University houses collection of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
PITTSBURGH -- Santa Claus riding a hot pink sleigh, sharing a pipe with an Indian chief or wearing Levi jeans and a 10-gallon Stetson.

New Washington University arts center will feature money museum

Publishers dusting off old-time comics characters
MIAMISBURG, Ohio -- Holy reprints, Batman! Old-time comics are back! Thanks in part to Mark Thompson and other publishers who have tapped into the vintage funnies market.

New book studies cheerleading's place in society

Publishers dusting off old-time comics characters

Journalist tells all about his 'Times'

New Washington University arts center will feature money museum
ST. LOUIS -- For Mark Weil, a $56.8 million project to remake the visual arts studios and galleries at Washington University is about more than constructing new buildings.

Long before Court TV: A murder trial that was all the news

Arts calendar

Long mystery neatly strings together plot lines
Reginald Hill's new mystery braids three strands with such skill that complexities seem simple and reader interest never flags.

University houses collection of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Journalist tells all about his 'Times'
Arthur Gelb, a Bronx native, joined The New York Times as a 20-year-old copy boy in 1944 and retired in 1990 as the managing editor.

New York gallery's inaugural show highlights Detroit-area artists

New book studies cheerleading's place in society
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Behold the cheerleader: definition of popularity, goddess of the school and object of desire.

New York gallery's inaugural show highlights Detroit-area artists
On a poster created by Mark Dancey, a white elephant bearing a green and yellow "D TROIT" banner trudges through a jumble of tombstones.

Long before Court TV: A murder trial that was all the news
NEW YORK -- The trial of the century! An audience ravenous for each fresh dispatch! Coverage around the clock, even when there's nothing new to report!

'Potter' author is quiet on sale of four first-edition copies
NEW YORK - Four first-edition copies of Harry Potter books inscribed by author J.K. Rowling to her father have been sold for nearly $90,000.

Arts calendar
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Foulke picks Red Sox, Cards trade Drew, Dodgers deal for Encarnacion
NEW ORLEANS -- The Boston Red Sox revved-up the arms race by closing a deal for All-Star closer Keith Foulke, while J.D. Drew and Juan Encarnacion also found new homes when talking turned into trading Saturday at the winter meetings.

Foulke picks Red Sox, Cards trade Drew, Dodgers deal for Encarnacion

Reporters' novels are good picks for presents

Odds and Ends
KIRKWOOD, Mo. - A man has apparently promised authorities he'll stop storing and brokering human body parts out of his home.

Florida port's success makes Georgia jealous

Business briefs

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Nov. 25-Dec. 1. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT KENDALL HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS CO. LOCATION: 1430 Marvin Griffin Road, south Richmond County

Business briefs
Federal education officials are warning college students to watch out for identity theft.

Small businesses are hiring again as business picks up

Business calendar

Brannen: Managing former peers a problem with promotion
When a person is promoted from within to a management position, the person often mistakenly continues to treat employees as co-workers, putting the new manager in an awkward relationship situation.

Retailers hit on popular gift idea
No longer seen as the lazy man's excuse for a last-minute holiday present, gift cards are fast becoming a popular consumer choice.

Small businesses are hiring again as business picks up
NEW YORK -- The first signs that business was getting better for Marianne O'Connor's public relations company came early this year.

Business briefs

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business; sponsored by University Hospital; Pullman Hall, 11:30 a.m.; topic: Holiday Special, presented by Beverly Murphy, a beauty control consultant; members $15 at door, nonmembers, $18.

Payday lending returns to lawmakers' sights

Brannen: Managing former peers a problem with promotion

Payday lending returns to lawmakers' sights
ATLANTA - When Charlene Jenkins, of Augusta, needed a little cash to cover some bills, she never dreamed she'd be the victim of an illegal practice that the state has been trying to end for 100 years.

Law could weed out unreliable builders

Wholesale prices drop in November; trade deficit hits new high
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices retreated by 0.3 percent in November, pulled down by falling costs for gasoline, beef and cars, suggesting that the economy's resurgence isn't fanning inflation.

Retailers hit on popular gift idea

Florida port's success makes Georgia jealous
ATLANTA - Heads along the Georgia coast are looking to the south with a little envy these days as a recently opened cruise-ship port in Jacksonville, Fla., continues to draw more tourists.

Wholesale prices drop in November; trade deficit hits new high

Red-ink number balloons to $43 billion, Treasury reports
WASHINGTON --The deficit swelled to nearly $43 billion in November, giving the country its second straight monthly red-ink ledger.

Pocket change

Radio-fueled credit cards could replace the swipe
NEW YORK -- The familiar process of buying something with a credit card - handing the plastic to the clerk or swiping it yourself, then waiting for approval and signing the receipt - could be headed the way of the mechanical brass cash register.

