Darren Baker prepared to wait 10 years to be bat boy
MESA, Ariz. -- Darren Baker has new red wristbands, a new blue belt, and even some black cleats with blue stripes - everything the boy needs to complete his tiny new Chicago Cubs uniform.

Darren Baker prepared to wait 10 years to be bat boy

France has given us many things, but not support

What would Jesus eat?
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Praying for a slimmer figure? You may be on the right track to weight loss, according new programs that look to the Bible as a diet book.

Odds and Ends
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Tom and Terry Swenson have a new game with a historical twist.

Cox sets up spring rotation

Braves' notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jason Marquis' demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Braves' future Hall of Famer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- An empty batting cage provided a suitable backdrop to the start of Chipper Jones' ninth season with the Atlanta Braves.

Cox sets up spring rotation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.- Braves manager Bobby Cox threw open the competition for the fifth starter's job Sunday, naming 23-year-old left-hander Horacio Ramirez to start against the Phillies in Friday's Grapefruit League opener and 24-year-old right-hander Trey Hodges to start a split-squad game the next day.

Lopez knows it's time to produce

Lopez knows it's time to produce
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After the worst season of his career, Javy Lopez decided it was time to try a new routine.

Braves' future Hall of Famer

Braves' notebook

Credit unions have many advantages

Who has your number?
Robert Blocker purchased a big-screen TV from Best Buy }using the Augusta store's attractive 18-month, no-interest payment plan.

Trading volume might be Wall Street's biggest weakness
NEW YORK -- While the threat of war with Iraq has sent stocks falling sharply for more than a month, it is trading volume, not prices, that has taken the biggest hit and that poses the biggest risk to the market.

Who has your number?

Tax tip: some home refinancing costs are deductible
Taxpayers who refinanced their homes may be eligible to deduct some costs associated with their loans, according to the IRS.

Do I need additional insurance for my baggage when I fly?
Q: My credit card offers additional baggage coverage when I use it to book airline tickets. Do I need it?

Morningstar deal with Fidelity raises questions about independence
NEW YORK -- While investors have long relied on fund tracker Morningstar Inc. for its sound research, some are questioning whether a recent deal it struck with the mutual fund industry's largest firm might threaten its independence.

Employees need motivation to perform well
Employees. Don't you just love them? Or do you hate them?

On the move
Beverly Barshafsky Peltierhas joined Augusta Technical College as director of institutional advancement. She will be responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of the Augusta Tech Foundation. Mrs. Peltier brings more than 17 years of marketing and public relations experience from companies such as IBM, First Union and most recently SunTrust Bank, where she served as director of marketing for the Augusta and Savannah markets. She is a 1996 graduate of Augusta State University where she received a bachelor's degree in marketing. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Richmond County.

Credit unions have many advantages
Q: My new employer offers a credit union. What are credit unions and what advantages do they offer over banks? What are their disadvantages?

Tax tip: old tax returns are available from the IRS
There may be times when you need a copy of your prior year federal tax return, a transcript of a return or tax account information. A phone call to the IRS may easily solve your problem.

Pocket change

Direct sales have large market

On the move

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.

Women open restaurant to work for themselves

Do I need additional insurance for my baggage when I fly?

Direct sales have large market
AMARILLO, Texas -- For Margie McGuire, the color of green is pink.

Tax tip: old tax returns are available from the IRS

Women open restaurant to work for themselves
Alex Askew was 17 the first time she stepped inside the restaurant at 3160 Wrightsboro Road.

Morningstar deal with Fidelity raises questions about independence

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free electronic filing course; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; limited seating; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, 737-1790.

Trading volume might be Wall Street's biggest weakness

Fraud costs millions for investors
When Ronald Robinson recently took the $111,000 that was left of his retirement fund to Solomon Smith Barney, his new stockbroker asked him unfamiliar questions.

Business calendar

Employees need motivation to perform well

Tax tip: some home refinancing costs are deductible

Tigers making their case

Tigers making their case
CLEMSON, S.C. - For the last two years, the Clemson-Florida State basketball game has meant little more than deciding who gets to wear the home jerseys for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament play-in game.

After 17 straight wins, Louisville stuck in slump

Jaguars earn share of division title with win

Inmates in charge?

Containment has failed

Hungry for some scapegoat?

