Players, owners forge new steroid agreement
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With some of its biggest stars under suspicion and lawmakers demanding action, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that will suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly test players year-round.

Players, owners forge new steroid agreement
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With some of its biggest stars under suspicion and lawmakers demanding action, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that will suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly test players year-round.

Players, owners forge new steroid agreement

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. - Sen. Ben Nelson finally has succeeded in getting President Bush to stop calling him by the detested nickname "Nellie."

Pair arrested for telling lawyer jokes at courthouse
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Did you hear the one about the two guys arrested for telling lawyer jokes?

Career day speaker tells middle schoolers about stripping
SAN FRANCISCO - The principal of a Palo Alto middle school may not invite a popular speaker back to an annual career day after he told girls they could earn a good living as strippers.

Career day speaker tells middle schoolers about stripping
SAN FRANCISCO - The principal of a Palo Alto middle school may not invite a popular speaker back to an annual career day after he told girls they could earn a good living as strippers.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. - Sen. Ben Nelson finally has succeeded in getting President Bush to stop calling him by the detested nickname "Nellie."

Pair arrested for telling lawyer jokes at courthouse
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Did you hear the one about the two guys arrested for telling lawyer jokes?

Braves acquire Mondesi
ATLANTA - Raul Mondesi passed inspection Friday, convincing the Atlanta Braves he is sound - physically and mentally - and ready to commit to the team for the 2005 season.

New private owners hope to improve look, efficiency

Enforcing single-season seeds, Monsanto sues farmers
SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co.'s "seed police" snared soy farmer Homan McFarling in 1999, and the company is demanding he pay it hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy.

Wholesale prices plunge 0.7 percent in December
WASHINGTON - Prices at the wholesale level, helped by the largest drop in energy prices since April 2003, fell by 0.7 percent in December while output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities soared by 0.8 percent, the government reported Friday.

30-year mortgages fall for a second consecutive week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a second straight week, helping to get the housing industry off to a good start in the new year.

New private owners hope to improve look, efficiency
Augusta-Richmond County's marinas were in trouble, so city officials abandoned ship.

Wholesale prices plunge 0.7 percent in December
WASHINGTON - Prices at the wholesale level, helped by the largest drop in energy prices since April 2003, fell by 0.7 percent in December while output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities soared by 0.8 percent, the government reported Friday.

Automakers expect sales growth from slew of new vehicles
DETROIT - The world's top automakers used one of the industry's biggest stages in recent days to roll out their latest cars and trucks, at the same time pledging to use the fresh offerings to attract greater numbers of new customers and expand their businesses.

Molson shareholders offered sweeter deal
DENVER - Molson Inc. stock climbed nearly 4 percent in early trading Friday after the Canadian brewer and Adolph Coors Co. dramatically increased a special dividend to persuade wavering shareholders to approve their proposal to create a $6 billion brewer.

Automakers expect sales growth from slew of new vehicles

Automakers slash prices in China amid sluggish demand
SHANGHAI, China - The outlook for China's once sizzling auto market has cooled, prompting both foreign and domestic automakers to scramble to undercut their competitors by slashing prices by up to 20 percent.

New private owners hope to improve look, efficiency
Augusta-Richmond County's marinas were in trouble, so city officials abandoned ship.

Molson shareholders offered sweeter deal
DENVER - Molson Inc. stock climbed nearly 4 percent in early trading Friday after the Canadian brewer and Adolph Coors Co. dramatically increased a special dividend to persuade wavering shareholders to approve their proposal to create a $6 billion brewer.

Automakers slash prices in China amid sluggish demand

Automakers slash prices in China amid sluggish demand
SHANGHAI, China - The outlook for China's once sizzling auto market has cooled, prompting both foreign and domestic automakers to scramble to undercut their competitors by slashing prices by up to 20 percent.

Molson shareholders offered sweeter deal

Enforcing single-season seeds, Monsanto sues farmers
SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co.'s "seed police" snared soy farmer Homan McFarling in 1999, and the company is demanding he pay it hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged technology piracy.

Wholesale prices plunge 0.7 percent in December

Automakers expect sales growth from slew of new vehicles
DETROIT - The world's top automakers used one of the industry's biggest stages in recent days to roll out their latest cars and trucks, at the same time pledging to use the fresh offerings to attract greater numbers of new customers and expand their businesses.

Enforcing single-season seeds, Monsanto sues farmers

Golf club nears completion
After more than half a decade of planning and almost three years of construction, Champions Retreat is getting set to tee off.

Clemson names new offensive coordinator
Rob Spence doesn't expect Clemson to start scoring points in bunches simply because he's now in charge of the offense.

Clemson names new offensive coordinator

Clemson names new offensive coordinator
Rob Spence doesn't expect Clemson to start scoring points in bunches simply because he's now in charge of the offense.

Telfer leads by example for Jaguars

Duke tops N.C. State

Guard's hot hand leading Armstrong Atlantic State

MLB bulks up tests
Responding to massive pressure from the public and Congress, the Major League Baseball players' union, after years of resistance, has finally agreed to a much tougher anti-steroid, anti-drug regime.

Plug the ethics gap
The investigation of Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine by the State Ethics Commission points up the desperate need to beef up the commission's clout - both in terms of boosting its budget and for providing stiffer ethics rules to enforce.

Unabridged inanity
We realize that criminal lawyers are charged with defending their clients zealously. And that, at times, enthusiastic advocacy can, shall we say, stretch the bounds of reasoned argument.

Unabridged inanity

Unabridged inanity
We realize that criminal lawyers are charged with defending their clients zealously. And that, at times, enthusiastic advocacy can, shall we say, stretch the bounds of reasoned argument.

Harbin the headliner
State Rep. Ben Harbin isn't just joking when he says he has a lot more friends this week than last. Winning more friends and influencing more people is what happens when your colleagues elect you to head up one of the most powerful legislative panels in Atlanta.

Good news for MCG
The state's improving economy is translating into some good news for the Medical College of Georgia. After several years of funding cuts because of the weak economy, Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed $17.4 billion 2006 budget calls for $5.8 million to help MCG's ambitious cancer program.

Give up on Walton jail
Augusta commissioners seldom agree with their Richmond County Grand Jury critics, so when the two sides are in accord, the broader community should sit up and take notice.

People in the News
MELBOURNE, Australia - Just days after being ranked No. 6 on Mr. Blackwell's annual worst-dressed list, Serena Williams unveiled her new line of lime green-and-white Nike tennis apparel.

Dick Clark still hospitalized nearly six weeks after stroke
BURBANK, Calif. - "American Bandstand" icon Dick Clark is still hospitalized nearly six weeks after a mild stroke, but his publicist said Friday that he continues to progress in his physical therapy and is closer to going home.

Dick Clark still hospitalized nearly six weeks after stroke
BURBANK, Calif. - "American Bandstand" icon Dick Clark is still hospitalized nearly six weeks after a mild stroke, but his publicist said Friday that he continues to progress in his physical therapy and is closer to going home.

Art mirrors high school experience
I'll be the first to admit that mine was not the typical high school experience. A graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, I managed to fulfill my four years without ever attending a pep rally, investing myself emotionally in the outcome of a football game or finding the clique that would best suit my particular personality.

Lou Rawls becomes father again at 69
LOS ANGELES - Grammy-winning R&B singer Lou Rawls and his wife Nina celebrated their first wedding anniversary with the birth of a son.

Patricia Clarkson named 'Queen of Hollywood South'
NEW ORLEANS - Actress Patricia Clarkson, back in her native Louisiana to play a governor's adviser in "All the King's Men," found herself being celebrated like royalty Thursday when the New Orleans mayor designated a day in her honor.

Lou Rawls becomes father again at 69
LOS ANGELES - Grammy-winning R&B singer Lou Rawls and his wife Nina celebrated their first wedding anniversary with the birth of a son.

People in the News
MELBOURNE, Australia - Just days after being ranked No. 6 on Mr. Blackwell's annual worst-dressed list, Serena Williams unveiled her new line of lime green-and-white Nike tennis apparel.

Jennifer and Brad return to work after separating
TOKYO - It's back to work for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston - but no breakup questions, please.

Art mirrors high school experience
I'll be the first to admit that mine was not the typical high school experience. A graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, I managed to fulfill my four years without ever attending a pep rally, investing myself emotionally in the outcome of a football game or finding the clique that would best suit my particular personality.

Consumers deal with holiday debt hangover

Consumers deal with holiday debt hangover
NEW YORK - As those holiday credit card bills roll in this month, many people have a deep sense of discomfort.

Consumers deal with holiday debt hangover
NEW YORK - As those holiday credit card bills roll in this month, many people have a deep sense of discomfort.

Anglers are pleased with lake's full pool
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has maintained a full pool at Strom Thurmond Lake since Sept. 21 and fishermen surely do appreciate it.

Fishing tournaments
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.

Anglers are pleased with lake's full pool
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has maintained a full pool at Strom Thurmond Lake since Sept. 21 and fishermen surely do appreciate it.

Fishing tournaments

Anglers are pleased with lake's full pool

Fishing tournaments
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.

Fruit gardeners should be ready for muscadines
Fruit gardening can be a rewarding experience. Naturally, some fruits are easier to grow than others, and one of the easiest and most rewarding is muscadine grapes. If you have been considering them, it is about time to plant them.

Fruit gardeners should be ready for muscadines

Fruit gardeners should be ready for muscadines
Fruit gardening can be a rewarding experience. Naturally, some fruits are easier to grow than others, and one of the easiest and most rewarding is muscadine grapes. If you have been considering them, it is about time to plant them.

Wie struggles with the best
HONOLULU - After scrambling to salvage a 5-over 75, Michelle Wie plopped down in a chair and playfully stuck out her bottom lip as if she had just been scolded.

Back to drawing board for teen star
HONOLULU - It's back to school for Michelle Wie.

Back to drawing board for teen star

Wie struggles with the best

Wie struggles with the best
HONOLULU - After scrambling to salvage a 5-over 75, Michelle Wie plopped down in a chair and playfully stuck out her bottom lip as if she had just been scolded.

