Pregnant pause can be expansive
I'm a big fan of the miracle of life: I'll be the first to gush over baby pictures and have been known to describe mothers-to-be as glowing.

Concert calendar
This is a list of area concerts.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Video watch
Here's a list of videos and their release dates as well as some reviews of videos already on the shelves.

Good food makes up for lax service at Beamie's
Just how laid back is too laid back? That's the question we pondered as we kicked back for lunch recently at Beamie's at the River, 865 Reynolds St. The place is so languid and slow-paced that we almost forgot our lunch hour was limited to, well, an hour. It's easy for the beach decor and hypnotic aquariums to lull diners into a sense of timelessness.

Ramblin Rhodes: Memorable lines from music stars

Club calendar
This is a list of entertainment at area clubs.

Standing ovations

Revelers have many options for New Year's celebrations
New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and everybody is searching for that place to be for the celebration.

Tropical tribulations

The Snug goes a cut above when preparing beef
The Snug Tavern and Grill and Clubhouse on Davis Road in Martinez is now open for dinner on Monday nights.

Good food makes up for lax service at Beamie's

Ramblin Rhodes: Memorable lines from music stars
As per my custom, the last column of the year recalls favorite quotes from interviews in 2002:

Gallery listings

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Standing ovations
Fort Discovery's 22-foot-tall space-themed climbing structure is designed to bring out the adventurer in children.

Pregnant pause can be expansive

Gallery listings
This is a list of gallery events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Revelers have many options for New Year's celebrations

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Mini reviews

Video watch

Tropical tribulations
Although best remembered for its buoyant, bubbly score, Rodgers and Hammerstein's World War II musical South Pacific has more to offer than a tattooed sailor in a coconut shell bra and a nurse's obsession with follicular hygiene.

Christmas cheer runs out when returning gifts

Stocks fall in quiet session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Friday in light, uneventful trading. Much of the day's activity was driven by company or industry specific news rather than any broader market trends.

Sales tax on Internet buys could help fill budget gaps

New jobless claims fall, but businesses still not hiring quickly
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by the largest number in more than a year, indicating that layoffs may be easing even as economic uncertainties- including a possible war with Iraq - make businesses wary of hiring a lot of people.

Nearly 800,000 jobless lose benefits, more to follow

Sales tax on Internet buys could help fill budget gaps
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As states across the country struggle with budget deficits in the billions, many officials are beginning to eye sales taxes on online shopping.

Business briefs

Chains fight to get bigger bite of sales
MIAMI - When Richard Steinig opened his first of four South Florida McDonald's restaurants in the 1970s, the fight for burger chain supremacy could be summed up this simply: Which was tastier - the Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?

South Carolina hits six-year record in unemployment

Mortgage rates reach new low for eighth time this year
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped to a new low this week, the eighth time that has happened this year.

Shares fall on war, oil worries in post-holiday trading
NEW YORK -- Investors spooked by hostilities in Iraq and a steep rise in oil prices sent stocks lower Thursday in light, post-Christmas trading.

New-home sales in November hit highest level on record
WASHINGTON -- Motivated by some of the lowest mortgage rates seen in decades, home shoppers turned into buyers and propelled new-home sales in November to the highest monthly level on record. New-home sales for all of 2002 are on track for their best-ever year.

Nearly 800,000 jobless lose benefits, more to follow
WASHINGTON -- Already facing a sputtering economy and slow hiring, nearly 800,000 unemployed Americans face a new woe Saturday when their federal unemployment benefits end.

New jobless claims fall, but businesses still not hiring quickly

South Carolina hits six-year record in unemployment
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Slower-than-normal hiring around Christmas met an influx of new people seeking work and pushed the state's jobless rate to a six-year high in November, the Employment Security Commission said Friday.

Shares fall on war, oil worries in post-holiday trading

Chains fight to get bigger bite of sales

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - A Justice Department probe of accounting practices at Global Crossing Ltd. which is now in bankruptcy proceedings, will not lead to criminal charges, a law enforcement source The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity, confirming published reports on the outcome of the probe.

Mortgage rates reach new low for eighth time this year

Natural gas prices expected to rise in Janurary
ATLANTA -- Natural gas prices are rising, and Georgia consumers could see the impact as early as January.

