Ballet draws unusually high male interest
Out of a brotherly duty four years ago, Matthew Conway attended the Augusta Dance Theatre's The Roar of Love to watch his sister, Michelle.

'Gypsy' returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- The tabloids may be sniping and the Internet chat rooms chirping, but director Sam Mendes has more important things to worry about - getting "Gypsy," starring Bernadette Peters, ready for Broadway.

Collages unleash artist's impulses
For Augusta artist Lara Rhoades, destruction, design, creativity and chaos are intertwining elements that inform her work.

Collages unleash artist's impulses

'Gypsy' returns to Broadway

Production brings Manilow lyrics to life

Ballet draws unusually high male interest

Production brings Manilow lyrics to life
Lola, who was a showgirl, has some amazing survival instincts.

Playoffs spots still up in air
Bunched together at the top of Region 3-AAAA, Greenbrier and Lakeside might have a region title on the line when they play at Lakeside at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Prep baseball statistics

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

Heart pumps up Jackets

Fantasy Baseball: Fielder's success triggers Asian invasion

North Augusta senior proves perfect choice

Heart pumps up Jackets
Seven players at North Augusta already have signed scholarships, and two more will do so in the next few weeks.

Houston shortstop Julio Lugo arrested

North Augusta senior proves perfect choice
With Byrnes needing two victories Wednesday to win the District IV championship, North Augusta coach Drew Hummel had a decision to make.

Yankees, Rockies account for scoring increase

Fantasy Baseball: Fielder's success triggers Asian invasion
With Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and New York Yankees rookie left fielder Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui squaring off for the first time this week, the time has arrived to assess the Asian Invasion of Major League Baseball.

Houston shortstop Julio Lugo arrested
HOUSTON -- Houston Astros shortstop Julio Lugo was demoted Thursday, hours after he was arrested and charged with hitting his wife in the face and slamming her head on a car hood.

USC Aiken's Keown signs with Cincinnati
USC Aiken senior outfielder Clint Keown signed with the Cincinnati Reds after the school's athletic banquet Wednesday night. Keown departed Aiken later that night for his hometown of Evansville, Ind.

Playoffs spots still up in air

Yankees, Rockies account for scoring increase
Jeff Nelson has a theory about why scoring is slightly up after the first month of the baseball season.

Jones apologizes to teammates for comments on gays
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Todd Jones apologized to the organization and his teammates Wednesday for his recent anti-gay remarks, but he didn't back off what he said.

Emily Melissa Hollowell

Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost

Jackson Perry Means

Tyler Pierce Chapman
Jim and Lisa Chapman of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyler Pierce Chapman, Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rupert J. McCormac III of Columbia, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Chapman of Graniteville.

Haylee Iyonna Evans

Stewart James Covington
Kenneth and Tamara Covington of Evans announce the birth of a son, Stewart James Covington, Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Don and Sarah Grey and Marie Covington, all of Augusta.

Anthony Jordan Hammac

Nicholas Edward Coy and Jasmine Alys Coy
Marc A. Coy Sr. and Moya A. Pope, both of Aiken, announce the birth of twins, Nicholas Edward Coy and Jasmine Alys Coy, Thursday, April 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Pope of Aiken and the Rev. Edward Coy Jr. and Mrs. Edward Coy of Augusta.

James Roberson Hays IV
James Hays III and Allison Hays of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, James Roberson Hays IV, Monday, April 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. August E. Kertnar of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Masson of Grand Junction, Colo.

Haylee Iyonna Evans
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Evans of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Haylee Iyonna Evans, Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Gause Sr. of Grenada, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Evans of Augusta.

Stewart James Covington

Madelyn Katie Goodwin
Ernest Goodwin III and Shannon Morgan, both of Gloverville, announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Katie Goodwin, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde Jones and Karla Kaney, both of Clearwater, Katie Ricketson of North Augusta and Ernest and Heike Goodwin of Gloverville.

London Zane Luke

Anthony Jordan Hammac
William Hammac and Lee Ann Edgar, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Anthony Jordan Hammac, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pete and Jean Cooper, David Hinton, Paul and Carol Hammac, Chiyo Pickett and William Anthony Pickett, all of Augusta.

London Zane Luke
Stephen and Gena Luke of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, London Zane Luke, Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Luke Sr. of Grovetown.

Justin Leonard Hillman
Jeffery Hillman Sr. and Demetric Hillman of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Justin Leonard Hillman, Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sherman L. Jones of Decatur, Ga., Eugene James of Albany, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Hillman of Hephzibah.

Tyler Pierce Chapman

Andie Melissa Washington
Eric V. and Melissa D. Washington of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Andie Melissa Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Enroughty of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Washington of Augusta.

Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr.
Jameel Hakim Thompson Sr. and Erica Williams, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr., Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Robert S. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner and Diane Wilson, all of Augusta.

Morgan Ashley Symonds
Charles D. and Carla L. Symonds of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Ashley Symonds, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Smith of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Symonds of Augusta.

