Weddings provide glimpse into your past, future

Pregnant & chic
MARIETTA, Ga. - For 12 years, Vivian Brown had no problem finding attractive business suits for her job as an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Former paper company workers can get payment
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Former Durango-Georgia Paper Co. employees will receive a portion of their severance and vacation pay, but only if they file individual claims with U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the March 19 deadline.

Biz bits
Pat Fair, financial consultant with the Sampson Fair Group at Smith Barney, has earned the firm's designation of Financial Planning Specialist, which is awarded to consultants who successfully complete the firm's financial planning training program.

Long-distance prices rising despite competition

Pregnant & chic

Construction spending up in November
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending rose by 0.3 percent in November, helped by record activity in the red-hot housing market, the government reported Friday.

Women gain ground in corporate world

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Very Vera

Pocket change

Business calendar
Thursday: Meeting of the National Association of Purchasing Management Augusta chapter; Cafe on the Green, 2701 Washington Road; 6 p.m.; dinner provided; newcomers welcome; for reservations call Carol, (803) 474-0982; or Sylvia, 860-7719.

Construction spending up in November

Business briefs
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA will open its new retail store and donation center Jan. 18 at 4072 Washington Road. The 15,000-square-foot location will replace the organization's previous thrift store at Columbia Square shopping center, which is being converted into an auto dealership.

Business calendar

Long-distance prices rising despite competition
NEW YORK -- It seems to defy a basic law of business: competition is increasing in the long-distance phone market, but prices are going up anyway.

Biz bits

Stocks mixed following Home Depot profit warning
NEW YORK -- A profit warning from Home Depot halted the New Year's rally on Wall Street, leaving stocks narrowly mixed Friday amid concerns about consumer spending. But the market's major indicators ended the week with healthy gains.

Women gain ground in corporate world
NEW YORK - Despite the recent shocks to corporate America and the faltering economy, women continue to make gains in reaching the upper echelons of Fortune 500 companies, according to a recent survey.

Stocks mixed following Home Depot profit warning

Duke and Clemson in battle of ACC unbeatens

Renovations make Littlejohn nearly brand-new
CLEMSON, S.C. -- From the state-of-the-art weight room to the big-screen television in the home locker rooms to the purple seats with tiny orange paw prints in the end zones, nearly everything is new in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Renovations make Littlejohn nearly brand-new

Duke and Clemson in battle of ACC unbeatens
CLEMSON, S.C. -- It shouldn't be much of a surprise that two unbeaten Atlantic Coast Conference teams are squaring off in the league opener.

Penn State-Miami put Fiesta in prime time
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sixteen years ago, the Fiesta Bowl muscled its way into prime time with its first national championship game.

Ohio State beats Miami in double OT
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Perfectly shocking! Perfectly thrilling! Ohio State worked two overtimes to rip the national championship from the confident 'Canes.

Krenzel leads Buckeyes to victory

Ohio State beats Miami in double OT

Ohio State wraps up No. 1 spot
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ohio State's fourth national title was its most memorable of all.

USC back on top thanks to Palmer

Dorsey struggles in final game

Krenzel leads Buckeyes to victory
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Craig Krenzel won't be overlooked anymore.After spending most of his career in the shadows - and entering Friday night's Fiesta Bowl as the "other" quarterback - the Ohio State junior guided the Buckeyes with a steady hand and some deceptively fast feet in a dramatic 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami in the national title game.

Dorsey struggles in final game
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Maybe the criticism of Ken Dorsey was justified. Miami's senior quarterback, who spent much of the season defending his deficiencies despite helping the top-ranked Hurricanes reach a second consecutive national championship game, struggled in a 31-24 double-overtime loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Friday night.

Penn State-Miami put Fiesta in prime time

USC back on top thanks to Palmer
MIAMI - Carson Palmer and Pete Carroll sat side by side, basking in the big finish to a season of resurgence for Southern California. The subject turned to the future.

Lady Lions develop behind dynamic duo

Columbus State men continue hot streak

Paine ends skid against city rival

The seeds of freedom

The speaker's power

Angels walk among us

To our better selves

2002 was a record year for tours
NEW YORK -- Classic acts such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Cher lured more people to concerts in 2002 and helped the industry make a record $2.1 billion in ticket sales, according to figures released Friday.

