Chill reveals man's never-ending quest

Maddux asks for $16 million
ATLANTA -- Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux didn't get a financial windfall during free agency. He hopes to make up for it in arbitration.

Maddux asks for $16 million

Braves re-sign catcher Blanco
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves re-signed catcher Henry Blanco to a $1.3 million, one-year contract Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SouthTrust Bank

Business briefs
LONDON - A crippling strike in Venezuela, low inventories of crude and the possibility of war with Iraq have combined to throw oil markets off balance, the International Energy Agency said Friday.

How to fold a jacket
Put away that folding garment bag.

On the move
Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. announced the following promotions in its firm's Augusta office:

New bar serves up local history

Technology needs more customer dollars to get Wall Street's support
NEW YORK -- Even with the dot-com disasters of recent years, Wall Street keeps hoping that the high-tech sector will lead stocks back to health. And for a while, as the market rallied after New Year's, tech did indeed outperform other sectors.

Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November
Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November; industrial production drops in December

Business calendar

Grocery store to close in Thomson
THOMSON, Ga. - Just as Thomson is seeing the arrival of a number of new businesses, one of its older stores is saying goodbye.

Parenting a parent

First impression critical in getting business loan
Getting a loan to start or expand a business is never an easy task. But in today's era of uncertain economic times, the prospects of a small business getting loans can be especially daunting.

Packing light

Packing light
You've been there before: The night before a weeklong business trip. You're standing in front of the closet, pondering. There's an empty suitcase on the bed.

Pocket change

Business calendar
Today: Monthly meeting of the CSRA Medical Managers Association; Partridge Inn; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; call Karen DeMaere, 774-0478.

First impression critical in getting business loan

Tax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders
WASHINGTON -- People using offshore credit cards to hide income and evade U.S. taxes can avoid criminal charges if they come forward by April 15, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November

Stocks fall on tepid Microsoft, IBM outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street slid toward its first weekly loss in 2003 Friday, as sluggish outlooks from Microsoft and IBM fed investor pessimism about the economy and sent stocks lower.

Tax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders

New bar serves up local history
Two months ago, if you would have asked the owners of Nacho Mama's and Blue Sky Kitchen if they wanted to expand to a third operation downtown, the answer would have been a definite no.

Stocks fall on tepid Microsoft, IBM outlook

Club ends alcohol license battle
LAVONIA, Ga. - Semi-nude dancing will continue at the controversial Cafe Risque along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia, but the club won't sell alcohol, or allow patrons to bring it in, under an agreement that ends a yearlong legal battle between the local government and the business.

How to fold a jacket

On the move

Parenting a parent
NEW YORK - As her mother has aged, Debbie Stacy has found herself gradually becoming a parent to her own parent.

Tigers rally for victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - His body was sore and Clemson forward Olu Babalola was mad.

Clemson's Davis apologizes to Hatchell

Tigers rally for victory

Georgia, Florida State come to Death Valley in 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Southeastern Conference champion Georgia and Atlantic Coast Conference winner Florida State will come to Death Valley in 2003.

Clemson's Davis apologizes to Hatchell
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis apologized Friday for snubbing North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell at the end of the Tar Heels' victory the previous night.

Lions lay claim to pair of wins

Cornwell on verge of scoring record

Long-term pain

Tort reform overdue

Let's work on the mix

Illegal doesn't work

Art gallery listings
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhl

Book recounts Bulge in personal detail
At the end of World War II's Battle of the Bulge, the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion withstood the onslaught of overwhelming German forces.

All in the family
Brent Spivey spent many happy days at his grandparents' house during his childhood.

Wait staff gave unwanted lip service
Dear Carson: My wife and I recently had dinner with another couple in an upscale restaurant. The wife of the other man ordered fresh orange juice. It was so good that she ordered another, but the second glass of juice tasted like it came from concentrate. She asked the waiter to replace it with a fresh glass of juice. He argued with her, saying that the kitchen staff maintained that it was fresh and the chef came out from the kitchen and adamantly denied that the second glass of juice was from concentrate. It ended up being quite a scene and the four of us were embarrassed by the unpleasantness and will not return to that restaurant. What should we have done? - Orange Juice Objection

Home front
When you can't find your shoes under the pile on the closet floor, it's time to organize.