Elizabeth Jayna Barnes
Lance Barnes and Aimee Penrow, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Jayna Barnes, Sunday, April 13, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Thomas Penrow, Theresa Holland, Lewis Barnes and Linda Barnes, all of Augusta.

Logan Avery Smith
Ashley and Tara Smith of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Logan Avery Smith, Sunday, April 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Randal and Karen Robinson of Mansfield, Ohio, James and Sheila Fleenor of North Augusta, the late Wayne Cox and the late Thomas Wayne Smith.

Madelyn Katie Goodwin

Alyssa Kaylin Saxon
Dusty and Crystal Saxon of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Kaylin Saxon, Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mark and Vicki Menefee and Sue Grant, all of Grovetown, Marjorie Menefee of Augusta and the late John Saxon.

Justin Leonard Hillman

Emma Baylee Robertson
Jason E. and Amber M. Robertson of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Baylee Robertson, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dwayne and Cindy Pruitt of Harlem, Gene Robertson of Thomson and the late Scarlett Robertson.

Logan Avery Smith

Isaiah Gabriel Ramos
Eugene Ramos Jr. and Kimberly A. Ramos of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Isaiah Gabriel Ramos, Monday, April 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Rosa Allmon of Rockwell, N.C., and Eugene Ramos Sr. and Omaira Ramos of Waycross, Ga.

April Arieana Annieree Mitchell

Jordan Alexander Carroll
Kyle M. Carroll and Shanissa A. McKie, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jordan Alexander Carroll, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Luther H. McKie of Graniteville, and William C. Carroll and Mae F. Carroll, both of Aiken.

Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr.

Kennedy Elizabeth Powell
Bill and Dorcas Powell of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Elizabeth Powell, Monday, April 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kennedy of Kernersville, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell of Antwerp, N.Y.

Isaiah Gabriel Ramos

David Patrick Orth
Robert H. Orth Sr. and Kim L. Orth of Martinez announce the birth of a son, David Patrick Orth, Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Barry and Rua Doick and Dao Orth, all of Hephzibah, and the late Robert Orth.

Evan McKnight White

April Arieana Annieree Mitchell
Christopher Mitchell and Wilnesha Reid, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, April Arieana Annieree Mitchell, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Reid and Katherine Williams, both of Syracuse, N.Y., and Charles and April Mitchell of Buffalo, N.Y.

Alyssa Kaylin Saxon

Jackson Perry Means
Bradley D. and Julia N. Means of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jackson Perry Means, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Newsom of Greenville, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. William V. Means of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Babcock of Naples, Fla.

Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost
William J. Frost and Amanda A. Lucas, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost, Sunday, April 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David A. Lucas of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Freeman of Augusta.

Morgan Ashley Symonds

Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr.
Bradley Robertson and Lisa M. Egan, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr., Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Pellerin of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Shields of Sardis, Ga.

David Patrick Orth

Emily Melissa Hollowell
Darren and Joy Hollowell of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Melissa Hollowell, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Farr of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hollowell of Burnettown.

Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr.

Jordan Alexander Carroll

James Roberson Hays IV

Elizabeth Jayna Barnes

Andie Melissa Washington

Evan McKnight White
Chet and Diane White of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan McKnight White, Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKnight of Hephzibah and Bill White and Ruby Dell, both of Albany, Ga.

Kennedy Elizabeth Powell

Emma Baylee Robertson

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Monika Culbertson sure is lucky for someone who claims she doesn't like to wager.

'Jerry Springer - the Opera' opens in London
LONDON -- "All my guests have guilty secrets," sings an onstage Jerry Springer.

Odds and Ends
GAYLORD, Mich. -- State conservation officials may ruffle a few feathers when they trot out their latest enforcement tool.

Man sues McDonald's for $25,000 after finding gum in salad
DETROIT -- A man is suing fast-food giant McDonald's after allegedly biting into a piece of already chewed gum in a salad.

Hampton puts hurt on Houston
HOUSTON - As the last Atlanta Braves starter to win a game, Mike Hampton earned the right Wednesday night to show his former team that his left arm is generating nasty sinkers again.

Braves sweep Astros
HOUSTON - The presence of the former president, the absence of the skipper and some terrific defense by fortysomething first baseman Julio Franco didn't exactly energize Atlanta Braves starter Shane Reynolds on Thursday night.

Veteran Braves pitcher starts against former teammates
HOUSTON -- The daily routine has been normal for Shane Reynolds the last couple of days, at least until he exits the freeway to downtown and pulls into Minute Maid Park.

All-Star alterations OK'd

All-Star alterations OK'd
HOUSTON - Reaction was favorable inside the visitors' clubhouse Thursday to changes in the selection of All-Star teams and Major League Baseball's announcement that the winner of the All-Star Game will receive home-field advantage in the World Series.

Braves sweep Astros

Braves notebook
HOUSTON - There was a time last season when, for Atlanta's Gary Sheffield, the simple act of carrying a bat to the plate caused him to grit his teeth.

