Valentine's Day books deliver the message of love

Valentine's Day books deliver the message of love
Forget the traditional trappings of Valentine's Day: Children don't want flowers, chocolate and diamonds. Instead, they want wholehearted adoration.

A smashingly good memoir about an alcoholic
At Syracuse University in upstate New York, and certainly at other colleges around the country, the pubs and Greek houses are the centers of social life. There, friendships are made, romances are sparked, and bad habits with alcohol are reinforced, sometimes never to be completely shaken.

Engrossing account of tragic 1888 blizzard
Many children who had been kept home because of the intense cold trooped off to schools across the Midwest when the conditions turned unseasonably warm that Thursday morning.

Love is bound to be found in Valentine's Day books
Those looking for some Valentine's Day romance between the covers are certain to find it - between the covers of any of several new books.

Valentine's Day books deliver the message of love
Forget the traditional trappings of Valentine's Day: Children don't want flowers, chocolate and diamonds. Instead, they want wholehearted adoration.

A smashingly good memoir about an alcoholic
At Syracuse University in upstate New York, and certainly at other colleges around the country, the pubs and Greek houses are the centers of social life. There, friendships are made, romances are sparked, and bad habits with alcohol are reinforced, sometimes never to be completely shaken.

Love is bound to be found in Valentine's Day books

Engrossing account of tragic 1888 blizzard
Many children who had been kept home because of the intense cold trooped off to schools across the Midwest when the conditions turned unseasonably warm that Thursday morning.

Engrossing account of tragic 1888 blizzard

A smashingly good memoir about an alcoholic

Love is bound to be found in Valentine's Day books
Those looking for some Valentine's Day romance between the covers are certain to find it - between the covers of any of several new books.

Report: Canseco says he injected McGwire with steroids
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco says in his upcoming book that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers to the drugs, the Daily News reported Sunday.

Report: Canseco says he injected McGwire with steroids

Tigers land Ordonez
DETROIT - For the second straight year, the Detroit Tigers added a marquee player about two weeks before the start of spring training.

Report: Canseco says he injected McGwire with steroids
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco says in his upcoming book that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers to the drugs, the Daily News reported Sunday.

Tigers land Ordonez
DETROIT - For the second straight year, the Detroit Tigers added a marquee player about two weeks before the start of spring training.

Tigers land Ordonez

No one will ever really figure out parenting

Octevion DeMario Harris
Octevia Pinkney and Lamont Harris of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Octevion DeMario, born January 5, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sullivan Abbott White
Jeffery and Jane White of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Sullivan Abbott, born January 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Lawson Scott
Tim and Amy Scott of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Lawson, born January 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brian Ethan Nugent

Dalton Michael Peeler
Todd and Eva Peeler of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dalton Michael, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maliyah Sheriese Dempsey

Reilly McKenzie Howell
Ashley and April Howell of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reilly McKenzie, born, January 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Belle Bowling

Shelby Lynne White
Anthony and Kimberly White of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Lynne, born January 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jahmel Vince Barnes

Shelby Lynne White
Anthony and Kimberly White of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Lynne, born January 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hayden Lane Hollifield

Sullivan Abbott White
Jeffery and Jane White of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Sullivan Abbott, born January 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Joseph Wesley Murray, Nathaniel Wilson Murray

Alexandrea Paige Mayo
Donald 'DJ' Mayo and Crystal Wagner are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandrea Paige, born January 13, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Shelby Lynne White

Karis Ava Newton
Duste and Tracy Newton of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Karis Ava, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hunter Nathaniel Sikes

Dalton Michael Peeler
Todd and Eva Peeler of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dalton Michael, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Karis Ava Newton

Isabella Faith Ledford, Julianna Grace Ledford
Adam and Melissa Ledford of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Isabella Faith and Julianna Grace, born November 3, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hanna Mary Ann Secord, Asa Hunter Secord

Joseph Wesley Murray, Nathaniel Wilson Murray
Michael and Virginia Murray of North Augusta, are proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Joseph Wesley and Nathaniel Wilson.

Octevion DeMario Harris

Maliyah Sheriese Dempsey
Gary and Rebecca Dempsey of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maliyah Sheriese, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dalton Michael Peeler

Asher Carroll Clark
Eric and Sandi Clark of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Asher Carroll, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lydia Faith Newman

Isabella Faith Ledford, Julianna Grace Ledford
Adam and Melissa Ledford of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Isabella Faith and Julianna Grace, born November 3, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Reilly McKenzie Howell

Jordan Gabrielle Childs
Marsha Fields and Daniel Childs , both of Nashville, Tenn., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Gabrielle, born January 9, 2005 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

Jordan Gabrielle Childs

Jahmel Vince Barnes
Vince Barnett and Cherelle Barnes of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jahmel Vince, born January 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Leighann Byrd

Katelyn Elizabeth Olson
Nathan and Lindsay Olson of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Asya Nyome Fox

Madison Belle Bowling
Victor and Amanda Bowling of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Belle, born January 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Addisyn Belle Clements

Lydia Faith Newman
Lee and Lydia Newman of Matthews, Ga. , are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Faith, born, January 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Abigail LePage Gunnels

McKenzie Rachel Lewis
Melissa Wellman and William Lewis, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Rachel, born, November 27, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brittney Leigh Williams, Brianna Nicole Williams

Joseph Wesley Murray, Nathaniel Wilson Murray
Michael and Virginia Murray of North Augusta, are proud to announce the birth of their twin boys, Joseph Wesley and Nathaniel Wilson.

Sullivan Abbott White

Asya Nyome Fox
Christopher and Brandy Fox of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Asya Nyome, born January 10, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Lawson Scott

Abigail LePage Gunnels
Christopher and Cynthia Gunnels of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail LePage, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Rachel Lewis

Thomas Grady Gladd
Edward and Julie Gladd of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Grady, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Katelyn Elizabeth Olson

Kathleen Adair Weston
James and Kristen Weston of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kathleen Adair, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Asher Carroll Clark

Thomas Grady Gladd

Kathleen Adair Weston

Addisyn Belle Clements
Charles and Kristin Clements are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Addisyn Belle, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Asher Carroll Clark
Eric and Sandi Clark of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Asher Carroll, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Abigail LePage Gunnels
Christopher and Cynthia Gunnels of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail LePage, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lydia Faith Newman
Lee and Lydia Newman of Matthews, Ga. , are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Faith, born, January 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Asya Nyome Fox
Christopher and Brandy Fox of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Asya Nyome, born January 10, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madyson Nicole Spicer
Stephanie Jean Spicer of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Madyson Nicole, born, January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brian Ethan Nugent
Brian and Jill Nugent of Belvedere, S.C., are pleased to announce e the birth of their son, Brian Ethan, born January 10, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Blake Lawson Scott
Tim and Amy Scott of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Lawson, born January 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Trevor William Brown
William and Stacey Brown of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trevor William, born January 17, 2005 at University Hospital.

Hanna Mary Ann Secord, Asa Hunter Secord
Mark and Kristi Secord of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Hanna Mary Ann and Asa Hunter, born January 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Belle Bowling
Victor and Amanda Bowling of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Belle, born January 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brittney Leigh Williams, Brianna Nicole Williams
Jeremy and Jennifer Williams of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Brittney Leigh and Brianna Nicole, born December 11, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Karis Ava Newton
Duste and Tracy Newton of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Karis Ava, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elayna Grace Schulter
Carl and Stephanie Schulter of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elayna Grace, born January 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hunter Nathaniel Sikes
Mack Sikes and Heather Crawford of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Nathaniel, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Adriel Vincent Guiang, Keiron Jospeh Guiang
Edwin and Liezel Guiang of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Adriel Vincent, and Keiron Joseph, born January 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madyson Nicole Spicer

Hayden Lane Hollifield
Linda Hollifield and Billy Madden of Jackson, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hayden Lane, born January 19, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Trevor William Brown

Hunter Nathaniel Sikes
Mack Sikes and Heather Crawford of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hunter Nathaniel, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hayden Lane Hollifield
Linda Hollifield and Billy Madden of Jackson, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hayden Lane, born January 19, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Trevor William Brown
William and Stacey Brown of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trevor William, born January 17, 2005 at University Hospital.

