Performers provide up-close entertainment
The curtain never goes up on Behind the Masque. The members of the Augusta performance group never bask in the warmth of the footlights and are unable to gauge the success of a performance via ticket receipts.

Lady Jags get results on mound
AIKEN - She started feeling a problem with her throwing wrist in November. A nagging pain was threatening to suspend Erin Cown's softball career.

Spend a day with Canseco - for a price

Lady Jags get results on mound

Coastal Carolina nabs Barnwell star

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep boys baseball players.

Prep baseball statistics

Coastal Carolina nabs Barnwell star
Barnwell shortstop Derek Martin had a pretty good week.

Hall president apologizes for not calling actors before canceling event

Spend a day with Canseco - for a price
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco plans to profit while under house arrest for his part in a 2001 nightclub brawl.

Judge sets bond at $250,000 in attack on umpire
CHICAGO -- A judge set bond at $250,000 on Thursday for a man who attacked an umpire during a Chicago White Sox game.

Hall president apologizes for not calling actors before canceling event
The baseball Hall of Fame president issued an apology Friday, saying he was sorry he failed to call Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon last week before canceling a "Bull Durham" celebration because of the actors' anti-war stance.

Braves outlast Expos

Rally keeps Braves' run alive
ATLANTA - Even as the struggles for Greg Maddux continue, the Atlanta Braves continue to find ways to win.

Strange day for Millwood
ATLANTA - Philadelphia pitcher Kevin Millwood had no trouble finding his way to Turner Field.

Strange day for Millwood

Braves outlast Expos
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - This is the way Javy Lopez must have imagined it, departing his native island in triumph, his passion play complete.

Rally keeps Braves' run alive

Bank discloses small profit drop

Jobless claims climb last week, point to sluggish job market
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance shot up last week to their second-highest level of this year, a fresh sign of the difficulties facing workers as companies, trying to cope with a listless economy, seek leaner work forces.

Downtown building gets classy new look
The 130-year-old building at 643 Broad St. has been through the Great Fire of 1916, several floods, termites and neglect.

Stocks higher despite jobless claims, mixed earnings data

Clout draws Iraq contract
SAN FRANCISCO - It's not just a history of building landmarks such as the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come.

Clout draws Iraq contract

Pilot opens restaurant

Deficit soars past last year's figures

American Airlines dumps executive bonuses
DALLAS -- After sharp criticism from its rank-and-file, American Airlines dropped a plan Friday to award bonuses to top executives if they stay at the embattled airline until 2005.

Downtown building gets classy new look

Deficit soars past last year's figures
WASHINGTON - The government ran up a deficit of $252.6 billion in the first six months of the 2003 budget year, nearly twice the total for the same period a year earlier.

Apartment complexes give breaks to military

Jobless claims climb last week, point to sluggish job market

Apartment complexes give breaks to military
Although fighting in Iraq is winding down, many Augusta soldiers have yet to return home. But some area apartment complexes are doing what they can to make life a little easier for military renters.

Budget crisis could cancel tax holiday
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The economy is so tight, Georgia might not be able to afford a tax-free holiday this year.

Stocks higher despite jobless claims, mixed earnings data
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as investors remained hopeful that the economy will improve despite a murky corporate outlook and a disappointing jobs report.

Pilot opens restaurant
Twenty-two years after Steve Fortunato began flying airplanes for the Navy, his newest job is taking him back to wings.

Business briefs
Markets were closed in observance of Good Friday.

Bank discloses small profit drop
The parent company of Augusta's First Bank of Georgia on Thursday reported a small drop in first-quarter profits because of costs associated with opening its new branch office.

Staley's trip to Tigers delayed
Brian Staley won't play football for Clemson this fall, but he plans to wear a Tigers uniform eventually.

Staley's trip to Tigers delayed

Childish displays
It has become the new American way: Rather than work with each other to achieve compromise, rather than abide by rules - or work through the system to change them - we protest, we throw tantrums and we file lawsuits.

Season of danger
Spring is about beginnings. Plants bud and flower. Easter and Passover hold out the promise of life. Young men and women reach full bloom and look out past their graduations, past their childhoods.

