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JUST OUT: K-19: The Widowmaker, One Way Out and Stuart Little 2

Fun is the top priority for The Vellotones
Look at the lineup for any local music showcase. Trace a finger along the assembled acts to the name assigned the opening slot. Chances are you'll find The Vellotones.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Sub lovers have two new haunts to try

That old Shakespeare, he's still plotting
That William Shakespeare is a sly one.

Applause calendar

Club calendar
A listing of club entertainment in the Aiken-Augusta area.

At the Movies: 'The Hot Chick'

First Friday's silence is deafening
Christmas crowds getting you down? Have the holiday masses, vying for parking spaces at the mall and battling over merchandise at stores given you a case of the Santa-Claustrophobia? Need a place where you can spend a few hours away from the crush?

Mini reviews

Standing ovations
The St. Petersburg String Quartet will present an evening of music at 8 tonight as part of the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society concert series. The concert takes place at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $5 for students and free with a valid Augusta State ID. For more information, call 737-1444.

Fun is the top priority for The Vellotones

Vintage guitars add history and dreams to store

Ramblin' Rhodes: Jimmy Carter at ease out of television spotlight

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

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At the Movies: 'Maid in Manhattan'
Jennifer Lopez has entered the rarefied stratosphere that Madonna occupies, making it hard to ignore the fact that when we see her on screen now, we're watching Jennifer Lopez, multimedia empire.

That old Shakespeare, he's still plotting

At the Movies: 'Star Trek: Nemesis'
If "Star Trek: Nemesis" is "a generation's final journey," as it's billed, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and crew are going out with a whimper in the dark.

First Friday's silence is deafening

Vintage guitars add history and dreams to store
Glancing up from the countertop clutter at Jay's Music on Washington Road, Doug Frohman watches as a customer makes a beeline across the showroom floor. Leaving the racks of shining new six-strings behind, the man's eyes focus on the phalanx of instruments carefully arranged on stands above Mr. Frohman's head.

Club calendar

Sub lovers have two new haunts to try
Stop in to Speedway Subs and you may think you are at a pit stop at Talladega instead of a sandwich shop in Martinez.

Standing ovations

Ramblin' Rhodes: Jimmy Carter at ease out of television spotlight
Jimmy Carter was in Augusta a few nights ago.

At the Movies: 'Maid in Manhattan'

At the Movies: 'The Hot Chick'
You have to hand it to Rob Schneider. In his films, no joke is too lame, no plot too preposterous, no cliche too overdone. He just dives in with gusto.

At the Movies: 'Star Trek: Nemesis'

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

'Passage of time' changed Selig's mind about talking to Rose
NEW YORK -- There were standing ovations at World Series games and chants of "Pete! Pete!" at Cooperstown.

'Passage of time' changed Selig's mind about talking to Rose

Vincent: If Rose gets into Hall, ban should be on plaque
NEW YORK -- Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has an idea for a plaque should old nemesis Pete Rose get into the Hall of Fame: Put "Banned for Gambling" right on it.

Vincent: If Rose gets into Hall, ban should be on plaque

Bulldogs top list of state mascots

Treveon Louis Williams
Ronnie L. Williams and April

Ryan Jacob Ingalls
Mr. and Mrs. Chri

Spencer Berry Wiley

Rickey D. McGhee III

Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler
Mr. and Mrs. David Schuyler of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela Grygo and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Reed, all of Augusta.

Julia Lee Parrott

Nevaeh Diamonique Holmes
Wilson Holmes Jr. and Terri A. May, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a dau

Uri Samya Kittles
Mr. and Mrs. Urban S. Kittles Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Uri Samya Kittles, Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Joeann Johnson of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Urban S. Kittles Sr. of Wrens, Ga.

Nevaeh Diamonique Holmes

Hannah Leigh McMillian
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McMillian of Edgefield, S

Chloe Madison Lirley

Timothy Lee Burton Jr.
Timothy L. Burton Sr. a

Cameron Joseph Rodgerson
Eric W. and Amanda C. Rodgerson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Cameron Joseph Rodgerson, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Shonea Williams of Martinez and Jeff and Debra Zachary of Warrenville.

Savannah Grace Padgett
Kev

Davis McCall Rogers

Daniel Allen Diver
Kevin and Sandra Diver of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Daniel Allen Diver, Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Allan S. Tardiff of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Keith M. Diver of Martinez.

