Sixth Potter book to be published this summer

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer
LONDON - The sixth novel in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will go on sale in Britain and the United States on July 16, publishers said Tuesday.

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer
LONDON - The sixth novel in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will go on sale in Britain and the United States on July 16, publishers said Tuesday.

Study: Oprah's picks are good as gold
PROVO, Utah - A new study confirms what many already knew: Oprah Winfrey's book endorsements are good as gold to publishers.

Study: Oprah's picks are good as gold

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer

Dodgers back out of Johnson deal
EW YORK - Confident their deal to acquire Randy Johnson had been finalized, top Yankees' officials headed to Florida on Tuesday to see Carlos Beltran. By the time their meeting with the star outfielder was over, the trade for the Big Unit had fallen through.

Birth Announcements
EDITOR'S NOTE: Birth announcements will be moving to the Sunday Your Life section beginning in January.

Birth Announcements

Odds and Ends
MADRID, Spain - Tickets bought in a town whose name means "Luck" shared the top prize Wednesday in Spain's El Gordo Christmas lottery, the biggest pot in the world.

Wrong John Kerry gets New York's electoral votes
WASHINGTON - Even John Q. Public knows the middle initial of losing presidential candidate John F. Kerry. But New York's 31 electoral college votes are currently on the books for some guy named John L. Kerry.

Man pays town's electricity bills
ANTHON, Iowa - Home and business owners in this northwest Iowa town of 650 people were a little shocked at the Christmas gift they got from retired farmer Richard Hamann and his wife, Donna.

Economy grows faster than expected

Two top executives at Fannie Mae forced out

Businesses feel increase's pinch

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike

Tax overhaul may be more incremental
WASHINGTON - President Bush's campaign to make the tax code simpler, fairer and more pro-growth is likely to involve incremental changes to the current system rather than a sweeping effort to scrap the venerable income tax for a radically new approach, such as a national sales tax.

Division will buy hospital agencies
Though once nearly busted, one local health care company is on track to boom. CareSouth Homecare Professionals, a national home health care provider based in Augusta, announced Monday that it will purchase parts of Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Waldens & Moore offers golf car expertise

Digital craze finally clicks in America

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co. LLCs publishing division announced Tuesday that three of its daily newspapers, the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, the Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald and the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche Journal, have selected CareerBuilder.com to power their new online job search centers.

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Waldens & Moore offers golf car expertise
When L.T. Walden retired in February, he needed something to occupy his time.

Economy grows faster than expected
WASHINGTON - The economy revved up its engine in the third quarter and advanced at an annual rate of 4 percent- even faster than previously thought.

Digital craze finally clicks in America
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A novelty item just four or five years ago, the digital camera is shaping up as the most popular electronics gift in 2004, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Sudafed maker acts to curb 'meth' production
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The maker of Sudafed is offering a new version of the cold and allergy medicine without an ingredient often used to produce the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine in homemade labs.

Diet soda sales could surpass regular
Still think the cola wars are about Coke vs. Pepsi?

Businesses feel increase's pinch
Georgia Power's 4.2 percent rate increase approved Tuesday by state regulators means the average homeowner will pay an extra $3 a month. But for businesses and industry, the tab will be a lot more.

Tax overhaul may be more incremental

Division will buy hospital agencies

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Two top executives at Fannie Mae forced out
WASHINGTON - Fannie Mae, the nation's second largest financial institution, forced out two top executives as it struggles to deal with an accounting scandal which will likely force it to wipe out $9 billion in profits over the past four years.

Tuberville set to reap rewards

Tuberville set to reap rewards
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville soon will be rewarded for leading the Tigers to one of their best seasons.

BCS looks for a new formula

BCS looks for a new formula
NEW YORK - Where the Bowl Championship Series goes from here remains to be seen - but it's definitely not going away.

No. 4 North Carolina tramples Vermont

King reigns supreme at Hephzibah course

Guilt by association
The Associated Press has taken steps to disassociate itself from college football's Bowl Championship Series.

