At the movies: 'About Schmidt'
This is what we know about Warren Schmidt: He just retired after four decades as an actuary at Woodmen of the World Insurance Co. in Omaha, Neb.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Barbershop, Hey Arnold! The Movie and XXX

Ramblin' Rhodes: Even from the grave, Elvis has the magic

Applause calendar
THE BIG TICKET LES MISERABLES: Feb. 11-16, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $20-$45; 724-2400.

The guy next door

Band writes, performs as unified group
The ethos behind Charleston band SpinKill, performing tonight at Crossroads, has always been to present a unified front. That has meant making every aspect of the band - songwriting, touring, marketing - a collective effort.

Club calendar

Standing ovations
The Tuesday's Music Live concert series will present a program of jazz with local ensemble Jazzamatazz at noon on Tuesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.

Mini reviews

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.

Movies can make the pen look exciting

Concert calendar
A listing of upcoming concerts in the Augusta and surrounding areas.

At the movies: 'About Schmidt'

There were some good sounds in the past year
Musically speaking, what will 2002 be remembered for? Will it be the last gasp of the teen pop sensations, with Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguillera attempting to repackage themselves as "adult" entertainers? Will it be the return of rock, with garage acts such as The Vines and White Stripes plundering the past for fresh sounds?

Applause calendar

The guy next door
Shay Roundtree isn't a baby-faced killer - but the Augusta native plays one on TV.

Video watch

Ramblin' Rhodes: Even from the grave, Elvis has the magic
As we say hello to 2003, let's not forget some major happenings in 2002:

There were some good sounds in the past year

Movies can make the pen look exciting
Here's a surprise - I dig movies about writers. Obviously, some of that stems from personal identification. I'm a writer, the character on screen is a writer and so, at some level, we are simpatico.

Band writes, performs as unified group

Standing ovations

Airport delays help travelers discover new ways to kill time

Hannah Nicole Nichols

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

Mary Jane Dee

Logan Ray Hopson
Scotty Ray

Paris Little

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

Justin Lee Workman Jr.

Evan Jacob Richardson
Doug and Gina Richardson of Waynesbo

Logan Ray Hopson

Jalen Calvin Fields
Calvin Laurence Fields and La'Marr

Carl Morris Wilkinson II

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

Evan Jacob Richardson

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

Jada-Lili M. Williams

Hailey Janice Warner

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

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

Cahaydrieanna Alexianna Rivers

Hailey Janice Warner
Benjamin R. and B

Jalen Calvin Fields

Jada-Lili M. Williams
Justin and Mary

Anna Elizabeth Ogletree

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

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.

Unbeaten path sees growth

Funds end year down, despite signs of life in fourth quarter
NEW YORK -- Stock mutual funds ended a brutal 2002 with a third straight year of declines - losses that spread across categories and socked more than nine out of every 10 funds.

Stocks surge after after positive manufacturing report
NEW YORK -- Wall Street got off to a strong start in 2003 as the Dow climbed more than 250 points Thursday on news of an unexpected surge in U.S. manufacturing.

Business briefs

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

Stocks surge after after positive manufacturing report

Consumers to see rise in natural gas prices

Funds end year down, despite signs of life in fourth quarter

Number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rises
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 last week after declining for two consecutive weeks, the government reported Thursday.

Consumers to see rise in natural gas prices
ATLANTA -- Georgia's largest natural gas marketer is raising prices for residential customers by 16 percent, and its leading competitor announced an 11 percent increase Thursday.

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.

Commercial building surpasses residential
The value of commercial construction contracts issued in the five-county area through the end of November last year totaled $167 million, a 14 percent increase from the $145.9 million reported during the same period of 2001, according to the Dodge Analytics unit of McGraw-Hill Construction.

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.

War in Iraq would hurt tourism, Savannah fears
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If Savannah's tourism community had its druthers, it would like to see steady travel in the future.

Tourist roadway attempts revival

Tourist roadway attempts revival
Like many natives of eastern Georgia, Billy Trapnell remembers a time when Woody Woodpecker marked the way to Florida.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Home Depot told environmentalists in a report Thursday that the country's largest wood retailer is making progress in eliminating from its stores certain timber products that come from endangered areas.

Clemson wins in final second
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd went 7-of-23 for 18 points as Clemson beat Virginia 63-62 on Thursday night.

Clemson wins in final second

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.

USC beats Iowa in Orange Bowl

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.

