Baseball union to players: Stay clear of ephedra

Baseball union to players: Stay clear of ephedra
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Surrounded by memories of Steve Bechler, the Baltimore Orioles closed their clubhouse Friday and silently gathered around players' union head Donald Fehr to hear his stark message: Stay away from ephedra.

A nation's success can be measured in toilets per capita

Braves (ss) top Indians
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Mike Hampton allowed two earned runs in three innings but was happy with his performance as an Atlanta Braves' split squad beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Friday.

Hampton's sinker is coming along

Braves' quiet newcomer speaks volumes at plate

Mets (ss) blank Braves (ss)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Piazza hit his first home run of the spring and the New York Mets turned in their second consecutive shutout Friday with a 4-0 win over Atlanta.

Chipper, father iron out swing

Hampton's sinker is coming along
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Start the season tomorrow and Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton said he'd take his chances with his sinker.

Braves' quiet newcomer speaks volumes at plate
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There's still a long way to go before he starts giving Robert Fick any sleepless nights.

Chipper, father iron out swing
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- His left-handed swing is a thing of beauty. His right-handed stroke resembles a Mercedes with a blown engine.

Braves (ss) top Indians

Stocks post 2nd weekly decline

Wartime rally on Wall Street not guaranteed

On the move

Credit report tells lenders what they need to know

Business briefs
April 15 is the day we typically pay Uncle Sam his fiscal due. But plenty of us don't have ready cash on Tax Day.

On the move
Attorneys Lamont Belk and Terrence Sommers have formed the law firm of Simm

War fears spur job cuts, pushing unemployment higher

Credit report tells lenders what they need to know
When it comes time to borrow money to start or expand a business, remember that bankers are risk-averse; their main interest is getting repaid in a timely fashion.

Business briefs
BERLIN - German drug maker Bayer won approval Friday to sell a new impotence drug across the European Union. It hopes the drug will win business from Pfizer's breakthrough blockbuster Viagra.

War fears spur job cuts, pushing unemployment higher
WASHINGTON -- Businesses unexpectedly slashed more than 300,000 jobs last month in the largest cuts since the terrorist attacks, pushing the unemployment rate higher as the nation moved closer to war.

Economic developer looks at existing industry
Every morning when Walter Sprouse brushes his teeth, a little bit of Prayon Inc. squeezes out of the Crest tube.

Wartime rally on Wall Street not guaranteed
NEW YORK -- In the past, Wall Street has enjoyed relief rallies after a long-anticipated war actually started. But the stock market shouldn't bet on that phenomenon happening if and when the United States begins military action against Iraq.

Business calendar

Tax tip: special retirement plan tax credit is available

Tax tip: E-file provides faster refunds, delayed payments
Are you one of the almost 100 million taxpayers who will receive a refund this year? The IRS says that requesting direct deposit and filing your tax return electronically (e-filing) will put that money in your pocket faster and easier.

Tax tip: special retirement plan tax credit is available
This tax credit, which will be available only from 2002 through 2006, could help you offset the cost of the first $2,000 contributed to IRAs, 401(k)s and certain other retirement plans, says the IRS.

Business briefs

Stocks post 2nd weekly decline
NEW YORK -- Wall Street notched its second weekly decline, despite a day of small gains Friday as investors' hopes that the uncertainty about Iraq might soon end helped overcome a dismal jobs report.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Seminar: "Are You Prepared for the Ideal Retirement? Is Your Family Prepared in the Event of Your Death?"; guest speaker Aubrey Rhodes; North Augusta Country Club; 6:30 p.m.; complimentary dinner served, reservations required; call Debby Markwalter at (803) 279-6065.

Clemson women fall to North Carolina

Clemson women fall to North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One little pep talk from her coach was enough to get Candace Sutton fired up for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Jags vacate throne at tournament

Pacers end season after near upset

Seniors earn conference honors

Senior forward carries Jaguars

Putting our safety first

Filibuster doomed to fail

We don't walk alone

No place for liberties

Learn to show your guests the door
Dear Carson: How do you get rid of people who outstay their welcome? We've tried everything including yawning and putting things away, but there is at least one couple who simply does not get the hint that it is time to leave. Help, please! -- Tried and Tired

Home front
If you can't find your refrigerator's water dispenser for the messages stuck to the front of the fridge, you might be interested in the built-in voice memo function of Amana's Messenger refrigerator.

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements
The Georgia Women of Achievement, which began at the suggestion of former first lady Rosalynn Carter, was created in 1990 as a way to teach children about the history and accomplishments of Georgia women.

Restorative powers
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Jack Walter can see beauty where others are unable to find it.

Blossom of the Garden City
Julia Lester Dillon's career as a famed Southern garden architect began just as one phase of her life ended.

Talk to us
The temperature is slowly climbing, the days are getting longer . . . it can mean only one thing. Prom season.

Arts calendar
SPRINGTIME MADE IN THE SOUTH: Craft show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $5; (704) 847-9480.

In the know
Web travel agent Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) is sprucing up its travelers' tool kit with a new flight-search option, an expanded inventory of hotel rooms and a beefed-up lodging locator.

Georgia Tech women advance in ACC Tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Fallon Stokes had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a 64-59 victory over Florida State in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Georgia Tech puts season on the line
ATLANTA - Chris Bosh has his heart set on playing in the postseason this year.

Georgia Tech puts season on the line

Georgia Tech women advance in ACC Tournament

Els, three others tied for the lead in Dubai

Golf roundup
MIAMI -- Scott Hoch finally found a swing that worked and a putting stroke that couldn't fail Saturday to shoot 6-under-par 66 and share the lead with Bob Tway going into the final round of the Ford Championship at Doral.

With Woods in mind, Royal St. George boosts yardage

Relucatant change paying off for Tway
MIAMI -- Most people see the switch to a belly putter as an act of desperation. Bob Tway prefers to call it maturity.

Relucatant change paying off for Tway

With Woods in mind, Royal St. George boosts yardage
SANDWICH, England -- The course at this summer's British Open at Royal St. George will be lengthened, a decision made with Tiger Woods and other long hitters in mind.

Els, three others tied for the lead in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els took a chance on the 18th hole, and it cost him sole possession of the lead midway through the Dubai Desert Classic.

Golf roundup

Prep baskteball scores

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Lady Rebels fall 49-44 in overtime at title game

Dorman beats Dutch Fork for Class AAAA girls champsioship

Hart County tops Westover

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Westover falls to Hart County

Jenkins County runs out of gas

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County

Gainesville advances after win over Dodge County

Silver Bluff gets rematch

Hephzibah looks toward 2004

Panthers skate past Thrashers

Panthers skate past Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Roberto Luongo flopped all over the ice, stopping one shot after another. Even without his stick, he couldn't be beaten.

British forces to be ready for war in days
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- British forces will be ready to go to war in Iraq within days if necessary, the country's army chief said Friday.

It's almost 'showtime' for Gen. Tommy Franks
WASHINGTON -- Rarely do so many people who have been chewed out by one man have such nice things to say about him. Or such eagerness to excuse his salty language.

A little laughter, a little applause, an unsubtle dig: a day inside the council
UNITED NATIONS -- Pity Francois Lonseny Fall, the foreign minister of Guinea. Friday's war-or-peace Security Council meeting was his first day on the job presiding over the bitterly deadlocked 15-member body.

Powell fails to make gains on using force to disarm Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- A new, fervent plea by Secretary of State Colin Powell to use force to disarm Iraq failed Friday to draw support at the U.N. Security Council beyond a small core of allies.

Aircraft carriers to remain at forefront of naval power for decades
ABOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION, in the Persian Gulf -- Military experts have been debating the relevance of aircraft carriers since the end of the post-Cold War world, but the United States and other navies keep putting new ones into the waters as the backbones of their fleets.

Sandstorms make life difficult for soldiers
CAMP NEW JERSEY, Kuwait -- Pfc. Charles Bryant got lost for three hours on the way back to his tent, disoriented by thick clouds of sand swirling at 50 mph in this desert camp near the Iraqi border.

