Schilling returns to mound

Schilling returns to mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Curt Schilling's sock was bloodless, his ankle was stable and his manager was encouraged.

Schilling returns to mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Curt Schilling's sock was bloodless, his ankle was stable and his manager was encouraged.

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists
TRENTON, N.J. - Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars - complete with tire treads.

Odds and Ends
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M. - This natural wonderland made it onto a list of 10 favorite hidden parks - but the list hid it even more, by locating it in Arizona.

Odds and Ends
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists
TRENTON, N.J. - Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars - complete with tire treads.

Odds and Ends
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.

Prank lands naked man in jail
KEY WEST, Fla. - A prosecutor who may have had a little too much to drink thought it would be funny to run naked across a parking lot and hop into a friend's car.

Odds and Ends
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M. - This natural wonderland made it onto a list of 10 favorite hidden parks - but the list hid it even more, by locating it in Arizona.

Prank lands naked man in jail
KEY WEST, Fla. - A prosecutor who may have had a little too much to drink thought it would be funny to run naked across a parking lot and hop into a friend's car.

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves

Chipper Jones can see his career's end
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones may have that youthful-sounding nickname, but he knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

Chipper Jones can see his career's end
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones may have that youthful-sounding nickname, but he knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Johnny Estrada is a throwback. He wears his pants high, his stirrups low. He doesn't feel right leaving the field until his uniform is covered in dirt.

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Johnny Estrada is a throwback. He wears his pants high, his stirrups low. He doesn't feel right leaving the field until his uniform is covered in dirt.

Chipper Jones can see his career's end

Economy growth is better than initially thought
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at a solid 3.8 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2004 - stronger than previously estimated- and an encouraging sign that the business expansion was firmly entrenched at the start of the new year.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth

Sizemore leaves chamber post
The outgoing leader of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce had many to thank Thursday, but she was especially thankful no one took her lipstick away.

Sizemore leaves chamber post

Doughnut company announces investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday it is cooperating with an investigation by federal prosecutors from New York who want to interview current and former executives with the company.

Company looks for internal leak

Existing home sales dip a little January

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 0.9 percent in January, the worst showing in three months, as demand for commercial aircraft fell sharply, the government reported Thursday.

Predictions rely on stock market

Predictions rely on stock market
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush's plan for Social Security, a 35-year-old woman earning $50,000 would see her benefits cut by $6,000 per year.

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 0.9 percent in January, the worst showing in three months, as demand for commercial aircraft fell sharply, the government reported Thursday.

Company looks for internal leak
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. chief executive Derek Smith said Thursday he is working around the clock to keep shareholders and customers from running away amid revelations that his company was duped into giving criminals access to its massive database of consumers' personal information.

Existing home sales dip a little January
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes edged down a slight 0.1 percent in January as attractive mortgage rates continued to support strong demand in the housing market, a real estate trade group reported Friday.

Sizemore leaves chamber post
The outgoing leader of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce had many to thank Thursday, but she was especially thankful no one took her lipstick away.

Qwest revises bid for MCI
DENVER - MCI Inc. stood by its $6.7 billion deal Friday to merge with Verizon Communications Inc. despite an improved $8 billion bid to acquire the long-distance telephone company submitted a day earlier by Qwest Communications International Inc.

Predictions rely on stock market
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush's plan for Social Security, a 35-year-old woman earning $50,000 would see her benefits cut by $6,000 per year.

More ethnic eateries pop up

Company looks for internal leak
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. chief executive Derek Smith said Thursday he is working around the clock to keep shareholders and customers from running away amid revelations that his company was duped into giving criminals access to its massive database of consumers' personal information.

Pupils learn ins and outs of stock trading
Middle schoolers learn a lot of things as they enter their teen years, but the lessons of adolescence usually don't include stock trading, high finance and business management.

Economy growth is better than initially thought
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at a solid 3.8 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2004 - stronger than previously estimated- and an encouraging sign that the business expansion was firmly entrenched at the start of the new year.

Economy growth is better than initially thought

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Toymaker Hasbro Inc. plans to turn jawbones into headphones in an effort to tune out tooth decay.

Ailing chain gave CEO bonus
Four days before Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company agreed to pay President and CEO Peter Lynch a $1.5 million retention bonus.

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January

More ethnic eateries pop up
Columbia County might be north of Richmond County, but when it comes to restaurants, south of the border might be a better description.

Developers aim to improve area's economy
Augusta has a long way to go before it catches up with the Greenvilles and Charlottes of the country, but a group of developers is trying.

Analyst predicts volatile market
Financial analysts rarely make guarantees about the stock market. But that's exactly what John Lynch did Thursday during a presentation to Wachovia Bank officials and clients.

More ethnic eateries pop up
Columbia County might be north of Richmond County, but when it comes to restaurants, south of the border might be a better description.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Toymaker Hasbro Inc. plans to turn jawbones into headphones in an effort to tune out tooth decay.

