'Clerkenwell Tales' draws from history and Chaucer
The year is 1399 and London is rife with conspiracy and intrigue. Secret sects with murderous intentions scurry about its narrow cobbled thoroughfares.

A blizzard of treachery and violence fills Follett's 'Whiteout'
A blinding snowstorm isn't the only villain in Ken Follett's "Whiteout," an adrenaline-pumping thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats

'Scarlet Letter' brings record price at auction

A blizzard of treachery and violence fills Follett's 'Whiteout'

Tom Wolfe goes where no septuagenarian has gone before
Tom Wolfe has shown us the corrupt heights of Manhattan society and the inner workings of the Black Panthers. He has probed the culture surrounding outer space and acid trips. Now, the elderly gentleman novelist and eminent New Journalist is feasting on the beer-soaked, sex-ridden halls of higher learning.

'Clerkenwell Tales' draws from history and Chaucer

'Scarlet Letter' brings record price at auction
NEW YORK - The oldest known copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was auctioned Thursday for $545,100, a record price for an American 19th-century literary work, Christie's auction house said.

'Double Shot' is dishy, but not quite satisfying

'Double Shot' is dishy, but not quite satisfying
Goldy Schulz almost cooked her own goose this time.

Tom Wolfe goes where no septuagenarian has gone before

Megadeal nearing completion
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees, Arizona and Los Angeles spent Friday trying to put the finishing touches on the megadeal that would move All-Stars Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez.

Johnson deal not complete, grows larger
NEW YORK - The megadeal involving Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez grew to 10 players Saturday, with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers hoping to present the proposed trade to the commissioner's office soon for approval.

Johnson deal not complete, grows larger

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Police charge soldier with staging shooting
PHILADELPHIA - A soldier who allegedly had a relative shoot him so he wouldn't have to return to Iraq could face military discipline.

Odds and Ends
MADISON, Wis. - A hunter faces two charges after shooting a llama that he mistook for a deer.

County bans Christmas trees from public buildings
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Pasco County officials have banned Christmas trees from public buildings after their county attorney decided they were religious symbols.

New starter eager to join Smoltz in rotation

New starter eager to join Smoltz in rotation
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson was a high school junior in 1991 when John Smoltz pitched the Atlanta Braves to their first division title in nine years.

Getting rebates can be tricky
Ken Johnsen handled nearly 40 million rebates this year, but that's normal for him. As the CEO of Parago Inc., one of the nation's largest rebate processing centers, Mr. Johnsen works to see that every customer who sends in a form, receipt and UPC symbol gets the $3 rebate.

Business calendar
Jan. 11: Starting Your Own Business, two-hour course giving the would-be entrepreneur a brief overview of the many aspects of being in business for yourself; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Augusta office, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call (706) 737-1790.

Apple's iPod in short supply this holiday season
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Retailers expected Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music player to be a hot item this holiday season but are still struggling to keep up with demand.

Companies try to keep giving level

IRS revises ethical standards for tax attorneys

Property transfers

IRS revises ethical standards for tax attorneys
WASHINGTON - Lawyers, accountants and other professionals who offer tax advice must meet stricter ethical standards under guidelines issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service on Friday.

Experts urge 'buyer beware' when visiting auction sites

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 1-8. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Shopping on the Web doesn't have to be bumpy

Getting rebates can be tricky

eBay buying rental Web site
NEW YORK - In a diversification move, online auctioneer eBay Inc. is buying the privately held Rent.com, which specializes in Internet listings of apartment and house rentals, for about $415 million in stock and cash.

Consumer prices calm in November

On the move
Thomas Tully has joined A. G. Edwards & Sons as a financial consultant. He has a master's degree in public administration and was formally the assistant county manager in Floyd County, Ga. He also earned an accredited asset management specialist certification from the College of Financial Planning. <

Companies try to keep giving level
The economy improved in 2004, but the rising tide hasn't exactly lifted charitable giving by companies and their employees.

Shopping on the Web doesn't have to be bumpy
As last-minute shoppers flood the malls, crowd-free shopping can still be done online.

