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."

'Guinness World Records 2005' abounds with 'bests'

Disney's movie songs go on the road
NEW YORK - It's quite a collection. More than 70 years of popular song - from a little ditty called "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo," co-authored by the big man himself, Walt Disney, to the works of such present-day maestros as Alan Menken, Elton John, Phil Collins, Randy Newman and more.

'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.

Disney's movie songs go on the road

Disney's movie songs go on the road
NEW YORK - It's quite a collection. More than 70 years of popular song - from a little ditty called "Minnie's Yoo-Hoo," co-authored by the big man himself, Walt Disney, to the works of such present-day maestros as Alan Menken, Elton John, Phil Collins, Randy Newman and more.

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

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.

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

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."

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

'Chronicle' president is on his way to new adventures

Hotel offers hangover expert
NEW ORLEANS - In one of those only-in-New Orleans stories, visitors who put back too many beers and hurricanes in the Big Easy have a remedy to help them shake off that dreaded New Year's hangover: Sara, the Recovery Concierge.

Hotel offers hangover expert
NEW ORLEANS - In one of those only-in-New Orleans stories, visitors who put back too many beers and hurricanes in the Big Easy have a remedy to help them shake off that dreaded New Year's hangover: Sara, the Recovery Concierge.

Long-missing cat reunited with owner
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jamison, a 7-year-old cat with long, gray fur, ventured outside his home one day in June 2003 and didn't come back. His owner gave him up for lost and adopted another cat.

Long-missing cat reunited with owner
SAN JOSE, Calif. Jamison, a 7-year-old cat with long, gray fur, ventured outside his home one day in June 2003 and didn't come back. His owner gave him up for lost and adopted another cat.

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.

Enron deals with legal closure as 2005 begins

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.

Telephone business gears up to deliver TV
NEW YORK - If everything goes as planned, the telephone industry will be all about television in 2005.

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.

Companies try to reduce stock-option costs
NEW YORK - Now that companies will have to deduct the cost of stock options from earnings starting later this year, some are sure to pull out all the stops to make sure those expenses don't wipe out profits.

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.

Outlook appears rocky for drug industry in 2005
NEW YORK - The pharmaceutical industry endured a disastrous 2004, and the aftermath will linger into the new year.

Rise and fall of Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin Raines

Telephone business gears up to deliver TV
NEW YORK - If everything goes as planned, the telephone industry will be all about television in 2005.

Telephone business gears up to deliver TV

Companies try to reduce stock-option costs

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.

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.

Companies try to reduce stock-option costs
NEW YORK - Now that companies will have to deduct the cost of stock options from earnings starting later this year, some are sure to pull out all the stops to make sure those expenses don't wipe out profits.

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

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.

Men pawn off left-for-dead subdivisions

Weather worries Florida officials

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.

Outlook appears rocky for drug industry in 2005

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.

Outlook appears rocky for drug industry in 2005
NEW YORK - The pharmaceutical industry endured a disastrous 2004, and the aftermath will linger into the new year.

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.

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.

Auburn holding out hope of split national title
NEW ORLEANS - Auburn has come too far to give up hope.

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 holding out hope of split national title
NEW ORLEANS - Auburn has come too far to give up hope.

Iowa gains victory on final play

Auburn holding out hope of split national title

Sugar Bowl features dangerous tailback tandems
NEW ORLEANS - Auburn linebacker Travis Williams figures he knows how to deal with a two-tailback offense after three years of facing Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown in practice:

Sugar Bowl features dangerous tailback tandems

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.

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.

Miami, Florida look ahead

Sugar Bowl features dangerous tailback tandems
NEW ORLEANS - Auburn linebacker Travis Williams figures he knows how to deal with a two-tailback offense after three years of facing Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown in practice:

Auburn is out to prove point

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.

Lineman tries to stay focused with brother in Iraq
NEW ORLEANS - Charles Tapp II gave a dog tag to his little brother, a token to take along when he "goes to battle" for Virginia Tech.

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.

Lineman tries to stay focused with brother in Iraq
NEW ORLEANS - Charles Tapp II gave a dog tag to his little brother, a token to take along when he "goes to battle" for Virginia Tech.

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
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.

Lineman tries to stay focused with brother in Iraq

Jags knock out top-20 opponent

The GOP agenda

'Terminator' can't win
Suppose Arnold Schwarzenegger, instead of being a popular foreign-born movie actor and governor, was a real-life "terminator" who engaged in mass killings and public beheadings of innocent Americans.

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.

An extreme makeover

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.

The GOP agenda
A week from today, Republicans will take control of Georgia's legislature - both chambers - for the first time in more than 130 years. What will the agenda be?

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.

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

The GOP agenda
A week from today, Republicans will take control of Georgia's legislature - both chambers - for the first time in more than 130 years. What will the agenda be?

Q&A with actor Sean Penn
TORONTO - While Hollywood shied away from reminders of Sept. 11, 2001, Sean Penn figures the terrorist attacks added urgency to produce his film "The Assassination of Richard Nixon."

Q&A with actor Sean Penn
TORONTO - While Hollywood shied away from reminders of Sept. 11, 2001, Sean Penn figures the terrorist attacks added urgency to produce his film "The Assassination of Richard Nixon."

People in the News
CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Tennis stars Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova rode elephants before playing an exhibition match in Thailand as part of preparations for the Australian Open.

People in the News
CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Tennis stars Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova rode elephants before playing an exhibition match in Thailand as part of preparations for the Australian Open.

Paperwork, fees leave parents confused about savings plans

Tips for air travelers with a baby

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.

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.

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.

For prosperous new year, set up an emergency fund

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?

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

Losing weight has never been sweeter

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.

'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.

Fog hampers traffic, airport
Heavy fog blanketed much of the region today, slowing morning commuters and causing some problems at Augusta Regional Airport.

It's absurd to let women in combat
Women will be located with the men fighting in 3rd Infantry Division's new Unit of Action Brigades, and they'll be sent to Iraq at the end of January.Roy Smith, Grovetown

Patriot rips Democrats' chairman
Regarding the Dec. 18 letter by Dr. Lowell Greenbaum, chairman of Richmond County's Democratic Party: Reubin Loper, Augusta

It's absurd to let women in combat

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

Nation more like a helpless giant
How the United States got into war in Iraq is by now fairly clear. President George Bush, puffed with neocon dreams of supremacy, was obsessed about reversing the image of America as a "helpless giant." This image was the legacy of Bush's father and his 1991 decision to leave Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq after the first Gulf War. The son, claiming the guidance of his other Republican father, the "higher" one, decided to correct Dad's mistake and finish the job. Charles Heywood , Martinez

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.

Nation more like a helpless giant

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

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

Smear by any name is still a smear
The guilty flee. For what other reason would The Augusta Chronicle inform its readers, stupid though they may be, that articles besmirching Bernard Mulherin were not "an attack on a judge" ("A case in point," Dec. 20). Rather, the newspaper was simply performing its noble role as a watchdog for the unwitting taxpayers. Articles maligning a local judge really do not help to sell newspapers. Richard Dunstan, Augusta

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

It's absurd to let women in combat
Women will be located with the men fighting in 3rd Infantry Division's new Unit of Action Brigades, and they'll be sent to Iraq at the end of January. Roy Smith, Grovetown

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

Patriot rips Democrats' chairman
Regarding the Dec. 18 letter by Dr. Lowell Greenbaum, chairman of Richmond County's Democratic Party:Reubin Loper, Augusta

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

Patriot rips Democrats' chairman

Yes, an army must make do

County animal facility is great

Whip failed commissioners

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

Nation more like a helpless giant
How the United States got into war in Iraq is by now fairly clear. President George Bush, puffed with neocon dreams of supremacy, was obsessed about reversing the image of America as a "helpless giant." This image was the legacy of Bush's father and his 1991 decision to leave Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq after the first Gulf War. The son, claiming the guidance of his other Republican father, the "higher" one, decided to correct Dad's mistake and finish the job. Charles Heywood , Martinez

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.