Existing home sales dip a little January
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes edged down a slight 0.1 percent in January as attractive mortgage rates continued to support strong demand in the housing market, a real estate trade group reported Friday.

Clemson Lady Tigers top Georgia Tech
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tasha Taylor scored 13 points, including four consecutive free throws in the final minute, and had 10 assists to lead Clemson to a 58-49 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson will play Georgia Tech and Florida State at home and away in each of the next three years, according to the Atlantic Coast Conference's new 16 game schedule for its 12 team league.

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson will play Georgia Tech and Florida State at home and away in each of the next three years, according to the Atlantic Coast Conference's new 16 game schedule for its 12 team league.

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners

Keep an eye on Paine men

Paine likes its position for title

The remorse of Brutus
Doug Wead stabbed his old friend squarely in the back.

U.S., E.U. unity for real?
The "spin" on President George W. Bush's unity and reconciliation meetings this week with Europe's leaders is that it was a success, as most differences over Iraq were laid to rest and all 26 NATO nations pledged money, equipment or personnel to help train Iraqi security forces.

A sacred duty
Terri Schiavo's legal seesaw teetered toward life this week, if tenuously. The death sentence for the innocent woman was, thankfully, delayed for more lawyerly contortions.

Now, this is choice
It's quite possible, says columnist Cal Thomas, that women get more information at the supermarket, the bank and the automobile showroom than they get at most abortion clinics.

A sacred duty
Terri Schiavo's legal seesaw teetered toward life this week, if tenuously. The death sentence for the innocent woman was, thankfully, delayed for more lawyerly contortions.

Uncertainty's acidic touch

U.S., E.U. unity for real?
The "spin" on President George W. Bush's unity and reconciliation meetings this week with Europe's leaders is that it was a success, as most differences over Iraq were laid to rest and all 26 NATO nations pledged money, equipment or personnel to help train Iraqi security forces.

Let doctors decide

The remorse of Brutus
Doug Wead stabbed his old friend squarely in the back.

Let doctors decide
There was a lot of media and legal hysteria over Cox-2 pain inhibitors after the giant pharmaceutical firm Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market last fall when clinical trials revealed it doubled the risk of heart disease.

Uncertainty's acidic touch
How good is your imagination? Can you imagine stumbling along the streets of New York or the beaches of South Asia looking for the ones you love, the people who made up the steel and concrete of your life, until one sudden moment swept them away?

Uncertainty's acidic touch
How good is your imagination? Can you imagine stumbling along the streets of New York or the beaches of South Asia looking for the ones you love, the people who made up the steel and concrete of your life, until one sudden moment swept them away?

A sacred duty

The remorse of Brutus

U.S., E.U. unity for real?

Let doctors decide
There was a lot of media and legal hysteria over Cox-2 pain inhibitors after the giant pharmaceutical firm Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market last fall when clinical trials revealed it doubled the risk of heart disease.

Journalist will be sorely missed
America has lost its id. On Sunday, in his Woody Creek, Colo., compound (it was never a home, always a compound), Hunter S. Thompson, the man who taught generations of readers that fear is to loathing as mom is to apple pie, took his own life.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ry Cooder loved riding around Los Angeles from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., as a youngster, seeing all the different neighborhoods.

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family
NEW YORK - The father of teen movie star Lindsay Lohan threatened to kill his estranged wife and children, according to allegations in divorce papers.

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family
NEW YORK - The father of teen movie star Lindsay Lohan threatened to kill his estranged wife and children, according to allegations in divorce papers.

'Final Fantasy' creator to make two games for new Xbox
SEATTLE - The creator of the "Final Fantasy" series of video games will work exclusively on making two games for the next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox game console in a bid to help the company gain more popularity in Japan.

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the tremendous influence the pop star has had on the community surrounding his Neverland Ranch.

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the tremendous influence the pop star has had on the community surrounding his Neverland Ranch.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ry Cooder loved riding around Los Angeles from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., as a youngster, seeing all the different neighborhoods.

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks
WASHINGTON - Bad news. You've spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill.

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors

Potential ID theft victims face a lifetime of vigilance
SAN FRANCISCO - Warren Lambert thought it was just another piece of junk mail until he read the letter more closely and learned that con artists may have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors
DENVER - Janus Capital Group Inc. launched two new mutual funds Friday, hoping to bring back investors who have pulled billions out of a company hit by scandal and lackluster performance.

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors
DENVER - Janus Capital Group Inc. launched two new mutual funds Friday, hoping to bring back investors who have pulled billions out of a company hit by scandal and lackluster performance.

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds
Millions of people each year qualify for the earned income tax credit but don't claim the benefit. It can mean much bigger refunds for low-wage workers, but its rules and qualifications can be confusing. Here are some common questions and answers about the tax credit:

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing
Fishing for hybrids, striped bass and largemouth bass moved into full swing during spring-like weather conditions earlier this week.