Pfizer finds heart risk with Celebrex
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc. said Friday it has found an increased risk of heart problems with patients taking its painkiller Celebrex, a drug that is in the same class as the Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in September because of safety concerns.

Consumer prices calm in November
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices calmed down in November, helped by smaller increases in energy and food. That means the Federal Reserve probably will continue raising interest rates only gradually to keep inflation under control.

Kellogg chooses outsider to operate cereal company
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - When Kellogg Co. announced late last month that its board had tapped an outside director to become the cereal giant's next chairman and CEO, some financial analysts questioned the move.

Experts urge 'buyer beware' when visiting auction sites
If Santa was an "eBayer," his feedback rating might be perfect, but some online auction sellers are hardly as reliable.<

Kellogg chooses outsider to operate cereal company

Pfizer finds heart risk with Celebrex

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Business leaders fail to be on best behavior at meeting
This week's meeting to discuss a regional economic development initiative to market Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties to new business and industry was anything but an exercise in civility.

Rutgers tames Lady Tigers

Rutgers tames Lady Tigers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers used tenacious defense to force 24 turnovers and scored 11 of the final 13 points from the foul line to defeat Clemson 66-51 on Saturday.

Take a bow: Dukes capture first title
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Running back Maurice Fenner and quarterback Justin Rascati ran for two touchdowns apiece as James Madison won its first national championship with a 31-21 victory over Montana in the Division I-AA title game Friday night.

SEC roundup

Jaguars devour Rams

ACC roundup

Tigers take fifth straight victory

Coach has team on right path

Haskins molds Lady Braves into contenders

A Chamber of horrors?

Tale of brave Ulysses

Tale of brave Ulysses
The world needs more people like Ulysses Anderson.

Will Canada's luck hold?

Will Canada's luck hold?
Canada - which has been busy celebrating anniversaries for Vietnam draft dodgers, bashing President Bush and pooh-poohing America's war on terrorism - just got a nasty jolt of reality from its own Senate.

A Chamber of horrors?
If they made a movie about the Augusta area's attempts at cooperating on economic development, they might call it A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Harbin for Appropriations
With the Georgia General Assembly falling into the hands of Republicans, Richmond County's heavily Democratic delegation will be walled off from much of the action going on in Atlanta.

People in the News
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - A benefit concert by the Boss is bringing out big bids on eBay.

Want to build wealth? Buy a home

What should I do with my year-end bonus?

Want to build wealth? Buy a home
The preferred path to wealth may lead through the front door of your home and not through the stock market, according to a national research report.

What should I do with my year-end bonus?
Q. I just got a year-end bonus. What's the best way to use it?

Scientists use dairy byproduct to preserve food

Scientists use dairy byproduct to preserve food
DAVIS, Calif. - Oxygen, water, seeping oils - they're all out to get your food, turning sweet nuts sour and tasty confections rancid.

Gonzaga, Tech will showcase big guys
ATLANTA - The most international position in basketball is center. College coaches can't teach height, after all, and will search the globe for coordinated 7-footers.

Georgia Tech notebook
ORLANDO, Fla. - Damarius Bilbo claims he can still throw a football 90 yards.

Gonzaga, Tech will showcase big guys

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Lady Cavs take control with win

Teams ready for tourney

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores

Holiday tournament features local teams

South Carolina shines in Shrine
SPARTANBURG, S.C.- Jordan Sorrells of Greenville High connected on 18 of 30 passes for 173 yards - including a 30-yard touchdown to Aiken's Terrance Smith - to lead South Carolina in its 35-21 victory in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game on Saturday.

Lockout invigorates minor league hockey

Lockout invigorates minor league hockey
With the NHL closed for business, minor league hockey is thriving.

Take this quiz and work for Santa
Santa's hiring. Yes, because of the unexpected number of elves taking advantage of early retirement and job buyouts at the North Pole, Big Red has a number of openings on top of the world.

Police hunt missing 13-year-old girl
Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished afPolice are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished after leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.ter leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.

Judge synonymous with integrity
I have practiced law in Augusta for 35 years, and I have appeared before Judge Bernard Mulherin many times. He is truly a great jurist and has served the Augusta Judicial Circuit with integrity, loyalty and dedication.Andrew J. Kilpatrick II, Augusta

Foreign cars desecrate U.S. flag
One day while driving, I pulled up behind a driver who was waiting for the traffic light to change. I happened to see that this person's car was proudly displaying an American-flag sticker on its bumper with the slogan "Power of pride." Trey Holland, Blythe

Mulherin spreads only good
We know Judge Bernard Mulherin, and we can attest to his character. Here is a little about him that few people know: Carleton Vaughn, Evans Hank Garrett, Philip Kelly and Pete Verdery, Augusta

Blame system, not the judge
I am upset over the damaging article written about Bernard J. Mulherin on Dec. 5. You have challenged his integrity and reputation when he has done so much for his profession and his fellow man.Paul F. Dorr Jr., Augusta

Walker on authority is embarrassing
Loren Perry, please give me a break! Everybody in Augusta can see through his and Charles Walker's smear tactics. If the Richmond County Development Authority had any integrity, it would have kicked Walker off the authority immediately after his indictments were issued. John R. Davis, Augusta

Bush did what he had to do
This is our answer to the letter by E. Maner of Augusta, as published in your paper Dec. 11, "Bush's ineptitude shows strongly": "Judge not so ye not be judged." Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

Post-retirement work is common
The so-called news articles about Judge Bernard Mulherin on Dec. 5 were an unjustified attack on a man of impeccable character. Sandy Hodson obviously does not approve of how senior judges are used in Georgia. She is entitled to her opinion about the system, but she is not entitled to blame the man for the system. He did not create it.Fred M. Sims, Augusta

Judge's character is sterling
This is in reference to the Dec. 5 articles about the senior superior court judge system and Judge Bernard Mulherin. Jim Ellison, Augusta

Blame system, not the judge

Bush has little command of reality
Recently, eight Marines were killed in one day in Iraq. Even the most ardent President Bush supporters must wonder if the mandate Bush claims he received with 51 percent of the vote holds up. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Judge's character is sterling

Judge synonymous with integrity

Walker on authority is embarrassing

Bush has little command of reality

Post-retirement work is common

Holiday is hard work on women

Island offers beaches, diving, solitude

Treatment of drywall depends on covering

Ballerina trend offers pink cashmere, ballet flats

In the know

Researcher makes paralyzed rats walk

Las Vegas is the ultimate New Year's Eve party town

Doing little things will help you burn calories

Holiday lights will make your spirits bright

Stem cells from fat used to repair skull injury

Symphony guild presents 17 debutantes

Cassini unveils other Saturn moon

Stuffed animals are prominent in holiday decor

Holiday light tour directions

Cassini unveils other Saturn moon
LOS ANGELES - The Cassini spacecraft's close flyby of Saturn's mysterious moon Titan this week revealed clouds that will give clues to its weather, but the pass left scientists still puzzled about its surface.

In the know
Heather Clark and Brian Cullinan have found that, if allowed, love exceeds itself.

Symphony guild presents 17 debutantes
Seventeen debutantes were presented Nov. 26 at the Augusta Symphony Guild Cotillion at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Doing little things will help you burn calories
Hankering for another slice of fruitcake? Hoping it doesn't go to your hips? Better start twiddling your thumbs, tapping your feet and talking with your hands.

Las Vegas is the ultimate New Year's Eve party town
LAS VEGAS - OK, let's be clear about where you should be on New Year's Eve.

Stem cells from fat used to repair skull injury
Surgeons have used stem cells from fat to help repair skull damage in a 7-year-old girl in Germany, in what's apparently the first time such fat-derived cells have been exploited to grow bone in a human.

Island offers beaches, diving, solitude
ROATAN, Honduras - At dark just after 6 p.m. most days, backpackers from across the world walk into the village of West End having grabbed the late afternoon flights to the Caribbean island of Roatan from the Honduran mainland.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: Is it necessary to finish drywall before applying anything decorative to it? Also, what causes mirrors to turn dark around the edges after a while? -- Shirley

Stuffed animals are prominent in holiday decor
Although there are nine lighted Christmas trees and several others used for their greenery, two main trees in the Summerville home of Jim Cartee, John Adams and Rob Link relay the home's holiday theme.

