Ballet to showcase young talent

Arts calendar

Play offers chance to teach young actors
Eight performers, eight pieces and not one thin dime.
The Augusta Opera continues its run of Puccini's Tosca with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets are $12-$40. Call 826-4710.
For Young Artists Repertory Theatre Company director John Greene, comedy is Cheaper by the Dozen.
LOS ANGELES - For TV viewers, the Academy Awards ceremony has become a fashion show comparable to the best of Paris - sometimes bizarre, always eye-catching.
Here is the GHSCA Poll.


Prep baseball statistics
High school baseball coaches are requested to submit individual hitting and pitching statistics for their teams to The Augusta Chronicle. Please fax the statistics to Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3408 by noon Wednesday.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - With nearly a week between games - thanks to the recent downpours - Lakeside baseball coach Jimmy Smith was worried his pitchers would be rusty for Wednesday's road game against Silver Bluff.
TAMPA, Fla. -- While he doesn't view spring training standings as seriously as owner George Steinbrenner does, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre realizes results are being scrutinized more intensely.

Prep baseball stats needed
Aquinas coach Mike Laney was desperate to play baseball, so he called Cross Creek coach Bob Polewski on Tuesday morning and left him a message on his voice mail.
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Prep baseball notebook

Even with three umbrellas, you can still get wet
Michael Sean Neal and Crystal Lynn Cooksey, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Dylan Lee Cooksey, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Lee Swift of Martinez, Tommy C. Cooksey Sr. of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Neal of Augusta.
Ron and Laurie Reeves of Bath announce the birth of a son, William Dylan Reeves, Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Patsy Franklin of Gloverville, Ronnie and Carol Reeves and Connie Harsey, all of Bath, and the late Charles W. Harsey.

Michael Jaion Meyers

Kylie Savannah Ray
Victor and Lisa Wildcatt of Augusta announce the birth of a boy, Vincent Grey Wildcatt, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Lido and Pat Franceschini of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rick and Mianna Luther of Cherokee, N.C.

Charlie Monroe Wright V

Jonathan Cade Martin

Quin'Asia Na'cole Collier
Richard Wayne and Nancy Lynn Morgan of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Caleb Blanchard Morgan, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gene and Katie Clements, Donald Morgan and Judy Wyatt, all of Thomson.

Edgar Leslie Perry IV
Christopher M. and Leslie M. Rogers of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Lanie Christine Rogers, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Seth Mason of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rogers of Thomson.

Kolby Grant Boatwright
Mardy and Rachelle Clark of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Elizabeth Clark, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeff L. Rowe and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Clark, all of Hephzibah.

Dylan Lee Cooksey
Charlie M. Wright IV and Daisy L. Wright of Jackson announce the birth of a son, Charlie Monroe Wright V, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Jimmy Blackmon of Bath and the late Jenny Blackmon, and Charlie M. Wright III and Gina Wright of Jackson.

Jordana Rose Harris

Zoe Larissa Beard

Morgan Elizabeth Clark

Lanie Christine Rogers

Vincent Grey Wildcatt
Otto Wylie Ray Jr. and Kimberlie Ellen Ray of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Kylie Savannah Ray, Monday, March 10, 2003, at Aiken Regional Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny O. Jackson Sr. and O.W. Ray, all of Aiken, and the late Bette C. Ray.

Brandon Christopher Stuart Tranum
Waylon Christopher and Tiffany Marie Blake of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Scarlett Victoria Blake, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Don Cleghorn and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Blake, all of North Augusta.

Scarlett Victoria Blake
Tia Donara Tranum of Grovetown announces the birth of a son, Brandon Christopher Stuart Tranum, Saturday, March 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donald and Barbara Stewart of Grovetown and Richard and Hanna Tranum of Augusta.

Hannah Brea DeAngelo
Greg and Amanda Boatwright of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, Kolby Grant Boatwright, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Terry and Liz Toole of Warrenville and Walt and Gale Carroway of Clearwater.

Jordan Paul Eubanks
Quincy Anthony Collier and Carla Altrena Palmer, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Quin'Asia Na'cole Collier, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Debbie Hudson, Verlon Wadley and Mamie Collier, all of Augusta.
Mark and Evalyn Harris of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jordana Rose Harris, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Alejandrino of E.B. Magalona, Philippines, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William H. Harris.

