Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'
An oddball blend of European history, 1970s culture and the choreographer's art, Pippin had never been a production that played by the musical rules.

Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'

Rare Audubon watercolors on display
NEW YORK - A selection of 40 original bird watercolors by American artist and naturalist John Audubon will be on display at the New York Historical Society's annual "Audubon Aviary" exhibit beginning this week.

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance

Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'
An oddball blend of European history, 1970s culture and the choreographer's art, Pippin had never been a production that played by the musical rules.

Rare Audubon watercolors on display

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance
The proper ingredients for the Augusta Opera's Elixir of Love are equal parts vocal fortitude and storytelling fluff.

Rare Audubon watercolors on display
NEW YORK - A selection of 40 original bird watercolors by American artist and naturalist John Audubon will be on display at the New York Historical Society's annual "Audubon Aviary" exhibit beginning this week.

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance
The proper ingredients for the Augusta Opera's Elixir of Love are equal parts vocal fortitude and storytelling fluff.

Aaron is driven by new love
The slip of the tongue was so outrageously egregious that all Hank Aaron could do was laugh.

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up
TAMPA, Fla. - Boston's biggest nightmare was stretched across five mounds in the right-field bullpen at Legends Field: the $67 million rotation.

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up
TAMPA, Fla. - Boston's biggest nightmare was stretched across five mounds in the right-field bullpen at Legends Field: the $67 million rotation.

Aaron is driven by new love

Aaron is driven by new love
The slip of the tongue was so outrageously egregious that all Hank Aaron could do was laugh.

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side

'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court
SANFORD, Fla. - There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear.

Odds and Ends
GRAPEVINE, Texas - J.D. the Labrador's owner may be wishing his dog wasn't such a good retriever.

'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court
SANFORD, Fla. - There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear.

Odds and Ends
GROVE, Okla. - Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money.

Odds and Ends
GROVE, Okla. - Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company
ST. LOUIS - Continuing its recent buying spree, agribusiness Monsanto Co. said Thursday it plans to buy Emergent Genetics Inc. - the nation's third-largest cotton seed company - for $300 million.

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company
ST. LOUIS - Continuing its recent buying spree, agribusiness Monsanto Co. said Thursday it plans to buy Emergent Genetics Inc. - the nation's third-largest cotton seed company - for $300 million.

Shopping center has new owner

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.
WASHINGTON - For decades, while China was closed to business from the United States, American companies lusted over the boundless merchandise market that such a big country was certain to offer one day.

Crude spikes after inventory increase
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures rose sharply Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Energy reported a rise in crude inventories but a drop in the supply of distillate fuel. Tensions in the Middle East and an OPEC forecast for rising demand contributed to the price rise.

Microsoft recalls Xbox power cords
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it is recalling 14.1 million power cords for its Xbox game because they can catch fire.

Augusta forecast is stable growth
ATLANTA - The Augusta area added thousands of jobs last year and will continue to see a stable employment market in the months ahead, according to one economist.

Therapists help reduce accents

Therapists help reduce accents
Each Sunday, the Rev. Martino Nguyen is faced with a new challenge - to spread the word of the Lord.

New business repairs photos, archives music
Time's tide swallows most things, but not all are lost forever. With today's technology and some artistic skill, faded media, the modern-day backup to many of our memories, can be brought to life again after years of decay.

Augusta forecast is stable growth
ATLANTA - The Augusta area added thousands of jobs last year and will continue to see a stable employment market in the months ahead, according to one economist.

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase
ATLANTA - Less than two months after the state Public Service Commission allowed Georgia Power to raise electric rates, the utility plans to seek another increase.

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good
WASHINGTON - The economic expansion has firmed, yet inflation remains tame, Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan said Wednesday. That buttressed economists' view that the Fed for now will stick with its gradual approach to raising interest rates.

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes
WASHINGTON - President Bush's tax reform panel listened Wednesday to the pros and cons of taxing money earned or money spent, leading one member to say that a hybrid should be considered.

Shopping center has new owner
The Evans Towne Centre has been sold to a Chicago-area real estate trust for $8.8 million.

Leading economic indicators dip in January
NEW YORK - A closely watched gauge of future U.S. economic activity slipped 0.3 percent in January, slightly more than expected, indicating possible weakness in the economy in coming months.

Crude spikes after inventory increase

New business repairs photos, archives music
Time's tide swallows most things, but not all are lost forever. With today's technology and some artistic skill, faded media, the modern-day backup to many of our memories, can be brought to life again after years of decay.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes
WASHINGTON - President Bush's tax reform panel listened Wednesday to the pros and cons of taxing money earned or money spent, leading one member to say that a hybrid should be considered.

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase
ATLANTA - Less than two months after the state Public Service Commission allowed Georgia Power to raise electric rates, the utility plans to seek another increase.

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good
WASHINGTON - The economic expansion has firmed, yet inflation remains tame, Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan said Wednesday. That buttressed economists' view that the Fed for now will stick with its gradual approach to raising interest rates.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters

Shopping center has new owner
The Evans Towne Centre has been sold to a Chicago-area real estate trust for $8.8 million.

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre
NEW YORK - Slow sales and an aging market have the publishing industry thinking about upsizing - at least when it comes to paperbacks.

New business repairs photos, archives music

Crude spikes after inventory increase
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures rose sharply Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Energy reported a rise in crude inventories but a drop in the supply of distillate fuel. Tensions in the Middle East and an OPEC forecast for rising demand contributed to the price rise.

