Pacers win home opener
AIKEN - The USC Aiken Pacers opened up their baseball season Saturday with a 7-1 win against the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at J.H. Satcher Field.

Saturday shootout
May, Graham and Barth were the team's top three hitters last year. ... James had the team's best ERA and had a 25 to 6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. ...

Expectations run high as new season begins
For Augusta State and USC Aiken, it's Catch-22 playing baseball in the Peach Belt Conference.

Pacers win home opener

Jaguars split doubleheader

Saturday shootout

Jaguars split doubleheader
Augusta State sophomore Alan Cannell pitched six solid innings as the Jaguars split an opening-day doubleheader with Carson-Newman, winning the first game 4-3 and dropping the second, 8-2.

Expectations run high as new season begins

Comiskey Park to become U.S. Cellular Field

Comiskey Park to become U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO -- Comiskey Park's name is being changed to U.S. Cellular Field under a deal that will pay the White Sox $68 million over 20 years.

Being a parent has a lifelong learning curve

Business briefs

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC

On a roll

What's in a name? Potentially, a sizable profit
PHILADELPHIA - It's been about 20 years since Westinghouse Electric made its last light bulb, but the name still shines bright with consumers.

Consumer spending, incomes up in December

New chairwoman makes plans for chamber

Pocket change

Business briefs
On Friday, Aiken-based Security Federal Corp.,parent company of Security Federal Bank, announced a three-for-two stock split in the form of a 50 percent stock dividend plus a 2 cent per share quarterly cash dividend.

Government contracts can give business an edge
The recent revelations about nepotism and favoritism involving contracts last year at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport are enough to make small businesses think twice about doing business with the government.

Troops make stop at sperm bank
Kate Howell is used to dealing with cancer patients about to undergo chemotherapy.

Restaurants spend millions to create right atmosphere
LEBANON, Tenn. - David Dearmon's mission: fashion a turn-of-the-century Cracker Barrel country store and restaurant from the bare interior of a new building in Jacksonville, Fla.

On a roll
The story began in Flint, Mich., in 1956.

Stocks, economic and earnings news mixed

On the move
The Hunter Maclean law firm recently announced the addition of Judith M. Becker as partner in the Augusta office

What's in a name? Potentially, a sizable profit

Troops make stop at sperm bank

Government contracts can give business an edge

New chairwoman makes plans for chamber
John Felak estimates that he attended 100 meetings, ribbon cuttings and breakfast functions during his year as chairman of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

Restaurants spend millions to create right atmosphere

Stocks, economic and earnings news mixed
NEW YORK -- Bargain hunters emerged Friday on Wall Street, sending stocks sharply higher after two weeks of heavy selling had brought the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 900 points. The Dow rose more than 100 points.

On the move

Consumer spending, incomes up in December
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, lured by a flurry of end of year free-financing deals on cars, boosted their spending in December by 0.9 percent, the largest increase in five months, providing a helping hand to the struggling economic recovery.

Big Four await big day
In three days, college football coaches everywhere will announce that they've just signed the best recruiting class anywhere.

Banks caps off college career at Hula Bowl

Banks caps off college career at Hula Bowl
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Brad Banks' trip to the Hula Bowl was a lot like his journey through college football. It took a long time to get to his destination, but it was well worth the wait.

Referee's error caps Lady Jags' bizarre victory

Paine's mistakes lead to close loss

Lady Pacers rout Senators

Our debt to Columbia

Augusta black history

Pass day-care bill

Encourage marriage

Own up to mistake over forgotten R.S.V.P.
Dear Carson: Someone sent me an invitation requiring an R.S.V.P. I completely forgot to respond, nor did I attend the event. What can I possibly do to make amends without looking like an utter fool and dingbat? Should I lie and make up an excuse, i.e., "I didn't get the invitation or that I broke my arm"? - Forgot and at Fault

Home front
Poll after poll shows that most of us are spending less time than ever cleaning our homes. We're busy. We'd rather be doing something else. Our standards have slipped.

In the know
If you or a neighbor, friend or family member have a spectacular culinary specialty, then The Augusta Chronicle wants to hear from you.

Downtown revisited
There are wooden lifts under the front legs of the bookcase because the floor is so uneven. But roommates Cassie Zahn and Jennifer Davis don't mind.

Outlook is dim for Savannah Symphony
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A group of gifted local musicians did something they haven't been able to do for a while earlier in January.

Glorious Gascony is rich in food, medieval history
SEMPESSERRE, France - Halfway through the holidays, I realized that the gastronomic temptations of Gascony were formidable. My wife suddenly gave me the nickname "Creme Brulee."

Wild at heart
There's an African oasis inside Robert and Inge Merle's unassuming Jones Creek home.

Arts calendar
AUGUSTA FUTURITY: Cutting horse competition through today, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $2-$15.50, $40 general admission gold ticket; www.augustafuturity.com; tickets at civic center box office, Ticketmaster outlets or call 828-7700.

Futurity Open winner shatters record

Futurity Open winner shatters record
Just after he made history, Tag Rice took a deep breath, composed himself and bought a sports drink.

Oklahoman wins on her second ride
Bucki James proved three horses were better than one in the Classic Non-Pro final Friday night.

Rapp's early run wins

Mare delivers Texan's first Augusta win
Matt Gaines and Nu I Wood never could put together that impeccable week in the Augusta Futurity.

Gaines surprises field in Futurity

Rapp's early run wins
Mary Ann Rapp played with her 19-month-old son, Ryan, in the stands. She gave the tot a ride on her horse.

Oklahoman wins on her second ride

Gaines surprises field in Futurity
Past champions were making noise in the Futurity Open second go-round Friday afternoon, but a cowboy seeking his first win here istopping them all.

Taking their bow
Scott Brown brought in the American flag for the opening ceremonies of Finals Night at the 24th annual Augusta Futurity.

Taking their bow

Georgia Tech gets 16 verbal commitments before signing day
ATLANTA - As he nears the end of his first full recruiting season in Division I, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey admits

Jackets feel right at home
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech players chalk it up to comfort. A short and simple answer to the Yellow Jackets' two-faced approach to their home and road games.

Jackets hammer Cavaliers
ATLANTA - Giving up seven inches and more than 50 pounds, Jarrett Jack refused to back down after getting fouled hard by Virginia center Nick Vander Laan late in Georgia Tech's 80-60 victory over the Cavaliers.

Georgia Tech gets 16 verbal commitments before signing day

Jackets hammer Cavaliers

Jackets feel right at home

Golf roundup
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Tim Herron shot 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to open up a four-stroke lead in the Bob Hope Classic.

Herron's 61 gives him share of lead

Golf roundup

Herron's 61 gives him share of lead
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Tim Herron, putter in hand, was in the zone .

Irwin shares lead in MasterCard golf
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Hale Irwin began his quest to repeat as the top player on the Champions Tour by taking a share of the first-round lead Friday in the MasterCard Championship.

Football commitment list

Players enlist outside help

Butler tops Cross Creek

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Players enlist outside help
When Brian Smith prepared to graduate from North Augusta in 1987, the football recruiting process, for him, was nearly non-existent.

Football commitment list
Commitments for Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina

East-West matchup has distinct Northern flavor
SUNRISE, Fla. -- With the NHL All-Star game back in an East vs. West format, attention is surprisingly focused on the North.

Wickenheiser is first woman to score a goal in men's league
HELSINKI, Finland -- Canadian Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to score a goal in a men's pro hockey game, sending a backhander past goaltender Antti Kauhanen on Saturday.

East-West matchup has distinct Northern flavor

Blues, minus Pronger, lead Central at break

Blues, minus Pronger, lead Central at break
ST. LOUIS -- A wrist injury that might cost captain Chris Pronger the entire season was supposed to shove the St. Louis Blues back into the pack.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Reviving Iraq's oil empire a top U.S. goal for post-Saddam period
WASHINGTON -- If getting Saddam Hussein is the top priority in a war with Iraq, protecting the country's oil fields is not far behind.

Inspectors to return for Baghdad meeting
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The chief U.N. weapons inspectors will return to Baghdad on Feb. 8 for last-minute talks before their next Security Council report on the hunt for banned weapons in Iraq, Iraqi and U.N. officials said Saturday.

War in Iraq could be quick and decisive
NEW YORK -- An attack on Iraq could well result in a quick U.S. victory with minimum casualties, but there is also a possibility of disastrous consequences, from mushroom clouds to a Muslim world in rage and turmoil.

Gulf War veterans try to prepare inexperienced troops for the reality of combat
ABOARD THE USS AUSTIN -- Gulf War veterans have some advice for the untried troops who may face combat for the first time: Stick to your training. It's OK to be scared.

Bush, Blair review timetables for diplomacy, war
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday he would welcome a second U.N. resolution on Iraq but only if it led to the prompt disarming of Saddam Hussein. Pushing for a new resolution, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called confronting Iraq "a test of the international community."

Amphibious Navy takes Marines where they want to go
When the order comes to "Send in the Marines!" the so-called "bus drivers" swing into action.

Buildup of U.S. forces in Gulf is designed for maximum flexibility
WASHINGTON -- The number and type of American forces assembling in the Persian Gulf region suggest that their commander, Gen. Tommy Franks, has designed the buildup to maximize his flexibility.

Iraq to take over rotating chairmanship of Conference on Disarmament
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq will take over the leadership of the world's top disarmament forum on March 17 - earlier than expected, the United Nations announced Friday.

US steps up psychological warfare campaign in southern Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is escalating its psychological warfare campaign in Iraq as part of a broader effort to stir dissent among Iraqi soldiers and undermine ordinary Iraqis' allegiance to President Saddam Hussein.

Being a parent has a lifelong learning curve
I spent years in Sunday school, grade school, high school and college and didn't learn half what I've learned in nine years of fatherhood, which marks its official anniversary this morning with my son's birthday.

Local man connected to Columbia astronauts
Fort Discovery Chairman Joe Edwards circled the world with one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia. He trained in Houston with three of the crew members and knew all six of the Americans aboard.

NASA loses contact with shuttle, declares emergency
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA declared an emergency and feared the worst after losing communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship and its seven astronauts soared over Texas several minutes before its expected landing Saturday.

Superintendent : Parents have a chance to soothe children first
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke advises parents to talk to their children about the Columbia space shuttle tragedy before sending them back to school Monday.

Texas residents report seeing trails in sky and hearing loud noises
DALLAS -- Residents of north Texas heard "a big bang" Saturday about the time the space shuttle Columbia disappeared on its way to a landing at Cape Canaveral.

Unborn are as valuable to God as adults

Appreciates generosity from others

Democrat 'crossovers' messed up

Support military regardless of feelings about war

Diversity creates weakness

Lincoln letter fanatical

Bone-marrow drive hits home

Democrats have changed very little

Glorious Gascony is rich in food, medieval history

Wild at heart

In the know

Outlook is dim for Savannah Symphony

Downtown revisited

Own up to mistake over forgotten R.S.V.P.

Arts calendar

Augusta hangs on for a win
WHEELING, W.Va. - Andrew Williamson scored twice and set up Jim Shepherd on the game-winner - all in a six-minute span - as the Augusta Lynx got three first-period goals and held off the Wheeling Nailers for a 3-2 victory Friday night.

Cincinnati crowns Lynx on the road
Ryan Gaucher netted a pair of goals and registered three assists to lead the Cincinnati Cyclones past the Augusta Lynx, 5-4.

Augusta Lynx road report

ECHL notebook

Augusta hangs on for a win

ECHL notebook
Looking for advice on how to run a pro hockey franchise into the ground?

Augusta Lynx road report
Augusta Lynx vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena.

Augusta Lynx road report
Today: vs. Lexington Men O'War, Rupp Arena, 7 p.m.

ECHL slapshots

ECHL slapshots
Peoria forward Greg Day has tallied a plus-17 rating and 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists in his past 10 games. Subsequently the Rivermen (31-10-3) have gone on a 9-0-1 tear to pull into a first-place tie with Toledo in the Northwest Division.

Augusta Lynx road report

Farewell for our soldiers

Former credit union manager charged with fraud

News you can use
Judge W.T. Gary handed down many sentences yesterday in Superior Court. Among them, Artie Cain was found guilty of horse stealing and recommended for mercy as a misdemeanor or trespass punishment. He was given six months on the chain gang or a fine of $75.

Schools chief tells parents to soothe pupils

Augusta Common prepares for Founder's Day
Nearly 267 years after he founded Augusta, there's not a single street named after Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe in the city.

Texans share memories of crew members

Justice pushes indigent defense
ATLANTA - The General Assembly should act this year to begin overhauling Georgia's underfunded indigent-defense system, Chief Justice Norman Fletcher told lawmakers Friday during the annual State of the Judiciary address.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -As her husband leaves his legendary career in public service, Nancy Moore Thurmond is joining Clemson University in a statewide fight against addiction.

Corrections

Another DaimlerChrysler subsidiary coming to S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina may have missed out on a $700 million van plant and its 3,000 jobs last year, but DaimlerChrysler continues to invest in the state, announcing Thursday that a subsidiary will locate in North Charleston.

Fraud case ends in discharge
A staff sergeant implicated in a military credit-card fraud scheme at the Army hospital at Fort Gordon lost his career and pay Friday.

Corrections
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.'s plan to purchase WFXG-TV (Channel 54) should have said the purchase will be made by the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Southeastern Media Holdings Inc.

Across the southeast

Red Cross still investigating mysterious blood specks; some surgeries canceled in Atlanta area

Saturday Academy
Ruben Garnett fingers a zeze, an ancient African instrument, during Saturday Academy at Lucy C. Laney Museum.

Show draws dealers from across the country

Across the southeast
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -A police officer and his superior were reprimanded and ordered to undergo training for neglecting to notify the family of a man found dead in a motel.

Correction

Symposium promotes trees as runoff reduction agents
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah's trees are beautiful, no doubt. But when Larry Coffman looks at them, he sees lost opportunity. The city's trees could do more to reduce storm water runoff, he said.

State ethics commission tells former senator not to break disclosure laws
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The state Ethics Commission ruled Friday that the former state Senate Majority Leader violated disclosure laws when he failed to reveal his positions in nonprofit groups that received state grants.

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Officers charge man in assault
An 18-year-old Aiken man was in serious condition Saturday night after being shot and robbed, and one of his friends is suspected in the crime.

Candidates for sheriff share files
AIKEN - Neil Britt, one of two Democratic candidates for Aiken County sheriff, was fired in 1996 from his job as a Williston police officer for pursuing a fleeing driver outside town limits.

Texas residents report seeing trails in sky and hearing loud noises

Students learn through robotics
AIKEN - Thirty students are halfway through building a robot that will compete in a regional and perhaps even a national competition.

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.

Farewell for our soldiers
Marines of the 2nd Direct Support Detachment get a send-off at the Naval and Marine Reserve Center.

Leader of American Legion voices concerns
The national commander of the American Legion was in Augusta on Friday to address issues veterans face because of federal government cuts to medical benefits.

Audit condemns Schrenko's term

Students get to spend day in shadows of MCG staff
It took Jennifer Ogden 16 years to get back to the neonatal intensive care unit at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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Saturday Academy

Local man connected to Columbia astronauts

Tip leads to 6th slaying suspect
HINESVILLE, Ga. - An anonymous tip pointing authorities to Ohio has led to the capture of the final suspect in the November slaying of a Hinesville man.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday after a disturbance at a local liquor store led to an attack on police.

Across South Carolina
Two accidents near Hatcher Funeral Home on the Aiken-Augusta Highway sent more than seven people to the hospital Friday night, officials said.

Ex-astronaut remembers classmates
Fort Discovery Chairman Joe Edwards circled the world with one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia. He trained in Houston with three of the crew members and knew all six of the Americans aboard.

Across Georgia

Auction rounds out Futurity
Jim and Pam Bowman came from Aiken on Saturday to see a number of horses strut their stuff on the floor of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Locals express their sympathies

Health center's contracts draw state scrutiny
Hefty contracts with outside vendors at an embattled Augusta mental health center are drawing attention from state officials at several levels.

Across the area

Across the area

Augusta Common prepares for Founder's Day

Red Cross investigating blood contamination

Across South Carolina

Former credit union manager charged with fraud
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A former credit union manager has been charged with fraud after police said she stole $83,000 from the company in four years.

Symposium promotes trees as runoff reduction agents

Pie toss rewards pupils

Georgia lawmakers head into unchartered waters

NASA loses contact with shuttle, declares emergency

Sanford names Gandolfo special liaison to DMV
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- J.T. Gandalfo, chairman of the Division of Motor Vehicles Task Force organized by Gov. Mark Sanford, has been appointed a special liaison to the troubled agency.

News you can use

Red Cross investigating blood contamination
ATLANTA -- Hospitals in Georgia and northern Florida were warned Friday to temporarily stop using some blood from the American Red Cross because it was feared contaminated with mysterious white particles.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Leader of American Legion voices concerns

Show draws dealers from across the country
AIKEN - Within each corridor at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Saturday was another piece of history, another unraveling mystery.

Williams supports review of license
Former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams said he encourages an attorney general's review of $150,000 that a south Georgia hospital paid him to get it a state license.

Students learn through robotics

Officials, workers map out city plans

Superintendent : Parents have a chance to soothe children first

Candidates for sheriff share files

Justice pushes indigent defense

Sanford names Gandolfo special liaison to DMV

Across the area
DOUGLASVILLE -Former Sen. Charles Walker, who was defeated in November, escaped punishment by the State Ethics Commission on Friday on three separate complaints because the commission concluded that all but one were included in a case one year ago.

Locals express their sympathies
As news of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy spread across the nation Saturday, many federal agencies lowered the American flag to half-staff to honor the dead.

S&P agrees to resume rating mortgages
An agreement reached late Friday to amend Georgia's Fair Lending Act has elicited a promise from Standard & Poor's to continue rating mortgages in the state, said Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta.

Texans share memories of crew members
LUBBOCK, Texas - Space shuttle Columbia had just passed over the Texas Panhandle - home to shuttle commander Col. Rick Husband and pilot Cmdr. Willie McCool - when communication to mission control was lost.

Officials, workers map out city plans
Crimes will be prosecuted more aggressively. Fires will be fought and prevented by better-trained firefighters.

Astronaut's father reacts to the crash
As the father of NASA astronaut and pilot Susan Still Kilrain, Dr. Joseph M. Still of Augusta prefers to describe his daughter's dangerous work as pioneering.

Chorale auditions
Auditions for the Augusta Children's Chorale will be Feb. 22, March 1 and May 3.

Schools chief tells parents to soothe pupils
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke advises parents to talk to their children about the Columbia space shuttle tragedy before sending them back to school Monday.

Act supports affordable housing
AIKEN - A state law that could save South Carolina businesses thousands of tax dollars, while also bolstering local economies, has gone largely unnoticed since it passed in 2000, officials with the South Carolina Department of Commerce said this week.

News you can use
FEB. 2, 1953 A. Brian Merry, one of Augusta's most prominent citizens, died yesterday after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at St. John Methodist Church.

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Red Cross still investigating mysterious blood specks; some surgeries canceled in Atlanta area
ATLANTA -- Health officials on Saturday tested white particles found in donated blood to determine what they are and where they came from, although they weren't considered to be dangerous.

Ex-astronaut remembers classmates

Williams supports review of license

Lawmaker gets call from Coast Guard
ATHENS, Ga. - Portions of Jackson and Barrow counties lost their representation in the state House this week, after District 25 Rep. Chris Elrod was deployed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Fraud case ends in discharge

Audit condemns Schrenko's term
ATLANTA - Mismanagement and questionable spending were commonplace at the state Department of Education under former Superintendent Linda Schrenko, according to a state audit released Friday.

Audit finds mismanagement in state Education Department
ATLANTA -- An audit released Friday found the state Department of Education riddled with financial problems, including mishandling state contracts and federal grant money.

Across Georgia
JONESBORO, Ga. - A Clayton County jury acquitted a teenager of murder in the robbery and ax killings of her grandparents at their Ellenwood home in January 2000, but convicted her on a lesser charge of theft.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers

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Jim Schroeder is today's subscriber of the day.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A man suspected of illegally taking more than $630,000 from 18 Georgia residents who thought they were making solid investments has turned himself in.

Pie toss rewards pupils
CLEARWATER - There was a huge food fight in Clearwater Elementary's cafeteria on Friday, and the administrators lost.

Correction
Clyde Ward, a Savannah River Site engineer who is working with Aiken students on a robotics project, was misidentified in a story in the Carolina edition of Saturday's Augusta Chronicle.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers

Health center's contracts draw state scrutiny

Georgia lawmakers head into unchartered waters
ATLANTA - It didn't take Gov. Sonny Perdue long last week to put his finger squarely on what's different about the "new day in Georgia," his fall campaign slogan.

News you can use

Astronaut's father reacts to the crash

Gamecocks' loss an obscene look at life
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was the sorriest performance - not just of this season, but of any season.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.

New cars shine early at Rolex

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- After months of pondering the contract offer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided he needed some advice.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- After months of pondering the contract offer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided he needed some advice.

New cars shine early at Rolex
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Security tight for first Israeli astronaut's space flight

Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates into flames over Texas, killing all seven astronauts aboard

Historic shuttle mission off to safe start

Six Americans, one Israeli aboard space shuttle Columbia

Final radio transmission between Columbia and Mission Control

The in-flight crew escape system

Columbia's problems began on left wing, the same wing where debris hit it during liftoff

Former astronaut John Glenn, others react to apparent shuttle accident

Officials say no immediate information that terrorism involved

Residents of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas saw trails in sky and heard loud noise

Columbia was heaviest, oldest of NASA's four space shuttles

Bush says no shuttle survivors: "We can pray they are safely home"

Debris from shuttle strewn across east Texas; cleanup teams deployed

Israeli astronaut brought joy, then familiar sense of dread to a troubled country

Timeline of last flight of space shuttle Columbia

About the orbiter thermal protection system

World leaders express condolences after space shuttle Columbia tragedy

First Indian-born woman in space was modern heroine in her homeland

President Bush's speech

Atlanta popular with players, but not its own

Atlanta popular with players, but not its own
ATLANTA -- Vlade Divac calls Atlanta one of his favorite NBA cities. There are plenty of delectable restaurants, an abundance of nightlife and an ample supply of warm, sunny days to spend on the golf course.

Referee's error caps Lady Jags' bizarre victory
The cheeks of Clayton State coach A.C. McCullers were beet red, as his eyes bulged from their sockets and his jaw appeared to come unhinged.

Lady Pacers rout Senators
AIKEN - Jen Kennedy scored a career-high 27 points, and Sarah Kendrick recorded a double-double as USC Aiken beat Lander 90-77 at The Courthouse on Saturday to snap its three-game losing streak.

Paine's mistakes lead to close loss
This misery has become all too familiar for Paine.

Newcomers get notice with first-time Pro Bowl selections

NFL draft order

Bucs sign 10 free agents

Mr. Harvey Williams Jr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Dale Slusher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sidney Kelly    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Malik Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelina Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Bernice Rearden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mable Newman    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. John Hardeman    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances McKellar    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
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Whether it was lawn mowers, trucks, air conditioners or door locks, if it needed fixing, you could count on Marvin Davis to repair it.

Mr. Cornell McDaniels Sr.    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Lee Way Jr.    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Keith    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Lois Page    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eudora Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eudora Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Gresham    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Clifton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stier    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lynda Hadden    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Widener    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bethel Green    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Vernon Durand Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Widener    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Robinson Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Sammie Devereaux    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Randall    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. David Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Kern    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Emelina Caride    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB    (OMAHA, Neb.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Shuman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Brown    (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)
Mrs. Catina Jackson    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Miss Rachelle Hadden    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Boney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Gagne    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Boerstler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Vernon Durand Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Bennefield Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Silas    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. James Addison    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emelina Caride    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Harvey Williams Jr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Brooklyn Whitaker    (DERAING, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Babcock    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia Bargeron    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Vernon Durand Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lynda Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lee Way Jr. (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Newman (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Williams Jr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Brooklyn Whitaker (DERAING, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Boerstler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sidney Kelly (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Silas (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Brown (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Brown (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)

Mrs. Bethel Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bennefield Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Addison (VIDALIA, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Rearden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB (OMAHA, Neb.)

Mrs. Mary Clifton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Boney (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Wilson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Devereaux (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Randall (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Robinson Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Emelina Caride (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Wright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Gagne (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Kern (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Widener (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Babcock (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Dale Slusher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eudora Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Hardeman (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Miss Rachelle Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catina Jackson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Widener (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Page (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Flora Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cornell McDaniels Sr. (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Durand Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelina Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terrance Rouse (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Bliss (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Keith (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Williams Jr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gresham (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stier (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Shuman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Malik Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Greenbaum: Why a new performing arts center?
THERE IS A public groundswell in many quarters in Augusta for a new downtown performing arts center. Not only is this coming from the public but also from business leaders and university people, who see this as one of the most effective ways to compete with similar size cities for the best in entertainment, to attract tourism, industry, as well as new faculty recruits to our colleges.

Quoted scripture taken out of context
This regards a Jan. 14 letter written by Daru Ib-Shamiq, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand." He claims the Bible through its Mosaic law does not see an unborn child as a human being.Sonja Kline, Ft. Gordon, Ga.

'It got out of hand'
"You could not turn on the television or the radio or really go to the mail safely without my mug being all over. It was too much. I was doing it for good friends, doing it for people who had supported me in the past, and I felt

Support military regardless of feelings about war
This is in response to Larry Jarrett's letter on Jan. 22, "Saddam will call president's bluff." President George W. Bush followed the U.N. resolution to the letter. He did not "fold his hand," unlike some other president we had. Chris Rich, Augusta

Greenbaum: Why a new performing arts center?
THERE IS A public groundswell in many quarters in Augusta for a new downtown performing arts center. Not only is this coming from the public but also from business leaders and university people, who see this as one of the most effective ways to compete with similar size cities for the best in entertainment, to attract tourism, industry, as well as new faculty recruits to our colleges.

Democrat 'crossovers' messed up
After reading in The Chronicle what our newly elected governor is about to do, I laughed. I knew it was coming. Cynthia J. Smith, Wrens, Ga.

Democrats have changed very little
In his Jan. 14 letter, "Bush administration destroying U.S. economy, reputation," Carroll C. Kenny writes, "I cannot believe the irrational statements made by Republican letter writers." Richard T. Banks, Augusta

Pass day-care bill
Jackie Boatright is proving that one person can make a difference. She also hopes that as a result, no other Georgia mother will have to experience the same tragic ordeal she's undergoing.

Augusta black history
The reason February was declared Black History Month in 1976 is because history as taught in the U.S. largely overlooked the contributions of black people in the development of this great country. Taking one month out of the year to focus on African-Americans' achievements is just a way of playing catch-up.

Encourage marriage
When President Bush first proposed taking $300 million out of the billions spent on federal welfare to promote marriage, it was greeted with enormous enthusiasm by most Americans. Why? Because studies inside and outside the government show that marriage is the best protection against child poverty and the best way to raise emotionally healthy children.

Our debt to Columbia
If video had been available for centuries rather than only decades, humanity would have recorded too many nightmarish sights to remember.

Diversity creates weakness
Many today think we should applaud diversity. We say, "our strength is in our diversity." That is not true; our strength is in our freedom to rise to the highest level we can in any endeavor. Lon Purvis, Martinez, Ga.

Appreciates generosity from others
As an employee of Augusta's Salvation Army, I am in the fortunate position of witnessing small miracles almost daily. Little compares, however, to the overwhelming outpouring of generosity that I witnessed during our Christmas assistance program. Ericka Mitchell, Augusta

Bone-marrow drive hits home
My daughter, Robin Towe, is a native of Aiken but currently lives in Nashville, Tenn. She was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is one of the individuals recognized at the Dec. 14, 2002, bone-marrow drive as needing a future transplant. Jim Roach, Aiken, S.C.

Lincoln letter fanatical
Lee Herron's letter on former President Abraham Lincoln (Jan. 24, "Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was") is an enigma. One cannot figure out if he is a raving fanatic still fighting the Civil War or just plain witless. Anyone who compares Mr. Lincoln with Adolf Hitler falls in both categories. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Quoted scripture taken out of context
This regards a Jan. 14 letter written by Daru Ib-Shamiq, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand." He claims the Bible through its Mosaic law does not see an unborn child as a human being. Sonja Kline, Ft. Gordon, Ga.

'It got out of hand'
"You could not turn on the television or the radio or really go to the mail safely without my mug being all over. It was too much. I was doing it for good friends, doing it for people who had supported me in the past, and I felt

Unborn are as valuable to God as adults
In claiming on Jan. 14 that the Bible neither condemns abortions nor treats the unborn as living human beings, letter writer Daru Ib-Shamiq ("Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand") appealed to Exodus 21:22-25 in the authorized version: "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."Frank Hutto, Augusta

Sport just a day's work for Dunaway

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Local officials say they stress fairness over meeting quotas

Area sports announcements

Snowboarders rule at the Winter X Games

New team team like warm reception

The grind of tennis tour has worn on Chang

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Snowboarders rule at the Winter X Games
ASPEN, COLO. -- Between the flying motorcycles, crashing snowmobiles and contorting skiers, there's plenty of action to go around at the Winter X Games.

Local officials say they stress fairness over meeting quotas
If the Augusta State baseball team held tryouts today, about 50 men would show up. If the softball team did the same thing, maybe five women would be interested.

Sport just a day's work for Dunaway
When Will Dunaway started playing soccer with his older brother, Wes, he never thought of where it could take him.

Area sports announcements
Basic Baseball with Tony Miller is offering preseason instructions and workouts for ages 10 and older. For more information, call (706) 790-9531 or (706) 951-8749.

The grind of tennis tour has worn on Chang
Michael Chang's childhood rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras still are winning Grand Slam tournaments late in their careers.

Overtime
Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport overcame slow starts to advance to the finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Overtime
Former CART champion Michael Andretti will retire as a driver after the Indianapolis 500 in May to concentrate on being a car owner.

New team team like warm reception
When the 17 United girls club soccer team left Minnesota on Friday, it was 15 degrees and three fresh inches of snow were on the ground..

Rotary Club cooks up various game for fund-raiser

Outdoors calendar

Satellites, radars chart migration

Satellites, radars chart migration
Imagine a weather report that reads, "partly cloudy, with a 90 percent chance of mallards - perhaps mixed with scattered teal."

Rotary Club cooks up various game for fund-raiser
If there were any vegetarians Saturday night at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, they weren't talking.

Outdoors calendar
Today: Georgia Wildlife Federation's Turkey Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Show will be held at Atlanta Expo Center, Interstate 285 at Exit 55. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 6-12. The event includes hundreds of exhibits, a trout fishing pool and other attractions. Call (770) 787-7887 for more details.

Butler tops Cross Creek
Butler boys basketball coach Rob Johnson has said all year the regular season for Region 3-AAAA is virtually meaningless.

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep basketball scores from games played on Saturday.

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep basketball scores from games played on Friday.

Newcomers get notice with first-time Pro Bowl selections
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After the AFC's Pro Bowlers posed for the big team picture and the smaller group shots with two Hawaiian dancers on Friday, LaDainian Tomlinson wanted another photo.

NFL draft order
Order of NFL Draft, slated for April 26-27 in New York.

Bucs sign 10 free agents
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed 10 free agents Friday, including Than Merrill, a safety who was drafted by the Super Bowl champions two years ago.

Author's information on religious sects produces invaluable guide
Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from.

Minister credits father for strong faith
The Rev. Clyde Hill Sr. was hauling his son's trailer to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1990 when he started thanking God for all his own father had meant to him.

'A picture of heaven'
As a lively drummer, a guitarist and a singer opened worship at Our Redeemer's House, people stopped chatting and began to find seats. No one seemed to notice two men on the front row, huddled in prayer.

Singers unite in Mighty concert
Soprano Melissa Mobley has high hopes for a 230-voice choir, drawn from churches in the area, that will perform Sunday at First Baptist Church on Walton Way.

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

Faith digest
Health information and screenings will be available at a community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon today at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road in Evans.

Advocacy helped shape Christianity
Everyone needs an advocate, someone who knows you, believes in you and trusts you enough to tell others you will do what you say.

Gamecocks' loss an obscene look at life

Last major space disaster; Challenger explosion in 1986
On Jan. 28, 1986, seven crew members, including a New Hampshire schoolteacher, took off aboard the Space Shuttle challenger from Kennedy Space Center.

Columbia was heaviest, oldest of NASA's four space shuttles
Columbia made the first space shuttle flight history on April 12, 1981. It was the heaviest of NASA's four shuttles, and had been refurbished three times since its first flight. A brief look at the shuttle fleet:

First Indian-born woman in space was modern heroine in her homeland
NEW DELHI, India -- Indians mourned the loss of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman in space, Saturday after the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas minutes before it was to land in Florida.

The in-flight crew escape system
The in-flight crew escape system is provided for use only when the orbiter is in controlled gliding flight and unable to reach a runway. This would normally lead to ditching. The crew escape system provides the flight crew with an alternative to water ditching or to landing on terrain other than a landing site. The probability of the flight crew surviving a ditching is very small.

Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates into flames over Texas, killing all seven astronauts aboard
High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces Saturday, raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside. Seven astronauts perished - a gutwrenching loss for a country and world already staggered by tragedy.

Columbia's problems began on left wing, the same wing where debris hit it during liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Investigators trying to figure out what destroyed space shuttle Columbia immediately focused on the left wing and the possibility that its thermal tiles were damaged far more seriously than NASA realized by a piece of debris during liftoff.

About the orbiter thermal protection system
When a manned space vehicle re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, air friction can produce external surface temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit - well above the melting point of steel. Special thermal barriers are required to protect the vehicle and its occupants.

Debris from shuttle strewn across east Texas; cleanup teams deployed
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Bits of machinery and pieces of metal were found strewn across a wide area of east Texas after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart. One piece crashed through the roof of a dentist's office.

Israeli astronaut brought joy, then familiar sense of dread to a troubled country
JERUSALEM -- Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, gave his compatriots something to cheer about when he blasted off last month on the space shuttle Columbia. The evident tragedy just minutes before landing Saturday brought back a familiar sense of dread.

President Bush's speech
President Bush's remarks Saturday on the space shuttle Columbia, as provided by the White House:

Deadly accidents in the history of space exploration
Astronauts and cosmonauts killed in the history of space exploration

World leaders express condolences after space shuttle Columbia tragedy
British Prime Minister Tony Blair paid tribute Saturday to the seven "courageous" crew members of the space shuttle Columbia as leaders around the world mourned the astronauts' deaths.

Former astronaut John Glenn, others react to apparent shuttle accident
The breakup of Columbia over Texas stunned relatives of the crew and people waiting to watch the space shuttle's landing at Cape Canaveral, and it revived sorrowful memories for relatives and friends of the astronauts killed in the loss of the shuttle Challenger 17 years ago.

Residents of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas saw trails in sky and heard loud noise
DALLAS -- Residents of North Texas said they saw flames and heard a window-rattling boom Saturday about the time the space shuttle Columbia apparently disintegrated on its way to a scheduled landing at Cape Canaveral.

Final radio transmission between Columbia and Mission Control
A transcript of the final radio transmission between Mission Control and space shuttle Columbia, shortly before 9 a.m. EST.

Officials say no immediate information that terrorism involved
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials said they had no immediate information Saturday that terrorism was involved as NASA lost contact with the space shuttle Columbia.

Timeline of last flight of space shuttle Columbia
A timeline of events in the last flight of space shuttle Columbia. All times EST.

Bush says no shuttle survivors: "We can pray they are safely home"
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sadly informed the nation Saturday of the worst space tragedy in 17 years, saying "The Columbia's lost. There are no survivors."

Deadly accidents in the history of space exploration
Astronauts and cosmonauts killed in the history of space exploration

Historic shuttle mission off to safe start
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the most heavily guarded space shot in NASA history, shuttle Columbia thundered into orbit with Israel's first astronaut Thursday on a scientific research mission.

Security tight for first Israeli astronaut's space flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Colum bia's pure science mission initially was seen as a vehicle for an all-female crew, but that idea was abandoned.

Six Americans, one Israeli aboard space shuttle Columbia
A look at the six Americans and Israel's first astronaut who were aboard space shuttle Columbia:

Flu outbreaks hit kids hard in Georgia
ATLANTA -- The flu has struck Georgia children particularly hard this month, filling hospital emergency rooms and, in one case, closing an elementary school.

Texas officials plan to dump hydrilla infestation with carp
Texas parks officials have controversial plan to dump carp into Lake Austin to battle hydrilla infestation

New satellite instrument to improve warnings of solar bursts
WASHINGTON -- A new satellite-based telescope will sharply improve warnings of solar outbursts that could disrupt communications, electrical services and other high-tech businesses, the government said Thursday.

France's shot at a cashless society gets mixed reviews
PARIS -- France is leaping toward a cashless future with a nationwide launch this year of computerized "smart cards," a concept that has so far failed to entice many American, British and German consumers.

Survey reveals growing reliance on the Net
NEW YORK - U.S. Internet users consider the information network at least as important as other media, yet they don't necessarily trust what they find online, according to a new study.

Williams rescues Bulldogs

Williams rescues Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - One minute, 41 seconds.

War in Iraq could be quick and decisive

Gulf War veterans try to prepare inexperienced troops for the reality of combat

Reviving Iraq's oil empire a top U.S. goal for post-Saddam period

Buildup of U.S. forces in Gulf is designed for maximum flexibility

Iraq to take over rotating chairmanship of Conference on Disarmament

Amphibious Navy takes Marines where they want to go

US steps up psychological warfare campaign in southern Iraq

Key developments concerning Iraq

Inspectors to return for Baghdad meeting

Bush, Blair review timetables for diplomacy, war

New satellite instrument to improve warnings of solar bursts

Texas officials plan to dump hydrilla infestation with carp

France's shot at a cashless society gets mixed reviews

Survey reveals growing reliance on the Net

Flu outbreaks hit kids hard in Georgia

Faith digest

Author's information on religious sects produces invaluable guide

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Singers unite in Mighty concert

Advocacy helped shape Christianity

'A picture of heaven'

Minister credits father for strong faith