Why not get in mood for a blue Christmas?
Dare to be different. Everybody is going to dream of a White Christmas this week. Why? Because Bing tells them to.

At the Movies: 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie'
"The Wild Thornberrys Movie," a rollicking animated adventure with a plucky, can-do spirit, nearly bubbles over with incident and exotic locales. It's a breeze and a blast, snappily paced and full of frolicsome energy.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Local bands ready to rock at fund-raiser

'The Lord of the Rings' takes in $26 million on opening day
LOS ANGELES -- The fellowship of the ring may have fractured on screen, but it's alive and kicking in theaters.

At the Movies: 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie'

Standing ovations
A cast of 49 children ages 6 to 17 will stage The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a comedy about a Southern church's children's Christmas production, to be staged by the Augusta Players Children's Wing at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3045 Deans Bridge Road.

Why not get in mood for a blue Christmas?

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.

At the Movies: 'Gangs of New York'

At the Movies: 'Antwone Fisher'
"Antwone Fisher" could have been another "I Am Sam" - a well-intentioned story that aims for Oscar but ultimately is so overwrought that it sags like a multi-hanky made-for-Lifetime flick.

At the Movies: 'Antwone Fisher'

Musician aiming high for local jazz festival
Jazzman Wycliffe Gordon keeps a wish list for Augusta on his desk in New York City.

Troupe mixes pageant with dining experience

Ramblin' Rhodes: Heloise is full of great hints and a love for country music
The last person I expected to run into recently at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Seattle was Heloise, the helpful hints columnist.

Applause calendar

'Chicago' receives a leading 8 Golden Globe nominations

Mini reviews

Troupe mixes pageant with dining experience
The Christmas pageant gets the dinner theater treatment Saturday night when Creative Impressions stages Behold the Star at Bell Auditorium.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Heloise is full of great hints and a love for country music

Applause calendar
CHRISTMAS IN HOPELAND: Holiday light displays in Hopeland Gardens, Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, Aiken; 6-9 tonight-Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 28; (803) 642-7631.

Standing ovations

At the Movies: 'Two Weeks Notice'
How could Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock - two masters of dry wit and physical comedy - end up in such a flat movie?

At the Movies: 'Two Weeks Notice'

'Chicago' receives a leading 8 Golden Globe nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The movie musical "Chicago" received a leading eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday, while the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Hours" got seven and the comedy "Adaptation" had six.

Musician, activist finds joy in the little things

Local bands ready to rock at fund-raiser
If all you want for Christmas is a rock show full of local bands at an affordable price, you must be on Santa's good list this year.

'The Lord of the Rings' takes in $26 million on opening day

The contenders
While it's unlikely that the Southern states will be seeing a white Christmas, the weather has, as the song goes, gotten frightful. Well, at least relatively frightful.

Musician aiming high for local jazz festival

Musician, activist finds joy in the little things
There is a simplicity to Jesse Colin Young's life that belies his place in music history.

Video watch

Video watch
JUST OUT: Ballistic: Eks vs. Sever and Trapped

The contenders

Club calendar

At the Movies: 'Gangs of New York'
There are two ways to approach Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York": Go in hoping for a masterpiece given the talent involved and the film's scale, or enter skeptically considering its delayed release and the director's bickering with Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein over the final cut.

Ted Williams' body will remain frozen
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' eldest daughter dropped her objections Friday to her siblings' decision to have the Hall of Famer's body frozen at a cryonics lab in Arizona.

Ted Williams' body will remain frozen

Christmas cards lead to sticky situations

Braves sign Franco and Bragg to minor league deals

Maddux will stay in Atlanta

Braves trade Millwood for Estrada

Maddux stays with Braves, accepts arbitration offer

Maddux will stay in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Greg Maddux will wear an Atlanta Braves uniform for at least one more year.

Braves trade Millwood for Estrada
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-hander Kevin Millwood from the Atlanta Braves for catcher Johnny Estrada on Friday.

Maddux stays with Braves, accepts arbitration offer
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux decided to stay with the Atlanta Braves, accepting the team's offer of salary arbitration Thursday.

Braves sign Franco and Bragg to minor league deals
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves signed Julio Franco and Darren Bragg to minor league deals Friday and invited both of them to spring training.

Chamber's focus shifts to retailers

Stocks rise on investor optimism
NEW YORK -- Stocks surged Friday, as investors shrugged off worries about a war with Iraq and drew some optimism from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's latest assessment of the economy. The three main indexes posted a weekly gain to snap a two-week losing streak.