Caleb Blanchard Morgan
Brian DeAngelo and Kimberly Willard, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Brea DeAngelo, Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gerry and Carol Hudson of Augusta and James and Josephine DeAngelo of Fort Pierce, Fla.
Edgar Leslie Perry III and Dee Dee Orr Perry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Edgar Leslie Perry IV, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eugene Orr of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Leslie Perry Jr. of Augusta.
Jonathan Paul and Hope Elizabeth Eubanks of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jordan Paul Eubanks, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Thomas of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eubanks of Augusta.
Kevin and Wendy Jones of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Faith Jones, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Arthur and Mary Suprek of Martinez, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jones of Grovetown and Linda Ward of Augusta.

Cameron Scott McFalls
Steven and Karen Key of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Key, Monday, March 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy J. Works of Lincolnton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Key Sr., all of Augusta.

William Dylan Reeves
Jason and Kristen Martin of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Cade Martin, Thursday, March 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E. Dixon of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Martin of Beech Island and Mr. and Mrs. John E. Martin of Jackson.

Lauren Elizabeth Key
Chad and Julie McFalls of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Cameron Scott McFalls, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Scott and Teresa Peace of Aiken and Ven and Deborah McFalls of Hephzibah.

Ashley Faith Jones
Michael Amos Meyers and Tameka Rochell Johnson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Michael Jaion Meyers, Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie and Carolyn Johnson Sr. and Amos and Sharon Meyers, all of Hephzibah.

Shelby Alexis Fail
Joshua Ryan Beard and Michelle Denise Allmond, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Larissa Beard, Monday, March 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Conny Jones and Trevis and Melissa Brock, all of Augusta.
Anthony Fail and Jessica Gregory, both of Beech Island, announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Alexis Fail, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Gregory of Warrenville, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fail of Graniteville and Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Davis of Louisville, Ga.
HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- The game "Rock, Scissors, Paper" has settled countless childhood disputes. Now the game is determining who gets some serious cash.
CLEVELAND -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from an appearance Wednesday where he will receive an award for supporting free speech.

Byrd receives cortisone shot
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The television in Bobby Cox's office was tuned to CNN on Thursday afternoon. Flickering images of the war against Iraq dominated the screen.

Braves hitting stride

Braves turn thoughts to U.S. forces in Iraq, not baseball
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Paul Byrd received a cortisone shot in his right elbow Monday in hopes of returning to the mound Saturday.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are discounting some ticket prices and raising others for the upcoming season.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves infielder Mark DeRosa is batting .308 this spring.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Count Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz among those who'll be rooting for Annika Sorenstam in her PGA Tour debut in May.
ATLANTA -- Business leaders on Thursday urged Georgia companies to fight against the proposed state flag referendum, saying the vote could hurt the state's fragile economy.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hours after receiving permission from an arbitrator, Sprint Corp. named the former No. 2 executive at rival BellSouth its new chief executive.
WASHINGTON -- Congress is again considering legislation that would make it more difficult for consumers to erase their debts in bankruptcy court, as Democrats opposed to the bill protested Wednesday the way majority Republicans in the House brought it to the floor for a vote.
LONDON -- Oil prices jumped Thursday on reports that oil wells in southern Iraq were burning out of control after apparent acts of sabotage.
NEW YORK -- A yardstick of U.S. economic activity declined in February, reversing a four-month trend of gains, the Conference Board reported Thursday. The group's economist said the drop signals a possible slowdown in consumer spending as fears of war and terrorism increase.
NEW YORK -- Wall Street notched its longest winning streak in nearly three years Wednesday, as investors picked up shares before the deadline President Bush set for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to flee or face war.
WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iraq move closer to war, oil markets seemed to be taking it all in stride. Global crude oil stocks are growing, prices declining and some analysts are talking cautiously of a possible oil glut on the horizon. Lower energy prices probably would follow.
WASHINGTON -- The government ran up a deficit of $193.9 billion in the first five months of the 2003 budget year, nearly three times the deficit for the same period a year earlier.
Anything from a trip on the office stairs to a serious machinery accident can lead an employee down the workers' compensation claim process.
Switching from roads to rail is expected to help International Paper Co.'s Augusta mill cut down on costs and remain competitive.
Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC announced Thursday it has completed previously announced plans to expand the production capacity of sulfone monomer at its Augusta plant.
First Friday was always good for drawing customers off the sidewalks into the downtown novelty and boutique shop Fierce, store owner Russell Hall said.
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted a seventh straight day of gains Thursday as investors remained hopeful that the U.S.-led war with Iraq will be quick and successful. Still, the advance was limited as the market anxiously awaited the latest developments.
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Diller has resigned as co-chief executive of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, saying Wednesday that it was appropriate for him to get out of the way while its cash-strapped French parent company is seeking to sell its assets.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier sat in the stands at The Swamp and looked longingly to his left. That's where the new luxury suites are being built - a testament to the success Spurrier brought to Florida during his dozen years as coach.
Columnist Cal Thomas calls it "so amazing I hardly know what to say."

Our first war hero
George Cunningham was a man of great energy and passion - for both his business and for Augusta, the community in which he was born and raised.

A nonsense ruling

George Cunningham

A smart start
We'll leave it to legal authorities to figure out if Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan Jr.'s dismissal of charges against a 15-year-old boy charged with breaking into a home and stealing $4,000 was legally correct.
Speak softly and carry a big stick, certainly. But here's the apparent mantra for modern warfare:
The shooting hadn't even started earlier this week, and there was already a war hero.

Schlock and yawn
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs from The Augusta Chronicle.
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Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.
THE DRIFTERS, THE TAMS AND THE O'KAYSIONS: Master Ballpark Bash, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Lake Olmstead Stadium; $10 advance, $15 day of show, VIP tables $150; or (803) 278-4TIX.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Coming soon to an opera house in Prague: a celebration of the country's hockey gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
WASHINGTON -- Consumers would have a harder time erasing their debts in bankruptcy court under legislation that won overwhelming House approval Wednesday.
WASHINGTON -- Going beyond the usual resolutions of support for U.S. troops in combat, the House voted unanimously Thursday to ease the tax burdens of all American military personnel and their families.
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates rose sharply this week as it became clear the United States would launch a military strike against Iraq.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.
The latest "uniform of the day" for fishermen has been the rain suit, thanks to an overabundance of precipitation this week.

Fishing report
Q: I need a better understanding of when and how to fertilize flowers and shrubbery in my yard. Could you tell me things I need to know, particularly about the different types of fertilizer?

Fertilizers promote plant growth
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech finished. Thus, the Yellow Jackets' season isn't.

Jackets finish job in NIT opener
PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam is playing the Colonial this year because she wants to see if she can compete against men. Then again, maybe she was just getting bored beating her fellow LPGA Tour players.
LONDON -- The World Match Play Championship will offer the second-richest prize in golf, increasing its winner's share to $1.56 million.
SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Spain's Jesus Maria Arruti shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday and led the rain-delayed Madeira Island Open by one stroke. Half the field was unable to complete the first round.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The "King and the Bear" is more than just the name of a golf course in St. Augustine, Fla., at least for the next two days at the Bay Hill Invitational.

World Match Play winner to get $1.56 million
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are rivals again, even if the world's two best golfers haven't made eye contact in nearly five months and have rarely been within 6,000 miles of each other.
The woman leading the fight against Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership foresees a scaled-down protest as the United States prepares for war against Iraq.

