Ah, look at all the zaniness!
It is, of course, a brave thing to title a novel "Eleanor Rigby." The Beatles' song is one of few tunes to create such an indelible character - one drenched in sympathy and sadness, one "no one comes near."

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'

Ah, look at all the zaniness!

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'
"Runaway" is a potent mix of haunting characters and brilliant writing by short story master Alice Munro. The result is a collection of eight pieces that are edgy, disturbing and full of subtle tricks.

How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise
French women - is there anything they can't do? They seem to know instinctively how to tie a scarf just so, they can whip up a delicious meal for company at a moment's notice and, most important, they glide about Paris eating chocolates and drinking wine - and never get fat!

Ah, look at all the zaniness!
It is, of course, a brave thing to title a novel "Eleanor Rigby." The Beatles' song is one of few tunes to create such an indelible character - one drenched in sympathy and sadness, one "no one comes near."

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'
"Runaway" is a potent mix of haunting characters and brilliant writing by short story master Alice Munro. The result is a collection of eight pieces that are edgy, disturbing and full of subtle tricks.

How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise

How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise
French women - is there anything they can't do? They seem to know instinctively how to tie a scarf just so, they can whip up a delicious meal for company at a moment's notice and, most important, they glide about Paris eating chocolates and drinking wine - and never get fat!

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries
JUPITER, Fla. - The corner of the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse closest to manager Tony La Russa's office is pitchers' rehab central.

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries
JUPITER, Fla. - The corner of the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse closest to manager Tony La Russa's office is pitchers' rehab central.

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise

Tristan Cree Turner
Ronald and Samantha Turner of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristan Cree, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Destiny, 13, Courtney, 12, and Autumn, 2.

Isabel Marie Holliday
Andrew and Debbie Holliday of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Marie, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Caroline Carter
Clay and Deborah Carter of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Caroline, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Michelle Nichols
Theodore and Donie Nichols of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Michelle, born February 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mercer Claire Braddy
Randal and Michelle Braddy of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mercer Clair, born January 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mercer Claire Braddy
Randal and Michelle Braddy of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mercer Clair, born January 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Alden Andrew Robinson
Patrick Robinson and Jennifer Powell, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Andrew, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Daniel Lee Kraft
Kristopher and Kimberly Kraft of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lee, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 6:31 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 7oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lonnie and Myong Sevier of Hephzibah and Kenneth and Jo Ann Kraft of Martinez. He was welcomed home by big brother Peter Dylan and big sister Lauren Grace.

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken
Michael and Kelly Aiken of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth, born January 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Brandon.

Tristan Cree Turner
Ronald and Samantha Turner of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristan Cree, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Destiny, 13, Courtney, 12, and Autumn, 2.

Riley Bennett Keeter
Eric and Michele Keeter of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Bennett, born February 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Bennett Keeter
Eric and Michele Keeter of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Bennett, born February 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Joshua Jamil Hadi
Jamilla Hadi of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Joshua Jamil, born January 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Brianna, 9, Roniya, 5 and Ronald, 4.

Jordan Tyler Ghant
Darrell and Bridget Ghant of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Tyler, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Joshua Jamil Hadi
Jamilla Hadi of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Joshua Jamil, born January 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Brianna, 9, Roniya, 5 and Ronald, 4.

Sean Kieran Medcalfe
Simon and Katherine Medcalfe of Augusta, are pleased ton announce the birth of their son, Sean Kieran, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaitlin Ciara Marable

Cooper Miley Sikes
Rufus and Jamie Sikes of Camak, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cooper Miley, born January 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Steve Cooper of Camak, Ga., Mike and Christie Cook of Thomson, Ga. and Timmy Sikes of Metter, Ga.

Leanna Eloise Heider

McKenzie Lauren Poole
Crystal Robinson and Jeremiah Poole, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Lauren, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Miley Sikes

Morgann Michele Savage
Joe and Renee Savage of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgann Michele, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Chayden Hope Dockal

Ella Kathryn Jackson
Casey and Jennifer Jackson of Tignall, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Kathryn, born January 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ella Kathryn Jackson

Daniel Lee Kraft
Kristopher and Kimberly Kraft of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lee, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 6:31 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 7oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lonnie and Myong Sevier of Hephzibah and Kenneth and Jo Ann Kraft of Martinez. He was welcomed home by big brother Peter Dylan and big sister Lauren Grace.

Isabel Marie Holliday

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson
Christopher and Maranda Davidson of New Ellenton, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessa LeeAnne, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson

Kaylee Ann Estrada
Larry and Gretchen Estrada of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born January 20, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sean Kieran Medcalfe

Christian Michael Jackson
Michael and CoShendra Jackson of Trenton, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joshua Jamil Hadi

Sophia Raegan Hitt
Thomas Hitt III and Mary Mulhearn, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Raegan, born January 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Michael Jackson

Natlie Marie
Darren and Lynda Schneller of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natlie Marie, born November 13, 2004 at University Hospital. She made her debut at 12:25 p.m., weighed 3 lbs. 0 oz, and was 15 inches long. Grandparents are Jimmy & Sandra Barnes of Augusta and Darrell Schneller of Columbia, Mo. and the late Tresa Schneller. Big sister, Teresa Paige who is two years old, was waiting to welcome her home.

Aidan Marcelo Fleming

Kevandre Alexander Fowler
Latasha Prince and Kevin Fowler, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevandre Alexander, born January 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Morgann Michele Savage

Morgann Michele Savage
Joe and Renee Savage of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgann Michele, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Tyler Ghant

Ella Kathryn Jackson
Casey and Jennifer Jackson of Tignall, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Kathryn, born January 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Daniel Lee Kraft

Kaitlin Ciara Marable
Johnathan and Vivian Marable of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Ciara, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brezlyn Renee Dalton

John Matthew McKinney
Cathy Beasely and John M. McKinney, Sr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Matthew, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken

Sophia Raegan Hitt
Thomas Hitt III and Mary Mulhearn, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Raegan, born January 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Bennett Keeter

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe
Rhett and April Canipe of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kirsten Rileigh, born February 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:37 a.m., weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Mary Cowart of Augusta and Rev. and Mrs. Mark and Ginger Canipe of Beech Island.

Madison Leighann Byrd

MiKaylyn Grace Willis
Timothy and Rhonda Willis of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MiKaylyn Grace, born February 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Caroline Carter

Bryson Lee Barrett
Marjorie Herndon and David Barrett, both of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Lee, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kyle Matthew Ellis

Emma Caroline Carter
Clay and Deborah Carter of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Caroline, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mercer Claire Braddy

Kevandre Alexander Fowler
Latasha Prince and Kevin Fowler, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevandre Alexander, born January 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Lee Barrett

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Austin who is 6 years old.

Emily Catherine Mann

Vinson Grey Dresser
Blaise and Bridget Dresser of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vinson Grey, born January 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 3:17 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Theresa Vinson, Fred and Barbara Harshman and the late James Anthony Dresser, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Laura and big brother Blaise.

McKenzie Lauren Poole

Chayden Hope Dockal
Andrew and Krista Dockal of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chayden Hope, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by siblings, Ciera, 5, Caleb, 2, and Caelyn, 1.

Alden Andrew Robinson

Brezlyn Renee Dalton
Stephanie Meyer of Evans and Calvin Dalton of Jacksonville, N.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brezlyn Renee, born January 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sophia Raegan Hitt

Kaitlin Ciara Marable
Johnathan and Vivian Marable of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Ciara, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

MiKaylyn Grace Willis

John Matthew McKinney
Cathy Beasely and John M. McKinney, Sr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Matthew, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Nicole Phillips

Emily Catherine Mann
Jeffery and Alicia Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Natalie Marie Schneller

Leanna Eloise Heider
Alex and Jacqueline Heider of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leanna Eloise, born January 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kevandre Alexander Fowler

Kyle Matthew Ellis
Dennis and Amanda Ellis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Matthew, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tristan Cree Turner

Aidan Marcelo Fleming
Robert and Judalyn Fleming of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Marcelo, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:50 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 22 inches. Proud grandparents are Jose and Aida Yarre of Aklan, Philippines and Deke and Barbra Beh of Webster, N.Y. He is also the grandson of the late Donald Heintzelman and the late Marcela Yarre.

Emma Michelle Nichols

Kiara Nicole Phillips
Nakiesha Lowe and Christopher Phillips, both of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Nicole, born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Estrada

Sean Kieran Medcalfe
Simon and Katherine Medcalfe of Augusta, are pleased ton announce the birth of their son, Sean Kieran, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe

Palmer Stephen McCay
Stephen and Robyn McCay of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Palmer Stephen, born February 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

John Matthew McKinney

Vinson Grey
Blaise and Bridget Dresser of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vinson Grey, born January 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 3:17 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Theresa Vinson, Fred and Barbara Harshman and the late James Anthony Dresser, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Laura and big brother Blaise.

