'Guinness World Records 2005' abounds with 'bests'
The book of superlatives, "Guinness World Records," is itself a superlative.

'Guinness World Records 2005' abounds with 'bests'
The book of superlatives, "Guinness World Records," is itself a superlative.

'Lost in Tibet' describes little-known wartime event
"Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will To Survive" is, indeed, about an American transport plane that crashed in Tibet in 1943 and about its five crew members who parachuted to safety.

'Guinness World Records 2005' abounds with 'bests'

Trevor shines, again, in latest short-story collection
A harried wife frets as her husband demands his boots, dons a jacket and trudges pajama-clad out into the cold in the first page of William Trevor's new collection of short stories, "A Bit on the Side."

Readers will say 'I do' to 'Mourning Wedding'

Readers will say 'I do' to 'Mourning Wedding'
Carola Dunn has been prolific during the past decade with her Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. "A Mourning Wedding" is the 13th.

Trevor shines, again, in latest short-story collection

Readers will say 'I do' to 'Mourning Wedding'
Carola Dunn has been prolific during the past decade with her Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. "A Mourning Wedding" is the 13th.

Trevor shines, again, in latest short-story collection
A harried wife frets as her husband demands his boots, dons a jacket and trudges pajama-clad out into the cold in the first page of William Trevor's new collection of short stories, "A Bit on the Side."

Yankees to break $200 million barrier
NEW YORK - There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars.

Yankees to break $200 million barrier
NEW YORK - There appear to be few, if any, limits to what the Yankees can afford, the reason they can add Randy Johnson and perhaps Carlos Beltran to their firmament of stars.

Yankees to break $200 million barrier

'Chronicle' president is on his way to new adventures

Bosses keep a sharp eye on mobile workers
DANBURY, Conn. - Ciro Viento commands a platoon of 110 garbage trucks, so when a caller complained after seeing one of the blue-and-white trash tanks speeding down Route 22, Mr. Viento didn't know which driver to blame. Until he checked his computer.

Experts share tips on how to make 2005 a prosperous year
Quitting smoking, getting in shape and spending more time with family commonly show up on lists of New Year's resolutions.

Weather worries Florida officials
ORLANDO, Fla. - Morgan Lynch and Derval Concannon had never traveled to Florida before, but the Irish couple found the favorable exchange rate and affordable airfare too good to pass up.

Experts share tips on how to make 2005 a prosperous year
Quitting smoking, getting in shape and spending more time with family commonly show up on lists of New Year's resolutions.

Men pawn off left-for-dead subdivisions
ALTURAS, Calif. - In the evergreen-cloaked hills and sagebrush flats near this Northern California outpost, dreams are for sale. Visions of a vacation getaway, a nest for retirement or an investment in rural land have lured thousands of buyers to California Pines.

New owners look to expand gas business

Bosses keep a sharp eye on mobile workers
DANBURY, Conn. - Ciro Viento commands a platoon of 110 garbage trucks, so when a caller complained after seeing one of the blue-and-white trash tanks speeding down Route 22, Mr. Viento didn't know which driver to blame. Until he checked his computer.

New owners look to expand gas business
Liquid propane is growing in popularity, but it isn't much good if you can't move it.

Enron deals with legal closure as 2005 begins
HOUSTON - It was one of the more spectacular corporate bankruptcies ever: Enron Corp., once the seventh-largest company in the country, felled by intricate and illegal accounting tricks.

High-end shopping adds to city's allure
LAS VEGAS - Just before a luxury shopping mall opened at Caesars Palace in 1992, the mall's marketing director, Maureen Crampton, stood behind the closed doors and thought to herself, "I do hope somebody is on the other side."

Rise and fall of Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin Raines
WASHINGTON - If what goes up must come down, then maybe it was inevitable that Franklin D. Raines' rise through the worlds of business and politics would end.

New owners look to expand gas business
Liquid propane is growing in popularity, but it isn't much good if you can't move it.

Weather worries Florida officials
ORLANDO, Fla. - Morgan Lynch and Derval Concannon had never traveled to Florida before, but the Irish couple found the favorable exchange rate and affordable airfare too good to pass up.

Rise and fall of Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin Raines
WASHINGTON - If what goes up must come down, then maybe it was inevitable that Franklin D. Raines' rise through the worlds of business and politics would end.

Enron deals with legal closure as 2005 begins
HOUSTON - It was one of the more spectacular corporate bankruptcies ever: Enron Corp., once the seventh-largest company in the country, felled by intricate and illegal accounting tricks.

Men pawn off left-for-dead subdivisions
ALTURAS, Calif. - In the evergreen-cloaked hills and sagebrush flats near this Northern California outpost, dreams are for sale. Visions of a vacation getaway, a nest for retirement or an investment in rural land have lured thousands of buyers to California Pines.

Holidays don't cheer airlines

Enron deals with legal closure as 2005 begins

Holidays don't cheer airlines
The busy holiday travel period is supposed to put a smile on the face of the airline industry. Instead, it got a black eye as payback for a few severe customer service blunders.

Weather worries Florida officials

Holidays don't cheer airlines
The busy holiday travel period is supposed to put a smile on the face of the airline industry. Instead, it got a black eye as payback for a few severe customer service blunders.

Experts share tips on how to make 2005 a prosperous year

Few had foreseen ouster of star CEO
WASHINGTON - If what goes up must come down, then maybe it was inevitable that Franklin D. Raines' rise through the worlds of business and politics would end.