Brett Landon Zerbel

Brandon Thomas-Van White
Michael and Jenny White of Aug

Spencer Maxwell Taylor

Troy Deondre' Falls
Harry P. and Wakeelah

Thomas Alexander Kilpatrick II

Kelsie Elizabeth Schuyler

Lydia Jean Muns

Troy Deondre' Falls

Brandon Thomas-Van White

Novalee Michelle Delone
James Delone and Amy Brazell, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Novalee Michelle Delone, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Brazell of Martinez and Beverly Ward of Aiken.

Carmen Renee Hudson

Morgan Taylor Johnson
Paul and Pamela Johnson of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Taylor Johnson, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Greiver Jr. of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Neil A. Johnson of Augusta.

Novalee Michelle Delone

Rickey D. McGhee III
Rickey D.

Daniel Allen Taylor III
Daniel A. and Yolanda E. Taylor of Augusta annou

Chloe Madison Lirley
Paul

Daniel Allen Taylor III

Lydia Jean Muns
Frank and Kim Muns of Beech Island an

Uri Samya Kittles

Julia Lee Parrott
Robbie and Jeri Lynne Parro

Morgan Taylor Johnson

Thomas Alexander Kilpatrick II
Thomas A. and April L. Kilpatri

Cameron Joseph Rodgerson

Davis McCall Rogers
Thomas L. and Tracey M. Rogers of Evans announce the birth of a son, Davis McCall Rogers, Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Mayer of Ocala, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Rogers of North Augusta.

Ryan Jacob Ingalls

Spencer Maxwell Taylor
Deon B. and Jennifer M. Taylor of Augusta announce the birth of a s

Hannah Leigh McMillian

Spencer Berry Wiley
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Wiley of Evans announce the birth of a son, Spencer Berry Wiley, Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Willard Scoggins of Americus, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Wiley of Winder, Ga.

Savannah Grace Padgett

Brett Landon Zerbel
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zerbel of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brett Landon Zerbel, Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Hatcher of Augusta and Richard Zerbel and Gladys Toole, both of Hephzibah.

Treveon Louis Williams

Lajuna Angel Freeman
Juna Freema

Timothy Lee Burton Jr.

Carmen Renee Hudson
Jeffrey and Leatrice Hudson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Carmen Renee Hudson, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Curtis and Mary Leverett of Augusta and Bruce and Marilyn Hudson of Hephzibah.

Daniel Allen Diver

Lajuna Angel Freeman

Odds and Ends
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mike Samples doesn't like the new dress code at his state job - so he wore a dress to work.

Museum honors America's sideshow past
BALTIMORE -- Most curators dream of stocking their museums with Picassos, Rodins or golden treasure from the pharaohs' tombs.

Business briefs
Aiken's Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC announced Thursday it received U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval for the initial Chapter 11 petition it filed late Tuesday.

Bank marks anniversary with plans for growth
A community bank with a mostly rural customer base is strengthening its position in suburban Augusta as it celebrates its centennial.

Stocks advance despite Kimberly-Clark's downbeat outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended a tepid trading session Wednesday with a moderate advance after a disappointing outlook from Kimberly Clark left investors questioning prospects for a solid business recovery in 2003. Stocks struggled for much of the session to claim their gains.

Stocks mixed despite strong retail sales

Business briefs
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Wednesday that sales and profits would fall in the fourth quarter because of tougher competition for sales of diapers and training pants.

Stocks mixed despite strong retail sales
NEW YORK -- A bout of second-guessing left stocks mixed Thursday, as Wall Street questioned whether its autumn rally came too fast, too soon. Investors, once again cautious, largely dismissed reports of strong retail sales and positive outlooks from Amgen and other companies.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Aiken plant files bankruptcy

Events will give business forecast

Aiken plant files bankruptcy
Layoffs did not accompany Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, but company officials said they could not rule out future downsizing.

Stocks advance despite Kimberly-Clark's downbeat outlook

Events will give business forecast
ATLANTA - Next week's release of economic information from the University of Georgia will likely attract people who already know business activity is tepid but who are eager to know when it will heat up again.

Bank marks anniversary with plans for growth

Census Bureau targets business

Census Bureau targets business
Starting this month, 7,000 businesses in the Aiken-Augusta area will begin receiving forms from the U.S. Census Bureau asking for intimate details.

Iowa's Ferentz chosen AP's coach of the year

Reports: Alabama offers Riley job

Banks draws on strong family ties

Teammates make list

Coaches expect strong game in sold-out Orange Bowl
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A matchup of conference champions has the Orange Bowl sold out, and coaches Pete Carroll of Southern California and Kirk Ferentz of Iowa aren't surprised.

