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Matthew Alan Baxley
Christopher and Andrea Baxley of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Alan, born February 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Destiny Alexis Nicole

Elizabeth Lee Carter

Mason Taylor Godfrey
Brian and Jenny Godfrey of Edgefield, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Taylor, born, February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan Cory Smith
Nathan and Elizabeth Smith of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Cory, born February 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lucy Margaret Blackman
Lincoln and Lori Blackman of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Margaret, born February 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

John Wayne Waters
Vanessa Phillips and John Wayne Waters of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Wayne, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Grace Meyer
Grace Stevenson of Thomson and Chad Meyer of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Grace, born February 10, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madisyn Lynn Thaxton

Landen James Hewitt
Dylan and Toni Hewitt of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landen James, born October 25, 2005 at the Hewitt Home in Hephzibah. He was welcomed home by big brothers, Zachary, 3 and Jacob, 2.

Lillia Isabella Thomas

Destiny Alexis Nicole
Crystal Miller and Scotty Hadden, both of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Destiny Alexis Nicole, born February 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gregory Allen Kays
Larry and Celina Kays of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Allen, born February 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elizabeth Lee Carter
Brian and Beth Carter of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Lee, born February 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Mozelle Byne
Mr. and Mrs. Wes Byne of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Mozelle, born December 29, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Matthew Curry
Heather Marie Spires of Langley and Nicholas Matthew Curry of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Matthew, born February 9, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaleb Matthew Joyner

Cody Isaac Taylor
Candyann M. Taylor of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Cody Isaac, born February 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Matthew Curry

Lillia Isabella Thomas
Anthony and Amy Thomas of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillia Isabella, born, February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gregory Maurice Bryant

Gregory Maurice Bryant
Gregory and Doretha Bryant of Johnston, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Maurice, born February 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rickey Lee Kennedy

Kamryn Marie Sherrill
Jamie Moore and William Sherrill, Jr., both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kamryn Sherrill, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Da'Mariez Ricky Lee

Patricia Grace Atkinson
Ben and Chrissy Atkinson of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Patricia Grace, born February 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madisyn Lynn Thaxton
Joseph and Glenda Thaxton of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madisyn Lynn, born February 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Carson James Albert
Marianne Albert of Martinez, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Carson James, born January 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Victoria Lynn McDaniel
Michael and Jennifer McDaniel of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Lynn, born February 14, 2005 at the McDaniel Home in Beech Island. She was welcomed home by big brother, J C who is 1 year old.

John Griffith Wade
John and Laura Wade of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Griffith, born November 22, 2004 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hennessey of Augusta, Mrs. Beverly Wade of Memphis, Tenn. and the late Mr. James G. Wade.

Silvia Ann Huston
Eric and Leeann Huston are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Silvia Ann, born February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 10:16 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 13 1/2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are David and Patty Conklin of Shreveport, La. and Rick and Ellen Huston of Aiken. She was welcomed homed by big brother, Cameron who is 3.

John Wayne Waters
Vanessa Phillips and John Wayne Waters of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Wayne, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mikayla Dayann Latka
Dayannette Rivera and Michael Latka II, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Dayann, born February 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Julian Diron Johnson
Ronald and Tandra Johnson of Atlanta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Julian Diron, born January 13, 2005 at Southern Regional Hospital in Atlanta. He made his debut at 5 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman and Diane Harvey and Mrs. Mary J. Johnson, all of Hephzibah. He is also the grandson of the late CPT. Robert P. Johnson. God father is Mr. Nathaniel Bell. He was welcomed home by big brother, Tyire, who is 9 years old.

Patricia Grace Atkinson
Ben and Chrissy Atkinson of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Patricia Grace, born February 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Da'Mariez Ricky Lee
Langley Daniels and Ricky Lee Jackson, Jr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Da'Mariez Ricky Lee, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dakota David Arneman

Bryson Massey
Marion and Jane Massey of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson, born January 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:23 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. His grandparents are Mr. James Bragg, Jr and the late Myra W. Bragg of Gibson, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. W. Lamar and Julia Massey of Thomson.

Matthew Alan Baxley

Mikayla Dayann Latka
Dayannette Rivera and Michael Latka II, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Dayann, born February 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Davinah Faith Alexander

Silvia Ann Huston
Eric and Leeann Huston are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Silvia Ann, born February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 10:16 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 13 1/2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are David and Patty Conklin of Shreveport, La. and Rick and Ellen Huston of Aiken. She was welcomed homed by big brother, Cameron who is 3.

Joshua Thomas Noyce

Natalie Marie Schneller
Darren and Lynda Schneller of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie 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.

Gregory Allen Kays

Matthew Alan Baxley
Christopher and Andrea Baxley of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Alan, born February 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rickey Lee Kennedy
Rickey and Stefanie Kennedy of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rickey Lee, born February 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Ann Via

Dakota David Arneman
Michael and Kristina Arneman of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dakota David, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Mozelle Byne

Anaja LaVae Kelly
Antonia Crawford and Lewis Kelly, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anaja LaVae, born February 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Caleb Hunter Williams

Victoria Lynn McDaniel
Michael and Jennifer McDaniel of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Lynn, born February 14, 2005 at the McDaniel Home in Beech Island. She was welcomed home by big brother, J C who is 1 year old.

Cody Isaac Taylor

Cooper Swan Wren
Jason and Christi Wren of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Swan, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaleb Matthew Joyner
Kevin and Kelly Joyner of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kaleb Matthew, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gregory Allen Kays
Larry and Celina Kays of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Allen, born February 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tejus Lakshminarayan
Tejus Lakshminarayan Vinay and Vandana Lakshminarayan of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tejus, born February 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tejus Lakshminarayan
Tejus Lakshminarayan Vinay and Vandana Lakshminarayan of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tejus, born February 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Swan Wren
Jason and Christi Wren of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Swan, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Mozelle Byne
Mr. and Mrs. Wes Byne of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Mozelle, born December 29, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Anaja LaVae Kelly
Antonia Crawford and Lewis Kelly, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anaja LaVae, born February 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaleb Matthew Joyner
Kevin and Kelly Joyner of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kaleb Matthew, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Dakota David Arneman
Michael and Kristina Arneman of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Dakota David, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Gwen Goman
Benjamin and Emily Goman of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Gwen, born February 14, 205 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 2:51 p.m., weighed 8lbs 2oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are James and Brenda Roberts and Howard and Julie Goman, all of Augusta.

Bryson Massey
Marion and Jane Massey of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson, born January 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:23 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. His grandparents are Mr. James Bragg, Jr and the late Myra W. Bragg of Gibson, Ga. and Mr. and Mrs. W. Lamar and Julia Massey of Thomson.

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. He was welcomed home by big brother, Patrick Edward, who is 1 year old.

Julian Diron Johnson
Ronald and Tandra Johnson of Atlanta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Julian Diron, born January 13, 2005 at Southern Regional Hospital in Atlanta. He made his debut at 5 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 13 oz. and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman and Diane Harvey and Mrs. Mary J. Johnson, all of Hephzibah. He is also the grandson of the late CPT. Robert P. Johnson. God father is Mr. Nathaniel Bell. He was welcomed home by big brother, Tyire, who is 9 years old.

Caleb Hunter Williams
Randy and Dianne Williams of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Hunter, born February 22, 3005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:03 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 9oz. and was 22 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman McTier of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Huie Williams of Augusta.

