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

Rules of etiquette are needed for sending Christmas cards

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

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 sign Franco and Bragg to minor league deals

Braves trade Millwood for Estrada

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.

Biz bits

Business calendar
Friday: Start of eight-week, instructor-led course in MCSE and MCSA certification; classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 27; ComputerLand; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; call Don Strogonoff at 823-1449 or visit www.catg.com.

The right pricing strategies can move products
Standard thinking on pricing is not too difficult to understand.

Biz bits
Elizabeth "Betty" M. Meehan, has been named director of development for Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing. Ms. Meehan, previously the director of Institutional Advancement at Augusta Technical College, has more than 10 years' experience in health care and education.

Pocket change

Many Koreans come to Augusta in search of American Dream
When Pyung (Paul) Park came to Augusta in 1979 to visit his sister, he didn't intend to stay.

Chamber's focus shifts to retailers

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 rise on investor optimism

Business calendar

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.

The right pricing strategies can move products

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

Many Koreans come to Augusta in search of American Dream

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Medac, Inc.

Jumping on their Kliff

Jumping on their Kliff
The numbers are crazy, mind-boggling. Really, they're almost ridiculous. Ludicrous even.

Christians shut out

Half full, or empty?

The stage is set

Bowls are a crock

Homefront
There may be an abundance of holiday cheer this season, but it'll be accompanied by shortages - shortages of space, that is, for gifts and holiday trappings.

Berry tasty
It was fruit vs. fruit. Cranberries were pitted against candied cherries, but, in the end, they all fell to the power of the strawberry.

Cottage comfort
Some women marry the boy next door. Rachel Brown fell in love with the house next door - or the one across the street, anyway.

Celery root has flavor, not looks
About the size of a baseball or grapefruit, celery root is brown, scraggly, dirty and off-putting to most people who pass by it in the produce section. How would one even begin to prepare this bulbous root?

City lights Christmas in New York keeps season bright
NEW YORK - The hustle and bustle of the shopper-filled streets, elaborate decorations in store windows, a towering 7-ton Christmas tree, and over-the-top luxury hotels are some of the things that make New York City a tempting travel destination during the holiday season.

'Tis the season to be kind, courteous
Emotions during the Christmas season are a mixed bag, running the gamut from childlike excitement, to frustration and depression. Bearing these varying and divergent mindsets among us, here are suggestions for making the holidays flow more smoothly for you and for others:

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

Eagles hang on for sixth win of season
STATESBORO, Ga. - Julius Jenkins scored 22 points and Kordel Gibson added a career-high 17 to lead Georgia Southern to a 90-81 victory over Wagner on Saturday.

Orangemen prove too much for Jackets
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - When Carmelo Anthony missed his first three shots Saturday against Georgia Tech, it appeared Syracuse might struggle for the first time since its season opener. All it took was a steal by Kueth Duany to put the Orangemen in the right frame of mind.

Eagles hang on for sixth win of season

Orangemen prove too much for Jackets

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.

Parkview goes for 45th straight victory

Barnett's long wait worth it

Gamecocks complete mission

Buford wins second straight state championship

Dogs finish what they start

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Eagles fly higher in fourth for title

Spartans withstand challenge

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

Barnett's long wait worth it
THOMSON - Two hours after Thomson defeated Thomas County Central 42-27 to win the Class AAAA state title, a Mexican restaurant just outside of town already had a congratulatory sign displayed.

Daniel brings Screven its first championship
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Mark Daniel wasn't about to take credit for Screven County's undefeated season after the Gamecocks' 24-7 win over Dublin in the Class AAA championship game Friday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hurricanes beats Thrashers in OT

Rules of etiquette are needed for sending Christmas cards
It's easy to make a friend. It's harder to make a stranger. But somehow over the years we manage to do it.

Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted

Democrats haven't helped blacks

Is grateful for moving memorial

'Tis the season to be kind, courteous

City lights Christmas in New York keeps season bright

Celery root has flavor, not looks

Cottage comfort

Arts calendar

Berry tasty

Homefront

Augusta falls again on the road
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta Lynx continued their season-long woes with a 3-1 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday night.

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

ECHL notebook
You can call it a generalization, but hockey players are widely regarded as being the nicest guys in pro sports. If you've ever been in a baseball clubhouse or an NBA locker room, and then spent time around a hockey dressing room, you know this to be true.