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre
NEW YORK - Slow sales and an aging market have the publishing industry thinking about upsizing - at least when it comes to paperbacks.

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.

Therapists help reduce accents
Each Sunday, the Rev. Martino Nguyen is faced with a new challenge - to spread the word of the Lord.

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.
WASHINGTON - For decades, while China was closed to business from the United States, American companies lusted over the boundless merchandise market that such a big country was certain to offer one day.

Augusta forecast is stable growth

Tuberville signs new contract with Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has signed a new seven-year contract that will pay him $2 million this year and increase by $200,000 each successive year.

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds

Where's the outrage?
Talk of reforming Augusta's moribund government had been ginned up in recent months, but few residents thought anything would come of it.

Friendly tax bill
The Georgia House recently passed one of the most business-friendly bills in years by the lopsided margin of 169-2.

Where's the outrage?
Talk of reforming Augusta's moribund government had been ginned up in recent months, but few residents thought anything would come of it.

Friendly tax bill

Where's the outrage?

Compassion into cruelty
In Omaha, the Nebraska Humane Society rescued 30 cats from "horrendous conditions" at a residence there.

The NHL's black eye
It might not be news if a fight ended a hockey game. But this brawl has ended an entire season.

Friendly tax bill
The Georgia House recently passed one of the most business-friendly bills in years by the lopsided margin of 169-2.

Compassion into cruelty
In Omaha, the Nebraska Humane Society rescued 30 cats from "horrendous conditions" at a residence there.

No horsing around
There was a time when Aiken's horse district was not out of the ordinary. The dirt roads, horse trails, stables, tracks and pastures did not seem unusual at all - they defined the city.

An amicable divorce
We can't blame Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie for wanting a better deal for his family. But we can't blame city officials for thinking he already had a better deal than most.

Compassion into cruelty

Earlier works inspire new releases
Every creative endeavor - every work of art, note of music or word written - begins with an inspiration.

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

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs and bistros:

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Canadian Alanis Morissette is now an American citizen.

Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long
Game designers at Oddworld Inhabitants have given new meaning to the term "live ammo."

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

Earlier works inspire new releases
Every creative endeavor - every work of art, note of music or word written - begins with an inspiration.

Historical society plans meal to party like it's 1923
The Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society is ready to party Harding.

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

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - Katie Couric is going crazy for sharp-dressed men.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Katie Couric is going crazy for sharp-dressed men.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs and bistros:

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Canadian Alanis Morissette is now an American citizen.

Kid Rock arrested on assault charges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kid Rock was arrested Wednesday by Nashville police on charges that he punched a disc jockey at a strip club.

Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long
Game designers at Oddworld Inhabitants have given new meaning to the term "live ammo."

How to get help from the IRS
For those overwhelmed, lost or just confused about how to start working on those 2004 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers lots of advice, information and assistance.

How to get help from the IRS

Rates on 30-year mortgages increase
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages which had fallen for six straight weeks edged up slightly this week, reflecting rising rates in financial markets.

Fishing tournaments

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond
It wasn't long ago that Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about their sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond
It wasn't long ago that Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about their sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining

What's for lunch

What's for lunch
Augsburg Haus Address: 1944 Walton Way

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining
The space that once housed Ciao Bella! in Surrey Center reopens Monday as Summerville Grille.

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining
The space that once housed Ciao Bella! in Surrey Center reopens Monday as Summerville Grille.

What's for lunch
Augsburg HausAddress: 1944 Walton Way

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes
Blooming, designer-looking hanging baskets of color are becoming the rage all across the nation.

'Hot' stems warm a cold winter
Maybe its because red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fire that they are so appealing in winter.

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins
Winter weather can cause liriope to become unsightly. The tip of the foliage, which is also known as monkey or border grass, burns, turns brown, flops down and appears to be severely injured.

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds
If you plant it, they will come. With apologies to Kevin Costner, that sums up the experts' advice on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds
If you plant it, they will come. With apologies to Kevin Costner, that sums up the experts' advice on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins
Winter weather can cause liriope to become unsightly. The tip of the foliage, which is also known as monkey or border grass, burns, turns brown, flops down and appears to be severely injured.

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes
Blooming, designer-looking hanging baskets of color are becoming the rage all across the nation.

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Knocked off his perch for the last 24 weeks, Tiger Woods can return to No. 1 in the world this week at the Nissan Open, and it would appear the odds are in his favor.

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Knocked off his perch for the last 24 weeks, Tiger Woods can return to No. 1 in the world this week at the Nissan Open, and it would appear the odds are in his favor.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking
LOS ANGELES - The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking
LOS ANGELES - The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles

Bulldogs moving on with victory

Eagles edge closer to state title shot

Game Off! NHL season canceled

Game Off! NHL season canceled
NEW YORK - A hockey season on the brink is now a season gone bust. The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule Wednesday after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the flash-point issue that led to a lockout.

Game Off! NHL season canceled
NEW YORK - A hockey season on the brink is now a season gone bust. The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule Wednesday after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the flash-point issue that led to a lockout.

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side
I spoke to the fifth-grade classes of Martinez Elementary last week and they had lots of questions. Fortunately, I had lots of answers.

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side
I spoke to the fifth-grade classes of Martinez Elementary last week and they had lots of questions. Fortunately, I had lots of answers.

