At the movies: 'Darkness Falls'
"Darkness Falls," the new horror flick featuring special effects by Oscar-winning craftsman Stan Winston, is supposed to be dark and scary and make us all jump out of our seats.

Arts notebook
Three things guaranteed to make me sleepy: A hot day, a long car ride and a fine arts fund-raiser.

Concert calendar
THE WAVE: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans; with Canas Revue and Shattered; $3; available at area Christian bookstores and at the door; 860-6573.

Rock stars can be found at museum

Futurity parade to celebrate horses and wagons
The Budweiser Clydesdales, a Conestoga wagon, a chuck wagon and a French wedding carriage will make their way down Broad Street Sunday for the annual Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity Parade.

Redheads have radiated on screen

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

Museum showcases rock 'n' roll history

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'
It's hard not to walk into "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" with the giddy expectations of a bachelorette on "The Dating Game."

Club calendar

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Bourne Identity, Simone, Dinner Rush and Tadpole

Applause calendar

Sunny Garden's buffet teems with succulent delights
Suppose you're stranded in the desert without a bite to eat. If a mirage suddenly appeared, it might well look like Sunny Garden.

Standing ovations

At the movies: 'Darkness Falls'

Video watch

Applause calendar
DAVID COPPERFIELD: 6 and 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; 724-2400.

Futurity parade to celebrate horses and wagons

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

Arts notebook

Redheads have radiated on screen
Less than 5 percent of Americans are born with red hair. It is, genetically speaking, an exotic rarity. Perhaps that's why the screen seems to love a redhead.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Performer isn't just horsing around

Home is where the art is
The drive to decorate is a powerful human instinct. Be it animal totems scrawled in damp caves, celebrity snapshots torn from a magazine and pinned on a pre-teen's wall or the family photographs snaking up the stairway, everyone is an art collector.

Mini reviews

Standing ovations
The National Players will present the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Center, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'

Ramblin' Rhodes: Performer isn't just horsing around
Betty Buckley may have won a Tony Award for playing an elderly cat on Broadway, but her first love is horses.

Home is where the art is

Museum showcases rock 'n' roll history
A sizable slice of Augusta's history has been written in rock.

Concert calendar

Sunny Garden's buffet teems with succulent delights

Rock stars can be found at museum
In a small upstairs gallery at the Augusta Museum of History, a forever-youthful Jimi Hendrix weaves a psychedelic soundsca

Unbearably cold weather is hard to come by

Stocks higher as investors remain wary about war, economy

Stocks higher as investors remain wary about war, economy
NEW YORK -- Investors still wary about war and the economy bought stocks selectively Thursday, rewarding tech companies after positive earnings from Texas Instruments but making few other commitments.

Georgia Bank & Trust Company reports increase in profit

Groups discuss new year

Business briefs

30-day notice of 401(k) blackouts required by government
WASHINGTON -- Starting next week, about 40 million Americans invested in 401(k) plans must get 30 days' notice when their employers want to block access to the accounts for administrative changes.

Stocks fall sharply on war fears

Groups discuss new year
While 2002 was a slow year for the economy, the Augusta and Columbia County chambers of commerce remained busy with internal changes, officials said Thursday at the groups' joint membership meeting.

Georgia Bank & Trust Company reports increase in profit
The parent company of Augusta's largest locally owned bank ended 2002 with a 31.8 percent increase in profits from the previous year.

Exchange Club replaces longtime fair operator
The local carnival company behind more than four decades of Augusta Exchange Club fairs has been replaced.

Business briefs
The Internal Revenue Service has pulled together answers to the most common tax questions in a single document, Publication 17,Your Federal Income Tax.

Stocks fall sharply on war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street slid to its lowest levels in three months Friday, as war anxieties and a brokerage downgrade of insurance giant American International Group sparked fears of a faltering economy in the coming months. The Dow Jones industrials dropped about 240 points.

Business briefs
Need a copy or transcript of your prior year's federal tax return? Each can be requested through the Internal Revenue Service's Form 4506.

Clemson hopes to rebound against No. 12 Maryland
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson could've spent the past three days crying about how it was cheated, how all critical calls and situations went against the team in the final moments of a 60-59 loss at Florida State this week.

Clemson awaits word from league

Clemson awaits word from league
Clemson assistant men's basketball coach Bobby Hussey said Thursday the team had yet to hear from Atlantic Coast Conference officials regarding referees' calls near the end of Tuesday's 60-59 loss at Florida State.

Clemson hopes to rebound against No. 12 Maryland

Columbus State women get no respect in poll

Sanford's sound ideas

Reprimand excessive

Futurity fun begins

Ornery Europeans

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- Pat Sajak will be taking a spin as host of a new talk show.

Cedric the Entertainer to host Image Awards, despite uproar over jokes
LOS ANGELES -- The NAACP chose Cedric the Entertainer to host its upcoming Image Awards show despite his jokes in the film "Barbershop" that angered some black leaders.

Fishing report

Fishing report
The Augusta area is experiencing its first true winter in years and the resulting frigid weather and high winds have put a stop to most fishing.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Schedule and ticket information
24th Augusta Futurity at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Morning events start at 8 a.m.

Cutting explained
The Augusta Futurity is a cutting-horse show, where a rider and horse try to "cut" a cow out of a herd of cattle and then attempt to prevent its return to that herd.

227...and counting
Pete Branch's record run might last forever.

Eight isn't enough

Bigger and better
Pete May wanted to kick the Augusta Futurity's first weekend up a notch.

Carriages, Clydesdales will be on display Sunday

Augusta Futurity schedule
24th Augusta Futurity at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Morning events start at 8 a.m.

Bull riding highlights opening day

2003 Champions club
Champions Club list for 2003

Bigger and better

Carriages, Clydesdales will be on display Sunday
If there's just one thing to know about the 13th annual Augusta Futurity parade it's this: the Clydesdales are coming.