Newcomer Norah Jones wins 5 Grammys
NEW YORK -- The music of pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones garnered eight Grammy awards Sunday night, including album and record of the year, capping a year where the sultry singer catapulted from obscurity to international acclaim.

Rapper 50 Cent trades in drug business for rap career
NEW YORK -- Sitting in a ritzy hotel and celebrating the record-breaking sales of his debut album - 872,000 copies in just four days - 50 Cent seems far removed from his dangerous past, when he hustled crack in the gritty Queens neighborhood where he grew up.

Home reflects teacher's love for painting and antiques
During breaks from painting florals or landscapes in her second-story studio, Sue Powell can look out to the tree-lined street below.

Arts calendar
THE BATTLE OF AIKEN: re-enactment of Civil War battle today, Carolina Star Plantation, off Interstate 20, Exit 39, in Aiken County; camp opens 9 a.m., 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.; $5 students and $10 adults at gate; (803) 641-1111.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Imagine us in the aftermath of a "dirty bomb" attack: What do we do now?

Hometown son lives his American dream
Mildred Robinson knew there was something special about her middle child.

Maine attractions
MILBRIDGE, Maine - Ah, Maine. Nicknamed Vacationland and touted as "the way life should be," it's a state full of spectacular scenery, pure air and endless hordes of tourist-laden minivans, SUVs and RVs, their occupants intent on finding the perfect Kodak moment, fried seafood and, if possible, a public bathroom in the next 10 miles

What flag rules govern mourning?
Dear Carson: We want to honor our astronauts in the wake of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. My question regards flying the U.S. flag at half-staff . Is there a predetermined length of time that the flag is to be flown? Are there specific rules and regulations about this? -- Flag Findings

Home front
Consumers today want loads of bubbles.

In the know
MIX MASTERS Take a popular song, add a dash of made-up lyrics, and what do you get? Local teenagers find out.

MTV expects to be news source for young people if war breaks out
NEW YORK -- The network of Eminem and "The Osbournes" is getting ready for war, too.

Smallville'sTom Welling is joined by Christopher Reeve in a guest role
NEW YORK -- Tom Welling has learned firsthand: Being Clark Kent isn't easy.

Jackets defeat Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sonja Mallory scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Georgia Tech beat Clemson 78-63 on Sunday.

Jackets defeat Tigers

India's Atwal wins Malaysian Open
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- India's Arjun Atwal shot a 5-under 66 Sunday for a four-stroke victory at the Malaysian Open.

Howell loses to Weir in playoff
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Weir staged another unlikely comeback Sunday, making up a seven-stroke deficit against Charles Howell III and winning the Nissan Open with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Charles in charge at Riviera

Howell loses to Weir in playoff

Davies wins ANZ Ladies Masters, Webb second again
GOLD COAST, Australia -- England's Laura Davies wasn't embarrassed by this finish.

Fleisher wins Verizon Classic by one shot

Shooting for No. 1

India's Atwal wins Malaysian Open

Charles in charge at Riviera
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Howell III was curious to see how he would respond to his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. The answer was quick and decisive.

Fleisher wins Verizon Classic by one shot
LUTZ, Fla. -- Bruce Fleisher took advantage of a two-shot swing on the 17th hole and edged Hale Irwin for a one-shot victory in the Verizon Classic on Sunday.

Shooting for No. 1
When you're small, you have to speak up to get noticed. When you're a small school, you have to be consistent and persistent to garner attention.

Josey's chances blocked

Hawks center surges

Prep basketball playoff capsules

Eagles can't stop Squaws

U.S. has spent $28 billion so far fighting terror, Pentagon says
WASHINGTON -- The costs of a war with Iraq would be on top of the $28 billion the U.S. military has already spent battling terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Top Kurdish officials warn of clashes if Turkish troops cross in northern Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq -- Kurdish officials in northern Iraq warned Sunday of clashes between Turks and Kurds should Turkey follow through on its plan to send thousands of troops into the region in case of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Iraqi studying U.N. order to destroy banned missiles
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq has withheld a decision on a U.N. order to start destroying its Al Samoud 2 missile program by the end of the week, but said Sunday it is "serious about solving this."

Opponents of war in Iraq have trouble getting their message on TV
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Ben and Jerry want you. "Take it from a couple of old ice cream guys," Jerry Greenfield says in a recent TV ad arguing against war in Iraq. "Demonstrate. Act.

