Murray, Carter elected to Hall of Fame

Murray, Carter elected to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Eddie Murray silently led with his bat. Gary Carter spurred teams with his enthusiasm.

Brooks LeAnn Lively
Edmon and Kimberly Lively of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Brooks LeAnn Lively, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alan LaGrone and Mr. and Mrs. Julious Lively Jr., all of Lincolnton.

Jendayi Genise Cunningham
Mr. and Mrs. Donnell Cunningham of Louisville, Ga., announce t

Samuel Hammond Tudor
Mr. and Mrs. Cha

Kylee Melaina Wheat

Megan Elaine Gordon

Jennifer Hailey Gonella

Kieran Tyrence Pound
Lawrence A. Pound Jr.

Maddyx Charlise Driggers

Gabrielle Mariah Brown
Michael L. and LaWanda J. Br

Dallas Lorraine Murray

Travis Michael Faulkner
Tony and Beth Faulkner of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Travis Michael Faulkner, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Abby Cleghorn of Aiken, John and Val Still and Brenda Cain, all of Augusta.

Brooks LeAnn Lively

Quincy Orlando Brooks Jr.
Quincy Orlando Brooks and Tamara Lareese Worthy, both of August

Megan Elaine Gordon

Victoria Madeline Perryman
Harper D. Deaner and April L. Per

Treyon Ja'Micheal Alexander

Ansley Morgan Thurmond
Bruce and Kimberly Thurmond of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Morgan Thurmond, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Betty Ashworth of Augusta and Gene and Genevieve Thurmond of Tignall, Ga.

Ansley Morgan Thurmond

Hannah Elizabeth Wright
Bill and Jennifer Wright of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Wright, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete Warren Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wright Sr., all of Augusta.

Dekota Allen Conner

Dekota Allen Conner
Pau

Quincy Orlando Brooks Jr.

Rodney Tymel Reid

Gabrielle Mariah Brown

Jennifer Hailey Gonella
James Garrett and Shylah Marie Gonella of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Hailey Gonella, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Don and Penny Gonella of Martinez and the late Addie Etheridge.

Jendayi Genise Cunningham

Marcus D. Dunbar Jr.
Marcus D. and Carolina Dunbar of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Marcus D. Dunbar Jr., Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Enrique and Julia Morales and Mary Davis, all of Augusta.

Jackson Daniel Evans

Alexis Kimberly Langley
Keith E. and Kimbe

Ethan Gabriel Todd

Dallas Lorraine Murray
Nicholas Murray and Kristina Lifsey, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Dallas Lorraine Murray, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gabriele Lifsey of Harlem and Jesse and Debbie Nutt of Grovetown.

Marcus D. Dunbar Jr.

Ansley Emelia Aufiero
Michael Kenneth and Sherry Loraine Aufiero of Mar

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown

Rodney Tymel Reid
Rodney Reid and Tammy C

Hannah Elizabeth Wright

Ethan Gabriel Todd
Jason Michael and Sherry Burns Todd of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ethan Gabriel Todd, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Pam Burns of North Augusta and Gary and Darla Todd of Warrenville.

Kieran Tyrence Pound

Kylee Melaina Wheat
Travis John and Kymberley Newman Wheat of Graniteville, S.C., announce the birth o

Ansley Emelia Aufiero

J'nya Sanae Benson
James E. Benson Jr. and Tarika Williams, both of Edgefie

Travis Michael Faulkner

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown
A. Tyrone B

Cameryn Regan Cook

Cameryn Regan Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Cook of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Cameryn Regan Cook, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Brenda Hardy, Roscoe Cook and Beverly Carter, all of Augusta.

Alexis Kimberly Langley

Maddyx Charlise Driggers
Michael Anthony and Dawn Kristina Driggers of Barnwell, S.C., announce the birth

Samuel Hammond Tudor

Victoria Madeline Perryman

Treyon Ja'Micheal Alexander
Christopher Anthony Alexander and SeQuoia LeAndra Mann, both of Augusta, announce the birth

Jackson Daniel Evans
Jack and Cyndi Evans of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jackson Daniel Evans, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lightner of Danielsville, Ga., and Walter Evans and Linda Fraser, both of Augusta.