Back to drawing board for teen star
HONOLULU - It's back to school for Michelle Wie.

Greenbrier pulls off upset of Baldwin

Prep Basketball Scores

Record is fine, but Rebels want that elusive title

Brantley in good company after win

A chill sets the mood, but I prefer warmth
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.

More evacuees are allowed to return home
GRANITEVILLE -- The second phase of the return of evacuees forced from their homes by the deadly wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192 started this morning as officials from Avondale Mills struggled to jump start their chlorine-laced textile mills.

Dance troupe helps promote literacy
The dancers of the Augusta West Dance Companies, sponsored by the Augusta West Dance Guild, not only provided an entertaining Christmas performance for the holidays, but shared the proceeds of their efforts with local charities. Marsha Boasso, Evans

Forget partnership with Richmond
Why would Ron Cross and the Columbia County Commission, along with his development committee personnel, ever consider the possibility of associating with Augusta and Richmond County? Bud Carter, Evans

Nation needs real election reform
On Jan. 6, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, D-Ohio, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., interrupted congressional acceptance of the electoral votes by objecting to the Ohio slate of electors based on evidence of massive voting irregularities. Shawn Wilson, Evans

Pets need an evacuation plan, too
Once again, pet owners have been faced with a mandatory evacuation and forced to leave their beloved animals behind - in danger.Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Ambulance-chasers are disgusting
Here we go with the slimy lawyers. I read recently about the slime bag who followed legitimate guests into the hospital room of a victim of last week's train accident, then proceeded to attempt to get their business. Kevin Wells, Grovetown

Pets need an evacuation plan, too

Try intelligent political discourse
In his Jan. 10 letter to the editor ("Come on, who's really evil here?"), Steven King - aptly named - reminded me just how red a state we actually live in when someone can rant about how Democrats are "communists, atheists, convicted felons, arsonists, anti-capitalists, irresponsibles, whiners, America-haters ..." Dana Anthony Magliola, Aiken, S.C.

War is a costly but necessary evil
The Cooks are at it again, I see ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4). Anne Cook needs to understand that more than 50 percent of Americans voted for President Bush, and against Democrats. Don Turner, Grovetown

Pets need an evacuation plan, too
Once again, pet owners have been faced with a mandatory evacuation and forced to leave their beloved animals behind - in danger. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Forget partnership with Richmond
Why would Ron Cross and the Columbia County Commission, along with his development committee personnel, ever consider the possibility of associating with Augusta and Richmond County? Bud Carter, Evans

Nation needs real election reform
On Jan. 6, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, D-Ohio, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., interrupted congressional acceptance of the electoral votes by objecting to the Ohio slate of electors based on evidence of massive voting irregularities. Shawn Wilson, Evans

Nation needs real election reform

Forget partnership with Richmond

Try intelligent political discourse

War is a costly but necessary evil

Try intelligent political discourse
In his Jan. 10 letter to the editor ("Come on, who's really evil here?"), Steven King - aptly named - reminded me just how red a state we actually live in when someone can rant about how Democrats are "communists, atheists, convicted felons, arsonists, anti-capitalists, irresponsibles, whiners, America-haters ..."Dana Anthony Magliola, Aiken, S.C.

Carefully examine early-release plan
I attended a presentation on a proposed weekly early-release day for Columbia County elementary-school pupils. Robbie Hammond, Evans

Ambulance-chasers are disgusting
Here we go with the slimy lawyers. I read recently about the slime bag who followed legitimate guests into the hospital room of a victim of last week's train accident, then proceeded to attempt to get their business.Kevin Wells, Grovetown

Ambulance-chasers are disgusting

War is a costly but necessary evil
The Cooks are at it again, I see ("President's war agenda is evil," Jan. 4). Anne Cook needs to understand that more than 50 percent of Americans voted for President Bush, and against Democrats. Don Turner, Grovetown

High flyin' feeding

Probe returns astounding photos of Titan

Toyota makes Tacoma more impressive

Probe returns astounding photos of Titan
DARMSTADT, Germany - Rivers? At 292 degrees below zero? As the images came streaking across the cosmos from Saturn's moon Titan, scientists grew increasingly ecstatic: remarkable, a fantasy, a Lake Michigan full of paint thinner.

Toyota makes Tacoma more impressive
Small, wimpy trucks are out. Bold, larger trucks - very nearly busting out of the "compact pickup" category - are in.

Toyota makes Tacoma more impressive
Small, wimpy trucks are out. Bold, larger trucks - very nearly busting out of the "compact pickup" category - are in.

High flyin' feeding
Just because they're not freezing doesn't mean they're not hungry.

Probe returns astounding photos of Titan
DARMSTADT, Germany - Rivers? At 292 degrees below zero? As the images came streaking across the cosmos from Saturn's moon Titan, scientists grew increasingly ecstatic: remarkable, a fantasy, a Lake Michigan full of paint thinner.

High flyin' feeding
Just because they're not freezing doesn't mean they're not hungry.

Short-handed Augusta adjusts
The Augusta Lynx defense has three tiers: the healthy, the injured and the forwards impersonating defenders.