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The top police official in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said on Friday that two sons of Osama bin Laden were arrested in southwestern Afghanistan in a joint operation involving Pakistani and U.S. forces. American counterterrorism officials disputed the claim.

Britain proposes March 17 deadline for Saddam to disarm
UNITED NATIONS -- Britain proposed a March 17 deadline for Saddam Hussein to comply with U.N. inspections or face war after the chief weapons inspectors gave the Security Council a generally upbeat report Friday on Iraq's cooperation.

A nation's success can be measured in toilets per capita
How did we do it? How did people used to live that way? How did we ever survive with just one bathroom per household?

Man protests war with Iraq outside Augusta National
The first protester outside of the Augusta National Golf Club arrived Friday from Charlotte, N.C. However, the lone voice wasn't there to protest the Masters at all.

Commends reporters on mental health articles

Corporation environment-friendly

Experience says Rowland top choice

Rowland wrong on seat-belt law

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements

Talk to us

Arts calendar

Restorative powers

Blossom of the Garden City

Learn to show your guests the door

Lynx sweep Everblades
ESTERO, Fla. -- Andrew Williamson scored a pair of goals to lift the Augusta Lynx past the Florida Everblades 4-2 on Saturday.

Slapshots
WHO'S HOT Mississippi forward Mike Scott has tallied 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists in his past 10 games, leading the Sea Wolves on an 8-2-0 run that vaulted them past Louisiana for first place in the Southwest Division.

Lynx notebook
Every so often, a hockey player enters a zone and becomes almost superhuman. Twice in the past five seasons, Augusta Lynx fans have witnessed such transformations.

Augusta scores win with overtime goal

Augusta scores win with overtime goal
Ryan Lauzon scored on an unassisted goal 1:23 into overtime to lift Augusta to a 2-1 victory over Florida in a game played in Miami.

Lynx notebook

Lynx sweep Everblades

Rhodes gets life without parole
For the deaths of a husband and wife gunned down in their home, Jimmy Lee Rhodes must forever live behind bars, a jury determined Friday.

Subscriber of the day
Phil Burrell of Sylverster, Ga., is today's subscriber of the day.

Brush takes on school reform

Tournament is big boost to economy
Basketball is scoring dollars for North Augusta.

Decision on Masters protest to come next week
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- County officials met Friday to discuss Martha Burk's request to protest at the Masters, but they won't make a decision until next week.

Confederate submarine watch's time raises question

Survey will assess residents' support of Family Y in Aiken

Subscriber of the day

Brush takes on school reform
ATLANTA -- The change in the control of the Georgia Senate affected Sen. Joey Brush as much as anyone because it thrust the affable Appling Republican into the critical chairmanship of the Education Committee.

Civic center looks for financial security

Town celebrates center's opening
JACKSON -- For city slickers, and even some rural folks, word of a new doctor in town isn't a big deal.

Across the area

Tobacco tax plan receives support
ATLANTA - The governor's plan to raise tobacco taxes gained an important endorsement Friday from the top Republican in the Senate, and House Democrats said for the first time that some type of tax increase may be needed.

Savannah takes stand on flag
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr., who remained stubbornly silent in 2001 as black leaders across the state pushed for a new Georgia flag, has suddenly turned into an activist in the current debate.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - About $9 million has been made available to South Carolina to help law enforcement prevent, prepare for and respond to terrorism, the Homeland Security Department announced Friday.

Predatory-lending bill gets Perdue signature

Map check

GOP's flag alternative leaves out battle cross

Critics say rental program violates privacy
ATHENS, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is leveling criticism at plans for a rental registration program in Athens-Clarke County.

Lynx owner is accused of assault

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Lawmakers could study diminishing marshlands

Budget cuts face small schools
AIKEN -- Cuts in state financial support for education are getting so severe that Aiken County school board members briefly considered the unthinkable during an emergency budget meeting last week -- closing some small schools.