Oodles of noodles
TAIPEI, Taiwan - When chilly winter winds whip through Taipei, many Taiwanese like to slip into hard-to-find eateries to warm themselves up with steamy bowls of noodles - one of the specialties in this mecca for Chinese cuisine.

Folks getting in line for Futurity
Procrastinating riders beware: the 24th annual Augusta Futurity now has a waiting list.

Folks getting in line for Futurity

Tiger says rehab on schedule
WINDEMERE, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' rehabilitation from knee surgery is going as planned, and he hopes to resume practice next week using every club in his bag.

Back to work for DiMarco

Tiger says rehab on schedule

Back to work for DiMarco
HONOLULU -- The gravy train is over for Chris DiMarco, who realized Friday at the Sony Open he was going to have to play hard to earn his money. He did just that by posting a 4-under 66 in blustery conditions for an early share of the lead.

Hawks' Smith ready is for the big time

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Panthers ruin Razorbacks' plan

Hawks' Smith ready is for the big time
Take a look at any recruiting list and scan the names of the blue-chippers.

From first to worst, Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers
ATLANTA -- When Bob Hartley decided to give up a nice, secure job at the windshield factory for the chance to coach hockey, his co-workers pleaded with him to reconsider.

Thrashers top Bruins
ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Bob Hartley remained unbeaten as Atlanta's coach and the Thrashers beat the slumping Boston Bruins 3-1 on Friday night.

Thrashers top Bruins

Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers
ATLANTA -- When Bob Hartley decided to give up a nice, secure job at the windshield factory for the chance to coach hockey, his co-workers pleaded with him to reconsider.

Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers

Chill reveals man's never-ending quest
We're never satisfied, are we?

Hunt best candidate for sheriff

'The Boondocks' fuels racial trouble

Retired postal employee proud to serve

The Republican goal is to destroy

Bush's stimulus plan is appalling

Cigarette tax hike a beneficial idea

Dreams that pro-life will come to be

Sanctions on N. Korea spells war

Augustans thanked for their help

Take drivers' test every two years

Book recounts Bulge in personal detail

Art gallery listings

All in the family

Home front

Wait staff gave unwanted lip service

Oodles of noodles

Checkers drop Lynx in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Allan Egeland netted his first overtime goal of the year to lift the Charlotte Checkers past the Augusta Lynx, 3-2 at Cricket Arena on Saturday night.

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Roanoke Express center Dylan Gyori has tallied 19 points in his past 11 games, and entered Saturday tied for sixth in the league in scoring.

Lynx lose it at end
The Augusta Lynx played 58 minutes of smart, solid hockey.

Lynx lose it at end

Lynx's hottest player recalled to Springfield
The Lynx said goodbye to their captain and most valuable player Friday.

ECHL notebook
For the big bosses of the East Coast Hockey League, there won't be much fun in the sun at this week's All-Star Game in Estero, Fla.

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

Checkers drop Lynx in overtime

Collector visits show to spread train hobby
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The bigger the boys, the more expensive the toys.

Committee shake-ups stir talk at Capitol

City could abandon office move
Construction delays on an office building slated to house two local government offices has some Augusta leaders predicting the project will drain thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Motorcycle wreck kills father, son

Local company faces TB screening

Passing go

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY PARADE: 1 p.m. today; beginning at Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd., will proceed south on James Brown Boulevard, west onto Wrightsboro Road, north onto Augusta Avenue, east onto Laney-Walker Boulevard and north back to James Brown Boulevard; Cher Best, 231-7373.

Across South Carolina

Friends give Hodges new SUV
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Simple dinner plans with a few friends the day after Jim Hodges left the governor's office turned out to be a surprise party for the former first family with 200 people and the gift of a 2003 Ford Explorer.