Lynx put Inferno on ice again
Jason Saal can thank the Columbia Inferno for his rise up the ECHL record book.

Lynx put Inferno on ice again
Jason Saal can thank the Columbia Inferno for his rise up the ECHL record book.

Lynx close door on arena woes
One rink door opening because of a big hit was a fluke, but a second door opening in two games at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was too much for Augusta Lynx general manager Paul Gamsby to take.

Lynx put Inferno on ice again

Short-handed Augusta adjusts
The Augusta Lynx defense has three tiers: the healthy, the injured and the forwards impersonating defenders.

Short-handed Augusta adjusts

Williams sells church to board
After a two-year struggle, Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has sold his church to the school board for $230,000, clearing another hurdle in the path of a football stadium in the Laney-Walker neighborhood.

Inquiry of Few ends without prosecution
The investigation of former Augusta fire chief Ronnie Few finally has ended.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings and events

Across Georgia

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Speaker urges students to fulfill King's dream

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Legality of ban is debated in court
ATLANTA - A Fulton County judge heard arguments Friday over the legality of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages that Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved last November.

Augusta officials continue to help

City plans to seize, develop property
Augusta officials laid plans Friday to turn what Commissioner Andy Cheek calls "the armpit of south Augusta" into a model community by legally seizing and developing it with single-family homes.

Lost boy is found in home by teen

Republicans settle into role as majority party

Justice system may see change

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Williams sells church to board

States' officials meet to fix issues

City plans to seize, develop property

Williams sells church to board
After a two-year struggle, Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Marion Williams has sold his church to the school board for $230,000, clearing another hurdle in the path of a football stadium in the Laney-Walker neighborhood.

Avondale works to restart operations

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Gov. Mark Sanford is in Texas through the end of next week, training as a medical evacuation officer in the Air Force Reserve, his office said.

Governor turns suggestion of teacher's son into reality
Burke County High School teacher Beverly Tippens thought a suggestion her son Cliff made to Gov. Sonny Perdue two years ago might just go in one ear and out the other.

Schools set to reopen
GRANITEVILLE - More than 1,000 elementary and middle school pupils who have been on recess since the fatal Norfolk Southern train wreck and chlorine spill Jan. 6 will hit the books again Tuesday, officials announced Friday.

Area will get dose of chilly weather
The calendar might say January, but Pam Tucker's office thermostat has been saying air conditioner.

Cancer project gets its funds
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia received a long-anticipated financial boost for its cancer program in Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget proposal.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The need for more caseworkers in the Division of Family and Children Services means children under the watch of the agency are less protected, according to a report by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Debated book will return to classrooms
A controversial book labeled "filth" by one school board member will be returned to Richmond County classrooms and offered to high school students with parental consent.

Residents want reorganization
ATLANTA - It's been a crazed week for Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta. There was a new legislative session to start, new committee jobs to tackle and a new office to move into.

Across the area

More evacuees are allowed to return home
GRANITEVILLE -- The second phase of the return of evacuees forced from their homes by the deadly wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192 started this morning as officials from Avondale Mills struggled to jump start their chlorine-laced textile mills.

Speaker urges students to fulfill King's dream
Police brutality and racial profiling continue to make unfinished business of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, a speaker said Friday at a tri-college MLK celebration at Augusta State University.

States' officials meet to fix issues
The Savannah River's critical role in wastewater assimilation will become more important as water demands increase in both Georgia and South Carolina, according to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's senior legal counsel.

Augusta officials continue to help
Augusta's emergency responders remained involved with the Graniteville train disaster, even as more than a week passed since the initial incident.

Survey finds varied damage at Avondale
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials struggling to resurrect a chlorine-contaminated textile complex said Thursday that they face a mixture of damage that may keep some plants idled longer while allowing others to open with relative ease.

Cancer project gets its funds

Slow lottery sales may endanger scholarships
ATLANTA - Lottery sales growth has cooled considerably in the past three months, prompting lawmakers to predict cuts to the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship could be coming in the near future.

More evacuees are allowed to return home

State, hospitals enter agreement
MORROW, Ga. - The state has reached a temporary agreement with three large, urban hospitals over Medicaid payments, averting a standoff that some smaller hospitals had said could force them to close.

Arena meeting reviews details

Arena meeting reviews details
Columbia County's newly formed Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee entered the spotlight Thursday night with its first meeting, discussing everything from its mission statement to the particulars of a potential arena in the county.

City plans to seize, develop property
Augusta officials laid plans Friday to turn what Commissioner Andy Cheek calls "the armpit of south Augusta" into a model community by legally seizing and developing it with single-family homes.

More evacuees return to homes
GRANITEVILLE - Hundreds of residents left homeless because of last week's fatal train wreck flooded back into evacuated neighborhoods Thursday, and hundreds more could follow today or Saturday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Justice system may see change
After an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle on the use of senior judges, the state's Superior Court judges, governor and members of the General Assembly are considering changes.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Alaina R. Kemp is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for all three members of a family charged in a 2003 standoff in an Abbeville home that resulted in the deaths of two law enforcement officers.

Republicans settle into role as majority party
ATLANTA - The curtains rose on the 2005 Georgia General Assembly with Republicans relishing their newfound majority power in the House and Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiling a record $17.4 billion state budget proposal.

Across the area
Two men accused of taking part in an armed robbery received probation sentences Thursday after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Gov. Mark Sanford is in Texas through the end of next week, training as a medical evacuation officer in the Air Force Reserve, his office said.

Senator says base closings seem unlikely
ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Thursday that he believes Georgia will make it through an upcoming round of military base closings without losing one of its 13 installations.

Kid of the Day
Kyanna Marie Walker is today's Kid of the Day.

Former curator loved museum
Friends remember a longtime Augusta museum curator as an innovative and creative historian and friend.

Raid uncovers lab
NORTH AUGUSTA - Authorities raided a house in a quiet neighborhood Thursday in what one official said was the largest methamphetamine lab bust in South Carolina in two years.

Debated book will return to classrooms
A controversial book labeled "filth" by one school board member will be returned to Richmond County classrooms and offered to high school students with parental consent.

Raid uncovers lab

Inquiry of Few ends without prosecution

News you can use

Former curator loved museum

Schools set to reopen

Justice system may see change
After an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle on the use of senior judges, the state's Superior Court judges, governor and members of the General Assembly are considering changes.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Residents want reorganization

Schools set to reopen
GRANITEVILLE - More than 1,000 elementary and middle school pupils who have been on recess since the fatal Norfolk Southern train wreck and chlorine spill Jan. 6 will hit the books again Tuesday, officials announced Friday.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Alaina R. Kemp is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

Martin Luther King Jr. Events and Closings

News you can use

Cancer project gets its funds
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia received a long-anticipated financial boost for its cancer program in Gov. Sonny Perdue's budget proposal.

Price of old properties rises

Kid of the Day
Kyanna Marie Walker is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

State, hospitals enter agreement

Raid uncovers lab
NORTH AUGUSTA - Authorities raided a house in a quiet neighborhood Thursday in what one official said was the largest methamphetamine lab bust in South Carolina in two years.

Senator says base closings seem unlikely

Residents want reorganization
ATLANTA - It's been a crazed week for Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta. There was a new legislative session to start, new committee jobs to tackle and a new office to move into.

Survey finds varied damage at Avondale

Augusta agreement is expired
Last week's train wreck in Graniteville prompted Mayor Bob Young to review Augusta's franchise agreement with the railway companies whose trains come through the city, and he learned the contract had expired.

Area will get dose of chilly weather

Survey finds varied damage at Avondale
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials struggling to resurrect a chlorine-contaminated textile complex said Thursday that they face a mixture of damage that may keep some plants idled longer while allowing others to open with relative ease.

Governor turns suggestion of teacher's son into reality

Locals eagerly re-enter homes
GRANITEVILLE - Ray Scott spoke for many in the Graniteville area Thursday. "It's sure good to be home," he uttered upon returning to his Chinaberry Street house for the first time in a week.

Debated book will return to classrooms

State, hospitals enter agreement
MORROW, Ga. - The state has reached a temporary agreement with three large, urban hospitals over Medicaid payments, averting a standoff that some smaller hospitals had said could force them to close.

Slow lottery sales may endanger scholarships

Arena meeting reviews details
Columbia County's newly formed Arena/Entertainment Facility Committee entered the spotlight Thursday night with its first meeting, discussing everything from its mission statement to the particulars of a potential arena in the county.

Republicans settle into role as majority party
ATLANTA - The curtains rose on the 2005 Georgia General Assembly with Republicans relishing their newfound majority power in the House and Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiling a record $17.4 billion state budget proposal.

More evacuees return to homes
GRANITEVILLE - Hundreds of residents left homeless because of last week's fatal train wreck flooded back into evacuated neighborhoods Thursday, and hundreds more could follow today or Saturday.

More evacuees return to homes

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - A law enforcement advocacy group on Friday criticized the Clayton County sheriff's firing of 27 employees on his first day in office.

Inquiry of Few ends without prosecution
The investigation of former Augusta fire chief Ronnie Few finally has ended.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man after his wife told them he stabbed her over an argument about meat Thursday night.

Governor turns suggestion of teacher's son into reality
Burke County High School teacher Beverly Tippens thought a suggestion her son Cliff made to Gov. Sonny Perdue two years ago might just go in one ear and out the other.

Speaker urges students to fulfill King's dream
Police brutality and racial profiling continue to make unfinished business of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, a speaker said Friday at a tri-college MLK celebration at Augusta State University.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings and events
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Avondale works to restart operations
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials expected to truck in three gargantuan portable boilers Friday to replace a chlorine-crippled steam plant and started cleaning contamination from the Gregg Division plant, where two workers were killed by poison gas released in the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Lost boy is found in home by teen
When Sam Giovino arrived at his Martinez home Friday afternoon and found items out of place, he assumed a burglar was inside.

Price of old properties rises
A haggle over the price of two historic buildings the city is trying to acquire in Olde Town could result in a legal battle.

Airport crews watch for ice
Augusta is by no means Buffalo, N.Y., but airport officials still have to contend with occasional winter weather and icy conditions.

Area will get dose of chilly weather
The calendar might say January, but Pam Tucker's office thermostat has been saying air conditioner.

Martin Luther King Jr. Events and Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

State awards 2 schools, teacher
It was a good day for education in the Augusta area. Georgia education officials recognized two schools for excellence and named a Columbia County educator as a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man after his wife told them he stabbed her over an argument about meat Thursday night.

Area will keep its status as historic
Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation commissioners voted Thursday to spare the local historic district designation of the Bethlehem neighborhood in hopes of preserving the area's historic value and removing neighborhood blight.

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - A law enforcement advocacy group on Friday criticized the Clayton County sheriff's firing of 27 employees on his first day in office.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The need for more caseworkers in the Division of Family and Children Services means children under the watch of the agency are less protected, according to a report by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Augusta officials continue to help
Augusta's emergency responders remained involved with the Graniteville train disaster, even as more than a week passed since the initial incident.

States' officials meet to fix issues
The Savannah River's critical role in wastewater assimilation will become more important as water demands increase in both Georgia and South Carolina, according to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's senior legal counsel.

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Slow lottery sales may endanger scholarships
ATLANTA - Lottery sales growth has cooled considerably in the past three months, prompting lawmakers to predict cuts to the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship could be coming in the near future.

Lost boy is found in home by teen
When Sam Giovino arrived at his Martinez home Friday afternoon and found items out of place, he assumed a burglar was inside.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for all three members of a family charged in a 2003 standoff in an Abbeville home that resulted in the deaths of two law enforcement officers.

Avondale works to restart operations
GRANITEVILLE - Avondale Mills officials expected to truck in three gargantuan portable boilers Friday to replace a chlorine-crippled steam plant and started cleaning contamination from the Gregg Division plant, where two workers were killed by poison gas released in the wreck of Norfolk Southern Train 192.

Across the area
Two men accused of taking part in an armed robbery received probation sentences Thursday after pleading guilty to reduced charges.

Martin Luther King Jr. Events and Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Senator says base closings seem unlikely
ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Thursday that he believes Georgia will make it through an upcoming round of military base closings without losing one of its 13 installations.

Price of old properties rises
A haggle over the price of two historic buildings the city is trying to acquire in Olde Town could result in a legal battle.

Former curator loved museum
Friends remember a longtime Augusta museum curator as an innovative and creative historian and friend.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings and events
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Golden Globes are influential despite small voter base
LOS ANGELES - The Golden Globes are the Hollywood awards equivalent of that phrase "famous for being famous" applied to celebrities known more for just being there than doing anything notable.

Golden Globes are influential despite small voter base

Golden Globes are influential despite small voter base
LOS ANGELES - The Golden Globes are the Hollywood awards equivalent of that phrase "famous for being famous" applied to celebrities known more for just being there than doing anything notable.

Keys to sing 'American the Beautiful' at Super Bowl

Keys to sing 'American the Beautiful' at Super Bowl
NEW YORK - Alicia Keys will sing "America the Beautiful" prior to this year's Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

Keys to sing 'American the Beautiful' at Super Bowl
NEW YORK - Alicia Keys will sing "America the Beautiful" prior to this year's Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

NASCAR: Newman ready to contend for title
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ryan Newman knows he needs to be more consistent to win his first NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.

Bryant to miss at least 5 games
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant will miss at least five games with a severely sprained right ankle, but the Los Angeles Lakers said won't know exactly how long he'll be out for another 72 hours.

Bryant to miss at least 5 games

Bryant to miss at least 5 games
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant will miss at least five games with a severely sprained right ankle, but the Los Angeles Lakers said won't know exactly how long he'll be out for another 72 hours.

Class in session: ACC's best meet
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Raymond Felton vs. Chris Paul. Rashad McCants vs. Justin Gray. Sean May vs. Eric Williams.

Telfer leads by example for Jaguars
The five tattoos lining Karim Telfer's body are the windows to his heart.

Guard's hot hand leading Armstrong Atlantic State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Duke tops N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. - Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 5 Duke beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Thursday night.

Guard's hot hand leading Armstrong Atlantic State
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Telfer leads by example for Jaguars
The five tattoos lining Karim Telfer's body are the windows to his heart.

Duke tops N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. - Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 5 Duke beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Thursday night.

Vick isn't Rams' only concern

Moss fined $10,000 for fake mooning

Blank's an owner on a mission

Mr. Lenzie Williams, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd L. Lowe    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Gartrell    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Ms. Lucille Wright    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine Flanagan Bowen    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Mathis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Tony DeLoach    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Delmar D. Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur W. Birdsey    (LINCONTON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Birdsey    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Billingsley Leach    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Landon "Buddy" Norman, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Dr. Daniel M. Samonsky, Jr. M.D.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Ron Stark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geraldine P. Parnell    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Judson Juanita Marshall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Ruth Gill White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Dr. Gerardo H. Guzman    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Mathis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton    (SARASOTA, Fla.)

Mrs. Willa Mae Lofton Bing    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Carnell Hicks    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Floyd L. Lowe    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Theodosia Hampton    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maggie Adams    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Bacchus Hammonds    (HOMESTEAD, Fla.)
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Mr. Delmar D. Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur W. Birdsey    (LINCONTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Wells, Jr.    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
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Mr. Scott Barron    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys B. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Laura Ann Moody    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Louise Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margie Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Phyllis Jean Fry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maggie Adams    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Harwell    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Naomi Abraham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Landon "Buddy" Norman, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Billingsley Leach    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Wells, Jr.    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Gartrell    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Mathis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tony DeLoach    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. John Henry Harden, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine Flanagan Bowen    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Manchester Brooks, Sr.    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mother Betty Hall    (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)
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Mrs. Georgia Atlee Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph W. Graves    (WARWICK, R.I.)
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Mr. William W. Sheehan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessey C. Freshour    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Miss Christy Evette Collins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Naomi Abraham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. W. Donald Andrews    (BALDWIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Wright    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Crew    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie B. Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. James Carnell Hicks    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Shirley J. Whitmore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Lonnie Busby    (OIL TROUGH, Ark)
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Mrs. Ruby Swint Cummings    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Manchester Brooks, Sr.    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton    (SARASOTA, Fla.)
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Mr. Michael J. Blackwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geraldine W. Parnell    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Birdsey    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Mae Moore    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Linda Bass Kalbskopf    (GIRARD, Ga.)
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Mr. Bruce M. Lawrence    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia Atlee Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William F. Jones    (Retired Painter Augusta, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willa Mae Lofton Bing    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Pastor Dexter A. Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Bacchus Hammonds    (HOMESTEAD, Fla.)

Mother Betty Hall    (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Theodosia Hampton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine P. Parnell    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jackie Hightower    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Ruth Gill White    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Theodosia Hampton    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Dr. Daniel M. Samonsky, Jr. M.D.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. John Henry Harden, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton    (SARASOTA, Fla.)

Mrs. Lucille Wright    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Ron Stark    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie B. Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Louise Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Swint Cummings    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William F. Jones    (Retired Painter Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine W. Parnell    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Pastor Dexter A. Hill    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Mae Moore    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Dr. Gerardo H. Guzman    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Adams    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Roosevelt Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary C. Ashley    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Theodosia Hampton    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessey C. Freshour    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley J. Whitmore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Naomi Abraham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lucille Wright    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Crew    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Stone    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Rev. Lonnie Busby    (OIL TROUGH, Ark)

Mr. James Stone    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael J. Blackwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Adams    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda Bass Kalbskopf    (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Stevenson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary C. Ashley    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton    (SARASOTA, Fla.)
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Mr. Isaac Stevenson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ron Stark    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Tutt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley J. Whitmore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Asa J. Bentley    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mr. Johnnie Tutt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Billingsley Leach (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Gerardo H. Guzman (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Swint Cummings (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lucille Wright (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine W. Parnell (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mr. Manchester Brooks, Sr. (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton (SARASOTA, Fla.)

Mr. Michael Mathis (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Abraham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Crew (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Landon "Buddy" Norman, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Dr. Daniel M. Samonsky, Jr. M.D. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie B. Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Tutt, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theodosia Hampton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Gill White (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. William F. Jones (Retired Painter Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Atlee Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Delmar D. Wilson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Carnell Hicks (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. John Henry Harden, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Louise Chambers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jessey C. Freshour (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Theodosia Hampton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary C. Ashley (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ron Stark ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Lonnie Busby (OIL TROUGH, Ark)

Mother Betty Hall (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd L. Lowe (BATH, S.C.)

Pastor Dexter A. Hill (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce H. Stapleton (SARASOTA, Fla.)

Mrs. Lucille Wright (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Adams (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Willa Mae Lofton Bing (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie Adams (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorraine Flanagan Bowen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Bass Kalbskopf (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Wells, Jr. (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine P. Parnell (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mr. Michael J. Blackwood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Stone (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Mae Moore (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Shirley J. Whitmore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Birdsey (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Isaac Stevenson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bacchus Hammonds (HOMESTEAD, Fla.)

Mr. Tony DeLoach (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur W. Birdsey (LINCONTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Gartrell (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Overtime

History made by duo at U.S. championships

Overtime

Ring of proof

History made by duo at U.S. championships
PORTLAND, Ore. - Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto put on quite a show. Then the judges returned the favor.

Overtime
Mike McCoy's eagle on the par-4 second hole carried his team to victory in the Southern International Four-Ball Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Overtime
Kim Hudson, who led South Carolina to 226 victories in 12 seasons, announced her resignation Thursday.

Ring of proof
Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black gives Kristen Glover a hug as she is presented her state championship ring during a pep rally on Friday in Evans.

Ring of proof
Greenbrier High School softball coach Garrett Black gives Kristen Glover a hug as she is presented her state championship ring during a pep rally on Friday in Evans.

Overtime
Mike McCoy's eagle on the par-4 second hole carried his team to victory in the Southern International Four-Ball Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla.

History made by duo at U.S. championships
PORTLAND, Ore. - Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto put on quite a show. Then the judges returned the favor.

Overtime
Kim Hudson, who led South Carolina to 226 victories in 12 seasons, announced her resignation Thursday.

Greenbrier pulls off upset of Baldwin
Casey Dees knew his team would have to play a perfect game to beat No. 7 Baldwin on Friday night. Greenbrier did just that.

Brantley in good company after win
Josey's Lynn Brantley stepped into some rarefied air last week with her 700th career victory, which came against Morgan County. After 36 seasons, her life's work is stacking up nicely beside other notable high school basketball coaches.

Record is fine, but Rebels want that elusive title
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton worries about the way the following comes across to most.

Greenbrier pulls off upset of Baldwin
Casey Dees knew his team would have to play a perfect game to beat No. 7 Baldwin on Friday night. Greenbrier did just that.

Prep Basketball Scores
These are the scores for local highschool girls and boys basketball teams:

Record is fine, but Rebels want that elusive title
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton worries about the way the following comes across to most.

Brantley in good company after win
Josey's Lynn Brantley stepped into some rarefied air last week with her 700th career victory, which came against Morgan County. After 36 seasons, her life's work is stacking up nicely beside other notable high school basketball coaches.

Prep Basketball Scores
These are the scores for local highschool girls and boys basketball teams:

Moss fined $10,000 for fake mooning
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Randy Moss trudged out to his truck in the subzero cold, with a huge, black hooded sweat shirt covering almost his entire face. All that was showing was a carefree smile.

Vick isn't Rams' only concern
ATLANTA - For all the talk that St. Louis is obsessed with stopping Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in tonight's second-round NFC playoff game, the Rams will be just as concerned about Rod Coleman.

Blank's an owner on a mission
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons owner Arthur Blank met Thursday with Gov. Sonny Perdue to gauge what steps Georgia and Atlanta should take next in their pursuit of the 2009 Super Bowl.

Blank's an owner on a mission
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Falcons owner Arthur Blank met Thursday with Gov. Sonny Perdue to gauge what steps Georgia and Atlanta should take next in their pursuit of the 2009 Super Bowl.

Moss fined $10,000 for fake mooning
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Randy Moss trudged out to his truck in the subzero cold, with a huge, black hooded sweat shirt covering almost his entire face. All that was showing was a carefree smile.

Vick isn't Rams' only concern
ATLANTA - For all the talk that St. Louis is obsessed with stopping Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in tonight's second-round NFC playoff game, the Rams will be just as concerned about Rod Coleman.

Faith digest
A community wide prayer service for tsunami victims and relief workers will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road. Co-sponsors include Mosaic and The Quest United Methodist churches. Call 650-9187.

Seminar will address gratitud
When it comes to benefits, the servants of God have a package of their own.

Seminar will address gratitud
When it comes to benefits, the servants of God have a package of their own.

Pro-life activist says more solutions needed
When David Bereit's running attack to keep Planned Parenthood from opening a clinic in his hometown of Bryan, Texas, failed six years ago, it spurred him to new action, a strategy he calls "peaceful but firm activism."

Faith has helped retiring minister to persevere and thrive
Thirty-five years ago Jerry Matthews was a minister of music in a small Alabama town when he got word that a college friend had recommended him for another job.

Faith digest
A community wide prayer service for tsunami victims and relief workers will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road. Co-sponsors include Mosaic and The Quest United Methodist churches. Call 650-9187.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Pro-life activist says more solutions needed
When David Bereit's running attack to keep Planned Parenthood from opening a clinic in his hometown of Bryan, Texas, failed six years ago, it spurred him to new action, a strategy he calls "peaceful but firm activism."

'The Simple Life' filming moved from country to city
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - After getting the cold shoulder in a rural New Jersey town, Paris Hilton and her reality show are headed for the city.

CBS reveals identities of 'Survivor: Palau' castaways
NEW YORK - The island is about to get a little more crowded.

'American Idol' gives the guys a break in season 4

'American Idol' gives the guys a break in season 4
LOS ANGELES - "American Idol" turned into the battle of the divas last season. This year, male contestants are getting a little help.

'A Current Affair' to return to television
NEW YORK - The flying "A Current Affair" triangle logo and distinctive theme are careening back to television.

'American Idol' gives the guys a break in season 4
LOS ANGELES - "American Idol" turned into the battle of the divas last season. This year, male contestants are getting a little help.

CBS reveals identities of 'Survivor: Palau' castaways
NEW YORK - The island is about to get a little more crowded.

CBS reveals identities of 'Survivor: Palau' castaways

'A Current Affair' to return to television

'A Current Affair' to return to television
NEW YORK - The flying "A Current Affair" triangle logo and distinctive theme are careening back to television.

Art mirrors high school experience

Dick Clark still hospitalized nearly six weeks after stroke

People in the News

Lou Rawls becomes father again at 69

Miami transfer to pitch for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's try for a fourth straight College World Series got a boost Thursday with the addition of former Miami pitcher Shawn Valdes-Fauli to this year's roster.

Odds and Ends

Pair arrested for telling lawyer jokes at courthouse

Career day speaker tells middle schoolers about stripping

Pro-life activist says more solutions needed

Faith Calendar

Seminar will address gratitud

Faith digest