Novelist, 77, enjoys notoriety of being the Gerber Baby
TAMPA, Fla. -- The urban legend about the famous Gerber Baby goes something like this: The cherubic image on the labels was actually a diaper-clad Humphrey Bogart, sketched lovingly by his artist mom.

Best sellers

There's nothing funny about murder - except of the titles
Murder is no laughing matter, but the titles of some new mystery fiction will slay you.

Arts calendar

Novelist, 77, enjoys notoriety of being the Gerber Baby

There's nothing funny about murder - except of the titles

The fate of a friendship is examined in le Carre's latest thriller
"On the day his destiny returned to claim him, Ted Mundy was sporting a bowler hat and balancing on a soapbox in one of Mad King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria."

Chevalier weaves intriguing tale of 15th-century tapestries

Arts calendar
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Author says Bligh not to blame for Bounty mutiny

Father of British Pop Art gets show at Yale museum

Best sellers
Here are the Publishers Weekly best sellers for the week ending Friday, Feb. 20, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

Father of British Pop Art gets show at Yale museum
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The candy-colored universe of 1960s London is groovin' at the Yale Center for British Art with an exhibit by the father of British Pop Art, Richard Hamilton.

Author says Bligh not to blame for Bounty mutiny
Caroline Alexander's "The Bounty" retells the familiar story of the British naval expedition sent to Tahiti to collect specimens of breadfruit plants. The plants were to be introduced into the British West Indies as sources of cheap, nutritious food for slaves on plantations.

Chevalier weaves intriguing tale of 15th-century tapestries
Six tapestries cover the walls of a circular room in Paris' Museum of the Middle Ages. Each features a unicorn and a bejeweled lady against a backdrop teeming with animals and an array of flowering plants.

The fate of a friendship is examined in le Carre's latest thriller

A-Rod's first workout is a big hit

After whirlwind offseason, Barrett settling in with Cubs

Schilling started it up
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Curt Schilling's mind, this revved-up round of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry started with him.

After whirlwind offseason, Barrett settling in with Cubs
MESA, Ariz. -- There were a couple of days last December when Michael Barrett wondered where he'd catch on.

Schilling started it up

A-Rod's first workout is a big hit
TAMPA, Fla. - Several swings into his first Yankees workout, Alex Rodriguez already had done damage - to a car parked too close behind the center-field fence, that is.

Odds and Ends
PORTALES, N.M. -- Talk about your bird's-eye view of a sporting event.

Braves' prized catch

Wright, Bong seek spot in starting rotation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jaret Wright knows the Braves are planning to throw open the competition for the fifth starter's job. But the reliever also knows how impressive he was in the bullpen last season (1-0, 2.00 ERA in nine games) and is holding out hope that he will receive an opportunity to return to his roots as a starter.

Braves' prized catch
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The last time he was in the National League, he was an incomplete pitcher expecting a fastball and slider would be enough to get hitters out.

Wright, Bong seek spot in starting rotation

Conference will share women's success stories

Property transfers

Death's dividing line
If, as is often said, God is colorblind when it comes to racial matters, then it's odd how the loved ones of the dearly deceased appear to let race color their decisions on who puts them to rest.

CEO's decision to retire sends Coke shares down

Death's dividing line

Prosecution rests at trial of Martha Stewart, broker

Higher energy costs lift consumer prices by 0.5 percent
WASHINGTON -- Sharply higher costs for gasoline and other energy products pushed consumer prices in January up by 0.5 percent, the largest increase in nearly a year.

Higher energy costs lift consumer prices by 0.5 percent

Living up to its name, New Balance seeks to broaden its market

Business briefs

Audiophile turns hobby into successful business

Airline to grow in local region

Alison Group Tops ADDY Awards

Business calendar

Airline to grow in local region
Independence Air, a new low-fare air carrier set to start up as early as this summer in some markets, is considering dozens of cities for service.

Business calendar
Monday: Second annual Regional Minority Enterprise Conference & Expo; held by the National Center for Economic Development and others; U.S. Rep. Max Burns and Herman Cain, the chairman of Godfather's Pizza, author and candidate for U.S. Senate, will deliver keynote addresses. Sheraton Augusta Hotel; contact Helen Blocker Adams at (706) 792-1427 for more information.

Economists try to mute fears after increase in energy costs
WASHINGTON - The biggest jump in energy costs since the start of the Iraq war stung motorists and people heating their homes in January.

Prosecution rests at trial of Martha Stewart, broker
NEW YORK -- The government rested its case against Martha Stewart and her stockbroker Friday, after a critical prosecution witness wavered slightly about testimony that had damaged the homemaking mogul.

Small-town utilities filling technology gap
ADEL, Ga. - About 250 miles south of Atlanta, Adel has joined the growing ranks of rural communities that offer some type of broadband Internet service - wireless, cable, DSL or signals over electrical lines - through municipal utility companies.

Conference will share women's success stories
Imagine a woman who could rise to the top in business even though she had no high school diploma and had only $1,000 to invest. Or imagine starting a successful business with only $200 and no self-confidence.

On the move

Business licenses in Richmond County
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003:

Officials to guard area jobs
Government officials assured women employed by the federal government that preserving the Savannah River Site and Fort Gordon were on their priority lists.

On the move
Larry E. Riggins has been named the general manager of MCC Radio LLC's Kansas cluster of six radio stations. The stations were recently acquired by MCC Radio parent company Morris Communications Co. Mr. Riggins has more than 20 years of industry experience and was previously the general manager of two Eagle Communications radio stations.

