Alison Rae Johnson
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Keasia Denise Yates
Warren Bell and Lakeisha Yates, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Keasia Denise Yates, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela Jones, Nathaniel Jones Jr. and Janie Bell, all of Augusta.

Sarai Alaya Paz
Leo and Bonnie Paz of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sarai Alaya Paz, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfornia Tennyson of Louisville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Armando Paz of Hollywood, Fla.

Catherine Elizabeth Hanks
Christopher and

Garrett Bradley Nix

Hannah Georgeann Garland
Cassidy Garl

Joshua Alexander Melton
Woodie Lee Melton III and Cyn

Clayton Patrick Futo
George and Ni

Syrenity D. Stringfield
Timothy and Suzanne Stringfiel

Reece Augustus Dietzman
Brian and Joanna Dietzman of Fort

Charlotte Elizabeth Kalbskopf

Kayla Evelyn Boyd

Catherine Elizabeth Hanks

Emma Grace Wise

Avery Powell Kitchens
James Ray Kitchens Jr. and Lisa Ann Kitchens, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son

Taneshia Janay Lewis

Lanie Elise Niedling
John Nie

Sara Victoria Michel

Caden Gage Barnes
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Joshua Alexander Melton

Brier Cole White
Edgar and Penny White of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brier Cole White, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Scott Burke and Nancy Burke, both of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey White of Dunlap, Tenn.

Sarai Alaya Paz

Samantha Louise Cain
Steven M. and Theresa A. Cain of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Louise Cain, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Barbara Felton of McDonald, Pa., and Bobby and Barbara Cain of Augusta.

Mahoganye Lee Smith

Gavin Mark Carnes

Hannah Georgeann Garland

Caden Gage Barnes

Syrenity D. Stringfield

Andrew Lee Alewine
Lee and Melissa Alewine of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Andrew Lee Alewine, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Martin III of Hephzibah, Janice Goodfriend of Blythe and the late Albert Alewine.

Lanie Elise Niedling

Charlotte Elizabeth Kalbskopf
William and Alison Kalbskopf of North Augusta announce the birth of

Samantha Louise Cain

Taneshia Janay Lewis
Tiawan and Latrecia Lewis of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taneshia Janay Lewis, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Hodge and Franklin Tolbert, both of Augusta, and the late Fredricka Smith.

Avery Powell Kitchens

Sara Victoria Michel
Thomas and L

Alison Rae Johnson

Garrett Bradley Nix
Bradley

Clayton Patrick Futo

Mahoganye Lee Smith
Gregory and Candye B. Smith of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Mahoganye Lee Smith, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Heyward and Bettye Jones of North Augusta.

Andrew Lee Alewine

Graham Steadman Smith
Kenneth Ashley and Mary Louise Steadm

Brier Cole White

Ethan Joseph Usry
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Ethan Joseph Usry

Emma Grace Wise
Michael Ed

Reece Augustus Dietzman

Kayla Evelyn Boyd

Graham Steadman Smith

Keasia Denise Yates

Gavin Mark Carnes
Nicholas Mark and Jessica Nicole Carnes of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Gavin Mark Carnes, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ken and Elaine Barrett of North Augusta and Tim and Diane Carnes of Glasgow, Ky.

Ice block falls from heavens and hits Lawrenceville house
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A piece of ice 2 feet wide fell from the sky, crashed through a family's roof and landed in the room of two sisters.

Odds and Ends
NESQUEHONING, Pa. -- A company that makes a garlic-based repellant to keep critters out of flower beds and vegetable gardens is having the same effect on a neighboring business.

Vampire rumors cause panic in Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi -- A radio journalist was arrested Sunday for interviewing a man who claimed he was attacked by vampires, under a Malawi government campaign to quash vampire rumors.

Maddux says $16 million would be fair

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs with Braves
ATLANTA - Former USC Aiken pitcher Roberto Hernandez agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday that gives him the chance to earn $1 million.

Turner Field statue to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn

Turner Field statue to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn
ATLANTA -- Hall of Fame left-hander Warren Spahn, who never pitched in Atlanta, will be honored with a statue outside Turner Field.

Maddux says $16 million would be fair
ATLANTA - It's not about the money, Greg Maddux insisted. It's about a fair and reasonable salary.

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs with Braves

Home builders enjoy best year since 1986

Event vendors return
Vendors who were shut out of recent First Friday festivals will have a new place to sell their wares in February.

Kmart CEO to receive $1 million upon emergence from bankruptcy
TROY, Mich. -- Julian C. Day, the new chief executive at Kmart Corp., will receive a base salary of $1 million and a bonus of another $1 million when the retailer emerges from bankruptcy.

Stocks give up most of 2003 gains on war fears

Tax tips: understanding the dividend tax proposal
WASHINGTON -- Having trouble figuring out whether you would benefit from President Bush's proposal to eliminate taxes that individual investors now pay on dividends? Experts who make their living by deciphering the tax system are scratching their heads, too, and say there are no simple, one-size-fits all answers.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Hard-hit by sour loans and regulatory penalties, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday reported a wider loss in the fourth quarter than had been expected by Wall Street analysts.

Kmart CEO to receive $1 million upon emergence from bankruptcy

Tenant delays building on site

Stocks give up most of 2003 gains on war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street gave up all but the last of its New Year's rally Wednesday, falling for a fifth straight session as investors unloaded shares following tepid earnings from J.P. Morgan Chase and Eastman Kodak.

Tenant delays building on site
Nearly a year after its ribbon cutting, a development park outside Savannah River Site is ready for its first tenant to open.

Business briefs

US Airways adds flights for Masters
The sight of extra airplanes at Augusta Regional Airport during Masters Week is not new.

Stocks decline on war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street looked askance at earnings reports Tuesday, with investors bidding most stocks lower despite healthy profits at such companies as 3M and Ford.

Tax tips: understanding the dividend tax proposal

Home builders enjoy best year since 1986
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes and apartments posted an unexpectedly strong gain of 5 percent in December as the housing industry wrapped up its best performance in 16 years, a building boom fueled by the lowest mortgage rates in four decades.

US Airways adds flights for Masters

Stocks decline on war fears

Business briefs

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Georgia-Pacific Corp. cited higher asbestos liability costs, market conditions and new accounting as reasons for a wider fourth-quarter loss. The results, released Tuesday, fell short of Wall Street's reduced estimates.

Bowden names defensive ends coach

Bowden names defensive ends coach
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has hired David Blackwell as defensive ends coach, the school says.

Lady Pacers lose to Kennesaw State in overtime

SEC notebook

Records speak for Cornwell

Texas' Conradt going for 800th career victory

Back-to-back aces can be explained

'Roe' marks 30th year

A call to restructure

Draft not needed

Hate rally in D.C.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Study finds meal portion sizes growing
CHICAGO -- Americans aren't just supersizing their portions in fast-food restaurants, they're doing it in their own kitchens.

In the know
There are hundreds of dog breeds worldwide, not all of them recognized by the American Kennel Club. On Jan. 1, the AKC's list grew to 151 breeds with the formal recognition of the toy fox terrier, which is between 9 and 11 inches high; and the German pinscher, which was involved in the development of the Doberman and Miniature pinschers.

Capsules
Walking sticks, the lanky insects that look like twigs to avoid predators, have demonstrated another biological trick. A new study shows that, over the course of 50 million years of evolution, walking sticks lost and then re-evolved wings.

Grape glut, imports sour California vintners' profits
EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- It's enough to make a sommelier shiver. The latest buzz in California wine circles is over two-buck Chuck, the little wine priced at $1.99 that could herald a new era for the once high-flying industry.

Number of identity theft complaints double last year
WASHINGTON -- Complaints about identity theft nearly doubled in 2002 as the fast-growing crime topped the government's list of consumer frauds for a third consecutive year.

Small portions
While some football fans might not believe it this year, Super Bowl Sunday is America's biggest excuse to party. More than 130 million fans are expected to gather around the television to watch the game Sunday

In the know
This wine starts with a hearty nose of dark fruit and delicate spice. Black cherries and peppery notes fill the palate and flow onto the finish.

For great fit, clothiers go to great measures
Heather Cook had the perfect pair of jeans. But over time, the threadbare spot at the knee became a hole and she had to retire them.

'Kangaroo Jack' hops to lead weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- A kangaroo hopped past comedian Martin Lawrence at the weekend box office.

Forget fall: Fox will debut its new shows in the summer
LOS ANGELES -- Bucking decades of television tradition, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to launch some of its new shows in the summer instead of fall.

Brighter hues might melt winter blues
NEW YORK - They're already starting to pop up in store windows like the first flowers that emerge from the frozen ground: a handful of spring styles in sweet sherbet colors.

Pizza dish combines two favorite snacks
A dish inspired by two favorite snacks is bound to score high on Super Bowl Sunday or any other hungry, nail-chewing game day.

Flavorful chili recipe trades tradition for taste
Chili is a winter standard, but I tire of the traditional kidney bean version, so I cook up black bean and kielbasa chili as a tasty alternative.

Georgia Southern fits North Augusta center
North Augusta center Lance Watkins, one of the most heavily recruited football players in the Augusta area this year, used a set of three criteria to compare the colleges courting him.

Jackets top Elon
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech found itself engaged in an Atlantic Coast Conference-type battle Wednesday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Georgia Southern fits North Augusta center

Jackets top Elon

Hawaiian teenager continues to amaze
HONOLULU -- The moment was Hoganesque, although it had more to do with curiosity than perfection.

Buying his time on the Buy.com
HONOLULU -- Aaron Baddeley is called "dot-com" by some of his peers, a mocking reference to the brash kid who had big dreams, limited success and the audacity to wear the name of his Web site - Badds.com - on his hat and golf bag.

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

Defending champion has an affinity for the Phoenix
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Raucous galleries and demanding fairways aside, Chris DiMarco likes the Phoenix Open.

Defending champion has an affinity for the Phoenix

Buying his time on the Buy.com

Hawaiian teenager continues to amaze

Westside star to join brother

Bruinettes stop South Aiken

Glenn Hills holds on in double overtime

Prep basketball scores

Westside star to join brother
Jerry LeZotte Jr. and his wife, Patty, have spent the past two years traveling to watch their youngest son, Tony, play football on Friday nights in Georgia and their oldest son, Matt, play on Saturdays in Virginia.

Thrashers score five goals in first period to set team record

Thrashers score five goals in first period to set team record
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley gave himself a wonderful birthday present, with a little help from his teammates.

Iraq: scientists have refused to submit to private interviews with U.N.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi scientists have so far refused to submit to private interviews with U.N. arms inspectors despite government attempts to encourage them to do so under an agreement with the United Nations, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday.

Powell confident U.S. would have support if it had to disarm Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, declaring Iraq's failure to disarm is "a challenge that must be met," said Thursday many nations would fight alongside American forces if the United States went to war without U.N. Security Council approval.

Suspect arrested in Saudi Arabia confesses, wasn't working alone
KUWAIT CITY -- A Kuwaiti civil servant confessed to opening fire on two Americans in Kuwait, killing one and wounding the other, and authorities have found the weapon he used, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

NATO's Robertson downplays differences over Iraq
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson played down differences among the allies Thursday after France and Germany forced the alliance to delay planning for a possible support role in an Iraqi invasion.

Snow; Coldest weather in years on its way
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Snow fell across much of South Carolina early Thursday morning, forcing the closing of schools and state offices in many areas.

Cold weather tips
Tips for consumers to prepare for the winter heating season from Atlanta Gas Light Co:

South Carolina counties close schools
Although the sun was coming out at about the time students were being sent home, Aiken County school officials weren't taking any chances today .

Ineptness by INS after 9-11

Veteran buried with dignity, respect

Put the brakes on Augusta's dictatorial commission

Recent Bragdon editorial inaccurate

Bible passage misused to support pro-choice

With friends like Saudis, who needs enemies?

Check untapped funds before spending

Perdue's changes are retaliatory

Pitts won't like answers to his questions

Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich

Saddam will call president's bluff

In the know

Capsules

Flavorful chili recipe trades tradition for taste

Number of identity theft complaints double last year

In the know

Brighter hues might melt winter blues

Grape glut, imports sour California vintners' profits

Health calendar

'Kangaroo Jack' hops to lead weekend box office

Small portions

For great fit, clothiers go to great measures

Study finds meal portion sizes growing

Five questions with David Wilkie

League leadership pushes for mandatory face shields
History was made at the East Coast Hockey League meetings Tuesday, as the league's board of governors unanimously approved a rule requiring all players to wear protective visors, beginning next season.

League leadership pushes for mandatory face shields

North knocks off South
The East Coast Hockey League Northern Conference All-Stars showed off their shooing skills to win the league's skills competition Monday at TECO Arena.

North knocks off South

Five questions with David Wilkie
Augusta Lynx head coach David Wilkie answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Perdue will push redistricting effort
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he will the Legislature to take a fresh look at redistricting this year even though the issue is back before the federal courts.

Subscriber of the day

Family defends man jailed in plague case

New agreement may threaten tri-state water agreement
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- About 2.8 million people in metro Atlanta would pay more for their drinking water in an agreement Georgia made with the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Peach farmers reduce worries
Perhaps it was an anxious peach farmer who coined the expression, "Just chill."

Perdue looking for ways to avoid tax hikes
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered state department heads Tuesday to help him look for ways to balance state spending without the tax increases he proposed last week to a Legislature wary of the idea.

Across the area
An Augusta man was rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being struck by a police cruiser on Fayetteville Drive.

House Rules chairman says abortion bills unlikely to leave committee
ATLANTA -- On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortion, the state's House Rules Committee chairman said Tuesday he will make it difficult for any anti-abortion bill to get out of his committee for a full vote.

New state school superintendent defends education budget cuts

Legislators seek map in speech by Sanford
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's new governor goes before the Legislature and a statewide audience tonight to deliver his first State of the State address.

Georgia readies for Arctic blast
ATLANTA - North Georgia and the Atlanta area are expected to experience their coldest temperatures since winter 1996 today as an Arctic mass moves over the state.