Bombshell in Iraq
Journalism professors, students, institutes and think tanks should all investigate, and discuss for years to come, CNN's bizarre and indefensible decision to stay in Iraq and stay silent while knowing its employees were being tortured, threatened and censored.

Limit grand juries
The special civil grand jury whose reports on local government operations since 1999 have embarrassed a number of Augusta commissioners, department heads and firefighters has nothing to apologize for.

The A.G. wins big
In a historic judicial ruling for the state of Georgia, a Fulton County Superior Court judge has held that the attorney general, not the governor, is constitutionally empowered to call the state's legal shots.

Childish displays

Applause calendar
SUPERMAN JAM X GAMES: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; for 4 p.m. show $10.50 adults, $5.50 children 12 or younger in advance, $15 adults, $5.50 children day of show; for 8 p.m. show $10.50 advance for adults and children, $15 day of show; 722-3521.

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- The patent for a camera lens that won a technical achievement award at the 1997 Oscars has been nullified by a federal judge who ruled its inventor lied to patent investigators.

Concert calendar
CAPITAL A: Friday, April 25, Crossroads, 11th Street, between Broad and Ellis streets; 724-1177.

Standing ovations
Daredevil BMX bikers, motorcyclists and skateboarders will show off their stuff in the Superman Jam X Games, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Admission for the 4 p.m. show is $10.50 adults, $5.50 children 12 or younger in advance, $15 adults, $5.50 children day of show. For the 8 p.m. show, tickets cost $10.50 advance for adults and children, or $15 the day of show. Call 722-3521.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

The Top Five
The top in television, movies and music.

Stocks gain in Asia, led by tech shares
TOKYO -- Asian stocks rose Friday, led by technology shares, as encouraging earnings from Nokia and Broadcom boosted investor optimism that the economy was improving. Still, trading was light due to the Easter holidays.

Some solutions for post-tax season laments

Some solutions for post-tax season laments
NEW YORK -- As they finished their tax returns, many small business owners had a nasty surprise when they saw how much they owed the government, or how much in profits they had missed out on during the course of 2002.

Stocks gain in Asia, led by tech shares

Altman triumphs on Beaver Lake
All season long, Roy Altman told friends that if he had his "druthers," he'd rather win the Wal-Mart Open, if he was going to win during his first season on the Forrest L. Wood (FLW) bass fishing circuit.

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.

Altman triumphs on Beaver Lake

Fishing report
Largemouth bass and hybrids have begun to haunt Strom Thurmond Lake blow-throughs to feed on spawning blueback herring.

Fishing report

Par for the dinner course
Billy Becton's a member of the country club.

Par for the dinner course

Bamboo borders on insanity
I am considering planting bamboo as a hedge or screen from the adjoining property. What do you think? I have heard it can be very invasive.

Bamboo borders on insanity

Timing is important

Timing is important
Play the averages when it comes to planting vegetable seeds in spring. To do so, you first have to know the average date of your last killing frost, which you can get from some gardening books or from Cooperative Extension publications.

Jackets' rally falls short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets scored six runs in four innings but it wasn't enough as the Charleston RiverDogs won 8-6 on Friday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

RiverDogs blank Jackets
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scott Autrey pitched seven solid innings, and Adam Bonner hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning as the RiverDogs defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 5-0 on Thursday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

Westwood shoots 81, 17 behind Jacobson at Algarve Open
FARO, Portugal -- Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson shot a course-record 8-under par 64 Thursday and held a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Algarve Open.

Kung tied for lead with Matthew despite finish

Barlow finds record round Harbour Town

Cink finds peace of mind, leaderboard at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Stewart Cink stood tall and strong. His shots at Harbour Town Golf Links were graceful and on target, the picture of a PGA Tour pro at the top of his game.

Haas takes ACC individual lead at 3-under
NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Getting through the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf tournament Friday wasn't about the perfect swing or sinking putts.

Haas takes ACC individual lead at 3-under

Barlow finds record round Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Craig Barlow's search for a solid swing ended abruptly Thursday with a nine-hole tournament-record 28 that gave him a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the MCI Heritage.