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound
Richmond County authorities are investigating a fight at Spirit Creek Middle School that resulted in one pupil being cut with a knife.

Tells why graduation rates are low
Regarding Greg Rickabaugh's Feb. 14 article, "Local college figures are low": I started my higher education after high school, but did not finish because that was not what I wanted to do at the time. Nelda Allen, Martinez

No to socialist tax system
Regarding your Feb. 13 editorial, "Windfall for the Elderly": I am one of those who is truly grateful for all the breaks I receive because I have taken care of myself and have lived into my 80th year.W.J. Woodward, Aiken, S.C.

Support groups benefit patients
"I feel so excited to be a part of this group!" That's what I told Lu Kelley, my doctor's office specialist, after coming from one of a series of presentations on cervical cancer at MCG Health System.Christina Wilson, Augusta

Tells why graduation rates are low
Regarding Greg Rickabaugh's Feb. 14 article, "Local college figures are low": I started my higher education after high school, but did not finish because that was not what I wanted to do at the time. Nelda Allen, Martinez

This was no patriotic soldier
How does one respond to the frenetic ramblings by Paul Cook in his most recent diatribe? If there were a grain of truth or anything remotely resembling fact in his ranting missive, it might facilitate rebuttal. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Support groups benefit patients
"I feel so excited to be a part of this group!" That's what I told Lu Kelley, my doctor's office specialist, after coming from one of a series of presentations on cervical cancer at MCG Health System.Christina Wilson, Augusta

Leading Democrats are laughable
Mr. Lowell Greenbaum's letter Feb. 4 ("Democrat criticism shows their loyalty") reflected his routinely interesting assessment of things. Lawrence Burton, Washington, Ga.

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy
Thank you for the article concerning childhood obesity associated with the use of sweetened drinks in very young children.Andrew D. Chandler, DDS, Augusta

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy

Support groups benefit patients

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy
Thank you for the article concerning childhood obesity associated with the use of sweetened drinks in very young children.Andrew D. Chandler, DDS, Augusta

Tells why graduation rates are low

Textured towels grow in popularity

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show

Waterford crystallizes plan

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States

Textured towels grow in popularity
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When you step out of the shower dripping wet, how well does your towel really perform?

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show
CHICAGO - General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. hope to bolster sales of their luxury brands with new models that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, which ends Sunday.

Waterford crystallizes plan
CHICAGO - Say the name Waterford. You see flushed cheeks being kissed, tables formally set. You hear the clink-clink as toasts are delivered, the hum of social chatter, the peals of laughter.

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury
Car owners spend more time looking at the interior of their cars than they do the exteriors, just because they spend so much time inside, behind the steering wheels.

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury
Car owners spend more time looking at the interior of their cars than they do the exteriors, just because they spend so much time inside, behind the steering wheels.

Textured towels grow in popularity
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When you step out of the shower dripping wet, how well does your towel really perform?

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified
WASHINGTON - Scientists have identified the "come hither" scent that female German cockroaches use to lure males, a discovery that may help control one of the world's most troublesome and resistant household pests.

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming
Environmentalists always said there would be a price to pay for all the carbon dioxide being spewed into the atmosphere. Well, now there is.

Waterford crystallizes plan
CHICAGO - Say the name Waterford. You see flushed cheeks being kissed, tables formally set. You hear the clink-clink as toasts are delivered, the hum of social chatter, the peals of laughter.

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show
CHICAGO - General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. hope to bolster sales of their luxury brands with new models that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, which ends Sunday.

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming
Environmentalists always said there would be a price to pay for all the carbon dioxide being spewed into the atmosphere. Well, now there is.

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified
WASHINGTON - Scientists have identified the "come hither" scent that female German cockroaches use to lure males, a discovery that may help control one of the world's most troublesome and resistant household pests.

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States
NEW YORK - After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States
NEW YORK - After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

Lynx have favorable road ahead
The win was in hand. The Augusta Lynx just needed to hold on for 20 more seconds. They won control of the puck on a faceoff in their own end with a one-goal lead against the Greenville Grrrowl.

Lynx have favorable road ahead

Lynx have favorable road ahead
The win was in hand. The Augusta Lynx just needed to hold on for 20 more seconds. They won control of the puck on a faceoff in their own end with a one-goal lead against the Greenville Grrrowl.

Lynx, ECHL continue season
With the official announcement on the fate of the NHL season still an hour and a half away, the buzz was mostly upbeat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx, ECHL continue season

Lynx, ECHL continue season
With the official announcement on the fate of the NHL season still an hour and a half away, the buzz was mostly upbeat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Abuse shelter gets special recognition

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be weighed twice a year, with their body mass indices listed on report cards.

Events

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Cat adoptions break record

Reunions

Delayed work angers residents

Anybody order cookies?
Eric Blocker (left) and Joseph Wells unload cases of Girl Scout cookies at the Central Savannah River Council Girl Scouts, one of several distribution sites.

SRS to offer willing layoff payout

Police charge teen with threats

Kid of the Day
Tressie Tyner is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Program provides books to needy youths
A new program will put Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express and Charlotte's Web into the hands of children who might otherwise have no way to read these and other classics at home.

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party

Across the area
Authorities performed an autopsy Thursday on the body of a missing Columbia County man who was found dead behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Across the area

Viruses spread across area
Hari Sinha hasn't been seriously ill in three years, a lucky streak he attributes, in part, to his annual flu shot.

