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.

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.

Applause calendar

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

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

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

Video watch

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?

That old Shakespeare, he's still plotting

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.

First Friday's silence is deafening

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

Standing ovations

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

Sub lovers have two new haunts to try

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.

At the Movies: 'The Hot Chick'

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.

Mini reviews

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.

Vintage guitars add history and dreams to store

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'

Fun is the top priority for The Vellotones

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

Teams talk on first day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The only swapping taking place on the opening day of baseball's winter meetings was of stories about inactivity.

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.

Bulldogs top list of state mascots

Braves re-sign Helmes
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves re-signed first baseman Wes Helms to a one-year contract worth $575,000.

Braves re-sign Helmes

Wholesale prices drop 0.4 percent in November

Visitors Bureau offers information to help out hotels
For Augusta's stores and restaurants, the first line of attack to grab out-of-town visitors is usually on their way out of the hotel room.

Wholesale prices drop 0.4 percent in November
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices plunged by 0.4 percent in November, the biggest decline in six months, as costs fell sharply for gasoline and cars and sporting goods prices registered a record drop.

Stocks mixed despite strong retail sales

Stocks fall as investors take more profits

Tax software earns national notice

Census Bureau targets business

Tax software earns national notice
Success stories about computer companies are rare these days, and they're not too prolific in the Augusta area to begin with.

Business briefs

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
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 104.69, or 1.2 percent, at 8,433.71.

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.

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.

Stocks fall as investors take more profits
NEW YORK -- Investors' growing skepticism about the stock market's autumn rally sent prices falling again Friday, giving Wall Street its second straight losing week.

Tigers pumped for foe
Playing Louisiana Tech in last year's Humanitarian Bowl just didn't get the Clemson players excited.

Tigers pumped for foe

Friedgen getting ready for Peach Bowl return to Atlanta

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.

N.C. State-Notre Dame Gator Bowl sold out
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All remaining tickets have been sold for the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day between No. 17 North Carolina State and No. 9 Notre Dame, bowl officials said.

Saints' Riley mulls Alabama offer, Tide waits

Georgia Southern in semifinals seeking seventh national title
STATESBORO, Ga. -- First-year coach Mike Sewak knew what was expected of him when he took the Georgia Southern job: lead the Eagles to a Southern Conference championship and a spot in the Division I-AA playoffs, if not another national title.

Colorado punter wins award

Reports: Alabama offers Riley job

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.

N.C. State-Notre Dame Gator Bowl sold out

Option is king for semifinalists

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.

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

Georgia Southern in semifinals seeking seventh national title

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.

Winning is everything for Dorsey

Close Heisman race comes down to the wire

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.

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

Option is king for semifinalists
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern football coach Mike Sewak scratched his chin while watching films this week and thought, "I've seen that play before."

Close Heisman race comes down to the wire
NEW YORK -- Iowa quarterback Brad Banks used to strike the Heisman pose with friends while growing up in Florida.

Paine sweeps Lane

Paine guard leads Lady Lions

Good Treasury pick

S.C.'s mindless cuts

Resignation

Inadequate Law

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

Woods has surgery on knee
Bothered by a sore left knee throughout the year, Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery this week and will miss the season-opening Mercedes Championships in January in Hawaii.

Singh, ex-caddie lead World Cup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Dinesh Chand used to caddie for Vijay Singh, and now they're trying to win a world championship together.

Team Canada warms up in Mexico to lead World Cup

Woods has surgery on knee

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.

Singh, ex-caddie lead World Cup

Screven County's playoff run is a family affair

Parkview blanks East Coweta

'There's unfinished business'

Clinch County blanks Hawkinsville

Prep football scores

Thomas County Central 35, Marist 34, OT

Dublin tops Laney in OT

Laney notebook

Prep basketball scores

Bulldogs find groove at home

Prep basketball scores

Clinch County blanks Hawkinsville
ATLANTA -- Lorenzo Kelsaw rushed for 222 yards on 29 carries as Clinch County beat Hawkinsville 36-0 in a Class A state semifinal Friday at the Georgia Dome.

Parkview blanks East Coweta
ATLANTA - Parkview beat East Coweta 24-0 in a Class AAAAA semifinal Friday night, securing the chance to win its third straight state championship.

