Jalen Calvin Fields
Calvin Laurence Fields and La'Marr

Jada-Lili M. Williams
Justin and Mary

Anna Elizabeth Ogletree

Cahaydrieanna Alexianna Rivers

Carl Morris Wilkinson II
Carl M. Wilkinson and Terol Keith, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carl Morris Wilk

Hailey Janice Warner

Paris Little

Hannah Nicole Nichols

Cahaydrieanna Alexianna Rivers
Phillip Terrell Rivers of Thomson and Quiantanna Nickole B

Carl Morris Wilkinson II

Justin Lee Workman Jr.
Justin Workman and Stephanie Barfield, both of Granitevi

Evan Jacob Richardson

Logan Ray Hopson
Scotty Ray

Mary Jane Dee

Jalen Calvin Fields

Jada-Lili M. Williams

Logan Ray Hopson

Evan Jacob Richardson
Doug and Gina Richardson of Waynesbo

Mary Jane Dee
Kathryn Ann Dee of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Mary Jane Dee, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dee of Augusta.

Anna Elizabeth Ogletree
Jonathan Harrison and K

Hailey Janice Warner
Benjamin R. and B

Hannah Nicole Nichols
Nichols L. Barrow and Brandi Nichols, both of Augusta, announce

Paris Little
Perez and Charlene Little of Augusta announce the birth of a daugh

Justin Lee Workman Jr.

Museum has Elvis fans all shook up
WRIGHT CITY, Mo. -- Quicker than you could choke down a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bill Beeny's roadside "Elvis Is Alive" museum serves up plenty for folks with suspicious minds over whether Elvis really ever left the building.

Odds and Ends
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A woman charged with a shopping-mall assault did it all for the cookie, police said.

Business briefs
Stock market wrapup Stock markets will be closed today in observance of New Year's Day, but look for The Augusta Chronicle's year-end wrapup of stock and mutual fund performances in Thursday's print editions. The special five-page section will feature data on more than 10,000 mutual funds and stocks from the three major markets.

Analysts eye 2003 bull market
NEW YORK - Investors depressed by three years of losses on Wall Street might take heart in what some analysts are expecting in 2003: A return of the bull.

Stocks finish 2002 with three-year loss

Resolving to save in 2003
The dinner table was not the only site of gluttonous behavior this holiday season.

Unbeaten path sees growth

Border lottery store is for sale
A downtown property that has been an on-again, off-again source of controversy for several years is up for sale.

Stocks finish 2002 with three-year loss
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended its third straight losing year Tuesday, with fears of terrorism and war and a wave of accounting scandals weighing heavily on stocks.

Border lottery store is for sale

Business briefs

Biz bites
Regret, fear, anger, bitterness, pessimism. These are the descriptions people offered for the tone of conversations they've had about the stock market, according to a survey.

Unbeaten path sees growth
The tentacles of downtown development are stretching back behind Broad Street.

Resolving to save in 2003

Tigers stay undefeated
ANDERSON, S.C. - All of Clemson's starters scored in double figures as the Tigers beat Coastal Carolina 90-63 on Tuesday.

Auburn breaks drought
ORLANDO, Fla. -- While Larry Johnson clamored for the ball, Ronnie Brown kept getting it.

Boise St. tops Iowa St. in Humanitarian Bowl

Miami becomes site of Rose Bowl East

Boise St. tops Iowa St. in Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho -- A cold, wet and dreary morning turned into a delightful afternoon for Boise State.

Luck of the Irish not enough to help Notre Dame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Irish mystique was no match for the razzle-dazzle and determination of North Carolina State.

Rivers trying to earn third bowl MVP for Wolfpack
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first job of North Carolina State's offensive line is to beat the defender one-on-one. Then the top priority kicks in - protecting the team's franchise player.

Auburn breaks drought

Tressel's calming influence has Buckeyes in title game
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jim Tressel stands stoically on the sideline during games, nothing like the stomping, shouting Woody Hayes.