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jason Whinghter may be young and unelected, but he has a keen eye for the unexpected political opening and the quick reflexes to take advantage of it.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Fireworks still would be illegal in Georgia but buying sparklers would be OK for those older than 18 under a bill approved by the state Senate Thursday.

Anniversaries
The Rev. and Mrs. Lindsey Conley, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 15 with a reception at First Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Appling. They have three sons, Lindsey, David and Phillip.

Democrats seek better coverage
ATLANTA - Lawyers have a term for an attorney who does no more on a case than show up and be seen next to the client: a potted plant.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kids count spotlight
NAME: Matthew Favors SCHOOL: Eighth-grader at Murphey Middle School

Holiday closings

Empty bowls help charities fill needs
David Stuart's art room at Stevens Creek Elementary School was filled with activity after school Tuesday with a group molding clay into bowls.

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse
Carol Thompson, who has been working at Hope House for nearly two years, said she never knows what each day will bring.

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

Honors
The University of South Carolina Aiken announces the following honors:

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Program provides books to needy youths
A new program will put Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express and Charlotte's Web into the hands of children who might otherwise have no way to read these and other classics at home.

Across the river
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; how slaves used astronomy in escaping from bondage; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 age 4 to 12th grade; 641-3769

This week

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCH TODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Anybody order cookies?

SRS to offer willing layoff payout
A seven-day window for Savannah River Site employees who want to voluntarily leave the company will be the prelude to massive cuts this year by the main contractor of the federal nuclear reservation.

Cuts in care could occur

Fire chief contracts are rare

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts

Judge confines pupil over bomb threat

Father faces child cruelty charge
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged an Augusta man Wednesday with child cruelty, saying he severely lashed his 9-year-old son.

Library events

Drawing narrows field for college scholarship
The final eight contestants for ages 9-12 in The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing were chosen at Ashley Furniture Home Store on Feb. 10.

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

Band marches beyond the boundaries
When Raul Viera saw the South Augusta Marching Unit perform at a back-to-school jam three years ago, he begged his mother to let him join.

Talking baseball

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Presidents Day:

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million
Augusta commissioners voted Thursday to buy riverfront property at the site of an old train depot belonging to pensioners in the old city's 1949 pension plan.

Delayed work angers residents
Most people might find it hard to understand why a road project lags a year or more behind schedule.

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue

Police charge teen with threats
Richmond County authorities have arrested a teenager who they said e-mailed bomb threats to several schools this week, officials said Thursday.

Augusta officials approve bond package
Augusta Regional Airport officials had to repeatedly explain Thursday that their decision to wait two days to sell revenue bonds this week would eventually save the city $6 million.

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight
ATLANTA - The fate of state-funded projects for Augusta, Athens and the Georgia coast remains uncertain under a $16.6 billion midyear budget passed Thursday by the Senate.

Talking baseball
Traveling North Carolina actor Mike Wiley fields questions from Craig Houghton Elementary School pupils after performing Jackie Robinson, A Game Apart, an original one-man play, as part of the Morris Museum of Art's Children's Performance Series.

Lottery earnings surpass forecast
AIKEN - Gamblers often say that the house never loses. That's certainly true of the South Carolina lottery and the money it's making for the state.

Across the river
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; how slaves used astronomy in escaping from bondage; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 age 4 to 12th grade; 641-3769

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCHTODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Anniversaries

Across the area
A suspected Feb. 1 chlorine leak at a Richmond County chemical plant turned out to be a minor release caused by a malfunctioning scrubbing device.

Ninety-two cats will cost woman

Democrats seek better coverage
ATLANTA - Lawyers have a term for an attorney who does no more on a case than show up and be seen next to the client: a potted plant.

Father faces child cruelty charge

Across the region

Mayor lists tax projects

Honors

Viruses spread across area
Hari Sinha hasn't been seriously ill in three years, a lucky streak he attributes, in part, to his annual flu shot.

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award

Around the block
A Renovating Lending Workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Augusta Inn and Conference Center, 1075 Stevens Creek Road. Learn to obtain a purchase and renovate mortgage, avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor and how to buy HUD homes. The workshop is free.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Special advocate program seeks caring volunteers
The Court Appointed Special Advocate program could use a few more strong voices like that of Cindy Elam.

Across the river

Pupils have encounter with historic figure
About 20 youngsters sat spellbound listening to a one-woman play performed in the character of Harriet Tubman on Saturday.

Nuclear dumping disputed

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award
Shannon Williams graduated from college with no interests in teaching. She thought she'd simply work as a teacher for only a year until she found a job in the research field.

Band marches beyond the boundaries

Honors
The University of South Carolina Aiken announces the following honors:

Kids count spotlight

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound

Empty bowls help charities fill needs

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia

Viruses spread across area

Mayor lists tax projects
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has proposed a list of sales tax projects for commissioners to consider as they meet today to continue work on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 5 package.

Lottery earnings surpass forecast

Nuclear dumping disputed
AIKEN - The state-run, low-level radioactive waste dump in Barnwell County isn't properly storing contaminated debris, and waterways are becoming polluted, environmental groups contend.

Democrats seek better coverage

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling
A textile worker was found dead Wednesday afternoon at the Avondale Mills Sibley plant in Augusta, officials said.

