Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to Broadway
NEW YORK -- It's springtime for Broadway once more: Nathan and Matthew are back together again.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to Broadway

Our internal clocks must still be wound

Christopher Ryan Talley
Drs. Don and Kathy C. Talley, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Christopher Ryan Talley, Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ken Chance, of Athens, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Talley, of Warner Robins, Ga.

Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams
Rontrell R. Rivers and Jeannett E. Williams, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams, Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E. Williams, of Aiken, and Barbara T. Taylor and Eric and Roberta Leverett, all of Augusta.

Christopher Ryan Talley

Josiah Lucas Brantley
Jonathan and Nicole Brantley, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Josiah Lucas Brantley, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are William B. Upton and Kimberley Upton, both of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Wendey P. Brantley, of Waynesboro, Ga.

John Austin Harley

Josiah Lucas Brantley

Santanna Nazaria Dennis

Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin

Anne Margaret Redd
Jason and Heather Redd, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Anne Margaret Redd, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Pemberton, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Redd, of Lafayette, Ga.

Blake Christopher Waller
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Waller, of Bath, announce the birth of a son, Blake Christopher Waller, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bennie and Juanita Williams, of Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Waller, of Graniteville.

Zhoya Elizabeth Nelson
Robert Cotton and Sudena Nelson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Zhoya Elizabeth Nelson, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Victor and Evelyn Thomas, Christopher and Patricia Cotton and Callie Nelson and Felton Spear, all of Augusta.

Shania Tonya Robinson
Tony and Sabrina Robinson, of Johnston, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Shania Tonya Robinson, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Herrington and Shirley Harrington, both of Augusta, Gussie Robinson, of Ward, S.C., and the late Samuel Robinson.

Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey
Darin and Amy Mabrey, of Warrenville, announce the birth of a daughter, Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey, Monday Nov. 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Adams, of Warrenville, Linda S. Mabrey, of Bath, and the late Joe J. Mabrey.

Landyn Ryan Geisler

Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson
Wayne and Charlene Jackson, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Watterson, of Worthington, Pa., and Mary Jackson, of Augusta.

Anne Margaret Redd

John Austin Harley
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Harley, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, John Austin Harley, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Huie P. Cain and Judy Harley, all of North Augusta, and the late Jack Harley.

Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson

Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin
Jimmy Marshall and Candy Griffin, both of Clarks Hill, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Eisaiah Ahmaad Ali Griffin, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walker E. Griffin and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Broadwater, all of Clarks Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. Horace Curry, of Appling.

Kaidyn Leigh Mabrey

Landyn Ryan Geisler
Ryan and April Geisler, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Landyn Ryan Geisler, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Williams, of Langley, Jan Prince, of Clearwater, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Geisler, of Grovetown.

Briyanna Alasia-Jelease Williams

Santanna Nazaria Dennis
Mr. and Mrs. Santonio Dennis, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Santanna Nazaria Dennis, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ronnie Overstreet Sr. and Willie and Mytris Dennis, all of Augusta, and the late Delores Lakes.

Shania Tonya Robinson

Louisiana governor issues posthumous pardon for man who turned life around
BATON ROUGE, La. -- One of the men pardoned by Gov. Mike Foster this week died more than two years ago.

Odds and Ends
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Earth is spinning right on schedule for a fifth straight year - and that has scientists scratching their heads.

Arkansas governor resolves to cut the fat from his infamously hefty state
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Led by a governor who has lost 75 pounds and a state health director who has dropped 50, Arkansas is making a New Year's resolution to shed its infamous ranking as one of the nation's fattest states.

Delta says no New Year's Day staff shortages

Stations make move to digital
One of Augusta's largest radio companies will move into a state-of-the-art broadcast facility this summer to gear up for an eventual foray into digital programming.

Grant Thornton Italy chief resigns, partner suspended after detention in Parmalat probe
ROME -- The head of auditing firm Grant Thornton's Italy unit resigned and his partner was suspended indefinitely following their detentions in the Parmalat scandal on fraud accusations, the company said.

NAFTA's 10th birthday: supporters and detractors debate its impact
MEXICO CITY -- As the North American Free Trade Agreement reaches its 10th anniversary today, supporters and detractors are debating the future of the treaty and its impact on free trade in the Americas and around the world.

Dollar falls to new low vs. euro

Changes intended to boost confidence in U.S. beef
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is taking major steps to boost confidence in the U.S. beef supply at home and abroad, where more than 30 countries have banned American beef products since mad cow disease first surfaced in Washington state a week ago.

Experts say now is good time for new start
Money matters may not be in your list of New Year's resolutions, but they are something you probably should consider.

Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking
If there's a bright side to the U.S. mad cow scare, it's that it could speed the nation's move to a centralized system that electronically tracks animals as they move from fields to feed lots to food stores.

Stations make move to digital

Dollar falls to new low vs. euro
NEW YORK -- The dollar continued to tread on a downward path Wednesday as the euro shot above $1.26, notching the latest in a string of record highs against the battered U.S. currency.