Veteran Braves pitcher starts against former teammates

Braves notebook

Hampton puts hurt on Houston

Stocks end mixed on weak economic reports

Ford to build new sedans in Georgia
ATLANTA - Ford Motor Co. plans to build an assembly plant in Georgia for its new Futura sedan, sources familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Renovations bring life to old building
The first thing that Augusta contractor John Bowen did when he started working on the vacant midrise at 985 Broad St. was to run U.S. and Georgia flags up the pole on the roof.

Federal measure would give option on overtime

Wage study hits theory about cities

Productivity improves in first quarter

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., still reeling over the uncertainty surrounding an insider trading investigation of its namesake founder and chief executive, posted an unexpectedly large loss in the first quarter as revenue fell 15 percent.

Big Three automakers see sales decline in April

Starbucks drops Augusta plan
Frappuccino addicts will have to wait to get their own Starbucks in Augusta, county officials said Wednesday.

New factory may bring ill news
ATLANTA - Georgia may be getting a new automobile manufacturing plant, but industry experts say the addition could be costly.

Manufacturer activity slows again in April
NEW YORK -- Business at the nation's manufacturers failed to pick up in April, with activity falling for the second consecutive month as the industry shifts focus from concern about the war to worries about a lingering weak economy, a private business group reported Thursday.

Starbucks drops Augusta plan

Wage study hits theory about cities
Moving to larger cities used to mean you could earn a bigger paycheck for doing the same type of job.

New factory may bring ill news

Stocks end mixed on weak economic reports
NEW YORK -- A series of disappointing economic reports - from manufacturing to jobless claims - pressured Wall Street Thursday, leaving stocks mixed as investors saw few signs of a resurgent economy.

Company gets S. Korean deal
The NutraSweet Co. has enlisted a South Korean company to help fill orders because its artificial-sweetener plant in Augusta already is operating at full speed.

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Dozens more charges were filed against former Enron Corp. Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow on Thursday as his wife and nine other former executives were indicted on multiple counts of fraud, insider trading and other charges.

Stocks post monthly gain
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted its second monthly gain despite apathetic trading Wednesday, as investors weighed a dismal manufacturing report against Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's statement that the economy should rebound. Prices finished modestly lower.

Greenspan remains optimistic on economy
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday he remained hopeful that the end of the Iraq war will result in stronger economic growth in the months ahead, but he cautioned that improvement may occur only gradually.

Stocks post monthly gain

Federal measure would give option on overtime
Because Sweetheart Cup Co. pumps out plastic cups 24 hours a day, it's standard practice for employees to work overtime.

Ford to build new sedans in Georgia

Two word headline rarely happens
Sixteen months after an experimental unmanned plane in Afghanistan made its first-ever combat kill, pilotless planes are standard in the U.S. war kit. Over Iraq, they fired on and destroyed about a dozen military targets.

Business briefs

Big Three automakers see sales decline in April
DETROIT -- Detroit's Big Three automakers posted declines Thursday in car and light truck sales for last month compared with a robust April a year ago, though results were better than the past couple of months.

Renovations bring life to old building

Company gets S. Korean deal

Productivity improves in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- U.S. productivity improved in the first three months of 2003, increasing at an annual rate of 1.6 percent as companies produced more while they kept work forces lean.

Clemson quarterback to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons, who lost his starting position to freshman Charlie Whitehurst last fall, says he will transfer to another school.

NCAA panel rejects Seattle Bowl; approves new Fort Worth Bowl
SEATTLE -- The NCAA dropped the Seattle Bowl on Thursday after a financially troubled two-year run, while also approving a new game in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bama's Price meets university officials amid strip club reports
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Price met with university officials Thursday amid revelations of a free-spending night at a topless bar in Florida and that a young woman tried to charge more than $1,000 in food and drinks to his hotel bill the next morning.

'Bama's Price mum on rumors until university talks

'Bama's Price mum on rumors until university talks
HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Price declined to say Wednesday what, if anything, he had done to put himself under scrutiny by university officials amid rumors of inappropriate behavior.

Bama's Price meets university officials amid strip club reports

NCAA panel rejects Seattle Bowl; approves new Fort Worth Bowl

Behind the 'massacre'

We should be like them
Cities, counties and states are built by various units of government. As a result, cities have limits; counties have borders; states have lines.

Behind the 'massacre'
Remember the massacre of civilians by U.S. troops in Kosovo? Or the atrocities by U.S. forces in Haiti and Somalia? Or the murders by U.S. troops of those children in Afghanistan?

Fatal attraction
Those who criticize our laws for being too hard on criminals ought to have a talk with family and friends of Gloria McKie, whose romantic involvement with Raymond Stevens Jr. turned out to be a fatal attraction.

Hang up cell phones?
Augusta Mayor Bob Young says the city will negotiate a much better cell phone deal later in the year when the current contract expires. It better. The existing pact's a loser.

We should be like them

Hang up cell phones?

Concert calendar
The is a listing of concerts in the Southeast.

Entertainment briefs
ROME -- Rome is honoring Audrey Hepburn with an exhibit of 130 posters and sketches from Italian publicity campaigns for her movies, including 1953's "Roman Holiday."