Company where employee died had prior violations

Lynx owner is accused of assault
The owner of the Augusta Lynx hockey team has been accused of attacking two people - the civic center operations manager and a sportswriter for The Augusta Chronicle, according to written reports of the incidents.

Man raises other issues in protest at National
The first protester outside Augusta National Golf Club arrived Friday from Charlotte, N.C.; however, the lone voice wasn't there to protest the Masters at all.

Company where employee died had prior violations
COLUMBIA - The company that employed a man who died after he fell while working on a bridge was fined for several safety violations in the 1990s, records show.

Fitness, diabetes related in study
Running on a sharply inclined treadmill for more than 10 minutes probably would kill most teenagers. LaQuesha Lawson barely breaks a sweat at Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Prevention Institute.

Across South Carolina

Staff finds teen dead
A 17-year-old Clayton County boy was found dead in his room Thursday night at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

News you can use

Fitness, diabetes related in study

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Tobacco tax plan receives support

Area wants school preserved

Southern speak
When lifelong Augusta resident Edith Jennings speaks, it's in a slow, comfortable cadence that allows her to linger over words.

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terrorists appealed his 155-year prison sentence for leading a cigarette smuggling ring and sending $3,500 in profits to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Across Georgia

News you can use
MARCH 9, 1966 Douglas Barnard, Gov. Carl Sanders' executive secretary, said Tuesday the 1966 legislative term was "anything but a lame duck session."

Across the area
Two of five people charged in the slaying of a Hephzibah man Feb. 24 were turned down for bond Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Subscriber of the day
Susan Lee of Martinez, Ga., is today's subscriber of the day.

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- At Ahmadi Golf Club, about 20 miles south of the city in a community controlled by Kuwait Oil Co., the hazards go way beyond water holes and bunkers.

Fort Gordon steps up blood donations
The Department of Defense has asked Fort Gordon to increase its blood donations fivefold to support troops being deployed overseas, Army officials said Friday.

Perdue's clout angers assembly
A scene from the General Assembly:

Lawmakers could study diminishing marshlands
ATLANTA - The General Assembly might be about to join the search for what's killing large stretches of salt marsh along the Georgia coast.

Muns is voted in as head of party
Businessman and Columbia County Board of Education member Lee Muns grabbed the top spot at the Columbia County Republican Party Convention on Saturday.

Civic center looks for financial security
It has taken $23 million in taxes to keep the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center's doors open for the past 11 years, and there's no letup in sight.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MARCH 8, 1946 Nearly $1,500 was collected in Recorders Court during February from persons arrested on charges of selling whisky without a license and assembly for the purpose of gambling, according to a report submitted to the Safety Commissioner's Office by Sgt. F.B. Green.

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - The man accused of killing four people in 1977 in a murder-for-hire case was sentenced Friday to two life terms in the deaths of two of the victims. He faces indictment Monday in DeKalb County for the other two slayings.

Project unites Aiken councils
AIKEN -- The city and county councils are planning to join forces at month's end to select the route of a connector road vital to residents in both jurisdictions.

Survey will assess residents' support of Family Y in Aiken
AIKEN - If there's to be a Family Y in Aiken's future, it will be up to the city's residents to make it happen.

Town celebrates center's opening

Map check
Timothy Leonard, 11, checks out a big map of Ireland at the Augusta Common.

Confederate submarine watch's time raises question
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The gold pocket watch belonging to the commander of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was opened to reveal a broken hour hand, a minute hand pointing to 22 and a second hand pointing to 20.

Predatory-lending bill gets Perdue signature
ATLANTA - In signing his first major bill Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue hoped to satisfy demands from credit agencies and keep lenders from fleeing the state's mortgage industry.

Budget cuts hit pupils' program
COLUMBIA - About 7,800 at-risk children across the state will be affected by cuts to an after-school program.

Competing festival, cold weather keep crowds from event
Linda Smith, of Aiken, had a question as she walked along Broad Street on Friday night: "Where's First Friday?"

GOP's flag alternative leaves out battle cross
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgians should get to vote on restoring the Confederate battle cross to prominence on the state flag. Other Republicans aren't sure, suggesting the Rebel emblem shouldn't be an option on the referendum.