Last year's champs

Eight isn't enough
The all-time champion in Augusta Futurity history added to his prestige in 2002.

Texan overcomes the cold
Donna Goett knew this would happen. In fact, she told her husband, Keith, two years ago if she came to Augusta there would be terrible weather.

Two share lead after $50,000 first round
Kayo Welles tossed and turned in his bed the night before the 24th annual Augusta Futurity began.

227...and counting

Bull riding hits it big
If there was any doubt bull riding would make it as part of the Augusta Futurity, there's not anymore.

Schedule and ticket information

Augusta Futurity schedule

Bull riding highlights opening day
The 24th annual Augusta Futurity begins at 8 this morning with the first of two amateur events - but it's tonight's World Championship Bull Riding event that has everybody abuzz.

Last year's champs
Here's a list of all the 2002 Augusta Futurity champions:

Texan overcomes the cold

Watching out for the birds
Eulalie Gibbs had a special visitor last week. He flew in from the West Coast, a little later than the last time he arrived outside a window at her home in North Augusta.

Plants need tender care when inside
Q: I have several plants that I leave on my patio during the growing season, but I bring them in my house during the winter. They always wind up looking terrible. Can you give me any tips?

Watching out for the birds

Plants need tender care when inside

Jackets on verge of breaking out
ATLANTA - Chris Bosh thinks Georgia Tech is just one big win from jump-starting its season.

Jackets on verge of breaking out

Frazar, Petrovic tied after two rounds
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- First-round leader Harrison Frazar remained in good position to get his first PGA Tour victory when he birdied the next-to-last hole Friday to share with Tom Petrovic the second-round lead in the Phoenix Open.

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament

Frazar, Petrovic tied after two rounds

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Harrison Frazar tied his best PGA Tour score with a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to open a two-stroke lead over John Huston and David Toms after the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Irwin looks for his fourth Skins victory
WAILEA, Hawaii -- With victories in his last three trips to the Championship Skins Game, there's no doubt that Hale Irwin is the one to beat Saturday.

Irwin looks for his fourth Skins victory

Prep boys basketball statistics

Prep basketball scores

Prep girls basketball statistics

Players of the week

Augusta Prep goes cold in stretch

Marshall's plan working out

Molony commits to Presbyterian
For Kevin Molony, the choice was easy.

Thrashers rally to tie Senators

Thrashers put McEachern on IR, recall Farkas
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers put forward Shawn McEachern on injured reserve Thursday and recalled forward Jeff Farkas from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

NHL grants Hamister fourth extension to buy bankrupt Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL granted Mark Hamister his fourth and what could be his final extension on Friday to complete the conditional purchase of the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres.

Thrashers rally to tie Senators
ATLANTA - Brad Tapper scored with 3:49 left in regulation and the Atlanta Thrashers atoned for their worst loss of the season, tying the Ottawa Senators 3-3 on Thursday night.

Thrashers put McEachern on IR, recall Farkas

NHL grants Hamister fourth extension to buy bankrupt Sabres

U.N. inspectors in Iraq use helicopters for first time to expand search for banned weapons
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. arms experts used helicopters for the first time Tuesday in their search for banned weapons in Iraq, while inspectors on the ground visited at least six sites, including a missile factory and a cancer research center.

Allies say there's no justification now for war
UNITED NATIONS -- France, Germany, Russia and China have made it clear they will not be rushed by Washington's timetable for war against Iraq, despite threats by the White House to move against Saddam Hussein without their approval.

Huge U.S. troop reinforcements arriving in gulf kept out of sight
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- American troop reinforcements come to Kuwait daily in the biggest military buildup in the region since the Gulf War - but it's hard to tell.

Veterans Affairs wants scientists to review nerve gas research
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Veterans Affairs Department said he will ask researchers to investigate possible links between sarin gas and symptoms seen in Persian Gulf War veterans after a study found the nerve gas affected behavior and organ functions in laboratory mice.

Saddam says he'll stay to fight
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Brushing aside any hint of compromise, Saddam Hussein proclaimed Friday that Iraq is ready for war with the United States and warned that his enemies would face "suicide" at the gates of Baghdad.

FBI searches for Iraqi spies, terror cells in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The FBI is questioning as many as 50,000 Iraqis living in the United States in a search for potential terrorist cells, spies or people who might provide information helpful to a U.S. war effort.

Aircraft carriers offer military flexibility
ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN -- With Middle Eastern countries reluctant to host U.S. warplanes, a new front could be taking shape: the biggest concentration of American aircraft carriers since the Gulf War.

Iraq's improved biological weapons a serious threat, officials say
WASHINGTON -- Biological weapons are among the few capabilities Iraq has improved since being defeated by a U.S.-led coalition in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, government officials say.

Pentagon plans to increase funding, reorganize special forces units
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to give its elite commando units a greater role in fighting the war on terrorism and will provide more money, equipment and troops to special operations forces, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.

Aircraft packs a punch that may loom large in an Iraq war
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Its official name is the AC-130. Some call it simply the Big Gun. Packed with a unique combination of airborne firepower, it is one of the most fearsome warplanes.

Administration weighs supporting additional weapons inspections
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is weighing the option of extending U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq as it moves closer to the Europeans' go-slow approach.

Britain to send land force of 26,000 troops to Gulf
LONDON -- Britain will send a land force of 26,000 troops, about a quarter of its army, to the Persian Gulf region in preparation for possible military action against Iraq, Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said Monday.

Blair says Saddam must be disarmed
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair stuck by his stance toward Iraq in the face of strong anti-war sentiment in Britain, saying Monday that Iraq must be disarmed by force if it does not get rid of weapons of mass destruction.

Army sending 37,000 more troops to Gulf region
WASHINGTON -- The Army is sending its most modern combat division to the Persian Gulf region and the Navy is dispatching two aircraft carriers to join two others already within striking distance of Iraq, officials said Tuesday.