Shore up your retirement account
NEW YORK - Giving up smoking, getting into shape and conquering household clutter may be more popular New Year's resolutions, but financial planners say the beginning of the year is also a good time to think about tending to your finances.

New coffee shop idea brews in Colombia

Law could weed out unreliable builders
Julie Lanham thought she was being a smart consumer when she hired a contractor to build a room addition at her Grovetown home.

Business briefs
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 34.00, or 0.3 percent, at 10,042.16 on Friday, gaining 1.82 percent for the week. The Nasdaq composite index ended the day up 6.68, or 0.3 percent, at 1,949.00.

Richmond County property transfers

Radio-fueled credit cards could replace the swipe

New coffee shop idea brews in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia - Call it cappuccino with a conscience.

ANIC nameplate isn't deserved

ANIC nameplate isn't deserved
THE AUGUSTA Neighborhood Improvement Corp. has been in the news again lately. And city officials have been reminded of the group's outstanding debt on a downtown construction project.

Clemson is still learning new system

Clemson is still learning new system
Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell had a simple answer when asked for the solution to his team's turnover woes.

Sooners' White wins Heisman
NEW YORK - Jason White capped a remarkable comeback with college football's most prestigious award, winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night a year after an injury nearly ended his career.

Sooners' White wins Heisman

Mount Union wins 55th straight game, set record
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Mount Union broke its own NCAA record by winning its 55th consecutive game, beating Bridgewater 66-0 on Saturday in the Division III semifinals.

Saturday shootout

Kentucky gets win before 78,129 fans

Top 25 roundup

ACC - SEC roundup

Pork? Or not?
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a humongous omnibus spending bill this week. Seven bills were wrapped up in one package totaling $373 billion in discretionary spending and about $500 billion in mandatory spending. It funds most Cabinet departments, plus the FBI.

The real scandal

Inflammatory rhetoric
As we noted recently, ever since Howard Dean showed you could attack a wartime president and still get political support from the left fringe, Democratic leaders have been falling over themselves to criticize President George W. Bush.

Successful cleanup
Just wondering: Are Augusta commissioners, who recently approved building the $74 million courthouse on contaminated land in downtown Augusta, wringing their hands in frustration that they didn't vote to locate it at the cleaned-up, uncontaminated old Goldberg Brothers site?

Sending a message

The real scandal
When the Academy of Richmond County girls' basketball team showed up with lettering on the backs of their shorts this past week, it sure got attention.

Sending a message
Spam messages have become such a problem - clogging Internet mailboxes and hijacking people's time - that they're cutting into many companies' productivity. Electronic mail, the great timesaver, has been turning into a great time-waster.

Successful cleanup

Pork? Or not?

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

A Rolling Stone gathers a title
LONDON -- He's 60, still singing, and now he's Sir Mick. That pouting, posturing icon of rock rebelliousness Mick Jagger officially joined the British establishment Friday - and hardly anyone objected.

Holiday budgets should go beyond gifts
Q: I've budgeted $400 to buy holiday gifts, and I hope to end the season with very little new credit card debt. Is there anything else I need to worry about?

Dow closes above 10,000 for a second day

Do boomers need long-term care insurance?

Do boomers need long-term care insurance?
NEW YORK -- Aside from being a smoker, Kathy Posner had no known health concerns when an insurance agent persuaded her to buy a long-term care policy at age 49 as a hedge against unexpected disabilities that might land her in a nursing home prematurely.

Holiday budgets should go beyond gifts

Dow closes above 10,000 for a second day
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 milestone for a second day Friday as investors shrugged off a downbeat report on consumer sentiment to push stocks higher.

Senate planning stiffer tax breaks for some donations

As stocks climb, analysts suggest dumping high-flyers

Senate planning stiffer tax breaks for some donations
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee, responding to findings that taxpayers who donate vehicles to charities tend to overstate their value, plans stiffer restrictions on deductions for those and other big-ticket donations of land or property.

As stocks climb, analysts suggest dumping high-flyers
NEW YORK -- As stocks reach levels unseen in nearly two years, experts are suggesting that investors consider dumping high-flyers such as tech and small-cap shares.

10-year-old girl wins contest for the best holiday cookie recipe

Cookie exchange recipes

Cookie exchange recipes
Here are additional cookie recipes.

10-year-old girl wins contest for the best holiday cookie recipe
Santa is going to be one very happy guy this year. The Augusta Chronicle put out a call asking for people to share their favorite time-tested holiday cookie recipes for our first cookie exchange and contest.