Unwise tax break
Richmond County School Board trustee Helen Minchew got it right when she said that if lawmakers give a tax exemption to any group, they can't take it back.

Don't make hate a crime

Don't make hate a crime
Georgia's newly elected, Republican-controlled General Assembly hopes to enact legislation next year that it had on its agenda in previous years, but couldn't pass because it was in the minority.

Guilt by association

Unwise tax break

A revealing outcome
Delusional. Combative. Divisive. Shortsighted. Hopelessly deadlocked. The Augusta Commission was pretty much itself on Tuesday - just in time for dozens of members of an ad hoc government reform coalition to see it for themselves.

A revealing outcome

Dick Clark to remain hospitalized
BURBANK, Calif. - TV personality-producer Dick Clark will spend Christmas, and perhaps New Year's Eve, in a hospital where he's recovering from a mild stroke, his spokesman said Tuesday.

People in the News
LONDON - Stolen gold and silver discs won by Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath were recovered after thieves dumped them behind trash cans.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

'Magic' puts its players under fun, weird spell
Feel the Magic: XY/XX fills the void of courtship games for the Nintendo DS.

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant
NEW YORK - Action film star Wesley Snipes sued the city Monday, charging that it had no jurisdiction to seek his DNA in a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman he said was crack-addicted and mentally ill.

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant
NEW YORK - Action film star Wesley Snipes sued the city Monday, charging that it had no jurisdiction to seek his DNA in a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman he said was crack-addicted and mentally ill.

New on DVD
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: Jonathan Demme's remake of the Cold War thriller stars Denzel Washington in the role originated by Frank Sinatra.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Cheap games make great gifts
Video games are big business, especially this time of year. After all, what gamer doesn't want to see at least one under the tree?

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Fat Actress" star Kirstie Alley has signed a deal to appear in ads for the Jenny Craig weight-management program.

Critics: Social Security agency is trying to scare people

Critics: Social Security agency is trying to scare people
WASHINGTON - The Social Security Administration's Web site and customer service lines are pushing the need to "modernize and reform" Social Security. They say the future shortfall is "massive and growing," as they promote personal investment accounts as a financial fix.

Mortgage rates are mixed
WASHINGTON - The mortgage rate picture this week was mixed. Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages went up, while rates on one-year adjustable mortgages went down.

Report: Rentals unaffordable to nation's poor

Some wary of Bush's Social Security plans
WASHINGTON - If there will ever be a year when the political stars are aligned for President Bush to revamp Social Security, it may be 2005. But he still must persuade wary Republicans in Congress to follow his lead.

Some wary of Bush's Social Security plans

Report: Rentals unaffordable to nation's poor
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.

Mortgage rates are mixed

Snapper is star of tasty dish
This simple dish is low-fat - but it's also tasty, colorful and nutritious. The seasoned red snapper is combined with spinach and tomatoes, and garnished with lemon wedges. Serve with either rice or dinner rolls, and you've got a meal ready in about 20 minutes.

Caf 209 tickles tasters' soul food-loving taste buds

Roast goose is a Christmas classic
Goose has a long history as traditional Christmas fare, especially in Europe - where, of course, they didn't have turkeys until such New World novelties began to catch on.

Holiday cookie baking secrets
WILTON, Conn. - It's the time of year when even non-bakers push up their sleeves and get out the baking equipment. Making cookies is a family activity that works well because it spans the generations - and, of course, eating cookies seems to know no age boundary either!

Roast goose is a Christmas classic

Caf 209 tickles tasters' soul food-loving taste buds
No food epitomizes the South like soul food, selected for this month's taste-testing tour.

Holiday cookie baking secrets
WILTON, Conn. - It's the time of year when even non-bakers push up their sleeves and get out the baking equipment. Making cookies is a family activity that works well because it spans the generations - and, of course, eating cookies seems to know no age boundary either!

