Others ahead of Augusta in race for exhibit space
Every year, Macon holds a Christmas Made in the South craft fair. Just like Augusta.

Small-business lender expanding
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Bringing wealth to otherwise overlooked urban neighborhoods is what Capitol City Bank & Trust does.

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.

Others ahead of Augusta in race for exhibit space

Retrieving old files an onerous travail
NEW YORK -- The old Macintosh SE computer had sat collecting dust in my closet long enough.

Ads must use right bait to hook customers

Stocks fall sharply on war fears

Trouble free tax tips

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.

On the move

Ads must use right bait to hook customers
"Why isn't my advertisement working?" That question is asked every day by entrepreneurs who find themselves disappointed when they don't get results.

Financial experts say soldiers should prepare for the worst scenario

Business calendar
Monday: Success Columbia County Style; John Deere Commercial Products; 7:30 a.m.; free; R.S.V.P. to 651-0018.

Pocket change

Trouble free tax tips
WASHINGTON -- Last-minute headaches, missed deductions, possible tax penalties - all are potential hazards at tax time. Here are some tips from the Internal Revenue Service on how to avoid those problems:

Retrieving old files an onerous travail

Georgia Bank & Trust Company reports increase in profit

Business calendar

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.

Financial experts say soldiers should prepare for the worst scenario
NEW YORK - Each week, more troops ship out to the Middle East for a possible war in Iraq.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Goodwill Industries

On the move
Michael T. Parsons has been promoted to national creative director for Fairway Outdoor Advertising, a division of Morris Communications Co. He was previously art director for Fairway. Before that, he was creative director at Red Door Designs Inc. and a part-time graphics instructor at the University of South Carolina.

Clemson hopes to rebound against No. 12 Maryland

Tigers struggle against Terps
CLEMSON, S.C. - Olu Babalola is a pretty good player. His emotional, frenetic style is something any coach would love.

Tigers struggle against Terps

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.

Columbus State women get no respect in poll

Columbus State beats Pacers twice

Augusta State sweeps Marion

Amend protest ordinance

Sanford's sound ideas

Rights bills pushed

Reprimand excessive

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.

Happy holiday
NATAL, Brazil - Marinated prawns, a bottle of beer with ice stuck to it, and surf whispering on dusk-blushed shore: It's what I call the Holy Trinity.

Piece keepers
Ken Patisaul remembers his Aunt Maggie McPherson and the place she lived, Korea, seemed a long way off from his boyhood homes in North Carolina and Augusta.

In the know
Gap casting directors are asking for help via the Internet.

Sundance Film Festival offers sharp portraits of losers and fringe dwellers
PARK CITY, Utah -- This year's Sundance Film Festival was prime-time for sad sacks, including Paul Giamatti as a sour comic-book writer, William H. Macy as Vegas' biggest loser and Peter Dinklage as an anti-social dwarf.

Home front
What color combinations did the Egyptians favor? How about the Victorians? What kind of color choices were inspired by Pucci dresses, impressionist paintings or even Tupperware?

Play skins game this Sunday
Here's some Super Bowl fan fare that's easy to make, that tastes hearty without being a diet disaster, and for which you raid your potato bin.

Change is good when it comes to linens
Dear Carson: Without telling you how often I change the bed linens, could you give me a general rule about how often you should change the linens, i.e. sheets, napkins and towels? My husband says I don't change sheets and towels often enough. - Linen Limbo

Arts calendar
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Super Bowl hazards
It's no secret that Super Bowl Sunday has produced its fair share of horrific injuries. During its 37-year history, professional football's championship game has seen all manner of breaks, sprains, concussions and contusions.

Augusta Futurity schedule

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.

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.

Parsons' project: Get a victory

Johnson weathers her storm

In the lead
Cody DeCordova and Playboys Blu Diamondwill try to keep the lead today in the final of the $50,000 Amateur 4-Year-Old event.

Texan overcomes the cold

First-timer shines in debut
When Bill Freeman purchased Hickorys Candy Man, he was hoping to one day ride the gelding.

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.

Johnson weathers her storm
Remnants of a winter storm that tore across North Carolina turned Rachel Johnson's simple trip from West Virginia to Augusta into an odyssey.

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

Parsons' project: Get a victory
Bret Parsons' full-time job is working as a farmhand in Congerville, Ill.

Morris takes aim at second title

Morris takes aim at second title
Since the Augusta Futurity began in 1980, only one Augustan has won an official event. That man will be vying for his second title this morning.

In the lead

Jackets falter in second half
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's surge was quick but decisive, and Georgia Tech had neither the energy nor the resolve to to overcome it.

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

Jackets falter in second half

Irwin looks for his fourth Skins victory

Golf roundup
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Harrison Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Golf roundup

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.

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.

Frazar, Petrovic tied after two rounds

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Augusta Prep goes cold in stretch

NHL grants Hamister fourth extension to buy bankrupt Sabres

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.

Heatley burns Rangers
NEW YORK -- Dany Heatley thought his second career hat trick couldn't have come at a better place.

Heatley burns Rangers

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.

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.

Thousands across Germany demonstrate against possible war on Iraq
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Thousands of people across Germany demonstrated Saturday against a possible war against Iraq, blocking the road to a NATO base and picketing American facilities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 says world must not shrink from duty in Iraq
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Just days before a crucial report by U.N. weapons inspectors, Secretary of State Colin Powell exhorted world leaders Saturday to ensure that Iraq surrenders its forbidden weapons - or to remove them by force if necessary.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis Saturday:

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.

Allied jets hit anti-aircraft battery
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Allied jets attacked an Iraqi anti-aircraft site Saturday in the southern "no fly" zone in response to "hostile acts" by Iraqi air defenses, the U.S. military said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State legislation stands guard to protect food's reputation
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21
SAN DIEGO -- Just defense, baby!

Gen. Lee an example of character

What does 'Chronicle' call newsworthy?

Coach's resignation saddens athletes

Aiken preservation group too arbitrary

No war unless proof positive of weapons

Support decision to cancel tourney

Arts calendar

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

Happy holiday

Super Bowl hazards

Piece keepers

In the know

Change is good when it comes to linens

ECHL notebook

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

ECHL notebook
East Coast Hockey League president and CEO Brian McKenna delivered a firm and resounding opening statement on the league's landmark decision to make half-shield visors mandatory beginning next season.

Lynx win second in a row

Slapshots
Toledo forward Jeff Johnstone scored a goal in five straight games through Friday, as the Storm have lost just once in their past 10 games (5-1-4) to improve to 28-7-6, tops in the ECHL.

Lynx win second in a row
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andrew Williamson recorded two goals, and Colin Zulianello had 36 saves as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Columbus Cottonmouths 4-2 on Saturday for their second consecutive victory.

Slapshots

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

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

Georgia's colleges log growth in enrollment
As dean of students at Augusta State University, Joyce Jones didn't count on spending time in classrooms.

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.

Ethics package has tough path despite support

Money rolls in easily for Perdue

Georgia's colleges log growth in enrollment

Across the area

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21

Across the southeast

News you can use

Historical markers tell many tales
ST. MARYS, Ga. - While researching her first book, Valerie Goddard wore white cotton gloves, "rode the streets" and used a Global Positioning System device.

Cowboy carnival

Tritium project obtains new plan

Group returns funds to mental health facility

Survey documents species, population on Georgia's coast

Subscriber of the day

Judge rejects appeal by convicted man in race riot slaying

Across Georgia

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

Region lags in group's growth

Region lags in group's growth
The immigration of Mexican workers to the South is changing the face of Georgia's population - and the nation's.

Plea has future of sect in doubt

Subscriber of the day
Roy Boatright of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Across the area

Local soldiers prepare to enter Persian Gulf
Several rows of military tactical vehicles, with hoods raised, awaited their final check Saturday.

Deans Bridge ranks as most perilous road in Augusta statistics

Band scam leads to arrest

New rowers test waters at session

Across South Carolina

Aiken County's sheriff starts last week on job

Nuwaubian leader pleads guilty to child molestation

Aiken County's sheriff starts last week on job
AIKEN - Howard Sellers has been a federal agent, a tracker of serial killers and a small-town police chief.

Gold Dome offers history to visitors

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Dinner theater

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deans Bridge ranks as most perilous road in Augusta statistics
Augustans should watch out when they drive down Deans Bridge Road. It tops the list of the most dangerous roads in Augusta in terms of the number of auto accidents with injuries.

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.

New rowers test waters at session
Joyce Frei figured rowing down the tranquil waters of the Savannah River might be a pleasant diversion from a life of crunching numbers and figuring out statistics.

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.

News you can use
JAN. 26, 1923 Oswell R. Eve, member of the Augusta bar, was elected ordinary judge of Richmond County in yesterday's Democratic primary over C. Gordon Lamback, local businessman and member of the Richmond County Commission, by 547 votes.

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.

Group returns funds to mental health facility
In the midst of a state investigation of an Augusta mental health center, a group with ties to former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams is returning more than $200,000 it was paid for consulting.

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 the southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -An Army paratrooper was killed Saturday in a jump from a helicopter during a training exercise, officials said.

Ethics package has tough path despite support
ATLANTA - Ethics reform is suddenly in vogue at the state Capitol.

Cowboy carnival
Denise Sims makes balloon animals for children during Wrangler Family Fun Night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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

Snow sets stage for coldest weather in more than a decade

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.

Frozen fountain

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.

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

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.

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight

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.

Student awaits trip to Israel

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.

Family, friends fete retiring Sellers

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Sanford's speech light on prescription, promises

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

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plan raises cancer center issue
ATLANTA - In budget discussions last week, it quickly became obvious that, with a $620 million shortfall, no spending project is sacred, especially if it's viewed as a political payoff.

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.

Perdue targets smokers
ATLANTA - On a frigid afternoon, Le Reed steps outside of the Georgia office building where she works and lights a cigarette.

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.

Plea has future of sect in doubt
ATHENS, Ga. - Doctor, reverend, master teacher, rabbi - Dwight "Malachi" York has used those monikers almost interchangeably. As he prepares to assume a new title - inmate - the future of his empire hangs in serious doubt.

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

Across the area
An Augusta man faced obstruction charges Saturday for allegedly swallowing drug evidence.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A federal judge has overturned the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two pupils during a shooting spree 14 years ago at a Greenwood elementary school.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A woman accused of shoplifting $2,100 in clothing tried to change her mind when she saw a police officer.

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.

Guy enjoying dual success
Ray Guy has kicked it around in a few Super Bowls in his days with the Raiders. But the treat he'll enjoy this Super Sunday is even more rare - kicking it back at home in McDuffie County watching his Raiders play for the Lombardi Trophy.

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

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.

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.

Hawks beat Kings, snap losing streak

Hawks put Newble on injured list activate Crawford

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

Columbus State beats Pacers twice
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The powerful Columbus State women dominated USC Aiken 73-49 on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game.

Augusta State sweeps Marion
FLORENCE, S.C. - Ben Butler's 3-point shooting paced Augusta State to a 64-62 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion on Saturday.

For Vegas oddsmakers, the big game is big business

Troy Vincent wins NFL Man of the Year

Overtime the next big issue for NFL

Woodson, James will play Super Bowl on broken legs

Super Bowl matches No. 1 vs. No. 1

As Super Bowl pirates go, no contest between these fans

Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame

Levels of intensity different for Super Bowl coaches

Callahan's calm masks unstoppable drive

Ms. Anna Hall    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Cornelia Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eric Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Jobe Wood    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jerolene Phillips    (LYONS, Ga.)
Mrs. Despina McMahon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Barbara Rhodes    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Reba Richardson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Robinson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Eugene Cody    (MESENA, Ga.)
Mr. Terry Rowe Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Hammons    (ALBANY, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sally Hutchins    (CONROE, Texas)
Mr. Eric Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Anna Murphy    (AIKEN, SC)
Mr. Joel Tutt    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Barton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Adell Salsberry    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mr. Timothy Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Edgar Broome Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. James Foskey    (SCOTT, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Norma Boettcher    (VERONA, Wis.)
Mr. John Martin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Michael Wayne Hendrix
If there was an 18-Wheeler Club of America, Michael Wayne Hendrix surely would have been the president.

Mrs. Paula Messer    (CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Earl Pontoon Sr.    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. Michael Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Rowe Jr.    (FORT MILL, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dave Funderburg    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Glenn Stubbs    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha English    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Girlie Cushman    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. John Martin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Hammons (ALBANY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Despina McMahon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Paula Messer (CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island)

Mr. Timothy Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sally Hutchins (CONROE, Texas)

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

Mrs. Martha English (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn Stubbs (DEARING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Foskey (SCOTT, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerolene Phillips (LYONS, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Hall (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Boettcher (VERONA, Wis.)

Mr. Jobe Wood (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Rhodes (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Salsberry (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Iola Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Richardson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Boyd (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Cornelia Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Boyd (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Barton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Cody (MESENA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Tutt (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Amend protest ordinance
The five Augusta commissioners who blocked changing the city's protest ordinance last week cited a number of reasons:

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.

What does 'Chronicle' call newsworthy?
It never ceases to amaze me what the news media consider newsworthy, and what is not. Chuck Mac Donald, Harlem, Ga.

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.

Rights bills pushed
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is best known for pushing Patients' Bill of Rights legislation, the essence of which would get managed-care bureaucrats out of the business of making medical decisions.

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."

Aiken preservation group too arbitrary
I am writing with regard to the Aiken Historic Preservation Commission. I believe that the goals of the commission are worthy, and I am a proponent of them. Theodore J. Pearson, Aiken, 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.

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.

Coach's resignation saddens athletes
I was deeply saddened to read about the forced resignation of Lee Chomskis as football coach at Evans High School. My sons did not play football for Coach Chomskis, but were involved in baseball. Ruth Thomas, Martinez, Ga.

Overtime

In good company

Panthers finish good day

Mayorga Kos Forrest in third

Forrest's foe plays, hits hard

Legend inspires Forrest

Boxing notebook

Serena Williams beats sister, completes Serena Slam

Area sports announcements

Winter X Games inching closer to mainstream

Vernon's fight draws little media attention

Other sports

Williams sisters win doubles

Forrest trying to gain recognition Olympic teammate has

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.

Mayorga Kos Forrest in third
TEMECULA, Calif. - Three days before his fight against Ricardo Mayorga, Vernon Forrest sat in his hotel suite and declared himself the best welterweight in the world.

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.

Overtime
Natasha Hasting set the national high school 500-meter record with a time of 1:11.24 at the 8th Annual New Balance Games on Saturday.

Panthers finish good day
The day just kept getting better for Lakeside coach Bryan Wells.

Area sports announcements
Saturday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 2: The Atlanta Braves will hold their annual Braves Winter FanFest at Turner Field from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under, and $5 for seniors. Attractions include interactive games, player autographs, and tours of Turner Field, including the clubhouse and museum. For more information, call the Atlanta Braves Foundation Event Hotline at (404) 614-1536.

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.

Vernon's fight draws little media attention
TEMECULA, Calif. - The eyes of sports fans are trained on San Diego today.

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.

In good company
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams has said all along that she's the perfectionist in the family. Now she has a perfect set of trophies from the last four major tennis tournaments.

Boxing notebook
TEMECULA, Calif. - Before he fought Ricardo Mayorga in the main event of Saturday's card at the Pechanga Casino and Resort, Vernon Forrest already was a winner.

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.

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.

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.

Safari guide makes visit to Georgia

Getting the goose
THOMSON - In the light of a frozen dawn, Tom Lewis hammered metal stakes into frost-crusted earth and strung camouflage netting between them.

Outdoors calendar

Safari guide makes visit to Georgia
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Brian Miller spends most weekdays hard at work as a hunting guide in the arid grasslands bordering Africa's Kalahari Desert.

Getting the goose

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

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 basketball scores
Scores from area games

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

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.

Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame
SAN DIEGO -- Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, a day before the team he left during a bitter feud returns to the Super Bowl.

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.

Buccaneers practice in hotel ballroom
SAN DIEGO - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent the day before the Super Bowl working out inside a hotel ballroom instead of a ballpark.

Callahan's calm masks unstoppable drive
SAN DIEGO - Growing up in a working-class Irish community on Chicago's South Side, Bill Callahan learned an early lesson from his policeman father: Keep your mouth shut, and your eyes and ears open.

Levels of intensity different for Super Bowl coaches
SAN DIEGO -- They call Jon Gruden "Chucky," a reference to his striking resemblance to a bloodthirsty doll from a horror movie.

Sunday special: The revenge of 'Bucco Bruce'
SAN DIEGO -- Somewhere, "Bucco Bruce" may be smiling.

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.

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

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.

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.

Guy enjoying dual success

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Internet traffic broadly affected by electronic attack
WASHINGTON -- A fast-spreading, virus-like infection dramatically slowed Internet traffic Saturday, overwhelming the world's digital pipelines and interfering with Web browsing and e-mail delivery.

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

Thomas keys Georgia victory
ATHENS, Ga. - With one of its stars hurting and its opponent eager for validation, Georgia needed to prove what it had inside.

Thomas keys Georgia victory

Damien Wilkins has struggled this year

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

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

Nationwide monitoring system planned for detecting bioterror attack

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

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

Thousands across Germany demonstrate against possible war on Iraq

Army's newest Rangers say they are ready to fight

Powell says world must not shrink from duty in Iraq

Army sending 37,000 more troops to Gulf region

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

White House says time is running out for Iraq

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

Aircraft carriers offer military flexibility

US makes formal request for limited NATO help in Iraq

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

Pentagon orders tens of thousands of military personnel to Persian Gulf

Web wardroom keeps Navy officers, families connected

Saddam says he'll stay to fight

Britain prepares major force for possible Iraq war

Bush warns against inaction on Iraq

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

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

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

Veterans Affairs wants scientists to review nerve gas research

Saddam accuses inspectors of engaging in 'intelligence work'

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

Pentagon plans to increase funding, reorganize special forces units

Key developments concerning Iraq

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

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

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

Bush administration declares Iraq in violation of resolution

Blair says Saddam must be disarmed

UN Security Council adopts new Iraq resolution unanimously

Saddam will get good grade on report card from nuclear agency

Allies say there's no justification now for war

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

Internet traffic broadly affected by electronic attack

Microsoft's Gates pledges better software security

Faith and fellowship calendar

Youth groups unite to help feed hungry

Young painter, younger subjects reflect God's love

Power of faith changes bleak prospects to sweet blessings

Faith digest

Island unto himself