Business briefs

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 26-Feb. 4. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Small-town utilities filling technology gap

CEO's decision to retire sends Coke shares down
ATLANTA - Shares of Coca-Cola Co. fell in early trading Friday after the surprise disclosure a day earlier that Chairman and chief executive Doug Daft plans to retire at the end of 2004. The beverage giant is looking inside and outside its ranks for a successor.

Trade, technology, demographics affect future work force

Bridgestone reports rise in numbers
TOKYO - Tiremaker Bridgestone Corp. said Friday its profit nearly doubled in 2003 as sales rose in Europe and payments related to a massive U.S. tire recall three years ago declined.

Funeral directors see change in customers' wishes

Alison Group Tops ADDY Awards
The Alison Group swept top honors at the annual Augusta Advertising Federation 2003 ADDY awards Saturday, claiming all three Best-of-Show trophies in the yearly advertising creativity competition.

Business briefs
Shapiro Packing Co. said Friday it will lay off a little less than half its 580 workers because of a sharp drop in business caused by the current mad-cow disease scare. Shapiro said it expects to hire the workers back if conditions improve.

Trade, technology, demographics affect future work force
WASHINGTON -- The nation's future work force will be smaller and more diverse, more mobile and more vulnerable to global competition, according to a study conducted for the Labor Department.

Club Car unveils new vehicle
Club Car's entry into the four-wheeldrive utility vehicle market, the XRT, aims to make rough-riding a breeze, even for tenderfoots.

Living up to its name, New Balance seeks to broaden its market
BOSTON -- Jim Davis still gets out there every day - so long as the temperature doesn't dip below 15 degrees. The owner of athletic shoe maker New Balance believes being a serious runner is part of the job.

Club Car unveils new vehicle

Audiophile turns hobby into successful business
Louis Hernandez spends some days lounging around work listening to a symphony by Haydn or the latest selections from R.E.M.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT LOCKWOOD GREENE ENGINEERS INC. LOCATION: Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St.

Funeral directors see change in customers' wishes
NEW ORLEANS - For the big funeral home companies, death has not been a sure thing.

Business licenses in Richmond County

Democrats, Republicans find ways to solve residency issues

Democrats, Republicans find ways to solve residency issues
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has been oft criticized for bending the rules in public office, but his plans to push the residency requirements in this year's Senate District 22 race leave him in good company. By that, of course, we mean Republican company.

Billet does it again late for Cavaliers
CLEMSON, S.C. - For the second time in a week, a 3-point shot by Todd Billet made the difference for Virginia.

Cabral introduced as Colorado's interim head coach

Transcripts: Alabama, NCAA differ widely on booster's influence
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The NCAA withheld information from Alabama during its investigation of Crimson Tide football partly because it felt university officials were "overmatched" by booster Logan Young, according to a transcript of the university's hearing before the Committee on Infractions.

Deadline for Colorado's recruiting probe looming
DENVER - The committee investigating the athletics scandal at Colorado is going to have to move fast.

Cabral introduced as Colorado's interim head coach
BOULDER, Colo. -- Brian Cabral took over as interim head football coach at Colorado on Friday, pending the outcome of an investigation into a recruiting scandal that includes allegations of rape.

Sociologist says entertaining recruits isn't unusual event

Sociologist says entertaining recruits isn't unusual event
On a college campus last fall, sports sociologist Richard Lapchick was speaking about ethics to all of the school's athletes when suddenly a group of men in the audience walked out.

Transcripts: Alabama, NCAA differ widely on booster's influence

Alabama begins first spring under Shula
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama will have to cope with a smidgen of upheaval when spring practice begins on Saturday, but it will all be on the field instead of the sideline.

Auburn faces string of ranked opponents, including Kentucky, to end regular season

UConn spreads wealth

Baylor proves detractors wrong

Brown deflates Penn win streak

Paine women stay together

Sullinger's shot lifts Buckeyes

Butler grabs Bracket Buster win

3-point goals spark Illinois

Stanford pulls off escape act

Students crazy for Krzyzewskiville

How to redistrict
The Georgia legislature appears too bogged down in partisan wrangling to draw new state House and Senate lines before the March 1 deadline set by the federal court that last week threw out the 2001 district lines.

Eyes to the skies
Heard the old saying that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it?

Trashing the law
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is having a gay old time letting thousands of same-sex couples get "married" in city hall. He self-righteously told The New York Times, "Most politicians don't get away with doing the right thing at a time when society is not necessarily unanimously ready for that."

Freedom's hurricane
Iran's hard-line ruling theocracy, which is about as popular with most Iranians as roast beef at a vegetarian dinner, first banned more than 2,400 reform candidates from running in Friday's parliamentary elections.

Trashing the law

Flag will unite or divide
If you were being asked in the March 2 election whether the state of Georgia should be divided in two, you'd be darn sure you voted, wouldn't you?

A 'Spooky' reward
Evelyn Browne believes that Big Changes Start Small - also the name of the charitable organization she founded in Columbia County and has headed since 1995.

Casino might face fines for possible special treatment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri casino faces a possible $50,000 fine for allegedly giving the rapper Nelly special treatment.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- After high-profile romances with rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson is happily single - and says being a full-time mom dominates her life.

don't miss March
12 -- Globetrotters From slam dunks to trick shots the famed Harlem Globetrotters are a show for all ages you cant miss. At the Civic Center

Dog bone frame
At our house the dog is part of the family - just ask her. And what better way to show off our favorite photo of her than with a special, homemade frame.

Pizza time
When my children were little and they wanted to help in the kitchen, one of their favorite things to do was play with dough. Whether I was making homemade yeast rolls or a big Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Tripp and C.C. would both get their own little ball of dough to pat and roll.

