Cinergy Field awaits implosion

Cinergy Field awaits implosion
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds won three World Series championships, when the place was known as Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati Bengals made their way to two Super Bowls from there.

Contreras agrees to $32 million, four-year contract
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees' need to cut payroll ends at the U.S. border.

Contreras agrees to $32 million, four-year contract

Blessing Shanall Powell and Miracle Shaunte' Powell

Owen Matthew Laney
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Laney of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Owen Matthew Laney, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rance Rush of Griffin, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Laney of LaGrange, Ga.

Patrick Brian Sanders

Lauren Colleen Johnson
Stan and Karen Johnson o

Grace Alaxandria Abigail Sheats

Montana Marie Johnson
Daniel L. and Emily M. Johnson of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter,

Zaniyah Shanai McElmurray

Terry Lee Richberg Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry L. Richberg of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Terry Lee Richberg Jr., Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Furman Brown of Queens, N.Y., and Samuel Richberg of Bamberg, S.C.

Bentley Madison McCrary
Robert

Lauren Colleen Johnson

Bobby Thomas Samples Jr.

Sadaria Kanstancyi Knox

Patrick DeWayne Newman

Bentley Madison McCrary

Deion Jaswade Cummings

Logan Ivey French
Mark and Candice French of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Logan Ivey French, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jackie I. Harrison of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Billy W. French of Hephzibah.

Nathan David Massey

Deion Jaswade Cummings
Michael J. and Olivia D. Cummings of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Deion Jaswade Cummings, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Freddie and Mary Curry and Michael and Carolyn Cummings, all of North Augusta.

David Jordan Hogg III

Grace Alaxandria Abigail Sheats
Margaret Elizabeth Sheats of Thomson announces the birth of a daughter, Grace Alaxandria Abigail Sheats, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparent is Cheryl Sheats of Thomson.

Nathan David Massey
Mr. and Mrs.

Patrick Brian Sanders
Brian and Erica Sand

Sadaria Kanstancyi Knox
Dante' Knox and Aisha K. Coleman, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Sadaria Kanstancyi Knox, Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Rosalind D. Lee of Augusta and Sandra Wallace of Charlotte, N.C.

Aren Joseph Brenes
Mr. and

Keziah Monae Beard
Marcus and Tamara Beard of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Keziah Monae Beard, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Marion and Lillie Rosier and James and Annie Beard, all of Augusta, and the late Dorothy Johnson.

Blessing Shanall Powell and Miracle Shaunte' Powell
Cedrick and Pamela Powell of North

Gianmarco Navarrete

Jacob Isaiah Pittman
Michael J. and Tabitha A. Pittman of Gibs

Bobby Thomas Samples Jr.

Patrick DeWayne Newman
Jim and De

Aren Joseph Brenes

Gianmarco Navarrete
Pedro and Yorlenny Navarrete of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Gianmarco Navarrete, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Flory Chacon, Edgar Garro, Blanca Duarte and Juan Navarrete, all of Costa Rica.

David Jordan Hogg III

Zaniyah Shanai McElmurray
Demetria Andrea McElmurray of Aiken announces the birth of a daughter, Zaniyah Shanai McElmurray, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia McElmurray of Aiken.

Owen Matthew Laney

Keziah Monae Beard

David Lee Anderson III
David L. an

Jacob Isaiah Pittman

Logan Ivey French

David Lee Anderson III

Terry Lee Richberg Jr.

Montana Marie Johnson

Study: Playboy centerfolds becoming less curvaceous
LONDON -- The curves of Playboy centerfold models have gradually flattened out over the last 50 years, giving way to a more androgynous look, European researchers suggest.

Odds and Ends
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. -- Several truckers' wheels are on the trading block, and they don't mind a bit.

Wall Street forecasts differ
NEW YORK - Stocks will go up in 2003. Or is it down? How about nowhere?