Arts calendar
AUGUSTA FUTURITY HORSE AND CARRIAGE PARADE: 2 p.m. Jan. 26, downtown Augusta; Augusta Futurity Festival Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 2; Dennis Kelly, 828-4388.

Customization puts your own stamp on your style
NEW YORK -- You might have heard that the logo look is over. Not true.

Rooms with a view
When Jency Mills moved to Aiken in July, she filled her Woodside Plantation home with an eclectic combination of antique, art deco and contemporary furniture and art.

Album sales down in 2002 for second straight year
NEW YORK -- In more bad news for the music industry, album sales declined for the second straight year in 2002, down 10.7 percent from the previous year.

Augusta Assembly marks its 50th
The Augusta Assembly celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday, Dec. 27, with its annual winter ball.

Home front
Once the Christmas tree, garland and colored lights have been tucked away for yet another yearlong nap, it's time to return your home to the way it looked before the holidays.

Carefully check your R.S.V.P.s for party
Dear Carson: I'm hosting a party and the invitations requested an R.S.V.P. by a certain date. I realize people are extremely busy this time of year, but am I allowed to phone those who haven't responded by the date stated on the invitation? I want to be assured I have enough food and beverages for everybody. - Food Frets

Jersey shore helps tourists find nature
LAVALLETTE, N.J. - Watching a landscape come alive with birds is a magical experience. Slight flashes of movement alert to the presence of some wary creature where a moment before it seemed there was nothing.

If you're 30, let's get wordy
We want to know what it means to be 30. Are you officially a grown-up on that birthday or is it just another year? Do men think about it the same way as women?

Prep basketball scores

NHL suspends Atlanta's Kozlov for three games
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Thrashers right wing Slava Kozlov was suspended for three games Friday by the NHL for hitting an official during a game against the Ottawa Senators.

NHL suspends Atlanta's Kozlov for three games

Weddings provide glimpse into your past, future
I went to see my niece get married last weekend. It was the first such ceremony for a grandchild of my parents, and we were all expected to make the trip through five states and a small snowstorm to be there, which we did.

Help homeless with our idle money

Ado about Lott remark too much

Comcast cable skirts the law

Tripp: unglorified whistle-blower

Director's pro-choice assertion is folly

Policyholders need more control

Former Democrat proud he switched

Letter writer needs history lesson

Planned Parenthood's card ironic

Augusta Assembly marks its 50th

Rooms with a view

If you're 30, let's get wordy

Jersey shore helps tourists find nature

Carefully check your R.S.V.P.s for party

Customization puts your own stamp on your style

Home front

Arts calendar

Lynx goalie heads to NHL

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

Lynx start new year out right
The Augusta Lynx signed David Brumby based on his reputation as one of the East Coast Hockey League's steadiest goaltenders for the past seven seasons.

ECHL notebook

ECHL notebook
Happy New Year, and welcome to the halfway point of the 2002-03 East Coast Hockey League season.

Lynx waste early lead on road
FLORENCE, S.C. - Greg Schmidt recorded two goals, and Ron Vogel saved 18 shots as the Pee Dee Pride defeated the Augusta Lynx 4-1 on Saturday night at the Florence Civic Center.

Lynx start new year out right

Lynx gameday

Lynx goalie heads to NHL
Colin Zulianello got the phone call every hockey player dreams about.

Slapshots
Cincinnati Cyclones forward Joe Cardarelli had a 13-game scoring streak entering Friday's games and was named ECHL player of the month after scoring 16 goals and 25 points in December.

Lynx gameday
Charlotte Checkers at Augusta Lynx

Lynx goalie receives surprise NHL callup
Colin Zulianello got the phone call every hockey player dreams about.

Bikers learn riding tips
A chilly breeze blew across the sparkling, sun-splashed waters of the Savannah River while a group gathered Saturday to learn more about their hobby - mountain biking.

Army post salutes work of retirees
About 30 minutes before Friday's retirement ceremony at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall, Brig. Gen. Jan A. Hicks heard a familiar voice.

School's midyear opening succeeds
Grovetown Middle School's 415 pupils began the second semester at their new school Friday.

Hope for political woes' end is in sight

Prisoner hangs himself in Jefferson County jail

Church program

Man is charged in death of teen
State and local authorities arrested a Thomson man Friday in the death of a 14-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet New Year's Day.

Across Georgia

Holding on
Raven Gropp holds onto Flash while waiting for other students to get set to mount during a lesson at Hidden Forest Equestrian Center on Jackson Road.

