'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.

McGwire refuses to answer steroids questions

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve

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.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings

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.

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.

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.

Four weeks are left to file returns

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.

Toys R Us agrees to be acquired

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.

Carpet plant to grow in Thomson

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.

Crude futures ease back after new high

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dedication can help businesses last

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.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004

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.

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.

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

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.

Kentucky defeats Eastern Kentucky

Panthers pull off upset against Tide

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach

Pacers ready to reload

Coach uses life's lessons to motivate

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
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.

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.

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.

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?

The stain on the game

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.

A just verdict

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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:

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing tournaments

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.

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

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
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

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?

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.

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
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.

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.

Tropical snow bush a hot item

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.

Grass type, roots can stunt green under trees

Grand-scale tricks enhance property

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?

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

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.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star

Georgia Tech looks to rekindle magic

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.

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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

SRS waste must be disposed of first

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.

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.

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

Commissioners just don't get it

Gay intolerance slithers into state

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

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

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.

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
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

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

Animal rescue effort must continue

Younger buyers can find quick cars at good prices

Fragrances provide added appeal, boost sales

Suzuki wagon puts style over details

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers

Living briefs

Equine history races on with Triple Crown

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather

Visitors can experience history with tour

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Dental students will head to Brazil

Kid of the Day

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.

Police arrest Florida sex offender

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.

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

Schools hold parent meetings

Milestones
The following area residents have graduated from their schools:

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

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):

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

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

Church's land sale is benefit to school

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

Playing heroes

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

This week

Mayor objects to pay raises

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

Teacher is hopeful for statewide honor

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.

Young horses prepare for debut

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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

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

Across the river

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

Man, woman admit to crimes

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

Things to do

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.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video

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.

Mayor calls for canal protection

Rants and Raves
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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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Design college settles into Atlanta campus

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.

Hunting, fishing bill to get vote

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.

Revelers enjoy St. Patrick's Day festivities

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

Officials: Florida man confessed to killing girl

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.

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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.

Aiken Sheriff's Office seeks grant money

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.

MCG students find placements

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Davidson student to make TV debut

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.

Pet of the week

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.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case

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.

Playing heroes

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.

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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.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide

News you can use
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Bill will increase officials' salaries

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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.

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

Chief appraiser taken off job

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students

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

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.

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.

Emergency hours may shrink

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.

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life

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

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

Historic spots get new life

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

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.

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.

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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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Reunions

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.

Student humors crowd with play

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.

Across Georgia

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

New water meters pay off for Aiken

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):

County government looks to expansion

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

School board will get internet access

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.

Ceremony recognizes language students

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

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

Restaurant ratings

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.

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
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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'

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

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'

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: '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.

Mini reviews

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

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

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard

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

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

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.

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

Cradle of punk music facing possible eviction

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.

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.

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.

Ditching the label of Southern rock

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson

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

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.

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.

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.

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Josephine Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ted Parks    (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)
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Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady Motley    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Ted Parks    (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)

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

Mrs. Carrie Lucas    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Pierce    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Larry Thompson    (JEFFERSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Harriett F. Quick    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Maloyd, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Ray "Buddy" Brinson    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy C. Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorine Scott    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eice Helma Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie M. Hall    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mother Marie Hester    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell G. Davis    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eice Helma Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles L. Cheatham    (SRS, E.I. Dupont Co. MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vera Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Felton Buxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Taylor, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois B. Benson    (Augusta, GA)
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Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Robert Mack    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Arthur    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Glaser "Ted" Burkhardt, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Judson "Bo" Harden    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dianich    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Glover    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Todd Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Virginia Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Walker    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella Will Brown    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rudenia Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Ray Johnson    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Judith Ray Beckworth    (Augusta, GA)
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Mrs. Judith Beckworth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Hailey Nichole Sheffield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorine Scott (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joseph Lee Wells (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Alexander (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mother Marie Hester (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lucas (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Katie Jones Johnson ( WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Pierce (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Todd Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Cain (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Mehl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mathis (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Dianich (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Virginia Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eice Helma Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Felton Buxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Rudenia Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Dorothy Ann Harper (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Louis Ray Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ella Will Brown (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eddie Ruff (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Robert Mack (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Annie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Ray Beckworth (Augusta, GA)

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

Mr. Ted Parks (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lois B. Benson (Augusta, GA)

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

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Motley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lil' Kim convicted of perjury

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Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation

Club calendar

It's a good day to be Irish

People in the News

Man charged with plotting to kidnap Letterman's child

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Galleries

Georgia's guards ready to step up

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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