Reports: Alabama offers Riley job
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New Orleans Saints assistant coach Mike Riley is weighing an offer to become Alabama's next football coach, according to published reports.

Coaches expect strong game in sold-out Orange Bowl

Iowa's Ferentz chosen AP's coach of the year
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is traveling more and enjoying it thoroughly.

Banks draws on strong family ties
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brad Banks was among the fortunate.

Winning is everything for Dorsey
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Maxwell Award sat in a corner of Ken Dorsey's house for six months, collecting dust and taking up space next to the cat's litter box. Dorsey didn't even care.

Teammates make list
NEW YORK - Top-ranked Miami's Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee are Heisman Trophy finalists, the first time since 1994 that teammates were among the top five in the voting.

Saints' Riley mulls Alabama offer, Tide waits
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's coaching search is in a holding pattern, with New Orleans Saints assistant coach Mike Riley reportedly mulling an offer to return to his alma mater.

Alabama's search apparently comes down to two

Friedgen getting ready for Peach Bowl return to Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen ended up in the Peach Bowl, one of two games he coveted all along, but not before a bit of controversy involving selections from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Saints' Riley mulls Alabama offer, Tide waits

Colorado punter wins award
Colorado's Mark Mariscal won the third-annual Ray Guy Award on Thursday night at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Size helps Kentucky punter

Colorado punter wins award

Size helps Kentucky punter
If you're a burly defensive lineman or linebacker, there are few things more satisfying than taking a free shot at some scrawny, unsuspecting punter.

Winning is everything for Dorsey

Friedgen getting ready for Peach Bowl return to Atlanta

Alabama's search apparently comes down to two
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's search for a new football coach appears to have been narrowed to two candidates, South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt and New Orleans Saints assistant Mike Riley.

Paine sweeps Lane

Good Treasury pick

All 'wings' periled

Not at any cost

S.C.'s mindless cuts

Family Scrapbook
Do you have a special family photo? Sent it to Jennifer Miller, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30901.

12 joys of Christmas
It's hard to imagine that pound-for-pound there could be any more fabulous light displays than in the Aiken-Augusta area at Christmas.

Calendar
Attention Parents: You need a night out! To help, weve identified several Date Night events for you. Just look for the and make your plans. Sorry, babysitters arent provided, but many of the events are free.

Sensational Seasonal Snack
Sonya McLeod, of Evans, supervises her children Brandon, 11, Brianna, 10 , and Brittany, 6, making pretzels.

Soft Pretzel Recipe
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a regular large bowl, pour the yeast, warm water and honey. Allow this to sit until the yeast blooms', which means that it gets frothy.

American collector buys clues to Harry Potter book five
LONDON -- An American collector has paid more than $45,000 for a card full of clues to the plot of the long-awaited fifth Harry Potter book.

What is pinkeye?
The term "pinkeye" is not a medical term. It simply means that the "white" of the eye has become red or pinkish due to swelling of the normally present blood vessels.

Space baddies: Rating the villains of 'Star Trek'
LOS ANGELES -- Villains both menacing and lackluster have gone after the crew of the starship Enterprise through 10 feature films in the "Star Trek" franchise.

Hints for staying sane when returning gifts
Those furry green slippers aren't working. They're like having Muppets on your feet.

Survey finds harmful, drug-resistant bacteria in chickens
WASHINGTON -- A consumer magazine says it found harmful bacteria, much of it drug resistant, in almost half the chickens it bought from stores around the country.

Decorations available in shapes of historical sites
The boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson already has its place set in history.

In the know
Colgate-Palmolive is inviting members of six of the largest national youth organizations to enter the 30th anniversary Colgate Youth for America campaign.

Letter from the editor
Tonight my oldest son has invited 57 of his closest friends to an Hawaiian luau at our neighborhood clubhouse.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Mom's wish list...
At my house these days, it's all about lists. Christmas lists, that is. Every two or three days someone thinks of an item they've left off their list for Santa. That means every two or three days I'm reminding some little person that lists are "suggestions" for Santa, not demands!

NBC dominates the week's top 10
NEW YORK -- CBS had the top-rated show with "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" while NBC won last week's overall prime-time ratings, claiming six of the top 10 shows.

Cinnamon Ornaments
Years after you make these wonderful ornaments you'll still be able to smell their wonderful cinnamon scent. They make great gifts and they're fun for the whole family.

Judge orders N.Y. to allow direct wine shipments
NEW YORK -- New York state must allow out-of-state wineries to ship their products directly to consumers, a judge ordered.

Countdown to Christmas
The countdown begins. Just days until Christmas Eve. Plenty of time to shop, cook, decorate, entertain, wrap presents. Feeling overwhelmed yet?