Business briefs

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons
ACWORTH, Ga. -- Barbara Milliken wanted to take wood shop in high school, but her principal told her it would be a disruption to the all-male class. She said she was told to take home economics instead.

Stocks fall in quiet session

Business briefs
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex and Huggies, says a subsidiary and some of the unit's former executives and directors have agreed to pay $55 million to settle two shareholder lawsuits.

New-home sales in November hit highest level on record

Free throws give Auburn win over Clemson
ATLANTA -- Natasha Brackett hit a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left as Auburn remained unbeaten with a 60-58 victory over Clemson Friday afternoon in the ACC-SEC shootout.

Free throws give Auburn win over Clemson

Nebraska looks to salvage season against Ole Miss
SHREVEPORT, La. -- After playing for a national championship a year ago, Nebraska wasn't expecting to be in the Independence Bowl this season.

Kansas State beats Arizona State in Holiday Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- The Kansas State Wildcats were saved by the Ell.

Boston College beats Toledo in Motor City Bowl
DETROIT -- Brian St. Pierre passed for a career-high 342 yards and three touchdowns as Boston College defeated Toledo 51-25 in the Motor City Bowl on Thursday night, capping one of the most successful four-year runs in school history.

Close calls for Miami, Ohio State

Close calls for Miami, Ohio State
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Miami and Ohio State have perfect records for the same reasons: Both are not only good, they're lucky.

Oklahoma St. wins Houston Bowl

Questions again surround Seminoles at Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- Bobby Bowden enjoys his trips to the Sugar Bowl, even though Florida State's last three visits have come with plenty of outside distractions.

Wisconsin must slow down Colorado's Brown in Alamo

Palmer, Trojans already feel at home in Miami

Nebraska looks to salvage season against Ole Miss

Wisconsin must slow down Colorado's Brown in Alamo
SAN ANTONIO -- Colorado tailback Chris Brown was out with an injury when the Buffaloes lost the Big 12 championship game and dropped a few spots on the bowl-selection depth chart.

Pittsburgh tops Oregon St. in Insight Bowl

Oklahoma St. wins Houston Bowl
HOUSTON -- Rashaun Woods put on another memorable show for Oklahoma State. The only question left is was it his last.

Tire Bowl fans treated to street party, pep rally

Palmer, Trojans already feel at home in Miami
MIAMI -- After one practice, the Southern California Trojans already feel at home.

Mississippi ends Nebraska's winning streak

Tire Bowl fans treated to street party, pep rally
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The country descended on the city in a wave of orange, blue and gold Friday as thousands of football fans from Virginia and West Virginia converged for a street party and pep rally.

Pittsburgh tops Oregon St. in Insight Bowl
PHOENIX -- Shawn Robinson became the first Pittsburgh player to return a punt for a touchdown in the school's 22 bowl appearances as the 24th-ranked Panthers beat Oregon State 38-13 Thursday night in the Insight Bowl.

Boston College beats Toledo in Motor City Bowl

Questions again surround Seminoles at Sugar Bowl

Kansas State beats Arizona State in Holiday Bowl

Mississippi ends Nebraska's winning streak
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Eli Manning threw for 313 yards and a touchdown as Mississippi ended Nebraska's 40-year streak of winning seasons with a 27-23 victory Friday in the Independence Bowl.

Doing the right thing

Partisan 9-11 probe?

New kind of holy war

Ridiculous protest

Yellow perch can be fun on light tackle
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.

Yellow perch can be fun on light tackle

It's never too early to garden

It's never too early to garden
If you've got time off and good weather, the week between Christmas and New Year's can be a good time to get caught up on some gardening chores.

Georgia Tech beats Georgia for first time
ATLANTA - Fallon Stokes scored 18 points and made a key defensive play late in the game to lead Georgia Tech to its first victory over Georgia.

Augusta Country Club surprises Howell

Augusta Country Club surprises Howell
Charles Howell went to Augusta Country Club on Thursday night to accept an honorary membership to the club. He got that, all right, along with a big surprise.