Across the southeast
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -The two U.S. pilots who mistakenly killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year showed a "reckless disregard" for standing orders by attacking instead of continuing on their way, an Air Force general testified Tuesday.

Schools show signs of bug
The sickness that has dogged students and dwindled attendance numbers in Columbia County for the last week may be crossing county and state lines.

Officers deny federal charges
The Treutlen County sheriff and a deputy pleaded innocent Tuesday to civil rights violations.

Parking deck to resume charging
By early next month the city will resume charging cars to use the parking deck at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and convention center.

Mother fights for booster seat law
It could have been deadly.

Black slayings lead homicide data

Black slayings lead homicide data
Black-on-black crime accounted for nearly half of last year's homicides in Richmond County, and black men continue to make up the majority of slaying victims, authorities said.

Adviser sees hope for economy

Family defends man jailed in plague case
LUBBOCK, Texas - Knowing his work could better prepare the United States against a possible biological attack filled Dr. Thomas Butler with pride, according to his family.

Schools show signs of bug

Judge gets new role as state's 'first dude'
TOPEKA, Kan. - Gary Sebelius' official title is first gentleman.

Mistake leads to a fire in kitchen

Adviser sees hope for economy
ATLANTA - While Georgia's economy continues to struggle, signs of recovery at the national level point to better days in the not-too-distant future, an adviser to Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday.

Frigid weather settles on area
Just two days ago, Augustans might have been lulled into thinking it was spring as they basked in 70-degree weather. But today and Friday, Mother Nature plans to snap them back to their senses with some of the coldest temperatures this winter.

Illness keeps pupils home for 2nd week
Where are many of Columbia County's middle school pupils?

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the score of a high school basketball game. The Hephzibah High School girls team defeated Glenn Hills 48-44 on Jan. 4.

Official stresses security as issue
Homeland security and a sluggish economy are interrelated issues destined to take center stage during the 108th Congress, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

High court to discuss secret settlement ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If written comments to the state Supreme Court are any indication, plenty of attorneys don't like a proposed statewide ban on secret settlements.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know why doughnuts are so expensive ... 42 cents each. That is ridiculous. We need to do something about it. And there is no need for that. Plus, they don't make any cake doughnuts in the box. They are all covered with powder. That is not helping the diabetics, either.

Two demonstrators plead guilty in Fort Benning protest
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two demonstrators charged with trespassing at Fort Benning last fall to protest a school for Latin American soldiers pleaded guilty Tuesday to destruction of government property.

News you can use
JAN. 22, 1958 The Rev. Robert Jack Robinson, who at age 30 heads Augusta's largest church, was named Young Man of 1957 by the Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce last night.

Across South Carolina
Abortion activists gather at Statehouse

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David Taylor of Augusta.

Mistake leads to a fire in kitchen
Jimmy Ryals wept Wednesday night as he recalled the fire that almost took the lives of his daughters.

63rd Signal Battalion gets deployment order
Members of Fort Gordon's 63rd Signal Battalion received word Tuesday that they will head to the Middle East.

Carolina braces for next cold snap

Votes fail to change city's law
Augusta will keep its old protest ordinances on the books, at least for now, after two failed votes by city commissioners Tuesday to change local laws governing public protest and demonstration.

Legislators seek map in speech by Sanford

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A fire on Paris Mountain has burned at least two houses and forced dozens of residents from their homes for a time, firefighters say.

Perdue says budget forces tax increase

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A piece of ice 2 feet wide fell from the sky, crashed through a family's roof and landed in the room of two sisters.

Snow; Coldest weather in years on its way

Across the area
Burglars smashed a window and stole several items from a Bryant's Food & Fuel on Highland Avenue that has been closed for several months, a sheriff's report states.

Across Georgia

Columbia County backs coalition
Columbia County commissioners unanimously offered their support Tuesday night to a regional economic development coalition with Burke and Richmond counties.

More than 500 Georgia soldiers and National Guard deployed

High court to discuss secret settlement ban

Carolina braces for next cold snap
COLUMBIA - With some of the coldest weather in a decade filtering into South Carolina, authorities are worried firefighters could be busy the next few days.

Edwards wants Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds

Air National Guard troops return home
EASTOVER, S.C. -- Nearly three dozen members of the South Carolina Air National Guard have returned home after five months of active duty in Afghanistan.

Across the area

Sanford pushes Capitol reform
COLUMBIA - In a speech overshadowed by the state's budget crisis Wednesday night, Gov. Mark Sanford promised little in the way of new programs while telling the Legislature he wants support to restructure state government.

Across Georgia

Complaints lead to review of textbooks
AIKEN - An Aiken County school board committee will examine high school biology books for objectionable material after a resident complained about the state-approved textbooks.