Roast goose is a Christmas classic

At most chains, nutritional details aplenty
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the past year, many of the nation's chain restaurants have trumpeted their efforts to give consumers helpful details about the food they serve - from calories to carbs.

At most chains, nutritional details aplenty

Aiken restaurant returns with new name
After sitting silent for 11 months, No. 10 Downing Street has reopened under new ownership and a new name - 10 Downing Restaurant.

Holiday cookie baking secrets

Roast goose is a Christmas classic
Goose has a long history as traditional Christmas fare, especially in Europe - where, of course, they didn't have turkeys until such New World novelties began to catch on.

Holiday cookie baking secrets

Grubbin': Augustino's
AUGUSTINO'S 2 10th st. SIGNATURE DISH: Citrus-marinated chicken breast salad with pecans, hearts of romaine lettuce, radicchio, tear-drop tomatoes, chunks of pear and citrus juice-marinated grilled chicken breast strips, shook tableside with orange zest, rosemary, parsley, garlic, apple juice, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, $9.95

Muhammad leads Yellow Jackets rout
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad scored 16 points and Luke Schenscher added 14 to power No. 9 Georgia Tech to a 90-48 rout of Charleston Southern on Wednesday night.

Ball leads Tech in victory over Syracuse
ORLANDO, Fla. - Reggie Ball listened to the debate about his future as Georgia Tech's quarterback for nearly a month.

Yellow Jackets finish strong
ORLANDO, Fla. - Potential became more than a promise in Tuesday's Champs Sports Bowl for Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets dominated every phase of a 51-14 victory over co-Big East champion Syracuse.

Muhammad leads Yellow Jackets rout

Ball leads Tech in victory over Syracuse

LPGA pioneer in early stages of Alzheimer's
Patty Berg, who helped start the LPGA Tour and won more major championships than any other woman, disclosed Wednesday that she has Alzheimer's disease.

LPGA pioneer in early stages of Alzheimer's

Tragedy serves as inspiration to running back

Parker rebuilt Edmund Burke into contender

Prep Basketball Scores

Prep Basketball Scores

Josey is making it look easy

Rawls finds focus in semifinals

Parker rebuilt Edmund Burke into contender
Everything that had worked before wasn't going to work for the Edmund Burke football team this season.

Tragedy serves as inspiration to running back
Ty Brett could grow up to be a Super Bowl champion. It would not top what he has already done on a football field.

NHL board of governors to meet Jan. 14

NHL board of governors to meet Jan. 14
NEW YORK - The NHL board of governors will meet next month, when commissioner Gary Bettman could seek permission to call off the 2004-05 season.

Monkey muffins delectable for guests
Cinnamon-scented, sweet and oh so gooey, monkey bread is a popular morning concoction of dough, sugar and butter that is practically irresistible.

Dentist indicted for 1990 death of Augusta dental student
A Richmond County grand jury indicted a Gwinnett County dentist today in the June 6, 1990, death of an Augusta dental student.

ACLU is becoming far too anti-religious

Commissioner's opinion is racist
In the article "Race issue still finds way into commission votes" (Dec. 19), Sylvia Cooper wrote that Augusta Commissioner Betty Beard said that black districts in Augusta "had always been neglected, and black people didn't even get the 40 acres and a mule promised them." Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

President, troops need our support
I cannot believe you published the letter from E. Maner ("Bush's ineptitude shows strongly," Dec. 11). Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

President, troops need our support

ACLU has its roots in communism
The American Civil Liberties Union, organized in 1920, was a communist front from day one. Its founders were Harry Ward, chairman; Roger Baldwin, director; and Louis Budenz, publicity director. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

ACLU has its roots in communism

Give the gift of a job this Christmas
For the thousands your local Goodwill has helped go to work since 1996, thank you for giving. On behalf of the thousands who need our help, I ask for your continued investment. Meredith Vasquez, Augusta

Commissioner's opinion is racist

Government can rise above faith
Our Jewish friends have completed celebrating their holy days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah; Passover is in April. Our Islamic neighbors recently completed Ramadan. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