Vinson Grey Dresser

MiKaylyn Grace Willis
Timothy and Rhonda Willis of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MiKaylyn Grace, born February 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Catherine Mann
Jeffery and Alicia Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Lee Barrett
Marjorie Herndon and David Barrett, both of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Lee, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alden Andrew Robinson
Patrick Robinson and Jennifer Powell, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Andrew, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Lauren Poole
Crystal Robinson and Jeremiah Poole, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Lauren, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Leanna Eloise Heider
Alex and Jacqueline Heider of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leanna Eloise, born January 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Tyler Ghant
Darrell and Bridget Ghant of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Tyler, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Estrada
Larry and Gretchen Estrada of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born January 20, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Austin who is 6 years old.

Kyle Matthew Ellis
Dennis and Amanda Ellis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Matthew, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Miley Sikes
Rufus and Jamie Sikes of Camak, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cooper Miley, born January 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Steve Cooper of Camak, Ga., Mike and Christie Cook of Thomson, Ga. and Timmy Sikes of Metter, Ga.

Isabel Marie Holliday
Andrew and Debbie Holliday of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Marie, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chayden Hope Dockal
Andrew and Krista Dockal of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chayden Hope, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by siblings, Ciera, 5, Caleb, 2, and Caelyn, 1.

Natalie Marie Schneller
Darren and Lynda Schneller of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natlie Marie, born November 13, 2004 at University Hospital. She made her debut at 12:25 p.m., weighed 3 lbs. 0 oz, and was 15 inches long. Grandparents are Jimmy & Sandra Barnes of Augusta and Darrell Schneller of Columbia, Mo. and the late Tresa Schneller. Big sister, Teresa Paige who is two years old, was waiting to welcome her home.

Brezlyn Renee Dalton
Stephanie Meyer of Evans and Calvin Dalton of Jacksonville, N.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brezlyn Renee, born January 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Marcelo Fleming
Robert and Judalyn Fleming of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Marcelo, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:50 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 22 inches. Proud grandparents are Jose and Aida Yarre of Aklan, Philippines and Deke and Barbra Beh of Webster, N.Y. He is also the grandson of the late Donald Heintzelman and the late Marcela Yarre.

Emma Michelle Nichols
Theodore and Donie Nichols of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Michelle, born February 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Michael Jackson
Michael and CoShendra Jackson of Trenton, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ashlyn Nicole Haynes
Christopher and Vilynsia Haynes of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Nicole, born February 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Nicole Phillips
Nakiesha Lowe and Christopher Phillips, both of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Nicole, born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson
Christopher and Maranda Davidson of New Ellenton, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessa LeeAnne, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken
Michael and Kelly Aiken of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth, born January 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Brandon.

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe
Rhett and April Canipe of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kirsten Rileigh, born February 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:37 a.m., weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Mary Cowart of Augusta and Rev. and Mrs. Mark and Ginger Canipe of Beech Island.

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.

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.

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.

Smoltz is excited to start again

Smoltz is excited to start again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Smoltz wants to finish what he started - which is starting.

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl really hit home with Mike Hampton.

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl really hit home with Mike Hampton.

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves closed in on a contract extension with pitcher Tim Hudson, who has one year left on his current deal and doesn't want to talk money during the season.

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson

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

Smoltz is excited to start again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Smoltz wants to finish what he started - which is starting.

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves closed in on a contract extension with pitcher Tim Hudson, who has one year left on his current deal and doesn't want to talk money during the season.

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.

Business calendar

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.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft
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 might have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Renovation lending workshop; free Wells Fargo presentation for first-time homebuyers and move-up homebuyers; topics include how to obtain a "purchase and renovate" mortgage on property that needs repairs and how to avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor; call Denise Hayes at (706) 868-2464.

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.

On the move
Dr. Joseph A. Hooper has joined the Center For Primary Care. Dr. Hooper, the 15th physician on staff, will be based at the practice's central office near Doctors Hospital.

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.

Strategy can save money in the store
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Ameri-can consumers now have the widest selection of food items ever. At the same time, U.S. food prices have risen by 4 percent, the largest increase in 14 years.

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.

Get paid as you go
When Gordon Davis calls himself "a pirate in the sea of capitalism," he's not talking about plundering trade secrets. He's an information technology contractor, charting his own course in search of gold.

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.

Property transfers

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.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Renovation lending workshop; free Wells Fargo presentation for first-time homebuyers and move-up homebuyers; topics include how to obtain a "purchase and renovate" mortgage on property that needs repairs and how to avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor; call Denise Hayes at (706) 868-2464.

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.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft
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 might have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

More ethnic eateries pop up

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.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high
Augusta resident Sharon Scott doesn't notice a big change in grocery prices during her frequent travels to Florida.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 11-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Economy growth is better than initially thought

On the move
Dr. Joseph A. Hooper has joined the Center For Primary Care. Dr. Hooper, the 15th physician on staff, will be based at the practice's central office near Doctors Hospital.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high
Augusta resident Sharon Scott doesn't notice a big change in grocery prices during her frequent travels to Florida.

Existing home sales dip a little January

Get paid as you go

Grocery guide
Here's how to pick the best seafood, bread, coffee and other items.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 11-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Get paid as you go
When Gordon Davis calls himself "a pirate in the sea of capitalism," he's not talking about plundering trade secrets. He's an information technology contractor, charting his own course in search of gold.

On the move

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wasted 15 minutes of life's precious breath last week recounting the benefits of splitting the city's Public Works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - and relegating current Director Teresa Smith to director of engineering.

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wasted 15 minutes of life's precious breath last week recounting the benefits of splitting the city's Public Works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - and relegating current Director Teresa Smith to director of engineering.

Top 25 roundup

Southern conference roundup

Freshman steps up in Jags' win

Monday excelled both on, off court

Keep an eye on Paine men

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?

Micromanaging again
Instead of sticking with policy making, some Augusta commissioners are getting back into the ill-advised business of micromanaging government operations - a job that should be the city administrator's.

Let doctors decide

Going after the roots
Planting a seed is an act of great faith. You can't see it. You can't be certain it will do anything. All you can do is nurture it and hope that a seedling emerges from the soil at some point.

Going after the roots

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.

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.

Micromanaging again

Correction
The Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Critics of war are not unpatriotic" actually was a combination of two previously published letters, and was not intended for publication.

Correction

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.

Correction
The Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Critics of war are not unpatriotic" actually was a combination of two previously published letters, and was not intended for publication.

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?

Going after the roots
Planting a seed is an act of great faith. You can't see it. You can't be certain it will do anything. All you can do is nurture it and hope that a seedling emerges from the soil at some point.

Micromanaging again
Instead of sticking with policy making, some Augusta commissioners are getting back into the ill-advised business of micromanaging government operations - a job that should be the city administrator's.

Uncertainty's acidic touch

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.

'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.

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.

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

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.

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbitt scored 31 points and Donte Gennie added a career-high 21 to help Georgia Southern snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbitt scored 31 points and Donte Gennie added a career-high 21 to help Georgia Southern snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers
ATLANTA - Wes Hodges hit two home runs and Jason Neighborgall pitched six strong innings to lead Georgia Tech to an 11-6 win over Rutgers on Friday.

Jackets rally to key win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jarrett Jack leaped high to deliver the high fives to the Georgia Tech fans. And when gravity pulled him back to earth, he jumped again to slap hands with a few more.

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers
ATLANTA - Wes Hodges hit two home runs and Jason Neighborgall pitched six strong innings to lead Georgia Tech to an 11-6 win over Rutgers on Friday.

Jackets rally to key win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jarrett Jack leaped high to deliver the high fives to the Georgia Tech fans. And when gravity pulled him back to earth, he jumped again to slap hands with a few more.

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout

Jackets rally to key win

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers

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.

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms is headed for the finals of the Match Play Championship for the second time in three years, thanks to a sensational stretch of golf never seen at this tournament.

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. - Kevin Na is getting used to playing in final threesomes.

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson

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.

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms is headed for the finals of the Match Play Championship for the second time in three years, thanks to a sensational stretch of golf never seen at this tournament.

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. - Kevin Na is getting used to playing in final threesomes.

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play

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.

Lady Rebels march on

Pressure gets to Josey girls

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise
When Georgia Gov. Ernest Vandiver left office in early 1963, celebrated Atlanta newspaper editor Gene Patterson declared the state should erect a statue to him.

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise
When Georgia Gov. Ernest Vandiver left office in early 1963, celebrated Atlanta newspaper editor Gene Patterson declared the state should erect a statue to him.

Threats to teachers are appalling

Get the facts on Social Security
In response to many letters that appear to be woven with much worldly wisdom, I wish to respond with only the facts since no news agency provides the American taxpayers with the truth without interweaving their own special agendas.Keith Wilson, Martinez

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

Police must enforce traffic laws

New secretary of state is inept

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight

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

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.