Family halts store robbery

Butter knife bandits thwarted
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A pair of butter-knife-brandishing bandits fled empty-handed after one was struck repeatedly with a trash can by the clerk of a convenience store they were trying to rob New Year's Day.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Jean Colohan of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
TO ALL YOU silly people who paid the self-imposed tax, aka Powerball, maybe you should hold on to your money and save it. Why give your money to the government?

Across the area
Police arrested two Augusta women after an accident in the parking area of Dog Wood Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

Groups demand family court reform

Staying in shape

Judge says adult bookstore can open
The owners of an adult bookstore kept closed by Augusta commissioners can open their doors to customers, at least for now, a judge has ruled.

Ailing woman seeks money for operation

Across the Southeast

Leader is awed by year's success

Hope for political woes' end is in sight
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The political storm that has rocked Greene County for two years might finally be coming to an end, as two new commissioners begin their terms and a lawsuit filed against the county goes into its settlement stage.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 4, 1928 An oyster supper and smoker was held at the Junior Order Hall on Walton Way last night to present Mayor William B. Bell a handsome gold watch from his many friends throughout the city.

Rants and raves
TO ALL YOU silly people who paid the self-imposed tax, aka Powerball, maybe you should hold on to your money and save it. Why give your money to the government?

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -A man using an assault-style rifle shot and killed his girlfriend and two convenience store workers Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Sheriff to exit Jan. 31

State hopes changes will speed cases
AIKEN - After being arrested in January 2001 on a misdemeanor car-theft charge, 17-year-old Christopher Lewis of Graniteville did what 16 percent of all people released on bond do - he committed another crime.

Deputy steps up to run

Executives mark lottery's first anniversary
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Education Lottery began with just four versions of scratch-off tickets, a handful of employees and the burden of proving itself to almost half the state population, who had voted against it.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Police didn't have to go far to investigate after a man used his sport utility vehicle to ram another car through a wall of the police station in what the police called a fit of road rage.

Across Georgia
THOMASVILLE - A 7-year-old died after being mauled by a Great Dane as he visited the home of a relative Thursday, authorities said.

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife in their home.

Young pushes for unity
Augusta Mayor Bob Young began his second four-year term of office Friday by calling for a healing of what many have called the city's racial divide.

Police battle to head off road's speeding problem
WINDER, Ga. - Georgia Highway 316 is the front line in a battle between stubborn speeders and the officers who are bent on slowing them down.

Bluegrass festival draws new crowd in wake of film

Family halts store robbery
CRAWFORD, Ga. - Two gun-wielding, masked men picked the wrong place to rob when they burst into the Junction Package store in Oglethorpe County last week.

Groups demand family court reform
Republican Sen. Bill Mescher says reform legislation likely will be drafted next year.

News you can use

Blaze destroys Aiken house
AIKEN - An abandoned house in Aiken near South Carolina Highway 19 was destroyed by a fire Friday night, and family possessions that were being stored in the house were also lost in the flames.

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Subscriber of the day
Margo Bailey of augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Project closes Laney-Walker intersection
The New Year's resolution for Laney-Walker Boulevard: continue shaping up and become beautiful.

Across the Southeast
JACKSON, Miss. -The Catholic Diocese of Jackson is changing leaders while it deals with two lawsuits claiming it did nothing to stop sexual abuse by priests.

State hopes changes will speed cases

Prisoner hangs himself in Jefferson County jail
A Screven County man died Thursday after hanging himself in a holding cell at the Jefferson County jail with the draw-cord from his sweat shirt.

Flames gut home in North Augusta
Homeowners Ron and Lisa Wheatley watched as North Augusta firefighters battled flames raging from the roof of their home, bellowing black smoke in the air.

Bluegrass festival draws new crowd in wake of film
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Although they were a long way from the style's Appalachian roots, bluegrass music fans have been gathering on Jekyll Island for one of their many reunions.

Across the area

Church program
The Feast of Lights, a pageant in celebration of the Epiphany, will be performed at 11 a.m. Sunday at Augusta's St. Paul's Church, on Sixth and Reynolds streets at the riverwalk.

Across South Carolina

Holding on

Ready and waiting

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Police battle to head off road's speeding problem

Ready and waiting
KUWAITI DESERT - War sounds like a jackhammer.

