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.

World Series ball finds a home for now
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Friday with former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to display the baseball from the final out of the 2004 World Series while putting off the decision on who owns it.

Church ceremony allows couples to reaffirm vows

Children find pile of cash lost by suspected drug dealers
DALLAS - A convenience store owner in one of Dallas' poorest neighborhoods was amazed when she started seeing children from the elementary school across the street buying candy and chips with $100 bills.

Odds and Ends
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The naked jogger has met his fate: a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for running around the neighborhood without his shorts.

Motorists buy gasoline for 18 cents a gallon
OMAHA, Neb. - A misplaced decimal point gave drivers a surprisingly good deal on gas, and fueled some threats of violence.

Children find pile of cash lost by suspected drug dealers
DALLAS - A convenience store owner in one of Dallas' poorest neighborhoods was amazed when she started seeing children from the elementary school across the street buying candy and chips with $100 bills.

Ford recalls vehicles because of fire risk
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 800,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles because the cruise control switch could short circuit and cause a fire under the hood, the automaker said.

Establishment is focused on minority community
Broad Street was the site of a "capitol" celebration Friday. Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. held its official ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for its first branch in the Augusta area.

Program aims to boost honey bee population
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops.

Bank reports record profits
Last year's slowdown in mortgage activity didn't stop Georgia Bank & Trust Co. from having a banner year.

Crude prices fall as market eyes OPEC, Iraq
LONDON - Crude oil futures prices fell Friday on speculation that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps more than a third of the world's oil, will not cut production at a meeting Sunday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ford recalls vehicles because of fire risk

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.

Establishment is focused on minority community

Economic growth slows bit in final quarter of '04
WASHINGTON - Economic growth slowed a bit in the final stretch of 2004, expanding at a still respectable 3.1 percent pace. For all of last year, though, the economy clocked in at its fastest clip since 1999, a compelling sign that the recovery is more deeply rooted.

Program aims to boost honey bee population

Bank reports record profits
Last year's slowdown in mortgage activity didn't stop Georgia Bank & Trust Co. from having a banner year.

Crude prices fall as market eyes OPEC, Iraq

P&G in $57 billion deal for Gillette
NEW YORK - Procter & Gamble Co., the leading U.S. maker of household products whose brands include Crest, Pampers, Tide and Charmin, is buying the razor and battery maker Gillette Co. for $57 billion in a deal that will create the world's biggest consumer-products enterprise, the companies announced Friday.

P&G in $57 billion deal for Gillette

Economic growth slows bit in final quarter of '04
WASHINGTON - Economic growth slowed a bit in the final stretch of 2004, expanding at a still respectable 3.1 percent pace. For all of last year, though, the economy clocked in at its fastest clip since 1999, a compelling sign that the recovery is more deeply rooted.

Economic growth slows bit in final quarter of '04

Program aims to boost honey bee population
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act is expensive for banks

Establishment is focused on minority community
Broad Street was the site of a "capitol" celebration Friday. Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. held its official ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for its first branch in the Augusta area.

Speaker urges development

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.

French vintners hope to destroy their surplus stocks

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

Big-ticket factory orders surged 2004

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

Reports: SBC in talks to buy AT&T

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

Bank reports record profits

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

P&G in $57 billion deal for Gillette
NEW YORK - Procter & Gamble Co., the leading U.S. maker of household products whose brands include Crest, Pampers, Tide and Charmin, is buying the razor and battery maker Gillette Co. for $57 billion in a deal that will create the world's biggest consumer-products enterprise, the companies announced Friday.

Crude prices fall as market eyes OPEC, Iraq
LONDON - Crude oil futures prices fell Friday on speculation that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps more than a third of the world's oil, will not cut production at a meeting Sunday.

Ford recalls vehicles because of fire risk
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 800,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles because the cruise control switch could short circuit and cause a fire under the hood, the automaker said.

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.

Long, USC Upstate rolling

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

Don't overreact
Cathy Cox is a fine secretary of state. She got Georgia through some pretty contentious elections using new computer-screen ballots. She's a very nice lady. And she's an up-and-comer in Democratic politics.

Iraq vote: make or break

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

Let parents go
They're trying to re-create Brown vs. Board of Education in Atlanta.

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.

Let parents go

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.

Romance lives

Let parents go
They're trying to re-create Brown vs. Board of Education in Atlanta.

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

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.