City needs spaces, study says
The latest study about a major building project in the city found that Augusta has plenty of meeting rooms but lacks the wide-open spaces needed for certain conventions.

State waits for report on work at gas plant
The state Environmental Protection Division will give a progress report to residents at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Pullman Hall, 560 Walton Way.

News you can use

Will residents support arena?
Columbia County's commission chairman is calling for a series of town hall meetings to help determine whether the county will financially support a new arena in Augusta.

Hundreds march on Roe v. Wade anniversary

Audit: State could save $23 million with Medicaid changes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state could save about $23 million if the Health and Human Services Department made changes in its Medicaid program, including charging an enrollment fee and improving debt collection, according to an audit released Tuesday.

Edwards wants Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Carolina Sen. John Edwards says he supports the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina to protest the display of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.

Army sends base leader to prepare Iraqi exiles

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cheryl A. Keller of Augusta.

Kolb blasts reprimand method
Responding to a letter of reprimand placed in his personnel file earlier this month, City Administrator George Kolb said Augusta commissioners owed him the "common courtesy" of due process, if only because he gives that courtesy to the rest of the city's 2,600 employees.

New agreement may threaten tri-state water agreement

News you can use
JAN. 23, 1943 Former Augusta Mayor James Wooddal; Fletcher Smith, a guard at the city stockade; and L.T. Barton, head of a local house wrecking company, have been invited to appear before the grand jury Monday to be questioned about materials that allegedly were used in construction of a fishing lodge at Brier Creek, court records said yesterday.

Judge gets new role as state's 'first dude'

Army sends base leader to prepare Iraqi exiles
COLUMBIA - The two-star Army commander at Fort Jackson is now in charge of military training for Iraqi opponents of President Saddam Hussein, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Illness keeps pupils home for 2nd week

Politicians will unite for book
Charles Walker and Ed McIntyre aren't enemies, but the two men have never called themselves allies - until now.

Votes fail to change city's law

Perdue says budget forces tax increase
Raising taxes would be a last resort, but Gov. Sonny Perdue said he will not gut education, health care and child welfare to avoid it. And there could be a health argument as well as an economic advantage to raising the cigarette and liquor taxes, he said.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue has quietly increased the size and cost of his office while forcing other state agencies to absorb deep budget cuts and proposing a tax increase for the public, legislative Democrats charged Wednesday.

Mother fights for booster seat law

Rants and Raves
IF WE DON'T go over there and wipe them out and take care of business now, they are going to be over here. They are already killing our Americans over there. They will be here killing our children. They hate us.

Across the southeast

Correction

House Rules chairman says abortion bills unlikely to leave committee

City needs spaces, study says

Official stresses security as issue

State waits for report on work at gas plant

Officers deny federal charges

Audit: State could save $23 million with Medicaid changes

Sanford committee releases restructuring recommendations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A panel Gov. Mark Sanford appointed to study the structure of state government released a report Tuesday calling for a sweeping overhaul.

Perdue looking for ways to avoid tax hikes

Uniform school start date bills wait on compromise
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee says he'll hold up piecemeal action on a uniform school start date until a compromise can be reached.

Sanford pushes Capitol reform

Sanford makes SLED homeland security leader
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford has put State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart in charge of fighting terrorism in South Carolina.

Savannah councilman admits drinking before fatal crash, says other driver hit him

Fire damages two Bowman churches
BOWMAN, S.C. -- Fires at two churches here are being investigated as arson cases, Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says.

Cold weather tips

Former fire chief gets probation, fine for misusing funds
FLORENCE, S.C. -- The former chief of the Howe Springs Volunteer Fire Department has been given a suspended sentence, probation and ordered to repay almost $35,000 after pleading guilty to misusing public funds.

Fire damages two Bowman churches

Riley: South needs to look ahead, not back
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dick Riley, the former South Carolina governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education, says Southerners must stop looking so much to the past and forge a vision for the future to improve education.

News you can use

New state school superintendent defends education budget cuts
ATLANTA -- Teacher pay raises are impossible this year, Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox told lawmakers Wednesday, citing $54 million that schools will lose from state budget cuts.

Kolb blasts reprimand method

Cathy Cox won't seek Miller's Senate post
ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Cathy Cox said Wednesday she will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Zell Miller is leaving after the 2004 election.

Sanford makes SLED homeland security leader

More than 500 Georgia soldiers and National Guard deployed
Soldiers from Fort Gordon's 63rd Signal Battalion have been ordered to deploy to the Middle East.

Across South Carolina

Hundreds march on Roe v. Wade anniversary
ATLANTA -- For the first time in 30 years, anti-abortion protesters came to the Georgia Capitol and were greeted by Republicans in power who promised to support their cause.

Sanford committee releases restructuring recommendations

Savannah councilman admits drinking before fatal crash, says other driver hit him
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah city councilman recovering from a crash that killed a woman said Wednesday he had "a couple" of drinks before driving, but said he was not intoxicated and the crash was not his fault.