Ailing woman seeks money for operation
Tina Fore would love to take a long, slow drag on one of the USA Gold cigarettes she spent years smoking.

News you can use
JAN. 5, 1962 Budget requests for Augusta's 1962 budget are higher than last year, but officials expect the final figure will be about the same as 1961.

Across South Carolina

Leader is awed by year's success
Max Burns, Georgia's 12th District U.S. representative-elect, sat in a lounge chair in the living room of his country home in Screven County last week and marveled at the events of the past year.

Army post salutes work of retirees

Deputy steps up to run
Chief Deputy Jody Rowland will form a steering committee to help guide his campaign for sheriff.

Young pushes for unity

Staying in shape
George Odell, 72, of North Augusta, attempts to stay warm while power-walking along North Augusta's Greeneway.

Blaze destroys Aiken house

Across the area
An employee of a department store faced shoplifting charges Friday after being accused of allowing a customer to steal more than $460 worth of merchandise.

Butter knife bandits thwarted

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina prison officials are investigating last month's stabbings of four inmates.

Project closes Laney-Walker intersection

Dancing champ's practice pays off
Fifteen years of grueling rehearsals and endless practice have finally paid off for Amy Mooney.

Across Georgia

Sheriff to exit Jan. 31
AIKEN - It bodes well for homeland security that Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers can keep a secret. In fact, his decision to retire to take a new role in the national security effort might have been the best-kept secret in town - until Friday morning.

House leader leaves Capitol

Dancing champ's practice pays off

House leader leaves Capitol
ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy began packing up more than 40 years of memories from his Capitol office Friday, declaring he has no ill will for the voters in his west Georgia district who decided in November it was time for him to come home.

Evans grad follows his heart to Augusta State
It was one day before basketball practice and into Augusta State coach Gary Tuell's office stepped a moderately doughy young man straight out of storage in the "Where are they now?" file.

Paine ends skid against city rival
Before every game, Germaletta Dyson says a prayer. Saturday night, she believed someone was listening.

Lady Lions develop behind dynamic duo
Three seasons ago, Tiffany Isaac would toss a pass inside the paint to Germaletta Dyson and the result, predictably, was a turnover.

Jaguars pull away
As a senior transfer from UNC Pembroke, Jaguars center David Siebrands didn't know much about the Augusta State-Paine rivalry.

Columbus State men continue hot streak
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Tundra thumping

Jets jolt Colts, continue playoff pursuit

Lambeau to favor Packers

Packers miss Falcons punter

Atlanta Falcons notebook

Mrs. Catherine Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Amrhein    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Tawanda Haynes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Tawanda Haynes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Godfrey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bennie Wells    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Evans    (AUSTELL, Ga.)
Mr. James Enelow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lizzie Kitchens    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mrs. Madeleine Livingston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. P.K. Greene Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Miller Loadholt    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Bill Woods    (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ulys Sellers    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Etheredge-Spann    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Isabell Muphry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Gardner    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Chap Murray Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Keller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ullie Oglesby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Godfrey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Ruby Powell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Josie Jones    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lorede Smith    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Caroline Kunkle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Smith    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Rev. Charlie Lambert    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Spauling    (BUFFALO, N.Y.)
Mrs. Alice Mathis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Hellon Thompson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Spauling    (BUFFALO, N.Y.)
Bro. Norman Hill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Thomas Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gracie Watson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Heath    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Julia Whiten    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Eulie Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Woods    (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Amrhein    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alonza Garnett    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Brown    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Justus    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Amelia Henry
Amelia Henry's second home was the library.

Mr. E. J. Kent    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Helen Ouzts
If anyone needed food, clothes or even a home, they could almost always depend on Helen Ouzts.

Mrs. Hattie Gibson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Branch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Gunby    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Black    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Johnson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Eunice Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lizzie Kitchens    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Ms. Shirley Branch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Dr. Steve Kolas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Paulette Brinson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Earnnie Lindsey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Jessie Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Kitchens    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Chandler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Coleman    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Pernell Williams    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Davis    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Wierzbicki Sr.    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Idora Doyle    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Danny Smith Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Johnson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Rivers    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Aunsharia Moss    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Charline Ogbonnia    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Mewbourne    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Earnnie Lindsey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Enelow    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Idorenyin Ekanem    (GORDON, Ga.)
Mr. Chap Murray Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Halbert Elferdink    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Morris Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maude Ellis    (EVANS, Ga.)
Dr. Ollie McGahee Jr.    (JESUP, Ga.)
Mr. John Ellison    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Emory    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Patrick Amrhein (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Brown (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Davis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Earnnie Lindsey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Helen Ouzts

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Ms. Jessie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Kitchens (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Kitchens (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Black (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alice Mathis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Spauling (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Ellison (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Spauling (BUFFALO, N.Y.)