UN Security Council adopts new Iraq resolution unanimously
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday giving weapons inspectors the muscle they need to hunt for illicit weapons in Iraq. The vote was a major victory for the United States and started a countdown toward disarmament or war.

Bush warns against inaction on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush expressed frustration Tuesday with allies reluctant to wage war against Iraq, saying Saddam Hussein has been given "ample time" to disarm and pledging anew to bind with like-minded world leaders to confront Baghdad.

Greek physicist is key to U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- When the top U.N. arms experts were in town, Demetrius Perricos put on a suit and a tie and slipped into anonymity, lurking quietly in the background as his bosses took center stage. But appearances can be deceiving.

Britain prepares major force for possible Iraq war
LONDON -- Britain, which has staunchly backed the United States' tough stance on Iraq, now is matching its political support with a huge military force that will be ready for war in weeks.

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For two months, they were on the move constantly, ate little and slept less, pushed to near physical and mental exhaustion as they navigated the rigors of the Army Ranger School.

Pentagon calls up largest number of guard and reservist since start of terror war
WASHINGTON -- More than 20,000 national guard and reservists reported for active duty this week as the Pentagon continued its buildup for a possible war with Iraq.

Web wardroom keeps Navy officers, families connected
NORFOLK, Va. -- When Lt. Cmdr. Michael Crockett was promoted to executive officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Porter, he naturally sought advice from fellow officers on other ships.

Pentagon orders tens of thousands of military personnel to Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of American troops and dozens of warships will head to Persian Gulf in the coming weeks as the Pentagon puts forces in place to make war on Iraq, defense officials say.

Powell to U.N.: Time to stand up to Saddam Hussein
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary of State Colin Powell implored other nations Monday to face up to Saddam Hussein, saying the world body "must not shrink" from its responsibility to disarm Iraq.

TV coverage plans for weapons inspectors' presentation to U.N.
Chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei are expected to present reports on their work to the United Nations Security Council on Monday at an open meeting expected to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST.

TV networks plan for a war that may - or may not - come
NEW YORK -- There are times when Eason Jordan, CNN's chief of newsgathering logistics, can relate to the generals preparing for a possible war in Iraq.

Iraq shoots down U.S. unmanned drone
WASHINGTON -- Iraqi aircraft shot down a U.S. unmanned surveillance drone over southern Iraq on Monday, American military officials said.

U.N. inspectors find empty chemical warheads during bunker search in southern Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An inspection team searching bunkers in southern Iraq on Thursday found 11 empty chemical warheads that Iraqi officials had not declared to the United Nations, a U.N. spokesman said. Iraq insisted that it had reported the rockets, which it said were old and never used for chemical weapons.

Camp Lejeune ordered to send Marines to Persian Gulf; three ships also ordered deployed
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- About 7,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune and soldiers and fighter pilots from North Carolina bases will leave soon for the Persian Gulf region in advance of possible war in Iraq, officials said Friday.

White House says time is running out for Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday he has seen no evidence that Saddam Hussein is disarming, and warned that "time is running out" for him to do so.

Nationwide monitoring system planned for detecting bioterror attack
WASHINGTON -- The government is adapting environmental monitors scattered across the nation to detect bioterrorism, hoping they will provide early warning if smallpox, anthrax or other deadly germs are released into the air.

Bush administration declares Iraq in violation of resolution
WASHINGTON -- Iraq is in "material breach" of a U.N. disarmament resolution, Secretary of State Colin Powell declared Thursday in a finding that could set the United States on a course toward war with Saddam Hussein.

US makes formal request for limited NATO help in Iraq
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The United States formally asked for NATO limited help Wednesday in case of war with Iraq.

Saddam will get good grade on report card from nuclear agency
VIENNA, Austria -- Saddam Hussein will get a "quite satisfactory" grade for cooperating with nuclear inspectors who will brief the U.N. Security Council on Monday, and the United States is weighing the option of extended inspections to reassure anxious European allies, officials said.

Saddam accuses inspectors of engaging in 'intelligence work'
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Saddam Hussein accused U.N. inspectors of engaging in "intelligence work" instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in Iraq.

Iraq says U.N. asks for more interviews with scientists
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Under U.S. pressure to make scientists available, Iraq said Friday the United Nations had asked to interview three more Iraqi scientists this weekend.

Joint chiefs chairman: US military now ready for war against Iraq
WASHINGTON -- U.S. military forces in the Persian Gulf region are prepared now for a war against Iraq but could wait for months at a high state of readiness if necessary, the military's top officer said Wednesday.

Iraq's neighbors would prefer a weakened Saddam to the chaos of his removal
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Iraq's neighbors prefer to live with a weakened Saddam Hussein, even one with weapons of mass destruction, rather than endure the chaos and economic devastation they fear a war to overthrow him would unleash.

Looking to Iraq, military robots focus on lessons of Afghanistan
SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- In future wars, robots may drop from the sky by the hundreds from unmanned aircraft, swarming like giant insects over battlefields in coordinated, terrifying assaults.

Coalition drops leaflets warning Iraqis not to repair air defenses
WASHINGTON -- Allied aircraft dropped leaflets over Iraq's southern no-fly zone again Friday, telling Iraqis to tune in to American radio broadcasts and warning military forces not to repair air defenses that are being targeted for destruction.

Russia, France and China issue joint interpretation of Security Council resolution
The following is a joint statement issued by Russia, China and France outlining their interpretation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1441 on Iraq, which was adopted Friday.

German foreign minister urging Baghdad to cooperate with U.N. inspectors
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Germany's foreign minister on Friday echoed Iraq's neighbors in urging Saddam Hussein to cooperate with U.N. arms inspectors, but he said Germany was concerned about the risks of U.S. military venture.

U.S. defenses against biological attacks have major holes, military officer says
WASHINGTON -- The United States has some serious holes in its defenses against the kind of biological weapons the military assumes Iraq has, the Army's top biological defense expert said Wednesday.

Unbearably cold weather is hard to come by
It's early on a frosty morning, and I'm wondering: What's the coldest you've ever been?

Cold causes few problems for Columbia County
Thursday's and today's below-freezing temperatures did not appear to cause any major problems other than a few frozen water pipes in some Columbia County schools.

Pet fees are reasonable

Post offices don't adhere to ADA

Readers overreact with criticism of 'The Boondocks'

Gen. Lee an example of character

No war unless proof positive of weapons

Rowland has hands-on experience

Bible passage probably misinterpreted

City commissioners are not divided

Support decision to cancel tourney

Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was

Cedric the Entertainer to host Image Awards, despite uproar over jokes

Entertainment briefs

Lynx road report

Lynx cool down Inferno
COLUMBIA - Augusta's Josh St. Louis scored twice and the Lynx got a goal apiece from five others as they blasted the Columbia Inferno 7-1 for a rare road victory.

Augusta Lynx Road Report

Augusta Lynx Road Report
Today: at Columbus Cottonmouths, Columbus Civic Center.

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Columbia Inferno, Carolina Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

Matricardi resigns position in S.C. GOP after indictments
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of South Carolina's Republican Party leaders resigned Thursday after he was indicted on federal charges involving eavesdropping on conference calls among Democratic legislators last year.

Lawmakers promise to fix predatory lending law

Judge rejects appeal by convicted man in race riot slaying
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A prosecutor in the case of two white men convicted in the slaying of a young black South Carolina woman during the 1969 race riots in York did not unduly influence jurors when he said "thou shalt not kill" during his closing statement, the trial judge ruled, rejecting a motion to reverse the conviction.

Frozen fountain

Medicaid will impact doctors, nursing homes, lawmakers told
ATLANTA -- The director of the agency that manages state health programs warned Georgia lawmakers Thursday that some doctors may be forced to close their doors and some nursing homes may fold because of budget cuts proposed by the governor.

Tritium project obtains new plan

Onion farmers plow to thaw crops
Vidalia onion farmers are plowing their fields to lessen the impact of this week's hard freeze.

Across South Carolina

Simulators assist students learning to treat patients

Nuwaubian leader pleads guilty to child molestation

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know where the teachers are at recess at the Columbia County schools. I have a fourth-grader, and all they do is fight during recess.

Survey documents species, population on Georgia's coast

Student told to change Confederate flag shirt
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Eighth-grader Kelly Bokern says wearing a shirt combining the image of the Confederate flag and South Carolina's palmetto flag has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with free speech.

Subscriber of the day

Student awaits trip to Israel
Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Mark LaVine will soon go from the cushy digs of his prep-school classroom to the military training fields of Israel.

Sanford's speech light on prescription, promises

Tritium project obtains new plan
Construction on the tritium facility is about 25 percent complete. The project is expected to be finished by 2005. Start-up testing is slated to begin in 2006; initial tritium production is set for July 2007.

Judge rejects appeal by convicted man in race riot slaying

Open or closed? Transportation votes spark controversy

Columbia County delays taking bids to build new facility until funding arrives

SNOW: Blast of winter brushes area with only minimal flurries

Student awaits trip to Israel

Retired senator Thurmond returns to Edgefield

Family, friends fete retiring Sellers

Fill site holds barred material

Gold Dome offers history to visitors

Open or closed? Transportation votes spark controversy
ATLANTA -- A routine vote on transportation board members turned into a debate on open government in the Legislature on Thursday, as Republicans fought to end the tradition of voting by secret ballot.

Across the Southeast

Warm havens help homeless
If not for the generosity of St. James Methodist Church on Thursday night, Michael Roland would be keeping warm inside an abandoned building or a cardboard box, he said.

Across the area

Snow sets stage for coldest weather in more than a decade

Dinner theater

Survey documents species, population on Georgia's coast
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Buffeted by 30 mph, ice-cold winds that whipped waves into froth and slammed sand into their eyes, a small band of college students scoured the Jekyll Island shoreline in a mission strictly for the birds.

News you can use

4 officers learn sign language as job aid
Solving a crime can be difficult when an investigator has problems communicating with a victim, witness or suspect.

Bush Sr. rewards teachers
CLAXTON, Ga. - After establishing a cash-awards program for outstanding teachers with $40,000 of his own money, Jack Guy wanted a celebrity to help hand out the first checks.

Nuwaubian leader pleads guilty to child molestation
EATONTON, Ga. -- The leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors pleaded guilty Friday to 77 counts of sex crimes against children.

Lawmaker proposes 'Choose Death' plates
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After a federal judge ruled the state's "Choose Life" license plate was unconstitutional because there was no forum to provide the opposing political viewpoint, a Republican lawmaker devised his own compromise - a "Choose Death" tag.

School plans fee increase

News you can use
Work began yesterday on the new stadium and ballpark at Allen Park when Ashley V. Howell, the president of the Howell Construction Co., for whom the contract for the construction of an all-wood and steel grandstand was let by council Monday night, and his crew of workmen, together with the city engineer, staked off the grounds for the foundation of the huge project.

Cancer web concept is progressing

Dinner theater
As part of the Georgia Heritage Celebration, the Augusta Museum of History will hold a dinner theater Feb. 6. It will feature Elizabeth Nelson-Walpert as Emily Tubman in James Garvey's one-woman dramatization, Good Measure, Running Over.

Charleston, S.C., again alone atop best-mannered cities list
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Not to be impolite, but so much for Bronx charm.

Family, friends fete retiring Sellers
Howard Sellers, with his wife, Marilyn Sellers, (center), admires the sword Capt. Bobby Wilson (right) presented him as a going-away present.