Entertainment briefs
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Alan Gilbert has been hired as the first music director of the Santa Fe Opera.

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

Applause calendar
Here's what to see and do in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Standing ovations
Comedian, educator, actor and author Bill Cosby will deliver the commencement address at Paine College's graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Admission is free and the ceremony is open to the public.

Fishing tournament news

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 and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Don't look now, but fishing is "on the verge" again at Thurmond Lake. This time, it's on the verge of seeing some consistent surface action - namely, schooling hybrids and striped bass.

Fishing report

Home on river is awash with flower gardens

Home on river is awash with flower gardens
Master gardener Dia Bettencourt's riverfront landscape is a work in progress.

Hungry fleas will put the bite on humans
If you've got pets, chances are you also have fleas.

Hungry fleas will put the bite on humans

Nelson gets release from Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Ed Nelson, who was Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year in 2002, has received a release to transfer from Georgia Tech.

Nelson gets release from Georgia Tech

GreenJackets snap long losing streak
The Augusta GreenJackets extended their losing streak to seven games before finally ending their skid in a doubleheader with Rome on Thursday night.

Golden Bear bests cubs in first Nationwide round
SUNSET, S.C. -- The Old Man was the best Nicklaus of the bunch at the Nationwide Tour on Thursday.

Sorenstam trails leaders by two shots at Michelob Light
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Annika Sorenstam played her best on the longest holes Thursday at the inaugural Michelob Light Open, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to trail the leaders by two strokes.

Sorenstam trails leaders by two shots at Michelob Light

Season opens at the Patch

O'Malley leads Italian Open golf
BRESCIA, Italy -- Australia's Peter O'Malley shot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take a two-shot lead over England's Gary Clarke after one round of the $1.2 million Italian Open.

O'Malley leads Italian Open golf

Season opens at the Patch
The Regions Cup amateur golf series celebrates its 15th anniversary with a new look today.

LPGA's top tier will play

LPGA's top tier will play
Charlotta Sorenstam is entered in the third annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. Her sister Annika is not.

Golden Bear bests cubs in first Nationwide round

LPGA's top tier will play
Charlotta Sorenstam is entered in the third annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. Her sister Annika is not.

GreenJackets snap long losing streak

South Aiken hires new coach

The hardest part of exercising is starting
America marks a half-century anniversary this year.

Shooting leaves one dead
A man is dead and a woman is in fair condition after an apparent domestic shooting Thursday morning, authorities said.

Severe weather warning issued
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Aiken-Augusta area until 10 p.m. tonight.

Wilkie resigns as Lynx coach
The Augusta Lynx are again in the market for a new head coach after David Wilkie said he will not return next season.

It's up to society to protect children
I've worked with children of all ages for over 25 years and am deeply concerned with our society's neglect in protecting our children's innocence. It's so blatantly obvious with the light sentences extended to sex offenders (under the First Offenders Act). Christine McCollum, Grovetown, Ga.

Black Caucus hypocritical on flag issue
It seems that the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus has won a significant victory regarding the design of the state flag. Thanks to their efforts, the Confederate battle emblem will not be an option for Georgia voters to choose on next March's state flag referendum. They're undoubtedly ecstatic as they've dealt a lethal blow to the co-called "flaggers" and others who wished to see the return of the Confederate emblem. Justin Steele, Martinez, Ga.

Hunt is complete package for sheriff
I'm supporting Republican Mike Hunt for Aiken County sheriff because he's the most qualified candidate. Furthermore, his positive, upbeat campaign is a good indicator of how he'll run the sheriff's office. Rarely have I seen a candidate get out into the community, shake so many hands and demonstrate a real concern for the citizens of Aiken County. As sheriff, I'm confident that he'll continue to stay on the road, listen to the voters and "lead from the front." Pete Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.

Child endangerment bill not about gun rights
This is in reference to Ken Drawdy's letter to the editor on April 24, "Legislators weaken self-defense rights." The child endangerment bill is not about taking away gun rights. Mica French, Augusta

Wishes Bush were president earlier
For those who have berated and criticized the president of the strongest and greatest nation on Earth and the land that I love, I offer the following comments. Though President George W. Bush is labeled a "gunslinger" by the pacifist minority, he is a "straight-shooting gunslinger" who this country needs in these critical times. He sincerely cares about our security and has labored intently to keep us informed of his actions in the Middle East and here at home. He probably will set a presidential record of public appearances or televised announcements to explain the steps that must be taken to protect us and our country. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Various religions lack 'Christ Jesus'
The similarities in various religions observed and expressed by Gene L. Rickaby in his letter to the editor on April 12, "Similarities among religions highlighted," is lacking one all-important factor: Christ Jesus. Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

It's up to society to protect children

Capsules

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

In the know
Wham! Pow! Bam! If you can't get enough of colorful comics, or if you've ever wanted to see what the fuss was about, the comic-book industry has the solution.

Historic Augusta wants partygoers in high cotton
Robert Osborne knows the back of his Johns Road home is beautiful.