Texas Christian wins Liberty Bowl
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Texas Christian figured out how to stop Colorado State standout Cecil Sapp after just two runs in the Liberty Bowl.

Simms hoping for big game in Cotton Bowl finale
DALLAS -- The way Chris Simms' college career has gone, the Cotton Bowl will only be considered a big game if Texas loses.

Miami's 20-year run of success worthy of dynasty status

Auburn's focus: Stopping L.J.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- For Auburn cornerback Junior Rosegreen, the magic number is 100. Letting Penn State All-American Larry Johnson rush for more yards than that typically means trouble.

Miami's 20-year run of success worthy of dynasty status
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Art Kehoe has been at Miami since the start, as a feisty offensive guard in the late 1970s, then as a graduate assistant, a line coach and now an assistant head coach.

Second Rose Bowl trip will be last for Price at WSU
PASADENA, Calif. -- Mike Price's second trip to the Rose Bowl will be his last as Washington State's coach, something he's trying not to think about.

Luck of the Irish not enough to help Notre Dame

Chow helped turned Trojans into offensive power
MIAMI -- If Southern California scores a lot in the Orange Bowl, all those points could translate into brighter career prospects for its offensive coordinator.

Maryland trounces Tennessee in Peach Bowl

Arizona legislators offered free Fiesta Bowl tickets

Purdue beats Washington in Sun Bowl

One game could make the difference at Michigan, Florida

Simms hoping for big game in Cotton Bowl finale

Chow helped turned Trojans into offensive power

One game could make the difference at Michigan, Florida
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ten wins. Four losses. The first is a universally recognized symbol of success in college football. The second, especially at a place like Michigan, is the epitome of mediocrity.

Auburn's focus: Stopping L.J.

Miami becomes site of Rose Bowl East
MIAMI -- At first glance, the setting is typical for a bowl game between Pac-10 and Big Ten co-champions, with palm trees swaying in the balmy breeze at the beachfront hotels where the teams stay.

Palmer accepts his new status
MIAMI - The No. 3 jersey Carson Palmer wears suddenly feels like it carries a bull's eye.

Purdue beats Washington in Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas -- Purdue didn't have much success in its bowl games the last few years.

Arizona legislators offered free Fiesta Bowl tickets
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona's top politicians have been offered free tickets to the Fiesta Bowl, though many of them are turning down the chance to see college football's championship game.

Maryland trounces Tennessee in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA -- Maryland only dominated where it mattered most - the scoreboard.

Williams leads Texas past LSU
DALLAS -- Roy Williams announced he was coming back for his senior season at Texas several weeks before the Cotton Bowl because he didn't want that question to distract him from the game.

Tressel's calming influence has Buckeyes in title game

Oklahoma defense too much for Washington State

Texas Christian wins Liberty Bowl

Palmer accepts his new status

Rivers trying to earn third bowl MVP for Wolfpack

Williams leads Texas past LSU

Second Rose Bowl trip will be last for Price at WSU

Oklahoma defense too much for Washington State
PASADENA, Calif. -- Oklahoma made its first trip to the Rose Bowl one to remember. Mike Price's last game as Washington State's coach was one to forget.

The highest sacrifice

World's No. 1 priority

For a Happy 2003

Keystone Commandos

Souped-up stew recipe is satisfying
Winter is the time for hearty fare, so this week I'm cooking up a big pot of bean, bacon and chicken stew.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Fortune-teller gives predictions for the new year
Ever thought of where you'd be in a year? What about what would happen in Augusta next year?

Witless Ozzy and other memorable TV moments in 2002
NEW YORK -- Many of the bad things that TV gave us in 2002 have already been forgotten. Who can remember the blessedly short-lived sitcom "Imagine That," which came and went on NBC last January? Who even knew we dodged a bullet when NBC passed on a Chevy Chase sitcom for its fall schedule?

A look back at 2002 celebrities
NEW YORK -- 2002 should have been the year that celebrity didn't matter as much.