Six leaders at 69 take back seat
PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam wanted to play with the men so she could raise the level of her game. She may need to, if her start to the LPGA season is any indication.
ORLANDO, Fla. - It's early in the Bay Hill Invitational, and no one is watching the leaderboard. Why would they?
Hephzibah offensive guard Broderick Reid signed a letter-of-intent with Division I-AA Fort Valley State at the school library Thursday.
ATLANTA -- Thrashers center Patrik Stefan will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle while blocking a slap shot.
MANAMA, Bahrain -- The Persian Gulf state of Bahrain offered Saddam Hussein a haven Wednesday, the first such offer to be publicly extended to the embattled Iraqi leader.
President Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein to surrender power passed unheeded Wednesday night, and war against Iraq appeared inevitable. An American-led invasion force of 300,000 troops awaited the order to strike.
A text of President Bush's remarks Wednesday night announcing the beginning of U.S.-led military action in Iraq, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- U.S. Marines were dug into defensive positions south of Kuwait's border with Iraq on Thursday, poised to launch an expected ground invasion.
U.S. forces may use a new "e-bomb" during the expected invasion of Iraq as part of a 21st century blitzkrieg designed to render Saddam Hussein's forces blind, deaf, dumb and incapable of retaliation.
WASHINGTON -- Withholding their full fury, U.S. forces pinpointed airstrikes Thursday night in Baghdad and made their first forays by ground as they increased pressure on Iraqi troops to surrender. A helicopter crash claimed the first American and British lives.
WASHINGTON -- A second round of U.S.-led air attacks was launched Thursday night in Baghdad, but U.S. military officials said the assault was not the beginning of the massive air campaign the Pentagon has planned.
WASHINGTON -- War against Iraq will be as short as possible but Americans must be prepared for loss of life, the White House warned Wednesday as the deadline neared for Saddam Hussein to flee.
WASHINGTON -- Iraq's forces appeared cut off from their leadership after a U.S. attack on a Baghdad compound that intelligence officials believe struck while Saddam Hussein and possibly his sons were still inside, U.S. officials said Thursday.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq, President Bush said Wednesday night. He described the action as the opening salvo in an operation to "disarm Iraq and to free its people."
Two war veterans sat at a Rhode Island tavern, raising their shots of whiskey up high, offering a toast as Iraqis awoke to falling American bombs.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Almost every ring of the telephone leads to another heartbreaking question Cindy Bocash must ask.
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded on Thursday that the United States quickly end its attack on Iraq and said the use of military force against Saddam Hussein was not justified.
Hours before the deadline set by President Bush, Saddam Hussein gave no sign of yielding to America's demands Wednesday, and U.S. troops rumbled through Kuwaiti sandstorms toward Iraq's border and the brink of war.
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon assessed the damage Thursday from its initial strikes against targets in Iraq and primed for a broader assault involving 300,000 U.S. and coalition forces.
The American ground forces expected to lead the charge into Iraq are among the most storied in the U.S. military.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Saddam Hussein accused the United States of commiting a "shameful crime" by attacking Iraq, urging his people in a nationally televised address Thursday to "go draw your sword" against the enemy.
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- War preparations are in full swing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt - most of the crew is asleep.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As President Bush told the nation that the United States had launched a strike on Iraq, the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville opened its doors to the community to watch on two big screens - and to pray.
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in Kuwait Thursday, killing all 16 American and British soldiers aboard, military officials said.
WASHINGTON -- The opening salvos in the war to remove Saddam Hussein relied on tried-and-true cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs dropped by Air Force stealth fighter-bombers.
CAMP NEW JERSEY, Kuwait -- U.S. troops got their first real scare Thursday when Iraqi missiles streaked across the border into Kuwait, forcing the Americans to climb into protective suits and put on gas masks.
IRBIL, Iraq -- Iraq Kurdish forces will permit temporary U.S. control of key northern oil fields but demand a "partnership" with Washington in the areas if Saddam Hussein falls, a top Kurdish political leader said Wednesday.
KUWAIT CITY -- Sirens wailed and residents scrambled for shelter Thursday in Kuwait City as Iraq launched missiles over the border in retaliation for the U.S.-led military campaign against Saddam Hussein.
These past few days have been soggier than a day-old bowl of Cheerios.
Heavy pre-dawn rainfall pushed Savannah River reservoirs well into flood control stages Thursday, with as much as 3.75 inches recorded in some areas during the past 36 hours.
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - A distant boom. A nearby whistle. A fellow soldier yells, "Gas!"
I would like to submit to Greg Weis that his March 11 letter, "Signing U.N. Charter was a promise," left out some information on the situation with Iraq. Elden Bolton, Martinez, Ga.
Thank you for the thought-provoking guest column by Henry T. Edmondson on March 9, "There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament." It is indeed time for the United States to re-evaluate which countries we look to for alliance and moral approval. As Dr. Edmondson pointed out, Eastern Europe has significant reason to be leery of the United Nations. So does the United States. Joe Beck, Augusta
As a retired policeman I have known both Republican Aiken County sheriff candidates - Mike Hunt and Jody Rowland - for over 20 years. Carl A. Pagano, Belvedere, S.C.
In response to the Feb. 14 letter from my friend, Roy DeLamotte, "Speak out against war with Iraq before it's too late": W.F. Lawless, Augusta
I will be voting for Jody Rowland for sheriff of Aiken County on March 25. There are many reasons I have made this decision, but several seem to stand out. With a bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice, and being a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Mr. Rowland has received the best formal education. Add to that many classes, seminars and conferences relating to various aspects of police work in his 22 years of experience, and his education is well-rounded. June H. Cannon, Aiken, S.C.
My son was assigned to the 319th Transportation Co. from the 498th Transportation Co. from Mobile, Ala., when the 319th was called to active duty in January. Coverage by The Augusta Chronicle has been excellent. I followed the 319th while they were at Fort Stewart prior to their departure overseas. Kenny Bosarge, Grand Bay, Ala.
How dare Martha Burk and her group of "women's rights activists" plan to use our community as a grandstand in their publicity stunt? All she seeks is her 15 minutes in the spotlight. Only in her wildest dreams does she see a token millionaire female being admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. But how would her fantasy benefit a woman's daily life? If Ms. Burk were sincere in her cause, she would be rallying for women's rights in China, Africa and the Middle East. Wendy P. Thomas, Martinez, Ga.
It's unfortunate that negative campaigning is predictable in sheriff's elections, usually from the side that feels the most threatened. Carl Langley once told me that you shouldn't wrestle in the mud with a pig because you and the pig both get dirty, but only the pig enjoys it! Howard L. Sellers, Aiken, S.C.
I am trying to understand - just what do liberals call a country that has a supreme dictator with an SS-like force called the Mukhabarat that oppresses and murders his people and simultaneously exports terrorism and hostile acts against both neighboring and distant states while developing weapons of mass destruction? William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta
For years residents of areas surrounding the Augusta National Golf Course have good-naturedly moaned and groaned about traffic and crowds during the Masters Golf Tournament. Since this tournament benefits the area, it has always been a minor inconvenience. Arlene Hally, Augusta
I had the privilege of attending the press conference for Mike Hunt when he announced his intention to run for sheriff of Aiken County. All the things that our Howard Sellers clone just announced that he implemented, Mike Hunt had stated was his platform for reform of the sheriff's office. Bobby Boggs, Windsor, S.C.
Most of the discussion surrounding Mike Hunt's law-enforcement career has centered on his outstanding service to the city of Aiken. I want to remind North Augustans that Mr. Hunt began his law-enforcement career as a member of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. I had the opportunity to supervise him in that capacity and am pleased to support his candidacy for sheriff of Aiken County. Mr. Hunt has always had a remarkable enthusiasm for his work that is based on his love and compassion for the people he serves. He served North Augusta well early on and will continue to serve the entire county well as sheriff. C. Scott Bruder, Graniteville, S.C.

In the know
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs have developed software to protect children from online predators.

Lynx GameNight
When practice ended Thursday morning, Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie sat in his office bemoaning his team's loss to Atlantic City the previous night.
Greenville Grrrowl at Augusta Lynx.
The eyes of the Augusta Lynx kept turning toward the scoreboard looming high above center ice.

Lynx coach tries to keep perspective

Bullies beat up desperate Lynx

Lynx hire new GM, president
Looking to restore the luster to what minority owner Mark Vieira called a 'tarnished' franchise, the Augusta Lynx have hired 35-year hockey veteran and former National Hockey League coach Larry Kish to be the team's new president and general manager.
Nadia Sanford did a little celebratory wiggle, raised her arms above her head and shouted out a single word.
ATLANTA -- Police and security officers started randomly inspecting vehicles Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Ethics panel plans meeting in Evans

Sheriff candidates argue shifts
An Augusta man charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in the death of a Martinez man remained in jail Wednesday awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test.

Medical students prepare to learn futures
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - A distant boom. A nearby whistle. A soldier yells, "Gas!"

Flooding reported thorughout the area
Police are warning the public about a flimflam by three men claiming to be from South Africa, a scam that has already cost three Richmond County victims almost $15,000.

Rants and Raves
JUST WONDERING why the Democrats are even bothering to hold a presidential primary in South Carolina. So far, every Democratic candidate for president has denounced the Confederate flag.
NEW ELLENTON - Someone might know where Mary Alice Dixon is.

Augusta beefs up security
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to increase tobacco taxes in Georgia cleared a legislative obstacle Thursday, but still could face heavy opposition when it reaches the floor of the House.

Con artists make off with nearly $15,000
BEAUFORT, S.C. -It took five seconds of data, three days of testimony and 30 minutes of deliberation for a South Carolina jury to convict a Hilton Head Island man of reckless homicide in an auto crash that killed a father of three.

Across the area

State school leaders return to Iowa Test

Hospitals foresee less Medicaid
Today's subscriber of the day Robert Mercier of Thomson.

Case's dismissal sparks dissent
AIKEN - The parent company of the contractor that runs Savannah River Site has been asked by the United States to bid on the rebuilding of Iraq.

Different worlds live at Kuwait base
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers chose a large auditorium for their first hearing on proposals to change the Georgia flag, but there's a catch for the crowds expected - only legislators will be allowed to talk.

News you can use
ALBANY -After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Southern Ag trucking company stuck American flag decals on its trucks and trailers to show its patriotism.
The Triple Crown's three horse tracks, all more than 60 years old, remain as vital a part of Aiken's horse community today as they've been in years past.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The McEntire Air National Guard Station 169th Fighter Wing is on the front lines of conflict, with aircraft participating in missions over Iraq, officials said Thursday.

Women's group keeps heat on Burk
Augusta commissioners say they like the idea of a citywide capital improvement program - one that includes a regional coliseum, a downtown performing arts center and a Reynolds Street exhibit and trade show facility.