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

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.

Buckeyes ready to get their kicks in Fiesta Bowl

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.

Miami's secondary is better than before

Arizona legislators offered free Fiesta Bowl tickets

USC beats Iowa in Orange Bowl
MIAMI -- Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer played keepaway from Brad Banks, and Southern California looked right at home playing in the Orange Bowl for the first time.

Florida senator works on Orange Bowl chain crew

Florida senator works on Orange Bowl chain crew
MIAMI -- Florida Sen. Bob Graham donned an orange-and-white vest and long white socks with black stripes Thursday night as he worked with the chain crew at the Orange Bowl.

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

Miami, Ohio State eager to play for national title
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Miami is well aware of the expectations: Beat Ohio State easily for the national title, then go for a third straight championship and college football's longest winning streak next season.

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.

Miami's secondary is better than before
PHOENIX -- Miami cornerback Kelly Jennings owes his teammates a few push-ups.

How the teams match up in the Fiesta Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A look at how Ohio State and Miami match up in Friday's Fiesta Bowl:

Oklahoma defense too much for Washington State

How the teams match up in the Fiesta Bowl

Luck of the Irish not enough to help Notre Dame

Miami, Ohio State eager to play for national title

Williams leads Texas past LSU

Palmer accepts his new status

Auburn breaks drought

Buckeyes ready to get their kicks in Fiesta Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ohio State started the season with big questions about their special teams. The Buckeyes finished with a kicker and punter who were among the nation's best.

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

Save Chitlin Strut

Keystone Commandos

'Dawg days return

World's No. 1 priority

The highest sacrifice

Amnesia in Korea

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.

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?

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.

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.

Fishing tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Rising lake level makes public happy
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District staff's daily rain dances have finally paid off. Strom Thurmond Lake is just five feet below normal, according to the latest figures.

Fruit trees need care
New and improved varieties continue to come on the market that make gardeners in Augusta and farther south better able to grow peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and even apples.

Fruit trees need care

Coppertone roof gives greenhouse a warming glow
Artist and avid gardener Anne Devoe wanted a greenhouse. But not just any greenhouse. It had to be a greenhouse and a potting shed. Something that would complement the Devoes' Pebble Beach Drive home in Columbia County. Something that would enhance the shaded back yard and patio area with its river rocks and granite millstone.

Georgia Tech falls flat to close Gailey's first season
ATLANTA -- Chan Gailey's first season as Georgia Tech coach ended with a thud. He'll head into Year No. 2 with the same big question that was there at the start of his tenure.

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

Tulane tops Georgia Tech
NEW ORLEANS -- Nick Sinville scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Tulane past Georgia Tech, 80-66, on Thursday night.

Tulane tops Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech falls flat to close Gailey's first season

I couldn't return these holiday gifts fast enough

Senators bash Thrashers
OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa had a career-high and team-record four goals - including three straight in the first period - to lead the financially troubled Ottawa Senators to an 8-1 victory Thursday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Airport delays help travelers discover new ways to kill time
Do any holiday traveling? I did, taking my first airplane flight in years.

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.

Mayor Young seeks to unite Augusta
Augusta Mayor Bob Young began his second four-year term of office today calling for a healing of what many have called the city's racial divide.

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.

Aiken Sheriff to retire
AIKEN - Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers announced today his intention to retire at the end of the month.

Augustans should consider the needs of the homeless

CSRA Girl Scout program carries on spirit of its building

NCAA may pass Georgia by if state flag becomes an issue

Will Burk back off if a woman becomes member?

N. Korea justified in nuclear arms

Equality for women is large issue

Burk should lobby to change private clubs

Jackson only cares about himself

Those assisted should be investigated

In the know

Capsules

Health calendar

A look back at 2002 celebrities

Witless Ozzy and other memorable TV moments in 2002

Lynx GameNight

Lynx pull off trio of deals
The Augusta Lynx front office was busy Thursday, pulling off three trades to dump salary, clear roster space and upgrade the worst offense in the East Coast Hockey League.

Lynx GameNight
Greenville Grrrowl at Augusta Lynx WHEN: Tonight, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx notebook

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:

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.

It's a jungle in here

Deputy kills man in cart

Cleanup moves quickly at SRS

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.

A new look for justice

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 3, 1933 CHARLESTON, S.C. - A coroner's jury has ordered Annie Laurie Gray held for the slaying of her husband, James B. Gray, 40, of Augusta, a railroad fireman, as he slept in their home here early yesterday.

