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

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.

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.

On the move

Business calendar

Coming onboard

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.

Popular TIPS' future appears questionable

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?

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.

Trying to drive home the deal

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.

Understanding methods of theft can deter losses

Technology buries boomers under piles of bills

Pocket change

Stocks roller coaster worth the ride

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Fort Gordon

Business books can be good stocking stuffers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Navy hopes to build on win over Army

BCS roundup

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.

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

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

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.

Monday morning quarterback

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

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

Charleston routs USC Aiken 91-59

Tax reform inevitable

Phony crusade

A little perspective

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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."

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Eagles coming of age for Georgia Southern

Eagles advance to semifinals

Martin moves into 21st place at Q-School

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.

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.

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.

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

Lady Luck is wearing red

Prep basketball scores

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Appreciates veteran recognition

Augusta Mini Theater a vital force that touches lives

Appreciates constituents' support

Women don't share Burk's mission

Intersection needs better care

Regency Mall good location for arena

Renovate existing civic center

'Mistake' editorial on the mark

Local 'injustice' system

Abolish the Federal Reserve

Machines enable the blind to vote

TV news reporting is biased

The national anthem requires attention

Embracing the space

Shaped for taste

Arts calendar

Bar-stockers should stick to the basics on booze list

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

James Cameron dives into Bismarck adventure

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

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

Slapshots

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.

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

Lynx launch own Shmyr campaign

Couple tries to get life on track for children

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reverend makes stop in Augusta

Subscriber of the day

Single mother seeks help to brighten son's holiday

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.

Voting system wins over skeptics

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.

News you can use

Across the area

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.

Toying around

Environmentalists put hope in Perdue

Parading around

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.

Woman swaps luxury for the Peace Corps

Towers offer maze of activities aimed at inquisitive youths

Author details canal's history

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.

Across South Carolina

Perdue faces tough transition

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.

Festivals struggle to survive

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Across the area

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Correction

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

News you can use

Water concerns not top priority for new governor

Audit shows Walker links

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

Nursing home manager questions review results

Across the southeast

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.

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

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

Mr. Verdy Blackwell (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tina Rhodes (SHARPSBURG, Ga.)

Mr. George Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Freeman (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathy Schweitzer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earllene Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Carrie Adkinson (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stubbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Zittrauer (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Pamela Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catharine Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Molly Mock (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Jamaal Wilkerson Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Gay (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Lynwood Bynes (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Aldridge (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Nunnally (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Verdy Blackwell (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Pamela Jackson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marguerite Sibley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Junebug Hudson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Champion (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Langston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Hadden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Donald Cisick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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:

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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

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.

Cuche beats Buechel in super-G

Buffer has the phrase that pays

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports announcements

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Hunting, fishing gifts abound

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

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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.

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.

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.

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

Big plays make champions

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

UGA notebook

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.

Victory is sweet, no matter who's next

Georgia back on top in SEC

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.

Lady Dogs rout Oakland

Bulldogs are Sugar Bowl bound

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.

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.

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.

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

Cheaters pose serious threat to success of online gaming

Georgia will consider more secure licenses

Treatment for irregular heart no better than simpler approach

Rolling out tension with beach balls, tennis balls

Goggles perform, but outdone by other devices