Home is burned

This week
TASTE AND TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA TRYOUTS: Noon Saturday; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1828 Wrightsboro Road; seeking contestants for event scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Bernie Ward Community Center, savings bonds awarded to four winners; 364-6135

Cat adoptions break record
Columbia County's Animal Care and Control Department was the cat's meow of adoption sites Thursday as people flocked to adopt some of the 92 cats recently seized from a Martinez woman's home.

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse
Carol Thompson, who has been working at Hope House for nearly two years, said she never knows what each day will bring.

Father charged with child abuse
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a man who they said caused severe injuries to his 2-month-old son, including leg and rib fractures, along with wounded internal organs.

Talking baseball
Traveling North Carolina actor Mike Wiley fields questions from Craig Houghton Elementary School pupils after performing Jackie Robinson, A Game Apart, an original one-man play, as part of the Morris Museum of Art's Children's Performance Series.

Judge confines pupil over bomb threat
As authorities try to deal with a rash of disruptive school bomb threats, a juvenile court judge ordered an eighth-grader at Sego Middle School to 90 days in confinement Wednesday for calling in a bomb threat this fall.

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

Fire chief contracts are rare
Augusta lost Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after city officials refused to give him a written contract, a practice the chief calls an industry trend, but a survey of similar fire departments in Georgia indicates otherwise.

Ninety-two cats will cost woman
A Martinez woman cited for animal neglect after 92 cats were seized from her home Feb. 10 admitted at her Magistrate Court hearing Wednesday that she was overwhelmed with caring for the cats.

Ninety-two cats will cost woman
A Martinez woman cited for animal neglect after 92 cats were seized from her home Feb. 10 admitted at her Magistrate Court hearing Wednesday that she was overwhelmed with caring for the cats.

Father charged with child abuse

Senate OKs hunting, fishing amendment
ATLANTA - Voters would decide whether to defend hunting and fishing in the state constitution under a resolution adopted by the Senate on Wednesday.

Abuse shelter gets special recognition
ATLANTA - An Augusta group that helps abused children received special recognition Thursday when it joined child advocacy groups from across the state at the Capitol.

Across the area
A suspected Feb. 1 chlorine leak at a Richmond County chemical plant turned out to be a minor release caused by a malfunctioning scrubbing device.

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts
ATLANTA - Republican efforts to redraw Georgia's congressional districts would diminish the voting strength of blacks and urban whites in the eastern side of the state, several Democratic lawmakers alleged Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that puts restrictions on lawsuits stemming from business dealings, including shoddy housing construction.

Program provides books to needy youths

Nuclear dumping disputed
AIKEN - The state-run, low-level radioactive waste dump in Barnwell County isn't properly storing contaminated debris, and waterways are becoming polluted, environmental groups contend.

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight

Commission reform is unlikely this year
ATLANTA - Richmond County's state lawmakers probably will not push a bill this session to change the local government structure, the head of Augusta's legislative delegation said Wednesday.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Brian Kersey is today's Kid of the Day.

Fire chief contracts are rare
Augusta lost Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after city officials refused to give him a written contract, a practice the chief calls an industry trend, but a survey of similar fire departments in Georgia indicates otherwise.

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue
WOODBINE, Ga. - Because his blood was drawn without his consent, the driver who police say killed another man in a DUI accident will not be charged, prosecutors have told the family of the victim.

Home is burned
A volunteer firefighter puts out a hot spot inside the home of Cora Johnson in Kitchings Mill.

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling
A textile worker was found dead Wednesday afternoon at the Avondale Mills Sibley plant in Augusta, officials said.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Presidents Day:

Cuts in care could occur
Cutting back on around-the-clock trauma care and care for premature babies is part of a strategy being mulled by the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics if the state follows through on Medicaid changes being proposed for next fiscal year, officials said Wednesday at its board meeting.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Richmond County school menu
TODAY: Breakfast pocket, fruit or juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns<

Abuse shelter gets special recognition
ATLANTA - An Augusta group that helps abused children received special recognition Thursday when it joined child advocacy groups from across the state at the Capitol.

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts
ATLANTA - Republican efforts to redraw Georgia's congressional districts would diminish the voting strength of blacks and urban whites in the eastern side of the state, several Democratic lawmakers alleged Wednesday.

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million
Augusta commissioners voted Thursday to buy riverfront property at the site of an old train depot belonging to pensioners in the old city's 1949 pension plan.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be weighed twice a year, with their body mass indices listed on report cards.

Home is burned
A volunteer firefighter puts out a hot spot inside the home of Cora Johnson in Kitchings Mill.

Father faces child cruelty charge
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged an Augusta man Wednesday with child cruelty, saying he severely lashed his 9-year-old son.

Lottery earnings surpass forecast
AIKEN - Gamblers often say that the house never loses. That's certainly true of the South Carolina lottery and the money it's making for the state.

Anybody order cookies?
Eric Blocker (left) and Joseph Wells unload cases of Girl Scout cookies at the Central Savannah River Council Girl Scouts, one of several distribution sites.

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight
ATLANTA - The fate of state-funded projects for Augusta, Athens and the Georgia coast remains uncertain under a $16.6 billion midyear budget passed Thursday by the Senate.

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jason Whinghter may be young and unelected, but he has a keen eye for the unexpected political opening and the quick reflexes to take advantage of it.

Cat adoptions break record
Columbia County's Animal Care and Control Department was the cat's meow of adoption sites Thursday as people flocked to adopt some of the 92 cats recently seized from a Martinez woman's home.