Capsules
On Caribbean islands, plants and hummingbirds appear to have evolved together so both benefit.

Lynx complete deal with Johnstown
The Augusta Lynx announced Wednesday that the rights to defenseman Ryan Crane and forward Josh St. Louis have been dealt to the Johnstown Chiefs.

Lynx complete deal with Johnstown

Wilkie gives up hockey
The Augusta Lynx are again in the market for a head coach after David Wilkie said he will not return next season.

Wilkie gives up hockey

Police chase ends in wreck

Student faces more sex charges

Just doing their jobs
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Jason Rogers figured he was responding to another domestic squabble last week until he heard the woman's cry for help from behind the apartment door.

Leaders' hunting venture criticized

Purchase of car draws complaint

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Across the area
Bamberg County, S.C., officials are still awaiting the results of forensic tests being performed on a human skull that was found last week in the town of Denmark.

Fort Stewart honors soldiers killed in war

Aiken kicks off lobster races
AIKEN - Winning won't be the most important thing tonight at the 19th annual lobster races - that is, to anyone except the lobsters.

News you can use

Across the area

Fort Payne tremblor first earthquake for many Georgians

News you can use

Thurmond slam angers politicians
AIKEN - South Carolina Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday denounced a shot taken at former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond in a fund-raising letter by a presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Aiken kicks off lobster races

Hearing ends in courtroom scuffle

Bond is denied in slaying case
AIKEN - John McKie wants the world to know that his daughter's body isn't the only thing buried six feet under the sandy soil.

State receives jury report

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The Citadel is examining its policy of saying prayers in the mess hall after a federal appeals court ruled prayers before evening meals at Virginia Military Institute are unconstitutional.

Saltwater plan gets fresh start
ATLANTA - It's a long shot, but the Georgia coast could become an important source of water for Atlanta if removing salt from seawater proves to be cost-effective.

Board begins project search
With more than $320 million in projects on the table, and as long as 10 years to pay for them, the 21-member citizens special purpose local option sales tax committee has its work cut out for it, committee member and Co-chairman Monty Osteen said after the panel's meeting Wednesday.

News you can use
MAY 2, 1974 World-renowned architect I.M. Pei will be in Augusta next week to meet with the Downtown Council's Revitalization Committee and discuss a study he is preparing that may lead to the redevelopment of Augusta's downtown area.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Don Cheeks, who helped block legislation to change River Watch Parkway to Jack Connell Parkway. Hopefully, this will stop the renaming of major thoroughfares for politicians.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Pfc. David T. Smalley of Augusta.

Serviceman of the day

Leaders' hunting venture criticized
ATLANTA - A hunting trip that Gov. Sonny Perdue and Rep. Charlie Norwood took in January is drawing criticism because it was sponsored by an insurance company executive whose business has a large stake in the ongoing debate over predatory lending.

Costs of new blood tests worry medical facilities

Police search for man in thefts
Seven area police departments are looking for a Beech Island man who authorities suspect has stolen more than 20 credit cards during the past month.

Store robber kills worker

Serviceman of the day

Children compete in Aiken tricycle races

Augustans pray with the nation
Joey Hilliard, a member of Burns United Methodist Church, sings The Star-Spangled Banner as ministers and city leaders gather at the Cotton Exchange on Eighth Street for an observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Board begins project search

S.C. gears up for Dixie Chicks' U.S. tour opener

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Just doing their jobs

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the work on Interstate 20. It is Tuesday, 1:15 p.m., and the traffic going east is dead stopped all the way from I-20 to Bobby Jones. It is ridiculous. I think that it should be a requirement that the work go on night and day.

Chemist will study damage at Chernobyl
AIKEN - It happened 17 years ago, but for scientists, the contamination at Chernobyl is still fresh enough to learn from.

Wilkie resigns as Lynx coach

Postmaster leaves job
After 16 years of overseeing the distribution of the Augusta area's mail, Postmaster Al Jackson will retire today.

Augustans pray with the nation

Student faces more sex charges
A Greenbrier High School student arrested Monday in the sexual assault of a classmate is facing more charges in an earlier incident.

Hearing ends in courtroom scuffle
AIKEN - A father's pain and an older brother's grief over the shooting death of Heath Hamilton turned into an angry confrontation Thursday.

Department extends guards' suspensions
The Department of Juvenile Justice has again extended the suspensions of several guards at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Severe weather warning issued

Costs of new blood tests worry medical facilities
Careful screening and genetic-based testing for new blood-borne viruses such as West Nile and possibly severe acute respiratory syndrome should help safeguard the nation's blood supply, Marsha J. Evans, the national president of the American Red Cross, said Wednesday.

Purchase of car draws complaint
ATLANTA - The state attorney general's office is reviewing a complaint that Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine used tax money to fill his new state car with fancy accessories, even after bean counters rejected the purchase.

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the work on Interstate 20. It is Tuesday, 1:15 p.m., and the traffic going east is dead stopped all the way from I-20 to Bobby Jones. It is ridiculous. I think that it should be a requirement that the work go on night and day.