No droopy holidays
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at George Walton's Meadow Garden in Augusta, with candles in every window and fresh greenery throughout the historic house.

No droopy holidays

Rains weaken poinsettia crop
ATLANTA - An unusually wet and warm fall has hurt the quality of poinsettias grown in Georgia this year.

Veteran lineman gives Eagles room to run
STATESBORO, Ga. - James McCoy is shooting for the big prize.

Veteran lineman gives Eagles room to run

By the time I repair one thing, two more break

Team Canada warms up in Mexico to lead World Cup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- The other lefty and his partner stole the spotlight in the opening round of the World Cup.

Mickelson's driver will get plenty of work in World Cup

Mickelson's driver will get plenty of work in World Cup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Phil Mickelson is scrapping Plan B and will rip his way through the World Cup.

Team Canada warms up in Mexico to lead World Cup

'There's unfinished business'

Screven County's playoff run is a family affair

Persistence pays off

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

'There's unfinished business'
Anna Thompkins smiled as members of the Lucy C. Laney Wildcats football team boarded buses en route to the school's first Georgia Dome appearance.

Persistence pays off
Ask the question, and Laney coach Eric Parker immediately will reel off the Wildcats' win-loss records for the six years he's been in charge.

Screven County's playoff run is a family affair
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Warren and Willis McCorvey have an unspoken pact: What happens on the football field, stays on the football field.

Playoff capsules
Here are capsules of prep football playoff games.

Parker learns new gameplan
Laney coach Eric Parker never has been in this situation before, so he didn't know what to expect.

Four Gwinnett County high schools in football semifinals
Four high schools from Gwinnett County will play in the semifinals of the state football playoffs this weekend at the Georgia Dome, including Class AAAAA defending champion Parkview.

Lemieux tops Eastern Conference All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux leads the Eastern Conference in fan voting for the NHL All-Star game.

Atlanta F Savard activated from injured reserve
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated forward Marc Savard from injured reserve before Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Atlanta F Savard activated from injured reserve

Bulldogs top list of state mascots
Georgia high school football goes to Atlanta's Georgia Dome this weekend for the state semifinals - something I always enjoy watching on Georgia Public Television.

Dublin tops Laney in OT
ATLANTA -- Brian Mimbs kicked a 39-yard field goal with eight seconds left in regulation and Brian Wallace scored his second touchdown of the game in overtime as Dublin beat Laney 20-13 in a Class AAA semifinal Friday.

Opposes more mayoral powers

Some clergy pass on Lord's truths

Christmas parade not G-rated

Insurers not to blame for medical crisis

Better airport forecasting needed

Article on black community of Carpentersville draws rave

America run by leaders, not wimps

Alabama fan lauds quarterback

Judge orders N.Y. to allow direct wine shipments

Countdown to Christmas

American collector buys clues to Harry Potter book five

Decorations available in shapes of historical sites

Letter from the editor

Space baddies: Rating the villains of 'Star Trek'

Mom's wish list...

Cinnamon Ornaments

12 joys of Christmas

What is pinkeye?

Health calendar

Hints for staying sane when returning gifts

Soft Pretzel Recipe

Survey finds harmful, drug-resistant bacteria in chickens

Lynx road report

Augusta signs goaltender

Lynx road report
Friday: at South Carolina Stingrays, North Charleston Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.

Augusta signs goaltender
Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie believes the season-long search for a No. 1 goaltender has ended with the signing of David Brumby on Wednesday.

Goalie ready to carry Augusta
Strap a saddle to the back of David Brumby, because the veteran goaltender says he's ready to carry the last-place Augusta Lynx back to the playoffs.

Parents split on school moves

Correction

Across Georgia

Officers stage accident to provide lesson
AIKEN - Using a fictionalized version of a drunken-driving fatality and some of their own real-life experiences, law enforcement and public safety officials gathered Wednesday at the Aiken Mall with one message: End all impaired-driving deaths.

Across the area
A Martinez man has been indicted on charges of vehicular homicide by a Richmond County grand jury in connection with the 2001 death of an Evans woman.

Across the southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Amy Grant, Pat Boone and the Blind Boys of Alabama are the newest inductees into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association announced Wednesday.

News you can use
DEC. 13, 1942 Because of the war, it is possible for political opponents of the Cracker Party to wrest control of Augusta City Council within months.

Youths will get a longer summer
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's public schools would open around Labor Day in 2004 under a plan approved by the State Board of Education on Wednesday.