Rants and Raves
WHY DON'T WE all show our support for the Masters by putting up green bows everywhere? Martha would know how much we support the Masters.
Members of the 878th Engineering Battalion of the Georgia Army National Guard left Augusta on Thursday morning, the same day thousands of American troops crossed into Iraq to wage war.
WHY DON'T WE all show our support for the Masters by putting up green bows everywhere? Martha would know how much we support the Masters.
AIKEN - Famed horse trainer MacKenzie "Mac" Miller, who retired in 1995, says his adopted home always will be a preferred location for training horses because of its climate and soft soil.
A recent break-in of 12 vehicles at Bobby Jones Ford on Wrightsboro Road was surprising to Lavon Bishop, but more mind-boggling were the items someone took - nearly two dozen air bags.

Schools call off Big Apple band trip
Business and emergency officials packed a bomb threat class given by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, shortly before the deadline for a potential war in the Middle East.

City panel points out obstacles to program
For Joel Judah, it will be a new kind of training that will allow him more sleep and freedom. For Nicole Heidemann, it will be a calling she loves despite the menace of skyrocketing insurance premiums.
All around, the Aiken Harness Races are a more casual affair than the Triple Crown's first two races.
Their money has paid for microscopes in inner-city classrooms and conservation programs at a local nature park.
ATLANTA - Two years ago, many Georgians complained that the state flag was changed with no input from the public. On Thursday, the House committee considering a statewide vote on the banner held a hearing in front of about 200 people, discussing different proposals.
A federal lawsuit is seeking to declare the anthrax vaccine the military is using to protect American troops in Iraq an experimental and illegal drug.
AIKEN - When the Savannah River Site manager in charge of high-level waste processing needed to replace his plant's main piece of equipment for the first time, he was given his choice of team members.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and Department of Juvenile Justice officers combed the Augusta Youth Development Campus to round up illegal items Wednesday.
Nearly every Georgia county that had a local sales tax on the ballot Tuesday approved it, with the money earmarked for law enforcement, highways, school construction and other purposes. Turnout was generally light.
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Gary McConnell is the former director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency who was dismissed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.
ATLANTA -- A law banning cell phones while driving? Don't count on it this year.
MARCH 20, 1970 The dean of Georgia College at Milledgeville has been named the new Augusta College president, University Chancellor George L. Simpson Jr. announced Thursday.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greenville County's council meeting went smoothy Tuesday night, with both sides calmly debating whether the county should officially celebrate a holiday honoring Martin Luther King.
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - When their convoys head north into Iraqi territory, the Army reservists of the Augusta-based 319th Transportation Company will be counting on the Marines to defend their trucks and their lives.
A judge's decision Wednesday to throw out a burglary case against a 15-year-old Augusta boy has put him at odds with District Attorney Danny Craig, Sheriff Ronnie Strength and the Georgia Supreme Court.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Before South Carolina's Lou Holtz teaches his Gamecocks football technique and strategy, he'll teach them about Iraq, the world situation and the likely war ahead for the United States.
CHARLESTON -A 15-year-old boy has been charged with firing a pellet gun at Burns Elementary School, authorities said.

Reports prompt campus search
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Security was strengthened Thursday at nuclear power plants in South Carolina, and officials at a former nuclear weapons complex were "manning an emergency operations center."

Schools could get heart units
CAMILLA, Ga. -- Tornadoes cut a swath through southwestern Georgia before dawn Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 in Worth and Mitchell counties.

Across the area
WASHINGTON -- As America continued its punishing air assaults on Iraq Thursday, congressional Democrats - including the six from Georgia - remained deeply divided on whether it was wise to fight before rounding up more allies.

Augusta unit weathers missile attack
The war in Iraq may be half a world away, but Augusta-area officials say that doesn't mean security at home should be left to chance.
JUST WONDERING why the Democrats are even bothering to hold a presidential primary in South Carolina. So far, every Democratic candidate for president has denounced the Confederate flag.
Because of inaccurate information furnished to The Augusta Chronicle, a listing of military personnel from the Augusta area in Thursday's editions contained a mislabeled Army Reserve unit. The unit should have been identified as the 359th Signal Brigade.
AIKEN - It's horses and hors d'oeuvres, spring hats and sunglasses - the Aiken Triple Crown has finally arrived.
ATLANTA - The State Ethics Commission will meet today in Evans to consider complaints against Gov. Sonny Perdue, a former state senator and the McDuffie County Democratic Committee.

Company bids to help rebuild Iraq
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of an Augusta man wanted in a Valentine's Day slaying.
AIKEN - Organizers have been preparing for the second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown for months and say that this year's racing will be enjoyed by more than 30,000 people.
AIKEN - Tim Harris, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman, flew from Washington on short notice this week to make a point clear.

