'Spamalot' opens on Broadway
NEW YORK - The silly season is now upon us, and there may only be one way to deal with the comic lunacy currently holding forth on stage at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.

'Spamalot' opens on Broadway
NEW YORK - The silly season is now upon us, and there may only be one way to deal with the comic lunacy currently holding forth on stage at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.

Muralist makes walls his canvas
A picture is worth a thousand words, but to Richard Worth, a mural is worth a lot more.

Muralist makes walls his canvas

'Spamalot' opens on Broadway

Muralist makes walls his canvas
A picture is worth a thousand words, but to Richard Worth, a mural is worth a lot more.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings

McGwire refuses to answer steroids questions

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings
While lawyers and legislators on Capitol Hill were abuzz about Thursday's congressional hearings into steroid use in baseball, the drama hadn't caught on with many players.

McGwire refuses to answer steroids questions
WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill instead of a baseball field, wearing suits instead of uniforms, they walked into the room, stars all, forced by subpoena to testify before Congress whether they cheated by using steroids.

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve

Mets give Galarraga chance to inspire
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - They call him El Gato Grande, the Big Cat.

Mets give Galarraga chance to inspire

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The chase is getting to the point where some might consider it idealistic, nonsensical. But old dreams die hard.

Mets give Galarraga chance to inspire
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - They call him El Gato Grande, the Big Cat.

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The chase is getting to the point where some might consider it idealistic, nonsensical. But old dreams die hard.

McGwire refuses to answer steroids questions
WASHINGTON - On Capitol Hill instead of a baseball field, wearing suits instead of uniforms, they walked into the room, stars all, forced by subpoena to testify before Congress whether they cheated by using steroids.

McGwire to attend hearing
NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire plans to comply with a subpoena and attend today's congressional hearing into steroid use in baseball, The Associated Press has learned.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings
While lawyers and legislators on Capitol Hill were abuzz about Thursday's congressional hearings into steroid use in baseball, the drama hadn't caught on with many players.

Odds and Ends
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - It was a simple case of mistaken identity, and it nearly cost a casino $25,000.

Odds and Ends
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - It was a simple case of mistaken identity, and it nearly cost a casino $25,000.

Odds and Ends
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Having a vanity plate that reads "TIPSY" may not be such a great idea after all.

Odds and Ends
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Having a vanity plate that reads "TIPSY" may not be such a great idea after all.

Toys R Us agrees to be acquired
NEWARK, N.J. - Toys R Us Inc., the nation's second-largest toy seller, agreed Thursday to be acquired by an investment group that includes two private equity firms and a real estate developer in a deal valued at $6.6 billion, ending a seven-month auction for the struggling retailer.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel
Oil prices jumped to a new record close above $56 a barrel on Wednesday as traders brushed off a largely symbolic effort by OPEC to cool the red-hot market.

Dedication can help businesses last
Thinking of opening a small business? Chances are it won't last. Statistics from the Small Business Administration say that more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first year, and 95 percent fail within the first five years.

Toys R Us agrees to be acquired

Crude futures ease back after new high
Oil prices set new highs above $57 a barrel Thursday and analysts said the rally appears to have steam left even after a nearly $15 climb since the start of the year.

Crude futures ease back after new high

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004
WASHINGTON - The United States deficit in the broadest measure of international trade soared to an all-time high of $665.9 billion in 2004, showing in stark terms the speed with which the country is becoming indebted to the rest of the world.

Four weeks are left to file returns

U.S. dollar slides as current account deficit soars
BERLIN - The dollar slid against the euro Wednesday on data that showed the U.S. current account deficit soaring more than expected in the fourth quarter and far exceeding its previous record for the full year.

Carpet plant to grow in Thomson

Carpet plant to grow in Thomson
THOMSON, Ga. - A $27 million plant expansion at a McDuffie County carpet manufacturer will add 65 to 70 new jobs, officials announced Thursday.

Crude futures ease back after new high
Oil prices set new highs above $57 a barrel Thursday and analysts said the rally appears to have steam left even after a nearly $15 climb since the start of the year.

Leading indicators rises 0.1 percent
NEW YORK - An index designed to forecast future economic growth rose a middling 0.1 percent in February after a decline of 0.3 percent in January, the Conference Board reported on Thursday.

Carpet plant to grow in Thomson
THOMSON, Ga. - A $27 million plant expansion at a McDuffie County carpet manufacturer will add 65 to 70 new jobs, officials announced Thursday.

Four weeks are left to file returns
The April 15 tax deadline is exactly four weeks away, but taxpayers have only about two weeks left if they want to avoid the rush.

Four weeks are left to file returns
The April 15 tax deadline is exactly four weeks away, but taxpayers have only about two weeks left if they want to avoid the rush.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel
Oil prices jumped to a new record close above $56 a barrel on Wednesday as traders brushed off a largely symbolic effort by OPEC to cool the red-hot market.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004
WASHINGTON - The United States deficit in the broadest measure of international trade soared to an all-time high of $665.9 billion in 2004, showing in stark terms the speed with which the country is becoming indebted to the rest of the world.

Dedication can help businesses last
Thinking of opening a small business? Chances are it won't last. Statistics from the Small Business Administration say that more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first year, and 95 percent fail within the first five years.

Job rate may not increase numbers
More Augusta-Aiken area employers expect to hire during the next three months, but it might not affect the area's unemployment rate.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004

Toys R Us agrees to be acquired
NEWARK, N.J. - Toys R Us Inc., the nation's second-largest toy seller, agreed Thursday to be acquired by an investment group that includes two private equity firms and a real estate developer in a deal valued at $6.6 billion, ending a seven-month auction for the struggling retailer.

Dedication can help businesses last

Officials OK loan to buy inn
County development officials on Thursday ratified a loan application from an Atlanta company looking to buy and renovate The Partridge Inn.

