Roger Cedeno arrested for DUI in Manatee County

Roger Cedeno arrested for DUI in Manatee County
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets outfielder Roger Cedeno was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in southwest Florida.

Laurissa R. McKinnie
Tammy McKinnie of Dearing announces the birth of a daughter, Laurissa R. McKinnie, Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Karen and Kenny Amis of Dearing and John Annis of Thomson.

Brianna Nicole Rouse

Shakendra Celine Garnett
Edmond and Melissa Garnett of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Shakendra Celine Garnett, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hawes and Ludell Garnett, all of Appling.

Jaxson Levi Edwards

Caleb Luke Johnson
Jake and Brandie John

Jonesea Zierre Green

William Evan Shaffer

Jada Latisha Luke

William Evan Shaffer
Michael and Nicol

Megan Breanna Gymer

Micah Jalen Jackson
Michael Jeroid and CoShendra A. Jackson, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Micah Jale

Shakendra Celine Garnett

Justin Christopher McCaster
Javen and Joyceland McCaster of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Justin Christopher McCaster, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ella M. Jones and Pamela Johnson, both of Augusta, and the late Jimmie Johnson.

Nathan Edward Koehler

Moira Nicole Perdue
Hal and Missy Perdue of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Moira Nicole Perdue, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cynthia Eidson and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Perdue, all of Appling.

Quenton Shaquille Brighthop

Layla Rose Grundy
Kristoffer and Je

Carter Dean Corbitt

Grace Arend Richter
Anthony and Melissa Richter of Martinez announce the birth of a

Khiree Ahmir Cummings

Carter Dean Corbitt
Scott and Peggy Corbitt of Thomson announce the birth of a son, Carter Dean Corbitt, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Edwards and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Corbitt, all of Thomson.

Moira Nicole Perdue

Kaley Ann Higgenbottom
Jason and Mary Higgenbot

Madison Elizabeth McDaniel

Curtarious Tyreek Jennings
Curtis Jennings and Jessica Sturgis, both of North Augusta

Emily Madison Underwood

Jada Latisha Luke
Keith L. Luke and Colette F. Hatcher, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Jada Latisha Luke, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John and Williette Garnett of Grovetown and John and Sulbia Luke of Appling.

Micah Jalen Jackson

Madison Elizabeth McDaniel
Ben and April McDaniel of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Elizabeth McDaniel, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Melcher of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy McDaniel of Augusta.

Curtarious Tyreek Jennings

Quenton Shaquille Brighthop
Brent and Rochelle Brighthop of Trenton, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Quenton Shaquille Brighthop, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Elease Smith and Bridges Mealing, both of Aiken.

Caleb Luke Johnson

Maycie Raye Rice
Michael and Vivian Rice of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Maycie Raye Rice, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Rice of North Augusta and Manolo and Nelly DeLeon of Catano, Puerto Rico.

Justin Christopher McCaster

Kaley Ann Higgenbottom

Laurissa R. McKinnie

Jonesea Zierre Green
John A. Green and Sheila L. Robinson,

Serenity Makayla Daniel

Jaxson Levi Edwards
Joseph and Ashley Edwards of Washi

Brandon Woodward Bentley

Brianna Nicole Rouse
Brian Rouse and Nikki Black, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Brianna Nicole Rouse, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Black and Mr. and Mrs. Alton Rouse, all of Augusta.

Layla Rose Grundy

Emily Madison Underwood
We

Maycie Raye Rice

Khiree Ahmir Cummings
Marlos Cummings and Purity Bey, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Khiree Ahmir Cummings, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Claude Bey of Windsor, Dyanna Bey and Mr. and Mrs. Rudell Cummings, all of Aiken.

Serenity Makayla Daniel
April Jane Daniel of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Serenity Makayla Daniel, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are David Daniel and Linda Daniel, both of Augusta.

Grace Arend Richter

Brandon Woodward Bentley
Brian W. and Heather S. Be

Megan Breanna Gymer
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Gymer Jr. of Nor

Nathan Edward Koehler
Warren and Tara Koehler of Evans announce the birth of a son, Nathan Edward Koehler, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo Tatarinchik of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Koehler of Athens, Ga.

Odds and Ends
MIDLAND, Mich. -- It's not easy being Santa Claus.

Company to put cremated remains, messages on Moon
MOSCOW --The Moon is open for business. A California company plans to fly the world's first private mission to the moon next year, delivering messages, business cards and cremated remains for a fee.

Regular folks remove clothes to raise funds
PORTLAND, Maine -- Forget the rummage sales and pancake breakfasts. For serious fund-raising, posing in the buff for calendars seems to be the ticket.

Phillies increase offer to Glavine, both teams add option years

Phillies increase offer to Glavine, both teams add option years
NEW YORK -- Philadelphia increased its offer to Tom Glavine by $3 million Wednesday, and the Phillies and New York Mets added option years for 2006.

Glavine sends out counterproposal
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine has raised the high-stakes bidding game to $44 million, and he's waiting to see if anyone meet his price.