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Schools have pencils, erasers, chalkboards and computers, and they might soon have one more piece of equipment - one that could save lives.

SRS contractor makes bid to aid in rebuilding Iraq

Across Georgia and South Carolina

AIKEN - The Aiken Training Track, home to the first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown, welcomes racers this year to a new surface.
The Georgia Department of Education has thrown out the yardstick it has used for the past two years and has gone back to the tried and true way of measuring pupil achievement.
AIKEN - The goal is putting more deputies on the street during the hours when crime is most likely to occur, an answer to one of the public's most pressing demands.
THOMSON - Ron Sellers said goodbye to his wife, Renee, and daughter Sydney for what seemed like several hours.

Democrats suggest separate flag votes
With a somber face, Ashley Weaver recounted the conversation she had with her stepfather Wednesday night.

MARCH 21, 1940 Salaries of all Georgia schoolteachers have been ordered withheld by the state Board of Education pending the outcome of litigation under which Richmond, Bibb and Chatham counties are seeking additional funds.

Troops pack bunkers
They'll get the T-shirt, but they won't get the trip.

Tutt Middle helps its pupils adjust
Thurmond Lake and other Savannah River reservoirs were in flood control stages Thursday after 3.75 inches of rain fell in some portions of the basin.

Speaker touches on plant concerns

Lawsuit decries anthrax vaccine
Today's subscriber of the day is Brandy Beam of Evans.

Across Georgia
AIKEN - The parent company of the contractor that runs Savannah River Site has been asked by the United States to bid on the rebuilding of Iraq.
Recently I wrote about poor customer service and asked you business owners, managers and employees to turn the tables and tell me what really bugs you about your customers.

Mini reviews
"Dreamcatcher" is unspeakably bad - and shockingly so - considering that it's an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, from the director of "The Big Chill" (Lawrence Kasdan) and the writer of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (William Goldman).

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JUST OUT: 8 Mile, Abandon, Roger Dodger, Auto Focus, Personal Velocity and Pokemon 4Ever
It's hard to imagine what attracted Gwyneth Paltrow to "View from the Top," a sputtering, underfueled slapstick romance in which she stars as an aspiring international flight attendant.
Can the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences retroactively revoke Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Oscar?
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change.

Tritt happy to be an outlaw
Country singer Travis Tritt doesn't wear a black hat, nor does he wield a blazing six-gun.
For Tara Scheyer and her band, the Half-Shirt Leroys, playing music is no longer about record deals and landing the big gig.

No pressure
Ricky Craven won last week's race at Darlington, S.C., and heads into Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway as the fifth-ranked driver in points. He suffered a brain injury in a severe crash at Texas in 1998, and it took him more than two years to win the confidence of a major team to find work. He recently talked to motor sports writer Don Coble about winning the Dodge 400 by an inch over Kurt Busch, his physical struggles and the satisfaction of finally fulfilling his own expectations.
MONTERREY, Mexico -- Paul Tracy finds himself in a position he hasn't held in nearly three years - leading the CART Champ Car Series.

Planning for war

Racing facts - Food City 500
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- If someone bumps past Rusty Wallace to win at Bristol again, he might not let it slide this time.
SEPANG, Malaysia -- Michael Schumacher and Ferrari are in an unfamiliar role - playing catch-up.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - No matter how bad things get for Rusty Wallace, he knows the chance for redemption always comes twice a year when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series moves to the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Here are facts about his weekend's Food City 500 race.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Eddie Jones made two sets of reservations for his race team's trip to the Texas Motor Speedway. One involves the use of private and commercial airplanes; the other involves a couple of modified passenger vans.
President Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein to surrender power passed unheeded Wednesday night, and war against Iraq appeared inevitable. An American-led invasion force of 300,000 troops awaited the order to strike.
WASHINGTON -- Random vehicle inspections will resume at airports throughout the country and more law enforcement officers will be posted in and around terminals because of fears that a war with Iraq could lead to terrorist attacks on commercial aviation.
WASHINGTON -- How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Another flagrant foul, another suspension for Ron Artest.
CHEHALIS, Wash. -- Portland Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire agreed Thursday to attend drug and alcohol counseling and stay out of legal trouble for the next year to have marijuana charges against him dropped.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rick Barnes had big plans. At 23, he wanted to be a basketball coach someday at a Division I school.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Travis Diener's career game put Marquette in the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins was kicked out in the second half of the Bearcats' NCAA tournament opener against Gonzaga after drawing two technicals on a disputed call Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Missouri's Rickey Paulding drove the lane for a chance to hit a game-winning shot. He did, but not the way he planned.
The NCAA women's basketball tournament will start with some grumbling over travel and an outcome in doubt.
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's known as the "freshman wall" - the point in the season when first-year players lose their legs, their shot and their confidence.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hollis Price was bothered by an injury, Kevin Bookout was sick, and Oklahoma couldn't make its shots early.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Peay's travel to the NCAA tournament was delayed Wednesday by a snowstorm that dumped 45 inches in Denver.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- No need to tear up those brackets. Emeka Okafor and Connecticut sent BYU home early.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference can argue it has the top young talent in the country. That list also might include the best big newcomer in college basketball.
NEW YORK -- CBS moved the start of its NCAA men's basketball tournament coverage to cable channel ESPN on Thursday because of news coverage of the war in Iraq.
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Harlem girls have turned around team