Mr. Ulys Sellers (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gracie Watson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Aunsharia Moss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Tawanda Haynes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marie Keller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Etheredge-Spann (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Ellis (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alonza Garnett (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Charline Ogbonnia (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Rivers (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Gardner (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Halbert Elferdink (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Bill Woods (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)

Mr. Miller Loadholt (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Isabell Muphry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Julia Whiten (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Smith (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Earnnie Lindsey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunice Johnson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ullie Oglesby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kitchens (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Heath (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Dr. Steve Kolas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeleine Livingston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Woods (CAVE SPRING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Justus (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Enelow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lorede Smith (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Betty Gunby (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Wells (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joe Mewbourne (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Idora Doyle (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Johnson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Caroline Kunkle (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Joseph Wierzbicki Sr. (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Idorenyin Ekanem (GORDON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charlie Lambert (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Jones (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. E. J. Kent (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruby Powell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Enelow (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chap Murray Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hellon Thompson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Evans (AUSTELL, Ga.)

Ms. Tawanda Haynes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Branch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Comcast cable skirts the law
The 1992 cable law, as reported in the Dec. 11 Chronicle ("Law creates more choice on channels"), says cable companies cannot require subscribers to purchase premium services, such as digital cable, in order to get pay-per-view.Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

Policyholders need more control
I would like to respond to the article in the Nov. 16 Business section titled "Group brings up insurance issues." It concerned insurance and the collision repair industry. Bill White Jr., Edgefield, S.C.

Letter writer needs history lesson
This is regarding the letter by Harry Sellers, "Creation of Israel was a mistake," on Dec. 4. Mr. Sellers is in need of a history lesson on the creation of Israel. Woodrow Short, Aiken, S.C.

Angels walk among us
When Trent Lott crashed and burned, Bill Frist was in the right place at the right time.

The speaker's power
The Georgia Senate has received much media attention of late, since four Democrats, including Sen. Don Cheeks of Augusta, switched parties after Nov. 5 to give the GOP a majority to work with the first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

To our better selves
As a parent, one of the most important messages you impart to your children is that just because they can do something doesn't mean they should.

Ado about Lott remark too much
I read the Dec. 19 opinions regarding the "Lott statement" and felt, as American adults, we were really becoming ridiculous people. Monitoring every little word another human says is outright ridiculous. Teresa Glackin Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Planned Parenthood's card ironic
Few things have offended me as much as Planned Parenthood's Christmas card. How dare they take God's holy word and twist it around to suit their agenda? Kim Jones, Aiken, S.C.

Help homeless with our idle money
So the city of Augusta has over $7 million sitting idle; why not use some of that money to help the homeless? Now the city already has people who are working to help the homeless - the Salvation Army and the Interfaith Hospitality Network come to mind. By partnership with these fine people, the city could help its own residents and spend its money wisely. Joe Beck, Augusta

Tripp: unglorified whistle-blower
I cannot help but agree with your Dec. 27 editorial, "Doing the right thing," concerning Time magazine's "Persons of the Year." The choice was at least more appropriate this year than in the past. Barnwell Baker, Augusta

Former Democrat proud he switched
My thanks to Brian Gridley (Nov. 12 letter, "Americans must live with their choices"). We will live under this administration and hope to get back a strong military and higher morals in government. James Neal, Evans, Ga.

The seeds of freedom
Human progress has always been uneven. The Information Age is no different.

Director's pro-choice assertion is folly
It is generally pointless to debate choosing life or choosing abortion in letters to the editor. The issue quickly becomes emotional, as both sides are firmly entrenched. Richard White, Evans, Ga.

Blake beats Hewitt in Hopman Cup

Overtime

Gambill, Koubek reach Qatar Open final

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Gambill, Koubek reach Qatar Open final
DOHA, Qatar -- Jan Michael Gambill of the United States will face Stefan Koubek of Austria for the Qatar Open title after both won semifinals in straight sets Friday.