Essential movies for children
The top 100 movies for children, according to The New York Times Essential Library: Childrens Movies (Henry Holt and Company) for children ages 8 through 12 are, in alphabetical order:

Life lessons
There are plenty of life lessons to learn from pets. Weve been learning a few too many lately.

International Junk Food day
The United States isnt the only place in the world with bizarre junk food. Check these out:

Mane Pal
Myia Rucker, 9, of Augusta, grooms Charlie, one of the horses at Creekview Farms where she takes riding lessons.

Wombat's life: Eat, sleep and train humans
In case you aren't familiar with wombats, here are the basics: They live in Australia. They look like small bears. They spend their time digging holes, eating and napping.

Making couple time benefits the whole family
Making time, together and alone, helps parents better nurture themselves and their relationship.

Cooking disaster
I make a pretty good lemon pound cake. My iced mint tea is all right, too.

Kid Doc Ah-choo
Colds and other illnesses often strike when you least expect them. But believe it or not, there is a simple, cheap and fast way to help prevent your child from getting sick-handwashing.

For the love of pets
It took four months of lobbying for Matt Watson to get Wesley, a spitz mix he met on his first day as a volunteer for the Columbia County Humane Society.

Bored with lunch yet?
If youve been packing school lunches for months now, you (and your child) are probably ready for inspiration. Some tips from the Santa Cruz Organic food company:

Soundbites
Say hello to the newest fraternity on the block: Delta Alpha Delta, otherwise known as DAD.

Giddy Up
Four-year-old Katie Fehrman, of Augusta, dons her pink boots and pink cowgirl hat to ride Lynn, a horse at her grandfather Dennis Fehrmans Creekview Farms in Evans.

What to do
If you would like to have your event included in the Family Chronicle's monthly calendar please send your information to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com.

Small-caps still a good buy for long-term investors
NEW YORK -- The nation's tiniest and most troubled companies led last year's rally with spectacular gains, and now many market players are betting that bigger, more stable concerns will preside over the next stage of the recovery. But that doesn't mean you should sell off your small-cap mutual funds.

Tough choice between saving for retirement, kids' college educations
NEW YORK -- One of the toughest dilemmas parents face is how to save for their children's college educations and, at the same time, for their own retirement.

Greenspan speech does little to stop stock slide
NEW YORK -- Wall Street tried but failed to overcome disappointment over a jump in inflation Friday, closing moderately lower despite assurances by Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan that the job market will indeed improve. The major indexes all ended the week with losses, and the Nasdaq composite index was down for the fifth straight week.

Greenspan speech does little to stop stock slide

There are many options to find best clinic for you
Q: I have to check into a hospital. How do I assess the quality of hospitals in my area?

Small-caps still a good buy for long-term investors

Tough choice between saving for retirement, kids' college educations

There are many options to find best clinic for you

Yellow Jackets have plenty in reserves
ATLANTA - Every good bench needs a nickname and, courtesy of Clarence Moore, Georgia Tech's reserves have one - the "G-squad."

Yellow Jackets have plenty in reserves

Weir, Maruyama share lead; Daly continues strong play

Judge: Irish golf club discriminating against women
DUBLIN, Ireland -- One of Ireland's top golf courses is discriminating against women by refusing to let them join the club, a Dublin court ruled Friday.

Leaders familiar at Riviera, but not the scores

Weir, Maruyama share lead; Daly continues strong play
LOS ANGELES - Mike Weir's victory last year at Riviera was no fluke.

Judge: Irish golf club discriminating against women

Leaders familiar at Riviera, but not the scores
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Weir's victory last year at Riviera was no fluke.

Prep basketball scores

Lady Wildcats too much for Lady Raiders

Well runs dry for Musketeers

No. 4 Washington County pulls off upset

Prep basketball scores

Flyers' Roenick will have more tests for concussion

Flyers' Roenick will have more tests for concussion
VOORHEES, N.J. - Philadelphia Flyers All-Star center Jeremy Roenick is undergoing more tests for a severe concussion, one week after getting hit by a puck and breaking his jaw.

Zetterberg, Detroit get best of St. Louis
DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg had two power-play goals and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Friday night.

Zetterberg, Detroit get best of St. Louis

Drop on the head was precursor to future aches
As a baby I was dropped on my head. Go ahead, laugh. It's funny now. But it wasn't when it happened.

Criticism of Janet Jackson isn't racial

To ban gay marriage is unconstitutional

Dems question Bush's service - what about Kerry's?
Democrats have been so involved in silliness, questioning President George W. Bush's National Guard service, that I think it is only fair that we have a look at "self proclaimed" hero Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Are we to just take it on good faith that his service was as "heroic" as he and his public relations people and Democrats say it was? Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Comparing Americans to terrorists ignorant

Kerry wins over Bush in service dispute
Regarding your Feb. 10 editorial, "Who's really AWOL?": Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.

Criticism of Janet Jackson isn't racial
E. Maner's Feb. 16 letter, "Criticism of Jackson racially motivated," makes a person think. Now I believe O.J. Simpson is really searching for the real killer; James Brown did not beat his wife; Jesse Jackson is not the father; Ray Lewis was a victim of circumstances; and Puff Daddy is always falsely accused, etc. Buddy Adams, Evans, Ga.

Comparing Americans to terrorists ignorant
Regarding your Feb. 17 editorial, "Two wars at once": William Sansbury, Augusta

To ban gay marriage is unconstitutional
Why is it that in our supposed modern society, there seems to be the unwillingness of a certain few to move ahead and do the right thing? South Carolina just passed a ban on gay marriage, while Massachusetts is in a debate right now over the issue. David Turner, Appling, Ga.