ACLU is becoming far too anti-religious
The American Civil Liberties Union has brought about many beneficial changes in this country over the past 40 years. I applaud their efforts to ensure everyone has the right to vote, to obtain an education and to earn wages commensurate with workers' skills, regardless of race or gender. Herbert D. Smith, Evans

Life does begin at conception
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Mike Fulford, Evans

Study: no relation between holidays and dying

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on

Answers to 'Life' test

Study: no relation between holidays and dying

Take your 'Life' test

Study: no relation between holidays and dying
CHICAGO - Death takes no holiday, according to a study that challenges the widely held notion that dying people can somehow hold on until after Christmas or other important events in their lives.

Japan reports first case of bird flu in a human
TOKYO - Japan reported its first case of bird flu in a human on Wednesday - a man who got the disease from birds.

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Antarctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas.

Answers to 'Life' test
Here are the answers to the "It's a Wondeful Life" test.

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Antarctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas.

Study: no relation between holidays and dying
CHICAGO - Death takes no holiday, according to a study that challenges the widely held notion that dying people can somehow hold on until after Christmas or other important events in their lives.

Take your 'Life' test
It's a holiday classic, and although it's already aired once this season, you'll get a second chance to see It's a Wonderful Life at 8 p.m. Christmas Day on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

Don't look for return of Lynx captain

Don't look for return of Lynx captain
Judging from the talks he's had with the staff of the AHL's Portland Pirates, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia thinks Chris Hajt's return to Augusta is unlikely.

News you can use

New screening saves kidneys

Sewing group stitches items for local shelter
A group of local sewers has found a way to use its skills to help an Augusta refuge for victims of domestic violence just in time for Christmas.

Felony charges dropped against tainted cake girls
ATLANTA - Felony assault charges have been dropped against two girls who were accused of serving poisoned cake to classmates, a lawyer for one of the girls said Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Mother also cares for sister's children

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Across South Carolina

Brick by brick
Brick layer Stanley Martin, of Augusta Masonry, works on a wall to the parking lot behind the Wachovia Bank building along Reynolds St. Higher temperatures Tuesday made working outside more pleasant than on recent afternoons.

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs

Across the area

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

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that two teenagers robbed him at gunpoint Wednesday at 12th Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Aiken needs help to restrict train speeds
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council was told Tuesday night that it doesn't have the muscle to regulate train speeds through Midland Valley.

Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Percival, of Newberry, S.C., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at the home of John and Shirley Percival. The dinner was given by their sons and their families. They have three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Voting plan causes rift in commission
Augusta commissioners insist they're not racially divided, but on Tuesday they were. Proposals to change city government voting structure caused a split one spectator called "a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon."

Library closings and events
LIBRARY CLOSINGS: All Richmond County libraries will be closed Friday-Monday and Friday-Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2; fines will not be charged for these dates; book-return boxes will be locked to prevent overfilling.

Across the area
Aiken County sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a house in North Augusta early Tuesday.

This Week
Summer madness basketball clinic: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Dec. 30; Garrett Community Center, 1110 Eisenhower Drive; $50 registration fee for first applicants; lunch provided; 786-5549.

Many are delighted with toy handout

Dentist is indicted in 1990 homicide

Christmas bell

Reunions

This Week

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs
ATLANTA - Power to control the state's purse strings passes to Republicans next month after years of carping from the back bench that Democrats were strangling the state budget with pork-barrel spending and new debt.

Kid of the Day

Residents appeal ruling on landfill

Schrenko worker pleads guilty
ATLANTA - The former manager of Linda Schrenko's failed 2002 bid for governor became the second person to plead guilty in connection with a federal indictment against the former state school superintendent.

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

Augusta mourns hero of baseball
Many of Augusta's old-time baseball players were in mourning after learning of the death Tuesday of one of the sport's local heroes, A. Woodrow "Woody" Davis.

Dentist is indicted in 1990 homicide
Some of the mystery around a 14-year-old shooting death ended Wednesday with the issuing of an indictment against the ex-boyfriend of a Medical College of Georgia dental student.

Mother also cares for sister's children
An Augusta woman caring for her children and the children of her dying sister cannot afford gifts for them this year unless she receives assistance.

Anniversary

Kid of the Day
Destiny DAsia Daughtry is today's Kid of the Day.

Pet of the week
Treasure, a 7-year-old female Chihuahua, is available for adoption from Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held every Saturday at PETsMART in Aiken, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information about the cats and dogs for adoption, visit www.mollys militia.org or call 649-1219 or 279-7003.

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs
ATLANTA - Power to control the state's purse strings passes to Republicans next month after years of carping from the back bench that Democrats were strangling the state budget with pork-barrel spending and new debt.

Meetings
DENIZENS OF THE DEEP: 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5877, off Whiskey Road, Aiken; open to any submarine veterans, those who have worked on submarines; 641-1231

Across the area

Towns give to hospital's Christmas motorcade
Mayors and other officials from towns across the state spread Christmas joy at the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors Christmas Motorcade at the East Central Regional Hospital on Dec. 9.

Sick father needs aid for his daughter

Events
December's Concerts With a Cause will be held at 10:30 p.m. Friday at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St. The Christmas Eve concert will feature Lessons and Carols with the St. John's choirs and orchestra. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Heritage Academy. The concert is free, but an offering will be accepted. For more information, call 724-9641.

For the record

Kid of the Day

Publix managers fulfill holiday wishes

Group completes work on Lamar House

Library closings and events

County forms arena board
A board that will look at the feasibility of a sports and entertainment arena in Columbia County officially was formed at Tuesday's Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Aiken EMS will get extra money in '05

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's public health laboratory has confirmed the state's first case of influenza this season.

Across South Carolina

Simulators train for life
The training of U.S. soldiers is now being done on an Xbox. The Army formed a partnership with video game designers and Microsoft Corp. to create Full Spectrum Warrior, a game that contains actual training in urban combat.

Across the Southeast

Bomb squad blows up warhead
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A fisherman's tip led police to a 10-year-old warhead on the west side of the city Monday afternoon.

Events

Many are delighted with toy handout
Less than a week after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, the Godfather of Soul appeared in good spirits Tuesday at Augusta's Imperial Theatre for his annual Christmas toy giveaway.

Officials predict records in travel

Officers save stranded man
A Columbia County man stranded Monday night on an island at Thurmond Lake was recuperating Tuesday after his rescue by Georgia Wildlife Resources Division officers and other emergency personnel.

Sewing group stitches items for local shelter

SUV is pulled out of ravine
Richmond County authorities spent part of Tuesday morning fetching an SUV out of a ravine near the Augusta Canal.

Pet of the week

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Simulators train for life

Salary lags in Aiken County

Historic Augusta will buy Houghton school

Meetings

Salary lags in Aiken County
AIKEN - Doris Gunter knows the challenge of stepping into a classroom of pupils she has never seen before and helping them learn while their teacher is away.

Kid of the Day
Jade Ketch is today's Kid of the Day.

Sick father needs aid for his daughter
An Augusta man with serious health problems is unable to provide for his family this Christmas.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Community helps out family suffering loss
Two months after they lost 17-year-old Janay to a drunken driver, the Harris family felt the love of a community that mourns with them.

New screening saves kidneys
The Rev. Frank Thomas was one of the lucky ones.

Publix managers fulfill holiday wishes
Eleven-year-old Chris Gordon happily played with toy vehicles in his classroom at A. Brian Merry Elementary School, excitedly comparing the car's rims with those on the truck.

Historic Augusta will buy Houghton school
Although once targeted for low-income housing, the historic former John Houghton Elementary School and the nearby Widow's Home on Greene Street could become upscale apartments, offices or the home of a school or nonprofit agency.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - U.S. Rep. Denise Majette has accepted a job as a part-time judge in DeKalb County.

Towns give to hospital's Christmas motorcade

Dog is on track with best in trade
One of Richmond County's four-legged crime fighters has proved she's a top dog in her trade.

Felony charges dropped against tainted cake girls
ATLANTA - Felony assault charges have been dropped against two girls who were accused of serving poisoned cake to classmates, a lawyer for one of the girls said Tuesday.

Officials explore crossing arm idea
AIKEN - Despite statements to the contrary, a state transportation official says there might be room for safety upgrades at the train crossing in Graniteville.

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs

Officials predict records in travel
Some might consider it an early Christmas present: a travel forecast with lower gas prices than a month ago and a now-zero chance of snow or ice on the road in the Augusta area Christmas weekend.

News you can use

Group completes work on Lamar House
Historic Augusta Inc. celebrated the culmination of almost a decade of work by unveiling a historical marker Dec. 15 at the Joseph R. Lamar House on Seventh Street.

Dentist indicted for 1990 death of Augusta dental student

Aiken EMS will get extra money in '05
AIKEN - By beefing up EMS department salaries with midyear raises for paramedics and emergency technicians, the Aiken County Council will have less money to spread around for other county employees.

Voting plan causes rift in commission

Across the Southeast
BARTOW, FLA. - When a church group insisted on putting a nativity scene on Polk County public property, officials warned it might open the door to other religious, and not-so-religious, displays.

Brick by brick

Across South Carolina
A Batesburg-Leesville, S.C., woman has died in an Augusta hospital, more than three months after she was burned in a fire that killed her four children.

County forms arena board

Residents appeal ruling on landfill
ATLANTA - Taliaferro County residents continued their attempts Wednesday to block a proposed landfill in their back yards, asking a Fulton Superior Court judge to reverse an administrative law judge's decision that would allow the project.

For the record
Superior court sentencings, indictments and paroles.

Overhaul starts during holiday
When Evans High School students return to school after the holiday break, many will find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings.

Christmas bell
Reindeer and elves look on as Santa Claus, played by third-grader Tavione Hill, holds up a bell that will be given to Beth, played by fourth-grader Tabatha Bowles.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A federal judge put off ruling whether a man convicted in an Horry County kidnapping should receive a new trial because the jury forewoman contacted news organizations before a death sentence was imposed.

Little angels
Ally Edwards plays Mary and Luke Graham plays Joseph in the Episcopal Day School's production of the Christmas story, performed before family and faculty members Dec. 14 in the new parish hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Walton Way.

Little angels

It's never too late to bring back winners
They are such easy and universal marks because they require such simple and reasonable fixes.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations

'King Arthur' fails to give audiences what they expect

At the Movies: 'The Phantom of the Opera'
You can't exactly go small when you're doing a movie adaptation of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. (Although a cinema verite version of "Cats," shot with hand-held digital video and starring actual felines, could only be an improvement.)

At the Movies: 'The Phantom of the Opera'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Local actor becomes Cosby Kid

Local actor becomes Cosby Kid
A coveted role in a major studio release is a dream come true for any young actor, but Augusta native Keith Robinson said his dreams have been coming true for a while now.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations
LOS ANGELES - You can choose your friends, but not your family. And as Ben Stiller learns again in "Meet the Fockers," you can't choose your in-laws.

Mini reviews

'King Arthur' fails to give audiences what they expect
Yes, there is a round table in King Arthur, but it's barely mentioned. Sure, there is a smidgen of romantic tension between two friends bonded by battle and a beauty that comes between them, but just a smidgen. A sword is pulled from the ground, but it doesn't seem much of a feat, and although there is a character named Merlin, my guess is the only magic he might muster is the occasional card trick. In fact, the titular character of King Arthur isn't actually a king but more of a midlevel military man.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations
LOS ANGELES - You can choose your friends, but not your family. And as Ben Stiller learns again in "Meet the Fockers," you can't choose your in-laws.

