Chill reveals man's never-ending quest

Odds and Ends
CLINTON, Iowa -- They're talking trash about the environment at Clinton High School.

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington voters may get to sound off on whether initiative guru Tim Eyman is "a horse's ass."

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.

Tax tips: how to track your refunds
WASHINGTON -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

Parenting a parent

First impression critical in getting business loan

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

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.

Packing light

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown
ATLANTA --When Pam Sanson needed a quick $300 to pay the bills, she never expected her decision would cost her more than $900 in interest in just six months.

How to fold a jacket

Business calendar

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes

Pocket change

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young

On the move

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SouthTrust Bank

Tax tips: how to track your refunds

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

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors looking to benefit from the proposed elimination of taxes on dividends might consider value funds and utility funds for their portfolios.

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

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young
CHICAGO -- Record-low interest rates are prompting people in their early 20s to do something they hadn't thought possible at their age: buy a home.

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.

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

Tigers rally for victory

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson
Brian Staley was waiting for the ideal moment and place to announce his verbal commitment to play football at Clemson next year.

Lions lay claim to pair of wins

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat

There are no more unbeaten teams

Illegal doesn't work

Let's work on the mix

A uniting legacy

Pass ethics package

Working together

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history
NEW YORK -- Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.

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

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

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series
LOS ANGELES -- The hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will get a modern-day makeover when it's transformed into a television series, its star and creator, Nia Vardalos, said Monday.

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

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The sultry jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy Sunday while "The Hours" was honored as best film drama.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
This week brings Martin Luther King Day and four outstanding programs on America's civil rights struggle:

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS
JACKSON, Miss. -- Two white men walked into a dark shack in rural Mississippi with flashlights, searching for a black teenager they claimed had flirted with one of their wives.

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

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.

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

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

Jackets fall short on road
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's time for the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take notice: Wake Forest's Josh Howard is among the best in the league.

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid
HONOLULU -- In a thrilling battle that ended with an unlikely birdie, Ernie Els outlasted 21-year-old Aaron Baddeley in a playoff Sunday to win the Sony Open and become the first player in 14 years to win the first two PGA Tour events of the season.

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- England's Mark Foster made a 35-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to win a six-man playoff at the Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid

Hawks' Smith ready is for the big time

Prep basketball scores

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

Thrashers fall to Islanders
ATLANTA -- Alexei Yashin scored in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October and added a third-period assist Sunday, helping the New York Islanders beat Atlanta 4-1 and end the Thrashers' three-game winning streak.

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.

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

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions
ATLANTA -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow urged world leaders Monday to settle their differences peacefully and avoid a painful war.

Bring back full-service gas stations

Hunt best candidate for sheriff

Dreams that pro-life will come to be

Augustans thanked for their help

Cigarette tax hike a beneficial idea

Moral strength comes from religion

The Republican goal is to destroy

Christianity growing as never before

Community should focus on events that draw families

Bush's stimulus plan is appalling

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Wait staff gave unwanted lip service

Oodles of noodles

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history

Home front

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS

Art gallery listings

All in the family

Book recounts Bulge in personal detail

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors

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
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.

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.

ECHL notebook

Checkers drop Lynx in overtime

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.

Homeless pack shelters
ATLANTA -- Homeless shelters in Atlanta overflowed this weekend as thousands of people sought food and refuge from freezing temperatures.

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.

Father says son was good biker

SRS levels old TNX buildings

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader

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.

Couple turns in grandson in murder case

County ends jail dispute

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature

School gets box of mystery money

News you can use

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.

Perdue wants money to buy prison

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.

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Military medical debate rages on

Across the southeast

Across Georgia

More rain on the way through spring

African professors provide insight on King's life

More rain on the way through spring
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- As the four-year drought comes to a close, Georgia and South Carolina are looking forward to a year of rain and cool temperatures.

Plans for future use of facility uncertain

Canal work could block path access

Parents charged in shooting

Empty Stocking Fund ends with record-breaking total

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures

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

Job takes man to great heights

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.

Perdue budget includes winners

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

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams

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.

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag

Across Georgia

Homeless pack shelters

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Swelling controversy

Military medical debate rages on
One by one, soldiers in green Army fatigues walked into a small room at a clinic in Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Friday.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions

Augusta's 319th rolls out of town for duty
Spc. Will Winston of Sylvania, Ga., kisses his wife, Renea, before leaving with the Army Reserve's 319th Transportation Company. On Sunday, the unit said goodbye to family and friends before leaving to prepare for a possible war with Iraq.

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures

Perdue budget includes winners
ATLANTA - You'd think that in such a lean year, there wouldn't be the usual list of winners and losers in the $16.3 billion budget Gov. Sonny Perdue dropped on the General Assembly last week.

