Wine and dine
Looking for traditional, Southern-comfort food downtown? Cafe 209 just may fit the bill.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the movies: Antwone Fisher
Antwone Fisher could have been another "I Am Sam" - a well-intentioned story that aims for Oscar but ultimately is so overwrought that it sags like a multi-hanky made-for-Lifetime flick. Its far more successful than last year's movie starring Sean Penn because it resists that urge, at least for its first three-fourths.

Concert calendar

Performing arts center gets mixed reaction
The facts are in.

Video watch

Some film comebacks were memorable
It's easy, when you're putting in your eight hours in a collection of cubicles under the harsh glare of fluorescent lighting, to imagine a life

Standing ovations

Applause calendar
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Trio bucks trend of chamber quartets

'Dinner Party' makes Georgia debut with Stage III
The Stage III theater company wasn't looking for a Georgia debut when it gained rights to Neil Simon's mystery play The Dinner Party.

At the movies: 'Narc'

Video watch
JUST OUT: Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Signs and Secret Ballot

'Dinner Party' makes Georgia debut with Stage III

Standing ovations
The Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition today from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition features work by Augusta artist Philip Morsberger and Dederick Ward, who works in Anacortes, Wash. The exhibition will hang through Feb. 22. For more information, call 724-9542.

Applause calendar

At the movies: "Adaptation"
This much we know is true: Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay for 1999's "Being John Malkovich," about a hidden portal that allows people to enter the actor's mind. It was heralded - and rightly so - for being bold and innovative, the product of a twisted, brilliant brain. The movie earned Kaufman an Academy Award nomination.

At the movies: Antwone Fisher

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

Performing arts center gets mixed reaction

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

At the movies: "Adaptation"

At the movies: 'Just Married'
You don't need to go to a theater to see "Just Married," because you've already seen it.

Food, service sizzle at T-Bonz

Trio bucks trend of chamber quartets
The chamber-music world has long been ruled by the string quartet. It's the chamber configuration most often written for and the chamber performance most often heard.

Club calendar

New Year, New Art
The Morris Museum of Art has a double-header planned.

At the movies: 'Just Married'

Food, service sizzle at T-Bonz
Maybe it was the holiday spirit. Maybe it was the invigorating chill outside. Maybe it was the scent of grilled steaks wafting through the air.

Mini reviews

At the movies: 'Narc'
Amid the spectacle and sentimentality that overwhelm the multiplexes every holiday season, the gaudy prestige pictures meant to win over audiences and Oscar voters alike, "Narc" arrives like a piece of cold steel smacked against your unsuspecting temple.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass artist had ties to Augusta

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass artist had ties to Augusta
Grand Ole Opry star Jim McReynolds, who died on Dec. 31, lived in Augusta in the late 1940s and sang with his brother, Jesse, on the Smokey Mountaineers program on radio station WGAC.

New Year, New Art

Wine and dine

Some film comebacks were memorable

More die in winter, but is it lack of vitamin D or baseball?

Braves agree to $2.2 million deal with Furcal

Braves agree to $2.2 million deal with Furcal
ATLANTA -- Shortstop Rafael Furcal and the Atlanta Braves agreed Friday to a $2.2 million, one-year contract.

House transportation chairman proposing gas tax increase
WASHINGTON -- While the Bush administration is talking tax cuts, the Republican chairman of the House Transportation Committee wants to almost double the federal gasoline tax, arguing it's needed to pay for highways and mass transit.

Tax tips: Revving up retirement savings
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers 50 and older who are worried they haven't been saving enough for retirement can start to remedy that problem immediately.

Retailers confirming the weakest holiday season in decades
NEW YORK -- The already disappointing holiday shopping season turned out to be even more dismal than anyone anticipated.

Program helps students launch small businesses

2002 ends with unemployment at 8-year high
WASHINGTON -- U.S. companies slashed 101,000 jobs in December as retailers limped through a cheerless holiday season, leaving unemployment at an eight-year high of 6 percent at the close of a year that many workers want to forget.

Tax tips: education deductions make college more affordable

2002 ends with unemployment at 8-year high

Officials propose growth agency

Downtown project is stalled
With $850,000 sitting in a bank, Downtown Development Authority members are wondering when they can start work to improve downtown, above and below the street.