Aggies bounce Tigers

Aggies bounce Tigers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman center Joseph Jones scored a season-high 25 points to lift Texas A&M to its first postseason win in 23 years, an 82-74 victory over Clemson in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

Aggies bounce Tigers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman center Joseph Jones scored a season-high 25 points to lift Texas A&M to its first postseason win in 23 years, an 82-74 victory over Clemson in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach

Kentucky defeats Eastern Kentucky

Coach uses life's lessons to motivate

Pacers ready to reload

Panthers pull off upset against Tide

Misguided or malevolent?
Could the United States have a volunteer military if the armed services weren't allowed to recruit young people?

Misguided or malevolent?
Could the United States have a volunteer military if the armed services weren't allowed to recruit young people?

The stain on the game
Baseball has a scarred history. Virtually since its beginning, gambling, strikes, racial strife and substance abuse have left their ugly marks on the game that endures, regardless, in millions of hearts as the national pastime.

Misguided or malevolent?

A just verdict
Many Americans - particularly those who lost their jobs and savings - have wondered whether those multi-billion dollar corporate big shots, with their expensive big-time lawyers, would ever be made to pay for their white-collar crimes.

A just verdict

The stain on the game
Baseball has a scarred history. Virtually since its beginning, gambling, strikes, racial strife and substance abuse have left their ugly marks on the game that endures, regardless, in millions of hearts as the national pastime.

The stain on the game

A just verdict
Many Americans - particularly those who lost their jobs and savings - have wondered whether those multi-billion dollar corporate big shots, with their expensive big-time lawyers, would ever be made to pay for their white-collar crimes.

Judicial reforms on track
Georgia's General Assembly has tabled Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed reforms for how senior judges are employed, but lawmakers are to be applauded nonetheless for moving forward on their own reform agenda, which calls for a substantial cut in funding.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker have more on their plate than just "Soul Food."

It's a good day to be Irish
Augusta goes green today with St. Patrick's Day festivities downtown that feature music, a parade, artwork and crafts, food, Celtic dancing, carnival rides and a beer garden.

Lil' Kim convicted of perjury
NEW YORK - Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shootout outside a radio station.

People in the News
PARIS - Lance Armstrong acknowledged that he's a little behind schedule in his preparation for a seventh straight Tour de France title and also reaffirmed his love for New York City - and his fondness for Paris.

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 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

It's a good day to be Irish
Augusta goes green today with St. Patrick's Day festivities downtown that feature music, a parade, artwork and crafts, food, Celtic dancing, carnival rides and a beer garden.

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

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation
There's a difference between a pure racing game and pure driving game.

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.

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

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

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 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

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

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

Lil' Kim convicted of perjury
NEW YORK - Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shootout outside a radio station.

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.

Man charged with plotting to kidnap Letterman's child
HELENA, Mont. - Authorities on Thursday charged a man in what they say was a plot to kidnap David Letterman's toddler son and nanny from the talk-show host's Montana home.

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation
There's a difference between a pure racing game and pure driving game.

Man charged with plotting to kidnap Letterman's child
HELENA, Mont. - Authorities on Thursday charged a man in what they say was a plot to kidnap David Letterman's toddler son and nanny from the talk-show host's Montana home.

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

People in the News
PARIS - Lance Armstrong acknowledged that he's a little behind schedule in his preparation for a seventh straight Tour de France title and also reaffirmed his love for New York City - and his fondness for Paris.

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

Little angler, big catch
Four-year-old Brad Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson of North Augusta, won a Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia 2004 All Species Fishing Tournament award for catching a 14-pound, 15-ounce channel catfish.

Cold front freezes out anglers
High winds and cold rain - not a pleasant combination - have lowered Strom Thurmond Lake's surface temperature into the high 40s and low 50s and slowed down the fishing bite this week.

Fishing tournaments

Cold front freezes out anglers

Little angler, big catch

Cold front freezes out anglers
High winds and cold rain - not a pleasant combination - have lowered Strom Thurmond Lake's surface temperature into the high 40s and low 50s and slowed down the fishing bite this week.

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

Little angler, big catch
Four-year-old Brad Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilson of North Augusta, won a Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia 2004 All Species Fishing Tournament award for catching a 14-pound, 15-ounce channel catfish.

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

What's for lunch?
TOWN AND COUNTRYADDRESS: 340 Edgefield Road, North Augusta

What's for lunch?

What's for lunch?
TOWN AND COUNTRY ADDRESS: 340 Edgefield Road, North Augusta

Grand-scale tricks enhance property

Grass type, roots can stunt green under trees

Tropical snow bush a hot item
This year it looks as though the tropical snow bush will again be one of the most popular plants at the nursery or garden center, but you had better shop early if you want one or more.

Grass type, roots can stunt green under trees
I am having a difficult time getting grass to grow under my trees. I have planted several times over the years, but to no avail. Can you give me some advice?

What does a real shamrock look like?
It's only a small plant, low growing and with three heart-shaped leaflets, but it helped drive all the snakes in Ireland into the sea 1,500 years ago.

Grand-scale tricks enhance property
SANTA ANA, Calif. - "We're just three gals who bought a house together and agreed not to wait forever to do the landscaping of our dreams," Lorraine Saunders explained.

Tropical snow bush a hot item

Grand-scale tricks enhance property
SANTA ANA, Calif. - "We're just three gals who bought a house together and agreed not to wait forever to do the landscaping of our dreams," Lorraine Saunders explained.

Grass type, roots can stunt green under trees
I am having a difficult time getting grass to grow under my trees. I have planted several times over the years, but to no avail. Can you give me some advice?

Tropical snow bush a hot item
This year it looks as though the tropical snow bush will again be one of the most popular plants at the nursery or garden center, but you had better shop early if you want one or more.

