Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope
WARSAW, Poland - The former communist-era government spokesman was convicted and fined $6,500 Tuesday for insulting Polish-born Pope John Paul II in a satirical weekly.

Odds and Ends
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Show-Me State lawmaker wants a sin tax - on those who show too much.

Odds and Ends
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Show-Me State lawmaker wants a sin tax - on those who show too much.

Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope
WARSAW, Poland - The former communist-era government spokesman was convicted and fined $6,500 Tuesday for insulting Polish-born Pope John Paul II in a satirical weekly.

BellSouth reports 4th-quarter gain
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp., the regional phone giant that provides service in the Southeast, reported that its earnings climbed 87 percent in the fourth quarter because of a big gain on the sale of its Latin American business.

Bank earns less in 2004
Had mortgage rates not hit 40-year lows in 2003, 2004 might have been a record year for First Bank of Georgia's holding company.

Norfolk reports record year
NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Southern Corp. on Wednesday reported record profits for the fourth quarter- beating Wall Street estimates - and the year as it benefited from an improving economy that sent a flood of merchandise, coal and other products onto the nation's rail system.

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins
NEW YORK - Former WorldCom Inc. chief Bernard Ebbers orchestrated an $11 billion accounting fraud and then told "lie after lie after lie" about the telecommunications giant's crumbling finances to protect its stock price and his own personal fortune, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements at Ebbers' trial.

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins
NEW YORK - Former WorldCom Inc. chief Bernard Ebbers orchestrated an $11 billion accounting fraud and then told "lie after lie after lie" about the telecommunications giant's crumbling finances to protect its stock price and his own personal fortune, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements at Ebbers' trial.

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy
State university-system schools pumped nearly $950 million into the Augusta economy during the past fiscal year, a recent study states.

Bank earns less in 2004

EarthLink wins agreement to end spam
ATLANTA - Two members of an alleged spamming ring paid Earthlink an undisclosed amount to settle a lawsuit, agreeing also to stop sending unsolicited e-mail, the Internet service provider said Tuesday.

Norfolk reports record year

Earnings, oil prices extend stock gains
NEW YORK - Stocks managed to continue their gains in a second session Wednesday as a bright outlook from Oracle and better-than-expected results from chipmaker Texas Instruments lifted the technology sector.

Same songs, new style
Joe Kristosik can sit at his home computer in Jackson and see what's playing on the jukebox he owns at a crosstown bar miles away.

Work on Marshall Square is on track
Designing has begun, and the grave sites soon will be moved.

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins

Business briefs

Earnings, oil prices extend stock gains

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy

Same songs, new style

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica
NEW YORK - Six years ago, Larry Clopper was a Web marketing consultant who had written two books he couldn't get published. One of his clients, Willem Meiners, owned a publishing company called Erica House, the kind of place frustrated authors often turn to. It was a vanity press - a business that makes authors pay to be published.

Earnings, oil prices extend stock gains
NEW YORK - Stocks managed to continue their gains in a second session Wednesday as a bright outlook from Oracle and better-than-expected results from chipmaker Texas Instruments lifted the technology sector.

Business briefs
Augusta State Univeristy will play host to two career expos next month.

Norfolk reports record year
NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Southern Corp. on Wednesday reported record profits for the fourth quarter- beating Wall Street estimates - and the year as it benefited from an improving economy that sent a flood of merchandise, coal and other products onto the nation's rail system.

Business briefs
Augusta State Univeristy will play host to two career expos next month.

Bank earns less in 2004
Had mortgage rates not hit 40-year lows in 2003, 2004 might have been a record year for First Bank of Georgia's holding company.

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica
NEW YORK - Six years ago, Larry Clopper was a Web marketing consultant who had written two books he couldn't get published. One of his clients, Willem Meiners, owned a publishing company called Erica House, the kind of place frustrated authors often turn to. It was a vanity press - a business that makes authors pay to be published.

Same songs, new style
Joe Kristosik can sit at his home computer in Jackson and see what's playing on the jukebox he owns at a crosstown bar miles away.

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy
State university-system schools pumped nearly $950 million into the Augusta economy during the past fiscal year, a recent study states.

Kodak's digital pursuit pays off
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., which turned picture-taking into a mass-market pastime a century ago, is quickly making up for a sluggish start in filmless photography in the 21st century.

Earnings reports help calm investor worries
NEW YORK - A raft of strong earnings reports buoyed investors' lagging confidence and sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average turning in its best showing of the year.

Clemson coordinators to make $175,000 per year
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's new offensive and defensive coordinators will be paid $175,000 during each year of their two-year contracts.

Hall of Fame building nears reality

Curbing truancy
Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan must have shocked a lot of parents last November when he sentenced several juveniles to 60 days in the youth detention center for fighting and disrupting schools in Richmond County.

It's not a PlayStation!
You may not want your child playing a video game called Grand Theft Auto. Or one of the many excessively bloody and violent games on the market.

A vision of freedom

A vision of freedom
It's not often we lament the passing of a communist leader, but Zhao Ziyang is the exception that proves the rule. In fact, one wonders if he was a communist at all, even though he was a protege of Deng Xiaoping, and was, for a while, the official head of China's all-powerful Communist Party.

Curbing truancy

Curbing truancy
Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan must have shocked a lot of parents last November when he sentenced several juveniles to 60 days in the youth detention center for fighting and disrupting schools in Richmond County.

A vision of freedom
It's not often we lament the passing of a communist leader, but Zhao Ziyang is the exception that proves the rule. In fact, one wonders if he was a communist at all, even though he was a protege of Deng Xiaoping, and was, for a while, the official head of China's all-powerful Communist Party.