Cuts in care could occur
Cutting back on around-the-clock trauma care and care for premature babies is part of a strategy being mulled by the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics if the state follows through on Medicaid changes being proposed for next fiscal year, officials said Wednesday at its board meeting.

Police charge teen with threats
Richmond County authorities have arrested a teenager who they said e-mailed bomb threats to several schools this week, officials said Thursday.

Judge confines pupil over bomb threat
As authorities try to deal with a rash of disruptive school bomb threats, a juvenile court judge ordered an eighth-grader at Sego Middle School to 90 days in confinement Wednesday for calling in a bomb threat this fall.

Father charged with child abuse
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a man who they said caused severe injuries to his 2-month-old son, including leg and rib fractures, along with wounded internal organs.

Band marches beyond the boundaries
When Raul Viera saw the South Augusta Marching Unit perform at a back-to-school jam three years ago, he begged his mother to let him join.

Delayed work angers residents
Most people might find it hard to understand why a road project lags a year or more behind schedule.

Anniversaries
The Rev. and Mrs. Lindsey Conley, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 15 with a reception at First Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Appling. They have three sons, Lindsey, David and Phillip.

SRS to offer willing layoff payout
A seven-day window for Savannah River Site employees who want to voluntarily leave the company will be the prelude to massive cuts this year by the main contractor of the federal nuclear reservation.

This week
TASTE AND TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA TRYOUTS: Noon Saturday; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1828 Wrightsboro Road; seeking contestants for event scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Bernie Ward Community Center, savings bonds awarded to four winners; 364-6135

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound
Richmond County authorities are investigating a fight at Spirit Creek Middle School that resulted in one pupil being cut with a knife.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue
WOODBINE, Ga. - Because his blood was drawn without his consent, the driver who police say killed another man in a DUI accident will not be charged, prosecutors have told the family of the victim.

Empty bowls help charities fill needs
David Stuart's art room at Stevens Creek Elementary School was filled with activity after school Tuesday with a group molding clay into bowls.

News you can use
- Activities scheduled for today include:

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award
Shannon Williams graduated from college with no interests in teaching. She thought she'd simply work as a teacher for only a year until she found a job in the research field.

Kid of the Day
Tressie Tyner is today's Kid of the Day.

Kids count spotlight
NAME: Matthew FavorsSCHOOL: Eighth-grader at Murphey Middle School

Across the area
Authorities performed an autopsy Thursday on the body of a missing Columbia County man who was found dead behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Mayor lists tax projects
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has proposed a list of sales tax projects for commissioners to consider as they meet today to continue work on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 5 package.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Fireworks still would be illegal in Georgia but buying sparklers would be OK for those older than 18 under a bill approved by the state Senate Thursday.

Police: woman was shot at least five times
Richmond County sheriff's investigators were called to an Augusta home Thursday night after a man reported seeing a woman lying in front of a house with obvious gunshot wounds.

Children spot dead body
Authorities will work today to find out why a missing Columbia County man's dead body was found Wednesday behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Aaron will never need an asterisk
Hank Aaron is an honest man making an honest living among the most stereotypically dishonest associates in the world.

Aaron will never need an asterisk
Hank Aaron is an honest man making an honest living among the most stereotypically dishonest associates in the world.

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment
For nearly 25 years, the masterminds behind Spike & Mike's Twisted Festival of Animation have been offering cartoons with an adult focus.

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'
If you're the kind of person who thinks dogs are just OK - you're not allergic to them and you've never had a traumatic confrontation with one on the sidewalk - you'll probably find yourself vaguely charmed by the family film "Because of Winn-Dixie."

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Son of the Mask'
Some movies just should not have kids. "Son of the Mask" is the sorry little offspring of Jim Carrey's 1994 hit "The Mask," about a weenie who gains superpowers and a super ego when he stumbles on an ancient artifact.

New home-video releases

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'
If you're the kind of person who thinks dogs are just OK - you're not allergic to them and you've never had a traumatic confrontation with one on the sidewalk - you'll probably find yourself vaguely charmed by the family film "Because of Winn-Dixie."

Mini-reviews

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment
For nearly 25 years, the masterminds behind Spike & Mike's Twisted Festival of Animation have been offering cartoons with an adult focus.

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's just out in DVD and video, and a calendar of coming releases:

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's just out in DVD and video, and a calendar of coming releases:

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow
NEW YORK - The seeds for Bruce Springsteen's new album "Devils & Dust" were sown nearly a decade ago, when the singer-songwriter began his first-ever solo acoustic tour.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc
If Atmosphere is rap for emo kids with too many feelings, Sage Francis is rap for the children of the war on terrorism. Right out of the starting blocks on The Buzz Kill, the first track on A Healthy Distrust, the 27-year-old Rhode Island native declares the American experiment a disaster.

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)
Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana) AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: North Canton, Ohio, moved here in September 2003

Popular band gets together for another show
Augusta is getting a little more Horsepower. Nearly two years ago, the Augusta band played its final gig, the Garden City Music Festival. Soon after, David Swanagin, the drummer for Horsepower, left Augusta to seek his fortune in Nashville, Tenn.

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow
NEW YORK - The seeds for Bruce Springsteen's new album "Devils & Dust" were sown nearly a decade ago, when the singer-songwriter began his first-ever solo acoustic tour.