Rise and fall of Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin Raines

Men pawn off left-for-dead subdivisions

Bosses keep a sharp eye on mobile workers

Shepard finds himself in hot water

Shepard finds himself in hot water
A confidential memo from Augusta Finance Director David Persaud outlining legal fees for the city's $160 million water and sewer bond issue has given some commissioners who are dissatisfied with City Attorney Stephen Shepard more ammunition to use against him.

Shepard finds himself in hot water
A confidential memo from Augusta Finance Director David Persaud outlining legal fees for the city's $160 million water and sewer bond issue has given some commissioners who are dissatisfied with City Attorney Stephen Shepard more ammunition to use against him.

Rix caps career with Gator win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nice recovery, Chris Rix. The Florida State quarterback struggled for most of his career, and nothing had changed in the Gator Bowl, his final game.

Iowa gains victory on final play
ORLANDO, Fla. - Time ran out on the Nick Saban era at Louisiana State University, leaving the Iowa Hawkeyes not a second to spare.

Auburn is out to prove point

Auburn is out to prove point
NEW ORLEANS - Poor Auburn. A 12-0 record and Southeastern Conference title would be enough to make the Tigers a front-runner for the national title most years - or at least cause a spirited debate about who's No. 1.

Louisville squeaks by Boise State

Miami, Florida look ahead
ATLANTA - Florida and Miami have played four times in the past five years, and they're already talking about another matchup - in the 2005 Rose Bowl.

Louisville squeaks by Boise State
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville is entering the Big East Conference in grand style - snapping Boise State's 22-game winning streak in the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl ever.

Auburn is out to prove point
NEW ORLEANS - Poor Auburn. A 12-0 record and Southeastern Conference title would be enough to make the Tigers a front-runner for the national title most years - or at least cause a spirited debate about who's No. 1.

Teams see the need for speed
TAMPA, Fla. - It's a subject that Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has been asked about every day since arriving in town last Sunday, and one he's frankly getting tired of talking about: Big Ten size vs. Southeastern Conference speed, particularly as it pertains to his Badgers and the Georgia Bulldogs in today's Outback Bowl.

Iowa gains victory on final play

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Miami, Florida look ahead

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Miami, Florida look ahead
ATLANTA - Florida and Miami have played four times in the past five years, and they're already talking about another matchup - in the 2005 Rose Bowl.

Louisville squeaks by Boise State
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Louisville is entering the Big East Conference in grand style - snapping Boise State's 22-game winning streak in the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl ever.

Iowa gains victory on final play
ORLANDO, Fla. - Time ran out on the Nick Saban era at Louisiana State University, leaving the Iowa Hawkeyes not a second to spare.

Bowl capsules for New Year's Day games

Teams see the need for speed

Teams see the need for speed
TAMPA, Fla. - It's a subject that Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has been asked about every day since arriving in town last Sunday, and one he's frankly getting tired of talking about: Big Ten size vs. Southeastern Conference speed, particularly as it pertains to his Badgers and the Georgia Bulldogs in today's Outback Bowl.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's

Irreparable harm
Normally a court issues an order aimed at preventing irreparable harm to some party. In Jacksonville, Fla., the courts are helping create the irreparable harm.

A killer we can eliminate
If there were a mysterious ailment killing off or maiming 10,000 children each year, the world would unite to fight it.

An extreme makeover

A killer we can eliminate

An extreme makeover
Augustans and other Georgians who make it to Atlanta during the upcoming legislative session are going to be impressed - if not with the lawmakers, then with the $70 million renovation of the gold-domed Capitol Building that's scheduled to be completed by Jan. 10.

Wishful thinking?
This is it. Well, after the weekend, anyway. This is the year you get in physical shape, stop smoking or drinking or biting your nails.

Pulling out
"It's a very bad sign. If this is how other private companies are thinking, it's a very bad potential warning."

An extreme makeover
Augustans and other Georgians who make it to Atlanta during the upcoming legislative session are going to be impressed - if not with the lawmakers, then with the $70 million renovation of the gold-domed Capitol Building that's scheduled to be completed by Jan. 10.

A killer we can eliminate
If there were a mysterious ailment killing off or maiming 10,000 children each year, the world would unite to fight it.

Celebrity interviews going back to the future
EDITOR'S NOTE: One in an occasional series on an earlier time in Hollywood. The author has been covering the movie world for the AP for more than 60 years.

Celebrity interviews going back to the future
EDITOR'S NOTE: One in an occasional series on an earlier time in Hollywood. The author has been covering the movie world for the AP for more than 60 years.

For prosperous new year, set up an emergency fund
NEW YORK - One of the best new year's resolutions you can make is to set up a savings account for emergencies.

Paperwork, fees leave parents confused about savings plans
NEW YORK - Christine Lawley knew she needed to start a college savings plan for her son as early as possible, but none of the financial planners she consulted seemed to have mastered the intricacies of the various plans.

Bond market defies expectations in 2004
NEW YORK - The bond market wasn't supposed to finish out the year this way. With the dollar slumping, the U.S. economy improving and the Federal Reserve taking action to keep growth in check, the good times were supposed to fizzle.

For prosperous new year, set up an emergency fund

Tips for air travelers with a baby

Paperwork, fees leave parents confused about savings plans

Paperwork, fees leave parents confused about savings plans
NEW YORK - Christine Lawley knew she needed to start a college savings plan for her son as early as possible, but none of the financial planners she consulted seemed to have mastered the intricacies of the various plans.

Bond market defies expectations in 2004

Tips for air travelers with a baby
Q. We'll soon be traveling by air for the first time with our baby. What costs and other factors should we be considering?

Tips for air travelers with a baby
Q. We'll soon be traveling by air for the first time with our baby. What costs and other factors should we be considering?

For prosperous new year, set up an emergency fund
NEW YORK - One of the best new year's resolutions you can make is to set up a savings account for emergencies.

Bond market defies expectations in 2004
NEW YORK - The bond market wasn't supposed to finish out the year this way. With the dollar slumping, the U.S. economy improving and the Federal Reserve taking action to keep growth in check, the good times were supposed to fizzle.

Jayhawks pull out win in OT
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Now Keith Langford knows. So does Georgia Tech. So does all of college basketball.

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again
LAWRENCE, Kan. - For a long time, Kansas coach Bill Self showed no interest in the film from the Jayhawks' final basketball game last season.

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again
LAWRENCE, Kan. - For a long time, Kansas coach Bill Self showed no interest in the film from the Jayhawks' final basketball game last season.

Kansas, Georgia Tech meet again

Wilson will play around the globe
Anxiety gripped Oliver Wilson as he sat and waited. The Englishman, now an Augusta resident, traveled the world in 2004.

Wilson will play around the globe

New world will welcome Taylor

New world will welcome Taylor
Sometimes it seems like the Vaughn Taylor story is a little too good to be true. No professional athlete can be so humble, so wholesome, so perfectly apple-pie all-American.

New world will welcome Taylor
Sometimes it seems like the Vaughn Taylor story is a little too good to be true. No professional athlete can be so humble, so wholesome, so perfectly apple-pie all-American.

Wilson will play around the globe
Anxiety gripped Oliver Wilson as he sat and waited. The Englishman, now an Augusta resident, traveled the world in 2004.

Detroit in funk without game
DETROIT - There's a hole in the heart of Hockeytown. Joe Louis Arena was dark and empty New Year's Eve.

Detroit in funk without game

Detroit in funk without game
DETROIT - There's a hole in the heart of Hockeytown. Joe Louis Arena was dark and empty New Year's Eve.

'Chronicle' president is on his way to new adventures
Julian Miller once told me this story about covering a trial decades ago in a south Georgia county.

'Chronicle' president is on his way to new adventures
Julian Miller once told me this story about covering a trial decades ago in a south Georgia county.

Ammonia leak prompts warning
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets, early New Years Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriffs deputies to block-off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

ACLU is constricting our country's freedom, not expanding it
The so-called separation of church and state is one of the most confusing issues in the Bill of Rights. Some perceive it to be only a limited one, while others see it as an absolute separation. But no rights in the Bill of Rights are absolute. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, "You can't yell fire in a crowded theater." There is no complete or absolute separation.... Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

ACLU is constricting our country's freedom, not expanding it

Illegals overrunning South Carolina
In reference to "Family is central to Hispanic traditions" (Dec. 25): Many of the Hispanics in South Carolina are here illegally. Shawn Sparling, Aiken, S.C.

Whip failed commissioners
So it seems Augusta commissioners all need a good old-fashioned whipping behind the barn. This also includes our lovely mayor and other people in Augusta leadership roles.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Regarding Santa: He's about giving!
Regarding the Dec. 20 article about Jim and Lynda Williamson ("Couple have spirit of Santa"), I would like to make a few comments. George T. Brown, Grovetown

County animal facility is great
In mid-December my wife and I visited the new Augusta-Richmond County Animal Services facility at 4164 Mack Lane. The visit was a pleasant surprise as we found what I would describe as a state-of-the-art facility being run in a highly proficient manner.William R. Morgan Jr., Hephzibah

Dems deserve full prosecution
Democrats' political campaign tactics for 2004 sank to an all-time low; their comments and conduct deserve criminal prosecution. John C. Mullen, Evans

Yes, an army must make do
One of the great stories of GI ingenuity in World War II was just after the Normandy invasion. The U.S. Army was not equipped to break through the French hedgerows that surrounded the small farm plots which were being used by the Germans as defensive positions.Tom Sutherland, Augusta

Dems deserve full prosecution

County animal facility is great
In mid-December my wife and I visited the new Augusta-Richmond County Animal Services facility at 4164 Mack Lane. The visit was a pleasant surprise as we found what I would describe as a state-of-the-art facility being run in a highly proficient manner.William R. Morgan Jr., Hephzibah

ACLU is constricting our country's freedom, not expanding it
The so-called separation of church and state is one of the most confusing issues in the Bill of Rights. Some perceive it to be only a limited one, while others see it as an absolute separation. But no rights in the Bill of Rights are absolute. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, "You can't yell fire in a crowded theater." There is no complete or absolute separation.... Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Whip failed commissioners

Whip failed commissioners
So it seems Augusta commissioners all need a good old-fashioned whipping behind the barn. This also includes our lovely mayor and other people in Augusta leadership roles.Tina Cloer, Augusta

Dems deserve full prosecution
Democrats' political campaign tactics for 2004 sank to an all-time low; their comments and conduct deserve criminal prosecution. John C. Mullen, Evans

Yes, an army must make do
One of the great stories of GI ingenuity in World War II was just after the Normandy invasion. The U.S. Army was not equipped to break through the French hedgerows that surrounded the small farm plots which were being used by the Germans as defensive positions.Tom Sutherland, Augusta

Yes, an army must make do

County animal facility is great

We can do better by our troops
I am one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, better known as the U.S. Marine Corps. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Style Briefs

New Year's babies share the distinction of being No. 1

Don't preserve wet wood

Cincinnati center dedicated to fugitive slave network

Web site delivers the trendiest totes

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag

Families are utilizing subterranean space

Now's the time for homeowners to plan remodeling

Laos is full of temples, colonial architecture and surprises

Host should be present at each dining table

Who needs kids to feel the magic at Disney World?

Disney offers new luggage delivery service

Laos is full of temples, colonial architecture and surprises
VIENTIANE, Laos - A slow, thumping drum beat summoned about 15 Buddhist monks wrapped in orange robes as the sun began to rise, and they gathered at a massive gold stupa called Pha That Luang - the most important national symbol in Laos.

Disney offers new luggage delivery service
ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World is eliminating waits at the airport luggage carousel for its theme park visitors arriving in Orlando.

Now's the time for homeowners to plan remodeling
The holidays are slowly but surely lagging farther and farther behind us. All the stores are having their best sales of the year and nature is making sure that wind, rain and snow make it impossible to maintain anything at the exterior of our home.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - It's the season of fashion doldrums. Fall clothes are looking a little "last season" and it's too cold to wear the spring styles stores are tempting shoppers with.

Who needs kids to feel the magic at Disney World?
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Adults I know who go to Disney World have this annoying tendency to describe how the theme park has helped them bond with their children, or how important it is to have the little ones teach them how to feel young again.

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag
NEW YORK - Designer jeans costing $150 can hardly be called expensive now that Calvin Stewart has entered the fray.

Families are utilizing subterranean space
Basements are hot. And a lot of homeowners are cool with that.

Web site delivers the trendiest totes
NEW YORK - Handbag enthusiasts disappointed that Santa didn't drop off the latest Fendi baguette or Prada backpack this holiday season have another option: Bag, Borrow or Steal.

Cincinnati center dedicated to fugitive slave network
The phone rang one drizzly morning in Carl Westmoreland's office overlooking the gray ribbon of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. It was February 1998.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - It's the season of fashion doldrums. Fall clothes are looking a little "last season" and it's too cold to wear the spring styles stores are tempting shoppers with.

Host should be present at each dining table
Dear Stepchild: When hosts have two tables, one host should sit at each table. When there are multiple tables, there should be place cards or an understanding with family that responsibilities of hosts should be shared. This way no one feels as though they've been sent into exile and that they are warmly included. This is a definite and longstanding rule of etiquette.

High-end jeans carry $1,000 price tag
NEW YORK - Designer jeans costing $150 can hardly be called expensive now that Calvin Stewart has entered the fray.

Disney offers new luggage delivery service
ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World is eliminating waits at the airport luggage carousel for its theme park visitors arriving in Orlando.

Host should be present at each dining table
Dear Stepchild: When hosts have two tables, one host should sit at each table. When there are multiple tables, there should be place cards or an understanding with family that responsibilities of hosts should be shared. This way no one feels as though they've been sent into exile and that they are warmly included. This is a definite and longstanding rule of etiquette.

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes
Because Samm and Ed Fusselle couldn't live at the beach, they brought the beach home, at least elements of it.

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes
Because Samm and Ed Fusselle couldn't live at the beach, they brought the beach home, at least elements of it.

New Year's babies share the distinction of being No. 1
Everyone wants to be first in line, and birthdays are no exception.

Families are utilizing subterranean space
Basements are hot. And a lot of homeowners are cool with that.

Don't preserve wet wood
Q: I am building a fence, and I want to put preservative on the posts. The man at the hardware store said that I can't use the preservative on green wood, and that's what I have. -- Bob

New Year's babies share the distinction of being No. 1
Everyone wants to be first in line, and birthdays are no exception.

Who needs kids to feel the magic at Disney World?
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Adults I know who go to Disney World have this annoying tendency to describe how the theme park has helped them bond with their children, or how important it is to have the little ones teach them how to feel young again.

Now's the time for homeowners to plan remodeling
The holidays are slowly but surely lagging farther and farther behind us. All the stores are having their best sales of the year and nature is making sure that wind, rain and snow make it impossible to maintain anything at the exterior of our home.

Laos is full of temples, colonial architecture and surprises
VIENTIANE, Laos - A slow, thumping drum beat summoned about 15 Buddhist monks wrapped in orange robes as the sun began to rise, and they gathered at a massive gold stupa called Pha That Luang - the most important national symbol in Laos.

Don't preserve wet wood
Q: I am building a fence, and I want to put preservative on the posts. The man at the hardware store said that I can't use the preservative on green wood, and that's what I have. -- Bob

Cincinnati center dedicated to fugitive slave network
The phone rang one drizzly morning in Carl Westmoreland's office overlooking the gray ribbon of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. It was February 1998.

Web site delivers the trendiest totes
NEW YORK - Handbag enthusiasts disappointed that Santa didn't drop off the latest Fendi baguette or Prada backpack this holiday season have another option: Bag, Borrow or Steal.

Post-break Lynx keep rolling
Not too long ago, the Augusta Lynx sat in last place in the ECHL in scoring average.

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta
Hurricanes and tropical weather helped make Augusta's weather cooler and wetter throughout much of 2004, and experts predict more of the same in 2005.

New House speaker is ready to say 'no'
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue will have allies in top positions when the new Republican-led House is sworn in this year, none more powerful than House Speaker-to-be Glenn Richardson.

Across Georgia
NEW ORLEANS - A Georgia college student in town for a flag football tournament was killed early Friday in a scuffle with security workers at a Bourbon Street nightclub, police said.

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping
On a foggy New Year's Eve, Richmond County sheriff's investigators continued to search for a woman they said was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

Weighing the impact of BRAC

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation
An investigation into a burglary at Veracruz Mexican restaurant has spun off into another investigation, but officials kept tight-lipped Friday about what they're investigating.

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation

Across Georgia
NEW ORLEANS - A Georgia college student in town for a flag football tournament was killed early Friday in a scuffle with security workers at a Bourbon Street nightclub, police said.