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The soft economy and higher unemployment has many South Carolinians facing foreclosures on their homes.

Rants and Raves
I THINK KIDS these days are starving for attention. They ride around with their music loud so everyone can see them. I find that so funny. I challenge you to keep it up. Shorten your attention span and your hearing span. There can be too much of a good thing.

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's interstates cannot keep up with the growth in traffic, a national nonprofit group says in a new report.

Job takes man to great heights
Chris Buchheit can tell you what it's like to hang in a chair from the side of a 10-story building in downtown Augusta and watch the sun rise above a Carolina horizon.

Passing go

Father says son was good biker
One day after losing his son and grandson in a motorcycle crash, Lawrence Dicks Jr. remembered his son in many ways Sunday: "devoted father and loving son," Aiken Regional Hospital supervisor, church member and experienced motorcyclist.

Subscriber of the day

Officials watch for virus signs
Georgia officials cannot predict whether the spread of the West Nile virus will be worse this year because of increased rainfall, but health care officials say now is a good time to take steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Morning chill sets new low

Parents charged in shooting
Police charged two Augusta parents Sunday with reckless conduct in connection with the accidental shooting of their 2-year-old daughter.

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.

Blaze leaves apartment residents without home
A fire Sunday morning gutted eight apartments at the Brandywine Apartments, displacing 24 residents.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Derrielle Linebarger of Augusta.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
WEST COLUMBIA -Lexington County deputies are investigating the death of a 60-year-old man who was found in his home.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with public indecency after exposing himself to an employee at a Bi-Lo store on Gordon Highway, according to Richmond County authorities.

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

African professors provide insight on King's life
In the late 1950s and early '60s, a number of African countries made strides to gain their independence from European colonial rule.

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.

Across Georgia
BANGKOK, Thailand -A fugitive millionaire accused of arranging his wife's slaying is expected to argue Wednesday that Irish citizenship prevents his extradition to the United States.

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.

News you can use
JAN. 20, 1968 A group of Augusta and Richmond County citizens will meet next week to review a proposal for total consolidation of the two local governments. At least three state legislators will be invited to attend.

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

Across the southeast
BLAINE, Tenn. -Gertrude Janeway, the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life. She was 93.

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

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Rev. Al Sharpton says he chose to spend his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in South Carolina because the Confederate flag needs to be removed from Statehouse grounds.

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.

Plans for future use of facility uncertain
CLEARWATER - Environmental Control Systems, which owns the now defunct Clearwater Finishing Plant, will mail updated cleanup plans for the contaminated site to the state today, CEO Neil Farfour said last week.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events

Couple turns in grandson in murder case
TIFTON, Ga. -- James and Linda Harrell each suffered the loss of a murdered parent when they were young.

Saving the Savannah

Perdue wants money to buy prison
LUMPKIN, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue included $40 million in bond money in his budget to buy and complete a 1,524-bed private prison near Lumpkin in west Georgia.

Parade's success leads to talk of Broad move

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature
ATLANTA -- Last year, state Rep. Larry Walker helped set House policy, had a hand in writing the $16 billion state budget and worked from a coveted Capitol office with built-in bookshelf for his law books and mementoes. After a failed bid for the speakership, he was stripped of it all.

Motorcycle wreck kills father, son

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader
ATLANTA -- In the 34 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, people have watched for a new leader to emerge who could carry the banner for political and social justice with as much influence among American blacks.

FDA rejects protest based on 1999 law

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.

NAACP weighs in on sheriff's race

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.

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures
ATLANTA -- Chilly weather around Georgia was one for the books Saturday, as Augusta set a record low and several other cities came close.

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

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.

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan won the Dakar Rally for the second straight year, completing a grueling 18-day race that began in the French port of Marseille and ended Sunday at a Red Sea resort.

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NBA rule book says instant replay reviews must be conducted and processed in two minutes or fewer.

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory

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.

There are no more unbeaten teams
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's victory over top-ranked Duke ensured there wouldn't be an undefeated Division I team at the end of the season.

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat
STORRS, Conn. -- They've beaten powerhouses and powderpuffs, won by the slimmest of margins and by more than 60.

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.

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds

Raiders get win over Titans

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl

Eagles have "unfinished business" against the Bucs

San Diego police to be tested at providing Super Bowl security

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas

Matchups for the NFC championship game

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room

Matchups for AFC championship game

The Bucs battle their own history in Philadelphia

Brown seeks one more win to put Super Bowl on resume

Mr. O.D. Brinson Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Stephens Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Foster    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Ellis    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Foster    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Louie Hadden    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Jean Gay    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margie Wiggins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Evetta Gibson    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Jefferson Jr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Hinton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roland Harkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Hinton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Murray    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Kim Hope    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Dilendik    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Purrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Brantley Kent    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gordon Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Dicks III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Marshall    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenoria Holloway    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John May    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Gerald Burroughs    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Mims    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Hampton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Johnathan Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Habersham Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Amy Varnell
For most of her life, Amy Varnell had to deal with lung disease.

