Demise of old Hook house saddens reader

'Rat Olympics' must change name
LINCOLN, Neb. -- For now, it's being called "the event formerly known as the Rat Olympics."

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree belongs to Gus the polar bear now, and some of his buddies at the Central Park Zoo.

Proposal could end pet travel on planes

Mail Boxes Etc. locations change name to The UPS Store
ATLANTA -- United Parcel Service announced Monday that 3,330 Mail Boxes Etc. franchises across the country will be renamed The UPS Store.

Visitors bureau looks at potential
When Thomasina Godbee helped plan her family reunion last summer, it was more than just having grandparents and cousins over for a backyard barbecue.

Tax tip: some tax records need to be kept
Records help you document the deductions you've claimed on your return. You'll need this documentation should the IRS select your return for examination. Normally, tax records should be kept for three years, but some documents - records relating to a home purchase or sale, stock transactions, IRA and business or rental property - should be kept longer.

Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes
Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes, planners say

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

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown

Proposal could end pet travel on planes
Carrying Fido on your next flight out of Augusta Regional Airport isn't just frowned on by vets - in the future, airlines may stop allowing pets on planes altogether.

Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes

Business briefs
Augusta-Aiken area businesses that received 2002 Economic Census forms have until Wednesday to send the results back to the federal government.

Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors

Wall Street gains on easing of war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed moderately higher Monday, snapping four straight days of declines on news that Iraq approved a U.N. demand for surveillance flights.

Business briefs

Tax tip: don't overlook these tax deductions

Perdue to lead rural panel

Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors
Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors

Visitors bureau looks at potential

Tax tip: don't overlook these tax deductions
NEW YORK -- Like any other taxpayer, small business owners want to get as many deductions as they can and lower their tax bills as much as possible. Yet accountants find there are some obvious expenses that company owners often forget to list on their returns.

Wall Street gains on easing of war fears

Perdue to lead rural panel
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that the best way to spur economic development outside of Atlanta is to offer incentives for homegrown companies to expand.

Clemson falls to No. 9 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke smelled an opportunity to get back into the Atlantic Coast Conference title race and picked on a familiar victim Sunday night.

Lady Tigers get win over Maryland
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Freshman Amanda White scored a career-high 21 points to lead Clemson to a 85-67 victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon.

UConn remains unanimous in women's poll

Arizona No. 1 for a third time, Alabama out of Top 25

USC Aiken loses fourth overtime game

Managing to move ahead

Too much red ink

Back on course

Let's get this done

Penn and Teller promote skepticism on their new series
NEW YORK -- For their new Showtime series, Penn and Teller chose a title that proclaimed their skepticism for such things as weight-loss products, feng shui and creationism; for end-of-the-world forecasts and the purity claims by bottled-water marketers; for ESP, sex aids and "second-hand smoke."

Spears and Madonna flicks, 'Star Wars' lead worst-movie list
LOS ANGELES -- Voters for the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Academy Awards, have a message for Britney Spears and Madonna: Don't quit your day jobs as pop divas.

Where are the brains behind 'Jeopardy!' from?
OMAHA, Neb. -- Each time "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek reads a clue that mentions Nebraska - and it's fairly often - he teases some staffers after the show.

Television viewers flock to ABC special on Michael Jackson
NEW YORK -- More than 27 million viewers couldn't resist a peek into Michael Jackson's bizarre private life Thursday night, a number that explained why ABC fought a bidding war to air it.

Women's magazines get new looks
NEW YORK -- It's makeover time for two grande dames in the world of women's magazines, but don't expect many bare midriffs or tell-all bedroom exposes.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It would be hard to make a film like "Unchained Memories" and not pack a punch.

Old-fashion dating services attract baby boomers
NEW YORK -- Internet dating wasn't an option for Jordan Stevens.

It's time to think pink
The first blush of love is pink. Whether it be a hot flood of color on the cheekbone or a bouquet of roses bashfully offered to a love interest, everything looks better in pink - even as an advertising tool.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Cale

In the know
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia has announced the addition of three new donation centers. All three centers will have an attendant to accept donations and give donor receipts for tax purposes.