Ballerina trend offers pink cashmere, ballet flats
NEW YORK - Women of all ages - and different levels of limberness - have an opportunity this season to live out their childhood fantasy of being a prima ballerina.

Treatment of drywall depends on covering
Q: Is it necessary to finish drywall before applying anything decorative to it? Also, what causes mirrors to turn dark around the edges after a while? - Shirley

Researcher makes paralyzed rats walk
IRVINE, Calif. - So far, not a single person has been helped by human embryonic stem cells.

Holiday lights will make your spirits bright
By now, the stocking should be hung by the chimney with care and the holiday meal planned out down to the garnishes on the mashed potatoes.

Tips can help make most of holiday season
Dear Readers: Christmas can be difficult even for those with ideal circumstance and bountiful blessings.

Holiday light tour directions
The Augusta Chronicle's holiday light tour is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house (and the stores) and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Holiday is hard work on women
I love Christmas, all the twinkling lights on Broad Street, the Augusta Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker, the aroma of gingerbread embroidering the air.

Everblades skate by Lynx
ESTERO, Fla. - Keith Anderson secured a 3-2 Florida Everblades victory over the visiting Augusta Lynx with his sixth goal of the season late in the third period.

Lynx's skid hits seven with Florida's sweep

Lynx's skid hits seven with Florida's sweep
ESTERO, Fla. -- The Florida Everblades entered this weekend's two-game series against Augusta hoping to salvage something out of what had been a dreary home stand.

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Oil leak at plant spills into creek
State and federal authorities were working Friday to contain an estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel oil that leaked from a Fort Gordon energy plant and spread throughout the post's wastewater treatment system and into nearby Spirit Creek.

Soldiers have two weeks off
Pvt. Kristi Williams' excited embrace at a Fort Gordon gym was just one happy reunion of soldiers and loved ones.

Across South Carolina

Judges reverse custody ruling

Therapist put on probation for conduct
A second Augusta medical professional has been disciplined for having an intimate relationship with a patient.

Lighting up the town

8-year-old wins most recent scholarship bond contest
Deanne Pearlman gave three of her daughters coins to throw in the fountain at Augusta Mall.

Kid of the Day
Marshella Dena Herrington is today's Kid of the Day

Credit cards stolen from woman's shop

Across South Carolina
GAFFNEY - A Chesnee police officer has been placed on leave after he shot and injured a driver after a chase in Cherokee County, police said.

Senior aims to give back with project

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Wind, cold expected in area

Therapist put on probation for conduct

Augusta stays on watch list
Twenty-six Georgia counties - and parts of three others - were listed Friday among communities that fail U.S. Clean Air Act standards for airborne particles of soot.

Priest turns himself in over slapping

Across the area
A south Augusta home was leveled by an afternoon fire Saturday.

Soldiers have two weeks off

Lighting up the town
The small town of Grovetown is once again at the top of the list when it comes to Christmas lights.

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Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue is evicting Democratic Secretary of State Cathy Cox from at least some of her prime real estate in the state Capitol, just days before an expected announcement that she will seek to unseat him.

Mother of two loses job, seeks help
An unemployed Aiken woman won't be able to provide her children with Christmas presents unless she receives assistance this holiday.

Christmas was another day of work at shipyard

Options for back pain are growing

Training is fitted to new business

5 people injured in 3-car crash
Five people were hospitalized after three vehicles collided at the intersection of Old Petersburg and McCormick roads Saturday afternoon.

Race issue still finds way into commission votes

SRS cuts would hit economy
AIKEN - The Aiken-Augusta economy could miss out on at least $80 million in income if the Department of Energy approves 2,000 layoffs at Savannah River Site between now and October 2006, estimates show.

5 people injured in 3-car crash

Kid of the Day

Woman reported dispute 3 days before her slaying

Priest turns himself in over slapping
A Richmond County judge issued an arrest warrant Friday against a priest accused of slapping a soldier while stopped in traffic last month.

Judges reverse custody ruling
A juvenile court judge in Augusta had no legal justification to take the children of a gay mother, an appeals court has ruled.