Imperial Cup features field with credentials

Horse town now lacks trainers in 1 discipline

Professional cycling race set to ride into Augusta


Prep players of the week
Among the horses competing in the headline race at the 37th Aiken Spring Steeplechase on Saturday at Ford Conger Field are the son of the last Triple Crown winner, a divisional champion and several stakes winners.
The Aiken-Augusta Swim League placed 25th out of 88 teams last weekend at the Senior Sectional Swimming Championships in Charlotte, N.C.
After a dismal 2002 season, Harlem's girls have been a surprise force in Region 3-AAA this season.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The mastermind behind the betting scam that nearly produced a $3 million payoff at the Breeders' Cup ended up with the least amount of jail time possible - a year and a day.
Here are profiles for the area prep players of the week.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Freddy Adu shrugged at the suggestion that he's growing up much faster than other kids his age.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Two Austrian cross-country skiers and two team officials lost appeals Thursday against their sanctions in a blood-doping case at last year's Salt Lake City Olympics.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- He's 32 years old and a new first-time father, past his prime but not ready to retire.
Kurt Garin was amazed to hear that a professional cycling race is coming to Augusta.
AIKEN - This horse-crazy town is the host of two of the most prestigious events on the National Steeplechase Association's championship circuit, including Saturday's Aiken Spring Steeplechase, with its $85,000 purse.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Bobby Beathard has agreed to serve as a consultant to the Atlanta Falcons for another season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons wanted a new logo to reflect a team working aggressively to change its image.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has chosen one proposal for changing its overtime rule: allowing each team at least one possession if a game is tied after regulation.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Free-agent wide receiver Kevin Dyson agreed to a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

Cline's 'Bandstand' tapes lost
Charlie Dick would be happy if Dick Clark could find tapes of the American Bandstand TV shows featuring Mr. Dick's late wife, Patsy Cline.

Actor's career bloomed in desert, and beyond
Microsoft's Web site chirps that "Windows XP Home Edition" allows you to "Experience more than you thought possible with your home computer and the Internet."
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday warned about a serious flaw in almost every version of its popular Windows software that could allow hackers to seize control of a person's computer when victims read e-mails or visit Web sites.
GENEVA -- Doctors focused their search for the cause of a mysterious flu-like illness Wednesday on a virus family responsible for some common respiratory illnesses as the fast-moving infection killed another victim, a French doctor at a hospital in Vietnam.
LOS ANGELES -- "Platinum," a UPN series billed as the first network hip-hop drama, is poised to make its debut next month.
BURBANK, Calif. - Tim Conway has made an art form out of breaking up his fellow performers - most notably Harvey Korman on the old The Carol Burnett Show. His skill at reducing Mr. Korman to unscripted giggles, guffaws and titters also generated its own particular brand of improv to get the skits back on track.
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters is stepping away from the Oscars, but Joan Rivers isn't.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Mohamed Abukar, one of the Georgia men's basketball team's most prized signees, said Thursday he isn't sure he wants out of his National Letter of Intent, but he wants to be ready in case he does.

Recruit mulls options
Sunday night, more than 40 years after he raced across the Saharan dunes and into movie history in Lawrence of Arabia, Irish actor Peter O'Toole will be honored with a special Oscar for lifetime achievement. Had his portrayal of the dapper desert warrior T.E. Lawrence remained his only film contribution, Mr. O'Toole would have sealed his cinema stardom. But, to the good fortune of film audiences everywhere, he followed that triumph with a gallery of memorable characters.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Before South Carolina's Lou Holtz teaches his Gamecocks football technique and strategy, he'll teach them about Iraq, the world situation and the likely war ahead for the United States.
It happened nearly every time South Carolina women's basketball coach Susan Walvius stepped in a taxi during her European recruiting trip last week.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If anyone thought South Carolina star Jocelyn Penn would be slowed at the NCAA tournament by an ankle sprain, forget it.


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