Mrs. Helen Caneda    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Farmer    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Marshall    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Riley    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Maria Mendoza    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Turner    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Wade    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. J.O. Barrett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Winkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Monroe    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mr. Mike Wilson    (FT. MYERS, Fla.)
Mrs. Edna White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Marshall    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Wilson    (MYERS, Fla.)
Mr. John May    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Anderson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Mims    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
Mr. J.O. Barrett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Cornelia Bell    (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Gordon Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tommy Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hinton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Dr. Gerald Burroughs (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. J.O. Barrett (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Anderson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jean Gay (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Dicks III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. John May (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Wilson (MYERS, Fla.)

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

Mr. Tommy Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Monroe (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Ellis (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brantley Kent (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Murray (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kim Hope (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hinton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Foster (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Johnathan Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evetta Gibson (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Caneda (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Hampton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Farmer (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Mendoza (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Hadden (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cornelia Bell (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Wade (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carl Purrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

A uniting legacy
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day today - he'd be 74 if he hadn't been tragically assassinated in 1968 - it's remarkable how his legacy has pulled this nation together.

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.

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.

Community should focus on events that draw families
The Augusta Chronicle published opinions against the entertainment district based on public-safety costs and the probability that some family-oriented businesses will leave. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Bring back full-service gas stations
Regarding your Dec. 26 Metro article, "Full-serve here": Ever since we moved to North Augusta in 1955, our service station has been the Exxon on Georgia Avenue; it was called Templeton's back then, Cooper & Carpenter Exxon in 1976 and now it's Carpenter Exxon owned by Kenneth Carpenter. For nearly a year now, Carpenter's has been a godsend to me. Betty M. Timmerman, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Moral strength comes from religion
Your editorial of Jan. 5, "To our better selves," blames parents and scientists for the Raelians' possibly-cloned Eve, and especially for the weak response expressed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

Pass ethics package
Gov. Sonny Perdue is to be commended for proposing a government ethics package that shows he's serious about turning Georgia from one of the nation's weakest states on ethics to one of the strongest.

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is quite fortunate to have The Augusta Chronicle and local TV stations as allies. Their political favoritism cloaks the mayor's four years of poor performance. Still, it's painfully apparent that Mr. Young lacks the experience, skill, aptitude and vision to take Augusta into the 21st century. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

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

Christianity growing as never before
Christmas Day has come and gone, but the spirit of Christmas, which is the spirit of love, hope and grace, has not departed and will never leave this Earth. Connie Alexander Dabney, Augusta

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.

Working together
"The challenge that confronts all of us is to go forward this session with a workable set of rules and procedures that accommodates the political change that has taken place in this body. The people of Georgia will judge us not on the procedural roles we play in the Senate, but on how we perform as a body."

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.

Hewitt is taking care of business Down Under

Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters

Australian Open notebook

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Squatters' rights

Overtime

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

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.

Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Once the fittest and strongest player in women's tennis, Martina Navratilova found the power of the Williams sisters too much to handle at the Australian Open.

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.

Overtime
Infielder Jose Hernandez and reliever Steve Reed have reached agreements in principle with the Colorado Rockies on one-year contracts.

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.

Never too many deer, according to officials

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

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

Scouting out squirrels

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room
SAN DIEGO -- A week before Super Sunday, hotel reservations are down 15-to-25 percent from the last time this city hosted the NFL's championship game, prompting a drop in rates.

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

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas
SAN DIEGO -- A Super Bowl of the high seas: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can forget about the cold.

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.

Raiders get win over Titans
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tinged with a touch of gray, the Silver and Black are back in the Super Bowl.

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

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds
LAS VEGAS -- Oddsmakers like the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl just about as much as bettors do.

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.

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.

Should I trust what I read online?
Q. Should I trust what I read online?

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection
ST. LOUIS -- Most folks wouldn't last long without telephones, traffic lights and television, not to mention plain old talk. Communication is vital to just about everything we do.

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

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Christi Thomas thought no one could stop her. And that usually means that no one's stopping Georgia.

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Buoyed by a poised effort from Alexis Kendrick and a double-double from Christi Thomas, the Georgia women's basketball team defeated No. 14 South Carolina 67-59 to earn its biggest win of the season and hand the Gamecocks their first loss at the new Carolina Center.

Gamecocks' best shot still not enough

Gamecocks let good chance slip away against Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom could sense this Saturday was something special.

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 let good chance slip away against Florida

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'

Odds and Ends

Blood-zapper tries to trick body into fighting heart failure

Should I trust what I read online?

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection