Video watch
JUST OUT: Austin Powers in Goldmember and Lilo & Stitch

Ramblin Rhodes: Season promises to be special

Club calendar

Concert films can rock the house
Live rock music is a tricky business. On the concert stage, a skilled performer can send a crowd reeling with the simple flick of a finger across the neck of a guitar. But that mysterious alchemy is lost the moment the performance is taken out of the concert context in an attempt to preserve a musical moment. As powerful as they can be, a live album is never as stirring as the concert at which it was recorded, and the concert film, well, it's nothing like a live performance.

Applause calendar
SCROOGE! Musical 7 tonight-Sunday, also 3 p.m. Saturday, Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road; $5 to $10; 863-7002.

Play shows darker side of weddings
In playwright Alan Ball's eyes, there is no lubricant to communication like purple taffeta and a hoop skirt.

Concert calendar

Ramblin Rhodes: Season promises to be special
This should be an exciting holiday season, because I'll hear Brenda Lee sing Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree in person, and I'll get to walk through Bethlehem.

Mini reviews

At the movies: Far From Heaven
"Far From Heaven" easily would have been one of the year's best films, based solely on its exquisite cinematography and production design.

Concert films can rock the house

Yuletide treats
From parades to concerts, there's something for everyone

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

O'Charley's can satisfy every taste
O'Charley's restaurant is such a big, cheerful eatery (its awnings make it look kind of like a circus) that it's hard to leave the place in a bad mood.

The Boss delivers no-frills rock

Army takes their show on the road
Who better to spread the message of national pride and patriotism than the U.S. Army?

Yuletide treats

The Boss delivers no-frills rock
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't spend much time in Nebraska anymore.

At the movies: 'Analyze That'

At the movies: 'Analyze That'
There's a real sense of been there, analyzed that to Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Harold Ramis' second mobster-in-therapy comedy.

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'Empire'
"Empire" could be a book on tape: It's essentially an extended voiceover by John Leguizamo, punctuated periodically by spurts of gunfire.

O'Charley's can satisfy every taste

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 augustachronicle.com/movies.

At the movies: 'Empire'

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

At the movies: Far From Heaven

Teams shifting to variable pricing
NEW YORK -- At the box office as in the standings, not all teams are equal.

Teams shifting to variable pricing

The winter storm scam makes fools of us again

Braves spin their version of Glavine negotiations

Glavine agrees to deal with Mets

Braves spin their version of Glavine negotiations
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves turned to damage control Friday, saying they made every effort to re-sign Tom Glavine and insisting they will still have a championship-quality team in 2003.

Glavine agrees to deal with Mets
ATLANTA - One day after the Christmas tree was lit in New York City's Rockefeller Center, free agent pitcher Tom Glavine put a star on top by agreeing to a three-year, $35 million contract with the Mets with a fourth year option that could make the deal worth $42.5 million.

Facility in Savannah loses major convention

Facility in Savannah loses major convention
SAVANNAH, Ga. - One of the largest annual conventions for the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center has pulled out.

Stocks rise despite disappointing employment report

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy threat, retail sales
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated for a fifth straight day Thursday as investors dumped stocks on worries that disappointing retail sales and United Airlines' threat of bankruptcy would curtail corporate profits. The Dow Jones industrials slid more than 110 points.

Business briefs

Brokers oppose new law
ATLANTA - A law designed to protect low-income homeowners came under fire Thursday from a group of bankers who say minority borrowers have a tougher time getting loans because of it.

St. Joseph leader says move will not alter jobs, services
At the stroke of midnight Thursday, the parent company of St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta merged with another national Catholic health care company. The only real impact locally will be some debt relief, St. Joseph Chief Executive Officer Andrew Lasser said.

Military reviews technology
There's one hand-held computer that won't be on the shelves of the local electronics store in time for Christmas.

Company adds jobs at local call center
If you call BellSouth to report a service problem or order a DSL line, chances are you'll be speaking to someone in Augusta.

Business briefs
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp. is replacing its chairman and chief executive, Jack Greenberg, as it struggles to emerge from a deep, two-year slump.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 22.49 at 8,645.77. It finished the week down 2.8 percent, snapping its eight-week winning streak.

Military reviews technology

Stocks fall on UAL bankruptcy threat, retail sales

Stocks rise despite disappointing employment report
NEW YORK -- A shakeup of President Bush's economic team heartened investors Friday, pushing stocks mostly higher despite a discouraging employment report. Still, blue-chip stocks were poised to snap their eight-week winning streak.

Wall Street concerned it was fooled into another bear market rally

Gov.-elect discusses Georgia's economy
ATLANTA -- Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue, promising to create a culture of trust in state government, told area business leaders Friday he needs their help to get Georgia through challenging economic times.

Gov.-elect discusses Georgia's economy

Bush fires economic team
WASHINGTON - President Bush pushed Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and economic adviser Larry Lindsey from their jobs Friday in a Cabinet shake-up designed to control political damage from the ailing economy.

Wall Street concerned it was fooled into another bear market rally
NEW YORK -- After two months of spectacular gains followed by a week of sharp losses, Wall Street is suffering from a case of deja vu.

Clemson routs Winthrop
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 18 points as Clemson beat Winthrop 90-52 on Thursday night.

Clemson routs Winthrop

Georgia Military looks for repeat of national title
Bert Williams has his Georgia Military College Bulldogs playing for a second straight national title.

Franchione leaves Alabama for Texas A&M
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dennis Franchione, who coached Alabama the past two seasons, reached a deal Thursday to leave for Texas A&M.

Ohio State keeping an eye on Saturday's games

Georgia Military looks for repeat of national title

Bears pose a threat to an Eagle' repeat
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern defensive coordinator Rusty Russell compares Maine to the great Youngstown State football teams of the 1990s.

Former Air Force mom with Navy son roots for Army
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sharian Gardner served eight years in the Air Force. She has a son in Japan serving as a Navy corpsman with a Marine division, and another relative in the Coast Guard.

No. 1 Miami one victory away from Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State keeping an eye on Saturday's games
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State knows it is going to the Fiesta Bowl. Now the Buckeyes want to find out who they're playing.

Game of the week
THE STORYLINES: Georgia Southern plays host to the Black Bears in the second round of the Division I-AA playoffs.

Final games to determine BCS pairings
Notre Dame's biggest game of the season is Saturday - when Washington State plays UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

No. 1 Miami one victory away from Fiesta Bowl
MIAMI -- Each week, Brett Romberg and his linemates get together for food and fun. The destination sometimes varies, as do the dishes.

Tennessee accepts Peach Bowl matchup with Maryland
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee on Thursday accepted a New Year's Eve date in Atlanta against Maryland in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, making the most of a disappointing year.

Game of the week

Final games to determine BCS pairings

Bears pose a threat to an Eagle' repeat

Tennessee accepts Peach Bowl matchup with Maryland

Former Air Force mom with Navy son roots for Army

Franchione leaves Alabama for Texas A&M

Pioneer Bowl canceled after financial support drops out

Old rivalry, new outlook

A cancer

Huge stakes in S.C.

Saudis: Pick sides

Roone Arledge

Remember Pearl Harbor

Fox plans digital channel featuring extreme sports
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Fox Cable Networks Group is launching a digital cable and satellite sports channel next summer aimed at the younger set.

Keep holiday plants glowing
Flowering potted plants make welcome holiday gifts.

Broken wrist sidelines Georgia Southern's Faulk
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern sophomore guard Keny Faulk will be out two-to-three months after breaking a bone in his left wrist during the second half of Tuesday night's 74-62 win over Furman.

Broken wrist sidelines Georgia Southern's Faulk

Wilson leads Q-School
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Dean Wilson shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead Thursday after the second round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Augusta National no longer allows purchases at Gate 6
Golf fans accustomed to buying Masters Tournament merchandise throughout the year will have to wait until the spring to get their hands on items with the familiar yellow logo.

Steady play gives Furyk the lead
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jim Furyk had a boring round compared to Tiger Woods and Davis Love III, which was fine by him Thursday in the Target World Challenge.

Woods, Mickelson go in different directions
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Phil Mickelson thinks he might have made a mistake by playing so much golf during the offseason. Being paired with Tiger Woods only made it look worse Friday at the Target World Challenge.

Steady play gives Furyk the lead

Wilson leads Q-School

Playoff scores

Screven County to face Gainesville in Atlanta

Prep football playoff schedule

Byrnes claims crown

Gainesville plays spoiler role

Red Devils fall short in Class A

Red Devils face another tough test

Key matchups

Thomson beats Rome in overtime

Sophomore QB keeps Laney in contention

Lady Rebels surprise coach

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Key matchups
Here are key matchups of this weekend's prep football playoff games.

Byrnes claims crown
COLUMBIA - Justin Fulbright connected with Bradley Robinson on three touchdowns passes in the first half as Byrnes held off Conway for a 34-28 win in the Class AAAA Division II championship on Friday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Prep football playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of this weekend's playoff games.

Red Devils fall short in Class A
HOMERVILLE, Ga. - Lincoln County traveled to South Georgia with aspirations of making the state semifinals, and in the process toppling the No. 1-ranked team in the state.

Screven County to face Gainesville in Atlanta
SYLVANIA, Ga. - When teammates and students approached Tony Evans at school this week, they all said one thing.

Thomson beats Rome in overtime
ROME, Ga. - What a way to burst an upset bubble.

Sophomore QB keeps Laney in contention
Dominique Walker was told last spring he was going to be Laney's starting quarterback this season.

Gainesville plays spoiler role
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Four little letters have never meant so much to one team: D-O-M-E.

Carrollton's miscue benefits Wildcats
In the spirit of the holiday season, Laney couldn't have asked for a bigger gift.

Playoff scores
Scores from Friday's prep football games.

Red Devils face another tough test
For the second week in a row, Lincoln County will face an undefeated foe in the Class A playoffs.

Bruins spoil Dafoe's first start

Bruins spoil Dafoe's first start
BOSTON - Glen Murray scored his 16th goal of the season at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and spoil the return of goalie Byron Dafoe.

Forbes: Red Wings most valuable NHL franchise, Leafs most profitable

Forbes: Red Wings most valuable NHL franchise, Leafs most profitable
NEW YORK -- The Detroit Red Wings are the most valuable NHL franchise at $266 million, and the Toronto Maple Leafs the most profitable, according to Forbes magazine.

Lidstrom leads all Western Conference vote-getters in NHL all-star balloting

Lidstrom leads all Western Conference vote-getters in NHL all-star balloting
NEW YORK -- Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are in line to start for the Western Conference All-Star team in early voting announced Thursday.

Thrashers lose to Capitals in OT

Thrashers lose to Capitals in OT
WASHINGTON (AP)- Michael Nylander stepped up for the Washington Capitals - again.

The winter storm scam makes fools of us again
My theory? Winter storm scares are obviously conspiracies to sell bread and milk.

Body found in burned apartment
Authorities are trying to identify a body found inside a burned apartment Friday night.

Believes Ga. Republicans will disappoint

Muhammad Ali is the 'greatest'

Treated poorly by civic center staff

Alcohol plan unfair to bar owner

Urges forming black political party

Pay-raise cuts barely mentioned

Heartfelt 'thanks' for votes

Claims she's victim of racial profiling, harassment

Adults are the real craft-show problem

Don't build airport - fix the old one

Facts about doctor are not on columnist Goodman's side

Fox plans digital channel featuring extreme sports

New-look Lynx take ice
For a good week after David Wilkie became Augusta Lynx coach, trainer Brian Patafie told the joke over and over.

Lynx add another local minority owner
Loyal fans of the Augusta Lynx since the beginning, Angela and David Key are taking their love of hockey one step further.

Trade reunites former teammates
The Augusta Lynx dressing room was buzzing about the acquisition of high-scoring winger Andrew Williamson.

Trade reunites former teammates
The Augusta Lynx dressing room was buzzing about the acquisition of high-scoring winger Andrew Williamson.

Lynx add another local minority owner

Lynx GameWeekend
Today: vs. Pee Dee Pride, 7:35 p.m.

Trade reunites former teammates

Trade reunites former teammates

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carlenia Evans of Martinez.

Grant will fund Augusta's first charter school
The 30901 Development Corp. has announced plans for Augusta's first charter school.

Skinheads move concert
DRAKETOWN, Ga. - For three years, a white supremacist group called Hammerskin Nation has held its annual hate-rock music festival in this hilly, unassuming Northwest Georgia town.

Poll will pick tag designs

Weekend entertainment schedule

Democrats get corporate plan

Firefighters find body in home
The body of an Augusta man was found after a fire destroyed his duplex apartment Friday night.

Grant will fund Augusta's first charter school

Weekend entertainment schedule
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this weekend include:

Struggling mom hopes for smiles on Christmas

Across the area

Paramedics dispute salary study

Chilly dog?

Shelter values young helper

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Summer Wood.

Harlem kicks off holidays

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for Steve Sheppard, the county commissioner. I hope the county employees remember you during election time. Maybe you should be grateful for your job. Furthermore, if you didn't do so much wasteful spending, we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now!

Couple asks for holiday assistance
A Grovetown couple struggling to make ends meet wrote the Empty Stocking Fund for help this holiday season.

Man is charged in vehicle theft

Chilly dog?
As the steam rises, sidewalk hotdog vendor Pat McCraith prepares a chili dog on Broad Street. Mr. McCraith, originally from upstate New York, says he loves the cold weather.

Struggling mom hopes for smiles on Christmas
A 25-year-old single mother is struggling to balance work, school and raising two children on her own.

Crispness in the air
Corrina Watson and Todd Sundstrom try to keep warm on a Broad Street bench while they eat some potato chips. The pair came down from Aiken on Thursday to brave the cold weather while shopping for Christmas presents.

Man gets 5 years after plea deal
A fistfight between two young men that turned fatal because one brought a gun led to a short prison sentence Friday.

Stolen car is found in Florida
A vehicle stolen at gunpoint last month from an Augusta pizza deliveryman turned up Wednesday in Florida after a robbery suspect wrecked the car, authorities said.

Skinheads move concert

Family settles in girl's death
A settlement has been reached in a claim against the Columbia County school system in the 2001 death of a Martinez kindergartner.

Crispness in the air

Man is charged in vehicle theft
Some people just love a parade.

Regents want to attract blacks to Georgia colleges

Harlem kicks off holidays
Calyn Holdaway, of Pumpkin Center, was driving by city hall and decided to brave the cold and enjoy Harlem's tree-lighting ceremony with her 2-year-old son, Garrett.

Paramedics dispute salary study
Former Aiken County paramedic Shannon Sturgill said he just wanted to be compensated fairly for the job.

Edgefield throws gala for native's milestone day
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond wasn't at his hometown birthday bash Thursday, but his presence was felt through the lives he touched.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 7, 1952 Many prominent figures in health and religious circles will participate Wednesday in the dedication of Augusta's new Catholic hospital, the long and eagerly awaited St. Joseph's.

Vogtle keeps reactor offline
One of Plant Vogtle's two nuclear reactors remains offline this week after both units were shut down Nov. 24 because of abnormal levels of chemicals in water used to supply steam generators.

Relatives connect shooting to illness
Benny Bauknight might have been suffering from mental illness and depression the night he fired at Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Dan Carrier, relatives said.

Poll will pick tag designs
Life is about choices, and Georgia's Department of Natural Resources wants everyone's help deciding which animals to add to the Peach State's popular wildlife license plates.

Across the area
An Augusta man was held at the Richmond County jail without bond Friday, after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatened her with a box cutter

Judge's order cools court
After three days of sweating through trial in an 85-degree courtroom, Richmond County Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett decided to make city officials sweat a little.

Perdue pledges to help teachers
ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue, in his first two speeches Friday to special-interest groups since his upset election last month, pledged cooperation and an administration based on principles.

Democrats get corporate plan
ATLANTA - Facing minority status for the first time, Senate Democrats on Thursday rolled out a corporate structure they hope will help them focus their agenda and regain control of the chamber in two years.

Plant checks safety steps
Most of the 54,000 pounds of ground beef recalled last month by Shapiro Packing Co. in Augusta has been returned, and company officials say they are considering new safety procedures to battle E. coli bacteria.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
DUBLIN, Ga. -Two surgeons have temporarily suspended using a common weight-loss procedure known as gastric bypass surgery after two of their patients died from complications.

Tip leads police to stolen Mustang
Thanks to an anonymous tip, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department, recovered the stolen 2002 Ford Mustang convertible used in the Martinez Christmas Parade.

Sheriff says error stalled help
Aiken County dispatchers were involved in an attempted suicide call when they received a second call about a woman who collapsed in North Augusta, Sheriff Howard Sellers said Thursday.

Study aims to improve treatment for cancer
Persuading cancer cells to die by triggering a natural system to rid the body of cells past their prime has long been a goal of researchers.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are not sure what led an elderly Peachtree City man to walk in front of a tractor-trailer along Interstate 20.

Shelter values young helper
Matt Watson's best friend has fuzzy ears and a wet nose and could have been put to sleep weeks ago.

News you can use
DEC. 6, 1962 Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation's former First Lady, joined local Republican women at a reception Wednesday honoring Leroy H. Simkins Jr., the unsuccessful GOP candidate for county commissioner in the Nov. 6 general election.

Regents want to attract blacks to Georgia colleges
ATLANTA - The Board of Regents is launching a $200,000 study to find ways to bring more black men into Georgia's colleges and universities.

Relatives connect shooting to illness

Plant checks safety steps

Stolen car is found in Florida

Art group seeks way to repair old house

Judge's order cools court

Senator cancels lawsuit

Tip leads police to stolen Mustang

Couple asks for holiday assistance

Art group seeks way to repair old house
After 184 years, time is finally catching up with Ware's Folly. Workers have erected wooden braces across the front porticoes - porches supported by columns - of the downtown historic house built in 1818 by former Augusta Mayor and U.S. Sen. Nicholas Ware.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Study aims to improve treatment for cancer

Subscriber of the day

Man gets 5 years after plea deal

Edgefield throws gala for native's milestone day

Perdue pledges to help teachers

News you can use

Across the area

Colleagues celebrate Thurmond

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Across the Southeast

Colleagues celebrate Thurmond
WASHINGTON - The Senate is a family, former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said at Capitol Hill's 100th birthday celebration for Sen. Strom Thurmond, "and today the family assembles to honor its patriarch."

Senator cancels lawsuit
State Sen. Charles Walker voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit Friday contesting the results of the Nov. 5 election.

Across the Southeast
EATONTON, Ga. -Two women facing charges of child molestation along with Nuwaubian leader Malachi York and his wife have been released from jail on bond.

BCS fate is up for debate
If we've learned nothing else from the BCS experience, it's to expect the unexpected.

Bulldogs help reestablish Georgia's gridiron glory
ATLANTA - Traveling in Moscow recently, my wife purchased an amusing Russian children's world atlas, the kind where countries are splattered with colorful drawings that typify the region.

Munson breathes life into Bulldogs broadcasts
In those other 49 states, millions of college football fans will tune in to CBS for the Southeastern Conference championship game and be stuck listening to talking heads such as Craig Bolerjack while waiting with baited breath for the next sideline update from Jill Arrington.

NASCAR answered its three challenges in 2002
NEW YORK - Sheryl Crow and Third Eye Blind will perform during tonight's NASCAR awards ceremony.

NASCAR exceeds TV expectations

NASCAR exceeds TV expectations
NEW YORK -- The ratings for NASCAR's race broadcasts have exceeded the high expectations of the TV networks after the first two years of a six-year $2.8 billion deal.

Spotlight finds Zipadelli

NASCAR answered its three challenges in 2002

Spotlight finds Zipadelli
NEW YORK - Greg Zipadelli sniffed, then tried to clear his throat. When he thought no one would notice his discomfort, he did it again with emphasis.

Rahal tabs Brack to race in IRL
Bobby Rahal has chosen Kenny Brack to drive his team's first full-season entry in the Indy Racing League.

Robinson beats his former team

Robinson beats his former team
ATLANTA - Glenn Robinson scored 23 points in his first game against his old team, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-80 on Thursday night.

Belmont Abbey excels under ex-Jags coach
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Old rivalry, new outlook
USC Aiken and College of Charleston were once rivals as members of the NAIA's District 6.

Pioneer Bowl canceled after financial support drops out
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Division II Pioneer Bowl has been canceled because it lost investors and its promoter failed to meet two payment deadlines.

Running back eager to face old team again

Hall of Fame calls for QB's shoes

Starzz moving to San Antonio

Pro picks

Graham more comfortable with Panthers now

Mrs. Adele Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Samantha Jordan    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Earllene Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cordie Ramsey    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ada Pingrey    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Baker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Parks    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Robinson Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny McCullough Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Atkins    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Miss Sophia Matthews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Hardin    (CONYERS, Ga)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ellis Lee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. William Sharp Sr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Gladys Pearsall    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Mariney    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Owen Henry    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Timothy Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. L.B. Gilyard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Waller    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Maurkice Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Fox    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lula Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Seymore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Driver Sr.    (MILLEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Mixson    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Elmer Davenport    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Sophia Mathews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Raymond Dabbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Norma Comissiong    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mr. Terry Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Bussell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Dabbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Amelia Brown    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Ms. Mozell Dunn    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Sally Brightharp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bennie Bauknight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Brantley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Mabel Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. William Wansley
William Wansley made everyone he met smile - so much so that workers from the Wal-Mart in Thomson asked him to be their official "Wal-Mart Greeter."

Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Douglas Forrest
Playing the pipe organ and piano for churches and family members, along with nurturing less-fortunate children, were things Douglas Forrest did on a regular basis - and he enjoyed every bit of it.

Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Bostic    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Ms. Lula Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnny Randall    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Sharon Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Weeks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. James Bussell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Fox (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ada Pingrey (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond Dabbs (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Norma Comissiong (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Dunbar (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Timothy Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Robinson Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Douglas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sharon Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. L.B. Gilyard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Bowman (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amelia Brown (WADLEY, Ga.)

Miss Sophia Mathews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Douglas Forrest

Mr. Owen Henry (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Ms. Mozell Dunn ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Driver Sr. (MILLEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Miss Sophia Matthews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. William Wansley

Mr. William Sharp Sr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Earllene Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Bostic (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Jack Hardin (CONYERS, Ga)

Mrs. Thelma Seymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sally Brightharp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Ms. Gladys Pearsall (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgianna Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Mixson (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mabel Gaffney (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Ms. Lula Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lula Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Maurkice Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Mariney (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Waller (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Cordie Ramsey (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. William Weeks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny McCullough Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Parks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Davenport (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Bowman (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Correction
A paragraph in a Dec. 2 letter to the editor by Michael P. Deal was published incorrectly. The paragraph should have read:

Huge stakes in S.C.
South Carolinians would be well advised to divert their attention from the holiday season for several days as the General Assembly prepares to meet in Columbia Monday to deal with a whopping $348 million fiscal year deficit - which grows every day.

Facts about doctor are not on columnist Goodman's side
In her Oct. 23 column, "Religious profiling: Another term for 'litmus test'?", Ellen Goodman attacked Dr. David Hager personally rather than his ideas. Instead of addressing his belief that we are human persons from conception, deserving rights and protections granted to those outside the womb, she paints Dr. Hager as an extreme ideologue. Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

A cancer
Imagine being able to secretly steal one breath a day from others - methodically depriving them of oxygen, and killing them slowly over time without them even realizing it.

Correction
A paragraph in a Dec. 2 letter to the editor by Michael P. Deal was published incorrectly. The paragraph should have read:

Heartfelt 'thanks' for votes
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the voters of Columbia County District 4 who voted on Nov. 5. In spite of the bad weather, many of you faithfully cast your ballots for me in my bid for the Columbia County School Board. Andy Ezell, Martinez, Ga.

Treated poorly by civic center staff
My granddaughter and I saw the "Disney on Ice" show Nov. 24. It was exceptional, but my purpose here is to express my disappointment with the staff at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Jessie Walker Lees, Grovetown, Ga.

Roone Arledge
Most Americans may only be vaguely aware of Roone Arledge as a big shot TV executive somewhere. But in the world of TV news and sports Mr. Arledge, who died of cancer Thursday at age 71, was much more than a "big shot" - he was a giant.

Muhammad Ali is the 'greatest'
What is drama? For me, drama is the surreal and legendary Muhammad Ali, who visited Afghanistan on Nov. 17 as a U.N. messenger for peace. He has given me enough drama to last me for the rest of my life. E. Maner, Augusta

Saudis: Pick sides
The two faces of Saudi Arabia were on display this week as one high-level official came to the United States to promise a crackdown on terror funding while another influential adviser to the royal family told a Kuwaiti newspaper that "Zionists" - not Saudis or Muslims - were responsible for the 9-11 attacks.

Claims she's victim of racial profiling, harassment
Harassment and racial profiling of American citizens are two issues that all of us need to be concerned about. Tammra Nelson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Alcohol plan unfair to bar owner
In reference to the article in the Nov. 26 Chronicle, "City eyes downtown proposal," it appears to me that the city is changing the laws to suit the owners of the Augusta Common so that they can sell alcohol, but James Hoar cannot sell alcohol at his bar on Broad Street with the new yardage changes created to satisfy the Common's needs. Billy Cooper, North Augusta, S.C.

Adults are the real craft-show problem
I do not agree with recent letters about craft shows being no place for baby strollers. I attend the craft shows knowing the strollers will be everywhere. The strollers don't bother me. Beverly Moncus, Waynesboro, Ga.

Believes Ga. Republicans will disappoint
A Democrat-turned-Republican won the Georgia governor's race by appealing to rednecks about the state flag issue. And under the leadership of Ralph Reed, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, they were successful in demonizing other great Georgians such as U.S. Sen. Max Cleland. Anne Cook, Augusta

Don't build airport - fix the old one
For Pete's sake, don't go in debt for a multimillion-dollar airport improvement for the Augusta area. A "mid-field" terminal is not going to work miracles for anybody. Guy Taylor, Evans, Ga.

Pay-raise cuts barely mentioned
On Nov. 30, The Chronicle ran a one-paragraph item in the Daily Briefing on Page 2A. Appearing under "In other news," the item merely stated that, citing a state of emergency, President George W. Bush has slashed scheduled pay raises of most civilian federal employees. William N. Jackson, Evans, Ga.

Remember Pearl Harbor
Sixty-one years ago today, the United States - and the world - were changed

Urges forming black political party
The Republicans are on a roll and will be in control of the country and state come 2003. I give them a lot of credit for a great propaganda program. They are selling the same divisiveness to the poor and middle-class whites as the slave owners did 200 years ago. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Overtime

Munson breathes life into Bulldogs broadcasts

Aiken students choose schools

Mayweather not around to find out he's no longer star of his own card

Mayweather not around to find out he's no longer star of his own card
LAS VEGAS -- Much to the irritation of his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't show up at a press conference to promote his lightweight title fight Saturday night with Jose Luis Castillo.

Aiken students choose schools
Three Aiken High School seniors signed letters of intent Friday with NCAA Division I colleges, including a pole vaulter and two distance runners that are identical twins.

Overtime
John Olerud thinks his newest $15.4 million, two-year contract with his hometown Seattle Mariners will be his final baseball deal.

Overtime
The USC Aiken Lady Pacers remained in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the 14th straight week, but barely.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Fishing report
Georgia's Little River in the Raysville Marina area has been red-hot for hybrids and stripers, but caution is the key word for anglers who venture out.

Striper tubes to be used during tournament

Striper tubes to be used during tournament
MCCORMICK, S.C. - When more than 100 two-man teams from Pennsylvania and several southeastern states converge on Strom Thurmond Lake next week for the $50,000 National Striped Bass Association National Championship, the emphasis will be on weighing in and then releasing live fish.

Lady Rebels surprise coach
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton was pretty sure his team couldn't compete with Laney. His Lady Rebels were too young, too inexperienced to hang with the Lady Wildcats.

Prep basketball scores
These are prep basketball games from Friday night.

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

Vick back at practice after stomach virus
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick returned to practice for the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday after missing the previous day's workout because of a stomach virus.

Running back eager to face old team again
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When Warrick Dunn debuted against his former team, the results were disastrous.

Hall of Fame calls for QB's shoes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Michael Vick's shoes are headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Pro picks
The Oakland Raiders got some breaks in their win Monday night over the Jets - a muffed punt by New York and a ceremony honoring Tim Brown's 1,000th career catch that seemed to give them momentum to start the second half.

Graham more comfortable with Panthers now
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox gave Shayne Graham a vote of confidence Thursday, saying he's pleased with the second-year kicker despite two misses last Sunday against Cleveland.

Religion calendar
FOOD, CLOTHING, SHOE GIVEAWAY: Noon, today, Temple of Prayer and Deliverance Non-denominational Church.

Take a bough
Something would be missing from the holidays without the Singing Christmas Tree, said Deborah Partridge, one of a pair of Partridges who sing in Abilene Baptist Church's towering 35-foot tree.

Faith digest
Dr. Timothy Owings, pastor of First Baptist Church of Augusta, will autograph copies of his books, Drowning in Shallow Water and Hearing God in a Noisy World, at noon today at Borders Books and Music, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

Churches stage musical salutes to Christmas
The comfort of familiar melodies will give Christmas plays and concerts a nostalgic glow this season.

As demonstrated by Mary, trust can overcome fears
The Christmas story as told in Luke and Matthew leaves to our imagination the telling of Mary's long journey of faith, from fearing God's call to accepting it and believing his promises.

BCS fate is up for debate

Second DNA test prompts man's release from prison
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A man who served 16 years of a life sentence for rape was ordered released from prison Friday after two DNA tests showed he didn't commit the crime.

Bad weather forces delay of shuttle's return from space station for at least another day
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Bad weather at space shuttle Endeavour's landing site in Florida on Thursday delayed its homecoming for a second day in a row.

MRI gives hospital competitive edge
AIKEN - With the addition of Aiken Regional Medical Centers' first in-house MRI equipment, the hospital becomes a regional player in the internal diagnostics game.

So. Calif. air quality board votes to ban toxic dry cleaning chemical
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. -- Southern California air quality officials voted Friday to impose the nation's first ban of the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent because of health concerns.

Full-body scans often cause unnecessary anxiety, study says
CHICAGO -- Full-body CT scans - widely promoted in advertisements as a way to give yourself peace of mind - frequently find harmless abnormalities that lead to invasive, anxiety-producing follow-up tests, researchers say.

Hogs accept being underdogs
ATLANTA - They manhandled Alabama after former coach Pat Dye said they weren't man enough. They tore apart Kentucky after the Wildcats revealed their plans to tear down the goal posts.

Hogs accept being underdogs

Lady Bulldogs top UCLA
ATHENS, Ga. --- Kara Braxton scored a career-high 30 points to lead No. 14 Georgia to a 91-83 win over UCLA, which came within three points of Georgia with 30 seconds to play.

Arkansas quarterback poses threat
ATHENS, Ga. - When Arkansas took over at its 19-yard line with 34 seconds remaining in last week's showdown against Louisiana State, some might have wondered why quarterback Matt Jones was even in the game.

Q & A with Mark Richt
ATHENS, Ga. - Running back Musa Smith suggested earlier this week that Georgia coach Mark Richt has only gotten more relaxed as the stakes of this season have risen.

Q & A with Houston Nutt
How much vindication was beating LSU to win the SEC West after losing a shot at the title in other years?

Key matchups could alter game
Five matchups that could play a key role in today's Southeastern Conference Championship:

Key matchups could alter game

Georgia tries for first SEC title in 20 years
ATLANTA - It was bad enough that Georgia's annual Southeastern Conference title dreams were dashed annually by Florida and Tennessee.

Q & A with Mark Richt

Georgia has homefield edge in SEC championship
ATLANTA -- There's nothing neutral about the site of the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Miami holds the key

Bailey credits Dogs' defensive line

Arkansas quarterback poses threat

Miami holds the key
ATLANTA - Between meetings, chapel service and watching film, Georgia's coaches and players will probably have time to watch some of today's high-stakes meeting between Virginia Tech and top-ranked Miami.

Georgia tries for first SEC title in 20 years

Georgia has homefield edge in SEC championship

Bailey credits Dogs' defensive line
ATHENS, Ga. - Boss Bailey keeps telling the players up front he's going to treat them to dinner after the season.

Q & A with Houston Nutt

Georgetown tops South Carolina

Georgetown tops South Carolina
WASHINGTON -- Mike Sweetney scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Georgetown held South Carolina without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes in a 67-59 win over the Gamecocks Thursday.

Starzz moving to San Antonio
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Starzz are moving to San Antonio, the third WNBA franchise to either relocate or shut down this year.

So. Calif. air quality board votes to ban toxic dry cleaning chemical

Full-body scans often cause unnecessary anxiety, study says

Take a bough

Faith digest

Religion calendar

As demonstrated by Mary, trust can overcome fears