Georgia Tech adds more fire to its offense
ATLANTA - When Will Bynum walked into Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt's office earlier this week, shooting guard B.J. Elder greeted him with a big hug.

Yellow Jackets stay undefeated
ATLANTA - Unbeaten and ranked No. 10, Georgia Tech's average margin of victory is 25.9 points per game. So when the Yellow Jackets led Saint Louis by just three at halftime on Saturday, they could have been a little nervous.

Yellow Jackets stay undefeated

Georgia Tech adds more fire to its offense

Harrington emerges after a topsy-turvy day

Golf roundup
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Davis Love III made four straight birdies to leave Tiger Woods in the dust and pull away from a world-class field Saturday, finishing with 9-under-par 63 to build a three-shot lead in the Target World Challenge.

Harrington emerges after a topsy-turvy day
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- No wonder they call this the silly season.

Golf roundup

Red Devils show character

Washington County falls short in semis

Funeral for Abbeville coach held

Lincoln County heads to state championship; Washington County falls

Hawks leave it all on field

Devils dog Trion

Watts tries to move on after injury

Archie leads Josey to win

Prep basketball scores

Victorious Laney girls had Josey seeing double

Funeral for Abbeville coach held
ABBEVILLE, S.C. - More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday to mourn the loss of Abbeville High School football coach Dennis Botts, who was the school's all-time victories leader with 146.

Maxwell leads Camden County past Newnan
ATLANTA -- Josh Maxwell rushed for 130 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown that sparked a second-half comeback as top-ranked Camden County beat No. 9 Newnan 20-10 in a Class AAAAA state semifinal game Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

Hawks leave it all on field
ATLANTA - Stacy Walls was tired. So tired that while his Washington County teammates emerged from the postgame locker room sporting their sweat suits, an exhausted Walls hadn't yet pulled off his uniform.

Devils dog Trion
ATLANTA - Forget the fact Travis Clark transferred from Evans to Lincoln County at the beginning of the school year. Forget that he took what would have been Cordarryl Coppin's spot as starting quarterback.

North Augusta star wins MVP award at all-star game
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - North Augusta's Andre Young had eight catches for 113 yards and was named the offensive MVP in the North's 17-14 win against the South in the annual high school football all-star game.

Washington County falls short in semis
ATLANTA -- Justin Patterson rushed for 142 yards on 26 carries and Ben Higgins kicked a 50-yard field goal as No. 4 LaGrange beat No. 5 Washington County 20-17 in a Class AAA state semifinal on Friday.

Red Devils show character
ATLANTA - Before Friday's Class A semifinal game with Trion, Lincoln County hadn't been in a real fight this season.

Prep football roundup
ATLANTA - Darius Walker tied the state record for touchdowns in a single season and Kyle Manley passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1 Buford routed No. 5 Decatur 42-13 in a Class AA state semifinal on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Lincoln County heads to state championship; Washington County falls
ATLANTA - In both games, a little more than one minute remained for Lincoln County and Washington County.

Watts tries to move on after injury
ATLANTA - Seth Watts used a wheelchair to move toward Washington County's sideline before Friday's 20-17 loss to LaGrange in the Class AAA semifinal at the Georgia Dome.

Reporters' novels are good picks for presents
My wife says one reason I give people books for Christmas is they are easy to wrap.

Developers should pay for sewers
Augusta's unfortunate sewer tap-on dilemma is the same as in many areas. Many who have been paying their fair share for many years will have to pay a sewer bill as well as pay for the new sewer connection. Jo Jones, Marietta, Ga. (Editor's note: The opinions expressed by Ms. Jones are not necessarily those of the Chattahoochee River Basin Advisory Council of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, of which she has been a member.)

Christian 'non-minorities' need to speak up
Are you ready to be denied Christmas and Easter holidays because some of our fellow citizens demand total separation of church and state? These government-sponsored holidays clearly endorse the Christian religion and will eventually be targeted. Do we care that atheists might convince the Supreme Court to take "under God" out of our Pledge of Allegiance? Jack Sayers, New Ellenton, S.C.

Cleric's blessing on democracy in Iraq not necessary
The Nov. 29 Augusta Chronicle reported that "a critical factor for the coalition was securing the blessing of Iraq's majority Shiite Muslim community, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, who wants an elected Iraqi provisional government instead of one chosen through regional caucuses." Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

On-time percentage standards hurt airlines
I have been reading how several major airlines are starting low-cost air carriers to improve their profit margins. Why can't they get the big picture? It has almost nothing to do with the price and service levels, and everything to do with the on-time percentage standards they have set at 75 percent. Wayne B. Brown, Martinez, Ga.

Some suggestions for HOPE Scholarship
The Georgia HOPE Scholarship program is in dire financial straits. Here are a few ideas to make the program solvent once again: Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Don't forget soldiers' families this holiday
It has been a little over six months since the 878th Engineer Battalion landed in Iraq. They have been working daily to get many missions completed until they return home. No one knows their return date, and families and spouses still get by day to day hoping for a speedy, safe return. Stephaney Crenshaw, Harlem, Ga.

Don't forget soldiers' families this holiday

Some suggestions for HOPE Scholarship

Developers should pay for sewers

Resents 'anti-choice' label for pro-lifers
It is mind-boggling that those who support the abortion industry call those who are pro-life "anti-choice," thus pandering the label anti-choice as a sinister violation of human rights. Father Allan J. McDonald, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the pastor at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity.)

On-time percentage standards hurt airlines

Celebrate turning 21 in Las Vegas

Mountain villages offer glimpse of Moorish past

Toyota's Tundra lags behind competition

Boston's "First Night" is nation's biggest, oldest

Home front

Controversy surrounds popular bracelets

Over-the-counter relief: Flu remedies selling swiftly

Parents should ask party's theme

Travel briefs

Rooms in Evans home brim with holiday, personal touches

Parents should ask party's theme
Dear Carson: My 6-year-old granddaughter attended a birthday party for a 6-year-old acquaintance. The other guests were members of their soccer team and, in addition, the girls knew one another outside of school. It was suggested that parents drop off their children and pick them up two hours later. When my daughter picked up her child, she found that she had been "decorated" with temporary tattoos of a religious nature. She also learned that all the games played during the party had a religious theme. Those activities did not represent my daughter's or our family's beliefs.

Celebrate turning 21 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Huddled inside the Luxor hotel-casino, a trio of newly minted 21-year-olds are big on dreams, but short on know-how. The girls want to play blackjack, but where do they get the chips?

Mountain villages offer glimpse of Moorish past
PITRES, Spain - We arrived in this Andalusian village on the last day of Spain's 12-day Christmas celebration to find a band and costumed marchers celebrating Three Kings' Day in the main square.

Honda aiming for U.S. pickup market with new concept design
DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co., following the lead of its top Japanese rivals vying for a piece of the lucrative U.S. pickup truck market, will unveil a concept design for a sport utility pickup at next month's North American International Auto Show.

Rooms in Evans home brim with holiday, personal touches
It's easy to find the McVicker residence in the Enenton village of Rivershyre in Evans: It's the house that's swathed from floor to roof with lights, wreaths, bows and garlands.

Over-the-counter relief: Flu remedies selling swiftly
DENVER -- Hours after Dave Stellick arrived on a flight from Atlanta, he was in a drug store looking for cold and flu medication.

In the know
The Lion & Lamb Project, a national advocacy organization working to stop the marketing of violent toys, video games and movies to children, has released its annual list of toys to avoid this holiday season.

Toyota's Tundra lags behind competition
Toyota's Tundra pickup truck just got bigger. The latest addition to the Tundra lineup, the Double Cab, now ranks as the biggest vehicle Toyota makes.

Boston's ''First Night'' is nation's biggest, oldest
BOSTON -- You won't find the best New Year's party in Boston in a trendy bar or swank hotel. You'll find it everywhere around you, in the "First Night" arts festival that draws a million visitors each year to the city's streets, churches and public buildings.

Controversy surrounds popular bracelets
CHICAGO -- Orange, red, blue, black - they're just thin, rubbery bracelets that come in a rainbow of colors, but they're causing quite a stir.

Home front
Keep your home safe when decorating the Christmas tree. Here are some tips:

Travel briefs
NEW YORK -- Looking for the best skiing in North America? According to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, it's in Alta, Utah.

ECHL notbook
Davis Payne posted a 104-67-17 record and led the Florence Pride to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

Sewell proves self in victory

ECHL notbook

Sewell proves self in victory
About a week ago, Augusta Lynx captain Rob Stanfield urged coach Stan Drulia to go after a gritty little forward named Joey Sewell.

Lynx lose to rival again
The Gwinnett Gladiators are the best team in the ECHL and owned the Augusta Lynx in the first two regular-season matchups with their Interstate 20 rival.

Sewell proves self in victory
About a week ago, Augusta Lynx captain Rob Stanfield urged coach Stan Drulia to go after a gritty little forward named Joey Sewell.

Lynx lose to rival again

Lynx fans lose seats in arena

Sewell proves self in victory

Lynx fans lose seats in arena
Civic center officials will make repairs recommended by structural engineers this week.

Across the area

Aiken manager earns praise
AIKEN - City Manager Roger LeDuc has created a solid reputation with his level-headed and steady leadership in Aiken, and it's not going unnoticed - at home or elsewhere.

Augusta National buys to expand borders
As Augusta National Golf Club continues buying land in the Berckmans Road area, homeowners there are falling into three categories:

Flu is not only virus circulating

Lack of income sets family back
An Augusta mother of two is hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for her family.

Yarbrough: Answer Man fields questions on UGA, politics

Across South Carolina
INMAN -A woman who wandered away from an assisted living center in Inman has been found dead in a nearby creek.

Mother told police about physical abuse

Early support, project backers stir optimism in developers
For the special purpose local option sales tax to be included on the March presidential primary ballot, Augusta Commission members would have to agree on a projects list by Dec. 31. However, the residents committee that held town meetings on the tax is not expected to make recommendations to the commission until after the first of the year.

Georgians need facts on water use, poll finds

Buying on Berckmans: What homeowners got
A list of properties near the Augusta National and how much companies paid for them.

Phone system boosts school attendance

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina

Automated calls inform parents about problems
Schools are increasingly relying on computers to alert parents when their children skip class or miss homework assignments.

Project lets students be storytellers

Across the area

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday evening by Richmond County sheriff's deputies after he refused to be handcuffed, a police report states.

Phone system boosts school attendance
Schools are increasingly relying on computers to alert parents when their children skip class or miss homework assignments.

Across Georgia
CLEVELAND -Twin four-year-old boys died in a fire early Saturday morning that engulfed their mobile home in White County.

Unit's deployment is delayed
AIKEN - Soldiers of the Aiken-based 450th Ordnance Company were told Friday that they would not be leaving today.

Some teachers turn to animals as lesson aids
Griffin and his nieces and nephews were all ears when they went to teach seventh-graders at Grovetown Middle School last week.

Beasley is weighing Senate run
AIKEN - Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley said Friday he felt confident he could win the state's U.S. Senate seat but won't announce whether he's running until early next year.

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. -Two friends of novelist Michael Peterson are pushing the Durham district attorney to reopen the case of the convicted killer because of information they say points to another culprit.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

State NAACP targets schools
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina NAACP announced Saturday an increased campaign to promote equal funding among the state's schools.

Georgians need facts on water use, poll finds
ATLANTA - Watering lawns and flushing toilets use more water than any other residential activity, Georgia's water conservation coordinator says.

State NAACP targets schools

Evans woman clears final hurdle: college

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Curstin Rosa Brooks, 2, of Augusta.

News you can use

Suspect will face grand jury
A Richmond County grand jury will consider the case against Cedric A. Walker to decide whether an indictment should be returned.

Woman survived relationship

Across Georgia
BUFORD - A Lawrenceville man has been arrested and accused of trying to aim a video camera up a woman's skirt at a Mall of Georgia clothing store.

Automated calls inform parents about problems

Unit's deployment is delayed

UGA Foundation to discuss reforms
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia Foundation trustees will meet this week to discuss how much the foundation should pay UGA President Michael Adams and to reform how the nonprofit corporation conducts its business.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RAVE for the postal employees in the Jackson post office. They are kind and considerate and will even go out of the way to help you to the extent of staying open through lunch for the convenience of the patrons.

Kid of the day

House leaders to stop at post
Seeing is believing - especially for some top congressional leaders who are coming down to check out Fort Gordon and its missions this week, officials say.

Ten comandements ruling may be on the way
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A federal judge said he could issue a ruling within a matter of days after hearing Barrow County's motion to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments display in the Barrow County Courthouse.

Graduate finishes another challenge
Brian Kevin Mosley and his guide dog, Cody, received the loudest applause and a standing ovation Saturday as they crossed the stage at Augusta State University's Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Center to get needed space
ATHENS, Ga. - The exhibit hall nestled within Memorial Park's Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail isn't just an exhibit hall.

Across South Carolina
WARREN, N.H. -More than 20 years ago, the man accused of killing two police officers this week in South Carolina had run-ins with a New Hampshire judge that were deemed so threatening she was given round-the-clock security.

Across the area
A Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles employee was arrested Friday afternoon after authorities found that she had used a former employee's personal data to fraudulently obtain loans, officials said.

Woman says she's Strom Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter
LOS ANGELES -- A 78-year-old retired schoolteacher is coming forward after years of silence to claim she is the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, her attorney said Saturday.

Evans woman clears final hurdle: college
ATLANTA - When Kathryn Smith began her college career at Georgia Tech in 1997, she was one of the few students on campus who had a pager.

News you can use
DEC. 14, 1952 Augusta has accepted an invitation to enter a float in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade in Washington for President-elect Eisenhower if the necessary funds to sponsor such a unit can be raised.

Early support, project backers stir optimism in developers

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Brittany Samone Prescott of North Augusta.

Augusta National buys to expand borders

Mobile-home sellers fight fall
AIKEN - On the wall of Jimmy Walker's Aiken office is an aerial photograph, circa 1995, of the mobile-home sales lot he manages.

Graduate finishes another challenge

Towns strain funds to decorate
BOGART, Ga. - It took a phone call from a stranger to reassure Mayor Pro Tem Jan Thurmond that his city's investment in Christmas decorations had paid off.

Some teachers turn to animals as lesson aids

Across Georgia

Aiken manager earns praise

Area is slow to report crime
CLEARWATER - When two bounty hunters allegedly posed as policemen and terrorized members of a Hispanic community off South Carolina Highway 421, victims waited a week to alert authorities.

Across the southeast

Towns strain funds to decorate

Grandfather's income isn't enough
A Hephzibah man wants the two grandsons he is raising to have a merry Christmas this year.

Across South Carolina

Mother told police about physical abuse
Angela Van Eeden reported the beatings. She asked authorities to protect her from the man she said choked and hit her. But it didn't save her life.

Buying on Berckmans: What homeowners got

Woman survived relationship
Francis Berry once had much in common with Angela Van Eeden, the 28-year-old Hephzibah woman whose ex-boyfriend was arrested in connection with her Thursday shooting death.

Mobile-home sellers fight fall

Flu is not only virus circulating
Officially, it might be known as "viral syndrome." Most people would call it an unwanted holiday gift from co-workers or family members. It's not the flu that is spreading rapidly across the country, but it is making people just as miserable.

News you can use

Residents to pay fire services tax
Columbia County commissioners will meet next month to decide how much taxes will increase to fund fire service.

Woman says she's Strom Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter

Project lets students be storytellers
When Lakeside High School senior Steven Dent couldn't find clip art to illustrate his children's book, he spent hours cutting paper pieces to make the collages that would illustrate each page.

I-20, road work: together again
Like an on-again, off-again relationship, construction work on Interstate 20 in Richmond County is again set to return early next year.

News you can use
DEC. 13, 1942 Because of the war, it is possible for political opponents of the Cracker Party to wrest control of Augusta City Council within months.

Yarbrough: Answer Man fields questions on UGA, politics
OK, boys and girls, it is time once again for Answer Man to dip into the question box and see what is on everybody's mind. Answer Man doesn't have a lot of time for this because he has to write a suck-up letter to Santa Claus. Answer Man hasn't been a particularly good little boy this year.

Clark redeems himself with late touchdown
ATLANTA - From heel to hero in 40 seconds.

Fleming becomes soprano with a mike
NEW YORK -- Renee Fleming's latest concert program sure was different.

Kid Rock is back with a new album, TV special
Sure, he still appears on stage with barely dressed women and knocks back his fair share of Coors Light, but the self-proclaimed "Pimp of the Nation" does appear to be toning it down a bit.

Fleming becomes soprano with a mike

Kid Rock is back with a new album, TV special

IRL to cut speeds in time for Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League will cut engine horsepower to reduce speeds next season, a move accelerated by the death of driver Tony Renna and serious injuries to former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack in separate crashes two months ago.

IRL to cut speeds in time for Indy

Orlando edges Hawks, 105-102
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry felt as if he had the game in his hands and let it slip away.

Orlando edges Hawks, 105-102

Top 25 roundup
INDIANAPOLIS - With a flick of the wrist, Beth Jones undid a near upset.

Area school roundup
SALISBURY, N.C. - Lee Burton scored a career-high 27 points, and Curt Triplin had 17 points as the Pacers beat Livingstone 92-82 on Saturday in a non-league game.

Saturday shootout
Francis Marion has

Kentucky gets win before 78,129 fans
DETROIT - The Kentucky Wildcats made shots with daylight peeking through glass, students bouncing on the turf and a record crowd rooting against them.

ACC - SEC roundup
RALEIGH, N.C. - Marcus Melvin scored 20 points for North Carolina State in a 78-49 victory over Hartford on Saturday, capping an emotional week for the Wolfpack.

Panthers look to get back on track against woeful Cards

NFL power rankings

Heisman Trophy often fails to translate to NFL success

Eagles' fans sought Williams over McNabb

Phillips, Vick try to pick up pieces

Saban's AD says LSU can't match potential offer

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Mr. Charles Elliott    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Shepard    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Julio Avenda–o    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Andrea Ogletree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Braxton    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Reeves    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Debra Rogers    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Angela VanEeden    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Essie Sims    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Huff Sr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Sgt. Walter Singleton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Keiko Meehan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. LeRoy Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Madeline Huddleston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Smith    (CAMDEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sadie Carbitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Boyd Taylor    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Roby Cowart, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Tutt Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobbie Davis    (CLEVELAND, Ohio)
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Ms. Angela VanEeden    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Truella Farthing    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Arrington, Sr.    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Ms. Gloria Gibson    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Brown    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Madeline Huddleston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Collette Bryan    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Strustell Mixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Treulla Farthing    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. JerMichael Barnes    (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)
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Mr. William Forbus, III    (HUNTINGTON, N.Y.)
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Miss Milbra McGahee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Donaldson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Huff Sr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Meffie Damon    (GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.)
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Mrs. Monique Brandon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. George Coultas    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Burton    (HARTWELL, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray Cobb    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Lawrence Vann    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Watson Mitchell    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. George Coultas    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine Carnes    (SOUTHFIELD, Mich.)
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Mrs. Hattie Crawford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Andrew Haynes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Dukes    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Tutt Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. James Ervin    (BAYSHORE, N.Y.)
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Mr. Roger Soper    (DEVILS LAKE, N.D.)
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Mrs. Lurene Flanders    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Chariety Sapp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Gibbs    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas McNeace    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bernice Griner    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Clara Lowry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Junior Heggs, Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Hector Key III    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Dr. Morris Goldberg    (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)
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Mr. Claude Jenkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Irvin    (LUMBERTON, N.J.)
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Mr. David Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jacquelyn Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Shepard    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Mastic Cannon    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Keiko Meehan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Burke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Milbra McGahee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Chris Brantley    (METTER, Ga.)
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Mr. Darryl Leslie    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Bray    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jessie Kenner    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rebecca Burke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Burton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Andrea Ogletree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Walter Singleton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gloria Gibson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Julio Avenda–o (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Monique Brandon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sadie Carbitt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Keiko Meehan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Sims (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Darryl Leslie (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Keiko Meehan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Kenner (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Bray (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Milbra McGahee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Crawford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Strustell Mixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Jenkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dorris Goodson (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Roby Cowart, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Burke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Soper (DEVILS LAKE, N.D.)

Mrs. Bernice Griner (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Shepard (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Shepard (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Burton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Truella Farthing (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Elliott (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Junior Heggs, Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lurene Flanders (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Carter (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ray Cobb (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Burton (HARTWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Long (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Bobbie Davis (CLEVELAND, Ohio)

Mr. Willie Brown (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Dukes (SARDIS, Ga.)

Dr. Morris Goldberg (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. George Coultas (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Treulla Farthing (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Braxton (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Huff Sr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. George Coultas (THOMSON, Ga.)

Miss Milbra McGahee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Donaldson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Meffie Damon (GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.)

Mr. Boyd Taylor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Angela VanEeden (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. LeRoy Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Reeves (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Noisworthy (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mastic Cannon (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. James Ervin (BAYSHORE, N.Y.)

Mr. Roosevelt Irvin (LUMBERTON, N.J.)

Mrs. Clara Lowry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jacquelyn Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Chariety Sapp (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Arrington, Sr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas McNeace (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Tutt Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Debra Rogers (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Forbus, III (HUNTINGTON, N.Y.)

Mrs. Carrie Gibbs (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Watson Mitchell (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Tutt Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chris Brantley (METTER, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Burke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Carnes (SOUTHFIELD, Mich.)

Mrs. Collette Bryan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Vann (TRENTON, S.C.)

Area sports announcements

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Overtime
Ron Cooper, who was defen sive coordinator at Mississippi State this season, has been hired to coach defensive backs at South Carolina.

Area sports 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
In Inglewood, Calif., Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone sustained a compression fracture of her spine in a spill Friday in the third race at Hollywood Park.

Watch for male fawns
It is late in Georgia's deer season, and the rut is winding down. Older bucks have resumed their nocturnal ways, leaving many hunters with a wallet full of doe tags.

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

Columbia County youth bags first deer
Tyler Matthews has much to be thankful for this season. After accompanying his dad, David Matthews, on hunting trips for the past four seasons, the 8-year-old Columbia County youth was allowed to carry his 20 gauge shotgun this year while in the stand with his father. He took this eight-pointer Thanksgiving morning near Appling. To view dozens of other fishing and hunting photos, please visit our online Sportsmen's Scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors/ and click on "sportsman's scrapbook." To submit photos, mail to: Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, or e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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Columbia County considers hunting restrictions
Anyone who drives out Washington Road through Evans is painfully aware that fast-growing Columbia County's population is spiraling toward the 100,000 mark.

Black Caucus head backs Dean
ATLANTA - The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus officially endorsed presidential candidate Howard Dean on Saturday, praising the former Vermont governor for his willingness to confront issues of race.

Victorious Laney girls had Josey seeing double
When Laney coach Otis Smart got upset during the third period, he yelled a familiar refrain this season.

Archie leads Josey to win
After Dominique Archie's second-half performance against Laney on Friday night, Josey coach Emmett Rouse emphasized that his Eagles aren't going to resemble the Chicago Bulls of the late-1980s.

Prep basketball scores
NORTH AUGUSTA nixes MIDLAND VALLEY

Heisman Trophy often fails to translate to NFL success
NEW YORK -- When the winner of the Heisman Trophy steps to the podium on Saturday night, the moment of football glory could be his last.

Panthers look to get back on track against woeful Cards
TEMPE, Ariz. -- For an NFL team one victory shy of clinching a playoff berth - but on a three-game losing streak - a December trip to Arizona would seem the perfect prescription.

Saban's AD says LSU can't match potential offer
ATLANTA -- If Arthur Blank wants to interview Nick Saban, the Atlanta Falcons' owner has yet to request permission from LSU athletic director Skip Bertman.

Phillips, Vick try to pick up pieces
INDIANAPOLIS -- Wade Phillips spent this week picking up the pieces of Atlanta's shattered season.

NFL power rankings
Every week during the NFL season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will break down the rankings of all 32 NFL teams and why they're ranked where they are.

Eagles' fans sought Williams over McNabb
PHILADELPHIA - Four years ago, Ricky Williams was the people's choice in Philadelphia. Donovan McNabb turned out to be the right choice for the Eagles.

Many beloved Christmas folkways have pre-Christian origins
Nativity scenes of Jesus' birth as depicted in Matthew or Luke are visible this month - though rarely on government property, because of federal court rulings. But many other much-beloved Christmas folkways have secular or pre-Christian origins rather than biblical ones.

Faith digest
Creative Impressions will perform twice this week in the Augusta area.

Long Island Catholic bishop dogged by sex abuse crisis
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. -- Nearly two years into the clergy sex abuse crisis, Roman Catholic Bishop William Murphy remains an object of distrust and criticism over how he has dealt with accused priests in his Long Island diocese and elsewhere.

Turkey allows Christian rites after centuries of persecution
For the Rev. Michael Manos of Augusta, standing in the sanctuary of an 11th-century Greek Orthodox church in Demre, Turkey, on Dec. 6 was a bittersweet moment.

Church project pays out kindness
The Rev. Glenn Ethridge, the pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, went to services five weeks ago bearing 500 small, white envelopes.

Faith calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Selah gives dramatic shows
A few years ago, Ron Jones staged O Holy Night with a dozen dancers descending a staircase, but when he heard the musical group Selah's version, he knew he had to revise the choreography.

Clark redeems himself with late touchdown

ABC News gets go-ahead for weekend morning news programs

Guild: More minority writers finding work in TV
LOS ANGELES -- The number of minority writers working on television series rose in 2002, part of an overall hiring increase, the Writers Guild of America-West said Thursday.

Ashton Kutcher pulls plug on 'Punk'd'
LOS ANGELES -- Ashton Kutcher says the joke is no longer on him - he announced Friday that he's pulling out of the MTV prank show, "Punk'd," after two seasons.

TV documentary explores value of Golden Globes

ABC News gets go-ahead for weekend morning news programs
NEW YORK -- ABC's affiliate board on Thursday gave the network's news division the go-ahead to produce weekend morning news shows to compete with CBS and NBC.

TV documentary explores value of Golden Globes
LOS ANGELES -- A new documentary questions how much gold there really is in the Golden Globes, the first big party in Hollywood's awards season.

Creators of hit show "Will & Grace" sue NBC
LOS ANGELES -- The executive producers of "Will & Grace" have sued NBC and its production studio, alleging the network conspired to keep the sitcom's price down to reduce the producers' share of the profits.

Top 20 concert tours

A Rolling Stone gathers a title

Kendrick powers Georgia women past Middle Tennessee

Dogs get lift from freshman
ATLANTA - The aesthetically pleasing developments could have been counted on one hand - maybe even one finger - in Saturday's game between Georgia and Clemson.

Kendrick powers Georgia women past Middle Tennessee
ATHENS, Ga. - Alexis Kendrick made five 3s and scored 21 points to lead 10th-ranked Georgia to a 65-50 victory Saturday night over Middle Tennessee State.

Dogs get lift from freshman

Odds and Ends

Turkey allows Christian rites after centuries of persecution

Many beloved Christmas folkways have pre-Christian origins

Faith calendar

Faith digest

Selah gives dramatic shows