Wall Street forecasts differ

Doll maker grows into new force in toy industry

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A consumer group sued Pharmacia Corp. over its promotion of the pain drug Bextra, alleging that the pharmaceutical company is circumventing federal marketing regulations.

Business briefs

Wall Street strategists divided on market direction in 2003
NEW YORK -- Stocks will go up in 2003. Or is it down? How about nowhere?

Doll maker grows into new force in toy industry
MALIBU, Calif. - Mattel and Hasbro may be the giants in toyland, but an upstart Southern California company has quietly positioned itself as the No. 3 player in the industry.

Report hurts stocks in shortened session
NEW YORK - A tepid durable-goods report pressured Wall Street on Tuesday, sending stocks modestly lower as investors already nervous about holiday sales saw little hope of a strengthening economy anytime soon.

Candy cane company returns from brink of bankruptcy

Wall Street strategists divided on market direction in 2003

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons

Report hurts stocks in shortened session

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons
ACWORTH, Ga. -- Barbara Milliken wanted to take wood shop in high school, but her principal told her it would be a disruption to the all-male class. She said she was told to take home economics instead.

Candy cane company returns from brink of bankruptcy
ALBANY, Ga. -- Malinda Hicks couldn't believe the frequent calls from distraught co-workers: Her employer of 30 years was bolting its doors and shutting down.

Buyers like cost of drug imports
Rosella Robinson was skeptical when she first heard she could save money off her prescription medicine if it was mailed to her directly from Canada.

Candy company survives year
ALBANY, Ga. - Malinda Hicks couldn't believe the frequent calls from distraught co-workers: Her employer of 30 years was bolting its doors and shutting down.

Tigers shaken by loss

Tigers shaken by loss
ORLANDO, Fla. - Say this, at least, for Clemson: The Tigers had a nice week of warm weather and sunshine in preparation for Monday's Tangerine Bowl.

Confident Bruins meet Lobos in Las Vegas Bowl
LAS VEGAS - UCLA can't imagine losing to New Mexico, a team playing in a bowl game for just the second time in 41 years.

Confident Bruins meet Lobos in Las Vegas Bowl

Tulane faces high-flying Hawaii in inaugural Hawaii Bowl

Place-kicker misses PAT, makes history
LAS VEGAS - Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I-A football game when she attempted an extra point Wednesday following a New Mexico touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl.

UCLA wins big in Vegas
UCLA (8-5) got second half touchdowns on Craig Bragg's 74-yard punt return and Jarrad Page's interception to beat New Mexico 27-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

UCLA wins big in Vegas

Tulane faces high-flying Hawaii in inaugural Hawaii Bowl
HONOLULU -- Tulane coach Chris Scelfo has watched enough tapes on Hawaii's run-and-shoot offense to know that his team has a tough task on Christmas.

Place-kicker misses PAT, makes history

The endgame is near

The Christmas story

A rural dilemma

A message of eternal hope

Cabbage is classic in soup
I spend several hours every New Year's Day preparing our traditional feast: Hungarian Cabbage Rolls. Though I don't mind the work once a year, I've created my Unrolled Cabbage Soup to quickly satisfy my craving for the dish.

Capsules
Male Bornean tree-hole frogs adjust their mating calls to make sure they ring true for females, a new study suggests.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

At the Movies: 'Catch Me If You Can'
Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" is slick and stylish - the year's most flat-out fun movie, and one of its best.

In the know
The 2000 Carmenet Dynamite Merlot from California is a delicious $24 wine with a nose full of big dark fruit. The finish lingers on the palate waiting for the next sip. This is not for a light meal. The wine's flavors pair exceptionally well with grilled lamb or a plump filet mignon. A delicious bearnaise sauce with a tarragon reduction will complement this wine well, and a final menu idea is Stilton cheese with fresh strawberries.

"Survivor" finale leads CBS to easy victory in the ratings
NEW YORK -- It's no longer a phenomenon, but "Survivor" has turned into a very dependable performer for CBS.