Da'Mariez Ricky Lee
Langley Daniels and Ricky Lee Jackson, Jr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Da'Mariez Ricky Lee, born February 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Charles Benjamin Saul
Thomas and Autumn Saul of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Benjamin, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:27 a.m., weighed 7 lbs and was 20 inches long. He is the grandson of April Campbell Dipman and the late George Cooper Dipman of Augusta, Maine and Dr. and Mrs. Tom and Sue Saul of Augusta, Ga. He was welcomed home by his big brothers, Thomas, 3 1/2 and Christopher George, 2. Christopher Benjamin

Carson James Albert
Marianne Albert of Martinez, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Carson James, born January 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan Cory Smith
Nathan and Elizabeth Smith of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan Cory, born February 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anaja LaVae Kelly

Hailey Ann Via
Timothy and Robin Via of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Ann, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan Cory Smith

Joshua Thomas Noyce
David and Jami Noyce of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Thomas, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Swan Wren

Rickey Lee Kennedy
Rickey and Stefanie Kennedy of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rickey Lee, born February 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Victoria Lynn McDaniel

Madisyn Lynn Thaxton
Joseph and Glenda Thaxton of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madisyn Lynn, born February 2, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Julian Diron Johnson

Lucy Margaret Blackman
Lincoln and Lori Blackman of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Margaret, born February 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Gwen Goman

Hailey Grace Meyer
Grace Stevenson of Thomson and Chad Meyer of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Grace, born February 10, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Landen James Hewitt

Davinah Faith Alexander
Teresa Elam and Davis Alexander, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Davinah Faith, born February 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lucy Margaret Blackman

Charles Benjamin Saul
Thomas and Autumn Saul of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Benjamin, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:27 a.m., weighed 7 lbs and was 20 inches long. He is the grandson of April Campbell Dipman and the late George Cooper Dipman of Augusta, Maine and Dr. and Mrs. Tom and Sue Saul of Augusta, Ga. He was welcomed home by his big brothers, Thomas, 3 1/2 and Christopher George, 2. Christopher Benjamin

Alden Andrew Robinson

Caleb Hunter Williams
Randy and Dianne Williams of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Hunter, born February 22, 3005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:03 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 9oz. and was 22 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman McTier of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Huie Williams of Augusta.

Mikayla Dayann Latka

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. He was welcomed home by big brother, Patrick Edward, who is 1 year old.

John Wayne Waters

Davinah Faith Alexander
Teresa Elam and Davis Alexander, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Davinah Faith, born February 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kamryn Marie Sherrill

Landen James Hewitt
Dylan and Toni Hewitt of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landen James, born October 25, 2005 at the Hewitt Home in Hephzibah. He was welcomed home by big brothers, Zachary, 3 and Jacob, 2.

Tejus Lakshminarayan

Destiny Alexis Nicole
Crystal Miller and Scotty Hadden, both of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Destiny Alexis Nicole, born February 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Charles Benjamin Saul

Elizabeth Lee Carter
Brian and Beth Carter of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Lee, born February 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Silvia Ann Huston

Nicholas Matthew Curry
Heather Marie Spires of Langley and Nicholas Matthew Curry of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Matthew, born February 9, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Grace Meyer

Cody Isaac Taylor
Candyann M. Taylor of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Cody Isaac, born February 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Patricia Grace Atkinson

Lillia Isabella Thomas
Anthony and Amy Thomas of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillia Isabella, born, February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mason Taylor Godfrey

Gregory Maurice Bryant
Gregory and Doretha Bryant of Johnston, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Maurice, born February 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Massey

Kamryn Marie Sherrill
Jamie Moore and William Sherrill, Jr., both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kamryn Sherrill, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Carson James Albert

Mason Taylor Godfrey
Brian and Jenny Godfrey of Edgefield, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mason Taylor, born, February 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Joshua Thomas Noyce
David and Jami Noyce of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Thomas, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Gwen Goman
Benjamin and Emily Goman of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Gwen, born February 14, 205 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 2:51 p.m., weighed 8lbs 2oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are James and Brenda Roberts and Howard and Julie Goman, all of Augusta.

Hailey Ann Via
Timothy and Robin Via of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Ann, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Chimps shot dead after attacking sanctuary visitors
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A couple's plans for a birthday party for their former pet chimpanzee turned tragic when two other chimps at an animal sanctuary escaped from their cage and attacked. The man was critically injured with massive wounds to his face, body and limbs, and the attacking animals were shot dead.

Three plead guilty to stealing money from donation box
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three people pleaded guilty to fishing money out of donation boxes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by using a wire clothes hanger with sticky chewing gum on one end.

Odds and Ends
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Portly police have a new reason to work out thanks to a new security entrance at the National Police headquarters that won't let them in if they weigh too much.

Odds and Ends
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Portly police have a new reason to work out thanks to a new security entrance at the National Police headquarters that won't let them in if they weigh too much.

Three plead guilty to stealing money from donation box
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three people pleaded guilty to fishing money out of donation boxes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by using a wire clothes hanger with sticky chewing gum on one end.

Chimps shot dead after attacking sanctuary visitors
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A couple's plans for a birthday party for their former pet chimpanzee turned tragic when two other chimps at an animal sanctuary escaped from their cage and attacked. The man was critically injured with massive wounds to his face, body and limbs, and the attacking animals were shot dead.

Braves' Ramirez settling nerves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez tried to play it off as if it was nothing.

Braves' Ramirez settling nerves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez tried to play it off as if it was nothing.

Braves' Ramirez settling nerves

Drew gets earful from Braves' fans
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - How quickly they forget. J.D. Drew's career year in 2004 was a speck in the rear-view mirror for the majority of Braves fans Friday at Cracker Jack Stadium.

Drew gets earful from Braves' fans

Drew gets earful from Braves' fans
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - How quickly they forget. J.D. Drew's career year in 2004 was a speck in the rear-view mirror for the majority of Braves fans Friday at Cracker Jack Stadium.

Brunswick covers the waterfront

Parents plan for disabled children's financial future
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.

Business facilitates speed networking

Payrolls grow by 262,000 in February
WASHINGTON -America's employers added a sizable 262,000 jobs in February - the most in four months. The new hiring, however, wasn't sufficiently brisk to accommodate a wave of job seekers, and the overall unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent.

On the move
Troy University in Augusta announced the following appointments: David Spinner has been promoted to associate director for academics. Dr. Spinner earned a doctoral degree in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Maryland and has taught courses at several schools, including the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Spinner has been with Troy University in Augusta for the past two years.

Gas getting pricier as demand for oil keeps rising
WASHINGTON - With the petroleum industry pumping just barely enough fuel to keep the world's economic engine humming, a buying frenzy on oil markets is setting the stage for sharply higher gasoline prices as early as next week.

Spending, exports have hand in manufacturing stability

Market plan meets bittersweet reaction

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 18-22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Payrolls grow by 262,000 in February

Ask The Experts: Cut expenses to stretch long-term care savings
Q: I am the legal custodian of my father's affairs. He is 82 and lives in a local assisted-living facility. My question is, how do I best invest the $20,000 currently sitting idle in a regular savings account so that I will have the funds to keep my father in the home after his insurance runs out in about 2.5 years?

Businesses hook fishermen

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 18-22. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Businesses hook fishermen
Columbia County's bass-fishing tournament has some businesses reeling it in.

On the move

Gas getting pricier as demand for oil keeps rising
WASHINGTON - With the petroleum industry pumping just barely enough fuel to keep the world's economic engine humming, a buying frenzy on oil markets is setting the stage for sharply higher gasoline prices as early as next week.

Payrolls grow by 262,000 in February
WASHINGTON -America's employers added a sizable 262,000 jobs in February - the most in four months. The new hiring, however, wasn't sufficiently brisk to accommodate a wave of job seekers, and the overall unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent.

Business facilitates speed networking
A crystal bell rings persistently, so John Conners pauses for a breath, then moves one chair to his right.

Ask The Experts: Cut expenses to stretch long-term care savings

Spending, exports have hand in manufacturing stability
For years Augusta has been hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs, but a turnaround might be under way.

Spending, exports have hand in manufacturing stability
For years Augusta has been hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs, but a turnaround might be under way.

Brunswick covers the waterfront
LAKE FOREST, Ill.- A handcrafted, vintage-1880 pool table adorns the executive suite at Brunswick Corp. headquarters, emblematic of the company's roots.

Brunswick covers the waterfront
LAKE FOREST, Ill.- A handcrafted, vintage-1880 pool table adorns the executive suite at Brunswick Corp. headquarters, emblematic of the company's roots.