Don't let it happen to you
The Terri Schiavo case looks to be nearly over. It looks as if everybody lost.

Courage in Iran
Shirin Ebadi's courageous stance on behalf of freedom - and against Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Court - earned her a Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, the first Muslim woman to be so honored.

Cast member learns the laugh is the thing
For Second City cast member Lori McClain, performing with the ensemble has been a master class in the art of the funny.

How SCTV changed the character of comedy
When a collection of improv-minded actors took the stage as The Second City on Dec. 16, 1959, their intention wasn't to change the face of comedy.

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

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser
PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors say they want to interview Bill Cosby after meeting with a former Temple University employee who alleges the comedian fondled her in his suburban Philadelphia home.

People in the News
SYDNEY, Australia - Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has asked a court to issue a restraining order against two Sydney photographers, their lawyer said Wednesday.

People in the News
PARK CITY, Utah - Celebrity photographer-filmmaker David LaChapelle was arrested during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival after a run-in with police.

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

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home
SYDNEY, Australia - Detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that was allegedly planted outside Nicole Kidman's Sydney mansion, police said.

People in the News
SYDNEY, Australia - Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has asked a court to issue a restraining order against two Sydney photographers, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser
PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors say they want to interview Bill Cosby after meeting with a former Temple University employee who alleges the comedian fondled her in his suburban Philadelphia home.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area bars:

People in the News
PARK CITY, Utah - Celebrity photographer-filmmaker David LaChapelle was arrested during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival after a run-in with police.

How SCTV changed the character of comedy
When a collection of improv-minded actors took the stage as The Second City on Dec. 16, 1959, their intention wasn't to change the face of comedy.

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home
SYDNEY, Australia - Detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that was allegedly planted outside Nicole Kidman's Sydney mansion, police said.

'SmackDown!' pins Backyard Wrestling 2'
Two new video games add more than fists to a brawler's arsenal. Barbed-wire clubs, tag teams and trash cans, anyone?

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

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

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

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Gretzky game not as good as Great One
Wayne Gretzky was known as The Great One, so it stands to reason that his hockey game would be, er, pretty good.

Cast member learns the laugh is the thing
For Second City cast member Lori McClain, performing with the ensemble has been a master class in the art of the funny.

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

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Gretzky game not as good as Great One
Wayne Gretzky was known as The Great One, so it stands to reason that his hockey game would be, er, pretty good.

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza

Will Georgia become a banana republic?
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia is famous for peaches, peanuts and sweet Vidalia onions.

Grubbin': Poblano's replaces Twisted Chicken
It took all of a month for the restaurant at 633 N. Belair Road to reopen. Twisted Chicken Cafe, which opened in February 2004 and closed eight months later, has been replaced by Poblano's Mexican Grill.

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza
A homemade pizza dressed up with Italian ham and Parmesan cheese is easily and quickly put together - but even if it's just as quickly eaten up, those who sample it will have time to register its good taste, and won't soon forget it.

Will Georgia become a banana republic?

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken
Here's a welcome variation on a familiar theme: Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts made with a recipe whose crispy vitamin-rich coating would work just as well for shrimp or baked sea-bass fillets.

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight
CONCORD, N.H. - My cooking rarely has time for the esoteric. Granted, my idea of run-of-the-mill meals tend to the international and my spice collection does run in the 100-plus range. Even so, I rarely have time to chase hard-to-find ingredients or master foreign techniques.

What's For Lunch: Bagel Factory
SIGNATURE DISH: The Contractor (turkey breast with tomato and mayonnaise, mustard or honey mustard served on bagel or dark squaw bread), $3.95

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza
A homemade pizza dressed up with Italian ham and Parmesan cheese is easily and quickly put together - but even if it's just as quickly eaten up, those who sample it will have time to register its good taste, and won't soon forget it.

Will Georgia become a banana republic?
ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia is famous for peaches, peanuts and sweet Vidalia onions.

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken
Here's a welcome variation on a familiar theme: Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts made with a recipe whose crispy vitamin-rich coating would work just as well for shrimp or baked sea-bass fillets.

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight
CONCORD, N.H. - My cooking rarely has time for the esoteric. Granted, my idea of run-of-the-mill meals tend to the international and my spice collection does run in the 100-plus range. Even so, I rarely have time to chase hard-to-find ingredients or master foreign techniques.

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight

Getz wins Amateur 4-year-old

Graves, mare on a roll at Futurity
Robert Graves dismounted and let out a "Whew!"

Graves, mare on a roll at Futurity
Robert Graves dismounted and let out a "Whew!"

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter
Robert Graves lives 2 hours away from Augusta, but considers it home - at least during the Augusta Futurity.

Graves, mare on a roll at Futurity

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter
Robert Graves lives 2 hours away from Augusta, but considers it home - at least during the Augusta Futurity.

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter

Getz wins Amateur 4-year-old
Rob Getz knew something was up when it took about 30 minutes for results to become official.

Getz wins Amateur 4-year-old
Rob Getz knew something was up when it took about 30 minutes for results to become official.

Upcoming Events in Golf
A list of upcoming tournaments:

Upcoming Events in Golf

Waldorf in crowd atop Hope leaderboard
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Duffy Waldorf rolled in eight birdie putts, didn't make a bogey and still had lots of company atop the leaderboard.

Waldorf in crowd atop Hope leaderboard

Waldorf in crowd atop Hope leaderboard
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Duffy Waldorf rolled in eight birdie putts, didn't make a bogey and still had lots of company atop the leaderboard.

Woods lays groundwork for foundation
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The driving range where Tiger Woods warmed up before playing 9-hole matches in high school is now a pad of dirt, the start of something he believes will be more significant than his career Grand Slam.

