Those political prognosticators are really just guessing

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.

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.

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Start your own business; the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35; 737-1790.

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: FIAMM Technologies Inc.

Managing successful business is a juggling act
Everyone in business wants to grow, right? Except for a business that is a hobby, or those where the owner doesn't have growth as a goal, the answer is usually "yes."

Stocks mixed on news about jobs, North Korea

Business calendar

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.

Pocket change

Playing matchmaker

On the move

On the move
Fairway Outdoor Advertising announces the promotion of Michael A. Russell to the newly created position of market manager for Wilmington, N.C.

Program helps students launch small businesses

Playing matchmaker
When you sell a home, you tell everyone. When you sell a business, you tell only those who need to be told.

House transportation chairman proposing gas tax increase

Planners mull next step in downtown's growth
During Thanksgiving weekends in the 1970s, Broad Street was where traffic jams vexed shoppers.

2002 ends with unemployment at 8-year high

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

Tax tips: education deductions make college more affordable

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.

Stock volatility reflects market's shaky long-term prospects

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.

Business briefs

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.

Managing successful business is a juggling act

Planners mull next step in downtown's growth

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

Jaguars sweep Bobcats

Driving tests tougher

Transformation

Congress' crisis

Brakes are off at Wheland

Abuse and neglect

Be subtle in romance after mourning
Dear Carson: My husband of 34 years died three months ago. I nursed him through a long and lingering illness and feel I gave care that I would have wanted for myself. He was in great pain and suffered from dementia for the last two years of his life. When he died, I felt a kind of relief, because his pain was over. ...

Rich Monaco is priceless for tourists
MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Having free fun in Monaco is as easy as crossing the road.

Pamper, indulge, relax...at home
It's the calm before the storm.The decorations are packed away and all you have to look forward to in January is the avalanche of bills from the annual overabundance of holiday cheer.

What's it like to turn age 30?
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?

Home front
If you could talk to shoppers who come to tour your house, do you think you could make them more likely to want it?

Aged gracefully
Troy and Amy Breitmann wanted to make their brand new home look old.

Coping with holiday pounds can be a losing proposition
Despite our best intentions, many of us have managed to yet again put on the pounds this joyous season. It seems to be as much an American tradition as the holidays themselves.

Symphony guild holds cotillion
The Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion met Nov. 29 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Jackets shut down Wolfpack
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech took Julius Hodge out of the game early with tough defense, then his coach did the honors in the second half.

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

Another Hall adds Skeadas
Johnny Skeadas is in another athletic hall of fame, this time for his prowess with a golf club, not a .22-caliber small-bore rifle.

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

Els falters, maintains lead
KAPALUA, Hawaii - One bad swing kept Ernie Els from a runaway Saturday in the Mercedes Championships. A record round by K.J. Choi gave him a fighting chance.

Els falters, maintains lead

Price fears the game has passed him by

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.

Former LPGA official gets posthumous nod

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.

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.

Another Hall adds Skeadas

Clark leads South African Open by three strokes

Musketeers close out Golden Hawks

Canadian woman breaks point barrier

Thrashers players questioned in sexual assault
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa police have questioned two Thrashers players who are accused of sexually battering two women.

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.

Canadian woman breaks point barrier
KIRKKONUMMI, Finland - Canadian Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to record a point in a men's professional hockey game, assisting on a goal Saturday in the Finnish League.

Capitals blow away Hurricanes

Thrashers players questioned in sexual assault

Those political prognosticators are really just guessing
The late Roy Harris was a speaker of the Georgia House, a longtime political power broker and, in his later years, a canny but convivial Augusta lawyer.

Has had enough of 'The Boondocks'

Pierucci's definition of Christianity lacking

Remove sign to reflect the truth

Could learn from Warrenton

Clarence Thomas is a hypocrite

Tournament cancellation premature

Symphony guild holds cotillion

Rich Monaco is priceless for tourists

Pamper, indulge, relax...at home

Aged gracefully

What's it like to turn age 30?

Coping with holiday pounds can be a losing proposition

Be subtle in romance after mourning

Home front

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

Lynx barely making grade
You heard it here first: the Augusta Lynx will contend for the Kelly Cup.