Thompson, Morgan lead Emerald Coast in lowest average first round

Westwood shoots 81, 17 behind Jacobson at Algarve Open

Cink finds peace of mind, leaderboard at MCI Heritage

Kung tied for lead with Matthew despite finish
LAS VEGAS -- Candie Kung had the lead, a closing birdie hole in front of her and some momentum when a rare desert thunderstorm forced players off the course in the Takefuji Classic.

Thompson, Morgan lead Emerald Coast in lowest average first round
MILTON, Fla. -- Leonard Thompson and Gil Morgan each shot 7-under-par 63 Friday to share the lead at the Emerald Coast Classic as the field turned in the lowest scoring average for a first round in Champions Tour history.

RiverDogs blank Jackets

Silver Bluff gets coach's attention

Legislative session is as slow as Christmas
Years ago, the joke down at the Georgia Capitol was they wanted to finish the annual legislative session before March 10, so House Speaker Tom Murphy could go home to celebrate his birthday.

Police seek leads in fatal shooting
Police are looking for leads today in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man on Third Avenue late Thursday night.

U.S. leaders ignore requirements for war

George W. Bush a much better president than Bill Clinton

2003 Red Carpet Tour was magnificent
The 2003 Red Carpet Tour visited your gracious region on April 10 and April 12. A committee of leaders throughout the Augusta area spent countless hours over the past 12 months planning two days that the Red Carpet Tour guests would not forget. They succeeded. George Israel, Atlanta, Ga.

Liberals should try to be part of the solution, not problem
In a letter to the editor by Mark Gelbart April 9 titled, "Conservative talk-show hosts are worst," we are privileged to see the usual rantings and whining from the liberal left, and it was nicely highlighted in this typically negative opinion. Bob Patrick, McCormick, S.C.

Liberals should try to be part of the solution, not problem

What makes a human life so valuable?

Picture of elderly woman's fall in poor taste

What makes a human life so valuable?
This Christmas at the late service in our church, a young mother came into the darkened building carrying what was obviously a newborn. I was amazed at how many people followed the child with their eyes, and how some in the adjacent pews reached out and touched his blanket.Keith Brown, Augusta

George W. Bush a much better president than Bill Clinton
In response to the letter from Paul Cook on March 31, "George W. Bush worst, most inept U.S. president ever," I would like to adamantly question how anyone could call George W. Bush the most inept president ever. Brenda W. Chance, Modoc, S.C.

John Kerry is walking a fine line
I admired Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., for his service to our country - military and civilian. His military accomplishments inspired many. Election to his present office is testimony to the respect the citizens of Massachusetts have for him. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

War protesters not necessarily baseless
Harry Oliphant's April 9 letter, "War protesters should be arrested, prosecuted," accuses anti-war demonstrators of being "traitors" to American democracy. He should have done some research before stereotyping the demonstrators as "ignorant and uninformed." Srinivas Venkata, Martinez, Ga.

'Fairness' and 'diversity' are not synonymous
I take issue with Leonard Pitts Jr.'s April 7 column, "We can have both excellence and diversity." Jeff Burke, Aiken, S.C.

U.S. leaders ignore requirements for war
President George W. Bush and his spokesmen have given the impression that the war against Iraq was waged under U.S. authority to enforce American interests. But the Bush administration has officially sent the U.N. Security Council its acknowledgment that the war was conducted under United Nations authorization. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

2003 Red Carpet Tour was magnificent

Picture of elderly woman's fall in poor taste
I could not believe that The Chronicle would be so disrespectful as to publish the April 11 picture of an elderly lady who fell. Jackie Cobbs, Aiken, S.C.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Shealy of Warrenville.

Cyclists to race to beat cancer
The Tour de Georgia will do more than traverse the state. As the bicyclists pedal their way next week from Augusta to Macon and eventually Atlanta, advocates hope they will be driving home cancer education.

Police charge third man in death
AIKEN - An Augusta man described by Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland as the go-between in a drug deal that turned violent was arrested and charged with murder Thursday in a March 18 shooting death at a Beech Island convenience store.