Festival looks to Internet to boost attendance
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Faced with declining attendance, one of the state's largest music festivals went to cyberspace for advice.

Festival looks to Internet to boost attendance

Grammy winner Freddie Perren, dies at 61

Rock in the new year
Local music can be a hard nut to crack. Fans are, by their nature, fickle, and for a band to find its own requires talent, constant gigging and no small measure of patience.

Rock in the new year

Grammy winner Freddie Perren, dies at 61
LOS ANGELES - Grammy Award-winner Freddie Perren, who produced records for Gloria Gaynor, the Jackson Five and the "Saturday Night Fever" album, has died. He was 61.

Sonic Spotlight
JOSH MARTIN AGE: 19 OCCUPATION: Musician

Gaughan will wait 11 months for his present
No matter how hard Santa Claus tries, it's difficult to put a bow on satisfaction. That's why Brendan Gaughan won't mind waiting 11 months to get his Christmas present.

Gaughan will wait 11 months for his present

Merger of Sprint, Nextel won't affect series

Merger of Sprint, Nextel won't affect series
ATLANTA - Last week's $35 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel won't immediately change the way the new telecommunications company will do business in stock car racing.

NBA: O'Neal's suspension cut by 10 games
NEW YORK - Jermaine O'Neal won a 10-game reduction Wednesday in his suspension for fighting with fans during the Nov. 19 Pacers-Pistons brawl, but an arbitrator also upheld NBA commissioner David Stern's bans on Ron Artest and two other Indiana players.

Injured O'Neal out of Tuesday's game
MIAMI - Heat center Shaquille O'Neal was held out of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Celtics because of a bruised left calf.

NBA: O'Neal's suspension cut by 10 games

Injured O'Neal out of Tuesday's game

No. 4 North Carolina tramples Vermont
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Stuck in traffic and fuming, Rashad McCants kept control of his emotions. He did the same later when North Carolina coach Roy Williams told him he wouldn't be starting.

Eagles lead Pro Bowl roster with nine

Four Atlanta players on NFC squad

Hall continues to learn at CB

Darius fined for hit on Packers' Ferguson

A Manning gift would come with chalkboard

Mr. A. Woodrow Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis Evan Fent    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Jane Huddleston    (FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Allen Dunbar, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. George Sarandis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine Seigler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Master Basion Watkins    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Leroy Null    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Master Amareeon Watkins    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Lewis    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
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Mr. Julius M. O'Bannon    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Alonzo Nicholson    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
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Reverend James L. Myers    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Yvonne E. Vega Oliver    (BRONX, N.Y.)
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Mr. Judson Sanders, Jr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas L. Hammond    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. Julius M. O'Bannon    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Philemon Lee Griffis    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. A. Woodrow Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Rudolph Reeves    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Belle Gilbert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Valerie Lee-Congdon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alma Raiford Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Broadwater (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Gorman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Seigler (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Master Amareeon Watkins (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Sanders, Jr. (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Rudolph Reeves (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lowery McCoy (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Donald Leroy Null (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Cave Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Bell Lindsey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas L. Hammond (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. William (Bill) Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Reverend James L. Myers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lennie U. Powell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Gandy (HARDEEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Edward Meadows (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Dunbar, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alma Raiford Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elaine Edney Miller (PETERSBURG, Va.)

Mrs. Mary S. Harveston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Woodrow Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lewis (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Charles Hunt (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Master Basion Watkins (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Blackwell Hodge (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary S. Harveston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Edney Miller (PETERSBURG, Va.)