Prep basketball scores

Division II team has 38-game streak

Last-place Thrashers fire Fraser
DULUTH, Ga. -- In 3 1/2 years, Curt Fraser couldn't win with the team built by general manager Don Waddell.

Last-place Thrashers fire Fraser

Thrashers blast Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Don Waddell era is off to a good start in Atlanta.

Thrashers blast Hurricanes

Christmas cheer runs out when returning gifts
I can't figure out which is more stressful: shopping for the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends, or taking back the gifts they gave you without their finding out about it.

Viewers at mercy of cable company

Jury-bashing editorials off base

Commends Corps for taking action

Some Christians are pro-choice

Front page isn't for football scores

GeorgiaCares gives hope to seniors

Reader changes opinion of Sen. Lott

Applauds writer for 'injustice' letter

Lynx to honor Howell

Columbia scorches Augusta
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Inferno ended their five game losing streak and the Augusta Lynx continued their losing ways as the Inferno took a 6-3 victory Thursday night.

Flu can't stop Howell on his night of honor
The flu bug hit Charles Howell hard Friday morning, but nothing was going to stop the young PGA Tour star from enjoying a night with the Augusta Lynx.

Augusta Lynx road report
Today: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

Lynx to honor Howell
Winding up with an Easton Synergy stick and swinging a Great Big Bertha driver require similar movements, which is one of the reasons why so many hockey players have an undying passion for golf.

Augusta Lynx road report

Lynx break out of slump
Before Friday's game against the Columbus Cottonmouths, David Wilkie said he no longer can stomach the thought of losing, and the Augusta Lynx coach drove his point home with a fiery pre-game speech.

Lynx break out of slump

Columbia scorches Augusta

Lynx Gamenight
Lynx GameNight Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx When: Tonight, 7:35 p.m.

Flu can't stop Howell on his night of honor

Veterans offer advice on exercise

Across the area

Duke says reactors safe from jet crash
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Duke Power officials say a recent report confirms their assessment that the company's nuclear power plants could withstand a plane crashing into reactor buildings.

Stay-at-home mothers find support net

Subscriber of the day

Duke says reactors safe from jet crash

Rants and raves
I HAVE A rant for the person who ranted about taking 6-year-old children hunting for deer in the woods. If it weren't for these fathers taking their children and bonding with them, and the fact that there could be an overpopulation of deer, what would we do then? My daughter is 3 years old, and when she turns 4, she is going hunting with her father with my full support.

Across the Southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The 19-year-old son of incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was slightly injured in the crash of a small plane Friday.

Across South Carolina

Heavy rains help lakes recover
Rainfall across upstate Georgia and South Carolina is refilling Savannah River reservoirs that were in drought-management mode just a few weeks ago.

Trees find new uses after end of holiday

County changes landfill hours
The new year will mean new hours at the Richmond County landfill.

Fake prints fool buyers

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG -Deputies have issued warrants for a Charlotte, N.C., man who shot a tourist in a rest area bathroom along Interstate 95 when he refused to give up his wallet, police said.

Subscriber of the day

Company mints version Confederate coins
COLUMBIA - The Confederacy couldn't afford to mass-produce a half-dollar coin, but the four made by hand in New Orleans in 1861 are among some of the rarest ever minted.

Across Georiga
ATLANTA - A teenager accused of accidentally shooting his stepbrother at a northeast Atlanta home was released on bond Thursday night.

Family returns estate to glory
AIKEN - Stephen Mueller spent most of Friday morning and afternoon rebricking the front entrance to his Rose Hill estate, one of Aiken's oldest and most historic treasures.

Tax supporters are optimistic
COLUMBIA - Supporters of a cigarette tax to pay for rising Medicaid costs are confident the Legislature will approve a 53-cent increase when it returns Jan. 14.

MLK salute
The fifth-grade class of Brookwood Elementary School will perform I Remember Martin Luther King Jr.; a tribute to Dr. King, at 1:45, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Monday. Jan. 15.

Holiday's end brings new spirit to shopping season

Dog saves woman from fire
AIKEN - A 68-year-old Aiken woman was awakened and nudged to safety by her dog as a fire began to spread in her house Friday night.