Perdue taps retired Air Force general for corruption job

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

Neighborhood help
The Neighborhood Action Team - a McDuffie County nonprofit organization - is seeking new members. Membership costs $10.

On the green

Youth in kidnapping case will face charges as adult
The lone juvenile among four people charged with kidnapping and killing an Evans man will stand trial in Columbia County Superior Court as an adult.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A West Columbia woman was one of four people killed on South Carolina roads during the New Year's holiday, authorities say.

Herbs put woman in a different direction

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Traffic accidents on Georgia's roads during the New Year's holiday period exceeded State Patrol predictions, although there were fewer injuries

New year sees more DUI cases

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Thursday on charges of stealing property while house-sitting for a friend.

Across the area

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT against all the Carolina fans who pull against Georgia and Clemson. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

Library prepares to hold public tournament

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT against all the Carolina fans who pull against Georgia and Clemson. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Flaws won't delay debut
Columbia County's fire marshal and building inspector said they found some incomplete construction items at the new Grovetown Middle School during an inspection Thursday, but not enough to stop the new school's 415 pupils from beginning a new semester today.

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.

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.

Flood-relief plan will identify problem areas

New chairman
With his wife, Jan, standing by, Ron Cross is sworn in as the new chairman of the Columbia County Commission. Judge Pat Hardaway presided over Thursday's ceremony in Evans.

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

On the green
Between sprinkles of rain, David Carlisle chips onto the green at Augusta Municipal Golf Course as Mathew Barman watches.

Across the area

New chairman

Mayor Young seeks to unite Augusta

Corrections

A roll in the trees

Robber escapes after morning bank holdup

Agency targets water, poultry

Aiken Sheriff to retire

SunTrust Bank branch robbed

Subscriber of the day

Slaying suspect to be tried as adult

Flaws won't delay debut

Cleanup moves quickly at SRS
If the federally mandated cleanup at SRS continues at its accelerated rate, a Westinghouse spokesman said, the project could be completed by 2014, two decades ahead of schedule.

Sanford selects state labor director

Subscriber of the day

A roll in the trees
After loading the back of his truck with old Christmas trees at H. Odell Weeks Park, Vince Hancock lays on the trees to compress them.

Across Georgia

Neighborhood help

Across the southeast

Corrections
An article about a fatal traffic accident in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified a child who was a passenger in the crash. The article should have said that Crystal Buff, 41, who was killed Tuesday in a crash on Martintown Road about 12 miles west of Edgefield, is the grandmother of 2-month-old Hannah Waldo, who was not injured.

Youth in kidnapping case will face charges as adult

Robber escapes after morning bank holdup
After canvassing the Washington Road area for a robbery suspect Thursday, police were still looking for a man they say ran off with an undisclosed amount of money after he passed a demand note to a SunTrust Bank teller at 10:15 a.m.

Family, friends react to teen's slaying

Herbs put woman in a different direction
Louise Henry never imagined an invitation to help trim shrubbery at historic Meadow Garden in Augusta a decade ago would open a new chapter in her life.

News you can use

Family, friends react to teen's slaying
THOMSON - Casting a shadow on a white wreath at the door of his 14-year-old slain niece's home, Howard Moss gazed a block away to the nightclub where a stray bullet ended Aunsharia Moss's life on New Year's Day.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Sanford selects state labor director
COLUMBIA - Gov.-elect Mark Sanford has tapped an 18-year veteran of state government to lead the Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department.

Perdue taps retired Air Force general for corruption job
ATLANTA -- Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue turned Thursday to a retired Air Force general and former Vietnam era prisoner of war to become the state's first inspector general, a position he is creating to root out fraud, corruption and inefficiency in state government.

Subscriber of the day
Danny Craig is today's subscriber of the day.

Baby New Year

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.

Georgia must become consistent
NEW ORLEANS - The echoes of the Sugar Bowl triumph and a glorious season had barely stopped bouncing off the rafters of the Louisiana Superdome before the questions started.

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.

Sports' ups and downs in 2002
In an age where the sports media industry has grown by leaps and bounds, some of the biggest stories of 2002 dealt with attrition.

NASCAR notebook

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

Jordan comes home with fond memories

Miami burns Atlanta, 107-73

Yao tops Shaq in NBA All-Star voting

Jordan comes home with fond memories
CHICAGO -- There's no bitterness when Michael Jordan comes home now, only a flood of good memories that he'll cherish forever.