Small portions
Your diet doesn't have to go to pot just because you attend the office potluck and other holiday celebrations.

Doctors use energy waves to fight liver cancer
The small hemorrhage from the tumor in her liver was a blessing for Sandy McGrotha, though it certainly didn't feel that way.

In the know
Dave Attell of Comedy Central travels to Nashville, Tenn., where he finds Music City's nightlife to be racier than one might imagine. "It's going to be more fun than a polecat in a baby buggy full of catfish," Mr. Attell says in his introduction to Insomniac, which airs at Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Then he admits: "I don't know what it means either. Let's go get drunk."

Yellow Jackets pay attention to Burley
ATLANTA - Nick Burley's last game in Spartan Stadium was the best of his career. Georgia Tech wants to make sure that Burley, Fresno State's star defensive end, doesn't play as well at the venue this time around.

I apologize for not making enough resolutions

Europe cashing in on Cup

Europe cashing in on Cup
You'd think the glow of victory, a handsome gold trophy, nonstop parties, bragging rights for two years and a tidy little profit of about $13 million would be enough to keep Europe's Ryder Cup hosts happy for a few months more.

Georgia all-area coach of the year: Felix Curry

Georgia all-star list

Independent all-area coach of the year: Bert Brown

Independent all-area list

Awards banquet

South Carolina all-area list

Ga. prep poll

South Carolina all-area player of the year: Rashad Hunter
Give an average running back 450 carries in a season, and he's bound to get injured.

Georgia all-area coach of the year: Felix Curry
Glenn Hills was coming off an 0-10 season - and a 1-39 record over the past four years - and hadn't been to the playoffs since 1984.

Independent all-area coach of the year: Bert Brown
Brentwood needed a spark. The Eagles went 0-10 in 1999, and new coach Bert Brown needed something to get his team moving in the right direction.

South Carolina all-area list
This is a list of the South Carolina all-star players.

South Carolina coach of the year: Dan Pippin
For South Aiken coach Dan Pippin, the win-loss record from this season was fine - even impressive for a team that was mired in a 29-game losing streak just three years ago.

Independent all-area list
This is a list of the Independent all-star players.

Georgia all-area player of the year: J.K. Sabb
J.K. Sabb was tired, so tired it didn't look like he could complete his wobbling run from the sideline to the huddle.

Ga. prep poll
Here is the final Associated Press high school football poll for Georgia, with first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points:

Independent all-area player of the year: Kevin Molony
When Kevin Molony went down with a torn ACL last season, his world imploded.

Awards banquet
The Augusta Chronicle 2002 All-Area Football Team awards banquet will be Jan. 16 at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel.

Georgia all-star list
This is a list of the Georgia all-star players.

No argument makes abortion right

Appreciates Empty Stocking Fund

Holiday season a joyless one for Augusta city workers

What faith is Bush celebrating?

Ali is great, but not the 'greatest'

Urges readers to let peace begin in 2003

Broad Street: Our own 'Pottersville'

Capsules

In the know

In the know

At the Movies: 'Catch Me If You Can'

Doctors use energy waves to fight liver cancer

Small portions

"Survivor" finale leads CBS to easy victory in the ratings

Cabbage is classic in soup

Health calendar

Five Questions with Jim Shepherd
What was your greatest moment in hockey? A: Winning the Turner Cup with the Houston Aeros (of the International Hockey League in 1997).

Augusta Lynx road report

Top enforcers in Lynx history

Right to fight

Szwez getting his head, body back into the game

Right to fight
Jason Shmyr is a hockey mercenary. Battle scars crisscross his face. The bones in his left hand are patched together with screws and a metal plate. The penalty minutes on his career statistics sheet exceed the tally in the goal-scoring column 300 times over.

Szwez getting his head, body back into the game
After missing the past three weeks with post-concussion syndrome, rookie forward Jeff Szwez is scheduled to return to the lineup Thursday at Columbia.

Top enforcers in Lynx history
1. Dan Kopec. Arguably the most popular player in franchise history, the former Augusta captain tallied 580 penalty minutes in 132 games with the Lynx during their first two seasons.

Augusta Lynx road report
Today: vs. Columbia Inferno, Carolina Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.

Five Questions with Jim Shepherd

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT to the people who go to the cemetery stealing things off the graves that the people have put on there in memory of their loved ones.

Across Georgia

New Year's Eve service

Full-serve here
The Rev. E.T. Martin casually stepped from his car and started talking to Kenneth Carpenter.

Across the area

Santa visits children at hospital
Arrion Brown's bright eyes contrasted with her dimly lit room Christmas morning inside the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center.

Across Georgia

Officials urge residents to mark homes
Something as simple as numbering a house can save a life. That's the message Columbia County Development Service Manager Ken Toma is trying to relay to residents and business owners.

Merry Christmas

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Legislators want a monument on Statehouse grounds to honor South Carolina veterans of all wars, including those not yet fought.

Santa visits children at hospital

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man robbing a day care center put a gun to a 6-year-old boy's head, deputies say.

Hospital pay called public record

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

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 25, 1964 Historic treasures continue to flow into Augusta's Mackay House on Broad Street. The latest acquisition is an original pianoforte.

Funds will speed project
Washington Road's waistline will be growing a little sooner than expected in Columbia County after a recent serving of greens - dollar bills, that is.

Teacher is Santa for sick children
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Some believe Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, but not the patients and staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An inmate who escaped from the Fulton County jail was captured Tuesday at a motel in Jackson, Tenn., after five days on the run.

Subscriber of the day
Sandra Blount is today's subscriber of the day.

Parents face cruelty charge
Investigator Dan Carrier said it was unlike any child cruelty case he's ever seen - a discovery of two young girls living in a house "in shambles."

Teacher is Santa for sick children

Flooding from storm moves meal for needy
Santa Claus may defy snow and ice and narrow chimneys, but he couldn't take the flooding Tuesday at The Master's Table soup kitchen. Reddish, foul-smelling water that surged over the sidewalk and flooded the courtyard also caused a sewage backup that canceled lunch and a visit from St. Nick.

Santa delivers

Today's activities and events
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
DECATUR -Agnes Scott College students and faculty members will move into a new $36.5 million science building when they return to campus in January.

Across the Southeast

Across the area
Police helped save Christmas for an Augusta couple when they recovered their sons' presents, which had been stolen in a burglary.

Rants and raves
A MIGHTY RAVE for the thoughtful customer who spotted and retrieved my loaded purse, left inadvertently in a buggy in a parking lot outside the North Augusta Winn-Dixie. The loss was not discovered until I arrived home. I had plenty of time to ruminate over the difficulties I had caused myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May the blessings of Christmas settle on you and your family.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT to the people who go to the cemetery stealing things off the graves that the people have put on there in memory of their loved ones.

Subscriber of the day
Lynn Bailey of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Santa delivers
Santa Claus came to town Christmas Day in the form of United States Postal Service carriers.

Couple sets season alight
The Housemans say their electricity bill does not go up that much during the weeks they have their Christmas display out.

Merry Christmas
At St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Augusta, Juan Manuel Migone, 6, (left) and Katie Quinn, 8, portray Joseph and Mary as part of a reenactment of Joseph's and Mary's biblical search for an inn just before Jesus was born.

Burglars steal child's Christmas
Burglars kicked in the door of an Augusta home on Christmas Eve, binding the man who lived there and stealing all of his daughter's gifts from under the Christmas tree, authorities said.

Baker weighs advice of GOP
ATLANTA - Thurbert Baker, Georgia's Democratic attorney general, says he's ready to work with Republicans when it comes to fighting crime.