Laney notebook
ATLANTA - Laney appeared to be driving toward a momentum-building touchdown late in the first half of its 20-13 overtime loss to Dublin in the Class AAA semifinals in the Georgia Dome.

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.

Thomas County Central 35, Marist 34, OT
ATLANTA -- Moses Cochran scored with 20 seconds left in the overtime period and followed it with the two-point conversion run to give Thomas County Central a 35-34 win over Marist in a Class AAAA semifinal Friday.

'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.

Buford beats Americus
ATLANTA -- Darius Walker rushed for 213 yards, including two long touchdowns of 30 and 52 yards, as Buford beat Americus 28-12 in a Class AA semifinal on Friday.

Prep football scores
Georgia prep football playoff scores and Saturday schedule.

Playoff capsules
Here are capsules of prep football playoff games.

Laney falls short in state semifinals
ATLANTA - With the exception of a few muffled conversations, the Laney locker room was silent Friday night.

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

Dublin tops Laney in OT
ATLANTA - The coaches called his number again, so although he was tired, dehydrated and dizzy, Laney senior J.K. Sabb wobbled back on to the field.

Stars skate past Thrashers

Stars skate past Thrashers
DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett asked for a more physical effort from his slumping team on Friday night, and that's exactly what he got.

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.

Anti-abortion extremists peril rights

Opposes more mayoral powers

Rottweilers terrorize S. Augusta

Don't dine out if you can't tip the wait staff

Alabama fan lauds quarterback

Better airport forecasting needed

Some clergy pass on Lord's truths

Cinnamon Ornaments

Hints for staying sane when returning gifts

Countdown to Christmas

Letter from the editor

12 joys of Christmas

American collector buys clues to Harry Potter book five

What is pinkeye?

Mom's wish list...

Soft Pretzel Recipe

Former Lynx coach settles in to office job
You can still hear and see the coach in Jim Burton.

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

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.

Lynx roar back

Lynx GameNight
Columbia Inferno at Augusta Lynx When: 7:35 Saturday

Lynx GameNight

Lynx roar back
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Augusta allowed an early goal, but that was all, as the Lynx scored a 4-1 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday night.

Lynx road report

Former Lynx coach settles in to office job

Christmas party benefits mentally ill

Panel calls for improved indigent defense system

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.

Couple aims to salvage Aiken houses
AIKEN - When north side resident Bill McGhee asks the city of Aiken to salvage old houses in his community, he's not just talking the talk.

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

Pigs are resistant to birds' disease
A mysterious disorder that in recent years has killed at least 25 bald eagles along Thurmond Lake's wooded shorelines appears unlikely to affect mammals, according to new research.

Associates of Barnes won state contract
ATLANTA - Officials at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency awarded a half-million dollar contract to a company run by the governor's political consultants without competitive bidding.

Ailing mom says her son deserves a happy holiday
Diagnosed with a serious disease two years ago, a 30-year-old Augusta mother wants her son to wake up happy on Christmas morning.

Pigs are resistant to birds' disease

Across the area
A Martinez man suspected of murder was extradited to Aiken County this week at the request of North Augusta authorities.

Across the area

Across Georgia
MACON -A group of five Indian tribes are fighting the proposed Eisenhower Parkway Extension that would be built through the Ocmulgee Old Fields, the historic lands of Muskogee and Creek Indians.

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.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Officials on Thursday formally requested assistance from Gov. Jim Hodges in getting federal disaster relief funds to help pay for the removal of thousands of trees and limbs strewn across the city after last week's ice storm.

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.

Movies pay off for state
ATLANTA - Georgia's film and video industry recently announced what is expected to be its best year ever, with 2002 recording nearly $300 million in economic impact from in-state productions.

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.

Perdue names five to staff
ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue announced five additions to his staff Friday, including Republican political operatives and business veterans.

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.

UGA students urge release of alumnus

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

Hold on to that toy; it just might pay off

Riot suspects seek separate trials

News you can use

Across Georgia

Barrett details office setup
AIKEN - Congressman-elect Gresham Barrett told residents to expect top-notch constituent service as he introduced his staff members Friday at the Aiken County Council chambers.

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.

Lack of finances will delay move

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.

Joined in loss

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

Postal inspector provides details in woman's killing

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

Indigent defense overhaul sought

Indigent defense overhaul sought
ATLANTA - People accused of crimes who can't afford a lawyer won't get a fair shake until Georgia's legal system gets a major influx of cash and a massive overhaul, a commission is warning state leaders.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Christmas party benefits mentally ill
AIKEN - The Mental Health Association of Aiken County not only saved Jeffry Anderson's life, it also introduced him to his future wife.

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

Ailing mom says her son deserves a happy holiday

Subscriber of the day
Sybil Hill Lever of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

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

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

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.

Couple aims to salvage Aiken houses

Parents split on school moves

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.

Hospital stops reporting births

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.

Winter water park

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.

Former officers to serve jail time
A federal judge sentenced two former Richmond County sheriff's officers convicted of drug charges to prison Friday.

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.

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 the area

Subscriber of the day

Leaders explain budget worries

Winter water park
Krystal River Water Park is decorated with lights for Christmas.

State awards improved schools
AIKEN - Local public schools will reap the financial rewards of improvement.

Rants and raves
MUHAMMAD ALI is still Cassius Clay to me. He has the greatest mouth, but hiding behind his religion doesn't keep him from being the greatest draft dodger.

Correction

Man finds treasure in trash
The old adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure" has proved true for a local art teacher.

Student wants good Christmas for her sisters

Group distributes dictionaries to pupils
Third-grader Caleb Sims reads his new dictionary, one of about 900 given out in Clarke County schools.

Arson lawsuits returning to county court

Postal inspector provides details in woman's killing
FLEMING, Ga. - Meier Jason Brown said it was an accident that he killed the woman known throughout Fleming as "Miss Sallie."

Hold on to that toy; it just might pay off
ATHENS, Ga. - You may have fond memories of playing with G.I. Joe, Barbie and a favorite teddy bear from Christmases past, but did you know that collectors from around the world are paying top dollar for vintage toys?

Former officers to serve jail time

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.

Wrong team won
ATLANTA - It could have been sealed with an extra point.

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

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.

Riley: Everyone wants to trade for Mourning
Alonzo Mourning is one of the hottest commodities sought on the NBA trade market even though he's probably out for the season with a kidney ailment.

Riley: Everyone wants to trade for Mourning

Paine guard leads Lady Lions
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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

Falcons owner commends Reeves

Peete says he wants to keep playing, hopefully with Carolina

Pro picks

Culpepper, Nike settle lawsuit

Ms. Belle Conger    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga)
Mr. Roosevelt Williams Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Will Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ellis Handy Sr.    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Nina Bond    (CONYERS, Ga.)
Dr. Pomeroy Nichols Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tommie Jones    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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. Annetta Robertson    (COLLEGE, PARK, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Freeman    (LUGOFF, S.C.)
Mrs. Mamie Bigham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cornelius Ferguson-Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sallie Price    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. William Fant    (THOMASVILLE, N.C.)
Mrs. Ellen Lowe    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mr. Chester Evans    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Melton    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Darran    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Petito    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Judson Cunningham    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Eliza Jones    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Brandon Cordell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Wilson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Jackson Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Allen    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Pomeroy Nichols Jr
Longtime physician Pomeroy Nichols Jr. was known for his love of medicine and sincere dedication to his work as a neurosurgeon.

Mr. Jett Adams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Day    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Wilson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Lowe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cornelius Littles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Weathersbee    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Reby McDonald    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Mrs. Llew Wall    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Minor    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Tilley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Clayton    (CARBON HILL, Ala.)
Mr. David Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sidney Quick    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Griner    (NEWNAN, Ga.)
Mr. Perry Seigler    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Charles White    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Jackson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Wilbert Williams    (SPC AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Patrick Ramdeen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jonathan Rackard Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Givens    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Sidney Quick    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Bigham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Roberta Rutherford    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Hardwick    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. James Richard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Jennings Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Bernard Rentz    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. David Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mrs. Tae-Cha Bales (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Perry Seigler (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Griner (NEWNAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sidney Quick (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tommie Jones (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Evans (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eliza Jones (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Bond (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen Lowe (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Petito (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Williams Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Reby McDonald (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Jett Adams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sidney Quick (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Rentz (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Cunningham (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Belle Conger (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga)

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

Mr. Ernest Lowe (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. David Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mrs. Ruby Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Day (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Tilley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Minor (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annetta Robertson (COLLEGE, PARK, Ga.)

Mr. Brandon Cordell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Cornelius Littles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Hardwick (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Llew Wall (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Bigham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles White (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Will Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn Allen (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Don't dine out if you can't tip the wait staff
I have a problem with people who go to restaurants and do not provide adequate tipping for good service. Kia Henderson, Augusta

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

Rottweilers terrorize S. Augusta
Our subdivision in south Augusta has been under siege by rottweilers that are not restrained by their owner. Thomas McDonald, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

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

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.

Anti-abortion extremists peril rights
First, let me say that I hate abortions. The fact that one out of four pregnancies in this country ends in abortion is a national disgrace. But there is a danger of the right-wing majority pushing their anti-abortion agenda on the American public. J. Davis Lyons, Augusta

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

Inadequate Law
The resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law cracks open the door for healing among Catholics in the wake of the clerical sex abuse crisis that has plagued the Roman church around the world in recent years. But for the healing to become more than a dream of the laity, the church hierarchy must open the door wider by demonstrating a real desire to change.

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

Resignation
Rumors have been swirling for some weeks - even before his shocking re-election defeat Nov. 5 - that state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, was being investigated by the FBI. The FBI will neither confirm nor deny a probe.

Olympic gold medalist supports others with disabilities

Sports digest

Holyfield in dangerous times fighting at the age of 40

Overtime

Greece takes out $1.5 billion loan for Olympics

Guilty plea ends prosecution in horse race scams

Semifinals in Dome carry much prestige

Former heavyweight champ Berbick deported
MIAMI -- Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick has been deported for the second time in five years.

Sports digest
"Smith & Wesson announced plans to produce golf clubs, giving a whole new meaning to the question, 'What did you shoot?"' -Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times

Greece takes out $1.5 billion loan for Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece agreed on a $1.5 billion loan Friday to finance the 2004 Olympics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fishing tournament news

Rain drenches opening round
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Travis Burke and Brent Bishop weighed in a 12.33-pound striped bass to take the first-day lead in the National Striped Bass Association National Championships Friday on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Tourney gets near 90 boats

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.

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.

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from prep basketball games on Friday.

Bulldogs find groove at home
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - After getting an early scare from Aiken Friday night, Silver Bluff caught fire late in the first quarter. The Hornets could not put out the flames.

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

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.

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.

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

Falcons owner commends Reeves
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Arthur Blank praised Dan Reeves Friday, but the Atlanta Falcons' owner sees no need to extend the head coach's contract.

Faith digest
Grief touches every life sooner or later, but working through the grieving process differs for each person. The Rev. Roger Bennett of Overcomers Outreach Center will lead a grief-recovery seminar from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church in La Petite Plaza, 3850 Washington Road, Building 3B.

Local church spreads the Gospel
A 20-foot container packed with thousands of Bibles, New Testaments and salvation tracts left Harlem's Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday destined for Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Church recalls visions with skit
The Virgin Mary plays a large role in any telling of the Christmas story among Hispanics.

Love for music is restored in heart
Music has been an important part of my life since my earliest days. Growing up

Religion briefs
LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Ever since a Nativity scene was banished from the courthouse grounds by Tippecanoe County commissioners in 1999, Jack Ruckel has marked Christmas by putting a portable manger display on his pickup truck and parking it outside the building.

Faith calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

The jazzy sound of Christmas
The hymn Order My Steps poured out of jazzman Wycliffe Gordon's trombone at Tabernacle Baptist Church. No words were needed.

Wrong team won

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.

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?

MCG plans smallpox vaccines
Medical College of Georgia Hospital is one of 15 trauma centers recently identified throughout the state to participate in a smallpox vaccination program that will begin early next year.

NASA: Water everywhere on Mars
SAN FRANCISCO -- New observations by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars show a planet rich in water, but suggests that for billions of years it has done little other than remain frozen in the soil. The finding challenges theories that Mars was once a warm, wet place hospitable to life.

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.

Hot Springs restaurant to provide barbecue for Georgia governor

NASA: Water everywhere on Mars

For really mobile computing, try a wireless cellular network card

U.N. uses technology to inspect Iraq

MCG plans smallpox vaccines

Local church spreads the Gospel

Faith calendar

The jazzy sound of Christmas

Faith digest

Religion briefs