Thanks for the response!
I don't have any order clauses in the .htaccess file.
I just have a list of "deny from ***" clauses.
But as I said, I have tested it with my own IP and it works so, correct me if I'm wrong, but since most of your post addresses the htaccess file syntax, it doesn't provide further insight into the issue?
I've got a list of like 20 deny from clauses, and I've tried putting my ip at the top, at the bottom, and in the middle, and as soon as it is in there I get a forbidden page. As soon as i remove it, I can load the site.
So it appears to be working in top notch form.
Yet, webalizer still shows accesses from ips within that file.