News you can use

Across the area

Family returns estate to glory

MLK salute

Heavy rains help lakes recover

Wilson home invites same-name visitors

Across the Southeast

Across Georiga

Wilson home invites same-name visitors
If your name is Tommy, today is your lucky day. The boyhood home of former President Thomas Woodrow Wilson will offer free admission today (Saturday) to anyone with the name, in honor of the 28th president's 146th birthday.

Recreation building gets face-lift

Burglary cases rise for teens
Two teen brothers who face 62 felony counts in a string of burglaries in the Meadowbrook Drive area were back in the custody of juvenile authorities Friday - their third arrest this week.

Subscriber of the day
Hattie Sullivan is today's subscriber of the day.

Veterans offer advice on exercise
Susann Deason isn't the only one who benefits from her faithful exercise routine - her students at Aiken Technical College are probably grateful, too.

Police investigate bank robbery
Wearing a fake beard and sunglasses, a man robbed a downtown Augusta bank Thursday. It was the second such robbery in the area during the holiday season.

Recreation building gets face-lift
For years, the cinderblock building at the defunct Blount Park epitomized the decay and neglect of the Sand Hills neighborhood.

House numbers

Fake prints fool buyers
AIKEN - Think you got a great deal on that Jim Harrison framed print you bought at a local flea market?

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -Abraham Lincoln is returning to the capital of the Confederacy, much to the chagrin of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Subscriber of the day
Jennifer Hammett is today's subscriber of the day.

House numbers
The Columbia County Planning and Development Office is urging residents to ensure that their homes have their street address numbers plainly visible from the street so that emergency personnel can find the correct address.

Sanford may leave Reserve
COLUMBIA - Gov.-elect Mark Sanford says he may have to drop out of the Air Force Reserve.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 27, 1979 Reception has been cool to the tenured-instructor assessment program begun in April by the Richmond County Board of Education, Staff Development Director Carlene Murphy said.

Across South Carolina

Holiday's end brings new spirit to shopping season
According to the National Retail Federation, after-Christmas sales account for 10 percent of total holiday sales. The group expects 2002 holiday retail sales to increase 4 percent from last year, when they were up 5.6 percent.

Dog saves woman from fire

Trees find new uses after end of holiday
After Christmas, the tree that was once the centerpiece of holiday cheer loses its magic when the lights are turned off and the ornaments put away.

Across the Southeast

Police find marijuana packages in house
A Grovetown couple was arrested Christmas Day - charged with manufacture of marijuana near school property - after the husband fled the scene of a minor car accident, police said.

Sanford may leave Reserve

Stay-at-home mothers find support net
As Veronica McAlpine pulled into a shopping plaza parking lot, she noticed a woman next to her, also tending to her child.

Company mints version Confederate coins

Across the area
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a van Christmas evening on Washington Road.

Burglary cases rise for teens

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -Eight families lost their homes Christmas morning when fire destroyed an apartment building in Horry County.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Pakistani immigrant freed from jail to seek treatment for a rare blood disorder has fled the United States again rather than face trial.

Across the area
A head-on collision Friday afternoon on Washington Road in Evans killed an elderly Lincolnton woman.

Seminoles are still dangerous
Bulldogs beware: The Big Easy this ain't. Just because Florida State seems a little too preoccupied with skipping exams, stealing checks, getting the "FSU rate" at local malls, debating the future of its coach, lamenting the dulling of its luster and dealing with a gambling inquiry doesn't mean the Seminoles should be considered any less dangerous.

Watch the Sicilian egg nog
OK, it's that time again, time for my weekly glimpse at the wild and sometimes wacky world of sports in the local media.

Gordon will host SNL
HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will host "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 11.

Gordon will host SNL

Hawks fire coach Kruger
ATLANTA -- Coach Lon Kruger was fired by the slumping Hawks, the second Atlanta coach to be let go Thursday.

Stotts coaches first game as Hawks face Spurs

Overnight ratings up for Christmas Day doubleheader
NEW YORK -- ABC Sports' deal with the NBA got off to a promising start.

Stotts coaches first game as Hawks face Spurs
ATLANTA -- Terry Stotts didn't wait long to make changes to the Atlanta Hawks' lineup.