Tax tips: Revving up retirement savings

Stock volatility reflects market's shaky long-term prospects

Stocks surge on drop in jobless claims

Stock volatility reflects market's shaky long-term prospects
NEW YORK -- Many on Wall Street cheered the recent New Year's rally, noting that early January gains historically bode well for the entire year. But the market's choppy trading in subsequent days might be more telling - it reveals investors' doubts about the market's long-term outlook.

Stocks mixed on news about jobs, North Korea

Tax tips: education deductions make college more affordable
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers will find a new deduction for 2002 college expenses and tax law changes that make it easier to save for education and to manage state tuition savings plans known as 529s. There's also a pair of education tax credits that can be subtracted from your tax bill.

Program helps students launch small businesses
A couple of months ago, Lee Harris was ready to upgrade his roadside operation to an actual store.

Stocks surge on drop in jobless claims
NEW YORK -- Wall Street bounced back Thursday after a drop in jobless claims raised hopes that the economy is indeed recovering. The Dow Jones industrials rose 180 points, erasing a loss of 178 over the previous two sessions.

Business briefs
Ivan Allen Furniture Co.announced it has changed its name to Ivan Allen Workspace. Augusta's Ivan Allen store and showroom in west Augusta will change signs later this year.

Officials propose growth agency
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials' plans for luring new business to the area include the creation of a separately funded economic development agency.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages edged up this week after dropping to a new low last week. But rates are still sufficiently low to be attractive to those thinking about buying a home and those considering refinancing the home they already own, economists said.

House transportation chairman proposing gas tax increase

Retailers confirming the weakest holiday season in decades

Business briefs

Downtown project is stalled

Stocks mixed on news about jobs, North Korea
NEW YORK -- Displaying some resiliency, the stock market was narrowly mixed Friday after news that the economy lost jobs last month and that North Korea was pulling out of an anti-nuclear weapons agreement.

Clemson tops Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds leading Clemson to a 70-59 victory over Maryland on Thursday night.

Clemson tops Maryland

Planting the college seed

Rivals prepare for Shrine game
SAN FRANCISCO - Miami kicker Todd Sievers ran into the Ohio State players at the Phoenix airport while traveling to the East-West Shrine Classic - and he hoped he wouldn't be forced to room with one of them.

Forward excels at Shaw after her WNBA letdown

Abuse and neglect

Zell Miller, party of one

They're off and running

Driving tests tougher

Congress' crisis

Tax policy backfires

'Tis the season to feel guilty...
Maybe it's just me, but the close of December - and impending advent of January - is always a guilt-filled time for me. I, along with countless others, am forced to stare FAILURE smack in the face: those resolutions I failed at, once again!

Now that the holidays have passed, it's time to simplify
Have you had it with elaborate holiday meals? So intricate, so detailed, so sumptuously savory...And so uninteresting to your children?

College prep begins early
Amy Chudgar, a senior at Lakeside High School, is now in the hand-wringing mode.

Books to entice kids to read
That's easy if your child enjoys reading. But what about those kids who don't like to read?

Family scrapbook
Ginger Pope, of North Augusta, took this photo of four girls sitting atop her husband's new truck. The girls are Ashley Pope, 6 (her daughter), Amnor Markwalter, 4, Anna Kate Nelson, 3, and Maddie Shriver, 5.

Calendar
Attention Parents: You need a night out! To help, we've identified several "Date Night" events for you. Just look for the "**" and make your plans. Sorry, babysitters aren't provided, but many of the events are free.

Planting the college seed
I grew up knowing that I would go to college. Both of my parents went to college, so there was never any question and I'm sure my fate was determined long before I was even conceived.

What are the symptoms of strep throat and how do I prevent/treat it?
Typical symptoms of strep throat, or Group A streptococcal infection, in a child above age three include: rather sudden onset of a sore throat and fever, without symptoms typical of a cold/upper respiratory infection (such as runny nose, cough, etc.), headache, mild stomach pain and nausea (usually from swallowing the infected mucus) and a sandpaper-type rash. Some vomiting may occur, but usually not more than one or two times. Hoarseness, redness of the eyes and diarrhea are distinctly unusual and may be signs that your child has a viral or other illness.

'Greek Wedding' shows split between immigrants and homeland
ATHENS, Greece -- It's certainly big and fat: squashing big-budget competition at the box office and now gaining extra buzz as a possible Oscar nominee. But is it really "Greek"?

