New national book awards to be decided by public vote
NEW YORK - Plans for a new national book award were announced Wednesday, with winners to be chosen by the general public voting online and in bookstores.

Church ceremony allows couples to reaffirm vows

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.

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.

Big-ticket factory orders surged 2004
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for durable goods, helped by strong demand for communications equipment, rose a solid 0.6 percent in December, capping off a year in which demand for big-ticket manufactured goods rose at the fastest clip in a decade.

Speaker urges development
Private business is going to need to take the lead in economic development in South Carolina in the coming years.

French vintners hope to destroy their surplus stocks
PARIS - It wouldn't quite be pouring good wine down the drain, but close.

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.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act is expensive for banks
Million-dollar birthday parties, shredded documents and overstated earnings are just a few of the corporate excesses and scandals perpetrated during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Norfolk reports record year

Sarbanes-Oxley Act is expensive for banks

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.

French vintners hope to destroy their surplus stocks

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.

Big-ticket factory orders surged 2004

Sarbanes-Oxley Act is expensive for banks
Million-dollar birthday parties, shredded documents and overstated earnings are just a few of the corporate excesses and scandals perpetrated during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Reports: SBC in talks to buy AT&T

Reports: SBC in talks to buy AT&T
NEW YORK - SBC Communications Inc. is in talks to acquire America's once-dominant telephone brand, AT&T Corp., for at least $15 billion, according to published reports.

Earnings, oil prices extend stock gains

Speaker urges development
Private business is going to need to take the lead in economic development in South Carolina in the coming years.

Bank earns less in 2004

Mall is trading spaces
North Augusta's Flea Mall has undergone a metamorphosis and now is named Riverfront Plaza.

Same songs, new style

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.

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.

Speaker urges development

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.

French vintners hope to destroy their surplus stocks
PARIS - It wouldn't quite be pouring good wine down the drain, but close.

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

Reports: SBC in talks to buy AT&T
NEW YORK - SBC Communications Inc. is in talks to acquire America's once-dominant telephone brand, AT&T Corp., for at least $15 billion, according to published reports.

Big-ticket factory orders surged 2004
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for durable goods, helped by strong demand for communications equipment, rose a solid 0.6 percent in December, capping off a year in which demand for big-ticket manufactured goods rose at the fastest clip in a decade.

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.

Maryland upset nixes Duke's unbeaten year

Maryland upset nixes Duke's unbeaten year
DURHAM, N.C. - When Duke needed a basket, J.J. Redick tried to deliver.

Maryland upset nixes Duke's unbeaten year
DURHAM, N.C. - When Duke needed a basket, J.J. Redick tried to deliver.

Romance lives

Iraq vote: make or break
One of the most important elections in American history occurred last Nov. 2.

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.

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.

Romance lives
Larry was after only one woman, his estranged wife. But the Orlando man's remorseful and romantic full-page personal ad in a Florida newspaper this past week seemed to charm the world.

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.

Iraq vote: make or break
One of the most important elections in American history occurred last Nov. 2.

Iraq vote: make or break

Romance lives
Larry was after only one woman, his estranged wife. But the Orlando man's remorseful and romantic full-page personal ad in a Florida newspaper this past week seemed to charm the world.

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

Lackluster releases see light of day
Fine. I admit it. I can be something of a cynic. Not to be confused with pessimism or mistrust, my cynicism stems from a healthy belief that nothing can ever be true until it has been quantified. For instance, The Aviator received 11 Academy Award nominations, but I'm not ready to declare it a fine film. Why? I haven't seen it and so, in my eyes, it cannot be deemed as either perfect or poor.

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
Former Beatle Ringo Starr and comic book mogul Stan Lee announced a partnership Wednesday to launch an original entertainment franchise of an animated persona based on and voiced by Starr.

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.

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.

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

Hot ticket
JOSH GROBAN WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

'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?

People in the News
Former Beatle Ringo Starr and comic book mogul Stan Lee announced a partnership Wednesday to launch an original entertainment franchise of an animated persona based on and voiced by Starr.

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

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

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.

Hot ticket
JOSH GROBANWHEN: 8 p.m. TuesdayWHERE: Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta

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.

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.

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.

Lackluster releases see light of day
Fine. I admit it. I can be something of a cynic. Not to be confused with pessimism or mistrust, my cynicism stems from a healthy belief that nothing can ever be true until it has been quantified. For instance, The Aviator received 11 Academy Award nominations, but I'm not ready to declare it a fine film. Why? I haven't seen it and so, in my eyes, it cannot be deemed as either perfect or poor.

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.

Fishing tournaments

Bass taking it easy on colder days
The cold front that moved into the Augusta area earlier this week lowered Thurmond Lake surface temperatures into the mid-to-high 40s, effectively slowing down the fish bite.

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.

Bass taking it easy on colder days
The cold front that moved into the Augusta area earlier this week lowered Thurmond Lake surface temperatures into the mid-to-high 40s, effectively slowing down the fish bite.

Bass taking it easy on colder days

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

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

Will Georgia become a banana republic?

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.

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

Galyean is making most of the present

Californian takes enviable position
Janet Westfall trekked from the far edges of the West Coast to Augusta for one reason: to compete in the Western Horseman Cup finals.

Galyean is making most of the present
Wesley Galyean isn't one to gaze too much into the crystal ball. His future remains uncertain, and for now, he likes it that way.

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

Galyean is making most of the present
Wesley Galyean isn't one to gaze too much into the crystal ball. His future remains uncertain, and for now, he likes it that way.

Coalson cruises to win in finals

Coalson cruises to win in finals
Greg Coalson grew tired of collecting checks instead of championships. Making the finals was nice, but not when he knew he could do better.

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

Hightower captures fifth title
Faron Hightower made history Thursday night, but he wished it could've been under better circumstances.

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

Coalson cruises to win in finals
Greg Coalson grew tired of collecting checks instead of championships. Making the finals was nice, but not when he knew he could do better.

Graves, mare on a roll at Futurity

Hightower captures fifth title
Faron Hightower made history Thursday night, but he wished it could've been under better circumstances.

Getz wins Amateur 4-year-old

Hightower captures fifth title

Californian takes enviable position
Janet Westfall trekked from the far edges of the West Coast to Augusta for one reason: to compete in the Western Horseman Cup finals.

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

Californian takes enviable position

Protect your garden pond from predators
Build yourself a water garden and you'd better believe they will come: Birds and butterflies, frogs and dragonflies, toads and turtles. We're also talking snakes and raccoons, possums and house cats, herons and kingfishers.

Time for seed planting is almost here
Given the frigid weather we had Sunday and Monday, it is hard to believe that before too long it will be time to start some annual or perennial flowers from seed.

Garden seeds provide variety
Theses are the days when the ground is as cold as Mount Everest and has the consistency of Stone Mountain.

Garden seeds provide variety

Protect your garden pond from predators

Time for seed planting is almost here
Given the frigid weather we had Sunday and Monday, it is hard to believe that before too long it will be time to start some annual or perennial flowers from seed.

Garden seeds provide variety
Theses are the days when the ground is as cold as Mount Everest and has the consistency of Stone Mountain.

Protect your garden pond from predators
Build yourself a water garden and you'd better believe they will come: Birds and butterflies, frogs and dragonflies, toads and turtles. We're also talking snakes and raccoons, possums and house cats, herons and kingfishers.

Time for seed planting is almost here

Georgia Tech prevails in shootout
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech needed to face a top-five team to play like one.

Georgia Tech squeaks by Wake Forest
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Chris Paul missed a shot at the buzzer as No. 22 Georgia Tech ended a three-game losing streak with a 102-101 overtime victory over No. 5 Wake Forest on Thursday night.

Georgia Tech squeaks by Wake Forest
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Chris Paul missed a shot at the buzzer as No. 22 Georgia Tech ended a three-game losing streak with a 102-101 overtime victory over No. 5 Wake Forest on Thursday night.

Georgia Tech prevails in shootout
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech needed to face a top-five team to play like one.

Georgia Tech prevails in shootout

Georgia Tech squeaks by Wake Forest

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
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

Unsatisfied Josey finally gets to top of poll

NHL labor talks resume in New York
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association remained far apart after five hours of talks Thursday night and had no plans to meet again.

NHL labor talks conclude; another meeting promised
There's no telling how the NHL labor negotiations are going behind closed doors.

NHL labor talks resume in New York

NHL labor talks conclude; another meeting promised

NHL labor talks resume in New York
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association remained far apart after five hours of talks Thursday night and had no plans to meet again.

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 labor talks conclude; another meeting promised
There's no telling how the NHL labor negotiations are going behind closed doors.

Church ceremony allows couples to reaffirm vows
"The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary on it."

Church ceremony allows couples to reaffirm vows
"The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary on it."

Winter storm looms
Although local weather officials aren't expecting wintry weather reminiscent of last January's major ice storm that knocked out power to tens of thousands, they are still preparing for potentially dangerous conditions today.

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.

Democratic Party supported slavery
The Republican Party was founded in 1854, specifically to oppose slavery. In contrast, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Letter writer's views need to evolve

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

Letter writer's views need to evolve
This is in response to Matt Alan's letter, "Editorial reached height of hypocrisy" (Jan. 24).Arlene Candy, Martinez

Education solution? It's elementary

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

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.

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

Carson was an entertainment giant
All of us would like to hear it live just one more time: "Here's Johnny!"M. Sanford Davis, Graniteville, S.C.

We need FairTax, not an IRS mess
Tax season is here again. As you gather your information and make appointments with your tax preparers, ask yourselves this question: What happened? ...Susan Verdecchia, Thomson

Education solution? It's elementary
Mr. Walter Williams' description about the state of higher education ("State of education is sad and laughable," Dec. 20) is correct. His examples reveal the dismal story of our current educational system.Gursaran Singh Ahuja, Evans

Democratic Party supported slavery
The Republican Party was founded in 1854, specifically to oppose slavery. In contrast, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Carson was an entertainment giant

Democrats need to stop the hate
Not since the Democratic Party spawned the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War has the country been treated to such a display of racism from elected officeholders.Keith Shafer, Augusta

U.S. policy needs more brains, heart

Carson was an entertainment giant
All of us would like to hear it live just one more time: "Here's Johnny!" M. Sanford Davis, Graniteville, S.C.

Terrorists, not president, are evil

Letter writer's views need to evolve
This is in response to Matt Alan's letter, "Editorial reached height of hypocrisy" (Jan. 24). Arlene Candy, Martinez

We need FairTax, not an IRS mess

Education solution? It's elementary
Mr. Walter Williams' description about the state of higher education ("State of education is sad and laughable," Dec. 20) is correct. His examples reveal the dismal story of our current educational system. Gursaran Singh Ahuja, Evans

We need FairTax, not an IRS mess
Tax season is here again. As you gather your information and make appointments with your tax preparers, ask yourselves this question: What happened? ...Susan Verdecchia, Thomson

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
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.

Democratic Party supported slavery

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.

Odd events land forward in city
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia had to do a little homework before he completed a trade with the Louisiana IceGators on Tuesday.

Odd events land forward in city

Odd events land forward in city
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia had to do a little homework before he completed a trade with the Louisiana IceGators on Tuesday.

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

Aiken County's jail director steps down
AIKEN - Capt. John Rowley, the director of the Aiken County Detention Center, submitted his letter of resignation to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office this week and will step down next week.

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.

Corrections

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

Experts urge vigilance for wintry weather

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?

Hospital reviews its work on train wreck

Corrections
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Rural/Metro might have been unclear about ownership of two helicopters the ambulance service occasionally uses.

Fire alarm

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

Winter storm looms

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

Golden Harvest celebrates milestone

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

Aiken County's jail director steps down

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

Aviation commissioners accept contractor

Experts urge vigilance for wintry weather
Weather officials are recommending that the public consult local media outlets for the latest information regarding wintry weather that might hit the area late today and early Saturday.

Hospital, county reach agreement
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said an agreement has been struck with Doctors Hospital concerning the sale of 17 acres of land behind the Evans Kroger shopping center.

Senate approves virtual classroom
ATLANTA - A bill that would give high school students in rural areas more access to advanced courses online passed the Senate overwhelmingly Thursday, giving Gov. Sonny Perdue an early victory on his education agenda.

Across the area

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

Aquinas students enjoy spiritual retreat

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.

This week

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.

Fisher Houses aid families of injured military

Academy needs support to obtain grants
AIKEN - The Aiken Performing Arts Academy will be open for the 2005-06 school year, but the ballet and music classes might be held in leased space instead of a new building, a school official says.