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)
Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)AGE: 25HOMETOWN: North Canton, Ohio, moved here in September 2003

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)

Popular band gets together for another show
Augusta is getting a little more Horsepower. Nearly two years ago, the Augusta band played its final gig, the Garden City Music Festival. Soon after, David Swanagin, the drummer for Horsepower, left Augusta to seek his fortune in Nashville, Tenn.

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc
If Atmosphere is rap for emo kids with too many feelings, Sage Francis is rap for the children of the war on terrorism. Right out of the starting blocks on The Buzz Kill, the first track on A Healthy Distrust, the 27-year-old Rhode Island native declares the American experiment a disaster.

Popular band gets together for another show

Foes blast Harvick after wreck

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fans are 28 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than non-race fans, according to Simmons Market Research.

DEI back in the driver's seat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - So much for the demise of Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s cars at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a big fan of the spectator windows in Daytona International Speedway's garage area.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett won the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500 with a fast lap of 188.312 mph. It marks the third time in his career he will start the richest and most prestigious race of the season from the No. 1 starting spot.

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fans are 28 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than non-race fans, according to Simmons Market Research.

Foes blast Harvick after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Thursday tap could have a profound effect on Sunday's bash.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a big fan of the spectator windows in Daytona International Speedway's garage area.

Foes blast Harvick after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Thursday tap could have a profound effect on Sunday's bash.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett won the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500 with a fast lap of 188.312 mph. It marks the third time in his career he will start the richest and most prestigious race of the season from the No. 1 starting spot.

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Goodyear officials spent the first day of Daytona 500 practice scrambling to solve the second tire problem of Speed Weeks.

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Goodyear officials spent the first day of Daytona 500 practice scrambling to solve the second tire problem of Speed Weeks.

NBA introduces new security measures
DENVER - The NBA is using All-Star weekend to introduce new security guidelines for all its arenas in hopes of preventing a repeat of the brawl between players and fans in Detroit earlier this season.

NBA introduces new security measures

NBA introduces new security measures
DENVER - The NBA is using All-Star weekend to introduce new security guidelines for all its arenas in hopes of preventing a repeat of the brawl between players and fans in Detroit earlier this season.

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds
MADISON, Wis. - When Scot Vesterdahl, the basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College, opened the gym for tryouts he knew Brandon Watkins would have his work cut out for him.

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds
MADISON, Wis. - When Scot Vesterdahl, the basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College, opened the gym for tryouts he knew Brandon Watkins would have his work cut out for him.

Streak remains as Illini get win
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Illinois added to the longest winning streak in the nation and set some school history.

Mr. Walter Luckasavage, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Edward Charles Cushman
AIKEN - The former South Carolina legislator who helped establish Aiken County's only state college will be laid to rest today.

Ms. Sherry G. Zawacki    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Ms. Dorothy W. Sasser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie M. Glenn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Salome Livingston Fulmer    (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Mrs. Barbara Foster West    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Dr. Joseph Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Cushman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Leslie Lambert    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. David McKinley Garrison    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mr. Thomas R. Magness    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Ms. Sabrina Burley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Leslie Lambert    (SARDIS, Ga.)

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Ms. Jeannette Norris Nevarez    (Hephzibah, GA)

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Mrs. Billye A. Thackston    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Sister Josephine Pope    (SUMTER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ann Yaros Funderburg    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Dr. Joseph Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Wimbs Evans    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Moses Peterson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert Rouse, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Mrs. Ruby Posey McCarty (LEBANON, TN.)

Mr. C.L. Churchville, Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Sherry G. Zawacki (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Wimbs Evans (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Billye A. Thackston (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Salome Livingston Fulmer (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy W. Sasser (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janet Dunaway Field (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Mr. Willie M. Glenn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry Meriwether (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Foster West (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Bell Douglas (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Mears (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn B. Matson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James L. Oswald (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas R. Magness (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gatsie Lee Williams (SYCAMORE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Yaros Funderburg (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lish Boyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. James Butler, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rayford Rollins Carswell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leslie Lambert (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Cecelia B. Holck (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bentley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Snavely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sister Josephine Pope (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Scott Pope (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn S. McNeely (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Amanda Brooks (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Rouse, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Norman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph H. Massey Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Walden (LARGO, FLA.)

Mrs. Mary Taylor Key (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. George A. Spencer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Dr. Joseph Phillips (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Tara A. Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sister Josephine Pope (SUMTER, S.C.)

Miss Lacey Brown (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia M. Coleman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Swint (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. C. L. Churchville, Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Fay Simpson Bussell (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lois L. Dent Garnett ( GARLAND, Texas)

Mrs. Vivian M. Dorsey (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby M. Patrick (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Paschal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Mae Jones (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Daniels (LONG BEACH, CA.)

Mr. Moses Peterson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Sabrina Burley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Coley Blease Creech (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Broadus B. Adams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Jeannette Norris Nevarez (Hephzibah, GA)

Mr. Paul Robert Greubel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Rouse, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees
LOS ANGELES - By the numbers, the Academy Awards are roughly 50 percent less relevant than they have been the last five years.

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees
LOS ANGELES - By the numbers, the Academy Awards are roughly 50 percent less relevant than they have been the last five years.

So many Oscar parties, so little time
LOS ANGELES - Thousands of imported roses, calla lilies and orchids? Check. Hot-pink Swarovski crystals glued on pink plastic balls? Check. Yards of crushed satin and organza to cover the walls and ceiling? Got that, too.