Race issue still finds way into commission votes
Ask any Augusta commissioner if their decisions are made along racial lines, and they'll say no.

Across Georgia
IRON CITY -- Three young boys were killed in a fire that engulfed their mobile home in Seminole County.

Empty Stocking: Woman's pay has been spent on medicine

Across the area
On the same day he was sentenced to probation for felony criminal charges, the son of the Richmond County schools superintendent was arrested by sheriff's deputies on a shoplifting charge, Richmond County Sheriff's Office records state.

Two boys collect gifts for cancer patients

Police hunt missing 13-year-old girl

Mother of two loses job, seeks help

8-year-old wins most recent scholarship bond contest

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE -- A Florence County man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on child pornography charges.

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Empty Stocking: Woman's pay has been spent on medicine
A sick Augusta woman will not have enough money to buy Christmas gifts for her two daughters if she doesn't receive assistance this season.

Confederate names are fading

Options for back pain are growing
Shalonda Anthony's life was changed by Armor All. Now she's trying to change it back. Ms. Anthony said she skidded on some of the protective spray in April and fell, injuring her back. Her world began to revolve around pain, she said.

Drunken driving's heaviest toll

Confederate names are fading
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - From a renamed "Confederate Boulevard" in Arkansas to the shrunken "Heart of Dixie" on Alabama's license plates, some people in the South are erasing memories of their Civil War past with the hope of enticing investment.

Two boys collect gifts for cancer patients
For weeks, C.J. and Matthew Dube have waited each day for the UPS man to deliver holiday packages to their Evans home.

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Drunken driving's heaviest toll
The car was weaving all over Mike Padgett Highway, and now the driver was heading straight for her.

Christmas was another day of work at shipyard
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - In a protective face shield, leather jacket and leggings, with gloved hands gripping a welding iron - that's how Nanelle Surrency Bacon dressed when she played Santa Claus on Christmas Day 1944.

Training is fitted to new business
AIKEN - While Global Containment Systems is building its new facility near New Ellenton during the next two years, Aiken Technical College will be building up the company's new work force with specially tailored training programs.

Senior aims to give back with project
When Chris Turner told about 60 children at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital on Saturday that they'd be sent on a toy-filled shopping spree, cheers rose from excited faces.

5 Silver Bluff teens sent to hospital after crash
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Five Silver Bluff High School students were rushed to the hospital Friday when the red Chevrolet Camaro they were traveling in collided with a minivan, officials said.

Woman reported dispute 3 days before her slaying
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Three days before she was found shot to death in her Buford home, Jennifer Corbin called 911 to report a dispute with her husband, who's now a suspect in her death.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Chase Cook of Augusta

Wind, cold expected in area
If you see a snowflakIf you see a snowflake tonight, don't worry about it. It's the wind - combined with arctic temperatures - you're going to have to worry about, officials say.e tonight, don't worry about it.

Charges mount for 4 in bull's death
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office filed additional charges Friday against four Aiken residents who are accused of attacking and mutilating a 14-month old bull in Aiken earlier this year.

Credit cards stolen from woman's shop
By the time Jeanette Talledo's gut told her that the man who claimed to be a visiting Midwestern photographer was acting suspiciously in her antique shop on Friday, it was too late.

Across the area

An unusual sleigh
Augusta Rowing Club members get into the holiday spirit wearing antlers during their morning training. They were training Saturday along the Savannah River.

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An unusual sleigh

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Inmate's execution may proceed
COLUMBIA - A man sentenced to die for fatally shooting four former co-workers at an Aiken County plant in September 1997 will be allowed to give up his appeals and go to the death chamber.

SRS cuts would hit economy

Kid of the Day

Augusta stays on watch list

Real title game was something to behold
In the mid-December bowldrums, it was nice to watch some meaningful football Friday night that crowned a real national champion.

Rapper DMX arrested
NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. - Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly driving more than 100 mph on a highway in upstate New York, a week after he pleaded guilty to driving through an airport parking gate while on drugs.

Nowitzki leads Dallas past Atlanta
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki overcame the loss of his front teeth to produce 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks held the Atlanta Hawks to just 28 first-half points in a 90-68 victory Saturday night.

Bobcats top Rockets in overtime

Bobcats top Rockets in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Bobcats never wavered in their desire to build their franchise around Emeka Okafor. The rookie is proving they made the right choice.

ACC roundup
NEW YORK - Duke relied on its big three to rally from a terrible first half as the seventh-ranked Blue Devils beat Oklahoma, 78-67 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Coach has team on right path
WASHINGTON - Three years ago, the best reason to go to a George Washington basketball game was to watch first-year coach Karl Hobbs throw a tantrum.

SEC roundup
BILOXI, Miss. _ Michael Ford made a layup with 1.1 seconds left in the second half to tie the score at the end of regulation, then hit four late free throws in overtime to lift Southern Mississippi to an 88-84 win Saturday over Louisiana State University at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Tigers take fifth straight victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - Sharrod Ford scored 15 points, and Shawan Robinson added 13 points as Clemson won its fifth consecutive game, 76-52, over The Citadel on Friday night.

Jaguars devour Rams
Cameron Tovey played the role of freshman to perfection early in the second half.

Haskins molds Lady Braves into contenders
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

NFL schedule

Panthers hope to upset Falcons

Falcons can't let up now

NFL power ranking week 15

Falcons soar to overtime win

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Mr. Julius M. O'Bannon (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret M. Morgan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Brantley Cofer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis A. Schwartz (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Lou Woodward (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Sheppard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Thelma L. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Cecilia Matlock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Cooney Rotchford (ARLINGTON, Va.)

Mr. Ray C. Canaday, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Stephen Charles Csukas (PIERCE, Fla.)

Mrs. Martha Lee Flanders (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Laney Hill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard G. Gunter (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Young (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Schree Townsend-Hardrict (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Romania Sanders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry Lee Gatch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Nelson Seigler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca S. Harper (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Loman (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Winningham (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Rose Marie Turner ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James R. Adkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Judge (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Hall Lerwick (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Lula "Money" Hardaway (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. Lewis Usry (GIBSON, Ga.)

District Elder Floyd Lindsey ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James B. Adkinson, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Thelma Dillon Rhoden (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Joel Thomas McDonald, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Article unfairly smeared an outstanding judge
The Executive Committee of the Augusta Bar Association has determined that it cannot sit back and allow to go unchallenged the article by Sandy Hodson titled, "Is our judgment too costly?" (Dec. 5). Ms. Hodson was apparently trying to question the statutory authorization for the use of senior status judges. But for some reason, known only to her, she turned this and related articles into an attempt to malign the character and service of one of the best judges and public servants in the state.

Article unfairly smeared an outstanding judge
The Executive Committee of the Augusta Bar Association has determined that it cannot sit back and allow to go unchallenged the article by Sandy Hodson titled, "Is our judgment too costly?" (Dec. 5). Ms. Hodson was apparently trying to question the statutory authorization for the use of senior status judges. But for some reason, known only to her, she turned this and related articles into an attempt to malign the character and service of one of the best judges and public servants in the state.

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Officials try to cure horse racing's ills

Overtime

Area sports announcements
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Overtime
In Long Beach, Calif., Ogonna Nnamani had 29 kills to lead Stanford to the NCAA volleyball championship with a 30-23, 30-27, 30-21 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Long Beach Arena.

Overtime
Former Augusta Christian forward Jamal Womble has left Prince Avenue Prep School in Pickens, S.C., and will play for Fairmont (W.Va.) State University this season.

Officials try to cure horse racing's ills
ALBANY, N.Y. - Just after investigators raided New York's top thoroughbred tracks in a probe into jockey weights, a diverse group of industry officials joined forces Thursday to recommend ways to rescue the state's troubled racing game.

First of the season
Columbia County's Kayla Cates recently took her first buck this season while hunting near Blythe, Ga. Kayla, 11, bagged a nine-pointer with exceptional brow tines.

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

Outdoors calendar

First of the season

Disappearance is still shrouded in mystery
They found his car, a few duck decoys and even his black Lab, Bishop.

Holiday tournament features local teams
The fifth annual Holiday Round Ball Classic will be held Monday through Wednesday at Josey High School.

Teams ready for tourney
The fifth annual Holiday Round Ball Classic will be held Monday through Wednesday at Josey High School.

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores

Lady Cavs take control with win
For the first time in decades, an Augusta Prep-Augusta Christian basketball matchup didn't really matter.

NFL power ranking week 15
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

NFL schedule
Steelers going for their 12th consecutive win with Ben Roethlisberger, who has more experience and a better supporting cast than fellow rookie QB Eli Manning.

Big Ben delivers on time
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The main thing separating Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning on Saturday was that the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie quarterback made his biggest plays with the game on the line.

Falcons soar to overtime win
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons responded to the NFL's ultimate comeback team with one of their own.

Falcons can't let up now
ATLANTA - Coach Jim Mora disputes any notion that the Carolina Panthers have more at stake than his Atlanta Falcons.

Panthers hope to upset Falcons
ATLANTA - For a team still below.500 this season and woefully below.500 in its all-time series with division rival Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers bring substantial momentum and confidence to the Georgia Dome for Saturday night's game.

Minister shares homilies in book
In his fourth book, For Unto Us: Lessons from the Life of Jesus, the Rev. Timothy Owings assembles about 25 sermons from his years in the pulpit at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

New Hope expands into North Augusta
There's something new on Atomic Road in North Augusta.

Lambs of the Shepherd
Laura Marshall lighted a candle and opened to the infancy narrative in the Gospel of Luke and began to read softly to the children.

Smith's bicentennial renews debates over American prophet
To loyal Mormons, Joseph Smith Jr. was an American prophet whose creed is preparing for Christ's Second Coming. To skeptics, he was a reprobate impostor - if a remarkably successful one.

Faith digest
Friendship United Methodist Church will play Santa Claus to five families this Christmas with proceeds from a yard sale at 7 a.m. today at The Barnyard Flea Market of Augusta, booths E 37 and 38, 1625 Doug Barnard Parkway.

Study: TV entertainment casts negative image of religion
NEW YORK - Television entertainment programs mention God more often than they did in the mid-1990s but tend to depict organized religion negatively, a study released Thursday said.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Religion News in Brief
ROME - The long-awaited Vatican inspection of U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries, which was planned in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, is expected to begin in the fall of next year, according to Catholic News Service.

Disappearance is still shrouded in mystery

Real title game was something to behold

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Survivor' contestant and show's host now a couple
PORTLAND, Maine -- One of the women who fell just short of winning the $1 million top prize on CBS' "Survivor" reportedly has a new boyfriend - the show's host.

'Survivor' contestant and show's host now a couple

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES - Only a few more viewing days until Christmas - what's a person to do? Keep watching those holiday programs, natch, but make room for some culture with the Kennedy Center Honors.

People in the News

Dogs get offensive stars back
ATHENS, Ga. - By the end of the regular season, Georgia's offense hardly looked bowl-ready.

UGA notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jackson started the first three games this year for No. 8 Georgia, then was relegated to a reserve role for more than two months until the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech.

UGA notebook

Georgia is sued by former cornerback
ATHENS, GA. - Former University of Georgia cornerback Decory Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the university's athletic association for failing to submit insurance forms in time to give him financial protection against a career-ending injury.

Upset passes by Gamecocks

Wommack hired to coach Gamecocks' secondary

Wommack hired to coach Gamecocks' secondary
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's newest assistant once helped devise a defensive package designed to stop his new boss. Now, Dave Wommack hopes the "Gator" package can help that old Gator, Steve Spurrier, succeed at South Carolina.

Upset passes by Gamecocks
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Russell Robinson scored four points in the final 36 seconds Saturday night, allowing No. 2 Kansas to escape with a 64-60 victory over a South Carolina team that led most of the game.

Odds and Ends

Police charge soldier with staging shooting

Religion News in Brief

Minister shares homilies in book

Study: TV entertainment casts negative image of religion

New Hope expands into North Augusta

Smith's bicentennial renews debates over American prophet

Lambs of the Shepherd

Faith calendar

Faith digest