Mrs. Ernest Lester Cozart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Hodge (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lewis Evan Fent (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth A. Little (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Harris (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard J. Key (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Broadwater (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Maggie Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Belle Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Edward Meadows (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Catherine R. Scott (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Arnold Bennett (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Lee Cox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alonzo Nicholson (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. A. Woodrow Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leora Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucille Luba Cordek (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Valerie Lee-Congdon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Gowdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wylie E. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joann Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William (Bill) Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Deacon Walter Williams, Sr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Royce E. Dowdy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Bryan Graham (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Lee Norris, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Philemon Lee Griffis (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Lee Mimbs (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne E. Vega Oliver (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. C.R. "Billy" Strickland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Overtime

Steely sport suits brothers

Overtime

Overtime
Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault Wednesday, more than nine months after slugging Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind during a game.

Steely sport suits brothers
En garde! Are you seeing knights in shining armor? King Arthur? Maybe the Three Musketeers?

Overtime
Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson has decided to skip the winners-only Mercedes Championships at Kapalua to start the new season, instead making his 2005 debut in the Buick Invitational near his hometown of San Diego.

Bennett leads her team to 3 region titles
Sunni Bennett doesn't play basketball, but she stars at point guard for Greenbrier. She plays the volleyball equivalent of point guard for the Wolfpack, leading the team vocally on the court.

Josey is making it look easy
New Josey boys basketball coach Sam Lilly broke out a lavender shirt and polka-dotted tie ensemble for the final game of the 2004 Holiday Round Ball Classic.

Prep Basketball Scores

Rawls finds focus in semifinals
It's a struggle for Cross Creek girls basketball coach Kim Schlein to get her players to stay focused for an entire game.

Prep Basketball Scores
Some prep basketball scores from Wednesday.

Darius fined for hit on Packers' Ferguson
NEW YORK - Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for a hit across the neck of Green Bay's Robert Ferguson that left the wide receiver temporarily paralyzed.

Four Atlanta players on NFC squad
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After playing on a defense that last year set a franchise record for yards allowed, linebacker Keith Brooking believes the Atlanta Falcons have earned some respect.

Hall continues to learn at CB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Ed Donatell thinks DeAngelo Hall has the attitude, intelligence and skills to become a great NFL cornerback.

A Manning gift would come with chalkboard
ESPN likes to bill mid-to-late December as "The most wonderful time of the year." And really, who could blame them?

Eagles lead Pro Bowl roster with nine
NEW YORK - Going 13-1 hasn't just assured the Eagles and Steelers of division titles. It's also made them the leaders in Pro Bowl players.

Jekyll welcomes talented lineup for bluegrass festival

Jekyll welcomes talented lineup for bluegrass festival
One of the biggest bluegrass music festivals in the nation takes place Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Jekyll Island (Ga.) Convention Center.

Heavy promotion helps 12 Bands outsell blues legend

'The Real World' is headed to Texas for 16th season
NEW YORK - Yeehaw! MTV's "The Real World" is headed to Austin, Texas.

'The Apprentice' gives job, loses audience

'The Apprentice' gives job, loses audience
LOS ANGELES - The audience for "The Apprentice 2" finale was down sharply over last season, but NBC isn't ready to fire Donald Trump: He still gave the network its top-rated show for the week.

People in the News

Applause calendar

Dick Clark to remain hospitalized

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant

New on DVD

People in the News

Club calendar

Christmas season has served as backdrop to blockbusters
The Christmas movie, like the Christmas season, is not known for its subtle nature. Just as a thousand-watt house festooned with a gigantic plastic Santa is considered the height of tastefulness during the holidays, so is a film that bludgeons audiences with a goodwill-toward-men message considered the height of cinematic style.

Heavy promotion helps 12 Bands outsell blues legend
This is a tale of two concerts. One, locally organized, was produced on a shoestring budget. The other featured a living legend on a national tour.

Gamecocks avoid upset
COLUMBIA -- Thurman Zimmerman grinned devilishly as he walked up to South Carolina's Carlos Powell.

Gamecocks avoid upset

King reigns supreme at Hephzibah course
Yes, Doug King Jr. broke Rick Hamilton's stranglehold on the men's club championship title at Pointe South Golf Club, but no, King doesn't consider himself the best player at the Hephzibah course.

Man pays town's electricity bills

Odds and Ends