Upgraded Patriot missiles await second Iraqi test
ANDOVER, Mass. -- David Hartman, who commanded an air defense battalion outside Tel Aviv during the Gulf War, remembers the thrill of watching a Patriot missile race into the sky and destroy an incoming Iraqi Scud.

U.S. and Britain making last push for peace
LONDON -- Britain and the United States will make a "last push for peace" as they try to secure a new United Nations resolution ordering Iraq to disarm, Prime Minister Tony Blair's office said.

France has given us many things, but not support
When I traveled to Europe several years ago, an experienced vacationer advised me to drink the water only in France.

Police arrest man in shooting death
Police say they expect to charge an Augusta man this afternoon in the early morning shooting death of Willie Rhodes.

Man arrested in shooting death
AIKEN - An Aiken County man was shot to death early today after a fight broke out at a party in Petticoat Junction.

Fight for the military; they fight for you

Flag editorial insulting and absurd

Space exploration is a waste of time, money and lives

Comparison to King Solomon blasphemous

Bush - a one-term president

The South lost the war, remember?

The U.S. needs to get out of U.N. and go its own way

Fond farewell to Timothy Fellows

Johnson has given NCWO its head

Book on Lincoln filled with inaccuracies

Applauds tobacco, alcohol tax increase

Home front

Rapper 50 Cent trades in drug business for rap career

Arts calendar

Maine attractions

What flag rules govern mourning?

Hometown son lives his American dream

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

MTV expects to be news source for young people if war breaks out

Smallville'sTom Welling is joined by Christopher Reeve in a guest role

Newcomer Norah Jones wins 5 Grammys

Home reflects teacher's love for painting and antiques

Slapshots
Led by a hot goaltending tandem of Patrick Couture and former Lynx Josh Blackburn, the Columbia Inferno have allowed just 17 goals in their past 10 games, going 9-1-0.

Lynx roll to crucial victory
It was a game the Augusta Lynx desperately needed to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Scuffle could turn the tide

Lynx shut out Generals
Tom Draper drop-kicked a puck, barked out countless bits of advice to his teammates, wore his emotions on his sleeve, made spectacular saves and pumped new life into the Augusta Lynx this weekend.

ECHL notebook
The East Coast Hockey League submitted its first-draft proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement last week, and to say that the players are less than thrilled might be the understatement of the year.

Slapshots

Scuffle could turn the tide
Although the Augusta Lynx say they've moved on from an altercation between forwards Patrick Yetman and Mike Legg in Thursday's loss to Columbia, an introspective Yetman issued one final word on the incident with the hopes of putting it to rest for good.

ECHL notebook

Lynx roll to crucial victory

Lynx shut out Generals

News you can use

Whistle-blower speaks out
It's not that Sharon Haire isn't concerned about her future after getting fired last week from an Augusta mental health center. It's just that she has 5,000 people she is more worried about.

Horticulturist has more than a green thumb
Jennie Addie makes the flowers bloom, the butterflies fly and the animals obey.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathleen Haskell of Martinez.

Residents rally at senior center for incorporation
ATLANTA -- As many as 500 people crowded a Sandy Springs senior center this weekend in an effort to convince local lawmakers to push for the Atlanta suburb's incorporation.

Medical-reform debate rages on
ATLANTA - Janice Dixon went to a hospital emergency room in September 1995 suffering from nausea, vomiting and high fever, only to be sent home without seeing a doctor.

Across the area
Police were investigating a shooting at the One Stop gas station on Barton Chapel Road early this morning.

Budget still on state's to-do list
ATLANTA - The 2003 General Assembly will hit the halfway mark Wednesday when lawmakers return to the Capitol after a weeklong break.

DeKalb school principal jailed on child molestation charge
DECATUR, Ga. -- A DeKalb County elementary school principal remained in jail Sunday after his arrest on a charge of aggravated child molestation of a teenager.

Cheeks fires up Capitol
ATLANTA - Don Cheeks, Augusta's senior senator, is blunt. And a plain-spoken chairman of a major Senate committee is going to be a lightning rod for controversy.

Later test date pleases tourism industry, schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The chairman of the state Education Board hopes the push to start schools in early August will end now that students are set to take the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test later in the school year.

Lyrics busted local rapper
Rap musician Verenzo Holmes might be the only Augusta criminal ever to sing his way into jail.

Lyrics busted local rapper

A life sentence
Delshon Flournoy doesn't venture outside very much these days.