Agency says man has no retardation
COLUMBIA - A state agency says it shouldn't have to treat an inmate who was released Saturday after serving 15 years for manslaughter because he isn't mentally retarded.

Panel seeks public works staff
A panel of Augusta commissioners said Wednesday they are committed to filling vacancies in the city's Department of Public Works and Engineering, partly because the office's staff shortages affect their ability to respond to constituents' requests.

Round 2 of Riverwood Plantation's construction set to begin in January
Riverwood Plantation officials plan to announce Monday that they are ready to begin construction on the Big Three Golf Course and Founders Village.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The South Carolina House of Representatives made history Wednesday by meeting with its 124 desks vacant.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Karen Parker of Augusta.

News you can use
DEC. 12, 1932 Until January, when the Augusta National golf course formally will be opened, members of that club will probably devote their effort toward breaking the non-tournament marks established last week.

Woman faces abuse charge
An Augusta infant was recovering Wednesday from injuries attributed to shaken baby syndrome, and authorities charged the child's baby sitter.

Lack of finances will delay move
AIKEN -- Aiken Preparatory School, located between Richland and Barnwell avenues since 1916, is staying put for at least the next five years, the school's lead administrator, Debbie Boehner, said Thursday.

Georgians get to pick new tags
ATLANTA - Georgians went so wild over the most recent wildlife license plate that the Department of Natural Resources wants their help picking new ones.

Rants and Raves
WON'T SOMEONE please do something about the drugs and crime around here? Why ask the citizens to do the job?

Mother wants two sons to have happy holiday
Unable to work because of her son's medical condition, a Martinez mother wants her two young sons to enjoy Christmas.

UGA students urge release of alumnus

Middle school raises funds to help group grant wishes

Round 2 of Riverwood Plantation's construction set to begin in January

Panel seeks public works staff

UGA students urge release of alumnus
ATLANTA - University of Georgia students are calling for the release of an alumnus arrested in Myanmar for demanding political reform.

Across the area
An Evans man was placed in the Richmond County jail Wednesday, charged with molesting an 8-year-old Augusta girl.

Subscriber of the day

Charities see more help with projects
Christmas is a season of giving, and some area charities say they're seeing a bit more green this year.

Hospital stops reporting births

Aviation committee evaluates director

Across South Carolina

Lawmaker targets Young's leadership
Mayor Bob Young wasn't in the audience of a Wednesday morning legislative breakfast sponsored by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, but that didn't keep state Rep. Henry Howard from sending the city's chief executive officer a message.

Riot suspects seek separate trials
YORK, Pa. - The defense strategies for two black men accused in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a white police officer could be "inconsistent and antagonistic" and the men should receive separate trials, an attorney for one argued in court Wednesday.

Middle school raises funds to help group grant wishes
Columbia Middle School pupils hope they will soon become wish makers.

Lack of finances will delay move

Officers stage accident to provide lesson

Across the area

Rants and Raves
WON'T SOMEONE please do something about the drugs and crime around here? Why ask the citizens to do the job?

Joined in loss

Readers help boy get new bicycle
Keith Thomas will have a shiny new bicycle before Christmas arrives.

Aviation committee evaluates director
In a week, Augusta Aviation Commission members hope to finalize their first performance review of Airport Director Ken Kraemer.

Police hunt for officer's shooter
SAVANNAH, Ga. - While Savannah police aggressively sought leads Wednesday about the shooting of their critically wounded colleague, Cpl. Martin White responded to doctors by squeezing his hands and moving his eyes.

Leaders explain budget worries

Arson lawsuits returning to county court
ATLANTA - A tangle of lawsuits and countersuits stemming from a 1996 fire at a Homerville Ford Dealership owned by Sen. Peg Blitch is headed for a court where her husband, Brooks Blitch, is the chief judge.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Police arrested two suspects Thursday in the shooting death of Harris Odell III, the son of a Chatham County commissioner.

Student wants good Christmas for her sisters

Lawmaker targets Young's leadership

Arson lawsuits returning to county court

Parents await glance at school zone plan

Panel calls for improved indigent defense system
ATLANTA - Georgia's legal defense system for the poor is a patchwork mechanism that produces checkered results and fails to defend their basic constitutional rights, a commission warned the state's top court Thursday.

Parents split on school moves
Reactions were mixed when the Columbia County school system presented plans for the largest elementary school re-zoning effort it has ever undertaken.

Rants and Raves
I AM SURPRISED at the editor of The New York Times. Could it be sour grapes?

Correction
An article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported when Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer's performance evaluation will be presented. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19.

Teachers become certified
Tim Easler, who teaches social studies to gifted pupils at Riverside Middle School, gladly accepted the congratulatory high-fives and hugs from his colleagues when he became a National Board Certified Teacher.

Mother wants two sons to have happy holiday

Youths will get a longer summer

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgians went so wild over the most recent wildlife license plate that the Department of Natural Resources wants their help picking new ones.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The co-owner of a McClellanville residential care facility has been placed on probation for one year after she entered a plea to involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation of a man in her care.

Across the southeast

Across the area

News you can use

Leaders explain budget worries
State delegates have been singing the same song all month, but it's no Christmas carol.

Sheriff calls on seniors to help with office work

Panel calls for improved indigent defense system

Riot suspects seek separate trials

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Teresa Parker of Martinez.

Charities see more help with projects

Hospital stops reporting births
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For new parents, a baby's birth announcement in the local newspaper has long been a keepsake - something to save in a scrapbook along with that first lock of hair.

Joined in loss
AIKEN - The odds are one in 20,000 that someone needing bone marrow will find a compatible donor from an unrelated person, according to the National Marrow Registry.

Sheriff calls on seniors to help with office work
They won't get a badge or gun, but senior citizens in Augusta are signing up to volunteer at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, taking over mundane tasks that keep investigators from hitting the streets.

Student wants good Christmas for her sisters
A Thomson High School senior wants her family to have a memorable Christmas this year.

Parents await glance at school zone plan
Columbia County elementary school parents will get a first look at a new rezoning plan at a public hearing tonight.

At 37, Augusta golfer gets his 'foot in the door'
In the ultra-competitive world known as PGA Tour qualifying, most of the stories end in failure - failed skills, failed nerves or failed dreams.

By the time I repair one thing, two more break
As I look back over 2002, I realize that it has been the Year of Home Repairs.

Semifinals in Dome carry much prestige
Remember when the Josey Eagles were the darlings of the city, the talk of the state?

NASCAR getting far too expensive for its own good
ATLANTA - Although Tony Stewart had the worst finishing average of any champion since the NASCAR Winston Cup Series went to the point system in 1975, he still managed to win more than $9.16 million last season.

Newspapers appeal Earnhardt law on public records

Newspapers appeal Earnhardt law on public records
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Two newspapers have filed an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a law restricting access to autopsy photos.

Belgian GP off Formula One calendar for 2004
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Belgian Grand Prix will not be part of the Formula One circuit 2004 after parliament approved a ban on tobacco advertising.

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule
Here is the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule and ticket office numbers.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
ATLANTA - Bill Elliott was the first driver in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history to win more than $1 million in a single season. But his $2.4 million effort in 1985 now seems like chump change.

Pistons top Hawks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 32 points, and Cliff Robinson added a season-best 21 as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks 91-80 Wednesday night.

Paine sweeps Lane
Paine coach Ron Spry is still concerned about his team's lack of a third scorer.

Fantasty Football: Playoff-bound teams can end a fantasy

Pro picks

Suddenly, playoffs not a certainty for Steelers

Smith caps comeback week with NFL award

Culpepper, Nike settle lawsuit

Peete says he wants to keep playing, hopefully with Carolina

Mrs. Mamie Bigham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Louise Hair
GROVETOWN - Anyone who knew Louise Hair, especially her longtime friends, say they were impressed by her huge heart, caring nature and love of children.

Mr. Bernard Rentz    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Stewart    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. William Fant    (THOMASVILLE, N.C.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sallie Price    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Oscar Smith    (NOORWOOD, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Tilley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Smith Sr.    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Brandon Cordell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Bernard Rentz    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Ramdeen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Will Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Oreeta Page    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jonathan Rackard Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Pomeroy Nichols    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Roberta Rutherford    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. William May Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Bigham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Glenoris Holt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Llew Wall    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Dexter Harris    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Darran    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ellis Handy Sr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Stephanie Cullum    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Peggy Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Hair    (GROVETOWN, GA)
Mr. Walter Clayton    (CARBON HILL, Ala.)
Mrs. Sarah Gibbons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Nina Bond    (CONYERS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Wilson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sidney Quick    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Ramdeen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Willie Battle    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Richard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Bell    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. David Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Pomeroy Nichols Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Llew Wall    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. George Jackson Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Freeman    (LUGOFF, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Glenoris Holt
Glenoris Holt enjoyed reading novels, making elaborate decorations for her home and giving to others in any way that she could, even after she became ill.

Mrs. Ida Wilson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Evelyn Allen    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. Ellis Handy Sr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mr. William Garvin    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jett Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cornelius Ferguson-Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Featherstone    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Judson Cunningham    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Chester Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Chester Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Dunn    (GORDON, Ga.)
Mr. Cornelius Ferguson-Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Day    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Harry Weathersbee    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Russell Dunn (GORDON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Wilson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Richard Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Will Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Cunningham (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William May Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Rentz (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Allen (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Jett Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Cordell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Bond (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Bell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Jackson Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Fant (THOMASVILLE, N.C.)

Mrs. Sidney Quick (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Rentz (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Dr. Pomeroy Nichols Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Smith Sr. (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Llew Wall (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Oreeta Page (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Handy Sr. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Louise Hair

Mr. Patrick Ramdeen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Wilson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Llew Wall (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Gibbons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Hancock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cornelius Ferguson-Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Weathersbee (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Stephanie Cullum (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Featherstone (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Garvin (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Cornelius Ferguson-Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Rutherford (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Dr. Pomeroy Nichols (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick Ramdeen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Darran (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Tilley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Handy Sr. (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Patrick Stewart (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Hair (GROVETOWN, GA)

Will cash-paying medical savings accounts die a crib death?
OCTOBER'S U.S. CENSUS Bureau report on the increase in America's uninsured contained a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture. Medical savings accounts, or MSAs, appear to be the one free-market solution that is actually battling the increase of families with no health plan, with 73 percent of MSA beneficiaries coming from the uninsured.

Opposes more mayoral powers
Regarding The Chronicle's Dec. 3 editorial stating, "Augusta is in dire need of a strong leader elected by all the people to move Augusta forward." G.R. McCracken, Augusta

Not at any cost
Peaceniks had a star-studded coming-out party on Tuesday during International Human Rights Day.

Better airport forecasting needed
Augusta Regional Airport is very important to the well-being of Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area, and it deserves the support of the entire region. Plans for updating and expanding current facilities should be progressive, but conservative, especially in view of the status of the airline industry. Malcolm Luxenberg, Augusta

America run by leaders, not wimps
Here's a question I have for the Augusta National and the former CBS chief executive Thomas Wyman (who recently resigned): Why now? Bill Adams, North Augusta, S.C.

Christmas parade not G-rated
I thought I had seen everything until I watched the Dec. 8 Augusta Jaycees Christmas Parade on television. I could not believe my eyes at the kids in the parade, doing such disgusting dance moves - that is, if you want to call it dancing. Janet Kunisch, Augusta

Some clergy pass on Lord's truths
This letter is directed to all the pastors, preachers and leaders of the many churches in the Augusta metro area. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

S.C.'s mindless cuts
There was neither time enough nor consensus enough during this busy time of year for South Carolina lawmakers to decide where to target midyear spending cuts to make up for the looming $348 million revenue shortfall in the state's $5.8 billion budget.

All 'wings' periled
About the only thing that could get pro-life activists together with left-wing groups - and even West Wing actor Martin Sheen - is an assault on freedom of speech.

Alabama fan lauds quarterback
To the Georgia Bulldog nation: Remember when you booed and, in general, made life miserable for quarterback Mike Bobo during his junior season? He is now the very successful Georgia quarterback coach.Harvie Hogan, Augusta

Insurers not to blame for medical crisis
In recent Chronicle letters and guest columns, personal injury attorneys have argued that the cause of Georgia's medical liability crisis is the insurance industry, which they claim made "reckless and risky" investments during the stock market boom. Joseph W. Griffin Jr., M.D., Augusta

Good Treasury pick
President Bush's selection of CSX railroad chief John Snow to succeed Paul O'Neill as Treasury secretary is largely being portrayed in the major media as replacing one pro-big business honcho with another - the principal difference being that Snow is more on board with the administration's tax-cut economic program than O'Neill was.

Will cash-paying medical savings accounts die a crib death?
OCTOBER'S U.S. CENSUS Bureau report on the increase in America's uninsured contained a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture. Medical savings accounts, or MSAs, appear to be the one free-market solution that is actually battling the increase of families with no health plan, with 73 percent of MSA beneficiaries coming from the uninsured.

Article on black community of Carpentersville draws rave
Thank you for the Nov. 11 article in The Chronicle's Metro section on Carpentersville ("Residents recall life in black community"). I have to admit that it was very refreshing to see something that was black and positive. I know there's a lot of history that has never been uncovered about some of the most important happenings in Augusta because of one's color. Stephanie M. Talley, Augusta

Holyfield in dangerous times fighting at the age of 40

Hughes back from long layoff for busy weekend

Guilty plea ends prosecution in horse race scams

Olympic gold medalist supports others with disabilities

Overtime

Semifinals in Dome carry much prestige

IBF title fight offers study in contrasts

Overtime

Holyfield in dangerous times fighting at the age of 40
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- George Foreman was a plump 42 when he fought Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight championship. He really had no business being in the ring, but he hadn't started selling grills yet, and there was a lot of money to be made.

