Museum gala to feature Southern sparkle
The Morris Museum of Art wants to infuse its 11th annual black tie gala with some Southern sparkle.

Museum gala to feature Southern sparkle
The Morris Museum of Art wants to infuse its 11th annual black tie gala with some Southern sparkle.

Artist's yarns depict Southern, African traditions
Annie Greene has been stringing art lovers along for more than 30 years.

Museum gala to feature Southern sparkle

Artist's yarns depict Southern, African traditions
Annie Greene has been stringing art lovers along for more than 30 years.

Artist's yarns depict Southern, African traditions

Artist's yarns depict Southern, African traditions

Artist's yarns depict Southern, African traditions
Annie Greene has been stringing art lovers along for more than 30 years.

Red Sox savor win at White House ceremony
WASHINGTON - The Boston Red Sox finally made it to the White House on Wednesday, savoring one of the last fruits of their World Series victory before launching their quest for a repeat.

Welcome home

Red Sox savor win at White House ceremony

Welcome home
Augusta State's Jen Tomlinson is greeted after she hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to put the Jaguars up 4-1 Tuesday against USC Aiken at Diamond Lakes Park.

Welcome home
Augusta State's Jen Tomlinson is greeted after she hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to put the Jaguars up 4-1 Tuesday against USC Aiken at Diamond Lakes Park.

Red Sox savor win at White House ceremony
WASHINGTON - The Boston Red Sox finally made it to the White House on Wednesday, savoring one of the last fruits of their World Series victory before launching their quest for a repeat.

Odds and Ends
ORLANDO, Fla. - If drivers can't read Erik Rivera's sign, they might be going too fast.

Odds and Ends
ORLANDO, Fla. - If drivers can't read Erik Rivera's sign, they might be going too fast.

Collegians schooled by Atlanta

Collegians schooled by Atlanta
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Zach Miner said earlier this week he fully anticipated Georgia Tech picking up a few hits off him and the other four Braves pitchers expected to throw in the team's first spring game of 2005 - even if they were facing a collegiate team.

Braves: Hudson signs through 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Hudson, it seems, won't be a one-year wonder in Atlanta.

Collegians schooled by Atlanta
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Zach Miner said earlier this week he fully anticipated Georgia Tech picking up a few hits off him and the other four Braves pitchers expected to throw in the team's first spring game of 2005 - even if they were facing a collegiate team.

Refunds improve in early filings
WASHINGTON - Federal tax refunds have jumped an average $200 for early filers. The Internal Revenue Service reported Wednesday that the average refund grew to $2,436 for tax returns filed through last Friday.

Grave Medicare ills await attention

Refunds improve in early filings
WASHINGTON - Federal tax refunds have jumped an average $200 for early filers. The Internal Revenue Service reported Wednesday that the average refund grew to $2,436 for tax returns filed through last Friday.

Company's tools aid in tracking employees

Report: ChoicePoint had identity theft case years ago
LOS ANGELES - A Nigerian-born man and woman were arrested in 2002 on charges of using ChoicePoint Inc. to tap into its vast database of personal information, a security breach similar to the one announced by the data warehouser last month, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Top brokerage takes wide loss
NEW YORK - Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., the nation's largest insurance brokerage, on Tuesday reported a wider-than-expected loss of $676 million for the fourth quarter as it absorbed a host of restructuring charges, regulatory fines and related expenses.

Pioneering identity theft laws aren't enough, experts say
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Law enforcement officials attending the state's first summit on identity theft asked Tuesday for more money to combat the crime in California, the only state believed to have more than 1 million victims last year.

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back
NEW YORK - Falling oil prices and a broker upgrade of the semiconductor sector pushed stocks higher Tuesday, enticing buyers back into the market after the previous session's losses.

Stewart kept working while in prison
ALDERSON, W.Va. - From scrubbing floors to raking leaves, Martha Stewart spent the past five months performing the sort of tasks ordinarily done by the hired help.

Company's tools aid in tracking employees
If you think sneaking in some errands after that business meeting is something your boss will never discover, think again.

Pioneering identity theft laws aren't enough, experts say
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Law enforcement officials attending the state's first summit on identity theft asked Tuesday for more money to combat the crime in California, the only state believed to have more than 1 million victims last year.

Five area banks will be closed
Wachovia Corp. announced Tuesday it will gain eight area branches as part of its merger with SouthTrust Bank. Wachovia currently has 19 area branches; SouthTrust has 13.

Small-business owners find Georgia friendly
Brad Kyzer has been an independent businessman in Georgia for more than 25 years. Like many, he's mostly pleased about the state's business climate.

GM, Ford sales slide again
DETROIT - In a familiar pattern for the nation's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted sales declines last month, while Japanese rivals and the smallest of Detroit's Big Three made impressive gains.

Stewart kept working while in prison
ALDERSON, W.Va. - From scrubbing floors to raking leaves, Martha Stewart spent the past five months performing the sort of tasks ordinarily done by the hired help.

Georgia Power honored at Scout luncheon
Georgia Power CEO Michael Garrett said Wednesday that the state's perennial high dropout rate is its biggest barrier to economic growth.

Report: ChoicePoint had identity theft case years ago
LOS ANGELES - A Nigerian-born man and woman were arrested in 2002 on charges of using ChoicePoint Inc. to tap into its vast database of personal information, a security breach similar to the one announced by the data warehouser last month, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back

Small-business owners find Georgia friendly
Brad Kyzer has been an independent businessman in Georgia for more than 25 years. Like many, he's mostly pleased about the state's business climate.

Five area banks will be closed

Top brokerage takes wide loss

Company's tools aid in tracking employees
If you think sneaking in some errands after that business meeting is something your boss will never discover, think again.

Grave Medicare ills await attention
WASHINGTON - A looming Medicare shortage is seven times the size of the one that Social Security faces and nearly four times the entire federal debt. It is not being addressed by President Bush and Congress, and, to some, that is just as well.