Fishing tournaments

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing
Fishing for hybrids, striped bass and largemouth bass moved into full swing during spring-like weather conditions earlier this week.

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

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing

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

Saucer magnolias start their bloom
The large, purple, pink and white tulip-shape flowers of the Japanese magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) are popping in the South and will be progressing northward as the weather warms, making you wish you had planted one or two.

Add a wildlife habitat to your yard
McLEANSVILLE, N.C. - Gary Carter is cashing in on the natural look. By converting his three-acre property into wildlife habitat, he turns camera-carrying visitors into paying customers while beefing up his own photo stocks.

Baldcypress trees thrive in our area
Most people think baldcypress trees grow only in swamps, roots submerged in water and branches draped in Spanish moss.

Saucer magnolias start their bloom

Saucer magnolias start their bloom
The large, purple, pink and white tulip-shape flowers of the Japanese magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) are popping in the South and will be progressing northward as the weather warms, making you wish you had planted one or two.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match and all but one of the top 10 seeds advanced Thursday as the Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still mostly underwater.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match and all but one of the top 10 seeds advanced Thursday as the Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still mostly underwater.

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early
So much for that dream match between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. Their only contest at the Match Play Championship on Friday was who was the first to clean out their lockers.

Howell won't get shot at Woods
CARLSBAD, Calif. - They're good friends and share membership at the same exclusive Orlando, Fla., golf club, but Charles Howell and Tiger Woods will have to wait again to meet head-to-head on the PGA Tour.

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions

Golf: Wie in contention for SBS Open title
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Michelle Wie shot a second straight 2-under-par 70 Friday to get within three shots of the lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Tour's season-opening SBS Open.

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early
So much for that dream match between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. Their only contest at the Match Play Championship on Friday was who was the first to clean out their lockers.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians

Pressure gets to Josey girls

Greenbrier relies on stars to win

Inspired Wildcats continue journey

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place
I took a day off earlier this week and came to the conclusion that modern technology has just about reached its pinnacle.

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place
I took a day off earlier this week and came to the conclusion that modern technology has just about reached its pinnacle.

Critics of war are not unpatriotic
Regarding Charles Kimbrough's Jan. 12 letter, "Rights include the right to emigrate": It was the second or third response to an earlier Anne Cook letter, "President's war agenda is evil."Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

County's school system must be fixed
It's about time someone addressed the failure of our present school superintendent, Charles Larke.James S. Dickens, Hephzibah

SRS could return thousands of acres
As a follow-up to your Feb. 21 editorial "Boost DOE fees," you might suggest that Aiken County also ask the U.S. Department of Energy to return to our county the 4,000 acres north of U.S. Highway 278. Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight

It boils down to your perspective
Recently, Howard Dean was appointed the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. During a speech, he said the following: "You think the RNC could get this many people of color into a single room? Maybe if they got the hotel staff in there."Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

It boils down to your perspective

School vacation schedule is wrong
When you get cut, what do you do? You wash it and then put a Band-Aid on it, right? But after a few days, what happens? John Wilson, Evans

County's school system must be fixed

Police must enforce traffic laws
Frankly, most laws on the books are rarely enforced. I am a jogger and spend hours on the streets of west Augusta every week.John Bacha, Augusta

Police must enforce traffic laws

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight
John Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address is best remembered for the line, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Mike Fulford, Evans

Threats to teachers are appalling

Critics of war are not unpatriotic

Police must enforce traffic laws
Frankly, most laws on the books are rarely enforced. I am a jogger and spend hours on the streets of west Augusta every week.John Bacha, Augusta

It boils down to your perspective
Recently, Howard Dean was appointed the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. During a speech, he said the following: "You think the RNC could get this many people of color into a single room? Maybe if they got the hotel staff in there."Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

County's school system must be fixed
It's about time someone addressed the failure of our present school superintendent, Charles Larke.James S. Dickens, Hephzibah

Critics of war are not unpatriotic
Regarding Charles Kimbrough's Jan. 12 letter, "Rights include the right to emigrate": It was the second or third response to an earlier Anne Cook letter, "President's war agenda is evil."Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight
John Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address is best remembered for the line, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Mike Fulford, Evans

Threats to teachers are appalling
I am a former Richmond County teacher and a Richmond County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year recipient. Alicia Turnage, Sugar Hill, Ga.

Threats to teachers are appalling
I am a former Richmond County teacher and a Richmond County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year recipient. Alicia Turnage, Sugar Hill, Ga.

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook

Same name, but Sportage is all new

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market

Style briefs

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour

Living briefs

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year
More than two dozen new cars and truck models will arrive at dealerships before the traditional model year starts Oct. 1.

Same name, but Sportage is all new
Kia kept the Sportage name but changed just about everything else in readying its compact sport utility vehicle for a return to the United States this year.

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook
Doctors Who Cook, the annual tasting event benefiting the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Heart Program, has come a long way in its nine-year existence.