First Friday events need promotion
Why is there no promotion of the First Friday events anymore? Look in the entertainment section, in the Applause section, you say? Well, it was not there either. Janice McNair, Augusta

Cooking disaster

Making couple time benefits the whole family

Mane Pal

Life lessons

Pizza time

Bored with lunch yet?

In a few hours you can install a real tile or stone floor

Hosts may save gift wine for later

International Junk Food day

Kid Doc Ah-choo

Real-estate ad tempted family into an ideal home

Dog bone frame

For the love of pets

Smart new products prove instant messaging is a killer app

Battleship USS New Jersey awaits the crowds

Essential movies for children

Computerized calorie plan builds on government's food pyramid

What to ask when you rent a summer house

Living briefs

Black history permeates D.C.

Giddy Up

don't miss March

Mysteries of sleep studied

Wombat's life: Eat, sleep and train humans

Mammoth Cave is world's longest
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. -- Mammoth Cave doesn't have the colorful stalagmites and stalactites that make some caves famous. Lighting is minimal; signs are nonexistent, and there's no pipe organ playing "Shenandoah," like the one at Luray Caverns in Virginia.

In a few hours you can install a real tile or stone floor
Expecting company? Why not wow your guests with a beautiful ceramic tile or stone floor you installed in a matter of hours earlier in the day? Talk about a conversation piece.

Real-estate ad tempted family into an ideal home
About 2 1/2 years ago, Bronnie and David Spinks had just finished redecorating their home from top to bottom with new wallpaper, carpeting and paint.

Mysteries of sleep studied
Frank Knower knew something was wrong when he kept having conversations with co-workers and later couldn't remember a thing that was said. He couldn't even remember what he'd said.

Battleship USS New Jersey awaits the crowds
CAMDEN, N.J. -- The USS New Jersey, the most decorated U.S. battleship and a Navy fixture from World War II through the first Gulf War, is in its second mighty battle since it was decommissioned for good in 1991.

Smart new products prove instant messaging is a killer app
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Spawned by the popularity of instant messaging buddy lists, a new technology trend known as "presence" is all about making people aware that you're available.

What to ask when you rent a summer house
If you're renting a house near the water this summer and you can't see the property in person beforehand, here are some questions you may want to consider asking the owner or rental agent. The answers will help you decide whether the house is right for you, what you need to bring from home, and how much you'll have to budget for extras like boat rentals.

Home Front
Everything you need to repair a small hole or crack in the wall is contained in DAP Inc.'s new Wall Repair Patch Kit.

Black history permeates D.C.
WASHINGTON - About 60 percent of Washington, D.C.'s 572,000 residents are black, and their history in the area predates the 1791 creation of the federal district by Congress. That makes the nation's capital rich in black heritage, from the Colonial era to the antebellum and Civil War eras, to contemporary urban life.

Hosts may save gift wine for later
Dear Carson: If a person brings a bottle of wine to a party, what is the host's obligation regarding the disposition and serving of wine for the event? It is my understanding that the host or hostess can reserve the gift wine and serve wine bought for the event - or any other, for that matter. Am I correct in this regard? Your answer will settle an ongoing argument. - Wine Bottle Bother

Living briefs
Test your skills against those of entertainment report Steven Uhles' in The Augusta Chronicle's annual Academy Awards contest.

Computerized calorie plan builds on government's food pyramid
WASHINGTON -- The government's Food Guide Pyramid cannot cover everyone, so federal dietary planners want people to build their own version.

Lynx are still on roll
In a matter of days, the Augusta Lynx have gone from a playoff hopeful to a playoff contender.

Lynx are still on roll

Solid performance helps Augusta drop Florence
Like a thundering cloud of fury, the Augusta Lynx stormed the ice Thursday night sending forth a blizzard of goals leaving the Florence Pride lost in a drift.

Monitoring must continue, Georgia officials contend
Jim Heffner regards Savannah River Site as one of the most extensively monitored nuclear facilities in the world, especially when radiation is involved.

Kid of the day

Education panel calls for exit exam changes

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man who has spent years selling urine to people as a protest against what he says are the erosion of privacy rights was sent to prison Friday.

Sanford signs first new laws of 2004

Beagle gets a second chance
DULUTH, Ga. - A young beagle is being called the "miracle pup" after the dog woke up from a coma even though he had been presumed dead.

Meetings promote academic integrity

Senate OKs new district map
ATLANTA - A Senate redistricting proposal that could change the candidates on voters' ballots and the political fortunes of incumbents passed the Republican-controlled Senate after three hours of oft-times partisan debate Friday.

Across Georgia

Public barred from forum
White House efforts to improve understanding of the Patriot Act and other federal initiatives came to Augusta on Friday at a one-day forum.

Schools to get new principals

MCG to pay for man's CT scan
Kenneth Murchison turned down a CT scan at Medical College of Georgia Hospital last week when he learned it would cost him $900. Now, he doesn't have to worry about that.

Georgians will play vital role in nomination
ATLANTA - The direction of the Democratic presidential nomination could begin swinging one way or another Monday, when 159 county voter registrars across Georgia open their offices for advance voting for the Super Tuesday primary.

Cleanup crews still collecting storm debris
If Augusta cleanup crews haven't been to your neighborhood to haul away debris left from a January ice storm, be patient. They're on their way, says the city's public works director.

News you can use
Feb. 22, 1933 Bill Congdon, Roosevelt leader in Richmond County, last night stepped alongside Dick Allen, city councilman, as a potential candidate on the wet ticket aspiring to the State Convention, which will vote upon ratification of the congressional resolution to repeal the 18th Amendment.

Grocery store's close draws protest
Neighborhood supermarkets have gotten downright hard to come by in south Augusta, 20-year resident Randolph Wade Jr. said Friday afternoon outside the Bi-Lo grocery store on Deans Bridge Road.

City party survives toilet feud
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For Mayor Otis Johnson, it was the sort of news Savannah couldn't afford: Portable Toilet Spat Cancels St. Patrick's Party.

'See Rock City' painter Byers dies
ATLANTA - Clark Byers, who braved charging bulls, slippery roofs and lightning bolts to paint "See Rock City" on barns across the South for three decades, died this week. He was 89.

Bill focuses on trauma
AIKEN - It wasn't until an early morning in May 2001 that Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, recognized the importance of a trauma center.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - Responding to pressure from Georgia's commercial crabbers and lawmakers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has relaxed its ban on the harvest of blue crabs in March.

Forestry Commission comes out to celebrate Arbor Day

In for the long haul
Sean Tharpe prepares to move his 36-foot houseboat that he recently acquired. He removed the top deck and will take it to his shop on North Belair Road for restoration. The houseboat was pulled from the Savannah River on Wednesday.

News you can use

Doctors get grant for cancer research
It's jiggly and translucent and sometimes full of marshmallows. But the ingredient that gels in Jell-O - pectin - is also a nifty cancer killer.

Beagle gets a second chance

Panel's fiscal plan draws criticism
COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means Committee has tied the State Election Commission's budget during this major election year to selling cars, land and buildings; cracking down on tax scofflaws; and raiding a fund that helps injured workers.

High school's top post stays unfilled

Across the area
Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek checked into the Richmond County jail Friday morning to serve a sentence for drunk driving, jail records state.<

Panel's fiscal plan draws criticism
COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means Committee has tied the State Election Commission's budget during this major election year to selling cars, land and buildings; cracking down on tax scofflaws; and raiding a fund that helps injured workers.

Change to map benefits Brush
A voting map approved Friday by the state Senate drastically changes the boundaries for one Columbia County legislator.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO SAY to the guy who said that he would patronize all restaurants where there's no smoking: I won't patronize any places where there's no smoking either. It's not fair.

Coach is sent to anger classes
Pete Meadows, a longtime successful area baseball coach and the founder of a Christian academy in Augusta that recently closed, was ordered Friday to serve probation and attend anger-management classes for swinging at a pupil's father last year.

Center awaits its fate
It came to Nancy Williamson as she was walking her dog last week.

Georgians will play vital role in nomination

Across the area

Planners work on eco-friendly summit

News you can use

Kid of the day

Students share culture at show
Louisa Hackens stepped on the Greenbrier High School stage, fluffed her blonde hair and with a wink gave the "call me" motion to the audience.

Georgians will play vital role in nomination

Schools to get new principals
New principals will be named for five Richmond County schools next week, including a replacement for Dr. Dorothy Gandy, who brought both controversy and accolades in her three years at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Refs get to learn the ropes
North Augusta Boxing Club's Noah Newman remembers when the ranks of amateur boxing officials were so thin and undertrained that sometimes bouts would be held with an unknown refereeing the fight.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Cancelled St. Pat's party on again after Savannah spat

News you can use
Feb. 21, 1923 There will be an important meeting at 12:30 o'clock today in the office of the Board of Commerce when the matter of the Fure Ferry Road and the purchase of the ferry, itself, will be discussed. This meeting was arranged on Monday when Secretary Spencer Hart, of the Augusta Board of Commerce, and District Engineer William Greenslade went to McCormick and conferred with citizens and officials of that county.

City party survives toilet feud

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Payton Amy Searcy, 2, of Gibson, Ga.

Interim coroner is named

EOC report finds unfair questions on high school exam
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An exam high school students must pass before graduating asks some unfair questions that should be eliminated or replaced before the next round of students takes the test in April, the Education Oversight Committee says.

EOC report finds unfair questions on high school exam

Judge orders man who sells urine immediately to prison
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A man who has spent years selling urine as a protest against what he says are the erosion of privacy rights was sent to prison on Friday.

Overseas spending draws fire in House

Edwards rally shows scant sign of crucial black support
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Diane Bush took the stage to introduce Sen. John Edwards to a cheering crowd of more than 300 in oak-shaded Johnson Square, she quickly realized only a handful of other blacks were there.

Public barred from forum

Cancelled St. Pat's party on again after Savannah spat
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- For Mayor Otis Johnson, it was the sort of news Savannah couldn't affort: Portable Toilet Spat Cancels St. Patrick's Party.

Man is convicted in robbery spree

Sanford signs first new laws of 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law this week a bill that restructures the state's Public Service Commission and how its commissioners are elected.

Senate OKs new district map

Change to map benefits Brush

Grocery store's close draws protest

'Shouters' keep the stories alive
McINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. - Young Carletha Sullivan watched her mother and grandmother "shout."

Interim coroner is named
AIKEN -South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Aiken County Reserve Deputy Coroner Robert Haythorn as the countys interim corner Friday, denying the late Sue Townsend's request that her chief deputy, Tim Carlton, be named to the temporary post.

Rescuers keep up search for hunter
Mark Logan realizes chances are slim to none that his older brother is still alive.

Public barred from forum
White House efforts to improve understanding of the Patriot Act and other federal initiatives came to Augusta on Friday at a one-day forum.

Across Georgia
MACON - Bobby Kahn, the former chief of staff for former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, was chosen Saturday to succeed Rep. Calvin Smyre as head of the state Democratic Party.

Planners work on eco-friendly summit
HORTENSE, Ga. - Sawmill blades carve wooden beams into 34-inch boards as Carl Dohn ponders his prestigious task - crafting the massive table around which President Bush will gather with fellow world leaders during this summer's G-8 summit in coastal Georgia.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police she was beaten by members of a female gang early Saturday.

Overseas spending draws fire in House
ATLANTA - When food stamp recipients in Georgia call a state help line with questions about the program, they end up talking to an operator nearly 9,000 miles away - in India.

Puppy love
With her brother, Austin Lowndes, 10, holding the leash, Hannah, 8, gets a puppy kiss from Punchy at the Barnyard Flea Market . The 14-week-old American bulldog was for sale Saturday.

3 soldiers indicted in slaying
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Three Fort Benning soldiers have been indicted on murder charges in the stabbing death of a fellow soldier.

Meetings promote academic integrity
OXFORD, Ga. - The pressure to cheat for some students entering college makes it more important for universities to promote honor codes and other methods of peer evaluation, say participants in a conference on academic integrity that involved schools throughout the South.

Man is convicted in robbery spree
In between robbing convenience stores, an armed Craig Pilcher confronted a Partridge Inn manager in the hotel parking garage, demanding the man get on his knees.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jordyn Victoria Hankins, 6, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
POWDERSVILLE - A man was found dead of a self-inflicted cut after a woman was seen lying in her yard, authorities say.

Education panel calls for exit exam changes
COLUMBIA - An exam high school students must pass before graduating asks some unfair questions that should be eliminated or replaced before the next round of students takes the test in April, the Education Oversight Committee says.

Behind the battle
AIKEN - After the cannon smoke had cleared, after the rifles had all been fired and the victors had staked their claim, Capt. Jeff Stephens led his unit of battered and bloodied soldiers to the haven of a rudimentary field hospital, their moans of pain the lasting echo of battle.

Schools to get new principals
New principals will be named for five Richmond County schools next week, including a replacement for Dr. Dorothy Gandy, who brought both controversy and accolades in her three years at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Discovery under car leads to bomb scare
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A global positioning system tracking device clandestinely attached beneath a car touched off a bomb scare that closed down a Ware County highway in south Georgia late last week, authorities said.

High school's top post stays unfilled
AIKEN - The Edgefield County school board is still searching for a new principal for its lone high school after rejecting Superintendent Sharon Keesley's recommendation in a vote that broke along racial lines, school officials said Friday.

Behind the battle

Re-enactment keeps authenticity
AIKEN - The troops in Blue and Gray who will charge and skirmish through the smoke and dust today and Sunday to re-enact one of the last Confederate victories, pride themselves on authenticity - from the slouch of their hats and caps to the battle-grimed buttons on their shoes.

Georgians will play vital role in nomination
ATLANTA - The direction of the Democratic presidential nomination could begin swinging one way or another Monday, when 159 county voter registrars across Georgia open their offices for advance voting for the Super Tuesday primary.

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes to help land 1996 Olympics
ATLANTA -- Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism, according to an audit commissioned by police and released Friday.

Center awaits its fate

Forestry Commission comes out to celebrate Arbor Day
Nicole Ward, 11, receives a free Dogwood seedling Friday from Katie Myszka with the Georgia Forestry Commission during Augusta Arbor Day Celebration 2004 at Pendleton King Park.

Refs get to learn the ropes

Doctors get grant for cancer research

Rescuers keep up search for hunter

Edwards rally shows scant sign of crucial black support

Across South Carolina

Public barred from forum

Monitoring must continue, Georgia officials contend

Across Georgia

Puppy love

Re-enactment keeps authenticity

Bill focuses on trauma

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes to help land 1996 Olympics

Across the area

'Shouters' keep the stories alive

Comic geek will realize dream with new movie
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Smith is creating new buzz around The Green Hornet. The filmmaker behind Chasing Amy, Dogma and the upcoming Jersey Girl will write and direct a film about the masked crimefighter and his martial-arts sidekick, Kato.

Report: Gibson expands 'Passion' to 800 more theaters
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson is adding 800 theaters to the debut of his controversial Crucifixion drama, "The Passion of the Christ," next Wednesday.

Report: Gibson expands 'Passion' to 800 more theaters

Turntable class teaches students the art of the scratch
BOSTON -- DJ Chi bobs his head to the hip-hop rhythm, one hand skipping over the vinyl record, the other on the mixer. Possum, Raydar, Moses and the other DJs in the room listen to his beat.

Turntable class teaches students the art of the scratch

'American Idol' rejected idolized by Web fans

'American Idol' rejected idolized by Web fans
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The "American Idol" judges said William Hung bombed with his gotta-see-it-to-believe-it rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."

Benson speeds to pole for Busch Series race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Johnny Benson won the pole for today's Goody's Headache Powders 200 for the NASCAR Busch Series.

McMurray continues dominance
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Jamie McMurray used the latest scrape between Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon to drive into the North Carolina Speedway record book.

Track experience is key at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The top three starters for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway have combined to make seven career starts on the 34-year-old racetrack. That doesn't bode well for the young drivers, since the track is stock car racing's version of an old folks' home.

Newman picks up right where he left off: On the pole at Rockingham

Track experience is key at Rockingham

Newman picks up right where he left off: On the pole at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Ryan Newman put himself in a familiar spot Friday - on the pole.

Benson speeds to pole for Busch Series race

Looking for a rebound
ATLANTA - When Lou Hudson joined the Hawks in 1966, they were a perennial playoff team and only eight years removed from an NBA championship.