Yao tops Shaq in NBA All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Yao Ming has more votes than Shaquille O'Neal in fan voting for next month's NBA All-Star game.

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

Buchanan, Ambrose try to turn back clock vs. Packers

Vick says he'll solve red-zone problems

Mr. Charles Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Ouzts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dea. Homer Brantley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Young    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mollie Jones    (WADLEY, 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. Idora Doyle    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Banta    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carsley Scott Sr.    (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Charles Alexander II    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. William Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Susan Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Henry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Wipf    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Maude Ellis    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Winslow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Chenault    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Danny Smith Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Thigpen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Perry    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Swann Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Morris Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Short    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carsley Scott Sr.    (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Ruth Hunt    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Sadie Perrin    (BALTIMORE, Md.)
Mr. P.K. Greene Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Patterson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. John Gardner    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Partridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mack Edmunds Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jerdie Covington    (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)
Mrs. Helen Ouzts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Chafin    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Moore    (TUCSON, Ariz.)
Mr. William Black Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Laurie Kendrick    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Ulys Sellars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Sylvanus Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Boysie Scott Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Howie Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Partridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Amelia Henry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ullie Oglesby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zoaraine Harrison    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Miller    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Ms. Delores Duggans    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Catherine Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Crystal Buff    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Laurie Kendrick    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Buckner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. James Jackson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Brown Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Sylvanus Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Black Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Zoaraine Harrison    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Henrietta Young    (PIERCE, Fla.)
Mrs. Christine Godfrey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Delores Becton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alonza Garnett    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susan Adams    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Halbert Elferdink    (STAPELTON, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Woods    (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Davis    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Pernell Williams    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Peter Coleman    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Whitener    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Chandler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Osie Walker    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Ms. Crystal Buff    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Thomas Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Thigpen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Black    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Strickland Jr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Emory    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Miller (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Henrietta Young (PIERCE, Fla.)

Mrs. Annie Davis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Moore (TUCSON, Ariz.)

Mr. Harold Partridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rufus Strickland Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Partridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Whitener (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Ouzts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerdie Covington (FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.)

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

Mr. Ullie Oglesby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Chandler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Emory (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Dea. Homer Brantley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Ouzts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alonza Garnett (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Chenault (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Chafin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Hunt (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Osie Walker (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. Mack Edmunds Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Perrin (BALTIMORE, Md.)

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

Mr. P.K. Greene Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Peter Coleman (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Winslow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Alexander II (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Becton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall Young (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Pernell Williams (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Morris Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Idora Doyle (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Woods (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)

Mr. Halbert Elferdink (STAPELTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Crystal Buff (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ulys Sellars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Sylvanus Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ellis (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Godfrey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Catherine Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laurie Kendrick (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Jackson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Black Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Jones (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Smith Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Boysie Scott Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Sylvanus Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Matthews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Wayt: Birch Society opposed to socialism
IT IS A LITTLE-KNOWN fact that one of the most important racial barriers in U.S. history was broken during the presidential election of 2000. When Ezola Foster ran for vice president of the United States on the Reform Party ticket, she became not only the first African-American candidate but also only the second female to do so for a major political party in this nation. Yet, the praise she should have received from our citizens never came, and the recognition she deserves has not been realized.

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.

Will Burk back off if a woman becomes member?
Something has really been bothering me about the situation between Martha Burk and the Augusta National Golf Club. No, it's not Ms. Burk's insistence to force a private club to let a woman be a member, although I am against her position on that. Steve Brock, Aiken, S.C.

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

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

Burk should lobby to change private clubs
Just a short while back the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk admitted in a televised interview that, legally, the Augusta National Golf Club could remain privately male but, morally, should admit a woman. Now I ask you, what is morally wrong to have all-male or female private clubs? Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

NCAA may pass Georgia by if state flag becomes an issue
Southerners love to go to ball games and cheer for the home team. They especially love college football games that test young men's skills and endurance. The one thing that is instilled in many of these players is good-sportsman-like conduct toward the opposing team.Calvin E. Johnson Jr., Kennesaw, Ga.

Those assisted should be investigated
I believe people on Medicaid and food stamps should be more thoroughly investigated. I am surrounded by unmarried mothers with two or three children, living with the children's fathers. These men work every day, and the couple live as husband and wife, but somehow - because they choose not to marry and give false information about their living arrangements - they are given money, food stamps, health care and everything.Yvonne Baughman, Warrenville, S.C.