Jahmel Vince Barnes
Vince Barnett and Cherelle Barnes of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jahmel Vince, born January 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Madyson Nicole Spicer
Stephanie Jean Spicer of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Madyson Nicole, born, January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brittney Leigh Williams, Brianna Nicole Williams
Jeremy and Jennifer Williams of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Brittney Leigh and Brianna Nicole, born December 11, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Addisyn Belle Clements
Charles and Kristin Clements are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Addisyn Belle, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hanna Mary Ann Secord, Asa Hunter Secord
Mark and Kristi Secord of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, Hanna Mary Ann and Asa Hunter, born January 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maliyah Sheriese Dempsey
Gary and Rebecca Dempsey of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maliyah Sheriese, born January 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Gabrielle Childs
Marsha Fields and Daniel Childs , both of Nashville, Tenn., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Gabrielle, born January 9, 2005 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

Kathleen Adair Weston
James and Kristen Weston of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kathleen Adair, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Thomas Grady Gladd
Edward and Julie Gladd of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Grady, born January 12, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Octevion DeMario Harris
Octevia Pinkney and Lamont Harris of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Octevion DeMario, born January 5, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella Faith Ledford, Julianna Grace Ledford

Brian Ethan Nugent
Brian and Jill Nugent of Belvedere, S.C., are pleased to announce e the birth of their son, Brian Ethan, born January 10, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Reilly McKenzie Howell
Ashley and April Howell of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reilly McKenzie, born, January 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Katelyn Elizabeth Olson
Nathan and Lindsay Olson of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Katelyn Elizabeth, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Rachel Lewis
Melissa Wellman and William Lewis, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Rachel, born, November 27, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Soldier demoted for mud-wrestling party
RALEIGH, N.C. - A female member of a National Guard military police unit was demoted for indecent exposure after a mud-wrestling party at the Army-run Camp Bucca detention center in Iraq, a military spokesman said Sunday.

Soldier demoted for mud-wrestling party
RALEIGH, N.C. - A female member of a National Guard military police unit was demoted for indecent exposure after a mud-wrestling party at the Army-run Camp Bucca detention center in Iraq, a military spokesman said Sunday.

Attracting a low-cost carrier can be a long, arduous affair

Doctors drop out of workers' comp system

County officials debate regional economic plan

Attracting a low-cost carrier can be a long, arduous affair
When residents wanted affordable air service in Biloxi, Miss., the unlikeliest of supporters stepped up: a newly opened casino.

Summer travel could be costly for motorists
WASHINGTON - Gasoline prices rose more than 7 percent in January, which typically is one of the slowest driving months of the year. That's leading experts to predict pump prices may surge past last year's record highs when highway travel picks up late in the spring.

Property transfers

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 20-28. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Doctors drop out of workers' comp system
SACRAMENTO - Francis Pecoraro is trading a San Francisco Bay area medical practice that mainly serves injured workers for one in Wilmington, N.C., that he believes will be more doctor friendly.

County officials debate regional economic plan
Augusta, as far as economic development goes, is a city without a plan. But it's working on it.

On the move
Craig Archer has joined SRP Federal Credit Union as assistant manager for the Martinez branch. The Augusta native was previously employed as a financial center manager for Wachovia Bank in Aiken.

On the move

Business calendar
Monday: Starting Your Own Business; two-hour course gives the would-be entrepreneur a brief overview of the many aspects of being in business; 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, 737-1790.

Doctors drop out of workers' comp system
SACRAMENTO - Francis Pecoraro is trading a San Francisco Bay area medical practice that mainly serves injured workers for one in Wilmington, N.C., that he believes will be more doctor friendly.

County officials debate regional economic plan
Augusta, as far as economic development goes, is a city without a plan. But it's working on it.

Summer travel could be costly for motorists
WASHINGTON - Gasoline prices rose more than 7 percent in January, which typically is one of the slowest driving months of the year. That's leading experts to predict pump prices may surge past last year's record highs when highway travel picks up late in the spring.

Business calendar
Monday: Starting Your Own Business; two-hour course gives the would-be entrepreneur a brief overview of the many aspects of being in business; 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, 737-1790.

Business calendar

Attracting a low-cost carrier can be a long, arduous affair
When residents wanted affordable air service in Biloxi, Miss., the unlikeliest of supporters stepped up: a newly opened casino.

Summer travel could be costly for motorists

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 20-28. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move
Craig Archer has joined SRP Federal Credit Union as assistant manager for the Martinez branch. The Augusta native was previously employed as a financial center manager for Wachovia Bank in Aiken.

Fed chairman praises father of modern economics
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan paid tribute on Sunday to the father of modern economics, saying that 18th-century philosopher Adam Smith was "a towering contributor to the development of the modern world."

City attorney took high road when refuting accusations

City attorney took high road when refuting accusations
We don't know about you, but if we had been city attorney Stephen Shepard, we wouldn't have gone behind closed doors to tell commissioners they had made a million- dollar mistake when they accused him of ripping the city off with excessive legal bills.

City attorney took high road when refuting accusations
We don't know about you, but if we had been city attorney Stephen Shepard, we wouldn't have gone behind closed doors to tell commissioners they had made a million- dollar mistake when they accused him of ripping the city off with excessive legal bills.

Maryland defeats Lady Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Looks like No. 20 Maryland has an outside answer as well.

Maryland defeats Lady Tigers

Maryland defeats Lady Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Looks like No. 20 Maryland has an outside answer as well.

Citadel moves ahead with stadium renovation
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel's board of visitors has approved an $8 million plan to renovate Johnson Hagood Stadium.

SEC roundup

No. 2 North Carolina routs Florida St.

Pacers keep their home fire burningSubheadusc aiken women 64,

Southern Conference roundup

ACC roundup

USC Aiken drops ball, falls to Armstrong Atlantic

Are we in or out?
A charity poker tournament in Rochester, N.Y., to raise funds for muscular dystrophy was postponed recently when its legality came into question.

Are we in or out?

Enjoying a good fight

Terrorist's Bill of Rights
U.S. Senior Judge Joyce Hens Green is a Carter-era appointee to the federal bench. So you can guess where that puts her on the ideological scale.

Terrorist's Bill of Rights

Enjoying a good fight
"Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. ... You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway, so it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

Driving adults nuts
So what's causing all the bomb threats in Richmond County schools - and what can be done about it?

Terrorist's Bill of Rights
U.S. Senior Judge Joyce Hens Green is a Carter-era appointee to the federal bench. So you can guess where that puts her on the ideological scale.

Enjoying a good fight
"Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. ... You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway, so it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

An image problem?

Driving adults nuts

Are we in or out?
A charity poker tournament in Rochester, N.Y., to raise funds for muscular dystrophy was postponed recently when its legality came into question.

Driving adults nuts
So what's causing all the bomb threats in Richmond County schools - and what can be done about it?

An image problem?
Most retail stores' ads and commercials hype product, prices and service. But not Wal-Mart, at least not lately.

An image problem?
Most retail stores' ads and commercials hype product, prices and service. But not Wal-Mart, at least not lately.

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested
BARSTOW, Calif. - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was booked on suspicion of violating his parole after police found marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop, authorities said Sunday.

People in the News
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Reigning American Idol Fantasia Barrino said one song on her new CD, "Free Yourself," is dedicated to young mothers who struggle to support themselves and their children - just as she does.