Who needs kids to feel the magic at Disney World?

Soldiers battle video game enemies in Iraq

Disney offers new luggage delivery service

Laos is full of temples, colonial architecture and surprises

Manure used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Families are utilizing subterranean space

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

Couple wanted home to reflect their tastes

TVA's expanded wind farm now generating power

Cincinnati center dedicated to fugitive slave network

Video Game Review: "Sid Meier's Pirates!"

Host should be present at each dining table

NASA can't wait to smash comet-busting spacecraft

Don't preserve wet wood

Now's the time for homeowners to plan remodeling

Web watch: places to visit on the Net

TVA's expanded wind farm now generating power
OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. - With a "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh," the graceful blades of 18 windmills at the Tennessee Valley Authority's expanded wind farm are now producing enough clean power to be seen as more than just an eco-experiment.

Soldiers battle video game enemies in Iraq
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Soon after the battle for Fallujah ended in November, U.S. Marines brought their Xbox consoles, Gameboys and laptops forward and started fighting the Covenant hordes in "Halo," Mario and Luigi's worst enemies and those irksome roommates from "The Sims."

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.

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.

NASA can't wait to smash comet-busting spacecraft
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The big, grown-up boys on the NASA team can hardly wait. Next Fourth of July, they get to bust up a comet, Hollywood-style.

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

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.

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

Video Game Review: "Sid Meier's Pirates!"
Shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!Pirates, those blights of the high seas, have been ingrained on our consciousness in such broad ways.

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.

TVA's expanded wind farm now generating power
OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. - With a "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh," the graceful blades of 18 windmills at the Tennessee Valley Authority's expanded wind farm are now producing enough clean power to be seen as more than just an eco-experiment.

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

Soldiers battle video game enemies in Iraq
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Soon after the battle for Fallujah ended in November, U.S. Marines brought their Xbox consoles, Gameboys and laptops forward and started fighting the Covenant hordes in "Halo," Mario and Luigi's worst enemies and those irksome roommates from "The Sims."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Manure used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
SANTIAGO, Chile - Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south tradeoff to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine.

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.

NASA can't wait to smash comet-busting spacecraft
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The big, grown-up boys on the NASA team can hardly wait. Next Fourth of July, they get to bust up a comet, Hollywood-style.

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.

Web watch: places to visit on the Net
Find the true speed of your Internet connection with this site, which has links to testing sites all over the globe. Select one near you and find out how fast (or slow) your modem is connecting to the Net. www.testmyspeed.com/index.html

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

Manure used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
SANTIAGO, Chile - Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south tradeoff to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine.

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

Video Game Review: "Sid Meier's Pirates!"
Shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!Pirates, those blights of the high seas, have been ingrained on our consciousness in such broad ways.

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.

Web watch: places to visit on the Net
Find the true speed of your Internet connection with this site, which has links to testing sites all over the globe. Select one near you and find out how fast (or slow) your modem is connecting to the Net. www.testmyspeed.com/index.html

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.

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.

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Year-end bonuses given to victims of fire
THOMSON - Although Shirley Williams lost her home and possessions in a fire a few days before Christmas, the Wrens resident is counting her blessings.

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

Across the area

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

Alternative therapy gets doctor sued

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jasmine Britton, 16, of Evans.

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.

The week ahead

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.

Corrections

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 southeast
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A North Carolina man is trying to find a permanent home for a cyclorama, a six-ton painting that depicts the battle of Gettysburg at its height July 3, 1863.

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.

Alternative therapy gets doctor sued
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Katherine Bibeau's body arrived at the morgue, she was covered in large, purplish-black bruises, almost as if she had been beaten to death.

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.

The week ahead
It is 2005! Can you believe it? My, how time flies. Remember wondering what the year 2000 would be like, with flying cars like those on The Jetsons?

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.

Tax increase delayed in Lexington County
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Revenue Department said it is not ready to start collecting an additional 1 percent sales tax approved by Lexington County voters in November.

Fragile artifacts challenge Hunley restoration team
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A charred and ragged matchstick looks like a piece of trash, but for archaeologists working on the H.L. Hunley, it's a revealing piece of history.

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.

Clemson plans condo-hotel combo to draw game guests
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson is planning a sports-themed condominium complex to offer hotel-style rentals.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jasmine Britton, 16, of Evans.

Casino boat owner may have to wait a year to sail
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - A casino boat operator will have to wait at least another year to get into Georgetown County.

Low-carb fad diets are wasting away

The week ahead
It is 2005! Can you believe it? My, how time flies. Remember wondering what the year 2000 would be like, with flying cars like those on The Jetsons?

Across the area

Sleeper prepares for school board job
Mike Sleeper's ambition for his first term on the Columbia County School Board will be the same as that of the students he represents: to get educated.

Officials prepare to fight for post

Former dancer finds satisfaction teaching
AIKEN - Carl Crosby trained as a professional dancer in New York City and graced the stages of Broadway.

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Carolina lawmakers may cut property tax
AIKEN - The tax-raising power of South Carolina's cash-strapped school districts lies in the hands of a circuit judge in a small rural county, but lawmakers might beat him to the punch in the next legislative session.

Unruly parents upset educators
Children aren't the only disruptive ones in school these days. Parents who yell, curse and demand their way are a growing concern for Richmond County school officials.

Alternative therapy gets doctor sued
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Katherine Bibeau's body arrived at the morgue, she was covered in large, purplish-black bruises, almost as if she had been beaten to death.

Five questions - Patrick McCrary
Patrick McCrary, a personal trainer at Gold's Gym in Aiken, talks about New Year's fitness resolutions.

Across the southeast
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A North Carolina man is trying to find a permanent home for a cyclorama, a six-ton painting that depicts the battle of Gettysburg at its height July 3, 1863.

Sleeper prepares for school board job
Mike Sleeper's ambition for his first term on the Columbia County School Board will be the same as that of the students he represents: to get educated.

Across Georgia
COVINGTON -- State officials have ended a search for a possible third drowning victim in Jackson Lake, concluding that only two people drowned Thursday.

Clemson plans condo-hotel combo to draw game guests
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson is planning a sports-themed condominium complex to offer hotel-style rentals.

Corrections
l An Across the Area item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said a fire at an Emory Street boarding house started when an elderly woman living there tried to start a fire in a fireplace with kerosene. A 15-year-old boy was injured trying to stamp out the fire with his bare feet.

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Fog hampers traffic, airport
Heavy fog blanketed much of the region today, slowing morning commuters and causing some problems at Augusta Regional Airport.

S.C.'s annual tornado record shattered in 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's record-breaking tropical season is directly responsible for breaking another weather record.

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

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.

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.

Sleeper prepares for school board job

Idea for regional jail gets mixed reactions
ATHENS, Ga. - Overcrowded jail conditions and budget constraints in some northeast Georgia counties have prompted some local officials to propose building a regional jail, but the idea has received mixed reactions.

Across Georgia

Unruly parents upset educators

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Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN -- A casino boat operator will have to wait at least another year to get into Georgetown County.

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Carolina lawmakers may cut property tax

Sanford is confident of change

Kid of the Day

Homeless to move to another church

Across Georgia

Young to address late payments

What's ahead for BRAC

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.

Emancipation event draws its inspiration from history

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Parking tickets often go unpaid

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.

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

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

Across the area
An Augusta man received an unusual New Year's message Saturday when he saw that someone had scratched the words "Happy New Year" onto the trunk of his car.

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

Across Georgia
COVINGTON -- State officials have ended a search for a possible third drowning victim in Jackson Lake, concluding that only two people drowned Thursday.

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
GEORGETOWN -- A casino boat operator will have to wait at least another year to get into Georgetown County.

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.

Carolina lawmakers may cut property tax
AIKEN - The tax-raising power of South Carolina's cash-strapped school districts lies in the hands of a circuit judge in a small rural county, but lawmakers might beat him to the punch in the next legislative session.