Georgia Tech looks to rekindle magic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum wears the jacket everywhere he goes nowadays.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- In Chris Court there are no mean streets. There can't be, not when every road name ends in "court" or "terrace." Local teenagers even attend the appropriately named Friendly High School.

Jackets must overcome terrible 12
ATLANTA - Take all the 12 seeds. That's the secret, office pool strategists say, to picking the first round of an NCAA Tournament bracket.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- In Chris Court there are no mean streets. There can't be, not when every road name ends in "court" or "terrace." Local teenagers even attend the appropriately named Friendly High School.

Georgia Tech looks to rekindle magic
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum wears the jacket everywhere he goes nowadays.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star

Georgia Tech looks to rekindle magic

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam always wants to take on the toughest competition, and she's ready to include teenager Michelle Wie in that class.

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam always wants to take on the toughest competition, and she's ready to include teenager Michelle Wie in that class.

NHL makes two offers to players' association
NEW YORK - When the NHL canceled the season, the league warned players that future offers wouldn't be as good as those that were rejected.

NHL makes two offers to players' association
NEW YORK - When the NHL canceled the season, the league warned players that future offers wouldn't be as good as those that were rejected.

NHL makes two offers to players' association

Priest's message for pope gets lost in translation
At St. Mary on the Hill, Father Jerry Ragan has made a confession. In a March 13 church notice, he admits that he was the source of Italian translation placed on banners asking for support of Pope John Paul II, who is currently recuperating.

Officials: Florida man confessed to killing girl
The mystery of a missing Florida girl might have been solved by the arrest of a man in Augusta, authorities in that state said Friday.

Officials say registered sex offender confesses to killing Fla. girl
HOMOSASSA, Fla. - A registered sex offender has admitted kidnapping a 9-year-old Florida girl from her home last month and killing her, authorities said Friday.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl was found this morning in Augusta by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

Officials say registered sex offender confesses to killing Fla. girl
HOMOSASSA, Fla. - A registered sex offender has admitted kidnapping a 9-year-old Florida girl from her home last month and killing her, authorities said Friday.

SRS waste must be disposed of first
In an article about SRS waste in Defense Waste Processing Facility logs ("Waste piles up amid wait for new home," March 14), you say that "the glass logs of SRS waste might take a back seat ... ."Peter Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Commissioners just don't get it

Animal rescue effort must continue

Animal rescue effort must continue
The recent situation in Martinez with the woman and the 92 cats had a remarkably happy ending because of the dedication of many people.Barbara Gleitsmann, Martinez

Animal rescue effort must continue
The recent situation in Martinez with the woman and the 92 cats had a remarkably happy ending because of the dedication of many people.Barbara Gleitsmann, Martinez

Commissioners just don't get it
Lately, I have been hearing about raising the salaries of Augusta commissioners and the mayor. Commissioner Andy Cheek once said sarcastically that he wants 50 cents per hour rather than 25 cents.Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Bush's budget spells disaster
Bush's 2006 budget is clear evidence of the disastrous effects his administration and the Republican-dominated government are having on us, the citizens of the United States.James Brooke, Aiken, S.C.

Youth were outstanding at dinner
I recently attended the Boys and Girls Clubs' annual Steak and Burger Dinner. A number of things about the evening were remarkable: Jo Endres Maypole, Augusta

Gay intolerance slithers into state
Those folks who came down from Kansas to Cleveland, Ga., recently to protest White County High School's proposed gay student support group should give deep thought to something a wise woman, novelist Ann Lamont, wrote ... Lewis Rich, Evans

TV news piece left out blacks' role
On March 14, as I watched the television show Nightline, a feature story appeared on the 1st Cavalry Division returning from Iraq.Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

SRS waste must be disposed of first

Commissioners just don't get it
Lately, I have been hearing about raising the salaries of Augusta commissioners and the mayor. Commissioner Andy Cheek once said sarcastically that he wants 50 cents per hour rather than 25 cents.Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Gay intolerance slithers into state
Those folks who came down from Kansas to Cleveland, Ga., recently to protest White County High School's proposed gay student support group should give deep thought to something a wise woman, novelist Ann Lamont, wrote ... Lewis Rich, Evans

Breed is not factor in dog meanness
In response to James D. Wiggins' letter ("Punish the owner, not the breed," March 8): I was glad to see someone else feels the same way about Bill Dekle's letter on pit bulls ("Pit bulls are a dangerous menace," March 3).Stephanie Renee Ready, Washington, Ga.

SRS waste must be disposed of first
In an article about SRS waste in Defense Waste Processing Facility logs ("Waste piles up amid wait for new home," March 14), you say that "the glass logs of SRS waste might take a back seat ... ."Peter Gray, Aiken, S.C.

Administration shows immorality
Justice, equality and freedom are central to all moral systems. The great religious leaders, particularly Jesus and Buddha, gave compassion equal standing. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

Gay intolerance slithers into state

Living briefs

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff

Equine history races on with Triple Crown

Fragrances provide added appeal, boost sales

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers

Younger buyers can find quick cars at good prices

Suzuki wagon puts style over details

Visitors can experience history with tour

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest

Bad flavor can come from heat
Have you ever experienced a really good bottle of wine? I mean, just savored it and felt as though you had somehow ascended to another plane. If so, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest
AIKEN - For the traditionalists, it didn't seem right at first. The third leg of the Triple Crown was reserved for harness racing.

Fragrances provide added appeal, boost sales
Creating a great home, everyone knows, is about color, space and light. It's about choosing the right furniture, fabrics and accents.

Visitors can experience history with tour
AIKEN - The thundering of thoroughbred hooves on the soft sandy soil of the Aiken Training Track is a sign the equestrian tradition of the Winter Colony lives on.

