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.

Better leave tree shopping up to women

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

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.

All entrepreneurs have similar drive for success
Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life but typically have many common characteristics.

Textile industry spins tales of woe on tariffs
WASHINGTON - Five months after reluctantly voting to broaden President Bush's trading powers, some Southern lawmakers fear they might have bartered away their best leverage to protect the struggling textile industry.

Textile industry spins tales of woe on tariffs

Business calendar
Monday: Columbia County Legislative Breakfast; Savannah Rapids Pavilion; 7:30 a.m.; call 821-1300.

On the move

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.

Tax software earns national notice

Planners want to turn Augusta Canal into tourist destination
Edward J. Cashin's new book is a chronicle of the Augusta Canal, the public works project that thrust the city into the industrial revolution and rescued it from what appeared to be a slow and certain economic death.

Stocks fall as investors take more profits

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT HEALTH CENTRAL Health club offering full array of weight-lifting and cardiovascular equipment and fitness and wellness classes, ranging from yoga and tai chi to step aerobics.

All entrepreneurs have similar drive for success

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.

Business briefs

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

Business calendar

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

Planners want to turn Augusta Canal into tourist destination

On the move
InfoPro Group Inc. is proud to announce the addition of the following staff members:

Charlie in charge
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson rover Altroy Bodrick is holding court in the McFadden Building auditorium, telling reporters why he thinks the bowl system is out of whack.

Charlie in charge

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

Close Heisman race comes down to the wire

Option is king for semifinalists

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.

Georgia Southern in semifinals seeking seventh national title

Palmer handed Heisman
NEW YORK - Carson Palmer capped his rise from mediocrity to stardom by winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, taking the bronze statue back to the West Coast for the first time in 21 years.

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.

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."

Palmer handed Heisman

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

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 guard leads Lady Lions

Kentucky State holds off Paine

Pacers stumble on road vs. Owls

Inadequate Law

Resignation

It's time for leadership

Howard could lead way

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

Send small gift to wedding couple
Dear Carson: If you are invited to a wedding and you do not plan to attend, are you still obligated to send a gift? We don't know the bridal couple and only know the bride's parents through a professional relationship. Also, we don't know the couple's taste or needs. - Nongiving Guests

Lipstick tone should match your skin tone
Red lipsticks for redheads? Bright pinks and oranges for anyone?

View from the hill
NORTH AUGUSTA - Despite 2 1/2 acres of thick overgrowth, peeling paint and falling shutters, the vacant house atop the hill overlooking Carolina Avenue seemed to call to Bernie and Loretta Laurel.

Island hopes its active volcano will attract adventurists
SALEM, Montserrat - Montserrat's erupting Soufriere Hills Volcano may have chased away more than half of the island's population, but the government thinks the phenomenon may lure adventure tourists.

Home front
Aren't you dying to see where Cher unwinds, where Wesley Snipes calls it a day, where Tyra Banks hangs out without her makeup?

Rules of tuxedo buying are not always clear
A patterned vest with a Windsor knot tie can make the tuxedo more trendy.

In the know
Do you want to give your tree some historical significance? Several Christmas ornaments, depicting local historic sites, are available from Easter Seals of Georgia, 1500 Wrightsboro Road

Eagles can't make history
STATESBORO, Ga. - ASaturday afternoon roller coaster ride for Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky ended with both football teams' hopes riding on a field-goal attempt framed by the blackened Eastern sky.

Eagles can't make history

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.

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Phil Mickelson's spectacular performance has the United States back in contention at the World Cup.

Singh, ex-caddie lead World Cup

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.

Woods has surgery on knee

Prep football scores

Clinch County blanks Hawkinsville

Thomas County Central 35, Marist 34, OT

Parkview blanks East Coweta

Dublin tops Laney in OT

Prep football notebook

Laney notebook

Kicker saves Gamecocks

Dogs' defense shines again

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Bulldogs find groove at home

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.

Kicker saves Gamecocks
ATLANTA - Screven County place-kicker Tony Evans practiced all week on turf.

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 notebook
ATLANTA - Screven County's secondary couldn't have played much better in the Gamecocks' 13-10 semifinal win over Gainesville in the Georgia High School Association Class AAA playoffs Saturday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Dogs' defense shines again
ATLANTA - When Luther Welsh returned to Thomson for his second stint as head football coach in 1999, he had no set goals. He just wanted to do two things: work hard and improve a program that went 3-7 the year before.

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.

Stars skate past Thrashers

Better leave tree shopping up to women
My wife was out of town last weekend, which is why my son and I were shopping on our own for a Christmas tree.

Rottweilers terrorize S. Augusta

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

The objects of 'men-only' clubs

Shepard's pay-raise statement tacky

Suicide bombers defend nothing

Anti-abortion extremists peril rights

Island hopes its active volcano will attract adventurists

Arts calendar

Send small gift to wedding couple

Rules of tuxedo buying are not always clear

View from the hill

Home front

ECHL notebook
Whenever the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game comes up for discussion, one must remember to take the term "All-Star" with a grain of salt.

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

Augusta wins second straight

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.

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Baton Rouge Kingfish center Bryan Richardson has scored eight goals in his past seven games and Louisiana IceGators center Bruce Richardson registered at least one point (23 total) in 11 straight games. The veteran forwards are not related.

Lynx roar back

Augusta wins second straight
Healthy scratch one night, hero the next.

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

Former Lynx coach settles in to office job

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.

LeBlanc trial costs accusers time, money
The money Helen Dent saved all year to buy Christmas presents mostly went to cover the expenses of ensuring that her daughter could see Aaron LeBlanc stand trial.

Records show untapped funds
Money that could have been used to repair crumbling bricks and broken park benches at Riverwalk Augusta sat idle in city bank accounts for nearly 1 1/2 years, according to budget records on file with the city's Finance Department.

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.

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.

LeBlanc trial costs accusers time, money

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A prosecutor violated Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin's constitutional rights during closing arguments of his trial in the murder of a Fulton County deputy sheriff, defense attorneys said in an appeal.

'Nutcracker' ends with marriage proposal

Across the southeast

Children have an uplifting day off

Former officers to serve jail time

Records show untapped funds

Subscriber of the day

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.

Indigent defense overhaul sought

Winning Pair
ATLANTA - As Screven County coach Mark Daniel was finishing a live television interview with Georgia Public Television on Saturday, he made sure he got this message to Thomson coach Luther Welsh.

Postal inspector provides details in woman's killing

Aiken studies retirement policy
A change in state law that allowed North Augusta's public safety chief to retire and return to work at his previous salary - and with a pension - might not have the same effect in Aiken.

Hold on to that toy; it just might pay off

Previous rape acquittal shocks Gastonia jurors
When the jurors in Aaron LeBlanc's Gastonia, N.C., rape trial learned that he had been acquitted of sexual assault charges in Augusta just three weeks before he attacked a woman there, their jaws dropped.

Across the area

Neighbor tries to recall fire rescue

Winter water park

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 Georgia

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

Pigs are resistant to birds' disease

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.

Couple aims to salvage Aiken houses

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

Ailing mom says her son deserves a happy holiday

Recreation plans branch out

Across the area

Baseball players trade gloves for ASU diploma
When Ricky Buffkin graduated from Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., he considered a pitching career like his idol, David Cone.

Many homeowners fail to pay mandatory fees

'Nutcracker' ends with marriage proposal
The Augusta Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker usually ends with a curtain call, but on Saturday the holiday classic ended with a marriage proposal.

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.

Children have an uplifting day off
Denver Champion, 16, broke out into a wide grin as he described his first flight.

Chiefs to ask for call times
AIKEN - Frustrated by what it sees as a lack of timely responses, the Aiken County Fire Chiefs Association will ask Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers for dispatch times for emergency calls.

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.

News you can use
DEC. 15, 1962 Hamilton Holmes, a black premedical student at the University of Georgia, has been accepted by the Emory University School of Medicine.

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.

Across the southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -A federal appeals court dismissed a Virginia prison warden's lawsuit against two Connecticut newspapers Friday, saying articles posted on the Internet were not aimed at a Virginia audience.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

Christmas party benefits mentally ill

Many homeowners fail to pay mandatory fees
AIKEN - Volunteer fire departments have come a long way in terms of funding their operations.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Recreation plans branch out
Columbia County isn't looking for any more diamonds in the rough or in its parks.

Across the area
Police were investigating a shooting at a home on Mundy Road.

Subscriber of the day
Ann Hiers of North Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Across South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT -The 16-by-54-foot mural at East Cooper Baptist Church is so big that the artist designed it as a giant paint-by-numbers project so volunteers could get the work done by Saturday.

Mom wants merry Christmas for children
An Augusta mother who is battling illness and trying to raise her two children is asking the Empty Stocking Fund to help her make Christmas special.

Neighbor tries to recall fire rescue
SAVANNAH - Oji Lukata could not remember how many children he pulled from his neighbors' burning house.