UGA dairy farm will leave Athens in reshuffle

UGA dairy farm will leave Athens in reshuffle
University of Georgia senior Wesley Blount guides dairy cows through stalls to be milked at the school's dairy farm in Athens, which will soon be closed and moved to Tifton as part of a restructuring plan for the College of Agriculture.

Teacher's SARS scare is over
AIKEN - Dorothy Flanagan, the North Augusta High School science teacher who was feared to have contracted the deadly SARS virus during a recent trip to China, now has no fever and is rapidly recovering at her son's home, her granddaughter said Thursday.

Store prefers to deal in something concrete
Need a harvest gold commode tank? A concrete horse head plaque like the one soul singer James Brown had made to go over his stables? An original hubcap from a 1964 Mustang or 1945 Plymouth?

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A 12-year-old girl returned from school Thursday afternoon to find her mother slain and her 14-year-old brother fatally wounded in their Cobb County home, police said.

Rants and raves
GOD BLESS PRESIDENT Bush. And I want to say to our military: Well done. To the Hollywood crowd and former presidents: Well undone.

Serviceman of the day
Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Bryan C. Clark is today's serviceman of the day.

Earth Day festivities
Earth Day festivities will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near Augusta Regional Airport.

Rants and Raves
MY HEART GOES OUT to the families of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, who died in that Ford Explorer crash. I had a Ford Explorer, and it rolled over on me.

Tritium facility beats schedule
AIKEN - Construction on a Savannah River Site plant formerly mired in cost overruns and delays is now ahead of its revised schedule, according to one of the Department of Energy's project managers.

Parents discuss school worries
After weeks of asking to be heard, three opponents of proposed teacher transfers at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School got a chance to speak their piece Thursday night.

Rants and Raves
MY HEART GOES OUT to the families of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, who died in that Ford Explorer crash. I had a Ford Explorer, and it rolled over on me.

SARS test is run on teacher
A North Augusta high school teacher who developed a respiratory illness after returning from a two-week trip to China was told by her doctor to stay at home until public health officials know the results of lab tests for the deadly SARS virus.

Volunteers cheer special athletes
AIKEN - Just before LaDonna Carter crossed the finish line of the 50-meter run, she looked over at her mother and smiled.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's 2002 Teacher of the Year may not be back in her classroom this fall.

Budget crisis affects funds
COLUMBIA - Lawmakers have asked the state Attorney General whether it's legal to help balance South Carolina's roughly $5 billion budget by using funds that were originally set aside for environmental protection programs.

Across South Carolina

Bill would help police stay safe on highways
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Ty Hester pulls a car over on John C. Calhoun Expressway, and the threat begins.

Residents hear plan for redevelopment

Tasmanian authors visit Augusta
Augusta Preparatory Day School third-grader Sara Green is on a mission to unlock the mystery of the bronze Tasmanian Tiger.

Across the area

City considers fee for traffic

SARS test is run on teacher

Across the area

Police seek leads in fatal shooting

Burns holds public forum
U.S. 12th District Congressman Max Burns said he hopes to know by late summer the fate of a funding request that would pay for the initial work to move the Sixth Street railroad tracks out of downtown Augusta.

Across Georgia

News you can use
APRIL 18, 1958 A gasoline "price war" has developed in the country - and industry leaders are genuinely afraid that it will spread to Augusta within a day or so.

Serviceman of the day

Groups worry about license
A federal license for the Augusta Canal that expired 24 years ago is in the final stages of being renewed, but the city still must address a myriad of concerns raised by state and federal agencies.

News you can use

Pickups, Chevy Caprice lead area car theft lists
Automobile thieves in Georgia prefer pickups, while South Carolina crooks target passenger cars such as the Chevrolet Caprice or Honda Accord, according to a new report.

Groups worry about license

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Friday were asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible for the shooting death of an Augusta man in the Dogwood Terrace housing area.

Pickups, Chevy Caprice lead area car theft lists

City considers fee for traffic
Shoppers, residents and visitors driving to new homes, grocery stores and even the McDonalds in Aiken could drive up the cost of doing business if a proposed traffic impact fee is approved by city council.