Wallace gets back in game
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rasheed Wallace was cleared to play for the Detroit Pistons by the NBA on Saturday, one day after being pulled from a game because paperwork from a three-team trade had not been certified.

Wallace looks for fresh start
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rasheed Wallace walked into his new locker room Friday and was greeted with hugs, handshakes and smiles by his Detroit Pistons teammates.

Wallace gets back in game

Wallace looks for fresh start

Paine women stay together
After missing two free throws at the end of regulation, LeYenketa Blackmon found support from her team.

Sullinger's shot lifts Buckeyes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., J.J. Sullinger hit a short jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds to play to lift Ohio State to a 59-56 win over Indiana on Saturday night, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth straight loss at home.

Butler grabs Bracket Buster win
INDIANAPOLIS - Ohio's Terren Harbut connected on a 3-pointer with two seconds left in overtime, but it wasn't enough. Butler defeated the Bobcats 64-63 on Saturday.

UConn spreads wealth
BOSTON - If top-ranked Connecticut was concerned when Diana Taurasi left the game, it didn't show.

Brown deflates Penn win streak
PHILADELPHIA - Jason Forte scored 29 points, and Mike Martin hit two crucial free throws with 11 seconds left as Brown held off a furious Penn rally and defeated the Quakers 78-74 on Friday.

Auburn faces string of ranked opponents, including Kentucky, to end regular season
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky may not be in the midst of an undefeated run through the Southeastern Conference like last season, but don't try convincing Auburn basketball coach Cliff Ellis that this season's Wildcats are more vulnerable.

Heels hold on this time
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - This time the comeback ran out of gas.

Greer's injury is cause for concern
Tommy Greer. The Augusta State freshman forward has made 25 of 29 shots from the field in his past three games - including 10 3-pointers in 11 attempts. The reigning Peach Belt Player of the Week is averaging a team-high 53 percent from the field and has improved his scoring average to 10.1.

Students crazy for Krzyzewskiville
DURHAM, N.C. - Early this week, a snowstorm hit Duke University, but nowhere did this latest winter wallop land harder than at Krzyzewskiville, the school's tent city of basketball fanatics.

Stanford pulls off escape act
LOS ANGELES - Stanford coach Mike Montgomery insists his top-ranked Cardinal are focused on winning their next game and not going undefeated.

3-point goals spark Illinois
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Dee Brown hit six three 3-pointers, including three in a crucial second-half run, to help Illinois hold off a second-half rally and beat Penn State 66-58 on Saturday.

Baylor proves detractors wrong
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There were calls for giving up basketball for a year at Baylor, perhaps even bouncing the entire athletic program from the Big 12 Conference.

Arkansas shakes up lineup, Gamecocks
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas coach Stan Heath turned to his bench to help snap a four-game losing streak.

NFL briefs

Supersized Lorenzen has big dreams

Mr. Guilford Lindley Sr.    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. Gerald Jones    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Roach    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Merritt    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Ms. Jessie Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Mark Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Heather Ware    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Cason    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Weaver    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Joyce Bolan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Wiggins    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis McCannon    (POINT, Ga.)
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Mr. James Wingard Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Jones    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Daniel Acree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pearle Hammet    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Eidson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ida Ellis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Don Cherry    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Dr. Gamal Pharm    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Cason
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Mrs. Ethel Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alvin Merriweather    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Janie Reese    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bruce McGhee    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Roger McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roger McCoy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Deborah McBurney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Deborah McBurney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Linda Kohler    (COLUMBUS, Neb.)
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Mr. James Wingard Jr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Dr. Agostino Carlucci    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Yohance Harris    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louella Boatwright    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Griffin    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Albert Badger    (MARTIN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Flynt    (TAMPA, Fla.)
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Mr. James Blackwell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Meta Daughtery    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Alice Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Augustino Carlucci    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Linda Kohler    (COLUMBUS, Neb.)
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Mr. Joseph Orsag    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Dorothy White    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Jordan    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Huey Walker    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Aubrey Harris    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Smith, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Ferrell    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Corie Schumate    (HOUSTON, TX)
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Mr. Rodney Odum    (JESUP, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Fauteux    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Wiggins    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Dea. Willie Huff    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Smith, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Jordan (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Wiggins (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ferrell (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Roger McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Blackwell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Corie Schumate (HOUSTON, TX)

Mr. Rodney Odum (JESUP, Ga.)

Mrs. Meta Daughtery (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Heather Ware (WADLEY, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy White (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Acree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yohance Harris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Eidson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Augustino Carlucci (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Roach (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Cason (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Jones (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Williams Sr.

Mr. Alvin Merriweather (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Griffin (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Merritt (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Jessie Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Huey Walker (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Orsag (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Ellis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger McCoy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearle Hammet (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Roach (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis McCannon (POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Kohler (COLUMBUS, Neb.)

Mrs. Linda Kohler (COLUMBUS, Neb.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Don Cherry (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Badger (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Weaver (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Reese (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Aubrey Harris (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Deborah McBurney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Gamal Pharm (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Guilford Lindley Sr. (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Joyce Bolan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Flynt (TAMPA, Fla.)

Dea. Willie Huff (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Wilkinson wins 10-meter platform at World Cup
ATHENS, Greece -- American Laura Wilkinson won the 10-meter platform event Friday at the Diving World Cup.

Wilkinson wins 10-meter platform at World Cup

Georgia is always on God's mind
In the beginning, God created earth. He stepped back and looked at what he had done and said, "I think I can do better than this," so he created heaven. When he finished, God said, "That's more like it. I am going to call it 'Georgia,' and just to make sure nobody forgets where heaven is, I am going to create Ray Charles so he can sing Georgia on My Mind and remind them."

Georgia is always on God's mind
In the beginning, God created earth. He stepped back and looked at what he had done and said, "I think I can do better than this," so he created heaven. When he finished, God said, "That's more like it. I am going to call it 'Georgia,' and just to make sure nobody forgets where heaven is, I am going to create Ray Charles so he can sing Georgia on My Mind and remind them."

Whitfield's dream fades

Overtime

Whitfield's down, but not out
TUNICA, Miss. - Coming into these U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield was the favorite to win the light flyweight division.

Whitfield's dream fades
TUNICA, Miss. - If top-ranked light flyweight Rayonta Whitfield losing to 17-year-old Rau'Shee Warren on Friday night was surprising, then what happened Saturday night was shocking.

Overtime
Westside junior Jay Tarver finished second in his bracket at the Class AAA state meet at Griffin High School.

Collector heeds sound of turkey calls
WRENS, Ga. - Dalton Dowdy bought his first turkey call when he was 11 - and killed his first gobbler the same year.

Aiken sweeps South Aiken
AIKEN - Fans leaving South Aiken High School Gymnasium shouting "North Side" had good reason to cheer.

No. 4 Washington County pulls off upset
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Last year, Peach County, a fourth seed, upended No. 1 Laney on the Lady Trojans' home floor in the opening round of the playoffs.

Prep basketball scores
Here are the scores for Friday night's prep basketball action on the hardwood.

Lady Wildcats too much for Lady Raiders
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - What could Otis Smart say to his Laney girls basketball team, anyway?

Prep basketball scores
Boys prep basketball results from Saturday's action on the hardwood.

Well runs dry for Musketeers
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - The whole time Richmond Academy was losing Saturday, Jacob Ross just knew the Musketeers were going to come back and win the game. They had done it all season long. It was just a matter of time.

NFL briefs
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Juran Bolden was indicted Friday on charges of driving a stolen car and marijuana possession.<

Supersized Lorenzen has big dreams
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jared Lorenzen has heard all the nicknames: the Pillsbury Throwboy, Hefty Lefty, even J. Load. And, yes, just about all of them fit.

Playing Jesus humbles actors
Lance Jones got a reputation around North Augusta after years of biblical pageants as "the guy who played Jesus."

Faith digest
Di Malzer, of South Africa, will be the guest speaker at the Aiken Christian Women's Club at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive in Aiken.

It's impossible to render accurate account of crucifixion
JERUSALEM -- The dearth of information about Jesus' crucifixion makes it impossible to describe the event in accurate detail, as Mel Gibson attempts to do in his new film, "The Passion of Christ," Bible scholars and anthropologists say.

Religion briefs
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Some parishioners in the Episcopal Church's Indianapolis Diocese, upset over the denomination's approval of openly gay bishop, want to affiliate with a neighboring Illinois diocese.

Local congregations turn screening of Mel Gibson's film into special event
Scott Franklin contends Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ could be the start of a youth revival.

Catholic Church committee examines religion textbooks
NEW ORLEANS - The Roman Catholic Church is handing out failing grades to most of the religion textbooks used to instruct the country's 680,000 Catholic high school students.

Luther gets two new biographies
A silly idea, perhaps, but there was also some truth in "The Life Millennium," a book that rated the top personalities and events of the past 1,000 years.

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus
BOSTON -- There's Jesus the distant symbol, and Jesus the gentle friend. There's Jesus the pacifist and caregiver, and Jesus the gruff, muscular warrior.

Uproar about media 'indecency' overshadows growth of profanity
Until the tidal wave of disgust about that CBS-MTV-NFL Super Bowl halftime peepshow - nicely timed to boost sales of the indecently exposed female singer's latest album - there had been more recent hoopla about words rather than visuals.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Collector heeds sound of turkey calls

ABC plays a higher-stakes 'Millionaire' game
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Davies says he's losing sleep over the prospect of a gusher of $10 million payoffs on the revamped prime-time version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Government funding cuts for closed-captioning

Government funding cuts for closed-captioning
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Education Department has cut the money for captioning nearly 200 TV programs, citing a 1997 mandate from Congress only to pay for captioning of "educational, news and informational" programming.

Here's the lowdown on 'Sex in the City'

ABC plays a higher-stakes 'Millionaire' game

Here's the lowdown on 'Sex in the City'
It may be called Sex and the City, but it turns out that the four women who went out to conquer the Big Apple are really just fools for love ... and shoes.

The end is near for 'Sex'

The end is near for 'Sex'
NEW YORK -- Sunday's finale of "Sex and the City" promises to be a fight to the finish for the heart of Carrie Bradshaw.

Casino might face fines for possible special treatment

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Shanks' test ends in arrest
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - A former guidance counselor has been charged with forgery for allegedly trying to hire a student to take an SAT test using the name of a Georgia basketball signee who had failed to gain admission to the university.

Bulldogs bump Braxton off team
ATHENS, Ga. - Kara Braxton ran out of chances.

Bulldogs keep slim hopes alive
ATHENS, Ga.- Rashad Wright didn't get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament last year. Obviously, it's still bothering him.

Bulldogs bump Braxton off team

Bulldogs keep slim hopes alive

Shanks' test ends in arrest

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Odds and Ends

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus

Faith digest

Playing Jesus humbles actors

Catholic Church committee examines religion textbooks

Religion briefs

Luther gets two new biographies

Uproar about media 'indecency' overshadows growth of profanity

Local congregations turn screening of Mel Gibson's film into special event

It's impossible to render accurate account of crucifixion