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: '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.

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

Troupe mixes pageant with dining experience

'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.

Applause calendar

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.

Mini reviews

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.

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

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?

Standing ovations

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

Local bands ready to rock at fund-raiser

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.

At the Movies: 'Two Weeks Notice'

Club calendar

Musician, activist finds joy in the little things

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.

At the Movies: 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie'

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.

Why not get in mood for a blue Christmas?

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.

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

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.

Musician aiming high for local jazz festival

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.

At the Movies: 'Gangs of New York'

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.

Video watch

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.

The contenders

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

At the Movies: 'Antwone Fisher'

'Chicago' receives a leading 8 Golden Globe nominations

'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.

Ted Williams' body will remain frozen

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.

Christmas cards lead to sticky situations

Maddux stays with Braves, accepts arbitration offer

Braves trade Millwood for Estrada

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.

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 will stay in Atlanta

Braves sign Franco and Bragg to minor league deals

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

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

Chamber's focus shifts to retailers

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.

Business briefs

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.

Stocks fall on war fears

Chain stores muscle in on roadside sellers of Christmas trees

Downtown group picks new leaders

Leading economic indicators rise

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.

Stocks rise on investor optimism

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.

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.

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.

Wal-Mart loses case on unpaid overtime

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.

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.

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.

LSU facing early game

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.

Jaguars pull out victory

One valuable tool

Chaos in Venezuela

Bowls are a crock

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 report

Fishing tournament news

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

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.

Buford wins second straight state championship

Parkview goes for 45th straight victory

Gamecocks complete mission

Dogs finish what they start

Dublin coach exceeds all expectations

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Be honest: Our nation is segregated

Is grateful for moving memorial

Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted

Moral outrage on Capitol Hill

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

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

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

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Columbus Cottonmouths, Columbus Civic Center, 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
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.

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.

Plan helps potential home buyers

Facility unites to earn honor

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.

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.

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.

Group prepares for bird watch

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

Christmas at Mead Hall

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.

Across South Carolina

Board evaluates airport director

School systems receive support

Review could bring change

Across the Southeast

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

Across the area

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Supplies of blood must be rebuilt

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.

Holiday cheer

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.

Drug court can begin in 2003

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.

Jackpot draws out-of-state players

Home sweet home

Across the area

Across the southeast

Residents want recall of officials

Officers prepare dispatch records

It's all down hill

Mayor wants Web sites to change their names

Police help children get Christmas gifts

Lott resigns as majority leader

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

State tightens rules on temporary tags

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Family with ill father needs holiday help

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

News you can use

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

Board approves animal control

Soldiers return for Christmas

Across Georgia

Lighting Up

Fund helps teenager replace stolen bike

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.

School helps parents learn English

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.

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

Graduation speaker creates debate at UGA

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.

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.

'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.

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

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Senior forward leads Jaguars
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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

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

Vick, Brooking voted to NFC team

Team will honor Tuggle's long career

NFL implements rules to increase minority hiring

Mr. Atwood Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marian Tremaine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Krepps    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. James Henson    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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. Darius Matthews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)
Mr. Jeffrey Cushman    (BILOXI, Miss.)
Mr. Luther Blalock Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Delores Harrison    (HEPHAZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Bishop    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Warren Yates    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herman Fulmer    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Skidasha Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Steeves    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Esther Walters    (DETROIT, Mich.)
Mr. Jeffrey Cushman    (BILOXI, Miss.)
Ms. Marie Thomas    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Cowart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Small    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Pearl Cannady    (SWAINSBORO, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Bruno    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Eurdis Oglesby    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. George Miller Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Allison    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Harper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Fennell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Edwards    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Huff Sr.    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. Aldreco Booker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David James    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Mercer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kevin Kimball    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Toole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. LeeAnn Ferguson    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Michael Dorland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Max Eugster    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ada Riggs    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Ollie Rosier    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Shirley Glisson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Lucius Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Givens    (GIRARD, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Levesque    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Herman Fulmer    (GAINSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Givens (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Bishop (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. LeeAnn Ferguson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Fennell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Cushman (BILOXI, Miss.)

Mrs. Mary Allison (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Floyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Mercer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darius Matthews (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)

Mr. Aldreco Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Williams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Glisson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Levesque (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Cushman (BILOXI, Miss.)

Mrs. Edith Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Marian Tremaine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ada Riggs (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Kimball (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Krepps (AUGUSTA, Ga)

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

Mrs. Martha Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Martha Floyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Walters (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mrs. Virginia Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Atwood Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Skidasha Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Dorland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lucius Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Max Eugster (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Harrison (HEPHAZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Warren Yates (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David James (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bruno (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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Efforts culminate in championship

Forrest among nominees for fighter of the year

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Bozzetto takes men's snowboarding parallel GS

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Genetics work in favor of Thomson quarterback

'Forever' club adds some new members

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Houston beats Georgia

Richt on the run in New Orleans

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.

Georgia receiver Gary nearly recovered from serious leg injury

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

FDA approves new childhood vaccine combination

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

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

Internet prayer requests have people logging on

The Faith and Fellowship Calendar

J is for Jesus

Quilters turn hobby into ministry of love

Faith Digest

Peace on earth was delivered first with a newborn child