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

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather
AIKEN -- As the president of Dogwood Stable, Cot Campbell threw a black-tie party last month to celebrate a successful year of horse racing.

Suzuki wagon puts style over details
Americans typically associate the work of Italian car design firm Pininfarina with exotic autos such as Ferraris. This year, though, Pininfarina's work also graces the new, affordable, 2005 Forenza station wagon from Suzuki.

Equine history races on with Triple Crown
It's often said that Aiken is synonymous with the equine industry, that horses are woven into the city's fabric.

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers
When the dust settles from the Triple Crown, Aiken County expects to be at least $3 million richer, and that's a conservative calculation, county officials say.

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers
When the dust settles from the Triple Crown, Aiken County expects to be at least $3 million richer, and that's a conservative calculation, county officials say.

Suzuki wagon puts style over details
Americans typically associate the work of Italian car design firm Pininfarina with exotic autos such as Ferraris. This year, though, Pininfarina's work also graces the new, affordable, 2005 Forenza station wagon from Suzuki.

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest
AIKEN - For the traditionalists, it didn't seem right at first. The third leg of the Triple Crown was reserved for harness racing.

Fragrances provide added appeal, boost sales
Creating a great home, everyone knows, is about color, space and light. It's about choosing the right furniture, fabrics and accents.

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff
AIKEN - Fashion is as big of a part of the Aiken Triple Crown as swift horses.

Younger buyers can find quick cars at good prices
Finding a quick car is easy. All it takes is money. But what if you're young and money is tight as it always is when you're young? Automakers have something for you, too.

Visitors can experience history with tour
AIKEN - The thundering of thoroughbred hooves on the soft sandy soil of the Aiken Training Track is a sign the equestrian tradition of the Winter Colony lives on.

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

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather
AIKEN -- As the president of Dogwood Stable, Cot Campbell threw a black-tie party last month to celebrate a successful year of horse racing.

Younger buyers can find quick cars at good prices
Finding a quick car is easy. All it takes is money. But what if you're young and money is tight as it always is when you're young? Automakers have something for you, too.

Equine history races on with Triple Crown
It's often said that Aiken is synonymous with the equine industry, that horses are woven into the city's fabric.

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff
AIKEN - Fashion is as big of a part of the Aiken Triple Crown as swift horses.

Lynx add incentives in latest ticket push
The Augusta Lynx front office staff picked a good time to kick off its season ticket sales for 2005-06.

Lynx add incentives in latest ticket push

Lynx add incentives in latest ticket push
The Augusta Lynx front office staff picked a good time to kick off its season ticket sales for 2005-06.

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):

Police arrest Florida sex offender
A nationwide hunt for a man sought in the disappearance of a Florida girl ended in Augusta on Thursday when deputies arrested John Evander Couey as he walked along Greene Street.

MCG students find placements
Tears coursed down Kanika Whitehead's face after she opened the envelope and saw she would be going to Tampa, the closest program in her speciality that she could get to the little boy she helped raise.

Milestones
The following area residents have graduated from their schools:

Mayor objects to pay raises
Mayor Bob Young has written the Richmond County legislative delegation objecting to the bill that would raise the salaries of local elected officials.

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):

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencing, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

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

Design college settles into Atlanta campus
ATLANTA - Julie Silva moved to Atlanta after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design two years ago. She didn't expect her alma mater to follow.

Richmond County school lunch
Today: Breakfast burrito and salsa, applesauce or juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

Davidson student to make TV debut
For one John S. Davidson Fine Arts School freshman, it took a trip to Kenya to learn what you can live without and still be happy.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video
A high-definition video spot earned the National Science Center a Department of Defense Creativity Award.

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

Pet of the week
Daisy, a 2-year-old female Dalmatian and terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

News you can use
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. The day everyone claims kin with the Irish. Unfortunately, those who celebrate a wee bit too enthusiastically could wake up Friday as green as their St. Paddy's beer.

Mayor calls for canal protection

Mayor objects to pay raises
Mayor Bob Young has written the Richmond County legislative delegation objecting to the bill that would raise the salaries of local elected officials.

Chief appraiser taken off job

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Schools hold parent meetings

Officials: Florida man confessed to killing girl
The mystery of a missing Florida girl might have been solved by the arrest of a man in Augusta, authorities in that state said Friday.

Correction

Davidson student to make TV debut
For one John S. Davidson Fine Arts School freshman, it took a trip to Kenya to learn what you can live without and still be happy.

Student humors crowd with play

Historic spots get new life
Carla McFeely has a simple rule of thumb for managing a historic building as a vintage and evocative rental space for weddings, proms and other special events.

Man, woman admit to crimes

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

School board will get internet access
Richmond County school trustees have voted to buy high-speed Internet access for their homes after a new board member said it would help them respond to e-mails faster and eliminate the bulky paperwork of public meetings.

Schools hold parent meetings
It's been a tough year for the staff at Spirit Creek Middle School. Just ask teacher William C. West, who had a pupil pour hand sanitizer in his drink and another squirt him with the pink substance.

Around the block
The St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets downtown. There will be live entertainment, rides and games for children, arts, crafts and food vendors.

News you can use

Reunions

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life

Exercise to test emergency response
Emergency personnel will be on the lookout for anthrax-laced packages in Glascock County on Saturday.

Across South Carolina

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide
An Augusta man jailed for nearly two years awaiting trial on murder charges was acquitted Wednesday.

Police arrest Florida sex offender
A nationwide hunt for a man sought in the disappearance of a Florida girl ended in Augusta on Thursday when deputies arrested John Evander Couey as he walked along Greene Street.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Career expo
National Security Agency recruiter Anne Cassara talks with Samuel Harmon about job opportunities with the NSA during its career expo at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Design college settles into Atlanta campus

Across the area
South Carolina health officials on Thursday reported the first confirmed case of rabies in Aiken County this year.

