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

Murray, Carter elected to Hall of Fame

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.

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown
A. Tyrone B

Rodney Tymel Reid
Rodney Reid and Tammy C

Jendayi Genise Cunningham

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.

Victoria Madeline Perryman

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.

Rodney Tymel Reid

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

Kylee Melaina Wheat

Samuel Hammond Tudor

Jennifer Hailey Gonella

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.

Maddyx Charlise Driggers

Alexis Kimberly Langley
Keith E. and Kimbe

Jackson Daniel Evans

Ansley Emelia Aufiero
Michael Kenneth and Sherry Loraine Aufiero of Mar

Dallas Lorraine Murray

J'nya Sanae Benson

Ansley Morgan Thurmond

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

Dekota Allen Conner

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.

Quincy Orlando Brooks Jr.

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

Ethan Gabriel Todd

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

Megan Elaine Gordon

Megan Elaine Gordon

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

Treyon Ja'Micheal Alexander

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.

Marcus D. Dunbar Jr.

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

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown

Kieran Tyrence Pound
Lawrence A. Pound Jr.

Hannah Elizabeth Wright

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.

Kieran Tyrence Pound

Samuel Hammond Tudor
Mr. and Mrs. Cha

Ansley Emelia Aufiero

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.

Travis Michael Faulkner

Gabrielle Mariah Brown
Michael L. and LaWanda J. Br

Cameryn Regan Cook

Dekota Allen Conner
Pau

Gabrielle Mariah Brown

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

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

Alexis Kimberly Langley

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.

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
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.

Braves cut ties with Lockhart

Analyst predicts sluggish growth

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.

Economy expected to show gradual improvement

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.

Cotton farmers protest aid plan

Economic developer appointed

Restaurant offers fast-food alternative

Tax tips: Watch out for these scams

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.

Business briefs

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.

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.

Tax tips: Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Group moves to revive foundry

Business briefs

Stocks fall on Gateway, Alcoa earnings news

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.

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

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

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

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

Edward Jones tops worker-friendly list

Wall Street has little reaction to proposed tax cuts

Soft drink change-up

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

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

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

Injury sidelines Lady Jags' center

Top ranking gone, Alabama begins quest for SEC repeat

Jaguars secure sweep

Book captures Augusta history

A Sellers' market

S.C. Medicaid crisis

Fighting cybercrime

Caution: wrangling ahead

Stimulating debate

'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.

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
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.

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!

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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

I have trained my books to meet me half way

Eighth woman gets nod for Georgia Hall of Fame

Garcia on a mission to stop Woods

Gazing into a clouded crystal ball

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

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.

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.

LPGA tournament in Nashville canceled

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.

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.

Chomskis resigns as coach

Laney girls capitalize on miscues

North Augusta shuts down Evans

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thrashers reassign forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of AHL

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.

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.

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.

High accident rate due to human factor

Comic strip is anything but comical

Don't punish responsible pet owners

City worker dampens spirits

Takes letter by ob-gyn to task

Kent guest column merely rhetoric

In the know

Health calendar

'Sex and the City" to end after sixth season

In the know

ABC scores big in ratings with football coverage

Eight artists get 5 Grammy nods apiece

Small portions

Florentine in a flash

Feng shui injects passion in fashion

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.

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

Father's memory drives former ECHL MVP

Pride holds off late Lynx rally

Five questions with Mike Legg

State's teachers get high mark

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.

A cool stroll

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

Chamber names one economic developer, loses another

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Chomskis resigns as Evans football coach

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.

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.

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.

Companies reach agreement

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chambliss, Graham become U.S. senators

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.

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.

Hospital attracts diners
AIKEN - Think hospital food is bland?

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

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.

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

Officials debate issue of Hephzibah sinkhole

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

City joins missing-child network

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.

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

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.

Pupils learn lesson from hockey legend

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.

Driver's abductor hid in the back seat

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.

Brothers are put in state custody

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.

Across Georgia

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

Aiken group receives audit

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure

Hospital attracts diners

News you can use

Police say teachers dealt drugs

Across the area

Zell Miller set to retire in 2004

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

Bragdon gives up position

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

Carjack suspects admit to charges

Animal Control Director resigns

Across the area

New owners close golf course for repairs

News you can use

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Minority recruiting at UGA falls short

Perdue promises ethics reform

Perdue vows funds for cancer research

Subscriber of the day

Health care panel works on Medicaid

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

Drivers get back into the groove

NASCAR weighs plan to stop autographs in garage area

Teams back in action at mandatory Daytona test

Nadeau's glad he went the distance for sponsor

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing

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

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

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.

Kobe Bryant finds a new zone

Hawks fall to Mavericks

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.

Hawks put Wilks on waivers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vick isn't Atlanta's only running threat

No-name defense carries Falcons to Phil

Brooks' brilliance carries him to top defensive award

Vick has fan in former Falcon

Saturday night's not all right for Steelers

Kerney expects fans' worst

Mr. Thomas Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hazel Pirkle    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
Mr. James Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Anne Flemister    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Linda Dunagan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Grice    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Oliver Jr.    (CUMMING, Ga.)
Ms. Shirley Branch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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.

Ms. Ruth Bradley    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Battle    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Wheeler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sylvia Hand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Celeste Hanson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Harmstad    (LITTLE MOUNTAIN, S.C.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosena Hickson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Judson Terry    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Grice    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Michaeline Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. W.J. Bufford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leonora Ward    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Romig    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Clinton Roberts    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jane Hinman    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. Judson Terry    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Miss Agnes Smallwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanies    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Tom Robertson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Lawless    (CAMDEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Juanita Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert McMichael Sr.    (RIVERSIDE, Calif.)
Mr. James Rheney Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Mosley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Anna Murphy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ullie Oglesby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa McNeil    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frances Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Linton Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Patrick Wilson    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Yearty    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Sylvia Hand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marlene Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Greene    (AUSTIN, Texas)
Mrs. Catherine Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. George Barrett Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Boynton    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mr. Tom Robertson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Cadle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Janet Baldwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Hand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Michaeline Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marlene Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Nancy Battle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Hinman (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Herbert Cadle

Mrs. Laura Romig (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rosena Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Rosena Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Hand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Smallwood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Terry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Roberts (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Catherine Phillips (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Judson Terry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa McNeil (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Celeste Hanson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Patrick Wilson (BARTOW, Ga.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

16-year-old jockey off to a galloping start

German ski official resigns after reported ties to secret police ties

Overtime

Overtime

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bulldogs back in Top 25 thanks to eight-game run

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

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

Gamecocks win SEC opener

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:

Gamecocks wake up

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.

Odds and Ends

Can you hold the line for Mr. Castro?

Parrot saves couple from house fire

Study: speed of gravity matches speed of light

Telescope captures images of black hole gobbling up matter

Natural atmospheric scrubber not in decline, study finds

Classic 'Contra' franchise revived, guns blazin

New computers unveiled

One of sky's biggest stars experiencing series of eruptions

High-performance concept car unveiled