On the move
Troy University in Augusta announced the following appointments: David Spinner has been promoted to associate director for academics. Dr. Spinner earned a doctoral degree in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Maryland and has taught courses at several schools, including the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Spinner has been with Troy University in Augusta for the past two years.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Starting Your Own Business; two-hour course gives would-be entrepreneurs a brief overview of the aspects of being in business for themselves; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $40; 737-1790.

Paper mill to get new tenant
A local citizens group plans to announce the redevelopment of a shuttered paper mill Monday.

Business facilitates speed networking
A crystal bell rings persistently, so John Conners pauses for a breath, then moves one chair to his right.

Property transfers

Market plan meets bittersweet reaction
AIKEN - A fresh food store reminiscent of a European market that will sell locally grown produce, fresh-baked breads and home-cured meats will change the landscape of Aiken's downtown district, proponents say.

Business calendar

Parents plan for disabled children's financial future
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.

Ask The Experts: Cut expenses to stretch long-term care savings
Q: I am the legal custodian of my father's affairs. He is 82 and lives in a local assisted-living facility. My question is, how do I best invest the $20,000 currently sitting idle in a regular savings account so that I will have the funds to keep my father in the home after his insurance runs out in about 2.5 years?

Business calendar
Tuesday: Starting Your Own Business; two-hour course gives would-be entrepreneurs a brief overview of the aspects of being in business for themselves; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; $40; 737-1790.

Businesses hook fishermen
Columbia County's bass-fishing tournament has some businesses reeling it in.

Gas getting pricier as demand for oil keeps rising

Market plan meets bittersweet reaction
AIKEN - A fresh food store reminiscent of a European market that will sell locally grown produce, fresh-baked breads and home-cured meats will change the landscape of Aiken's downtown district, proponents say.

Parents plan for disabled children's financial future

Housing raises ire in commission

Housing raises ire in commission
Commissioner Andy Cheek picked the wrong audience to deliver his "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" message to last week.

Housing raises ire in commission
Commissioner Andy Cheek picked the wrong audience to deliver his "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" message to last week.

Maryland tops Clemson
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Crystal Langhorne had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Maryland past Clemson 66-55 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday night.

Maryland tops Clemson
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Crystal Langhorne had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Maryland past Clemson 66-55 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Friday night.

Maryland tops Clemson

Jaguars advance to semis

Cougars ride Walker in win

Columbus St. erases bad memories

Augusta State cries foul in loss

Jaguar nets award for top freshman

Lady Lions feast on injured Tigers

SEC roundup

Toward openness
It was a difficult, emotion-tinged dialogue that occurred Feb. 4 between local news media and Richmond County public school officials.

Social Security scare talk
Although we generally support President Bush's "ownership society" philosophy, we think the administration is right to back off the notion that converting a small portion of an individual's Social Security savings to personal investment accounts will be enough to save the program. It will take a lot more than that.

Toward openness

BRAC-ground information

Intimidating justice
Judges have been the victims of murder and murder plots before, but the execution-style killings this week in Chicago of the husband and mother of federal court Judge Joan Lefkow was apparently a first - the first time, at least in modern times, that a U.S. judge's family has been the target of assassins.

Social Security scare talk

The real Superpower
Can the United States acknowledge the existence of God? Or must the country be officially agnostic or even atheistic?

BRAC-ground information
If Fort Gordon is to survive the current Base Realignment and Closure process, it will be because of its utility to the 21st-century U.S. military.

The real Superpower

Toward openness
It was a difficult, emotion-tinged dialogue that occurred Feb. 4 between local news media and Richmond County public school officials.

Social Security scare talk
Although we generally support President Bush's "ownership society" philosophy, we think the administration is right to back off the notion that converting a small portion of an individual's Social Security savings to personal investment accounts will be enough to save the program. It will take a lot more than that.

The real Superpower
Can the United States acknowledge the existence of God? Or must the country be officially agnostic or even atheistic?

BRAC-ground information
If Fort Gordon is to survive the current Base Realignment and Closure process, it will be because of its utility to the 21st-century U.S. military.

Jackson jury sees video of accuser's family praising pop star
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The family of Michael Jackson's accuser heaped praise on the singer and called him a father figure in a video shown to the jury in the pop star's child molestation case Friday.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Singer and actress Cher is suing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. for breach of contract on claims that it failed to pay royalties estimated at more than $250,000.

For Leno, gag order in Jackson case no joke
LOS ANGELES - Have you heard the one about Jay Leno, the gag order in the Michael Jackson case and the First Amendment?

Jury convicts man of stalking Mel Gibson
LOS ANGELES - An Idaho drifter who claimed he was on a mission from God to pray with actor-director Mel Gibson was convicted of felony stalking Friday.

For Leno, gag order in Jackson case no joke
LOS ANGELES - Have you heard the one about Jay Leno, the gag order in the Michael Jackson case and the First Amendment?

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Singer and actress Cher is suing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. for breach of contract on claims that it failed to pay royalties estimated at more than $250,000.

Jackson jury sees video of accuser's family praising pop star
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The family of Michael Jackson's accuser heaped praise on the singer and called him a father figure in a video shown to the jury in the pop star's child molestation case Friday.

Jury convicts man of stalking Mel Gibson
LOS ANGELES - An Idaho drifter who claimed he was on a mission from God to pray with actor-director Mel Gibson was convicted of felony stalking Friday.

Veteran takes lead as field narrows

Six anglers remain for prize
New Jersey pro Mike Iaconelli tapped into a pre-spawn pattern Saturday that helped him earn the top spot for today's final round of the Citgo Bassmaster tournament.

Six anglers remain for prize

Veteran takes lead as field narrows
Veteran pro angler Guy Eaker rose from 15th place to assume the lead Friday in the second round of the Citgo Bassmaster Tournament at Thurmond Lake.

Veteran takes lead as field narrows
Veteran pro angler Guy Eaker rose from 15th place to assume the lead Friday in the second round of the Citgo Bassmaster Tournament at Thurmond Lake.

Six anglers remain for prize
New Jersey pro Mike Iaconelli tapped into a pre-spawn pattern Saturday that helped him earn the top spot for today's final round of the Citgo Bassmaster tournament.

Jackets breathe sigh of relief after victory
ATLANTA - Nothing came easy for Georgia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season.

Mickelson and Woods in a duel at Doral
MIAMI - Phil Mickelson heard the roars of a dynamic charge ahead of him. Every time he glanced at the leaderboard, he noticed Tiger Woods taking another shot off his lead until it was down to two Saturday in the Ford Championship at Doral.

Mickelson and Woods in a duel at Doral
MIAMI - Phil Mickelson heard the roars of a dynamic charge ahead of him. Every time he glanced at the leaderboard, he noticed Tiger Woods taking another shot off his lead until it was down to two Saturday in the Ford Championship at Doral.

Golf capsules
MIAMI - Doral could not have asked for a better duel.

Mickelson and Woods in a duel at Doral

Lady Rebels win Class AAA title

Hephzibah wins 1st state basketball title

Hephzibah, familiar foe meet today

Wesleyan girls claim another Class AA title

Lady Rebels rally way to final

Now we know for sure: Soap is clean, theoretically
Proving once again that married couples can disagree about the smallest of matters, my wife and I were debating soap.

Now we know for sure: Soap is clean, theoretically
Proving once again that married couples can disagree about the smallest of matters, my wife and I were debating soap.

Hephzibah wins Class AAA title
MACON, Ga.--Whooosh. That's what the first half was like of the Class AAA state championship game at the Macon Centreplex.

Hephzibah wins Class AAA title
MACON, Ga.--Whooosh. That's what the first half was like of the Class AAA state championship game at the Macon Centreplex.

