Shake-ups in Capitol overshadow scandals
In a year with ever-worsen-ing economic news, high-pro-file trials and a horrific finding at a crematory near Noble, the biggest story of 2002 in Georgia was a political system turned upside down by a series of unbelievable upsets.

Democrats' fall shocked many
ATLANTA - It wasn't supposed to be a Republican year in Georgia. Democrats expected strong gains in the Legislature and Congress from the new election maps they admitted they drew for self interest. Experts favored Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes to win a second term.

Fears ruled tense 2002
Month after month, for all too many Americans, 2002 was the year of living anxiously.

Changes leave mark on South Carolina
COLUMBIA - It was a year of change in South Carolina, as a former congressman was elected on the promise of new and better leadership and the nation's oldest and longest-serving senator said goodbye to politics.

When tested, this applicant didn't miss the bus

2002 the year in business

Stocks could revisit multi-year lows

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Glit/Microtron

2002 the year in business
With the exception of a few developments, 2002 was a ho-hum year for business in metro Augusta.

Stocks fall in quiet session

Business calendar
Jan. 14: Start your own business; the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35; 737-1790.

On the move

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
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.

Keeping existing customers can boost revenue

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.

Convenient parking is a valet away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fine restaurants and hotels have it.

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.

Stocks could revisit multi-year lows
NEW YORK -- A long-dormant fear surfaced on Wall Street this past week as rising oil prices reminded investors that inflation might pose another threat to the uncertain economic recovery.

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.

Keeping existing customers can boost revenue
"Cut your marketing budget in half and increase your revenue by 20 percent or more!" It sounds like another promise too good to be true.

Sales tax on Internet buys could help fill budget gaps

On the move
Lori Mipro was recently appointed administrative director for Medicine Outpatient Services for MCG Health System, a position responsible for overseeing the business functions of the medicine outpatient clinics. She has 21 years of experience in health care management and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association. She earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and is also a Certified Medical Practice Executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Business briefs

South Carolina hits six-year record in unemployment

New-home sales in November hit highest level on record

Nearly 800,000 jobless lose benefits, more to follow

Business calendar

Pocket change

Convenient parking is a valet away

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.

Clemson downs Liberty

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

Clemson downs Liberty
Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said it would have been easy for his team to come in sluggish after beating Cincinnati 58-51 this past Sunday and facing a lightly regarded Liberty.

Tire Bowl fans treated to street party, pep rally

Questions again surround Seminoles at Sugar Bowl

Wisconsin tops Colorado in overtime
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike Allen kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to send Wisconsin to a 31-28 win over No. 14 Colorado in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night.

Wisconsin must slow down Colorado's Brown in Alamo

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.

Leader remains fearless
NEW ORLEANS - The sparkling legacy he built from scratch seems to grow more tarnished by the day. His teams, which for so long seemed invincible, are flirting with mediocrity. And his players have a troubling habit of getting into trouble.

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

Wisconsin tops Colorado in overtime

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.

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.

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.

Florida State University notebook
NEW ORLEANS - A Bowden is back at Tulane - but this time it's Bobby, not Tommy.

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.

Second-quarter breakdowns doom West Virginia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The wheels came off for West Virginia in the second quarter of the Continental Tire Bowl.

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

Second-quarter breakdowns doom West Virginia

Palmer, Trojans already feel at home in Miami

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.

Florida State University notebook

Mississippi ends Nebraska's winning streak

A rich man indeed

Form the task force

New kind of holy war

Partisan 9-11 probe?

It's helpful to set goals for self-growth
Dear Readers: Each January retailers take inventory of their merchandise, getting rid of unsold items and restocking depleted goods. Likewise, it is a good time for each of us to take a personal inventory. It is helpful to list accomplishments and character defects, thereby setting goals for character development and spiritual growth.

First-class cabin
When Catherine Walton and Linda Hurst purchased their lake-front cabin in Lincoln County, neither of them could have known that it would be a long-term project.

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

Developers expect new high-rise area to revitalize Tokyo district
TOKYO - Hustling beneath garish neon lights, sidewalk touts coax pedestrians to sleazy hostess bars squeezed between massage parlors and striptease joints. Homeless people slump in the subway station.

Determine your fitness goals before settling on a program
Work your body, not your wallet It's almost resolution time. It's time to re-join the gym and dust off that stationary bike buried under all your laundry. And this time, you're going to stick to it, right?

Home front
LOOK AHEAD Fans of David Kirk will be happy to hear that the characters from his Miss Spider children's books will be featured in a new line of products at Target. The Sunny Patch line includes garden products for kids, home decor and apparel.

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.

Bilbo desires expanded role
ATLANTA - This is not what Damarius Bilbo had in mind.

Women took over spotlight

Women took over spotlight
Tiger Woods became the first player in 30 years to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam, and even he concedes that 2002 in golf was the year of the woman.

Prep basketball scores

Division II team has 38-game streak

Prep basketball scores

Thrashers blast Hurricanes

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

When tested, this applicant didn't miss the bus
I am told this hypothetical question was once on a job application. See what you would do, then ask your friends.

Some Christians are pro-choice

Viewers at mercy of cable company

Front page isn't for football scores

Commends Corps for taking action

Developers expect new high-rise area to revitalize Tokyo district

First-class cabin

Determine your fitness goals before settling on a program

It's helpful to set goals for self-growth

Arts calendar

Lynx break out of slump

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.

Slapshots

Augusta Lynx road report

Pride whips Lynx

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.

Pride whips Lynx
FLORENCE, S.C. - One day after showing signs of life, the Augusta Lynx returned to their same old losing ways.

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.

Slapshots
Trenton Titans center Adam Edinger scored seven goals in seven games through Thursday, giving the third-year pro a team-high 18.

ECHL notebook
The A-list of candidates to become the next coach of the Atlanta Thrashers includes several big names with extensive NHL experience on their resumes.

ECHL notebook

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

All in all, politics takes '02

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

Dog saves woman from fire

Year in review
A month-by-month recap of the top stories of 2002.

Recreation building gets face-lift

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

Across Georiga

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

Across the southeast
PHENIX CITY, Ala. -A Roman Catholic priest said he found a figure of the infant Jesus taken from a Nativity scene lying on the back porch of St. Patrick's Church.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

All in all, politics takes '02
The year began with a cold snap that left the Garden City coated with snow. It ended with heated local elections that changed Augusta's political landscape.

Across the area
Two people injured in a head-on collision Friday on Washington Road in Evans remain in Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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 South Carolina
The Town and Country Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway.

News you can use

Across Georgia
JEKYLL ISLAND -Hoping to boost winter tourism, authorities in Jekyll Island are scattering glass balls along the beach.

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.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for New Year's:

Changes leave mark on South Carolina

Store owners call for tax change
ATHENS, Ga. - The largest segment of the state's economy - the service industry - is the least taxed, and retailers such as Melanie Carter feel gypped.

Subscriber of the day
Christy Knox of Evans is today's subscriber of the day.

Across the area

Sanford may leave Reserve

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.

Democrats' fall shocked many

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.

Keeping the spirit
AIKEN - There wasn't an open seat to be found in the large meeting room of the Aiken County Library on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Holiday closings

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 the area

Across South Carolina

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.

Keeping the spirit

Across the Southeast

Man looks for rare apples in Southeast
AIKEN - North Carolina resident Tom Brown has been traveling the Southeast for the past three years of his retirement in search of rare apple varieties previously thought extinct.

Burglary cases rise for teens

Store owners call for tax change

Veterans offer advice on exercise

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
DEC. 29, 1959 President Eisenhower, accompanied by his wife, flew into Bush Field on Sunday for a post-Christmas round of golf, relaxation and work at the Augusta National.

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.

Fake prints fool buyers

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.

Wilson home invites same-name visitors

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.

Teen's family wants title restored
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The audience held its breath as the principal made the announcement. Who would receive one of the most coveted titles in the Beach High School community?

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.

MLK salute

Year in review

Heavy rains help lakes recover

Man looks for rare apples in Southeast

Subscriber of the day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Company mints version Confederate coins

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

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.

Brian Van-who makes name for himself with Bulldogs
NEW ORLEANS - Brian VanGorder swears he never heard the grumbling and grousing from the Georgia faithful in January 2001. But he was quite certain it existed.

Gordon will host SNL

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

Stotts coaches first game as Hawks face 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.

Hawks top Spurs

Wizards deflect Hawks

Wizards deflect Hawks
WASHINGTON -- No complaints from Jerry Stackhouse this time. He got the ball in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards won.

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

Reeves has team ready

Kicker feels Eagles' pain

Mr. Sidney Sparks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Elam    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Ms. Sue Hogan    (HARTWELL, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Allen    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Connors    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Amerson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga)
Miss Frankie Pixley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Guy Barber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ezbert Gibson Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Tryone Moultrie    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Edwards    (Augusta, Ga)
Mr. Bobby Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Major Edward Lokey    (HARLEM, GA.)
Mr. Calvin Neal    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Jim Lawrence Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Jackson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Bullock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. C.J. Gregory    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Joeann Burnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Rosa Fisher    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Connors    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Doyle Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Crosby    (FAIR PLAY, S.C.)
Mr. Elliott Elam    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C)
Mr. Kenneth Flanders    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Allen Barrow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Foster    (EVANS, Ga.)
Dr. Michael Whittle    (MOULTRIE, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Fouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Pixley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Victoria Jackson    (FT. LAUDERDAL, FLA.)
Mrs. Regina Fritts    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Polly Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Garrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mozelle Gunter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mozelle Gunter    (AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucille Fitts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Polly Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Peggy Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elester Jones    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Elliot Elam    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Neal    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Whisnant    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Jackie Konarik    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Belle Toole    (GREER, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Larisey    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Davis    (ALBEMARLE, N.C.)
Mr. Jim Lawrence Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Pamela Rickerson    (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)
Mrs. Florine Campbell    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Major Edward Lokey    (HARLEM, GA.)
Mr. Calhoun Bodiford    (LONG BRANCH, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Nellie Rhoades
Cooking for family members was one of the things Nellie Rhoades loved to do.

Mrs. Mary Ostrander    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Miss Ada Toby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Allen Barrow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Clyde Bohler    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Pontoo    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Clarence Pixley    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Vaughn Whisnant    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Augustus Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Thomas Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Short    (SHREVEPORT, LA)
Mrs. Mildred Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hiram Swint    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Jenkins    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela Rickerson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Frederick Ferguson M.D.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Franklin Lamkin    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Peggy Elliott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Barrow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rosa Fisher (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Fouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Bullock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Frankie Pixley (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Mr. Allen Barrow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Vaughn Whisnant (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Larisey (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Regina Fritts (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Denny Bradford (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Connors (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Elliott Elam (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (Augusta, Ga)

Mr. Hiram Swint (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pamela Rickerson (HEPHZIBAH, GA.)

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

Featured obituary: Nellie Rhoades

Mr. Kenneth Flanders (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Lamkin (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Denny Bradford (WINDSOR, S.C)

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

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

Mrs. Jackie Konarik (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Susie Amerson (SWAINSBORO, Ga)

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

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

Mr. James Jackson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Sue Hogan (HARTWELL, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Garrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elester Jones (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Thomas Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Augustus Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Polly Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Foster (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Jenkins (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Polly Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Michael Whittle (MOULTRIE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, LA)

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

Fears ruled tense 2002
Month after month, for all too many Americans, 2002 was the year of living anxiously.\r\n

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A rich man indeed
A familiar, and accurate, lament is that youth is wasted on the young. Likewise, riches are quite often squandered on the rich.

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

Form the task force
The Columbia County Board of Education has every right to be against change to its structure, but with the legislative delegation getting heat from constituents who seek such change, trustees ought to at least acquiesce to lawmakers' request to form a task force to study the issue.

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.

Area sports announcements

Year of the Dogs

Overtime

Serena Williams is AP Female Athlete of the Year

State rivalry moves to Omaha

Overtime

Patriots' Super Bowl win chosen AP Story of the Year

Augusta Futurity revamps parade

2003 sports calendar

What a Guy!

Year of the Dogs
ATLANTA - Despite the best efforts of Michael Vick and Martha Burk, 2002 will be remembered as the Year of the Dog in this state.

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

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA, 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

State rivalry moves to Omaha
Clemson and South Carolina couldn't show off any College World Series trophies this year, but their fans turned the NCAA tournament into a state rivalry, with the Gamecocks winning the bragging rights this time.

What a Guy!
Former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy speaks during the Ray Guy Kicking and Punting Academy clinic at ARC Staduim.

2003 sports calendar
JANUARY 1 - College football, Sugar Bowl, Georgia vs. Florida State, New Orleans.

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.

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

Overtime
Grambling State coach Doug Williams has interviewed for the job at Kentucky.

DNR schedules public meetings
Got a comment, complaint or suggestion about Georgia's hunting rules and regulations? Now's your chance to be heard.

DNR schedules public meetings

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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

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

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.

Kicker feels Eagles' pain
CLEVELAND - Giants Stadium is more than 460 miles east of Cleveland, but Jay Feely could feel David Akers' pain Saturday afternoon.

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.

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

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.

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.

Seminoles are still dangerous

Brian Van-who makes name for himself with Bulldogs

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.

'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.

Web wardroom keeps Navy officers, families connected
NORFOLK, Va. -- When Lt. Cmdr. Michael Crockett was promoted to executive officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Porter, he naturally sought advice from fellow officers on other ships.

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.

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.

Dogs unite to achieve team goals

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.

Players get city guide

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.

Trio leads Georgia to win

Balancing religion with a violent game

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.

Trio leads Georgia to win
ATHENS, Ga. --- Rashad Wright was one of three Georgia players to score 16 points, but he also contributed 10 assists as the Bulldogs defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 89-69 Saturday.

Company claims birth of human clone; experts are skeptical

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

FDA to probe if Clonaid broke law

'Black boxes' for humans gain traction

God's plan is best for all of us

Handled with care

Group offers concert of cleansing, healing

Faith and fellowship calendar

Emancipation Day features speaker