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.

Former dancer finds satisfaction teaching
AIKEN - Carl Crosby trained as a professional dancer in New York City and graced the stages of Broadway.

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.

Low-carb fad diets are wasting away
The low-carb diet phenomenon that peaked early last year is crashing as more Americans turn to balanced diets that emphasize fruits and vegetables, recent surveys showed. And the effects will be felt beyond the waistline, one research group said, as long as exercise is one of the ingredients added.

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.

Woman killed in crash following police chase
GAFFNEY, S.C. - A Williamston man has been charged with felony drunken driving after officials say he led a state trooper on a high-speed chase before crashing into a pickup truck and killing a woman.

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.

Casino boat owner may have to wait a year to sail
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - A casino boat operator will have to wait at least another year to get into Georgetown County.

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.

Fragile artifacts challenge Hunley restoration team
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A charred and ragged matchstick looks like a piece of trash, but for archaeologists working on the H.L. Hunley, it's a revealing piece of history.

News you can use
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Idea for regional jail gets mixed reactions
ATHENS, Ga. - Overcrowded jail conditions and budget constraints in some northeast Georgia counties have prompted some local officials to propose building a regional jail, but the idea has received mixed reactions.

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.

Requirement in tattoo law could limit parlor locations
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tattoo parlors will open this year in South Carolina, but a little-known quirk in the law means the parlors won't be allowed everywhere in the state.

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.

Counties from three states work to increase tourism appeal
EPWORTH, Ga. - With a $150,000 government grant, officials from three states have been working on a strategy to increase the tourism appeal of its region.

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.

Unruly parents upset educators
Children aren't the only disruptive ones in school these days. Parents who yell, curse and demand their way are a growing concern for Richmond County school officials.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Idea for regional jail gets mixed reactions

Requirement in tattoo law could limit parlor locations
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tattoo parlors will open this year in South Carolina, but a little-known quirk in the law means the parlors won't be allowed everywhere in the state.

Fog hampers traffic, airport

New House speaker is ready to say 'no'

Casino boat owner may have to wait a year to sail

Ammonia leaks from warehouse

Tax increase delayed in Lexington County

Governors see rough periods

Across South Carolina

Weighing the impact of BRAC

Low-carb fad diets are wasting away
The low-carb diet phenomenon that peaked early last year is crashing as more Americans turn to balanced diets that emphasize fruits and vegetables, recent surveys showed. And the effects will be felt beyond the waistline, one research group said, as long as exercise is one of the ingredients added.

News you can use

Across the area
An Augusta man received an unusual New Year's message Saturday when he saw that someone had scratched the words "Happy New Year" onto the trunk of his car.

Tax increase delayed in Lexington County
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Revenue Department said it is not ready to start collecting an additional 1 percent sales tax approved by Lexington County voters in November.

Former dancer finds satisfaction teaching

S.C.'s annual tornado record shattered in 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's record-breaking tropical season is directly responsible for breaking another weather record.\r\n

Requirement in tattoo law could limit parlor locations

Fragile artifacts challenge Hunley restoration team

Clemson plans condo-hotel combo to draw game guests

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast

Perdue looks forward to '05

S.C.'s annual tornado record shattered in 2004

Boy is the first baby born in Augusta in '05

Corrections
l An Across the Area item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said a fire at an Emory Street boarding house started when an elderly woman living there tried to start a fire in a fireplace with kerosene. A 15-year-old boy was injured trying to stamp out the fire with his bare feet.

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.

Losing weight has never been sweeter
I don't believe in writing New Year's resolutions for years that begin with 2. Looking at my brand-new calendar, I see 2005 meets that requirement.

Losing weight has never been sweeter
I don't believe in writing New Year's resolutions for years that begin with 2. Looking at my brand-new calendar, I see 2005 meets that requirement.

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."

Covert groups behind bulk of bootlegged movies
LOS ANGELES - In not-too-secret online forums, Wesley Snipes' latest movie, "Blade: Trinity," is the subject of intense discussion and evaluation.