In the know
During a recent blind tasting with a number of champagnes and sparkling wines, the Chandon Blanc De Noirs from California came out a winner. The $17 bottle was packed full of clean apple and apricot flavors, which flowed nicely with a fresh and clean vanilla finish.

Capsules
Introducing one new wolf into an isolated pack can serve as a "genetic rescue," improving the animals' biological fitness and helping their population explode, scientists have found.

Small portions
Here's a way to have a martini with a twist and not even slice the lemon. Libbey, a leading provider of table-top products, has introduced the Bravura martini glass, a 6 3/4-ounce glass with a curved stem.

CBS grabs ratings victory
NEW YORK -- In a week when people worried more about holiday celebrating than television viewing, CBS rode its "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" franchise to a ratings victory.

In the know
PBS' Frontline takes a look at William Shakespeare's contributions and his shady past is explored in Much Ado About Something at 9 on WEBA-TV (Channel 14) and at 10 on WCES-TV (Channel 20). Included in the documentary: Did the Bard really write all his masterpieces?

Yellow Jackets lose job security
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey is not happy with his football team right now.

Fresno State edge out Georgia Tech
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The play was as simple as those called in the backyard or the street games children play.

Fresno State edge out Georgia Tech

I couldn't return these holiday gifts fast enough

Howell comes home for holiday honors

Howell comes home for holiday honors
David Leadbetter made a playful reference to the absence of female members at Augusta National Golf Club during a visit to Augusta last week.

Wild win in game of firsts
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jeremy Stevenson, Matt Johnson and Nick Schultz all scored their first goals of the season for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Wild win in game of firsts

Slaying suspect to be tried as adult
The lone juvenile among four people charged in the kidnapping and slaying an Evans man will stand trial in Columbia County as an adult.

SunTrust Bank branch robbed
Police were canvassing the Washington Road area late this morning after an unidentified man passed a note to a SunTrust Bank teller and ran off with an undisclosed amount of money, said Lt. Jack Francisco of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

N. Korea justified in nuclear arms

Equality for women is large issue

Aviation panel should re-evaluate raises or be replaced

Raps lack of graduation coverage

Finds changes in First Fridays sad

CSRA Girl Scout program carries on spirit of its building

Souped-up stew recipe is satisfying

Capsules

Fortune-teller gives predictions for the new year

Small portions

Witless Ozzy and other memorable TV moments in 2002

CBS grabs ratings victory

In the know

In the know

A look back at 2002 celebrities

Health calendar

Overabundance of forwards reason for trading Oliveira

Lapointe looks to light a fire under Lynx
As the oldest player on the Lynx roster at 29, Lapointe brings an element of the game that has been missing for the last-place club.

Five questions: Jay Leach
Jay Leach Defenseman Contract status: Under NHL contract with Phoenix Coyotes

Lynx resolutions
We asked the Augusta Lynx players and coaches to share their New Year's resolutions in 10 words or less. Here are their responses:

Five questions: Jay Leach

Lapointe looks to light a fire under Lynx

Lynx notebook

Overabundance of forwards reason for trading Oliveira
With an abundance of forwards and a need to clear roster space because of the imminent return of all-star forward Patrick Yetman< from Hartford of the American Hockey League, the Augusta Lynx traded center Mike Oliveira to the Baton Rouge Kingfish for an undisclosed amount of cash Monday.

Lynx notebook
Straight from the files of It's a Small World, Augusta Lynx defenseman Doug Christiansen stumbled into a friend from his high school days in Milwaukee.

Deputy kills man in cart

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Deputy of the Year enforces law with ingenuity
Deputy Robert Silas likes to find creative ways to make a difference as he patrols the roads in Richmond County.

Area hub set to swab suitcases

Area hub set to swab suitcases
Air travelers now have to be even more patient. Starting today, every checked bag at every U.S. airport must be screened for explosives, as mandated by Congress with the passage of the Aviation Security and Transportation Act. The government had previously been screening only 5 percent of checked luggage, according to Transportation Security Administration Chief James Loy.

Across South Carolina

Slaying suspect to be tried as adult

Pentagon orders 3rd Infantry Division to Persian Gulf

Resident wakes to his home on fire
Robert Kelly woke up to a room filled with fire. "The heat woke me up," he said, amid a scene of flashing fire truck lights just minutes after a fire destroyed his Augusta home New Year's Eve night. "I looked up and fire was everywhere."

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Ex-official faces embezzlement charge

A new look for justice
Georgia's oldest operating courthouse is getting a face-lift.

Augustans seek changes by 2020

SunTrust Bank branch robbed

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Across Georgia

Birds lead woman to virus
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cristina Pasa has a 16-month-old son, a master's degree in public health and a job tracking the spread of the deadly West Nile virus.

It's a jungle in here

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Lots of people hop onto the scales this time of year to prepare for a New Year's diet.

Subscriber of the day

Deputy kills man in cart
A Lincoln County sheriff's deputy struck and killed a man sitting in a stalled golf cart Tuesday night - the man the deputy had set out to find in the rain.

Library prepares to hold public tournament

It's a jungle in here
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - It wasn't long after Cathy Varnedoe and her family moved into their home bordering a Glynn County marsh that they noticed a hawk circling their yard.

New year sees more DUI cases

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A Gwinnett County police officer shot dead a man who had fired a gun at police who were responding to a call about a woman stabbed with a screwdriver Tuesday, officials said.

Flood-relief plan will identify problem areas

Deputy of the Year enforces law with ingenuity

News you can use
JAN. 2, 1983 Augusta lawyer William J. "Bill" Williams, the only holdover on the Richmond County Commission from 1982, was unanimously elected chairman for the new year Saturday by fellow commissioners.

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

News you can use

Baby New Year

Holiday closings

A new look for justice

Safety concerns hinder protesters

Baby New Year
Charmaine and Jock Stephens, of Martinez, look at their newborn son, Cameron Alonzo

Learning to ride

Safety concerns hinder protesters
Protesters looking for a spot to picket outside Augusta National Golf Club this year will be hard-pressed to find a place anywhere near the course's front gates.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 1, 1903 A happy New Year to Police Commissioner T.W. Alexander. A good selection!

Budget crunch limits new troopers
AIKEN - The South Carolina Public Safety Department wanted to put more than 85 new troopers on the roads in the new year, but budget cuts will keep that from happening.

Subscriber of the day
Kathy Zehner is today's subscriber of the day.

Across Georgia
BROOKLET - A 10-year-old killed his father in a hunting accident when he mistook him for a deer, police said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS TO the person complaining about the 6-year-old girl who goes hunting with their father. What are you going to do when the Taliban comes over here and starts attacking us? I am sure the little girl will be prepared.

New year sees more DUI cases
New Year's Eve was too wet for roadblocks this year, but Richmond County sheriff's deputies fanned out across the county and made plenty of DUI arrests just by watching people drive.

Pentagon orders 3rd Infantry Division to Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- An infantry division from Georgia has been ordered to the Persian Gulf region as a part of the military's preparations for war with Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.

Across the area
A receptionist at an Augusta doctor's office was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $4,000 from the family practice, authorities said.

Subscriber of the day
Judge Isaac "Buddy" Jolles is today's subscriber of the day.

Flood-relief plan will identify problem areas
Local flood victims - who often are just trying to keep their heads and their belongings above water - could soon be part of a relief plan that aims to identify and ultimately aid those with histories of flooding.

Learning to ride
Summer Shuford, 7, of Aiken, gets a little push from her father, Steve Shuford, as she rides her bike at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center.

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

Ex-official faces embezzlement charge
One of the six men who federal prosecutors say conspired with former Augusta City Councilman Travers W. Paine III to defraud Medicare will be sent to a federal prison next week, an assistant U.S. attorney for South Carolina said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER -Police say a 29-year-old man slit his mother's throat and ran from police for more than a day before he was arrested.

Augustans seek changes by 2020
By the year 2020, Augusta-area residents want a vibrant downtown, more cultural performances, better schools and a change in government.

Across the area
A Waynesboro man was killed in an early-morning car wreck on Georgia Highway 121, the Georgia State Patrol reported Wednesday.

Man charged with shaking baby
A 20-year-old Augusta father was charged Tuesday with violently shaking his infant daughter, leaving her with serious injuries, police said.

Agency targets water, poultry
ATHENS, Ga. - New regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing water pollution from "factory farms" could affect as many as 20 percent of the state's poultry farms, but environmental groups say the rules don't go far enough.

Library prepares to hold public tournament
AIKEN - Proceed to Chesterfield Street. Do not pass Go.

Agency targets water, poultry

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards said Wednesday he will run for president in 2004, according to a friend who attended a party at which the announcement was made.

Bulldogs deserved a bigger challenge
NEW ORLEANS - On a glorious New Year's morning in Jackson Square, a soprano saxophonist outside Cafe Du Monde segued smoothly from Georgia to Glory, Glory to Old Georgia.

Friends continue to haunt Bowden
NEW ORLEANS - At matching wits in a press conference, Bobby Bowden is unbeatable.

I couldn't return these holiday gifts fast enough
Christmas returns are such a hassle that I usually don't participate. I keep what I received, no matter whether it's the wrong size, or I already have two of the same thing, or I never really wanted a rhinestone-encrusted back scratcher in the first place.

NASCAR notebook
Marco Andretti, 15, son of CART's winningest driver, Michael Andretti, and grandson to racing legend Mario Andretti, is racing go-karts with hopes of following a family tradition.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook

Top stories for 2003 already in the works

Top stories for 2003 already in the works
ATLANTA - Official testing for the 2003 racing season starts Tuesday at the Daytona International Speedway. In a 10-day stretch, every team that's expected to compete on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is expected to shake down new cars in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500.

NASCAR notebook
Marco Andretti, 15, son of CART's winningest driver, Michael Andretti, and grandson to racing legend Mario Andretti, is racing go-karts with hopes of following a family tradition.

Top stories for 2003 already in the works

Top stories for 2003 already in the works
ATLANTA - Official testing for the 2003 racing season starts Tuesday at the Daytona International Speedway. In a 10-day stretch, every team that's expected to compete on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is expected to shake down new cars in preparation for the season-opening Daytona 500.

NBA approves new ownership group
BOSTON -- The storied Boston Celtics franchise on Tuesday passed into the hands of a group of longtime fans who pledged to bring a championship back to the city.

NBA approves new ownership group

Miami burns Atlanta, 107-73
ATLANTA -- In his third season with the Miami Heat, Eddie Jones understands what coach Pat Riley wants to accomplish.

Miami burns Atlanta, 107-73

Thierry, Rossum look forward to rematch

Despite reported deal, no Parcells announcement

Vick says he'll solve red-zone problems

Mr. Sylvanus Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Guillebeau    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sylvanus Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Ouzts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Moore    (TUCSON, Ariz.)
Mr. Herbert Howie Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. William Oliver    (BARSTOW, Calif.)
Mr. Ralph Buckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Earnest Holley    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Howard Short
Even after his service in the U.S. Navy and Army, Howard Short continued his role as a patriot.

Mrs. Susan Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Delores Duggans    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Amelia Henry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Buckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Banta    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Black Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Cyndy Autry
For nurse Cyndy Autry, great enjoyment came from helping the sick, said her mother, Mary Lou Sprouse.

Mrs. Sadie Perrin    (BALTIMORE, Md.)
Mr. Calvin Coates    (NEWARK, N.J.)
Mr. Howard Short    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Brown Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Bill Thigpen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alonza Garnett    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Tequila Webb    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Banta    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Moore    (TUCSON, Ariz.)
Mr. Charles Alexander II    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Laurie Kendrick    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Young    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Howie Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Wipf    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Zoaraine Harrison    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Winslow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Crystal Buff    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. William Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Winslow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Thigpen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susan Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Swann Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Short    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Frazier Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carsley Scott Sr.    (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Frances Drake    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Sadie Perrin    (BALTIMORE, Md.)
Mrs. Jeanette Burnette    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Patterson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Brown Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Partridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Henry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margie Zissette    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Drake (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Thigpen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Burnette (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Patterson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Alexander II (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Brown Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sadie Perrin (BALTIMORE, Md.)