New secretary of state is inept
The Democrats were not showing bias or hatred of President Bush when they voted against Condoleezza Rice. Republicans love to think that because they're blind as bats and love smoke screens.Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

County's school system must be fixed

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.

Get the facts on Social Security

Schools are an embarrassment
Why does our Richmond County Board of Education continue to make radical decisions?Theron Oswald, Hephzibah

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues
The marquees of many elementary and middle public schools in Richmond and Columbia counties carry a "character word." What a great idea! I trust that the lesson plans for that week emphasize the word as well. Better yet, parents should make that word part of the table talk at home. I would suggest that the four cardinal virtues first expressed by Socrates, advanced by Plato and perfected by Thomas Aquinas be the four principal character words of the year.Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues

New secretary of state is inept
The Democrats were not showing bias or hatred of President Bush when they voted against Condoleezza Rice. Republicans love to think that because they're blind as bats and love smoke screens.Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

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

Get the facts on Social Security
In response to many letters that appear to be woven with much worldly wisdom, I wish to respond with only the facts since no news agency provides the American taxpayers with the truth without interweaving their own special agendas.Keith Wilson, Martinez

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

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

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

Negroponte must not hold office
I do not know of John Negroponte's qualifications in the intelligence business. The point I want to bring up is the time of Mr. Negroponte as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980s during the Reagan administration.Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Evidence proves evolution
The recent letter from Joe Rich attempting to refute evolution ("No sign evolution is even happening," Feb. 21) demonstrates either a lack of knowledge or deliberate misinformation.Wendy Bollag, Martinez

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues
The marquees of many elementary and middle public schools in Richmond and Columbia counties carry a "character word." What a great idea! I trust that the lesson plans for that week emphasize the word as well. Better yet, parents should make that word part of the table talk at home. I would suggest that the four cardinal virtues first expressed by Socrates, advanced by Plato and perfected by Thomas Aquinas be the four principal character words of the year.Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Poor women need medical help
This is not really a response to Christina Wilson's delightful letter of Feb. 17 ("Support groups benefit patients"), detailing the many benefits of the MCG Gynecological Cancer Support Group, but rather a related topic.Patricia Lynch-Hayes, Augusta

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams

Family should not be throwing baby shower

In the know

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour

Take a trip to smell the flowers

Travel briefs

Style briefs

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams
For those of you building a new home, you're not the only party interested in quality building materials. Thieve are, too.

Travel briefs
ATHENS, Greece - Stung by dismal bookings during the Olympics, Greece will spend $75 million this year to promote itself as a year-round vacation destination, the tourism minister says.

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.

In the know
It's Oscar night, so that means another edition of ABC's The Barbara Walters Special with its usual offering of one-on-one celebrity interviews.

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.

Travel briefs
ATHENS, Greece - Stung by dismal bookings during the Olympics, Greece will spend $75 million this year to promote itself as a year-round vacation destination, the tourism minister says.

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.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We have a 2 1/2-story wood frame home in the country. This property is well kept, and there is no junk of any kind around the premises. It is clean inside and outside.

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.

Family should not be throwing baby shower
Dear Carson: I am planning a baby shower for my friend but found out her husband's family also was thinking about holding a shower. Because I was the first to initiate, she gave me a list of all the family and friends to call for the event. Having learned my lesson in the past (of not offering his family the opportunity to be co-hosts and they were offended) I again gave them the opportunity to give the shower with me. They were further upset this time, because I did offer them the opportunity to be co-hosts.

Take a trip to smell the flowers
NEW YORK - In a culture where vacations are increasingly prized for their "gee whiz" factor - swimming with sharks, zero-gravity rides and the like - do people still take trips just to look at pretty flowers?

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams
For those of you building a new home, you're not the only party interested in quality building materials. Thieve are, too.

Family should not be throwing baby shower
Dear Carson: I am planning a baby shower for my friend but found out her husband's family also was thinking about holding a shower. Because I was the first to initiate, she gave me a list of all the family and friends to call for the event. Having learned my lesson in the past (of not offering his family the opportunity to be co-hosts and they were offended) I again gave them the opportunity to give the shower with me. They were further upset this time, because I did offer them the opportunity to be co-hosts.

In the know
It's Oscar night, so that means another edition of ABC's The Barbara Walters Special with its usual offering of one-on-one celebrity interviews.

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple
After 30 years in one house in North Augusta, David and Cheryl Whitcomb had put down roots.