Record numbers see "Meet the Fockers"
LOS ANGELES - Moviegoers embraced the dysfunctional family comedy "Meet the Fockers" for a second straight week as the star-studded sequel earned $42.8 million to retain its No. 1 slot at the weekend box office.

Covert groups behind bulk of bootlegged movies

Record numbers see "Meet the Fockers"
LOS ANGELES - Moviegoers embraced the dysfunctional family comedy "Meet the Fockers" for a second straight week as the star-studded sequel earned $42.8 million to retain its No. 1 slot at the weekend box office.

Record numbers see "Meet the Fockers"

Covert groups behind bulk of bootlegged movies
LOS ANGELES - In not-too-secret online forums, Wesley Snipes' latest movie, "Blade: Trinity," is the subject of intense discussion and evaluation.

Car flies into crowd at amateur event
ALBANY, Ga. - A race car driver suffered second-degree burns when his vehicle spun off the track, flew over a guard rail and landed in a crowd of spectators.

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James doesn't practice with teammates; might play Monday
CLEVELAND - LeBron James was fitted with a mask to protect his broken left cheek and might play in the Cleveland Cavaliers' next game even though he only shot during practice Sunday.

Wizards edge Hawks
WASHINGTON - Juan Dixon finds the hardest part about coming off the bench is never knowing when he'll play.

James doesn't practice with teammates; might play Monday
CLEVELAND - LeBron James was fitted with a mask to protect his broken left cheek and might play in the Cleveland Cavaliers' next game even though he only shot during practice Sunday.

Wizards edge Hawks

James doesn't practice with teammates; might play Monday

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.

Wizards edge Hawks
WASHINGTON - Juan Dixon finds the hardest part about coming off the bench is never knowing when he'll play.

Jags knock out top-20 opponent
A day typically reserved for football turned out to be the ideal time for an upset.

Jags knock out top-20 opponent
A day typically reserved for football turned out to be the ideal time for an upset.

Dunn nears 1,000 mark

NFL power rankings for week 17

Saints defeat Panthers

Seahawks edge Falcons, win NFC West

Late playoff qualifiers unlikely to go far

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Mrs. Peggy Murphy Newton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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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. Henry Smiley    (Augusta, Ga.)
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Torey Lamont Smith, Jr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. E. D. Thompson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Iva Strickland Cathcart    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Kevin T. Caldwell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Ms. Mary A. Brown    (EVANS, Ga.)

Jacqueline Elizabeth Neal    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Dr. Lorenzo Mario Polizzi    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Carey James Tankersley    (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Wyolene Driver    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Nathaniel Coates    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David D. Dodson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Merigene Echols Gaskin    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Susan A. Cudlipp    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Henry Smiley    (Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna B. Polk    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

SFC Ronald "Bud" Yeater, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eiko Ziemer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Merigene Echols Gaskin (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph G. Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Dr. Lorenzo Mario Polizzi (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Jacqueline Elizabeth Neal (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eiko Ziemer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

SFC Ronald "Bud" Yeater, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. David D. Dodson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Viola B. Dozier (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Martha Ann Huff (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roger Wall Kesterton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eiko Ziemer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Slethia Frances Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Wyolene Driver (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Carey James Tankersley (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernadine Cantrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George "Red" A. Barnes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mittie Dale Spears Jones (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jabie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernadine Cantrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Virginia Adrian Rabey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Lena C. Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Smiley (Augusta, Ga.)

Mrs. Ina Mae Snipes (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Ms. Susan A. Cudlipp (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Charity Martin Nicholson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Bell Dozier (APPLING, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eddie Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Slethia Frances Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Neal Dye (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Sue Snavely (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Lee Jones (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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.

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.

Overtime

Sports world aids victims of tsunamis

Area sports announcements

Overtime

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.

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
Nebraska dismisses running back Horne In Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska running back David Horne has been dismissed from the football team, coach Bill Callahan said Sunday in a one-sentence statement.