Same name, but Sportage is all new
Kia kept the Sportage name but changed just about everything else in readying its compact sport utility vehicle for a return to the United States this year.

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Designer Michael Kors does his fair share of traveling; he goes all over the world looking both for inspiration and for in-store appearances.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour
NEW YORK - For something to be glamorous, it needs to be sexy, luxurious, elegant and romantic - all at the same time.

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook
Doctors Who Cook, the annual tasting event benefiting the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Heart Program, has come a long way in its nine-year existence.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Designer Michael Kors does his fair share of traveling; he goes all over the world looking both for inspiration and for in-store appearances.

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market
MILAN, Italy - The current round of preview showings for the winter 2005-2006, resembles an open air market. It's all about pick and choose with designers displaying their talents in a myriad of styles.

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour
NEW YORK - For something to be glamorous, it needs to be sexy, luxurious, elegant and romantic - all at the same time.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market
MILAN, Italy - The current round of preview showings for the winter 2005-2006, resembles an open air market. It's all about pick and choose with designers displaying their talents in a myriad of styles.

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year
More than two dozen new cars and truck models will arrive at dealerships before the traditional model year starts Oct. 1.

Lynx: Additions get new chance
Regan Darby called last year's run to the Kelly Cup "the best experience I ever had."

Lynx: Additions get new chance

Lynx: Additions get new chance
Regan Darby called last year's run to the Kelly Cup "the best experience I ever had."

Eight's enough to beat Lynx
DULUTH, Ga. - Seven minutes into the game, Augusta had changed goaltenders twice, which pretty much says everything about the outcome.

Water plan might get broader
First know this: Billy Clayton says the days Columbia County residents can water outside are not being changed.

Re-enactors are captured on film
AIKEN - As the thunder of cannon fire and the acrid scent of black powder fills the air this weekend, onlookers will catch a glimpse of history relived in front of cameras at the annual Battle of Aiken.

SRS gets more bad budget news

Work of Grace
Work of GraceIron worker Raymond Cowan, of Gator Cochran Construction, screws down steel flooring during work on a new fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Taliyah Latoya Allen is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures
Military bases across Georgia are confident they'll survive the upcoming round of base closures, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A father fatally stabbed his two young children, wounded three other children and then killed himself by slitting his throat after a domestic dispute, police said.

Missing-person cases vary widely
Megan Soske walked out the door of her grandmother's Goshen Road home Jan. 20 and hasn't been seen since. The 17-year-old teenager is one of about 60 people who have run away, left home or simply disappeared in Richmond County so far in 2005, leaving friends and family to worry and wonder about their safety, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mercury-using plant criticized
Environmental groups have accused the chlorine industry - and an Olin facility in Augusta they characterize as obsolete - of irresponsibly clinging to outdated technology that releases excess mercury into the environment.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Fort Discovery plans for upgrades, CEO
With this year's financial picture improving, Fort Discovery officials say they are moving forward to make upgrades at the riverfront science center and hire a new CEO to run things.

Students compete in test of intellect
Move over, football, basketball and baseball. It's academics that is carrying Cross Creek High School to a state championship competition.

Water plan might get broader

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

Educator works to erase gap

Kid of the Day
Ashton Nicole Hamilton is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
Ashton Nicole Hamilton is today's Kid of the Day.

Airport gets funding for radio equipment
Newness is a recurring theme at Augusta Regional Airport. As airport officials prepare for work to begin in April on the new, state-of-the-art terminal, they say they're also anticipating the installation of a new radio system and the opening of a secondary runway - both projects to replace outdated equivalents.

Essays acknowledge black history-makers
A high school student's inspiring words about her principal won her top honors Thursday in the 2005 Black History Month Essay Contest.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A father fatally stabbed his two young children, wounded three other children and then killed himself by slitting his throat after a domestic dispute, police said.

SRS gets more bad budget news
More than money worries and a thorny liability dispute with the Russians threaten the construction of a proposed plant at Savannah River Site that would convert surplus, weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Bob Inglis are part of a congressional delegation traveling to Iraq, Kuwait and Germany this week.

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate

Across the area
An Augusta lawyer has been arrested on drug possession charges, officials said Thursday.

Essays acknowledge black history-makers

Mother gives birth to girl on road
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jessica Eddy had given birth twice before, just never at this speed. As a veteran, she wasn't too nervous about having a third child.

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties
An Augusta engineering subcommittee agreed Friday to move forward with seizing and redeveloping properties in the drug-infested Dover, Lyman and Miles streets residential area off U.S. Highway 1 in south Augusta.

Capitol conference
Diane Frey (left), of Carrollton, Ga., and Marc Fuentes, 13, of Cumming, Ga., participate in Disability Day at the Capitol in Atlanta.

Week saw GOP advance agenda
ATLANTA - Republican leaders of the General Assembly saw mixed results for their legislative agenda last week, with several major bills advancing while others lingered in doubt.

17-year-old faces burglary charges
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a 17-year-old who they say is responsible for numerous burglaries in west and south Augusta, officials said Thursday.

