Concert calendar
This is a list of area concerts.

Video watch

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.

Good food makes up for lax service at Beamie's

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.

Club calendar

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.

Pregnant pause can be expansive

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

Ramblin Rhodes: Memorable lines from music stars

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

Standing ovations

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.

Revelers have many options for New Year's celebrations

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.

Tropical tribulations

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

Applause calendar

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.

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

Mini reviews

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

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.

Gallery listings

Christmas cheer runs out when returning gifts

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.

Nearly 800,000 jobless lose benefits, more to follow

Sales tax on Internet buys could help fill budget gaps

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

South Carolina hits six-year record in unemployment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Mortgage rates reach new low for eighth time this year

Stocks fall in quiet session

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons

Business briefs

Chains fight to get bigger bite of sales

Business briefs

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

New-home sales in November hit highest level on record

New jobless claims fall, but businesses still not hiring quickly

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.

Free throws give Auburn win over Clemson

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.

Kansas State beats Arizona State in Holiday 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.

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

Oklahoma St. wins Houston Bowl

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.

Wisconsin must slow down Colorado's Brown in Alamo

Palmer, Trojans already feel at home in Miami

Tire Bowl fans treated to street party, pep rally

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Questions again surround Seminoles at Sugar Bowl

Pittsburgh tops Oregon St. in Insight Bowl

Mississippi ends Nebraska's winning streak

Nebraska looks to salvage season against Ole Miss

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.

Close calls for Miami, Ohio State

Partisan 9-11 probe?

Doing the right thing

Ridiculous protest

New kind of holy war

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
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.

It's never too early to garden

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
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.

Augusta Country Club surprises Howell

Prep basketball scores

Division II team has 38-game streak

Thrashers blast Hurricanes

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

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

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.

Some Christians are pro-choice

Commends Corps for taking action

Applauds writer for 'injustice' letter

Front page isn't for football scores

Jury-bashing editorials off base

Viewers at mercy of cable company

Reader changes opinion of Sen. Lott

GeorgiaCares gives hope to seniors

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.

Lynx to honor Howell

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.

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.

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.

Lynx break out of slump

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

Augusta Lynx road report

Columbia scorches Augusta

Flu can't stop Howell on his night of honor

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

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Dog saves woman from fire

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

Wilson home invites same-name visitors

Across the Southeast

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.

Veterans offer advice on exercise

News you can use

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

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.

Family returns estate to glory

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

Duke says reactors safe from jet crash

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast

Fake prints fool buyers

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.

Recreation building gets face-lift

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

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.

Stay-at-home mothers find support net

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Across the area

Trees find new uses after end of holiday

Burglary cases rise for teens

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.

Across the area

House numbers

Heavy rains help lakes recover

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

MLK salute

Holiday's end brings new spirit to shopping season

Company mints version Confederate coins

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

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.

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.

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 Georiga

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.

Sanford may leave Reserve

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 top Spurs

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.

Stotts coaches first game as Hawks face Spurs

Overnight ratings up for Christmas Day doubleheader

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

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
ATLANTA -- Terry Stotts didn't wait long to make changes to the Atlanta Hawks' lineup.

Falcons finally get Dunn deal

Reeves has team ready

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

Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Susie Amerson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga)
Mr. Morris Whisnant    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Ms. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Delores Pontoo (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pamela Rickerson (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Brinson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Irene Ford (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Nellie Rhoades

Miss Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Allen Barrow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brigham Shubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (Augusta, Ga)

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

Mr. Denny Bradford (WINDSOR, S.C)

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

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

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

Mr. Bobby Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Ms. Sue Hogan (HARTWELL, Ga.)

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

Ms. Thelma Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Jackson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Atkins (DANBURY, Conn.)

Mr. Franklin Lamkin (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ada Hill ( LOUISEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mrs. Mary Wiley (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Susie Amerson (SWAINSBORO, Ga)

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

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

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

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Becky Fleming (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Nathan Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, La.)

Mrs. Polly Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Velma Thigpen (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dennie Walden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Samuel Jenkins (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Rosa Fisher (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Saggus (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Macon Mauldin (THOMSON, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Lance Armstrong is AP Male Athlete of the Year

Patriots' Super Bowl win chosen AP Story of the Year

Serena Williams is AP Female Athlete of the Year

Overtime

Overtime

Watch the Sicilian egg nog

Augusta Futurity revamps parade

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Seminoles are still dangerous

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Balancing religion with a violent game

Florida State and Georgia arrive for Sugar Bowl

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.

Georgia's defensive unit overcomes inexperience

Players get city guide

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.

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

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

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.

Universal remote without the confusion

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

Company claims birth of human clone; experts are skeptical

'Black boxes' for humans gain traction

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

Companies agree on technology for high-definition televisions

FDA to probe if Clonaid broke law

Handled with care

God's plan is best for all of us

Group offers concert of cleansing, healing

Faith and fellowship calendar

Emancipation Day features speaker