Tournament is big boost to economy

Rains wreck roads across rural areas
ATKINSON, Ga. - The cost of keeping rural south Georgia roads open is rising, along with this week's floodwaters. Road crews are scrambling to ensure that residents can get to work or school and have access to emergency services.

Soldiers make time for center

Across the area

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win

Savannah takes stand on flag

Information on Masters often wrong

Across the southeast

Budget cuts face small schools

Soldiers make time for center
Ruth B. Crawford doesn't bite her tongue when talking about generating funds for the community center she founded 25 years ago.

News you can use

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win
It's a good bet that dust hadn't settled on the dictionary Joe Shepherd took home last year after winning The Augusta Chronicle's spelling bee.

Muns is voted in as head of party

MCG instructor faces felony charge
After three unsuccessful attempts for bond hearings, an instructor at Medical College of Georgia remained in jail Friday and his charge were increased to first-degree vehicular homicide, a felony.

Southern speak

Area wants school preserved
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Supporters of a long-abandoned school that once served black children in rural south Georgia are working to have the structure declared a historic treasure.

MCG instructor faces felony charge

Information on Masters often wrong
It's hard to tell what's true about Augusta anymore.

Across South Carolina

Inmate assaults two deputies
Two Richmond County sheriff's deputies were injured during an attack by an inmate at the jail Saturday afternoon, police said.

Rhodes gets life without parole

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive
It's quicker and shorter to take Interstate 20 through construction rather than taking a detour suggested by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Project unites Aiken councils

Across the area
Police are looking for an Augusta man accused of stabbing another man during an argument Friday night.

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- Thirteen schools across the state are vying to be recognized as one of South Carolina's best learning institutions.

Staff finds teen dead

Across Georgia
STATENVILLE -- Echols County Sheriff Donald Fender, who is the target of a federal investigation, has resigned.

Man raises other issues in protest at National

Georgia-Florida football contest could be schools' holiday
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County teachers and students could get a vacation day for the Georgia-Florida football game during upcoming school years -- but they'll have to give up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to get it.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A rant to all the protesters. They are doing all this protesting to get their 15 minutes of fame. Maybe I should protest Dairy Queen because I am lactose intolerant.

Young Lady Rebels see a future with promise
ATLANTA - Once the tears dried up and the hearts slowed down, Hephzibah's young Lady Rebels were already looking ahead.

NASCAR notebook

Newman scares self, but still wins

Driver gets restraining order on estranged wife
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR owner-driver Brett Bodine has a restraining order against his estranged wife, whom he alleges hit and threatened to ruin him financially.

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Mark Gibson got a lot of help in winning's Saturday's ARCA 400 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

Newman scares self, but still wins
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ryan Newman doesn't scare easily. Then again, he doesn't drive qualifying laps around the Atlanta Motor Speedway often.

Teams learn on run

Teams learn on run
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Jimmy Spencer said it takes time for new teammates to understand each other on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Columbia mission specialist Anderson buried at Arlington

Jags vacate throne at tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State's reign in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament ended with a thud Saturday night.

Pacers end season after near upset
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- After Lady Pacers senior guard Julie Szabo fouled out with 14 seconds remaining, she grabbed a towel and sat out the waning moments of her college career.

Senior forward carries Jaguars
COLUMBUS, Ga. - One of three returnees from last year's Peach Belt Tournament championship team, Marcus Johnson showed his teammates how to play in the postseason.

Late run dooms Aiken Tech
GRANITEVILLE - Fatigued and at times overmatched, Aiken Tech saw its season come to an end as Monroe College used a 15-4 run over the final four minutes of the game to win 82-72 in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 3 semifinals on Friday night.

Seniors earn conference honors
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State senior forward Sabrina Jones was named to the 2002-03 Peach Belt All-Conference first team Saturday.