Authority lets five stay past terms' end
Five of the Augusta Canal Authority's 12 members are serving long after their appointed terms have expired, and a sixth member - Authority Chairman Bob Woodhurst - was replaced this week with a District 2 appointee named by Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams.

Across the area
Medical College of Georgia Hospital laboratory officials confirmed Friday that a young child has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, according to a news release from the Division of Public Health's East Central Health District.

Work of Grace

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures
Military bases across Georgia are confident they'll survive the upcoming round of base closures, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Building's facade ordered off
The owners of Richmond Summit Apartments must immediately remove a stucco facade covering several storefront windows after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission decided Thursday the owners had violated federal and local historic design guidelines by changing the building's appearance.

Airport gets funding for radio equipment
Newness is a recurring theme at Augusta Regional Airport. As airport officials prepare for work to begin in April on the new, state-of-the-art terminal, they say they're also anticipating the installation of a new radio system and the opening of a secondary runway - both projects to replace outdated equivalents.

Correction
An item on Page 3 of Thursday's Applause section of The Augusta Chronicle listed the wrong date for a performance by Stacie Collins.

Across the area
An Augusta lawyer has been arrested on drug possession charges, officials said Thursday.

Across the area

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic-development negotiations from public view was abruptly yanked from the Senate floor Thursday, after Republican sponsors of the bill began to doubt the proposal would pass.

Congressional map gains committees' OK
ATLANTA - The Augusta area would continue to be split into one Republican-leaning congressional district and another that favors a Democratic candidate under a redistricting plan passed by state House and Senate committees Friday.

Man is convicted of attack
Jermaine L. Ramsey dodged several felony convictions in the few years since he became an adult, a sheriff's investigator said.

Capitol conference
Diane Frey (left), of Carrollton, Ga., and Marc Fuentes, 13, of Cumming, Ga., participate in Disability Day at the Capitol in Atlanta.

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire
W.G. "Curly" Watson is telling a story about his friend and former colleague, Ty Cobb Jr., when a squad of nurses and employees at University Hospital suddenly begin clapping and chanting "Happy Birthday."

Senate OKs PeachCare bill
ATLANTA - Thousands of PeachCare for Kids' recipients across the state would be moved to managed-care plans resembling health maintenance organizations under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

Students compete in test of intellect

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

Missing-person cases vary widely

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire
W.G. "Curly" Watson is telling a story about his friend and former colleague, Ty Cobb Jr., when a squad of nurses and employees at University Hospital suddenly begin clapping and chanting "Happy Birthday."

Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty

Water plan might get broader
First know this: Billy Clayton says the days Columbia County residents can water outside are not being changed.

Rants and Raves
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Senate OKs PeachCare bill
ATLANTA - Thousands of PeachCare for Kids' recipients across the state would be moved to managed-care plans resembling health maintenance organizations under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

Authority lets five stay past terms' end
Five of the Augusta Canal Authority's 12 members are serving long after their appointed terms have expired, and a sixth member - Authority Chairman Bob Woodhurst - was replaced this week with a District 2 appointee named by Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams.

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties
An Augusta engineering subcommittee agreed Friday to move forward with seizing and redeveloping properties in the drug-infested Dover, Lyman and Miles streets residential area off U.S. Highway 1 in south Augusta.

Educator works to erase gap
AIKEN - While students at Wagener-Salley High School were studying black history Friday, one local black educator was making history - reaching out to black students who are behind in school.

Work of Grace
Work of GraceIron worker Raymond Cowan, of Gator Cochran Construction, screws down steel flooring during work on a new fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta.

Storyteller leads pupils back in time
Storyteller Kitty Wilson Evans was so realistic in her portrayal of a slave that a third-grader at A. Brian Merry Elementary School couldn't help but ask: Are you a real slave?

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A push to name a Capitol office building for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell was approved in the Senate on Friday, sending the plan to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Week saw GOP advance agenda

Correction

Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty
AIKEN - Tom Meeseman knows the dread and apprehension felt by Savannah River Site employees living under the shadow of a massive layoff.

Essays acknowledge black history-makers
A high school student's inspiring words about her principal won her top honors Thursday in the 2005 Black History Month Essay Contest.

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Re-enactors are captured on film
AIKEN - As the thunder of cannon fire and the acrid scent of black powder fills the air this weekend, onlookers will catch a glimpse of history relived in front of cameras at the annual Battle of Aiken.

Mercury-using plant criticized
Environmental groups have accused the chlorine industry - and an Olin facility in Augusta they characterize as obsolete - of irresponsibly clinging to outdated technology that releases excess mercury into the environment.

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic-development negotiations from public view was abruptly yanked from the Senate floor Thursday, after Republican sponsors of the bill began to doubt the proposal would pass.

SRS gets more bad budget news
More than money worries and a thorny liability dispute with the Russians threaten the construction of a proposed plant at Savannah River Site that would convert surplus, weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A push to name a Capitol office building for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell was approved in the Senate on Friday, sending the plan to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Educator works to erase gap
AIKEN - While students at Wagener-Salley High School were studying black history Friday, one local black educator was making history - reaching out to black students who are behind in school.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - An 83-year-old man died Friday, nearly a week after he was burned in a blaze that destroyed his condominium complex, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

Congressional map gains committees' OK
ATLANTA - The Augusta area would continue to be split into one Republican-leaning congressional district and another that favors a Democratic candidate under a redistricting plan passed by state House and Senate committees Friday.

Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty
AIKEN - Tom Meeseman knows the dread and apprehension felt by Savannah River Site employees living under the shadow of a massive layoff.

Week saw GOP advance agenda
ATLANTA - Republican leaders of the General Assembly saw mixed results for their legislative agenda last week, with several major bills advancing while others lingered in doubt.

Students compete in test of intellect
Move over, football, basketball and baseball. It's academics that is carrying Cross Creek High School to a state championship competition.

Across the area
Medical College of Georgia Hospital laboratory officials confirmed Friday that a young child has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, according to a news release from the Division of Public Health's East Central Health District.

Missing-person cases vary widely
Megan Soske walked out the door of her grandmother's Goshen Road home Jan. 20 and hasn't been seen since. The 17-year-old teenager is one of about 60 people who have run away, left home or simply disappeared in Richmond County so far in 2005, leaving friends and family to worry and wonder about their safety, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Mercury-using plant criticized

Kid of the Day

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties

Capitol conference

Across Georgia

Building's facade ordered off

Kid of the Day
Taliyah Latoya Allen is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

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

Airport gets funding for radio equipment

Authority lets five stay past terms' end

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures

Kid of the Day

Re-enactors are captured on film

Senate OKs PeachCare bill

Building's facade ordered off
The owners of Richmond Summit Apartments must immediately remove a stucco facade covering sev¤eral storefront windows after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission decided Thursday the owners had violated federal and local historic design guidelines by changing the building's appearance.

Congressional map gains committees' OK

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At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire

Correction
An item on Page 3 of Thursday's Applause section of The Augusta Chronicle listed the wrong date for a performance by Stacie Collins.

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Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies
ATLANTA - Edward Patten, a member of the music group Gladys Knight & The Pips, died early Friday morning at a hospital in Michigan. He was 65.

Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case

Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies
ATLANTA - Edward Patten, a member of the music group Gladys Knight & The Pips, died early Friday morning at a hospital in Michigan. He was 65.

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case
HAMILTON, Ohio - An arrest warrant has been issued for the Grammy-winning rap artist known as Krayzie Bone after he allegedly was a no-show for a hearing in a child support case.

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case
HAMILTON, Ohio - An arrest warrant has been issued for the Grammy-winning rap artist known as Krayzie Bone after he allegedly was a no-show for a hearing in a child support case.

New NASCAR rules debut at California
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR drivers will be competing under a new set of rules this weekend at California Speedway.

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California
FONTANA, Calif. - Robby Gordon just wants to go racing. A week ago, Gordon failed to make the field for the Daytona 500 despite finishing seventh in his 150-mile qualifying race.

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California
FONTANA, Calif. - Robby Gordon just wants to go racing. A week ago, Gordon failed to make the field for the Daytona 500 despite finishing seventh in his 150-mile qualifying race.

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California

New NASCAR rules debut at California
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR drivers will be competing under a new set of rules this weekend at California Speedway.

New NASCAR rules debut at California

Rebuilding Hawks send Walker to Celtics
BOSTON - The NBA's worst team is getting worse. For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Hawks used the trade deadline to dump a big-name player.

Keep an eye on Paine men
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Paine likes its position for title
Lamario Latson and his teammates aren't bothered by the fact that Albany State already wrapped up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

Keep an eye on Paine men
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Paine likes its position for title
Lamario Latson and his teammates aren't bothered by the fact that Albany State already wrapped up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty June Gray Brand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John J. Reynolds, II    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Walker Means    (APPLING, Ga.)

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Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga. )
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Mr. John L. Nickolson    (SYLACAUGA, AL.)
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Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Climons    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Maxine Sealand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Izolar Haynes    (ASHTON, S.C.)

Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie L. Reese    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Boudry B. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl B. Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Daniels    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)
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Mrs. Izolar Haynes    (ASHTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Walker Means    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Alberta Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Luther E. Lewis    (PLEASANT, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Boudry B. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommie Tennyson, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. John J. Reynolds, II    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanch McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Luther E. Lewis    (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosalyn Allen    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald E. Haggerty    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, NC)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)
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Ms. Hannah McGruder    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vivian Sapp    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Ms. Lila Mae Huss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Paul R. Courtney    ( MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Ellis Coxe    (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Flourney, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. John Louie Kitchens    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edith Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
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Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga. )

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, NC)

Mr. W.L. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Whaley Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vivian Sapp    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanch McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Nickolson    (SYLACAUGA, AL.)