News you can use

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.

Cold causes few problems for Columbia County

Frozen fountain
An icy lion pours water from his frozen den at the fountain on Ninth Street bulkhead in Augusta. Friday's chilly weather had caused icicles to form on the fountain, located near the riverwalk.

Across the area

Band scam leads to arrest
AIKEN - Something was rotten, but it wasn't the fruit. The fruit, in fact, never arrived.

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Lillie A. Lockwood of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Lawmakers promise to fix predatory lending law
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers from both parties pledged Thursday to rework the Georgia's Fair Lending Act, which is scaring some lending companies out of the state.

Gold Dome offers history to visitors
ATLANTA - The opening of the Georgia General Assembly each January draws a host of lawmakers, lobbyists and political die-hards back to the Gold Dome of the state Capitol.

Authorities charge drug dealer with felony murder in death of client
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A convicted drug dealer has been charged with felony murder after one of his customers died from allegedly overdosing on the dealer's cocaine.

Across the area
A disorderly conduct charge against a local preacher was retired Friday when the arresting officer neglected to come to court.

Retired senator Thurmond returns to Edgefield
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Retired U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond has returned to his hometown, according to a close family friend.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, still the focus of a lengthy federal investigation into City Hall corruption, is moving to Florida to join a law firm.

Police seek forger of payroll checks
Police are looking for a man who pocketed $5,000 in one day from cashing counterfeit payroll checks at Augusta banks.

Money rolls in easily for Perdue

Cold weather - even without snow and ice - will close schools
ATLANTA -- Even though roads are expected to be clear of snow, sleet and ice Friday, schools around Georgia will be closed because of brutal cold.

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight

Charleston, S.C., again alone atop best-mannered cities list

Confessions from alleged burglar needed no prompting
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - A South Carolina man might be a burglar, but at least he's honest.

Columbia County delays taking bids to build new facility until funding arrives
Columbia County residents will have to wait at least an extra six months to check out books from the county's new main library.

Across the area
Dustin and Dana Swafford, the Hephzibah parents accused of raising their daughter in a filthy home, were returned to Augusta on Thursday.

Perdue sets aside Saturdays to meet with ordinary people
ATLANTA - For people who've always wanted to tell the governor a thing or two, the chance has come.

Across South Carolina
ST. GEORGE -A man charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of his 6-year-old autistic son has surrendered to police.

Officers find suspected meth lab
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Neighbors of a Tybee Island couple watched as authorities removed equipment suspected to be part of a methamphetamine lab from the couple's home and led the couple away in handcuffs.

Across Georgia
MACON -A Georgia man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for phoning a bomb threat against Vice President Dick Cheney at a speech in Macon.

Judges seek election reform
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia probate Court judges who were denied the chance to run in nonpartisan elections are trying a different tact.

Caution lessens freeze's damage
The Augusta area seemed to be prepared for Thursday night's low temperatures, so the frigid weather caused mainly minor problems, officials said.

Across the Southeast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -The principal of a Jacksonville middle school has asked parents to meet with teachers next week and discuss a rising trend of pupils wearing rebel flag clothing.

Whistle-blower is now aide
A Democratic whistle-blower who accused former state Sen. Charles Walker of improperly soliciting contributions from lobbyists has been hired to work as an aide for the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Money rolls in easily for Perdue
ATLANTA - Sonny Perdue couldn't raise $5 million during 18 months as a candidate for governor but hauled in $1.3 million in just eight weeks as governor-elect, according to figures his staff released Friday.

Across South Carolina
DENMARK -Denmark, a rural community of about 3,300, could face bankruptcy because it owes more than half a million dollars and has no money to repay the debt, city officials say.

Sanford's speech light on prescription, promises
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A week after his inauguration, Gov. Mark Sanford's agenda and actions provoked criticism from a handful of legislators who could be key to getting his proposals through the Legislature.

Board gets new member
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District elected a businessman from Effingham County on Thursday to represent the sprawling district on the State Transportation Board.

Snow sets stage for coldest weather in more than a decade
As people across South Carolina were digging out from the unexpectedly large amount of snow dumped on the state, a blast of arctic air brought a bitter chill.

Icy temperatures imperil state's Vidalia onion crop
Georgia's multimillion-dollar Vidalia onion crop is in jeopardy from exposure to freezing temperatures as an arctic cold front moves into Georgia, agriculture officials said Thursday.

Matricardi resigns position in S.C. GOP after indictments

SNOW: Blast of winter brushes area with only minimal flurries
Thursday's brief snowstorm in the Augusta area came with the usual questions for a Southern city that rarely gets a glimpse of the white stuff.

Warm havens help homeless

Budget cuts hit Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's president told Augusta alumni Thursday night that state budget cuts didn't slow growth in 2002, but the school won't be so lucky this year.

Across Georgia

Simulators assist students learning to treat patients
After a car wreck, Georgiana Moore lies on a gurney with a fractured pelvis, a broken right leg, and a small bleed in her brain after she briefly lost consciousness.

Confessions from alleged burglar needed no prompting

Cancer web concept is progressing
As the different pieces are being rapidly pulled together, the Athens-Augusta bid to develop a cancer network is beginning to form a picture of a sprawling network that will stretch from Elbert to Barrow to Johnson counties.

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For two months, they were on the move constantly, ate little and slept less, pushed to near physical and mental exhaustion as they navigated the rigors of the Army Ranger School.

Correction
The route for the Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage Parade was incorrect in Wednesday's edition of the Carolina Chronicle and Thursday's edition of Richmond County Neighbors. Please see the Augusta Futurity special section in today's editions of The Augusta Chronicle for the correct parade route.

Perdue sets aside Saturdays to meet with ordinary people

News you can use
JAN. 24, 1938 Eleven hours after he answered a call to a Broad Street address, an Augusta taxi driver reported to his company early this morning that he had been kidnapped, robbed and left bound in a river swamp near Greenville, S.C.

