Young dancers learn from peers in 'Nutcracker'
At one end of the mirrored studio, about 20 young dancers, still elementary-aged and all female, have clustered.

Young dancers learn from peers in 'Nutcracker'

In trade for pitcher, Red Sox could get reference source
BOSTON -- They hired general manager Theo Epstein and stat guru Bill James. They fired manager Grady Little. Now the Boston Red Sox are trying to put their philosophy of statistical analysis and preparation on the pitcher's mound.

In trade for pitcher, Red Sox could get reference source

An award might one day loom for my research efforts

Audrey Elaine Nunn
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Nunn, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Audrey Elaine Nunn, Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lee Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Nunn, all of Augusta.

Carter Beckham Hampton

Claiborne McDowell Porubsky

Claiborne McDowell Porubsky
Edward and Claiborne Porubsky, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Claiborne McDowell Porubsky, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Joe D. Christian Jr. and Dr. and Mrs. Edward S. Porubsky, all of Augusta.

Destiny La'Shae Johnson
Derrick Johnson and Ashley Ryans, both of Beech Island, announce the birth of a daughter, Destiny La'Shae Johnson, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lisa Ryans, of Beech Island, and Roosevelt Butler, of Augusta.

Hunter Bryce Jones
Larry D. and Jennifer Jones, of Langley, announce the birth of a son, Hunter Bryce Jones, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Kaye Quackenbush, of Burnettown, Buddy and Cathy Drakeford, of Langley, and Larry Jones, of Beech Island.

Kailyn Michelle Haws
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Haws Jr., of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Michelle Haws, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Widener, of Martinez, Jewel Haws, of Farmington, N.M., and the late Paul M. Haws Sr.

Michael Harrison Fernandes

Chandler Rashard Hawes
Keith and Vottrina Hawes, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Chandler Rashard Hawes, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Tony and Berenice Williams, of Grovetown, and Gloria D. Hawes, of Lincolnton, Ga.

Chelsey LeAnn Palmer

Carter Beckham Hampton
Timothy P. and Cheryl M. Hampton, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carter Beckham Hampton, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hampton, all of North Augusta.

Chelsey LeAnn Palmer
Carlos M. Palmer and Daphne M. Hadden, both of Dearing, announce the birth of a daughter, Chelsey LeAnn Palmer, Sunday, June 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Palmer, all of Dearing, Barbara H. Armstrong, of Stapleton, Ga., and Kenny J. Palmer of Thomson.

Michael Harrison Fernandes
Mark and April Fernandes, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Michael Harrison Fernandes, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Burckhalter, of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Fernandes, of Augusta.

Rebecca Madison Noyce
David and Jami Noyce, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Madison Noyce, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clay and Becky Lee, of North Augusta, and Gary and Kathy Noyce, of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Ethany Morgan Faulk
Fernie M. Faulk IV and Crystal D. Faulk, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Ethany Morgan Faulk, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Pat Key and Morgan and Beth Faulk, all of Augusta, Michael and Karen Whitfield, of Columbia, and Joe and Judy Ferguson, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Jacob Aiden Barrett
Wayne and Tracy Barrett, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Aiden Barrett, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Greg Hopkins of Cochran, Ga., Gwin Johnson of Augusta and Randy and Chea Barrett of Martinez.

Wesley Kenneth Eubanks
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Eubanks, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Wesley Kenneth Eubanks, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Charles L. Dozier Jr. and Barbara O. Herrin, both of Augusta, Wilber K. Eubanks, of Grovetown, and the late Lucille Eubanks.

Ethany Morgan Faulk

Gracelyn Eve Shivers

Audrey Elaine Nunn

Chandler Rashard Hawes

Jacob Aiden Barrett

Alonzo Jadin Carter
Woodrow Carter and Luxenia Lee, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Alonzo Jadin Carter, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Adams and Annie Lee, both of Graniteville, and Diane Carter, of Augusta.

Destiny La'Shae Johnson

Gracelyn Eve Shivers
John H. and Melissa S. Shivers, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Gracelyn Eve Shivers, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Vernon and Glenda Simons and Lester and Ginny Berry, all of Thomson, Pat and Larry Armstrong, of North Augusta, and Charles and Diane Shivers, of Norwood, Ga.

Jacob Connor Seebode

Jacob Connor Seebode
Jacob and Teresa Seebode, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Connor Seebode, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gary Seebode and Linda Seebode, both of Augusta, and Ray and Carol Hall, of Lynchburg, Va.

Wesley Kenneth Eubanks

Chloe Allen Poss
Guy and Kelly Poss, of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Allen Poss, Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Wayne and Vickie Jones and Jo Poss, all of Thomson, and the late Dexter Poss.

Rebecca Madison Noyce

14,000 couples wed on one auspicious day in India's capital
NEW DELHI -- As night fell Thursday, India's capital swarmed with weddings as some 14,000 couples tied the knot on a day considered lucky by Hindus.

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon State University poultry scientist thinks turkeys are getting a bum rap.

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The annual holiday wars between the nation's two largest toy sellers is well under way. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. are cutting prices and deploying brigades of Barbie and Elmo dolls as they joust for market share.

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season

Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us battle for holiday sales

Small business thanks

Property tax rise is expected

Business briefs
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 15.63, or 0.2 percent, at 9,779.57. The Nasdaq composite index gained 10.27, or 0.5 percent, to 1,953.31. U.S. financial markets will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Survey says Nashville tops in online shopping

Small business thanks
Small-business owners are thankful for the same things as everyone else: family, friends and good health. But they also acknowledge the little things that keep them in business ...

Busiest day for buying is not what you think

Property tax rise is expected
Unless Augusta's economy takes an unexpected turn for the better, property owners can expect their taxes to increase next year, after a Wednesday decision by the Augusta Commission.

Retailers aim to limit discounting this holiday season
NEW YORK -- Instead of using deep discounts to lure shoppers this holiday season, Domain Home Fashions is sending design consultants to their homes for free.

Busiest day for buying is not what you think
The season of buying has begun. Thousands of people throughout the area will swarm to shopping centers today to cash in on after-Thanksgiving sales, but don't expect the shopping crowds to get lighter as Christmas approaches.

Survey says Nashville tops in online shopping
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville is the top city for online shoppers, according to a new survey.

Saban wary of Arkansas

SEC, ACC notebooks
Given his preseason promise, it would be difficult for Reggie Merriweather to view the regular season as anything other than a disappointment.

Saban wary of Arkansas
BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas has given Louisiana State all kinds of problems recently, which is why Tigers coach Nick Saban wants his players to remember the teams' last two games.

Seminoles bitten by flu bug
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Ninth-ranked Florida State is trying to shake a flu virus that has hit a couple of players on the team.

Seminoles bitten by flu bug

SEC, ACC notebooks

Paine coach hopes to build off last season's success

Time for Senate to act
Last April the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill insulating firearms manufacturers and distributors from being sued for crimes committed with their products. The measure has been languishing in the U.S. Senate ever since.

Time for Senate to act

Sharing your blessings
Among other things, Thanksgiving was intended as a celebration of the harvest.

The texture of gratitude
The Iraqi people no doubt feel thankful for certain things. Most are thankful to have seen Saddam Hussein's statue and regime toppled.

Medicare medicine
Is the hugest overhaul in Medicare history just approved by Congress the right prescription for the nation's elderly and disabled? The answer depends on whom you listen to.

Medicare medicine

The texture of gratitude

Standing ovations
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual family Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The concert will feature traditional Christmas favorites and a presentation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas narrated by "Trooper" Terry Sams. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-0091.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

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

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 steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Salley prepares for flock of chitlin lovers
Nothing says Southern culture quite like fried pig intestines, and Saturday, for the 37th year, ground zero for the delicacy known as chitterlings (chitlins for short) will be Salley.

Top five list
These are the Top FiveTV, movies, music, tours and videos for the week.

Outlook dimming for small-cap stocks

Outlook dimming for small-cap stocks
NEW YORK -- Stocks that gained the most during the downturn now look to have the most to lose as the economy gets better.

Bistro serves quality

Bistro serves quality
Like a fine wine, Bistro 491 just keeps improving with age.

Resist the urge to prune in the winter
If you have an insatiable urge to tidy up this time of year, go ahead and rake leaves, cut down old stalks of perennial flowers, and mow your lawn again. But dont prune trees, shrubs, or vines.

Smalltown receiver's record a hit
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech wide receiver Jonathan Smith won't lie. His hometown of Argyle,Ga. isn't exactly what you would call a booming metropolis.

Dorsey polishes off skills, weight
ATLANTA - At 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds, Nat Dorsey hasn't passed up many foods in his life. But this summer, as his weight ballooned to 350 and above, Georgia Tech's three-year starter at left tackle began passing on fried foods. For someone raised on New Orleans cooking, it was not easy.

Passer is fast on feet
ATLANTA - Hugh Reilly said it took only a handful of practices to see that freshman Reggie Ball had the talent and moxie to start at quarterback.

Daniels back to questionable after practice Wednesday
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech tailback P.J. Daniels was downgraded to questionable for Saturday's game against No. 5 Georgia with an undisclosed injury.

Jackets pull off upset
Isma'il Muhammad had not yet seen the spread that he and his Georgia Tech teammates would call Thanksgiving dinner. He already had an idea how it would be.

Dorsey polishes off skills, weight

Passer is fast on feet

Daniels back to questionable after practice Wednesday

Jackets pull off upset

Smalltown receiver's record a hit

There is more to Thanksgiving than a roasted bird

Singh, Perry share lead in South Africa
SUN CITY, South Africa -- Vijay Singh and Kenny Perry shot 7-under 65s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Prep football capsules

Laney quarterback, his receivers make fireworks

Thomson eyes Thomas County Central

Eagles face long miles, odds

Prep football notebook

Blackville-Hilda to see mirror images face off

Georgia High School Association state football tournament pairings

Georgia girls basketball capsules

Lady Rebels gives Hephzibah hope

Team will feel the pressure

South Carolina girls basketball capsules

South Carolina boys basketball capsules

South Carolina Independent girls basketball capsules

Georgia boys basketball capsules

Georgia Independent boys basketball capsules

Prep football capsules
Thomas County Central (10-1) at Thomson (10-1) 7:30 p.m.

Laney quarterback, his receivers make fireworks
Laney coach Eric Parker tries to keep his squad's offense balanced. Seriously.

Prep football notebook
Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell says there is no comparison between the Athens Academy his squad beat 35-7 on Sept. 19 and the one the Red Devils will see at 7:30 tonight.

Thomson eyes Thomas County Central
The player who worries Thomson coach Luther Welsh the most is the same one who threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs in last year's Class AAAA state title game.

Blackville-Hilda to see mirror images face off
Blackville-Hilda football coach David Berry will see a familiar sight when his undefeated team plays Lake View at home in the Class A Lower State championship game tonight at Huggins Stadium.

Georgia High School Association state football tournament pairings
Here are the high school football pairings for the second of the Georgia state playoffs:

Eagles face long miles, odds
Brentwood certainly is used to this. But traveling long distances to play for the Georgia Independent School Association's Class AA title is worth it. Even if this year's trip takes the Eagles 215 miles away from their Sandersville, Ga., home.

Maple Leafs down Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Ed Belfour made 31 saves, allowing only Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL-leading 17th goal Thursday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Maple Leafs down Thrashers

An award might one day loom for my research efforts
I didn't make Forbes magazine's list of really rich guys. I didn't make People magazine's "Sexiest Man" cover. And now it looks as though Scientific American magazine has passed me by in its December edition, which recognizes contributors to science, technology and society.

Richmond County coroner dies
Longtime Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims died early today 2 at Doctors Hospital. He was 72 years old.

Tiger Woods gets engaged to model Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his Swedish girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, are engaged.

Recall some commissioners

Judge Wheale is an upright man

Medal-of-Honor recipient's visit inspires
Augusta was honored recently with the presence of Col. Jack H. Jacobs, Medal-of-Honor recipient for his service to our country in Vietnam. Mr. Jacobs spoke to several groups during his days in Augusta. He spoke about honor, duty, honesty and integrity in service to our country and in our daily lives. William Robson, Augusta

Students should choose their mascot

President Bush is doing what it takes to make us great
I'm a home-schooled student in my junior year, and I'm currently studying U.S. history. I have learned of the anti-war activists and their counterpart Democrats in Washington who claim the war in Iraq is taking too long and that too many Americans are dying. Jennifer Seigler, North Augusta, S.C.

President Bush is doing what it takes to make us great

Judge Wheale is an upright man
In reading the on-line edition of The Chronicle on Nov. 13, I was shocked to read that there was an investigation of Judge Duncan Wheale. James B. Osbon, Amelia Island, Fla.

Recall some commissioners
If Californians, as screwball as they are, can right a wrong by ousting Gov. Gray Davis, then maybe there's hope for us in our situation with a few of our illustrious Augusta commissioners. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Students should choose their mascot
Why is the Strom Thurmond High School mascot such a big deal? It seems to be more of a community problem than it is with students who go to STHS. At the school board meeting on Nov. 11, it seemed the (mascot) committee didn't follow guidelines and a dispute between the committee and board members broke out. Miranda Piper, North Augusta, S.C.

Editorial on school boards setting taxes was flawed
The Augusta Chronicle's Nov. 17 editorial, "Let trustees set taxes," argues that the fox should be in charge of the hen house - that is, the Aiken County School Board should be able to tax as they wish with no governing body reviewing their actions. And The Chronicle says it is "ridiculous" to do otherwise. Neil O. Myers, Aiken, S.C.

Online search engines rev up shopping motors for the holidays

Let us help you with Thanksgiving

'Three Musketeers' go crystal this Christmas

World's first photograph sits for own portrait

Movie Santa Clauses wear many faces

Health and fitness calendar

Let us help you with Thanksgiving
It's Thanksgiving morning. Your game plan is in action, the ball is rolling, and barring any unexpected surprises, dinner should be on the table in a few hours.

Underwater gliders take flight to new depths
SAN DIEGO -- A century after the Wright Brothers first took to the skies, the world of flight is pushing to new depths.

Booklet features American flag history
Since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans increasingly have been wary of terrorism and threats of terrorism, at home and abroad.

'Three Musketeers' go crystal this Christmas
Sisters Pat Fuller and Mary Davis and fellow homemakers club member June Brocato have their own ways of decorating a Christmas tree, but they agree on this: Do it the way you want to.

Movie Santa Clauses wear many faces
LOS ANGELES - Where else but in Hollywood would Santa Claus arrive bearing gifts, cuss words and even an ax?

World's first photograph sits for own portrait
LOS ANGELES -- An 1826 image widely acknowledged as the world's earliest photograph is the subject of its own close-up, the first in the half-century since a historian hauled the faint snapshot out of an old trunk.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

In the know
We want to put names in lights Well, we took a year off to catch our breath, but the Holiday Light Tour is back in business.

Online search engines rev up shopping motors for the holidays
SAN FRANCISCO -- It didn't take long for Paul Rattay to grasp the power of shopping comparison sites on the Internet. He figures he saved at least $150 on a Sony digital camera by turning to DealTime.com to hunt for the best prices with a few quick clicks of his computer mouse.

Lynx rookie might have to replace sick Saal
The last thing Lynx coach Stan Drulia wants is to mess with a winning formula for tonight's road game against the Columbia Inferno.

Lynx rookie might have to replace sick Saal

Mom needs help to brighten her children's holidays

There's always something more we can be thankful for
There was a time when I was much younger that I thought just about all the good things that could possibly happen to me had already happened, and I probably wouldn't find new things to be thankful for.

Community gathers to pray for troops
THOMSON - When the Rev. Fred Favors stopped by the Wilson family home Thanksgiving morning, the power was out.

Submarine base's maintenance company files bankruptcy
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The subcontractor in charge of maintenance and security services at Georgia's Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has declared bankruptcy.

Across South Carolina

Police arrest suspect in rapes

Across Georgia

Soldier's family expresses thanks

Busy working singles turn to new dating methods
ATHENS, Ga. - In today's society of 40-plus-hour work weeks and gym memberships, traditional dating and modern singles just don't seem to fit together.

News you can use

Across the southeast
MIAMI -A federal judge ruled in favor of a Cuban band promoter who said she was illegally forced to pay more than $36,000 in security fees for a concert that drew thousands of angry protesters.

Graham plans system reform

Lawmakers unsure of changes

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

State fines dredging group nearly $494,000

Six area high schools receive golf grants

Across Georgia

School in Gainesville leads state in growth

Kid of the Day

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

News you can use
The central body of the Cracker political organization will meet at the courthouse tonight to settle the matter of endorsements for municipal offices.

Police officer with magic hobby reveals tricks of carnival games

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Thanksgiving:

Graham plans system reform
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham will tour United Defense in Aiken, a defense contractor that makes components for armored combat vehicles, including the M1A Abrams tank.

State officials debate process of desalination
ATLANTA - A Florida desalination plant recently touted as a model for relieving Atlanta's water woes has been hit with a series of setbacks, casting doubt on the technology's future in Georgia.

Holiday traffic helps clog I-20 near border
AIKEN - A hilly portion of Interstate 20 that stretches from Aiken to the Georgia line has seen a growth in deadly accidents this year, South Carolina highway statistics show.

Empty Stocking: Flood of bills daunts father
A new father from Beech Island is struggling to make this Christmas a memorable one for his family.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jamiah A'Keera D'Sha Barnes, 1, of Augusta.

Holiday traffic helps clog I-20 near border

Plan targets law enforcement
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The next generation of police officers and firefighters on the streets of Savannah won't be allowed to smoke, officials say.

Child-support collections rise

Police officer with magic hobby reveals tricks of carnival games
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Glynn County police Cpl. Glenn Hester knows a secret to making learning the laws of physics fun for youngsters.

Post prepares feast fit for those who serve country

News you can use
NOV. 27, 1942 Augusta enjoyed a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving Day yesterday.

Tiger Woods gets engaged to model Elin Nordegren

Lawmakers unsure of changes
ATHENS, Ga. - Half of the eight lawmakers on a 20-person commission weighing ways to retool the HOPE scholarship are unsure whether recommendations they'll make to legislative colleagues next month will shield the award from further tweaking. But state Rep. Louise McBee, D-Athens, has no doubts the scholarship will be preserved if the General Assembly follows through with the commission's recommendations.

Davidson performance earns big win for cast

Shoppers hunt for last-minute items
At the Kroger near National Hills on Washington Road on Wednesday, traffic crawled bumper to bumper, hauling delicacies for today's feasts and blocking lanes as pedestrians tried to squeeze through.

Holiday dinners serve family time

State fines dredging group nearly $494,000
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A dredging group has been fined $494,000 after state environmental officials say it dumped dredge spoil into the Calibogue Sound instead of a designated offshore dump site.<

Doctor stresses bacteria's risk

Kings Bay contractor files for bankruptcy
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- The company that provides maintenance and other services at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base has declared bankruptcy.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -Sugar Ray Leonard has won a lawsuit against a Columbia boxing promoter after a planned televised boxing match failed to materialize.

Ga. judge decides on evidence in soldier's killing
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A Georgia judge ruled Wednesday there's enough evidence against a former Army private accused of murdering a fellow soldier to bind him over to Superior Court.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nekedria Diamonique James.

Soldier's family expresses thanks
THOMSON - Standing in the sanctuary of Springfield Baptist Church, Thomson Mayor Bob Knox made a promise Wednesday afternoon not to letCommand Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson's "example and memory be forgotten."

Government loan funds Columbia County golf course
Crews will start clearing land in Columbia County next week for a new 18-hole, public golf course flanked by a major new subdivision.

Across the area
The grandmother of a 12-year-old Sego Middle School pupil told police her granddaughter was punched and kicked by four pupils Tuesday after exiting her school bus.

Six area high schools receive golf grants
Former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre has already provided scholarships for children participating in the First Tee program. His foundation is now targeting high school students who might not otherwise have a chance to step up to the tee.

Child-support collections rise
ATLANTA - Despite the sluggish economy, the Georgia Department of Human Resources set a record during the last fiscal year by collecting $523.7 million in child-support payments.

Davidson performance earns big win for cast
Drama students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School raised a few eyebrows last month when they staged a one-act play addressing social problems in the black community.

Leaders discuss funding
Do more with less.

Community gathers to pray for troops

Mom needs help to brighten her children's holidays
A Hephzibah woman wants to make the holidays a little brighter for her two children.

Rants and raves
THE STATE OF South Carolina and Gov. Mark Sanford need money. They need to try video gambling and cockfighting. It appears there's money in that.

Holiday dinners serve family time
Forget the turkey. With hot dogs and french fries and macaroni and cheese on the menu Thanksgiving Day, it's no surprise a large drumstick went untouched by 8-year-old Maurice White and his friends and siblings Thursday. Their booth at T-Bonz Steakhouse was packed with six youngsters, aged 10 months to 19 years old.

Dogs are blessed in yearly ritual
AIKEN - A few things have changed at Hitchcock Woods in the 89 years the Aiken Hounds have held their annual blessing of the hounds each Thanksgiving Day.

There's always something more we can be thankful for

Complaints stir office to study state plane use
ATLANTA - Complaints about how state-owned aircraft are used in the midst of a budget crisis have attracted the attention of Georgia's attorney general.

Pilgrim heritage is found in area

News you can use

School in Gainesville leads state in growth
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Gainesville College, a two-year public college founded in the northeast Georgia foothills in 1966, recently topped the chart of enrollment increases at Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that someone took more than $2,000 worth of antique coins from her residence, a police report states.

Man is in jail after wreck

Police arrest suspect in rapes
Police arrested a man on sexual assault charges Wednesday, who they said drove around stalking women in a white, older model Mercury Cougar.

Plan targets law enforcement

Post prepares feast fit for those who serve country
As American soldiers were deployed around the world on Thanksgiving Eve, hundreds of service members and civilians at Fort Gordon enjoyed a meal together.

Kid of the day

Man is in jail after wreck
A Nevada man has been charged in the death of a Hephzibah man, who authorities say was killed during a Wednesday morning accident near Blythe.

North Charleston shelter gives up papers to state
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A North Charleston nonprofit being investigated on allegations of misuse of donated money has turned over about 1,000 pages of financial documents asked for by state agencies, an attorney for the Good Samaritan Mission said.

Pilgrim heritage is found in area
Thanksgiving might be a special time for relatives, but for Deborah Corbin and many other Augusta-area residents it truly is a family affair.

Shoppers hunt for last-minute items

Across South Carolina
YORK -York police obtained an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old woman on charges she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

Dogs are blessed in yearly ritual

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A Georgia judge ruled Wednesday there's enough evidence against a former Army private accused of killing a fellow soldier to bind him over to Superior Court.

Holiday closings

Rants and raves
THE STATE OF South Carolina and Gov. Mark Sanford need money. They need to try video gambling and cockfighting. It appears there's money in that.

Across the southeast

Kings Bay contractor files for bankruptcy

Holiday closings

Across the area

Empty Stocking: Flood of bills daunts father

North Charleston shelter gives up papers to state

Busy working singles turn to new dating methods

Complaints stir office to study state plane use

Doctor stresses bacteria's risk
The tiny red and green dots on the screen are small clues for Stuart Thompson that might show the way to eliminating a very common pest.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -Attorneys for former crematory operator Brent Marsh are trying to force the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to release evidence that's currently classified as "state secrets."

State officials debate process of desalination

Football almost got outlawed in Georgia
That's right. Imagine not having any Cowboys or Lions game to consume the Thanksgiving Day hours as the tryptophan buzz kicked in. Imagine waking this morning, still sated from the previous day's feast and a little sore from the traditional family backyard lacrosse game.

There is more to Thanksgiving than a roasted bird
Sometime today, as you reach for a turkey leg, another slice of pie or the TV remote, take time to remember how our Thanksgiving holiday began.

Video watch

Video watch
JUST OUT: X2: X-Men United and Bruce Almighty

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday. See Wednesday's Peek section for Thanksgiving holiday releases. 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.

Mini reviews

Magazine's list of top albums fails to branch out
Wow. Pet Sounds is an excellent album. Who knew? Everybody, actually.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Reviews of selected reviews of boxed sets:

Magazine's list of top albums fails to branch out

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Interview with Roger Penske

Interview with Roger Penske
ATLANTA - Roger Penske, a successful car owner on the NASCAR and IRL circuits talked on Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel recently about the direction of his race teams, Toyota's presence in NASCAR and what's ahead for his teams on the Nextel Cup Series.

IRL teams rack up TV recognition dollar
ATLANTA - IRL teams received more than $227 million worth of recognition on television last year, according to Joyce Julius and Associates, Inc.

2003 season was a wild ride

IRL teams rack up TV recognition dollar

2003 season was a wild ride
ATLANTA - The combination of rain, mud and a lost day on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series made for a miserable time at the Atlanta Motor Speedway last month.

Despite his physical transformation, Jackson has black support
NEW YORK -- His once broad nose has been surgically whittled to the size of a pencil. His formerly brown skin is now off-white. His woolly afro has been replaced by a sleek, straightened 'do.

End of longtime marriages is becoming more common

End of longtime marriages is becoming more common
NEW YORK - Jane Hark-leroad marked her first anniversary Nov. 17 - the anniversary of the divorce that ended a 37-year marriage.

Despite his physical transformation, Jackson has black support

Bush surprises troops, nation, with trip to Iraq

Bush surprises troops, nation, with trip to Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for "defending the American people from danger."

Late Pacers' run finishes Knicks

Late Pacers' run finishes Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Ron Artest added 21 points in the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers' 93-70 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Paine coach hopes to build off last season's success
When Selina Kohn took over Paine's women's basketball team in 1998, she found the team on a downward spiral.

Solid play keys USC Aiken's start
USC Aiken women's basketball coach Mike Brandt isn't ready to put his team on a pedestal. Through three games, though, the Lady Pacers are 2-1 and playing better than expected.

Dolphins top Cowboys

Duckett Falcon's starting running back

Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mariah Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Pate    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Greg Ware    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert. Wade    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Moore    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Ms. Sarah Chambers    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Catherine Norton    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Atkins    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. John Dunbar    (BATH, S.C.)
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Ms. Carrie Medlock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Clifford Richards, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Gary Williams    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Cyrus Hannah, Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Walker    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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SSG Earl Everett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arden Toepke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. William Dunbar    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mr. Rod Turner, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. John Dunbar    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ouida Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Clements    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert. Wade    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. St. John Cooper    (VIDETTE, Ga.)
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Mr. William Cochran    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eula Tankersley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Bellinger    ( WILLISTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Fred Humes    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. John Proctor, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Clifford Richards, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ouida Chambers    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eula Tankersley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Butler    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Russell    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald K. Brantham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Moore    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Auclair    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Preston Mealing    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Bennie Atkins    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Brantham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SSG Earl Everett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Moore (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Ms. Sarah Chambers (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Butler (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Cochran (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Humes (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Auclair (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Proctor, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mariah Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Russell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Dunbar (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Pate (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Cyrus Hannah, Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Arden Toepke (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Walker (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Medlock (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Tankersley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Robert. Wade (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Dunbar (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Rod Turner, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Atkins (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Bellinger ( WILLISTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Norton (SARDIS, Ga.)

Rev. Robert. Wade (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Greg Ware (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Donald K. Brantham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Preston Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clifford Richards, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Dunbar (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. St. John Cooper (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Medal-of-Honor recipient thanks Augusta
COL. JACK JACOBS asked me to pass on his thanks for the warm hospitality he received when he visited Augusta last week. Jacobs spoke to 11 separate audiences including a large group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, more than 100 middle-school children, to 800 soldiers at Fort Gordon and to a large group at the Augusta Museum of History.

Medal-of-Honor recipient thanks Augusta
COL. JACK JACOBS asked me to pass on his thanks for the warm hospitality he received when he visited Augusta last week. Jacobs spoke to 11 separate audiences including a large group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, more than 100 middle-school children, to 800 soldiers at Fort Gordon and to a large group at the Augusta Museum of History.

Fantasy football- Jive Turkey Team

Overtime

Area announcements

Davis Cup: Hewitt, Ferrero lead off Friday

In the game spotlight

Wagener's Double Dutch Forces is one of nation's best

Overtime

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight is Dr. Joe Cooley, 81, of Waynesboro.

Overtime
Howell plays today in South Africa

Davis Cup: Hewitt, Ferrero lead off Friday
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia will play Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain to open the Davis Cup final Friday on a temporary grass court at Rod Laver Arena.

Area announcements
Note: 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 are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
U.S. striker Clint Mathis will try out with the Scottish power Rangers, one of several clubs interested in him since the free agent left the MetroStars.

Wagener's Double Dutch Forces is one of nation's best
All Joy Holman wanted was to create an after-school sports program for her students at Busbee Elementary School in Wagener, S.C.

Fantasy football- Jive Turkey Team
Over the past several Thanksgivings, we've all seen the network's football broadcasters give out their version of the game's MVP.

Lady Rebels gives Hephzibah hope
Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton will see his players eating together in the lunchroom. He'll notice how they walk side-by-side in the school hallways, how one Lady Rebel will help another with her algebra homework.

South Carolina boys basketball capsules
BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES

South Carolina girls basketball capsules
AIKEN COACH: Aubrey Pompey, 14th year

Georgia girls basketball capsules
AQUINAS COACH: Bernice Norris, first year

Georgia boys basketball capsules
BURKE COUNTY COACH: Purvis Dukes, second year

Team will feel the pressure
Senior guard Matt Scott carried much of the load for last year's Lakeside Panthers. Third-year coach Richie Carnes said last year won't happen again.

Georgia Independent boys basketball capsules
AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN COACH: Marty Griffin, first year

South Carolina Independent girls basketball capsules
AIKEN CHRISTIAN COACH: John Kolmar, fifth year

Classic celebrates its 10th anniversary
The 10th annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, presented by the 100 Black Men of Augusta, tips off Friday at Richmond Academy.

Vick to be Atlanta's backup QB at Houston
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick will be in uniform for the first time this season Sunday, standing by as the Atlanta Falcons' backup quarterback at Houston.

Falcons QB encouraged by practice, could move to No. 2
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick practiced Wednesday with the first-team offense and indicated he might serve as the Atlanta Falcons' No. 2 quarterback at Houston.

Lions dim Packers' playoff hopes
DETROIT -- Brett Favre's gambling style has helped him win three NFL MVP awards and plenty of games for Green Bay. It also cost the Packers a win Thursday.

Duckett Falcon's starting running back
Flowery Branch-AP -- Warrick Dunn's season-ending injury opened a door for T-J Duckett to start at running back in the Atlanta Falcons' last five games.

Dolphins top Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- Jay Fiedler took the first snap, dropped back and threw deep to Chris Chambers. While pass interference prevented them from hooking up, the theme was set.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer knew tough times

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer knew tough times
One person extremely grateful this Thanksgiving is North Carolinian Jimmy Wayne, a performer at the WKXC Million Pennies For Kids Guitar Pull on Nov. 11 in Bell Auditorium.

Football almost got outlawed in Georgia

It's time to pick your poison

Club calendar

Concert calendar

Salley prepares for flock of chitlin lovers

Applause calendar

Longtime friends don't let rivalry hinder their relationship
With BC-FBC--Ball & Lumpkin

Jersey-clad canine charms Georgia fans
ATHENS, Ga. - It's nearly three hours before kickoff at Sanford Stadium, and the most famous member of the University of Georgia football team is lying on the ground, enjoying a cool autumn afternoon.

State challenges addition to UGA rape lawsuit
ATLANTA -- Georgia's attorney general is challenging an addition to the lawsuit filed by a former University of Georgia student who says she was sexually assaulted on campus by three UGA athletes.

Longtime friends don't let rivalry hinder their relationship

Outcome won't break friendship

High enrollment strains school
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia experienced its highest enrollment total ever this semester, with a record 33,878 students enrolling, including 5,236 freshmen.

State challenges addition to UGA rape lawsuit

Jersey-clad canine charms Georgia fans

Outcome won't break friendship
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia had just routed Georgia Tech by 44 points - the kind of score that can test a friendship.

It's time to pick your poison
Someone recently told me that my inevitable Thanksgiving nose-dive onto the living room floor is not a result of the ingestion of tryptophan, as I had always believed, but rather the end result of an hour spent force-feeding on turkey and pie and dressing and pie and sweet potatoes and pie.

Odds and Ends

14,000 couples wed on one auspicious day in India's capital