Judge allows adult-oriented material in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Dozens of adult-oriented books, magazines and DVDs seized at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch - one with the fingerprints of Jackson and his accuser - can be used as evidence in the singer's upcoming trial, the judge ruled Friday.

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

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.

Judge allows adult-oriented material in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Dozens of adult-oriented books, magazines and DVDs seized at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch - one with the fingerprints of Jackson and his accuser - can be used as evidence in the singer's upcoming trial, the judge ruled Friday.

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
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.

People: Swank, Eddy Grant and more
NEW YORK - While training for the boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby," Hilary Swank was nearly TKO'd - by a foot infection.

People: Swank, Eddy Grant and more
NEW YORK - While training for the boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby," Hilary Swank was nearly TKO'd - by a foot infection.

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

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.

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

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

Californian takes enviable position

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.

Flynn rides to championship
It's only fitting the top qualifier in the Western Horseman Cup Open competition walked away with the season-ending title.

Galyean is making most of the present

Former NFL standout earns place 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.

Langdale claims non-pro victory

Coalson cruises to win in finals

Langdale claims non-pro victory
A loud roar went up from Jim Langdale's family and friends after his final score was posted. The amateur cutter broke into a wide grin.

Hightower captures fifth title

Former NFL standout earns place in finals
Mel Blount is quick to distinguish the difference between showing cutting horses and playing football.

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.

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

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.

Former NFL standout earns place in finals
Mel Blount is quick to distinguish the difference between showing cutting horses and playing football.

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.

Langdale claims non-pro victory
A loud roar went up from Jim Langdale's family and friends after his final score was posted. The amateur cutter broke into a wide grin.

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

Time for seed planting is almost here

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.

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

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.

Protect your garden pond from predators

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

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

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.

Jackets see things finally fall into place
ATLANTA -- Exactly where Georgia Tech misplaced it is hard to say. Maybe in some dusty locker room at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Georgia Tech prevails in shootout

Georgia Tech squeaks by Wake Forest

Friday's Prep basketball scores

Unsatisfied Josey finally gets to top of poll

Spartans defeat Bulldogs

Rivers picks up final home win

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 conclude; another meeting promised

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 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.

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.

City must fix past problems first

It's time to hatch an Iraq exit plan
I often ask myself this question: Are we fighting a war anywhere? Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Carson was an entertainment giant

U.S. action in Iraq is necessary
Regarding Dr. Jurgen Brauer's erroneous assessment of the United States as being "occupiers" ("Yes, U.S. is an occupier in Iraq"): Germany, his homeland, did just that to so many countries throughout Europe.Kevin Burns, Martinez

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

U.S. action in Iraq is necessary
Regarding Dr. Jurgen Brauer's erroneous assessment of the United States as being "occupiers" ("Yes, U.S. is an occupier in Iraq"): Germany, his homeland, did just that to so many countries throughout Europe.Kevin Burns, Martinez

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

Smart criminals wouldn't get shot

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.

Democratic Party supported slavery

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

Smart criminals wouldn't get shot
Regarding the Augusta Chronicle story "Store's owners kill would-be robbers" (Jan. 26), and the quote from Gloria Doster, "I was trying to blow his brains out is what I was trying to do": You've got some real dumb criminals in Georgia.Don Schwarz, Stoughton, Mass.

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

City must fix past problems first
I have lived in Augusta for 11 years, and I see the real charm with the city. I feel like we have a lot of room to improve, and I feel like planning in the past is more to blame for our problems than our current commission.Jimmy Quinton, Augusta

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

Smart criminals wouldn't get shot
Regarding the Augusta Chronicle story "Store's owners kill would-be robbers" (Jan. 26), and the quote from Gloria Doster, "I was trying to blow his brains out is what I was trying to do": You've got some real dumb criminals in Georgia.Don Schwarz, Stoughton, Mass.

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

U.S. action in Iraq is necessary

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.

Education solution? It's elementary

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

Letter writer's views need to evolve

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

City must fix past problems first
I have lived in Augusta for 11 years, and I see the real charm with the city. I feel like we have a lot of room to improve, and I feel like planning in the past is more to blame for our problems than our current commission.Jimmy Quinton, Augusta

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

Skin is the first line of defense against the cold

Oleg Cassini relevant - and still designing - at 91

Skin is the first line of defense against the cold
NEW YORK - Skin does a darn good job of protecting you against the cold, windy dry air that blows all winter long, but like any barrier that takes a constant beating, skin needs to be cared for and treated with the proper materials.