Take a trip to smell the flowers
NEW YORK - In a culture where vacations are increasingly prized for their "gee whiz" factor - swimming with sharks, zero-gravity rides and the like - do people still take trips just to look at pretty flowers?

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple
After 30 years in one house in North Augusta, David and Cheryl Whitcomb had put down roots.

Homeowner needs pest expert
Q: We have a 2-story wood-frame home in the country. This property is well kept, and there is no junk around the premises. It is clean inside and outside. We cannot get rid of the flies in the attic area, though. Over the years, we have sprayed the attic with bug killers and used sulfur bombs. The flies keep showing up by the hundreds. We clean out a bunch of dead flies and there are more. What can we do to get rid of the flies? Help! - Anthony

Augusta bounces back for home win
The Gwinnett Gladiators mopped their home ice with the Augusta Lynx on Friday.

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.

Augusta bounces back for home win
The Gwinnett Gladiators mopped their home ice with the Augusta Lynx on Friday.

Augusta bounces back for home win

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament
Stacie Adkins and her staff have invested countless hours hauling bleachers, portable restrooms and other amenities to Columbia County's Wildwood Park - all in the name of fishing.

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?

News you can use
Have a gripe about overcrowded classrooms? Tired of the school board raising taxes? Want to praise your child's teacher in public? Here's how to get on your school board's agenda:

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.

To solve problems, we must confront them
When does examining a problem contribute to that problem?

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Discussion provides only chance at solutions

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.

Doctors rebuild face of woman
Yessica Maria Parra remembers sitting in the doctor's office as a young child in Bogota, Colombia, as the doctor told her mother she would not live another eight or nine years with the large tumor growing on the left side of her face.

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.

County's top students are chosen

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."

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

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.

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles
No matter how hard Union re-enactor Brian Howell and his comrades fought Saturday at the Battle of Aiken, history won't allow them to burn the city today.

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.

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament

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.

Kid of the day

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.

News you can use

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.

Series brings hot-button issue to the forefront
Race relations in Augusta has long been a topic colored in black and white.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles
No matter how hard Union re-enactor Brian Howell and his comrades fought Saturday at the Battle of Aiken, history won't allow them to burn the city today.

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.

News you can use
Have a gripe about overcrowded classrooms? Tired of the school board raising taxes? Want to praise your child's teacher in public? Here's how to get on your school board's agenda:

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

Cities may limit train freight
AIKEN - Local governments that have long lacked the power to regulate the train industry soon could have unprecedented authority to police toxic chemicals stored in tanker cars.

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

Across the area
A 21-year old Augusta woman told police she saw a man with a gun standing outside a window of her home holding a gun.

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

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament
Stacie Adkins and her staff have invested countless hours hauling bleachers, portable restrooms and other amenities to Columbia County's Wildwood Park - all in the name of fishing.

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.

Discussion provides only chance at solutions
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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."

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Where we live

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

To solve problems, we must confront them

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.

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.

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.

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire

Across Georgia

Discussion provides only chance at solutions
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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.

Cities may limit train freight
AIKEN - Local governments that have long lacked the power to regulate the train industry soon could have unprecedented authority to police toxic chemicals stored in tanker cars.

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.

Program keeps parents well-informed
An occasional bad grade on a homework assignment or a quiz never bothered Lakeside High School junior Jay Krenz. He knew he could put in some extra study time and improve the grade before his school issued his report card.

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.

Augusta couple accused in scam
An Augusta man who claims to be a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and is accused of leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid hotel, recording studio and catering bills along the East Coast was arrested Friday at the site of a nightclub he planned to lease.

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.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Terrell Poe, 15, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Department of Social Services disciplinary records show agency workers did not follow procedures before three children were killed in August and their bodies were found in the burned rubble of the family's home near Rock Hill.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Katie Lee Morris

Mercury-using plant criticized

County's top students are chosen
Twelve high school seniors in Richmond County have earned STAR status for being the top academic students at their schools.

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.

Doctors rebuild face of woman
Yessica Maria Parra remembers sitting in the doctor's office as a young child in Bogota, Colombia, as the doctor told her mother she would not live another eight or nine years with the large tumor growing on the left side of her face.

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

To solve problems, we must confront them
When does examining a problem contribute to that problem?

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

Augusta couple accused in scam
An Augusta man who claims to be a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and is accused of leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid hotel, recording studio and catering bills along the East Coast was arrested Friday at the site of a nightclub he planned to lease.