Cheeks fires up Capitol

Across South Carolina
Plutonium project may be delayed by Russia

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN -A 2-year-old boy who was admitted to a Georgetown hospital weighing 13 pounds has been placed in foster care.

Rants and Raves
THERE ARE THREE things I am sick of hearing on TV. They are Ditech, the purple pill and Michael Jackson.

Across the southeast

Storm damage awaits assessment
A gigantic satellite dish and a camping trailer are still missing, but Wesley Counsell found a hand-knitted afghan hanging from a tree Sunday.

Trial to start for suspect in killings

Across South Carolina

Educators happy with Perdue's legislation
ATLANTA -- Believing they've found a powerful friend for educators, teachers around Georgia are praising Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to give local school systems more say over funding, curriculum and class size.

Budget request says Russian's MOX program "has slipped"

Budget request says Russian's MOX program "has slipped"
COLUMBIA - The federal government's plan to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River Site in Aiken may be delayed because a similar Russian program "has slipped," federal budget documents say.

Bill would compensate teachers

Subscriber of the day

Budget still on state's to-do list

Severe weather leaves its mark

Across the area

State flag issue is still up in air

Storm damage awaits assessment

Ex-lawmaker's fee gets attention
A state licensing official said he was a little mystified when he heard former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams was being paid $150,000 to help a south Georgia hospital get a permit from his agency.

DeKalb school principal jailed on child molestation charge

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -Where's the talking duck in the new Aflac commercial? The Columbus-based insurance company isn't saying.

Residents rally at senior center for incorporation

Schools want to protect faculty

Later test date pleases tourism industry, schools

Woman organizes protest of Burk
An Augusta group is the second organization to apply for a permit to protest Martha Burk's position against the Augusta National Golf Club.

Party scuffle turns deadly

News you can use

Horticulturist has more than a green thumb

Flag turmoil threatens Atlanta's reputation

Students, Sanford's in-laws donate to Governor's Mansion

Across Georgia
DECATUR -A DeKalb County school principal was in jail Sunday after his arrest on a charge of aggravated child molestation of a teenager.

Bill would compensate teachers
AIKEN - Legislators writing the state's woefully slim budget last week gave educators two reasons to smile.

Educators happy with Perdue's legislation

Aiken's former city manager is dead at 78
Roland Windham, the Aiken city manager from 1963 to 1991 who was key in making the city grow and prosper, died Friday.

Flag turmoil threatens Atlanta's reputation
ATLANTA -- Georgia's capital city may be the only place that ever turned into a booming metropolis by keeping itself out of the news. Business leaders in Atlanta are fretting that could change because of a bitter racial battle over the Confederate battle emblem.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to all the people complaining about Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. The only difference from him and Pinocchio is when Pinocchio told a lie his nose got longer; when Michael Jackson tells a lie his nose gets smaller.

Man wants attorneys to inform victims of subpoenas
By Jeffrey CollinsAssociated PressTEGA CAY, S.C. - While Benny Shaw was waiting for the scoutmaster who molested him as a child to go on trial a few years back, he started thinking like a defense attorney.

Aiken's former city manager is dead at 78

Students, Sanford's in-laws donate to Governor's Mansion
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When fourth-graders at a private Greenville school heard Gov. Mark Sanford didn't have enough money to keep the Governor's Mansion open, they headed straight for their piggy banks and gathered up other loose change.

Across the area
An Augusta man was in serious condition after a late-night shooting outside a gas station, and a parolee sought by police surrendered Sunday.

Whistle-blower speaks out

Masters spending feels corporate cutbacks
The freewheeling corporate spending that goes on in Augusta during the Masters Tournament is why many local businesses call the annual event "Christmas in April."

A life sentence

Across the southeast
JACKSON, Miss. -When Ernest Avants was acquitted of murdering a black sharecropper in what allegedly was a failed plot to lure and assassinate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., convictions for white-on-black crimes were rare in Mississippi.

Across the area

Police arrest man in shooting death

Hazard training classes draw health providers

Schools want to protect faculty
The number of National Guard and Army reservists called out of the classroom and to active duty is small.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
FEB. 24, 1953 An Augusta truck driver escaped without serious injury yesterday when the truck he was driving was hit by a freight train on the 1400 block of Greene Street.

Girl Scouts serve smiles

Trial to start for suspect in killings
Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of one of three men accused of robbing and killing an Evans couple.