J'nya Sanae Benson

Can you hold the line for Mr. Castro?
MIAMI -- Two radio show hosts who use jumbled recordings of Fidel Castro to trick callers into believing they're talking with the Cuban president say they have duped another victim - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Odds and Ends
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's a chance of a lifetime to own a piece of history - chads and all.

Parrot saves couple from house fire
NORRFLAERKE, Sweden -- A fire alarm mimic he isn't, but a cockatiel named Gilbert sounded the right siren song when the house he lives in caught fire. His owners said the bird saved their lives.

Braves cut ties with Lockhart

Braves cut ties with Lockhart
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves didn't agree to a contract with second baseman Keith Lockhart by Wednesday's deadline, ending his six-year tenure with the team.

Group moves to revive foundry
A Chattanooga, Tenn., investment group filed an order Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowing it to purchase Warrenton's idled Wheland Automotive Industries factory.

Economy expected to show gradual improvement

Analyst predicts sluggish growth

Stocks fall on Gateway, Alcoa earnings news

Cotton farmers protest aid plan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cotton farmers suffering from a multiyear drought will get federal assistance only if the Bush administration can find offsetting savings, a senior Agriculture Department official said Tuesday.

Don't expect tax cuts to mean big boost in dividend payouts

Business briefs
ATLANTA - A federal magistrate has recommended that class-action status be denied in a lawsuit filed by black Cracker Barrel restaurant employees who say they were segregated from white workers and generally received "back of the house" assignments such as cook and dishwasher.

Tax tips: Watch out for these scams

Cotton farmers protest aid plan

Business briefs

Restaurant offers fast-food alternative
AIKEN - Billy Barou? The Triple Lindy? The Ugly Naked Guy?

Restaurant offers fast-food alternative

Stocks fall on Gateway, Alcoa earnings news
NEW YORK -- Discouraging earnings news from Alcoa and Gateway jarred Wall Street Wednesday, giving blue chip stocks their biggest decline in a month as investors unloaded shares on concerns about the corporate outlook.

Group moves to revive foundry

Edward Jones tops worker-friendly list
It's not easy being Mike Keck these days.

Tax tips: Watch out for these scams
WASHINGTON -- Don't give money to anyone who promises to get you a tax refund or credit for slavery reparations, Social Security taxes, disabled access to pay telephones or any of the other scams that flourish during the tax-filing season.

Wall Street has little reaction to proposed tax cuts

Economic developer appointed

Business briefs

Soft drink change-up

Tax tips: Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction
WASHINGTON -- Riding record-low interest rates, the white-hot mortgage industry lured many Americans into refinancing or buying homes in 2002, but taxpayers must be careful when they figure deductions for mortgage costs.

Business briefs
TUSKEGEE, Ala. - Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone-Firestone have settled civil charges brought after a tire blowout and crash killed a civil-rights leader and injured two others, the judge said Wednesday.

Wall Street has little reaction to proposed tax cuts
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had little reaction Tuesday to President Bush's proposal to cut taxes, as investors collected some profits from the market's big three-day advance and left stocks narrowly mixed.

Soft drink change-up
The can of 7Up will taste the same, but it's now being brought to you by a local company.

Don't expect tax cuts to mean big boost in dividend payouts
NEW YORK -- Even if a new economic stimulus plan wipes out taxes on dividends for investors, don't count on companies rushing to boost their payouts as a way to woo people to buy their stocks.

Edward Jones tops worker-friendly list

Economy expected to show gradual improvement
WASHINGTON -- After enduring a stop-and-go recovery last year, America should enjoy stronger economic growth in 2003, many forecasters believe. But this upbeat outlook is based on an assumption that a possible war with Iraq would be over quickly without serious disruption to global oil supplies.

Economic developer appointed
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials Wednesday introduced Richmond County's new economic developer - Walter Sprouse Jr., of North Carolina.

Analyst predicts sluggish growth
ATLANTA - Georgia's economy isn't going to turn around in time to spare state lawmakers from having to make some difficult spending decisions this year, an economic forecaster warned Tuesday.

Tax tips: Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction

Crosby, Simmons to return to Tigers

Crosby, Simmons to return to Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Receiver Roscoe Crosby and quarterback Willie Simmons are both returning to Clemson next year, the school announced Tuesday.

Nutt focuses on season ups and downs, recruiting
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- One word describes Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt after 14 games this season - inconsolable.