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

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Terrell Poe, 15, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Department of Social Services disciplinary records show agency workers did not follow procedures before three children were killed in August and their bodies were found in the burned rubble of the family's home near Rock Hill.

SRS gets more bad budget news

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Katie Lee Morris

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

County's top students are chosen
Twelve high school seniors in Richmond County have earned STAR status for being the top academic students at their schools.

Week saw GOP advance agenda

Across South Carolina

Work of Grace

News you can use

Authority lets five stay past terms' end

Across the area

Educator works to erase gap

Augusta couple accused in scam

Water plan might get broader

Doctors rebuild face of woman

Across Georgia

Cities may limit train freight

Kid of the Day

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles

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

Across the area

Senate OKs PeachCare bill

Congressional map gains committees' OK

Across the area
A 21-year old Augusta woman told police she saw a man with a gun standing outside a window of her home holding a gun.

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Florida vs. Louisiana State might make a better Southeastern Conference championship football game than a match-play championship golf encounter.

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Florida vs. Louisiana State might make a better Southeastern Conference championship football game than a match-play championship golf encounter.

'Chronicle' entertainment writer picks his Oscar victors
It seems strange, doesn't it, not to have those pesky hobbits groveling for Oscar gold.

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.

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
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.

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Team truck drivers for next week's NASCAR Busch Series race will receive a military escort from Texas to Mexico City as concern for their safety increased with the recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.

Martin drives to Busch win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Mark Martin added to his record Busch Series win total, pulling away from Kevin Harvick on Saturday at California Speedway for No. 47.

Record setting run puts Busch in front
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR began a new era of qualifying Saturday with new rules and the youngest pole winner in the history of stock car's top series.

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.

Record setting run puts Busch in front

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California

Martin drives to Busch win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Mark Martin added to his record Busch Series win total, pulling away from Kevin Harvick on Saturday at California Speedway for No. 47.

NASCAR notebook

Record setting run puts Busch in front
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR began a new era of qualifying Saturday with new rules and the youngest pole winner in the history of stock car's top series.

Martin drives to Busch win

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Team truck drivers for next week's NASCAR Busch Series race will receive a military escort from Texas to Mexico City as concern for their safety increased with the recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.

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.

Man arrested in BTK killings
WICHITA, Kan. - A manhunt for a serial killer who for 31 years taunted police with letters about his crimes ended Saturday when authorities said they finally caught up with the BTK killer and linked him to at least 10 murders.

Bulls edge Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - All through college, Emeka Okafor stole Ben Gordon's snacks. So when Okafor stole the ball from him late in Saturday night's game, Gordon was finally fed up.

Bulls edge Bobcats

Bulls edge Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - All through college, Emeka Okafor stole Ben Gordon's snacks. So when Okafor stole the ball from him late in Saturday night's game, Gordon was finally fed up.

Monday excelled both on, off court
The Augusta State athletic department is in the process of developing a set of standards to determine which of its former athletes should have their jerseys retired.

Top 25 roundup
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 36 points in his final home game, and Jim Boeheim got his 700th victory when Syracuse overwhelmed Providence in the second half for a 91-66 victory Saturday.

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Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Monday excelled both on, off court
The Augusta State athletic department is in the process of developing a set of standards to determine which of its former athletes should have their jerseys retired.

Top 25 roundup
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 36 points in his final home game, and Jim Boeheim got his 700th victory when Syracuse overwhelmed Providence in the second half for a 91-66 victory Saturday.

Freshman steps up in Jags' win
The game sat in the balance. Augusta State's win streak on the line. And Cameron Tovey was hitting his stride.

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

Lady Jaguars lose, clinch No. 3 seed
The Elite Eight banner hanging from the Christenberry Fieldhouse rafters is a reminder of last season's glory.

Southern conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Mou¤ssa Diagne had 19 points and two other Paladins scored in double digits as Furman beat Chattanooga.

Southern conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Moussa Diagne had 19 points and two other Paladins scored in double digits as Furman beat Chattanooga.

Two schools moving on up
As teams gear up for this week's Peach Belt's Conference Tournament, two schools are planning to bid the league adieu.

Freshman steps up in Jags' win
The game sat in the balance. Augusta State's win streak on the line. And Cameron Tovey was hitting his stride.