Get the whole story on abortion

Commissioner gets realty wrong
Andy Cheek needs to wake up. His thinking that a residential real-estate investor can control a tenant is like thinking flies cause garbage.Cliff Channell, Augusta

Abortion is not economic issue

People should have right to die
I do not pray for myself much, but one thing I have asked God for is a quick death. I always thought it was my choice on whether or not I lived or died if my health got bad, and not that of my government or other people. This society has made suicide against the law, but the issue has grayed.David Bowles, Aiken, S.C.

Abortion is not economic issue
Having 25 percent of our children living in poverty is immoral for the wealthiest nation on Earth. From Basic Facts About Low-Income Children in the United States (2005):Amanda Lang, Augusta

Make Howard Willis' interim fire chief job a permanent position
This letter is an endorsement of interim Chief Howard Willis for the permanent position of fire chief of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.Jerry Newman, Lincolnton

Do not prohibit eminent domain

Get the whole story on abortion
In reference to your editorial on the opinion page Feb. 26 ("Now, this is choice"):Cathryn Bird, Johnston S.C.

Congressmen are disappointing
I can honestly say that Lindsey Graham and Gresham Barrett are two of the worst congressmen I have ever had, and I'm sorry to say that I voted for both of them. They voted themselves a raise that went into effect this past January, and voted for $87 billion for Iraq last year. I'll bet that they vote another $80 billion for Iraq this year.Frank Fanning, North Augusta, S.C.

Do not prohibit eminent domain
In the editorial "Decorated with decay" (March 1), The Augusta Chronicle encourages the city to go forward with plans to condemn seven dilapidated homes, noting the effect such a move would have on the community.Jim Higdon, Atlanta

AP injects bias into its stories
After hearing Fox News rave about how Alan Greenspan approved of President Bush's desire to save Social Security by creating private accounts, I was shocked by The Chronicle's front-page banner headline the next day (Feb. 17): "Private accounts' peril voiced."Tom Hunter, Augusta

Rock's Oscars turn was great
In answer to Everett Schultz Jr.'s letter ("Oscar emcee Rock was deplorable," March 1): Strange, I nor anyone I know seems to have noticed the "click heard 'round the nation" of televisions being turned off at 8:40 p.m. on Academy Awards night because of Chris Rock's deplorable irreverence toward our president.James Connell, Augusta

Pupils need summer vacation

Pupils need summer vacation
In response to John Wilson's letter, "School vacation schedule is wrong" (Feb. 25), he couldn't be any more correct. I applaud him for his ideas and opinions. He hit the nail on the head by pointing out all the needless holidays and wasted time.Raymond Fulcher, Harlem

Congressmen are disappointing

State heart program should be spared

Rock's Oscars turn was great

Pupils need summer vacation
In response to John Wilson's letter, "School vacation schedule is wrong" (Feb. 25), he couldn't be any more correct. I applaud him for his ideas and opinions. He hit the nail on the head by pointing out all the needless holidays and wasted time.Raymond Fulcher, Harlem

Bashes on Hillary are unfounded
I read the Feb. 23 editorial "Halfback Hillary," and I'd like to explain a few things to the author. Those attacks on Sen. Hillary Clinton have absolutely no merit. They are merely uninformed opinions that generally go unquestioned in these oh-so-red states.

People should have right to die
I do not pray for myself much, but one thing I have asked God for is a quick death. I always thought it was my choice on whether or not I lived or died if my health got bad, and not that of my government or other people. This society has made suicide against the law, but the issue has grayed.David Bowles, Aiken, S.C.

State heart program should be spared
Heart attack and stroke are deadly and expensive diseases for Georgia.Robert J. Adams, M.D., Augusta

State heart program should be spared
Heart attack and stroke are deadly and expensive diseases for Georgia.Robert J. Adams, M.D., Augusta

Beard's blunder was a disgrace
City Attorney Stephen Shepard gallantly took the high road Feb. 1 when he presented in a closed-door Augusta Commission meeting the true figures of payments to his law firm by the city for 2004.Sylvia Littlejohn, Augusta

Are grocery prices being fixed?
Regarding The Chronicle's Feb. 27 article, "Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high": Instead of comparing the price of groceries, the paper should have pointed out that our supermarkets charge mostly the same prices, with the exception of Wal-Mart. It makes one wonder if there is not collusion for price-fixing.Carl W. Raforth, Augusta

Rock's Oscars turn was great
In answer to Everett Schultz Jr.'s letter ("Oscar emcee Rock was deplorable," March 1): Strange, I nor anyone I know seems to have noticed the "click heard 'round the nation" of televisions being turned off at 8:40 p.m. on Academy Awards night because of Chris Rock's deplorable irreverence toward our president.James Connell, Augusta

Get the whole story on abortion
In reference to your editorial on the opinion page Feb. 26 ("Now, this is choice"):Cathryn Bird, Johnston S.C.

Do not prohibit eminent domain
In the editorial "Decorated with decay" (March 1), The Augusta Chronicle encourages the city to go forward with plans to condemn seven dilapidated homes, noting the effect such a move would have on the community.Jim Higdon, Atlanta

Abortion is not economic issue
Having 25 percent of our children living in poverty is immoral for the wealthiest nation on Earth. From Basic Facts About Low-Income Children in the United States (2005):Amanda Lang, Augusta

Congressmen are disappointing
I can honestly say that Lindsey Graham and Gresham Barrett are two of the worst congressmen I have ever had, and I'm sorry to say that I voted for both of them. They voted themselves a raise that went into effect this past January, and voted for $87 billion for Iraq last year. I'll bet that they vote another $80 billion for Iraq this year.Frank Fanning, North Augusta, S.C.

People should have right to die

Weddings educate brides on color, cake, language

In the know

Spring clothing lines feature items that are easy to wear, remove

Style briefs

Man should be made aware of body odor

Designers Viktor & Rolf are looking to go mainstream

Ask the Carey brothers

Ask the Carey brothers
Q: We have just discovered water (moisture) underneath our new house and need your help and advice.

Designers Viktor & Rolf are looking to go mainstream
NEW YORK - Viktor and Rolf, fashion's dynamic Dutch duo, pride themselves on doing the unexpected.

Spring clothing lines feature items that are easy to wear, remove
March is that schizophrenic month where in the morning you might walk out the door with a hat and gloves and by 2 p.m. feel as though you need shades and flip-flops.

In the know
Ten aspiring actresses live in a house once owned by Marilyn Monroe and try to survive a Hollywood "boot camp" in The WB's new reality series, The Starlet.

Weddings educate brides on color, cake, language
Asiago pinwheels or pesto ricotta tarts? Burnt lilies or mini gerberas ? Invitations with or without vellum overlay? No, I'm not talking gibberish. I'm talking "wedding," which is a separate language all its own.

Family committed to living colorfully
If a house can have style, then a home can have an attitude, according to Bill and Nora Reynolds

Man should be made aware of body odor
Dear Carson: My co-workers and I are in a dilemma. We have a co-worker in our office who is a wonderful person and we all like him very much. However, he has the most awful body order that we have ever encountered. It is so bad that we cannot eat lunch sometimes. We have left the office early because we cannot take it any longer. What can we do or how can we tell him in a nice way that he stinks? ñ Desperately Needing Air

Weddings educate brides on color, cake, language
Asiago pinwheels or pesto ricotta tarts? Burnt lilies or mini gerberas ? Invitations with or without vellum overlay? No, I'm not talking gibberish. I'm talking "wedding," which is a separate language all its own.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Ready for spring shopping? Almost - but first let's master the lingo.

Man should be made aware of body odor
Dear Carson: My co-workers and I are in a dilemma. We have a co-worker in our office who is a wonderful person and we all like him very much. However, he has the most awful body order that we have ever encountered. It is so bad that we cannot eat lunch sometimes. We have left the office early because we cannot take it any longer. What can we do or how can we tell him in a nice way that he stinks? Desperately Needing Air

Ask the Carey brothers
Q: We have just discovered water (moisture) underneath our new house and need your help and advice.

Spring clothing lines feature items that are easy to wear, remove
March is that schizophrenic month where in the morning you might walk out the door with a hat and gloves and by 2 p.m. feel as though you need shades and flip-flops.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Ready for spring shopping? Almost - but first let's master the lingo.