Fishing report

Fishing report
It's the Year of the Ram for Augusta's Chinese community, but it's the Year of the Striper this year on Strom Thurmond Lake.

This plant makes a nice pet
Despite needing watering, feeding, and occasional help against pests, plants are generally easier to care for than animals. If you do still long for a four-legged pet yet want to avoid the hassles of a real animal, a "chia pet" my be the one for you.

This plant makes a nice pet

Weeds do not stay dormant in winter

Weeds do not stay dormant in winter
Many folks put out pre-emergence herbicides in the fall to prevent winter weeds from rearing their ugly heads, but it doesn't always get them all.

Jackets' ACC fate begins with Wolfpack
ATLANTA - After two months of ups and downs in its preseason schedule, Georgia Tech begins its ACC schedule in earnest today against N.C. State.

Jackets' ACC fate begins with Wolfpack

Home-field advantage goes to Furyk
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk felt right at home Thursday in the Mercedes Championships, where he polished off a 9-under 64 just 300 yards from his house and wound up in a share of the lead with Ernie Els.

Price fears the game has passed him by
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Nick Price wants to win again on the PGA Tour, but he doesn't see himself with as many chances as he once had.

Home-field advantage goes to Furyk

Clark leads South African Open by three strokes
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Defending champion Tim Clark shot a second straight 5-under 67 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the South African Open.

Clark leads South African Open by three strokes

Former LPGA official gets posthumous nod

Big Easy takes another big lead at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The sun was setting over the island of Lanai as Ernie Els capped off another great round in paradise, holing a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in the Mercedes Championship to set a tournament record and build a three-stroke lead.

Big Easy takes another big lead at Kapalua

Masters on their mind

Former LPGA official gets posthumous nod
Jim Webb made a cross-country trip to participate in tonight's Georgia Golf Hall of Fame induction of his late friend, Suzanne Jackson.

Price fears the game has passed him by

Masters on their mind
KAPALUA, Maui -- Vijay Singh, often the last player to offer his opinion, was the first to bring up the touchiest subject in golf.

Modest Means

Musketeers close out Golden Hawks

Evans principal says change was needed
A day after accepting Lee Chomskis' resignation as Evans football coach, the school's principal said he was "looking at what was best for the kids."

Capitals blow away Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Grier and Kip Miller scored in the opening 9:31 as the Washington Capitals gained at least a point in their 11th straight game with a 4-1 win over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Capitals blow away Hurricanes

Senators file for bankruptcy from creditors

Senators file for bankruptcy from creditors
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators filed for bankruptcy Thursday, seeking protection from creditors while they look for a buyer.

Thrashers edge Lightning in overtime

Thrashers edge Lightning in overtime
TAMPA, Fla. -- The struggling Atlanta Thrashers took a valuable point away from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

More die in winter, but is it lack of vitamin D or baseball?
The trouble with life in the fast lane is you get to the other end in an awful hurry.

Has had enough of 'The Boondocks'

Pierucci's definition of Christianity lacking

Give raises where needed and deserved

Augusta's legal system exemplary

Clarence Thomas is a hypocrite

Choice not more important than life

Family scrapbook

'Greek Wedding' shows split between immigrants and homeland

Books to entice kids to read

Calendar

What are the symptoms of strep throat and how do I prevent/treat it?

Now that the holidays have passed, it's time to simplify

'Tis the season to feel guilty...

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Charlotte Checkers, Cricket Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx road report

Checkers edge Lynx

Checkers edge Lynx
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brandon Cullen and Konrad McKay scored seven seconds apart as the Charlotte Checkers rallied to beat the Augusta Lynx 4-3 on Friday night.

Lynx gamenight
Florida Everblades at Augusta Lynx WHEN: Saturday, 7:35 p.m. and Sunday, 4:05 p.m.

Lynx gamenight

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Dickens of Hephzibah.

Law changes test requirements

Across the area
A Beech Island man told police he shot at two men who broke into his house Thursday morning.

Subscriber of the day
Alfonzo Willimas of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Police arrest four in thefts
Four people, including a 15-year-old Augusta boy, have been charged in a three-month rash of burglaries in south Augusta, authorities said Friday.

Sanford gives nod to former tax chief
COLUMBIA - State tax collectors will get a familiar face for their boss under the Sanford administration.