Price is right: Peerless to Falcons

Mr. Virgil Green    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Westley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Brown    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Flakes    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Mr. James Terry, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Gheesling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Faulkner Sr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Baker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Basil Hall    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Carlos Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Lillie Rikard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Dillashaw    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Hess    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Gary    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Calhoun    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rachel Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mandy Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rhusha Mack Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Thurla Braddy    (SOPERTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Victoria Melendez    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Westley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Chee Chan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Merriwether    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mamie Gibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Rikard    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Gardner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Morgan Mosley    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Myrtice Carroll    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Bussey    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. William Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Thurla Braddy    (SOPERTON, Ga.)
Mr. Will Mickens    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Queen Sanders-Bey    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Merriwether    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Acree Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Florie Kofford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Augustus Washington    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Katherine Burton    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Royal    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Agnes Miller    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Brown    (SEASIDE, Calif.)
Mrs. Ruvine Heyward    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Hess    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Welsch    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Acree Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Baker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Parrott    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Dr. Starr Nichols    (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)
Ms. Cornelia Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Estela Guthrie    (JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Kirkland    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Lester Hodges    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Rev. George Bearden    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Welsch (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Hess (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Merriwether (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Brown (SEASIDE, Calif.)

Mrs. Florie Kofford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chee Chan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Terry, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Dr. Starr Nichols (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)

Mr. Lester Rikard (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Basil Hall (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Kirkland (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rachel Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Brown (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Acree Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Miller (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Burton (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lillie Rikard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Augustus Washington (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Gheesling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Thurla Braddy (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Morgan Mosley (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Hodges (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Parrott (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Carroll (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Flakes (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Estela Guthrie (JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria Melendez (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Merriwether (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Carlos Rouse (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Calhoun (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Sanders-Bey (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Bussey (WAGENER, S.C.)

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

Rev. George Bearden (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruvine Heyward (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Will Mickens (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dillashaw (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Green (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Beard: Agency director offers clarification on article about DFCS
IN RESPONSE TO THE Feb. 19 article in the Metro section, "System lacks review panels," I would like to provide the readers with a few corrections and clarifications.

There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament
ON FEB. 19, Augusta State University Professor Jurgen Brauer attempted a moral assessment of war with Iraq by reducing the question to an economic cost-benefit analysis. Economists like to do such things, because they sometimes fancy that messy moral reasoning can be cleaned up by reducing it to dollar equations. Professor Brauer concludes his essay by suggesting that by flooding Iraq with more inspectors, the United States might be able to accomplish our military objectives at the cost of "a half a tank of gas" per person, per year, at current pump rates. That's an attractive proposition, even if one drives a gas guzzler.

We don't walk alone
"The world becomes a little weirder every day," a man told First Baptist Church of North Augusta pastor Dr. Gary Redding. "I feel I'm tiptoeing through each day."

Corporation environment-friendly
Last year when I was out bird-watching, I discovered three truckloads of roofing shingles dumped illegally. Since they were located either along or near the South Carolina Pipeline Corp.'s right of way, I called the firm to see if it could arrange to have them removed. Roger Brock, Aiken, S.C.

Beard: Agency director offers clarification on article about DFCS
IN RESPONSE TO THE Feb. 19 article in the Metro section, "System lacks review panels," I would like to provide the readers with a few corrections and clarifications.

Putting our safety first
Another stoic, forthright and principled presentation at his press conference Thursday night proved conclusively yet again that President George W. Bush has grown into one of the great world leaders of our time.

Filibuster doomed to fail
While everyone was watching to see when President Bush would declare war on Iraq, it was Senate Democrats who declared war first - on Hispanic appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada.

There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament
ON FEB. 19, Augusta State University Professor Jurgen Brauer attempted a moral assessment of war with Iraq by reducing the question to an economic cost-benefit analysis. Economists like to do such things, because they sometimes fancy that messy moral reasoning can be cleaned up by reducing it to dollar equations. Professor Brauer concludes his essay by suggesting that by flooding Iraq with more inspectors, the United States might be able to accomplish our military objectives at the cost of "a half a tank of gas" per person, per year, at current pump rates. That's an attractive proposition, even if one drives a gas guzzler.

No place for liberties
We applaud Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength for taking swift and sure action against jailers accused of improprieties with a female inmate.