Small-business owners find Georgia friendly

Five area banks will be closed
Wachovia Corp. announced Tuesday it will gain eight area branches as part of its merger with SouthTrust Bank. Wachovia currently has 19 area branches; SouthTrust has 13.

Report: ChoicePoint had identity theft case years ago

GM, Ford sales slide again
DETROIT - In a familiar pattern for the nation's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted sales declines last month, while Japanese rivals and the smallest of Detroit's Big Three made impressive gains.

Refunds improve in early filings

Top brokerage takes wide loss
NEW YORK - Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., the nation's largest insurance brokerage, on Tuesday reported a wider-than-expected loss of $676 million for the fourth quarter as it absorbed a host of restructuring charges, regulatory fines and related expenses.

Georgia Power honored at Scout luncheon

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back
NEW YORK - Falling oil prices and a broker upgrade of the semiconductor sector pushed stocks higher Tuesday, enticing buyers back into the market after the previous session's losses.

Pioneering identity theft laws aren't enough, experts say

Grave Medicare ills await attention
WASHINGTON - A looming Medicare shortage is seven times the size of the one that Social Security faces and nearly four times the entire federal debt. It is not being addressed by President Bush and Congress, and, to some, that is just as well.

Stewart kept working while in prison

GM, Ford sales slide again

Georgia Power honored at Scout luncheon
Georgia Power CEO Michael Garrett said Wednesday that the state's perennial high dropout rate is its biggest barrier to economic growth.

Telfer's 3 lifts Jags to victory

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.

Lander women defeat GC&S

AASU wins opener against Francis Marion

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament

Jags don't count on home edge

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round

Camellia Classic remains in limbo

A community's CAT scan
Lots of folks have taken snapshots of Augusta before. This is different. This is a panoramic portrait unlike anything we've seen in years, if ever.

The Imperial Court
It shouldn't be called the U.S. Supreme Court. It should be called the U.S. Imperial Court.

A community's CAT scan
Lots of folks have taken snapshots of Augusta before. This is different. This is a panoramic portrait unlike anything we've seen in years, if ever.

The Imperial Court
It shouldn't be called the U.S. Supreme Court. It should be called the U.S. Imperial Court.

Winds of freedom
The resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian government Monday is the latest gust in what appears to be the winds of democracy blowing through the Mideast.

Winds of freedom

Winds of freedom
The resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian government Monday is the latest gust in what appears to be the winds of democracy blowing through the Mideast.

A community's CAT scan

Lift academic ankle weights
If someone from another planet came to America, they probably would think the principal task of the nation's schools is to turn out good athletes and sports teams.

Lift academic ankle weights
If someone from another planet came to America, they probably would think the principal task of the nation's schools is to turn out good athletes and sports teams.

The Imperial Court

Lift academic ankle weights

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

Have a blast shooting with 'Star Fox'
When Star Fox hit the Super Nintendo Entertainment System more than a decade ago, everything about it was revolutionary.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - It's not always easy to cast an Oscar winner in a TV role, but Oprah Winfrey did just that for "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

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

'Return to Arms' is all about the accessories
After hacking up dozens of crazed trident-wielding mermen and giant sea monsters that look like Alaskan King Crabs in a steroid rage, I get my reward: a chance to accessorize.

This week
Upcoming events and things to do.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

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

Defense attacks case against Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyer told jurors in a powerful opening statement Tuesday that authorities found no DNA evidence in the entertainer's bedroom to support child molestation charges and had to change the dates of the alleged crimes because the accuser's story changed.

Hot ticket
Elvis Costello and the Imposters WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday WHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stella McCartney and her husband have named their infant son.

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

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - It's not always easy to cast an Oscar winner in a TV role, but Oprah Winfrey did just that for "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Defense attacks case against Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyer told jurors in a powerful opening statement Tuesday that authorities found no DNA evidence in the entertainer's bedroom to support child molestation charges and had to change the dates of the alleged crimes because the accuser's story changed.

'Return to Arms' is all about the accessories
After hacking up dozens of crazed trident-wielding mermen and giant sea monsters that look like Alaskan King Crabs in a steroid rage, I get my reward: a chance to accessorize.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stella McCartney and her husband have named their infant son.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

Hot ticket
Elvis Costello and the ImpostersWHEN: 8 p.m. SundayWHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

'Tork' is inexpensive but challenging
Tork is cheap. That's certainly one of the best things you can say about this adventure game for the Xbox. At $20, it's a safe bet, even if there are other games of this style that are better (Vexx, Jak, Tak and Ty for example, especially if you like short names that all sound the same).

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

Have a blast shooting with 'Star Fox'
When Star Fox hit the Super Nintendo Entertainment System more than a decade ago, everything about it was revolutionary.

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan
NEW YORK - Millions of American parents struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for physically or mentally disabled children, but often their biggest challenge is putting financial strategies in place to ensure that the kids are taken care of as they all grow older.

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan
NEW YORK - Millions of American parents struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for physically or mentally disabled children, but often their biggest challenge is putting financial strategies in place to ensure that the kids are taken care of as they all grow older.

Anglers adjust to weather

Anglers adjust to weather
More than 300 anglers will fan out across Thurmond Lake today for the first round of the four-day Citgo/ESPN Bassmaster Tour, whose winner will take home the $100,000 grand prize on Sunday.

Anglers adjust to weather
More than 300 anglers will fan out across Thurmond Lake today for the first round of the four-day Citgo/ESPN Bassmaster Tour, whose winner will take home the $100,000 grand prize on Sunday.

Food briefs
AVERY ISLAND, La. - "Toast to Tidewater," a cookbook published by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., pays tribute to local food and wine so successfully that it has been named national first-place winner in this year's Tabasco community cookbook awards.

What's for lunch: The Burger Shack
The Burger Shack Georgia Highway 88 at Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole
Greek lamb casserole, a savory one-dish dinner, is a lighter interpretation of pastitsio, a Greek pasta casserole.

What's for lunch: The Burger Shack
The Burger Shack Georgia Highway 88 at Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure
NEW YORK - His latest cookbook's mandate was "to create recipes that didn't require a lot of stuff," Alfred Portale said, getting straight to the point.

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure

Book features recipes from southern Africa
CONCORD, N.H. - For me, Africa is all about the wine.Admittedly, although South Africa is producing some amazing wines of late, that's not an entirely fair assessment. It is a continent of amazing cultures, foods and geography. Wine is but a tiny fraction of what makes it such a wonderful place.

Food briefs

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure
NEW YORK - His latest cookbook's mandate was "to create recipes that didn't require a lot of stuff," Alfred Portale said, getting straight to the point.

Food briefs
AVERY ISLAND, La. - "Toast to Tidewater," a cookbook published by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., pays tribute to local food and wine so successfully that it has been named national first-place winner in this year's Tabasco community cookbook awards.

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole
Greek lamb casserole, a savory one-dish dinner, is a lighter interpretation of pastitsio, a Greek pasta casserole.

New restaurant offers traditional pizzas, pot pies
There's a new pie man in town, but he's not selling dessert. After years of peddling pizza in Massachusetts, Jeff Freehof has opened Cutie Pies Gourmet Caf in Evans Towne Center. It specializes in pot pies and pizza.

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole

What's for lunch: The Burger Shack

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side
ATLANTA - One class of players could hold the key to Georgia Tech's hopes of a late-season and tournament run.

Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Georgia Tech kept the Wake Forest fans quiet as long as they could. With a minute to go, though, the chant began.

Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Georgia Tech kept the Wake Forest fans quiet as long as they could. With a minute to go, though, the chant began.

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side
ATLANTA - One class of players could hold the key to Georgia Tech's hopes of a late-season and tournament run.

Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side

Newsmaker: David Toms
David Toms, on his dream golf foursome:

Ryder Cup captains named for '06 and '08
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Ian Woosnam of Wales and England's Nick Faldo were picked Wednesday as Europe's next Ryder Cup captains.

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole
Australian Craig Parry returns to the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course this week to defend his Ford Championship title.

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole
Australian Craig Parry returns to the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course this week to defend his Ford Championship title.

NHL officials, players hold meetings

NHL officials, players hold meetings
NEW YORK - The NHL board of governors made two things quite clear Tuesday: there will be hockey in the fall and commissioner Gary Bettman will still be in charge.

NHL officials, players hold meetings
NEW YORK - The NHL board of governors made two things quite clear Tuesday: there will be hockey in the fall and commissioner Gary Bettman will still be in charge.

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser
Spanish rice with pork chops or chicken was a common one-skillet supper when I was growing up, but at my house the dish has been replaced by another one-pot rice dish - jambalaya.

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser
Spanish rice with pork chops or chicken was a common one-skillet supper when I was growing up, but at my house the dish has been replaced by another one-pot rice dish - jambalaya.

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser

Man in hospital after evening shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Cider Lane Thursday night after a disorder earlier in the evening turned bloody.

Man in hospital after evening shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Cider Lane Thursday night after a disorder earlier in the evening turned bloody.

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia
Authorities suspect that a 16-year-old shooting suspect from Aiken fled to Columbia, police said today.

Standoff ends with resident's shooting
APPLING -- A Columbia County man was in critical condition this morning after he ended an 11-hour standoff by shooting himself, police said.

Standoff ends with resident's shooting
APPLING -- A Columbia County man was in critical condition this morning after he ended an 11-hour standoff by shooting himself, police said.

Willis is fine choice for city fire chief

Facts on Social Security are grim
Despite letters that deny or downplay the tenuous future of the Social Security system, the basic facts are quite sobering.Dale Schmacht, Evans

Pit bulls are a dangerous menace
Your Associated Press story about rocking swings for babies attracting dog attacks is frightening, interesting and timely ("Coroner says baby swings can draw dog attack," Feb. 24).Bill Dekle, Millen

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable
Thank you so much for that very inspiring article on Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham ("Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets," Feb. 20).Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack, Grosskrotzenburg, Germany

Abortion clinics are immoral

By picking Bush, here's what you got
During last year's presidential campaign, the right wing offered any number of reasons to fear a Kerry presidency.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Facts on Social Security are grim
Despite letters that deny or downplay the tenuous future of the Social Security system, the basic facts are quite sobering.Dale Schmacht, Evans

Article was music to guild's ears
My compliments on a very interesting and informative article Feb. 23 on the Murphy M. Holloway Jr. Symphony in Schools Program for the public schools in Aiken County.James M. Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

Willis is fine choice for city fire chief
I am pleasantly surprised to find that Augusta's leadership has promptly and decisively appointed a local professional, Howard Willis, as interim chief of Augusta's fire department.Jim Whitehead, Augusta

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable
Thank you so much for that very inspiring article on Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham ("Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets," Feb. 20).Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack, Grosskrotzenburg, Germany

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable

Abortion clinics are immoral
In World War II, more than 10 million lives were snuffed out in "legal" concentration camps. The world has long since condemned those immoral atrocities.Gene Binet, Martinez

Pit bulls are a dangerous menace

Pit bulls are a dangerous menace
Your Associated Press story about rocking swings for babies attracting dog attacks is frightening, interesting and timely ("Coroner says baby swings can draw dog attack," Feb. 24).Bill Dekle, Millen

Facts on Social Security are grim

Willis is fine choice for city fire chief
I am pleasantly surprised to find that Augusta's leadership has promptly and decisively appointed a local professional, Howard Willis, as interim chief of Augusta's fire department.Jim Whitehead, Augusta

Abortion clinics are immoral
In World War II, more than 10 million lives were snuffed out in "legal" concentration camps. The world has long since condemned those immoral atrocities.Gene Binet, Martinez

Living briefs

Living briefs
Ah, there's no rest for the skinny. America's Next Top Model launches it fourth cycle as Tyra Banks welcomes a new group of 14 wannabes to Los Angeles to compete for cover-girl fame. Let the catfights begin! The show airs at 8 on UPN.

Living briefs
Ah, there's no rest for the skinny. America's Next Top Model launches it fourth cycle as Tyra Banks welcomes a new group of 14 wannabes to Los Angeles to compete for cover-girl fame. Let the catfights begin! The show airs at 8 on UPN.

Man in hospital after evening shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Cider Lane Thursday night after a disorder earlier in the evening turned bloody.

Across the area
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

County tires of bus woes
AIKEN - The aging fleet of cheddar-colored school buses and a wrecker from the 1970s concern Aiken County transportation supervisor Susan Jordan.

Publishers deny need for secrecy legislation

On the record: Richmond County Superior Court
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
ABBEVILLE - A home day care owner was charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect Monday in the death of a 4-month-old baby left in her care.

Facade of apartments is still unchanged

Facade of apartments is still unchanged
One week after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission ordered the owner of the Richmond Summit Apartments on Broad Street to remove the building's new stucco facade, the company has not complied.

This week

Children from church give out food, money
After about 30 hours without food, more than 60 middle and high school pupils were ready for the hamburgers being prepared.

Kid of the Day

Two face forgery charges

Pet of the week

News you can use
No parent wants to consider the possibility of a missing child, but if you can't find your child, it is important to act quickly, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Cross Creek does well in decathlon

Officials oppose proposal to limit cleanup
South Carolina remains staunchly opposed to permanently storing significant amounts of atomic waste at Savannah River Site despite two new scientific reports that recommend doing just that, Gov. Mark Sanford's top nuclear adviser said Wednesday.

Around the block

Road widening raises concerns
To Lisa Thompson, adding lanes of traffic to Flowing Wells Road simply means adding danger, which is why she firmly opposes a $6 million state project to widen 1.6 miles of the growing Columbia County roadway.

Man in hospital after evening shooting

Cross Creek does well in decathlon
Cross Creek High School participated in the Georgia Academic Decathlon on Friday and Saturday, beating 15 other teams in the state competition.

State wants EPA to list land

Kid of the Day
Alyssa Willis is today's Kid of the Day.

Doctor wants records expelled

Pet of the week
Red, a 2-year-old male husky and German shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

North Augusta officials might purchase lodge
NORTH AUGUSTA - When city officials praise the historic virtues of the old Palmetto Lodge, they focus on a golden era when the place catered to the turn-of-the-century hunting needs of the American plutocracy.

Richmond County School lunch menu
BREAKFASTTODAY: Chicken biscuit, hash browns or grits, fruit or juice and milk

SRS gets more severance forms than expected
Almost twice as many Savannah River Site workers as expected have already applied for a voluntary severance program that will remain open until Friday, officials said.

Teen enjoys ride of her life during equestrian events
For Paige Williams, it all started because she wanted to "drive" at the age of 4.

County tires of bus woes
AIKEN - The aging fleet of cheddar-colored school buses and a wrecker from the 1970s concern Aiken County transportation supervisor Susan Jordan.

Bill would strip Georgia DMVS
ATLANTA - An effort intended to speed up the licensing process for Georgia drivers is revving up in the General Assembly.

Inmates have 1st hearing by video
The time it takes to get Columbia County inmates to their first Magistrate Court hearing just got shorter.

Falling light leads to hunt for plane in swamp
Reports of a bright light falling from the sky into Phinizy Swamp near Augusta Regional Airport on Wednesday night resulted in a three-hour emergency search for what authorities believed at first to be a missing plane.

Doctor wants records expelled
Attorneys for an Augusta podiatrist asked a judge Wednesday to throw out key evidence in a Medicare fraud case because the foot doctor didn't know his rights.

Police defend Taser use on teen
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville police are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a 13-year-old girl at least twice and perhaps more because she wouldn't follow orders, but the state attorney said the incident raises "serious concerns."

Facade of apartments is still unchanged
One week after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission ordered the owner of the Richmond Summit Apartments on Broad Street to remove the building's new stucco facade, the company has not complied.

Bogus insurance force taxis, limos off streets
ATLANTA - Thousands of taxis and limousines are being pulled off the streets in Georgia because the companies that own them were sold millions of dollars in what authorities say were bogus insurance policies.

Cross Creek does well in decathlon
Cross Creek High School participated in the Georgia Academic Decathlon on Friday and Saturday, beating 15 other teams in the state competition.

Inmates have 1st hearing by video
The time it takes to get Columbia County inmates to their first Magistrate Court hearing just got shorter.

This week
Swamp Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Saturday; Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Doug Barnard Parkway near Augusta Regional Airport; see wetlands, scenic overlooks, picturesque trails; free; 828-2109

Man proposes to longtime girlfriend at romantic concert
Wayne Ditty had rehearsed his lines. He was ready to take the stage at the Russell Joel Brown: Romance Unplugged concert at the Imperial Theatre on Feb. 12.

Man proposes to longtime girlfriend at romantic concert
Wayne Ditty had rehearsed his lines. He was ready to take the stage at the Russell Joel Brown: Romance Unplugged concert at the Imperial Theatre on Feb. 12.

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying
GIBSON, Ga. - A Gibson-area man was charged Tuesday with killing of his estranged wife, less than 24 hours after the couple were involved in a minor incident that Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch said seemed to end amicably.

African lesson is part of black history events
Southside Elementary School fifth-grader Warren Stevens learned that Africa is where many musical instruments originated, and that during slavery, quilts with distinct patterns and symbols were hung outside to signal safety ahead to help slaves escape.

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday outlawing the death penalty for crimes committed by juveniles affects cases in Georgia and South Carolina, but none in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

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

Across the area
Police arrested a 17-year-old Augusta teen Wednesday morning who is accused of having a weapon on school property, officials said.

Children from church give out food, money
After about 30 hours without food, more than 60 middle and high school pupils were ready for the hamburgers being prepared.

S.C. governor hears annual Scouting report from an Eagle
It was a highlight for Jonathan Vickery when the Eagle Scout gave his Scout district's annual report to another Eagle Scout - S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

Correction

Things to do
SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Two airlines add Masters flights
The Big Apple and the nation's capital will be just a hop, skip and a flight away from Augusta come Masters Tournament time.

SRS gets more severance forms than expected

Injunction for X-Mart denied

Burke receives feticide charge

County tires of bus woes

Teen enjoys ride of her life during equestrian events

Across South Carolina

Driver dies after pickups collide
An elderly woman was killed when her pickup slammed into another truck on Peach Orchard Road around noon today , according to officials.

Lack of staff slows work at crime labs
For law enforcement and prosecutors, forensic science can be a blessing, helping end mysteries surrounding unexplained deaths or solving crimes.

Woman killed in morning collision
A mid-morning wreck killed a Garden City, Ga. woman Thursday when a man driving southbound crossed into the northbound lane of Peach Orchard Road and struck her vehicle.

Burke receives feticide charge
Less than two weeks before his trial, the man accused of killing Tamara Dunstan and her unborn child was reindicted Tuesday.

Reports on life in area make case to save fort
oday the community will get a glimpse at a mass of studies that officials hope will encourage people in Washington, D.C., and beyond to believe that Fort Gordon and the Augusta area are a perfect match.

Reports on life in area make case to save fort
oday the community will get a glimpse at a mass of studies that officials hope will encourage people in Washington, D.C., and beyond to believe that Fort Gordon and the Augusta area are a perfect match.

Kid of the Day
Isabelle Whitton is today's Kid of the Day.

Arts council plans party for artists, membership
Self-taught Augusta artist Laurie Adams made her first sale - a round mosaic table and matching chair - at the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Wet Paint Party last year, and she gained a new identity.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Judge Leah Sears, who survived a bid by conservative groups last year to dump her from the bench, has been elected chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the first woman to hold that position.

Arts council plans party for artists, membership

Across the area
Police arrested a 17-year-old Augusta teen Wednesday morning who is accused of having a weapon on school property, officials said.

Injunction for X-Mart denied
Score one more point for local officials hoping to limit pornography in the Garden City.

Restaurant ratings

Man's arrest sparks forgery ring inquiry
An Augusta man who was arrested Tuesday, accused of cashing stolen personal checks that belonged to a disabled Vietnam veteran, may be part of a stolen-check ring, authorities said Wednesday.

Substitute is accused of cursing
A substitute teacher at Sego Middle School was sent home this week after her pupils accused her of using obscene language while trying to control them.

ASU gets Russian scholar
Augusta college students don't have to travel to Russia this year to study the country's history and current political environment.

Publishers deny need for secrecy legislation
ATLANTA - Publishers and the state's leading industry recruiter couldn't agree Wednesday on whether negotiations with employers should be kept from the public.

Publishers deny need for secrecy legislation
ATLANTA - Publishers and the state's leading industry recruiter couldn't agree Wednesday on whether negotiations with employers should be kept from the public.

State wants EPA to list land
A portion of south Richmond County contaminated by an industrial solvent has been proposed for inclusion on a list of the nation's most polluted areas.

State wants EPA to list land
A portion of south Richmond County contaminated by an industrial solvent has been proposed for inclusion on a list of the nation's most polluted areas.

SRS gets more severance forms than expected
Almost twice as many Savannah River Site workers as expected have already applied for a voluntary severance program that will remain open until Friday, officials said.

Officials oppose proposal to limit cleanup
South Carolina remains staunchly opposed to permanently storing significant amounts of atomic waste at Savannah River Site despite two new scientific reports that recommend doing just that, Gov. Mark Sanford's top nuclear adviser said Wednesday.

Parents criticize property proposal
Parents of Evans Middle School students voiced their concerns to school officials at a Tuesday meeting about the possible development of 1.8 acres of school property.

Repairs at jail will be costly
Augusta commissioners received some unwelcome news Tuesday. It will cost $26.9 million to renovate the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way to make it habitable for 20 years and $50 million to replace it, according to a recent study of the facility.

Doctor wants records expelled
Attorneys for an Augusta podiatrist asked a judge Wednesday to throw out key evidence in a Medicare fraud case because the foot doctor didn't know his rights.

Two face forgery charges
Two Grovetown men have been indicted on racketeering and forgery charges after police say they created and sold forged identification and immigration documents, according to a recently released indictment.

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Arts council plans party for artists, membership
Self-taught Augusta artist Laurie Adams made her first sale - a round mosaic table and matching chair - at the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Wet Paint Party last year, and she gained a new identity.

This week
Swamp Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Saturday; Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Doug Barnard Parkway near Augusta Regional Airport; see wetlands, scenic overlooks, picturesque trails; free; 828-2109

Man's arrest sparks forgery ring inquiry

Across the area
Police arrested a 17-year-old Augusta teen Wednesday morning who is accused of having a weapon on school property, officials said.

Woman killed in morning collision

African lesson is part of black history events
Southside Elementary School fifth-grader Warren Stevens learned that Africa is where many musical instruments originated, and that during slavery, quilts with distinct patterns and symbols were hung outside to signal safety ahead to help slaves escape.

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Sales tax will pay for parking study
Augusta commissioners agreed to pay for the Downtown Develop-ment Authority's $52,500 parking study for the city's central business district Tuesday with Phase 4 sales tax money.

Driver dies after pickups collide

Across the area
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

Richmond County School lunch menu
BREAKFAST TODAY: Chicken biscuit, hash browns or grits, fruit or juice and milk

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County
AIKEN -- The county must spend about $525,000 more than it anticipated to complete its hydrogen research lab, leaving it with a shoestring budget of $133,000 to finish the project by October.

ASU gets Russian scholar

Injunction for X-Mart denied
Score one more point for local officials hoping to limit pornography in the Garden City.

African lesson is part of black history events

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

Correction
A profile obituary about Mary Campbell in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the name of her brother, Walton B. Campbell. It also misidentified a predecessor of Augusta State University, which was the Junior College of Augusta.

Arts council plans party for artists, membership
Self-taught Augusta artist Laurie Adams made her first sale - a round mosaic table and matching chair - at the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Wet Paint Party last year, and she gained a new identity.

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia
Authorities suspect that a 16-year-old shooting suspect from Aiken fled to Columbia, police said today.

Reunions
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North Augusta officials might purchase lodge
NORTH AUGUSTA - When city officials praise the historic virtues of the old Palmetto Lodge, they focus on a golden era when the place catered to the turn-of-the-century hunting needs of the American plutocracy.

Around the block
The Junior League of Augusta's attic sale will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds in downtown Augusta. Proceeds from the sale will fund community projects supported by the league. Sales are cash only. Admission is free. Call 736-0033.

Burke receives feticide charge
Less than two weeks before his trial, the man accused of killing Tamara Dunstan and her unborn child was reindicted Tuesday.

Teen enjoys ride of her life during equestrian events
For Paige Williams, it all started because she wanted to "drive" at the age of 4.

Repairs at jail will be costly
Augusta commissioners received some unwelcome news Tuesday. It will cost $26.9 million to renovate the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way to make it habitable for 20 years and $50 million to replace it, according to a recent study of the facility.

Officials oppose proposal to limit cleanup

Reports on life in area make case to save fort

Man shares rhythm, culture through studio

Children from church give out food, money

This week
Swamp Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Saturday; Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Doug Barnard Parkway near Augusta Regional Airport; see wetlands, scenic overlooks, picturesque trails; free; 828-2109

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State legislatures are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators:

Arts council plans party for artists, membership

Lack of staff slows work at crime labs
For law enforcement and prosecutors, forensic science can be a blessing, helping end mysteries surrounding unexplained deaths or solving crimes.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Court

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Reunions

ASU gets Russian scholar
Augusta college students don't have to travel to Russia this year to study the country's history and current political environment.

Richmond County School lunch menu

Two face forgery charges
Two Grovetown men have been indicted on racketeering and forgery charges after police say they created and sold forged identification and immigration documents, according to a recently released indictment.

Sales tax will pay for parking study
Augusta commissioners agreed to pay for the Downtown Develop-ment Authority's $52,500 parking study for the city's central business district Tuesday with Phase 4 sales tax money.

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying
GIBSON, Ga. - A Gibson-area man was charged Tuesday with killing of his estranged wife, less than 24 hours after the couple were involved in a minor incident that Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch said seemed to end amicably.

Across the region
SUMMERVILLE , S.C.- The stepson of a 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after authorities said the stepfather was stabbed to death.

Inmates have 1st hearing by video

Repairs at jail will be costly

Man proposes to longtime girlfriend at romantic concert

News you can use
State legislatures are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators:

Kid of the Day
Isabelle Whitton is today's Kid of the Day.

Parents criticize property proposal
Parents of Evans Middle School students voiced their concerns to school officials at a Tuesday meeting about the possible development of 1.8 acres of school property.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Judge Leah Sears, who survived a bid by conservative groups last year to dump her from the bench, has been elected chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the first woman to hold that position.

Across the area
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

Across South Carolina
ABBEVILLE - A home day care owner was charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect Monday in the death of a 4-month-old baby left in her care.

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday outlawing the death penalty for crimes committed by juveniles affects cases in Georgia and South Carolina, but none in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Sales tax will pay for parking study

Correction
A profile obituary about Mary Campbell in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the name of her brother, Walton B. Campbell. It also misidentified a predecessor of Augusta State University, which was the Junior College of Augusta.

Parents criticize property proposal

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County
AIKEN -- The county must spend about $525,000 more than it anticipated to complete its hydrogen research lab, leaving it with a shoestring budget of $133,000 to finish the project by October.

Across the region

Man shares rhythm, culture through studio
Even when he's not playing the drums, Northal "Not" Gaddy is in motion to the rhythm of a beat.

North Augusta officials might purchase lodge

News you can use

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia

Man shares rhythm, culture through studio
Even when he's not playing the drums, Northal "Not" Gaddy is in motion to the rhythm of a beat.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Court
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

Across the area

Reunions
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Lack of staff slows work at crime labs

Pet of the week
Red, a 2-year-old male husky and German shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County

Around the block
The Junior League of Augusta's attic sale will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds in downtown Augusta. Proceeds from the sale will fund community projects supported by the league. Sales are cash only. Admission is free. Call 736-0033.

Man's arrest sparks forgery ring inquiry
An Augusta man who was arrested Tuesday, accused of cashing stolen personal checks that belonged to a disabled Vietnam veteran, may be part of a stolen-check ring, authorities said Wednesday.

Things to do
SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- During the Sunday brunch break at the accosting at La Costa, the most exciting alternative was to listen to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- During the Sunday brunch break at the accosting at La Costa, the most exciting alternative was to listen to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Movie review: Be Cool

Modern try at 'Phoenix' fails to soar like original

Movie review: Be Cool
Be Cool suffers from Ocean's 12 disease, in which those involved in the sequel appear to be having a far more enjoyable experience than those of us watching it.

At the Movies: 'Dear Frankie'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews

Movie review: The Jacket

Movie review: The Jacket
The Jacket looks like a million bucks but only has about 50 cents worth of story in its pockets.

Movie review: Be Cool
Be Cool suffers from Ocean's 12 disease, in which those involved in the sequel appear to be having a far more enjoyable experience than those of us watching it.

At the Movies: 'The Pacifier'
Didn't Hollywood learn anything from "Mr. Nanny"? Cuddly, mischievous kids and over-muscled tough guys from the Sylvester Stallone Method School don't mix.

Modern try at 'Phoenix' fails to soar like original
It's a shame when all the ingredients for a great movie - cast, crew, a compelling story and technical acumen - are painstakingly gathered and then never quite come together. Flight of the Phoenix, a remake of the 1965 Jimmy Stewart air-disaster classic, suffers from such a malady.

At the Movies: 'Dear Frankie'
The opening moments of director Shona Auerbach's "Dear Frankie" reflect the love and attention the filmmakers clearly lavished on this wondrous little gem:

New horror films induce terror with subtle techniques
There's been a sea change happening recently in the usually staid, if blood-stained, world of horror. Once the exclusive stomping ground of graphic slashers and their teen victims, the imagined universe of the horror movie has been transformed into something more subdued, subtle and, more often than not, scary.

At the Movies: 'The Pacifier'
Didn't Hollywood learn anything from "Mr. Nanny"? Cuddly, mischievous kids and over-muscled tough guys from the Sylvester Stallone Method School don't mix.

New 'Star Wars' trailer to premiere during 'The O.C.'
NEW YORK - Darth Vader is coming to "The O.C." The trailer for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" will premiere during the March 10 episode of the Fox show

Movie review: Be Cool
Be Cool suffers from Ocean's 12 disease, in which those involved in the sequel appear to be having a far more enjoyable experience than those of us watching it.

At the Movies: 'The Pacifier'

Modern try at 'Phoenix' fails to soar like original
It's a shame when all the ingredients for a great movie - cast, crew, a compelling story and technical acumen - are painstakingly gathered and then never quite come together. Flight of the Phoenix, a remake of the 1965 Jimmy Stewart air-disaster classic, suffers from such a malady.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'The Pacifier'
Didn't Hollywood learn anything from "Mr. Nanny"? Cuddly, mischievous kids and over-muscled tough guys from the Sylvester Stallone Method School don't mix.

Is your band on a roll?
We're bruised and battered, like Bruce Springsteen on the streets of Philadelphia. The angry e-mail flows deep.

Is your band on a roll?

Sonic spotlight
FURMAN FOWLER AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Aiken OCCUPATION: Import and export collections specialist, UPS PLAYS: Ibanez AXS32 electric guitar; also sings

Usher and Alicia Keys dominate Soul Train Awards
LOS ANGELES - Fresh off their Grammy success, Usher and Alicia Keys dominated the Soul Train Awards, with each winning two individual awards and sharing the prize for best R&B-soul single by a group or duo.

Readers comment on band selections
The Sadistic Morons would make a heck of a name for a rock band. It's also what some of our readers thought of us when they saw the field and the pairings for the first week of our Great American Rock Band contest. Here are some of the best comments we received:

Is your band on a roll?
We're bruised and battered, like Bruce Springsteen on the streets of Philadelphia. The angry e-mail flows deep.

Readers comment on band selections
The Sadistic Morons would make a heck of a name for a rock band. It's also what some of our readers thought of us when they saw the field and the pairings for the first week of our Great American Rock Band contest. Here are some of the best comments we received:

Readers comment on band selections

NASCAR: Trip has costs, danger for teams
MEXICO CITY - It took a lot for Jay Robinson to make Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200, the first race off American soil in NASCAR Busch Series history, a reality.

Racing Newsmaker: Greg Biffle

Racing Newsmaker: Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle won last Sunday's race at the California Speedway -- his second in the last three races, counting the 2004 season-finale at Homestead, Fla.

NASCAR: Trip has costs, danger for teams
MEXICO CITY - It took a lot for Jay Robinson to make Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200, the first race off American soil in NASCAR Busch Series history, a reality.

Mexican drivers give their support
MEXICO CITY - When NASCAR slipped Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200 for the Busch Series into a rare open weekend for the Nextel Cup Series, the organization thought it would get plenty of support from the senior circuit.

NASCAR: Trip has costs, danger for teams

Racing Newsmaker: Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle won last Sunday's race at the California Speedway -- his second in the last three races, counting the 2004 season-finale at Homestead, Fla.

Mexican drivers give their support
MEXICO CITY - When NASCAR slipped Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200 for the Busch Series into a rare open weekend for the Nextel Cup Series, the organization thought it would get plenty of support from the senior circuit.

Mexican drivers give their support

Bobcats topple Kings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace expected to be fired up to play against the Sacramento Kings. Instead, he felt an overwhelming letdown when the group that took the floor looked nothing like his former team.

Bobcats topple Kings

Bobcats topple Kings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace expected to be fired up to play against the Sacramento Kings. Instead, he felt an overwhelming letdown when the group that took the floor looked nothing like his former team.

Kobe Bryant, accuser settle assault case
DENVER - Kobe Bryant and the 20-year-old woman who accused him of rape nearly two years ago settled her civil lawsuit against him Wednesday, ending a sordid case that tarnished one of the NBA's brightest young stars.

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament
Ron Spry gives a sheepish grin when asked about his team's tournament chances.

Lander women defeat GC&S
The last time Georgia College & State visited Christenberry Fieldhouse, the Lady Bobcats climbed up ladders and cut down nets.

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round
Ten minutes after her team's near meltdown, North Florida senior Brittney Davis couldn't sit still.

AASU wins opener against Francis Marion
When guard Lorenzo Lawrence and forward Bryan Taylor get hot, Armstrong Atlantic State coach Jeff Burkhamer knows his team is tough to beat.

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round
Ten minutes after her team's near meltdown, North Florida senior Brittney Davis couldn't sit still.

Telfer's 3 lifts Jags to victory
Payback came in the form of a Karim Telfer jumper Wednesday night.

Jags don't count on home edge
Flying under the radar won't be an option for first-year coach Dip Metress and his Jaguars. Not after how they've performed at home.

AASU wins opener against Francis Marion
When guard Lorenzo Lawrence and forward Bryan Taylor get hot, Armstrong Atlantic State coach Jeff Burkhamer knows his team is tough to beat.

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag could cost South Carolina future sporting events like the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament this week at Greenville's Bi-Lo Center.

Telfer's 3 lifts Jags to victory
Payback came in the form of a Karim Telfer jumper Wednesday night.