Mr. Charles F. Breiner    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)

Ms. Lila Mae Huss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hannah McGruder    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Louie Kitchens    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Flourney, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Braydon Ikeal Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Ellis Coxe    (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Daniels    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Oliver Benning, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Ann Whaley Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosalyn Allen    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Elmore Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Tommie Tennyson, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Chalker    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maxine Sealand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles W. Brown III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Ashley Nicole Battle    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. Charles F. Breiner    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosalyn Allen (SARDIS, Ga.)

Ms. Lila Mae Huss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Thompson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Boudry B. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Graham, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Annie Holden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John J. Reynolds, II (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tyler Wade (BATH , S.C.)

Mr. William Flourney, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr. (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Walker Means (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Whaley Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Thomas (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Ellis Coxe (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Hannah McGruder (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanch McKeller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Climons (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. David Cardell Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Izolar Haynes (ASHTON, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Lundy (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles F. Breiner (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Haggerty (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Tennyson, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mr. Oliver Benning, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Tyler Wade (BATH , S.C.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr. (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr. (CONCORD, NC)

Mr. W.L. Ingram (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Michael Murphy, M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie L. Reese (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Maxine Sealand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Lundy (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Braydon Ikeal Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther E. Lewis (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mr. John Louie Kitchens (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Daniels (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga. )

Mr. Tony Holloway (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sapp (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty June Gray Brand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Nickolson (SYLACAUGA, AL.)

Mr. Shepherd Wright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure

Hangin' with Oscar's writers
LOS ANGELES - Surrounded by stand-ins accepting plaster Oscar statuettes at the Kodak Theatre, the Academy Awards writing team surveyed cardboard versions of Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and other stars.

The science of Oscar outfits
What some of Hollywood's most stylish stars wear on the red carpet - and why:

Academy hopes Rock will stir up controversial buzz
The producers of this year's Academy Awards have cynically tried to make up for the buzz lost to the nominating snubs of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ - the two most-talked-about movies of 2004 - by instead choosing an edgy and profane comedian, Chris Rock, as the host of Sunday night's ceremony.

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film
WHIPPANY, N.J. - Sister Rose Thering recalls that, even as a little girl, the words just didn't sound right: Did the Jews really kill Jesus?

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure
NEW YORK - With the Oscar red carpet serving as the world's top fashion runway, designers aren't leaving who wears what to chance.

Will this year's Oscars measure up?
I started this movie reviewing gig in early 1994 with a screening of Blink, a blink-and-you-missed-it yarn about a blind woman in some sort of peril.

The science of Oscar outfits
What some of Hollywood's most stylish stars wear on the red carpet - and why:

Will this year's Oscars measure up?
I started this movie reviewing gig in early 1994 with a screening of Blink, a blink-and-you-missed-it yarn about a blind woman in some sort of peril.

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film
WHIPPANY, N.J. - Sister Rose Thering recalls that, even as a little girl, the words just didn't sound right: Did the Jews really kill Jesus?

Will this year's Oscars measure up?

Hangin' with Oscar's writers
LOS ANGELES - Surrounded by stand-ins accepting plaster Oscar statuettes at the Kodak Theatre, the Academy Awards writing team surveyed cardboard versions of Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and other stars.

The science of Oscar outfits

Hangin' with Oscar's writers

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure
NEW YORK - With the Oscar red carpet serving as the world's top fashion runway, designers aren't leaving who wears what to chance.

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Hoffa's chase nears its end

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Overtime
Mark Joehnk's two-out single in the 10th inning gave USC Aiken an 8-7 victory over No. 23 Catawba at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in Aiken.

Overtime
It seems only the rain can stop Sam Barth these days. Inclement weather forced the postponement of Thursday's Augusta State home game against Anderson. No make-up date has been announced.

Overtime
It seems only the rain can stop Sam Barth these days. Inclement weather forced the postponement of Thursday's Augusta State home game against Anderson. No make-up date has been announced.

Overtime
Mark Joehnk's two-out single in the 10th inning gave USC Aiken an 8-7 victory over No. 23 Catawba at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in Aiken.

Hoffa's chase nears its end
ATHENS, Ga. - Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa have been chasing $25,000 all winter. Fortunately for the two burly, world-class shot putters, they don't have to run to catch it.

Hoffa's chase nears its end
ATHENS, Ga. - Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa have been chasing $25,000 all winter. Fortunately for the two burly, world-class shot putters, they don't have to run to catch it.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian
ROME, Ga. -- One team took the floor and acted like it belonged in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AA girls basketball tournament.

Greenbrier relies on stars to win
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Greenbrier girls basketball team relied on role players to advance to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Neva helps end story for Westminster boys
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Westminster Wildcats' season came to an end Friday night in the GISA Class AAA Final Four with a 55-48 loss to Fellowship Christian at Georgia College & State University's Centennial Center.

Pressure gets to Josey girls
ROME, Ga. - The audition for the Elite Eight ended in bitter fashion for the best teams in Region 7-AA.

Inspired Wildcats continue journey
As the seconds ticked off the clock Saturday at Mercer University, Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs couldn't help but smile.

Pressure gets to Josey girls
ROME, Ga. - The audition for the Elite Eight ended in bitter fashion for the best teams in Region 7-AA.

Greenbrier relies on stars to win
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Greenbrier girls basketball team relied on role players to advance to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian
ROME, Ga. -- One team took the floor and acted like it belonged in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AA girls basketball tournament.

John Hancock's run ends in semis
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- John Hancock's girls made it to the GISA Class A state semifinals, and they'll have to settle for that.

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians
ROME, Ga. - The James Brown tune Payback would have been a fine anthem Friday night at the Rome Forum.

Dade stampedes past Laney
Rome, Ga. -- There are times when there is no need to search for the should have or the if only.

Inspired Wildcats continue journey
As the seconds ticked off the clock Saturday at Mercer University, Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs couldn't help but smile.

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians
ROME, Ga. - The James Brown tune Payback would have been a fine anthem Friday night at the Rome Forum.

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future
INDIANAPOLIS - The Atlanta Falcons still don't know if starting nose tackle Ed Jasper will retire or return for his ninth NFL season.

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future
INDIANAPOLIS - The Atlanta Falcons still don't know if starting nose tackle Ed Jasper will retire or return for his ninth NFL season.

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?
It's among the most famous sentences ever written: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

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

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Anglican leaders struggling to resolve explosive differences over homosexuality have asked the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from a key council of their global communion for three years - a move some feared could be the first step toward a permanent split.

Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented
With Pope John Paul II's recent health crises, talk that he might consider resigning has intensified. Yet most popes have rejected that idea, even though the option remains available to them under church law.

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Anglican leaders struggling to resolve explosive differences over homosexuality have asked the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from a key council of their global communion for three years - a move some feared could be the first step toward a permanent split.

Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented
With Pope John Paul II's recent health crises, talk that he might consider resigning has intensified. Yet most popes have rejected that idea, even though the option remains available to them under church law.

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message
VATICAN CITY - Young and vigorous when he assumed the papacy, Pope John Paul II has been a picture of pain and suffering in recent years, a bent figure with trembling hands and quavering voice.

Conference at Vineyard is on music
Today's "worship artist" evolved from the crossover between popular music and praise and worship while eluding any denominational tag.

Black churches work to involve community, improve area
To many people living around Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard, the Rev. Otis Moss III is "Rev." even if they don't go to his church.

Faith Digest
Missions and Evangelism are the topics for the second annual outreach celebration, which continues today and Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Black churches work to involve community, improve area
To many people living around Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard, the Rev. Otis Moss III is "Rev." even if they don't go to his church.

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

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message
VATICAN CITY - Young and vigorous when he assumed the papacy, Pope John Paul II has been a picture of pain and suffering in recent years, a bent figure with trembling hands and quavering voice.

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew
Though he was never one for languages, Vern Keszler responded to a radio ad two or three years ago offering lessons in biblical Hebrew.

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew
Though he was never one for languages, Vern Keszler responded to a radio ad two or three years ago offering lessons in biblical Hebrew.

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?
It's among the most famous sentences ever written: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Faith Digest
Missions and Evangelism are the topics for the second annual outreach celebration, which continues today and Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks
WASHINGTON - Bad news. You've spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill.

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds
Millions of people each year qualify for the earned income tax credit but don't claim the benefit. It can mean much bigger refunds for low-wage workers, but its rules and qualifications can be confusing. Here are some common questions and answers about the tax credit:

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is going to get the Quentin Tarantino touch.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'
LOS ANGELES - Jesse McCartney's career is riding a wave in more ways than one.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'
LOS ANGELES - Jesse McCartney's career is riding a wave in more ways than one.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is going to get the Quentin Tarantino touch.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 14-20. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family

People in the News

Defensive ends coach to stay
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's next defensive ends coach is its former one. On the night before Jon Fabris was to begin his first day on the job at Oklahoma, he reversed course and has rejoined coach Mark Richt's staff, citing "personal matters."

Fabris to stay with UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Less than a week after accepting a job at Oklahoma, Georgia defensive ends coach Jon Fabris decided to remain in Athens, Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Friday.

Defensive ends coach to stay

Defensive ends coach to stay
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's next defensive ends coach is its former one. On the night before Jon Fabris was to begin his first day on the job at Oklahoma, he reversed course and has rejoined coach Mark Richt's staff, citing "personal matters."

South Carolina beats Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Iva Sliskovic scored 16 points, hitting all eight of her shots, and pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds as South Carolina beat Kentucky 60-47 on Thursday night.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists

Prank lands naked man in jail

Faith Digest

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew

Faith Calendar

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?

Black churches work to involve community, improve area

Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality