aborted Wednesday's proceedings in Aaron LeBlanc's rape trial.

Suspicious blaze evacuates school

Weather closes area schools

Grand jury indicts suspect on murder-for-hire charge

Lawmaker gets honors from home to Capitol

Glavine, Mets reach three-year deal

Town readies birthday bash
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond Elementary School pupils will be at his birthday party today, and so will students from Strom Thurmond High School.

Across the southeast

Happy Birthday, Mr. Thurmond
"Happy birthday" is a sentiment that can be expressed in so many ways.

Suspicious blaze evacuates school
Authorities suspect a pupil started a fire in the auditorium at Spirit Creek Middle School that forced pupils and teachers out into the bitter cold Wednesday.

Title games can derail dreams
ATHENS, Ga. - Not a soul in Georgia is complaining that the Bulldogs must scale one last hurdle simply to be eligible for a BCS bowl.

I'm delighted my TV show has been canceled
After nearly a year, it is safe to turn on your television again: My face no longer can be seen on the 11 o'clock news.

NASCAR notebook
NEW YORK - Tony Stewart once sealed parking lots to pay his bills. He also used to punch a time clock at a machine shop. He also drove a tow truck.

Unpredictable season helps Home Depot car to title
NEW YORK - The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season started with Tony Stewart's engine belching white smoke and dying on the third lap of the Daytona 500. It ended with Stewart celebrating a championship amid the smoke and explosions of fireworks.

Unpredictable season helps Home Depot car to title

Spotlight on Joe Gibbs
Here is a profile of NASCAR car owner Joe Gibbs.

NASCAR notebook

Spotlight on Joe Gibbs

Hawks fall to Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson scored 22 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the banged-up New Jersey Nets to an 87-72 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Hawks fall to Nets

College of Charleston surprising opponents once again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The College of Charleston might have in recent years knocked off teams like North Carolina (twice), Maryland and Tennessee, but did anyone think the Cougars and their rookie coach would win the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout title?

Turnovers are costly as Lady Jaguars lose
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Turnovers proved to be the downfall of the Augusta State women, who lost their first game of the season Wednesday night.

USC Aiken's women feel right at home
AIKEN - USC Aiken women's coach Mike Brandt credits his home gym, the Courthouse, with the way opponents are shooting the ball.

Pacers notch first win
AIKEN - After dishing out just six assists in a 21-point loss at Augusta State on Saturday, the Pacers did a better job of passing the ball Wednesday night.

Fantasy Football: It's time to work some magic

Vick gets rematch against stingy Bucs

NFL heads for record number of overtimes

Panthers' Weinke wants to discuss his future with coach

S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Ramsey    (DEARING, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Freeman Neal
For more than 50 years, Freeman Neal lived out his dreams of servicing cars and taking care of his family.

Mr. Hubert Crawford    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Banner Valentine    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Monteen Davis    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Marie Harris
As a business manager of a mobile home community and a private nurse, Marie Harris spent the majority of her life serving others in more ways than one.

Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Marsh    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bennie Atkins    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Maurkice Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ella Way    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Bauknight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Marvin McDonald    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Sgt. James Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nettie Penn    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Alice McNeal    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Lula Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Stroup    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Nathan Norman    (DANBURG, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Yelton Jr.    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Bragg Jr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Roberson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ella Way    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Danforth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mollie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Yelton Jr.    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dozier    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Hubert Crawford    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Dunn    (LOGANVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Brown    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Rachel Graves    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cullum Owings    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Hagan    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emily Polite    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jacquelyn Hammock    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Sharon Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Smith Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Sharon Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Speering    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mr. Aaron Shuster    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Sturgill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mollie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Smith Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. William Zealy Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Stewart Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Beeson    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Harrison    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Ms. Patricia Sweetland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Nannie Harrison    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Underwood    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Wansley    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. James Hurston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Weeks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Dr. Gerald Burroughs    (TUCKER, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Ruth Williams    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Carr Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wallace Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Janie Clark    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Roger Cooper    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Wallace Youngblood
Veteran Augusta radio host Wallace Youngblood was found dead Tuesday morning, possibly from complications from his lengthy battle with cancer, said Steve York, the production manager for Beasley Broadcasting Co.