Glavine's agent proposes $45 million, four-year deal
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine made his counterproposal on Tuesday, asking the Braves, Mets and Phillies to give him a $45 million, four-year contract.

Traffic woos dealers west

Deere takes over warehouse

Business briefs

New-car incentives lower prices on used vehicles
DETROIT - All those dealer incentives to buy a new car are affecting the used-car market.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Bank of America has announced it will close its drive-up location at 416 Seventh St. in late February.

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge

Trio of positive economic reports give stocks big boost
NEW YORK -- Wall Street barreled higher Wednesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 250 points, as investors celebrated a string of positive economic data. The rally brought the market's major indexes back to levels not seen since the summer.

Traffic woos dealers west
This year Lloyd Graybeal made his biggest business decision since 1973, when he opened a used-car lot downtown.

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge
WASHINGTON -- Consumers snapped out of a September funk and got into a buying mood last month, ratcheting up their spending by a solid 0.4 percent. It was the biggest increase in three months.

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge
WASHINGTON -- Consumers snapped out of a September funk and got into a buying mood last month, ratcheting up their spending by a solid 0.4 percent. It was the biggest increase in three months.

City added jobs in October
Metro Augusta added 3,000 new jobs in October, and its unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent, accodring to state labor officials.

FDA sends Claritin over the counter
WASHINGTON -- The government approved over-the-counter sales of the popular allergy remedy Claritin on Wednesday, a long-anticipated move that will save uninsured allergy sufferers money but prove more costly to those with prescription drug insurance plans.

New-car incentives lower prices on used vehicles

Economy grows at brisk 4 percent pace in third quarter

Experts say war may end worries

Business briefs
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Upscale toy retailer Zany Brainy plans to pull video games off the shelves in its 170 stores, saying the industry is focusing on adult themes too violent for the company's young customers.

FDA sends Claritin over the counter

Experts say war may end worries
Tension in Iraq appeared to be a big concern of many attending an investment workshop Tuesday, but a military strike could actually improve consumer confidence, financial advisers said.

Deere takes over warehouse
Walking through the John Deere warehouse in Horizon South Industrial Park, Columbia County Development Authority member Bobby Culpepper was almost awe-struck.

Economy grows at brisk 4 percent pace in third quarter
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, stuck in low gear in the spring, lurched ahead at a brisk 4 percent annual rate in the summer, a stronger performance than the government previously thought.

Bowden's seat a little bit cooler the past month
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden doesn't read the sports pages or listen sports radio. So he can't know how good Tiger fans and school officials feel after his team's revived play the past month.

Clemson sets up panel to study fans on field

Bowden's seat a little bit cooler the past month

Clemson sets up panel to study fans on field
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has created a task force to find a way to blend tradition and safety after two people, including an Anderson County reserve sheriff's deputy, were hurt when fans rushed the field following the Tigers' victory over South Carolina Saturday night.

Tennessee's bowl bid hinging on Saturday's game
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Whether Tennessee plays before or on New Year's Day could come down to the result of Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Tide thinking business first, then pleasure on Hawaii trip

Amato's team lands third straight Florida bowl

Schools installing fan-proof posts for safety

Schools installing fan-proof posts for safety
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The scene plays out at college stadiums nationwide - thousands of jubilant fans swarm the field and carry off the goal posts after a big win.

BCS says 14 teams still in running for BCS bowl spots
While two of the eight spots for Bowl Championship Series games are filled, there are still 14 teams under consideration for the remaining berths.

Notre Dame looks to solidify BCS berth with win over USC

NCAA clears Miami's Romberg of any wrongdoing
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The NCAA has cleared Miami center Brett Romberg of any wrongdoing stemming from a bet he made with a radio talk show host earlier this season.

Spurned Terps seek spot in Peach Bowl

Amato's team lands third straight Florida bowl
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State will play in its third straight postseason game in Florida in as many seasons under Chuck Amato, accepting a bid Tuesday to the Gator Bowl.

Could this be last Egg Bowl for Sherrill and Manning?
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Egg Bowl doesn't appear to offer much on the field. It's been more than a month since either Mississippi or Mississippi State won.

Spurned Terps seek spot in Peach Bowl
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No longer eligible to play in a BCS bowl and spurned Tuesday by the Gator Bowl committee, Maryland has turned its sights on garnering a Peach Bowl bid.

Notre Dame looks to solidify BCS berth with win over USC
Notre Dame-USC is important again.

Tide thinking business first, then pleasure on Hawaii trip
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Justin Smiley, a 300-pound guard, is worried about squeezing into an airplane seat for 11 hours. Jarret Johnson really wants to ride a horse on the beach.

Could this be last Egg Bowl for Sherrill and Manning?

Zook pays PR price for Florida's zipped lips

Tennessee's bowl bid hinging on Saturday's game

Zook pays PR price for Florida's zipped lips
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The jury is still out on Ron Zook as a football coach. As a public relations guy, however, the Florida coach still needs work.

Carson-Newman beat USC Aiken

Lady Jags win again

Paine secures victory

Augusta State stumbles at home

Veterans face possibility of missing Masters

Keeping it going

Monumental mistake

A red light?