Sheriff's worker accused in theft

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

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

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Children advance in contest for scholarship bonds

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

Group meetings

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.

Meetings

Kid of the Day
Daniel Smith is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Across the region
ATLANTA - New rules for medical malpractice lawsuits, a priority for ruling Republicans in the Legislature, passed an early test Thursday when a Senate committee approved the changes 6-2.

Milestones

Fire alarm
Butler High School students stand in front of the school after a smoke alarm was triggered.

On the record

Flu shot limits lifted
The Georgia Department of Human Resources has now lifted restrictions on who can receive influenza vaccines.

Stuff to do

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.

Seminar tells parents how to keep babies safe

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

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.

Rail cars to get reflective tape

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.

Parties raise money for symphony

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.

Residents are invited to set county's goals

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

Leaders discuss city air quality

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):

Post Happenings

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

Across Georgia

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.

Her job is to make general, post look good

Abstinence club teaches refusal styles

Pet of the week

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.

Richmond County school menu

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Old inkwell desks are for sale

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

News you can use

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

Restaurant ratings

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the region

Prefect program makes leaders of students for school

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

Across South Carolina

Hospital reviews its work on train wreck
University Hospital board members got a quick snapshot of the medical center's response to the Graniteville train wreck Thursday, a summary that underscored the value of disaster drills.

Doctor is happy in small towns

Aviation commissioners accept contractor
Aviation Commissioners approved locally based McKnight Construction as the firm that will build Augusta Regional Airport's new terminal, but not before discussion about whether it was employing enough subcontractors certified as disadvantaged business enterprises.

Events

Across the area
Thirteen Richmond County schools were struggling with various heating problems Thursday, district spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said.

Challenge Week places kids, mentors in events

Defender argues suspect was set up
A Columbia County child molestation trial continues today for a Grovetown man accused of inappropriately touching several girls he knew from driving a church bus.

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?

Teen robbers had previous arrests
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens teen who was shot dead Monday during an attempted armed robbery of a rural grocery store had an extensive record of arrests on drug and other charges over the past year, while his younger accomplice had been arrested only once before on a lesser offense.

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

Lawmakers seek preferred seats
ATLANTA - As in real estate, location is everything when it comes to the chambers of the Georgia House and Senate.

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.

Experts urge vigilance for wintry weather
Weather officials are recommending that the public consult local media outlets for the latest information regarding wintry weather that might hit the area late today and early Saturday.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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):

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

Teen robbers had previous arrests

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

Kid of the Day

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

Educational excellence debated

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

Hospital, county reach agreement

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.

Lawmakers seek preferred seats

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.

Academy needs support to obtain grants

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Senate approves virtual classroom

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

Ex-soldier charged in insulin plot

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

Kid of the Day
Daniel Smith is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Hospital reviews its work on train wreck
University Hospital board members got a quick snapshot of the medical center's response to the Graniteville train wreck Thursday, a summary that underscored the value of disaster drills.

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.

Corrections
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Rural/Metro might have been unclear about ownership of two helicopters the ambulance service occasionally uses.

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

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.

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.

History is woven into visitor's art

History is woven into visitor's art
While explaining the function of a loom, fiber artist Victoria Hyatt-Peters wove in a history lesson for some pupils of Euchee Creek Elementary School.

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

Educational excellence debated
More than 2,000 Georgians took part in a statewide town hall meeting Thursday evening to lend suggestions on how to judge educational excellence.

Abstinence club teaches refusal styles
Kayla Mitchum has some creative comebacks prepared if a boy tries to pressure her into sex.

Across the area

Church groups flood city
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With 100,000 money-spending football fans coming to Jacksonville for the Super Bowl, businesses of every kind, from hotels to restaurants to nightclubs, are ready to cash in.

Ex-soldier charged in insulin plot
A former pharmacy technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center is one of several people accused in an interstate scheme to steal insulin and insulin testing supplies, records show.

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

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.

Aviation commissioners accept contractor
Aviation Commissioners approved locally based McKnight Construction as the firm that will build Augusta Regional Airport's new terminal, but not before discussion about whether it was employing enough subcontractors certified as disadvantaged business enterprises.

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

Across the region
ATLANTA - New rules for medical malpractice lawsuits, a priority for ruling Republicans in the Legislature, passed an early test Thursday when a Senate committee approved the changes 6-2.

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

Across the area
Thirteen Richmond County schools were struggling with various heating problems Thursday, district spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said.

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.

Educational excellence debated
More than 2,000 Georgians took part in a statewide town hall meeting Thursday evening to lend suggestions on how to judge educational excellence.

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.

Senate approves virtual classroom
ATLANTA - A bill that would give high school students in rural areas more access to advanced courses online passed the Senate overwhelmingly Thursday, giving Gov. Sonny Perdue an early victory on his education agenda.

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

Teen robbers had previous arrests
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens teen who was shot dead Monday during an attempted armed robbery of a rural grocery store had an extensive record of arrests on drug and other charges over the past year, while his younger accomplice had been arrested only once before on a lesser offense.

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.

Aiken County's jail director steps down
AIKEN - Capt. John Rowley, the director of the Aiken County Detention Center, submitted his letter of resignation to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office this week and will step down next week.

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.

Academy needs support to obtain grants
AIKEN - The Aiken Performing Arts Academy will be open for the 2005-06 school year, but the ballet and music classes might be held in leased space instead of a new building, a school official says.

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.

Fire alarm
Butler High School students stand in front of the school after a smoke alarm was triggered.

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

History is woven into visitor's art
While explaining the function of a loom, fiber artist Victoria Hyatt-Peters wove in a history lesson for some pupils of Euchee Creek Elementary School.

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.

Hospital, county reach agreement
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross said an agreement has been struck with Doctors Hospital concerning the sale of 17 acres of land behind the Evans Kroger shopping center.

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.

Lawmakers seek preferred seats
ATLANTA - As in real estate, location is everything when it comes to the chambers of the Georgia House and Senate.

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.

Abstinence club teaches refusal styles
Kayla Mitchum has some creative comebacks prepared if a boy tries to pressure her into sex.

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.

Ex-soldier charged in insulin plot
A former pharmacy technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center is one of several people accused in an interstate scheme to steal insulin and insulin testing supplies, records show.

Winter storm looms
Although local weather officials aren't expecting wintry weather reminiscent of last January's major ice storm that knocked out power to tens of thousands, they are still preparing for potentially dangerous conditions today.

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.

Tech proves it is too early to harbor doubts
ATLANTA - The alarm had sounded. Would Georgia Tech wake up?

Tech proves it is too early to harbor doubts
ATLANTA - The alarm had sounded. Would Georgia Tech wake up?

At the Movies: 'Hide and Seek'
What is Robert De Niro thinking? The question is being posed not with condescension or derision - though that's probably how it sounds - but with curiosity and concern.

At the Movies: 'Aliens of the Deep'

At the Movies: 'Hide and Seek'

'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.

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'Aliens of the Deep'
James Cameron goes down with the ship, again, in "Aliens of the Deep," his latest 3-D IMAX extravaganza.

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: 'Hide and Seek'
What is Robert De Niro thinking? The question is being posed not with condescension or derision - though that's probably how it sounds - but with curiosity and concern.

'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.

Flicks

Mini reviews

'Sky Captain' sputters under weight of details

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.

At the Movies: 'Aliens of the Deep'
James Cameron goes down with the ship, again, in "Aliens of the Deep," his latest 3-D IMAX extravaganza.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Newsmaker: Jeff Burton

Off-season runs at full speed

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.

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

NASCAR: Tempers haven't cooled at Penske

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

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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.

Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Charles A. Wilder    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Sonya Renee Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Malone Bray, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles A. Wilder    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Otis "Pitt" Harris    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa M. Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blanche Stokes    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles R. Remmler    (CONNERSVILLE, IN.)

Mrs. Susan Pate Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Leo Roberts    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen R. Smallwood    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Lou Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Norma Jean McKinney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Linda L. Brazell    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Margaret Andrews    (WARREN, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Foster    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Dunn    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Dawson W. Dill, Sr.    (GREER, S.C.)
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Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Petett    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hettie H. Copelan    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Deleva Mae Lazar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carrie Lindsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nellie P. Freeman    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth E. Kinard    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Mr. Gladstone Earl Belnavis    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Johnson    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pinkie Smith Johnson    (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna T. Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorene A. Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

M s. Willie Gay Chapman    (WARREN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Sonya Renee Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Norris Johnson    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Moody Flowers    (BEAUFORT, S. C.)
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Mr. Charles Malone Bray, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Bessie Manuel    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Melvina Gray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

M s. Willie Gay Chapman    (WARREN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Brice Dugger    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Otis "Pitt" Harris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Winfred Keisler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. M.R. Janakammal    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Alvin W. Lotz    (USAR EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Leeson    (RUSKIN, Fla.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Joan Hall Aton    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mamie G. Lamkin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Melvina Gray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Sonya Renee Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis "Pitt" Harris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles A. Wilder (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Gladstone Earl Belnavis (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Brice Dugger (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa M. Edwards (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lindsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Andrews (WARREN, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Foster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Deadwyler (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Johnson (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Bray (MIAMI, Fla.)

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

Mr. Harold Leeson (RUSKIN, Fla.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Palmisano (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Moody Flowers (BEAUFORT, S. C.)

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

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

Mrs. Hattie Curtis (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

M s. Willie Gay Chapman (WARREN, Ga.)

Mr. William Daughtrey (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Retired teacher was kind, creative

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

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

Mrs. Pinkie Smith Johnson (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Winfred Keisler (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Crittenden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Michelle Worrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John B. Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie P. Freeman (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Londy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leo Roberts (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Brzozowski (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Malone Bray, Sr. (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Petett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna T. Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary Dunn (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Stokes (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Marion S. Moore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. M.R. Janakammal (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie G. Lamkin (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marian Reeves (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Bessie Manuel (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Melvina Gray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Londy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Publicists launch Academy Award campaigns
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - As first light spread across Hollywood, the spin machine hummed to life

Publicists launch Academy Award campaigns

Publicists launch Academy Award campaigns
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - As first light spread across Hollywood, the spin machine hummed to life

Williams, Davenport to meet in Australian Open final

Roddick has simple path to semifinals

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Lakeside boys turn back Evans' tide

Boxing: Gatti ready to face Leija

Long-distance runner to hit milestone

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Safin ends Federer's win streak

Williams, Davenport to meet in Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport both know how it feels to be on top of the tennis world, winning Grand Slam titles and being ranked No. 1.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Overtime
For the third time in four days, Terrell Owens has made his intentions clear: He will absolutely, positively be playing in Super Bowl XXXIX.

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.

Overtime
For the third time in four days, Terrell Owens has made his intentions clear: He will absolutely, positively be playing in Super Bowl XXXIX.

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

Safin ends Federer's win streak
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer was on his hands and knees, his racket gone after he tumbled chasing a shot.

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.

Lakeside boys turn back Evans' tide
The Lakeside senior boys swimmers headed into the CSRA Championship Meet on Thursday night with only one goal: Take back its crown.

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

Williams, Davenport to meet in Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport both know how it feels to be on top of the tennis world, winning Grand Slam titles and being ranked No. 1.

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.

Safin ends Federer's win streak
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer was on his hands and knees, his racket gone after he tumbled chasing a shot.

Lakeside boys turn back Evans' tide
The Lakeside senior boys swimmers headed into the CSRA Championship Meet on Thursday night with only one goal: Take back its crown.

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.

Unsatisfied Josey finally gets to top of poll
News that the Josey boys were finally deemed the top team in Class AA in a statewide poll caused few ripples.

Unsatisfied Josey finally gets to top of poll
News that the Josey boys were finally deemed the top team in Class AA in a statewide poll caused few ripples.

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.

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.

Tech proves it is too early to harbor doubts

Guy movies emphasize adrenaline, antiheroes

Turner calls Fox TV 'propaganda voice' for Bush
LAS VEGAS - CNN founder Ted Turner has called the Fox television network a "propaganda voice" of the Bush administration and compared Fox News Channel's popularity to Adolf Hitler's rise in Germany before World War II.

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People in the News

Lackluster releases see light of day

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Cast member learns the laugh is the thing

How SCTV changed the character of comedy

Gretzky game not as good as Great One

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Georgia defeats Florida
ATHENS, Ga. - For about 30 seconds, Andy Landers' decision to put freshman Tasha Humphrey back into No. 19 Georgia's 81-61 win over Florida looked questionable when she fell to the floor and didn't get up with 1:10 to play.

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

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