Aiken residents study location for connector
AIKEN - Getting from Silver Bluff Road to Whiskey Road used to mean a quick ride down Dougherty Road for Julie Mhyre and her husband.

Gephardt lays groundwork for state primary
CHARLESTON, S.C. - U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt doesn't have a campaign organization in South Carolina yet, but he was in Charleston Friday to lay the foundation for one before the state's crucial 2004 Democratic presidential primary.

Hospital cuts EMS overtime
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County EMS workers were told Thursday night that their overtime hours had to be reduced because the hospital they work for is in financial trouble.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG RAVE for Diamond Lakes recreational park. I go out there daily. They keep the track and grounds in excellent shape. Just a big rave for them. They are doing a good job

Subscriber of the day

Lake meeting
A workshop to discuss proposed changes in the Army Corps of Engineers' drought management plan will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Belair Conference Center, 4083 Belair Road, near Interstate 20.

City will continue to fly its Rebel flag
COCHRAN, Ga. - The Confederate battle flag will continue to fly at the Cochran municipal building despite complaints to the town's leaders.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 11, 1936 Clear definition of state laws governing operation and licensing of slot machines, possibly resulting in an estimated revenue of $500,000 annually for the state, is expected to come from a case started in city court of Richmond County yesterday testing the validity of the present special tax law.

Date moves forward for sheriff's election
AIKEN - Already hastened by Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers' choice to retire midterm, the race to replace the sheriff will occur even sooner than first thought.

Up on the roof
Fred Franklin of Franklin Restoration Inc., based in Rutledge, Ga., climbs down the steeple of Springfield Baptist Church. Mr

Suspect is arrested in shooting
Authorities arrested an Augusta man Thursday who they say inadvertently fired two shots into a home on Fieldcrest Drive while shooting at people in a nearby car.

Banned church member charged

Petition protests plan for closure
Hephzibah's building inspector, Al Carpenter, says he's had enough of his city being treated like the "stepchild" of Richmond County.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A BIG RAVE for Diamond Lakes recreational park. I go out there daily. They keep the track and grounds in excellent shape. Just a big rave for them. They are doing a good job

Battle of the brains
Moses McGruder wasn't too excited when he realized he'd spend most of Friday taking tests.

News you can use

Date moves forward for sheriff's election

Across the Southeast

Across the Southeast
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Lowcountry man awaiting trial on one murder charge and convicted of the shooting death of a middle school pupil in 1994 has been sentenced to life in prison for a third slaying.

Battle of the brains

School leader pushes ethics
ATHENS, Ga. - Recalling the corporate scandals of Enron and Tyco, Global Crossing and Worldcom, University of Georgia President Michael Adams used his sixth annual State of the University address this week to urge a more aggressive attitude toward ethics and personal integrity.

Lake meeting

Perdue pursues new school board
ATLANTA - Republican Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue has asked six members of the mostly Democratic state school board to resign and plans to ask the others to leave soon, officials confirmed Friday.

Across the area

Evans principal says change was needed
A day after accepting Lee Chomskis' resignation as Evans football coach, the school's principal said he was "looking at what was best for the kids."

Gephardt lays groundwork for state primary

New Family Y opens in Evans
The Family Y has moved into Columbia County. And the Marshall Branch of the Y is already ahead of the game.

State school superintendent contracts investigated

Federal space planned
Work on a new, federal office building should begin later this year near downtown's U.S. District Courthouse, federal officials confirmed Thursday.

Kidney failure stalls awareness walk

Law changes test requirements
Greg Robinson had no idea how close he came Thursday to taking a much more difficult driver's license test.

Up on the roof

Crime increases in Augusta

Senator wants UGA job back

Evans principal says change was needed

Panel moves on chairman issue

Kidney failure stalls awareness walk
The Journey of Hope cross-country walk to raise awareness about hepatitis C has hit another bump in the road. Paul Hagan, who has the viral infection that has caused his liver failure, now needs a kidney transplant.

Pupils participate in engineering competition

Hospital cuts EMS overtime hours

Lawsuit targets McDuffie police

State to take custody of pupil

Police search parents' garbage-ridden home

Suspect is arrested in shooting

Aiken County data show quick average responses

Banned church member charged
ELBERTON, Ga. - A 63-year-old Georgia man was arrested this week, charged with molesting at least five young children at the Lutheran church where he was a longtime member and served as treasurer.