Upcoming Events in Golf
A list of upcoming tournaments:

Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride

Prep basketball scores

Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are taking another shot at saving the hockey season, which seemingly has been on the brink of cancellation for weeks.

NHL labor talks conclude
There is no secret that time is running out to save the hockey season. How the NHL and the players' association are working to prevent that has become a very big mystery.

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are taking another shot at saving the hockey season, which seemingly has been on the brink of cancellation for weeks.

Go Italian with pasta-marinara dish
Pasta topped with sauce from a jar can be a quick answer to the dinner dilemma for busy families. With just a few minutes more in the kitchen, however, you can create an over-the-top pasta entree that's full of flavor with my Shells Arrabbiata.

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming

We prayed for, wept with woman
President Bush spent much of his inaugural address focusing on freedom in the United States, and his hope for freedom to spread to countries where it has been restricted. Jim Irish, North Augusta, S.C.

Readers sniffs socialism in editorial
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial, "Cult of selfishness": The writer puts forth the myth that older people are obligated to pay for an attempt to educate the uneducable. James Roscoe Waid, Appling

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming
I saw the interviewEmily Pantelides, WJBF-TV reporter, attempted toconduct with former reporter and Richmond County schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan about the lack of heat in several schools. Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

U.S. policy needs more brains, heart

The elderly are far from selfish
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial "Cult of selfishness": First, it was a mean-spirited slap at older Americans. Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

Terrorists, not president, are evil

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming
I saw the interviewEmily Pantelides, WJBF-TV reporter, attempted toconduct with former reporter and Richmond County schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan about the lack of heat in several schools.Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

U.S. policy needs more brains, heart
George Bernard Shaw observed, "Anyone under 40 who isn't a liberal, has no heart. Anyone over 40 who isn't a conservative has no brains."Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Social Security must be fixed now
Politicians know if they diverge from Social Security they will be committing political suicide. Carl. W. Rafoth, Augusta

Terrorists, not president, are evil
Anne Cook's venomous Jan. 4 letter, "President's war agenda is evil," stands out not only for the pure hatred she spews, but for factual inaccuracies as well. Don Christian, Hephzibah

U.S. policy needs more brains, heart
George Bernard Shaw observed, "Anyone under 40 who isn't a liberal, has no heart. Anyone over 40 who isn't a conservative has no brains."Tom Zwemer, Augusta

We prayed for, wept with woman

Protesters right; we're occupiers
I am proud that I protested Vietnam. It was the tens of thousands of protesters who finally allowed us to escape the tragedy of Vietnam, and in so doing saved thousands of U.S. lives. Harold Szerlip, Martinez

The elderly are far from selfish

We prayed for, wept with woman
President Bush spent much of his inaugural address focusing on freedom in the United States, and his hope for freedom to spread to countries where it has been restricted. Jim Irish, North Augusta, S.C.

Come pray for an end to abortions
A west Augusta abortion clinic, doing business as "A Preferred Health Center," is a two-story, red-brick colonial between professional buildings near the southeast corner of Davis and Pleasant Home roads. Gene Binet, Martinez

Democrats are not really sore losers
I was very glad to read your recent editorials concerning the "Democratic losers," and how terrible they are.Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Terrorists, not president, are evil
Anne Cook's venomous Jan. 4 letter, "President's war agenda is evil," stands out not only for the pure hatred she spews, but for factual inaccuracies as well. Don Christian, Hephzibah

The elderly are far from selfish
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial "Cult of selfishness": First, it was a mean-spirited slap at older Americans. Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

Chlorine factories a big source of mercury pollution
Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year - a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday.

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo
The news came smack dab in the middle of one of the Augusta Lynx's busiest stretches of the season. Forward Ken Magowan and broadcaster Tom Callahan would represent the Lynx in the ECHL All-Star Game tonight in Reading, Pa.

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo
The news came smack dab in the middle of one of the Augusta Lynx's busiest stretches of the season. Forward Ken Magowan and broadcaster Tom Callahan would represent the Lynx in the ECHL All-Star Game tonight in Reading, Pa.

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward
For the second time in less than two weeks, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia has traded away one of his forwards.

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward
For the second time in less than two weeks, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia has traded away one of his forwards.

Judge opened doors at UGA
The "judicial trailblazer" who delivered the ruling to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961 died at his home in Macon, Ga., on Tuesday morning.

Wooded lots increase fire risk

Seminar tells parents how to keep babies safe
The Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center held a special party Saturday morning. The 30 partygoers had one thing in common: They were either pregnant or recently had given birth.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Former Democratic state Sen. Carol Jackson of Cleveland announced her candidacy Wednesday for the Secretary of State's office in 2006, saying that if she wins she will work to see that elections for the state's top elections job are nonpartisan.

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort
NEW ELLENTON - Emergency decision-makers dealing with the Graniteville train disaster relied on the sophisticated forecasting expertise of meteorologists based at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Sheriff's worker accused in theft
AIKEN - An employee of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday and charged with pocketing money from the county detention center that he was supposed to deposit in the bank.

Across the area

Across the area
For the second time in as many weeks, a gas leak forced the closure of a Columbia County road.

Old inkwell desks are for sale
Winslow Whitehurst might have the coolest play schoolroom in her neighborhood.

Milestones
Tommy Meador, a 1996 graduate of Hephzibah High and son of Tom and Patti Meador, has graduated with a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Across the region
JONESBORO, GA. - Two more employees of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Victor Hill, saying he discriminated against white employees when filling senior positions.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Molestation indictments charge 3
A Richmond County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against three people accused in separate incidents of child molestation.