Business briefs

Delta says no New Year's Day staff shortages
ATLANTA -- The staff shortages Delta Air Lines saw on Christmas did not recur on New Year's Day.

Mad cow scare could spur move to high-tech livestock tracking

Business briefs
U.S. markets were closed Thursday in observance of New Year's Day. Trading will resume today, and year-end figures will be included in The Augusta Chronicle's Saturday stock pages.

Experts say now is good time for new start

Jobless claims fall to lowest level since January 2001

Changes intended to boost confidence in U.S. beef

Jobless claims fall to lowest level since January 2001
WASHINGTON -- New claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, a sign that America's businesses are feeling more confident that the economic recovery is genuine.

Business briefs

U.S. auto sales expected to end 2003 with a flurry
DETROIT -- Generous consumer incentives and an improving economy appear to be lifting sales of new cars and trucks to one of the highest levels of the year in December, analysts say.

Online sales reach record

Barnwell close to landing industry
AIKEN - A three-year, $10 million investment by three South Carolina counties to lure business to a Barnwell industrial park finally may reap a big reward.

Grant Thornton Italy chief resigns, partner suspended after detention in Parmalat probe

Business briefs
MILAN, Italy - Police detained seven more people and issued an arrest warrant for an eighth in the spiraling Parmalat scandal, accusing top former officials at the dairy giant and outside auditors with fraudulent bankruptcy, police said.

16 set for trial in Enron scandal
HOUSTON - First came Enron Corp.'s scandalous collapse. Then came the crackdowns. Now come the trials.

Online sales reach record
Online retailers pushed the limits on the holidays this year, and it paid off with record sales and satisfied consumers.

NAFTA's 10th birthday: supporters and detractors debate its impact

Clemson puts its faith in defense
ATLANTA - His team had just been brutalized by Wake Forest, and it looked as though his coach's job was in serious jeopardy.

Lack of attention doesn't faze Whitehurst

Lack of attention doesn't faze Whitehurst
ATLANTA -- Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst learned a lot about playing the quarterback position from his father, and most of it had nothing to do with how to throw a spiral.

Clemson puts its faith in defense

Disputes rock college football season
From a disputed penalty call that helped decide one national title to computer rankings that might lead to a split in another, college football had a year full of controversies.

No. 25 Utah clips Southern Mississippi's wings
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Morgan Scalley returned a fumble for a touchdown and set up the game's other TD by causing a turnover, leading No. 25 Utah to a 17-0 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Liberty Bowl on Wednesday.

Bowden expects Spurrier to return to college ranks
MIAMI -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden knows where he would like to see Steve Spurrier coaching next.

Bowl Roundup
EL PASO, Texas - Englishman Rhys Lloyd kicked a 42-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to give Minnesota a 31-30 win over Oregon in the Sun Bowl on Wednesday.

Bowl round up

Bowden expects Spurrier to return to college ranks

K-State quarterback accused of sexual assault
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Kansas State Wildcats considered their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State the biggest game yet for their once-downtrodden program.

K-State quarterback accused of sexual assault

Minnesota edeges out Oregon in Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas -- With the Sun Bowl on the line, Minnesota needed someone who was cool under pressure.

No. 25 Utah clips Southern Mississippi's wings

Tigers enjoy successful return to field
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Auburn Tigers put the focus back on the football field for awhile.

Bowl Roundup

Disputes rock college football season

Razorbacks end postseason skid
SHREVEPORT, La. - Arkansas' bowl drought is over, thanks to a big game from Cedric Cobbs and an opportunistic defense.

Tigers enjoy successful return to field

Nothing mythical about USC's share of the national title
PASADENA, Calif. -- There was nothing "mythical" about it.

Sooners hope to keep LSU's defense away from White

Sooners hope to keep LSU's defense away from White
NEW ORLEANS -- The lasting images of last month's Big 12 championship game for Oklahoma are of quarterback Jason White taking brutal hit after brutal hit, then slowly getting up off the turf and wobbling back to the huddle.

Bowl round up
COTTON BOWL, in Dallas.

Colbert overshadows Williams in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. -- Keary Colbert made the highlight-reel catches in USC's biggest game of the season, not Mike Williams.

Minnesota edeges out Oregon in Sun Bowl

More headlines off the court than on in college basketball

Get on with '22 list

Cheapest isn't best
Augusta Youth Development Campus It does not inspire confidence that the private company taking charge of Augusta's Youth Development Campus next month is a subsidiary of a corporation that has triggered numerous complaints in other states.

Cheapest isn't best

Kolb can unpack

Get on with '22 list
File the following to-do list under "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The list was published May 4, 1922, under a large, double-deck, all capital letters headline - "THE CHRONICLE'S AMBITIONS FOR AUGUSTA."

