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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

A smashingly good memoir about an alcoholic

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.

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

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.

Report: Canseco says he injected McGwire with steroids

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.

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.

Hayden Lane Hollifield

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.

Madyson Nicole Spicer

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.

Joseph Wesley Murray, Nathaniel Wilson Murray

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.

Maliyah Sheriese Dempsey

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.

Shelby Lynne White

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.

Brian Ethan Nugent

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.

Isabella Faith Ledford, Julianna Grace Ledford

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.

Asya Nyome Fox

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.

Addisyn Belle Clements

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.

Abigail LePage Gunnels

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.

Hunter Nathaniel Sikes

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.

Brittney Leigh Williams, Brianna Nicole Williams

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.

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

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.

Octevion DeMario Harris

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.

Dalton Michael Peeler

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.

Sullivan Abbott White

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.

Blake Lawson Scott

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.

Lydia Faith Newman

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.

McKenzie Rachel Lewis

Madison Belle Bowling

Reilly McKenzie Howell

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.

Jordan Gabrielle Childs

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.

Katelyn Elizabeth Olson

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.

Asher Carroll Clark

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.

Kathleen Adair Weston

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.

Madison Leighann Byrd

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.

Jahmel Vince Barnes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trevor William Brown

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.

Thomas Grady Gladd

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business calendar

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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

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."

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.

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.

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

Doctors drop out of workers' comp system

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.

County officials debate regional economic plan

On the move

Property transfers

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.

No. 2 North Carolina routs Florida St.

SEC roundup

Pacers keep their home fire burningSubheadusc aiken women 64,

Southern Conference roundup

ACC roundup

USC Aiken drops ball, falls to Armstrong Atlantic

Enjoying a good fight

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

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."

Are we in or out?

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.

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.

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?

Terrorist's Bill of Rights

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
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.

Driving adults nuts

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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
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.

Nicklaus wins Skins Game, biggest check of career

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

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.

Mickelson holds on for victory at former home

Parry outlasts O'Hern in four-hole playoff

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Abortion protest is a disturbance

Progress comes at poor's expense

Augusta can spur development

Letter should not have been printed

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

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.

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.

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

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

What went 'bang' in Big Bang?

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

Dems need to champion values

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

TV's lottery ads are misleading

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

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

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

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

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 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

Travel briefs

'Resident Evil 4' horrific yet enjoyable

Ask the Carey Brothers

Enjoy a weekend in sunny San Juan

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

Historic sites trace route to freedom

A new destination for chocolate connoisseurs

Plan from the start to build energy efficiency into home

Best bets on the Net

Little Rock offers lessons in civil rights history

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

Microsoft Streets & Trips avoids road to nowhere

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Fight to incorporate town continues

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.

Police seek suspect in deadly shooting

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 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.

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.

Coleman hunts for niche after GOP takeover

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.

Super Bowl crowd spills into south Ga. city

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

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

Ex-commissioner dies at 80

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.

Charity program gives aid to area

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.

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

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Controversial issues remain for senators

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.

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.

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.

Graniteville recovery process continues

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.

Rural island shelters slave homes, items

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

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.

Across Georgia

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:

S.C. State seeks loan for student housing

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.

Wreck kills Trenton woman

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.

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 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.

Zoloft defense trial enters second week

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.

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.

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

Staff sergeant is proud of Iraq work

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

Group rallies for Habitat for Humanity founders

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

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.

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.

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.

2004 contributions set all-time record

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.

Paine group's actions, success go unheralded

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?

Patriots 24, Eagles 21

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.

New commander takes reins of unit

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

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.

Paine students worked to end segregation

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.

Across the area

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

The week ahead

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.

Aiken County involves residents in planning

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.

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

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.

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
Comments from leaders:

Lighthouse to open later this month

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.

Am I doing this right?

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.

Across the area

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

Doctors split on lawsuit reviews

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

Across the southeast

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.

Lawmakers to decide on congressional map

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.

Proposed budget caps could take man's support

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

Deputy fired after dog-shooting incident

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

Crews braved hidden dangers

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

'Boogeyman,' debuts with $19.5 million

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
With BC-Film-SAG Awards-List, BC-Film-SAG Awards-Vignettes

'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

'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

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.

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

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.

Racing fuels actor's passion

Team coasts to Rolex victory

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.

76ers edge Clippers

O'Neal guides Pacers past Hawks

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Super Bowl ticket prices

McNabb shaky in big game

Versatile Vrabel vaults into Super Bowl lore

Patriots skip walk-through on day before Super Bowl

Paul McCartney plays it safe at Super Bowl halftime

Eagles' confident demeanor belies their history, odds

Super Bowl notebook

Marino, Young make Hall of Fame

Branch is Super Bowl MVP

Patriots win, become NFL's new dynasty

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Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Davis    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Bernice Thompson    (EVANS, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys W. Young    (THOMSON, G a.)
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Mr. Steven Thomas Williams, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gladys Brackett    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)

Mrs. Gladys Brackett    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold D. Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Steven Thomas Williams, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. William Melvane Scott    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Gene Scott    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Berry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Cooper, Jr.    (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)

Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Margaret Baxley Vandergrift    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
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Mr. Welton (Bill) Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Sanford L. Davis    (WARRENVILLE, SC.)
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Mr. Lawrence Dixon, Jr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommy Gene Scott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Ernest Kirkendall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Shusterman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Ernest Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Wanda S. Beaulieu    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore    (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah L. Rangeley    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Welton Adams Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Patience A. Goodwin    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Kirkendall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Davis    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Lee James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Leola Padgett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Steven Williams Thomas Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Velma Taylor, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Miss Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William S. Marshall, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Zunell "Nell" Webb    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)

Mr. John B. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Welton (Bill) Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Cooper, Jr.    (LIBERTY COMMUNITY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford L. Davis    (WARRENVILLE, SC.)
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Mrs. Zunell "Nell" Webb    (TWIN CITY , Ga.)
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Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore    (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Welton Adams Mobley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)
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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Smith Young    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Steven Williams Thomas Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Bernice Thompson    (EVANS, S.C.)
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Margaret Baxley Vandergrift    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Velma Taylor, Jr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marguerite Swearingen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Melvane Scott    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold D. Nichols    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl Rachels    (SAN LEON, Tx.)
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Mr. James Wilton Lonergan    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Ernest Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Rachels    (SAN LEON, Tx.)

Ms. Wanda S. Beaulieu    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katie Smith Young (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite Swearingen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Wilton Lonergan (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Davis (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Effie Dunaway Teasley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Barbara Ann Nealy (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Carl Rachels (SAN LEON, Tx.)

Mr. Pete Scully Riley (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)

Margaret Baxley Vandergrift (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Welton Adams Mobley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ernest Walters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Wilton Lonergan (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucy Belle Morris (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bentley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Bell Postell (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Allen Ashmore (GRACEWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Gladys Brackett (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Jane Hughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

For college coaches, recruiting never ends

Overtime

Area announcements

Gunning for victory

Judah wants to savor welterweight title

Overtime

Court in session

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Go with Pats; they'll cement their dynasty
Five reasons why New England 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested

People in the News

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

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.

Bulldogs stay the course

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

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.

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