Forecasters predict rain will miss Christmas Day

Hospital pay called public record
An opinion from the state attorney general's office stating that a county hospital's employee salaries are public record might have statewide implications.

Police charge man with faking lottery win
Police say an unlucky Augusta man tried to change his fortune by gluing two losing lottery tickets together and turning them in as a winner at a local convenience store.

Command trio share experience once more
KUWAITI DESERT - One could call them the three amigos.

Campaign enjoys record-breaking success
Many families in the area will have a happier Christmas thanks to contributors to the Empty Stocking Fund.

Across the area

Across the area
Authorities said wet roads were to blame for a fatality Tuesday morning on Interstate 20 in Warren County.

Blustery winds cut power off at homes
Winds hit 40 mph in the Augusta-Aiken area on Christmas Day, knocking down trees and causing scattered power outages for hundreds of people.

Police charge man with faking lottery win

Blustery winds cut power off at homes

Across the Southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. -Three student employees at the Johnson Space Center in Houston have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to steal moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts.

Holiday closings

Forecasters predict rain will miss Christmas Day
After a drizzle-filled Christmas Eve, Christmas Day might be a little drier. But it won't be white.

Funds will speed project

Lottery prize sparks spree
Shoppers were scurrying to stores Tuesday in hopes of finding the perfect last-minute Christmas gift - the ticket that could win them the $280 million Powerball jackpot.

Churches prepare meal

Baker weighs advice of GOP

Across the Southeast

Officials urge residents to mark homes

Campaign enjoys record-breaking success

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -Prosecutors say North Carolina law is too lenient when it comes to punishing convicted felons who are arrested while possessing guns, and they plan to ask the General Assembly next year for changes.

Full-serve here

Aiken Prep graduate gets face in movies
AIKEN - Aiken Preparatory School alumnus Brad Dourif has an unforgettable face and voice.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 26, 1974 The Richmond County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of $42,000 in recording equipment from a house by burglars who apparently tried to eliminate evidence by setting it on fire.

Subscriber of the day

New Year's Eve service
New Life Worship Center will hold a New Year's Eve service at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 3550 Morgan Road, Hephzibah.

Tight communities gain fame

Churches prepare meal
AIKEN - There are boxes of rolls, slices of pie and cans of green beans.

Lottery results
GEORGIA Cash 3: 0-1-3 Evening Cash 3: 0-1-5 Cash 4: 3-6-2-4

A special cut
Morris Durden wears his Santa Claus suit while giving Henry Thomas a haircut Tuesday morning at his barber shop off Monte Sano Ave.

Tight communities gain fame
ELBERTON, Ga. - There wasn't a technical term for the style of their neighborhood when Jack and Sara Schatz moved a decade ago.

A special cut

I apologize for not making enough resolutions
New Year's resolutions come at the most inopportune time. We live most of our days, weeks and months in relative calm, only to be pressured into reforming our lives as this year fades into next year.

Schrader gets new deal as teams struggle

Schrader gets new deal as teams struggle
ATLANTA - Job hunting for full-time work came to an end this week, when Ken Schrader accepted a ride with the final vacancy on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

France family calls shots for NASCAR

2002 was unpredictable year for Winston Cup racing

France family calls shots for NASCAR
Stock car racing has made huge strides from its beginnings on the sands of Daytona Beach, squeezing in alongside football, baseball and basketball as one of the nation's sporting passions.

2002 was unpredictable year for Winston Cup racing
ATLANTA - Ward Burton won the season-opening Daytona 500 and Tony Stewart finished last. Ten months and just under 13,971 racing miles later, Burton was 25th in the final standings and Stewart was the champion.

Young Suns rely on defense for surprising start
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the NBA, easy fodder for foes in the tough Western Conference.

Young Suns rely on defense for surprising start

Davis might be suspended
INDIANAPOLIS - The Big Ten asked Indiana to suspend basketball coach Mike Davis for his outburst at the end of last weekend's game against Kentucky.

Getting their Freak on

Sanders won't be joining Raiders

Holmes out for Chiefs

Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Rev. Eldred Mixon Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Loretta Harrell    (LAFAYETTE, La.)
Mrs. Judith Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Davis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel How    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosalia Holcomb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Rhoades    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lizzie Borum    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Julia Farmer    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Flossie Kirkland    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Lizzie Radford    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sara Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Sproule    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Elam    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Davis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Featured obituary: John Brown
Architect John Brown was well known in the area for his experience in designing buildings, and friends and family say he could just see beautiful things.

Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. George Bishop Jr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Dailey    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Tracy Dorn Sr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Ophelia Abney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Judith Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Johnson Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Plunkett    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. George Bishop Jr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Velma Thigpen    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Rhoades    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ophelia Abney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Edith McCarthy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Farmer (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathan Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Mance (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathan Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sherry McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Judith Maguire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ophelia Abney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith McCarthy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tracy Dorn Sr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Rev. Eldred Mixon Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Lizzie Borum (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Mozone Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ophelia Abney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Flossie Kirkland (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Nelson Baughman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Elam (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Velma Thigpen (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Bishop Jr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie Rhoades (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Sproule (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. John Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Pardue (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Rhoades (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Mance (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Radford (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Cook (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Walker (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sherry McCall (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Loretta Harrell (LAFAYETTE, La.)

Mr. Roy Dailey (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Johnson Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. John Brown (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel How (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Plunkett (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Visitors become victims of robbery
On Dec. 22 at about 8:15 a.m., my husband and I had our car broken into at the Riverwalk. We were visiting family in Augusta from our home in North Carolina, and decided to see the river before going home.Mrs. Patricia Gregory, Advance, N.C.

Epstein: Pacifism invites escalating acts of war against those who practice it
THERE IS AN increasingly vocal movement that seeks to engage America in ever longer, wider, and more costly wars - leading to thousands and perhaps millions of unnecessary deaths. This movement calls itself the "anti-war" movement.

What faith is Bush celebrating?
This is regarding the Dec. 9 Associated Press news article on Page 8A, "Bush celebrates many faiths for holidays." P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Ali is great, but not the 'greatest'
E. Maner's letter to The Chronicle on Dec. 7 praised Muhammad Ali as the "greatest," the same proclamation Mr. Ali used thousands of times on himself. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.

A rural dilemma
Forgiving college loans as a means to lure teachers into impoverished school districts has been a successful program in South Carolina - apparently too successful.

The Christmas story
For many Americans, this Christmas is a dark time. We still feel the pain caused by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on this nation, and our armed forces are engaged in a war on the tyranny of terrorism in Afghanistan and other places around the world. In addition, the clouds of war seem to be gathering over rogue nations like Iraq and North Korea. The future looks as dark today as it must have the day Jesus of Nazareth was born.

Urges readers to let peace begin in 2003
My words to all people in this area concern their own conversion to values, which will hold through 2003 and perennially into the future, as they ask God to bless their resolutions, to bring peace to the world as a sign of harmony among God's people united in love for God and each other. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

No argument makes abortion right
I'm what liberals call an extremist. I believe that abortion is bad for everyone involved. In America, we place a high value on freedom. We are a country based on rugged individualists, who built this country on a covenant for freedom. Eric Weber, Augusta

A message of eternal hope
Christmas Day is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, to sing joyous hymns and carols, to exchange gifts, to eat heartily, to bask in the company of loved ones and to give thanks.

Appreciates Empty Stocking Fund
On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank The Augusta Chronicle, The Empty Stocking Fund and W.S. Morris III for all the Christmas help that was given to my family. Sylvia Wilkes and Family, Augusta

The endgame is near
There appears to be a misunderstanding among many Americans about the United Nations' weapons-inspections mandate in Iraq. They seem to believe it's the inspectors' job to prove Iraq is manufacturing or harboring weapons of mass destruction.

Epstein: Pacifism invites escalating acts of war against those who practice it
THERE IS AN increasingly vocal movement that seeks to engage America in ever longer, wider, and more costly wars - leading to thousands and perhaps millions of unnecessary deaths. This movement calls itself the "anti-war" movement.

Visitors become victims of robbery
On Dec. 22 at about 8:15 a.m., my husband and I had our car broken into at the Riverwalk. We were visiting family in Augusta from our home in North Carolina, and decided to see the river before going home. Mrs. Patricia Gregory, Advance, N.C.

Holiday season a joyless one for Augusta city workers
On Dec. 14, Augusta-Richmond County threw its annual Christmas party at the Bell Auditorium for its employees. Across town, at the VFW on Milledge Road, the sheriff's office threw its yearly Christmas party. The funny part about these events was the fact that, just a couple of weeks ago, commissioners voted not to give raises to its hard-working and overworked employees, but to add salt to this wound, they voted not to give us the $50 Christmas bonus and told us that we should be lucky to even have a job. Jose A. Torres Jr., Martinez, Ga.

Broad Street: Our own 'Pottersville'
As I was driving down Broad Street the other day, I had to pinch myself to see if this was real. Broad Street has become the perfect picture of Pottersville from the Frank Capra classic It's A Wonderful Life. The mayor and city fathers are bound and determined to "revitalize" the downtown area by adding more bars, night clubs and strip joints. Andrea Faith Fellows, Augusta

Overtime

Keeneland mulls big changes to July sale

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Overtime
World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Harry Simon broke an arm and a leg during a head-on collision last month in an accident in which three Belgian tourists died.

Overtime
Two Colorado football players were arrested in San Antonio early Tuesday for public intoxication.

Keeneland mulls big changes to July sale
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keeneland is considering drastic changes to its July sale after Kentucky's thoroughbred industry was hit by hundreds of foal deaths last year.

Campo wants Smith milestone
IRVING, Texas - Football is a team game and individual accomplishments aren't supposed to matter. Yet in what could be his last game as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Dave Campo would really like to see Emmitt Smith notch one more milestone.

Falcon remains hopeful
ATLANTA - Keith Brooking celebrated Christmas on Wednesday with many of the same people he's known most of his life. He hopes the same holiday traditions continue for the rest of his NFL career.

Sanders won't be joining Raiders
NEW YORK -- Deion Sanders will not become a member of the Oakland Raiders. Nor will he return to the NFL this season.

Getting their Freak on
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jevon Kearse is still working himself back into shape, but make no mistake, he's having fun.

Holmes out for Chiefs
Priest Holmes is out for Kansas City's regular-season finale against Oakland.

Hack 'n' slash ninja classic 'Shinobi' revived
If you're a ninja fan, rejoice. "Shinobi," the classic 2D hack 'n slasher, has been revived in great form.

How to control your computer from home
Want to work at your desk in your office computer in your undies without having your boss call the cops?

Fences go up as Net outgrows its innocence
NEW YORK -- On the Internet, you can learn about virtually anything. You can seek comfort from others similarly afflicted by a rare disease or explore such sensitive topics as birth control.

Researchers battle Web bots with identity checks
PITTSBURGH -- They swarm the Internet harvesting e-mail addresses and free accounts to spawn hoards of junk messages. They lurk in chat rooms waiting to sting unsuspecting surfers with gambling sites, get-rich-quick schemes and pornography.

For two coaches, respect is mutual

For two coaches, respect is mutual
The respect Georgia coach Mark Richt has for former boss Bobby Bowden is on display every day during the fall at Georgia's football offices and practice fields.

Study: Playboy centerfolds becoming less curvaceous

Odds and Ends

How to control your computer from home

Fences go up as Net outgrows its innocence

Researchers battle Web bots with identity checks

Hack 'n' slash ninja classic 'Shinobi' revived