Hunting, fishing bill to get vote

Across South Carolina
ALLENDALE - Gov. Mark Sanford visited Allendale Elementary School on Thursday two months after using Allendale schools as examples in his State of the State speech of why South Carolina needs to pass school choice legislation.

Revelers enjoy St. Patrick's Day festivities

Aiken Sheriff's Office seeks grant money
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has applied for federal grant money that would help it and other county agencies respond to disasters like the Graniteville train collision.

Officials: Florida man confessed to killing girl

Young horses prepare for debut
AIKEN - Ron Stevens has trained a lot of horses for the Aiken Trials since coming to the city in 1986. Some even went on to become champions.

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Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life
Renee Williams Toole held the purple scarf to her face.

Aiken Sheriff's Office seeks grant money

Pet of the week
Daisy, a 2-year-old female Dalmatian and terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

MCG students find placements

New water meters pay off for Aiken
AIKEN - New water meters with global-positioning technology installed last year have pumped an estimated $500,000 of extra revenue into city coffers and will hold water rates steady for 18,000 residents next year.

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Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life
Renee Williams Toole held the purple scarf to her face.

Teacher is hopeful for statewide honor

Mayor calls for canal protection
The Augusta Canal's long-neglected third level is becoming a development opportunity that deserves protection, according to Mayor Bob Young, who wants to create a task force to guide land-use activities in that area.

Mayor objects to pay raises

Students see no end in landfill showdown
The battle between an Atlanta landfill developer and residents in Georgia's least populous county is a classic case of David vs. Goliath, according to an analysis by Augusta State University students.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Taylor Winfrey is today's Kid of the Day.

Church's land sale is benefit to school

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencing, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Man, woman admit to crimes
A man accused of torturing and killing an elderly Augusta woman last spring pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Across the river
Big Band dessert gala: 7-9:30 p.m. today ; The Fermata Club, 841 Whiskey Road, Aiken; with AAA Home-School Big Band and soloists, desserts, flavored coffees; semiformal dress; $10; 643-9111 or 644-5968

Historic spots get new life
Carla McFeely has a simple rule of thumb for managing a historic building as a vintage and evocative rental space for weddings, proms and other special events.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case

Emergency hours may shrink
Augusta's Veterans Affairs medical center is considering shortening the hours of its emergency facilities, officials said Wednesday.

Historic spots get new life

New water meters pay off for Aiken
AIKEN - New water meters with global-positioning technology installed last year have pumped an estimated $500,000 of extra revenue into city coffers and will hold water rates steady for 18,000 residents next year.

Kid of the Day

County government looks to expansion
Columbia County government officials are looking to increase their presence in Evans.

Emergency hours may shrink

Student humors crowd with play
A sentry draped in a black cape planted her feet in front of a row of cardboard trees, jutted her chin out and announced the arrival of her king.

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

Aiken Sheriff's Office seeks grant money
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has applied for federal grant money that would help it and other county agencies respond to disasters like the Graniteville train collision.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The woman who made the call that led to the arrest of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols has two-thirds of her promised reward coming to her, but the FBI is reticent regarding its portion of the money.

Revelers enjoy St. Patrick's Day festivities
Green lined the letters on "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" sweatshirts, streaked across dozens of scalps and formed the silly string that was spattered along Augusta's St. Patrick's Day Parade route.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The former executive director of the Catawba Indian Nation has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the tribe.

Church's land sale is benefit to school
Some might see it as a divine connection. Augusta Christian Schools will be helping out Baker Woods Baptist Church in Martinez by purchasing its worship facility.

Bill will increase officials' salaries
ATLANTA - A bill to increase base salaries for several elected officials in Augusta hits the House floor today.

Design college settles into Atlanta campus
ATLANTA - Julie Silva moved to Atlanta after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design two years ago. She didn't expect her alma mater to follow.

Kid of the Day
Taylor Winfrey is today's Kid of the Day.

Teamwork is key to aid pupils, some say
The principal of Spirit Creek Middle School and a panel of experts specializing in children's needs stressed cooperation between parents and teachers Thursday night at a meeting held to improve their children's education and learning environment.

Support group for moms puts recipes into book
In addition to caring for their children, stay-at-home moms usually know how to cook.

Teacher is hopeful for statewide honor
Win or lose, Shaun Owen just wants to know if she is Georgia's next Teacher of the Year. The Greenbrier Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher will find out tonight at a banquet in Atlanta.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Hunting, fishing bill to get vote
ATLANTA - Georgia voters will decide whether hunting and fishing should be protected by the state constitution after the House unanimously approved a proposed amendment that already had gained Senate passage.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The FBI said Thursday that it plans to give Augusta native Ashley Smith, the woman who led police to Bryan Nichols, its $20,000 reward for his capture.

News you can use
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. The day everyone claims kin with the Irish. Unfortunately, those who celebrate a wee bit too enthusiastically could wake up Friday as green as their St. Paddy's beer.

Kid of the Day
Lauren Celeste Cooper is today's Kid of the Day.

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

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Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Correction
Today's Applause section went to press before a change was made in the venue for today's Drive-By Truckers concert. Promoters moved the concert from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater to the Mission, 1157 Broad St., because of the forecast for inclement weather. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, call 722-1233.

Ugly-car-seat contest pushes safe rides for children
In an effort to get unsafe car seats off the streets, SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia recently held an ugly-car-seat contest.

Chief appraiser taken off job
Richmond County Chief Tax Appraiser E.W. "Sonny" Reece has been placed on administrative leave pending a Friday board meeting during which he is expected to be offered a severance package or be fired.

MCG students find placements
Tears coursed down Kanika Whitehead's face after she opened the envelope and saw she would be going to Tampa, the closest program in her speciality that she could get to the little boy she helped raise.

School board will get internet access
Richmond County school trustees have voted to buy high-speed Internet access for their homes after a new board member said it would help them respond to e-mails faster and eliminate the bulky paperwork of public meetings.

Revelers enjoy St. Patrick's Day festivities
Green lined the letters on "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" sweatshirts, streaked across dozens of scalps and formed the silly string that was spattered along Augusta's St. Patrick's Day Parade route.

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

This week
Sandhills writers conference: Beginning 11 a.m. today , with Jim Grimsley's keynote address, 101 Galloway Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; 4:45 p.m. today , 7:45 p.m. Friday , free readings, book-signings, discussions; 9 p.m. Friday , free open-mike readings; registration required, except for free readings; 737-1500

Dental students will head to Brazil
Fourteen Medical College of Georgia dental students and their professor are traveling thousands of miles to create hundreds of smiles.

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Effort hopes to make leaders out of students
A program for rising juniors in Richmond County schools will help develop the leaders of tomorrow using events such as a ropes course and criminal justice day.

Across the area
South Carolina health officials on Thursday reported the first confirmed case of rabies in Aiken County this year.

Dental students will head to Brazil
Fourteen Medical College of Georgia dental students and their professor are traveling thousands of miles to create hundreds of smiles.

Across South Carolina
ALLENDALE - Gov. Mark Sanford visited Allendale Elementary School on Thursday two months after using Allendale schools as examples in his State of the State speech of why South Carolina needs to pass school choice legislation.

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for today include:

Mayor calls for canal protection
The Augusta Canal's long-neglected third level is becoming a development opportunity that deserves protection, according to Mayor Bob Young, who wants to create a task force to guide land-use activities in that area.

Ceremony recognizes language students
More than 400 area high school students were honored Monday for their excellence in foreign languages.

County government looks to expansion
Columbia County government officials are looking to increase their presence in Evans.

Schools hold parent meetings
It's been a tough year for the staff at Spirit Creek Middle School. Just ask teacher William C. West, who had a pupil pour hand sanitizer in his drink and another squirt him with the pink substance.

Church's land sale is benefit to school
Some might see it as a divine connection. Augusta Christian Schools will be helping out Baker Woods Baptist Church in Martinez by purchasing its worship facility.

Young horses prepare for debut

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students
A program for rising juniors in Richmond County schools will help develop the leaders of tomorrow using events such as a ropes course and criminal justice day.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide
An Augusta man jailed for nearly two years awaiting trial on murder charges was acquitted Wednesday.

This week
Sandhills writers conference: Beginning 11 a.m. today , with Jim Grimsley's keynote address, 101 Galloway Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; 4:45 p.m. today , 7:45 p.m. Friday , free readings, book-signings, discussions; 9 p.m. Friday , free open-mike readings; registration required, except for free readings; 737-1500

Medicaid cuts won't be as severe at MCG
Cuts in Georgia's Medicaid program don't appear to be as severe as feared, although Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is still facing about $8 million less next fiscal year, an official said Wednesday.

Timber is stolen off property
AIKEN - Wesley Bryant and his cousin had plans for their 100 acres of forested land on Wire Road, and they didn't include chopping down all the trees.

Teacher is hopeful for statewide honor
Win or lose, Shaun Owen just wants to know if she is Georgia's next Teacher of the Year. The Greenbrier Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher will find out tonight at a banquet in Atlanta.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video

Hunting, fishing bill to get vote
ATLANTA - Georgia voters will decide whether hunting and fishing should be protected by the state constitution after the House unanimously approved a proposed amendment that already had gained Senate passage.

Bill will increase officials' salaries

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The FBI said Thursday that it plans to give Augusta native Ashley Smith, the woman who led police to Bryan Nichols, its $20,000 reward for his capture.

This week

Kid of the Day
Lauren Celeste Cooper is today's Kid of the Day.

Playing heroes

Across Georgia

Pet of the week

Bill will increase officials' salaries
ATLANTA - A bill to increase base salaries for several elected officials in Augusta hits the House floor today.

Across the river

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENSSUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Davidson student to make TV debut

Police arrest Florida sex offender

Restaurant ratings

Man, woman admit to crimes
A man accused of torturing and killing an elderly Augusta woman last spring pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Across the area

Emergency hours may shrink
Augusta's Veterans Affairs medical center is considering shortening the hours of its emergency facilities, officials said Wednesday.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide

Student humors crowd with play
A sentry draped in a black cape planted her feet in front of a row of cardboard trees, jutted her chin out and announced the arrival of her king.

Ceremony recognizes language students

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The woman who made the call that led to the arrest of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols has two-thirds of her promised reward coming to her, but the FBI is reticent regarding its portion of the money.

Things to do

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The former executive director of the Catawba Indian Nation has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the tribe.

School board will get internet access

Chief appraiser taken off job
Richmond County Chief Tax Appraiser E.W. "Sonny" Reece has been placed on administrative leave pending a Friday board meeting during which he is expected to be offered a severance package or be fired.

County government looks to expansion

Around the block
The St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets downtown. There will be live entertainment, rides and games for children, arts, crafts and food vendors.

Around the block

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

Dental students will head to Brazil

National Science Center lands creativity award for video
A high-definition video spot earned the National Science Center a Department of Defense Creativity Award.

New water meters pay off for Aiken

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl was found this morning in Augusta by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

Playing heroes

Correction
Today's Applause section went to press before a change was made in the venue for today's Drive-By Truckers concert. Promoters moved the concert from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater to the Mission, 1157 Broad St., because of the forecast for inclement weather. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, call 722-1233.

Across Georgia

Young horses prepare for debut
AIKEN - Ron Stevens has trained a lot of horses for the Aiken Trials since coming to the city in 1986. Some even went on to become champions.

Ceremony recognizes language students
More than 400 area high school students were honored Monday for their excellence in foreign languages.

Taylor is adjusting to a new attitude
Vaughn Taylor is still trying out new things to find a comfort zone on the PGA Tour. His new tactic: emptying his mind of expectations.

Taylor is adjusting to a new attitude
Vaughn Taylor is still trying out new things to find a comfort zone on the PGA Tour. His new tactic: emptying his mind of expectations.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

'Star Wars' mastermind sets stage for Vader's ascent
LAS VEGAS - Two decades ago, George Lucas pulled off the mask to reveal the face of one of cinema's greatest bad guys. Now, he's about to slip the mask back on.

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

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

'Star Wars' mastermind sets stage for Vader's ascent
LAS VEGAS - Two decades ago, George Lucas pulled off the mask to reveal the face of one of cinema's greatest bad guys. Now, he's about to slip the mask back on.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

'Star Wars' mastermind sets stage for Vader's ascent

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'
"The Ring Two" has a B-movie premise with grade-A production values, making it tenser, moodier, scarier, and all-around better than you'd expect from a sequel - especially the sequel to a horror movie, one that didn't exactly get universally ringing endorsements the first time around (especially not from this typist).

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'

Hot ticket

Cradle of punk music facing possible eviction

Cradle of punk music facing possible eviction
NEW YORK - Hours earlier, Hilly Kristal joined rock's royalty inside a Waldorf-Astoria ballroom for the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.

Hot ticket
Maroon 5 WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Ditching the label of Southern rock
In the 10 months since Athens, Ga., act Drive-By Truckers last visited Augusta, the band has embraced both its past and its future and attempted to shrug off the mantle of Southern rock revivalists.

Ireland has spawned influential musicians
Ireland is a country obsessed with song. Be it an inebriated singalong at a neighborhood pub or the sanctified sound of sacred music in a country church, the Irish always have believed the best and most beautiful way to express emotion is through music.

Ditching the label of Southern rock

Ditching the label of Southern rock
In the 10 months since Athens, Ga., act Drive-By Truckers last visited Augusta, the band has embraced both its past and its future and attempted to shrug off the mantle of Southern rock revivalists.

Cradle of punk music facing possible eviction
NEW YORK - Hours earlier, Hilly Kristal joined rock's royalty inside a Waldorf-Astoria ballroom for the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard
Natalie Sheppard AGE: 19DAY JOB: Server, West Lake Country Club

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard

Hot ticket
Maroon 5WHEN: 7:30 p.m. MondayWHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard
Natalie Sheppard AGE: 19 DAY JOB: Server, West Lake Country Club

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last nine races and finished second twice on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit dating back to last season, and his victory Sunday at Las Vegas solidified his position as one of the favorites to win the series championship.

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kelly Sutton is reminded daily of the things that are supposed to be impossible.

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last nine races and finished second twice on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit dating back to last season, and his victory Sunday at Las Vegas solidified his position as one of the favorites to win the series championship.

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kelly Sutton is reminded daily of the things that are supposed to be impossible.

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings
HAMPTON, Ga. - Although last Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went against several college basketball conference championship games, it still was the most-watched sports show on television.

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings
HAMPTON, Ga. - Although last Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went against several college basketball conference championship games, it still was the most-watched sports show on television.

Coach uses life's lessons to motivate
When Delaware State takes on Duke tonight in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, no doubt someone will make a comparison about David taking on Goliath.

Coach uses life's lessons to motivate
When Delaware State takes on Duke tonight in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, no doubt someone will make a comparison about David taking on Goliath.

Kentucky defeats Eastern Kentucky
INDIANAPOLIS - They slowed Kentucky's fast break, shut down the Wildcats on the perimeter and even stole some of their state rival's fans.

Redick stands on top of ACC list
DURHAM, N.C. - J.J. Redick rarely turns down a shot, and this was no exception. In the final minute of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament final, the Duke guard found himself open from about 25 feet - well within his range.

Panthers pull off upset against Tide
CLEVELAND - Wisconsin-Milwaukee's players didn't madly chase each other around the floor or do anything extraordinary to celebrate the biggest win in school history.

Pacers ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

Panthers pull off upset against Tide
CLEVELAND - Wisconsin-Milwaukee's players didn't madly chase each other around the floor or do anything extraordinary to celebrate the biggest win in school history.

Pacers ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach
Before Ricky Stokes ever played on a pair of Final Four teams for Virginia, coach Terry Holland told him he was too small to play point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Kentucky defeats Eastern Kentucky
INDIANAPOLIS - They slowed Kentucky's fast break, shut down the Wildcats on the perimeter and even stole some of their state rival's fans.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach
Before Ricky Stokes ever played on a pair of Final Four teams for Virginia, coach Terry Holland told him he was too small to play point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Pierce    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ted Parks    (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)
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Mrs. Harriett F. Quick    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Motley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert H. Mayo    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Johnny Ray "Buddy" Brinson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lucas    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred C. Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Larry Thompson    (JEFFERSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry Maloyd, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Judith Ray Beckworth    (Augusta, GA)

Mrs. Mary Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Louis Ray Johnson    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy C. Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Robert Mack    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eice Helma Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie M. Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nell G. Davis    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles L. Cheatham    (SRS, E.I. Dupont Co. MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Felton Buxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Glaser "Ted" Burkhardt, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois B. Benson    (Augusta, GA)
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Mr. Judson "Bo" Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. William Robert Mack    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Arthur    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Dorothy Ann Harper    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorine Scott    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Alexander    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Infant Ti'Asiah LaCha Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" L. Johnson    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katie Jones Johnson    ( WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr.    (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Todd Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. David Taylor, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Virginia Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Walker    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dianich    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John C. Wheatley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Rudenia Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" L. Johnson    (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    ( CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mother Marie Hester    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Todd Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Walker (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" L. Johnson (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. John C. Wheatley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Alexander (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