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

Man is found shot to death
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into the shooting death of an Augusta man at an apartment on Southgate Drive early Saturday morning.

Previous rape acquittal shocks Gastonia jurors

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Across Georgia

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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?

Aiken studies retirement policy

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."

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

Mom wants merry Christmas for children

There's no place like the Dome
ATLANTA - Skeebo has a lot of life left and a lot to look forward to, including a state championship game Friday. But the Screven County senior safety will be hard-pressed to top his moment in the Dome.

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

Riley: Everyone wants to trade for Mourning

Suns burn the Hawks
ATLANTA -- Amare Stoudemire showed off his skills, and his best attribute might be his uncanny maturity.

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.

Kentucky State holds off Paine
Paine College was looking for revenge against Kentucky State on Saturday night.

Pacers stumble on road vs. Owls
Kennesaw State had three players in double figures as they defeated USC Aiken 67-50 Saturday afternoon.

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

Falcons aim for playoff spot

Falcons owner commends Reeves

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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.

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Mrs. Nancy Melton    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Newton    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Petito    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Jennie Murphy    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Annetta Robertson    (COLLEGE, PARK, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Mathis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ellen Lowe    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
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Mr. Tommie Jones    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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The objects of 'men-only' clubs
There have always been men's and women's clubs and, as far as I'm concerned, never the twain should meet. There are enough functions for singles, couples and families to go around that, by now, everyone in America should find some happiness in their peer group without having to invade another's territory. Ken Lummis, Martinez, Ga.

Howard could lead way
State Rep. Henry Howard stood up at a legislative breakfast here last week to deliver some pointed, and welcome, remarks on bridging the racial divide in Augusta.

It's time for leadership
It's been a tough year in Augusta - at least on the community's psyche.

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.

Shepard's pay-raise statement tacky
I was stunned by the comment made by the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee Chairman Steve Shepard in regard to the recent budget approval that did not afford any raises or bonuses for the city or county employees. Although that may be the situation, the part about being thankful they have a job, and the comment he made that "They should consider their jobs their raise," was tacky, tacky, tacky. I'm sure the employees were delighted with that comment. Carol Johnson, 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.

Suicide bombers defend nothing
Regarding Harry Sellers' Dec. 4. letter: Mr. Sellers asks where the experts gain knowledge of world affairs. I suspect he gets most of his from the funny pages and al-Jazeera television. Brent G. Betz, 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.

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

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

Greece takes out $1.5 billion loan for Olympics

Area sports announcements

Sports digest

Area sports announcements
AREA SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Lewis has second thoughts about Vitali Klitschko fight
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Two weeks ago, Lennox Lewis said he had his boxing future figured out, beginning with a spring fight against Vitali Klitschko. Now the heavyweight champion appears to be having second thoughts.

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

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

Lawmakers are expected to address huunting issues
The autumn elections have set the scene for a new political landscape in next year's General Assembly - and topics of interest to outdoorsmen could range from canned hunts to restrictions on dog hunting.

Area team reels in title
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Wade Dunnaway caught a 38.05-pound striped bass about an hour before the weigh-in and it turned out to be the most important fish in the 35-year-old Washington, Ga., man's life.

Outdoors calendar
MONDAY: CSRA Flyfishing Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Wilde clubhouse, 4705 Owens Road, Evans. The public is welcome.

Outdoors calendar

Area team reels in title

Lawmakers are expected to address huunting issues

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.

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
Scores from prep basketball games on Friday.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area high schooll basketball games

Falcons aim for playoff spot
ATLANTA - The Seattle Seahawks are 4-9 and only figure in the playoff race as a spoiler, starting today against the Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54).

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Wrong team won

There's no place like the Dome

New display technology could replace silicon-based LCD
NEW YORK -- A new technology that makes cell phone screens glow like a firefly's tail may well be destined to brighten displays on everything from televisions to digital cameras.

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.

Be an assassin with 'Hit Man 2'
Life is full of choices. Make the wrong one, and it could prove costly. That's especially true with "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin."

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.

Strong second half lifts Georgia to win
ATHENS, Ga. - From the bench, Georgia center Christi Thomas and guard Sherril Baker were harmless spectators.

Strong second half lifts Georgia to win

Former Georgia player arrested
ATHENS, Ga. - Former University of Georgia basketball player Tony Cole was arrested this week for trespassing.

MCG plans smallpox vaccines

NASA: Water everywhere on Mars

New display technology could replace silicon-based LCD

Be an assassin with 'Hit Man 2'

The jazzy sound of Christmas

Local church spreads the Gospel

Faith digest

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