Designers Viktor & Rolf are looking to go mainstream
NEW YORK - Viktor and Rolf, fashion's dynamic Dutch duo, pride themselves on doing the unexpected.

In the know
Ten aspiring actresses live in a house once owned by Marilyn Monroe and try to survive a Hollywood "boot camp" in The WB's new reality series, The Starlet.

Lynx go overtime for win vs. Inferno
In Columbia, Jamie Johnson scored off a feed from Phil Cole 2:20 into overtime, giving the Augusta Lynx a 4-3 victory over the Columbia Inferno.

Lynx go overtime for win vs. Inferno

Lynx go overtime for win vs. Inferno
In Columbia, Jamie Johnson scored off a feed from Phil Cole 2:20 into overtime, giving the Augusta Lynx a 4-3 victory over the Columbia Inferno.

Sheriff helps solve jail ills
AIKEN - Aiken County's detention center is in a financial hole, and some blame the jail's former director.

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

Senate approves abortion bill
ATLANTA - A bill that creates a 24-hour waiting period on abortions and toughens parental notification laws for minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy now heads to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue after winning overwhelming Senate approval Friday.

Proposed legislation targets commission

Roads might be added to index

'Gentleman' to lead the Irish
It's only the beginning of March, but Daniel B. Walter already feels the luck o' the Irish.

Competition spurs new rule for hotdog vendors
For hot dog vendor Patrick McCraith, these have been the essentials: chili, cheese, onions, coleslaw and condiments.

SRS cleanup severs ties to the past
NEW ELLENTON - Leo Sain is slicing the Cold War heart out of Savannah River Site and making sure the cut is clean.

Across Georgia

Industry recruitment details often kept a secret

House approves ethics measure

Where we live

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Pupils, schools learn new SAT

Brief but fierce storm hits area
An unexpected storm pushed through the Augusta area this afternoon blowing in damaging high winds and a brief but drenching rain.

Fishing fanatics cast eyes on expo

Measure would end commission delays
ATLANTA - Augusta commissioners will no longer be able to delay action on city matters by abstaining from voting if a bill pending in the Georgia House passes.

Lasting damage causes concern

Jury is chosen, date set for trial
A jury has been selected and a rare Sunday start is planned in the death penalty trial for a man accused of killing two Barnwell teens at a fast-food restaurant in 2000.

Bill would cut eligible hours

Roads might be added to index
Linda Tullos says the road she lives on is in need of major help.

Across Georgia
DUBLIN -- Two high school students were arrested and a coach accused of helping them avoid police was reprimanded Friday in connection with the rape of a female high school student.

New school creates need for rezoning

Across the area

Sheriff helps solve jail ills

Senate approves abortion bill

Officer expects fewer casualties

Across the region
ATHENS, GA. - Police raided an Athens funeral home and made drug and prostitution arrests.

House approves ethics measure
ATLANTA - An ethics bill that Republicans called a historic step to cleaning up state government passed the House 163-3 on Friday after sharp debate, with Democrats calling the measure a shadow of its former self.

Measure would end commission delays
ATLANTA - Augusta commissioners will no longer be able to delay action on city matters by abstaining from voting if a bill pending in the Georgia House passes.

Bill would cut eligible hours
ATLANTA - Ashley Durrence knows the difference between a master's and a bachelor's degree in accounting: about $13,000 a year. That's why he's glad the HOPE Scholarship will pay for all 155 hours of college credits he needs to get the master's.

Abortion bill, budget await Perdue's nod
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature churned through a slew of major legislation this week, including restrictions on abortion, two bills relating to ethics in government, and a budget plan covering the state's expenses through June.

Industry recruitment details often kept a secret
ATLANTA - A fad among the growing group of amateur poker players is to wear sunglasses during games to hide reactions from other players.

Roads might be added to index
Linda Tullos says the road she lives on is in need of major help.

Georgia budget passes House
ATLANTA - A state budget that Republicans said enhances economic development won easy House approval Friday even though several Democrats complained that the chamber's GOP majority put hometown projects ahead of education and health care.

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

News you can use
Would you know what to do if your pet had a medical emergency? There are some basic first- aid measures you can take to stabilize your animal before you head to your veterinarian.

Across the area
A bill by Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, is moving ahead to minimize the likelihood of mass layoffs from an emergency privatization of state facilities.

Proposed legislation targets commission
Pending legislation in the state House designed to end abstentions of the Augusta Commission received support from Columbia County legislators at the county's Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Abortion bill, budget await Perdue's nod
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature churned through a slew of major legislation this week, including restrictions on abortion, two bills relating to ethics in government, and a budget plan covering the state's expenses through June.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday afternoon after being sought by police in a shooting on Cider Lane last week.

SRS cleanup severs ties to the past
NEW ELLENTON - Leo Sain is slicing the Cold War heart out of Savannah River Site and making sure the cut is clean.

Fishing fanatics cast eyes on expo
David McGhee, of Evans, was lured to Wildwood Park by something he'd never witnessed before: a fishing tournament.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Burke County boy claims spot in fourth national bee
The spelling gods were smiling on Joe Shepherd on Saturday morning.

'Gentleman' to lead the Irish
It's only the beginning of March, but Daniel B. Walter already feels the luck o' the Irish.

Man wins $1 million in lottery
On her birthday, Allan Moore had a little chat with his mother, Louise McKinney.

Abortion bill, budget await Perdue's nod

Still seeking justice
MONROE, Ga. - Where the old Moore's Ford bridge once stood, there are few reminders of the atrocities exacted here 58 years ago - other than a crude, black "KKK" spray-painted on the underside of a modern bridge nearby.

Voters may let light shine on records

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

SRS cleanup severs ties to the past

Many seek counseling after train wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Dead foliage beside railroad tracks and peeling paint on churches, businesses and homes are visible signs of the devastation an early-morning train crash wreaked on the community two months ago.

Georgia budget passes House

Lasting damage causes concern
GRANITEVILLE - In the confusion of fleeing town the morning of the deadly train crash, Gary Bishop inadvertently drove his wife and daughter to the worst spot they could be, face-to-face with the wreck and in the thick of a chlorine gas cloud, burning their lungs and causing them to choke, gag, cough and spit up blood.

Brief but fierce storm hits area

Pupils, schools learn new SAT
You've got 25 minutes. Here's the essay topic: Success requires prior failure. Go. Sound a little rough? It's the format for the essay portion of the new SAT, and junior TaCara Harris is ready. She's taking an SAT prep class at Glenn Hills High School.

'Gentleman' to lead the Irish

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Amber Vaughn of Augusta.

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

Brief but fierce storm hits area
An unexpected storm pushed through the Augusta area this afternoon blowing in damaging high winds and a brief but drenching rain.

Across the area
A bill by Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, is moving ahead to minimize the likelihood of mass layoffs from an emergency privatization of state facilities.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- The Myrtle Beach City Council is hoping the upcoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally stays a four-day event.

Officer expects fewer casualties
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Maj. Gen. William G. Webster, the 3rd Infantry Division commanding officer and the military leader of Task Force Baghdad, said this week the number of division casualties in Iraq should decrease.

News you can use
Would you know what to do if your pet had a medical emergency? There are some basic first- aid measures you can take to stabilize your animal before you head to your veterinarian.

New school creates need for rezoning
NORTH AUGUSTA - As the last light bulbs are screwed in and the final coat of paint is brushed on the walls of Mossy Creek Elementary School in North Augusta, plans are being made to decide who will attend classes there.

Across Georgia
DUBLIN -- Two high school students were arrested and a coach accused of helping them avoid police was reprimanded Friday in connection with the rape of a female high school student.

Jury is chosen, date set for trial
A jury has been selected and a rare Sunday start is planned in the death penalty trial for a man accused of killing two Barnwell teens at a fast-food restaurant in 2000.

Proposed legislation targets commission
Pending legislation in the state House designed to end abstentions of the Augusta Commission received support from Columbia County legislators at the county's Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Senate approves abortion bill
ATLANTA - A bill that creates a 24-hour waiting period on abortions and toughens parental notification laws for minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy now heads to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue after winning overwhelming Senate approval Friday.

Fishing fanatics cast eyes on expo
David McGhee, of Evans, was lured to Wildwood Park by something he'd never witnessed before: a fishing tournament.

Green tea researcher brews new skin cream
Stephen Hsu believes green tea is good for you, inside and out. So, apparently, does fitness guru Denise Austin.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday afternoon after being sought by police in a shooting on Cider Lane last week.

Voters may let light shine on records
ATLANTA - Figuring out who wins the political points during the open-records debate might not be straightforward.

Man wins $1 million in lottery
On her birthday, Allan Moore had a little chat with his mother, Louise McKinney.

Kid of the Day
Jordyne McNeil is today's Kid of the Day.

Burke County boy claims spot in fourth national bee
The spelling gods were smiling on Joe Shepherd on Saturday morning.

Officer expects fewer casualties
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Maj. Gen. William G. Webster, the 3rd Infantry Division commanding officer and the military leader of Task Force Baghdad, said this week the number of division casualties in Iraq should decrease.

Still seeking justice
MONROE, Ga. - Where the old Moore's Ford bridge once stood, there are few reminders of the atrocities exacted here 58 years ago - other than a crude, black "KKK" spray-painted on the underside of a modern bridge nearby.

Across the area
A bill by Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, is moving ahead to minimize the likelihood of mass layoffs from an emergency privatization of state facilities.

Many seek counseling after train wreck
GRANITEVILLE - Dead foliage beside railroad tracks and peeling paint on churches, businesses and homes are visible signs of the devastation an early-morning train crash wreaked on the community two months ago.

House approves ethics measure
ATLANTA - An ethics bill that Republicans called a historic step to cleaning up state government passed the House 163-3 on Friday after sharp debate, with Democrats calling the measure a shadow of its former self.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Amber Vaughn of Augusta.

Green tea researcher brews new skin cream
Stephen Hsu believes green tea is good for you, inside and out. So, apparently, does fitness guru Denise Austin.

Lasting damage causes concern
GRANITEVILLE - In the confusion of fleeing town the morning of the deadly train crash, Gary Bishop inadvertently drove his wife and daughter to the worst spot they could be, face-to-face with the wreck and in the thick of a chlorine gas cloud, burning their lungs and causing them to choke, gag, cough and spit up blood.

Georgia budget passes House
ATLANTA - A state budget that Republicans said enhances economic development won easy House approval Friday even though several Democrats complained that the chamber's GOP majority put hometown projects ahead of education and health care.

Pupils, schools learn new SAT
You've got 25 minutes. Here's the essay topic: Success requires prior failure. Go. Sound a little rough? It's the format for the essay portion of the new SAT, and junior TaCara Harris is ready. She's taking an SAT prep class at Glenn Hills High School.

Voters may let light shine on records
ATLANTA - Figuring out who wins the political points during the open-records debate might not be straightforward.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Sheriff helps solve jail ills
AIKEN - Aiken County's detention center is in a financial hole, and some blame the jail's former director.

Measure would end commission delays

News you can use

Jury is chosen, date set for trial

Still seeking justice

Across the region

New school creates need for rezoning
NORTH AUGUSTA - As the last light bulbs are screwed in and the final coat of paint is brushed on the walls of Mossy Creek Elementary School in North Augusta, plans are being made to decide who will attend classes there.

Across the area

Burke County boy claims spot in fourth national bee

Green tea researcher brews new skin cream

Many seek counseling after train wreck

Kid of the Day

Man wins $1 million in lottery

No more tears for winning Rebels
MACON, Ga. - There were no more tears left for Hephzibah. None were necessary.

No more tears for winning Rebels
MACON, Ga. - There were no more tears left for Hephzibah. None were necessary.

Town basks in attention of 'Napoleon Dynamite' success
PRESTON, Idaho - Talk to a Preston resident for any length of time and you're likely to hear the town's new mantra.

Town basks in attention of 'Napoleon Dynamite' success
PRESTON, Idaho - Talk to a Preston resident for any length of time and you're likely to hear the town's new mantra.

Town basks in attention of 'Napoleon Dynamite' success

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Jennifer Lopez puts focus back on music
NEW YORK - While other celebrities have taken pains to keep their public life under wraps, Jennifer Lopez always seemed to relish the white-hot spotlight.

McGraw leads country music nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tim McGraw led the list of nominees for the 40th annual Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations, including one for entertainer of the year.

Jennifer Lopez puts focus back on music
NEW YORK - While other celebrities have taken pains to keep their public life under wraps, Jennifer Lopez always seemed to relish the white-hot spotlight.

Jennifer Lopez puts focus back on music

Mexican driver makes history with pole win
MEXICO CITY - It took 15 minutes for Jorge Goeters to fight through the throng of Mexican reporters and a few more minutes to fight through the tears before he jumped on one of the concrete walls along pit road. He was just two feet off the ground, but it seemed like the top of the world in a moment that forever will be etched into Mexico's proud sports history.

Mexican driver makes history with pole win
MEXICO CITY - It took 15 minutes for Jorge Goeters to fight through the throng of Mexican reporters and a few more minutes to fight through the tears before he jumped on one of the concrete walls along pit road. He was just two feet off the ground, but it seemed like the top of the world in a moment that forever will be etched into Mexico's proud sports history.

Mexican driver makes history with pole win

Scheckter speeds Chevy to pole win
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tomas Scheckter put Panther Racing out front Saturday with Chevrolet power, easily winning the pole for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mexico event broadens horizons
MEXICO CITY - Will Lind has been with Richard Childress Racing for nearly a quarter century, and in that time he's seen a lot of racetracks come and go in NASCAR.

Scheckter speeds Chevy to pole win

Mexico event broadens horizons

Mexico event broadens horizons
MEXICO CITY - Will Lind has been with Richard Childress Racing for nearly a quarter century, and in that time he's seen a lot of racetracks come and go in NASCAR.

Scheckter speeds Chevy to pole win
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tomas Scheckter put Panther Racing out front Saturday with Chevrolet power, easily winning the pole for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Hawks lose 11th straight

Hawks lose 11th straight
ATLANTA - Coach Jim O'Brien cringed as Allen Iverson fell down in an attempt to catch Chris Webber's awkward pass near midcourt.

76ers defeat Cavaliers
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson's biggest assist to Chris Webber didn't come on a no-look pass. It came in words of encouragement to Philly's slumping newcomer.

Bobcats fall to Wizards

76ers defeat Cavaliers

Bobcats fall to Wizards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Washington Wizards were lousy on offense and not much better on defense, forcing them to rely on one heads-up play by Laron Profit to end their six-game road losing streak.

Bobcats fall to Wizards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Washington Wizards were lousy on offense and not much better on defense, forcing them to rely on one heads-up play by Laron Profit to end their six-game road losing streak.

76ers defeat Cavaliers
PHILADELPHIA - Allen Iverson's biggest assist to Chris Webber didn't come on a no-look pass. It came in words of encouragement to Philly's slumping newcomer.

Hawks lose 11th straight
ATLANTA - Coach Jim O'Brien cringed as Allen Iverson fell down in an attempt to catch Chris Webber's awkward pass near midcourt.

Augusta State cries foul in loss
Midway through the second half, Augusta State was in the process of getting blown out. Karim Telfer got called for a rare palming violation and Dip Metress did one of the most bizarre things in the school's basketball history.

Lady Lions feast on injured Tigers
ALBANY, Ga. - Paine opened the second half with a 9-0 run, ending the Tuskegee Lady Tigers' streak of SIAC tournament championship-game appearances with a 78-66 victory Friday.

Jaguar nets award for top freshman
Augusta State forward Cameron Tovey was named Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year at the league's awards ceremony Saturday morning.

SEC roundup
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Alabama's players couldn't forget watching Mississippi State come to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last season and clinch the SEC West. Given a chance at redemption, they turned the tables on the Bulldogs.

Jaguars advance to semis
Heather Metress was curious. She wanted to know why one of her husband's Augusta State players struggled shooting the ball from the perimeter.

Cougars ride Walker in win
Like a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day, Cherwonna Walker continues to do the same thing again and again.

SEC roundup
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Alabama's players couldn't forget watching Mississippi State come to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last season and clinch the SEC West. Given a chance at redemption, they turned the tables on the Bulldogs.

Jaguar nets award for top freshman
Augusta State forward Cameron Tovey was named Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year at the league's awards ceremony Saturday morning.

Jaguars advance to semis
Heather Metress was curious. She wanted to know why one of her husband's Augusta State players struggled shooting the ball from the perimeter.

Columbus St. erases bad memories
The Columbus State men's basketball team blew a late 14-point lead to Kennesaw State in the Peach Belt Conference championship game a year ago.

Cougars' star comes through
t 28 points per game, Columbus State guard Yandel Brown trails the nation's leading scorer by less than a point in scoring average.

Lions prevail in double OT
ALBANY, Ga. - Coming into Saturday, Paine College women's basketball coach Selina Kohn already had quite an impressive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament rsum.

Lady Lions feast on injured Tigers
ALBANY, Ga. - Paine opened the second half with a 9-0 run, ending the Tuskegee Lady Tigers' streak of SIAC tournament championship-game appearances with a 78-66 victory Friday.

Augusta State cries foul in loss
Midway through the second half, Augusta State was in the process of getting blown out. Karim Telfer got called for a rare palming violation and Dip Metress did one of the most bizarre things in the school's basketball history.

Cougars ride Walker in win
Like a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day, Cherwonna Walker continues to do the same thing again and again.

Columbus St. erases bad memories
The Columbus State men's basketball team blew a late 14-point lead to Kennesaw State in the Peach Belt Conference championship game a year ago.

Ms. Betty Caroline Clark    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Freeman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Crawford O'Bryant, Sr.    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel B. Whitfield    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Murray A. Orvin    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph E. Peavey, Jr.    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Leota O. Dunlavy    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. John Porter Adams, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Rae Woods    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel B. Whitfield    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Emma J. Shaffer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Robinson Bridges    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Julian Edward Lemmons    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Gary H. Silas    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Wayne Warren Daves, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Leveland Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Williams    ( SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James Laverne Norris    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David C. Wilson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph E. Peavy, Jr.    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Wright    (ALBANY, Ga.)
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Mr. "W.H." Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Winton "Bob" Morton    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas "Bob" Cushman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Russel "Buddy" Hagan    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia A. "Trish" Pepper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Barnett Sims    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clifford Baker    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pearl Bates    ( AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Barnett Sims    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luscious Atwells    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Porter Adams, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pearl Bates    ( AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. M. Brinson "Ruth" Jones    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Davis, Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. George S. Dent    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Davis, Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Maggie Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Betty Caroline Clark    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ann Obianyimuo    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Clifford Baker    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Flori Evelyn Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta D'Antignac Cofer    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Flake    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Leota O. Dunlavy    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Glen "Cotton" Davis    (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Edward Lemmons    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth W. Hilliard    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie J. Shank    (TAMPA, Fla.)
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Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Freeman    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Mitchell Bell    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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Mr. James Barnett Sims    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Wayne Warren Daves, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Ms. Emma J. Shaffer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. Wayne Warren Daves, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda L. Wright Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Brenda L. Wright Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Wright    (ALBANY, Ga.)
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Mr. "W.H." Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas "Bob" Cushman    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Bridget Ann Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Wright    (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mr. Murray A. Orvin    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alene Mitchell Bell    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Gary H. Silas    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Oliver Green    (DECATUR, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph E. Peavey, Jr.    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta D'Antignac Cofer    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Gerald Cecil Redmond    ( WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Maggie Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. M. Brinson "Ruth" Jones    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard L. Ballew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luscious Atwells    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Murray A. Orvin    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Bridget Ann Sherlock    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Crawford O'Bryant, Sr.    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Jackson, Jr.    (FAIRBURN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jean McConnell Delvaux    (NASHVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Ruther Johnson Pitts    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred "Betty" Smith    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Flake    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph E. Peavy, Jr.    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Evans Horton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth W. Hilliard    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. James Barnett Sims    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred "Betty" Smith    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin "Bo" W. Gray    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alene Mitchell Bell    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. William "Chuck" Herndon    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
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Ms. Donna Lea Hallmark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flori Evelyn Lawson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara Fay Lear    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Frances Oliver Green    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph E. Peavey, Jr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta D'Antignac Cofer (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bridget Ann Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Galligan Selinger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Bates ( AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Wright (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mr. Crawford O'Bryant, Sr. ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean McConnell Delvaux (NASHVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Leveland Hall (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas "Bob" Cushman (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Clifford Baker (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David C. Wilson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Rae Woods (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. "W.H." Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard L. Ballew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Mitchell Bell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Ann Obianyimuo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda L. Wright Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Galligan Selinger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie J. Shank (TAMPA, Fla.)

Mrs. Frances Oliver Green (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Leota O. Dunlavy (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert William Sumner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Evans Horton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred "Betty" Smith (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. M. Brinson "Ruth" Jones (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bridget Ann Sherlock (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Williams ( SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. "W.H." Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Robinson Bridges (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. William "Chuck" Herndon (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Gary H. Silas (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Emma J. Shaffer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia A. "Trish" Pepper (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Winton "Bob" Morton (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Julian Edward Lemmons (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Fay Lear (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. George S. Dent (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ann Obianyimuo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Mitchell Bell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. John Porter Adams, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Barnett Sims ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Laverne Norris (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Luscious Atwells ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Flori Evelyn Lawson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russel "Buddy" Hagan (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Ms. Betty Caroline Clark (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Redmond (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Porter Adams, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph E. Peavy, Jr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Glen "Cotton" Davis (CAMAK, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Freeman ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Murray A. Orvin (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Martin (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Queenie Hughes Odom (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Warren Daves, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Warren Daves, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Ryan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Donna Lea Hallmark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Flake (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Davis, Sr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth W. Hilliard (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Gordon Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Agassi loses, Roddick wins in opening matches

Area sports announcements

Overtime
Forward Ken Magowan was back in uniform when the Augusta Lynx visited Columbia on Friday night.

Area sports 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.

Agassi loses, Roddick wins in opening matches
CARSON, Calif. - Andre Agassi is glad his former Davis Cup practice partner became a full-fledged member.

Davenport wins Dubai Women's Open
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport fought off a break point late in the third set and went on to beat 19-year-old Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Saturday to claim the $1 million Dubai Women's Open for her 46th WTA Tour title.

Overtime
R.L. Lorick of Ladson, S.C., and Gavin Grenville-Wood of Bluffton, S.C., had the long drives Saturday in the open division of a local Re/Max Long-Driving qualifier at Augusta's Wedges and Woods driving range.

Overtime
Forward Ken Magowan was back in uniform when the Augusta Lynx visited Columbia on Friday night.

Overtime
R.L. Lorick of Ladson, S.C., and Gavin Grenville-Wood of Bluffton, S.C., had the long drives Saturday in the open division of a local Re/Max Long-Driving qualifier at Augusta's Wedges and Woods driving range.

Agassi loses, Roddick wins in opening matches
CARSON, Calif. - Andre Agassi is glad his former Davis Cup practice partner became a full-fledged member.

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

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

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

Deer-baiting bill brings about rift
A bill to legalize hunting deer over bait and separate legislation to increase the harvest limit to 15 deer are under debate in Georgia's General Assembly.

Outdoors calendar

Deer-baiting bill brings about rift
A bill to legalize hunting deer over bait and separate legislation to increase the harvest limit to 15 deer are under debate in Georgia's General Assembly.