Thanks for giving

Capsules
An analysis of more than 145,000 women who delivered infants at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital has found that diabetes before and during pregnancy can increase the risk of delivering a baby with birth defects.

CBS, NBC battle for November sweeps victory
LOS ANGELES -- NBC caught the ratings bouquet when Grace got hitched but was tussling with CBS over victory in the November sweeps.

At the Movies: 'Treasure Planet'
"Treasure Planet" offers a wealth of visual gems with its kaleidoscopic blend of computer and hand-drawn animation. But all that glitters on-screen is not gold.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures.

In the know
The Junior League of Augusta is selling tickets to win one of two playhouses, which can be viewed at Augusta Mall's lower level near Dillard's.

On a wing and a prayer
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked religious leaders from a variety of faiths to offer a few inspirational words for families this holiday season.

Zinfandel wine outshines rest at Thanksgiving
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A juicy turkey, savory stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes have long been staples of the Thanksgiving dinner table. And when it comes to wine, more Americans are making red Zinfandel another holiday tradition.

Small portions
If your turkey squeezes your side dishes and desserts out of the oven, consider a Hamilton Beach roaster oven. The 120-volt appliance is small enough to sit on the kitchen counter and large enough to cook a 23-pound turkey. It also can bake, steam and slow-cook. And at $115.50, it is more affordable than a second oven.

At the Movies: 'Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights'
After wowing critics - and alienating some of his fans - with the whimsical, ambitious "Punch-Drunk Love," Adam Sandler must feel that the world needs him to return to his grubby roots.

Montana's 'wine connoisseur' rule shows the oddity of wine laws
HELENA, Mont. -- To have his favorite wine shipped straight from a California winery, Gerard Lemieux wanted to make sure he did everything legally. The law, he knew, could be as twisted as an old grapevine.

Turn leftover turkey into a wonderful retro dish
What's Thanksgiving without leftovers? You can turn your bounty into a delicious Hot Turkey Salad.

Yellow Jackets' Suggs moves on from old memory
ATLANTA - A.J. Suggs doesn't particularly like to focus on the past. Especially when the subject concerns his playing days at Tennessee.

Gailey preparing for first matchup with in-state rival Georgia
ATLANTA -- During his eight seasons in the NFL, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey took part in a few rivalry games: Cowboys-Redskins. Steelers-Browns. Dolphins-Jets.

Watkins and Glover winding down successful careers at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Last spring, when Georgia Tech's Kerry Watkins was thinking about entering the NFL draft, he had the full support of teammate Will Glover.

Jackets' Clinkscale overcomes past
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's senior running back Gordon Clinkscale will sit down for Thanksgiving dinner today and go to town on some candied yams.

Yellow Jackets' Suggs moves on from old memory

Jackets' Clinkscale overcomes past

Gailey preparing for first matchup with in-state rival Georgia

Watkins and Glover winding down successful careers at Georgia Tech

It takes two to watch meteors on a cold night

The Tradition heads to Oregon for 2003

Woods wins record fifth Grand Slam

Woods takes lead, continues dominance at Grand Slam
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Masters and U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods shot a 6-under-par 66 Tuesday to take a three-stroke lead over Justin Leonard in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Tiger knows where Hootie stands

The Tradition heads to Oregon for 2003
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Tradition, one of senior golf's four major championships, will move from Arizona to Oregon next year.

Masters qualifications change

Golf poll ranks Jaguars No. 2

Woods takes lead, continues dominance at Grand Slam

Zoeller's daughter proves golf isn't just for the guys

Woods wins record fifth Grand Slam
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods continued his dominance at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, winning the tournament for the fifth straight time with a tournament-record 11-under 61 Wednesday.

Masters qualifications change
The Masters Tournament made sure the latest news from inside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club wasn't the least bit controversial.

The Donald does golf

The Donald does golf
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The leaders were about 20 minutes away from teeing off in the final round of the ADT Championship, and Donald Trump walked around as if he owned the place - which he does.

Tiger knows where Hootie stands
Tiger Woods kept saying he was sure Augusta National would have a female member by the next Masters, although he had not spoken to chairman Hootie Johnson.

Els, Garcia top an elite field at Nedbank
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Ernie Els wants to make a good year better.

Zoeller's daughter proves golf isn't just for the guys
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fuzzy Zoeller doesn't know why you never hear about daughters of pro golfers following in their father's Foot Joys.

Golf poll ranks Jaguars No. 2
Augusta State moved up to No. 2 in the latest Division I men's golf rankings, according to Golf World magazine.

Prep play of the week

Brentwood's success exceeds expectations

Brentwood defies odds

In mangled bus miles from anywhere, deaf football team survives and town rallies to its aid

South Carolina boys prep basketball capsules

Georgia boys to watch

Prep basketball scores

Glenn Hills has repeat in mind

Independent Schools boys prep basketball capsules

Georgia girls to watch

Teams prepare for tournament

Butler reaches new heights in rebuilding year

Georgia girls prep basketball capsules

Brentwood girls rebuild

Brentwood's success exceeds expectations

Prep basketball scores

South Carolina girls prep basketball capsules

Independent Schools girls prep basketball capsules

Georgia boys prep basketball capsules

Brentwood defies odds
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Brentwood's season might as well have ended after the fourth game.