What's ahead for BRAC
By March 15, President Bush and leadies of both parties in both houses of Congress will select nine members to be appointed to a BRAC Commission.

Experience level drops at Capitol
ATLANTA - The guard will change in more ways than one this year when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Sanford is confident of change

Across Georgia

Emancipation event draws its inspiration from history

Across Georgia

Ammonia leak prompts warning

News you can use

Campaign targets unsafe driving

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping
On a foggy New Year's Eve, Richmond County sheriff's investigators continued to search for a woman they said was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta

Perdue looks forward to '05
ATLANTA - To some listeners, it may have been a little odd to hear Gov. Sonny Perdue on an Atlanta radio station last summer singing for an audience of mainly teenagers and young adults.

Forecast favors travelers

Across Georgia
COVINGTON -- Newton County authorities have recovered a second body from Jackson Lake, one day after the first victim was found, as dive teams continued to drag the lake for other possible victims.

Experience level drops at Capitol

Ammonia leaks from warehouse

Across South Carolina

Young to address late payments

Delays frustrate business owners

Perdue looks forward to '05

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

What's ahead for BRAC

Parking tickets often go unpaid
Augusta is on the honor system when it comes to parking tickets, and past collection efforts have been less than crowning successes.

Renovations slowly near finish
Tennent Houston knows the hard work being done to restore one of Augusta's oldest Baptist churches to its original splendor can't be rushed.

Sanford is confident of change
AIKEN - When Gov. Mark Sanford was sworn into office in 2002, he spoke of sweeping changes for South Carolina.

Kicking habit requires plan

Young to address late payments
Some Augusta officials say the glass is half empty while others say it's half full when it comes to money people owe the city.

Campaign targets unsafe driving
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety wants to send a message to partygoers who drive under the influence of alcohol over the holiday weekend.

Across the area
The body of a 4-month-old girl found dead by her parents Saturday morning in Gilbert Manor has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta for an autopsy, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Experience level drops at Capitol
ATLANTA - The guard will change in more ways than one this year when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Across Georgia
COVINGTON -- Newton County authorities have recovered a second body from Jackson Lake, one day after the first victim was found, as dive teams continued to drag the lake for other possible victims.

Changes are set for 2005
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County office will be turning a couple of new leaves starting New Year's Day.

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - State troopers are still investigating the death of a man struck by a car while lying in the road.

Delays frustrate business owners
Vickie Clifton can quantify precisely how much the roadwork delays at Mike Padgett Highway and Bobby Jones Expressway have cost her liquor store: $10,000 a month for the past six months.

Ammonia leaks from warehouse
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets early New Year's Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriff's deputies to block off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

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

Homeless to move to another church
ATHENS, Ga. - When an arsonist set fire to St. James Methodist Church this week, not only did hundreds of congregants lose a place of worship, but the city also lost its only cold weather homeless shelter.

Governors see rough periods
ATLANTA - They swept into office two years ago, knocking off three sitting governors in a band of neighboring states that had once been strongholds of the Democratic Party.

Emancipation event draws its inspiration from history
The 142nd annual Emancipation Day celebration at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday morning included spiritual uplifting provided through words and song.

Across the area
The body of a 4-month-old girl found dead by her parents Saturday morning in Gilbert Manor has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta for an autopsy, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Boy is the first baby born in Augusta in '05
Thanks to her second early delivery, Vilma Medina's newborn, Joshua Medina, became Augusta's first baby of 2005.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ebony Charmaine Turner of Aiken.

Weighing the impact of BRAC
For more than 20 months, residents of the Augusta area have been told from many quarters that a threat to their economic livelihood has been coming.

New House speaker is ready to say 'no'

Officials prepare to fight for post
What happens if Fort Gordon makes it to the first closure list this May? Officials say they're ready.

Governors see rough periods

What's ahead for BRAC
By March 15, President Bush and leadies of both parties in both houses of Congress will select nine members to be appointed to a BRAC Commission.

News you can use

Plan your year with our help
Get a sneak peek at some of the events planned for 2005.

Homeless to move to another church

Kicking habit requires plan
An estimated 20 million smokers want to lose their butts this year, some of them for the second, third or even fifth time, according to a national survey.

Across South Carolina

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

Boy is the first baby born in Augusta in '05

Ammonia leak prompts warning
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets, early New Year’s Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriff’s deputies to block-off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Kid of the Day

Kicking habit requires plan
An estimated 20 million smokers want to lose their butts this year, some of them for the second, third or even fifth time, according to a national survey.

Officials prepare to fight for post

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

Delays frustrate business owners
Vickie Clifton can quantify precisely how much the roadwork delays at Mike Padgett Highway and Bobby Jones Expressway have cost her liquor store: $10,000 a month for the past six months.

Across the area
A Thomson Police officer died Friday afternoon after an accident in North Carolina.

Police step up search efforts in kidnapping

Forecast favors travelers
Travelers in the Southeast should encounter no problems from Mother Nature this weekend.

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Parking tickets often go unpaid

Young to address late payments
Some Augusta officials say the glass is half empty while others say it's half full when it comes to money people owe the city.

Changes are set for 2005

Across South Carolina
SUMTER - State troopers are still investigating the death of a man struck by a car while lying in the road.

Across the area
A Thomson Police officer died Friday afternoon after an accident in North Carolina.

