Exhibition chronicles the making of Statue of Liberty
PARIS - It arrived from France in more than 200 crates in 1885, and it's been an enduring symbol of Franco-American friendship through thick and thin ever since.

Exhibition chronicles the making of Statue of Liberty

Carving found in garden fetches small fortune
LONDON - A 1,000-year-old stone carving that spent years marking the grave of a couple's pet cat was sold at auction Friday for more than $380,000.

Odds and Ends
PROVO, Utah - Residents here can now officially own both cats AND dogs.

Odds and Ends
SOUTHBURY, Conn. - No matter what the deal, don't expect this city official to shake on it.

State cuts back on incentive use
ATLANTA - For Georgia in the past, staying in the game to attract major employers meant trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Some bell ringers taking donations via plastic
PHOENIX - The clang of coins in the Salvation Army's red kettles is being accompanied by the swwwwwipe of credit and debit cards this year as the charity equips some bell ringers to accept plastic.

Crude prices rise on possible OPEC production cut

American Airlines raises domestic fares

Jobless claims rise for second straight week
WASHINGTON - New claims for jobless benefits moved higher last week, a possible sign that employers haven't completely let go of their caution and are looking to cut costs.

Artificial trees increasing in popularity

Folgers coffee price increased by 14 percent
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co. on Thursday announced a 14 percent price increase for its Folgers roast and ground coffee, the biggest rise in a decade, because of sustained increases in the commodity cost of green coffee.

Counties advised to work together

Holiday bonus is a fading practice

State cuts back on incentive use

Bush: No payroll tax hike for Social Security

Jobless claims rise for second straight week

OPEC approves cutting oil production

Counties advised to work together
The Columbia County Development Authority has a new message for Richmond County: You complete me.

Wholesale prices rise, sign inflation is picking up

Crude prices rise on possible OPEC production cut
Nagging concerns about tight heating oil supplies and increasing pressure within OPEC to rein in overproduction helped send oil prices back above $42 a barrel on Thursday.

Holiday bonus is a fading practice
Santa doesn't brings gifts to just any boy or girl; he gives them to the good ones. When it comes to bonuses, many employers are doing the same thing.

Bush: No payroll tax hike for Social Security
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday flatly ruled out raising payroll taxes to ensure the solvency of Social Security as he began a push for historic changes in the retirement program.

OPEC approves cutting oil production
CAIRO, Egypt - OPEC agreed Friday to reduce output by one million barrels a day in hopes of staving off further price declines without triggering a new buying frenzy, delegates said.

Artificial trees increasing in popularity
Melani Meeks never had a real Christmas tree when she was young. Her mother said it made too much of a mess.

Wholesale prices rise, sign inflation is picking up
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices climbed by 0.5 percent in November - an improvement compared with the previous month's surge, but still fresh evidence that inflation is picking up as the economy gains momentum.

Some bell ringers taking donations via plastic

American Airlines raises domestic fares
FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines says it is raising domestic fares by $5 one-way and $10 per round trip to cover the high cost of jet fuel.

Folgers coffee price increased by 14 percent

Auburn's Rogers is tops in secondary

Coaches share in BCS praise
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gator Bowl coaches Bobby Bowden of Florida State and Rich Rodriguez of West Virginia staunchly defended the Bowl Championship Series and the bowl system, both saying they haven't seen anything that would be an improvement over the current method of determining the NCAA Division I-A national champion.

Alabama singing happy tune for Music City
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Wesley Britt and his fellow Alabama seniors don't care that the Music City Bowl is just a matchup of teams fighting for winning records.

Gailey stands by Ball as Tech's quarterback

Auburn's Campbell climbs to stardom

Auburn's Campbell climbs to stardom
AUBURN, Ala. - Jason Campbell seems the perfect quarterback for No. 3 Auburn. He started the season unheralded, had a surprisingly terrific year and is an odd man out in the hunt for the top prize.

Sophomore puts team in spotlight

Auburn's Rogers is tops in secondary
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Auburn's Carlos Rogers won't be playing for the national title this year. But at least he can take one trophy back home with him.

Gailey stands by Ball as Tech's quarterback
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said Friday he plans to use two quarterbacks in the Champs Sports Bowl game against Syracuse, but Gailey said he is standing behind starter Reggie Ball.

Coaches share in BCS praise

Sophomore puts team in spotlight
The only question for Baylor University's Daniel Sepulveda is, Will his leg have an encore?

Alabama singing happy tune for Music City

McCullough well-rounded

Boilermakers stop Blue Demons' run

Bulldogs gnaw on Jaguars

Jags finally get shot at Georgia

Not too late to join in

Math flunked again
More flunking grades for U.S. education: America's 15-year-olds - mostly ninth- and 10th-graders - scored near the bottom of industrialized countries in math skills, according to a just-released international report card.

Swinging for the fence?
What kind of baseball player would wait until there was two outs in the ninth inning before even taking a swing?

Georgia's big government
Who's the biggest employer in Georgia? Is it the chemical or textile industries? How about agriculture or real estate? It's none of those.

Georgia's big government

Not too late to join in
So many of us look to local politics to take the measure of a community. That's fine - as long as you're satisfied with a skewed and inaccurate measurement.

All the market can bear
Someday, Americans may not be allowed on cruise ships, in order to keep them afloat. Reports from the Queen Mary II are that obese Americans are already breaking the bar and restaurant chairs on the world's newest, biggest luxury liner.

Math flunked again

All the market can bear

Court reopens litigation over bluesman's memorabilia
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court has reopened litigation over who owns photographs and writings of bluesman Robert Johnson, nearly two months after declaring his son sole heir to royalties from the memorabilia.

Nativity scene stirs controversy
LONDON - Christian leaders denounced a nativity scene at a London wax museum featuring soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, a former Spice Girl, as the parents of Jesus.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Steve Guttenberg loves Christmas, so playing Santa's son and heir in a new TV movie was the ideal role for an actor who lives like a big kid.

Court reopens litigation over bluesman's memorabilia
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court has reopened litigation over who owns photographs and writings of bluesman Robert Johnson, nearly two months after declaring his son sole heir to royalties from the memorabilia.

People in the News
NEW YORK - There are four people left on CBS' "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire," and Julie Berry isn't one of them.

Mortgage rates fall sharply this week

Mortgage rates fall sharply this week
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country fell sharply this week, a development that should bring a dose of good cheer for people wanting to buy a home.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament?

Fisherman's Super Fluke flux nets fine fish

Fishing tournaments

Fisherman's Super Fluke flux nets fine fish
It's odd that big catches of fish can be made by doing little things. Such was the case last weekend for Albert Moody of Augusta and his fiance, Pat, who were casting Zoom Super Flukes for schooling hybrid bass on Strom Thurmond Lake below Raysville Marina.

Trifle has long history as favorite treat

Low-fat cooked eggnog and lemon pudding cake
CONCORD, N.H. - It's an easy rule - 200 calories. That's how I get through the holidays without giving up the sweets that are so essential to the season. Keep the per-serving calorie count to fewer than 200 and indulge away.

Low-fat cooked eggnog and lemon pudding cake

Trifle has long history as favorite treat
The recipe for this version of a creamy, fruity Christmas trifle is from the cookbook "Holiday Fare: Favorite Williamsburg Recipes" (Colonial Williamsburg, 2004, $19.95) by John R. Gonzales, who confirms that trifle has a long history.

Green-thumb gifts easy to find

Green-thumb gifts easy to find
Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States, and if a friend or loved one enjoys gardening, consider some of the following holiday gift suggestions:

Nature's survivor: houseplants
It's no wonder your houseplants are looking ill these days, after having basked outdoors in summer sun and breezes, their leaves washed in rain. Think what a change they've had to endure, brought indoors to dim light, dry air, and perhaps chlorinated municipal water!

Nature's survivor: houseplants

Gustafsson leads at Dunhill Championship
MALELANE, South Africa - Sweden's Peter Gustafsson took a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Dunhill Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday while the tournament's early leaders wilted in the heat.

Friday's High School Results

Bettman will decide whether to pursue cap

Representatives meet to save NHL season
TORONTO - The NHL and the players' association returned to negotiations Thursday for the first time in three months, looking to end the lockout that has threatened the season.

Bettman will decide whether to pursue cap
TORONTO - The NHL players' union insists its proposed salary rollback will dramatically change the league's economics. Whether that's enough to persuade NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to sign off on a deal and end the three-month lockout remains to be seen.

Brawls always included the fans
It seems I cannot pick up a sports page or watch a TV screen without seeing more film footage of the brawl between professional basketball players and unruly fans.

Police arrest suspect in man's shooting
Aiken County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Bath man who they accuse of shooting another man in Warrenville early this morning.

James Brown diagnosed with prostate cancer
NEW YORK - James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul" and a legend in rap, rock and funk, has announced that he has prostate cancer.

Priest must accept responsibility

Don't make us the Crime City
Regarding the Nov. 20 article on the ordinance allowing the arrest of persons who loiter: First, the article says the "enforcement of this ... violation occurs at the discretion of the deputy..." Frances Michaels, Augusta

New oil drilling is not intrusive
The column by John Passacantando of Greenpeace and the accompanying syndicated cartoon ("Drilling harms fragile ecosystems," Dec 6) are very misleading and very much out of touch with modern oil-drilling technology. James W. Cleary, Keysville

Bush's ineptitude shows strongly
President Bush has a huge ego, and this makes him an awful leader for our great nation. Actually, I do not trust anything that he says or does. E. Maner, Augusta

Wolf dons wool in regional partnership plan

Work crew typifies racial disparity
During a drive down Skinner Mill Road the other day, a prison road crew crossed the street about 100 yards in front of me. It's a somewhat common experience in Augusta, and Georgia in general, seeing prison work crews on the side of the road. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Fort Gordon guard acted correctly
Regarding Heidi McDonald's letter ("Gate 1 security went overboard," Dec. 2): I, too, am a military wife of many years. I also have a sticker on my car, but if I didn't, I wouldn't mind being stopped knowing that our Fort Gordon gate guards are on the job and doing what they have been taught. Laurie Johnson, Augusta

Wolf dons wool in regional partnership plan
Many of you have been reading in the local print media about an effort to form a local regional economic development organization involving Richmond, Columbia, and Burke Counties. The Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce and Columbia County support this proposal. The Development Authority of Richmond County and other Richmond County leaders do not support it.

Priest must accept responsibility
I can't really believe anyone would want an individual who was slapped by a priest to just let the incident pass with only forgiveness ("Driver should forgive priest in incident," Dec. 4). Teresa Glackin Callahan, Harlem

Newspaper casts county in poor light
I read Johnny Edwards' article in the paper relating to our former sheriff ("Womack told GBI of use of inmates," Dec. 6). I think it is a disgrace that your so-called newspaper has nothing else to do except continue to persecute a dead man. George W. Gunn Sr., Millen

Burn calories with video games

Family briefs

Decking the halls can be a dangerous activity

PC-controlled lights automate holiday ritual

Fewer teens engaging in sex, study finds

Nostalgic items make great gifts this season

Tips for alleviating technology-related stress

Make office work for you

Video games better than tranquilizers

Ex-Parisian makes scents of New York

Fewer teens engaging in sex, study finds
WASHINGTON - Fewer teens are engaging in sexual activity than in the past, and those that do are more likely to use contraceptives, the government said Friday.

Tips for alleviating technology-related stress
"I find the break from the Internet somewhat refreshing," says Achille, now 19 and a junior at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "After spending a good portion of my freshman and sophomore years holed up here in my dorm room typing away to friends, I feel like I missed just sitting outside and enjoying the weather or going for a walk, just because."

Burn calories with video games
Since the era of Pong (you do remember Pong, don't you?), video games have kept more than one generation hunched over controllers as they madly battle A) alien life forms sent to destroy Earth, B) alien life forms bent on destroying the universe, or C) a professional sports team.

Decking the halls can be a dangerous activity
ATLANTA - You better watch out: Decking the halls for Christmas brings a sharp increase in injuries from falling off roofs, ladders and living room sofas.

Make office work for you
A beat-up desk and a small stool crammed into the corner of a room populated with noisy interlopers would be a nightmare work environment at a job, so why would you put up with that at home?

Nostalgic items make great gifts this season
Let's face it, appealing to Joe Average's nostalgic side during the holidays doesn't take a marketing mastermind.

Ex-Parisian makes scents of New York
NEW YORK - When perfumer Laurice Rahme decided to open her first store, New York made sense. After all, she does make scents of New York.

Video games better than tranquilizers
TRENTON, N.J. - Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy's hand, researchers say.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

PC-controlled lights automate holiday ritual
SALINAS, Calif. - It's a chore that can quickly chill the warmth of the holiday season: Trudging outside each winter night to unplug the lights, deflate the blowup snowman and shut off the rest of the outdoor extravaganza.

Wanted: Offense in working order

Wanted: Offense in working order
One of the items in the Augusta Lynx game notes for Friday's game detailed how uncommon it is for the Pee Dee Pride to lose a lead.

'Lost weekend' would doom season for Lynx

'Lost weekend' would doom season for Lynx
Tired, defeated and humiliated. That's how the Augusta Lynx players looked as they left the ice after Tuesday's shutout loss to Louisiana.

Center will care for homeless patients

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - An Orangeburg man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to drunken driving in a car crash that killed a 21-year-old woman.

Columbia County may get shooting range

Police: Bull mutilation suspects wanted steak

Poinsettias see early demand this year
Judy Sanderlin says more people apparently are learning just how durable the poinsettia can be.

Tenenbaum lauds Aiken Elementary

Rants and Raves
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ASU is parting ways with fall graduations

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman they say has been missing since Wednesday night.

Rants and Raves
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Cookie cop foils burglar

Health offices branch will get bigger facility
By this time next year, employees at the Richmond County Health Department's south Augusta branch won't have to speak in hushed tones to keep from revealing their client's confidential matters through the office's thin walls.

Surgery is scheduled for Brown

New bus policies win approval

Evening parade will light Broad

Health offices branch will get bigger facility

Boxers want a win

Across Georgia
BUFORD, GA. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's bomb squad has detonated what appeared to be an old pipe bomb found at Buford Dam.

Parking request causes concern

School board veterans make way for successors
With their replacements waiting in the wings, three Richmond County school trustees said goodbye during their final board meeting Thursday.

School report cards contain much data

Councilman wants to change business taxes
AIKEN - City Councilman Pat Cunning has enlisted the help of state legislators to adjust Aiken's business tax in hopes of making the city more friendly to corporate headquarters.

Charges made in burglaries, arson

Frequent fliers give miles to needy
Lately, the spirit of giving is even extending to travel dollars. Most major airlines have programs in which customers can donate their frequent flier miles to charities, and there's no more popular time than the holidays for this unorthodox gift, experts say.

Bad timing foils burglary attempt

James Brown diagnosed with prostate cancer

Pupils receive free dental screenings

Cookie cop foils burglar
Loretta Lynn Scott doesn't need a guard dog for her home. She's got a cookie cop. The 30-year-old west Augusta resident was spared a confrontation with a burglar early Friday when the intruder triggered the 9-inch tall talking container in her dining room.

Across the region

Testing goes off without a hitch

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across the area

School report cards contain much data
AIKEN - As parents of Aiken and Edgefield county school districts head to the mailbox this weekend, district report cards will be mixed in with the bills and Christmas cards.

Courses, museum discussed

Kid of the Day
Joshua Bradley is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

Pupils receive free dental screenings
Five-year-old Evan Williams is not a big candy eater. He prefers spaghetti. But the Augusta boy has learned to keep his teeth clean no matter what he chews.

Police: Bull mutilation suspects wanted steak
AIKEN - The five people charged with mutilating a bull and leaving it dead in the road had planned to eat the animal, authorities said Thursday.

Across the region
CANTON, Ga. - Construction is set to begin on the Georgia National Cemetery in Sutallee.

Crash of small plane kills all three aboard
WEST PELZER, S.C. - Three people were killed Thursday when their small plane crashed in a rural area about 15 miles from an airport.

Across the area
The manslaughter and felony DUI trial of Michael Batchelor, accused of buying beer for six children shortly before the 2002 head-on collision that killed his three sons, has been delayed until Jan. 24, Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Friday.

Ex-sheriff's office worker is indicted
A former Columbia County sheriff's employee was indicted on racketeering, theft and insurance fraud charges Thursday after she was accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a sheriff's office account.

Boxers want a win
CLEARWATER - Three years ago, Cody Weathers quit attending a boxing gym after a year of training.

Team to receive training at post
Fort Gordon welcomed several hundred Army National Guard members Thursday night who will undergo initial training and processing for mobilization.

Charges made in burglaries, arson
AIKEN - Additional but unrelated charges of burglary and arson have been filed against three of the five people charged with mutilating a bull and leaving it dead in the middle of an Aiken County road, authorities said Friday.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Testing goes off without a hitch
Columbia County high school students underwent their first official round of end-of-course testing this week, and officials say the exams went well.

Courses, museum discussed
Columbia County and Professional Disc Golf Association officials met Thursday to go over the details of a planned clubhouse building and three disc golf courses to be constructed at Wildwood Park.

Federal case puts man back in prison
A new federal charge has landed Paul M. Davis Jr. back behind bars, 10 weeks after a deal between his attorney and two superior court judges allowed his father to pay $70,000 in additional fines to free him from state prison.

Residents protest school site
Find another place. That's the message from residents of an east Augusta neighborhood, who pleaded Thursday with the Richmond County Board of Education not to target their land for a new elementary school.

Woman was generous to all children
Relatives remember Dorothy M. Dorn as a generous woman, a practical joker and most of all, a caring mother to all.

Center will care for homeless patients
Homeless Augustans have several options when it comes to primary medical treatment. The problem comes when they are released from the hospital and have nowhere to go to finish their recovery.

Bond denied to 2 accused in slayings
Two people charged with murder in separate cases by Richmond County sheriff's investigators both were denied bond by a Superior Court judge Friday.

Bond denied to 2 accused in slayings

Mother paying teen's medical bills needs aid
A single Augusta mother who must pay expensive medical bills for her older daughter needs help to make this Christmas bright. The woman, 37, has two daughters, ages 17 and 11.

Federal case puts man back in prison

Surgery is scheduled for Brown
Despite not feeling so good, James Brown plans on meeting his obligations, both locally and abroad.

Across South Carolina

Bad timing foils burglary attempt
AIKEN - Two would-be burglars displayed a lousy sense of Yuletide timing Friday, breaking into a house less than three blocks away from where at least 50 police officers were gathered for the annual Christmas lunch for city of Aiken employees, authorities said.

Residents protest school site

Tenenbaum lauds Aiken Elementary
AIKEN - Standing in front of the Aiken Elementary Express, South Carolina School Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, dressed in her signature red, recorded a message for the pupil-produced television show, The Choo Choo Chat.

Columbia County may get shooting range
USA Shooting has set its sights on Columbia County's Baker Place Road Landfill as one of three possible locations for a world-class Olympic shooting range complex.

ASU is parting ways with fall graduations
Graduates at Augusta State University will have only one option for Pomp and Circumstance starting next year.

Ex-sheriff's office worker is indicted

Parking request causes concern
Broad Street business owners are taking issue with a Richmond County Sheriff's Office request to move all vehicles parked along westbound lanes of the street for tonight's downtown Christmas parade.

Ice cream weather in December

University of Georgia fights to keep top teachers
ATLANTA - Like sharks circling swimmers in a summer thriller, out-of-state colleges are salivating over the chance to pick off some of Georgia's best professors.

Crash of small plane kills all three aboard

Evening parade will light Broad
Headlights won't be the only things illuminating Broad Street tonight as the Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade returns as an evening procession.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day
Jalen Kiara Lovelace Barnett is today's Kid of the Day.

Fire destroyed home of mother, 3 children

Ice cream weather in December
David Mehta, of Augusta, eats ice cream on while waiting for his wife to finish a yoga class on Eighth Street. Thursday, the Mehtas' 10th wedding anniversary, saw tempreatures in the 70s.

Georgia growth stays sluggish

Georgia growth stays sluggish
ATLANTA - The 2001 recession is fading further into the past, but the state's economy just can't seem to shake itself out of slow recovery mode, according to University of Georgia forecasters.

Frequent fliers give miles to needy

Councilman wants to change business taxes

News you can use

New bus policies win approval
Bus monitors will remain on their wish list, but the Richmond County Board of Education on Thursday agreed to make changes in the transportation department that they can actually afford.

Fire destroyed home of mother, 3 children
A Louisville, Ga., mother whose house burned down in October, leaving her and her three children with nothing, asks for assistance this Christmas.

Counties advised to work together
The Columbia County Development Authority has a new message for Richmond County: You complete me. The group met with economic development consultants Thursday to get an opinion on its industrial recruiting efforts.

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Augusta State learns lessons
ATHENS, Ga. - Opportunities like this don't come around too often for Augusta State's women. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Jay-Z named president of Def Jam Records

Man who sang 'Beverly Hillbillies' theme, dies at 93

Jay-Z named president of Def Jam Records
LOS ANGELES - Jay-Z, who has declared himself retired from his rap career, now has a new job to occupy his time - president and chief executive of the Def Jam record label.

Fights cut short Ludacris appearance

Gunman kills 4 at Ohio heavy metal show
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot during a performance, was a frenetic, ear-shattering guitarist whose riffs for Pantera and more recently Damageplan were a staple of heavy metal music. He was 38.

Fights cut short Ludacris appearance
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A charity appearance by rap star Ludacris at Montgomery Mall was cut short Thursday evening after two small fights broke out.

Man who sang 'Beverly Hillbillies' theme, dies at 93
LOS ANGELES - Jerry Scoggins, who sang "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which introduced the comical clan on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. He was 93.

Gunman kills 4 at Ohio heavy metal show

Actor has sports movie history
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While portraying Roger Maris, actor Barry Pepper learned the importance of capturing the character. Anything short of authentic doesn't sit very well with fans.

Actor has sports movie history

Kvapil to replace Gaughan in No. 77 Dodge

Kvapil to replace Gaughan in No. 77 Dodge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brendan Gaughan was fired Thursday by Penske-Jasper Racing after struggling in his first season of Nextel Cup competition. Travis Kvapil will replace him in the No. 77 Dodge in 2005.

Court reopens litigation over bluesman's memorabilia

Union pleads its case to arbitrator
NEW YORK - Ron Artest took the witness stand and described, in his words, one of the worst brawls in NBA history. Teammates Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal and Anthony Johnson did the same, and a union attorney and one of O'Neal's bodyguards also testified.

Bulldogs gnaw on Jaguars
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia did two things Friday night that it hadn't done all season. It dominated an opponent it was supposed to, and it had fun playing together.

Boilermakers stop Blue Demons' run
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Katie Gearlds scored 21 points for No. 21 Purdue, which handed 15th-ranked DePaul its first loss of the season, 69-61 on Thursday.

Jags finally get shot at Georgia
It became an annual tradition at Augusta State. Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson would call Georgia's director of basketball operations and ask for a game - the equivalent of the class nerd asking the prom queen for a date.

McCullough well-rounded
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Mohr still finding success in league

Vick hopes he can silence doubters

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Mr. Joseph Smith (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. H. Prentice Miller (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Griffin (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Nunally (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Lightfoot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William "Catfish" Reese (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Bell Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Robert Hogan (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Daniels, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Odell M. Sikes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David S. Hardigree (ELIJAY, Ga.)

Mr. Jovan "Pop" Grubisa (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles E. Holt (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Stella Studdard Ozburn (TENILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Larry "Hot Rod" Williams (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Fountain Crutchfield (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Mitchell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jean Carter Boland (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Sue Sims (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Johnson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie L. White (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert H. Broach (GRANITVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Ruby Knight (ZAUX HALL, N.J.)

Mrs. Jean Carter Boland (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Gerald (Jabbo) Oglesby (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hampton Finch, Jr. (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Herman M. Scroggs (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Keller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William "Catfish" Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Everett M. Stallings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Keith W. Patterson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Stroud (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva W. Greene-Seneca ( SENECA, S.C.)

Mr. James P. Roach (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Ruff, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Garnell Bright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jonathan Keith Lloyd (BLAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Young (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Garnell Bright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva W. Green (SENECA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Robinson (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Robinson Langille (RIVERDALE, Penn.)

Mrs. Sara Dunn Toulson (SPARTA, GA)

Mrs. Dorothy M. Dorn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Margaret Stainback Anderson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Edith M. Cook (AVON, Ohio)

Landon Ferron (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Overtime

Klitschko meets Williams in first title defense

Overtime
The North Augusta Police Athletic League Boxing Club will host South Carolina's Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Clearwater, tonight at 7 p.m.

Klitschko meets Williams in first title defense
LAS VEGAS - Vitali Klitschko made his mark with one bloody fight against Lennox Lewis. Danny Williams made a name for himself by knocking out Mike Tyson.

American takes World Cup skeleton lead
IGLS, Austria - American Noelle Pikus-Pace won a women's World Cup skeleton event Thursday to take the overall lead in the season standings.

Overtime
North Augusta High wide receiver C.J. Byrd has been named Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year.

Friday's High School Results
Prep basketball results from across the area.

Evans junior leads team to win
When Evans' Glenn Miller makes a big play, the Knights' student section chants, "Glenn... Glenn, Glenn, Glenn... Glenn, Glenn, Glenn," a jingle popularized in a Starbucks commercial.

Vincent might see action
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills cornerback Troy Vincent could play for the first time in more than two months Sunday against Cleveland.

Vick hopes he can silence doubters
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When AirTran Airways offered him an endorsement deal this summer, Michael Vick loved the concept.

Mohr still finding success in league
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When the Atlanta Falcons approached him two years ago about a contract extension, Chris Mohr tried to imagine himself still punting in 2008.

Some Italian churches charge visitors
ROME - Pray or pay. At dozens of Italian churches struggling to preserve art treasures from Byzantine mosaics to Baroque paintings, that is the choice many visitors must make.

'Lessons and Carols' tops Christmas book offerings
It's difficult for those living in the era of the "war on terror" to imagine what the devastation of World War I meant to Great Britain.

Faith Digest
THE CHRISTMAS PORTION OF HANDEL'S Messiah, Christmas Cantata, by Daniel Pinkham, and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, arranged by the Rev. Jacques "Jack" Kearns, will be on the Columbia County Choral Society's bill for 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 515 N. Belair Road in Evans.

Christmas tree is placed in St. Peter's
VATICAN CITY - The pope's Christmas tree arrived in St. Peter's Square Thursday, after two days of travel from the Alpine forests of northern Italy.

Handbell choirs provide communal setting for players
A few years ago, St. Mark United Methodist Church on Washington Road was no different from many other churches with regard to handbells. It owned some, and they were in storage.

New Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta named
ATLANTA - Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis, was appointed by Pope John Paul II to serve as Archbishop of Atlanta, the archdiocese announced Thursday.

'Trotter will bring message of gospel
Meadowlark Lemon will preach and sing gospel music at Second Baptist Church in Aiken on Sunday - no clowning

United Methodist Church gay dispute is far from over
PUGHTOWN, Pa. - Last week's defrocking of a United Methodist Church pastor who broke church law by living openly with her lesbian partner was a victory for the denomination's conservative wing. But more broadly, did it signify a decisive turn for the denomination?

Faith will return father's church
Eunnie Mae Jennings, 81, sat expressionless on a pile of cinder blocks, once part of the church her father, Willie "King Cole" English, built 54 years ago. Rising, she walked past the hole where the Hephzibah church once stood and raked more debris.

Augusta State learns lessons

Housewives trump reality in television ratings
LOS ANGELES - Reality television's survivors and junior Trumps have been bumped from the top of the water-cooler agenda - and all it took was four volatile homemakers.

'Project Runway' is a labor of love
NEW YORK - Heidi Klum got her start in fashion through a German modeling contest and now she's returning the favor: She is the host and executive producer of "Project Runway," Bravo's new TV series that promises to pick the next hot fashion designer.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Martha Stewart to host new homemaking show

Housewives trump reality in television ratings

Jennifer and Kelly are 'The Apprentice' finalists
NEW YORK - Donald Trump is only one more "you're fired" away from hiring his second apprentice.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Making toys for all the kids in the world is joyous work - but it's a tough job, too.

'Project Runway' is a labor of love

Jennifer and Kelly are 'The Apprentice' finalists

Martha Stewart to host new homemaking show
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart may still be in the clink, but it appears there's no caging her appeal as television's domestic diva.

Four players are left on 'Survivor: Vanuatu'
NEW YORK -There are four people left on CBS' "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire," and Julie Berry isn't one of them.

Four players are left on 'Survivor: Vanuatu'

People in the News

Court reopens litigation over bluesman's memorabilia

Skip Holtz ready to shine at East Carolina

Skip Holtz ready to shine at East Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Even through the phone line, you can hear Skip Holtz's excitement at again being in control of a team as he prepares to take over as East Carolina's new head coach.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

New Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta named

Some Italian churches charge visitors

United Methodist Church gay dispute is far from over

Christmas tree is placed in St. Peter's

Handbell choirs provide communal setting for players

Faith will return father's church

Faith Digest

'Lessons and Carols' tops Christmas book offerings