Volunteers cheer special athletes

Judge denies bond for slaying suspect
A woman who investigators contend was in on the planning of a robbery and homicide and later helped dispose of stolen goods was denied bond Thursday.

Burns holds public forum

House stalls Perdue school plan
ATLANTA - By the end of next week, Georgia could have an education policy that the governor and state schools superintendent both fought to change.

Study on menopause therapy risks draws strong rebuttal from doctors

Study on menopause therapy risks draws strong rebuttal from doctors
The news reports that hormone replacement therapy for menopause could increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke shocked many women, including Nancy Johnson.

Tasmanian authors visit Augusta

State lawmakers worry flag vote sets precedent
ATLANTA - Amid the sometimes fiery rhetoric over Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan for a state flag vote, critics have floated an unlikely question:

Store prefers to deal in something concrete

News you can use
Back in time April 19, 1948 Augusta City Council will meet tonight for the purpose of passing ordinances stripping the power of Mayor W.D. Page and setting up George Roark, former city manager, as virtual business manager of the city.

News you can use

Murder trial is sent to Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - For the first time in nearly three years, Clarke County jurors will be asked to serve on a death penalty case.

Residents hear plan for redevelopment
An inner-city redevelopment plan that will go before Augusta commissioners within the next month faced some of its toughest critics Thursday night in the social hall of Antioch Baptist Church.

Earth Day festivities

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Reversing an earlier decision, the Georgia House voted Thursday by the narrowest possible margin to approve a $178 million increase in the state cigarette tax to help balance the budget.

Bodies dumped at random site
The killers of a Maryland couple whose bullet-riddled bodies were found last year in the trunk of a burning car in rural Morgan County, Ga., apparently chose the location off Interstate 20 at random, a prosecutor says.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Three candidates are vying for an open state House seat vacated by former Rep. Mike Easterday, who stepped down in January to become Gov. Mark Sanford's legislative director.

Rants and raves
GOD BLESS PRESIDENT Bush. And I want to say to our military: Well done. To the Hollywood crowd and former presidents: Well undone.

Across the area
Police are asking for the public's help in catching a woman who is passing fake personal checks in the area.

Teacher's SARS scare is over

Flag change is set for final vote
ATLANTA - A state flag change is set for a final vote Tuesday after cruising through a Senate committee Thursday.

Flag change is set for final vote

Serviceman of the day

Parents discuss school worries

Bill would help police stay safe on highways

Judge denies bond for slaying suspect

Fugitive is arrested in California
A fugitive wanted in Augusta on drug charges was captured Thursday in California after being on the run for six months, officials said.

Virus cluster investigated
The East Central Health District is investigating several cases of viral meningitis in Columbia and Richmond counties.

Summer of sequels

Video watch

At the movies: 'Bulletproof Monk'

At the movies: 'Bulletproof Monk'
"Bulletproof Monk" possesses a terrific title for an action flick and the serene poise of Chow Yun-Fat. And not much else.

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'
For a movie that preaches about being yourself, "Malibu's Most Wanted" has a serious identity crisis.

At the movies: 'Holes'
Viewing a movie about juvenile miscreants endlessly digging holes in the desert sounds as interesting as watching a film called "Paint Drying."

Mini reviews

Summer of sequels
Cinematically speaking, there is nothing small about summer. The summer movie is bred big, with explosions, special effects and star-studded set pieces designed to dazzle. A plot, although recommended, is not always required. Below are some of the would-be blockbusters slated for release this summer, each a sticky-sweet cinematic confection:

At the movies: 'Holes'

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'

Video watch
JUST OUT: Drumline, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Spirited Away and The Transporter

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Thanks to CBS, golf remains focus of Masters broadcasts
When an interview with Lanny Wadkins, the new lead golf analyst for CBS Sports, was requested during last week's Masters Tournament, a spokeswoman for the network immediately laid down the ground rules regarding "The Controversy."

Madonna retools scrapped 'American Life' video and releases a nonviolent version
NEW YORK -- Madonna's "American Life" video has been reincarnated as a tamer, nonviolent version of its former self.

Madonna retools scrapped 'American Life' video and releases a nonviolent version

Rudd and new team working on consistency

Rudd and new team working on consistency
Ricky Rudd hasn't gotten off to the start he had hoped for with his new team, the Wood Brothers.

Will Jordan stay to try to fix Wizards?
WASHINGTON -- Even though he won't play again, Michael Jordan managed to end the season with a cliffhanger.

Will Jordan stay to try to fix Wizards?

Hawks fail to deliver on playoff guarantee

Hawks fail to deliver on playoff guarantee
ATLANTA -- Break out the checkbook.

Bryant has top-selling player jersey; Lakers lead team sales

Bryant has top-selling player jersey; Lakers lead team sales
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant has the top-selling player jersey and the Los Angeles Lakers remain the most popular team jersey based on combined sales from the NBA Store in New York City and NBA.com since the start of the 2002-03 season.

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Mrs. Alice Brady    (KITE, Ga.)
KITE, Ga. - Mrs. Alice Rowland Brady, 81, passed away April 18, 2003. Funeral services 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003 at the Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with the Revs. Kelmer Durden and Keith Ivey officiating. Burial; in the Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Survivors; her husband, Mr. Melvin Brady, Kite, daughter, Mrs. Geraldine (Don) Shirley.

Mrs. Annie Scott    (WARD, S.C.)
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Darius Booker    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
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Mr. Ernest Tardy Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Shane Williams    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Bell Sr.    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Linabel Thomas    (GRANITVILLE, S.C.)
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Rev. Kenneth Youmans (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Tardy Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Hall III (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linabel Thomas (GRANITVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Sheffield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Spivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Thomas (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Brady (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Atwell Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Harper (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Alvin Hagin (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Allene Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Hunt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Abrams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Cox (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Kellogg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Harper (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Karen Herpolsheimer (BIG SPRING, Texas)

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Mr. Robert Bell Sr. (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Kellogg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Cook (GRANGE, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Dicks (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Annie Scott (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. James Herring (HEPHZIBHA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Dahl (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Latrelle Revis (TROY, S.C.)

Miss Gloria Hutton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Reid (TRENTON, S.C.)

Dr. Charles Platt (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Isham Rucker Jr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Wilkes (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Karen Herpolsheimer (BIG SPRING, Texas)

Mrs. Margaret Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Shane Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Hunt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allie Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Coleman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Cason (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mrs. Alice Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Linabel Thomas (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Horne Sr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Spivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Johnson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Darius Booker (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Allie Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Blakely (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Gail Saint (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Shane Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin LaRue (RICHMOND, Va.)

Mrs. Mary Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Staff Sgt. Algeon Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Cox (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie Harrison III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Latrelle Revis (TROY, S.C.)

Ms. Irene Marchman (WHITE PLAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Messer (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Garvin-Morant (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Cason (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mrs. Sadie Langford (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Jackson (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Messer (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Georgia Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elsie Odom (ELKO, S.C.)

Mrs. Leta Compton (EVANS, Ga.)

Clear Skies Act a new tool for the environmental toolbox
A SCREWDRIVER is a very versatile and essential tool, but if you are trying to put a nail in the wall, it's not the tool you want. You'll go looking for the hammer. Different tasks call for different tools - it's true in our homes and it's true of our efforts to protect the environment.

Clear Skies Act a new tool for the environmental toolbox
A SCREWDRIVER is a very versatile and essential tool, but if you are trying to put a nail in the wall, it's not the tool you want. You'll go looking for the hammer. Different tasks call for different tools - it's true in our homes and it's true of our efforts to protect the environment.

NCAA puts Arkansas on 3 years probation, takes 2 more football scholarships

Overtime

Runyan hopes to get all Americans running - not just the blind

Overtime

Thanks to CBS, golf remains focus of Masters broadcasts

Lakeside senior puts high priority on improvement

Kournikova withdraws from challenger tournament

Lakeside senior puts high priority on improvement
When Lakeside senior Grant Guthrie drove the streets of Spain, he could look just about anywhere and find a soccer field.

Area rivalry opens Peach Belt softball tournament
The Augusta State-USC Aiken rivalry will help kick off this weekend's Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament.