Engineering team inspects old chimney
One of Augusta's most significant historical landmarks is getting its closest look in more than a century.

Fort Stewart honors soldiers killed in war
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Brandy Williams had planned to celebrate her husband's 25th birthday Wednesday.

Soldier details general's capture
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - One of Iraq's most wanted generals was captured during the weekend by a young soldier who just a few years ago was chasing opponents on her high school track team.

Police say man shot wife, self
A man is dead and his common-law wife was in fair condition after an apparent domestic shooting Thursday morning.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Seaman Recruit Brian A. Rouse of Augusta.

Across the area
Authorities are still investigating a third sexual assault at Greenbrier High School. A fourth student alleging sexual misconduct came forward Thursday, said Columbia County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Morris.

News you can use
MAY 1, 1984 Augusta Mayor Edward M. McIntyre said Monday night he had made no decision about whether he will resign from office after his conviction on three federal extortion charges. McIntyre is scheduled to be sentenced June 4 on the three charges on which he was convicted Saturday.

State receives jury report
The Georgia Attorney General's Office confirmed Thursday that it had received a special grand jury presentment and an accompanying Georgia Bureau of Investigation report this week on Augusta's fire department.

S.C. gears up for Dixie Chicks' U.S. tour opener
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- In the heart of Dixie, the Chicks are ready for their first concert in the United States since the Texas trio's frontwoman spoke ill of President Bush almost two months ago.

Across the area

Fort Payne tremblor first earthquake for many Georgians
ATLANTA -- Many groggy, sleepy-eyed Georgians had no idea what was causing the loud rumbling that shook them awake early Tuesday morning.

Officials set up trip for reactor
AIKEN - Taking a decommissioned nuclear reactor from Maine to its South Carolina burial ground is a herculean task with a checklist of steps.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Georgia Department of Education said Wednesday it will launch an investigation to see whether Gwinnett County school officials intentionally failed to report thousands of serious infractions on a state-mandated school discipline report.

Police chase ends in wreck
An Augusta man was arrested Thursday, accused of leading police on a chase then crashing into a pickup on Gordon Highway. No one was injured.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Don Cheeks, who helped block legislation to change River Watch Parkway to Jack Connell Parkway. Hopefully, this will stop the renaming of major thoroughfares for politicians.

Bond is denied in slaying case

Children compete in Aiken tricycle races
AIKEN - The skill of a good tricyclist is all in the genes, or at least, that's what Rick Osbon will tell you. He began a family legacy in the sport 28 years ago, and now his son has taken over where his wheels once rolled.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -Parole officials will review a clemency request from one of Georgia's most notorious killers today, and in an unusual meeting, they will talk to the victims' family afterward to hear their pleas for him to be put to death.

Store robber kills worker
Margaret King's family tried to persuade her to get another job or at least a different shift at the Pump 'N Shop on Central Avenue.

Police say man shot wife, self

Five Bears make rare appearance
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Bear sightings are fairly common in the mountains and foothills of the Carolinas, but group sightings of the generally lonesome species are rare.

I lived the exciting life of a school bus monitor
Driving past a school crossing guard the other day - after all the pupils were out of the way, of course - I was reminded of my own days when I wore the attire of elementary school law enforcement.

At the Movies: 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Bend It Like Beckham'

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003
LOS ANGELES - All good things must end - except in Hollywood, where pretty much anything that finds an audience the first time becomes ripe for a follow-up.

At the Movies: 'Bend It Like Beckham'
You don't have to know who British soccer superstar David Beckham is to enjoy "Bend It Like Beckham," which finds fresh cinematic moves in a musty old formula. (Oh, yes, he also is Mr. Posh Spice.)

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003

At the Movies: 'X2: X-Men United'
"X2: X-Men United" is sure to satisfy most fans of the first "X-Men" movie, including the zealous devotees of the comic books that spawned the flicks.

Video reviews
Brief reviews of movies released on video.

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.

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003

At the Movies: 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'
It's hard not to feel like a bully when picking on a cute-little-girl movie - but in childish terms, I'd argue that "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" started it.

At the Movies: 'X2: X-Men United'

Video reviews

ESPN takes on Mount Vintage
I swear I overheard someone say this last May while strolling along the rolling green fairways of the Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club: "Everyone knows the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday."

Chorus celebrates 40 years of making music
Each song for the Garden City Chorus starts with a single note, blown quietly on a pitch pipe from the back row. In response to the subtle call, the assembled men begin to sing, wordlessly at first, finding their places in the unique arrangement of a barbershop chestnut.

Chorus celebrates 40 years of making music

Recording industry warns users of Kazaa, Grokster

Recording industry warns users of Kazaa, Grokster
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry has tapped into two Internet file-swapping services and is flashing messages to music traders warning them they're breaking the law.

Racing facts - Pontiac Excitement 400

Kyle Busch finally turning 18, ready for debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch is finally turning 18, and all he wants is a new stock car and to establish his own identity. He'll get both wishes - a year and a half behind schedule.