In mangled bus miles from anywhere, deaf football team survives and town rallies to its aid
SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. -- As their bus barreled through the rain and fog of a late October morning, Tyler Thompson and his teammates settled in for a long trip across Kansas.

Prep play of the week
This week's prep play of the week winner is Thomson High School.

Brentwood's success exceeds expectations
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Brentwood's season might as well have ended after the fourth game.

General managers screening committee supports enforcement standard

General managers screening committee supports enforcement standard
NEW YORK -- A screening committee comprised of NHL general managers said referees are appropriately enforcing obstruction rules.

Montreal's skid ends in Atlanta

Montreal's skid ends in Atlanta
MONTREAL - Doug Gilmour, Jan Bulis and Saku Koivu scored to ruin Byron Dafoe's debut with Atlanta, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Thrashers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Questions about new civic center

Updates Augusta timetable, retiree benefits

Liberals only care for themselves

'Boondocks' keeps racism alive

Start recycling, Augusta

Show thanks through giving

Don't judge a book by its cover

Cheeks is in our corner

Zinfandel wine outshines rest at Thanksgiving

CBS, NBC battle for November sweeps victory

Capsules

In the know

On a wing and a prayer

At the Movies: 'Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights'

At the Movies: 'Treasure Planet'

Montana's 'wine connoisseur' rule shows the oddity of wine laws

Health and fitness calendar

Turn leftover turkey into a wonderful retro dish

Small portions

Cheering section

Cheering section
ANNETTE M. DROWLETTE/STAFFCheering sectionAbove, 10-year-olds Jaarme Jackson (left) and Justus Campbell, along with 10 other pupils from Jenkins White Elementary

Failure to produce sends veteran forward packing

Failure to produce sends veteran forward packing
Veteran forward Kevin Brown was supposed to be an offensive force for the Augusta Lynx. Instead, he was just an enigma.

Augusta loses in matinee
Little offense. Shaky defense. Inconsistent goaltending.

Five Questions with Doug Christiansen
Augusta Lynx forward/defenseman Doug Christiansen answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Augusta loses in matinee

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Newberry resident Chad Connelly said Wednesday that he plans to seek the Senate seat left vacant by Andre Bauer, who was elected lieutenant governor.

Rants and Raves
THERE IS ONE THING I would like to say to those who think it is wrong to be a Democrat: At least when we had a Democratic president, we weren't getting bombed and people were getting a job.

Correction

Group goes school by school to push same-sex benefits

Cases pile up for agency

Camden County officials debate courthouse work

Holiday Closings

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

News you can use
NOV. 27, 1942 Augusta enjoyed a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving Day yesterday.

Officials argue over new prison

Across Georgia

Small-town police force sees growth with highway

School board votes for calendar changes

Official reviews 8-year tenure

Godfather's giveaway

Teaching program pushes woman to try new path

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dr. Eleanor Hopson of Augusta.

Police seize hundreds of sedatives
Drug agents confiscated hundreds of Valium and Xanax pills from an Augusta home Tuesday and arrested four people, authorities said.

Holiday Meals
Organizations offering meals on Thanksgiving:

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Police arrested a man who tried to carry a handgun through Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday.

Officials disagree on school start day
COLUMBIA - South Carolina lawmakers are preparing to step back into a fight over who gets to decide when schools can start.

Paychecks OK'd; amount unknown
ST. MARYS, Ga. - A federal bankruptcy court judge has ruled that workers from Durango-Georgia Paper Co. will get their final paychecks, but it is unlikely they can expect to collect any money this week.

Program seeks holiday help
AIKEN - Without volunteers, many shut-ins would face the holidays in isolation and hunger.

Bob Young wins mayoral runoff

Mood lighting
Mayor Bob Young and Miss Augusta Judith Pannell (lower right) began the holiday season with the lighting of the Augusta Christmas tree Wednesday night. The tree is at the end of Eighth Street near the riverwalk.

Disease infects Aiken horses

Today, do more than just count your blessings
Thanks. It's a word most of us don't use nearly enough. Big and small, short-term and long-lasting, there are so many things to be thankful for. Most of us have far more blessings than we deserve.

Athens is safest city for walkers

'Dying wish' letter is a hoax
AIKEN - An urban legend in the form of a chain letter is back in circulation at local businesses.

Race still divides at polls
In his victory speech Tuesday night, a re-elected Mayor Bob Young spoke of fixing what is broken and divided in Augusta's city government, and of bringing the community together from east to west, from downtown to the southside.

Correction
Paine College basketball player Gus Griffin was incorrectly identified in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Paralyzed man sues police officers

Bomb squad shreds wrapped Bible
Never judge a bomb by its cover.

Program seeks holiday help

Athens is safest city for walkers
Georgia's safest city for pedestrians might be its busiest, according to a Washington, D.C., group's analysis of national highway fatality statistics.

Workers uncover Augusta cannon

Holiday Meals
Organizations offering meals on Thanksgiving:

Official reviews 8-year tenure
ATLANTA - She has a new Mustang convertible.

Lawyers play tape of 911 call
GASTONIA, N.C. - As prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against rape suspect Aaron LeBlanc, the last evidence jurors heard was the voice of the alleged victim speaking to a police dispatcher.

Cases pile up for agency
An Augusta mother whose three children were found at home alone was arrested Tuesday, part of local authorities' reaction to a growing trend.

Paralyzed man sues police officers
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Marshall Burns has spent the past year of his life learning how to live without the use of his arms or legs.

Owner of mile track sees win in ruling
AIKEN - The owner of McGhees' Mile Track said Tuesday that avoiding Aiken's historic designation was a significant victory, though objections to how he uses his land still loom.

Forecasts say El Nino will bring wet winter
Weather officials are confident about one prediction for Augusta this winter: The almighty El Nino, they say, will prevail over the area's persistent drought.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing more than $18,000 from her employer.

Group goes school by school to push same-sex benefits
ATHENS, Ga. - The Domestic Partnership Coalition of the University System of Georgia will focus its energies on individual campuses as it anticipates a long battle to persuade the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to formally consider extending benefits to same-sex partners.

Budget decision delayed by talks
Augusta commissioners were within one vote of approving a balanced budget Tuesday that would have frozen some unfilled jobs and cut a proposed property tax increase.

Teaching program pushes woman to try new path
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jannis Glover stands in her classroom doorway as bleary-eyed sixth-graders file by, say "Good morning, teacher" and take their seats - it looks like a typical early morning middle school scene.

Analysts predict slim Young victory
Mayor Bob Young was expected to secure a second term in office while holding a 21-vote lead over challenger Ed McIntyre in early election returns - although more than 5,000 absentee ballots were left to be counted.

Camden County officials debate courthouse work
WOODBINE, Ga. - A Camden County commissioner-elect is urging county officials to halt a courthouse renovation project and transfer most of those funds into the county's general budget.

Subscriber of the day

Officials argue over new prison
LEXINGTON, Ga. - Oglethorpe County commissioners won a minor victory in the feud with Sheriff Jason Lowe over construction of a new county jail, but hard feelings persist.

Across the area

School reading programs show impressive results
NAHUNTA, Ga. - A class of Brantley County High School students shoots hoops as part of their spelling lesson. Nearby, another class studies phonics by playing letter-sound bingo. Meanwhile, at Hoboken Elementary School, teacher Kathy Lee and paraprofessional Barbara Crews work with small groups of first-graders to decipher a storybook.

Owner of mile track sees win in ruling

Small-town police force sees growth with highway
PENDERGRASS, Ga. - For the time being, Rob Russell is a one-man police force in Pendergrass, a tiny Jackson County town northwest of Athens.

Budget decision delayed by talks

Across the area
A waiter at Romano's Macaroni Grill helped himself to a customer's credit card and used it to pay for meals, beer, clothing and a hotel stay, authorities said Wednesday.

News you can use

Bob Young wins mayoral runoff
Mayor Bob Young secured a second term in office by a 1,450-vote margin, narrowly defeating former Mayor Ed McIntyre in Tuesday's mayoral runoff election.

Mood lighting

Forecasts say El Nino will bring wet winter

Holiday closings

Police seize hundreds of sedatives

News you can use
BACK IN TIME Nov. 28, 1932 The central body of the Cracker political organization will meet at the courthouse tonight to settle the matter of endorsements for municipal offices.

School board votes for calendar changes
A public hearing on the zoning proposals for the Hereford Farm Road elementary school is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Brookwood Elementary School.

Jail conditions cause problems for counties
ATHENS, Ga. - Old jails in Georgia aren't just decrepit dungeons seeping mildew and breeding discontent among inmates and jailers - they're a county's biggest legal liability.

Lawyers play tape of 911 call

Men get jail time for drugs
Two men received hefty sentences Tuesday in a drug trafficking case in which their co-defendant skipped town in the middle of trial.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about those proposed pay raises for some high-ranking city employees: You gotta be kidding! No wonder a proposed property tax increase is also before our local commission. How about a modest 4 percent boost? Or how about using the consumer price index to calculate raises? Property owners have to eat too.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

Subscriber of the day

Band will ring in season for charity
The sounds of Christmas will kick off The Augusta Chronicle's 72nd annual Empty Stocking Fund campaign Sunday.

Officials disagree on school start day

Friend indicted in killing
A Hephzibah man has been indicted by the Richmond County grand jury on murder charges.

Race still divides at polls

Workers uncover Augusta cannon
Utility workers in Petoskey, Mich., weren't too impressed with the rusted iron cylinder they hoisted from a construction site six years ago.

Men get jail time for drugs

Godfather's giveaway
James Brown (center) and his wife Tomi Rae watch as Percy Griffin, lead singer of the Swanee Quintet, sings a traditional gospel song at Dyess Park. Mr. Brown, along with his staff and volunteers, gave away free turkeys Wednesday.

Across the area

Disease infects Aiken horses
AIKEN - The West Nile virus has hit Aiken County, and horses are among the first victims.

School reading programs show impressive results

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A former volunteer firefighter has been accused of stealing more than $11,000 from a fund affiliated with the Cherokee Springs Fire Department.

Today, do more than just count your blessings

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A high school math teacher has been arrested on charges of bludgeoning his wealthy father to death with a golf club 12 years ago, officials said.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Genevieve Williams of Hephzibah.

Analysts predict slim Young victory

Jackets' Hewitt raves over Bulldogs' guard
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt just gushes over the play of the point guard you will see on the court tonight when Georgia Tech plays host to 17th-ranked Georgia.

It takes two to watch meteors on a cold night
When the Leonid meteor storm cut loose in the middle of a recent night, I was ready and waiting.

French driver eyes NASCAR

NASCAR fans, drivers, journalists have many reasons to give thanks

NASCAR fans, drivers, journalists have many reasons to give thanks
ATLANTA - The only turkey Elliott Sadler hopes to see this Thanksgiving is a live one. And if he does, he plans to shoot it.

Jaguar fires three-time champion Lauda
LONDON -- Jaguar fired team director Niki Lauda on Tuesday, with a top executive saying the three-time Formula One champion lacked the ``technical depth'' to run the Ford-owned team.

French driver eyes NASCAR
ATLANTA - Alain Prost, the Frenchman who won four Formula One championships, is making a study of NASCAR racing on behalf of some possible European sponsors.

WNBA's Miami Sol ceases operations

Hornets top Hawks
NEW ORLEANS -- Baron Davis had 16 points and 11 assists as the New Orleans Hornets remained unbeaten at home with a 106-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Hornets top Hawks

Pistons look to snap Mavs' unbeaten streak

Pistons look to snap Mavs' unbeaten streak
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have more incentive than most teams to end the Dallas Mavericks' undefeated season.

Paine secures victory
Paine College assistant coach Hoover Johnson deserves some credit for the Lions' season-opening 90-79 win over Francis Marion on Tuesday night.

Lady Jags win again
Augusta State seniors Sabrina Jones and Arijana Sijercic combined for 41 points to help the Lady Jaguars defeat Southern Tech 76-64 on Tuesday at George A. Christenberry Field-house.

Augusta State stumbles at home
Two games into the season, Augusta State coach Gary Tuell is still trying to familiarize himself with his team.

Carson-Newman beat USC Aiken
AIKEN - USC Aiken's valiant comeback effort against one of the top teams in the nation fell just short Tuesday night as No. 10 Carson-Newman topped the Pacers 70-64 at The Courthouse.

Panthers sticking with Peete

Panthers knew rebuilding wasn't going to be easy

Pro picks

Fantasy Football: Late-season woes can wear on owners

Falcons' Dunn helps single moms buy first home

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Paschal    (RIVERSIDE, Calif.)
Mr. Samuel Hobgood Sr.    (FARMVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. William Hall    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Mr. Julius Justus    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Marcia Koth    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. George Fuller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Judy Dupree    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Barfield    (TWIN CITY, S.C.)
Ms. Alberta Demmons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Moore    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Davenport    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Kinsey    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Andre Davenport    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Edd Wiloughby
As a proud American, Edd Willoughby loved to tell stories about his experience at Pearl Harbor during World War II.

Mr. Bobby Golden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Elsworth Bickford    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Evelyn Davenport    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Badger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
SFC Benjamin Mitchell    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Adair    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Mitchell
Members of Southgate Baptist Church didn't have to worry about missing their Sunday church service - Benjamin Mitchell made sure they got the message.

Mr. Terry Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Detroit Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Montgomery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Winn Sr.    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Edd Willoughby    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Julius Justus    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Watts    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Lee    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Artie Holland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Stanley Wade Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jerry Hester    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Norma Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edwin Gay    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bobby Watts    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Claude L. Fuller
Charlie Robertson remembers Claude L. Fuller's devotion to his family.

Mr. Jim Vowell    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Sweat    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Dixie Parker    (PERRY, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Littles Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Graybill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harrison Clifton, III    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Vandegrift    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Mr. George Cadle    (APPLETON, S.C.)
Mrs. Vetta Thompson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Fuller    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. George Fuller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Yarbrough    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Winn Sr. (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Ms. Alberta Demmons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Davenport (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Vowell (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Watts (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Byrd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Elsworth Bickford (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Littles Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Cadle (APPLETON, S.C.)

Andre Davenport (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Vandegrift (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Davenport (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Moore (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Graybill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Tucker (HOPKINS, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Artie Holland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Julius Justus (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Claude L. Fuller

Featured obituary: Mr. Edd Wiloughby

Mr. Julius Justus (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Hester (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Vester Simonton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Gay (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George Fuller, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Stanley Wade Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myra Freeman (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. William Hall (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George Tucker (HOPKINS, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Golden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Judy Dupree (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vetta Thompson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. George Fuller, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Mitchell

Mrs. Marcia Koth (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Detroit Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Lee (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Sellers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Badger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Jackson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Edd Willoughby (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Medical malpractice: Crisis or misdiagnosis?
THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE insurance industry claims there is a "malpractice crisis" in Georgia and they have hoodwinked the doctors of this state into marching on the Capitol to tell their story.

Updates Augusta timetable, retiree benefits
My prediction concerning Augusta becoming another East St. Louis, Ill., needs updating. Previously, I stated it would be the year 2012; however, after our recent First Friday debacles, I think it could be as early as 2005. Ken Holmes, Augusta

'Boondocks' keeps racism alive
This is in regard to the Boondocks comic strip that ran in the Nov. 19 edition of The Augusta Chronicle. As a white individual, I find it completely racist that someone would insinuate that because Joshua Jackson is white, he will be cleared of his DUI charges. Todd Baldwin, Harlem, Ga.

Thanks for giving
Every American knows today is Thanksgiving. Yet how many know its official name?

Start recycling, Augusta
I am writing to encourage the citizens of the Central Savannah River Area to participate more actively in the local curbside recycling program. It is very sad to see so few recycling bins lining the streets on trash-collection days. Ann Chan, Augusta

Don't judge a book by its cover
Recently I did a commercial for the United Way. I have heard some people talking about a comment about me in the Rants & Raves section of The Augusta Chronicle. I would like to comment on that. Marquetta Howard, Augusta

Cheeks is in our corner
Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, is a man of loyalty, integrity, honesty and compassion. The battles he fights are those of his constituency - not of political special interest groups. Tom Moraetes, Augusta

Monumental mistake
Nowhere is the case for separation of church and state made more convincingly than under Iran's brutal theocracy. An academic there has been sentenced to death for merely questioning the ruling clergy's hard-line interpretation of Islam.

Keeping it going
Strange as it seems, it is often difficult to choose to move forward. The familiar status quo, and the comfortable past, can be awfully alluring.

A red light?
Will the election of Sonny Perdue as Georgia's governor turn out to be another red light for two four-lane projects that are vital to the future of Augusta's transportation economy?

Questions about new civic center
Instead of a "build it and they will come" philosophy, we need to ask some hard questions about building a new civic center. First of all, how much does it cost to bring top-notch popular entertainers to Augusta? What must ticket prices be to cover that cost, plus the cost of building and maintaining the new facility? Are there really enough people in the area willing to buy pricey tickets on more than just a once-in-a-while basis? I doubt it. Carol Jarrard, Augusta

Medical malpractice: Crisis or misdiagnosis?
THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE insurance industry claims there is a "malpractice crisis" in Georgia and they have hoodwinked the doctors of this state into marching on the Capitol to tell their story.

Show thanks through giving
During this season of Thanksgiving, your local Goodwill is grateful for your support. Community generosity becomes Goodwill's power to build lives, families and communities - one job at a time. On behalf of the thousands Goodwill has served since 1975, I thank you for giving. On behalf of the thousands remaining who need our help, I ask for your continued investment. James K. Stiff, Macon, Ga.

Liberals only care for themselves
Liberals in this country are a bunch of complainers and hypocrites caring for nothing except themselves. They say they believe in freedom of speech, but if you talk about something that doesn't fit their mandate, they complain. They say they believe in democracy and are the party of the people, but that is a lie. The majority of Americans can believe in one thing and support their president, but the liberals use falsehoods to deny him and slander him. Tim Monaco, North Augusta, S.C.

Overtime

Scott still holds records as he enters Hall of Fame

Overtime

Tyson has new joy for life approaching next fight

France faces Russia in Davis Cup final

Tyson has new joy for life approaching next fight
TUNICA, Miss. -- Mike Tyson said he's ready to get back in the ring, bringing with him a new joy for life and an understanding of past mistakes.

Overtime
Suzanne Jackson, a native of LaGrange, Ga., and one of the state's pioneers in women's golf, is among the 2003 inductees into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Overtime
College football One year is added to Holtz' contract South Carolina coach Lou Holtz had his $800,000-a-year contract extended one year, through 2007.

France faces Russia in Davis Cup final
PARIS -- France faces Russia in hopes of winning a second straight Davis Cup title for the first time since 1932.

Scott still holds records as he enters Hall of Fame
Steve Scott and Larry Young enter the National Track and Field Hall of Fame on Dec. 6 as representatives of events in serious trouble - one in the United States, the other in the Olympics.

Brentwood's success exceeds expectations
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Brentwood's season might as well have ended after the fourth game.

Independent Schools girls prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for Independent Schools girls prep basketball teams.

Teams prepare for tournament
Another father-son matchup involving Glenn Hills, and the appearance of two top-ranked South Carolina teams highlight the eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy this weekend.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Players to watch
Here are profiles of Independent Schools girls prep basketball players to watch this season.

Brentwood girls rebuild
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Only one word is on the minds of Brentwood's girls basketball players: repeat.

Georgia girls prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for Georgia girls prep basketball teams.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Georgia girls to watch
Here are profiles of Georgia girls prep basketball players to watch this season.