Mr. Sylvanus Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Partridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Winslow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Adams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Coates (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mrs. Julia Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carsley Scott Sr. (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Michael Moore (TUCSON, Ariz.)

Mrs. Mary Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Perrin (BALTIMORE, Md.)

Mr. Edward Frazier Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zoaraine Harrison (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marshall Young (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Winslow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Short (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvanus Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Oliver (BARSTOW, Calif.)

Mr. Herbert Howie Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Tequila Webb (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Wipf (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph Buckner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Banta (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Ouzts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amelia Henry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alonza Garnett (APPLING, Ga.)

Craig: Publication of letters distorts perception of court system
ON DEC. 27, The Chronicle published a letter to the editor ("Applauds writer for letter on the local 'injustice' system") wherein the writer, Nicole Bowers, applauded a Dec. 8 letter of Zelda Jones ("Slams local 'injustice' system").

Equality for women is large issue
Why, when you hear the comment "those rich women, who can afford $50,000 to play as members of a golf club like the Augusta National," don't you hear the same remark about men? Is it because men are entitled to be rich because they earned it, and women aren't because it's unlikely they earned it? A common misconception. Yvonne Johnston Hallman, Aiken, S.C.

World's No. 1 priority
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf admits being one step away from using nuclear weapons against India in 2002.

For a Happy 2003
The first day of the year is the perfect time to look ahead and ask what would make 2003 stand out as a milestone for our two-state area. We can't cover everything, but what follows would be a good start:

Keystone Commandos
These Islamic terrorists are idiots. Absolute, certifiable idiots.

Craig: Publication of letters distorts perception of court system
ON DEC. 27, The Chronicle published a letter to the editor ("Applauds writer for letter on the local 'injustice' system") wherein the writer, Nicole Bowers, applauded a Dec. 8 letter of Zelda Jones ("Slams local 'injustice' system").

The highest sacrifice
God knows how many poor and ailing souls were helped by Dr. Martha C. Myers, Dr. William E. Koehn and Kathleen A. Gariety.

Aviation panel should re-evaluate raises or be replaced
I read with dismay a recent Chronicle article that the Augusta Aviation Commission has voted to give airport director Ken Kraemer a December bonus of $1,677 and raise his annual salary to $119,025. Sonny Pittman, Augusta

CSRA Girl Scout program carries on spirit of its building
On Dec. 11 I attended a rededication service at the Service Center of the Girl Scouts, Central Savannah River Council. The council was celebrating over 10 years occupancy of the former convent of Sacred Heart. Melissa Gayle, Augusta

Finds changes in First Fridays sad
As a former vendor at First Fridays, I wish to offer kudos to Steven Uhles and his right-on-target story of the former First Fridays (Dec. 13, "First Friday's silence is deafening," Applause section). Barbara S. Shaffer, Blythe, Ga.

Raps lack of graduation coverage
I was very disappointed that The Augusta Chronicle did not see fit to even make mention of the graduation at the University of South Carolina-Aiken that took place Dec. 12. I have family from out of town who came to see the graduation and wanted to take back a paper as a memento to share with others who were unable to come to Georgia. Kathy Diefenderfer, Augusta

N. Korea justified in nuclear arms
What is the real source of the recent problems with North Korea and their nuclear proliferation? We might remember roughly nine years ago the same general scenario occurred when the United States and South Korea entered into serious negotiations with North Korea. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Overtime

Americans beat Spain in Hopman Cup

Overtime

Americans beat Spain in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia -- Serena Williams and James Blake won singles matches and then teamed for a mixed doubles victory Wednesday, leading the United States past defending champion Spain 3-0 in the Hopman Cup.