Green showcases talent at combine

NFL notebook

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future

Defensive linemen could go early, often

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Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Eugene Hayes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles F. Breiner    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)
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Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Russell Lane Bohler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert McKie, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine Outler    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
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Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Walker Means    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Myers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Scarborough    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles W. Brown III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. W.L. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold G. Wetherell    (HARRISON, Ga.)
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Mr. Phillip Scarborough    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Christine Outler    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. W.L. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Myers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McKie, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Eugene Hayes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Chalker    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Climons    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Elmore Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Leroy Climons    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris Collez    (WINNIPEG, CANADA)
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Mr. Chester C. Burnside    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)
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Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Alberta Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)
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Mr. Chester C. Burnside    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Mr. Carl B. Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rikala Tremiya Brunson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Williams, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rikala Tremiya Brunson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)
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Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Virginia Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Hayes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Edna Phillips (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Rikala Tremiya Brunson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert House (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. David Cardell Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Climons (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins (ORLANDO, Fla.)

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

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

Mr. Phillip Scarborough (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McKie, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arnold B. Chipman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Outler (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Myers (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester C. Burnside (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

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?

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.

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film

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.

Hangin' with Oscar's writers

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?

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final

Overtime

Area announcements

Overtime

Hoffa's chase nears its end

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.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer routed Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the Dubai Open semifinals Saturday and will play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in a title match for the third time this year.

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer routed Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the Dubai Open semifinals Saturday and will play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in a title match for the third time this year.

Overtime
USC Aiken found the range from 3-point land, lifting the Lady Pacers to a 62-54 victory over Lander on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game in Greenwood, S.C.

Overtime
USC Aiken found the range from 3-point land, lifting the Lady Pacers to a 62-54 victory over Lander on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game in Greenwood, S.C.

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.

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.

Possibility of petition fuels Olympic debate
SAN SICARIO, Italy - The debate over the new women's course for the Olympics grew Saturday when several top skiers threatened to sign a petition urging another site for the super giant slalom at next year's Turin Games.

Anglers catch big fish award
Four local fishermen were honored by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division this month as recipients of the 2004 Georgia Angler Awards for outstanding sportfish caught in state waters.

Anglers catch big fish award
Four local fishermen were honored by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division this month as recipients of the 2004 Georgia Angler Awards for outstanding sportfish caught in state waters.

Anglers catch big fish award

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

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

Outdoors calendar

Fox hunting: All in the chase
THOMSON - Charlie Lewis' love affair with fox hunting began decades ago and has grown more meaningful over time.

Fox hunting: All in the chase
THOMSON - Charlie Lewis' love affair with fox hunting began decades ago and has grown more meaningful over time.

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.

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.

Lady Rebels march on
ALBANY, Ga. -- Two reasons why the Hephzibah girls are undefeated were on display Saturday in the GHSA Class AAA Elite Eight: Foul shooting and depth.

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Greenbrier had made it so far to be edged out by a foot.

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.

Lady Rebels march on
ALBANY, Ga. -- Two reasons why the Hephzibah girls are undefeated were on display Saturday in the GHSA Class AAA Elite Eight: Foul shooting and depth.

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Greenbrier had made it so far to be edged out by a foot.

Eagles' title dreams clipped
Rome, Ga. -- The last weekend of Feb ruary again proved unsatisfying for the Josey Eagles. It was also every bit of shocking.

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.

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.

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.

Defensive linemen could go early, often
INDIANAPOLIS - In a very good year for defensive linemen, talent is not the only commodity. Confidence - some might say cockiness - is running high, too.

Defensive linemen could go early, often
INDIANAPOLIS - In a very good year for defensive linemen, talent is not the only commodity. Confidence - some might say cockiness - is running high, too.

NFL notebook
CHICAGO - All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears, one day after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

NFL notebook
CHICAGO - All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears, one day after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

Green showcases talent at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - David Greene worked with a talented receiving corps as he set an NCAA Division I-A record with 42 victories during the last four years at Georgia.

Green showcases talent at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - David Greene worked with a talented receiving corps as he set an NCAA Division I-A record with 42 victories during the last four years at Georgia.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fox hunting: All in the chase

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There are more stars in the making than those Idol wannabes!

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

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

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There are more stars in the making than those Idol wannabes!

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

People in the News

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs

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."

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After playing to the level of its competition in a loss at Georgia last month, Vanderbilt only let the Bulldogs control the game for 12 minutes on Saturday.

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."

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After playing to the level of its competition in a loss at Georgia last month, Vanderbilt only let the Bulldogs control the game for 12 minutes on Saturday.

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

Odds and Ends

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists

Faith Calendar

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?

Faith Digest

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message

Black churches work to involve community, improve area

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality