Revelers have many options for New Year's celebrations
New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and everybody is searching for that place to be for the celebration.

Video watch
Here's a list of videos and their release dates as well as some reviews of videos already on the shelves.

Pregnant pause can be expansive
I'm a big fan of the miracle of life: I'll be the first to gush over baby pictures and have been known to describe mothers-to-be as glowing.

Pregnant pause can be expansive

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: Memorable lines from music stars

Concert calendar
This is a list of area concerts.

Revelers have many options for New Year's celebrations

Good food makes up for lax service at Beamie's
Just how laid back is too laid back? That's the question we pondered as we kicked back for lunch recently at Beamie's at the River, 865 Reynolds St. The place is so languid and slow-paced that we almost forgot our lunch hour was limited to, well, an hour. It's easy for the beach decor and hypnotic aquariums to lull diners into a sense of timelessness.

Good food makes up for lax service at Beamie's

Standing ovations
Fort Discovery's 22-foot-tall space-themed climbing structure is designed to bring out the adventurer in children.

Gallery listings

Gallery listings
This is a list of gallery events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Club calendar

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Tropical tribulations

Tropical tribulations
Although best remembered for its buoyant, bubbly score, Rodgers and Hammerstein's World War II musical South Pacific has more to offer than a tattooed sailor in a coconut shell bra and a nurse's obsession with follicular hygiene.

Mini reviews

Ramblin Rhodes: Memorable lines from music stars
As per my custom, the last column of the year recalls favorite quotes from interviews in 2002:

Video watch

The Snug goes a cut above when preparing beef
The Snug Tavern and Grill and Clubhouse on Davis Road in Martinez is now open for dinner on Monday nights.

Applause calendar

Club calendar
This is a list of entertainment at area clubs.

Standing ovations

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.

Cinergy Field awaits implosion

Christmas cheer runs out when returning gifts

David Jordan Hogg III

Sadaria Kanstancyi Knox

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.

Lauren Colleen Johnson
Stan and Karen Johnson o

Montana Marie Johnson

David Jordan Hogg III

Zaniyah Shanai McElmurray

David Lee Anderson III
David L. an

Blessing Shanall Powell and Miracle Shaunte' Powell

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.

Owen Matthew Laney

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 Lee Anderson 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.

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.

Patrick Brian Sanders
Brian and Erica Sand

Jacob Isaiah Pittman

Aren Joseph Brenes
Mr. and

Gianmarco Navarrete

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

Deion Jaswade Cummings

Aren Joseph Brenes

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

Logan Ivey French

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

Patrick Brian Sanders

Patrick DeWayne Newman
Jim and De

Lauren Colleen Johnson

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.

Grace Alaxandria Abigail Sheats

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.

Patrick DeWayne Newman

Bentley Madison McCrary
Robert

Terry Lee Richberg Jr.

Nathan David Massey
Mr. and Mrs.

Bentley Madison McCrary

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.

Nathan David Massey

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.

Bobby Thomas Samples Jr.

Bobby Thomas Samples Jr.

Keziah Monae Beard

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

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.

Doll maker grows into new force in toy industry

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.

New jobless claims fall, but businesses still not hiring quickly
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by the largest number in more than a year, indicating that layoffs may be easing even as economic uncertainties- including a possible war with Iraq - make businesses wary of hiring a lot of people.

Natural gas prices expected to rise in Janurary
ATLANTA -- Natural gas prices are rising, and Georgia consumers could see the impact as early as January.

Shares fall on war, oil worries in post-holiday trading

Mortgage rates reach new low for eighth time this year
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped to a new low this week, the eighth time that has happened this year.

Business briefs

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.

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.

Shares fall on war, oil worries in post-holiday trading
NEW YORK -- Investors spooked by hostilities in Iraq and a steep rise in oil prices sent stocks lower Thursday in light, post-Christmas trading.

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.

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons

New jobless claims fall, but businesses still not hiring quickly

Wall Street forecasts differ

Candy cane company returns from brink of bankruptcy

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.

Home improvement stores offering women hands-on lessons

Chains fight to get bigger bite of sales

Business briefs
LOS ANGELES - A Justice Department probe of accounting practices at Global Crossing Ltd. which is now in bankruptcy proceedings, will not lead to criminal charges, a law enforcement source The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity, confirming published reports on the outcome of the probe.

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.

Chains fight to get bigger bite of sales
MIAMI - When Richard Steinig opened his first of four South Florida McDonald's restaurants in the 1970s, the fight for burger chain supremacy could be summed up this simply: Which was tastier - the Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?

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

Mortgage rates reach new low for eighth time this year

Place-kicker misses PAT, makes history

Nebraska looks to salvage season against Ole Miss
SHREVEPORT, La. -- After playing for a national championship a year ago, Nebraska wasn't expecting to be in the Independence Bowl this season.

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.

Nebraska looks to salvage season against Ole Miss

Boston College beats Toledo in Motor City Bowl
DETROIT -- Brian St. Pierre passed for a career-high 342 yards and three touchdowns as Boston College defeated Toledo 51-25 in the Motor City Bowl on Thursday night, capping one of the most successful four-year runs in school history.

Pittsburgh tops Oregon St. in Insight 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.

Boston College beats Toledo in Motor City Bowl

Pittsburgh tops Oregon St. in Insight Bowl
PHOENIX -- Shawn Robinson became the first Pittsburgh player to return a punt for a touchdown in the school's 22 bowl appearances as the 24th-ranked Panthers beat Oregon State 38-13 Thursday night in the Insight Bowl.

UCLA wins big in Vegas

Ridiculous protest

A rural dilemma

Doing the right thing

The endgame is near

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

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."

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.

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.

Yellow perch can be fun on light tackle

Yellow perch can be fun on light tackle
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.

It's never too early to garden

It's never too early to garden
If you've got time off and good weather, the week between Christmas and New Year's can be a good time to get caught up on some gardening chores.

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

Augusta Country Club surprises Howell
Charles Howell went to Augusta Country Club on Thursday night to accept an honorary membership to the club. He got that, all right, along with a big surprise.

Augusta Country Club surprises Howell

Last-place Thrashers fire Fraser
DULUTH, Ga. -- In 3 1/2 years, Curt Fraser couldn't win with the team built by general manager Don Waddell.

Last-place Thrashers fire Fraser

Christmas cheer runs out when returning gifts
I can't figure out which is more stressful: shopping for the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends, or taking back the gifts they gave you without their finding out about it.

Applauds writer for 'injustice' letter

Ali is great, but not the 'greatest'

Appreciates Empty Stocking Fund

No argument makes abortion right

GeorgiaCares gives hope to seniors

Jury-bashing editorials off base

Reader changes opinion of Sen. Lott

In the know

Doctors use energy waves to fight liver cancer

Health calendar

Capsules

Augusta Lynx road report

Columbia scorches Augusta
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Inferno ended their five game losing streak and the Augusta Lynx continued their losing ways as the Inferno took a 6-3 victory Thursday night.

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

Columbia scorches Augusta

Lynx to honor Howell
Winding up with an Easton Synergy stick and swinging a Great Big Bertha driver require similar movements, which is one of the reasons why so many hockey players have an undying passion for golf.

Lynx to honor Howell

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.

Right to fight

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.

Lynx Gamenight
Lynx GameNight Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx When: Tonight, 7:35 p.m.

Top enforcers in Lynx history

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

Across the area
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a van Christmas evening on Washington Road.

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

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.

Subscriber of the day

Duke says reactors safe from jet crash
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Duke Power officials say a recent report confirms their assessment that the company's nuclear power plants could withstand a plane crashing into reactor buildings.

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

Across the area

Holiday's end brings new spirit to shopping season

Across Georgia

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

Subscriber of the day

Tight communities gain fame

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 27, 1979 Reception has been cool to the tenured-instructor assessment program begun in April by the Richmond County Board of Education, Staff Development Director Carlene Murphy said.

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

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. -Abraham Lincoln is returning to the capital of the Confederacy, much to the chagrin of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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.

News you can use

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

Across the area

Across the Southeast

Across South Carolina

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.

Full-serve here

Stay-at-home mothers find support net

House numbers
The Columbia County Planning and Development Office is urging residents to ensure that their homes have their street address numbers plainly visible from the street so that emergency personnel can find the correct address.

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.

Officials urge residents to mark homes

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Baker weighs advice of GOP

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.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A rant for the person who ranted about taking 6-year-old children hunting for deer in the woods. If it weren't for these fathers taking their children and bonding with them, and the fact that there could be an overpopulation of deer, what would we do then? My daughter is 3 years old, and when she turns 4, she is going hunting with her father with my full support.

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.

Holiday's end brings new spirit to shopping season
According to the National Retail Federation, after-Christmas sales account for 10 percent of total holiday sales. The group expects 2002 holiday retail sales to increase 4 percent from last year, when they were up 5.6 percent.

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.

Police investigate bank robbery
Wearing a fake beard and sunglasses, a man robbed a downtown Augusta bank Thursday. It was the second such robbery in the area during the holiday season.

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.

Trees find new uses after end of holiday
After Christmas, the tree that was once the centerpiece of holiday cheer loses its magic when the lights are turned off and the ornaments put away.

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.

Blustery winds cut power off at homes

Santa delivers

Police find marijuana packages in house
A Grovetown couple was arrested Christmas Day - charged with manufacture of marijuana near school property - after the husband fled the scene of a minor car accident, police said.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Pakistani immigrant freed from jail to seek treatment for a rare blood disorder has fled the United States again rather than face trial.

Stay-at-home mothers find support net
As Veronica McAlpine pulled into a shopping plaza parking lot, she noticed a woman next to her, also tending to her child.

Santa visits children at hospital

Hospital pay called public record

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.

Duke says reactors safe from jet crash

Tax supporters are optimistic
COLUMBIA - Supporters of a cigarette tax to pay for rising Medicaid costs are confident the Legislature will approve a 53-cent increase when it returns Jan. 14.

Across the Southeast

Trees find new uses after end of holiday

Subscriber of the day
Hattie Sullivan is today's subscriber of the day.

House numbers

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -Eight families lost their homes Christmas morning when fire destroyed an apartment building in Horry County.

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.

Watch the Sicilian egg nog
OK, it's that time again, time for my weekly glimpse at the wild and sometimes wacky world of sports in the local media.

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.

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.

2002 was unpredictable year for Winston Cup racing

Overnight ratings up for Christmas Day doubleheader

Hawks fire coach Kruger
ATLANTA -- Coach Lon Kruger was fired by the slumping Hawks, the second Atlanta coach to be let go Thursday.

Overnight ratings up for Christmas Day doubleheader
NEW YORK -- ABC Sports' deal with the NBA got off to a promising start.

Falcons finally get Dunn deal

Holmes out for Chiefs

Getting their Freak on

Rev. Eldred Mixon Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mozelle Gunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edith McCarthy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Judith Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Elliot Elam    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Flossie Kirkland    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Ford    (GRIFFIN, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Johnson Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Nathan Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Early-Tate    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Loretta Harrell    (LAFAYETTE, La.)
Mrs. Becky Fleming    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Farmer    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Inez Granger    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Tracy Dorn Sr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Davis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Eva Landrum    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Nellie Rhoades    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. C.J. Gregory    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Dailey    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Scott    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Elam    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherry McCall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Lizzie Borum    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Velma Thigpen    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Watts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Junior Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Denny Bradford    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Nelson Baughman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Haney, Sr    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Cleo Atkins    (DANBURY, Conn.)
Mrs. Ada Hill    ( LOUISEVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Victoria Jackson    (LAUDERDALE, FLA.)
Mrs. Ruth Brinson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Long    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Bobby Maddox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. John Brown    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Macon Mauldin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ophelia Abney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Grace Short    (SHREVEPORT, La.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Brigham Shubert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Sidney Sparks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte Mance    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. George Bishop Jr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Saggus    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Ms. Ada Toby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Velma Thigpen    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Louis Mozone Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Davis    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Dennie Walden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Rudolph Cook    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Walker    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Crossan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Pardue    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Lizzie Radford    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Wiley    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Tracy Dorn Sr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Mildred Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Becky Fleming (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Thelma Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Sparks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Julia Farmer (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Short (SHREVEPORT, La.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Crossan (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Inez Granger (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Brinson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Saggus (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Long (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Cleo Atkins (DANBURY, Conn.)

Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Loretta Harrell (LAFAYETTE, La.)

Mrs. Velma Thigpen (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Thigpen (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Wiley (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Dailey (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Brigham Shubert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Bobby Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Watts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ada Toby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Rhoades (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lizzie Radford (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Ford (GRIFFIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Early-Tate (BRUNSON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Judith Maguire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Edith McCarthy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ada Hill ( LOUISEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Billy Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Scott (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Macon Mauldin (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Haney, Sr (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Kathryn Guillebeau (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dennie Walden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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.

Applauds writer for 'injustice' letter
Thanks to Zelda Jones for having the courage to write a letter about the injustice in the Richmond County judicial system (Dec. 8, "Slams local 'injustice' system"). Residents of Augusta should be outraged at how the district attorney's office "deals out justice." Nicole Bowers, North Augusta, S.C.

Ridiculous protest
University of Georgia Law School professor Eugene Wilkes says he's "appalled and horrified" at the choice of speaker for next May's graduation ceremonies. He told Morris News Service he's not alone, too - that a number of his professorial colleagues, and students, will protest or boycott the event.

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

GeorgiaCares gives hope to seniors
In his Dec. 10 column, "Stopgap Rx help for seniors is available, but few know about it," M.J. Collier shed light on an enormous problem for older Georgians - the struggle to pay for increasingly expensive prescription medications. Georgia's Division of Aging Services is responding to this growing need with a new public-private partnership called GeorgiaCares. Jeanette G. Cummings, Augusta

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

Doing the right thing
If 2001 was the year of terror, 2002 was the year of scandal - from stylish corporate thieves in silk ties to sociopathic sexual predators in priests' robes.

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.

Reader changes opinion of Sen. Lott
This is regarding the letter I sent to The Augusta Chronicle, which was published on Dec. 21, "Lott's remarks incorrectly interpreted." After seeing the "real" Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., reveal his true colors on Black Entertainment Television, I found him to be as offensive to white conservatives as he is to American blacks. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Jury-bashing editorials off base
I knew that the rape conviction of Aaron LeBlanc in Gastonia, N.C., would restart the jury bashing in The Augusta Chronicle editorials. As an individual who has sat on several juries, here are a few observations. Jim Hartman, Aiken, S.C.

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.

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.

Overtime

Watch the Sicilian egg nog

Lance Armstrong is AP Male Athlete of the Year

Overtime

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.

Lance Armstrong is AP Male Athlete of the Year
AUSTIN, Texas -- To this day, Lance Armstrong insists cancer was the best thing that happened to him.

Overtime
The Ray Guy Kicking & Punting Academy will be held this weekend at the Academy of Richmond County stadium.

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

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

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.

Falcons finally get Dunn deal
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - T.J. Duckett's pain has been Warrick Dunn's gain.

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

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.

What's the best way to book a hotel online?
Q. I've used the Internet to book airline flights, and now I'd like to do the same for hotel rooms. What's the best way to get the best deal?

Universal remote without the confusion
SAN FRANCISCO -- RadioShack's new "6-in-One" remote control goes beyond consolidating your clutter of remotes for multiple home entertainment devices.

Companies agree on technology for high-definition televisions
WASHINGTON -- Cable companies and TV makers agreed Thursday to make their technologies more compatible, with the goal of boosting sales of high-definition televisions.

Georgia locks up Richt through 2010

Georgia locks up Richt through 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Moving quickly to reward its championship coach, Georgia gave Mark Richt a new $1.5 million-a-year contract that will keep him with the Bulldogs through at least 2010.

For two coaches, respect is mutual

Georgia's defensive unit overcomes inexperience

Florida State and Georgia arrive for Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS -- The stroll past a combo blaring Dixieland tunes was nothing new for Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Florida State and Georgia arrive for Sugar Bowl

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.

Georgia's defensive unit overcomes inexperience
ATHENS, Ga. - No one would have blamed Willie Martinez for feeling sorry for himself before the season.

Study: Playboy centerfolds becoming less curvaceous

Odds and Ends

What's the best way to book a hotel online?

Companies agree on technology for high-definition televisions

Researchers battle Web bots with identity checks

Fences go up as Net outgrows its innocence

Universal remote without the confusion

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