Q&A with Jamie McMurray

Winston Cup drivers love racing under the lights
RICHMOND, Va. -- No baking sunshine. Heightened visual effects. A less hectic schedule. A rare chance to sleep in. An ever rarer Sunday off.

NASCAR notebook
RICHMOND, Va. - Despite NASCAR's suggestion the sport's all-star race be moved to a different track each year, government and business leaders near the Lowe's Motor Speedway have put up $650,000 to keep it near Charlotte, N.C.

NASCAR notebook

Winless in 72 races, Wallace welcomes return to Richmond

Winston Cup drivers make impact on Busch series
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Waltrip has a strong opinion about Winston Cup Series drivers who moonlight on the Busch Series circuit.

Winston Cup drivers make impact on Busch series

Winless in 72 races, Wallace welcomes return to Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Long before defending Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart turned the Pontiac Excitement 400 into the race that jump starts his season, Rusty Wallace won six times at Richmond International Raceway.

Racing facts - Pontiac Excitement 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Pontiac Excitement 400 race.

Q&A with Jamie McMurray
ATLANTA - Jamie McMurray is poised to continue the recent trend of rookie success on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He recently talked about moving into one of the premier rides on the circuit and what's expected of him during his first season.

Kyle Busch finally turning 18, ready for debut

President on board aircraft carrier says 'difficult work' remains in Iraq
ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN -- President Bush, aboard an aircraft carrier steaming home from war, said Thursday night "the United States and our allies have prevailed" against Saddam Hussein and will confront any nation tied to terrorists.

Bush signs 'Amber Alert' package of safety laws
WASHINGTON -- Surrounded by rescued Elizabeth Smart and the families of other kidnapped children, President Bush on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging package of child safety measures into law.

Text of President Bush's address
Remarks by President Bush announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq Thursday evening from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln:

Text of President Bush's address

President on board aircraft carrier says 'difficult work' remains in Iraq

Bucks vow to change their ways
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks issued a two-pronged promise Wednesday: they'll scrap their selfish behavior and Gary Payton will lead the way.

Detroit rediscovers form in time to stay alive in playoffs

Kittles' aggressiveness helped Nets take 3-2 lead vs. Bucks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets are a game away from eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks because Kerry Kittles forgot about his early struggles and kept shooting.

Golden State's Arenas wins award as most improved
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors guard Gilbert Arenas won the NBA's Most Improved Player award Thursday.

Kittles' aggressiveness helped Nets take 3-2 lead vs. Bucks

Detroit rediscovers form in time to stay alive in playoffs
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tight defense, efficient offense. The Detroit Pistons needed them to beat the Orlando Magic and stay alive in the postseason.

Golden State's Arenas wins award as most improved

Mr. James Wheeler    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Brantley    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Christie Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Dr. James Bridges    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Franklin Bracco    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Lewis    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Lonnie Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank Lock III    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Lawrence    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Marchisio    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
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Mrs. Martha Jackson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Manya Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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CPO James Middlebrooks    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Beasley    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. William Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dolores Zeller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. James Newsome    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Benjamin OBanion    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Fairy Wade    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mrs. Hannah Ryans    (CHICAGO, Ill.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Allie Sapp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Faith Bertsche    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. H.B. Bady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Taylor    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Sapp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Ricky Ivey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Effie Quattlebaum    (WAGENER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Halverson    (Retired)
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Mrs. Murrell Patterson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Folks    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Imani Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Gladys Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Moore    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jennie Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Bessent    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Mooney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ervin Washington    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronnie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Steven Brady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Madlyn Wimberley    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerold McDonald    (HILDA, S.C.)
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Mr. Lee Walden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert McClain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Barry Twilley    (TIGER, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Haddon    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sam Slade Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Marchisio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dena Striesfeld    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Greg Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Hermanson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. H.B. Bady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Folks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin OBanion (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Bracco (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Allie Sapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dix Elliott (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Lane (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Greg Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennie Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Willie Gilmore (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Fairy Wade (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mrs. Edna Halverson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Manya Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hibbitt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Lock III (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lee Walden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Eleanor Lockhart (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Brantley (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Madlyn Wimberley (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

CPO James Middlebrooks (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Washington (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Gen. Douglas Buchholz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Christie Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Haddon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. H.B. Bady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Elliott (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Imani Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Taylor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Boyd (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Marchisio (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Anthony (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lonnie Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bessent (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Mooney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jackson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Murrell Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dena Striesfeld (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sam Slade Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Lewis (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Hibbitt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Manya Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Dr. James Bridges (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Shearouse (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. James Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Barry Twilley (TIGER, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Golden (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Sapp (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Moore (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Faith Bertsche (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolores Zeller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Hannah Ryans (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. Ricky Ivey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Marchisio (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Herbert McClain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Davis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Beasley (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Lock III (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Lawrence (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Quattlebaum (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mr. James Christie Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Wheeler (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Jerold McDonald (HILDA, S.C.)