Overtime
Former American League MVP Jose Canseco and his twin brother are being sued for at least $1 million for beating a California man during a Miami Beach bar brawl.

Blake beats Hewitt in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia -- James Blake upset top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday and Serena Williams beat Alicia Molik to give the United States its second Hopman Cup title.

Overtime
The U.S. national soccer team worked out for the first time this year, preparing for exhibition games against Canada and Argentina that will test a young squad.

Area sports announcements
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Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

People made 2002 great
Some years deserve a resounding "good riddance" on Dec. 31, but not 2002.

People made 2002 great

Outdoors calendar

Harlem earns rare victory over Evans
Harlem guard David Green prides himself on defense. In fact, he said, he prefers to stop the ball rather than shoot it.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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

Tundra thumping
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. Lambeau Field in January.

Packers miss Falcons punter
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Atlanta Falcons punt returner Allen Rossum never wanted to leave Green Bay.

Lambeau to favor Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Compared to what awaits them tonight, the Atlanta Falcons might remember last week's visit to Cleveland as a balmy day trip off the gentle waters of Lake Erie.

Jets jolt Colts, continue playoff pursuit
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After what they went through to make the playoffs, what a waste it would have been to exit early.

Atlanta Falcons notebook
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mark Simoneau had essentially no chance to play in base defense this season, but the Atlanta Falcons' third-year linebacker continued his knack for big plays on special teams Saturday night.

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. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Father fights for drug use in religion
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. -A member of an American Indian tribe wants to be able to give peyote to his 4-year-old son during spiritual ceremonies. It's a matter of religious freedom, he says.

It pays to learn the Ten Commandments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - George Kelley believes the nation has lost its moral conscience and he plans to do something about it - one child and $10 at a time.

More than words
The Rev. Gene Jennings has a preacher's ear for a good story and good jokes. Saving them is second nature.

Message of God arrives in stages
Far too many people die experiencing only a fraction of the abundant life God intended for them. They die before awakening to all the good things God wants them to experience.

Faith digest
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will celebrate Epiphany with the Feast of Lights, to be performed at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 605 Reynolds St. Costumed characters will tell the story of Christ's birth and the spread of Christianity throughout the world through scripture, carols and hymns.

Evans grad follows his heart to Augusta State

Techbits: Spam costs, gadget innards and Internet birthday
NEW YORK -- All those junk e-mail messages may promise instant wealth, but they can be quite painful to the bottom line.

Augusta officials unveil new Internet site
The new year has meant a new Web site for Augusta's government.

Experts suspect disease in two more deaths
Two bald eagles found along Thurmond Lake were sent to veterinary pathologists to determine if they succumbed to a mysterious brain disorder linked to 26 other eagle deaths.

High-end sound at relatively low cost
For less than $200, nearly any modern personal computer can become a home entertainment center with immersive, teeth-rattling sound that rivals high-end stereos and even some real-world theaters.

Mississippi first in nation to put a computer in every classroom
HERNANDO, Miss. -- In a milestone for student achievement and state pride, Mississippi has become the first state to have an online computer in each of its public-school classrooms, a spokesman for the governor said.

Don't fear the mummy's curse, scientists say
LONDON -- Don't sweat the curse of the mummy.

Orangutans pass knowledge to new generations
WASHINGTON -- From the dainty use of a leaf as a napkin to saying goodnight with a lip-quivering raspberry splutter, the orangutan is a cultured ape, able to learn new tricks and pass them along to the next generation, researchers say.

Antarctic ice sheet may disappear in 7,000 years
WASHINGTON -- An Antarctic ice sheet the size of Texas and Colorado combined is melting and could disappear in 7,000 years, possibly raising worldwide sea levels by 16 feet.

FDA approves Prozac for children
WASHINGTON -- Prozac is now formally available for depressed children.

Petravicius out, Kitchings returns to practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Marius Petravicius will be out for at least two weeks after injuring his left knee in the first half of the Gamecocks' 66-50 win over The Citadel.

FDA approves Prozac for children

Techbits: Spam costs, gadget innards and Internet birthday

High-end sound at relatively low cost

Experts suspect disease in two more deaths

Orangutans pass knowledge to new generations

Antarctic ice sheet may disappear in 7,000 years

Don't fear the mummy's curse, scientists say

Father fights for drug use in religion

Faith digest

More than words

Faith and fellowship Calendar

Message of God arrives in stages

It pays to learn the Ten Commandments