Hispanic lawmakers make state history

Lawsuit targets McDuffie police
A man who suffered a fractured jaw and broken teeth while handcuffed in the McDuffie County jail has filed suit against the sheriff and the deputy he says hurt him.

Petition protests plan for closure

Senator wants UGA job back
ATHENS, Ga. - Musing over whether he will return to the University of Georgia once he finishes his term in 2004, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller tossed out a football metaphor.

School leader pushes ethics

Panel moves on chairman issue
The Columbia County Board of Education is developing a task force to study the issue of having an at-large chairman.

Subscriber of the day

State school superintendent contracts investigated
ATLANTA - Just days before her tumultuous tenure as state school superintendent ends, Linda Schrenko remains at the center of several controversies, including an investigation into $500,000 in state contracts she doled out last year.

Walker is unfazed by inquiry report
ATLANTA - State Sen. Charles Walker, who leaves the Legislature this month, said Thursday he is not concerned about an Atlanta newspaper's report that he is under investigation for actions while in office.

Aiken troopers institute changes
AIKEN - The South Carolina Highway Patrol has instituted some new organizational changes, and Aiken County is affected by the move, officials announced Friday.

Group tries to sell 1880s townhouse

Lottery's spending is debated
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The General Assembly has illegally distributed about $3 million in lottery proceeds to five historically black colleges, the state Attorney General's Office says.

Federal space planned

Hospital cuts EMS overtime hours
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County EMS workers were told Thursday night that their overtime hours had to be reduced because the hospital they work for is in financial trouble.

Aiken residents study location for connector

State to take custody of pupil
AIKEN - A judge has ordered into state custodyone of two Aiken Middle School pupils who plotted to shoot fellow pupils and the school's police officer.

Across the area
Three men who had sexual contact with 13-year-old girls, including one man who had a previous child molestation charge, received prison sentences Friday.

News you can use
JAN. 10, 1922 SPARTA, Ga. - William McPaul, alias Willie Hall, alias "Piano," who recently escaped from the Hancock County chain gang, was recaptured about midday Sunday by Sheriff Hogan of Warren County and is now in the Hancock County Jail.

Pupils participate in engineering competition
Aiken Middle School seventh-graders Lauren Wheeler (from left), Amber Ciravolo and Hannah Duggan work as a team to connect a battery to give power to their city of the future.

Bragdon suggests license for pets
The city took a step toward mandatory pet licensing Thursday with the first in a series of public meetings to tell Augusta residents about the ordinance and hear what they have to say.

Aiken County data show quick average responses
AIKEN - Despite recent public concerns over unnecessary delays, Aiken County's dispatchers responded to the majority of calls in the past six months within a few minutes.

Crime increases in Augusta
Crime rose 5 percent in Augusta in 2002, an increase sheriff's officials blamed on fewer deputies and a bad economy.

New Family Y opens in Evans

Group tries to sell 1880s townhouse
For a century, the townhouse on Ninth Street was alive with occupants ranging from Chinese launderers to grocers to a shoe repair shop.

Federal space planned

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA - Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has dropped U.S. Rep. Denise Majette, D-Ga., and the Georgia Republican party from her lawsuit challenging the state's open primary system.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS JUST GOES to show how far behind Augusta is when a vet can make more going to PetsMart instead of working for Richmond County.

News you can use

Police search parents' garbage-ridden home
Richmond County authorities fear the parents of a baby girl have left town after learning they were under investigation for raising her in a filthy, rat-infested home.

Hispanic lawmakers make state history
ATLANTA - David Casas sometimes finds it hard to believe Georgia voters elected him in November as one of three Hispanic lawmakers in the state..

Bragdon suggests license for pets

Across the area

Strange days, indeed
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Craig Perks is here. Tiger Woods is not.

That's a wrap for Mac Daddy
If history means anything, you can bet Charles McNeil will land on his feet and resurface on the local airwaves sometime soon.

Drivers in favor of autograph control

Wallace motoring along with Dodge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace eased worries about Dodge's engine program by saying his Penske Racing team already has the same amount of horsepower he had a year ago with a Ford.

Japan's Shinozuka seriously injured in Dakar rally crash

CART returns to England with road race at Brands Hatch

Japan's Shinozuka seriously injured in Dakar rally crash
PARIS -- Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka was seriously injured Thursday when his car flipped over in the Libyan desert during the eighth stage of the Dakar rally.