Mr. Steven Brady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Ludlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Halverson (Retired)

Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics
AS A HIGH school teacher for the last 2 1/2 years, I've found myself face to face with the world of the American teenager. I held a student as she cried over the prospect of having a baby. As I held her, I prayed for her safety and the safety of her unborn child. (Yes, I prayed in a Richmond County high school.) Two days later, I cried; for on that day, her boyfriend had arranged for "it" to be taken care of.

Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics
AS A HIGH school teacher for the last 2 1/2 years, I've found myself face to face with the world of the American teenager. I held a student as she cried over the prospect of having a baby. As I held her, I prayed for her safety and the safety of her unborn child. (Yes, I prayed in a Richmond County high school.) Two days later, I cried; for on that day, her boyfriend had arranged for "it" to be taken care of.

ESPN takes on Mount Vintage

The Dollases are back at the Derby

Day's heavy lifting jeopardizes his Derby ride

Turner enters exclusive bargaining over teams

Lights, camera, action! Stevens gets new ride as actor

Overtime

Overtime

Derby hopeful Brancusi had tough birth

Prep athletes of the week

GHSA adds sports champions from era of segregation to Web site

Sampras, Venus Williams withdraw from Italian Open

Derby hopeful Brancusi had tough birth
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Three years ago, it wasn't even clear whether Brancusi would live longer than a week. Now the horse is entered in the Kentucky Derby.

Silver Bluff stays course
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Silver Bluff lost both components of its all-star battery last year, but what the defending South Carolina Class AA state softball champions have left is enough.

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

Lights, camera, action! Stevens gets new ride as actor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Gary Stevens compares his acting debut in the upcoming "Seabiscuit" movie to putting an apprentice jockey on the favorite for the Kentucky Derby: a real gamble.

Overtime
Bruce Weber is back in the Big Ten, moving to Illinois as head basketball coach Wednesday after five successful seasons at Southern Illinois.

Overtime
Baseball players agreed to a two-year experiment Thursday to give home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star game.

GHSA adds sports champions from era of segregation to Web site
THOMASTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association has placed a list on its Web site of black high school state champions from the era of segregated athletics.

Day's heavy lifting jeopardizes his Derby ride
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Doing his own chores has Pat Day in jeopardy of missing his 21st consecutive ride in the Kentucky Derby.

North Augustan makes a splash
Joel Johnson knew he was at risk of falling through the cracks, going unnoticed by college swimming coaches and unsigned by collegiate programs.

The Dollases are back at the Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Quite a family, those devoted Dollases.

Turner enters exclusive bargaining over teams
ATLANTA -- Turner Broadcasting entered exclusive talks with Dallas businessman David McDavid about the sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.

Sampras, Venus Williams withdraw from Italian Open
ROME -- Pete Sampras and Venus Williams withdrew Wednesday from the Italian Open, separate tournaments that are important clay-court tuneups for the French Open.

South Aiken hires new coach
To replace Donnie Holland, who resigned his post after the season, South Aiken brought back a familiar face to head up the Thoroughbred basketball program.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tippin proud of his American freedoms

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tippin proud of his American freedoms
South Carolina native Aaron Tippin headlines the 18th annual A Day in the Country festival on Sunday at Riverfront Marina.

Five Bears make rare appearance

Some pirate films sail on forever

Michael Jackson's home videos are a dud for Fox
NEW YORK -- The bubble has burst on Michael Jackson's status as a TV ratings sensation. Either that, or people don't want to watch his home movies any more than they do anyone else's.

Michael Jackson's home videos are a dud for Fox

Standing ovations

Entertainment briefs

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Entertainment briefs

Club calendar

Georgia recruiting class reduced to one

Richt confident in system

Freshman football player charged with false report

Georgia recruiting class reduced to one
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's recruiting class has been reduced to one after two more players were granted releases.

Nation's winningest pitcher points Georgia to first SEC championship

Nation's winningest pitcher points Georgia to first SEC championship
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's softball team took a detour to Sanford Stadium during practice this week.

Kent Lawrence inducted to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame
DALLAS -- Kent Lawrence, a Georgia running back who led the Bulldogs to a 24-9 victory over SMU in the 1967 Cotton Bowl, was one of seven people inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

Kent Lawrence inducted to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame

Freshman football player charged with false report
ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia football player was charged with filing a false report of crime after he allegedly tried to avoid paying parking fines by switching his car tags.

Richt confident in system
Georgia football coach Mark Richt knows the questions are coming.

Some pirate films sail on forever
The pirate movie is a hard genre for filmmakers to pull off. Perhaps it's because protagonists who pillage and prod people onto the plank sometimes kill audience sympathy. Perhaps it's because the hook hand never really caught on as a fashion accessory. My theory is that it's because there are only so many ways to say "arg" and "ahoy." Still, there are some standouts - movies that, despite the handicaps, are sleek swashbucklers capable of shivering the most cynical timbers. Here are a few choice picks:

Thomas granted pretrial intervention
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Suspended South Carolina receiver Matthew Thomas has been accepted into a pretrial program that would wipe away an assault charge if he completes its conditions successfully.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

'Jerry Springer - the Opera' opens in London

Man sues McDonald's for $25,000 after finding gum in salad