Home win ends four-game winless skid
Maybe it was for coach David Wilkie in his latest battle against Florida Everblades coach and close friend Gerry Fleming. Maybe it was a burning desire to stick it to former teammate Kevin Brown. Maybe it was just saving face in front of their home fans.

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

Lynx barely making grade

Home win ends four-game winless skid

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..

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.

Achingly sluggish changes irk town

School leader pushes ethics

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day

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.

New Family Y opens in Evans

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.

Across the southeast
BRADENTON, Fla. -A federal appeals court in Atlanta has agreed to hear arguments in a lawsuit that alleges two fishermen were negatively portrayed without consent in the movie The Perfect Storm.

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.

Budget to top group's agenda
ATLANTA - Passing a budget is the most basic function of any legislature.

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.

News you can use
JAN. 12, 1949 Mrs. W.D. Greene of Beman Street said last night that she still has not heard from her husband, who has been missing since last Tuesday.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Deanna Kelly of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Panel defends nomination
Before Jack Wetzel wrote a letter of apology to the Aiken Historic Preservation Commission claiming he was unaware of its rules, he wrote a letter complaining about his neighbor who had broken them, according to city records.

Cox calls for major changes in office
Republican state school Superintendent-elect Kathy Cox said the only changes that will be immediately evident are the ones taking place in her downtown Atlanta office as her administration moves in.

Panel defends nomination

Crowd welcomes Evans Family Y
A new branch of the Family Y opened in Evans Saturday with a multitude of activities and a large attendance.

Orders push up soldiers' wedding

Troops get taste of urban war
AIKEN - The object was Gen. Amir Johalabad Secluded inside a building with guards around every corner, the goal was to force the general to the roof and then into a waiting helicopter

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.

Jewish center names Humanitarian of Year
Ronald Altman is a humble man. And he remained one Saturday night as he was honored as the fifth Augusta Jewish Community Center Humanitarian of the Year.

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.

Lawsuit targets McDuffie police

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.

Pupils participate in engineering competition

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.

Panel moves on chairman issue

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.

Senator wants UGA job back

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

Up on the roof

Officers will still check insurance cards for now

Fourth hopeful enters Aiken County sheriff's race
AIKEN - A second Democrat has joined the race to replace Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers, making the number of candidates four.

South Carolina faces fiscal, school issues
AIKEN - While it may be a few weeks until they begin seriously debating the issue, the state's continuing fiscal crisis will be the top priority for legislators as they return to the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Petition protests plan for closure

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

Battle of the brains

Ceremony will introduce Perdue
ATLANTA - Monday's history-making inauguration of Sonny Perdue as Georgia governor will do more than install the first Republican in the state's top office since 1872.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Officers will still check insurance cards for now
More than a million motorists still do not have their information entered into Georgia's soon-to-be activated Electronic Insurance Compliance System, but police say there's no need to worry.

Ceremony will introduce Perdue

State school superintendent contracts investigated

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.

Gephardt lays groundwork for state primary

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.

Father kills son during attack
Fights between Robert Carpenter and his elderly father were nothing new to their Cairo Drive neighbors.

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.

Across the Southeast

Police search parents' garbage-ridden home

News you can use

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

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.

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.

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.

Lake meeting

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.

Crowd welcomes Evans Family Y

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.

Aiken County data show quick average responses

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

Jewish center names Humanitarian of Year

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

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Barbecue reflects Gov.-elect Sanford

Budget to top group's agenda

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Expanded tests for South Carolina newborns will look for as many as 33 genetic conditions, including cystic fibrosis and biotinidase deficiency, which can cause hearing loss and immune system disorders.

Barbecue reflects Gov.-elect Sanford
LEESVILLE, S.C. - A typical day at Shealy's Bar-B-Que House is reflective of what Gov.-elect Mark Sanford has in mind for his upcoming term as the state's top dog.

Father kills son during attack

Across South Carolina

South Carolina faces fiscal, school issues

Kidney failure stalls awareness walk

Orders push up soldiers' wedding
FORT STEWART, Ga. - As convoys of Humvees rolled down the highway and cargo boxes were packed with equipment for desert combat, two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers faced each other in an Army chapel to say "I do."

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.

Achingly sluggish changes irk town
ELBERTON, Ga. - Folks in Elberton are wondering if the wheelchair ramp at the county courthouse will ever be finished.

Hispanic lawmakers make state history

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police a man tried to sexually assault her early Saturday morning.

Across Georgia
RICHMOND HILL -A police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old in a motel parking lot early Friday while investigating a truck stop robbery.

Cox calls for major changes in office

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

Honeymoon continues for Howell in Hawaii
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Augusta native Charles Howell feels very much at home in Kapalua.

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 beat Rockets

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.

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

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 playoff guarantee looks like a bad joke

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

Jaguars sweep Bobcats
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell might have called it an ugly win, but he'll take it anyway.

Eagles humble QB Vick

Dan Reeves tries to extend string of road playoff upsets

Another chapter in long, storied rivalry

Mariucci, Gruden focused on future, not the past

Titans triumph

Falcons face monumental task

Mrs. Mamie Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Kline Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Augustus Bright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Emmie Hallman    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Keller    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Hannes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Hurnyak    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. James Higginbottom    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Anderson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. James Ivey    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Kirkland    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ervin Smalley    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nataleen Jones    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. George Ivey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Josey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Bignell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Kirkland    (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)
Ms. Sarah Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elaine Marcano    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sally Aldred    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Manly Mathews    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bob Wisnieski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas McFarland    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Scottie Cowan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Nataleen Jones    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. William Morris    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Belinda Rucker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Darrell Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Flint Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Burgamy    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Elliott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethleen Padgett    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. L. R. Faglier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Bignell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Parrish    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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.

Mr. Flint Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Clarence Anderson Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Belinda Rucker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Lanham    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
Mrs. Ellnora Shelton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. James Yearwood    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Miss Nell Simons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Williams    (METTER, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Chafin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. K. J. Davis    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. O.C. Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Nell Dye    (TOCCOA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Frances Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Yearwood    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Lizzie Small    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Anderson    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth English    (CLAYTON, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Anderson Sr.    (OCONEE, Ga.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Berry    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Arender    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. David Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Price    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Dye    (TOCCOA, Ga.)
Ms. Patricia Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bennie Ellison    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. George Barrett Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Patricia Hannes    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Eugene Grimm    (ELIZABETH TOWN, N.C.)
Mr. Wilson Deas Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Evelyn Franklin    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. R.L. Bishop    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Brenda Edwards    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Bell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Hurnyak (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Patricia Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Henry Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. O.C. Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ervin Smalley (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. K. J. Davis (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Susie Kirkland (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Bignell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. R.L. Bishop (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belinda Rucker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Ellison (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Berry (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Keller (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth English (CLAYTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Bignell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Chafin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Parrish (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Yearwood (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Williams (METTER, Ga.)

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

Mr. Emmie Hallman (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Kirkland (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Marcano (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Manly Mathews (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Betty Josey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Small (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ellnora Shelton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Price (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Evelyn Franklin (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Cates (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

President's economic plan gets it right
THIS IS THE time of year when many of us are coming to terms with our New Year's resolutions. Whether the pledge for this year was to shed those extra pounds, get more exercise or just treat folks a little nicer - these first few weeks of January always tell us a lot about whether "walking the straight and narrow" is going to be a reality or just too tall an order at the end of the day.

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.

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.

Transformation
A CEO has years to learn, train and prepare. Even a lottery winner, who acquires millions overnight, has the option of accepting a jackpot over the course of two or three decades, so as not to blow it all at once.

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."

Tournament cancellation premature
This is in response to the article praising "Superbass" Georgia director Bill Harvey's decision to cancel the recent tournament on Thurmond Lake. Marty Quesada Jr., Appling, Ga.

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.

Remove sign to reflect the truth
Every day I drive by Freedom Park Elementary School at Fort Gordon, and every day I see this sign on the fence that says, "Future site of a new Richmond County Elementary School." Richard Burwell, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Could learn from Warrenton
Congratulations to the city of Warrenton under the leadership of my longtime friend from college days, Mayor Edward Ricketson. It is a tribute to cooperation between civic and political leaders in the community. M. Don Williams, Augusta

Brakes are off at Wheland
Warrenton, Ga., residents' new year got off to a great start with word that its idled Wheland Automotive Industries auto parts plant could soon be up and running again by spring, restoring at least 94 of the 180 jobs that were lost after factory owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2001.

President's economic plan gets it right
THIS IS THE time of year when many of us are coming to terms with our New Year's resolutions. Whether the pledge for this year was to shed those extra pounds, get more exercise or just treat folks a little nicer - these first few weeks of January always tell us a lot about whether "walking the straight and narrow" is going to be a reality or just too tall an order at the end of the day.

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.

And it's good! Local boy has winning kick

Area sports announcements

Williams tries to complete 'Serena Slam'

Teenager qualifies for finals

Australian Open to stay in January

Three cities submit bids for Winter Olympics

Overtime

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

Williams tries to complete 'Serena Slam'
SYDNEY, Australia -- The most dominant woman in tennis needs only to win the Australian Open to complete the "Serena Slam," and she gets her shot at a fourth consecutive major starting Monday.

And it's good! Local boy has winning kick
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kevin Millward said a trip to an NFL playoff game was a great gift for him. The 13-year-old Evans boy brought home a pretty nice prize, as well.

Area sports announcements
Saturday: The Martinez Lumberjacks traveling team will hold tryouts for players 10- to 11-years-old. For more information, call Dennis Bennett (706) 868-0780.

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.

Overtime
Dogwood Stable's Windsor Castle rallied to beat Saint Verre by 1 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Grade III Hal's Hope Handicap for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park in Miami on Saturday.

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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.

Second real bout ends in Augusta girl's favor
The top of her dresser is filled with trophies and medals - all mementos of a boxing career that has just begun.

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.

Wildly popular
Many people never bother to meet their closest neighbors.

Outdoors calendar

Wildly popular

Georgia hunters express concerns

Georgia hunters express concerns
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - There were pickups as far as the eye could see - and enough camoflauge to outfit a platoon.

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

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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

Another chapter in long, storied rivalry
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Any list of classic NFL games will have a sampling of Jets-Raiders matchups. When the teams play Sunday in a second-round playoff game, it will be difficult to replicate those memorable meetings.

Titans triumph
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans didn't need another Music City Miracle - just a few kicks and a helpful call from the latest NFL officiating crew to make playoff headlines.

Mariucci, Gruden focused on future, not the past
TAMPA, Fla. -- While Steve Mariucci was considering an offer to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, friend and former colleague Jon Gruden was accepting the job.

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

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.

Eagles humble QB Vick
PHILADELPHIA - So many times on this frigid night, the capacity crowd at Veterans Stadium tried to rattle Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons.

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.

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.

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.

Honeymoon continues for Howell in Hawaii

Strange days, indeed

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.

Mom did know best about colds
Wayne Chandler waded through the cough syrup before he spotted his quarry.

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.

Magnet guides doctors fixing brain diseases without a drill
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Demetrius Lopes snaked a thin wire with a tiny magnet on its tip into an artery in Paul Kelsey's groin and threaded it all the way up into his brain.

New scans show Alzheimer's in a living brain
Some doctors would enjoy nothing more than poking around inside your brain. First they would give your frontal cortex a thorough going-over. Then maybe they would take a peek at your temporal lobes. Finally, they would confidently predict whether in five or 10 or maybe even 20 years you will lose the whole works to Alzheimer's disease.

Dogs fall to Gators at buzzer

Georgia gets groove back

Dogs fall to Gators at buzzer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The fallaway jumper seemed to hang in the air forever. Then, it swished - all net.

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

Kentucky stays in control

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.

Kentucky stays in control
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Erik Daniels was the unlikeliest Kentucky player to hoist a 3-pointer with time running down in the first half. But he showed no hesitation and broke South Carolina's spirit with his sudden long-range accuracy.

Gamecocks land Air Force assistant

Wildcats developing confidence in one another

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

Gadget lovers ogle latest tech toys at Vegas show

Sharing a highspeed connection is easy

Mom did know best about colds

New scans show Alzheimer's in a living brain

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Call to worship

Church symposium explores forgiveness

Faith digest