Butler reaches new heights in rebuilding year
Butler boys basketball coach Rob Johnson knew this problem was on the horizon.

Georgia boys to watch
Here are profiles of Georgia boys prep basketball players to watch this season.

Glenn Hills has repeat in mind
Glenn Hills had a 31-2 record and won its first state basketball championship last season. The Lady Spartans return two of the top players in the state this season, so the question posed last week to coach Bernard Bowman was fairly obvious.

South Carolina girls prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for South Carolina girls prep basketball teams.

Independent Schools boys prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for Independent Schools boys prep basketball teams.

South Carolina boys prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for South Carolina boys prep basketball teams.

Georgia boys prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for Georgia boys prep basketball teams.

Panthers knew rebuilding wasn't going to be easy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The year started with such promise for the dismal Carolina Panthers. They had a fiery new coach who promised to end both the losing and the string of embarrassing off-field problems.

Pro picks
If the New England-Detroit game Thursday goes into overtime, Marty Mornhinweg has one major burden off his back:

Fantasy Football: Late-season woes can wear on owners
This has to be one of my favorite days of the year.

Panthers sticking with Peete
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rodney Peete will remain Carolina's starting quarterback, a sign the Panthers may have given up on Chris Weinke.

Falcons' Dunn helps single moms buy first home
ATLANTA -- Warrick Dunn's mother was never able to buy her own home.

Jackets' Hewitt raves over Bulldogs' guard

Nutty diet may help ward off diabetes, study says
CHICAGO -- Eating lots of nuts or peanut butter may help ward off diabetes, a study of more than 83,000 nurses suggests.

Bush signs bill to improve computer security
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday signed a bill authorizing $900 million in grants to spur federal agencies, industry and universities to devote more energy to cyber security research.

'Splinter Cell' may be the best Xbox game yet
If you love spies, covert operations and exciting military tales, you know the name Tom Clancy. His books have sold millions of copies around the world.

Bulldogs stay in the present
ATHENS, Ga. - If there was any remaining doubt that Georgia is concentrating fully on Saturday's regular-season finale against Georgia Tech, Mark Richt all but eliminated it Tuesday.

Georgia teams ready for game
ATHENS, Ga. - For Jarvis Hayes, games don't get any bigger than tonight's at Georgia Tech.

Jackets surprise Bulldogs
ATLANTA - A second-half bout with cramps wasn't going to stop B.J. Elder, and neither was No. 17 Georgia.

Georgia teams ready for game

After stroke, former UGA player strives to regain normal life
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Jacobs should be on the field. He should be sacking quarterbacks, making tackles, getting hit and returning the favor. He should be right in the middle of Georgia's best season in 20 years.

Former UGA star now faces battle bigger than football
THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Football has become much more than a game for former Georgia running back Alphonso Ellis, who is fighting colon cancer. The game he played as a child gave him the toughness he needs to survive.

Georgia favored to beat Georgia Tech by sports writers and editors
Georgia is favored by 12 of 13 state newspaper sports editors and college football writers heading into Saturday's game with Georgia Tech. The average score from the predictions: Georgia 28, Georgia Tech 19.

Hoopsters like playing week of big football game
ATLANTA -- Call this the preliminary in the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry.

Lady Bulldogs rout Georgia St.

Jackets surprise Bulldogs

After stroke, former UGA player strives to regain normal life

Bulldogs stay in the present

Hogs, Tigers hunting for shot at Georgia in championship game

Another rivalry game for Bulldogs

Hogs, Tigers hunting for shot at Georgia in championship game
ATLANTA -- Defending champion LSU and streaking Arkansas hold their regular season finale Friday, with the winner getting a shot at No. 5 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Dec. 7.

Former UGA star now faces battle bigger than football

Smith threatens Hearst's record
ATHENS, Ga. - Back in August, Musa Smith said all the right things when asked about his health.

Hoopsters like playing week of big football game

Georgia favored to beat Georgia Tech by sports writers and editors

Lady Bulldogs rout Georgia St.
ATLANTA -- Kara Braxton scored 20 points and freshman Tina Taylor added 11 as No. 8 Georgia beat Georgia State 89-50 Wednesday night.

Smith threatens Hearst's record

Another rivalry game for Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Another week, another big rivalry for the Georgia Bulldogs.

South Carolina extends Holtz's contract

South Carolina extends Holtz's contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Even with a losing season, South Carolina administrators haven't lost confidence in football coach Lou Holtz.

Veterans face possibility of missing Masters
It's hard to imagine a Masters Tournament without Tom Lehman, Paul Azinger, Mark Calcavecchia, Jesper Parnevik and Greg Norman, but it could happen.

WNBA's Miami Sol ceases operations
MIAMI -- The Miami Sol folded Wednesday after three seasons in the WNBA, citing the inability to raise enough revenue to meet the league's new restructuring agreement.

Company to put cremated remains, messages on Moon

Odds and Ends

Regular folks remove clothes to raise funds

Nutty diet may help ward off diabetes, study says

'Splinter Cell' may be the best Xbox game yet

Bush signs bill to improve computer security