Band director faces charges, dismissal for mailing raccoon head
CLEVELAND -- A suburban high school band director has been indicted on charges of intimidation and retaliation for allegedly mailing a raccoon head to a school official during a teachers strike.

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON -- Would anybody like to buy a vowel?

Smoltz bemoans loss of Glavine and others this offseason

Smoltz bemoans loss of Glavine and others this offseason
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz expected to spend the rest of his career pitching alongside Tom Glavine. That's not going to happen.

Business calendar

On the move

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.

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

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

Coming onboard

Understanding methods of theft can deter losses

Business books can be good stocking stuffers

Pocket change

Popular TIPS' future appears questionable

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.

Technology buries boomers under piles of bills

Trying to drive home the deal

Business books can be good stocking stuffers
NEW YORK -- Still hunting for stocking stuffers for your grade schoolers or teens? You might take a look at some of the new books on personal finance, investing and organizing that aim to give children a jump on learning life skills.

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Fort Gordon

Popular TIPS' future appears questionable
NEW YORK - With the outlook for stocks still uncertain and many bonds overvalued, investors have been lured by double-digit returns on TIPS, the U.S. government securities that protect against inflation. But analysts are advising caution for anyone considering TIPS - the good times might be coming to an end.

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.

Stocks roller coaster worth the ride
Q: I'm under 30 and understand that my age makes stocks the logical choice for my 401(k). But the market has made my quarterly statements a stomach-churning terror. Is this equities emphasis still good for my retirement?

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.

Technology buries boomers under piles of bills
NEW YORK - Baby boomers grew up watching their parents pay the bills: phone, gas, electricity, mortgage, probably a car and credit cards.

Stocks roller coaster worth the ride

Clemson to face Texas Tech

Clemson to face Texas Tech
In last year's Humanitarian Bowl, Louisiana Tech brought quarterback Luke McCown and an offensive passing attack that averaged 422.6 yards per game.

No change at the top: Miami unanimous No. 1 in AP poll

No change at the top: Miami unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
Miami will go into its Fiesta Bowl matchup against Ohio State as a unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll, while the rest of the top 10 also remained exactly the same.

HEISMAN WEEK: McGahee scores more Heisman attention
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Willis McGahee has three losses this season, all to Miami teammate Ken Dorsey in a video game.

Monday morning quarterback

BCS roundup
No surprise in the Fiesta Bowl: It's No. 1 Miami vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the BCS national title game matching major college football's only undefeated teams.

Navy hopes to build on win over Army
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Navy opened and closed its season with victories.

HEISMAN WEEK: McGahee scores more Heisman attention

BCS roundup

Monday morning quarterback
A final look back and ahead in college football:

Navy hopes to build on win over Army

Charleston routs USC Aiken 91-59

Phony crusade

Easing S.C. worries

A little perspective

Tax reform inevitable

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Fasten that seat belt in your recliner: Colin Quinn aims to rock your viewing experience.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

James Cameron dives into Bismarck adventure
LOS ANGELES -- The story of the ill-fated German warship Bismarck took hold of filmmaker James Cameron as a youngster, when he watched the 1960 British movie "Sink the Bismarck."

Eagles fall to Air Force
STATESBORO, Ga. -- A.J. Kuhle scored 23 points, including four of six 3-point shots for Air Force Sunday and the Falcons went on to beat Georgia Southern 70-56.

Eagles coming of age for Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern's young team has grown up at just the right time. The Eagles, riding a 10-game winning streak, are just two wins away from the school's seventh Division I-AA championship.

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.

Jackets will face Fresno State in Silicon Valley Football Classic
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech accepted a bid to the Silicon Valley Football Classic on Sunday, securing a bowl appearance for the sixth consecutive year.

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

Eagles coming of age for Georgia Southern

Web sites back National

Harrington lets Tiger make the mistakes

Martin moves into 21st place at Q-School
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Casey Martin moved into position for another chance on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to climb 16 spots into a tie for 21st place going into the sixth and final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Harrington lets Tiger make the mistakes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Two holes into the final round, Padraig Harrington extended his lead to eight strokes over Tiger Woods and then braced for the worst Sunday in the Target World Challenge.

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

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

Martin moves into 21st place at Q-School

Golf roundup

Lady Luck is wearing red

Prep basketball scores

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.

Oilers blank Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Tommy Salo stopped 15 shots for his third shutout in 10 games as the Edmonton Oilers continued their stifling defensive play with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.

Oilers blank Thrashers

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

Snow resigns from Augusta National
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary nominee John W. Snow resigned his membership in Augusta National Golf Club, which has been under fire for not allowing women to join.

Teen sentenced to life in prison
An Augusta teen was sentenced this morning to life in prison for his role in the murder of his ex-girlfriend in April.

Augusta Mini Theater a vital force that touches lives

Abolish the Federal Reserve

Local 'injustice' system

Machines enable the blind to vote

TV news reporting is biased

Appreciates veteran recognition

Women don't share Burk's mission

Appreciates constituents' support

Renovate existing civic center

Intersection needs better care

Regency Mall good location for arena

'Mistake' editorial on the mark

Shaped for taste

Bar-stockers should stick to the basics on booze list

Arts calendar

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

James Cameron dives into Bismarck adventure

Embracing the space

The national anthem requires attention

ECHL notebook

Holly's goal lifts Lynx

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.

Slapshots

Late-game flurry dooms Lynx

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.

Lynx launch own Shmyr campaign

Lynx launch own Shmyr campaign
The sign at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center read "Somebody's gonna get Shmyr'd."

Late-game flurry dooms Lynx
The defending Kelly Cup champion Greenville Grrrowl haven't played much like champs this season, and after Saturday night's 6-3 loss to the Columbia Inferno, coach John Marks ripped into his players for their lack of intensity.

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.

Parading around

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are asking for the public's help in finding an Augusta woman they say slashed a woman with a box cutter.

Perdue faces tough transition

Water concerns not top priority for new governor
ATLANTA - For months, Gov. Roy Barnes had been saying water would be a top priority for the next session of the General Assembly.

News you can use
Dec. 9, 1932 Reversing public promises that the people of Richmond County would be able to vote on the liquor question, members of the Democratic white primary committee gave in to "dry" protests last night in a blanket vote and refused to include prohibition repeal on the Municipal Court ballot.

Reverend makes stop in Augusta
Nearly 900 people filled Tabernacle Baptist Church for the 8 a.m. service Sunday to hear the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the pulpit.

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

Toying around
A stuffed animal awaits its ride to the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America on Deans Bridge Road. On Sunday, the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots toy drive for underprivileged children ended at the sponsoring group's headquarters. The event attracted 90 motorcycle's and riders, each with a toy onboard.

Reverend makes stop in Augusta

Subscriber of the day

Author details canal's history
As a veteran author and historian, Edward J. Cashin was hesitant, at first, to write an entire book focusing on the Augusta Canal.

Water concerns not top priority for new governor

Woman swaps luxury for the Peace Corps
AIKEN - Next month, 22-year-old Ashlyn McKnight will leave the comfortable home that her father, a security consultant, and mother, a dental hygienist, have provided for her.

Snow resigns from Augusta National

Voting system wins over skeptics
ATLANTA - Georgia's decision to abandon punch-card and optically scanned ballots for the election last month was greeted with skepticism by some. They feared that older voters would find the new touch-screen devices intimidating and that poll workers would be hopelessly bewildered.

News you can use

Couple tries to get life on track for children

Environmentalists put hope in Perdue

News you can use

Across the area

Across South Carolina

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.

Councils discuss road's placement
AIKEN - A traffic-alleviating connector route between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads likely will be built as close to the city as possible, according to Aiken City Councilman Dick Smith.

Woman swaps luxury for the Peace Corps

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Faced with the daunting task of trying to find places to trim more than $300 million from the state budget, legislators will return to the Statehouse today for an emergency session called by Gov. Jim Hodges.

Rants and Raves
TO THE MAN in North Augusta who had to have two brake jobs done because he had to slow down to the speed limit: I hope the police get you every time you speed. Driving the speed limit will not only keep you from getting a ticket but also make your brakes last longer.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Gennie Balogh of Augusta.

Voting system wins over skeptics

Single mother seeks help to brighten son's holiday
She moved to Augusta to make a fresh start, but with a large debt, a single mother worries that she won't be able to give her 3-year-old son a merry Christmas this year.

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

Single mother seeks help to brighten son's holiday

Across the southeast

Across the area

Nursing home manager questions review results

Across Georgia

Towers offer maze of activities aimed at inquisitive youths

Festivals struggle to survive

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.

Audit shows Walker links

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.

Toying around

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.

Subscriber of the day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Correction

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.

Parading around
Santa Claus left his reindeer at home Sunday and still managed to make it to the annual Christmas parades in Augusta, Aiken and North Augusta.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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

Author details canal's history

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.

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.

Across Georgia
Two Georgia students have been selected to receive the prestigious Rhodes scholarship.

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.

Environmentalists put hope in Perdue
ATLANTA - During Gov. Roy Barnes' re-election bid, environmental groups were among his strongest supporters.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Atlanta holds off surging Detroit

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.

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.

Buccaneers end Falcons' streak

Panthers 52, Bengals 31

Mrs. Beatrice Nunnally    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Adele Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Tina Rhodes    (SHARPSBURG, Ga.)
Mr. Norman Folk Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Gay    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mrs. Clotez Clark    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Clinton Hadden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Zittrauer    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. William Sharp Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Jackson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Hiers Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Dea. David Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Nadine Estroff    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mr. Emmett Joiner Sr.    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
Mr. Lynwood Bynes    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Jamaal Wilkerson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Koon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Langston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Jane Matheny    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Proctor    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. John Mitchell Jr.    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Mann    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Molly Mock    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Cheek    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Junebug Hudson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Brown Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Gay    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. James Aldridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Freeman    (WRENS, Ga.)
Ms. Donna Moseley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Dunbar    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Ret. F.Sgt. Orlanda Justice    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Catharine Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Champion    (EVANS, Ga.)
Rev. Donald Cisick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Verdy Blackwell    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Proctor    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Verdy Blackwell    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Miss Carrie Adkinson    (BARTOW, Ga.)
Mr. James Aldridge    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Thompson    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
Mr. James Boyd    (YORK, S.C.)
S.Sgt. Benjamin Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stubbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgianna Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Earllene Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marguerite Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Verdy Blackwell (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyd (YORK, S.C.)

Mrs. Tina Rhodes (SHARPSBURG, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Zittrauer (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Mitchell Jr. (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catharine Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Norman Folk Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Proctor (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Pamela Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Koon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Jamaal Wilkerson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lynwood Bynes (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Nunnally (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Emmett Joiner Sr. (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Donna Moseley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Freeman (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Hadden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Carrie Adkinson (BARTOW, Ga.)

Rev. Donald Cisick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Verdy Blackwell (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Aldridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ret. F.Sgt. Orlanda Justice (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

Dea. David Johnson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Molly Mock (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Cheek (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earllene Smith (AUGUSTA, 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.

'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

Tax reform inevitable
There are a couple of good reasons why South Carolina lawmakers are smart to be looking for new ways to fund the state's school systems.

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

Abolish the Federal Reserve
The chief engine for inflation is the Federal Reserve. Inflation is an increase in the quantity of currency. It causes currency to become less valuable, much the same as an increase in the quantity of any commodity will cause its unit value to decrease. Karl Bergman, Aiken, S.C.

Appreciates constituents' support
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all my constituents for their encouragement and kind support. Thank you for your vote during both the primaries and the recent general election in November, which returned me to the state Senate representing District 24. It is truly an honor and privilege to represent this election district. State Sen. Joey Brush, Appling, Ga.

Intersection needs better care
On Nov. 15 I stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of Tobacco Road and Windsor Springs Road. I noticed several men wearing prison uniforms working on the islands at the intersection. Howard G. Battle, Augusta

A little perspective
At a park in Seoul, South Korea, 20 Catholic priests last week waged a hunger strike.

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.

Appreciates veteran recognition
As a military wife, I want to express my appreciation to the Golden Corral franchise on Peach Orchard Road for their complimentary steak dinner to veterans on Nov. 11. Ethel O. Bahm, Augusta

Machines enable the blind to vote
This year, during November, there was an event of historical importance that our local news media did not seem to pick up. This had to do with the new voting machines, which Georgia took the forefront in providing. Jack Eckert, Augusta

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.

Augusta Mini Theater a vital force that touches lives
Hats off to the Augusta Mini Theater! Augusta has been blessed to have the Augusta Mini Theater as a vital force in our community for the past 27 years. The Lord placed a dream in the heart of Tyrone Butler in 1975 - a dream that he nurtured - and with "God, tears and hopes," it became a reality. Cecelia Johnson, Augusta

Women don't share Burk's mission
What is it that makes Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk tick? Why does she have to try to stir something up that is absolutely none of her business? Denise Beck, Martinez, Ga.

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

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Buffer has the phrase that pays

Overtime

Cuche beats Buechel in super-G

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.

Seattle OneWorld admits violation at America's Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A designer for Seattle's OneWorld Challenge on Sunday admitted owning a computer and computer disk containing secret design information belonging to America's Cup defenders Team New Zealand.

Overtime
Lance Armstrong was cho- sen Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2002 after becoming the first American to win a fourth Tour de France.

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.

Cuche beats Buechel in super-G
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- Nearly lulled to sleep by a 10-minute course delay, Switzerland's Didier Cuche got a wake-up call.

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

Hunters for the hungry

DNR recognizes Thomson worker

Outdoors calendar

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
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.

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.

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

Hunting, fishing gifts abound

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Panthers 52, Bengals 31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shunned by most of his teammates two weeks ago, Steve Smith is suddenly the most popular Carolina Panther.

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.

Falcons fall to Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Michael Vick look average - again.

Buccaneers end Falcons' streak
TAMPA, Fla. - Before arriving for the Atlanta Falcons' rematch Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Michael Vick promised to play the best game of his short but amazing career.

Big plays make champions

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.

Goggles perform, but outdone by other devices
SAN FRANCISCO -- Geeky new "i-glasses" from i-O Display Systems deliver video from DVD players, camcorders and video game consoles directly to your eyeballs.

Cheaters pose serious threat to success of online gaming
DALLAS -- Tony Ray knows how cheating can ruin a good time online.

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.

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

UGA notebook

Bulldogs are Sugar Bowl bound

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.

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.

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.

Georgia back on top in SEC

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.

Matchup pits Richt against his mentor
Shortly after being hired as Georgia's football coach, Mark Richt was asked about the eventuality of facing the team he left.

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.

Georgia back on top in SEC
ATLANTA -- Vince Dooley knows a thing or two about winning championships, and he suspected early on that this was going to be a special season for Georgia.

Victory is sweet, no matter who's next

Lady Dogs rout Oakland
ATHENS, Ga. -- Sherril Baker watched Georgia win its first Southeastern Conference football championship in 20 years Saturday, but her inspiration against Oakland on Sunday came from watching another athletic event Saturday.

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

Matchup pits Richt against his mentor

Lady Dogs rout Oakland

Gamecocks fall to North Carolina St.

Gamecocks fall to North Carolina St.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's a good sign for North Carolina State when Julius Hodge gets to practice his shimmy after key baskets.

Odds and Ends

Rolling out tension with beach balls, tennis balls

Goggles perform, but outdone by other devices

Treatment for irregular heart no better than simpler approach

Cheaters pose serious threat to success of online gaming

Georgia will consider more secure licenses