IBF title fight offers study in contrasts
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Chris Byrd is an undersized, unorthodox heavyweight, and the southpaw's herky-jerky style scares off would-be opponents and flusters those who do fight him.

Hughes back from long layoff for busy weekend
HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Sarah Hughes' friends finally recognize her fame. All it took was a mention in Adam Sandler's latest "Hanukkah Song."

Overtime
Augusta's Vernon Forrest will take on Ricardo Mayorga in a welterweight title-versus-title match in Temecula, Calif., just outside of San Diego, on Jan. 25, the day before the Super Bowl

Olympic gold medalist supports others with disabilities
DENVER -- Bill Johnson got back on skis last December - more than seven months after a near-fatal accident. Now he's not only hitting the slopes, he has become a spokesman for victims of brain injuries.

Guilty plea ends prosecution in horse race scams
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The man who nearly collected $3 million on a Pix Six bet from the Breeders' Cup admitted in federal court Thursday that the wager was rigged.

Overtime
The man who nearly collected $3 million on a Pix Six bet from the Breeders' Cup admitted in federal court Thursday that the wager was rigged.

Fishing report

Tourney gets near 90 boats
Nearly 90 two-man teams had registered Thursday for today's National Striped Bass Association National Championship on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Tourney gets near 90 boats

Fishing tournament news

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

Striped bass fisheries benefit from South Carolinian's idea
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Warren Turner didn't appreciate people calling him "stupid" or worse after he developed a method of keeping striped bass alive indefinitely after catching them.

Famed Lake Murray striper guide, 80, dies
Mary Gordon Delage of Chapin, S.C., better known to fans of Lake Murray striped bass fishing, died Tuesday of lung cancer.

Fishing report
Largemouth bass fishing has been tough on Thurmond Lake.

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

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

Fantasty Football: Playoff-bound teams can end a fantasy
If there are three words fantasy owners hate to hear late in the season, they're "clinched playoff spot."

Smith caps comeback week with NFL award
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina receiver Steve Smith, slowly earning the trust back of his teammates, gave the Panthers a reason to cheer him Wednesday when he was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week.

Pro picks
After being eliminated from the playoffs in the Massachusetts snow last season, the Oakland Raiders want to spend the playoffs at home.

Reeves: Tagliabue rescinds 'magic' fines
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has rescinded fines that four Atlanta defensive players received for their "pass the magic" dance during the Dec. 1 game at Minnesota.

Suddenly, playoffs not a certainty for Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Almost since training camp started, the Pittsburgh Steelers have dismissed getting into the playoffs as a mere formality, a gimme putt for the team once considered the AFC favorite.

Peete says he wants to keep playing, hopefully with Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rodney Peete entered this season thinking it might be his last. Now he's changed his mind.

Culpepper, Nike settle lawsuit
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper and Nike Inc. announced a settlement Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the sports apparel maker.

Falcons' Kerney gets good news
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Patrick Kerney was flooded with nightmares as he stomped off the field last week, hobbling on one good leg.

At 37, Augusta golfer gets his 'foot in the door'

U.N. uses technology to inspect Iraq
SEIBERSDORF, Austria -- In a sprawling U.N. laboratory tucked among snow-speckled beet fields, a scientist in surgical scrubs fusses over a battery of sophisticated radiation-detecting equipment.

Honda shows off upgraded walking robot
TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. may have come up with the most attentive and perhaps honest car dealer ever in its child-size walking robot Asimo.

For really mobile computing, try a wireless cellular network card
Q. I need to use the Internet while on the road, away from phone lines. What's the easiest way?

Hot Springs restaurant to provide barbecue for Georgia governor

Hot Springs restaurant to provide barbecue for Georgia governor
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Gov. Mike Huckabee is going to miss out on his Georgia peach ice cream, but Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes will enjoy orders of McClard's barbecue next week.

Watson told NCAA that South Carolina didn't violate rules
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson says he told an NCAA investigator that the Gamecocks didn't violate any rules during his recruitment.

Museum honors America's sideshow past

Odds and Ends

Honda shows off upgraded walking robot

For really mobile computing, try a wireless cellular network card

U.N. uses technology to inspect Iraq