Experience says Rowland top choice
Jody Rowland's candidacy for Aiken County sheriff offers a clear choice for the Republican primary on March 25. I have known Jody for over 22 years, and have watched him progress over the years into a dedicated Aiken County law-enforcement professional. Tom Greene, North Augusta, S.C.

Rowland wrong on seat-belt law
I agree with George C. Williams' Feb. 6 letter, "Make a change, vote for Mike Hunt." We need an Aiken County sheriff who'll enforce the laws passed by our General Assembly, not what he wants or wishes the law to be. Carl Johnson, Vaucluse, S.C.

Commends reporters on mental health articles
As a mental health consumer who doesn't receive services there, I wish to commend Augusta Chronicle staff writers Sylvia Cooper and Tom Corwin for their recent reports on the Community Mental Health Center.Greg M. McMillan, Modoc, S.C.

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open

Miller optimistic despite cancelation of World Cup giant slalom

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Area sports announcements

Men's college gymnastics continues to shrink

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Augusta State shot 1-over-par 289 to finish with a two-round total 582 and 13th place at the Toyota Men's Collegiate Championship at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Miller optimistic despite cancelation of World Cup giant slalom
SHIGAKOGEN, Japan -- Bode Miller is running out of time to catch Stephan Eberharter in the World Cup overall standings.

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The 2014 World Cup will be held in South America, returning to the continent for the first time since 1978.

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Amelie Mauresmo of France won Saturday night to join Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament.

Men's college gymnastics continues to shrink
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Reavis counts himself among the fortunate few: a male gymnast competing in college.

Area sports announcements
May 16-18: The 14th annual Southeastern Traditional Championships at Robin Hood Archery Club in Elberton, Ga. For more information, call John Hood at (706) 746-9987.

Shooting competition makes Augusta debut
Georgia's best marksmen gathered in Augusta this weekend for the International Defense Pistol Association's 2003 State Championship Match.

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful
Five months ago, the peninsulas along Thurmond Lake looked more like the Kalahari Desert than the shoreline of a 70,000-acre reservoir.

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful

Experts share turkey tips
David Blanton and Michael Waddell are accustomed to crowds when they're out chasing deer or turkey.

Outdoors calendar
Tuesday, March 18: A seven-lesson Boating Safety Course begins. Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Port Authority Building in Augusta. Contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 at 860-9477 for details.

Experts share turkey tips

Hephzibah misses shot at state title
ATLANTA - Heads rested in hands, hands covered eyes, and eyes stared blankly at Alexander Memorial Coliseum's domed ceiling.

Hephzibah looks toward 2004
ATLANTA -- The Hephzibah's girls basketball players' heads bobbed to the rap music coming from the Alexander Memorial Coliseum speakers. They intently watched the state title games on the court. They appeared to have forgotten their disheartening defeat to Mays on Friday afternoon.

Comeback sparked Jenkins
CLASS A Jenkins County (27-0) vs. Taylor County (31-1) 11 a.m. today Macon Centreplex, Macon, Ga.

Prep baskteball scores
Pairings and results for the Georgia High School Association state basketball tournament semi-finals:

Silver Bluff gets rematch
When Silver Bluff last faced Calhoun County in December, the Bulldogs lost by 10 points, largely due to the absence of 6-foot-8 swingman Brandon Wallace, who was recovering from a minor hip injury.

Dorman beats Dutch Fork for Class AAAA girls champsioship
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kelly White scored 14 points and Jade Hughes added 13 as Dorman beat Dutch Fork 62-43 for the Class 4A girls' championship Friday night at the Carolina Center.

Hart County tops Westover
MACON, Ga. -- Demetrius Martin scored 23 points and Toddrick Verdell added 16 as Hart County beat Westover 72-50 in a Class AAA boys state semifinal on Friday.

Lady Rebels fall 49-44 in overtime at title game
The Hephzibah girls basketball players react to their 49-44 defeat to Mays High in the Class AAAA state final at Georgia Tech. The Lady Rebels finished with a 29-5 record and took second place in the state for the second consecutive year.