Lee Beard

Lee Beard
Lee Beard had his political critics and we were often among them, but no one ever questioned his personal integrity, fundamental decency, his commitment to public service - he was a public-school educator before he went into local politics - or his desire to improve the community he lived in and the lives of the people he represented.

Kolb can unpack
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek had it right for a change when he said earlier this week, "... with all that's coming up in '04, it would have been very traumatic for us to lose our administrator at this time."

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
NEW ORLEANS -- Police said they have arrested a man in the November fatal shooting of James Tapp, known as rapper Soulja Slim.

Standing ovations
In need of some cheap entertainment? There's a free screening of the Nicholas Cage-Meryl Streep movie Adaptation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Augusta Public Library, 602 Greene St. Call 821-2600.

Production adds pizazz to traditional folk dance
E-mail, overnight delivery and 24-hour television news have been all the rage for some time now. So, it's no surprise that the Broadway hit Lord of the Dance was created by a man who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, can tap his feet 35 times per second.

Santa Barbara sheriff denies Jackson abuse claim
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The sheriff Monday strongly denied Michael Jackson was roughed up by jailers during his arrest, and threatened to press charges against the pop star for making a false accusation against an officer.

The top five in entertainment
The top five TV shows, films, music, concerts and video sales.

Video watch
Here's what's coming out on video and reviews of recent releases.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?

Bonds finish flat
NEW YORK -- Bond prices finished the year flat Wednesday in very thin New Year's Eve trading. The market closed at 2 p.m. ahead of the New Year's holiday.

It may be time to trim back those 2004 expectations
NEW YORK -- Impressed by Wall Street's 2003 run, many investors are looking to raise their stake in the market, but financial planners and portfolio managers say they should proceed with caution because the stellar returns aren't likely to last into the new year.

Japan's financial markets close for New Year holiday

Financial resolutions for the new year

Markets end mixed on profit-taking

Financial resolutions for the new year
FISCAL FREEDOM: You shopped like a fiend and gave really good holiday gifts. Now it's time to give yourself a present: fiscal freedom.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inch up

Japan's financial markets close for New Year holiday
TOKYO -- Japan's financial markets were closed Wednesday for the New Year holidays.

IRS cracks down on taxpayers avoiding Roth IRA limits

IRS cracks down on taxpayers avoiding Roth IRA limits
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department took action Wednesday aimed at cracking down on taxpayers who use certain business transactions to avoid contribution limits on tax-advantaged Roth individual retirement accounts.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $5.89 billion in the latest week to $907.23 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Markets end mixed on profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street approached the end of 2003 on a cautious note as investors welcomed the latest set of employment data pointing to a firm economic rebound but opted to cash in gains from the first winning year since 1999.

Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inch up
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages inched up this week, ending a three-week stretch in which these rates had moved down.

Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?
Bull market returns in 2003, but will it stay?

2003's oddest venture capital startups
SAN FRANCISCO -- Venture capitalists have been treading carefully since their dot-com misadventures, but still occasionally wander off the beaten path in search of runaway successes.

2003's oddest venture capital startups

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.

You got that plant for Christmas. Now what?

Plants can lighten dark rooms

Plants can lighten dark rooms
The darkest days are upon us, making dark rooms that much darker. Let's cheer up those rooms with living plants, and let's avoid using artificial light in the process. Artificial lights are of limited use, either because plants must be set within just a few inches of them or because they cast an eerie glow over plants and furniture. In either case, darkness might be more hospitable.

You got that plant for Christmas. Now what?
NEW MARKET, Va. -- So there you are, waving a fond farewell from the front door as your friend departs after delivering a poinsettia, a leaf cutting from her grandmother's favorite Christmas cactus or an amaryllis bulb.

Garden chores not dormant in winter
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and is looking forward to a wonderful gardening year in 2004. January is the coldest month of the year, but there are plenty of gardening chores to keep you busy.

Garden chores not dormant in winter

Winds pick up in Boise
BOISE, Idaho - After an unusuallycalmdayWednesday, Georgia Tech experienced a more typical Boise wind during Thursday morning's short practice.

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Grand-Pierre sent to Atlanta for future considerations
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded one of their original players, right wing-defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, to the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday for future considerations.

Our internal clocks must still be wound
Time managers will tell you that there is an odd tenet of human behavior that generally results in a task being completed in the time that is available.

Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash
Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash

The problem isn't Kolb - it's the commissioners

Encouraging porn to attract business laughable
Maybe Charlie Hannah's penetrating analysis (Dec. 24 letter, "X-mart lost opportunity for city") will usher Augusta into a new age of wealth and success. If we can grasp even a small bit of his genius, we could be No. 1. Let's dream big. Maybe Augusta really could be wealthier than every city in Georgia; the prized location for conventions and new businesses. Using the Masters as a springboard, we could put Augusta in the same category as Atlanta. Matt Clark, North Augusta, S.C.

Republicans will return to Oval Office
The Rev. Paul L. Cook concluded his letter of Dec. 19, "Celebrate Christ's birth this Christmas," with a political statement that the Iraq war was unnecessary and lamented the loss of life. Paul A. Hines, Aiken, S.C.