Ammonia leaks from warehouse
An ammonia leak at a warehouse near Fourth and Hale streets early New Year's Day prompted Richmond County emergency management officials to warn residents in more than 1,700 homes to stay indoors and sheriff's deputies to block off streets within a half-mile radius of the facility.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - State health officials plan to begin posting any disciplinary actions they take against hospitals and doctors' offices on their Web site.

Homeless to move to another church
ATHENS, Ga. - When an arsonist set fire to St. James Methodist Church this week, not only did hundreds of congregants lose a place of worship, but the city also lost its only cold weather homeless shelter.

Restaurant theft leads to new investigation
An investigation into a burglary at Veracruz Mexican restaurant has spun off into another investigation, but officials kept tight-lipped Friday about what they're investigating.

Emancipation event draws its inspiration from history
The 142nd annual Emancipation Day celebration at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday morning included spiritual uplifting provided through words and song.

Campaign targets unsafe driving
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety wants to send a message to partygoers who drive under the influence of alcohol over the holiday weekend.

Kid of the Day
Savannah "Abbey" Godwin is today's Kid of the Day.

Forecast favors travelers
Travelers in the Southeast should encounter no problems from Mother Nature this weekend.

Weighing the impact of BRAC
For more than 20 months, residents of the Augusta area have been told from many quarters that a threat to their economic livelihood has been coming.

Across the area

Officials prepare to fight for post
What happens if Fort Gordon makes it to the first closure list this May? Officials say they're ready.

2004 was wetter, cooler in Augusta
Hurricanes and tropical weather helped make Augusta's weather cooler and wetter throughout much of 2004, and experts predict more of the same in 2005.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ebony Charmaine Turner of Aiken.

Kid of the Day
Savannah "Abbey" Godwin is today's Kid of the Day.

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

Changes are set for 2005
The Georgia Forestry Commission's Columbia County office will be turning a couple of new leaves starting New Year's Day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man overcame obstacles, family says
On Dec. 24, longtime Aiken resident Joel Bruce Burris died after a brief illness.

Parking tickets often go unpaid
Augusta is on the honor system when it comes to parking tickets, and past collection efforts have been less than crowning successes.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - State health officials plan to begin posting any disciplinary actions they take against hospitals and doctors' offices on their Web site.

Sanford is confident of change
AIKEN - When Gov. Mark Sanford was sworn into office in 2002, he spoke of sweeping changes for South Carolina.

Boy is the first baby born in Augusta in '05
Thanks to her second early delivery, Vilma Medina's newborn, Joshua Medina, became Augusta's first baby of 2005.

Identity leaves with the Davids
TAMPA, Fla. - On the first play of the last game David Greene ever wore a Georgia uniform, the winningest quarterback in collegiate history became the most prolific passer in Southeastern Conference history.

Identity leaves with the Davids
TAMPA, Fla. - On the first play of the last game David Greene ever wore a Georgia uniform, the winningest quarterback in collegiate history became the most prolific passer in Southeastern Conference history.

To critical acclaim, TV actor plays one in 'Sideways'
NEW YORK - In "Sideways," Jack, an out-of-work actor, explains to his friend: "There are things I have to do that you don't understand. You understand wine and literature and movies... but you don't understand my plight."

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage
BARCELONA, Spain - NASCAR driver Robby Gordon won the opening leg of the Dakar Rally on Friday, the first American to capture a stage in the car division of the world's most grueling road race.

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage
BARCELONA, Spain - NASCAR driver Robby Gordon won the opening leg of the Dakar Rally on Friday, the first American to capture a stage in the car division of the world's most grueling road race.

Gordon wins Dakar Rally first stage

Wade, Heat burn Bobcats
MIAMI - Eddie Jones called it "Jordanique," some sort of morphing of Michael Jordan and Dominque Wilkins highlights. Shaquille O'Neal said it was one of the best 15 plays in NBA history.

Celtics top Wizards, snap losing streak
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics finally found a way back into the win column.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Matt Sylvester scored seven Ohio State points in a row - his only points of the game - to lead the Buckeyes to a 72-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

UCLA falls to Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Chris Stephens hit five of six free throws in the final 18 seconds as Oregon State held on to beat UCLA 85-80 on Friday.

Ohio State beats Saint Joseph's
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Matt Sylvester scored seven Ohio State points in a row - his only points of the game - to lead the Buckeyes to a 72-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.

NFL power rankings for week 17

Dunn nears 1,000 mark

Mrs. Edna Hendon    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. John W. Fielding    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Smiley    (Augusta, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Edwin Bentley    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Smiley    (Augusta, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lesa Dick Boulware    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. J. B. Heard    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. John W. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Hunt Whitton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Ed Bagwell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Addison M. Burt    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Mouchette Wolfe    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
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Mr. James Joseph Hamilton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Apostle Forrest Thompson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Kate Thomas    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Mouchette Wolfe    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Bates Sapp    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Hendon    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Owens, Sr.    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ernestine Young Pruiet    (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)
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Mr. Claude Ray Brown    (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. David Newton Barnes, Sr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ret. Maj. Rosa Belle Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Hunt Whitton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kay Tapley    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Bell Dozier    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mary Margaret Thomas Barnes    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eiko Ziemer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Apostle Forrest Thompson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna B. Polk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. E.D. Thompson, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loney Williams    (NEPTUNE TWP, N.J.)
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Mr. Brian Johnson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Bishop Kinlaw Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Isaiah W. Gleaton    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Coates    (AIKEN, S.C.)

SFC Ronald "Bud" Yeater, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary A. Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Bryan    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eiko Ziemer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Miss Tammy R. Bryant    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. E. D. Thompson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Addison M. Burt    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown    (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy Murphy Newton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice M. Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John W. Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rosa Belle Harris Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lesa Dick Boulware    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen Herbert Watts, Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Edwin Bentley    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Johnson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. J. B. Heard    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Joseph Hamilton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ed Bagwell    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Tammy R. Bryant    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Hendon    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie Kate Thomas    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ivora A. Allen    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Young Pruiet    (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Bates Sapp    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. E. D. Thompson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Torey Lamont Smith, Jr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown    (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Owens, Sr.    (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown    (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ret. Maj. Rosa Belle Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jabie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Margaret Thomas Barnes    (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Allen Herbert Watts, Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. E.D. Thompson, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James J. Hamilton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Apostle Forrest Thompson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris E. Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bishop Kinlaw Turner    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Merigene Echols Gaskin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Loney Williams    (NEPTUNE TWP, N.J.)

Mr. Arthur Cheatham    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Ms. Mary A. Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernadine Cantrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary A. Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bernadine Cantrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ivora A. Allen    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James R. Chapman    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Apostle Forrest Thompson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Cheatham    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Coates    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Torey Lamont Smith, Jr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. David Newton Barnes, Sr.    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Redd    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. John Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anna B. Polk    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mittie Dale Spears Jones    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Neal Dye    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Merigene Echols Gaskin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Mouchette Wolfe    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
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Mr. John W. Fielding    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris E. Frazier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herman Lee Jones    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Isaiah W. Gleaton    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Jabie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James J. Hamilton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Joseph Hamilton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Apostle Forrest Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary A. Brown (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Bell Dozier (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. John W. Fielding (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eiko Ziemer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Tammy R. Bryant (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Smiley (Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Bates Sapp (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Ed Bagwell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris E. Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Torey Lamont Smith, Jr. (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Kate Thomas (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bishop Kinlaw Turner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Cheatham (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Lesa Dick Boulware (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Addison M. Burt (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. James J. Hamilton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John W. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Hendon (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Jan C. McCarty (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Herbert Watts, Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernadine Cantrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James R. Chapman (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Viola Mouchette Wolfe (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Owens, Sr. (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. Brian Johnson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. J. B. Heard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Apostle Forrest Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Loney Williams (NEPTUNE TWP, N.J.)

Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James R. Chapman (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ernestine Young Pruiet (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)

Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Coates (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. E.D. Thompson, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Merigene Echols Gaskin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ray Brown (TRW MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Isaiah W. Gleaton (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna B. Polk (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ret. Maj. Rosa Belle Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jabie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Margaret Thomas Barnes (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Ms. Mary A. Brown (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. E. D. Thompson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Edwin Bentley (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ivora A. Allen (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

What I leave behind; what's ahead for Augusta
I liked to think of this as my town. Not just the city, but the entire Augusta area.

What I leave behind; what's ahead for Augusta
I liked to think of this as my town. Not just the city, but the entire Augusta area.

Media have a civic duty to be fair, balanced
It was most interesting to read the Dec. 26 Augusta Chronicle editorial "Killing the messenger" whining about the criticism it received recently from the citizenry about its role in instigating and perpetuating the racial divide in the community. Most hilarious is the assertion that the media has no responsibility for this state of affairs. To buttress that assertion, the editorial, among other things, states that the media have no authority to make public policy; they merely report on it.

Media have a civic duty to be fair, balanced
It was most interesting to read the Dec. 26 Augusta Chronicle editorial "Killing the messenger" whining about the criticism it received recently from the citizenry about its role in instigating and perpetuating the racial divide in the community. Most hilarious is the assertion that the media has no responsibility for this state of affairs. To buttress that assertion, the editorial, among other things, states that the media have no authority to make public policy; they merely report on it.

What I leave behind; what's ahead for Augusta
I liked to think of this as my town. Not just the city, but the entire Augusta area.

Media have a civic duty to be fair, balanced
It was most interesting to read the Dec. 26 Augusta Chronicle editorial "Killing the messenger" whining about the criticism it received recently from the citizenry about its role in instigating and perpetuating the racial divide in the community. Most hilarious is the assertion that the media has no responsibility for this state of affairs. To buttress that assertion, the editorial, among other things, states that the media have no authority to make public policy; they merely report on it.

Overtime

Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime
A man charged with killing a Vanderbilt football player turned himself in Friday, police in Tampa, Fla., said.

Overtime
Two-time Olympic boxing champion Mario Kindelan plans to return to the ring in 2005, saying he changed his mind about retirement, Cuban media reported Saturday.

Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims
Several sports teams, athletes and even bowl games are organizing relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia that killed more than 121,000 people and left millions more homeless.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Two-time Olympic boxing champion Mario Kindelan plans to return to the ring in 2005, saying he changed his mind about retirement, Cuban media reported Saturday.

Overtime
A man charged with killing a Vanderbilt football player turned himself in Friday, police in Tampa, Fla., said.

Athletes organize aid for tsunami victims
Several sports teams, athletes and even bowl games are organizing relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia that killed more than 121,000 people and left millions more homeless.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Holiday catch
Dennis Rountree of Martinez took advantage of a warm afternoon during the holidays to accompany his friend Emory Jones to one of their favorite ponds. Dennis landed this 9.3-pound largemouth while casting a jig-n-pig near brush. To see more fishing and hunting photos, visit our online scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors. If you'd like to share a photo, email the image to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com or mail to Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, Ga., 30809.

Holiday catch
Dennis Rountree of Martinez took advantage of a warm afternoon during the holidays to accompany his friend Emory Jones to one of their favorite ponds. Dennis landed this 9.3-pound largemouth while casting a jig-n-pig near brush. To see more fishing and hunting photos, visit our online scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors. If you'd like to share a photo, email the image to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com or mail to Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, Ga., 30809.