Sgt. James Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Minnie Conway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Martino Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Norma Comissiong    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Lasky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Theresa Linger    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Miss Sally Brightharp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Cullum Owings (ATLANTA, Ga.)

S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Underwood (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Sgt. James Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Shuster (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Hagan (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Sally Brightharp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Martino Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Sgt. James Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Penn (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Roy Marsh (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Douglas Forrest (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Bragg Jr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Theresa Linger (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert Crawford (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice McNeal (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Douglas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Weeks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin McDonald (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Rev. Douglas Forrest (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Beeson (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Dunbar (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Lasky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Cooper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George Ramsey (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Yelton Jr. (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Wallace Youngblood

Mrs. Monteen Davis (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Way (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Carr Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Sturgill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Minnie Conway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Harrison (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Maurkice Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelyn Hammock (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Bauknight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lula Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Brown (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Roberson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Banner Valentine (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Smith (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Patricia Sweetland (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Janie Clark (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Way (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Hurston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgianna Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Zealy Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Polite (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Norman (DANBURG, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Stroup (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Dunn (LOGANVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Dozier (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Dr. Gerald Burroughs (TUCKER, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Historic events integral to economy
Richard Amundson ("No conservative," letter Nov. 30) claims that President George W. Bush "is the most liberally spending president we've ever had" and says he doesn't understand how a president can take an economy that is strong enough to produce a surplus and turn it into a deficit. To Mr. Amundson and all of the other educationally challenged Democrats, permit me to explain. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Finds pride in Lucy Laney Wildcats
On behalf of the Lucy Laney High School alumni, staff and fans, I say double kudos to the Wildcats for a job well done thus far. They have proven to us and, should I say, "the haters," that we can stand up to the test when we have to. Lavonia Thomas, Augusta

Creating Israel was a mistake
ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC trumpet the president's stupid policy statements concerning Israel and Palestine. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

We're not there yet
You can't blame United Airlines' machinists for wondering if bankruptcy might even be a good thing for the nation's second-largest airline.

Missile hysteria
Are al-Qaida terrorists and their extremist Islamic affiliates using surface-to-air missiles to ratchet up the war against innocent civilians? That seems to be the fearful consensus forming in Washington after two shoulder-fired missiles missed an Israeli passenger airliner taking off from a Kenyan airport last week.

Iraqis uncooperative
"Has Saddam Hussein changed his behavior of the last 11 years? Has he decided to cooperate willingly and comply completely, or has he not? So far the signs are not encouraging. A regime that fires upon American and British pilots is not taking the path of compliance. A regime that sends letters filled with protests and falsehoods is not taking the path of compliance."

America must wage another battle: the war on ignorance
Yes, we all are familiar with the war on terrorism, but what about the war on ignorance? Lisa Myrick, Martinez, Ga.

A friendly budget
Let's hope the way the Augusta Commission handled the budget this fall is a harbinger of things to come next year - commissioners cooperating instead of feuding.

Satan at work at Augusta National
This is about the problem at the Augusta National Golf Club. It can't be helped. It is Satan at work. Just as he looked around the Garden of Eden and saw it was too quiet and peaceful, he decided to use Eve to create chaos and go against God, which resulted in paradise lost.

Blacks should return to GOP roots
Blacks have the perfect opportunity to return to their roots - the Republicans: The party that ended slavery, first gave blacks the right to vote, was the first to support and accept black political officeholders, the first to allow black ownership, the first to admit blacks were humans and to recognize a whole host of other human and civil rights for blacks. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

He'll outlive us all
We hope our readers have been following The Chronicle's Page 1 series on the life and times of Strom Thurmond, the nation's longest serving U.S. senator and South Carolina's most beloved.

Why should Tiger toe the line?
Why do the liberal media insist that Tiger Woods boycott the 2003 Masters Tournament if the Augusta National doesn't admit a woman to membership by April 1, 2003? Tom Zwemer, Augusta

How will Young gain black confidence?
Now that Bob Young has been re-elected Augusta's mayor, I would like to know what he is going to do to gain the confidence of the black community. It was evident by watching the election results that a majority of the black community did not vote for him during the runoff election. William Sanders, Augusta

Hits weak objection to TIA program
Some of us were wondering just how much The Augusta Chronicle could take before raising an objection to President George W. Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft's attack on the civil liberties of Americans. William D. Tiffin, Augusta

Door only cracked
In the letter that appeared in The Chronicle on Nov. 14, "Eager to serve Columbia County," Rep.-elect Barry Fleming stated that his door would always be open. I'm glad he figured out how to open it. Billy Thigpen, Evans, Ga.

Services worker will be missed
I have known Barbara Thomas for several years. She is the Family Services worker for Columbia County Head Start in Harlem. Eleanor Hampton, Harlem, Ga.

Barnes to leave big mess behind
The election is over, and we were all shocked that the polls lied like they did. Gov. Roy Barnes is still in shock. He was completely confident. We were not, however, shocked that Mr. Barnes lost; he lost in the main because he deceived the people of Georgia. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Area entertainment needs advertising
Disney put on a spectacular ice show. My 3-year-old son was spellbound. Heather Dickau, Modoc, S.C.

Children should be the primary concern of our community
With all the election hype ending, it is my hope that we will now get to what should be a real concern in our community - our children. I am amazed at how we overlook the most important part of our community. Our children are, at best, used as political fodder. They are our children - not something to be toyed with. The Rev. Roscoe F. Perry, Appling, Ga.

Williams first player to enter Charleston tournament

Overtime

Panel to recommend changes to Title IX

Title IX commission to issue recommendations

Risks for Jones and Ruiz in title fight

Overtime

Bettor sues in Breeders' Cup scam

Lewis testifies against his former lawyer
NEW YORK -- Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis took the witness stand Wednesday and accused his former lawyer of helping a promoter who was "ripping me off."

Bettor sues in Breeders' Cup scam
WASHINGTON -- In the latest fallout over the Breeders' Cup betting scandal, a professional handicapper filed suit Wednesday against the company that handles most of the nation's on- and off-track betting.

Panel to recommend changes to Title IX
PHILADELPHIA -- Universities could find it easier to comply with Title IX under proposals that a federal commission began considering Wednesday.

Title IX commission to issue recommendations
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal commission studying Title IX, the law that requires gender equity in high school and university sports, is wrapping up its work and plans to issue recommendations Wednesday.

United States to open 2003 schedule against Canada
CHICAGO -- The U.S. soccer team, coming off its best World Cup since 1930, will open its 2003 schedule against Canada on Jan. 18 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Risks for Jones and Ruiz in title fight
NEW YORK -- Elusive in and out of the ring, light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. dodged WBA heavyweight champ John Ruiz for two hours Tuesday before showing up at the news conference for their title fight.

Overtime
Franklin Langham and Scott Parel went different directions in the first round of the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif.

Overtime
Augustans Scott Parel and Richard Johnson, along with former Thomson resident Franklin Langham, begin their quest to earn PGA Tour playing privileges for 2003 today.

Williams first player to enter Charleston tournament
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Serena Williams became the first player to enter the 2003 Family Circle Cup, the tournament's executive director said Tuesday.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

North Augusta passes test from Silver Bluff
His team had just been smoked, 67-49, by North Augusta, the No. 1 team in South Carolina Class AAAA, but Silver Bluff coach Samuel Lilly made a bold proclamation after Tuesday's game was over.

NFL heads for record number of overtimes
NEW YORK -- Two simple reasons why the NFL is on the verge of breaking the single-season record for overtime games: the 2-point conversion and the salary cap.

Vick gets rematch against stingy Bucs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team that has made Michael Vick look ordinary.

Fantasy Football: It's time to work some magic
This is what fantasy owners have been waiting for all year.

Panthers' Weinke wants to discuss his future with coach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Weinke wants to talk with coach John Fox after the season about his future with the Carolina Panthers.

Panthers' Peppers suspended for final four games of season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Star rookie defensive end Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers was suspended Tuesday for the final four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Mammograms may now be able to detect heart disease
CHICAGO -- Mammograms are designed to detect breast cancer, but new research suggests they may also reveal signs of an even greater threat to women: heart disease.

FDA finds highly variable levels of worrisome chemical in foods
ADELPHI, Md. -- Popular U.S. brands of potato chips and french fries contain highly variable levels of a possible cancer-causing substance - amounts that fluctuate from bag to bag and seem to depend partly on how long foods are cooked - according to federal research released Wednesday.