Overtime
Nebraska dismisses running back Horne In Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska running back David Horne has been dismissed from the football team, coach Bill Callahan said Sunday in a one-sentence statement.

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.

Sports world aids victims of tsunamis
NFL teams joined Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and other sports figures around the world in assisting the disaster relief mission for the tsunami-earthquake catastrophe with a death toll that is expected to reach 150,000.

Sports world aids victims of tsunamis
NFL teams joined Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and other sports figures around the world in assisting the disaster relief mission for the tsunami-earthquake catastrophe with a death toll that is expected to reach 150,000.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Late playoff qualifiers unlikely to go far
The Jets, Vikings and Rams made it into the NFL playoffs Sunday.

Vick reports numbness during game, but says he's fine
SEATTLE - Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick left Sunday's game against Seattle after playing three series because he felt numbness in his throwing hand.

Seahawks edge Falcons, win NFC West
SEATTLE - All season, the Seattle Seahawks listed as their first goal winning the NFC West.

Late playoff qualifiers unlikely to go far
The Jets, Vikings and Rams made it into the NFL playoffs Sunday.

Saints defeat Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Masters of the late-season flop, the New Orleans Saints finally won a game that mattered.

Saints defeat Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Masters of the late-season flop, the New Orleans Saints finally won a game that mattered.

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.

Seahawks edge Falcons, win NFC West
SEATTLE - All season, the Seattle Seahawks listed as their first goal winning the NFC West.

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.

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.

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

Here are a few lessons gleaned from 2004

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.

Modern technology makes tsunami seem closer to home

Modern technology makes tsunami seem closer to home
NEW YORK - Rarely has such a far-off tragedy seemed so close to home.

'NOVA' focuses on exploration of Mars

Are newspaper and TV standards different?
NEW YORK - Editors at The New York Times and Los Angeles Times showed similar judgment one day last week in running large, front-page pictures of tsunami victims. Faces of dead babies in makeshift morgues were clearly visible.

Are newspaper and TV standards different?

'NOVA' focuses on exploration of Mars
BOSTON - When scientists wanted to explore what kind of life might exist on Mars, public television's "NOVA" recorded the building and launch of the rovers sent to the planet.

'NOVA' focuses on exploration of Mars
BOSTON - When scientists wanted to explore what kind of life might exist on Mars, public television's "NOVA" recorded the building and launch of the rovers sent to the planet.

Are newspaper and TV standards different?
NEW YORK - Editors at The New York Times and Los Angeles Times showed similar judgment one day last week in running large, front-page pictures of tsunami victims. Faces of dead babies in makeshift morgues were clearly visible.

Here are a few lessons gleaned from 2004
NEW YORK - In 2004, television gave us untold hours of entertainment and information. But more than that, it gave us new insight. Here are a few things we learned, were reminded, or came to suspect thanks to TV this year:

Modern technology makes tsunami seem closer to home
NEW YORK - Rarely has such a far-off tragedy seemed so close to home.

Here are a few lessons gleaned from 2004
NEW YORK - In 2004, television gave us untold hours of entertainment and information. But more than that, it gave us new insight. Here are a few things we learned, were reminded, or came to suspect thanks to TV this year:

Q&A with actor Sean Penn

People in the News

Lady Dogs rout UT-Martin
ATHENS, Ga. - Cori Chambers scored 13 points, and Sherill Baker had 12 to lead 16th-ranked Georgia to their sixth straight victory, a 68-52 decision over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday.

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

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.

Lady Dogs rout UT-Martin
ATHENS, Ga. - Cori Chambers scored 13 points, and Sherill Baker had 12 to lead 16th-ranked Georgia to their sixth straight victory, a 68-52 decision over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday.

Thurman, Davis weigh NFL future

Lady Dogs rout UT-Martin

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.

UGA notebook

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.

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.

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.

South Carolina falls to Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Siedah Williams had 16 points and Virginia held South Carolina to 20 points in the second half in a 66-49 victory Sunday.

Hotel offers hangover expert

Long-missing cat reunited with owner