Lander women defeat GC&S
The last time Georgia College & State visited Christen¤berry Fieldhouse, the Lady Bobcats climbed up ladders and cut down nets.

Jags don't count on home edge
Flying under the radar won't be an option for first-year coach Dip Metress and his Jaguars. Not after how they've performed at home.

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag could cost South Carolina future sporting events like the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament this week at Greenville's Bi-Lo Center.

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament
Ron Spry gives a sheepish grin when asked about his team's tournament chances.

Data suggest obesity is rampant in NFL

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go

Study says NFL teams are too fat

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Augusta swimmer gets elite training session

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Area high schools are requested to send their spring sports schedules to The Augusta Chronicle.

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In Aiken, nationally-ranked USC Aiken, off to its best start in 10 years, routed error-prone Claflin 10-3 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in a non-conference game.

Augusta swimmer gets elite training session
Anyone who is brave enough can swim the English Channel. But only the best swimmers in the United States can stick a toe in the flume.

We're No. 1
The St. Mary's Halos defeated First Presbyterian to win the Aiken midget girls division church league tournament.

We're No. 1
The St. Mary's Halos defeated First Presbyterian to win the Aiken midget girls division church league tournament.

Overtime
In Aiken, nationally-ranked USC Aiken, off to its best start in 10 years, routed error-prone Claflin 10-3 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in a non-conference game.

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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.

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.

Augusta swimmer gets elite training session
Anyone who is brave enough can swim the English Channel. But only the best swimmers in the United States can stick a toe in the flume.

Overtime
Area high schools are requested to send their spring sports schedules to The Augusta Chronicle.

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Carolina receiver Steve Smith is hesitant to step into the leadership role left vacant when the Panthers released his All-Pro teammate.

Study says NFL teams are too fat
CHICAGO -- It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56 percent of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards.

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Carolina receiver Steve Smith is hesitant to step into the leadership role left vacant when the Panthers released his All-Pro teammate.

Data suggest obesity is rampant in NFL
CHICAGO - Dr. Joyce Harp says TV images of flabby football players got her wondering.

Data suggest obesity is rampant in NFL
CHICAGO - Dr. Joyce Harp says TV images of flabby football players got her wondering.

Study says NFL teams are too fat
CHICAGO -- It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56 percent of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards.

Sultry singer Sammi Smith was female pioneer in country music

Sultry singer Sammi Smith was female pioneer in country music
Sammi Smith's death on Feb. 12 barely rated mention in the national media even though her 1970 recording of Help Me Make It Through the Night sold more than 2 million copies.

Sultry singer Sammi Smith was female pioneer in country music
Sammi Smith's death on Feb. 12 barely rated mention in the national media even though her 1970 recording of Help Me Make It Through the Night sold more than 2 million copies.

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season

Some movies use style to scare audiences

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals
NEW YORK - "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show's finale, but accepted neither.

Fox wins ratings sweeps month for first time
NEW YORK - February ended with double milestones in television: the first-ever sweeps month victory among all viewers for Fox, and the first-ever fourth-place finish for once mighty NBC.

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals

'NYPD Blue' signs off after 12 seasons on ABC
NEW YORK - "NYPD Blue" ended its 12-year run without bare butts, gimmicks or ghosts - just Detective Andy Sipowicz making a tough but morally correct decision that put his new job as commander in jeopardy.

'All My Children' earns leading Daytime Emmys nods
NEW YORK - ABC's "All My Children" earned a leading 18 Daytime Emmy nominations Wednesday, while "The View" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" both had 11 in talk show categories.

Fox wins ratings sweeps month for first time
NEW YORK - February ended with double milestones in television: the first-ever sweeps month victory among all viewers for Fox, and the first-ever fourth-place finish for once mighty NBC.

Fox wins ratings sweeps month for first time

'All My Children' earns leading Daytime Emmys nods
NEW YORK - ABC's "All My Children" earned a leading 18 Daytime Emmy nominations Wednesday, while "The View" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" both had 11 in talk show categories.

'NYPD Blue' signs off after 12 seasons on ABC

'NYPD Blue' signs off after 12 seasons on ABC
NEW YORK - "NYPD Blue" ended its 12-year run without bare butts, gimmicks or ghosts - just Detective Andy Sipowicz making a tough but morally correct decision that put his new job as commander in jeopardy.

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals
NEW YORK - "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show's finale, but accepted neither.

'All My Children' earns leading Daytime Emmys nods

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UGA goes cold in second half

UGA goes cold in second half
ATHENS, Ga. - The future might have been in the stands, but Florida wouldn't let Georgia escape a nightmare of a season on Wednesday.

UGA goes cold in second half
ATHENS, Ga. - The future might have been in the stands, but Florida wouldn't let Georgia escape a nightmare of a season on Wednesday.

Some movies use style to scare audiences
Creepiness without carnage has been embraced by Hollywood as a new idea, but there have long been filmmakers who embraced the idea of style over slashing as a vehicle for fear.

Some movies use style to scare audiences
Creepiness without carnage has been embraced by Hollywood as a new idea, but there have long been filmmakers who embraced the idea of style over slashing as a vehicle for fear.

USC's standout running back dismissed
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team Tuesday for violating athletics department policy.

USC Aiken snaps losing streak
Every game from here on out is USC Aiken interim coach Steve Franklin's final audition for the full-time position. His players gave him at least one more chance to impress.

USC's standout running back dismissed

USC player charged with burglary
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two South Carolina players have been suspended indefinitely from the team after police said two televisions were stolen from university dorm rooms.

USC's standout running back dismissed
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team Tuesday for violating athletics department policy.

USC Aiken snaps losing streak
Every game from here on out is USC Aiken interim coach Steve Franklin's final audition for the full-time position. His players gave him at least one more chance to impress.

USC Aiken snaps losing streak

Camellia Classic remains in limbo
The Regions Cup schedule is out, but an additional event could be added during the season.

Camellia Classic remains in limbo
The Regions Cup schedule is out, but an additional event could be added during the season.

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