Macon to get independent baseball team
MACON, Ga. -- Mayor Jack Ellis is expected to announce Monday that an independent league baseball team will be named to replace the Macon Braves, who moved to Rome after 12 years in this central Georgia city.

College baseball roundup
ATHENS, Ga. - David Coffey drove in three runs with a school-record-tying six hits, and Georgia matched another school mark with 13 runs in the fifth inning on the way to an 18-6 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

College baseball roundup

Insightful advice from our Oval Office heroes

Casting call to fill out Braves' bullpen starts

Schuerholz weathers the storm

Schuerholz weathers the storm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz sat astride his Harley-Davidson, pipes smoking, engine growling like a chained-up pit bull. He wore a Kaiser's helmet, black leather jacket and alligator cowboy boots. His beard was wild and straggly, held in place by a rubber band, and a heavy gold chain encircled his neck. He took off his jacket and slung it over a shoulder, revealing a skull and crossbones tattoo on his biceps. A little girl approached him for an autograph and went away in tears when Schuerholz drew a black X with her crayon.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Paul Byrd and pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who were often at odds when the right-hander was with the Braves in 1997-98, have smoothed out their working relationship.

Braves expect excellence from overhauled pitching staff
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves pitching staff was overhauled this winter, but manager Bobby Cox still expects the same excellence that kept the Braves on top of the NL East for more than a decade.

Braves expect excellence from overhauled pitching staff

Casting call to fill out Braves' bullpen starts
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In a perfect world, Chris Hammond would have dismissed the Yankees' fortune, Mike Remlinger would have ignored the Cubs' overtures, and Kerry Ligtenberg would have willingly accepted $400,000 to remain an Atlanta Brave.

Office's efforts are unrivaled

More bang for your buck
Once a week, Bonnie Rowland stops into a Dollar Tree store to browse the greeting cards, picture frames and Easter decorations that never sell for more than a buck.

Old buddies have created a chain of success
Jimmy Holt and Alan Brosious have the distinction of running the city's largest chain of convenience stores.

On the move

Business calendar
Tuesday: Introduction to computers, Evans High School; 6-9 p.m.; call 868-3663, Ext. 220.

More bang for your buck

Act looks out for reservists called up from work

Economists predicting rebound once war uncertainties recede
WASHINGTON -- The United States, which struggled through a stop-and-go recovery last year, should see the economy steadily gain strength in 2003, say a panel of prominent economic forecasters.

Business briefs

Stocks rise moderately as upbeat economic news weighs against war worries
NEW YORK -- Battling its own war angst, Wall Street traded higher Friday for the first time in four sessions. The advance was hard fought, however, with stocks fluctuating on mixed economic news and ongoing fears about war with Iraq.

Business briefs
Employer spotlight: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Product/Services: General merchandise retailer

Fewer employers come to ASU job fair
When Laura Collins talks about life after her graduation from Augusta State University in May, it's with mixed feelings.

On the move
Food Lion has promoted Aaron Carlisle to regional director of operations in the company's western division. He will relocate to Augusta to oversee operations of select Food Lion stores in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Carlisle attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a 15-year veteran of Food Lion, joining in 1988 as a perishables clerk. He and his wife have two children.

Average gas price in South Carolina reaches record high
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The average price for a gallon of gasoline reached the highest level on record in South Carolina this week, with rumors of war in the Middle East, labor strife in South America and a cold winter in the Northeast all to blame.

Old buddies have created a chain of success

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Senators were divided Thursday on whether the government should release crude oil from its emergency reserve in an attempt to boost sagging petroleum inventories and dampen soaring energy prices.

Business calendar

Average gas price in South Carolina reaches record high

Act looks out for reservists called up from work
Approximately 10 percent of our 1.3-million military reservists have been called to active duty. Since the Clinton-era military reductions, reservists are called up more frequently and for longer periods.

Stocks rise moderately as upbeat economic news weighs against war worries

Fewer employers come to ASU job fair

Office's efforts are unrivaled
Author Bill Cromartie described it as Clean Old-Fashioned Hate in his book by that title, but that enmity is put aside where the economic health of the Augusta area is involved.

Tigers bounce back vs. Heels

Tigers bounce back vs. Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. - Thomas Nagys wasn't perfect Saturday. He did turn the ball over twice and commit two fouls.

USC Aiken women fade in second half

Paine's Scott finds range, scores 31

Harriman's accuracy keeps Jags in groove

Lady Jags win division

Ethics reform tough

Why not the '99 plan?

Game's over

Unorthodox governor

In the know
The Year of the Matrix - sequels, Web sites, video games, marketing madness - was launched earlier this month with the release of the first of nine short films based on the enormously popular film, which will have two sequels released this year, The Matrix: Reloaded on May 15 and The Matrix: Revolutions on Nov. 7.

Mind your manners on the golf course
Dear Carson: I have been invited to join a private golf club. Not wanting to appear the neophyte that I am, would you give me a few tips for the golf course? - Golf Goofs

Home front
We're so used to automatic dishwashers, clothes washers and clothes dryers doing the work for us that it's all too easy to turn on these appliances and forget about them - even as we're walking out the door.

Tart brings out tuber's tastiness
Spud, tuber,pomme de terre. Known by many names, the potato is America's favorite comfort food.

At the movies: Frida
Salma Hayek’s dream has become a surreal reality with “Frida.” Ten years in the making — and at one point competing with a similar project that would have starred Jennifer Lopez — Hayek’s portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo finally makes it to the screen. And it was worth the wait.

Happy birthday
The first week of August 2000 was a busy one for Amy Maxwell. "I moved into a new house, turned 30 and had a baby, all in one week," she said.

Arts calendar
THE BATTLE OF AIKEN: re-enactment of Civil War battle Feb. 22-23, Carolina Star Plantation, off Interstate 20 Exit 39 in Aiken County; camp tours and presentations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, battle re-enactments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; camp reopens 9 a.m. Feb. 23, with period church service at 9:30 a.m., artillery barrage at 11 a.m., battle at 2 p.m. and ends with troop review at 3 p.m.; $3 students, $7 adults in advance; $5 students and $10 adults at gate; advance tickets available at Oreck Factory Retail Center in Augusta Exchange Shopping Center, Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet, 1897 U.S. Highway 1 in Warrenville; and the Aiken Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 121 Richland Ave.; (803) 641-1111.

The race is on
Here are some things that help me sleep at night - warm milk, Victorian-era novelists and the reassuring rationale that it's luck rather than judgment that has made me a perpetual loser in The Augusta Chronicle's annual Oscar pick contests.

Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Public Museum of Grand Rapids is billing its new show as "an exhibition of biblical proportions" - and for good reason.

Georgia Tech sweeps Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kyle Bakker pitched six strong innings in the first game, and Jeremy Slayden and Eric Patterson each homered in the nightcap as top-ranked Georgia Tech swept a doubleheader from Georgia Southern.

Jackets can't break road hex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's becoming all too familiar to Georgia Tech.

Jackets can't break road hex

Georgia Tech sweeps Eagles

A dream final: Tiger leading and playing with Phil
SAN DIEGO -- A script right out of Hollywood came together in a span of 20 minutes late Saturday afternoon in the Buick Invitational, when two players made birdie putts from the same line on the 18th green.

Tiger didn't get the welcome he wanted
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods finally got his first round behind him Friday, finishing with a birdie for a 2-under 70 that left him five strokes behind former college rival Arron Oberholser in the Buick Invitational.

Els leads Johnnie Walker Classic
PERTH, Australia -- Ernie Els played 10 ordinary holes then eight extraordinary ones Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Fair-weather Tiger back in the hunt

Els leads Johnnie Walker Classic

A dream final: Tiger leading and playing with Phil

Fair-weather Tiger back in the hunt
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods' turnaround was just as drastic as the change in weather Friday, from a gloomy fog to spectacular sunshine.

Tiger didn't get the welcome he wanted

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Wildcats' free throws fall when it counts

Laney edges Hawks

Thrashers tie Lightning
ATLANTA -- Nikita Alexeev scored with 13:44 left in regulation as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a two-goal deficit and tied the Atlanta Thrashers 2-2 Friday night.

Mighty Ducks emerge as playoff contenders

Thrashers tie Lightning

Mighty Ducks emerge as playoff contenders
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Perhaps there's something in the Orange County air, or maybe it's the Rally Monkey.

Blix: Inspectors have not found any weapons of mass destruction
UNITED NATIONS -- Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Security Council on Friday his teams have not uncovered any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but that Saddam Hussein has not accounted for many banned weapons that his government is suspected of having.

Protesters plan global day of rallies against war in Iraq
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Tens of thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against a war in Iraq Saturday, kicking off anti-war rallies planned around the world this weekend.

Pentagon notifying news organizations about how many journalists will go with troops
NEW YORK -- The Pentagon told a series of news organizations this week how many journalists they would be allowed to send with the military in case of a war with Iraq.

Iraq declines to assume presidency of disarmament forum
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq has decided to give up its turn to take up the rotating presidency of the world's top disarmament forum, a prospect that had prompted strong U.S. opposition, the United Nations said Friday.

French foreign minister: Let inspections continue, no need for war
UNITED NATIONS -- France's foreign minister drew rare applause from his U.N. Security Council colleagues Friday with his declaration that weapons inspections "are producing results" and there was no justification yet for a war with Iraq.

Powell confronts allies opposed to conflict with Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary of State Colin Powell pressed reluctant allies Friday to threaten Iraq with force to disarm and not be taken in by "tricks that are being played on us."

Bush faces decision on whether to delay war
WASHINGTON -- Barring a huge turnabout, President Bush is unlikely to gain U.N. support for war with Iraq. His choice is to face up to long odds and try again, or to bypass the Security Council and wage war with Britain and several other allies at the U.S. side.

Insightful advice from our Oval Office heroes
America might not have realized its dream that anyone can grow up to be president, but almost everyone can write about the president.

Change River Watch to Citizens Parkway

Want diversity? Just look around

Cheeks should be thrown out of office

Preservationists' fight misguided

Cheeks just made a mistake

Broadway on Broad Street

What is writer's definition of 'flawless'?

'Chronicle' should speak out against ineffective leaders

How do we distinguish illegals from terrorists?

District attorney doing a fine job

Cheeks should do the right thing - resign

Letter writer gets reference mixed up

Charles Walker: Do me a favor and leave me be

At the movies: Frida

Tart brings out tuber's tastiness

Home front

Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens

In the know

Happy birthday

Arts calendar

Mind your manners on the golf course

ECHL slapshots
In his past 10 games, Pensacola right winger Greg Pankewicz has tallied seven goals and 12 assists, as the Ice Pilots have won eight of their past 10 games to pull within five points of Louisiana for first in the Southwest Division.

Lynx game report

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Greenville Grrrowl, Bi-Lo Center, 3 p.m.

Lynx game report
Star of the game: Jackson's John McNabb led the way with two goals, his 26th and 27th of the year.

Lynx spin way past Cyclones
Most hockey players are superstitious by nature, so Augusta Lynx trainer Brian Patafie may have no choice but to brush up on his dance moves.

Forward hopes to escape fine by hair
Augusta Lynx forward Lance Galbraith is hoping to save himself a C-note.

ECHL notebook
With attendance sagging and operating costs rising across minor-pro hockey, the list of East Coast Hockey League franchises in serious trouble seems to be growing by the day.

Lynx road report

Fortunes don't reverse for Lynx

ECHL slapshots

Forward hopes to escape fine by hair

Lynx spin way past Cyclones

Fortunes don't reverse for Lynx
After Wednesday night's humiliating loss to Pee Dee, Lynx coach David Wilkie and assistant coach John Whitwell sat in their office until midnight breaking down the game tape.

Schools ready their crisis plans
Aiken County school authorities are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

State opens fraud inquiry
More state agencies are investigating alleged corruption at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia.

MOX program's fate rests in Russia
Its supporters say it could mean billions in local investment and hundreds of good jobs for the Augusta area. Critics say it's a bigger risk than the nuclear terrorism it is intended to help prevent.

Power line fears are misplaced, experts say
MARIETTA, Ga. - Experts say critics who oppose the erection of high-voltage electric transmission lines because of health risks and declining property values might be wrong.

Across the Southeast

Bill offers tax amnesty plan

Education board gets 5 newcomers
Patricia Biggerstaff of Lincolnton has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the State Board of Education to replace Augusta board member Roscoe Williams, who resigned at the governor's request.

Obstacles hindering move of reactor to South Carolina

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating the slaying of an Augusta man found shot to death behind a vacant house on Wooten Road.

Senator adjusts to new duties

Ecologists plan beyond Phinizy Swamp
Gene Eidson conducted his first ecology lesson at Phinizy Swamp in 1998 - with little more than $155 in materials and a determined smile.

Lobbyists want power stripped from utilities

Obstacles hindering move of reactor to South Carolina
SAN DIEGO -- A series of problems over the past several months will likely delay plans to move a decomissioned nuclear reactor from the San Onofre power plant to South Carolina, Southern California Edison officials acknowledged.

City lets work projects linger

Driver is jailed in DUI deaths
Hattie Umoh was driving her aunt, Daisy Oliver, to a doctor's visit the afternoon of July 30 when David W. Fulcher, beer in hand, crashed his pickup into the back of Mrs. Umoh's car.

ASU wants alumni to return to school

Schools make plans amid terrorism alert
The Columbia County school system is heeding warnings by the federal government to prepare for a chemical or biological attack by supplying schools this week with such items as water, plastic sheeting and duct tape.

Across the area

Convicted killer is up for parole
AIKEN - In about two hours on June 2, 1979, two Augusta men crisscrossed the Savannah River at least four times in a two-state robbery and murder spree that eventually sent them to prison for life.

Past pollution shadows Russia
Gulnara Ismagilova remembers 1957 the way folks from the South Carolina town of Ellenton remember 1950 - government officials came to her small town and said everyone was going to be relocated.

Disease of geraniums is no danger to people
The disease that led the Georgia Department of Agriculture to quarantine hundreds of geraniums across the state Friday poses no danger to people, officials said.

Convicted killer is up for parole

Tax-deductible fire fees proposed
A local lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make subscription fees paid to private fire departments tax-deductible in Georgia.

Bird bath

Group will try to shield Fort Gordon
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood came to Augusta on Friday to organize an effort to keep Fort Gordon from being a target in the next round of military base closings three years from now.

News you can use

Walker wants meeting on protest ordinance
Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. wants local leaders to set aside their political differences and personal agendas to have an open conversation abouta local protest ordinance.

Power line fears are misplaced, experts say

Traffic stop leads to trafficking charges
Three Augusta men were in police custody Friday after a downtown traffic stop uncovered $40,000 worth of crack cocaine.

Dog disappearances lead to worries about thieves
Elly Schobel's black and tan German shepherd, Rascal, jumped out of her white Ford truck and immediately lay in the dirt.

Officer calls school fire arson
A fire at Morgan Road Middle School on Wednesday has been ruled an arson.

Sweep by GOP revives rightists
ATLANTA - When Georgia Republicans captured the Governor's Mansion and took control of the state Senate last fall, no one celebrated harder than religious conservatives.

Security changes lead to drop in drug busts
At Augusta Regional Airport, officials say, the war on terrorism has helped the war on drugs. It's also rooted out everything from head shears to toy guns as the result of increased bag searches since Sept. 11, 2001.

Senator adjusts to new duties
ATLANTA - It's 7 a.m. at the state Capitol, and Eric Johnson is unpacking boxes in his spacious office next door to the Senate chambers.

Boost to minority recruiting fails to pay off
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite what University of Georgia officials said was an unprecedented effort to recruit minority applicants this year, the number of black applicants for next year's freshman class plummeted by 40 percent.

Women join to give children works of comfort
Carol Armstrong spent 23 years helping people as a branch manager with Bank of America.

Georgians find state budget cuts
NEWNAN, Ga. - Without glancing at the 700-page book that summarizes Georgia's $16 billion budget, Maurice Britt has an immediate suggestion on how to meet a projected revenue shortfall.

News you can use
FEB. 16, 1983 The Graniteville Co. announced plans Monday to close its Enterprise plant in Augusta, throwing 425 people out of work. The closing is the second part of a restructuring plan made public last month.

Bill offers tax amnesty plan
ATLANTA - Georgians who never got around to paying taxes in past years could have a chance to come clean under an amnesty plan proposed by Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez.

Wildlife Expo opens in shaky economy
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Hundreds of wildlife artists and exhibitors will find out this weekend if people are still willing to spend money on prints, paintings and sculptures when the economy is shaky and people are worried about impending war.

Candidate had SGA win in bag
ATHENS, Ga. - Roger Strauss is something of a legend in University of Georgia Student Government Association folklore.

Correction
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misspelled the name of a Medical College of Georgia official. Dr. T. Andrew Albritton is the associate dean for curriculum in MCG's School of Medicine.

Educators voice concerns
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Education reform and how to teach effectively within shrinking school budgets without shortchanging pupils top the agenda for a three-day gathering of Georgia science teachers that began Thursday.

Across the Southeast
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -An Amtrak train smashed into two vehicles at separate crossings 12 miles apart Friday, killing the driver of a pickup in the first crash. No one on the train was injured in either accident.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A former Charleston city employee and his son were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling more than $600,000 from the city.

Guide gives poetic touch to island tour
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Most people like their horses strong and with good temperament.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The power struggle between Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker spilled Friday into the GOP-led Senate, where lawmakers threw their support behind the new governor.

Lobbyists want power stripped from utilities
MARIETTA, Ga. - Faced by a juggernaut that gobbles land, could threaten health and is unstoppable in court, Newt Nickell and his neighbors remain confident.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man found outside a residence on Wooten Road off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Heart fund-raiser gets the best moves from schoolchildren
Greenbrier Elementary third-grader Lauren Gubosh attempts some fancy tricks in the school's Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser.

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.

Guide gives poetic touch to island tour

State puts 6 guards off job
Six youth detention officers at the Augusta Youth Development Campus were suspended with little explanation Thursday by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Valentine's Day means waiting

Edgefield County hunts solution to budget cuts
Edgefield County's public school district, like other districts in the state, is feeling the crunch of the most recent round of state budget cuts.

Bird bath
A snowy egret catches some sun while wading in a lake off Stevens Creek Road. Saturday's warm weather brought many people out to enjoy the day.

Chemical spills onto busy street
GRANITEVILLE - A tanker truck traveling through Graniteville on Friday ruptured and spilled hundreds of gallons of its chemical contents on Main Street.

Ecologists plan beyond Phinizy Swamp

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.

Past pollution shadows Russia

Officer calls school fire arson

Sweep by GOP revives rightists

Correction

Across the southeast

Boost to minority recruiting fails to pay off

State opens fraud inquiry

Tax-deductible fire fees proposed

Dog disappearances lead to worries about thieves

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Driver is jailed in DUI deaths

Preservationist will speak on his conservation act

Subscriber of the day
Shepphard Williams of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

MOX program's fate rests in Russia

Valentine's Day means waiting
"I'm hungry," exclaimed LeFaye Davis as she stood near the bar of the Macaroni Grill with her boyfriend, Marcus Collins.

Car chase ends with 2 arrests in thefts
They came to Aiken armed with tinfoil-lined shopping bags, a shiny red rental car and more than 10 grams of cocaine.

Across Georgia

Preservationist will speak on his conservation act
Former state Rep. Chip Campsen, a champion of land preservation in South Carolina, will speak today at the Aiken County Historical Museum.

Chemical spills onto busy street

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Group will try to shield Fort Gordon

Across Georgia
DALTON -A jury has found a man guilty of killing his friend when the two of them were building a house while high on methamphetamines.

Educators voice concerns

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A fund drive to keep Gov. Mark Sanford from temporarily closing the Governor's Mansion already has raised $70,000.

Schools ready their crisis plans

City lets work projects linger
A community meeting about a proposed capital improvement plan has been set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center, at 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Subscriber of the day

ASU wants alumni to return to school
On Saturday, Augusta State University students and alumni basked in unseasonable 78-degree weather, celebrating homecoming with a parade, floats, live music and grilled food.

Across the area

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -The lure of politics is strong for some, perhaps stronger than the pull of death for one mysterious man.

Heart fund-raiser gets the best moves from schoolchildren

Subscriber of the day
Curtis Toler of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Security changes lead to drop in drug busts

Stripes leave coaches seeing stars
ATHENS, Ga. - Mercifully, this was not on television. You had to actually pay for a ticket to see this kind of career performance.

Earnhardt repeats feat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It didn't take long for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to figure out the only place to be Saturday during the Koolerz 300 was in the lead.

Full-time drivers test out Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first three cars on the starting grid for today's Koolerz 300 are driven by men with bigger racing plans at Daytona International Speedway.

Wallace sent to back of Daytona 500 field for illegal carburetor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Rusty Wallace was booted 30 spots down the starting grid for the Daytona 500 and his crew chief was fined $10,000 for using an illegal carburetor in his qualifying race.

Black fans scarce at Daytona

T. Bodine solidifies role as unsung favorite for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Todd Bodine is making his fourth start in the Daytona 500, but he's never been this close to the front.

Rivalry to be front and center
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As long as Dale Earnhardt was alive, there was harmony between the teams he carried to prominence: Richard Childress Racing as a driver, Dale Earnhardt Inc. as an owner.

Rivalry to be front and center

Marketing minds want to make it Miller Time for NASCAR fans

Crawford drives fine line to win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - No matter how crazy things got in the final two laps of Friday's Florida Dodge Dealers 250 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Rick Crawford wasn't moving off the yellow line that splits the racing surface and the track apron.

Full-time drivers test out Daytona

T. Bodine solidifies role as unsung favorite for Daytona 500

Wallace sent to back of Daytona 500 field for illegal carburetor

Black fans scarce at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It was a sunny Havoline day with Miller Lite clouds streaking the blue Kodak sky.

Crawford drives fine line to win

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three attack helicopters hovered over Daytona International Speedway early Saturday as three other fighter jets were perched on the runway that runs parallel with the backstretch.

Martin beats crowd for IROC win

Martin beats crowd for IROC win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The International Race of Champions made an impressive sales pitch for future sponsorship at Daytona International Speedway.

Marketing minds want to make it Miller Time for NASCAR fans
In NASCAR, a sport where everything is for sale and no promotional idea goes untapped, the only surprise is that it took until now for someone to come up with the idea.

Investigators want to know what caused the breach in the shuttle

Timeline of Columbia's final 7 minutes

Pacers 98 top Hawks in OT
INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Miller scored 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of overtime, to lift the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers over the Atlanta Hawks 98-97 Friday night.

Pacers 98 top Hawks in OT

Harriman's accuracy keeps Jags in groove
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Jaguars' alumni could see a title
When Greg Wilson received a copy of the Peach Belt women's basketball coaches preseason poll in October, he acted like a member of the television show Trading Spaces.

Homecoming win scored by Jaguars
Lander guard Ade Mason approached Augusta State's Chris Harriman outside the teams' locker rooms Saturday night.

Paine's Scott finds range, scores 31
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Yari Scott scored 31 points to lead Paine College to a 62-55 victory over Benedict College on Saturday night.

USC Aiken women fade in second half
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State women pulled away from USC Aiken in the second half to post a 56-52 Peach Belt Conference victory Saturday.

Lady Jags win division
A loud scream erupted from the Augusta State women's locker room after fourth-year coach Greg Wilson told his players the news.

Miss Eloise Washington    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Mitchell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Jaylee Broome    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Maxine Williams    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Oma Boatright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Remelle Washington    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Della Samples    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Miss Eloise Washington    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Posey    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Tyson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. King Thurmond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Preston Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Virginia Teeters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Shockley    (RAYLE, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Sams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Atkinson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Horace Richardson Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Padgett Sr.    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Pauline Potter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Harris Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Anne McGrath    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Odell Locklair Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary McCray    ( NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Jaylee Beeson-Broome    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Martin Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Remelle Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty-Jean Lockett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sidney Kitching    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Herbert Sams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lula Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tracy Jenkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Augustine Punaro    (TENAFLY, N.J.)
Mr. Charlie Woodard    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Oma Boatwright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leslye Hoffman    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Zepp    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Gibson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. William Peiffer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Evans    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Moss    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Cumbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary McCray    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Rubenia Chamberlain    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Hiergesell Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Butler    (THOMASTON, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eddie Burton    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mabel Chantler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Cumbee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Hiergesell Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Harris Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Odell Locklair Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Oma Boatwright (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Shockley (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Remelle Washington (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maxine Williams (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Teeters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Burton (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Remelle Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Atkinson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Chantler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Sams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Moss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Martin Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Kitching (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Potter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Padgett Sr. (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Posey (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. King Thurmond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Zepp (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Sams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jaylee Broome (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty-Jean Lockett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Butler (THOMASTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Mitchell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Tyson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Eloise Washington (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Tracy Jenkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Della Samples (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Evans (WADLEY, Ga.)

Jaylee Beeson-Broome (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Gibson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Richardson Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rubenia Chamberlain (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Woodard (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Leslye Hoffman (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Oma Boatright (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cheeks just made a mistake
I do not know what Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, did to The Augusta Chronicle, but he sure must have rubbed someone there the wrong way because you have made a big deal out of the man making a mistake by trying to help a friend in trouble. I know he was wrong for what he did, but it was not headline news. I think he made a big mistake, but let it go. I think everyone needs to let it go. Everybody acts like they have never made a mistake. He was just trying to help a friend. L. Wayne Newman, Augusta

Broadway on Broad Street
Side By Side by Sondheim on Jan. 23 at the Imperial Theater was everything except stuffy opera. Augusta Opera Association presented this musical melange of many of Sondheim's best pieces about love, marriage and relationships, and the cast wove them together beautifully to create a tapestry of the many nuances of Sondheim's great talent. Vera Farmer-Welk, Martinez, Ga.

Game's over
Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix and his counterpart, nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei, tried to paint as optimistic a picture as they could in their anxiously awaited report to the U.N. Security Council Friday.

Why not the '99 plan?
The Augusta Regional Airport Aviation Commission signaled several weeks ago that it would turn away from its overly ambitious $64 million master plan to revamp Bush Field's terminal.

What is writer's definition of 'flawless'?
Steffen Williams (Jan. 30, "Tag, track illegal immigrants; learn English or just go home") wants to rid our nation of those who do not speak flawless English. Does his definition of "flawless" encompass flawless grammar and diction? Michael Milnes, Martinez, Ga.

Ethics reform tough
The call to toughen up the state's ethics laws helped get Sonny Perdue elected governor. One of the more popular proposals would bar lawmakers and state officials from contacting the Department of Corrections or the state Board of Pardons and Paroles on behalf of a convict.

'Chronicle' should speak out against ineffective leaders
When are the local media going to begin putting pressure on the Augusta government to start producing? It pains me to see the obvious apathy in the local media. Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.

Cheeks should do the right thing - resign
In light of the recent revelations regarding Sen. Don Cheeks', R-Augusta, intrusion into the Richmond County criminal justice system, one thing is clear: the senator must go. Jay Connail, Augusta

Unorthodox governor
Mark Sanford was a maverick GOP "shrink the government" congressman with a take-no-prisoners record of voting for tax and spending cuts. He was expected to be a highly unusual and interesting South Carolina governor when he was elected to that post last November - and he is living up to expectations.

Preservationists' fight misguided
This is in response to Patrick Parker's letter on Feb. 9, "Forests will suffer under Bush," wherein he wants to prevent logging in our national forests. I.B. Lawton Jr., Allendale, S.C.

Letter writer gets reference mixed up
Regarding the letter to the editor on Jan. 21 by Carl S. Champlin, "Men share blame for pregnancies": It is important to note that Mr. Champlin has gotten his Catholic theology seriously mixed up. Christopher Welch, Augusta

Charles Walker: Do me a favor and leave me be
The Augusta Chronicle never ceases to amaze me. Regardless of the issue, you feel compelled to bring my name into the discussion. Case in point, your editorial entitled "No time for partisanship" in your Feb. 13 edition. Charles W. Walker, Augusta

How do we distinguish illegals from terrorists?
Provide shelter, jobs and financial assistance at the expense of American taxpayers, and those more unfortunate will take advantage of our kindness by entering our country by any means available. I have no objection to helping others in need, but how do you separate those in need from those who may be terrorists, intent on doing us dreadful harm? Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

District attorney doing a fine job
The editorial, "Indecent exposures," in the Feb. 9 Augusta Chronicle pointed out some significant concerns about how politics can affect the performance of our system of justice. What should also be pointed out is that our community is a safer place because of District Attorney Danny Craig, his staff and the judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Dan Hillman, Augusta

Want diversity? Just look around
We constantly argue over the diversity of our country, but where else in the world is the No. 1 golfer African-American, the No. 1 female tennis player African-American, the No. 1 music rapper white, and one of the most popular female country singers American Indian? We can look at the crew members of the space shuttle Columbia to see we are a diverse country regardless of our other differences. Norris Bunch, North Augusta, S.C.

Change River Watch to Citizens Parkway
I read with interest the Feb. 5 Metro article, "Road could carry Connell's name." Bill Webber, Grovetown, Ga.

Cheeks should be thrown out of office
Please tell me no one in this town will vote for Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, in his next election. The day we support politicians who defend sexual batterers of children is the day all is lost in the world. Gina Simpson, Martinez, Ga.

Martinez drops out of Qatar Open due to injury

Overtime

Area sports announcements

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Area sports announcements
Feb. 22-23: Independent Baseball League Tryout Camp at Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga. For more information, call (770) 435-9651 or go to www.eteamz.com/tryouts.

Martinez drops out of Qatar Open due to injury
DOHA, Qatar -- Seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez withdrew from the Qatar Open on Friday because of a right ankle injury, allowing wild card Lina Krasnoroutskaya to advance to the semifinals.

Kiwis knocked out of America's Cup opener
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Two-time defending champion Team New Zealand was forced to withdraw from the opening race of the America's Cup after its boat broke down twice less than 20 minutes after the start Saturday (Friday night EST).

Overtime
Evans junior Christian Kata took home a pair of third place finishes at the Class AAAAA swim meet in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Williams to face Clijsters in Diamond Games final
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams coasted to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on Saturday to reach the Diamond Games final against Kim Clijsters.

Williams advances to semifinals at Diamond Games
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Tina Pisnik 6-1, 6-4 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the $585,000 Diamond Games.

Overtime
Special teams coach Tommy Rayewill not return to Georgia Tech next season, Jackets' officials have confirmed.

Move opens doors

Dog aficionados converge
SHELL BLUFF, Ga. - They gather each winter among the rolling hills and hedgerows at the Elwin G. Smith Farm.

Dog aficionados converge

Fatal accidents decrease
Fatal hunting accidents in Georgia declined this past season - from six in 2001 to four during 2002 - but that's four too many.

Move opens doors
George Bales remembers the old race track that once occupied a hillside off Windsor Spring Road.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday: The first of three safe boating classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Boat House, Riverfront Drive, Augusta. Registration is $25. Contact the Savannah River Sail & Power Squadron for more details, (706) 796-8532.

Fatal accidents decrease

Laney edges Hawks
The Laney Wildcats pulled out a nail-biter in the boys Region 3-AAA championship game Saturday, edging Washington County 52-51.

South Aiken tops North Augusta
AIKEN - The Region 4-AAAA basketball showdown between South Aiken and North Augusta Friday night was not the state championship, but both squads played with such intensity that the mistake would have been easy to make.

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

Hephzibah girls stifle Glenn Hills
For Saturday night's Region 3-AAAA girls basketball championship at Cross Creek, Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton tested his young team.

Wildcats' free throws fall when it counts
Laney coach Norman Bonner has seen his team struggle at the free-throw line all season.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Saturday's prep basketball games:

Laney bucks trend to win
The Lady Wildcats threw out the old superstition.

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. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

AwanaGames help children be strong in faith
Lindsey Byrd's fright over the size of last year's crowd at the Awana nondenominational youth club regional competition in Tucker, Ga., was short lived - it ended when she and Trinity Baptist Church teammates placed first.

Learn to foster true commitment
Here's hoping your Valentine's Day was filled with lots of love, passion, romance and commitment!

Some liberal scholars think biblical Saul and David did exist
TORONTO -- Judging from a session at the year's key gathering of Bible scholars, King Saul and King David aren't dead yet. So to speak.

Faith digest
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie of Ellicott City, Md., the first woman bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak at 11 a.m. today at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Boulevard.

Stripes leave coaches seeing stars

Investigators want to know what caused the breach in the shuttle
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- The Columbia investigation board is trying to zero in on what caused the hole in the shuttle's aluminum skin that apparently allowed super-hot gases to penetrate the wing and destroy the spacecraft.

Timeline of Columbia's final 7 minutes
From the first hints that things were going wrong aboard the space shuttle Columbia until it disintegrated over Texas, killing its seven astronauts, the timeline was brief but full.

Video games are now attracting top Hollywood talent
LOS ANGELES -- It was virtually "Game Over" from the start for designer Dave Perry's video game version of "The Terminator."

Study: most people turn their heads to right when they kiss
When you kiss your sweetheart this Valentine's Day you may well turn your head to the right, echoing a preference born in the womb, a researcher suggests.

Store weds video and Internet to offer personalized shopping
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Buying over the Internet is like ordering from a big cyberspace catalogue - you click on a picture, put the item in your virtual shopping cart and check out by typing in your credit card information.

Dolly the cloned sheep euthanized
LONDON -- Dolly the sheep, the world's first mammal cloned from an adult, was euthanized after being diagnosed with progressive lung disease, her creators said Friday.

Georgia's defense stops Vanderbilt
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick related the Bulldogs' 83-70 win over Vanderbilt Saturday to a root canal.

Georgia's defense stops Vanderbilt

New faces could keep Bulldogs motivated
ATHENS, Ga. - After a season in which the Georgia football team capped its first Southeastern Conference championship in 20 years with a victory over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, one might think complacency would be a concern.

New faces could keep Bulldogs motivated

Gamecocks aren't the worst of SEC
COLUMBIA - During one frustrating stretch of the first half Saturday, South Carolina coach Dave Odom told his assistants that Rolando Howell needed to be in the game.

Gamecocks aren't the worst of SEC

Arkansas wants second season win against South Carolina

Arkansas wants second season win against South Carolina
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 13 Arkansas Lady Razorbacks returned from a 70-60 win at Kentucky on Thursday, only to turn around and head back East for a Sunday afternoon matchup with No. 15 South Carolina.

Bush faces decision on whether to delay war

Powell confronts allies opposed to conflict with Iraq

Pentagon notifying news organizations about how many journalists will go with troops

Protesters plan global day of rallies against war in Iraq

Blix: Inspectors have not found any weapons of mass destruction

Video games are now attracting top Hollywood talent

Store weds video and Internet to offer personalized shopping

Study: most people turn their heads to right when they kiss

Faith digest

Some liberal scholars think biblical Saul and David did exist

AwanaGames help children be strong in faith

Learn to foster true commitment

Faith and fellowship calendar