Overtime
Kasib Powell scored 21 points, and No. 25 Texas Tech held Houston to 28 percent shooting in a 62-48 victory Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.

Ferreira upset in first round
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Franco Squillari of Argentina upset top-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Wednesday in the first round of the AAPT Championships.

Overtime
An NCAA investigator has visited South Carolina as part of a probe into the school's football program.

Vick says he'll solve red-zone problems
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick thinks he's due for a breakout performance.

Thierry, Rossum look forward to rematch
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- John Thierry and Allen Rossum dispelled a myth for their Atlanta teammates Tuesday.

Despite reported deal, no Parcells announcement
IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones knows all about Bill Parcells' history of walking away from deals. So the Dallas Cowboys' owner wants to announce an agreement as soon as he can.

Friends continue to haunt Bowden

Questions raised about scanners for screening airport workers
DALLAS -- Two major U.S. airports are using special ID scanners and software to weed out job applicants with bogus identification documents, such as driver's licenses and passports.

2002 tech losers of the year
And the loser is ... Year's end traditionally brings a mood of reflection to those of us who write for newspapers. It may be the melancholy of short days and long nights.

'Serious Sam' a wild shooter
Looking for one of those adventure games that makes you think, solve puzzles and keep your gun holstered except for dire emergencies?

Parents of slain woman fight for Internet privacy
NASHUA, N.H. -- In the days after his stepdaughter's murder, Tim Remsburg funneled his fury into phone calls to anyone he thought might help explain her death.

Lottery Web site has security risks, experts warn
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Lottery players who sign up for a VIP service offering discounts, bonus games and daily e-mails of winning numbers are risking more than the price of a ticket, Internet security experts warn.

U.S. rates of obesity and diabetes continue to rise
CHICAGO -- The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes are still on the rise in the United States.

Bulldogs derail Panthers' No. 1 run
ATHENS, Ga. - Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland would be more upset at the Panthers missing an opportunity to become No. 1 if Tuesday's loss to Georgia were in April instead of December.

Icing on the cake

Icing on the cake
NEW ORLEANS - If a dynasty changed hands at the Louisiana Superdome on Wednesday night, it happened too quickly for anyone to notice.

UGA notebook

MVP Smith carries the load
NEW ORLEANS - When Georgia's in the Sugar Bowl, the plan is simple - run the ball.

Georgia defeats FSU, 26-13

Pollack ready for tough test
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia's David Pollack has rapidly become an extraordinary talent in college football, but even he wonders how much better he'd be if Brett Williams were a Bulldog.

Georgia has lots to lose

UGA notebook
NEW ORLEANS - Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive had the college football dream vacation this week, visiting six of the seven bowls involving SEC teams.

Sugar Bowl notebook
NEW ORLEANS - It's hard for Florida State's players to accept their role as the underdog.

Georgia defeats FSU, 26-13
NEW ORLEANS - It didn't come easy in the Big Easy, but Mark Richt managed to show Bobby Bowden who's boss.

Hopelessly devoted

Pollack ready for tough test

Georgia has lots to lose
NEW ORLEANS - Mark Richt didn't make it through his first press conference as Georgia's head football coach two years ago before he was asked about playing Florida State, his employer of 15 years, and the gold standard of the sport back then.

MVP Smith carries the load

Sugar Bowl notebook

Hopelessly devoted
NEW ORLEANS - Greg Tenney pulled his big, red Ford truck into the parking lot at about 11 a.m. on New Year's Day.

South Carolina easily defeats South Carolina St.

South Carolina easily defeats South Carolina St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Another 20-point plus blowout didn't convince South Carolina coach Susan Walvius she has seen the best from her team.

Museum has Elvis fans all shook up

Odds and Ends

Questions raised about scanners for screening airport workers

'Serious Sam' a wild shooter

Parents of slain woman fight for Internet privacy

2002 tech losers of the year

Lottery Web site has security risks, experts warn