Know options before buying digital camera
By the end of 2002, the Photo Marketing Association International (www.pmai.org) estimates that 9.2 million digital cameras will have been sold worldwide. That means a lot of shutterbugs are getting into the exciting world of digital imaging. (PMAI also estimates that about 200 million single-use cameras will have been sold by the end of 2002, so there are still plenty of 35mm film users out there.)

Task force softens stance on prostate cancer screenings
PHILADELPHIA -- A government advisory panel has dropped its objection to routine prostate cancer screenings for millions of middle-aged and elderly men, saying it is possible the tests save lives.

Volumes of Washington's papers now available online
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A 37-volume collection of George Washington's papers is now available online, giving unprecedented access to the Founding Father's personal documents and correspondence.

Hayes comes to the rescue for Georgia

Richt's behavior rubs off on Dogs

Razorbacks use quartet of backs to build SEC's top rushing attack
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas started this season with three one-time starters at tailback and a redshirt freshman trying to squeeze into the rotation.

Cool hand Greene: Georgia QB never gets flustered

South Aiken graduate settles in at Georgia

Razorbacks use quartet of backs to build SEC's top rushing attack

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia

South Aiken graduate settles in at Georgia
About the only thing Kevin Kisner hasn't done as a freshman on the 15th-ranked University of Georgia golf team is win an individual title.

Punt returner is a natural
ATHENS, Ga. - Sean Jones' ninth-grade coach called him "The Natural" because of his ability to play football, basketball and baseball.

Bulldogs regain fans' confidence
ATHENS, Ga. - Jon Stinchcomb and Kevin Breedlove were driving through campus Monday when they witnessed the scene outside Stegeman Coliseum.

Punt returner is a natural

Hayes comes to the rescue for Georgia
BOULDER, Colo. - Jonas Hayes hit a desperation 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, lifting Georgia past Colorado 71-70 on Tuesday night.

Bulldogs regain fans' confidence

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia

Georgia defensive lineman managed to stay in the headlines
ATHENS, Ga. -- Defensive linemen aren't supposed to make headlines. Try telling that to David Pollack.

Dogs not worried about turf

Georgia takes crack at first SEC title since 1982
LITTLE ROCK -- After 10 years of watching Tennessee and Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia will finally make the event a home game.

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia
LITTLE ROCK -- All Arkansas coach Houston Nutt needed to dampen the euphoria that followed his team's final-seconds victory over LSU was a remote control.

Fever sweeps Bulldog Nation
ATHENS, Ga. - Bonnie Sillay freely admits she wasn't a Bulldog fan when she started her freshman year at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2000.

Barnes, Huckabee place bets on championship game
LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Mike Huckabee has put his money where his mouth is, or at least where he hopes some Georgia peach ice cream will go after Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game between Arkansas and Georgia.

Richt's behavior rubs off on Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley saw it with his own eyes, so don't tell him Mark Richt is incapable of showing emotion.

Dogs not worried about turf
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia will play on artificial turf for the first time in two years when it faces Arkansas at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, but Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said he's not worried about the transition.

Fever sweeps Bulldog Nation

Cool hand Greene: Georgia QB never gets flustered
ATHENS, Ga. -- As a kid playing youth football, David Greene quickly showed he was mature beyond his years.

Georgia defensive lineman managed to stay in the headlines

Nutt says Razorbacks' confidence biggest asset against Georgia
LITTLE ROCK -- All Arkansas coach Houston Nutt needed to dampen the euphoria that followed his team's final-seconds victory over LSU was a remote control.

Gamecocks rout Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Wofford coach Ed Wyant was so stunned to see South Carolina pressing and fouling his team in the final minute with more than a 50-point lead, he had to call a timeout.

Gamecocks rout Wofford

Gamecocks top Eagles
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Susan Walvius says it might have been one of the toughest 21-point wins South Carolina has ever had.

Gamecocks top Eagles

Artist turns cows into poetry

Odds and Ends

Dancers say Lusty Lady is skimpy with wages

Mammograms may now be able to detect heart disease

FDA finds highly variable levels of worrisome chemical in foods

Task force softens stance on prostate cancer screenings

Know options before buying digital camera