Chain stores muscle in on roadside sellers of Christmas trees

Business briefs
People's Community Capital Corp. announced a 5 percent stock dividend to shareholders of record as of Jan. 15, with payment on Jan. 29.

Chamber's focus shifts to retailers
Attracting a new industrial plant can take years and involve heavy tax incentives, and it's becoming increasingly more difficult as the manufacturing sector continues to struggle.

Stocks fall on war fears

Leading economic indicators rise

Wal-Mart loses case on unpaid overtime
PORTLAND, Ore. - Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, forced employees in Oregon to work unpaid overtime between 1994 and 1999, a federal jury found Thursday in the first of dozens of such lawsuits across the country to come to trial.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 4 percent rate from July through September, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Stocks fall on war fears
NEW YORK -- War fears overshadowed encouraging economic reports Thursday on Wall Street, sending stock prices lower for a third consecutive day. The Dow Jones industrials fell to their lowest level in nearly six weeks.

Paper mill lists factors in closing
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The president of Durango-Georgia Paper Co. has told federal bankruptcy court officials that the boiler explosion last August that killed two workers contributed to forcing the company out of business.

Leading economic indicators rise
NEW YORK -- A stabilizing job market and higher stock prices helped push up a key measure of U.S. economic activity in November, a sign the nation's financial situation is strengthening, an industry group reported Thursday.

Stocks rise on investor optimism

Business briefs

Downtown group picks new leaders

Wal-Mart loses case on unpaid overtime

Downtown group picks new leaders
Rick Toole's focus as chairman of Main Street Augusta next year is to get the members to start thinking about making long-range plans.

Chain stores muscle in on roadside sellers of Christmas trees
PORTLAND, Maine -- Operating a roadside Christmas tree stand has never been a huge moneymaker. Now that the big boys have moved into the market it's even tougher.

LSU facing early game
BATON ROUGE, La.-- As a country kid, Domanick Davis is an early riser. But as a football player he doubts that he's ever played a game at 10 a.m. - not even a neighborhood game in the yard.

LSU facing early game

Jaguars pull out victory

Bowls are a crock

One valuable tool

Chaos in Venezuela

Half full, or empty?

'The Two Towers' packs punch with $26 million opening day
LOS ANGELES -- The fellowship of the ring may have fractured on screen, but it's alive and kicking in theaters.

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.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing report
This is the time of year when low pressure systems bring bad weather into the area almost every week. Rain, icy conditions and high winds are among conditions present.

Care is crucial for poinsettias
Q: I bought a few poinsettias for my home in early December last year. Unfortunately, they looked good only for a few days. I was so disappointed they didn't look good all the way up until Christmas. Have you got any suggestions for me for this year?

Canadian Tour leaving Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Canadian Tour is following the Senior PGA and LPGA tours by leaving the Grand Strand, at least for 2003.

Men's golf investigated at University of Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota is investigating whether members of the men's golf team received extra benefits in possible violation of NCAA rules.

Dogs finish what they start

Gamecocks complete mission

Parkview goes for 45th straight victory

Dublin coach exceeds all expectations

Buford wins second straight state championship

Prep basketball scores

Parkview goes for 45th straight victory
LILBURN, Ga. -- Parkview has won 44 straight games, a streak which started with a rather unassuming victory over Harrison on Sept. 2, 2000.

Buford wins second straight state championship
BUFORD, Ga. -- Darius Walker rushed for 178 yards, including touchdown runs of 12 and 33 yards, as No. 2 Buford won its second straight state championship, beating seventh-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian School 34-10 Friday night in the Class AA final.

Gamecocks complete mission
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Screven County defensive lineman Dusty Reddick pinpointed the exact moment the Gamecocks prepared for a state title run this season.

Dogs finish what they start
THOMSON - Thomson coach Luther Welsh looked at his players while they were eating their pregame meal, and he knew.

Thomson, Screven County claim crowns
On a night temperatures dove toward the freezing point, the Thomson and Screven County football teams did plenty of running to keep warm.

Bulldogs, Gamecocks show support
The two teams are interlocked by more than coaches, mentors and state championship games.

Dublin coach exceeds all expectations
Dublin coach Roger Holmes faced a tough task when he accepted his job.

Hurricanes beats Thrashers in OT

Hurricanes beats Thrashers in OT
ATLANTA -- Aaron Ward scored with 1:04 left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied to a 3-2 victory Friday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Lidstrom leads NHL All-Star voting

Lidstrom leads NHL All-Star voting
NEW YORK -- Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom leads the NHL in fan voting for the All-Star game.

Christmas cards lead to sticky situations
I'm stumped on stamps.

Lott resigns as majority leader
WASHINGTON -- Bowing to pressure from his fellow senators and the Bush White House, Sen. Trent Lott resigned his position as Senate majority leader on Friday after his colleagues openly began lining up behind Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist.

Democrats haven't helped blacks

Is grateful for moving memorial

Be honest: Our nation is segregated

Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted

Moral outrage on Capitol Hill

'The Two Towers' packs punch with $26 million opening day

Augusta Lynx road report
Today: vs. South Carolina Stingrays, North Charleston Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus outlasts Augusta
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andrew Long scored the game-winning goal to lift the Columbus Cottonmouths to a 4-3 win over the Augusta Lynx on Friday at the Columbus Civic Center.

Lynx's Yetman to play in All-Star Game again

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, Columbus Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

Lynx's Yetman to play in All-Star Game again
When Lynx forward Patrick Yetman made the trip to Trenton, N.J., for the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game as a rookie last season, he got a surprise visit from his parents and brother who came down from Newfoundland to see him play.

Review could bring change
A $75,000 independent review of North Augusta's park system, which could result in major changes to Riverview Park, will begin in January with citizen surveys, Parks and Recreation Director Bob Brooks said Thursday as he walked through Bunting Park.

Sheriff warns of rules on taxis
Sheriff Ronnie Strength will re-educate deputies on the taxi cab ordinances and tell them to look for violations. Violators will be stopped and given misdemeanor tickets.

Christmas at Mead Hall

Across the southeast

School helps parents learn English
ATHENS, Ga. - Rafaela Delgado used to be afraid to talk to her co-workers. Shy and unsure of her grasp of English, the Mexican native - who moved to Athens eight years ago - avoided talking to people, afraid she wouldn't be able to understand them and they wouldn't be able to figure out what she was trying to say.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
LANCASTER - City officials have decided to resume an inmate labor program two years after an inmate lost a leg in an accident.

Subscriber of the day

Family with ill father needs holiday help
With her husband recently diagnosed with cancer, a North Augusta mother wants to make Christmas special for her family.

News you can use

Mayor wants Web sites to change their names

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
NEWTON, Miss. -A tornado smashed into stores jammed with holiday shoppers and flipped over trucks Thursday, injuring about 50 people, at least two critically, authorities said.

Christmas at Mead Hall
Charlie Haneman holds his daughter, Laura Haneman, a 4-year-old pupil at Mead Hall, so she can take a picture of friends performing in the school's Christmas program.

Board approves animal control
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Stray dogs just appear in Jack and Sonja Nelson's Jackson County neighborhood. By their count, dozens have shown up over the past few years, and without an animal control ordinance, the neighbors have had few choices. They could adopt the dog, find someone else to adopt it, dump it in someone else's yard or kill it.

Lighting Up
It may be a small town, but at Christmastime downtown Grovetown could be considered the bright and morning star of the area.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for all the parents who want to prosecute these boys who are two to four years older than their daughters who are getting pregnant. If these parents would watch these kids, they wouldn't be sexually active.

Home sweet home
First-time homeowner Alla Jean Graves (center) hugs Norma Miller, a home buyer and education coordinator for Antioch Ministries Inc. Scylance B. Scott Jr., the executive director of Affordable Housing Economic Development, shows Ms. Graves inside.

Facility unites to earn honor
Cindy Lunsford is not sure what her reward will be for trying to help coordinate a regional cancer effort for Augusta, Athens and points between.

Supplies of blood must be rebuilt
Instead of decking her halls, Anita Wylds opted Friday to sit slightly shivering in a chair for two hours at Shepeard Community Blood Center while a machine pulled platelets from her blood.

State tightens rules on temporary tags

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT and a rave. ... James Brown isn't recognized enough for his generosity and kindness he shows Augusta every year at the annual James Brown turkey and toy giveaways. God bless him and his family.

EPD issues sewage spill fines
Columbia County will pay fines totaling $5,200 for a series of sewage spills and violations involving the county's Reed Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Martinez, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

It's all down hill
Spencer Lever makes his way down the slide with a little help from his mother, Misty Lever. The two were attending the grand opening ceremony of the McBean Community Center on Friday.

Family with ill father needs holiday help

Drug court can begin in 2003
Program managers hope to have 35 juvenile offenders in the program by the end of 2003. They also want to expand the program to Barnwell and Bamberg counties.

Town residents argue over spelling of name

Soldiers return for Christmas

Across South Carolina

Lighting Up

State tightens rules on temporary tags
AIKEN - Already bought that new car for Christmas?

School systems receive support

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas and New Year's:

Across the Southeast

Soldiers return for Christmas
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Tech. Sgt. Craig Tutorow had a surprise for his two young children - Daddy's home, wearing his desert camouflage and a Santa hat.

Supplies of blood must be rebuilt

Schrenko broke rule on travel
ATLANTA - Even though her department has banned out-of-state travel, Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko spent state money on a trip to New Orleans a month before leaving office.

Jackpot draws out-of-state players

Officers prepare dispatch records
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has received an anticipated letter seeking public records for the past six months on its dispatch response times.

Across the area

Fund helps teenager replace stolen bike
The hug seemed to last forever.

Residents want recall of officials

Graduation speaker creates debate at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, no stranger to controversy, will deliver the graduation speech at the University of Georgia School of Law in May - a decision that has stirred debate among professors and students.

Across the area
An inmate at the Richmond County Diversion Center faced charges Friday after being accused of fighting with another prisoner the day before and striking a police officer, a sheriff's report states.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -Some scenes from Dumb and Dumber 2: When Harry Met Lloyd will be filmed on the square in downtown Marietta on Jan. 13-15.

Police help children get Christmas gifts

Plan helps potential home buyers
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. wants to extend its work citywide by helping people with bad credit own their own homes.

Graduation speaker creates debate at UGA

News you can use
DEC. 20, 1975 AIKEN - Aiken County Commissioner Forest Kirby said Friday he plans to discuss with officials in Columbia on Monday the Hill-Burton funds granted to the Aiken County Hospital.

Fund helps teenager replace stolen bike

Board evaluates airport director
Out of a possible 340 points on his job performance evaluation, Airport Director Ken Kraemer received 225 - or a 66 percent rating - from the Augusta Aviation Commission at a Thursday meeting of the board.

School helps parents learn English

School systems receive support
AIKEN - Two local legislators have jumped into the battle over who should have the power to choose school start dates.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Diane Moore of Augusta.

Home sweet home

Across Georgia
DULUTH - A man was killed near Gwinnett Place mall Thursday in a shooting that police said was related to a dispute over a woman.

Group prepares for bird watch

Jackpot draws out-of-state players
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Potential Powerball millionaires stood 20 deep Friday at lottery ticket counters along the South Carolina border. They had their money at the ready, some with chosen numbers marked on the game form, others hoping the computer would pick a winner, but all with dreams of how to spend $215 million.

Across the area

Residents want recall of officials
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A group of residents that has criticized city commissioners for wasteful spending has said it will go forward with an effort to recall the mayor and city commissioners after the commissioners declined to accept the group's suggestions for reform.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT and a rave. ... James Brown isn't recognized enough for his generosity and kindness he shows Augusta every year at the annual James Brown turkey and toy giveaways. God bless him and his family.

Solstice brings end to wet fall
Autumn ends at 8:14 p.m. today, the exact time of the winter solstice, and climatologists have a reason to celebrate because of the wetter-than-normal weather during fall that many hope is putting an end to Georgia's four-year drought.

Board evaluates airport director

Holiday cheer

Officers prepare dispatch records

Across the Southeast
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -The state Supreme Court reversed a record $3.5 billion judgment against Exxon Mobil on Friday, ruling in a gas royalty dispute that a confidential legal opinion written for the energy giant should never have been admitted as evidence.

Facility unites to earn honor

Holiday cheer
Christian Daniels, 4, shakes hands with James Brown at the Imperial Theatre during the singer's toy giveaway. Christian's mother, Doris Daniels, brought him to the event.

Board approves animal control

Drug court can begin in 2003

Subscriber of the day
Sherry Anderson of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

It's all down hill

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Christmas and New Year's:

Review could bring change

Mayor wants Web sites to change their names
Two Web sites with the phrase "Augusta discriminates" in their domain names have Mayor Bob Young wishing the creators had been more discriminating with their choice of words.