South Carolina counties close schools

Big Easy brings new game for a new season
Signboy's placard already showed a bright red "30" next to Ernie Els' name as he strode down the famous 18th fairway at Kapalua's Plantation Course.

There's no time like the present
ATHENS, Ga. - The team is set. The time is now.

Top Formula One carmakers threaten breakaway series
LONDON -- The top carmakers in Formula One oppose sweeping proposals to change their sport and are again threatening to form a breakaway series.

Marlin visits recovered Confederate submarine Hunley

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - When the white-hot lights focused on Dale Earnhardt Jr. from close range Tuesday, it was easy to understand just how much the third-generation driver's life has veered out of control.

Changes are imminent

Top Formula One carmakers threaten breakaway series

NASCAR looking at track changes in '04; unveils new garage policies

NASCAR notebook
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Part of NASCAR's plan to shuffle its racing lineup in 2004 is paying greater attention to each racetrack.

Changes are imminent
CONCORD, N.C. - A prime time Daytona 500, new venues and an overhaul of the current schedule are ideas now under consideration by NASCAR officials.

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track

NASCAR looking at track changes in '04; unveils new garage policies
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR put tracks on notice Tuesday that the 2004 Winston Cup schedule could look a lot different under a realignment plan that might move races to different parts of the country.

Schumacher, others satisfied with compromise

Schumacher, others satisfied with compromise
LONDON -- Michael Schumacher and other powers in Formula One appear satisfied with a compromise over rule changes for the 2003 season.

Marlin visits recovered Confederate submarine Hunley
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- NASCAR star Sterling Marlin first learned of the Civil War at the knee of his relatives in Tennessee. On Wednesday, Marlin touched a piece of Confederate history as he toured the recovered submarine H.L. Hunley.

Former CART champ fastest in Busch testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- CART star Jimmy Vasser warmed up for his venture into NASCAR this season by posting the fastest lap in Busch series testing Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Schumacher not hurt in accident in practice
BARCELONA, Spain -- Five-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher escaped injury Tuesday when his Ferrari spun off the track during practice.

NASCAR notebook

Stojakovic will go for another 3-point title

Stojakovic will go for another 3-point title
NEW YORK -- Defending champion Peja Stojakovic leads a field of six players in the 3-point shootout on Feb. 8, part of the NBA's All-Star weekend in Atlanta.

Texas' Conradt going for 800th career victory
AUSTIN, Texas -- When Jody Conradt started out, she was a physical education teacher who didn't get paid to coach. Back then, women played 6-on-6, and only two players could go the length of the court.

Records speak for Cornwell
The USC Aiken women's basketball team has retired two jerseys in the past 25 years.

SEC notebook
Jim Harrick was making a guest appearance on an ESPN basketball show last week when he was asked to name the Southeastern Conference's best five players.

Lady Pacers lose to Kennesaw State in overtime
AIKEN - Minutes after USC Aiken's 74-69 overtime loss to Kennesaw State on Wednesday night, coach Mike Brandt seethed in his office.

Raiders brought in experienced winners, Bucs went for fiery coach

Mystique vs. misery: the images of the Super Bowl

Reunited and it feels so awkward for Gruden, Raiders

Coaching staffs stay behind for game plans

Sapp, Brooks are Tampa Bay's odd couple

Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
MSGT. William Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Susan Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Wiggins    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. William Hill    (RIVERDALE, PA)
Mr. Thomas Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenoria Holloway    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Carl Anderson Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeannie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Mulherin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Finch    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Shelton    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Elsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence & Johnathan Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Lanier    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Jenkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Edwards    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Deacon William Hill Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Brown Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Brown    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Ross    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jessie Edgar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katri Laitinen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Dicks III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bill Christmas    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Eaddie Pugh    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ollie Collins    (McBEAN, Ga.)
Ms. Lillie Hatcher-Rondoni    (PHOENIX, Ariz.)
Mrs. Betty Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Winkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cathy Leary    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Miss Lydia Bray
The 24 years spent in the Army were the happiest for Lydia Bray, family members say.

Johnathan Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Brinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Lydia Bray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susan Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Duke    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mr. Kenwood Allen    (ALLENDALE, SC)
Mr. Andy Evans    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
Mrs. Eula Stoffer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Kight    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Shelton    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Kevin Joyner    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Norris    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Freddie Johnson    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Franklin    (LADSON, S.C.)
Mr. Charles King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Gardner    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Godowns    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
MSGT. William Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeannie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Michelle Oliphant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Texas Bolin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Mulherin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Susie Barksdale    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Winkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Mulherin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Brown (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Elsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wiggins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ralph Gardner (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Stoffer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lawrence Dicks III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Barksdale (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Andy Evans (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Mary Love (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Brinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Joyner (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Katri Laitinen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Shaw Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Mulherin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Edgar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Blackmon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Finch (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Miss Lydia Bray

Ms. Texas Bolin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Ross (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Shelton (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. William Hill (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mr. James Godowns (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Kenwood Allen (ALLENDALE, SC)

MSGT. William Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Willie Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Lydia Bray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence & Johnathan Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lillie Hatcher-Rondoni (PHOENIX, Ariz.)

Mrs. Eaddie Pugh (SALUDA, S.C.)

Johnathan Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cathy Leary (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Kight (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

MSGT. William Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Jenkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Norris (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Franklin (LADSON, S.C.)

Mr. John Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Michelle Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MCG School of Medicine working to fill its niche
THE MEDICAL COLLEGE of Georgia offers a special asset to the Augusta community by providing unique services and maintaining a conduit for federal, state and corporate dollars to flow into our area.

Hate rally in D.C.
However much we might disagree with critics of President George W. Bush's Iraqi policy, we admit they have a legitimate point of view and deserve to be heard. Last weekend's massive anti-war rallies in Washington and San Francisco provided a great opportunity for peace activists to make a reasoned case against the administration's hard-line Iraqi policies, and perhaps to win a few converts to their cause.

Perdue's changes are retaliatory
I read with great interest the article about Gov. Sonny Perdue rearranging the Capitol, and especially his interest in uprooting Secretary of State Cathy Cox. It occurs to me that this is where the retaliation begins! Rhonda Graybeal, Martinez, Ga.

Draft not needed
U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., a Korean war combat veteran, created a stir recently with an op-ed piece in The New York Times calling for reinstating the draft. He and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., have introduced legislation to that effect.

Put the brakes on Augusta's dictatorial commission
I was reading about the director of Augusta Animal Control, Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, stepping down, and came across something that was eating at me and a lot of others I know. Here's what it said. Tommy Clark, Hephzibah, Ga.

Pitts won't like answers to his questions
I just finished reading the Jan. 6 column by Leonard Pitts Jr., "To win over black conservatives, GOP needs to provide answers." It was - and is - the "pits." Andy Chandler, Augusta

MCG School of Medicine working to fill its niche
THE MEDICAL COLLEGE of Georgia offers a special asset to the Augusta community by providing unique services and maintaining a conduit for federal, state and corporate dollars to flow into our area.

'Roe' marks 30th year
Today marks the 30th anniversary of that horrible piece of jurisprudence Roe vs. Wade. Many legal scholars not opposed to abortion admit that the Roe decision, as delivered by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, is bad law.

A call to restructure
On the eve of new Gov. Mark Sanford's first state-of-the state address to his fellow South Carolinians, the task force he appointed to study government restructuring issued a report that could make his job significantly easier - if the legislature approves.

With friends like Saudis, who needs enemies?
There's an old adage: "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer." It appears to be the blueprint adopted by Washington to define U.S.-Saudi relations. Mark A. Edens, Thomson, Ga.

Check untapped funds before spending
With regard to the article in the Dec. 15 Chronicle, "Records show untapped funds," City Finance Director David Persaud - after making his list - should check it twice before he begins spending his pre-Christmas stocking stuffer of $7.2 million in untapped funds. Ken Kleinbub, Aiken, S.C.

Recent Bragdon editorial inaccurate
As a devout animal activist and responsible pet owner, I wish to comment on your Jan. 11 editorial, "Abuse and neglect." Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Veteran buried with dignity, respect
I wish to thank members of the Fort Gordon funeral detail who were on duty for the burial of my friend, Bob Wisnieski. I do not know their names or their unit, and they probably did not personally know retired Sgt. 1st Class Wisnieski, but they conducted themselves thoughtfully, sincerely and with dignity. Margot Boerner Greer, Jackson, S.C.

Ineptness by INS after 9-11
Six months after the horrifying tragedy of 9-11, personnel within the Immigration and Naturalization Service sent visas to several of the dead hijackers, who had commandeered the planes and flown them into the World Trade Center. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich
With the unveiling of his economic stimulus package recently, President George W. Bush once again revealed himself as a shrewd political manipulator and his plan as a huge economic windfall for the rich. Tim Kelly, Augusta

Bible passage misused to support pro-choice
In his letter on Jan. 14, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand," Daru Ib-Shamiq has brought up the only biblical passage (Exodus 21:22-25) that the so-called pro-choice people for years have been using to justify their support for their grisly deeds. The left-wing fringe has misinterpreted the passage so often, only to be shot down every time, it is surprising that they continue to refer to it. James B. Wertz, Hephzibah, Ga.