Prefect program makes leaders of students for school
What if student government wasn't a popularity contest? What if students who wanted to be leaders were judged by their experience and how well they could defend their goals?

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - People would have more freedom to transfer prescriptions under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

Restaurant ratings

Leaders discuss city air quality
Cities that fail federal Clean Air Act standards face greater challenges in attracting jobs and industry, Augusta Mayor Bob Young told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

Challenge Week places kids, mentors in events

Group meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Doctor is happy in small towns

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Correction

News you can use

Judge opened doors at UGA
The "judicial trailblazer" who delivered the ruling to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961 died at his home in Macon, Ga., on Tuesday morning.

Prefect program makes leaders of students for school

Company settles with families of three victims
Attorneys for the families of three men killed in a 2001 explosion at a plant in Augusta announced Tuesday that they reached a settlement with a company sued for liability in the men's deaths.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Tax cut may lure retirees to state
AIKEN - When promoting his plan to cut South Carolina's income tax, Gov. Mark Sanford has consistently said that doing so would help small businesses grow.

Events

Reactor builders have site on radar
AIKEN - Savannah River Site could be one of two locations selected by a partnership of energy companies testing the regulatory waters for America's next generation of commercial nuclear power plants, a top atomic power booster said Tuesday.

Old inkwell desks are for sale

Stuff to do

Places to visit

Meetings
MEETING AND BANQUET: 6-9 p.m. Thursday; North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive; Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's banquet and meeting, with keynote speaker Darla Moore; $35; 279-2323

Richmond County school menu

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Milestones

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Meetings

On the record
Richmond County court sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage and divorce records.

Pet of the week

Judge opened doors at UGA

Group meetings

Across the region

Her job is to make general, post look good

DFCS director vows to improve division

Across Georgia

Correction
A photo caption in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Former U.S. attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. was looking at a picture of his father with former South Carolina governors and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

Post Happenings

Panel discusses education hurdles
Ways to minimize what's often characterized as a general distrust between blacks and whites was the topic of discussion at a community forum at Paine College on Tuesday night.

Leaders discuss city air quality

DFCS director vows to improve division
The new director of the Richmond County Division of Family and Children Services is vowing to improve service and open the beleaguered office to the community.

Residents are invited to set county's goals

Authority will write off debts
The Augusta-Richmond Coun-ty Coliseum Authority agreed Tuesday to write off nearly $12,000 in bad debt.

Parties raise money for symphony

Board discusses early release plan
Dismissing rumors that the Columbia County School Board intended to vote on an early release plan for elementary schools, Superintendent Tommy Price stressed at a Tuesday school board meeting that the plan was only being examined.

Kid of the Day

Panel discusses education hurdles
Ways to minimize what's often characterized as a general distrust between blacks and whites was the topic of discussion at a community forum at Paine College on Tuesday night.

Rail cars to get reflective tape

City will buy sewer system
AIKEN - After years of waiting for a private sewage company to stop wastewater contaminants from trickling into ponds near their Aiken neighborhoods, dozens of homeowners, including Paige Rabon, turned to the city for help.

Pupils say substitute threatened them

Company settles with families of three victims
Attorneys for the families of three men killed in a 2001 explosion at a plant in Augusta announced Tuesday that they reached a settlement with a company sued for liability in the men's deaths.

Seminar tells parents how to keep babies safe

Police search area for woman
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Candles, family, friends, even the balloons were there, but it wasn't the birthday celebration Cindy Lynch's mother wanted.

Children advance in contest for scholarship bonds

Rail cars to get reflective tape
It might not have helped prevent the deadly Jan. 6 train crash in Graniteville, but a new safety requirement of the Federal Railroad Administration is employing glow-in-the-dark tape to reduce the number of train-car collisions at crossings.

Challenge Week places kids, mentors in events
In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Augusta Boys and Girls Club has been holding a series of mentor sessions, field trips and other activities that will culminate with Challenge Week, beginning Monday.

On the record

Events
STARS ACROSS GEORGIA: Ms. Wheelchair Georgia Program, April 7-10, Columbus, Ga.; for eligibility, you must: use wheelchair for community mobility, have good speaking skills, be between 21-60, U.S. citizen and resident of Georgia for at least six months; (706) 225-3632 or e-mail gmckoon@columbusga.org

This week
PASTA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m. Friday; Church of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Patrick's Hall, 811 Telfair St.; Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, tossed salad, rolls, tea; $6.50 adults, $3.50 children; dine in or take out; 738-3036

Her job is to make general, post look good
As Maj. Gen. Janet A. Hicks, Fort Gordon's commanding general, greeted a delegation from Uzbekistan, Paulette Arrington stood outside the door of the conference room and watched.

Pupils say substitute threatened them
A class of sixth-graders at Murphey Middle School accused their substitute teacher Wednesday of threatening to kill them with a gun if they didn't behave, Richmond County authorities said.

Pet of the week
Barney, a 3-year-old male black chow mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Residents are invited to set county's goals
AIKEN - A resident-driven strategic-planning process aimed at setting goals for Aiken County starts Monday.

Doctor is happy in small towns
Physicians like it. Patients like it. The Department of Family and Children's Services likes it. And Dr. John C. Whitley III likes it.

Kid of the Day
Keiri Elise Mackie is today's Kid of the Day.

Parties raise money for symphony
On Saturday, a party was held at the Lamar Penthouse, kicking off another year of parties to raise money for the Augusta Symphony.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Children advance in contest for scholarship bonds
Patrons of the Wrangler Family Fun Fest took a few minutes away from lassoing a fake steer and having their photos made with a longhorn Saturday to listen as 16 9-to 12-year-olds advanced to the next round of the Make Kids Count Contest.

Across the area
For the second time in as many weeks, a gas leak forced the closure of a Columbia County road.

Fisher Houses aid families of injured military
When she visited service members and their families the past year, one thing has stood out in the mind of Audrey Fisher.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Former Democratic state Sen. Carol Jackson of Cleveland announced her candidacy Wednesday for the Secretary of State's office in 2006, saying that if she wins she will work to see that elections for the state's top elections job are nonpartisan.

Stuff to do
The Storyland Theatre will present Beauty and the Beast at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. today and Friday at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Reservations are required. Tickets are $3.50 per pupil. A family matinee will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $4 for the matinee, and reservations are not required. Children are allowed to meet the actors after the Saturday performance. For reservations, call 736-3455.

Thomson High selected to show teleconference
THOMSON - Three McDuffie County schools are playing a major role in today's Community Conversation about Excellence in Education held by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Aquinas students enjoy spiritual retreat
Aquinas High School freshmen and sophomores recently swapped a day with teachers for a day with the Lord.

Pupils say substitute threatened them
A class of sixth-graders at Murphey Middle School accused their substitute teacher Wednesday of threatening to kill them with a gun if they didn't behave, Richmond County authorities said.

Places to visit
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENSSUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

On the record
Richmond County court sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage and divorce records.

Golden Harvest celebrates milestone
Golden Harvest Food Bank has millions of reasons to celebrate.

Milestones
Tommy Meador, a 1996 graduate of Hephzibah High and son of Tom and Patti Meador, has graduated with a master of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Richmond County school menu
This week's school school menu.

News you can use

Railroad wants damaged cars kept
COLUMBIA - Norfolk Southern has filed a lawsuit asking 10 companies to preserve the railroad cars and other evidence in the train derailment and chlorine gas leak that caused nine deaths earlier this month in Graniteville.

Board discusses early release plan
Dismissing rumors that the Columbia County School Board intended to vote on an early release plan for elementary schools, Superintendent Tommy Price stressed at a Tuesday school board meeting that the plan was only being examined.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Kid of the Day
Clayton Gregory Sherrod is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
Keiri Elise Mackie is today's Kid of the Day.

Wooded lots increase fire risk
The growing appeal of large, wooded lots in Richmond and Columbia counties puts more and more property at risk of damage by wildfires, according to Richmond County's senior forester.

Wildlife technician will house 120 turtles
Cris Hagen doesn't mind accommodating 120 house guests - especially if they're turtles.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - People would have more freedom to transfer prescriptions under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

Aquinas students enjoy spiritual retreat

Prefect program makes leaders of students for school
What if student government wasn't a popularity contest? What if students who wanted to be leaders were judged by their experience and how well they could defend their goals?

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

At-large school board process begins
Legislation to create an at-large elected school board chairman and redraw school districts in Columbia County is in the works.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Richmond County school menu
This week's school school menu.

Official revives smoking ban talk

GOP's pick wins DOT seat

Company settles with families of three victims

Group meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Molestation indictments charge 3

Board discusses early release plan

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort

Children advance in contest for scholarship bonds
Patrons of the Wrangler Family Fun Fest took a few minutes away from lassoing a fake steer and having their photos made with a longhorn Saturday to listen as 16 9-to 12-year-olds advanced to the next round of the Make Kids Count Contest.

Panel discusses education hurdles

Doctor is happy in small towns
Physicians like it. Patients like it. The Department of Family and Children's Services likes it. And Dr. John C. Whitley III likes it.

Republicans won't support abortion ban

Fisher Houses aid families of injured military
When she visited service members and their families the past year, one thing has stood out in the mind of Audrey Fisher.

Kid of the Day

Army bands to perform at First Baptist Church
As a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Matos played many concerts and events in Augusta.

Reactor builders have site on radar

Parties raise money for symphony
On Saturday, a party was held at the Lamar Penthouse, kicking off another year of parties to raise money for the Augusta Symphony.

Tax cut may lure retirees to state

Seminar tells parents how to keep babies safe
The Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center held a special party Saturday morning. The 30 partygoers had one thing in common: They were either pregnant or recently had given birth.

City will buy sewer system

Aquinas students enjoy spiritual retreat
Aquinas High School freshmen and sophomores recently swapped a day with teachers for a day with the Lord.

Authority will write off debts

Golden Harvest celebrates milestone
Golden Harvest Food Bank has millions of reasons to celebrate.

Wooded lots increase fire risk
The growing appeal of large, wooded lots in Richmond and Columbia counties puts more and more property at risk of damage by wildfires, according to Richmond County's senior forester.

Stuff to do
The Storyland Theatre will present Beauty and the Beast at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. today and Friday at Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Reservations are required. Tickets are $3.50 per pupil. A family matinee will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $4 for the matinee, and reservations are not required. Children are allowed to meet the actors after the Saturday performance. For reservations, call 736-3455.

Republicans won't support abortion ban
ATLANTA - Republican leaders Tuesday quickly ruled out giving their support to a new bill that would ban all abortions in Georgia, making the measure an almost certain failure.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Official revives smoking ban talk
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County commissioners soon could take up debate to enact a full smoking ban for bars and restaurants, and this time it seems likely to pass.

Library events
FRIENDS OF THE AUGUSTA LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING: 7 p.m. Tuesday; Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; guest speaker, author Michael Malone; free

Tax cut may lure retirees to state
AIKEN - When promoting his plan to cut South Carolina's income tax, Gov. Mark Sanford has consistently said that doing so would help small businesses grow.

Places to visit
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Across the area
Further appeals are likely in the case of a controversial landfill proposed for Taliaferro County, where residents are battling a developer in efforts to block state permits needed for the project.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

GOP's pick wins DOT seat
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former Bulloch County Commission chairman to represent the vast district on the state Department of Transportation Board.

Her job is to make general, post look good
As Maj. Gen. Janet A. Hicks, Fort Gordon's commanding general, greeted a delegation from Uzbekistan, Paulette Arrington stood outside the door of the conference room and watched.

Reactor builders have site on radar
AIKEN - Savannah River Site could be one of two locations selected by a partnership of energy companies testing the regulatory waters for America's next generation of commercial nuclear power plants, a top atomic power booster said Tuesday.

Old inkwell desks are for sale
Winslow Whitehurst might have the coolest play schoolroom in her neighborhood.

DFCS director vows to improve division
The new director of the Richmond County Division of Family and Children Services is vowing to improve service and open the beleaguered office to the community.

Challenge Week places kids, mentors in events
In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Augusta Boys and Girls Club has been holding a series of mentor sessions, field trips and other activities that will culminate with Challenge Week, beginning Monday.

Correction
A photo caption in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Former U.S. attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. was looking at a picture of his father with former South Carolina governors and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

Pet of the week
Barney, a 3-year-old male black chow mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Kid of the Day
Clayton Gregory Sherrod is today's Kid of the Day.

Events
STARS ACROSS GEORGIA: Ms. Wheelchair Georgia Program, April 7-10, Columbus, Ga.; for eligibility, you must: use wheelchair for community mobility, have good speaking skills, be between 21-60, U.S. citizen and resident of Georgia for at least six months; (706) 225-3632 or e-mail gmckoon@columbusga.org

Across the region
JONESBORO, GA. - Two more employees of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Victor Hill, saying he discriminated against white employees when filling senior positions.

Rail cars to get reflective tape
It might not have helped prevent the deadly Jan. 6 train crash in Graniteville, but a new safety requirement of the Federal Railroad Administration is employing glow-in-the-dark tape to reduce the number of train-car collisions at crossings.

Bar investigates lawyers' activities
AIKEN - Allegations of unethical behavior from lawyers looking to profit off individuals harmed by the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville has drawn the ire of the South Carolina Bar.

This week
PASTA FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m. Friday; Church of the Most Holy Trinity, St. Patrick's Hall, 811 Telfair St.; Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage, tossed salad, rolls, tea; $6.50 adults, $3.50 children; dine in or take out; 738-3036

12 accused of train wreck fraud
AIKEN - Twelve more people have been arrested and accused of defrauding Norfolk Southern Corp., the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Sheriff's worker accused in theft
AIKEN - An employee of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday and charged with pocketing money from the county detention center that he was supposed to deposit in the bank.

City will buy sewer system
AIKEN - After years of waiting for a private sewage company to stop wastewater contaminants from trickling into ponds near their Aiken neighborhoods, dozens of homeowners, including Paige Rabon, turned to the city for help.

Residents are invited to set county's goals
AIKEN - A resident-driven strategic-planning process aimed at setting goals for Aiken County starts Monday.

Across the area
Further appeals are likely in the case of a controversial landfill proposed for Taliaferro County, where residents are battling a developer in efforts to block state permits needed for the project.

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort
NEW ELLENTON - Emergency decision-makers dealing with the Graniteville train disaster relied on the sophisticated forecasting expertise of meteorologists based at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

GOP's pick wins DOT seat
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former Bulloch County Commission chairman to represent the vast district on the state Department of Transportation Board.

Authority will write off debts
The Augusta-Richmond Coun-ty Coliseum Authority agreed Tuesday to write off nearly $12,000 in bad debt.

Leaders discuss city air quality
Cities that fail federal Clean Air Act standards face greater challenges in attracting jobs and industry, Augusta Mayor Bob Young told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

Schools try to ease scheduling issues
Class schedules for next year should be ready before Richmond County students leave in May, preventing a repeat of the disastrous start to the 2004-05 school year, Superintendent Charles Larke said.

Molestation indictments charge 3
A Richmond County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against three people accused in separate incidents of child molestation.

Meetings
MEETING AND BANQUET: 6-9 p.m. Thursday; North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive; Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's banquet and meeting, with keynote speaker Darla Moore; $35; 279-2323

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Sheriff's worker accused in theft

Official revives smoking ban talk
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County commissioners soon could take up debate to enact a full smoking ban for bars and restaurants, and this time it seems likely to pass.

Fisher Houses aid families of injured military

Republicans won't support abortion ban
ATLANTA - Republican leaders Tuesday quickly ruled out giving their support to a new bill that would ban all abortions in Georgia, making the measure an almost certain failure.

Golden Harvest celebrates milestone

This week

Wrestler won't face charge
A charge of rape against a former Lakeside High School wrestler in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been dismissed.

'Sky Captain' sputters under weight of details
With one foot firmly planted in the cinematic past and one in the future, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow struggles when trying to reach its contemporary audience.

'Sky Captain' sputters under weight of details

Mini reviews

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change.

'Sky Captain' sputters under weight of details
With one foot firmly planted in the cinematic past and one in the future, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow struggles when trying to reach its contemporary audience.

At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'

Mini reviews
Monsters from space go head to head in this crass hybrid. The premise: The extraterrestrial hunters of Predator are using Antarctica as a proving ground for young bucks, who must battle beasties from the Alien series in a rite of passage.

At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'
Hilary Swank showed signs of becoming one of those actresses who wins an Academy Award then fades into a succession of forgettable roles. But with Clint Eastwood's splendid "Million Dollar Baby," she makes a comeback worthy of Muhammad Ali, playing a woman hoping to rise above her hard-knock life by training as a boxer.

Flicks

At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'
Hilary Swank showed signs of becoming one of those actresses who wins an Academy Award then fades into a succession of forgettable roles. But with Clint Eastwood's splendid "Million Dollar Baby," she makes a comeback worthy of Muhammad Ali, playing a woman hoping to rise above her hard-knock life by training as a boxer.

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change.

Mini reviews
Monsters from space go head to head in this crass hybrid. The premise: The extraterrestrial hunters of Predator are using Antarctica as a proving ground for young bucks, who must battle beasties from the Alien series in a rite of passage.

Musician gets to very soul of song with acoustic guitar
Atlanta musician Matthew Kahler likes to sound simple.

Musician gets to very soul of song with acoustic guitar

Cover songs provide bands with new material, growth
Recently overheard: "I would never play in a band that did covers."What a chump.

Cover songs provide bands with new material, growth
Recently overheard: "I would never play in a band that did covers." What a chump.

Cover songs provide bands with new material, growth

Sonic Spotlight: Nathan Edmondson
Nathan Edmondson AGE: 19 HOMETOWN: Born in Athens, Ga., moved to Augusta when he was 6

Musician gets to very soul of song with acoustic guitar
Atlanta musician Matthew Kahler likes to sound simple.

NASCAR: Tempers haven't cooled at Penske
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Things still aren't settled at Penske Racing South.

Newsmaker: Jeff Burton

Newsmaker: Jeff Burton
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Burton met with the media during a recent test session at the Daytona International Speedway, and he talked about his future with Richard Childress Racing.

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joe Gibbs is passionate about football, but doesn't intend to stay in coaching much longer.

NASCAR: Tempers haven't cooled at Penske

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joe Gibbs is passionate about football, but doesn't intend to stay in coaching much longer.

Off-season runs at full speed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - They celebrated Christmas at Robert Yates Racing by turning off the lights. The engine room was silent; giant metal cutters and presses were idle; telephone calls were routed to an answering machine.

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing

Off-season runs at full speed

NASCAR: Tempers haven't cooled at Penske
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Things still aren't settled at Penske Racing South.

Off-season runs at full speed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - They celebrated Christmas at Robert Yates Racing by turning off the lights. The engine room was silent; giant metal cutters and presses were idle; telephone calls were routed to an answering machine.

Newsmaker: Jeff Burton
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Burton met with the media during a recent test session at the Daytona International Speedway, and he talked about his future with Richard Childress Racing.

Ravens player Lewis to serve four month sentence

Eagles trainer says Owens plans to play

Sr. Ann Marguerite, OSF    (ASTON, Pa.)

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda L. Brazell    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eleanor S. Boseman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lula T. Casey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan Hall Aton    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Deleva Mae Lazar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Delores Baggett    (LAKE CITY, TN.)

Mrs. Ruby Brodus Major    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Jackson Hicks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Bowen    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Hazel Newman    (LAKE CITY, TN.)
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Mrs. Eleanor S. Boseman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorene A. Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy M. Wright    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hettie H. Copelan    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wigfall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Sr. Ann Marguerite, OSF    (ASTON, Pa.)
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Mrs. Nancy Shrader Hutto    (OLAR, S.C.)
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Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnne Powell    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Shrader Hutto    (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John B. Mitchell    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Ms. Carolyn A. Harkness    (CATAULA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sandie Bazemore    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles A. Wilder    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen Johnson    (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. Leo Roberts    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. William Daughtrey    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Mitchell Chafin    ( AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Deleva Mae Lazar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Retired teacher was kind, creative
THOMSON, Ga. - For years, Florence Hokrein shaped the lives of the young people in her classroom.

Mrs. Ruth E. Kinard    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Ms. Carolyn A. Harkness    (CATAULA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. R. Larry Cail    (CONWAY, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles R. Remmler    (CONNERSVILLE, IN.)
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Mr. Leroy Jackson Hicks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Petett    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. William P. Hughes, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Johnson    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. Dawson W. Dill, Sr.    (GREER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lorene A. Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. William Daughtrey    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)
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Ms. Melvina Gray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hettie H. Copelan    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah L. Brown    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Merle H. Gregory    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Mitchell Chafin    ( AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lula T. Casey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Martha Brice Dugger    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jean Brzozowski    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jean Brzozowski    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah L. Brown    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandie Bazemore    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Brice Dugger    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wigfall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Retired teacher was kind, creative
THOMSON, Ga. - For years, Florence Hokrein shaped the lives of the young people in her classroom.

Mrs. Sara Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda L. Brazell    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Deleva Mae Lazar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Brodus Major    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Marvin Bowen    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen R. Smallwood    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William P. Hughes, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leo Roberts    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Merle H. Gregory    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles R. Remmler    (CONNERSVILLE, IN.)

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Delores Baggett    (LAKE CITY, TN.)
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Mrs. Mattie Petett    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. R. Larry Cail    (CONWAY, S.C.)

Ms. Carolyn A. Harkness (CATAULA, Ga.)

Mr. Leo Roberts (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Jackson Hicks (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Wigfall (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Foster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Brodus Major (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Deleva Mae Lazar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Moffitt (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula T. Casey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lorene A. Heath (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William P. Hughes, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Brice Dugger (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor S. Boseman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Delores Baggett (LAKE CITY, TN.)

Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Bowen (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Foster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Shrader Hutto (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Waldo (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah L. Brown (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Johnson (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mitchell Chafin ( AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles R. Remmler (CONNERSVILLE, IN.)

Mrs. Merle H. Gregory (MILLEN, Ga.)

Sr. Ann Marguerite, OSF (ASTON, Pa.)

Retired teacher was kind, creative

Mr. William Daughtrey (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Londy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandie Bazemore (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda L. Brazell (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen R. Smallwood (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Petett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. R. Larry Cail (CONWAY, S.C.)

Mrs. Hettie H. Copelan (SPARTA, Ga.)

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia
Trivia from this year's Oscar nominations:

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia
Trivia from this year's Oscar nominations:

'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese.

'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations

Surprises among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese.

Surprises among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

Surprises among the Oscar nominations

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia

Long-distance runner to hit milestone

Area Announcements

Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open

Roddick has simple path to semifinals

Boxing: Gatti ready to face Leija

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Led by two goals from Trenton's Brent Robinson, the ECHL's National Conference all-stars beat the American Conference team 6-2 on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,747 fans at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa.

Overtime
Led by two goals from Trenton's Brent Robinson, the ECHL's National Conference all-stars beat the American Conference team 6-2 on Wednesday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,747 fans at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa.

Roddick has simple path to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia - His place in the Australian Open semifinals secured, Andy Roddick was off to the air-conditioned comfort of the casino and hoping for luck at the blackjack table. He couldn't have been dealt a better hand.

Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - In a matchup worthy of a final, defending champion Roger Federer was graceful and at his relentless best in beating four-time winner Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednes¤day at noon, no exceptions. The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, re¤bounds, assists and steals per game.

Boxing: Gatti ready to face Leija
NEW YORK - In a manner matching his aggressive fighting style, Arturo Gatti simply presented his plan for his upcoming title bout against Jesse James Leija.

Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - In a matchup worthy of a final, defending champion Roger Federer was graceful and at his relentless best in beating four-time winner Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Long-distance runner to hit milestone
Jim Hite and Joyce Hodges-Hite have been married since 1991.

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions. The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Boxing: Gatti ready to face Leija
NEW YORK - In a manner matching his aggressive fighting style, Arturo Gatti simply presented his plan for his upcoming title bout against Jesse James Leija.

Roddick has simple path to semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia - His place in the Australian Open semifinals secured, Andy Roddick was off to the air-conditioned comfort of the casino and hoping for luck at the blackjack table. He couldn't have been dealt a better hand.

Long-distance runner to hit milestone
Jim Hite and Joyce Hodges-Hite have been married since 1991.

Area Announcements
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Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride
Luther Holmes was at a place he hadn't been this season. The Greenbrier junior who has started more than half of the Wolfpack's games this year was relegated to a spectator role for most of Tuesday's game against Evans.

Aiken girls wear down rival
AIKEN - South Aiken High's cheerleaders outnumber its girls basketball team nearly 3-to-1.

Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride
Luther Holmes was at a place he hadn't been this season. The Greenbrier junior who has started more than half of the Wolfpack's games this year was relegated to a spectator role for most of Tuesday's game against Evans.

Prep basketball scores
High school basketball scores from area teams:

Prep basketball scores
High school basketball scores from area teams:

Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival
AIKEN - No championship of any kind was won Tuesday evening at South Aiken High, but the casual observer would have been duped by the postgame scene.

Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival
AIKEN - No championship of any kind was won Tuesday evening at South Aiken High, but the casual observer would have been duped by the postgame scene.

Ravens player Lewis to serve four month sentence
ATLANTA - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday for using a cell phone to try to set up a cocaine deal about 4½ years ago.

Eagles trainer says Owens plans to play
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens is treating his doctor's orders the way he deals with pesky cornerbacks: shrugging them off and forging ahead.

Eagles trainer says Owens plans to play
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens is treating his doctor's orders the way he deals with pesky cornerbacks: shrugging them off and forging ahead.

Ravens player Lewis to serve four month sentence
ATLANTA - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday for using a cell phone to try to set up a cocaine deal about 4½ years ago.

Author quenches love for horses at Futurity

Author quenches love for horses at Futurity
What a great life Montana novelist Tom McGuane leads: writing books at his ranch near McLeod, competing in cutting-horse shows across the nation and sailing in Florida with his brother-in-law.

Author quenches love for horses at Futurity
What a great life Montana novelist Tom McGuane leads: writing books at his ranch near McLeod, competing in cutting-horse shows across the nation and sailing in Florida with his brother-in-law.

Guy movies emphasize adrenaline, antiheroes

Football helps CBS sack the competition
NEW YORK - Another week, another ratings win for CBS, which drew more than 44 million viewers for its AFC Championship game Sunday night, then got a big audience for its new drama, "Numb3rs," which followed.

Football helps CBS sack the competition

Katie Couric takes on sex in NBC News special
NEW YORK - Katie Couric isn't afraid to talk about the birds and the bees.

Football helps CBS sack the competition
NEW YORK - Another week, another ratings win for CBS, which drew more than 44 million viewers for its AFC Championship game Sunday night, then got a big audience for its new drama, "Numb3rs," which followed.

Concerts

Applause calendar

Gretzky game not as good as Great One

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home

Cast member learns the laugh is the thing

Club calendar

People in the News

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser

How SCTV changed the character of comedy

People in the News

Galleries

Georgia downed by Florida

Georgia downed by Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored 18 points to help Florida beat Georgia 70-47 Tuesday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of the series.

Georgia downed by Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored 18 points to help Florida beat Georgia 70-47 Tuesday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of the series.

Guy movies emphasize adrenaline, antiheroes
It's a fact of life: There are guy movies and girl movies

Guy movies emphasize adrenaline, antiheroes
It's a fact of life: There are guy movies and girl movies

Hall of Fame building nears reality
Some day, when men and women are elected as members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, they will be inducted into a building and properly recognized.

Hall of Fame building nears reality
Some day, when men and women are elected as members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, they will be inducted into a building and properly recognized.

Odds and Ends

Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope