Teams shifting to variable pricing

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

Braves spin their version of Glavine negotiations

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.

Business briefs
Many Americans step up their contributions to religious institutions or charitable groups around the holidays, and most give cash.

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.

Coming onboard
Some people just can't help being joiners.

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.

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.

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.

On the move

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Fort Gordon

Understanding methods of theft can deter losses

Understanding methods of theft can deter losses
You would not believe how often I hear from business owners who have been robbed by their office manager or bookkeeper.

Coming onboard

Trying to drive home the deal
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When Gov. Roy Barnes announced weeks before standing for re-election that DaimlerChrysler had picked Georgia for a $750 million van plant, his Republican rival responded with a mocking retort.

On the move
Georgia Bank & Trust Co. announced Pierce Blanchard, executive vice president, has been elected to its board of directors. Mr. Blanchard began his banking career in 1963 with First National Bank of Augusta.

Gov.-elect discusses Georgia's economy

Business calendar
Monday: Not Just Coffee, update on Columbia County road construction; speakers Kevin Lear and Ronnie Hutto; free, but donation for seniors at Columbia County's Congregate Care accepted; Evans Government Center Auditorium; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; call 651-0018.

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.

Stocks rise despite disappointing employment report

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.

Facility in Savannah loses major convention

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.

Pocket change

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.

Business calendar

Trying to drive home the deal

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.

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

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

Georgia Military looks for repeat of national title

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.

Game of the week

No. 1 Miami one victory away from Fiesta Bowl

Bears pose a threat to an Eagle' repeat

Old rivalry, new outlook

Pioneer Bowl canceled after financial support drops out

Charleston routs USC Aiken 91-59

Phony crusade

Roone Arledge

Remember Pearl Harbor

A cancer

Easing S.C. worries

Embracing the space
Gary and Chris McElmurray knew what they wanted when they decided to build their home two years ago.

Bar-stockers should stick to the basics on booze list
What are you drinking? It's a question that has been known to give even the most stout-hearted host a case of the quavers. Can said host come up with the required components for a guest's cocktail of choice?

Home front
You've got the Christmas tree up, now what?

In the know
Jif is looking for a few creatively culinary kids.

Shaped for taste
Drinking wine is considered an art in some circles - albeit a sniffing, swirling, spitting kind of art.

Arts calendar
SCROOGE! Musical 7 tonight, Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road; $5 to $10; 863-7002.

The national anthem requires attention
Dear Carson: Since Sept. 11, it seems that the public at large, though not everyone, has become more patriotic. However, my wife and I recently attended a sports event. When the national anthem was sung, there were people in the audience who continued laughing and talking among themselves. Would you address the topic of etiquette when The Star Spangled Banner is sung? Thanks. - Patriotism in Public

Eagles advance to semifinals
STATESBORO, Ga. - Earlier in the season, Georgia Southern might have lost a game like Saturday's Division I-AA quarterfinal clash with Maine.

Marist succumbs to Georgia Tech
NEW YORK - Ed Nelson scored 14 points, and freshman Chris Bosh had 12 points and 11 rebounds as Georgia Tech took advantage of it size for a 67-53 victory over Marist on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Eagles advance to semifinals

Web sites back National
Ron Pontiff and Todd Manzi have been to the Masters Tournament a grand total of one time between them.

Web sites back National

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Padraig Harrington stole the script and the show from Tiger Woods 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.

Thomson beats Rome in overtime

Red Devils fall short in Class A

Screven County to face Gainesville in Atlanta

Byrnes claims crown

Gainesville plays spoiler role

Playoff scores

Lady Luck is wearing red

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

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

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.

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.

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

Playoff scores
Scores from Friday's prep football games.

Lady Luck is wearing red
If luck is a prerequisite for winning a state championship, Screven County might want to start ordering its rings.

Bearcats win Big 16 title
COLUMBIA - Rock Hill's Michael Graham ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns and the Bearcat defense smothered Irmo 19-0 for the Class AAAA Division I championship Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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

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.

Thrashers lose to Capitals in OT

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

Yawning indicates healthy psyche
It's a question as old as warm rooms and cold days.

Regency Mall good location for arena

Muhammad Ali is the 'greatest'

Renovate existing civic center

TV news reporting is biased

Alcohol plan unfair to bar owner

'Mistake' editorial on the mark

Believes Ga. Republicans will disappoint

Pay-raise cuts barely mentioned

Local 'injustice' system

Bar-stockers should stick to the basics on booze list

The national anthem requires attention

Shaped for taste

Embracing the space

Arts calendar

Slapshots

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

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.

Holly's goal lifts Lynx

ECHL notebook
Delta blues legend Lazy Lester probably wasn't thinking about hockey back in the 1950s when he wrote the song I'm a Lover, not a Fighter.

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

Slapshots
Arkansas Riverblades forward Buddy Smith tallied five goals and five assists in his past five games. He entered Saturday tied for the ECHL lead in scoring with 36 points on 15 goals and 21 assists.

Holly's goal lifts Lynx
It was billed as Opening Night II, with a slew of new faces on the ice for the Augusta Lynx.

ECHL notebook

Trade reunites former teammates

Nursing home manager questions review results

Towers offer maze of activities aimed at inquisitive youths
Like so many of his peers, Hunter Sapp says playing video games makes him a happy camper.

Art group seeks way to repair old house

News you can use

Perdue pledges to help teachers

Perdue faces tough transition

Across the area
A Hephzibah teen told police Saturday that he was robbed at gunpoint and held captive Friday at a house on Travis Pines Road.

Festivals struggle to survive

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

Couple tries to get life on track for children

Regents want to attract blacks to Georgia colleges

Across Georgia

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

Across the area

County awaits college branch
The land is there, and so is the design money.

News you can use
DEC. 8, 1942 Harvey Murrell, 25, a Camp Gordon soldier, was carried to the post hospital last night with a hip full of buckshot after an altercation with W.C. James of Greene Street. Mr. James told police the soldier had made improper advances to his wife.

Nursing home manager questions review results
AIKEN - The results of nursing home reviews made public recently puzzle the man who oversees the home that received the most citations in Aiken County.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Thomas Gamblin.

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.

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Utility repair crews made more progress Saturday at restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers blacked out by a major ice storm, as National Guard troops searched for people who needed help.

Holiday events
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this weekend include:

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -A 1922 graduate of Marietta High School has left the school system $250,000.

Across the Southeast

Subscriber of the day

Senator cancels lawsuit

Perdue faces tough transition
ATLANTA - Bill Stephens couldn't help but feel a sense of deja vu one day last month when he and Hank Huckaby pulled up to the Georgia-Pacific building in downtown Atlanta.

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

Across South Carolina
ST. GEORGE -A North Charleston man charged in the deaths of two off-duty officers has been indicted on additional charges of reckless homicide.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man is cleared of rape charge
A Richmond County man has been found not guilty in the rape of a Hephzibah woman.

Grant will fund Augusta's first charter school

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Towers offer maze of activities aimed at inquisitive youths

Tip leads police to stolen Mustang

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!

Weekend entertainment schedule

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

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.

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.

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.

Shelter values young helper

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.

Museum offers Christmas tales
About 100 children got the best of both worlds Saturday morning - a visit to a museum and a visit from Santa Claus.

Audit shows Walker links
A common thread ties Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s employees, contractors, board appointees and money directly or indirectly to one person - its vice chairman, state Sen. Charles Walker.

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

Skinheads move concert

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.

Across the area

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.

Plant checks safety steps

Audit shows Walker links

Subscriber of the day

Across the southeast

News you can use

Couple tries to get life on track for children
A Hephzibah couple who recently lost their jobs want to make Christmas a little brighter for their four children.

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

Man gets 5 years after plea deal

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.

Correction
The name published with a photograph of Mrs. Julia Weeks Kay in the "I Do" feature on the Your Life front in today's editions of The Augusta Chronicle is incorrect.

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.

Struggling mom hopes for smiles on Christmas

Study aims to improve treatment for cancer

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.

Relatives connect shooting to illness

Paramedics dispute salary study

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.

Win sends Bulldogs to Sugar Bowl
ATLANTA - Two decades of waiting, two decades of frustration, two decades of what seemed like yearly trips to the Peach Bowl finally ended for Georgia on Saturday.

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.

Festivals struggle to survive
AIKEN - Sometimes it's not enough just to sell pig intestines.

Correction

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.

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.

Big plays make champions
What's in a number? Twelve wins. One loss. Twenty years bridged. Zero doubt that the Georgia Bulldogs are the best the Southeastern Conference has to offer 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.

Spotlight finds Zipadelli

Atlanta holds off surging Detroit
ATLANTA -- Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim took turns dominating, and the result was another victory for the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta holds off surging Detroit

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

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.

Charleston routs USC Aiken 91-59
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Zeke Johnson poured in a career-high 25 points, and teammate Troy Wheless added 18 as the College of Charleston routed USC Aiken 91-59 at John Kresse Arena on Saturday.

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

Hall of Fame calls for QB's shoes

Rev. Douglas Forrest    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Freeman    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Hardin    (CONYERS, Ga)
Mr. Joe Baker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Earllene Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mabel Gaffney    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Ms. Lula Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. William Sharp Sr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verdy Blackwell    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Miss Carrie Adkinson    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Earllene Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Lynwood Bynes    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Matthew Gartrell Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Clotez Clark    (WARD, S.C.)
Mrs. Adele Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Seymore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Mozell Dunn    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Bostic    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Raymond Dabbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, 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. Daniel Cason    (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Bowman    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. William Sharp Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Aldridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Nunnally    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Thompson    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
Mrs. Mary Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Gay    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Robinson Sr.    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Proctor    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Ramsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Gladys Pearsall    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Mixson    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Miss Sophia Mathews    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Adele Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Mariney    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Ms. Nadine Estroff    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Samantha Jordan    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Hiers Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Sharp Sr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Mariney (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Seymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gladys Pearsall (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Ramsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lynwood Bynes (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mozell Dunn ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Nunnally (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Cason (DELRAY BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Thomas Freeman (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hiers Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Nadine Estroff (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. James Aldridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Douglas Forrest

Mrs. Mary Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Hardin (CONYERS, Ga)

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

Mrs. Adele Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sophia Mathews (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Marguerite Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lula Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earllene Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Clotez Clark (WARD, S.C.)

S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Sharp Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Carrie Adkinson (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Mann (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Verdy Blackwell (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Earllene Smith (AUGUSTA, 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.

Easing S.C. worries
The defense bill President Bush signed this month makes strides toward long-sought Department of Energy goals:

Regency Mall good location for arena
I think the city of Augusta needs a new arena. However, the location mentioned in the study would not be suitable. There would be a definite problem getting in and out of the facility. Parking would be a monster of a problem. I think purchasing the Regency Mall complex would be the ideal solution. ... Cynthia Hightower, Augusta

Renovate existing civic center
I am in disagreement that it would be impractical and not cost-effective to renovate the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, and I am actually surprised that City Administrator George Kolb would eagerly bring this sole option to the Augusta Commission. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

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.

Local 'injustice' system
As a daily reader and subscriber of The Augusta Chronicle, I am often reminded of the injustice in the judicial system that my son and our family have endured. Zelda Jones, Hephzibah, Ga.

TV news reporting is biased
The world-government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations has intensified its grip on television news by enlisting as members several additional nationally known commentators. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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

Phony crusade
Led by The New York Times, the mainstream media - sometimes known as the liberal media - have joined militant feminists' crusade to pressure the men-only Augusta National Golf Club to admit women.

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.

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

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

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.

'Mistake' editorial on the mark
Thanks so much for the excellent editorial in the Nov. 27 Chronicle, "Monumental mistake," about the separation of church and state. It was exceptional and really points out the wrongheaded notion that many in our nation are embracing. Charleen Luther, Augusta

Buffer has the phrase that pays

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Aiken students choose schools

Overtime
After a disastrous start in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, Augusta's Scott Parel has a PGA Tour playing card in sight.

Area sports announcements
Saturday: The Georgia Stallions 16-under travel team will hold tryouts from 1-4 p.m. at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Complex. For information, call Tony Mangieri at (706) 554-3134, (877) 560-1653 or e-mail at tonymangieri@aol.com.

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.

Buffer has the phrase that pays
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Michael Buffer unbuttoned his black tuxedo jacket, squeezed through the ropes and climbed into the ring with junior welterweights Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward.

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

Outdoors calendar

Hunting, fishing gifts abound

Hunting, fishing gifts abound
Shopping for the angler or hunter in your life? Maybe I can help.

DNR recognizes Thomson worker
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources recently selected Columbia County resident Jeff Jones, a fisheries technician in DNR's Thomson District office, as recipient of the 2002 Danny Creel Citizenship Award.

Hunters for the hungry
Hunters gather by a taxidermists exhibit of a buck and a doe during the Palmetto Deer Hunters Association banquet.

DNR recognizes Thomson worker

Outdoors calendar
SATURDAY, DEC., 14, AND SUNDAY, DEC. 15: Pinetucky Gun Club will hold a Skeet Shoot with Doubles, 20- and 28-gauge Saturday, and 12- and 410-gauge Sunday. Call 592-4230 for details.

Hunters for the hungry

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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.

Vick sees his future
TAMPA, Fla. - Michael Vick has never had an eye exam and the Atlanta Falcons' star quarterback sees no need for one now.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Big plays make champions

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.

Rolling out tension with beach balls, tennis balls
WASHINGTON -- Veronica McClurg has a ball just by lying on a ball.

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.

Treatment for irregular heart no better than simpler approach
The preferred way of treating common heart rhythm problems is actually no better - and perhaps even worse - than a simpler approach using cheaper drugs, according to new research that could affect millions of people.

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.

Georgia will consider more secure licenses
Call it the changing face of security on the Georgia driver's license, or just a new way for Big Brother to label motorists.

Win sends Bulldogs to Sugar Bowl
ATLANTA - Two decades of waiting, two decades of frustration, two decades of what seemed like yearly trips to the Peach Bowl finally ended for Georgia on Saturday.

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.

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

Williams helps Georgia in win
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ezra Williams scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, as Georgia defeated California 78-73 in the John Wooden Classic on Saturday.

Victory is sweet, no matter who's next

UGA notebook
ATLANTA - Georgia didn't just break Arkansas' backs in the first half of Saturday's 30-3 mauling of the Razorbacks - the Bulldogs broke some records as well.

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.

Miami holds the key

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.

Bulldogs are Sugar Bowl bound
ATLANTA - Georgia's afternoon began with a few glimpses of Miami's win over Virginia Tech. The Bulldogs' day ended with the mother of all consolation prizes.

Arkansas overcome by defense
ATLANTA - David Pollack carried a Southeastern Conference sign to midfield following Georgia's 30-3 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome Saturday night.

Victory is sweet, no matter who's next
ATLANTA - After 20 years Saturday, sugar once again fell from the sky.

Key matchups could alter game

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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.

Hogs accept being underdogs

Bulldogs are Sugar Bowl bound

Georgia tries for first SEC title in 20 years

Rolling out tension with beach balls, tennis balls

Treatment for irregular heart no better than simpler approach

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

Georgia will consider more secure licenses

Faith digest

Take a bough

As demonstrated by Mary, trust can overcome fears

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