Correction

School plans fee increase
USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman will present his proposed budget to Ways and Means committee members at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Student told to change Confederate flag shirt

Fill site holds barred material
Fill material placed on commercial property off Lewiston Road in Columbia County contains asphalt that must be removed, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Icy temperatures imperil state's Vidalia onion crop

Judge allows teen's release
AIKEN - The second of two Aiken Middle School pupils who plotted to shoot up their school received probation from an Aiken County Family Court judge Thursday.

Cold weather - even without snow and ice - will close schools

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know where the teachers are at recess at the Columbia County schools. I have a fourth-grader, and all they do is fight during recess.

Immigration officers find illegal aliens on Navy ship

Bush Sr. to visit Georgia school
CLAXTON, Ga. - You won't see a banner in downtown Claxton announcing his arrival.

Bush Sr. to visit Georgia school

Perdue sets aside Saturdays to meet with ordinary people
ATLANTA - For people who've always wanted to tell the governor a thing or two, the chance has come.

Authorities charge drug dealer with felony murder in death of client

Schrenko will get pension
ATLANTA - Former state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko will qualify for her full state pension after all.

Band scam leads to arrest

Snow reaches across state as front brings record cold
Some of the coldest weather in more than a decade rushed into South Carolina on Thursday behind a fast-moving storm system that dumped snow from the top of Table Rock to the Spanish moss in Beaufort.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Reginald Johnson of Augusta.

Immigration officers find illegal aliens on Navy ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Immigration officials have discovered dozens of illegal aliens working on the USS John F. Kennedy as the aircraft carrier undergoes renovations at North Florida's Mayport Naval Station.

Commercials share Super stage
You've heard the one about the guy going to a boxing match and seeing a hockey

Brooke Gordon wants sensitive materials from husband's rivals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lawyers for Jeff Gordon's wife have subpoenaed sensitive materials from his competitors to use in their divorce case, another team told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Brooke Gordon wants sensitive materials from husband's rivals

Jordan readying himself for last game in Chicago

Hawks beat Kings, snap losing streak
ATLANTA -- For one night, at least, the Atlanta Hawks didn't look so foolish for guaranteeing a spot in the playoffs.

Jordan readying himself for last game in Chicago
CHICAGO -- Deep down, beneath that famous competitive fire, Michael Jordan is just an old softie.

Hawks beat Kings, snap losing streak

Hawks put Newble on injured list activate Crawford
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks put guard Ira Newble on the injured list Friday and activated forward Chris Crawford.

Hawks put Newble on injured list activate Crawford

Alabama tries to stop fall from grace
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 with a bullet, No. 15 with a whimper.

Columbus State women get no respect in poll
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

For Vegas oddsmakers, the big game is big business

Raiders not wimps on defense, Bucs not buffoons on offense

Overtime the next big issue for NFL

As Super Bowl pirates go, no contest between these fans

Super Bowl matches No. 1 vs. No. 1

Woodson, James will play Super Bowl on broken legs

Big Brother takes over security at Super Bowl

Troy Vincent wins NFL Man of the Year

Featured obituary: Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.
Augusta lost a significant piece of its entertainment history with the death of Thomas Hodges Sr.

Mrs. Jerolene Phillips    (LYONS, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mrs. Alfrezer Youmens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Obilee Rhodes Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Brown    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Rowe Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Cornelia Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Rowe Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Barksdale    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Williams    (CAMAK, Ga.)
Mr. Stevie Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Michael Wayne Hendrix
If there was an 18-Wheeler Club of America, Michael Wayne Hendrix surely would have been the president.

Mr. Dennis Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha English    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sally Hutchins    (CONROE, Texas)
Deacon William Hill Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Reba Richardson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lamar Osborne    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Grace Henderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. May Auel    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Timothy Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Susan Thomas    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Alice Mulherin
Alice Mulherin's life centered on her family.

Mr. Willie Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lil Caudle    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Norma Boettcher    (VERONA, Wis.)
Mrs. Sarah Barton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Girlie Cushman    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Timothy Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dave Funderburg    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Glen Delaware    (HELENA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eric Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Girlie Cushman    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Rhodes    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Crane-Finch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Robinson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Ollie Collins    (McBEAN, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herlie Charlton    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Miss Rebecca White    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joel Tutt    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeannie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Dave Funderburg    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Andy Evans    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
Mr. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Norma Boettcher (VERONA, Wis.)

Mr. Dave Funderburg (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Girlie Cushman (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Collins (McBEAN, Ga.)

Mr. Andy Evans (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Cornelia Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alfrezer Youmens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Barksdale (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Henderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Glen Delaware (HELENA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lil Caudle (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric Miller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Obilee Rhodes Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally Hutchins (CONROE, Texas)

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

Mr. Joel Tutt (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Susan Thomas (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Girlie Cushman (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Walker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Crane-Finch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerolene Phillips (LYONS, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.

Mrs. Barbara Rhodes (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Barton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Richardson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. May Auel (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Funderburg (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha English (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Brown (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Osborne (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Boyd (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Herlie Charlton (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Baynham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Stevie Jackson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Rowe Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeannie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Rebecca White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Pet fees are reasonable
In response to Larry Johns' Jan. 9 letter, "Don't punish responsible pet owners," I understand his perspective, but I have a much different one. Julie Phillips, Augusta

Sanford's sound ideas
In his first State-of-the-State Address earlier this week, South Carolinians got their first significant taste of what it will be like under a Gov. Mark Sanford administration: a Spartan government brought on by the state's budget crisis. But a better government if the legislature will just "give me the tools."

City commissioners are not divided
Mayor Bob Young and The Augusta Chronicle have it all wrong when they say our city commissioners are divided, and that the mayor got 52 percent of the white vote and Ed McIntyre got 48 percent of the black vote. You would be surprised how many whites voted for Mr. McIntyre. Grady Brown, Augusta

Readers overreact with criticism of 'The Boondocks'
I keep reading complaints from readers about The Boondocks and other cartoons. What amazes me is the harsh attitude and statements and the thinly veiled threats of canceling subscriptions if they don't get their way. Jim Gunn, Keysville, Ga.

Gen. Lee an example of character
In March of 1861, newly elected President Abraham Lincoln had just taken office. By then, Southern secession was well under way. Mr. Lincoln already knew he'd decide to raise an army large enough to invade the South and force it back into the Union. Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Ornery Europeans
Good for Secretary of State Colin Powell. He skipped diplomatic niceties in confronting France's obstructionism in trying to disarm Iraq. The secretary rightly noted that France isn't serious about facing up to Iraq's defiance of the United Nations.

Post offices don't adhere to ADA
How long will the Columbia County post offices in Evans and Martinez continue to violate the mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Futurity fun begins
Every year the Augusta Futurity gets bigger and better, and this - the 24th year of the exciting event which starts a 9-day run today - promises to be no exception.

Reprimand excessive
Not only will the Augusta Commission not give City Administrator George Kolb the authority to hire and fire, they didn't, in Kolb's view, give him the opportunity to defend himself before dumping a letter of reprimand in his personnel file.

Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was
I would like to enlighten Dr. Charles T. Lockett (Jan. 15 letter, "Lott and John C. Calhoun compared") to a scoundrel who was not half the statesman John C. Calhoun was. Lee Herron, North Augusta, S.C.

Support decision to cancel tourney
Isn't it easy to question the validity of a decision after all the facts are known and an event has passed? David and Bonnie Annis, North Augusta, S.C.

Bible passage probably misinterpreted
Concerning Daru Ib-Shamiq's Jan. 14 letter, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand," theologians are greatly divided about the interpretation of Exodus 21:22-25. One common and very reasonable interpretation, however, treats the unborn as human. Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

Rowland has hands-on experience
The time is approaching when voters of Aiken County will decide who they want for sheriff. We will go to the polls and vote, either for our buddy or for the person most qualified to head the department. This decision will be easy for me, because the person most qualified has been a friend for over 20 years. Robert E. Boswell, Bath, S.C.

No war unless proof positive of weapons
President George W. Bush is quite fortunate to have so much of the American public behind him regarding the war against terrorism, and we truly do need to protect ourselves against future terrorist acts, but it is very important that we do nothing to make our country and its people more of a target. Deborah Brown, Aiken, S.C.

Major comeback keeps 'Serena Slam' bid alive

Winter X Games inching closer to mainstream

Legend inspires Forrest

On second thought, Forrest changes mind

Bill would place High School League under state control

Overtime

Forrest trying to gain recognition Olympic teammate has

Forrest fights for belt

Serena Williams beats sister, completes Serena Slam

Williams sisters win doubles

Forrest's foe plays, hits hard

Other sports

Commercials share Super stage

Williams sisters win doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Williams sisters teamed up for an Australian Open title a day before they played against each other for the singles championship.

Bill would place High School League under state control
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Upstate lawmaker has proposed the state Education Department oversee the South Carolina High School League, but a department spokeswoman says it has no interest in running high school athletics.

Winter X Games inching closer to mainstream
ASPEN, Colo. -- When ESPN created the X Games in 1995, critics laughed and parents scoffed. They said anything with boards, wild flips and strange terminology couldn't be a sport and the competitors weren't really athletes.

Forrest fights for belt
TEMECULA, Calif. - Boxing analysts have slowly begun to climb the soapboxes and scream to the fans.

Forrest's foe plays, hits hard
TEMECULA, Calif. - Everything needed to know about Ricardo Mayorga's personality was on display after he won the biggest fight of his career.

On second thought, Forrest changes mind
TEMECULA, Calif. - Club manager Lee Espinosa stood near the boxing ring in the Coachella Valley Boxing Club on Thursday and looked at the clock on the wall.

Major comeback keeps 'Serena Slam' bid alive
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Amid a flurry of errors, Serena Williams hung her head and stared at her racket.

Serena Williams beats sister, completes Serena Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Slam or Sister Slam - no matter what you call it, Serena Williams is truly grand.

Overtime
A casino is close to a deal that would bring a WNBA team to Connecticut.

Other sports
Augusta State Athletics will honor the late Pat Mulherin, a longtime supporter of Jaguar basketball, as part of the "Cram the Christenberry Fieldhouse" promotion Jan. 29 game when Augusta State plays host to Columbus State.

Legend inspires Forrest
TEMECULA, Calif. - When Vernon Forrest looks at Evander Holyfield, he doesn't see a declining, 40-year-old fighter who's career has entered the 12th and final round.

Forrest trying to gain recognition Olympic teammate has
PECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. -- Vernon Forrest has such fond memories of training for the Olympics that he goes back to the Olympic gym in Colorado Springs to get ready for his big fights.

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

Prep girls basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep girls basketball players.

Augusta Prep goes cold in stretch
The scoreboard might have shown an 11-point win for Westminster, but the game was much closer than that.

Prep boys basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep boys basketball players.

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

Marshall's plan working out
The necklace hangs just over Greenbrier guard Eric Marshall's practice jersey and, for him, it means the world.

Last-second shot sinks Lady Rebels
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Strom Thurmond Lady Rebels overcame a six-point deficit in the last two minutes of regulation Friday night against Keenan, but lost 56-54 in overtime on a last-second layup.

Raiders not wimps on defense, Bucs not buffoons on offense
SAN DIEGO -- Hey, Super Bowl fans, the Oakland Raiders are not wimps on defense and the Tampa Bay Bucs are not buffoons on offense.