Save Chitlin Strut
If you think Augusta's First Friday had problems, then you ought to see the Chitlin Strut conundrum that Salley, S.C., is facing. The pig-innards festival was launched 37 years ago as a way for the small town to raise money to pay for Christmas decorations.

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

Jackson only cares about himself
The so-called "Reverend" Jesse Jackson (he may have been ordained, but if he's a reverend, then our dog is a cat) states that he will return to Augusta during the Masters tournament to protest because women are not members of the Augusta National Golf Club.Rick and Della Sykes, Augusta

'Dawg days return
How sweet it is! University of Georgia's 26-13 Sugar Bowl victory over Florida State caps the best season in 20 years and stamps Mark Richt as among the elites of college coaches.

Wayt: Birch Society opposed to socialism
IT IS A LITTLE-KNOWN fact that one of the most important racial barriers in U.S. history was broken during the presidential election of 2000. When Ezola Foster ran for vice president of the United States on the Reform Party ticket, she became not only the first African-American candidate but also only the second female to do so for a major political party in this nation. Yet, the praise she should have received from our citizens never came, and the recognition she deserves has not been realized.

Amnesia in Korea
North Korea has forgotten that the Cold War is over.

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.

Augustans should consider the needs of the homeless
Thanks to Tom Corwin for writing the Dec. 25 story, "Flooding from storm moves meal for needy." It concerned the Christmas Eve flooding at the Masters Soup Kitchen on Fenwick Street. Linda Kitchens, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Americans beat Spain in Hopman Cup

Overtime

Gambill beats Federer to reach Qatar semis

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Sports' ups and downs in 2002

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.

Gambill beats Federer to reach Qatar semis
DOHA, Qatar -- Jan-Michael Gambill used a strong baseline game Thursday to beat top-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 and reach the semifinals of the $1 million Qatar Open.

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
South Carolina linebackers coach Chris Cosh has been named the team's defensive coordinator, replacing Charlie Strong who left last week for the same position at the University of Florida.

Green Bay knows what Vick can do
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Packers underestimated Atlanta's Michael Vick in Week 1, a mistake they won't make when the Falcons visit Green Bay for an NFC wild-card game Saturday night (ABC-Ch. 6).

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

Buchanan, Ambrose try to turn back clock vs. Packers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Wade Phillips isn't surprised the Atlanta Falcons finished the regular season among the leaders in interceptions and sacks.

Georgia must become consistent

New study says 'drive-through deliveries' are safe
BOSTON -- "Drive-through deliveries" that send new mothers home from the hospital after just one night do not seriously endanger newborns, according to a study that calls into question laws enacted around the country to restrict the practice.

Gene analysis can predict survival chances with breast cancer
BOSTON -- Genetic researchers have developed what may be the most accurate method yet for answering a woman's scariest question about breast cancer: Will it spread and kill me?

Flu season makes early entrance into state
ATLANTA - This season's first case of the flu has been confirmed in Georgia, state health officials said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia looking for bigger things after 13-win season

Georgia looking for bigger things after 13-win season
NEW ORLEANS -- Just hours after being named Sugar Bowl MVP, sleepy eyed Musa Smith wandered into a hotel ballroom wishing he had another game to play.

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.

What's next for Bulldogs?

Icing on the cake

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.

What's next for Bulldogs?
NEW ORLEANS - About nine hours after his team cemented its status among college football's elite, Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked what it will take to keep the glory intact.

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.

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

MVP Smith carries the load

UGA notebook

Georgia defeats FSU, 26-13

Hopelessly devoted

Cosh named as Gamecocks defensive coordinator

South Carolina tops Citadel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Carlos Powell tied his career high with 20 points and South Carolina continued its longtime dominance against the Citadel with a 66-50 victory Thursday night.

Cosh named as Gamecocks defensive coordinator
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina linebackers coach Chris Cosh has been named the team's defensive coordinator, replacing Charlie Strong who left last week for the same position at Florida.

South Carolina tops Citadel

Odds and Ends

Museum has Elvis fans all shook up

Parents of slain woman fight for Internet privacy

Questions raised about scanners for screening airport workers

Lottery Web site has security risks, experts warn

Flu season makes early entrance into state

New study says 'drive-through deliveries' are safe

Gene analysis can predict survival chances with breast cancer