Mother Marie Hester (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Mehl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lucas (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. William Dianich (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice L. Ballard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles L. Cheatham (SRS, E.I. Dupont Co. MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Burlese M. Beck (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Maloyd, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Lee Wells (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Jones Johnson ( WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Hailey Nichole Sheffield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Pierce (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Cain (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan B. Rachels (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller ( CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Judith Beckworth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mathis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Edith Arthur (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Hutto (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Louie Perry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Virginia Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorine Scott (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eice Helma Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Felton Buxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Carl Mertins, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Judson "Bo" Harden (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Glaser "Ted" Burkhardt, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rudenia Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Harriett F. Quick (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bruce L. Cox, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Miss Dorothy Ann Harper (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred C. Brock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell G. Davis (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ted Parks (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)

Infant Ti'Asiah LaCha Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Ray "Buddy" Brinson (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Glover (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Ray Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Will Brown (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Ruff (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Perry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert H. Mayo (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Jones (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Judith Ray Beckworth (Augusta, GA)

Mr. David Taylor, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois B. Benson (Augusta, GA)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie M. Hall (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Motley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Taylor (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr. (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. William Robert Mack (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Overtime

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier

Area announcements

Overtime

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier
Aiken resident Jim Henry once outscored NBA legend Oscar Robertson in a basketball game.

Overtime
In Columbia, redshirt freshman David Smith has been suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested on several charges in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's house, university officials said Wednesday.

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

Overtime
During a 2½-hour bargaining session in New York, the NHL gave the players' association two six-year proposals: one with a tie between league revenues and player costs and one without. So far, the union isn't interested in either.

Weather will cooperate for rowers
George Fry can breathe easy this week. After the cancellation of last week's regatta because of high winds, Saturday's 22nd annual Aiken-Augusta Invitational Regatta at Langley Pond is expected to go off without a hitch.

Overtime
In Columbia, redshirt freshman David Smith has been suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested on several charges in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's house, university officials said Wednesday.

Overtime
During a 2½-hour bargaining session in New York, the NHL gave the players' association two six-year proposals: one with a tie between league revenues and player costs and one without. So far, the union isn't interested in either.

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier
Aiken resident Jim Henry once outscored NBA legend Oscar Robertson in a basketball game.

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.

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star

Cardinal: 'Don't read and don't buy 'Da Vinci Code'
VATICAN CITY - If you're not among the millions who have already read "The Da Vinci Code," an Italian cardinal has a plea for you: Don't read it and don't buy it.

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star
At the 1993 International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville, I was interviewing rodeo and country music star Chris LeDoux in the media building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when a strange thing happened just above us on a mezzanine level.

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star
At the 1993 International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville, I was interviewing rodeo and country music star Chris LeDoux in the media building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when a strange thing happened just above us on a mezzanine level.

Taylor is adjusting to a new attitude

Some athletes find fame on screen

Author's trite tales spur sales, wealth

'Idol' contestant's exit has fans angry
NEW YORK - It's personal. That's what Mario Vazquez is insisting about his decision to drop out of Fox's American Idol talent search. Fans were buzzing Monday about why such a popular contender would forfeit Idol fame.

'Idol' contestant's exit has fans angry

'Idol' contestant's exit has fans angry
NEW YORK - It's personal. That's what Mario Vazquez is insisting about his decision to drop out of Fox's American Idol talent search. Fans were buzzing Monday about why such a popular contender would forfeit Idol fame.

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation

Galleries

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Lil' Kim convicted of perjury

People in the News

Man charged with plotting to kidnap Letterman's child

It's a good day to be Irish

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Georgia's guards ready to step up
DALLAS - Everyone knows how important Tasha Humphrey is to Georgia - her numerous postseason awards attest to what she has meant to the team - but it's the Lady Bulldogs' guards who might be the key to surviving in the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia's guards ready to step up
DALLAS - Everyone knows how important Tasha Humphrey is to Georgia - her numerous postseason awards attest to what she has meant to the team - but it's the Lady Bulldogs' guards who might be the key to surviving in the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia's guards ready to step up

Some athletes find fame on screen
On paper, the leap from athletic excellence to cinema stardom might not seem that far. After all, professional athletes are paid to perform, and, if we're being completely honest, movie stars don't need to be particularly talented to be famous.

Some athletes find fame on screen
On paper, the leap from athletic excellence to cinema stardom might not seem that far. After all, professional athletes are paid to perform, and, if we're being completely honest, movie stars don't need to be particularly talented to be famous.

Author's trite tales spur sales, wealth
Author Nicholas Sparks is a rice cake. He's a white room; a safe, sensible car; the literary equivalent of a Thomas Kinkade painting.

Author's trite tales spur sales, wealth
Author Nicholas Sparks is a rice cake. He's a white room; a safe, sensible car; the literary equivalent of a Thomas Kinkade painting.

Gamecock football player arrested
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Redshirt freshman David Smith was suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's home, school and police officials said Wednesday.

USC Aiken ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

Gamecock football player arrested

South Carolina to hold NIT second-round
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No matter the opponent, the NIT has decided to stay in South Carolina. Tournament officials told the Gamecocks on Thursday that it will host either Arizona State or UNLV at the Colonial Center in the second round Tuesday night.

South Carolina to hold NIT second-round

South Carolina to hold NIT second-round
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No matter the opponent, the NIT has decided to stay in South Carolina. Tournament officials told the Gamecocks on Thursday that it will host either Arizona State or UNLV at the Colonial Center in the second round Tuesday night.

Gamecock football player arrested
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Redshirt freshman David Smith was suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's home, school and police officials said Wednesday.

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