Oleg Cassini relevant - and still designing - at 91
NEW YORK - For nearly all his 91 years, fashion designer Oleg Cassini has been on the move.

Skin is the first line of defense against the cold
NEW YORK - Skin does a darn good job of protecting you against the cold, windy dry air that blows all winter long, but like any barrier that takes a constant beating, skin needs to be cared for and treated with the proper materials.

Oleg Cassini relevant - and still designing - at 91
NEW YORK - For nearly all his 91 years, fashion designer Oleg Cassini has been on the move.

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.

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.

Across the area

Across the area
Construction on a $506 million tritium extraction plant at Savannah River Site is complete, and the new facility will undergo 20 months of tests before full-scale operations start, officials said Friday.

Educational excellence debated

Across the area
Construction on a $506 million tritium extraction plant at Savannah River Site is complete, and the new facility will undergo 20 months of tests before full-scale operations start, officials said Friday.

Faith groups rally at Capitol

Hospital reviews its work on train wreck

Aviation commissioners accept contractor

Corrections

Tenenbaum pays visit to Graniteville pupils
AIKEN - Wearing her signature ruby-red dress suit, Inez Tenenbaum made her way into the center of a Byrd Elementary School classroom filled with kindergartners.

MOX plant gets past one block

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.

Substitute teacher will not face charges
Richmond County District Attorney Danny Craig announced Friday that he will not charge a Murphey Middle School substitute teacher whose sixth-grade class said he threatened to kill them Wednesday.

Kid of the Day
Nicole Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Winter storm looms

Protest is over flag in painting

GOP women revive two previous bills

Region braces for winter storm
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.

Senate approves virtual classroom

Proposal aims to bring money to poor areas
ATLANTA - Hoping to give Augusta a way to jump-start investment in blighted areas, several Richmond County legislators want to give the city the power to form special tax districts to entice development.

Expect new bills to attract debate

Man will face meth lab charge
A 31-year-old Grovetown man has been arrested after Columbia County police said they found a methamphetamine lab inside his home.

Across Georgia

Faith groups rally at Capitol
ATLANTA - About 200 religious advocates rallied Friday at the Capitol in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would loosen restrictions on letting churches, mosques and other faith-based organizations use state tax dollars to serve the needy.

Lawmakers seek preferred seats

Your house will soon be online
It might seem like something the CIA would have - an aerial photograph of your house and all others in Columbia County.

Teen robbers had previous arrests

Man gets 5 years for felony
A Grovetown man tried on child molestation charges Friday was found guilty of felony sexual battery and sentenced to five years in prison.

Across the area

Was slaughter part of a religious ceremony?
AMARILLO, Texas - The controversy over two veterinarians slaughtering a lamb at a state laboratory in Amarillo might come down to whether or not the slaughter qualifies as a religious ceremony.

Former sheriff studies actions
Former Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers returned to his old stomping grounds Friday to review how law enforcement and emergency management officials handled this month's Graniteville train disaster.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

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

Cases' looks might deceive
Even if it looks like someone committed suicide at first, Richmond County authorities say they don't take it at face value.

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.

Protest is over flag in painting
AMARILLO, Texas - One Amarillo man says an image of a Confederate battle flag is sending Randall County jurors a subliminal message of racism.

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

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.

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - Three Clayton County sheriff's deputies who claim they were illegally fired, then reinstated with a demotion, are suing the deputies who were appointed to fill their senior positions.

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

Former sheriff studies actions

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.

Region braces for winter storm

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.

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.

GOP women revive two previous bills
ATLANTA - Two female Republicans on Friday unveiled legislation that combines a pair of failed abortion bills from 2003 into a single new proposal certain to spark a bitter political feud.

Aiken County's jail director steps down

MOX plant gets past one block
A crucial regulatory hurdle has been cleared by the proposed mixed-oxide plant that will eventually provide 500 new jobs at the beleaguered Savannah River Site and is slated for ground-breaking in May.

Fire alarm

Ex-girlfriend says man rammed her car, hit her
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of ramming the car of an ex-girlfriend, attempting to run her off the road and later assaulting her.

Experts urge vigilance for wintry weather

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.

Tenenbaum pays visit to Graniteville pupils

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.

Two charter schools name their leaders

Expect new bills to attract debate
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature shifted into high gear last week as lawmakers introduced several major bills expected to generate heated debate in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

Abstinence club teaches refusal styles

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.

History is woven into visitor's art

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.

Across the region

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

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Cases' looks might deceive

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.

Ex-soldier charged in insulin plot

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Proposal aims to bring money to poor areas

Hospital, county reach agreement

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill police officer received a verbal warning and was required to attend a Taser retraining course after using a stun gun on an elderly woman, according to documents released Thursday.

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

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

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.

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.

Academy needs support to obtain grants

Two charter schools name their leaders
Meet Marva Tutt Gibson, the first with tickets to the Alicia Keys concert and the future charter-school principal for Jenkins-White Elementary School.

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

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - Three Clayton County sheriff's deputies who claim they were illegally fired, then reinstated with a demotion, are suing the deputies who were appointed to fill their senior positions.

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.

Bond is withheld for three in cases
A Richmond County Superior Court judge denied bond to several people charged with violent crimes in separate cases Friday.

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

Kid of the Day
Nicole Brown is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

News you can use
The IRS offers suggestions if you plan to hire a tax preparer:

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.

GOP women revive two previous bills
ATLANTA - Two female Republicans on Friday unveiled legislation that combines a pair of failed abortion bills from 2003 into a single new proposal certain to spark a bitter political feud.

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

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Cases' looks might deceive
Even if it looks like someone committed suicide at first, Richmond County authorities say they don't take it at face value.

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.

Protest is over flag in painting
AMARILLO, Texas - One Amarillo man says an image of a Confederate battle flag is sending Randall County jurors a subliminal message of racism.

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

Two charter schools name their leaders
Meet Marva Tutt Gibson, the first with tickets to the Alicia Keys concert and the future charter-school principal for Jenkins-White Elementary School.

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.

Region braces for winter storm
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.

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.

MOX plant gets past one block
A crucial regulatory hurdle has been cleared by the proposed mixed-oxide plant that will eventually provide 500 new jobs at the beleaguered Savannah River Site and is slated for ground-breaking in May.

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.

Proposal aims to bring money to poor areas
ATLANTA - Hoping to give Augusta a way to jump-start investment in blighted areas, several Richmond County legislators want to give the city the power to form special tax districts to entice development.

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.

Tenenbaum pays visit to Graniteville pupils
AIKEN - Wearing her signature ruby-red dress suit, Inez Tenenbaum made her way into the center of a Byrd Elementary School classroom filled with kindergartners.

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

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill police officer received a verbal warning and was required to attend a Taser retraining course after using a stun gun on an elderly woman, according to documents released Thursday.

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.

Expect new bills to attract debate
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature shifted into high gear last week as lawmakers introduced several major bills expected to generate heated debate in the coming weeks.

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.

Former sheriff studies actions
Former Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers returned to his old stomping grounds Friday to review how law enforcement and emergency management officials handled this month's Graniteville train disaster.

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.

Faith groups rally at Capitol
ATLANTA - About 200 religious advocates rallied Friday at the Capitol in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would loosen restrictions on letting churches, mosques and other faith-based organizations use state tax dollars to serve the needy.

Across South Carolina

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

At the Movies: 'Alone in the Dark'
Tara Reid plays a character in "Alone in the Dark" who's described in the movie's production notes as "a brilliant anthropologist." And it's not even a comedy!

At the Movies: 'Alone in the Dark'

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.

At the Movies: 'Hide and Seek'

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'
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: 'Alone in the Dark'
Tara Reid plays a character in "Alone in the Dark" who's described in the movie's production notes as "a brilliant anthropologist." And it's not even a comedy!

Long, USC Upstate rolling
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Long, USC Upstate rolling
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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Ms. Carrie Lou Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ex-official fought cancer through 2004
A former Columbia County Chamber of Commerce official lost her long battle with cancer Friday.

Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Palmisano    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Grover Brinson    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

M s. Willie Gay Chapman    (WARREN, Ga.)
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Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Andrews    (WARREN, Ga.)
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Mr s. Joyce E. Simonian    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Rose Evans    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Elijah (Bud) Roundtree    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
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Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cal Davis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Leeson    (RUSKIN, Fla.)

Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Samuel Williams    (LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Jeanne V. Newby    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Vaughan Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry Mathis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Otis "Pitt" Harris    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Grover Brinson    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Scott Sherman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Pastor LaVonna Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Estelle Quinn Crenshaw    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Melvina Gray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Pate Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Black Joyner    (OLAR, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry Mathis    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis "Pitt" Harris    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna T. Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Bray    (MIAMI, Fla.)
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Mrs. Marian Reeves    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Ms. Bessie Manuel    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Winfred Keisler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dolores McCabe Pinkerton    (HRH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles A. Wilder    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Dunn    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Gladstone Earl Belnavis    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Boyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa M. Edwards    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie P. Freeman    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Melvina Gray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene A. Heath    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Dunn    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence R. Hokrein    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susan Pate Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. M.R. Janakammal    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dolores McCabe Pinkerton    (HRH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Norma Jean McKinney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Winfred Keisler    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lannie Mack Terry    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mamie G. Lamkin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Lamar McNeal    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Leeson    (RUSKIN, Fla.)
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Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Carrie Lou Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Palmisano    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Rose Evans    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Malone Bray, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Dixon Glass    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Bessie Manuel    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Londy Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Moody Flowers    (BEAUFORT, S. C.)
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Mrs. Hattie Curtis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marion S. Moore    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Crittenden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Norris Johnson    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Ms. Laura Bell Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susan Pate Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marian Reeves    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Margaret Andrews    (WARREN, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Quinn Crenshaw    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Scott Sherman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Sonya Renee Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Waldo    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Deadwyler    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche Stokes    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Sonya Renee Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Vaughan Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Samuel Williams    (LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Michelle Worrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna T. Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Norma Jean McKinney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marion S. Moore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Dunn (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolores McCabe Pinkerton (HRH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Stephanie Rountree Hackett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Crittenden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillie Vaughan Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Curtis (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cal Davis (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Tony Scott Sherman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Lamar McNeal (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Gladstone Earl Belnavis (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Jean McKinney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Deadwyler (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Rose Evans (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Black Joyner (OLAR, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Leeson (RUSKIN, Fla.)

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

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

Mr. Larry Mathis (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr s. Joyce E. Simonian (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Curtis (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Quinn Crenshaw (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Williams (LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)

Ms. Bessie Manuel (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Grover Brinson (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Reeves (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Londy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Baby Girl Shatori Akia Cone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Pate Jacobs (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Michelle Worrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Pastor LaVonna Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Londy Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Dorothy Marie Coleman Berry (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Bray (MIAMI, Fla.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Palmisano (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Andrews (WARREN, Ga.)

Ms. Melvina Gray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Laura Bell Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sonya Renee Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Crittenden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Michelle Worrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Chris Rock hip-hops into mainstream Oscar gig

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

Chris Rock hip-hops into mainstream Oscar gig
BURBANK, Calif. - Chris Rock's eyes darted around the room, studying the chattering group of international print journalists. He licked his lips, clasped his hands... and only dropped one F-bomb as they questioned him in a variety of accents.

Publicists launch Academy Award campaigns

Chris Rock hip-hops into mainstream Oscar gig
BURBANK, Calif. - Chris Rock's eyes darted around the room, studying the chattering group of international print journalists. He licked his lips, clasped his hands... and only dropped one F-bomb as they questioned him in a variety of accents.

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

Overtime

Winter X Games: bigger and badder than ever

Lakeside boys turn back Evans' tide

Overtime

Williams, Davenport to meet in Australian Open final

Safin ends Federer's win streak

Hewitt beats Roddick to reach final against Safin

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.

Winter X Games: bigger and badder than ever
ASPEN, Colo. - The first Winter X Games included an event that had racers barreling down the mountain in homemade contraptions built around snow shovels. That's right, the so-called world's premier action sports event featured what amounted to a soap box derby on snow.

Overtime
All games and practices for the Columbia County Recreation Department have been cancelled for today due to inclement weather.

Overtime
All games and practices for the Columbia County Recreation Department have been cancelled for today due to inclement weather.

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.

Hewitt beats Roddick to reach final against Safin
MELBOURNE, Australia - Lleyton Hewitt endured 31 aces to beat hard-serving Andy Roddick 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 Friday and advance to the Australian Open final.

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.

Winter X Games: bigger and badder than ever
ASPEN, Colo. - The first Winter X Games included an event that had racers barreling down the mountain in homemade contraptions built around snow shovels. That's right, the so-called world's premier action sports event featured what amounted to a soap box derby on snow.

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

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.

Hewitt beats Roddick to reach final against Safin
MELBOURNE, Australia - Lleyton Hewitt endured 31 aces to beat hard-serving Andy Roddick 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-1 Friday and advance to the Australian Open final.

Spartans defeat Bulldogs
Antonio Keller was the hottest man in town Friday night. The Glenn Hills senior could have used his hands to cook a bag of popcorn or a T-bone steak.

Friday's Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's games:

Rivers picks up final home win
Five years. Tops. That was the self-imposed limit Pat Rivers set for her career as a girls basketball coach when she started in 1981 at the Academy of Richmond County.

Rivers picks up final home win
Five years. Tops. That was the self-imposed limit Pat Rivers set for her career as a girls basketball coach when she started in 1981 at the Academy of Richmond County.

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.

Friday's Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's games:

Spartans defeat Bulldogs
Antonio Keller was the hottest man in town Friday night. The Glenn Hills senior could have used his hands to cook a bag of popcorn or a T-bone steak.

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.

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

Faith digest
The Rev. Clarence Moore, the pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, will be installed as president of the 500,000-member General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1714 Olive Road. The convention is the largest black convention in Georgia.

Area pastor will continue God's work in Atlanta
After nearly seven years coaching hundreds of Baptist pastors and churches in east Georgia, the Rev. John Bryan is going to lead a congregation in Atlanta.

Anti-war clergy should ponder their predecessors
Comparisons between different historical situations are tricky. But Joseph Loconte of the conservative Heritage Foundation sees a parallel between clergy who denounce military action against today's Islamic terrorists or tyrants, and their predecessors who opposed America's entry into World War II.

Evangelicals' agenda has no party lines
As President Bush began his second term, his words and actions seemed to reinforce the image of a president whose straightforward piety helped him win re-election and earned him lockstep loyalty from white evangelicals.

Anti-war clergy should ponder their predecessors
Comparisons between different historical situations are tricky. But Joseph Loconte of the conservative Heritage Foundation sees a parallel between clergy who denounce military action against today's Islamic terrorists or tyrants, and their predecessors who opposed America's entry into World War II.

Religion briefs
Rabbi David Forman, of Jerusalem, will speak on Living with Terror - Morality vs. Security at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road. Rabbi Forman, a soldier, author and speaker, has worked as an international advocate for human rights. His visit is sponsored by the Dr. Abraham and Sylvia Miller Series of the Mind Fund. A reception will follow his talk. Call 733-9491.

Evangelicals' agenda has no party lines
As President Bush began his second term, his words and actions seemed to reinforce the image of a president whose straightforward piety helped him win re-election and earned him lockstep loyalty from white evangelicals.

Religion briefs
Rabbi David Forman, of Jerusalem, will speak on Living with Terror - Morality vs. Security at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road. Rabbi Forman, a soldier, author and speaker, has worked as an international advocate for human rights. His visit is sponsored by the Dr. Abraham and Sylvia Miller Series of the Mind Fund. A reception will follow his talk. Call 733-9491.

Area pastor will continue God's work in Atlanta
After nearly seven years coaching hundreds of Baptist pastors and churches in east Georgia, the Rev. John Bryan is going to lead a congregation in Atlanta.

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

Faith digest
The Rev. Clarence Moore, the pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, will be installed as president of the 500,000-member General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1714 Olive Road. The convention is the largest black convention in Georgia.

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Top TV anchors return to Iraq for election coverage
NEW YORK - American television networks have all sent their top anchors to Iraq this week to cover Sunday's elections, using them as a news hook to update viewers about what's going on in the war zone.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 17-23. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Felicity's Keri Russell stars in a TV film
NEW YORK - When "Felicity" began in fall 1998, its winsome heroine was finishing high school. Then, on a lark, she enrolled in college in distant New York City, taking grateful flight from her California nest.

Top TV anchors return to Iraq for election coverage

Felicity's Keri Russell stars in a TV film
NEW YORK - When "Felicity" began in fall 1998, its winsome heroine was finishing high school. Then, on a lark, she enrolled in college in distant New York City, taking grateful flight from her California nest.

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.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Felicity's Keri Russell stars in a TV film

Top TV anchors return to Iraq for election coverage
NEW YORK - American television networks have all sent their top anchors to Iraq this week to cover Sunday's elections, using them as a news hook to update viewers about what's going on in the war zone.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 17-23. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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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.

Children find pile of cash lost by suspected drug dealers

Anti-war clergy should ponder their predecessors

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Faith calendar

Area pastor will continue God's work in Atlanta

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Evangelicals' agenda has no party lines