Jackets pull off ACC upset
ATLANTA - With his favorite player sitting just a few rows behind the Georgia Tech bench, Jarrett Jack produced a Stephon Marbury-esque performance.

Jackets upset No. 8 Maryland
ATLANTA -- Jarrett Jack got a chance to chat with his favorite player - then went out and played like him.

Jackets upset No. 8 Maryland

Jaguars win fourth title
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Oliver Wilson shot a final-round 73 in damp conditions on Sunday to win his second individual title of the season and lead Augusta State to its fourth tournament victory of the season at the Gator Invitational.

Barr's late birdie barrage lifts him to first Champions Tour win

Augusta State golfer tops magazine's ranking list
Augusta State's Oliver Wilson has risen to the top spot in Golfweek magazine's collegiate rankings.

Casey wins ANZ Championship
SYDNEY, Australia -- England's Paul Casey won the ANZ Championship on Sunday, scoring six points for a four-point victory over Australians Stuart Appleby and Nick O'Hern.

Love holds off Lehman for Pebble Beach victory
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Davis Love III was right: Staying ahead is even tougher than coming from behind at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Love holds off Lehman for Pebble Beach victory

Barr's late birdie barrage lifts him to first Champions Tour win
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Dave Barr ended 16 years of frustration with one putt.

Casey wins ANZ Championship

High School Playoffs

Convicted hockey dad seeking new trial
BOSTON -- A man convicted of fatally beating another man at their sons' hockey practice wants a new trial, contending prosecutors kept information from the defense that could have undermined testimony from a key witness.

Convicted hockey dad seeking new trial

Pentagon orders commercial airlines to help transport troops
WASHINGTON -- Commercial airlines are being pressed into military service to transport troops as the Pentagon continues its Persian Gulf buildup for a possible war in Iraq.

Powell criticizes NATO allies for declining to protect Turkey
WASHINGTON -- President Bush accused Saddam Hussein on Monday of placing Iraqi troops in civilian areas to protect his forces and blame U.S. soldiers for casualties should America invade Iraq.

European powers try to slow march to war with Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq approved U-2 surveillance flights on Monday - a key demand of inspectors searching for banned weapons - as major European countries sought to slow the march to a military showdown.

Papal envoy sets off from Rome on peace trip to Baghdad
ROME -- Pope John Paul II's special envoy to Iraq set off from Rome Monday, saying the pontiff has decided to explore "the last limits of hope."

Bush says Saddam deceiving, U.N. faces "moment of truth"
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- President Bush said Sunday that Iraq has fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons and the United Nations now faces "a moment of truth" in disarming Saddam Hussein.

Inspectors find 'positive' change in Baghdad, but only 'a beginning'
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Major U.S. allies tried to slow the march to a military showdown in Iraq on Monday after chief U.N. inspectors said they sense a "good beginning" and a changed "positive attitude" in Baghdad toward their job of ensuring Iraq is free of banned arms.

Military developing 'loitering' and 'sleeping' weapons
NEW YORK -- They loiter. They sleep. They hide. And when an enemy sticks his neck out, they kill.

War preparations move into high gear in Kuwait
CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait -- The key launch pad for a future war on Iraq bustles with tens of thousands of U.S. and British soldiers. Military convoys clog highways, and the entire northern half of Kuwait is being sealed off as a military operations zone.

Karbala at pains to show loyalty to Saddam
KARBALA, Iraq -- On the front wall of one of the holiest shrines of Shiite Islam hang two black-and-white pictures of President Saddam Hussein.

Experts meet to determine whether two missiles violate U.N. resolutions
UNITED NATIONS -- Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix is seeking the help of international missile experts to determine if two Iraqi missile programs violate U.N. resolutions.

Germany, France, Belgium block NATO plan to protect Turkey
BERLIN -- Germany joined France and Belgium on Monday in blocking the start of NATO military planning to protect Turkey against the threat of an Iraqi missile attack.

Demise of old Hook house saddens reader
Let's check the mail.

Flu cases increase in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Flu cases continue to increase across the state, state health officials said Tuesday.

Kudos to MPs for doing their jobs

A desperate Lincoln ordered no quarter for civilians

Completely supports president's tax cut

Deceased Fiat leader lived in Augusta

Letter writer uses name of God to justify views

Forked-needle vaccinations for smallpox

Rowland will continue down Sellers' path

Hire employees based on more than resumes

Perdue's start in office appalling

Downtrodden need to help themselves and stay off the dole

Hunt's qualifications second to none

Legislators banked on few survivors to cover

N.C. fire raises specter of disaster at Crosscreek H.S.

Demos want to create a spoon-fed society

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

Spears and Madonna flicks, 'Star Wars' lead worst-movie list

It's time to think pink

Television viewers flock to ABC special on Michael Jackson

Women's magazines get new looks

Senior calendar

In the know

Old-fashion dating services attract baby boomers

Goalie switches up for team

Goalie switches up for team
Former NHL goaltender Tom Draper was all the rage after allowing just three goals on 81 shots in his first two games for the Augusta Lynx this past weekend.

Tourism group applauds battle
AIKEN - Organizers announced Sunday that the Battle of Aiken has received the Governor's Bundy Award as South Carolina's most outstanding tourism event.

Soldiers calling home from Gulf get affordable long distance

Man plans protest against protesters

Death penalty sought in Carpenter slaying

Chairman: Malpractice bill unlikely to pass this year

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the child who stands in the suicide lane on Peach Orchard to cross the street on the way to school. I almost hit the child. Please cross at the crosswalks. Next time somebody might not see you in time.

News you can use

Newcomer to House believes in hard work

Board debates price of switch
You can't put a price on economic development, especially in the inner city.

Man plans protest against protesters
Move over, Martha. There's a new picket line coming to town.

Death penalty sought in Carpenter slaying
AIKEN - Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan will seek the death penalty against Robert Franklin Atkins.

Sen. Randy Hall says he's glad he's not like his predecessor
ATLANTA -- Freshman state Sen. Randy Hall doesn't mind staying behind the scenes and serving quietly, with little confrontation with colleagues and hardly any media attention.

County ponders recycle facility
Richmond County and five surrounding communities are exploring the potential for a regional facility that would process and market recyclables.

Across the southeast
COLLINSVILLE, Va. -Relatives of a Henry County family found slain nearly six months ago are frustrated with a police investigation they say has apparently ground to a halt.

High winds hinder extinguishing task
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Burry Pough watched as the place where he got married and lived in for a year burned to the ground Monday.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE -Two Orlando, Fla., residents have been identified as the passengers killed when a small plane crashed in Florence on Thursday.

Perdue favors public forums on state flag
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said he favors a series of public forums about Georgia's state flag and he told reporters to expect details this week about a statewide flag referendum.

Charleston storeowners considering guns

Committee approves standards for future redistricting efforts
ATLANTA -- A Senate committee approved legislation Monday that sets standards for future redistricting efforts, and promised to produce new maps drawn to those standards in about three weeks.

Issues will keep leaders busy

Tough new seat belt bill considered
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House is considering changes to the seat belt law to require all car passengers to wear them, not just people in the front seat. Sponsors also want to bump the fine for not wearing a seat belt from $15 to $200.

Lawmaker wants to give voice to needy

North Charleston unit called up
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An U.S. Army Reserve unit from North Charleston responsible for maintaining a military "truck stop" was called to active duty.

North Charleston unit called up

S.C. struggles to find special education teachers
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- One of South Carolina's biggest challenges with the new federal education reform law will be finding enough special education teachers in middle and high schools, officials say.

City council nominates 3 for historic commission
The Aiken City Council nominated three people Monday night to fill seats on the city's Historic Preservation Commission, which was left in limbo last week when its chairman resigned.

Sanford says retirees can help protect bases from closure
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford says South Carolina should not have to spend huge amounts of money to protect its bases from a new round of military base closings in two years. And he says the state can take advantage of its thousands of military retirees in making its case with the Pentagon.

Families trying to put crematory victims to rest
NOBLE, Ga. - The 334 dead were supposed to be incinerated to dust, their bodies destroyed and the ashes handed over to their grieving families.

Man collects pieces of history with art

Newcomer to House believes in hard work
ATLANTA - One of south Augusta's new representatives to the state House is a former NASCAR crew chief who says his background, common-sense approach and hard work will pay off in Atlanta.

NCWO's Burk makes her first trip to Augusta

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ruth Bolen of Augusta.

Across the southeast

Participants have a nose for learning
Even Cupid might have learned a thing or two about the meaning of flowers at an Herbs of the South class Sunday at Augusta's Meadow Garden.

Arson ruled in fire that damages Baptist church in Athens

Measure may end multiple districts
AIKEN - A bill filed last week in the South Carolina House could force Barnwell and Bamberg school districts to restructure the way they administer education.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Georgia Army reserve units called to active duty

Students can't hide grades from parents anymore

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

S.C. man accused of killings led quiet, simple life

Killer storm remembered three decades later

Event honors American Indians' role in War between the States

Families trying to put crematory victims to rest

Sen. Randy Hall says he's glad he's not like his predecessor

Across Georgia

Measure may end multiple districts

Graham sees support for U.S.
Despite reports of anti-American sentiment in both Germany and France, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday that he's seen support for the United States' moves against Iraq.

S.C. struggles to find special education teachers

Footstool art auction will raise money for new computers
When Laura Lanier was approached about showcasing her art at a local auction, she was hesitant.

Tough new seat belt bill considered

Fight brewing over high-power electric lines
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Several fights are brewing across South Carolina between power companies who want to string high-voltage lines and environmentalists who don't want to lose pristine views.

Perdue favors public forums on state flag

Charleston storeowners considering guns
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Clyde Burris has spent the past three decades doing the same thing - unlocking the doors to his liquor store, flipping on the lights and strapping on a .38-caliber pistol.

Confederate flag remains political issue in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. - More than 140 years after the first shots of the Civil War arced over Charleston Harbor, the Confederacy's flag remains an issue whenever national candidates sweep through South Carolina.

Confederate flag remains political issue in South Carolina

SRS to hold meeting on water cleanup
AIKEN - Not all of the contamination at the Savannah River Site is radioactive.

Sanford says retirees can help protect bases from closure

S.C. man accused of killings led quiet, simple life
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Long-time friends say it's hard to understand how a man who lived a quiet, law-abiding life for more than four decades is charged with killing two California police officers in 1957.

Across Georgia

Killer storm remembered three decades later
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Those who made it through the "Blizzard of 1973" will never forget it.

Board debates price of switch

Students can't hide grades from parents anymore
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Teachers across Georgia are throwing out those green grade books, which are known by students to contain the secret records of their grades, conduct and attendance.

SRS to hold meeting on water cleanup

Soldiers calling home from Gulf get affordable long distance
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Across the seas in the Persian Gulf, it's usually difficult for soldiers to keep in touch with their families at an affordable phone rate.

Committee approves standards for future redistricting efforts

Arson ruled in fire that damages Baptist church in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Prince Baptist Church was damaged by fire early Sunday and another building on the property was destroyed in what state fire officials called arson.

Graham sees support for U.S.

Lawmaker wants to give voice to needy
ATLANTA - Timing is everything, freshman state lawmaker Rep. Quincy Murphy said. And last year, he decided it was time for him to put a tenet of his grandmother's philosophy to work in his own life.

Across the area
Two 18-year-old Augusta men were in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday, charged with a series of car break-ins.

Event honors American Indians' role in War between the States
SALLEY - Beaver Creek Indian tribe members and Civil War re-enactors gathered in Salley on Sunday to educate the public about the role of American Indians in the War between the States.

Democrats want ethics probe
Local Democratic officials are calling for a state ethics commission investigation of state senator and Republican party-switcher Don Cheeks after newspaper reports that he repeatedly tried to influence the prosecution of a man accused of child molestation.

NCWO's Burk makes her first trip to Augusta
Martha Burk munched on a catfish sandwich, signed autographs and scouted protest locations during her first visit to Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dave Hopkins of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the child who stands in the suicide lane on Peach Orchard to cross the street on the way to school. I almost hit the child. Please cross at the crosswalks. Next time somebody might not see you in time.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A PLEA to Charles Larke and the Richmond County Board of Education. Please let kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers have a voice in the selection of the new language arts series.

Issues will keep leaders busy
ATLANTA - After 12 days in session, the state House and Senate have debated only a handful of mostly minor bills.

News you can use
FEB. 11, 1933 The annual sale of Georgia state flags opens today under the direction of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as hundreds of church members throughout Richmond County prepare for the double program Sunday in celebration of the Georgia Bicentennial.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia Power Co.'s plan to offer renewable energy to its customers has been submitted for the state's approval.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Mark Sanford says South Carolina should not have to spend huge amounts of money to protect its military bases from a new round of closings in two years. And he says the state's thousands of military retirees could help make its case with the Pentagon.

Across the area
Police uncovered a large stash of guns Sunday afternoon while investigating a shooting at an Augusta duplex.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue said he favors a series of public forums on Georgia's state flag, and he told reporters to expect details this week about a statewide flag referendum.

Man collects pieces of history with art
Most pieces of an art collection come with a story. Each of the works in Bruce Cameron's aviation-art collection comes with a little bit of history.

Georgia Army reserve units called to active duty
Five Army reserve units in Georgia were called up for active duty Monday.

Chairman: Malpractice bill unlikely to pass this year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee doesn't think reforms for medical malpractice lawsuits will emerge from the Legislature this year.

News you can use
FEB. 10, 1948 Steady rains that have plagued this area for the past several days turned into a driving sleet early last night, causing cancellation of some bus operations, all flights out of Daniel Field - and left fuel-starved Augustans facing another shivering spell.

Huffman wins rain-shortened race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Huffman won the rain-shortened NASCAR Goody's Dash Series 150 on Monday, his second straight victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Green surprises Daytona field

Green surprises Daytona field
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After waiting through Sunday's postponement for rain and another delay Monday, Jeff Green couldn't hold his secret any longer. He knew his AOL Chevrolet Monte Carlo was a contender for the Daytona 500 pole position, but he didn't want to tell anybody.

Rudd starting season with new team, new attitude

Mosley: Affordable competition is key to F1 future
LONDON -- Formula One is promoting changes intended to make competition more affordable and ensure the stability of the series.

Brook Gordon lawyers try to serve subpoenas at Daytona

Green surprises favored Earnhardt with pole victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Unheralded Jeff Green took the spotlight from Dale Earnhardt Jr. by winning the pole Monday for the Daytona 500.

Rain spoils NASCAR's pole runs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The rain that washed out Sunday's pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Goody's Dash 150 for compact stock cars provided a rare chance for everyone to stand still and talk shop.

Green surprises favored Earnhardt with pole victory

Rain spoils NASCAR's pole runs

Brook Gordon lawyers try to serve subpoenas at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon's divorce case spilled over to the race track Monday when attorneys for his wife tried to subpoena several car owners at Daytona International Speedway.

Rudd starting season with new team, new attitude
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Rudd needed about a month off this winter to clear his head. Now refreshed and rejuvenated, he's starting the season with a clean slate and an optimistic new team.

Shuttle breakup occurred in mysterious part of atmosphere

Remains of Israel's first astronaut return home

Investigators trying to identify object spotted near Columbia

Shuttle investigative board stepping up whirlwind fact-gathering mission

Three more pieces of shuttle debris found

Foreigners reap league's rewards

West takes double OT win
ATLANTA - Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett scored 37 points and the West dominated the second overtime to lead it to a 155-145 win against the East in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game at Philips Arena.

Atlanta recovers from All-Star weekend, congestion

Carter chooses wisely for Jordan's farewell

Carter chooses wisely for Jordan's farewell
ATLANTA - For Vince Carter, the decision was supposed to be simple.

West takes double OT win

Atlanta recovers from All-Star weekend, congestion
ATLANTA -- Huge parties were happening all over town to coincide with the NBA All-Star game this weekend. Problem was, most of the guests were stuck in traffic.

Foreigners reap league's rewards
The NBA truly is becoming an international league - and the foreign players quickly are establishing themselves as some of the top athletes around.

Fickle fans wait for a winner
ATLANTA - The banners hang everywhere: in local hotels, at the Georgia World Congress Center and all over Philips Arena.

Fickle fans wait for a winner

USC Aiken loses fourth overtime game
When the USC Aiken women went into overtime against nationally-ranked Columbus State, a sense of dread fell upon coach Mike Brandt.

UConn remains unanimous in women's poll
The top 10 is becoming tough to crack in women's basketball.

Arizona No. 1 for a third time, Alabama out of Top 25
Arizona moved atop the AP men's college basketball poll Monday for the third time this season, while former No. 1 Alabama dropped out of the Top 25.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Featured obituary: Rev. Timothy Fellows Sr.
Longtime Augusta preacher Timothy Fellows Sr. died Sunday of a ruptured artery, according to his son the Rev. Timothy Fellows Jr.

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Mrs. Mildred Baqui (MODOC, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandy McCauley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Terry Angelina (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va.)

Ms. Henrietta Jordan (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Pickens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Tiny Stubblefield (BOISE CITY, Okla.)

Mr. Lewis Wimberley (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Rhoden III (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Andrew Durden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. A.F. Osborne (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Josephine Castleberry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Smith (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Miles (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Smalls (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Rhoden III (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marilyn Maxwell (BLYTHEWOOD, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Acker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Violet Green (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Rowland will continue down Sellers' path
I applaud the efforts of Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers and where he has taken our sheriff's office. With very little support from county government, he has transformed it from a good-ol'-boy agency to a state-accredited one. We bid Mr. Sellers a heartfelt thanks, good luck and farewell. Kellie Wilson, North Augusta, S.C.

Managing to move ahead
It appears the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center-Bell Auditorium complex will have a manager for the first time since May when the Coliseum Authority fired Reggie Williams.

Downtrodden need to help themselves and stay off the dole
Regarding Tim Kelly's letter to the editor on Jan. 23, "Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich": I'm just assuming Mr. Kelly does know how to feed himself, but he obviously doesn't know how to do anything else. Charlie Connell, North Augusta, S.C.

Hire employees based on more than resumes
It has come to my attention over the past several years that our Coliseum Authority hires employees based on interviews and resumes of the candidates. The current top choice for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center manager has held four positions in five years. He has not stayed at one venue long enough to establish a track record before he applies for and accepts another position. C. William McGahee, Martinez, Ga.

A desperate Lincoln ordered no quarter for civilians
In Joaquin Godoy's response on Feb. 2, "Letter about Lincoln fanatical," to Lee Herron's letter on Jan. 24, "Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was," Mr. Godoy pleaded ignorance - and well he should, because Thomas DiLorenzo's work is well-publicized. Mr. Godoy also probably thinks that Mr. Lincoln fought the Civil War to free slaves. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

N.C. fire raises specter of disaster at Crosscreek H.S.
In 1998, a group of concerned Augusta citizens banded together in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the building of a new high school in the backyard of two chemical plants and close to the airport. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Perdue's start in office appalling
Here's to an appalling start for Georgia's newest governor. In preparation for Gov. Sonny Perdue's 5 percent cut of Medicare payments, health-care facilities are scrambling to keep patient care at the acceptable levels patients deserve to receive. Merri H. Mentor, LPN, Wadley, Ga.

Too much red ink
Congress is still working on the fiscal year 2003 budget, and now along comes President George W. Bush with his 2004 budget blueprint. No wonder the nation's budget problems keep piling up.

Letter writer uses name of God to justify views
Tim Altmix's Jan. 29 letter, "It's up to us to mete out retribution," gave me many reasons to stop and pause. I must admire Mr. Altmix's zeal. That's where my admiration ends, however. Will Sansbury, Augusta

Back on course
Pilots with good sense don't fly into dangerous weather when they can avoid it. They fly around the storms or return to their point of departure.

Kudos to MPs for doing their jobs
Regarding the letter by Donna Orr on Feb. 7, "MPs nearly ruin wedding at Fort," kudos to the MPs at Fort Gordon for doing their jobs well. If that wedding party had a complaint, they should seek out the ones responsible for planning the wedding at the Fort. They should have been advised that all entrants to the post are required to show a picture ID. Don't blame the MPs for doing their jobs - praise them.

Demos want to create a spoon-fed society
This letter is in response to Tim Kelly's Jan. 23 letter, "Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich." Wayne E. Minton Jr., Augusta

Hunt's qualifications second to none
Competence. Experience. Accessibility. Honesty. These are words that best describe Mike Hunt, Republican candidate for Aiken County sheriff. Lonnie McCarthy, North Augusta, S.C.

Forked-needle vaccinations for smallpox
I see that the people at Fort Gordon are using a forked needle to vaccinate for smallpox. Several pictures on television seem to show that they are going much deeper with the needle. The forked needle prevents this, so they deserve an "A" at Fort Gordon. Ernest F. Daniel, M.D., Augusta

Deceased Fiat leader lived in Augusta
In the Jan. 27 Chronicle, you picked up the story of Fiat leader Giovanni Gregorini Agnelli. You missed the fact that he lived in Augusta during the 1930s. His mother was a sister to Mrs. Henry B. King, who owned the King Mill, the Georgia Railroad, the Georgia Railroad Bank and a lot of miscellaneous real estate. Lindsay L. Wood, McCormick, S.C.

Completely supports president's tax cut
Regarding Brian Gridley's letter on Jan. 16, "Do we need tax cut for the wealthy?": It appears he must be a Democrat, on welfare, part of the 37 percent of Americans who don't pay federal tax or is not saving for retirement with IRA or 401(k) plans, because everybody else benefits from President George W. Bush's tax cut. Ron Gadapee, Augusta

Legislators banked on few survivors to cover
Regarding the guest column by Robert S. Dudney on Jan. 24, "Congress, the administration should negotiate fair settlement": I re-enlisted in the Army in 1948 when I was 20 years old. At that time, mention was made of free medical care for life upon completion of a career of 20 years of honorable service. This was a good recruiting incentive, and it worked. Bernard Ramirez, Evans, Ga.

Let's get this done
In wartime, you learn more about your friends than you do about your enemies.

U.S. bounced from Davis Cup by Croatia

Pierce advances at Qatar Open

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Brett Hull became the sixth NHL player to score 700 regular-season goals when he beat San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov with a wrist shot in the second period.

U.S. bounced from Davis Cup by Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia -- A Croatian fan sitting courtside waved a sign as James Blake was about to serve: "You can't beat without Pete."

Overtime
A three-run, eighth-inning home run by Barton designated hitter Chris Scott undid a 19-hit performance by Augusta State and gave the Bulldogs a 12-10 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

Pierce advances at Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar -- Mary Pierce of France recovered from a poor second set and beat Anca Barna of Germany 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Monday to reach the second round of the Qatar Open.

High School Playoffs
Here is a schedule of upcoming regional prep basketball playoff games.

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

Shuttle breakup occurred in mysterious part of atmosphere
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The space shuttle Columbia broke up in a mysterious area of the upper atmosphere once so little understood and difficult to study that scientists dubbed it the "ignorosphere."

Investigators trying to identify object spotted near Columbia
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Investigators are searching for evidence that a block of ice big enough to damage Columbia's wing may have formed on a waste water vent, a problem that plagued an earlier shuttle flight.

Polls suggest public remains enthusiastic about shuttle program
More than seven in 10 Americans say the space shuttle program is worth the risk in human life and should be continued, say polls taken after the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia killed its seven astronauts.

Three more pieces of shuttle debris found
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- A hatch door and two other large pieces of debris were located as volunteers combed a vast wooded area in hopes of helping investigators piece together what is left of space shuttle Columbia.

Remains of Israel's first astronaut return home
BEN GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Israel -- The remains of Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, arrived home Monday in a somber ceremony in a military hangar outside Tel Aviv.

NASA says it has found part of shuttle's left wing
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Searchers have recovered a fragment of space shuttle Columbia's left wing, which is thought to have played a major role in the accident, NASA officials said Monday.

Shuttle investigative board stepping up whirlwind fact-gathering mission
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The board investigating the Columbia shuttle disaster will speed up its efforts in the coming days as it embarks on a whirlwind fact-gathering mission that may ultimately determine what caused the spacecraft's destruction.

Cable industry faces chicken-and-egg dilemma
NEW YORK --Fed up with driving to the video store in the cold of winter, Beverly Boyarsky thought she had found the perfect solution: video on demand.

Consumer groups, Bell rivals fret over anticipated FCC rule change
NEW YORK -- Futuristic dreams and economic catalyst schemes hinge on the premise that much of the United States needs faster Internet access at a reasonable cost.

Ancient grave shows Stonehenge could be work of foreigner
LONDON -- Stonehenge, the mysterious ring of ancient monoliths from the dawn of Britain's proud civilization, could be the work of a central European immigrant, archaeologists said Monday.

Techbits
NEW YORK -- In only six years, the DVD player has found a place in half the United States' 100 million households as its price has shrunk tenfold to less than $100.

New browser a fine alternative to Microsoft
NEW YORK -- It doesn't take much time to appreciate the advanced, flexible features of Opera Software's new Web browser.

Bush touts hydrogen fuel cells
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday urged Congress to "think beyond the normal" and approve his plan to spur development of clean-burning hydrogen fuel cells to power cars that he said would reduce pollution and America's foreign oil dependence.

'Cats, Dogs prepare for court battle

Lady Bulldogs top Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mary Beth Lycett and Sherill Baker each scored 19 points as No. 17 Georgia beat Auburn 78-67 Sunday.

Lady Bulldogs top Auburn

'Cats, Dogs prepare for court battle
Georgia coach Jim Harrick has a simple way of explaining why his team has been less than dominant lately.

Lady Gamecocks defeat Alabama

Lady Gamecocks defeat Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After South Carolina and Alabama combined to shoot 31-of-110 from the field and turn the ball over 42 times, Gamecocks coach Susan Walvius summed things up short and sweet - "It was not a pretty game."

Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt

Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom has been waiting for the kind of sizzling shooting performance his team gave him against Vanderbilt.

Your style

Teen singer has soothing voice

Xtreme calendar

Teens help museum get younger audience
The Morris Museum of Art is getting teen friendly. The museum created its six-member teen advisory board to help improve its teen programming

My ride

Industry has hip-hop beat
The task of finding something to do on weekends has gotten a bit less daunting with the opening of Industry, a new teen club.

Boyfriend, best friend have betrayed girl's trust

Teen singer has soothing voice
In the past year, the music world has seen a new generation of female artists such as Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton who actually play instruments and write their own music. No longer is the manufactured, bubble-gum pop queen genre of music ruling the music industry.

Jam session

Question of the week
What would we call a president's husband?

Industry has hip-hop beat

Your style
THE FACTS: Alicia McBride, 15, is a freshman at Glenn Hills High School.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
The Lakeside High School Family and Career Leaders of America and the Columbia County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a self-defense class at 3 p.m. in Lakeside's gymnasium, 533 Blue Ridge Drive, Evans. The class is free but reservations are required. For more information, call 650-9959.

Funny lyrics contest

Prom models needed
It's almost that time of year again, and Xtreme is looking for teens to model their prom fashions. If the search for the perfect dress or tux has paid off and you've found "the one," show us.

Prom models needed

Funny lyrics contest
Got your own lyrics to the Jennifer Lopez song All I Have? Think you do better song parodies than Weird Al? Your pastime could pay off.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

My ride
THE FACTS: Taylor Roy, 17, is a senior at Lakeside High School.

Boyfriend, best friend have betrayed girl's trust
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend and I have been best friends forever, and I just found out that she and my boyfriend are having sex. What should I do? - 14-year-old Augusta girl

Jam session
It started with a simple chord progression on an electric guitar and ended with the realization of a longtime dream for eight young musicians.

'Rat Olympics' must change name

Germany, France, Belgium block NATO plan to protect Turkey

Inspectors find 'positive' change in Baghdad, but only 'a beginning'

Papal envoy sets off from Rome on peace trip to Baghdad

Experts meet to determine whether two missiles violate U.N. resolutions

War preparations move into high gear in Kuwait

Pentagon orders commercial airlines to help transport troops

Military developing 'loitering' and 'sleeping' weapons

Bush says Saddam deceiving, U.N. faces "moment of truth"

Karbala at pains to show loyalty to Saddam

Powell criticizes NATO allies for declining to protect Turkey

Consumer groups, Bell rivals fret over anticipated FCC rule change

Cable industry faces chicken-and-egg dilemma

Ancient grave shows Stonehenge could be work of foreigner

Bush touts hydrogen fuel cells

Techbits

New browser a fine alternative to Microsoft