Applause calendar
KID'S KRYSTAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW: Santa and reindeer will arrive at 4 p.m., light show 6 p.m. today, Krystal River Water Park, 799 Industrial Park Drive, Evans; $1, free for children age 6 and younger; children ages 12 and younger receive hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting; 868-7235.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Men in Black II and Ice Age

Santa Claus is comin' to town
It's a battle as old as time - or at least Christmas. In one corner: cynicism, commercialism and corporate greed. In the other: Santa Claus.

Leftovers can make for tasty film fare

Strut offers more than just fried hog innards
Porky Pig certainly wouldn't appreciate what goes on at the Chitlin' Strut in Salley - but thousands of people do.

At the Movies: 'Solaris'

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Santa Claus is comin' to town

Standing ovations
High school marching bands will be strutting their holiday stuff at the annual Martinez Christmas parade from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the eastbound side of Washington Road, between Columbia Square and Davant Road. The event features 125 units, and the grand marshal is Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle. The parade is sponsored by the Merchants Association of Columbia County and benefits charities. Call Ruby Lane at 863-0785.

Applause calendar

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs

Ramblin Rhodes: Radio personality left a lot of friends laughing

Benefit concert will be esteemed conductor's last
This year's Empty Stocking Fund benefit concert will be the last for Alan Drake.

Mini-reviews

Concert calendar
A listing of upcoming concerts in the Augusta and surrounding areas.

Concert calendar

At the Movies: 'Solaris'
After three big hits, Steven Soderbergh is in danger of reverting to being a filmmaker churning out interesting, unusual movies that no one wants to see.

Benefit concert will be esteemed conductor's last

It's all in the details
Photographer Brian Neill looks for images that strike a balance; that blend the obvious with the unexpected; that take an unfamiliar approach to very familiar subject matter.

Standing ovations

Ramblin Rhodes: Radio personality left a lot of friends laughing
I walked out of Matt Stovall's wake at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Pleasant Home Road recently and said, "This was really fun."

Club calendar

Leftovers can make for tasty film fare
I know it's hard to believe, with refrigerators groaning under the collective weight of half-eaten turkey carcasses, cranberry

Press conference created cranberry scare of '59

Megan Breanna Gymer

Laurissa R. McKinnie

Carter Dean Corbitt

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

Caleb Luke Johnson

Kaley Ann Higgenbottom
Jason and Mary Higgenbot

Maycie Raye Rice

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

Brandon Woodward Bentley

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

Jaxson Levi Edwards

Caleb Luke Johnson
Jake and Brandie John

Jaxson Levi Edwards
Joseph and Ashley Edwards of Washi

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.

Khiree Ahmir Cummings

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.

Curtarious Tyreek Jennings

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.

Jonesea Zierre Green

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.

Brianna Nicole Rouse

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.

Brandon Woodward Bentley
Brian W. and Heather S. Be

William Evan Shaffer

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.

Jada Latisha Luke

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.

Micah Jalen Jackson

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.

Kaley Ann Higgenbottom

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

Shakendra Celine Garnett

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.

Grace Arend Richter

William Evan Shaffer
Michael and Nicol

Madison Elizabeth McDaniel

Emily Madison Underwood
We

Emily Madison Underwood

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.

Quenton Shaquille Brighthop

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.

Layla Rose Grundy

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.

Nathan Edward Koehler

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.

Justin Christopher McCaster

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

Serenity Makayla Daniel

Layla Rose Grundy
Kristoffer and Je

Moira Nicole Perdue

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.

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.

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.

Phillies increase offer to Glavine, both teams add option years

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

Shopping time is here
Despite its ominous sound, Black Friday is the biggest celebration of the year for stores and malls.

More people choose Internet over malls for holiday shopping
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Forget harried clerks and bustling mall parking lots on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Marsha Priester intends to boot up her computer and mouse click her way to bargains.

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge

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

Business briefs

Sears perks up with makeover, Lands' End debut

New-car incentives lower prices on used vehicles

Sears perks up with makeover, Lands' End debut
CHICAGO -- Donna Lucy strolled past a colorful display of Lands' End sweaters just inside Sears' main entrance and surveyed the other changes at a retail chain where she has shopped for years.

Traffic woos dealers west

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
DETROIT - All those dealer incentives to buy a new car are affecting the used-car market.

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.

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.

FDA sends Claritin over the counter

Business briefs

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.

Shopping time is here

Business briefs
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union agriculture ministers clinched a breakthrough Thursday to end months of dispute over the labeling of genetically modified food.

Consumer spending rebounds; jobless claims plunge

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

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.

Schools installing fan-proof posts for safety

Tennessee's bowl bid hinging on Saturday's game

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.

Notre Dame looks to solidify BCS berth with win over USC

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.

Could this be last Egg Bowl for Sherrill and Manning?

Miami needs to get past Syracuse next
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- About all Syracuse has left to play for this season is disrupting Miami's march to another national title.

Miami needs to get past Syracuse next

Augusta State stumbles at home

Elder huge in Jackets victory

Belated S.C. session

Don't block adult fare

Governor's barbecue

Keeping it going

Thanks for giving

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

A cut above the others
Matthew Gay and his family want to do more than sell Christmas trees from their Tobacco Road tree farm.

A cut above the others

Streaking Georgia Tech kicker could make the difference
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Tech kicker Luke Manget figured out a way to bring some intrigue to the extra point.

Jackets out to prevent a repeat
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush has not-so-fond memories of last year's Georgia game, and is determined this year will be different.

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.

Watkins and Glover winding down successful careers at Georgia Tech

Jackets' Clinkscale overcomes past

Streaking Georgia Tech kicker could make the difference

It takes two to watch meteors on a cold night

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

DiMarco, Goosen lead in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa - Retief Goosen and Chris DiMarco each shot 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the $4.06 million Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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.

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.

Woods wins record fifth Grand Slam

Golf poll ranks Jaguars No. 2

Gretchen Zoeller knows the game
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Fuzzy Zoeller doesn't know why you never hear about daughters of pro golfers following in their father's Foot Joys.

Gretchen Zoeller knows the game

DiMarco, Goosen lead in South Africa

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

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.

Powerhouse teams meet in Class A semifinals

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

Prep play of the week

Key matchups

Brentwood defies odds

Football schedule

Eagles have points to make

Hawks' life is Pain

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian

Georgia boys to watch

Glenn Hills has repeat in mind

Prep basketball scores

Independent Schools girls prep basketball capsules

Independent Schools boys prep basketball capsules

Thanksgiving Classic schedule

South Carolina girls prep basketball capsules

Georgia girls to watch

South Carolina boys prep basketball capsules

Georgia boys prep basketball capsules

Georgia girls prep basketball capsules

Butler reaches new heights in rebuilding year

Teams prepare for tournament

Patriots play the underdog
Nick McKenzie is used to playing the role of the underdog. He even likes it, he said.

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

Eagles have points to make
It's not that Brentwood wants revenge for last season. The Eagles just want to show Tiftarea Academy they know how to play.

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Gavin Williams rushed 17 times for 156 yards and the Red Devils shut out the high-scoring War Eagles for a spot in the Class A quarterfinals next week.

Key matchups
LAST WEEK: Ware County (8-3) beat Sandy Creek 42-17. Thomson (11-0) beat Troup 35-0.

Powerhouse teams meet in Class A semifinals
Blackville-Hilda's David Berry and Lake View's Jewell McLaurin are both familiar with the taste of ultimate glory in South Carolina Class A football.

Football schedule
Georgia and South Carolina playoff schedules.

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.

Hawks' life is Pain
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - It's dusk Monday in the House of Pain, and as the sky gets darker, the stadium's imperfections are bright.

Maple Leafs call up Ponikarovsky

Thrashers end losing streak
ATLANTA -- Patrik Stefan, Chris Herperger and Shawn McEachern each scored two goals as the Atlanta Thrashers ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs call up Ponikarovsky
TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs called up forward Alexei Ponikarovsky from the AHL on Thursday, a day after Toronto's Wade Belak was suspended by the NHL.

Thrashers end losing streak

Press conference created cranberry scare of '59
Now that most of you have finished off Thursday's feast, it might be time to recall a Thanksgiving when Americans were actually afraid to eat.

Investigator shot in leg
A Richmond County Sheriff's investigator was in good condition tonight after being shot while investigating an earlier incident at a boarding home.

Lynx make another deal
Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie called the team he inherited three weeks ago "a mess," and he clearly isn't afraid to do a little housecleaning.

Updates Augusta timetable, retiree benefits

How educated are candidates?

Is Bush's patriotism hypocritical?

Editorial off base on Georgia flag; bring on this history

Questions about new civic center

Liberals only care for themselves

Start recycling, Augusta

Health and fitness calendar

Capsules

In the know

On a wing and a prayer

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

CBS, NBC battle for November sweeps victory

Lynx lose early lead, game on road
JACKSON, Miss. - The Augusta Lynx blew a three-goal lead in the first period, then let Jackson break a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 loss Wednesday night.

Lynx road report
Today (Friday): vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, Columbus Civic Center, 7:05 p.m.

Subscriber of the day

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

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.

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.

Group goes school by school to push same-sex benefits

Mother wants to make Christmas special

Superintendent offers view on board, politics
Almost from the beginning of her eight-year term, state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko was a controversial figure in state government.

News you can use

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

Hospital looks toward growth at a new site

Holiday Meals
Organizations offering meals on Thanksgiving:

Holiday schedules

College students learn about cost of creativity

Coat giveaway

Hospital looks toward growth at a new site
University Hospital sifted through the numbers and discovered an obvious direction: Go west, to Columbia County.

Peekaboo

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.

Superintendent offers view on board, politics

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.

Grovetown parade

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.

Oxendine is eager to work with GOP

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.

Across the area

Camden County officials debate courthouse work

Both hunter, hunted receive protection at start of season

Across the Southeast
HIGH POINT, N.C. -North Carolina may have regained the title of the nation's No. 1 turkey producer by just a nose - or a beak.

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.

Mother wants to make Christmas special
A North Augusta woman wants to make the holidays a little brighter for her three children.

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.

Both hunter, hunted receive protection at start of season
Father Garrett Clanton, the rector of the All Saints Anglican Church in Aiken, says the holiday blessing.

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 Southeast

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.

Athens is safest city for walkers

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.

Across the area
Police were looking Thursday for three men who robbed a man at gunpoint outside an Augusta motel.

Subscriber of the day

Coat giveaway
Louise Bailey looks over some used coats at Savannah Place Park. On Thursday, nearly 300 people attended the annual Joan Blondell Conley Thanksgiving Day Meal and Coat Giveaway.

Teaching program pushes woman to try new path

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

News you can use

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

Grovetown parade
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for the 2002 Ole' Tyme Christmas parade scheduled to begin at noon Dec. 7, with William "Bill" Wood as grand marshal.

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.

Godfather's giveaway

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.

Official reviews 8-year tenure

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.

Officials disagree on school start day

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

Paralyzed man sues police officers

Holiday closings

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.

Mood lighting

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.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME NOV. 29, 1922 The Southern Railway system announced accelerated schedules for the Augusta Special between Augusta and New York, quickening the time southbound by one hour and 30 minutes, and northbound by one hour and 15 minutes.

Man has to serve most of sentence
A former assistant high school principal in Chatham County will have to serve at least 18 years of a 20-year sentence.

Local volunteers serve others
Just two weeks after his father died, Orice Toby sat down for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Salvation Army and seemingly had little to be thankful for.

Across Georgia
NEWNAN -A man arrested in connection with a Wal-Mart arson may be connected to earlier fires at a Target store and another Wal-Mart, police said.

State plans to cut funds to schools
The new year may not bring good news for Georgia's school systems.

Small-town police force sees growth with highway

Investigator shot in leg

Officials argue over new prison

Churches reach out with meals
AIKEN - According to pastor Jay Harding, compassion is more than just feeling somebody else's hurt.

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.

City prepares home for sale
District Attorney Danny Craig didn't want it as an office, and it almost became a parking lot. But Historic Augusta officials contend that the DeLaigle House on Greene Street is actually in better shape than some say - so much so that they're marketing it for sale.

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

College students learn about cost of creativity
SAVANNAH, Ga. - You won't find many starving artists in Savannah with so many local galleries, shops and cafes willing to sell student art.

Correction

Rants and raves
TO SOLVE the Martha Burk problem, the Augusta National, as part of its benevolence program and promotion of golf, should give Martha Burk and friends a gift of about a million dollars to establish their own local golf course for women members provided they name it the National Augusta Golf Sanctum (NAGS). Like the Augusta National, it would be open to play by the opposite gender.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Oxendine is eager to work with GOP
ATLANTA - Stymied for eight years by two Democratic governors and a Legislature controlled by Democrats, Georgia's Republican insurance commissioner is licking his lips over his suddenly brighter prospects.

South Carolina is third in highway fatalities
COLUMBIA - South Carolina is the third-deadliest state for drivers 65 and older, state highway officials say.

Local volunteers serve others

City prepares home for sale

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

Rants and raves
TO SOLVE the Martha Burk problem, the Augusta National, as part of its benevolence program and promotion of golf, should give Martha Burk and friends a gift of about a million dollars to establish their own local golf course for women members provided they name it the National Augusta Golf Sanctum (NAGS). Like the Augusta National, it would be open to play by the opposite gender.

Subscriber of the day
Yvonne Alford of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Workers uncover Augusta cannon

Today, do more than just count your blessings

Race still divides at polls

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

Program seeks holiday help

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -Fort Dorchester High School officials say they don't know why a ninth-grader severely beat a fellow student who remains hospitalized.

Across the area

School reading programs show impressive results

Peekaboo
Kelly Shearer, 9, and her brother Ryan, 3, of North Carolina, peek around a tree at Lake Olmstead Park.

Yellow Jackets understand importance of the rivalry
ATHENS, Ga. - The national hysteria over the inherent dangers of vandalizing goal posts should not be an issue at Sanford Stadium this afternoon.

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.

A riveting rivalry, even for Yankees
Yankees like me will never fully comprehend the magnitude of college football rivalries here in the Deep South.

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.

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.

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

French driver eyes NASCAR

Jordan says he'll retire after this season
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan said Thursday he will retire for the third and final time after this season and resume his role as partial owner of the Washington Wizards.

Jordan says he'll retire after this season

Hornets top Hawks

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.

WNBA's Miami Sol ceases operations

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

Elder huge in Jackets victory
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech got off to a good start in a big week against rival Georgia.

Fantasy Football: Late-season woes can wear on owners

Patriots top Lions

Falcons' Dunn helps single moms buy first home

Cowboys beat Redskins for 10th straight time

Vick making MVP run in his first year as starter

Pro picks

Panthers sticking with Peete

Mrs. Yvonne Badger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Mrs. Fannie Moore    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Dicks    (AIKEN, Sc)
Mr. George Cadle    (APPLETON, S.C.)
Mr. Edwin Gay    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Bobby Golden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vetta Thompson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Jerry Hester    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Saxon    (MILLEN, GA)
Mr. Clinton A. Freeman    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Rivers, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Brim    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Eddie Rawls    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. George W. Ramsey    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Vandegrift    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Lydia M. Polglase    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mrs. Norma Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Patterson    (MCCORMICK, SC.)
Miss Lena Best    (FAIRFAX, SC.)
Mr. Samuel Hobgood Sr.    (FARMVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Harrison Clifton, III    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Steve Newton    ( AUGUSTA, Ga)
Rev. Woodrow Givens    (GIRARD, Ga.)
SFC Benjamin Mitchell    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin P. Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew McCarthy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Artie Holland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Artie Holland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Golden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna W. Smith    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Terry Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Jasper Lewis    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marion Stevens    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Ms. Joann Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jim Vowell    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Harrison Clifton, III    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Watts    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Cobb    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Norma Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Julius Justus    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Badger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Kinsey    (DECATUR, 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.

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Wade A. Courtney    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. George Fuller Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Detroit Arrington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. C.H. Bolt    (NEW ELLENTON, SC.)
Mr. Elsworth Bickford    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. J. Terry Sellers    (Augusta, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Howard    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Tomlin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Holloway    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela Key    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. George Fuller, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Shondra F. Evans    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Graves    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Kendrick    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Dooley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga)
Mr. James Johnson    (WARRENVILLE, SC)
Mrs. Evelyn Davenport    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
William G. Jackson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Woodrow Montgomery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Claude L. Fuller
Charlie Robertson remembers Claude L. Fuller's devotion to his family.

Mrs. Pamela Key (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Dooley (LINCOLNTON, Ga)

Mrs. Norma Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. George W. Ramsey (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Badger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Kendrick (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Julius Justus (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Artie Holland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vester Simonton (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marion Stevens (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Newton ( AUGUSTA, Ga)

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

Mrs. Joyce Holloway (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Patterson (MCCORMICK, SC.)

Mrs. Vetta Thompson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Davenport (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Vandegrift (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Terry Sellers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton A. Freeman (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Rawls (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Claude L. Fuller

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Vester Simonton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. C.H. Bolt (NEW ELLENTON, SC.)

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

Mrs. Edna Graves (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Golden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Cobb (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Watts (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Shondra F. Evans (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Benjamin Mitchell

Mr. Harrison Clifton, III (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Detroit Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Artie Holland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Moore (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Benjamin P. Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna W. Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dicks (AIKEN, Sc)

Mr. J. Terry Sellers (Augusta, Ga.)

Mr. James Johnson (WARRENVILLE, SC)

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

Dr. Jasper Lewis (AUGUSTA, GA.)

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

Mr. Robert Howard (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Joann Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Woodrow Givens (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Saxon (MILLEN, GA)

Mr. Howard Allen (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Miss Lena Best (FAIRFAX, SC.)

Mr. Bill Tomlin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Brim (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew McCarthy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Wade A. Courtney (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Henry Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Governor's barbecue
"My wife would have loved to have dressed up. A lot of people would have loved to have dressed up. But we're in the midst of a budget crisis... I don't know that it's wholly appropriate to go out in black tie with folks smoking cigars and drinking martinis while there are some state workers worried about whether or not they're going to lose their jobs."

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

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

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.

Belated S.C. session
Give Comptroller General Jim Lander and Treasurer Grady Patterson credit for prompting Gov. Jim Hodges to finally call a special lame-duck session of the South Carolina General Assembly to deal with the state's $330 million shortfall in the current $5.6 billion budget.

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.

Editorial off base on Georgia flag; bring on this history
The Nov. 20 Augusta Chronicle editorial, "A new Georgia flag," is just plain wrong, just like your endorsement of Roy Barnes for governor. Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue's spokesman Dan McLagan must have trained under former President Bill Clinton. T.W. Highsmith, Evans, Ga.

Is Bush's patriotism hypocritical?
After reading Richard D. Renew's comments on President George W. Bush on Nov. 13 ("GI, wife lauded for defending freedom; president booed"), and his apparent dislike for Mr. Bush because of his service in the Texas Guard, I was just curious as to how Mr. Renew must have felt about the draft-dodging and war-protesting of former President Bill Clinton. C.M. Burke, Martinez, Ga.

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

How educated are candidates?
Regarding Kenny Jarrett's Nov. 13 letter, "Praises paper for informing electorate." He applauded The Chronicle's outstanding job of informing the electorate of the candidates running for mayor of Augusta. Laura Hall, Augusta

Don't block adult fare
We come down on the side of the First Amendment in the controversy over whether Congress can order public libraries to restrict Internet surfing, an issue the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up.

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

Overtime

France faces Russia in Davis Cup final

Modern pentathlon might be removed from Olympics

A riveting rivalry, even for Yankees

Overtime

Overtime
Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

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.

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.

Modern pentathlon might be removed from Olympics
MEXICO CITY -- The Olympics created modern pentathlon. Now the Olympics might kill it.

Chilly weather brings hot action to water
Anglers willing to brave icy winds are reaping the benefits of perfect water temperatures that have fish from Thurmond Lake to Fripp Island scrambling for anything that will move.

Chilly weather brings hot action to water

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.

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.

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

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

Georgia boys to watch
Here are profiles of Georgia boys 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.

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

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 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.

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

Thanksgiving Classic schedule
Schedule of the Eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy.

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.

Patriots top Lions
DETROIT -- The New England Patriots did a much better job overcoming their young quarterback's mediocre play than the Detroit Lions did.

Vick making MVP run in his first year as starter
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- At the start of the season, Michael Vick was like anyone else about to make his debut as a starting quarterback. The playbook was still a bit confusing. He wasn't quite sure what opposing defenses might throw at him.

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

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

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

Cowboys beat Redskins for 10th straight time
IRVING, Texas -- Steve Spurrier stirred up most of the Dallas Cowboys with a comment he made 10 months ago.

Yellow Jackets understand importance of the rivalry

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.

Army recruitment game can be fun
The Army wants you ... to play computer games. Hence, "America's Army: Operations," a shooter developed and distributed by the U.S. Army. This is a full-featured game, as pretty as anything on the market and, best of all, it's free.

Web sites for thrifty shoppers
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's a holiday tradition for many people: opening the newspaper over the Thanksgiving weekend to digest all the ads stuffed with bargains.

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.

After stroke, former UGA player strives to regain normal life

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.

Edwards family's feelings change

Hogs, Tigers hunting for shot at Georgia in championship game

Lady Bulldogs rout Georgia St.

Edwards family's feelings change
The billboard had been up for two days, but Robert Edwards Jr. knew nothing of it as he drove home to Tennille, Ga.

Jackets surprise Bulldogs

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.

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.

Georgia favored to beat Georgia Tech by sports writers and editors

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

Smith threatens Hearst's record

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

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.

South Carolina tops South Carolina State
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina got 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists from guard Chuck Eidson and the Gamecocks survived a determined run by South Carolina State in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 82-65 Friday night at the Carolina Center.

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.

Regular folks remove clothes to raise funds

Company to put cremated remains, messages on Moon

Odds and Ends

Nutty diet may help ward off diabetes, study says

Web sites for thrifty shoppers

Bush signs bill to improve computer security