Hawks top Spurs

Overnight ratings up for Christmas Day doubleheader

Hawks top Spurs
ATLANTA -- Minutes after giving Jason Terry an earful for an untimely turnover, coach Terry Stotts drew up a play for Terry to win the game.

Falcons finally get Dunn deal

Reeves has team ready

Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Allen Barrow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dennie Walden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Elam    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Peggy Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mozelle Gunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Rosa Fisher    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Sidney Sparks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Fitts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ezbert Gibson Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Ford    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elliot Elam    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. C.J. Gregory    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mozelle Gunter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Velma Thigpen    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Sue Hogan    (HARTWELL, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Amerson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga)
Mrs. Polly Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Jackson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Davis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Victoria Jackson    (FT. LAUDERDAL, FLA.)
Mr. James Elam    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Samuel Jenkins    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Scott    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Franklin Lamkin    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Connors    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Edwards    (Augusta, Ga)
Mr. Jim Lawrence Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Inez Granger    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Major Edward Lokey    (HARLEM, GA.)
Mr. Billy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Tryone Moultrie    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Ms. Ada Toby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Calvin Neal    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Crosby    (FAIR PLAY, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Ostrander    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Guy Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Pixley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Brinson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Pontoo    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Pamela Rickerson    (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)
Mrs. Margaret Crossan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Sidney Sparks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Early-Tate    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
Miss Ada Toby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elliot Elam    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Belle Toole    (GREER, S.C.)
Mrs. Becky Fleming    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Short    (SHREVEPORT, LA)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Saggus    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. C.J. Gregory    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Morris Whisnant    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Florine Campbell    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Allen    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Davis    (ALBEMARLE, N.C.)
Mr. William Haney, Sr    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Calhoun Bodiford    (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)
Mr. Brigham Shubert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Ada Hill    ( LOUISEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Victoria Jackson    (LAUDERDALE, FLA.)
Mr. Thomas Long    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Ms. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Wiley    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Nellie Rhoades
Cooking for family members was one of the things Nellie Rhoades loved to do.

Mrs. Grace Short    (SHREVEPORT, La.)
Mrs. Thelma Watts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Macon Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Cleo Atkins    (DANBURY, Conn.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Walker (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. James Elam (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Allen Barrow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Haney, Sr (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Cleo Atkins (DANBURY, Conn.)

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (Augusta, Ga)

Mr. Bobby Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Denny Bradford (WINDSOR, S.C)

Mr. Louis Mozone Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Jenkins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Thelma Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Elam (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Becky Fleming (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Rosa Fisher (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Crossan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pamela Rickerson (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)

Mrs. Ada Hill ( LOUISEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Pardue (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tryone Moultrie (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Pardue (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Calhoun Bodiford (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Ford (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Crosby (FAIR PLAY, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Landrum (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Delores Pontoo (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Miss Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Baughman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Watts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Belle Toole (GREER, S.C.)

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Allen (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, La.)

Mr. James Jackson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Long (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. John Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Lamkin (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Thigpen (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Fitts (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Wiley (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brigham Shubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ezbert Gibson Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Scott (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Polly Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Granger (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Nellie Rhoades

Rev. John Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Davis (ALBEMARLE, N.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Early-Tate (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Lawrence Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Walker (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Pixley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sherry McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Sue Hogan (HARTWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Dennie Walden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mrs. Ruth Brinson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florine Campbell (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Macon Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Amerson (SWAINSBORO, Ga)

Mr. Nelson Baughman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mozelle Gunter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Saggus (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Kent: Quotas don't deserve redemption
U.S. SEN. TRENT LOTT'S multiple apologies and vast promises to support affirmative action "across the board" pose a threat to well-settled areas of our law and our culture, even though he has stepped down as Senate majority leader.

Viewers at mercy of cable company
Comcast Cable Service is almost a monopoly in the Augusta area. Cable viewers are captive consumers. To increase revenues, Comcast adds a program or two to justify the rate increases. We, the consumer, do not have a choice or vote to either accept (or not accept) the added programs; however, we are obligated to assume a charge because it has been added to the network. P.C. Santos, Augusta

Doing the right thing
If 2001 was the year of terror, 2002 was the year of scandal - from stylish corporate thieves in silk ties to sociopathic sexual predators in priests' robes.

Commends Corps for taking action
I commend the Army Corps of Engineers for being responsive to property owners' and business owners' needs around Thurmond Lake. In the past, the Corps' guidelines have totally ignored the fact that many people could be hurt financially and otherwise by falling lake levels. Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

Partisan 9-11 probe?
The national commission to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is supposed to shed light on why U.S. intelligence failed to link the dots that might have headed off the tragedy, but so far the panel, which hasn't been fully appointed yet, is generating a lot more heat than light.

Jury-bashing editorials off base
I knew that the rape conviction of Aaron LeBlanc in Gastonia, N.C., would restart the jury bashing in The Augusta Chronicle editorials. As an individual who has sat on several juries, here are a few observations. Jim Hartman, Aiken, S.C.

GeorgiaCares gives hope to seniors
In his Dec. 10 column, "Stopgap Rx help for seniors is available, but few know about it," M.J. Collier shed light on an enormous problem for older Georgians - the struggle to pay for increasingly expensive prescription medications. Georgia's Division of Aging Services is responding to this growing need with a new public-private partnership called GeorgiaCares. Jeanette G. Cummings, Augusta

Front page isn't for football scores
Seems with everything going on in this world, The Augusta Chronicle would have better things to splash on the front page of its Sunday edition than the Georgia football score. Wayne Cheselka, North Augusta, S.C.

Some Christians are pro-choice
Planned Parenthood is a pro-choice organization of thousands of staff and millions of volunteers and supporters - of all religious beliefs - who work to ensure the health and rights of all people. Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Ridiculous protest
University of Georgia Law School professor Eugene Wilkes says he's "appalled and horrified" at the choice of speaker for next May's graduation ceremonies. He told Morris News Service he's not alone, too - that a number of his professorial colleagues, and students, will protest or boycott the event.

Kent: Quotas don't deserve redemption
U.S. SEN. TRENT LOTT'S multiple apologies and vast promises to support affirmative action "across the board" pose a threat to well-settled areas of our law and our culture, even though he has stepped down as Senate majority leader.

Reader changes opinion of Sen. Lott
This is regarding the letter I sent to The Augusta Chronicle, which was published on Dec. 21, "Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted." After seeing the "real" Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., reveal his true colors on Black Entertainment Television, I found him to be as offensive to white conservatives as he is to American blacks. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

Applauds writer for 'injustice' letter
Thanks to Zelda Jones for having the courage to write a letter about the injustice in the Richmond County judicial system (Dec. 8, "Slams local 'injustice' system"). Residents of Augusta should be outraged at how the district attorney's office "deals out justice." Nicole Bowers, North Augusta, S.C.

New kind of holy war
It is high time Muslims across the globe declared a holy war - of words and peaceful actions, this time - against the extremists in their midst who are at war against Christians and Jews.

Watch the Sicilian egg nog

Patriots' Super Bowl win chosen AP Story of the Year

Serena Williams is AP Female Athlete of the Year

Lance Armstrong is AP Male Athlete of the Year

Augusta Futurity revamps parade

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Augusta Futurity revamps parade
Horse lovers soon will see a new side of the annual Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage parade.

Lance Armstrong is AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas -- To this day, Lance Armstrong insists cancer was the best thing that happened to him.

Overtime
The Ray Guy Kicking & Punting Academy will be held this weekend at the Academy of Richmond County stadium.

Overtime
The Pittsburgh Steelers have often looked like two different teams - so, appropriately enough, they have two most valuable players.

Patriots' Super Bowl win chosen AP Story of the Year
The football flew through the flakes and between the uprights in the wintry New England night. Long-snapper Lonie Paxton flopped on his back and carved a snow angel in the field.

Serena Williams is AP Female Athlete of the Year
Serena Williams personifies intensity on a tennis court, right down to her routine for the prematch coin toss.

Division II team has 38-game streak
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Prep basketball scores
Here are the scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Reeves has team ready
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It goes without saying that Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves is eager to hear the outcome of New York's game against Philadelphia on Saturday at Giants Stadium.

Falcons finally get Dunn deal
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - T.J. Duckett's pain has been Warrick Dunn's gain.