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested
BARSTOW, Calif. - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was booked on suspicion of violating his parole after police found marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop, authorities said Sunday.

People in the News
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Reigning American Idol Fantasia Barrino said one song on her new CD, "Free Yourself," is dedicated to young mothers who struggle to support themselves and their children - just as she does.

Georgia Southern silences Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Terry Williams scored 21 points and Elton Nesbitt had 20 to lead Georgia Southern to an 81-63 victory over Furman on Saturday.

Georgia Southern silences Furman
STATESBORO, Ga. - Terry Williams scored 21 points and Elton Nesbitt had 20 to lead Georgia Southern to an 81-63 victory over Furman on Saturday.

Duke overpowers Tech
DURHAM, N.C. - Paul Hewitt finally has an answer for what's wrong with his Georgia Tech basketball team when playing on the road.

Duke overpowers Tech
DURHAM, N.C. - Paul Hewitt finally has an answer for what's wrong with his Georgia Tech basketball team when playing on the road.

Georgia Southern silences Furman

Duke overpowers Tech

Here's the problem with 'No problem'

Pacers looking for lucky seven at Outback

Nicklaus wins Skins Game, biggest check of career
WAILEA, Hawaii - Jack Nicklaus returned from a long layoff following back surgery to take the Champions Skins Game on Saturday, winning 11 straight skins and a career-high $340,000 in a runaway victory over Craig Stadler.

Parry outlasts O'Hern in four-hole playoff
MELBOURNE, Australia - Craig Parry kept saving par. Nick O'Hern kept missing putts.

Parry outlasts O'Hern in four-hole playoff

Nicklaus wins Skins Game, biggest check of career
WAILEA, Hawaii - Jack Nicklaus returned from a long layoff following back surgery to take the Champions Skins Game on Saturday, winning 11 straight skins and a career-high $340,000 in a runaway victory over Craig Stadler.

Mickelson holds on for victory at former home

Mickelson holds on for victory at former home
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson finished a triumphant week in his second home, winning the FBR Open by five strokes for his largest margin of victory in a PGA Tour event.

Parry outlasts O'Hern in four-hole playoff
MELBOURNE, Australia - Craig Parry kept saving par. Nick O'Hern kept missing putts.

Mickelson holds on for victory at former home
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson finished a triumphant week in his second home, winning the FBR Open by five strokes for his largest margin of victory in a PGA Tour event.

Cheered on by the masses, Mickelson takes four-shot lead at FBR Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Cheered on by tens of thousands who consider him their hometown hero, Phil Mickelson forged a four-shot lead over Kevin Na through three rounds of the FBR Open, a giant party that happens to have a golf tournament going through it.

Cheered on by the masses, Mickelson takes four-shot lead at FBR Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Cheered on by tens of thousands who consider him their hometown hero, Phil Mickelson forged a four-shot lead over Kevin Na through three rounds of the FBR Open, a giant party that happens to have a golf tournament going through it.

Pacers looking for lucky seven at Outback
There's just a certain ring to USC Aiken winning another golf tournament.

Nicklaus wins Skins Game, biggest check of career

Cheered on by the masses, Mickelson takes four-shot lead at FBR Open

Pacers looking for lucky seven at Outback
There's just a certain ring to USC Aiken winning another golf tournament.

No one will ever really figure out parenting
It doesn't make sense, really. Before I became a father, 11 years ago this week, I received a lot of birthing lessons. My wife and I went to the hospital and attended a series of them over a multiple-month period in which we got refresher courses on human biology, nutrition and what I suspect was some thinly disguised psychiatric counseling.

No one will ever really figure out parenting
It doesn't make sense, really. Before I became a father, 11 years ago this week, I received a lot of birthing lessons. My wife and I went to the hospital and attended a series of them over a multiple-month period in which we got refresher courses on human biology, nutrition and what I suspect was some thinly disguised psychiatric counseling.

Wreck kills Trenton woman
AIKEN -- A Trenton woman was killed this morning when her Volkswagen sedan was struck by a utility truck on South Carolina Highway 19.

Police seek suspect in deadly shooting
Police are looking for the person who shot an 18-year-old Augusta man to death outside Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar this morning, according to officials.

Patriots 24, Eagles 21
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Some dynasties are pretty, some are perfect. The New England Patriots never worry about style points.

TV's lottery ads are misleading
I have seen one of the most morally bankrupt ads for the Georgia Lottery ever. This one starts with an elderly, gray-haired black woman who appears to be a classroom teacher opening a letter. It is from one of her former students, we learn as she reads, and her teaching taught him about far-away, exotic places. Now that he has won the Lotto, he is sending her a check so she can travel to some of these interesting places. Glenn Link , Evans

Treatment of Rice was shameful
Condoleezza Rice's recent confirmation hearings: What a spectacle! On the floor of the U.S. Senate, a former Klan member and another senator, who under different birth circumstances would likely have been tried for manslaughter in 1968, bad-mouthed a brilliant, accomplished, African-American woman for partisan purposes. Is this a great country or what? W. Edwin Loftis, Augusta

Cobb flap causes sticker shock
Here we go again! Cobb County, Ga., has announced it will appeal a federal court's order to remove stickers from public-school biology books. The sticker identifies evolution as theory rather than fact.Charles Heywood, Martinez

Abortion protest is a disturbance
I am writing in response to a letter to the editor, "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26). Casey Howard, Augusta

Augusta can spur development
As a new resident, I was delighted to see the Jan. 29 front-page article "Proposal aims to bring money to poor areas," an idea being pursued by state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta.G.A. Bongiovanni, Augusta

Letter should not have been printed
This is in response to the letter, "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26). Katie Kiernan, Augusta

Treatment of Rice was shameful
Condoleezza Rice's recent confirmation hearings: What a spectacle! On the floor of the U.S. Senate, a former Klan member and another senator, who under different birth circumstances would likely have been tried for manslaughter in 1968, bad-mouthed a brilliant, accomplished, African-American woman for partisan purposes. Is this a great country or what? W. Edwin Loftis, Augusta

Augusta smoking law is a must
I read with great interest Lee Shearer's article in Tuesday's Chronicle regarding the Athens-Clarke County Commission's proposed total ban on smoking in public places, with hopes of joining the ranks of other counties and cities in the state that have seen the light and done so. Jerry Scott, Augusta

Progress comes at poor's expense

Abortion alternative must be found
I read with great interest Dr. Gene Binet's Jan. 26 letter ("Come pray for an end to abortions"). It is unfortunate that most people are unaware of the unpleasant fact that Augusta has become Georgia's second-largest abortion center. Vern J. Simon, Evans

What went 'bang' in Big Bang?
Matt Alan, in his Jan. 24 letter to the editor ("Editorial reached height of hypocrisy") has almost convinced me. Almost, but not quite.Richard Netzley, Evans

TV's lottery ads are misleading

Dems need to champion values
I agree with Howard Dean's assertion that the Democratic Party must redefine itself. We can have a debate about which party is more religious, but the Democratic Party credo has been biblically based, especially during the civil rights movement. ...Roy Ellis, Augusta

Augusta can spur development

Progress comes at poor's expense
Sociologist Herbert Gans wrote that "the poor, being powerless, can be made to absorb the costs of change and growth in America. During the 19th century, they did the backbreaking work that built the cities; today, they are pushed out of their neighborhoods to make room for 'progress.' Urban renewal projects to hold middle-class taxpayers in the city and expressways to enable suburbanites to commute downtown have typically been located in poor neighborhoods since no other group will allow itself to be displaced."Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta, S.C.

Augusta can spur development
As a new resident, I was delighted to see the Jan. 29 front-page article "Proposal aims to bring money to poor areas," an idea being pursued by state Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta.G.A. Bongiovanni, Augusta

What went 'bang' in Big Bang?
Matt Alan, in his Jan. 24 letter to the editor ("Editorial reached height of hypocrisy") has almost convinced me. Almost, but not quite.Richard Netzley, Evans

Letter should not have been printed

Dems need to champion values

What went 'bang' in Big Bang?