Jenkins County runs out of gas
MACON, Ga. -- Too much depth. Way too many 3-pointers. Not nearly enough energy.

Westover falls to Hart County
MACON, Ga. -- Demetrius Martin scored 23 points and Toddrick Verdell added 16 as Hart County beat Westover 72-50 in a Class AAA boys state semifinal on Friday.

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County
COLUMBIA -- Sometimes, winning a championship is about being at the right place at the right time.

Griffin beats South Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Arthur Driver scored 34 points and Griffin rallied in the third quarter for a 72-62 victory over South Atlanta in the Class AAAA state championship game Friday.

Gainesville advances after win over Dodge County
MACON, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey scored 27 points and Kita Waller added 11 as Gainesville routed Dodge County 65-28 in a Class AAA girls state semifinal on Friday.

Price is right: Peerless to Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons acquired Peerless Price in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, landing a big-name receiver to go with quarterback Michael Vick.

Faith digest
Dr. David W. Fleming, 37, will lead the 3,500-member congregation at Warren Baptist Church. His first Sunday as senior pastor will be March 30.

Mideast Christians endure persecution
Saddam Hussein's Middle East region is home not only to 150 million Muslims but to a minority remnant of 10 million to 12 million Christians.

Serving out of Africa
Joline and Lee Tuten of Belvedere celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in February under starry African skies.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

Church creates a joyful festival
Debbie Williams' imagination has been working overtime, visualizing ice witches, wardrobes that lead to other worlds and a Lion King.

Young Lady Rebels see a future with promise

Columbia mission specialist Anderson buried at Arlington
WASHINGTON -- Shuttle crew member Michael P. Anderson had tried to prepare his daughters for his darkest hour, should it come aboard the Columbia. On Friday, one hugging a teddy bear, they helped lay him to rest.

Two high-end camera phones offer good picture quality
NEW YORK -- In some ways, the camera phone seems like technology for its own sake. Before these devices became available, did you really ever wish your camera had a phone, or vice versa?

Everest base camp to get Internet cafe
KATMANDU, Nepal -- It could be the most challenging Internet cafe project going.

Father teaches son to fly right

Vanderbilt beats Georgia in quarterfinals
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Foul trouble reduced Vanderbilt's leading scorer Chantelle Anderson to a cheerleader Friday at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Harrick refused to comment on charges of misbehavior in his previous job becasue he said his team is moving past the controversy that has surrounded it for more than a week.

Father teaches son to fly right
For all Donald "Fly" Wright knows, some of it might well be true. Tony Cole might have been wired $300, and he might have received an "A" for a course he never attended.

Vanderbilt beats Georgia in quarterfinals

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted

Cooper back in the running
ATHENS, Ga. -- The hype has cooled down, but the fire still burns. Michael Cooper is determined to rekindle the love affair that he had with Georgia and the Bulldogs had with him.

USC Aiken bounced from tournament

USC Aiken bounced from tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- After Lady Pacers senior guard Julie Szabo fouled out with 14 seconds remaining, she grabbed a towel and sat out the waning moments of her college career.

Thomas suspended from South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina receiver Matthew Thomas has been suspended from the team indefinitely after he was charged with simple assault in an incident involving a female student, Gamecocks' coach Lou Holtz said Friday.

Mississippi St. beats S. Carolina

Mississippi St. beats S. Carolina
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- LaToya Thomas had so much help that her poor shooting could not keep her team down.

A little laughter, a little applause, an unsubtle dig: a day inside the council

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested

Powell fails to make gains on using force to disarm Iraq

Britain proposes March 17 deadline for Saddam to disarm

Aircraft carriers to remain at forefront of naval power for decades

Sandstorms make life difficult for soldiers

British forces to be ready for war in days

It's almost 'showtime' for Gen. Tommy Franks

Everest base camp to get Internet cafe

Two high-end camera phones offer good picture quality

Faith and fellowship calendar

Serving out of Africa

Church creates a joyful festival

Mideast Christians endure persecution

Faith digest