Saving the Savannah

Collector visits show to spread train hobby

Canal work could block path access

Across the Southeast

FDA rejects protest based on 1999 law

School gets box of mystery money

Subscriber of the day

City revises protest law ahead of Masters
If Martha Burk balks at laws governing public protest in Augusta, city officials say they will be prepared to fight back with a newly revised and federally sound statute.

NAACP weighs in on sheriff's race

A party fit for a King
Above, Savannah Place member Belle Clark bows her head during the closing prayer at Life in the River's 14th annual celebration of Dr. King's birthday. At left, Grady Allen, of the Truevine Missionary Baptist Church, plays a song on the soprano saxophone during the service to mark the birthday of the legendary civil-rights leader, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. Friday's event was sponsored by the Savannah Place multipurpose recreation center.

SRS levels old TNX buildings

Builders propose deal in lawsuit

Boy, 6, wounds sister, 2, with father's gun
A 2-year-old Augusta girl was shot in the arm Saturday evening while her 6-year-old brother was playing with their father's shotgun, authorities said.

Subscriber of the day

School gets box of mystery money
ATHENS, Ga. - Winterville Elementary School received an unexpected windfall this week when someone sent the school a box full of money - $1,000 in cash.

Subscriber of the day
Clay Jolly III of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Empty Stocking Fund ends with record-breaking total
People reached deep into their pockets this past holiday season to give to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund.

Local legislator holds onto his chairmanship

FDA rejects protest based on 1999 law
Opponents of the military's anthrax vaccination program say soldiers should be allowed to refuse the shots under a post-gulf war law passed to prevent service members from being forced to take experimental drugs.

Smallpox inoculations begin for soldiers
Under President Bush's smallpox vaccination plan, 500,000 soldiers and 500,000 health care and emergency workers will get inoculated this year.

Morning chill sets new low

Support group moves meeting
RIVER CHANGE The Columbia County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting has moved to Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.

Empty Stocking Fund ends with record-breaking total

Across the southeast

News you can use

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -Federal agents raided the offices of Stardancer Casino Cruises this week looking for evidence of mail fraud and tax evasion, according to documents filed in federal court.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events

The battle of the budget begins at the Gold Dome
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly won't be officially gaveled into session a single time this week.

Across Georgia

State tax forms have mistakes
COLUMBIA - Errors on the state's income tax return forms could confuse taxpayers and lead them to believe they owe more than they really do, the state Revenue Department said Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Teacher wanted in child porn case seized in California
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina high school math teacher who disappeared while facing child pornography charges has been arrested in San Francisco, investigators say.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with slicing a teenager with a box-cutter Friday, authorities said.

Smallpox inoculations begin for soldiers

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -A Cobb County doctor has been convicted of stabbing his ex-wife to death and then wrapping her body in a blanket and stuffing it in the crawl space of his Mableton home.

Swelling controversy

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -A traffic court case turned into a tussle Tuesday and left North Charleston police officers under investigation for brutality.

Public Safety holds class for officer training

Passing go
AIKEN - His hair was slicked. His black leather jacket was nothing but serious. Jay Gill was at the Aiken County Public Library on Saturday to do business.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events

NAACP weighs in on sheriff's race
The NAACP of South Carolina, an ally of the Democratic Party, announced this week a renewed charge for better treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

Weather reports will favor farmers
For Foster Olson, recent rains and predictions for a wetter year ahead are good news for his business and customers.

Subscriber of the day
Sherry T. Barnes of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Support group moves meeting

News you can use
JAN. 19, 1967 COLUMBIA - Gov. Robert E. McNair called on South Carolinians on Wednesday to share in the responsibility of building an even greater state in the next four years.

Statutory rapes raise figures

County ends jail dispute
DARIEN, Ga. - The stalemate over the nearly year-old, but still unopened, McIntosh County jail ended this week when the County Commission authorized the hiring of 16 new detention officers and lifted a hiring freeze on six vacancies.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Canal work could block path access
After years of planning, local leaders are ready for renovation work at the Augusta Canal headgates to begin.

Friends give Hodges new SUV

Morning chill sets new low
If it seemed chilly over the weekend, consider this: Jan. 18 hadn't been that cold in the Augusta area in at least 130 years.

Judge settles church ouster
Christians normally try to get people to come to church. On Friday, about 50 members of a Hephzibah congregation went to court to explain why they threw someone out.

Motorcycle wreck kills father, son
An Augusta neighborhood was devastated Saturday night after a father and his 10-year-old son died in a motorcycle crash in the subdivision where they lived.

Atlanta rebounds from deficit; ends 2002 with $47 million surplus
ATLANTA -- Mayor Shirley Franklin is crediting tight spending controls and extra revenue for pulling the city out of a $34 million deficit - finishing 2002 with $47 million more than it spent.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -U.S. Sen. John Edwards needs to shore up support at home as he seeks the presidency, according to a new poll.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 18, 1957 J. Vivian Maxwell, Augusta businessman, was elected president of the 1957 Augusta Community Chest at the annual organizational meeting of the group last night at the Bon Air Hotel. He succeeds Sam O. Maguire.

Swelling controversy
Soldiers learn quickly to keep their mouths shut and do as they're told.

Parade's success leads to talk of Broad move

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: 8 a.m. today, Carey Hill Resource Center, 85 Fox Terrace Drive, North Augusta; with Timothy Williams.

County ends jail dispute

Parade's success leads to talk of Broad move
At Saturday's annual NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day parade, drummers from local high school bands provided syncopated beats, symbolically honoring the man known as the Drum Major for Peace.

Across the Southeast
ATLANTA -Icy coolers of single beer bottles at gas stations would become illegal under a bill proposed Friday by a group of Atlanta Democrats.

Saving the Savannah
Frank Carl remembers the 1970s as an era of bad hair, bad fashion and - in terms of pollution - bad water across much of the United States.

Across the area
A Hephzibah mother being held in Tennessee on child cruelty charges has not waived extradition and will not be brought back to Augusta with her husband next week, authorities said.

City revises protest law ahead of Masters

Local company faces TB screening
Nearly 40 people at an Augusta telemarketing company had a positive skin test for tuberculosis after a former employee was confirmed as having the disease. They are among 1,600 current and former employees of FutureCall LLC who might be screened for tuberculosis by public health authorities.

Weather reports will favor farmers

Local legislator holds onto his chairmanship
ATLANTA - Rep. Henry Howard held onto his chairmanship of the House Human Relations and Aging Committee Friday as other chairmen suffered from a shakeup.

Judge settles church ouster

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

State tax forms have mistakes

Public Safety holds class for officer training
AIKEN - Passing by crayon drawings on the walls of a hallway inside North Aiken Elementary, four police officers looked for the unthinkable - two armed pupils tucked away in a classroom aiming at their next target.

News you can use

Builders propose deal in lawsuit
Hundreds of property owners in Aiken's Woodside Plantation who might have unknowingly paid millions of dollars in kickback fees have been offered a settlement, according to a legal notice mailed to residents Friday.

S.C. tourism agency prepared for cuts

S.C. tourism agency prepared for cuts
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Between terrorist attacks, a weak economy and state budget cuts it's been tough lately for the state's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department - the agency that promotes the state's largest industry.

A party fit for a King

Across South Carolina

Across the area

City could abandon office move

SRS levels old TNX buildings
AIKEN - At Savannah River Site, they're called "skyline changes."

Committee shake-ups stir talk at Capitol
ATLANTA -- New House Speaker Terry Coleman exercised his greatest power Friday - naming committees in his chamber. But across the hall in the Senate, one committee plan was falling apart.

Statutory rapes raise figures
A 14 percent rise in Richmond County rape cases last year is the result of statutory rapes, not forcible rapes, authorities said Friday.

Teacher wanted in child porn case seized in California

Augusta State attempts to keep up with growth
Just when Augusta State University officials thought construction would be winding down, they're facing another growth spurt.

Perfect season interrupted by interference
Golf season is officially under way and college basketball is entering the meat of its schedule, but there are just a few football notes to clean up before the Super Bowl closes the book on 2002-03.

WNBA considering casino team as union pushes contract talks

Asian group demands apology, more NBA diversity
HOUSTON -- The president of the Organization of Chinese Americans demanded Friday that Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal offer a more serious apology for derogatory remarks he made about Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming.

Asian group demands apology, more NBA diversity

Jaguars post easy victories
The Augusta State women must wait 10 more days for the return of injured starting center Arijana Sijercic, but they've had no problems replacing her scoring output.

Lions lay claim to pair of wins
With the Paine women clinging to a two-point lead against No. 17 Fort Valley State and five minutes remaining, Lady Lions coach Selina Kohn called a timeout to settle her team down.

Cornwell on verge of scoring record
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Matchups for AFC championship game

San Diego police to be tested at providing Super Bowl security

Brown seeks one more win to put Super Bowl on resume

Reeves fires QB coach Burns

Matchups for the NFC championship game

Bucs must protect Johnson from blitzing Eagles

The Bucs battle their own history in Philadelphia

Eagles have "unfinished business" against the Bucs

Four straight losses not enough to knock out AFC teams

Mrs. Helen Caneda    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cornelia Bell    (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. M.L. Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Dilendik    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret McGeary    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Farmer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Wiggins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Foster    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Williams    (KITE, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Habersham Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Louie Hadden    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Hampton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Lamar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roland Harkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elsie Wade    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Loyd Walker Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Hinton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lenoria Holloway    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Sheppard    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Jefferson Jr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Elsie Wade    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Gordon Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Atwell Corbitt    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Marshall    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Amy Varnell
For most of her life, Amy Varnell had to deal with lung disease.

Mr. William Marshall    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. J.O. Barrett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. John May    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Winkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maria Mendoza    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Gordon Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Mims    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
Mr. Hammie Loadholt    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtle Benson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Rufus Turner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Brad Copeland
At the age of 22, Brad Copeland enjoyed doing things that any young man did - fishing, playing video games and shooting pool.

Mr. William Marshall    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. O.D. Brinson Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Milburn    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Jordan    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Dolly Pampuch    (Homemaker AUGUSTA. Ga.)
Destint Ginn    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margie Wiggins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Roland Harkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Mike Wilson    (FT. MYERS, Fla.)
Mr. Cleveland Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Purrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Stephens Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Toole    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Rufus Turner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Betty Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Steve Hamby    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Murray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Purrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. W.C. Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Riley    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Fred Dilendik    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Davis (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. M.L. Curry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Mims (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)

Mrs. Beatrice Jordan (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Marshall (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Wilson (FT. MYERS, Fla.)

Mr. Rufus Turner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John May (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Tommy Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Purrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Jefferson Jr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Williams (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cornelia Bell (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W.C. Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Dilendik (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Farmer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Murray (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Stephens Jr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roland Harkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Caneda (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenoria Holloway (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Toole (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Margaret McGeary (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Hamby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Love (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Hampton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Sheppard (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hinton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Rufus Turner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Habersham Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Lamar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. O.D. Brinson Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Hadden (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Wade (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Tort reform overdue
President George W. Bush made a splash Thursday with his renewed call for Congress to pass a nationwide cap on jury awards to turn back skyrocketing costs of health care.

Retired postal employee proud to serve
When I became a postal employee at the Grovetown Post Office in 1977, we had one and a half rural routes. Approximately 550 residents were receiving mail through general delivery. All post office boxes were rented, and there was a waiting period of over a year to obtain a post office box. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Dreams that pro-life will come to be
Like slain civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream. Jim Irish, North Augusta, S.C.

Bush's stimulus plan is appalling
I am appalled at President Bush's stimulus plan that he is trying to push Congress to pass, as the ball is already in the Republican park. Nancy McCarty, Hephzibah, Ga.

Let's work on the mix
The most controversial comments Gov. Sonny Perdue made in proposing his $16.3 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is he could not cut deeper and still guarantee that Georgia's human needs - education, health care, child care, economic development - could be met.

Hunt best candidate for sheriff
In case you missed it, Lt. Mike Hunt of the Aiken Department of Public Safety formally announced on Jan. 9 that he would seek the office of Aiken County sheriff as a Republican candidate. This announcement took place within the Aiken County Council chambers located on Richland Avenue. Robert G. Gossett, Graniteville, S.C.

Take drivers' test every two years
I must agree with Richard A. Hood's Jan. 8 letter concerning the accident rate in Augusta ("Accident rate due to human factor"). B.J. Wortman, Evans, Ga.

Augustans thanked for their help
Thanks, Augusta! The community response to the robbery that took place at our thrift shop at Christmastime was nothing less than wonderful and inspiring. People came in off the streets and made cash donations, and other folks and local businesses showed up with truck/car loads of new toys to replace what was stolen. William H. Berry, Rick Tuchscherer Augusta

Sanctions on N. Korea spells war
North Korea has warned the world, and particularly the United States, that imposing sanctions on them for belligerent behavior is tantamount to declaring war on them. Joseph Hildebrandt, Evans, Ga.

Cigarette tax hike a beneficial idea
You argue in your editorial of Jan. 9, "S.C. Medicaid crisis," that New York's cigarette tax failed to discourage smoking. Can you provide us with evidence of this claim? The only statistics I could find on changes in smoking rates (not purchases) since the tax was imposed was an 18 percent decrease in smoking rates among eighth graders in New York and a 19 percent drop in 10th graders. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro, Ga.

Illegal doesn't work
A lifeboat can take on only so many passengers.

The Republican goal is to destroy
Every day I see letters describing former President Bill Clinton in the most vile terms. President George W. Bush easily lends himself to just such name- calling. He might well be called whiskey-swilling, land-swindling, insider- trading, Vietnam avoider, AWOL reservist, election-stealing, foreign-policy novice and would-be emperor of the world. Vernon H. Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Long-term pain
The new Pew Research Center poll was completed before the U.N. discovery of empty chemical warheads in Iraq, so maybe the results would be different today. But in a survey of American attitudes conducted Jan. 8-12, the Pew folks found that public support for military action against Iraq drops off the cliff if no weapons of mass destruction are actually found.

'The Boondocks' fuels racial trouble
I have to agree with Rose Hembree concerning her opinion of The Boondocks comic strip on Jan. 8, "Comic strip is anything but comical." It is offensive and racist, to boot. It should be discontinued for sure. We have enough race troubles in this town, and I am sure there are many people who feel the same. Take a survey.>BR> Gordon Bostrom, Augusta

Squatters' rights

Australian Open notebook

Hewitt is taking care of business Down Under

Agassi happy with Hewitt gift

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Agassi happy with Hewitt gift
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi thought he might be on a career-ending slide a year ago. Then his highest-ranking rival, Lleyton Hewitt, unwittingly gave him a gift.

Australian Open notebook
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Croatia's Mario Ancic has a little bit of Goran Ivanisevic in him.

Overtime
Portland Trail Blazers forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended Saturday for seven games without pay for confronting and threatening a referee outside the Rose Garden in Portland.

Squatters' rights
John Goethe successfully squatted 475 pounds Saturday during the Augusta Open Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships at Python Gym.

Area sports announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Former Lakeside High School quarterback David Rivers was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

Hewitt is taking care of business Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Lleyton Hewitt is at the Australian Open on business, and he says it's only half completed.

Never too many deer, according to officials
It was a tall tale worthy of Mark Twain.

Never too many deer, according to officials

Scouting out squirrels

Scouting out squirrels
Herschel Coxwell isn't crazy, but his friends might think so.

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

Panthers ruin Razorbacks' plan
Cross Creek coach Tracey Gamble thought he had it figured out. If you can shut down Lakeside guard Matt Scott, he reasoned, you'll almost certainly beat the Panthers.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Four straight losses not enough to knock out AFC teams
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Raiders offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy practically shuddered when the dreaded topic arose.

Bucs must protect Johnson from blitzing Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Everywhere Brad Johnson turned, there was a sea of green in his face.

Reeves fires QB coach Burns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons quarterbacks coach Jack Burns was fired Friday after a season in which he helped Michael Vick earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.

San Diego police to be tested at providing Super Bowl security
SAN DIEGO -- Local police face a much tougher task on Super Bowl Sunday than they did the last time San Diego hosted the NFL's biggest game.

The Bucs battle their own history in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Gruden doesn't want to hear about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pathetic history in Philadelphia or their cold-weather failures.

Matchups for the NFC championship game
PHILADELPHIA -- How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles match up in the NFC championship game:

Brown seeks one more win to put Super Bowl on resume
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rarely hurt, always effective, Tim Brown is the consummate NFL professional.

Matchups for AFC championship game
OAKLAND, Calif. -- How the Tennessee Titans and the Oakland Raiders match up in the AFC championship game:

Eagles have "unfinished business" against the Bucs
PHILADELPHIA -- Fifty-two yards. The Philadelphia Eagles were just over a half-field away from reaching the Super Bowl last season, before falling short in a 29-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC championship game.

Wealth of history
Workers reduced Central African Baptist Church on Hopkins and 12th streets to rubble earlier this month to make way for a family life center. The final step - almost an afterthought - was to chisel open the cornerstone of the 1911 building.

As war looms, we must wage peace
As the remaining superpower, America is challenged to respond to threats around the world.

Faith digest
The Kingdom of God Belongs to Such as These, an exhibit by Anna O'Keefe of 13 children's portraits in oil, opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today at The Art Factory, 416 Crawford Ave. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 28.

Church sings organ's praises Reid Memorial
With the first delivery of organ pipes Tuesday to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and a second expected this week, Charles Goodwin came closer to the time when he will hear his late brother Roy's hymns in the church they both knew.

Minsters are kindred spirits
When Kay Bennett married Jim Daniel about 30 years ago, the union brought together generations of ministers on both sides of the family.

Perfect season interrupted by interference

These cell phones double as a camera
Camera and imaging technology are moving fast - very fast. Affordable digital cameras, for example, have only been around for a few years, yet today we have 4-megapixel digital cameras that take photo-quality pictures. Imaging technology is moving at lightning speed, too. Anyone with a computer and a digital camera can send pictures as e-mail attachments to anyone on the planet with access to the Internet - in a matter of seconds.

MIT Conference takes aim at spam
CAMBRIDGE, Mass -- It's going to take the best and the brightest to slam the spammers.

Blood-zapper tries to trick body into fighting heart failure
WASHINGTON -- Draw a vial of blood from someone with advanced heart failure. Zap the blood with heat and other stresses, then inject it back in hopes the altered blood cells will trick the patient's immune system into fighting the heart-destroying disease.

Columbia's crew settles into its 180-mile-high laboratory
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Columbia's U.S.-Israeli crew settled into its 180-mile-high laboratory Friday and started work on dozens of experiments on such things as spiders, flowers and cancer cells.

Dogs feast on Razorbacks for road win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - There's a new meaning to "40 minutes of hell."

Gamecocks' best shot still not enough
COLUMBIA - Dave Odom finally heard jubilation in his locker room Saturday night. Problem was, it was only halftime.

Gamecocks' best shot still not enough

WNBA considering casino team as union pushes contract talks
NEW YORK -- Still dealing with a new business model, some franchises folding and others moving, and a bid for a team from a Connecticut casino, the WNBA found itself with another issue Friday.

Columbia's crew settles into its 180-mile-high laboratory

MIT Conference takes aim at spam

Blood-zapper tries to trick body into fighting heart failure

Faith digest

Minsters are kindred spirits

Wealth of history

As war looms, we must wage peace

Church sings organ's praises Reid Memorial

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