Letter should not have been printed
This is in response to the letter, "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26).Katie Kiernan, Augusta

Treatment of Rice was shameful

Dems need to champion values
I agree with Howard Dean's assertion that the Democratic Party must redefine itself. We can have a debate about which party is more religious, but the Democratic Party credo has been biblically based, especially during the civil rights movement. ...Roy Ellis, Augusta

TV's lottery ads are misleading
I have seen one of the most morally bankrupt ads for the Georgia Lottery ever. This one starts with an elderly, gray-haired black woman who appears to be a classroom teacher opening a letter. It is from one of her former students, we learn as she reads, and her teaching taught him about far-away, exotic places. Now that he has won the Lotto, he is sending her a check so she can travel to some of these interesting places. Glenn Link , Evans

Abortion protest is a disturbance

Abortion protest is a disturbance
I am writing in response to a letter to the editor, "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26).Casey Howard, Augusta

Progress comes at poor's expense
Sociologist Herbert Gans wrote that "the poor, being powerless, can be made to absorb the costs of change and growth in America. During the 19th century, they did the backbreaking work that built the cities; today, they are pushed out of their neighborhoods to make room for 'progress.' Urban renewal projects to hold middle-class taxpayers in the city and expressways to enable suburbanites to commute downtown have typically been located in poor neighborhoods since no other group will allow itself to be displaced."Kathleen Gibson, North Augusta, S.C.

Historic sites trace route to freedom

Ask the Carey Brothers

Travel briefs

'Resident Evil 4' horrific yet enjoyable

Plan from the start to build energy efficiency into home

Best bets on the Net

Who needs a cell phone? Just send me a text message

Microsoft Streets & Trips avoids road to nowhere

A new destination for chocolate connoisseurs

Enjoy a weekend in sunny San Juan

Little Rock offers lessons in civil rights history

Enthusiasts adopt 19th-century style in target-shooting society

Microsoft Streets & Trips avoids road to nowhere
With Web sites like Yahoo and MapQuest giving away maps and driving directions it seems like a waste of money to buy a standalone program that basically does the same thing. To survive, software publishers need to offer a lot more than the online freebies.

Best bets on the Net
Those who enjoy watching the Super Bowl for the TV commercials may want to pay this site a visit. Search the archives for popular ads that aired in past Super Bowls, find previews of this year's spots, interact on the message board, check the latest ad-related news and more.

Woman should go to ex-father-in-law's funeralthe proper thing
Dear Carson: My ex-husband's father is terminally ill with cancer. I suspect he will pass away very soon. Although our relationship was good while he was my father-in-law, there has been very little to no contact over the past 14 years. I have a fair relationship with my ex-husband, with whom I have two grown sons. Should I go to this funeral or would it be better just to send a card to my ex-mother-in law? Ex-Daughter-in-Law Dilemma

Travel briefs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida tourism officials are offering a weather warranty to calm concerns about potential hurricanes among meeting and convention planners.

A home with historic charm
Living in a historic house could be intimidating, but Mike Bickley and Vanessa Santos have found a way to make their 150-year-old home in Waynesboro, Ga., inviting.

Enthusiasts adopt 19th-century style in target-shooting society
Hands resting easily on the polished handles of his six-guns, Surly Dave peers through the bank window, assessing the situation and formulating his attack. His restless eyes move beneath the felt brim of his hat and he subconsciously smooths his well-waxed handlebar moustache.

Who needs a cell phone? Just send me a text message
It was a typical teen-and-mother tussle - the sort that's played out in millions of households across America.

Little Rock offers lessons in civil rights history
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Walk into Little Rock Central High School as classes are changing, the historic school's halls filling with students, and you walk into history.

Podcasting turns PC owners into broadcasters
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After getting a taste of the radio business in college, software designer Craig Patchett never lost his interest in broadcasting. But without a job in radio, it seemed likely to remain one of those unfulfilled passions - until something called "podcasting" came along.

A new destination for chocolate connoisseurs
NEW YORK - Is New York the Big Apple - or the Big Bonbon? Connoisseurs say the city is turning into a destination for chocolate-lovers.

'Resident Evil 4' horrific yet enjoyable
Shotgun at the ready, I inched along the muddy path toward a ramshackle wood shed shrouded in the foggy distance.

Historic sites trace route to freedom
RIPLEY, Ohio - A candle in the window of the preacher's house high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River meant the coast was clear, that runaway slaves could find temporary refuge on their flight from the South.

Plan from the start to build energy efficiency into home
Many energy-saving strategies work best when incorporated into the home while it is being built.

Plan from the start to build energy efficiency into home
Many energy-saving strategies work best when incorporated into the home while it is being built.

'ESPN NBA 2K5' a great hoops game
Balancing offense and defense is key to a great basketball video game. "ESPN NBA 2K5" successfully blends excellent game play, stunning visuals and a solid amount of new features at a bargain price.

Builders see smart homes as an intelligent decision
New homes with a mind of their own may seem futuristic to homeowners but not to the nation's home builders.

Enthusiasts adopt 19th-century style in target-shooting society
Hands resting easily on the polished handles of his six-guns, Surly Dave peers through the bank window, assessing the situation and formulating his attack. His restless eyes move beneath the felt brim of his hat and he subconsciously smooths his well-waxed handlebar moustache.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Can you provide some tips for conserving water? -- Brett

In the know
Sexist or not, the idea persists that many women will want to avoid anything related to today's Super Bowl. TBS is offering a day of movies "they really want," starting with Stepmom at 7 a.m. and continuing at 9:30 a.m. with Fried Green Tomatoes.

Historic sites trace route to freedom
RIPLEY, Ohio - A candle in the window of the preacher's house high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River meant the coast was clear, that runaway slaves could find temporary refuge on their flight from the South.

'Resident Evil 4' horrific yet enjoyable
Shotgun at the ready, I inched along the muddy path toward a ramshackle wood shed shrouded in the foggy distance.

Little Rock offers lessons in civil rights history
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Walk into Little Rock Central High School as classes are changing, the historic school's halls filling with students, and you walk into history.

Microsoft Streets & Trips avoids road to nowhere
With Web sites like Yahoo and MapQuest giving away maps and driving directions it seems like a waste of money to buy a standalone program that basically does the same thing. To survive, software publishers need to offer a lot more than the online freebies.

Enjoy a weekend in sunny San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - I couldn't take it anymore. Freezing temperatures, slipping and falling on icy sidewalks, and the snow. There was just so much snow. I'd had enough of wintry New York and was starting to take the weather personally, like it was out to get me. I was ready to move back to sunny Arizona.

Best bets on the Net
Those who enjoy watching the Super Bowl for the TV commercials may want to pay this site a visit. Search the archives for popular ads that aired in past Super Bowls, find previews of this year's spots, interact on the message board, check the latest ad-related news and more.

Travel briefs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida tourism officials are offering a weather warranty to calm concerns about potential hurricanes among meeting and convention planners.

Enjoy a weekend in sunny San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - I couldn't take it anymore. Freezing temperatures, slipping and falling on icy sidewalks, and the snow. There was just so much snow. I'd had enough of wintry New York and was starting to take the weather personally, like it was out to get me. I was ready to move back to sunny Arizona.

Who needs a cell phone? Just send me a text message
It was a typical teen-and-mother tussle - the sort that's played out in millions of households across America.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Can you provide some tips for conserving water? -- Brett

A new destination for chocolate connoisseurs
NEW YORK - Is New York the Big Apple - or the Big Bonbon? Connoisseurs say the city is turning into a destination for chocolate-lovers.

Injuries, losses pile up as Augusta falls again
For the second time this calendar year, the Augusta Lynx's defense has almost as many players out of commission as in the lineup.

Injuries, losses pile up as Augusta falls again

Injuries, losses pile up as Augusta falls again
For the second time this calendar year, the Augusta Lynx's defense has almost as many players out of commission as in the lineup.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - The state health department has lifted restrictions limiting who can get flu vaccines.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - The state health department has lifted restrictions limiting who can get flu vaccines.

Group rallies for Habitat for Humanity founders

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 51-year-old Prosperity woman was killed early Sunday while walking along railroad tracks in Chapin, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said in a release.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday night and charged with trying to steal items from a business by placing them under her baby in a car seat.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Saturday night and charged with trying to steal items from a business by placing them under her baby in a car seat.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - A man's attempt to rid himself of counterfeit Super Bowl tickets he had purchased for $2,100 landed him in jail when he tried to sell them to an undercover officer, police said.

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

Across Georgia
DULUTH - A Duluth High School student was arrested after he ran onto the basketball court after a tight game and punched one of the opposing team's players, police said.

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

Man gets killed outside bar
Police are looking for the person who shot an 18-year-old Augusta man to death outside Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar early Sunday, according to officials.

Paine students worked to end segregation

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cory Glover, 14, of Augusta.

Patriots 24, Eagles 21

Deputy fired after dog-shooting incident
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was fired this week after allegedly killing a Hall County man's coonhound.

Wreck kills Trenton woman

Lawmakers to decide on congressional map
ATLANTA - Georgia Republicans have long railed against the state's congressional map, a splotchy collection of 13 districts gerrymandered to hurt the GOP.

Rural island shelters slave homes, items
OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. - Sifting through dirt from the floor of a small cabin made from oyster shells and sand, archaeologist Dan Elliott is finding unexpected treasures.

Super Bowl crowd spills into south Ga. city
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Swarms of football fans around the country were gathering just 30 miles away for Super Bowl Sunday, but all anyone in this coastal Georgia city could think about was Fat Tuesday.

Paine group's actions, success go unheralded
It's been more than 40 years since the Paine College Steering Committee led the local student movement in the struggle for civil rights. Now most of its efforts have faded from memory.

Group rallies for Habitat for Humanity founders
AMERICUS, Ga. - Supporters of the embattled founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity gathered Saturday to tell of his impact on their lives and to protest his firing earlier this week.

New commander takes reins of unit
GRANITEVILLE - The commander who led the Graniteville-based C Company of the 122nd Engineer Battalion passed the company's crimson flag to a new commander Saturday.

S.C. State seeks loan for student housing
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - South Carolina State University hopes to get permission to build new student housing units now that its financial books are back in order.

2004 contributions set all-time record
Contributions to The Augusta Chronicle's 2004 Empty Stocking Fund totaled $107,625.15, the highest amount ever collected in the fund-raiser's 75-year history.

Zoloft defense trial enters second week
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Was Christopher Pittman a shy youngster driven to kill by a powerful mind-altering drug or an angry kid out to get even with his grandparents for disciplining him?

Lighthouse to open later this month

Lighthouse to open later this month
BEAUFORT, S.C. - The Hunting Island Lighthouse is scheduled to reopen later this month after being closed for nearly two years because of cracks found in the structure.

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

Fight to incorporate town continues
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fight to incorporate the town of James Island continues this week in the Statehouse, where two bills that would ease restrictions on new cities are scheduled for debate.

GOP takeover gives boost to abortion bill

Ex-commissioner dies at 80
Vince Robertson, a longtime Columbia County businessman who served on the county commission and school board, died Sunday.

Across Georgia

Proposed budget caps could take man's support
Craig Minnix has a grim answer when the discussion turns to where he would go if he couldn't live at Walton West Transitional Living Center.

Paine group's actions, success go unheralded
It's been more than 40 years since the Paine College Steering Committee led the local student movement in the struggle for civil rights. Now most of its efforts have faded from memory.

Crews braved hidden dangers
GRANITEVILLE - Kevin Faircloth moved through the gas-laced fog and darkness like a yellow ghost, fueled by the fear of finding the body of a close friend or relative and the knowledge that something deadly was jetting high above the twisted metal wreckage of Norfolk Southern Train 192.

Staff sergeant is proud of Iraq work

Am I doing this right?
Xiaolan Yi (right) tries her best to show her son Richard Tong, 10, how to jump rope, though she had little success. The family was taking advantage of Sunday's springlike weather with a trip to Lake Olmstead Park.

Rural island shelters slave homes, items

Proposed budget caps could take man's support
Craig Minnix has a grim answer when the discussion turns to where he would go if he couldn't live at Walton West Transitional Living Center.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A police spokeswoman called it "unusual" that a 19-year-old almost smuggled a loaded pistol tucked between his buttocks into a county jail this week.

Wreck kills Trenton woman
AIKEN -- A Trenton woman was killed this morning when her Volkswagen sedan was struck by a utility truck on South Carolina Highway 19.

Graniteville recovery process continues
GRANITEVILLE - On one side of St. Paul's Episcopal Church are lingering reminders of a deadly crash site. On the other are mills where hundreds of workers fled for their lives on that frantic morning one month ago.

Staff sergeant is proud of Iraq work
Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Hughes said even though he missed Iraq's first free elections, he's glad to be home.

Patriots 24, Eagles 21
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Some dynasties are pretty, some are perfect. The New England Patriots never worry about style points.

Crews braved hidden dangers
GRANITEVILLE - Kevin Faircloth moved through the gas-laced fog and darkness like a yellow ghost, fueled by the fear of finding the body of a close friend or relative and the knowledge that something deadly was jetting high above the twisted metal wreckage of Norfolk Southern Train 192.

Aiken County involves residents in planning
AIKEN - The county's resident-driven planning process aims to create a plan for the future, a set of goals for issues including economic development, transportation and recreation.

Aiken County involves residents in planning
AIKEN - The county's resident-driven planning process aims to create a plan for the future, a set of goals for issues including economic development, transportation and recreation.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A police spokeswoman called it "unusual" that a 19-year-old almost smuggled a loaded pistol tucked between his buttocks into a county jail this week.

The week ahead
On this day in 1926, Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, which didn't become Black History Month until half a century later.

Where we live
"People come in here expecting to see antiques, and I'm one of them," 84-year-old Burke County Magistrate Judge Mildred Ann Palmer says, laughing in her tiny office in the back of Liberty Antiques along Liberty Street in Waynesboro, Ga.

Doctors split on lawsuit reviews
ATLANTA - When Dr. Geoffrey Cole was sued for medical malpractice several years ago, it wasn't the filing of the lawsuit that bothered him most.

Charity program gives aid to area

Coleman hunts for niche after GOP takeover
ATLANTA - There's a painting in Terry Coleman's office that says "patience is a virtue." It shows a long line of people jostling for a meeting with the House speaker, one of the most powerful men in Georgia.

Across the southeast

Charity program gives aid to area
Hours before kickoff, hundreds across the Augusta area celebrated a Super Bowl that had nothing to do with touchdowns and halftime shows.

Doctors split on lawsuit reviews
ATLANTA - When Dr. Geoffrey Cole was sued for medical malpractice several years ago, it wasn't the filing of the lawsuit that bothered him most.

Controversial issues remain for senators
ATLANTA - Having already plowed through bills on education and medical-malpractice lawsuits, the Georgia Senate will turn its attention this week to two hot-button social issues while Gold Dome insiders wait to hear whether GOP leaders will take a shot at redrawing the state's congressional lines.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 51-year-old Prosperity woman was killed early Sunday while walking along railroad tracks in Chapin, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said in a release.

GOP takeover gives boost to abortion bill
ATLANTA - The abortion Casey Grist had at age 19 seemed like a blur. Trying to keep her family and friends from finding out about the unplanned pregnancy, Ms. Grist moved quickly to have the procedure.

Across Georgia
DULUTH - A Duluth High School student was arrested after he ran onto the basketball court after a tight game and punched one of the opposing team's players, police said.

Paine students worked to end segregation
When Charles Pryor comes back to Augusta these days, he can go where he wants and do what he pleases.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - A man's attempt to rid himself of counterfeit Super Bowl tickets he had purchased for $2,100 landed him in jail when he tried to sell them to an undercover officer, police said.

Paine group's actions, success go unheralded

Ex-commissioner dies at 80
Vince Robertson, a longtime Columbia County businessman who served on the county commission and school board, died Sunday.

New commander takes reins of unit

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cory Glover, 14, of Augusta.

Officials want Washington Road stretch uncluttered

Deputy fired after dog-shooting incident
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was fired this week after allegedly killing a Hall County man's coonhound.

The week ahead

Lawmakers to decide on congressional map
ATLANTA - Georgia Republicans have long railed against the state's congressional map, a splotchy collection of 13 districts gerrymandered to hurt the GOP.

S.C. State seeks loan for student housing

Super Bowl crowd spills into south Ga. city
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Swarms of football fans around the country were gathering just 30 miles away for Super Bowl Sunday, but all anyone in this coastal Georgia city could think about was Fat Tuesday.

Fight to incorporate town continues

Group rallies for Habitat for Humanity founders
AMERICUS, Ga. - Supporters of the embattled founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity gathered Saturday to tell of his impact on their lives and to protest his firing earlier this week.

Controversial issues remain for senators

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Heaven Dorch.

Super Bowl crowd spills into south Ga. city

Ex-commissioner dies at 80

Across the area

Zoloft defense trial enters second week
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Was Christopher Pittman a shy youngster driven to kill by a powerful mind-altering drug or an angry kid out to get even with his grandparents for disciplining him?

New commander takes reins of unit
GRANITEVILLE - The commander who led the Graniteville-based C Company of the 122nd Engineer Battalion passed the company's crimson flag to a new commander Saturday.

S.C. State seeks loan for student housing
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - South Carolina State University hopes to get permission to build new student housing units now that its financial books are back in order.

Across the area
An Augusta woman said she was the victim of a robbery early Saturday, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report stated.

Lighthouse to open later this month
BEAUFORT, S.C. - The Hunting Island Lighthouse is scheduled to reopen later this month after being closed for nearly two years because of cracks found in the structure.

Officials want Washington Road stretch uncluttered
Consider it the classic battle of commercial growth against neighborhood preservation.

Coleman hunts for niche after GOP takeover
ATLANTA - There's a painting in Terry Coleman's office that says "patience is a virtue." It shows a long line of people jostling for a meeting with the House speaker, one of the most powerful men in Georgia.

2004 contributions set all-time record
Contributions to The Augusta Chronicle's 2004 Empty Stocking Fund totaled $107,625.15, the highest amount ever collected in the fund-raiser's 75-year history.

Kid of the Day

Paine students worked to end segregation
When Charles Pryor comes back to Augusta these days, he can go where he wants and do what he pleases.

Am I doing this right?

Police seek suspect in deadly shooting
Police are looking for the person who shot an 18-year-old Augusta man to death outside Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar this morning, according to officials.

Across the area

Norfolk Southern fires crew involved in wreck
Norfolk Southern Corp. has fired the three-man crew of the local train involved in the deadly Graniteville crash and chlorine release.

Lawmakers to decide on congressional map

Rural island shelters slave homes, items
OSSABAW ISLAND, Ga. - Sifting through dirt from the floor of a small cabin made from oyster shells and sand, archaeologist Dan Elliott is finding unexpected treasures.

Across Georgia

Lynx give away trip to Jamaica
Charlie and Felicia Brown finally get to go on a honeymoon, and they can thank the Augusta Lynx for it.

Crews braved hidden dangers

Across the area
An Augusta woman said she was the victim of a robbery early Saturday, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report stated.

Proposed budget caps could take man's support

Officials want Washington Road stretch uncluttered
Consider it the classic battle of commercial growth against neighborhood preservation.

Staff sergeant is proud of Iraq work
Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Hughes said even though he missed Iraq's first free elections, he's glad to be home.

Graniteville recovery process continues
GRANITEVILLE - On one side of St. Paul's Episcopal Church are lingering reminders of a deadly crash site. On the other are mills where hundreds of workers fled for their lives on that frantic morning one month ago.

Five questions
Susie and Kuan Kuo, managers at Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant, answer five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Coleman hunts for niche after GOP takeover

The week ahead
On this day in 1926, Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, which didn't become Black History Month until half a century later.

Zoloft defense trial enters second week

2004 contributions set all-time record

Deputy fired after dog-shooting incident

Police seek suspect in deadly shooting

Doctors split on lawsuit reviews

Graniteville recovery process continues

Aiken County involves residents in planning

Controversial issues remain for senators
ATLANTA - Having already plowed through bills on education and medical-malpractice lawsuits, the Georgia Senate will turn its attention this week to two hot-button social issues while Gold Dome insiders wait to hear whether GOP leaders will take a shot at redrawing the state's congressional lines.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Charity program gives aid to area
Hours before kickoff, hundreds across the Augusta area celebrated a Super Bowl that had nothing to do with touchdowns and halftime shows.

Fight to incorporate town continues
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fight to incorporate the town of James Island continues this week in the Statehouse, where two bills that would ease restrictions on new cities are scheduled for debate.

Am I doing this right?
Xiaolan Yi (right) tries her best to show her son Richard Tong, 10, how to jump rope, though she had little success. The family was taking advantage of Sunday's springlike weather with a trip to Lake Olmstead Park.

T.O. could learn from T.B.
The buildup to this year's Super Bowl was hijacked by T.O. and his massive ego. That's what happens at these annual media frenzies.

T.O. could learn from T.B.
The buildup to this year's Super Bowl was hijacked by T.O. and his massive ego. That's what happens at these annual media frenzies.

Here's the problem with 'No problem'
While on vacation in the mountains last summer, my wife and I stopped at a restaurant for breakfast. Our waiter wasn't the fastest worker in the place and his personality left a bit to be desired, but waiters aren't paid to engage in stimulating conversation. We were hungry and in no hurry, so we sat there and waited.

Here's the problem with 'No problem'
While on vacation in the mountains last summer, my wife and I stopped at a restaurant for breakfast. Our waiter wasn't the fastest worker in the place and his personality left a bit to be desired, but waiters aren't paid to engage in stimulating conversation. We were hungry and in no hurry, so we sat there and waited.

Foxx, Swank take actors guild honors
With BC-Film-SAG Awards-List, BC-Film-SAG Awards-Vignettes

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Boogeyman,' debuts with $19.5 million

'Boogeyman,' debuts with $19.5 million
LOS ANGELES - Movie-goers showed that they weren't afraid of the "Boogeyman," pushing the horror flick to the top of the weekend box office with a $19.5 million debut.

'Boogeyman,' debuts with $19.5 million
LOS ANGELES - Movie-goers showed that they weren't afraid of the "Boogeyman," pushing the horror flick to the top of the weekend box office with a $19.5 million debut.

Foxx, Swank take actors guild honors
With BC-Film-SAG Awards-List, BC-Film-SAG Awards-Vignettes

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Foxx, Swank take actors guild honors

Singer Gavin DeGraw speaks out
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a parking lot, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw raced his newly purchased radio-controlled truck.

Singer Gavin DeGraw speaks out

Singer Gavin DeGraw speaks out
RALEIGH, N.C. - In a parking lot, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw raced his newly purchased radio-controlled truck.

Racing fuels actor's passion
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - At an age when many senior citizens hesitate to get behind the wheel, Paul Newman climbs into a race car every chance he gets.

Team coasts to Rolex victory

Racing fuels actor's passion

Team coasts to Rolex victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The toughest decision for the winning sports car in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was deciding whether to wash and wax the Pontiac-powered Riley during the final hour of the race.

Team coasts to Rolex victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The toughest decision for the winning sports car in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was deciding whether to wash and wax the Pontiac-powered Riley during the final hour of the race.

Racing fuels actor's passion
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - At an age when many senior citizens hesitate to get behind the wheel, Paul Newman climbs into a race car every chance he gets.

O'Neal guides Pacers past Hawks
ATLANTA - Jermaine O'Neal scored 38 points to help Indiana beat Atlanta 84-79 on Saturday night, the Pacers' second straight victory after a six-game losing streak.

O'Neal guides Pacers past Hawks
ATLANTA - Jermaine O'Neal scored 38 points to help Indiana beat Atlanta 84-79 on Saturday night, the Pacers' second straight victory after a six-game losing streak.

76ers edge Clippers
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson scored 28 points, including the winning free throws with 1:01 to play, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

76ers edge Clippers
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson scored 28 points, including the winning free throws with 1:01 to play, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

O'Neal guides Pacers past Hawks

76ers edge Clippers

Small college roundup
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College & State's Ronnie Dennis hit a short jumper with 3.3 seconds left to lift the Bobcats over Augusta State, 69-68 on Saturday at the Centennial Center.

ACC roundup
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Taron Downey scored 18 points off the bench to lead No. 7 Wake Forest to an 83-63 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - David Lee, Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scored 18 points to lead Florida past No. 11 Alabama 85-54, its largest victory ever against a ranked opponent.

No. 2 North Carolina routs Florida St.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For a moment, it appeared North Carolina was going to blow a big lead at Florida State for a second straight year.

Pacers keep their home fire burningSubheadusc aiken women 64,
AIKEN -- If the USC Aiken Lady Pacers ever learn to win on the road, they' ll be a monster.

Pacers keep their home fire burningSubheadusc aiken women 64,
AIKEN -- If the USC Aiken Lady Pacers ever learn to win on the road, they' ll be a monster.

USC Aiken drops ball, falls to Armstrong Atlantic
Jeff Burkhamer knows too well the roller coaster ride USC Aiken interim coach Steve Franklin is riding on.

Southern Conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Chris Chalko scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Elon beat Chattanooga.

Southern Conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Chris Chalko scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Elon beat Chattanooga.

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - David Lee, Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scored 18 points to lead Florida past No. 11 Alabama 85-54, its largest victory ever against a ranked opponent.

USC Aiken drops ball, falls to Armstrong Atlantic
Jeff Burkhamer knows too well the roller coaster ride USC Aiken interim coach Steve Franklin is riding on.

ACC roundup
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Taron Downey scored 18 points off the bench to lead No. 7 Wake Forest to an 83-63 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Pacers keep their home fire burning
AIKEN -- If the USC Aiken Lady Pacers ever learn to win on the road, they' ll be a monster.

No. 2 North Carolina routs Florida St.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For a moment, it appeared North Carolina was going to blow a big lead at Florida State for a second straight year.

Paul McCartney plays it safe at Super Bowl halftime

Super Bowl notebook

Marino, Young make Hall of Fame

Patriots win, become NFL's new dynasty

McNabb shaky in big game

Branch is Super Bowl MVP

Patriots skip walk-through on day before Super Bowl

Versatile Vrabel vaults into Super Bowl lore

Super Bowl ticket prices

Eagles' confident demeanor belies their history, odds

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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah L. Rangeley    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Bernice Thompson    (EVANS, S.C.)
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Mr. Ernest Kirkendall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Rachels    (SAN LEON, Tx.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Swearingen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite Swearingen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Velma Taylor, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Dixon, Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Margaret Baxley Vandergrift    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Cooper, Jr.    (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Williams Thomas Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Gene Scott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore    (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. Welton Adams Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Margaret Baxley Vandergrift    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore    (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Davis    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Zunell "Nell" Webb    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford L. Davis    (WARRENVILLE, SC.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)
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Mr. Tommy Gene Scott    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sanford L. Davis    (WARRENVILLE, SC.)
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Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Welton (Bill) Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Wanda S. Beaulieu    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys Brackett    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Welton Adams Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Steven Williams Thomas Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. William Melvane Scott    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Velma Taylor, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Ms. Wanda S. Beaulieu    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Melvin Berry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Rachels    (SAN LEON, Tx.)
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Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold D. Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Smith Young    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Sanford L. Davis    (WARRENVILLE, SC.)
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Mrs. Mary Davis    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Lawrence Dixon, Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys Brackett    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Lee James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Cooper, Jr.    (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)
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Mr. William S. Marshall, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Harold D. Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Steven Thomas Williams, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Steven Thomas Williams, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Kirkendall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Bernice Thompson    (EVANS, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Leola Padgett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Ernest Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Melvane Scott    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gladys W. Young    (THOMSON, G a.)

Mrs. Elsie Shusterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Zunell "Nell" Webb    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

Mr. Welton (Bill) Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Patience A. Goodwin    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Miss Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Leola Padgett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Katie Smith Young    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. William S. Marshall, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Patience A. Goodwin    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Velma Taylor, Jr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Ms. Bernice Thompson (EVANS, S.C.)

Mr. William Melvane Scott (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Ernest Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Swearingen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Welton (Bill) Mobley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford L. Davis (WARRENVILLE, SC.)

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Dixon, Jr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)

Mr. Carl Rachels (SAN LEON, Tx.)

Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bentley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Cooper, Jr. (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Williams Thomas Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Thomas Williams, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William S. Marshall, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Katie Smith Young (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Margaret Baxley Vandergrift (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Jane Hughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Gene Scott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Wilton Lonergan (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilton Lonergan (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Frank A. Gause (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Welton Adams Mobley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harold D. Nichols (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Zunell "Nell" Webb (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

Ms. Wanda S. Beaulieu (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Patience A. Goodwin (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Davis (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys W. Young (THOMSON, G a.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Brackett (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Leola Padgett (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Foster respect and self-esteem in our children
Where our children are concerned, it has been a rocky 25 years of change and turmoil. In recent years, the kids of Rockdale County shocked us; the Columbine tragedy broke our hearts; and our local state of affairs continues to concern us.

Foster respect and self-esteem in our children
Where our children are concerned, it has been a rocky 25 years of change and turmoil. In recent years, the kids of Rockdale County shocked us; the Columbine tragedy broke our hearts; and our local state of affairs continues to concern us.

Foster respect and self-esteem in our children
Where our children are concerned, it has been a rocky 25 years of change and turmoil. In recent years, the kids of Rockdale County shocked us; the Columbine tragedy broke our hearts; and our local state of affairs continues to concern us.

Area announcements

Overtime

For college coaches, recruiting never ends

Overtime

Judah wants to savor welterweight title

Gunning for victory

Court in session

Overtime
Kyle Beall's two-out single in the 10th inning lifted Carson-Newman to a 7-6 victory over No. 14 Augusta State at Jaguar Field.

Judah wants to savor welterweight title
ST. LOUIS - There appears to be no rush to schedule a third bout between Zab Judah and Cory Spinks.

Gunning for victory
Rusty Alen (left), of the Augusta Arsenal under-17 team, fights for the ball with Spencer Huggins, of the Lake Norman Rawdies, at their championship game. Augusta won, 5-0.

Overtime
Kyle Beall's two-out single in the 10th inning lifted Carson-Newman to a 7-6 victory over No. 14 Augusta State at Jaguar Field.

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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

For college coaches, recruiting never ends
Ben Freakley has about every reason in the world to relax a bit this weekend, simply kick back and revel in a job well done.

Overtime
In Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, the world championships turned out to be tougher than Lindsey Kildow thought they would be.

Court in session
Mike Adams/SpecialCourt in sessionIsrael Schulz, top left, of the Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs battles with Tee Foster of the PTR Flyers, of Fayetteville, N.C., for control of a loose ball during Saturday's game at Patriots Park. Bottom left, Augusta Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs' Joey Nye looks to make a pass to his teammate, while Terrance Smith of the PTR Flyers tries to defend the pass. Bottom right, Augusta Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs head coach Mark Thompson chats with his players during halftime. Thompson is a Army Chaplin at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Overtime
In Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, the world championships turned out to be tougher than Lindsey Kildow thought they would be.

Court in session
Mike Adams/SpecialCourt in sessionIsrael Schulz, top left, of the Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs battles with Tee Foster of the PTR Flyers, of Fayetteville, N.C., for control of a loose ball during Saturday's game at Patriots Park. Bottom left, Augusta Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs' Joey Nye looks to make a pass to his teammate, while Terrance Smith of the PTR Flyers tries to defend the pass. Bottom right, Augusta Walton Rehabilitation Blazing Bulldogs head coach Mark Thompson chats with his players during halftime. Thompson is a Army Chaplin at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Gunning for victory
Rusty Alen (left), of the Augusta Arsenal under-17 team, fights for the ball with Spencer Huggins, of the Lake Norman Rawdies, at their championship game. Augusta won, 5-0.

For college coaches, recruiting never ends
Ben Freakley has about every reason in the world to relax a bit this weekend, simply kick back and revel in a job well done.

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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Judah wants to savor welterweight title
ST. LOUIS - There appears to be no rush to schedule a third bout between Zab Judah and Cory Spinks.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Snake book has southeast covered
There aren't many places where you can find all 52 species of snakes known to inhabit the Southeast, but one of them is in a new book co-authored by Aiken resident Whit Gibbons.

Snake book has southeast covered
There aren't many places where you can find all 52 species of snakes known to inhabit the Southeast, but one of them is in a new book co-authored by Aiken resident Whit Gibbons.

GOP takeover gives boost to abortion bill
ATLANTA - The abortion Casey Grist had at age 19 seemed like a blur. Trying to keep her family and friends from finding out about the unplanned pregnancy, Ms. Grist moved quickly to have the procedure.

Super Bowl ticket prices
2005-$600, $500 ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Versatile Vrabel vaults into Super Bowl lore
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New England's Mike Vrabel has become one of the most prolific receivers in Super Bowl history.

McNabb shaky in big game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Donovan McNabb saved his jitters for the Super Bowl.

Paul McCartney plays it safe at Super Bowl halftime
NEW YORK - Nobody, but nobody was worried when Paul McCartney stripped off his jacket midway through his halftime performance at the Super Bowl.

Eagles' confident demeanor belies their history, odds
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There's something curious about these Philadelphia Eagles.

Branch is Super Bowl MVP
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Take that, T.O. Deion Branch managed to outshine Terrell Owens on football's biggest stage.

Marino, Young make Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Steve Young was a high school senior being recruited by Army when he stood on the sideline at West Point and watched a freshman for Pitt named Dan Marino.

Josey coach recalls Bowl dreams
Technically, the dream that so many young boys harbor didn't come true for Barney Chavous.

Super Bowl notebook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Steve Young made it to the NFL Hall of Fame, and he picked up some nice souvenirs along the way.

Owens was a factor in Super Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Terrell Owens was a go. The rest of the Philadelphia Eagles didn't quite match his stellar performance.

Marino, Young make Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Steve Young was a high school senior being recruited by Army when he stood on the sideline at West Point and watched a freshman for Pitt named Dan Marino.

Patriots win, become NFL's new dynasty
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dynasties don't have to be perfect or pretty. They just have to win - like the New England Patriots.

Super Bowl notebook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Steve Young made it to the NFL Hall of Fame, and he picked up some nice souvenirs along the way.

McNabb shaky in big game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Donovan McNabb saved his jitters for the Super Bowl.

Patriots skip walk-through on day before Super Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The New England Patriots skipped their walk-through on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Versatile Vrabel vaults into Super Bowl lore
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New England's Mike Vrabel has become one of the most prolific receivers in Super Bowl history.

Eagles' confident demeanor belies their history, odds
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There's something curious about these Philadelphia Eagles.

Paul McCartney plays it safe at Super Bowl halftime
NEW YORK - Nobody, but nobody was worried when Paul McCartney stripped off his jacket midway through his halftime performance at the Super Bowl.

Go with Pats; they'll cement their dynasty
Five reasons why New England will win the Super Bowl:

Patriots win, become NFL's new dynasty
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dynasties don't have to be perfect or pretty. They just have to win - like the New England Patriots.

Super Bowl XXXIX by the numbers
AT STAKE: National Football League championship for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl ticket prices
2005-$600, $500 ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Patriots skip walk-through on day before Super Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The New England Patriots skipped their walk-through on Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Branch is Super Bowl MVP
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Take that, T.O. Deion Branch managed to outshine Terrell Owens on football's biggest stage.

Red Sox used up all the luck; Eagles will win
Five reasons why Philadelphia will win the Super Bowl:

Pope gives blessing from hospital room
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II blessed the faithful from his hospital window Sunday, looking frail and speaking with difficulty but determined to show he can still lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Snake book has southeast covered

T.O. could learn from T.B.

PBS explores slavery and making of America
LOS ANGELES -The names Colonel Tye, Robert Smalls and Harriet Jacobs aren't as familiar as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross, but they, too, are the forefathers and foremothers of America.

Documentary focuses on 1972 presidential bid

Networks pledge restraint with Jackson trial

PBS explores slavery and making of America

Networks pledge restraint with Jackson trial
NEW YORK - There was a sinking feeling last week when CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all trained their cameras on a California street to catch Michael Jackson returning from a lunch break during jury selection at his molestation trial.

PBS explores slavery and making of America
LOS ANGELES -The names Colonel Tye, Robert Smalls and Harriet Jacobs aren't as familiar as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross, but they, too, are the forefathers and foremothers of America.

Documentary focuses on 1972 presidential bid
LOS ANGELES - After months of boisterous campaigning, Shirley Chisholm sits quietly in a Miami hotel room watching Walter Cronkite report from the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

Documentary focuses on 1972 presidential bid
LOS ANGELES - After months of boisterous campaigning, Shirley Chisholm sits quietly in a Miami hotel room watching Walter Cronkite report from the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

Networks pledge restraint with Jackson trial
NEW YORK - There was a sinking feeling last week when CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all trained their cameras on a California street to catch Michael Jackson returning from a lunch break during jury selection at his molestation trial.

People in the News

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested

Bulldogs stay the course

Lady Dogs push past Kentucky

Bulldogs stay the course
ATHENS, Ga. - Dave Bliss says there's no reason he shouldn't accept a leadership role on Georgia's basketball team.

Lady Dogs push past Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky center Sarah Elliott succeeded in pushing the right buttons that got Georgia freshman Tasha Humphrey inspired.

Bulldogs stay the course
ATHENS, Ga. - Dave Bliss says there's no reason he shouldn't accept a leadership role on Georgia's basketball team.

Lady Dogs push past Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky center Sarah Elliott succeeded in pushing the right buttons that got Georgia freshman Tasha Humphrey inspired.

Gamecocks score knockout
ATHENS, Ga. - South Carolina's Carlos Powell didn't need to see clearly with both eyes to identify a basketball game turning into something more physical.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Louise Emeagi scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Auburn beat South Carolina 56-47 on Sunday.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Auburn

Gamecocks score knockout
ATHENS, Ga. - South Carolina's Carlos Powell didn't need to see clearly with both eyes to identify a basketball game turning into something more physical.

Gamecocks score knockout

Lady Gamecocks fall to Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Louise Emeagi scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Auburn beat South Carolina 56-47 on Sunday.

Soldier demoted for mud-wrestling party