Vick, Holmes to miss Pro Bowl
Add Michael Vick and Priest Holmes to the list of stars who will miss the Pro Bowl.

Sting, Twain, No Doubt headline halftime show
SAN DIEGO -- The Super Bowl halftime show will be a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll.

Big Brother takes over security at Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- The armored military trucks and camouflaged soldiers are gone. This Super Bowl looks more like a football game than the military staging ground it resembled last year.

Troy Vincent wins NFL Man of the Year
SAN DIEGO -- Cornerback Troy Vincent of the Philadelphia Eagles is the 2002 winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Island unto himself
Tikhon "Tom" Brandner bounced over bridges only inches wider than his "all-terrain" golf cart, stopping to toss handfuls of feed for geese into the ponds and creeks of his private Aiken County retreat, Prayer Island.

Youth groups unite to help feed hungry
The message is simple: empty soup pots mean empty stomachs.

Faith digest
What do preacher Tony Evans and the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games have in common? Singer-songwriter Allen Levi performed with both.

Young painter, younger subjects reflect God's love
Though some of Anna O'Keefe's pupils were so young they mispronounced her name, she was struck by their simplicity and humility.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

Power of faith changes bleak prospects to sweet blessings
A few years ago, after much prayer, I knew God was calling me to the mission field of Haiti for a six-month service project.

Woodson, James will play Super Bowl on broken legs
SAN DIEGO -- Charles Woodson still possesses the grit of a four-time Pro Bowler, though some other things have changed.

As Super Bowl pirates go, no contest between these fans
OAKLAND, Calif. -- They're a menace to society, an armor-plated horde in silver and black. They're loud and lewd. And they're devoted to the Oakland Raiders, win or lose.

Super Bowl matches No. 1 vs. No. 1
SAN DIEGO -- For all the intriguing matchups through 36 Super Bowls, the one that never occurred was No. 1 vs. No. 1. On Sunday, that changes.

Overtime the next big issue for NFL
SAN DIEGO -- The Super Bowl could be decided by a coin flip.

For Vegas oddsmakers, the big game is big business
LAS VEGAS -- Deep inside The Mirage hotel-casino, far from the stadiums, Robert Walker scanned the 38 TVs in his office during the NFL's conference championship games last weekend.

Microsoft's Gates pledges better software security
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is pledging to continue improvements to security in his company's products, part of a high-stakes campaign to convince large customers that Windows software is safe.

Power supply transplant
Tigger noticed it first. Just back from our daily walk, he should have been carefully supervising my preparation of his dinner. Instead, he was staring at the PC tower, ears up and cocked to one side, the way dogs do when something is out of whack.

Damien Wilkins has struggled this year
Georgia men's basketball coach Jim Harrick calls it getting lost in the game.

Dogs hope Jackson follows Gibson's path

Dogs hope Jackson follows Gibson's path
ATLANTA -- Former Ware County standout Fred Gibson surprised Florida and Georgia two years ago when he changed his mind at the last minute and signed a scholarship with the Bulldogs.

Lady Dogs rout Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alexis Kendrick scored 20 points and Kara Braxton added 18 as No. 24 Georgia defeated Alabama 77-47 Thursday night for the Lady Dogs' seventh straight win.

Damien Wilkins has struggled this year

Lady Vols top Gamecocks

Lady Vols top Gamecocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson scored 18 points and reserve Shanna Zolman added 13 as No. 4 Tennessee beat No. 15 South Carolina 97-78 Thursday night.

Casino close to deal with WNBA
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP)- A casino is close to a deal that would bring a WNBA team to Connecticut.

Nationwide monitoring system planned for detecting bioterror attack

Britain to send land force of 26,000 troops to Gulf

Iraq's improved biological weapons a serious threat, officials say

Aircraft carriers offer military flexibility

Saddam will get good grade on report card from nuclear agency

Veterans Affairs wants scientists to review nerve gas research

Powell to U.N.: Time to stand up to Saddam Hussein

Army sending 37,000 more troops to Gulf region

Saddam says he'll stay to fight

UN Security Council adopts new Iraq resolution unanimously

Iraq's neighbors would prefer a weakened Saddam to the chaos of his removal

White House says time is running out for Iraq

TV coverage plans for weapons inspectors' presentation to U.N.

US makes formal request for limited NATO help in Iraq

Pentagon orders tens of thousands of military personnel to Persian Gulf

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight

FBI searches for Iraqi spies, terror cells in U.S.

Web wardroom keeps Navy officers, families connected

Saddam accuses inspectors of engaging in 'intelligence work'

Britain prepares major force for possible Iraq war

Aircraft packs a punch that may loom large in an Iraq war

Looking to Iraq, military robots focus on lessons of Afghanistan

U.S. defenses against biological attacks have major holes, military officer says

Bush administration declares Iraq in violation of resolution

Allies say there's no justification now for war

U.N. inspectors in Iraq use helicopters for first time to expand search for banned weapons

Bush warns against inaction on Iraq

Huge U.S. troop reinforcements arriving in gulf kept out of sight

Camp Lejeune ordered to send Marines to Persian Gulf; three ships also ordered deployed

Pentagon plans to increase funding, reorganize special forces units

TV networks plan for a war that may - or may not - come

U.N. inspectors find empty chemical warheads during bunker search in southern Iraq

Iraq says U.N. asks for more interviews with scientists

German foreign minister urging Baghdad to cooperate with U.N. inspectors

Joint chiefs chairman: US military now ready for war against Iraq

Blair says Saddam must be disarmed

Russia, France and China issue joint interpretation of Security Council resolution

Greek physicist is key to U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq

Power supply transplant

Microsoft's Gates pledges better software security

Power of faith changes bleak prospects to sweet blessings

Young painter, younger subjects reflect God's love

Youth groups unite to help feed hungry

Faith digest

Island unto himself

Faith and fellowship calendar