Bears QB Chandler sidelined by concussion
LAKE FOREST, IL -- Concussion-plagued quarterback Chris Chandler will not start for the Chicago Bears in Sunday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay.

Faith digest
Civic and faith leaders will offer prayers for the city at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.

God's plan is best for all of us
God wants us to be successful in the New Year, but without pursuing God's goals for our life, we will be drifting in 2003. We will be running in circles. We will be empty, lonely, misdirected, unproductive, unfulfilled and numb.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited.

Group offers concert of cleansing, healing
Tu Tu Devine, Maria Moody, the Augusta Ballet's Jaime Burcham and Sara Benton will join Alvin Franklin and others in a benefit concert for the ArtGro Foundation at 7 p.m. Sunday at Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

Emancipation Day features speaker
Joan Parrott will bring the message for the 140th Emancipation Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd.

Handled with care
Martinez veterinarian Mark Brucker has learned that anything could come through the door of his small animal clinic after a holiday.

Seminoles are still dangerous

'Black boxes' for humans gain traction
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Data recorders in airplanes, the so-called black boxes, describe what went wrong after a disaster. Now, medical devices are emerging to act like a black box in the human body, except they're being used to prevent disaster.

As Linux advances, Microsoft alters message to lure customers
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. executives have called the open-source software Linux a cancer. They've even described the increasingly popular operating system - an alternative to Microsoft's proprietary Windows - as un-American.

Company claims birth of human clone; experts are skeptical
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Ushering in either a brave new world or a spectacular hoax, a company founded by a religious sect that believes in space aliens announced Friday that it has produced the world's first cloned baby.

FDA to probe if Clonaid broke law
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration will probe whether a sect claiming to have produced the world's first human clone illegally performed any of the alleged work in the United States, a senior agency official said Friday.

Companies agree on technology for high-definition televisions
WASHINGTON -- Cable companies and TV makers agreed Thursday to make their technologies more compatible, with the goal of boosting sales of high-definition televisions.

Who is Rael and why does he want to clone humans?
If you are a Raelian, human cloning is a no-brainer. You believe that cloning is the path to immortality, a chance to live forever.

Universal remote without the confusion
SAN FRANCISCO -- RadioShack's new "6-in-One" remote control goes beyond consolidating your clutter of remotes for multiple home entertainment devices.

What's the best way to book a hotel online?
Q. I've used the Internet to book airline flights, and now I'd like to do the same for hotel rooms. What's the best way to get the best deal?

Georgia's defensive unit overcomes inexperience

Florida State and Georgia arrive for Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- The stroll past a combo blaring Dixieland tunes was nothing new for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Players get city guide
NEW ORLEANS - The first meeting Georgia's players had when they arrived Thursday included a visit from a New Orleans police officer advising them on how to stay out of trouble.

Balancing religion with a violent game

Georgia locks up Richt through 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Moving quickly to reward its championship coach, Georgia gave Mark Richt a new $1.5 million-a-year contract that will keep him with the Bulldogs through at least 2010.

Dogs unite to achieve team goals
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia's weeklong stay in Louisiana will be part business, preparing for Wednesday's Sugar Bowl, and part celebration, strutting through the Big Easy as Southeastern Conference champions.

Balancing religion with a violent game
NEW ORLEANS -- Mark Richt couldn't help himself: After Georgia clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship with an improbable fourth-down touchdown pass, he blurted out his thanks to God.

Florida State and Georgia arrive for Sugar Bowl

Dogs unite to achieve team goals

Georgia's defensive unit overcomes inexperience
ATHENS, Ga. - No one would have blamed Willie Martinez for feeling sorry for himself before the season.

Georgia locks up Richt through 2010

Players get city guide

Who is Rael and why does he want to clone humans?

Company claims birth of human clone; experts are skeptical

FDA to probe if Clonaid broke law

Companies agree on technology for high-definition televisions

What's the best way to book a hotel online?

'Black boxes' for humans gain traction

Universal remote without the confusion

God's plan is best for all of us

Group offers concert of cleansing, healing

Faith and fellowship calendar

Emancipation Day features speaker

Handled with care