Drivers in favor of autograph control
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR drivers on Thursday supported a proposed effort to limit autographs in the garage area, stressing the importance of finding a way to clear up the current congestion.

Wallace motoring along with Dodge

CART returns to England with road race at Brands Hatch
LONDON -- CART is returning to Europe with back-to-back races in May in England and Germany.

Virus keeps Jordan out of practice
WASHINGTON (AP)- Michael Jordan skipped practice with the Washington Wizards on Thursday to try to recover from a virus.

Charlotte expansion franchise approved
NEW YORK -- The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the league's 30th franchise Friday, a team in Charlotte that will be owned by billionaire Robert Johnson and begin play in the 2004-05 season.

Hawks beat Rockets

Hawks playoff guarantee looks like a bad joke
ATLANTA -- The way things are going, the Atlanta Hawks will be writing a lot of refund checks at the end of the season.

Hawks playoff guarantee looks like a bad joke

Virus keeps Jordan out of practice

Hawks beat Rockets
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks gave up 18 straight points in the third quarter but never led the Rockets take the lead. They then put together a quick run of their own to win for the first time in two weeks.

Forward excels at Shaw after her WNBA letdown
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Mismatch? Falcons receivers vs. Philly's star-studded secondary

Falcons face monumental task

Eagles say they're not worried about Atlanta's 3-4

Third time the charm for Dunn?

Can Pennington pull a Montana?

Dan Reeves tries to extend string of road playoff upsets

Pro picks

Mr. William Price    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Kline Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Long    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carolyn Hudson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Bennie Ellison    (DEARING, Ga.)
Bro. Norman Hill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Isiah Barnes    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanics    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ervin Smalley    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Sims Sr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)
Mr. David Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ervin Smalley    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Franklin    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Smith    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Dye    (TOCCOA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Suber Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Kirkland    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Hester Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Augustus Bright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Hearst    (PASSAIC, N.J.)
Mrs. Nataleen Jones    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenora Gibbsons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Belinda Rucker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ila Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Claudia Waites    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. William Towne Jr.    (HILDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Hurnyak    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. James Parker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Wayman    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Arender    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Miss Brenda Edwards    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. George Barrett Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Scottie Cowan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Bell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Wisnieski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Scott Willis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Deloach    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Keller    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Crouch    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
Ms. Frances Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Bignell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lizzie Small    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Scottie Cowan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Flint Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. George Ivey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Bussey    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Ms. Sarah Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Geneva Brewington    (LAURENS, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Fox    (MAULDIN, S.C.)
Featured obitury: W.J. Bufford
W.J. Bufford worked hard to keep his garden full of vegetables, often growing them not for himself but for others to enjoy.

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Anderson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Hannes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Clarence Anderson Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Eugene Grimm    (ELIZABETH TOWN, N.C.)
Mrs. Sally Aldred    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Rich    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
Mr. Matthew Lanham    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
Mrs. Mamie Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Miss Brenda Edwards    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Frances Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lynne Keller    (BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Chafin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Mr. Darrell Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Wisnieski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sadie Bennett    (EVANS, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Kline Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Hubert Neal    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. James Yearwood    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. David Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Sarah Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bennie Ellison    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brenda Edwards (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Dye (TOCCOA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr. (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Isiah Barnes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Brenda Edwards (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Hearst (PASSAIC, N.J.)

Mr. Donald Bignell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hurnyak (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Hester Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Small (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bob Wisnieski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Anderson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Bro. Norman Hill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Kirkland (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Willis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Crouch (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Sally Aldred (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Matthew Lanham (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Long (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Bob Wisnieski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scottie Cowan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Yearwood (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Ellison (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Franklin (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Chafin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Wayman (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Belinda Rucker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Towne Jr. (HILDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Arender (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Parker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Price (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Bennett (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Hannes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Sims Sr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keller (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynne Keller (BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Bell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Neal (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Augustus Bright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ervin Smalley (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Rich (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Kathleen Cates (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ila Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Grimm (ELIZABETH TOWN, N.C.)

Mr. Ronald Suber Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Fox (MAULDIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Brewington (LAURENS, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sterling Deloach (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Bussey (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenora Gibbsons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Hudson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nataleen Jones (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Smalley (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Ellison (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Zell Miller, party of one
No one should be surprised that Zell Miller doesn't want to run for re-election to a full term as U.S. senator.

Clarence Thomas is a hypocrite
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas received the benefits of the civil-rights movement through education (which got him into an all-white school right after desegregation laws were passed). He won promotions in the work force through upward mobility in the affirmative action laws. Bernard W. Clark, Keysville, Ga.

Give raises where needed and deserved
I have often wondered why Augustans are so rich and prosperous, yet we cannot support our local law enforcement any better than we do. Ann Rosier, Augusta

Has had enough of 'The Boondocks'
In a time in Augusta when it seems there is almost no racial harmony, except to promote one's own agenda, I find it very interesting that this great paper still continues to allow The Boondocks to tarnish the cartoons with its biased, racial and cruel commentary. Patrick D. Sizemore, Belvedere, S.C.

They're off and running
"I will neither endorse nor campaign for any candidate seeking this seat, but I will resign within days after the November 2004 election so that my successor can begin to serve immediately and gain additional seniority."

Pierucci's definition of Christianity lacking
This is in response to Mary Beth Pierucci's Dec. 28 letter, "Some Christians are pro-choice." Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

Driving tests tougher
"It's designed to tighten teen driving requirements. We need to be reassured they'll be able to handle a car in a real driving situation."

Abuse and neglect
Dr. Bonnie Bragdon's mean-spirited critics finally got what they wanted - she's resigning as Augusta's Animal Control director effective next Thursday.

Augusta's legal system exemplary
There are a lot of things wrong with Augusta, but the legal system isn't one of them. Our judiciary is exemplary. Our district attorney, Danny Craig, is a man of superior training, intellect, experience and proven integrity, as is his staff. The few bad apples in law enforcement have been removed and appropriately punished. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Congress' crisis
Congress has a well-deserved reputation for moving as slow as molasses in January, but when it has to - when members feel something really important is at stake - they can move at warp speed, especially if they fear a public backlash.

Choice not more important than life
This year's holiday season brought some added attention to a Christmas card produced by the nation's largest single abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Mary Beth Pierucci, the local director of external affairs for Planned Parenthood, attempted to justify this greeting card that is inclusive of everyone except the unborn child, who is destroyed by the so-called "choice," in her letter to the editor on Dec. 28, "Some Christians are pro-choice." Dan Almeter, Augusta

Tax policy backfires
New York City's cigarette-tax policy is running into some painful realities - both human and economic. Remember that cigarette taxes are essentially schizophrenic, i.e., serving two opposing purposes.

Overtime

Australian Open to stay in January

Teenager qualifies for finals

Overtime

That's a wrap for Mac Daddy

Foreman, McCallum newest boxing Hall of Famers

Three cities submit bids for Winter Olympics

Teenager qualifies for finals
Kevin Millward hopes to meet some NFL players today in Nashville, Tenn., but first he'll attempt to duplicate the achievements of NFL legends John Elway and Dan Marino.

Foreman, McCallum newest boxing Hall of Famers
CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- George Foreman leads the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 2003 induction class.

Overtime
Thomas H. Wyman, the former chairman and chief executive of CBS who resigned in December from Augusta National Golf Club because of its all-male membership, has died at age 73.

Boxers seek Silver lining
Oscar de la Hoya took part in it. Fernando Vargas won it. Vernon Forrest participated, too.

Three cities submit bids for Winter Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The three cities hoping to host the 2010 Winter Olympics submitted documents supporting their bids to the IOC by Friday's deadline.

Overtime
Pro basketball NBA gives approval for Charlotte team The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the league's 30th team Friday, granting an expansion team to Charlotte to be owned by billionaire Robert Johnson.

Australian Open to stay in January
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open will stick to its January slot for at least the next several years.

Players of the week
Here are the area prep players of the week.

Trouble at free throw line dooms Aiken
AIKEN - If Aiken had been as deadly from the free throw line as it was from 3-point range, the Hornets might have made Friday night's matchup with Silver Bluff more of a contest.

Modest Means
Hephzibah guard Chantal Murray said it without cracking a smile or winking her eye. Apparently, she was serious.

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

Musketeers close out Golden Hawks
His team's halftime lead of 12 points evaporated in eight minutes. Three of his players fouled out of the game. His squad was hit with two technicals in 45 seconds.

Eagles say they're not worried about Atlanta's 3-4
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb can expect to see plenty of blitzes from the Atlanta Falcons, and not because he's returning from a broken ankle.

Dan Reeves tries to extend string of road playoff upsets
PHILADELPHIA -- Don't expect a Dan Reeves team to roll over in a road game.

Mismatch? Falcons receivers vs. Philly's star-studded secondary
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- This has all the makings of a colossal mismatch.

Pro picks
The oddsmakers don't buy the argument that Michael Vick can cancel out Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.

Third time the charm for Dunn?
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn has been in the NFL for six seasons, long enough to gauge whether another week of upbeat practices will translate into another playoff victory.

Can Pennington pull a Montana?
Young Joe Montana against old Joe Montana?

Falcons face monumental task
PHILADELPHIA - If last week's spirited practice sessions were a harbinger of a good times ahead in Green Bay, conventional wisdom says the Atlanta Falcons seem primed to pull off another historic upset tonight

Church symposium explores forgiveness
Dr. Bunny Simon Williams' constant prayer after her brother's accident about 25 years ago was that rescuers would find him and that he would be OK.

Faith digest
The Rev. Michael Guido, whose radio ministry has reached around the world from his home in Metter, Ga., will be guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the dedication of Bible Fellowship Church. The congregation meets at the Belair Conference Center, 4083 South Belair Road.

Call to worship
Roger Ely won't be able to resist asking who are the first-timers Sunday at his church, though he will already know - virtually everyone there will be new.

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.

Strange days, indeed

Alcohol, in moderation, helps prevent heart attacks
Scientists know drinking can prevent heart attacks, but new research shows that how often you imbibe is a lot more important than what or how much.

Sharing a highspeed connection is easy
More than 33 years of marriage have been marked by sharing a bed, babies and bills. But now weve gotten really intimate -- were sharing a broadband connection.

El Nino should linger through end of spring
WASHINGTON -- Storms batter California. Snow piles up in the Northeast. Dry weather persists in the Ohio Valley.

Gadget lovers ogle latest tech toys at Vegas show
LAS VEGAS -- Download your favorite TV show and take it on the road for viewing. Or wirelessly stream music from your computer hard drive to the living room stereo. Too lazy to fetch those peanuts from the kitchen? Send your personal robot.

Study: Being fat at 40 cuts 3 years off your life
PHILADELPHIA -- People who are overweight at 40 are likely to die at least three years sooner than those who are slim, meaning that in terms of life expectancy, being fat during middle age is just as bad as smoking, researchers say.

Microsoft's Gates touts consumer gadgets
LAS VEGAS - Touting an array of "smart" watches and portable video players, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is offering further evidence that the world's largest software company sees slick consumer gadgets as computing's future.

Georgia gets groove back
Ezra Williams is a Bulldog by definition, so he exulted as much as anyone in Georgia's recent football success.

Georgia's Clemons going pro

Georgia gets groove back

College prep begins early

Georgia's Clemons going pro
ATHENS, Ga. -- Linebacker Chris Clemons became the third Georgia underclassman to enter the NFL draft on Thursday, following Musa Smith and Johnathan Sullivan.

Howell likely back for Kentucky game Saturday

Gamecocks land Air Force assistant

Wildcats developing confidence in one another
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky has had three or more double-figure scorers in 11 of 13 games, and coach Tubby Smith said the offensive balance is becoming a product of smart passing as much as good shooting.

South Carolina edges Mississippi St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Koretha Johnson hit the game-winning layup with 26 seconds left and Jocelyn Penn led No. 13 South Carolina back from an 18-point deficit to beat 14th-ranked Mississippi State in wild start to the Southeastern Conference season.

Wildcats developing confidence in one another

Howell likely back for Kentucky game Saturday
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina forward Rolando Howell will likely play in Saturday's game at No. 18 Kentucky, the school says.

Gamecocks land Air Force assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Air Force defensive line coach Jerome "Jappy" Oliver has taken the same job at South Carolina.

Sharing a highspeed connection is easy

Study: Being fat at 40 cuts 3 years off your life

Microsoft's Gates touts consumer gadgets

Alcohol, in moderation, helps prevent heart attacks

Gadget lovers ogle latest tech toys at Vegas show

Faith digest

Church symposium explores forgiveness

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Call to worship