Deer-baiting bill brings about rift

Test your fishing lingo
Pegging, poking, pitching or parachuting? They're all ways to lure a waiting bass - and part of the pro angler's vocabulary.<

Test your fishing lingo
Pegging, poking, pitching or parachuting? They're all ways to lure a waiting bass - and part of the pro angler's vocabulary.

Bill would cut eligible hours
ATLANTA - Ashley Durrence knows the difference between a master's and a bachelor's degree in accounting: about $13,000 a year. That's why he's glad the HOPE Scholarship will pay for all 155 hours of college credits he needs to get the master's.

Amendments try to save stalled Open Records Act overhaul
ATLANTA -- House Bill 218 seeks to change the state's Open Records Act by shielding government agency records that identify companies being solicited , reveal agreements and negotiations about agreements , or contain proprietary information the company hands over during the talks.

Industry recruitment details often kept a secret
ATLANTA - A fad among the growing group of amateur poker players is to wear sunglasses during games to hide reactions from other players.

Lady Rebels rally way to final
MACON, Ga. - A lady named Porsha lived up to her name, driving Hephzibah through crunch time and to the brink of a championship Friday evening.

Wesleyan girls claim another Class AA title
MACON, Ga. - Wesleyan withstood a fourth-quarter surge from Dade County for a 48-37 win Saturday in the Georgia High School Association's Class AA girls championship at the Macon Coliseum.

Hephzibah wins 1st state basketball title
MACON, Ga. -- The final score was in Hephzibah's favor Saturday at the Class AAA championship. Hephzibah endured a mighty test from Kendrick but left the Macon Centreplex with a 72-64 victory.

Lady Rebels win Class AAA title
MACON, Ga. - It was emotion that needed the previous 766 games of Wendell Lofton's time at Hephzibah to simmer. It boiled over an instant after the 29-year coaching veteran earned his 590th career victory and a Georgia High School Association Class AAA championship at Macon Centreplex.

Hephzibah, familiar foe meet today
MACON, Ga. - Get ready for stopwatch basketball with a championship on the line.

Hephzibah wins 1st state basketball title
MACON, Ga. -- The final score was in Hephzibah's favor Saturday at the Class AAA championship. Hephzibah endured a mighty test from Kendrick but left the Macon Centreplex with a 72-64 victory.

Lady Rebels rally way to final
MACON, Ga. - A lady named Porsha lived up to her name, driving Hephzibah through crunch time and to the brink of a championship Friday evening.

Lady Rebels win Class AAA title
MACON, Ga. - It was emotion that needed the previous 766 games of Wendell Lofton's time at Hephzibah to simmer. It boiled over an instant after the 29-year coaching veteran earned his 590th career victory and a Georgia High School Association Class AAA championship at Macon Centreplex.

Hephzibah, familiar foe meet today
MACON, Ga. - Get ready for stopwatch basketball with a championship on the line.

Wesleyan girls claim another Class AA title
MACON, Ga. - Wesleyan withstood a fourth-quarter surge from Dade County for a 48-37 win Saturday in the Georgia High School Association's Class AA girls championship at the Macon Coliseum.

Druid Park clinic will begin serving indigent patients
After months of seesawing between funding sources and contractors, the Druid Park Community Health Center is about to debut.

We need to help others in need
It would be wonderful if we never had to worry about violence or threats of violence. We would feel like we had died and gone to heaven if people treated one another with mutual respect, appreciation, and fairness. What about a world without prejudice and hate-crimes!

Artifacts fraud trial raises archaeology questions
Soon, Israel will be conducting archaeology's trial of the century, which involves precious artifacts linked with the Bible that supposedly are thousands of years old.

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

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

Counseling centers aid churches
The Rev. Fred Andrea has a big heart and big ears for helping people, but some problems require a specialist.

Faith Digest
The nonprofit Ngozi International Foundation, based in North Augusta, is seeking donations to complete a free medical clinic in Enugwu-Ukwu, Nigeria. Prospective donors or businesses or churches with space for collection jars can call 278-3357.

Druid Park clinic will begin serving indigent patients
After months of seesawing between funding sources and contractors, the Druid Park Community Health Center is about to debut.

Artifacts fraud trial raises archaeology questions
Soon, Israel will be conducting archaeology's trial of the century, which involves precious artifacts linked with the Bible that supposedly are thousands of years old.

Women's choir will debut at convention
The South Carolina Woman's Missionary Union Convention opening Friday in North Augusta will have two firsts.

Faith Digest
The nonprofit Ngozi International Foundation, based in North Augusta, is seeking donations to complete a free medical clinic in Enugwu-Ukwu, Nigeria. Prospective donors or businesses or churches with space for collection jars can call 278-3357.

Counseling centers aid churches
The Rev. Fred Andrea has a big heart and big ears for helping people, but some problems require a specialist.

Test your fishing lingo

No more tears for winning Rebels

Putting grit of the Old West in HBO's 'Deadwood'
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A visit to the dingy Western set of "Deadwood" makes you wonder: What century is this, anyway? - until director Ed Bianchi yells "Cut!" and the scruffy miners put on sunglasses and haul out cell phones to check their messages.

Fox's 'North Shore' TV series canceled

Putting grit of the Old West in HBO's 'Deadwood'
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A visit to the dingy Western set of "Deadwood" makes you wonder: What century is this, anyway? - until director Ed Bianchi yells "Cut!" and the scruffy miners put on sunglasses and haul out cell phones to check their messages.

Putting grit of the Old West in HBO's 'Deadwood'

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
When Hunter S. Thompson's body was found in a chair in front of his typewriter, the word "counselor" was found typed in the center of the page. Coming from this legendary "gonzo" journalist, the dispatch was unusually concise. But its presentation was typically flamboyant.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
When Hunter S. Thompson's body was found in a chair in front of his typewriter, the word "counselor" was found typed in the center of the page. Coming from this legendary "gonzo" journalist, the dispatch was unusually concise. But its presentation was typically flamboyant.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Fox's 'North Shore' TV series canceled
HONOLULU - Fox television's Oahu-based drama series "North Shore" has been canceled, officials said.

Fox's 'North Shore' TV series canceled
HONOLULU - Fox television's Oahu-based drama series "North Shore" has been canceled, officials said.

Jury convicts man of stalking Mel Gibson

Jackson jury sees video of accuser's family praising pop star

People in the News

For Leno, gag order in Jackson case no joke

Team looking for next stars

Toney-less 'Dogs fall to Volunteers

Toney-less 'Dogs fall to Volunteers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia's freshman wing man didn't fly on Friday and Tennessee's soared on Saturday.

Team looking for next stars
ATHENS, Ga. - Gusty winds and winds of change greeted Georgia on Saturday morning, when the Bulldogs held their first spring practice.

Toney-less 'Dogs fall to Volunteers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia's freshman wing man didn't fly on Friday and Tennessee's soared on Saturday.

Bulldogs open spring practice

Team looking for next stars
ATHENS, Ga. - Gusty winds and winds of change greeted Georgia on Saturday morning, when the Bulldogs held their first spring practice.

Bulldogs open spring practice
ATHENS, Ga. - After a hectic two months during which two assistants departed, another left then suddenly returned, and still another listened to overtures from a Southeastern Conference rival, Georgia will return to the field when spring practice begins this morning.

Lady Bulldogs top Mississippi
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Sherill Baker scored 17 points to lead six Georgia players in double figures, and the 21st-ranked Lady Bulldogs beat Mississippi 87-65 Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Bulldogs open spring practice
ATHENS, Ga. - After a hectic two months during which two assistants departed, another left then suddenly returned, and still another listened to overtures from a Southeastern Conference rival, Georgia will return to the field when spring practice begins this morning.

Spartans end Pacers' year
USC Upstate guard C.J. Paul limped into Friday's post-game interview with an ice pack on his left knee.

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Chimps shot dead after attacking sanctuary visitors

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Druid Park clinic will begin serving indigent patients

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Counseling centers aid churches

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