Nutt focuses on season ups and downs, recruiting

Former Hephzibah hoops star adds to long list of legal run-ins

Top ranking gone, Alabama begins quest for SEC repeat

Jaguars secure sweep

Injury sidelines Lady Jags' center

Book captures Augusta history

Fighting cybercrime

S.C. Medicaid crisis

Stimulating debate

Caution: wrangling ahead

A Sellers' market

In the know
The Muscat Vin De Glaciere from Bonny Doon in California is reminiscent of fine German sweet wines. The $11 wine starts with a nose packed full of butterscotch and tropical aromas with a touch of honeysuckle that lead into a delicate, fruity, sweet dessert or aperitif wine with layers of creamy peach and Golden Delicious apple notes.

In the know
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?

Martha's new food magazine reaches store racks
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's new magazine all about food - and only a little about her - debuted at grocery stores and newsstands Monday.

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.

Feng shui injects passion in fashion
NEW YORK - Feng shui master Carole Swann Meltzer says most people think the ancient Chinese practice is limited to rules about sofa placement.

ABC scores big in ratings with football coverage
NEW YORK -- ABC rang in 2003 with a sizeable ratings win. Though in third place for the season-to-date, it scored with a slate of college and pro football coverage that included the Orange, Rose, Sugar and top-rated Fiesta bowls.

Florentine in a flash
Several years ago I came up with a quick, weeknight lasagna recipe. The secret - replacing the lasagna noodles with frozen ravioli. This was, perhaps, one of the most popular recipes from the column, as two supermarkets informed me that they completely sold out of frozen ravioli in just a day. This week, I've updated the recipe for my new "Not" Lasagna Florentine. The only equipment you need is two bowls, two spoons and a rectangular baking dish, so the recipe isn't just a cinch to prepare, cleanup also is a breeze!

Small portions
Cold weather always boosts sales of oatmeal. Quaker Oats says it sells more oatmeal in January than any other month.

Eight artists get 5 Grammy nods apiece
NEW YORK -- Grammy voters recognized a wide variety of artists and genres Tuesday, with Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Eminem and Bruce Springsteen dominating the major categories, including record, song and album of the year.

'Sex and the City" to end after sixth season
LOS ANGELES -- "Sex and the City" will end after its sixth season, with the final episode airing early next year.

Fox's 'Joe Millionaire' cashes in with its debut ratings
NEW YORK -- "Joe Millionaire" can now be referred to as "Joe Mega-Hit."

Beatles photos, memorabilia on display
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Harry Benson was in the room when the Beatles found out they would be playing on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Jackets still perfect at home
ATLANTA - In its first home game in more than two weeks, Georgia Tech rediscovered the comforts of Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Yellow Jackets glad to be home
ATLANTA - Alexander Memorial Coliseum will be a welcome sight for Georgia Tech.

Yellow Jackets glad to be home

I have trained my books to meet me half way

Garcia on a mission to stop Woods
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Sergio Garcia's goals remain the same, no matter how lofty they seem. He wants to win major championships and become the first player with money titles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Gazing into a clouded crystal ball
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The signs leading to the Plantation Course at Kapalua remind everyone that the "PGA Tour Starts Here."

Howell says controversy is costing Augusta
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Standing near the western tip of Maui and staring across a finger of the Pacific Ocean at the peaks of Molokai, the Plantation Course is a world away from eastern Georgia.

Howell says controversy is costing Augusta

Eighth woman gets nod for Georgia Hall of Fame

Garcia on a mission to stop Woods

Eighth woman gets nod for Georgia Hall of Fame
Former LPGA Tour tournament director Suzanne Jackson will become the eighth woman to enter the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame at the 15th annual Induction Banquet on Saturday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Gazing into a clouded crystal ball

LPGA tournament in Nashville canceled
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville will not host an LPGA tournament event for the first time since 1987 after organizers failed to raise enough money from sponsors.

LPGA tournament in Nashville canceled

Chomskis resigns as coach

Laney girls capitalize on miscues

Prep basketball scores

North Augusta shuts down Evans

Prep basketball scores

Chomskis resigns as coach
Despite taking over the Evans football program just two years ago, Lee Chomskis resigned from the head coaching job Wednesday.

Thrashers reassign forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of AHL

Senators miss paycheck but surge to top of NHL
NEW YORK -- For the past week, the Ottawa Senators played the way they did when they were kids: skating hard, scoring plenty and not thinking about the money.

Senators miss paycheck but surge to top of NHL

Members of Buzzards practice at open skate
EL PASO, Texas -- Members of the minor league hockey team banned from their home ice because of overdue rent payments paid $5 each to skate during an open session at the facility.

Thrashers reassign forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers sent forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of the AHL on Wednesday.

CHL club can't use home rink until it pays rent
EL PASO, Texas -- A minor league hockey team won't be able to use its home rink until it pays $22,500 in back rent.

Animal Control Director resigns
Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon has resigned her from her position with the city effective Jan. 16 after only 2 1/2 years on the job.

Chomskis resigns as Evans football coach
Despite taking over the Evans football program just two years ago, Lee Chomskis resigned as the head coach Wednesday.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure
The state has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

Sen. Miller announces he won't seek re-election in 2004
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, a popular former Georgia governor, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2004 - a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate.

Chamber names one economic developer, loses another
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials today introduced Richmond County's new economic developer - Walter Sprouse Jr. from North Carolina.

Kent guest column merely rhetoric

High accident rate due to human factor

Takes letter by ob-gyn to task

Comic strip is anything but comical

City worker dampens spirits

Don't punish responsible pet owners

Eight artists get 5 Grammy nods apiece

Small portions

Florentine in a flash

In the know

ABC scores big in ratings with football coverage

In the know

Health calendar

'Sex and the City" to end after sixth season

Feng shui injects passion in fashion

Pride holds off late Lynx rally
FLORENCE, S.C. - Pee Dee goalie Ron Vogel stopped 21 of 23 shots and held off a late rally as the Pride defeated the Augusta Lynx 3-2 at the Florence Civic Center on Tuesday for the second time in four days.

Five questions with Mike Legg

Pride holds off late Lynx rally

Father's memory drives former ECHL MVP
It was about a month after the season when the trophy arrived at his house on a beautiful spring day in Canada.

Five questions with Mike Legg
Augusta Lynx forward Mike Legg answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Father's memory drives former ECHL MVP

Carjack suspects admit to charges

New owners close golf course for repairs
Jones Creek Golf Club will close today as its new owners begin several weeks of renovations.

Bragdon gives up position
Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon has resigned after only 2 1/2 years on the job to accept a veterinary position in the private sector.

Molestation case goes to jury
Unaware that a church's music teacher has previously been acquitted of fondling a child, a jury is set today to decide whether he is guilty of new child molestation charges.

Hospital attracts diners

A cool stroll
As the sun sets on Augusta's skyline and temperatures drop, Stefan Bloodworth, of Durham, N.C., takes a walk on Riverwalk Augusta. Today's forecast calls for more cold weather, with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.

Missing nuclear material - Feds want input on fuel rods' risks
It's the mystery of the missing nuclear fuel rods.

Across the area
A 36-year-old Augusta man has been arrested in connection with a year-old fatal wreck on Interstate 20 in Morgan County.

Town warns of water
JACKSON, S.C. - Levels of a radioactive pollutant again have risen beyond mandated levels in Jackson's water supply.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 23-year-old Decatur man was arrested Monday night and charged with the December sexual assault of two female students in a Georgia State University dormitory.

Rants and Raves
STROM SHOULD RUN as president for 2008 and Trent Lott as VP.

City joins missing-child network
GROVETOWN - The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is now part of a nationwide network dedicated to helping find missing children.

Perdue vows funds for cancer research
When Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue picks up the state's checkbook this month, cancer will stay in, but a lot of other Augusta projects might go wanting.

Rants and Raves
STROM SHOULD RUN as president for 2008 and Trent Lott as VP.

Bragdon gives up position

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Hank Syms of Augusta.

Police say teachers dealt drugs
Narcotics officers say the evidence found in the home of two teachers arrested on drug charges makes it clear to them that the couple was dealing drugs.

Plea agreement ends murder case
An Augusta man indicted on charges of murder pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault Wednesday.

Hospital attracts diners
AIKEN - Think hospital food is bland?

Man tries to steal course sign
A man visiting Augusta wanted to take home a golf souvenir Wednesday.

Companies reach agreement
The city's two competing ambulance companies may have resolved their differences over backup emergency medical service, but it seems controversy surrounding the debate is far from over.

Aiken group receives audit
A financial audit of the Aiken Corp. released Wednesday says the economic development group has a clean financial record but needs to improve its budget review and accounting procedures.

Driver's abductor hid in the back seat

Missing nuclear material - Feds want input on fuel rods' risks

Across Georgia

New owners close golf course for repairs

Hospital must halt procedure
Georgia has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

News you can use

Health care panel works on Medicaid
COLUMBIA - Any reforms in the state's Medicaid system should include greater accountability in the agency that runs the program, a health care task force said Tuesday.

Chomskis resigns as Evans football coach

City joins missing-child network

Across the area

Officers hold two teachers on drug charges
Two teachers were being held on drug charges late Tuesday after a Richmond County sheriff's deputy investigating a possible break-in at their Hephzibah home found cocaine and marijuana, authorities said.

State's teachers get high mark

State's teachers get high mark
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's efforts to improve teacher quality earned the top grade in a national report released Tuesday.

Animal Control Director resigns

Brothers are put in state custody
Two brothers charged with break-ins and vandalisms at 13 houses, two schools and three businesses - kicking down doors, smashing windows, damaging cars and stealing Christmas presents - were placed in state custody Wednesday by a juvenile court judge.

News you can use
JAN. 9, 1953 A sweeping raise for county employees - the first in two years - that leans heavily in favor of the lower-salaried men and women was agreed on last night between members of the county commission and the Richmond legislative delegation.

Zell Miller set to retire in 2004
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, a popular former Georgia governor, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2004 - a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate.

Chamber names one economic developer, loses another

Driver's abductor hid in the back seat
North Augusta police are warning residents to be careful after a woman driving home from a grocery store Tuesday night was abducted by a man hiding in the back seat, authorities said.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure

News you can use
JAN. 8, 1973 Icy weather blew into the region Sunday, turning the cold rain into sleet in Augusta and snow north of the city.

Perdue promises ethics reform

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who thinks they should start back running the buses on Sunday and on holidays and have them run 24 hours so those who have to work nights can get to work.

A cool stroll

Pupils learn lesson from hockey legend

Health care panel works on Medicaid

Officials debate issue of Hephzibah sinkhole

Sen. Miller announces he won't seek re-election in 2004

Brothers are put in state custody

Perdue vows funds for cancer research

Aiken group receives audit

Companies reach agreement

TV co-host pleads guilty
A former co-host of a Christian TV show for teenagers pleaded guilty to child molestation Wednesday.

Chambliss, Graham become U.S. senators

Perdue promises ethics reform
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One week before he raises his hand to be sworn in, Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue took to the air Tuesday, stressing ethics and education during the first day of a statewide fly-around.

Across Georgia

Chambliss, Graham become U.S. senators
WASHINGTON - Both Georgia and South Carolina got new senators Tuesday as Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham took the oath of office to replace well-known predecessors.

Plant contains spilled sewage
A gasket failure was responsible for a Tuesday morning leak that allowed about 1 million gallons of partially treated sewage to spill from equipment at Augusta's Messerly Wastewater Plant on New Savannah Road.

Police say teachers dealt drugs

Across the area

Officials debate issue of Hephzibah sinkhole
Just 15 feet away from Windsor Spring Road is Hephzibah's "Grand Canyon," as some call it - a hole 30 feet deep, 50 feet wide and at least 200 feet long.

News you can use

Zell Miller set to retire in 2004

Subscriber of the day

Man gets two years in jail for gun sales
An Augusta man who bought dozens of guns at local pawn shops and sold them illegally on the streets of New York City will serve two years in prison, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who thinks they should start back running the buses on Sunday and on holidays and have them run 24 hours so those who have to work nights can get to work.

Carjack suspects admit to charges
Two of the young men accused of taking part in a carjacking that allegedly led to a gang sexual assault in South Carolina pleaded guilty to some charges Wednesday.

Theater estimate will be appealed
Aiken Corp. Chairman Wade Brodie will appeal the $1.3 million appraisal of the group's downtown office space if the estimate is not increased, members of the group agreed Wednesday.

Minority recruiting at UGA falls short

Pupils learn lesson from hockey legend
Pupils at Jamestown Elementary School had a brush with history Wednesday.

Department veterans will return to board
The Martinez Volunteer Fire Department had two longtime members return to the Board of Trustees at the annual subscribers meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners reprimand Kolb
Seven Augusta commissioners have signed off on a letter of reprimand to be placed in City Administrator George Kolb's personnel file.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - Former Williamston Mayor Marion Middleton is seeking a pardon less than six months after pleading guilty to embezzling town funds.

Hospital asks to continue heart procedure
The number of therapeutic heart catheterizations at Doctors Hospital more than doubled in 2002 from the previous year's total, which had already raised questions from regulators because the hospital is not authorized to perform them normally.

Minority recruiting at UGA falls short
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia is failing in its goal to make recruiting minority students a priority, according to consultants who visited the campus and talked with faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Decatur man arrested and charged with the sexual assault of two female students at a Georgia State University dormitory is a suspect in a similar attack at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Shauna Reeves of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
MARION -A Marion teenager killed last week stopped to give a man a ride home and was shot to death, police said.

Across the area
A church music teacher and choir director accused of trying to molest one child and sexually abusing a second was convicted of child molestation charges Wednesday.

School board will vote on moving class
Christian Learning Centers of Augusta may have found a new location to house their Christian-based curriculum for Richmond County pupils.

I have trained my books to meet me half way
Does this ever happen to you: You open a reference book to look something up and turn directly to the very page you need?

Nadeau's glad he went the distance for sponsor

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing

IRL adopts IndyCar moniker for racing series
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League regained control of the IndyCar name from rival CART, changing the name of its premier series Tuesday to emphasize the league's association with the Indianapolis 500.

Drivers get back into the groove

Nadeau's glad he went the distance for sponsor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Like every other driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series garage, Jerry Nadeau knew he'd have to make personal appearances on behalf of his sponsor. When the sponsor is the U.S. Army, it means making a trip to Afghanistan.

NASCAR weighs plan to stop autographs in garage area

Teams back in action at mandatory Daytona test

Teams back in action at mandatory Daytona test
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's abbreviated offseason ended Tuesday when 25 teams launched spring training with testing for the Daytona 500.

Drivers get back into the groove
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Even before his vacation started, Mark Martin was talking about getting back to work.

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There were 21 NASCAR officials patrolling the garage area during this week's test session at Daytona International Speedway, but they weren't looking too hard for problems.

NASCAR weighs plan to stop autographs in garage area
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR is considering a plan to prohibit drivers from signing autographs in the garage area at tracks to reduce fan congestion.

Hawks put Wilks on waivers
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks waived guard Mike Wilks on Tuesday, three days before his contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the year.

Kobe Bryant finds a new zone
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant rose to stardom with medium-range jumpers, dazzling drives to the basket and soaring dunks.

Hawks fall to Mavericks
ATLANTA -- The Dallas Mavericks already had blown one big lead, so they weren't going to let it happen again.

Hawks put Wilks on waivers

Kobe Bryant finds a new zone

Hawks fall to Mavericks

Top ranking gone, Alabama begins quest for SEC repeat
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 4 Alabama begins defense of its SEC title against a team that has at times bedeviled the Crimson Tide and a coach who really did a number on them.

Injury sidelines Lady Jags' center
The Augusta State women will be without one of their top players when they play host to USC Spartanburg tonight at 5:30.

Jaguars secure sweep
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell thinks so highly of USC Spartanburg, he picked it to win the Peach Belt North Division in the preseason.

Griffin propels Paine to victory
There were Lions, Tigers and Bears at Carter Gymnasium on Wednesday night. But it was Gustavus Griffin of the Paine College Lions who proved the toughest of the three.

Former Hephzibah hoops star adds to long list of legal run-ins
Former University of Cincinnati basketball player and Hephzibah native Donald Little is in trouble with the law again.

No-name defense carries Falcons to Phil

Vick has fan in former Falcon

Kerney expects fans' worst

Saturday night's not all right for Steelers

Brooks' brilliance carries him to top defensive award

Vick isn't Atlanta's only running threat

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Ms. Ruth Bradley    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mr. Patrick Wilson    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Yearty    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Romig    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa McNeil    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clinton Roberts    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Wheeler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Mosley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Lt. Col. Linton Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Lawless    (CAMDEN, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jane Hinman    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Harmstad    (LITTLE MOUNTAIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Marlene Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sylvia Hand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janet Baldwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Linda Dunagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Barrett Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosena Hickson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Herbert Cadle
Thomas Cadle said his father loved nothing more than flying, whether he was instructing others or joy-riding in one of his planes.

Mrs. Sylvia Hand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Boynton    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mr. Judson Terry    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Grice    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Greene    (AUSTIN, Texas)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa McNeil (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Celeste Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Rheney Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Lawless (CAMDEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clinton Roberts (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Hinman (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Wilson (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Romig (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pamela McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert McMichael Sr. (RIVERSIDE, Calif.)

Mrs. Nancy Battle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Harmstad (LITTLE MOUNTAIN, S.C.)

Ms. Ruth Bradley (ULMER, S.C.)

Mr. Tom Robertson (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janet Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Grice (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Michaeline Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Robertson (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Rosena Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Phillips (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Grice (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marlene Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Wheeler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Barrett Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sylvia Hand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Mosley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Oliver Jr. (CUMMING, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Herbert Cadle

Mrs. Mary Brock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Linton Paulk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanies (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sylvia Hand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosena Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leonora Ward (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Judson Terry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Johnson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Judson Terry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Smallwood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Don't punish responsible pet owners
As a pet owner, I disagree with any county fees for pet ownership. I have several dogs and cats, and they have all been spayed or neutered. They are like children, and I spend a great deal of money on them annually in vet bills. Every month they are treated for fleas, ticks and heartworms, and when shots are due, they are taken to the vet. Larry Johns, Hephzibah, Ga.

Takes letter by ob-gyn to task
Many of the statements made in J. Davis Lyons' letter of Dec. 14, 2002, "Anti-abortion extremists peril rights," were deceptive or blatantly false. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

City worker dampens spirits
Regarding Jose Torres Jr.'s Dec. 25 letter, "Holiday a joyless one for Augusta city workers": I would like to enlighten Mr. Torres concerning the Dec. 14 employee Christmas party. Lisa R. Sherrouse, Augusta

Stimulating debate
President Bush's economic stimulus package isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than anything Democrats have to offer. The administration seems to understand that the best way to get the slowing economy up and running at full tilt is to put the emphasis on cutting taxes.

S.C. Medicaid crisis
Medicaid, the federal-state program designed to take care of the medical needs of the poor, is in crisis in South Carolina. The state's escalating deficit - $348 million and growing - stifles the legislature's ability to put enough money into the program.

A Sellers' market
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers will leave office at the end of the month confident in the knowledge that he has done himself proud during his 10-year tenure.

Fighting cybercrime
The debut of the Computer Crime Center in Columbia puts South Carolina on the cutting edge of fighting the most complicated and possibly most potent criminal activity of the 21st century: crime in cyberspace.

High accident rate due to human factor
Recently, WRDW-Channel 12 news ran a story concerning the high accident rate in Augusta. The thrust of the story was that many of the accidents, especially the ones with fatalities, could have been avoided if our fair city had a qualified traffic engineer. Richard A. Hood, Augusta

Kent guest column merely rhetoric
Once again, the extreme right indulges in historical revisionism to advance its racially regressive agenda (Phil Kent's Dec. 28 guest column, "Quotas don't deserve redemption"). Shirley J. Wilcher, Washington, D.C.

Comic strip is anything but comical
The comic strip The Boondocks, if you can refer to this particular item as a comic strip, is very offensive. How on earth does one get by with such slanderous remarks? Rose Hembree, Tignall, Ga.

Caution: wrangling ahead
As the 108th Congress convened this week, its plate couldn't have been fuller: budget and spending priorities; economic stimulus package; prescription drug legislation; homeland security funding; judgeship confirmations; Medicare and Social Security rescue plans; environmental, regulatory and tort reforms; the looming war in Iraq and a crisis in Korea.

Overtime

Overtime

16-year-old jockey off to a galloping start

German ski official resigns after reported ties to secret police ties

Olympic skating scandal suspect to be extradited to U.S.

16-year-old jockey off to a galloping start
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Shannon Uske knew she wanted to race horses by age 4 - and maybe even before that.

Olympic skating scandal suspect to be extradited to U.S.
VENICE, Italy -- The reputed Russian mobster accused of fixing Olympic figure skating was ordered Tuesday to be extradited to the United States.

Overtime
The USC Aiken Lady Pacers fell out of the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since December of 2001.

German ski official resigns after reported ties to secret police ties
ERFURT, Germany -- A state ski official resigned Tuesday after a radio station reported he worked for 15 years as an informer for the former East Germany's secret police.

Overtime
Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft after helping the Bulldogs win the Sugar Bowl.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

North Augusta shuts down Evans
Evans fought an intense battle for one half Tuesday night against North Augusta, but a third-quarter drought buried them, as the Yellow Jackets prevailed 58-36.

Laney girls capitalize on miscues
The outlook for the Richmond Academy girls team was pretty good - great, even.

Vick has fan in former Falcon
ATLANTA - When the Atlanta Falcons visit Philadelphia in their NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night, Steve Bartkowski will be like millions of other football fans, watching on television as Michael Vick continues to redefine the quarterback position.

Kerney expects fans' worst
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Based on his experience from the other side, Patrick Kerney knows the Atlanta Falcons will receive a rude greeting Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Vick isn't Atlanta's only running threat
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick isn't the only running threat the Philadelphia Eagles have to worry about this week.

Saturday night's not all right for Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Beaten up during an exhausting comeback victory against Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Steelers will limp into Saturday's divisional playoff game at Tennessee off a short week of practice.

No-name defense carries Falcons to Phil
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Sam Rogers? John Thierry? Keion Carpenter? Who are these guys anyway?

Brooks' brilliance carries him to top defensive award
Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks is the crown jewel of the NFL's best defense and easily topped Miami end Jason Taylor for The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday.

One of sky's biggest stars experiencing series of eruptions
SEATTLE -- One of the brightest and biggest stars in the heavens is going through a series of eruptions and dimming that may lead eventually to a supernova explosion, astronomers say.

Telescope captures images of black hole gobbling up matter
SEATTLE -- The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way flares with intense eruptions every day as it gobbles up nearby gas, dust and objects. But the most sensitive X-ray images ever taken show it is starved and puny compared with black holes in other galaxies.

New computers unveiled
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the Macintosh 12-inch PowerBook G4 computer (left) and the worlds first 17-inch notebook computer Tuesday, after his keynote address at the Macworld Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Natural atmospheric scrubber not in decline, study finds
A natural chemical that scrubs pollution from the sky is more abundant than previously believed, leading scientists to wonder if they have been underestimating the atmosphere's ability to cleanse itself.

Classic 'Contra' franchise revived, guns blazin
Another classic video game series has been revived, guns blazing.

Study: speed of gravity matches speed of light
SEATTLE -- Astronomers have concluded that Einstein was right: The speed of gravity does match the speed of light.

High-performance concept car unveiled
Toyota unveiled the FINE-S hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid-electric concept vehicle here today as an example of its ongoing commitment to expand technology for environmentally friendly cars and trucks.

Bulldogs back in Top 25 thanks to eight-game run
ATHENS, Ga. -- Everything changed for Georgia a month ago, when a miraculous, game-winning shot allowed the team to avoid a 1-4 start.

Georgia running back Musa Smith going pro
Musa Smith will enter the NFL draft after becoming the first Georgia running back since 1992 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Georgia running back Musa Smith going pro

Bulldogs back in Top 25 thanks to eight-game run

Gibson decides to return to basketball court
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson, a wide receiver who helped Georgia to its first Sugar Bowl victory in 22 years, joined the basketball team in time for practice Tuesday.

Gamecocks win SEC opener

Gamecocks win SEC opener
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi on Wednesday can be described quite simply:

Gamecocks wake up

New league season brings new lineup for South Carolina

New league season brings new lineup for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Dave Odom knows what his South Carolina team needs right now - and it's not a few comforting pats to get them through their troubles and injuries.

Gamecocks wake up
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi on Wednesday can be described quite simply:

Book captures Augusta history
Stan Byrdy thought he knew a lot about the history of golf in Augusta and Aiken. Then he started researching a book on the subject.

Can you hold the line for Mr. Castro?

Parrot saves couple from house fire

Odds and Ends

Natural atmospheric scrubber not in decline, study finds

New computers unveiled

Classic 'Contra' franchise revived, guns blazin

One of sky's biggest stars experiencing series of eruptions

Study: speed of gravity matches speed of light

Telescope captures images of black hole gobbling up matter

High-performance concept car unveiled