Lott resigns as majority leader

Police help children get Christmas gifts
Santa came in the guise of a uniform and badge Friday morning for dozens of underprivileged children participating in the Shop with a Cop program at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Evans.

Plan helps potential home buyers

Group prepares for bird watch
Last-minute shoppers will be out looking for bargains today - but members of the Aiken-Augusta Audubon Society will be out looking for birds.

Across the area
An Augusta grandmother was charged Thursday with leaving her grandson alone in a vehicle last weekend, authorities said.

Financial woes, ailments leave family in need
A Hephzibah family suffering from a host of medical problems and struggling with bills writes the Empty Stocking Fund for help.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A lawyer for a strip club says Greenville County deputies ticketed two of the businesses using part of a law that no longer exists.

School plans spring finish for pathway
Augusta State University students will soon be able to take a walk down the path of the past.

Woman decorates tree for father
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Whether you're coming into or leaving Savannah this holiday season by car on Interstate 16, you're in for a bit of a treat. About 37 miles out of town in Bulloch County, near mile marker 134 and the Ash Branch Tree exit, a lone pine tree stands in the middle of the highway median.

Town residents argue over spelling of name
HAYNEVILLE, Ga. - On his death bed, William "Hoke" Harper had only one wish: that someone would correct his hometown's misspelled name.

'Forever' club adds some new members
THOMSON - In the year of the Dogs, did anybody really think a team nicknamed Yellow Jackets was going to win a Georgia state championship.

Genetics work in favor of Thomson quarterback
THOMSON - He doesn't share his name, but people in Thomson know the connection.

Efforts culminate in championship
SYLVANIA, Ga. - This is 2 1/2 hours of agony for the Screven County High School coaching staff.

Radio team rocks Thomson
Across McDuffie County on that late November evening, car stereo woofers and Walkman headphones shook like they never shook before.

Melling Racing suspends operations

Schrader signs with BAM Racing for 2003

Melling Racing suspends operations
CONCORD, N.C. -- Melling Racing suspended operations Thursday because it couldn't find a sponsor for the upcoming season.

Schrader signs with BAM Racing for 2003
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Ken Schrader signed Friday with BAM Racing, securing a ride for the next season just before the start of January testing.

City welcomes Johnson, NBA back to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robert Johnson wasted no time Friday trying to win back basketball fans in Charlotte, vowing to give them a team they can embrace and ownership that won't embarrass them.

Jordan hits stride - could 40 be next?
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 30 points one night and then followed with 33.

Jordan hits stride - could 40 be next?

City welcomes Johnson, NBA back to Charlotte

Extra practices toughen up USC Aiken
AIKEN - Heading into Thursday's Phillips 66 Christmas Classic, USC Aiken held five practices in three days.

Senior forward leads Jaguars
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Catawba folds under pressure from Jaguars
AIKEN - Augusta State worked its menacing press to near perfection Friday night, completing a two-game sweep of the Phillips 66 Christmas Classic with a 97-60 rout over Catawba at The Courthouse.

Jaguars pull out victory
AIKEN - Chills, fever and everything associated with the flu couldn't stop Gary Tuell from coaching Thursday night.

Team will honor Tuggle's long career

Vick, Brooking voted to NFC team

No Titans in Pro Bowl, but a Bengal and two Texans make it

NFL implements rules to increase minority hiring

Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Cowart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herman Fulmer    (GAINSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Krepps    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mrs. Mary Allison    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Darius Matthews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)
Mr. Max Eugster    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Eurdis Oglesby    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Thomas Bruno    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Aldreco Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Blalock Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Delores Harrison    (HEPHAZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Bishop    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Givens    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mr. Warren Yates    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. LeeAnn Ferguson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Skidasha Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jeffrey Cushman    (BILOXI, Miss.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Cannady    (SWAINSBORO, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Walters    (DETROIT, Mich.)
Mr. Marian Tremaine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Marie Thomas    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. James Steeves    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Small    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Ollie Rosier    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Miller Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Shirley Glisson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Mercer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Levesque    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Dorland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Edwards    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jeffrey Cushman    (BILOXI, Miss.)
Mr. Atwood Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Fennell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Johnnie Patterson
Johnnie Patterson's devotion to others was evident in her work in the Environmental Service Department at University Hospital.

Mr. Herman Fulmer    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ada Riggs    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kevin Kimball    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Toole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Lucius Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Harper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Huff Sr.    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. James Henson    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Michael Dorland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Yates (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Glisson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lucius Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Henson (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Kevin Kimball (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marian Tremaine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Cushman (BILOXI, Miss.)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Blalock Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Darius Matthews (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)

Ms. Marie Thomas (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. George Miller Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Aldreco Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Floyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Harrison (HEPHAZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Krepps (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Cecil Bishop (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Williams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Steeves (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eva Landrum (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Skidasha Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ollie Rosier (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Max Eugster (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Floyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Allison (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Givens (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. William Fennell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Eurdis Oglesby (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Thelma Levesque (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Atwood Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bruno (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Walters (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. Jeffrey Cushman (BILOXI, Miss.)

Mr. John Small (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Cannady (SWAINSBORO, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Green (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. LeeAnn Ferguson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Green (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Mercer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ada Riggs (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Huff Sr. (TIGNALL, Ga.)

One valuable tool
What was once derided as "Star Wars" when President Reagan first proposed a missile defense system in the mid-'80s is back on the front burner. The critics are not happy. They thought this project, for all practical purposes, was dead and buried.

Be honest: Our nation is segregated
OK. Enough is enough. I have never seen so much meaningless, inconsequential and utter unimportant bashing by the media as I have in the past week concerning Sen. Trent Lott's, R-Miss., statement that we would be better off today if Strom Thurmond had won the presidency in 1948. Now since Sen. Thurmond, R-S.C., ran on a segregationist ticket, the label "racist" is being attached to Mr. Lott. Will Tinney, Aiken, S.C.

Half full, or empty?
Economics is the only field in which two people can get a Nobel Prize for saying exactly the opposite thing. No kidding. That actually happened in 1974 when Swedish socialist Gunnar Myrdal shared the Nobel award with Austrian free-enterprise icon Friedrich Hayek.

Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted
I think it's shameless that some black Americans have chosen to twist Sen. Trent Lott's, R-Miss., remarks as being directed at them. I heard what he said, and merely assumed that he was referring to the broad range of issues that all Americans face every day - such as the economy, defense matters, employment, etc. - which he was. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

Democrats haven't helped blacks
In support of an intelligently thought out letter by Robert "Tunk" Martin on Dec 4, "Blacks should return to their GOP roots," the question of why blacks are so enamored of the Democrats is indeed a puzzle. I would not so readily give my support to those who had been such tormentors of my people. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Bowls are a crock
We understand that University of Georgia coach Mark Richt and his Southeastern Conference champs have no quarrel with the Bowl setup - they are delighted to be invited to the Sugar Bowl to play Florida State, Richt's old stomping grounds under Seminole coach Bobby Bowden.

Moral outrage on Capitol Hill
It would seem that Sen. Trent Lott's, R-Miss., praise of Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., has landed him in quite a fix. His future as majority leader is in serious trouble. It is altogether possible he will be ousted as leader. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Is grateful for moving memorial
This letter is a reply to Edwin R. Knight's Nov. 22 letter, "Disrespectful display of memorial," concerning the Vietnam Veteran Moving Wall Memorial. I am a Vietnam veteran, too. I served with the 1st Calvary Division. I was in A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore. John Rangel Jr., Hephzibah, Ga.

Chaos in Venezuela
As if the United States doesn't have enough hot spots to deal with in the Mideast and the Korean Peninsula, now along comes Venezuela. The country is in chaos, on the verge of civil war.

Radio team rocks Thomson

Efforts culminate in championship

Forrest among nominees for fighter of the year

Bozzetto takes men's snowboarding parallel GS

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Bozzetto takes men's snowboarding parallel GS
STONEHAM, Quebec -- Mathieu Bozzetto of France edged Canadian Jasey-Jay Anderson on Friday to win the men's parallel giant slalom at a rain-soaked World Cup snowboarding event.

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The Augusta-Aiken Swim League finished third of 19 teams last weekend at the Georgia Senior State Championships for its best result in the event.

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Baseball Greene signs deal to remain a Ranger The Texas Rangers signed catcher Todd Greene of Evans to a $750,000 deal for next season.

Forrest among nominees for fighter of the year
NEW YORK -- Welterweight champion Vernon Forrest's two wins over Shane Mosley earned the Augusta native a nomination for fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

United States to play Japan in Seattle
CHICAGO -- The U.S. soccer team will play Asian champion Japan in an exhibition game at Seattle on March 29.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball game.

Vick, Brooking voted to NFC team
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When they arrived at work early Thursday morning, Michael Vick and Keith Brooking had their minds on the Detroit Lions. Neither player expected an early Christmas present.

Sauerbrun wants big money with second Pro Bowl selection
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With his selection to his second-straight Pro Bowl, Todd Sauerbrun proved Thursday he's one of the best punters in the league.

Team will honor Tuggle's long career
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - During Jessie Tuggle's first four years in the NFL, the Falcons routinely played in front of 20,000 or fewer people at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

NFL implements rules to increase minority hiring
NEW YORK -- The NFL will begin a program to promote diversity in league hiring practices, including modifying a rule to allow assistant coaches on playoff teams to interview for head coaching positions.

No Titans in Pro Bowl, but a Bengal and two Texans make it
NEW YORK -- The Tennessee Titans just got new incentive in their quest for an NFL title.

The Faith and Fellowship Calendar
CHRISTMAS AT CEDAR ROCK: 6:30 tonight-Sunday, Macedonia United Methodist Church, Thomson.

Internet prayer requests have people logging on
Belvedere resident Ron Childers suddenly found himself a candidate for heart surgery after a visit to his doctor earlier in December.

J is for Jesus
Children in Leslie Dillard's mother's day out class zeroed in on a basket of candy canes - the red-and-white variety - at Warren Baptist Church on Wednesday.

Peace on earth was delivered first with a newborn child
The birth of a child these days brings out the deepest hopes for peace on earth and good will among women and men, and also the deepest fears inspired by rumors of war, worldwide terror, and the hostilities within every human heart.

Quilters turn hobby into ministry of love
With her eye on retirement, Edna Isdell bought a sewing machine a couple of years ago.

Faith Digest
The Rev. Gene Jennings, administrative pastor at Stevens Creek Community Church, will sign copies of his book, Timely Words: Inspiration for Everyday Life, between noon and 2 p.m. today at Family Christian Bookstore, 204 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

'Forever' club adds some new members

Genetics work in favor of Thomson quarterback

Transplant drug could improve success of cancer radiation therapy
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Researchers have discovered that a drug normally used to prevent the rejection of kidney transplants might improve radiation therapy by keeping cancer tumors from growing between doses.

FDA approves new childhood vaccine combination
WASHINGTON -- A new childhood combination vaccine that will reduce the number of required vaccines for infants from nine to three has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

World's fastest computer spawns race with U.S.
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- It's a machine so fast it performs more computations per second than there are stars in our galaxy. It's so large it's housed in a building the size of an aircraft hangar.

Study suggests diuretics be first choice to treat high blood pressure
CHICAGO -- An old-fashioned diuretic is as good, if not better, than some newer, more expensive medicines for treating high blood pressure and preventing its complications, according to a government-sponsored study released Tuesday.

Study: herbal remedy doesn't fight common cold
PHILADELPHIA -- Echinacea, a popular but largely untested herbal remedy for the common cold, showed no benefit when given to a small group of college students with sore throats and stuffy noses, researchers say.

RNA's new role in cell action called breakthrough of year by Science
WASHINGTON -- Long seen as subservient to DNA, the molecule RNA was dismissed as the biological equivalent of a paper-shuffling drone in cells' lives, mindlessly carrying out the genetic instructions of its better-known chemical cousin.

Richt on the run in New Orleans
ATHENS, Ga. - Competition might not keep Georgia coach Mark Richt from taking a familiar jog with some of his former colleagues in New Orleans.

Georgia receiver Gary nearly recovered from serious leg injury

Richt on the run in New Orleans

Houston beats Georgia
HOUSTON -- Chandi Jones scored 37 points, shooting 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, and Houston beat No. 20 Georgia 81-78 Friday night.

Georgia receiver Gary nearly recovered from serious leg injury
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Damien Gary never doubted he'd be back this season, even after three surgeries on a bleeding muscle tear in his leg left him hospitalized in late October.

Houston beats Georgia

FDA approves new childhood vaccine combination

Study suggests diuretics be first choice to treat high blood pressure

Transplant drug could improve success of cancer radiation therapy

Study: herbal remedy doesn't fight common cold

RNA's new role in cell action called breakthrough of year by Science

World's fastest computer spawns race with U.S.

Peace on earth was delivered first with a newborn child

Internet prayer requests have people logging on

Faith Digest

The Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Quilters turn hobby into ministry of love

J is for Jesus