NCAA puts Arkansas on 3 years probation, takes 2 more football scholarships
LITTLE ROCK -- The NCAA placed Arkansas' athletic program on three years' probation Thursday after finding that a university booster overpaid Razorback football and basketball players working for his Dallas trucking company.

Overtime
Auburn's Jay Mundy, of Augusta, and Clemson's Matt Hendrix, of Aiken, were named to the United States team for the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship on July 15-18 at Verde Sano Country Club in Tochigi, Japan.

Kournikova withdraws from challenger tournament
DOTHAN, Ala. -- Anna Kournikova pulled out of a minor league event because of a thigh injury.

Runyan hopes to get all Americans running - not just the blind
WATERTOWN, Mass. -- It's days like this that Marla Runyan doesn't mind being known as a blind runner.

Tighter security planned for wartime Boston Marathon
BOSTON -- With U.S. troops at war in Iraq, security at the Boston Marathon will be tighter than it was last year, months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

Overtime
Lenny Wilkens is out as coach of the Toronto Raptors, leaving Thursday by "mutual agreement" after the worst season of his 30-year NBA career.

Dog world howling, even after prize Pekingese cleared
NEW YORK -- Poor little Danny. All eyes were on the prize Pekingese, trying to see whether the rumors were true: Did the top winner at the world's biggest dog show really have a facelift?

Practically perfect, Davenport moves on
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport zinged another winner into the far corner of the court. Patty Schnyder simply dropped her head and laughed.

Lofton puts heart into Hephzibah
The Hephzibah girls basketball team was undersized and not overly talented.

Marshall's art gave Wolfpack best shot
If the Greenbrier boys basketball squad didn't realize how much Eric Marshall meant, it found out midway through the season an ankle sprain forced him to miss four games.

Butler's Johnson had plan implemented early
Butler boys coach Rob Johnson has seen programs where the varsity and JV teams are run by two different coaches in two totally different styles.

Silver Bluff gets coach's attention
For the first time, Silver Bluff coach Sam Lilly was really focused on coaching. In his words, that means "100 percent focused."

Music to be part of Easter service

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
MOSCOW - A Russian Muslim group branded the head of a rival Islamic organization a "false prophet" for declaring jihad, or holy war, against the United States.

Pope's prayer is peace
ROME - Pope John Paul II, wearily presiding over the traditional Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, remembered the "victims of hate, war and terrorism" and prayed for justice and peace in the world.

Musician lends voice to motorcycle ministry
Dorinda Phillips is a minister in black leather and jeans.

Early-morning services across area will help mark Easter
According to the book of Matthew in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene and Mary went to Jesus' tomb at dawn on the first day of the week; when they arrived, they didn't find the body of Jesus.

Music to be part of Easter service
You won't find the Easter Bunny hopping around in Guido Gardens in Metter, Ga., Sunday morning, but you will find one of the nation's most famous gospel singers there.

Some movies enhance original themes

Celebrity gala leaves Augusta disappointed

'NOVA' pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine of DNA

CNN blames human error for releasing Web mock-ups of obits
NEW YORK -- CNN blamed human error Thursday for exposing obituary mock-ups that its Web site's designers had prepared for Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and other prominent figures.

'NOVA' pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine of DNA
NEW YORK -- The 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA's double helix structure is being observed this year.

The Top Five

Entertainment briefs

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Harrick makes feelings known
ATHENS, Ga. - They didn't give an award for chutzpah Thursday night at Georgia's season-ending basketball banquet, but if they had, Jim Harrick, would have won. Despite resigning March 27 amid school and NCAA investigations into his program, Harrick said he jumped at the chance to be the featured speaker.

Harrick makes feelings known

Some movies enhance original themes
Everyone knows that Hollywood loves a sequel. Be it classic franchises such as the Thin Man movies or the continuing adventures of Tarzan, or more recent fare such as the Star Wars or James Bond films, in Tinsel Town, there is never too much of a good thing.

Celebrity gala leaves Augusta disappointed
Here's an Augusta myth: If it comes from outside, it has to better.

Faith and fellowship calendar

Early-morning services across area will help mark Easter

Musician lends voice to motorcycle ministry

Faith digest