Slapshots
Former NHL forward Tony Tuzzolino of the Louisiana IceGators has registered a point in 10 straight games (15 points total) and Joe Cardarelli of the Cincinnati Cyclones has a point in eight straight (15 total).

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.

Augusta falls again on the road

ECHL notebook

Santa, Grinch join to entertain children

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Subscriber of the day

Rhodes committee awards student
Adam Cureton is at the top of his game. The Lakeside High School graduate was recently named one of Georgia's two Rhodes scholars this year.

Speaker hopeful gives nod to GOP

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.

Shelter's program depends on lease

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.

Residents want recall of officials

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.

Jackpot draws out-of-state players

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Holiday cheer

Police help children get Christmas gifts

Supplies of blood must be rebuilt

Coleman wants separate House
ATLANTA - A hush fell over the Georgia House one morning last March as Rep. Terry Coleman began addressing his legislative colleagues from the well. The longtime chairman of the House budget-writing committee was doing something Democrats never do: seek to override a Democratic governor's veto.

Subscriber of the day

Rhodes committee awards student

Across the Southeast

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.

School systems receive support

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 South Carolina

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

Christmas at Mead Hall

EPA eases access to records

Mayor wants Web sites to change their names

Coleman wants separate House

News you can use

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.

Christmas closes in

EPA eases access to records
Ever wonder who the worst polluters in your community are?

Capitol eyes jury awards

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 the area
After a one-car crash in North Augusta just before midnight Friday, police found six bags of methamphetamines in a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and took four men to jail.

Santa, Grinch join to entertain children
The unlikely duo of Santa and the Grinch entertained dozens of children Saturday at Patriots Park for Breakfast with Santa and Lunch with the Grinch.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -An 8-year-old boy who used an illustrated flow chart on how to handle a seizure victim was honored for bravery in saving his father's life after the man collapsed with only three small children at home.

Speaker hopeful gives nod to GOP
ATLANTA - Rep. Larry Walker's Democratic colleagues crowded around his desk inside the House chamber one day last month.

Across South Carolina

Shelter's program depends on lease
In an effort to establish a low-cost spay and neuter program at the CSRA Humane Society's Lake Olmstead area shelter, the animal group will ask the Augusta Commission on Monday to extend its lease at the old city stockade for an additional 10 years.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
HAPEVILLE -A city councilwoman was charged with battery after allegedly scuffling with another councilwoman.

Group prepares for bird watch

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.

State tightens rules on temporary tags

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 Georgia

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.

Home sweet home

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

Magnet schools change policies
Starting next fall, it could become harder to attend one of Richmond County's three magnet schools.

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.

Single mother asks for holiday charity
A 33-year-old single Augusta mother seeks help for the holidays.

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 southeast
JONESBORO, Ark. -A judge declared a mistrial in a rape case in which the alleged victim - a 3-year-old girl - testified in open court.

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.

Capitol eyes jury awards
ATLANTA - Last month's demonstration at the Georgia Capitol by doctors and hospital officials served notice that they plan to make legal reform a priority in the upcoming legislative session.

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.

It's all down hill

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
Wanda McWatty of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Single mother asks for holiday charity

Across the southeast

Police stay on Grinch patrol

Across the area

Christmas closes in
Think the holiday season is all about the bottom line?

Drug court can begin in 2003

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

Police stay on Grinch patrol
AIKEN - Near the end of the last shopping week before Christmas, another holiday tradition continued.

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.

News you can use
DEC. 22, 1919 Big-time vaudeville opens in Augusta today at the Imperial, formerly the Wells Theater. Augustans are going to have the opportunity of witnessing just as high-class vaudeville as Washington, Philadelphia or any other city.

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.

'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.

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

Schrader signs with BAM Racing for 2003

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.

Hawks get by 76ers

Hawks get by 76ers
ATLANTA -- On a night when they lost another player, at least the Atlanta Hawks did not lose another game.

City welcomes Johnson, NBA back to Charlotte

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.

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:

Team will honor Tuggle's long career

NFL implements rules to increase minority hiring

Mrs. Edna Krepps    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Ms. Martha Floyd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Grimm    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Tremaine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Irvin Stanley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Jones Jr.    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Louis Strickland Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zady Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
William Taylor    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
Ms. Ollie Rosier    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Wade Terry    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Darius Matthews    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)
Ms. Marie Thomas    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Harper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pat Riley    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Johnnie Jean    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dollie Wilson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Fennell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Adams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Latonya Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Bohler    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Alfred Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ada Riggs    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Whitaker    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Williams    (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Jada Proctor-Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Henson    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Betsy Cullars    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Jowers    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Jones    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Hopwood    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor Peeler    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Garner    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Miss Irene Mattox    (Bath, S.C.)
Mr. Earl Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Toole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Steeves    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Herman Fulmer    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Fennell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Anderson Smith    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Shurley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Allison    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Edwards    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Marian Tremaine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jeffrey Cushman    (BILOXI, Miss.)
Mr. Zelema Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Williams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Grimm (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Darius Matthews (SANDERSVILLE, Ga)

Mr. Wade Terry (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Krepps (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Earl Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Strickland Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mamie Whitaker (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Allison (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Fennell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Marian Tremaine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Irvin Stanley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Anderson Smith (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Zady Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Peeler (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Tremaine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Jones (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Shurley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Hopwood (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Walter Jones Jr. (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Floyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Jowers (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

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

Jada Proctor-Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Cushman (BILOXI, Miss.)

Mrs. Johnnie Jean (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ada Riggs (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Latonya Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Betsy Cullars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Adams (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Williams (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mrs. Virginia Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Bohler (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Fennell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Shreve: An outsider's view of Augusta
DURING MY FIRST visit to Augusta this past June, I found myself needing film to take more pictures of the impressive collection of historic buildings in the downtown area. The problem was, I couldn't find any place to buy it.

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.

The stage is set
Some folks were saying the new feasibility study for an Augusta performing arts center is about 1,200 pages.

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.

Shreve: An outsider's view of Augusta
DURING MY FIRST visit to Augusta this past June, I found myself needing film to take more pictures of the impressive collection of historic buildings in the downtown area. The problem was, I couldn't find any place to buy it.

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.

Christians shut out
Every year about this time, stories pop up around the nation about how various Christian icons come under attack - not, mind you, because of any anti-Christian sentiment, but because of the "constitutional" principle to keep church and state separate.

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.

Overtime

Overtime

Bozzetto takes men's snowboarding parallel GS

Efforts culminate in championship

Overtime
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.

Overtime
Basketball Camden High player dies at tournament Marcus Warren, a 17-year-old center on the Camden High basketball team, died Saturday after collapsing on the bench at a holiday tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Area sports announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA, 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

Thurmond Lake made attempts to create fishery
Creating a trout fishery where there is none is a labor of love.

Stocking up
LEXINGTON, S.C. - The helicopter droned as it approached a vacant pasture a few hundred yards from the Saluda River.

Stocking up

Eagles fly higher in fourth for title
Josey erased a 12-point second half deficit en route to posting a thrilling 59-58 victory over Hephzibah in the boys' Holiday Round Ball Classic final Saturday night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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

Spartans withstand challenge
In a rematch of last season's Class AAAA state championship, No. 1 Glenn Hills once again proved its supremacy by edging No. 2 Hephzibah 38-35 on Saturday night in the finals of the third annual Holiday Round Ball Classic at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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.

Vick, Atlanta try avoid another slip
ATLANTA - Michael Vick stopped short of guaranteeing a victory over the Detroit Lions. The Pro Bowl quarterback only promised the Atlanta Falcons wouldn't come out flat today (1 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54).

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Boeing shelves futuristic Sonic Cruiser passenger jet
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. is shelving its proposed high-speed Sonic Cruiser passenger jet in favor of a more traditional but highly fuel-efficient airliner, a company executive said Friday.

West Nile virus outbreak put horse owners on guard
ODON, Ind. -- Standing ankle-deep in barnyard mud, veterinarian John Royal pries a draft horse's eye wide with his thumb and forefinger, looking for signs of West Nile disease.

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

Ground control
ATHENS, Ga. - When Musa Smith heard Mark Richt was hired as Georgia's football coach in December 2000, he had visions of becoming an afterthought in the Bulldogs' offense.

Ground control

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.

Houston beats Georgia

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

Study: herbal remedy doesn't fight common cold

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

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