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

Holiday catch

Public to get chance to discuss deer plan
Opening state parks to hunters, extending deer season to Jan. 15 and charging nonresidents higher license fees are among a host of recommendations devised by a steering committee that will help determine Georgia's long-range strategies for managing its deer herd.

Public to get chance to discuss deer plan
Opening state parks to hunters, extending deer season to Jan. 15 and charging nonresidents higher license fees are among a host of recommendations devised by a steering committee that will help determine Georgia's long-range strategies for managing its deer herd.

Governors see rough periods
ATLANTA - They swept into office two years ago, knocking off three sitting governors in a band of neighboring states that had once been strongholds of the Democratic Party.

New House speaker is ready to say 'no'
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue will have allies in top positions when the new Republican-led House is sworn in this year, none more powerful than House Speaker-to-be Glenn Richardson.

Perdue looks forward to '05
ATLANTA - To some listeners, it may have been a little odd to hear Gov. Sonny Perdue on an Atlanta radio station last summer singing for an audience of mainly teenagers and young adults.

NFL power rankings for week 17
The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa ranks the pro teams.

NFL power rankings for week 17
The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa ranks the pro teams.

Dunn nears 1,000 mark
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn is just 26 rushing yards from reaching 1,000 for the third time in his career and the first in his three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Dunn nears 1,000 mark
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn is just 26 rushing yards from reaching 1,000 for the third time in his career and the first in his three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Delhomme has been here before
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's not exactly a repeat performance for Jake Delhomme, but it's about as close as he can get.

From now to eternity
Time, that stuff of life, can be counted by the year, by the hour and as we now know, by the nanosecond. We count as though one second were like the last or the next. And there's the rub.

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith
DALLAS - For a long time, the Dallas Cowboys cost the Unity Church of Dallas people and money.

Religion News in Brief
MINNEAPOLIS - Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis has barred the Legionaries of Christ religious order from working in the archdiocese and prohibited its associated lay movement Regnum Christi from using archdiocesan property or parishes for its activities.

From now to eternity
Time, that stuff of life, can be counted by the year, by the hour and as we now know, by the nanosecond. We count as though one second were like the last or the next. And there's the rub.

2004's best and worst religion books
The year past was an unusual one in religious publishing because some fine books stemmed from Islam and Judaism while Christians bore the blame for the very worst ones.

'Holy Huddle' helps football fans keep the faith
DALLAS - For a long time, the Dallas Cowboys cost the Unity Church of Dallas people and money.

Judge describes his commandments fight in book
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore acknowledges having feelings of "doubt and fear" on the night of July 31, 2001, as he sat alone in his state courthouse office awaiting delivery of a Ten Commandments monument he wanted to install in the rotunda.

Religion News in Brief
MINNEAPOLIS - Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis has barred the Legionaries of Christ religious order from working in the archdiocese and prohibited its associated lay movement Regnum Christi from using archdiocesan property or parishes for its activities.

2004's best and worst religion books
The year past was an unusual one in religious publishing because some fine books stemmed from Islam and Judaism while Christians bore the blame for the very worst ones.

Food bank director will take sabbatical
Michael Firmin, the executive director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank, will take a four-month sabbatical starting Monday to write a seminary course and develop a workshop on ministry to the poor.

Judge describes his commandments fight in book
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore acknowledges having feelings of "doubt and fear" on the night of July 31, 2001, as he sat alone in his state courthouse office awaiting delivery of a Ten Commandments monument he wanted to install in the rotunda.

Public to get chance to discuss deer plan

Identity leaves with the Davids

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
As a spy drama, "MI-5" doesn't do much that hasn't already been done on dozens of series going back to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." 40 years ago.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
As a spy drama, "MI-5" doesn't do much that hasn't already been done on dozens of series going back to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." 40 years ago.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Celebrity interviews going back to the future

UGA notebook
TAMPA, Fla. - Wisconsin All-American Erasmus James was virtually a non-factor in Georgia's 24-21 Outback Bowl victory over the Badgers.

UGA notebook

Georgia's Pollack era ends on a fitting note
TAMPA, Fla. - David Pollack went out in style on a New Year's Day that became Redemption Day for Thomas Brown.

Georgia's Pollack era ends on a fitting note
TAMPA, Fla. - David Pollack went out in style on a New Year's Day that became Redemption Day for Thomas Brown.

Stetson tops Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Stetson's zone defense stymied Georgia, but Georgia coach Dennis Felton was more concerned with his team's lack of defense after a 56-52 loss Friday.

Georgia driven by incentives
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles still hopes to be where he and his teammates wanted to end this season - at the Orange Bowl national championship game in Miami.

Thurman, Davis weigh NFL future
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia fans needed all of five minutes to forget about beating Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl before moving on to more pressing, political matters.

Georgia driven by incentives

Thurman, Davis weigh NFL future
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia fans needed all of five minutes to forget about beating Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl before moving on to more pressing, political matters.

Georgia's Pollack era ends on a fitting note

UGA notebook
TAMPA, Fla. - Wisconsin All-American Erasmus James was virtually a non-factor in Georgia's 24-21 Outback Bowl victory over the Badgers.

Thurman, Davis weigh NFL future

Georgia driven by incentives
TAMPA, Fla. - Georgia offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles still hopes to be where he and his teammates wanted to end this season - at the Orange Bowl national championship game in Miami.

South Carolina demolishes Wofford
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Josh Gonner scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Carlos Powell had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 24-point halftime lead en route to a 76-44 victory over Wofford on Friday night.

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