Golfer weighs his options

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Armstrong returning to Georgia race

Area announcements

Overtime

Overtime
Augusta State's Sam Barth was named the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week after leading the No. 4 Jaguars to a 4-0 mark (7-1 on the season).

Overtime
A strong defensive effort wasn't enough to overcome poor shooting as the Paine College women lost to Stillman, 54-51, on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Armstrong returning to Georgia race
Lance Armstrong is stopping by Georgia again on his way to France. Switching gears from his original plans, Armstrong announced Wednesday he will race in April's Tour de Georgia - a major step in his pursuit of a seventh straight victory in the Tour de France.

Golfer weighs his options
Christopher Stallmann isn't sure where he's going to go to college.

Texan decides to ride in race
Cycling fans will get a chance to see the sport's top star in action in Augusta this spring.

Armstrong returning to Georgia race
Lance Armstrong is stopping by Georgia again on his way to France. Switching gears from his original plans, Armstrong announced Wednesday he will race in April's Tour de Georgia - a major step in his pursuit of a seventh straight victory in the Tour de France.

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.

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

Overtime
Augusta State's Sam Barth was named the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week after leading the No. 4 Jaguars to a 4-0 mark (7-1 on the season).

Golfer weighs his options
Christopher Stallmann isn't sure where he's going to go to college.

Overtime
A strong defensive effort wasn't enough to overcome poor shooting as the Paine College women lost to Stillman, 54-51, on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Bulldogs moving on with victory
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - If you're a Silver Bluff Bulldog today, you think of Wednesday night's playoff game as a silver cloud filled with dark linings.

Eagles edge closer to state title shot
Every story has an arc. Josey's basketball team has one like the trajectory of a 3-point shot. It begins with rock bottom.

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles
Josey's boys team believes 2005 could be special. Hephzibah's girls team feels the same. Each squad is a perfect 28-0 so far this season.

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles
Josey's boys team believes 2005 could be special. Hephzibah's girls team feels the same. Each squad is a perfect 28-0 so far this season.

'Pack unveils a new chapter
Something will happen at the Brierpatch for the first time tonight. At 6 p.m., Greenbrier will hold a playoff basketball game, the school's first playoff game in its history, home or away.

Eagles edge closer to state title shot
Every story has an arc. Josey's basketball team has one like the trajectory of a 3-point shot. It begins with rock bottom.

Bulldogs moving on with victory
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - If you're a Silver Bluff Bulldog today, you think of Wednesday night's playoff game as a silver cloud filled with dark linings.

Area gospel group will enter famed hall

Area gospel group will enter famed hall
On Tuesday night in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Hendersonville, The Lewis Family, of Lincolnton, Ga., will be applauded by their peers as they are inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Area gospel group will enter famed hall
On Tuesday night in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Hendersonville, The Lewis Family, of Lincolnton, Ga., will be applauded by their peers as they are inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Aaron will never need an asterisk

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story

How to get help from the IRS
For those overwhelmed, lost or just confused about how to start working on those 2004 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers lots of advice, information and assistance.

Do-it-yourself tax software compared
NEW YORK - Almost as difficult as doing your own taxes this year might be sorting through the variety of programs that promise to infuse you with an accountant's expertise.

Tax breaks for Americans who don't itemize
NEW YORK - Many people think big tax breaks go only to those who itemize deductions on their income tax returns. But there are many deductions and credits available to the two-thirds of Americans who claim the standard deduction.

Start your tax return now
WASHINGTON - The deadline is the same every year and every year it sneaks up on you.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'
LOS ANGELES - Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, tagged as an imperious diva on "The Apprentice," criticized the NBC reality show for stereotyping her and other black contestants.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'

Low-rated series struggle for a future
LOS ANGELES - "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman and the sitcom's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, were assessing the cuddle quotient in a show that viewers may soon lose the chance to embrace.

Low-rated series struggle for a future

Trekkies fight end of 'Enterprise' series
LOS ANGELES - Trekkies are uniting to win a reprieve for "Star Trek: Enterprise," slated to end its mission on UPN in May.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'
LOS ANGELES - Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, tagged as an imperious diva on "The Apprentice," criticized the NBC reality show for stereotyping her and other black contestants.

Low-rated series struggle for a future
LOS ANGELES - "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman and the sitcom's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, were assessing the cuddle quotient in a show that viewers may soon lose the chance to embrace.

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Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long

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Earlier works inspire new releases

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Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Jay McAuley's two career starts have ended in Georgia's worst offensive performances of the past two seasons.

Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley

Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Jay McAuley's two career starts have ended in Georgia's worst offensive performances of the past two seasons.

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story
Few people, even fervent film fans, remember Dalton Trumbo. But in his time, Mr. Trumbo, who died in 1976, was among Hollywood's most respected and controversial screenwriters.

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story
Few people, even fervent film fans, remember Dalton Trumbo. But in his time, Mr. Trumbo, who died in 1976, was among Hollywood's most respected and controversial screenwriters.

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine
COLUMBIA - South Carolina students say they are willing to pay a $5,000 fine that the Southeastern Conference could levy against the school after students rushed the court following Tuesday's 73-61 win against No. 3 Kentucky.

Gamecocks relied on unlikely hero
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Antoine Tisby made up for some lost time against Kentucky.

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine
COLUMBIA - South Carolina students say they are willing to pay a $5,000 fine that the Southeastern Conference could levy against the school after students rushed the court following Tuesday's 73-61 win against No. 3 Kentucky.

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'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court