Distinguish Riverfront Marina from warehouse
In light of the internal audit of the city marinas, readers of The Chronicle should know that the Riverfront Marina Warehouse is not part of the problem. The Riverfront Marina Warehouse is a full-service, marine-storage facility located in the Riverfront Marina. Mike Stacy, Augusta

Republicans will return to Oval Office

We need to come together on proposed arena
Well, the civic center issue is upon us again, and I think it's time for a new one. I had some great times at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; Ted Nugent swinging from the rafters, David Lee Roth and Tommy Lee showing (off), and ZZ Top. But we know these acts won't return (not that we want them to). We need a larger venue. Bryan McKettrick, Augusta

Newspaper lacks knowledge of biblical prophecy
When the news broke concerning Libya, you should have stopped the presses and printed what was available at that time for the public instead of publishing a tidbit on page 8A. The Rev. Frank Rottier, Aiken, S.C.

Proposed sports arena will help Augusta in many ways

The problem isn't Kolb - it's the commissioners
Regarding Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams' statement quoted as follows in Sylvia Cooper's Dec. 29 article, "Kolb's new contract kicks in": Karen Hathaway Pittman, Augusta

Newspaper lacks knowledge of biblical prophecy

Distinguish Riverfront Marina from warehouse

Proposed sports arena will help Augusta in many ways
The Columbia County Democratic Party strongly supports the proposal by Augusta Entertainment LLC to construct a new civic center on the site of the now-vacant Regency Mall. There are precedents in both Richmond and Columbia counties of utilizing bond financing and other resources to assist in developments that aid in the overall economic growth of the community. The proposed public/private partnership is a creative solution that brings together a variety of stakeholders in the community, including private investors and the governments of Augusta and Columbia County. Scott C. Nichols, Evans, Ga. (Editor's note: The writer is the vice chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Party.)

Come early to get good pictures of landscapes

Resolve to have a stress-free new year

Cornell scientist embraces role as Mars mission ambassador

Designer sees future in color

Hepatitis B rates on the decline in the U.S., but not among adults
ATLANTA -- Hepatitis B infections have declined by two-thirds in the United States in the past decade, reflecting the routine use of childhood vaccinations against the liver-attacking virus, the government said Wednesday.

Awards honor dubious achievement
It's that time of year when nothing much is happening, but newspapers still have to fill all that white space around the ads anyway, so herewith the annual Compubug Dubious Achievement in Personal Computing Awards:

Resolve to have a stress-free new year
New Year's resolutions are like lottery tickets. We know the odds of success are stacked against us, but we vow that this year will be different. We'll eat better, manage our money more intelligently, find a new job, get more sleep, quit smoking and get organized. Yet by the time Valentine's Day rolls around, we're often right back where we started.

Cornell scientist embraces role as Mars mission ambassador
ITHACA, N.Y. -- There is awe in Steven Squyres' voice when he talks about Mars. His tone gathers passion as he speaks. In a short time, his enthusiasm is contagious as he marvels about humanity's approaching visit to the Red Planet.

Come early to get good pictures of landscapes
Throughout the year, I give presentations to camera clubs around the country. Most of the people in the audience are amateurs, but some are professionals - photographers whose work sometimes humbles me.

Designer sees future in color
NEW YORK - Poppy King is scanning a wall of paper. It's bursting with colors from purple to puce in a huge floor-to-ceiling display, while stripes and plaids and floral patterns compete for attention. The wall virtually vibrates with color, but somehow she zeros in on a single sheet of paper.

New laws for 2004
The new year has arrived, so stop hogging the left lane on Illinois interstates. Don't try to sell a used mattress as new in Tennessee. And be extra careful not to call in a false fire alarm in Delaware.

Lynx trades
The faces of the Augusta Lynx continued to change Thursday with more moves, including the acquisition of rookie goalie Will Hamele in a trade with the Fresno Falcons.

Augusta makes roster changes

Lynx game report

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Columbus goalie Matus Kostur made 34 saves to improve to 6-2-1.

Lynx game weekend
Tonight: Augusta Lynx vs. Roanoke Express, 7:35 p.m.

Augusta makes roster changes
The struggling Augusta Lynx will ring in the New Year with a wave of roster changes, beginning with the signing of free agent forward Jarrett Thompson.

Lynx game weekend

Lynx trades

Cottonmouths strike Lynx
Maybe the look of the Augusta Lynx truly is deceiving. Maybe the present state of this struggling team isn't as bad as it seems.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - J. Philip Lane has been named vice president and general manager of WSPA, a Media General television station that serves the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

Across the area

Across Georgia

Across the area
State and local authorities arrested a woman on child abuse charges Wednesday after authorities were alerted to severe injuries sustained to a 7-month-old baby, officials said.

The waits are long - real long - at Ga license centers
ATLANTA -- Walter Burke didn't think it would take much time to get a Georgia driver license. Boy was he in for a surprise.

Online check for insurance gets started
Motorists might want to visit Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicle Safety Web site to make sure their car insurance is registered with the state for the New Year.

Augusta faces common pitfall
Augusta government - with its shrinking tax digest and need for new revenues - is in good company.

Man charged in dispute over money
A dispute Wednesday over money owed for tire rims led to Richmond County's 34th homicide of the year.

Fight to save Fort Gordon won't change
After trying to anticipate how the Department of Defense will make its 2005 base closure selections, Augusta-area officials now have a rough outline of what the military will do.

Growth expected despite shortfall
Daniel W. Rahn presents a mixed view of the new year. On the one hand, he can see student applications and research dollars continuing to take off as new buildings are set to spring forth.

Coast prepares for G-8 summit
ATLANTA - The G-8 Summit, a meeting of the world's top political leaders, will storm ashore in coastal Georgia a little more than five months from now.

Across the area
A man accused of shooting an acquaintance to death over tire rims outside a Summerville convenience store was arrested Thursday night in McDuffie County.

Greenville NAACP continues push for MLK holiday
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Greenville branch of the NAACP is criticizing recent spending decisions by the county, saying council members should reorder priorities to pay for a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Anonymous ruling appealed
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County officials in northeast Georgia have appealed a federal court ruling that turned back the county's effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments display in the county courthouse.

Judge closes courtroom for Georgetown Steel hearing
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A judge Monday held a closed-door hearing to hear the details of a compensation package for 14 salaried workers at the shuttered Georgetown Steel mill.

Year was dry one, despite rainfall

Magistrate rules charge against father can go forward

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A judge on Monday held a closed-door hearing to learn the details of a compensation package for 14 salaried workers at the shuttered Georgetown Steel mill.

Augusta faces common pitfall

Death penalty case proceeds
A second pretrial hearing proceeded quickly Wednesday as the young man facing a death penalty trial in the slaying of a Vietnam veteran quietly watched.

Mr. Lee Beard
LEE BEARD Born in Appling, Ga.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Derek A. Jones, 5, of Augusta.

ATV crash kills Aiken County teen

Judge prohibits courthouse demonstrations during molestation trial
MACON, Ga. -- Supporters of cult leader Malachi York won't be allowed to demonstrate outside the courthouse during his child molestation trial next week, a federal judge has ruled.

Hybrids cannot stay in Georgia
Two wolf-hybrid dogs were granted a two-week stay of execution this week.

Two surrender in robbery
AIKEN - A couple who robbed a convenience store near Graniteville late Wednesday morning pulled their black Dodge Intrepid to the side of the road after a brief chase and surrendered to an Aiken County sheriff's deputy, authorities said.

Rants and rave
YOU'VE TOYED WITH those screeners' lives at the airport, reducing their hours, cutting their pay, destroying their morale. What kind of security do you think you're going to get?

School officials' failure to report abuse shows training is lacking, some say

Parents sacrifice tax break to be first
At the same hospital where her parents met, Adriana Desiree Rouse became Augusta's first baby of 2004 upon delivery at 12:08 a.m. New Year's Day at University Hospital.

Across South Carolina

Helicopter search finds little
A two-hour aerial search of a popular waterfowl area yielded few clues Thursday in the search for a missing hunter.

Varsity worker stepping away from counter but not giving up hot dogs
ATLANTA -- After 51 years of yelling the familiar question, "What'll ya have?," Erby Walker is hanging up his white Varsity apron.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 2, 1964 Yesterday, little Charles F. Bailey Jr. arrived nine minutes late to earn his father an income tax refund, but with just six minutes to spare to be the first baby born in Richmond County in 1964.

Unanswered questions remain with international summit nearing
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- Key details about money, security precautions and logistics have not been publicly disclosed with the G-8 Summit fast approaching, some observers say.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nasir A. "Tiger" Rolling, 1, of Augusta.

Charleston councilman fired after raising questions about plant safety
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Charleston city councilman was fired from his longtime job at a chemical plant a few months after he complained to regulators about safety at the facility, records show.

Year was dry one, despite rainfall
It brought an end to the drought and summer predictions of a possible record-breaking rainfall.

Cleanup of waste lacks in funding
A gradual reduction in the amount of money available to clean up toxic waste sites whose owners cannot be held responsible could delay action on two such projects in the Augusta area, according to state regulators.

Pine beetle outbreak subsides

Hepatitis B rates on the decline in the United States
ATLANTA -- Hepatitis B has declined in the last decade in the United States, reflecting the effects of routine childhood vaccination against the liver-attacking virus, federal officials said Wednesday.

Chief says officers' crash is Highway Patrol affair

Family still seeking answers in woman's death
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- In the blink of an eye, Christmas joy turned to tragedy and Bryan Hayson's soul mate was gone.

Fort Gordon protection steps up

Varsity worker stepping away from counter but not giving up hot dogs

Kid of the day

Lawmaker to introduce state legislation for passenger vans

Corps to stage reactor rescue

News you can use

Across South Carolina

2004 starts without ban on alcohol sales
AIKEN - Desh Bector plans to ring in New Year's Day on his cash register, taking advantage of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's decision to let state liquor stores stay open during the first holiday of 2004.

Facility's revenue falls short

Board will decide interim successor
The death of District 1 Commissioner Lee Beard will not only leave a void in the hearts of Augusta commissioners and city constituents, but it also leaves a vacancy on the board.

2004 starts without ban on alcohol sales

Quotes on Mr. Lee Beard
"I believe he was truly interested in the community. He was truly an educator, shaping and molding students, and an effective administrator. Of course, when he left that arena and went into the political arena, I believe he was genuinely interested in improving quality of life for Augustans."

Mr. Lee Beard

Richmond County Deputy critically injured in crash

Quotes on Mr. Lee Beard

Charleston councilman fired after raising questions about plant safety

Vessel awaits its last route

Corps to stage reactor rescue
AIKEN - Stranded on the Savannah River by low water and broken transportation equipment, an 820-ton decommissioned nuclear reactor needs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pump water from Thurmond Lake Dam today to lift the barge-bound steel vessel high enough to be lifted by crane onto land.

Coast prepares for G-8 summit

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A study at Grady Memorial Hospital shows that despite effective treatments that prevent HIV-positive women from passing the virus to their babies, infants continue to be born with the disease, federal officials said Wednesday.

Two surrender in robbery

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who said they thought the Rants and Raves column was moronic. If someone told you that you had a normal IQ I'm sure they were just trying to make you feel better. This is from a MENSA member, and I appreciate the Rants and Raves column.

Growth expected despite shortfall

News you can use
Jan. 1, 1912 About 300 guests and various Augusta city officials turned out to celebrate the 25th year of a paid fire department.

News you can use

Cleanup of waste lacks in funding

The waits are long - real long - at Ga license centers

Greenville NAACP continues push for MLK holiday

Helicopter search finds little

Raccoon killing draws interest of animal welfare group
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Humane Society of the United States is asking for a thorough investigation into a report that three University of Georgia fraternity brothers beat, skinned and ate a raccoon.

Across Georgia

Fort Gordon protection steps up
For Fort Gordon, and those in the Augusta area trying to protect it from base closure in 2005, 2004 will be a busy year.

New year brings new arrests

School officials' failure to report abuse shows training is lacking, some say
The death of a Henry County middle schooler and the firing of a school counselor and ongoing criminal investigation shows more training is needed to help school officials identify abuse cases, educators and child care advocates say.

Parents sacrifice tax break to be first

Marion County's two oldest residents a study in contrasts
BUENA VISTA, Ga. -- Marion County's two oldest residents have spent their lives teaching generations of Georgia children.

Facility's revenue falls short
AIKEN - A radioactive burial ground in Barnwell County poses long-term environmental concerns, but it also represents a steady stream of cash that South Carolina legislators have grown dependent on to keep government running.

Another religious display added to Barrow County Courthouse
WINDER, Ga. -- Legal challenges have done little to stop some in Barrow County from testing the separation of church and state as another religious display has been set up in the courthouse this week.

Unanswered questions remain with international summit nearing

Baby found dead in parents' bed
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Officials are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy who was found lifeless in his parents' bed with a bruise to his head and pennies lodged in his esophagus.

Vessel awaits its last route
WHAT'S NEXT: Officials shipping an 820-ton radioactive reactor from Connecticut to a waste dump in Barnwell County said they hope to have it there by Wednesday.

Pine beetle outbreak subsides
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Southern pine beetle outbreak has subsided after costing the state $356 million worth of pine trees during the past six years.

Rants and rave

Chief says officers' crash is Highway Patrol affair
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Police Chief Reuben Greenberg said he does not know what caused a Dec. 23 car crash that injured four of his officers, and is letting state troopers handle the investigation.

Hybrids cannot stay in Georgia

Across Georgia
CUTHBERT - A New Year's Eve fire at a small church was the result of arson, fire officials said Thursday.

Marion County's two oldest residents a study in contrasts

ATV crash kills Aiken County teen
AIKEN - An Aiken County teenager driving an ATV on the wrong side of a rural dirt road was killed Thursday and her passenger was seriously injured after a head-on collision with a pickup driven by a neighbor, authorities said.

Fight to save Fort Gordon won't change

Counselor fired for failing to report signs of abuse in 11-year-old
McDONOUGH, Ga. -- A school counselor was fired for failing to report signs of child abuse in an 11-year-old girl whose parents have been charged with murdering her over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Across the area

Lawmaker to introduce state legislation for passenger vans
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A state lawmaker says he will introduce legislation to require drivers of large vans, like the one involved in a three-person fatal wreck last weekend, to go through training and get a special license to operate the vehicles.

Judge prohibits courthouse demonstrations during molestation trial

Magistrate rules charge against father can go forward
YORK, S.C. -- A York County magistrate has ruled that enough evidence exists to move forward with a charge against a Rock Hill man accused in the rape and slaying of his daughter.

Kid of the day

Counselor fired for failing to report signs of abuse in 11-year-old

New year brings new arrests
AIKEN - As the first hours of the New Year ticked past midnight Thursday, celebratory good wishes gave way to the first arrests of 2004.

Capital One column
ORLANDO, Fla. - Some calls you make to win ballgames. Some calls you make not to lose.

Race is on for southern athletics
We live in a 21st Century world where the greatest golfer is black and the premier rap artist is white. Still, we are not color blind.

Hobbits, fish, pirates lead cast in Hollywood's box-office year
LOS ANGELES -- The gang from "The Matrix" got a lesson in virtual reality, Hollywood style, from a cartoon fish and a jaunty pirate in a year that left many sequels to tried-and-true franchises trailing in the wake of original movies.

Oscar nomination ballots mailed, return deadline Jan. 27

Mini reviews

Oscar nomination ballots mailed, return deadline Jan. 27
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Oscar nomination ballots are in the mail.

Hobbits, fish, pirates lead cast in Hollywood's box-office year

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

In the game column
Kids have been playing ice hockey for years, even decades, in other southeastern cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.

Top albums let artists explore

Augusta Jazz Project will play its last tunes

Top albums let artists explore
Musically, 2003 was a transition year. No single trend, be it teen pop or the still-yet-to-materialize alt-country revolution, dominated airwaves and charts.

Augusta Jazz Project will play its last tunes
The Augusta Jazz Project, which has organized big-band jazz concerts for 11 years, has disbanded.Rudy Volkmann, the group's founder, said Monday that shrinking corporate donations and poor attendance were to blame.

Wallace gets new crew chief

Wallace gets new crew chief
ATLANTA - Larry Carter accepted one of the toughest jobs in motorsports Monday when he agreed to be Rusty Wallace's new crew chief.

New Year's racing cover
ATLANTA - Resolutions and a new year offer the hope, however faint, of change. But like most idealistic promises, they prove to be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Interview with Kurt Busch

New Year's racing cover

Interview with Kurt Busch
The 2003 season was a mixed bag for Kurt Busch. He won four races, but struggled to gain acceptance on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series after his well-publicized run-in with Jimmy Spencer. Busch won three of the final five races in 2002 to finish third in the points standings, then he won two of the first 10 races in 2003 to become one of the favorites for the championship. Although he won two more races later in the season, he also had 10 finishes out of the top 30 to fall to 11th in the final rankings. He talked about making the best of a bad situation and what he hopes to accomplish in 2004.

Eventful year in NBA, both on and off the court

The Glove is returning to Seattle, but wearing Lakers uniform
SEATTLE -- The Glove is coming back to Seattle.

Eventful year in NBA, both on and off the court
LeBron James arrived and Michael Jordan retired (again). John Stockton and David Robinson also called it quits. Tim Duncan won a championship and Karl Malone left Utah in search of one. But it was Kobe Bryant who generated the most headlines after he was accused of rape.

The Glove is returning to Seattle, but wearing Lakers uniform

More headlines off the court than on in college basketball
Even standout freshman Carmelo Anthony leading Syracuse to its first national title wasn't enough to offset the troubles college basketball faced in 2003.

Parcells making sure Cowboys appreciate playoffs

Fantastic season made fantasy players shine

A whole new playoff roster for the NFL

Sharpe never held anything back

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Featured obituary: Mr Lee Beard
District 1 Commissioner and retired educator Lee Beard died early Wednesday, leaving behind a legacy of soft-spoken determination and vigilance that touched the careers of his former pupils, affected the consolidation of city and county governments and influenced the hiring of minorities for key city positions.

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Rev. Douglas Canady    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Dr. Guy Morgan    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Calvin Street    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Ms. Faye Seymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Roy Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ellis Lott (NEWARK, N.J.)

Mrs. Mary Lynn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Douglas Canady (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Dick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Dinkins (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. William Creech (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Webb (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lynn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Horace Price, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Vaughn (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Banks (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Bowman, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Bowdre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Ervin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Holston (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma H. Oliphant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Ervin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Holston (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Eve Hightower (RIVERDALE, PA)

Mrs. Jerelene Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Dawson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Gantt (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Harris (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mrs. Charlie Watts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Quesada (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerelene Allen (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Chalker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Commissioner Lee Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tweetie Chatman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Quattlebaum (FLORAL CITY, Fla.)

Mrs. Carrie Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Harris (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Wetherington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Rich (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ivey (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Borum (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Rev. Charles Gregory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Brayboy (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Jenkins (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma H. Oliphant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Evans (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Calhoun Perryman (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Diane Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Guy Morgan (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Avery Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Canady, Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Burchett (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Audrey Parry (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ingram (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Paige (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Simmons, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Amie Pearson (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Dick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Simmons, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Golphin (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Griffith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Chalker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Roberts (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Sports digest

Overtime

In the game spotlight

In the game column

Funny Cide, Seabiscuit dominate racing world in 2003

Overtime

Overtime
The plan is simple and the results beyond question. "Our approach is we're not going to lose at home," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said.

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Robbie bishop, 12, of Evans.

Sports digest
"You had to blink a couple times to see if the score was right. Hopefully, on Sunday, we can redeem ourselves." - Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris, on the team's 35-7 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game. The Sooners play Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl for the BCS championship.

Overtime
David Wells, the hefty, free-spirited lefty, spurned the New York Yankees and agreed to a one-year contract with his hometown San Diego on Wednesday.

Funny Cide, Seabiscuit dominate racing world in 2003
On a rain-soaked day in early June, a 3-year-old gelding from New York walked onto the racetrack at Belmont Park and the crowd cheered and chanted his name.

Prep basketball scores
WADE HAMPTON 48, AQUINAS 36 Legends Tournament Keenan High School Monday

Prep basketball scores
Here is the score from the Harlem vs Chestervill basketball game.

Parcells making sure Cowboys appreciate playoffs
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have a group of players that coach Bill Parcells often says are immature. They show their naivetDe by acting as if they're just playing a game each week rather than recognizing they're part of a team trying to reach a goal.

Atlanta interviews New England assistant
ATLANTA -- New England's Romeo Crennel became the fourth NFL defensive coordinator to interview for the Atlanta head coaching job.

Sharpe never held anything back
DENVER -- Denver's Shannon Sharpe has treated every game as if it were the last of his career.

A whole new playoff roster for the NFL
The 2003 season was a variation on the NFL's favorite phrase, "on any given Sunday." This was any given season.

Fantastic season made fantasy players shine
There are some things you just don't forget. For football fans, 2003 will be one of those seasons.

Ramblin' Rhodes: 2003 marked by many losses

Ramblin' Rhodes: 2003 marked by many losses
Before the new year gets too far under way, here is a look at major country music happenings in 2003:

Capital One column

Race is on for southern athletics

Men, it's cryin' time again

Michael Jackson's interview tops the ratings

'Lost' episodes offer afterlife for canceled TV shows
LOS ANGELES -- There are three stages of afterlife for a dead TV show, and a program's fate can be decided by its unaired episodes.

Rover zooms toward Mars, and 'NOVA' is there
LOS ANGELES -- The final minutes of "Mars Dead or Alive" promise to be as gripping as a movie cliffhanger and the best reality TV going.

Hunters land taxidermy show on cable TV
EBENSBURG, Pa. -- Dan Bantley and Joe Workosky are always up to their elbows in hunting. But their home is on a foreign range - Workosky's video studio, where they're fine-tuning a different kind of show for cable television's The Outdoor Channel.

Michael Jackson's interview tops the ratings
NEW YORK -- With Ed Bradley's Michael Jackson interview on Sunday, "60 Minutes" returned to a place it once found familiar - first place in the TV ratings.

'Lost' episodes offer afterlife for canceled TV shows

Rover zooms toward Mars, and 'NOVA' is there

Hunters land taxidermy show on cable TV

Santa Barbara sheriff denies Jackson abuse claim

Video watch

Production adds pizazz to traditional folk dance

Club calendar

Weather might pose problem
ORLANDO, Fla. - The forecast for today's Capital One Bowl calls for a high temperature of 78 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

No. 11 Georgia puts bite on No. 12 Purdue in OT

Weather might pose problem

Georgia looks to start 2004 with big win
ORLANDO, Fla. - Long before the ball dropped in Times Square to usher in the New Year and tipsy revelers belted out the words to Auld Lang Syne, the Georgia football team was counting down to 2004.

Georgia looks to start 2004 with big win

Lumpkin gets some closure

Lumpkin gets some closure
ORLANDO, Fla. - As spine-tingling drama unfolded to his far right, Kregg Lumpkin sat on the far left side of Georgia's bench late Thursday afternoon.

No. 11 Georgia puts bite on No. 12 Purdue in OT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A big lead. A remarkable comeback. Just another Georgia-Purdue bowl game.

Men, it's cryin' time again
It begins with a tickle in the back of the throat, which quickly migrates to the nasal passages. At that point, the victim begins slyly glancing from side to side, ensuring that the phenomenon will go unobserved. Then the eyes get into the act. At first they just burn a bit, but soon enough they begin to water and then, despite the fight, it happens.

Nebraska after Arkansas' Nutt

Nebraska after Arkansas' Nutt
Cocky, the tail-shaking, wing-flapping rooster mascot for South Carolina, won the Capital One National Mascot of the Year award Thursday during the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Odds and Ends

Louisiana governor issues posthumous pardon for man who turned life around

Arkansas governor resolves to cut the fat from his infamously hefty state