Saddam will call president's bluff
Foolishness! It seems the son of George Bush senior is playing the second round of a high stakes "poker game" with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Daddy Bush folded his cards when he was in charge and walked away. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Forrest exudes confidence

Ol' man Agassi rolls into semifinals

Overtime

Overtime

A look at Wednesday's Roddick-El Aynaoui match
Andy Roddick's 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 victory Wednesday over Younes El Aynaoui in the Australian Open quarterfinals lasted 4 hours, 59 minutes (the tournament record is 5:11). The fifth set alone took 2:23 to play.

Overtime
The top leadership of the U.S. Olympic Committee urged USOC president Marty Mankamyer to resign, blaming her for infighting within the organization and claiming she conspired with a staff member to try and force CEO Lloyd Ward from his job.

Forrest exudes confidence
TEMECULA, Calif. - Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, is about a 45-minute drive south of Temecula, where Augusta native Vernon Forrest is planning on winning his own world championship Saturday.

Overtime
Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

Ol' man Agassi rolls into semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Now Andre Agassi gets to pick on someone his own age.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Bruinettes stop South Aiken
AIKEN - The top-ranked Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruinettes, winners of 38 straight games, made South Aiken their latest victim, winning 51-42 on Tuesday night.

Glenn Hills holds on in double overtime
The rivalry continues and the Hephzibah girls team still can't get Glenn Hills off its back.

Atlanta re-signs Draft, eyes deal with Brooking
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Chris Draft signed a four-year deal Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons, putting three of the team's four starting linebackers under contract.

Sapp, Brooks are Tampa Bay's odd couple
SAN DIEGO -- Warren Sapp is so loud with his trash talk, opponents - and some teammates - probably wish they had ear plugs. He even shouted down Green Bay coach Mike Sherman after a game.

Raiders brought in experienced winners, Bucs went for fiery coach
SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Raiders found a missing ingredient in guys like Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski, Sam Adams and Jerry Rice - all owners of NFL championship rings.

Mystique vs. misery: the images of the Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- So what if this is the NFL's big show.

Super Bowl Capsule
NFL matchups for the Super Bowl:

Coaching staffs stay behind for game plans
SAN DIEGO -- Creatures of habit, neither Jon Gruden nor Bill Callahan was going to change things this week because of the Super Bowl.

Al Davis, a rebel owner who finally gets Super again.
SAN DIEGO -- Al Davis is a rebel with a subpoena, as anti-establishment an owner as any sport will find. He has bedeviled the NFL off the field like no one else over the last 40 years, and he has succeeded on the field like no one else.

Reunited and it feels so awkward for Gruden, Raiders
SAN DIEGO -- Squinting into the sunlight, glaring down at the reporters, Jon Gruden did his best to be a good sport.

Rice still not showing age at fourth Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- Jerry Rice sees no reason why his fourth trip to the Super Bowl should be his last.

Big Easy brings new game for a new season

There's no time like the present

Paleontologists discover winged dinosaur
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of what they believe is a four-winged creature that glided from ancient trees above its dinosaur cousins long before two wings took over to power flight.

Healthcare workers debate smallpox vaccine
The needle that delivers smallpox vaccine is only about 3 inches long, with two tiny prongs at one end. But for legions of health care workers nationwide, it symbolizes a complex personal choice.

Judge orders Internet providers to help trace online pirates
WASHINGTON -- Internet providers must agree to requests by the music industry to track down computer users who illegally download music, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case that could dramatically increase online pirates' risk of being caught.

Dogs top Vols in overtime
ATHENS, Ga. - Ezra Williams scored 21 of Georgia's first 23 points in the second half, then Jarvis Hayes took over in overtime as the 19th-ranked Bulldogs beat Tennessee 81-76 Wednesday night.

Williams powers Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - It isn't difficult for Ezra Williams to describe what it's like when all of his shots find the bottom of the net.

Dogs top Vols in overtime

Williams powers Bulldogs

Holtz looks to be more hands-on in 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lou Holtz still will be South Carolina's football CEO, responsible for the program's long-term growth and improvement. But the coach also promises to work as hard next season on the smaller details.

Mississippi St. routs South Carolina

Mississippi St. routs South Carolina
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mario Austin scored 18 points to help No. 22 Mississippi State overcome another sloppy performance and beat cold-shooting South Carolina 64-48 on Wednesday night.

Holtz looks to be more hands-on in 2003

Back-to-back aces can be explained
It could probably only happen at an executive golf course - one of those layouts that is half the yardage of a regulation course because it is built on prime real estate.

Ice block falls from heavens and hits Lawrenceville house

Odds and Ends

NATO's Robertson downplays differences over Iraq

Powell confident U.S. would have support if it had to disarm Iraq

Suspect arrested in Saudi Arabia confesses, wasn't working alone

Iraq: scientists have refused to submit to private interviews with U.N.

Healthcare workers debate smallpox vaccine

Judge orders Internet providers to help trace online pirates

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