Ex-lawmaker's fee gets attention

Party scuffle turns deadly
AIKEN - A party in Petticoat Junction turned deadly early Sunday after someone pulled a gun during a fight, authorities said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to all the people complaining about Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. The only difference from him and Pinocchio is when Pinocchio told a lie his nose got longer; when Michael Jackson tells a lie his nose gets smaller.

Girl Scouts serve smiles
Thirteen-month-old Aidan Byrd reacts with glee as he is given a box of Girl Scout cookies at the Kroger store on Washington Road.

State flag issue is still up in air
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan for a vote on the state flag didn't officially go anywhere in the General Assembly last week.

Subscriber of the day
Tim Hendricks is today's subscriber of the day.

Masters spending feels corporate cutbacks

News you can use
FEB. 23, 1943 Augusta Kiwanians yesterday unanimously condemned black markets, pledged not to patronize them and to report all black market activities coming to their attention.

Man wants attorneys to inform victims of subpoenas

Hazard training classes draw health providers
A day after major medical emergencies happened in New York City and in Rhode Island, a group of health providers were in Augusta learning new methods of treating victims in hazardous situations.

Aiken residents protest store
AIKEN - Residents near the 1200 block of Hampton Avenue are more than happy to put up with a little inconvenience.

Severe weather leaves its mark
Augustans breathed a sigh of relief as severe thunderstorms and a tornado passed through the area Saturday morning, causing serious damage in Columbia and Aiken counties but leaving Richmond County unscathed.

Bikers help in community
When the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Augusta drove their shiny cycles down Laney-Walker Boulevard at last month's Martin Luther King Jr. parade, their Harley-Davidsons not only sounded powerful but also were nearly intimidating.

Nature wins the day in Aiken
Mother Nature called a premature cease-fire to Saturday's re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Aiken.

Subscriber of the day

Howell's ready to find out
LOS ANGELES - Nothing's changed. Charles Howell planned a nice, quiet dinner with his wife Heather. He'd call his swing instructor, David Leadbetter. He'd call his sports psychologist, Jim Fannin. He'd go to bed at a decent time.

Close loss not an easy pill to swallow
LOS ANGELES - The hardest part about losing isn't always the act of losing. It's living with losing.

NASCAR notebook
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Ryan Newman is glad his team decided to test a couple weeks ago at North Carolina Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Wind hampers Army parachutists
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Four parachutists from the U.S. Army were injured Sunday when gusty winds blew them throughout the infield of North Carolina Speedway during pre-race festivities.

Wind hampers Army parachutists

Crew chief focuses on race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - There are two things obvious about Robert "Bootie" Barker.

Tracy starts CART season with victory
St. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Tracy got the fast start he wanted so badly, taking control midway through the inaugural St. Petersburg Grand Prix and driving away with the victory Sunday.

Tracy starts CART season with victory

Jarrett takes win in a driver's race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Moments after Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch exchanged the lead four times in the final 11 laps of Sunday's Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, Busch couldn't help but brag a little.

Jarrett takes win in a driver's race

Three skydivers injured before NASCAR race

Three skydivers injured before NASCAR race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Three Army skydivers were injured Sunday when strong wind knocked them to the ground before a NASCAR race.

Crew chief focuses on race

Paine men leave home game happy
Paine's senior guards lit up Carter Gym one final time Saturday night.

After 17 straight wins, Louisville stuck in slump
CINCINNATI -- One week into February, Louisville was the talk of college basketball.

Jaguars earn share of division title with win
Augusta State men's coach Gary Tuell was more relieved to walk away from Christenberry Fieldhouse with an 88-78 victory over Francis Marion and a share of the North Division on Saturday night, than his 100th career win with the Jaguars.

Mr. Leroy Davis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Muns    (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Diddle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Eddie Ennis    (WARRENVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Davis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Raymond Bard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Dea. Durham Cason    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Rox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Ruby Carter    (SPRING GROVE, Va.)
Mr. Larry Mahre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Bush Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Josef Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Coone    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. John Brooks    (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Beasley    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. William Spires Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Paschall    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Wise    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billie Dye    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Weeks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia Diddle    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Carol Weeks    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Eustice Costner    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Josef Dukes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Theresa Goudy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Wallace    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Miss Eleanor Jorgensen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Roland Windham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Spires Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charlie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Desirae McNulty    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Walker Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Danny McGuire    (BREMEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William McDade Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Littleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roy Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Barbara Morrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clifford Holland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles McCurdy    (Aiken, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Harrison    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Jean Lynch    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Bonnie Hagan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
The Hon. Robert Stephens Jr.    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Jacqueline Muns (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Coone (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Littleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Hagan (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Evelyn Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Bernice Harrison (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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Mr. Jimmy Paschall (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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Mr. Clifford Holland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Wise (TRENTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Clara Gibbs (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Christine Beasley (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Durham Cason (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles McCurdy (Aiken, S.C.)

Mr. Roland Windham (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Loretta Odom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Goudy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billie Dye (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Brooks (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)

Dr. Raymond Bard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Walker Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

The Hon. Robert Stephens Jr. (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Josef Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Morrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Fight for the military; they fight for you
I'm writing this letter to share with you my anger, frustration and disgust with the military health-care system. Deborah Dietschler, Evans, Ga.

Comparison to King Solomon blasphemous
The Feb. 14 editorial, "No graceful way out," which compared Gov. Sonny Perdue to King Solomon but then blasphemously belittled Solomon's God-inspired wisdom, is a good example of why many Southerners equate attacks against Confederate symbols (namely the "Southern Cross") with attacks against the South's Bible-belt heritage. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Containment has failed
Some arguments against war in Iraq are better than others.

Inmates in charge?
What's going on at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia? With all the feudin', fussin' and fightin' that's going on among the administrators, board of directors and others, it's hard to see how the patients are getting the quality care they're entitled to.

Applauds tobacco, alcohol tax increase
With a membership of 360,000, the Georgia PTA's mission is to speak on behalf of Georgia's children and youth, ensuring that every child has an opportunity to reach his full potential. Our concern is for their health, safety and well being. To that end, we would like to applaud Governor Sonny Perdue's efforts to increase the user fees on tobacco and alcohol. Shiree Lynch, Smyrna, Ga.

Hungry for some scapegoat?
Congress would provide a fine service to the country if it would approve tort reform, the kind that would cap awards at a reasonable rate and help curb, if not get rid of, frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be in the cards for now, so some lawmakers are, instead, targeting specific tort abuses.

Bush - a one-term president
I see where President George W. Bush wants to lower the taxes again. That makes sense with impending deficits as far as the eye can see, and the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot, time after time after time. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

The South lost the war, remember?
After reading some of the letters to the editor concerning former President Abraham Lincoln, it amazes me that - after 140 years - such diametrically opposing viewpoints about all things concerning the American Civil War are still held by "presumably" educated people. Steve Conyers, North Augusta, S.C.

Fond farewell to Timothy Fellows
I am sorry to learn of the death of Pastor Timothy Fellows Sr. Although his medical condition during these last few years made it difficult for him to communicate by voice, he found unique ways to continue to spread the good news of Christ everywhere he went. Stephen Alligood, Atlanta, Ga.

Space exploration is a waste of time, money and lives
First, let me say I grieve for the people who died and their families when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated. My grief is the same when a plane load of troops plunges to Earth. They, too, had hopes and dreams and families but no national send-off, no tolling of the bells such as for the astronauts who are held just below the angels to a great number of Americans. James V. Parker, North Augusta, S.C.

Book on Lincoln filled with inaccuracies
A few of your readers, while engaging in the area's sport of bashing former President Abraham Lincoln, have used Thomas DiLorenzo's book, The Real Lincoln, to defend their own distorted and revisionist views on the Civil War. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

The U.S. needs to get out of U.N. and go its own way
I have been watching and listening to the news over the last several months, and it has reaffirmed my belief that the United States needs to remove itself from the so-called "United" Nations and let them take themselves somewhere else rather than stay in this country. Don Turner, Grovetown, Ga.

Johnson has given NCWO its head
Hootie Johnson, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, utterly gave in to Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council on Women's Organizations, and all her ilk - especially the media - when he had the simple-mindedness to even make one statement about her rantings. James R. Waid, Leah, Ga.

Flag editorial insulting and absurd
This is in response to your editorial, "No graceful way out," printed on Feb. 14. There are several points contained therein that I would like to respond to. Justin Steele, Martinez, Ga.

Area sports announcemnets

First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995

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Tyson ponders a future with Lewis, and no dancing rhinos

Quick work: Tyson wins in 49 seconds

Quick work: Tyson wins in 49 seconds
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - There is still some badness left in Iron Mike after all.

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Champion skier Mika Myllyla returned from a two-year ban for a failed drug test and won the Finlandia 60-kilometer race in Lahti, Finland.

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Saturday, March 8-Sunday, March 9: The Carolina Dragway presents the International Hot Rod Association Pro-Am Tour. All sportsman classes - top dragster, top sportsman, super stock, stock, quick rod, super rod and hot rod - will be racing. Qualifying begins Saturday evening, with eliminations Sunday afternoon. For more information, call Jeff or Kathy Miles at (803) 266-5831, (803) 471-2285, or go to www.carlionadragway.com.

First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995
BC-TEN--Memphis,0584 First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995 Eds: PMs. By Teresa M. Walker

Tyson ponders a future with Lewis, and no dancing rhinos
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On Mike Tyson's list of lessons learned from his 49-second destruction of Clifford Etienne, a few stand out:

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A bases-loaded single from Tony Hanks in the bottom of the eighth capped a wild comeback by USC Aiken for a 7-6 victory over Lander and a sweep of a three-game weekend series against the No. 26 team in the country.

Hunters, fisherman drop big bucks on their hobbies
Stewart Garrett has enough deer stands, canoes, four-wheelers, remote-controlled cameras, bows, traps, guns and other gadgets to open his own sporting goods store - in several locations.

Promoting a Safer Haven
Richard Hunt recalls with great fondness the early years of Clarks Hill Lake, when the newly filled reservoir became an inland mecca for boaters.

Promoting a Safer Haven

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

Hunters, fisherman drop big bucks on their hobbies

Hawks center surges
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Hampered for much of the season by a high ankle sprain -- a gift he received playing for the Washington County football team -- center Chris Boss hadn't been a dominating force in the post.

Bad weather postpones James' jersey ceremony
AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James will have to wait to see his jersey retired.

Josey's chances blocked
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - All the work the Josey boys basketball team had done this year, all the goals the Eagles had set came down to a shot with two seconds leftSaturday night.

Prep basketball playoff capsules
Here are capsules for area prep basketball playoff games.

Eagles can't stop Squaws
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Nothing Dodge County did Saturday afternoon surprised Josey girls basketball coach Lynn Brantley.

Close loss not an easy pill to swallow

Howell's ready to find out

Cardboard cutouts, flash of insight ignited discovery of DNA structure
NEW YORK -- Fifty years ago this month, on a foggy Saturday morning in Cambridge, England, a 24-year-old beanpole of an American scientist sat down with a few white cardboard cutouts and set off a revolution in biology.

Marketers increase use of sound in online ads
NEW YORK -- Sometimes when Dirk Botterbusch is checking the weather online or listening to music on his computer, an ad starts talking or singing to him, pitching a new car or something else he doesn't need.

Crick and Watson lab still powerhouse of science
CAMBRIDGE, England -- Michael Fuller retired six years ago, but he can't stay away from the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Lady Dogs top Arkansas
ATHENS, Ga. -- Alexis Kendrick made six straight free throws in the final minute and 13th-ranked Georgia got 24 points from Christi Thomas to hold off surging No. 15 Arkansas 69-60 on Sunday.

Dogs follow orders to rout Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga. - As South Carolina forward Kerbrell Brown was getting back on defense Saturday at Georgia, he figured he had a second to say something to teammate Tony Kitchings.

Lady Dogs top Arkansas

Dogs follow orders to rout Gamecocks

Lady Gamecocks edge Auburn

Baseball: South Carolina routs Duquesne
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Matt Campbell held Duquesne hitless into the eighth inning as South Carolina beat the Dukes 9-0 on Sunday.

Baseball: South Carolina routs Duquesne

Lady Gamecocks edge Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Petra Ujhelyi's three-point play with 1.5 seconds left gave No. 17 South Carolina a 65-64 victory over Auburn on Sunday.

What would Jesus eat?

Odds and Ends

U.S. and Britain making last push for peace

Opponents of war in Iraq have trouble getting their message on TV

Iraqi studying U.N. order to destroy banned missiles

Top Kurdish officials warn of clashes if Turkish troops cross in northern Iraq

Upgraded Patriot missiles await second Iraqi test

U.S. has spent $28 billion so far fighting terror, Pentagon says

Marketers increase use of sound in online ads

Crick and Watson lab still powerhouse of science